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Name: William McKenzie Thomson
Military Cross (MC)
Distinguished Flying Cross (DFC)
William Thomson
Country: Canada
Rank: Captain
Service: Royal Flying Corps
Royal Air Force
Unit: 20
Victories: 26
Born: 15 September 1898
Place of Birth: Lachine, Quebec, Canada
Died: 09 July 1987
Place of Death:  
 
 
Raised and educated in Toronto, Ontario, William McKenzie Thomson served with 20 Squadron and scored 26 victories as a Brisfit pilot.
 
Military Cross (MC)
T./Lt. William MacKenzie Thomson, R.A.F.
   For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty on offensive patrols. In five days he destroyed as many enemy machines. He showed fine determination to close with the enemy, and set a splendid example of enterprise and gallantry.
 
Distinguished Flying Cross (DFC)
Lieut. William McKenzie Thomson, M.C.
   This officer has destroyed thirteen enemy machines, invariably displaying courage, determination and skill. Disparity in numbers never daunts him. On a recent occasion, in company with eight other machines, his formation was attacked by twenty-five scouts; he shot one down. On another occasion his formation of ten machines engaged between twenty and thirty Fokkers; in the combat that ensued this officer shot down one out of the four that were destroyed.
 
Victories
Date Time Unit Aircraft Opponent Location
1 09 May 1918 1330 20 Bristol F.2b (C4851) 1 Albatros D.V (DES) W of Comines
2 14 May 1918 1845 20 Bristol F.2b (C859) 1 Albatros D.V (CAP) Wervicq-Zillebeke
3 17 May 1918 0815 20 Bristol F.2b (C859) 1 Albatros D.V (DES) E of Armentières
4 17 May 1918 0815 20 Bristol F.2b (C859) 1 Albatros D.V (OOC) Armentières
5 18 May 1918 abt 1140 20 Bristol F.2b (C859) 1 Pfalz D.III (OOC) S of Merville
6 19 May 1918 1045 20 Bristol F.2b (C843) 1 Pfalz D.III (DES) Estaires
7 21 May 1918 0835 20 Bristol F.2b (C843) 1 Albatros D.V (DESF) Warneton
8 22 May 1918 1840 20 Bristol F.2b (C843) 2 Albatros D.V (OOC) Warneton
9 29 May 1918 1830 20 Bristol F.2b (C843) 2 Albatros D.V (OOC) Bac St. Maur
10 31 May 1918 1850 20 Bristol F.2b (C843) 1 Pfalz D.III (DES) Bois Grenier
11 31 May 1918 1855 20 Bristol F.2b (C843) 1 Albatros D.V (OOC) Armentières
12 01 Jun 1918 0630 20 Bristol F.2b (C843) 1 Pfalz D.III (DES) Comines
13 01 Jun 1918 0630 20 Bristol F.2b (C843) 1 Pfalz D.III (DES) Comines
14 09 Jun 1918 0945 20 Bristol F.2b (C843) 3 Pfalz D.III (DES) Comines-Houthem
15 17 Jun 1918 0745 20 Bristol F.2b (C843) 3 Fokker D.VII (OOC) 7 Boesinghe
16 19 Jul 1918 0845 20 Bristol F.2b (C843) 4 Fokker DR.I (DES) S of Gheluvelt
17 25 Jul 1918 0855 20 Bristol F.2b (C843) 4 Fokker D.VII (DES) Gheluvelt
18 25 Jul 1918 0855 20 Bristol F.2b (C843) 4 Fokker D.VII (DESF) 8 Comines
19 14 Aug 1918 1800-1830 20 Bristol F.2b (E2154) 5 Fokker D.VII (DESF) Dadizeele
20 14 Aug 1918 1830 20 Bristol F.2b (E2154) 5 Fokker D.VII (OOC) E of Dadizeele
21 15 Aug 1918 0710 20 Bristol F.2b (E2154) 5 Fokker D.VII (DES) Becelaere
22 15 Sep 1918 1120 20 Bristol F.2b (E2154) 6 Fokker D.VII (DES) Omissy-St. Quentin
23 15 Sep 1918 1120 20 Bristol F.2b (E2154) 6 Fokker D.VII (DES) SE of St. Quentin
24 16 Sep 1918 0815 20 Bristol F.2b (E2154) 6 Fokker D.VII (DESF) NE of St. Quentin
25 16 Sep 1918 0820 20 Bristol F.2b (E2154) 6 Fokker D.VII (DES) St. Quentin
26 16 Sep 1918 0820 20 Bristol F.2b (E2154) 6 Fokker D.VII (DES) 9 NW of St. Quentin

1 Observer 2Lt George Kemp
2 Observer Lt Charles Gass
3 Observer Pbr F J Ralphs
4 Observer Sgt J D C Summers
5 Observer Lt M A McKenzie
6 Observer Lt Harold Edwards
7 Shared with Capt Dennis Latimer & Lt Tom Noel
8 Shared with Capt Horace Lale & 2Lt Francis Ralph, Lt David Smith & Pbr John Hills
9 Shared with Lt A R Strachan & 2Lt D M Calderwood (C951)
 
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