A clerk and department manager from Grimsby, Ontario, Reginald George Malcolm joined the Royal Flying Corps as a 2nd Lieutenant on 24 February 1917. Posted to 25 Squadron in March 1917, he scored 8 victories flying the F.E.2d. He was posted to the Home Establishment on 18 June 1917 and to Canada on 1 July 1918, the same day he received a promotion to Captain. He served as commanding officer of Aerial Fighting School No. 2 at Beamsville, Ontario before he as reassigned to headquarters on 16 December 1918.
"For exceptional skill and courage in aerial fighting on many occasions, particularly the following:— On 1st May 1917 he was one of a formation of six which was attacked by 15 hostile scouts. He attacked one which he shot down and destroyed near Izel. A little later he was attacked by five scouts, one of which he drove down damaged. This machine was seen to land just west of Lens. Again, on the same patrol, he drove off two scouts which were attacking one of our artillery machines. Later in the same day, whilst on a bomb raid, he was attacked by a red scout, which damaged his engine. He immediately dived, and his observer shot down the hostile machine, which fell in flames in Bois Bernard. 2nd Lieutenant Malcolm managed to land on our side of the lines.
"On other occasions he has done exceptionally fine work, and has destroyed in all six hostile machines." 1
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Military Cross (MC)
Temp. 2nd Lt. Reginald George Malcolm, Gen. List and R.F.C.
For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty. He has shown exceptional skill and courage in aerial fighting. He has several times been attacked by superior numbers, and on each occasion has accounted for more than one of the hostile machines and effected a safe landing himself.
Supplement to the London Gazette, 18 July 1917 (30188/7237)