Victory List for William "Billy" Bishop

The following is a list of his 72 Victories as listed in the Arco Publication of his autobiography, "Winged Warfare"

Number            Date                      Type of Enemy aircraft downed
                  1917
 1             25 March                         Albatross
 2             31 March                         Albatross  (red)
 3              7 April                         Albatross
 4              8 April                         Albatross
 5              8 April                         Unidentified 2-Seater
 6              8 April                         Unidentified 1-Seater
 7             20 April                         Aviatik 2-Seater
 8             22 April                         Albatross
 9             22 April                         Albatross
10             23 April                         Unidentified 2-Seater
11             23 April                         Albatross
12             29 April                         Albatross
13             30 April                         Unidentified 2-Seater
14             30 April                         Unidentified 2-Seater
15              2 May                           Unidentified 2-Seater
16              2 May                           Unidentified 2-Seater
17              4 May                           Unidentified 2-Seater
18              7 May                           Albatross  (green and red)
19              7 May                           Albatross  (red)
20             26 May                           Albatross
21             27 May                           Aviatik 2-Seater  (Red and Yellow)
22             31 May                           Albatross
23*             2 June                          Albatross
24*             2 June                          Albatross
25*             2 June                          Albatross
26              8 June                          Albatross  (red)
27             24 June                          Albatross
28             25 June                          Albatross
29             26 June                          Albatross
30             26 June                          Albatross
31             28 June                          Albatross
32             10 July                          Albatross   (bright green)
33             12 July                          Albatross  (green and yellow)
34             17 July                          Albatross
35             17 July                          Albatross
36             20 July                          Albatross
37             28 July                          Albatross
38             28 July                          Albatross
39              5 August                        Albatross
40              5 August                        Albatross
41              6 August                        Albatross
42              9 August                        Unidentified 2-Seater
43             13 August                        Albatross  (silver)
44             13 August                        Albatross
45             15 August                        Albatross
46             16 August                        Aviatik 2-Seater
47             16 August                        Albatross
This ended his first tour of duty, he was recalled to receive the Victoria Cross from His Majesty, King George V. Billy Bishop was the first to receive the Victoria Cross, the Distinguished Service Order, and the Military Cross all at once. His next tour started in 1918

Number           Date                       Type of Enemy aircraft downed
                 1918
48             27 May                           Unidentified 2-Seater
49             28 May                           Albatross
50             28 May                           Albatross
51             30 May                           Unidentified 2-Seater
52             30 May                           Albatross
53             30 May                           Albatross
54             31 May                           Pfalz
55             31 May                           Pfalz
56              1 June                          Pfalz   (black)
57              2 June                          Pfalz   (black, white tail)
58              4 June                          Albatross
59              4 June                          Albatross
60             15 June                          Pfalz
61             16 June                          Pfalz
62             16 June                          Pfalz
63             17 June                          Unidentified 2-Seater
64             17 June                          Albatross
65             17 June                          Unidentified 2-Seater
66             18 June                          Albatross    (natural wood fuselage)
67             18 June                          Albatross    (natural wood fuselage)
68             19 June                          Pfalz
69             19 June                          Pfalz
70             19 June                          Pfalz
71             19 June                          Pfalz
72             19 June                          Unidentified 2-Seater
This ended Bishop's fighting career. He was pulled out of action to avoid the possibility of his death and resultant loss of morale that would have occurred.

This list is somewhat controversial as it lists no balloons, while in the book, Bishop states that at the time he was sent back to London to receive his medals from King George V, he had a total of 47 victories, which included 2 balloons. There is also a great lack of detail, such as, none of the Albatross claims are identified as to type, simply maker.

This list is merely for comparison. I will also present, in the near future, his list from the Grub Street publication, "Above The Trenches". As well, I shall also present the list of his claims as published in Dan McCaffrey's book, "Billy Bishop, Canadian Hero".


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