William Harry Bland

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William Harry Bland
Born (1898-06-06)6 June 1898
Karachi, Sind, Presidency of Bombay, Raj of India, British Empire
Died 24 October 1962(1962-10-24) (aged 64)
Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
Allegiance United Kingdom
Service/branch British Army
Royal Air Force
Years of service 1918–1919
Rank Lieutenant
Unit No. 65 Squadron RAF
Awards Croix de guerre (France)

Lieutenant William Harry Bland (6 June 1898 Karachi, Sind, Presidency of Bombay, Raj of India, British Empire – 24 October 1962 Vancouver, British Columbia, Commonwealth of Canada) was a British World War I flying ace credited with seven aerial victories.[1]

Biography[edit]

Bland was commissioned as a temporary second lieutenant on probation from cadet on 10 January 1918,[2] and was confirmed in that rank on 15 May 1918.[3]

He was posted to 65 Squadron flying the Sopwith Camel, and between September and November 1918 he downed seven Fokker D.VIIs.[1]

He was awarded the Croix de Guerre with Bronze Star by France in April 1919.[4]

Bland was transferred to the unemployed list on 30 July 1919.[5]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "William Harry Bland". theaerodrome.com. 2014. Retrieved 5 September 2014. 
  2. ^ "No. 30483". The London Gazette (Supplement). 15 January 1918. p. 963. 
  3. ^ "No. 30759". The London Gazette. 21 June 1918. p. 7325. 
  4. ^ "No. 31273". The London Gazette (Supplement). 4 April 1919. p. 4512. 
  5. ^ "No. 31510". The London Gazette. 19 August 1919. p. 10479.