Ellis Vair Reid

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Ellis Vair Reid
Born 31 October 1889
Belleville, Ontario
Died 28 July 1917 (1917-07-29) (aged 27)
Allegiance George V[1]
Service/branch Royal Naval Air Service
Rank Flight Sub Lieutenant
Unit 3W, No. 10 Squadron RNAF
Awards Distinguished Service Cross

Ellis Vair Reid DSC (31 October 1889 – 28 July 1917) was a Canadian First World War flying ace, officially credited with 19 victories.[2]

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Distinguished Service Cross[edit]

"Flt. Sub-Lieut. Ellis Vair Reed, R.N.A.S. (since missing).

In recognition of his services on the following occasions:

On the 6th June, 1917, he attacked and drove down one of four hostile scouts. This machine dived nose first into the ground and was destroyed.

On the afternoon of the 15th June, 1917, he was leading a patrol of three scouts and encountered a formation of ten enemy machines. During the combat which ensued he forced one machine down completely out of control. Next he attacked at a range of about 30 yards another hostile scout. The pilot of this machine was killed, and it went down completely out of control.

This officer has at all times shown the greatest bravery and determination."



  1. ^ Canadian airmen were required to complete an Attestation Paper in which they declared an oath of allegiance to King George the Fifth and agreed to serve in any arm of the service for the duration of the war between Great Britain and Germany. aerodrome.com
  2. ^ http://www.theaerodrome.com


"WWI Aces of Canada:Ellis Reid". www.theaerodrome.com. Retrieved 2008-06-19.