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Name: William "Billy" Ernest Shields Balloon-Buster
Distinguished Flying Cross (DFC) and Bar
Country: Canada
Rank: Captain
Service: Royal Flying Corps
Royal Air Force
Units: 41
Victories: 24
Born: 15 October 1892
Place of Birth: Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Died: 01 August 1921 Killed In Flying Accident
Place of Death: High River, Alberta, Canada
 
 
Promoted to temporary 2nd Lieutenant (on probation) on 13 October 1917, William Ernest Shields scored 24 victories with 41 Squadron in 1918.. As a pilot and acting sub-station superintendent of the Dominion air patrol at High River, Alberta, he was killed in a crash in 1921. He was 28 years old.
 
Distinguished Flying Cross (DFC)
Lieut. William Ernest Shields.
   A gallant officer who inspires others by his courage and dash. In six weeks he destroyed six enemy aircraft and drove down three others out of control. On one occasion he, single-handed, engaged three scouts, driving down two of them.
 
Distinguished Flying Cross (DFC) Bar
Lt. (A./Capt.) William Ernest Shields, D.F.C. (FRANCE)
   Bold in attack and skilful in manoeuvre, this officer is conspicuous for his success and daring in aerial combats. On 22nd September, when on offensive patrol, he was attacked by fourteen Fokkers; he succeeded in shooting down one. On another occasion he was attacked by six scouts and destroyed one of these. In all, since 28th June, this officer has accounted for fourteen enemy aircraft.
 
Victories
Date Time Unit Aircraft Opponent Location
1 12 Jun 1918 1300 41 S.E.5a (D6023) Albatros D.V (OOC) Guerbigny
2 28 Jun 1918 1230 41 S.E.5a (D5984) C (DES) N of Lignieres
3 29 Jun 1918 1930 41 S.E.5a (D5984) Pfalz D.III (DES) NW of Fouquescourt
4 29 Jun 1918 1932 41 S.E.5a (D5984) Pfalz D.III (OOC) E of Fouquescourt
5 03 Jul 1918 1910 41 S.E.5a (D3567) Pfalz D.III (OOC) E of Villers Brettoneaux
6 03 Jul 1918 1912 41 S.E.5a (D3567) Pfalz D.III (DES) E of Villers Brettoneaux
7 03 Jul 1918 1915 41 S.E.5a (D3567) Pfalz D.III (DES) Villers Brettoneaux
8 05 Jul 1918 0710 41 S.E.5a (D3567) Pfalz D.III (DES) E of Hangest
9 31 Jul 1918 1845 41 S.E.5a (D3984) Pfalz D.III (OOC) Guerbigny
10 03 Aug 1918 1935 41 S.E.5a (D5984) Halberstadt C (OOC) E of Proyart
11 11 Aug 1918 1455 41 S.E.5a (D5984) DFW C (DESF) NE of Proyart
12 17 Aug 1918 0915 41 S.E.5a (E4013) Pfalz D.III (DES) E of Deulemont
13 31 Aug 1918 1545 41 S.E.5a (E1300) Fokker D.VII (OOC) NE of Armentières
14 15 Sep 1918 1645 41 S.E.5a (C1912) Fokker D.VII (OOC) Houthem
15 21 Sep 1918 1810 41 S.E.5a (C1912) Fokker D.VII (DES) Don
16 21 Sep 1918 1810 41 S.E.5a (C1912) Fokker D.VII (OOC) Don
17 24 Sep 1918 1715 41 S.E.5a (C1912) Fokker D.VII (DESF) W of Comines
18 29 Sep 1918 1240 41 S.E.5a (C1912) Balloon (DES) SE of Comines
19 27 Oct 1918 0940 41 S.E.5a (C1912) Balloon (DES) Mellen
20 28 Oct 1918 0810 41 S.E.5a (C1912) Balloon (DES) Audenarde
21 30 Oct 1918 1045 41 S.E.5a (C1912) Fokker D.VII (DES) E of Tournai
22 30 Oct 1918 1135 41 S.E.5a (C1912) DFW C (DES) Mansart Station
23 04 Nov 1918 1120 41 S.E.5a (C1912) Balloon (DES) S of Gaillaix
24 04 Nov 1918 1125 41 S.E.5a (C1912) Balloon (DES) 1 Pipaix

1 Shared with Lt Malcolm MacLeod
 
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