BLACK, W/C Clifford Murray (J3476) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.426 Squadron - Award effective 18 May 1945 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 1085/45 dated 29 June 1945.  Born 24 January 1917 in Saint John, New Brunswick; home in Yarmouth, Nova Scotia.  Served with Royal Canadian Corps of Signals (Militia), 1935-1936.  Paper maker; enlisted Montreal 6 June 1940.  At No.1 Manning Depot, Toronto, 7 June to 24 June 1940.  Trained at No.1 ITS (graduated 20 July 1940), No.4 ITS (graduated 7 October 1940) and No.31 SFTS (graduated 2 December 1940 although he remained on strength there until 4 January 1941).  To No.13 (OT) Squadron, Patricia Bay (5 January to 6 April 1941); to No.120 (BR) Squadron (7 April 1941 to 29 April 1942); to Station Yarmouth (16 May 1942 to 27 April 1943); to No.161 (BR) Squadron (5 May 1943 to 1 December 1943); "Y" Depot, Halifax, 2 December 1943 to 20 January 1944; No.82 OTU Overseas, 11 April to 1 July 1944.  To No.419 Squadron, 9 August 1943; to No.426 Squadron, 29 January to 25 May 1945; Bottrop incident appears to have been with No.419 Squadron.  Commissioned 1 January 1941; transferred to Permanent RCAF, 1 October 1946.  Award presented 1 April 1949.

 

This officer has completed numerous sorties against a variety of heavily defended targets and has invariably pressed home his attacks with great resolution.  On one occasion, when attacking Bottrop, despite the failure of one engine, he completed a successful attack and also obtained a valuable photograph. Wing Commander Black has set a fine example to the squadron he commands and his leadership and courage have been outstanding.

 

BLACK, S/L Clifford Murray, DFC (19546) - 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.

 

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BLACK, F/O Duncan Rhoderick (J89826) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.426 Squadron - Award effective 5 June 1945 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 1291/45 dated 10 August 1945.  Home in Montreal; enlisted there 7 September 1942.  Trained at No.3 ITS (graduated 15 May 1943), No.13 EFTS (graduated 10 July 1943) and No.2 SFTS (graduated 29 October 1944).  CHECK UNIT; IN AFRO IT APPEARS AS NO.436 SQUADRON.  DHIST CARD HAS NO.426 SQUADRON TYPED, THEN STRUCK OUT IN PENCIL AND NO.436 SUBSTITUTED.  Award presented 5 October 1946.

 

Flying Officer Black has completed many operational missions and has proved an efficient and determined captain of aircraft.  This was amply demonstrated in March 1945 when detailed to attack Cologne.  Soon after taking off, the starboard outer engine became unserviceable.  Although some height was lost, this officer continued to the target which he successfully attacked.  Throughout he displayed fine airmanship and devotion to duty.

 

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BLACK, F/L Robert Loughrey (J37377) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.101 Squadron - Award effective 12 November 1945 as per London Gazette dated 16 November 1945 and AFRO 133/46 dated 8 February 1946.  Home in Brussels, Ontario; enlisted Hamilton, 28 August 1941.  Trained at No.1 ITS (graduated 2 January 1942), No.6 EFTS (graduated 3 January 1942 (IMPOSSIBLE - A DATE MUST BE WRONG) and No.4 SFTS (graduated 31 July 1942).  Award sent by registered mail 28 June 1949.  No citation other than "completed...numerous operations against the enemy in the course of which [he has] invariably displayed the utmost fortitude, courage and devotion to duty."  Public Records Office Air 2/9137 has recommendation dated 15 May 1945 when he had flown 31 sorties (209 hours 55 minutes).

 

12 Dec 44      Essen                                     13 Feb 45      Dresden

15 Dec 44      Ludwigshaven                       20 Feb 45      Dortmund

17 Dec 44      Ulm                                         21 Feb 45      Duisburg

22 Dec 44      Bonn                                       23 Feb 45      Pforzheim

28 Dec 44      Bonn                                       1 Mar 45         Mannheim

29 Dec 44      Sholven-Buer                         2 Mar 45         Cologne

31 Dec 44      Osterfeld                                7 Mar 45         Dessau

2 Jan 45         Nuremburg                             8 Mar 45         Kassel

5 Jan 45         Hanover                                  25 Mar 45      Hanover

6 Jan 45         Neuss                                     27 Mar 45      Paderborn

14 Jan 45       Merseburg                             3 Apr 45         Nordhausen

16 Jan 45       Brux                                        4 Apr 45         Lutzendorf

28 Jan 45       Stuttgart                                  9 Apr 45         Kiel

1 Feb 45        Ludwigshaven                       10 Apr 45       Plauen

3 Feb 45        Bottrop                                   14 Apr 45       Potsdam (Berlin)

7 Feb 45        Cleve

 

Flight Lieutenant Black, a Canadian, is a pilot of outstanding ability who has carried out a highly successful tour of 31 operational sorties against the enemy. On many occasions the targets which he attacked offered heavy opposition from flak and fighters, but this in no way deterred this officer's firm intention to strike the enemy as hard as possible.

 

This officer's keenness for operations was outstanding, and all those around him knew that it was his one intention to complete the task in hand.  This officer at all times displayed a very fine order of personal courage which combined with cheerful confidence and unequalled spirit of determination has resulted in the completion of a splendid operational tour.

 

It is recommended that Flight Lieutenant Black's fine offensive spirit and sustained bravery in the face of the enemy be recognized by an award of the Distinguished Flying Cross.

 

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BLACK, P/O Stanley (J93285) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.77 Squadron - Award effective 8 September 1945 as per London Gazette dated 25 September 1945 and AFRO 1768/45 dated 23 November 1945.  Born 1921 in Winnipeg; home there (machine operator); enlisted there 20 July 1942.  Trained at No.2 ITS (graduated 3 April 1943) and No.5 AOS (graduated 29 October 1943).    Commissioned December 1944.  Award presented 11 June 1949.

 

This officer has completed many sorties.  He has at all times shown the greatest keenness for operational flying.  Returning from an attack against Essen in November 1944, an enemy fighter attacked his aircraft four times.  The aircraft was badly damaged and fire broke out in the port wing.  Pilot Officer Black continued calmly to navigate the aircraft until a successful emergency landing was made.  At all times his devotion to duty and courage have been worthy of the highest praise.

 

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BLACK, P/O Stewart Blair (J85057) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.12 Squadron - Award effective 5 August 1944 as per London Gazette dated 18 August 1944 and AFRO 2101/44 dated 29 September 1944.  Born 1923 in Innisfail, Alberta; home given variously as Ottawa (air cadet for 14 months) and Chilliwack, British Columbia; enlisted Innisfail, Alberta, 6 October 1940. Trained at No.2 ITS (graduated 1 August 1942), No.2 EFTS (graduated 23 October 1942) and No.12 SFTS (graduated 19 February 1943).  Commissioned 1944.  Award sent by registered mail 22 November 1945. No citation other than "completed...many successful operations against the enemy in which [he has] displayed high skill, fortitude and devotion to duty."

 

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BLACK, S/L Stuart McBrayne (C3216) - Member, Order of the British Empire - Eastern Air Command Headquarters - Award effective 14 June 1945 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 1127/45 dated 6 July 1945.  Born 3 March 1898; attended Springfield Public School and St.Thomas Collegiate Institute.  Employed by McDonald and Willson Lighting Studios, Toronto; enlisted in Toronto, 9 December 1940.  Administrative Branch.  Award presented 10 January 1946.

 

Squadron Leader Black has been employed as officer in charge of the Aircraft Detection Corps from October 1942 until its disbandment in November 1944.  Through this period he has worked with tireless energy and has shown outstanding organizing ability in developing the Corps from 3,733 to a peak of 20,023 voluntary and unpaid observers.  His devotion to duty has been reflected in the morale and enthusiasm of the Aircraft Detection Corps which has been responsible for saving the lives of the crews of many operational and training aircraft.  He has displayed exceptional devotion to duty.

 

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BLACK, F/O Victor James (J26061) - Distinguished Flying Cross - Eastern Air Command Headquarters - Award effective 3 November 1944 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 2479/44 dated 17 November 1944.  Enlisted in Vancouver, 29 April 1941.  Trained at No.2 ITS (graduated 8 August 1941), No.19 EFTS (graduated 25 September 1941), and No.10 SFTS (graduated 19 December 1941).  Award presented at Sea Island, 22 October 1949.  As of recommendation he had flown 1,731 hours 30 minutes, of which 1,100 were on operations (113 sorties).

 

This officer, throughout a long period of flying duties on operations in the North Atlantic area, has proven himself to be a most efficient pilot and captain of aircraft.  By his skill as a pilot and his keenness and devotion to duty he has set a very a fine record on anti-submarine operations.  The splendid manner in which he has carried out his duties has been an inspiration to all those with whom he has been associated.

 

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BLACK, F/L William Anderson (J1444) - Air Force Cross - No.8 SFTS (since moved to No.1 OTU).  Award made on 1 January 1943 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 55/43 dated 15 January 1943.  Born in Halifax, 22 September 1907.  Enlisted in Halifax, 27 May 1940; trained at No.1 ITS, No.2 EFTS, No.4 SFTS.  Presented at Buckingham Palace 29 June 1943.  Missing, presumed dead, 27 June 1944 on a Mustang of No.2 Squadron, RAF; hit by flak on photo mission, northern France.

 

Flying Officer Black has been an outstanding instructor, as an NCO Warrant Officer and Commissioned Officer for the past eighteen months during which time he has completed 1,450 flying hours.  His personality, his steadfastness and his conscientiousness have produced many excellent pilots and assisted in the maintenance of harmony among his fellow instructors.

 

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BLACK, F/O William Lyle (J35794) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.65 Squadron - Award effective 8 August 1945 as per London Gazette dated 17 August 1945 and AFRO 1507/45 dated 28 September 1945.  Born 9 August 1924 at Bracebridge, Ontario; home there (student); enlisted North Bay 10 August 1942.  Trained at No.6 ITS (graduated 19 March 1943), No.12 EFTS (graduated 28 May 1943) and No.6 SFTS (graduated and commissioned 17 September 1943). Post to No.1 OTU, Bagotville, 8 October 1943; to "Y" Depot, Halifax, 13 January 1944; taken on strength of No.3 Personnel Reception Centre, Bournemouth, 20 January 1944; repatriated 13 August 1945; released 10 October 1945.  Award presented in Toronto 20 November 1949.  AFRO citation says "damaged a further third" but London Gazette says "damaged a further three".

 

Flying Officer Black has completed numerous sorties of a hazardous nature.  Many of these operations have necessitated long crossings over the sea.  During these missions he has destroyed two enemy aircraft and damaged a further third.  He has at all times displayed great determination and devotion to duty.

 

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BLACKBURN, W/C Arthur Paul (C846) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.434 Squadron - Award effective 6 January 1945 as per London Gazette dated 16 January 1945 and AFRO 508/45 dated 23 March 1945.  Born 1916 in Aylsford, Nova Scotia; home in New Glasgow (ex-COTC at St.Francis Xavier University); enlisted Halifax, 4 July 1938.  Commissioned 1938.  Received wings at Trenton, 17 June 1939.  Award presented 1 April 1949.  No citation other than "completed... numerous operations against the enemy in the course of which [he has] invariably displayed the utmost fortitude, courage and devotion to duty."  Public Records Office Air 2/9038 has recommendation dated 26 October 1944.  No details of first tour; credited with 15 sorties (73 hours ten minutes) on second tour.

 

14 July 44             Leipzig (6.40)                        18 Aug 44      Bremen (5.40)

15 July 44             Diversion (4.20)                    25 Aug 44      Calais (4.10))

17 July 44             Caen (4.35)                           27 Aug 44      Sterkrade-Duisburg

18 July 44             Weseling (6.10)                                             (5.20)

23 July 44             Donges (5.45)                       10 Sep 44      Le Havre (4.25)

24 July 44             L'Hey (3.40)                           12 Sep 44      Le Havre (4.25)

1 Aug 44              Acquet (4.05)                         12 Sep 44      Dortmund (5.05,

3 Aug 44              Foret de Nieppe                                            by flak)

(4.30)                                      14 Sep 44 Duisburg (6.05)

16 Aug 44            Kiel (5.35)                              18 Sep 44      Domburgh (3.45)

 

Since this officer's enlistment in the Royal Canadian Air Force early in 1939 he has distinguished himself as a forceful and courageous leader.  His operational efficiency during the tour of operations with Coastal Command and his work as an instructor at an Air Navigation School has brought him the praise of all his Senior Officers and the men who have worked with him.

 

Since joining the bomber squadron, Wing Commander Blackburn has proven himself a highly skilful and courageous captain whose fine example and untiring work both in the air and on the ground has led his squadron to an outstanding high standard of operational efficiency.

 

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BLACKBURN, F/L John Hiram (C7109) - Mention in Despatches - Western Air Command Headquarters - Western Air Command Headquarters - Award effective 2 February 1946 as per Canada Gazette of that date and AFRO 280/46 dated 15 March 1946.  Home in Edmonton; enlisted there 22 August 1941.

 

Flight Lieutenant Blackburn has displayed outstanding ability as Assistant Air Search and Rescue Officer in Western Air Command, particularly in research work, the development of safety procedures and their indoctrination to aircrews.  His untiring efforts and self sacrifices have gone far beyond the limits of ordinary duty, and as such have without a doubt been largely responsible for the prevention of loss of life and for the locating of crashed aircraft.  His contribution to the war effort is outstanding.

 

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BLACKBURN, P/O William John (J87461) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.12 Squadron - Squadron - Award effective 2 October 1944 as per London Gazette dated 17 October 1944 and AFRO 2637/44 dated 8 December 1944.  Born 1924 in Winnipeg; home in Cochrane, Ontario; enlisted North Bay, 8 June 1942.  Trained at No.6 ITS (graduated 30 December 1942) and No.1 AOS (graduated 11 June 1943).  Commissioned 1944.  Award sent by registered mail 28 June 1949.  No citation other than "completed...numerous operations against the enemy in the course of which [he has] invariably displayed the utmost fortitude, courage and devotion to duty".  Public Records Office Air 2/9026 has recommendation dated 11 July 1944 when he had flown 29 sorties (154 operational hours), 18 March to 17 June 1944.  Recommended for a DFM (he was then a Flight Sergeant) but amended as he had been commissioned with effect from 6 June 1944; sortie times not listed:

 

18 Mar 44         Frankfurt                                      22 May 44        Dortmund

22 Mar 44         Frankfurt                                      24 May 44        Aachen

24 Mar 44         Berlin                                           31 May 44        Tergnier

26 Mar 44         Essen                                          4 June 44         Sangatte

30 Mar 44         Nuremburg                                  5 June 44         Grisbecq

18 Apr 44         GARDENING                             6 June 44         Acheres

20 Apr 44         Cologne                                      9 June 44         Flers

22 Apr 44         Dusseldorf                                  11 June 44       Evreux

24 Apr 44         Karlsruhe                                    12 June 44       Gelsenkirchen

26 Apr 44         Essen                                          14 June 44       Le Havre

27 Apr 44         Friedrichshaven                         15 June 44       Boulogne

30 Apr 44         Maintenon                                   17 June 44       Aulnoye, abandoned

1 May 44           Venissieux                                                            on instructions of

3 May 44           Mailly                                                                     Master Bomber.

6 May 44           Bruz

9 May 44           Merville

11 May 44        Hasselt (abandoned

on instructions of

Master Bomber)

 

Flight Sergeant Blackburn is a Canadian who has completed a most successful operational tour in the capacity of Air Bomber.  As a courageous and capable member of a very gallant crew he has carried a large share of the responsibility for the crew's magnificent success.

 

On every occasion Flight Sergeant Blackburn has guided the pilot and bombed accurately, frequently in the face of intense opposition from ground defences in the target area.  He has bombed many of the most heavily defended targets in Germany with the utmost determination and at all times has displayed a fine fighting spirit which, with his cheerful sense of humour, has been an inspiration to his crew.

 

I have no hesitation in recommending the award of the Distinguished Flying Medal to Flight Sergeant Blackburn.

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BLADES, F/L Philip Godfrey (J6371) - 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 Victoria; enlisted Vancouver 23 October 1940.  Trained at No.1 ITS (graduated 4 March 1941), No.4 EFTS (graduated 4 May 1941) and No.6 SFTS (graduated 27 July 1941).

 

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BLAIKLOCK, W/C Stansfeld Tunstall (C1817) - Member, Order of the British Empire - RCAF Overseas Headquarters - Award effective 1 January 1946 as per Canada Gazette of that date and AFRO 82/46 dated 25 January 1946.  Enlisted in Montreal, 21 March 1940.  Award presented 24 April 1949.

 

This officer served with distinction overseas in the early stages of the war as an Intelligence Officer and later developed into a very capable operations Sector Controller.  On his return to Canada in 1942 he did much outstanding work in organising fighter control in operational theatres of Canada.  As a result of this excellent work he was appointed to the important position of Command Staff Officer in the Middle East.  Throughout his service career his mature judgement, common sense and exceptional devotion to duty have been directly responsible for a high standard of efficiency in all tasks to which he has been assigned.

 

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BLAIR, F/L Charles Edgar (J10609) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.59 Squadron - Award effective 24 November 1944 as per London Gazette dated 5 December 1944 and AFRO 293/45 dated 16 February 1945.  Born 1917 in North River, Nova Scotia; home in Truro, Nova Scotia; enlisted Halifax, 28 May 1941.  Trained at No.5 ITS (graduated 27 September 1941), No.22 EFTS (graduated 22 November 1941) and No.13 SFTS (graduated 13 March 1942).  Commissioned 1942.  Award sent by registered mail 10 March 1947.

 

This officer has flown on numerous convoy escorts and anti-submarine patrols.  His skill, confidence and reliability in appalling weather have been outstanding. On one occasion, when all sorties were cancelled on account of bad weather, he took off to provide cover for an important convoy.  The convoy was met and successfully escorted.  Throughout his operational career this captain of aircraft has set an inspiring example by his cheerful and efficient devotion to duty.

 

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BLAIR, WO Gordon Charles (R100088) - Mention in Despatches - Overseas - Award effective 8 June 1944 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 1729/44 dated 11 August 1944.  Born 1924 in Oakville, Manitoba; home there (farm labourer, ex-Royal Canadian Artillery); enlisted Winnipeg, 19 March 1941.  Trained at No.2 WS (graduated 9 December 1941) and No.7 BGS (graduated 3 February 1942).  Commissioned May 1944.  No citation in AFRO. 

 

BLAIR, F/O Gordon Charles (J87293) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.431 Squadron - Award effective 30 October 1945 as per London Gazette dated 6 November 1945 and AFRO 155/46 dated 15 February 1946.  No citation other than "completed...numerous operations against the enemy in the course of which [he has] displayed the utmost fortitude, courage and devotion to duty."  DHist file 181.009 D.1941 (RG.24 Vol.20612) has recommendation by W/C W.F. McKinnon dated 22 May 1945 when he had flown 43 sorties (295 hours 56 minutes) in two tours.  First tour was 30 sorties (198 hours 51 minutes), 15 November 1942 to 29 September 1943.  Second tour was 13 sorties (97 hours five minutes), 14 February to 22 April 1945.  NOTE: Recommendation has name as Charles Gordon).  Award sent by registered mail 28 March 1949.

 

Flying Officer Blair (air gunner) has completed thirteen trips on his second tour.  This officer, with the experience gained on his first tour, has been a constance source of inspiration and guidance to the other members of his crew, and his section.  Flying Officer Blair has shown great determination and courage in the face of the most severe enemy opposition, while operating against such heavily defended targets as Leipzig, Hamburg, Hagen and Dortmund.

 

For his cool daring, great skill and unfailing cheerful co-operation I strongly recommend the Non-Immediate award of the Distinguished Flying Cross.

 

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BLAIR, FS John Edward (R151002) - British Empire Medal - No.1 Technical Training School - Award effective 13 June 1946 as per Canada Gazette of that date and AFRO 660/46 dated 5 July 1946.  Home in Cobalt, Ontario; enlisted in North Bay, 30 January 1942.  Award presented 29 May 1947.

 

This non-commissioned officer has shown himself to be especially outstanding in the performance of his duties.  The supreme knowledge he has of his trade coupled with his vigour and enthusiasm in fire prevention duties have been an outstanding example to all ranks.  The efficiency of his section has contributed in no small measure to the absence of any serious damage by fire at his unit over a period of over four years.

 

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BLAIR, W/C Kenneth Strang (C2611) - Member, Order of the British Empire - NWAC Headquarters - Award effective 1 January 1946 as per Canada Gazette of that date and AFRO 82/46 dated 25 January 1946.  Home in Regina; enlisted there 4 September 1940.  Award sent by registered mail 18 November 1947.

 

This officer has filled the position of Senior Organization Officer at this Headquarters over a lengthy period of time.  During this period he has displayed boundless energy and devotion to duty that have been exceptional.  He has organized and participated in station activities and has accepted added duties and responsibilities with a cheerfulness that has been most infectious.  Wing Commander Blair has played an important part in the development and organization of this Command.

 

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BLAKE, LAC Arthur James (R174388) - Mention in Despatches - East Moor - Award effective 14 June 1945 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 1647/45 dated 26 October 1945.  Enlisted 4 July 1942.  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.  Home in Montreal; enlisted there 3 July 1942.  DHist file 181.009 D.1719 (PAC RG.24 Vol.20606) has recommendation dated 3 February 1945 when he had served eight months in Canada, 15 months overseas.  Armament (Guns).

 

LAC Blake has been employed in the Repair and Inspection Section of the Armoury for the past year.  He is a willing worker and cheerfully carries out any task given him.  This airman is an excellent tradesman and his efforts have done much to maintain a high standard of serviceability of armament equipment on this station.  Owing to increased commitments it is particularly important that this high serviceability be maintained and as LAC Blake has worked so cheerfully to maintain this high standard, it is strongly recommended that he be awarded a "Mention in Despatches".

 

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BLAKE, F/O Malcolm Richard (J86752) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.166 Squadron - Award effective 5 February 1945 as per London Gazette dated 16 February 1945 and AFRO 563/45 dated 29 March 1945.  Born 1923; home at Blairmore, Alberta; enlisted Calgary 13 July 1942.  Trained at No.2 ITS (graduated 2 January 1943),  No.15 EFTS (graduated 19 March 1943 and No.11 SFTS (graduated 23 July 1943).  Commissioned 1944.  Award sent by registered mail May 1955.

 

Throughout his tour Flying Officer Blake has shown himself to be a skilful pilot and courageous captain of aircraft.  His determination to press home his attacks to a successful conclusion and his enthusiasm for operational flying have been most praiseworthy and have set a sterling example to all his crew.  On one occasion his aircraft was attacked by an enemy fighter.  Flying Officer Blake employed skilful manoeuvres which, in co-operation with his gunners, resulted in its probable destruction.

 

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BLAKE, F/L Vincent James (J25281) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.644 Squadron - Award effective 3 September 1945 as per London Gazette dated 14 September 1945 and AFRO 1672/45 dated 2 November 1945.  Born 1923 in Winnipeg; home there; enlisted there 6 January 1942.  Trained at No.4 ITS (graduated 17 July 1942), No.19 EFTS (graduated 18 December 1942) and No.10 SFTS (graduated 16 April 1943).  Commissioned 1943.  AFRO erroneously gives date as March 1944.  Award presented 11 June 1949.  Remained in postwar RCAF as a transport pilot.  Died in Ottawa 25 February 1991.

 

Flight Lieutenant Blake has been flying operations continuously since March 1944.  He has taken part in all the airborne operations in the Western European theatre of war including the landings in Normandy, at Arnhem and during the Rhine crossing.  On all these occasions the gliders towed by him have reached their destination successfully and discharged their troops safely.  He has also completed numerous special supply missions and on one occasion whilst flying to Holland his aircraft was badly damaged by anti-aircraft fire.  Despite this he completed his task.  On the return journey his aircraft was again subjected to intense fire from the ground forces, some of the instruments being rendered unserviceable.  Both Flight Lieutenant Blake and his navigator were injured but by superb flying he flew the aircraft back to a coastal landing strip where he made a successful landing.  He has at all times shown himself to be an officer of outstanding ability.

 

BLAKE, F/L Vincent James, DFC (J25281) - Croix de Guerre (France) -No.644 Squadron (AFRO gives unit only as "Overseas") - Awarded as per AFRO 1619/45 dated 19 October 1945.  Public Records Office Air 2/9645 has citation.

 

As pilot of aircraft, Flying Officer Blake participated in a number of special supply missions to the Maquis both before and after the invasion of Normandy.  These operations, many of which were completed during adverse weather, required a high degree of skill and accuracy.  On one occasion his aircraft sustained much damage by anti-aircraft fire; in addition Flying Officer Blake and his navigator were wounded.  Displaying courage and skilful airmanship, Flying Officer Blake brought the aircraft back to base and accomplished a masterly landing.  On the night of 5th June, 1944, Flying Officer Blake towed a glider aircraft to Normandy successfully.  The following day, despite intense enemy opposition, he succeeded in releasing another glider over the landing zone.

 

 

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BLAKE, F/O William Vincent (J14132) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.428 Squadron - Award effective 28 February 1944 as per London Gazette dated 10 March 1944 and AFRO 766/44 dated 6 April 1944.  Born 1922 in Hamilton; home there; enlisted there 9 September 1941.  Trained at No.3 ITS (graduated 13 February 1942), No.4 EFTS (graduated 22 May 1942) and No.11 SFTS (graduated 11 September 1942) .  Commissioned 1942.  Killed in action, 23/24 March 1944  (Halifax LW285); name on Runnymede Memorial.  Award presented to his mother 28 February 1946.

 

One night in February 1944, this officer piloted an aircraft detailed to attack Leipzig.  On the outward flight the aircraft was attacked by a fighter and before the enemy aircraft could be driven off the bomber sustained much damage.  Soon afterwards three more fighters were encountered but they were successfully evaded.  A little later the bomber was hit by fire from the ground defences, more damage was sustained rendering the inter-communication system inoperative and cutting off the supply of oxygen to the rear of the aircraft.  Although the aircraft became difficult to control, Flying Officer Blake continued to the target which he successfully attacked, afterwards flying the damaged bomber to an airfield in this country.  This officer displayed skill, courage and resolution of a high order.

 

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BLAKENEY, FS Jill Adelaide (W302170) - British Empire Medal - RCAF Overseas Headquarters - Award effective 1 January 1946 as per Canada Gazette of that date and AFRO 82/46 dated 25 January 1946.  Home in Toronto; enlisted Vancouver, 3 March 1942.  Maiden name was Jill Wigg (Nelson, British Columbia).  Pre-war stenographer; husband had won DFC.  Award sent by registered mail

 

This airwoman has worked at these headquarters for a period of two years and has proved a fine example to all other airwomen by her zeal, efficiency and helpfulness.  She has at all times shown a devotion to duty of the highest degree and her outstanding services to the Royal Canadian Air Force is most praiseworthy.

 

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BLAKENEY, F/L William Tupper (J9940) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.414 Squadron - Award effective 10 July 1945 as per London Gazette dated 24 July 1945 and AFRO 1619/45 dated 19 October 1945.  Born 1921 in Barrie, Ontario; home in Toronto (machinist); enlisted there 30 April 1941.  Trained at No.1 ITS (graduated 20 August 1941), No.10 EFTS (graduated 7 October 1941) and No.1 SFTS. (graduated 22 January 1942)  Commissioned 1942.  Award presented 22 November 1948. See Jill Blakeney (wife).

 

Throughout numerous operational sorties consisting mainly of tactical reconnaissances and low level photographic missions Flight Lieutenant Blakeney has displayed the utmost keenness and skill.  This officer's outstanding leadership both in the air and on the ground has gained him the complete confidence of all his pilots in his flight.  On occasions he has led a formation on most hazardous reconnaissance missions and has always been successful in obtaining the information required.  Flight Lieutenant Blakeney's courage and devotion to duty has been worthy of the highest commendation.

 

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BLAKESLEE, F/L Donald James Mathew (J4551) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.133 Squadron - Award effective 23 July 1942 as per London Gazette dated 14 August 1942 and AFRO 1413/42 dated 4 September 1942.  American in the RCAF.  Born Ohio, 1917; home in Fairport Harbour, Ohio.  Second Lieutenant, U.S. Infantry Reserve, 1938-1940; enlisted Windsor, Ontario, 15 August 1940.  Trained at No.2 ITS, No.14 EFTS and No. 1 SFTS.  Commissioned 1941.  Award presented 19 November 1948.  Later transferred to USAAF.  Photo UK-1511 shows him.  Credited with the following victories while a member of the RCAF: with No.401 Squadron: 18 November 1941, one Bf.109 damaged; 22 November 1941, one Bf.109 probably destryed and one Bf.109 damaged; 8 December 1941, one Bf.109 damaged; with No.133 Squadron: 28 April 1942, two FW.190s probably destroyed; 30 May 1942, one FW.190 damaged; 27 June 1942, one Ju.88 damaged; 18 August 1942, one FW.190 destroyed; 19 August 1942, one Do.217 destroyed, one FW.190 probably desroyed and two FW.190s damaged.

 

This officer has completed a large number of sorties over enemy territory.  He has destroyed one, probably two, and damaged several more hostile aircraft.  He is a fine leader whose keenness has proved most inspiring.

 

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BLAMEY, F/L Douglas Owen (J19258) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.156 Squadron - Award effective 24 May 1944 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 1444/44 dated 7 July 1944.  Born 1921 in Hamilton; home there; enlisted there 1 October 1941.  Trained at No.3 ITS (graduated 6 June 1942), No.4 EFTS (graduated 1 August 1942) and No.5 SFTS (graduated 20 November 1942).  Commissioned 1943.  Award presented 19 November 1948.  No citation other than "completed...many successful operations against the enemy in which [he has] displayed high skill, fortitude and devotion to duty".  Public Records Office Air 2/9149 has recommendation dated 21 February 1944 when he had flown 27 sorties (180 operational hours), 12 July 1943 to 20 February 1944.

 

12 Jul 43           NICKLING, France                         26 Nov 43         Stuttgart

27 Sep 43        Hannover                                         23 Dec 43        Berlin

29 Sep 43        Bochum                                           29 Dec 43        Berlin

1 Oct 43            Hagen                                              1 Jan 44            Berlin

2 Oct 43            Munich                                             2 Jan 44            Berlin

4 Oct 43            Frankfurt                                          5 Jan 44            Stettin

7 Oct 43            Stuttgart                                           14 Jan 44         Brunswick

8 Oct 43            Hannover                                         27 Jan 44         Berlin

20 Oct 43          Leipzig                                             29 Jan 44         Berlin

3 Nov 43           Cologne                                           30 Jan 44         Berlin

18 Nov 43         Berlin                                                15 Feb 44         Berlin

22 Nov 43         Berlin                                                19 Feb 44         Leipzig

23 Nov 43         Berlin                                                20 Feb 44         Stuttgart

25 Nov 43         Frankfurt

 

This officer has completed 26 operational sorties against the most heavily defended targets in Germany whilst serving in the Pathfinder Force as a member of No.156 Squadron. Seventeen of these sorties have been on blind marking duties, ten on Berlin.

Pilot Officer Blamey has on every occasion displayed determination of the highest order and has pressed home his attacks in the face of strong enemy opposition.  His determination and high sense of devotion to duty have been responsible for the highly successful sorties carried out by his crew.  He is an excellent captain of aircraft and is strongly recommended for the award of the Distinguished Flying Cross.

 

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BLANCHARD, S/L Edward Alfred (C2074) - Member, Order of the British Empire - No.8 Bombing and Gunnery School - Award effective 26 May 1944 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 1380/44 dated 30 June 1944.  Home in Winnipeg; enlisted there 30 May 1940.  Award presented 30 October 1948.

 

This officer at all times has displayed a very high degree of initiative, forethought and ability as Senior Equipment Officer.  During the last few months he has cheerfully undertaken many tasks beyond the normal requirements of his duty.  His perseverance and determination in the face of any difficulties has been an inspiration to all members of the station.

 

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BLANCHARD, P/O Morrison Sutherland (J16663) - Mention in Despatches - No.22 PTC (AFRO gives unit only as "Overseas"; not certain what "PTC" signifies) - Award effective 14 January 1944 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 874/44 dated 21 April 1944.  Home in Garson, Manitoba; enlisted Winnipeg 10 August 1940.  Trained at No.2 ITS (graduated 6 December 1940),  No.2 BGS (graduated 14 April 1941), No.3 AOS (graduated 3 March 1941) and No.1 ANS (graduated 12 May 1941).

 

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BLANCHARD, Sergeant Robson Augustus (R76479) - 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 Kentville, Nova Scotia; home Halifax 20 January 1941.

 

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BLANCHER, WO2 (now P/O) Charles Francis Lyon (R169265/J94609) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.150 Squadron - Award effective 5 July 1945 as per London Gazette dated 20 July 1945 and AFRO 1619/45 dated 19 October 1945.  Born 1924 in Brockville, Ontario; home given as Kingston and Morrisburg, Ontario (student), ex-Royal Canadian Artillery); enlisted Ottawa 22 June 1942. Trained at No.5 ITS (graduated 19 December 1942) and No.8 AOS (graduated 3 September 1943).  Commissioned April 1945.  Award sent by registered mail 15 January 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 2/9082 has recommendation dated 22 February 1945 when he had flown 28 sorties (171 hours 18 minutes), 5 October 1944 to 8 February 1945.

 

5 Oct 44         Saarbrucken                          4 Dec 44        Karlsruhe

7 Oct 44         Emmerich                              6 Dec 44        Merseburg

14 Oct 44       Duisburg                                22 Dec 44      Coblenz

14 Oct 44       Duisburg                                27 Dec 44      Rheydt

19 Oct 44       Stuttgart                                  28 Dec 44      Bonn

31 Oct 44       Cologne                                 31 Dec 44      Osterfeld

2 Nov 44         Dusseldorf                             2 Jan 45         Nuremburg

4 Nov 44         Bochum                                  5 Jan 45         Hanover

11 Nov 44      Dortmund                               14 Jan 45       Merseburg

16 Nov 44      Duren                                      28 Jan 45       Stuttgart

21 Nov 44      Aschaffenburg                       2 Feb 45        Weisbaden

27 Nov 44      Freiburg                                 3 Feb 45        Bottrop

29 Nov 44      Dortmund                               7 Feb 45        Cleve

2 Dec 44        Urft Dam                                 8 Feb 45        Politz

 

Warrant Officer Blancher, a Canadian navigator, was posted to the squadron on its reformation, having already eight operational sorties to his credit.  Since then he has completed a further twenty missions with success, now making a total of 171.18 hours on his first operational tour.  His missions include sorties to the distant and heavily defended targets of Stuttgart, Merseburg, Leuna (2), Nuremburg, Hanover and Politz.

 

Throughout his tour of operations this navigator has displayed a very high degree of technical efficiency enabling his captain to carry out their sorties with meticulous timing and accuracy.  Often in the face of heavy opposition and extremely bad weather conditions, Warrant Officer Blancher has always undertaken his allotted tasks fearlessly and with a fine offensive spirit, setting a magnificent example to the rest of the navigators on the squadron.

 

I strongly recommend the award of the Distinguished Flying Cross to this Warrant Officer in recognition of his excellent record and gallant achievements.

 

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BLANCHET, Sergeant Joseph Pierre Gaston (R56057) - Distinguished Flying Medal - No.35 Squadron - Award effective 11 May 1943 as per London Gazette dated 25 May 1943 and AFRO 1294/43 dated 9 July 1943.  Born 1918 in St.Augustine, Quebec; home in Trois Rivieres, Quebec (clerk); enlisted there 17 April 1940.  Trained at No.1 ITS (graduated 25 May 1940), No.2 BGS (graduated 13 December 1940) and No.1 WS (graduated 20 October 1940.   To No.35 Squadron, 24 September 1941; first sortie was 15/16 January 1942; last sortie was 27/28 April 1942.  Award presented 24 April 1944.  Cited with Sergeant R.H.D. Wilson (RAF, awarded DFM).

 

Sergeants Blanchet and Wilson have displayed high qualities of courage and fortitude in air operations.  Their exemplary conduct has been worthy of the highest praise.

 

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BLAND, S/L Eric Alexander (C1445) - Air Force Cross - No.8 SFTS - Award effective 26 October 1943 as per  London Gazette of that date and AFRO 2386/43 dated 19 November 1943. Enlisted at Calgary, 2 January 1940.  Trained at No.1 ITS (graduated 17 May 1940) and No.1 SFTS (graduated 19 August 1940).  Served overseas with No.402 Squadron and credited with the following: 19 August 1942, one FW.190 damaged; 24 August 1942, one FW.190 destroyed. Award presented 6 June 1944.

 

After serving overseas with a fighter squadron, this officer has been successively employed as Flight Commander, Examining Officer and Squadron Commander.  His untiring zeal, devotion to duty and fine instructional ability have been of great value in the Training Wing and have inspired the confidence and respect of all personnel working with him.

 

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BLATCHFORD, F/L Ross Thomas (J7644) - Mention in Despatches - Overseas - Award effective 1 January 1946 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 155/46 dated 15 February 1946.  Home in Toronto; enlisted there 3 September 1940.  Trained at No.1 ITS (graduated 15 January 1941), No.4 AOS (graduated 7 July 1941), No.4 BGS (graduated 16 August 1941) and No.2 ANS (graduated 15 September 1941).

 

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BLEAKLEY, F/L Roland MacKay (J19669) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.578 Squadron - Award effective 4 November 1944 as per London Gazette dated 14 November 1944 and AFRO 239/45 dated 9 February 1945.  Born 1916 in Kindersley, Saskatchewan; home in Winnipeg; enlisted there 23 March 1942.  Trained at No.7 ITS (graduated 23 October 1942), No.19 EFTS (graduated 30 December 1942) and No.15 SFTS (graduated 30 April 1943).  Commissioned 1944.  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."  Public Records Office Air 2/8827 has recommendation dated 21 August 1944 when he had flown 37 sorties (160 hours 21 minutes).

 

Flight Lieutenant Bleakley has completed 37 operations totalling 160.21 hours including many sorties upon a wide range of targets which have included industrial, strategical and tactical objectives.

 

Flight Lieutenant Bleakley possesses a forceful character with a keen understanding of his responsibilities as a captain; he has led his crew with brilliant success throughout a large number of sorties.  In addition to his fine operational record he has acted in the capacity of Air Sea Rescue and Safety Officer, devoting a considerable amount of his own time, thought and energy towards ensuring that all his comrades in the squadron were fully equipped and trained.  Thus he has contributed not only with his own crew, but through the medium of his work with other crews, a very considerable portion towards the successful completion of many operations.

 

It is strongly recommended that Flight Lieutenant Bleakley's exceptional work should be recognized by the award of the Distinguished Flying Cross.

 

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BLEICH, F/O Erwin (J87491) - Mention in Despatches - No.427 Squadron - Award effective 1 January 1946 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 388/46 dated 12 April 1946.  Home in Morse, Saskatchewan; enlisted Regina 12 March 1942.  Trained at No.2 ITS (graduated 12 September 1942), No.2 BGS (graduated 12 December 1942) and No.7 AOS (graduated 5 February 1943).  AFRO gives unit only as "Overseas"; unit found in McEwen Papers list of recommendations for MiD. 

 

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BLENKINSOP, S/L Edward Weyman (J3467) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.425 Squadron - Award effective 11 April 1944 as per London Gazette of 21 April 1944 and AFRO 1186/44 dated 2 June 1944.  Born 8 October 1920 in Victoria, British Columbia; educated and home there (chartered accountant); enlisted in Vancouver, 4 June 1940.  Trained at No.1 ITS (24 June to 20 July 1940), No.8 EFTS (23 July to 15 September 1940) and No.4 SFTS (15 October to 20 December 1940).  Further trained at No.1 ANS; subsequently assigned for 14 months to No.2 ANS.  Commissioned 1941.  To New Zealand 25 April 1942 to inspect their navigation training procedures (not sure when he returned).  Posted overseas January 1943; trained at No.3 (P) AFU, No.22 OTU and No.311 FTU.  To North Africa, 10 July 1943 for service with No.424 Squadron but transferred almost immediately to No.425 Squadron, with whom he flew until 27 February 1944 when transferred to No.405 Squadron.  Shot down with No.405 Squadron, 27/28 April 1944 (Lancaster JA976) during raid on Montzen marshalling yards; only survivor.  Picked up by Belgian Underground, he obtained papers which enabled him to pass as a Belgian national.  However, while in Meensel-Kiesegem a German round-up netted 80 members of local Resistance including Blenkinsop.  Held at St.Gilles Prison, Brussels.  While detained he transmitted his identity to an American officer POW by tapping in morse code over steam pipes.  Sent to work in a factory in Hamburg.  May have spent time in Bergen-Belsen.  Died 23 January 1945 in concentration camp at Neuengamme (heart failure, possibly caused by lethal injection).  Body cremated; name on Runnymede Memorial.

 

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

 

BLENKINSOP, S/L Edward Weyman, DFC (J3467) - Croix de Guerre 1940 with Palm (Belgium) - (deceased) - Awarded 17 July 1948 as per Canada Gazette of that date and AFRO 455/48 dated 23 July 1948.

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BLINKHORN, F/L Jack George (J12694) - Commended for Valuable Services - No.11 SFTS - Award effective 1 January 1946 as per Canada Gazette of that date and AFRO 82/46 dated 25 January 1946. Home in Dauphin, Manitoba; enlisted in Hamilton, Ontario, 2 July 1940.  Trained at No.1 ITS (graduated 14 September 1940), No.3 EFTS (graduated 25 November 1940), and No.6 SFTS (graduated 10 February 1941).

 

This officer graduated as a Sergeant Pilot.  By his continued enthusiasm and devotion to duty, he has successfully filled all positions up to Flight Commander.  During a prolonged period of instructional flying, he has maintained consistent interest in his duties and made unceasing efforts to improve the standard of flying instruction.  His marked ability, fine leadership and exceptional keenness have been outstanding and an inspiration to all who have come in contact with him.

 

BLINKHORN, F/L Jack George (J12694) - Croix de Guerre with Silver Star (France) - Overseas -  Award as per AFRO 866/46 dated 6 September 1946.  For this French award, DHist file 181.009 D.1554 (RG.24 Vol.20601) gives the following:

 

Pilot of great valour. Has been successful in pick-up operations in occupied Indochinese territory, thus helping materially the Resistance Movement in Indochina.

 

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BLISS, WO Osborne Lloyd (R88244) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.35 Squadron (presumed dead) - Award effective 22 August 1943 as per London Gazette dated 20 March 1945 and AFRO 721/45 dated 27 April 1945.  Born 1915 in Westchester Station, Nova Scotia; home in New Glasgow (garage manager); enlisted Halifax, 24 March 1941. Trained at No.6 BGS (graduated 30 March 1942) and No.4 WS (graduated 10 April 1942).  Air gunner, killed in action 23/24 August 1943 on Halifax HR928; buried in Germany.  Award sent by registered mail to next of kin, 8 March 1946.

 

The efficient manner in which this officer has directed his captain in avoiding attacks by enemy fighters and engagement by searchlights and anti-aircraft fire has been very largely responsible for the excellent results attained by his crew.  Warrant Officer Bliss has proved himself to be a keen and cool air gunner whose record of operations has been most meritorious.  He has invariably displayed a high order of courage and devotion to duty.

 

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BLISSETT, FS Leonard Frank (Can 7572) - Mention in Despatches - No.22 Sub Repair Depot - Western Air Command Headquarters - Award effective 2 February 1946 as per Canada Gazette of that date and AFRO 280/46 dated 15 March 1946.  Enlisted in Ottawa, 24 April 1939.

 

This non-commissioned officer has displayed exceptional organizing ability and efficiency in the operation of a comparatively new branch of the service.  His keenness, loyalty and unfailing energy have most decidedly resulted in superior workmanship being displayed.  His record is a most praiseworthy example to all ranks of the Royal Canadian Air Force.

 

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BLONDON, Corporal Irwin William (R72901) - Mention in Despatches - East Moor - 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.  Home in Kingston, Nova Scotia; enlisted Charlottetown, 16 April 1941.  No citation in AFRO.  DHist file 181.009 D.1719 (PAC RG.24 Vol.20606) has recommendation dated 3 February 1945.  Armourer (B), enlisted 16 April 1941; served 21 months in Canada, 24 months overseas.

 

Corporal Blondon has been NCO in charge of the High Explosive Area of the Bomb Stores for the past year.  During this period he and his men have been called upon to work exceedingly long hours in all weathers at the arduous task of preparing operational bomb loads.  Corporal Blondon by his untiring efforts and initiative organized his work so that in spite of shortage of time and increased commitments, bomb loads are prepared in an exceedingly short time and his efforts have done much to increase the efficiency of the station.

 

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BLOOM, WO Robert John (R58524) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.35 Squadron - Award effective 4 October 1943 as per London Gazette dated 19 October 1943 and AFRO 2457/43 dated 26 November 1943.  Born 1917 in Vancouver; home there (clerk); enlisted there 21 August 1940.  Trained at No.6 BGS (graduated 20 July 1941) and No.1 WS (graduated 22 June 1941).  Award presented 27 November 1948.

 

Warrant Officer Bloom has completed many bombing attacks on distant and heavily defended objectives in Germany and the occupied countries.  He has always displayed great coolness when his aircraft has been subjected to heavy enemy attacks and his sound technical knowledge has, on several occasions, greatly assisted in the safe return of the aircraft to its base.  He has shown courage and tenacity of purpose on all his missions.

 

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BLOOMFIELD, P/O Melvin Russell (J88466) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.7 Squadron - Award effective 1 December 1944 as per London Gazette dated 12 December 1944 and AFRO 337/45 dated 23 February 1945.  Born 1924 in Hudson, Ontario; home in Windsor, Ontario (florist); enlisted Hamilton 11 June 1942.  Trained at No.1 ITS (graduated 20 November 1942), No.7 BGS (graduated 19 February 1943) and No.7 AOS (graduated 2 April 1943).  Commissioned 1944.  Award presented.  No citation other than "..in recognition of gallantry and devotion to duty in the execution of air operations against the enemy."  Public Records Office Air 2/8882 has recommendation dated 21 September 1944 when he had flown 41 sorties (176 hours 45 minutes), 2-28 January 1943 and 4 February to 13 September 1944.  Why the short 1943 tour and long absence?  Sorties from 25 June onwards were as part of Pathfinder Force.

 

2 Jan 43         GARDENING, Friesians           15 Mar 44      Special Bombing Op

(3.30)                                                                   (6.20)

6 Jan 43         GARDENING, Bordeaux           16 Mar 44      Amiens (3.45)

(8.35)                                           9 Apr 44         Paris (4.10)

14 Jan 43       Special Bombing Op                 11 Apr 44       Aachen (3.20)

(3.35)                                           24 Apr 44       Karlsruhe (5.35)

20 Jan 43       GARDENING, Friesians           26 Apr 44       Essen (4.00)

(3.10)                                           27 Apr 44       Friedrichshaven

21 Jan 43       Special Bombing Op                                         (7.45)

(3.40)                                           1 May 44        Chambly (3.35)

25 Jan 43       Special Bombing Op                 22 May 44      Dortmund (4.30)

(3.45)                                           25 May 44      Aachen (3.25)

28 Jan 43       GARDENING, Baltic                  25 Jun 44       Pas de Calais (2.15)

(6.00)                                           12 Jul 44        Paris (3.25)

18 Jul 44        Cagny (3.25)

* * * * *                                         22 Jul 44        Abbeville (2.50)

23 Jul 44        Kiel (5.30)

4 Feb 44        GARDENING, Bordeaux           25 Jul 44        Stuttgart (5.10)

(8.20)                                           5 Aug 44        Noyelle en Chausse

20 Feb 44      GARDENING, St.Malo                                      (3.05)

(4.00)                                           7 Aug 44        Battle area (3.05)

21 Feb 44      GARDENING (2.50)                  17 Aug 44      Caen (3.05)

22 Feb 44      GARDENING, Baltic                  1 Sept 44       Lumbres (2.10)

(6.45)                                           3 Sept 44       Velno (3.10)

7 Mar 44         Special Bombing Op                 9 Sept 44       Le Havre (2.30)

(6.30)                                           10 Sep 44      Le Havre (2.35)

10 Mar 44      Special Bombing Op                 10 Sep 44      Le Havre (3.05)

(7.40)                                           11 Sep 44      Kamen (3.45)

13 Mar 44      GARDENING, Lorient               12 Sep 44      Munster (3.35)

(6.00)                                           13 Sep 44      Nordstern (3.20)

 

This officer has now completed 41 operational sorties of which seventeen have been with this squadron including ten as a member of a Marker crew.

 

Pilot Officer Bloomfield has always shown himself as of high courage.  At all times he sets his mind to the task in hand and his cheerfulness and quiet determination to overcome all difficulties have gained him the respect and confidence of his crew.

 

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BLOWER, Corporal George Alfred (R75381) - Mention in Despatches - No.404 Squadron - Award effective 14 January 1944 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 874/44 dated 21 April 1944.  Home in Saskatoon; enlisted there 29 November 1940.   Dinghy expert.

 

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BLUETHNER, P/O Paul Daniel (J88289) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.405 Squadron - Award effective 15 March 1945 as per London Gazette dated 27 March 1945 and AFRO 1147/45 dated 13 July 1945.  Born 1923 in London, Ontario; home in Toronto (bank clerk); enlisted there 28 October 1942.  Trained at No.3 BGS (graduated 3 September 1943).  Commissioned July 1944.  Award sent by registered mail 26 September 1949.

 

This officer has 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 20 December 1944 when he had flown 49 sorties (234 hours six minutes), 9 April to 18 December 1944.

 

                                                             * denotes 1/3 sortie

 

9 Apr 44         Villeneuve-St.                           24 Jul 44        L'Hey (3.40)

Georges (5.50)*                       25 Jul 44        Stuttgart (8.30)

10 Apr 44       Ghent (4.40)*                            28 Jul 44        Hamburg (4.55)

26 Apr 44       Essen (4.40)                            30 Jul 44        Amaysur Suelle (4.00)

27 Apr 44       Aulnoye (4.05)*                        1 Aug 44        L'Hey (3.20)

30 Apr 44       Somain (5.00)                          3 Aug 44        Foret de Nieppe (3.50)

1 May 44        St.Ghislain (4.45)                     5 Aug 44        St.Leu Dressevent (5.05)

9 May 44        St.Valery en Caux (4.00)        8 Aug 44        Chantilly (4.30)

11 May 44      Boulogne (4.20)                       12 Aug 44      Brunswick (5.40)

12 May 44      Louvain (4.55)                          14 Aug 44      Aisy (4.25)

19 May 44      Le Clipon (3.50)                       15 Aug 44      GARDENING (6.25)

24 May 44      Aachen (4.25)                          30 Sep 44      Bottrop (3.07)

27 May 44      Bourg Leopold (5.35)              5 Oct 44         Saarbrucken (4.39)

7 June 44       Acheres (4.45)                         6 Oct 44         Sterkrade (3.02)

8 June 44       Mayennes (5.55)                      12 Oct 44       Wanne Eickel (3.27)

12 Jun 44       Arras (5.15)                              14 Oct 44       Duisburg (3.22)

14 Jun 44       Cambrai (3.45)                        15 Oct 44       Duisburg (3.22)

15 Jun 44       Boulogne (3.40)                       23 Oct 44       Essen (4.02)

17 Jun 44       Oisemont-au-Bois (4.25)        28 Oct 44       Cologne (3.57)

21 Jun 44       Oisemont-au-Bois (4.15)        30 Oct 44       Cologne (4.12)

24 Jun 44       Bonnetot (4.30)                        9 Nov 44         Wanne Eickel (3.37)

25 Jun 44       Godenflos (4.10)                      16 Nov 44      Julich (3.39)

27 Jun 44       Wizernes (3.45)                       22 Nov 44      Castrop (4.20)

28 Jun 44       Metz (6.45)                               27 Nov 44      Neuss (3.48)

4 July 44         Villeneuve-St.                           30 Nov 44      Duisburg (4.15)

Georges (5.40)                        2 Dec 44        Hagen (5.34)

20 Jul 44        Ferme du Grande                    18 Dec 44      Duisburg (4.22)

Bois (3.46)

 

Pilot Officer Bluethner is a very capable and efficient Air Gunner who is now on his second tour of operations.  He has participated in attacks on many of the enemy's most heavily defended areas, invariably displaying a fine fighting spirit and a dogged determination which is very commendable.  Although of a quiet, reserved disposition, the enthusiastic manner in which he has performed his allotted operational tasks, even under the most difficult and adverse conditions, has had an inspiring effect on all members of his crew and spurred them on to greater achievements.

 

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BLUETT, WO (now P/O) Wallace Robert (R98770/J86230) - 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 Carruthers, Saskatchewan; enlisted Saskatoon, 23 April 1941.  Trained at No.2 ITS (graduated 9 October 1941),  No.15 EFTS (graduated 6 December 1941) and No.11 SFTS (graduated 24 March 1942).  No citation in AFRO.

 

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BLUMENAUER, P/O Charles Richardson (J16226) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.103 Squadron - Award effective 11 March 1943 as per London Gazette dated 26 March 1943 and AFRO 757/43 dated 30 April 1943. Home in British Columbia.  Trained at No.2 ITS (graduated 10 September 1941), No.18 EFTS (graduated 22 November 1941) and No.7 SFTS (graduated 14 March 1942).  Commissioned 1942.  Award presented 13 July 1943.  Name mis-spelled in AFRO as "Bleumenauer".

 

Since the beginning of February 1943, this officer has completed a number of night sorties against targets in Germany, Italy and Northern France.  He has never failed to reach his objective and has pressed home his attack with accuracy and determination.  In operations against Lorient, Milan and Cologne, Pilot Officer Bleumenauer obtained excellent photographs.  By his courage and skill this officer has won the admiration of all with whom he has flown.

 

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BLUNDELL, WO1 James Henry (R56724) - Member, Order of the British Empire - No.3 Manning Depot - Award effective 28 May 1943 as per London Gazette dated 28 May 1943 and AFRO 1459/43 dated 30 July 1943.  Home in West Kildonan, manitoba.  Enlisted in Winnipeg, 5 February 1940.  Award presented 18 March 1944. Remained in postwar RCAF.  Died of injuries (non-flying), 16 November 1956 (still a WO1).

 

Since the opening of this Depot in July 1941, Warrant Officer Blundell has acted as Station Warrant Officer, and during the organization stages maintained discipline of a high standard.  He organized training instruction without adequate assistance and under trying conditions.  In addition to performing his regular duties in an exemplary manner, he has given his own time to instruct senior and junior NCOs.  He organized and operated a continuous course of instruction for disciplinarians.  As a result of his loyalty, leadership and fine example, he has built up and maintained an exceptionally high state of morale at this Depot.

 

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BLY, F/O Kenneth Eric (J27322) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.57 Squadron - Award effective 1 December 1944 as per London Gazette dated 8 December 1944 and AFRO 293/45 dated 16 February 1945.  Born 1915; home in Toronto; enlisted there 15 April 1942.  Trained at No.1 ITS (graduated 9 October 1942), No.1 BGS (graduated 23 January 1943) and No.10 AOS (graduated 30 April 1943).  Commissioned 1943.  Award presented 14 June 1949.

 

Throughout his operational tour this officer has participated in many sorties against vital targets.  He has shown courage and determination of a high order. His skill and accuracy as bomb aimer have been confirmed by excellent photographs.  During a number of attacks his aircraft has been in combat with enemy fighters and casualties have been sustained.  On one occasion the mid-upper gunner was killed and the rear gunner was wounded.  During two other sorties in July 1944 his aircraft was detailed to attack a target at Culmont-Chalindres.  On the outward flight, encountered by two Junkers 88, the aircraft was damaged and the rear turret put out of action.  Flying Officer Bly manned the front turret and gave the captain a concise report of the enemy's movements, which in conjunction with his accurate fire, resulted in the probable destruction of the enemy aircraft.

 

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BLYTHE, F/O Thomas Reid (C18093) - Mention in Despatches - Middleton St.George - Award effective 1 January 1946 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 388/46 dated 12 April 1946.  AFRO gives unit only as "Overseas"; unit found in McEwen Papers list of recommendations for MiD.  DHist file 181.009 D.4364 (RG.24 Vol.20648) has recommendation submitted to OC No.64 Base, 4 May 1945, giving name as "Thomas Robert".  Home in Kapuskasing; enlisted North Bay, Ontario, 10 May 1941; as of recommendation he had spent ten months in Canada, three years overseas.  Certificate sent to him 10 August 1948.

 

Flying Officer Blythe has been for the past year and a half the Radar Officer in charge of all Servicing and Repair work carried out at Middleton St. George.  His keenness and technical ability have been instrumental in achieving the highest state of serviceability of any station in 6 Group.

 

His interest in the men under his charge, and his actions to further develop the many ingenious improvements to Radar equipment has definitely proved him to be an outstanding leader of men.

 

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