RCAF PERSONNEL - HONOURS AND AWARDS - 1939-1949

 

compiled for the Air Force Association of Canada by

 

Hugh A. Halliday

1594 Delia Crescent

Orleans, Ontario

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(613) 830-8366

 

 

 

Acknowledgement: This data base has been prepared with generous assistance from Surgeon Commander (ex F/O) John Blatherwick, CM, CD, MD, New Westminster, British Columbia.

 

 

 

Hugh Halliday welcomes written comments, additions or corrections sent to his home. His email address is hughhall@attcanada.ca.

 

 


AARON, F/L Thomas Richard (C6794) - Commendation for Valuable Services in the Air - No.8 SFTS - Awarded 1 January 1943 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 55/43 dated 15 January 1943 - Born 4 January 1918 at Fort Stockton, Texas. Enlisted in Ottawa, 23 September 1940. Posted to No.1 GRS at date of award. Subsequently transferred to US Army Air Corps.

 

For twenty months Flight Lieutenant Aaron has been employed as a flying instructor, flight commander and examining officer at No.8 SFTS, during which time he has flown 1,370 hours. He has always set a high standard of devotion to duty and his pupils have shown that they have received painstaking and accurate instruction. An outstanding officer whose enthusiasm and department have been exemplary.

 

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ABBEY, WO James Ernest (R82627) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.58 Squadron - Award effective 13 January 1944 as per London Gazette dated 25 January 1944 and AFRO 644/44 dated 24 March 1944. Born in Ottawa, 5 January 1916. Home there. Former shipper. Enlisted Ottawa 20 January 1941. Trained at No.2 WS (graduated 14 September 1941) and No.7 BGS (graduated 13 October 1941). Cited with F/L A.I. Sladen, DSO (RAFVR, pilot) and F/O A.J. Starr, DFC (RAFVR, navigator). Incidents cited occurred 1 and 4 January 1944. With No.58 Squadron, 4 August 1942 to 5 April 1944; to No.7 (C) OTU, 5 April 1944 to 22 May 1944. LAC on 1 May 1941; Sergeant 25 October 1941; Flight Sergeant 25 October 1942; WO2 on 25 April 1943; WO1 on 25 October 1943; Pilot Officer 7 March 1944, promoted to Flying Officer effective 7 September 1944. Repatriated to Canada, October 1944; released 5 February 1945. Presented 1 April 1949. Photo PL-39733 taken April 1949 with his wife and mother immediately after investiture.

 

One night in January 1944, Flight Lieutenant Sladen, Flying Officer Starr and Warrant Officer Abbey were pilot, navigator and wireless operator/air gunner, respectively, of an aircraft which attacked a fully surfaced U-Boat. In the face of considerable anti-aircraft fire, Flight Lieutenant Sladen pressed home his attack from a low level and straddled the vessel with his depth charges. In the operation, which was executed with great skill and accuracy, Flying Officer Starr and Warrant Officer Abbey co-operated excellently with their pilot. Three nights later this crew attacked another U-Boat which was straddled with depth charges from a low level. Flight Lieutenant Sladen, who has completed an extremely large number of sorties, has invariably displayed great skill, courage and leadership of a high order. Flying Officer Starr and Warrant Officer Abbey have also completed very many sorties and have rendered most valuable service. They are highly efficient and have set a fine example of determination and devotion to duty.

 

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ABEL, F/L George Clayton (J7526) - George Medal - No.36 Squadron - Award effective 28 April 1944 as per London Gazette of that date. Born in Grayson, Saskatchewan, 1909. Home in Melville, Saskatchewan. Enlisted in Regina, 14 August 1940. Served in ranks, commissioned 1941. Trained at No.2 WS (graduated 17 August 1941) and No.5 BGS (graduated 15 September 1941). As of 20 May 1942 he was at No.3 RS overseas; as of 7 August at No.7 (C) OTU, and as of 20 November 1942 at No.36 Squadron. Presented November 1946. Photo PL-18007 taken 16 April 1943 shows him in India.

 

In November 1943, Flight Lieutenant Abel was a member of the crew of an aircraft detailed for an operational sortie. Shortly after taking off the pilot was compelled to make an emergency landing, and on touching the ground the aircraft burst into flames. The crew, who had taken crash positions, proceeded to leave the aircraft through the emergency exits. Flight Lieutenant Abel, with his companions, had travelled a distance of approximately sixty yards before he realized that one member of the crew, the rear gunner, was missing. The aircraft was blazing furiously and ammunition was exploding. There was also the grave risk of the petrol tanks and the bombs exploding. Flight Lieutenant Abel, ignoring the imminent danger, returned to the aircraft, calling on the other members of the crew to follow him. The rear gunner was discovered trapped in his turret which, together with the exists, had become jammed. Efforts were made to turn the turret but this the rescuers found to be impossible. Flight Lieutenant Abel then smashed the perspex with his bare hands and succeeded in dragging the rear gunner clear of the wreckage. When all were about twenty yards from the aircraft the first bomb exploded, and the aircraft was soon completely destroyed. By his courage and leadership Flight Lieutenant Abel undoubtedly saved his comrade's life at the risk of his own.

 

NOTE: Public Records Office Air 2/5038 has extensive documentation about the incident which occurred on 27 November 1943 (Wellington MP803). The aircraft had taken off on an Air/Sea Rescue sortie; ten minutes later it had to make an emergency landing. Abel was recommended for the George Cross on 23 December 1943. Other members of the crew were F/O G.W. Bowes (RCAF, J7651, navigator), F/O L.H. Regimbal (RCAF, J10149, pilot), P/O Fox (navigator, not further identified), Warrant Officer J.L. Victorsen (RAAF, AUS.407629, rear gunner), and Warrant Officer F.L. Hannah (second pilot, RAAF, AUS.405177). Not clear where it was downgraded to George Medal but most likely at Air Ministry level.

 

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ABELL, F/O John William (J36330) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.431 Squadron - Award effective 19 January 1945 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 471/45 dated 16 March 1945. Born in 1910, Goderich, Ontario. Home there; enlisted in Toronto, 15 June 1942. Trained at No.6 ITS (graduated 2 April 1943) and No.4 AOS (graduated 1 October 1943). Commissioned 1943. Medal sent by registered mail 17 April 1952.

 

This officer has participated in numerous sorties and has displayed a high standard of navigational ability throughout. On a recent occasion he took part in an attack on Wanne Eickel. Whilst leaving the target area the aircraft was hit by anti-aircraft fire. Flying Officer Abell was wounded. He was given first aid, and although suffering acutely, he did everything he could to assist in navigating the aircraft home. He set a fine example of fortitude and devotion to duty.

 

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ACHESON, F/L John William (J12544) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.576 Squadron - Award effective 8 September 1945 as per London Gazette dated 21 September 1945 and AFRO 1704/45 dated 9 November 1945. Born in Toronto, 1914; home in Montreal. Enlisted in Montreal, 8 July 1941. Trained at No.1 ITS (graduated 27 October 1941), No.1 EFTS (graduated 31 January 1942), and No.2 SFTS (graduated 30 July 1942). Commissioned July 1942. Repatriated 14 May 1945. Invested with medal in Montreal, 25 November 1949. No citation other than "completed...numerous operations against the enemy in the course of which [he has] invariably displayed the utmost fortitude, courage and devotion to duty." Public Records Office Air 2/8749 has recommendation dated 15 April 1945 when he had flown 33 sorties (215 hours), 27 October 1944 to 4 April 1945.

 

27 Oct 44 Cologne 16 Jan 45 Zeitz; aircraft

2 Nov 44 Dusseldorf damaged (flak)

4 Nov 44 Bochum 22 Jan 45 Duisburg/Hamborn

6 Nov 44 Gelsenkirchen 8 Feb 45 Politz

9 Nov 44 Wanne Eickel 14 Feb 45 Chemnitz

11 Nov 44 Dortmund 20 Feb 45 Dortmund

18 Nov 44 Wanne Eickel 21 Feb 45 Duisburg

27 Nov 44 Freiburg 23 Feb 45 Pforzheim

29 Nov 44 Dortmund; aircraft 2 Mar 45 Cologne

damaged by flak. 5 Mar 45 Chemnitz

3 Dec 44 Urft Dam; bombs 7 Mar 45 Dessau

brought back on 11 Mar 45 Essen

M/Bomber orders. 12 Mar 45 Dortmund

17 Dec 44 Ulm 15 Mar 45 Muisburg

22 Dec 44 Coblenz 16 Mar 45 Nuremburg

28 Dec 44 Bonn 31 Mar 45 Hamburg

31 Dec 44 Osterfeld 3 Apr 45 Nordhausen

4 Jan 45 Royan 4 Apr 45 Lutzkendorff

14 Jan 45 Merseburg

 

Flight Lieutenant Acheson, a Canadian officer, has completed 33 operational sorties as captain of a Lancaster bomber operating in Bomber Command. He has made many successful attacks on heavily defended targets in Germany, including Cologne, Dusseldorf, Dortmund and Essen. He has also made numerous deep penetrations to attack targets when fighters have been active, including Merseburg, Chemnitz and Nuremburg. His unconquerable spirit of determination under these trying conditions to achieve his objective has undoubtedly inspired a high standard of morale in his crew.

 

On two occasions Flight Lieutenant Acheson's aircraft has been damaged by anti-aircraft fire, but this has in no way deterred him from pressing home his attacks with the utmost skill and determination.

 

Flight Lieutenant Acheson has acted as Flight Commander and has shown outstanding qualities of leadership. His courage, tenacity and endurance have led to a fine record of achievement, and I very strongly recommend him for the award of the Distinguished Flying Cross.

 

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ACORN, Sergeant Elmer Keith (R76639) - Commended for Valuable Services in the Air - No.7 Bombing and Gunnery School - award effective 1 January 1946 as per Canada Gazette of that date and AFRO 82/86 dated 25 January 1946. Enlisted in Edmonton, 28 October 1940.

 

This non-commissioned officer has served as a drogue operator at this unit for 26 months. He has been outstanding in his devotion to duty and has set an example to all his associates by his efficiency.

 

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ADAIR, Flight Sergeant Fulton Muir (R100752) - Croix de Guerre (France) - No.15082 GCI, 21 Sector - Awarded as per AFRO 1619/45 dated 19 October 1945. Home in Cannington, Ontario. Enlisted in Toronto, 8 April 1941; repatriated to Canada, 12 August 1945. No details or citation in records in Canada. Public Records Office Air 2/9645 gives unit and citation.

 

From D-Day until the fall of Paris, Flight Sergeant Adair was in charge of the major part of the men and equipment of 15082 GCI [Ground Control Interception] and was at all times in the front of the battle. His unit was responsible for the ultimate destruction of over 50 enemy aircraft. His skill and devotion to duty, his coolness and judgement in the face of many difficult situations, was a fine example to all those who worked with him.

 

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ADAIR, Corporal Lewis Gowen (R210932) - British Empire Medal - Air Armament School, Mountain View - Award effective as per Canada Gazette dated 13 June 1946 and AFRO 660/46 dated 5 July 1946 - Enlisted at Vancouver, 7 January 1943. Medal presented July 1948.

 

This non-commissioned officer has demonstrated outstanding ability and supervises the work of two sections, involving work of a highly trying nature in the maintenance of aircraft. His initiative, determination and his willingness to put in long working hours has set an example to all personnel of the squadron and has contributed greatly to the general efficiency of the Unit and the war effort.

 

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ADAM, LAC John Rooch (R84372) - Mention in Despatches - No.9408 Servicing Echelon (No.62 Base in AFRO) - Award effective 1 January 1945 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 425/45 dated 9 March 1945. Recommendation found in DHist file 181.009 D.1719 (PAC RG.24 Vol.20606) which give name as John Roach Adam. Fitter IIE, home in St.Catharines, Ontario; enlisted in Hamilton, Ontario, 14 January 1941; served eight months in Canada, 36 months overseas.

 

Leading Aircraftman Adam is one of the hardest working and most conscientious airmen in the Repair and Inspection Section and can be depended upon to complete his work speedily and thoroughly. On his own initiative he has put in many hours of overtime working on aircraft and by his fine spirit and devotion to duty he has set a splendid example to his comrades.

 

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ADAMS, G/C Albert Oliver (C90) - Officer, Order of the British Empire - AFHQ - Awarded as per Canada Gazette dated 13 June 1946 and AFRO 660/46 dated 5 July 1945. First World War pilot with RFC/RAF. Enlisted in Ottawa, 1 June 1926. Commended by British authorities in letter to Department of External Affairs dated 5 May 1942 for valuable services as a conference evolving common standards of airworthiness for the Empire. Awarded presented 1 December 1948. Retired December 1952. Received Queen's Coronation Medal, 28 October 1953 when on retired list, living in Ottawa. Photo PL-39640 shows him seated at desk.

 

During the present war this officer has served in the capacity of officer in charge, Aeronautical Inspection District, Commanding Officer of a Repair Depot, and as Director of Repair and Maintenance and Director of Aeronautical Engineering at Royal Canadian Air Force Headquarters. This officer has always endeavoured to improve methods and procedures in the engineering field. While in command of No.8 Repair Depot he completed a treatise on control and administration of service Repair Depots for which he was highly commended. The entire service career of this officer has been marked by an unselfishness and conscientious devotion to duty and his energy and diligence has been an example to all those who have served with him. The results achieved by Group Captain Adams in the field of Aeronautical Engineering have been produced on many occasions under very trying conditions. It is considered that the services of this officer are of the highest order, and marked by a patriotic ideal that merits recognition.

 

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ADAMS, F/O Donald Albert (J27509) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.425 Squadron - Award effective 1 December 1944 as per London Gazette dated 8 December 1944 and AFRO 337/45 dated 23 February 1945. Born at Donavon, Saskatchewan, 1921. Home given variously as Donavon and Vancouver. A waiter and farmer. Enlisted in Saskatchewan 29 May 1942. Trained at No.7 ITS (graduated 20 December 1942) and No.2 AOS (graduated 25 June 1943). Commissioned 1943. No citation other than "..in recognition of gallantry and devotion to duty in the execution of air operations against the enemy". DHist file 181.009 D.1730 (RG.24 Vol.20607) has recommendation dated 16 September 1944, when he had flown 34 sorties (161 hours ten minutes) in a tour from 9 May to 31 August 1944.

 

A navigator of outstanding ability, Flying Officer Adams has recently completed a tour of operations, among which included bombings on important targets such as Stuttgart, Hamburg and Kiel. Throughout his operational tour, he displayed great skill as a navigator. On all his thirty-four sorties he reached the target on time.

 

On 25th July 1944, this officer and his crew were detailed to bomb Stuttgart. On the run-in to the target, the flak was intense and it was necessary to do two orbits. Flying Officer Adams, displaying magnificent courage and under adverse conditions, was able to bring the aircraft back on course. Despite the heavy flak, the target was bombed with success.

 

Of a retiring nature, Flying Officer Adams has shown outstanding skill as a navigator. At all times he has kept before him the necessity of a successful attack. He has exhibited a dogged determination in his efforts to bring all his sorties to a successful conclusion.

 

His remarkable skill, his gallantry in the air and his unselfish devotion to duty under the most trying conditions are deserving of the highest praise. Keenness coupled with intelligent understanding of a job make for effective bombing.

 

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ADAMS, F/O Ernest Allen (J9584) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.97 Squadron - Award effective 6 November 1943 as per London Gazette dated 12 November 1943 and AFRO 2610/43 dated 17 December 1943. Born in Omenee, Ontario, 1918; home there. Enlisted at North Bay, Ontario, 3 January 1941. Trained at No.1 WS (graduated 8 October 1941) and No.6 BGS (graduated 22 December 1941). No citation in AFRO other than "completed many successful operations against the enemy in which [he] displayed high skill, fortitude and devotion to duty."

 

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ADAMS, Corporal Eric Victor (R62722) - Mention in Despatches - No.1664 Conversion Unit - Award effective 1 January 1945 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 425/45 dated 9 March 1945. Home in Sherbrooke, Quebec; enlisted there 23 July 1940. Died 15 September 1944. DHist file 181.009 D.2993 (National Archives RG.24 Volume 20634) has recommendation forwarded to No.6 Group Headquarters, 25 July 1944. He had enlisted 23 July 1940 and had served 16 months in Canada, 32 months overseas; Fitter IIA.

 

This Junior Non-Commissioned Officer, a Fitter IIA ground crew man in the Repair and Inspection Squadron of No.1664 Conversion Unit, has been outstanding amongst his comrades for devotion to duty. He has worked long hours under arduous conditions and is an example to all ranks. He has had little relief and has been most cheerful, willing and eager to give of his best at all times. He is strongly recommended for the above award.

 

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ADAMS, Sergeant (now P/O) James Allen (R90629/C16857) - Mention in Despatches - No.35 Squadron - Award effective 1 June 1943 as per London Gazette dated 2 June 1943 and AFRO 1247/43 dated 2 July 1943. Born in Montreal. 13 July 1916; home there; bank clerk and salesman for eight years before enlistment in North Bay, 14 April 1941. Posted to RCAF Detachment, McGill University, 1 June 1941; promoted to Leading Aircraftman, 6 September 1941 on classification as Radio Mechanic; to No.31 Radio School, Clinton, Ontario, 23 September 1941; to "Y" Depot, Halifax, 11 November 1941; arrived in UK, 23 November 1941; to No.2 Signals School, 12 December 1941; to No.35 Squadron, 23 December 1941; promoted Corporal, 7 June 1942; promoted Sergeant, 24 July 1942; to Officers School, Cosford, 3 February 1943; commissioned 4 March 1943 and posted to RAF Station Snaith; promoted Flying Officer, 4 September 1943; promoted Flight Lieutenant, 13 November 1943; to No.51 Squadron, 21 January 1944; to No.139 Squadron, 11 May 1944; to No.4 Group Headquarters, 14 October 1944; to No.43 Base, 19 November 1944; to Transport Command, 20 May 1945; repatriated to Canada, 23 November 1945; released 4 January 1946.

 

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ADAMS, Corporal Joseph Hervey Chauncey (R73678) - Mention in Despatches - No.64 Base - Award effective 1 January 1946 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 388/46 dated 12 April 1946. Home in Rat River, County Laviolette, Quebec. Enlisted in Montreal 7 October 1940. Identified in AFRO as "Overseas". McEwen papers (CWM) with list of recommendations with MiD recommendations for 1 February to 31 July 1945 identifies unit. No citation in AFRO or biographical file. DHist file 181.009 D.4364 (RG.24 Vol.20648) confirms unit and has recommendation submitted 5 May 1945. He had served 16 months in Canada, 39 months overseas.

 

This airman while working in a junior position has had the responsibility of a section of major proportion at this Base. His personality, [and] technical ability resulted in a production of serviceable aircraft for operations against our common enemy which has far surpassed the normal requirements in his particular sphere. The co-operation he has inculcated in those under him is the result of his evident pleasure in his work and inspired leadership.

 

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ADAMS, S/L John Lindley (C5160) - Mention in Despatches - No.63 Base - Award effective 1 January 1945 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 337/45 dated 23 February 1945. Home in Vancouver. Enlisted in Montreal 16 May 1941. DHist file 181.009 D.2619 (RG.24 Vol.20628) has recommendation forwarded 31 July 1944 to No.6 Group Headquarters. Had served 21 months in Canada, 17 months overseas.

 

Flight Lieutenant Adams is the Base Armament Officer, having taken over that position when this Base was formed in May 1944. Prior to that time he was the Station Armament Officer at Leeming. This officer has shown himself to be an excellent organizer which is reflected in the manner in which armament matters have gone smoothly on despite the many daily bomb load changes. Without thought of the many long hours involved, Flight Lieutenant Adams has worked tirelessly and cheerfully.

 

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ADAMS, F/L Lawrence John (J7439) - Commended for Valuable Services - No.10 SFTS - Award effective 14 November 1944 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 2684/44 dated 15 December 1944. Enlisted in Winnipeg, 9 January 1941. Trained at No.2 ITS (graduated 29 April 1941), No.14 EFTS (graduated 3 July 1941), and No.11 SFTS (graduated 11 September 1941).

 

This officer, for the past two and a half years, has executed his flying instructional duties with exceptional zeal. He is an outstanding pilot and has contributed much to the high standard of pilots graduating from this school.

 

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ADAMS, P/O Norman Thomas (J88226) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.35 Squadron - Award effective 15 March 1945 as per London Gazette dated 27 March 1945 and AFRO 1127/45 dated 6 July 1945. Born 1921, Glace Bay, Nova Scotia; home in Conheath or Sydney River, Cape Breton, Nova Scotia. Clerk, enlisted in Halifax, July 1941. Trained at No.5 ITS (graduated 19 December 1942), No.4 BGS (graduated 19 March 1943) and No.9 AOS (graduated 14 May 1943). Medal sent by registered mail, 9 February 1950. No citation other than "completed...many successful operations against the enemy in which [he has] displayed high skill, fortitude and devotion to duty." Public Records Office Air 2/9051 has recommendation dated 21 December 1944 when he had flown 57 sorties (233 hours), 9 April to 17 December 1944.

 

9 Apr 44 Lille 20 Jul 44 Wizernes

11 Apr 44 Aachen 23 Jul 44 Kiel

24 Apr 44 Karlsruhe 24 Jul 44 Stuttgart

26 Apr 44 Essen 25 Jul 44 Stuttgart

10 May 44 Lens 28 Jul 44 Stuttgart

11 May 44 Louvain 31 Jul 44 Foret de Nieppe

21 May 44 Duisburg 16 Aug 44 Stettin

22 May 44 Dortmund 18 Aug 44 Connantre

24 May 44 Aachen 25 Aug 44 Brest

27 May 44 Bourg Leopold 20 Sep 44 Calais

28 May 44 Mardick 23 Sep 44 Neuss

31 May 44 Montcouple 27 Sep 44 Calais

5 June 44 Longues 5 Oct 44 Saarbrucken

7 June 44 Foret de Cerisy 14 Oct 44 Duisburg

9 June 44 Rennes 14 Oct 44 Duisburg

11 Jun 44 Tours 19 Oct 44 Stuttgart

14 Jun 44 Everecy 25 Oct 44 Essen

15 Jun 44 Fouillard 31 Oct 44 Cologne

16 Jun 44 Renescure 2 Nov 44 Dusseldorf

27 Jun 44 Oisemontnaville 6 Nov 44 Gelsenkirchen

Bois 18 Nov 44 Wanne Eickel

2 July 44 Oisemontnaville 20 Nov 44 Koblenz

Bois 21 Nov 44 Worms

4 July 44 Villeneuve St. 27 Nov 44 Frieburg

Georges 29 Nov 44 Dortmund

9 July 44 L'Hey 4 Dec 44 Urst

10 Jul 44 Nucourt 5 Dec 44 Soest

11 Jul 44 Gapennes 6 Dec 44 Merseburg Leuna

12 Jul 44 Tours 17 Dec 44 Ulm

14 Jul 44 St.Philibert

 

Throughout the 57 attacks against the enemy in which he has taken part, Pilot Officer Adams has consistently maintained a very high standard of efficiency. he is an operator of special equipment and, on many occasions, has played a vital part in attacks against enemy targets.

 

He always displays the most praiseworthy determination and coolness under the heaviest fire and by his keenness to fly against the enemy whenever possible, he sets a very fine example to his fellow Air Bombers. In recognition of this officer;s record of accuracy and reliability, and the part he has played in bombing attacks against the enemy, he is recommended for the non-immediate award of the Distinguished Flying Cross.

 

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ADAMS, F/L Robert Austin (J7340) - Air Force Cross - No.353 Squadron (Transport Command) - AFRO gives unit as No.335 Squadron but recommendation is from No.353 Squadron. Award effective 14 June 1945 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 1219/45 dated 27 July 1945. Born at Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan, 8 May 1917; two years at Campion University, five years as a book-keeper. Home in Regina; enlisted there 10 January 1941. Trained at No.2 ITS (graduated 20 April 1941), No.18 EFTS (graduated 3 July 1941) and No.15 SFTS (graduated 13 September 1941). No citation in Canadian sources. Public Records Office Air 2/8771 has citation drafted when he had flown 1,801 hours, 431 in past six months. Medal sent by registered mail 24 February 1950. Photo PL-18204, taken 9 August 1943, shows him in India (left to right: P/O G. France of Prince Albert, P/O J.S. Miller of Bladworth, Saskatchewan, and F/O R.A. Adams).

 

Flight Lieutenant Adams is a pilot and Training Officer of his squadron. In completing a large number of flying hours, including 200 hours on operational duty, under varying conditions and through two monsoons, without accident, this officer has displayed efficiency, a knowledge of aviation and devotion to duty of a very high degree. He has also applied his knowledge and experience to his duties as Training Officer with excellent results.

 

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ADAMS, S/L William Houghton (J5783) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.415 Squadron - Award effective 1 July 1943 as per London Gazette dated 9 July 1943 and AFRO 1724/43 dated 27 August 1943. Born in Toronto, 1917; home there. Enlisted there 19 September 1940. Trained at No.2 ITS (graduated 23 January 1941), No.2 EFTS (graduated 1 April 1941), and No.7 SFTS (graduated 20 June 1941). Joined No.415 Squadron 29 December 1941 and was with it off and on until 26 July 1943 when posted to RCAF Overseas Headquarters. Photo PL-7905 shows him with F/L J.R. Sumaner of Hamilton.

 

In May 1943, this officer was pilot of a bomber detailed to attack a convoy off the Frisian Islands. The largest merchant vessel in this convoy was successfully attacked in spite of anti-aircraft fire. In July 1942, this officer attacked and sank an enemy merchant vessel near the Dutch coast and in November 1942 he made a successful attack on an escorted merchant vessel in the Bay of Biscay. Throughout all his operational missions this pilot has displayed keenness and devotion to duty.

 

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ADAMS, F/L Willis Edward (J17235) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.427 Squadron - Award effective 2 October 1944 as per London Gazette dated 13 October 1944 and AFRO 2637/44 dated 8 December 1944. Born 1920 in New Westminster, British Columbia; home in Keremeos, B.C. Enlisted in Vancouver 23 February 1941. Trained at No.2 WS (graduated 7 February 1941) and No.5 BGS (graduated 16 February 1942). Presented with medal 5 March 1949. No citation in AFRO other than "completed...numerous operations against the enemy in the course of which [he has] invariably displayed the utmost fortitude, courage and devotion to duty". DHist file 181.009 D.1729 (PAC RG.24 Vol.20607) has recommendation forwarded from squadron, date uncertain but apparently early July 1944 when he had flown 26 sorties (138 hours 50 minutes), 21 January 1943 to 8 June 1944. He was also Squadron Gunnery Leader. Photo PL-28624 shows him being shown room at Maple Leaf Club, London, by Mrs. Florence Harvey (Red Cross worker from Guelph); PL-35932 (formal portrait); PL-40249 shows him as Squadron Gunnery Leader with W/C Vaughan Ganderton.

 

This officer has completed twenty-six operational bombing sorties against the enemy, nineteen of which have been on major targets. Flight Lieutenant Adams is the Gunnery Leader for the squadron and his work in general is of an excellent calibre. His co-operation, coolness and devotion to duty have been an outstanding example not only to his crew, but to the entire squadron.

 

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ADAMSON, WO1 (now P/O) Arthur Christopher (R93537/J35979) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.10 Squadron (Canada) - Award effective 14 November 1944 as per Canada Gazette of that date and AFRO 2684/44 dated 15 December 1944. Home in Vegreville, Alberta; enlisted Edmonton, 14 March 1941. Trained at No.2 ITS (graduated 9 July 1941), No.5 EFTS (graduated 1 September 1941), and No.10 SFTS (graduated 12 November 1941). Medal sent by registered mail 11 July 1950.

 

This pilot has successfully completed many hours of operational flying in the North Atlantic area. On one occasion he assisted materially in the execution of an attack on an enemy U-Boat in the face of very intense anti-aircraft fire. This officer has maintained a very high standard as a reliable and skilful pilot and has been an excellent example to his crew and squadron.

 

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AGAR, F/L Carlyle Clare (C24744) - Air Force Cross - No.24 EFTS (since moved to No.5 EFTS) - Award effective 14 November 1944 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 2684/44 dated 15 December 1944; reported to have flown 2,600 hours to date, 2,400 hours as instructor, 261.05 hours in previous six months. Born at Lion's Head, Bruce County, Ontario, 28 November 1901. Educated in Edmonton. Learned to fly at Edmonton Aero Club (1928-1929). Hired in 1932 by Department of Indian Affairs as agricultural instructor; returned to farming 1934. In 1939 tried to join RCAF and rejected due to age. Accepted in 1940 (enlisted Edmonton, 15 January 1941). Trained as an instructor at Moose Jaw and Trenton. Instructed at Edmonton, High River and Abbotsford. Medal presented 3 January 1952. Postwar he formed South Okanagan Flying Club and then Okanagan Air Service. In 1947 began first Canadian commercial helicopter operations, initially spraying forests, then topographical surveys in mountains where he pioneered helicopter work at altitude. This led to work on transporting prospectors in bush areas and moving construction materials. Awarded Trans-Canada (McKee) Trophy, 1950. Died in Victoria, 27 January 1968; admitted to Canadian Aviation Hall of Fame, 1973.

 

For the past four years this officer has made an excellent record in elementary flying training. He has displayed at all times flying skill and devotion to duty which have set a very high example for other instructors to follow.

 

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AGRIOS, F/O James Edward (J17646) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.424 Squadron - Award effective 11 April 1944 as per London Gazette dated 21 April 1944 and AFRO 1075/44 dated 19 May 1944. Born in Camrose, Alberta, 1421; home there. Enlisted in Edmonton, 24 June 1941. Trained at No.2 ITS (graduated 26 October 1941), No.5 BGS (graduated 14 March 1942), No.6 AOS (graduated 31 January 1942) and No.1 ANS (graduated 14 April 1942). Presented with medal May 1946.

 

Flying Officer Agrois has taken part in many attacks on German and Italian targets. In times of stress his cool efficiency and unfailing accuracy have been a constant source of encouragement and confidence to his crew. On one occasion when the aircraft in which he was flying was badly damaged and losing height rapidly he calmly navigated the bomber through a lengthy stretch of enemy territory to a position behind our lines where the crew were able to leave by parachute safely.

 

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AHALT, P/O Roy Mathias (J4889) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.150 Squadron - Award effective 13 March 1942 as per London Gazette dated 27 March 1942 and AFRO 611/42 dated 24 April 1942. American in the RCAF. Born in Brooklyn, New York, 1918; home in Downer's Grove, Illinois. Enlisted in Toronto, 19 September 1940. Trained at No.2 ITS, No.15 EFTS and No.32 SFTS (graduated 11 April 1941). Commissioned April 1941. Invested at Buckingham Palace November 1942. Photo PL-10622 is formal portrait.

 

As captain of aircraft this officer carried out two operational missions on successive nights in March, 1942. In face of heavy anti-aircraft fire he deliberately descended to a low altitude in order to identify the exact target which on both occasions was successfully bombed. Throughout a long record of operational flying this officer has displayed high courage, determination and efficiency.

 

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AIKMAN, F/O Frederick Alan (J7460) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.154 Squadron - Award effective 19 February 1943 as per London Gazette dated 19 October 1943 and AFRO 513/43 dated 26 March 1943. Born 5 March 1919 in Toronto; clerk and ledger keeper there (1936-1940); served with Queen's Own Rifles (1939-1940, Sergeant); enlisted Toronto 6 November 1940. Trained at No.3 ITS (graduated 22 April 1941), No.12 EFTS (graduated 24 June 1941), and No.1 SFTS (graduated 13 September 1941). Posted overseas 27 September 1941, arriving 14 October 1941. To No.57 OTU, 11 November 1941. To No.154 Squadron, 6 January 1942 (although probably not taken on strength until 20 January 1942). Wingman to W/C Paddy Finucane when the latter killed in action. Moved with that unit to North Africa, January 1943. Hospitalized 27 July 1943 (malaria). To Canada, 14 November 1943. On strength of No.4 Training Command (Calgary), 12 January 1944; to AFHQ, 21 March 1944; to No.6 OTU (Comox), 12 June 1944 for conversion to Dakotas. Left No.6 OTU, 17 September 1944 and posted overseas on 27 September 1944. With No.436 Squadron, 14 November 1944 to 23 September 1945. To Canada, 23 November 1945; released 10 December 1945. Medal sent by registered mail. For additional details see H.A. Halliday, The Tumbling Sky and Chris Shores, Aces High. Aerial victories as follows: 12 November 1942, one Ju.88 destroyed; 13 November 1942, one Ju.88 destroyed; 16 November 1942, two Savoia aircraft destroyed (half-share in each); 22 November 1942, one Ju.88 probably destroyed; 28 November 1942, one Do.217 destroyed, one Do.217 damaged; 13 January 1943, one FW.190 destroyed; 5 April 1943, one Ju.87 destroyed one Bf.109G damaged; 10 April 1943, one Bf.109G destroyed; 13 April 1943, one Bf.109G damaged; 25 April 1943, one Bf.109G destroyed; 17 July 1943, one Macchi fighter destroyed. Photo PL-10283 shows him wearing "liberated" Afrika Corps hat. A form dated 21 November 1943 credits him with 50 hours on Finches, 20 on Yales, 80 on Harvards, two on Master Is, five on Magisters, and 700 on Spitfires (Mks.I, II, V, VIII and IX). Time includes 40 hours at No.57 OTU, and estimated time on first tour as 400 hours. Another form gives him 388 hours 40 minutes on second tour. In an application to be a civilian pilot states that by August 1945 he had flown 2,500 hours including 1,000 on Dakotas, 1,100 on Spitfires, 400 on other types (might be exaggerated). Photo PL-60659 shows him in Burma (F/O G.G. Bell, Aikman, F/O R.B. Forrest).

 

This officer has taken part in a large number of sorties over enemy territory from England. Since his arrival in Algeria he has destroyed three enemy aircraft and shared in the destruction of three others. Flying Officer Aikman is an exceptionally skilful pilot and a fine section leader who has always shown the greatest keenness to engage the enemy.

 

AIKMAN, F/L Frederick Alan (J7460) - Bar to Distinguished Flying Cross - No.154 Squadron - Award effective 16 October 1943 as per London Gazette dated 19 October 1943 and AFRO 2507/43 dated 3 December 1943.

 

Flight Lieutenant Aikman is a keen and tenacious fighter who has destroyed at least eight enemy aircraft. He has shown a rare zest for battle.

 

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AINSLIE, F/L Ralph Murray (C21772) - Mention in Despatches - Overseas - Award effective 14 June 1945 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 1395/45 dated 31 August 1945. Home in St.Mary's, Ontario; enlisted London, Ontario 14 August 1940.

 

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AINSLIE, F/L Thomas Edgar Craig (C28055) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.420 Squadron - Award effective 1 December 1944 as per London Gazette dated 8 December 1944 and AFRO 337/45 dated 23 February 1945. Born in Comber, Ontario, 1917; home there; enlisted 16 April 1940. Graduated from No.6 SFTS, 25 June 1943. DFC and AFC presented 14 June 1949. No citation other than "..in recognition of gallantry and devotion to duty in the execution of air operations against the enemy". DHist file 181.009 D.3456 (RG.24 Vol.20639) has recommendation dated 19 September 1944 when he had flown 29 sorties (130 hours 15 minutes), 12 May to 10 September 1944. Photo PL-29881 shows W/C G.A. McKenna with F/O J.G. Culligan (navigator), F/O T.E.C. "Pappy" Ainslie (pilot), and F/O Bert Davidson (bomb aimer); PL-41815 (formal portrait).

 

Flight Lieutenant Ainslie as a Deputy Flight Commander with this squadron has proven himself to be a skilful and capable pilot and an ideal leader of men. His cheerful courage coupled with his skill and thorough knowledge of operations have set a high standard of morale within his section and proven an inspiration to all.

 

For this officer's fine record of achievement, his endurance and fine offensive spirit it is strongly recommended that he be awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross.

 

AINSLIE, F/L Thomas Edgar Craig, DFC (C28055) - Mention in Despatches - No.420 Squadron - Award effective 14 June 1945 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 1478/45 dated 21 September 1945. DHist file 181.009 D.1746 (PAC RG.24 Vol.20608) has recommendation dated 28 January 1945 when he was Squadron Training Officer.

 

Flight Lieutenant Ainslie has completed one operational tour. As officer in charge of training, he has performed this duty in a highly satisfactory manner and the results obtained by him are worthy of the highest commendation.

 

AINSLIE, F/L Thomas Edgar Craig, DFC (C28055) - Air Force Cross - No.420 Squadron - Award effective 7 September 1945 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 1647/45 dated 26 October 1945.

 

This officer was an experienced civilian pilot when he joined the Royal Canadian Air Force in June 1940, and was at once posted as an elementary instructor at No.7 EFTS, Windsor, where he commenced instructing a month later. Although keenly desirous of going overseas, his value to the air training scheme was so evident that he was retained until February 1943. After a tour of operational duty in Bomber Command, Flight Lieutenant Ainslie was screened from operations. Contrary to a natural desire to accept repatriation, he willingly agreed to remain as officer in charge of training, where his squadron requested and needed his services. In this capacity he has done masterly work in organizing the reception of new crews and in their training to a high standard which he maintained by constant and painstaking perseverance. His ability to impart knowledge, drawn from his own comprehensive experience, and his determination to eradicate the faults in all categories of aircrew have been of signal importance in the perfecting of pilot skill and judgement in the accuracy of bombing and navigation and the proper co-operation of crew members on the ground and in the air.

 

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AINSLIE, Corporal William John (R108937) - Mention in Despatches - Overseas - Award effective 8 June 1944 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 1729/44 dated 11 August 1944. Born 8 November 1915 at Comber, Ontario; educated there and in London and Walkerville. Canadian Bank of Commerce employee from 1935 onwards. Enlisted Toronto 15 May 1941 or 19 June 1941. Trained in radar at Guelph and Clinton; overseas May 1942. Served with Nos.49, 97 and 83 Squadrons. See War Service Records, 1939-1945 (Canadian Bank of Commerce, 1947). No citation in AFRO. Photo PL-33665 shows him in a group of Radio Mechanics (centre row, third from left).

 

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AINSWORTH, WO (now P/O) Gerald William (R164557/J88596) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.207 Squadron - Award effective 1 December 1944 as per London Gazette dated 12 December 1944 and AFRO 337/45 dated 23 February 1945. Born in Verdun, Quebec, 1918; home there; enlisted Montreal 29 April 1942. Served with Montreal regiment before enlisting. Trained at No.3 ITS (graduated 23 October 1942), No.1 BGS (graduated 23 January 1943) and No.10 AOS (graduated. Medal sent by registered mail 30 March 1949. No citation other than "..in recognition of gallantry and devotion to duty in the execution of air operations against the enemy". Public Records Office Air 2/8882 has recommendation dated 22 September 1944 when he had flown 35 sorties (166 hours 45 minutes), 17 February to 25 August 1944.

 

17 Feb 44 Dinghy search (4.00) 9 June 44 Etampes (4.15)

11 Apr 44 Aachen (4.00) 14 Jun 44 Anney sur Oden (5.05)

18 Apr 44 Suvisy (5.15) 15 Jun 44 Beauvoirs (3.30)

20 Apr 44 La Chapelle (4.55) 21 Jun 44 Wesseling (4.15)

22 Apr 44 Brunswick (5.25) 24 Jun 44 Pommerval (3.10)

24 Apr 44 Munich (10.00) 4 July 44 St.Leu d'Esserent (3.50)

26 Apr 44 Schweinfurt (9.00) 7 Jul 44 St.Leu d'Esserent (3.35)

7 May 44 Tours (5.00) 18 Jul 44 Caen (3.25)

11 May 44 Bourg Leopold (4.00) 19 Jul 44 Thiverny (2.55)

19 May 44 Amiens (3.45) 20 Jul 44 Coutria (2.55)

21 May 45 Duisburg (4.20) 24 Jul 44 Stuttgart (7.55)

22 May 45 Brunswick (5.20) 25 Jul 44 Stuttgart (8.00)

24 May 44 Antwerp (2.55) 28 Jul 44 Stuttgart (3.00), DNCO

26 May 44 GARDENING (2.35) 30 Jul 44 Cahagnes (5.00)

1 June 44 Samur (6.15) 31 Jul 44 Reims (5.00)

4 June 44 Maisy (3.30) 5 Aug 44 St.Leu d'Esserent (4.20)

5 June 44 La Pernelle (4.10) 25 Aug 44 Darnstadt (8.00)

7 June 44 Balleroi (4.10)

 

This Air Bomber has taken part in 34 successful attacks on the enemy in which he has always displayed great keenness and set a fine example to his crew. His photographic plots have always been under 1,000 yards on pin point targets, and he has also had excellent photographs on Schweinfurt, Aachen and Munich.

 

His ability and devotion to duty have been exemplary on all occasions, and his experience has proved of great value to his colleagues. He is an outstanding Bomb Aimer who has set a very high standard in skill and keenness to the rest of the squadron.

 

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AINSWORTH, FS John (R66846) - British Empire Medal - AFHQ Statistical Section - Award effective 28 May 1943 as per London Gazette dated 2 June 1943 and AFRO 1459/43 dated 30 July 1943. Born in Verdun, Quebec; attended Williams Business College. Enlisted Montreal, 12 August 1940. Presented with medal April 1944.

 

Flight Sergeant Ainsworth is the NCO in charge of the Aircrew Statistical Section and his work and devotion to duty have been outstanding. He is willing and considerate and sets an excellent example, commanding the respect of his associates. This NCO, by his diligence and initiative, was of great assistance during the organization period of this section. He has always worked untiringly and performed all duties assigned to him in a highly meritorious manner.

 

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AISTROP, WO2 (now P/O) Charles Sidney (J13484) - Air Force Cross - No.1 SFTS - Award effective 16 April 1943 as per London Gazette of 13 April 1943 and AFRO 1035/43 dated 4 June 1943 - Home in Sudbury; enlisted in Toronto, 21 September 1940. Trained at No.2 ITS (graduated 27 November 1940), No.3 EFTS (graduated 16 January 1941), and No.6 SFTS (graduated 29 March 1941). Although the awards card says of the decoration, "returned to Government House", photo PL-29326 shows him with a group outside Buckingham Palace following investiture (W/C R.C. Fumerton, DFC and Bar, F/L N. Smoth, DFC, S.L Brad Walker, DFC, F/O D.E. Berry, AFC, F/O Aistrop, AFC, W/C R.J. Lane, DSOm F/L J.W. Draper, DFC). The following citation found in Governor General's Records, RG.7 Group 26, Volume 57, file for 1943.

 

Pilot Officer Aistrop is outstanding in all the necessary characteristics for a first class Flying Instructor. He has realized the need for good instructors and has worked toward this end at all times. His cheerful manner and extreme devotion to duty have set an example to his pupils and other instructors which has resulted in a turnout of trained pilots of the highest calibre. He has, since graduation, flown 1,200 hours, of which approximately 1,000 hours were instructional completed over a period of seventeen months.

 

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AITCHESON, FS George Douglas (R90244) - Distinguished Flying Medal - No.78 Squadron - Award effective 13 May 1943 as per London Gazette dated 18 May 1943 and AFRO 1078/43 dated 11 June 1943. Born 1921. Home in Stratford, Ontario. Enlisted London 17 February 1941. Trained at No.3 ITS (graduated 3 July 1941), No.6 BGS (graduated 20 December 1941), No.10 AOS (graduated 10 November 1941), and No.2 ANS (graduated 26 January 1942). Invested at Buckingham Palace November 1943. Died in Kitchener, Ontario, 17 February 1995, aged 74. Photo PL-26438 shows him following investiture at Buckingham Palace.

 

Flight Sergeant Aitcheson is an outstanding bomb aimer who has had a most successful operational career. On one occasion he both navigated the aircraft and bombed the target during an attack on the submarine base at Lorient, thereby completing a most successful operation. Whatever the operation he invariably guided his captain to the centre of the target before releasing his bombs. His splendid record of courage and undaunted determination have been an inspiration to all the squadron.

 

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AITKEN, F/L Adam Frederick (J10362) - Mention in Despatches - No.5 (Bomber Reconnaissance) Squadron - Award effective 6 January 1945 as per Canada Gazette of that date and AFRO 132/45 dated 26 January 1945. Home in Swift Current, Saskatchewan; enlisted in Regina, 28 January 1941. Trained at No.5 BGS (graduated 2 March 1942) and No.1 WS (graduated 31 January 1942).

 

This officer has proven himself to be a most courageous and resolute member of aircraft crew over a long period of flying on operations in the North Atlantic area. His determination and confidence have been an inspiration to his squadron. He is a wireless operator air gunner of outstanding ability whose excellent qualities of leadership and devotion to duty have been an asset to his squadron.

 

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AITKEN, F/L George Dennis (J15623) - Air Force Cross - No.2 WS - Award effective 14 June 1945 as per Canada Gazette of that date and AFRO 1127/45 dated 6 July 1945. Born in Edmonton, 21 June 1920; home there; enlisted there 19 December 1940. Trained at No.2 ITS (graduated 10 April 1941), No.5 EFTS (graduated 28 May 1941) and No.10 SFTS (graduated 8 August 1941). Presented with medal 26 February 1949. Flew an overseas tour for which he received operational wings in July 1944. Photo PL-15949 shows him overseas with his armourer (LAC Gordon Whetstone) and unit padre, a F/L Carlson. Described in captain as "a member of the Goldfish Club"; PL-15956 shows him alone. Had flown 1,300 hours as per AFC recommendation:

 

This officer, since being returned from Overseas, has planned, organized and carried out his duties in an exceptionally efficient manner. His devotion to duty has been most commendable and the very efficient way in which his section now functions is the result of untiring efforts on his behalf and long, tedious continuous hours of concentrated work. He has displayed exceptional devotion to duty as operations officer of the flying squadron.

 

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AITKENS, S/L Francis Charles (C1231) - Mention in Despatches - WAC Headquarters - Award effective 14 June 1945 as per Canada Gazette of that date and AFRO 1127/45 dated 6 July 1945. Home in Red Deer, Alberta. Enlisted in Vancouver, 18 October 1939. Remained in postwar RCAF; Queen's Coronation Medal, 23 October 1953 (Wing Commander, Training Command). Photo PL-57715 is portrait, taken June 1953; PL-65466 shows him receiving Coronation Medal, 15 December 1953.

 

This officer has been at all times outstanding in efficiency, energy and initiative in the discharge of his duties. While employed as Command Signals Officer he has participated in many operational patrols as a wireless air gunner. The practical assistance which he has given to squadrons as a result has been invaluable. He has efficiently administered and enlarged the extensive communications facilities on Canada's west coast. His work has been outstanding.

 

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AKHURST, LAC Edward Carden (R172292) - Mention in Despatches - Overseas - Award effective 8 June 1944 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 1729/44 dated 11 August 1944. Home in Vancouver; enlisted there 23 June 1942. No citation in AFRO.

 

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ALBERT, F/O Earl Thomas (J14793) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.424 Squadron - Award effective 4 November 1944 as per London Gazette dated 14 November 1944 and AFRO 239/45 dated 9 February 1945. Born 1922 in Altona, Manitoba; home in Emerson, Manitoba; enlisted Winnipeg, 18 November 1941. Trained at No.3 ITS (graduated 19 June 1942) and No.8 AOS (graduated 9 October 1942). Presented with medal at Station Clinton, postwar. No citation other than "completed...numerous operations against the enemy in the course of which [he has] invariably displayed the utmost fortitude, courage and devotion to duty." DHist file 181.009 D.2609 (RG.24 Vol.20627) has recommendation dated 15 August 1944 when he had flown 32 sorties (202 hours) from 2 September 1943 to 3 August 1944. A notation for 3 December 1943 (Leipzig) reads, "Longest Gee range in B.C." Served in postwar RCAF (25685). Photo PL-57235 was a portrait taken in July 1953; PL-128343 was a portrait taken in January 1960.

 

Flying Officer Albert is a navigator of a heavy four-engined bomber who has displayed great keenness and efficiency throughout his long operational career. His most outstanding ability has contributed greatly to the success of the crew's attacks on many of the most heavily defended German targets such as Berlin, Leipzig, Stuttgart, Dusseldorf and Munich. His cheerful spirit in the face of great opposition has been an inspiration to his crew members and his co-operative attitude on the ground has been of great assistance to the Section and a fine example to all on the Squadron. His quiet assurance and strong sense of duty is worthy of high praise...

 

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ALBERTS, F/L Edward John (J17224) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.420 Squadron - Award effective 2 October 1944 as per London Gazette dated 13 October 1944 and AFRO 2637/44 dated 8 December 1944. Born 1919 in Rockdell, Saskatchewan; home in Melville, Saskatchewan. Served in Regina Rifles; enlisted in Regina 16 July 1941. Trained at No.2 ITS (graduated 1 October 1941), No.19 EFTS (graduated 19 December 1941) and No.12 SFTS (graduated 16 April 1942). Presented with medal 23 April 1949. No citation other than "completed...numerous operations against the enemy in the course of which [he has] invariably displayed the utmost fortitude, courage and devotion to duty". DHist file 181.009 D.3456 (RG.24 Vol.20639) has recommendation dated 20 July 1944 when he had flown 33 sorties (193 hours 35 minutes). Had ferried an aircraft to North Africa, 17 August 1943, and flown ten sorties against Italian targets, 3 September to 1 October 1943. Attacked German targets, 15 February to 6 July 1944. Photo PL-29606 shows him during a visit by Prime Minister W.L. King to squadron; the Prime Minister is shaking hands with P/O Joe Nowazek and Alberts is seen between the two.

 

Flight Lieutenant Alberts has operated with this squadron just short of one year. During that time he carried out attacks on targets in Italy, Germany and France. Flight Lieutenant Alberts has at all times shown a great keenness for operations and his fine offensive spirit has been an example to all members of this squadron. During all his operations he pressed home his attack with determination and no abortive sorties.

 

In view of this officer's fine record with this squadron and his contribution in two campaigns, Flight Lieutenant Alberts is strongly recommended for the award of the Distinguished Flying Cross.

 

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ALCORN, F/O Douglas Henderson (J15842) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.418 Squadron - Award effective 11 November 1943 as per London Gazette dated 16 November 1943 and AFRO 113/44 dated 21 January 1944. Born at Andover, New Brunswick; home in Toronto; enlisted Toronto 23 October 1940. Trained at No.2 ITS (graduated 24 January 1940), No.5 BGS (graduated 1 September 1941), No.3 AOS (graduated 21 July 1941), and No.1 CNS (graduated 13 October 1941). Commissioned 1942. Presented with medal Toronto October 1947. Photo PL-7150 shows him as a Sergeant receiving instruction on a Browning machine gun, January 1942; PL-7291 shows him in March 1942 standing beside Boston aircraft.

 

This officer has flown on intruder operations since March 1942, acting as navigator on a large number of operational sorties. He has patrolled the majority of the heavily defended enemy airfields in France, Belgium and Holland and damaged much railway transport. A skilful navigator, Flying Officer Alcorn has assisted his pilot to avoid fire from enemy defences and searchlights and shown exceptional ability in locating targets in adverse weather. His conduct at all times has been worthy of the highest praise.

 

NOTE: Public Records Office Air 2/8992 has recommendation raised on 13 September 1943 when he had flown 45 sorties (134 hours 30 minutes) which is more detailed and has a sortie list:

 

26 Mar 42 Ghent Bombed oil refineries

28 Mar 42 Gilze Intruder - bombed drome, one enemy aircraft seen.

17 May 42 Schipol Intruder - bombed drome.

30 May 42 Soesterburg Bombed aerodrome

1 June 42 Leeuwarden Intruder

8 June 42 Leeuwarden Intruder - bombed Soesterburg-Leeuwarden

10 Jun 42 Amiens Calibration

22 Jun 42 Chievres Intruder

27 Jun 42 Amiens

13 Jul 42 Schipol and

Soesterburg Intruder

23 Jul 42 Gilze Intruder; chased three enemy aircraft. Attacked one enemy aircraft over drome through intense flak.

28 Jul 42 Roadstead off Dutch coast.

28 Jul 42 Leeuwarden Intruder

31 Jul 42 Eindhoven Bombed Philips Works at 500 feet; direct hits.

31 Jul 42 Leeuwarden Intruder

10 Aug 42 Soesterburg and

Schipol Intruder

17 Aug 42 Chartres-Orleans Intruder

20 Aug 42 Criel-Beauvais Intruder

28 Aug 42 Juvincourt Intruder; one train destroyed, one train damaged.

13 Sep 42 Leeuwarden Intruder

17 Sep 42 Melun-Bretigny Attacked one enemy aircraft; no claim.

15 Oct 42 Brussels-St.Trond Intruder; one enemy aircraft - too far.

24 Oct 42 Melun-Bretigny Intruder; one train destroyed, two trains damaged.

16 Nov 42 Ghent Nickelling

28 Nov 42 Melun-Bretigny Intruder - one train damaged.

2 Dec 42 Evereux Intruder

4 Dec 42 Huy and Hunnut Nickelling

20 Dec 42 Bourges-Avord Intruder

23 Dec 42 Boulogne-Le Havre Roadstead

7 July 43 Evereux Intruder

12 Jul 43 Tours-Orleans Intruder; bombed railway yards at Elbeuf.

16 Jul 43 Rennes Intruder; bombed drome; one train damaged.

17 Jul 43 Bourges-Avord- Intruder; bombed hangars at Bourges

Orleans

18 Jul 43 Orly Bombed railway junction and barges

25 Jul 43 Deelen Flower; bombed drome.

26 Jul 43 Evereux Flower; bombed drome.

29 Jul 43 Courmeilles Intruder; bombed drome.

30 Jul 43 Florennes Aborted; engine on fire.

2 Aug 43 Vechta Bombed target area; cannon fired buildings and Alchmar aerodrome.

8 Aug 43 Rennes Intruder; bombed target area.

10 Aug 43 St.Dizier Aborted; recalled, bad weather.

12 Aug 43 Cambrai-Merville Intruder; bombed Merville drome.

13 Aug 43 Dijon Intruder

15 Aug 43 Evereux-St.Andre Intruder; bombed Evereux drome.

16 Aug 43 Berlin-Bastard Intruder; bombed drome. Shipyard lights at Lorient then doused for duration patrol; one train damaged.

19 Aug 43 Tours Intruder; bombed marshalling yards at Orleans; great explosions.

23 Aug 43 Stade and Nordholz Intruder

 

This officer has been on intruder operations since March 1942 and has acted as navigator on 45 offensive sorties. He has at all times showed the greatest possible keenness to engage in operations against the enemy and has shown exceptional skill in locating targets under all conditions. The pilots with whom Flying Officer Alcorn has flown have damaged several enemy aircraft over their own bases, bombed and patrolled practically all the heavily defended aerodromes in France, Belgium and Holland and damaged much railway transport. He has consistently shown great presence of mind in helping his pilot to avoid gunfire and to take successful evasive action when engaged by searchlights and has gone out of his way to give advice to navigators less experienced than himself. Flying Officer Alcorn's value in keeping up the present high standard of morale in this squadron cannot be overestimated.

 

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ALDERDICE, F/O William Wade (J87008) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.550 Squadron - Award effective 8 September 1945 as per London Gazette dated 21 September 1945 and AFRO 1704/45 dated 9 November 1945. Born 1917 in Harley, Ontario; home in New Liskeard; ledger keeper and accountant, enlisted in Quebec, 30 May 1942. Trained at No.5 ITS (graduated 6 February 1943), No.10 EFTS (graduated 17 April 1943) and No.5 SFTS (graduated 20 August 1943). Presented with medal 20 August 1949. Died in Guelph, Ontario, 24 February 1995. No citation other than "completed... numerous operations against the enemy in the course of which [he has] invariably displayed the utmost fortitude, courage and devotion to duty." Public Records Office Air 2/8749 has recommendation dated 24 March 1945 when he had flown 32 sorties (199 hours 50 minutes), 25 August 1944 to 3 February 1945.

 

25 Aug 44 Russelsheim (8.50) 21 Nov 44 Aschaffenburg (6.35)

5 Sept 44 Le Havre (3.30) 6 Dec 44 Merseburg (8.00)

8 Sept 44 Le Havre (4.15) 12 Dec 44 Essen (6.20)

28 Sep 44 Calais (4.30) 15 Dec 44 Ludwigshaven (6.35)

5 Oct 44 Saarbrucken (7.55) 17 Dec 44 Ulm (7.00)

7 Oct 44 Emmerich (4.15) 28 Dec 44 Munchen-Gladbach (5.05)

19 Oct 44 Stuttgart (7.00) 29 Dec 44 Gelsenkirchen (6.05)

23 Oct 44 Essen (6.10) 31 Dec 44 Osterfeld (6.00)

25 Oct 44 Essen (5.10) 2 Jan 45 Nuremburg (7.30)

28 Oct 44 Cologne (5.05) 5 Jan 45 Hanover (5.15)

30 Oct 44 Cologne (6.20) 7 Jan 45 Munich (8.35)

31 Oct 44 Cologne (5.20) 16 Jan 45 Zeitz (7.45)

2 Nov 44 Dusseldorf (5.40) 22 Jan 45 Hamborn (5.05)

6 Nov 44 Gelsenkirchen (5.05) 1 Feb 45 Ludwigshaven (6.45)

16 Nov 44 Duren (4.55) 2 Feb 45 Weisbaden (6.30)

18 Nov 44 Wanne Eickel (5.45) 3 Feb 45 Bottrop (5.20)

 

This Canadian officer has now completed his first tour of operations consisting of 32 sorties involving 199.50 hours operational flying as a pilot and captain of a Lancaster bomber.

 

Most of his attacks have been made against the Reich, some of them involving deep penetrations into enemy territory and his targets have ranged from the heavily defended Ruhr area to the more distant towns of Hanover, Merseburg and Munich.

 

During the whole of his tour he has set a magnificent example by his keenness and determination to make every sortie a complete success. His courage in the face of enemy opposition and on occasions adverse weather conditions has been an inspiration to his crew and he has proved that he possesses the qualities of an excellent leader.

His cheerfulness, which has at all times been an inspiration to all who knew him, has made him a very popular member of the squadron.

 

Such courage and devotion to duty well merit the award of the Distinguished Flying Cross.

 

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ALDRED, F/O Elwood Morton (J25825) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.420 Squadron - Award effective 3 November 1944 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 1/45 dated 5 January 1945. Born 1914 in Ceylon, Saskatchewan; home in Regina; enlisted there 31 March 1942. Former bus driver. Trained at No.2 ITS (graduated 10 October 1942), No.15 EFTS (graduated 18 December 1942) and No.11 SFTS (graduated 30 April 1943). Presented with medal 6 May 1950. Photo PL-34347 shows F/O E.M. Aldred and F/O C.W. Chown.

 

Flying Officer Alfred has completed many sorties against heavily defended targets in Germany and northern France. He is an ideal captain whose skill, coolness and courage have greatly inspired his crew. On more than one occasion his aircraft has been intercepted by fighters but, by clever manoeuvring and excellent co-operation with his gunners, the enemy aircraft were driven off. His great determination and strong sense of duty have set a fine example.

 

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ALDRED, A/S/L Joel Waldon (J3745) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.431 Squadron - Award effective 23 November 1945 as per London Gazette dated 4 December and AFRO 212/46 dated 1 March 1946. Born in Toronto, 1920; salesman; enlisted Toronto 1 July 1940. Trained at No.1 ITS (graduated 22 July 1940), No.2 EFTS (graduated 16 September 1940), and No.2 SFTS (graduated 16 November 1940). Presented with medal in Toronto 30 November 1949. No citation other than "completed ...numerous operations against the enemy in which [he has] invariably displayed the utmost fortitude, courage and devotion to duty". DHist file 181.009 D.1941 (RG.24 Vol.20612) has recommendation by W/C W.F. McKinnon dated 22 May 1945 when he had flown 14 sorties (100 hours 34 minutes), 27 February to 25 April 1945). Later well known television pitchman. Photo PL-43847 shows a visit by Vincent Massey (Canadian High Commissioner to Canada) to a bomber station; shown are F/O F.M. Caughlin (Oliver, British Columbia), F/O K.T. Moar (Saskatoon), F/O E.J. Matalon (Kingston, Jamaica), Massey, and F/L J.W. Aldred (Toronto).

 

This officer, a Flight Commander, has completed fourteen sorties against the enemy. This experienced pilot has shown cool courage and a workmanlike precision in his approach to the job of bombing the enemy and through his aggressive spirit has pressed home the attack on every occasion. S/L Aldred's wide experience in the service has particularly suited him for his position, and he has rendered valuable assistance and guidance to those who serve under him. In recognition of this officer's unquestioned courage and complete devotion to duty, I recommend he be awarded a non-immediate Distinguished Flying Cross.

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ALDRICH, F/L John Gerald (J9680) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.31 Squadron - Award effective 9 October 1945 as per London Gazette dated 19 October 1945 and AFRO 1822/45 dated 7 December 1945. Born in Grimsby, Ontario 1918. Home in Calgary; enlisted there 5 May 1941. Trained at No.2 ITS (graduated 19 August 1941), No.14 EFTS (graduated 9 October 1941) and No.11 SFTS (graduated 3 January 1942). Medal sent by registered mail 11 July 1950. Photo PL-36191 is formal portrait.

 

This officer has proved himself a capable and efficient pilot throughout the time his squadron has been engaged on active service operations. He has deputized for the flight commander on several occasions with success. His zeal and enthusiasm have contributed largely to the achievements of his squadron.

 

ALDRICH, F/L John Gerald, DFC (J9680) - Distinguished Flying Cross (United States) - No.31 Squadron - Award effective 10 January 1947 as per AFRO 17/47 of that date. NOTE: This award was earlier announced in Canada Gazette dated 6 April 1946 and AFRO 388/46 dated 12 April 1946. Why republish ? Public Records Office Air 2/9103 has citation.

 

For extraordinary achievement while participating in aerial flight during the period 2 August 1943 to 28 February 1945. Flight Lieutenant Aldrich has completed 347 supply-dropping missions totalling 1,040 operational hours, as pilot, flying in unarmed, heavily loaded transport aircraft over mountainous terrain, through hazardous weather conditions, over territory where enemy ground fire and enemy aerial attack was probable and expected. On one particular mission his aircraft was attacked by three Japanese fighters. Through his ingenuity and skilful maneouvering he eluded the enemy fighters, thus saving his mission. Undaunted by the hazards and difficulties faced regularly, Flight Lieutenant Aldrich has displayed a steadfast and unwavering devotion to duty above and beyond that normally expected. The achievement of Flight Lieutenant Aldrich reflect great credit upon himself and the armed forces of the Allied nations.

 

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ALDWINCKLE, F/O Robert Morrison (J5766) - Mention in Despatches - No.162 Squadron (Canada) - Awarded 1 January 1943 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 55/43 dated 15 January 1943. Born 28 July 1920, Besselsleigh, Berkshire, England; migrated to Canada as child with parents. Educated at Abington Grammar School (England), Stanley, Ontario, Clinton Collegiate Institute and University of Toronto. Enlisted 13 August 1940. Trained at No.1 ITS, No.14 EFTS, and No.33 SFTS (wings in June 1941). As of award had flown 1,933:20 hours, 924:35 operational hours (84 sorties). Remained in postwar RCAF, rising to Brigadier-General. Canadian Forces Photo Centre has many photographs of which the following are a sample: PL-34533 (with parents following DFC investiture); PL-100209 (portrait as a Wing Commander, June 1943); PL-131775 (portrait as an Air Commodore, December 1964). Governor General's Records (RG.7 Group 26, Vol.57, File 190-I) has citation.

 

This officer has, by his untiring effort and devotion to duty, assisted in maintaining a high morale in his unit. He has completed 650 hours of operational flying during the past eight months and has on more than one occasion located and assisted in the rescue of survivors of torpedoed vessels.

 

ALDWINCKLE, F/L (now S/L) Robert Morrison (J5766) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.10 (BR) Squadron - Award effective 8 June 1944 as per London Gazette of that date AFRO 1380/44 dated 30 June 1944. At AFHQ when award announced.

 

This officer was captain of a VLR Liberator when he carried out three well-timed attacks against a strong resisting U-Boat with such accuracy that the enemy submarine was assessed as probably destroyed. Later in the same day in the vicinity of a convoy, he engaged another U-Boat with machine gun fire for over an hour, forcing it to submerge. Flight Lieutenant Aldwinckle, through a long career of many operational flying hours in the North Atlantic area, has met a continuously high standard as a captain and pilot. His initiative and devotion to duty have at all times been exemplary.

 

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ALEXANDER, FS Edward Sudbury (R58623) - Distinguished Flying Medal - No.419 Squadron - Award effective 22 May 1942 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 880-881/42 dated 12 June 1942. Born in UK, home in Montreal; bank clerk. Home in Vancouver; enlisted there 3 September 1940. Trained at No.2 ITS (graduated 26 February 1941), No.3 AOS (graduated 26 May 1941) and No.2 BGS (graduated 7 July 1941) and No.1 ANS (graduated 4 August 1941). Commissioned 4 June 1942. Invested at Buckingham Palace November 1942. Killed in action 14 January 1944 (Lancaster ND357, No.156 Squadron); buried in Holland. Photographs PL-9914 and PL-9915.

 

One night in April 1942, Flight Sergeant Alexander was observer of an aircraft detailed to attack Kiel. The attack was completely successful but on the return flight the aircraft was engaged by an enemy fighter. Damage was caused to the port airscrew and the hydraulic system, and the rear turret was so severely damaged that the gunner was unable to open its doors. Flight Sergeant Alexander, although slightly wounded in the arm, forced the turret doors with an axe and helped the rear gunner out. Although nearly all the instruments were unserviceable, Flight Sergeant Alexander's skilful navigation was mainly responsible for the safe return of the aircraft and crew. The courage and high sense of duty displayed by this airman has been an inspiration to the other members of the crew.

 

ALEXANDER, F/L Edward Sudbury, DFM (J15543) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.156 Squadron - Award effective 10 January 1944 as per London Gazette dated 18 January 1944 and AFRO 410/44 dated 25 February 1944. NOTE: AFRO 874/44 dated 21 April cancelled this award. Was it reinstated ?

 

This officer has completed many successful operations against the enemy in which he has displayed high skill, fortitude and devotion to duty.

 

NOTE: Public Records Office Air 2/9153 has recommendation dated 21 November 1943 when he had flown 51 sorties (173 hours) of which 35 sorties (186 hours) had been undertaken since his previous award. In this document, the award originally proposed was a DSO, but at the level of No,8 Group Headquarters, "DSO" is scratched out by "D.B." (presumably Air Commodore Donald Bennett) and "DFC" substituted.

 

18 Feb 42 Lille (Nickel raid) 21 July 42 Duisburg

9 Mar 42 Essen 25 July 42 Duisburg

25 Mar 42 Essen 26 July 42 Hamburg

6 Apr 42 Essen 28 July 42 Hamburg

19 Apr 42 GARDENING, Ameland 31 July 42 Dusseldorf

22 Apr 42 Cologne 16 Sept 42 Essen

23 Apr 42 Cologne

27 Apr 42 Dinghy search, North Sea SECOND TOUR

28 Apr 42 Kiel

2 May 42 Lorient 8 July 43 Cologne

4 May 42 Stuttgart 25 July 43 Essen

6 May 42 Nantes 29 July 43 Hamburg

8 May 42 Warnemunde 7 Aug 43 Milan

17 May 42 GARDENING, Frisians 12 Aug 43 Milan

19 May 42 Mannheim 15 Aug 43 Milan

21 May 42 GARDENING, Lorient 17 Aug 43 Peenemunde

30 May 42 Cologne 5 Sept 43 Mannheim

1 June 42 Essen 6 Sept 43 Munich

16 June 42 Essen 22 Sept 43 Hanover

18 June 42 GARDENING, Borkum 23 Sept 43 Mannheim

19 June 42 Emden 27 Sept 43 Hanover

21 June 42 GARDENING, Borkum 2 Oct 43 Munich

25 June 42 Bremen 7 Oct 43 Stuttgart

27 June 42 Bremen 22 Oct 43 Kassel

2 July 42 Bremen 3 Nov 43 Cologne

8 July 42 GARDENING, Lorient 17 Nov 43 Mannheim

9 July 42 Wilhelmshaven 18 Nov 43 Berlin

 

This officer has carried out a total of 51 sorties against heavily defended targets in Germany and enemy occupied territories. He has completed 35 sorties since the award of the Distinguished Flying Medal, eighteen of these being with this squadron on Pathfinder Force duties.

 

Flight Lieutenant Alexander has proved himself to be an outstanding navigator, both in the air and on the ground, his untiring efforts in helping new arrivals being worthy of the highest commendation.

 

The efficiency and high standard of devotion to duty he has displayed in accurately navigating his aircraft to the most difficult targets make him very worthy of the award of the Distinguished Flying Cross.

 

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ALEXANDER, S/L Ernest Archibald (J4866) - Air Force Cross - No.1 SFTS (since moved to No.5 OTU) - Award effective as of 1 January 1945 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 89/45 dated 19 January 1945. Enlisted in Vancouver, 26 September 1940. Trained at No.2 ITS (graduated 31 October 1940), No.8 EFTS (graduated 22 December 1940), and No.4 SFTS (graduated 17 March 1941). Presented with medal May 1945. Took a law degree in Montreal, 1948. Awarded Queen's Coronation Medal, 23 October 1953 when a Wing Commander, No.19 (Auxiliary) Wing. Reported as having flown 2,079 hours to date, 1,800 hours as instructor, 129 hours in previous six months. Photograph PL-57201 is a portrait taken in 1952. DHP-159 (believed to be with the National Archives of Canada) shows him being invested with AFC at Dartmouth.

 

This officer is an exceptional pilot and instructor. His efforts as senior examining officer and squadron commander have contributed very largely to the high standard of pilot training carried out by his unit. His perseverance and capable supervision make him a model flying instructor. His outstanding ability and devotion to duty are praiseworthy and an inspiration to the pupils and instructors under him.

 

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ALEXANDER, S/L John Playfair (C1272) - Officer, Order of the British Empire - No.11 (Movements) Group - Award effective 28 May 1943 as per London Gazette dated 2 June 1943 and AFRO 1459/43 dated 30 July 1943. Attended Ridley College (St.Catharines); CEF veteran. Home in Calgary; enlisted there 28 October 1939. Medal presented June 1944. Photo PL-15108 is a rather stiff portrait; PL-15109 shows three RCAF conducting officers, describing them as "ship's adjutants when troops are being convoyed" - S/L J.P. Alexander (Calgary), F/L G.M. Jones (Toronto) and F/L C.W. Forsyth (a doctor, formerly practicing in Viceroy, Saskatchewan).

 

Squadron Leader Alexander has successfully completed twenty North Atlantic crossings as a member of the Royal Canadian Air Force Conducting Service. While employed on this tedious and dangerous task this officer has displayed exceptional leadership and tact in the handling of personnel and commendable organizing ability in the execution of his duties. His diligence, perseverance and exceptional devotion to duty have been an excellent example to his fellow conducting officers and disciplinarians.

 

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ALEXANDER, S/L John Reading (C12111) - U.S. Medal of Freedom - Northwest Air Command (unit not stated in most files; deduced from citation) - Award effective 2 November 1946 as per Canada Gazette of that date and AFRO 1075/46 dated 15 November 1946. Born 15 November 1905 in Killarney, Manitoba. Home in Winnipeg (accountant); enlisted there 12 June 1942 (Pilot Officer with simultaneous promotion to Flying Officer); promoted to Flight Lieutenant, 15 May 1943; promoted to Squadron Leader, 1 August 1943. Served at No.3 Wireless School, 27 August 1942 to 18 January 1943; at No.2 Training Command Headquarters, Winnipeg, 19 January 1943 to 31 May 1944; at Northwest Air Command Headquarters, 1 June 1944 to 8 January 1946. Award presented 19 October 1946 by American Consul in Calgary. Letter from Colonel R.E. S. Williamson (Military Attache, U.S. Embassy) to AFHQ, 19 September 1946 has citation:

 

Squadron Leader John R. Alexander, Royal Canadian Air Force, performed exceptionally meritorious service from June 1944 to January 1946. As Personal Staff Officer to the Air Officer Commanding, North West Air Command, Royal Canadian Air Force, Edmonton, Alberta, Canada, he played a prominent liaison role in working out mutual problems and joint responsibilities of the Canadian and Unites States agencies. His cooperative attitude and sincere interest in the problems and welfare of the United States Forces were of inestimable value to the successful accomplishment of their mission in Northwest Canada.

 

NOTE: Recommended 7 March 1946 by A/V/M T.A. Lawrence for MBE but did not reach priority lists:

 

This officer was Personal Staff Officer to the Air Officer Commanding, No.2 Air Command and North West Air Command from February 1943 until January 1946. During this time he rendered most loyal service to his Air Officer Commanding and the Royal Canadian Air Force. He was most considerate to all ranks with whom he came in contact, to the public, and to other services, and was a splendid representative of the RCAF in the course of his duties to which he was devoted.

 

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ALEXANDER, F/L Kenneth Andrew (J10557) - Air Force Cross - No.2 SFTS - Award effective 14 June 1945 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 1127/45 dated 6 July 1945. Born in Arden, Ontario, 17 March 1916; educated there, Peterborough, Ontario Agricultural College and Queen's University. Teacher. Enlisted in Ottawa, 27 May 1941. Trained at No.5 ITS (graduated 24 September 1941), No.3 EFTS (graduated 21 November 1941), and No.14 SFTS (graduated 13 February 1942). Medal presented 21 May 1949. Had flown 1,960 hours to date, 1,696 instructional hours, 255 hours in previous six months. Overseas again in December 1945.

 

Flight Lieutenant Alexander has been employed at this unit since December 1942 during which time he has flown 1,696 hours on instructional duties. He has an outstanding record in training and has played a big part in the successful training of pilots. His work, both in the air and on the ground, has been highly commendable. The way in which he has undertaken all tasks allotted to him has been a very fine example to all.

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ALEXANDER, F/L Robert Wilfred (J2833) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.148 Squadron - Award effective 7 April 1942 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 611/42 dated 24 April 1942. Born in Norwich, Ontario, 20 August 1920, home there or Paris, Ontario; enlisted London, Ontario, 16 April 1940. Trained at No.1 ITS. Graduated from No.1 AOS, 17 August 1940 and No.1 ANS, Trenton, 26 October 1940. Medal presented April 1943. Photo PL-1819 shows P/O U.L.J.L. Bezaire, P/P J.H. Percer and P/O R.W. Alexander at Ottawa's Union Station, November 1940; PL-16042 shows him at Government House for investiture.

 

As an air observer this officer has carried out 51 operational sorties against the enemy. He has participated in many attacks against objectives in Libya, Syria, Greece, and in the whole Mediterranean area. Flight Lieutenant Alexander is a fine bomb aimer and an exceptionally good navigator. Over a long period he has been carrying out duties of Squadron Navigation Officer with great success and his experience as an observer combined with his ability as an instructor have enabled him to attain a very high standard of navigation in the squadron. This officer has displayed consistent keenness, coolness and determination and has set a fine example to all.

 

NOTE: Public Record Office Air 2/8754 has slightly different text:

 

As an air observer this officer has carried out 51 operational sorties against the enemy in volving 456 flying hours. He has participated in many attacks against objectives in Libya, Syria, Greece, and in the whole Mediterranean area. He also took part in mine laying and supply dropping operations in Greece. Flight Lieutenant Alexander is a fine bomb aimer and an exceptionally good navigator. Over a long period he has been carrying out the duties of Squadron Navigation Officer with great success and his experience as an observer combined with his ability as an instructor have enabled him to attain a very high standard of navigation in the squadron. This officer has displayed consistent keenness, coolness and determination and has set a fine example to all.

 

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ALEXANDER, FS William George (R78455) - British Empire Medal - Station Sydney - Award effective 1 January 1946 as per Canada Gazette of that date and AFRO 82/46 dated 25 January 1946. Enlisted in Toronto, 24 October 1940. Medal presented October 1947.

 

This Non-Commissioned Officer attended the crash of a United States Naval aircraft and on arriving found a fire burning above the gasoline tank filler hole. Had the fire been driven down into the tank an explosion with disastrous consequences would have undoubtedly resulted. With full knowledge of this existing condition, without protective clothing or additional fire fighting equipment, this non-commissioned officer, with fire extinguisher, approached the wreckage with disregard for his safety and put out the fire, thereby speeding rescue operations of the crew and minimizing danger to everyone at the scene of the crash. As station fire chief, this non-commissioned officer has at all times displayed outstanding ability and devotion to duty.

 

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ALGER, F/L Clifford Tompkins (J87340) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.434 Squadron - Award effective 8 September 1945 as per London Gazette dated 21 September 1945 and AFRO 1704/45 dated 9 November 1945. Born in 1922 at North Bay, Ontario; home there. Former electrician, enlisted in Ottawa 30 June 1942. Trained at No.6 ITS (graduated 5 December 1942), No.20 EFTS (graduated 20 February 1943) and No.2 SFTS (graduated 25 June 1943). Medal presented 20 August 1949. No citation other than "completed...numerous operations against the enemy in the course of which [he has] invariably displayed the utmost fortitude, courage and devotion to duty." DHist file 181.009 D.1941 (RG.9 Vol.20612) has recommendation dated 17 April 1945 when he had completed 32 sorties (219 hours 30 minutes), 6 September 1944 to 24 March 1945. Sortie sheet indicates attack by ME.410 on 9 October 1944 (Bochum), "lots of jet planes" on 23 October (Essen), "fighters and flak" on 28 January 1945 (Stuttgart), "lots of fighters" on 7 March 1945 (Dessau), and "lots of fighters and search lights" on 15 March 1945 (Hagen).

 

Flight Lieutenant Alger has completed his first operational tour against the enemy. Among the targets attacked were many heavily defended German cities including Essen, Cologne, Munich and Stuttgart. On one occasion, in order to carry out a successful attack on Stuttgart he made three orbits before releasing his bombs. In this instance and at all other times throughout his tour, he displayed courage of [a] very high order and a fine offensive spirit by pressing home the attacks.

 

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ALKE, LAC Bernard Charles (R252798) - British Empire Medal - Station Sea Island - Award effective 13 June 1946 as per Canada Gazette of that date and AFRO 660/46 dated 5 July 1946. Home in Vancouver; enlisted there 13 April 1943. Medal presented May 1947.

 

This airman has exceptional initiative and is well qualified in his trade. He is never idle during his tour of duty, and accepts all tasks given him with a cheerfulness that is an outstanding example to his fellow airmen. He is constantly taking in hand less experienced tradesmen and improving their proficiency in their trade. The benefit derived from this instruction is quite evident when these airmen sit in their trade tests.

 

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ALLAN, F/L Everett Brock (C23502) - Commended for Valuable Services - No.5 EFTS - Award effective 1 January 1945 as per Canada Gazette of that date and AFRO 89/45 dated 19 January 1945. Enlisted at Calgary, 27 February 1941. Graduated at No.6 SFTS, 5 February 1943. Killed in flying accident, 16 May 1945 in Anson 12478 at No.3 SFTS, Calgary. Photo PMR 81-314 shows him. Photo PMR-81-314 shows him sitting at a desk.

 

This officer has been an instructor at Elementary Flying Training Schools over three years and his unfailing loyalty has been of great value to the Service. As squadron commander he has carried out his duties in an exceptional manner. By his skill and good leadership he holds the confidence and respect of all who serve under him.

 

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ALLAN, F/O George Ingram (J19255) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.692 Squadron (missing) - Award effective 5 February 1945 as per London Gazette dated 16 February 1945 and AFRO 563/45 dated 29 March 1945. Born in Davidson, Saskatchewan, 1908; home in Imperial, Saskatchewan; Educated at University of Saskatchewan. Enlisted in Saskatoon 7 January 1942. Trained at No.2 ITS (graduated 28 April 1941), No.3 AOS (graduated 21 July 1941), No.5 BGS (graduated 1 September 1941) and No.1 ANS (graduated 29 September 1941). Killed in action with No.142 Squadron, 12 January 1945 (Mosquito KB463); name on Runnymede Memorial. Medal presented to next-of-kin December 1946. PL-7263 shows five RCAF airmen on break at an OTU, March 1941 (P/O I.H. Watson, Woodstock, Ontario; Sergeant R. Orquhary, New York; Sergeant G.I. Allan, Imperial, Saskatchewan; Sergeant D.F. Glinz, Oak River, Manitoba; Sergeant A.E. Parsons, London, Ontario); PL-38373 shows his father receiving his son's DFC. No citation other than "completed...numerous operations against the enemy in the course of which [he has] invariably displayed the utmost fortitude, courage and devotion to duty." Public Records Office Air 2/8830 has recommendation dated 18 November 1944 when he had flown 60 sorties (255 hours) in two tours.

 

First Tour Second Tour

 

30 May 42 Cologne 18 Jul 44 Buer

1 June 42 Essen 19 Jul 44 Bremen

3 June 42 Bremen 23 Jul 44 Kiel

6 June 42 Emden 24 Jul 44 Frankfurt

8 June 42 Essen 25 Jul 44 Berlin

19 Jun 42 Emden 27 Jul 44 Stuttgart

22 Jun 42 Emden 28 Jul 44 Hamburg

25 Jun 42 Bremen 6 Aug 44 Castrop Rauxel

26 Jun 42 GARDENING 8 Aug 44 Cologne

(Terschelling Is.) 23 Aug 44 Cologne

39 Jun 42 Sea Search 25 Aug 44 Berlin

7 July 42 Bremen 26 Aug 44 Kiel

8 July 42 Wilhelmshaven 28 Aug 44 Essen

11 Jul 42 Frisian Islands 30 Aug 44 Frankfurt

14 Jul 42 Duisburg 31 Aug 44 Dusseldorf

21 Jul 42 Duisburg 4 Sept 44 Karlsruhe

25 Jul 42 Duisburg 5 Sept 44 Hanover

26 Jul 42 Hamburg 8 Sept 44 Nuremburg

31 Jul 42 Dusseldorf 9 Sept 44 Brunswick

8 Aug 42 Osnabruck 11 Sep 44 Berlin

10 Aug 42 GARDENING 12 Sep 44 Berlin

(Danish coast) 17 Sep 44 Bremen

12 Aug 42 Mainz 18 Sep 44 Berlin

13 Aug 42 GARDENING 25 Sep 44 Mannheim

(Heligoland) 27 Sep 44 Kassel

15 Aug 42 Dusseldorf 28 Sep 44 Brunswick

18 Aug 42 Flensburg 9 Oct 44 Wilhelmshaven

27 Aug 42 Kassel 12 Oct 44 Hamburg

1 Sept 42 Saarbrucken 14 Oct 44 Berlin

2 Sept 42 Karlsruhe 15 Oct 44 Wilhelmshaven

18 Oct 44 Mannheim

19 Oct 44 Wiesbaden

23 Oct 44 Berlin

 

This officer, as navigator and bomb aimer, has now completed a very large number of operational sorties against well defended and far distant targets in Western Germany. He has at all times shown a high standard of skill in navigation and an admirable determination in the performance of his duties, both in the air and on the ground.

 

In the face of enemy opposition he has displayed coolness and courage of a high order and a complete disregard of personal safety. For his praiseworthy example of all-round ability and quiet sense of devotion to duty he is strongly recommended for the non-immediate award of the Distinguished Flying Cross.

 

 

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ALLAN, F/O James Colomba (C85832) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.420 Squadron - Award effective 8 September 1945 as per London Gazette dated 21 September and AFRO 1704/45 dated 9 November 1945. Born in Londonderry, Ireland, 1921; home in Edmonton, Alberta. Formerly in RCA, enlisted in Edmonton 5 December 1940. Former auto body mechanic. Medal presented 9 July 1949.

 

Flying Officer Allan is now on his second tour of operational duty. He has participated in attacks on the most heavily defended targets of Berlin, Hamburg, Essen and many others. On one occasion when leaving the target area one engine became unserviceable and had it not been for Flying Officer Allan's thorough knowledge and coolness under fire, another engine would no doubt have been lost. By his skill and coolness a safe return to base was made. At all times this officer has set a fine example of tenacity and devotion to duty.

 

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ALLAN, F/O James Llewellyn (J19586) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.198 Squadron - Award effective 8 December 1944 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 293/45 dated 16 February 1945. Born in Valparaiso, Saskatchewan, 1921; home in Tisdale, Saskatchewan; teacher in civilian life. Enlisted in Saskatoon, 13 August 1941. Trained at No.7 ITS (graduated 28 March 1942), No.2 EFTS (graduated 20 June 1942) and No.1 SFTS (graduated 9 October 1942). Killed in action 3 November 1944 (Typhoon MN707 of No.198 Squadron); buried in Belgium. Medal presented to next-of-kin February 1946. Photo PL-37604 shows his mother ad cousin after presentation.

 

Flying Officer Allan has taken part in numerous attacks on enemy road and rail transport, tanks, radio installations and gun positions. He has led his section with great skill and courage, qualities which have contributed materially to the successes obtained. He has set a fine example to all.

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ALLAN, W/C Spence Anderson (C2338) - Member, Order of the British Empire - Executive Assistant to Air Member for Personnel. Award effective 26 May 1944 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 1380/44 dated 30 June 1944. Born in Hamilton, Ontario; educated there and University of Toronto; home there; enlisted there 1 July 1940. Medal presented February 1945. Photo PL-8956 shows him at desk, 29 May 1942 when he was a Flight Lieutenant.

 

This officer has contributed outstanding meritorious service throughout his career. His work in connection with the organization of all Bombing and Gunner Schools was the of the highest order and performed under circumstances demanding an exceptional degree of initiative and capacity for work. As Executive Assistant to the Air Member for Personnel, he has continued to display exceptional ability and untiring effort in the organization and maintenance of the administration of this Division. He served as Assistant Secretary for the Air Training Conference two years ago and, due to his fine work at that time, was again chosen as Secretary for the recent conference held with representatives of the United Kingdom. His initiative, ability and devotion to duty have been outstanding and an excellent example to all those with whom he has come in contact.

 

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ALLAN, WO2 (now P/O) William Edward (R158333/J94312) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.405 Squadron - Award effective 10 May 1945 as per London Gazette dated 25 May 1945 and AFRO 1291/45 dated 10 August 1945. Born in Saskatchewan, 1924; home in Vancouver (shoe maker). Enlisted in Saskatoon 19 May 1942. Trained at No.7 ITS (graduated 5 December 1942), No.5 BGS (graduated 4 September 1943) and No.1 ANS (graduated 9 October 1943). Commissioned March 1945. No citation other than "completed...numerous operations against the enemy in the course of which [he has] invariably displayed the utmost fortitude, courage and devotion to duty." Public Records Office Air 2/9070 has recommendation dated 20 February 1945 when he had flown 38 sorties (187 hours 35 minutes), 7 August 1944 to 14 February 1945.

 

7 Aug 44 L'Hoque (4.55) 4 Nov 44 Bochum (3.45)

8 Aug 44 Chantilly (5.15) 6 Nov 44 Gelsenkirchen (3.35)

9 Aug 44 Prouville (4.10) 9 Nov 44 Wanne Eickel (3.50)

12 Aug 44 La Breteque (4.40) 16 Nov 44 Julich (3.40)

14 Aug 44 Aisy (4.45)15 Nov 44 18 Nov 44 Wanne Eickel (4.20)

15 Aug 44 Soesterburg (3.55) 21 Nov 44 Aschaffenberg (5.15)

16 Aug 44 Kiel (5.00) 27 Nov 44 Neuss (4.00)

31 Aug 44 Isle de Cezembre 17 Dec 44 Ulm (6.15)

(4.55) 22 Dec 44 Bingen (5.05)

6 Sept 44 Emden (4.35) 28 Dec 44 Bonn (4.45)

10 Sep 44 Le Havre (4.05) 29 Dec 44 Scholven (5.00)

11 Sep 44 Kiel Bay (5.30) 30 Dec 44 Cologne (4.20)

14 Sep 44 Wilhelmshaven 2 Jan 45 Nurnburg (6.20)

(3.45), DNCO 5 Jan 45 Rayon (5.20)

15 Sep 44 Kiel (6.15) 5 Jan 45 Hannover (4.30)

17 Sep 44 Boulogne (3.50) 16 Jan 45 Magdeburg (6.05)

16 Oct 44 Duisburg (4.05) 7 Feb 45 Cleve (4.05)

23 Oct 44 Essen (4.10) 8 Feb 45 Politz (7.55)

29 Oct 44 Walcheren (2.05) 13 Feb 45 Dresden (8.00)

30 Oct 44 Cologne (4.40) 14 Feb 45 Chemnitz (7.00)

2 Nov 44 Dusseldorf (4.10)

 

Warrant Officer Allan has completed many operational sorties against such heavily-defended targets as Magdeburg, Bochum and Dresden. He has consistently displayed keenness and enthusiasm and set a fine example of gallantry, skill and devotion to duty. Warrant Officer Allan has always maintained a high standard of ability at his work and great determination to achieve his objective.

 

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ALLARD, P/O Bernard Louis Philip (J89062) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.405 Squadron - Award effective 6 January 1945 as per London Gazette dated 19 January 1945 and AFRO 508/45 dated 23 March 1945. Born 1924 in The Pas, Manitoba; home there; enlisted there 21 September 1942. Trained at No.3 WS (graduated 16 May 1943) and No.3 BGS (graduated 17 September 1943). Medal sent by registered mail 7 June 1950. Photo PL-35243 is a formal portrait. No citation other than "completed ...numerous operations against the enemy in the course of which [he has] invariably displayed the utmost fortitude, courage and devotion to duty." Public Records Office Air 2/9039 has recommendation dated 21 October 1944 when he had flown 48 sorties (188 hours 26 minutes).

 

* counted as 1/3 operation

 

15 Feb 44 Frankfurt-on-Oder (7.01) 24 June 44 Middel Straete (1.54)

20 Feb 44 Stuttgart (6.15) 27 June 44 Oisemont (2.23)

25 Feb 44 Augsburg (6.44) 28 June 44 Metz (5.02)

15 Mar 44 Stuttgart (6.50) 2 July 44 Oisemont (2.09)

18 Mar 44 Frankfurt (4.53) 5 July 44 Wizernes (1.47)

22 Mar 44 Frankfurt-on-Main (5.02) 7 July 44 Caen (2.31)

24 Mar 44 Berlin (6.52) 9 July 44 L'Hey (1.39)

26 Mar 44 Essen (4.33) 10 July 44 Nucourt (2.42)

20 Apr 44 Lens (2.52)* 24 July 44 L'Hey (1.44)

22 Apr 44 Dusseldorf (3.36) 25 July 44 Foret du Crox (2.19)

24 Apr 44 Karlsruhe (5.27) 3 Aug 44 L'isle Adam (3.09)

27 Apr 44 Friedrichshafen (6.36) 5 Aug 44 Chaussee (3.03)

10 May 44 Ghent (2.40) 8 Aug 44 Lucheux (3.10)

11 May 44 Boulogne (2.13) 10 Aug 44 La Pallice (5.12)

19 May 44 Le Mans (4.06) 12 Aug 44 Russelheim (4.29)

22 May 44 Le Mans (4.17) 29 Aug 44 Stettin (9.38)

31 May 44 Trappes (3.46) 12 Sept 44 Frankfurt (5.59)

2 Jun 44 Trappes (3.15) 15 Sept 44 Kiel (5.14)

4 Jun 44 Calais (1.53) 24 Sept 44 Calais (2.16)

7 Jun 44 Foret de Cerisy (3.10) 25 Sept 44 Calais (2.04)

11 Jun 44 Toures (4.58) 28 Sept 44 Cap Gris Nez (1.51)

14 Jun 44 Cambrai (2.34) 14 Oct 44 Duisburg (4.35)

15 Jun 44 Lens (2.09) 15 Oct 44 Wilhelmshaven (3.59)

17 Jun 44 Oisemont-Neuville- 19 Oct 44 Stuttgart (5.11)

au-Bois (2.34)

 

Pilot Officer Allard is a keen and capable Air Gunner now on his second tour of operations. He has participated in attacks on such strongly defended enemy areas as Berlin, Frankfurt and Stettin. On may occasions this officer has been placed in great personal danger through contact with enemy fighters, but he has not faltered and pressed home his attacks to the full. His keen sense of responsibility and devotion to duty, even under the most adverse conditions, has been an inspiration to his crew and undoubtedly contributed greatly towards their continued operational success. Strongly recommended for the non-immediate award of the Distinguished Flying Cross.

 

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ALLCROFT, P/O Frederick Charles (J17472) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.61 Squadron - Award effective 1 July 1943 as per London Gazette dated 13 July 1943 and AFRO 1724/43 dated 27 August 1943. Born in Vancouver, 1923; home there; enlisted there 24 June 1941. Trained at No.2 ITS (graduated 4 October 1941), No.15 EFTS (graduated 8 December 1941) and No.10 SFTS (graduated 10 April 1942). Commissioned 1943.

 

On his first sortie, which was against heavily defended objectives at Essen, the aircraft in which this officer was flying was hit by anti-aircraft fire but, undaunted by this, he bombed the target and made a safe return on three engines. During a sortie to Dortmund in May 1943, his aircraft was attacked by enemy fighters on the outward flight. After the attack had been skilfully evaded, one engine in the aircraft failed, but despite this he proceeded to the target which was successfully bombed. On the return journey another engine failed but by superb skill and determined courage this pilot made a safe return. Throughout all his operational sorties Pilot Officer Allcroft has displayed high courage and devotion to duty.

 

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ALLEN, P/O Daniel Frederick (J16423) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.408 Squadron - Award effective 24 March 1943 as per London Gazette dated 6 April 1943 and AFRO 809/43 dated 7 May 1943. Born in Salem, Massachusetts, 1921, home in Lennoxville, Quebec. Educated there and in Sherbrooke. Enlisted in Sherbrooke, Quebec, 22 July 1940. Trained at No.1 ITS (graduated 28 November 1940), No.4 EFTS (graduated 28 January 1941), and No.8 SFTS (graduated 17 May 1941). Commissioned 1942. Photo PL-20458 shows him wearing DFC ribbon.

This officer has completed thirty sorties involving attacks on a variety of well-defended targets in Germany and northern France. He is an efficient captain whose determination to complete his task successfully has set a praiseworthy example. On one occasion when returning from Hamburg his aircraft was badly damaged by enemy action but he flew it back to base.

 

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ALLEN, FS (now P/O) Douglas William (R135145/J87001) - Distinguished Flying Medal - No.630 Squadron - Award effective 1 September 1944 as per London Gazette dated 15 September 1944 and AFRO 2373/44 dated 3 November 1944. Born in Enfield, Nova Scotia, 1919. Home in Armdale Post Office, Halifax, Nova Scotia. Enlisted in Montreal 1941. Trained at No.5 ITS (graduated 28 March 1942), No.8 BGS (graduated 29 January 1943) and No.3 AOS (graduated 5 March 1943). Commissioned 1944. Medal sent by registered mail. Photo PL-36849 shows him on return to Canada. No citation other than "completed ...many successful operations during which [he has] displayed high skill, fortitude and devotion to duty." Public Records Office Air 2/9276 has recommendation dated 27 June 1944 when he had flown 29 sorties (211 hours 13 minutes), 5 January to 24 May 1944.

 

5 Jan 44 Stettin (9.30) 30 Mar 44 Nuremburg (7.45)

14 Jan 44 Brunswick (5.55) 5 Apr 44 Toulouse (7.40)

20 Jan 44 Berlin (7.20) 9 Apr 44 Koenigsburg (9.14)

21 Jan 44 Magdeburg (6.30) 10 Apr 44 Tours (6.30)

27 Jan 44 Berlin (8.25) 18 Apr 44 Paris (4.41)

30 Jan 44 Berlin (6.45) 20 Apr 44 La Chapelle (5.14)

15 Feb 44 Berlin (6.55) 22 Apr 44 Brunswick (5.21)

19 Feb 44 Leipzig (7.10) 24 Apr 44 Munich (10.01)

20 Feb 44 Stuttgart (7.40) 29 Apr 44 Paris (7.25)

24 Feb 44 Schweinfurt (8.25) 1 May 44 Clermont-Ferrand

25 Feb 44 Augsburg (7.45) (4.44)

1 Mar 44 Stuttgart (8.15) 3 May 44 Mailly (5.29)

10 Mar 44 Clermont-Ferrand 7 May 44 Tours (5.10)

(6.50) 9 May 44 Annecy (9.21)

15 Mar 44 Stuttgart (8.20) 11 May 44 Bourg-Leopold (4.15)

18 Mar 44 Frankfurt (5.30) 22 May 44 Brunswick (5.58)

24 May 44 Antwerp (3.10)

 

Flight Sergeant Allen has successfully completed 29 operations against Germany and occupied territory. During his tour, which included four raids on Berlin, three on Stuttgart, and others on Koenigsburg, Augsburg and Leipzig, he has consistently brought back photographic proof of his skill as an Air Bomber, and of his excellent co-operation with the other members of the crew.

 

He has always endeavoured to increase his efficiency by careful study of the results of each raid, and he has employed his constantly improved technique in bombing with great precision against very heavily defended and difficult targets. He is strongly recommended for the non-immediate award of the Distinguished Flying Medal.

 

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ALLEN, F/L Ernest Ellwood (J5295) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.59 Squadron - Award effective 1 September 1943 as per London Gazette dated 10 September 1943 and AFRO 2138/43 dated 22 October 1943. Born in St.George, Ontario, 1921. Enlisted in Hamilton, Ontario, 21 August 1940. Trained at No.1 ITS (graduated 22 November 1940), No.4 EFTS (graduated 29 December 1940) and No.8 SFTS (graduated 16 May 1941). Commissioned 1941. Invested with award at Buckingham Palace December 1943. Photo PL-23284 is formal portrait; PL-26519 shows him with wife and her friend (Joyce Baines) after investiture.

 

Flight Lieutenant Allen has proved himself to be a most determined and capable captain of aircraft. By his gallantry and fine fighting spirit he has contributed much to the morale of his squadron.

 

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ALLEN, F/O Ethan 2nd (J21435) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.224 Squadron - Award effective 25 January 1944 as per London Gazette dated 8 February 1944 and AFRO 644/44 dated 24 March 1944. Born in France, 1919; home in New York, N.Y. Enlisted in Montreal, 4 December 1941. Trained at No.6 ITS (graduated 8 May 1942), No.9 EFTS (graduated 14 August 1942) and No.16 SFTS (graduated 4 December 1942). Killed in action 6/7 June 1944 (Liberator BZ942); name on Runnymede Memorial. Medal sent by registered mail to widow, October 1952. Photo PL-26997 shows him.

 

Flying Officer Allen has completed many sorties and throughout has displayed great keenness and determination. One night as captain of aircraft he executed an attack on a large U-boat. Pressing home his attack with great determination, Flying Officer Allen straddled the vessel with a number of depth charges. On several other occasions this officer has participated in successful attacks on the enemy's underwater craft. By his skill, courage and coolness he has set a very fine example.

 

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ALLEN, F/L George Russell (J1403) - Commended for Valuable Services - No.18 SFTS - Award effective 21 April 1945 as per Canada Gazette of that date and AFRO 802/45 dated 11 May 1945. Home in Watrous, Saskatchewan; enlisted Regina 100 October 1940. Trained at No.1 ITS (graduated 27 January 1941), No.1 EFTS (graduated 177 March 1941) and No.5 SFTS (graduated 16 June 1941). Awarded Queens Coronation Medal, 23 October 1953 while a Flight Lieutenant (Regular Force) at University of Saskatchewan. Photo PL-90693 is a portrait taken at Goose Bay, February 1959.

 

This officer has been a navigation instructor for over three years. His conscientious attitude toward the service has been an excellent example to the more junior instructors and as deputy flight commander he has assisted in maintaining and improving the standard of navigation at his unit to a high degree.

 

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ALLEN, F/O Gerald Wilfred (19905) - Commended for Valuable Services - Station Lachine - Award effective 28 August 1948 as per Canada Gazette of that date and AFRO 524/48 dated 3 September 1948. Pilot.

 

As co-pilot of the Magnetic Survey Canso in 1947, Flying Officer Allen proved himself to be an extremely alert and adaptable pilot. At all times he applied his skill in handling the aircraft under the most difficult and unique conditions with great intelligence. On several occasions during hazardous landing in rough seas and amongst ice flows he assisted the captain in averting catastrophe. In spite of many hardships which the crew endured this officer maintained a happy and infectious disposition, making light of adversity, and promoting a high morale. It is considered that Flying Officer Allen contributed in a large share to the expedition's success and that his all round performance is deserving of great praise.

 

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ALLEN, F/L Lawrence Arnold (J14769) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.420 Squadron (deceased) - Award effective 27 April 1944 as per London Gazette dated 21 December 1945 and AFRO 155/46 dated 15 December 1946. Born in Edmonton, Alberta, 1917; home in Windsor, Ontario where he was a theatre manager; enlisted there 6 January 1942. Trained at No.5 ITS (graduated 21 June 1942) and No.1 AOS (graduated 23 October 1942). Navigator, killed in action with No.405 Squadron, 27/28 April 1944, Lancaster JA976. Buried in Belgium. Award presented to mother in Detroit, 17 May 1950. Photo PL-15983 showed P/O H.J. Nodder (Winnipeg), P/O J. Heath (Toronto), F/O R.N. Gourlie (Toronto), P/O L. Allen (Windsor), and Sergeant D. Heybourne (London, England).

 

This officer has completed as navigator many successful operations against the enemy in the course of which he has invariably displayed high skill, fortitude and devotion to duty.

 

ALLEN, F/L Lawrence Arnold, DFC (J14769) - Belgian Croix de Guerre 1940 with Palm (deceased) - Awarded 17 July 1948 as per Canada Gazette of that date and AFRO 455/48 dated 23 July 1948.

 

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ALLEN, Sergeant Norman George (R60701) - Mention in Despatches - Skipton-on-Swale - Award effective 14 June 1945 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 1600/45 dated 12 October 1945. Home in Edmonton; enlisted there 30 May 1940. DHist file 181.009 D.2619 (RG.24 Vol.20628) has recommendation forwarded 1 February 1945 to No.63 Base HQ when he had served 34 months in Canada, 22 months overseas.

 

This NCO has consistently displayed initiative, resourcefulness and exceptional capacity for hard work. On many occasions he has worked through full twenty-four hours on a job, when operational necessity demanded it. He never spares himself and this driving spirit has fostered among his men a cheerful readiness to work long and tedious hours.

 

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ALLEN, F/O Oliver Alexander (C38570) - Mention in Despatches - Topcliffe - Award effective 1 January 1946 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 388/46 dated 12 April 1946. Home in Vancouver; enlisted Edmonton 13 November 1939. Certificate sent to Vancouver, August 1948, returned and then mailed to Edmonton. Recommended 23 June 1945 (DHist file 181.002 D.225) at which time he has served four years seven months in Canada, ten months in UK. He was Engineering Officer, Base Major Servicing Section. Recommendation stated:

 

This officer has over five years service, with almost ten months overseas, and has served in Base Major Servicing Section at this station since arriving in this country. He has been in charge of all the ancillary sections connected with this unit for a considerable time, and since taking over has completely reorganized these sections and been responsible for the design and construction of numerous "Test Rigs" and labour saving devices, which makes these sections the efficient units they are today. His sections are outstanding in their neatness and cleanliness which is a definite indication of the high calibre of the work turned out. Handling his men with firmness and fairness he has their respect and co-operation. He spends much time giving technical lectures to improve the knowledge of his men. Willing, ken and hard working, he is a valuable member of the service.

 

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ALLEN, WO (now P/O) Robert Patrick (R155012/J87111) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.9 Squadron - Award effective 2 October 1944 as per London Gazette dated 17 October 1944 and AFRO 2637/44 dated 8 December 1944. Born in Belfast, Northern Ireland, 1922; home in London, Ontario. Enlisted there 28 March 1942. Trained at No.5 ITS (graduated 10 October 1942), No.1 BGS (graduated 23 December 1942) and No.1 AOS (graduated 5 February 1943). Commissioned 1944. Award sent by registered mail 30 March 1949. No citation other than "completed...numerous operations against the enemy in the course of which [he has] invariably displayed the utmost fortitude, courage and devotion to duty". Public Records Office Air 2/9026 has recommendation dated 10 July 1944 when he had flown 29 2/3 sorties (208 hours five minutes), 30 August 1943 to 19 May 1944.

 

* counted as 1/3 sortie

30 Aug 43 Foret Operlat 2.35) 24 Mar 44 Berlin (7.05)

23 Nov 43 Berlin (6.55) 26 Mar 44 Essen (4.55)

2 Dec 43 Berlin (7.35) 30 Mar 44 Nuremburg (8.00)

3 Dec 43 Leipzig (7.30) 18 Apr 44 Juvisy (4.45)*

16 Dec 43 Berlin (6.50) 20 Apr 44 La Chapelle (4.30)*

20 Dec 43 Frankfurt (6.00) 24 Apr 44 Munich (10.15)

14 Jan 44 Brunswick (6.05) 28 Apr 44 Bordeaux (7.45)

20 Jan 44 Berlin (7.40) 29 Apr 44 Bordeaux (7.30)

21 Jan 44 Magdeburg (6.50) 1 May 44 Toulouse (5.20)

28 Jan 44 Berlin (8.20) 3 May 44 Mailly le Camp (5.35)

15 Feb 44 Berlin (7.10) 6 May 44 Sable-sur-Sarthe (4.45)

1 Mar 44 Stuttgart (8.20) 8 May 44 Brest (5.00)

9 Mar 44 Marignane (9.30) 10 May 44 Lille (3.30)

15 Mar 44 Stuttgart (7.45) 11 May 44 Bourg Leopold (3.30)

18 Mar 44 Frankfurt (5.45) 19 May 44 Tours (5.20)

22 Mar 44 Frankfurt (5.30)

 

As a Bomb Aimer in an exceptionally competent operational crew, this Warrant Officer has contributed his full share to the successes which they have achieved. He has completed 29 2/3 operational sorties, and the photographs he has brought back are a proof of the accuracy of his bombing. His courageous and cheerful personality has had a most stimulating effect on his crew, and his technical knowledge has been of invaluable assistance to his Section Leader.

 

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ALLEN, Flight Sergeant Thomas Albert George (Can 10294) - British Empire Medal - RCAF Overseas Headquarters - Awarded 1 January 1945 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 89/45. Had enlisted in Trenton, 11 September 1939.

 

This non-commissioned officer was in charge of Security and Air Raid Precaution Defence at Royal Canadian Air Force Overseas Headquarters during the organization stages. During this time he carried out full training of the personnel employed on these duties and his efforts have resulted in a most efficient system. He has at all times performed his duties most capably and with outstanding devotion to duty and has won the respect and co-operation of all those with whom he is associated.

 

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ALLEN, Sergeant William Edward (R59802) - Mention in Despatches - Overseas - Award effective 1 January 1946 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 155/46 dated 15 February 1946. Home in Winnipeg; enlisted there 28 August 1940.

 

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ALLIN, FS (now P/O) Harvey Ross (R182223/J85441) - Distinguished Flying Medal - No.192 Squadron - Award effective 19 June 1944 as per London Gazette dated 27 June 1944 and AFRO 1861/44 dated 25 August 1944. Born in Oshawa, Ontario, 1922; home there. Former steel worker. Enlisted Toronto 27 July 1942. Trained at No.9 BGS (graduated 2 April 1943). Award presented October 1947.

 

This airman has completed a large number of operational sorties during which he has displayed keenness and cool courage. On one occasion when his aircraft was attacked by two enemy fighters and seriously damaged, his calm directions to his pilot and his accurate fire enabled his crew to warn off the attacking aircraft and damaged one of them. Flight Sergeant Allin has completed many long distance flights and has consistently displayed cool courage and ardour for his duties.

 

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ALLISON, P/O Harold Dennis Charles (J89069) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.626 Squadron - Award effective 15 March 1945 as per London Gazette dated 27 March 1945 and AFRO 1085/45 dated 29 June 1945. Born 1922 in Princeton, British Columbia; home there; enlisted Vancouver 7 December 1942. Trained at No.2 WS (graduated 27 June 1943) and No.3 BGS (graduated 29 October 1943). Commissioned August 1944. Award presented at Sea Island, 22 October 1949.

 

Pilot Officer Allison has throughout his operational career displayed great courage, skill and initiative. In August 1944 he was detailed for an attack against Stettin. Whilst approaching the target his aircraft was attacked by two Junkers 88s and severely damaged. The rear turret was rendered completely unserviceable and Pilot Officer Allison's turret could only be worked by hand. Despite this, with outstanding determination, this officer managed to fire a long burst into the enemy aircraft which caught fire and exploded. This officer's gallantry and presence of mind have always been of the highest order.

 

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ALLISTON, F/L Alexander John (J12346) - Croix de Guerre (France) - No.65 Squadron (AFRO gives unit only as "Overseas") - Awarded as per AFRO 1619/45 dated 19 October 1945. Home in Montreal; enlisted there 28 August 1941. Trained at No.1 ITS (graduated 20 December 1941), No.4 EFTS (graduated 27 February 1942) and No.9 SFTS (graduated 19 June 1942). Public Records Office Air 2/9645 has citation. Photo PL-28243 shows a F/O A. Alliston of Montreal on a Spitfire; is this the right man ?

 

This officer has been engaged in numerous concentrated attacks against targets in enemy occupied French territory. During these hazardous operations Flight Lieutenant Alliston has shown great courage and determination in pressing home his attacks. Flight Lieutenant Alliston has destroyed numerous barges, trains and other mechanized transport.

 

 

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ALLISTON, F/L Edward Arthur (J23595) - Air Force Cross - No.168 Squadron (RCAF) - Award effective 1 January 1946 as per Canada Gazette of that date and AFRO 82/46 dated 25 January 1946 - Enlisted in RCAF at Toronto, 1 October 1941. Trained at No.1 WS (graduated 5 December 1942) and No.1 BGS (graduated 11 January 1943). Had completed 1,564 flying hours, 1,034 transport flying hours, 211 hours in past six months. Award presented December 1947. Photo PL-22540 shows crew of first RCAF Fortress mail crew - F/O E.A. Alliston, F/O J. Berton, F/L C.R. Knowles, F/L K.W. Hampson, Corporal W.B. Hugh; PL-23301 shows him alone; PL-56974 is a postwar RCAF portrait (May 1953).

 

This officer has been employed for the past twenty months as Wireless Operator on the Trans-Atlantic and Mediterranean service, flying mail to the Canadian Armed Forces Overseas. During this time he has shown a high degree of skill, unfailing good sense and sound judgement under the most adverse conditions. He has efficiently performed difficult duties, thus contributing greatly to the smooth running and successful operation of this squadron.

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ALLMAN, Sergeant John Jacob (R87967) - Mention in Despatches - No.6 Group Headquarters (AFRO gives unit only as "Overseas") - Award effective 8 June 1944 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 1729/44 dated 11 August 1944. Home in Victoria; enlisted Vancouver 31 January 1941. No citation in AFRO.

 

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ALVERSON, F/L James Rees (J15004) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.357 Squadron - Award effective 26 June 1945 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 1291/45 dated 10 August 1945. Born in Fleet, Alberta, 1920; home in Winnipeg, Manitoba. Enlisted Edmonton, 10 May 1940. Trained at No.1 ITS (graduated 21 June 1940), No.1 AOS (graduated 14 September 1940), No.1 BGS (graduated 28 October 1940) and No.1 ANS (graduated 30 November 1940). Commissioned 1941. Award presented 9 July 1949.

 

On his first tour of operational duty, Flight Lieutenant Alverson participated in a good number of attacks against strongly defended enemy targets and throughout displayed a high degree of skill and devotion to duty. Since joining this squadron, Flight Lieutenant Alverson has taken part in many varied sorties, including a number of operational missions far into enemy territory. On these occasions his exceptional ability has been an important factor in the successes obtained.

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AMELL, FS Harry Lawrence (Can 12140A) - Mention in Despatches - Overseas - Award effective 1 January 1946 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 155/46 dated 15 February 1946. Born in Athabaska Landing, Alberta. Home in Regina; enlisted there 5 December 1938. Groundcrew; certificate sent 23 August 1948, returned 30 August 1948.

 

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AMOS, S/L John Arthur (J3515) - Mention in Despatches - No.39 Wing (AFRO gives unit only as "Overseas") - Award effective 14 June 1945 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 1395/45 dated 31 August 1945. Home in Palmerston, Ontario; enlisted at Camp Borden. Trained at No.1 ITS (graduated 20 July 1940), No.6 EFTS (graduated 16 September 1940) and No.1 SFTS (graduated 29 November 1940). Photo PL-7632 shows him beside Tomahawk aircraft with P/O H.W. Church; PL-36059 is a portrait photo.

 

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