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Douglas McGregor

Deceased Person

Captain Douglas Urquhart McGregor was a Canadian World War I flying ace credited with 12 official aerial victories. Douglas Urquhart McGregor was the son of Doctor John O. McGregor. The younger McGregor attended McGill University and played on their Redmen football team during the early years of World War I. McGregor joined the Royal Flying Corps in 1916. He sailed from Halifax, Nova Scotia for England aboard the Corsican on 25 September 1916. He was commissioned as a temporary probational second lieutenant on 6 October 1916. On 7 December 1916, in a mistaken attempt to correct his name, the London Gazette changed his middle name to "Urchart". After being trained, McGregor joined 23 Squadron at Baisieux on 20 April 1917 as a Spad VII pilot. He survived Bloody April to begin his streak of aerial successes on 13 May 1917. On that day, he teamed with Conn Standish O'Grady to set a German Albatros D.III aflame in midair. He would not score again until 6 July, when he teamed with William Kennedy-Cochran-Patrick and another pilot to set a German reconnaissance two-seater on fire. The following day, he again teamed with William Kennedy-Cochran-Patrick to set another German recon machine  ( Wikipedia article )

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Personal facts

Date of birth
1895-03-03

Death

Date of death
1953-06-09
Place of death
Hamilton

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