CABLE, FS Arthur Bruce (R171696) - Distinguished Flying Medal - No.424 Squadron - Award effective 19 May 1944 as per London Gazette of that date and AF1296/44 dated 16 June 1944. Born in Provost, Alberta, 1917. Home in Big Valley, Alberta (farm labourer); enlisted Edmonton, 17 June 1942. Trained at No.7 ITS (graduated 4 December 1942) and No.3 BGS (graduated 19 March 1943). Invested with award by King George 11 August 1944.

 

As rear gunner, this airman has participated in very many sorties and has proved himself to be a fearless and skilful member of aircraft crew. On a recent occasion he was the rear gunner of an aircraft detailed to attack Augsburg. On the outward flight the aircraft was intercepted by a fighter. As the enemy aircraft came into close range, Flight Sergeant Cable delivered a short burst of fire following which all his guns but one became jammed. Nevertheless, Flight Sergeant Cable fired his remaining gun with great effect, hitting the enemy aircraft with a stream of bullets. The attacker caught fire and fell to the ground where it exploded on impact. Flight Sergeant Cable's determination and vigilance on this occasion was typical of what he has shown throughout his tour.

 

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CABORN, F/L Elmer Franciscus (C21342) - 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 Bladworth, Saskatchewan; enlisted in Saskatoon, 20 February 1942. Certificate sent to his home, 20 August 1948. No citation.

 

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CACCHIONI, F/O Tommaso Albert (J24654) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.138 Squadron - Award effective 1 September 1944 as per London Gazette dated 15 September 1944 and AFRO 2373/44 dated 3 November 1944. Born in Blairmore, Alberta, 1923. Home in Kelowna (ex- Royal Canadian Artillery); enlisted Calgary, 12 January 1942. Trained at No.6 ITS (graduated 19 June 1942), No.12 EFTS (graduated 25 September 1942), No.9 SFTS (ceased training 15 January 1943), No.8 BGS (supposedly graduated 9 January 1943, which makes the "ceased training date at No.9 SFTS suspect) and No.2 AOS (graduated 19 March 1943). Award presented 31 January 1946. No citation other than "completed...many successful operations during which [he has] displayed high skill, fortitude and devotion to duty." Public Records Office Air 2/9276 has recommendation dated 15 June 1944 when he had flown 33 sorties (200 hours 15 minutes). Sortie list gives dates and times but not targets.

 

4 Jan 44 (6.20) 31 Mar 44 (5.55)

6 Jan 44 (7.50) 5 Apr 44 (5.35)

7 Jan 44 (7.10) 10 Apr 44 (7.50)

28 Jan 44 (6.15) 26 Apr 44 (7.40)

29 Jan 44 (5.25) 27 Apr 44 (6.40)

4 Feb 44 (8.35) 1 May 44 (6.15)


5 Feb 44 (6.15) 3 May 44 (6.25)

8 Feb 44 (4.15) 5 May 44 (5.15)

29 Feb 44 (4.05) 6 May 44 (6.20)

2 Mar 44 (4.10) 7 May 44 (6.05)

4 Mar 44 (6.05) 9 May 44 (5.45)

5 Mar 44 (4.35) 15 May 44 (6.35)

7 Mar 44 (9.25) 28 May 44 (4.10)

10 Mar 44 (7.15) 2 June 44 (5.55)

15 Mar 44 (2.25) 5 June 44 (5.30)

18 Mar 44 (7.00) 6 June 44 (4.15)

24 Mar 44 (7.00)

 

Flying Officer Cacchioni has now completed 33 operational sorties of a special nature with the squadron. His keenness and enthusiasm have been outstanding and his determination to carry out his allotted tasks has enabled his crew to obtain a high percentage of successful missions.

 

A large number of these operations were undertaken in adverse weather conditions and in areas heavily defended by the enemy. In spite of this Flying Officer Cacchioni's navigational ability has contributed largely to the success of these operations.

 

His devotion to duty at all times is of the highest order, and his cheerfulness in the execution of his duties is outstanding.

 

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CADEGAN, F/O Patrick Crosby (J86251) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.405 Squadron - Award effective 4 November 1944 as per London Gazette dated 17 November 1944 and AFRO 239/45 dated 9 February 1945. Born 1919 in Glace Bay, Nova Scotia; home there; enlisted Halifax, 12 January 1942. Trained at No.3 ITS (graduated 19 June 1942), No.11 EFTS (graduated 2 October 1942) and No.9 SFTS (graduated 12 March 1943). Commissioned 1944. Presented with both DFC and Bar, 16 April 1948. Postwar RCAF; killed during flying operations, 19 March 1953. No citation to DFC other than "completed...numerous operations against the enemy in the course of which [he has] invariably displayed the utmost fortitude, courage and devotion to duty." Public Records Office Air 2/8823 has recommendation dated 20 August 1944 when he had flown 40 sorties (191 hours ten minutes) as follows:

 

* denotes sortie counted as 1/3 of an operation

 

26 Jan 44 Berlin (8.25) 11 May 44 Boulogne (3.25)

15 Feb 44 Berlin (7.20) 12 May 44 Louvain (4.30)

19 Feb 44 Leipzig (8.20) 5 June 44 Longues (3.08)

2 Mar 44 Merton-les-Mereax (5.35)* 7 June 44 Foret de Cerisy (3.25)

7 Mar 44 Le Mans (6.05)* 16 Jun 44 Renescure (2.00)

13 Mar 44 Le Mans (5.40)* 23 Jun 44 Coubronne (1.50)

15 Mar 44 Stuttgart (4.20), 24 Jun 44 M-Straet (1.54)

no operation 27 Jun 44 Oisemont (2.18)

18 Mar 44 Frankfurt (6.10) 28 Jun 44 Metz (5.06)

22 Mar 44 Frankfurt (6.35) 30 Jun 44 U-Bocage (2.36)

24 Mar 44 Berlin (7.15) 2 July 44 Oisemont (2.16)

26 Mar 44 Essen (5.45) 4 July 44 Biennais (2.19)

30 Mar 44 Nuremburg (7.15) 5 July 44 Watten (1.38)

9 Apr 44 Villeneuve St. 6 July 44 Croix Dalle (2.25)

George (5.25)* 7 July 44 Caen (2.42)

10 Apr 44 Ghent (4.15) 12 Jul 44 Acquet (2.33)

20 Apr 44 Lens (4.30) 17 Jul 44 Bottrop (2.29)

22 Apr 44 Dusseldorf (5.25) 23 Jul 44 Kiel (5.03)

24 Apr 44 Karlsruhe (7.15) 24 Jul 44 L'Hey (1.46)

26 Apr 44 Essen (4.30) 25 Jul 44 Foret du Crox (2.22)

1 May 44 St.Ghislain (4.05) 28 Jul 44 Stuttgart (6.31)

7 May 44 St.Valery en Caux (3.30) 30 Jul 44 Battle area (2.16)

9 May 44 St.Valery en Caux (3.35) 1 Aug 44 Belle Croix (1.51)

3 Aug 44 L'Isle Nieppe (2.02)

 

This officer is a keen and capable captain of aircraft of a highly successful crew. He is a daring and fearless leader, as well as a highly skilled pilot. On many occasions it has been necessary for him to remain over heavily defended enemy targets for a long period of time, but he has shown a complete disregard for his own personal safety which is most commendable. Undoubtedly his fine personal example has been an inspiration to his crew. Strongly recommended for the non-immediate award of the Distinguished Flying Cross.

 

CADEGAN, F/L Patrick Crosby, DFC (J86251) - Bar to Distinguished Flying Cross - No.405 Squadron - Award effective 5 February 1945 as per London Gazette dated 16 February 1945 and AFRO 563/45 dated 29 March 1945.

 

Flight Lieutenant Cadegan has now completed two successful tours of operations during which he has participated in attacks against such heavily defended targets as Berlin, Dusseldorf and Stuttgart. He has proved himself a fearless leader and a skilful pilot. On many occasions he has pressed home his attacks at low level in order to ensure the success of his mission. His fine fighting spirit, courage and devotion to duty have played a large part in the many successes achieved by his crew.

 

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CAHOON, F/L Levrae Alder (J12844) - Air Force Cross - No.4 (BR) Squadron - Award effective 1 December 1945 as per Canada Gazette of that date and AFRO 183/46 dated 22 February 1946. Enlisted in Calgary, 9 August 1941. Trained at No.1 ITS (graduated 3 January 1942), No.16 EFTS (graduated 28 March 1942), and No.3 SFTS (graduated 14 August 1942). Award presented 17 July 1947. As of award he had flown 1,514 hours (633 operational hours in 84 sorties).

 

Flight Lieutenant Cahoon made an excellent record as an instructor prior to his service on operational flying. In over two years of flying as a crew captain on operational patrol aircraft and also as flight commander and squadron armament officer, he has displayed spontaneous leadership both on the ground and in the air. Recently, as captain of a Canso aircraft, he spotted the wrecks of missing aircraft on four successive occasions within 20 days, including a Canso and a Liberator which had been the subject of most exhaustive searches. He has displayed unquestionable ability, courage and devotion to duty, worthy of high praise.

 

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CAINE, F/O Allan Manchee (J86111) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.420 Squadron - Award effective 5 February 1945 as per London Gazette dated 16 February 1945 and AFRO 563/45 dated 29 March 1945. Born 19121 in Toronto; home there; enlisted there 30 May 1942. Trained at No.6 ITS (graduated 2 April 1943), No.9 EFTS (graduated 28 May 1943) and No.16 SFTS (graduated 17 September 1943). Commissioned 1944. Award sent by registered mail 20 April 1949. No citation other than "completed...numerous operations against the enemy in the course of which [he has] invariably displayed the utmost fortitude, courage and devotion to duty." DHist file 181.009 D.1730 (PAC RG.24 Vol.20607) has recommendation dated 9 November 1944 when he had flown 33 sorties (163 hours 40 minutes).

 

Flying Officer Caine has completed many hazardous but highly successful operational sorties against the enemy's most heavily defended areas. His skill as a pilot and skipper and his constant devotion to duty have set the highest standards for this squadron. For this officer's enthusiasm towards operations and coolness in action, I strongly recommend the award of the Distinguished Flying Cross.

 

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CAINE, F/O John Todd (J22379) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.418 Squadron - Award effective 22 March 1944 as per London Gazette dated 4 April 1944 and AFRO 921/44 dated 28 April 1944. Born in Edmonton, 2 September 1920; enlisted 1 December 1941. Trained at No.2 ITS (12 April to 18 July 1942), No.19 EFTS (19 July to 12 September 1942) and No.11 SFTS (13 September 1942 to 13 January 1943. Arrived in UK, 13 February 1943; posted to No.418 Squadron, 30 September 1943 to 30 May 1944. Returned to Canada as instructor, but later posted overseas and served with No.406 Squadron (30 March to 8 May 1945). Released 30 December 1945. Credited with the following victories: 20/21 December 1943, one unidentified enemy aircraft destroyed; 27 January 1944, one Ju.88 destroyed plus two Junkers W.34s destroyed (both shared with F/L J.R.F. Johnson); 26 February 1944, one Bf.110 destroyed (on ground); 12 March 1944, one Ju.52 destroyed plus one Ju.86P destroyed (both on ground); 14 April 1944, two Ju.52s destroyed in air, one He.111 destroyed on ground and one Ju.52 damaged on ground; 2 May 1944, two Do.18s destroyed (on water), two Do.18s damaged (on water), one Ju.52 destroyed, one Ju.88 destroyed, one W.34 destroyed and one Ju.86 destroyed (all on ground); 8/9 May 1944, one BV.138 destroyed plus one Do.18 destroyed plus two Do.18s damaged (allon water); 24/25 April 1945, one Ju.88 destroyed plus two FW.190s damaged (all on ground); 2/3 May 1945, two Ju.52s destroyed on ground. The 1943-44 claims were with No.418 Squadron. For additional details see H.A. Halliday, The Tumbling Sky. DFC and first Bar presented by King George VI, 13 July 1945.

 

This officer has completed many sorties during which he has shot down four enemy aircraft, two of them at night. He has also destroyed two more on the ground. He has displayed exceptional devotion to duty and his successes are an excellent tribute to his skill and determination.

 

CAINE, F/O John Todd (J22379) - Bar to Distinguished Flying Cross - No.418 Squadron - Award effective 2 June 1944 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 1444/44 dated 7 July 1944.

 

This officer continues to display the finest qualities of skill and determination. In a sortie in March 1944, he shot down two enemy aircraft whilst in another operation in April 1944 he shot down two Junkers 52s and damaged a Heinkel 111 on the ground. Since then, Flying Officer Caine has destroyed another enemy aircraft. This officer is a fearless and relentless fighter and has been responsible for the destruction of nine enemy aircraft in the air and four damaged on the ground.

 

CAINE, F/L John Todd (J22379) - Second Bar to Distinguished Flying Cross - No.406 Squadron - Award effective 9 October 1945 as per London Gazette dated 19 October 1945 and AFRO 1822/45 dated 7 December 1945. Award presented 29 November 1947.

 

Flight Lieutenant Caine has completed many operational sorties since the award of a Bar to the Distinguished Flying Cross. In May 1944, whilst on a patrol in the Barth area, he inflicted much damage on the enemy's lines of communication and destroyed several enemy seaplanes at anchor. In April 1945, while over southeast Germany he destroyed one enemy aircraft and damaged a further two. Despite the fact that on this sortie Flight Lieutenant Caine's aircraft was hit by anti-aircraft fire which damaged the flying control, a successful return to base was made. His indomitable fearlessness and skill have merited the highest praise. Since his previous award he has destroyed a further eleven enemy aircraft, bringing his total victories to at least twenty enemy aircraft destroyed.

 

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CAIRNS, S/L Kenneth Colborne (C4160) - Mention in Despatches - Eastern Air Command Headquarters - Award effective 1 January 1946 as per Canada Gazette of that date and AFRO 82/46 dated 25 January 1946. Enlisted in Moncton, New Brunswick, 17 February 1941.

 

This officer has been connected with the Construction Engineering branch of the Royal Canadian Air Force since January 1940, for one year as a civilian engineer and for the balance as a Works and Buildings officer. He has been on the Construction Engineering staff at Eastern Air Command for three and a half years. His devotion to the service and the care with which he has carried out his duties have consistently been most praiseworthy.

 

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CALDER, F/L James Alexander (J6149) - Mention in Despatches - No.116 (B) Squadron (now No.160 Squadron) - Award effective 11 December 1943 as per London Gazette dated 14 December 1943 and AFRO 568/44 dated 17 March 1944. Home in Ottawa; enlisted there 22 August 1940. Trained at No.1 ITS (graduated 3 November 1940), No 5 AOS (graduated 28 April 1941), No.4 BGS (graduated 9 June 1941), and No.5 AOS (graduated 7 July 1941). No citation to MiD.

 

CALDER, F/O James Alexander (J6149) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.160 Squadron (Canada) - Since gone to No.5 OTU - Award effective 14 November 1944 as per Canada Gazette of that date and AFRO 2684/44 dated 15 December 1944. As of award had flown 1,450 hours, 1,098 operational hours (113 sorties).

 

This officer has been employed as a navigator on operational duties in the North Atlantic for the past three years and has at all times displayed the greatest keenness in his work. His ability as a navigator and his devotion to duty have at all times been outstanding.

 

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CALDER, F/O James Harold (J24292) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.419 Squadron - Award effective 3 November 1944 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 1/45 dated 5 January 1945. Born 1915 in Montreal; home there (ex-Royal Canadian Artillery); enlisted there 12 December 1941. Trained at No.5 ITS (graduated 4 July 1942), No.13 EFTS (graduated 23 October 1942) and No.16 SFTS (graduated 5 March 1943). Commissioned 1943. Award presented by Governor General, 24 May 1946.

 

Flying Officer Calder has completed many sorties, both by day and by night. On one occasion he was detailed as captain of aircraft to attack Laon. During the sortie his aircraft was attacked by five enemy fighters but, by skilful airmanship, all were successfully evaded. On another occasion when detailed to attack a flying bomb base, a complete failure of all the electrical system rendered the intercommunication and navigational equipment unserviceable on the outward journey. In spite of this, Flying Officer Calder continued to the target which he successfully attacked. Flying Officer Calder has always displayed high qualities of leadership and a fine fighting spirit.

 

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CALDER, F/O John Mills (J14118) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.235 Squadron - Award effective 3 October 1944 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 2637/44 dated 8 December 1944. Born 1923 in Edmonton; home there or Victoria (mechanic); enlisted Edmonton, 24 July 1941. Trained at No.2 ITS (graduated 25 February 1942), No.16 EFTS (graduated 22 May 1942) and No.4 SFTS (graduated 11 September 1942). Commissioned 1942. Award presented 5 March 1949.

 

This officer has participated in very many sorties, including several attacks on enemy shipping recently. He has at all times displayed the greatest keenness and has set a fine example of gallantry and devotion to duty. In August 1944 he took part in an engagement against four Dornier 217s, two of which were shot down into the sea.

 

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CALDER, Sergeant Roger Garfield (R85060) - Mention in Despatches - No.405 Squadron - Award effective 1 June 1943 as per London Gazette dated 2 June 1943 and AFRO 1247/43 dated 2 July 1943. Home in Saskatoon; enlisted Regina, 18 December 1940. Trained at No.2 ITS (graduated 1 May 1941), No.7 BGS (graduated 2 February 1942), and No.2 WS (graduated 4 January 1942). Unit not given in AFRO; No.6 Group Monthly Summary of Operational and Training Activities (June 1943) gives unit as No.405 Squadron.

 

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CALDERBANK, F/O James Robert (J27605) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.429 Squadron - Award effective 3 November 1944 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 1/45 dated 5 January 1945. Born 1914 in Sarnia; home in Hamilton; enlisted there 3 September 1942. Trained at No.9 BGS (graduated 25 June 1943). Commissioned 1943. Award sent by registered mail 7 August 1949.

 

As air gunner, Flying Officer Calderbank has completed numerous sorties against many of the most heavily defended enemy targets. On one occasion his aircraft was attacked by two Junkers 88s which closed in simultaneously. In the fight, Flying Officer Calderbank displayed great skill and determination and shot down on of the enemy aircraft. He is a devoted and courageous member of aircraft crew.

 

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CALDWELL, F/O Donald McNair (J38751) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.420 Squadron - Award effective 23 November 1945 as per London Gazette dated 7 December 1945 and AFRO 244/46 dated 8 March 1946. Born Huntingdon, Quebec, 1923; home in Montreal (teller); enlisted there 12 November 1942. Trained at No.5 ITS (graduated 10 July 1943) and No.5 AOS (graduated 10 December 1943). Commissioned November 1943. Award presented in Montreal, 25 December 1949. No citation, "completed...numerous operations against the enemy in the course of which [he has] invariably displayed the utmost fortitude, courage and devotion to duty." DHist file 181.009 D.1746 (PAC RG.24 Volume 20607) has recommendation dated 12 May 1945 when he had flown 26 sorties (163 hours 40 minutes):

 

In all his operations this navigator has had a consistent record for accuracy and precision in timing and track keeping. His work has been an example to all navigators on the squadron and the success of his crew's operations can be largely attributed to his continual good navigation.

 

On February 14th, in the face of very unexpected and adverse weather conditions, he carried out a deep penetration to Chemnitz, despite the fact that all Radar equipment was unserviceable from the French coast. He reached the target within one minute of T.O.T. On April 22nd as lead navigator in a gaggle attacking Bremen without any previous leader experience he brought the lead Vic of aircraft to the target at exactly T.O.T.

 

Of great value to his crew and to his squadron, he has maintained a high standard of navigation. His consistently excellent work and example has been an inspiration to all members of the squadron....

 

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CALDWELL, F/L Ian McKenzie (J4888) - Mention in Despatches - No.41 OTU (deceased) - Award effective 1 January 1945 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 337/45 dated 23 February 1945. Home in Winnipeg; enlisted there 31 July 1939. Trained at No.2 ITS (graduated 6 December 1940), No.15 EFTS (graduated 28 January 1941) and No.32 SFTS (graduated 11 April 1941). Killed in flying accident at No.41 OTU, 31 July 1944 (Hurricane LF324); buried in Britain.

 

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CALHOUN, F/L Maxwell Boyd (J23968) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.405 Squadron (deceased) - Award effective 16 August 1944 as per London Gazette dated 25 January 1946 and AFRO 244/46 dated 8 March 1946. Born 1923 in St.Lambert, Quebec; home there (student in accountancy at McGill); enlisted Montreal 12 May 1942. Trained at No.3 ITS (graduated 24 October 1942), No.4 BGS (graduated 9 January 1943), and No.9 AOS (graduated 6 March 1943). Commissioned February 1943. Killed in action 16/17 August 1944 (Lancaster P239). Body not found; name on Runnymede Memorial. Award presented to next-of-kin, 9 December 1947.

 

Flight Lieutenant Calhoun, as air bomber, has completed numerous operations against the enemy in the course of which he has invariably displayed the utmost fortitude, courage and devotion to duty.

 

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CALLAGHAN, F/L Daniel Hobbins (J18788) - Mention in Despatches - No.24 OTU - Award effective 1 January 1945 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 337/45 dated 23 February 1945. Home in Windsor, Ontario; enlisted there 27 January 1941. Trained at No.1 ITS (graduated 25 April 1942), No.7 EFTS (graduated 3 July 1942) and No.6 SFTS (graduated 6 November 1942). Remained in postwar RCAF; awarded Queen's Coronation Medal while at Trenton, 23 October 1953. No citation.

 

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CALLAGHAN, LAC Stuart Arthur (R223809) - British Empire Medal - Station Rockcliffe - Award effective 13 June 1946 as per Canada Gazette of that date and AFRO 660/46 dated 5 July 1946. Home in Harrowsmith, Ontario; enlisted in Ottawa, 12 April 1943. Medal presented 19 November 1948.

 

This airman, prior to his enlistment, was a successful commercial artist. Despite obvious misemployment as a standard General Duties, he has performed his duties cheerfully and in a highly satisfactory manner. As a member of the entertainment committee his work has been outstanding. He has been responsible for the sign writing and decorations at every function held at this station and has done an exceptionally fine job. This work has been carried out after normal working hours and with the exception of material costs, his services have been given free of charge. His outstanding talents and efforts have contributed in no small manner to maintaining a high standard of morale amongst other ranks who have served at this station.

 

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CALLAGHAN, F/L Thomas Cecil (J13486) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.77 Squadron - Award effective 15 March 1945 as per London Gazette dated 23 March 1945 and AFRO 721/45 dated 27 April 1945. Born 1916 in Toronto; home in Sudbury; enlisted North Bay, 15 September 1940. Trained at No.2 ITS (graduated 27 November 1940), No.14 EFTS (graduated 16 January 1941) and No.1 SFTS (graduated 1 April 1941). Commissioned August 1942. Award presented 20 August 1949.

 

Flight Lieutenant Callaghan has taken part in many sorties against heavily defended German targets and minelaying missions in enemy waters. Throughout his tour he has displayed consistency of purpose and has obtained an excellent photographic record. Twice his aircraft has been severely damaged by anti-aircraft fire. Flight Lieutenant Callaghan's leadership in the capacity of deputy flight commander has always been most praiseworthy.

 

NOTE: Public Records Office Air 2/9050 has recommendation dated 17 December 1944 when he had flown 34 sorties (154 hours 26 minutes); sortie list indicates he flew most of his tour with F/O Alexander Stadnyk:

 

29 Apr 44 GARDENING, North 3 Aug 44 Bois en Cassan (4.25)

Sea (3.09) 5 Aug 44 Foret de Nieppe (3.30)

30 Apr 44 GARDENING, North 9 Aug 44 Foret de Mormel (3.50)

Sea (3.05) 11 Aug 44 Somain (4.30)

7 May 44 GARDENING, North 12 Aug 44 Brunswick (6.05)

Sea (3.01) 14 Aug 44 TRACTABLE 22 (3.55)

9 May 44 Berneval (3.57) 15 Aug 44 Eindhoven (4.00)

10 May 44 Lens (3.41) 17 Aug 44 GARDENING,

27 May 44 Le Clipon (3.40) Gironde Estuary (6.45)

28 Jun 44 Blainville (7.15) 27 Aug 44 Homberg (4.10)

1 July 44 St.Martin (3.45) 10 Sep 44 Le Havre (3.40)

4 July 44 Domleger (3.42) 12 Sep 44 Munster (4.35)

6 July 44 Marquiss Memo (4.27) 7 Oct 44 Cleve (4.20)

7 July 44 Caen (4.12) 15 Oct 44 Duisburg (5.10)

23 Jul 44 Hauts Boissons (4.15) 4 Nov 44 Bochum (4.50)

24 Jul 44 Stuttgart (8.15) 6 Nov 44 Gelsenkirchen (4.15)

28 Jul 44 Foret de Nieppe 21 Nov 44 GARDENING, Oslo

(3.30) Fiord (6.30)

30 Jul 44 Area G (3.50), DNCO 5 Dec 44 Soest (6.25)

1 Aug 44 Noyelle en Chaussee 18 Dec 44 Duisburg (6.02)

(3.45), DNCO

 

Flight Lieutenant Callaghan, pilot and captain of aircraft, has almost completed his first operational tour, with many sorties against heavily defended German targets to his credit, and including minelaying missions in enemy waters.

 

This officer, throughout his tour, has shown consistency of purpose and has accrued a good photographic record which includes many aiming point photographs. Twice his aircraft has been badly shot up by flak, on one occasion, namely the 27th August 1944, the target being Homberg, his Flight Engineer was severely wounded by flak.

 

His leadership in the capacity of Deputy Flight Commander has on frequent occasions been most noteworthy, maintaining morale at a very high level and meriting the highest praise. In recognition of Flight Lieutenant Callaghan's fine work and enthusiastic squadron spirit it is strongly recommended that he be awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross.

 

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CALLAS, FS (now P/O) Charles Edgar (R198720/J88822) - Distinguished Flying Medal - No.625 Squadron - Award effective 2 October 1944 as per London Gazette dated 13 October 1944 and AFRO 2637/44 dated 8 December 1944. Born 1924 in Wainwright, Alberta; home there (apprenticed projectionist); enlisted Edmonton, 9 November 1942. Trained at No.3 BGS (graduated 20 August 1943).

 

Flight Sergeant Callas has now completed his first operational tour during which he has participated in attacks on many strongly defended targets in Germany. On numerous occasions his vigilance and skill have enabled his captain to ward off attacks by enemy fighters. Chiefly owing to this airman's cool courage and efficiency, his aircraft escaped all damage one night in May 1944, when attacked by enemy fighters on a mission to Mailly de Camp. Flight Sergeant Callas has constantly shown outstanding ability as a gunner.

 

Public Records Office Air 2/9026 has recommendation dated 12 July 1944 when he had flown 32 2/3 sorties (168 hours), 22 March to 6 July 1944. Appears to have been a member of same crew as F/O H.K. de Beck.

 

22 Mar 44 Frankfurt Target bombed.

27 Mar 44 Berlin Target bombed

9 Apr 44 Villeneuve St. Target bombed; aiming point photographed.

St.George

10 Apr 44 Aulnoye (1/3) Target bombed; photograph of target.

18 Apr 44 Rouen Target bombed.

20 Apr 44 Cologne Target bombed.

22 Apr 44 Dusseldorf Target bombed; photograph of target.

24 Apr 44 Karlsruhe Starboard inner feathered on way to target. Attacked by fighters twice.

26 Apr 44 Essen Target bombed.

27 Apr 44 Friedrichshafen Target bombed. Attacked by Ju.88. No combat through evasive action. No damage. Photograph of target.

30 Apr 44 Maintenon (1/3) Target bombed; aiming point photograph.

1 May 44 Lyons Target bombed.

3 May 44 Mailly-le-Camp Target bombed. Aiming point photograph. Four fighter attacks.

7 May 44 Bruz Target bombed; photograph of target.

9 May 44 Merville Target bombed; photograph of target.

10 May 44 Dieppe Target bombed. Photograph 200 yards from aiming point.

15 May 44 Kiel Bay Mines successfully laid within 200 yards.

24 May 44 Dunkirk Target bombed.

31 May 44 Tergnier Target bombed. Extreme weather conditions. Photograph 110 yards from aiming point.

5 June 44 Crisbecq Target bombed.

6 June 44 Vire Target bombed; photograph of target.

7 June 44 Foret de Cerisy Target bombed.

10 June 44 Acheres Target bombed; photograph of target.

12 June 44 Gelsenkirchen Target bombed; photograph of target.

14 June 44 Le Havre Target bombed; aiming point photographic result commended.

15 June 44 Boulogne Target bombed.

22 June 44 Reims Target bombed.

24 June 44 Les Hayons Target bombed. Hit several times by anti-aircraft fire. Aiming point photograph.

25 June 44 Liegescourt Target bombed; aiming point photograph.

27 June 44 Vaires Target bombed. Attacked by Ju.88. Aiming point photograph.

29 June 44 Siracourt Target bombed; aiming point photograph.

4 July 44 Orleans Target bombed; photograph of target.

5 July 44 Dijon Target bombed; aiming point photograph.

6 July 44 Foret de Croq Target bombed; aiming point photograph.

 

A skilful and determined Canadian gunner, Flight Sergeant Callas has now completed an intensive first tour of operations. He has flown 32 2/3 sorties comprising 168 hours operational flying. He has participated in attacks on many strongly defended targets including, Dusseldorf, Cologne, Essen, Friedrichshafen and Gelsenkirchen.

 

On numerous occasions, but most particularly on the night of 3rd May, 1944, whilst en route to and from Mailly-le-Camp, by his vigilance he has warded off attacks of enemy fighters and by his prompt action has enabled his aircraft to withdraw from the action unscathed. His skill as a gunner is exceptional, and his coolness when under fire has inspired the confidence of, and set a magnificent example to everyone with whom he has flown.

 

Flight Sergeant Callas has constantly shown considerable courage ad devotion to duty and the excellent example he has set to others fully merits him the award of the Distinguished Flying Medal.

 

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CALOW, Corporal (now FS) Thomas Arthur (Can 364) - British Empire Medal - Station Dartmouth - Award effective 11 June 1942 as per Canada Gazette of that date and AFRO 1000-1001/42 dated 3 July 1942. Home in Winnipeg; enlisted in Vancouver. Award presented 3 December 1942. Remained in postwar RCAF and received Queens Coronation Medal, 23 October 1953 while with Training Command.

 

On 17th September, 1939, this NCO was wireless operator on a Stranraer which made a forced landing in the sea. During 22 hours, suffering from exposure, sickness and cold, Corporal Calow stuck to his post through this long period and was unceasing in his efforts to reach the base and the various DF stations in the area. His devotion to duty is of the highest order.

 

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CALVER, FS Herbert Edward (Can 2202) - 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 Stockholm, Saskatchewan; enlisted in Regina, 28 May 1937. No citation.

 

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CALVESBERT, S/L Percival Sydney (J6860) - Air Force Cross - Station Pennfield Ridge - Award effective 1 January 1946 as per Canada Gazette of that date and AFRO 82/46 dated 25 January 1946 - Enlisted in London, Ontario, 22 November 1940 - Trained at No.2 ITS (graduated 8 April 1941), No.13 EFTS (graduated 28 May 1941), and No.8 SFTS (graduated 5 September 1941). Award presented 14 June 1949. As of award had flown 1,225 hours, 450 hours as instructor, 220 hours in previous six months.

 

This officer completed a tour of operations in the United Kingdom and North Africa before returning to Canada in 1943. Since this time he has been continuously employed as an Operational Training Unit instructor and for the past eleven months, at Royal Canadian Air Force Station Pennfield Ridge. During this time he has shown exceptional keenness and devotion to duty. His flying time has consisted entirely of conversion and low-level bombing, during which time neither he nor any of his pupils has had an accident of any kind. His painstaking work is reflected in the high standard of his pupils, and the general high standard of flying training of this squadron is in a great measure due to his untiring efforts.

 

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CAMACHO, F/L Vivian Evelyn (J4899) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.59 Squadron - Award effective 1 September 1944 as per London Gazette dated 15 September 1944 and AFRO 2373/44 dated 3 November 1944. Born 1919 in British West Indies; served in Officer Training Corps, England, 1932-1936. Home in Radcliffe, Manitoba; enlisted in Montreal 24 August 1940. Trained at No.1 ITS (graduated 3 November 1940), No.3 EFTS (graduated 23 December 1940) and No.5 SFTS (graduated 17 March 1941). Invested with award by King George 29 June 1945.

 

This officer completed a tour of operational duty on Hudson aircraft. He has since taken part in many anti-submarine patrols. Early this year he was captain of an aircraft which delivered a telling attack on an enemy U-boat. This attack was pressed home in the face of extremely heavy anti-aircraft fire and in very bad weather. Since the above action Flight Lieutenant Camacho has continued to display great keenness and a fine fighting spirit.

 

NOTE: Public Records Office Air 2/9276 has original recommendation dated 17 July 1944 when he had flown 23 Very Long Range sorties (326 operational hours); he was reported as having flown 500 hours on his first tour !

 

This officer joined No.59 Squadron on the 12th November 1943, and has since completed 23 sorties. This is his second operational tour wit Coastal Command, having already competed a tour on Hudson aircraft prior to joining this unit.

 

On the 27th May 1944, Flight Lieutenant Camacho was captain of aircraft "S" (No.59 Squadron) when a U-boat was sighted in an estimated position of 62 37' North, 00 57' East. The weather conditions at the time were extremely bad and the captain was forced to descend below 300 feet before breaking cloud and making his sighting, having previously obtained a radar contact. The captain, however, pressed home a very determined attack at low altitude in the face of extremely heavy flak.

 

During the run in, the starboard engine was damaged by a cannon shell to such an extent that the aircraft returned to base on the remaining three engines. The attack was, however, well executed, and an analysis given by higher authority was "probably sunk".

 

Since the above action, Flight Lieutenant Camacho has continued to display great keenness and aggressiveness in carrying out his duties concerning U-boat warfare, and has been a fine example to junior and less experienced members of the squadron.

 

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CAMDEN, F/L James Orville (C3410) - Member, Order of the British Empire - No.219 Squadron, AEAF - Award effective 1 January 1945 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 132/45 dated 26 January 1945. Born in Hamilton, Ontario, 1917; enlisted in London, Ontario, 22 November 1940. Award sent by registered mail 8 June 1948. Radar officer. Personal recollections appear in the CAHS Journal (Vol.24, No.2, Summer 1986) and an obituary notice appears in Vol.28 No.4 (Winter 1990); died 19 May 1990. No citation in Canadian sources; Public Records Office Air 2/8872 has recommendation.

 

This officer is Squadron Radar Officer. He was posted to his present unit at a time when new equipment was being introduced and his work during the initial period when many difficulties were being undergone was of the highest order. He did much flying to test equipment and to train navigators Radio. Flight Lieutenant Camden proceeded with his unit to North Africa and was instrumental in effecting a high percentage of serviceability of Radar equipment. There was an almost complete absence of failures during the subsequent operations. As well as imparting his technical experience this officer also trained the mechanics of three American night fighter squadrons in the use of Radar equipment and during the whole year he has never been known to relax his efforts. His untiring devotion to duty has been exemplary.

 

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CAMERON, F/L (now S/L) Archibald MacPherson (C996) - Air Force Cross - No.10 Squadron (Canada) - Award effective 1 January 1943 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 55/43 dated 15 January 1943 - Born in Scotch Hill, Pictou County, Nova Scotia, 7 May 1914. Enlisted in Sackville, New Brunswick. Remained in post-war RCAF; awarded Queen's Coronation Medal, 21 October 1953 while a Group Captain in AFHQ.

 

The willing and cheerful manner in which this officer carried out his duties is an inspiration to the junior personnel of the squadron. He has flown 1,000 hours, 386 of which have been on reconnaissance and convoy escort duties comprising 67 sorties over the North Atlantic. His outstanding devotion to duty, cheerful spirit and high ideals deserve recognition.

 

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CAMERON, F/L Cecil J. (C5627) - Mention in Despatches - Middleton St.George (AFRO gives only "Overseas") - Award effective 14 June 1945 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 1395/45 dated 31 August 1945. Home in Winnipeg; enlisted there 13 June 1941; served 35 months in Canada, nine months overseas. DHist file 181.009 D.4364 (RG.24 Vol.20648) has recommendation sent to No.6 Group Headquarters, 2 February 1945.

 

This officer is Station Electrical Engineer Officer and is considered well worthy of recognition. He took over his present appointment from his RAF predecessor at the height of the bombing campaign last summer and has handled the many problems involved with outstanding energy, initiative and perspicacity. He has contributed greatly to the maintenance of a high degree of serviceability at this Unit and was instrumental in the efficient installation of this Station's Sodium Flare Path equipment. He has provided fine leadership and by his own example has set a high standard of workmanship and devotion to duty in his section.

 

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CAMERON, F/O Gregory Donald Angus Tunnicliffe (J16636) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.401 Squadron - Award effective 23 February 1945 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 563/45 dated 29 March 1945. Born 1919 in Toronto; home there; enlisted there 6 May 1941. Trained at No.1 ITS (graduated 8 August 1941), No.7 EFTS (graduated 25 September 1941) and No.14 SFTS (graduated 19 December 1941). Commissioned 1943. Credited with the following victories: 7 September 1942, one FW.190 damaged while a Sergeant with No.402 Squadron; 5 October 1944, one Me.262 destroyed (shared with four other pilots); 10 December 1944, one FW.190 probably destroyed plus one FW.190 damaged; 29 December 1944, one FW.190 destroyed; 1 January 1945, three Bf.109s destroyed; 20 April 1945, one FW.190 destroyed and one FW.190 damaged. Award presented 18 October 1947.

 

Flying Officer Cameron has displayed a high standard of skill and resolution in air operations. He has participated in a large number of sorties during which he has shown the greatest keenness to engage the enemy. Flying Officer Cameron has destroyed four enemy aircraft, three of which he shot down within a few minutes in an engagement against a large force of fighters in January 1945. Flying Officer Cameron has also attacked several locomotives and a number of mechanical vehicles with damaging effect.

 

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CAMERON, Squadron Officer Jean Thurston (V30011) - Mention in Despatches - Eastern Air Command Headquarters - Awarded 1 January 1945 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 89/45 dated 19 January 1945. Home in Woodstock, Ontario; enlisted Hamilton, 23 October 1941.

 

This officer, employed on personnel duties, has displayed exceptional capacity for her arduous duties. By her initiative, efficiency and outstanding devotion to duty, she has been a fine example to the staff at these headquarters. Her cheerful willingness to assume extra responsibilities and carry them out successfully is most praiseworthy.

 

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CAMERON, S/L Kenneth Cairns (C2912) - Member, Order of the British Empire - Eastern Air Command Headquarters - Award effective 26 May 1944 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 1380/44 dated 30 June 1944. Born in Walsall, England, 26 November 1911; educated at Tamworth, England plus Toronto public schools and Central Technical School. Before the war he ran Cameron Brothers Radio (Winnipeg) with his brother Ron and was a radio engineer with CJRC. Enlisted in Winnipeg, October 1940. Remained in RCAF after the war, retiring with rank of Group Captain, 1964 (Commanding Officer, Station Clinton 1956-1960). Awarded Queen's Coronation Medal, 21 October 1953 while a Group Captain, AFHQ. Spent 25 years with ITT Canada as President, General Manager, and member of the Board of Directors. Died in Ottawa, 2 October 1993.

 

This officer was employed on the Signals staff at Eastern Air Command for over two years, during which time he worked hard and conscientiously in establishing an efficient system for the distribution, installation and maintenance of all wireless equipment within the Command. Through long hours or work and careful planning he succeeded in creating an efficient system which has contributed in a large measure to the success of the air operations in the Command.

 

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CAMERON, S/L Lorne Maxwell (J15378) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.401 Squadron - Award effective 22 March 1944 as per London Gazette dated 4 April 1944 and AFRO 921/44 dated 28 April 1944. Born 27 February 1922 in Roland, Manitoba: home in Winnipeg; enlisted there, 2 January 1941. Trained at No.2 ITS (graduated 29 April 1941), No.14 EFTS (graduated 3 July 1941) and No.11 SFTS (graduated 13 September 1941). Posted to Britain, October 1941; No.53 OTU, 18 November 1941 to 20 January 1942; No.402 Squadron, 20 January to 22 July 1942 (injured in a crash); Station Redhill, 22 July to 6 September 1942; No.402 Squadron, 6 September 1942 to 3 April 1943; No.53 OTU, 3 April to 12 November 1943; No.401 Squadron, 12 November 1943 to 3 July 1943 (reported missing; shot down by flak, captured, escaped); safe in UK, 3 September 1944. Attended RCAF Staff College but elected to retire, 4 October 1945. Served in postwar RCAF Auxiliary, rising to Wing Commander. Ranks were AC2 (2 January 1941), LAC (3 May 1941), Sergeant (19 September 1941), Flight Sergeant (13 March 1942), P/O (1 May 1942), F/O (1 November 1942), F/L (30 November 1943), S/L (18 December 1943, the day he assumed command of No.401 Squadron). Claimed 1.250 hours (400 operational). Victories as follows: 22 February 1943, one FW.190 destroyed in mid-Channel; 13 March 1943, one FW.190 damaged, Cayeux; 29 November 1943, one FW.190 destroyed, Chievres; 20 December 1943, one Ju.88 destroyed, Brussels; 7 March 1944, one Bf.109F damaged, Beaumont-sur-Oise; 25 May 1944, one FW.190D destroyed, Nivelles; 7 June 1944, two JU.88s destroyed. Award sent by registered mail 11 March 1949.

 

This officer led a large formation of fighters detailed to escort a vary large force of bombers on an operational mission in March 1944. Throughout the sortie, during which several enemy aircraft were shot down, Squadron Leader Cameron displayed great skill and determination and played a good part in the success achieved. He has invariably displayed high courage, setting an example which has been reflected in the fine fighting qualities of the squadron he commands.

 

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CAMERON, Corporal Richard Cleland (R121920) - Mention in Despatches - No.156 Squadron - Award effective 1 January 1945 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 425/45 dated 9 March 1945. Home in Sylvan Lake, Alberta; enlisted Edmonton, 23 August 1941.

 

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CAMERON, F/O Thomas Henry (J17785) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.255 Squadron - Award effective 20 January 1944 as per London Gazette dated 25 January 1944 and AFRO 644/44 dated 24 March 1944. Born Leith, Scotland, 1919. Home in Sylvan Lake, Alberta; enlisted Calgary 20 December 1940. Trained at No.2 ITS (graduated 29 April 1941), No.5 EFTS (graduated 21 June 1941) and No.3 SFTS (graduated 20 September 1941). Commissioned 1943. Killed in flying accident in Holland, 11 May 1945 (Mosquito MM786). Award presented to next-of-kin, 1 December 1948.

 

This pilot has destroyed three enemy aircraft in the course of a long and arduous operational career. He has completed eighteen months of operational flying in the Mediterranean theatre of war and has always shown the utmost keenness and enthusiasm for his duties. His courage and devotion to duty have been outstanding at all times.

 

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CAMERON, F/L William Clackson (J7456) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.419 Squadron - Award effective 10 May 1945 as per London Gazette dated 22 May 1945 and AFRO 1147/45 dated 13 July 1945. Born 1921 in Condir; Saskatchewan; home in Lumsden, Saskatchewan; enlisted Regina, 4 January 1941. Trained at No.2 ITS (graduated 29 April 1941), No.14 EFTS (graduated 3 July 1941) and No.11 SFTS (graduated 13 September 1941). Commissioned 1941. 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.1634 (RG.24 Vol.20604) has recommendation dated 17 January 1945 when he had flown 30 sorties (169 hours 50 minutes), 23 June to 6 November 1944. It is rather misleading in referring to his "first sortie" which was actually a trip as second pilot; the mission of 4 July was Cameron's second operation (though first as captain).

 

On this officer's first sortie on 4th July, 1944 to Villeneuve St.George, he was attack[ed] by an ME.410 and his aircraft suffered considerable damage to wings, fuselage and the starboard elevator was blown partly away. However, Flight Lieutenant Cameron, by his coolness and skill, regained control of his aircraft and brought it back safely to base where he made an excellent landing without further damage to his aircraft.

 

This officer has completed 30 sorties to some of the enemy's most heavily defended targets, including Kiel, Stuttgart, Stettin, Soesterberg and twelve sorties to the most heavily defended areas in the Ruhr.

 

I consider this officer's skill, courage and unswerving devotion to duty merits the immediate award of the Distinguished Flying Cross.

 

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CAMERON, F/O William Fulton (J4333) - Mention in Despatches - No.407 Squadron. Award effective 1 January 1943 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 232/43 dated 12 February 1943. Born in Victoria, British Columbia, April 1913. Attended UBC before enlisting in Vancouver, 26 June 1940. Trained at No.1 ITS (graduated 14 September 1940), No.9 EFTS (graduated 11 December 1940) and No.5 SFTS (graduated 11 March 1943). Went overseas, March 1941, and served with No.407 Squadron. Mentioned in Despatches, 1 January 1943. Repatriated, March 1943, after being wounded or injured. Served in Western Air Command on flying control and air cadet liaison duties. Remained in postwar RCAF. No citation in AFRO. DHist file 181.009 D.2620 (RG.24 Vol.20628) has recommendation dated 17 August 1942.

 

Flying Officer W.F. Cameron joined this unit on the 17th of July, 1941. He was subsequently taken off flying duties owing to ill health, after he had successfully completed eight operational flights during which three enemy merchant vessels were attacked by night. One of these vessels was officially credited as damaged. Since March 1942 he has been employed as the permanent training and despatching officer of the squadron. I can only say that I have never before known these duties to be carried out so efficiently in any squadron as they are by Flying Officer Cameron. The ground training given to all crews both new and old is characterized by extreme thoroughness and the air training which in a large measure is controlled by this officer is gratifyingly complete in all respects. In the normal course of his despatching duties he has undertaken most successfully the provision of both aircraft and crews to meet operational requirements, and the efficiency with which this is done has been such as to make the lot of the operational aircrew the best that can be given. Flying Officer Cameron has achieved these most noteworthy results by recognizing, first of all, the necessity of having an efficient system with which to work and of creating the highest degree of good will and liaison between all ranks.

 

CAMERON, S/L William Fulton (J4333) - Member, Order of the British Empire - Western Air Command Headquarters - Award effective 13 June 1946 as per Canada Gazette of that date and AFRO 660/46 dated 5 July 1946. Award presented 6 November 1948.

 

Squadron Leader Cameron is presently filling the position of Staff Officer Aircraft Control at Western Air Command. Since his return from overseas, due to injuries, he has enthusiastically applied himself to aircraft control and air/sea rescue duties, and has gained a most comprehensive knowledge of this phase of flying. He has built up an air search and rescue organization second to none, and by reason of his own direction and untiring round-the-clock efforts, far beyond the ordinary call of duty, is responsible for the excellent record achieved by this Command both in search and rescue and aircraft control, in this the worst flying area in Canada. In dealing with flying problems that have arisen between the Royal Canadian Air Force, United States Northwest Pacific and Alaskan Commands, he has shown such tact and ability that messages of appreciation have been received from both Commands.

 

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CAMIRE, P/O Joseph Jean Paul (J85895) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.425 Squadron - Award effective 4 November 1944 as per London Gazette dated 17 November 1944 and AFRO 239/45 dated 9 February 1945. Born 1919 in St.Perpetune, Quebec; home in Montreal or Quebec City; enlisted Quebec City, 27 February 1942. Trained at No.3 ITS (graduated 25 September 1942) and No.8 AOS (graduated 22 January 1943). Commissioned 1944. Award sent by registered mail 24 April 1946.

 

In the course of a tour of operations this navigator has taken part in attacks on such major targets as Berlin, Frankfurt and Essen. In all these operations he has distinguished himself by his skilful navigation, sometimes in extremely trying circumstances, and by his devotion to duty. On one occasion the aircraft in which Pilot Officer Camire was flying was hit three times by anti-aircraft fire over Dieppe. Fragments entered his compartment and destroyed or rendered unserviceable nearly all his instruments. Undaunted, he directed the aircraft accurately to the target and the mission was successfully completed. This officer's fine record of achievement is worthy of high praise.

 

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CAMPBELL, P/O Allan (J93772) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.424 Squadron - Award effective 5 July 1945 as per London Gazette dated 20 July 1945 and AFRO 1619/45 dated 19 October 1945. Home in Keewatin, Ontario; enlisted Kenora, 13 June 1942. Trained at No.3 WS (graduated 13 April 1943) and No.9 BGS (graduated 20 August 1943). Award presented 22 February 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". DHist file 181.009 D.2610 (RG.24 Vol.20627) has recommendation by W/C C.W.W. Campbell dated 13 March 1945 when he had flown 32 sorties (164 hours 40 minutes), 23 July 1944 to 12 February 1945 and was an NCO (R172915).

 

Warrant Officer Campbell has completed a tour of operations with this squadron. He has taken part in many raids over enemy territory, often against very heavily defended areas. His work as a Wireless Operator has been outstanding and he has set a very high standard of efficiency which has been an example , not only to his crew but to the squadron as a whole.

 

On the ground, Warrant Officer Campbell's keenness has been evident and he has been of the greatest assistance to his Section Leader. In view of his outstanding work and fine example over a long period, I have no hesitation in recommending Warrant Officer Campbell for the non-immediate award of the Distinguished Flying Cross.

 

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CAMPBELL, G/C Archibald Patrick (C55) - Mention in Despatches - RCAF Station Camp Borden - Award effective 1 January 1942 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 142/42 dated 30 January 1942. Born in Hamilton, Ontario, 21 March 1903. Educated in UK, Port Hope, and RMC. Enlisted in RCAF, 27 July 1924. Active forest fire patrols in west. Transferred to RAF as Group Captain, 17 May 1944, feeling more rooted in Britain than Canada. No citation to MiD.

 

CAMPBELL, G/C Archibald Patrick (C55) - Commander, Order of the British Empire - EAC Headquarters - Award effective 1 January 1944 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 113/44 dated 21 January 1944.

 

This officer, as Senior Air Staff Officer of this Command, has at all times displayed outstanding devotion to duty and distinguished service. His keenness, sense of responsibility and energetic spirit have been an excellent example to all personnel. The experience acquired during his extensive service both in Canada and Overseas, coupled with his notable ability, has been of great value to this Command and largely responsible for the efficient planning of anti-submarine operations.

 

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CAMPBELL, P/O Arnold Ernest (J90742) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.159 Squadron - Award effective 23 March as per London Gazette dated 3 April 1945 and AFRO 765/45 dated 4 May 1945. Born 1915 in Medicine Hat; home in Vancouver (truck driver); enlisted there 28 January 1942. Trained at No.4 ITS, (graduated 29 August 1942), No.1 BGS (graduated 24 October 1942) and No.10 AOS (graduated 19 February 1943). Commissioned July 1944. Award presented 29 January 1947.

 

This officer has completed a tour of operational duty. He is a first class navigator and bomb aimer who has never let either adverse weather or enemy opposition deter him from completing his allotted tasks. At all times Pilot Officer Campbell has displayed outstanding courage, determination and devotion to duty.

 

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CAMPBELL, S/L Cameron Jamieson (C1414) - Member, Order of the British Empire - AFHQ, Directorate of Signals - Award effective 28 May 1943 as per London Gazette dated 28 May 1943 and AFRO 1459/43 dated 30 July 1943. Born and educated at Maxville, Ontario. Enlisted in Ottawa, 7 November 1939, yet DHist records also suggest his home as Shediac, New Brunswick. Award presented 23 November 1943. It is worth noting that on DHist file 181.009 D.1307 (RG.24 Vol.20597) there is a letter from Henry L. Stinson (U.S. Secretary of War) to Secretary of State, dated 18 May 1942, praising Campbell who had been sent to Panama with a Canadian crew to install radar stations in the American Aircraft Warning Service. "Squadron Leader Campbell performed that task in a very creditable manner and assisted our officers in the solution of many other Aircraft Warning Service problems. He proved to be a highly efficient officer with initiative and extensive technical knowledge." Director of Signals in AFHQ at end of war; left to join Trans-Canada Airlines.

 

Squadron Leader Campbell has consistently gained high commendation from his superior officers for meritorious services in the practical application of highly specialized radio technical knowledge of vital importance to the defence of the North American continent. The valuable services rendered by this officer in Panama have been the subject of commendation by United States authorities and his services in Canada are no less commendable. He is a very capable officer of exceptional ability, energy and initiative.

 

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CAMPBELL, F/O Charles Scott Henry (J45828) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.357 Squadron - Award effective 9 October 1945 as per London Gazette dated 19 October 1945 and AFRO 1822/45 dated 7 December 1945. Born 1911 in Castor, Alberta; home there (gauge examiner, teacher); enlisted Ottawa 31 August 1943. Trained at No.3 ITS (graduated 24 December 1943) and No.4 AOS (graduated 2 June 1944. Commissioned June 1944. Award presented 27 May 1950.

 

Flying Officer Campbell has completed a tour of operations over French Indo-China, Burma and Malaya. The sorties which he has completed have demanded a very high standard of navigation and the success achieved by his crew has been outstanding. He has successfully taken part in many supply dropping missions over the Singapore area. He has also completed seven long range sorties to Malaya, all of which were of over twenty hours duration. By his keenness and efficiency, Flying Officer Campbell has set a fine example.

 

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CAMPBELL, P/O Colin Summers (J15235) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.103 Squadron - Award effective 29 July 1942 as per London Gazette dated 4 August 1942 and AFRO 1413/42 dated 4 September 1942. Born in Vancouver, 1914; Trained at No.2 ITS, No.3 AOS, No.2 BGS and No.1 ANS. Killed in action 2/3 March 1943 during mining operation; one crewman rescued from dinghy on 6 March 1943.

 

This officer is a fearless and reliable navigator. His conduct when under fire has proved of inestimable value to his crew. He has always endeavoured to concentrate his attack on point of aim and allows nothing to deter him from his purpose. Since September 1941 he has participated in attacks on numerous enemy targets including Berlin, Stettin, Emden, Hamburg and the Renault Works at Paris.

 

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CAMPBELL, FS David Alexander (R213413) - British Empire Medal - No.8 Construction and Maintenance Unit (now MCHQ) - Award effective 1 January 1946 as per Canada Gazette of that date and AFRO 82/46 dated 25 January 1946. Home at Woodside, Nova Scotia; enlisted 5 January 1943. Award presented 9 April 1948.

 

This non-commissioned officer has had the responsible charge of the organization and personnel in building roads over rugged terrain to isolated radar units, particularly in the spring of 1944, when he broke through 30 miles of road where snow was drifted up to 30 feet in depth to take fuel oil to a Wireless Relay Station. At that time the unit faced a shut down through lack of fuel. Similarly, Flight Sergeant Campbell has built roads through rock and dense bush to isolated locations, despite many obstacles, when a very short time has been allotted for the work and the completion of the signal or radar station was urgently needed. His devotion to duty and ability to overcome difficulties are highly commendable.

 

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CAMPBELL, WO (now P/O) Donald Cedric (R104882/J88034) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.184 Squadron - Award effective 3 October 1944 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 2637/44 dated 8 December 1944. Born 1920 in Montreal; home there; enlisted there 28 May 1941. Trained at No.1 ITS (graduated 26 July 1941), No.7 EFTS (graduated 1 September 1941) and No.13 SFTS (graduated 25 October 1941). Award presented by the King 13 July 1945. Possibly "Ronald Cedric" ?

 

Warrant Officer Campbell has participated in a large number of sorties involving attacks on a variety of targets. He is a keen and resolute leader whose determined work has won much praise. On two recent occasions, Warrant Officer Campbell flew with great distinction in successful attacks on enemy armoured battle vehicles.

 

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CAMPBELL, F/O Donald Ralph (J24406) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.196 Squadron - Award effective 27 October 1944 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 2637/44 dated 8 December 1944. Born 1918 in Foxboro, Ontario; home there; enlisted Toronto 8 December 1941. Trained at No.1 ITS (graduated 3 July 1942), No.20 EFTS (graduated 10 October 1942) and No.1 SFTS (graduated 5 March 1943). Commissioned 1943. DFC and Bar presented at Buckingham Palace, 13 July 1945. Note: see Aeroplane Monthly, August 1992 for a lengthy article, "Seabed Stirling" re attempts to recover Stirling EF311 (code-letter "I") which he crashed at sea following an unsuccessful SOE support mission, 27 August 1944. The article describes this sortie in considerable detail; forced to ditch after failure of two engines (aircraft remained afloat ten minutes); crew rescued from dinghy by fishing boat. Other RCAF crewmen were P/O E.B. Leadley (navigator), F/L A.L. Capes (air bomber) and FS Frank J. Gladwin (rear gunner). This is incident mentioned in DFC citation.

 

This officer has completed numerous sorties and has invariably displayed a high degree of courage and devotion to duty. On one occasion, in August 1944, en route to the target, engine trouble developed. Nevertheless he went on to reach the target. Whilst over the sea on the homeward flight the propeller of the defective engine flew off. It fouled a second engine, rendering it useless. The aircraft could no longer be flown but Flying Officer Campbell brought it down safely on to the sea. He displayed resolution characteristic of that which he has shown throughout his tour of duty.

 

CAMPBELL, F/L Donald Ralph, DFC (J24406) - Bar to Distinguished Flying Cross - No.196 Squadron - Award effective 15 June 1945 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 1291/45 dated 10 August 1945.

 

Since being awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross, this officer has participated in numerous attacks against the enemy including the airborne operations against Arnhem. In March 1945 he took part in an airborne mission east of the Rhine. When setting course over base the port inner engine failed. Although the airspeed was affected, Flight Lieutenant Campbell continued his mission and by skilful flying maintained height and eventually released his glider at the correct landing zone with the minimum loss of time. His consistent good work together with his keenness and determination has set a fine example to all.

 

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CAMPBELL, F/L Edward Alexander (J25414) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.514 Squadron - Award effective 3 November 1944 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 2637/44 dated 8 December 1944. Born 1923 in Ontario; home in Humber Bay, Ontario; enlisted Toronto 16 February 1942. Trained at No.1 ITS (graduated 28 August 1942), No.9 EFTS (graduated 20 November 1942) and No.5 SFTS (graduated 16 April 1942). Commissioned 1943. Award presented in Toronto 30 November 1949.

 

In air operations this officer has displayed skill, courage and fortitude of the highest order.

 

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CAMPBELL, F/O Frederick Albert (C25189) - Mention in Despatches - No.27 Radio Unit - Award effective 14 June 1945 as per Canada Gazette of that date and AFRO 1127/45 dated 6 July 1945. Home in Regina; enlisted there 11 May 1941. Certificate sent to Overseas Headquarters, 7 July 1945.

This officer is in command of one of the most isolated radio units in Western Air Command. He has set a personal example of courage by invariably assisting in the landing of supplies and personnel through dangerous rocks and surf which have cost the lives of several men. He has maintained a very high level of morale at this unit by his own competent and cheerful outlook in spite of the extreme isolation and depressing surroundings. In every respect his personal conduct and outlook have been an inspiration to his men.

 

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CAMPBELL, F/O Graham (J26921) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.162 (BR) Squadron - Award effective 28 July 1944 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 1729/44 dated 11 August 1944. Born in Davidson, Saskatchewan; home in Vancouver; enlisted in Saskatoon, 31 December 1940. Trained at No.2 WS (graduated 17 August 1941) and No.5 BGS (graduated 15 September 1941). Award presented by Governor General in Calgary, 18 May 1953. Cited with F/O B.C. Denomy (DSO), F/O Sidney E. Matheson (DFC) and Flight Sergeants Israel J. Bodnoff and Sydney R. Cole (DFMs).

 

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

 

NOTE: Public Record Office Air 2/9158 has recommendation raised 1 July 1944 by the Officer Commanding, RAF Station Wick. It noted that Campbell had flown approximately 70 sorties (400 operational hours):

 

Flying Officer Campbell was the first Wireless Officer of Canso "P" of 162 Squadron on 24th June 1944 when, during the run in to attack a U-Boat in face of intense and accurate anti-aircraft fire and at a time when the aircraft was being hit repeatedly, the starboard engine out of action and on fire, he manned the front guns and maintained continuous and accurate fire until one gun jammed, when he kept the remaining gun in action.

 

In the meantime, the wireless operator was thrown from his seat and partially stunned by blast; Flying Officer Campbell immediately took over the Wireless Telephone set. Immediately after sinking the U-Boat the aircraft was forced to ditch as the starboard engine had fallen out and the aircraft was on fire. At great personal risk he went back into the hull to search for the second dinghy which, unknown to him, had already been launched. At this time the aircraft was full of fumes and smoke and the petrol tanks were in danger of exploding.

 

This officer throughout the entire action showed extreme coolness and devotion to duty. He set a fine example and is most strongly recommended for the award of the Distinguished Flying Cross in recognition of his gallantry.

 

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

 

I consider that Flying Officer Campbell displayed great courage and determination. He continued to man the front guns despite the fact that the aircraft was being repeatedly hit and subsequently took over the wireless set after Flight Sergeant Cole had been wounded. Strongly recommended for the immediate award of the Distinguished Flying Cross.

 

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CAMPBELL, F/L Gray Alexander (C89599) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.576 Squadron - Award effective 12 November 1945 as per London Gazette dated 16 November 1945 and AFRO 133/46 dated 8 February 1946. Born 4 February 1912; formerly in RCMP; served in RAF. This officer was present in Canada (apparently as an instructor), being on the strength of No.37 SFTS from 10 October 1941 to 20 March 1942, and with No.39 SFTS until 24 March 1944 when he was posted overseas. In this period he was promoted to Flight Lieutenant (1 February 1942) and Squadron Leader (5 Octobr 1943). Transferred to RCAF on 12 March 1945. Repatriated to Canada, 9 July 1945; released 28 November 1945. Postwar he ranched in Alberta for twelve years before moving to Vancouver Island to become a journalist and publisher. Died in Ottawa 10 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." Public Records Office Air 2/9137 has recommendation dated 15 May 1945 when he had flown 31 sorties (193 hours 30 minutes).

 

5 Oct 44 Saarbrucken 3 Feb 45 Bottrop

15 Oct 44 Wilhelmshaven 13 Feb 45 Dresden

19 Oct 44 Stuttgart 20 Feb 45 Dortmund

23 Oct 44 Essen 21 Feb 45 Duisburg

25 Oct 44 Essen 28 Feb 45 Neuss

28 Oct 44 Cologne (flak damage) 2 Mar 45 Cologne

30 Oct 44 Cologne (flak damage) 31 Mar 45 Hamburg (mid-upper

2 Nov 44 Dusseldorf gunner injured by flak)

4 Nov 44 Bochum 3 Apr 45 Nordhausen

27 Nov 44 Freiburg 4 Apr 45 Lutzkendorf

6 Dec 44 Merseburg 9 Apr 45 Kiel

12 Dec 44 Essen 14 Apr 45 Cuxhaven

15 Dec 44 Ludwigshaven 18 Apr 45 Heligoland

28 Dec 44 Bonn 22 Apr 45 Bremen (bombs brought back

29 Dec 44 Gelsenkirchen on Master Bomber's orders)

5 Jan 45 Royan 25 Apr 45 Berchtesgaden

14 Jan 45 Merseburg

 

Flight Lieutenant Campbell, a Canadian officer, has completed 31 operational sorties as captain of a Lancaster heavy bomber operating in Bomber Command. He has attacked successfully many heavily defended targets including Stuttgart, Hamburg and Kiel. He has also attacked many targets in the Ruhr area and made deep penetrations into Germany where fighters have been active.

 

His determination to press home his attacks in the face of the heaviest odds has been a tribute to his courage and endurance. By such untiring efforts he has inspired an exceptionally high standard of morale in his crew. On three occasions his aircraft has been damaged by anti-aircraft fire, but this has in no way deterred him carrying out the duty in hand with fortitude and skill.

 

Flight Lieutenant Campbell has acted as Deputy Flight Commander and has shown a very high standard of leadership which is worthy of the highest praise. His personal example whilst operating has done much to maintain the high standard of morale in his flight, and I very strongly recommend him for the award of the Distinguished Flying Cross.

 

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CAMPBELL, F/O Hugh Henry (J28490) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.427 Squadron - Award effective 1 December 1944 as per London Gazette dated 8 December 1944 and AFRO 293/45 dated 16 February 1945. Born 1916 in Toronto; home in Vancouver (police constable); enlisted there 10 May 1942. Trained at No.7 ITS (graduated 23 October 1942), No.7 BGS (graduated 11 June 1943) and No.1 AOS (graduated 23 July 1943). Commissioned 1943. Award presented 21 June 1948. Served in postwar RCAF, See also F/O Valentine C. Sunstrum.

 

This officer has taken part in numerous bombing sorties, many of which have been against major and heavily defended targets. In July 1944 the aircraft was detailed for an attack on Stuttgart. While over the target it was damaged to such an extent that the speed of the aircraft slackened and there was not enough petrol left to reach the English coast. Flying Officer Sunstrum navigated the crippled bomber the shortest way to the Normandy beachhead where the crew left the aircraft by parachute. During the operation, Flying Officer Campbell's spine was injured. Despite this trying experience both these officers have continued to evince undiminished keenness for operational flying. At all times their courage, skill and determination have proved them to be outstanding members of a gallant crew.

 

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CAMPBELL, A/C Hugh Lester (C132) - Commander, Order of the British Empire - Assistant Chief of the Air Staff, AFHQ - 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. COTC Cadet, 4 June 1938; awarded wings, 27 August 1930; awarded Queens Coronation Medal, 23 October 1953 while Air Vice Marshal and AOC No.1 Air Division; later Chief of the Air Staff; retired 14 September 1962. Award presented 27 June 1945. Died in Ottawa, 25 May 1987.

 

This officer of the Royal Canadian Air Force (Regular) was attached to the Training Division of Royal Canadian Air Force Headquarters in the early years of the British Commonwealth Air Training Plan. In the discharge of his duties he exhibited an outstanding grasp of service requirements and organizing ability much beyond the average of his rank. Subsequently he commanded a training unit in Western Canada with equal distinction, after which he proceeded to Royal Canadian Air Force Headquarters Overseas where his work was highly commended. Since then he has been employed as Assistant Chief of the Air Staff and, once again, his outstanding organizing ability has been amply demonstrated. Apart from these qualities, however, this officer possesses a fine service spirit. His capacity for hard work and his example to the service is outstanding and beyond the ordinary calls of duty. By his outstanding devotion to duty and his exceptional ability he has rendered highly meritorious service to the Royal Canadian Air Force.

 

CAMPBELL, A/V/M Hugh Lester, CBE (C132) - Order of the White Lion, Class III (Czechoslovakia) - Award effective 5 October 1946 as per Canada Gazette of that date and AFRO 991/46 dated 18 October 1946.

 

CAMPBELL, A/V/M Hugh Lester, CBE (C132) - AFHQ - War Cross, 1939 (Czechoslovakia) - awarded November 2nd, 1946 as per Canada Gazette of that dated and AFRO 1075/46 dated November 15th, 1946.

 

CAMPBELL, A/V/M Hugh Lester, CBE - (C132) - AFHQ - United States Legion of Merit (Degree of Commander) - awarded 22 November 1946 as per Canada Gazette dated November 23rd, 1946 and AFRO 1083/46 dated November 22nd, 1946; although not officially reported in American publications until War Department General Order No.14 dated 30 January 1947. Colonel R.E.S. Williamson, Military Attache in Ottawa, writing to AFHQ, 30 October 1946, provided citation:

 

Air Vice Marshal Hugh Lester Campbell, Royal Canadian Air Force, performed exceptionally meritorious service to the Government of the United States from December 1943 to August 1945. Serving in the capacities of Assistant Chief of Air Staff and Air Member for Personnel at Royal Canadian Air Force Headquarters in Ottawa, Air Vice Marshal Campbell was untiring in his efforts and in every way went beyond the call of ordinary duty to further and maintain liaison and cooperation with the United States Armed Forces, and to strengthen the ties of friendship and mutual understanding between Canada and the United States in the prosecution of the war.

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CAMPBELL, P/O Jack Keith (J14464) - Mention in Despatches - Station Bella Bella - Award effective 13 August 1943 as per Canada Gazette dated 21 August 1943 and AFRO 2198/43 dated 29 October 1943. Born in Edmonton, 25 August 1921; home in Winnipeg, yet enlisted in Edmonton 8 November 1940. Trained at No.1 ITS (graduated 17 May 1941), No.19 EFTS (graduated 14 July 1941) and No.12 SFTS (graduated 23 September 1941). In postwar Auxiliary; pilot in No.418 Squadron, 1950-1959; Commanding Officer, 1959-1962; Officer Commanding No.18 Wing, 1962-1965. Appointed Honourary Colonel of No.418 Squadron, 31 December 1971. Original recommendation (DHist file 181.009 D.1753, National Archives of Canada RG.24 Volume 20609) was for an AFC and drafted on 16 February 1943. Incident occured in November 1942 about five miles off Queen Charlotte Islands.

 

This officer, while flying, sighted a speedboat in a sinking condition in which were two civilians who had been missing for two and a half days. Pilot Officer Campbell, despite the heavy swell and the presence of driftwood from a broken log boom, made a skilful landing on the water. Due to the rough water it was impossible to bring the aircraft close to the sinking boat and a rubber dinghy was used to transfer the civilians from the launch to the aircraft. Pilot Officer Campbell again displayed great skill in taking off the heavily laden aircraft from the open sea strewn with driftwood. Although one of the men had died from exposure, the skill, courage and prompt action displayed by this officer were undoubtedly responsible for the saving of the other man's life who was unconscious at the time of the rescue.

 

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CAMPBELL, S/L James Duncan Donald (C4841) - Mention in Despatches - Western Air Command Headquarters - Awarded 1 January 1945 as per Canada Gazette of that date and AFRO 89/45 dated 19 January 1945. Home in Vancouver; enlisted Victoria 12 April 1941.

 

This officer has been employed on personnel duties for the past two years. During this time he has worked most arduously and unselfishly. The ability and devotion to duty of this officer are praiseworthy.

 

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CAMPBELL, Sergeant John Aubrey (R71924) - British Empire Medal - No.424 Squadron - Award effective 12 November 1943 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 2558/43 dated 10 December 1943. Born in Rossington, Alberta, 1918; home in Westlock, Alberta (mechanic); enlisted Toronto 3 September 1940. Award presented 18 January 1946. Cited with F/O R.J.O. Doehler (MBE) F/L E.J.A. Lindsay (GM), F/L R.J. McCombe (GM), LAC C.A.G. Snelling (BEM) and LAC P.P. Wilkinson (BEM).

 

One night in July 1943, the bomb load of an aircraft, which was standing in the dispersal area, detonated and the wreckage caught fire. Soon a second aircraft caught fire and its bomb load also exploded.

 

Flying Officer Doehler was proceeding to the scene immediately after the first aircraft had exploded, when the second aircraft blew up and he was thrown to the ground. He immediately got up and went towards an aircraft which had not caught fire and taxied it to safety.

 

Assistance to injured personnel was rendered by Flight Lieutenant McCombe, an armament officer who had, on a previous occasion, displayed great calmness in directing fire fighting operations on an aircraft which was blazing near to a 4,000-pound bomb and by Flight Lieutenant Lindsay, a medical officer, who had previously displayed great courage in dragging the body of an air gunner from a blazing turret. Flight Lieutenants McCombe and Lindsay proceeded to the first aircraft after it had exploded and found that several airmen, who had been standing under the wing, had been seriously injured and burned. During their successful efforts in rescuing two airmen, both officers were thrown to the ground by an explosion in the second aircraft. Flight Lieutenant Lindsay then took the rescued airmen to hospital, while his companion remained and took the remaining injured personnel into his own car. While the car was being drawn away, a bomb exploded and two large fragments were hurled through the doors of the car. Flight Lieutenant McCombe remained unperturbed, only thinking of the safety of those he had rescued.

 

Sergeant Campbell was proceeding to the scene of the first explosion when the second aircraft blew up and he was thrown to the ground. Undaunted, he went on and helped to start the engines of a nearby bomber which had not been caught by the flames and while this aircraft was being taxied away he went to a second aircraft and after its engines had been started assisted the pilot in negotiating obstructions while the aircraft was being taxied to safety. During this time an explosion occurred and Sergeant Campbell was knocked down again. Still undeterred, he helped to put out fires on the runway.

 

Leading Aircraftman Snelling was thrown to the ground by the explosion in the second aircraft while he was proceeding to render assistance at the first aircraft when it had blown up. Regaining his feet, he ran to an aircraft which was untouched by fire and taxied it away after having started its engines himself.

 

Leading Aircraftman Wilkinson proceeded to the scene when he heard the first explosion and helped a wounded man to safety. The fire had spread to the second aircraft and, disdaining the risk of explosion of its bombs, this airmen led three other men to rescue another injured man lying near the first aircraft. As the party were leading the rescued man away from the conflagration the second aircraft exploded and all were thrown to the ground but they were able to save their comrade and reached safety as a third explosion occurred.

 

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CAMPBELL, F/L John Douglas Weir (J15297) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.119 Squadron - Award effective 31 May 1945 as per London Gazette dated 8 June 1945 and AFRO 1219/45 dated 27 July 1945. Born 26 February 1920 in Dartmouth, Nova Scotia; home there (bank clerk); enlisted Halifax 10 September 1940. Trained at No.2 ITS (graduated 26 October 1940), No.14 EFTS (graduated 23 December 1940) and No.7 SFTS (graduated 26 March 1941). Commissioned 1942. Flew two tours in Coastal Command; the first was 10 May 1941 to 15 June 1943; the second was in 1944-45. Ranks included Sergeant, 26 March 1941; Flight Sergeant, 7 September 1941; Pilot Officer, 30 March 1942; Flying Officer, uncertain; Flight Lieutenant, 30 March 1944. Award presented in Halifax, 27 July 1949. Served in postwar RCAF.

 

This pilot is now on his second tour of operational duty and has attacked a number of enemy ships with success. In March 1945 he made a particularly brilliant attack on three enemy vessels in the face of heavy fire. Later in the same month Flight Lieutenant Campbell, who was flying an unarmed aircraft, sighted an enemy midget submarine. With great presence of mind he made dummy attacks causing the U-boat crew to abandon ship. The midget submarine then capsized and sank. Flight Lieutenant Campbell has always shown great courage and devotion to duty.

 

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CAMPBELL, F/O John Howard (J85810) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.626 Squadron - Award effective 1 December 1944 as per London Gazette dated 12 December 1944 and AFRO 337/45 dated 23 February 1945. Born 1923 in Coleman, Alberta; home in Edmonton (miner); enlisted Calgary 29 November 1941. Trained at No.7 ITS (graduated 19 June 1942), No.6 EFTS (graduated 25 September 1942), and No.4 SFTS (graduated 5 February 1943). Commissioned 1944. Award presented 11 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 2/8881 has recommendation dated 11 September 1944 when he had flown 31 sorties (144 hours 45 minutes), 22 May to 8 September 1944.

 

22 May 44 Dortmund 2 July 44 Domleger

24 May 44 Aachen 4 Jul 44 Orleans

27 May 44 Aachen 18 Jul 44 Caen

31 May 44 Tergnier 19 Jul 44 Scholven

2 June 44 Berneval le Grand 23 Jul 44 Kiel

5 June 44 St.Martin 24 Jul 44 Stuttgart

Varreville 30 Jul 44 Gaumont

6 June 44 Acheres 3 Aug 44 Trossy St.Maximum

9 Jun 44 Flers 5 Aug 44 Blaye

11 Jun 44 Evreux 8 Aug 44 Air sur Lys

12 Jun 44 Gelsenkirchen 11 Aug 44 GARDENING, Gironde

14 Jun 44 Le Havre River

15 Jun 44 Bologne 12 Aug 44 Brunswick

17 Jun 44 Aulnoye 31 Aug 44 St.Riquier

22 Jun 44 Rheims 6 Sept 44 Le Havre

24 Jun 44 Les Hayon 8 Sept 44 Le Havre

25 Jun 44 Levinscourt

Flying Officer Campbell, a Canadian, as pilot and captain of aircraft has completed 31 operational sorties against the enemy.

 

Throughout his tour of operations he has proved himself a fearless and skilful pilot. He has inspired his crew and welded them into an efficient bombing team that can be relied upon to press home any attack in the face of all the opposition the enemy can bring to bear.

 

The skill and watchful care with which he has prepared for each assignment has resulted in the successful completion of every sortie he and his crew have undertaken.

 

I recommend that in recognition of his skill, determination and outstanding leadership, Flying Officer Campbell be awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross.

 

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CAMPBELL, FS Leonard Cavanaugh (R142027) - British Empire Medal - Western Air Command Headquarters - Award effective 13 June 1946 as per Canada Gazette of that date and AFRO 660/46 dated 5 July 1946. Enlisted in Regina, 10 November 1941. Award sent by registered mail, 23 January 1956 or 14 February 1956 (possibly both dates tried); returned to Post Office.

 

Hard working and conscientious always, often in the face of most trying circumstances, this non-commissioned officer has set a splendid example to all under his control. He has sustained a high degree of efficiency and morale, and has never stopped trying to better the lot of those under him.

 

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CAMPBELL, P/O Michael John (J85694) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.419 Squadron - Award effective 5 July 1945 as per London Gazette dated 20 July 1945 and AFRO 1619/45 dated 19 October 1945. Born 1921 in Glace Bay, Nova Scotia; home there (service station attendant); enlisted Halifax 20 August 1941. Trained at No.6 BGS (graduated 2 March 1942). Commissioned April 1944. Award presented 1 April 1949. Member of postwar RCAF.

 

This officer has completed two tours of operational duty and has attacked many of the major targets in Germany. On one occasion during his first tour he completed a sortie to Munich in the course of which he destroyed a Junkers 88 which attacked his aircraft. On another sortie to Essen Pilot Officer Campbell's aircraft was attacked by a Focke Wulf 190 but by means of his cool and precise instructions to his pilot this attack was successfully out-manoeuvred. He has always displayed outstanding courage and efficiency.

 

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CAMPBELL, F/O Patrick (J10420) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.419 Squadron - Award effective 30 November 1943 as per London Gazette dated 7 December 1943 and AFRO 166/44 dated 28 January 1944. Born in Londonderry, Ireland, 1911; home there until migarting to Canada in the 1930s; enlisted in Regina 6 May 1941. Trained at No.2 ITS (graduated 27 August 1941), No.2 BGS (graduated 31 January 1942), No.3 AOS (graduated 22 December 1941) and No.1 ANS (graduated 4 March 1942. Commissioned 1942. Award presented by the King 11 August 1944. Postwar civil servant, 1947-1972 (Department of National Revenue). Died in Ottawa, 21 July 1995. The obituary in the Ottawa Citizen states that on 10 October 1943, returning from a raid with fuel lines severed, he hit the ground, bounced over a stream and sheared off a wing on a tree before the Halifax bomber came to rest. The wing caught fire but the crew escaped. Later, to a senior officer, he reportly said, "I didn't like that aircraft anyway. When do I get a new one." He had sustained head injuries in an earlier (training) crash that killed three. NOTE: Ottawa Citizen article of 5 September 1999 ("Fearless Flyboy Honoured in Ulster") stated that he moved to Canada in 1928. Article dealt with donation and display of photograph of him to the Tower Museum, Ulster.

 

Shortly after his arrival in this squadron Flying Officer Campbell was involved in a serious crash in which three members of his crew were killed and he sustained serious injuries. In spite of this he continued to take part in operational duty on every possible occasion. Whilst attacking Dortmund in May 1943, the aircraft in which he was flying as navigator was badly damaged by incendiary bombs and a crash landing at base became necessary, causing a fire from which he had to be extricated. This also did not deter him from again taking part in operations. His work as a navigator has always been exceptional and on more than one occasion his coolness, quick thinking and resourcefulness have been of great assistance to his captain.

 

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CAMPBELL, F/O Robert Joseph (J15594) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.405 Squadron - Award effective 26 December as per London Gazette dated 29 December 1942 and AFRO 232/43 dated 12 February 1943. Born in Glasgow, 1918; home in Pawling, New York; enlisted Montreal, 20 July 1940. Trained at No.2 ITS (graduated 13 October 1940), No.2 WS (graduated 14 February 1941), and No.4 BGS (graduated 16 March 1941). Commissioned June 1942. Award presented by the King 9 March 1943.

 

Flying Officer Campbell has distinguished himself by his courageous behaviour, efficiency and enthusiasm for operations, which has made a notable contribution to the successes achieved by his squadron.

 

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CAMPBELL, P/O Robert McNeil (J88294) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.432 Squadron - Award effective 6 January 1945 as per London Gazette dated 19 January 1945 and AFRO 508/45 dated 23 March 1945. Born 1923 in Glasgow; home in Hartney, Manitoba (ex-12th Manitoba Dragoons); enlisted Winnipeg 27 July 1942. Trained at No.2 ITS (graduated 2 January 1943), No.19 EFTS (graduated 19 March 1943) and No.10 SFTS (graduated 9 July 1943). Commissioned 1944. Award sent by registered mail 30 March 1949 when living in St.Catharines, Ontario. 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.5557 (RG.24 Vol.20668) has recommendation dated 23 September 1944 when he had flown 35 sorties (164 hours 30 minutes), 31 May to 17 September 1944.

 

As captain of aircraft this officer has successfully completed thirty-five operational sorties. He has at all times displayed a high standard of courage and efficiency. His keenness and devotion to duty under difficult and hazardous conditions have been of a high order. For his outstanding record of achievement and devotion to duty, this officer is recommended for the award of the Distinguished Flying Cross.

 

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CAMPBELL, F/L Ross Guthrie (J8198) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.219 Squadron - Award effective 1 July 1943 as per London Gazette dated 9 July 1943 and AFRO 1724/43 dated 27 August 1943. Born 1918; home in Mount Camrose, Alberta; enlisted Edmonton 14 February 1941. Trained at 2 ITS (graduated 17 June 1941), No.5 EFTS (graduated 8 August 1941) and No.7 SFTS (graduated 24 October 1941). Award presented by the King 9 May 1944.

 

Flight Lieutenant Campbell has successfully completed a large number of sorties against the enemy, many of which have been attacks on the most heavily defended targets in Germany. When returning from a sortie on Mannheim lately, this officer's aircraft was engaged by searchlights and damaged by anti-aircraft fire. His gunners returned the fire from a low level, silencing some of the enemy's guns. In spite of severe damage to the aircraft Flight Lieutenant Campbell was able to fly home safely. He has invariably displayed the greatest efficiency and fortitude.

 

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CAMPBELL, WO2 Silas Franklin (R218396) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.419 Squadron - Award effective 12 November 1945 as per London Gazette dated 16 November 1945 and AFRO 133/46 dated 8 February 1946. Born August 1924 in Zealandia, Saskatchewan; home there (farmer); enlisted Saskatoon, 9 June 1943. Trained at No.3 BGS (graduated 28 January 1944. Award sent by registered mail 7 June 1950. No citation other than "completed ...numerous operations against the enemy in the course of which [he has] invariably displayed the utmost fortitude, courage and devotion to duty." DHist file 181.009 D.1941 (RG.24 Vol.20612) has recommendation by W/C M.E. Ferguson dated 22 May 1945 when he had flown 35 sorties (229 hours ten minutes), 28 September 1944 to 15 March 1945 as a rear gunner.

 

This Warrant Officer has completed 35 operational sorties, the majority of which have been over the most heavily defended targets in Europe. WO2 Campbell's co-operation, coolness and devotion to duty contributed in a large measure to the successful completion of an operational tour and his cheerful confidence has inspired a high standard of morale in his crew, and the squadron in general.

 

I consider that this Warrant Officer's splendid record and consistent determination throughout his tour of operations merits the award of the D.F.C. (Non-Immediate).

 

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CAMPBELL, P/O Stanley Enos (J85691) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.408 Squadron - Award effective 16 June 1944 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 1861/44 dated 25 August 1944. Born in Drumheller, Alberta, 1921; home there; enlisted Calgary 2 April 1942. Trained at No.4 ITS (graduated 21 November 1942) and No.3 BGS (graduated 19 February 1943). Commissioned 1944. Award presented 13 November 1948.

 

As air gunner, this officer has taken part in very many attacks on a variety of well defended targets including eleven on Berlin. On one occasion in an operation against the German capital his aircraft was engaged by a fighter. Although the enemy attacked with much persistence, Pilot Officer Campbell directed the necessary combat manoeuvres with great skill. Finally Pilot Officer Campbell delivered a well placed burst of fire and the attacker dived towards the ground enveloped in flames. He defended his aircraft with great coolness and confidence, qualities which have made him a most valuable member of aircraft crew.

 

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CAMPBELL, Sergeant Terrance Eugene (R72673) - Distinguished Flying Medal - No.117 Squadron (Canada) - now Overseas or with No.45 Group. Award effective 5 May 1944 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 1133/44 dated 26 May 1944. Home in Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island; enlisted there 31 October 1940. Award presented by King George 26 June 1945. Governor General's Records (RG.7 Group 26, Volume 57, file 190-I) has citation; notes indicate that at recommendation he had flown 1,500 hours, 1,392 on operations (141 sorties).

 

This NCO, as Flight Engineer, has had considerable service on anti-submarine operations in the North Atlantic. He has displayed outstanding ability in his trade under difficult conditions, and his constant cheerfulness, and devotion to duty, have in no small manner been instrumental in maintaining the excellent high standing of efficiency and morale of the Flight Engineers.

 

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CAMPBELL, F/L Thomas (J22909) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.97 Squadron - Award effective 4 November 1944 as per London Gazette dated 14 November 1944 and AFRO 239/45 dated 9 February 1945. Born 1921 in Toronto; home there (electrician and draughtsman); enlisted there 6 April 1942. Trained at No.1 ITS (graduated 25 October 1942) and No.1 AOS (graduated 22 January 1943). Commissioned 1943. Award presented 9 April 1948.

 

Flight Lieutenant Campbell has displayed outstanding ability to fly under most hazardous and difficult circumstances which is worthy of the highest praise. On several occasions his aircraft has been damaged by anti-aircraft fire. During a sortie to Brunswick his bomber sustained many hits by cannon fire from a Junkers 88 near Hanover. In addition to other severe damage all maps and charts were blown away, every navigational aid rendered unserviceable and the bomb aimer's compartment completely wrecked. Despite the intense cold and damage, the captain decided to continue to the objective. With admirable coolness this officer navigated the damaged aircraft by visual bearings on the stars and the bombs were released on the target. It was again hit by anti-aircraft fire and the electrical circuit, including the wireless system, rendered useless. On the return flight anti-aircraft fire caused still further damage. The high standard of navigation achieved by Flight Lieutenant Campbell in navigating such a severely damaged aircraft to the target and back to base has won the admiration of all members of his squadron.

 

CAMPBELL, S/L Thomas, DFC (J22909) - Bar to Distinguished Flying Cross - No.97 Squadron - Award effective 8 September 1945 as per London Gazette dated 21 September 1945 and AFRO 1704/45 dated 9 November 1945.

 

Squadron Leader Campbell has set a magnificent example to the squadron by his willingness to fly on all occasions and against any target. On one occasion, when the navigator, the controller, was not available, he volunteered for the task, although the aircraft was of a type new to him. Navigation conditions were difficult but Squadron Leader Campbell, by his skill and ability, enabled his captain to reach the target area at the correct time. The aircraft was at once subjected to heavy anti-aircraft fire and was severely damaged. Despite this the mission was successfully completed. This officer has proved an exceptional leader, possessing courage and initiative of the highest order.

 

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CAMPBELL, F/L William (J7785) - Commended for Valuable Services - No.231 Squadron - Award effective 14 June 1945 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 1219/45 dated 27 July 1945. Born at Wishaw, Scotland, 27 September 1919; bank clerk and teller. Home in Pointe Claire, Quebec; enlisted in London, Ontario, 17 October 1940. Trained at No.1 ITS (graduated 7 February 1941), No.7 AOS (graduated 21 August 1941) and No.7 BGS (graduated 1 September 1941). Overseas in March 1945. No citation in Canadian sources. Public Records Office Air 2/8771 has citation (possibly for an AFC), drafted when he had flown 1,500 hours (400 in previous six months).

 

Flight Lieutenant Campbell was the second navigator and also acted as Liaison Officer of the crew detailed to fly the Liberator aircraft which took Lord Reith's mission on Imperial Telecommunications on its Empire flight, covering a distance of approximately 44,500 miles in 234 flying hours. The diligent and co-operative manner in which this officer carried out his duties played an important part in the successful completion of this outstanding flight.

 

 

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CAMPBELL, WO William Charles (R155553) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.35 Squadron - Award effective 5 August 1944 as per London Gazette dated 18 August 1944 and AFRO 2101/44 dated 29 September 1944. Born in Melfort, Saskatchewan, 1921; home in Ethelton, Saskatchewan; enlisted Regina, 16 February 1942. Trained at No.2 BGS (graduated 16 September 1942). Award presented 2 November 1946. No citation other than "completed...any successful operations against the enemy in which [he has] displayed high skill, fortitude and devotion to duty." Public Records Office Air 2/9632 has recommendation dated 20 May 1944 when he had flown 49 sorties (284 hours), 9 July 1943 to 10 May 1944.

 

9 July 43 Gelsenkirchen 2 Dec 43 Berlin

13 Jul 43 Aachen 3 Dec 43 Leipzig

15 Jul 43 Montlebard 29 Dec 43 Berlin

24 Jul 43 Hamburg 2 Jan 44 Berlin

25 Jul 43 Essen 5 Jan 44 Stettin

27 Jul 43 Hamburg 21 Jan 44 Magdeburg

2 Aug 43 Hamburg 27 Jan 44 Heligoland

16 Aug 43 Turin 28 Jan 44 Berlin

23 Aug 43 Berlin 30 Jan 44 Berlin

27 Aug 43 Nuremburg 19 Feb 44 Leipzig

30 Aug 43 Munchen Gladbach 20 Feb 44 Stuttgart

31 Aug 43 Berlin 24 Feb 44 Schweinfurt

3 Sept 43 N.W. France 25 Feb 44 Augsburg

5 Sept 43 Mannheim 15 Mar 44 Stuttgart

15 Sep 43 Montlucon 18 Mar 44 Frankfurt

16 Sep 43 Mondane 22 Mar 44 Frankfurt

27 Sep 43 Hanover 30 Mar 44 Nuremburg

4 Oct 43 Frankfurt 18 Apr 44 Rouen

8 Oct 43 Bremen 20 Apr 44 Cologne

22 Oct 43 Kassel 22 Apr 44 Laon

11 Nov 43 Cannes 26 Apr 44 Villeneuve St.George

17 Nov 43 Mannheim 30 Apr 44 Acheres

18 Nov 43 Mannheim 3 May 44 Montedidier

20 Nov 43 Berlin 10 May 44 Lens

25 Nov 43 Frankfurt

 

As Air Gunner, warrant Officer Campbell has participated in many sorties against the enemy, engaged in a most important role. He has proved himself to be a most reliable member of a very successful crew.

 

At all times he has displayed exceptional skill and vigilance and his coolness and resolution in the face of enemy fire has done much to inspire the confidence of his crew.

 

In recognition of his fine offensive spirit and his courage under fire, Warrant Officer Campbell is recommended for a non-immediate award of the Distinguished Flying Cross.

 

 

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CAMPBELL, F/O William Gavin (J21450) - Commended for Valuable Services - No.6 (O) AFU (now No.26 OTU) - Award effective 1 January 1945 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 132/45 dated 26 January 1945. Home in Strathclair, Manitoba; enlisted in Winnipeg, 25 July 1941. Trained at No.7 ITS (graduated 27 March 1942), No.19 EFTS (graduated 5 June 1942) and No.11 SFTS (graduated 4 December 1942). No citation in Canadian sources. Killed in flying accident with No.428 Squadron (Lancaster KB879), 30 April 1945; buried in UK. Public Records Office Air 2/9036 has recommendation stating he had flown 911 hours (315 in previous six months).

 

This officer is employed as a Staff Pilot in No.6 (O) AFU which appointment he has held since June 1943. He is a most reliable pilot and an excellent officer. His energy and dogged persistence in his flying duties are an inspiration to other pilots he is a pillar of strength to his Commanding Officer.

 

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CAMPBELL, F/L William Iver (C7964) - 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 Toronto; enlisted there 15 April 1941.

 

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CAMPBELL, F/O William James (J20820) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.408 Squadron - Award effective 21 July 1944 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 2052/44 dated 22 September 1944. Born 1913 in Lethbridge, Alberta; home there or in Ajax, Ontario; enlisted in Calgary 4 September 1941. Trained at No.6 ITS (graduated 24 April 1942), No.6 BGS (graduated 25 September 1942) and No.10 AOS (graduated 6 November 1942. Award presented. Commissioned 1944.

 

This officer has completed a noteworthy tour of operations during which a wide range of targets have been attacked. He is a most competent bomb aimer whose determination to obtain good results has been a prominent feature of his work throughout. Flying Officer Campbell has set a fine example to all.

 

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CAMPBELL, F/O William Ross (J87870) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.405 Squadron - Award effective 10 May 1945 as per London Gazette dated 22 May 1945 and AFRO 1147/45 dated 13 July 1945. Home in Kapuskasing; enlisted Timmins, Ontario, 22 July 1942. Trained at No.9 BGS (graduated 9 July 1943). Award presented in Montreal, 5 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 2/9070 has recommendation dated 20 February 1945 when he had flown 43 sorties (190 hours 21 minutes), 26 March 1944 to 14 February 1945.

 

26 Mar 44 NICKLING, Paris 20 Sep 44 Calais (2.05)

(4.15) 25 Sep 44 Calais (2.10)

27 May 44 Le Clipon (4.00) 30 Sep 44 Bottrop (3.20)

4 June 44 Calais (3.40) 6 Oct 44 Sterkrade (3.05)

5 June 44 Merville (5.50) 14 Oct 44 Duisburg (3.20)

6 June 44 Conde sur Noireau 28 Oct 44 Cologne (4.05)

(5.45) 29 Oct 44 Walcheren (2.05)

12 Jun 44 Arras (4.35) 31 Oct 44 Cologne (4.05)

15 Jun 44 Boulogne (4.10) 4 Nov 44 Bochum (3.45)

16 Jun 44 Sterkrade (4.45) 6 Nov 44 Gelsenkirchen (3.40)

1 July 44 Biennais (4.25) 16 Nov 44 Julich (3.15)

4 July 44 Biennais (4.15) 12 Dec 44 Essen (4.20)

5 July 44 Biennais (4.15) 21 Dec 44 Cologne (4.05)

9 July 44 Mont Condon (3.45) 30 Dec 44 Cologne (4.10)

7 Aug 44 TOTALIZE 5 (2.40) 2 Jan 45 Nuremburg (6.15)

12 Aug 44 La Pallice (5.25) 5 Jan 45 Royan (5.00)

14 Aug 44 TRACTABLE 22 (2.35) 6 Jan 45 Hannover (4.22)

18 Aug 44 Bremen (4.50) 22 Jan 45 Duisburg (3.50)

25 Aug 44 Russelsheim (6.45) 28 Jan 45 Stuttgart (5.50)

26 Aug 44 Kiel (5.10) 7 Feb 45 Cleve (3.50)

11 Sep 44 Castrop Rauxel (3.20) 8 Feb 45 Politz (7.44)

12 Sep 44 Wanne Eickel (3.25) 13 Feb 45 Dresden (7.55)

15 Sep 44 Nordstern (3.20) 14 Feb 45 Chemnitz (7.00)

 

Pilot Officer Campbell is an excellent and conscientious Air Gunner who has successfully completed 45 [sic] operational sorties. Whether engaged in daylight or night attacks, this officer has shown outstanding skill and sincere devotion to duty, his courage and trade capabilities contributing much to the successful outcome of his missions. On a number of occasions he has been called upon to prove his tenacity and trade experience, but has nit faltered even in the most difficult of situations.

 

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CAMPBELL, F/L Wishart Neil Munro (C14949) - Member, Order of the British Empire - No.3 Training Command Headquarters - Award effective 14 June 1945 as per Canada Gazette of that date and AFRO 1127/45 dated 6 July 1945. Born 5 March 1901 at Oro Station, Quebec; educated at Oro and Peterborough Normal School (Ontario). Employed by Ontario Motion Picture Board and was a singer for CBC. Home in Barrie, Ontario. Enlisted in Ottawa, 16 October 1942; left the service in February 1945 and returned to CBC. Award sent by registered mail.

 

This officer, an outstanding concert singer, has given unstintingly of his talent in the entertainment and welfare field in the Royal Canadian Air Force. He has at all times displayed a strong sense of duty and his talented efforts have done much to maintain the morale of the Royal Canadian Air Force personnel at a high level. He has repeatedly given performances under the most trying conditions and cheerfully completed assignments over and above the normal requirements of duty. His contribution to the welfare of personnel of the Royal Canadian Air Force has been of great value.

 

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CAMPSALL, Sergeant (now P/O) Rodney Sigsworth (R52887/J18433) - Mention in Despatches - No.82 Operational Training Unit - Award effective 14 January 1944 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 874/44 dated 21 April 1944. Home in Harrington, Ontario; enlisted Kingston, 6 June 1940. Trained at No.1 WS (graduated 22 July 1940) and No.1 BGS (graduated 20 January 1941). Recommended for Non-Immediate DFC, 3 August 1943, when he was an air gunner with No.425 Squadron. At that time he had flown 31 sorties (202:45 operational hours) over Europe and Italy. Not awarded.

 

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CAMPTON, Flight Sergeant Robert Benjamin (R82420) - British Empire Medal - Station Whitehorse - Award effective 9 June 1945 as per Canada Gazette of that date and AFRO 1291/45 dated 10 August 1945. Home in Brockville, Ontario; enlisted Ottawa, 2 January 1941. Award sent by registered mail 14 February 1946.

 

This non-commissioned officer, a fire-fighter, was loaned to the United States Army Air Forces to assist in training United States personnel in fire fighting. The course of instruction included the assembly of material built to resemble a crashed aircraft, then saturated with hundreds of gallons of gasoline and ignited. On 20th February 1945, during one of these demonstrations, three American enlisted personnel were operating a fog nozzle in the midst of intense flame when the nozzle became jammed. Flight Sergeant Campton, realizing the danger, immediately rushed into the flames and succeeded in clearing the nozzle, obtaining a fog steam and cooling the fire. By his quick thinking and courageous action, completely disregarding his own safety, he saved these personnel from becoming badly burned. In rescuing these men he received serious burns on his head and face.

 

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CAMSELL, F/L George Clarke (J7985) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.9 Squadron - Award effective 15 March 1945 as per London Gazette dated 23 March 1945 and AFRO 721/45 dated 27 April 1945. Born 1915 in Winnipeg; home there. Educated at St.John's College and University of Manitoba; geologist's assistant; enlisted Winnipeg 18 February 1941. Trained at No.2 ITS (graduated 4 June 1941), No.18 EFTS (graduated 27 July 1941) and No.15 SFTS (graduated 7 October 1941). Commissioned October 1941. Award sent by registered mail May 1955. No citation other than "completed...many successful operations against the enemy in which [he has] displayed high skill, fortitude and devotion to duty." Public Records Office Air 2/9050 has recommendation dated 13 December 1944 when he had flown 26 sorties (148 hours ten minutes).

 

* daylight sortie

 

14 July 44 Villeneuve St.George (6.50) 13 Aug 44 Brest (4.30)

17 July 44 Caen (3.30) 14 Aug 44 Brest (4.25)

18 July 44 Revigny (5.35) 15 Aug 44 Gilste (3.30)

20 July 44 Courtrai (3.15) 18 Aug 44 La Pallice (6.25)

23 July 44 Kiel (5.05) 24 Aug 44 Ijmuiden (2.55)

1 Aug 44 Mont Candon (4.30)* 27 Aug 44 Brest (4.25)

2 Aug 44 Bois de Casson (4.50)* 5 Oct 44 Wilhelmshaven (4.55)

3 Aug 44 Trossy (4.40)* 7 Oct 44 Flushing (3.10)

4 Aug 44 Etaples (3.45)* 15 Oct 44 Sorpe Dam (5.20)

7 Aug 44 Lorient (4.50)* 29 Oct 44 Tirpitz (12.05)

9 Aug 44 La Pallice (6.00)* 12 Nov 44 Tirpitz (11.25)

10 Aug 44 Bordeaux (7.15) 26 Nov 44 Munich (9.15)

11 Aug 44 Givors (7.50) 11 Dec 44 Urft Dam (4.55)

 

This officer has completed 26 successful sorties as captain of aircraft. His sorties have included attacks on heavily defended targets in Germany and occupied Europe by day and by night, many of these sorties being precision targets. He took part in the second attack on the German battleship Tirpitz and was only prevented from taking part in the final and successful attack owing to a late take off arising from circumstances beyond his control. In this instance he reached a point about 100 miles from the target before returning without bombing. On every occasion Flight Lieutenant Camsell has shown courage and determination of the highest order together with the utmost keenness to operate as frequently as possible. He has several times acted as Deputy Leader of the squadron on daylight operations and more than once as leader, a task he has fulfilled mst successfully.

 

During a night attack on Munich on the 25th November, whilst over the target, his aircraft was attacked by three single-engine night fighters, but he was able to outmanoeuvre two of the fighters, the third being driven off by gun fire. In addition to showing a high standard of captaincy in the air he has proved his worth on the ground whilst acting as Deputy Flight Commander, and has been of considerable assistance to his Flight Commander.

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CANTELON, F/L John William (C17492) - Member, Order of the British Empire - No.143 Wing - Award effective 1 January 1945 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 132/45 dated 26 January 1945. Home in Ridgetown, Ontario. Enlisted in London, Ontario, 31 May 1938. Armament Officer. Award presented 20 November 1948. No citation in Canadian sources. Public Records Office Air 2/8872 has recommendation.

 

This officer is Armament Officer of his wing. He has shown tremendous enthusiasm in his work and as a result of his personal supervision the Typhoon aircraft of his wing have been enabled to carry 1,000-pound bombs operationally without any defects. Since arriving in Normandy, this officer has continually sought new methods to improve his section. He has a very thorough knowledge of modern fighter armament and has shown a complete disregard of danger on two occasions when removing detonators from bombs on crashed aircraft. He is a first class officer who sets a fine personal example to his men and has made an outstanding contribution to the operational efficiency of the Wing.

 

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CANTER, Sergeant (now P/O) Wilfred (R127907/J17845) - Distinguished Flying Medal - No.408 Squadron - Award effective 14 August 1943 as per London Gazette dated 27 August 1943 and AFRO 2322/43 dated 12 November 1943. Born 1921 in Russia; home in Toronto (shipping trade); enlisted there 22 August 1941. Trained at No.3 ITS (graduated 30 January 1942), No.12 EFTS (graduated 6 April 1942) and No.5 SFTS (graduated 31 July 1942). Award presented by King George 15 May 1945.

 

In an air operation Sergeant Canter displayed courage and tenacity of a high order.

 

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CANTERA, FS David Raymond (R159333) - Distinguished Flying Medal - No.90 Squadron - Award effective 10 May 1944 as per London Gazette dated 23 May 1944 and AFRO 1380/44 dated 30 June 1944. Born Edmonton, 1923; home there (messenger). Trained at No.3 BGS.

 

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

 

NOTE: Public Records Office Air 2/9149 has recommendation dated 19 February 1944 when he had completed 28 sorties (179 hours 26 minutes), 25 July 1943 to 15 February 1944 as follows:

 

(SD denotes "Special Duties", objective not stated)

 

25 July 43 Essen (5.03) 22 Sep 43 Hanover (2.11, DNCO)

27 July 43 Hamburg (5.23) 23 Sep 43 Mannheim (6.26)

10 Aug 43 Nurmeburg (7.40) 27 Sep 43 Hannover (5.31)

12 Aug 43 Turin (8.12) 3 Oct 43 Cassel (6.24)

16 Aug 43 Turin (8.50) 8 Oct 43 Bremen (5.30)

17 Aug 43 Peenemunde (7.29) 18 Nov 43 Mannheim (7.06)

22 Aug 43 GARDENING, Frisians 19 Nov 43 Leverkusen (5.14)

(4.23) 4 Jan 44 SD, Bombing (3.25)

23 Aug 43 Berlin (7.49) 21 Jan 44 SD, Bombing (4.41)

27 Aug 43 Nuremburg (7.02) 27 Jan 44 GARDENING,

30 Aug 43 Munchen-Gladbach Kattegat (7.27)

(3.25) 4 Feb 44 SD (6.10)

31 Aug 43 Berlin (7.31) 5 Feb 44 SD (7.00)

5 Sept 43 Mannheim (6.27) 7 Feb 44 SD (5.00)

15 Sep 43 Montlucon (6.10) 8 Feb 4 SD (7.00)

16 Sep 43 Modane (7.57) 15 Feb 44 SD (7.00)

 

This Non-Commissioned Officer has been an Air Gunner on 28 sorties, many against some of the most heavily defended enemy targets. His calmness and enthusiasm at all times have been an example to new crews in the squadron and he has pressed home his attacks with great determination.

 

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CANTIN, Sergeant Joseph Jeremie Raymond Roger (R55171) - Mention in Despatches - No.425 Squadron (now No.402 Squadron) - Award effective 14 January 1944 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 874/44 dated 21 April 1944. Home in Quebec City; enlisted there 5 April 1940. Recommended for BEM, 16 August 1943 for services as Rigger in charge, Maintenance. Proposed citation noted that he had been with unit from early days, showing reliability and good judgement. "He is an exceptionally good rigger. This has been proven by the undertaking of major repair jobs in the field which were completed in record time, thereby contributing to the operational successes of this squadron. Sergeant Cantin is a good leader of men..."

 

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CANTRELL, F/O George Arthur (J23719) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.15 Squadron - Award effective 2 October 1944 as per London Gazette dated 13 October 1944 and AFRO 2637/44 dated 8 December 1944. Born 1917 in Bancroft, Ontario; home in Milford, Ontario; enlisted Toronto, 11 June 1942. Trained at No.1 ITS (graduated 9 October 1942) and No.1 AOS (graduated 5 February 1943). Commissioned 1943. Award presented by King George 13 July 1945. 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 2/9025 has recommendation dated 18 July 1944 when he had flown 31 sorties (138 hours 20 minutes), 3 September 1943 to 2 July 1944.

 

3 Sept 43 GARDENING, Frisians (2.25) 26 Apr 44 Essen (4.35)

8 Sept 43 Boulogne (2.25) 27 Apr 44 Friedrichshaven (8.00)

27 Sept 43 Hanover (4.50) 21 May 44 Duisburg (4.25)

2 Oct 43 GARDENING, Kattegat (7.20) 24 May 44 Aachen (4.00)

3 Oct 43 Kassel (6.00) 28 May 44 Angers (7.40)

28 Nov 43 GARDENING, Cherbourg (3.10) 30 May 44 Boulogne (1.55)

14 Jan 44 Brunswick (5.25) 5 June 44 Caen (3.15)

15 Mar 44 Stuttgart (7.30) 6 June 44 Lisieux (3.20)

18 Mar 44 Frankfurt (5.20) 10 Jun 44 Dreux 4.25)

22 Mar 44 Frankfurt (5.45) 15 Jun 44 Valenciennes (3.25)

26 Mar 44 Essen (4.30) 17 Jun 44 Montdidier (3.55)

10 Apr 44 Laon (4.55) 21 Jun 44 Domleger (2.45)

11 Apr 44 Aachen (3.25) 23 Jun 44 L'Hey (2.15)

20 Apr 44 Cologne (4.10) 30 Jun 44 Villers Bocage (3.40)

22 Apr 44 Dusseldorf (4.05) 2 July 44 Beauvoir (3.50)

24 Apr 44 Karlsruhe (5.40)

 

Flying Officer Cantrell has completed a most successful tour of operations comprising 31 sorties during which he has navigated his aircraft to such targets as Essen (twice), Hanover, Stuttgart, Cologne and Friedrichshaven. He completed seven trips with Flight Lieutenant Woodley but was eventually crewed as a navigator with Flight Lieutenant Dengate.

 

He has displayed great navigational skill and coolness, and his determination has been of great assistance to his Captain in pressing home their attacks on the above and many other targets in Germany and enemy occupied countries.

 

A most reliable member of an aircraft crew, he has at all times displayed praiseworthy keenness and devotion to duty unsurpassed on the squadron. Flying Officer Cantrell is strongly recommended for the award of the Distinguished Flying Cross.

 

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CAPPEL, Sergeant (now FS) Julius (R108054) - British Empire Medal - No.13 SFTS - Award effective as of 1 January 1945 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 89/45 dated 19 January 1945. Home in Montreal; enlisted there 20 June 1941. Award presented 27 April 1945.

 

This equipment assistant has at all times displayed the utmost initiative and ability in the performance of his work and his continued and untiring devotion to duty has been exceptional. His efficiency and willing co-operative attitude have been an inspiration to all those who work with him. He has devoted much of his own time to the instruction of those working under him and to the maintenance of an efficient technical store section. He has rendered outstandingly meritorious service.

 

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CAPPLEMAN, Sergeant Nancy (W307552) - Mention in Despatches - Station Torbay - Award effective 1 January 1946 as per Canada Gazette of that date and AFRO 82/46 dated 25 January 1946. Home in Calgary; enlisted in Winnipeg, 24 July 1942.

 

Sergeant Cappleman is a most efficient airwoman in all respects. Her trade and organizing ability, together with unswerving devotion to duty, regardless of personal effort, has resulted in increased efficiency within her section. Her natural leadership qualities have extended into all phases of station activity and, by personal example, contributed greatly to maintaining morale on this station.

 

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CARD, P/O Henry Clifford (J18179) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.405 Squadron - Award effective 10 January 1944 as per London Gazette dated 18 January 1944 and AFRO 410/44 dated 25 February 1944. Born 1920 in Hamilton; home in Newburgh, Ontario; enlisted Ottawa, 10 June 1941. Trained at No.5 ITS (graduated 26 October 1941), No.9 BGS (graduated 28 March 1942), No.8 AOS (graduated 2 February 1942) and No.2 ANS (graduated(graduated 11 May 1942). Commissioned 1943. Award presented by King George 11 August 1944. No citation other than "completed...many successful operations against the enemy in which [he has] displayed high skill, fortitude and devotion to duty." Public Records Office Air 2/9153 has recommendation dated 23 November 1943 when he had flown 38 sorties (250 hours four minutes).

 

28 Mar 43 St.Nazaire (5.18) 10 Aug 43 Nuremburg (7.23)

4 Apr 43 Kiel (6.28) 16 Aug 43 Turin (7.54)

6 Apr 43 GARDENING, Cinnamon (7.07) 17 Aug 43 Peenemunde (7.59)

8 Apr 43 Duisburg (3.10) 23 Aug 43 Berlin (6.42)

10 Apr 43 Frankfurt (7.11) 27 Aug 43 Nuremburg (6.36)

14 Apr 43 Stuttgart (6.39) 31 Aug 43 Berlin (6.34)

29 May 43 Wuppertal (4.43) 3 Sept 43 Berlin (7.42)

11 June 43 Munster (4.44) 5 Sept 43 Mannheim (5.54)

12 June 43 Bochum (4.44) 6 Sept 43 Munich (7.19)

21 June 43 Krefeld (4.00) 27 Sept 43 Hanover (4.23, DNCO)

22 June 43 Mulheim (4.08) 2 Oct 43 Munich (7.41)

24 June 43 Elberfield (4.37) 3 Oct 43 Kassel (5.40)

29 June 43 Cologne (5.03) 7 Oct 43 Stuttgart (6.00)

3 July 43 Cologne (5.35) 8 Oct 43 Hanover (4.38)

13 July 43 Aachen (5.00) 18 Oct 43 Hanover (4.26)

15 July 43 Montbeliard (6.36) 20 Oct 43 Leipzig (6.36)

24 July 43 Hamburg (5.36) 22 Oct 43 Kassel (5.08)

25 July 43 Essen (4.41) 3 Nov 43 Cologne (3.58)

27 July 43 Hamburg (5.48) 17 Nov 43 Mannheim (2.04, DNCO)

29 July 43 Hamburg (1.21, DNCO) 18 Nov 43 Berlin (7.08)

9 Aug 43 Mannheim (5.47)

Pilot Officer Card has taken part in 38 operational sorties and has consistently displayed great determination and courage in pressing home his attacks. A highly efficient Bomb Aimer, he has always shown the keenest desire to proceed on operations. This officer is strongly recommended for the award of the Distinguished Flying Cross.

 

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CARD, Corporal Lester Charles (R77614) - Mention in Despatches - Overseas - Award effective 1 January 1943 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 232/43 dated 12 February 1943. Home in Cardston, Alberta; enlisted in Calgary, 26 January 1940. No citation. Later commissioned and twice more Mentioned in Despatches.

 

CARD, F/L Lester Charles (C15730) - Mention in Despatches - No.201 Group - Award effective 14 January 1944 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 874/44 dated 21 April 1944. No citation.

 

CARD, F/L Lester Charles (C15730) - Mention in Despatches - Station Nicosia (AFRO gives unit only as "Overseas") - Award effective 14 June 1945 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 1395/45 dated 31 August 1945. No citation in Canadian sources. Public Records Office Air 2/9056 had recommendation for an MBE;

 

This officer is the Radar Officer at the station. He is a fine technician who has worked with the greatest zeal and skill and has produced many excellent devices for helping training, including the perfection of the ASV trainer. Flight Lieutenant Card has been an inspiration to all who have worked with him and his efforts have been beyond praise. Although not officially employed on air crew duties he completed over 400 operational flying hours while serving in Malta.

 

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CARD, F/O Robert Keith (J85061) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.432 Squadron - Award effective 1 December 1944 as per London Gazette dated 8 December 1944 and AFRO 337/45 dated 23 February 1945. Born 1920 in Edmonton; home there (RCMP constable). Home in Edmonton; enlisted there 29 May 1943. Trained at No.4 ITS (graduated 4 December 1942), No.5 EFTS (graduated 19 February 1943) and No.7 SFTS (graduated 11 June 1943). Commissioned 1944. Award presented 29 November 1947. 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.5557 (RG.24 Vol.20668) has recommendation dated 12 September when he had flown 33 sorties (156 hours ten minutes), 22 May to 12 September 1944.

 

This officer has made thirty-three successful operational sorties over enemy territory. During these trips he has shown a high degree of skill and has been an outstanding captain of aircraft. At all times he has been a keen, willing worker and an inspiring example to other pilots.

 

For his airmanship, intense loyalty and splendid record, Flying Officer Card is strongly recommended for the Distinguished Flying Cross.

 

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CARDIFF, P/O John Abel (J90202) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.77 Squadron - Award effective 5 July 1945 as per London Gazette dated 20 July 1945 and AFRO 1619/45 dated 19 October 1945. Born 1923 in Govan, Saskatchewan; home in Cymric, Saskatchewan (farmer); enlisted Regina 2 March 1942. Trained at No.7 ITS (graduated 31 July 1942), No.19 EFTS (ceased training 23 October 1941), No.3 WS (graduated 29 December 1942) and No.8 BGS. Commissioned September 1944. Award presented 18 June 1949. No citation other than "completed...numerous operations against the enemy in the course of which [he has] invariably displayed the utmost fortitude, courage and devotion to duty". Public Records Office Air 2/9083 has recommendation dated 13 March 1945 when he had flown 40 sorties (193 hours 24 minutes), 29 April 1944 to 3 March 1945.

 

29 Apr 44 GARDENING, North 2 Aug 44 Foret de Nieppe

Sea (3.08) (2.35)

7 May 44 GARDENING, North 8 Aug 44 Chapelle Notre

Sea (3.17) Dame (3.45)

9 May 44 Berneval (3.53) 14 Aug 44 TRACTABLE 22 (4.20)

10 May 44 Lens (3.41) 15 Aug 44 Eindhoven (3.55)

24 May 44 Beaumont (3.29) 16 Aug 44 Kiel (5.00)

5 June 44 Maisy (4.45) 27 Aug 44 Homberg (4.30)

6 June 44 St.Lo (5.14) 3 Sept 44 Venlo (4.15)

11 Jun 44 Massy-Palaiseau 15 Oct 44 Duisburg (4.55)

(4.30) 4 Nov 44 Bochum (4.50)

12 Jun 44 Amiens (4.12) 2 Dec 44 Hagen (5.30)

14 Jun 44 Evrecy (4.58) 17 Dec 44 Duisburg (6.25)

16 Jun 44 Sterkrade (4.21) 30 Dec 44 Cologne (5.45)

4 July 44 Domleger (3.48) 22 Jan 45 Gelsenkirchen (6.00)

6 July 44 Marquiss Memo (4.08) 1 Feb 45 Mainz (6.25)

12 Jul 44 Hauts Boissons (3.35) 4 Feb 45 Bonn (5.25)

23 Jul 44 Hauts Boissons (3.25) 7 Feb 45 Goch (6.10)

24 Jul 44 Stuttgart (8.05) 14 Feb 45 Chemnitz (5.40), DNCO

28 Jul 44 Foret de Nieppe 24 Feb 45 Kamen (6.15)

(4.00) 27 Feb 45 Mainz (6.45), DNCO

30 Jul 44 Area "G" (4.10), DNCO 3 Mar 45 Kamen (6.20)

1 Aug 44 Noyelle en Chausse 5 Mar 45 Chemnitz (8.10)

(3.50), DNCO

 

Pilot Officer Cardiff, Wireless Operator, has just completed his first tour of operations with 40 sorties to his credit.

 

He finished the allotted number of sorties earlier than the remainder of his crew, owing to having filled vacancies in several crews due to sickness. However, this officer continued to operate with his crew until their sorties had been finally accomplished.

 

The aforementioned is typical of Pilot Officer Cardiff's fine team spirit, which has been prevalent throughout his tour, this not having been without incident, as on two occasions heavy flak was encountered and extensive damage caused to his aircraft.

 

This officer has always displayed great courage and a fine offensive spirit together with an unwavering devotion to duty, in recognition of which he is strongly recommended for the award of the Distinguished Flying Cross.

 

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CARDNO, P/O Murray Bruce (J87548) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.405 Squadron - Award effective 4 November 1944 as per London Gazette dated 17 November 1944 and AFRO 239/45 dated 9 February 1945. Born 1918 in Hamilton, Ontario; home there (plasterer); enlisted there 21 March 1942. Trained at No.3 ITS (graduated 25 September 1942), No.1 BGS (graduated 7 December 1942) and No.9 AOS (graduated 5 February 1943). Commissioned June 1944. Award sent by registered mail 8 June 1948 with Bar. No citation other than "completed...numerous operations against the enemy in the course of which [he has] invariably displayed the utmost fortitude, courage and devotion to duty." Public Records Office Air 2/8827 has recommendation dated 20 August 1944 when he had flown 45 sorties (214 hours 53 minutes), 9 August 1943 to 12 August 1944.

 

* denotes no sortie credited

# denotes counted as 1/3 sortie

 

9 Aug 43 NICKELLING (4.25)* 28 May 44 Mardick (2.12)

3 Oct 43 Kassel (6.30) 31 May 44 Trappes (3.51)

4 Oct 43 Frankfurt (8.00) 2 June 44 Trappes (3.30)

8 Oct 43 Hannover (5.35) 5 June 44 Longues (3.04)

22 Oct 43 Kassel (5.10)* 10 Jun 44 Versailles (3.53)

18 Nov 43 Ludwigshaven (7.45) 11 Jun 44 Toures (4.52)

25 Nov 43 Stuttgart (8.05) 12 Jun 44 Amiens (2.58)

20 Dec 43 Frankfurt (5.20) 15 Jun 44 Lens (2.34)

29 Dec 43 Berlin (7.55) 16 Jun 44 Renescure (1.55)

20 Jan 44 Berlin (7.15) 5 July 44 Wizernes (1.54)

28 Jan 44 Berlin (8.15) 7 July 44 Caen (2.36)

15 Mar 44 Stuttgart (6.50) 10 Jul 44 Nucourt (2.37)

18 Mar 44 Frankfurt (5.02) 12 Jul 44 Paris/Vaires (3.12)

10 Apr 44 Laon (3.36)# 17 Jul 44 Cangny (2.38)

11 Apr 44 Aachen (3.23) 20 Jul 44 Contrai (2.07)

20 Apr 44 Lens (3.03)# 23 Jul 44 Kiel (5.13)

24 Apr 44 Karlsruhe (5.23) 24 Jul 44 Stuttgart (7.06)

26 Apr 44 Essen (4.09) 25 Jul 44 Stuttgart (7.17)

3 May 44 Montdidier (3.10) 28 Jul 44 Stuttgart (6.38)

5 May 44 Nantes Gassicourt 3 Aug 44 L'Isle Adam (3.09)

(2.49) 5 Aug 44 Chausse (3.03)

19 May 44 Mont Couple (2.58) 8 Aug 44 Lucheux (3.10)

21 May 44 Duisburg (4.05) 10 Aug 44 La Pallice (5.12)

22 May 44 Dortmund (3.51) 12 Aug 44 Russelsheim (4.29)

27 May 44 Rennes Airfield

(3.49)

 

This officer is a highly efficient and keen bomb aimer. He has completed 45 sorties, many of which have been directed against such heavily defended enemy targets as Berlin, Frankfurt and Stuttgart. On many occasions, Pilot Officer Cardno has been placed in much personal danger, but he has invariably displayed a fine fighting spirit and dogged determination to make his missions successful ones. Undoubtedly, the many successes attained by his crew can be attributed to this officer's fine work. Strongly recommended for the non-immediate award of the Distinguished Flying Cross.

 

CARDNO, F/L Murray Bruce, DFC (J87548) - Bar to Distinguished Flying Cross - No.405 Squadron - Award effective 15 March 1945 as per London Gazette dated 23 March 1945 and AFRO 721/45 dated 27 April 1945.

 

Throughout a long and eventful operational career this officer has always displayed the utmost determination to complete his missions. He has completed two tours of operations and has participated in many attacks on such heavily defended areas as Berlin, Stuttgart and Hanover. His outstanding skill, courage and unfailing devotion to duty have been most praiseworthy.

 

NOTE: Public Records Office Air 2/9050 has recommendation dated 20 December 1944 when he had flown 56 sorties (264 hours 35 minutes) of which eleven trips (49 hours 50 minutes) had been since previous award. Additional sorties and unpublished text as follows:

 

29 Aug 44 Stettin (9.40) 19 Oct 44 Stuttgart (5.10)

11 Sep 44 Frankfurt (6.00) 23 Oct 44 Essen (4.15)

15 Sept 44 Kiel (5.05) 25 Oct 44 Homberg (3.35)

25 Sept 44 Calais (2.05) 29 Oct 44 Cologne (3.55)

28 Sept 44 Cap Gris Nez (1.55) 30 Oct 44 Cologne (4.10)

15 Oct 44 Wilhelmshaven (4.00)

 

Flight Lieutenant Cardno is a highly successful Bomb Aimer who has now completed two tours of operations. He has participated in many attacks on such heavily defended enemy areas as Berlin, Stuttgart and Hanover. Throughout his long and eventful operational career, this officer has displayed a fine fighting spirit and a dogged determination to make his missions successful ones. He has invariably pressed home his attacks to the full, in spite of much personal discomfort and imminent danger. Undoubtedly, this officer's fine personal example will be difficult to surpass.

 

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CARDY, Sergeant William Henry (R70142) - Conspicuous Gallantry Medal (Flying) - No.427 Squadron - Award effective 9 November 1943 as per London Gazette dated 9 November 1943 and AFRO 358/44 dated 18 February 1944. Born 1920 in Cooksville, Ontario; home in Port Credit, Ontario; enlisted Galt, 28 August 1940. Cited with Flight Lieutenant George J. Laird (RCAF), awarded DFC. Incident occurred on the night of 3 October 1943. Award presented 17 June 1945.

 

Flight Lieutenant Laird and Sergeant Cardy were pilot and flight engineer respectively of an aircraft detailed to attack Kassel one night in October 1943. During the operation the bomber was hit by a hail of bullets from an enemy fighter. Nevertheless, Flight Lieutenant Laird coolly and skilfully outmanoeuvred the enemy aircraft and set course for this country. Two of his crew had been killed, however, and Sergeant Cardy was wounded in the arm and in the eye. In spite of intense suffering, this gallant airman refused to leave his post and executed his normal duties until he finally fainted through loss of blood. Later, when he again recovered consciousness, he attempted to do as much as he could to assist his captain in the homeward flight. By a superb effort Flight Lieutenant Laird succeeded in reaching base where he effected a safe landing in difficult circumstances. This officer displayed outstanding skill, courage and tenacity, while Sergeant Cardy's exemplary conduct and great fortitude were beyond praise.

 

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CAREY, F/L Douglas Mintie (J16480) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.103 Squadron - Award effective 4 October 1943 as per London Gazette dated 15 October 1943 and AFRO 2610/43 dated 17 December 1943. Born in Brandon, Manitoba; home there; enlisted Winnipeg 18 July 1941. Trained at No.2 ITS (graduated 1 October 1941), No.14 EFTS (graduated 5 December 1941) and No.10 SFTS (graduated 10 April 1942). Commissioned 1943. Killed in action with No.12 Squadron, 30 March 1944 (Lancaster ND441); buried in Germany. Award presented to next of kin, 1 December 1948.

 

This officer is an excellent operational pilot and captain of aircraft, whose gallantry in the face of enemy action has been outstanding. On the majority of the sorties in which he has participated the primary target has been bombed successfully. Flight Lieutenant Carey has completed missions to most of the major German objectives and undeterred by opposition has pressed home his attacks regardless of the hazards encountered.

 

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CARIONI, S/L Harold Mario (C3396) - Member, Order of the British Empire - Radio and Communications School - Award effective 13 June 1946 as per Canada Gazette of that date and AFRO 660/46 dated 5 July 1946. Enlisted in Hamilton, Ontario, 6 November 1940. Award presented 14 June 1949.

 

This officer, as instructor and Chief Instructor at this Radar and Communications School has displayed outstanding keenness, enthusiasm and organizing ability. To his efforts are largely due the smooth and efficient functioning of the training programme and high standard of training of the graduates.

 

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CARLETON, Sergeant Edmund Bruce (R97038) - Distinguished Flying Medal - No.427 Squadron - Award effective 1 September 1943 as per London Gazette dated 14 September 1943 and AFRO 2258/43 dated 5 November 1943. Born Toronto, 1922; home there (journalist); enlisted there 28 February 1941. Trained at No.6 BGS (graduated 19 January 1942) and No.4 WS (graduated 19 December 1941. Award presented by King George 22 September 1944.

 

As air gunner this airman has completed numerous operational sorties against heavily defended targets. He has displayed efficiency and courage of high order.

 

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CARLEY, F/L Lloyd Albert (J16922) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.138 Squadron - Award effective 5 April 1945 as per London Gazette dated 13 April 1945 and AFRO 824/45 dated 18 May 1945. Born 1916 in Brandon, Manitoba; home in Saskatoon; educated at University of Saskatchewan; former train man; enlisted Saskatoon, 28 February 1941. Trained at No.4 ITS (graduated 26 July 1941), No.18 EFTS (graduated 18 September 1941) and No.15 SFTS (graduated 5 December 1941). Commissioned February 1943. Award presented 6 September 1947. No citation other than "completed...numerous operations against the enemy in the course of which [he has] invariably displayed the utmost courage and devotion to duty." Public Records Office Air 2/9059 has recommendation dated 19 January 1945 when he had flown 32 sorties (200 hours 50 minutes). It is worth noting that the sortie list gives dates and times flown but not destinations.

 

27 June 44 (6.00) 5 Sept 44 (7.05)

29 June 44 (4.00) 7 Sept 44 (5.05)

3 July 44 (4.35) 10 Sep 44 (4.00)

4 July 44 (5.25) 11 Sep 44 (3.50)

9 July 44 (4.40) 19 Sep 44 (4.20)

10 Jul 44 (5.35) 30 Sep 44 (8.40)

23 Jul 44 (6.55) 4 Oct 44 (7.50)

24 Jul 44 (5.50) 22 Oct 44 (6.35)

26 Jul 44 (6.35) 1 Nov 44 (6.55)

30 Jul 44 (5.15) 8 Nov 44 (8.20)

4 Aug 44 (7.30) 26 Nov 44 (7.55)

6 Aug 44 (6.55) 29 Nov 44 (7.25)

8 Aug 44 (4.35) 28 Dec 44 (9.00)

9 Aug 44 (4.40) 30 Dec 44 (4.45)

11 Aug 44 (7.35) 31 Dec 44 (7.10)

31 Aug 44 (6.40) 12 Jan 45 (9.00)

 

Flight Lieutenant Carley has completed a total of 32 operations as a pilot and captain of aircraft with this squadron. His constant keenness to operate and his desire always to fly on the more difficult missions has proved an outstanding example to the squadron. The high degree of success which has crowned his endeavours has reflected most favourably on his ability both as a pilot and captain of aircraft.

 

The qualities of determination and steadfastness which Flight Lieutenant Carley has at all times shown have made him a respected and valuable member of the squadron.

 

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CARLING-KELLY, Group Captain Fitzroy Cavendish (C172) - Air Force Cross - No.1 Composite Training School. Award effective 1 January 1946 as per Canada Gazette of that date and AFRO 82/46 dated 25 January 1946. Born in Toronto, 1911. Graduated from RMC, 1934; switched from Artillery to RCAF; commissioned in Toronto, 13 June 1935. Awarded wings, 26 May 1936. Went overseas, February 1940 with No.110 Squadron; repatriated to Canada, 19141. Posted overseas again in June 1944. Joined No.428 Squadron. Shot down by fighter and taken prisoner, 28 January 1945 during attack on Stuttgart; three others of his crew baled out safely. Postwar air attache to Paris, NATO officer and commander of No.1 Auxiliary Group. Awarded Queen's Coronation Medal, 23 October 1953 as a Group Captain. Retired 1957. As of award, had completed 2,650 flying hours to date, 1,600 hours as instructor, 70 hours in previous six months. Award presented 1 April 1949.

 

At the outbreak of the European War, this officer, already an experienced flying instructor, was deputy Chief Flying Instructor at Camp Borden. Since that time, he has held such key training positions as Officer Commanding of a Central Flying School Visiting Flight, Chief Flying Instructor of Central Flying School, Officer Commanding Central Flying School, and Commanding Officer of No.1 Service Flying Training School. By his untiring efforts and devotion to the task of pilot training, he has set an excellent example to all flying instructors. he has made a significant contribution to the pilot training programme of the British Commonwealth Air Training Plan which is deserving of the highest praise.

 

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CARLON, Sergeant Thomas Edward (R79113) - Distinguished Flying Medal - No.405 Squadron - Award effective 29 October 1942 as per London Gazette dated 10 November 1942 and AFRO 1870/42 dated 20 November 1942. Born in Montreal, 1917; home there (sale clerk); enlisted there 7 February 1941. Trained at No.1 ITS (graduated 3 July 1941), No.9 AOS (graduated 20 December 1941), No.4 BGS (graduated 31 January 1942), and No.2 ANS (graduated 3 March 1942). Later commissioned (J16815). Award sent by registered mail 1 March 1946. Cited with Sergeant George Theodore Chretien.

 

One night in October 1942, Sergeants Chretien and Carlon were pilot and navigator respectively of an aircraft detailed to attack Kiel. Whilst over the target area anti-aircraft fire was encountered and Sergeant Chretien was wounded in the neck. Although bleeding profusely, he bravely remained at his post, ordered his bombs to be released, and skilfully piloted his aircraft from the fire zone. On the return flight, Sergeant Carlon, with great forethought attended and assisted his wounded captain whilst skilfully navigating his aircraft on its course. Whilst nearing the base Sergeant Chretien, who had been resting, resumed the controls and, despite his injuries, succeeded in landing the aircraft safely. Both these airmen displayed high courage and devotion to duty.

 

NOTE: DHist file 181.009 D.2902 (RG.24 Volume 20633) has recommendations for both men, dated 15 October 1942, which are far more detailed and dramatic. Carlon had completed four sorties (27 hours 13 minutes) and the text read:

 

Sergeant Carlon was navigator on the night of 13th October 1942 over Kiel when his pilot, Sergeant Chretien, was badly wounded in the neck by flak. This Non-Commissioned Officer at once realized the seriousness of the situation and assumed directional control. He watched and tended the pilot very carefully and at the same time made sure that all other members of the crew were kept busy with various tasks. Once over the enemy coast he induced the pilot to sit back and rest while the aircraft was flown back to within five miles of base on the automatic pilot. The navigation he carried out between times was by a northerly route in order to minimize the risk of fighter interception. This he did with such skill that the crew as a whole became confident of a successful conclusion to their trip.

 

With nicely judged psychology he kept his pilot on oxygen and free from physical effort throughout the return and finally in the approach and landing arranged for physical assistance on the control column by the flight engineer and himself helped with the throttles.

 

Sergeant Carlon has already displayed such coolness and resolution as a member of his crew that they esteem it a great privilege to have him with them. This episode amply shows that he possesses very considerable powers of leadership. For such courage and initiative he is strongly recommended for the Distinguished Flying Medal.

 

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CARLSON, FS Allan Bernard (K25545) - Distinguished Flying Medal - No.426 Squadron - Award effective 8 September 1945 as per London Gazette dated 21 September 1945 and AFRO 1704/45 dated 9 November 1945. Born 1925 in Broadview, Saskatchewan; home in Saanichton or Victoria, British Columbia (farm labourer). Formerly in COTC. Enlisted in Vancouver, 7 May 1943. Trained at No.7 ITS (graduated 29 October 1943) and No.3 BGS (graduated 11 February 1944). Award presented 29 May 1947. No citation other than "completed...numerous operations against the enemy in the course of which [he has] displayed the utmost fortitude, courage and devotion to duty." DHist file 181.009 D.2618 (RG.24 Vol.20627) has recommendation dated 21 April 1945 when he had completed 33 sorties (209 hours 20 minutes) from 4 November 1944 to 31 March 1945. Rear gunner to P/O A.W. Hutchins.

 

This NCO has completed many sorties as a rear gunner. His coolness and courage while under fire has been an inspiration to his crew. On several occasions due to his alertness he has spotted enemy fighters and by giving necessary evasive directions has contributed greatly to the return of the aircraft...

 

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CARLSON, F/L Alan Theophilus (J8947) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.400 Squadron - Award effective 8 August 1944 as per London Gazette dated 11 August 1944 and AFRO 2101/44 dated 29 September 1944. Born 1922 in Vermillion, Alberta; h* in Calgary. Served initially in Royal Canadian Army Service Corps. Enlisted in Calgary 14 March 1941. Trained at No.2 ITS (graduated 9 July 1941), No.5 EFTS (graduated 1 September 1941) and No.10 SFTS (graduated 21 November 1941). Commissioned 1942. Credited with the following victories: 10 September 1943, one Ju.52 destroyed; 24 October 1943. one FW.190 destroyed. Released 25 September 1945. Award sent by registered mail.

 

This officer has flown on many sorties, including numerous night operations, in a single engined aircraft and has at all times shown great determination and a keen fighting spirit. He has destroyed at least two enemy aircraft and damaged nine locomotives.

 

NOTE: Public Record Office has recommendation drafted about 20 March 1944 when he had flown 37 sorties (60 operational hours):

 

This officer has successfully completed a large number of reconnaissance and offensive sorties against the enemy. These sorties include 12 INSTEPS in the Bay of Biscay protecting Beaufighters and Mosquitos against enemy opposition. He show ed great skill in carrying out seven Intruder operations over enemy occupied territory in a single engine aircraft. During eight Rhubarb and Ranger operations he successfully destroyed two enemy aircraft and damaged nine locomotives. All these sorties were carried out with great determination and skill, showing at all times a keen offensive spirit as well as proving himself to be a valuable and skilful reconnaissance pilot.

 

W/C R.A. Ellis added his comments on 21 March 1944:

 

This officer has carried out a large number of operational sorties of low-level photography and tactical reconnaissance, and also of Intruder operations both day and night. All his sorties have proved extremely successful and at all times he has shown great determination and courage of the highest order. During these operations he has destroyed two enemy aircraft and damaged nine locomotives. His great keenness and devotion to duty have been an example and an inspiration to the ret of the squadron.

 

G/C. E.H. Moncrieffe wrote (also on 21 March 1944):

 

A skilful and highly experienced reconnaissance pilot who has at all times set a very high standard in his work and can be relied upon to carry out the most difficult tasks in face of strong opposition. His fine offensive spirit and keenness has been outstanding and at all times an example to those working with him.

 

A/V/M B.E. Embry added, 3 April 1944:

 

This officer has performed valuable services over a long period of operations and his high standard of skill, resolution and cheerfulness well deserve recognition. I recommend him most strongly for the award of the Distinguished Flying Cross.

 

This was duly marked "Recommended" by Air Marshal Alan Coningham (9 April 1944) and by Air Chief Marshal Trafford Leigh Mallory (29 May 1944).

 

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CARLSON, F/O Carl Leonard (J37888) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.156 Squadron - Award effective 8 September 1945 as per London Gazette dated 21 September 1945 and AFRO 1704/45 dated 9 November 1945. Born 1924 in Watrous, Saskatchewan; home there (clerk); enlisted in Saskatoon 22 October 1942. Trained at No.2 ITS (graduated 15 June 1943), No.2 BGS (graduated 18 September 1943) and No.5 AOS (graduated 12 November 1943). Commissioned October 1943. Award sent by registered mail 21 December 1949. No citation other than "completed...numerous operations against the enemy in the course of which [he has] invariably displayed the utmost fortitude, courage and devotion to duty." Public Records Office Air 2/8751 has recommendation dated 11 April 1945 when he had flown 37 sorties (205 hours).

 

20 Sept 44 Calais 31 Dec 44 Osterfeld

5 Oct 44 Saarbrucken 2 Jan 45 Nuremburg

7 Oct 44 Emmerich 7 Jan 45 Munich

14 Oct 44 Duisburg 14 Jan 45 Saarbrucken

15 Oct 44 Wilhelmshaven 1 Feb 45 Mainz

19 Oct 44 Stuttgart 3 Feb 45 Bottrop

23 Oct 43 Essen 14 Feb 45 Chemnitz

25 Oct 44 Essen 17 Feb 45 Wesel

30 Oct 44 Cologne 23 Fen 45 Pfortzheim

31 Oct 44 Cologne 2 Mar 45 Cologne

4 Nov 44 Bochum 5 Mar 45 Chemnitz

29 Nov 44 Essen 7 Mar 45 Dessau

30 Nov 44 Duisburg 8 Mar 45 Hamburg

3 Dec 44 Hemibach 12 Mar 45 Dortmund

4 Dec 44 Karlsruhe 15 Mar 45 Misberg

5 Dec 44 Soest 16 Mar 45 Nuremburg

12 Dec 44 Essen 18 Mar 45 Hanau

28 Dec 44 Opladen 21 Mar 45 Heide

30 Dec 44 Cologne

 

Flying Officer Carlson has completed 38 operational sorties, 26 of which have been with the Pathfinder Force. The majority of the targets have been on German cities.

 

This officer is a Set Operator of Special Equipment, and he has applied himself to this work with great zest and determination. His enthusiasm and hard work have produced good results. He is painstaking and has a fine zest for operational work.

 

Flying Officer Carlson has shown keenness, loyalty and devotion to duty of a high order, and I recommend him for the award of the Distinguished Flying Cross.

 

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CARLSON, F/O Oliver Raymond (J86630) - Medal for Bravery (Czechoslovakia) - Canada Gazette dated 24 January 1948, AFRO 81/48 dated 6 February 1948. Born in Fort Francis, Ontario, 10 February 1922; home there; enlisted in Fort William, 25 October 1940; initially served at No.1 Wireless School, Montreal, until 15 November 1940; trained at No.1 ITS, Toronto (graduated 16 March 1941), No.17 EFTS, Port Stanley, Nova Scotia (failed course); posted to No.1 Manning Depot, Toronto, 29 March 1941; to No.2 AOS, Edmonton, 9 June 1941; to No.5 BGS, Dafoe, 31 August 1941; promoted Sergeant, 13 October 1941; to No.1 ANS, River, 12 October 1941; to "Y" Depot, 12 November 1941; to RAF Trainees Pool, 8 December 1941; to No.3 Personnel Reception Centre, Bournemouth, 19 December 1941; to No.2 AOS, 2 January 1942; to No.2 AFU, Millon, date uncertain; to No.3 (Coastal) Operational Training Unit, 14 April 1942; to No.4 (Coastal) Operational Training Unit, 29 April 1942; to No.422 Squadron, 10 June 1942; commissioned 22 March 1944; to No.4 (Coastal) Operational Training Unit, 30 June 1944; repatriated 22 December 1944; released in Winnipeg, 2 March 1945. Served in RCAF Primary Reserve (Recruiting, Winnipeg), 1955-1958.

 

NOTE, On a form dated 9 December 1944 he stated he had flown 70 sorties (809 hours 25 minutes operational time), the last being 6 June 1944; he also claimed 373 hours 55 minute on overseas training. Hours at various units as follows: No.2 AFU, 46 hours 55 minutes (Anson); No.4 (C) OTU, 36 hours 20 minutes (Catalina); No.422 Squadron, 997 hours 40 minutes (Sunderlands); No.4 (C) OTU, 102 hours 45 minutes (Sunderlands).

 

There is nothing to indicate why he was singled out for this award. An assessment on 10 July 1944 (on posting from No.422 Squadron) described him as "Very capable navigator who has shown keenness to fly throughout his 800 hour tour". At No.4 (C) OTU he was described (11 December 1944) as follows: "Has carried out his duties as Flight Navigation Instructor conscientiously on this unit. An average officer, not outstanding in any way".

 

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CARLYLE, F/L Kenneth Austin (J26979) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.49 Squadron - Award effective 12 November 1945 as per London Gazette dated 16 November 1945 and AFRO 133/46 dated 8 February 1946. Born 1920 in Reesbank, Manitoba; home in Winnipeg (clerk and COTC); enlisted there 30 April 1941. Trained at No.2 ITS (graduated 8 November 1941), No.8 EFTS (graduated 3 January 1942), and No.11 SFTS (graduated 25 April 1942). Commissioned November 1942. Award presented 11 June 1949.

 

This officer has completed a tour of duty which has included attacks against such formidable targets as Kiel, Bremen, Dusseldorf, Munich, Politz and Hamburg. In January 1945, whilst returning from Brux, some of the navigation instruments in his aircraft became unserviceable, but despite bad weather Flight Lieutenant Carlyle flew on for over an hour whilst the flight engineer effected repairs. This done, he flew the aircraft safely back to base. On another occasion after bombing Karlsruhe his aircraft was attacked by a Junkers 88. Largely owing to his airmanship the gunners were able to hit the enemy aircraft which burst into flames. This officer has invariably displayed a high standard of captaincy, courage and devotion to duty.

 

NOTE: Public Records Office Air 2/9137 has recommendation (undated but circa 15 June 1945) when he had flown 34 sorties (241 hours 16 minutes). Text supplements above to a degree.

 

23 July 44 Kiel (4.40) 17 Dec 44 Munich (9.40)

24 July 44 Donges (6.00) 18 Dec 44 Gyndia (10.15)

26 July 44 Givors (9.50) 21 Dec 44 Politz (10.25)

7 Aug 44 Sequeville (3.50) 7 Jan 45 Munich (9.25)

9 Aug 44 Chatellerault (6.20) 13 Jan 45 Politz (10.35)

10 Aug 44 Bordeaux (7.00) 16 Jan 45 Brux (9.15)

11 Aug 44 Givors (8.45) 1 Feb 45 Sieten (6.40)

13 Aug 44 Falaise (3.20) 2 Feb 45 Karlsruhe (7.20)

5 Oct 44 Wilhelmshaven (5.05) 8 Feb 45 Politz (9.50)

6 Oct 44 Bremen (5.15) 23 Feb 45 Horten (7.05)

28 Oct 44 Bergen (7.05) 6 Mar 45 Sasnitz (9.30)

30 Oct 44 Walcheren (3.15) 7 Mar 45 Harburg (7.30)

2 Nov 44 Dusseldorf (5.25) 11 Mar 45 Essen (5.25)

16 Nov 44 Duren (5.05) 14 Mar 45 Lutzkendorf (9.20)

21 Nov 44 Gravenhorst (6.00) 20 Mar 45 Bohlen (8.35)

4 Dec 44 Heilbonn (6.35) 21 Mar 45 Hamburg (6.05)

11 Dec 44 Heimbach (4.55) 23 Mar 45 Wesel (5.56)

 

This officer has completed a tour of 34 operational sorties against the enemy, including attacks on such formidable objectives as Kiel, Bremen, Dusseldorf, Munich, Politz and Hamburg.

 

Whilst returning from his target at Brux on the night of 16th January 1945, his blind flying instrument panel became unserviceable. The weather was severe, with considerable turbulence, but despite the fact that his aircraft was being thrown about violently in cloud, Flight Lieutenant Carlyle flew accurately on primary instruments for over an hour while his flight engineer attempted to effect repairs. This done, the aircraft was brought safely back to base.

 

On the night of the 2nd February 1945, after bombing Karlsruhe, his aircraft was attacked by a Ju.88. By skilful flying and a high standard of crew cooperation, on which Flight Lieutenant Carlyle always insisted, he was able to place his gunners so advantageously in relation to the enemy aircraft that strikes were seen on the latter, which burst into flames and was lost in cloud.

 

Flight Lieutenant Carlyle has always displayed a high standard of captaincy and a willingness to engage the enemy which has inspired his crew and Flight. For his devotion to duty and proper offensive spirit during a prolonged tour, during which this spirit was maintained, I recommend the award of the Distinguished Flying Cross.

 

 

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CARMICHAEL, F/O Duncan William (J4531) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.104 Squadron - Award effective 2 March 1943 as per London Gazette dated 12 March 1943 and AFRO 616/43 dated 9 April 1943. Born 31 January 1921; home given variously as in Ontario and Vancouver; enlisted Vancouver 26 June 1940. Trained at No.1 ITS (graduated 17 September 1940), No.4 BGS (graduated 2 February 1941), No.2 AOS (graduated 21 December 1940), and No.1 CNS (graduated 13 March 1941). Posted overseas in May 1941; repatriated January 1944. Posted to No.1 Central Navigation School, 9 March 1944; to No.5 OTU, 10 April 1944; retired 13 September 1945. Award presented 1 February 1946.

 

Flying Officer Carmichael has taken part in a number of operational sorties. He is an observer of exceptional ability as well as a keen and accurate bomb aimer. One night in November 1942 he was largely responsible for exploding an ammunition dump at an enemy airfield in Sardinia. Throughout, he has displayed courage of the highest order.

 

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CARMICHAEL, WO1 (now P/O) Robert Edgar (R168200/J88788) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.106 Squadron - Award effective 4 November 1944 as per London Gazette dated 17 November 1944 and AFRO 239/45 dated 9 February 1945. Born 24 November 1923 in Lincoln County, Ontario; home in Windsor, Ontario (watch maker); enlisted Hamilton, 16 June 1942. Trained at No.6 ITS (graduated 4 December 1942) and No.4 AOS (graduated 16 April 1942). Posted overseas, May 1943. Commissioned 19 August 1944. Repatriated to Canada, 9 November 1944; posted to No.16 SFTS, 16 December 1944; released 16 February 1945. Postwar he served as a navigator with No.420 Squadron (Auxiliary), 1 April 1951 to 1 July 1952 (service number 80239). Award presented 28 June 1942. No citation other than "completed...numerous operations against the enemy in the course of which [he has] invariably displayed the utmost fortitude, courage and devotion to duty." Public Records Office Air 2/8823 has recommendation dated 14 August 1944 when he had flown 34 sorties (175 hours 30 minutes) as follows:

 

* denotes daylight sortie

 

7 May 44 Salbris (6.00) 23 Jul 44 Kiel (5.20)

9 May 44 Gennevilliers (4.15) 24 Jul 44 Stuttgart (6.50)

11 May 44 Bourg Leopold (3.45) 25 Jul 44 St. Cyr air park

19 May 44 Tours (3.05) DNCO (3.40)*

31 May 44 Maisy Gun Battery 26 Jul 44 Givors MY (8.25)

5 June 44 St.Pierre du Mont Gun 28 Jul 44 Stuttgart (7.50)

Battery (4.40) 30 Jul 44 Gagagnes; not

6 June 44 Caen bridges (4.50) bombed due to

8 June 44 Rennes cloud (4.35)*

10 Jun 44 Orleans MY (6.00) 31 Jul 44 Joigny-La Roche

12 Jun 44 Poitiers (6.10) (5.10)*

14 Jun 44 Aunay-sur-Odon (4.35) 1 Aug 44 Siracourt, cloud,

15 Jun 44 Chatellerault ammo so not bombed

dumps (6.15) (3.15)*

21 Jun 44 Gelsenkirchen (4.25) 2 Aug 44 Trossy St.Maximum

24 Jun 44 Pommerval (4.30)*

construction (3.30) 3 Aug 44 Trossy St.Maximum

27 Jun 44 Vitry-Le Francois (4.15)*

(7.30) 5 Aug 44 St.Leu d'Esserent

29 Jun 44 Beauvoir (2.50)* (4.45)*

15 Jul 44 Nevers (7.30) 6 Aug 44 Lorient sub pens

17 Jul 44 Caen, Mondeville (5.15)*

steel works (3.15)* 7 Aug 44 Sequeville la

19 Jul 44 Thiverny V-1 site Compagne (3.10)

(3.50) 9 Aug 44 Chatellerault (6.05)

20 Jul 44 Courtrai (2.45) 11 Aug 4 Bordeaux (7.45)*

 

Warrant Officer Carmichael, as Navigator, has completed 34 successful operational sorties, including attacks on such heavily defended targets as Stuttgart, Gelsenkirchen and Kiel. He has navigated his aircraft with fine accuracy to widely separated targets in France and Germany, frequently in most unfavourable weather conditions. In a recent attack on Givors he had to navigate through low cloud, thunder storms and bad visibility but his coolness and accuracy enabled his captain to make a successful attack.

 

The majority of his sorties have been against small targets of tactical importance in France, and here the accuracy of his work has proved invaluable, enabling speedy and accurate bombing.

This NCO has proved himself to be an outstanding member of a gallant crew. He has brought fine technical skill coupled with coolness and courage to his operational work, and I consider he fully deserves the award of the Distinguished Flying Cross.

 

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CARON, F/L Joseph Albert Leopold (J7607) - Commended for Valuable Services - No.11 EFTS - Award effective 1 January 1946 as per Canada Gazette of that date and AFRO 82/46 dated 25 January 1946. Born 8 March 1910. Home in Levis, Quebec; enlisted in Quebec, 30 October 1939. initially as an Aero Engine Mechanic. Promoted to Leading Aircraftman, 1 October 1940 and posted to No.2 SFTS, 3 October 1940. Remustered to aircrew, 8 April 1941 and reverted to Aircraftman Second Class. Trained at No.3 ITS (graduated 16 May 1941), No.11 EFTS (graduated 3 July 1941), and No.14 SFTS (graduated 26 September 1941). Commissioned 7 October 1941. Posted to No.13 SFTS, 31 December 1941; to No.22 EFTS, 30 May 1942; to No.11 EFTS, 6 July 1943; to No.10 EFTS, 11 February 1944 but appears to have returned to Mo.11 EFTS soon afterwards. Released 1 February 1945.

 

This officer has always carried out his duties with great ability, and at all times he has shown an outstanding devotion to the service, which have inspired confidence and command respect from his fellow officers and men under him.

 

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CARON, F/L Wilfred Mitchell (J23042) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.357 Squadron - Award effective 9 October 1945 as per London Gazette dated 19 October 1945 and AFRO 1822/45 dated 7 December 1945. Born March 1921 at Midway, British Columbia; home there or Trail, British Columbia (clerk); enlisted Edmonton, 6 May 1942. Trained at No.7 ITS (graduated 24 October 1942) and No.3 AOS (graduated 5 March 1943). Commissioned February 1943. Award presented at Sea Island, 22 October 1949.

 

Flight Lieutenant Caron has completed a large number of sorties, mostly at night. These have included supply dropping, bombing and special duties. These sorties have been flown over occupied Burma, often remote from good landmarks, and a high standard of navigation has been necessary. Flight Lieutenant Caron's skill and determination have contributed greatly to the successes achieved by his crew.

 

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CARPENTER, W/C Frederick Stanley (C774) - Air Force Cross - Western Air Command - Award effective 28 May 1943 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 1459/43 dated 30 July 1943 - Born 19 September 1914 in Toronto. Attended Royal Military College; joined RCAF as P/P/O, 5 July 1937; qualified as pilot, 20 May 1938. On early bomber-reconnaissance duties, commanding No.117 (BR) Squadron in Eastern Air Command and Nos.9 and 160 (BR) Squadrons on Pacific coast. Invested with AFC, 24 November 1943. Remained in postwar RCAF, rising to Major-General before retiring on 10 December 1969. Awarded Queen's Coronation Medal, 23 October 1953 while an Air Commodore attending Imperial Defence College. Died in Kingston, 10 May 1978.

 

Since the outbreak of war, Wing Commander Carpenter has been constantly employed on operational duties and at all times has displayed outstanding devotion to duty. He is an excellent Flying Boat pilot, Station Commander and Staff Officer. He has flown nearly 1,000 operational hours on Coastal Reconnaissance in a little over two years and in addition has made two ferry flights to the United Kingdom. His enthusiasm for operational work, together with his skill as a pilot, has been largely responsible for a high standard being reached by those under his command.

 

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CARPENTER, F/O Graham (C10937) - Mention in Despatches - Mediterranean Air Command - Award effective 17 September 1943 as per London Gazette of that date 28 and AFRO 2198/43 dated 29 October 1943. Born 18 September 1913. Home in St.James, Manitoba; enlisted Winnipeg 14 May 1936 (No.112 Squadron). Sergeant at outbreak of war; promoted Flight Sergeant, 1 October 1940; to Warrant Officer, 2nd Class, 1 July 1941; commissioned 21 February 1942 (simultaneous promotion to Flying Officer); promoted Flight Lieutenant, 1 April 1944; to Squadron Leader, 1 April 1945. Not clear when he went overseas, but presumably when No.112 Squadron was mobilized. Engineering Officer with No.417 Squadron, April 1942 to June 1943. Repatriated to Canada, 19 October 1943. The microfilm recording his postings is not good quality, but he was evidently with a series of Operational Training Units in Eastern Air Command including No.8 OTU (30 June 1944), No.1 OTU (13 July 1944) and back to No.8 OTU (12 January 1945); released 16 October 1945 and returned to Winnipeg.

 

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CARPENTER, F/O Pierre Risso (J96008) - Mention in Despatches - Overseas - Award effective 10 January 1947 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 70/47 dated 7 February 1947. American in the RCAF; born 10 November 1921; home in Houston, Texas; enlisted Windsor, 1 August 1941. Trained at No.2 ITS (graduated 20 December 1941), No.19 EFTS (graduated 14 March 1942) and No.2 SFTS (graduated 3 July 1942 as a Sergeant Pilot). To Eastern Air Command, 17 July 1942; to No.128 Squadron, 18 July 1942; promoted Flight Sergeant, 7 January 1943; posted overseas 13 January 1943; promoted Warrant Officer, 2nd Class, 3 July 1943; commissioned 3 January 1945. Missing in action, 25 November 1943 during a "Rhubarb" to Bergen-op-Zoom with No.412 Squadron (Prisoner of War). Repatriated July 1945; released 18 September 1945.

 

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CARPENTIER, F/O Joseph Herbert (J39956) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.425 Squadron - Award effective 10 May 1945 as per London Gazette dated 22 May 1945 and AFRO 1147/45 dated 13 July 1945. Born 1912 at Masson, Quebec; home there (office clerk); enlisted North Bay, Ontario, 28 September 1942. Trained at No.3 ITS (graduated 2 April 1943), No.6 BGS (graduated 6 August 1943) and No.10 AOS (graduated 23 December 1943). Commissioned December 1943. Presented with award 1 December 1948.

 

Flying Officer Carpentier has throughout his numerous sorties displayed keenness and efficiency of a very high order. In November 1944 he was detailed to participate in an attack against railway sidings at Duisburg. Shortly after leaving the English coast much of his navigational equipment became unserviceable. Despite the difficulties the mission was successfully accomplished. On many other occasions over such heavily defended targets as Cologne, Karlsruhe and Hanover, serious difficulties have been encountered but this officer's skill has always ensured a safe return to base. His consistent devotion to duty and outstanding ability have been worthy of the highest praise.

 

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CARPENTIER, FS Joseph Louis Alfred (R56046) - Mention in Despatches - No.425 Squadron - Award effective 14 January 1944 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 874/44 dated 21 April 1944. Born 22 June 1913. Home in Trois Rivieres, Quebec; enlisted there 1 April 1940 (General Duties). Appears to have gone overseas with No.112 Squadron. Remustered to Aero Engine Mechanic, 1 January 1941. Recommended for BEM, 16 August 1943 for services as Fitter in flight. Had been with squadron early on, serving in England and North Africa. "In the field, under adverse condition, Flight Sergeant Carpentier has fully contributed in the undertaking of major repair jobs which were completed in record time." Repatriated to Canada, 30 May 1944; to No.9 Repair Depot, 30 June 1944; to No.13 EFTS, 7 May 1945; released 8 July 1945.

 

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CARR, P/O Alexander Lawrence (J17877) - Distinguished Flying Cross (U.S.) - 9th USAAF (AFRO gives unit only as "Overseas") - Award effective 20 June 1944 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 1861/44 dated 25 August 1944. Born 17 July 1921. Home in Kyle, Saskatchewan; enlisted Regina, 23 October 1940. Trained at No.2 BGS (graduated 13 October 1941 and No.2 WS (graduated 14 April 1941). Posted overseas 2 November 1941; commissioned 3 December 1942; repatriated 23 December 1943; to Eastern Air Command, 3 February 1944; to No.5 OTU, 10 March 1944; released 9 September 1945. Public Records Office Air 2/9599 has citation from General Order No.31, HQ US Army Air Forces in the Middle East, 28 April 1944.

 

For extraordinary achievement while participating in aerial flights. As a radio operator attached to the Ninth United States Air Force during the drive from El Alamein to Tunisia, he participated in 50 combat missions and at all times performed his duties in a most efficient and calm manner. Through his devotion to duty and courageous effort he has reflected considerable credit upon himself and the United States Army Air Force.

 

CARR, P/O Alexander Lawrence (J17877) - Air Medal with two Oak Leaf Clusters (U.S.) - 9th USAAF (AFRO gives unit only as "Overseas") - Award effective 20 June 1944 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 1861/44 dated 25 August 1944. Public Records Office Air 2/9599 has citation from General Order No.31, HQ US Army Air Forces in the Middle East, 28 April 1944.

 

For meritorious achievement while participating in aerial flights against the enemy while on duty with the Ninth United States Air Force in the Middle East...he having participated in five operational missions, each of more than 2 1/2 hours or more duration.

 

Same order awards the first Oak Leaf Cluster for "...having participated in five operational missions, each of 2 1/2 hours or more duration, and ten operational missions, each of less than 2 1/2 hours duration."

 

Order further awards second Oak Leaf Cluster for "...having participated in five operational missions, each of 2 1/2 hours or more duration, and twenty operational missions, each of less than 2 1/2 hours duration."

 

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CARR, F/O Donald Delos (J23590) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.428 Squadron - Award effective 2 October 1944 as per London Gazette dated 13 October 1944 and AFRO 2637/44 dated 8 December 1944. Born 1914; home in Fort William, Ontario; enlisted Port Arthur, 5 May 1941. Trained at No.7 BGS (graduated 18 December 1942) and No.4 AOS (graduated 5 February 1943). Commissioned 1943. Decoration sent by registered mail, 13 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.3260 (RG.24 Vol.20637) has recommendation dated 11 July 1944 when he had flown 38 sorties (233 hours 10 minutes), 22 November 1943 to 21 June 1944. Part of this service with No.405 Squadron and included a crash on return from Berlin (30 January 1944) and aircraft damaged by enemy action (15 February 1944).

 

As Bomb Aimer, this officer has attacked Berlin, Frankfurt, Stuttgart, Ludwigshaven and other targets in France and Germany. Throughout his tour he has shown great steadiness and reliability and a high degree of skill, co-operating well at all times with his crew and giving invaluable aid to the navigator. For being very stead and reliable throughout many operations, I recommend the non-immediate award of the Distinguished Flying Cross.

 

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CARR, F/O James Allen (J27266) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.9 Squadron - Award effective 23 November 1945 as per London Gazette dated 7 December 1945 and AFRO 244/46 dated 8 March 1946. Born 1917 in Edmonton; home in New Westminister (steno clerk); enlisted Vancouver, 8 April 1942. Trained at No.4 ITS (graduated 6 February 1943), No.2 BGS (graduated 1 May 1943), and No.5 AOS (graduated 25 June 1943). Commissioned June 1943. Presented with award 1 July 1947. No citation other than "completed...numerous operations against the enemy in the course of which [he has] invariably displayed the utmost fortitude, courage and devotion to duty." Public Records Office Air 2/8772 has recommendation dated 13 May 45 when he had flown 30 sorties (181 hours 46 minutes), of which two were unsuccessful.

 

5 June 44 St.Pierre du Mond 5 Oct 44 Wilhemshaven (5.15)

(4.10) 7 Oct 44 Flushing (3.05)

6 June 44 Argentan (4.00) 15 Oct 44 Sorpe Dam (5.30)

10 Jun 44 Orleans (5.50) 29 Oct 44 Tirpitz (13.00)

12 Jun 44 Poitiers (6.10) 12 Nov 44 Tirpitz (13.00)

23 Jun 44 Limoges (6.45) 26 Nov 44 Munich (9.30)

24 Jun 44 Prouville (3.40) 28 Dec 44 Oslo Fiord (7.10)

26 Jun 44 Vitry en Francais 1 Jan 45 Dortmund-Ems Canal

(7.10) (7.20)

4 July 44 St.Leu d'Esserent 6 Feb 45 Altenbeken (6.05)

(4.20) unsuccessful

7 July 44 St.Leu d'Esserent 14 Feb 45 Altenbeken (6.05)

(4.25) unsuccessful

12 Jul 44 Culmont Challandrey 22 Feb 45 Altenbeken (6.05)

(8.30) 24 Feb 45 Dortmund Ems Canal

14 Jul 44 Villeneuve St.George (4.30)

(6.55) 20 Mar 45 Nienberg (4.50)

18 Jul 44 Caen (3.30), day 27 Mar 45 Farge (4.15)

19 Jul 44 Criel (3.35) 19 Apr 45 Heligoland (4.10)

9 Aug 44 La Pallice (4.35) 25 Apr 45 Berchtesgaden (8.21)

 

This Air Bomber has completed 28 sorties as Air Bomber. In addition to heavily defended areas in Germany, such as Wilhelmshaven and Munich, his targets have included many daylight precision targets, at times very strongly defended.

 

He took part in the second and final attacks on the battleship "Tirpitz". These operations necessitated very long journeys, during the course of which he greatly assisted his Navigator by the accuracy of his map reading. In the first of these attacks, although hampered by cloud and smoke, he successfully pressed home his attack and, in the final operation, made every effort to bomb the ship accurately.

 

On occasions his crew have been selected to find a bombing wind, in the vicinity of the target, for his squadron on special daylight operations. The small force which carry out this duty is specially picked, and Flying Officer Carr's contribution to the accuracy of the winds found have been to a large extent responsible for the success of his squadron upon these operations.

 

Flying Officer Carr has always taken the utmost care to bomb his targets accurately, frequently making several runs, over precision targets, when, owing to poor visibility, he has been uncertain of his aim.

 

At all times Flying Officer Carr has shown the greatest keenness to operate and has proved himself to be valuable member of a sound operational crew. He has always displayed courage and devotion to duty of a very high order.

 

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CARR, F/L John (J37846) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.439 Squadron - Award effective 29 March 1945 as per London Gazette dated 10 April 1945 and AFRO 802/45 dated 11 May 1945. Born 1923 in Winchester, Ontario; home in Morrisburg, Ontario; served in Royal Canadian Artillery; enlisted in RCAF, Ottawa, 24 August 1942; trained at No.6 ITS (graduated 14 April 1943), No.12 EFTS (graduated 11 June 1943) and No.2 SFTS (graduated 29 October 1943). Commissioned 1943. Presented with award 7 August 1947.

 

This officer has led his squadron on a number of occasions against heavily defended targets, achieving good results. The majority of his sorties have been against railway targets, bridges, canals and enemy troop concentrations. Many of them have been completed in the face of concentrated anti-aircraft fire. But in spite of all opposition Flight Lieutenant Carr has always pressed on with intelligence and judgement and has set an example to the squadron by his outstanding gallantry and devotion to duty.

 

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CARR, F/O William Keir (J13090) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.683 Squadron - Award effective 18 December 1944 as per London Gazette dated 29 December 1944 and AFRO 379/45 dated 2 March 1945. Trained at No.3 ITS (graduated 16 January 1942), No.22 EFTS (graduated 27 March 1942) and No.2 SFTS (graduated 31 July 1942). Presented with award 2 December 1946. Awarded Queen's Coronation Medal, 23 October 1953 while a Squadron Leader, RCAF Staff College. Honourary Colonel, No.412 Squadron in 1990s.

 

Throughout a large number of operational sorties this officer both as flight commander and pilot has displayed outstanding skill and courage. He has participated in a large number of photographic reconnaissance producing results of the greatest accuracy and materially contributing to the success of the 8th Army.

 

Public Records Office Air 2/9033 has recommendation dated 15 October 1944 which provides much more detail. It was drafted by the Group Captain commanding No.285 Wing. Carr had by then flown 725 hours (197 hours 15 minutes in previous six months) and of these, 272 hours 15 minutes were operational hours (132 sorties). He was then a Flight Commander.

 

Flight Lieutenant Carr was in command of a Photo Reconnaissance Flight operating with Desert Air Force and 285 Wing during the period April to August 1944. During this period, both as a Flight Commander and a pilot, he has displayed the most outstanding skill, enthusiasm and dogged determination on all operational missions. His own achievements were worthy of the highest praise in that every one of his missions lacked nothing in so much as determination and accuracy were concerned. He displayed such a fine example that all the pilots in his Flight not only showed the greatest enthusiasm for their work, but also produced results of the greatest accuracy, thereby contributing much towards the success of the intensive programme of destruction by Desert Air Force to German lines of communication in Italy, prior to the advance to Florence from Cassino.

 

In addition to this, Flight Lieutenant Carr's flight flew all air cover for the 8th Army prior to the attacks on the Gothic Line. The accuracy of the work by this Flight was responsible to a great degree for the successes of the 8th Army.

 

For his rank, Flight Lieutenant Carr is outstanding, and for his achievements whilst serving with this force I strongly recommend him for an award if the Distinguished Flying Cross.

 

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CARR-HARRIS, S/L Donald Dale (C2356) - 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, 5 July 1940. Mentioned in Despatches 1 January 1945 and 1 January 1946. Three different cards give his home variously as Winnipeg, Westmount, and London, Ontario. No citation.

 

CARR-HARRIS, W/C Donald Dale (C2356) - Mention in Despatches - No.62 Base - Award effective 1 January 1945 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 337/45 dated 23 February 1945. No citation in AFRO but DHist file 181.009 D.1719 (PAC RG.24 Vol.20606) has recommendation dated 31 July 1944. Had been one year in Canada, three years in UK. Base Engineering Officer.

 

On the night of 28th June 1944, Wing Commander D.D. Carr-Harris (No.62 Base Engineering Officer) and Flight Lieutenant E.J. Strathdee (Station Adjutant, RCAF Station Eastmoor) were at Eastmoor watching No.415 (RCAF) Squadron take off on its first bombing operation. As aircraft "U" was taking off, it swung violently just before becoming airborne, crashed through the aerodrome boundary fence and burst into flames directly beside a farmhouse. Wing Commander Carr-Harris and Flight Lieutenant Strathdee were fully aware that the aircraft had 18 - 500 pound unexploded bombs in its bomb bay, and that these bombs were in the centre of a very fierce fire. In spite of this, and exploding ammunition, they rushed to the scene and after ascertaining that the crew were safe and clear of the wreckage, proceeded to the farmhouse to warn the occupants of their danger, although this was less than 100 yards from the burning aircraft. Ensuring that the house was empty, these officers then proceeded to the aerodrome where a dispersed aircraft was in grave danger due to its proximity to the crash (approximately 150 yards). When almost at the dispersal, some bombs exploded, but undaunted these officers continued to the dispersal point where they helped the pilot to start the aircraft. At this moment more bombs exploded, rocking the aircraft with blast and showering it with shrapnel.

 

I [A/C J.E. Fauquier, No.62 Base Commander] consider that Wing Commander Carr-Harris and Flight Lieutenant Strathdee displayed a very high order of courage and determination far beyond their normal call of duty. Both officers showed an utter contempt for their own personal safety in spite of repeated warnings of the risks involved.

 

CARR-HARRIS, W/C Donald Dale (C2356) - Mention in Despatches - No.62 Base (AFRO gives "Overseas" only) - Award effective 1 January 1946 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 322/46 dated 29 March 1946. No citation in AFRO or biographical file. DHist file 181.009 D.1725 (PAC RG.24 Vol.20607) has recommendation from A/C J.L. Hurley for an OBE dated 21 May 1945 when he was Base Engineering Officer:

 

Wing Commander Carr-Harris has been serving in England on engineering duties since August 1943.

 

His first appointment overseas was as Engineering Officer with No.406 Squadron from September 1941 to February 1943. He was then posted as Chief Technical Officer at RCAF Station, Middleton St.George. In this post Wing Commander Carr-Harris showed great drive and energy with a resultant high degree of serviceability being attained for the bombers operating from this station.

 

Wing Commander Carr-Harris has been employed as Base Engineering Officer at No.62 Base from May 1944. Through his efforts the engineering efficiency of the Base was raised to a high state. From D-Day onwards this officer spared no efforts in checking and analyzing the engineering efficiency of all stations within the Base. The Base Major Servicing Section efficiency and ability to turn out large volumes of excellent work is due in no small measure to Wing Commander Carr-Harris' zeal, energy and efficiency.

 

In recognition of this officer's long service overseas, his demonstrated ability and unceasing energy, I have pleasure in recommending him for the award of the Order of the British Empire.

 

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CARRERE, P/O Jean Pierre Henry (J17078) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.9 Squadron - Award effective 1 September 1943 as per London Gazette dated 14 September 1943 and AFRO 2322/43 dated 12 November 1943. Born in Cochrane, Ontario, 1911; home there. An accountant and former member of the Royal Canadian Artillery. Son of French immigrants who homesteaded in Cochrane area, 1908. Educated there, Rigaud College and Oka Agricultural College (Bachelor of Science in Agriculture). Rejected by RCAF at outbreak of war owing to eyesight; joined the French Air Force, January 1940. In May 1941 he and his brother escaped German-occupied France and he made it into the RCAF. Trained at No.4 AOS (graduated 31 January 1942), No.4 BGS (graduated 14 March 1942) and No.2 ANS (graduated as a navigator, 13 April 1942). Commissioned 1943. Presented with award with Bar, 9 April 1948. Following the war he was elected to the Ontario Legislature (PC member for Cochrane). Died October 6th, 1948 from injuries sustained in a motor accident (he had run into a train). Credited in obituary notice as having flown 97 sorties.

 

Many of the sorties in which this officer has participated have involved long flights in adverse weather and it has been frequently due to his skilful and accurate navigation that targets have been located and bombed successfully. His keenness for operations has been unsurpassed and his determination and courage have set an example to the squadron.

 

CARRERE, F/L Jean Pierre Henri, DFC (J17078) - Bar to Distinguished Flying Cross - No.105 Squadron - Award effective 15 March 1945 as per London Gazette dated 23 March 1945 and AFRO 721/45 dated 27 April 1945.

 

Since the award of the Distinguished Flying Cross, Flight Lieutenant Carrere has participated in a large number of operational sorties. Throughout he has shown himself a highly skilled and most reliable navigator. His cool courage, tenacity of purpose and concentration on the task in hand in the most arduous circumstances have been most commendable.

 

Public Records Office Air 2/9050 has the recommendation for this award dated 21 December 1944 when he had flown 96 sorties (353 hours) and including his sortie list (which names 95 attacks):

 

+ shuttle raids between Britain and North Africa

* marking sortie

# daylight sortie

 

2 Feb 43 Cologne (6.00) 7 July 44 Scholven (2.48)

4 Feb 43 Turin (8.15) 18 July 44 Sannerville (2.39)*#

11 Feb 43 Wilhelmshaven (5.10) 18 July 44 Wesseling (3.10)*

13 Feb 43 Lorient (6.45) 20 July 44 L'Hey (1.53)*#

16 Feb 43 Lorient (6.20) 24 July 44 Ferfay (2.05)*

19 Feb 43 Wilhems (4.30) 29 July 44 Foret de Nieppe (2.41)#

25 Feb 43 Nuremburg (7.20) 1 Aug 44 Siracourt (1.55)*#

26 Feb 43 Cologne (5.00) 3 Aug 44 Trossy St.Maximim (2.48)*#

28 Feb 43 St.Nazaire (5.05) 6 Aug 44 Hazebrouk (1.43)*#

1 Mar 43 Berlin (8.00) 9 Aug 44 Bois de la Haie (1.51)*#

5 Mar 43 Essen (5.00) 10 Aug 44 Paris/Duchy (2.40)*#

22 Mar 43 St.Nazaire (5.00) 11 Aug 44 Etaples (1.40)*#

26 Mar 43 Duisburg (5.20) 14 Aug 44 TRACTABLE (2.22)*#

27 Mar 43 Berlin (7.20) 25 Aug 44 Brest (3.10)*

29 Mar 43 Berlin (7.30) 27 Aug 44 Homberg (2.41)*#

3 Apr 43 Essen (4.50) 1 Sept 44 Lumbres (1.58)*#

8 Apr 43 Duisburg (6.00) 5 Sept 44 Le Havre (2.13)*#

14 Apr 43 Stuttgart (6.50) 8 Sept 44 Le Havre (2.06)*#

16 Apr 43 Pilsen (8.50) 10 Sept 44 Le Havre coast guns (2.00)*#

30 Apr 43 Essen (3.20) 11 Sept 44 Gelsenkirchen (2.44)*#

4 May 43 Dortmund (5.30) 14 Sept 44 The Hague (ammo dump, 2.07)*#

12 May 43 Duisburg (4.30) 17 Sept 44 Boulogne (1.59)*#

18 May 43 Pilsen (7.30) 18 Sept 44 Domberg (1.39)*#

23 May 43 Dortmund (5.00) 23 Sept 44 Domberg (1.46)*#

25 May 43 Dusseldorf (4.15) 25 Sept 44 Calais (1.46)*#

27 May 43 Essen (5.00) 26 Sept 44 Calais (1.46)*#

29 May 43 Wuppertal (5.20) 27 Sept 44 Calais (1.49)*#

12 June 43 Bochum (5.35) 28 Sept 44 Calais (1.46)*#

20 June 43 Friedrichshaven (10.00)+ 6 Oct 44 Sterkrade (2.52)*#

23 June 43 Spezia (9.10)* 18 Oct 44 Dusseldorf-Lohausen a/f (2.49)

18 May 44 Orly (2.37) 23 Oct 44 Essen (2.56)*

19 May 44 Mont Couple (1.51)* 25 Oct 44 Homberg (2.59)*#

27 May 44 Aachen East (2.25) 28 Oct 44 Walcheren (1.37)*#

28 May 44 Mardyck (2.07)* 29 Oct 44 Walcheren (2.09)*#

2 June 44 Haringzelles (2.04)* 31 Oct 44 Cologne (2.31)*

3 June 44 Ferme d'Urville (2.26)* 2 Nov 44 Dusseldorf (2.44)*

5 June 44 St.Pierre du Mont (2.59)* 9 Nov 44 Wanne Eickel (2.55)*#

6 June 44 Vire (3.00)* 11 Nov 44 Dortmund (3.01)*

8 June 44 Fouceres (3.15)* 18 Nov 44 Erfurt (4.01)

12 June 44 Cambrai (2.03)* 21 Nov 44 Sterkrade (2.42)*

14 June 44 Le Havre (2.32)* 23 Nov 44 Eisenach (3.16)

16 June 44 Remescure (2.15)* 28 Nov 44 Hallendorf (3.16)

21 June 44 Oisemont Neuville (2.22)* 29 Nov 44 Duisburg (2.47)#

23 June 44 L'Hey (2.15)* 30 Nov 44 Hallendorf (3.34)

27 June 44 Vienais (2.39)* 1 Dec 44 Karlsruhe (3.15)*

2 July 44 Beauvoir (2.18)*# 6 Dec 44 Osnabruck (2.54)*

4 July 44 St.Martin l'Hortier (2.18)*# 11 Dec 44 Duisburg (3.06)

5 July 44 Wizernes (2.05)*

 

After completing a tour of 29 sorties on heavy bombers, Flight Lieutenant Carrere joined Pathfinder Force in May of this year and has since then carried out a further 67 sorties, no less than 57 of these being marker sorties.

 

In all these attacks Flight Lieutenant Carrere has shown himself to be not only a highly skilled and most reliable navigator, but also possessed of an outstanding degree of cool courage, tenacity of purpose and ability to concentrate on the task in hand under the most arduous conditions regardless of enemy opposition.

 

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CARRIER, LAC Joseph Jean Georges Lucien (R171498) - Mention in Despatches - Tholthorpe - Award effective 14 June 1945 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 1647/45 dated 26 October 1945. Home in Montreal; enlisted there 24 June 1942. AFRO gives unit only as "Overseas"; DHist file 181.009 D.1725 (PAC RG.24 Vol 20607) has list of MiDs this date with unit. DHist file 181.009 D.1719 (PAC RG.24 Vol.20606) has recommendation forwarded to No.6 Group Headquarters, 3 February 1945. Armourer (B), enlisted 26 June 1942. In Canada 22 months, overseas nine months.

 

This airman has consistently set a high example for his fellows by his energy for his work and his cheerful disposition. At all times he is willing to take the lead in getting on with the job no matter how long the hours or how adverse the weather. It is airmen such as LAC Carrier who by their untiring efforts have speeded up bombing-up operations steadily over the past nine months. This airman's skill and ingenuity in his trade are well above average.

 

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CARRUTHERS, P/O Douglas Evard (JJ86983) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.433 Squadron - Award effective 4 November 1944 as per London Gazette dated 17 November 1944 and AFRO 239/45 dated 9 February 1945. Born 1922 in Aylwin, Quebec; home given variously as Ottawa and Kazabazua, Quebec. Served in Royal Canadian Army Medical Corps, 1940-41; enlisted in RCAF in Ottawa, 10 April 1941. Trained at No.3 WS (graduated 6 May 1943) and No.9 BGS (graduated 20 August 1943). Commissioned 1944. Presented with award at Government House, 17 April 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." DHist file 181.009 D.2609 (PAC RG.24 Vol.20627) has recommendation dated 20 August 1944 by W/C A.J. Lewington when he had flown 34 sorties (187 hours 20 minutes), 28 January to 4 August 1944.

 

This officer has now completed a tour of operations comprised of thirty-four trips which included such German targets as Berlin (4), Stuttgart (2), Frankfurt (2) and Essen. He has at all times shown a magnificent example to all personnel of this squadron by his fearless courage, fortitude and skill, and by his readiness to fly at any time irrespective of the target or with what crew he was detailed as a member.

 

I consider that Pilot Officer Carruthers' fine record of achievement and his exceptional skill and determination fully merits the award of the Distinguished Flying Cross (non-immediate).

 

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CARRUTHERS, F/O Gerald Franklin (J25157) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.12 Squadron - Award effective 1 September 1944 as per London Gazette dated 15 September 1944 and AFRO 2373/44 dated 3 November 1944. Born 1920 in Girvin, Saskatchewan; home there; enlisted Saskatoon, 22 July 1940. Trained at No.7 ITS, No.5 BGS (graduated 19 February 1943) and No.3 AOS (graduated 2 April 1943). Commissioned 1943. Presented with award 27 April 1945. No citation other than "completed...many successful operations during which [he has] displayed high skill, fortitude and devotion to duty." Public Records Office Air 2/9276 has recommendation dated 8 June 1944 when he had flown 30 sorties (176 hours), 27 January to 6 June 1944.

27 Jan 44 Berlin 24 Apr 44 Karlsruhe

28 Jan 44 Berlin 26 Apr 44 Essen

29 Jan 44 Berlin 27 Apr 44 Friedrichshaven

15 Feb 44 Berlin 30 Apr 44 Maintenon

24 Feb 44 Schweinfurt 3 May 44 Mailley

25 Feb 44 Augsburg 19 May 44 Orleans

1 Mar 44 Stuttgart 21 May 44 Duisburg

15 Mar 44 Stuttgart 22 May 44 Dortmund

18 Mar 44 Frankfurt 24 May 44 Aachen

24 Mar 44 Berlin 27 May 44 Aachen

9 Apr 44 GARDENING (Danzig) 31 May 44 Tergenier

11 Apr 44 Aachen 2 June 44 Dieppe

18 Apr 44 GARDENING 4 June 44 Pas de Calais

20 Apr 44 Cologne 5 June 44 Varreville

22 Apr 44 Dusseldorf 6 June 44 Acheres

 

Flying Officer Carruthers, a Canadian, has just completed his first operational tour with thirty sorties against the enemy as Air Bomber in a Lancaster aircraft. In his capacity he has carried the responsibility for success or failure of every mission since the primary aim is to deliver the bombs accurately on the target. He has carried out this duty with unqualified success, frequently in the face of fierce opposition, bombing such targets as Berlin, Schweinfurt, Augsburg, Frankfurt, Fredrichshaven, Essen, Dusseldorf,, and many smaller but vital targets in France.

 

By his exceptional skill and devotion to duty he has made a large contribution to the success of Bomber Command and enabled his crew to achieve such an unblemished record. His cheerful optimism and fine offensive spirit have also helped to maintain the morale of his crew at the highest level.

 

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CARSCALLEN, W/C Henry Myles (C148) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.424 Squadron - Award effective 1 July 1943 as per London Gazette dated 9 July 1943 and AFRO 1724/43 dated 27 August 1943. Born in Hamilton, 9 November 1908; educated there 1916-1926; attended Royal Military College, 1926-1930; Osgoode Hall, 1930-1931; Queens University, 1931-1932 (B.Sc., Civil Engineering). Began military career as a Second Lieutenant, 11th Hamilton Field Battery. Appointed Provisional Pilot Officer, 3 October 1932. Awarded wings, 23 May 1933. Did much photo survey work, 1934-1938. Attained rank of Squadron Leader, April 1939 while at Dartmouth. In June 1940 he commanded the first RCAF detachment in Newfoundland (No.10 BR Squadron). Took command of No.5 (BR) Squadron, Dartmouth, November 1940; promoted to Wing Commander, March 1941. Ferried a Liberator to England, July 1942; attended OTU at Wellesbourne; with No.424 Squadron, October 1942 until promoted to Group Captain and made a station commander. Repatriated to Canada, February 1944. In AFHQ Plans Division; posted to Guam as observer, July 1945. At Canadian Joint Staff, Washington, November 1945 to October 1947; to AFHQ, October 1947 to August 1948; with Northwest Air Command, August 1948 to November 1950 (promoted to Air Commodore, September 1948). At AFHQ, November 1950 to August 1953; at Trenton to July 1954; Station Lachine to July 1954; 4 ATAF, Trier and Ramstein, August 1956 to July 1960; promoted to Air Vice Marshal and appointed AOC, Training Command, December 1960. Presented with award 19 August 1944. Awarded Queen's Coronation Medal, 23 October 1953 while an Air Commodore, AFHQ. Died in Ottawa 24 October 1986. See Airforce, Volume 17 No.2 (July 1993) for "H.M. Carscallen: A Pioneer Airman".

 

Wing Commander Carscallen has been continuously employed on operations since the outbreak of the war. He has displayed outstanding fortitude and skill during numerous operational sorties. Many of these were anti-submarine patrols involving long distance flights of a hazardous nature. He has also participated in a number of bombing attacks. Throughout all his missions he has displayed exceptional qualities of resourcefulness and devotion to duty. As Commanding Officer of his squadron he has built up a fine record of achievement setting an example to all who serve under him.

 

CARSCALLEN, G/C Henry Myles, DFC (C148) - Mention in Despatches - Eastmoor - Award effective 8 June 1944 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 1729/44 dated 11 August 1944. No citation in AFRO (which gives unit only as "Overseas"). DHist file 181.009 D.1719 (PAC RG.24 Vol.20606) has recommendation dated 12 February 1944:

 

This officer was posted overseas, eventually assuming command of No.424 (RCAF) Squadron. He led his squadron on many operations, establishing an enviable record. After a short period as Acting Station Commander at Leeming, he was posted to command RCAF Station Eastmoor in May 1943, on its being raised from sub-station status. He perfected a smooth-running organization in record time, and under his leadership and direction No.429 (RCAF) Squadron became a first-line squadron. He successfully supervised the establishment of No.1679 Heavy Conversion Flight and the conversion of No.432 (RCAF) Squadron from twin to four engine bombers. Group Captain Carscallen has shown excellent administrative ability, leadership and devotion to duty of a very high order.

 

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CARSON, S/L John Emerson (C3890) - Member, Order of the British Empire - No.9 (Transport) Group - Award effective 13 June 1946 as per Canada Gazette of that date and AFRO 660/46 dated 5 July 1946. Home in Vancouver; enlisted in Ottawa, 10 February 1941. Decoration sent by registered mail, 11 March 1949.

 

Squadron Leader Carson has been with Ferry Wing since its inception. His knowledge of North American Air Routes and aircraft has been invaluable in planning and effecting aircraft movements from coast to coast. His skill in co-ordinating aircraft despatching and personnel movements of No.124 and No.170 Squadron have contributed a great deal to the efficiency of Ferry Wing. His ability to make quick, sound decisions has been instrumental in maintaining an efficient organization.

 

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CARSON, F/L John Nelson (J28723) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.166 Squadron - Award effective 5 July 1945 as per London Gazette dated 17 July 1945 and AFRO 1558/45 dated 5 October 1945. Born 1921 in Toronto; home there (clerk); enlisted there 13 November 1941. Trained at No.1 ITS (graduated 22 January 1943), No.9 EFTS (graduated 2 April 1943) and No.16 SFTS (graduated 23 July 1943). Commissioned 1943. Presented with award 28 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 2/9081 has recommendation dated 13 March 1945 when he had flown 37 sorties (151 hours), 25 October 1944 to 21 March 1945.

 

25 Oct 44 Essen 14 Jan 45 Merseburg

31 Oct 44 Essen 16 Jan 45 Zeitz/Troglitz

2 Nov 44 Dusseldorf 1 Feb 45 Mannheim

4 Nov 44 Bochum 2 Feb 45 Wiesbaden

6 Nov 44 Gelsenkirchen 20 Feb 45 Dortmund

9 Nov 44 Wanne Eickel 21 Feb 45 Duisburg

18 Nov 44 Wanne Eickel 23 Feb 45 Pforzheim

21 Nov 44 Aschaffenburg 1 Mar 45 Mannheim

27 Nov 44 Freiburg 2 Mar 45 Cologne

29 Nov 44 Dortmund 5 Mar 45 Chemnitz

3 Dec 44 Urft Dam 7 Mar 45 Dessau

4 Dec 44 Karlsruhe 11 Mar 45 Kassel

6 Dec 44 Merseburg 12 Mar 45 Dortmund

12 Dec 44 Essen 13 Mar 45 Erin Benzol Plant

15 Dec 44 Ludwigshaven 15 Mar 45 Misburg

16 Dec 44 Ulm 16 Mar 45 Nuremburg

22 Dec 44 Coblenz 18 Mar 45 Nanau

5 Jan 45 Hanover 21 Mar 45 Bremen

7 Jan 45 Munich

 

This Canadian captain of aircraft has taken part in 37 sorties against the enemy and has a fine record of successful attacks.

 

He has proved himself to be a most capable and determined captain of aircraft and has maintained a high level of discipline in his crew, to whom his personal gallantry has been an inspiration.

 

Fearless in the face of enemy opposition, on more than one occasion he has extricate his aircraft from a perilous situation, and successfully completed a sortie which would, but for his tenacity, have had to be abandoned.

 

He has imbued less experienced pilots with his own zest for operational flying and for his courage and devotion to duty, he is recommended for the award of the Distinguished Flying Cross.

 

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CARSON, P/O Maurice Albert (J85484) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.101 Squadron - Award effective 2 October 1944 as per London Gazette dated 17 October 1944 and AFRO 2637/44 dated 8 December 1944. Born 1921 in Edmonton; home there; enlisted there 12 November 1941. Trained at No.2 ITS (graduated 20 September 1942), No.15 EFTS (graduated 25 September 1942) and No.11 SFTS (graduated 5 February 1943). NOTE: date of ITS graduation must be wrong. Commissioned 1944. Presented with award 27 May 1950.

 

Pilot Officer Carson has completed an operational tour which has been marked by his courage, determination and skilful airmanship. Whilst attacking Gelsenkirchen during June 1944, his aircraft sustained damage to the starboard outer engine. On leaving the target area the damaged engine caught fire and he was immediately engaged by an enemy fighter. With magnificent coolness, this officer managed to extinguish the flames and evade the enemy fighter. He returned to base on three engines and executed a successful landing. His example of fearlessness has made a noteworthy contribution to the high morale prevailing in his squadron.

 

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CARSTAIRS, F/L Lloyd Alexander (C17361) - Mention in Despatches - No.6 Group Headquarters - Award effective 1 January 1946 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 155/46 dated 15 February 1946. Home in Toronto; enlisted there 9 April 1941. AFRO gives unit only as "Overseas"; unit found in McEwen Papers list of recommendations for MiD. No citation in AFRO. DHist file 181.009 D.4364 (RG.24 Vol.20648) has a letter signed by S/L E.P.Seon (Base Signals Officer) dated 2 May 1945 when he was at No.64 Base. This may be treated as a recommendation. Enlisted May 1941, served six months in Canada, and had served 3 1/2 years overseas.

 

I wish to bring your attention to the work of the above referenced officer, who has been carrying out the duties of Base Radar Officer here at No.64 Base most efficiently for some nine months. His drive, energy and efficiency have been of such a high calibre that I have been able to pass on to him, without hesitation, all the technical and administrative problems arising in the ever changing field of Radar as applicable to Bomber Command. All of these have been satisfactorily solved.

 

Through his guidance, new work has been assumed, a new section named B.M.S. Radar, has been organized, and the serviceability figures for Radar equipment in aircraft of this Base have increased until they now top the Group, yet the personnel situation has deteriorated, through repatriations without replacements. This record could only have been accomplished through hard work and good organization within all sections under his control. In this respect, Flight Lieutenant Carstairs has applied himself unsparingly.

 

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CARTER, F/O Arthur John Edwards (J22971) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.428 Squadron - Award effective 3 October 1944 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 2637/44 dated 8 December 1944. Born 1922 in Wadena, Saskatchewan; home in Regina; enlisted Saskatoon, 8 May 1941. Trained at No.4 ITS (graduated 5 August 1941), No.5 EFTS (graduated 25 September 1941) and No.7 SFTS (graduated 19 December 1941. Presented with award 22 February 1947.

 

On his first sortie as captain of aircraft, Flying Officer Carter was detailed to attack Bois de Casson. Shortly after leaving base one engine caught fire and became useless. Some height was lost but Flying Officer Carter went on to the target and executed a successful attack. His determination and devotion to duty set a fine example.

 

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CARTER, F/O Arthur Reginald (J15673) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.153 Squadron - Award effective 15 September 1943 as per London Gazette dated 28 September 1943 and AFRO 2198/43 dated 29 October 1943. Born 28 April 1919 in Toronto; home there; enlisted there 9 October 1940. At No.1 Manning Depot, 9-25 October 1940 and Station Rockcliffe, 25 October 1940 to 3 January 1941. Trained at No.1 ITS (graduated 11 February 1941), No.1 EFTS (graduated 8 April 1941) and No.9 SFTS (graduated 20 June 1941, awarded wings and promoted to Sergeant). Commissioned 1 July 1942; F/O, 1 January 1943; F/L 1 July 1944. Posted to UK, arriving 16 August 1941. Further trained at No.60 OTU, 21 August to 21 October 1941. To No.153 Squadron, 21 October 1941 until 18 December 1942; Station Portreath, 18 December 1942 to 12 February 1943; returned to No.153 Squadron, 12 February to 19 September 1943. With No.63 OTU, 28 October 1943 to 12 March 1944. Took leave in Canada, 20 May to 18 July 1944. Posted to No.409 Squadron, 28 July 1944. Killed in flying accident with No.409 Squadron, 9 August 1944 (Mosquito HK406 was being tested when it went out of control; starboard engine torn out and aircraft went into fatal spin; P/O T.C. Kewen also killed); buried in United Kingdom. Award presented to next of kin, 27 June 1945.

 

Flying Officer Carter has taken part in a large number of operational sorties. A determined and relentless night fighter, he has consistently displayed keenness and courage of a high degree in the course of air combat. At night he has destroyed four enemy aircraft.

 

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CARTER, F/L Charles Murray (J16830) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.428 Squadron - Award effective 5 August 1944 as per London Gazette dated 18 August 1944 and AFRO 2101/44 dated 29 September 1944. Born Harcourt, New Brunswick, 1919; home in Louisville (or Lewisville), New Brunswick. Formerly a Private, New Brunswick Rangers; enlisted in RCAF at Moncton, 28 June 1940. Trained at No.4 AOS (graduated 4 August 1941), No.4 BGS (graduated 15 September 1941) and No.2 ANS (graduated 16 March 1942). Commissioned 1943. Presented with award 29 May 1947. No citation other than "completed...many successful operations against the enemy in which [he has] displayed high skill, fortitude and devotion to duty." Public Records Office Air 2/9632 has recommendation dated 29 April 1944 when he had flown 27 sorties (178 hours 45 minutes), 226 March 1943 to 18 April 1944.

 

26 Jan 43 Lorient (6.45) 9 July 43 Gelsenkirchen (7.30)

4 Feb 43 Lorient (6.25) 24 Jul 43 Hamburg (6.40)

7 Feb 43 Lorient (7.05) 27 Jul 43 Hamburg (7.30)

13 Feb 43 Lorient (7.10) 29 Jul 43 Hamburg (7.30)

14 Feb 43 Cologne (6.00) 3 Aug 43 Hamburg (6.50)

19 Feb 43 Wilhelmshaven (5.30) 22 Aug 43 Leverkusen (6.45)

24 Feb 43 Wilhelmshaven (5.30) 23 Aug 43 Berlin (8.20)

28 Feb 43 St.Nazaire (6.50) 5 Sept 43 Mannheim (7.55)

5 Mar 43 Essen (5.20) 3 Feb 44 GARDENING (6.45)

12 Mar 43 Essen (5.25) 11 Feb 44 GARDENING (5.30)

4 Apr 43 Kiel (6.45) 19 Feb 44 Leipzig (7.00)

14 Apr 43 Stuttgart (7.25) 17 Apr 44 GARDENING (6.00)

27 Apr 43 Duisburg (6.00) 18 Apr 44 GARDENING (6.50)

12 May 43 Duisburg (5.30)

 

This officer has achieved consistently good results on all his bombing sorties against most of the enemy's more important targets. He has displayed great determination throughout, and his skilful efforts have contributed materially towards the destruction of the enemy targets.

 

As squadron Bombing Leader he has at all times set a very high example. The most excellent results achieved by his section have been due in no small part to his untiring efforts and his outstanding leadership, skill and devotion to duty.

 

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CARTER, WO2 Clarence Stanley (R118042) - Mention in Despatches - No.10 Squadron (Canada) - Award effective 5 May 1944 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 1133/44 dated 26 May 1944. Home in Silverdale, British Columbia; enlisted Vancouver 11 July 1941. Trained at No.7 BGS (graduated 12 October 1942) and No.2 WS (graduated 14 September 1942). Photo PL-24228 shows the whole crew aftern their attack on a U-Boat: Back Row - WO2 F.J. Patterson; F.O A.P.V. Cheater, F/O P.C.E. Lafond, F/O M.S. Wallace, P/O J.A. Banks. Front Row - Sergent S.S. Archer, WO2 C.S. Carter.

 

This warrant officer was wireless operator of a VLR Liberator which recently attacked an enemy submarine in the North Atlantic. Just prior to the sighting he intercepted signals on his set, from the nature of which he deduced the proximity of the U-Boat. Throughout the attacks that followed he carried out very efficiently the required W/T procedure, for which he was later commended by his captain. Warrant Officer Carter has set a very high standard of proficiency and devotion to duty in his many hours of operational flying as a Wireless Operator Air Gunner.

 

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CARTER, F/O Edwin Albert (J10048) - Mention in Despatches - Overseas - Award effective 14 January 1944 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 874/44 dated 21 April 1944. Home in Orangeville, Ontario; enlisted Toronto, 7 March 1941. Trained at No.3 ITS (graduated 8 August 1941), No.1 BGS (graduated 3 January 1942), No.9 AOS (graduated 31 August 1942) and No.2 ANS (graduated 2 February 1942).

 

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CARTER, F/O Gordon Henry Francis (J11213) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.35 Squadron - Award effective 6 July 1943 as per London Gazette dated 6 July 1943 and AFRO 1724/43 dated 27 August 1943. Born in Paris, France, 1 June 1923; home in Bronxville, New York (but listed as a British subject); enlisted Montreal, 8 July 1941. Trained at No.3 ITS (graduated 7 October 1941), No.4 BGS (graduated 28 February 1942), No.10 AOS (graduated 3 February 1942) and No.2 ANS (graduated 13 April 1942). Commissioned 1942. Invested with award by King George VI 23 November 1943. NOTE: The citation refers to Sergeant H.L. McBeath, DFM (RCAF), but in McBeath's entry lists No.7 Squadron. Either there is an error respecting one of the men's unit, or this citation covers two men getting different decorations in different units.

 

In air operations Flying Officer Carter and Sergeant McBeath have displayed courage, initiative and fortitude in keeping with the highest traditions of the Royal Air Force.

 

CARTER, F/L Gordon Henry Francis, DFC (J11213) - Bar to Distinguished Flying Cross - No.35 Squadron - Award effective 10 January 1944 as per London Gazette dated 18 January 1944 and AFRO 410/44 dated 25 February 1944. Invested with award by King George VI 29 June 1945.

 

This officer is a most determined and reliable navigator. Since being awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross he has performed his duties with exceptional accuracy, resulting in the successful completion of many missions. He has continued to display outstanding enthusiasm for operational flying with marked ability and great devotion to duty.

 

NOTE: In January 1997 the Royal Air Forces Escaping Society (Canadian Branch) presented to the National Aviation Museum a "dossier" (actually more like an album) with extended autobiographical notes on members (catalogued in the museum as D.805 C3 L96 1995 NMM). This included much information on Carter. His first operation with No.35 Squadron was on 13 September 1943. He had completed 13 sorties when he was shot down by flak on the night of 13 February 1943 attacking Lorient:

 

Landed in field in young farmer's arms. Made way from Nap Barry towards Pontivy, where stayed at Grand Cafe (I was fluent in French). Picked up there by Guy Lenfant, London-based French agent. Spent a fortnight accompanying him on arms transports (by bike). Rendevous with Royal Navy sub off north coast having failed, Lenfant entrusted us to Timadeuc Trappist monastery at Rohan. A wekk later George Jouanjean convoyed us to Paris only to find that Gestapo had bust the Pat O'Leary line. Back to Brittany to meet George's sister, Janine, my wife-to-be. Sailed on 7 April in derelict fishing boat with 16 Frenchmen from Treboul harbour (near Douarnenez) and reached the Lizard (Cornwall) three days later.

 

Returned to squadron on 26 April. Completed 51 Pathfinder Foce operations. Baled out over airfield on 20 December 1943. Shot down en route to Leipzig on 19 February 1944 (78 aircraft lost). POW at Stalag Luft III (Sagan, Silesia). Liberated near Lubeck. Returned to Britain, then France to marry Janine (on compassionate leave !). To Canada on Ile de France. Demobbed in Montreal in August 1945.

 

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CARTER, LAC Howard Roy (R107072) - British Empire Medal - No.409 Squadron. Award effective 23 December 1942 as per London Gazette dated 29 December 1942 and AFRO 232/43 dated 12 February 1943. Born 1918 in Manitoba. Home in Kelfield, Saskatchewan; enlisted in Saskatoon. Later trained as a flight engineer. Incident occurred on 19 September 1942 when Beaufighter X8106 crashed; other airman was LAC J.A.C. Corbeill (later Mentioned in Despatches). DHist file 181.009 D.3512 (RG.24 Vol.20640) has letter from CO, No.409 Squadron to CO, Station Digby, 23 September 1943 which describes the incident (see Corbeill); another letter dated 24 September stated that after consultation with AOC No.12 Group it had been decided to recommend Carter for George Medal and Corbeill for BEM. Invested with award by King George VI 13 April 1943.

 

One night in September 1942, an aircraft struck a stores hut on an airfield and burst into flames. LAC Carter and another airman who were working nearby hastened to the scene of the crash and on arrival found that the perspex of the observer's astrodome was broken. Despite the fact that the front of the aircraft was burning fiercely and the remaining petrol tanks were likely to explode, LAC Carter climbed through the hole in the perspex in an endeavour to rescue the observer, who was in the middle of the aircraft and lying across the ammunition tank. He had some difficulty in raising the observer as a cord of the latter's helmet was wound around his face and caught by a projection in the aircraft, but Carter succeeded in freeing his comrade and in getting him under the astrodome. The other airman had, in the meantime, broken away pieces of the perspex and with his assistance Carter lifted the observer out of the aircraft just as the ammunition began to explode. His courageous action undoubtedly saved the observer's life.

 

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CARTER, F/O Ronald George (J15862) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.467 Squadron - Award effective 6 August 1943 as per London Gazette dated 13 August 1943 and AFRO 1849/43 dated 10 September 1943. Born 1920 in London; home in Toronto; enlisted there 1 July 1940. Trained at No.1 ITS (graduated 13 October 1940), No.2 BGS (graduated 19 January 1941), No.3 AOS (graduated 8 December 1941) and No.1 ANS (graduated 20 February 1941). Commissioned 1942. Killed in action, 17 August 1943 (Lancaster LM342); name on Runnymede Memorial. Award presented to next-of-kin, 12 December 1944.

 

An navigator this officer has taken part in many successful raids on Germany, Italy and occupied territory. He was a member of the crew of an aircraft which participated in the effective attack on the radio location factory at Frederichshafen and the raid on Spezia during the round flight via North Africa. Other targets to which he has navigated his aircraft have been Wuppertal, Essen, Dortmund and several in the Middle East. Flying Officer Carter has invariably displayed outstanding courage and determination.

 

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CARTER, F/O Roy Edward (J28855) - Mention in Despatches - No.431 Squadron (deceased) - Award effective 13 June 1946 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 726/46 dated 26 July 1946. Born in Burkton, Ontario, 2 March 1921; home there. Served in 2nd Battalion, Midland Regiment, 15 July 1940 to uncertain date; enlisted in RCAF in Toronto, 30 May 1942. Trained at No.6 ITS, (graduated 21 March 1943) and No.4 AOS (graduated 6 August 1943 and commissioned). Embarked for overseas on 26 August 1943; promoted to Flying Officer, 6 February 1944; posted to No.431 Squadron, 22 May 1944. Shot down 16/17 June 1944 (Halifax NA514); he evaded capture until shot on 9 July 1944. Correspondence from his service file bearing on this consists of a Missing Memorandum 7115 file, not dated but copies sent to Canada on 26 July 1945, reads:

 

On the evening of 8th July 1944, three Allied aviator were delivered by members of the Dutch underground movement to 49 Diepenstraat Tilburg, Holland. They were unarmed and dressed in civilian clothes in order to facilitate their proposed escape. As a result of the capture of a member of the Dutch underground the Germans learned of the presence of the airmen and accordingly carried out a raid on the house on 9th July 1944. The three airmen were shot and removed that day to the Queen Elizabeths Hospital, Tilburg, where evidence of identification was taken by nurses and local Dutch police. The police also took photos. Identity disc belong to F/O Carter. Photographs were compared with photographs of A/F/L Walker [J.A. Walker, RAF] and a strong resemblance found. Accordingly reclassified. The third airman has been classified on (MM.7074).

 

On 16 April 1946 one G.B. Lloyd of Exchange, West Virginia, wrote to Carter's mother: reads in part:

 

I met Roy at a little village called Dinther in North Brabant, Holland about the 28th or 29th of June 1944. He had only been shot down a little over ten days then. We travelled together to Schinjndel and then to Tilburg. In Tilburg, where we arrived Tuesday, July 4th, we had to go to separate houses. One house there were two other boys (RAF) and the folk spoke English (Mrs. Koba's). At the other place was only room for one and no one spoke English, so since I had been down since March 6th and spoke Dutch some, I was taken there. Saturday evening, one of the organization came and told me that Roy and I would be taken to Belgium the next day. Sunday, July 9th, I was waiting for the organization to come for me when one of them came and very excitedly told me that three of the Gestapo (Dutch working with the Germans) had broken into the Koba home and with no offer to let them surrender or anything, shot the three fliers who were there; that they had captured several of the underground and would be looking for me shortly. This boy and I left immediately and hid in the woods until Thursday when we went to Antwerp, Belgium. Sunday I was turned over to the Gestapo by some false organization people.

 

After a period of about three weeks in a dungeon I landed in a prison camp and stayed there until liberated by the Russians on April 30, 1945. Have been in the lumber business since my release from the Army.

 

Now, while I have no actual proof by seeing, I am sure in my own mind that Roy was one of the boys murdered by the Gestapo at Vrouw Koba's. She was shot at a camp that same week. During the few days I spent near Tilburg, I did all the investigating that my facilities would allow. I saw in a Dutch paper that the Gestapo had "liquidated three terrorists in the home of Vrouw Koba on Diepstraat". I learned that the name of the Gestapo leader was Piet Gerrits (which I reported when I was liberated and heard he was captured)....

 

The bodies taken to Vught Concentration Camp and cremated. Consequently, Carter's name is enscribed on the Runnymede Memorial.

 

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CARTER, F/O Stewart McMordie (J24018) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.150 Squadron - NOTE - original AFRO erroneously gave No.450 Squadron; corrected by AFRO 1/45 - Award effective 2 October 1944 as per London Gazette dated 10 October 1944 and AFRO 2534/44 dated 24 November 1944. Born 1921 in Calgary; home in Vancouver; enlisted there 26 March 1942. Trained at No.4 ITS (graduated 9 October 1942), No.5 BGS (graduated 1 January 1943) and No.1 ANS (graduated 19 February 1945). Commissioned February 1943. Award presented 29 May 1947.

 

In the course of a tour of operational duty this officer has participated in many attacks on vital and heavily defended targets in Germany, Italy and the Balkans. In April 1944 he participated in an attack on an aircraft factory at Budapest. Despite considerable opposition and heavy anti-aircraft fire over the target area Flying Officer Carter released his bombs with precision. A month later he was detailed as air bomber to attack a railway bridge in Roumania at the foot of the Carpathian mountains. The attack was made by moonlight and involved flying up narrow mountain defiles at a low level. After four runs over the target Flying Officer Carter released his 4,000 pound bomb causing extensive structural damage to the bridge. This officer has consistently displayed the greatest skill and determination while his devotion to duty has always been worthy of the highest praise.

 

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CARTER, F/O Yale Knox (C88282) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.35 Squadron - Award effective 8 September 1945 as per London Gazette dated 21 September 1945 and AFRO 1704/45 dated 9 November 1945. Born 1922 in Ottawa; home there. Served in Royal Canadian Artillery; enlisted London, England, 27 February 1942. Commissioned June 1944. Award presented at Government House, 7 November 1949. Died 15 August 1992 in Victoria. Obituary notice gives his name as Knox Carter-Yale. States that he stowed away aboard ship to join the RAF at outbreak of war and made two attempts before reaching England. Remained in RCAF for a time after the war; trained in medicine at Queens University. Moved to Victoria in 1969 to establish a private practice. 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 19 April 1945 hen he had flown 43 sorties (212 hours), 15 September 1943 to 28 June 1944 and 28 January to 16 April 1945. The sortie list indicates that he was shot down in June 1944 but clearly evaded capture; obituary notice said he had joined the Maquis.

 

First Tour Second Tour

 

15 Sept 43 Montlucon 28 Jan 45 Stuttgart

16 Sep 43 Modane 1 Feb 45 Mainz

22 Sep 43 Hannover 2 Feb 45 Wanne Eickel

23 Sep 43 Mannheim 7 Feb 45 Goch

26 Sep 43 GARDENING, Baltic 13 Feb 45 Bohlen

25 Nov 43 GARDENING, Biscay 24 Feb 45 Kamen

22 Dec 43 Abbeville 27 Feb 45 Mainz

4 Jan 44 Hazebrouk 2 Mar 45 Cologne

14 Jan 44 Cherbourg 3 Mar 45 Carmen

10 May 44 Ghent 11 Mar 45 Essen

19 May 44 Le Clipon 15 Mar 45 Bottrop

22 May 44 Le Mans 21 Mar 45 Heide

24 May 44 Aachen 22 Mar 45 Burchstrasse

27 May 44 Le Clipon 24 Mar 45 Gladbach

31 May 44 Au Fevre 25 Mar 45 Munster

2 June 44 Dunkirk 4 Apr 45 Leuna

3 June 44 Dunkirk 14 Apr 45 Potsdam

6 June 44 Conde sur Noreau 16 Apr 45 Schwandorf

7 June 44 Paris

16 Jun 44 Sautre

17 Jun 44 Oisemont

21 Jun 44 Oisemont

24 Jun 44 Bonnetot

25 Jun 44 Gorenflos

28 Jun 44 Metz (missing)

 

This officer has taken part in 43 attacks against enemy targets in heavy bombers as an Air Bomber. Fifteen of these sorties have been carried out with a very successful visual marking crew.

 

At all times Pilot Officer Carter has displayed outstanding determination to find and mark his objective with the greatest precision.

 

It is considered that Pilot Officer Carter's fine record of service is worthy of the highest praise and fully merits the non-immediate award of the Distinguished Flying Cross.

 

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CARTMELL, F/L James Henry (J12030) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.140 Squadron - Award effective 25 September 1945 as per London Gazette dated 2 October 1945 and AFRO 1822/45 dated 7 December 1945. Born Harrison Mills, British Columbia, 1922. Home in Chilliwack, British Columbia; enlisted in Vancouver, 8 July 1941. Trained at No.4 ITS (graduated 22 November 1941), No.5 EFTS (graduated 31 January 1942) and No.7 SFTS (graduated 26 June 1942. Commissioned June 1942. Award presented 6 May 1950.

 

Flight Lieutenant Cartmell is a pilot of outstanding skill who has always accomplished his allotted tasks with enthusiasm and resource. He has flown on a large number of operational sorties, invariably pressing home his attacks with courage and determination. In addition, this officer has displayed great interest in the development of the operational technique of night photography, to which he has made a valuable contribution with ideas and experimental flying.

 

NOTE: Public Records Office Air 2/9132 has original recommendation dated 21 June 1945 when he had flown 55 sorties (110 operational hours) on high and low level reconnaissance.

 

Since joining No.140 Squadron this officer has carried out a total of 55 operational sorties. He is an extremely fine pilot and his work has always been of a high standard. His exceptional keenness and interest in his work, and the zest and vigour with which he carried out his duties have been unequalled. As an example, on one occasion Flight Lieutenant Cartmell flew two operational sorties in one night, and on another occasion three night sorties in 24 hours. He has always subordinated personal considerations for the benefit of the squadron and set a fine example to his colleagues.

To this the Group Captain commanding No.34 Wing added (5 July 1945):

 

Flight Lieutenant Cartmell is a pilot of exceptional skill who has tackled his specialist work with extraordinary enthusiasm and resource. At all times he has shown an iron determination to surmount all obstacles in order to carry out his allotted task. He has displayed the greatest interest in the development of the operational technique of Night Photography to which he has made a valuable contribution with ideas and experimental flying. Flight Lieutenant Cartmell's flying ability combined with his exceptional courage and determination has been a most inspiring example and incentive. Strongly recommended.

 

CARTMELL, F/L James Henry, DFC (J12030) - No.140 Squadron (AFRO gives unit only as "Overseas") - Croix de Guerre (France) - Awarded as per AFRO 1619/45 dated 19 October 1945. Public Records Office Air 2/9645 gives unit and citation.

 

Almost all the operational sorties flown by this pilot were during the period between D-Day and the crossing of the Seine. Many of these sorties involved low flying in heavily defended areas, notably in photographing the enemy attempts to retreat across the Seine. His operational sorties have been exceptionally successful and he has shown coolness and determination of a very high order. During the operations in France he did valuable work in the practical development of night photography.

 

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CARTWRIGHT, W/C George Jack Harrison (C1503) - Member, Order of the British Empire - No.2 ACHQ - Award effective 1 January 1946 as per Canada Gazette of that date and AFRO 82/46 dated 25 January 1946. Enlisted in Ottawa, 15 December 1939. Award presented 29 November 1947.

 

This officer has performed outstanding service in compiling instructions for the dispersal of equipment on the disbandment of units. In addition, he has been responsible for setting up a procedure for carrying out the inspection of the equipment sections at units in this Command which has received favourable commendations. A number of the Regular Air Force, he has rendered many years of valuable and faithful service.

 

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CARTWRIGHT, F/L John Edgar (J25860) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.83 Squadron - Award effective 5 July 1945 as per London Gazette dated 17 July 1945 and AFRO 1507/45 dated 28 September 1945. Born May 1919 in Toronto; home there (draughtsman); enlisted there 3 February 1942. Trained at No.1 ITS (graduated 11 September 1942), No.12 EFTS (graduated 2 December 1942) and No.9 SFTS (graduated 30 April 1943. Commissioned April 1943. Award presented at Government House, 24 January 1956.

 

This officer has proved himself to be a highly courageous and skilful pilot. He has flown on numerous sorties, many of them in a most difficult and dangerous role. On one occasion in November 1944 he was detailed to take part in an attack on Hamburg. Extreme heavy anti-aircraft fire was encountered and the searchlights were very active. Despite this, Flight Lieutenant Cartwright flew steadily through the defences and completed his mission successfully. He has participated in many hazardous flights to distant and heavily defended targets, undaunted by adverse weather or enemy opposition.

 

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CARUSO, FS Joseph (R116858) - British Empire Medal - 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 London, Ontario, 11 August 1941. Award sent by registered mail 10 August 1948. Died in Arnprior, Ontario, 19 January 1997.

 

This non-commissioned officer has at all times rendered services beyond the requirements of his duty. His consistent application of original ideas have made invaluable contributions to the training and welfare of personnel. He carried out the duties as a non-commissioned officer in charge of Women's Division basic training and precision drill flights with singular success; the latter work contributed in large measure to the value of the demonstration precision flights in adding prestige to the service. He has spent long hours without personal consideration in promoting station sports and recreation. He has been particularly thorough and efficient in the physical instruction of aircrew.

 

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CARVELL, F/O Trafford William Hanson (J14832) - Commended for Valuable Services - No.13 SFTS - Award effective 1 January 1945 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 89/45 dated 19 January 1945. Enlisted in Montreal, 6 September 1941. Trained at No.5 ITS (graduated 3 January 1942), No.20 EFTS (graduated 20 June 1942) and No.1 SFTS (graduated 9 October 1942).

 

This officer has been associated with this unit for the past year and a half, during which time he has been employed on flying instructional and flight commander duties. His outstanding ability, cheerfulness and enthusiasm have led to his rapid advancement. His duties have at all times been discharged in a very admirable manner, which has set a very fine example to those serving under him.

 

CARVELL, F/L Trafford William Hanson (J14832) - Commended for Valuable Services - No.13 SFTS - Award effective 14 June 1945 as per Canada Gazette of that date and AFRO 1127/45 dated 6 July 1945. Certificate sent to Overseas Headquarters, 7 July 1945.

This officer has been with this unit for about eighteen months. He has carried out his duties as flying instructor and flight commander in a highly commendable manner. He has been very vigorous and his devotion to duty has been a fine example to all who have worked with him.

 

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CARVETH, F/L Arthur Brennan (C11734) - Mention in Despatches - No.61 Base (AFRO gives unit only as "Overseas") - Award effective 8 June 1944 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 1729/44 dated 11 August 1944. Home in Toronto; enlisted Ottawa 24 September 1938. No citation in AFRO. DHist file 181.009.D.2993 (RG.24 Vol.20634) has recommendation dated 18 January 1944 for an MBE. Services as Base Adjutant.

 

Flight Lieutenant Carveth, rising from the ranks, contributed in no small degree as an administrative NCO in the early stages of the British Commonwealth Air Training Plan to the actual organization of the first Schools thereunder. After a period of valuable and honourable service, engaged mostly in organizational work, he was granted His Majesty's Commission. This officer has worked long and strenuous hours in order to bring his Department in the service to top notch efficiency and has in addition given most of his spare time to promoting of Station sport and entertainment. His efforts in this regard in the service have been of inestimable value to personnel wherever he has been.

 

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CASEY, F/L Bernard (C1061) - Mention in Despatches - No.5 (BR) Squadron - Award effective 5 October 1943 as per Canada Gazette and London Gazette of that date and AFRO 2258/43 dated 5 November 1943. Home in Windsor, Ontario; enlisted London, Ontario, 9 September 1939. Posthumous award; killed 5 May 1943 in crash of Canso 9807.

 

This officer has carried out many anti-submarine patrols as captain of an aircraft and has always been keen to give the utmost help and protection to convoys. He successfully escorted a convoy out of an ice floe in which many ships became involved. The squadron received the following message from the Senior Naval Officer of the convoy: "Were it not for the magnificent work of this aircraft, I might well have lost ten ships". While on convoy coverage patrol he was unfortunately killed in an aircraft accident. He was unfailingly ready to accept any task and his ability and splendid work have been a valuable contribution in the success of the convoy patrol.

 

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CASEY, F/O George Allen (J4432) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.226 Squadron - Award effective 30 August 1942 as per London Gazette dated 18 September 1942 and AFRO 1653/42 dated 16 October 1942. Born 1910 in Mitchell, Ontario; enlisted Toronto, 8 January 1941. Trained at No.1 ITS, No.1 WS, and No.1 BGS. Invested with award by King George VI 27 November 1942.

 

On the 19th August, 1942, Squadron Leader Kennedy and Flying Officers Asker and Casey were pilot, navigator and wireless operator/air gunner respectively of the leading aircraft of a formation of bombers detailed to carry out an attack in support of the combined operations at Dieppe. The formation was met with formidable anti-aircraft fire and Squadron Leader Kennedy's aircraft was repeatedly hit, one engine being put out of action. Flight Officer Casey was wounded in both thighs whilst his co-gunner was critically injured. In spite of this, Squadron Leader Kennedy, resolutely supported by the skilful navigation of Flying Officer Asker, led his formation over the town at low level and released his smoke bombs with precise accuracy on the target. Meanwhile, Flying Officer Casey, disregarding his injuries, engaged the enemy's defences whenever they came within reach of his guns. Squadron Leader Kennedy eventually flew his damaged aircraft to base and landed safely. Throughout, this officer, gallantly supported by Flying Officers Asker and Casey, displayed great courage, skill and determination.

 

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CASEY, F/O John Morrell (J35769) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.582 Squadron - Award effective 23 November 1945 as per London Gazette dated 7 December 1945 and AFRO 244/46 dated 8 March 1946. Born January 1924, St.Stephen, New Brunswick; home in Milltown, New Brunswick (student); enlisted Moncton, 27 August 1942. Trained at No.6 ITS (graduated 15 May 1943), No.1 BGS (graduated 7 August 1943), and No.9 AOS (graduated 1 October 1943). Commissioned September 1943. Award presented 17 August 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 2/8772 has recommendation dated 20 May 1945 when he had flown 41 sorties (203 hours 25 minutes), 12 August 1944 to 14 April 1945.

 

12 Aug 44 Falaise 23 Dec 44 Cologne

15 Aug 44 Volkel 27 Dec 44 Munchen/Gladbach

29 Aug 44 Stettin 28 Dec 44 Munchen/Gladbach

10 Sep 44 Le Havre 30 Dec 44 Cologne

12 Sep 44 Stuttgart 1 Jan 45 Dortmund

17 Sep 44 Westkapelle 2 Jan 45 Nuremburg

20 Sep 44 Calais 6 Jan 45 Hanaus

12 Oct 44 Wanne Eickel 1 Feb 45 Ludwigshaven

14 Oct 44 Duisburg 7 Feb 45 Goch

15 Oct 44 Wilhelmshaven 13 Feb 45 Bohlen

28 Oct 44 Cologne 14 Feb 45 Chemnitz

30 Oct 44 Cologne 20 Feb 45 Monheim

4 Nov 44 Bochum 21 Feb 45 Duisburg

6 Nov 44 Gelsenkirchen 19 Mar 45 Hanau

8 Nov 44 Wanne Eickel 22 Mar 45 Dulmen

11 Nov 44 Dortmund 24 Mar 45 Sterkrade

16 Nov 44 Julich 25 Mar 45 Hanover

18 Nov 44 Munster 11 Apr 45 Nuremburg

21 Nov 44 Worms 13 Apr 45 Kiel

12 Dec 44 Essen 14 Apr 45 Potsdam

15 Dec 44 Ludwigshaven

 

Flying Officer Casey is Set Operator in a successful visual marker crew. Throughout his tour of operations he has shown a high standard of operational efficiency, and by his skill and determination has fully contributed to the success of his crew. He is strongly recommended for the non-immediate award of the Distinguished Flying Cross.

 

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CASEY, F/O Robert Edward (J24541) - Mention in Despatches - No.55 Base - Award effective 1 January 1945 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 379/45 dated 2 March 1945. Home in Hespeler, Ontario; enlisted Toronto, 7 September 1940. Trained at No.4 ITS, No.1 BGS (graduated 6 February 1943) and No.1 AOS (graduated 1 October 1943).

 

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CASEY, F/O Weston Peter (J23466) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.138 Squadron - Award effective 1 December 1944 as per London Gazette dated 8 December 1944 and AFRO 337/45 dated 23 February 1945. Born 1915 in Ottawa; home there (banker; served two years in Canadian Army); enlisted there 15 April 1942. Trained at No.3 ITS (graduated 25 September 1942), No.1 BGS (graduated 8 December 1942) and No.9 AOS (graduated 5 February 1943). Commissioned February 1943. Served in postwar RCAF. Award presented 5 March 1949. Died in Ottawa, 16 October 1992. No citation other than "..in recognition of gallantry and devotion to duty in the execution of air operations against the enemy." Public Records Office Air 2/8881 has recommendation dated 15 September 1944 when he had flown 33 sorties (208 hours 20 minutes), 23 September 1943 to 7 September 1944. The sortie list is reasonably detailed to 20 February 1944; thereafter dates and time are given but not objectives.

 

23 Sep 43 Mannheim (7.10) 9 Apr 44 (3.55)

7 Oct 43 GARDENING (3.25) 10 Apr 44 (8.10)

18 Nov 43 Mannheim (7.05) 21 Apr 44 (6.50)

19 Nov 43 Leverkusen (4.45) 24 Apr 44 (7.55)

22 Nov 43 Berlin (2.45), 27 Apr 44 (7.05)

DCNO ? 28 Apr 44 (7.20)

1 Dec 43 GARDENING (8.30) 30 Apr 44 (7.40)

22 Dec 43 GARDENING (2.45) 1 May 44 (7.00)

13 Jan 44 Cherbourg (4.35) 5 May 44 (6.00)

30 Jan 44 GARDENING (9.05) 6 May 44 (6.45)

11 Feb 44 GARDENING, Biscay 9 May 44 (6.35)

(6.50) 28 May 44 (4.25)

19 Feb 44 GARDENING, Kiel 1 June 44 (6.10)

(7.00) 8 June 44 (7.25)

20 Feb 44 GARDENING, East 11 Aug 44 (5.20)

Frisians (4.15) 28 Aug 44 (7.10)

31 Aug 44 (5.40)

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7 Sept 44 (5.55)

31 Mar 44 (9.45)

5 Apr 44 (7.10)

 

Flying Officer Casey has completed 21 operations with this squadron and a further twelve bombing and mining operations with another squadron. During the period he has been with this squadron he has shown willingness and enthusiasm to operate under all conditions.

 

He has at all times shown great skill and determination to complete his missions, and his keenness to obtain the best possible results has to a great extent assured the success of the operation undertaken. He has shown fortitude and courage of a high order during his operations which is exemplary and commendable.

 

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CASSABOON, Sergeant Herbert Donald (R64513) - Mention in Despatches - No.407 Squadron - Award effective 1 January 1945 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 721/45 dated 27 April 1945. Home in Tinerton, Digby County, Nova Scotia; enlisted Moncton, 20 April 1940.

 

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CASSELS, FS Stewart Charles (R186671) - Distinguished Flying Medal - No.432 Squadron - Award effective 6 January 1945 as per London Gazette dated 19 January 1945 and AFRO 508/45 dated 23 March 1945. Born 1924 in Singapore; home in Glasgow, Scotland (salesman); enlisted Winnipeg, 17 August 1942. Trained at No.4 ITS (graduated 20 March 1943) and No.2 AOS (graduated 6 August 1943). Award presented 6 September 1947. No citation other than that he has "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.5557 (RG.24 Vol.20668) has recommendation dated 22 September 1944 when he had flown 33 sorties (157 hours 50 minutes), 6 June to 17 September 1944.

 

This airman has completed thirty-three sorties over enemy territory. The coolness displayed by him in his duties as navigator has, to a large extent, been responsible for the very successful outcome of many sorties. Throughout all his operations he has proved himself to possess a fine fighting spirit and a strong desire to engage the enemy.

 

For his inspiring example, his fine record of achievement and devotion to duty, Flight Sergeant Cassels is strongly recommended for the award of the Distinguished Flying Medal.

 

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CASSFORD, FS Charles Robert (R50093) - British Empire Medal - No.4 Repair Depot - Award effective 1 January 1946 as per Canada Gazette of that date and AFRO 82/46 dated 25 January 1946. Enlisted in Halifax, 6 November 1939. Award presented 21 February 1948.

 

This non-commissioned officer has displayed keen devotion to duty as non-commissioned officer in charge of Aircraft Mobile Salvage and Repair Parties, working under most adverse conditions. In addition he has been instrumental in solving many road transportation problems by his tireless efforts in back road surveys and sound judgement generally.

 

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CASSOR, F/O Tim (J19667) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.158 Squadron - Award effective 7 November 1944 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 2637/44 dated 8 December 1944. Home in St.Louis, Missouri; enlisted Ottawa, 12 September 1941. Trained at No.6 ITS (graduated 5 December 1941), No.20 EFTS (graduated 13 February 1942) and No.16 SFTS (graduated 19 June 1942). Award presented 24 June 1949. NOTE: DHist award card gives Christian names as "Teftime William".

 

This officer has completed a large number of sorties involving attacks on various targets in Germany and enemy occupied territory. He is a highly skilled pilot and an efficient captain. He has set a fine example of keenness and his determination to make every sortie a success has been most commendable.

 

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CASTELLAN, F/L Peter (J20719) - Mention in Despatches - Overseas - Award effective 1 January 1946 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 155/46 dated 15 February 1946. Trained at No.6 ITS (graduated 17 July 1942) and No.1 AOS (graduated 6 November 1942).

 

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CATHREA, F/O Howard West (J89617) - 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. Born 1918 in Swift Current, Saskatchewan; home in Meadow Lake, Saskatchewan (store clerk); enlisted Vancouver, 5 August 1942. Trained at No.4 ITS (graduated 16 April 1943), No.5 BGS (graduated 11 July 1943) and No.1 ANS (graduated 3 September 1943). Commissioned September 1944. Award sent by registered mail 27 April 1950. No citation other than "completed...numerous operations against the enemy in the course of which [he has] invariably displayed the utmost fortitude, courage and devotion to duty." Public Records Office Air 2/8751 has recommendation dated 20 April 1945 when he had flown 34 sorties (183 hours), 25 August 1944 to 18 April 1945.

 

25 Aug 44 Russelsheim (8.30) 23 Feb 45 Essen (3.45)

23 Oct 44 Essen (4.25) 27 Feb 45 Mainz (4.35)

28 Oct 44 Cologne (4.00) 1 Mar 45 Mannheim (5.00)

30 Oct 44 Cologne (5.00) 5 Mar 45 Chemnitz (7.20)

9 Nov 44 Wanne Eickel (3..50) 7 Mar 45 Dessau (8.00)

16 Nov 44 Julich (3.20) 8 Mar 45 Hamburg (5.50)

18 Nov 44 Wanne Eickel (4.25) 11 Mar 45 Essen (4.10)

21 Nov 44 Castrop Rauxel (4.15) 12 Mar 45 Dortmund (4.20)

27 Nov 44 Neuss (4.10) 15 Mar 45 Misburg (6.35)

29 Nov 44 Duisburg (4.00) 19 Mar 45 Witten (5.10)

2 Dec 44 Hagen (5.40) 22 Mar 45 Hildesheim (4.40)

5 Jan 45 Royan (5.10) 4 Apr 45 Leuna (6.35)

7 Jan 45 Munich (7.00) 8 Apr 45 Hamburg (4.50)

14 Jan 45 Merseburg (6.30) 9 Apr 45 Kiel (5.05)

16 Jan 45 Zeitz (6.40) 14 Apr 45 Potsdam (7.40)

3 Feb 45 Bottrop (4.35) 17 Apr 45 Schwandorf (6.45)

14 Feb 45 Chemnitz (7.05) 18 Apr 45 Heligoland

 

Pilot Officer Cathrea is an experienced and capable Air Bomber, having participated in attacks on such heavily defended areas as Kiel, Chemnitz, Merseburg and Berlin. His keenness, fine spirit and courage have made him stand out as a very fine example to this squadron. Pilot Officer Cathrea, as a member of a very successful crew, has almost completed one tour of operations.

 

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CATTINY, WO (now P/O) George (R154038/J19902) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.625 Squadron - Award effective 24 May 1944 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 1444/44 dated 7 July 1944. Born 1916 in Damascus, Syria; home in Lachine, Quebec (salesman); enlisted Montreal 2 February 1942. Trained at No.3 ITS (graduated 31 July 1942), No.9 AOS (graduated 6 November 1942) and No.1 BGS (graduated 25 September 1942). Award presented 25 February 1949. No citation other than "completed...many successful operations against the enemy in which [he has] displayed high skill, fortitude and devotion to duty". Public Records Office Air 2/9149 has recommendation for a Distinguished Flying Medal (he was still a Flight Sergeant) dated 9 February 1944 when he had completed 22 sorties (152 hours), 5 July 1943 to 15 February 1944 as follows:

 

5 July 43 Paris 10 Nov 43 Modene

22 Sep 43 Hanover 18 Nov 43 Berlin

23 Sep 43 Mannheim 16 Dec 43 Berlin

27 Sep 43 Hanover 5 Jan 44 Stettin

29 Sep 43 Bochum 14 Jan 44 Brunswick

1 Oct 43 Hagen 20 Jan 44 Berlin

2 Oct 43 Munich 21 Jan 44 Magdeburg

7 Oct 43 Stuttgart 27 Jan 44 Berlin

8 Oct 43 Hanover 28 Jan 44 Berlin

20 Oct 43 Leipzig 30 Jan 44 Berlin

22 Oct 43 Kassel 15 Feb 44 Berlin

 

Flight Sergeant Cattiny, a Canadian, has completed 22 sorties and 152 hours operational flying. As Bomb Aimer he has delivered bombs accurately and repeatedly upon the most heavily defended German targets, including Berlin (seven times), Mannheim, Stuttgart and Stettin.

 

An extremely able crew member with a high sense of duty and a most aggressive spirit, the Non-Commissioned Officer by his constant good work has done much to keep up the high morale of his crew. His calmness and cheerfulness under fire are praiseworthy.

 

He has had a most eventful operational career, having had at least one severe crash and his aircraft hit by flak on several occasions. Nevertheless, his spirit has remained undaunted, and he is as keen at present to continue operating as anyone.

 

The cool and steady manner in which this Non-Commissioned Officer conducts himself in the air and on the ground does him the highest credit. He inspires confidence in all around him and is a most valuable asset to an operational unit. I strongly recommend him for the award of the Distinguished Flying Medal.

 

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CATTLEY, F/L Robert Ellis Dieusaide (C7055) - Mention in Despatches - EAC Headquarters - Award effective 14 June 1945 as per Canada Gazette of that date and AFRO 1127/45 dated 6 July 1945. Home in Fredericton, New Brunswick; enlisted in Halifax, 8 August 1941. Later in RCAF Reserve; awarded Queen's Coronation Medal, 23 October 1953, while at University of New Brunswick (Squadron Leader).

 

This officer, in his capacity of Command Link Trainer Officer, has shown outstanding ability, ingenuity and initiative in improving the calibre of Link Trainer instruction and in developing new devices for use in Link sections. He has been responsible for bringing the Link sections in this Command to a very high level of efficiency.

 

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CAVANAUGH, P/O Lewis Marmaduke (J9066) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.150 Squadron - Award effective 23 February 1943 as per London Gazette dated 19 March 1943 and AFRO 757/43 dated 30 April 1943. Born in Medicine Hat, Alberta, 1912; home in Calgary; enlisted Edmonton 13 November 1940. Trained at No.3 ITS (graduated 29 April 1941), No.8 BGS (graduated 25 November 1941) and No.3 WS (graduated 25 October 1941). Commissioned 1941. Award presented 31 May 1944.

 

As wireless operator this officer has participated in many sorties involving attacks on various and heavily defended targets in Germany and more recently against targets in Tunisia. On one occasion he was a member of an aircraft crew detailed to undertake a minelaying mission. During the operation, whilst leaving the target area, the aircraft was subjected to intense anti-aircraft fire and the captain was hit in the leg. Pilot Officer Cavenaugh immediately went to his aid, and by observing the enemy's fire from the ground defences, was able to direct his captain to take successful evading action. He then rendered first aid to his wounded comrade. Pilot Officer Cavanaugh's promptitude and coolness contributed materially to the safe return of the aircraft.

 

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CAWKER, S/L Charles Mitchell (C22925) - Commended for Valuable Services - No.1 CFS - Award effective 14 June 1945 as per Canada Gazette of that date and AFRO 1127/45 dated 6 July 1945. Private pilot and professional musician before the war; stock broker immediately after the war. Home in Oshawa; enlisted in Toronto, 12 December 1040. No citation in AFRO or biographical file; DHist file 181.009 D.1721 (PAC RG.24 Vol.20606) has recommendation for an AFC dated 31 January 1945, at which time he had flown 2,560 hours 55 minutes, of which 2,373 hours 30 minutes were as instructor, 181 hours 30 minutes in past six months:

 

This officer is an exceptional pilot and instructor. Since being employed at Central Flying School he has spared no effort to further the cause of flying training and has performed his duties with a diligence and aggressiveness far above the normal requirements.

 

CAWKER, S/L Charles Mitchell (C22925) - Air Force Cross - AFHQ - Award effective 1 January 1946 as per Canada Gazette of that date and AFRO 82/46 dated 25 January 1946. As of award had flown 2,752 hours, including 2,494 as instructor, 297 in past six months.

 

This officer has been active in flying training since March 1941, during which time has been employed at No.20 Elementary Flying Training School, on the training staff of No.1 Air Command, on the staff of Central Flying School, and is presently on the staff of the Directorate of Air Training at Royal Canadian Air Force Headquarters. During his tour at No.20 Elementary Flying Training School, this officer organized a very effective "Gen Club". This project was so successful that similar clubs were subsequently set up at all of the pilot training units across Canada. By his resourcefulness, devotion to duty and energetic efforts to improve the general knowledge and all round efficiency of flying training, he has been of great value to the service.

 

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CAWLEY, F/L Hugh Rose (C10839) - Mention in Despatches - No.1664 Conversion Unit - Award effective 1 January 1945 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 337/45 dated 23 February 1945. Home in Saskatoon; enlisted there 3 April 1942. DHist file 181.009 D.2993 (RG.24 Vol.20634) has recommendation for an MBE dated 20 July 1944; supported as such to level of No.61 Base Headquarters but evidently downgraded at a higher level.

This Engineering Officer, the Officer Commanding, Repair and Inspection Squadron, No.1664 Conversion Unit, has been outstanding in his devotion to duty. He is a hard working and conscientious officer, who by his own efforts and personal example has increased the standard of serviceability and also developed a fine spirit of esprit de corps in the airmen under his command. He has worked very long hours and personally supervised airmen under training to encourage and improve their knowledge of their trade. He has contributed in a major degree to the continued effici9ency obtained by the unit. For this reason he is strongly recommended for the above award.

 

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CAWSEY, F/O Edwin Hamlin (J85439) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.7 Squadron - Award effective 6 January 1945 as per London Gazette dated 16 January 1945 and AFRO 508/45 dated 23 March 1945. Born 1916 in Regina; home in Moose Jaw (e-Regina Rifles); enlisted Regina 5 September 1941. Trained at No.4 ITS (graduated 3 July 1941), No.5 EFTS (graduated 9 October 1942) and No.3 SFTS (graduated 5 February 1943). Commissioned March 1944. 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 2/9039 has recommendation dated 20 October 1944 when he had flown 35 sorties (171 hours 20 minutes), 19 February to 14 September 1944. All sorties from 5 July 1944 were with Pathfinder Force.

 

19 Feb 44 Leipzig (7.35) 7 July 44 Coquereaux (3.15)

15 Mar 44 Stuttgart (7.35) 6 July 44 Caen (3.25)

18 Mar 44 Frankfurt (5.30) 7 July 44 Nucourt (3.30)

22 Mar 44 Frankfurt (5.55) 10 July 44 Vaires (3.30)

10 Apr 44 Laon (4.40) 12 July 44 Cagny (3.00)

22 Apr 44 Dusseldorf (4.15) 18 July 44 Noyelle en Chaussee (2.55)

24 Apr 44 Karlsruhe (5.40) 22 July 44 L'isle d'Adam (3.15)

26 Apr 44 Essen (4.10) 3 Aug 44 Paullac (7.50)

27 Apr 44 Friedrichshaven (8.00) 5 Aug 44 Blaye (7.50)

1 May 44 Chambly (3.45) 7 Aug 44 Caen (3.10)

19 May 44 Le Mans (4.45) 9 Aug 44 Foret de Mormal (2.40)

21 May 44 Duisburg (4.20) 12 Aug 44 Bordeaux (6.10)

24 May 44 Aachen (4.20) 16 Aug 44 Stettin (8.15)

28 May 44 Angers (7.30) 29 Aug 44 Stettin (9.10)

31 May 44 Trappes (4.45) 6 Sept 44 Emden (3.55)

2 June 44 Wissant (2.05) 11 Sept 44 Kamen (3.40)

5 June 44 Oistreham (3.15) 14 Sept 44 Kiel (5.30)

 

This officer has completed 35 operational sorties of which 18 have been made with Pathfinder Force in this squadron, one being as a marker. Flying Officer Cawsey has always shown a quiet determination to press home his attack against the enemy, no matter how difficult the circumstances. He has always displayed exceptional qualities of leadership and coolness and his complete disregard for personal safety has set a fine example to his crew.

 

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