Why does Bishop attempt a single-handed attack on the German aerodrome? How was that different from the plan that Albert Ball suggested and what sense does the reader get of Bishop from his narrative of that event in Billy Bishop Goes to War by John Gray?
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By June and July of 1917, Bishop had won the Distinguished Service Order after having survived a confrontation with the Red Barron. He was among the top three flying Aces of the Royal Air Force and of World War I, both. He was third to the Red Baron. There is no need to look any further than the momentum of war and victory to see why Bishop wanted to perform a solo attack on the aerodrome. It was for this attack that he was awarded the Victoria, despite the usual "warrant" requiring eye-witnesses to victories, of which there were none at the aerodrome.
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