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Name: Thomas Frederic Williams
Military Cross (MC)
Bronze Medal for Military Valor [Italy]
Thomas Williams
Country: Canada
Rank: Captain
Service: Royal Flying Corps
Royal Air Force
Units: 28, 45
Victories: 14
Born: 12 October 1885
Place of Birth: Ingersoll, Ontario, Canada
Died: 25 July 1985
Place of Death: Woodstock, Ontario, Canada
Thomas Frederic Williams was the son of Fred B. and Mary M. Williams. His residence in 1901 was Norfolk, Ontario; at enlistment, on 23 September 1914, his residence was R.R., Woodstock, Ontario. He was a salesman. A significant figure in Canadian aviation after the war, Williams was a founding member of the Royal Canadian Air Force and was elected to the Canadian Aviation Hall of Fame. He was still flying aerobatics in 1971 at the age of 86. He was 99 when he died. More information on Williams can be found at

His middle name is listed as "Frederick" in Ontario Birth Registry Index, Canada Aviation Hall of Fame biography, Border Crossing record in 1942, "Frederic" in award citations and "F." in his Attestation Paper. CEF service number 1850.
Military Cross (MC)
T./2nd Lt. Thomas Frederic Williams, Gen. List and R.F.C.
   For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty. He destroyed four enemy aircraft and drove down one. Also, in conjunction with another officer, he was instrumental in forcing an enemy machine to surrender and land.
Date Time Unit Aircraft Opponent Location
1 24 Oct 1917 1410 45 Sopwith Camel Albatros D.V (DES) Menin-Coucou
2 08 Nov 1917 1605 45 Sopwith Camel Albatros D.V (DESF) Westroosebeke
3 08 Nov 1917 1610 45 Sopwith Camel Albatros D.V (OOC) Houthoulst Forest
4 13 Nov 1917 1155 45 Sopwith Camel (B6282) Junkers J.I (DES) NW of Westroosebeke
5 10 Jan 1918 1615 45 Sopwith Camel (B6282) Albatros D.III (OOC) Porto Buffole
6 11 Jan 1918 1145 45 Sopwith Camel (B6282) Albatros D.III (OOC) Vittorio
7 26 Jan 1918 1335 45 Sopwith Camel (B6282) Albatros D.III (CAP) Ron??de-Treviso
8 27 Mar 1918 1205 45 Sopwith Camel (B3887) Albatros D.III (DESF) Ceggia
9 19 Jun 1918 0940 28 Sopwith Camel (D8208) Albatros D.V (DES) Borgo
10 25 Jun 1918 1010 28 Sopwith Camel (D8208) Berg D.I (OOC) Udine
11 15 Jul 1918 1005 28 Sopwith Camel (D8208) Albatros D.V (DES) N of Roana
12 15 Jul 1918 1015 28 Sopwith Camel (D8208) Albatros D.V (DESF) N of Roana
13 23 Jul 1918 0830 28 Sopwith Camel (D6342) Albatros D.V (DES) NE of Paolo di Piave
14 27 Jul 1918 0855 28 Sopwith Camel (D8208) C (DESF) NE of Gallio
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