Joseph Leonard Maries White

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Joseph Leonard Maries White
Nickname(s) John
Born 6 January 1897
Halifax, Nova Scotia
Died 24 February 1925 (1925-02-25) (aged 28)
Camp Borden, Ontario
Allegiance George V[1]
Service/branch Royal Flying Corps, Royal Air Force
Rank Captain
Unit No. 65 Squadron RAF
Awards Medal for Military Valour, Croix de Guerre, Distinguished Flying Cross (DFC)

Joseph Leonard Maries White DFC, (6 January 1897 – 24 February 1925) was a Canadian First World War flying ace, officially credited with 22 victories.[2]

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Distinguished Flying Cross[edit]

"Lt. Joseph Leonard Maries White (late Canadian Machine Gun Corps). This officer is distinguished for his bravery and dash in action, never hesitating to attack, regardless of the enemy's numerical superiority. He has destroyed three enemy aircraft and driven down two out of control. In addition he has carried out most valuable reconnaissance service at low altitudes."

Distinguished Flying Cross - Bar[edit]

"Lt. (T./Capt.) Joseph Leonard Maries White, D.F.C. (Can. M.G.C.). In company with another pilot this officer recently attacked a hostile formation of fourteen scouts. One of these he shot down in flames, and a second out of control. Captain White not only displays courage and skill of a high order in attacking machines in the air and troops on the ground, but he has rendered excellent service on reconnaissance duty, obtaining most valuable information."



  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.
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"WWI Aces of Canada". Retrieved 2008-06-14.