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Name: Frank Harold Taylor
Military Cross (MC)
Country: Canada
Rank: Lieutenant
Service: Royal Flying Corps
Royal Air Force
Units: 41, 84
Victories: 10
Born: 11 August 1896
Place of Birth: Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Died: 07 June 1985
Place of Death: Mattituck, New York, USA
 
 
A student, living in Toronto, Frank Harold Taylor was the son of Thomas and Jane Taylor. He served in the militia with the 109th Regiment for seven months before he enlisted on 13 September 1916. After serving with the 204th and 116th Battalions of the Canadian Expeditionary Force, Lieutenant Taylor transferred to the Royal Flying Corps in the summer of 1917. Posted to 41 Squadron in September 1917, he scored his first victory flying the D.H.5. Shortly thereafter, his squadron was re-equipped with the S.E.5a. Flying this aircraft, Taylor scored seven more victories before returning to Canada on leave in May 1918. On 14 September 1918, he joined 84 Squadron and was credited with two Fokker D.VIIs in the last month of the war.
 
Military Cross (MC)
Lt. Frank Harold Taylor, Cent. Ont. Regt., attd. R.F.C.
   For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty. On one occasion, whilst on offensive patrol, he shot down a hostile scout in flames and a second out of control. On the following day he shot down an enemy triplane, which finally crashed to earth. During the recent operations he has carried out many successful attacks on enemy infantry from low altitudes, and has taken part in over 80 offensive patrols. His gallantry and good service merit the highest praise.
 
Victories
Date Time Unit Aircraft Opponent Location
1 30 Nov 1917 1400 41 D.H.5 (B667) C (DES) 1 Rumilly
2 25 Jan 1918 1430 41 S.E.5a (C1752) Albatros D.V (DES) 2 Vitry
3 16 Mar 1918 1600 41 S.E.5a (C1752) L.V.G. C (DES) Bourlon Wood
4 18 Mar 1918 1415 41 S.E.5a (C1752) C (DES) Lecluse
5 23 Mar 1918 1130 41 S.E.5a (C1752) Albatros D.V (DESF) Bourlon Wood
6 23 Mar 1918 1130 41 S.E.5a (C1752) Albatros D.V (OOC) Bourlon Wood
7 24 Mar 1918 0900 41 S.E.5a (C1752) Albatros D.V (DES) Vaulx
8 24 Mar 1918 0950 41 S.E.5a (C1752) Balloon (DES) Fontaine les Croiselles
9 03 Nov 1918 1530 84 S.E.5a (F855) Fokker D.VII (OOC) Mormal Wood
10 10 Nov 1918 1000 84 S.E.5a (F855) Fokker D.VII (DES) SE of Faynolle

1 Shared with Capt Meredith Thomas, Capt Loudoun MacLean, Lt Russell Winnicott
2 Shared with 2Lt Harry Watson
 
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