BUCHAN, F/L William John (J87399) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.12 Squadron - Award effective 15 May 1945 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 1085/45 dated 29 June 1945. Home in Southey, Saskatchewan; enlisted Regina, 13 June 1938. Trained at No.5 ITS (graduated 3 April 1943), No.13 EFTS (graduated 28 May 1943) and No.17 SFTS (graduated 17 September 1943). Award presented 27 May 1950. Served in postwar RCAF with No.435 Squadron, Edmonton.

 

One night in March 1945 this officer piloted an aircraft detailed to attack Chemnitz. When over the target the aircraft was attacked by a fighter. Coolly and skilfully, Flight Lieutenant Buchan manoeuvred to a good position from which his gunners where able to bring their fire to bear on the attacker with great effect. The enemy aircraft was afterwards seen to be falling towards the ground with one engine on fire. On three other occasions, when over Pforzheim, Duisburg and Bottrop Welheim respectively, Flight Lieutenant Buchan's aircraft was attacked by fighters. In the ensuing fights, two of the attackers were undoubtedly destroyed and the third was driven off with both engines on fire. By his good combat manoeuvres and excellent co-operation with his gunners, Flight Lieutenant Buchan played a worthy part in the success achieved. This officer has invariably displayed a high degree of skill and his example of courage and coolness in the face of the enemy has inspired all.

 

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BUCHANAN, W/C Arnold Amherst (C2624) - Member, Order of the British Empire - No.1 SFTS - Award effective 1 January 1946 as per Canada Gazette of that date and AFRO 82/46 dated 25 January 1946. Enlisted in Montreal, 7 September 1940. Award presented by Governor General, 9 February 1947.

 

Wing Commander Buchanan has held the position of Chief Engineering Officer at this unit for two and a half years and has operated a most efficient Maintenance Wing. His shining example of devotion to duty and untiring efforts to improve his technical knowledge have led to many suggestions for improvements in Maintenance procedure and equipment. His fine leadership qualities have earned the devotion and respect of his men. He has always met the changing demands of training with determination and success.

 

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BUCHANAN, F/O Charles Stewart (J14023) - Mention in Despatches - No.10 Squadron (Canada) - Award effective 1 January 1944 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 113/44 dated 21 January 1944. Born in Montreal, 31 May 1921. Home in Ottawa; enlisted in London, Ontario, 20 August 1940. Trained at No.1 ITS (graduated 9 December 1940), No.10 EFTS (graduated 7 February 1941), and No.2 SFTS (graduated 15 April 1941). As pilot of Bolingbroke 9066 of No.119 Squadron, he attacked U-754 east of Sydney, Nova Scotia on 23 March 1942. Killed 22 July 1952 in crash of a Vampire at Bagotville, Quebec.


 

This officer has taken part in a large number of operational sorties on anti-submarine patrols over the North Atlantic. The enthusiasm, coolness and courage with which he has completed his tasks under adverse conditions has set an high standard which is proving to be an example and inspiration to others.

 

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BUCHANAN, S/L Donald Laughlin (C13128) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.420 Squadron - Award effective 5 July 1945 as per London Gazette dated 17 July 1945 and AFRO 1507/45 dated 28 September 1945. Born 14 May, 1912 at Ames, Iowa; educated at University of Toronto. Home in Guelph, Ontario where he was a journalist; enlisted Hamilton 30 August 1940. Trained at No.20 EFTS (graduated 8 May 1942) and No.6 SFTS (graduated 31 July 1946. Instructor and later in both Nos. 419 and 420 Squadrons. Award sent by registered mail 28 June 1949. Postwar executive with Royal Canadian Flying Clubs Association a d De Havilland of Canada. Died in Kingston 27 August 1992.

 

This officer has proved himself to be an outstanding pilot whose leadership and fine fighting spirit have proved an inspiring example to the aircraft crews under his command. During an attack on Wanne Eickel in October 1944, the aircraft in which he was flying, while approaching the target area, was seriously damaged by intense anti-aircraft fire making control difficult. This caused the aircraft to be exposed to further attacks but this officer finally manoeuvred it out of range and back to base. Throughout, Squadron Leader Buchanan, by his superb captaincy and skill in handling a damaged aircraft, set a fine example of skill and devotion to duty.

 

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BUCHANAN, P/O Douglas John Alexander (J17456) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.101 Squadron - Award effective 1 September 1943 as per London Gazette dated 14 September 1943 and AFRO 2322/43 dated 12 November 1943. Home in Edmonton; enlisted there 28 April 1941. Trained at No.2 ITS (graduated 2 August 1941), No.2 AOS (graduated 19 December 1941), No.8 BGS (graduated 31 January 1942) and No.1 ANS (graduated 3 February 1942). B{* 11 August 1944.

 

Throughout his operational tour Pilot Officer Buchanan's ability and determination have been of a very high order. His efficiency as an air bomber has contributed, in a large measure, to the excellent results obtained by his crew. By his tenacity and complete coolness, even in the face of the heaviest opposition, many fine photographs of target areas have been obtained. Pilot Officer Buchanan has displayed consistent courage, skill and resource throughout all his missions.

 

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BUCHANAN, W/C Frank Montgomery (C2614) - Member, Order of the British Empire - AFHQ - Award effective 1 January 1946 as per Canada Gazette of that date and AFRO 82/46 dated 25 January 1946. Enlisted in London, Ontario, 4 September 1940. Award presented by Governor General, 10 December 1947.

 

This officer has been associated with the Works and Buildings Division from the time of its formation as a directorate. He has been especially outstanding in the execution of administrative details both at Headquarters and throughout the entire Works and Buildings organization across Canada and in Newfoundland. A civilian engineer prior to joining the Royal Canadian Air Force, he rendered exceptional service during the period of great construction activity and expansion of the British Commonwealth Air Training Plan and the Western Hemisphere operations. By his complete loyalty and tireless energy to the advancement of the construction programme he has set a fine example to all ranks through his tactfulness, cheerful manner and reliability.

 

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BUCHANAN, F/O Mervin Arthur (J23886) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.550 Squadron - Award effective 6 January 1945 as per London Gazette dated 16 January 1945 and AFRO 508/45 dated 23 March 1945. Home in Leamington, Ontario; enlisted Windsor, 5 August 1941. Trained at No.5 ITS (graduated 20 June 1942), No.13 EFTS (graduated 9 October 1942) and No.2 SFTS (graduated 19 February 1943). Award sent by registered mail 28 June 1949. No citation other than "completed...numerous operations against the enemy in the course of which [he has] invariably displayed the utmost fortitude, courage and devotion to duty." Public Records Office Air 2/9038 has recommendation dated 3 October 1944 when he had flown 31 sorties (147 hours five minutes, 24 May to 26 August 1944. See also F/O H.B. Snelgrove.

 

24 May 44 Aachen (4.25) 1 July 44 Domleger (3.39)

27 May 44 Aachen (4.20) 12 July 44 Revigny (9.10)

2 June 44 Calais guns (3.01) 16 July 44 Sannerville (4.00)

3 June 44 Wimereux (3.02) 18 July 44 Scholoen (4.08)

5 June 44 Crisberg (4.09) 20 July 44 Wizernes (3.17)

6 June 44 Acheres (4.53) 23 July 44 Kiel (4.49)

9 June 44 Flers (4.29) 24 July 44 Stuttgart (8.26)

12 June 44 Gelsenkirchen (4.06) 28 July 44 Stuttgart (8.36)

14 June 44 Le Havre (3.15) 30 July 44 Cahagnes (4.00)

16 June 44 Sterkrade/Holten (4.03) 31 July 44 Le Havre (3.35)

22 June 44 Nimoyecques 1 Aug 44 Belle Croix les

Construction Site Bruyers (2.49)

(3.08, daylight) 2 Aug 44 Le Havre (3.18)

23 June 44 Saintes (7.09) 3 Aug 44 Trossy/St.Maximim (4.22)

24 June 44 Flers (3.50) 16 Aug 44 Stettin (8.26)

27 June 44 Chateau Bernapre (3.43) 18 Aug 44 Ghent/Terneuzen (3.41)

30 June 44 Oisemont/Neuville (4.11) 26 Aug 44 Russelheim (9.05)

 

This Canadian pilot has completed a tour of operations as pilot and captain of aircraft. He has attacked heavily defended targets in the heart of Germany and many precision targets in occupied territory, both by day and by night. Amongst other targets attacked during the tour are Stettin, Stuttgart, targets in the Ruhr, and Le Havre.

 

He has at all times displayed the greatest determination, leadership and enthusiasm. His cheerful confidence at all times has been an inspiration to his crew to enable them, despite all enemy action, to work as a most efficient team, and to deliver excellent accurate bombing attacks against the enemy.

 

It is considered that his fortitude, skill and cheerfulness well merits the award of the Distinguished Flying Cross.

 

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BUCK, Sergeant Irwin Wyman (R53636) - Mention in Despatches - Overseas - Award effective 1 January 1946 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 155/46 dated 15 February 1946. Home in Ottawa; enlisted there 12 January 1940. Certificate sent 22 September 1948.

 

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BUCK, WO1 Percy Lloyd (J23022) - Air Force Cross - No.2 SFTS - Award effective 28 May 1943 as per London Gazette dated 2 June 1943 and AFRO 1459/43 dated 30 July 1943. Enlisted in Ottawa, 5 September 1940. Trained at No.1 ITS (graduated 22 December 1940), No.4 EFTS (22 February 1941) and No.9 SFTS (graduated 28 May 1941). Killed in action with No.426 Squadron, 12 September 1944 (Halifax NP741); buried in Holland.

 

Warrant Officer Buck has 1,490 hours total flying time, 1,285 of which were instructional on single engine types. This Warrant Officer has consistently displayed a keenness for flying and carried out every task in a highly industrious manner. He has always kept himself well informed of all innovations of flying technique, with the result that he has turned out an exceptionally keen and above average type of student.

 

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BUCK, F/L Wilfred Marshall (J21334) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.35 Squadron - Award effective 5 July 1945 as per London Gazette dated 17 July 1945 and AFRO 1558/45 dated 5 October 1945. Home in Toronto; enlisted there 21 January 1942. Trained at No.1 ITS (graduated(graduated 31 July 1942) and No.4 AOS (graduated 4 December 1942). Award presented 22 June 1949. No citation other than "in recognition of gallantry and devotion to duty in the execution of air operations against the enemy". Public Records Office Air 2/9082 has recommendation when he had flown 42 sorties (191 hours), 27 August 1944 to 12 March 1945.

 

27 Aug 44 Homberg 29 Nov 44 Dortmund

31 Aug 44 Pourchinte 6 Dec 44 Merseburg Leuna

10 Sep 44 Le Havre 12 Dec 44 Essen

12 Sep 44 Dortmund 18 Dec 44 Duisburg

20 Sep 44 Calais 2 Jan 44 Ludwigshaven

25 Sep 44 Calais 5 Jan 45 Hanover

26 Sep 44 Calais 7 Jan 45 Munich

27 Sep 44 Calais 14 Jan 45 Merseburg Leuna

28 Sep 44 Calais 16 Jan 45 Zeitz

5 Oct 44 Saarbrucken 22 Jan 45 Gelsenkirchen

11 Oct 44 Fort Frederick 2 Feb 45 Wanne Eickel

Hendrik 13 Feb 45 Dresden

12 Oct 44 Fort Frederick 14 Feb 45 Chemnitz

Hendrik 20 Feb 45 Dortmund

14 Oct 44 Duisburg 21 Feb 45 Duisburg

15 Oct 44 Wilhelmshaven 23 Feb 45 Pforzheim

19 Oct 44 Stuttgart 27 Feb 45 Mainz

25 Oct 44 Essen 2 Mar 45 Cologne

28 Oct 44 Cologne 5 Mar 45 Chemnitz

18 Nov 44 Munster 7 Mar 45 Hemmingstedt

21 Nov 44 Aschaffenburg 8 Mar 45 Hamburg

27 Nov 44 Frieburg 12 Mar 45 Dortmund

 

Flight Lieutenant Buck is an operator of special equipment who has taken part in 42 operations against the enemy. Ten of these sorties have been carried out as a member of a Master Bomber crew. The enthusiasm and coolness with which he has carried out his duties have contributed largely to the success of his crew.

 

Flight Lieutenant Buck still shows most praiseworthy keenness to proceed on operations whenever possible and, in recognition of this officer's fine regard of devotion to duty, he is recommended for the non-immediate award of the Distinguished Flying Cross.

 

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BUCKHAM, F/L Robert Andrew (J15246) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.416 Squadron - Award effective 25 May 1943 as per London Gazette dated 4 June 1943 and AFRO 1187/43 dated 25 June 1943. Born in Golden, British Columbia, 5 October 1914. Enlisted in Vancouver, 23 October 1940. Trained at No.1 ITS (graduated 17 March 1941), No.10 EFTS (graduated 16 May 1941), and No.2 SFTS (graduated 7 August 1941). Arrived in UK, 29 August 1941. Attended No.59 OTU, then posted to No.416 Squadron (21 November 1941-1 July 1943). To No.421 Squadron, 1 September 1943; to No.403 Squadron as Commanding Officer, 5 October 1943; to No.127 Wing HQ, 13 June 1944. Repatriated to Canada, 7 August 1944. Remained in postwar RCAF; killed in flying accident, Whitehorse, 15 January 1947 (passenger aboard Expeditor 1394, pilot F/L R.L. Curtin; en route Whitehorse to Teslin; accident report on National Archies of Canada microfilm T-12342; aircraft had run into a snowstorm and made an error in selecting fuel switches; five serviecmen and one civilian killed). Credited with the following victories: 19 August 1942, one FW.190 destroyed and one Ju.88 damaged; 3 February 1943, one FW.190 destroyed; 3 April 1943, one FW.190 destroyed (shared with another pilot); 3 May 1943, one FW.190 destroyed; 14 May 1943, one FW.190 destroyed; 16 May 1943, one FW.190 damaged; 19 September 1943, one Bf.109 destroyed; 24 September 1943, one FW.190 destroyed and one FW.190 damaged. See Chris Shores, Aces High. DFC presented a Buckingham Palace, 9 November 1943; invested with Bar by Governor General, 10 December 1947. The subject of a portrait by artist Edwin Holgate (Canadian War Museum collection).

 

This officer has taken part in a large number of sorties and has proved himself to be a fine fighter and a first class leader. He has destroyed four enemy aircraft and damaged five locomotives.

 

BUCKHAM, F/L Robert Andrew, DFC (J15246) - Distinguished Flying Cross (United States) - No.416 Squadron - Award effective 17 July 1943 as per London Gazette dated 20 July 1943 and AFRO 644/44 dated 24 March 1944. Public Records Office Air 2/ 9599 has USAAF 8th Air Force General Order No.104 dated 16 July 1943 which gives citation.

 

For extraordinary achievement while escorting bombers of the United States Army Air Force on seven bombing raids over enemy occupied Europe. Flight Lieutenant Buckham has fervently sought out the enemy on each occasion and has destroyed three enemy airplanes in aerial combat. The courage and skilful airmanship displayed by Flight Lieutenant Buckham on all these occasions reflect great credit upon himself and the Armed Forces of His Majesty's government.

 

BUCKHAM, S/L Robert Andrew, DFC (J15246) - Bar to Distinguished Flying Cross - No.403 Squadron - Award effective 8 August 1944 as per London Gazette dated 11 August 1944 and AFRO 2101/44 dated 29 September 1944.

 

During May 1943, this officer was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross. Since then he has flown on a great number of sorties and on many occasions has successfully led his wing, sometimes under very adverse weather conditions. He is a fearless leader and set an inspiring example to those serving under him.

 

NOTE: Public Record Office Air 2/9633 has recommendation drafted about 28 March 1944 when he had flown 167 sorties (327 operational hours), of which 83 sorties (141 hours) had been since his previous award. The text is more detailed than that published.

 

Since the citation for the award of the Distinguished Flying Cross to this officer on May 24th, 1943, he has flown a further 142 hours on operations involving 83 offensive sorties. The types of operations comprise Ramrods, Rodeos, Circus' and Rangers. He has destroyed a further two aircraft and damaged one bringing his total personal score to 6 destroyed, two probable and two damaged.

 

He is an outstanding fighter leader who is an inspiration to those serving under him. Absolutely fearless personally, he combines this quality with innate good judgement in the air. He has led the Wing on many occasions, always successfully and sometimes under very adverse weather conditions.

This was favourably endorsed by his Wing Commander (Flying) on 30 March 1944, by an Air Vice-Marshal (appointment not stated) on 11 April 1944, by the Air Officer Commanding, 2nd Tactical Air Force (Air Marshal Coningham) on 24 April 1944, and by the Air Commander-in-Chief, Allied Expeditionary Air Force (Air Chief Marshal Trafford Leigh-Mallory) on 28 May 1944.

 

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BUCKINGHAM, F/O Robert Dalton (J39879) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.429 Squadron - Award effective 16 November 1945 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO/431 dated 8 August 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." Born 1923 in Russell, Ontario; home there or in Ottawa (draughtsman). Commissioned December 1943. Navigator. Award presented at Government House, 7 November 1949. DHist file 181.009 D.2610 (RG.24 Vol.20627) has recommendation dated 18 May 1945 when he had flown 30 sorties (194 hours 20 minutes), 1 November 1944 to 16 April 1945. Why did this take so long to be gazetted ?

 

Flying Officer Buckingham has completed his first operational tour which consisted of thirty trips. Throughout his tour he displayed the highest degree of courage and devotion to duty which have brought high praise from his captain and the members of the crew. He has participated in raids over enemy targets that were heavily defended and, despite enemy action, showed clear-cut coolness and efficiency as a navigator. His Navigation Leader has relied upon him and has received from him the utmost co-operation, both in the air and on the ground.

 

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BUCKLE, W/C Arthur (C2150) - Member, Order of the British Empire - No.3 Training 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. Enlisted in Vvancouver 4 June 1940. Killed in a flying accident, 23 November 1944. Award presented to next of kin.

 

This officer, with considerable administrative and executive experience, has shown himself highly qualified for the appointment which he now holds as Senior Personnel Staff Officer at this command. His wide experience, knowledge and friendly, co-operative spirit are strongly emphasized in the energetic and capable manner in which he performs all duties assigned to him. He is an excellent leader whose enthusiasm has been an inspiration to all serving under him. Throughout his service career this officer has displayed outstanding devotion to duty.

 

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BUDD, Sergeant Russell Edward (R200588) - Distinguished Flying Medal - No.433 Squadron - Award effective 13 October 1944 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 2534/44 dated 24 November 1944. Home in Hamilton; enlisted there 3 November 1942. Trained at No.9 BGS (graduated 23 December 1943). Award presented 18 October 1947. Cited with F/O Raymond H. Simpson (RCAF pilot, awarded DFC) and Sergeant Ormond M. Brown (RCAF, awarded DFM; see above for citation).

 

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BUDREAU, F/O Donald Hackett (J88233) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.158 Squadron - Award effective 5 July 1945 as per London Gazette dated 17 July 1945 and AFRO 1558/45 dated 5 October 1945. Home in Winnipeg; enlisted there 11 May 1942. Trained at No.7 ITS (graduated 9 Octover 1942) and No.3 AOS (graduated 19 February 1943). RM8 9 February 1950 to Rainy River, Ontario. 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 15 March 1945 when he had flown 37 sorties (199 hours 43 minutes), 6 March 1944 to 5 March 1945.

 

6 Mar 44 Trappes (5.01) Successful

7 Mar 44 Le Mans (5.40) Recalled by Master Bomber

13 Mar 44 Le Mans (4.51) Bombed aiming point.

15 Mar 44 Stuttgart (7.43) Bombed in 10/10 cloud.

5 June 44 Maisy (5.09) Bombed target indicators.

6 June 44 Chateaudun (5.29) ditto

7 June 44 Versailles (4.27) Successful attack.

9 Jun 44 Laval (5.18) ditto

14 Jun 44 Evrecy (4.59) Duty carried out.

29 Jul 44 Foret de Nieppe (4.07) Bombed in daylight.

9 Aug 44 Les Landes V. et N. (3.43) Bombed on aiming point.

10 Aug 44 Dijon (6.56) ditto

11 Aug 44 Etaples (3.24) ditto

14 Aug 44 TRACTABLE 21A (4.07) ditto

15 Aug 44 Eindhoven (4.01) Bombed airfield.

16 Aug 44 Kiel (4.54) Good results.

18 Aug 44 Sterkrade (4.53) Bombed target; cloud

23 Sep 44 Neuss (4.11) Bombed through clouds

9 Oct 44 Bochum (5.16) Successful sortie

14 Oct 44 Duisburg (5.09) Five miles from A/P.

15 Oct 44 Duisburg (5.37) Concentrated fires

31 Oct 44 Cologne (5.00) Bombed through clouds

4 Nov 44 Bochum (4.49) Bombed aiming point.

6 Dec 44 Osnabruck (6.18) Bombed through clouds.

14 Jan 45 Saarbrucken (6.33) 3,300 yards from A/P.

16 Jan 45 Magdeburg (6.01) Bombed on A/P.

1 Feb 45 Mainz (6.29) Concentrated fires.

7 Feb 45 Goch (5.43) Turned back by Master Bomber.

9 Feb 45 Wanne Eickel (5.28) Bombed on aiming point.

13 Feb 45 Bohlen (8.25) Bombed through cloud.

21 Feb 45 Worms (7.19) Good attack, fires

23 Feb 45 Essen (5.51) Cloud; bombed as ordered.

27 Feb 45 Mainz (6.27) ditto

2 Mar 45 Cologne (5.27) 4,500 yards from A/P.

3 Mar 45 Kamen (6.16) Bombed through clouds.

5 Mar 45 Chemnitz (8.42) ditto

 

In a tour of operational duty lasting a year, Pilot Officer Budreau has completed 37 operational sorties as a navigator of Halifax III aircraft with No.158 Squadron. In this time he has flown with eleven different captains and has accepted the discomforts of being without a regular crew.

 

A navigator of outstanding ability, Pilot Officer Budreau has been a welcome member of every crew with which he has flown. His ability has been recognized in the squadron and his coolness and courage under fire have set an example which less experienced men have appreciated. In many dangerous situations his capable and accurate work has been a vital factor in ensuring the successful completion of the operation.

 

Apart from his fine work in the air, Pilot Officer Budreau has taken a willing part in the ground work of his section and has given generously of his time and experience in the training of new navigators on the squadron.

 

In recognition of his excellent operational record, his courage and coolness throughout many hazardous sorties and his unfailing devotion to duty at all times, it is recommended that Pilot Officer Budreau be awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross.

 

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BUE, F/L Roy Sylvester (J11866) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.427 Squadron - Award effective 15 March 1945 as per London Gazette dated 23 March 1945 and AFRO 721/45 dated 27 April 1945. Home in Edmonton; enlisted Regina 20 August 1941. Trained at No.4 ITS (graduated 5 Deccember 1941), No.5 AOS (graduated 15 March 1942), No.7 BGS (graduated 25 April 1942) and No.1 ANS (graduated 25 May 1942). Award sent by registered mail 18 October 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.1729 (RG.24 Vol.20607) has recommendation dated 19 November 1944 when he had flown 52 sorties (283 hours 45 minutes), 14 January to 27 July 1943 (29 trips, 164 hours 45 minutes) and 25 August to 2 November 1944 (23 trips, 119 hours).

 

This Bomb Aimer has completed two operational bombing tours against the enemy. His work in general has been of a very high calibre and at all times his cheerful confidence has inspired a high standard of morale in his crew.

 

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BUGDEN, F/O Herbert Chesley (J16657) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.571 Squadron - Award effective 5 August 1944 as per London Gazette dated 18 August 1944 and AFRO 2101/44 dated 29 September 1944. American in RCAF, although when decorated his home was given as St.John's, Newfoundland. Enlisted in Halifax, 17 July 1940. Trained at No.2 ITS (graduated 30 September 1940), No.5 AOS (graduated 28 April 1941), No.4 BGS (graduated 9 June 1941) and No.1 ANS (graduated 7 July 1941). Award presented 18 October 1947. No citation other than "completed...many successful operations against the enemy in which [he has] displayed high skill, fortitude and devotion to duty." Public Record Office Air 2/9632 has recommendation dated 23 May 1944 when he had flown 68 sorties (295 hours 20 minutes). The two unsuccessful operations of 4-5 January 1944 were counted as one sortie.

 

24 Feb 42 GARDENING (5.30) 24 Dec 43 Berlin (4.20)

8 Mar 42 GARDENING (4.10) 29 Dec 43 Berlin (4.20)

10 Mar 42 Channel Port (3.15) 30 Dec 43 Cologne (2.50)

13 Mar 42 GARDENING (4.30) 2 Jan 44 Hamburg (3.55)

1 Apr 42 Le Havre (4.35) 4 Jan 44 Equipment u/s (1.25)

13 Apr 42 GARDENING, Ameland (4.15) 5 Jan 44 Equipment u/s (3.25)

19 Apr 42 ditto, Tershelling (5.05) 11 Jan 44 Emden (2.50)

22 Apr 42 ditto, Heligoland (5.35) 20 Jan 44 Hanover (3.30)

25 Apr 42 Rostock (8.10) 21 Jan 44 Berlin (4.40)

27 Apr 42 Rostock (8.15) 23 Jan 44 Dusseldorf (2.35)

29 Apr 42 Kiel (7.45) 27 Jan 44 Berlin (3.55)

3 May 42 Lorient (5.55) 5 Mar 44 Berlin (4.00)

5 May 42 Stuttgart (7.00) 6 Mar 44 Hanover (3.15)

7 May 42 Stuttgart (8.00) 10 Mar 44 Duisburg (2.40)

9 May 42 Rostock (8.30) 14 Mar 44 Dusseldorf (2.25)

20 May 42 Mannheim (7.25) 29 Mar 44 Kiel (3.30)

30 May 42 Cologne (5.10) 9 Apr 44 Ludwigshaven (3.45)

1 June 42 Essen (5.10) 10 Apr 44 Hanover (3.20)

6 June 42 Emden (4.35) 13 Apr 44 Berlin (3.05)

22 June 42 Emden (5.10) 17 Apr 44 Cologne (2.40)

2 July 42 Bremen (5.50) 21 Apr 44 Cologne (2.55)

22 Apr 44 Mannheim (3.45)

* * * * 23 Apr 44 Mannheim (3.35)

24 Apr 44 Hamburg (3.35)

2 Oct 43 Cologne (3.20) 28 Apr 44 Hamburg (3.25)

16 Oct 43 Dortmund (2.55) 30 Apr 44 Saarbrucken (3.20)

18 Oct 43 Berlin (4.55) 2 May 44 Leverkusen (3.05)

20 Oct 43 Berlin (4.40) 3 May 44 Mannheim (3.30)

24 Oct 43 Dusseldorf (2.35) 7 May 44 Mannheim (3.20)

4 Nov 43 Leverkusen (2.40) 8 May 44 Osnabruck (3.00)

5 Nov 43 Hanover (3.30) 9 May 44 Berlin (4.20)

13 Nov 43 Berlin (4.25) 13 May 44 Brunsbuttel (3.35)

17 Nov 43 Berlin (4.10) 15 May 44 Mannheim (3.15)

3 Dec 43 Dusseldorf (3.40) 19 May 44 Cologne (2.40)

13 Dec 43 Berlin (2.45) 21 May 44 Hanover (3.30)

16 Dec 43 Berlin (4.00) 22 May 44 Ludwigshaven (3.45)

 

This officer has now completed 47 sorties in this Group [No.8 Pathfinders] on his second tour of operations. He has shown himself to be at all times extremely capable and willing, both in the air and on the ground, and has set a first class example to the other navigators.

 

He has partaken in 12 attacks on berlin, seven on Ludwigshaven, five o Hanover, five on Cologne and four on Dusseldorf, and has had his skill tested to a high degree on several occasions, his accuracy enabling a safe return of his aircraft under trying circumstances.

 

The Officer Commanding, RAF Station Oakington, agreed on 23 May 1944, writing, "I concur. A most capable navigator. Strongly recommended". This was minuted as "Strongly recommended" by Air Vice-Marshal Bennett, Air Officer Commanding No.8 Group, on 30 May 1944.

 

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BUIK, Sq/O Helen August (V30111) - Mention in Despatches - No.6 Group Headquarters (AFRO gives unit only as "Overseas") - Award effective 14 June 1945 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 1672/45 dated 2 November 1945. Born 20 January 1906 in Toronto; graduated with a BA, Home Economics, University of Toronto, 1928. Home in Toronto where she was employed by T.Eaton Company (restaurant manager); enlisted there 18 April 1942, initially as an Equipment Officer; transferred to Messing Branch, 18 August 1944. On strength of No.6 Manning Depot, Toronto, 18 April to 16 May 1942; at Composite Training School, Trenton, 17 May to 4 July 1942; No.2 Training Command Headquarters, Winnipeg, 5 July 1942 to 31 March 1943 (promoted Flight Officer, 18 January 1943); to No.4 Wireless School, Guelph, 1 April 1943 (on strength of that unit while Officer Commanding School of Cookery, Guelph); to AFHQ, Ottawa, 4 August 1943; with No.1 Training Command Headquarters, Toronto, 31 January to 1 March 1944; posted overseas, 5 March 1944; with Headquarters, No.6 (Bomber) Group, 29 March 1944 to 16 July 1945 (promoted Squadron Officer on 18 July 1944); repatriated to Canada 23 July 1945; on strength of AFHQ, Ottawa, 31 August 1945 to 16 June 1946; released 19 June 1946.

 

BUIK, Sq/O Helen Augusta (V30111) - Member, Order of the British Empire - No.6 Group Headquarters (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. No citation; a news clipping describes her as "attached to the Royal Air Force while supervising diets for Canadian airmen." Award presented 9 April 1948.

 

Although no citations or recommendations have been found to these awards, certain communications explain her work. On 12 August 1944, G/C C.B. Guest described her as follows:

 

A very competent officer who has done a good job in reorganizing messing within this Group.

On 19 August 1944 G/C T.C. Macfarlane (Personnel Section, No.6 Group Headquarters) wrote:

 

The establishment of No.6 Group Headquarters has recently been amended to make provision for a Squadron Officer Equipment Messing post. Flight Officer Buik has been carrying out the duties of Group Messing Officer since 30th March 1944. This officer is one of the most senior and best qualified of the Messing Officers in the RCAF and has been extremely well reported on at all times. The Air Officer Commanding, No.6 Group, has recommended that she be posted to the recently established position and appointed to the Acting rank of Squadron Officer, effective 19th July.

 

On 23 April 1945 Air Commodore Bryans wrote:

 

Squadron Officer Buik has put much tine and energy into the difficult and important work of messing throughout 6 Group and 76 Base. She has organized well and kept in touch with all aspects of the work.

 

Her subsequent repatriation to Canada in July 1945 was accelerated by the retirement of the RCAF's Senior Women's Division Dietician.

 

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BUJOLD, FS (now P/O) Charles Marcien (R196916/J90104) - Distinguished Flying Medal - No.425 Squadron - Award effective 5 December 1944 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 337/45 dated 23 February 1945. Home in Debden, Saskatchewan; enlisted Saskatoon; Trained at No.3 WS (graduated 6 August 1943Z) and No.3 BGS (graduated 29 October 1943. Award presented 6 September 1947.

 

As air gunner, Flight Sergeant Bujold has participated in very many sorties. He has displayed great keenness and devotion to duty throughout. The skill and resolution he has shown in defending his aircraft against enemy fighters have been most commendable.

 

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BUKER, S/L Percival Wellington (C9803) - Mention in Despatches - No.6 Group Headquarters - Award effective 1 January 1946 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 322/46 dated 29 March 1946. Home in Calgary (life insurance); enlisted there 17 January 1942. Served at No.3 SFTS, February 1942 to July 1943; posted overseas August 1943. On Intelligence staff to October 1945. AFRO gives unit only as "Overseas"; unit found in McEwen Papers list of recommendations for MiD. Certificate sent 8 October 1948.

 

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BULBECK, F/O Arthur Andrew (C89491) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.432 Squadron - Award effective 5 July 1945 as per London Gazette dated 17 July 1945 and AFRO 1558/45 dated 5 October 1945. Home in Toronto; enlisted there 5 August 1942. Award sent by registered mail 28 June 1949. No citation other than "in recognition of gallantry and devotion to duty in the execution of air operations against the enemy". DHist file 181.009 D.2618 (RG.24 Vol.20627) has recommendation dated 18 March 1945 when he had flown 30 sorties (148 hours 35 minutes) between 4 July 1944 and 28 January 1945.

 

As Air Gunner this officer has completed thirty successful operational sorties over enemy territory. Throughout he has displayed the greatest keenness and his example of courage and determination has been of a fine order. His devotion to duty and fine example have been an inspiration to all Air Gunners in the squadron.

 

For his example of loyalty and fine record of achievement, Pilot Officer Bulbeck is strongly recommended for the award of the Distinguished Flying Cross (Non-Immediate).

 

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BULL, F/O Clifford Frank (J20632) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.38 Squadron - Award effective 17 April 1944 as per London Gazette dated 23 April 194 and AFRO 1020/44 dated 12 May 1944. Home in Hamilton; enlisted Galt, 14 February 1941. Trained at No.6 ITS (graduated 24 April 1942), No.9 EFTS (graduated 17 July 1942) and No.8 SFTS (graduated 6 November 1942). Killed in action 6 March 1944 (Wellington MP804); no known grave; name on El Alamein Memorial. Award presented to next-of-kin by Governor General, 2 December 1946.

 

This officer has completed very many sorties including a number of anti-submarine patrols and mine-laying missions. One night in February 1944, Flying Officer Bull captained one of a formation of aircraft which attacked a medium sized ship in Aegean waters. Although his aircraft was hit by anti-aircraft fire, Flying Officer Bull pressed home his attack from mast height and obtained two hits on the vessel. He displayed great courage and determination.

 

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BULLEN, F/O Frederick William (J27422) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.429 Squadron - Award effective 5 July 1945 as per London Gazette dated 17 July 1945 and AFRO 1558/45 dated 5 October 1945. Home in Toronto; enlisted there 15 May 1942. Trained at No.1 ITS (graduated 30 December 1942) and No.4 AOS (graduated 25 June 1943. Award presented 22 November 1948. No citation other than "in recognition of gallantry and devotion to duty in the execution of air operations against the enemy". DHist file 181.009 D.2610 (RG.24 Vol.20627) has recommendation dated 19 March 1945 when he had flown 30 sorties (193 hours), 11 October 1944 to 15 March 1945.

 

As a navigator Flying Officer Bullen has completed 30 sorties, ten of which have been to heavily defended Gardening targets. By his skilful navigation, frequently under most hazardous circumstances, he has proven himself an extremely valuable crew member. By his cheerfulness and keen offensive spirit he has at all times been a source of inspiration to other crew members.

 

It is considered that Flying Officer Bullen, by his skill, devotion to duty and his fine operational record, fully merits the award of the Distinguished Flying Cross.

 

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BULLEY, WO Gordon Henry (R124688) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.172 Squadron - Award effective 27 October 1944 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 2637/44 dated 8 December 1944. Home in Halifax; enlisted there 28 August 1941. Trained at No.1 ITS (graduated 19 December 1941), No.4 WS (graduated 16 March 1942) and No.3 BGS (graduated 26 October 1942). Award sent by registered mail 16 May 1950. Cited with F/L G.E. Whiteley and FS J.W.C. Ford. (both RAF). This is the action in which F/O Roderick B. Gray, GC, was involved. Whiteley (Whitley ?) got a DSO, Ford a DFM.

 

One night in August 1944, Flight Lieutenant Whiteley was captain and pilot of an aircraft engaged on an anti-submarine patrol. Warrant Officer Bulley and Flight Sergeant Ford were wireless operators/air in the aircraft. During the patrol a fully surfaced U-boat was seen and attacked immediately. Despite accurate fire from the submarine, Flight Lieutenant Whiteley unflinchingly continued his run in and released his depth charges as his aircraft passed over the vessel. The bomber sustained severe damage and crashed into the sea. Only one dinghy was available as the aircraft sank immediately. Warrant Officer Bulley climbed through the astro hatch when some fifteen or twenty feet below the surface. He swam round, flashing a torch until he found the rest of the crew and helped them into the dinghy. Then he remained in the water, tied to the dinghy, endeavouring to keep it head to sea. When the crew were picked up, this airman had been in the water for fifteen hours. Flight Sergeant Ford, who had been badly wounded, displayed great cheerfulness and was an inspiration to his companions.

 

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BULLIVANT, P/O Ralph Gordon (J86703) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.432 Squadron - Award effective 26 September 1944 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 2373/44 dated 3 November 1944. Home in Okotoks, Alberta; enlisted Calgary, 19 January 1942. Trained at No.2 BGS (graduated 16 September 1942). Award presented 10 July 1945.

 

This officer has completed very many sorties on his second tour of operational duty. He is a cool, confident and skilful air gunner and has displayed a worthy part in the defence of his aircraft. One night in July 1944, whilst over enemy territory, his aircraft was attacked by a Junkers 88. In the ensuing fight, Pilot Officer Bullivant co-operated excellently with his co-gunner and their good shooting caused the destruction of the enemy aircraft.

 

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BULLOCK, FS Charles Henry (R79195) - Distinguished Flying Medal - No.10 Squadron - Award effective 13 May 1943 as per London Gazette dated 18 May 1943 and AFRO 1078/43 dated 11 June 1943. Home in Lachine; enlisted in Montreal, 25 February 1941). Trained at No.3 ITS (graduated 3 July 1941), No.21 EFTS (graduated 1 August 1941), No.2 BGS (graduated 2 February 1942), and No.2 WS (graduated 2 February 1942). Award presented 15 April 1948.

 

Flight Sergeant Bullock has a long and distinguished record of operational flying. His aircraft has been twice attacked by enemy fighters, one of which was destroyed. On several other occasions Flight Sergeant Bullock's aircraft has been badly damaged, making the return journey on three engines. Despite these hazardous experiences this airman has been conspicuous for his unflagging enthusiasm for operations and cheerful cool composure in times of stress. An outstanding member of a gallant crew, Flight Sergeant Bullock has set a magnificent example to the other wireless operators in his squadron.

 

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BULLOCK, WO2 (now P/O) Donald Charles (R97609/J23808) - Mention in Despatches - No.113 Squadron (Canada) - Award effective 28 May 1943 as per London Gazette of that date, Canada Gazette dated 2 June 1943, and AFRO 1459/43 dated 30 July 1943. Born in Folkstone, Kent; raised in Winnipeg. HBC fur trade apprentice before the war. Enlisted at Vancouver, 13 March 1941. Trained at No. 13 SFTS (left 19 July 1941), No.2 WS (graduated 4 January 1942) and No.3 BGS (graduated 2 February 1942). DHist file 181.009 D.1636 (RG.24 Vol.20604) has application for Operational Wings dated 10 February 1944; claimed 128 sorties (616 hours 25 minutes) with No.113 Squadron (March 1942 to September 1943), seven patrols and searches with No.115 Squadron (Venturas) out of Patricia Bay (24 hours 20 minutes, September 1943.

 

As a Wireless Air Gunner, Warrant Officer Bullock has completed 575 hours flying of which 416 have been operational over a period of five months. By his outstanding devotion to duty he has contributed greatly to the high standard of the Wireless Air Gunners of this squadron. He has participated in three attacks on enemy submarines and by his attention to duty has aided materially in the successes attained against these submarines.

 

BULLOCK, F/L Donald Charles (J23808) - Distinguished Flying Cross - Western Air Command Headquarters - Award effective 6 January 1945 as per Canada Gazette of that date, London Gazette 17 June 1947 and AFRO 132/45 dated 20 January 1945. As of award had flown 1,195 hours including 812 operational hours (171 sorties). Award presented 27 May 1950.

 

This wireless officer operator, with keenness and ability, has flown in operations from the east and west coasts of Canada. He has proven himself to be an outstanding leader and has participated in three attacks against enemy submarines. Repeatedly, in the face of adverse weather conditions and other trying circumstances, he has performed his duties in the air calmly and efficiently. Through his outstanding efforts, while assigned to special duties recently, a marked improvement was noted in the proficiency of wireless operator air gunners on the Pacific coast. Flight Lieutenant Bullock's devotion to duty has been an inspiration to all those working under him.

 

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BULLOCK, F/O Harold Gordon (J36278) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.101 Squadron - Award effective 5 April 1945 as per London Gazette dated 13 April 1945 and AFRO 824/45 dated 18 May 1945. Home in Kirkland Lake, Ontario; enlisted Winnipeg, 9 September 1942. Trained at No.7 ITS (graduated 14 May 1943, No.2 BGS (graduated 21 August 1943) and No.7 AOS (graduated 1 October 1943). Award presented 1 July 1948. 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 has recommendation dated 14 January 1945 when he had flown 30 sorties (153 hours 25 minutes), 15 September to 15 December 1944.

 

15 Sep 44 Kiel 30 Oct 44 Cologne

16 Sep 44 Hopsten 31 Oct 44 Cologne

19 Sep 44 Rheydt 2 Nov 44 Dusseldorf

23 Sep 44 Neuss 4 Nov 44 Bochum

26 Sep 44 Cap Gris Nez 6 Nov 44 Gelsenkirchen

5 Oct 44 Saarbrucken 16 Nov 44 Duren

6 Oct 44 Bremen 18 Nov 44 Wanne Eickel

7 Oct 44 Emmerich 21 Nov 44 Aschaffenburg

11 Oct 44 Frederik Hendrik 27 Nov 44 Neuss

14 Oct 44 Duisburg 30 Nov 44 Duisburg

14 Oct 44 Duisburg 2 Dec 44 Hagen

23 Oct 44 Essen 4 Dec 44 Karlsruhe

25 Oct 44 Essen 6 Dec 44 Merseburg Leuna

28 Oct 44 Cologne 12 Dec 44 Essen

29 Oct 44 Domburg 15 Dec 44 Ludwigshaven

 

Flying Officer Bullock, a member of the Royal Canadian Air Force and an Air Bomber of exceptional ability and great personal courage, has recently completed a very fine operational tour comprising 30 successful sorties with this squadron.

 

Many of the attacks in which this gallant officer has taken part have been fiercely contested and his aircraft has been hit and severely damaged on several occasions. Undeterred by such hazardous experiences, Flying Officer Bullock, whose eagerness to strike the enemy has been most apparent, has at all times shown a fine fighting spirit which has been an example to the whole squadron.

 

This officer by his unconquerable enthusiasm for operations, has considerably added to the high morale of the crew and it is therefore recommended that his devotion to duty and great courage in the face of the enemy be recognized by the award of the Distinguished Flying Cross.

 

 

 

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BULMAN, P/O Elmer Leigh (J18603) - Mention in Despatches - No.405 Squadron - Award effective 8 June 1944 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 1729/44 dated 11 August 1944. Born 24 August 1917. Farmer, Rustico, Prince Edward Islannd. Enlisted 15 May 1941. Trained at No.1 ITS (graduation date uncertain), No.4 AOS (graduated 5 January 1942), No.4 BGS (graduated 14 February 1942) and No.2 ANS (graduated 16 March 1943). Further trained at No.22 OTU, Wellesbourne. No citation in AFRO. See G.A. Brown, Those Who Dared, describing him as a navigator in aircraft shot down 11 March 1943. Showed resourcefulness in evading enemy patrols and made good his escape. Public Records Office Air 2/5025 has recommendation for a Military Medal (War Office suggested a Mention in Despatches). In same crew as P/O G.L. Spencer and P/O B.G. Dennison. Left Gibralter, 17 July 1943; arrived Liverpool, 24 July 1943.

 

On the night of 11th March 1943, Flight Sergeant Bulman was the navigator of an aircraft detailed to attack Stuttgart. The bomber was attacked by enemy fighters and, after it had [been] set on fire, the crew were compelled to abandon it by parachute. Flight Sergeant Bulman alighted, uninjured, in a field near Mondrepuis where he removed his name from his parachute and hid it with his life saving jacket beneath a small tree. He walked across country, and in the evening stopped at a house where he obtained a meal and some civilian clothes. Continuing, he came to a German aerodrome near Monceau-le-Waast and he then hid in some woods nearby. Flight Sergeant Bulman reached Courcelles on 17th March and, whilst sheltering in a shed, received some food from a youth. He afterwards walked to Epieds and near this town he received food and some new apparel from a friendly farmer. The farmer subsequently took him to Chateau-Thierry and thence by train to Paris. From this point Flight Sergeant Bulman's subsequent journey was arranged for him.

 

NOTE: Further to the above, Air 2/5025 also has G/C J.E. Fauquier's recommendation for an MM dated 21 October 1943. It mentions that Bulman had previously flown five anti-submarine patrols totalling 47 hours ten munutes as follows:

 

17 Jan 43 (10.00) 17 Feb 43 (9.55)

21 Jan 43 (8.45) 23 Feb 43 (9.10)

12 Feb 43 (9.20)

 

On an operational bombing flight against Stuttgart on 11th March 1943, the aircraft in which Flight Sergeant Bulman was navigator was shot down in flames by enemy night fighters. The crew baled out on instructions from the captain. Flight Sergeant Bulman displayed considerable resourcefulness and determination in eluding enemy patrols and succeeded in effecting his escape. His courage and devotion to duty and disregard of physical hardship strongly recommend him for the award of the Military Medal.

 

FURTHER NOTE: Air 2/5025 also has long MI.9 report on evasion up to linking with Resistance.

 

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BULMER, FS William Henry (R85407) - Air Force Medal - No.5 Squadron (Canada) - Award effective 1 January 1943 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 55/43 dated 15 January 1943. Born in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, 30 September 1908. Enlisted in Regina, 10 February 1941 - trained at No.2 ITS (graduated 9 May 1941), No.3 AOS (graduated 18 August 1941) and No.2 BGS (graduated 29 September 1941). Invested with award by the King 23 February 1943.

 

Flight Sergeant Bulmer has at all times displayed courage and devotion in the performance of his duties. He has completed 774 hours of flying as observer, 668 of which have been on 69 coastal patrol flights. He is conscientious in his work and has been an example to others at all times. Due to the skill displayed by this NCO in his trade, his aircraft has been enabled to return to base in all types of weather.

 

BULMER, F/L William Henry, AFM (J21302) - Mention in Despatches - No.270 Squadron - Award effective 1 January 1945 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 337/45 dated 23 February 1945. No citation to MiD.

 

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BUMSTEAD, F/O William Ralph (J37811) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.405 Squadron - Award effective 8 September 1945 as per London Gazette dated 21 September 1945 and AFRO 1704/45 dated 9 November 1945. Trained at No.1 ITS, No.7 BGS and No.7 AOS. 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 36 sorties (223 hours).

 

14 Oct 44 Duisburg (5.30) 14 Jan 45 Merseburg (8.35)

23 Oct 44 Essen (5.50) 16 Jan 45 Zeitz (8.35)

25 Oct 44 Hamburg (4.35) 7 Feb 45 Cleve (4.00)

2 Nov 44 Dusseldorf (6.35) 23 Feb 45 Essen (4.05)

4 Nov 44 Bochum (5.40) 24 Feb 45 Kamen (4.30)

6 Nov 44 Gelsenkirchen (5.40) 2 Mar 45 Cologne (4.15)

16 Nov 44 Julich (6.04) 5 Mar 45 Chemnitz (7.55)

18 Nov 44 Munster (5.55) 7 Mar 45 Dessau (7.45)

21 Nov 44 Castrop Rauxel (6.35) 8 Mar 45 Hamburg (5.50)

30 Nov 44 Duisburg (7.05) 12 Mar 45 Dortmund (4.40)

2 Dec 44 Hagen (7.25) 14 Mar 45 Zweibrucken (5.00)

4 Dec 44 Karlsruhe (7.30) 15 Mar 45 Misburg (6.25)

6 Dec 44 Osnabruck (6.40) 16 Mar 45 Nuremburg (7.00)

28 Dec 44 Opladen (6.35 19 Mar 45 Witten (5.15)

30 Dec 44 Cologne (7.05) 20 Mar 45 Hemmingstadt (5.10)

2 Jan 45 Nuremburg (9.40) 22 Mar 45 Hildesheim (5.20)

5 Jan 45 Hanover (5.55) 27 Mar 45 Paderborn (4.05)

7 Jan 45 Munich (8.55) 3 Apr 45 Nordhausen

 

Flying Officer Bumstead is a very keen and efficient Bomb Aimer in a highly successful crew which has completed one tour of operations. He has participated in attacks against such heavily defended areas as Essen, Duisburg and Hamburg. His fine spirit, courage and outstanding keenness for operations have made him stand out as a fine example to the entire squadron.

 

Flying Officer Bumstead, by his work in the air, on the ground, and in his section, has definitely proved himself a great asset to the squadron. Strongly recommended for the non-immediate award of the Distinguished Flying Cross.

 

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BUNDY, W/C Wilfred John (C264) - Air Force Cross - No.2 Bombing and Gunnery School - Award effective 8 June 1944 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 1380/44 dated 30 June 1944 - Born in Regina, 14 August 1914. Educated at Commercial High School and Scott Collegiate Institute. Joined RCAF Non-Permanent Force, 1 August 1936 in Regina, at which time he held a Private Pilots license. Qualified for RCAF flying badge, 30 November 1938; promoted to Flying Officer that date and Flight Lieutenant on 1 October 1940. Attained rank of Squadron Leader, 1 February 1942; promoted Wing Commander, 1 September 1943. Taken on strength of No.110 Squadron, Ottawa, 29 September 1939 (from No.120 Squadron); to No.112 Squadron, Winnipeg,, 28 December 1939; posted overseas with that unit, May 1940; to No.110 Squadron, 12 September 1940, serving with that unit until 16 February 1941 when he was posted to Canada; at No.2 Bombing and Gunnery School, Mossbank, 1 March 1941 to 7 January 1942; at RCAF Station Mountain View, 8 January to 23 March 1942; at No.2 Bombing and Gunnery School, 24-30 March 1942; with No.8 Bombing and Gunnery School, Lethbridge, 31 March to 31 October 1942; with No.1 Bombing and Gunnery School, Jarvis, Ontario, 1 November 1942 to 12 January 1943; with No.2 Bombing and Gunnery School, Mossbank, 13 January to 18 May 1943; at Air Force Headquarters, Ottawa, 19 May to 10 August 1943; at No.2 Bombing and Gunnery School, Mossbank, 11 August 1943 to 29 January 1944; at No.8 Bombing and Gunnery School, Lethbridge, 30 January; it later moved to Mossbank, which unit he left 17 August 1944 on posting overseas where he served on strength of RCAF Overseas Headquarters where he presided over numerous Courts Martial. Repatriated to Canada, November 1945. Released 9 January 1946. Wartime had completed 929 flying hours to date, 389 hours staff flying, 48 hours in previous 6 months. He also claimed to have flown up to 55 sorties with No.400 Squadron and No.70 Group, RAF, 14 September 1940 to 15 February 1941 (although the first sortie may not have been before 24 November 1940). His AFC arose from a recommendation by W/C E.C. Tennant, 30 December 1943.

 

This officer has carried out his duties as a Chief Instructor in bombing and gunnery training with great capability. His initiative and flying skill are outstanding. His untiring efforts in his work, combined with his sound knowledge and judgement, have been instrumental in graduating aircrew personnel with a very high standard of training.

 

NOTE: With his application for a 1939-1943 Star, 10 June 1944, he wrote to his Commanding Officer as follows:

 

As it will be noted from the examination of my Flying Log Book, the operational flights carried out by me were on detached duties with the RAF at Gatwick. This was a special unit formed of one flight from an RAF Squadron, one flight from a Polish squadron, and one flight from a Canadian squadron (out of No.70 Group), who were detailed to carry out the calibration of all the anti-aircraft guns in the London Air Defence. These flights were detailed as operational by No.70 Group Headquarters. In fact twelve aircraft were shot down and two DFCs awarded during this work.

 

Qualified for CVSM and Clasp, 1939-1945 Star, Defence Medal, Aircrew Europe Star, AFC, Pilots Flying Badge, Air Efficiency Award. (AFRO 1800 dated 15 June 1945).

 

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BUNKER, WO2 Harry James (R225583) - Mention in Despatches - Linton-on-Ouse - 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"; unit found in McEwen Papers list of recommendations for MiD. DHist file 181.009 D.1725 (PAC RG.24 Vol.20607) has recommendation forwarded to No.6 Group Headquarters, 5 May 1945. Station Signals Warrant Officer; enlisted 13 August 1936; served three years in Canada and five years eight months in England:

 

This NCO has a long and outstanding record of service with both the RAF and RCAF. Throughout his career he has displayed qualities of leadership which have commanded the utmost respect of both those serving under him and his senior officers. The highly efficient and energetic manner in which his section operates and devotion to duty which he has at all times displayed has been an inspiration to all those who have worked with him.

 

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BUNT, Sergeant Richard Theodore (R187991) - British Empire Medal - No.10 Operational Training Unit (AFRO gives unit only as "Overseas") - Award effective 22 August 1944 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 2274/44 dated 20 October 1944. Home in Sandwich East, Ontario; enlisted Windsor, 9 November 1942. Trained at No.4 ITS (graduated 6 Aug 1943) and No.3 BGS (graduated 12 November 1943). Award presented 28 June 1946. No.6 Group Monthly Summary of Activities (August 1944), p.41 puts him in No.61 Base at that time. Public Records Office Air 2/9221 has a slightly different citation; it identifies unit, says the aircraft was a Whitley, and pinpoints the date as 14 March 1944.

 

Sergeant Bunt was the tail gunner in an aircraft which crashed and burst into flames during practice flying one night in March 1944. He was thrown clear and stunned but did not suffer from serious injury or burns. On hearing cries from the wireless operator, who was trapped in the blazing wreckage, Sergeant Bunt attempted to reach him, approaching the aircraft from the side furthest from the most intense part of the fire and the fuel tanks. Even so, heat compelled him to retire but he again attempted an approach, this time passing near to the blazing fuel tanks. He eventually succeeded in dragging the wireless operator, whose clothes were on fire, to safety and remained with him until help arrived. This was achieved just before the petrol tanks exploded. In rescuing his companion Sergeant Bunt sustained burns to his face and wrists and it was subsequently found that he had sustained a fractured humerus. This airman displayed great bravery under harassing circumstances.

 

NOTE: Public Records Office Air 2/9221 also has the original recommendation dated 22 March 1944 for a George Medal. This was supported by the AOC of No.91 Group (who mentioned the broken humerus) but evidently downgraded elsewhere. For purposes of comparison, the original recommendation is cited here:

 

The above NCO was tail gunner in a Whitley aircraft which, on the night of 14th March, 1944, was engaged on circuit and landing practice at Abingdon airfield. The aircraft commenced to take off at 2329 hours, and two minutes later, crashed and burst into flames. By change, Sergeant Bunt was thrown clear of the burning wreckage, without receiving appreciable burns or injuries, although he must have been stunned by the impact. However, hearing cries from the wireless operator who was trapped in the burning aircraft, he approached the wreckage from the side furthest from the most intense fire and the fuel tanks. Even here, however, the heat was so intense and the undergrowth provided such a hindrance to a speedy rescue, that he was compelled to retire. However, he again approached the aircraft; on this occasion he passed close to the blazing fuel tanks which shortly afterwards exploded. He succeeded in dragging the wireless operator, whose clothes were afire, clear of the aircraft, and remained with him until three American soldiers and a civilian arrived.

 

In his attempts to extricate the wireless operator, Sergeant Bunt sustained burns of the face and wrists, which will necessitate his remaining in hospital for over a fortnight. Although his rescue efforts were not actually witnessed, it was obvious, from the extreme severity of the Wireless Operator's burns, that Sergeant Bunt had willingly subjected himself to intense heat and considerable danger in entering the blazing wreckage.

 

It is considered that this trainee air gunner, by his actions under extremely hazardous conditions, displayed the highest standard of courage and a complete disregard of his own personal safety in an effort too save the life of a fellow crew member. His conduct is deemed to be worthy of the highest praise, and it is accordingly strongly recommended that his gallantry be recognized by the immediate award of the George Medal.

 

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BUNT, F/L Stuart Frederick (J17064) - Commended for Valuable Services - No.1 Reconnaissance and Navigation School - Award effective 11 August 1945 as per London Gazette dated 14 August 1945 and AFRO 1453/45 dated 14th September 1945. Enlisted in London, Ontario, 7 December 1940. Trained at No.3 ITS (graduated 16 May 1941), No.11 EFTS (graduated 3 July 1941) and No.8 SFTS (graduated 13 September 1941).

 

Flight Lieutenant Bunt has been in charge of a night flying flight since the inception of night flying at this Station. He is an officer who can be relied upon to carry out efficiently any flying job under extreme adverse conditions and it is this continuous personal example which is responsible for the high degree of efficiency in his flight. he has had 343 hours of operational flying overseas on Beauforts and Wellingtons and his experience is reflected in the high degree of efficiency and morale of his flight.

 

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BURBANK, S/L (now W/C) Sherman Reed (C1990) - Member, Order of the British Empire - AFHQ (Directorate of Signals) - Award effective 26 May 1944 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 1380/44 dated 30 June 1944. Born in Winnipeg; educated at Carman, Manitoba, North Vancouver High School, and Sproat Shaw Wireless School. Enlisted in Ottawa, 15 May 1940; Deputy Director of Signals, Plans and Requirements when announcement made. Awarded Queen's Coronation Medal, 21 October 1953 when a Group Captain, AFHQ.

 

This officer has performed outstanding and meritorious service in the Signals Branch. His keenness, efficiency and devotion to duty have been exceptional. He has given his services with untiring effort, refusing leave and working long hours because of the importance of the work upon which he has been engaged. He has made a large contribution to the efficiency of the Signals Organization.

 

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BURCH, F/O Jack (J26783) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.433 Squadron - Award effective 15 March 1945 as per London Gazette dated 23 March 1945 and AFRO 721/45 dated 27 April 1945. Home in Vancouver; enlisted there 14 May 1942. Trained at No.7 ITS (graduated 23 October 1942), No.23 EFTS (graduated 22 January 1943) and No.11 SFTS (graduated 28 May 1943). Award sent by registered mail 24 February 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.2610 (RG.24 Vol.20627) has recommendation dated 15 December 1944 when he had flown 34 sorties (177 hours 15 minutes), 27 June to 11 November 1944.

 

This officer has now completed his first tour of operations comprised of thirty-four trips over enemy territory.

 

The successful completion of these operational sorties was due largely to the initiative, resourcefulness and skilful airmanship of this officer. His tenacity, endurance and fine offensive spirit has undoubtedly inspired a high standard of morale in his crew and the squadron in general.

 

I consider that his exceptional high qualities of leadership and his fine record of achievement fully merits the award of the Distinguished Flying Cross (Non-Immediate).

 

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BURDEN, F/L Paul Edward (J23035) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.405 Squadron - Award effective 5 July 1945 as per London Gazette dated 17 July 1945 and AFRO 1558/45 dated 5 October 1945. Home in Fredericton; enlisted Moncton 27 June 1940. Trained at No.1 ITS (graduated 14 September 1940), No.7 EFTS (graduated 29 November 1940) and No.31 SFTS (graduated 24 March 1941). Award presented 28 June 1949. Awarded Queen's Coronation Medal, 26 October 1953 while a Flight Lieutenant, AFHQ, responsible for RCAF Association. Honourary Colonel, No.403 Squadron, March 1995. 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 23 March 1945 when he had flown 34 sorties (209 hours), 6 October 1944 to 20 March 1945.

 

6 Oct 44 Dortmund (7.10) 5 Jan 45 Hanover (5.55)

14 Oct 44 Duisburg (5.30) 7 Jan 45 Munich (8.55)

23 Oct 44 Essen (5.50) 14 Jan 45 Merseburg (8.35)

25 Oct 44 Homberg (4.35) 16 Jan 45 Zeitz (8.35)

2 Nov 44 Dusseldorf (6.35) 7 Feb 45 Cleve (4.00)

4 Nov 44 Bochum (5.40) 23 Feb 45 Essen (4.05)

6 Nov 44 Gelsenkirchen (5.40) 24 Feb 45 Kamen (4.30)

16 Nov 44 Julich (6.05) 2 Mar 45 Cologne (4.15)

18 Nov 44 Munster (5.55) 5 Mar 45 Chemnitz (7.55)

21 Nov 44 Castrop (6.35) 7 Mar 45 Dessau (7.45)

30 Nov 44 Duisburg (7.05) 8 Mar 45 Hamburg (5.55)

2 Dec 44 Hagen (7.25) 12 Mar 45 Dortmund (4.40)

4 Dec 44 Karlsruhe (7.30) 14 Mar 45 Zweibrucken (5.00)

6 Dec 44 Osnabruck (6.40) 15 Mar 45 Misburg (6.25)

28 Dec 44 Opladen (6.35) 16 Mar 45 Nuremburg (7.00)

30 Dec 44 Cologne (7.05) 18 Mar 45 Witten (5.15)

2 Jan 45 Nuremburg (9.40) 20 Mar 45 Heite (5.10)

 

An outstanding captain of aircraft in all respects, Flight Lieutenant Burden is a very keen and conscientious member of aircrew. Throughout his operational career Flight Lieutenant Burden has always shown great determination to press home all his attacks to a successful conclusion. The results achieved by his crew reflect well his leadership and skill. In all respects this officer is a most efficient and valuable captain and he has added in no small measure to the success and merit of the squadron.

 

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BURDEN, F/L Roy Herbert (J7015) - Mention in Despatches - Overseas - Award effective 1 January 1946 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 155/46 dated 15 February 1946. Home in North Vancouver; enlisted Vancouver, 6 November 1940. Trained at No.3 ITS (graduated 22 April 1941), No.15 EFTS (graduated 9 June 1941) and No.11 SFTS (graduated 20 August 1941).

 

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BURDES, FS (now WO2) John Robert (Can 286) - British Empire Medal - No.401 Squadron - Award effective 11 June 1942 as per Canada Gazette of that date and AFRO 1000-1001/42 dated 3 July 1942. Home in Victoria; enlisted in Vancouver. Award presented by Governor General, 3 December 1942. Remained in postwar RCAF and received Queens Coronation medal, 23 October 1953, while WO1 with No.406 (Auxiliary) Squadron. Recommended by S/L McNab, 28 October 1940.

 

Flight Sergeant Burdes is NCO in charge of "B" Flight, No.1 Canadian (F) Squadron. His work in this capacity has been excellent. Working under unfamiliar and adverse conditions, he has kept a maximum number of aircraft serviceable for operational flying. His continual good spirits and ability have won the confidence of both men and officers.

 

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BUREL-DIT-NOEL, Sergeant Joseph Hector Oscar (R53886) - Mention in Despatches - No.145 (BR) Squadron - Award effective 14 June 1945 as per Canada Gazette of that date and AFRO 1127/45 dated 6 July 1945. Home in Hull, Quebec; enlisted in Ottawa, 29 May 1940. Certificate sent to Station Dartmouth, 4 July 1945.

 

This airman, who is employed as non-commissioned officer in charge of servicing and maintenance with his squadron detachment, has shown the utmost determination and perseverance. Upon its formation this non-commissioned officer, in spite of great difficulty, was instrumental in organizing the servicing and maintenance and has since contributed greatly to the detachment's successful and efficient operation. He has at all times set an example for the men under him that is worthy of the highest praise.

 

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BURGAR, Sergeant Reginald Kenneth (R92486) - 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 New York (though listed as Canadian); enlisted Vancouver. Trained at No.2 WS (graduated 22 June 1941) and No.6 BGS (graduated 28 February 1942). No citation in AFRO.

 

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BURGESS, F/O Charles Lebert (J21143) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.439 Squadron (now No.56 OTU) - Award effective 13 January 1945 as per London Gazette dated 23 January 1945 and AFRO 471/45 dated 16 March 1945. Born in 1920 in Fredericton, N.B; home there. Enlisted in Saint John, New Brunswick, 28 July 1939; commissioned November 1942. Trained at No.3 ITS (graduated 24 April 1942), No.17 EFTS (graduated 31 July 1942), and No.2 SFTS (graduated 20 November 1942). Postwar service included No.413 Squadron at Rockcliffe. Recommended when he had flown 91 sorties (93 operational hours).

 

This officer had taken part in a large number of operational missions and has led the squadron on a number of occasions with excellent results. While leading a section in close support of the Army in July 1944, this officer achieved a large measure of success; approximately thirty tanks were destroyed. On operations against enemy communications Flight Lieutenant Burgess, in spite of heavy opposition, has destroyed much other enemy transport. He has always pressed home his attacks with the utmost determination.

 

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BURGESS, W/C Charles Walter (C265) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.426 Squadron - Award effective 15 March 1945 as per London Gazette dated 23 March 1945 and AFRO 721/45 dated 27 April 1945. Born in Toronto, 14 November 1914. Enlisted in RCAF Auxiliary as Provisional Pilot Officer, 1 October 1935; awarded wings 25 June 1937. Instructed at No.15 SFTS. Posted overseas in October 1943. Further trained at No.22 OTU. To No.433 Squadron, February 1944; with No.426 Squadron, June 1944 to January 1945. Repatriated August 1945. Award presented 1 April 1948. Served in postwar RCAF, retiring 9 March 1967 as Air Commodore. Died in Ottawa, 26 May 1988.

 

This officer has completed a large number of operational sorties against a variety of vital targets. He has always shown most praiseworthy determination, skill and resource in the face of the enemy. In April 1944 his aircraft was severely damaged by anti-aircraft fire. By outstanding airmanship, Wing Commander Burgess succeeded in flying it to this country where he was forced to abandon it by parachute. On another occasion during an attack against Metz in June 1944, his aircraft was subjected to four attacks by enemy fighters. One of the hostile aircraft was probably destroyed and his own aircraft escaped damage. As captain of aircraft and squadron commander Wing Commander Burgess has proved himself to be an excellent leader both in the air and on the ground. He has at all times set an excellent example of courage and devotion to duty.

 

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BURGESS, P/O Frank Willis (J19249) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.61 Squadron - Award effective 9 February 1944 as per London Gazette dated 22 February 1944 and AFRO 644/44 dated 24 March 1944. Home in Drumheller, Alberta; enlisted Vancouver, 2 October 1941. Trained at No.2 ITS (graduated 23 May 1942), No.19 EFTS (graduated 11 September 1942) and No.11 SFTS (graduated 30 December 1942). Award presented 27 November 1948.

 

In December 1943, this officer was pilot of an aircraft detailed to attack Berlin. On the outward flight one of the aircraft's engines became useless, the rear turret was put out of action and some important equipment became unserviceable. Although the target was still some 250 miles distant, Pilot Officer Burgess continued to the target and made a successful attack, afterwards flying safely to base. His example of determination and devotion to duty are worthy of great praise. Pilot Officer Burgess has completed numerous sorties and has proved himself to be an efficient and understanding captain.

 

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BURGESS, S/L Gordon Lennox (C3355) - Mention in Despatches - No.406 Air Stores Park, No.83 Group - Award effective 1 January 1945 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 337/45 dated 23 February 1945.

 

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BURGESS, F/L Guy Willard (J12752) - Commended for Valuable Services - No.1 AOS - Award effective 1 January 1945 as per Canada Gazette of that date and AFRO 89/45 dated 19 January 1945. American in RCAF, enlisted in Vancouver, 11 August 1941. Trained at No.4 ITS (graduated 19 December 1941), No.2 AOS (graduated 22 March 1942), and No.8 BGS (graduated 9 May 1942).

 

This officer's primary interest is in the Service and aircrew training, to which he has devoted untiring efforts in every respect. His outstanding ability, combined with his resourcefulness and devotion to duty, has made a large contribution to the flying training at this station.

 

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BURGESS, Sergeant Samuel Melville Carl (R257182) - Distinguished Flying Medal - No.426 Squadron - Award effective 9 March 1945 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 625/45 dated 13 April 1945. Home in Bowmanville, Ontario; enlisted Toronto 12 May 1943. Trained at No.3 WS (graduated 25 February 1944) and No.5 BGS (graduated 10 April 1944). Cited with FS William C. Trotter (RCAF, rear gunner). Award presented 19 October 1947.

 

These airmen were rear gunner and wireless operator respectively of an aircraft detailed to attack Hanover one night in January 1945. Before reaching the target the aircraft was intercepted by a fighter. Sergeant Burgess promptly warned the rear gunner of the presence of the fighter and, as the enemy aircraft closed in, Flight Sergeant Trotter delivered a burst of fire which caused it to explode in mid-air. On the return journey, Flight Sergeant Trotter shot down another enemy aircraft after receiving a timely warning from the ever alert wireless operator. These two airman displayed great co-operation and played a good part in the safe return of their aircraft.

 

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BURGESS, F/O William Edward (J37359) - Mention in Despatches - No.10 (BR) Squadron - Award effective 3 November 1944 as per Canada Gazette of that date and AFRO 2479/44 dated 17 November 1944. Home in Winnipeg; enlisted Saskatoon, 16 April 1941. Trained at No.3 WS (graduated 1 September 1941) and No.5 BGS (graduated 16 February 1942).

 

This officer has successfully completed many hundreds of hours of operational flying in the North Atlantic area. With energy and cheerfulness this wireless operator air gunner has completed his many sorties with courage and devotion to duty that have been an inspiration to all. He has contributed greatly to the efficient operation of his crew.

 

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BURIANYK, FS Jarslow (Can 2187) - British Empire Meal - No.7 SFTS - Award effective 1 January 1943 as per Canada Gazette of that date and AFRO 55/43 dated 15 January 1943. Born in Jasmin, Saskatchewan, 14 July 1914. Enlisted in Regina, 25 May 1937. Awarded presented 9 April 1943.

 

Continued meritorious service over a period of five years. This NCO holds the respect of his men and the confidence of his officers. His work as Senior Maintenance Fitter has been consistently outstanding and reliable. He possesses an excellent knowledge of both the technical and practical work of his trade, and displays energy and efficiency in all his undertakings.

 

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BURK, F/L John Morton (J22533) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.424 Squadron - Award effective 4 November 1944 as per London Gazette dated 14 November 1944 and AFRO 239/45 dated 9 February 1945. Home in Sault Ste.Marie; enlisted North Bay, 27 June 1941. Trained at No.1 ITS, No.10 AOS (graduated 12 April 1942), No.6 BGS (graduated 23 May 1942), and No.1 ANS (graduated 5 July 1942). Awarded sent by registered mail 2 December 1949. The citation given does little credit to his record. DHist file 181.009 D.2609 (RG.24 Vol.20627) has recommendation dated 15 August 1944 when he had flown 33 sorties (191 hours) in two lots - 24 February to 16 July 1943 (11 sorties plus a transit flight to North Africa) and 16 March 1944 to 12 August 1944 (24 sorties including ten daylight missions). He was wounded over the target (Naples) on 16 July 1943 but completed the sortie, and was thereafter hospitalized. Although the citation mentions resumption of operations in June 1944, he had flown a diversionary mission on 16 March 1944 and a "nickle" flight on 19 March 1944; active raids for him resumed on 5 June 1944;

 

This officer has completed many successful sorties over such strongly defended targets as Wilhelmshaven, Cologne, Frankfurt and Stuttgart. In July 1943 he participated in an attack against Naples, during which he was wounded. He resumed operational flying in June 1944, taking part in attacks. IS THIS COMPLETE ?

 

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BURKE, P/O Edmund Armstrong (J87193) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.428 Squadron - Award effective 2 October 1944 as per London Gazette dated 17 October 1944 and AFRO 2637/44 dated 8 December 1944. Home in Perth, Ontario; enlisted Toronto, 4 September 1942. Trained at No.9 BGS (graduated 11 June 1943). Awarded sent by registered mail 18 January 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.3260 (RG.24 Vol.20637) has recommendation dated 22 July 1944 when he had flown 36 sorties (227 hours 50 minutes), 18 November 1943 to 4 July 1944.

 

As mid-upper gunner, Pilot Officer Burke has carried out attacks on Berlin four times, Leipzig, Mannheim and other major German targets. he has bombed marshalling yards in France, has dropped mines in enemy waters and altogether made thirty-six sorties against the enemy. His above average ability and crew co-operation several times prevented attacks by enemy fighters and enabled he and his crew to complete their tour of operations without damage to an aircraft or injury to any crew member.

 

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BURKE, Sergeant John Robert Arthur (R76052) - Distinguished Flying Medal - No.97 Squadron - Award effective 3 June 1943 as per London Gazette dated 15 June 1943 and AFRO 1338/43 dated 16 July 1943. Home in Truro, Nova Scotia; enlisted Halifax, 11 October 1940. Trained at No.2 ITS (graduated 24 January 1941), No.2 EFTS (graduated 12 February 1941) and No.2 BGS (graduated 23 June 1941). Awarded sent by registered mail.

 

This airman has taken part in many operational sorties, a number of which have been attacks against the most strongly defended centres in Germany and Italy. He also participated in daylight raids on Danzig, Le Creusot and Milan. Throughout all his missions as air gunner he has set a high standard for other members of his squadron.

 

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BURKE, Corporal Michael Alastar (R132765) - Mention in Despatches - Overseas - Award effective 8 June 1944 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 1729/44 dated 11 August 1944. Enlisted in Montreal, 9 September 1940. Trained in radio and radar work, went overseas May 1942. Attached at various times to Nos. 50 and 106 Squadrons. No citation in AFRO.

 

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BURLINGHAM, F/L Clark Kitchener (C8081) - Mention in Despatches - Coastal Command Development Unit - Award effective 14 January 1944 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 874/44 dated 21 April 1944. Born 11 February 1916. Home in Winnipeg; enlisted in North Bay, 21 April 1941. To McMaster University, 13 June 1941; to No.31 Radio School, 12 December 1941; posted overseas 19 March 1942; repatriated 22 January 1945. Released 29 December 1945. Radar officer. No citation.

 

BURLINGHAM, F/L Clark Kitchener (C8081) - Air Force Cross - Coastal Command Development Unit - Award effective 1 September 1944 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 2637/44 dated 8 December 1944. Awarded presented 6 September 1947. No citation in Canadian sources. Public Records Office Air 2/9019 has recommendation drafted when he had flown 845 hours, 282 in previous six months.

 

This officer has served as a radar officer at the unit since October 1943, and has been responsible for developing all forms of airborne radar operating technique since October 1943. The efficiency of general reconnaissance squadrons in all theatres of war has been increased as a result of his researches. He has been involved in two serious crashes during this work and on one occasion he was slightly injured. He continues to display undiminished keenness and devotion to duty. Although a technical officer he has flown as many hours as a normal crew member in addition to evincing administrative abilities. Flight Lieutenant Burlingham has also managed to write valuable reports on Radar operating. He has proved a great asset to his unit and an inspiration to all ranks.

 

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