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Alexander, William Melville

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Title Flight-Commander (RNAS)
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Birth 08/11/1897 Death 04/10/1988
Place Toronto Place (nk)
Area ON Area (nk)
Country Canada Country Canada
 
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Biography
He attended the Stinson Flying School, 6/02/1916 to 23/03/1916. He received ACA Certificate 447.
 
Military Service
He was appointed as a Probationary Flight Sub-Lieutenant, RNAS, in Ottawa ON (With seniority dated 23/03/1916). He was appointed as a Flight Sub-Lieutenant (Temp.) RNAS 1916. He served in RNAS Stinson 1916. He served in #3 (Naval) Wing RNAS 1916. He served in France in 1917. He was appointed as a Flight Lieutenant (Temp.) RNAS. He served in #10 (Naval) Wing 1917-18. He was appointed as a Flight Commander (Temp.) RNAS. He served in #3 (N) Wing, 03/12/1916 to 22/04/1917. He served on leave to Canada, 14/10/1917 to 12/1917. He served in #210 Squadron RAF 1918. He was a member of the Black Flight of 10 (Naval) Wing 26/04/1917 to 29/05/1918. He was awarded the Distinguished Service Cross "On 16 August 1917, he attacked at about 3,000 feet two hostile scouts, one of which, after a short combat, fell completely out of control. On 20/08/1917, while returning from patrol, he observed three enemy scouts. These he pursued until they turned to fight. One of the scouts he shot down completely out of control, and the remaining two dived away. On 21/08/1917, while on an offensive patrol, he attacked and drove down completely out of control an enemy scout which was attacking another member of his patrol. Flight Lieutenant Alexander has at all times shown the greatest bravery and determination).
 
Vessels Owned
Aircraft Flown He carried out 131 sorties (465 hours) with 5 destroyed, and 18 out of control for a total of 23 confirmed victories.
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References
Hiorth, D. (1995); Grant, Scottie & Bob Murray (nd); MacFarlane, John and Robbie Hughes (1997); http://airforce.ca/uploads/airforce/2009/07/gong-1a-b.html
Last update
2011-01-08

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