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William Avery "Billy" Bishop 1894-1956

William Avery Bishop

Photos and transcription by contributor Wayne Adam - Posted October, 2011

William Avery Bishop William Avery Bishop

Photo Source - Wikipedia

Plaque Location

The County of Grey
The City of Owen Sound
At the Billy Bishop Boyhood Home National Historic Site
948 3rd Avenue West between
9th Street West and 10th Street West

Coordinates: N 44 33.967 W 80 56.841


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Plaque Text

Billy Bishop won renown as a pilot with the Royal Flying Corps and Royal Air Force during World War I by shooting down at least 72 enemy aircraft and leading other daring missions against the enemy. For these exploits he was awarded the Victoria Cross, the D.S.O. and other medals for bravery, becoming Canada's most decorated serviceman. Born in Owen Sound, he was educated here and at Royal Military College, Kingston. His later life was spent largely in England and Montreal. During part of World War II he served with the Royal Canadian Air Force in Ottawa as an honorary Air Marshal.

Another plaque at this location
William Avery "Billy" Bishop and his Boyhood Home

Related Ontario plaque
William Avery Bishop, V.C., 1894-1956

Related Toronto plaque
William "Billy" Bishop and William Barker



Victoria Cross

Owen Sound Plaques

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> Posted July 28, 2016
This is just a bit of trivia. The other night, I looked up my cousin, Andrew Edward McKeever. Amongst the material was the information that Andrew McKeever along with Billy Bishop and another fellow, established the Royal Canadian Air Force. I was very impressed with this info and messaged an old friend of mine about it. He messaged back that he was a cousin of Billy Bishop. How's that for a coincidence? Just thought you might find that interesting.
Linda McKeever linhill5412@gmail.com

> Posted October 25, 2009
Billy Bishop is truly a hero.

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