BARBEAU, P/O Joseph Paul Ernest (J89679) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.425 Squadron - Award effective 15 March 1945 as per London Gazette dated 27 March 1945 and AFRO 1085/45 dated 29 June 1945. Born 1911 in Ottawa; home there (educated LaSalle Academy; labourer); enlisted there 10 June 1940. Trained at No.9 BGS (graduated 22 January 1943. Commissioned September 1944. Invested with medal at Government House, 12 November 1951. Photo PL-35999 is a portrait.

 

Pilot Officer Barbeau has consistently displayed outstanding skill, courage and determination when engaged on many missions against heavily defended targets. On one occasion in November 1944 he was rear gunner in an aircraft detailed to attack Oberhausen. Many enemy aircraft were sighted. Pilot Officer Barbeau gave his pilot excellent evasive instructions and by his accurate fire hit and damaged one of the hostile aircraft. This officer has a splendid record both in the air and on the ground. His devotion to duty has always been most noteworthy.

 

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BARBER, FS Cyril Abram (R191683) - Distinguished Flying Medal - No.434 Squadron - Award effective 5 February 1945 as per London Gazette dated 16 February 1945 and AFRO 625/45 dated 13 April 1945. Home in Woodstock, Ontario; enlisted 15 September 1942. Trained at No.4 ITS, No.8 BGS (graduated 15 October 1943) and No.2 AOS (graduated 26 November 1943). Recommended when he had flown four sorties (18 hours 45 minutes), 23 October to 1 November 1944. In crew of WO C.Ferris. Incident was on 1 November 1944. Invested with medal 15 April 1948.

 

In November 1944, during an attack on Oberhausen, Flight Sergeant Barber's aircraft was hit by anti-aircraft fire while approaching the target area. The wireless operator was killed. The navigator and engineer were slightly injured and Flight Sergeant Barber was severely wounded in the head. Despite his injuries he pressed home the attack with great tenacity and bombed the target successfully with damaged equipment. Flight Sergeant Barber has consistently displayed skill, devotion to duty and gallantry of a high order.

 

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BARBER, F/O James Donald (J23822) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.101 Squadron - Award effective 5 February 1945 as per London Gazette dated 16 February 1945 and AFRO 563/45 dated 29 March 1945. Born 1919 in Spirit River, Alberta. Home in Edmonton; enlisted there 4 January 1942. Trained at No.5 ITS (graduated 20 June 1942), No.4 EFTS (graduated 9 October 1942) and No.13 SFTS (graduated 19 February 1943). Commissioned 1943. Invested with medal June 1946. 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 10 November 1944 when he had flown 32 sorties (162 hours 20 minutes), 20 July to 4 November 1944.


 

20 Jul 44 Courtrai 16 Sep 44 Leeuwarden

24 Jul 44 Stuttgart 17 Sep 44 Westkapelle

25 Jul 44 Wanne Eickel 26 Sep 44 Karlsruhe

12 Aug 44 Russelsheim 5 Oct 44 Saarbrucken

15 Aug 44 Volkel 7 Oct 44 Emmerich

16 Aug 44 Kiel 11 Oct 44 Frederick Hendrik

18 Aug 44 Ghent/Terneuzen 14 Oct 44 Duisburg

29 Aug 44 Stettin 14 Oct 44 Duisburg

31 Aug 44 St.Riquier 19 Oct 44 Stuttgart

3 Sept 44 Gilze-Rijen 23 Oct 44 Essen

6 Sept 44 Le Havre (bombs 25 Oct 44 Essen

brought back) 28 Oct 44 Cologne

8 Sept 44 Le Havre (bombs 28 Oct 44 Domburg

brought back) 30 Oct 44 Cologne

10 Sep 44 Le Havre 31 Oct 44 Cologne

11 Sep 44 Darmstadt 2 Nov 44 Dusseldorf

12 Sep 44 Frankfurt 4 Nov 44 Bochum

 

Flying Officer Barber, a Canadian, has recently completed a highly successful tour of operations comprising 32 sorties against a variety of targets both in Germany and in support of our invasion armies in Europe.

 

A captain of outstanding ability, this officer refuses to be daunted however aggressive the defence. His grim determination and magnificent leadership have inspired his crew to achieve excellent results on every occasion.

 

It is recommended that Flying Officer Barker's high courage, devotion to duty and fine record be recognized by an award of the Distinguished Flying Cross.

 

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BARBER, F/O Truman Verdun (J86279) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.408 Squadron - Award effective 10 May 1945 as per London Gazette dated 22 May 1945 and AFRO 1147/45 dated 13 July 1945. Born 1921 in Toronto; home there (fruit clerk); enlisted there 9 October 1940. Trained at No.6 ITS (graduated 19 March 1943), No.12 EFTS (graduated 15 May 1943) and No.9 SFTS (graduated 3 September 1943). Commissioned 1944. Invested with medal in Toronto, 30 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". DHist file 181.009 D.1515 (RG.24 Vol.20600) has recommendation dated 1 January 1945 when he had completed 32 sorties (165 hours 15 minutes), 23 June to 26 November 1944.

 

Pilot Officer Barber has completed a successful operational tour as pilot on heavy bombers in a most exemplary manner. He has on many occasions attacked successfully such heavily defended targets as Essen, Duisburg, Kiel and Cologne. He has at all times shown a cheerful disregard for any defences the enemy had to offer and at all times pressed home his attacks, returning with excellent photographs of the targets attacked.

 

This officer's fine operational record and his outstanding service to the squadron are worthy of the highest praise, and I therefore recommend that he be awarded the Non-Immediate Distinguished Flying Cross.

 

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BARBER, P/O William Paul (J89012) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.102 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 Toronto; home there (student); enlisted there 18 September 1942. Trained at No.3 ITS (graduated 11 June 1943) and No.9 BGS (graduated 3 September 1943). Commissioned August 1944. Invested with medal 18 October 1947. Photo PL-35153 is a portrait.

 

This officer is a skilful and courageous gunner who has won the complete confidence of his crew. On one occasion in July 1944, on the return flight from a mission against Stuttgart, Pilot Officer Barber's aircraft was attacked by a Junkers 88 and severe damage was sustained. By his accurate fire this officer hit the enemy aircraft repeatedly and probably destroyed it. Pilot Officer Barber's enthusiasm and devotion to duty at all times have been most praiseworthy.

 

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BARBOUR, P/O Douglas (J87609) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.78 Squadron - Award effective 5 February 1945 as per London Gazette dated 16 February 1945 and AFRO 563/45 dated 29 March 1945. Born 1918 in Yorkton, Saskatchewan; home there (office clerk); enlisted in Regina, 28 March 1942. Trained at No.7 ITS (graduated 6 November 1942), No.5 BGS (graduated 15 May 1943) and No.1 CNS (graduated 25 June 1943). Commissioned 1944. Invested with medal 18 June 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 2/8831 has recommendation dated 16 November 1944 when he had flown 39 sorties (163 hours 45 minutes).

 

18 Apr 44 Tergnier (4.41) 12 Jul 44 Thiverny (3.52)

20 Apr 44 Ottignes (3.55) 17 Jul 44 Caen H.2 (3.36)

24 Apr 44 Karlsruhe (6.32) 18 Jul 44 Acquet (4.04)

9 May 44 Berneval (3.55) 20 Jul 44 Bottrop (2.45)

11 May 44 Trouville (3.52) S.I. u/s

19 May 44 Boulogne (3.11) 1 Aug 44 Trouville (3.25)

22 May 44 Orleans (4.50) 3 Aug 44 Bois de Cassan (3.52)

31 May 44 Trappes (5.11) 5 Aug 44 Foret de Nieppe (2.52)

2 June 44 Trappes (4.42) 9 Aug 44 Foret de Mormal (3.39)

14 Jun 44 Douai (4.11) 12 Aug 44 Brunswick (5.44)

15 Jun 44 Fouilliard (5.19) 14 Aug 44 Falaise (3.32)

16 Jun 44 Domleger (3.25) 15 Aug 44 Tirlemont (3.46)

22 Jun 44 Laon (1.53) 16 Aug 44 GARDENING (5.20)

rudder damaged 18 Aug 44 Sterkrade (4.34)

25 Jun 44 Montorgueil (3.36) 25 Aug 44 Watten (3.12)

27 Jun 44 Mont Candon (3.26) 26 Aug 44 Homberg (4.00)

28 Jun 44 Blainville (5.45) 10 Sep 44 Le Havre (3.31)

4 July 44 St.Martin l'Hey (4.08) 12 Sep 44 Scholven Duer (4.00)

5 July 44 St.Martin l'Hey (3.47) 15 Sep 44 Kiel (4.50)

6 July 44 Croixdale (3.26) 23 Sep 44 Neuss (5.00)

8 July 44 Chateau Bernapre (3.33) 25 Sep 44 Calais (3.15)

26 Sep 44 Calais (3.17)

 

This officer has now completed his first operational tour consisting of 39 sorties (126 points) involving a total of 163 hours. He has been a member of one of our best crews and much of their success can be attributed to his efforts. His photographic record proves that he has always pressed home his attacks, often in the face of considerable opposition. For his devotion to duty and coolness in the face of the enemy he is strongly recommended for the award of the Distinguished Flying Cross.

 

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BARBOUR, FS Jean Muriel (W314244) - British Empire Medal - AFHQ - Award effective 1 January 1946 as per Canada Gazette of that date and AFRO 82/46 dated 25 January 1946. From Campbellton, New Brunswick. Enlisted in Ottawa, 1 October 1943. Medal presented 21 February 1948.

 

This non-commissioned officer has been associated with the Records Office for almost six years and in various capacities has played an important part in the training and supervision of a staff both civilian and service, that was continually expanding. In carrying out these duties she has displayed outstanding ability to apply qualities of leadership and personnel psychology far beyond that which could normally be expected. By her personal example and capacity to produce exceptional results, she has at all times inspired staff under her control with enthusiasm and a high productive capacity.

 

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BARCLAY, F/L John Lyman (J10394) - Commended for Valuable Services - No.11 SFTS - Award effective 1 January 1946 as per Canada Gazette of that date and AFRO 82/46 dated 25 January 1946. Home in Edmonton, Alberta; enlisted there 21 June 1940. Trained at No.2 ITS (graduated 18 August 1940), No.5 EFTS (graduated 10 November 1940), and No.4 SFTS (graduated 28 January 1941). Photo PL-44247 shows a F/L J.L. Barclay of Edmonton with F/O R.A. Tuttle of Calgary, taken in No.418 Squadron, 29 May 1945. It is uncertain whether the Barclay of the citation and of the photograph are the same man or two different men.

 

This officer is an outstanding pilot who has been employed as a Flying Instructor since the beginning of the Air Training Plan. A hard working, efficient and capable Flying Instructor, he has set a high standard in flying instruction in all respects.

 

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BARICHELLO, F/O Raymond James Eugene (J20053) - Air Force Cross - No.1 GRS (since moved to No.115 Squadron) - Award effective 8 June 1944 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 1380/44 dated 30 June 1944. Born at Murrayville, British Columbia; educated there, Langley High School and Vancouver Technical School. Enlisted in Vancouver, 13 August 1941. Trained at No.4 ITS (graduated 27 March 1942), No.5 EFTS (graduated 3 July 1942) and No.7 SFTS (wings 23 October 1942). Reported to have flown 1,107.20 hours to date, 848 hours as staff pilot, 328.35 hours in previous six months. Medal presented 19 January 1945.

 

This officer has flown many hours as a staff pilot in the past year and has performed his rather tedious task with cheerfulness and exceptional ability. Recently this officer displayed unusual gallantry when he dropped his dinghy to a crashed aircraft in the Gulf of St.Lawrence, knowing that his own two engines were running badly and liable to fail at any moment. He barely managed to return to his base. This officer's record as a staff pilot has been of a very high standard.

 

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BARKER, W/C Anthony (J6807) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.418 Squadron - Award effective 9 January 1945 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 471/45 dated 16 March 1945. Born 1919 in Todmorden, Yorkshire; home there but attending Yale University before the war. Enlisted in Ottawa, 25 November 1940. Trained at No.1 ITS (graduated 29 March 1941), No.2 EFTS (graduated 28 May 1941) and No.10 SFTS (graduated 8 August 1941). Commissioned 1941. Medal presented 10 July 1945. Photo PL-7677 shows him talking to S/L R.J. Bennell, 22 May 1942.

 

This officer has displayed high qualities of skill, courage and resolution. He is in command of the squadron which has inflicted much loss on the enemy, having destroyed many enemy aircraft. Numerous successful attacks have also been made on enemy locomotives. mechanical transport and other targets on the ground. By his great skill and leadership, Wing Commander Barker has played a worthy part in the success achieved.

 

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BARKER, F/L John Morrell (J24401) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.432 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 Glenboro, Manitoba; home there; enlisted Winnipeg 4 June 1940. Trained at No.3 ITS (graduated 3 July 1942), No.4 EFTS (graduated 9 October 1942) and No.9 SFTS (graduated 12 March 1943). Commissioned 1943. Medal presented 9 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.5557 (RG.24 Vol.20668) has recommendation undated (about 30 July 1944) when he had flown 32 sorties (159 hours 45 minutes), 24 February to 20 July 1944. Photo PL-31568 shows FS E.F. McCallum (air gunner, Woodstock, New Brunswick) and F/L J.M. Barker.

 

This officer has shown an unconquerable spirit of determination to achieve his objective. On thirty-two trips he has failed to bomb his target twice and this was due to engine trouble. Many of these trips have been over heavily defended targets such as Augsburg, Stuttgart, Frankfurt, Karlsruhe and Dusseldorf, and his coolness and unusual initiative have won the respect of his crew and the whole squadron. For his exceptional qualities of leadership, for his coolness in the face of danger, for his spirit of determination and devotion to duty, this officer is strongly recommended for the award of the Distinguished Flying Cross.

 

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BARKER, F/O Norman George (J25692) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.103 Squadron - Award effective 2 October 1944 as per London Gazette dated 13 October 1944 and AFRO 2637/44 dated 8 December 1944. Born 1915 in Toronto; home there (artist); enlisted there 10 April 1942. Trained at No.4 BGS (graduated 5 March 1943) and No.9 AOS (graduated 29 April 1943). Medal sent by registered mail May 1955. Postwar he worked for Famous Players Theatres. Died in Missiisauga (Toronto), 21 November 2000. 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 14 July 1944 when he had flown 27 2/3 sorties (161 hours 40 minutes), 15 March to 22 June 1944. Photo PL-35872 is a portrait.

 

25 Feb 44 Augsburg 12 May 44 GARDENING

15 Mar 44 Stuttgart 19 May 44 Orleans

18 Mar 44 Frankfurt 21 May 44 Duisburg

22 Mar 44 Frankfurt 22 May 44 Dortmund

24 Mar 44 Berlin 24 May 44 Aachen

9 Apr 44 GARDENING 27 May 44 Aachen

10 Apr 44 Aulnoye 9 June 44 Flers

18 Apr 44 Rouen 12 June 44 Gelsenkirchen

20 Apr 44 Cologne 14 June 44 Le Havre

22 Apr 44 Dusseldorf 16 June 44 Sterkrade

23 Apr 44 GARDENING 22 June 44 Calais

3 May 44 Mailly le Camp 23 June 44 Saintes

6 May 44 Aubigne Ragan 24 June 44 Flers

10 May 44 Mardyck 28 June 44 Chateaux

11 May 44 GARDENING

 

Flying Officer Barker a Canadian, was posted to No.103 Squadron on 5th February 1944, since when he has completed 27 2/3 sorties totalling 161.40 hours. Included in these missions are many attacks on industrial targets in the Ruhr, also oil targets, railway marshalling yards and coastal batteries on the French coast in support of the invasion forces.

 

Throughout the whole of his time in the squadron this officer has constantly displayed an intense enthusiasm for his job, which he has ever carried out with thoroughness and outstanding efficiency. In spite of very heavy opposition on numerous occasions both by flak and fighters, this officer never wavered from the task in hand, not in his grim determination to bomb the target.

 

It is strongly recommended that this splendid offensive spirit and cheerful devotion to duty should be recognized by the non-immediate award of the Distinguished Flying Cross.

 

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BARKER, F/L Robert Bruce (J5983) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.412 Squadron - Award effective 3 September 1945 as per London Gazette dated 14 September 1945 and AFRO 1672/45 dated 2 November 1945. Born 4 December 1921 in Vancouver. Enlisted there 13 August 1940. Trained at No.2 ITS (graduated 27 January 1941), No.16 EFTS (graduated 28 March 1941) and No.11 SFTS (graduated 4 July 1941; wings on 25 June 1941. Instructed at No.39 SFTS (28 November 1941 to 30 September 1942), No.37 SFTS (30 September to 9 November 1942) and No.7 SFTS (11 November 1942 to 12 March 1943). Attended No.1 OTU (Bagotville), 13 March to 15 June 1943; with No.130 Squadron, 17 June 1943 to 15 March 1944. Arrived in UK, 2 June 1944. Further trained at No.57 OTU (27 June to 13 October 1944). Served with No.442 (30 October 1944 to 17 March 1945) and No.412 Squadron (18 March to 7 June 1945). Returned to Canada on 7 August 1945. Medal presented 14 May 1948. Remained in RCAF Auxiliary after war, rising to Group Captain before retiring, 1 September 1961. Awarded Queens Coronation medal, 23 October 1953 when a Wing Commander with No.19 Wing (Auxiliary). Aerial victories as follows: 8 February 1945, one Ju.87 destroyed; 25 February 1945, two Bf.109s destroyed plus one Bf.109 damaged; 30 April 1945, one Bf.109 destroyed. Photo PL-57206 is a formal portrait taken 1952.

 

Flight Lieutenant Barker has taken part in numerous sorties against the enemy. He has destroyed four enemy aircraft in aerial combat and damaged a further two. On several sorties he has attacked enemy lines of communication with excellent results. Throughout his tour of operations Flight Lieutenant Barker has proved himself to be a resolute and determined fighter and has at all times shown outstanding courage in the face of the enemy.

 

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BARKER, Sergeant Ronald Rogerson (R192594) - British Empire Medal - No.120 Squadron (RCAF) - Award effective 5 May 1944 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 1133/44 dated 26 May 1944. Trained at No.5 BGS and No.3 WS. Incident took place at Port Alice, in Norseman 695 (recorded as being on strength of No.116 Squadron), and notwithstanding the citation the pilot (WO2 J.J. Eccles) died of his injuries; three others were also killed; Barker was the sole survivor. Wireless Air Gunner. DHist file 181.009 D.1636 (RG.24 Vol.20604) has recommendation for an AFM dated 11 February 1944; he had flown 150 hours 30 minutes to date (149 hours 50 minutes in previous six months), including two sorties (12 hours 25 minutes); WACHQ converted the recommendation to one for an immediate BEM, 17 February 1944. Volume 3 of this file has correspondence relating to civilians who assisted in the rescue; was a GM or any other decoration awarded to Mr. A.L. Morris-Read ?

 

This NCO showed remarkable courage and daring, with total disregard for his personal safety, when, on February 4th last, after being thrown from a crashed aircraft which immediately caught fire, he rushed into the flames in an endeavour to save the life of the pilot who was stunned by the impact. After his first attempt he was seriously burned and driven back by the flames. His courageous initiative instigated rescue action by the civilian onlookers with the result that the pilot was rescued from burning to death.

 

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BARKS, WO1 John Brooks (Can 2052) - Member, Order of the British Empire - No.17 Equipment Depot - Award effective 1 January 1946 as per Canada Gazette of that date and AFRO 82/46 dated 25 January 1946. Enlisted in Ottawa, 30 November 1935.

 

This Warrant Officer is in charge of the Instrument Repair Section at No.17 Equipment Depot and has proved to be exceptional as an organizer and disciplinarian and most efficient in his specialized trade. Warrant Officer Barks has shown great initiative and his continuous study and forethought has proved an incentive to those working under him. He commands the respect of all ranks and his efforts have contributed greatly to the efficient operation of his section.

 

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BARLOW, F/O John Thomas (J85385) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.429 Squadron - Award effective 19 December 1944 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 293/45 dated 16 February 1945. Born 1914 in Liverpool, England; home in Paris, Ontario; enlisted Hamilton, 11 June 1942. Trained at No.3 ITS (graduated 4 December 1942), No.4 EFTS (graduated 5 March 1943) and No.13 SFTS (graduated 9 July 1943). Commissioned 1944. Repatriated December 1944. Co-pilot of a Dakota which flew 4,800 pounds of penecillin to Warsaw, January 1946.

 

One night in October 1944, this officer piloted an aircraft detailed to attack Essen. On the outward flight the port inner engine failed. Some height was lost but Flying Officer Barlow went on to the target which he bombed from a much lower altitude than planned. On the return flight the hydraulic system became defective and the undercarriage dropped to the down position. The aircraft gradually lost height but Flying Officer Barlow flew safely to base and effected a masterly landing. This officer has completed a large number of sorties and throughout has displayed a high standard of skill, keenness and resolution.

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BARLOW, Sergeant Kenneth Leo (R62702) - Mention in Despatches - No.31 Squadron - Award effective 14 January 1944 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 874/44 dated 21 April 1944. Born 10 December 1920. Home in Sherbrooke, Quebec; served in 35th Field Battery, Royal Canadian Artillery, 1939; enlisted in RCAF, Sherbrooke, 20 July 1940. Trained at No.2 WS (graduated 28 April 1941) and No.4 BGS, Fingal (graduated 24 May 1941). To Halifax, 27 May 1941; to overseas, 16 June 1941; arrived in Britain 1 July 1941; to No.1 Signal School, 7 July 1941; to No.23 OTU, 23 September 1941; with No.99 Squadron, 6 November 1941 to either 20 April or 17 Junr 1943; with No.31 Squadron, 20 April or 17 June 1943 to May 1944; embarked for Britain, 6 June 1944; arrived in Britain, 8 July 1944; repatriated to Canada, 29 August 1944; to No.6 OTU, Comox, 10 October 1944. He had been promoted Flight Sergeant on 1 December 1941, Warrant Officer 2nd Class on 1 November 1942 and Warrant Officer 1st Class, 1 May 1943. Commissioned 25 January 1945 (J51766). To No.5 Release Centre, 6 November 1945; released 9 November 1945.


NOTE: DHist award card gives name and number as BARLEW (R67203) but microfilmed listing of personnel spells it as BARLOW with number as R62702.


Although no recommendation can be found for his award, the following are relevant to his career. He began his operational career with No.99 Squadron and flew 50 operational hours with them before the unit went to India. He completed his tour with No.99 (31 sorties, 218 hours 40 minutes), then went directly to No.31 Squadron and completed a second tour. On a form dated 7 August 1944 (on repatriation) he reported having flown 960 hours overseas (400 on Wellingtons, 560 on Dakotas) of which 585 were operational hours (112 sorties). It would appear that 81 sorties were with No.31 Squadron on supply drops in Burma and China. His final sortie had been flown on 25 April 1944.


On 27 October 1944, assessing his experience, S/L J.D.D. Campbell (Western Air Command) wrote:


This Warrant Officer has done a tour of operations on Wellingtons as gunner and a tour with Transport Command in India, dropping supplies. During the tour with Transport Command, he was hardly ever employed as Wireless Operator, his duties consisting entirely of the actual throwing out of the supplies.

 

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BARLOW, FS Robert William (R50643) - Mention in Despatches - Station Tofino - Award effective 28 May 1943 as per London Gazette of that date, Canada Gazette dated 2 June 1943, and AFRO 1459/43 dated 30 July 1943. Formerly of Winnipeg and University of Saskatchewan. Enlisted in Vancouver, 21 November 1939. Died in Comox, British Columbia, 29 May 1997, aged 80.

 

Flight Sergeant Barlow, a member of the Security Guard, has been outstanding for his conscientious and efficient work since joining this station. In the face of very trying conditions this NCO, by a method of intensive training which he instigated, has successfully furthered the training of other Security Guard personnel. His devotion to duty and cheerful acceptance of hardships have been an inspiring example. While at Boundary Bay this NCO was instrumental in saving another NCO from drowning.

 

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BARLOW, FS Roy Haily (Can 4806) - British Empire Medal - No.8 Bombing and Gunnery School - Award effective 28 May 1943 as per London Gazette dated 28 May 1943 and AFRO 1459/43 dated 30 July 1943. Former garage operator, Halbrite, Saskatchewan. Enlisted in Regina, 11 September 1939. Medal presented 20 March 1944.

 

Flight Sergeant Barlow is an outstanding NCO who, through his energy and initiative, has raised his section to a high degree of efficiency. He performs all duties in a very conscientious manner and readily accepts responsibility. Under his supervision the Workshops of this unit, an important factor in the maintenance of aircraft serviceability, have functioned most satisfactorily.

 

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BARNES, FS Floyd Stanley (R50145) - British Empire Medal - No.1 Air Command Headquarters - Award effective 13 June 1946 as per Canada Gazette of that date and AFRO 660/46 dated 5 July 1946. Enlisted in Halifax, 27 January 1941.

 

Flight Sergeant Barnes has been in charge of the Command Administrative Unit Central Registry since its inception. His work has been most valuable to the Service both during the amalgamation of the Commands and the ensuing period. He has been responsible for the setting up and administering of the excellent Central registry system which has produced an output of work of a uniformly high standard over a long period of intense effort. He has displayed marked initiative and a complete knowledge of his work. By his ready willingness to work long hours of overtime and by his intense devotion to duty at all times, he has set an outstanding example to those working under him. The marked success of the Command Administrative Unit Central Registry undoubtedly is due in large part to the high standard of efficiency of this non-commissioned officer.

 

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BARNES, Sergeant Harry William (R54057) - Mention in Despatches - No.425 Squadron (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. Home in Hull, Quebec. Enlisted in Ottawa 21 June 1940. No citation in AFRO. DHist file 181.009 D.1919 (PAC RG.24 Vol.20606) has recommendation, forwarded 31 July 1944, when he was in "B" Flight. Recommendation noted he had served in Canada 10 months, overseas three years and three months including six months in North Africa. Described as "a fitter/armourer of outstanding ability...A veteran tradesman of No.425 Squadron, he has performed his duties in an outstanding manner and can be relied upon to complete successfully even the most difficult tasks."

 

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BARNES, F/L Lloyd Gordon (J16228) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.109 Squadron - Award effective 8 September 1945 as per London Gazette dated 21 September 1945 and AFRO 1704/45 dated 9 November 1945. Born 1918 in Burdett, Alberta; home in Brooks, Alberta (purchasing agent); enlisted in Calgary, 16 June 1941. Trained at No.4 ITS (graduated 10 September 1941), No.16 EFTS (graduated 7 November 1941) and No.15 SFTS (graduated 27 February 1942). Commissioned December 1942. Medal sent by registered mail 7 June 1950. 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//8750 has recommendation dated 18 April 1945 when he had flown 57 sorties (174 hours), 25 August 1944 to 9 April 1945.

 

* denotes Marking sortie

 

25 Aug 44 Deelen airfield 30 Oct 44 Cologne*

26 Aug 44 Deelen airfield 1 Nov 44 Homberg*

28 Aug 44 Le Culot 6 Nov 44 Gelsenkirchen*

29 Aug 44 Le Culot 20 Nov 44 Homberg

31 Aug 44 Leverkusen 21 Nov 44 Castrop Rauxel*

4 Sept 44 Steenwijk airfield 27 Nov 44 Hallendorf

5 Sept 44 Steenwijk airfield 29 Nov 44 Dortmund*

6 Sept 44 Le Havre* 30 Nov 44 Duisburg*

7 Sept 44 Steenwijk airfield 2 Dec 44 Hagen*

10 Sep 44 Le Havre* 4 Dec 44 Hagen*

11 Sep 44 Castrop Rauxel* 5 Dec 44 Soest*

15 Sep 44 Rheine 1 Jan 45 Dortmund*

17 Sep 44 Boulogne* 5 Jan 45 Castrop Rauxel

17 Sep 44 Biggerkerke* 28 Feb 45 Nuremburg

20 Sep 44 Calais* 2 Mar 45 Cologne

25 Sep 44 Calais* 3 Mar 45 Weirzburg*

26 Sep 44 Calais* 5 Mar 45 Gelsenkirchen*

5 Oct 44 Saarbrucken 6 Mar 45 Wesel

6 Oct 44 Saarbrucken 8 Mar 45 Kassel*

9 Oct 44 Bochum* 11 Mar 45 Essen*

11 Oct 44 Fort Frederick* 12 Mar 45 Dortmund*

12 Oct 44 Koblenz 13 Mar 45 Herne*

14 Oct 44 Duisburg* 22 Mar 45 Dulmen*

14 Oct 44 Duisburg* 23 Mar 45 Wesel*

18 Oct 44 Pforzheim 25 Mar 45 Hanover*

23 Oct 44 Essen* 31 Mar 45 Hamburg*

27 Oct 44 Pforzheim 3 Apr 45 Nordhausen*

28 Oct 44 Walcheren* 4 Apr 45 Lutzkendorf*

29 Oct 44 Walcheren* 9 Apr 45 Berlin*

 

Flight Lieutenant L.G. Barnes has finished a full tour on Mosquito aircraft. He has been engaged during this period on Pathfinder duties and has acquitted himself of them most creditably. Of his total of 57 sorties, forty were as a target marker, mostly on German industrial objectives. His excellent results and steady flying enabled him to be chosen for marking tactical targets in support of our army.

 

Flight Lieutenant Barnes has done a most useful tour of operations and is strongly recommended for the award of the Distinguished Flying Cross.

 

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BARNETT, Sergeant Allen Harry (R100638) - Mention in Despatches - No.83 Group (AFRO gives "Overseas" as a unit) - Award effective 1 January 1946 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 155/46 dated 15 February 1946. Born 31 August 1914. Home in Toronto; enlisted there 3 April 1941 as Radio Mechanic. Trained in Toronto; to "Y" Depot, Halifax, 21 May 1941; promoted AC1, 21 July 1941 and LAC, 31 August 1941; arrived in Britain, 1 September 1941. To No.1 Radio School, 21 February 1942. To No.79 Wing, 6 May 1942. Reclassified Radar Mechanic, 21 May 1942. Promoted Corporal, 1 July 1942.. To No.21 Service Unit, 6 February 1943. Promoted Sergeant, 1 April 1943. To Station Chipwell, 6 June 1943; to No.84 Group, 14 October 1943; to No.6095 LWS, 15 November 1943; to No.21 STU, 14 April 1944; to No.5320 MSSU, 1 June 1944; to No.5321 Unit, No.83 Group, 28 November 1944; repatriated to Canada, 6 June 1945; released 28 September 1945. Served in RCAF and Canadian Forces, 1 October 1968 to 17 March 1970. Certificate forwarded to Northwest Air Command, 27 October 1948.

 

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BARNETT, F/L Campbell Devere (J5289) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.107 Squadron - Award effective 25 September 1945 as per London Gazette dated 2 October 1945 and AFRO 1822/45 dated 7 December 1945. Born 1915 in Surrey, New Bruswick; home in Hillsboro, Albert County, New Brunswick,; enlisted in Moncton, 14 August 1940. Trained at No.1 ITS (graduated 29 November 1940), No.4 EFTS (graduated 28 January 1941) and No.8 SFTS (graduated 16 May 1941). Commissioned May 1941. Medal presented 1 December 1948.

 

This officer has completed two tours of operational duty during which he has inflicted considerable damage on the enemy's road and rail transport bridges and military installations. A skilful pilot, he has never let either adverse weather or enemy opposition deter him from completing his mission.

 

NOTE: Public Records Office Air 2/9132 has original recommendation dated 6 June 1945 when he had flown 100 sorties (337 hours eleven minutes.

 

Flight Lieutenant Barnett recently completed his 26th operational sortie with No.107 Squadron. This is his second tour of operations. His first tour was completed with No.53 Squadron between 12 April 1942 and 3 March 1943 when he carried out 74 sorties on Hudson aircraft with Coastal Command.

 

He has proved himself to be an exceptionally fine operational pilot. Adverse weather conditions or intense enemy opposition has never prevented him from doing his utmost to find targets and to press home his attacks with exemplary determination. Here are some examples of the very fine results obtained during the operations carried out with this squadron.

 

On the 22nd of February 1945 he took part in the daylight operation "Clarion" against enemy road and rail transportation. A train of seven to eight coaches was located at S.9316 and a near miss obtained with a bomb. He followed this with cannon attacks and strikes were observed on the locomotive and first coach. At S.1794 twenty scattered trucks were found in a marshalling yard. A bombing attack resulted in a direct hit on the tracks. A bridge over the railway was damaged as a result of further strafing attacks.

 

On the night of 24th March 1945 railway tracks at V.6013 were bombed and a direct hit obtained on them. Two showers of sparks followed this attack. Later in the same patrol a small fire and some lights in a town at A.7394 were attacked with cannons and strikes observed.

 

Another railway line was bombed at Y.3800 on te night of the 30th of March 1945. One burst was seen close to the tracks and to a large building; sparks and debris were observed as a result of this bomb burst. A long train was located at Y.3414 and strikes obtained on the locomotive, followed by an explosion. Two further targets were found on this same night; a strafing attack was made on a convoy of three MET at Y.3507 and floodlights beside a canal at X.9633 were doused.

 

Two nights later, on the 1st of April 1945, a railway junction at C.8141 was bombed but owing to adverse weather conditions the results could not be seen. Despite this bad weather a small stationary train was located at C.9517. Strafing attacks resulted in strikes on the locomotive and on the whole length of the train.

 

Flight Lieutenant Barnett possesses great determination and devotion to duty and he invariably faced danger with exemplary coolness. His fine offensive spirit and outstanding flying skill have proved to be an invaluable example to the less experienced members of the squadron.

 

These qualities and the excellence of his operational record makes him well worthy of the award of the Distinguished Flying Cross for which I strongly recommend him.

 

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BARNETT, F/O Reginald Victor Macauley (J25035) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.100 Squadron - Award effective 1 December 1944 as per London Gazette dated 8 December 1944 and AFRO 337/45 dated 23 February 1945. Born 1923 in Newcastle-on-Tyne; home in Toronto (ex-COTC); enlisted there 7 May 1942. Trained at No.1 ITS (graduated 4 December 1942) and No.1 AOS (graduated 2 April 1943). Commissioned 1943. Medal presented in Toronto 30 November 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 2/8881 has recommendation dated 15 August 1944 when he had flown 30 sorties (141 hours), 21 May to 31 July 1944.

 

* denotes daylight sortie

 

21 May 44 Duisburg 30 Jun 44 Vierzon

22 May 44 Dortmund 2 July 44 Oisemont*

28 May 44 Eu 5 July 44 Dijon

31 May 44 Tergnier 6 July 44 Foret du Croc*

2 June 44 Berneval 7 July 44 Caen

5 June 44 Caisbecq 12 Jul 44 Tours

6 June 44 Vire 14 Jul 44 Revigny

7 June 44 Cerisy 18 Jul 44 Sannerville*

10 Jun 44 Acheres 18 Jul 44 Scholven

11 Jun 44 Evreux 23 Jul 44 Kiel

22 Jun 44 Rheims 25 Jul 44 Coquereaux*

24 Jun 44 Hayons* 25 Jul 44 Stuttgart

25 Jun 44 Ligescourt* 30 Jul 44 Battle area*

27 Jun 44 Vaires 31 Jul 44 Foret de Nieppe

 

Flying Officer Barnett, a Canadian officer, has now completed his first tour of operations totalling 30 sorties. This officer has shown outstanding eagerness and zeal in engaging the enemy. His courage, skill and resource as a navigator are of the highest standard and the energetic and devoted attention he ha shown to his responsible work, undeterred by enemy opposition has ensured the success of all his missions. His coolness in action and cheerful courage have been combined with a strong offensive spirit and have contributed to a very high standard of morale in his crew. Flying Officer Barnett fully deserves the award of the Distinguished Flying Cross.

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BARNHART, WO Clifford Pierson (R52558) - Mention in Despatches - No.429 Squadron (AFRO gives units as No.63 Base) - Award effective 1 January 1945 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 379/45 dated 2 March 1945. Home in Niagara Falls, Ontario; enlisted there 13 November 1939; posted overseas 8 April 1943. DHist file 181.009 D.2619 (RG.24 Vol.20628) has recommendation for an MBE dated 28 August 1944.

 

This warrant officer in his capacity as warrant officer in charge of aircraft servicing has displayed exceptional initiative, determination and devotion to duty. In order to maintain maximum serviceability of aircraft he has worked extraordinarily long hours for days in succession, often not going to his quarters to sleep for several days. He is outstanding in his ground crew duties and is possessed with boundless energy and tact. In the early stages of the war he flew 1,200 hours as air gunner-fitter on coastal patrols where besides flying long hours he working untiringly in maintaining his aircraft. His squadron has a splendid record of serviceability, although it has been called upon for a maximum effort day after day and this record has been compiled in a great measure by Warrant Officer Barnhart who by his untiring efforts has inspired the ground staff to accomplish wonders.

 

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BARNHART, F/O Harold William (J14199) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.428 Squadron - Award effective 14 July 1944 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 1861/44 dated 25 August 1944. Born 1921; home in Coventry, England. Enlisted in Ottawa, 24 April 1941. Trained at No.1 ITS (graduated 20 October 1941), No.9 EFTS (graduated 13 March 1942), No.8 SFTS (ceased training 8 April 1942) and No.2 AOS (graduated 11 September 1942). Commissioned 1942. Medal presented 11 August 1944.

 

This officer has always maintained an exceptionally high standard of skill and efficiency as a navigator. He has completed many successful sorties against the enemy. On one mission to Hanover, all navigational aids failed in his aircraft soon after the takeoff. By extremely accurate astro navigation, however, he was able to guide his crew to the target, arriving at exactly the correct moment and thus contributing much to the success of the attack. He subsequently completed an attack on Berlin in similar circumstances. Throughout his operational career this officer has maintained a high standard of efficiency, ability and enthusiasm.

 

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BARNHOLDEN, Sergeant Gordon (R102462) - Commended for Valuable Services - No.2 Bombing and Gunnery School - Award effective 2 March 1943 as per Canada Gazette of that date and AFRO 513/43 dated 26 March 1943. Home in Toronto. Trained at No.2 ITS (graduated 31 August 1941), No. 19 EFTS (ceased training 27 September 1941), No.3 AOS (graduated 14 March 1942), No.2 BGS (graduated 25 April 1942), and No.1 CNS.

While on a gunnery exercise a Fairey Battle aircraft caught fire and force landed. The pilot and one of the gunners were rendered unconscious. The other gunner, Sergeant Barnholden, regardless of any danger to himself, with the assistance of an ambulance driver, pulled the pilot clear and both Sergeant Barnholden and the ambulance driver then went back into the burning aircraft and rescued the other gunner.

 

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BARNLUND, F/O Russell Edward (J27284) - Mention in Despatches - No.408 Squadron - Award effective 14 June 1945 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 1478/45 dated 21 September 1945. Trained at No.2 ITS, No.2 BGS and No.5 AOS. Unit identified in AFRO only as "Overseas"; proper unit identified in DHist file 181.009 D.1725 (PAC RG.24 Box 2067).

 

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BARONI, F/L Ross Bernard (J19400) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.405 Squadron - Award effective 2 October 1944 as per London Gazette dated 13 October 1944 and AFRO 2637/44 dated 8 December 1944. Born 1921 in New Ross, Ontario; home there or Arnprior, Ontario (ex-Royal Canadian Artillery); enlisted Halifax, 24 October 1941. Trained at No.5 ITS (graduated 24 April 1942), No.9 AOS (graduated 23 October 1942) and No.6 BGS (graduated 11 September 1942). Commissioned 1943. DFC and Bar presented 24 May 1946. 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 20 July 1944 when he had flown 38 sorties (178 hours 35 minutes), 6 September 1943 to 18 July 1944.

 

* counted as 1/3 an operation

# daylight operation

DMB=Deputy Master Bomber

MB=Master Bomber

 

6 Sept 43 Munich (8.30) 6 May 44 Mantes Gassicourt (2.45)

16 Sept 43 Modane (9.00) 19 May 44 Mont Couple (1.40)

23 Sept 43 Mannheim (7.35) 22 May 44 Le Mans (3.40, MB)

27 Sept 43 Hanover (6.00) 27 May 44 Rennes (3.40, MB)

22 Oct 43 Kassel (7.10) 10 June 44 Versailles (3.50, DMB)

3 Nov 43 Dusseldorf (5.45) 12 June 44 Amiens (2.35, DMB)

22 Nov 43 Berlin (7.45) 14 June 44 Cambrai (2.50, MB)

25 Nov 43 Frankfort) (8.10) 15 June 44 Lens (2.15, MB)

26 Nov 43 Stuttgart (7.40) 16 June 44 Sterkrade (3.40)

3 Dec 43 Leipzig (8.40) 17 June 44 Oisemont-au-Bois (2.35, MB)

20 Jan 44 Berlin (8.15) 21 June 44 Oisemont-au-Bois (2.15, MB)#

28 Jan 44 Berlin (8.00) 24 June 44 Bonnetot (2.10, MB)#

15 Feb 44 Berlin (6.40) 28 June 44 Wizerne (1.35)

26 Mar 44 Essen (4.45) 29 June 44 Metz (5.15, MB)

30 Mar 44 Nuremburg (6.15) 1 July 44 Oisemont-au-Bois (2.10, MB)#

9 Apr 44 Lille (2.50)* 9 July 44 Mont Condon (1.40, MB)#

11 Apr 44 Aachen (3.25) 12 July 44 Biemont (2.30, MB)

22 Apr 44 Laon (3.50)* 14 July 44 Alderbelck (1.40, MB)

27 Apr 44 Mijion (3.40, MB) 18 July 44 Caen (3.0, MB)#

4 May 44 Mondidier (2.55)

 

This officer is a skilled Air Bomber who as taken part in many operational sorties against heavily defended enemy targets. Throughout his varied operational career he has at all times displayed a fine fighting spirit and a high degree of courage, skill and initiative which has contributed in no small way to the successes attained by his crew. Strongly recommended for the non-immediate award of the Distinguished Flying Cross.

 

BARONI, F/L Ross Bernard, DFC (J19400) - Bar to Distinguished Flying Cross - No.405 Squadron - Award effective 6 January 1945 as per London Gazette dated 16 January 1945 and AFRO 508/45 dated 23 March 1945.

 

This officer has completed two tours of operations. He has participated in numerous sorties including attacks on such major targets as Berlin, Frankfurt and Stuttgart. At all times he has displayed a fine fighting spirit, great courage and the utmost determination which have won the admiration of all members of his squadron.

 

NOTE: Public Record Office Air 2/9038 has recommendation drafted 21 October 1944 when he had flown 52 sorties (14 since previous award) and 244 hours 16 minutes (65 hours 41 minutes since previous award). Added sorties and recommendation as follows:

20 July 44 Bottrop (3.20) 16 Aug 44 Stettin (5.19)
23 July 44 Kiel (5.16) 25 Aug 44 Russelheim (6.41)
24 July 44 Stuttgart (6.51) 26 Aug 44 Kiel (5.46)
25 July 44 Stuttgart (7.26) 1 Sept 44 Pourchinte (2.16)
28 July 44 Stuttgart (6.17) 5 Sept 44 Le Havre (2.12)
12 Aug 44 Russelheim (4.39) 6 Sept 44 Le Havre (2.20)
14 Aug 44 TRACTABLE 21 (2.36) 8 Sept 44 Le Havre - missing, since returned to squadron
15 Aug 44 Meisbroek (4.42)    

Flight Lieutenant Baroni is a very keen and efficient Bomb Aimer, who has now completed two tours of operations against the enemy. Among the many attacks this officer has participated in may be listed such heavily defended areas as Berlin, Frankfurt and Stuttgart. Invariably, this officer has displayed a fine fighting spirit and a determination to make his attacks successful ones. Underneath a calm, unruffled personality, he possesses a flair for offensive action, and dogged determination, which are his outstanding qualities. Undoubtedly, this fine example will be difficult to surpass.. Strongly recommended for the non-immediate award of a Bar to the Distinguished Flying Cross.

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BARR, F/O Douglas William (J25042) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.426 Squadron - Award effective 15 March 1945 as per London Gazette dated 23 March 1945 and AFRO 721/45 dated 27 April 1945. Born 1920 in Mawer, Saskatchewan; educated in New Asgoode, Saskatchewan; home in Connell Creek, Saskatchewan (farmer); enlisted Regina 25 June 1942. Trained at No.4 ITS (graduated 4 December 1942) and No.2 AOS (graduated 1 April 1943). Commissioned April 1943. Posted to No.426 Squadron, 12 April 1944; navigator in P/O R.M. Stone's crew. Medal presented 29 June 1945. No citation other than "completed...many successful operations against the enemy in which [he has] displayed high skill, fortitude and devotion to duty." DHist file 181.009 D.4431 (RG.24 Vol.20649) has recommendation dated 22 October 1944 when he had flown 32 sorties (146 hours 50 minutes), 12 May to 27 September 1944.

 

Flying Officer Barr has completed a tour of operations over enemy territory and throughout his exceptional keenness and devotion to duty have been outstanding. His accurate navigation in all occasions has undoubtedly been responsible to a very great extent for the successful conclusion of the tour by his crew, and his cheerful disposition has been an inspiration to them as well as to the other members of the squadron. He also assisted greatly in his section in the training of new navigators. He is highly recommended for the award of the Distinguished Flying Cross (Non-Immediate).

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BARR, F/O Harold Watson (J90644) - Mention in Despatches - No.644 Squadron - Award effective 1 January 1946 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 388/46 dated 12 April 1946. Born in Toronto, 18 February 1921. Home in London, Ontario; enlisted there 7 April 1942. Trained at No.5 ITS (graduated 7 November 1942), No.13 EFTS (graduated 9 January 1943) and No.16 SFTS (graduated as a Sergeant, 14 May 1943). Posted to "Y" Depot, Halifax, 15 May 1943; to RAF Trainees Pool, 26 May 1943; arrived in UK, 4 June 1943; to No.20 (P) AFU, 22 June 1943; to No.82 OTU, 31 August 1943; to No.61 Base, 31 December 1943; attached to No.1659 Conversion Unit, 23 January 1944; to No.298 Squadron, 23 February 1944; to No.644 Squadron, 15 March 1944; to Station Tempsford, 12 June 1945; to Station Snaith, 25 June 1945; repatriated 2 August 1945; released 20 September 1945. Certificate sent 10 August 1948. Certificate sent 10 August 1948.

 

On a form dated 22 July 1945 he reported having flown 169 hours ten minutes on operations plus 519 hours five minutes non-operational hours overseas. He have his sorties as 34, and flying times on various aircraft as follows (all numbers approximations) - Oxford (68), Wellington (82) and Halifax (528). Another form states he was honoured for "Operational - Flying - not in conflict - meritorious."

 

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BARR, FS James (R139334) - British Empire Medal - No.4 Release Centre - Award effective 13 June 1946 as per Canada Gazette of that date and AFRO 660/46 dated 5 July 1946. Home in Toronto; enlisted in Hamilton, Ontario, 26 November 1941. Invested with medal, 18 October 1947. Governor General's Records (RG.7 Group 26 Volume 60, file 190-I, dossier 9) has citation.

 

Flight Sergeant Barr has proven himself at all times to be a completely capable non-commissioned officer. His devotion to duty and the service, and his work in it, can be regarded as exceptional. He has proven that he can accomplish a large volume of work in a short time and is thus considered outstanding as an example to all airmen for whom he is responsible, as well as those with whom he is associated. He has proven himself worthy of recognition by virtue of his continued outstanding loyal and efficient service.

 

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BARR, LAC John Charles (R139358) - Mention in Despatches - No.419 Squadron (AFRO gives unit as No.64 Base) - Award effective 1 January 1945 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 425/45 dated 9 March 1945. Home in Sherridan, Manitoba; enlisted Hamilton, 27 November 1941. DHist file 181.009 D.4364 (RG.24 Vol.20648) has recommendation from W/C W.P. Pleasance, CO of No.419 Squadron, to CO Middleton St.George dated 14 July 1944. Had enlisted 27 November 1941; 13 months in Canada, 19 months overseas. Armourer (Guns).

 

This airman's keen interest and thorough efficiency has made him an admirable credit to his squadron. On every occasion his excellent understanding of trade responsibilities, combined with continuous hard work, has resulted in a perfect record of technical operations, whilst proving an ideal example for other tradesmen.

 

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BARR, F/L Vernon Leroy (J29213) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.434 Squadron - Award effective 5 July 1945 as per London Gazette dated 17 July 1945 and AFRO 1558/45 dated 5 October 1945. Born 1914 in Reginna; home in Bengough, Saskatchewan or Vancouver (truck driver); enlisted in Vancouver 15 June 1942. Trained at No.7 ITS (graduated 19 February 1943), No.6 EFTS (graduated 16 April 1943) and No.7 SFTS (graduated 6 August 1943). Commissioned 1943. Medal sent by registered mail December 1955. 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.1941 (RG.24 Vol.20612) has recommendation dated 24 March 1945 when he had flown 36 sorties (256 hours), 6 October 1944 to 12 March 1945.

 

This officer has completed many successful sorties over such strongly defended targets as Stuttgart, Munich, and Nurmburg. Throughout his tour he has pressed home his attacks with courage and coolness under all hazardous circumstances. He has displayed the greatest keenness for air operations and his devotion to duty has been of a very high order...

 

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BARRABLE, F/O Gordon Henry (C87517) - Mention in Despatches - Middleton St.George - Award effective 14 June 1945 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 1478/45 dated 21 September 1945. AFRO identifies unit only as "Overseas"; No.6 Group Monthly Summary of Activities (July 1944), p.12 listed him as Station Armament Officer, Skipton. However, DHist file 181.009 D.4364 (RG.24 Vol.20648) has recommendation sent to No.6 Group Headquarters, from Middleton St.George, 2 February 1945 when he had served 16 months in Canada, 22 months overseas. Enlisted in Winnipeg (home town), 13 August 1941.

 

This officer over a period of six months has done an exceptional job in charge of Daily Servicing Armament. He has worked long hours and several times by his efforts has got aircraft bombed up which otherwise would not have been bombed up.

 

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BARRETT, F/O Alexander Robert Brownlie (J37519) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.424 Squadron - Award effective 10 May 1945 as per London Gazette dated 22 May 1945 and AFRO 1147/45 dated 13 July 1945. Born 1921 in Hamilton, Ontario; home there (blacksmith); enlisted there 16 June 1942. Trained at No.1 ITS (graduated 18 February 1943). No.6 BGS (graduated 11 June 1943) and No.9 AOS (graduated 29 October 1943). Commissioned 1943. Medal presented 27 July 1949 in Hamilton. 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.2610 (RG.24 Vol.20627) has recommendation dated 22 January 1945 when he had flown 21 sorties (116 hours 50 minutes), 15 September 1944 to 14 January 1945.

 

Acting in the capacity of Navigator, this officer has completed over twenty sorties, most of which were carried out over German territory, Cologne, Dusseldorf, Karlsruhe, Bochum and Duisburg, to mention only a few. His courage and devotion to duty combined with his sterling ability to perform his duties successfully under the most hazardous conditions has made him a most valued member of aircrew.

 

On a recent occasion upon returning from an attack on Bochum on the night of October 4th, 1944, Flying Officer Barrett demonstrated his exceptional skill by guiding his crew safely back to base, after his compass and his other navigational aids had been rendered unserviceable by enemy action.

 

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BARRETT, S/L Joseph Flavelle (J3740) - Air Force Cross - No.1 Training Command Headquarters (since moved to No.5 OTU). Award effective as of 1 January 1945 as per Canada Gazette of that date and AFRO 89/45 dated 19 January 1945 - Home in Toronto; enlisted there 26 June 1940. Trained at No.1 ITS (graduated 14 September 1940), No.1 EFTS (graduated 11 November 1940) and No.2 SFTS (graduated 25 January 1941). Medal sent by registered mail 20 September 1946. Reported as having flown 2,159 hours to date, 1,741 hours as instructor.

 

This officer on all occasions throughout his career on flying instructional duties has carried out his tasks with despatch and effectiveness. By his untiring efforts and devotion to duty, he has materially assisted in raising and maintaining a high standard of pilot training. By his skill, initiative and resourcefulness, he has made a valuable contribution to the training plan.

 

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BARRETT, F/O Leslie George (J36697) - Mention in Despatches - No.161 (BR) Squadron - Award effective 1 December 1945 as per Canada Gazette of that date and AFRO 183/46 dated 22 February 1946. Enlisted in London, Ontario, 4 March 1941. Trained at No.1 BGS (graduated) 22 June 1942) and No.4 AOS (graduated 25 May 1943).

 

This officer has completed a tour of operations against the enemy and at all times has shown the greatest fortitude, skill and devotion to duty. In addition, while serving as Squadron Armament Officer, he has displayed such initiative and thoroughness that he has been a constant inspiration to all with whom he has served.

 

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BARRETT, F/O William Lemert (J18930) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.408 Squadron - Award effective 5 August 1944 as per London Gazette dated 18 August 1944 and AFRO 2101/44 dated 29 September 1944. Born 1921 in Forest Hill, New Brunswick; home in Fredericton (ex-gunner, Royal Canadian Artillery); enlisted Moncton, 7 August 1941. Trained at No.6 BGS (graduated 9 November 1942) and No.1 WS (graduated 30 March 1942). Commissioned 1943. Medal sent by registered mail 22 November 1948. 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 2/9632 has recommendation dated 15 May 1944 when he had flown 26 sorties (169 hours 45 minutes), 9 July 1943 to 27 April 1944.

 

9 July 43 Gelsenkirchen (7.05) 16 Dec 43 Berlin (7.16)

13 Jul 43 Aachen (5.25) 20 Dec 43 Frankfurt (5.33)

24 Jul 43 Hamburg (6.10) 29 Dec 43 Berlin (6.36)

25 Jul 43 Essen (4.20) 14 Jan 44 Brunswick (7.04)

27 Jul 43 Hamburg (5.35) 28 Jan 44 Berlin (7.04)

29 Jul 43 Hamburg (5.40) 15 Feb 44 Berlin (7.08)

30 Jul 43 Remscheid (5.55) 20 Feb 44 Stuttgart (7.29)

2 Aug 43 Hamburg (6.15) 24 Feb 44 Schweinfurt (8.32)

7 Oct 43 Stuttgart (7.37) 24 Mar 44 Berlin (7.32)

22 Nov 43 Berlin (6.58) 10 Apr 44 Laon (5.10)

23 Nov 43 Berlin (6.57) 20 Apr 44 Cologne (5.09)

26 Nov 43 Berlin (7.04) 26 Apr 44 Essen (4.42)

2 Dec 43 Berlin (7.11) 27 Apr 44 Fredrichshaven (8.18)

 

Pilot Officer Barrett has completed one tour of operations with this squadron as a Wireless Operator. His sorties consisted of many attacks on distant targets in Germany, including five trips to the Ruhr, three to Hamburg, nine to Berlin and several others to southwest Germany. In all these operations, Pilot Officer Barrett has displayed great courage and has et up a fine record of achievement.

 

As the Deputy Signals Leader of this squadron, he has at all times set a high standard of professional skill, and his enthusiasm towards his duties is largely responsible for the excellent signals record of this squadron.

 

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BARRICK, Sergeant John Frederick (R67788) - Distinguished Flying Medal - No.17 Squadron - Award effective 23 July 1942 as per London Gazette dated 24 July 1942 and AFRO 1243/42 dated 7 August 1942. Born Sweetwater, Texas, 1918. Home in Odessa, Texas. Enlisted in Windsor, Ontario, 28 September 1940. Trained at No.2 ITS (30 November 1940 to 3 January 1941), No.16 EFTS, and No.10 SFTS (21 February to 14 June 1941). Embarked from Halifax, 18 June 1941 for UK, and on 29 July 1941 to No.55 OTU. Served with No.17 Squadron, India, 30 March 1942 to 27 January 1944. Arrived in UK, 19 March 1944, and Canada 1 May 1944. To No.1 OTU, Bagotville, 16 June 1944, to No.133 Squadron (Western Air Command), 14 October 1944. Released 2 October 1945. AC2 28 September 1940; LAC 3 September 1940; Sergeant 28 May 1941; Pilot Officer 1 May 1942; Flying Officer 1 November 1942; Flight Lieutenant 22 December 1943. Medal presented April 1946.

 

During the campaign in Burma this airman displayed exceptional keenness to engage the enemy. During raid in March 1942 he destroyed an enemy fighter in the air and probably destroyed another fighter and damaged a bomber on the ground. During another engagement he shot down an enemy aircraft which was closing in on one of his fellow pilots. Sergeant Barrick himself was attacked by two fighters during the combat, his engine failed and he was compelled to make a landing. Although almost blinded by oil he succeeded in his purpose without the assistance of flaps. The enemy continued to fire at him whilst he was on the ground. Although suffering from shrapnel splinters and the effects of hot oil on his face, chest and arms, Sergeant Barrick walked for some two hours until he reached some Chinese troops. Throughout he displayed great courage and fortitude. He has destroyed five enemy aircraft.

 

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BARRON, F/O George Albert Hendry (J36201) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.432 Squadron - Award effective 5 July 1945 as per London Gazette dated 17 July 1945 and AFRO 1558/45 dated 5 October 1945. Born 1922 in Brechinn, Angus, Scotland; home in Thamesford or Hespeler, Ontario (dyer); enlisted Hamilton, 19 August 1942. Trained at No.1 ITS (graduated 16 April 1943), No.20 EFTS (graduated 11 June 1943) and No.14 SFTS (graduated 1 October 1943). Commissioned 1943. Medal presented 24 May 1947. 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.2618 (RG.24 Vol.20627) has recommendation dated 18 March 1945 when he had flown 31 sorties (171 hours 15 minutes) between 12 September 1944 and 6 January 1945.

 

During a most successful tour of operational duty this officer has proved to be a most valuable member of his squadron. He has completed thirty-one operational sorties over enemy territory as Captain of aircraft. This officer's dogged determination, skill and devotion to duty has set a magnificent example and kept the morale of his crew at a high level. His outstanding ability and strong sense of duty warrant recognition and he his strongly recommended for the award of the Distinguished Flying Cross (Non-Immediate).

 

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BARRON, F/L John Hollis (J9161) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.692 Squadron - Award effective 13 June 1944 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 1660/44 dated 4 August 1944. Born Fonthill, 1916. BA from McMaster University. Home in New Liskeard, Ontario; enlisted in Hamilton, 6 January 1941. Trained at No.3 ITS (graduated 22 April 1941), No. 3 AOS (graduated 15 September 1941), No.2 BGS (graduated 27 October 1941) and No.1 ANS (graduated 24 November 1941). Medal sent by registered mail, 17 September 1945. See also F/O V.P.B. Hill, below. NOTE: Although the citation does not give a date, this is probably an operation on 12/13 May 1944 when 22 Mosquitos of No.8 Group attempted to block the Kiel Canal by low level mining. Intelligence had reported that flak defences on part of the canal had been removed. Twenty crews laid their mines in this stretch and one Mosquito was lost. Died in Ottawa, 6 February 1995.

 

One night in May 1944 several crews of Mosquito aircraft were detailed for a difficult and dangerous mine-laying mission. The operation called for the highest standard of skill and accuracy in the face of intense anti-aircraft fire, balloon defences and considerable searchlight activity. The attack was pressed home with great precision from a low level. That complete success was achieved in spite of such hazards is a high tribute to the calm courage and iron determination shown by Flight Lieutenant Barron and Flying Officer Hill who participated in various capacities as leaders and members of aircraft crew.

 

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BARRON, F/L Peter Clarence (J8351) - Air Force Cross - No.168 Squadron (Canada) - Award effective 23 February 1946 as per London Gazette dated 26 February 1946 and AFRO 280/46 dated 15 March 1946. Home given variously as Toronto and Waubaushene, Ontario. Enlisted at Hamilton, 14 June 1940. Trained at No.2 ITS (graduated 16 June 1941), No.3 EFTS (graduated 7 August 1941), and No.2 SFTS (graduated 24 October 1941). As of award had flown 2,943 hours, including 382 hours as a transport pilot in previous six months. Presented 22 June 1949.

 

This officer has flown many hours as a transport pilot which has included fifty Atlantic crossings as captain of Liberator and Fortress aircraft. During these trips, Flight Lieutenant Barron has encountered many adverse flying conditions and has consistently shown exceptional courage, flying ability and devotion to duty. His willingness and persistence in carrying out his duties in a highly courageous and efficient manner has earned him the highest respect of all his associates.

 

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BARROWMAN, WO (now P/O) Archibald McArthur (R147703/J85618) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.97 Squadron (deceased) - Award effective 24 May 1944 as per London Gazette dated 2 June 1944 and AFRO 1444/44 dated 7 July 1944. Born in Scotland, 1921. Home in Tisdale, Saskatchewan (creamery employee). Enlisted in Saskatoon, 8 January 1942. Trained at No.7 ITS (graduated 1 August 1942) and No.3 BGS (graduated 23 October 1942). Medal presented to next-of-kin 28 February 1946. No citation other than "completed...many successful operations against the enemy in which [he has] displayed high skill, fortitude and devotion to duty". Killed in action 15/16 March 1944 (Lancaster JB361). Public Records Office Air 2/9149 has recommendation for a Distinguished Flying Medal (he was still a Flight Sergeant) dated 17 February 1944 when he had completed 40 sorties (248 hours 55 minutes), 21 June 1943 to 15 February 1944 as follows:

 

21 Jun 43 Krefeld (4.10) 4 Oct 43 Frankfurt (5.25)

22 Jun 43 Mulheim (4.35) 7 Oct 43 Friedrichshaven

24 Jun 43 Elberfeld (4.35) (7.05)

28 Jun 43 Cologne (5.00) 8 Oct 43 Hanover (4.35)

3 July 43 Cologne (5.05) 3 Nov 43 Cologne (4.05)

8 July 43 Cologne (5.00) 10 Nov 43 Modene (7.10)

9 July 43 Gelsenkirchen (5.25) 11 Nov 43 Cannes (7.40)

24 Jul 43 Hamburg (5.20) 17 Nov 43 Ludwigshaven

26 Jul 43 Essen (4.10) (5.25)

27 Jul 43 Hamburg (5.10) 18 Nov 43 Berlin (7.45)

29 Jul 43 Hamburg (4.50) 22 Nov 43 Berlin (5.50)

2 Aug 43 Hamburg (5.40) 20 Dec 43 Frankfurt (4.30)

10 Aug 43 Nuremburg (7.10) 23 Dec 43 Berlin (7.15)

12 Aug 43 Milan (8.20) 29 Dec 43 Berlin (6.35)

22 Aug 43 Leverkusen (4.30) 1 Jan 44 Berlin (6.55)

23 Aug 43 Berlin (6.45) 2 Jan 44 Berlin (6.20)

5 Sept 43 Mannheim (6.20) 20 Jan 44 Berlin (7.20)

6 Sept 43 Munich (7.35) 21 Jan 44 Magdeburg (7.25)

22 Sep 43 Hanover (5.25) 27 Jan 44 Berlin (7.30)

23 Sep 43 Mannheim (5.35) 28 Jan 44 Berlin (7.50)

2 Oct 43 Munich (8.00) 15 Feb 44 Berlin (7.50)

 

This Non-Commissioned Officer has completed forty operational sorties against the enemy, 31 as marker. He has taken part in most of the recent major operations against German targets, including eleven on Berlin, three on Hanover, four on Cologne, four on Hamburg, and others on Friedrichshaven, Frankfurt, Munich and Mannheim.

 

He is an Air Gunner in a crew which has on several occasions been engaged by the enemy defences and sustained damage from flak; also they have been attacked by enemy night fighters. Despite this they have dauntlessly pressed home their attacks with great effect.

 

By his skill as an Air Gunner and eagerness to operate against the enemy he has proved himself a most valuable member of the squadron, and of his crew.

 

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BARRY, WO2 Francis Joseph (R53033) - Croix de Guerre with Palm (France) - award effective 16 July 1949 as per Canada Gazette of that date and AFRO 307/49. Home in Toronto. Forwarded to his home, 8 November 1949.

 

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BARRY, F/O Roy (C6525) - Mention in Despatches - Western Air Command Marine Squadron - Western Air Command Headquarters - Award effective 2 February 1946 as per Canada Gazette of that date and AFRO 280/46 dated 15 March 1946. Enlisted in Vancouver, 28 October 1940.

 

Since entering the service in the early part of the war, Flying Officer Barry has been almost continuously employed at sea as Master in high-speed rescue and supply and salvage vessels. During this time this officer has carried out all of his duties with alacrity, courage and determination. He has often operated his vessel under extremely adverse weather conditions to carry out an important assignment. His devotion to duty, efficiency and cheerful co-operation at all times has set a fine example to those under him and for others to follow. Vessels in which he has been Master have been required to carry out difficult assignments to extremely isolated bases and detachments under adverse conditions. Each one of these assignments he has completed satisfactorily.

 

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BARRY, P/O William Alexander Renton (J16116) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.1474 Flight - Award effective 3 February 1943 as per London Gazette dated 9 February 1943 and AFRO 373/43 dated 5 March 1943. Born 15 May 1916 in Russell, Manitoba; home there; enlisted Winnipeg. Trained at No.3 ITS, No.5 AOS, and No.1 CNS. Commissioned 1942. DFC presented 25 May 1943.

 

Throughout his operational career this officer has been conspicuous for his gallantry and devotion to duty and has displayed exceptional coolness and courage in hazardous circumstances.

 

NOTE: Public Records Office Air 2/8934 has recommendation dated 22 December 1942. The award arose from events which led to DFCs to P/O H.G. Jordan and E.A. Paulton, DFMs to FSs William W. Bigoray and FS E.T. Vachon - deliberate engagement with an enemy night fighter to determine German airborne radar frequencies. As of award, Barry had flown on ten sorties (60 operational hours):

 

28 July 42 Bombing (Hamburg)

31 July 42 Bombing (Dusseldorf)

2 Sept 42 Special Wireless Investigation (Karlsruhe)

15 Sept 42 Air/Sea Rescue (North Sea)

14 Oct 42 Special Wireless Investigation (Belgian and Dutch coasts)

28 Oct 42 Special Wireless Investigation (West coast of France)

16 Nov 42 Special Wireless Investigation (Frisians and Danish coasts)

17 Nov 42 Special Wireless Investigation (Bayonne)

22 Nov 42 Special Wireless Investigation (Bayonne)

3 Dec 42 Special Wireless Investigation (Frankfurt)

 

On the morning of 3rd December 1942, Pilot Officer Barry was the Navigator in a Wellington 1c aircraft engaged in Wireless Investigation duties in the Frankfurt area. To obtain the wireless information under investigation, an interception by an enemy night fighter was necessary.

 

On this flight this interception was made and the aircraft was attacked ten or twelve times by a Ju.88, causing considerable damage to the aircraft and wounding four of the crew. When the Special Wireless Operator was hit, Pilot Officer Barry tried to take over from him and continue working the sets, so as to gain some more much needed information. When the Rear Gunner, who had come out of his unserviceable turret to give fighter control from the astro dome position, was wounded for the second time, Barry took over from him at the astro dome and continued to give fighter control.

 

During these fierce attacks and on the homeward journey in the severely damaged aircraft, Pilot Officer Barry displayed exceptional coolness and outstanding courage in the face of the enemy and set a fine example to the rest of the crew. Throughout his ten sorties he has been conspicuous in his devotion to duty and determination to carry out his tasks to the utmost of his ability.

 

This was further edited for Air Ministry Honours and Awards Committee to the following citation (not published except in the most abbreviated form):

 

On 3rd December 1942, Pilot Officer Barry was navigator in a bomber detailed for special wireless investigation duties over Frankfurt. For the successful completion of the mission it was necessary to provoke an attack by an enemy fighter. This was achieved, and the bomber was fiercely assailed some ten times by a Junkers 88 which inflicted considerable damage and wounded four of the crew. When the Special Wireless Operator was hit, Pilot Officer Barry attempted to replace him in order that further vital information could be obtained. He also took over fighter control, when the turret was put out of action and the rear gunner was wounded. During these attacks, and on the extremely hazardous return flight, Pilot Officer Barry continued to display exceptional coolness and courage, materially contributing to the results of the sortie. Throughout his operational career, this officer has been conspicuous for his gallantry and devotion to duty.

 

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BARSALOU, FS Joseph Arthur Jacques (R104782) - Distinguished Flying Medal - No.10 Squadron (RAF) - Award effective 23 March 1943 as per London Gazette dated 6 April 1943 and AFRO 757/43 dated 30 April 1943. Born in Montreal, 1921; home there (clerk); enlisted there 15 May 1941. Trained at No.3 ITS (graduated 13 September 1941), No.11 EFTS (graduated 7 November 1941), and No.6 BGS (graduated 16 February 1942). Arrived in UK, 23 March 1942. To No.7 AGS, 18 May 1942; to No.10 OTU, 6 June 1942; to No.10 Squadron, 22 August 1942; to Station Pocklington (non-effective strength), 4 April 1943; commissioned 5 August 1943; to No.23 OTU, 26 August 1943; to No.24 OTU, 15 March 1944; granted special leave in Canada, 25 July 1944 (on strength of Overseas Headquarters; returned to UK, 25 September 1944; to No.24 OTU, 10 October 1944; to No.76 Base, 10 April 1945; to No.63 Base, 2 June 1945; to No.76 Base, 16 July 1945; to R Depot, 2 August 1945; repatriated, 12 August 1945. Invested with medal 20 July 1943.

 

One night in March 1943, this airman was the rear gunner of an aircraft which attacked Essen. When nearing the target area the bomber was subjected to heavy anti-aircraft fire and its fuselage was pierced in eighteen places. The rear turret was riddled and Flight Sergeant Barsalou was severely wounded but refrained from informing his captain who went on to bomb the objective. A few minutes later when his captain once more inquired if he was all right, Flight Sergeant Barsalou gave a reassuring reply and warned him of the presence of an enemy fighter. It was shaken off and a member of the crew was ordered to investigate the rear turret. Flight Sergeant Barsalou was then found slumped over his guns and the turret a mass of blood. He had received several shrapnel wounds. Although in great pain, very weak and bleeding profusely, he attempted to minimize his injuries and insisted that he could bear up until the English coast was reached. When the aircraft was finally landed Flight Sergeant Barsalou was rushed to hospital. This airman displayed courage, fortitude and devotion to duty in keeping with the highest traditions of the Royal Air Force.

 

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BARTLEMAN, F/L James Maxwell (J21033) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.428 Squadron - Award effective 4 November 1944 as per London Gazette dated 14 November 1944 and AFRO 239/45 dated 9 February 1945. Born 1920 in Wolseley, Saskatchewan; home there; student at Queen's University; enlisted in Toronto, 26 August 1941. Trained at No.5 ITS (graduated 16 January 1942), No.21 EFTS (graduated 27 March 1942), No.9 SFTS (ceased training 31 July 1942) and No.5 AOS (graduated 20 November 1942). Commissioned November 1942. Invested with medal 18 October 1947. 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.1634 (RG.24 Vol.20604) had recommendation dated 13 July 1944 when he had flown 36 sorties (223 hours 30 minutes), 3 November 1943 to 30 August 1944. Name given as Maxwell James.

 

As navigator, Flying Officer Bartleman has completed one very satisfactory tour of operations, during which many successful attacks were carried out against the enemy. The success achieved and the number of aiming points obtained were in no small measure due to the excellent navigation and outstanding efforts of this officer.

 

For very good work throughout his whole tour and for strong support of the squadron at all times, I recommend the immediate award of the Distinguished Flying Cross.

 

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BARTLEMAN, P/O Kenneth Earl (J87199) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.156 Squadron - Award effective 1 December 1944 as per London Gazette dated 12 December 1944 and AFRO 337/45 dated 23 February 1945. Born 1921 in Kitchener, Ontario; home there; enlisted in Hamilton, 28 June 1941. Trained at No.1 ITS (graduated 7 November 1941), No.1 AOS (graduated 6 June 1942), No.1 BGS (graduated 18 July 1942) and No.1 ANS (graduated 29 September 1942). Commissioned 1942. Medal sent by registered mail 20 April 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 18 September 1944 when he had flown 42 sorties (215 hours 30 minutes), 20 October 1943 to 15 September 1944.

 

20 Oct 43 Leipzig 6 June 44 Le Havre

22 Oct 43 Kassel 8 Jun 44 St.Lo

26 Nov 43 Berlin 9 June 44 Fougeres

2 Dec 43 Berlin 15 Jun 44 St.Pol

3 Dec 43 Leipzig 18 Jun 44 Montdidier

23 Dec 43 Berlin 2 July 44 Oisemont

29 Dec 43 Berlin 7 July 44 Vaires

30 Jan 44 Berlin 10 Jul 44 Nucourt

24 Feb 44 Schweinfurt 11 Jul 44 Gapelle

25 Feb 44 Augsburg 12 Jul 44 Tours

11 Apr 44 Aachen 18 Jul 44 Wesseling

22 Apr 44 Dusseldorf 24 Jul 44 Stuttgart

24 Apr 44 Karlsruhe 25 Jul 44 Stuttgart

26 Apr 44 Essen 28 Jul 44 Hamburg

27 Apr 44 Freidrichshaven 1 Aug 44 Prouville

12 May 44 Louvain 4 Aug 44 Paulliac

19 May 44 Boulogne 25 Aug 44 Russelsheim

22 May 44 Dortmund 26 Aug 44 Kiel

27 May 44 Rennes 29 Aug 44 Stettin

28 May 44 Calais 12 Sep 44 Scholven

31 May 44 Calais 15 Sep 44 Kiel

 

Pilot Officer Bartleman has completed 42 operational sorties, 32 of which have been with the Pathfinder Force. Many of the targets attacked have been heavily defended German areas.

 

This officer is a keen and efficient Set Operator of special equipment used in the squadron. His skill and keenness has materially contributed to the success of one of the squadron's best Blind Marking crews. He is always cheerful and extremely keen to fly on operations, and has always shown ability and determination to produce the best results. I consider him well worth of the award of the Distinguished Flying Cross.

 

NOTE: It is interesting to find (Air 2/9039) a further recommendation for the DFC, this one dated 18 October 1944. It gives the number of sorties as 42 (same as above) but operational time as 217 hours 55 minutes (slightly more than above). The text also differs in detail:

 

Pilot Officer Bartleman has completed 42 operational sorties, 32 of which have been with the Pathfinder Force. Some of the targets attacked have been the most heavily defended in Germany.

 

This officer is a reliable and efficient Operator of special equipment used in the squadron, and has always shown great keenness and determination in carrying out his duties. He has materially contributed to the success of one of the best Blind Marking crews in the squadron.

 

The Commanding Officer evidently though very highly of him to put forward this recommendation twice in the space of a month (unless the earlier recommendation had been deemed insufficient in some way or was submitted when quotas had already been filled)

 

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BARTLETT, F/O Allan Harold (J14654) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.415 Squadron - Award effective 28 April 1944 as per London Gazette dated 5 May 1944 and AFRO 1186/44 dated 2 June 1944. Born 1921 in Montreal; home there; enlisted there 13 October 1941. Trained at No.3 ITS (graduated 13 March 1942) , No.8 AOS (graduated 22 June 1942), No.9 BGS (graduated 1 August 1942) and No.1 ANS (graduated 21 September 1942). Commissioned 1942.

 

This navigator has displayed outstanding keenness, skill and devotion to duty during many hazardous anti-shipping patrols. In January 1944 he acted as navigator in an attack on enemy shipping off Calais. The attack was successfully delivered in the face of heavy defensive action. This was, in no small measure, due to the skill and coolness of Flying Officer Bartlett. He has played no small part in the sinking of one merchant vessel and in damaging a destroyer and other enemy shipping.

 

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BARTLETT, LAW (now Corporal) Florence Beatrice (W301009) - British Empire Medal - No.9 SFTS - Awarded 1 January 1945 as per Canada Gazette of that date and AFRO 89/45 dated 19 January 1945. Home in Saint John, New Brunswick; enlisted Moncton 13 November 1941. Invested with medal 17 June 1945.

 

This airwoman, in two and a half years' service at this unit, has proven herself to be an exceptionally conscientious and capable chef. Despite the arduous nature of her duties, she has displayed outstanding initiative and unselfish devotion to duty at all times. Her exemplary conduct and successful and energetic efforts for the welfare of all concerned have been a great inspiration and example to others. Her great enthusiasm and efficiency are praiseworthy.

 

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BARTLETT, F/L Frederick Raymond (J23044) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.414 Squadron - Award effective 23 May 1945 as per London Gazette dated 1 June 1945 and AFRO 1147/45 dated 13 July 1945. Born 1917 in Verdun, Quebec; home in Montreal; enlisted there 30 October 1940. Trained at No.1 ITS (graduated 4 March 1941), No.13 EFTS (graduated 6 May 1941) and No.6 SFTS (graduated 27 July 1941). Commissioned 1942. Medal sent by registered mail 21 December 1949.

 

Since July 1944 this officer has completed a large number of operational sorties. The majority of these missions have been very successful and have been accomplished with skill, determination and courage. Many have been flown in the face of intense anti-aircraft fire and at very low level. On one occasion his aircraft was so severely damaged Flight Lieutenant Bartlett was forced to leave it by parachute. At all times he has set a high standard of efficiency and devotion to duty.

 

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BARTMAN, P/O Michael (J85663) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.408 Squadron - Award effective 2 October 1944 as per London Gazette dated 17 October 1944 and AFRO 2637/44 dated 8 December 1944. Born 1920; home in Vegreville, Alberta; served in Canadian Army; e* Vancouver, 21 May 1942. Trained at No.7 ITS (graduated 23 October 1942) and No.3 AOS (graduated 19 February 1943). Commissioned 1944. Award presented 11 September 1946. 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.1633 (RG.24 Vol.20603) has recommendation dated 27 July 1944 when he had flown 31 sorties (156 hours 59 minutes), 15 February to 20 July 1944.

 

Pilot Officer Bartman has completed a tour of operations as navigator and during his tour he navigated to some of the most heavily defended targets in Germany including Berlin, Frankfurt, Leipzig and Essen. On each operation, Pilot Officer Bartman displayed exceptional skill as a navigator and he was very largely responsible for the splendid operational record of his crew. The very fact that their aircraft was so rarely attacked by enemy night fighters and seldom hit by flak, other than over the target itself, is a good indication of the excellence of his navigation and track keeping.

 

Pilot Officer Bartman was exceptionally keen to operate at every opportunity; his cheerfulness and navigational ability have made him of the mainstays of his crew and have set a fine example to the whole squadron. Therefore, I recommend that he be granted the award of a Non-Immediate Distinguished Flying Cross.

 

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BARTON, F/L Alfred William (J7811) - Air Force Cross - No.14 SFTS - Award effective 14 June 1945 as per Canada Gazette of that date and AFRO 1127/45 dated 6 July 1945. Born in Cobourg, Ontario, 1 August 1914; educated there. Employed by Port Hope Sanitary Company. Enlisted in Kingston, 16 September 1940; re-enlisted (remustered ?) in Toronto, 14 March 1941. Trained at No.1 ITS (graduated 26 May 1941), No.7 EFTS (graduated 15 July 1941) and No.1 SFTS (graduated 7 October 1941). Medal sent by registered mail 30 November 1945. As of award had flown 2,272 hours, of which 2,022 were as instructor.

 

This officer's steady and progressive spirit has done a great deal to further the efforts of the training organization. His co-operation and willingness to do more than required have been of valuable assistance to his superiors. He has at all times been an example to his fellow officers and instructors that has been an inspiration to them. His outstanding direction of their problems has kept their morale and determination at a very high standard. He has displayed devotion to duty of a high order.

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BARTON, F/O George Gordon (J24258) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.424 Squadron - Award effective 1 December 1944 as per London Gazette dated 8 December 1944 and AFRO 337/45 dated 23 February 1945. Born 1923 in Tornto; home in Sudbury; enlisted in Hamilton 6 April 1942. Trained at No.5 ITS (graduated 1 AAugust 1942), No.2 EFTS (graduated 8 November 1942) and No.11 SFTS (graduated 5 March 1943). Commissioned 1943. Medal presented 20 August 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.2609 (RG.24 Vol.20627) has recommendation dated 18 September 1944 when he had flown 34 sorties (162 hours 35 minutes), 10 May 1944 to 6 September 1944. The sheet is very detailed; on 24 May 1944 (Aachen) he was attacked by an enemy aircraft and encountered intense flak; on 27 May 1944 (Bourg-Leopold) he saw three other aircraft shot down. He was hit by heavy flak during a daylight raid on 24 June 1944 (Bonnetot).

 

Flying Officer Barton has displayed outstanding ability as a Pilot and Captain of aircraft. He has completed 34 sorties over enemy territory, some of which were carried out over heavily defended German targets such as Metz, Stuttgart, Brunswick and Kiel.

 

Flying Officer Barton has shown the utmost determination to inflict damage upon the enemy. His courage has been an inspiration to his crew as well as to the other Captains in his Flight...

 

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BARTON, F/L Paul Smith (J13606) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.400 Squadron - Award effective 8 May 1945 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 966/45 dated 8 June 1945. American in the RCAF, although he was born in Sulte Ste.Marie, Ontario, 1921, and award card gives home as Oshawa, Ontario. Enlisted in Toronto, 11 August 1941. Trained at No.6 ITS (graduated 19 December 1941), No.12 EFTS (graduated 13 February 1942) and No.14 SFTS (graduated 3 July 1942). Commissioned 1942. Medal presented 9 April 1948.

 

This officer has completed a large number of reconnaissances and has been responsible for securing much valuable information. In March 1945 Flight Lieutenant Barton was detailed to photograph an area in the Rees sector. During the operation much anti-aircraft fire was directed at his aircraft. In spite of this, Flight Lieutenant Barton successfully accomplished his task and them acting on his own initiative, went on to reconnoitre the whole of the Rhine River between Emmerich and Wesel. In this well executed sortie Flight Lieutenant Barton displayed skill, courage and devotion to duty.

 

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BARTON, F/O Ruggles Wilson (J87463) - Mention in Despatches - Overseas - Award effective 14 June 1945 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 1478/45 dated 21 September 1945. Born in Low, Quebec. Home in Ottawa; enlisted there 14 September 1939. Trained at No.1 ITS (graduated 27 January 1941), No.9 EFTS (graduated 17 March 1941) and No.5 SFTS (graduated 21 June 1941). A new despatch dated 28 June 1942 says that on a raid to Bremen "Saturday" (in No.405 Squadron) he was 25 miles from target when two Messerschmitts appeared on either side of his Halifax bomber. In taking evasive action the bomber rolled on its back and went into a spin. He literally stood on the seat to pull it back while everything loose in the aircraft flw in all directions. When he levelled it out it actually zoomed up 3,000 feet. It was his 13th sortie and third with No.405. Earlier he had made a forced landing with one wheel down and another still in the wheel well. He had also been thrown clear of a bomber following another crash, and in January 1942 had dropped leaflets over France on behalf of American forces.

 

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BARWOOD, F/L William Harry Ernest (C7487) - Mention in Despatches - No.3 Personnel Reception Centre - Award effective 1 January 1945 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 337/45 dated 23 February 1945. Home in Vancouver; enlisted there 19 April 1941. No citation.

 

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BASARICH, P/O George (J17784) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.114 Squadron - Award effective 23 November 1943 as per London Gazette dated 26 November 1943 and AFRO 113/44 dated 21 January 1944. American in the RCAF. Born Keokuk, Iowa, 1913; home in Clinton, Iowa. Enlisted in Windsor, Ontario, 29 May 1941. Trained at No.5 ITS (graduated 24 September 1941), No.12 EFTS (graduated 21 November 1941), and No.5 SFTS (graduated 13 March 1942). Commissioned 1943. Medal presented 11 August 1948.

 

During the last nine months Pilot Officer Basarich has taken part in a large number of operational sorties. He has flown in adverse weather over the Tunisian mountains to attack enemy airfields and docks and has participated in daylight operations against heavily defended posts. He has also operated consistently and successfully at night over Sicily and Italy against enemy lines of communications. An excellent pilot, this officer has always displayed steadiness and imperturbability which, combined with his fine fighting spirit, have been an inspiring example to the other pilots in his squadron.

 

NOTE: Public Records Office Air 2/8993 has recommendation dated 28 September 1943 when he had flown 550 hours, 130 in previous six months. He had flown 56 sorties (126 hours 45 minutes). Drafted on 28 September 1943 by the Wing Commander commanding No.114 Squadron. The recommendation is much more detailed than the final citation and is worth quoting:

 

Pilot Officer Basarich has now been in this squadron nine months and has completed 56 operational sorties for a total of 126.45 hours.

 

He started in the first bomber wing in North Africa flying Bisleys and did some difficult sorties in extremely bad weather over the Tunisian mountains to enemy aerodromes and dock areas. Then flying Boston aircraft he took part in the intensive daylight operations against heavily defended landing grounds and strong points that culminated in the end of the Tunisian campaign.

 

Since that time he has operated consistently and successfully at night over Sicily and Italy against aerodromes, towns, marshalling yards and enemy lines of communications with singular success, invariably dropping his incendiaries from 1,500 feet or below, accurately on his target.

 

Pilot Officer Basarich's crew is one of the most reliable and pugnacious in the squadron. If a more difficult and dangerous task is wanted his name is automatically brought to mind.

 

His keenness to hit the enemy as hard as possible on every occasion is most outstanding, and he is seldom satisfied with merely dropping his bombs but invariably returns to the attack with all his guns from low level.

 

As a team-work pilot in daylight boxes he has flown No.2 or No.3 with consistent steadiness and unperturbability even in the worst flak and in so doing has set a fine example and helped his fellow pilots.

 

As an individual night pilot he has proved himself to be an accurate and deadly intruder with much more than average dash and initiative.

 

In short, this pilot is a first class fighter who has done extremely well and continues to show very great keenness, and is strongly recommended for this award.

 

On 29 September 1943 the Group Captain Commanding No.326 Light Bomber Wing added his remarks.

 

By his example in keenness to attack the enemy and because of the courageous and successful manner in which he has carried out the numerous operational tasks allotted to him this officer has well deserved the above recommendation.

 

The Air Commodore Commanding, Tactical Bomber Force, added "Strongly Recommended" on 2 October 1943; Air Marshal Alan Coningham, Air Officer Commanding, North African Tactical Air Force, approved the recommendation on 12 October 1943.

 

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BASCOM, F/L Stephen Arthur (J23370) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.420 Squadron - Award effective 10 May 1945 as per London Gazette dated 22 May 1945 and AFRO 1147/45 dated 13 July 1945. Born 1916 in Whitby, Ontario; home in Toronto (bank clerk); enlisted there 26 Aoril 1939. Trained at No.1 ITS (graduated 25 September 1942), No.4 AOS (graduated 5 February 1943) and No.1 BGS (graduated 23 November 1943. Commissioned 1943. Portrait painted overseas by Eric Aldwinckle. Medal presented 1 April 1949. Security Officer in postwar RCAF Headquarters (Squadron Leader rank). 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.1746 (PAC RG.24 Vol.20608) has recommendation dated 11 January 1945 when he had flown 29 sorties (133 hours 33 minutes):

 

As Air Bomber, this officer has completed a large number of sorties against enemy targets, and his work in the air has always been of the highest standard. On several occasions, Flying Officer Bascom has coolly directed his skipper in an orbit in the face of very heavy defences, to ensure the accuracy of his bombing. A resolute and determined Bomb Aimer, Flying Officer Bascom has contributed greatly to the success of his crew.

 

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BASKERVILLE, G/C Patrick George (C188) - Mention in Despatches - No.1 Group Headquarters (Canada) - Awarded 14 June 1945 as per Canada Gazette of that date and AFRO 1127/45 dated 6 July 1945.RMC graduate. Enlisted at Camp Borden, 30 August 1935; awarded wings 17 June 1936; flew with No.10 Squadron to Halifax, August 1939; served with No.11 (BR) Squadron, 1939-42; post-war was appointed to be Air Attach to Washington (1947). Retired as a Group Captain, 17 December 1948.

 

While serving as Senior Air Staff Officer at No.1 Group Headquarters, he has made a marked contribution to the energetic offensive measures against enemy U-Boats. His willingness to assume immediate control at any hour of the day or night and his able direction of operations have inspired confidence among the crews operating against the enemy and have done much to advance morale and efficiency.

 

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BASSARAB, F/L Russell Nicholas (J22239) - 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 Kingston, Ontario; enlisted in Ottawa 26 August 1941. Trained at No.7 ITS (graduated 25 April 1942), No.6 AOS (graduated 12 September 1942), No.7 BGS (graduated 3 January 1943), and No.1 ANS (graduated 6 November 1942).

 

BASSARAB, F/L Russell Nicholas (J22239) - Netherlands Flying Cross - No.299 Squadron (erroneously given in AFRO as No.229 Squuadron) - Award effective 28 September 1945 as per Canada Gazette dated 6 April 1946 and AFRO 388/46 dated 12 April 1946. However, AFRO 473/46 cancels this ! Public Records Office Air 2/9556 has recommendation from W/C P.N. Jennings, CO of No.299 Squadron, dated 17 August 1945, when he had flown 25 sorties (128 hours 40 minutes). Document did not specify honour other than "Dutch award". Navigator, Stirling aircraft.

 

Flight Lieutenant Bassarab has taken part in numerous operations over enemy occupied Europe and especially Holland both in aid of the Resistance movement and in the dropping of S.A.S. troops. He played a particularly outstanding part in Operation "FABIAN" and his skill and devotion to duty contributed to the material success of that operation. His enthusiasm for operations against the enemy has been unbounded and his skill and ability in the air have at all times been an inspiration to the personnel of the squadron.

 

BASSARAB, F/L Russell Nicholas (J22239) - Mention in Despatches - Overseas - Award effective 1 January 1946 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 155/46 dated 15 February 1946.

 

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BASSETT, P/O Glenn Alvin (J86138) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.428 Squadron - Award effective 19 September 1944 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 2274/44 dated 20 October 1944. Born 1923 in Saskatchewan; home in Calgary or Beechy, Saskatchewan; enlisted Saskatoon, 3 July 1941. Trained at No.2 WS (graduated 7 August 1942) and No.3 BGS (graduated 18 December 1942). Commissioned 1944. Medal presented 14 June 1947.

 

This officer, as rear gunner, has participated in many sorties against objectives in Germany and France; he has also completed numerous mine-laying operations. On several occasions his vigilance and skilful evading directions have enabled his pilot to frustrate enemy fighters. His excellent work has contributed materially to the successes achieved.

 

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BASSO, S/L Joseph Antonio (C2762) - Air Force Cross - No.3 Bombing and Gunnery School - Award effective 28 May 1943 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 1459/43 dated 30 July 1943 - American in RCAF; received comprehensive schooling in aviation at Dallas, Texas; parents living Andover, Massachusettes. Enlisted in Ottawa, 5 September 1940; home in Bryan, Texas. Medal presented 16 November 1943.

 

Squadron Leader Basso, as Officer Commanding Maintenance Wing, has always given unstintingly of his knowledge and experience in the maintenance of aircraft at this unit. Due to his extreme devotion to duty and unbounded enthusiasm this school has been able to maintain a high standard of training. His total flying time of 1,087 hours includes 913 instructional hours, of which 492 were logged during the last twelve months.

 

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BASSON, P/O Robert Arthur (J19840) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.424 Squadron - Award effective 1 September 1944 as per London Gazette dated 19 September 1944 and AFRO 2373/44 dated 3 November 1944. Born 1919 in Lethbridge; home there; enlisted in Calgary 11 March 1941. Trained at No.4 ITS (graduated 10 September 1941), No.16 EFTS (graduated 7 November 1941) and No.15 SFTS (graduated 27 February 1942). Commissioned 1944. Medal presented 11 June 1949. 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 15 June 1944 when he had flown 32 sorties (219 hours 15 minutes), 21 August 1943 to 11 May 1944.

 

21 Aug 43 Battaglia (5.50) 21 Sep 43 Bastia (7.00)

23 Aug 43 Bagnoli (5.20) 23 Sep 43 Pisa (7.45)

24 Aug 43 Terre Annunziata (5.45) 1 Oct 43 Formia (5.40)

27 Aug 43 Salerno (5.55) 4 Oct 43 Formia (6.05)

29 Aug 43 Torre Annunziata (5.40) 19 Feb 44 Leipzig (6.55)

1 Sept 43 Aversa (5.55) 25 Feb 44 Augsburg (7.25);

3 Sept 43 Naples (6.05); hit by fighter shot down

flak 6 Mar 44 Trappes (5.50)

6 Sept 43 Battapaglia (5.35) 7 Mar 44 Le Mans (5.20)

7 Sept 43 Viterbo (6.50) 9 Apr 44 Villeneuve St.George

10 Sep 43 Formia (6.35) (6.20)

11 Sep 43 Frosinone (5.40) 10 Apr 44 Ghent (4.00)

13 Sep 43 Pompei (6.30) 18 Apr 44 Noisey le Sec (5.50)

14 Sep 43 Battaglia (7.00) 19 Apr 44 Lens (4.10)

15 Sep 43 Terre Annunziata (6.40) 24 Apr 44 Karlsruhe (7.45)

16 Sep 43 Cisterna (5.45) 26 Apr 44 Essen (4.35)

18 Sep 43 Viterbo (6.20) 9 May 44 St.Valery (4.00)

11 May 44 Bologne (3.50)

 

This officer has piloted his aircraft on numerous bombing missions over enemy territory. Throughout, he has displayed skill, courage and excellent leadership. His determination, devotion to duty and his courage have enabled him to press home every attack with telling success and thereby complete a highly effective tour of operations.

 

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BASTABLE, WO (now P/O) Vernon James (R95313/J96709) - Military Cross - No.106 Squadron - Award effective 13 April as per London Gazette dated 17 May 1946 and AFRO 602/46 dated 14 June 1946. Born in Winnipeg 2 December 1914; home there (clerk, warehouuseman); member of Fort Garry Horse, 19331-1935; enlisted Winnipeg 4 March 1941. Trained at No.2 ITS (graduated 4 June 1941), No.8 EFTS (graduated 27 July 1941) and No.3 SFTS (graduated 17 October 1941). Further trained at No.20 OTU, Lossiemouth. Shot down on his fifth sortie. Back in England, June 1945; repatriated to Canada, July 1945. Released 12 October 1945. Medal presented 30 October 1948. Killed at Winnipeg in a Vampire, No.402 Squadron, 27 March 1949.

 

Warrant Officer Bastable was captured in the Rouen area in September 1942 and was held in various prison camps. He made his first attempt to escape in May 1943, whilst with a working party at Metsdorf, Sudetenland, having obtained civilian clothes from the Czechs. His true identity was discovered and he was returned to Stalag 344. Warrant Officer Bastable then decided to make an immediate attempt to escape in an Army uniform. He cut the wire of a second floor window and, timing his action to miss the guards, he jumped clear and escaped. He travelled in the direction of Prague but after three days he was discovered by some German civilians. He was handed over to the authorities and sent to a Gestapo prison where he was kept for fourteen days in solitary confinement. He was sent back to Stalag Luft 344 and spent a further ten days in solitary confinement. In October 1943, Warrant Officer Bastable made another attempt to escape by means of an emergency ladder in the main shaft of a coal mine in which he was working. He gained his liberty for two days after which he was recaptured by German police in company with a Czech air force sergeant. He made another attempt to escape from Stalag 344 but both were recaptured and were returned to camp. Warrant Officer Bastable and the same Czech sergeant finally escaped in October 1944 by jumping from the roof of their billets over the fence and proceeding into some woods nearby. Here they were assisted by Czech civilians. They eventually made contact with the Czech underground with arms and ammunition and took part in many operations, destroying railways, bridges, road blocks, and electrical installations. The Czech sergeant was captured again and has not been heard of since. Warrant Officer Bastable continued serving in the underground movement until he was liberated by the Russians in May 1945.

 

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BATCHELOR, F/L Alexander William, DFC (C89543) - Bar to Distinguished Flying Cross - No.109 Squadron - Award effective 8 September 1945 as per London Gazette dated 21 September 1945 and AFRO 1704/45 dated 9 November 1945. Born 22 July 1920 in Saskatoon; educated in Saskatchewan. Enlisted in RAF as 926590 Aircraftsman 2nd Class (Aircraft Hand), Air Observer, 21 May 1940; mobilised 15 July 1940. Remustered to LAC and Observer Under Training, 29 December 1940; classified as Sergeant and Air Observer, 27 June 1941; promoted to Flight Sergeant, 1 June 1942; remustered as Navigator (B), 23 July 1942; Commissioned 17 September 1942 (134045); graded as Flying Officer on Probation, 17 March 1943; promoted to Flight Lieutenant, 17 September 1944. Transferred to RCAF, 18 Januay 1945. His wartime postings were as follows: No.1 Recruits Centre, Uxbridge, 21 May 1940; Placed on Reserve, 22 May 1940; No.9 Recruits Centre, Blackpool, 15 July 1940; Station Leuchars, 31 July 1940 (ground defence); No.5 Initial Training Wing, 19 Oct 1940; No.50 Group Pool, 18 January 1941; No.5 Bombing and Gunnery School, 2 May 1941; No.10 OTU, 5 July 1941; No.78 Squadron, Middleton St. George, 10 September 1941 (first sortie, 30 November 1941); No.76 Squadron, 30 June 1942; No.462 Squadron, 12 August 1942 (NOTE: with these squadrons he was on operations in Middle East from 12 July 1942 to 31 December 1942; first sortie in that theatre was on 15 July 1942); No.23 Personnel Transit Centre, Middle East, 2 January 1943; No.22 Personnel Transit Centre, Middle East, 3 January 1943; No.1 Personnel Despatch Centre, UK, 26 March 1943; No.1652 Conversion Unit (Navigator/B, Instructor), 25 April 1943; No.23 OTU, Pershore (Instructor), 29 May 1943 (Wellintons); No.20 OTU (Instructor), 15 March 1944; No.1655 Mosquito Training Unit (for Pathfinder training), 31 July 1944; No.109 Squadron (Navigator/B, operations), 15 September 1944 (first sorties 1 October 1944); Little Staughton, 27 May 1945; No.63 Base, 2 July 1945; to Yarmouth, NS, 30 July 1945; released in Victoria, 9 October 1945 Awarded initial DFC while a member of the Royal Air Force (London Gazette, 13 April 1945, No.109 Squadron). Medal presented in New Brunswick, 21 December 1949. As of 18 January 1945 he claimed 2 1/2 operatioal tours and one non-opertaional. Claimed 380 operational hours and 500 non-operations. Times on types: Anson (84), Blenheim (65), Whitley (100), Halifax (256), Wellington (100), Oxford (37), Mosquito (238). Another form (no date but soon after transfer to RCAF) claims 82 sorties including 54 on current tour. Re-engaged in RCAF on 24 February 1946; reverted to Flying Officer, 1 October 1946; promoted to Flight Lieutenant, 1 June 1949. Postings were as follows: WAC "K" Flight, 25 November 1946; Station Patricia Bay, 27 January 1947; JAS Rivrs, 10 May 1947; NWAC "K" Flight, Edmonton, 14 September 1947; Station Summerside, 10 May 1949 (Air Navigation School). As of 20 Nov 1950 he gave flying times thus: Anson (81.45), Blenheim (9.45), Whitley (170.30), Halifax (171.40), Wellington (167.15), Oxford (33.40), Mosquito (235.05), Canso (207), Dakota (446.50), Lancaster (25.00), Beechcraft (5.10), Norseman (8.25), Harvard (5.10). To Air Ministry, London, 25 April 1951; attached to No.1 Air Navigation School, Hullavington. Killed in crash of Wellington T.10 RB383 during training exercise to Malta (seven killed), crashed on a mountain peak in southrn France; aircraft not found for 16 days. As of 20 Nov 1950 he gave flying times thus: Anson (81.45), Blenheim (9.45), Whitley (170.30), Halifax (171.40), Wellington (167.15), Oxford (33.40), Mosquito (235.05), Canso (207), Dakota (446.50), Lancaster (25.00), Beechcraft (5.10), Norseman (8.25), Harvard (5.10). An article on him, "Batch", subsequently appeared in Roundel, written by S/L N.W. Emmott, DFC who described him as "the best natural navigator I ever knew."

 

Flight Lieutenant Batchelor has now completed two tours of operational duty. He has always shown himself to be a most reliable and determined navigator with outstanding courage and supreme devotion to duty. Since the award of the Distinguished Flying Cross, he has continued to operate with undiminished skill and ability and has been largely responsible for the success of many attacks on enemy targets.

 

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BATCHELOR, F/O Eric Trelawny (J10594) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.224 Squadron - Award effective 29 September 1943 as per London Gazette dated 1 October 1943 and AFRO 2258/43 dated 5 November 1943. Born 1921 in Kamloops. Home in Vancouver; enlisted there 2 July 1941. Trained at No.4 ITS (graduated 11 September 1941), No.18 EFTS (graduated 7 November 1941) and No.7 SFTS (graduated 13 March 1942. Commissioned 1942. Cited with F/L Maurice Morley (RAF, Gunnery Leader, awarded DFC), WO Robert William Lowe (RAF WOAG, awarded DFC) and FS Bryce Campbell McMurtie (RAF, WOAG, awarded DFM). Graduated in civil egineering from Washington State University, 1948; employed by British Columbia Department of Public Works; to RCAF again, 1950.

 

Flight Lieutenant Morley was the gunnery leader whilst Warrant Officer Lowe and Flight Sergeant McMurtie were wireless operator air gunners in a Liberator aircraft captained by Flying Officer Batchelor during an anti-submarine patrol over the Bay of Biscay in September 1943. During the flight the aircraft was attacked for over an hour by six Junkers 88. Throughout the engagement the masterly evasive tactics executed by Flying Officer Batchelor enabled the Liberator to emerge having sustained only two hits, whilst the accurate return fire of Warrant Officer Lowe and Flight Sergeant McMurtie skilfully controlled by Flight Lieutenant Morley enable one of the enemy aircraft to be destroyed. The cool determination and co-operation displayed by these members of aircraft crew was worthy of the highest praise.

 

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BATE, F/O George Gerald (J15977) - Mention in Despatches - No.30 Squadron - Award effective 14 January 1944 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 874/44 dated 21 April 1944. Home in Saskatoon; enlisted there 22 August 1940. Trained at No.1 ITS (graduated 15 November 1940), No.11 EFTS (graduated 4 January 1941) and No.9 SFTS (graduated 17 April 1941).

 

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BATEMAN, FS Harold Victor (R53393) - Mention in Despatches - No.424 Squadron (AFRO gives unit as No.63 Base) - Award effective 1 January 1945 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 721/45 dated 27 April 1945. Home in Timmins, Ontario. Enlisted in Galt, Ontario, 30 March 1940. DHist file 181.009 D.2619 (RG.24 Vol.20628) has recommendation dated 30 August 1944 when he had served one year in Canada, five months in North Africa, and 34 months in UK.

 

The undermentioned airman has been with No.424 Squadron since its formation and NCO in charge of Squadron Armoury since its return from North Africa. He has at all times worked with the maximum efficiency and it has been largely through his efforts that the squadron has been able to carry out its multifarious and exacting work during the recent months.

 

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BATEMAN, P/O Lewis Franklin (J86083) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.101 Squadron - Award effective 1 December 1944 as per London Gazette dated 12 December 1944 and AFRO 337/45 dated 23 February 1945. Born 1921 in Bradford [Brantford ?], Ontario. Home in Toronto; enlisted there 22 September 1939. Trained at No.7 ITS (graduated 5 June 1942), No.20 EFTS (graduated 11 September 1942) and No.5 SFTS (graduated 5 February 1943). Commissioned 1944. Medal presented 1 April 1949. Served in postwar RCAF. No citation other than "..in recognition of gallantry and devotion to duty in the execution of air operations against the enemy." Died in Toronto, 29 September 1982. Public Records Office Air 2/8881 has recommendation dated 1 September 1944 when he had flown 35 2/3 sorties (191 hours 45 minutes), 15 February to 9 August 1944.

15 Feb 44 Berlin 12 Jun 44 Gelsenkirchen

18 Mar 44 Frankfurt 14 Jun 44 Le Havre

22 Mar 44 Frankfurt 21 Jun 44 Wesseling

24 Mar 44 Berlin 25 Jun 44 Ligescourt

26 Mar 44 Essen 27 Jun 44 Vitry le Francois

30 Mar 44 Nuremburg 7 July 44 Vaires

10 Apr 44 Aulnoye 15 Jul 44 Nucourt

11 Apr 44 Aachen 18 Jul 44 Caen

18 Apr 44 Rouen 18 Jul 44 Scholven

20 Apr 44 Cologne 20 Jul 44 Homberg

22 Apr 44 Dusseldorf 22 Jul 44 Kiel

24 Apr 44 Munich 24 Jul 44 Stuttgart

6 May 44 Aubigbe Racan 25 Jul 44 Wanne Eickel

9 May 44 Dunkirk area 3 Aug 44 Tressy St.Maximum

11 May 44 Hasselt 4 Aug 44 Pauillac

24 May 44 Aachen 5 Aug 44 Blaye

31 May 44 Trappes 7 Aug 44 Fontenay le Marmion

7 June 44 Foret de Cerisy 9 Aug 44 Chatellerault

11 Jun 44 Evreux

 

Flying Officer Bateman, a Canadian, is a pilot of outstanding ability who has completed a highly successful tour of operations with this squadron comprising 35 2/3 sorties

 

With great skill and initiative he has at all times pressed home his attacks in the face of the strongest opposition and carried out his allotted task with complete disregard for his own safety.

 

Flying Officer Bateman by his outstanding enthusiasm and determination has set a magnificent example and his crew, imbued with his fine offensive spirit, have been eager to engage the enemy on every possible occasion.

 

It is recommended that this officer's courage and devotion to duty be recognized by an award of the Distinguished Flying Cross.

 

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BATEMAN, F/O Lorenzo John (C22661) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.407 Squadron - Award effective 9 June 1944 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 1660/44 dated 4 August 1944. Born 1916 in Humboldt, Saskatchewan. Home in Winnipeg; enlisted Saskatoon, 3 October 1940. Trained at No.6 SFTS (graduated 30 December 1942). Commissioned 1942. U-846 sunk in Bat of Biscay, 3/4 May 1944. Medal presented 22 September 1945.

 

This officer has invariably displayed a high degree of skill and courage in the course of his attacks on the enemy. Recently he executed a most determined attack on a U-Boat. Despite intense opposing fire, the attack was pressed home with great skill and resulted in the destruction of the vessel. This officer has completed many sorties and has set an excellent example of keenness and devotion to duty.

 

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BATEMAN, F/L William Maxwell (J26116) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.76 Squadron - Award effective 10 May 1945 as per London Gazette dated 22 May 1945 and AFRO 1147/45 dated 13 July 1945. Born 1920 in Winnipeg; home in Nashville, Tennesse (city desk guide, RROTC); enlisted Ottawa, 26 February 1942. Trained at No.5 ITS (graduated 29 August 1942), No.10 EFTS (graduated 20 November 1942) and No.1 SFTS (graduated 30 April 1943). Commissioned 1943. Medal presented in Toronto, 30 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 2/9069 (Part 1) has recommendation dated 16 February 1945 when he had flown 37 sorties (190 hours 45 minutes), 25 July 1944 to 14 February 1945. Deputy Flight Commander at the time.

 

12 Jul 44 Diversion Raid (4.50) 14 Oct 44 Duisburg (5.25)

18 Jul 44 Foret de Nieppe (3.40) 15 Oct 44 Wilhelmshaven (4.25)

25 Jul 44 Foret du Croq (3.40) 25 Oct 44 Essen (5.00)

30 Jul 44 Villers Bocage (4.00); 29 Oct 44 Walcheren (3.00)

returned as ordered. 31 Oct 44 Cologne (5.10)

3 Aug 44 Bois de Casson (4.05) 6 Nov 44 Gelsenkirchen (4.40)

5 Aug 44 Foret de Nieppe (3.20) 29 Nov 44 Essen (5.40)

17 Aug 44 Brest (5.10) 2 Dec 44 Hagen (6.40)

18 Aug 44 Sterkrade (5.20) 12 Dec 44 Essen (6.05)

25 Aug 44 Pons Corff (5.45) 18 Dec 44 Duisburg (6.10)

27 Aug 44 Hamburg (2.20), stbd 26 Dec 44 St.Vith (5.50)

inner unserviceable 29 Dec 44 Coblenz (6.00)

1 Sept 44 La Pourchante (3.15) 1 Jan 45 Dortmund (5.30)

3 Sept 44 Soesterburg (3.30) 5 Jan 45 Hanover (6.15)

10 Sep 44 Le Havre (3.50) 28 Jan 45 Stuttgart (8.00)

20 Sep 44 Calais (3.40) 1 Feb 45 Mainz (7.05)

23 Sep 44 Neuss (4.50) 9 Feb 45 Wanne Eickel (5.50)

6 Oct 44 Scholven (5.50) 13 Feb 45 Bohlem (6.35)

9 Oct 44 Bochum (5.25) 14 Feb 45 Chemnitz (8.05)

14 Oct 44 Duisburg (4.50)

 

Since joining the squadron Flight Lieutenant Bateman has successfully completed thirty-seven operational sorties and has proved himself to be a very gallant and resourceful captain of aircraft. Undaunted by the heaviest enemy opposition he has always pressed him his attacks with the greatest determination, never satisfied unless he can make a good run up to the target.

 

On the 17th of August 1944, during an attack on Brest, he returned to drop his bombs successfully on the target twenty minutes late, having discovered that his bombs had hung up on the first attack.

 

It is considered that his excellent conduct on operations merits the award of the Distinguished Flying Cross.

 

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BATES, WO1 William (R101471) - Mention in Despatches - Western Air Command Headquarters - Western Air Command Headquarters - Award effective 2 February 1946 as per Canada Gazette of that date and AFRO 280/46 dated 15 March 1946. Home in Vancouver; enlisted there 20 May 1941.

 

This Warrant Officer has been responsible for the installation and maintenance of the many Diesel plants on the West Coast. He has also personally supervised and conducted the training of the majority of the Diesel Fitters at present operating these plants. He has brought to his duties an extraordinary capacity for hard work and his tireless efforts to maintain efficiency have resulted in a highly satisfactory record of continuous performance of the plants under his supervision.

 

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BATTEN, LAC Francis Lang Courtney (R95022) - Mention in Despatches - No.408 Squadron - Award effective 1 January 1945 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 721/45 dated 27 April 1945. Home in Brandon, Manitoba; Fitter IIE. No citation in AFRO but DHist file 181.009 D.1719 (PAC RG.24 Vol.20606) has recommendation dated 31 July 1944; enlisted in Winnipeg, 12 February 1941; served seven months in Canada, 34 months in UK.

 

This airman, by his fine record of achievement, has earned the praise of all members of aircrew with whim he has come in contact. His sterling devotion to duty at all times by doing more than his share has proven him to be an outstanding airman.

 

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BATTY, F/L Arthur Watson (J7427) - Commended for Valuable Services - No.3 Bombing and Gunnery School - Award effective 14 June 1945 as per Canada Gazette of that date and AFRO 1127/45 dated 6 July 1945. Home in Hartney, manitoba; enlisted Winnipeg, 12 November 1940. Trained at No.3 ITS (graduated 22 April 1941), No.2 EFTS (graduated 21 June 1941) and No.6 SFTS (graduated 13 Seotember 1941).

 

Flight Lieutenant Batty has been employed on staff pilot duties at this unit for a period of three years. During this time he has carried out flying duties in all phases of gunnery training in a highly capable manner. He has been a flight commander for nearly two years and has been recently appointed officer commanding armament training squadron. His devotion to duty and ability are well above the average.

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BAUSET, F/O Joseph Clement Pierre (J23639) - Mention in Despatches - No.431 Squadron - Award effective 14 June 1945 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 1478/45 dated 21 September 1945. Born in Montreal, 31 July 1923; home there; enlisted there 12 December 1941. Trained at No.3 ITS (graduated 3 July 1942), No.2 AOS (graduated 5 February 1943) and No.8 BGS (graduated 10 December 1942). Commissioned 5 February 1943. Arrived in UK, 17 March 1943; to No.3 (O) AFU, 4 May 1943; to No.22 OTU, 1 June 1943; to No.1664 CU, 28 August 1943; to No.431 Squadron, 26 September 1943. Reported missing, 25/16 November 1943 on fourth mission; baled out over France, evaded capture; reported safe in Switzerland, 18 January 1944; reported safe in UK, 19 September 1944; repatriated to Canada, 9 December 1944; released 3 April 1945. Served in postwar RCAF Auxiliary (25 March 1954 to 16 July 1961) and a flying controller.

 

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BAWDEN, FS Russell (Can 18015A) - British Empire Medal - No.7 Photo Wing - Award effective 1 January 1946 as per Canada Gazette of that date and AFRO 82/46 dated 25 January 1946 - Home in London, Ontario; enlisted there 8 September 1939. Medal presented 9 December 1947.

 

This non-commissioned officer for the past two years in charge of camera operations with the Tri-metrogen survey squadron, has proven himself a key man. His untiring efforts, under very difficult conditions, to keep equipment in working order, his instructive ability and devotion to his responsible tasks have instilled those who work on detachment with him to keep pace with a very difficult and tedious assignment. His skill and leadership are outstanding.

 

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BAWTREE, F/L Leonard (J35650) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.625 Squadron - Award effective 23 November 1945 as per London Gazette dated 4 December and AFRO 212/46 dated 1 March 1946. Born January 1924 in Enderbury, British Columbia; home there (logger); enlisted Vancouver, 10 July 1942. Trained at No.7 ITS (graduated 3 April 1943), No.23 EFTS (graduated 29 May 1943) and No.11 SFTS (graduated 1 October 1943). Commissioned September 1943. Medal presented at Sea Island, 22 October 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". Public Records Office Air 2/8772 has recommendation dated 2 June 1945 when he had flown 26 sorties (158 hours), 22 Novmber 1944 to 11 May 1945.

 

22 Nov 44 Freiburg 23 Mar 45 Bremen

1 Feb 45 Mannheim 27 Mar 45 Paderborn

2 Feb 45 Weisbaden 31 Mar 45 Hamburg

7 Feb 45 Cleve 10 Apr 45 Plauen

8 Feb 45 Politz 13 Apr 45 GARDENING (Kiel)

21 Feb 45 Duisburg 14 Apr 45 Potsdam

23 Feb 45 Pforzheim 18 Apr 45 Heligoland

8 Mar 45 Kassel 22 Apr 45 Bremen - returned with

11 Mar 45 Essen bombs on orders of

12 Mar 45 Dortmund Master Bomber

15 Mar 45 Misburg 29 Apr 45 MANNA (The Hague)

16 Mar 45 Nuremburg 30 Apr 45 MANNA (The Hague)

18 Mar 45 Hanau 3 May 45 MANNA (Rotterdam)

21 Mar 45 Bruchstrasse 11 May 45 EXODUS (Brussels)

 

Flight Lieutenant Bawtree is the Canadian captain and pilot of a Lancaster aircraft and has completed 26 sorties, comprising 150 hours operational flying. He has taken part in attacks against many heavily defended targets including Mannheim, Politz, Duisburg, Nuremburg, and Potsdam, pressing home his attacks regardless of enemy opposition.

 

Many of his sorties have been of long duration, but despite fatigue, bad weather conditions and heavy opposition he has always lightened the burden for his crew by his cheerfulness and encouragement.

 

Flight Lieutenant Bawtree has always shown a keen desire to operate against the furthest and most heavily defended targets and his fine example of courage and devotion to duty recommend him for an award of the Distinguished Flying Cross.

 

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BAXTER, F/O Frank Dennis (J27670) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.432 Squadron - Award effective 6 April 1945 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 765/45 dated 4 May 1945. Born 1915 in Winnipeg; home there (salesman); enlisted Calgary, 15 June 1942. Trained at No.7 ITS (graduated 4 December 1942), No.6 EFTS (graduated 19 February 1943) and No.4 SFTS (graduated 25 June 1943). Commissioned 1943. Medal presented 9 July 1949. Recommended 15 January 1945 when he had flown 15 sorties (83 hours 25 minutes), 25 September to 29 December 1944. Incident was on night of 29 December 1944.

 

One night in December 1944, Flying Officer Baxter was captain of an aircraft detailed to attack Troisdorf. On the return flight the aircraft was hit by anti-aircraft fire and two engines were rendered unserviceable. In spite of this and although deprived of the full services of his navigator, who was severely wounded, Flying Officer Baxter was determined if at all possible to bring his damaged aircraft to base. That he succeeded in so doing is a splendid tribute to his outstanding skill and courage. This officer set a magnificent example of devotion to duty.

 

NOTE: The original recommendation is with DHist file 181.009 D.5557 (RG.24 Volume 20668). It makes good reading and is worth comparing to the final citation:

 

On the night of 29th December, 1944, this officer was captain of aircraft detailed to attack Trois-Dorf [sic]. On the return journey, in the vicinity of Liege, his aircraft was heavily hit by flak and two engines rendered unserviceable. The navigator was severely injured and the Bomb Aimer, misinterpreting orders, baled out. Flying Officer Baxter, faced with wounded crew members and with the aircraft almost beyond control, made the courageous decision to carry on, with complete disregard to personal safety in an attempt to return to base. The return trip was hazardous and weather conditions were most unfavourable for landing even an aircraft that was completely serviceable. By skilful airmanship under the most trying conditions, Flying Officer Baxter succeeded in making a remarkable two-engined landing at Woodbridge.

 

For his dogged determination in the interests of his comrades and his exceptional skill and resources against overwhelming odds he is strongly recommended for the award of the DFC (Immediate).

 

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BAYLY, S/L George Henry Uniacke (J5810) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.413 Squadron - Award effective 20 December 1944 as per London Gazette dated 2 January 1945 and AFRO 471/45 dated 16 March 1945. Born 1918 in Toronto; home there (educated University of Toronto; ex-Royal Canadian Artillery); enlisted there 11 October 1940. Trained at No.1 ITS (graduated 27 January 1941), No.1 EFTS (graduated 17 March 1941) and No.2 SFTS (graduated 16 June 1941). Commissioned 1941. Medal sent by registered mail 11 August 1945.

 

This officer has completed two tours of operational duty during which he has completed many long and arduous patrols over the Atlantic, Arctic and Indian oceans. On one occasion he attacked and damaged an enemy submarine which was about to attack a convoy. On another occasion he completed one of the longest reconnaissances on record. This involved a twenty-eight hour flight of more than 3,000 miles over the sea. In addition, Squadron Leader Bayley has co-operated with the Navy in rescuing a number of merchant seamen. He has at all times displayed courage and devotion to duty of a high order.

 

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BAYNE, F/O Robert Joseph (J24725) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.405 Squadron - Award effective 2 October 1944 as per London Gazette dated 13 October 1944 and AFRO 2637/44 dated 8 December 1944. Born 1918 in Montreal; home in Ottawa (ex-Royal Canadian Army Signal Corps); enlisted Ottawa 1 June 1942. Trained at No.1 ITS (graduated 6 November 1942) and No.1 AOS (graduated 19 March 1943). Commissioned 1943. Flew two tours. Medal presented 28 February 1946. 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 20 July 1944 when he had flown 33 sorties (149 hours 45 minutes), 7 March to 19 July 1944.

 

* counted as 1/3 an operation

# daylight operation

 

7 Mar 44 Le Mans (5.20)* 28 May 44 Dunkirk (2.00)

13 Mar 44 Le Mans (5.35)* 11 June 44 Tours (5.05)

15 Mar 44 Stuttgart (8.00) 15 June 44 Lens (2.35)

18 Mar 44 Frankfort (5.20) 17 June 44 Calais (1.55)

22 Mar 44 Frankfort (6.25) 24 June 44 Calais (1.50)

24 Mar 44 Berlin (8.20) 25 June 44 Calais (1.40)

26 Mar 44 Essen (5.05) 28 June 44 Abbeville (2.15)

30 Mar 44 Nuremburg (8.10) 29 June 44 Metz (5.10)

18 Apr 44 Paris (5.30)* 30 June 44 Villers Bocage (2.30)#

20 Apr 44 Lens (4.20)* 2 July 44 Abbeville (2.00)#

24 Apr 44 Karlsruhe (7.00) 5 July 44 St.Omer (1.45)#

26 Apr 44 Essen (5.00) 6 July 44 Abbeville (2.35)#

27 Apr 44 Aulnoye (4.40)* 7 July 44 Caen (1.45)#

30 Apr 44 Somain (4.20)* 9 July 44 Dunkirk (2.55)#

19 May 44 Calais (2.00) 10 July 44 Paris (3.10)#

21 May 44 Duisburg (3.40) 12 July 44 Paris (2.55)

22 May 44 Dortmund (3.45) 15 July 44 Nucourt (3.30)

25 May 44 Aachen (3.30) 19 July 44 Rollez (3.00)

27 May 44 Rennes (3.55)

 

This officer is a skilled Navigator in a highly successful crew. Flying Officer Bayne has a long and varied operational career and has on many occasions been placed in imminent peril. In spite of this fact he has not swerved from his allotted tasks, but has shown a coolness and dogged determination under fire which is most commendable. The magnificent example set by this officer has done much to keep the morale of his fellow crew members at a very high standard. Strongly recommended for the non-immediate award of the Distinguished Flying Cross.

 

BAYNE, F/L Robert Joseph, DFC (J24725) - Bar to Distinguished Flying Cross - No.405 Squadron - Award effective 15 March 1945 as per London Gazette dated 23 March 1945 and AFRO 802/45 dated 11 May 1945.

 

Since the award of the Distinguished Flying Cross, Flight Lieutenant Bayne has continued to perform his missions in a most praiseworthy manner. He is an extremely efficient member of a most reliable crew. His skill, courage and devotion to duty have been an incentive to his fellow crew members.

 

NOTE: Public Records Office Air 2/9050 has recommendation dated 20 December 1944 when he had flown 53 sorties (253 hours 55 minutes) of which 20 sorties (90 hours were since previous award. Added sorties and unpublished text as follows:

 

3 Aug 44 Isle d'Adam (2.50) 29 Aug 44 Stettin (8.35)

4 Aug 44 Trossy St.Maximim (3.00) 15 Sep 44 Kiel (5.10)

5 Aug 44 Novelle (3.00) 5 Oct 44 Saarbrucken (4.50)

7 Aug 44 Caen (2.30) 6 Oct 44 Dortmund (4.50)

8 Aug 44 Foret de Lucheux (2.55) 14 Oct 44 Duisburg (3.55)

12 Aug 44 Russelsheim (4.30) 15 Oct 44 Wilhelmshaven (4.05)

16 Aug 44 Kiel (5.00) 19 Oct 44 Stuttgart (5.25)

18 Aug 44 Bremen (4.50) 31 Oct 44 Cologne (4.10)

25 Aug 44 Russelsheim (7.15) 2 Nov 44 Dusseldorf (4.10)

26 Aug 44 Kiel (5.25) 9 Nov 44 Wanne Eickel (3.35)

 

Flight Lieutenant Bayne is an outstanding navigator in a highly successful crew which has now completed two tours of operations. Amongst the many heavily defended enemy areas this officer has attacked are Berlin, Stuttgart and Frankfurt. Invariably and without reservations, this officer has carried out his operational missions in a manner which reflects great credit upon him. The skill, courage and devotion to duty displayed by Flight Lieutenant Bayne has been an inspiration and incentive to his fellow crew members.

 

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