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Name: William Keith "Pete" Swayze
Country: Canada
Rank: Lieutenant
Service: Royal Flying Corps
Royal Air Force
Units: 62
Victories: 6
Born: 16 December 1898
Place of Birth: Ontario, Canada
Died: 26 February 1920
Place of Death: Lindsay, Ontario, Canada
Cemetery: Riverside Cemetery, Haldimand, Ontario, Canada
William Keith Swayze, the son of William Davis and Margaret E. (Stevenson) Swayze, was a Bristol Fighter pilot with 62 Squadron. He and his observers scored six victories in the spring and summer of 1918. He was captured by the Germans on 4 September 1918 when his aircraft developed engine problems and he was forced down behind enemy lines by a member of Jasta 58. Repatriated at the end of the war, he arrived in Toronto on 11 February 1920 but died at home in Lindsay, Ontario two weeks later, a victim of Bright's disease. He was 21 years old.

Living in Dunnville, Ontario in 1901. Listed on the roll of honour located in the Great Library at Osgoode Hall in Toronto.
Date Time Unit Aircraft Opponent Location
1 22 May 1918 0800 62 Bristol F.2b (C4633) 1 LVG C (DES) 2 mi NW of Merville
2 09 Jun 1918 1040 62 Bristol F.2b (B1238) 2 Pfalz D.III (DESF) NW of Cambrai
3 09 Jun 1918 1040 62 Bristol F.2b (B1238) 2 Pfalz D.III (DESF) NW of Cambrai
4 03 Aug 1918 62 Bristol F.2b 3 EA (OOC)  
5 12 Aug 1918 62 Bristol F.2b 3 EA (OOC)  
6 12 Aug 1918 62 Bristol F.2b EA (OOC)  

1 Observer 2Lt Thomas Elliott
2 Observer 2Lt E M Nicholas
3 Observer 2Lt W E Hall
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