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    Default Air Commodore W J Y Guilfoyle OBE, MC

    Hi all

    I am researching the early career of the above and am especially interested to know which Squadron he was serving with when awarded the MC which was listed in the London Gazette on 3rd March 1917.

    I gather he learned to fly during the summer of 1915 as he was awarded RAeC Cert No 1928 on 14October 1915, could anyone confirm please where his flying course took place I suspect it might have been Larkhill but would be grateful for confirmation.

    Many thanks

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    Hi Royton

    This is what I have on him on my website: -

    William James Yule b: 17 Oct 1890***************r: 21 Sep 1941 d: xx Jun 1946
    OBE - 10 Oct 1919, MC - 3 Mar 1917, MiD - xx xxx xxxx, MiD - xx xxx xxxx, MiD - xx xxx xxxx, MiD - xx xxx xxxx, MiD - xx xxx xxxx, MiD - 10 Oct 1919.

    (Army):- (T) 2 Lt: 29 Apr 1915, (T) Lt: 1 Sep 1916, (T) Capt: 27 Oct 1916, (T) Maj: 11 Aug 1917.

    (RAF):- Maj?: 1 Apr 1918, Sqn Ldr: 1 Aug 1919 [1 Apr 1918], Wg Cdr: 1 Jul 1927, Gp Capt: 1 Jul 1933, Act A/Cdre: xx xxx xxxx, (T) A/Cdre: xx xxx xxxx, A/Cdre: Retained.

    (RAFO - Class CC): Wg Cdr: 21 Sep 1941

    xx xxx 1914: Trooper, 4th Light Horse.
    29 Apr 1915:***********Officer, Royal Field Artillery
    xx Jul 1915: Seconded to the RFC.
    25 Nov 1915:***********Flying Officer, RFC.
    27 Oct 1916: Flight Commander, No ? Sqn RFC.
    11 Aug 1917:***********Officer Commanding, No 53 Training Sqn RFC.
    *1 Nov 1918: Officer Commanding, No 28 Sqn.
    12 Mar 1919: Officer Commanding, No 208 Sqn. (RE8, Bristol F2B Ismailia)
    *1 Aug 1919: Awarded Permanent Commission as a Major
    16 Oct 1919: Officer Commanding No 113 Sqn.
    *1 Feb 1920 Officer Commanding, No 208 Sqn.*************
    *1 Jul 1922: Officer Commanding, School of Photography.
    19 Jan 1925: Officer Commanding, No 9 Sqn.
    27 Jul 1926: Staff Officer, HQ Wessex Bombing Area.
    *4 Oct 1927: Attended RN Staff College, Greenwich.
    *1 Jan 1929: Superintendent of RAF Reserve.
    13 Mar 1933: Attended Senior Officers' War Course, Greenwich
    *1 Oct 1933: SASO, HQ Central Area.
    *1 May 1936: SASO, HQ No 1 (Bomber) Group.
    21 Jul 1938: Commandant, No 2 School of Technical Training (Apprentices), Cosford
    1 Nov 1939**** Officer Commanding, No 30 (Balloon Barrage) Group.
    xx xxx 1942:************Commandant, ATC Headquarters for the North-West.

    Born in Melbourne, Australia, he enlisted in the 4th Light Horse but within six months received a commission in the Royal Field Artillery.**He obtained RAeC Certificate No 1928 on 14 October 1915.

    In 1946, he returned to his native Australia, on behalf of the Air League of the British Empire to form a youth organisation similar to the ATC. Whilst there he was camping with friends, when a spirit stove exploded, as a result of which, he suffered severe burns, dying from his injuries.

    Citation for the award of the Military Cross
    "Temp. Capt. William James Yule Guilfoyle, R.F.C.
    For conspicuous gallantry in action. He carried out a daring bombing raid and made a valuable reconnaissance under heavy fire during the same flight. He has at all times set a fine example."
    (London Gazette - 3 March 1917)

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    Hello Royton & Malcolm,

    A few references to Guilfoyle, some probably known to both of you, some not.

    http://www.aif.adfa.edu.au:8080/showPerson?pid=121159

    http://naa12.naa.gov.au/SearchNRetrieve/Interface/DetailsReports/ItemDetail.aspx?Barcode=4391699

    I have not included the AWM Embarkation/Nominal Roll refs., as they don't tell us much.

    I imagine you have seen this:

    http://users.netwit.net.au/~ianmac/travis.html

    The Official History of the AFC provides the following footnote:

    Group Capt. W. J. Y. Guilfoyle, O.B.E., M.C.; R.A.F. (previously Aust. Light Horse). Commanded No. 28 Sqn., 1918. Agricultural Student; of South Yarra, Melbourne; born (of Australian parents), Edinburgh, Scotland, 1890.

    See:
    The Official History of Australia in the War of 1914-1918. Vol.VIII. The Australian Flying Corps.
    Cutlack.E.M.
    St Lucia:Uni. of Queensland Press,1984.
    p.43

    For some background on Guilfoyle's parents, see:

    http://adbonline.anu.edu.au/biogs/A040348b.htm

    Guilfoyle died on 24-4-1948, at the Royal Melbourne Hospital, from burns received on a camping trip to Belgrave (Victoria).

    Col.
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    Malcom RAF & Col Bruggy - many thanks to you both I will folow up the leads suggested.

    Much appreciated

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    Malcolm (& Royton),

    I omitted the following document from my earlier post:

    http://www.awm.gov.au/research/people/honours_and_awards/person.asp?p=404670

    I believe this doc is the recommendation for Guilfoyle's Military Cross.

    The action is described in the Official History, here:

    http://www.awm.gov.au/cms_images/histories/9/chapters/04.pdf

    See pp.48-9 of the book (22 December,1916).

    Col.

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    Royton/Malcolm,

    Couple more references to Guilfoyle in the literature:

    31 January/1 February, 1916 (Night)
    Target: Liverpool.
    Enemy forces: Navy Zeppelins L11 (Kptlt H. von Buttlar), L13 (Kptlt H. Mathy), L14 (Kptlt A. Boecker), L15 (Kptlt J. Breithaupt), L16 Oblt-z-S W. Peterson), L17 (Kptlt Herbert Ehrlich), L19 (Kptlt O. Loewe), L20 Kptlt Franz Stabbert), L21 (Kptlt Max Dietrich).
    Results: 70 killed. 113 injured, 53,832 pounds damage.
    Defence sorties: 22

    RFC.
    No.10 R. A. Squadron, Farningham: B.E.2c 1776 (2nd Lieut W. J. Y. Guilfoyle) crashed on take-off at 19.45 hr.

    At Farningham, Guilfoyle came to grief three miles from take-off point and was taken to Dartford Cottage Hospital, suffering from shock, abrasions and a sprained ankle. Details of the crash which wrecked his B.E. are not recorded.

    See:
    The Air Defence of Britain 1914-1918.
    Cole,Christopher & E.F.Cheesman.
    London:Putnam,1984.
    pp.83 & 86

    And...

    Several of the Australian instructors with No 68 Squadron at Harlaxton had come from No 67 Squadron in Egypt, including Captains William Guilfoyle*, Stan Muir and John Bell. Guilfoyle, a Scot, had gone to war with the Light Horse in August 1914, transferring to the Royal Artillery the following year. Late in 1915 he commenced flying training with the RFC, serving first on No 19 Squadron, then back to the desert in July 1916 to rejoin Australians in No 1 Squadron. He was then a founding member of No 68 Squadron on the flying staff at Harlaxton in January 1917, and in August ceased his Australian ties to command a number of RFC training squadrons. He later served with the Royal Air Force.

    * Gp Capt W J Y Guilfoyle OBE MC. 4th Lt Horse, No 19 Sqn RFC, 67 Sqn, 68 Sqn; Comd RFC trg sqns 1917-18, 28 Sqn RAF 1918. Later RAF. Agricultural student of Melbourne; b. Edinburgh, Scotland, 1890.

    See:
    Highest Traditions:The History of No 2 Squadron, RAAF.
    Bennett,John.
    Canberra:AGPS.,1995
    p.27

    Col.
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    Thanks Col

    I will update my entry at the weekend

    Malcolm

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