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Name: Frederick Robert Gordon McCall
Distinguished Service Order (DSO)
Military Cross (MC) and Bar
Distinguished Flying Cross (DFC)
Frederick McCall
Country: Canada
Rank: Captain
Service: Royal Flying Corps
Units: 13, 41
Victories: 35
Born: 04 December 1896
Place of Birth: Vernon, British Columbia
Died: 22 January 1949
Place of Death: Calgary, Alberta
 
 
Frederick Robert Gordon McCall went overseas with the 175th Battalion in 1916 and was seconded to the Royal Flying Corps on 22 November 1917. After scoring 35 victories, he became ill and returned to Canada. Post-war he performed stunts at air shows and pioneered the air trails along the mountainous regions between Golden, British Columbia, Banff, Alberta and Fernie, British Columbia. As managing director of Great Western Airways in 1929, McCall made headlines when he ignored bad weather and flew round trip to the Skiff oil fields with Dr. J. S. Wray of Lethbridge in a Stinson-Detroiter to treat and recover two workers who had been injured in an explosion. During World War II McCall served as a squadron leader at a number of flying stations across Canada. He retained an active interest in flying throughout his life and was one of the founders of the civilian flying club system in Canada as well as the originator and first president of the Calgary Flying club.
 
Military Cross (MC)
Lt. Frederick Robert McCall, Inf., and R.F.C.
   For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty. While observing artillery fire he attacked an enemy scout and destroyed it. He has set a fine example of courage and determination on all occasions, and has rendered most valuable service.
 
Military Cross (MC) Bar
Lt.. Frederick Robert McCall, M.C., Infy., and R.F.C.
   For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty. Whilst engaged on photographic work, he observed a hostile scout, on which he dived and fired a burst from his machine-gun. The enemy machine went down in a steep dive out of control. On a later occasion he engaged two hostile two-seater planes, which immediately turned East. Though a steady rate of fire was kept up against him, he continued the attack, during which the observer of one of the hostile machines collapsed in the cockpit, other observers reporting that this machine crashed to earth in the enemy lines. He has always displayed the greatest gallantry and determination in carrying out his work, and has set a very high example to his squadron.
   (M.C. gazetted 4th March, 1918.)
 
Distinguished Flying Cross (DFC)
Lt. Fred Robert McCall, M.C; (formerly Alberta Regt.).
   This officer has driven down four enemy machines which were seen to crash, and two others out of control. His determination and tenacity in attack is remarkable. On one occasion whilst acting as escort to reconnaissance machines he shot down an enemy machine which attempted to interrupt their work; he was then attacked by three enemy scouts which, however, he skillfully managed to elude.
 
Distinguished Service Order (DSO)
Lt. Fred Robert McCall, M.C., D.F.C. (formerly Alberta Regt.).
   A brilliant and gallant officer who has accounted for fourteen enemy machines. On a recent date he destroyed four during a patrol in the morning, and another in the evening, in each case closing to point-blank range with his opponent. His courage and offensive spirit has inspired all who serve with him.
   (The announcement of award of the Distinguished Flying Cross to Lt. McCall is also contained in this Gazette.")
 
Victories
Date Time Unit Aircraft Opponent Location
1 06 Jan 1918 1340 13 R.E.8 (B6525) 1 Albatros D.V (DES) Jig-Saw Wood
2 06 Mar 1918 1115 13 R.E.8 (B6365) 1 Albatros D.V (OOC) Monchy le Preux
3 27 Mar 1918 1330 13 R.E.8 (B5090) 2 Rumpler C (DES) S of Tilloy
4 25 May 1918 1415 41 S.E.5a (D3927) C (OOC) S of Estaires
5 29 May 1918 1305 41 S.E.5a (D3927) DFW C (DESF) Estaires-La Gorgue
6 30 May 1918 1320 41 S.E.5a (D3927) C (OOC) Beaucamp
7 09 Jun 1918 0625 41 S.E.5a (D5959) DFW C (DES) Mézières
8 13 Jun 1918 1035 41 S.E.5a (D3927) DFW C (DES) 3 Orvillers
9 16 Jun 1918 2000 41 S.E.5a (D3927) Fokker D.VII (DES) SW of Combles
10 27 Jun 1918 2015 41 S.E.5a (D3927) Halberstadt C (DES) Goyencourt
11 27 Jun 1918 2040 41 S.E.5a (D3927) Pfalz D.III (OOC) Bray
12 28 Jun 1918 1150 41 S.E.5a (D3927) Rumpler C (DES) 4 Belloy en Santerre
13 28 Jun 1918 2010 41 S.E.5a (D3927) Halberstadt C (DES) Bray-Péronne
14 28 Jun 1918 2010 41 S.E.5a (D3927) Pfalz D.III (OOC) Bray-Péronne
15 28 Jun 1918 2010 41 S.E.5a (D3927) Albatros D.V (OOC) Bray-Péronne
16 30 Jun 1918 0815 41 S.E.5a (D3927) Albatros D.V (DESF) Bray
17 30 Jun 1918 0820 41 S.E.5a (D3927) Albatros D.V (DES) Cappy
18 30 Jun 1918 0845 41 S.E.5a (D3927) Albatros D.V (DES) Caix
19 30 Jun 1918 0940 41 S.E.5a (D3927) Fokker D.VII (OOC) W of Roye
20 30 Jun 1918 1745 41 S.E.5a (D3927) Albatros D.V (OOC) E of Albert
21 01 Jun 1918 1920 41 S.E.5a (D3927) Albatros D.V (OOC) E of Lamotte
22 03 Jul 1918 1915 41 S.E.5a (D3927) Fokker D.VII (DES) E of Bayonvillers
23 03 Jul 1918 1910 41 S.E.5a (D3927) Fokker D.VII (DESF) N of Bayonvillers
24 04 Jul 1918 1330 41 S.E.5a (D6154) Fokker D.VII (OOC) 5 Proyart
25 04 Jul 1918 1330 41 S.E.5a (D6154) Fokker D.VII (OOC) 5 Proyart
26 07 Jul 1918 1215 41 S.E.5a (D6877) Albatros C (OOC) 6 W of Montdidier
27 30 Jul 1918 1200 41 S.E.5a (E1289) Albatros C (DES) 7 Guillaucourt
28 31 Jul 1918 1210 41 S.E.5a (E1289) Albatros C (DES) 7 Pozieres
29 01 Aug 1918 0900 41 S.E.5a (E1289) Albatros C (OOC) Contalmaison
30 09 Aug 1918 1815 41 S.E.5a (F3966) Fokker D.VII (DES) N of Bray
31 09 Aug 1918 1830 41 S.E.5a (F3966) Fokker D.VII (DESF) Carnoy-Suzanne
32 11 Aug 1918 0830 41 S.E.5a (E4018) Fokker D.VII (DES) Estrées
33 12 Aug 1918 0915 41 S.E.5a (E4018) Fokker D.VII (CAP) N of Bayonvillers
34 12 Aug 1918 0925 41 S.E.5a (E4018) Fokker D.VII (DES) NE of Foucaucourt
35 17 Aug 1918 0920 41 S.E.5a (E4018) LVG C (OOC) Outtersteene

1 Observer 2Lt F C Farrington
2 Observer Lt B S B Andrews
3 Shared with Lt John Turnbull
4 Shared with Lt Eric Stephens
5 Shared with Lt Ernest Davis
6 Shared with Lt William Gillespie
7 Shared with Lt William Claxton
 
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