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Name: Merrill Samuel Taylor
Croix de Guerre [France] Merrill Taylor
Country: Canada
Rank: Lieutenant
Service: Royal Naval Air Service
Royal Air Force
Units: 9N (RNAS)
209 (RAF)
Victories: 7
Born: 15 April 1893
Place of Birth: Singhampton, Ontario, Canada
Died: 07 July 1918 Killed In Action
Place of Death: Hamel, France
Memorial: Arras Flying Services Memorial, Pas de Calais, France
The son of Samuel Taylor, Merrill Samuel Taylor was a student of Applied Science (1912-1916) when he enlisted in the University of Toronto Overseas Training Company in April 1916. He joined the Royal Naval Air Service in Ottawa on 19 January 1917. By the end of the year, he was posted to 9 Naval Squadron (later 209 Squadron) as a Sopwith Camel pilot. Scoring his first and only victory of the year, Taylor downed an Albatros D.III near Dixmude on 28 September 1917. On 2 May 1918, he shot down a white Fokker Triplane flown by Hans Weiss of Jasta 11. Having increased his score to eight, Taylor was killed in action over Hamel when his Camel was shot down by Franz Büchner.
#5 Hans WeissGermany
Date Time Unit Aircraft Opponent Location
1 28 Sep 1917 1620 9N Sopwith Camel (B5652) Albatros D.III (DES) 1 Dixmude
2 21 Apr 1918 1025 209 Sopwith Camel (B7200) C (DESF) Beaucourt
3 22 Apr 1918 0610 209 Sopwith Camel C (CAP) 2 Albert
4 27 Apr 1918 1445 209 Sopwith Camel (B3858) Albatros D.V (OOC) E of Villers-Brettoneaux
5 02 May 1918 1200 209 Sopwith Camel (D3326) Fokker DR.I (DES) 1 mi S of Cerisy
6 15 May 1918 1015 209 Sopwith Camel (D3329) Albatros D.V (OOC) Belloy-Pozieres
7 16 May 1918 1615 209 Sopwith Camel (D3329) Fokker DR.I (CAP) 3 Corbie

1 Shared with FSL Fred Banbury, FSL Oliver Redgate, FSL John Hales, FCdr Stearne Edwards
2 Shared with Capt Oliver LeBoutillier, Lt MA Harker, Lt Robert Foster, Lt Cecil Brock
3 Shared with Capt Stearne Edwards, Lt Wilfrid May
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