The Life Of Canadian Fighter Pilot, Billy Bishop

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Introduction:
An aggressive pilot, due to his daring nature, a young Canadian became a legend and inspired a new generation of aces. Billy Bishop was a courageous man and the greatest fighter pilot to serve Canada during the times of war. The purpose of this essay is to learn and recognize the different contributions made by Billy Bishop and his journey to rising above his peers through strength and courage. This is true because he would go on to won 16 medals and become the first Canadian to win the Victoria Cross. First the difficult path he faced to achieving his dream will be discussed. Secondly his amazing victories and contributions during the war will be discussed. Lastly the ordeal he faced by people who believe he lied about his fights and the controversies of whether he deserved the Victoria Cross will be discussed.
Life before Flying:
Billy Bishop’s path to greatness was not an easy one. He encountered many challenges throughout his young life that recognized him as a fiercer fighter pilot and a true hero. Billy Bishop faced an incredibly tough task to achieving his dream of becoming Canada’s greatest ace. Bishop had a tough life at Owen Sound Collegiate. He would be the subject to many jokes and preferred the company of girls. However his anger and fists won him acceptance on the school ground. He was a good natured boy born on February 8th, 1984. In 1911, at the age of 17, his parents sent him Royal Military College in Kingston, Ontario due to his mediocre marks in school which his father knew would not allow him to get accepted to the University of Toronto. He was not an academic student and in his third year of high school was found cheating on a class exam which would later be the subject to many controversies which will be discussed later. Later Bishop would be sent to the Second Canadian Division. Unfortunately for Bishop he fell ill with pneumonia when his group was leaving for war with the Canadian Expeditionary Force. After recovering, he was transferred to the 8th Canadian Mounted Rifles, a mounted infantry unit, and then stationed in London, Ontario. Bishop quickly became frustrated with the mud of the trenches and the lack of action. In July 1915, after watching a Royal Flying Corps aircraft return from a mission, Bishop said "...it's clean up there! I'll bet you don't get any mud or [dirt] on you up there. If you die, at least it would be a clean death." However, if he wanted to join the Royal Flying Corps as an observer he could transfer immediately. He joined the RFC as soon as possible and was transferred to Salisbury, Wiltshire. This move got him out of the horror of trench warfare and one step closer to flying.
Troubles and Defeats during the Great War:
Billy Bishop contributed greatly to World War One and became a national hero due to his amazing dogfights and defeats. In World War I, the role of aircraft was generally limited to ground support and observation. Bishop's work included dropping hand-held...

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