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Name: Kenneth William Junor
Military Cross (MC) Kenneth Junor
Country: Canada
Rank: Captain
Service: Royal Flying Corps
Royal Air Force
Units: 56
Victories: 8
Born: 03 August 1896
Place of Birth: Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Killed In Action: 23 April 1918 Killed In Action
Place of Death: Bray-sur-Somme
Memorial: Arras Flying Services Memorial, Pas de Calais, France
The son of William Junor, Kenneth William Junor attended St. Andrew's College and was in his third year at University College when he was appointed to the 4th Canadian Mounted Rifles in March 1915. In July he transferred to the 75th Battalion. He was sent overseas in March 1916 where he joined the 11th Machine Gun Company in England and was sent to France in July 1916. Stricken with trench fever on the Western Front, he recovered and was seconded to the Royal Flying Corps on 28 July 1917. In December 1917 he was posted to 56 Squadron. Flying the S.E.5a, Junor scored 8 victories before he was killed in action, shot down at Bray-sur-Somme by Egon Koepsch of Jasta 4. On the day he was killed, it was announce that Junor had been awarded the Military Cross.

Junor named his S.E.5a aeroplanes "Bubbly Kid" and "Bubbly Kid II."
Military Cross (MC)
Lt. Kenneth William Junor, Can. M.G. Corps and R.F.C.
      For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty in aerial fighting. He destroyed two enemy machines and drove down two others out of control, which crashed on landing. He always showed the greatest courage, skill and resource.
Date Time Unit Aircraft Opponent Location
1 29 Jan 1918 1140 56 S.E.5a (B591) Albatros D.V (OOC) Beaurevoir
2 30 Jan 1918 1410 56 S.E.5a (C9532) Albatros D.V (DESF) NW of Wambaix
3 17 Feb 1918 1145 56 S.E.5a (C9532) Albatros D.V (DESF) Moeuvres
4 26 Feb 1918 1320 56 S.E.5a (B536) Albatros D.V (OOC) Sains les Marquion
5 22 Mar 1918 1550 56 S.E.5a (B536) Albatros D.V (DES) Havrincourt Wood
6 01 Apr 1918 1235 56 S.E.5a (C1086) Fokker DR.I (OOC) Guillemont
7 11 Apr 1918 1830 56 S.E.5a (C1086) Albatros D.V (DES) W of Aveluy
8 20 Apr 1918 1015 56 S.E.5a (C1086) Rumpler C (DES) SW of Paisieux
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