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William Avery Bishop, V.C., 1894-1956

William Avery Bishop

Photo by contributor Kim Allerton - Posted June, 2005

William Avery Bishop

Photo by contributor Wayne Adam - Posted October, 2011

William Avery Bishop

Photo Source - Wikipedia

Plaque Location

The County of Grey
The City of Owen Sound
In a park on the northeast corner of
1st Avenue West and 8th Street West

Coordinates: N 44 33.840 W 80 56.685


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Plaque Text

Born in Owen Sound, "Billy" Bishop was attending the Royal Military College when war was declared in 1914. He first joined a cavalry unit, but in 1915 transferred to the Royal Flying Corps. Courage and marksmanship made him one of the war's greatest fighting pilots, credited officially with the destruction of 72 enemy aircraft. When hostilities ended he was the youngest lieutenant-colonel of the air force and had won the Victoria Cross, the Distinguished Service Order and the Military Cross. During World War II he became a director of recruiting for the R.C.A.F. with the rank of air marshal.

Other plaques at this location
David Vivian Currie, V.C. 1912-1986
Thomas William Holmes, V.C., 1898-1950

Related Ontario plaques
William Avery "Billy" Bishop 1894-1956
William Avery "Billy" Bishop and his Boyhood Home

Other plaques that mention World War I
General Sir Arthur William Currie 1875-1933
Lance Corporal Fred Fisher, V.C. 1894-1915
Honourable Mitchell F. Hepburn, 1896-1953
Sir Sam Hughes 1853-1921
Alexander Young Jackson 1882-1974
Lieutenant-Colonel Thain Wendell MacDowell, V.C., D.S.O.
Andrew Edward McKeever, 1895-1919
Robert Tait McKenzie (1867-1938)
Sir Sam Steele



Victoria Cross

Owen Sound Plaques

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> Posted February 2, 2011
What a great man. One of many Canada can be justifiably proud.

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