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English Final- Billy Bishop Speech

Speech on Billy Bishop and Canadian Identity
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Nathan Meyer

on 10 January 2012

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Billy Bishop- A Canadian Hero By: Nathan Meyer Who is Billy Bishop? Born February 8th 1894, Owen Sound Ontario Known for his role in WWI as an exceptional fighter pilot Characterised by his mischevious, flamboyant, outgoing character Greatest Canadian War Hero,and top scoring allied ace of the first world war. Early Years at age 17, Billy's was enlisted in the Royal Military College of Canada Failed repeatedly and was eventually expelled after being caught cheating. However, Billy rejoined later Joined the Missisauga Horse Regiment in 1914. Early Adventures in WWI During training, Bishop reportedly had super-human eye sight as he could see targets so far away Billy quickly grew tired of the filthy trenches and transferrred to the Royal Airforce Started off as a spotter, and excelled at his new role. After returning to combat after being injured, Bishop was granted the role of a pilot in the No.37 Squadron Patrolled the London night skies in search of German air raids. Grew bored of this role and requested a transfer to France Billy Bishop- The Hero When Bishop joined the war in France. German pilots were shooting down British pilots at a 5:1 ratio. In true Canadian fashion , Bishop entered the war as a saviour In Billy's first victory at St.Leger he downed famous German ace Leutnant Theiller, and was promoted to Commander because of his excellent performance Now making a name of himself, Bishop and his comrades painted the nose of his plane blue, which earned himself the nickname "Hell's Handmaiden" Top Scoring Allied Ace Bishop had now established a rivalry with his German counterpart Baron von Richtofen, "The Red Baron" Led several raids on German posts throughout France, and flew numerous "Lone Wolf" missions Flew exceptionally during the iconic Canadian battle of Vimy Ridge. Return Home Billy returned home as a national hero, and boosted the morale of the Canadian public After he returnd home, Bishop quickly married his longtime fiance Margaret Burden. Later, Bishop was ordered to return to war and was then later told to go to England to help build a Canadia Flying Corps. Was on board a ship back to Canada when news of the armistice arrived on November 11th, 1918 The Bishop Legacy Billy Bishop remains to this day a great Canadian war hero. Accomplished an astonishing 72 Air victories, unfortunately 8 short of his rival The Red Baron with 80 victories. After the First World War Bishop was sent to England build the Royal Canadian Airfoce, which he was a major inspiration of creating After the war, Billy and his longtime friend William Barker established an air show duo, which unfortunately did not last long. Was an Air Marshal during the Second World War in charge of recruitment Billy Bishop Airport in Toronto is named after our countries famous war hero Many of Bishops aerial kills are unconfirmed because many of Germany`s WWI records were unfortunately destroyed. Which leads many people to believe Billy was actually a hoax, and not the warhero he actually was. Bishop did great things for Canada, and fought throughout the war with the spirit of a true Canadian, an undoubtedly belongs to the long list of great Canadians. Random Interesting Facts When first travelling to England to train, the ship Bishop was on sunk and Billy was one of only a few survivors. It was said Billy Bishop had been with as many women as men he had shot down in the air. In April of Bishop`s first year in the Royal Airforce, he shot down 12 aircraft. The same number of aircraft Leutnant Theiller had shot down in his career. Both of Billy Bishops two children were also involved in the Canadian airforce. During WWII, Billy recruited his son as a fighter pilot, and his daughter did communications work in the Airforce. Bibliography "Billy Bishop Biography." www.biographybase.com. biographybase, 2004. Web. 8 Jan 2012. <http://www.biographybase.com/biography/Bishop_Billy.html>.

"Billy Bishop Home & Museum." http://www.billybishop.org. National Historic Site, 2012. Web. 8 Jan 2012. <http://www.billybishop.org/index.php>.

McCaffery, Dan. Billy Bishop- Canadian Hero. Halifax, Nova Scotia: Formac Publishing Compant Ltd., 1990. 218. Print.


"William Avery 'Billy" Bishop." www.constable.ca. Canadian Aviation Historical Society, n.d. Web. 8 Jan 2012. <http://www.constable.ca/caah/bbishop.htm>.


"William Avery Bishop." www.thecanadianencyclopedia.com. The Canadian Encyclopedia, 2011. Web. 1 Jan 2012. <http://www.thecanadianencyclopedia.com/articles/william-avery-bishop>.
Billy Bishop has also written a few books, including autobiographies, and alsohas been featred n several films as himself.
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