Paul McGinness

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Paul Joseph McGinness
Born(1896-02-14)14 February 1896
Warrnambool, Victoria
Died25 January 1952(1952-01-25) (aged 55)
Perth, Western Australia
Service/branchAustralian Imperial Force
Australian Flying Corps
Royal Australian Air Force
Years of service1914–1919
c. 1940–1945
RankSquadron Leader
Battles/warsFirst World War Second World War
AwardsDistinguished Flying Cross
Distinguished Conduct Medal
Other workCo-founder of Qantas
Arrival at Longreach of the Armstrong Whitworth FK8 with the first bag of air mail on the inaugural flight of the first Qantas air service from Charleville to Cloncurry, 22 November 1922 (Pilot McGinness is fourth from right)

Paul Joseph McGinness, DFC, DCM (14 February 1896 – 25 January 1952[1]) was an Australian flying ace of the First World War, credited with seven aerial victories. He was a co-founder of Queensland and Northern Territory Aerial Services (Qantas).[2] McGinness was born on his family's property at Framlingham, Victoria, near Warrnambool, and attended St Patrick's College, Ballarat. McGinness died at Hollywood Repatriation Hospital and was buried at Karrakatta Cemetery.[3]


  1. ^ "Squadron Leader Paul Joseph McGinness DFC DCM". Shrine of Remembrance - Melbourne. Retrieved 12 May 2016.
  2. ^ "Paul McGinness". The Aerodrome. Retrieved 28 April 2016.
  3. ^ "Obscure funeral for hero". The Mail (Adelaide). 41 (2, 070). South Australia. 2 February 1952. p. 5. Retrieved 12 May 2016 – via National Library of Australia.

Further reading[edit]

  • Cottrill, Pauline (2012). The Man Australia Forgot: Paul Joseph McGiness DFC, DCM, Co-founder of Qantas Airways. Corinda: Pictorial Press Australia. ISBN 9781876561796.