Raymond Collishaw, fighter pilot (b at Nanaimo, BC 22 Nov 1893; d at West Vancouver 29 Sept 1976). He was credited with 60 victories during WWI, placing him second on the roster of Canadian aces. He remained in the postwar RAF, leading British squadrons to southern Russia and Persia to fight against the "Reds" in 1919. At the beginning of WWII he commanded the RAF forces in Egypt, but his flair was for personal leadership, not office work. He was relieved in 1941, served briefly on the staff of Fighter Command in England and retired with the rank of air vice-marshal in 1943.
Squadron-Commander Raymond Collishaw in Sopwith F1 Camel aircraft, Allonville, France, 1918 (National Archives of Canada, PA-2788).
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