Okay, so how many German airplane were really shot down by Canadian “Ace,” Billy Bishop? If it’s going to start a U.S.-Canadian war you don’t need to answer.
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In response to a similar request from a previous reader, I have done a pretty detailed study of German losses against Billy Bishop’s claims with No.60 Squadron, though I have yet to cover all his claims while commanding No.85 Squadron. As things stand now, however, I have only been able to find one German loss with 60 Squadron and only one or two for 85—and even some of those require discounting a squadron mate or two’s claims in the same action. I can only conclude that Bishop’s ratio of 72 credited victories to corresponding enemy losses is one of the most disproportionately low in the RFC and RAF.
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