D'ALVISE, F/O Guerino Guiseppe (J35706) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.433 Squadron - Award effective 5 February 1945 as per London Gazette dated 16 February 1945 and AFRO 563/45 dated 29 March 1945. Born in Toronto, 1914; home in Long Branch, Ontario; enlisted in Toronto, 12 August 1942. Trained at No.6 ITS (graduated 19 March 1943) and No.7 AOS (graduated 17 September 1943). Commissioned 1943. No citation other than "completed ...numerous operations against the enemy in the course of which [he has] invariably displayed the utmost fortitude, courage and devotion to duty." DHist file 181.009 D.2610 (RG.24 Vol.20627) has recommendation dated 15 November 1944 when he had flown 32 sorties (167 hours 45 minutes), 4 July to 11 November 1944.

 

This officer, the navigator of the crew captained by Flying Officer Burch, has since the 4th of July 1944 made thirty-two operational sorties over enemy territory including many of the major and heavily defended targets in Germany. Flying Officer D'Alvise has at all times displayed outstanding ability and a strong sense of duty, and he holds a fine record of achievement on the squadron.

 

His untiring devotion to duty in moments of danger has been largely responsible for the successful completion of his crew's many sorties, and by his example of cheerful courage, has maintained a very high standard of morale among not only his crew members, but the squadron in general.

 

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D'EON, WO Alderic Liboire (R88017) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.427 Squadron - Award effective 6 November 1943 as per London Gazette dated 16 November 1943 and AFRO 2610/43 dated 17 December 1943. Born 1921 in Yarmouth, Nova Scotia; home there (clerk); enlisted in Halifax, 24 January 1941. Trained at No.1 ITS (graduated 21 July 1941), No.20 EFTS (ceased training 9 September 1941), No.4 WS (graduated 10 April 1942) and No.1 BGS (graduated 9 May 1942). Award sent by registered mail, 5 January 1946. No citation in AFRO other than "completed many successful operations against the enemy in which [he] displayed high skill, fortitude and devotion to duty."

 

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D'EON, F/L Hubert Leo (J36667) - Commended for Valuable Services - No.6 Ferry Unit Transport - Award effective 1 January 1945 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 132/45 dated 26 January 1945. Home in Yarmouth, Nova Scotia; enlisted in Halifax, 5 July 1941. Trained at No.5 ITS (graduated 26 October 1941), No.9 AOS (graduated 13 February 1942) and No.1 BGS (graduated 28 March 1942). No citation in Canadian sources. Public Records Office Air 2/9036 has recommended citation, drafted when he had flown 1,357 hours including 303 in previous six months).

 


This officer is a navigator in No.6 Ferry Unit. He has made 29 delivery flights since 1942. Though of a quiet manner his keenness at all times has been a very fine example to others working with him.

 

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DABBS, P/O Howard Earl (J15608) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.101 Squadron - Award effective 14 December 1942 as per London Gazette dated 18 December 1942 and AFRO 2113/42 dated 30 December 1942. Born at Forestburg, Alberta, 1922. Educated at Daysland, Alberta; home is variously given as Forestburg and Daysland. Enlisted in Edmonton, 6 February 1941. Trained at No.2 ITS (graduated 15 May 1941), No.16 EFTS (graduated 2 July 1941), and No.4 SFTS (graduated 13 September 1941). Commissioned 1942. Killed on flying operations, 7 December 1942 on a Lancaster; buried in United Kingdom. Award presented to next of kin, 31 April 1944.

 

One night in December 1942, this officer was the pilot of an aircraft detailed to attack Frankfurt. When nearing the target area his aircraft, whilst held in a cone of searchlights, was hit by anti-aircraft fire and one of its engines was put out of action. Despite this, Pilot Officer Dabbs flew onto his target but as the bomb release mechanism was unserviceable he was unable to drop his bombs. Displaying skilful airmanship, he flew his aircraft back to this country without the assistance of wireless aids. With a full bomb load he made a masterly landing in poor visibility. This officer's skill and determination in the face of adverse circumstances set an example worthy of the highest praise. He has flown on several sorties with distinction.

 

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DADEY, Flight Sergeant Joseph John Harris (R53686) - Air Force Medal - No.1 Bombing and Gunnery School - Awarded 1 January 1944 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 113/44 dated 21 January 1944 - Born in Ottawa, 16 October 1915. Toronto Star, 28 April 1944 gave rank as FS and mentioned he had flown 1,600 hours or 1,000 flights (with no "wings") and aspired to go aircrew (pilot). Before the war had been a clerk in the Coulson Hotel, Bourlmaque, Quebec. He had joined in Ottawa, 5 February 1940 as General Duties; trained at No.1 MD, Trenton, then to Jarvis (19 August 1940 to 25 September 1944). AC2, 5 February 1940; AC1, 5 May 1940; LAC, 5 August 1940; Corporal, 6 January 1941; Sergeant, 1 October 1941; Flight Sergeant, 1 November 1942. Award presented, 12 April 1944. Posted overseas, October 1944; repatriated January 1946; released 4 March 1946.

 

This NCO as a senior drogue operator has performed an outstanding job with enthusiasm and skill. He has been responsible for the training of new drogue operator personnel and for the maintenance of equipment in the flight, which, at times, has been has been under great difficulty. He has completed over 1,000 flying hours and his splendid influence has been of valuable assistance to others.

 

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DAGG, Flight Sergeant Francis George (R56902) - Distinguished Flying Medal - No.106 Squadron - Award effective 2 November 1942 as per London Gazette dated 6 November 1942 and AFRO 272/43 dated 19 February 1943. Born in St.Boniface, Manitoba, 12 October 1916. Home in Winnipeg where he was a skating instructor; enlisted there 18 April 1940. Trained at No.1 ITS (attended 29 April to 25 May 1940; graduated as LAC, 24 May 1940), No.1 WS (attended 1 August 1940 to 4 December 1940), and No.4 BGS (attended 17 March 1941 to 14 April 1941). Posted overseas to RAF, 25 May 1941; repatriated, 24 June 1943. Subsequently trained to be a pilot, attending No.19 EFTS (posted there 4 September 1943) and No.18 SFTS (posted there 28 January 1944; graded as pilot, 8 September 1944). Applied for operational wings, 22 January 1944 while at No.19 EFTS; application checked 23 January 1944, sent to AMAS/D/Ops, 24 January 1944, and authorized 25 January 1944; despatched 31 January 1944 and announced in AFRO 358/44 dated 31 January 1944. Released, 10 August 1945. DFM presented by King George VI, 30 November 1943.

 

Flight Sergeant Dagg has taken part in operational sorties on the most heavily defended areas in Germany. He has never missed the opportunity of attacking gun posts and searchlights and on several occasions in combats with enemy fighters his unfailing alertness and accurate shooting have prevented serious attacks developing. He is an air gunner of outstanding ability and by his devotion to duty, both in the air and on the ground, has set a high example to all.

 

NOTE: Public Records Office Air 2/9604 has original recommendation dated 30 September 1942 when he had flown 26 sorties (131 hours five minutes) which has much more details:

 

11 Oct 41 Essen (5.20)

12 Oct 41 Huls (5.10)

21 Oct 41 Bremen (5.45) Shot up searchlights

9 Nov 41 Hamburg (4.50)

10 Jan 42 Wilhelmshaven (5.55) Shot up gun posts and searchlights.

14 Jan 42 Hamburg (7.25)

25 Jan 42 Brest (4.25)

11 Feb 42 Dunkirk (2.05)

14 Feb 42 Mannheim (7.00)

9 Mar 42 Essen (3.35)

24 Apr 42 Rostock (6.40) Machine gunned searchlights.

4 May 42 Stuttgart (6.05)

8 May 42 Warnemund (7.00) Shot up searchlights.

30 May 42 Cologne (4.10)

1 June 42 Essen (4.05)

5 June 42 Bremen (4.50)

25 June 42 Bremen (3.50)

29 June 42 Dusseldorf (3.45)

6 Aug 42 Duisburg (2.40) Mission abandoned

8 Aug 42 GARDENING, Silverthorne (6.00)

11 Aug 44 Mainz (6.30)

27 Aug 42 Kassel (4.45)

4 Sept 42 Bremen (4.00)

10 Sept 42 Dusseldorf (4.35)

23 Sept 42 Weismer (8.10)

 

 

Flight Sergeant Dagg has taken part in 26 operational sorties including the bombing of such targets as Essen, Rostock, Stuttgart, Warnemunde, Weismar and the Ruhr.

 

Whenever the opportunity has presented itself he has shot up gun posts and searchlights and on several occasions has had combats with fighters. Although not being able to claim any as destroyed, several have certainly been damaged and his unfailing alertness and accurate shooting has undoubtedly saved his aircraft from the serious attacks which might have developed.

 

One night when bombing Kassel he saw another aircraft being attacked by a night fighter, but by his promptness he distracted the fighter's attention and probably saved our own aircraft from destruction.

 

Flight Sergeant Dagg is an Air Gunner of outstanding ability and his work both in the air and on the ground has won him highest praise and has set an example to all other Air Gunners of the squadron.

 

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DAHL, Sergeant Jennings Mickelson Elwood (R85071) - Distinguished Flying Medal - No.116 (Bomber Reconnaissance) Squadron - Award effective 21 April 1945 as per Canada Gazette of that date and AFRO 802/45 dated 11 May 1945. Home in Bengough, Saskatchewan; enlisted in Regina, 19 December 1941. As of recommendation he had flown 982 hours, 719 of them operations (82 sorties).

 

This non-commissioned officer, as a flight engineer in Bomber Reconnaissance aircraft, has flown on many long and hazardous patrols. At all times he has shown keenness and courage worthy of the highest praise and he has won for himself the admiration and respect of all his fellow crew members. He has demonstrated resourcefulness and stamina under many trying conditions and his devotion to duty has been of the highest order. The manner in which he has carried out all his duties has set a splendid example.

 

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DAINES, Sergeant Gordon Bruce (R214955) - Mention in Despatches - Overseas - Award effective 14 June 1945 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 1647/45 dated 26 October 1945. Enlisted in Hamilton, Ontario, 10 February 1940 (home there). No citation.

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DAKIN, P/O David Douglas (J86386) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.426 Squadron - Award effective 4 November 1944 as per London Gazette dated 17 November 1944 and AFRO 239/45 dated 9 February 1945. Born in Wooler, Ontario; home in Kimberley, British Columbia (miner). Enlisted in Edmonton, Alberta, 7 April 1942. Trained at No.2 ITS (graduated 24 October 1942), No.15 EFTS (graduated 3 December 1942) and No.3 SFTS (graduated 30 April 1943). Commissioned 1944. Posted to No.426 Squadron, March 1944 as a Flight Sergeant; posted to No.86 OTU, 16 August 1944. At No.18 OTU when award made. DHist file 181.009 D.4431 (RG.24 Vol.20649) has recommendation dated 14 August 1944 when he had flown 35 sorties (162 hours 40 minutes), 15 March to 4 August 1944.

 

This officer has participated in attacks against many of the most heavily defended targets in Germany. He has always displayed a high standard of airmanship and great determination to achieve his objective. This was clearly demonstrated on one occasion when his aircraft was severely damaged by enemy fighters. Pilot Officer Dakin's imperturbability and courage inspired his crew with confidence.

 

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DALE, Sergeant Harold Alexander (R61317) - Mention in Despatches - Award effective 14 June 1945 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 1600/45 dated 12 October 1945. Enlisted in Regina, 20 April 1940. No citation.

 

DALE, Sergeant Harold Alexander (R61317) - British Empire Medal - No.436 Squadron (AFRO gives unit only as "Overseas" - Award effective 1 January 1946 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 155/46 dated 15 February 1946. Enlisted in Regina, 20 April 1940. No citation in Canadian sources. Public Records Office document Air 2/9139 identifies unit and gives the following:

 

This airman has been NCO in charge of the Repair and Maintenance Flight. He has been largely responsible for the highest serviceability which, in spite of shortage of tools and equipment, has enabled the squadron to fly over 4,000 transport operational hours per month in the Burma campaign, with an average strength of 20 aircraft. Sergeant Dale has displayed great initiative and resourcefulness in making his effort. One of his many contributions to the aid of aircraft servicing was the improvisation of a mobile crane for the carriage of aero engines, which was constructed under his direction from salvage materials to meet this deficiency in equipment. He has performed grand work during a most critical period of operations carried out by the squadron. Replacement aircraft were not always available in sufficient numbers, but by his untiring energy and leadership, engine changes were effected rapidly and operations have been successfully continued. He has displayed outstanding technical knowledge and unselfish devotion to duty.

 

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DALE, F/L Howard Walter (J5314) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.431 Squadron - Award effective 30 October 1945 as per London Gazette dated 6 November 1945 and AFRO 155/46 dated 15 February 1946. Born in Bowmanville, Ontario, 1918. Home in Regina, Saskatchewan. Bookkeeper. Enlisted in Regina, 8 October 1940. Trained at No.1 ITS (graduated 8 December 1940), No.1 BGS (graduated 12 April 1941), No.1 AOS (graduated 2 March 1941) and No.1 ANS (graduated 26 May 1941). Commissioned May 1941. No citation other than "completed...numerous operations against the enemy in the course of which [he has] displayed the utmost fortitude, courage and devotion to duty." DHist file 181.009 D.1941 (RG.24 Vol.20612) has recommendation by W/C W.F. McKinnon dated 23 May 1945 when he had flown 15 sorties (119 hours five minutes) on a second tour lasting 14 February to 22 April 1945; (no data on first tour).

 

Flight Lieutenant Dale, a Navigator, has completed fifteen trips on his second tour. During that time he has successfully attacked such heavily defended targets as Duisburg, Mannheim, Dortmund and Hamburg. This officer's courage and devotion to duty in the face of enemy opposition has been a source of inspiration to his comrades...

 

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DALE, Sergeant John Ernest (Can 6595) - Mention in Despatches - Tholthorpe - Award effective 14 June 1945 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 1600/45 dated 12 October 1945. AFRO 388/46 amends service number to R6535. Original 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, NCO in charge of Station Armoury; enlisted in Ottawa 7 September 1939; in Canada 40 months, overseas one year.

 

Sergeant Dale has promoted the work of the Armament Section on his station more than any other individual because of his enthusiasm for his work and his skill in co-ordinating the different aspects of the armament trade. In the important work of getting aircraft on the ground fully armed for battle he occupies a key position.

 

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DALE, F/L John Peter Blythman (J10795) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.10 (BR) Squadron - Award effective 8 June 1944 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 1380/44 dated 30 June 1944. Born 8 December 1920 at Nelson, British Columbia. Educated at Crawford Bay Public School, Henry Hudson Public School (Vancouver), Kitsilano High School and University of British Columbia. Employed by a gold mining company. Enlisted in Vancouver, 8 April 1941. Trained at No.2 ITS (graduated 20 September 1941), No.19 EFTS (graduated 21 November 1941), and No.11 SFTS (graduated 24 March 1942). As of award had flown 963:35 hours, 471:55 operational hours, and 51 sorties.

This officer was second pilot on a VLR Liberator which attacked an enemy submarine in the North Atlantic area and throughout the action displayed courage and coolness in the face of heavy anti-aircraft fire. This attack was assessed as Probably Sunk, the success of which was largely due to the ability and resourcefulness of this officer. His initiative and devotion to duty through many hours of operational flying have been outstanding and an inspiration to other members of his squadron.

 

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DALE, F/O Milton Clarence James (J88263) - 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 in Ottawa, 10 December 1923. Home in Westborough (Ottawa), student, enlisted in Ottawa on 20 April 1942. Trained at No.5 ITS (graduated 10 October 1940), No.10 EFTS (graduated 18 December 1942) and No.1 SFTS (graduated 14 May 1943). Commissioned 1944. Returned to Canada in February 1946, discharged March 1946, re-enlisted November 1946 as an airman; commissioned October 1948. Served with No.414 (Photo) Squadron, Rockcliffe; to Instrument Flying School, Centralia, December 1950. 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 38 sorties (255 hours), 31 October 1944 to 16 March 1945.

 

31 Oct 44 Cologne 16 Jan 45 GARDENING

2 Nov 44 Dusseldorf 22 Jan 44 Duisburg

4 Nov 44 Bochum 28 Jan 45 Stuttgart-Zuffenhausen

6 Nov 44 Gelsenkirchen 1 Feb 45 Mannheim

16 Nov 44 Duren 3 Feb 45 Bottrop-Welheim

18 Nov 44 Wanne Eickel 14 Feb 45 Chemnitz

21 Nov 44 Aschaffenburg 20 Feb 45 Dortmund

27 Nov 44 Freiburg 21 Feb 45 Duisburg

29 Nov 44 Dortmund 23 Feb 45 Pforzheim

4 Dec 44 Karlsruhe 1 Mar 45 Mannheim

6 Dec 44 Merseburg 2 Mar 45 Cologne

12 Dec 44 Essen 5 Mar 45 Chemnitz

15 Dec 44 Ludwigshaven 7 Mar 45 Dessau

28 Dec 44 Munchen-Gladbach 8 Mar 45 Kassel

29 Dec 44 Scholven-Buer 11 Mar 45 Essen

2 Jan 45 Nuremburg 12 Mar 45 Dortmund

5 Jan 45 Hanover 13 Mar 45 Erin benzol plant

7 Jan 45 Munich 15 Mar 45 Misburg

14 Jan 45 Merseburg 16 Mar 45 Nuremburg

 

This Canadian officer has completed 38 sorties as captain of aircraft. His attacks have covered a wide range of targets in Germany and have included some of the deepest penetrations made into enemy territory. Throughout these attacks he has displayed a fine offensive spirit in action and has allowed no hazard to deter him from his purpose. Several of the sorties in which he has been engaged have involved a flight of nine or ten hours and his qualities of endurance and tenacity have been manifest to his crew, to whom his conduct has been continuous source of inspiration.

 

He has shown a complete disregard for his own personal safety and a high degree of skill. The successful completion of the many operations in which he has taken part have been largely due to his superb airmanship.

 

For his devotion to duty, courage and magnificent operational spirit, he is recommended for the Distinguished Flying Cross.

 

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DALE, P/O Robert Gordon (J15042) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.150 Squadron - Award effective 13 March 1942 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 611/42 dated 24 April 1942. Born in Toronto, 1 November 1920; home there; enlisted there 6 June 1940. Trained at No.1 ITS (graduated 20 July 1940), No.1 AOS (graduated 12 October 1940) and No.1 BGS (graduated 22 November 1940). Commissioned November 1942. DFC presented at Buckingham Palace, 28 July 1942.

 

This officer joined the squadron as a Sergeant and has since participated in sorties over Germany and occupied countries. His ability as navigator is outstanding and combined with great determination to achieve success he has inspired the utmost confidence in his crew. On many occasions he has navigated his aircraft in extremely adverse weather and his co-operation and coolness have been largely responsible for the safe return of the aircraft. Pilot Officer Dale has displayed high courage and devotion to duty.

 

NOTE: Public Records Office Air 2/9262 has recommendation dated 28 January 1942 when he had flown 29 sorties (161 hours ten minutes):

 

16 May 41 Sea Sweep (4.20) 8 Aug 41 Hamburg (5.55)

12 June 41 Osnabruck (6.25) 11 Aug 41 Gladbach (4.40)

13 June 41 Brest (5.00) 14 Aug 41 Hanover (5.40)

16 June 41 Duisburg (5.20) 17 Aug 41 Duisburg (3.40)

20 June 41 Kiel (6.00) 27 Aug 41 Mannheim (8.10)

23 June 41 Emden (6.00) 2 Sept 41 Frankfurt (4.05)

26 June 41 Cologne (4.15) 7 Sept 41 Kiel (7.00)

3 July 41 Bremen (5.25) 10 Oct 41 Cologne (7.15)

5 July 41 Bielefeld (5.35) 12 Oct 41 Emden (6.25)

7 July 41 Cologne (3.00) 13 Oct 41 Dusseldorf (5.00)

8 July 41 Bielefeld (5.10) 24 Oct 41 Frankfurt (7.25)

10 July 41 Cologne (5.25) 27 Dec 41 Boulogne (3.55)

16 July 41 Hamburg (6.00) 10 Jan 42 Brest (6.05)

25 July 41 Boulogne (4.45) 15 Jan 42 Hamburg (7.00)

5 Aug 41 Frankfurt (6.05)

 

Pilot Officer Dale is a Canadian who joined the squadron as a Sergeant in May 1941, since which time he has taken part in 29 operational sorties over Germany and occupied countries.

 

His ability as a navigator is outstanding and his unconquerable spirit of determination to achieve his objective and so make each sortie successful has inspired great confidence in the crew in which he is navigator. By his cheerful courage and fearlessness under anti-aircraft fire he has been of inestimable value in the squadron and his example has always set a high standard of morale.

 

On many occasions he has navigated his aircraft under extremely bad weather conditions and his cooperation and coolness have been largely responsible for the safe return of the aircraft. He has always shown commendable courage and devotion to duty, which has justly earned him recognition.

 

DALE, F/L Robert Gordon, DFC (J15042) - Distinguished Service Order - No.1409 Flight - Award effective 20 October 1944 as per London Gazette dated 24 October 1944 and AFRO 2637/44 dated 8 December 1944. Presented 1 March 1946.

 

As observer, Flight Lieutenant Dale has completed a very large number of sorties, including many reconnaissances over areas in Germany. His ability has been of the highest standard and his services have been of great value. Many times his aircraft has been intercepted by enemy fighters and many times fired upon by ground defences but he has shown a coolness and determination to complete his assignments successfully which has won great praise. In addition to his work in the air, Flight Lieutenant Dale has devoted much of his skill towards the training of other members of his unit.

 

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DALGLEISH, P/O Wilmont Bernard (J85337) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.156 Squadron - Award effective 19 September 1944 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 2274/44 dated 20 October 1944. Born in Toronto, 1912; home there; enlisted there 21 April 1942. Trained at No.6 ITS (graduated 6 November 1942) and No.4 AOS (graduated 19 March 1943). Commissioned 1944. Cited with Sergeant Lawrence A. Bridges and Sergeant Edgar J. Kilminster (RAFVR, trained in Canada, awarded DFMs). Died in Toronto, 30 April 1993.

 

As navigator, wireless operator and flight engineer respectively, Pilot Officer Dalgleish, Sergeant Bridges and Sergeant Kilminster have participated in a large number of attacks on well-defended targets. They have at all times displayed a high standard of efficiency, zeal and resolution and have proved themselves to be valiant members of aircraft crew. On one occasion they took part in an air attack on an enemy railway junction. During the operation the aircraft was attacked by fighters and sustained extensive damage. A fire broke out near the bomb bay and Sergeant Bridges fought strenuously to quell the flames with extinguishers. Meanwhile, as the bomb release gear had been rendered inoperative, Pilot Officer Dalgliesh worked unremittingly to drop the bombs manually, in spite of the proximity of the flames which were finally extinguished. Afterwards, Sergeant Milminster rendered valuable assistance to his captain in his endeavours to reach this country. These airmen set a fine example of coolness and courage in harassing circumstances.

 

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DALLAIN, FS Alphonsus Ingram (R81491) - British Empire Medal - Station Patricia Bay - Award effective 13 June 1946 as per Canada Gazette of that date and AFRO 660/46 dated 5 July 1946. Home in Sidney, British Columbia; enlisted in Vancouver, 16 November 1940.

 

As Wardmaster, Flight Sergeant Dallain has willingly shouldered more than his share of work and thus aided in keeping up morale of the Hospital Staff in trying times. He has displayed a high degree of initiative and forethought, setting an excellent example, thereby contributing greatly to the war effort.

 

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DALPHOND, Sergeant (now P/O) Melville Hermes Joseph (R60726/J23451) - Distinguished Flying Medal - No.405 Squadron - Award effective 21 January 1943 as per London Gazette dated 5 February 1943 and AFRO 757/43 dated 30 April 1943. Born in Edmonton, Alberta; educated Edmonton Jesuit College. Home in Morinville, Alberta. Enlisted in Edmonton, 3 June 1940. Trained at No.1 ITS, No.1 WS (graduated 22 July 1940) and No.2 BGS (graduated 25 November 1940). Missing following raid on Brest, 24 July 1941; escaped 5 September 1942. Back in Canada he retrained as pilot. In postwar RCAF (Edmonton, Rivers). No citation in RCAF cards other than "member of aircraft crew...displayed great gallantry and determination in attacks against targets in enemy occupied territory." Ian Tavender records, in The Distinguished Flying Medal Register for the Second World War (London, Savanah Publications, 2000) the following recommendation as found in Public Record Office Air 2/4937:

 

Sergeant Dalphond was the front gunner of an aircraft which took off from Pocklington at 1130 hours on 23rd July 1942 [sic] to bomb the Gneisenau and Prinz Eugen at Brest. The aircraft was shot down over the target and the crew were forced to bail out. Sergeant Dalphond landed safely and with courage and determination evaded capture and eventually arrived safely back in this country. I recommend the award of the Distinguished Flying Medal.

 

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DALTON, P/O Rodney William (J87295) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.78 Squadron - Award effective 1 December 1944 as per London Gazette dated 12 December 1944 and AFRO 337/45 dated 23 February 1945. Born in 1918. Home given variously as Montreal and Midale, Saskatchewan. Served in Canadian Army for one year. Enlisted in Moncton, 13 March 1942. Trained at No.9 BGS (graduated 11 June 1943). Commissioned 1944. 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 17 September 1944 when he had flown 39 sorties (188 hours 57 minutes), 21 January to 12 August 1944.

 

21 Jan 44 Magdeburg (7.10) 7 June 44 Juvisy (4.16)

15 Feb 44 Berlin (6.55) 15 Jun 44 GARDENING (5.26)

20 Feb 44 Stuttgart (3.55), 16 Jun 44 Domleger (3.46)

DNCO, port outer u/s 22 Jun 44 Laon (4.46)

25 Feb 44 Augsburg (7.15) 24 Jun 44 Noyelle E.C. (3.30)

26 Feb 44 Schweinfurt (5.10), 25 Jun 44 Montorgueil (3.53)

DNCO 27 Jun 44 Mont Condon (3.09)

2 Mar 44 Trappes (5.05) 28 Jun 44 Blainville (6.39)

6 Mar 44 Le Mans (4.35) 1 July 44 St.Martin l' Hey

9 Apr 44 Lille (3.30) (3.34)

22 Apr 44 Laon (4.20) 6 July 44 Croixdale (3.50)

24 Apr 44 Karlsruhe (2.20), DNCO 8 July 44 Chateau Bernapre (3.25)

1 May 44 Ghislain (2.50) 12 Jul 44 GARDENING (4.00)

3 May 44 Montdidier (3.45) 23 Jul 44 Kiel (4.43)

6 May 44 Nantes Gassico (3.18) 24 Jul 44 Stuttgart (8.14)

8 May 44 Haine (3.05) 28 Jul 44 Foret de Nieppe (3.33)

19 May 44 Boulogne (3.50) 1 Aug 44 Prouville (3.30)

22 May 44 GARDENING (5.09) 3 Aug 44 Bois de Casson (4.00)

24 May 44 GARDENING (4.54) 5 Aug 44 Foret de Nieppe (3.28)

26 May 44 GARDENING (5.06) 9 Aug 44 Foret de Mormal (3.26)

27 May 44 GARDENING (5.12) 10 Aug 44 Dijon (6.39)

6 June 44 St.Lo (4.58) 11 Aug 44 Chapel N-Dame (3.28)

12 Aug 44 Brunswick (5.42)

 

This officer has now completed his first operational tour consisting of 39 sorties involving a total of 188 hours. As Air Gunner he has contributed largely to the success of one of our most outstanding crews. Thanks to his watchfulness and proficiency he has shared in the destruction of one enemy night fighter.

 

His work on the ground has been of the highest standard and he has always shown the greatest keenness and enthusiasm. For his courage and devotion to duty he is strongly recommended for the award of the Distinguished Flying Cross.

 

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DALY, F/O Raymond Vincent Joseph (J21355) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.419 Squadron - Award effective 2 October 1944 as per London Gazette dated 13 October 1944 and AFRO 2637/44 dated 8 December 1944. Born in Ottawa, 22 January 1919; home there; enlisted there 15 September 1939. Trained at No.5 ITS (graduated 18 July 1942) and No.8 AOS (graduated 20 November 1942). Commissioned 1942. DHist file 181.009 D.3260 (RG.24 Vol.20637) has recommendation dated 25 July 1944 when he had flown 33 sorties (199 hours 20 minutes), 28 July 1943 (sea sweep on a Wellington) or 26 November 1943 to 27 July 1944. Served with No.168 Squadron on transport duties, 1945-1946. Remained in postwar RCAF, principally as Orderly Room NCO and navigation instructor.

 

Flying Officer Daly has completed a tour of operations which included numerous attacks against the main German targets. One night in February, when detailed to attack Leipzig, his aircraft was attacked and badly damaged by an enemy fighter when nearing the target area. Several of his navigational aids were rendered unserviceable but in spite of this, he skilfully navigated his aircraft to the target and back to base. This officer has at all times displayed an excellent spirit and keenness and has completed his duties in an efficient and courageous manner.

 

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DAMGAARD, F/O Harold Edward (J24475) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.420 Squadron - Award effective 1 December 1944 as per London Gazette dated 8 December 1944 and AFRO 337/45 dated 23 February 1945. Born in Kamloops, British Columbia, 1914; home in Salmon Arm, British Columbia. Bus driver. Enlisted in Vancouver, 17 October 1940. Trained at No.1 ITS (graduated 3 July 1942), No.7 EFTS (graduated 9 October 1942) and No.5 SFTS (graduated 19 March 1943). Commissioned 1943. 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.1730 (RG.24 Vol.20607) has recommendation dated 12 September 1944 when he had flown 36 sorties (172 hours 35 minutes) in tour from 7 October 1943 to 9 September 1944. Reference is made to a crash on his first operational sortie; this would have been a "nickel" flight to Beauvais on 7 October 1943; his next sortie was not until 27 January 1944 (2nd pilot to Berlin).

 

Flight Lieutenant Damgaard on the completion of his first operational tour has proven himself to be a courageous and skilful captain of his aircraft. Undaunted by a serious crash which occurred on his return from his first operational flight, Flight Lieutenant Damgaard returned to operations, and on many heavily defended targets in Germany and France demonstrated his exceptional qualities of leadership and coolness in the face of enemy fire. This officer's tenacity, endurance and fine offensive spirit have set a high standard of morale within the squadron and it is strongly recommended that he be awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross.

 

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DANAHY, P/O Sylvester (J16385) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.57 Squadron - Award effective 2 March 1943 as per London Gazette dated 12 March 1943 and AFRO 616/43 dated 9 April 1943. Born in New Brunswick, 1922; home at Riverside, Albert County, New Brunswick. Enlisted in Moncton, 9 December 1940. Trained at No.1 ITS (graduated 22 April 1941), No.8 EFTS (graduated 9 June 1941), and No.15 SFTS (graduated 20 August 1941).

 

Pilot Officer Danahy is a keen and dependable captain of aircraft who has invariably completed his attacks with courage and determination. In October 1942, he took part in the daylight raid on Milan, an extremely long and difficult operation, during which he displayed resolution and courage in locating the target accurately. In January 1943, after a successful attack on a target in the Ruhr, Pilot Officer Danahy's aircraft was attacked by an enemy night fighter. Though considerable damage was sustained, he skilfully evaded further attacks and flew his bomber safely to base.

 

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DANBY, F/O Christopher (J26936) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.76 Squadron - Award effective 5 February 1945 as per London Gazette dated 16 February 1945 and AFRO 563/45 dated 29 March 1945. Born in Darlington, County Durham, 1918. Home in Hamilton, Ontario. Enlisted there 7 November 1939. Trained at No.3 ITS (graduated 14 August 1942), No.11 EFTS (graduated 20 November 1942) and No.4 AOS (graduated 11 June 1943). Commissioned June 1943. 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 2/8831 has recommendation dated 10 November 1944 when he had flown 38 sorties (159 hours 55 minutes) as follows:

 

9 May 44 Berneval (3.30) 15 Jul 44 Nucourt (4.35)

10 May 44 Lens (3.45) 18 Jul 44 Manneville (4.15)

12 May 44 Hasselt (4.10) 18 Jul 44 Acquet (4.05)

22 May 44 Orleans (5.15) 20 Jul 44 Bottrop (4.25)

24 May 44 Aachen (4.15) 25 Jul 44 Foret de Croc (3.50)

27 May 44 Bourg Leopold (4.25) 28 Jul 44 Foret de Nieppe (3.30)

1 June 44 Cherbourg (4.05) 30 Jul 44 Villers Bocage (4.05)

2 June 44 Trappes (5.05) 3 Aug 44 Bois de Casson (4.10)

7 June 44 Juvisy (4.40) 5 Aug 44 Foret de Nieppe (3.35)

9 June 44 Laval a/f (5.10) 25 Aug 44 Pons Corff (5.40)

12 Jun 44 Amiens (4.15) 1 Sept 44 La Pourchinte (3.25)

14 Jun 44 Douai (3.55) 10 Sep 44 Le Havre (4.20)

15 Jun 44 Fouillard (5.25) 12 Sep 44 Gelsenkirchen (4.25)

24 Jun 44 Noyelle en Chaussee 17 Sep 44 Boulogne (3.25)

(2.35) 25 Sep 44 Calais (3.05)

6 July 44 St.Martin l'Hey. 26 Sep 44 Calais (3.30)

(3.40) 9 Oct 44 Bochum (5.35)

7 July 44 Croix d'Alle (3.45) 14 Oct 44 Duisburg (5.00)

9 July 44 Chateau Bernapre (3.30) 15 Oct 44 Wilhelmshaven (4.30)

12 Jul 44 Thiverny (4.05) 25 Oct 44 Essen (5.00)

 

This officer has taken part in a large number of sorties as navigator, against targets in Germany and occupied Europe. His ability as a navigator and his coolness and determination in action have set a fine example to his crew and attributed [sic] in no small way to the success achieved. It is considered that his splendid record merits the award of the Distinguished Flying Cross.

 

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DANIEL, FS Leonard Melvin (R94310) - Mention in Despatches - Linton-on-Ouse - Award effective 1 January 1946 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 155/46 dated 15 February 1946. AFRO gives unit only as "Overseas"; unit found in McEwen Papers list of recommendations for MiD. DHist file 181.009 D.1725 (PAC RG.24 Vol.20607) has recommendation forwarded to No.6 Group Headquarters, 5 May 1945. NCO in charge of daily servicing, radar; Home in Verdun, Quebec; enlisted in Montreal, 17 April 1941; served eight months in Canada and 40 months overseas:

 

Flight Sergeant Daniel by tenaciously devoting himself to his duties has shown exemplary leadership in all phases of his work during periods when the very maximum was exacted from each individual. His ability and leadership have proven to be an inspiration to all those working under him.

 

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DANIEL, F/O Walter Alexander (J26647) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.617 Squadron - Award effective 5 December 1944 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 293/45 dated 16 February 1945. Born in Rivers, Manitoba, 1920; home there. Active in COTC before enlisting in Winnipeg, 16 February 1942. Trained at No.7 ITS (graduated 31 July 1942) and No.2 AOS (graduated 25 November 1942). Commissioned 1943.

 

Flying Officer Daniel has taken part in numerous sorties and has proved himself an outstanding member of aircraft crew. In September 1944 he was the air bomber of one of a bomber force which attacked the German battleship Tirpitz. In October 1944 he took part in an attack on the sluice gates at Kems Barrage. On both occasions he proved his skill as a bomb aimer. His excellent work contributed materially to the successes obtained.

 

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DANIELS, F/O John McLear (J20462) - Commended for Valuable Services - Overseas - Award effective 8 June 1944 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 1729/44 dated 11 August 1944. Home in Windsor, Ontario; enlisted there 24 September 1941. Trained at No.1 ITS (graduated 1 February 1942), No.9 EFTS (graduated 10 April 1942) and No.6 SFTS (graduated 14 August 1942). No citation.

 

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DANIELS, F/L John McLear (J20462) - Mention in Despatches - No.544 Squadron - Award effective 1 January 1946 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 155/46 dated 15 February 1946. AFRO gives unit only as "Overseas" but he appears in a March 1945 list of personnel in No.544 (See Appendices to Coastal Command narratives).

 

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DANIS, F/L Cyrille Adelard Edmond (C8446) - Mention in Despatches - No.425 Squadron - Award effective 8 June 1944 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 1729/44 dated 11 August 1944. Home in Ottawa; enlisted there, 19 April 1937. Awarded Queen's Coronation Medal, 23 October 1953, when on strength of No.11 ACW Squadron. No citation in AFRO with gives unit only as "Overseas". DHist file 181.009 D.1719 (PAC RG.24 Vol.20606) has recommendation dated 10 February 1944 which identifies unit and gives following:

 

This officer has been Adjutant of this squadron for one year. His experience, obtained in the ranks and as an officer, was most helpful in handling the personnel. Flight Lieutenant Danis is a capable and conscientious Administrative Officer whose cheerful disposition has inspired a high standard of morale among the ground crew personnel. In the many movements of this squadron, and the trying conditions under which the squadron operated whilst in North Africa, this officer has maintained discipline and the administrative routine of the squadron.

 

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DARBY, FS (now P/O) Charles Edmund (J15601) - Distinguished Flying Medal - No.10 Squadron (RAF) - Award effective 29 July 1942 as per London Gazette dated 4 August 1942 and AFRO 1412/42 dated 4 September 1942. Born in Harrow, Ontario, 1909. Druggist there. Enlisted in Windsor, 20 July 1940. Trained at No.2 ITS, No.2 AOS, No.2 BGS, and No.1 ANS. Presented at Buckingham Palace, 16 March 1943.

 

On his last sortie, Flight Sergeant Darby was navigator of an aircraft detailed to attack the German naval base at Trondheim. Whilst over the target area the aircraft was subjected to an intense barrage of anti-aircraft fire. Despite this, the objective was attacked from only 150 feet. Flight Sergeant Darby's skilful navigation contributed materially to the success of this hazardous operation. This airman is a courageous and determined observer whose fine fighting spirit has set an excellent example.

 

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DARGIS, F/O Joseph George Jules (J27243) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.425 Squadron - Award effective 3 November 1944 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 1/45 dated 5 January 1945. Born in Trois Rivieres, Quebec, 1921; home there. Enlisted in Montreal, 21 May 1942. Trained at No.3 ITS (graduated 4 December 1942), No.11 EFTS (graduated 19 February 1943) and No.13 SFTS (graduated 11 June 1943). Commissioned 1943.

 

This captain of aircraft has successfully completed many sorties over Germany and enemy occupied territory. One night in August, Flying Officer Dargis was detailed to attack a target in northern France. A good run over the target was made but the bombs failed to release. With the determination that has characterized all his work, Flying Officer Dargis made a second run-in and made his attack, the bombs being released manually. This officer has displayed notable skill, courage and devotion to duty.

 

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DARK, F/O William Locke (J15992) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.432 Squadron - Award effective 6 November 1943 as per London Gazette dated 12 November 1943 and AFRO 2610/43 dated 17 December 1943. Born in Biggar, Saskatchewan, 1918; home in Edmonton, Alberta; enlisted there 29 June 1940. Trained at No.1 ITS (graduated 29 November 1941), No.1 AOS (graduated 25 May 1941), No.4 BGS (graduated 7 July 1941) and No.1 ANS (graduated 19 August 1941). Commissioned 1942. No citation in AFRO other than "completed many successful operations against the enemy in which [he] displayed high skill, fortitude and devotion to duty." DHist file 181.009 D.5557 (RG.24 Vol.20668) has recommendation dated 19 September 1943 when he had flown 34 sorties (182 hours 48 minutes), in two tours - 30 May to 23 September 1942 (21 trips) and 29 March to 30 August 1943 (13 sorties).

 

This officer has shown a high degree of skill as a Navigator. He has made 34 operational sorties, only one of which has not been successful in bombing the target and 33 of which have been over heavily defended areas in Germany. Beginning with the first large scale raid on Cologne he has been navigator during the bombing of Essen, Emden, Bremen, Duisburg, Vegasack, Hamburg, Saarbrucken, Dusseldorf, Karlsruhe, Frankfurt, Flensburg, Stuttgart, Mannheim, Dortmund, Krefeld, Mulheim. For his fine record of achievement, his devotion to duty and his high degree of navigational ability, this officer is strongly recommended for the award of the Distinguished Flying Cross.

 

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DARLING, F/L Francis Ritchie (J21752) - 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 Vancouver; enlisted there, 22 July 1941. Trained at No.2 ITS (graduated 11 February 1942), No.3 AOS (graduated 25 May 1942), No.2 BGS (graduated 13 July 1942) and No.1 ANS (graduated 5 September 1942).

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DARRAGH, F/L Hugh Francis (J7742) - Air Force Cross - No.2 Training Command Headquarters. Award effect as of 1 January 1945 as per Canada Gazette of that date and AFRO 89/45 dated 19 January 1945. Born in Regina, 17 April 1920. Accountant; enlisted in Vancouver, 19 December 1940. Trained at No.2 ITS (graduated 29 April 1941), No.18 EFTS (graduated 3 July 1941), and No.12 SFTS (graduated 25 September 1941). Reported as having flown 2,157 hours to date, 1,700 hours as instructor. Remained in postwar RCAF, serving in No.11 Group Headquarters (March 1947), Staff College (7 October 1947). To AFHQ, 28 July 1948 (Executive Assistant to Chief of Air Staff); to Trenton, 2 January 1953, attending FIS. To No.1 (F) OTU, Chatham, 15 March 1953. To No.2 (F) Wing, May 1953. Appointed Commanding Officer, No.444 Squadron, January 1954. Killed in crash of Sabre 23078, 15 March 1954

 

This officer, throughout his career in flying training, has proven himself to be an outstanding pilot and instructor. He is most reliable and keen and can be depended upon to carry to a successful conclusion all tasks allotted to him with determination and ability. The energy, initiate and devotion to duty of this officer are outstanding.

 

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DARRELL, Corporal Robert William (R153858) - Mention in Despatches - No.461 Squadron - Award effective 1 January 1945 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 425/45 dated 9 March 1945. Home in Toronto; enlisted there 4 February 1942.

 

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DASHPER, P/O Frederick Benjamin (J17211) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.61 Squadron - Award effective 1 July 1943 as per London Gazette dated 13 July 1943 and AFRO 1724/43 dated 27 August 1943. Born in Winnipeg, 1920; home there; enlisted there 7 March 1941. Trained at No.2 ITS (graduated 22 August 1941), No.12 EFTS (graduated 22 October 1941) and No.5 SFTS (graduated 16 January 1942). Commissioned 1943.

 

This officer has completed a large number of operational sorties involving attacks on some of the enemy's most heavily defended targets including Berlin, Bremen, Duisburg, Milan, Turin, and Spezia. On one occasion during an attack on Essen he flew low enough to enable his gunners to attack searchlight and anti-aircraft posts. By his careful pre-flight planning, skill and determination he has contributed greatly to the successes achieved.

 

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DATE, F/O Harry Benson (J18075) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.20 Squadron - Award effective 8 August 1944 as per London Gazette dated 11 August 1944 and AFRO 2101/44 dated 29 September 1944. Born in Sarnia, Ontario, 1923. Home there. Enlisted in London, Ontario, 11 April 1941. Trained at No.5 ITS (graduated 6 October 1941), No.11 EFTS (graduated 5 December 1941) and No.8 SFTS (graduated 27 March 1942). Commissioned 1943.

 

This officer has shown extreme keenness to engage the enemy since joining his present squadron and has proved himself a courageous and capable captain of aircraft. He has completed several valuable sorties in Lysander aircraft, securing information of great advantage to the Army. On February 28, 1944, while he was attacking a Greek [sic] steamer, a bullet entered his right side and passed through his body, injuring his arm when it emerged. In spite of this injury he led his formation back to base and made a safe landing.

 

NOTE: Public Record Office Air 2/9633 has the original recommendation drafted 2 May 1944 when he had flown 104 hours 15 minutes on operations. The sortie list is unusually detailed and is transcribed here as an unusual document for describing combat in the Far East. Worth noting is that all sorties from 10 February 1943 to 16 April 1943 were on Lysanders; sorties from 28 December 1943 to 28 February 1944 were on Hurricane IId aircraft.

 

10 Feb 43 Offensive Recce (2.45) No.3 Stockade to Kalemyo; four 40-lb bombs dive-bombed on Thaxi and Kalemyo; Jap camp shot up northwest of Kalemyo.

11 Feb 43 Message Dropping (3.00) Fallantiddin; Photos taken of possible landing ground near Botsung.

12 Feb 43 Photo Recce (2.45) Chindwin Crossings; shot up villages.

13 Feb 43 Tactical Recce (2.40) Yazagyo - Kalemyo area; shot up villages.

14 Feb 43 Tactical Recce (2.30) Pantha - Lawtha - Indaw - Manyongi - Pyingaing; shot up villages.

16 Feb 43 Offensive/Tac Recce (2.55) Ngapa - Webula; six 40-lb bombs on village occupied by Japs; two direct hits on houses.

17 Feb 43 Tactical Recce (2.25) Tang'a - Pantha - Mawlaik - Singaung

19 Feb 43 Photo/Tactical Recce (2.30) Mawlaik and area; new W/T Station seen.

20 Feb 43 Tactical Recce (2.30) Kalemyo area; Heavy light machine gun and rifle fire experienced, Yazagyo - Kalemyo (one bullet in engine); much activity at Sibin - Kantha and Indaingyi.

26 Feb 43 Tactical Recce (2.30) Hehlaw - Wetwauk - Ontha - Paungbyin - Thaungdut.

7 Mar 43 Tactical Recce (45 min) Syin - Waye Chaung and road to Mawku; abandoned as aircraft unserviceable.

7 Mar 43 Tactical Recce (2.35) To Mawku, Waye Chaung and road to Mawku;one 30-cwt vehicle shot up.

11 Mar 43 Tactical Recce (2.05) Sittaung - Pantha - Indaw; shot up many river craft and town of Indaw.

12 Mar 43 Tactical/Photo Recce (2.30) Thayetkon - Mansi; fired at from Chaungzoo and Mansi; fire returned.

14 Mar 43 Tactical Recce (2.20) East bank of Chindwin - Pantha - Singaung; fired at from three 25-foot launches and replied to.Fired at from Ywatha and Paluzawa and replied to.

16 Mar 43 Tactical Recce (1.30) Paungbyin area.

19 Mar 43 Tactical Recce (2.30) Homalin - Maingkaing - Mansi and area/

21 Mar 43 Tactical Recce (2.15) Paungbyin - Wehmat Chaung - Nankamu Chaung and area.

23 Mar 43 Tactical Recce (2.20) Homalin - up Chindwin River to Naukpe and then east.

24 Mar 43 Tactical Recce (2.15) Yazagyo - Natchaung; fired at from Kantha - Indaingyi, Kalemyo, etc and replied to.

29 Mar 43 Tactical Recce (2.40) Pinlebu - Paungbyin; photo recce to Paunbyin.

31 Mar 43 Tactical Recce (2.35) Yazagyo and Kantha; fired at throughout recce and fire returned in many places.

1 Apr 43 Tactical Recce (2.30) Maw-Tanga - Naignyaung - Kya-in - Kindat and area; fired at from Mawlaik; replied to.

5 Apr 43 Tactical Recce (55 min) Mawtongi - Pyingaing; abandoned; bad weather.

12 Apr 43 Tactical Recce (2.45) Pantha - Lawtha - Indaw - Mawtongi - Tyingaing - Swhegin; shot up oil tanks at Indaw and M.T. vehicles at Pyingaing. Many hits seen. L.N.G. [meaning ?] not encountered.

13 Apr 43 Tactical Recce (2.35) Homalin - Yebawmi - Tan - Anthi.

14 Apr 43 Tactical Recce (2.35) Homalin - Manaunpaung - Payatazoo - Sanda.

16 Apr 43 Tactical Recce (2.05) Maingkaing - Mansi -Sinlahaung area.

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28 Dec 43 Offensive Recce (1.30) Mayu Coast - Akyab Island - Kaladan River; machine-gunned buildings.

31 Dec 43 Offensive Recce (1.15) Maungdaw - Buthidaung - Rathedaumg and roads.

4 Jan 44 Offensive Recce (1.25) Paletwa - Ponnagyon - Donbaik; river craft strafed.

9 Jan 44 Offensive Recce (1.10) Maungdaw - Rathedaung - Indin and roads.

13 Jan 44 Offensive Recce (2.00) Waterways east of Akyab Island; some river craft damaged and sunk.

14 Jan 44 Offensive Sweep (1.45) Lower Kaladan River - Kalabon River - Rathedaung - Seinnyinbya - Baguna; strafed towns and shot up river craft.

14 Jan 44 Offensive Sweep (1.15) Lower Kaladan River - Kalabon River - Rathedaung - Seinnyinbya - Baguna; sunk and damaged several river craft and strafed villages.

18 Jan 44 Offensive Recce (1.50) Mayu and Kaladan Valleys; bashas were strafed and several river craft sunk and damaged. Light machine guns encountered and replied to.

22 Jan 44 Offensive Recce (2.05) Htizwe and Kanzauk Road and Kaladan Valley; many kisties and sampans attacked and sunk.

25 Jan 44 Offensive Recce (1.40) Jap camps in Mayu Hills; Two Jap camps strafed; light machine gun encountered.

27 Jan 44 Offensive Recce (30 min) Buthidaung - Minbya - May and Kaladan Rivers; returned, bad weather.

27 Jan 44 Offensive Recce (1.45) Buthidaung - Minbya - Mychaung area; many river craft sunk; heavy light machine guns encountered and returned.

2 Feb 44 Offensive Recce (2.00) Sunye - Minbya; several river craft damaged and sunk.

5 Feb 44 Offensive Recce (1.15) Buthidaung - Kindaung road, Kalapanzin River; fired at mortar.

7 Feb 44 Offensive Straf (1.00) East Badana and road, South Taung - Bazaar; strafed target after Vengences.

9 Feb 44 Search (25 minutes) Searching for crashed Japanese aircraft.

11 Feb 44 Offensive Patrol (1.30) West Mayu Range and Kaladan Valley; Several river craft damaged and one 3-ton lorry hit.

12 Feb 44 Offensive Recce (1.30) Mayu and Kaladan Valleys; one river craft destroyed.

13 Feb 44 Offensive Recce (1.15) Saingdin Chang and Kalapanzin River; several dugouts destroyed

15 Feb 44 Offensive Recce (1.50) Akyab Islands, Pauktaw; town strafed.

17 Feb 44 Tactical Recce (2.20) Pyelongi and Lemro River.

22 Feb 44 Offensive Recce (2.15) Mayohaung - Minbya - Ponnagyun - Apaukwa - Thizwe - Kanzauk; town strafed; Myohaung landing ground strafed and light machine gun replied to.

23 Feb 44 Offensive Recce (1.20) Mayu River - Alechaung - Ponnagyun - Apaukwa; river craft destroyed.

26 Feb 44 Offensive Recce (1.35) Thayettabin - Myohaung - Minbya - Buthidaung; several towns and river craft strafed; bashas strafed; light machine gun encountered and returned.

28 Feb 44 Offensive Sweep (1.35) River craft southeast of Minbya; many large river craft damaged and destroyed; light machine gun encountered and pilot severely wounded.

 

This officer has shown extreme keenness since joining this squadron. At his own persistent request he was allowed to go on operations early last year, after an exceptionally short time on the type the squadron was then flying. In spite of this, Flying Officer Date proved himself a courageous and able pilot, carrying out some valuable sorties in the Lysanders and bringing back information which was very useful to the army. On Hurricanes he was also outstanding in his Flight, setting an example of keenness and efficiency, in his determination to press home an attack regardless of his personal safety.

 

On 28th February 1944, Flying Officer Date was attacking a creek steamer, when a bullet entered his left side, passed through his body and lodged in his right arm. In spite of this injury and the fact that he passed out once completely in the air, he led his No.2 back to our own lines (some 20 minutes flying) before making a wheels-up landing on a forward strip. Flying Officer Date has only recently been taken off the Dangerously Injured list after a period of nearly eight weeks.

 

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DAULT, Sergeant Marjorie Helen (W312702) - British Empire Medal - CJS Washington - Award effective 13 June 1946 as per Canada Gazette of that date and AFRO 660/46 dated 5 July 1946. Home in Toronto; enlisted there 31 March 1943.

 

This non-commissioned officer, during her tour of duty at this Headquarters, has consistently undertaken duties and responsibilities greatly superior to those normally required of a non-commissioned officer and has shown herself extremely capable and efficient in discharging these duties. She has displayed a high degree of initiative and forethought and, in dealing, as she frequently has to do in the absence of an officer, with officers of the American Services her tact and efficiency have contributed in no small measure to the good name of the Royal Canadian Air Force in Washington.

 

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DAVENPORT, F/O Robert Monroe (J18048) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.401 Squadron - Award effective 31 October 1944 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 1/45 dated 5 January 1945. American in the RCAF. Born in Russellville, Arkansas, 27 January 1918; home there. Enlisted in Windsor, Ontario, 4 October 1941. Trained at No.3 ITS (graduated 2 January 1942), No.1 EFTS (graduated 27 February 1942) and No.14 SFTS (graduated 31 July 1942. To No.1 OTU, Bagotville, 28 August 1942; to "Y" Depot, Halifax, 15 November 1942; arrived overseas 22 November 1942. To No.58 OTU, 29 December 1942; to No.401 Squadron, 23 February 1943. Reported missing (flak), 9 January 1944; safe in UK (evader), 10 April 1944. Returned to No.401 Squadron, 10 May 1944; returned to Canada, 31 March 1945; released 11 October 1945. LAC as of 27 December 1941, Sergeant on 31 July 1942, Flight Sergeant 31 January 1943, P/O 23 June 1943, F/O 23 December 1943, F/L 17 September 1944. Victories as follows: 5 July 1944, one FW.190 destroyed; 17 July 1944, one Do.217 destroyed; 20 August 1944, one FW.190 destroyed, one FW.190 damaged; 18 September 1944, one FW.190 destroyed; 5 October 1944, 1/5 Me.262 destroyed. DFC presented to him in Houston, Texas, 12 August 1949.

 

This officer has invariably displayed a high degree of skill, courage and determination in his attacks on the enemy. He has shot down three enemy aircraft and in attacks on road transport he has put out of action some sixty mechanical vehicles. He has at all times shown outstanding keenness.

 

DAVENPORT, P/O Robert Munroe, DFC (J18048) - Mention in Despatches - No.401 Squadron (Although the AFRO gives his unit as "No.405 BPC" it is clear that this is either a holding unit or a misprint) - Award effective 1 January 1945 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 379/45 dated 2 March 1945. No citation in Canadian sources. Public Records Office Air 2/9229 has citation as submitted to Air Ministry Honours and Awards Committee.

 

On 9th January 1944 this officer was compelled to land his Spitfire in enemy occupied territory when the aircraft had sustained severe damage from anti-aircraft fire. After setting the aircraft on fire, Pilot Officer Davenport made for some woods. He was fired on by a party of Germans but escaped injury. Jumping into a lake, this officer pulled some bushes over his head and remained so until the Germans passed and went further into the woods. Pilot Officer Davenport then came out of the water and made his way southwest in the opposite direction to the enemy party. On 11th January he reached Pont Remy where he received food, money and an identity card from French helpers. On 13th January he was taken to the station and boarded a train for Paris. Here he found other helpers and eventually travelled on by train to Toulouse from where the remainder of his journey to the United Kingdom was arranged.

 

NOTE: This text is accompanied in the file by a copy of his own evasion report:

 

I took off from Biggin Hill in a Spitfire aircraft about 1100 hours on 9 January 1944 for a target near Vacquerie (N.W. Europe, 1:250,000, Sheet 4, H.0700).

 

Whilst I was somewhere near Airon-St.Vaast (G.6922) I was hit by flak in the port wing , the fuselage and the radiator. I managed to gain control of the aircraft and made a good landing. I destroyed my radio set and IFF and got out of the aircraft. I ran like hell towards some woods, and then looking back I realized I had not destroyed my aircraft. I ran back and set it on fire.

 

By this time about eight Germans were approaching men from the other side of the field. They started shooting at me, but I think it is probably [sic] that they were firing blind. I got into the woods and jumped into a lake about 20 yards from the aircraft. I then pulled some bushes over my head. The Germans ran past me into the woods. I came out and went southwest and then south across the fields, in the opposite direction from the Germans. There were some men ploughing in the fields, but I found they did not speak English and I could not understand French. I did not receive any help until I reached Pont Remy (M.8377), where I arrived about 1630 hours on 11 January. On the nights 9/10 and 10/11 January I slept in a haystack, and during these two days I lived on the contents of my escape kit.

 

At Pont Remy I stopped at a house on the outskirts of the village and asked for some food. The lady who opened the door spoke a little English and she took me in and gave me some bread and coffee. About 15 minutes later two Germans arrived My helpers seemed to be on friendly terms with them and they came into the room where I was sitting and talked for a little while. They then got up and left. At that time I was still in uniform, although I had torn off my rank and insignia.

 

I stayed at Pont Remy for two days, and during this time I was provided with an identity card, for which an old photograph of one of the villagers was used.

 

On 13 January I was taken to the station and given 1,000 francs and a railway ticket to Paris. I caught a train at 0820 hours and arrived in Paris about 1230. I walked about the town for about an hour and then came back to the station. Here I saw an old notice outside a hotel which said "English spoken at this hotel". I went inside and saw two old ladies. They spoke little English and told me that they could find someone who would help me. They took me upstairs and gave me civilian clothes and some beer. At night a man who had at one time worked with the New York Herald arrived. He took me to his house for the night. The next morning (14 January) he made me a chit stating that I was deaf and dumb. At 0500 hours he took me to the station and bought me a ticket to Toulouse. I gave him the money for this ticket from my escape purse.

 

My journey to Toulouse took from 0800 hours to 2000 hours. There were six other men in my carriage and to begin with they made several attempts to talk to me. I showed them my chit and they left me in peace. Towards the end of the journey I began to get a little worried as to what I should do when I arrived at Toulouse. I knew that it was a large city and that there were likely to be a lot of Gestapo about. I therefore decided to take a chance and ask my companions if they knew of an address where I could go. They were delighted to learn that I was in the RAF and all of them were very anxious to help men. They gave me some food and one of them went to fetch the ticket collector. He in turn brought a young Vichy conscript to see me and at Toulouse this boy took me to a hotel that he knew. He told the proprietor that I was English and I was refused admission. We then went to another hotel. My helper again said I was English and this time we were taken in. About ten minutes after we had arrived the manager came to see me and asked if I wanted to go to Spain. From this point my journey was arranged for me.

 

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DAVEY, Squadron Officer Jean Flatt (C13578) - Officer, Order of the British Empire - AFHQ, Directorate of Medical Services (Air) - Award effective 28 May 1943 as per London Gazette dated 2 June 1943 and AFRO 1459/43 dated 30 July 1943. Presented 24 November 1943. The following citation was found in Governor General's Records, RG.7 Group 26, File 190-I (1943 dossier).

 

Squadron Officer Davey was the first woman doctor to offer her services when the Royal Canadian Air Force Women's Division was authorized. She is solely responsible for the efficient organization of the medical arrangements for the Women's Division and it is entirely due to her efforts and devotion to duty that the medical welfare of this Division is at such a high level. During her service career this officer has carried out her duties in an energetic and conscientious manner and through her skill and initiative has obtained excellent results in this extremely important work. Squadron Officer Davey is an excellent officer and by her diligent and cheerful manner has been a splendid example to all with whom she comes in contact.

 

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DAVEY, Sergeant Richard Royden (R90395) - Distinguished Flying Medal - No.178 Squadron - Award effective 29 September 1943 as per London Gazette dated 1 October 1943 and AFRO 2258/43 dated 5 November 1943. Born in Goderich, Ontario, 1916; home in Durham, Ontario (mill worker); enlisted in London, 7 March 1941. Trained at No.6 BGS (graduated 22 June 1942) and No.1 WS (graduated 13 April 1942). Award sent by registered mail.

 

In July 1943, this airman was the rear gunner of a Halifax aircraft detailed to attack Reggio di Calabria. Shortly before reaching the target the bomber was attacked by a Junkers 88 and sustained much damage, the intercommunication system was put out of action and the left tail elevator was forced down. The enemy aircraft made one continuous attack and finally closed to within fifty yards. Sergeant Davey, who had cooley withheld his fire, then delivered one ling burst which caused the attacker to explode and fall into the sea in flames. Sergeant Davey's coolness and skill when under fire contributed much to the safe return of his aircraft.

 

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DAVID, S/L Paul Emile (C1020) - Air Force Cross - No.11 EFTS - Award effective 1 January 1943 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 55/43 dated 15 January 1943. Born in Montreal, 24 March 1916. Enlisted in Montreal. Provisional Pilot Officer, 6 April 1939 with No.118 (B) Squadron, Auxiliary Air Force. Attended summer camp, Trenton, 1939 and awarded pilot's flying badge, 11 April 1940.

 

This officer has been in the Command since 1940 during which time he has been instructing continuously. During the first four months he was instructing at a Service Flying Training School, and during the last 20 months he has been employed as an Elementary Flying Instructor and Chief Supervisory Officer. His work has always been of a high order and he has never spared himself in his efforts to turn out good pupils. He has completed approximately 1,200 hours flying. This officer has always set a high example to his juniors and trainees.

 

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DAVID, F/L Warren William James (C11892) - Mention in Despatches - Overseas - Award effective 14 June 1945 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 1395/45 dated 31 August 1945. Home in Toronto; enlisted there 29 May 1942.

 

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DAVIDSON, P/O Albert Edwin (J87003) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.625 Squadron - Award effective 4 November 1944 as per London Gazette dated 17 November 1944 and AFRO 239/45 dated 9 February 1945. Born in Leversham, Ontario, 1915; home in Hamilton, Ontario. Enlisted in Toronto, 16 April 1942. Trained at No.6 ITS, No.4 BGS (graduated 15 May 1943) and No.4 AOS (graduated 25 June 1943). Commissioned 1944. Postwar he worked for the North York Board of Education. Died in Midland, Ontario, 5 June 1999. 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 9 Aug 1944 when he had flown 29 sorties (and four partial sorties), totalling 172 operational hours, 22 March to 6 July 1944.

 

* denotes 1/3 sortie counted

 

22 Mar 44 Frankfurt Target bombed.

9 Apr 44 Villeneuve Target bombed; aiming

St.George* point photograph.

10 Apr 44 Aulnoye* Target bombed; photograph of target.

18 Apr 44 Rouen* Target bombed.

20 Apr 44 Cologne Target bombed.

22 Apr 44 Dusseldorf Target bombed; photo of target.

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

26 Apr 44 Essen Target bombed.

27 Apr 44 Friedrichshaven Target bombed; attacked by Ju.88; no combat through evasive action; no damage; photograph of target.

30 Apr 44 Maintenon* Target bombed; aiming point photograph.

1 May 44 Lyons Target bombed.

3 May 44 Mailly-le-Camp Target bombed; aiming point photograph.

7 May 44 Bruz Target bombed; photo of target.

9 May 44 Merville Target bombed; photo of target.

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

15 May 44 Kiel Bay Mines laid within 200 yards.

24 May 44 Dunkirk Target bombed.

31 May 44 Tergnier Target bombed; extreme weather conditions; photos 110 yards from aiming point.

5 June 44 Crisbecq Target bombed.

6 June 44 Vire Target bombed; photo on target.

7 June 44 Foret de Cerisy Target bombed.

10 Jun 44 Acheres Target bombed; photo on target.

12 Jun 44 Gelsenkirchen Target bombed; photo on target.

14 Jun 44 Le Havre Target bombed; aiming point photo result commended.

15 Jun 44 Boulogne Target bombed.

24 Jun 44 Les Hatons Target bombed; hit several times by AA fire; aiming point photographed.

25 Jun 44 Liegescourt Target bombed; aiming point photographed.

27 Jun 44 Vaires Target bombed; attacked by Ju.88; aiming point photo.

29 Jun 44 Siracourt Target bombed; aiming point photograph.

2 July 44 Oisemont Target bombed.

4 July 44 Orleans Target bombed; photo of target.

5 July 44 Dijon Target bombed; aiming point photograph.

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

 

This Canadian air bomber, Pilot Officer Davidson, is the air bomber in a most gallant Lancaster aircrew and has now completed his first tour of operations comprising 29 and four-thirds sorties and 172 hours operational flying. He has taken part in attacks on the most strongly defended targets including Cologne, Dusseldorf, Essen, Friedrichshaven and Gelsenkirchen, and has at all times shown a complete disregard for his own personal safety.

 

The accuracy with which Pilot Officer Davidson has delivered his bombs has been exceptional, and the close co-operation which he has maintained with his captain has enabled them as a team to obtain the most successful results, which have been time and again proved by the photographs they have obtained of the targets they have been detailed to attack.

 

Pilot Officer Davidson has carried out attacks on enemy targets both by day and by night and has shown a complete disregard for enemy defences aiming his bombs with a cool and determined accuracy.

 

His accuracy in his work and the success he has achieved have now become a by-word with the squadron in which he serves, and for his fine record of achievement, his outstanding ability and strong sense of duty he is most strongly recommended for an award of the Distinguished Flying Cross.

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DAVIDSON, P/O Auber Maurice (J19161) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.51 Squadron - Award effective 5 February 1944 as per London Gazette dated 15 February 1944 and AFRO 644/44 dated 24 March 1944. Born in Medicine Hat, Alberta, 1919; home in Lethbridge, Alberta. In Canadian Army, 1940. Transferred to RCAF in Calgary, 13 January 1942. Trained at No.3 BGS (graduated 28 August 1942). Commissioned 1943. Commissioned 1943. No citation other than "...completed...many successful operations against the enemy in which [he] displayed high skill, fortitude and devotion to duty." Public Records Office Air 2/8782 has recommendation dated 23 December 1943 when he had flown 25 sorties (148 hours 15 minutes) as follows:

 

12 May 43 Duisburg (6.19) 9 Aug 43 Mannheim (6.49)

13 May 43 Bochum (5.43) 10 Aug 43 Nuremburg (8.27)

23 May 43 Dortmund (4.47) 12 Aug 43 Milan (9.40)

25 May 43 Dusseldorf (5.12) 17 Aug 43 Peenemunde (7.47)

29 May 43 Wuppertal (5.42) 23 Aug 43 Berlin (7.38)

11 Jun 43 Dusseldorf (4.40) 27 Aug 43 Nuremburg (7.23)

9 July 43 Gelsenkirchen (5.30) 30 Aug 43 Munchen (4.26)

13 Jul 43 Aachen (5.16) 15 Sep 43 Montlucan (6.31)

15 Jul 43 Montbeliard (7.44) 8 Oct 43 Hanover (5.39)

24 Jul 43 Hamburg (5.51) 3 Nov 43 Dusseldorf (3.23);

27 Jul 43 Hamburg (5.25) nav. u/s, not

29 Jul 43 Hamburg (5.00) completed.

30 Jul 43 Remscheid (3.27; nav 11 Nov 43 Cannes (9.08)

instruments u/s, not 18 Nov 43 Munchen (7.33)

completed). 22 Nov 43 Berlin (6.58)

2 Aug 43 20 miles from Hamburg

(target of last resort)

 

Pilot Officer Davidson joined the squadron in May 1943 and has completed 25 operational sorties. He has at all times possessed coolness and displayed fearlessness in the face of danger, showing a high degree of courage, skill and initiative and has been a great credit to his mother country. He is strongly recommended for the award of the Distinguished Flying Cross.

 

NOTE: Recommendations are normally approved routinely by Station COs, but in this case the view of the CO, Station Snaith is interesting: "With typical Canadian tenacity, this officer has always maintained a constant display of devotion to duty and conscientious pursuit of any task given to him."

 

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DAVIDSON, G/C Cecil Alexander (C1232) - Officer, Order of the British Empire - No.2 Air Command Headquarters - Award effective 14 June 1945 as per Canada Gazette of that date and AFRO 1127/45 dated 6 July 1945. Born 23 November 1889 at Glasgow, Scotland. Educated there including Glasgow University. Served in CEF (Canadian Engineers), 14 April 1917 to 11 February 1919, rising to Company Sergeant-Major. Contractor, engineer, town planner in and for Alberta between the wars. Enlisted in Vancouver, 16 October 1939. In Western Air Command, 10 October 1939 to 6 September 1940; with No.4 Training Command, 7 September 1940 to 30 November 1944; with No.2 Air Command, 30 November 1944 to 10 November 1945. Released 6 December 1949. Died in Edmonton, 6 March 1968.

 

As senior construction engineering officer, Group Captain Davidson has been responsible for the construction of units formed in No.4 Training Command and for the maintenance of units in No.2 Air Command. The manner in which he has carried out his tasks has been outstanding and praiseworthy. He has shown himself to be most capable and his high powers of leadership, combined with his initiative and energy, have produced excellent results. Throughout his service his devotion to duty has been outstanding and his contribution to the success of the British Commonwealth Air Training Plan has been of great value.

 

NOTE: Davidson's OBE came after prolonged efforts by his superiors. He was first recommended by A/V/M Howsam, 30 October 1942 (did not reach Priority List) with the following citation:

 

The marginally noted officer has been in charge of Works and Buildings at these headquarters [No.4 Training Command] for the past fifteen months, which has been an extremely difficult period, In addition to construction of a large number of RCAF stations in a comparatively short period, during the past six months he was called upon to contend with the supervision of numerous RAF stations. This officer has been under a severe physical and mental strain for many months, and has surmounted many and unusual difficulties in a most capable manner. He has cheerfully worked excessively long hours over a protracted period, has demonstrated ability and resourcefulness to an unusual degree and it is largely due to these qualities and to his perseverance and devotion to duty that the stations have been made ready for occupancy and training has not been delayed. It is strongly recommended that the outstanding services of this officer be recognized by the award of the OBE.

 

This failed; he was recommended again for the OBE on 29 February 1943 (Howsam), 15 September 1943 (Howsam), 20 January 1944 (Howsam), 1 August 1944 (Howsam) and finally on 12 February 1945 (Guthrie).

 

DAVIDSON, G/C Cecil Alexander, OBE (C1232) - American Legion of Merit (Degree of Officer) - effective 13 March 1946 as per Canada Gazette dated 4 May 1946 and AFRO 473/46 dated 10 May 1946. NOTE: This was originally announced in AFRO 388/46 dated 12 April 1946, reference Canada Gazette dated 6 April 1946. AFRO 473/46 dated 10 May 1946 cancels and re-instates. Lieutenant-Colonel J.A.P. Thomas, Military Air Attache, writing to AFHQ, 1 April 1946, reports that the award had been presented by the American Ambassador, 29 March 1946 at Embassy Residence.

 

Group Captain Cecil A. Davidson, OBE, Royal Canadian Air Force, performed outstanding services from November 1942 to October 1944 as Chief Works Officer, No.4 Training Command, Calgary, Alberta, Canada. He made important contributions to the solution of problems incident to the construction and maintenance of airfields in northwest Canada, and constantly strove to assist the American forces stationed there.

 

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DAVIDSON, F/O John Brian (J14035) - Mention in Despatches - No.299 Squadron - Award effective 1 January 1945 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 379/45 dated 2 March 1945. Home in Assiniboia, Saskatchewan; enlisted in Regina, 24 August 1940. Trained at No.1 ITS (graduated 10 December 1940), No.12 EFTS (graduated 28 January 1941) and No.31 SFTS (graduated 19 May 1941).

 

DAVIDSON, F/L John Brian (J14035) - No.299 Squadron - Distinguished Flying Cross (United States) - Award effective 15 May 1945 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 1127/45 dated 6 July 1945. Public Records Office Air 2/9644 has recommendation.

 

As Deputy Flight Commander, Flight Lieutenant Davidson participated in four sorties during the Arnhem operations during which he displayed high skill, fortitude and devotion to duty. Despite the intense opposition encountered and the damage caused to his aircraft, Flight Lieutenant Davidson completed his missions successfully.

 

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DAVIDSON, F/L Max Whitely (C23562) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.420 Squadron - Award effective 5 July 1945 as per London Gazette dated 17 July 1945 and AFRO 1558/45 dated 5 October 1945. Born in Winnipeg, Manitoba, 1919; home in Barnwell, Alberta. Mechanic/clerk. Enlisted in Regina, Saskatchewan, 31 October 1940. Commissioned 1942. No citation other than "in recognition of gallantry and devotion to duty in the execution of air operations against the enemy". See DHist file 181.009 D.1746 (PAC RG.24 Vol.20608); recommendation made 15 March 1945 at which time he had flown 25 sorties (168 hours 50 minutes):

 

Flight Lieutenant Davidson has completed many sorties against heavily defended and deeply penetrated targets and has at all times displayed a high degree of skill and courage in pressing home his attacks. This officer's keenness and devotion to duty has set a fine example to all. His resolute work has played a good part in the success of the squadron.

 

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DAVIDSON, W/C Melville Alexander Whitlaw (C1510) - Air Force Cross - No.1 Training Command Headquarters (since moved to No.2 Air Command). Award effective as of 1 January 1945 as per Canada Gazette dated 6 January 1945 and AFRO 89/45 dated 19 January 1945. Enlisted in Montreal, 15 December 1939. Had flown 825 hours to date, 135 hours in previous six months.

 

This officer, for over four years, has ben employed on various duties in the field of navigation. He has proven himself to be an instructor of high merit and an outstanding leader. Mainly interested in the service and in all aspects of aircrew training, he has displayed a high degree of initiative and forethought throughout his career. By his own excellent example and ability he has at all times commanded the full respect and co-operation of those working under him. His exceptional resourcefulness, energy and unselfish devotion to duty have made a large contribution to the flying training plan.

 

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DAVIDSON, F/L Reuben Herbert (J28937) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.420 Squadron - Award effective 5 July 1945 as per London Gazette dated 17 July 1945 and AFRO 1507/45 dated 28 September 1945. Born in Swan Lake, Manitoba, 1912. Home in Victoria, British Columbia. Clerk and former member of Royal Canadian Artillery. Enlisted in Vancouver, 12 June 1942. Trained at No.2 ITS (graduated 19 March 1943), No.2 BGS (graduated 26 June 1943) and No.7 AOS (graduated 6 August 1943). Commissioned August 1943.

 

Throughout a long period of operational flying Flight Lieutenant Davidson has displayed devotion to duty of the highest order. In August 1944 he was the air bomber of an aircraft detailed to attack Foret de Nieppe. Whilst approaching the target the bomb doors failed to open. This officer calmly directed his captain to circle the target once more after which a successful attack was made in the face of heavy opposition from the anti-aircraft defences. On the homeward journey Flight Lieutenant Davidson also rendered invaluable aid to the navigator who was handicapped by loss of much equipment. As squadron bombing leader this officer has at all times inspired complete confidence in new crews. His personal gallantry has been of the highest order.

 

Public Records Office Air 2/9645 has shorter citation, presumably final.

 

In August 1944 Flight Lieutenant Davidson was bomb aimer of an aircraft detailed to attack Foret de Nieppe. On the run up to the target the bomb doors would not open but aided by the Flight Engineer the bombs were released after a very steady run across the target in the face of accurate anti-aircraft fire and searchlights. As Squadron Bombing Leader, Flight Lieutenant Davidson at all times inspired complete confidence and his personal gallantry is of the highest order.

 

DAVIDSON, F/L Reuben Herbert, DFC (J28937) - Croix de Guerre (France) - No.420 Squadron - Awarded as per AFRO 1619/45 dated 19 October 1945. See DHist file 181.009 D.1746 (PAC RG.24 Vol.20608); recommended 12 January 1945 at which time he had flown 130.50 hours, 29 sorties, and was unit Bombing Leader. Recommendation read as follows:

 

In August 1944 Flight Lieutenant Davidson was bomb aimer of an aircraft detailed to attack Foret de Nieppe. On the run up to the target, Flight Lieutenant Davidson realizing the bomb doors would not open, calmly proceeded to direct his skipper in an orbit of the target despite the loss of the starboard outer motor and worked with the Engineer to open the bomb doors, after which a very steady run was made across the target, notwithstanding the accurate flak and searchlight batteries. On the homeward journey, Flight Lieutenant Davidson rendered invaluable aid to the Navigator who was handicapped by the loss of most of his navigation aids. As Squadron Bombing Leader, Flight Lieutenant Davidson has at all times inspired complete confidence in new crews, and his personal gallantry is of the highest order.

 

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DAVIDSON, S/L Robert Tremayne Pillsbury, DFC (20465) - Croix de Guerre with Gold Star (France) - AFRO 485/47 dated 12 September 1947. Born in Vancouver, 10 February 1917. Enlisted in RAF, 1937. Served with No.30 Squadron (Blenheims), 1940-1942; No.261 Squadron (Hurricanes), 1942; No.175 Squadron (Typhoons), 1943; commanded successive Typhoon wings including No.143 Wing. Shot down in May 1944, evaded and joined Maquis. Transferred to RCAF, 12 December 1944. Postwar RCAF service including Korea. See data base for postwar awards; see also "Triple Front Ace", Journal of the Canadian Aviation Historical Society, Summer 1964. Died at Manotick, Ontario, 13 December 1976. His logbook and original medals have long been sought by his family and biographers, who believe they were stolen from his home.

 

Pilot remarquable, le Wing Commander Davidson fut abbutu au cours d'une mission sur la gare de triage de Douai ou il menait son Group. Abrite par les patriotes francais, il decida immediatement de se joindre au Maquis ou il demand a servir comme simple soldat refusant tout grade. Pendant cinq mois, cet Officier partagea le sort du mouvement de resistance, se cachant dans un trou creuse dans une etable. It prit part a toutes les actions effectuees par son detachment de la F.F.I. de la region. Wing Commander Davidson par son courage et son entrain a puissammennt aide a la reussite des operations du mouvement de resistance et a contribue a cimenter l'amitie franco-allies.

 

TRANSLATION

 

A remarkable pilot, Wing Commander Davidson was shot down in the course of a mission at the station of Douai where he was leading his Group. His by French patriots, he immediately decided to join "Maquis" troops, asked that he be allowed to serve as a private, refusing all rank. During five months this officer shared the fate of resistance, hiding in a hole in a stable. He took part in all actions by his Detachment of the French Forces of the Interior of the region. Wing Commander Davidson by his courage and willingness contributed to the success of the operations of the movement of resistance and help in cementing the good will between France and her Allies.

 

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DAVIDSON, P/O Samuel (J19143) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.426 Squadron - Award effective 10 May 1944 as per London Gazette dated 23 May and AFRO 1380/44 dated 30 June 1944. Born in Edmonton, Alberta, 1916. Home given as Edmonton and Clover Bar, Alberta. Enlisted in Halifax, 20 August 1941. Trained at No.3 ITS (graduated 30 January 1942), No.12 EFTS (left 5 March 1942) and No.7 BGS (graduated 25 May 1942). Commissioned 1943. No citation other than "...completed...many successful operations against the enemy in which [he has] displayed high skill, fortitude and devotion to duty." DHist file 181.009 D.2624 (RG.24 Vol.20628) has recommendation dated 21 February 1944 when he had flown 24 sorties (156 hours 35 minutes) between 26 January 1943 and 15 February 1944. Rear gunner to F/L J. Brown. Posted to No.82 OTU for instructional duties, March 1944.

 

This officer is a cool, confident and efficient air gunner whose example in the face of the enemy has been most praiseworthy. He has taken part in a large number of sorties, involving attacks on strongly defended targets in Germany, and throughout has displayed great determination and unfailing devotion to duty. During the course of operations by this officer, six completed sorties have been directed against Berlin...

 

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DAVIDSON, Sergeant (now P/O) Victor Percival (R54948/C17628) - British Empire Medal - RCAF Overseas Headquarters - Awarded 8 June 1944 as per London Gazette of that date and RCAF Routine Order 1380/44 dated 30 June 1944. Born in Montreal, 1916; educated there (William Dawson Public School, Montreal High School). Enlisted there 31 May 1940.

 

As a photographer on loan to the Royal Air Force, this NCO on several occasions landed under fire on enemy-held territory and, with complete disregard for personal risk, obtained valuable photographs depicting the contribution of air force personnel in the campaign. He frequently went beyond the requirements of his normal duties to obtain photographs. His devotion to duty in this work has been outstanding.

 

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DAVIE, P/O John (J85334) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.429 Squadron - Award effective 19 June 1944 as per London Gazette dated 30 June 1944 and AFRO 1861/44 dated 25 August 1944. Born in Edinburgh, Scotland, 1918. Home in Biggar, Saskatchewan. Enlisted in Saskatoon, 27 December 1940. Trained at No.3 ITS (graduated 8 May 1942), No.21 EFTS (left 8 July 1942), No.5 BGS (graduated 23 October 1942), and No.2 AOS (graduated 4 December 1942). Commissioned 1943. No citation other than "completed...many successful operations against the enemy in which [he has] displayed high skill, fortitude and devotion to duty." DHist file 181.009 D.5524 (RG.24 Vol.20667) has recommendation dated 20 April 1944 when he had flown 29 sorties (205 hours ten minutes), 13 July 1943 to 22 March 1944.

 

This air bomber has attacked many of the most heavily defended targets in Germany including Berlin, Hanover, Essen and Nuremburg. He has at all times shown a devotion to duty, keenness for his work and offensive spirit which have resulted in his pressing home the attack and successfully bombing his objective. It is considered that this officer's fine offensive spirit and devotion to duty fully merit the award of the Distinguished Flying Cross.

 

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DAVIES, F/L Alan Craig (J19015) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.426 Squadron - Award effective 5 June 1945 per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 1147/45 dated 13 July 1945. Born in Toronto, 1917. Home in St.Catharines, Ontario. Clerk. Enlisted in Montreal, 26 August 1941. Trained at No.1 ITS (graduated 1 February 1942), No.9 EFTS (graduated 10 April 1942) and No.6 SFTS (graduated 9 October 1942). Commissioned 1943. Interned in Sweden, 16/17 December 1943 after raid on Berlin. Later released (September or October 1944) and returned to operations. DFC presented at Stamford Centre, Ontario, 7 August 1949.

 

This officer has completed two tours of operational duty during which he has attacked a wide range of enemy targets. He has at all times displayed the greatest keenness and throughout has set a fine example of devotion to duty. In March 1945, Flight Lieutenant Davies participated in an attack against Gladbach. By his skilful leadership, this officer contributed materially to the success obtained.

 

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DAVIES, F/L Daniel Peter (J22413) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.405 Squadron - Award effective 4 November 1944 as per London Gazette dated 14 November 1944 and AFRO 239/45 dated 9 February 1945. Born in Calais, France, 1923. Home in Montreal, Quebec; enlisted there 3 November 1941. Trained at No.3 ITS (graduated 24 April 1942), No.21 EFTS (graduated 3 July 1942) and No.9 AOS (graduated 30 December 1942). Commissioned 1943. No citation other than "completed... numerous operations against the enemy in the course of which [he has] invariably displayed the utmost fortitude, courage and devotion to duty." Public Records Office Air 2/8823 has recommendation dated 20 Aug 44 when he had flown 40 sorties (154 hours 14 minutes) as follows:

 

10 Aug 43 Nuremburg (7.50) 30 Jun 44 U-Bocage (2.27)

16 Aug 43 Turin (7.55) 2 July 44 Oisemont (2.08)

23 Aug 43 Berlin (6.45). Ditched 5 July 44 Wizernes (1.51)

in Baltic; interned in 6 July 44 Coquereaux (2.38)

Sweden. 7 July 44 Caen (2.36)

22 Apr 44 Laon (4.09) counted as 9 July 44 L'Hey (1.43)

1/3 operation. 10 Jul 44 Nucourt (2.44)

10 May 44 Ghent (2.33) 12 Jul 44 Paris (Vaires)

11 May 44 Boulogne (2.33) (3.14)

19 May 44 Mont Couple (3.00) 15 Jul 44 Nucourt (3.33)

21 May 44 Duisburg (4.02) 17 Jul 44 Cagny (2.30)

24 May 44 Aachen West (3.36) 19 Jul 44 Rollez (2.58)

27 May 44 Rennes a/f (3.41) 20 Jul 44 Contrai (2.03)

28 May 44 Mardick (1.54) 23 Jul 44 Kiel (5.21)

31 May 44 Mont Couple (1.58) 24 Jul 44 Stuttgart (7.04)

5 June 44 Longues (3.10) 25 Jul 44 Stuttgart (7.08)

7 June 44 Foret de Cerisy (3.19) 28 Jul 44 Stuttgart (6.22)

9 June 44 Rennes (4.09) 30 Jul 44 Battle area

11 Jun 44 Toures (4.58) (2.54)

15 Jun 44 Lens (2.11) 12 Aug 44 Russelheim (4.34)

24 Jun 44 M-Straete (1.54) 16 Aug 44 Stettin (5.08)

27 Jun 44 Oisemont (2.08) 18 Aug 44 Bremen (4.52)

28 Jun 44 Metz (5.18)

 

Flying Officer Davies is a most efficient and keen navigator in a highly successful crew, now on their second tour. He has taken part in 40 operational sorties, against such heavily defended enemy areas as Berlin, Stuttgart and Stettin. Throughout his long and varied operational career, Flying Officer Davies has displayed a willingness for operational duty which has been a decided factor in influencing not only the successes attained by his crew, but in inspiring confidence in his other fellow comrades. Strongly recommended for the non-immediate award of the Distinguished Flying Cross.

 

DAVIES, F/L Daniel Peter, DFC (J22413) - 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.

 

Since the award of the Distinguished Flying Cross, Flight Lieutenant Davies has continued to operate with exceptional keenness and efficiency, participating in attacks against such strongly defended targets as Duisburg, Cologne and Stuttgart. He has shown fine leadership both in the air and on the ground and has taken a keen interest in the training of less experienced navigators. Flight Lieutenant Davies' unselfish devotion to duty and fine fighting spirit have set an inspiring example to all.

 

NOTE: Public Records Office Air 2/9050 has recommendation dated 20 December 1944 when he had flown 55 sorties (227 hours 35 minutes) of which 15 sorties (73 hours ten minutes) had been since previous award. Added sorties and unpublished text follows; reference to being shot down on "second sortie" is in error; it was his third sortie:

 

29 Aug 44 Stettin (9.10) 28 Oct 44 Cologne (3.50)

13 Sept 44 Frankfurt (5.45) 2 Nov 44 Dusseldorf (4.05)

15 Sept 44 Kiel (5.05) 18 Nov 44 Munster (3.45)

5 Oct 44 Saarbrucken (4.40) 21 Nov 44 Coblenz (5.15)

6 Oct 44 Dortmund (4.45) 21 Nov 44 Aschaffenburg (4.55)

15 Oct 44 Wilhelmshaven (4.05) 30 Nov 44 Duisberg (4.20)

19 Oct 44 Stuttgart (5.10) 4 Dec 44 Urft Dam (5.10)

25 Oct 44 Homberg (3.10)

 

Flight Lieutenant Davies is an exceptionally keen and capable navigator who has now completed two tours of operations against the enemy. He has participated in attacks on such heavily defended enemy areas as Berlin, Stuttgart and Stettin. This officer was shot down on his second sortie, and after escaping from hostile territory immediately volunteered for operational duty. He possesses an insatiable desire to participate in offensive action, never considering for a moment that any job is too small or unimportant. He is a quiet, confident type of officer who, in addition to the superb qualities of leadership and skill he has invariably displayed in the air, has taken a keen interest in the training of less experienced navigators. This officer's unselfish devotion to duty and fine fighting spirit has had an inspiring effect on all members of his crew.

 

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DAVIES, F/O Dufferin Owen (J12241) - Commended for Valuable Services - No.15 SFTS - Award effective 1 January 1945 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 89/45 dated 19 January 1945. Enlisted 15 April 1941, Vancouver, British Columbia. Trained at No.2 ITS (graduated 15 August 1941), No.2 EFTS (graduated 30 January 1942), and No.11 SFTS (graduated 19 June 1942).

 

This officer has shown outstanding ability and an exceptionally keen interest in flying instruction at this unit for the past two years. He has at all times had the welfare of his pupils at heart and has carried out his duties as flight commander in a praiseworthy manner. He is a most skilful pilot and able leader, who has brought the airmanship instruction at this unit to a high standard of efficiency.

 

DAVIES, F/L Dufferin Owen (J12241) - Commended for Valuable Services - No.15 SFTS - Award effective 21 April 1945 as per Canada Gazette of that date and AFRO 802/45 dated 11 May 1945.

 

This officer has very capably filled his position as flying instructor since 1942. He re-organized the lectures on airmanship for his unit in a very thorough manner. In all of his duties he has proved to be a very efficient and conscientious officer and a credit to the Service.

 

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DAVIES, WO (now P/O) Frederick Charles (R153085/J85093) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.405 Squadron - Award effective 24 May 1944 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 1444/44 dated 7 July 1944. Born in Halifax, Nova Scotia, 1923; home there. Enlisted in Halifax, 12 February 1942. Trained at No.3 ITS (graduated 28 August 1942), No.1 BGS (graduated 23 October 1942) and No.8 AOS (graduated 4 December 1942). Shot down and taken prisoner, 24 May 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 2/9149 has recommendation for a Distinguished Flying Medal (he was still a Flight Sergeant) dated 23 February 1944 when he had completed 31 sorties (201 hours), 24 June 1943 to 19 February 1944 as follows:

 

24 Jun 43 Gelsenkirchen (4.45) 3 Nov 43 Dusseldorf (3.40)

28 Jun 43 Cologne (5.00) 17 Nov 43 Mannheim (5.00)

2 July 43 GARDENING (5.00) 18 Nov 43 Berlin (7.05)

3 July 43 Cologne (6.00) 2 Dec 43 Berlin (5.55)

9 July 43 Gelsenkirchen (5.55) 16 Dec 43 Berlin (8.00)

13 Jul 43 Aachen (5.45) 20 Dec 43 Mannheim (5.10)

3 Aug 43 Sea search (5.15) 24 Dec 43 Berlin (6.50)

16 Sep 43 Modane (7.15) 29 Dec 44 Berlin (6.50)

22 Sep 43 Oldenburg (4.40 1 Jan 44 Berlin (6.30)

23 Sep 43 Mannheim (5.45) 2 Jan 44 Berlin (6.20)

27 Sep 43 Hanover (4.40) 5 Jan 44 Stettin (8.30)

2 Oct 43 Munich (7.00) 20 Jan 44 Berlin (7.25)

3 Oct 43 Kassel (5.45) 21 Jan 44 Magdeburg (6.30)

7 Oct 43 Friedrichshaven (6.25) 27 Jan 44 Berlin (6.55)

8 Oct 43 Hanover (5.00) 28 Jan 44 Berlin (7.30)

22 Oct 43 Kassel (5.00) 19 Feb 44 Leipzig (6.30)

 

This Non-Commissioned Officer is an excellent Bomb Aimer who is on his second tour of operations. Many of the sorties carried out by this Non-Commissioned Officer have been such targets as would tax the courage of any man. In spite of much personal discomfort and danger, this Non-Commissioned Officer at all times performed his duties in a most satisfactory and praiseworthy manner, thereby setting a fine example to his comrades. Strongly recommended for the award of the Distinguished Flying Medal.

 

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DAVIES, Sergeant Haydn Llewellyn (R100784) - Mention in Despatches - No.64 Base - Award effective 1 January 1946 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 155/46 dated 15 February 1946. AFRO gives unit only as "Overseas"; unit found in McEwen Papers list of recommendations for MiD. Home in Toronto; enlisted there 9 April 1941. DHist file 181.009 D.4364 (RG.24 Vol.20648) has recommendation submitted to OC No.64 Base, 4 May 1945, confirms unit, gives first name as "Hayden". Enlisted in Toronto, 9 April 1941; had served ten months in Canada, 38 months overseas. Note rank at recommendation as opposed to gazetting.

 

LAC Davies, employed on this station as a Radar Mechanic, has proven himself as a willing and efficient tradesman. In addition to his service duties, this airman has given a major portion of his off-duty hours to apply his ability as an artist in the production of posters for the furtherance of station activities. His efforts along these lines were in no small part responsible for the excellent showing made by this unit in the Eighth Victory Loan Drive by his work on the Station Loan Indicator.

 

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DAVIES, FS Illtyd (R81443) - 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. Home in Vancouver; enlisted there 18 December 1940. Medal presented 29 May 1947.

 

Outstanding in appearance, ability, perseverance and loyalty, this excellent assistant commandant has played a most important part in the provost administration of Western Air Command, Maintaining a high standard of discipline and morale at all times, this non-commissioned officer has won the respect of all ranks.

 

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DAVIES, P/O Linwood Ashcroft (J45283) - Mention in Despatches - No.160 Squadron (Canada) - Award effective 14 November 1944 as per Canada Gazette of that date and AFRO 2684/44 dated 15 December 1944. Home in Winnipeg; enlisted there 27 December 1940. Trained at No.2 WS (graduated 9 November 1941) and No.7 BGS (graduated 8 December 1941).

 

This officer has completed a great number of sorties on anti-submarine operations and has executed his duties at all times with determination and skill.

 

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DAVIS, LAC Charles Dougal (R162502) - Mention in Despatches - No.420 Squadron - Award effective 14 June 1945 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 1647/45 dated 26 October 1945. Fitter. Home in Chilliwack, British Columbia; enlisted in Vancouver, 10 April 1942; overseas as of 18 December 1942. No citation in AFRO; DHist file 181.009 D1745 (NAC RG.24 Vol.20608) gives recommendation dated 22 July 1944:

 

LAC Davis has shown great determination and willingness to carry out his duties as a Fitter to the highest degree. He has maintained over a long period a very satisfactory standard of efficiency. His ability to perform his duties under all conditions has inspired others within his section.

 

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DAVIS, S/L John Terence Joseph (J2936) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.415 Squadron - Award effective 12 May 1944 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 1186/44 dated 2 June 1944. Born in Westmount, Quebec, 1921; home in Como, Quebec. Enlisted in Trenton, Ontario, 2 November 1940. Trained at No.1 ITS (graduated 23 May 1940), Moncton Flying Club (17 July 1940) and No.1 SFTS (graduated 18 September 1940). Cited with F/O H.T. Thompson (RCAF, DFC).

 

As pilot and observer respectively these officers have completed many sorties involving attacks on enemy shipping. They have at all times displayed praiseworthy skill and have invariably pressed home their attacks with great determination, often in the face of heavy opposing fire. They have set an example to all.

 

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DAVIS, Flight Sergeant Kenneth George (R117353) - Distinguished Flying Medal - No.83 Squadron - Award effective 30 November 1943 as per London Gazette dated 7 December 1943 and AFRO 240/44 dated 4 February 1944. Home in Toronto; enlisted in North Bay, Ontario, 11 August 1941. Trained at No.7 BGS (graduated 16 February 1942).

 

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

 

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DAVIS, F/O Kenneth Knight (J36374) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.431 Squadron - Award effective 6 January 1945 as per London Gazette dated 16 January 1945 and AFRO 508/45 dated 23 March 1945. Born in East Kildonan, Manitoba. Home at Pass Lake, Ontario and Winnipeg, Manitoba. Motor mechanic. Enlisted in Port Arthur, Ontario, 25 June 1942. Trained at No.2 ITS (graduated 30 April 1943) and No.7 AOS (graduated 1 October 1943). Commissioned 1943.

 

Flying Officer Davis has participated in numerous operations in the course of which he has shown outstanding navigational skill and determination. On one occasion in September 1944, during a daylight attack against Sterkrade, his aircraft encountered intense anti-aircraft fire and Flying Officer Davis sustained wounds in both hands. Despite his injuries, he insisted on continuing with his allotted task. Flying Officer Davis has always displayed fortitude, tenacity and great courage which are worthy of the highest praise.

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DAVIS, W/C Ralph Cargill (C183) - Mention in Despatches - Station Yarmouth - Award effective 14 June 1945 as per Canada Gazette of that date and AFRO 1127/45 dated 6 July 1945. Native of Medicine Hat, Alberta; attended University of Alberta (Civil Engineering); enlisted at Edmonton, 12 June 1935. Qualified for wings, 26 May 1936. Further trained (1940) as navigation specialist at Rivers, Manitoba. Was Chief Supervisory Officer at AOS, Regina (1941-43) and later in charge of operations at Sydney and/or Yarmouth. Attended RCAF War Staff College, Toronto, 1945, served overseas 1945-47, and remained in postwar RCAF, commanding Greenwood and Rockcliffe. Was appointed Director of Flight Safety, AFHQ, January 1953 and later appointed CO of Saskatoon. Awarded OBE, 1 January 1946 and Queen's Coronation Medal, 21 October 1953.

 

As Wing Commander (Flying) this officer performed his duties in na excellent manner and earned the respect and confidence of all those associated with him. In his present position as station commander of an operational station in Eastern Air Command, he has maintained a very high standard of efficiency and morale on his unit.

 

 

DAVIS, G/C Ralph Cargill (C183) - Officer, Order of the British Empire - Yarmouth - Award effective 1 January 1946 as per Canada Gazette of that date and AFRO 82/45 dated 25 January 1946.

 

This officer as a Commanding Officer has by dint of hard work and inherent aptitude maintained a degree of efficiency above the average on his Station. Despite the difficulties encountered during the transition period following the cessation of hostilities in Europe, his administration and organization have set an excellent example. His leadership has been reflected in efficiency, co-operation, and the happiness and well being of those under his command.

 

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DAVIS, P/O Robert Harold (J87124) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.434 Squadron - Award effective 1 December 1944 as per London Gazette dated 12 December 1944 and AFRO 293/45 dated 16 February 1945. Born in Aylmer, Ontario, 1924; home in Aylmer West. Labourer. Enlisted in London, Ontario, 2 November 1942. Trained at No.9 BGS (graduated 6 August 1943). Commissioned 1944. Gunner for P/O R.B. McCullough; first incident was 1/2 May 1944 (St.Ghislain), second (enemy aircraft destroyed) on 9/10 April 1944 (Montdidier).

 

This officer has taken part in a large number of operational sorties. On one occasion his cool and skilful directions to his pilot enabled him successfully to stave off seven attacks by an enemy aircraft. During another air combat he destroyed one enemy fighter. At all times this air gunner's skill and vigilance have been outstanding and have played a worthy part in the successes achieved by his crew.

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DAVIS, S/L Wilfred (J6710) - Air Force Cross - Central Flying School - Award effective 1 January 1946 as per Canada Gazette of that date and AFRO 82/46 dated 25 January 1946. Born 30 June 1914. Home in Victoria; educated there including Victoria College, 1930-32. Employed in dam construction, Stillwater, British Columbia, 1934-35; pulp-paper tester, Powell River, 1935-37; chief tester, Powell River Pulp and Paper Company, 1937-40. Enlisted in Vancouver, 18 October 1940. Trained at No.1 ITS (graduated 16 March 1941), No.17 EFTS (graduated 26 May 1941), and No.9 SFTS (graduated 11 August 1941). Flyng and navigation instructor throughout the war. As of award had flown 2,144 hours, 1,906 hours as instructor, 128 hours in previous six months. Remained in postwar RCAF, serving as a pilot in No.413 (Photo) Squadron and commanding Detachment No.15 (Rockcliffe). From October 1950 to September 1954 he was a staff officer in the Directorate of Organization and Establishment (AFHQ). Attended Staff College and then served at Allied Air Force Central Europe HQ (Fontainbleau). From October 1958 to July 1961 he was with AFHQ (Establishment Policy); retired 26 December 1961. Died in Victoria, 31 October 1995. Medals with Canadian War Museum (AN 19960025-011).

 

In his capacity as Senior Navigation Officer, this officer has always shown himself to be enthusiastic and untiring in his efforts to produce better results in flying training. He has set an example to his fellows, producing a standard in instructional methods which have been second to none. By his diligence and unflagging devotion to duty he has contributed greatly to the high standard of flying training at his unit.

 

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DAVISON, WO Edward Ernest (R95662) - 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 Beachburg, Ontario; enlisted in Ottawa, 7 March 1941. Trained at No.4 WS (graduated 26 October 1942) and No.8 BGS (graduated 23 November 1942). No citation in AFRO.

 

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DAVOUD, W/C Paul Yettvart (C325) - Mention in Despatches - No.409 Squadron - Award effective 9 June 1942 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 1000-1001/42 dated 3 July 1942. Born at Provo, Utah, 25 November 1911. Educated at Mont Clair (New Jersey), RMC and Queen's University. Enlisted at Camp Borden, 24 June 1929. Graduated from RMC, 1931 (Sword of Honour, 1929-1931); qualified for Pilot's Badge at Trenton, 19 August 1931. Joined RAF, 1932-35. Returned to Canada to fly bush operations with Canadian Airways and Hudson Bay Company. Rejoined in Winnipeg, 5 June 1940. Assistant to CFI, Central Flying School, until May 1941 when he ferried a bomber to Britain and joined No.409 Squadron. Credited with the following victories: 1 November 1941, one Do.217 destroyed; 29 July 1942, one He.111 probably destroyed plus one Do.217 damaged. Taken off operations in early 1943 but then posted to No.418 Squadron and later to No.143 Wing. Released in July 1945 and went back to commercial flying. Elected to Canadian Aviation Hall of Fame (1985). Died at Wolfe Island (Kingston), 19 March 1987. PL-51780 shows him and Dal Russel receiving Dutch awards.

 

DAVOUD, W/C Paul Yettvart (C325) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.409 Squadron - Award effective 11 January 1943 as per London Gazette dated 2 February 1943 and AFRO 272/43 dated 19 February 1943.

 

This officer has been engaged on night flying operations for more than a year. He is a skilful pilot whose fine example and inspiring leadership have been worthy of high praise. He has destroyed one and probably destroyed another enemy aircraft.

 

DAVOUD, G/C Paul Yettvart, DFC (C325) - Distinguished Service Order - No.418 Squadron - Award effective 2 March 1944 as per London Gazette dated 17 March 1944 and AFRO 766/44 dated 6 April 1944.

Since being awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross this officer has completed many sorties involving attacks on airfields and other heavily defended areas in Holland, Northern France, Belgium and Germany. He is a forceful and courageous leader whose personal example and exceptional ability have been reflected in the fine fighting qualities and efficiency of the squadron he commands. His loyal and devoted service has been worthy of the highest praise.

 

DAVOUD, G/C Paul Yettvart, DSO, DFC (C325) - Mention in Despatches - No.143 Wing - Award effective 1 January 1945 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 337/45 dated 23 February 1945.

 

DAVOUD, G/C Paul Yettvart, DSO, DFC (C325) - Officer, Order of the British Empire - No.83 Group Headquarters - Award effective 14 June 1945 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 1219 dated 27 July 1945. No citation in Canadian sources. Public Records Office Air 2/9056 has recommended citation which, however, seems rather confused as to sequence of his postings.

 

Group Captain Davoud has served with this Group since January 1944. He was given the task of forming and commanding two new airfields from squadrons and personnel recently transferred from Canada. He showed himself to be a commander of considerable resource and ability and completed his task with great enthusiasm and efficiency. He arrived on the Continent a week after D Day, and shortly afterwards a reorganization of the Group placed him in command of 143 Wing. He filled this post with energy and distinction until January 1945, when he was appointed Group Captain, Operations at Group Headquarters. Previous to joining 83 Group this officer gave outstanding service whilst commanding a Canadian Typhoon fighter bomber wing.

 

DAVOUD, G/C Paul Yettvart, DSO, OBE, DFC (C325) - Chevalier of the Legion of Honour (France) - AFRO 485/47 dated 12 September 1947 and Canada Gazette dated 20 September 1947

 

DAVOUD, G/C Paul Y., DSO, OBE, DFC (C325) - Croix de Guerre avec Palm (France) - AFRO 485/47 dated 12 September 1947 and Canada Gazette dated 20 September 1947.

 

DAVOUD, G/C Paul Y., DSO, OBE, DFC (C325) - Commander, Order of Orange-Nassau with Swords (Holland) - Award effective 6 February 1948 as per AFRO 81/48 of that date. Public Records Office Air 2/9293 has recommended citation:

 

In command of No.143 Wing, Royal Air Force [sic], stationed at Eindhoven, from September until December 1944, through his excellent work has greatly contributed to the liberation of the Netherlands.

 

 

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DAVY, WO Henry William (R107107) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.156 Squadron - Award effective 19 June 1944 as per London Gazette dated 30 June 1944 and AFRO 1861/44 dated 25 August 1944. Born in Prince Albert, Saskatchewan, 1921; home there. Stenographer. Enlisted in Saskatoon, 26 May 1941. Trained at No.2 ITS (graduated 1 October 1941), No.2 BGS (graduated 25 April 1942), No.3 AOS (graduated 16 March 1942) and No.1 ANS (graduated 25 May 1942). 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 2/9015 has recommendation dated 19 April 1944 when he had flown 28 sorties (192 operational hours):

 

14 Jan 43 GARDENING, Lorient 23 Dec 43 Berlin

26 Feb 43 GARDENING, Lorient 29 Dec 43 Berlin

28 Feb 43 St.Nazaire 1 Jan 44 Berlin

3 Mar 43 Hamburg 2 Jan 44 Berlin

5 Mar 43 Essen 14 Jan 44 Brunswick

4 Oct 43 Frankfurt 20 Jan 44 Berlin

8 Oct 43 Hanover 22 Jan 44 Magdeburg

18 Oct 43 Hanover 15 Feb 44 Berlin

20 Oct 43 Leipzig 15 Mar 44 Stuttgart

3 Nov 43 Dusseldorf 18 Mar 44 Frankfurt

18 Nov 43 Berlin 22 Mar 44 Frankfurt

22 Nov 43 Berlin 24 Mar 44 Berlin

26 Nov 43 Berlin 26 Mar 44 Essen

2 Dec 43 Berlin 30 Mar 44 Nuremburg

 

Warrant Officer Davy has completed 28 operational flights, six of which have been with the Pathfinder Force. The raids in which he has participated have been against the most heavily defended targets in Germany, including eleven raids on Berlin.

 

This Warrant Officer has always shown great courage and determination in carrying out his exacting duties with the special equipment used in the squadron. His is a resolute and efficient worker, and his keenness, tenacity and high standard of devotion to duty make him most worthy of the award of the Distinguished Flying Cross.

 

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DAVY, F/L Herbert Dudley (C17815) - Air Force Cross - Headquarters, Coastal Command - Award effective 14 June 1945 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 1219/45 dated 27 July 1945. Born in London, England, 18 September 1909. Radar officer; home in Holland Landing, Ontario; enlisted in Toronto, 10 April 1941. Classified as Radar Mechanic on enlistment; posted to University of Toronto, 23 May 1941 and to No.31 Radio School, 14 September 1941. Promoted to LAC, 30 August 1941; Corporal, 1 March 1942; Sergeant, 1 July 1942; Flight Sergeant, 1 March 1943; commissioned on 8 July 1943; F/O, 8 January 1944; F/L, 22 January 1945. Overseas 24 November 1942; repatriated 26 September 1945; released, 6 November 1945. Award sent by registered mail, 13 November 1949. No citation in Canadian sources. Public Records Office Air 2/8771 has citation drafted when he had flown 449 hours.

 

This officer has been employed on radar experimental and instructional duties since February 1942. Not only has he played an important part in experimenting with and developing new equipment but he has devoted much time and energy to training crews in the use of the complicated equipment. He has also taken part in 19 operational sorties. Two of these sorties have resulted in the probably sinking and severe damaging of two U-Boats, the detection of which was due in both cases to the extreme skill of Flying Officer Davy. By his untiring efforts he materially contributed to the high standard of efficiency attained by many crews.

 

 

DAVY, F/L Herbert Dudley, AFC (C17815) - Mention in Despatches - Overseas - Award effective 14 June 1945 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 1478/45 dated 21 September 1945. No citation.

 

DAVY, F/L Herbert Dudley, AFC (C17815) - Mention in Despatches - Overseas - Award effective 1 January 1946 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 155/46 dated 15 February 1946.

 

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DAW, FS Harold Charles (R140395) - British Empire Medal - No.3 SFTS - Award effective 1 January 1946 as per Canada Gazette of that date and AFRO 82/46 dated 25 January 1946. Enlisted in Calgary, 12 December 1941.

 

This non-commissioned officer is responsible for the maintenance of the electrical distribution system at this unit and due to his untiring efforts and devotion to duty this system has never had a serious breakdown in four years. Night flying has never been held up on account of a failure in aerodrome lighting. Flight Sergeant Daw has shown exceptional initiative and has worked long hours both in his own work and in other duties for the welfare of the station and its personnel.

 

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DAWBER, F/O Norman Ewart (J26435) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.438 Squadron - Award effective 6 February 1945 as per London Gazette dated 13 February 1945 and AFRO 508/45 dated 23 March 1945. Born in 1920, Toronto; home there. Enlisted 1939. Trained at No.5 ITS (graduated 7 November 1942), No.13 EFTS (graduated 21 January 1943), and No.2 SFTS (graduated 14 May 1943). Commissioned 14 May 1943.

 

This officer has successfully completed a large number of operational sorties. On numerous occasions he has led his squadron on attacks against heavily defended targets and has always displayed a fine fighting spirit. On one occasion in November, 1944, while attacking a strongly defended bridge, his aircraft was hit by fire from the enemy's defences and severely damaged. Undeterred, Flying Officer Dawber pressed home his attack and afterwards skilfully flew his battered aircraft back to our lines where he was forced to abandon it by parachute. Throughout his tour this officer has set an excellent example of courage and coolness in emergencies.

 

NOTE: Public Records Office Air 2/9048 has recommendation dated 18 December 1944 when he had flown 95 sorties (103 hours 45 minutes) with a more detailed description of his tour:

 

This officer has completed 95 operational sorties against the enemy consisting of dive bombing attacks on marshalling yards, rail lines, radar installations, enemy strong points, Noball targets and bridges as well as carrying out fighter sweeps and armed reconnaissances.

 

He has successfully led the squadron on numerous times against heavily defended targets and has shown great keenness to engage the enemy. On two occasions in June during the early days of the invasion, this officer participated in attacks on vitally important bridges at Thury-Harcourt and Cabourg which were wiped out despite intense, accurate flak. During the Falaise Gap period, Flying Officer Dawber logged many Mechanical Enemy Transport flamers and damaged numerous barges and locomotives.

 

Recently this pilot participated in low level attacks on canal locks on the Dortmund Canal and on locks near Sneek and Gaarkuiken, Holland.

 

On November 18, 1944, Flying Officer Dawber, while attacking a heavily defended bridge near Hilfarth, Germany, was hit in his dive but pressed home his attack and successfully coaxed his battered aircraft back to out forward troop lines where he baled out safely.

 

Throughout his tour, this officer has shown great determination and courage in pressing home attacks against heavily defended targets. His leadership and coolness in emergencies have set an example for the men flying with him.

 

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DAWSON, F/L Alexander Ross (C9831) - Mention in Despatches - 427 Squadron - Award effective 14 January 1944 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 874/44 dated 21 April 1944. Home in Toronto; enlisted in Montreal, 16 January 1942.

 

DAWSON, S/L Alexander Ross (C9831) - Mention in Despatches -Skipton-on-Swale - Award effective 14 June 1945 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 1395/45 dated 31 August 1945.

 

DAWSON, S/L Alexander Ross (C9831) - Member, Order of the British Empire - Skipton-on-Swale - Award effective 1 January 1946 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 155/46 dated 15 February 1946. No citation in AFRO; the following found in National Archives of Canada. Recommended February 1945 at which time he was Chief Technical Officer.

 

Squadron Leader Dawson has, since his employment as Chief Technical Officer at this unit, displayed himself as an outstanding technician and an exceptionally fine leader of his staff. Through his capable, cheerful and consistent guidance he has built up a servicing staff which has attained an exceptionally high average of aircraft serviceability. No phase of his work has yet been too difficult for him to overcome and his unflagging zeal has at all times been transmitted to his staff with commendable results.

 

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DAWSON, S/L Douglas William (C2359) - Air Force Cross - No.2 EFTS - Enlisted in Toronto, 22 February 1940 - Award effective 28 May 1943 as per London Gazette dated 2 June 1943 and AFRO 1459/43 dated 30 July 1943. Enlisted in Toronto, 22 February 1940.

 

Prior to his appointment as Chief Flying Instructor of this School, Squadron Leader Dawson compiled an excellent record as a Flying Instructor and Flight Commander at No.4 Service Flying Training School. Since his arrival at this Unit he has continued to prove his ability as a pilot and Instructor. He is possessed of sound judgement and keen initiative and, to a high degree, is responsible for the excellent standard of student discipline and morale evident at this School. Squadron Leader Dawson has a total of nearly 1,000 flying hours of which approximately 800 are instructional.

 

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DAWSON, F/L Harry Wilbur Albert (C7118) - Mention in Despatches - No.1664 HCU - Award effective 14 June 1945 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 1395/45 dated 31 August 1945. Home in Victoria, British Columbia; enlisted in Vancouver, 29 August 1941. As of recommendation (23 January 1945) he had been 16 months in Canada, two years overseas. Engineering Officer; no citation in AFRO but DHist 181.002 D.225 has following:

 

This officer has been responsible for the Repair and Inspection Squadron of No.1664 Conversion Unit, Dishforth, and it is due in large degree to his efforts that the high standard of aircraft serviceability and maintenance has been achieved. He is [a] hard working, keen and industrious officer who has worked exceptionally long hours under trying conditions. He has, at all times, set an example to all ranks.

 

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DAWSON, W/C Linn (C2139) - Member, Order of the British Empire - AFHQ - Award effective 1 January 1946 as per Canada Gazette of that date and AFRO 82/46 dated 25 January 1946. Home in Winnipeg; enlisted there 27 May 1927.

 

This officer has rendered outstanding service to the Royal Canadian Air Force for the past three years as Inspector of Accidents in Western Canada. He has carried on his work, in the open, under the severest weather conditions without consideration of his personal comfort or convenience. His work has definitely led to considerable saving of life and material. He has always displayed the highest devotion to duty regardless how difficult the assignment.

 

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DAY, FS Albert David (Can 10263A) - Mention in Despatches - No.77 Squadron (AFRO gives unit only as "Attached to RAF") - Award effective 2 September 1942 as per London Gazette of 5 September 1942 and AFRO 1653/42 dated 16 October 1942. NOTE - DHist card says 1 June 1942 as per London Gazette dated 11 June 1942 and AFRO 1653/42 dated 16 October 1942. Home in Hamilton, Ontario; enlisted there 16 September 1939. Trained at No.2 ITS, No.12 EFTS and No.4 SFTS. No citation in AFRO. Public Records Office Air 2/5684 has recommendation and gives unit; Sergeant at time.

 

This airman was a member of the crew of an aircraft which was shot down when returning from a bombing attack on Frankfurt on 7th August 1941. He baled out in Northern Belgium and, showing great coolness, evaded capture, ultimately making his way through France into Spain from where he was repatriated.

 

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DAY, F/O Arthur Elsworthy (J13124) - Mention in Despatches - No.3 BPO - Award effective 1 January 1945 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 379/45 dated 2 March 1945. Trained at No.4 WS (graduated 6 July 1942) and No.1 BGS (graduated 3 August 1942). Home in Burlington, Ontario; enlisted in Hamilton, 4 August 1941. No citation.

 

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DAY, P/O Arthur Leonard (J87702) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.582 Squadron - Award effective 5 February 1945 as per London Gazette dated 16 February 1945 and AFRO 563/45 dated 29 March 1945. Born in Consort, Alberta, 1923; home there. Served in Calgary Tank Regiment before enlisting in RCAF at Calgary, 7 August 1942. Trained at No.3 BGS (graduated 11 June 1943). Commissioned in 1944. 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 2/8831 has recommendation dated 21 November 1944 when he had flown 51 sorties (206 hours ten minutes), 8 September 1943 to 2 November 1944.

 

8 Sep 43 Boulogne 10 Aug 44 Dijon

15 Mar 44 Stuttgart 12 Aug 44 Russelshein

18 Mar 44 Frankfurt 14 Aug 44 Tractable A.P.25

23 Mar 44 Frankfurt 16 Aug 44 Stettin

24 Mar 44 Berlin 18 Aug 44 Bremen

26 Mar 44 Essen 26 Aug 44 Kiel

30 Mar 44 Nuremburg 27 Aug 44 Marquise-

30 Apr 44 Somain Mimbyecque

3 May 44 Montdidier 29 Aug 44 Stettin

6 May 44 Nantes Gassicourt 31 Aug 44 Agenville

11 May 44 Louvain 3 Sep 44 Volkel Aerodrome

19 May 44 Boulogne Sep 44 Le Havre

21 May 44 Duisburg 8 Sep 44 Le Havre

25 May 44 Aachen 9 Sep 44 Le Havre

27 May 44 Rennes 10 Sep 44 Le Havre

3 June 44 Calais 11 Sep 44 Castrop Rauxel

6 June 44 Longues 12 Sep 44 Frankfurt

7 June 44 Foret De Cerisy 5 Oct 44 Saarbrucken

9 June 44 Rennes 6 Oct 44 Scholver

14 Jun 44 Douai 13 Oct 44 Wanne Eickel

24 Jun 44 Middel Straet 14 Oct 44 Duisburg

27 Jun 44 Oisemont 15 Oct 44 Duisburg

30 Jun 44 Villers Bocage 25 Oct 44 Nomberg

4 Aug 44 Troissy St. Maximin 28 Oct 44 Cologne

5 Aug 44 St Leu D'Esserent 29 Oct 44 Walcheren

7 Aug 44 Marc De Magne 2 Nov 44 Dusseldorf

 

Pilot Officer Day is the rear gunner of a very experienced Visual Marker crew. He has made over 50 sorties, including many against heavily defended targets. His vigilance has on a number of occasions saved the crew from trouble and his confident manner and keenness have justly earned the respect of his crew. He is recommended for a non-immediate award of the Distinguished Flying Cross.

 

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DAY, WO1 Robert Upton (R50404) - Mention in Despatches - Station Wombleton - Award effective 1 January 1946 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 155/46 dated 15 February 1946. Home in Saint John, New Brunswick; enlisted 20 February 1940 in Moncton. Served in Canada five years and five months; served in UK five months as of 16 May 1945. Wireless Mechanic (Warrant Officer, Signals) at station. No citation in AFRO; recommendation dated 16 May 1945 (DHist 181.001 D.225) read as follows:

 

This Warrant Officer performed the arduous duties of Wireless Instructor at various Wireless Schools under the British Commonwealth Air Training Plan, and for some time prior to proceeding overseas was employed as Technical Warrant Officer in charge of training at No.2 Wireless School, Calgary and No.3 Wireless School, Winnipeg. He has proved himself to be efficient in all branches of his trade, and provides excellent leadership. His appearance and bearing are at all times such that he provides an excellent example to airmen under his command. He has taken a keen interest in all station activities and has devoted his spare time to the general welfare of the station.

 

FURTHER TO ABOVE: Another document on 181.002 D.225 has a recommendation dated 23 June 1945. The recommendation is shorter (and more probably the one used in determining the award):

 

This Warrant Officer has proved himself to be efficient in all branches of his trade, and provides excellent leadership. His appearance and bearing are at all times such that he provides an excellent example to airmen under his command. He has taken a keen interest in all Station activities and has devoted his spare time to the general welfare of the station.

 

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DAY, S/L Robert William Rouviere (C1459) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.67 Squadron - Award effective 27 March 1945 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 721/45 dated 27 April 1945. Born in Victoria, B.C., 14 September 1916. Insurance agent. Enlisted in Vancouver, 2 January 1940. Trained at No.1 SFTS, graduating 13 July 1940. Instructor's course at Trenton, followed by instructional duties at No.3 SFTS and No.15 SFTS, October 1940 to October 1942. Arrived in UK, 11 November 1942. Further training at No.53 OTU. Between February and October 1943 he served with Nos.402,412, 416 and 421 Squadrons. Arrived in India, December 1943. With No.81 Squadron, 11 December 1943 to 19 August 1944, and No.67 Squadron from 18 December 1944 to 21 February 1945. To UK, August 1945, and released 21 November 1945. Had flown a total of 285 sorties (385 operational hours). He was the only Canadian "ace" to score exclusively at the expense of the Japanese. Victories as follows: 15 February 1944, one A6M Zero destroyed, Arakan Hills; 13 March 1944, one "Oscar" destroyed while supporting CHINDIT operations; 28 March 1944, one "Oscar" destroyed; 9 January 1945, two "Oscars" destroyed, Akyab. For photographs see PL-18993 (Day alone), PL-27021 (Day with W/C G.F. Chater, airfield commander from Durban, South Africa), PL-60168, (Day being congratulated by W/C R.E. Drake following his double victory), PL-60169 (in jeep, behind wheel; beside him is F/L C. Simpson, RNZAF, who also shot down two "Oscars" on 9 January 1945; behind are WO G.W. Wilson, FS E.R. Owen, P/O L. Brett). See "Ace in Burma", Journal of the Canadian Aviation Historical Society, Fall 1965.

 

Squadron Leader Day is a most determined and resolute fighter. He has completed a large number of sorties and has invariably displayed the greatest keenness. In January 1945, Squadron Leader Day led a section of four aircraft in an engagement against six Japanese aircraft. Five of the latter were shot down, two of them by Squadron Leader Day. This officer has shot down at least five enemy aircraft.

 

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DAY, F/L William Selfridge (J11555) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.90 Squadron - Award effective 25 September 1943 as per London Gazette dated 28 September 1943 and AFRO 2198/43 dated 29 October 1943. Born in Aylesford, Nova Scotia, 1921; home there. Enlisted in Halifax, Nova Scotia, 18 July 1940. Trained at No.2 ITS (graduated 9 October 1940), No.1 EFTS (graduated 11 December 1940) and No.2 SFTS (graduated 15 February 1941). Commissioned 1942. Instructed at Central Flying School and No.12 SFTS before being sent overseas. Cited with Flight Sergeant Colin Alexander Mitchinson (RAAF). Tour ended in August 1943 after which he instructed at an OTU. Sent to a transport squadron in September 1945. Repatriated to Canada, 1946; assigned to No.414 Squadron (May 1947 to December 1949); to Canadian Joint Staff, London until June 1952 when he took six months operational training at No.2 Maritime Operational Training Unit before assuming role of Flight Commander, No.405 Squadron. He was then a Staff Officer at Station Greenwood and a pupil at RCAF Staff College. In June 1958 he went to AFHQ (Directorate of Air Services). In March 1962 he took over Fox Sector, a radar unit on the DEW Line.

 

Flight Lieutenant Day and Flight Sergeant Mitchinson were pilot and rear gunner respectively of an aircraft detailed to attack Berlin in August 1943. Shortly after the bombs had been released the aircraft was attacked by three enemy fighters. Flight Lieutenant Day cleverly manoeouvered his aircraft while Flight Sergeant Mitchinson fought resolutely to frustrate the attackers, one of which he shot down. The bomber had been hit, however, receiving damage to one of the petrol tanks which caused its contents to leak rapidly. One of the engines became defective and had to be feathered but, displaying great skill and determination, Flight Lieutenant Day battled on to reach this country. These members of aircraft crew set a worthy example.

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DAYKIN, WO1 Edward (R74941) - Mention in Despatches - Western Air Command Marine Squadron - Award effective 1 January 1946 as per Canada Gazette of that date and AFRO 82/46 dated 25 January 1946. Home in Vancouver; enlisted there 1 November 1940.

 

For the past three years this Warrant Officer has been Master of a High Speed Rescue Vessel. On many occasions during this time he has been required to take his vessel to sea under adverse weather conditions on different searches for lost aircraft. He has always carried out his assignments with speed and determination, having little or no regard for his own safety. His ability as a seaman is unquestionable. His devotion to duty and the maintenance of a high state of morale on his vessel have set a fine example for others to follow.

 

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