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Memorable Manitobans: William Gordon “Dozy” Claxton (1899-1967)

World War One flying ace.

Born in Gladstone, Manitoba, he reached the rank of captain in the Royal Air Force and at one point recorded 41 victories in 79 days. Between 4 July and 12 August 1918, he shot down ten enemy airplanes and one kite balloon. He also developed new techniques of aerial photography. Shot down in 1918, he was taken prisoner by the Germans.

After the war he went into journalism. He died in Toronto.


Dictionary of Manitoba Biography by John M. “Jack” Bumsted, Winnipeg: University of Manitoba Press, 1999.

Page revised: 31 July 2008

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