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Name: William Boyd Elliott
Distinguished Flying Cross (DFC)
Country: Canada
Rank: Captain
Service: Royal Flying Corps
Royal Air Force
Units: 103 (RFC)
205 (RAF)
Victories: 5
Born: 26 August 1898
Place of Birth: St. Catharines, Ontario, Canada
Died: 27 March 1979
Place of Death: St. Catharines, Ontario, Canada
William Boyd Elliott, the son of Francis Elliott, was a member of the Phi Delta Theta fraternity at the University of Toronto where he studied Applied Science and was with the Canadian Officer Training Corps (C.O.T.C.) for 5 months before he enlisted in March 1917. The following month he was accepted as a cadet in the Royal Flying Corps and was promoted to 2nd Lieutenant in August 1917. Posted to France with 205 Squadron in April 1918, he scored 5 victories as a D.H.4 pilot and was promoted to Captain in June 1918.
Distinguished Flying Cross (DFC)
Lieut. (T./Capt.) William Boyd Elliott.
   This officer has taken part in one hundred bombing raids, in the majority of which he has been leader, a position for which he has the essential qualities in a marked degree. viz., courage, resolution, and resource. While leading one bombing raid his formation was attacked by thirty hostile machines; ten of these were destroyed, the objective was successfully bombed, and the formation returned without the loss of a machine. This brilliant success was mainly due to Captain Elliott's skilful leadership.
Date Time Unit Aircraft Opponent Location
1 22 Apr 1918 1620 205 D.H.4 (A7561) 1 Fokker DR.I (OOC) Chaulnes
2 03 May 1918 1545 205 D.H.4 (N6009) 2 Pfalz D.III (DESF) 5 Chaulnes
3 03 May 1918 1545 205 D.H.4 (N6009) 2 Pfalz D.III (OOC) 5 Chaulnes
4 15 May 1918 1020 205 D.H.4 (A7561) 3 Pfalz D.III (OOC) Chaulnes
5 20 May 1918 0830 205 D.H.4 (A7561) 4 Pfalz D.III (DESF) 6 Mericombe

1 Observer AM G Smith
2 Observer 2Lt J A Whalley
3 Observer 2Lt H P Bennett
4 Observer Sgt P L Richards
5 Shared with Lt G E Siedle & AGL William Middleton, Capt Euan Dickson & AGL Charles Robinson, Lt Cyril Heywood & AGL SF Langstone, Lt Wilson & AGL Mackay, Lt William Grossart & AGL Richards, Lt Fox & AGL C F Ambler, Capt John Gamon & 2Lt Walter Scott, Lt Robert Chalmers & 2Lt Stanley Hamblin, Lt Scott & AGL Humphrey
6 Shared with 7 other crews
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