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Top Flying Aces of World War I – 12

William “Billy” Bishop

William ‘Billy’ Bishop (1894-1956) was Canada’s highest-scoring fighter pilot and one of the war’s top flying aces.

Initially serving with the Canadian Expeditionary Force, he eventually transferred to the Royal Flying Corps in December 1915.

Bishop is credited with 72 victories and was awarded the Victoria Cross for a solo attack on a German aerodrome on 2 June 1917.

He went on to survive the war, later becoming an Air Marshal in charge of recruitment during the Second World War.

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