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Name: William Leeming Harrison
Military Cross (MC)
Country: Canada
Rank: Captain
Service: Royal Flying Corps
Royal Air Force
Units: 1, 40
Victories: 12
Born: 30 December 1899
Place of Birth: Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Died: 06 January 1960
Place of Death:  
 
 
The son of Dr. William Spencer Harrison, William Leeming Harrison enlisted on 3 April 1916 at the age of 16. He was appointed 2nd Lieutenant (on probation) with Royal Flying Corps on 21 November 1916.  After training in England he served with 40 Squadron from 15 July 1917 to 10 April 1918 and scored 11 victories. He was then posted to 1 Squadron, scoring 1 more victory before he was wounded in action on 12 April 1918.
 
Military Cross (MC)
2nd Lt. William Leeming Harrison, R.F.C., Spec. Res.
   For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty in aerial fighting. He destroyed two enemy machines and drove down others out of control. He always showed a splendid spirit of dash, keenness and tenacity, coupled with determination and skill in attacking enemy aircraft.
 
Victories
Date Time Unit Aircraft Opponent Location
1 09 Aug 1917 abt 0945 40 Nieuport (A6774) Balloon (DES) Near Arras
2 19 Jan 1918 1205 40 S.E.5a (B22) DFW C (DES) ENE of Arras
3 26 Feb 1918 0945 40 S.E.5a (C1071) Albatros D.V (OOC) N of Arras-Cambrai Road
4 06 Mar 1918 1200 40 S.E.5a (C1071) Albatros D.V (OOC) NE of La Bassée
5 06 Mar 1918 1625 40 S.E.5a (C1071) Albatros D.V (DES) NW of Lens
6 09 Mar 1918 1215 40 S.E.5a (C1071) Albatros D.V (OOC) Esquerchin
7 11 Mar 1918 1135 40 S.E.5a (B4863) C (DES) W of La Bassée
8 18 Mar 1918 1025 40 S.E.5a (C1071) C (DESF) Courcelles
9 24 Mar 1918 1025 40 S.E.5a (B196) Albatros C (DES) St. Leger
10 26 Mar 1918 1740 40 S.E.5a (B189) Albatros D.V (OOC) Authuille
11 01 Apr 1918 1220 40 S.E.5a (D3526) C (DES) W of Izel les Esquerchin
12 11 Apr 1918 1900 1 S.E.5a (C6405) Pfalz D.III (DES) S of Armentières
 
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