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Name: Finlay McQuistan
Distinguished Flying Cross (DFC) Finlay McQuistan
Country: Scotland
Rank: Captain
Service: Royal Flying Corps
Royal Air Force
Units: 12, 19, 55
Victories: 11
Born: 1896
Place of Birth: Greenock West, Renfrewshire, Scotland
Died: 04 September 1950
Place of Death: Glasgow, Lanarkshire, Scotland
The son of Finlay and Agnes J. Mcquistan of Greenock, Renfrewshire, Finlay McQuistan served with the Royal Field Artillery before he transferred to the Royal Flying Corps. In June 1916, he was assigned to 12 Squadron to fly two-seaters but was wounded in action the following September. Reassigned to 55 Squadron in March 1917, he was wounded again in May while scoring his first victory. By the following year, he was flying Sopwith Dolphins with 19 Squadron, claiming nine more victories before the Armistice was signed.

Listed in some sources as Finley McQuiston.
British Army WWI Medal Rolls Index Cards, 1914-1920
England & Wales, National Probate Calendar, 1858-1966
Distinguished Flying Cross (DFC)
Lt. (A./Capt.) Finlay McQuistan. (FRANCE)
   By his example of determination and courage Capt. McQuistan has inspired the greatest confidence in the other pilots of his squadron. He has led over 30 squadron offensive patrols, and the success attained by his squadron during the past three months is largely due to his skilful leadership. This officer has destroyed or driven down out of control nine enemy machines.
Date Time Unit Aircraft Opponent Location
1 09 May 1917 1400 55 D.H.4 (A7420) 1 Albatros D.III (OOC) Le Cateau
2 17 May 1918 1045 19 Sopwith Dolphin (C3902) Albatros D.V (OOC) Armentières
3 27 Jun 1918 1800 19 Sopwith Dolphin (C3829) Pfalz D.III (OOC) Estaires
4 06 Jun 1918 1715 19 Sopwith Dolphin (C3902) DFW C.V (OOC) 2 Vieux Berquin
5 07 Aug 1918 1110 19 Sopwith Dolphin (C3902) Pfalz D.III (OOC) E of Arras
6 11 Aug 1918 1750 19 Sopwith Dolphin (C3829) Pfalz D.III (DESF) E of Albert
7 21 Sep 1918 1155 19 Sopwith Dolphin (C3829) Fokker D.VII (OOC) E of Thorout
8 27 Sep 1918 1240 19 Sopwith Dolphin (C3829) Pfalz D.III (OOC) E of Aubigny
9 04 Oct 1918 1115 19 Sopwith Dolphin (C3829) Pfalz D.III (DES) Cambrai-Le Cateau
10 04 Oct 1918 1115 19 Sopwith Dolphin (C3829) Albatros D.V (OOC) Cambrai
11 05 Oct 1918 0805 19 Sopwith Dolphin (C3829) Fokker D.VII (DESF) E of Cambrai

1 Observer AM2 F G Ellis
2 Shared with Lt Gordon Irving, Capt John De Pencier, Lt Cecil Gardner
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