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Name: John Finlay Noel MacRae
Country: Canada
Rank: Lieutenant
Service: Royal Flying Corps
Royal Air Force
Unit: 23
Victories: 5
Born: 05 December 1895
Place of Birth: Beaverton, Ontario
Place of Death:  
From the Royal Highlanders, John Finlay Noel MacRae transferred to the Royal Flying Corps in 1915. Posted to 23 Squadron in 1917, he scored five victories flying SPADs.
Military Cross (MC)
2nd Lt. (T./Lt.) John Finlay Noel Macrae, Gen. List and R.F.C.
   For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty. While on an offensive patrol he attacked an enemy machine and drove it down damaged. On the same day he took part in a bombing raid at a low altitude on an enemy aerodrome, and secured a direct hit on one of the hangars. While returning, he engaged enemy troops and transport on a road, causing casualties and confusion. He then climbed and attacked an enemy kite balloon, and, in spite of intense fire, succeeded in forcing it down damaged. He showed splendid courage and initiative.
Date Time Unit Aircraft Opponent Location
1 18 Nov 1917 0700 23 SPAD (B3640) C (OOC) S of Westroosebeke
2 05 Dec 1917 1425 23 SPAD (B3646) Albatros D.V (OOC) Westroosebeke
3 09 Mar 1918 0915 23 SPAD XIII (B6847) C (DES) 1 S of Masnieres
4 21 Mar 1918 1800 23 SPAD (B6854) C (OOC) Holnon Wood
5 21 Mar 1918 1855 23 SPAD (B6854) Albatros D.V (DES) Holnon Wood

1 Shared with Capt James Fitz Morris, Lt G W R Pidsley (B3479)
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