A high-flying, action-packed tale for readers of all ages about
the adventurous life of a Canadian icon.
William Avery Bishop survived more than 170 air battles during
World War I and was given official credit for shooting down
seventy-two German aircraft. Experts on aerial warfare acknowledge
that his relentless air fighting techniques and skills as a
brilliant individualist and marksman were unique and his record
unsurpassed. He was the first man in British military history to
receive the Victoria Cross, the Distinguished Service Order, and
the Military Cross in one ceremony.
This remarkably objective biography, written by Bishop''s son,
is a warm-hearted, entertaining, and often surprisingly outspoken
account of the escapades and heroics of a man of great courage.
Eddie Rickenbacker one said, "Richthofen usually waited for enemies
to fly into his territory; Bishop was the raider, always seeking
the enemy wherever he could be found ... I think he''s the only man
I ever met who was incapable of fear."
Throughout his life Billy Bishop was something of an eccentric -
a man of ebullient high spirits and feverish enthusiasm. As a boy
in Owen Sound, Ontario, though, he had no aptitude for learning.
His three years at the Royal Military College were disastrous - an
epic of rules broken and discipline scorned. He often admitted that
his special method of landing wrecked more planes than he shot
In the days when fliers could rightly think themselves heroes
for just having the courage to go up in the rickety plans, Billy
Bishop won the respect of comrades and enemies alike. He was one of
the new breed of warriors who met the deadly challenge of air
combat and made the airplane a decisive military weapon.