Topics: World War I, World War II, Billy Bishop Pages: 5 (1924 words) Published: September 29, 2012
Was Billy Bishop a Hero or a Fraud?
An event that occurred in historical time and has evolved the world into an improved environment today is classified as a defining moment. Many famous Canadian men, women, and children have become a part of the defining moments for many reasons, such as being a soldier who fought in WW1 and WW2, or being an actor or actress or being a part of the election parties. One of the men which were popular in the World War 1 was Billy Bishop. William Avery Bishop was the original name created for Billy Bishop. “He was born on February 8th, 1894 in Owen Sound, Ontario.” (Freedom Heroes) “He was married to his childhood sweetheart, Margaret Burden in January, 1949.” (The Incomparable Billy Bishop: The Man and the Myths) (Billy Bishop: Home & Museum) Billy was a Canadian military/fighter pilot that had shot down seventy-two German soldiers. The controversy of this man was if he was hero or if he was a fraud. An abundant amount of citizens argue that Billy Bishop was in fact a hero because he was loyal to his country, courageous while in the battles, and dedicated to his loved ones.

To begin with, Bishop was a loyal citizen of his country, Canada and this was because he wanted to protect all the other Canadian residents living in Canada. He had proven himself worthy in several different ways. While many of the Canadian citizens had no experience of participating in a war, “Billy could ride a horse, shoot and march. He was a notch above most newcomers.” (McCaffery, 14) Billy was training to be an observer and this had proven him more worthy of a fighter pilot. “In any case, he spent the next several months training to be an observer with the 21 squadron at Netheravon Flight School. Here he proved to be a first-class observer. In fact, by the time he left, Bishop was in charge of training new observers with the camera.” (McCaffery, 21) Additionally, Billy Bishop was a man that was proud of his country and so he always persevered during the toughest times in his life such as when he was forced to attend Royal Military College for the second time. This was because he had cheated on the exam which may be why many people thought he was a fraud. However, he did not quit this school because “he started to think of becoming a soldier.” (McCaffery, 14) “He was forced to repeat the first year at Royal Military College at Kingston because he cheated on the exam.” (McCaffery, 14) Another time he persevered was during World War 1 and a small portion of World War 2. As bad as it got, he never wanted to let his country down. “Even though it was a cold winter, Bishop was still developing into a good soldier.” (McCaffery, 17) Moreover, Billy was a man that was loyal to his country by being patient when it came to what he wanted to become. He wanted to become a fighter pilot because he was always interested in flying. If military soldiers wanted to become a fight pilot they must become observers first, and this was because there were not enough observers. “RCF had plenty of pilots; he was informed, but not enough observers.” (McCaffery, 21) The “Observers took aerial photos of enemy positions, observed German troop movements, dropped bombs and directed the artillery fire, they did all the work while the pilots got most of the glory.” (McCaffery, 21) Billy began as an observer. “Bishop had to start off as a low man on the totem pole.” (McCaffery, 21)“Trench warfare had made the cavalry obsolete; if he stayed with his regiment, he’d find himself assigned to a muddy, rat-infested trench on the western front.” (McCaffery, 21) Although Bishop was very faithful man to his country, he also was very courageous while he was taking part in the battles of the war.

Furthermore, as Billy grew older he developed to have more interest in becoming a pilot and flying a plane because he was similar to an explorer, he enjoyed many adventurous journeys. “Billy eager for adventure and glory, left RMC to join Cavalry Regiment.”...
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