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Name: George Edward Henry "McIrish" McElroy
Military Cross (MC) and 2 bars
Distinguished Flying Cross (DFC) and bar
George McElroy
Country: Ireland
Rank: Captain
Service: Royal Flying Corps
Royal Air Force
Units: 24, 40
Victories: 47
Born: 14 May 1893
Place of Birth: Donnybrook, Dublin, Ireland
Died: 31 July 1918 Killed In Action
Place of Death: Laventie, France
Cemetery: Laventie Military Cemetery, La Gorgue, Nord, France Image
Grave I.C.1
 
 
Before transferring to the Royal Flying Corps, George Edward Henry McElroy spent time in the trenches until he was badly wounded in a gas attack. He was Ireland's highest scoring ace and Edward Mannock's star pupil. Five days after Mannock was killed in combat, McElroy's S.E.5a was shot down over Laventie by anti-aircraft fire. The Royal Air Force lost two of its finest pilots in less than one week.
 
Distinguished Flying Cross (DFC)
Lt. (T./Capt.) George Edward Henry McElroy, M.C.
   A brilliant fighting pilot who has destroyed thirty-five machines and three kite balloons to date. He has led many offensive patrols with marked success, never hesitating to engage the enemy regardless of their being, on many occasions, in superior numbers. Under his dashing and skilful leadership his flight has largely contributed to the excellent record obtained by the squadron.
 
Military Cross (MC)
2nd Lt. George Edward Henry McElroy, R.G.A. and R.F.C.
   For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty. He has shown a splendid offensive spirit in dealing with enemy aircraft. He has destroyed at least two enemy machines, and has always set a magnificent example of courage and initiative.
 
Military Cross (MC) First Bar
2nd Lt. George Edward Henry McElroy, M.C., R.G.A., and R.F.C.
   For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty. When on an offensive patrol, observing a hostile scout diving on one of our aeroplanes, he opened fire, and sent down the enemy machine in an irregular spin out of control, when it finally crashed completely. Later in the same day, he sent down another enemy machine in flames. On another occasion, when on offensive patrol, he singled one out of four enemy machines, and sent it down crashing to earth. On the same day he attacked another enemy machine, and, after firing 200 rounds, it burst into flames. On a later occasion, he opened fire on an enemy scout at 400 yards range, and finally sent it down in a slow spin out of control. In addition, this officer has brought down two other enemy machines completely out of control, his skill and determination being most praiseworthy.
   (M.C. gazetted 26th March, 1918.)
 
Military Cross (MC) Second Bar
Lt. (T./Capt.) George Edward Henry McElroy, M.C., R.G.A., and R.F.C.
   For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty. While flying at a height of 2,000 feet, he observed a patrol of five enemy aircraft patrolling behind the lines. After climbing into the clouds, he dived to the attack, shot down and crashed one of them. Later, observing a two-seater, he engaged and shot it down out of control. On another occasion he shot down an enemy scout which was attacking our positions with machine-gun fire. He has carried out most enterprising work in attacking enemy troops and transport and in the course of a month has shot down six enemy aircraft, which were seen to crash, and five others out of control.
   (M.C. gazetted 26th March, 1918.)
   (1st Bar gazetted 22nd April, 1918.)
 
Distinguished Flying Cross (DFC) Bar
Lieut. (T./Capt.) George Edward Henry McElroy, M.C., D.F.C. (Royal G. Artillery).
   In the recent battles on various army fronts this officer has carried out numerous patrols, and flying at low altitudes, has inflicted heavy casualties on massed enemy troops, transport, artillery teams, etc., both with machine-gun fire and bombs. He has destroyed three enemy kite balloons and forty-three machines, accounting for eight of the latter in eight consecutive days. His brilliant achievements, keenness and dash have at all times set a fine example and inspired all who came in contact with him.
   (M.C. gazetted 26th March, 1918, 1st Bar 22nd April, 1918, 2nd Bar 26th July, 1918. D.F.C. gazetted 3rd August, 1918.)
 
Victories
Date Time Unit Aircraft Opponent Location
1 28 Dec 1917 1120 40 S.E.5a (B598) LVG C (DES) Drocourt-Vitry
2 13 Jan 1918 0920 40 S.E.5a (B598) Rumpler C (OOC) Pont a Vendin
3 19 Jan 1918 1205 40 S.E.5a (B598) DFW C (DES) Vitry
4 24 Jan 1918 1250 40 S.E.5a (B598) DFW C (OOC) Oppy-Henin-Lietard
5 02 Feb 1918 1330 40 S.E.5a (B598) C (OOC) SE of Habourdin
6 05 Feb 1918 1240 40 S.E.5a (B22) DFW C (DES) Wingles
7 05 Feb 1918 1300 40 S.E.5a (B22) DFW C (DESF) N of La Bassée
8 16 Feb 1918 1130 40 S.E.5a (B598) DFW C (OOC) W of Henin-Lietard
9 17 Feb 1918 1125 40 S.E.5a (B22) Pfalz D.III (DES) Marquain
10 17 Feb 1918 1155 40 S.E.5a (B22) C (DESF) 4 mi SE of Lens
11 18 Feb 1918 1200 40 S.E.5a (B598) Albatros D.V (OOC) Douvrin
12 21 Feb 1918 1000 24 S.E.5a (B664) Albatros D.V (OOC) S of Honnecourt
13 26 Feb 1918 1605 24 S.E.5a (B891) Fokker DR.I (DESF) 4 mi E of Laon
14 01 Mar 1918 1045 24 S.E.5a (B891) DFW C (OOC) Beaurevoir
15 06 Mar 1918 0705 24 S.E.5a (C1751) Albatros D.V (DES) NE of Bullecourt
16 08 Mar 1918 0755 24 S.E.5a (B891) DFW C (OOC) E of St. Quentin
17 08 Mar 1918 1455 24 S.E.5a (B891) Fokker DR.I (DES) SE of La Fère
18 09 Mar 1918 0930 24 S.E.5a (B891) Albatros D.V (OOC) NE of La Fère
19 27 Mar 1918 1520 24 S.E.5a (A8900) Albatros D.V (DESF) Chipilly
20 29 Mar 1918 1530 24 S.E.5a (C1800) Albatros D.V (DES) Foucaucourt
21 29 Mar 1918 1545 24 S.E.5a (C1800) DFW C (OOC) E of Warfusée
22 01 Apr 1918 1215 24 S.E.5a (C1084) Albatros D.V (DES) N of Ignaucourt
23 02 Apr 1918 1430 24 S.E.5a (C1084) Albatros D.V (OOC) E of Moreuil
24 04 Apr 1918 1505 24 S.E.5a (C1084) Pfalz D.III (DES) N of Warfusée
25 07 Apr 1918 1040 24 S.E.5a (C1800) Albatros D.V (OOC) Warfusée
26 07 Apr 1918 1100 24 S.E.5a (C1800) Albatros D.V (DES) 3 mi E of Marcelcave
27 07 Apr 1918 1115 24 S.E.5a (C1800) Fokker DR.I (OOC) N of Moreuil Wood
28 26 Jun 1918 0655 40 S.E.5a (C8869) DFW C (DES) 500 yds SE of Annay
29 28 Jun 1918 1255 40 S.E.5a (C8869) Balloon (DES) Provin
30 30 Jun 1918 1045 40 S.E.5a (C8869) Balloon (DES) 1 Annay
31 01 Jul 1918 1225 40 S.E.5a (C8869) Balloon (DES) Harnes
32 02 Jul 1918 1022 40 S.E.5a (D6122) DFW C (DES) N of La Bassée
33 02 Jul 1918 2100 40 S.E.5a (E1318) DFW C (DES) NW of Pacaut Wood
34 05 Jul 1918 1150 40 S.E.5a (C8869) DFW C (OOC) Lestrem
35 06 Jul 1918 0540 40 S.E.5a (C8869) Hannover C (DES) NE of Arras
36 08 Jul 1918 0925 40 S.E.5a (C8869) Hannover C (OOC) 2 E of Monchy
37 08 Jul 1918 1045 40 S.E.5a (C8869) Hannover C (DES) 3 mi E of La Bassée
38 11 Jul 1918 0550 40 S.E.5a (C8869) Hannover C (DES) W of Vitry
39 13 Jul 1918 0645 40 S.E.5a (C8869) Hannover C (DES) 3 W of Estaires
40 13 Jul 1918 2005 40 S.E.5a (C8869) Pfalz D.III (DES) Vitry
41 14 Jul 1918 0730 40 S.E.5a (C8869) Hannover C (DES) N of Drocourt
42 15 Jul 1918 2015 40 S.E.5a (C8869) Fokker D.VII (DES) NE of Hill 70, Lens
43 15 Jul 1918 2015 40 S.E.5a (C8869) Fokker D.VII (OOC) NE of Hill 70, Lens
44 19 Jul 1918 1245 40 S.E.5a (C8869) Albatros D.V (DES) 2 mi N of Estaires
45 25 Jul 1918 0615 40 S.E.5a (C8869) Hannover C (DES) N of Neuve Chapelle
46 25 Jul 1918 0715 40 S.E.5a (C8869) Hannover C (DES) W of Bois d'Epinoy
47 31 Jul 1918 abt 0930 40 S.E.5a (E1310) Hannover C (DES) Laventie

1 Shared Lt A R Whitten (D8197), Lt Gilbert Strange
2 Shared with Lt Indra Roy, Lt Gilbert Strange
3 Shared with Lt F H Knobel (D3528), Lt Indra Roy, Lt Gilbert Strange
 
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