From the Royal Highlanders, John Finlay Noel MacRae transferred to the Royal Flying Corps in 1915. Posted to 23 Squadron in 1917, he scored five victories flying SPADs.
Military Cross (MC)
2nd Lt. (T./Lt.) John Finlay Noel Macrae, Gen. List and R.F.C.
For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty. While on an offensive patrol he attacked an enemy machine and drove it down damaged. On the same day he took part in a bombing raid at a low altitude on an enemy aerodrome, and secured a direct hit on one of the hangars. While returning, he engaged enemy troops and transport on a road, causing casualties and confusion. He then climbed and attacked an enemy kite balloon, and, in spite of intense fire, succeeded in forcing it down damaged. He showed splendid courage and initiative.