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Name: Ronald McNeill Keirstead
Distinguished Service Cross (DSC) Ronald Keirstead
Country: Canada
Rank: Captain
Service: Royal Naval Air Service
Royal Air Force
Units: 4N (RNAS)
204 (RAF)
Victories: 13
Born: 20 June 1895
Place of Birth: Wolfville, Nova Scotia
Died: 23 October 1970
Place of Death: Wolfville, Nova Scotia
Ronald McNeill Keirstead learned to fly at the Curtiss School in Toronto in 1916. He joined the Royal Naval Air Service and was posted to 4 Naval Squadron in June 1917. Flying the Sopwith Camel, he score 13 victories.
Distinguished Service Cross (DSC)
Flt.-Sub-Lieut. Ronald McNeill Keirstead, R.N.A.S.
   In recognition of conspicuous gallantry in aerial combats.
   On the 24th September, 1917, he engaged single-handed four enemy aeroplanes, of which two were destroyed by him. On the 21st October, 1917, during an engagement between a British and a German formation, he attacked one of the enemy scouts and shot its port wings away from the rest of the machine. He then dived on to some enemy scouts which were attacking another of our machines and brought one of them down in a spinning nose dive.
Date Time Unit Aircraft Opponent Location
1 10 Jul 1917 1950 4N Sopwith Camel (N6362) Albatros D.V (DESF) 1 SE of Nieuport
2 25 Jul 1917 1930 4N Sopwith Camel (N6370) Seaplane (DES) 2 30 mi NNE of Ostend
3 18 Aug 1917 0910 4N Sopwith Camel (N6370) Albatros D.V (OOC) E of Dixmude
4 24 Sep 1917 1809 4N Sopwith Camel (N6370) Albatros D.V (OOC) SE of St. Pierre Capelle
5 24 Sep 1917 1810 4N Sopwith Camel (N6370) Albatros D.V (DESF) St. Pierre Capelle
6 21 Oct 1917 1025 4N Sopwith Camel (N6370) Albatros D.V (DES) Ghistelles
7 21 Oct 1917 1030 4N Sopwith Camel (N6370) Fokker D.V (OOC) S of Ghistelles
8 06 Dec 1917 1330 4N Sopwith Camel (N6389) DFW C (OOC) N of La Panne
9 26 Mar 1918 1700 4N Sopwith Camel (N6389) Pfalz D.III (DES) W of Dixmude
10 26 Mar 1918 1700 4N Sopwith Camel (N6389) Pfalz D.III (OOC) Pervyse-Dixmude
11 26 Mar 1918 1700 4N Sopwith Camel (N6389) Pfalz D.III (DES) 3 Dixmude
12 21 Apr 1918 1200 204 Sopwith Camel (N6389) Rumpler C (CAP) 4 Wulpen
13 12 Jun 1918 1530 204 Sopwith Camel (N6389) Pfalz D.III (OOC) N of Middelkerke

1 Shared with FCdr Arnold Chadwick
2 Shared with FCdr Arnold Chadwick, FSL Albert Enstone
3 Shared with Belgian SPAD
4 Shared with FSL C R R Hickey (B6350)
Sopwith Camel Aces of World War 1
Norman Franks / Softcover / Osprey Publishing (March 25, 2003)
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