He shot up one aircraft as it taxied its way towards take off. The third would be the victim of a dogfight. Captain Bishop returned to his aerodrome with his aircraft, a Nieuport 17, which was now riddled with many bullet holes.
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He recounted the exploits of his mission to his fellow pilots and ground crew; the accolades soon followed. The decision to award Captain Bishop the Victoria Cross was not an impulsive one. Senior officers fully investigated the incident, reviewing combat reports, squadron records, and other supporting documentation. Near two and a half months later, it was announced that Captain Bishop had been awarded the Victoria Cross — the first Canadian airman to receive this honour.
It would accompany the Distinguished Service Order and Military Cross that had been awarded but not yet presented. King George V presented Captain Bishop his three decorations — the three highest decorations for valour — on August 30, , at Buckingham Palace. Visit eBay's page on international trade.
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After serving overseas with the Canadian Expeditionary Force, he transferred to the Royal Flying Corps in December and received his pilot's certificate in Flying Nieuport scouts and the S.
On the morning of 2 June , his single-handed attack against a German aerodrome on the Arras front earned him the Victoria Cross , making Bishop the first Canadian flyer to receive this honor. Before the war ended, he found time to write " Winged Warfare ," an autobiographical account of his exploits in the air over France.
Because Bishop flew many of his patrols alone, most of his victories were never witnessed. After years of controversy, a television broadcast entitled " The Kid Who Couldn't Miss " led to an inquiry by the Canadian government in In conclusion, the Standing Senate Committee on Social Affairs, Science and Technology discredited the film, finding it to be an unfair and inaccurate portrayal of Bishop. Bishop was the brother-in-law of Canadian ace Henry Burden. He died, age 62, at his winter home in Palm Beach, Florida. I was fascinated by them and wanted to circle about and have a good look at them.