William McKenzie Thomson

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William Thomson
Born 15 September 1898
Lachine, Quebec
Died 9 July 1987 (1987-07-10) (aged 88)
Allegiance George V[1]
Service/branch Royal Flying Corps
Royal Air Force
Unit No. 20 Squadron RAF
Battles/wars First World War
Awards Military Cross
Distinguished Flying Cross

William McKenzie Thomson MC, DFC (15 September 1898 – 9 July 1987) was a Canadian First World War flying ace, officially credited with 26 victories.[2]

Text of citations[edit]

Military Cross[edit]

"T./Lt. William MacKenzie Thomson, R.A.F. For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty on offensive patrols. In five days he destroyed as many enemy machines. He showed fine determination to close with the enemy, and set a splendid example of enterprise and gallantry."

Distinguished Flying Cross[edit]

"Lieut. William McKenzie Thomson, M.C. This officer has destroyed thirteen enemy machines, invariably displaying courage, determination and skill. Disparity in numbers never daunts him. On a recent occasion, in company with eight other machines, his formation was attacked by twenty-five scouts; he shot one down. On another occasion his formation of ten machines engaged between twenty and thirty Fokkers; in the combat that ensued this officer shot down one out of the four that were destroyed."



  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, William Thomson". www.theaerodrome.com. Retrieved 2008-06-15.