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.
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.
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.