James Stanley Scott
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James Stanley Scott

James Stanley Scott
Born(1889-02-18)18 February 1889
Roberval, Quebec
Died19 July 1975(1975-07-19) (aged 86)
Halifax, Nova Scotia
Allegiance Canada
Service/branchCanada Royal Canadian Air Force
Years of service-1945
RankAir Commodore
Battles/warsWorld War I
World War II
AwardsMilitary Cross
Air Force Cross

Air Commodore James Stanley Scott (18 February 1889 - 19 July 1975) was a leading figure in the pre-World War II Royal Canadian Air Force and a Royal Flying Corps officer during World War I.

Career

Scott was born in Roberval, Quebec in 1889 and graduated from Quebec High School.[1]

In March 1916 Scott was seconded from the Canadian Artillery to the Royal Flying Corps.[2] Only four months later in July 1916, while serving as a lieutenant, Scott was awarded the Military Cross for attacking a train well behind the German lines even though his aircraft was very badly damaged by enemy fire.[3] He transferred to the Royal Air Force in 1918 and after the Armistice he was awarded the Air Force Cross.[4]

After the War Scott returned to Canada, and after promotion to wing commander, he served as the Officer Commanding the Canadian Air Force from 1921 to 1922.[5] Two years later, Scott who was promoted to group captain again held the Air Force's senior post, this time as the Director of the Royal Canadian Air Force.[6] During this time he petitioned his superior Major-General J H MacBrien for permission for the Air Force to stop focussing on forestry and photography work in order to train as a fighting force. Scott's request was refused and he continued in post until 1928.[7]

On 1 April 1931, Scott was granted the honorary rank of air commodore.[8]

Scott left the RCAF and returned to duty in 1939 and served during World War II and retired in 1945.[1]

Scott died in Halifax, Nova Scotia in 1975.[1]

Notes

  1. ^ a b c Air Force awards
  2. ^ "No. 30416". The London Gazette (Supplement). 4 December 1917. p. 12795.
  3. ^ "No. 29684". The London Gazette (Supplement). 25 July 1916. pp. 7429-7434.
  4. ^ "No. 31098". The London Gazette (Supplement). 31 December 1918. pp. 97-98.
  5. ^ Goodspeed, Donald James (1967). The Armed Forces of Canada, 1867-1967: a century of achievement. Directorate of History, Canadian Forces Headquarters. p. 273.
  6. ^ Flight Global
  7. ^ Cameras take flight
  8. ^ "Honorary Ranks of the RCAF" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 22 June 2013. Retrieved 2012.

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