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Guy Patrick Spence Reid
Born 18 May 1897
Died 16 October 1917(1917-10-16) (aged 20)
Place of birth Puerto Cruz, Teneriffe, Canary Islands
Place of death England
Buried at Newport Cemetery, Lincolnshire
Allegiance Flag of the United Kingdom.svg United Kingdom
Service/branch Infantry; flying service
Rank Captain
Unit Seaforth Highlanders; No. 20 Squadron RAF
Awards Military Cross

Captain Guy Patrick Spence Reid was a World War I flying ace credited with five aerial victories.[1]

Reid transferred from infantry duty to the Royal Flying Corps; he was posted to 20 Squadron in early 1916. He racked up five wins beginning 7 February, when he won the first clash between Fokker Eindekkers and the Royal Aircraft Factory FE.2b by driving off the German plane with a smoking engine.[2] He received the Military Cross on 26 February 1916.[3] By 6 September 1916, he had run his score to five.[4] He was the second earliest of the 44 aces that would serve in 20 Squadron during the war.[5][6][7]

Honors and awardsEdit

Military Cross (MC)

2nd Lt. Guy Patrick Spence Reid, Sea. Highrs. and R.F.C.

For conspicuous skill and gallantry on many occasions. Capt. Dixon-Spain, with 2nd Lt. Reid as pilot, attacked and drove back a hostile machine. A few minutes later four hostile machines were seen, three of which were attacked one after another and driven back, the fourth being accounted for by another patrol. Another time they attacked two hostile machines, shot down one and drove the other back. Two days later they attacked two more machines, of which one is believed to have been destroyed, the other being pursued back to its aerodrome.[8][9]

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EndnotesEdit

  1. http://www.theaerodrome.com/aces/england/reid4.php Retrieved 8 February 2010.
  2. Pusher Aces of World War I. p. 26. 
  3. Above the Trenches: A Complete Record of the Fighter Aces and Units of the British Empire Air Forces 1915-1920. p. 318. 
  4. Above the Trenches: A Complete Record of the Fighter Aces and Units of the British Empire Air Forces 1915-1920. p. 318. 
  5. http://www.theaerodrome.com/services/gbritain/rfc/20.php Retrieved 8 February 2010.
  6. http://www.theaerodrome.com/aces/scotland/reid3.php Retrieved 8 February 2010.
  7. http://www.theaerodrome.com/aces/england/reid4.php Retrieved 8 February 2010.
  8. (Supplement to the London Gazette, 26 September 1916)http://www.london-gazette.co.uk/issues/29765/supplements/9429 Retrieved on 23 September 2010.
  9. http://www.theaerodrome.com/aces/england/reid4.php Retrieved 8 February 2010.

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