BOADWAY, P/O John Murray (J85410) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.420 Squadron - Award effective 1 September 1944 as per London Gazette dated 19 September 1944 and AFRO 2373/44 dated 3 November 1944. Home in Sedgewick, Alberta; enlisted Edmonton. Trained at No.4 ITS (graduated 10 April 1942), No.5 EFTS (graduated 3 July 1942) and No.7 SFTS (graduated 23 October 1942). Award 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 29 June 1944 when he had flown 32 sorties (197 hours 45 minutes).

 

Date u/k Ferry to North Africa (8.10) 24 Feb 44 Schweinfurt (8.05)

28 Aug 43 Taranto (7.15) 13 Mar 44 Le Mans (5.15)

29 Aug 43 Piazzio (7.00) 15 Mar 44 Stuttgart (8.30)

8 Sep 43 Gaeta (6.15) 18 Mar 44 Frankfort (4.55)

12 Sep 43 Castelnoovo (7.00) 23 Mar 44 Frankfort (6.00)

14 Sep 43 Battapagalia (6.55) 24 Mar 44 Berlin (8.15)

15 Sep 43 Torre-Anunziata (6.10) 26 Mar 44 Essen (5.20)

17 Sep 43 Cervateri (6.00) 30 Mar 44 Nuremburg (7.45)

19 Sep 43 Benevento (6.10) 9 Apr 44 Villeneuve St.George (5.20)

22 Sep 43 Formia (6.40) 18 Apr 44 Noisy Lesec (4.45)

23 Sep 43 Leghorn (7.20) 20 Apr 44 Lens (4.00)

24 Sep 43 Leghorn (7.20) 7 May 44 St.Valery (3.35)

29 Sep 43 Formia (6.00) 9 May 44 Calais (3.15)

1 Oct 43 Formia (6.30) 10 May 44 Ghent (4.00)

15 Feb 44 Berlin (7.00) 12 May 44 Louvain (4.45)

19 Feb 44 Leipzig (7.20) 27 May 44 Bourg-Leopold (4.55)

 

Pilot Officer Boadway during his tour of operations has attacked targets in Germany, France and Italy. Throughout his tour, Pilot Officer Boadway has shown a fine offensive spirit and set a magnificent example not only to his crew but to the entire squadron. In view of Pilot Officer Boadway's fine record of achievement he is strongly recommended for the award of the Distinguished Flying Cross.

 

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BOAK, LAC James Ewart (R196718) - Mention in Despatches - No.1 Group 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 in Saskatoon, 27 November 1942.

 

This airman has excelled in organising and directing Service and Recreational facilities at this Headquarters, earning for himself a high degree of respect from all ranks. The keen efforts and devotion to duty displayed by this airman are most praiseworthy.

 

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BOAK, F/L William Aaron (J13413) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.406 Squadron - Award effective 27 July 1945 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 1507/45 dated 28 September 1945. Home in regina; enlisted Saskatoon, 23 July 1941. Trained at No.7 ITS (graduated 10 April 1942) and No.3 AOS (graduated 14 August 1942). Award presented 6 May 1950. Cited with F/L Philippe E. Etienne (RCAF, pilot, awarded DFC). Involved with the following victories (all with Etienne): 1/2 January 1945, one Bf.110 destroyed; 4/5 January 1945, one unidentified enemy aircraft destroyed; 10/11 April 1945, one He.111 destroyed and one Ju.88 destroyed; 14/15 April 1945, one Ju.88 destroyed; 23/24 April 1945, one Ju.88 destroyed; 26/27 April 1945, one He.111 destroyed on ground.

 

As navigator and pilot respectively these officers have participated in many sorties. They have consistently displayed a high standard of skill and co-operation and have set a fine example of devotion to duty. In air fighting Flight Lieutenants Etienne and Boak have destroyed four enemy aircraft.

 

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BOAL, P/O Earl William (J85009) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.418 Squadron - Award effective 12 May 1944 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 1185/44 dated 2 June 1944. Home in Regina; enlisted there 11 July 1940. Trained at No.2 ITS (graduated 9 May 1942) and No.3 AOS (graduated 11 September 1942). DFC and Bar presented 14 September 1949.

 

As observer Pilot Officer Boal has taken part in numerous sorties and has assisted in the destruction of six enemy aircraft. He is highly skilled and a gallant member of aircraft crew and his example both in the air and on the ground has been worthy of emulation.

 

BOAL, P/O Earl William (J85009) - Bar to Distinguished Flying Cross - No.418 Squadron - Award effective 7 July 1944 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 1861/44 dated 25 August 1944.

 

Since being awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross this officer has taken part in numerous sorties during which he has assisted in the destruction of nine enemy aircraft. He is an extremely efficient member of aircraft crew whose fearlessness and determination have set an inspiring example.

 

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BOAS, Sergeant Armine Gustav (R81420) - British Empire Medal - No.44 Radio Unit - Award effective 1 January 1946 as per Canada Gazette of that date and AFRO 82/46 dated 25 January 1946. Home in Vancouver; enlisted there 17 December 1940. Governor General's Records (RG.7 Group 26, Volume 59, file 190-I, dossier 8) has citation.

 


This non-commissioned officer is an outstanding Hospital Assistant, who has displayed exceptional skill and resourcefulness in handling the problems which confront him. In addition to service duties, he has successfully attended a large number of civilian medical cases, for whom no other facilities exist. His devotion to duty under isolated conditions is considered worthy of high praise.

 

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BOCKUS, F/L David Edgar (J14759) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.67 Squadron - Award effective 8 August 1945 as per London Gazette dated 17 August 1945 and AFRO 1507/45 dated 28 September 1945. Born in Belleville, 1922; home in Toronto; enlisted there 14 October 1941. Trained at No.5 ITS (graduated 10 Aril 1942), No.20 EFTS (graduated 19 June 1942) and No.8 SFTS (graduated 9 October 1942). Award sent by registered mail.

 

This officer joined his present squadron in October 1943 and since then he has flown on a large number of operational sorties. On many occasions his aircraft was forced down in the Burmese jungle but each time he evaded capture by the enemy and returned to our lines. By his consistent keenness and efficiency Flight Lieutenant Bockus has set an inspiring example to the other pilots in his squadron.

 

NOTE: In January 1997 the Royal Air Forces Escaping Society (Canadian Branch) presented to the National Aviation Museum a "dossier" (actually more like an album) with extended autobiographical notes on members (catalogued in the museum as D.805 C3 L96 1995 NMM). This included much information on Bockus. This indicated that he had not been absent from No.67 Squadron early 1944, supporting Chindit operations in Burma, principally flying L-5s to and from jungle clearings but also flying Dakotas to bases in China. Of this experience he wrote, in part:

 

Two U.S. planes and I landed in China for a triple pickup when I crashed on takeoff. The attacking Japanese burned my plane; the U.S. planes and my passenger escaped. [Terence] O'Brian's book, Out of the Blue, 1984, tells of the report of the execution of myself and others found in the area. After several encounters with Japanes troops I joined the Chinese guerrillas led by an OSS Captain. Their hit-and-run tactics were almost pleasant compared to the Chindit jungle warfare. Later a U.S. plane landed me back at "Broadway" [the Chindit base]. In mid-May, the Chindits were ordered to pull out of "Broadway" as it could not be held any longer.

 

After 2 months behind enemy lines and Eric [Loken, RCAF] with malaria in the rear seat, we took off. We met two enemy fighters and Eric's comment was, "We're finished" did not come about as with the help of trees, bad weather and mountain terrain, we escaped.

 


After hospitalization, I rejoined 67 Squadron, Spitfires, in July 1944 and flew another 12 months of scrambled, bombing, srrafing and escorting. I was awarded a DFC - an operation on January 11th, 1945, near Myebon resulted in a baleout into shark infested Japanese waters, but was rescued by a Sea Otter and Spitfires. Returned to Canada in October 1945.

 

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BOCZAR, P/O Stephen (J17098) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.9 Squadron - Award effective 1 September 1943 as per London Gazette dated 14 September 1943 and AFRO 2322/43 dated 12 November 1943. Home in Saskatoon; enlisted there 24 June 1941. Trained at No.4 ITS (graduated 4 October 1941), No.6 EFTS (graduated 5 December 1941) and No.11 SFTS (graduated 24 March 1942). Award presented 11 August 1944.

 

As captain of aircraft he has completed many operational sorties, at all times displaying determination and keenness in reaching and bombing his target. The majority of his missions have been against the strongest fortified centres on the Ruhr. He has also attacked Berlin four times. His gallantry and enthusiasm have been remarkable.

 

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BODALY, P/O Stanley Herbert (J88329) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.433 Squadron - Award effective 6 January 1945 as per London Gazette dated 19 January 1945 and AFRO 508/45 dated 23 March 1945. Home in London, Ontario; enlisted there 9 October 1942. Trained at No.9 BGS (graduated 20 August 1943). Award sent by registered mail 30 March 1949. No citation other than "completed...numerous operations against the enemy in the course of which [he has] invariably displayed the utmost fortitude, courage and devotion to duty." DHist file 181.009 D.2609 (RG.24 Vol.20627) has recommendation by W/C A.J. Lewington dated 20 October 1944 when he had flown 36 trips (164 hours 55 minutes), 9 April to 25 September 1944.

 

This officer has now completed his tour of operations comprising of thirty-six trips over enemy territory and involving a wide variety of well defended targets in Germany and France.

 

Throughout his tour Pilot Officer Bodaly has displayed outstanding fortitude and skill and his splendid example of cheerful courage, co-operation and devotion to duty has been an inspiration not only to his fellow gunners, but to the squadron in general. This officer has flown with many crews throughout his tour and I consider his fine offensive spirit and splendid record of achievement fully merits the award of the Distinguished Flying Cross (Non-Immediate).

 

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BODARD, F/O George Philip Alcide (J86079) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.410 Squadron - Award effective 13 January 1945 as per London Gazette dated 23 January 1945 and AFRO 471/45 dated 16 March 1945. Home in Manville, Alberta; enlisted Edmonton 2 February 1942. Trained at No.4 ITS (graduated 17 July 1942) and No.2 AOS (graduated 6 November 1942). As navigator he was involved in the following victories: 22/23 February 1944, one Ju.88 and one Ju.188 destroyed (pilot F/L C.A. Anderson); 29/30 July 1944, one Ju.88 destroyed (pilot was P/O D.M. MacKenzie); 30 November/1 December 1944, one Ju.88G destroyed (P/O MacKenzie); 23/24 December 1944, two Ju.88s destroyed (P/O MacKenzie). Award presented 27 May 1950.

 

In February 1944, Flying Officer Bodard was navigator of an aircraft which intercepted enemy aircraft over the North Sea. As a result of skilful navigation on his part the pilot was enabled to shoot down two of the enemy aircraft after a prolonged pursuit. In June 1944, while on patrol in the Aachen area, this officer skilfully directed his pilot in a long chase of a German night fighter which was finally destroyed. He has destroyed four enemy aircraft. Flying Officer Bodard's skill and ability have been an example to the squadron.

 

NOTE: Public Records Office Air 2/9043 has recommendation (undated but circa 2 December 1944) when he had flown 61 sorties (144 operational hours):

 

On the night of February 22/23, 1944, Pilot Officer Bodard was navigator to Squadron Leader Anderson when a raid was intercepted over the North Sea coming for London. They were put onto this raid and followed their first aircraft through quite violent evasive action on the A.I. [radar] before getting in to obtain a visual and ultimately a kill. The pilot was brought onto their second aircraft, got a visual but lost it through violent evasive [action]. The observer held the contact, however, and another visual was obtained and the aircraft was shot out of the air. On the night of July 30th, 1944, Pilot Officer Bodard was flying with Flying Officer MacKenzie over the beachhead in France. This time contact was obtained and the aircraft show down. Again on November 30th, 1944, while patrolling under GCI "Rejoice" in the Aachen-Eckelenz area, Pilot Officer Bodard and Flying Officer MacKenzie were vectored onto what turned out to be a German night fighter apparently under their own GCI control. A long chase resulted in which both aircraft tried to get on each other's tail. The aircraft was eventually shot down.

 

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BODIE, P/O Wolfred (J93619) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.433 Squadron - Award effective 5 July 1945 as per London Gazette dated 20 July 1945 and AFRO 1619/45 dated 19 October 1945. Home in Calgary; enlisted there 24 August 1942. Trained at No.4 ITS (graduated 12 June 1943), No.8 BGS (graduated 3 September 1943) and No.2 AOS (graduated 15 October 1943). Award presented 9 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". DHist file 181.009 D.2610 (RG.24 Vol.20627) has recommendation for a DFM dated 15 March 1945 when he was a Flight Sergeant and had completed 30 sorties (170 hours 50 minutes), 18 August to 26 December 1944.

 


This NCO Bomb Aimer of the crew captained by Pilot Officer Jensen has now completed thirty trips over enemy territory including many of the well defended targets in Germany and France.

 

The courage, skill and determination in action displayed at all times by Flight Sergeant Bodie have been a great inspiration to his crew, and his coolness and devotion to duty has contributed in a large measure to the success of his many operational flights.

 

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BODNAR, PO Boris Oleh (J17669) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.35 Squadron - Award effective 6 August 1943 as per London Gazette dated 17 August 1943 and AFRO 2322/43 dated 12 November 1943. Home in Fort Francis, Ontario; enlisted Fort William, 6 November 1940. Trained at No.3 ITS (graduated 22 April 1941), No.2 EFTS (ceased training 27 May 1941), No.7 BGS (graduated 22 November 1941), No.7 AOS (graduated 13 October 1941) and No.1 ANS (graduated 22 December 1941). Award presented 7 December 1943.

 

An air bomber of outstanding ability, Pilot Officer Bodnar has completed a large number of operational sorties. His eagerness to participate in action against the enemy has been most pronounced and the results achieved have been worthy of highest praise. At all times this officer has shown great courage and devotion to duty.

 

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BODNAREK, WO1 (now P/O) Peter (R155560/J50826) - Mention in Despatches - No.145 (BR) Squadron - Award effective 21 April 1945 as per Canada Gazette of that date and AFRO 802/45 dated 11 May 1945. Home in Playmore, Saskatchewan; enlisted Regina 16 February 1942. Trained at No.3 WS (graduated 19 February 1943) and No.5 BGS (graduated 22 March 1943).

 

This wireless air gunner has proven himself to be a most valuable member of his squadron. His determination and devotion to duty have been outstanding. With almost 600 operational flying hours to his credit, his record and the manner in which he has carried out his duties have set an example to all his fellow aircrew members.

 

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BODNOFF, FS Israel Joseph (R180936) - Distinguished Flying Medal - No.162 (BR) Squadron - Award effective 28 July 1944 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 1729/44 dated 11 August 1944. Home in Ottawa; enlisted there 22 August 1942. Trained at No. 2 WS (graduated 25 June 1943) and No.6 BGS (graduated 9 August 1943). Cited with F/O B.C. Denomy (DSO), F/Os Graham Campbell and Sidney E. Matheson (DFCs) and Flight Sergeant Sydney R. Cole (DFM).

 


These officers and airmen were members of the crew of the aircraft captained by Flight Lieutenant Hornell, who successfully engaged a U-Boat in northern waters. In the engagement they displayed a high degree of courage, discipline and devotion to duty, co-operating splendidly with their captain in his determination to destroy the enemy submarine. Subsequently they suffered great hardships whilst adrift on the sea. During this long period each member of the crew assisted the others to the utmost extent, unmindful of his own distress.

 

NOTE: Public Record Office Air 2/9158 has recommendation raised 1 July 1944 by the Officer Commanding, RAF Station Wick. It noted that Bodnoff had flown approximately 21 sorties (250 operational hours):

 

This Non-Commissioned Officer was the 2nd Wireless Operator of Canso "P" of 162 Squadron on the 24th June 1944. During the run in to attack a U-Boat in the face of severe and accurate anti-aircraft fire, and at a time when the aircraft was being hit repeatedly, the starboard engine on fire and out of action, he manned the port blister gun maintaining accurate return fire throughout the action and displayed exceptional courage and devotion to duty.

 

When the U-Boat had been sunk and the aircraft forced to ditch due to the starboard engine falling out, he displayed great fortitude during the subsequent 21 hours spent in the water and did all in his power to assist the others even though he was himself at times in great distress. When the High Speed Launch reached the scene he was then engaged in administering artificial respiration to the Captain of the aircraft.

 

It is considered that this Non-Commissioned Officer showed great courage and devotion to duty in addition to being unsparing in his efforts to assist others in spite of his own distressed condition and is most strongly recommended for the award of the Distinguished Flying Medal.

 

To this the Air Officer Commanding, No.18 Group, added (2 July 1944):

 

This Non-Commissioned Officer showed great determination and courage throughout the successful attack by P/162 on a U-Boat; manning the port blister gun he continued to bring accurate fire to bear on the enemy despite the fact that the aircraft was on fire and being repeatedly hit. His subsequent behaviour is also deserving of the highest praise. Strongly recommended for an immediate award.

 

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BOE, F/L Ralph Lloyd (J20065) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.419 Squadron - Award effective 1 September 1944 as per London Gazette dated 15 September 1944 and AFRO 2373/44 dated 3 November 1944. Home in Mannville, Alberta; enlisted in Edmonton, 28 July 1941. Trained at No.7 ITS (graduated 30 January 1942), No.6 EFTS (graduated 10 April 1942) and No.7 SFTS (graduated 23 October 1942). Award presented 9 July 1949.


Throughout many operational sorties Flight Lieutenant Boe has displayed outstanding skill as a pilot and captain of aircraft. On one occasion during a sortie against Leverkusen his aircraft was engaged by an enemy night fighter but by fine airmanship this officer frustrated the attacker. Another time when his aircraft was attacked by two enemy night fighters Flight Lieutenant Boe again evaded them and enabled his rear gunner to bring his guns to bear upon one of the enemy aircraft.

 

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BOEHME, Corporal Arthur Fredrick (R102025) - Mention in Despatches - Middleton St.George (AFRO gives only "Overseas") - Award effective 14 June 1945 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 1647/45 dated 26 October 1945. Home in Dikle, Saskatchewan; enlisted in Regina, 23 April 1941. No citation in AFRO or biographical file; DHist file 181.009 D.4364 (RG.24 Vol.20648) has recommendation sent to No.6 Group Headquarters, 2 February 1945 when he had served 21 months 18 days in Canada, 36 months 21 days overseas. Fitter II (Airframes).

 

This airman has always taken an extremely keen interest in all his undertakings. He has done an outstanding job of work in the capacity of an NCO and stands out among others in his untiring efforts to do all that he can in the interest of the service.

 

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BOGGS, S/L William Brenton (C2683) - Officer, Order of the British Empire - No.331 Wing (AFRO gives No.83 Group Headquarters but award was for service earlier) - Award effective 1 January 1944 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 809/44 dated 14 April 1944. Home in Noranda, Quebec. Enlisted in Montreal, 7 September 1940. Award presented 22 February 1947. No citation in Canadian sources. Public Records Centre Air 2/8959 has recommendation which ties him to No.331 Wing.

 

This officer has served as engineer officer of the wing since its inception. Throughout the initial stages he was absolutely untiring in his efforts and no personal contribution was too great if it would add to the general efficiency and progress. His achievements in the field during prolonged periods of sustained and intensive operations have been equally as noteworthy. He has undertaken major tasks under difficult conditions and has a fine record of aircraft serviceability.

 

NOTE: It would appear that at an unknown earlier date he was recommended for the OBE. His rank was then Flight Lieutenant; his nationality was given as "American"; the submission was made by the Commanding Officer, No.410 Squadron, or by the Commanding Officer, RAF Station Acklington where Boggs was Engineering Officer for No.410 Squadron. Text was as follows:

 


This officer, through his outstanding ability, untiring efforts and initiative, has been responsible for maintaining a remarkably high rate of aircraft serviceability in this squadron, despite the fact that during his 15 months tour of duty three conversions were undertaken. His keenness, ever present sense of humour and interest in operations served throughout as a tonic and inspiration, not only to the maintenance crews, but to the aircrew as well. He devoted much of his already limited spare time to instructional talks to all ranks, all of whom felt free to solicit his advice at any time of the day or night. His conduct and deportment are of the highest.

 

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BOGLE, FS (now P/O) Frank Vivian (R192614/J90974) - Distinguished Flying Medal - No.415 Squadron - Award effective 1 December 1944 as per London Gazette dated 8 December 1944 and AFRO 337/45 dated 23 February 1945. Home in Britannia Beach, British Columbia; enlisted in Vancouver, 22 September 1942. Trained at No.4 ITS (graduated 16 April 1943) and No.3 BGS (graduated 20 August 1943). Award presented 29 January 1947. No citation other than "..in recognition of gallantry and devotion to duty in the execution of air operations against the enemy...numerous operations against the enemy in the course of which [he] invariably displayed the utmost fortitude, courage and devotion to duty." Recommendation was submitted from No.415 Squadron to CO, Station East Moor, on 17 September 1944. Noted then that he had flown 33 sorties (159 operation hours). Draft citation read:

 

As rear air gunner this airman has participated in a large number of sorties and has displayed great keenness and devotion to duty throughout. His constant vigilance has enabled his pilot to avoid combat on many occasions. On one occasion in June 1944, whilst over Metz, his aircraft was attacked by enemy aircraft but his good shooting and sound knowledge of tactics were responsible for frustrating the attackers. His coolness and confidence in the face of the enemy have set a fine example.

 

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BOILEAU, F/O Louis Celos (J23870) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.404 Squadron - Award effective 19 January 1945 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 471/45 dated 16 March 1945. Home in Fort Francis, Ontario; enlisted in Galt, 30 March 1940. Trained at No.5 ITS (graduated 18 July 1942), No.13 EFTS (graduated 23 October 1942) and No.2 SFTS (graduated 19 February 1943). Award sent by registered mail 25 June 1949. Cited with F/L William H. McCamus (navigator).

 

These officers have completed many sorties and throughout have displayed a high standard of ability and determination. In November 1944 they were navigator and pilot respectively of one of a formation of aircraft detailed to attack enemy shipping. The vessels were lying in a fiord bounded on each side of high hills. Despite this, and in the face of anti-aircraft fire, the attack was pressed home. In this well executed operation these officers displayed a high degree of skill, courage and resolution.

 


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BOLAND, FS Edward Robson (R191829) - Distinguished Flying Medal - No.44 Squadron - Award effective 1 December 1944 as per London Gazette dated 8 December 1944 and AFRO 337/45 dated 23 February 1945. Home in London, Ontario; enlisted there 29 September 1940; re-enlisted (remustered ?) 20 January 1943. Trained at No.3 BGS (graduated 6 August 1943). Award presented 29 May 1948. No citation other than "..in recognition of gallantry and devotion to duty in the execution of air operations against the enemy...numerous operations against the enemy in the course of which [he] invariably displayed the utmost fortitude, courage and devotion to duty." Public Records Office Air 2/8882 has recommendation dated 10 September 1944 when he had flown 35 sorties (one unsuccessful), totalling 201 hours 53 minutes, 21 May to 29 August 1944.

 

21 May 44 Duisburg (4.56) 28 Jul 44 Stuttgart (8.06)

22 May 44 Brunswick (2.25), DNCO 30 Jul 44 Cahagnes (5.10)

5 June 44 Permelle (4.33) 31 Jul 44 Juigny-Laroche (5.39)

6 June 44 Caen (4.46) 2 Aug 44 Trossy St.Maximum (4.15)

8 June 44 Pont Avbent (5.26) 3 Aug 44 Trossy St.Maximum (4.58)

9 June 44 Etampes (4.35) 5 Aug 44 St.Leu d'Esserent (4.42)

12 Jun 44 Caen (4.31) 6 Aug 44 Bois de Casson (4.43)

14 Jun 44 Aunay sur Odoe (4.47) 7 Aug 44 Secqueville (3.32)

16 Jun 44 Beuboir (4.06) 8 Aug 44 GARDENING (6.14)

21 Jun 44 Wesseling (4.44) 10 Aug 44 Bordeaux (7.12)

24 Jun 44 Pommerevan (4.43) 11 Aug 44 Givors (8.50)

27 Jun 44 Marquise (3.23) 14 Aug 44 Brest (4.53)

4 July 44 Creil (4.45) 15 Aug 44 Deelem (4.11)

7 July 44 St.Leu d'Esserent (4.44) 16 Aug 44 GARDENING (5.53)

12 Jul 44 Culmont-Chilindray (8.16) 25 Aug 44 Darmstadt (8.42)

24 Jul 44 Stuttgart (8.10) 26 Aug 44 GARDENING (10.12)

25 Jul 44 Stuttgart (8.56) 29 Aug 44 GARDENING (10.04)

26 Jul 44 Gibors (9.16)

 

This non-commissioned officer has now carried out 34 successful operational sorties as Mid-Upper Gunner. Among targets which he has attacked are such heavily defended places as Stuttgart and Wesseling. On the night of 9/10th June, 1944, when taking part in an attack on the marshalling yards at Etampes, the aircraft in which he was flying was attacked by a Ju.88 in conditions which were most favourable to the enemy fighter. Flight Sergeant Boland's accurate directions to his captain enabled him to bring accurate fire to bear upon the enemy, whose attack was thus foiled, and caused it to break away under conditions which pointed to its having sustained damage.

 


Again, on the night of the 25/26th July, 1944, while returning from an attack on Stuttgart, his aircraft was attacked by an enemy nighter fighter. Flight Sergeant Boland's promptness in opening fire, and his strict compliance with aircrew drills resulted in the enemy being driven off without causing any damage to the bomber.

 

This extremely efficient and capable Air Gunner has not only helped to raise the morale of his fellows in the air, but has become a most valuable asset to his squadron in his work on the ground, where he has been of the greatest assistance to the Squadron Gunnery Leader.

 

I strongly recommend Flight Sergeant Boland for the non-immediate award of the Distinguished Flying Medal.

 

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BOLDUC, W/C Richard Leonidas (C1057) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.429 Squadron - Award effective 5 April 1945 as per London Gazette dated 13 April 1945 and AFRO 824/45 dated 18 May 1945. Home in Dauphin, Manitoba; enlisted in Toronto, 9 September 1939. Died in Ottawa, 26 July 1996. No citation other than "completed...numerous operations against the enemy in the course of which [he has] invariably displayed the utmost courage and devotion to duty." DHist file 181.009 D.2611 (RG.24 Vol.20627) has recommendation by G/C J.B. Millward dated 19 January 1945 when he had flown 27 sorties (148 hours 15 minutes).

 

This officer, as captain of aircraft, has taken part in twenty-seven attacks on enemy targets, many of which have been against the heavily defended areas of the Reich. He has at all times proved himself to be a capable and skilful captain who is possessed of a fine fighting spirit and anxious to destroy the enemy. On several occasions he has made two orbits over the target in order to ensure that his bombs would be dropped in the correct place and do the maximum destruction.

 

For three months he has been in command of a squadron and by his skill and initiative as a captain has inspired those under his command. By his determination and administrative ability the squadron has been kept well in the top brackets of the Group. He has been of great assistance to the Station Commander to whom he has at all times given loyal and unstinting support.

 

It is considered that this officer's operational record together with his invaluable services as a squadron commander fully merit the immediate award of the Distinguished Flying Cross.

 

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BOLDUC, P/O Williard John (J19306) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.15 Squadron - Award effective 19 June 1944 as per London Gazette dated 30 June 1944 and AFRO 1861/44 dated 25 August 1944. Home in Montreal; enlisted in North Bay, Ontario, 9 June 1941. Trained at No.9 BGS (graduated 25 September 1942). Award presented 5 July 1944.

 


Pilot Officer Bolduc has taken part in many operational sorties including attacks on such important and strongly defended targets as Berlin, Hamburg and Essen. In June 1943, while over Cologne, his aircraft was attacked by an enemy fighter. This officer's accurate fire damaged the enemy aircraft which broke off the attack and was probably destroyed. Another time during a sortie against Nuremburg his aircraft was attacked by a Junkers 88. While making the bombing run Pilot Officer Bolduc opened fire and the enemy fighter fell to the ground in flames. At all times this air gunner has set an inspiring example by his keenness and devotion to duty.

 

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BOLEN, P/O John Edmund (J89486) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.405 Squadron - Award effective 5 July 1945 as per London Gazette dated 20 July 1945 and AFRO 1619/45 dated 19 October 1945. Home in Kenilworth, Ontario; enlisted in Hamilton, 20 May 1942. Trained at No.6 ITS (graduated 5 March 1943), No.1 BGS (graduated 23 July 1943 and No.1 AOS (graduated 3 September 1943). Award presented 22 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 2/9083 has recommendation dated 23 March 1945 when he had flown 40 sorties (189 hours 25 minutes), 23 July 1944 to 15 March 1945.

 

23 Jul 44 Longues (5.50) 30 Oct 44 Cologne (4.40)

30 Jul 44 Villers Bocage (4.55) 31 Oct 44 Cologne (4.05)

31 Jul 44 Villers Bocage (4.25) 2 Nov 44 Dusseldorf (3.55)

1 Aug 44 L'Hey (4.00) 4 Nov 44 Bochum (3.40)

4 Aug 44 Bois de Casson (4.40) 6 Nov 44 Gelsenkirchen (3.35)

5 Aug 44 D'Esserent (4.40) 9 Nov 44 Wanne Eickel (3.40)

7 Aug 44 La Hague (4.15) 16 Nov 44 Julich (3.15)

9 Aug 44 Prouville (4.05) 18 Nov 44 Wanne Eickel (4.25)

14 Aug 44 Montigny (4.10) 12 Dec 44 Essen (4.30)

15 Aug 44 Brussels (4.00) 17 Dec 44 Ulm (6.10)

16 Aug 44 Kiel (5.00) 22 Dec 44 Bingen (5.40)

18 Aug 44 Westrove (3.35) 29 Dec 44 Gelsenkirchen (4.45)

6 Sept 44 Emden (4.15) 30 Dec 44 Cologne (4.15)

11 Sep 44 Le Havre (3.35) 5 Jan 45 Hanover (5.10)

12 Sep 44 Dortmund (5.30) 7 Jan 45 Munich (7.05)

6 Oct 44 Sterkrade (3.10) 14 Jan 45 Saarbrucken (4.25)

12 Oct 44 Wanne Eickel (3.35) 16 Jan 45 Magdeburg (6.05)

14 Oct 44 Duisburg (3.35) 5 Mar 45 Chemnitz (7.55)

14 Oct 44 Duisburg (3.35) 7 Mar 45 Dessau (9.05)

28 Oct 44 Cologne (4.00) 15 Mar 45 Misberg (6.40)

 


Pilot Officer Bolen is a very keen and efficient Bomb Aimer who has now completed one full tour of operations against the enemy. Among the many attacks this officer has participated in, may be listed such heavily defended targets as Essen, Hanover and Magdeburg. Invariably this officer has displayed a fine fighting spirit and a determination to make his attacks successful ones. Underneath a calm, unruffled personality, he possesses a flair for offensive action, and a dogged determination which are his outstanding qualities. Undoubtedly his fine example will be difficult to surpass.

 

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BOLENDER, F/L Woodrow Lyle (J25534) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.142 Squadron - Award effective 8 September 1945 as per London Gazette dated 21 September 1945 and AFRO 1704/45 dated 9 November 1945. Home in London, Ontario; enlisted in Hamilton. Trained at No.1 ITS (graduated 27 December 1942), No.7 AOS (graduated 17 April 1942) and No.4 BGS (graduated 15 November 1942). Award presented 18 October 1947. No citation other than "completed...numerous operations against the enemy in the course of which [he has] invariably displayed the utmost fortitude, courage and devotion to duty." Public Records Office Air 2/8751 has recommendation dated 20 April 1945 when he had flown 38 sorties (175 hours 55 minutes), 2 December 1944 to 18/19 April 1945.

 

2 Dec 44 Giessen 25 Feb 45 Berlin

17 Dec 44 Hanau 28 Feb 45 Berlin

23 Dec 44 Siegburg 1 Mar 45 Berlin

28 Dec 44 Frankfurt 3 Mar 45 Berlin

31 Dec 44 Berlin 5 Mar 45 Berlin

4 Jan 45 Berlin 7 Mar 45 Berlin

6 Jan 45 Hanau 9 Mar 45 Berlin

14 Jan 45 Berlin 12 Mar 45 Berlin

16 Jan 45 Mannheim 14 Mar 45 Berlin

17 Jan 45 Magdeburg 16 Mar 45 Berlin

21 Jan 45 Kassel 18 Mar 45 Berlin

28 Jan 45 Berlin 21 Mar 45 Berlin

1 Feb 45 Berlin 23 Mar 45 Berlin

2 Feb 45 Magdeburg 26 Mar 45 Berlin

4 Feb 45 Emden 12/13 Apr 45 Berlin

5 Feb 45 Berlin 14/15 Apr 45 Berlin

8 Feb 45 Berlin 16/16 Apr 45 Berlin

21 Feb 45 Worms 18/19 Mar 45 Schhleissheim

22 Feb 45 Berlin airfield

24 Feb 45 Berlin

 

This officer has carried out 38 operational sorties as navigator against German targets. He has proved himself a steady, reliable and capable navigator who does all in his power to ensure the success of operations. His devotion to duty has been of a high order and I recommend the award of the Distinguished Flying Cross.


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BOLGER, F/O Clarence Martin (J20055) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.407 Squadron - Award effective 7 July 1944 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 1861/44 dated 25 August 1944. Born 23 May 1923; home in Renfrew, Ontario; enlisted in Ottawa, 22 August 1941. Trained at No.7 ITS (graduated 10 April 1942), No.16 EFTS (graduated 19 June 1942) and No.7 SFTS (graduated 23 October 1942). Award presented 11 August 1949. Graduated from Queen's University in 1949 and joined the federal public service, working in the Department of Mines and Resources (Northern Division), Departmnt of Indian Affairs and Northern Development, and Treasury Board Secretariet. Appointed (1972) Assistant Deputy Minister in the Department of Consumer and Corporate Affairs. Retired as Chairman, Metric Commission in 1977. Died in Renfrew, 5 June 1999. His obituary in the Ottawa Citizen stated, "Tass once said he was living on 'borrowed time'. In 1943 he was grounded for two weeks with eye problems and his flight crew went out on a mission, never to return."

 

This officer was the pilot of an aircraft which engaged a U-boat one morning in May 1944. Despite heavy anti-aircraft fire, Flying Officer Bolger pressed home a most determined attack in which he made four runs over the target to ensure that his depth charges would be released with the most effect. This gallant and resolute captain has completed a large number of sorties and has displayed unfailing devotion to duty throughout.

 

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BOLTON, F/O Franklin Bruce (J37133) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.153 Squadron - Award effective 5 July 1945 as per London Gazette dated 17 July 1945 and AFRO 1558/45 dated 5 October 1945. Home in Vancouver; enlisted in Ottawa, 17 July 1942. Trained at No.3 ITS (graduated 1 May 1943), No.13 EFTS (graduated 26 June 1943) and No.8 SFTS (graduated 15 October 1943). Award presented at Sea Island, 22 October 1949. Died in Kelowna, British Columbia, 20 February 2000. 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 2/9082 has recommendation dated 11 March 1945 when he had flown 33 sorties (205 operational hours), 11 October 1944 to 18 March 1945.

 

11 Oct 44 Fort Frederik 2 Jan 45 Nuremburg

Hendrik 5 Jan 45 Royan

12 Oct 44 Fort Frederik 7 Jan 45 Munich

Hendrik 14 Jan 45 Leuna

19 Oct 44 Stuttgart 1 Feb 45 Ludwigshaven

23 Oct 44 Essen 3 Feb 45 Bottrop

2 Nov 44 Dusseldorf 7 Feb 45 Cleve

4 Nov 44 Bochum 8 Feb 45 Politz

6 Nov 44 Gelsenkirchen 13 Feb 45 Dresden

9 Nov 44 Wanne Eickel 15 Feb 45 GARDENING


21 Nov 44 Aschaffenburg 20 Feb 45 Dortmund

27 Nov 44 Freiburg 21 Feb 45 Duisburg

4 Dec 44 Karlsruhe 23 Feb 45 Pforzheim

12 Dec 44 Essen 1 Mar 45 Mannheim

15 Dec 44 Ludwigshaven 3 Mar 45 GARDENING

17 Dec 44 Ulm 15 Mar 45 Misburg

28 Dec 44 Bonn 18 Mar 45 Hanau

29 Dec 44 Gelsenkirchen

 

This Canadian captain of aircraft has now completed 33 sorties successfully against targets in Germany and occupied territory, including such heavily defended cities as Essen, Stuttgart, Mannheim and Munich.

 

He has pressed home his attacks with the utmost determination and with complete disregard of enemy opposition. His courage and coolness in the face of intense and accurate anti-aircraft fire have been an inspiration to his crew.

 

Flying Officer Bolton has a fine record of achievement and his courage and determination have been a splendid example to the squadron as a whole.

 

His operational performance is deserving of the highest praise and is considered well worthy of the award of the Distinguished Flying Cross.

 

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BOLTON, F/L Stuart Murray (C11394) - 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. AFRO identifies unit only as "Overseas" but DHist file 181.009 D.1751 ties him to No.413 Squadron. Recommended 23 November 1944 for work as Squadron Engineering Officer. Home in St.Mary's, Ontario; enlisted in Hamilton, 1 May 1942.

 

This officer has very efficiently carried out his duties as squadron engineer. He has at all times shown initiative, resourcefulness and exceptional keenness. Flight Lieutenant Bolton's continuous devotion to duty is in no small measure responsible for the high standard of maintenance shown by the squadron throughout the period of his administration.

 

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BONAR, F/L James Russell (J20741) - Air Force Cross - Western Air Command Headquarters - Award effective 21 April 1945 as per Canada Gazette of that date and AFRO 802/45 dated 11 May 1945 - Enlisted at Vancouver, 7 October 1940 - Trained at No.2 Wireless School (graduated 26 May 1941) and No.3 and Gunnery School (graduated 8 November 1941) - As of date of award had flown 1,236 hours - 404 operational hours (89 sorties). Award presented 5 March 1949. Apllied for operational wings in February 1945 but deemed ineligible (insufficient number of operational hours).

 

This officer is a veteran of many operational sorties during which time he has displayed determination and devotion to duty of a very high order. Because of his sacrifice of off-duty hours he has been instrumental to a large measure in the improvement of the standard of wireless air gunners to his command. He has displayed outstanding ability and initiative in his duties on the Aircrew Assessment Board in Western Air Command and has been an inspiration to all who have come in contact with him.

 

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BOND, F/L Albert Jess (C8672) - Mention in Despatches - No.408 Squadron - Award effective 14 January 1944 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 874/44 dated 21 April 1944. Home in Winnipeg; enlisted there 15 November 1941. Served in administrative duties at No.10 SFTS, Dauphin, before going overseas in July 1942. Was Adjutant to No.411 Squadron before going to No.408 Squadron. No citation but DHist file 181.009 D.1719 (PAC RG.24 Vol.20606) has recommendation dated 22 August 1943.

 

Flight Lieutenant Bond has served in the Royal Canadian Air Force since the 15th November 1941, during which time he has served latterly as Adjutant to this squadron. His devotion to duty and increasing labours have contributed to maintaining a high standard of efficiency on this squadron. His exemplary character and very understanding temperament have won him the respect and devotion of all those working under him.

 

BOND, S/L Albert Jess (C8672) - Member, Order of the British Empire - No.63 Base - Award effective 1 January 1946 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 155/46 dated 15 February 1946. Award presented 13 September 1947. No citation in AFRO or biographical file. DHist file 181.009 D.2619 (RG.24 Vol.20628) has recommendation forwarded 4 May 1945 from Station Leeming to HQ, No.63 Base, when he was Station Administrative Officer.

 


This officer joined the RCAF on November 15th, 1941 and served in Canada until 20.7.42, when he was posted overseas. He was appointed Adjutant of No.408 Squadron and was Mentioned in Despatches for his outstanding ability as an organizer and supervisor of Squadron administrative duties. Since becoming Station Administrative Officer at this unit, Squadron Leader Bond's untiring zeal and effort beyond normal requirements has been an inspiration to all personnel associated with him. His integrity and devotion to duty are outstanding and it is not unusual to find him working long after normal working hours. He enjoys the confidence of, and is highly respected by every airman on the Station and no job is too small or too large when it is for their comfort or welfare. This, together with his outstanding administrative ability, is evidenced in the excellent organization enjoyed by this station. It is consistent with the manner in which this officer has carried out his duties, coupled with his excellent record, strongly merits the award of the MBE.

 

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BOND, F/L Frank Eugene (J22984) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.582 Squadron - Award effective 8 September 1945 as per London Gazette dated 21 September 1945 and AFRO 1704/45 dated 9 November 1945. Home in Coaldale, Alberta; enlisted Calgary 27 May 1941. Trained at No.2 ITS (graduated 31 August 1941), No.19 EFTS (graduated 25 October 1941) and No.12 SFTS (graduated 28 February 1942). Award sent by registered mail. 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 16 April 1945 when he had flown 42 sorties (231 hours 50 minutes), 7 October 1944 to 14 April 1945.

 

7 Oct 44 Emmerich 6 Jan 45 Hanau

11 Oct 44 Frederick Hendrik 1 Feb 45 Ludwigshaven

12 Oct 44 Frederick Hendrik 2 Feb 45 Weisbaden

14 Oct 44 Duisburg 3 Feb 45 Bottrop

14 Oct 44 Duisburg 20 Feb 45 Dortmund

19 Oct 44 Stuttgart 24 Feb 45 Kamen

23 Oct 44 Essen 27 Feb 45 Mainz

25 Oct 44 Essen 1 Mar 45 Mannheim

28 Oct 44 Cologne 3 Mar 45 Kamen

30 Oct 44 Cologne 5 Mar 45 Chemnitz

2 Nov 44 Dusseldorf 8 Mar 45 Kassel

4 Nov 44 Bochum 11 Mar 45 Essen

6 Nov 44 Gelsenkirchen 21 Mar 45 Bremen

9 Nov 44 Wanne Eickel 22 Mar 45 Dulmen

16 Nov 44 Duren 24 Mar 45 Sterkrade

18 Nov 44 Wanne Eickel 27 Mar 45 Paderborn

29 Oct 44 Dortmund 4 Apr 45 Lutzkendorf

1 Dec 44 Urett [?] Dam 8 Apr 45 Hamburg

4 Dec 44 Karlsruhe 9 Apr 45 Kiel

6 Dec 44 Merseburg 10 Apr 45 Plauen

5 Jan 45 Hanover 14 Apr 45 Potsdam

 

Flight Lieutenant Bond, as captain of a visual marker crew, has shown the highest qualities of captaincy and a fine operational spirit. His keenness to operate and successfully press home his attacks regardless of odds has set a fine example to all, and his personal courage is worthy of the highest praise.

 

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BONGARD, WO1 Kenneth John (Can 186) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.78 Squadron - Award effective 4 November 1944 as per London Gazette dated 17 November 1944 and AFRO 239/45 dated 9 February 1945. Home in Westboroug, Ontario; enlisted in Ottawa, 13 May 1939. Trained at 6 ITS (graduated 19 February 1943) and No.9 BGS (graduated 26 April 1943). Presented 19 November 1948. Died in Ottawa, 3 April 1985. 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 2/8823 has recommendation dated 20 July 1944 when he had flown 28 sorties (173 hours eight minutes). NOTE: The citation does not agree with the remainder of the document respecting sorties and hours flown.

 

22 Sep 43 Hanover (7.05) 15 Mar 44 Stuttgart (7.16)

23 Sep 43 Mannheim (8.30) 18 Mar 44 Frankfurt (5.45)

27 Sep 43 Hanover (6.50) 22 Mar 44 Frankfurt (5.49)

3 Oct 43 Kassel (7.25) 24 Mar 44 Berlin (7.14)

23 Oct 43 Dusseldorf (5.00) 26 Mar 44 Essen (4.50)

3 Nov 43 Kassel (7.15) 9 Apr 44 Lille (4.21)

3 Dec 43 Leipzig (8.45) 18 Apr 44 Tergnier (4.28)

20 Dec 43 Frankfurt (6.46) 20 Apr 44 Ottignies (4.29)

14 Jan 44 GARDENING (3.51) 24 Apr 44 Karlsruhre (7.05)

30 Jan 44 Air/Sea Rescue (6.45) 27 Apr 44 Montzen (4.24)

15 Feb 44 Berlin (5.42) 1 May 44 Malines (3.42)

19 Feb 44 Leipzig (6.49) 11 May 44 Trouville (3.38)

24 Feb 44 Schweinfurt (8.20) 19 May 44 GARDENING (5.30)

25 Feb 44 Augsburg (8.05) 21 May 44 GARDENING (5.09)

 

This NCO has now completed his first operational tour consisting of 29 sorties, involving a total of 185 hours. As Air Gunner he has taken part in attacks against the most heavily defended targets and has always shown himself to be possessed of the greatest courage and coolness in the face of the enemy.

 

His watchfulness on operations and his skill as an Air Gunner have played an outstanding part in the success of his crew. His personal leadership and his unfailing cheerfulness and willingness have been of inestimable value not only to the Gunnery Section but to the whole squadron.

 

For his courage and devotion to duty, he is strongly recommended for the award of the Distinguished Flying Cross.

 

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BONNAR, F/L Robert (J16264) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.205 Squadron - Award effective 29 February 1944 as per London Gazette dated 7 March 1944 and AFRO 766/44 dated 6 April 1944. Home in Ottawa; educated at Glebe Collgiate; employed by Ministry of Pensions. Enlisted in Ottawa 16 July 1940. Brother in Navy; father, a veteran of the First World War, served overseas with Canadian Forestry Corps. Trained at No.2 ITS (graduated 30 September 1940), No.3 AOS (graduated 3 February 1941), No.4 BGS (graduated 16 March 1941) and No.1 ANS (graduated 24 April 1941). Arrived at Seletar, Singapore, 30 December 1942. Served in No.205 Squadron until 5 July 1944. Adventures outlined by T.W. Melnyk, Canadian Flying Operations in South East Asia, 1941-1945. Presented 27 June 1945.

 

Flight Lieutenant Bonnar has consistently set an excellent example of efficiency and devotion to duty. He arrived in Singapore in December 1941, and immediately commenced operations against the Japanese, completing many dangerous sorties. After the fall of Singapore Flight Lieutenant Bonnar went to Java and back to Sumatra, being engaged on constant reconnaissance operations against enemy shipping. These included a bombing attack on a convoy about to land troops at Palembang. After evacuation to Ceylon this officer continued operational work and completed his tour of duty in a most creditable manner. By his skill and efficiency, both on the ground and in the air, he has been a valuable asset to his squadron.

 

NOTE: DHist file has lengthy notes by Melnyk on an interview with Bonnar, supplemented by log book information. His first sortie was 6/7 January 1942 flying General Wavell from Ceylon to Singapore on his first visit. Crew disappointed because Wavell had little to say, settled into a bunk and read newspapers for the 14 hour 15 minute flight (F/L Garnell, RAF, pilot). Employed 13 January 1942 looking for enemy fleet and escort to reinforcing convoy (F/L Tucker, RAF, pilot). On 20 January 1942 on his first patrol he flew low (30 feet) to avoind Japanese radar and sighted about 19 enemy aircraft (type unknown); climbed into cloud base; there was no pursuit or firing. As of that date the Catalinas were forced to disperse to small islands hidding under overhanging branches and coastline (two Catalinas had been destroyed by bombing and two damaged on 17 January 1942). On 29 January 1942 the Catalinas of No.205 Squadron moved to Batavia (Java).

 

Bonar remmembered (but had no dates) one or two night bombing raids against rail targets; he stood in blisters throwing out incendiaries by hand. From Java he flew on patrols looking for invasion fleet. On third patrol (13 february 1942) they found a large fleet 20-30 miles off coast of Palembang. The aircraft had been at 20-30 feet; pilot climbed to cloud and began attack (other crewmen thought he was mad); Bonnar manned front gun; Catalina flew diagonally across the ships and AA fire intense. Splashes seen near the aircraft; he could not recall whether the plane carried bombs. Aircraft evacuated 1-3 March.

 

Later he participated in mail runs to Australia (flights of 21-28 hours one way) much hampered by weather. As Squadron Navigation Officer he often flew with "green crews". He flew on some special missions to Burma coast, landing agents with radios.

 

Although he had the chance to transfer to No.413 Squadron, loyalty to crew and squadron kept him in No.205 Squadron.

 

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BONNELL, F/O Donald Frederick (J29126) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.11 Squadron - Award effective 3 June 1945 as per London Gazette dated 12 June 1945 and AFRO 1219/45 dated 27 July 1945. Home in Portland, Maine and Baie Comeau; enlisted Montreal 12 June 1942. Trained at No.3 ITS (graduated 25 October 1942), No.11 EFTS (graduated 17 April 1943) and No.13 SFTS (graduated 6 Auygust 1943). Award sent by registered mail 22 January 1951.

 

Flying Officer Bonnell has taken part in numerous operational sorties against the enemy. As deputy flight commander and flight commander he has shown outstanding keenness combined with coolness and determination in attack. His sorties have been mainly in close support of the ground forces but he has also participated in deep penetrations into enemy territory to attack transport and supplies. This officer has a brilliant record of operations against the enemy's lines of communications.

 

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BONNER, F/L John Cyril (C7177) - Mention in Despatches - No.143 Wing - Award effective 1 January 1945 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 337/45 dated 23 February 1945. Born 28 December 1910 in Ottawa; home there; enlisted there 31 January 1936 and employed as steno clerk and book keeper; to Dartmouth, 28 August 1939 to be Clerk of Orderly Room; to No.119 Squadron, Hamilton, 10 September 1939 (same duties); to No.1 Manning Depot, Toronto, 15 October 1939 (Clerk in charge of Forms Publications); to AFHQ, 15 January 1940 Clerk in charge of Legal Section and Warrant Officer in charge of Orderly Room; to No.32 OTU, Patricia Bay, 1 November 1941 (RCAF Liaison Officer, commissioned same date); to AFHQ, 6 April 1942 (Directorate of Personnel, Dress Regulations and Personnel Problems) Posted overseas and sent to No.126 Wing (30 September 1943), No.143 Wing (10 January 1944), No.126 Wing (6 January 1945). Repatriated and assigned to No.9 (Transport) Group, 19 April 1946. Remained in postwar RCAF. Retired in rank of Squadron Leader, 8 July 1960. Died in Ottawa 11 July 1993. No citation.

BONNER, S/L John Cyril (C7177) - Mention in Despatches - No.143 Wing - Award effective 1 January 1946 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 322/45 dated 29 March 1946. No citation.

Although no citations have been found, the following assessments are worth noting:

An excellent officer, well informed in service knowledge who has worked consistently hard for the benefit of this unit during the difficult formative period. (W/C G. Hillock, 10 May 1944)

 

A clean-cut, reliable, permanent force officer who is an asset to the Wing (G/C P.Y. Davoud, 6 November 1944)

 

The general efficiency of this officer enabled this wing to obtain, throughout operations, a very high degree of administration. I strongly recommend this officer for temporary Squadron Leader. (W/C G.W. Northcott, 8 November 1945)

 

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BONNER, F/O Joseph Franklin (J27231) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.420 Squadron - Award effective 16 March 1945 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 625/45 dated 13 April 1945. Home in Blenheim, Ontario; enlisted in Hamilton, Ontario, 6 April 1942. Trained at No.3 ITS (graduated 9 October 1942), No.11 EFTS (graduated 8 January 1943) and No.13 SFTS (graduated 11 June 1943). Award presented 14 June 1949.

 

In December 1944, Flying Officer Bonner as captain of aircraft was detailed to attack an airfield near Dusseldorf. On the run in to the target his aircraft was repeatedly hit by anti-aircraft fire and large holes were torn in the fuselage and wings. Despite this, Flying Officer Bonner executed a perfect bombing run. He afterwards flew the badly damaged aircraft back to base. This officer displayed great courage and devotion to duty in the face of intense enemy fire. He has successfully completed many operational missions.

 

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BONNER, F/O Joseph William (J17808) - Mention in Despatches - Overseas - Award effective 14 June 1945 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 1478/45 dated 21 September 1945. Home in Miniota, manitoba; enlisted Winnipeg, 16 May 1941. Trained at No.4 WS (graduated 4 August 1941) and No.1 BGS (graduated 17 January 1942).

 

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BONTER, P/O Kenneth Charles (J96116) - Mention in Despatches - Overseas - Award effective 24 December 1946 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 17/47 dated 10 January 1947. Enlisted in Flin Flon, Manitoba; 9 April 1941. Trained at No.2 ITS (graduated 30 August 1941), No.12 EFTS (graduated 25 October 1941) and No.5 SFTS (graduated 16 January 1942).

 

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BOOMER, S/L Kenneth Arthur (C1220) - Air Medal (United States) - Alaska - Award effective 23 December 1942 as per AFRO 272/43 dated 19 February 1943. Born in Ottawa, 20 August 1916. Enlisted in Ottawa, 9 October 1939. Trained at Camp Borden, earning wings 29 April 1940. Sent overseas, September 1940, serving in Nos.112, 1 (C) and 411 Squadrons. Returned to Canada, April 1942. No.111 Squadron (Alaska), 17 August 1942-31 May 1943. On staff duties until January 1944 when he was posted to No.36 OTU. Posted overseas, April 1944, trained further at No.60 OTU, and posted to No.418 Squadron, 20 August 1944. Credited with the following victories: 7 November 1941 one Ju.88 destroyed while with No.411 Squadron; 25 September 1942, one "Rufe" seaplane fighter destroyed (Aleutians); 22 October 1944, one unidentified enemy aircraft destroyed and one unidentified enemy aircraft damaged. Killed in action (Day Ranger), 22 October 1944. Cited in this instance with F/O J.G. Gohl, P/O H.O.Gooding, and F/O R. Lynch. See magazine Airforce, Volume VII No.2 (June 1983).

 

On 25th September 1942, they voluntarily flew with United States Army combat pilots, accompanying heavy bombers in making a hazardous five hundred mile overwater flight in order to press home an attack on the enemy at Kiska Island, Alaska. Although the mission of protecting the bombing planes from anti-aircraft fire and enemy fighters was completed, the fighters returned to strafe all enemy installations with remarkable success. All planes returned safely to base.

 

BOOMER, S/L Kenneth Arthur (C1220) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.111 Squadron (Canada) - Award effective 1 January 1943 as per Canada Gazette of that date and AFRO 55/43 dated 15 January 1943.

 

This officer is in command of a fighter squadron on detached operations in Alaska. Inspired by his unflagging zeal and devotion to duty, his squadron has maintained a consistently high standard of efficiency under difficult and trying conditions. He has displayed great qualities of courage and determination in seeking out the enemy and his flying skill has been responsible for the excellent work done by his squadron on coastal patrol duties in action against the enemy. He was the first RCAF pilot to make direct contact with the enemy and in so doing gave an exceptionally good account of himself. His services on fighter operations have been invaluable.


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BOON, P/O Alfred Edward (J91070) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.9 Squadron - Award effective 5 July 1945 as per London Gazette dated 20 July 1945 and AFRO 1619/45 dated 19 October 1945. Home in Ignace, Ontario; enlisted Dryden, 29 January 1943. Trained at No.4 WS (graduated 7 August 1943) and No.9 BGS (graduated 29 October 1943). Award sent by registered mail 28 June 1949.

 

This officer has almost completed his first tour of operational duty as a rear gunner. This has included attacks on many targets in Germany. During one attack on Walcheren Island in October 1944, he was injured by anti-aircraft fire but refrained from reporting his injury until the mission was successfully completed. In another attack, on Munich in November 1944, by his prompt instructions he enabled his captain to avoid combat with an enemy fighter. His gallantry and devotion to duty have always been praiseworthy.

 

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BOONE, S/L William Edward Roy (C9830) - Mention in Despatches - East Moor - Awarded 14 June 1945 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 1647/45 dated 26 October 1945. Home in Indian Head, Saskatchewan. Enlisted in Montreal, 16 January 1942. Arrived overseas 13 February 1943. On 21 July 1944 had been recommended for MiD. An Aero Engineer, he was then Chief Technical Officer at East Moor and was described as having "constantly endeavoured to maintain a very high standard of aircraft serviceability. The example he has set by his untiring efforts have acted as an inspiration to the many mechanics and groundcrew charged with the responsibility to keep the aircraft at all times ready for operations." DHist file 181.009 D.1719 (PAC RG.24 Vol.20606) has recommendation dated 3 February 1945 when he had served one year in Canada, 24 months overseas.

 

Squadron Leader Boone has won nothing but praise from all those associated with him. His inspiring leadership and untiring energy have been largely responsible for the successful manner in which this station has been carrying the war to the enemy. He has on numerous occasions surmounted difficulties, the like of which would deter any man of less ability and initiative, and in so doing he has won the respect and admiration not only of his men but of his superiors.

 

BOONE, S/L William Edward Roy (C9830) - Mention in Despatches - Station East Moor - Award effective 1 January 1946 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 322/46 dated 29 March 1946. Identified in AFRO as "Overseas". McEwen papers (CWM) with list of recommendations with MiD recommendations for 1 February to 31 July 1945 identifies unit. DHist file 181.009 D.1725 (PAC RG.24 Vol.20607) has original recommendation (for an MBE) dated 23 May 1945, noting he had enlisted 16 January 1942, thirteen months service in Canada, two years in UK:

 


Squadron Leader Booth has been with No.6 (RCAF) Group since its formation. He has held the position of Chief Technical Officer at various stations in the group for two years and has amply demonstrated his technical ability. As an organizer and leader of men he is exemplary, being admired and respected by all personnel associated with him. During the trying days preceding and immediately following D Day, Squadron Leader Boone's true worth was clearly revealed. The serviceability of the aircraft was of the highest order as was the work, enthusiasm and keenness of all technicians on this station, indeed a splendid tribute to Squadron Leader Boone's efficiency.

 

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BOOTH, Sergeant George Kenneth (R83740) - Mention in Despatches - No.415 Squadron - 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 2 December 1940. Certificate mailed 24 November 1948. No citation in AFRO but DHist file 181.009 D.1747 (NAC RG.24 Vol.20608) has details. Recommended 11 July 1944 with following citation:

 

Sergeant Booth joined the squadron some two years ago as a clerk. Since that time he has worked himself up to the position of NCO in charge of the Orderly Room. The many detachments of this squadron, plus having two types of aircraft, have made his work extremely difficult. This NCO has carried out his duties cheerfully and well. Very often he has had to work long and hard overtime compiling difficult reports. It is the opinion of the Squadron Commander that Sergeant Booth has well earned a "Mention in Despatches" and is highly recommended for it.

 

NOTE: Further recommended (this time for a BEM) on 26 May 1945 (DHist file 181.009 D.1725, PAC RG.24 Vol.20607). Recommendation said he had enlisted 2 December 1940, served in Canada until 15 June 1942. New recommendation read:

 

This non-commissioned officer was recommended and has qualified for commissioned rank and his service record is very meritorious and his work has always been of a superior high standard. All squadron personnel are very confident that necessary administrative work concerning them will be adequately completed as a result of his efficiency. I strongly recommend his untiring efforts be rewarded by the award of the British Empire Medal (Military Division).

 

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BOOTH, P/O Grant Gordon (J17928) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.207 Squadron - Award effective 4 October 1943 as per London Gazette dated 19 October 1943 and AFRO 2457/43 dated 26 November 1943. Home in Ottawa; enlisted there 30 June 1941. Trained at No.6 BGS (graduated 27 April 1942) and No.4 WS (graduated 21 February 1942). Flew two tours. Award sent by registered mail 30 September 1948.


Pilot Officer Booth has participated in attacks on some of the enemy's most heavily defended targets. On several occasions when his aircraft has been attacked by enemy fighters his coolness and skilful direction not only enabled his captain to frustrate the attacker but resulted in the probable destruction of at least two hostile aircraft.

 

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BOOTH, F/L Kenneth Gordon (J11769) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.357 Squadron - Award effective 23 March as per London Gazette dated 3 April 1945 and AFRO 765/45 dated 4 May 1945. Home in Vancouver; enlisted Toronto 13 June 1941. Trained at No.3 ITS (graduated 5 December 1941), No.8 AOS (graduated 2 March 1942), No.9 BGS (graduated 11 April 1942) and No.2 ANS (graduated 11 May 1942). Award presented 5 October 1947.

 

Flight Lieutenant Booth has completed a large number of sorties against occupied Burma, Thailand and Malaya and has also flown on numerous missions over difficult country on the Chinese border. In December 1944 his crew was detailed to undertake an important operation in Malaya. A flight of over 3,000 miles was necessary and the standard of navigation required by the operation was very high. Flight Lieutenant Booth by his skill and enthusiasm was directly responsible for the success attained. This officer has at all times displayed great keenness for operational flying and has set a fine example as squadron navigation officer.

 

NOTE: Public Records Office Air 2/9062 has recommendation dated 20 January 1945 stating he had flown 406 hours 45 minutes on operations. The detail provided for the award is exceptional and is listed here. "F.I.C." indicates "French Indo-China".

 

7 Jan to 8 June 43 Coastal Command - 136.20 hours

5 June 44 Special Ops, F.I.C. - 4.30 hours

13-15 Jun 44 do., Hump (two crossings) - 6.10

25 July 44 do., Burma/China - 8.20

2-26 Aug 44 do., Hump (10 crossings) - 32.25

4 Sept 44 do., Burma/China - 9.40

23-26 Sept 44 do., Hump (four crossings) - 13.35

6 Oct 44 do., Hump - 3.20

9-11 Oct 44 do., Hump/East China - 14.15

29 Oct 44 do., F.I.C. - 14.15

1 Nov 44 do., Burma/China - 8.40

2 Nov 44 do., F.I.C. - 13.35

14 Nov 44 do., Hump - 4.15

15 Nov 44 do., F.I.C. - 7.30

25 Nov 44 do., F.I.C. - 14.30

26 Nov 44 do., Burma - 5.00

28 Nov 44 do., Malaya - 18.10

30 Nov 44 do., F.I.C. - 13.20


1 Dec 44 do., Burma - 7.05

3 Dec 44 do., Burma - 4.15

6 Dec 44 do., Malaya - 19.30

24 Dec 44 do., F.I.C. - 13.55

27 Dec 44 do., F.I.C. - 12.35

29 Dec 44 do., Burma - 4.50

2 Jan 45 do., Thailand - 12.15

4 Jan 45 do., Burma - 4.30

 

Flight Lieutenant Booth has been on the squadron for the past ten months and has held the post of Squadron Navigation Officer; at the same time he has continued to fly regularly on operations. He has carried out twenty special sorties over occupied Burma, Siam, French Indo-China and Malaya, and has also made eighteen crossings of the Hump.

 

On December 6th, 1944, Flight Lieutenant Booth was navigator in a crew detailed for a Special Operation in Malaya. This operation was successfully completed after a round trip of over 3,000 miles. The standard of navigation required for this operation was very high and Flight Lieutenant Booth, by his skill and enthusiasm, was directly responsible for its successful completion. This officer has at all times shown a great keenness for operational flying, and has set an excellent example to other aircrew in the squadron.

 

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BOOTH, Sergeant Reginald Jack (R128254) - Distinguished Flying Medal - No.166 Squadron - Award effective 1 July 1943 as per London Gazette dated 9 July 1943 and AFRO 1724/43 dated 27 August 1943. Home in Saskatoon; enlisted there 17 September 1941. Trained at No.7 ITS (graduated 3 January 1942) and No.4 BGS (graduated 2 March 1942). Award presented 30 November 1943.

 

Throughout his many operational sorties Sergeant Booth has shown commendable courage and devotion to duty. This was particularly exemplified on the occasion of a recent raid on Mannheim during which, despite intense opposition, he displayed outstanding fortitude and skill. This airman's co-operation, coolness and devotion have contributed in a large measure to the successes achieved by his crew. By his cool determination and cheerful confidence Sergeant Booth has been a source of inspiration to the other members of his squadron.

 

BOOTH, P/O Reginald Jack, DFM (J85416) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.100 Squadron - Award effective 1 September 1944 as per London Gazette dated 19 September 1944 and AFRO 2373/44 dated 3 November 1944. Award sent by registered mail but returned to Government House, 12 October 1949.

 


Throughout two tours of operational duty Pilot Officer Booth has displayed exceptional keenness and skill. On many occasions his alert and resolute attention to duty have contributed largely to the safety of the aircraft and crew. His fine record of achievement is most praiseworthy.

 

Public Records Office Air 2/9276 has recommendation for his DFC dated 3 June 1944 which gives sortie list and a slightly more detailed text than that published above. He had flown 48 1/3 sorties (306 operational hours) including 20 1/3 sorties (134 hours) since award of the DFM,

 

* denotes partial (1/3) sortie

 

First Tour Second Tour

 

13 Sept 42 Bremen 28 Jan 44 Berlin

15 Oct 42 Cologne 30 Jan 44 Berlin

23 Oct 42 Essen 15 Feb 44 Berlin

27 Oct 42 GARDENING 19 Feb 44 Leipzig

15 Nov 42 GARDENING 20 Feb 44 Stuttgart

17 Nov 42 GARDENING 1 Mar 44 Stuttgart

20 Nov 42 Turin 15 Mar 44 Stuttgart

25 Nov 42 GARDENING 18 Mar 44 Frankfurt

15 Jan 43 Lorient 22 Mar 44 Frankfurt

26 Jan 43 Lorient 24 Mar 44 Berlin

4 Feb 43 Lorient 26 Mar 44 Essen

9 Feb 43 GARDENING 30 Mar 44 Nuremburg

18 Feb 43 GARDENING 9 Apr 44 GARDENING

3 Mar 43 Hamburg 10 Apr 44 Aulnoye*

5 Mar 43 Essen 27 Apr 44 Friedrichshaven

9 Mar 43 GARDENING 30 Apr 44 Maintenon

13 Mar 43 GARDENING 1 May 44 Lyons

16 Mar 43 GARDENING 3 May 44 Mailly le Camp

26 Mar 43 Duisburg 6 May 44 Aubigne Racan

29 Mar 43 Bochum 7 May 44 Bruz

3 Apr 43 GARDENING 9 May 44 Merville

4 Apr 43 Kiel

14 Apr 43 Stuttgart

16 Apr 43 Mannheim

26 Apr 43 Duisburg

28 Apr 43 GARDENING

4 May 43 Dortmund

12 May 43 Duisburg

 


Pilot Officer Booth has now completed his second tour of operations with a total of 48 1/3 sorties. He has throughout displayed skill, courage and determination of the highest order. On many occasions when attacking the enemy's most vital and fiercely defended centres, Pilot Officer Booth has, by the cool handling of his guns and by his constantly alert and resolute attention to duty, contributed largely to the extrication of the aircraft and crew from perilous situations. His fine record has been an inspiration to his fellow gunners and makes him well deserving of the award of the Distinguished Flying Cross.

 

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BOOTH, P/O Robert Alexander (J19795) - Belgian Croix de Guerre 1940 with Palm (deceased) - Awarded 17 July 1948 as per Canada Gazette of that date and AFRO 455/48 dated 23 July 1948. Home in Winnipeg. Flight engineer, killed with No.405 Squadron, 27/28 April 1944, Lancaster JA976. Buried in Belgium.

 

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BOOTH, F/O Walter Roy (C28366) - Mention in Despatches - Western Air Command - Award effective 1 January 1944 as per Canada Gazette of that date and AFRO 113/44 dated 21 January 1944. Born in Victoria, British Columbia, 23 November 1913. Enlisted in Vancouver, 2 May 1939.

 

Flying Officer Booth, master of an RCAF Marine Craft, displayed resourcefulness and keen devotion to duty in that he very skilfully executed a most difficult and hazard rescue operation when an aircraft was ditched in a strait forty miles from base. In spite of the intense darkness and a treacherous channel he navigated his craft, and organized other boats in the area to search in such a manner that the crew of the aircraft were rescued from their dinghy three and a half hours after the despatch of his craft.

 

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BOOTLE, W/C John Welfare (C2225) - Mention in Despatches - No.62 Base - Award effective 1 January 1945 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 337/45 dated 23 February 1945. Enlisted in Vancouver 18 June 1940. DHist file 181.009 D.1719 (PAC RG.24 Vol.20606) has recommendation dated 17 September 1944 when he had served 39 months in Canada, one year overseas. Accountant.

 

Wing Commander Bootle has been employed in No.62 Base Accounts Section since 20.9.43 and assumed full charge on 30.3.44. He is wholeheartedly engrossed in his duties and the welfare of his personnel and has been largely responsible for many changes in the accounts office which have produced beneficial results.

 

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BORDEN, F/O James Walter (J17932) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.18 Squadron - Award effective 2 June 1944 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 1660/44 dated 4 August 1944. Born in Wiarton, Ontario, September 1921. Home in Stratford; educated there; home there; enlisted London, Ontario, 7 March 1941. Trained at No.1 ITS (graduated 14 July 1941), No.7 EFTS (graduated 1 September 1941) and No.16 SFTS (graduated 5 December 1941). Award presented 13 November 1948. Following his tour he instructed at Boundary Bay; joined Winter Experimental Establishment, Edmonton, 1945. Flew on Korean airlift, 1950-51; to UK on exchange duties, 1951-1953. Returned to Canada (AFHQ); attended RCAF Staff College, 1957. Commanded No.121 Composite Unit, Sea Island; to UNEG (Gaza), June 1959; to No.412 Squadron, July 1960 to August 1963. By then he had attained rank of Wing Commander.

 

This officer has displayed courage, determination and devotion to duty throughout a long and arduous tour of operational duty which has included daylight and night bombing operations. He has frequently completed combined weather reconnaissance and bombing sorties and has on all occasions performed his allotted tasks most reliably.

 

NOTE: Public Record Office Air 2/9629 has the original recommendation made by the Commanding Officer of No.18 Squadron (a South African Air Force Lieutenant-Colonel, name illegible) dated 23 March 1944. Borden had flown 572 hours (150 in the previous six months) and 69 sorties (171 operational hours):

 

This officer has displayed courage and determination and devotion to duty throughout a tour which included operations on Blenheims and Bostons, and night operations on Bostons. His offensive spirit against the enemy, even under the most adverse weather conditions, was exemplary.

 

The Officer Commanding, No.232 Wing, added on 24 March 1944:

 

Since coming under the operational control of this Headquarters, Flying Officer Borden has done very well on operations. He has often been sent off, not only to carry out a raid, but to do the weather reconnaissance on which the remainder of the operating aircraft depended, and this duty he performed most reliable. The above decoration is recommended.

 

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BOREHAM, Sergeant Myrtle Eileen (W301889) - British Empire Medal - RCAF Overseas Headquarters - Award effective 1 January 1944 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 113/44 dated 21 January 1944. Born in Toronto, 15 May 1920. Educated in Peterborough, 1926-37 and then employed as secretary. Joined RCAF in Toronto, 27 November 1941 as AW2. Promoted to AW1, 29 March 1942, LAW 1 July 1942 with simultaneous promotion to Corporal, Sergeant 1 April 1943, FS 1 March 1945. At Toronto Recruiting Centre (27 Nov-28 December 1941), CWAFF Training Centre (29 Dec 41-24 Jan 42), No.6 SFTS, Dunnville (25 Jan-30 July 42), "Y" Depot in Halifax (31 July 42), arrived in UK 1 September 1942 and remained on strength of RCAF Overseas Headquarters until 31 August 1945. Repatriated to Canada and released, 22 October 1945. Had been clerk/steno on enlistment, reclassified as clerk/admin on 11 September 1944. Married Albert Douglas Vaisey, 30 June 1945. Subject of a painting by Robert Hyndman (CWM 11524). Presented 6 February 1945.

 

In her service career this Airwoman has been outstanding in her devotion to duty, and in her after-duty hours she has not spared herself in furthering the good spirit of morale and comradeship among Airmen and Airwomen. In her capacity as a Sergeant, working in the Section for recruiting Canadian women in the RCAF Women's Division in England, she has been a constant inspiration to all recruits, with her enthusiasm for the service and her desire to place it above personal matters.

 

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BORLAND, F/L David Simpson (J12057) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.431 Squadron - Award effective 15 March 1945 as per London Gazette dated 23 March 1945 and AFRO 721/45 dated 27 April 1945. American in the RCAF; home in Erie, Pennsylvania; enlisted Ottawa 11 June 1941. Trained at No.5 ITS (graduated 21 November 1941), No.13 EFTS (graduated 28 January 1942) and No.2 SFTS (graduated 5 June 1942). Award sent by registered mail 15 December 1950. No citation other than "completed...many successful operations against the enemy in which [he has] displayed high skill, fortitude and devotion to duty. DHist file 181.009 D.3260 (RG.24 Vol.20637) has recommendation dated 11 December 1944 when he had flown 24 sorties (120 hours 30 minutes), 23 July to 5 December 1944.

 

This officer has captained his aircraft against twenty-four German and French targets, at all times pressing home the attack with determination. Flight Lieutenant Borland's skilful flying and courageous handling of dangerous situations has been a source of inspiration to his crew who respond efficiently to his fine leadership. His courage, fortitude and devotion to duty whilst on operations has earned Flight Lieutenant Borland a high reputation for efficiency.

 

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BORKOWITZ, F/O Solomon (J40829) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.12 Squadron - Award effective 23 November 1945 as per London Gazette dated 7 December 1945 and AFRO 244/46 dated 8 March 1946. Home in Toronto; enlisted there 10 August 1942. Trained at No.1 ITS (graduated 26 June 1943) and No.1 AOS (graduated 11 February 1944). Award presented in Toronto, 30 November 1949. No citation, "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 2/8772 has recommendation dated 12 May 1945 when he had flown 29 sorties (193 hours five minutes).

 

15 Dec 44 Ludwigshaven 23 Feb 45 Pforzheim

28 Dec 44 Bonn 1 Mar 45 Mannheim

29 Dec 44 Scholven-Buer 2 Mar 45 Cologne


31 Dec 44 Osterfeld 7 Mar 45 Dessau

2 Jan 45 Nuremburg 21 Mar 45 Bruchstrasse

5 Jan 45 Royan 22 Mar 45 GARDENING

7 Jan 45 Munich 25 Mar 45 Hanover

14 Jan 45 Merseberg 31 Mar 45 Hamburg

16 Jan 45 Zeitz 3 Apr 45 Nordhaussen

1 Feb 45 Ludwigshaven 9 Apr 45 Kiel

2 Feb 45 Wiesbaden 13 Apr 45 Kiel Bay

7 Feb 45 Cleve 18 Apr 45 Heligoland

13 Feb 45 Dresden 22 Apr 45 Bremen

14 Feb 45 Chemnitz 28 Apr 45 EXODUS (Brussels)

20 Feb 45 Dortmund

 

Flying Officer Borkowitz, a Canadian, has recently completed his first tour of operations as navigator of a Lancaster aircraft. He has proved himself an exceptionally capable navigator, thereby instilling the utmost confidence in his Captain and crew.

 

He has been a most efficient member of a most successful crew and has carried out his duties conscientiously and accurately, sometimes under extremely difficult conditions on many long and arduous flights deep into Germany.

 

Flying Officer Borkowitz's fearless devotion to duty and magnificent work have been a shining example to all. I strongly recommend that he be awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross.

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BORROWES, WO (now P/O) Robert Dean (R135047/J19536) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.405 Squadron - Award effective 11 April 1944 as per London Gazette dated 21 April 1944 and AFRO 1075/44 dated 19 May 1944. Home in Montrea; enlisted there 30 September 1941. Trained at No.1 ITS (graduated 14 February 1942), No.9 EFTS (graduated 23 May 1942) and No.1 SFTS (graduated 9 October 1942). Killed in action 6 May 1944 (Lancaster ND617); name on Runnymede Memorial. Award presented to next of kin 28 February 1946. No citation other than "...completed...many successful operations against the enemy in which [he has] displayed high skill, fortitude and devotion to duty."

 

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BORTHWICK, F/L Roy McIntosh (J21490) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.159 Squadron - Award effective 15 January 1946 as per London Gazette dated 29 January 1946 and AFRO 322/46 dated 29 March 1946. Home in Vancouver; enlisted there 5 September 1941. Trained at No.4 ITS (graduated 20 December 1941), No.5 EFTS (graduated 14 March 1942) and No.7 SFTS (graduated 10 July 1942). Award presented Sea Island 22 October 1949.


This officer has completed a tour operational duty during which he has participated in numerous missions of a varied nature. On one occasion he took part in a mine-laying operation at Penang. This involved flying a distance of approximately 3,000 miles. On another occasion during an attack at Satahib Bay whilst affording cover for aircraft attacking at low level he not only drew the fire of the defences but pressed home his own attack and obtained a hit on a 3,000-ton enemy depot ship, setting it on fire so that it finally sank. More recently Flight Lieutenant Borthwick during a low level attack destroyed a span of the Kanchanaburi bridge on the important supply line between Bangkok and Moulmein. Throughout this officer has displayed cool judgement, courage and great devotion to duty.

 

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BOSSENBERRY, S/L Alvin (J8377) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.408 Squadron - Award effective 12 November 1945 as per London Gazette dated 16 November 1945 and AFRO 133/46 dated 8 February 1946. Home in Grand Bend, Ontario; enlisted London, Ontario, 14 January 1941. Trained at No.3 ITS (graduated 21 June 1941), No.4 EFTS (graduated 8 August 1941) and No.9 SFTS (graduated 25 October 1941). 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." DHist file 181.009 D.2618 (RG.24 Vol.20627) has recommendation dated 22 May 1945 when he had flown 18 sorties (110 hours 45 minutes) between 18 December 1944 and 18 April 1945.

 

Squadron Leader Bossenberry has filled the position of Flight Commander in this squadron for several months and has proved himself to be an outstanding organizer with admirable squadron spirit. His keenness for operations and his enthusiasm for all the work of the squadron has contributed a great deal toward the general success of this unit.

 

He has taken part in many operational sorties against the enemy, and at all times has pressed home his attacks with the utmost confidence, regardless of any opposition thrown up against him. He has earned Target Tokens for pictures of his aiming points on several occasions. On his first sortie with his crew, which was against Cologne, his navigational aids failed but he pressed on to the target, bombing it successfully. On a later raid against Munster his aircraft suffered extensive flak damage, and on another occasion when leaving the target which was Hamburg, he was attacked by fighters, but these were successfully evaded largely due to the flying skill of this pilot.

 

Squadron Leader Bossenberry has been a fine example to all of the members of this squadron...

 

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BOTKIN, Sergeant (now P/O) Richard Trent (R109968/J16957) - Mention in Despatches - No.405 Squadron - Award effective 2 June 1943 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 358/44 dated 18 February 1944. Home in Meade, Kansas; enlisted in Windsor, Ontario, 7 August 1941. Killed in action with No.405 Squadron (Lancaster JA980), 8/9 October 1943. AFRO gives unit as "Attached to RAF" but No.6 Group Monthly Summary of Operational and Training Activities (June 1943) gives unit as No.405 Squadron.

 

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BOTSFORD, F/L Frederick Gordon (J7878) - Mention in Despatches - Award effective 1 June 1943 as per London Gazette dated 2 June 1943 and AFRO 1247/43 dated 2 July 1943. Home in Edmonton; enlisted there 3 October 1941.

 

BOTSFORD, S/L Frederick Gordon (C7878) - Mention in Despatches - Overseas - Award effective 8 June 1944 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 1729/44 dated 11 August 1944. No citation in AFRO.

 

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BOTTERILL, WO Milton Agars (R187809) - Croix de Guerre (France) - No.342 Squadron (AFRO gives unit only as "Overseas") - Awarded as per AFRO 1619/45 dated 19 October 1945. Born 17 September 1922 in Windsor, Ontario; home there; enlisted there 13 October 1942. On strength of No.1 Manning Depot, Toronto, 26 October 1942 to 22 January 1943. Trained at No.4 WS, Guelph (graduated 9 August 1943), No.4 BGS, Fingal (graduated 20 September 1943) and No.4 AOS, London (graduated 28 January 1944). Further trained at No.1 OTU, Debert (29 January to 30 May 1944); to No.45 Group, Dorval, 2 May 1944; to No.1 "Y" Depot, Lachine, 15 August 1944; struck off strength to overseas, 29 August 1944. Posted to No.13 OTU, 5 December 1944; to No.2 GSU, 28 February 1945; to No.88 Squadron, 15 March 1945; to No.342 Squadron, 6 April 1945, serving with that unit until 30 May 1945. Repatriated to Canada, July 1945; released 10 September 1945. Rank progression as follows: AC2, 13 October 1942; LAC, 23 February 1943; Sergeant, 20 September 1943; Flight Sergeant, 20 June 1944; WO2, 20 December 1944. Public Records Office Air 2/9031 has recommended citation.

 

After being posted to No.342 Squadron, this young RCAF Wireless Operator/Air Gunner carried out several operations against objectives in Western Germany. During these operations he showed a first-class fighting spirit and a high standard of professional skill. He particularly distinguished himself on the 18th and 19th April 1945, when he contributed much to the success of important missions, and on the 25th April 1945 during a mission in which his formation was subjected to accurate enemy anti-aircraft fire.

 


NOTE: On 9 July 1945, on repatriation, he filled out a document which gave his flying time as 40 hours ten minutes (operational, 16 sorties, the last being on 1 May 1945) and 35 hours (non-operational). He gave overseas flying as being 50 hours on Boston A-20 and 25 hours ten minutes on Mitchells.

 

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BOUCHARD, F/O Joseph Alphonse Camille (J26027) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.425 Squadron - Award effective 5 April 1945 as per London Gazette dated 13 April 1945 and AFRO 824/45 dated 18 May 1945. Born in Ste.Anne de la Pocatiere, Quebec; educated at St.Dunstan's University, Charlottetown. Home in Ottawa; enlisted there 22 May 1941. Trained at No.3 ITS (graduated 1 September 1941), No.13 EFTS (graduated 25 October 1941) and No.1 SFTS (graduated 27 February 1942). Overseas in June 1943. Flew 31 sorties. Award presented 1 December 1948. Date of death uncertain; widow died in Ottawa, 17 June 1994.

 

Throughout his operational tour Flying Officer Bouchard has displayed the utmost determination successfully to complete his missions despite the most intense enemy opposition. In October 1944 he was captain of a bomber detailed to attack Bochum. Owing to adverse weather this courageous officer remained in the target area for twelve minutes before completing his attack although subjected to heavy anti-aircraft fire which damaged his aircraft. A few nights later during a sortie against Duisburg he successfully evaded an enemy fighter. After many attacks, in spite of all navigational equipment being rendered unserviceable, the target was effectively bombed and a safe return was accomplished. On five further sorties Flying Officer Bouchard captained his damaged aircraft safely back to base. This gallant officer has always set a praiseworthy example.

 

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BOUCHARD, P/O Vernon John (J85054) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.550 Squadron - Award effective 24 May 1944 as per London Gazette dated 6 June 1944 and AFRO 1660/44 dated 4 August 1944. Home in Regina; enlisted there 6 November 1939. Trained at No.4 ITS (graduated 19 June 1942), No.5 EFTS (graduated 11 September 1942) and No.15 SFTS (graduated 30 December 1942). Award presented 28 February 1946. No citation other than "completed...many successful operations against the enemy in which [he has] displayed high skill, fortitude and devotion to duty." Public Records Office Air 2/8780 has recommendation dated 17 March 1944 when he had flown 18 sorties (132 hours), as follows:

 

 

3 Nov 43 Dusseldorf 27 Jan 44 Berlin

26 Nov 43 Berlin 28 Jan 44 Berlin

2 Dec 43 Berlin 30 Jan 44 Berlin

16 Dec 43 Berlin 19 Feb 44 Leipzig

20 Dec 43 Frankfurt 20 Feb 44 Stuttgart

23 Dec 43 Berlin 24 Feb 44 Schweinfurt

29 Dec 43 Berlin 25 Feb 44 Augsburg

1 Jan 44 Berlin 1 Mar 44 Stuttgart


20 Jan 44 Berlin 15 Mar 44 Stuttgart

 

In the course of his present tour of operations, in which he has flown 18 sorties comprising 132 flying hours, this officer has displayed outstanding qualities of courage, determination and efficiency, bringing to successful completion attacks against some of the most important targets in Germany. He has on ten occasions attacked targets in Berlin and has returned with invaluable photographic evidence. For his continual devotion to duty and determination to carry through successfully his operational missions, I consider he fully merits the award of the Distinguished Flying Cross.

 

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BOUCHER, FS Libert Joseph (R64618) - Distinguished Flying Medal - No.405 Squadron - Award effective 26 December 1942 as per London Gazette dated 29 December 1942 and AFRO 232/43 dated 12 February 1943. Home in Grand Falls, New Brunswick; enlisted Moncton. Trained at No.1 ITS (graduated 21 June 1940), No.1 WS (graduated 9 November 1940) and No.2 BGS (graduated 20 December 1940). Award presented 13 April 1943. Commissioned as J18134.

 

As wireless operator/air gunner this airman has participated in many attacks on the enemy's industrial centres in the Ruhr, as well as important ports such as Hamburg, Brest, Nazaire and Kiel. By his high skill and unswerving devotion to duty he has contributed materially to the success obtained.

 

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BOUDREAU, Sergeant (now P/O) Joseph Hector (R109968/J16958) - Mention in Despatches - No.405 Squadron - Award effective 1 June 1943 as per London Gazette dated 2 June 1943 and AFRO 1247/43 dated 2 July 1943. Home in Campbellton, New Brunswick; enlisted in Quebec City, 7 April 1941. Trained at No.1 ITS (graduated 25 July 1941), No.10 EFTS (ceased training 22 August 1941), No.8 AOS (graduated 19 January 1942), No.9 BGS (graduated 14 March 1942) and No.2 ANS (graduated 13 April 1942). AFRO does not give unit; No.6 Group Monthly Summary of Operational and Training Activities (June 1943) gives unit as No.405 Squadron.

 


BOUDREAU, F/L Joseph Hector (J16958) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.433 Squadron - Award effective 18 October 1945 as per London Gazette dated 26 October 1945 and AFRO 133/46 dated 8 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.2893 (RG.24 Vol.20633) has recommendation dated 23 April 1945 when he had flown 47 sorties (309 hours 40 minutes). Sortie list shows 24 sorties, 13 September 1942 to 29 May 1943, including twelve "Air/Sea Patrol", 16 November 1942 to 18 February 1943. Sighted two subs on 26 November 1942 (and crash-landed); attacked by Bf.110 during raid on Stuttgart (11 March 1943); attacked by Ju.88 during raid on Kiel, 4 April 1943; shot down a Bf.109 during raid on Duisburg, 27 April 1943. Flew nine sorties, 1 May to 25 August 1944 (two minelaying missions and the rest to French targets), described as "Additional Trips on First Tour". Second tour was sixteen trips, 5 December 1944 to 9 April 1945; attacked by five Me.262s on 31 March 1945 (Hamburg) and by a FW.190 on 9 April 1945 (gardening in Kiel Bay).

 

This officer is now nearing the end of his second operational tour after completing 47 sorties against some of the longest [sic] and most heavily defended targets in Germany. Throughput his long series of operations, Flight Lieutenant Boudreau obtained an enviable reputation for precision and accuracy, his records for timing and track keeping being far in excess of the normal standard.

 

This officer was also one of the original radar instructors for the Canadian Group of Bomber Command and by his exceptional skill and painstaking devotion to duty, contributed much to the fine records ultimately achieved by several squadrons. During this period he also completed eight operational trips as spare navigator.

 

Whilst with this squadron, the untiring and unlimited efforts of Flight Lieutenant Boudreau to improve the navigational efficiency of all crews in general and new crews in particular has been most outstanding, and his keenness and leadership has been an inspiration to all.

 

I consider that this officer's splendid record of achievement fully merits the award of the Distinguished Flying Cross (Non-Immediate).

 

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BOUDREAU, Corporal Joseph Leon (R113631) - Mention in Despatches - No.16 Explosive Depot - Award effective 14 June 1945 as per Canada Gazette of that date and AFRO 1127/45 dated 6 July 1945. Enlisted 9 July 1941 in Moncton, New Brunswick. Certificate sent to his unit, 4 July 1945.

 

On March 1st, 1944, while Corporal Boudreau and two of his comrades were working in a pyrotechnic storage building, an explosion occurred, followed immediately by fire and dense smoke. After leaving the building Corporal Boudreau observed that an airman was missing. Without thought for his personal safety and in the face of great danger, Corporal Boudreau re-entered the building in an attempt to rescue his comrade. Failing to find him he made his way back to the entrance where he found him rolling in the snow and assisted in extinguishing his burning clothes.

 

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BOUGHNER, Sergeant (now P/O) Charles Wolseley (C15090) - British Empire Medal - No.400 Squadron - Award effective 11 June 1942 as per Canada Gazette of that date and AFRO 1000-1001/42 dated 3 July 1942. Home in Toronto; enlisted there. Award presented by King George VI 23 July 1943.

 

For the past eight months this NCO has left his work only long enough for food and rest. Sergeant Boughner has made wireless training and work so interesting that the section has reached a high standard of efficiency without realizing they have been expending extra effort and time on the job. During five thousand hours flying the best possible service of wireless has been utilized. The maintenance has been carried out under most trying conditions and often with limited facilities. It is considered the devotion to duty of this NCO should not go unnoticed.

 

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BOULANGER, P/O Joseph Hector Gilbert (J19867) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.425 Squadron - Award effective 1 September 1944 as per London Gazette dated 19 September 1944 and AFRO 2373/44 dated 3 November 1944. Trained at No.9 BGS. No citation other than "completed...many successful operations during which [he has] displayed high skill, fortitude and devotion to duty." DHist file 181.009.D.1730 (PAC RG.24 Vol.20607) has recommendation dated 29 June 1944 when he had flown 36 sorties (213 hours 40 minutes):

 

This officer has completed a tour of operations of which 18 sorties were completed in North Africa, and involved attacks on well defended targets such as Leipzig, Nuremburg and Frankfurt. Throughout he has displayed high qualities of zeal and resolution and his efficiency as Air Gunner and outstanding courage has inspired confidence to all his squadron. Pilot Officer Boulanger's fearlessness and strong sense of duty have set an excellent example.

 

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BOULTON, S/L Foss Henry (C1090) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.416 Squadron - Award effective 22 May 1943 as per London Gazette dated 4 June 1943 and AFRO 1187/43 dated 25 June 1943. Born 8 January 1919 in Coleman, Alberta; educated there. Timekeeper for Alberta government, 1937-1938; apprentice to an air engineer, Vancouver, 1938-39; steel worker, 1939. Also an AC2 in No.11 Squadron, 19 October 1937 to 2 December 1937. Enlisted in Vancouver as Pilot Officer, 9 September 1939. At Station Trenton, 20 November 1939 to 6 January 1940; Camp Borden, 6 January 140 to 8 May 1940. Attended instructor course, Trenton, 3 June to 19 July 1940; No.1 SFTS, Camp Borden, 22 July to 28 September 1940; No.3 SFTS, Calgary, 28 September 1940 to 16 May 1941; No.12 SFTS, Brandon, 17 May 1941 to 6 April 1942. Arrived in UK by plane, 8 April 1943. Attended No.57 OTU, 28 April to 4 August 1942; No.416 Squadron, 14 August to 30 August 1942; No.402 Squadron, 30 August to 20 December 1942; No.416 Squadron, 8 January to 13 May 1943 (shot down by flak while escorting Forts to Amiens; wounded in left arm, back and head; baled out at 26,000 feet; POW at Stalag Luft III); repatriated to Britain, 28 May 1944; returned to Canada and commanded No.3 Release Centre, 9 December 1944 to 31 March 1946; released 6 May 1946. Flying Officer, 18 May 1940; Flight Lieutenant, 15 August 1941; Squadron Leader, 8 January 1943; Wing Commander, 1 March 1945. Victories as follows: 19 August 1942, one Ju.88 damaged, Dieppe; 6 September 1942, one FW.190 damaged, Meaulte; 3 February 1943, one FW.190 probably destroyed, St.Omer; 3 April 1943, one FW.190 destroyed, Le Touquet; 5 April 1943, one FW.190 damaged west of Ghent; 17 April 1943, one Bf.109F destroyed north of Dieppe; 20 April 1943, one FW.190 destroyed, Dieppe coast; 3 May 1943, one FW.190 destroyed, Samer; 13 May 1943, one FW.190 destroyed and one FW.190 damaged. Photos: PL-15809 (by nose of Spitfire); PL-29862 (with S/L R.A. Buckham, after repatriation); PL-29893 (Flying Officer J.B. Rainville, Sergeant C.H. Bricknell, Boulton, Buckham, after repatriation; PL-30411 standing alone. NOTE: Clipping in biographical file has his remarks to Rotary Club in Ottawa in which he praised Red Cross for food parcels to POWs. "He had a taste of the German black bread which he called 'solidified sawdust'."

 

This officer has taken part in a large number of sorties, including many low level attacks on targets in northern France. He has invariably displayed great skill and courage and has destroyed at least four enemy aircraft.

 

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BOURASSA, F/O John Maurice (J85941) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.635 Squadron - Award effective 2 October 1944 as per London Gazette dated 17 October 1944 and AFRO 2637/44 dated 8 December 1944. Home in Peace River, Alberta; enlisted Edmonton, 7 July 1941. Trained at No.4 ITS (graduated 24 April 1942), No.5 EFTS (graduated 3 July 1942) and No.15 SFTS (graduated 6 November 1942). Award presented 29 November 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 2/9026 has recommendation dated 20 July 1944 when he had flown 38 sorties (177 hours), 14 September 1943 to 18 July 1944.

 

14 Sept 43 Montlucon (6.20) 24 Apr 44 Karlsruhe (5.45)

29 Sept 43 Bochum (5.25) 26 Apr 44 Essen (3.45)

3 Oct 43 Hanover (6.05) 27 Apr 44 Friedrichshafen (7.35)

3 Nov 43 Dusseldorf (6.05) 19 May 44 Orleans (4.40)

18 Nov 43 Ludwigshaven (7.25, 22 May 44 Orleans (4.25)

landed at Harwell) 28 May 44 Angers (7.25)

22 Nov 43 Berlin (7.20) 31 May 44 Trappes (4.45)

25 Nov 43 Frankfurt (7.20) 3 June 44 Calais (2.00)

20 Dec 43 Frankfurt (6.35) 5 June 44 Ouistrehem (3.00)

20 Jan 44 Berlin (7.35) 7 June 44 Foret de Cerisy (3.55)

25 Feb 44 Augsburg (7.25, 8 June 44 Alencon (4.50)

landed at Pershore) 23 June 44 Coubronne (2.30)

18 Mar 44 Frankfurt (5.05) 24 June 44 Middel Straete (2.25)

22 Mar 44 Frankfurt (5.35) 27 June 44 Neuville-au-Bois (3.10)

26 Mar 44 Essen (4.55) 6 July 44 Coquereux (3.30)

30 Mar 44 Nuremburg (7.50) 10 July 44 Nucourt (3.45)

11 Apr 44 Aachen (3.30) 12 July 44 Vaires (3.55)


18 Apr 44 Rouen (3.55) 14 July 44 Revigny (7.35)

20 Apr 44 Ottignes (3.25) 15 July 44 Nucourt (3.25)

22 Apr 44 Laon (4.20) 18 July 44 Cagny (3.20)

 

This Captain has carried out a large number of operations against some of the most heavily defended cities in Germany including Berlin. He has several times been viciously attacked by fighters and has displayed exceptional skill and coolness in extricating his aircraft and crew from perilous situations. He sets his mind on the task in hand, fearlessly and with a fine offensive spirit, setting a magnificent example to his crew.

 

BOURASSA, F/L John Maurice, DFC (J85941) - Bar to Distinguished Flying Cross - No.635 Squadron - Award effective 5 February 1945 as per London Gazette dated 16 February 1945 and AFRO 563/45 dated 29 March 1945.

 

Since the award of the Distinguished Flying Cross this officer has completed many further sorties as captain of aircraft with outstanding success. He has always displayed the utmost determination to complete his mission which, combined with his cool courage in the face of all opposition and his unfailing devotion to duty, have won the confidence and admiration of all members of his crew.

 

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BOURASSA, F/L Joseph Alphonse Claude (J86211) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.425 Squadron - Award effective 5 February 1945 as per London Gazette dated 16 February 1945 and AFRO 563/45 dated 29 March 1945. Home in Trois Rivieres, Quebec; enlisted Montreal 27 October 1941. Trained at No.3 ITS (graduated 5 June 1942), No.11 EFTS (graduated 4 September 1942), No.13 SFTS (ceased training 15 January 1943), No.1 BGS (graduated 5 March 1943) and No.1 AOS (graduated 16 April 1943). Award presented in Montreal, 27 November 1949.

 

Throughout his tour of operations Flight Lieutenant Bourassa has shown outstanding courage, initiative and devotion to duty. As bomb aimer he has participated in many sorties against such strongly defended targets as Berlin, Frankfurt and Essen. In February 1944 his aircraft was detailed to attack Schweinfurt. Shortly before reaching the target the flight engineer became unconscious owing to lack of oxygen. Flight Lieutenant Bourassa rendered first aid and took over the flight engineer's duties. By his resourcefulness and skill he materially contributed to the successful completion of this mission.

 

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BOURASSA, Flight Sergeant Leonore Henry (R53511) - British Empire Medal - No.6 Communications Flight - Awarded 1 January 1945 as per Canada Gazette of that date and AFRO 89/45 dated 19 January 1945 . Enlisted Ottawa, 16 October 1939.


This non-commissioned officer, who has been in charge of flight maintenance since the inception of this flight, with untiring energy and zeal, has set an excellent example to his maintenance crews. As flight engineer he has flown many hours over isolated routes under trying and hazardous conditions. His efficiency and devotion to duty have been a large factor in the high standard of serviceability and maintenance achieved at this unit.

 

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BOURASSA, WO2 Paul Emile (R136575) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.419 Squadron - Award effective 22 August 1944 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 2274/44 dated 20 October 1944. Home in St.Remi, Quebec; enlisted Quebec, 6 December 1941. Trained at No.3 WS (graduated 19 November 1942) and No.8 BGS (graduated 21 December 1942). Award presented 11 August 1944.

 

Warrant Officer Bourassa has participated in many sorties and has proved himself to be a determined and dependable member of aircraft crew. He has at all times shown the greatest keenness and his example of courage and devotion to duty has been worthy of great praise.

 

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BOURDON, P/O Joseph Victor Marcel (J93544) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.425 Squadron - Award effective 30 October 1945 as per London Gazette dated 6 November 1945 and AFRO 155/46 dated 15 February 1946. Home in Montreal; enlisted there 23 September 1942. Trained at No.1 ITS (graduated 28 May 1943) and No.1 AOS (graduated 12 November 1943). Award presented 5 October 1947.

 

On one occasion this navigator was detailed for a mission over Berlin. When nearing Germany the aircraft was attacked by an enemy fighter but by violent evasive action succeeded in eluding the attacker. This manoeuvre rendered the navigational instruments useless. Predicted and heavy anti-aircraft fire were encountered and the aircraft sustained much damage. Undaunted, Pilot Officer Bourdon remained cool and determined. He directed his bomber to the target on time using astro navigation and the attack was successfully completed. On the return journey the aircraft was riddled again by anti-aircraft fire. By his courageous action Pilot Officer Bourdon made possible the safe return of his crew and aircraft. This officer has completed numerous sorties against heavily defended targets.

 

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BOURGEOIS, FS Carl Lemuel (Can 2314) - Mention in Despatches - No.64 Base - Award effective 1 January 1946 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 418/46 dated 18 April 1946. Home in Edmundston, New Brunswick. Enlisted in Saint John, New Brunswick, 16 June 1937. No citation in AFRO. DHist file 181.009 D.4364 (RG.24 Vol.20648) has recommendation for a BEM dated 5 May 1945 which identifies unit (referred to in AFRO only as "Overseas"). NCO in charge of Engine Repair Section, Base Maintenance Servicing Wing. Certificate sent 23 August 1948.

 

This NCO has, during the past two years, been in charge of an engine repair crew. By assiduous application and personal example, he has been mainly responsible for a constant flow of serviceable aircraft for operational duty. He has unfailingly displayed undeviating devotion to duty even beyond the exacting requirements of normal routine. Flight Sergeant Bourgeois has, without doubt, been largely instrumental in maintaining the unbroken continuity of effective operations from this Base.

 

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BOURGEOIS, LAC Gerald Joseph (R279099) - Mention in Despatches - Middleton St.George (AFRO gives unit only as "Overseas") - Award effective 14 June 1945 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 1647/45 dated 26 October 1945. DHist file 181.009 D.4364 (RG.24 Vol.20648) has recommendation submitted 2 February 1945. Form gives name as Joseph Gerard. Enlisted 13 October 1943 in Sarnia, Ontario (home in Trois Rivieres). Armourer Assistant.

 

This airman for seven months has worked in the Bomb Dump. His work has been very difficult and he has by his example to others in the dump been a great asset. More than once he has done as much as nay two men and far more than he was asked to do.

 

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BOURNE, F/O Alan Alexander William (J88180) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.582 Squadron - Award effective 5 July 1945 as per London Gazette dated 17 July 1945 and AFRO 1558/45 dated 5 October 1945. Home in Hamilton; enlisted there 27 April 1943. Trained at No.9 BGS (graduated 15 October 1943). Award presented in Hamilton 27 July 1949. Died in Hamilton, Ontario, 27 December 2001. 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 2/9083 has recommendation dated 22 March 45 when he had flown 41 sorties (199 hours 25 minutes), 18 April 1944 to 15 March 1945.

 

18 Apr 44 Paris railways 19 Oct 44 Stuttgart

20 Apr 44 Lens railways 2 Nov 44 Dusseldorf

22 Apr 44 Dusseldorf 4 Nov 44 Bochum

24 Apr 44 Karlsruhe 6 Nov 44 Gelsenkirchen

27 Apr 44 Aulnoye 9 Nov 44 Wanne Eickel

30 Apr 44 Somain 16 Nov 44 Julich

3 May 44 GARDENING, Brest 20 Nov 44 Coblenz


6 May 44 GARDENING, St.Malo 21 Nov 44 Wesel

8 May 44 GARDENING, Brest 30 Nov 44 Duisburg

9 May 44 St.Valerie-en-Coux 3 Dec 44 Heimbeck

24 May 44 Aachen 15 Dec 44 Ludwigshaven

27 May 44 GARDENING, Le Havre 17 Dec 44 Ulm

28 May 44 GARDENING, Brest 24 Dec 44 Cologne

2 June 44 GARDENING, Ymudin 1 Jan 45 Dortmund

5 June 44 Conde-le-Noireau 28 Jan 45 Frankfurt

6 June 44 Foret de Nieppe 2 Feb 45 Ludwigshaven

4 Aug 44 Bois de Basson 4 Feb 45 Bonn

5 Aug 44 Saarbrucken 7 Feb 45 Goch

5 Oct 44 Dortmund 23 Feb 45 Pforzheim

15 Oct 44 Wilhelmshaven 15 Mar 45 Castrop Rauxel

 

Pilot Officer Bourne, now on his second tour of operations, is a stalwart gunner in a very successful and experienced crew. His steadiness, determination and personal courage in action are most praiseworthy, and his coolness and spirit in combat with the enemy have earned him the complete confidence of his crew. He is strongly recommended for the non-immediate award of the Distinguished Flying Cross.

 

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BOURQUE, F/O Roger Joseph Terence (J36836) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.429 Squadron - Award effective 10 May 1945 as per London Gazette dated 22 May 1945 and AFRO 1147/45 dated 13 July 1945. Home in Toronto; enlisted there 2 September 1942. Trained at No.5 ITS (graduated 15 May 1943) and No.1 AOS (graduated 15 October 1943). Award 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". DHist file 181.009 D.5524 (RG.24 Vol.20667) has recommendation dated 19 January 1945 when he had flown 30 sorties (175 hours 15 minutes), 18 August 1944 to 14 January 1945. Name given as Robert Terrence Bourque.

 

Flying Officer Bourque, as a navigator of heavy bomber aircraft, has participated in thirty attacks on enemy targets including many of the most heavily defended industrial areas of Germany. The bombing team of which he formed an integral part was considered one of the best in the squadron for which reason Flying Officer Bourque's crew has carried out many mining missions of a most difficult nature. Throughout his tour of operations, by his offensive spirit and cheerful co-operation with his captain, he has always given a splendid example to the other members of his crew. By his skilful navigation he has assisted his pilot to keep on track, on time, and to reach his objective and return safely to base.

 


It is considered that the fine operational record established by this navigator, his cheerfulness and devotion to duty throughout his operational career fully merit the award of the Distinguished Flying Cross.

 

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BOUSCHARD, P/O Alfred Dale (J17049) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.83 Squadron - Award effective 1 July 1943 as per London Gazette dated 13 July 1943 and AFRO 1724/43 dated 27 August 1943. Enlisted in Saskatoon, 14 August 1941. Trained at No.2 BGS (graduated 20 February 1942). Award presented in Esquimalt, 21 July 1956.

 

This officer's sorties have included two attacks on Essen, four on Dusseldorf and two on Duisburg. One night in December 1942 he was rear gunner of an aircraft detailed to attack Munich. On the outward flight the aircraft, attacked five times by a night fighter, was seriously damaged and set on fire. During these attacks, Pilot Officer Bouchard remained at his post and, by a well delivered running commentary, assisted his pilot to evade the fighter. Subsequently he helped to put out the fire. At all times this officer has displayed coolness and courage in the face of the enemy and set a high standard of efficiency both in the air and on the ground.

 

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BOUSKILL, F/L Russell Reginald (J10254) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.401 Squadron (deceased) - Award effective 1 December 1944 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 239/45 dated 9 February 1945. Born at Trout Creek, Ontario, 18 September 1915. Educated in Toronto, clerk from 1936 to 1939. Enlisted 22 May 1941. Trained at No.3 ITS (graduated 13 September 1941), No.17 EFTS (graduated 17 November 1941) and No.8 SFTS (awarded wings 27 February 1942). Instructor at No.1 SFTS, 18 May 1942 to 6 June 1943. Posted to UK, September 1943. At No.57 OTU, 12 October 1943 to 10 January 1944. With No.401 Squadron, 10 January to 2 October 1944 when he was killed in action. Victories as follows: 7 June 1944, one FW.190 damaged; 27 July 1944, one FW.190 destroyed southeast of Caen; 3 August 1944, one Bf.109 destroyed south of Domfort; 17 August 1944, one FW.190 destroyed over Laigle; 25 September 1944, one FW.190 destroyed over Nijmegen plus one Bf.109 damaged; 29 September 1944, one Bf.109 destroyed plus one Bf.109 damaged southeast of Nijmegen. Photo PL-44139 shows him, waist up, in flying gear. Award presented to next-of-kin, 28 February 1946.

 

This officer has set a fine example of skill and courage. He has displayed the greatest keenness for air operations and his successes include the destruction of five enemy aircraft. Throughout a long period of fighter activity his devotion to duty has been of a high order.

 

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BOUTILIER, WO Edward Harold (R76385) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.115 Squadron - Award effective 31 October 1943 as per London Gazette dated 23 November 1943 and AFRO 166/44 dated 28 January 1944. Home in Chester, Nova Scotia; enlisted Halifax, 20 December 1940. Trained at No.3 ITS (graduated 4 May 1941), No.4 EFTS (graduated 20 June 1941) and No.9 SFTS (graduated 30 August 1941). Award presented 5 July 1944. Cited with Sergeant W.E. Rogers (RAFVR, awarded DFM).

 

One night in October 1943, Warrant Officer Boutilier and Sergeant Rogers were pilot and wireless operator air gunner of an aircraft detailed to attack Hanover. Whilst over the target area the bomber was hit by machine-gun fire from a fighter. Two engines were set on fire, the trimming controls of the elevator were shot away and the fuselage was extensively damaged. The rear gunner was killed and Sergeant Rogers and another of his comrades were wounded. In spite of this, Warrant Officer Boutilier remained master of the situation. He feathered one of the engines and then by violently diving, extinguished the fire in the other engine. On the return flight the bomber was difficult to control but, displaying superb airmanship, this determined pilot succeeded in reaching base. He displayed skill, courage and resolution of a high order. Sergeant Rogers, although suffering severely from his injuries, bravely fulfilled his duties, and during the homeward course worked at his wireless apparatus obtaining fixtures which greatly helped his pilot.

 

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BOUTON, F/L William Edward (J22711) - Mention in Despatches - Overseas - Award effective 1 January 1946 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 155/46 dated 15 February 1946. American in the RCAF; home in Penwater, Michigan; enlisted Windsor, Ontario, 5 December 1941. Trained at No.1 ITS (graduated 19 June 1942), No.7 EFTS (graduated 25 September 1942) and No.14 SFTS (graduated 22 January 1943). Certificate sent 20 August 1948.

 

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BOUVIER, Sergeant Joseph Maurice Leopold (R77285) - Distinguished Flying Medal - No.426 Squadron - Award effective 1 September 1943 as per London Gazette dated 14 September 1943 and AFRO 2258/43 dated 5 November 1943. Home in Vercheres, Quebec; enlisted Montreal, 30 October 1940. Trained at No.3 ITS (graduated 15 July 1941), No.4 EFTS (ceased training 8 August 1941), No.4 BGS (graduated 28 March 1942), No.8 AOS (graduated 16 February 1942) and No.2 ANS (graduated 27 April 1942). Later commissioned (J18377). Killed in action with No.426 Squadron, 17/18 August 1943 (Lancaster DS674); name on Runnymede Memorial. Awarded presented to next-of-kin, 9 December 1947.

 

As an air bomber Sergeant Bouvier has done exceptionally good work. His keenness and determination have been of the highest order, and his coolness under fire has been amply illustrated in the many sorties he has undertaken against heavily defended targets. By his skilful guidance this airman has enabled his pilot to avoid a great deal of heavy fire and his accuracy in bombing has proved him to be a most valuable member of his squadron.

 


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BOUVIER, P/O Leo William (J93002) - No.428 Squadron - Award effective 8 September 1945 as per London Gazette dated 25 September 1945 and AFRO 1768/45 dated 23 November 1945. Born 18 June 1921. Home in Saskatoon, enlisted there 29 September 1941. Trained at No.3 BGS (graduated 14 January 1944). Awarded presented at Station Clinton, 5 April 1951 (member of postwar RCAF). No citation other than "completed...numerous operations against the enemy in the course of which [he has] invariably displayed the utmost fortitude, courage and devotion to duty." DHist file 181.009 D.1941 (RG.24 Vol.20612) has recommendation by S/L R.W. Swartz dated 20 April 1945 when he had flown 29 sorties (201 hours 55 minutes). This began with three trips in No.429 Squadron (12 July to 1 August 1944), 17 trips with No.419 Squadron (4 August 1944 to 2 January 1945) and the rest in No.428 (7 January to 13 April 1945). NOTE: recommendation gives Christian names as William Leo but microfilm at DHist confirms it as Leo William.

 

This officer has shown a high degree of courage, skill and devotion. As rear gunner his coolness and obvious ability gave an added degree of confidence to his crew and proved of incalculable assistance to his pilot.

 

During his tour of operations he has participated in many sorties on heavily defended targets and he has displayed a fine disregard for personal safety and the ability to concentrate on his duties.

 

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BOUZEK, P/O Jaroslav Victor (J89798) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.578 Squadron - Award effective 5 April 1945 as per London Gazette dated 17 April 1945 and AFRO 918/45 dated 1 June 1945. Home in Prince Rupert, British Columbia; enlisted Vancouver 15 June 1942. Trained at No.4 ITS (graduated 18 December 1942), No.6 BGS (graduated 2 April 1943) and No.8 AOS (graduated 20 August 1943). Awarded presented in Vancouver by Governor General, 18 May 1954. No citation other than "completed...numerous operations against the enemy in the course of which [he has] invariably displayed the utmost courage and devotion to duty". Public Records Office Air 2/9059 has recommendation dated 18 January 1945 when he had flown 30 sorties (142 hours ten minutes), 5 July 1944 to 5 January 1945.

 

* denotes daylight sortie

 

5 July 44 St.Martin l'Hortier (3.41) 18 Aug 44 Sterkrade (4.29)

6 July 44 Croixdalle (3.58)* 3 Sept 44 Venlo (4.26)*

9 July 44 Les Cartelliers (4.05)* 9 Oct 44 Bochum (5.35)

12 Jul 44 Thiverny (4.11)* 14 Oct 44 Duisburg (5.09)

23 Jul 44 Kiel (5.16) 15 Oct 44 Duisburg (5.20)

28 Jul 44 Foret de Nieppe (3.35) 30 Oct 44 Cologne (5.15)

1 Aug 44 Anderbelck (3.03)* 16 Nov 44 Julich (4.42)

3 Aug 44 Bois de Casson (4.21)* 18 Nov 44 Munster (5.00)


5 Aug 44 Foret de Nieppe (3.19)* 6 Dec 44 Soest (6.25)

6 Aug 44 Hazebrouck (3.16)* 17 Dec 44 Duisburg (6.06)

7 Aug 44 TOTALIZER III (4.57) 24 Dec 44 Mulheim airfield (4.59)*

9 Aug 44 Foret de Mormal (3.56)* 30 Dec 44 Kolnkalk Nord (6.01)

11 Aug 44 Somain (4.14)* 2 Jan 45 Oppau (6.23)

12 Aug 44 Russelsheim (5.53) 5 Jan 45 Hanover (4.48),

15 Aug 44 Tirlemont (4.04)* crashed near Ghent

16 Aug 44 Kiel (5.23) after collision.

 

Pilot Officer Bouzek has carried out 30 operations totalling 142.10 hours including those against such well known targets as Kiel, Russelsheim. Sterkrade, Munster and Hanover.

 

He has accomplished with outstanding success a large number of navigational tasks and his continuous skill and accuracy have ensured that his aircraft has completed in accurate accord with orders, successful journeys to many difficult targets. He has proved himself on operations to be even tempered, cheerful and cool in all circumstances. These characteristics were particularly well displayed on returning from an operation against Hanover on 5th/6th January 1945 when after a collision with another Halifax, the aircraft in which he was flying was badly damaged and was proceeding on a very erratic course. Nevertheless, once it had been decided that there was no chance to make base, Pilot Officer Bouzek worked out a flight plan to bring his aircraft with the greatest degree of safety over friendly territory thus enabling his crew and himself to bale out in the vicinity of Ghent.

 

Pilot Officer Bouzek's quiet and confident manner throughout all his operations and on this occasion in particular have contributed much towards the high morale of his crew and he is recommended for the award of the Distinguished Flying Cross.

 

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BOVA, WO2 George (R169371) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.405 Squadron - Award effective 15 March 1945 as per London Gazette dated 27 March 1945 and AFRO 1127/45 dated 6 July 1945. Home in Ottawa; enlisted there 30 June 1942. Trained at No.4 WS (graduated 26 October 1942) and No.2 BGS (graduated 28 June 1943). Award presented 28 February 1946. See article, "One of Our Aircraft is Missing", Airforce, Volume XVII No.2 (July 1993). 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 20 December 1944 when he had flown 49 sorties (154 hours 11 minutes), 25 November 1943 to 6 December 1944.

 

* denotes 1/3 sortie

 

25 Nov 43 NICKLING, Paris (4.30) 23 Jul 44 Kiel (5.27)


25 Mar 44 Aulnoye (5.55)* 24 Jul 44 Stuttgart (7.05)

28 Mar 44 Essen (6.40) 25 Jul 44 Stuttgart (7.26)

30 Mar 44 Nuremburg (8.30) 27 Jul 44 Boissons (3.22)

9 Apr 44 Villeneuve St. 28 Jul 44 Hamburg (4.44)

George (5.50)* 30 Jul 44 Battle area (2.53)

10 Apr 44 Ghent (4.00)* 3 Aug 44 L'Isle Adam (2.55)

18 Apr 44 Paris (5.10))* 4 Aug 44 St.Maximum (3.03)

20 Apr 44 Lens (4.40)* 5 Aug 44 Bordeaux (7.32)

7 May 44 St.Valerie (3.45) 7 Aug 44 TOTALIZE (2.31)

8 May 44 St.Pierre (4.00) 8 Aug 44 Lucheux (2.38)

11 May 44 Boulogne (3.50) 25 Aug 44 Russelsheim (6.59)

12 May 4 Louvain (4.35) 26 Aug 44 Kiel (5.37)

19 May 44 Le Clipon (3.15) 29 Aug 44 Stettin (8.56)

22 May 44 Le Mans (4.50) 6 Sept 44 Emden (3.55)

27 May 44 Bourg Leopold (4.35) 12 Sep 44 Frankfurt (5.56)

2 June 44 Neuf Chouple (3.35) 13 Sep 44 Nordstern (3.24)

14 Jun 44 St.Pol (3.50) 14 Sep 44 Duisburg (4.35)

16 Jun 44 Sterkrade (4.40) 15 Oct 44 Wilhelmshaven (4.02)

17 Jun 44 Oisemont-Neuville- 19 Oct 44 Stuttgart (5.19)

au-Bois (4.05) 23 Oct 44 Essen (4.12)

23 Jun 44 Bientgues (3.40) 25 Oct 44 Homberg (3.18)

24 Jun 44 Bamieres (3.45) 31 Oct 44 Cologne (4.09)

12 Jul 44 Paris/Vaires (3.15) 2 Nov 44 Dusseldorf (4.09)

15 Jul 44 Nucourt (3.53) 27 Nov 44 Freiburg (4.57)

17 Jul 44 Cagny (2.38) 30 Nov 44 Duisburg (4.10)

19 Jul 44 Rollez (3.02) 2 Dec 44 Hagen (5.24)

22 Jul 44 Acquet (2.36) DNCO 6 Dec 44 Merseburg

 

Warrant Officer Bova is a very capable and keen Wireless Operator/Air, who has now almost finished two tours of operations. Throughout his long and adventurous operational career, which has included attacks on such heavily defended areas as Stuttgart, Frankfurt and Stettin, he has invariably put forth his maximum efforts to make his missions successful ones. On many occasions he has been placed in extreme personal danger through contact with the enemy, but he has not swerved from his allotted tasks, performing his duties in a very cool and efficient manner. His dogged determination and coolness under fire has done much to keep the morale of his fellow crew members at a high level.

 

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BOVARD, F/L John Pitblade (C7130) - Mention in Despatches - Western Air Command Headquarters - Award effective 1 January 1946 as per Canada Gazette of that date and AFRO 82/46 dated 25 January 1946. Home in Montreal; enlisted there 6 May 1941.

 


This officer has, for the past three years, carried out his duties in an exemplary manner, sometimes under most difficult circumstances. He has always shown excellent spirit and initiative and, as Armament and Explosive Officer, has greatly improved the standard of this section and it is through his untiring efforts that there have been no accidents. He is known throughout this area as an expert at his work.

 

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BOW, FS David Alexander (R69486) - Mention in Despatches - No.113 Squadron - Awarded 1 January 1943 as per Canada Gazette dated 9 January 1943 and AFRO 55/43 dated 15 January 1943. Born in South River, Ontario, 6 June 1918; home there. Trained at No.2 WS (graduated 4 January 1942) and No.3 BGS (graduated 31 January 1942). DHist card says "Gallantry" but no citation. Governor General's Records (RG.7 Group 26, Vol.57, File 190-I) has citation.

 

This NCO has carried out 175 hours of operational flying during which time he has assisted in attacks which resulted in the severe damage or destruction to one enemy submarine and damage to a second. He has at all times carried out unhesitatingly any duties assigned to him and has the full confidence of the members of his crew.

 

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BOWEN, F/O Leonard Charles (J36299) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.426 Squadron - Award effective 5 April 1945 as per London Gazette dated 13 April 1945 and AFRO 824/45 dated 18 May 1945. Home in Montreal; enlisted THERE 12 aUGUST 1942. Trained at No.5 ITS (graduated 17 April 1943) and No.9 AOS (graduated 1 October 1943) . Award presented in Montreal 25 November 1949. No citation other than "completed...numerous operations against the enemy in the course of which [he has] invariably displayed the utmost courage and devotion to duty." DHist file 181.009 D.2818 (RG.24 Vol.20627) has recommendation dated 13 March 1945 when he had flown 30 sorties (162 hours ten minutes), 25 July 1944 to 6 January 1945.

 

This officer has completed a tour of operations as navigator against many heavily defended targets involving deep penetration of enemy territory in Germany. He has always displayed great keenness and efficiency in the performance of his duties and his courage and devotion to duty have been outstanding.

 

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BOWEN, P/O Robert Douglas (J15064) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.616 Squadron - Award effective 9 June 1942 as per London Gazette dated 26 June 1942 and AFRO 1000-1001/42 dated 3 July 1942. Home in Edmonton; enlisted there 3 June 1940. Trained at No.1 ITS and No.5 EFTS. Graduated from No.1 SFTS, Camp Borden, 23 January 1941. Credited with the following victories: 3 July 1941, one HS.126 probably destroyed (shared with another pilot); 31 August 1941, one Bf.109E destroyed and one Bf.109 damaged (these with No.616 Squadron); the following were with No.403 Squadron: 13 May 1943, one FW.190 destroyed (shared with two other pilots); 1 June 1943, one Bf.109 destroyed (shared with another pilot)l 15 June 1943, one FW.190 damaged. Award presented 21 May 1944.

 

This officer has participated in many sorties over enemy territory during which he has destroyed one enemy aircraft and assisted in the probable destruction of another. He has acted as deputy flight commander and has led the flight on a large number of convoy patrols. Pilot Officer Bowen is an enthusiastic and efficient pilot whose services are of great value to his squadron.

 

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BOWER, FS (now P/O) Dalbert Andrew (R222291/J94500) - Distinguished Flying Medal - No.158 Squadron - Award effective 5 July 1945 as per London Gazette dated 17 July 1945 and AFRO 1453/45 dated 14 September 1945. Home in Bull River, British Columbia; enlisted Calgary, 13 April 1943. Trained at No.9 BGS (graduated 10 December 1943). Award sent by registered mail 1947.

 

This airman has completed many operational sorties against heavily defended targets in the Ruhr Valley. During an attack on Hemmingstedt in March 1945, the aircraft in which he was flying became involved in a combat with a Junkers 88. Flight Sergeant Bower opened fire at 800 yards range and gave his captain correct combat instructions. The enemy returned fire and the tail plane and fuselage of the aircraft were hit but Flight Sergeant Bower continued to fire and the hostile aircraft finally broke off the encounter. The courage and skill displayed by the gunner during the incident is typical of the fine fighting spirit with which he has completed many operations.

 

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BOWER, S/L George Mallilieu (J7319) - Mention in Despatches - No.409 Squadron (AFRO gives unit as No.54 Operational Training Unit, but see comments below) - Award effective 14 January 1944 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 874/44 dated 21 April 1944. Home in Vancouver; enlisted there 17 December 1940. Trained at No.3 ITS (graduated 4 April 1941), No.18 EFTS (graduated 9 June 1941) and No.12 SFTS (graduated 29 August 1941). DDHIst file 181.009 D.5529 (RG.24 Vol.20667) has recommendation dated 4 September 1943 when he was on strength of No.409 Squadron.

 

During the course of operations this officer has destroyed one enemy aircraft and probably destroyed another. Squadron Leader Bower carries out his duties as Flight Commander in a highly satisfactory manner. The high degree of efficiency maintained by his flight is solely due to his efforts.

 

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BOWER-BINNS, F/O John Robert (J21646) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.578 Squadron - Award effective 1 December 1944 as per London Gazette dated 8 December 1944 and AFRO 337/45 dated 23 February 1945. Home in Aylmer East, Quebec; enlisted Ottawa 5 February 1942. Trained at No.5 ITS (graduated 1 August 1942) and No.9 AOS (graduated 4 December 1942). Award presented 2 December 1946. 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 11 September 1944 when he had flown 37 sorties (164 hours 24 minutes), 20 February to 11 September 1944.

 

* denotes daylight sortie

 

20 Feb 44 Stuttgart (7.24) 12 Jul 44 Thiverny (4.18)*

24 Feb 44 Schweinfurt (7.05) 16 Jul 44 Nucourt (4.31)

6 Mar 44 Trappes (4.44) 18 Jul 44 Caen (3.49)*

18 Mar 44 Frankfurt (5.31) 23 Jul 44 Kiel (5.24)

22 Mar 44 Frankfurt (6.00) 28 Jul 44 Foret de Nieppe (3.31)*

24 Mar 44 Berlin (7.01) 29 Jul 44 Foret de Nieppe (4.01)*

7 Apr 44 Le Mans (5.05) 1 Aug 44 Anderbelck (3.09)*

9 Apr 44 Lille (4.21) 6 Aug 44 Hazerbrouck (3.02)*

18 Apr 44 Trenier (4.23) 7 Aug 44 TOTALIZER (4.06)

20 Apr 44 Ottignies (3.50) 9 Aug 44 Foret de Mormal (3.41)*

22 Apr 44 Dusseldorf (4.44) 11 Aug 44 Somain (4.17)*

24 Apr 44 Karlsruhe (6.21) 14 Aug 44 TRACTABLE 21A (3.34)*

26 Apr 44 Essen (4.35) 15 Aug 44 Tirlemont (3.46)*

27 Apr 44 Aulmoye (4.00) 16 Aug 44 Kiel (4.55)

9 May 44 Morsalines (3.39) 27 Aug 44 Homberg (4.14)

10 May 44 Lens (3.14) 9 Sept 44 Le Havre (3.06)

27 Jun 44 Marquis Mimoyecques (3.30)* 10 Sep 44 Le Havre (3.28)

28 Jun 44 Wizernes (3.59)* 11 Sep 44 Gelsenkirchen (4.07)

30 Jun 44 Villers Bocage (3.59)*

 

Flying Officer Bower-Binns has carried out 37 operations totalling 164.24 hours during which he has taken part in many attacks upon important targets in such heavily defended areas as Berlin, Essen, Kiel, Schweinfurt, Frankfurt, etc.

 

This extremely able and conscientious navigator has accomplished with outstanding success, skill and accuracy, a large number of navigational tasks which has ensured that his aircraft has completed in accurate accord with orders, successful journeys to many difficult targets. He has invariably displayed the keenest enthusiasm for operational flying and has set a fine example to new navigators in the squadron in whose training he has rendered invaluable aid. He has always set his mind on the task in hand fearlessly and with a fine offensive spirit, and the consistently high standard of his work has contributed to his captain's successful tour.

 


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BOWERS, F/O Alexander (J14628) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.138 Squadron - Award effective 24 May 1944 as per London Gazette dated 6 June 1944 and AFRO 1660/44 dated 4 August 1944. Home in Transcona, Manitoba; enlisted Winnipeg 28 August 1941. Trained at No.2 ITS (graduated 25 February 1942), No.5 EFTS (graduated 5 June 1942), No.7 SFTS (ceased training 10 July 1942) and No.3 BGS 25 September 1942). Award presented 30 October 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 2/8780 has recommendation dated 17 March 1944 when he had flown 39 sorties (256 hours 20 minutes). Sortie list does not name objectives or duties - merely times and "Operations as Ordered" or (in the case of two flights) "Air-Sea Rescue".

 

* Air/Sea Rescue

 

13 Jun 43 (5.00) 20 Oct 43 (5.35)

14 Jun 43 (4.10) 7 Nov 43 (6.40)

16 Jun 43 (4.40) 9 Nov 43 (6.50)

17 Jun 43 (5.15) 12 Nov 43 (7.40)

19 Jun 43 (9.30) 15 Nov 43 (5.50)

14 Jul 43 (5.20) 20 Nov 43 (6.50)

15 Jul 43 (6.25) 4 Jan 44 (5.30)

22 Jul 43 (6.45) 7 Jan 44 (7.00)

24 Jul 43 (5.15) 10 Jan 44 (5.05)

26 Jul 43 (8.45)* 28 Jan 44 (6.15)

29 Jul 43 (5.50)* 29 Jan 44 (5.25)

11 Aug 43 (6.40) 5 Feb 44 (9.15)

12 Aug 43 (7.10) 15 Feb 44 (7.55)

14 Aug 43 (6.25) 24 Feb 44 (5.30)

16 Aug 43 (7.25) 1 Mar 44 (6.10)

17 Aug 43 (6.00) 3 Mar 44 (6.55)

19 Aug 43 (8.10) 4 Mar 44 (6.20)

15 Sep 43 (8.20) 7 Mar 44 (6.50)

20 Sep 43 (8.15) 15 Mar 44 (5.50)

17 Oct 43 (7.35)

 

Flying Officer Bowers has carried out 39 sorties as Air Gunner in this squadron. He at all times displays unlimited enthusiasm to operate against the enemy and his coolness and efficient handling of the turret has gained him the complete confidence of his crew. On more than one occasion, by giving clear and accurate instructions to his pilot, he has been able to save his aircraft from damage by light ack-ack fire. Flying Officer Bower's cheerfulness and devotion to duty are an example to the whole squadron.

 


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BOWES, Sergeant Ronald Jackson (Can 11522) - Mention in Despatches - No.8 (BR) - Award effective 14 June 1945 as per Canada Gazette of that date and AFRO 1127/45 dated 6 July 1945. Enlisted in Halifax, 15 May 1939. Certificate sent to Patricia Bay, 4 July 1945.

 

This non-commissioned officer has served in the Armament Branch of his unit since September 1939. At all times his service has been of the highest order and his devotion to duty has been far above the average. He has logged many flying hours so that he could instruct gunners on the finer points of armament. His efforts are worthy of the highest praise.

 

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BOWHAY, F/O Robert Wilfred (J35177) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.408 Squadron - Award effective 10 May 1945 as per London Gazette dated 22 May 1945 and AFRO 1147/45 dated 13 July 1945. Home in Three Hills, Alberta; enlisted Calgary 20 July 1942. Trained at No.4 ITS (graduated 20 March 1943), No.5 EFTS (graduated 15 May 1943) and No.7 SFTS (graduated 3 September 1943). Award sent by registered mail 7 June 1950. No citation other than "completed...numerous operations against the enemy in the course of which [he has] invariably displayed the utmost fortitude, courage and devotion to duty". DHist file 181.009 D.1515 (RG.24 Vol.20600) has recommendation dated 1 February 1945 when he had flown 32 sorties (173 hours five minutes), 16 August to 17 December 1944.

 

Flying Officer Bowhay has now completed a tour of operations against the enemy on four-engined bombers. He has penetrated deep into the heart of enemy occupied territory, as pilot, on many occasions, attacking such heavily defended targets as Kiel, Wanne Eickel, Duisburg and Sterkrade.

 

Throughout his tour Flying Officer Bowhay has been an inspiration to both his crew and other members of the squadron, by his total disregard for danger in every respect. His record shows that many excellent photographs were obtained of targets bombed and he has never hesitated to do more than his share on all occasions.

 

Cool, capable and a good leader, he has instilled confidence in all with whom he came in contact. I therefore recommend him for the award of the Non-Immediate Distinguished Flying Cross.

 

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BOWHAY, F/L Samuel Leslie (J4744) - Commended for Valuable Services - No.17 SFTS - Award effective 5 May 1944 as per Canada Gazette of that date and AFRO 1133/44 dated 26 May 1944. Home in Three Hills, Alberta. Enlisted in Calgary, 29 June 1940. Trained at No.1 ITS (graduated 14 September 1940), No.7 EFTS (graduated 29 November 1940), and No.31 SFTS (graduated 27 January 1941). As of award had flown 1,826 hours, 2,000 hours as instructor, 220 hours in previous six months.

 

For the past two years this officer has been employed on flying instructional duties and by his hard work, diligence and outstanding devotion to duty has proven to be an excellent instructor, doing much to raise the standard of flying instruction at this school.

 

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BOWINS, Sergeant Charles Hilliard (R65602) - Mention in Despatches - Skipton on Swale - Award effective 14 June 1945 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 1600/45 dated 12 October 1945. Home in Toronto; enlisted there 22 May 1940. Enlisted 22 May 1940. DHist file 181.009 D.2619 (RG.24 Vol.20628) has recommendation forwarded 1 February 1945 to No.63 Base HQ when he had served 22 months in Canada, 33 months overseas.

 

This NCO has shown exceptional keenness in his work and has excellent qualifications both in trade and ability to handle men. His efforts,often under adverse conditions, have definitely contributed towards high operational efficiency of his aircraft.

 

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BOWLBY, Sergeant Arthur Tremaine (R124853) - Distinguished Flying Medal - No.408 Squadron - Award effective 3 November 1943 as per London Gazette dated 19 November 1943 and AFRO 166/44 dated 28 January 1944. Home in Wilmot, Nova Scotia; enlisted Halifax, 17 September 1941. Trained at No.1 ITS (graduated 13 March 1942) and No.4 BGS (graduated 22 June 1942). Award presented 16 April 1948. Long typed interview in DHist files.

 

This airman has participated in very many sorties and has displayed great keenness throughout. He is a resolute and skilful air gunner whose coolness in the face of the enemy has won high praise. His example has been most inspiring.

 

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BOWLES, FS William Horace (R74651) - Croix de Guerre (France) - No.342 Squadron (AFRO gives unit only as "Overseas") - Awarded as per AFRO 1619/45 dated 19 October 1945. Born in Winnipeg, 18 January 1920. Home in Victoria; served in 3rd Battalion, Canadian Scottish, August-September 1940. enlisted Vancouver 2 October 1940. Throughout his wartime career he was an Airframe Mechanic, and there is no record of him ever being posted anywhere near No.2 Group (much less No.342 Squadron) so how this award came about (especially in view of the PRO record cited below) is something of a mystery. Attended No.2 Wireless School, Calgary, 5 October to 17 November 1940; with No.4 Training Command Headquarters, Regina, 18 November to 17 December 1940; at Technical Training School, St.Thomas, 17 December 1940 to 14 May 1941; at No.12 SFTS, Brandon, 17 May 1941 to 16 November 1942; to "Y" Depot, Halifax, 17 November 1942; to RAF Overseas, 11 December 1942; to No.428 Squadron, 3 January 1943; to No.9428 Servicing Echelon, 1 January 1944; to No.64 Base, 27 June 1944; to No.63 Base, 7 June 1945; repatriated 23 July 1945; released 2 October 1945. Wartime ranks as follows: AC2, 2 October 1940; AC1, 10 May 1941; LAC, 1 October 1941; Corporal, 1 March 1942; Sergeant, 20 April 1944. Served in postwar RCAF, 26 March 1947 to 27 March 1967. His postwar trade was Airframe Mechanic to 4 January 1956 when reclassified Air Maintenance Superintendent; ranks were LAC (26 March 1947), Corporal (1 April 1949), Sergeant (1 August 1951), Flight Sergeant (1 April 1955) and WO2 (1 April 1966). Major postings were Station Vancouver (26 March to 7 October 1947), Station Centralia (8 October 1947 to 1 December 1950), Station Gimli (2 December 1950 to 4 April 1956 including time with FTS and FTTU); 3 Wing, Zweibrucken (5 April 1956 to 18 May 1958, principally with No.427 Squadron); No.1 Air Division Headquarters (19 May to 26 June 1959), No.4 OTU, Trenton (27 June 1959 to retirement) Died in Abbotsford, British Columbia, 18 March 2000. Public Records Office Air 2/9031 has recommended citation.

 

Flight Sergeant Bowles is a young RCAF Air Gunner who has shown himself to be brave and devoted to duty yet entirely unassuming. He has carried, with No.342 Squadron, a series of offensive operations against objectives in Western Germany, in the course of which his crew have received invaluable assistance from his experience and courage. On the 18th and 19th of April 1945 he contributed greatly towards the success of important bombing missions and on the 25th April 1945 he particularly distinguished himself when the formation with which he was flying was subjected to accurate enemy anti-aircraft fire.

 

NOTE: The mystery of his award is heightened by correspondence indicating that he was presented with the Croix de Guerre (with Silver Star) at a garden party held in Vancouver for this purpose, 27 July 1946. Colonel H. Mesmet, French military attache made the presentation; Bowles was the only recipient. A newspaper photograph shows him wearing Flight Sergeant stripes, no aircrew badges and tending to baldness.

 

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BOWMAN, FS Adelbert Charles Holmes (R89694) - Mention in Despatches - Station Dartmouth - Award effective 1 January 1946 as per Canada Gazette of that date and AFRO 82/46 dated 25 January 1946. Home in Hagersville, Ontario; enlisted in Hamilton, Ontario, 3 April 1941.

 

This non-commissioned officer has always displayed keen initiative and has always rendered exceptionally meritorious service both administratively and technically. His ability and enthusiasm have always inspired his fellow workers.

 

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BOWMAN, Corporal Bruce Beverly (R126683) - British Empire Medal - Station Sea Island - Award effective 13 June 1946 as per Canada Gazette of that date and AFRO 660/46 dated 5 July 1946. Home in Sarnia, Ontario; enlisted in Windsor, 28 August 1941. Award presented 28 May 1947.

 

This non-commissioned officer is employed as Chef in charge of the Sergeants' Mess where he has at all times shown sincere devotion to duty. Through his energy, initiative and ability to organize, he has contributed greatly to the success of his section. The nature of his work often entails long hours under very trying conditions but the skill and cheerfulness with which he attacks his work sets an example to all those working with him and is worthy of recognition.

 

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BOWMAN, Sergeant George Wesley (R107015) - 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 Kindersley, Saskatchewan; enlisted Saskatoon, 16 May 1941. Trained at No.4 BGS (graduated 22 June 1942). No citation in AFRO.

 

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BOWRON, F/L Richard George (C7249) - Mention in Despatches - No.428 Squadron - Award effective 1 January 1945 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 337/45 dated 23 February 1945. DHist file 181.009 D.4364 (RG.24 Vol.20648) has recommendation from W/C W.A.G. McLeish dated 14 July 1944, proposing an MBE. Squadron Adjutant. Home in Biggar, Saskatchewan; enlisted Saskatoon 5 September 1941.

 

As Adjutant, Flight Lieutenant Bowron has rendered outstanding service to the squadron. He has put in many hours beyond the ordinary call of duty furthering the interests of the squadron and promoting its activities, and his efforts have been greatly appreciated by all. His great interest in both groundcrew and aircrew has helped to create a fine squadron spirit and loyalty which have been reflected in the efficiency with which the squadron has operated over many months and under several Commanding Officers.

 

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BOWSER, F/L Emmory Herbert (J14409) - Mention in Despatches - No.10 (BR) Squadron - Award effective 1 December 1945 as per Canada Gazette of that date and AFRO 183/46 dated 22 February 1946. Home in Lewisville, New Brunswick; enlisted in Moncton, 3 December 1940. Trained at No.6 ITS (graduated 27 February 1942), No.7 EFTS (graduated 5 June 1942), and No.14 SFTS (graduated 25 September 1942).

 


On the 10th of May, 1945, several hundred miles out over the North Atlantic, as pilot of a long range operational aircraft, Flight Lieutenant Bowser displayed outstanding skill and efficiency is assisting in the capture and subsequent surrender of a German U-Boat. With exemplary coolness and decision he assisted in the operation. Throughout his operational flying sorties this officer has displayed efficiency and courage of a high order.

 

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BOYCE, FS Ethel MacLean (W302173) - Mention in Despatches - Eastern Air Command Headquarters - Award effective 1 January 1946 as per Canada Gazette of that date and AFRO 82/46 dated 25 January 1946. Home in Vancouver; enlisted there 3 March 1942.

 

This non-commissioned officer, who has been Physical Training and Drill Instructor in charge of approximately three to four hundred airwomen living at Gorsebrook Barracks for the past eight months, has been generally responsible for the good morale and general happiness of the unit. Her unselfish devotions to duty and her organizing abilities have overcome the difficult task of providing a recreation and sports program for both day and shift workers. Her keen interest in the service, her untiring efforts in guiding and encouraging airwomen in matters of discipline deportment and esprit de corps have been of great value.

 

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BOYCE, F/O Wilfred Arthur (J29984) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.153 Squadron - Award effective 5 July 1945 as per London Gazette dated 17 July 1945 and AFRO 1558/45 dated 5 October 1945. Home in London, Ontario; enlisted there 25 February 1942. Trained at No.1 ITS (graduated 9 October 1942) and No.8 AOS (graduated 3 September 1943). Award presented 29 May 1947. 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 2/9082 has recommendation dated 11 March 1945 when he had flown 33 sorties (185 hours), 16 September 1944 to 18 March 1945.

 

16 Sep 44 Steenwyk 29 Nov 44 Dortmund

23 Sep 44 Neuss 3 Dec 44 Urft Dam

26 Sep 44 Calais 4 Dec 44 Karlsruhe

27 Sep 44 Calais 12 Dec 44 Essen

12 Oct 44 Fort Frederick 22 Dec 44 Coblenz

Hendrik 14 Jan 45 Leuna

14 Oct 44 Duisburg 16 Jan 45 Zeitz

19 Oct 44 Stuttgart 22 Jan 45 Duisburg

23 Oct 44 Essen 1 Feb 45 Ludwigshaven

25 Oct 44 Essen 3 Feb 45 Bottrop

30 Oct 44 Cologne 4 Feb 45 GARDENING

31 Oct 44 Cologne 21 Feb 45 Duisburg

2 Nov 44 Dusseldorf 2 Mar 45 Cologne

6 Nov 44 Gelsenkirchen 5 Mar 45 Chemnitz


9 Nov 44 Wanne Eickel 7 Mar 45 Dessau

16 Nov 44 Duren 15 Mar 45 Misburg

18 Nov 44 Wanne Eickel 18 Mar 45 Hanau

 

This Canadian navigator has completed 33 successful sorties against targets in Germany and occupied territory. Throughout his tour he has displayed initiative, skill and resourcefulness of a very high order. His complete disregard of personal safety and his co-operation, coolness and devotion to duty have contributed in a very large measure to the successful completion of his crew's many sorties.

 

He possesses exceptional qualities of leadership and has beeb an inspiration to the squadron navigators on the ground and in the air.

 

For his example of cheerful courage, unselfishness and fine offensive spirit he is strongly recommended for the award of the Distinguished Flying Cross.

 

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BOYD, FS John (Can 4373) - British Empire Medal - No.11 Squadron (Canada) - Awarded 1 January 1945 as per Canada Gazette of that date and AFRO 89/45 dated 19 January 1945. Enlisted Calgary, 14 August 1939. Award sent by registered mail 21 July 1945.

 

As NCO in charge of maintenance, Flight Sergeant Boyd has proven himself to be of exceptional competence and a source of strength to his superiors. For the past six months he has performed duties far in excess of those expected of him. By his ability and leadership he has been largely responsible for the high rate of serviceability of aircraft and the training of junior tradesmen. He is a determined and persevering NCO, whose devotion to duty has been an inspiration to his entire squadron.

 

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BOYD, F/O John Edgelow Dundas (J44069) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.117 Squadron - Award effective 27 March 1946 as per London Gazette dated 5 April 1946 and AFRO 497/46 dated 17 May 1946. Home in Clarkson, Ontario; enlisted in Toronto 17 June 1943. Trained at No.4 ITS 30 October 1943) and No.7 AOS (graduated 17 April 1944). Award presented 18 October 1947. Died at Westfield, New Jersey, 18 December 1995.

 


This officer has completed a large number of sorties with Transport Command. He has flown throughout the monsoon period of 1945 over the difficult mountainous terrain of the Chin Hills and central Burma. He has also made many sorties dropping supplies in the Arakan area where he was often exposed to enemy fire. Flying Officer Boyd has shown outstanding ability as a navigator and has acted as instructor in the more advanced radio navigational aids. This officer has shown skill and a devotion to duty worthy of the highest praise.

 

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BOYD, F/L Lehman Francis (J86510) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.635 Squadron - Award effective 5 April 1945 as per London Gazette dated 13 April 1945 and AFRO 824/45 dated 18 May 1945. Born 13 December 1920. Home in Montreal; enlisted Regina 1 September 1939. Trained at No.4 ITS (graduated 19 June 1942), No.5 EFTS (graduated 23 October 1942) and No.3 SFTS (graduated 5 March 1943). Released 16 June 1947. With BOAC after the war. Award sent by registered mail 21 December 1949. No citation other than "completed...numerous operations against the enemy in the course of which [he has] invariably displayed the utmost courage and devotion to duty." Public Records Office Air 2/9060 had recommendation dated 20 January 1945 when he had flown 32 sorties (136 hours 45 minutes), 14 June 1944 to 7 January 1945.

 

14 Jun 44 Le Havre (2.35) 15 Oct 44 Wilhelmshaven (4.05)

5 July 44 Wizernes (2.15) 2 Nov 44 Dusseldorf (4.40)

6 July 44 Coquereauz (3.20) 18 Nov 44 Munster (3.45)

7 July 44 Caen (3.10) 20 Nov 44 Coblenz (4.40)

18 Jul 44 Cagny (3.00) 21 Nov 44 Aschaffenburg (5.05)

28 Jul 44 Hamburg (4.30) 4 Dec 44 Karlsruhe (5.15)

30 Jul 44 Battle area (4.10) 6 Dec 44 Merseberg (6.30)

3 Aug 44 L'isle Adam (2.00) 12 Dec 44 Essen (4.20)

7 Aug 44 Battle area (3.10) 15 Dec 44 Ludwigshaven (5.15)

14 Aug 44 Army support (3.10) 17 Dec 44 Ulm (6.30)

18 Aug 44 Rienie, Belgium (1.45) 21 Dec 44 Cologne (4.20)

25 Aug 44 Russelsheim (7.30) 28 Dec 44 Munchen-Gladbach (5.00)

27 Aug 44 Homburg (3.10) 2 Jan 45 Nuremberg (7.00)

20 Sep 44 Calais (2.55) 5 Jan 45 Hanover (4.30)

30 Sep 44 Sterkrade (3.15) 6 Jan 45 Hanau (5.15)

14 Oct 44 Duisburg (3.30) 7 Jan 45 Munich (5.10)

 

This officer has completed 32 sorties against the enemy and is now engaged on his second tout of operational duty. He has attacked many heavily defended German cities including Cologne, Duisburg and Munich with great vigour and determination. Flight Lieutenant Boyd possesses a fine offensive spirit and his cool courage, cheerfulness and devotion to duty are worthy of the highest praise.

 

BOYD, F/L Lehman Francis, DFC (J86510) - Bar to Distinguished Flying Cross - No.635 Squadron - Award effective 12 November 1945 as per London Gazette dated 16 November 1945 and AFRO 133/46 dated 8 February 1946.

 


Since the award of the Distinguished Flying Cross this officer has participated in a large number of sorties against the enemy. As captain and pilot of his aircraft he has always pressed home his attack with the utmost determination. Often called upon to play an important and necessarily dangerous role against the enemy, he has undertaken his task with determination and confidence. Flight Lieutenant Boy's tenacity of purpose, courage and skill have proved an inspiration to the other members of his squadron.

 

NOTE: Public Records Office Air 2/9137 has recommendation dated 20 May 1945 when he had flown 54 sorties (159 hours 55 minutes). The citation differs little from that published (above) but the sortie list differs from that given for his DFC; it shows added trips on 16 June 1944 (Rennescure, 2.55) and 5 October 1944 (Saarbrucken, 4.40) in addition to the following flown since previous recommendation:

 

7 Feb 45 Cleve (4.05) 16 Mar 45 Nuremburg (7.10)

8 Feb 45 Politz (7.45) 19 Mar 45 Witten (6.00)

13 Feb 45 Dresden (8.30) 21 Mar 45 Bremen (3.50)

14 Feb 45 Chemnitz (7.05) 31 Mar 45 Hamburg (4.20)

21 Feb 45 Worms (5.35) 4 Apr 45 Hamburg (4.50)

27 Feb 45 Mainz (4.55) 8 Apr 45 Hamburg (5.00)

1 Mar 45 Mannheim (5.15) 10 Apr 45 Kiel (4.45)

11 Mar 45 Essen (4.30) 13 Apr 45 Kiel (5.10)

13 Mar 45 Wuppertal (4.35) 14 Apr 45 Potsdam (8.00)

15 Mar 45 Misburg (6.55) 18 Apr 45 Heligoland

 

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BOYD, S/L Maurice David (J7906) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.412 Squadron - Award effective 7 July 1945 as per London Gazette dated 20 July 1945 and AFRO 1453/45 dated 14 September 1945. Born 3 February 1919 in Toronto. Home in Clarkson, Ontario; enlisted in Toronto 7 January 1941. Trained at No.1 ITS (graduated 28 May 1941), No.9 EFTS (graduated 27 July 1941) and No.6 SFTS (graduated 7 October 1941). Commissioned 7 October 1941; F/O 1 January 1943; F/L 8 July 1943; S/L 29 January 1945. Arrived in UK, 22 October 1941; at No.52 OTU, 18 November 1941 to 10 February 1942; No.412 Squadron, 10 February to 14 December 1942; No.401 Squadron, 14-26 December 1942; No.412 Squadron, 26 December 19442 to 28 October 1943 (Flight Commander from 8 July to 28 October 1943); to No.2 Tactical Evaluation Unit (29 October 1943 to 12 June 1944); in Canada, 6 July to 5 September 1944. No.412 Squadron, 30 September 1944 to 30 May 1945. Repatriated 31 July 1945; released 17 September 1945. Award presented 18 October 1947. Incidents in his career include two crashes - 18 May 1942 (landed wheels up) and 11 June 1942 (landed at night on grass, hit a parked Spitfire). Victories as follows: 3 October 1943, one FW.190 damaged southeast of Ault; 24 December 1944, one FW.190 destroyed southeast of Venlo; 17 March 1945, one FW.190D destroyed (shared with another pilot) southwest of Coesfeld; 25 March 1945, one Bf.109 destroyed south of Winterswijie; 30 April 1945, two Bf.109s destoyed, Hagenow/Wismar plus one Bf.109 damaged.

 


Throughout his tour of operations this officer has consistently displayed the highest qualities of leadership both in the air and on the ground. Since he assumed command the squadron has destroyed twenty-three enemy aircraft and damaged four. He himself destroyed four of these, shared in the destruction of a fifth and damaged two others. Squadron Leader Boyd has at all times shown great tactical ability and he has been largely responsible for the efficiency and excellent fighting spirit of his squadron.

 

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BOYD, S/L Norman Morley (C15550) - Mention in Despatches - Leeming - Award effective 14 June 1945 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 1395/45 dated 31 August 1945. Home in Lafleche, Saskatchewan; enlisted North Bay, Ontario, 18 March 1941. DHist file 181.009 D.2619 (RG.24 Vol.20628) has recommendation for an OBE dated 2 February 1945 when he was Senior Flying Control Officer.

 

This officer enlisted as an AC2 on 18th March 1941 and arrived overseas in March 1942 with the rank of LAC. He was commissioned in July 1942 and in May 1944 was appointed Senior Flying Control Officer at this unit.

 

Since assuming charge of Flying Control operations at this station, Squadron Leader Boyd has organized a section which commands the confidence and respect of all. He possesses a splendid service spirit and has devoted himself wholeheartedly to the interests of the Air Force. Working long and irregular hours with a complete disregard for personal welfare, his devotion to duty has exceeded the bounds of all normal requirements. He has set his staff a splendid example in this regard and infused them with the same spirit.

 

Squadron Leader Boyd has gained the respect and admiration of the aircrew on this station by the efficient manner in which his section functions, and they return from operations with the utmost confidence in him and his staff regardless of landing conditions. He has succeeded in keeping the runways in use despite heavy snowfalls and other difficulties on many occasions.

 

By his ability and enthusiasm, Squadron Leader Boyd has achieved an enviable record and has carried out his duties at all times in a manner worthy of the highest praise. He has cheerfully devoted himself to other station activities in addition to his regular work. He is a real asset to the unit and a credit to the service.

 

BOYD, S/L Norman Morley (C15550) - Mention in Despatches - Leeming - Award effective 1 January 1946 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 322/46 dated 29 March 1946. AFRO gives unit only as "Overseas"; unit found in McEwen Papers list of recommendations for MiD. DHist file 181.009 D.5527 (RG.24 Vol.20667) has recommendation for Mention in Despatches dated 31 January 1945 when he was Senior Flying Control Officer at Leeming. Enlisted 18 March 1941; had served 12 months in Canada, 33 months overseas. NOTE: MIGHT BE FOR HIS 1945 MiD.


Squadron Leader Boyd occupies the important post of Senior Flying Control Officer on this Station and has held this position since May 1944. By his organizing ability and personal efficiency, he has created a Section which commands the confidence and respect of all. An industrious and energetic officer with a splendid service spirit, Squadron Leader Boyd has worked long hours without regard for his personal welfare. His devotion to duty has set a splendid example to his staff. The aircrew have the utmost confidence in him, and he has succeeded in keeping the runways in use despite the worst possible weather on occasions. By constant supervision of Flying Control operations, Squadron Leader Boyd has kept aircraft accidents to the minimum. In addition to his regular employment, this officer has devoted himself to various other station activities and is a real asset to the unit. Strongly recommended for the award of Mention in Despatches.

 

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BOYD, F/O Walter Halcro Calvin (J20711) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.415 Squadron - Award effective 6 January 1945 as per London Gazette dated 16 January 1945 and AFRO 508/45 dated 23 March 1945. Home Toronto: enlisted there 26 November 1941. Trained at No.1 ITS (graduated 19 June 1942) and No.1 AOS. 6 November 1942) Award presented Toronto 30 November 1949. No citation other than "completed...numerous operations against the enemy in the course of which [he has] invariably displayed the utmost fortitude, courage and devotion to duty." DHist file 181.009 D.1750 (RG.24 Vol.20608) has recommendation (undated, about mid-October 1944) when he had flown 29 sorties (157 hours 55 minutes) between 24 February and 15 September 1944.

 

As navigator, this officer has participated in very many sorties and has displayed a high standard of skill, courage, and resolution, qualities which have contributed materially to the great success of major operations in which he has recently taken part. His example of keenness and devotion to duty has been most commendable...

 

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BOYDEN, F/O Robert Garland (J87310) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.627 Squadron - Award effective 2 March 1945 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 625/45 dated 13 April 1945. Home in Markerville, Alberta; enlisted Calgary 3 June 1941. Trained at No.2 ITS (graduated 27 August 1941), No.8 EFTS (graduated 4 November 1941) and No.15 SFTS (graduated 27 February 1942). Award presented 29 November 1947.

 


This officer has completed many sorties calling for a high degree of skill and resolution. In December 1944 Flying Officer Boyden participated in an attack on an enemy target. The objective was strongly defended and the bombing run had to be executed in the face of considerable fire from the enemy's defences. Nevertheless, Flying Officer Boyden pressed home his attack with great determination. He has invariably displayed a high degree of courage.

 

BOYDEN, F/O Robert Garland, DFC (J87310) - Bar to Distinguished Flying Cross - No.627 Squadron - Award effective 5 July 1945 as per London Gazette dated 17 July 1945 and AFRO 1507/45 dated 28 September 1945.

 

Since the award of the Distinguished Flying Cross this officer has completed sorties against such heavily defended targets as Munich, Politz and Brux. He has at all times displayed outstanding ability, courage and devotion to duty.

 

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BOYER, WO1 (now P/O) Albert Vincent Joseph (R151123/J87859) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.425 Squadron - Award effective 13 October 1944 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 2534/44 dated 24 November 1944. Home in Penetanguishene, Ontario; enlisted North Bay 7 April 1942. Trained at No.3 ITS (graduated 25 September 1942) and No.8 AOS (graduated 22 January 1943) Award sent by registered mail 18 November 1949. Cited with P/O Joseph G.M. Landry (RCAF pilot, also awarded DFC). Incident occurred 15 June 1944.

 

In June 1944, Pilot Officer Landry was detailed to make a daylight attack on Boulogne and Warrant Officer Boyer acted as his navigator. Soon after setting course it was discovered that the aircraft would not attain the prescribed height for the attack, but it was decided to continue the mission. The target was obscured by cloud and no marker was visible. In the midst of an intense barrage of anti-aircraft fire the attack was successfully completed but the aircraft was badly damaged. Nevertheless, with dogged determination, Pilot Officer Landry made the entire return journey beneath cloud base. In this he was ably assisted by Warrant Officer Boyer, who by his outstanding skill and efficiency navigated the aircraft by map reading. Both these officers have shown a fine fighting spirit and distinguished themselves by their courage, leadership and devotion to duty.

 

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BOYER, F/O Joseph Claude Pacific (J38337) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.425 Squadron - Award effective 30 October 1945 as per London Gazette dated 6 November 1945 and AFRO 155/46 dated 15 February 1946. Home Montreal; enlisted there 11 September 1941. Trained at No.3 ITS (graduated 28 May 1943) and No.4 AOS (graduated 12 November 1943). Award sent by registered mail from Government House, 7 November 1949.

 


Flying Officer Boyer has completed a tour of operational sorties during which he has attacked many of the most important targets in Europe. In January 1945 he was detailed to bomb the railway sidings at Hanover. On the way to the target a number of instruments became unserviceable and the aircraft was attacked three times by enemy fighters causing damage. Effective evasive action was taken which caused the aircraft to go off track and lose time. Despite these difficulties, Flying Officer Boyer succeeded in completing his mission successfully. Throughout his tour this officer has displayed outstanding coolness and his skill and precision have been worthy of the highest praise.

 

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BOYES, F/O Nelson William Ross (C16031) - Mention in Despatches - Bathurst - Award effective 1 January 1945 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 379/45 dated 2 March 1945. Home in Toronto; enlisted there 30 April 1941. No citation.

 

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BOYLE, S/L Danile (J4325) - Mention in Despatches - No.434 Squadron (AFRO gives unit only as "Overseas") - Award effective 14 June 1945 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 1395/45 dated 31 August 1945. Home in Toronto; enlisted there 20 July 1940. Trained at No.2 ITS (graduated 30 September 1940), No.12 EFTS (graduated 11 December 1940) and No.5 SFTS (graduated 11 March 1941). DHist file 181.009 D.4364 (RG.24 Vol.20648) has recommendation sent to No.6 Group Headquarters, 2 February 1945. Had served 33 months in Canada, 16 months overseas. Should name be "Daniel" as in recommendation ?

 

Squadron Leader Boyle has been with the squadron since July 1944 as is at present a Flight Commander. He has at all times shown devotion to duty as well as tenacity of purpose in the air and on the ground which cannot be surpassed. When called upon to act as Squadron Commander he has shown superb qualities of leadership and courage.

 

His strong sense of responsibility, entailing frequently, long hours of work has always been an inspiration to other members and has contributed greatly to the efficient operation of the squadron.

 

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BOYLE, S/L Hugh John (C3613) - Member, Order of the British Empire - Eastern Air Command Headquarters - Award effective 1 January 1945 as per London Gazette of that date, Canada Gazette dated 6 January 1945 and AFRO 89/45 dated 19 January 1945. Home Toronto; enlisted there 21 January 1941. Award presented 17 June 1945.

 

This officer, as bomber reconnaissance operations controller at various units in this command for over three years, has carried out his duties in a most exemplary manner. By his outstanding ability, energy and persistence, he has contributed in a large measure to the success of operations in the North West Atlantic area. He has at all times displayed outstanding efficiency and devotion to duty.

 


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BOYLE, F/L John Allen (J6226) - Air Force Cross - No.2 SFTS - Award effective 8 June 1944 as per Canada Gazette of that date and AFRO 1380/44 dated 30 June 1944. Born in Orillia, Ontario; educated there. Enlisted in Toronto, 19 October 1940. Trained at No.1 ITS (graduated 11 February 1941), No.3 EFTS (graduated 10 April 1941), No.2 SFTS (graduated 11 July 1941). Award presented 24 May 1946. Described as having flown 1,744.05 hours to date, 1,408.40 hours as instructor, 200.40 hours in previous six months.

 

This officer has completed many hours of flying instructional duties and has proved himself to be a very skilful pilot and an extremely efficient instructor. A keen and able leader, he has contributed highly to the success of his unit and by his continued efforts has gained the high respect of his associates.

 

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BOYLE, F/L John Joseph (J13615) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.411 Squadron - Award effective 23 March 1945 as per London Gazette dated 3 April 1945 and AFRO 765/45 dated 4 May 1945. Born 1 May 1922 in Toronto; home in London, Ontario; Gunner in Canadian Army, 28 May to 25 August 1941. Enlisted in RCAF in Toronto 1 September 1941. Trained at No.1 ITS (graduated 22 January 1942), No.3 EFTS (graduated 27 March 1942) and No.14 SFTS (graduated 31 July 1942 although not posted from there until 18 September 1942). Further trained at No.1 (F) OTU, Bagotville, 19 September 1942 to 29 November 1942. To No.125 (F) Squadron, 30 November 1942 to 26 September 1943. Embarked from New York, 8 October 1943; arrived UK 15 October 194. Further trained at No.59 OTU (30 November 1943 to 24 January 1944, No.61 OTU (24 January to 13 April 1944) and No.3 Tactical Evaluation Unit (13 April to 6 June 1944). With No.402 Squadron, 22-26 July 1944; with No.411 Squadron, 1 August 1944 to 6 April 1945. To No.61 OTU, 28 April to 11 June 1945; repatriated 2 August 1945; released 20 September 1945. As of 23 July 1945 he claimed 278 hours on Spitfires (198.45 operational hours), with 7 1/2 enemy aircraft destroyed, 42 MET destroyed and ten locomotives. Aerial victories as follows: 12 August 1944, one Bf.109 destroyed east of Alencon; 12 December 1944, one Me.262 damaged, Deurne; 25 December 1944, one Me.262 destroyed, Heesch; 31 December 1944, one Ju.88 destroyed, Rheine/Munster; 4 January 1945, one FW.190 destroyed, Henegelow plus one FW.190 destroyed (shared with F/L R.J. Audet); 14 January 1945, one FW.190 destroyed, Hengelow; 14 February 1945, two He.177s destroyed on ground, Handorf plus one He.177 damaged on ground. Award presented 29 May 1947.

 

This officer has given outstanding service as a flight commander in a fighter squadron. He has taken part in fighter patrols, armed reconnaissance and dive bombing missions since joining his present squadron and in the course of these operations has destroyed at least five enemy aircraft and damaged others. In addition Flight Lieutenant Boyle has destroyed many ground targets, including forty mechanical transport vehicles, three trains and six barges. He has set a fine example by his keenness and fine fighting spirit.


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BOYLE, WO (now P/O) Thomas Edward (R150138/J87100) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.550 Squadron - Award effective 5 August 1944 as per London Gazette dated 5 August 1944 and AFRO 2231/44 dated 13 October 1944. Home in Lakeview, Ontario;, enlisted Ottawa 20 January 1942. Trained at No.6 ITS (graduated 31 July 1942) and No.4 AOS (graduated 20 November 1942). Award presented 22 June 1949.

 

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

 

NOTE: Public Record Office Air 2/9632 has recommendation dated 14 May 1944 when he had flown 23 2/3 sorties (160 operational hours); presumably at least two sorties were deemed to be "soft" targets and thus counted as fractions:

 

2 Dec 43 Berlin (7.45) 24 Mar 44 Berlin (6.50)

3 Dec 43 Leipzig (7.40) 26 Mar 44 Essen (5.15)

16 Dec 43 Berlin (8.40) 30 Mar 44 Nuremburg (7.50)

1 Jan 44 Berlin (8.20) 10 Apr 44 Aulnoye (4.56)

2 Jan 44 Berlin (7.30) 11 Apr 44 Aachen (3.39)

14 Jan 44 Braunschwig (5.50) 18 Apr 44 Rouen (3.50)

15 Feb 44 Berlin (6.50) 20 Apr 44 Cologne (4.16)

19 Feb 44 Leipzig (7.35) 22 Apr 44 Dusseldorf (4.32)

24 Feb 44 Schweinfurt (8.50) 24 Apr 44 Karlsruhe (6.05)

1 Mar 44 Stuttgart (8.35) 27 Apr 44 Friedrichshaven (8.25)

15 Mar 44 Stuttgart (8.25) 9 May 44 Mardyck (2.31)

18 Mar 44 Frankfurt (5.30) 11 May 44 Hasselt (3.29)

22 Mar 44 Frankfurt (6.25)

 

In the course of 23 2/3 operational sorties involving 160 hours flying against the enemy, this Canadian Warrant Officer has proved himself to be a navigator of great ability. He has successfully navigated his aircraft to targets in the heart of enemy industrial centres, and to reach and attack them has required navigational ability of the highest order. Six times he has taken part in heavy attacks on important industrial plants in the German capital and the photographic evidence brought back by his aircraft has testified to his sound and accurate work.

 

He is a tenacious and determined member of a first class operational crew and I consider his fie achievements merit the non-immediate award of the Distinguished Flying Cross.

 

The Officer Commanding, RAF Station Killingholme, added on 16 May 1944:

 


Warrant Officer Boyle has now completed 25 sorties, most of which have involved deep penetrations into the heart of Germany and six of which have been attacks on the German capital. His cooperation, tenacity and endurance throughout these long and arduous flights and whilst exposed to intense fighter and flak opposition is worthy of the highest praise. I consider such devotion to duty and gallant conduct merit the award of the Distinguished Flying Cross.

 

The Officer Commanding, No.13 Base, wrote on 19 May 1944:

 

In the course of his many operational sorties, Warrant Officer Boyle (a Canadian) has displayed an extremely high degree of skill coupled with calm courage in navigating his aircraft accurately through heavily defended areas to targets in Germany and Occupied Territories. He has thus contributed largely to the destruction of industrial resources of first class importance to the enemy.

 

His skill and devotion to duty fully merit a recommendation for the non-immediate award of the Distinguished Flying Cross.

 

This was finally approved by the Air Officer Commanding, No.1 Group, on 31 May 1944.

 

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BOYNTON, Sergeant Benjamin Douglas (R110387) - Distinguished Flying Medal - No.408 Squadron - Award effective 6 August 1943 as per London Gazette dated 13 August 1943 and AFRO 1849/43 dated 10 September 1943. Home in Calgary; enlisted Vancouver 7 July 1941. Trained at No.6 BGS (graduated 8 June 1942) and No.2 WS (graduated 25 May 1942). Award presented 28 March 1944.

 

This airman has taken part in operational sorties against targets which include Cologne, Kiel, Frankfurt, Dusseldorf and Dortmund. While returning from Wuppertal in May 1943, the aircraft in which he was flying as rear gunner was attacked on two occasions by enemy fighters. The first attack was successfully evaded on instructions given to the captain by Sergeant Boynton. The second enemy aircraft attacked a little later and during the ensuing engagement this airman gave an able commentary, again enabling successful evasive action to be taken. At the same time he engaged his assailant with his guns and shot the enemy aircraft down in flames. During this combat Sergeant Boynton maintained great coolness. His own aircraft suffered no damage and made a safe return.

 

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