BRACKEN, F/L Harry Dalbert (J14133) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.408 Squadron (NOTE - THIS WAS GIVEN AS No.403 Squadron IN AFRO) - Award effective 8 September 1945 as per London Gazette dated 21 September 1945 and AFRO 1704/45 dated 9 November 1945.  Home in Borden, Saskatchewan; enlisted Saskatoon 26 August 1941.  Trained at No.2 ITS (graduated 14 March 1942), No.15 EFTS (graduated 23 May 1942) and No.11 SFTS (graduated 19 October 1942).  Award presented 18 June 1949.  No citation other than "completed...numerous operations against the enemy in the course of which [he has] invariably displayed the utmost fortitude, courage and devotion to duty."  DHist file 181.009 D.2618 (RG.24 Vol.20627) has recommendation dated 18 April 1945 when he had completed 35 sorties (220 hours eight minutes) between 12 October 1944 and 31 March 1945.

 

Flight Lieutenant Bracken has recently completed a tour of operations on four-engined bombers.  This officer has displayed exceptional ability in his capacity as captain of aircraft.  His quiet determination and keen sense of duty have been outstanding characteristics.  Always displaying admirable coolness and great skill, he has taken part in many long and difficult sorties against heavily defended German targets.  At all times he has inspired confidence in all who have flown with him...

 

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BRACKEN, F/O William James (J6279) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.681 Squadron - Award effective 1 September 1943 as per London Gazette dated 10 September 1943 and AFRO 2138/43 dated 22 October 1943.  Born 27 March 1921 in Leeds County, Ontario.  Home in Seeley's Bay, Ontario; spent one year at Queen's University before enlisting in Kingston, 15 October 1940.  Trained at No.1 ITS (graduated 11 February 1941),  No.9 EFTS (graduated 21 April 1941) and No.9 SFTS (graduated 14 July 1941).  Award sent by registered mail 19 February 1946.  After the war he completed his degree in Civil Engineering, rejoining the RCAF in 1948. Retired with the rank of Colonel.  Died in Newmarket, Ontario, 13 January 2000.

 

Flying Officer Bracken has completed a large number of high level photographic reconnaissance flights and has served in England, the Middle East and India.  His sorties have been over Norway, France, Greece, Libya, Crete, and Burma.  Throughout them all he has displayed exceptional navigational ability combined with dogged determination to obtain good photographic results.

 

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BRACKENBURY, FS Easton Bennett (Can 2248) - Mention in Despatches - No.433 Squadron - Award effective 14 January 1944 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 874/44 dated 21 April 1944.  No.6 Group Monthly Summary of Operational and Training Activities (January 1944), say No.419 Squadron.   Home in Ottawa; enlisted there 1 June 1937.  Retired as a Flight Lieutenant; died in Ottawa, 7 December 1998.

 

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BRACKETT, P/O Edgar William Charles (J87278) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.156 Squadron - Award effective 6 January 1945 as per London Gazette dated 19 January 1945 and AFRO 508/45 dated 23 March 1945.  Home in Toronto; enlisted there 26 August 1942. Trained at No.3 BGS (graduated 11 June 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 2/9039 has recommendation dated 24 October 1944 when he had flown 47 sorties (227 hours 40 minutes), 9 September 1943 to 15 October 1944.

 

8 Sept 43            Boulogne                           8 June 44            Rennes

21 Jan 44            Magdeburg                       15 June 44          Lens

22 Jan 44            Berlin                                 17 June 44          Montdidier

28 Jan 44            Berlin                                 27 June 44          Oisemont Neuville

30 Jan 44            Berlin                                 2 July 44              Oisemont

24 Mar 44           Schweinfurt                       7 July 44              Vaires

1 Mar 44             Stuttgart                             10 July 44           Nucourt

15 Mar 44           Stuttgart                             11 July 44           Gappene

18 Mar 44           Frankfurt                            23 July 44           Donges

22 Mar 44           Frankfurt                            24 July 44           Stuttgart

24 Mar 44           Berlin                                 25 July 44           Stuttgart

30 Mar 44           Nuremburg                        28 July 44           Hamburg

18 Apr 44            Rouen                                4 Aug 44             Paulliac

20 Apr 44            Cologne                             14 Aug 44           Falaise

22 Apr 44            Dusseldorf                         16 Aug 44           Kiel

26 Apr 44            Villeneuve                          18 Aug 44           Connantre

27 Apr 44            Friedrichshafen                25 Aug 44           Russelheim

1 May 44             St.Ghislain                         26 Aug 44           Kiel

3 May 44             Montdidier                         12 Sept 44          Frankfurt

7 May 44             Nantes                               15 Sept 44          Boulogne

11 May 44           Hasselt                              17 Sept 44          Kiel

19 May 44           Orleans                              20 Sept 44          Calais

22 May 44           Orleans                              5 Oct 44              Saarbrucken

7 June 44            Foret de Cerisy

 

Pilot Officer Brackett has completed 47 operational sorties, 42 of which have been Marker sorties with the Pathfinder Force.  Half of this total have been on heavily defended German targets.

 

This officer has had encounters with enemy aircraft in which he has always admirably acquitted himself.  His alertness and keen determination as an operational Gunner has been contributory to the successful career of one of the squadron's best Blind Marking crews.  He is a capable and efficient officer, and is an asset to his section.

 

Pilot Officer Brackett has set a high example of devotion to duty and is eminently suitable for the award of the Distinguished Flying Cross.

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BRADDELL, F/L Eberhard Sylvester Patrick (C10837) - Mention in Despatches - Croft -  Award effective 1 January 1946 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 155/46 dated 15 February 1946.  AFRO gives unit only as "Overseas".  Home in Winnipeg; enlisted ther 3 April 1942.  Certificate mailed 8 October 1948.  DHist file 181.009 D.4364 (RG.24 Vol.20648) has recommendation for an MBE dated 22 May 1945 which also identifies unit.  Station Electrical Officer.

 

This officer enlisted April 3rd, 1942 and came overseas March 15th, 1944.  He came first to this Station in the same month, and during his tour of duty here has performed his duties in a most outstanding manner.  Capable in his duties, he has by instruction, supervision and guidance created an Electrical Section of great worth.  Skilled in leadership, he has secured remarkable results from those working under him, and has gained their confidence and respect.  The most arduous duties and trying conditions have found him still cheerful and enthusiastic, and transmitting those qualities to others.  His work has been done so quietly and efficiently that aircrew personnel have accepted the products of his direction with complete confidence.

 

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BRADFORD, F/L Cecil Ronald (J12027) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.212 Squadron - Award effective 15 June 1945 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 1291/45 dated 10 August 1945.  Home in Winnipeg; enlisted Regina 8 July 1941.  Trained at No.4 ITS (graduated 31 October 1941), No.5 EFTS (graduated 30 January 1942) and No.7 SFTS (graduated 5 June 1942).  Award presented 30 October 1948.  Cited with F/L Maurice Shnider (RCAF navigator, awarded DFC).

 

These officers as pilot and navigator respectively have completed many long and arduous sorties and have consistently displayed a high standard of skill and determination.  On two occasions they have flown with great distinction in air/sea rescue missions during which they have succeeded in rescuing a number of personnel.  These operations called for the highest standard of flying and navigational skill and the successes obtained reflect the greatest credit on the ability of these officers.

 

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BRADFORD, F/O John William (C18598) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.681 Squadron - Award effective 27 April 1945 as per London Gazette dated 8 May 1945 and AFRO 966/45 dated 8 June 1945.  Home in Hamilton; enlisted there 24 June 1940.  Award presented in Hamilton 27 July 1949.

 

This officer has completed a large number of low level photographic reconnaissance sorties over enemy occupied Burma.  He has always displayed outstanding determination, tenacity and courage and has flown throughout the worst possible monsoon weather.  As a flight commander Flying Officer Bradford has set a high standard of perseverance and devotion to duty.

 

NOTE: Public Records Office Air 2/9078 has recommendation dated 28 February 1945.  He had flown 269 hours ten minutes on operations.  Wing Commander F.D. Proctor (CO) wrote:

 

This officer has carried out 53 high and low level photographic reconnaissance sorties over enemy-occupied Burma since April 1944.  He has at all times, even in the worst possible monsoon weather conditions, shown outstanding determination, tenacity and courage to bring back the required photographs which have given invaluable information.

 

Flying Officer J.W. Bradford is a born pilot and by his excellent personal example of perseverance and devotion to duty he has set a very high standard, in his capacity as Flight Commander, which has always been a great source of inspiration to his fellow pilots.  He has always been the first to volunteer for any task involving more danger or flying skill than is normal, and has carried out the special sorties in a most distinguished manner.  Flying Officer Bradford is a most brave and gallant officer.

 

To the above, Group Captain S.G. Wise (Officer Commanding, RAF Element, Photographic Reconnaissance Force) adds, "I strongly agree with this recommendation.  F/O Bradford is a skilful and an above average single engine operational P.R. pilot.  He has always taken his operational flying and ground duties seriously and conscientiously."

 

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BRADLEY, FS Charles Campbell (R91106) - British Empire Medal - No.4 Release Centre - Award effective 1 January 1946 as per Canada Gazette of that date and AFRO 82/46 dated 25 January 1946.  Home in Toronto; enlisted there 21 January 1941.  Award sent by registered mail 13 February 1948.

 

This non-commissioned officer has been employed on release work for over a year and has continually displayed an untiring enthusiasm which is an excellent example to all those associated with him.  He is spontaneous in his desire to assist in every way possible and his initiative and efficiency when meeting heavy commitments have been of exceptional value.  Throughout he has displayed splendid devotion to duty.

 

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BRADLEY, F/L Clare Willis (J5994) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.423 Squadron - Award effective 1 July 1943 as per London Gazette dated 9 July 1943 and AFRO 1724/43 dated 27 August 1943.  Home in Montreal; enlisted there 9 October 1940.  Trained at No.1 ITS (graduated31 January 1941), No.13 EFTS (graduated 17 March 1941) and No.8 SFTS (graduated 3 July 1941).  Award presented 11 August 1944.

 

In March 1943, Flight Lieutenant Bradley was instrumental in saving a tanker which was threatened by a submarine.  In April 1943, he delivered a most skilful attack on a U-boat which was attempting to intercept a ship he was escorting.  This attack achieved complete surprise and resulted in serious damage to, or destruction of the submarine.  Despite severe weather and engine trouble Flight Lieutenant Bradley has several times flown his aircraft safely to base in harassing circumstances.  He has achieved well deserved success on many flights.

 

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BRADLEY, FS Erskine Lyall (R53501) - Mention in Despatches -Overseas - Award effective 14 June 1945 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 1600/45 dated 12 October 1945.  Home in Ottawa; enlisted there 10 October 1939.

 

BRADLEY, FS Erskin Lyall (R53501) - Mention in Despatches - No.6409 Servicing Echelon (AFRO gives unit only as "Overseas" - Award effective 1 January 1946 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 155/46 dated 15 February 1946.  In charge of Signals Section.  Certificate sent by mail, 8 October 1948.  DHist file 181.009 D.5529 (RG.24 Vol.20667) has recommendation dated 13 June 1945.

 

Flight Sergeant Bradley has been with No.409 Squadron Servicing Echelon for two and a half years.  During this time he has proved himself an outstanding technician, and has shown marked ability in training his personnel.  It is believed that he has the highest record of serviceability of VHF Radio Telephony in No.85 Group and previous to that in the Night Fighter Squadrons of Air Defence Great Britain.

 

Same file has recommendation for BEM dated 9 June 1945 reading as follows:

 

During the period that this NCO has been in charge of the Signals Section of this squadron a very high and unbroken record of serviceability has been attained.  This has been due to the unfailing interest and constant supervision of Flight Sergeant Bradley.  In his outstanding ability as a technician and as a supervisor of the work of his section, he has contributed in no small way to the potency of this unit.  Originally a wireless operator, he was remustered to wireless operator mechanic.  His knowledge of the stringent operational requirements of VHF has enabled him, as a mechanic, to get at all times maximum and consistent performance from all equipment and instruments in his charge.  He is recommended for the British Empire Medal in view of his exceptional record, unstinted and arduous record.

 

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BRADLEY, FS John Gerald (R62557) - Mention in Despatches - No.9420 Servicing Echelon (AFRO gives unit as No.62 Base) - Award effective 1 January 1945 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 379/45 dated 2 March 1945. Home in Smiths Falls.  Instrument Repairman; enlisted in Brockville 31 January 1940.  DHist file 181.009 D.1719 (RG.24 Vol.20606) has recommendation forwarded to No.6 Group HQ, 15 August 1944 when he had served seven months in Canada, five months in North Africa, 41 months in UK.

 

During four years of overseas service, including the Sicilian campaign, this NCO has carried out his duties in a meritorious manner.  His faithful devotion to duty, loyal support to superiors and full co-operation to subordinates in the face of many hardships has marked Flight Sergeant Bradley as an exceptionally outstanding NCO.

 

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BRADLEY, S/L Leonard Orville (C3967) - Mention in Despatches - No.6 Aircrew Convalescent Hospital - Award effective 1 January 1946 as per Canada Gazette of that date and AFRO 82/46 dated 25 January 1946.  Born 17 June 1914.  Home in Victoria; enlisted in Winnipeg, 16 November 1940.  Commissioned as Flight Lieutenant, 16 December 1940; promoted to Squadron Leader, 15 June 1943.  Released 30 November 1945.  Remained associated with RCAF Auxiliary after the war and attained rank of Wing Commander, 4 December 1952.

 

This Medical Officer was appointed to highly responsible positions due to his professional, administrative and leadership capabilities.  He performed these tasks by working far beyond ordinary hours of duty.  His unusual efforts as Commanding Officer of No.6 Convalescent Hospital are entirely responsible for the outstanding success of convalescent treatment at that hospital.  His great devotion to duty has set a splendid example for those with whom he serves.

 

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BRADNER, FS (now WO2) Ralph Joseph (R260308) - Distinguished Flying Medal - No.170 Squadron - awarded effective 12 November 1945 as per London Gazette dated 16 November 1945 and AFRO 133/45 dated 8 February 1946. Home in Toronto; enlisted there 3 June 1943.  Trained at No.5 ITS (graduated 26 November 1943) and No.9 BGS (graduated 24 March 1944.  In No.427 Squadron after No.170 Squadron.  Award sent by registered mail 23 January 1956..

 

This airman was displayed coolness and courage of the highest order.  In March 1945, his crew were detailed to attack Dessau.  On reaching the target area his aircraft was damaged by anti-aircraft fire which set fire to the bomb bay.  Orders were given to abandon the aircraft.  On leaving his turret, Flight Sergeant Bradner found the rear gunner wedged in the turret doors.  He immediately went to his aid and released him.  He then attempted to extinguish the flames in the bomb bay but while doing so the aircraft was attacked by an enemy fighter.  He at once went to his terret and engaged the enemy aircraft which was damaged and driven off.  Flight Sergeant Bradner then returned to the fire and finally extinguished the flames.  He received several burns.  By his presence of mind he extricated his aircraft from a perilous position and probably saved the lives of his crew.  His other sorties have included attacks on Dortmund, Gelsenkirchen, Kiel and Plauen.  His skill and determination have set a fine example in his squadron.

 

NOTE: Public Records Office Air 2/9137 has recommendation dated 3 June 1945 when he had flown 23 sorties (156 operational hours); text gives a few specifics beyond what was published:

 

27 Dec 44        Rheydt                                           1 Mar 45              Mannheim

28 Dec 44        Bonn                                              7 Mar 45              Dessau (hit by flak)

2 Jan 45            Nuremburg                                    12 Mar 45           Dortmund

7 Jan 45            Munich                                           13 Mar 45           Gelsenkirchen

23 Jan 45         Duisburg                                       4 Apr 45              Ludzkendorf

28 Jan 45         Stuttgart                                         9 Apr 45              Kiel

1 Feb 45           Ludwigshaven                              10 Apr 45            Plauen

2 Feb 45           Wiesbaden                                   18 Apr 45            Heligoland

7 Feb 45           Cleve                                             23 Apr 45            Bremen

8 Feb 45           Politz                                              7 May 45             MANNA, Rotterdam

13 Feb 45         Dresden                                        11 May 45           EXODUS, Brussels

24 Feb 45         Pforzheim

 

Flight Sergeant Bradner, a Canadian, has successfully completed 23 operational sorties against the enemy with a total of 156 operational flying hours to his credit.

 

On the night of the 7th March, 1945, he was Mid-Upper Gunner of a Lancaster which was detailed to attack Dessau. Shortly before reaching the target his aircraft was hit by flak which set the bomb bay on fire. The captain gave the order to abandon aircraft, but Flight Sergeant Bradner on getting out of his turret noticed that the Rear Gunner was wedged in the turret doors, and so he immediately went aft and released him; he then returned and fought the flames regardless of the fact that the aircraft was on fire and carrying a full bomb load. As he was fighting the fire the aircraft was attacked by an enemy fighter; he at once jumped into his turret and scored hits on the enemy aircraft. By this time the fire was almost out but he got down again and completely extinguished the flames, receiving several burns to himself.

 

Throughout the whole incident Flight Sergeant Bradner displayed great presence of mind and gallantry, without any consideration for his personal safety and he was mainly responsible for extricating his aircraft from a perilous situation.

 

Since this occurrence Flight Sergeant Bradner has completed a further nine sorties on such heavily defended targets as Dortmund, Gelsenkirchen, Kiel and Plauen. His skill, courage and determination in action have been an inspiration to the whole squadron, and I therefore recommend him for the award of the Distinguished Flying Medal.

 

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BRADSHAW, W/C Douglas Alexander Ransome (C166) - Mention in Despatches - Award effective 1 January 1943 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 232/43 dated 12 February 1943.  Born in Ottawa, 15 May 1912.  Educated in London, Ontario.  Graduated from RMC, 1934.  First in the Royal Canadian Dragoons, he transferred to the RCAF as P/O/O, 12 June 1935.  Trained at Camp Borden, awarded wings 26 May 1936.  Later instructed at Camp Borden and Trenton.  Appointed CFI at Camp Borden in late 1940; posted overseas December 1941.  Commanded No.420 Squadron, March 1942 to April 1943 after which he went to No.6 Group Headquarters.  Repatriated to Canada in 1944; from April 1944 to March 1945 commanded OTU at Boundary Bay, British Columbia.  Remained in postwar RCAF.  Appointed CO at Trenton, 1947.  Later attended National Defence College, Kingston.  To AFHQ in 1950 to lead Technical Services Branch.  Air Commodore January 1953 when he was made Chief of Training.  Commandant, RMC, September 1954 to 1957 when appointed Deputy Air Officer Commanding (Operations), Air Defence Command Headquarters.  In November 1959 appointed Deputy Commander (Operations), Northern NORAD Headquarters; Chief Staff Officer, No.1 Air Division, Metz, France, July 1961; AOC of Air Division, July 1963; retired 1966.  DFC presented 7 March 1944; awarded Queen's Coronation Medal 21 October 1953 while an Air Commodore in AFHQ.  Founding President, Confederation College, Thunder Bay, 1967-1974. Retired to Florida but returned to Canada in 1987  Died in Thirnhill, Ontario, 10 January 1988.

 

BRADSHAW, W/C Douglas Alexander Ransome (C166) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.420 Squadron - Award effective 3 June 1943 as per London Gazette dated 11 June 1943 and AFRO 1294/43 dated 9 July 1943. 

 

This officer has a splendid record both as an operational pilot and as a squadron commander.  He has set a splendid example by displaying, to an outstanding degree, the qualities of leadership, courage and determination.  During his command of the squadron the personnel under his command have won many distinctions. Wing Commander Bradshaw has taken part in many operational sorties to difficult targets and through adverse weather, always completing his task in an exemplary manner.

 

BRADSHAW, G/C Douglas Alexander Ransome, DFC (C166) - 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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BRADSHAW, F/L Frederick Blair (J12278) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.424 Squadron - Award effective 1 December 1944 as per London Gazette dated 8 December 1944 and AFRO 337/45 dated 23 February 1945.  Home in Widewater or Edmonton, Alberta; enlisted Edmonton 15 March 1941.  Trained at No.4 ITS (graduated 26 July 1941), No. 2 AOS, (graduated 23 March 1942), No.8 BGS (graduated 9 May 1942) and No.1 ANS (graduated 8 June 1942). Award presented 9 July 1949.  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."  DHist file 181.009 D.2609 (RG.24 Vol.20627) has recommendation dated 13 September 1944 when he had flown 35 sorties (173 hours), 30 April to 27 August 1944.

 

Flight Lieutenant Bradshaw has completed 35 sorties over enemy territory.  While on this squadron he put to good use the knowledge he acquired as navigational instructor before starting his tour of operations.  His experience and his determination to maintain the highest standard of navigation have been a fine example to his Section.  The courage which he at all times displayed in the performance of his duties was an inspiration to his crew and to all the Squadron

 

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BRADSHAW, F/O Mervyn William (J19529) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.138 Squadron - Award effective 8 September 1945 as per London Gazette dated 21 September 1945 and AFRO 1704/45 dated 9 November 1945.  Born in Winnipeg, 28 February 1923; home in White Rock or Nanaimo, British Columbia (student); enlisted Vancouver. 24 October 1941.  Trained at No.7 ITS (graduated 23 May 1942), No.6 EFTS (ceased training 12 June 1942 after twelve hours of instruction; did not solo), No.7 BGS (graduated 12 September 1942) and No.5 AOS (graduated 6 November 1942).  Arrived  in UK, 20 November 1942; to No.23 OTU, 29 December 1942; in No.420 Squadron, 26 March to 28 September 1943 (35 trips, 211 hours; in North Africa, 2 June to 23 October 1943); to No.19 OTU 9 December 1943; to No.10 ARC, 31 January 1944.  On leave to Canada, 27 May to 20 July 1944; to No.31 Base (training), 19 August 1944; to No.138 Squadron, 22 August 1944 (tour ended 15 May 1945.  LAC 8 May 1942; Sergeant, 23 October 1942; Flight Sergeant, 23 April 1943; WO2, 23 October 1943; commissioned 6 December 1943. F/O 6 June 1944.  Application for 1939-1945 Star indicated his first sortie with No.420 Squadron was 2 April 1943, target was Lorient.  Application for Italy Star indicated his first sortie in Mediterranean theatre was 27 June 1943, target Pavillier.  Application for France and Germany Star indicated his first sortie with No.138 Squadron was 28 August 1944.  Total operational flying was 55 trips, 346 hours 20 minutes.  Returned to Canada, 14 June 1945; released 14 September 1945.  Award presented at Sea Island, 22 October 1949.   No citation other than "completed...numerous operations against the enemy in the course of which [he has] invariably displayed the utmost fortitude, courage and devotion to duty."  Public Records Office Air 2/8750 has recommendation dated 17 April 1945 when he had flown 53 sorties (331 hours 30 minutes), which does not fully square with applications for campaign stars.  The sortie list for the first tour is detailed but for the second no targets are indicated (the duty is described only as "Operations as Ordered") except for the last.

 

First Tour                                           

 

2 Apr 43         GARDENING, Lorient (6.20)    4 Sept 43       Grazzanaize (6.25)

4 Apr 43         Kiel (6.45)                                   7 Sept 43       Viterbo (6.55)

10 Apr 43       Frankfurt (4.00)                          10 Sep 43      Formia (6.30)

16 Apr 43       Mannheim (6.30)                        12 Sep 43      Castelnovro (6.50)

27 Jun 43       San Giovani (5.40)                    14 Sep 43      Battapaglia (6.50)

29 Jun 43       Messina (5.05)                           16 Sep 43      Cisterna (6.10)

30 Jun 43       Cagliana (5.05)                          18 Sep 43      Viterbo (5.35)

3 July 43         Trapani (3.05)                                                    Second Tour

8 July 43         Catania (5.25)                           

12 Jul 43        Enna (5.25)                                 28 Aug 44      Ops as ordered (3.15)

15 Jul 43        Reggio de Calabria (5.40)       29 Aug 44             do. (7.30)

19 Jul 43        Naples (6.00)                             5 Sept 44              do. (7.00)

21 Jul 43        Naples (7.00)                             6 Sept 44              do. (5.35)

23 Jul 43        Gionani (5.40)                            10 Sep 44             do. (4.00)

26 Jul 43        Mante Corivino (7.10)               21 Sep 44             do. (3.40)

2 Aug 43        Naples (6.45)                             28 Sep 44             do. (7.00)

3 Aug 43        Paola (6.30)                               1 Nov 44                do. (7.45)

5 Aug 43        Messina (5.50)                           8 Nov 44                do. (8.45)

7 Aug 43        Cape Barbi (5.50)                     26 Nov 44              do. (9.30)

11 Aug 43      Messina Beaches (5.15)          29 Nov 44              do. (6.45)

14 Aug 43      Pizzo (5.45)                                2 Dec 44               do. (4.30)

15 Aug 43      Viterbo (6.25)                             31 Dec 44             do. (6.50)

17 Aug 43      Pizzo (5.40)                                21 Feb 45             do. (9.30)

24 Aug 43      Torre Annunziato (6.35)            22 Feb 45             do. (7.10)

27 Aug 43      Salerno (5.45)                            26 Feb 45             do. (7.20)

29 Aug 43      Pisa, Leghorn and                     28 Feb 45             do. (9.05)

Viareggio (7.05)                        4 Mar 45                do. (6.20)

1 Sept 43       Aversa (6.00)                             9 Apr 45         Bombing Kiel (5.55)

 

Flying Officer Bradshaw has completed a large number of bombing and special operations in this country and the Middle East.  On every occasion he has proved himself to be an efficient and capable Air Bomber and the high standard of success achieved by his crew is largely due to his efforts.

 

Many of the operations which he has carried out have been conducted at a very low level, under conditions which have demanded ability in map reading and navigation of the highest order.  The determination and perseverance shown by Flying Officer Bradshaw have at all times been worthy of the highest praise.

 

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BRADSTOCK, F/L John Herbert (J24612) - Commended for Valuable Services - No.120 Wing (AFRO gives unit only as "Overseas") - Award effective 13 June 1946 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 726/46 dated 26 July 1946.  Unit identified in DHist file 181.009 D.1124 (RG.24 Vol.20595).

 

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BRADY, F/O Bernard Lester (J19443) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.424 Squadron - Award effective 10 May 1945 as per London Gazette dated 22 May 1945 and AFRO 1147/45 dated 13 July 1945.  Home in Ponoka, Alberta; enlisted Calgary, 13 February 1941.  Trained at No.2 WS (graduated 9 December 1941) and No.7 BGS (graduated 2 February 1942).  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 dated 21 February 1945 when he had flown 46 sorties (311 hours 45 minutes).  At the time of recommendation he had been repatriated to Canada and details of first tour were not available.  On second tour (25 September to 17 December 1944) he had flown 26 sorties (116 hours 25 minutes).

 

Flying Officer Brady has completed two operational tours and one non-operational tour.

 

During his stay here on his second operational tour, he has displayed a high sense of duty which has in no small degree contributed to the morale of his crew and squadron alike.  His keen, efficient work, ability and co-operation, has given his crew complete confidence to deal with any situation which might have arisen in the execution of their successful sorties over enemy territory.

 

On several occasions his alertness and skill has been responsible for the safe return of his aircraft to base.

 

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BRADY, F/L Charles Stewart (J15499) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.434 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 1 July 1940.  Trained at No.1 ITS (graduated 14 September 1940), No.2 WS (graduated 20 January 1941) and No.1 BGS (graduated 17 February 1941).   Injured 24 October 1941 in crash of No.236 Squadron Blenheim that killed Sergeant Douglas Woodman (RCAF) and Sergeant Paul Webster; interned in Eire; escaped or released in 1943.  Award sent by registered mail 16 November 1948.  Died in Kelowna, British Columbia, 21 June 2000. No citation other than "completed...numerous operations against the enemy in the course of which [he has] invariably displayed the utmost fortitude, courage and devotion to duty".  DHist file 181.009 D.1941 (RG.24 Vol.20612) has recommendation dated 15 January 1945 when he had flown 31 sorties (183 hours 20 minutes), of which the first ten sorties (60 hours) were with No.236 Squadron, Coastal Command; the balance were from 10 June to 4 December 1944.

 

Flight Lieutenant Brady has successfully completed a second tour of operations as wireless operator.  He has at all times displayed a fine offensive spirit and devotion to duty of a very high order.  On one occasion during an attack on Bochum [9 October 1944], Flight Lieutenant Brady's skilful and accurate work  enabled the crew to successfully evade through fighter attacks under harassing circumstances.  He has been recently employed as signals leader in the squadron and as such has carried out his task in a highly efficient manner.  His efficiency both in the air and on the ground has contributed greatly to the success of the unit.

 

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BRADY, F/O Edward John (J13994) - Mention in Despatches - No.10 (BR) Squadron - Award effective 8 June 1944 as per Canada Gazette of that date and AFRO 1380/44 dated 30 June 1944.  Born in Vancouver; educated there and Washington State College (Mechanical Engineering).  Enlisted in Vancouver, 17 July 1940.  Trained at No.2 ITS (graduated 30 September 1940), No.12 EFTS (graduated 14 October 1940), and No.4 SFTS (graduated 21 February 1941).  As of award had flown 1,624:15 hours, including 691:55 operational hours (110 sorties).

 

This pilot has completed many flying hours on anti-submarine operations in the North Atlantic area.  He has shown himself to be an outstanding leader with exceptional ability.  He was recently co-pilot of a VLR Liberator which made a successful attack on an enemy submarine.

 

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BRAGG, FS George Cecil (R205591) - Distinguished Flying Medal - No.420 Squadron - Award effective 5 April 1945 as per London Gazette dated 13 April 1945 and AFRO 824/45 dated 18 May 1945.  Home in Sombra, Ontario; enlisted London, Ontario, 11 November 1942.  Trained at No.10 BGS (graduated 14 January 1944).  Award sent by registered mail 17 December 1948.  No citation in AFRO other than the following: "This airman has 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.3456 (RG.24 Vol.20639) has recommendation dated 18 December 1944 when he had flown 25 sorties (140 hours 45 minutes), 28 August to 6 December 1944.

 

This airman has taken part in a large number of attacks on strongly defended targets in Germany.  His skill and determination were well in evidence during a raid on Cologne on the 30th October 1944 when his aircraft was attacked by a spirited enemy fighter.  Throughout the encounter his cool directions enabled the pilot too evade the fighter.  Throughout his tour this airman has displayed sterling qualities of vigilance and devotion to duty and he has set a fine example to all.

 

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BRAGG, F/O Joseph Parsons (J16937) - Mention in Despatches - No.7 Squadron - Award effective 24 December 1946 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 17/47 dated 10 January 1947.  Home in St.John's Newfoundland; enlisted Montreal, 7 January 1941.  Trained at No.1 WS (graduated 14 September 1941) and No.4 BGS (graduated 13 October 1941).

 

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BRAGG, S/L Russell Machie (C15132) - Member, Order of the British Empire - No.401 Squadron (AFRO gives unit as "Overseas (No.125 Wing Headquarters") - Award effective 1 January 1944 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 809/44 dated 14 April 1944.  Home in Calgary; enlisted there 28 May 1937.  Award sent by registered mail from Government House, 1 April 1947.  Aeronautical Engineering branch, no citation in Canadian sources.  Public Records Office Air 2/8959 has recommendation which also ties him to No.401 Squadron.

 

This officer is the squadron engineer officer.  During the Battle of Britain and during several bombings of Northolt, and later at Digby, he was always in the forefront directing others and setting an example for all.  It has been due to his unrelenting efforts that his present unit was transferred from older to newer aircraft in record time.  He has been responsible for the fine serviceability record of the unit and has rendered outstanding services throughout.

 

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BRAIN, S/L Edgar Alexander (J16428) - Mention in Despatches -Overseas - Award effective 14 June 1945 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 1395/45 dated 31 August 1945.  Home in Windsor, Ontario; enlisted there 12 August 1940.  Trained at No.2 ITS (graduated 6 January 1941), No.3 AOS (graduated 31 March 1941) and No.2 BGS (graduated 12 May 1941).

 

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BRAME, Corporal Leonard Vernon (R76506) - Mention in Despatches - No.9425 Servicing Echelon (No.62 Base in AFRO) - Award effective 1 January 1945 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 425/45 dated 9 March 1945.  No citation in AFRO; DHist file 181.009 D.1719 (PAC RG.24 Vol.20606) has recommendation forwarded 31 July 1944.  Fitter IIE; home in Erskine, Alberta; enlisted Edmonton, enlisted 9 October 1940; 16 months in Canada, 29 months overseas.

 

Corporal Brame has served in this Echelon from the time of its organization in charge of a crew of riggers.  A hard worker, with a thorough knowledge of his trade, and a first class non-commissioned officer, he can be relied upon to complete the most difficult jobs quickly and in a manner that will pass the most rigid inspections.  Entirely on his own initiative he has worked many hours of overtime, preparing aircraft for operations.  The qualities of leadership, devotion to duty and craftsmanship displayed by Corporal Brame commend him to the attention of all service personnel.

 

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BRANCH, P/O Alex Henry (J87394) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.432 Squadron - Award effective 1 December 1944 as per London Gazette dated 12 December 1944 and AFRO 337/45 dated 23 February 1945.  Home in Diamond City, Alberta; enlisted Calgary 4 March 1942.  Trained at No.7 ITS (graduated 31 July 1942) and No.3 AOS (graduated 20 November 1942).  Award presented 9 July 1949.  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."  DHist file 181.009 D.5557 (RG.24 Vol.20668) has recommendation dated 18 September when he had flown 29 sorties (143 hours 50 minutes), 8 September 1943 to 15 September 1944.

 

Pilot Officer Branch has completed twenty-nine operational sorties over enemy territories.  He has navigated his aircraft with coolness and accuracy to and from objectives which have included Berlin, Frankfurt, Nurmburg and Dusseldorf.  At all times his calm courage and devotion to duty has been of a high order.

 

For his splendid record of achievement and fine offensive spirit Pilot Officer Branch is strongly recommended for the award of the Distinguished Flying Cross.

 

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BRANIGAN, Sergeant Hector George (R56917) - Mention in Despatches - No.64 Base - Award effective 1 January 1946 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 155/46 dated 15 February 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.4364 (RG.24 Vol.20648) confirms unit and has recommendation submitted 5 May 1945.  Home in Winnipeg; enlisted there 22 April 1940; had served 22 months in Canada, 38 months overseas.  Certificate sent to him 28 September 1948.

 

On the decision to convert the aircraft here to American Radio Equipment, a great many problems arose at this Base, it being the only one overseas using American W/T equipment; a great deal of work was required to adapt the W/T to the Lancaster X.

 

The above mentioned NCO was responsible for the solving of innumerable problems which case up in the course of the change-over.  He at all times showed the greatest resourcefulness and interest in the work, and was an inspiration to those who worked under him.

 

His unspectacular devotion to duty resulted in an earlier re-arming of squadrons with Lancaster X prepared for the operational duty against the enemy.

 

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BRANION, S/L Hugh Douglas (C5882) - Officer of the Order of Orange Nassau (Holland) - Awarded 28 March 1947 as per Canada Gazette dated 29 March 1947 and AFRO 158/47 dated 28 March 1947.  Home in Guelph; enlisted Toronto, 20 June 1941.

 

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BRANNAGAN, F/L Thomas Anthony (J10762) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.441 Squadron - Award effective 21 August 1944 as per London Gazette dated 29 August 1944 and AFRO 2373/44 dated 3 November 1944.  Born 30 March 1918 in Burbank, Scotland; home in Windsor; Ontario.  Served in Windsor Scottish Regiment, 21 November to 21 December 1940; enlisted in RCAF, 23 July 1941. Trained at No.5 ITS (21 August to 9 October 1941), No.11 EFTS (10 October to 6 December 1941) and No.8 SFTS (7 December 1941 to 28 March 1942).  At No.1 "Y" Depot, Halifax, 29 March to 29 April 1942; in RAF Trainees Pool, 30 April to 13 May 1942 (arrived in UK); No.3 PRC, 13 May to 23 June 1942; No.5 AFU, 23 June to 14 July 1942; No.5 OTU, 14 July 1942 to 2 March 1943; No.403 Squadron, 2 March 1943 to 1 March 1944; on strength of No.144 Wing, 1-11 March 1944; No.441 Squadron, 11 March to 15 August 1944.  Shot down by flak (broken arm when he crash landed), held at Stalag Luft III; reported safe in UK, 8 May 1945; repatriated 31 May 1945; released 19 September 1945.  Commisioned 27 March 1942; F/O 1 October 1942; F/L 8 March 1943; S/L 12 July 1944.  Photos of him are PL-28560 (seated on wing of Spitfire) and PL-36315 (studio portrait).  Victories as follows: 19 August 1943, one Bf.109 destroyed (shared with another pilot) south of Flushing; 28 March 1944, one Me.410 destroyed on ground, Dreux, plus one unidentified single engined aircraft destroyed on ground; 28 April 1944, one Caudron destroyed (shared with another pilot), Dreux; 5 July 1944, one FW.190 destroyed, Alencon plus one FW.190 damaged; 13 July 1944, two FW.190w destroyed west of Argentan.  Also claimed 40 MET destroyed.  Award sent by registered mail 28 June 1949.

 

Flight Lieutenant Brannagan has displayed qualities of leadership.  He is a resolute and determined fighter pilot and has destroyed at least three enemy aircraft in addition to several enemy locomotives and ground installations.  He has played a large part in the training of new personnel and the success of his unit is in no small measure due to him.

 

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BRANSON, F/L Thomas Laurel Cecil (C7483) - Mention in Despatches - No.5 Group - Award effective 14 January 1944 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 874/44 dated 21 April 1944.  Home in Ciudad del Carmen, Campeche, Mexico.  Enlisted in Vancouver, 17 April 1941.  No citation.

 

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BRANTER, P/O Donald Keith (J15349) - Mention in Despatches - No.407 Squadron ? - AFRO gives unit only as "Overseas" but DHist card has pencilled note giving No.407 as his unit as oif January 1942 (36 trips) - Award effective 1 January 1943 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 232/43 dated 12 February 1943.  Home in Rosetown, Alberta.  Enlisted at Winnipeg, 21 September 1940.  Trained at No.2 WS and No.2 BGS.  Previously R59678.  No citation.

 

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BRASNETT, F/O William George (J23408) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.415 Squadron - Award effective 16 June 1944 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 1861/44 dated 25 August 1944.  Home in Regina; enlisted there 29 January 1942.  Trained at No.4 ITS (graduated 3 July 1942), No.5 EFTS (graduated 9 October 1942) and No.3 SFTS (graduated 5 February 1943).  Cited with F/O Thomas H. Parnell (RAF navigator, also DFC).  Award presented 6 November 1948. 

 

As pilot and navigator of aircraft respectively, Flying Officer Brasnett and Flying Officer Parnell have taken part in several attacks on shipping.  On a recent occasion they attacked a number of enemy vessels off the French coast.  In spite of intense anti-aircraft fire the attack was pressed home with skill and daring and a hit was obtained on one of the ships.  Some hours later they successfully attacked another enemy vessel.  These officers displayed a high degree of courage and determination throughout.

 

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BRASS, LAC Cornwall Gallacher (R100659) - Mention in Despatches - Award effective 1 January 1943 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 232/43 dated 12 February 1943.  Home in Toronto; enlisted there 5 April 1940).

 

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BRASSARD, F/L Joseph Antoine (J35310) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.425 Squadron - Award effective 18 May 1945 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 1085/45 dated 29 June 1945.  Home in Strickland, Ontario; enlisted Montreal, 10 June 1942.  Trained at No.3 ITS (graduated 19 Marcj 1943), No.11 EFTS (graduated 14 May 1943) and No.9 SFTS (graduated 3 September 1943).  Served in postwar RCAF.  Award presented 5 June 1947.

 

Flight Lieutenant Brassard has completed many sorties against a variety of strongly defended targets.  Throughout his tour of operational duty he has displayed skill and leadership of a high standard.  One night in March 1945 he was detailed to attack Chemnitz.  On the outward flight the port inner engine became troublesome but Flight Lieutenant Brassard continued his mission. When over enemy territory the hydraulic and inter-communication systems became unserviceable. Later the aircraft was hit by anti-aircraft fire.  In spite of this, Flight Lieutenant Brassard was determined, if possible, to reach the target.  After skilfully evading a fighter he went on to execute a good bombing attack and secure a photograph.  In completing his mission successfully this officer displayed high qualities of skill and tenacity.  He set a very fine example.

 

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BRAUN, S/L Donald Conrad (C4570) - Air Force Cross - Station Edmonton - Award effective 11 August 1945 as per Canada Gazette of that date and AFRO 1453/45 dated 14th September 1945.  American in the RCAF although he gave his home as Edmonton.  Real home believed to be St.Claud, Minnesota; enlisted in Ottawa, 5 March 1941.  As of recommendation he had flown 3,370 hours.  Award presented in St.Paul, Minnesota, 26 May 1950.

 

This officer has served 28 months in the Communications Flight, operating over [the] North West Staging Route.  He has displayed initiative, resourcefulness, exceptional ability in bush and mountain operations under severe handicaps and has shown skill in training pilots in similar duties.  Since assuming command of the unit, he has demonstrated a very high level of deportment and leadership coupled with exceptional ability which have set a high standard for his subordinates to follow.  His devotion to duty throughout has been outstanding.

 

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BRAWN, F/L Harry (J9536) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.429 Squadron - Award effective 6 January 1945 as per London Gazette dated 16 January 1945 and AFRO 508/45 dated 23 March 1945.  Home in Victoria; enlisted Vancouver 7 March 1941.  Trained at No.4 ITS (graduated 26 July 1941), No.18 EFTS (graduated 10 October 1941) and No.15 SFTS (graduated 2 January 1942).   Award presented at Sea Island, 22 October 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 J.B. Millward dated 11 October 1944 when he had flown 34 sorties (171 hours) from 5 June to 6 October 1944.

 

This officer has completed a large number of operational sorties during which he has taken part in attacks on a wide variety of targets in Germany and France including such heavily defended targets as Stuttgart, Hamburg, and the Ruhr.  Throughout his tour he has always shown exceptional skill and fortitude in pressing home his attacks, often under the greatest opposition.  He is an inspiring leader and captain of aircraft who has encouraged and trained his crew so that they have invariably carried out their duties satisfactorily.

 

It is considered that this officer's fine operational record, offensive spirit and devotion to duty full merit the award of the DFC.

 

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BRAY, Sergeant Charles Lorne (R78203) - Distinguished Flying Medal - No.103 Squadron (AFRO says "Attached to RAF"  but deceased at time of AFRO publication).  Award effective 27 January 1942 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 358/44 dated 18 February 1944.  Home in Toronto; enlisted there 15 October 1940.  Trained at No.1 ITS, No.9 EFTS and No.5 SFTS.  Killed with No.103 Squadron on 26 April 1942 (name on Runnymede Memorial). Cited with Sergeant Douglas W. Spooner (RAAF, awarded DFM).  Award presented to next-of-kin, 22 April 1944.

 

One night in January 1942, Sergeants Bray and Spooner were captain and second pilot, respectively, of an aircraft which participated in an attack on Wilhelmshaven.  Sergeant Bray carried out a determined attack in spite of intense anti-aircraft fire but, when making a second run over the target, a violent explosion shook the aircraft and an ignited flare was blown from the rear of the bomb compartment into the fuselage where it set fire to the fabric, the floor and a seat.  The aircraft was now brightly illuminated so that it was an easy target and, whilst held in a concentration of some thirty searchlights, was subjected to intense enemy fire.  The situation began to appear hopeless and Sergeant Bray ordered the crew to escape by parachute.  He then set the controls and, when making his way to the rear of the aircraft to ensure that the crew had left safely, he observed Sergeant Spooner still battling with the flames.  Sergeant Bray thereupon returned to the controls and skilfully and coolly extricated his aircraft from a perilous situation.  The flare eventually burned its way through the floor of the aircraft and Sergeant Spooner, having exhausted the extinguisher, finally subdued the flames with his gloved hands.  He then went forward and, to enable Sergeant Bray to fulfil the duties of navigator, took over the controls.  Although suffering acutely from the effects of the fumes, he flew the aircraft safely back to this country.  Throughout, these airmen showed great courage and set an example worthy of the highest praise.

 

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BRAY, P/O John Reynolds (J86281) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.434 Squadron - Award effective 4 November 1944 as per London Gazette dated 17 November 1944 and AFRO 239/45 dated 9 February 1945.  Home in Ottawa; enlisted there 20 November 1940.  Trained at No.5 ITS (graduated 15 August 1942), No.13 EFTS (graduated 30 April 1943) and No.5 BGS (graduated 11 June 1943).  Award presented 28 February 1946.  No citation other than "completed...numerous operations against the enemy in the course of which [he has] invariably displayed the utmost fortitude, courage and devotion to duty."  DHist file 181.009 D.3080 (RG.24 Vol.20636) has recommendation dated 2 August 1944 when he had flown 35 sorties (1177 hours 40 minutes), 6 March to 28 July 1944 (calculated as 91 "points").

 

This officer has completed a tour consisting of 35 operations.  He has at all times displayed a fine offensive spirit and his ability as a Bomb Aimer has contributed greatly to the successes of his crew.  His dogged determination, great courage and devotion to duty have been an example and inspiration to all ranks.

 

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BRAY, F/L John Sidney (J29546) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.625 Squadron - Award effective 5 July 1945 as per London Gazette dated 17 July 1945 and AFRO 1558/45 dated 5 October 1945.  Home in St.Lambert, Quebec; enlisted Ottawa, 12 August 1942.  Trained at No.5 ITS (graduated 6 March 1943), No.10 SFTS (graduated 30 April 1943) and No.1 SFTS (graduated 20 August 1943).  Award presented 5 October 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 2/9082 has recommendation dated 16 March 1945 when he had flown 28 sorties (178 hours), 23 October 1944 to 18 March 1945. 

 

23 Oct 44       Essen                                     2 Jan 45         Nuremburg

30 Oct 44       Cologne                                 5 Jan 45         Hanover

31 Oct 44       Cologne                                 7 Jan 45         Munich

4 Nov 44         Bochum                                  2 Feb 45        Weisbaden

6 Nov 44         Gelsenkirchen                       3 Feb 45        Bottrop

16 Nov 44      Duren                                      7 Feb 45        Cleve

18 Nov 44      Wanne Eickel                        13 Feb 45      Dresden

21 Nov 44      Aschaffenburg                       20 Feb 45      Dortmund

27 Nov 44      Freiburg                                 2 Mar 45         Cologne

6 Dec 44        Merseburg-Leuna                 5 Mar 45         Chemnitz

21 Dec 44      Bonn                                       11 Mar 45      Essen

26 Dec 44      St.Vith                                     12 Mar 45      Dortmund

28 Dec 44      Munchen Gladbach               16 Mar 45      Nuremburg

29 Dec 44      Gelsenkirchen                       18 Mar 45      Hanua

 

Flight Lieutenant Bray is the Canadian captain and pilot of a Lancaster crew who has now completed two-thirds of his first operational tour, having carried out 28 sorties comprising 178 hours operational flying.  He has taken part in attacks against many heavily defended targets including Bochum, Gelsenkirchen, Munchen-Gladbach, Nuremburg and Munich.

 

His record of achievement is most praiseworthy and despite heavy opposition, he has always completed his task with the utmost zest, instilling a high state of morale in his crew.

 

For the successes he has achieved and for the fine example of leadership displayed throughout his operational tour I strongly recommend this officer for an award of the Distinguished Flying Cross.

 

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BRAZIER, F/L Delbert Clarence (C5163) - Mention in Despatches - Station Skipton-on-Swale (AFRO gives unit as No.63 Base) - Award effective 1 January 1945 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 337/45 dated 23 February 1945.  Home in Ottawa; enlisted in Toronto 16 May 1941; arrived in UK 6 April 1944. DHist file 181.009 D.2619 (RG.24 Vol.20628) has recommendation for an MBE dated 30 August 1944.

 

Flight Lieutenant Brazier has been employed as Station Armament Officer during the critical period before and after D Day.  The pressure applied to the Armament Section during this period was such that in many instances they were required to work 24 hours at a stretch, bombing up and servicing the maximum number of aircraft on very short notice.  During this period, Flight Lieutenant Brazier organized and led his Section with excellent effect and by his personal example inspired the entire Section to such efforts that all demands made on the Armament Section for rapid bombing-up operations have been met.

 

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