BEACH, P/O Albert Mansfield (J15187) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.104 Squadron - Award effective 30 August 1942 as per London Gazette dated 18 September 1942 and AFRO 1653/42 dated 16 October 1942. Born in Vancouver, April 1916; medical student; enlisted there 13 April 1940. Trained at No.2 ITS (graduated 23 May 1940), No.2 AOS (graduated 23 October 1940), No.2 BGS (graduated 4 January 1941), and No.1 ANS (graduated 3 February 1941). Medal presented 27 April 1943. Completed medical studies at McGill University after the war and rejoined RCAF; Medical Officer to No.426 Squadron during Korean Airlift. Attained rank of Group Captain.

 

As navigator and bomb aimer this officer has participated in numerous sorties against targets in Germany, France, Belgium, Italy, Tripoli and Cyrenacia. Whilst based in this country he took part in the first daylight attack on the battle cruisers at Brest. During engagements his gunners shot down an enemy fighter. During his operations in the Middle East, Pilot Officer Beach has maintained his very high standards of navigation and bomb aiming. His coolness in his attacks is exceptional.

 

NOTE: Public Record Office Air 2/9596 has recommendation communicated on 5 August 1942 to Air Ministry by Group Captain W.J.M. Akerman (Headquarters, Royal Air Force, Middle East). This provided the following details:

 

Pilot Officer Beach of the Royal Canadian Air Force has completed 39 operational night bomber sorties as navigator and bomb aimer against targets in germany, France, Belgium, Italy, Tripoli and Cyrenaica.

 

He completed his first nine operations with No.405 (Canada) Squadron and was navigator of a crew which took part in the first daylight attack on the battle cruisers at Brest. His aircraft shot down a Messerschmitt and was the only one of its formation to return.

 

His navigation and bomb aiming have been consistently of a very high standard. On one recent occasion at Malta, he and his captain made no fewer than ten runs over the target before releasing their 4,000-pound bomb.

 

This officer has set an outstanding example to the squadron of precise and determined night bombing attacks.

 

BEACH, F/L Albert Mansfield DFC (J15187) - Bar to Distinguished Flying Cross - No.139 Squadron - Award effective 4 November 1944 as per London Gazette dated 14 November 1944 and AFRO 239/45 dated 9 February 1945. Medal presented 22 May 1946.

 


This officer has a long record of successful sorties against a variety of targets, including fifteen on Berlin. He has now completed a second tour of operational duty. On numerous occasions he has participated in attacks on heavily defended targets and secured valuable photographs. At all times an outstanding navigator, Flight Lieutenant Beach has continued to show admirable keenness and devotion to duty.

 

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BEACH, FS George Elliott (R142163) - British Empire Medal - No.5 Radio School (now Radar and Communications School) - Award effective 1 January 1946 as per Canada Gazette of that date and AFRO 82/46 dated 25 January 1946. - Enlisted in Regina, 15 November 1941. Medal presented 14 February 1948.

 

This non-commissioned officer is a highly efficient instructor and section leader, who by his knowledge, hard work, initiative and leadership in the field of Electronic Training has enhanced the quality and efficiency of instruction. His further contributions to station welfare have been evidenced in many ways. Such meritorious service and devotion to duty are outstanding.

 

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BEACOCK, F/L Grant Colville (C11994) - Mention in Despatches - No.404 Squadron - Award effective 8 June 1944 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 1729/44 dated 11 August 1944. Home in Chapleau, Ontario; enlisted in Toronto, 1 June 1942. No citation in AFRO.

 

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BEACOM, P/O William David (J90223) - Mention in Despatches - Overseas - Award effective 14 June 1945 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 1600/45 dated 12 October 1945. Home in Listowell, Ontario; enlisted Hamilton, 16 June 1942. Trained at No.1 ITS (graduated 3 April 1943) and No.1 AOS (graduated 20 August 1943).

 

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BEAIRSTO, F/O Frederick Wendell (J86692) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.420 Squadron - Award effective 5 February 1945 as per London Gazette dated 16 February 1945 and AFRO 563/45 dated 29 March 1945. Home in Sedgewick, Alberta; enlisted Edmonton, 24 January 1942. Trained at No.4 ITS (graduated 19 June 1942), No.5 EFTS (graduated 9 October 1942) and No.15 SFTS (graduated 5 February 1943). Award sent by registered mail 11 July 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." DHist file 181.009 D.1730 (National Archives RG.24 Vol.20607) has recommendation dated 6 November 1944 when he had flown 33 sorties (171 hours 45 minutes).

 


Flying Officer Beairsto has displayed outstanding captaincy and tenacity of purpose throughout his first operational tour. His skill as a pilot and his constant enthusiasm on all operational duties have set the highest example for all squadron members. This skipper has stubbornly pressed home many most accurate attacks on the enemy's heavily defended areas. Undeterred by heavy opposition, he has led his crew repeatedly to their aiming point. For his exceptional qualities of leadership and fine record of achievement, Flying Officer Beaisto is strongly recommended for the Distinguished Flying Cross.

 

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BEAL, Sergeant Leonard Alexander (R52682) - Mention in Despatches - No.160 (BR) Squadron - Award effective 14 June 1945 as per Canada Gazette of that date and AFRO 1127/45 dated 6 July 1945. Home in Niagara Falls, Ontario; enlisted there 10 June 1940. Certificate sent to Station Torbay, 4 July 1945.

 

This non-commissioned officer is an airframe mechanic who has consistently displayed initiative, resourcefulness and skill in the execution of his duties. These fine qualities, combined with his powers of leadership, have contributed greatly to the effectiveness of the station as a whole and squadron maintenance in particular.

 

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BEAL, F/L William Taylor (J13477) - Commended for Valuable Services in the Air - No.16 SFTS - Award effective 11 August 1945 as per Canada Gazette of that date and AFRO 1453/45 dated 14th September 1945. Enlisted in Ottawa, 26 September 1940. Trained at No.2 ITS (graduated 12 November 194), No.10 EFTS (graduated 14 January 1941) and No.5 SFTS (graduated 12 March 1941). See DHist file 181.009 D.3948 (RG.24 Vol.20641); recommended 18 May 1945 when he had flown 2,388 hours (132 in previous six months), 2,109 hours as instructor (132 in previous six months).

 

This officer has been a member of Examining Flight for a period of twelve months and has always displayed the utmost fortitude and devotion to duty. His power of suggestion and understanding commands the utmost respect and admiration of all flying personnel at this unit. Flight Lieutenant Beal, through continual research, has contributed much to the introduction of a valid and reliable system of flying testing.

 

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BEALE, F/O James Alsford (J89784) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.550 Squadron - Award effective 8 September 1945 as per London Gazette dated 21 September 1945 and AFRO 1704/45 dated 9 November 1945. Home in Eastview, Ontario (modern Vanier, Ontario); enlisted in Ottawa, 29 October 1942. Trained at No.5 ITS (graduated 7 August 1943), No.20 EFTS (graduated 2 October 1943) and No.9 SFTS (graduated 10 March 1944). Postwar Leading Aircraftman (aero engine technician), remustering to Flight Engineer in 1948; involved in Korean Airlift. Retired as a Warrant Officer in 1973; remained as civilian employee at Trenton until second retirement, April 1987. Medal presented at Government House, 7 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 2/8750 has recommendation dated 15 April 1945 when he had flown 30 sorties (210 hours 25 minutes), 12 December 1944 to 10 April 1945.

 

12 Dec 44 Essen (5.55) 21 Feb 45 Duisburg (6.12)

24 Dec 44 Cologne (6.15) 23 Feb 45 Pforzheim (7.57)

29 Dec 44 Scholven Buer (5.39) 1 Mar 45 Mannheim (6.40)

31 Dec 44 Osterfeld (6.21) 2 Mar 45 Cologne (5.29)

2 Jan 45 Nuremburg (7.52) 5 Mar 45 Chemnitz (9.13)

5 Jan 45 Hanover (5.25) 7 Mar 45 Dessau (9.32)

7 Jan 45 Munich (8.44) 8 Mar 45 Kassel (7.25)

14 Jan 45 Merseburg (8.38) 11 Mar 45 Essen (5.18)

16 Jan 45 Zeitz (7.47) 12 Mar 45 Dortmund (5.44)

22 Jan 45 Hamborn (5.42) 22 Mar 45 Hildesheim (5.01)

1 Feb 45 Ludwigshaven (7.03) 27 Mar 45 Paderborn (4.56)

2 Feb 45 Wiesbaden (7.11) 3 Apr 45 Nordhausen (6.21)

13 Feb 45 Dresden (9.55) 4 Apr 45 Lutzendorf (8.16)

14 Feb 45 Chemnitz (9.10) 9 Apr 45 Kiel (5.26)

20 Feb 45 Dortmund (6.44) 10 Apr 45 Plauen (5.26)

 

This young Canadian officer has now completed his first operational tour consisting of thirty sorties involving 210.25 hours operational flying as captain of a Lancaster bomber.

 

He has attacked a wide range of vital targets throughout the Reich, involving deep penetrations into the most heavily defended areas. Amongst such targets were Nuremburg, Munich, Chemnitz, Kiel and several of the Ruhr cities such as Cologne, Essen and Dortmund.

 

This gallant officer at the beginning of his operational career and whilst on his first sortie as captain of aircraft, was closely engaged by the enemy defences in the target area, the aircraft sustaining damage and one engine being put out of action. Nothing daunted, he skilfully captained the aircraft back to base and made a successful landing.

 

Throughout the remainder of his operational tour this courageous and determined pilot by his cool efficiency and skilful pilotage in the face of the heaviest opposition has set an example which has won the respect of all who knew him. His cheerful and good humoured leadership have inspired the confidence of his crew and urged his fellow captains to give their best, even during the most intensive periods of operating.

 

Such gallantry, skill and determination well merit the award of the Distinguished Flying Cross.


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BEALL, F/L Herbert Wilson (C4437) - Mention in Despatches - No.217 Squadron -Award effective 14 January 1944 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 874/44 dated 21 April 1944. Born in Ottawa, 29 September 1908; attended Lisgar Collegiate Institute and one year at Queen's University before becoming interested in forestry during a summer job at Petawawa Forest Experimental Station; graduated from University of Toronto, 1932, with a degree in Forest Sciences. Home in Ottawa; enlisted there 24 February 1941. Seconded to the RAF to help set up radar stations in the Middle East. Postwar service in Ontario forestry organizations; credited with fire danger rating system and the road signs that now warn of fire hazard conditions. Died in Ottawa, 4 December 2000; lengthy obituary in Ottawa Citizen of 6 December 2000, dealing chiefly with his forestry achievements.

 

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BEALS, F/L Alan Welton (17568) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.420 Squadron - Award effective 8 September 1945 as per London Gazette dated 21 September and AFRO 1704/45 dated 9 November 1945. Home in Truro, Nova Scotia; enlisted Halifax, 26 October 1940. Trained at No.1 ITS (graduated 13 March 1941), No.1 AOS (graduated 17 August 1941), No.1 BGS (graduated 18 August 1941) and No.2 ANS (graduated 28 October 1941). Award presented in Halifax, 27 July 1949.

 

Flight Lieutenant Beals is now on his second tour of operational duty. His sorties have included attacks on Hamburg, Turin, Stuttgart and Stettin. On one occasion, although most of his navigational aids were unserviceable, he directed his captain successfully to the target. Several times his aircraft has been damaged by heavy anti-aircraft fire but, despite this, Flight Lieutenant Beals has navigated the aircraft to base with his usual accuracy. He has at all times shown skill and devotion to duty of a very high order.

 

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BEALS, WO William Franklin (R101280) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.422 Squadron - Award effective 16 November 1943 as per London Gazette dated 3 December 1943 and AFRO 297/44 dated 11 February 1944. Home in Vernon, British Columbia; enlisted Vancouver, 6 May 1941. Trained at No.2 BGS (graduated 19 January 1942) and No.3 WS (graduated 20 December 1941). Award presented 22 September 1944. Cited with F/O A.R.B. Bellis (pilot, awarded DFC).

 

Flying Officer Bellis and Warrant Officer Beals were members of a crew of an aircraft which successfully fought and destroyed a U-Boat in an attack which was executed in the face of intense anti-aircraft fire from the submarine. Flying Officer Bellis and Warrant Officer Beals displayed courage, skill and resolution beyond praise.

 


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BEAMISH, P/O Roger Wilson (J36688) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.10 Squadron - Award effective 8 June 1944 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 1380/44 dated 30 June 1944. Born in Toronto, 8 July 1921. Home there; educated there. Employed by a furniture company; enlisted there 12 February 1941. Trained at No.4 BGS (graduated 5 January 1942) and No.1 WS (graduated 7 December 1941); WAG/OP wing, December 1941. As of award had flown 1,140:35 minutes (990:25 operational, 100 sorties). Award presented 14 June 1945. Photo AH.651 shows him at investiture.

 

This officer has been employed as Wireless Operator Air Gunner on anti-submarine operations for the past two years, during which time he has flown hundreds of operational hours. Through his diligence and insistence on training, the proficiency of the wireless operator/air gunners in his crew has been raised to a very high standard. This was recently emphasized by the fine team work displayed in an attack against an enemy U-Boat in the vicinity of a convoy, which attack was assessed as Probably Sunk. His record throughout his services on operational flying has been marked by the faithful and efficient execution of his duties.

 

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BEAN, W/C Wilfred Winter (C1014) - Mention in Despatches - Western Air Command Headquarters - Awarded 1 January 1945 as per Canada Gazette of that date and AFRO 89/45 dated 19 January 1945 - Born in Kitchener, 6 September 1912. Enlisted Hamilton, 15 May 1939. Won his wings 20 October 1939. Awarded Queens Coronation Medal, 23 October 1953 as a Group Captain, Centralia. Retired as an Air Vice Marshal, 18 March 1968. Joined the administrative staff, University of Guelph, and became Vice-President, Administration, retiring again in 1976. Died in Guelph, Ontario, 18 October 2001.

 

This officer has served with distinction overseas and has continued this excellent record at these headquarters. Due to his unfailing energy and devotion to duty, the operational training units in this command have been able to get away to a good start in the face of many severe and discouraging obstacles. He has proved himself to be a most able and efficient organizer.

 

BEAN, G/C Wilfred Winter (C1014) - Officer, Order of the British Empire - Air Force Headquarters - Awarded 1 January 1946 as per Canada Gazette of that date and AFRO 82/45 dated 25 January 1946. DHist file 181.009 D.1636 (RG.24 Vol.20604) has application for Operational Wings dated 23 February 1944 claiming 13 sorties with No.415 Squadron, August 1941 to March 1943 (68 operational hours).

 


This officer has rendered outstanding service as Director of Operational Training at a time when, due to constantly changing conditions, the administration of this directorate presented great difficulties. His foresight, initiative and sound good judgement did much to ease the transition from Phase I to Phase II in operational training for all concerned. Since the commencement of the war, he has had a distinguished record on operations, both in Canada and overseas, and subsequently as staff officer of operational training at Western Air Command, prior to coming to Royal Canadian Air Force Headquarters.

 

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BEARD, F/O James Seymour (J25438) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.57 Squadron - Award effective 6 January 1945 as per London Gazette dated 16 January 1945 and AFRO 508/45 dated 23 March 1945. Home in Beverly Hills, California (but may still be a British subject); enlisted in Vancouver 29 January 1942. Trained at No.4 ITS (graduated 14 September 1942), No.5 EFTS (graduated 11 November 1942) and No.7 SFTS (graduated 16 April 1943). Award presented 29 January 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." Public Records Office Air 2/9039 has recommendation dated 19 October 1944 when he had flown 34 or 35 sorties (the two sheets differ) totalling 195 hours 25 minutes.

 

1 June 44 Saumur (6.10) 2 Aug 44 Trossy St.Maximim (4.25)

3 June 44 Ferme d'Urville (4.00) 3 Aug 44 Trossy St.Maximim (4.35)

4 June 44 Maisy (3.20) 5 Aug 44 St.Leu d'Esserent (4.50)

6 June 44 Caen (5.15) 7 Aug 44 Secquenville (3.25)

7 June 44 Cerisy (4.35) 25 Aug 44 Darmstadt (8.50)

24 June 44 Ponnereval (3.20) 26 Aug 44 Konigsberg (11.25)

4 July 44 St.Leu d'Esserent (5.10) 29 Aug 44 Konigsberg (11.20)

7 July 44 St.Leu d'Esserent (4.30) 31 Aug 44 Berqueuneuse (4.25)

12 July 44 Chaumont (8.10) 3 Sept 44 Deelen (4.30)

18 July 44 Caen (3.55) 9 Sept 44 Munchen Gladbach (4.30)

20 July 44 Courtray (2.55) 11 Sept 44 Le Havre (3.40)

23 July 44 Kiel (5.25) 11 Sept 44 Darmstadt (6.05)

25 July 44 Stuttgart (8.35) 12 Sept 44 Stuttgart (6.45)

26 July 44 Givors (8.45) 17 Sept 44 Boulogne (3.35)

28 July 44 Stuttgart (8.05) 18 Sept 44 Bremerhaven (4.35)

30 July 44 Aunay-sur-Odon (5.10) 19 Sept 44 Munchen Gladbach (4.20)

31 July 44 Joigny (5.30) 23 Sept 44 Handorf (6.00)

 


Flying Officer Beard has completed a successful tour of operations totalling 35 sorties against heavily defended targets in Germany including Kiel, Stuttgart, Konigsberg, Darmstadt, Bremerhaven, Munchen Gladbach, also against defended targets in enemy occupied territory. As a captain of aircraft this officer has led his crew in an admirable manner. On two or three occasions his aircraft was attacked by enemy fighters. By vigorous offensive action on his part and on the part of his crew the enemy fighter was driven off and no damage was sustained by Flying Officer Beard's aircraft. On one occasion the enemy fighter was claimed as damaged.

 

This captain has pressed home the attacks for which he has been detailed in a determined manner, and photographs show that he has been extremely successful.

 

Flying Officer Beard has shown courage and devotion to duty of a high order, and he is strongly recommended for the non-immediate award of the Distinguished Flying Cross.

 

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BEARE, F/O Burgess John (J21277) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.227 Squadron - Award effective 9 December 1943 as per London Gazette dated 7 January 1944 and AFRO 41l0/44 dated 25 February 1944. Born 12 October 1921. Home in Port Perry, Ontario; enlisted in Toronto, 27 October 1941. Trained at No.5 ITS (graduated 11 April 1942), No.20 EFTS (graduated 20 June 1942) and No.8 SFTS (graduated and commissioned 9 October 1942). Posted to No.1 GRS, 6 November 1942; to Y Depot, Halifax, 30 January 1943; to RAF overseas, 6 February 1943; repatriated 3 May 1945; released 19 June 1945. Award presented 27 January 1946.

 

This officer has completed very many sorties and has displayed commendable skill, keenness and devotion to duty. During a sortie in October 1943, Flying Officer Beare was compelled to bring his aircraft down on to the sea. His keenness was such, however, that within a few days of being rescued he had resumed flying duties. Towards the end of the month Flying Officer Beare took part in an engagement against a large force of enemy bombers and fighters. In the fight he manipulated his guns with deadly effect and shot down three Junkers 88 in rapid succession. The enemy aircraft hit the sea almost simultaneously. He also drove off a fighter which was attacking his leader. Flying Officer Beare displayed great skill and determination throughout.

 

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BEARE, P/O Richard George (J88661) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.78 Squadron - Award effective 15 March 1945 as per London Gazette dated 27 March 1945 and AFRO 1127/45 dated 6 July 1945. Home in Belleville, Ontario; enlisted Toronto 28 January 1942. Trained at No.5 ITS (graduated 12 September 1942) and No.8 AOS (graduated 22 January 1943). Award sent by registered mail 6 May 1949. No citation other than "completed...many successful operations against the enemy in which [he has] displayed high skill, fortitude and devotion to duty." Public Records Office Air 2/9051 has recommendation dated 13 December 1944 when he had flown 35 sorties (155 hours 16 minutes), 29 February to 21 November 1944.

 

29 Feb 44 NICKELLING (4.20) 25 Aug 44 Watten (3.30)

27 Jun 44 Mont Condon (4.02) 26 Aug 44 Homburg (4.11)

28 Jun 44 Blainville (7.05) 1 Sept 44 Lumbres (3.41)


1 July 44 St.Martin l'Hortier (3.47) 3 Sept 44 Soesberburg (3.40)

17 Jul 44 Caen H.2 (4.22) 10 Sep 44 Le Havre (3.29)

18 Jul 44 Acquet (4.22) 11 Sep 44 GARDENING (5.00)

20 Jul 44 Bottrop (4.01) 12 Sep 44 Munster (4.19)

23 Jul 44 Kiel (5.20) 15 Sep 44 Kiel (5.38)

25 Jul 44 Foret du Croc (3.41) 23 Sep 44 Neuss (5.15)

29 Jul 44 Foret de Nieppe (3.46) 4 Oct 44 GARDENING (6.07)

1 Aug 44 Prouville (4.00) 7 Oct 44 Cleves (4.14)

3 Aug 44 Bois de Cassan (4.01) 14 Oct 44 Duisburg (4.49)

5 Aug 44 Foret de Nieppe (3.02) 15 Oct 44 Duisburg (5.31)

7 Aug 44 GARDENING (4.46) 15 Oct 44 Wilhelmshaven (4.13)

9 Aug 44 Foret de Mormal (3.36) 23 Oct 44 Essen (2.23), port

12 Aug 44 Brunswick (4.56) outer unserviceable

14 Aug 44 Falaise (3.55) 28 Oct 44 Westkapelle (3.06)

15 Aug 44 Tirlemont (3.54) 29 Oct 44 Westkapelle (2.55)

21 Nov 44 Sterkrade (6.16)

 

This officer has now completed his first operational tour consisting of 35 sorties (120 points) involving a total of 155 hours.

 

He is a very efficient and capable navigator who has completed a very successful tour. He has always set a high standard in the execution of his duties, both on the ground and in the air, displaying the greatest determination at all times.

 

For his good operational record and devotion to duty he is strongly recommended for the award of the Distinguished Flying Cross.

 

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BEARS, Corporal Charles Austin Petherbridge (R99118) - Mention in Despatches - No.6420 Servicing Echelon - Award effective 1 January 1945 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 625/45 dated 12 April 1945. Home in Moncton; enlisted there 17 April 1941. In Canada four months, North Africa five months, UK 28 months. NOTE: AFRO erroneously gives No.6418 Servicing Echelon; card in DHist biographical file has two units entered - No.9420 Servicing Echelon and No.6418 Servicing Echelon. DHist file 181.009 D.1719 (PAC RG.24 Vol.20606) has recommendation forwarded 31 July 1944, identifying unit, trade as Wireless Mechanic.

 

Without personal consideration this Non-Commissioned Officer has worked vigorously during long hours in an endeavour to improve his service knowledge and tradesman's skill. Acting on his own initiative, Corporal Bears designed and constructed a valuable device which has been incorporated in the local aircraft control R/T installation, and which has been of great assistance in R/T communication.

 


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BEAT, P/O Walter Bruce (J3252) - Air Force Cross - No.10 SFTS - Award effective 1 January 1943 as per Canada Gazette of that date and AFRO 55/43 dated 15 January 1943. American in the RCAF. Born in Ortona, Florida, 19 November 1918. Home in St.Petersburg, Florida. Enlisted in Hamilton, 10 June 1940; trained at No.1 ITS, Moose Jaw Flying Club, and No.1 SFTS. Later transferred to USAAF. Award presented 10 March 1944.

 

By outstanding performance of, and devotion to duty and service, and by rendering of thorough flying instruction, this officer instructor has established an enviable record. He has given approximately 800 hours of student instruction and authorized approximately 3,000 hours of solo student flying during which flying neither he, nor any of his pupils, has been involved in any kind of flying or taxying accident. His total flying hours are 968.

 

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BEATON, F/L John (J27161) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.83 Squadron - Award effective 8 September 1945 as per London Gazette dated 21 September and AFRO 1704/45 dated 9 November 1945. Home in Montreal; enlisted there 16 July 1942. Trained at No.5 ITS (graduated 6 February 1943), No.4 BGS (graduated 1 May 1943) and No.4 AOS (graduated 26 June 1943). Award presented in Montreal, 25 November 1949.

 

This officer has completed numerous sorties against the enemy. In March 1943 he was detailed to take part in an attack on an oil plant at Hamburg when his aircraft was damaged by anti-aircraft fire. In spite of this, Flight Lieutenant Beaton directed his pilot and accurately dropped his flares over the target. At all times he has displayed cool courage and great devotion to duty.

 

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BEATTIE, LAC Allan Wilson (R140181) - Mention in Despatches - Overseas - Award effective 8 June 1944 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 1729/44 dated 11 August 1944. Home in Swalwell, Alberta; enlisted Calgary, 14 November 1941. No citation in AFRO.

 

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BEATTIE, F/L David Lloyd George (J22966) - Mention in Despatches - No.116 (BR) Squadron - Award effective 3 November 1944 as per Canada Gazette of that date and AFRO 2479/44 dated 17 November 1944. Home in Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan; enlisted Regina, 7 March 1941. Trained at No.2 ITS (graduated 9 July 1941), No.6 EFTS (graduated 13 September 1941) and No.4 SFTS (graduated 5 December 1941).

 


This officer, for the past two years, has completed a large number of operational sorties entailing hundreds of hours of flying. At all times he has been a keen and tenacious pilot. He is an outstanding captain of aircraft, who has performed his duties with exceptional cheerfulness, skill and determination, setting an excellent example to all personnel in his squadron.

 

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BEATTIE, F/O Robert Leslie (J17060) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.138 Squadron - Award effective 3 October 1944 as per London Gazette of that date 1944 and AFRO 2637/44 dated 8 December 1944. Home in Londesboro, Ontario; enlisted in Saskatoon, 14 February 1941. Trained at No.1 BGS (graduated 2 February 1942. Award presented in Hamilton, 27 July 1949..

 

As air gunner this officer has participated in a large number of sorties. He is a courageous and resourceful member of aircraft crew and he has on more than one occasion contributed materially to the safe return of his aircraft. He has set a worthy example.

 

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BEATTY, S/L James Hughes (J14471) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.439 Squadron - Award effective 22 June 1945 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 1219/45 dated 27 July 1945. Home in St.Catharines, Ontario; enlisted Hamilton, 12 June 1941. Trained at No.3 ITS (graduated 25 September 1941), No.21 EFTS (graduated 21 November 1941) and No.9 SFTS (graduated 10 April 1942). Crashed Kittyhawk ET866 of No.132 Squadron at Armstrong, Ontario, 5 June 1942. Twin bother William also flew Typhoons with No.438 Squadron. Award presented at Stamford Centre, Ontario, 7 August 1949.

 

This officer has completed a large number of sorties during which he has successfully attacked a wide range of enemy targets. He has displayed a high degree of courage and determination in pressing home his attacks and has set a very fine example. Over a long period of operational flying his devotion to duty has been unflagging.

 

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BEATTY, FS Ronald George Churchill (Can 4299) - Mention in Despatches - Overseas - Award effective 14 June 1945 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 1600/45 dated 12 October 1945. Home in Vancouver. Certificate sent 5 April 1950.

 

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BEAUCHAMP, F/L Joseph Vignal Xavier Norbert Raymond (J17330) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.425 Squadron - Award effective 5 July 1945 as per London Gazette dated 17 July 1945 and AFRO 1507/45 dated 28 September 1945. Home in Montreal; enlisted there 22 June 1940. Trained at No.1 WS (graduated 19 December 1940) and No.4 BGS (graduated 30 January 1941). Award presented 5 October 1947. Recommended 9 January and 24 January 1945 when he had flown thirteen sorties of a second tour. DHist file 181.009 D.1515 (RG.24 Vol.20600) has a much longer and more detailed text than the citation that appears below.

 

Throughout numerous operational missions Flight Lieutenant Beauchamp has displayed initiative, outstanding determination and enthusiasm. On one occasion when detailed to participate in an attack against Hanover this officer's aircraft was damaged by anti-aircraft fire. Despite this it was decided to press on and a successful attack was accomplished. On the return flight they were attacked by a Junkers 88 and Flight Lieutenant Beauchamp was severely wounded. Despite his injuries and the fact that the hydraulic system had been rendered unserviceable he remained at his post until the attacker had been evaded. Throughout all his sorties his co-operation, skill and resourcefulness have played a noteworthy part in the success of numerous attacks against major targets in enemy territory.

 

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BEAUCHAMP, F/O Sidney Neil Edward (J20162) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.419 Squadron - Award effective 6 January 1945 as per London Gazette dated 16 January 1945 and AFRO 508/45 dated 23 March 1945. Home in Dauphin, Manitoba; enlisted Winnipeg, 11 August 1941. Trained at No.2 ITS (graduated 30 December 1941), No.7 BGS (graduated 11 September 1942) and No.5 AOS (graduated 23 October 1942). Award presented 18 May 1946.

 

Flying Officer Beauchamp has participated in numerous operational sorties against the enemy. Throughout he has displayed exceptional coolness and devotion to duty. On two separate occasions in June and July 1943 his aircraft was attacked by enemy fighters. Undeterred by the attacks, Flying Officer Beauchamp calmly directed his pilot on a steady run over the target and successfully pressed home his attacks. Again, in May 1944, despite extensive damage to his aircraft from anti-aircraft fire, this officer successfully completed his task. Flying Officer Beauchamp's enthusiasm has contributed largely to the high standard of operational efficiency maintained by his squadron.

 

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BEAUDET, F/O Joseph Rudolphe Paul (J24277) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.23 Squadron - Award effective 15 March 1945 as per London Gazette dated 23 March 1945 and AFRO 721/45 dated 27 April 1945. Home in Portneuf, Quebec; enlisted Montreal, 18 July 1942. Trained at No.3 ITS (graduated 25 September 1942) and No.8 AOS (graduated 22 January 1943). Award presented 27 February 1947. 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 2/9050 has recommendation dated 14 December 1944 when he had flown 50 sorties (223 hours 35 minutes):


 

12 July 44 Zuider Zee "Freshman" sortie (not further explained)

14 July 44 Venlo and Volkel Intruder

20 July 44 Heligoland Bight Day patrol

20 July 44 Coulommiers a/f Intruder; bombed airfield

21 July 44 Vechtaa/Quakenbruck Intruder

23 July 44 Westland/Sylt a/d Intruder; bombed aerodrome

24 July 44 Florennes a/d Intruder

26 July 44 Coulommiers a/f Intruder; bombed airfield

28 July 44 Bonn Intruder

4 Aug 44 Bordeaux Escort to bombers

5 Aug 44 Bordeaux Escort to bombers

7 Aug 44 St.Trond Intruder

8 Aug 44 Gilze/Eindhoven Intruder

9 Aug 44 Florennes a/f Intruder; bombed airfield

11 Aug 44 St.Trond Intruder

12 Aug 44 Schleswig a/f Intruder; strafed an airfield

15 Aug 44 Ausbach/Kitzengen/Hall Free lance

16 Aug 44 Westerland/Sylt Intruder

25 Aug 44 Oberolm Intruder; strafed F/P [?], Brussells

27 Aug 44 Leuwarden Intruder

28 Aug 44 Venlo Intruder; bombed Gilze.

29 Aug 44 Nordholz Intruder

1 Sept 44 Kiel Intruder; ground strafing Kiel; bombed road, guns, searchlights; returned on starboard engine.

9 Sept 44 Bonn Intruder

10 Sept 44 Wunstorf Intruder

12 Sept 44 Holland Escort

16 Sept 44 Dutch coast Escort

19 Sept 44 Biblis Intruder

23 Sept 44 Ahlhern Intruder

26 Sept 44 Grove aerodrome Day Ranger; one Ju.88 damaged on ground; shot at Freya (radar).

27 Sept 44 Frankfurt area Night Ranger; one unidentified enemy aircraft damaged on landing.

29 Sept 44 Hall and Crailsheim Intruder

2 Oct 44 Nordhausen Intruder; damaged four trains

3 Oct 44 Memmingen Intruder; two trains damaged

5 Oct 44 Echterdingen Intruder

28 Oct 44 Paderborn Ground strafing; bombed railway; damaged one train; damaged two more.

1 Nov 44 Sachsenheim Intruder; damaged five trains.

2 Nov 44 Handorff Intruder

4 Nov 44 Ardorf Intruder; damaged Ju.88 and He.111

6 Nov 44 Paderborn Intruder


11 Nov 44 Quackenbruck Intruder

21 Nov 44 Babenhausen, Zellhausen Intruder

27 Nov 44 Anderf, Marx Intruder

28 Nov 44 Bonn Bomber support; bombed Bonn.

29 Nov 44 Bremen area Cooperation patrol; drawing flak from minelaying aircraft

1 Dec 44 Cologne area Intruder; bombed Cologne airfield

2 Dec 44 Werl Intruder

4 Dec 44 Langheim Intruder; chased a V-1 "doodlebug"

6 Dec 44 Gutterslce Intruder

8 Dec 44 Coblenz area Intruder; bombed Coblenz.

 

This navigator has carried out 50 sorties with his pilot in the fine months that they have spent in the squadron. He has taken part in every phase of the squadron activities and his navigational ability has been of an exceptionally high standard. He and his pilot have damaged three aircraft in the air, one on the ground, three trains and twelve locomotives. He has shown a fine offensive spirit throughout his tour and his infectious enthusiasm for his job has been a great example to the squadron.

 

To the above, the Station Commander writes (15 December 1944):

 

This officer has been a true inspiration to all with whom he come in contact. His enthusiasm to engage the Hun and his daring offensive spirit have become a bye-word in the squadron. I recommend he be awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross.

 

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BEAUDOIN, F/L Marcel Joseph Alcide (J21913) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.630 Squadron - Award effective 1 December 1944 as per London Gazette dated 8 December 1944 and AFRO 337/45 dated 23 February 1945. Home in Winnipeg; enlisted there 28 July 1941. Trained at No.7 ITS (graduated 13 February 1942) and No.7 AOS (graduated 11 September 1942). Moved to Minniapolis, Minnesota after the war. Award presented at St.Paul, 10 June 1950. 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 20 September 1944 when he had flown 32 sorties (209 hours 52 minutes), 27 January 1944 to 15 August 1944.

 

27 Jan 44 Berlin (8.45) 3 May 44 Mailly (5.13)

24 Feb 44 Schweinfurt (8.30) 7 May 44 Tours (5.07)

1 Mar 44 Stuttgart (7.55) 19 May 44 Amiens (3.50)

10 Mar 44 Clermont Ferrand (6.30) 21 May 44 GARDENING, Forget-

15 Mar 44 Stuttgart (7.50) Me-Nots (5.28)

18 Mar 44 Frankfurt (5.50) 12 Jun 44 Caen (4.48)

22 Mar 44 Frankfurt (5.30) 4 July 44 Creil (4.14)

24 Mar 44 Berlin (7.35) 25 Jul 44 Stuttgart (8.31)


26 Mar 44 Essen (5.45) 28 Jul 44 Stuttgart (7.43)

30 Mar 44 Nuremburg (7.30) 30 Jul 44 Auney-sur-Odon (5.21)

5 Apr 44 Toulouse (7.41) 5 Aug 44 St.Leu d'Esserent (4.47)

9 Apr 44 Konigsburg (9.03) 6 Aug 44 L'Isle Adam (4.04)

20 Apr 44 La Chappelle (5.20) 9 Aug 44 Chatelleault (7.09)

22 Apr 44 Brunswick (5.50) 11 Aug 44 Givors (8.19)

24 Apr 44 Munich (9.48) 12 Aug 44 Brunswick (6.12)

26 Apr 44 Schweinfurt (8.57) 15 Aug 44 Deelen (3.45)

29 Apr 44 Paris (7.02)

 

Flying Officer Beaudoin is an outstanding navigator, and he is considered to be the best H2S navigator in his squadron. He has completed 32 sorties on his first operational tour; these include heavily defended targets in the Ruhr, in addition to attacks on Berlin, Nuremburg, Schweinfurt and difficult targets in Northern France and enemy occupied territory.

 

On 20th April 1944 his aircraft was attacked by fighters over Brunswick [? NOTE: Does not tally with sortie sheet]. Combat manoeuvres were taken, which lasted for a considerable time. Eventually the fighter broke off the attack, and although it had been difficult to check the course being flown while these combat manoeuvres were being undertaken, this navigator was able to give his captain the correct course to steer to bring his aircraft back on track without delay.

 

On another occasion whilst over Munich, the aircraft in which he was flying was coned by searchlights for 20-25 minutes. Four fighters were observed on Fishpond to approach. Combat manoeuvres were undertaken, and eventually the fighters were lost. Again, this navigator was able to give his captain the exact course to steer to bring the aircraft back on track, and return to base safely.

 

Flying Officer Beaudoin's courage and resourcefulness in the face of danger have always been an inspiration to his crew. Despite various difficulties such as lack of oxygen on one occasion, he has always displayed determination and ability of a high order.

 

He is strongly recommended for the non-immediate award of the Distinguished Flying Cross.

 

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BEAULIEU, P/O William Victor (J91018) - Mention in Despatches - No.432 Squadron - Award effective 14 June 1945 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 1600/45 dated 12 October 1945. Home in Estevan, saskatchewan; enlisted Regina, 14 January 1943. Trained at No.2 ITS (graduated 26 August 1943), No.1 ANS (graduated 1 October 1943) and No.3 BGS (graduated 14 January 1944). DHist file 181.009 D.1719 (PAC RG.24 Vol.20606) has recommendation dated 3 February 1945 when he had served 14 months in Canada, one year overseas.

 

This officer has participated in thirty successful operational sorties, the cool and efficient manner in which he has always carried out his duties both in the air and on the ground, contributing in a large measure to the success attained by the crew.

 

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BEAUPRE, F/L Henry Harold (J16378) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.83 Squadron - Award effective 9 October 1945 as per London Gazette dated 19 October 1945 and AFRO 1822/45 dated 7 December 1945. Home in Kitchener; enlisted Hamilton, 28 October 1940. Trained at No.1 ITS (graduated 29 March 1941), No.4 AOS (graduated 1 September 1941), No.1 BGS (graduated 11 October 1941) and No.2 ANS (graduated 27 November 1941). Award presented in Hamilton, 27 July 1949. The incident described occurred on the night of 16/17 April 1943 (raid on Skoda works) and resulted in Beaupre being made a POW.

 

This officer has displayed a high degree of courage, determination and devotion to duty throughout a large number of operational sorties. On one occasion in April 1943, he was navigator in an aircraft detailed for an attack against Pilsen. After leaving the target area his aircraft was hit by anti-aircraft fire and severely damaged. All members of the crew, with the exception of the bomb aimer, being wounded. For ten to fifteen minutes the aircraft was illuminated by searchlights and subjected to an intense barrage of fire from the enemy's defences. Although it was again hit, two engines being put out of action, the captain managed to keep the crippled bomber on a course for the French coast for approximately two hours. This was largely owing to the cool and concise instructions of Flight Lieutenant Beaupre. The aircraft was then attacked by an enemy fighter and the captain, wireless operator, and Flight Lieutenant Beaupre wounded. One of the two remaining engines was rendered useless and the aircraft was forced down to a low level and crashed. Despite his many wounds and suffering from shock due to the crash, Flight Lieutenant Beaupre, who has extricated himself from the wreckage, unhesitating entered the burning wreckage and freed the trapped gunner. Throughout this hazardous experience, this officer, both in the air and on the ground, subsequent to the crash, displayed outstanding courage and devotion to duty.

 

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BEAUREGARD, FS Joseph Arthur Andre Gerard Victor (R70747) - Mention in Despatches - Linton-on-Ouse - Award effective 14 June 1945 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 1600/45 dated 12 October 1945. Home in Gravelbourg, Saskatchewan. Enlisted in Regina 13 September 1940. AFRO gives unit only as "Overseas"; DHist file 181.009 D.1725 (PAC RG.24 Vol 20607) has list of MiDs this date with unit. DHist file 181.009 D.1719 (PAC RG.24 Vol.20606) has recommendation forwarded 3 February 1945 when he had served 18 months in Canada, 34 months overseas. W.E.M. by trade. NOTE: DHist award card spells it as "Beauregarde" (apparently so spelled in London Gazette) but the microfilm record spells it as above.

 

This Senior NCO commands the highest respect of his officer and men. By his example of unfailing enthusiasm and diligent devotion to his duties as NCO in charge R & I Signals Section, that section has operated with exemplary efficiency. Because of his qualities as a senior NCO and his exceptional technical knowledge, it is high recommended that he be mentioned in despatches.

 

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BEAUVAIS, F/O Joseph Lucien Rosaire (J37765) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.425 Squadron - Award effective 5 July 1945 as per London Gazette dated 17 July 1945 and AFRO 1507/45 dated 28 September 1945. Home in Montreal; enlisted there 31 July 1942. Trained at No.5 ITS (graduated 17 April 1943) and No.4 AOS (graduated 29 October 1943). Award presented in Montreal, 25 November 1949.

 

Flying Officer Beauvais has frequently displayed exceptional skill as a navigator on sorties against major targets in enemy territory. On one mission in October 1944, early on the outward flight all the navigational equipment became unserviceable. Despite this Flying Officer Beauvais succeeded in guiding his pilot to the objective and safely back although adverse weather was encountered. On a number of his other sorties this officer's aircraft has sustained damage from anti-aircraft fire and once was attacked by an enemy fighter. Whatever the hazards Flying Officer Beauvais has invariably displayed outstanding coolness and courage.

 

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BEBENSEE, Sgt. Douglas Glenn (R68061) - Distinguished Flying Medal - No.35 Squadron - Awarded 31 May 1943 as per London Gazette dated 11 June 1943 and AFRO 1338/43 dated 16 July 1943 - Born in Bothwell, Ontario; enlisted London, Ontario, 19 June 1940. Trained Overseas. Arrived at No.35 Squadron, 5 March 1943. First sortie was 8/9 March 1943 (Nuremburg; bombs dropped but one-third of incendiaries hung up, rear turret was unserviceable for 45 minutes, and port inner engine failed 250 miles from base). Second attack was 9/10 March (returned early with a faulty starboard engine). Third attack was 1/12 March (Stuttgart, bombed successfully; wings holed by flak); fourth attack was 10/11 April (Frankfurt, uneventful); fifth was 13/14 April (Spezia); sixth was 18/19 April (Spezia); seventh was 16/17 April (Mannheim). Eighth sortie was the DFM event - 20/21 April to Stettin. Bombs hit aircraft at 0108 hours while coned by searchlights - pilot's seat set on fire, explosion in engineer's compartment. Pilot ordered crew to bale out; rear gunner and bomb aimer complied before pilot regained control. Cited with P/O W.S. Sherk (Bar to DFC), F/O G.G. McGladrey (DFC) and F/O R.G. Morrison (DFC). Last sortie with unit was 26/27 April (Duisburg, uneventful). To No.405 Squadron, 5 July 1943. Killed in action 13/14 July 1943 (Halifax HR905); buried in Holland; Award presented to next of kin, 27 June 1945.

 


One night in April 1943, Pilot Officer Sherk and Flying Officers McGladrey and Morrison and Sergeant Bebensee were pilot, wireless operator, navigator and flight engineer, respectively, in an aircraft which attacked Stettin. Whilst over the target area the bomber was struck by falling incendiary bombs. One of them which lodged behind the pilot's seat jammed the aileron and rudder controls. Flames and smoke rapidly filled the cockpit and Pilot Officer Sherk's clothing caught alight. The aircraft began to lose height diving steeply. Pilot Officer Sherk endeavoured to regain control whilst Flying Officer McGladrey attempted to subdue the flames. Meanwhile Sergeant Bebensee struggled to free the locked controls. Just as the situation appeared hopeless the pilot regained control and a course was set for home as Flying Officer McGladrey extinguished the fire. Much of the navigational equipment had been lost but Flying Officer Morrison, displaying great skill, was able to plot accurate courses. Sergeant Bebensee who worked untiringly for three-quarters of an hour succeeded in freeing the controls. Eventually Pilot Officer Sherk flew the badly damaged bomber back to this country in circumstances fraught with great danger displaying great courage, skill and determination.

 

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BECHARD, WO2 Edmond George (Can 10241) - Member, Order of the British Empire - Station Dorval (AFRO says "Overseas" but this is an error) - Award effective 1 January 1946 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 155/46 dated 15 February 1946. Born 25 December 1917 in England; enlisted in Montreal, 7 August 1939 for General Duties; remustered to Aircrew, 15 August 1940 and trained at No.2 ITS, Regina (30 August to 26 October 1940), No.13 EFTS, St.Eugene (26 October to 22 December 1940) and No.8 SFTS, Moncton (23 December 1940 to 12 March 1941). Ceased training and reverted to General Duties on latter date; on strength of Recruiting Centre, Montreal, 5 April 1941 to 25 February 1942 (fingerprinting duties); on strength of No.5 Manning Depot, Lachine, 26 February to 31 December 1942; remustered to Link Trainer duties, 10 September 1942, at which time he was promoted Sergeant; with AFHQ, Ottawa, 1 January 1943 to 1 May 1944 (promoted Flight Sergeant, 1 July 1943); with No.301 Conversion Unit, Dorval, 2 May 1944 to 16 July 1945 (promoted Warrant Officer, 2nd Class, 1 October 1944); with Station Lachine, 16 July to 1 September 1945; Station Rockcliffe, 2 September 1945 to 9 July 1946; released 11 July 1946.. Employed in Argentina 1946-1950 (airline service). Served in Canadian Army, 26 March 1951 to 14 February 1954 (Korean service) and RCAF, 1954-56.

 

No citation or recommendation to this award has been found. However, letter written 20 August 1945 by F/L J.A. Reid explained much of his duties and effectiveness:

 


WO2 Bechard has been on duty at Dorval for over three years and during the greater part of the time has acted as Senior Non-Commissioned Officer in charge Link Training. His work has been of a consistently high standard and has been commended upon many occasions by the Senior Officers of 45 Group. He was recommended for appointment to commission as long ago as 8th January 1944, again on 2nd June 1944. The officers in charge of training at 45 Group Royal Air Force have had the greatest confidence in this airman both as regards his technical and administrative ability and his personal deportment.

 

WO2 Bechard has instructed in Standard Link, singe and twin-engine and, by the nature of the activities of 45 Group, has specialised in the teaching of Link work as it applies to Very Long Range flying, trans-Atlantic and trans-Pacific flights and particularly Airways procedures. The many types of instruction which WO2 Bechard is qualified are noted in the attached letter.

 

It is suggested, since the activities of the various squadrons of No.9 Group are, in many aspects, similar to the activities of 45 Group Royal Air Force Transport Command, that WO2 Bechard's services might be utilized in the best interests of the service at Rockcliffe Station.

 

The "accompanying letter" lists the courses he had taught pertaining to Radio Aids in Navigation - Standard Beam Approach, Radio Compass Procedure (oral and visual), S.C.S. 51 Procedure, Radio Range (including ATC, Airway and R/T Procedure).

 

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BECK, Sergeant Elmer Freeman (R112038) - Distinguished Flying Medal - No.161 (Bomber Reconnaissance) Squadron - Award effective 21 April 1945 as per Canada Gazette of that date and AFRO 802/45 dated 11 May 1945. Home in Murray Harbour, Prince Edward Island; enlisted Charlottetown, 8 July 1941. Award sent by registered mail 13 February 1948. As of recommendation had flown 1,182 hours, 910 of them operational (94 sorties).

 

This non-commissioned officer, a flight engineer, has taken part in a great many anti-submarine sorties in the North Atlantic and Gulf of St.Lawrence areas. He has proved to be a most efficient and capable member of his crew. His keenness and willingness to carry out his duties at all times and under any circumstances have been reflected throughout his crew and squadron. His courage, skill and devotion to duty have been of the highest order at all times.

 

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BECK, F/O Ralph John Graham (J89481) - Mention in Despatches - Overseas - Award effective 1 January 1946 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 388/46 dated 12 April 1946. Home in Ingersoll, Ontario; enlisted Hamilton, 30 January 1942. Trained at No.1 ITS (graduated 26 September 1942), No.1 BGS (graduated 22 November 1942) and No.10 AOS (graduated 19 March 1943). Certificate sent to him at Ingersoll, 10 August 1948.

 

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BECK, F/O William Darrell Clint (J23346) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.625 Squadron - Award effective 4 November 1944 as per London Gazette dated 14 November 1944 and AFRO 239/45 dated 9 February 1945. Home in Woodstock, New Brunswick; enlisted Montreal, 6 April 1942. Trained at No.6 ITS (graduated 11 September 1942) and No.8 AOS (graduated(graduated 22 January 1943). Award presented 6 March 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 2/8827 has recommendation dated 14 August 1944 when he had flown 27 1/3 sorties (152 hours).

 

(* denotes 1/3 sortie)

 

15 Feb 44 Berlin 11 May 44 Hasselt

19 Feb 44 Leipzig 21 May 44 Duisburg

20 Feb 44 Stuttgart 22 May 44 Dortmund

24 Feb 44 Schweinfurt 6 June 44 Crisbecq

25 Feb 44 Augsburg 7 June 44 Foret de Cerisny

16 Mar 44 Stuttgart 15 Jun 44 Boulogne

18 Mar 44 Frankfurt 27 Jun 44 Siracourt

21 Mar 44 Frankfurt 2 July 44 Neuville

30 Mar 44 Nuremburg 4 July 44 Orleans

11 Apr 44 Aachen 7 July 44 Caen

22 Apr 44 Dusseldorf 12 Jul 44 Tours

27 Apr 44 Friedrichshafen 14 Jul 44 Revigny

30 Apr 44 Maintenon* 17 Jul 44 Sannerville

10 May 44 Dieppe 23 Jul 44 Kiel

 

This Canadian Flying Officer is the navigator in a very gallant Lancaster aircrew. He is a most skilful and painstaking navigator who has been largely responsible for the successes achieved by this crew.

 

He has now completed his tour of operations of 27 and 1/3 sorties totalling 152 operational flying hours. He has participated in attacks on many of the most strongly defended targets in Germany including Berlin, Leipzig, Stuttgart, Frankfurt, Nuremburg, Friedrichshafen and Dortmund.

 

He is a skilful navigator upon whom the rest of the crew have been able to rely implicitly and his accurate navigation to the many long range targets he has attacked has materially added to the success of these operations.

 

Besides the example he has set in the air he has also taken the lead on the ground and has proved of great assistance in the training of inexperienced crews.

 


Throughout his tour Flying Officer Beck has shown a high degree of courage and devotion to duty and the example he has set to the remainder of the squadron is most praiseworthy. I strongly recommend him for the award of the Distinguished Flying Cross.

 

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BECKETT, F/O Harry (J11103) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.115 Squadron - Award effective 1 July 1943 as per London Gazette dated 9 July 1943 and AFRO 1724/43 dated 27 August 1943. Home in Fort William; enlisted Hamilton, 28 May 1941. Trained at No.5 ITS (graduated 27 September 1941), No.9 BGS (graduated 3 January 1942), No.8 AOS (graduated 29 December 1941) and No.2 ANS (graduated 29 December 1941). Award presented 7 December 1943.

 

As navigator this officer has completed numerous sorties over enemy territory. These have included flights in such heavily defended objectives as Hamburg, Berlin and Essen and several long distance missions to such places as Spezia and Turin. Flying Officer Beckett has always displayed a most commendable enthusiasm for operations and great courage in the face of the enemy.

 

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BECKINGHAM, FS (now P/O) Robert Law (R171320/J93069) - Croix de Guerre (France) - No.77 Squadron (AFRO gives unit only as "Overseas") - Awarded as per AFRO 1619/45 dated 19 October 1945. Home in Kingston, Ontario; enlisted Montreal, 15 June 1942. Trained at No.5 ITS (graduated 20 March 1943), No.1 BGS (graduated 12 June 1943) and No.9 AOS (graduated 6 August 1943). Public Records Office document Air 2/9645 has citation.

 

Flight Sergeant Beckingham during the course of his operational tour with No.77 Squadron has flown a very large number of sorties over enemy occupied France. The presence of French inhabitants in close proximity of the targets under attack necessitated very careful precision bombing. Flight Sergeant Beckingham showed great operational ability and the photographic records brought back reveal the determination and accuracy of his bombing. On one occasion his aircraft was heavily damaged by anti-aircraft fire and he sustained injuries to his head, but despite this great handicap he personally conducted the bombing run and released his bombs with great precision. He has shown a fine offensive spirit.

 

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BECKLEY, F/O Donald Wilson James (J88138) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.405 Squadron - Award effective 10 May 1945 as per London Gazette dated 22 May 1945 and AFRO 1147/45 dated 13 July 1945. Home in Chesley, Ontario; enlisted Toronto, 24 March 1943. Trained at No.9 BGS (graduated 29 October 1943). Award presented in Hamilton, 27 July 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 2/9070 has recommendation dated 20 March 1945 when he had flown 43 sorties (196 hours 12 minutes). NOTE: The sortie sheet is missing - either not copied by PRO or mislaid during processing of records from PRO.

 

Pilot Officer Beckley is an Air Gunner of considerable experience, having completed many hazardous attacks on such heavily defended enemy strongholds as Brunswick, Wanne Eickel, Dortmund and Gelsenkirchen. His coolness and courage under fire have on many occasions contributed a great deal to the successful completion of his missions. His devotion to duty and excellent trade capabilities have been an inspiration to his comrades.

 

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BECKWITH, FS (now P/O) Harry (R91903/J17763) - Distinguished Flying Medal - No.218 Squadron - Award effective 6 August 1943 as per London Gazette dated 13 August 1943 and AFRO 1849/43 dated 10 September 1943. Home in East Kildonan, Manitoba; enlisted Winnipeg, 7 February 1941). Trained at No.2 ITS (graduated 9 May 1941), No.6 EFTS (ceased training), No.3 BGS (graduated 20 December 1941), No.7 AOS (graduated 8 November 1941), and No.1 ANS (graduated 19 January 1942). Award presented 28 March 1944.

 

A navigator of outstanding ability, he has completed a number of operational sorties against most of the enemy's most heavily defended targets including the Ruhr Valley. His careful pre-flight planning coupled with his expeditions have been material factors in the many successes obtained by his crew. This airman has a fine record.

 

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BECKWITH, F/O Ivor Campbell (J6827) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.432 Squadron - Award effective 6 November 1943 as per London Gazette dated 12 November 1943 and AFRO 2610/43 dated 17 December 1943. Home in Buenos Aires, Argentina; enlisted in Ottawa, 29 November 1940. Trained at No.1 ITS (graduated 2 April 1941), No.9 EFTS (graduated 16 May 1941) and No.2 SFTS (graduated 7 August 1941). Award sent by registered mail 4 December 1950. No citation in AFRO other than "completed many successful operations against the enemy in which [he] displayed high skill, fortitude and devotion to duty." DHist file 181.009 D.5557 (RG.24 Vol.20668) has recommendation dated 19 September 1943 when he had flown 54 sorties (345 hours 20 minutes). First tour was in North Africa; he flew from Port Reath to Gibraltar on 12 February 1942, Gibraltar to Malta on 17 February 1942, Malta to El Fiume on 4 March 1942. Then he flew 36 sorties, 19 May to 30 September 1942, chiefly targets in North Africa but also Crete. Twelve of these were against Tobruk; six are described as attacks on troops. Second tour was 11 June to 8 August 1943 (17 sorties of which two are described as "unsuccessful"), all in Bomber Command.

 


This officer completed his first tour of operations in the Middle East and has completed 15 sorties of his second tour. Under a quiet and determined manner, he has been an inspiration to his crew. He has shown exceptional qualities of leadership and cool determination. For his outstanding ability, his cool determination and his devotion to duty, he is strongly recommended for the award of the Distinguished Flying Cross.

 

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BEDDALL, W/C John Ivor Murdoch (C938) - Member, Order of the British Empire - CJS Washington - Award effective 1 January 1946 as per Canada Gazette of that date and AFRO 82/46 dated 25 January 1946. Born in London, England, 31 March 1907; educated in Canada from 1918 onwards; stocks and bonds salesman, 1933-34 and insurance salesman, 1934-38. Enlisted in Vancouver, 21 October 1938 as an Equipment Officer, initially with No.111 (Coastal Artillery Cooperation) Squadron; promoted Flying Officer, 21 October 1939 and Flight Lieutenant, 15 August 1940; to No.4 Training Command Headquarters, Regina, 30 September 1940; to No.2 Bombing and Gunnery School, Mossbank, 16 October 1940; to Technical Training School, St.Thomas, 19 June 1941; to No.1 Training Command Headquarters, Toronto, 7 August 1941; promoted Squadron Leader, 1 September 1941; to No.12 Technical Detachment, 26 March 1942 (unit later designated No.12 Aeronautical Inspection Detachment); to AFHQ, 10 September 1942 for Special Duties at RCAF Requirements Unit, Dayton, Ohio; promoted Wing Commander, 1 March 1943. Released 4 July 1945. Award presented 10 October 1947.

 

This officer has been in command of a Requirements detachment for a long period of time during which he has invariably displayed outstanding keenness in the execution of his many responsible duties. His devotion to duty and leadership have contributed much to the success of his Detachment and have been an inspiration to his Staff.

 

NOTE: This award was the result of prolonged lobbying. On 29 July 1944 A/C S.G. Tackaberry recommended an OBE, writing:

 

This officer, during his extended tour of duty at No.1 Requirements Detachment, Dayton, first as a member of the staff, and for the past two years in command, has at all times displayed exceptional devotion to duty.

 

This failed to make the New Year Honours List for 1945, and on 17 January 1945, A/C Tackaberry again proposed an OBE:

 

This officer, during his extended tour of duty at No.1 Requirements Detachment, Dayton, two and a half years of which was in command of the Detachment, has at all times displayed keenness in the performance of his duties. His devotion to duty and leadership has contributed much to the success of his Detachment and has been an inspiration to his staff.

 

This failed to make the Birthday Honours List for 1945, and on 19 July 1945 it was A/V/M G.V. Walsh who recommended him for an MBE or OBE in terms identical to those used in January 1945. Given his rank, the granting of an MBE rather than an OBE is odd.


BEDDALL, W/C John Ivor Murdoch, MBE (C938) - United States Legion of Merit (Degree of Officer) - CJS Washington (retired) - Award effective 10 January 1947 as per AFRO 17/47 of that date. However, in a letter dated 12 December 1946, Colonel R.E.S. Williamson (U.S. Military Attache) reported to AFHQ that he had been presented with the insignia of the Legion of Merit in Vancouver on 30 November 1946.

 

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BEDFORD, Sergeant Cyril Francis (R73065) - Mention in Despatches - East Moor - Award effective 14 June 1945 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 1600/45 dated 12 October 1945. Home in Saint John, New Brunswick; enlisted Montreal, 18 September 1940. AFRO gives unit only as "Overseas"; DHist file 181.009 D.1725 (PAC RG.24 Vol 20607) has list of MiDs this date with unit. DHist file 181.009 D.1719 (PAC RG.24 Vol.20606) has recommendation dated 3 February 1945. Home in Saint John, New Brunswick; enlisted Moncton, 18 September 1940. Aero Engine Mechanic; enlisted 18 September 1940; served 15 months in Canada, 36 months overseas.

 

This NCO has been instrumental in maintaining a high percentage of serviceable aircraft at this unit through his own personal efforts and the spirit he infused in the groundcrew under his control. He has willingly and successfully imparted the intricate knowledge of his trade to those who work with him.

 

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BEDFORD, WO2 Ronald Frederick Henry (R60957) - Air Force Cross - No.10 Squadron (Canada) - Award effective 1 January 1943 as per Canada Gazette dated 9 January 1943 and AFRO 55/43 dated 15 January 1943. Born in Ryley, Alberta, 4 February 1920. Enlisted in Edmonton. Trained at No.1 ITS (graduated 22 November 1940), No.4 EFTS (graduated 24 December 1940) and No.8 SFTS (graduated 7 April 1941). Award presented 16 April 1943.

 

Acting Warrant Officer II Bedford has shown by his devotion to duty his exceptional ability as a pilot and captain of air crews, also by the number of operational sorties made and flying time and operational work that he has put in at this station that he has no personal regard for his own safety. By his unfailing energy and devotion to duty he has at all times given great inspiration to all other members of the squadron and the flying personnel at this station. He has carried out his allotted duties in an exemplary manner and under the worst flying conditions and never once has he hesitated when ordered to carry out almost impossible tasks. This Warrant Officer has made 91 operational sorties and has completed 702 hours in operational flying.

 

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BEDWELL, LAC Leslie William King (R121349) - Mention in Despatches - No.417 Squadron - Award effective 1 January 1945 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 425/45 dated 9 March 1945. Born 22 February 1913. Home in Regina; enlisted Calgary 14 August 1941. Aero engine mechanic. Proceeded overseas, 12 March 1942; repatriated 21 August 1945; discharged 10 October 1945. The squadron diary for 10 January 1945 gives the following:

 

He was attached to the servicing party at Netuno Landing Ground from 30th March 1944 [sic. April] to 25th April [sic. May]. Throughout the whole of this period and under extremely trying living conditions LAC (now Corporal) Bedwell showed extreme devotion to duty, and by his initiative considerably relieved the work of his Non-Commissioned Officers. The high standard of serviceability during a period of intense operations was materially assisted by the untiring efforts of LAC Bedwell.

 

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BEDWELL, Sergeant William (R61597) - Mention in Despatches - No.5 Squadron (Canada) - Award effective 5 October 1943 as per Canada Gazette and London Gazette of that date and AFRO 2258/43 dated 5 November 1943. Enlisted 18 June 1940 in Regina; home in Marchwell, Saskatchewan.

 

This NCO has been on anti-submarine patrol for over a year and a half and has proven himself a sound flight engineer and an efficient and conscientious member of the crew. Sergeant Bedwell was first engineer of a crew which sighted three enemy submarines, one of which was attacked and destroyed. He contributed greatly to the success of the patrol.

 

BEDWELL, P/O William (C48205) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.5 Squadron (Canada) - Award effective DFC 6 January 1945 as per Canada Gazette of that date and AFRO 132/45 dated 26 January 1945. Award sent by registered mail 28 October 1947. Reported as having completed 2,132 flying hours, 1,617 operational flying hours, 151 sorties. With Test and Development Establishment when award announced.

 

This flight engineer officer has proven himself to be a most courageous and resolute member of aircraft crew over a long period of flying operations in the North Atlantic area. During hundred of hours of anti-submarine operations he has displayed the utmost skill and devotion to duty. The keenness and efficiency with which this officer has carried out his duties, both on the ground and in the air, have set a splendid example and have done much to create high morale among the members of his squadron.

 

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BEEBY, F/O Thomas James (J88676) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.10 Squadron - Award effective 15 March 1945 as per London Gazette dated 27 March 1945 and AFRO 1127/45 dated 6 July 1945. Home in Saskatoon; enlisted there 14 April 1941. Trained at No.4 ITS (graduated 11 September 1942), No.19 EFTS (graduated 4 December 1942) and No.4 SFTS (graduated 2 April 1943). Served in postwar RCAF. 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 2/9050 has recommendation dated 20 December 1944 when he had flown 38 sorties (175 hours 23 minutes); similarity of sortie list indicates he and F/O Leslie Butt were in same crew.

 

* DNCO, engine failure

 

28 Jan 44 Berlin (7.50, 2nd pilot) 25 Jul 44 Berfay (3.55)

24 May 44 Colline Beaument (2.38) 28 Jul 44 Foret de Nieppe (3.55)

27 May 44 Bourg Leopold (4.45) 1 Aug 44 Prouville (4.15)

7 June 44 Juvisy (4.25) 3 Aug 44 Bois de Casson (4.25)

9 June 44 Laval (5.00) 5 Aug 44 Foret de Nieppe (1.30)*

12 Jun 44 Amiens (3.50) 8 Aug 44 St.Philbert Forme (3.25)

14 Jun 44 Douai (3.40) 10 Aug 44 Dijon (7.00)

15 Jun 44 Fouilliard (5.10) 11 Aug 44 Le Nieppe (3.20)

16 Jun 44 Domleger (3.30) 17 Aug 44 Brest (4.40)

22 Jun 44 Laon (4.30) 18 Aug 44 GARDENING (5.30)

24 Jun 44 Noyelle en Chausseur (3.20) 29 Aug 44 GARDENING (6.15)

25 Jun 44 Montergueil (3.25) 3 Sept 44 Soesterburg (3.45)

27 Jun 44 GARDENING (4.55) 11 Sep 44 GARDENING (4.30)*

1 July 44 St.Martin l'Hortier (3.45) 15 Sep 44 Kiel (5.30)

4 July 44 St.Martin l'Hortier (3.40) 17 Sep 44 Boulogne (5.15)

5 July 44 St.Martin l'Hortier (3.40) 23 Sep 44 Neuss (5.00)

6 July 44 Croixdale (3.40) 25 Sep 44 Calais (3.40)

23 Jul 44 Kiel (4.55) 26 Sep 44 Calais (4.00)

24 Jul 44 Stuttgart (8.05) 9 Oct 44 Bochum (5.00)

 

Acting Flying Officer Beeby was posted to No.10 Squadron as a Flight Sergeant on 12 May 1944 and has now completed a very successful tour of 38 sorties comprising 175 operational hours. He has attacked Kiel (twice), Stuttgart and other heavily defended targets in enemy occupied territory.

 

This Canadian officer has consistently pressed home his attacks with the utmost determination and his courage and skill in the face of heavy opposition has been an inspiration to his crew. He has brought back many fine photographs of the target area. His cheerful confidence has been invaluable in maintaining a high standard of morale in his crew and has played a good part in the repeated successes of this squadron.

 

He was the captain of a Halifax aircraft detailed to attack Croixdale on the night of 6th July 1944. On approaching the target his aircraft was damaged by flak, but he successfully bombed the target and returned to base where a safe landing was made. His aircraft was also damaged by flak shortly after attacking St.Philibert Ferme on 8th August 1944.

 


Acting Flying Officer Beeby has proved himself to be an outstanding member of a particularly successful and very gallant crew. I strongly recommend that his fine record of achievement, skill, courage and strong sense of duty be recognized by the award of the Distinguished Flying Cross.

 

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BEECHING, FS Charles Percy (R149548) - British Empire Medal - No.2 Construction and Maintenance Unit - Award effective 13 June 1946 as per Canada Gazette of that date and AFRO 660/46 dated 5 July 1946. Home in Vancouver; enlisted in Regina, 17 December 1941. Award presented 29 May 1947.

 

This non-commissioned officer has done consistently highly satisfactory work at this unit, often carrying out duties far above those normally expected from his rank and trade. Several times in the past year his sound judgement and quick action has resulted in the successful completion of highly important projects, relating to the winterization of numerous stations within this command. Failure in these projects would have resulted in untold damage to Royal Canadian Air Force property.

 

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BEERS, S/L John Cornwell (J10718) - Mention in Despatches - No.413 Squadron - Award effective 14 June 1945 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 1395/45 dated 31 August 1945. American in the RCAF; home in Brooklyn, New York; enlisted Halifax, 3 March 1941. Trained at No.1 ITS, No.7 AOS and No.3 BGS. The AFRO identifies his unit only as "Overseas" but DHist file 181.009 D1751 (PAC RG.24 Vol.20608) links him to No.413 Squadron. Recommended 23 November 1944 at which time he was credited with 810 operational flying hours. Recommendation text:

 

Flight Lieutenant Beers has been squadron navigation officer in Ceylon and in Canada. He possesses a natural gift for training and organization that has resulted in the constant improvement of the navigation in the squadron. An exceptional navigator, he sets an example to his fellow navigators that produces ideal harmony between his and the other branches of aircrew.

 

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BEEVER-POTTS, F/L Lionel (C9700) - Member, Order of the British Empire - No.21 Staging Unit - Award effective 14 November 1944 as per Canada Gazette of that date and AFRO 2684/44 dated 15 December 1944. Home in Nanaimo, British Columbia; enlisted Vancouver 9 January 1942. Award presented 29 May 1947. See also Sergeants E.H. Baker, F. Londeau, H.A.J. Rosko, L. Scheving, M.G. Svos, R.J. Ward, and F.J. Wells (all Mentioned in Despatches). Recommended by W/C E.W. Beardmore (CO Station Coal Harbour) for a Mention in Despatches; changed by A/V/M F.V. Heakes, 24 August 1944 for a George Medal; not certain why or where this was changed thereafter; also described as MC winner from First World War; CO of No.21 Staging Unit, Port Hardy. See DHist file 181.009 D.2531 (RG.24 Vol.20625).

 

This officer showed complete disregard for his personal safety in directing a rescue party which saved the lives of eight of the occupants of a large transport aircraft that crashed in British Columbia recently. Six other persons were killed in the crash. The rescue was conducted despite the fact that the aircraft was burning fiercely and pyrotechnics were exploding. The aircraft lay in a wooded area, which had windfalls up to fifteen feet in height, and there was little chance of escape in the event of gasoline tanks exploding, which occurred shortly after the rescue. Flight Lieutenant Beever-Potts daringly inspected the passenger compartment and directed the rescue work within a few feet of the aircraft. This officer's outstanding leadership and heroism inspired all those who participated in the rescue.

 

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BEGG, F/O George Henry Knight (J27527) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.405 Squadron - Award effective 5 July 1945 as per London Gazette dated 17 July 1945 and AFRO 1507/45 dated 28 September 1945. Home in Vancouver; enlisted there 13 June 1942. Trained at No.4 ITS (graduated 18 December 1942), No.5 EFTS (graduated 19 February 1943) and No.3 SFTS (graduated 25 June 1943). Award presented at Sea Island, 22 October 1949. Recommended by Wing Commander M.N. Ferguson, CO of No.419 Squadron, 23 January 1945 when he had flown 16 sorties with unit (103 hours 35 minutes), 4 October to 6 December 1944, before being posted to Pathfinders. The Osnabruck incident was 6 December 1944 (DHist file 181.009 D.1941, RG.24 Vol.20612).

 

This officer has shown outstanding ability and determination. In December 1944, during an attack on Osnabruck, one engine of his aircraft failed and caught fire. The inter-communication system also failed. Flying Officer Begg quickly put out the fire in the engine and pressed home the attack. His skilful handling of the aircraft together with his courage and devotion to duty have at all times been worthy of the highest praise.

 

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BEGG, W/C Roy Franklin (C223) - Croix de Guerre with Silver Star (France) - Award as per Canada Gazette dated 20 September 1947 and AFRO 485/47 dated 12 September 1947. Pilot. Born 5 August 1915 in Vancouver; home there. Attended University of British Columbia, 1932 to 1935. Enlisted as a P/P/O in RCAF Auxiliary, 15 October 1936, No.11 (Army Co-operation) Squadron. Qualified for pilot's wings, 4 May 1938; promoted to Flying Officer 6 May 1938. Attended summer camps at Sea Island, 1937, 1938 and 1939, initial armament course in 1938, instrument flying course in 1939. Attended Centraal Flying School, Trenton, 3 June to 2 July 1940. Instructed at No.2 SFTS and No.15 SFTS. Posted overseas, spring 1942. Flew on operations with No.414 Squadron and became a staff officer with No.83 Ggroup Headquarters. Repatriated in 1944; staff officer at Western Air Command. In December 1944 he was awarded the Air Efficiency Award; on 18 December 1944 posted to No.18 SFTS. Appointed CO, Station Debert, March 1945 (promoted to Group Captain); to RCAF Reserve, 9 October 1945.

 

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BEGIN, LAC Joseph Wilfred Maurice (R96549) - Mention in Despatches - Tholthorpe - Award effective 14 June 1945 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 1647/45 dated 26 October 1945. AFRO gives unit only as "Overseas"; DHist file 181.009 D.1725 (PAC RG.24 Vol 20607) has list of MiDs this date with unit. Fitter IIE. DHist file 181.009 D.1719 (PAC RG.24 Vol.20606) has recommendation dated 3 February 1945. Enlisted in Quebec City (home), 16 June 1941; served 22 months in Canada, 21 months overseas.

 

LAC Begin is strongly recommended for "Mention in Despatches" for outstanding devotion to duty. He cheerfully and willingly works long, arduous hours in order that aircraft may be serviceable for operations. His mechanical ability is of the highest order.

 

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BEGLEY, FS Leo Michael (R85417) - British Empire Medal - AFHQ (Directorate of Plans) - Award effective 1 January 1944 as per Canada Gazette of that date and AFRO 113/44 dated 21 January 1944. Born 8 May 1914 at Peterborough, Ontario. Enlisted in Regina 10 February 1941. Award presented 22 April 1944.

 

Following Trans-Atlantic service on special duty with the troop ship conducting staff this NCO was posted to Air Force Headquarters. He has proven to be completely trustworthy in matters necessitating utmost accuracy and his keen sense of responsibility extends far beyond the mechanics of his trade. Consequently, while superior officers can invariably place the utmost confidence in the integrity of this courteous, well-disciplined NCO, his associates come to regard him as a colleague in mutual endeavour, unsparing in his efforts to do the best job possible. His enthusiasm and consistent manifestation of devotion to duty are definitely of outstanding quality.

 

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BEGLEY, Sergeant Orville Cameron (R51260) - Mention in Despatches - Western Air Command Marine Headquarters - Awarded 1 January 1945 as per Canada Gazette of that date and AFRO 89/45 dated 19 January 1945. Enlisted 22 November 1939 in Regina, Saskatchewan (home there).

 


This non-commissioned officer, a fully qualified deep sea diver, has on various occasions carried out outstanding diving operations on crashed aircraft, recovering the bodies of crew members and passengers under difficult conditions. On two occasions he dived on aircraft which were fully loaded with depth charges and recovered bodies. His courage and resourcefulness under dangerous and difficult conditions are most praiseworthy and a fine example to others.

 

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BEILHARTZ, P/O Harry John Gustav (J89749) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.415 Squadron - Award effective 8 September 1945 as per London Gazette dated 25 September 1945 and AFRO 1768/45 dated 23 November 1945. Home in Shellbrook, Saskatchewan; enlisted Vancouver 24 February 1942. Trained at No.4 ITS (graduated 12 September 1942), No.2 BGS (graduated 17 October 1942) and No.1 AOS (graduated 1 October 1943). Award presented 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." DHist file 181.009 D.2618 (RG.24 Vol.20627) has recommendation dated 17 April 1945 when he had flown 31 sorties (152 hours 50 minutes) from 17 June to 2 December 1944.

 

As a navigator he has completed a tour involving many heavily defended German targets. Highly skilled, he has directed his aircraft to the target and avoided trouble. Always calm and courageous on operations, he has also been most co-operative in assisting ground training. A good leader and a fine officer...

 

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BEIRNES, S/L Jack Rife (C13458) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.438 Squadron - Award effective 24 October 1944 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 2637/44 dated 8 December 1944 - Born in 1914, Birtle, Man.; pre-war home in Tofield, Alberta. Enlisted in Edmonton, 13 April 1940. Killed in flying accident with No.438 Squadron, 1 June 1945 (Typhoon SW393); buried in Denmark. Photo PL-40908 shows him in Hurricane cockpit. Award presented to next of kin, 9 December 1947.

 

In July, 1944, Squadron Leader Beirnes led a formation of aircraft in an attack on a vital railway bridge over the river Orne just south of Caen. In spite of intense anti-aircraft fire and much low cloud the attack was well pressed home and the bridge destroyed. In this well executed operation, Squadron Leader Beirnes displayed a high degree of skill, courage, and leadership. In August 1944 this officer again proved his skill when leading a formation in an attack against enemy mortar positions near the Forest of Grimbosq.

 

BEIRNES, S/L Jack Rife, DFC (C13458) - Bar to Distinguished Flying Cross - No.438 Squadron (deceased). Award effective 3 September 1945 as per London Gazette dated 14 September 1944 and AFRO 1672/45 dated 2 November 1945.

 


Now on his third tour of operational duty, this officer has proved to be an outstanding squadron commander. In April 1945 Squadron Leader Beirnes led his squadron on a rail interdiction sortie which severely disrupted the enemy's lines of communication. On another occasion he led an attack on a light cruiser. His squadron scored six hits despite heavy opposition from anti-aircraft fire. The cruiser was set ablaze and was seen to be listing to,port. This officer displayed coolness and courage throughout.

 

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BELANGER, FS Eileen (W301510) - British Empire Medal - Station Scoudouc - Award effective 1 January 1946 as per Canada Gazette of that date and AFRO 82/46 dated 25 January 1946. Enlisted in Quebec City, 21 January 1942. Later married P.M. Stolze, New York. Award presented 18 December 1947.

 

Flight Sergeant Belanger has been the senior non-commissioned officer in charge of airwomen at this unit for eighteen months, during which time she has been outstanding in the efficient manner in which she has performed her duties. She has been tireless in her efforts to promote the welfare of personnel under her and her personal example has been an inspiration at all times.

 

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BELANGER, Sergeant Louis Joseph Ernest (R144636) - Mention in Despatches - Overseas - Award effective 1 January 1946 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 155/46 dated 15 February 1946. Born 31 March 1914. Home in Lasalle, Quebec; enlisted in Montreal, 25 November 1941. Clerk/Stenographer.

 

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BELANGER, F/L Maurice John (J10432) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.113 Squadron (Canada) - Award effective 1 January 1943 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 55/43 dated 15 January 1943. Born in Ottawa, 25 June 1919. Educated in British Columbia; worked as a steward for one season on White Pass and Yukon Company Railway and one year as a Hudson Bay Company clerk, earning money for university. Also in Vancouver Sea Cadets, 1935-1938. Enlisted in Vancouver, 15 June 1940. Trained at No.1 ITS (graduated 20 July 1940), No.8 EFTS (graduated 15 September 1940) and No.1 SFTS (graduated 20 December 1940). Attended No.1 ANS, 5 January to 3 March 1941. Instructed in navigation at No.3 SFTS (4 March to 18 May 1941) and No.11 SFTS (19 May 1941 to 8 May 1942). Commissioned 1 March 1942. To No.1 ANS (9 May to 9 June 1942). Had now compiled about 1,000 hours flying. Reported to No.113 Squadron on 27 June 1942 (123 sorties; left 12 May 1943). Active in training crews for No.113 (BR) Squadron. In period 25 September to 29 September 1942 he attacked submarines three times in the Gulf of St.Lawrence including one at night without flares. On staff of Station Sydney, May-November 1943. Posted overseas, arrived UK 31 January 1944. To No.21 (P) AFU (21 March to 25 April 1944), No.82 OTU (25 April to 16 July 1944), No.1659 HCU (16 July to 24 August 1944). Served in No.425 Squadron, 24 August 1944 to 1 February 1945 (20 sorties). Repatriated 15 February 1945; released 23 April 1945. For added details on his work in Eastern Air Command, see W.A. Douglas, Birth of a National Air Force (Volume II of official RCAF history) and issues of Roundel, early 1965. DFC and Bar sent by registered mail, 17 March 1947.

 

This officer has completed a total of 1,200 hours flying. His devotion to duty has set an example and has been a source of inspiration to the members of his squadron. In addition to demonstrating his ability as squadron navigator and pilot he has carried out three attacks against U-Boats, inflicting damage on one, probably sinking a second and possibly sinking a third. Two of these attacks took place within a period of eighteen hours, during which time he was on continuous duty. During one attack, which was carried out at night, he displayed tenacity of purpose, courage and skill when taking advantage of occasional moonlight he pressed home a good attack at extremely low level.

 

BELANGER, F/L Maurice John (J10432) - Bar to Distinguished Flying Cross - No.425 Squadron - Award effective 10 May 1945 as per London Gazette dated 22 May 1945 and AFRO 1147/45 dated 13 July 1945.

 

Since being awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross, Flight Lieutenant Belanger has participated in attacks against such heavily defended targets as Kiel, Duisburg, Essen, Karlsruhe, and Cologne. He has on many occasions flown his damaged aircraft back to base without injury to his crew. On one of these occasions, in October 1944, this officer was captain of an aircraft detailed to attack Dortmund. On approaching the target, the bomber was illuminated by searchlights and heavily engaged by anti-aircraft fire. Displaying great coolness and superb airmanship Flight Lieutenant Belanger succeeded in evading the defences and pressed home a telling attack from low level. His determination and unfailing devotion to duty at all times, have set an inspiring example to the whole squadron.

 

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BELL, F/O Andrew Gordon (J14413) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.408 Squadron - Award effective 24 May 1944 as per London Gazette dated 6 June 1944 and AFRO 1660/44 dated 4 August 1944. Born in 1918; home in Saint John, New Brunswick; enlisted in Moncton, 4 August 1941. Trained at No.3 ITS (graduated 14 March 1942), No.17 EFTS (graduated 7 May 1942), and No.9 AOS (graduated 25 September 1942). Commissioned 1941. Medal presented 5 October 1946. Died in Cote St.Luc, Quebec, 27 January 2002. 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 2/8780 has recommendation by W/C D.S. Jacobs dated 23 February 1944 when he had flown 24 sorties (164 hours 53 minutes).

 

24 July 43 Hamburg (6.25) 1 Jan 44 Berlin (7.36)

25 July 43 Essen (4.35) 2 Jan 44 Berlin (6.50)

27 July 43 Hamburg (5.20) 5 Jan 44 Stettin (9.13)


29 July 43 Hamburg (5.40) 14 Jan 44 Brunswick (6.14)

30 July 43 Remscheid (5.30) 20 Jan 44 Berlin (7.07)

2 Aug 43 Hamburg (6.15) 27 Jan 44 Berlin (8.07)

7 Oct 43 Stuttgart (7.25) 28 Jan 44 Berlin (7.15)

20 Oct 43 Leipzig (7.24) 30 Jan 44 Berlin (6.29)

26 Nov 43 Berlin (7.51) 15 Feb 44 Berlin (7.40)

2 Dec 43 Berlin (7.30) 19 Feb 44 Leipzig (7.28)

16 Dec 43 Berlin (7.21) 7 Mar 44 Le Mans (4.47)

29 Dec 43 Berlin (6.46) 15 Mar 44 Stuttgart (8.05)

 

Flying Officer Bell is well on the way towards completion of his present tour of operations. He has navigated his aircraft to numerous distant targets with considerable success. Flying Officer Bell has at all times set an inspiring example as a Navigator both by his skill and cheerful attitudes towards his duties. On one occasion, although practically overcome by sickness, he remained at his post and assisted his captain in pressing home his attack and was responsible for the safe return of the aircraft. I strongly recommend that this officer be awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross.

 

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BELL, F/O David (J35329) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.429 Squadron - Award effective 12 January 1945 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 471/45 dated 16 March 1945. Born in Winnipeg, 1916; home in Yarmouth, Nova Scotia, yet enlisted in Winnipeg, 15 September 1939. Trained at No.6 ITS (graduated 19 March 1943), No.12 EFTS (graduated 15 May 1943) and No.5 SFTS (graduated 3 September 1943) Commissioned 1943. Killed in action 30 November 1944 (Halifax MZ288); name on Runnymede Memorial. Medal presented to next of kin (widow), 5 October 1946.

 

In October 1944, Flying Officer Bell was the captain and pilot of an aircraft detailed to attack Cologne. It was his first mission as captain. In the bombing run considerable anti-aircraft fire was encountered and the aircraft was hit. The flight engineer was wounded. Flying Officer Bell promptly directed another member of the crew to render first aid to his injured comrade. Almost as the bombs were released, the aircraft was again hit. The port aileron was broken in half and it became exceedingly difficult to keep the aircraft on an even keel but, displaying the greatest determination, Flying Officer Bell flew the badly damaged aircraft to the nearest available airfield in this country where he effected a masterly landing. This officer displayed great tenacity and devotion to duty in trying circumstances.

 

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BELL, F/O Donald Alexander Lloyd (J17535) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.617 Squadron - Award effective 2 October 1944 as per London Gazette dated 13 October 1944 and AFRO 2637/44 dated 8 December 1944. Born 1916 in Battleford, Saskatchewan; home in Toronto (ex-Royal Canadian Artillery); enlisted there 3 March 1941. Trained at No.3 ITS (graduated 15 July 1941), No.7 AOS (graduated 8 November 1941), No.3 BGS (graduated 29 December 1941), and No.1 ANS (graduated 19 January 1942). Commissioned 1943. Medal presented 30 October 1945.

 

Flying Officer Bell has completed numerous operational missions, many of them against heavily defended targets in enemy territory. Several of his recent sorties have been completed in daylight in the face of intense enemy opposition. Even when the aircraft has been repeatedly hit and damaged by anti-aircraft fire, Flying Officer Bell has remained cool and unperturbed and has invariably guided his captain to the target with unfailing accuracy. The bombing results achieved have frequently been attested by excellent photographic evidence.

 

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BELL, F/O Garnet Wigle (J24424) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.550 Squadron - Award effective 10 May 1945 as per London Gazette dated 22 May 1945 and AFRO 1147/45 dated 13 July 1945. Born in Yarmouth, Nova Scotia, 1921. Home in Toronto (student at University of Toronto); enlisted there 2 December 1941. Trained at No.5 ITS (graduated 6 June 1942), No.13 EFTS (graduated 25 September 1942) and No.1 SFTS (graduated 5 March 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 2) has recommendation drafted 6 February 1945 when he had flown 31 sorties (186 hours one minute), 7 October 1944 to 22 January 1945.

 

7 Oct 44 Emmerich (4.10) 29 Nov 44 Dortmund (6.03)

11 Oct 44 Fort Frederick Hendrik (3.15) 3 Dec 44 Urft Dam (4.31)

14 Oct 44 Duisburg (4.33) 4 Dec 44 Karlsruhe (6.22)

14 Oct 44 Duisburg (5.52) 6 Dec 44 Merseburg (8.02)

19 Oct 44 Stuttgart (7.06) 12 Dec 44 Essen (5.55)

23 Oct 44 Essen (5.40) 15 Dec 44 Ludwigshaven (6.33)

25 Oct 44 Essen (5.05) 17 Dec 44 Ulm (7.41)

30 Oct 44 Cologne (5.51) 28 Dec 44 Munchen Gladbach (5.04)

31 Oct 44 Cologne (5.20) 31 Dec 44 Osterfeld (6.13)

2 Nov 44 Dusseldorf (5.27) 2 Jan 45 Nuremburg (7.51)

4 Nov 44 Bochum (5.05) 5 Jan 45 Hanover (5.07)

6 Nov 44 Gelsenkirchen (4.37) 7 Jan 45 Munich (9.02)

16 Nov 44 Duren (4.53) 14 Jan 45 Merseburg (8.31)

18 Nov 44 Wanne Eickel (5.47) 16 Jan 45 Zeitz (7.26)

21 Nov 44 Aschaffenburg (6.48) 22 Jan 45 Hamborn (5.09)

27 Nov 44 Frieburg (7.02)

 


This young Canadian officer has completed his first operational tour consisting of 31 sorties involving 186.01 hours operational flying as pilot and captain of a Lancaster aircraft.

 

Most of his sorties over enemy territory have been made against some of the heaviest defended areas in the Reich such as Stuttgart, Hanover, Munich and the Ruhr, and against the vital oil plants at Merseburg, Zeitz and Hamborn.

 

His firm determination to press on to the target through the heaviest enemy opposition and his ability to weigh up a difficult situation and execute his decisions with a firm resolve has inspired his crew with the utmost confidence in their captain.

 

He has set a very high example by his will to let nothing deter him in the execution of his duties and his cheerfulness throughout has been an inspiration to all who knew him.

 

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

 

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BELL, Sergeant (now P/O) Gordon Cecil Douglas (R61216/J15394) - Distinguished Flying Medal - No.404 Squadron - Award effective 3 June 1942 as per London Gazette dated 23 June 1942 and AFRO 1000-1001/42 dated 3 July 1942. Born in Orpington, Kent, 1919. Home in Edmonton (electrician); enlisted there 27 September 1940. Trained at No.2 ITS and No.5 EFTS. Graduated from No.3 SFTS, Calgary, 4 April 1941. Commissioned 1 May 1942. Married a WAAF. Medal presented at Buckingham Palace 24 November 1942. Involved in the following aerial victories: 7 February 1942. one Ju.88 probably destroyed; 9 February 1942, one He.111 damaged; 14 June 1942. one Ju.88 damaged.

 

On the 17th May, 1942, this airman was the captain of a Blenheim aircraft which took part in the attack on the cruiser "Prinz Eugen". Throughout the operation he displayed great skill. An enemy fighter which attempted to intercept was engaged and resolutely driven off. Flight Sergeant Bell has shown a fine fighting spirit and never hesitates to volunteer for a sortie when the occasion arises.

 

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BELL, P/O Harold Sproule (J87701) - Mention in Despatches - Overseas - Award effective 14 June 1945 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 1600/45 dated 12 October 1945. Home in Calgary; enlisted there 22 June 1940. Trained at No.2 ITS (graduated 1 August 1942) and No.5 AOS (graduated 22 January 1943).

 

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BELL, F/L Herbert Milton (C6053) - Mention in Despatches - Leeming - Award effective 14 June 1945 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 1395/45 dated 31 August 1945. DHist file 181.009 D.2619 (RG.24 Vol.20628) has recommendation forwarded to No.6 Group HQ, 31 January 1945. Home in Minnedosa, Manitoba. Enlisted in Winnipeg, 12 July 1941; as of recommendation he had served 23 months in Canada, 19 months overseas.

 

This officer has held the position of Station Adjutant since April 1944, and has carried out his duties in a manner worthy of the highest praise. Flight Lieutenant Bell has applied himself wholeheartedly to the interests of the service and has worked long hours beyond normal requirements with complete disregard for his personal welfare and health. With his wide knowledge of service requirements and outstanding administrative ability, he has contributed in no small measure to the smooth and efficient administration of this station. Keenly interested in the airmens' welfare, he has championed the cause and been responsible for many improvements in their working conditions. Setting a fine personal example, Flight Lieutenant Bell has been largely responsible for producing a splendid spirit of co-operation amongst the various sections of the station. This officer has earned the respect and admiration of all ranks and is a credit to the service.

 

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BELL, F/O James David (J11221) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.218 Squadron - Award effective 28 September 1943 as per London Gazette dated 15 October 1943 and AFRO 2386/43 dated 19 November 1943. Born in Montreal, 1916; home in Saint John, New Brunswick; enlisted Moncton, 28 May 1941. Trained at No.1 ITS (graduated 18 September 1941), No.20 EFTS (graduated 25 September 1941), No.1 BGS (graduated 14 March 1942), No.10 AOS (graduated 12 February 1942) and No.2 ANS (graduated 13 April 1942). Commissioned 1942. Arrived in Britain, 22 June 1942. To No.1 (O) AFU. 22 July 1942. To Station Cottismore, 22 August 1942. To Conversion Flight, 11 December 1942. To No.218 Squadron, 17 February 1943. Award sent by registered mail 1 June 1948.

 

This officer is a navigator of high merit. He has completed a large number of sorties and his efforts have contributed much to the successes obtained. On a recent occasion during a flight to Berlin an electrical storm was encountered. Displaying great skill, Flying Officer Bell unerringly guided his pilot to the target which was successfully bombed. This officer has displayed commendable courage and resource.

 

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BELL, S/L James Frank MacDonald (J4821) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.194 Squadron - Award effective 24 May 1944 as per London Gazette dated 2 June 1944 and AFRO 1660/44 dated 4 August 1944. Born in San Castobal, Argentina. Home in LesRoses, Argentina; enlisted in Ottawa, 17 October 1940. Trained at No.1 ITS (graduated 9 December 1940), No.10 EFTS (graduated 28 January 1941) and No.5 SFTS (graduated 10 April 1941). Commissioned 1941. Medal presented 19 June 1945. Died November 1965; buried in family plot, Argentina, 8 November 1965.

 

This officer has commanded his flight with great success during recent operations. He has completed a large number of flying hours and recently took an effective part in an operation involving nine sorties by night. His flying and leadership have always been of a high order.

 

NOTE: Public Record Office Air 2/9627 has recommendation drafted 6 April 1944 when he had flown 338 operational hours:

 

This officer has commanded his Flight with distinction during recent operations. He set a fine example of leadership and personal skill in carrying out nine night sorties to a strip in enemy-held territory during Operation THURSDAY. His flying and leadership have been of a high order at all times.

 

BELL, S/L James Frank MacDonald, DFC (J4821) - Air Force Cross - No.435 Squadron (AFRO gives unit only as "Overseas") - Award effective 1 January 1947 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 107/47 dated 28 February 1947. No citation in AFRO or biographical file. DHist file 181.009 D.1124 (RG.24 Vol.20595) has recommendation dated 4 April 1946. Had flown 1,525 hours, of which 1,020 were on operations, 90 in previous six months. Medal presented in Toronto, 30 November 1949.

 

Squadron Leader Bell has been employed on transport duties since October 1942. He was a flight commander on the first transport squadron to fly Schedule Services throughout India. His unit was then transferred to close support, where he did outstanding work in support of the 14th Army in the Arakan, supply work to the Imphal Valley, the airborne invasion of northern Burma and the subsequent supplying of Wingate's Column.

 

In January 1945, he joined long range transport squadron in the United Kingdom where he held the appointment of Squadron Leader Flying. He was invaluable in carrying important loads of passengers to points ranging from the Continent to the Far East.

 

In October 1945 he joined this unit as Squadron Leader in charge of Flying, where his knowledge and experience has been invaluable in the transforming and training of a new squadron into a highly efficient organization. His pleasing personality and devotion to his work has been an inspiration to the squadron.

 

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BELL, F/L Jerrold Walton (J7020) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.425 Squadron - Award effective 12 April 1943 as per London Gazette dated 16 April 1943 and AFRO 985/43 dated 28 May 1943. Born in Winnipeg, 1913; home in Victoria; formerly in Canadian Scottish. Enlisted in Vancouver, 14 December 1940. Trained at No.1 ITS (graduated 10 March 1941), No.1 BGS (graduated 21 July 1941), No.4 AOS (graduated 9 June 1941) and No.2 ANS (graduated 19 August 1941). Commissioned 1941. Award sent by registered mail to Winnipeg, 11 March 1947. Recommendation dated 21 February 1943 noted he had flown 26 sorties (124 hours 5 minutes).

 

The operations completed by this officer include several attacks on such difficult targets as Essen, Hamburg, Bremen and Dusseldorf. On every occasion he has displayed a high degree of courage, skill and initiative. As navigation leader of the squadron he exhibited outstanding powers of leadership which have contributed in no small measure to its repeated navigational success.

 

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BELL, FS John Kopf (R65428) - Mention in Despatches - No.408 Squadron - Award effective 1 January 1943 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 232/43 dated 12 February 1943. Born 1912 in New Glasgow, Nova Scotia; home there. Enlisted in Halifax, 12 September 1940. Trained at No.1 ITS (graduated 7 February 1941), No.1 BGS (graduated 21 June 1941), No.1 AOS (graduated 26 April 1941) and No.1 ANS (graduated 22 July 1941). Commissioned 1942.

 

BELL, P/O John Kopf (J16345) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.408 Squadron - Award effective 3 June 1943 as per London Gazette dated 15 June 1943 and AFRO 1338/43 dated 16 July 1943. Medal presented 21 March 1944.

 

Pilot Officer Bell has completed a large number of operational sorties against some of the most heavily defended targets in enemy territory including Lorient, Munich, Hamburg, St.Nazaire and the Ruhr. On one occasion in August 1942, his aircraft was badly damaged by an enemy night fighter just prior to reaching the target. Despite this the mission was successfully completed. With one engine useless and whilst over the sea the pilot experienced considerable difficulty in holding the rudders. Pilot Officer Bell immediately came to his assistance and by his co-operation and calmness contributed in a large measure to the safe return of the aircraft. At all times with a cool, quiet manner, Pilot Officer Bell has displayed a fine fighting spirit, skill and initiative worthy of high praise.

 

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BELL, W/C Lennox Gordon (C25773) - Member, Order of the British Empire - No.2 ACHQ - Award effective 1 January 1946 as per Canada Gazette of that date and AFRO 82/46 dated 25 January 1946. Home in Winnipeg, Manitoba; enlisted there 30 April 1943. Medal presented 2 May 1948.

 


This officer, in his capacity as Command Consultant in Medicine and President of a Regional Medical Board, has not spared himself in his efforts to establish the highest standard of medical practice in the service. He has been entirely successful in accomplishing his aim and, through this and his unfailing tact and example, he has also performed an outstanding achievement in promoting harmony and co-operation with the other services and the civilian medical authorities.

 

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BELL, Sergeant Ronald George (R76955) - Distinguished Flying Medal - No.408 Squadron - Award effective 1 September 1942 as per London Gazette dated 22 September 1942 and AFRO 1653/42 dated 16 October 1942. Born in Kelowna, Saskatchewan, 1915; home in Vancouver (salesman); enlisted in Edmonton, 17 December 1940. Trained at No.2 ITS (graduated 29 April 1941), No.18 EFTS (graduated 7 July 1941) and No.15 SFTS (graduated 13 September 1941). Killed in flying accident, 9 November 1942 (crew of five, fighter affiliation exercise).

 

One night in August 1942, this airman was the pilot of an aircraft detailed to attack Duisburg. Whilst over the target area his aircraft was attacked by an enemy fighter from close range. Diving steeply, Sergeant Bell evaded further attacks but his aircraft sustained extensive damage. The elevator, port ailerons and fuselage were all pierced, the port petrol tanks were riddled while the hydraulics were shot away and one of the gun cupolas was smashed. The wireless operator was injured and Sergeant Bell was badly cut on the right hand by splintered perspex. Despite this he made another run over the target and bombed it. Shortly after leaving the target area one of the engines failed and the aircraft spun towards the ground. Sergeant Bell, however, skilfully regained control and eventually flew his damaged bomber back to an aerodrome in this country where he executed a skilful crash landing. In face of harassing circumstances this airman displayed great courage and devotion to duty.

 

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BELL, F/L Roy Gordon (J9673) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.221 Squadron - Award effective 23 November 1943 as per London Gazette dated 30 November 1943 and AFRO 166/44 dated 28 January 1944. Born in Winnipeg, 1920; home in Vancouver; enlisted there 9 May 1941. Trained at No.4 ITS (graduated 16 August 1941), No.8 EFTS (graduated 7 October 1941) and No.3 SFTS (graduated 2 January 1942). Commissioned 1942. Medal presented 10 January 1945.

 


This officer, now on his second tour of operational duty, has taken part in a large number of sorties, including shipping strikes, anti-submarine patrol, convoy escort and bombing attacks. In May 1943, he attacked an enemy convoy off the coast of Italy and, in spite of intense and accurate anti-aircraft fire, obtained a direct hit on one of the vessels. On another occasion, while on a shipping strike from Tunisia, Flight Lieutenant Bell located and attacked a large enemy merchant vessel escorted by three destroyers. In the face of intense opposition he obtained direct hits on the merchant vessel and one destroyer, both of which were sunk. This officer has at all times displayed the utmost keenness and pressed home his attacks with great determination.

 

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BELL, F/L William John (C15953) - Member, Order of the British Empire - No.205 Group Headquarters - Award effective 14 June 1945 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 1219/45 dated 27 July 1945. Born 19 February 1915 in Huron Township, Bruce County, Ontario. Teacher for five years. Home in Ripley, Ontario; enlisted in Hamilton, Ontario, 19 May 1941. Medal presented 13 July 1945. No citation in Canadian sources. Public Records Office Air 2/9056 has recommended citation.

 

This officer is the Group Radar Officer. He has been beset by many difficulties and equipment has been in short supply. Flight Lieutenant Bell has shown exceptional keenness and untiring energy in improvising and it is largely due to his efforts that the Group has been able to fit and operate so efficiently. Besides his work with No.205 Group, Flight Lieutenant Bell has spent much time in obtaining radar equipment for other units in the Command and has assisted them in its full maintenance. He has shown fine technical capabilities and excellent powers of organization.

 

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BELL-IRVING, F/L Duncan Gordon (J10640) - Mention in Despatches - Overseas - Award effective 14 June 1945 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 1395/45 dated 31 August 1945. Born 28 January 1921 in Havana, Cuba; enlisted in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, 10 June 1941. Trained at No.2 ITS (graduated 8 September 1941), No.2 EFTS (graduated 21 November 1941) and No.2 SFTS (graduated 13 March 1942). Instructed at No.3 SFTS; posted overseas in October 1943. Posted to No.21 Squadron, January 1944. To Canada, September 1944. Served in postwar RCAF, rising to Wing Commander.

 

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BELLEW, W/C Thomas Frederick Leo (C3587) - Member, Order of the British Empire - No.2 SFTS - Award effective 1 January 1946 as per Canada Gazette of that date and AFRO 82/46 dated 25 January 1946; a Bell Telephone executive before and after the war, he was in COTC (McGill) before enlisting in the RCAF in Montreal, 14 February 1941. In charge of all aircraft maintenance at Uplands which won RCAF efficiency awards for five successive years.

 

This officer has carried out his duties in a very efficient manner. His organization and leadership ability have placed the maintenance of his unit on a high plane. His constant goal is perfection and he spares no efforts to reach it. His perseverance in maintaining a high standard of efficiency has enabled the Training Wing to, in turn, produce a better type of pilot.

 


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BELLIS, F/O Arthur Raymond Blair (J11564) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.422 Squadron - Award effective 16 November 1943 as per London Gazette dated 3 December 1943 and AFRO 297/44 dated 11 February 1944. Born in Victoria, 1914; home in Prince Albert, Saskatchewan; enlisted Vancouver, 17 July 1940. Trained at No.1 ITS (graduated 3 November 1940), No.10 EFTS (graduated 28 December 1940) and No.6 SFTS (graduated 4 March 1941) Commissioned 1942. Medal presented 1 December 1948. Cited with WO W.F. Beals (RCAF), also awarded DFC (see above for citation). Awarded Queen's Coronation Medal, 23 October 1953 while a Squadron Leader in Maritime Air Command Headquarters.

 

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BELLIS, S/L John Whomsley (J5502) - 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 Sydney, British Columbia; enlisted in Vancouver, 11 September 1940. Trained at No.1 ITS (graduated 9 December 1940), No.16 EFTS (graduated 27 January 1941) and No.4 SFTS (graduated 16 May 1941). .

 

BELLIS, S/L John Whomsley (J5502) - Air Force Cross - No.3 OTU - Award effective 1 January 1946 as per Canada Gazette of that date and AFRO 82/46 dated 25 January 1946 - As of recommendation he had flown 1,764 hours, 215 as instructor, 156 in previous six months. Medal presented 9 July 1949.

 

This officer, after completing an outstanding tour of operations in Coastal Command, has returned to Canada and applied himself to operational flying training with the utmost enthusiasm and vigour. He has at all times displayed the greatest devotion to duty and has set a splendid example for his flying instructors in his interest in all phases of flying and in his personal application to his duties. The increased efficiency and standard of flying training at this unit are the direct result of his constant and unflagging efforts.

 

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BELLMAN, P/O William Alexander (J86078) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.138 Squadron - Award effective 1 September 1944 as per London Gazette dated 19 September 1944 and AFRO 2373/44 dated 3 November 1944. Born in Edmonton; home there; enlisted there 19 August 1942. Trained at No.2 BGS (graduated 28 May 1943). Also trained at No.1 AGGTS (not sure what this is), graduating 17 April 1943. Commissioned 1944. Medal presented 26 February 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 18 June 1944 when he had flown 37 sorties (221 hours). Sortie list gives dates and times but not objectives.

 


17 Oct 43 (7.00) 5 Apr 44 (8.15)

20 Oct 43 (5.00) 9 Apr 44 (3.45)

3 Nov 43 (7.20) 11 Apr 44 (5.20)

6 Nov 43 (6.35) 21 Apr 44 (6.40)

9 Nov 43 (7.45) 26 Apr 44 (7.50)

11 Nov 43 (4.10) 27 Apr 44 (2.50)

10 Dec 43 (4.35) 30 Apr 44 (8.05)

16 Dec 43 (8.45) 1 May 44 (6.20)

4 Jan 44 (2.25) 3 May 44 (6.50)

10 Jan 44 (3.55) 5 May 44 (6.35)

10 Feb 44 (6.35) 7 May 44 (4.35)

15 Feb 44 (7.05) 9 May 44 (5.30)

29 Feb 44 (4.10) 10 May 44 (6.25)

4 Mar 44 (4.55) 28 May 44 (4.55)

5 Mar 44 (5.05) 2 June 44 (5.35)

7 Mar 44 (7.00) 4 June 44 (5.45)

10 Mar 44 (7.35) 5 June 44 (4.30)

13 Mar 44 (6.30) 17 Jun 44 (6.40)

31 Mar 44 (8.10)

 

Since being with the squadron Pilot Officer Bellman has completed 37 operations and has proved to be a very capable and reliable Air Gunner. His alertness and ability have been a source of extreme confidence to his crew and has thereby greatly added to the efficiency in which they have carried out their allotted missions. Pilot Officer Bellman always displays great keenness to operate and sets an example to all new Air Gunners in the squadron.

 

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BELTON, H/S/L Frederick Keith (C965) - Mention in Despatches - Overseas - Award effective 14 June 1945 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 1395/45 dated 31 August 1945. Church of England Chaplain. Appointed to provide Chaplain services to No.111 (CAC) Squadron, 1 February 1939, Vancouver. Mobilized with the unit in September 1939 (first chaplain mobilized). Went overseas in November 1941. No citation.

 

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BELYEA, Sergeant Cecil Ross (R98184) - Mention in Despatches - Overseas - Award effective 8 June 1944 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 1729/44 dated 11 August 1944. Home in Leamington, Ontario; enlisted Windsor, 23 April 1941. No citation in AFRO.

 

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BELYEA, Sergeant Dorothy Helen (W301027 - since promoted to FS) -British Empire Medal - No.1 General Reconnaissance School (since moved to No.1 R and NS) - Award effective 14 June 1945 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 1127/45 dated 6th July 1945. Born in Saint John, New Brunswick, 25 August 1912. Educated there. Book-keeper for a fruit company before enlisting, November 1941. Administrative duties. Medal presented 10 January 1946 by A/V/M A.L. Morfee at Station Dartmouth.

 

This non-commissioned officer has set a splendid example. She has carried the entire weight of the voluminous work of the General Reconnaissance School Orderly Room, the efficiency for which she alone is responsible. Under-staffed, she has worked long hours without complaint to ensure the continuity of trainee records and trainee reports. The trainee reports in particular have a direct bearing on the war effort for the promptness of their despatch and meticulous accuracy in their preparation provide the only source from which General Reconnaissance graduates are selected for employment in the branch of Coastal Command for which they are most suited. This Women's Division Sergeant has made a valuable contribution to the war effort.

 

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