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Transcript of Billy Bishop
Jennifer McKelvay Ines Hamam
Jennifer McKelvay Ines Hamam
Jennifer McKelvay Biography Biography World War I Service World War I Service World War I Service Aerial Warfare Aerial Warfare Aerial Warfare Success Success Success Success Success Success After World War I After World War I After World War I After World War I World War II and Death World War II and Death World War II and Death World War II and Death Born in February 8, 1894, in Owen Sound, Ontario.
Bishop received a typical public school education
At an early age, Billy proved to be a skilled marksman
In 1911, at age 17, his parents sent him to Royal Military College in Kingston On August 4, 1914, Great Britain declared war on Germany.
He joined the 7th Canadian Mounted rifles.
In 1915 he applied to the Royal Flying Corps to become a fighter pilot.
He transfered to the Royal Flying Corps
He eventually received his pilot's license in 1917. Bishop said "...it's clean up there! I'll bet you don't get any mud or horse shit on you up there. If you die, at least it would be a clean death." World War I Service World War I Service World War I Service Bishop's reckless style of flying always had him "at the front of the pack."
Bishop was known as "the Lone Hawk."
His marksmanship and “super-human” eyesight made him one of the greatest fighting pilots of the war.
"A fantastic shot but a terrible pilot." Powered airplanes were a decade old technology
Thought to be useless for the military until they were use to collect information.
Airplanes were rudimentary and dangerous Pilots had to manually reload in mid-flight.
Fighter pilots had a short lifespan and did not carry parachutes.
After Bishop’s first patrol: 210 bullet holes were counted on his aircraft. Credited with destroying 72 victories enemy aircrafts.
Canada's highest-scoring fighter pilot and the 3rd leading ace of World War I.
In 1982 a Paul Cowan produced a documentary about Billy Bishop called "The Kid Who Couldn't Miss." Bishop was withdrawn from active duty in June 1918.
After the war Bishop and W.G. Baker operated a commercial flying enterprise.
He eventually established himself as a successful sales director. During World War Two he served as Air Marshall; he was in charge of recruitment.
Billy Bishop was a major role model for the enlistment of young pilots. At the age of 56, he attempted to enlist during the Korean War without success.
He died on 9 November 1956 in Florida but is buried in Ontario Military Cross
Promoted to Captain
Distinguished Flying Cross
Promoted to lieutenant-colonel