After serving with the Australian Light Horse at Gallipoli, Paul Joseph McGinness transferred to the Australian Flying Corps. Posted to 1 Squadron in 1918, he scored seven victories flying the Bristol Fighters in the Middle East. After the war, he and one of his observers, Lt. Wilmot Fysh, purchased an Avro 504k and founded Qantas airlines in 1920. Two years later, McGinness left Qantas to become a farmer in Western Australia. During World War II, he served with the Royal Australian Air Force.
Listed as Paul Joseph McGuinness in the Supplement to the London Gazette, 8 February 1919 (2042).
Distinguished Flying Cross (DFC)
Lieut. Paul Joseph McGuinness, D.C.M.
(Australian F.C.). (EGYPT)
A bold and gallant airman who has displayed marked initiative and skill in attacking and destroying enemy aircraft, notably on 24th August, when, with his observer, he crashed two enemy machines in an engagement against heavy odds. He has also carried out successful attacks on enemy aerodromes, inflicting heavy casualties and causing serious damage.