Stories of Remembrance

Army, Air Force, First World War (1914-18)Squadron Leader Paul Joseph McGinness DFC DCM,

[McGuinness is] …A bold and gallant airman, who has displayed marked initiative and skill in attacking and destroying enemy aircraft, notably on 24th August, when, with his observer, he crashed two enemy machines in an engagement against heavy odds…

Paul McGinness (1896–1952) joined the Australian Light Horse at the onset of the First World War (1914–18). He fought and was wounded at The Nek, Gallipoli in 1915 and was awarded the Distinguished Conduct Medal (DCM) for ‘conspicuous gallantry’ at Jifjaffa, Sinai, in 1916.  McGinness transferred to No.1 Squadron, Australian Flying Corps (AFC), in March 1918. With seven confi rmed victories was one of the Middle Eastern theatre’s most celebrated flying aces. His valour as a pilot earned him the Distinguished Flying Cross (DFC).

[McGuinness is] …A bold and gallant airman, who has displayed marked initiative and skill in attacking and destroying enemy aircraft, notably on 24th August, when, with his observer, he crashed two enemy machines in an engagement against heavy odds…

Citation for Lieutenant Paul McGinness DFC DCM, 23 May 1919

McGinness and his wartime observer, Hudson Fysh, founded Qantas, with Fergus McMaster, in 1920, before McGinness left to pursue farming in 1922. When the Second World War (1939–45) came, McGinness served his country again with the Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF). Paul McGinness died in Perth on 25 January 1952.
 

This Story of Remembrance was compiled through the research of the Exhibitions and Collections team at the Shrine of Remembrance.

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