Sunday, October 21, 2012

Response to "A Night at the Theatre"

Peter Douglas posted on his blog The Single Handed Admiral, his recent viewing of "Billy Bishop Goes to War".  

His posting reminded me that only last month I visited the Canadian War Museum in Ottawa and took photographs of the medals awarded to Air Marshal William Bishop VC, CB, DSO,& Bar,MC, DFC, ED as well as his souvenirs of  April 8, 1917, the day he became an Ace and won his Military Cross.

His Awards Include: Victoria Cross, Companion of the Order of the Bath, Distinguished Service Order & Bar, Military Cross, Distinguished Flying Cross, Canadian Efficiency Decoration, Mentioned in Despatches, Chevalier of the Legion of Honor and Croix de Guerre.

On 8 April, Bishop claimed his fifth victory, but returned with his windscreen perforated by a bullet which had narrowly missed killing him.


  1. Nice follow on Rob

    I love the windshield with the bullet hole!


  2. Excellent pic! Now that's what you call a narrow miss!!

    1. In my mind the photo clearly illustrates how fickle luck (or fate) can be. Six inches to the left and there is no visible record of his brush with death. Six inches to the right would have been the end of Billy Bishop's remarkable life.