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Name: Alfred Edwin "Eddie" McKay
Military Cross (MC) Alfred McKay
Country: Canada
Rank: Captain
Service: Royal Flying Corps
Units: 23, 24
Victories: 10
Born: 27 December 1892
Place of Birth: Brussels, Ontario
Died: 28 December 1917 Killed In Action
Place of Death: Between Gheluvelt and Dadizeele
Memorial: Arras Flying Services Memorial, Pas de Calais, France
 
 
Alfred Edwin McKay attended the University of Western Ontario. On 28 October 1916, he and Arthur Knight were on patrol over the Somme when they were attacked by Oswald Boelcke. In the ensuing battle, Boelcke was killed when his Albatros collided with that of Erwin Böhme. McKay was killed the following year when his SPAD was shot down by a German two-seater.
 
Victories
Date Time Unit Aircraft Opponent Location
1 20 Jul 1916 2045 24 D.H.2 (6010) Roland C (OOC) High Wood
2 09 Nov 1916 1345 24 D.H.2 (7884) D (DES) 1 Le Transloy
3 24 Jan 1917 1215 24 D.H.2 (7884) Albatros C (CAP) 2 Flers
4 25 Jan 1917 1035 24 D.H.2 (7884) Albatros D.II (CAP) S of Bapaume
5 19 Nov 1917 1210 23 SPAD (B3560) C (DES) NE of Oostnieuwkerke
6 19 Nov 1917 1230 23 SPAD (B3560) C (DES) Passchendaele
7 23 Nov 1917 1120 23 SPAD (B3560) DFW C (OOC) N of Wervicq-Becelaere
8 12 Dec 1917 1420 23 SPAD (B3560) Albatros D.V (OOC) Houthoulst Forest
9 18 Dec 1917 1040 23 SPAD (B3560) DFW C (DES) Gheluvelt
10 18 Dec 1917 1015 23 SPAD (B3560) DFW C (OOC) S of Gheluvelt

1 Shared with 2Lt Eric Pashley, Lt Arthur Knight
2 Shared with Capt Harry Wood
 
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