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Name: Alexander MacDonald Shook
Distinguished Service Order (DSO)
Distinguished Service Cross (DSC)
air force cross (AFC)
Alexander Shook Croix de Guerre
Country: Canada
Rank: Major
Service: Royal Naval Air Service
Royal Air Force
Units: 4N (RNAS)
204 (RAF)
Victories: 12
Born: 02 December 1888
Place of Birth: Clarkson, Ontario, Canada
Died: 30 May 1966
Place of Death: Bala, Ontario, Canada
The son of David and Mary Shook, Alexander MacDonald Shook received Royal Aero Club Aviator's Certificate 2056 on 5 November 1915. On 4 June 1917, he scored the first Sopwith Camel victory of the war when he shot down an Albatros D.III. On 22 March 1918, he shot down an Albatros D.V flown by Bertram Heinrich of MFJ 1. He was promoted to temporary Major on 1 July 1918. Shook was transferred to the unemployed list on 28 March 1919.
Great Britain, Royal Aero Club Aviatorsí Certificates, 1910-1950
Distinguished Service Cross (DSC)
Flt. Cdr. Alexander Macdonald Shook, R.N.A.S.
Flt. Lieut. Arnold Jaques Chadwick, R.N.A.S. (since reported drowned).
Flt. Sub-Lieut. Albert James Enstone, R.N.A.S.
Flt. Sub-Lieut. Langley Frank Willard Smith, R.N.A.S. (since missing).
   For exceptional gallantry and remarkable skill and courage whilst serving with the R.N.A.S. at Dunkirk during May and June, 1917, in repeatedly attacking and destroying hostile aircraft.
Distinguished Service Order (DSO)
In recognition of services in the prosecution of the war. . .
   Flt. Cdr. Alexander Macdonald Shook, D.S.C, R.N.A.S.
Date Time Unit Aircraft Opponent Location
1 24 Apr 1917 1010 4N Sopwith Pup (N6200) Fokker D.II (OOC) Ghistelles
2 09 May 1917 1715 4N Sopwith Pup (N6200) C 1 SE of Ghistelles
3 12 May 1917 0730 4N Sopwith Pup (N6200) Seaplane Off Zeebrugge
4 05 Jun 1917 1900 4N Sopwith Camel (N6347) Albatros D.III Ostend
5 05 Jun 1917 1910 4N Sopwith Camel (N6357) C Ostend
6 04 Jul 1917 0830 4N Sopwith Camel (N6363) Gotha G NW of Ostend
7 18 Aug 1917 0910 4N Sopwith Camel (N6363) Albatros D.V Ghistelles
8 21 Oct 1917 1025 4N Sopwith Camel (N6363) Albatros D.III S of Ghistelles
9 11 Mar 1918 1640 4N Sopwith Camel (B6300) Albatros D.V Keyem
10 22 Mar 1918 1400 4N Sopwith Camel (B6300) Albatros D.V Slype
11 22 Mar 1918 1400 4N Sopwith Camel (B6300) Albatros D.V Slype
12 22 Mar 1918 1430 4N Sopwith Camel (B6300) Albatros D.V Slype

1 Shared with FSL Langley Smith
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