Frederick McCall

Frederick McCall

Name: Frederick Robert Gordon McCall
Country: Canada
Rank: Captain
Service: Royal Flying Corps
Units: 13, 41
Victories: 35
Date Of Birth: December 4, 1896
Place of Birth: Vernon, British Columbia
Date Of Death: January 2, 1949

McCall transferred to the Royal Flying Corps in 1917. He became ill and returned to Canada. After the war, he began a career in civil aviation.

Military Cross (MC)
"For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty. While observing artillery fire he attacked an enemy scout and destroyed it. He has set a fine example of courage and determination on all occasions." MC citation, London Gazette, August 16, 1918

Military Cross (MC) Bar
"For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty. Whilst engaged on photographic work he observed a hostile scout, on which he dived and fired a burst from his machine gun. The enemy machine went down in a steep dive out of control. On a later occasion he engaged two hostile two-seater planes, which immediately turned east. Though a steady rate of fire was kept up against him, he continued the attack, during which the observer of one of the hostile machines collapsed in the cockpit, other observers reporting that this machine crashed to earth in the enemy lines. He has always displayed the greatest gallantry and determination in carrying out his work, and has set a very high example to his squadron." MC Bar citation, London Gazette, 22 June 1918

Distinguished Flying Cross (DFC)
"This officer has driven down four enemy machines which were seen to crash, and two others out of control. His determination and tenacity in attack is remarkable. On one occasion whilst acting as escort to reconnaissance machines he shot down an enemy machine which attempted to interrupt their work; he was then attacked by three enemy scouts which, however, he skilfully managed to elude." DFC citation, London Gazette, August 3, 1918

Distinguished Service Order (DSO)
"A brilliant and gallant officer who has accounted for fourteen enemy machines. On a recent date he destroyed four during a patrol in the morning and another in the evening, in each case closing to point-blank range with his opponent. His courage and offensive spirit has inspired all who serve with him." DSO citation, London Gazette, August 3, 1918