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Name: Conway MacAlister Gray "Con" Farrell
Distinguished Flying Cross (DFC)
Country: Canada
Rank: Captain
Service: Royal Flying Corps
Royal Air Force
Units: 24, 56
Victories: 7
Born: 22 May 1898
Place of Birth: Smiths Falls, Lanark, Ontario
Died: 31 March 1988
Place of Death: Ganges, British Columbia
An S.E.5a pilot, Conway MacAlister Gray Farrell joined 24 Squadron on 11 March 1918. After scoring seven victories, he was reassigned to 56 Squadron on 29 August 1918 but was injured in a crash on 6 October 1918. He continued flying after the war and was renowned for his exploits as a bush pilot in the 1930s.
Distinguished Flying Cross (DFC)
Lieut. Conway Macalister Gray Farrell.
   This officer rendered conspicuous service on the 8th August in attacking enemy troops and transport with machine-gun fire and bombs. Having silenced a machine gun; he attacked some transport, driving off the personnel. Later on he attacked a dump and carried out a reconnaissance in an area where our Cavalry were reported to be held up, rendering a most valuable report of the situation. Eventually, in a combat with about forty scouts, he was shot down. He has destroyed or taken a leading part in the destruction of seven enemy machines.
Date Time Unit Aircraft Opponent Location
1 23 Mar 1918 1815 24 S.E.5a (B63) Rumpler C (DES) 1 Nesle
2 04 Apr 1918 1730 24 S.E.5a (C1099) Rumpler C (CAP) 2 St. Nicholas
3 16 May 1918 1915 24 S.E.5a (C1099) Albatros D.V (OOC) Foucaucourt
4 26 Jul 1918 0730 24 S.E.5a (E1293) DFW C (CAP) 3 Royaucourt
5 04 Aug 1918 0900 24 S.E.5a (D6937) DFW C (DES) 4 N of Suzanne
6 04 Aug 1918 1005 24 S.E.5a (D6937) DFW C (OOC) Fricourt
7 10 Aug 1918 1400 24 S.E.5a (E4022) Fokker D.VII (DES) NE of Le Quesnoy

1 Shared with Lt Andrew Cowper, Lt P J Nolan (B8411)
2 Shared with Lt Ronald Mark
3 Shared with Lt Horace Barton, Lt J J Palmer (C1861), Lt W J Miller (C6466), Lt F S Passmore (C1938)
4 Shared with Lt Horace Barton
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