DE BARTOK, P/O Ernest Akos Frederick (J15717) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.101 Squadron - Award effective 2 November 1942 as per London Gazette dated 6 November 1942 and AFRO 272/43 dated 19 February 1943. Born in Budapest, 26 June 1917. Home in Montreal; enlisted there 10 October 1940. Trained at No.1 ITS (graduated 20 February 1941), No.11 EFTS (graduated 22 April 1941), and No.8 SFTS (graduated 27 July 1941). Commissioned March 1942.

 

This officer has a splendid operational record as a pilot. He is keen and persevering when pressing home his attacks regardless of opposition. In August 1942, Pilot Officer De Bartok took part in a daylight raid on Emden. Despite nine attacks on his aircraft by a Messerschmitt 109 and on the return journey being shadowed by three other enemy aircraft, by his skilful evasive action he brought his aircraft back to base undamaged. Pilot Officer De Bartok has shown outstanding ability and dogged determination to duty and is a most valuable member of his squadron.

 

NOTE: Public Records Office Air 2/9604 has recommendation dated 15 September 1942 when he had flown 30 sorties (160 operational hours).

 

8 Apr 42 Hamburg 23 July 42 Duisburg

10 Apr 42 Essen 26 July 42 Hamburg

12 Apr 42 Essen 31 July 42 Dusseldorf

14 Apr 42 Dortmund 6 Aug 42 Duisburg

15 Apr 42 Dortmund 9 Aug 42 Osnabruck

10 June 42 Emden 13 Aug 42 GARDENING, Frisians

17 June 42 St.Nazaire 15 Aug 42 Dusseldorf

19 June 42 Emden 17 Aug 42 Osnabruck

22 June 42 Emden 23 Aug 42 Emden (day)

25 June 42 Bremen 24 Aug 42 Frankfurt

26 June 42 GARDENING, St.Nazaire 27 Aug 42 Kassel

29 June 42 Bremen 28 Aug 42 Nuremburg

2 July 42 Bremen 9 Sept 42 GARDENING, Heligoland

13 July 42 Duisburg 13 Sept 42 Bremen

21 July 42 Duisburg 14 Sept 42 Wilhelmshaven

 

This officer has a splendid operational record as a pilot and has proved to be keen and persevering in his sorties regardless of opposition.

 

On the 23rd August 1942 this pilot carried out a very successful daylight raid on Emden, on which occasion he pressed home his attack with vigour and determination. Whilst returning to base a ME.109 made nine attacks, and he was shadowed by three FW.190s. By skilful evasive action he brought his aircraft back without damage.

 


Pilot Officer de Bartok is a very reliable and competent captain and by his cheerful disposition and ability he has proved a great asset to the squadron. He has also applied for an extension of his operational tour. This officer is recommended for the award of the Distinguished Flying Cross.

 

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DE BECK, F/O Henry Keary (J23714) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.625 Squadron - Award effective 2 October 1944 as per London Gazette dated 13 October 1944 and AFRO 2637/44 dated 8 December 1944. Born 1916 in Vancouver. Home in Victoria, British Columbia; enlisted in Vancouver, 31 March 1942. Trained at No.4 ITS (graduated 9 October 1942) and No.2 AOS (graduated 5 February 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". Public Records Office Air 2/9026 has recommendation dated 12 July 1944 when he had flown 30 2/3 sorties (155 hours), 22 March to 6 July 1944. Appears to have been in same crew as FS C.E. Callas.

 

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

St.George

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

18 Apr 44 Rouen Target bombed.

20 Apr 44 Cologne Target bombed.

22 Apr 44 Dusseldorf Target bombed; photograph of target.

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

26 Apr 44 Essen Target bombed.

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

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

1 May 44 Lyons Target bombed.

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

7 May 44 Bruz Target bombed; photograph of target.

9 May 44 Merville Target bombed; photograph of target.

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

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

24 May 44 Dunkirk Target bombed.

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

5 June 44 Crisbecq Target bombed.

6 June 44 Vire Target bombed; photograph of target.

7 June 44 Foret de Cerisy Target bombed.

10 June 44 Acheres Target bombed.

12 June 44 Gelsenkirchen Target bombed; photograph of target.

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


15 June 44 Boulogne Target bombed.

22 June 44 Reims Target bombed.

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

25 June 44 Liegescourt Target bombed; aiming point photograph.

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

29 June 44 Siracourt Target bombed; aiming point photograph.

4 July 44 Orleans Target bombed; photograph of target.

5 July 44 Dijon Target bombed; aiming point photograph.

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

 

A most able and gallant aircrew member, Flying Officer de Beck, a Canadian, has now completed his first tour of operations. He has completed 30 2/3 sorties and 155 hours flying as navigator in a very gallant Lancaster crew and has taken part in attacks on may strongly defended targets including Dusseldorf, Essen, Friedrichshafen and Gelsenkirchen.

 

He is completely at ease in the air despite severe enemy opposition and has always continued with his own duties with a coolness and determination worthy of the highest praise. His complete cooperation with his Captain and Air Bomber have contributed in no small degree to the outstanding successes obtained by his crew.

 

He has had on occasions to navigate under most trying and difficult weather conditions but his ability and accuracy have always brought the aircraft to its target.

 

His cheerfulness has inspired the confidence of all who have flown with him in particular whilst acting as an experienced navigator to crews on their initial operational sortie. He has at all times shown commendable courage and devotion to duty and I consider he fully merits the award of the Distinguished Flying Cross.

 

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DE BOW, F/O Everett Saunders (J21418) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.424 Squadron - Award effective 1 December 1944 as per London Gazette dated 8 December 1944 and AFRO 337/45 dated 23 February 1945. Born 1914 in Forest Glen, New Brunswick. Home in Elgin, New Brunswick (truck driver); enlisted in Moncton, 15 June 1940. Trained at No.3 ITS (graduated 24 April 1942), No.17 EFTS (graduated 31 July 1942) and No.8 SFTS (graduated 4 December 1942). Commissioned 1942. 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.2609 (RG.24 Vol.20627) has recommendation dated 11 September 1944 when he had flown 39 sorties (192 hours 25 hours), 18 April to 27 August 1944.

 


Flying Officer De Bow has completed 39 sorties over enemy territory, many of which were over heavily defended targets such as Dusseldorf, Karlsruhe, Aachen, Stuttgart and Kiel.

 

He rapidly earned the full confidence of his crew and set himself up as one of the best Captains in his flight. The courage and determination which he at all times showed on operations and the ability displayed in carrying out his duties, I feel, fully deserve the award of the Distinguished Flying Cross.

 

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DE CHAMPLAIN, WO (now F/O) Joseph Paul Emile (R113044/J90743) - Netherlands Flying Cross - No.437 Squadron (AFRO gives unit only as "Overseas") - Awarded 1 January 1946 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 183/46 dated 22 February 1946. Home in legal, Alberta; enlisted in Edmonton, 24 June 1941. Trained at No.2 WS (graduated 6 November 1942) and No.7 BGS (graduated 7 December 1942). Public Records Office Air 2/9642 has recommendation.

 

On the 18th September 1944, Warrant Officer De Champlain, a wireless operator, participated in a successful glider operation. Again on the 21st September he was detailed to deliver supplies to our forces. Whilst approaching the dropping zone the aircraft sustained damage and it was necessary to go over the target a second time; the supplies were dropped in the correct zone. One the return flight the aircraft was attacked by enemy fighters and two of the despatchers were wounded. Warrant Officer de Champlain immediately rendered first aid. Whilst so doing Warrant Officer de Champlain was injured and the aircraft was set on fire and had to be abandoned. Throughout, this airman displayed high courage and fortitude and succeeded in returning to our lines.

 

 

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DE COCK, Corporal Ferdinand Francois Joseph (R86288) - Mention in Despatches - No.425 Squadron (No.62 Base in AFRO) - Award effective 1 January 1945 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 425/45 dated 9 March 1945. Instrument Repairman. No citation in AFRO; DHist file 181.009 D.1719 (PAC RG.24 Vol.20606) has recommendation forwarded 31 July 1944. Home in Winnipeg; enlisted there 3 January 1941. Served 22 months in Canada, 22 months overseas.

 

Enlisting in January 1941, and appointed to his present trade in July 1942, Corporal De Cock is Instrument Repairer in charge of "A" Flight of this squadron. He served 20 months in Canada, six months in North Africa and sixteen months in England. Throughout his service career, both in this country and in North Africa, this Non-Commissioned Officer has displayed outstanding ability and persistent energy in his work. On numerous occasions his tireless devotion to duty has made possible the release of unserviceable aircraft for operational duties.

 

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DE COURCY, S/L Thomas Joseph (J17641) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.443 Squadron (deceased) - Award effective 26 June 1945 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 1291/45 dated 10 August 1945. Born 2 August 1921, Mitchell, Ontario, only son of Thomas and Beatrice de Courcy (sisters Mary and Colleen born 1927 and 1932 respectively). Educated at St.Anthony Separate School and Assumption College. Enlisted (R67815) in Windsor, Ontario, 7 September 1940. Initially taken on as Wireless Operator (Ground), serving at No.32 SFTS in that capacity, 26 October 1940 to 5 February 1941. Recommended 8 February 1941 that he be remustered to pilot; posted to No.2 Manning Depot, Brandon, where he waited until 5 May 1941 (posting to No.2 ITS, Regina). Trained at No.2 ITS, Regina (graduated 4 June 1941) and No.16 EFTS, Edmonton (graduated 27 July 1941). Inspected 21 October 1941 at No.10 SFTS, Dauphin; described as "Rough on aerobatics. No outstanding faults in flying but lacks considerable knowledge of engine controls." Awarded pilot's flying badge, 24 October 1941 and promoted to Sergeant. Embarked for overseas, 12 November 1941; arrived 23 November 1941. Further trained at No.59 OTU, 18 December 1941 to 30 April 1942. 7 February 1942: seriously injured in a motor vehicle accident (passenger); collision in blackout. Taken on strength of No.118 Squadron, 30 April 1942. 1 October 1942; promoted to Flight Sergeant with effect from 24 April 1942; 24 October 1942: promoted to Warrant Officer, Second Class; 20 November 1942: Spitfire Vb EH953 with 160 hours 20 minutes on airframe; engine 70769/280997 had 164 hours five minutes and had been installed on airframe 12 May 1942; making practice attacks while with No.118 Squadron (Bere Regis, Dorset). The engine was running normally for about half an hour and I had just finished a practice attack and pulled away to one side when the engine cut. There was no warning and the R.P.M. gauge registered Nil. The engine temperature and pressure remained normal; fuel pressure light remained off. I knew my position and decided to try and make Warmwell. I was at 6,000 feet but soon realized I wasn't going to make it. I tried switching on and off, closed throttle and pitch levers, rocked aircraft violently fore and aft. I landed with wheels up in a meadow. I did not jettison the range tank and used flaps. I put a guard on the plane, telephoned Warmwell and went back to the plane. No fire resulted. 29 January 1943; slightly injured at Station Coltishall in accident involving Martinet HP138; taking off to tow a drogue, propeller in course pitch; aircraft struck a tree, hit ground and burned; 24 April 1943: promoted to Warrant Officer, First Class. Commissioned (J17641) 20 May 1943. Taken in strength of No.421 Squadron, 1 June 1943. 15 June 1943: Assessed by F/L J.B. Shepherd (Flight Commander): "Exceptionally keen type and very good fighter pilot. One of the mainstays of my flight, and on occasions led same. Before his posting from this unit he had been recommended for a commission.". 20 November 1943: promoted to Flying Officer; 8 March 1944: posted to Grangemouth; 31 March 1944: Assessed by F/L E.L. Gimbel, No.421 Squadron: "An experienced operational pilot just completed a long tour with this and other squadrons. Done an excellent job but I don't think he has had enough chance to prove his real worth. He was well liked by this unit and should go far." 8 May 1944 - pilot of Master II EM355, with F/O R.A. Miller (RAF) making practice landings at No.3 FIS, Grangemouth; four landings made and then Miller took controls. Engine failed at 300 feet; crash-landed in a field; de Courcy hospitalized ten days; 23 June to 12 September 1944: on strength of No.53 OTU; 23 September 1944: posted to No.421 Squadron; 8 January 1945: promoted to Flight Lieutenant; 5 April 1945: taken on strength of No.443 Squadron with rank of Squadron Leader. Killed in automobile accident (driving in heavy rainstorm, struck a tree), 7 June 1945, near Trelde (20 miles southwest of Hamburg). Credited with the following victories during his career: 20 June 1942, one FW.190 damaged (No.118 Squadron); 19 August 1942, one Do.217 damaged (No.118 Squadron); 20 December 1943, one FW.190 destroyed (No.421 Squadron); 27 September 1944, one Bf.109 damaged (No.421 Squadron); 20 December 1944, one Bf.109 destroyed (No.421 Squadron); 25 April 1945, one Ju.87 damaged and one unidentified enemy aircraft damaged (both on ground with No.443 Squadron); 3 May 1945, one Ju.88 destroyed (shared with another pilot, No.443 Squadron).

 

Squadron Leader De Courcy has participated in a very large number of varied sorties. He has invariably displayed a high degree of skill and courage and throughout his devotion to duty had been unfailing. In April 1945, this officer led the squadron in an operation against the airfields at Schwerin and Neudstadt where numerous aircraft and much mechanical transport were most effectively attacked. By his skilful leadership Squadron Leader De Courcy has contributed materially to the success achieved. In air fighting this officer has been responsible for the destruction of three enemy aircraft.

 

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DE GRACE, F/L Robert Forrest (J23138) - Mention in Despatches - No.160 Squadron - Award effective 6 January 1945 as per Canada Gazette of that date and AFRO 132/45 dated 26 January 1945. Trained at No.4 ITS, No.6 AOS and No.7 BGS. America, home in Seattle, Washington. Enlisted in Vancouver, 30 January 1942. Trained at No.4 ITS (graduated 3 July 1942), No.6 AOS (graduated 12 September 1942), No.1 CNS (graduated 4 December 1942) and No.7 BGS (graduated 22 January 1943).

 

This officer's kill, courage and devotion to duty as a navigator have contributed much to the success achieved by the squadron. As navigation leader he has done exceptionally good work and has set a splendid example of efficiency both in the air and on the ground. His repeated development of new ideas, modifications and training schemes have been of exceptional value in bringing the navigation in his squadron to its present high standard.

 

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DE LA HAYE, S/L Alphonse Leopold (J2938) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.404 Squadron - Award effective 28 April 1944 as per London Gazette dated 5 May 1944 and AFRO 1186/44 dated 2 June 1944. Born 1916 at Ashford, Kent. Home in Vancouver or Hollyburn, British Columbia; enlisted in Vancouver, 13 April 1940. Trained at No.1 ITS (graduated 23 May 1940), Vancouver Aero Club (graduated 22 July 1940) and No.1 SFTS (graduated 18 September 1940). Commissioned 1940.

 


An outstanding flight commander, this officer has displayed great administrative ability and has set a splendid example of fearlessness and devotion to duty. He has taken part in many operational sorties and destroyed one enemy aircraft. In November 1943, while on the return flight following an attack on enemy shipping, an aircraft in his formation was forced to alight on to the sea. Squadron Leader De La Haye circled the dinghy for an hour until an air/sea rescue launch arrived. Later in the same month this officer was on patrol over the Norwegian coast when about 200 miles from base he was overcome by alcohol fumes from a leaking anti-icer. On the windscreen he gave his navigator instructions to assist him which enabled him to reserve his strength and fly the aircraft safely back to base.

 

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DE LA PAULLE, F/L Jacques Andre Hubert (J8964) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.422 Squadron - Award effective 5 April 1944 as per London Gazette dated 14 April 1944 and AFRO 1020/44 dated 12 May 1944. Born in New York City, September 1921. Home in Washington, D.C. Educated in France, returned there in 1940 to serve with United States Ambulance Corps (awarded Croix de Guerre). Joined RCAF in Montreal, 17 April 1941. Trained at No.2 ITS (graduated 27 June 1941), No.19 EFTS (graduated 1 September 1941) and No.12 SFTS (graduated 21 November 1941). Further trained at Charlottetown and Debert; went overseas in mid-1942, joining No.423 Squadron. Forced down in Bay of Biscay, 3 September 1943 following engine trouble; back in UK five days later. To an RAF Coastal OTU, 1944. Repatriated to Canada in December 1944, working with No.45 Group. Left RCAF in September 1945 and moved to Washington, D.C.

 

Flight Lieutenant De La Paulle has completed a tour of operational duty throughout which he has displayed fine leadership, great courage and fortitude. On many occasions he has completed his mission in very adverse weather. On one occasion through engine failure this officer was forced to bring his aircraft down to the sea. He swam to a punctured dinghy, which later he repaired. During the following three and one-half days, before being rescued, his cheerfulness and confidence did much to sustain the high morale maintained by his crew in the dinghies.

 

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DE LALLA, F/O John Peter (J85739) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.427 Squadron - Award effective 5 July 1945 as per London Gazette dated 17 July 1945 and AFRO 1558/45 dated 5 October 1945. Born 1922 in Vancouver; home there (draughtsman); enlisted there 13 August 1941. Trained at No.2 WS (graduated 1 February 1942) and No.8 BGS (graduated 12 October 1942). Commissioned 1944. 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.1729 (PAC RG.24 Vol.20607) has recommendation dated 19 March 1945 when he had flown 37 sorties (246 hours 50 minutes).

 

This wireless operator has completed one tour of operations and twelve sorties on his second tour. During his first tour and the first seven trips of his second tour he flew as a wireless operator; the additional sorties have been done as a gunner.

 


His work in the air both as a gunner and a wireless operator has been outstanding and at all times he has shown a great determination to successfully complete the task he has been detailed to do. His cheerful confidence and devotion to duty have been an inspiration not only to his crew but to all who come in contact with him.

 

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DE MARCO, Corporal Albert (R145602) - Air Force Medal - No.168 Squadron - Award effective 5 May 1944 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 1133/44 dated 26 May 1944. Home in Lakeview, Ontario; enlisted Hamilton, 6 December 1941. Incident was on 23 January 1944; see also F/O H.B. Hillcoat, P/O E.M. Rosenbaum and F/O C.A. Dickson (all awarded AFC).

 

This NCO was crewman of a Fortress which, while on a routine flight recently from Great Britain to Gibraltar, had a violent collision with an unidentified aircraft. From the first moment of the collision, this airman displayed exceptional calmness and initiative under the most trying conditions. He successfully assisted the second pilot in preparing the aircraft for ditching and jettisoning the load, working himself to the point of exhaustion. This feat was accomplished in approximately four minutes - a remarkable one in view of the conditions in which the aircraft was at the time. Corporal De Marco's initiative in the performance of his duties in a true airman-like manner should provide a shining example to all airmen.

 

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DE MARCO, FS Frank Vincent (R87600) - Distinguished Flying Medal - No.158 Squadron - Award effective 4 October 1943 as per London Gazette dated 15 October 1943 and AFRO 2610/43 dated 17 December 1943. Born 1922 in Clyde, Alberta. Home in New Westminster; enlisted in Vancouver, 30 December 1940. Trained at No.7 BGS (graduated 15 September 1941) and No.2 WS (graduated 17 August 1941).

 

Flight Sergeant De Marco has completed a tour of operational duty during which he has attacked many of the enemy's most vital targets in Germany. Regardless of any opposition he has repeatedly pressed home his attacks and accurately placed his bombs, bringing back several excellent photographs. At all times his calm courage and devotion to duty have been worthy of the highest praise.

 

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DE MARCO, F/O Nicholas (J27693) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.76 Squadron - Award effective 8 September 1945 as per London Gazette dated 21 September 1945 and AFRO 1704/45 dated 9 November 1945. Born 1923 in Toronto; home there; enlisted there 16 December 1941. Trained at No.3 ITS (graduated 14 August 1942), No.7 BGS (graduated 15 May 1943) and No.1 AOS (graduated 25 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 2/8749 has recommendation dated 15 April 1945 when he had flown 37 sorties (194 hours 30 minutes), 6 June 1944 to 2 March 1945.

 

6 June 44 St.Lo (5.40) 6 Oct 44 Scholven (4.40)

7 June 44 Juvisy (4.50) 23 Oct 44 Essen (5.20)

12 Jun 44 Amiens (5.00) 28 Oct 44 Cologne (4.45)

15 Jun 44 Fouillard (5.25) 31 Oct 44 Cologne (5.10)

20 Jul 44 Bottrop (4.20) 4 Nov 44 Bochum (5.05)

23 Jul 44 Kiel (5.15) 30 Nov 44 Duisburg (5.45)

28 Jul 44 Foret de Nieppe 5 Dec 44 Soest (6.20)

(3.30) 6 Dec 44 Osnabruck (5.45)

2 Aug 44 Foret de Nieppe 20 Dec 44 Cologne (5.50)

(3.20) 26 Dec 44 St.Vith (5.40)

3 Aug 44 Bois de Casson 29 Dec 44 Koblenz (5.45)

(4.05) 1 Jan 45 Dortmund (5.35)

10 Aug 44 Dijon (6.30) 6 Jan 45 Hannau (6.50)

12 Aug 44 Russelsheim (5.30) 28 Jan 45 Stuttgart (7.35)

15 Aug 44 Tir le Mont (3.45) 13 Feb 45 Bohlem (8.25)

18 Aug 44 Sterkrade (4.30) 17 Feb 45 Wesel (5.15)

1 Sept 44 La Pouchante (3.30) 21 Feb 45 Worms (7.10)

10 Sep 44 Le Havre (3.30) 23 Feb 45 Essen (5.20)

13 Sep 44 Gelsenkirchen (4.20) 27 Feb 45 Mainz (6.10)

17 Sep 44 Boulogne (3.30) 2 Mar 45 Cologne (5.35)

 

This Bomb Aimer has participated in very many operational sorties both by day and by night over heavily defended targets in Germany and occupied Europe. Throughout he has shown very great determination to drop his bombs squarely on the target.

 

His courage, skill and efficiency was a fine example to his brother officers and a great asset to his crew. It is considered that his outstanding conduct merits the award of the Distinguished Flying Cross.

 

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DE MILLE, F/L Alfred Hartwell (J36365) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.576 Squadron - Award effective 26 June 1945 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 1291/45 dated 10 August 1945. Born 1918 in Orillia. Home in Toronto (ex-Toronto Scottish); enlisted there 16 June 1942. Trained at No.6 ITS (graduated 16 April 1943), No.9 EFTS (graduated 4 June 1943) and No.2 SFTS (graduated 1 October 1943. Commissioned 1943.

 


One night in March 1945, this officer was pilot and captain in an aircraft detailed to attack Nuremburg. During the operation the aircraft was badly hit when attacked by an enemy fighter. A good part of the port aileron was shot away and the aircraft went into a steep dive. Flight Lieutenant De Mille succeeded in levelling out after much height had been lost. Two petrol tanks had been pierced and much petrol was lost. Nevertheless, Flight Lieutenant De Mille was able to conserve some of his remaining petrol by skilful use of the engines and flew the damaged aircraft to base. This officer has completed very many sorties and has invariably displayed a high degree of courage and determination.

 

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DE NEVERS, F/O Roy Olaf (J23952) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.192 Squadron - Award effective 6 January 1945 as per London Gazette dated 16 January 1945 and AFRO 508/45 dated 23 March 1945. Born 1922, Strasbourg, Saskatchewan. Home in Vandina, Saskatchewan (farmer); enlisted in Regina, 12 November 1941. Trained at No.2 ITS (graduated 23 May 1942) and No.7 AOS (graduated 9 February 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." Public Records Office has recommendation dated 18 October 1944 when he had flown 28 sorties (126 hours); all trios described as "Special Duties".

 

* denotes daylight sortie

 

15 Mar 44 Stuttgart (7.35) 7 June 44 Paris (3.30)

19 Mar 44 Bay of Biscay (7.15) 9 June 44 Flers (3.55)

23 Mar 44 Paris (4.30) 12 June 44 Gelsenkirchen (3.00)

24 Mar 44 Berlin (6.35) 23 June 44 Limoges (6.40)

30 Mar 44 Nuremburg (7.10) 27 June 44 Paris (3.55)

11 Apr 44 Aachen (3.00) 4 July 44 Paris (3.10)

18 Apr 44 North coast of 7 July 44 Paris/Vaires (4.20)

France (5.15) 18 July 44 Scholven/Ruhr (2.50)

9 May 44 Paris (4.05) 24 July 44 Over Flakee (2.10)

12 May 44 Hasselt (2.35) 8 Aug 44 North Sea Patrol (3.30)*

18 May 44 North coast of 13 Aug 44 Off Dutch coast near

France (5.20) Flushing (1.35)

22 May 44 Dortmund (3.40) 25 Aug 44 Russelsheim (8.00)

24 May 44 Aachen (2.40) 3 Sept 44 North Sea Patrol (4.15)*

31 May 44 Saumur (5.10) 26 Sept 44 Karlsruhe (5.55)

2 June 44 Trappes (4.10) 19 Oct 44 Stuttgart (5.55)

 

This officer has nearly completed his first tour of operations on heavy bombers. He is a navigator of exceptional ability, a factor which has contributed very largely to the success of the Special Duty sorties carried out by his crew. These sorties necessitate a very high standard of navigation and log keeping in order that full results may be got from the information obtained by the Special Operator.

 


He always shows outstanding coolness and courage during the most arduous and perilous sorties. He carried on his work with complete disregard of danger and his courage and example has been an inspiration to the rest of the squadron.

 

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DE NIVERVILLE, A/V/M Joseph Lionel Alphege Albert (C50) - Commended for Valuable Services - AFHQ - Award effective 9 December 1944 as per Canada Gazette of that date and AFRO 239/45 dated 9 February 1945. Born in Montreal, 31 August 1897; educated in Ottawa. Pilot in RFC/RAF, 1917-1919. Gazetted as P/O in CAF Reserve, 18 February 1920. Employed by Air Board and DND to 31 March 1924. Appointed to Permanent RCAF, 1 April 1924. Flying instructor at Camp Borden to September 1927, Staff Officer Training at AFHQ to 30 April 1931 (qualified as Interpreter and passed Staff College Entrance Examination, January 1931). Station Vancouver (instructor on sea planes and flying boats), 1 May 1931 to March 1932. Station Rockcliffe, 1932-33 (active on Belle Isle mail flights of 1932). RAF Staff College, Andover, 1933. AFHQ, January 1934 to February 1936. Air Staff Officer for Military District No.4 (Montreal) February 1936 to February 1939. Director of Organization, AFHQ, February 1939 to 1 May 1940. Director of Air Force Manning, 1 May 1940 to 8 August 1941. CO of No.2 SFTS, 9 August to 7 September 1941. AOC No.3 Training Command, Montreal, 20 October 1941 to 22 November 1943. Air Member for Training, Air Force Headquarters.

 

DE NIVERVILLE, A/V/M Joseph Lionel Elphege Albert (C50) - Commander, Order of the Bath - AFHQ (Air Member for Training) - Award effective 1 January 1945 as per London Gazette of that date, Canada Gazette dated 6 January 1945 and AFRO 89/45 dated 19 January 1945.

 

Air Vice-Marshal de Niverville has rendered outstanding and devoted service to the Royal Canadian Air Force. Since the outbreak of war he has successfully held the appointments of Director of Manning, Commanding Officer of a station, Air Officer Commanding a Training Command, and Air Member for Training on the Air Council. He has served with distinctive ability and industry in all of these positions. His knowledge and experience, combined with judicious leadership, have been of great value to the British Commonwealth Air Training Plan. He has set an high standard in devotion to duty.

 

DE NIVERVILLE, A/V/M Joseph Lionel Elphege Albert, CB (C50) - AFHQ - Commander Legion of Merit (United States) - with effect from 25 July 1946 as per Canada Gazette dated 10 August 1946 and AFRO 819/46 dated 23 August 1946. Presented 25 July 1946 by U.S. Consul General in Montreal. Colonel R.E. Williamson, Military Attache, to AFHQ, 31 May 1946, gives citation:

 


Air Vice Marshal Albert de Niverville, Royal Canadian Air Force, performed exceptionally meritorious service as representative on the Combined Committee on Air Training in North America from November 1943 to August 1945. As a member of this committee he made outstanding contributions toward the improvement and standardization of air training methods by the Royal Air Force, Royal Canadian Air Force, and the United States Services. Air Vice Marshal de Niverville's wholehearted cooperation and personal vigour in the discharge of these duties further increased the effectiveness of the common effort of these allied nations.

 

DE NIVERVILLE, A/V/M Joseph Lionel Elphege Albert (C50) - Order of the White Lion, Class II (Czechoslovakia) - Award effective 5 October 1946 as per Canada Gazette of that date and AFRO 991/46 dated 18 October 1946.

 

DE NIVERVILLE, A/V/M Joseph Lionel Elphege Albert, CB (C50) - Officer of the Legion of Honour (France) - AFRO 485/47 dated 12 September 1947.

 

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DE PAPE, Sergeant (now P/O) Raymond Alphonse George (R152875/J19937) - Mention in Despatches - Overseas - Award effective 8 June 1944 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 1729/44 dated 11 August 1944. Born 18 November 1920; home in Swan Lake, Manitoba (farmer); enlisted Winnipeg. Trained at No.2 ITS (graduated 18 July 1942), No.19 EFTS (graduated 9 October 1942) and No.10 SFTS (graduated 19 February 1943). Posted overseas immediately, training at Long Marston OTU and No.1659 Heavy Conversion Unit before posting to No.431 Squadron on 30 September 1943. No citation in AFRO. DHist file 181.009 D.5526 (RG.24 Vol.20667) has recommendation for a DFM dated 21 January 1944. Citation reads only that "In air operations, this NCO displayed courage, fortitude and determination of the highest order." The form, however, says he had flown only one sortie, and that he had bailed out over enemy territory - the obvious reason for his award being a successful evasion.

 

In January 1997 the Royal Air Forces Escaping Society (Canadian Branch) presented to the National Aviation Museum a "dossier" (actually more like an album) with extended autobiographical notes on members (catalogued in the museum as D.805 C3 L96 1995 NMM). This included much information on him. The following is part of his entry:

 


3 October 1943, shortly after bombing ball bearing works in Kassel, our starboard engines were set on fire by ack-ack; we were subsequently strafed from below by a night fighter. Warrant Officer Main, Flight Sergeant Crebbin and Sergeant Wardrope were killed in the attack. Warrant Officer Reynoldson, Warrant Officer Cudmore, Sergeant Storey and Sergeant Peters were all made prisoners of war. I landed in an open field near German-Belgium border and was on my own for seven days, living off fruit and vegetables from gardens. I made contact with lone farmers on three different occasions and each time was refused help. Finally I was sheltered in the village of Grune by the Van der Haegen/Layon families for six days. Local resistance members procured false ID and I moved to Nassogne where I was sheltered in Edmond Leroy's home for five days. I then hid in Ardennes forest for several days, then escorted between Grune and Brussels on foot, bicycle, motorcycle, tram and train. In Brussels, housed with Henri and Maria Maca, Raymond and Solange Vignoble and met Michou, Mme Camousel, Jacqueline Vantuykom, and Mimoir. Crossing into France was made in back seat of a French MD's car, along with Monique Thome and a courier. From Paris travelled by train to south of France with Reginald Cornelius, and RAF pilot, and Jan, a young Dutchman. At Dax we were provided with bicycles and escorted to the Pyrennes. Reginald and I were guided by 17-year old Janine DeGreef (daighter of Tante Go). Taken across the Pyrennes by Basque guides and the Bidassoa River by the indomitable Florentino. Spent about ten days inIrun as guests of the Spaniah Air Force before travelling to Madrid and Gibraltar by train. Arraved back in UK 22 December 1943.

 

On my return to Canada, was posted to 124 Ferry Squadron in St.Hubert and later to 170 Ferry Squadron, Winnipeg, and finally to 12 Communications Squadron in Rockcliffe. I had flown 22 types of aircraft before taking my discharge 25 November 1945 in Winnipeg.

 

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DE PELHAM, F/O William Charles Lovell (J14650) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.524 Squadron - Award effective 26 October 1944 as per London Gazette dated 7 November and AFRO 1/45 dated 5 January 1945. Born in Sussex, England. Home in Hamilton, Ontario; enlisted there 18 September 1941. Trained at No.3 ITS (graduated 13 March 1942), No.1 AOS (graduated 22 June 1942), No.9 BGS (graduated 1 August 1942) and No.1 ANS (graduated 21 September 1942). Commissioned 1942.

 

Flying Officer De Pelham has maintained a high standard of navigational skill during many attacks on enemy shipping. His ability has contributed materially to the success achieved by his crew. On February 14, 1944, a formation of E-boats were sighted and shadowed for five hours and were subsequently brought to action by our naval forces. On March 30, 1944, three hours of brilliant shadowing of seven E-boats operating against our convoy route caused the enemy to abandon their attempt and withdraw. This officer's fine navigation and concise reports largely contributed to the success of the action. On three other occasions this officer, when acting as bomb aimer, inflicted much damage on enemy shipping.

 

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DE PRET-ROOSE, S/L Michel (C3002) - Air Force Cross - No.113 Wing, Transport Command (AFRO gives unit only as "Overseas") - Award effective 24 March 1944 as per London Gazette dated 31 March 1944 and AFRO 921/44 dated 28 April 1944. Home in Nassau, Bahamas; enlisted in Ottawa, 4 November 1941. DHist card says he had an MM - possibly a Belgian decoration; award sent to him in Belgium for presentation on 15 December 1948. No citation other than "In recognition of distinguished service with the Royal Air Force." AFHQ file 387-50, letter dated 10 October 1952 is mentioned on card and may have details. Public Records Office Air 2/9616 gives unit and citation; states that he had flown 3,463 hours, of which 238 were in six months previous to being recommended, 14 January 1944. Also described as Chief Flying Instructor for No.113 Wing, Nassau.

 

This officer is of an extremely good type with fine qualities of leadership. He has been employed on instructional duties since April 1942 and has completed about 1,000 hours flying on this work.

 

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DE ROSENROLL, F/O James Anthony (J14804) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.428 Squadron - Award effective 5 August 1944 as per London Gazette dated 18 August 1944 and AFRO 2101/44 dated 29 September 1944. Born 1922 in Edmonton; home in Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan. Enlisted in Regina, 22 September 1941. Trained at No.2 ITS, No.6 EFTS (graduated 11 May 1942) and No.7 AOS (graduated 9 October 1942). Commissioned 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 2/9632 has recommendation dated 10 May 1944 when he had flown 25 1/3 sorties (169 hours 50 minutes), 16 May 1943 to 7 May 1944.

 

* denotes trip counted as 1/3 sortie

 

16 May 43 GARDENING, Frisians 21 Jan 44 Magdeburg (7.15)

(3.25) 4 Feb 44 GARDENING, La

25 May 43 Dusseldorf (5.15) Rochelle (8.05)

29 May 43 Wuppertal (6.05) 21 Feb 44 GARDENING, La

21 Jun 43 Krefeld (4.45) Rochelle (7.00)

22 Jun 43 Mulheim (4.50) 2 Mar 44 Meulan (6.05)*

26 Jun 43 GARDENING, Brest 11 Mar 44 GARDENING, Lorient

(6.00) (7.30)

3 July 43 Cologne (2.45), DNCO 16 Mar 44 Amiens (5.15)*

27 Jul 43 Hamburg (5.30) 22 Mar 44 GARDENING, Kiel

29 Jul 43 Hamburg (6.05) (7.20), Pathfinder

15 Sep 43 Montlucon (7.00) 26 Mar 44 Courtrai (5.00)*

16 Sep 43 Modane (6.00) 30 Mar 44 GARDENING, Heligoland

22 Sep 43 Hanover (5.40) (4.35), Pathfinder

3 Oct 43 Kassel (6.15) 12 Apr 44 GARDENING, Heligoland

8 Oct 43 Hanover (5.10) (4.35), Pathfinder

19 Nov 43 Leverkusen (3.55) 29 Apr 44 GARDENING, Morlaix

25 Nov 43 Frankfurt (8.20) (5.10)*

29 Dec 43 Berlin (7.50) 7 May 44 GARDENING, Frisians

(3.55)

 


Flying Officer DeRosenroll has completed very many sorties as navigator. He has participated in attacks on most of the main German targets including Berlin. His navigation has at all times been of the highest order and his skill has been instrumental in the safe return of his aircraft to base.

 

His coolness and efficiency under the most trying circumstances has always inspired the rest of the crew with the utmost confidence and enabled them to successfully complete each sortie in which he has partaken.

 

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DE ROSIER, F/O Leo Joseph (J21005) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.107 Squadron - Award effective 6 February 1945 as per London Gazette dated 13 February 1945 and AFRO 508/45 dated 23 March 1945. American in the RCAF; born in Aubin, Maine, 1916; home in San Antonio, Florida; enlisted Windsor, Ontario, 26 September 1941. Trained at No.6 ITS (graduated 24 April 1942), No.4 EFTS (graduated 177 July 1942) and No.13 SFTS (graduated 20 November 1942). Commissioned 1942.

 

This officer has completed a tour of operational flying. Throughout he has shown the greatest keenness to operate against the enemy. He has participated in many missions including two successful daylight attacks against Arnhem and Chalons-sur-Soane. His determination, courage and devotion to duty have been most commendable.

 

NOTE: Public Records Office Air 2/9048 has recommendation dated 3 December 1944 when he had flown 48 sorties (137 hours 50 minutes); the discrepancy with the respect to number of daylight trips is puzzling:

 

This officer has recently completed his first tour of operational flying, carrying out a total of 48 sorties including three daylight sorties.

 

He has always shown the greatest keenness to operate and has done his utmost to find something to attack during his sorties at night, often despite bad weather and ground opposition. On one occasion at night he attacked a flying bomb over enemy territory which exploded causing his aircraft to be violently shaken. On another occasion he successfully bombed and cannoned a train causing a large amount of smoke to come from the train.

 

He has taken part in two successful daylight sorties, that on the barracks at Arnhem on the 17th September 1944 and also the attack on the trains near Chalons-sur-Soane on the 25th August 1944.

 

Flying Officer DeRosier possesses determination and a very good offensive spirit. I recommend him for the award of the Distinguished Flying Cross.

 

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DE SILVA, FS Desmond Michael (R95750) - Distinguished Flying Medal - No.218 Squadron - Award effective 13 May 1943 as per London Gazette dated 18 May 1943 and AFRO 1078/43 dated 11 June 1943. Born 25 August 1920 in New Amsterdam, British Guiana; home in Georgetown, British Guiana. Elevator operator in New York prior to joining RCAF; enlisted in Ottawa, 18 March 1941. Trained at No.3 ITS, Victoriaville, Quebec (graduated 15 July 1941), No.12 EFTS, Goderich, Ontario (ceased training 4 August 1941; poor handling of aircraft on ground, forgetful of cockpit checks, swerving on takeoff, skidding on turns, and terrible landings; washed out after ten hours on Fleet Finches; even his ground school performance was terrible), and No.6 BGS, Mountain View, Ontario (graduated 29 September 1941). Posted to "Y" Depot, Halifax, 1 October 1941; to RAF Trainees Pool, 22 October 1941; taken on strength of No.3 Personnel Reception Centre, 4 November 1941; posted to RAF Station Manby, (possibly to attend No.1 AAS), date uncertain; to No.22 OTU, 29 April 1942; to No.214 Squadron, 21 July 1942; posted to No.218 Squadron, 14 September 1942; promoted Flight Sergeant with effect from 1 September 1942; to No.218 Squadron, 7 October 1942. Admitted to RAF General Hospital, Ely (Littleport Annex) on 19 February 1943 - "Was rear gunner in a Stirling aircraft on operational flight over enemy territory when he was struck in the right thumb by flak." Promoted WO2 with effect from 1 May 1943. returned to No.218 Squadron, 27 July 1943. Killed in action, 24 August 1943 (Stirling EH925, No.218 Squadron).

 

Flight Sergeant De Silva is an exceptionally skilful and courageous air gunner. He has been engaged on operational duties since May 1942, and took part in the "1,000 bomber raid" on the Ruhr and Cologne. On one occasion, while on mine-laying operations in the Baltic, the aircraft in which Flight Sergeant De Silva was flying as rear gunner was heavily engaged by anti-aircraft fire and sustained severe damage. By his very accurate gunnery, this airman was instrumental in preventing further damage to his aircraft. One more than one occasion Flight Sergeant De Silva has attacked and set on fire locomotives on enemy territory and once, while on a sortie against Wilhelmshaven, drove off an enemy fighter, though wounded in the hand. He is a most efficient gunner who can be relied upon to complete his duties effectively.

 

NOTE: Public Records Office Air 2/8951 has recommendation dated 21 March 1943 when he had flown 21 sorties (128 hours ten minutes). Text only slightly more detailed but combined with sortie list his career is fleshed out slightly.

 

30 May 42 Cologne (5.30) 20 Nov 42 Turin (8.00)

1 June 42 Essen (4.50) 22 Nov 42 Stuttgart (8.20)

25 June 42 Bremen (6.40) 28 Nov 42 Turin (6.10)

31 July 42 Dusseldorf (4.00) 29 Nov 42 Turin (8.30)

5 Aug 42 Frisians (3.55) 17 Dec 42 Fallersleben (6.00)

11 Oct 42 Baltic (8.00) 27 Jan 43 Baltic (6.45)

17 Oct 42 Baltic (7.15) 13 Feb 43 Lorient (5.40)

3 Nov 42 Lingen (3.55) 14 Feb 43 Cologne (4.00)

9 Nov 42 Toulouse (7.30) 16 Feb 43 Lorient (5.00)


10 Nov 43 Frisians (4.00) 19 Feb 43 Wilhelmshaven (4.45)

16 Nov 42 Bayonne (9.25)

 

Flight Sergeant De Silva is an Air Gunner of No.218 Squadron who has been engaged on operational duties since May 1942. He took part in the 1,000 bomber raids on Cologne and Essen in May and June of last year.

 

In October 1942, while on a Gardening sorties to the Baltic, the aircraft of which he was acting as rear gunner was heavily engaged by flak ships and sustained severe damage. Flight Sergeant De Silva, but his very accurate gunning, helped considerably to distract that attention of the ship's gunners, thereby lessening the damage to the aircraft.

 

In November 1942, while returning from an operational sortie to Stuttgart, he was instrumental in shooting up and setting on fire several locomotives. He also took part in the daylight raid on Lingen in November 1942.

 

In February 1943, at Wilhelmshaven, he was wounded in the hand in a running encounter with an my fighter but managed, by superior gunning, to stave him off, when he was eventually lost.

 

He is a most efficient gunner and is noted for his coolness, eagerness and clear thinking. He is very strong recommended for the award of the Distinguished Flying Medal.

 

INDUCTION AND TRAINING: When interviewed on 17 March 1941 the Interviewing Officer wrote of him, "Nice well-cut lad. Well mannered - good personality - sound material for development. Should prove up well for Air Crew".

 

Training at No.3 ITS (Course 28) began on 9 June 1941 and concluded 15 July 1941. He graduated 69th in a class of 143 with marks as follows: Mathematics - 64 percent; Armament (R and O), 65 percent; Signals, 86 percent; Hygiene and Sanitation - 37 points out of 40; Drill - 74 percent; Law and Discipline - 51 points out of 60. Assessed by W/C H.J. Burden as follows: "Fine appearance - Youthful - Very humorous - Alert 0 Keen - Easy going - Individualist - Splendid personality - Good background - Enthusiastic - Intelligent - Above average, but not too serious".

 

His personality was clearly his undoing at EFTS, where he was deemed lazy (see main biographical note). This may have shaken him up, given his subsequent career.

 


Training at No.6 BGS (Course 15) began 1 September 1941 and concluded 29 September 1941. He spent ten hours 40 minutes in Fairey Battle aircraft on training plus three hours 35 minutes as a passenger (all by day). Air Gunnery involved firing 750 rounds on the ground, 400 rounds air to ground and 1,425 rounds air to air. He was assessed at 12.5 percent on Beam Test, 7.5 percent on Beam Relative Speed Test and 33 percent in Under Tail Test. He scored 84 percent of Written Examination, 67 percent on Practical and Oral Examination, and 198 points out of a possible 250 on Ability as Firer. He graduated fourth in a class of 65. The Chief Instructor wrote, "He showed marked ability as a firer and will be a satisfactory Air Gunner". Nevertheless, he was not recommended for a commission.

 

On 18 October 1949 one W.A. Sparks wrote to the Secretary of the Imperial War Graves Commission respecting the crew of EH925, presumed dead as of 24 August 1943. The letter read, in part:

 

German documents state that the aircraft crashed at about 0130 hours on 24th August 1943, about five kms south of Zossen, which is in the Russian Zone of Occupation. No burial details were given.

 

This area has been searched by the Missing Research Organization without any trace of the crew, and there seems little hope of permission being grated by the Soviet Authorities for Search Officers to conduct any further investigations.

 

The names of these airmen will therefore be recorded on the Memorial to the Missing in accordance with the decision contained in your letter dated 26th August 1949.

 

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DE SOLLA, F/L Henri (J14707) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.425 Squadron - Award effective 11 April 1944 as per London Gazette dated 21 April 1944 and AFRO 1075/44 dated 19 May 1944. American in the RCAF; born 1912; home in Forrest Hills, New York; enlisted Montreal, 17 January 1941. Trained at No.2 ITS (graduated 28 February 1942), No.2 EFTS (graduated 23 May 1942) and No.11 SFTS (graduated 9 October 1942). Commissioned 1942. No citation other than "...completed...many successful operations against the enemy in which [he has] displayed high skill, fortitude and devotion to duty." Recommendation dated 16 December 1943 found in DHist file 181.009 D.1730 (PAC RG.24 Vol.20607) when he had flown 37 sorties (222 hours 55 minutes).

 

This officer has now completed a tour of operations in a most satisfactory manner. He is a skilled and reliable pilot who has captained his aircraft and achieved splendid results on many occasions. He has taken part in a variety of targets and has frequently secured excellent photographic evidence of accurate bombing. Throughout these operations he has at all times displayed a high degree of courage and initiative. This officer's conduct and devotion to duty, both in the air and on the ground, has set a fine example and is worthy of high praise.

 

DE SOLLA, F/L Henri, DFC (J14707) - Mention in Despatches Overseas - Award effective 14 June 1945 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 1600/45 dated 12 October 1945.

 

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DE ZORZI, F/O Santy Joseph (J16690) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.408 Squadron - Award effective 3 November 1944 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 1/45 dated 5 January 1945. Born 1913 in Italy; home in Toronto; enlisted in Hamilton, 16 October 1940. Trained at No.1 AOS (graduated 25 June 1941) and No.1 BGS (graduated 22 August 1941). Commissioned 1943.

 

As navigator, this officer has completed numerous sorties including such targets as Mannheim, Cologne and Essen. His ability has been outstanding and throughout he has displayed great keenness and zeal. He has played a worthy part in the successes obtained.

 

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DEACON, F/L Paul Septimus (J25363) - 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 Toronto; enlisted there 14 July 1942. Trained at No.6 ITS (graduated 11 September 1942, No.20 EFTS (graduated 4 December 1942) and No.2 SFTS (graduated 16 April 1943). Died in Toronto, 23 March 1996, age 73. Obituary notice stated he had been editor and publisher of The Financial Post and a Director of McLean-Hunter, President of the National Ballet of Canada, and Chairman of the Michener Awards Foundation.

 

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DEACON, F/L William Saunby (C7373) - Mention in Despatches - Middleton St.George - Award effective 1 January 1945 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 337/45 dated 23 February 1945. American in the RCAF; home in Los Angeles, California; enlisted in Toronto, 29 August 1941. DHist file 181.009 D.4364 (RG.24 Vol.20648) has recommendation sent to CO, No.64 Base, 17 July 1944.

 

This officer has shown untiring efforts and is a great asset to the Servicing Wing. His spirit and keenness are an excellent example to all those under him. He works long hours and under difficult conditions without complaint and cheerfully does all that is required of him and more. He is competent and dependable.

 

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DEALEY, WO1 Frederick Henry William (R87881) - Air Force Cross - WAC Communications Flight - Award effective 23 February 1946 as per London Gazette dated 5 February 1946 and AFRO 280/46 dated 15 March 1946. Enlisted in Vancouver, 25 January 1945. Home in Victoria, British Columbia; enlisted in Vancouver, 25 January 1941. Trained at No.2 WS (graduated 17 August 1941) and No.5 BGS (graduated 15 September 1941). As of recommendation he had flown 1,485 hours, 200 in previous six months, and had flown 60 operational hours (12 sorties).

 


This warrant officer, during his tour of duty as a wireless operator with 166 Squadron and the Communications Flight, has rendered valuable and meritorious service. The keen interest and outstanding ability he has displayed in the performance of his duty is worthy of high praise and have set a fine example to all with whom he has been associated.

 

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DEAN, WO Cyril Armstrong (R108725) - Mention in Despatches - No.46 Squadron (deceased) - Award effective 1 January 1945 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 721/45 dated 27 April 1945. Home in Toronto; enlisted there 11 June 1941. Trained at No.4 BGS (graduated 28 September 1942).

 

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DEAN, F/L Thomas Hancel (J13104) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.184 Squadron - Award effective 13 January 1945 as per London Gazette dated 23 January 1945 and AFRO 471/45 dated 16 March 1945. American in the RCAF. Born in 1915 in Georgia, home in Vero Beach, Florida; enlisted in RCAF, Windsor, 9 September 1941. Trained at No.5 ITS (graduated 17 January 1942), No.13 EFTS (graduated 27 March 1942), and No.2 SFTS (graduated 31 July 1942). Commissioned July 1942.

 

This officer has taken part in a very large number of fighter sorties, having been continually on operations since before the invasion of Normandy. He is a brave and resolute pilot who has destroyed and damaged many enemy tanks, transports and barges. Flight Lieutenant Dean has frequently encountered heavy enemy opposition in the course of his sorties but this has never deterred him from the effective completion of his allotted tasks.

 

NOTE: Public Records Office Air 2/9043 has recommendation dated 6 November 1944 when he had flown 106 sorties (105 operational hours); text had more statistical details:

 

This officer had completed a total of 105 operational hours involving 106 sorties, often in the face of considerable anti-aircraft fire. On Hurricanes his attacks include ten "No Ball" targets, five rocket projectile and two dive bombing missions. On Typhoons:- five dive bombing missions, one fighter escort and 83 rocket projectile attacks. He has flown continuously since before D Day, and has personally destroyed many, and shared in the destruction of many more, tanks, transports and barges. He is a brave and resolute fighter and has set a fine example to all.

 

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DEANE, F/L Patrick Kitchener (J13844) - Mention in Despatches - No.426 Squadron (AFRO says only "Overseas") - Award effective 14 June 1945 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 1600/45 dated 12 October 1945. Born 1916 in Port Simpson, British Columbia; home Prince Rupert. Enlisted 17 November 1941. Trained at No.2 ITS, and No.3 AOS. Commissioned 1942. Navigator to F/O L.R. Deryckere. Squadron navigation officer. DHist file 181.009 D.1719 (PAC RG.24 Vol.20606) has recommendation dated 3 February 1945. Had served 26 months in Canada, one year overseas.

 

A conscientious and hard working section leader who has done much to improve the efficiency of the personnel under his control by the fine example he has set at all times.

 

DEANE, F/L Patrick Kitchener (J13844) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.426 Squadron - Award effective 15 June 1945 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 1291/45 dated 10 August 1945. Incident mentioned was 24 February 1945.

 

Throughout his tour of operational duty this officer has set a high standard of skill, gallantry and devotion to duty. In February 1945 he was the navigator in an aircraft detailed to attack Kamen. On the bombing run the aircraft was subjected to heavy anti-aircraft fire and sustained damage. A large piece of shrapnel pierced the fuselage and struck Flight Lieutenant Deane over the heart. Although in great pain, Flight Lieutenant Deane refused to leave his post. Not until he was satisfied that he had done everything possible to assist in executing a successful attack would he consent to take a rest. His example on this occasion was in keeping with that which he has shown at all times.

 

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DEANE-FREEMAN, F/L (now S/L) Henry Edward Clive (J4736) - Commended for Valuable Services - No.19 SFTS - Award effective 14 November 1944 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 2684/44 dated 15 December 1944. Home in Nanton, Alberta; enlisted in Montreal, 1 July 1940. Trained at No.1 ITS (graduated 14 September 1940), No.7 EFTS (graduated 29 November 1940), and No.31 SFTS (graduated 12 February 1941).

 

This officer, over a long period of time, has set a particularly outstanding example of efficiency in organization and flying duties.

 

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DEARAWAY, W/C Stuart Clark (C2394) - Member, Order of the British Empire - No.9 BGS - Award effective 1 January 1946 as per Canada Gazette of that date and AFRO 82/46 dated 25 January 1946. Home in High River, Alberta. Enlisted in Toronto, 1 August 1940.

 


This officer is an exceptionally fine Chief Engineering Officer who has done a particularly excellent job in organizing Central Maintenance. Due to his outstanding ability and extremely high sense of devotion to duty, he is directly responsible for the efficient and smooth running Maintenance Unit, and for the present high state of serviceability which continues to exist at this unit. By his zeal and devotion to duty he has always set an excellent example.

 

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DEARING, F/L Philip Frederic (J12624) - Mention in Despatches - No.10 (BR) Squadron - Award effective 7 July 1945 as per Canada Gazette of that date and AFRO 1291/45 dated 10 August 1945. Home in London, Ontario; enlisted there 14 May 1941. Trained at No.4 WS (graduated 22 December 1941) and No.5 BGS (graduated 6 July 1942).

 

As squadron wireless air gunner leader, and first wireless air gunner on an operational crew, Flight Lieutenant Dearing has completed nine hundred and forty hours of flying in the North Atlantic area of operations. During this time he has constantly displayed the highest order of leadership, skill and keenness in contributing to the successful conclusion of any task undertaken by his crew. His cheerfulness and devotion to duty have been exemplary.

 

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DECHER, F/O Karl Alfred (J16052) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.408 Squadron - Award effective 19 June 1944 as per London Gazette dated 30 June 1944 and AFRO 1861/44 dated 25 August 1944. Born 1918 in West Kitchener, Ontario; home in Kitchener, Ontario; enlisted in Hamilton, 16 September 1940. Trained at No.5 BGS (graduated 21 July 1941) and No.2 WS (graduated 23 June 1941). Commissioned 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 8 April 1944 when he had completed 25 sorties (219 hours 19 minutes) as a Bomb Aimer, 30 May 1942 to 19 February 1944:

 

30 May 42 Cologne (6.10) 17 Nov 42 A/S patrol (9.50)

1 June 42 Essen (5.15) 21 Nov 42 A/S patrol (11.25)

25 June 42 Bremen (6.30) 27 Nov 42 A/S patrol (11.05,

19 July 42 Vegasack (5.50) attacked sub)

31 July 42 Dusseldorf (4.50) 1 Dec 42 A/S patrol (10.00)

4 Aug 42 Essen (4.00) 11 Dec 42 A/S patrol (8.55)

9 Aug 42 Osnabruck (4.50) 26 Jan 43 Bordeaux (4.45)

12 Aug 42 Mainz (6.25) 11 Mar 43 Stuttgart (8.55)

4 Sept 42 Bremen (5.10) 8 Oct 43 Hanover (4.55)

16 Sept 42 Essen (5.40) 16 Dec 43 Berlin (7.21)

13 Oct 42 Kiel (7.15) 5 Jan 44 Stettin (8.14)

23 Oct 42 Cologne (5.45 27 Jan 44 Berlin (8.32)

27 Oct 42 Anti-sub patrol (5.45) 15 Feb 44 Berlin (7.31)

31 Oct 42 A/S patrol (11.10) 19 Feb 44 Leipzig (7.11)

7 Nov 42 A/S patrol (11.10)

10 Nov 42 A/S patrol (8.25,


attacked by Ju.88)

 

Flying Officer Decher has been engaged on operational duties from May 1942 until February 1944, during which time he has carried out an extremely varied tour, consisting of nine sorties in anti-submarine patrol, on one of which he attacked a U-Boat. The remainder of his trips comprise numerous attacks against targets in the Ruhr and also several to Berlin.

 

As a Bomb Aimer he has, at all times, performed his duties in an efficient manner, with great keenness and devotion to duty. I strongly recommend that this officer be awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross.

 

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DEEGAN, S/L Robert Cyril (J18889) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.420 Squadron - Award effective 2 October 1944 as per London Gazette dated 13 October 1944 and AFRO 2637/44 dated 8 December 1944. Born 1916 in Smith Falls, Ontario; home there; enlisted in Perth, Ontario, 31 January 1940. Clerk/accountant who remustered to aircrew. Trained at No.6 ITS (graduated 24 April 1942), No.7 EFTS (graduated 31 July 1942) and No.9 SFTS (graduated 20 November 1942). Overseas in November 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". DHist file 181.009 D.3456 (RG.24 Vol.20639) has recommendation dated 20 July 1944 when he had flown 29 sorties (200 hours 50 minutes), 9 August 1943 to 5 July 1944. Sortie sheet describes a very adventurous tour. First mission (9 August 1943, second pilot, to Mannheim), aircraft shot up and he baled out over England. Crew on this occasion gave first thought to their pigeons, releasing them before jumping. On 27 August 1943 (fourth sortie, Nuremburg) rear gunner shot down enemy aircraft. Three sorties were early returns due to turret and gun problems, three early returns with hydraulics and engine problems; these included a trip to Berlin, 29 December 1943, cut short over Hanover where bombs were dropped and aircraft finally landed on one engine.

 

Squadron Leader Deegan as a Flight Commander with this squadron has shown outstanding qualities of leadership and courage. His cheerfulness and strong sense of duty have inspired a strong standard of morale in this squadron.

 

Squadron Leader Deegan's tour has included the principal targets of Germany and France, and on all he has pressed [the] home attack with cool determination. On two occasions only his skill and determination extricated he and his crew from a perilous situation.

 

In view of this officer's fine record and devotion to duty, Squadron Leader Deegan is strongly recommended for the award of the Distinguished Flying Cross.

 

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DEEKS, FS Arthur Allen Robertson (R71908) - Air Force Medal - No.5 Squadron (Canada) - Award effective 11 June 1942 as per London Gazette dated 11 June 1942 and AFRO 1000-1001/42 dated 3 July 1942. Home in Toronto; enlisted there. Trained at No.1 ITS, No.11 and No.8 SFTS (graduated from No.8 SFTS, Moncton, 3 July 1941).

 

This NCO is outstanding in his enthusiasm for duties, both as a Captain and Navigator of operational aircraft. His skill and the confidence he inspires have resulted in his being given more difficult tasks. He has made 35 war flights entailing 114 hours 20 minutes, and has flown a total of 403 hours 10 minutes between 11th September 1939 and 31st October 1941.

 

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DEERING, P/O George Andrew (J17245) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.617 Squadron - Award effective 23 May 1943 as per London Gazette dated 28 May 1943 and AFRO 1187/43 dated 25 June 1943. Home in Toronto; enlisted there 1 July 1940. Trained at No.1 ITS (graduated 10 October 1940), No.1 BGS (graduated 15 February 1941), and No.2 WS (graduated 20 January 1941). Ruhr dams raid - see F/O D.R. Walker for citation.

 

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DEGAZIO, WO (now P/O) Graziano Victor (R90693/J86860) - Mention in Despatches - No.280 Squadron - Award effective 1 January 1945 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 379/45 dated 2 March 1945. Home in Nottingham; enlisted in North Bay, 6 May 1941). Trained at No.1 ITS (graduated 20 August 1941), No.10 EFTS (graduated 7 October 1941) and No.16 SFTS (graduated 9 January 1942).

 

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DEHOUX, F/O Joseph Laurier (J15145) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.137 Squadron - Award effective 30 July 1943 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 358/44 dated 18 February 1944. Born 1920 in Quebec. Home in Toronto; enlisted there 22 June 1940. Trained at No.2 ITS (graduated 27 July 1940), No.3 EFTS (graduated 21 October 1940) and No.1 SFTS (graduated 30 January 1941). Commissioned 1942. Killed in action 2 September 1943 (Hurricane HX698) after attack on lock gates at Hansleert; buried in Holland.

 

This officer has participated in many sorties including attacks on enemy airfields, both by day and night, on military installations and shipping. In the course of his activities Flying Officer Dehoux has inflicted damage on nineteen barges, three minesweepers and five locomotives. He has displayed great skill and fighting qualities.

 

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DELAGRAVE, F/L Michael Joseph Pierre (C2524) - Member, Order of the British Empire - No.3 Personnel Reception Depot, Overseas - Award effective 1 January 1943 as per Canada Gazette dated 9 January 194 and AFRO 55/43 dated 15 January 1943. Born in Quebec City, 20 May 1911. Home in Rouyn, Quebec. Enlisted in Ottawa, 24 August 1940.

 

This officer is presently filling an extremely important "accounts" post. In addition to being inherently capable at his present trade, Flight Lieutenant Delagrave has the additional qualification of being able to successfully handle the rather complicated task of tying in the RCAF Pay and Accounting organization with the Royal Air Force. The work has been onerous and as trainees are at this station for such a short time the Accounts Branch is working continually and under great pressure. Flight Lieutenant Delagrave has accepted the extra duties in a cheerful and unselfish manner and by his very manner has affected [effected ?] an exceptionally fine liaison with the Royal Air Force. His work is outstanding.

 

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DELANEY, Anthony Leo (J22419) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.419 Squadron - Award effective 3 November 1944 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 1/45 dated 5 January 1945. Born 1923 in Peterborough, Ontario. Home in Lakefield, Ontario; enlisted in Toronto, 8 December 1941. Trained at No.4 BGS (graduated 21 November 1942) and No.9 AOS (graduated 30 December 1942). Commissioned 1942.

 

As air bomber Flying Officer Delaney has completed many sorties against the enemy. He has shown the greatest determination in pressing home his attacks. On several occasions, when his aircraft has been hit by anti-aircraft fire whilst illuminated in the searchlights, he has insisted on a steady run to ensure accuracy of bombing. In September 1944, when attacking Emden in daylight, Flying Officer Delaney's aircraft was repeatedly hit by pieces of shell. He himself was slightly wounded in the head. Despite this he directed his pilot on a straight run over the target to execute a successful attack. This officer has invariably displayed a high degree of skill and gallantry.

 

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DELANEY, W/C Peter Scott (C819) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.145 (BR) Squadron - Award effective 21 April 1945 as per Canada Gazette of that date and AFRO 802/45 dated 11 May 1945. Enlisted in RCAF as P/P/O, 8 February 1938; qualified for pilot's badge, Trenton, 17 June 1939. At outbreak of war he was with No.3 Squadron, Eastern Air Command. As of recommendation he had flown 1,315 hours, 385 operational (76 sorties). Remained in post-war RCAF; Queen's Coronation Medal, 23 October 1953, when he was a Wing Commander with Tactical Air Group.

 


This officer has set a splendid record during his operational career and has proved himself to be an outstanding squadron commander. His keenness, efficiency and high qualities of leadership have been reflected throughout his squadron both in the air and on the ground. He has set an example to all when under the most trying conditions he has pressed on to the successful completion of his task. His courage and devotion to duty are of the highest order.

 

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DELANEY, F/L Thomas Robert (J14858) - Commended for Valuable Services - No.18 SFTS - Award effective 5 May 1944 as per London gazette of that date and AFRO 1133/44 dated 26 May 1944. Home in New York. Enlisted at Toronto, 6 December 1940 - Trained at No.1 ITS (graduated 4 May 1941), No.7 EFTS (graduated 21 June 1941), and No.6 SFTS (graduated 14 September 1941. As of award had flown 1,620 hours, 1,520 as instructor, 200 in previous six month.

 

This officer has been a flying instructor since September 1941 and has displayed outstanding instructional and administrative ability. On one occasion, with complete disregard for his personal safety, he endeavoured to save the life of his pupil when his aircraft caught fire and crashed.

 

DELANEY, F/L Thomas Robert (J14858) - Air Force Cross - No.18 SFTS - Award effective 1 January 1946 as per Canada Gazette of that date and AFRO 82/46 dated 25 January 1946. Governor General's Records (RG.7 Group 26, Volume 59, file 190-I, dossier 8) has citation. When recommended he had flown 1,620 hours (as of December 1943), 1,520 as instructor, 200 in previous six months (same as for Commendation).

 

This officer commenced instructing as a non-commissioned officer pilot in September 1941, and since that time he has been employed on flying instructional duties. His outstanding ability as a flying instructor is displayed by exceptional qualities of skill and leadership. On one occasion this officer, with complete disregard for personal safety, endeavoured to save the life of his pupil, when his aircraft caught fire and crashed.

 

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DELANY, Flight Sergeant Charles Edward (R55311) - Distinguished Flying Medal - No.142 Squadron - Award effective 17 March 1943 as per London Gazette dated 13 April 1943 and AFRO 809/43 dated 7 May 1943. Born 1921 in Quebec; home there; enlisted there 20 June 1940. Trained at No.2 ITS (graduated 17 August 1940), No.6 BGS (graduated 1 September 1941), and No.1 WS (graduated 26 June 1941).

 


This airman has completed 31 operational sorties as a rear gunner, and by his steady and skilful method of guiding his pilot through heavy ground defences, has contributed in no small measure to the successes achieved. One night in May 1942, Flight Sergeant Delany was a member of a crew detailed to attack Stuttgart. Whilst over the target area the bomber was attacked by an enemy night fighter. Flight Sergeant Delany drove off the first attack and directed his pilot in the subsequent evasive tactics which resulted in the engagement being broken off and enabled the mission to be successfully completed.

 

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DELLER, F/L Morley Saxton (C3403) - Mention in Despatches - No.880 AMES - Award effective 14 January 1944 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 874/44 dated 21 April 1944. Unit identified only as "Overseas" in AFRO; found in DHist file 181.009 D.1711 "Honours and Awards - Awards to RCAF Personnel in Middle East" (NAC RG.24 Box 20605). Home in Brownsville, Ontario; enlisted in London, Ontario, 15 November 1940. No citation.

 

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DELISLE, F/L Joseph Charles Herve (J16655) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.425 Squadron - Award effective 25 September 1943 as per London Gazette dated 28 September 1943 and AFRO 2198/43 dated 29 October 1943. Home in Montreal; enlisted there 24 April 1941. Trained at No.3 ITS (graduated 1 September 1941), No.4 EFTS (graduated 25 October 1941) and No.9 SFTS (graduated 27 February 1942).

 

This officer has completed very many sorties during which he has attacked a variety of targets with success. Flight Lieutenant Delisle is a skilful pilot whose determination and thoroughness have often been demonstrated. On one occasion his aircraft was hit whilst over the target, the hydraulic system was damaged causing the undercarriage to fall to the down position while the bomb doors could not be closed. Flight Lieutenant Delisle flew the damaged aircraft to base where he effected a safe landing although both tires of the landing wheels were punctured. This officer has displayed great courage and devotion to duty.

 

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DELORIE, P/O Albert Henry (J92283) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.158 Squadron - Award effective 10 May 1945 as per London Gazette dated 25 May 1945 and AFRO 1291/45 dated 10 August 1945. Born 1916 in Pictou, Nova Scotia. Home in Trail, British Columbia (chemical plant employee); enlisted in Calgary 23 July 1941. Trained at No.7 ITS (graduated 17 April 1943) and No.5 AOS (graduated 29 October 1943). Commissioned October 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 2/9070 has recommendation dated 15 February 1945 when he had flown 29 sorties (142 hours 22 minutes), 9 August 1944 to 4 February 1945.

 

9 Aug 44 Les Landes (3.32) 7 Oct 44 Kleve (4.47)


10 Aug 44 Dijon (7.00) 9 Oct 44 Bochum (5.25)

11 Aug 44 Etaples (3.54) 14 Oct 44 Duisburg (5.07)

18 Aug 44 Sterkrade (4.47) 15 Oct 44 Duisburg (5.22)

 

11 Sep 44 Le Havre (4.28) 25 Oct 44 Essen (4.58),

12 Sep 44 Gelsenkirchen (4.32) Krupp works.

13 Sep 44 Gelsenkirchen- 28 Oct 44 Domberg (3.04)

Nordstern (4.36) 29 Oct 44 Zoutelande (3.14)

15 Sep 44 Kiel (5.58) 30 Oct 44 Cologne (6.13), cloud

23 Sep 44 Neuss (5.02) over target.

25 Sep 44 Calais (4.14), 2 Nov 44 Dusseldorf (5.01)

recalled by Master 29 Nov 44 Essen (5.57), bombed

Bomber. through clouds.

26 Sep 44 Calais (3.36) 30 Nov 44 Duisburg (6.08), do.

27 Sep 44 Calais (3.46) 2 Dec 44 Hagen (6.02), do.

30 Sep 44 Bottrop (4.22), 6 Dec 44 Osnabruck (5.33), do.

bombed through 12 Dec 44 Essen (5.39), do.

cloud. 4 Feb 45 Gelsenkirchen (5.06)

6 Oct 44 Sterkrade (4.59),

bombed through

cloud.

 

Pilot Officer Delorie has completed 29 sorties in his operational tour as a navigator with this squadron and has earned a reputation for keenness, efficiency, initiative and courage. More than 20 of his sorties have been to major objectives in the most heavily defended areas of Germany. At all times he has shown the greatest desire to fly against the enemy and his accurate work has been a great factor in the excellent results achieved by his crew.

 

In the face of the severest enemy fire his high qualities as a navigator have remained unimpaired and his cool courage in times of danger has been a source of inspiration to others of his crew.

 

Apart from his excellent work in the air, Pilot Officer Delorie has contributed considerably to the operational efficiency of the squadron by his devotion to duty in the routine tasks in his section on the ground.

 

It is recommended that this officer's excellent record of operations, his courage and skill in all branches of his work throughput a hazardous tour, be recognized by the award of the Distinguished Flying Cross.

 

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DEMERS, Corporal Edward Albert (R130872) - Mention in Despatches - No.424 Squadron - Award effective 14 January 1944 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 874/44 dated 21 April 1944. Home in Edmonton; enlisted there 23 October 1941.

 

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DeMONE, Sergeant Harold Edison (R88360) - Distinguished Flying Medal - No.16 OTU - Award effective 14 August 1942 as per London Gazette dated 1 September 1942 and AFRO 1535/42 dated 25 September 1942. Born 1915 in Bridgewater, Nova Scotia; home there (clothing clerk). Enlisted in Halifax. Trained at No.3 ITS, No.21 EFTS, and No.5 BGS. Award presented 17 May 1945.

 

In June 1942, this airman was the rear gunner of an aircraft which successfully attacked Essen. On the return flight the aircraft was held in a cone of searchlights and attacked by an enemy fighter, and was extensively damaged. Sergeant DeMone, who was engaged on his second operational mission, displayed exceptional courage and resource.

 

NOTE: The original recommendation is in Public Record Office Air 2/4891 and reproduced by Ian Tavender, The Distinguished Flying Medal Register for the Second World War (Savannah Publications, London, 2000). Drafted 14 August 1942; he had flown two sorties (six hours 15 minutes).

 

This Non-Commissioned Officer was detailed as rear gunner in an aircraft detailed to attack Essen on the night of 1st/2nd June 1941. After the target was bombed, the aircraft turned for home but was caught in a cone of searchlights and attacked by an enemy night fighter. Owing to glare, it was impossible to tell the direction of the attack but the result was that one engine caught fire and the fire rapidly spread. The captain ordered the crew to abandon by parachute. Sergeant de Mone took to his parachute and arrived safely on the ground where he immediately set about escaping by carefully burying his parachute and setting off to walk to the frontier. In three weeks he was safely back in our hands although two other members of the same crew are now reported as prisoners of war. This was Sergeant de Mone's second operational flight, although he was still under training and he showed exceptional perseverance and skill in effecting his escape, a fact which must have a profoundly beneficial effect on the morale of his comrades.

 

Public Record Office file War Office 208 3309 has a report based on interview of 13 July 1942, he having arrived in Gibraltar on 6 July 1942 and at Gourock on 12 July 1942.

 

I was a member of the crew of an aircraft which left Upper Heyford, Oxon, at 2100 hours on 1 June to bomb Essen. On the return flight we had to bale out, and I landed near Mechlin (Belgium) about 0200 hours on 2 June. I do not know what happened to the other members of the crew:- P/O Robinson, pilot; P/O O'Brien, navigator; F/Sgt Forrester, wireless A/G; and Sgt Beal, bomb layer.


I buried my parachute in the swamp in which I landed and then started walking westwards. I walked until about 0500 hours, when I met a farmer who took me to a house, where I was given bread and coffee and civilian clothes. I left as soon as possible and, following directions which I had been given, went along the canal towards Brussels. Near the village of Hombeek I was overtaken about 0600 hours by a farmer who took me to a small brewery. I remained there all day and at 2000 hours I was put in touch with an organization which arranged for my return to this country.

 

This report is supplemented by another dated 18 July 1942, prepared by MI.9/S/P.G. and again based on the interview of 13 July 1942:

 

A Belgian officer lived at the small brewery at Hombeek, near Brussels, at which I found shelter on the morning of 2 June 42. This officer got in touch with Baron Lindon, who lives in a chateau across the canal from the brewery. Baron Lindon came and questioned me about the Royal Air Force and about Canada. After I had satisfied him as to my identity, he said he could help me. He gave me some clothes and told me to be ready next morning.

 

Next morning the Belgian officer took me by tram to Brussels. He gave me money for my fare and told me what to say, and I sat alone during the journey. Baron Lindon joined the tram about half way to Brussels and sat down opposite me. In Brussels he took me to an apartment. Half an hour later another man took me to a large park and from there to a church, where he handed me over to a third man. I gave this man my French money and other articles, such as my compass and my identity disc. I was then handed over to a girl called Betty Christy, who I believe is English. She took me to a house, where I remained for four days till the afternoon of 7 June, when I had to leave for the night because the Germans were searching the houses in the neighbourhood for a wireless set. On 8 June the girl took me to the station and handed me over to a woman guide who broke a leg on a recent journey over the Pyrenees. We had no difficulties on the train journey, and arrived in Paris about 2100 hours on 8 June. I was sheltered in Paris in a house till the night of 10 June when I left by train for St.Jean-de-Luz along with the guide Didi, P/O Horsley, S/P.G(-)771, Sergeant Baverstock, S/P.G.-772 and a young Belgian. We travelled first class. At a station just before our destination two girls came onto the train and I changed tickets with one of them, as my ticket did not go all the way. I was not asked for my identity card at the station exit at St.Jean-de-Luz, probably because I look French and was wearing a cross round my neck. We walked from the station to a flat above a cafe and stayed one night there.

 


On the night of 12 June we went to a farmhouse where a Basque guide collected us for the journey across the Pyrenees. On the Spanish side we slept in a barn from 0545 to 1000 hours (13 June). P/O Horsley, Didi and I then went to a cafe in a village and were joined there two hours later by the rest of the party. Didi went to San Sebastian and [we] were sent to Madrid by car. I stayed for two weeks at the Embassy before being sent to Gibraltar.

 

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DEMPSEY, F/O Murray White (C17993) - Mention in Despatches - No.31 Base - Award effective 1 January 1945 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 379/45 dated 2 March 1945. Home in Winnipeg; enlisted there 8 March 1941.

 

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DEMPSEY, F/O Stephen William (J21039) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.419 Squadron - Award effective 19 May 1944 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 1296/44 dated 16 June 1944. Born 1920 in Consecon, Ontario. Home in Oshawa; enlisted in Toronto, 4 August 1941. Trained at No.5 ITS (graduated 19 December 1941), No.6 BGS (graduated 9 May 1942), No.4 AOS (graduated 20 November 1942), No.9 AOS (graduated 28 March 1942) and No.1 ANS (graduated 3 July 1942). Commissioned 1942.

 

As air bomber, this officer has completed a large number of sorties, including many against heavily defended and far distant targets. Throughout, he has displayed the greatest keenness and his example of courage and determination has been of a high order. He has proved himself to be a most valuable member of aircraft crew.

 

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DEMPSTER, F/O John Henry (J9449) - Air Force Cross - No.2 Flying Instructors School - Award effective 26 October 1943 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 2386/43 dated 19 November 1943. Home in McLeod, Alberta. Enlisted in Saskatoon, 30 January 1941. Trained at No.1 ITS (graduated 21 July 1941), No.20 EFTS (graduated 13 September 1941) and No.13 SFTS (graduated 19 December 1941).

 

This officer, as a flying instructor for the past twenty-five months, has on every occasion shown outstanding initiative, leadership, and ability and is most thorough in anything he undertakes. He is an outstanding instructor whose devotion to duty has been an inspiration to those who work with him.

 

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DEMPSTER, FS John McBride (R110183) - Distinguished Flying Medal - No.57 Squadron - Award effective 30 January 1943 as per London Gazette dated 12 February 1943 and AFRO 410/43 dated 12 March 1943. Born 1923 in Edmonton; home in Vancouver; enlisted there 25 June 1941. Trained at No.2 ITS, No.12 EFTS, Station Trenton, and No.1 BGS. Award presented by the King, 18 May 1943.

 


As air gunner this airman has participated in numerous sorties including an attack on Berlin and the daylight raids on Le Creusot and Milan. One night in December 1942, during a flight over Duisberg, Flight Sergeant Dempster shot down an enemy fighter which attempted to attack his aircraft. One night in January 1943 he took part in an attack on Essen. During the return flight his aircraft was attacked by an enemy fighter but Flight Sergeant Dempster drove it off with devastating fire, which caused it to fall towards the ground with one of its engines alight. This airman is a courageous and skilful gunner.

 

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DEMPSTER, FS (later WO2) William Joseph (R83543) - Distinguished Flying Medal - No.7 Squadron (dead) - Award effective 1 March 1943 as per London Gazette dated 17 April 1945 and AFRO 918/45. Born 1919. Home in Toronto (restaurant manager); enlisted there 21 November 1940. Trained at No.2 WS (graduated 20 July 1941) and No.4 BGS (graduated 18 August 1941).

 

In all his operational sorties, many of which have been against the enemy's most heavily defended targets, Flight Sergeant Dempster has displayed courage and coolness. He has largely contributed to the successes achieved by his determination to press home the attack however heavy the opposition. This airman has obtained some excellent photographs.

 

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DENBEIGH, F/O George (J39952) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.153 Squadron - Award effective 8 September 1945 as per London Gazette dated 21 September 1945 and AFRO 1704/45 dated 9 November 1945. Born 1914 in Toronto; home there (railway mail clerk); enlisted there 14 July 1942. Trained at No.3 ITS (graduated 3 April 1943) and No.10 AOS (graduated 14 January 1944). Commissioned December 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 2/8750 has recommendation dated 12 April 1945 when he had flown 31 sorties (211 hours), 29 November 1944 to 10 April 1945.

 

29 Nov 44 Dortmund 20 Feb 45 Dortmund

4 Dec 44 Karlsruhe 21 Feb 45 Duisburg

17 Dec 44 Ulm 23 Feb 45 Pforzheim

22 Dec 44 Coblenz 7 Mar 45 Dessau

28 Dec 44 Bonn 8 Mar 45 Kassel

29 Dec 44 Gelsenkirchen 11 Mar 45 Essen

31 Dec 44 Osterfeld 12 Mar 45 Dortmund

2 Jan 45 Nuremburg 13 Mar 45 Gelsenkirchen

5 Jan 45 Royan 16 Mar 45 Nuremburg

16 Jan 45 Zeitz 21 Mar 45 Bremen

28 Jan 45 Stuttgart 22 Mar 45 Hildesheim

1 Feb 45 Ludwigshaven 27 Mar 45 Paderborn


3 Feb 45 Bottrop 4 Apr 45 GARDENING

7 Feb 45 Cleve 9 Apr 45 Kiel

8 Feb 45 Politz 10 Apr 45 Plauen

13 Feb 45 Dresden

 

This Canadian navigator has now completed 31 sorties against targets in Germany and occupied territory. He has taken part in attacks on heavily defended targets such as Nuremburg, Stuttgart, Gelsenkirchen and Dortmund.

 

Flying Officer Denbeigh has displayed a keen sense of duty and navigational skill of a high order. In face of stiff opposition and adverse circumstances he has shown extreme coolness and disregard for his personal safety, and this has contributed in a large measure to the successful completion of his sorties. His skill and devotion to duty have set a fine example. Flying Officer Denbeigh's record fully merits the award of the Distinguished Flying Cross.

 

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DENISON, S/L Richard Lippincott (C1341) - Commended for Valuable Services - No.436 Squadron - Award effective 7 September 1945 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 1647/45 dated 26 October 1945. Born 1917 in Stratford, Ontario; home in Winnipeg; enlisted in Winnipeg, 9 October 1939. Commissioned October 1939. Remained in postwar RCAF, serving at one time as CO of Station North Bay and as SASO in No.1 Air Division. No citation in Canadian records. Public Records Office Air 2/9117 has recommendation drafted when he had flown 1,017 hours, 539 hours in previous six months.

 

This officer has been with this squadron as a Flight Commander since its formation. His keenness and devotion to duty have set a high standard to his crew. On one occasion, while returning to base in adverse weather, all radio aids became unserviceable. While attempting to land, his port engine failed and although the aircraft was over mountainous terrain Squadron Leader Denison was able to climb to a safe altitude and together with his crew he abandoned the aircraft. The coolness and leadership which Squadron Leader Denison displayed in this situation was an inspiration to all and made possible an early rescue of his crew.

 

DENISON, W/C Richard Lippincott (C1341) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.436 Squadron - Awarded 15 January 1946 as per London Gazette dated 29 January 1946 and AFRO 322/46 dated 29 March 1946.


Wing Commander Denison has served with this squadron as flight commander for nine months. During this time he has given valuable support to the 14th Army. Early in his operational career this officer and his crew were forced to abandon their aircraft. Owing largely to his skill this was accomplished successfully. Following the fall of Rangoon, Wing Commander Denison helped considerably in transport operations by piloting a weather observation aircraft throughout the monsoon period. This service was largely responsible for the continuous air supply to the Army and undoubtedly saved many aircraft from disaster. Wing Commander Denison's outstanding and fearless devotion to duty has been worthy of the highest praise.

 

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DENNETT, S/L Lionel John (C7178) - 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 Kent, England; enlisted in Winnipeg, 4 June 1941.

 

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DENNETT, F/O William Edward (J25933) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.425 Squadron - Award effective 15 December 1944 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 293/45 dated 16 February 1945. Born 1921 in Toronto; home there (clerk); enlisted in Toronto, 19 January 1942. Trained at No.5 ITS (graduated 10 October 1942), No.13 EFTS (graduated 10 January 1943) and No.1 SFTS (graduated 30 April 1943). Commissioned April 1943.

 

This officer has completed a tour of operational duty in which he has attacked very many enemy targets. He has displayed high qualities of skill and courage and throughout his determination to complete his mission successfully has won great praise. He is a fine captain whose example has greatly inspired his crew.

 

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DENNEY, LAC John William (R137599) - Mention in Despatches - Station Gander - Award effective 1 January 1946 as per Canada Gazette of that date and AFRO 82/46 dated 25 January 1946. Home in Sydney, Nova Scotia; enlisted there 13 November 1941.

 

This airman has been a cook in charge of the Civilian Mess at this station for over eighteen months and during this period has performed his duties in an outstanding manner under difficult conditions. His kitchen and mess hall have been examples of perfection and his efforts have resulted in a high morale among the civilian employees of the station.

 

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DENNIS, FS Peter Woodrow (R14066) - Distinguished Flying Medal - No.432 Squadron - Award effective 8 January 1944 as per London Gazette dated 25 January 1944 and AFRO 410/44 dated 25 February 1944. Born 1923 in Fort William, Ontario; home there (clerk); enlisted Winnipeg, 13 November 1941. Trained at No.2 ITS (graduated 4 July 1942), No.2 EFTS (graduated 29 August 1942) and No.12 SFTS (graduated 18 December 1942).

 


Flight Sergeant Dennis has completed numerous sorties and has displayed great skill, determination and devotion to duty. One night in November 1943 he piloted an aircraft detailed to attack Berlin. Whilst over the target area his aircraft was attacked on three occasions by enemy fighters. Nevertheless, he skilfully evaded the enemy aircraft and successfully attacked the target, afterwards flying his badly damaged aircraft to base. His effort was highly commendable.

 

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DENNISON, P/O Borden Carrick (J16008) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.405 Squadron - Award effective 19 October 1943 as per London Gazette dated 2 November 1943 and AFRO 2457/43 dated 26 November 1943. Born 27 September 1911 in Cardale, Manitoba; home there (transport operator). Enlisted 4 February 1941. Trained at No.3 ITS, No.16 EFTS and No.3 SFTS. Further trained at No.22 OTU (Wellesbourne). Shot down 11/12 March 1943 and evaded capture; left Gibraltar on 17 July 1943 and reached Liverpool on 24 July 1943; see Public Records Office Air 2/5025 with MI.9 report on his evasion; see also awards to P/O E.L. Bulman (Mention in Despatches) and P/O G.L. Spencer (Mention in Despatches).

 

In air operations this officer displayed skill, courage and fortitude of a high order.

 

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DENOMY, F/O Bernard Charles (J11265) - Distinguished Service Order - No.162 (BR) Squadron - Award effective 28 July 1944 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 1729/44 dated 11 August 1944. Born 1920 in Chatham, Ontario; home there or Temiskaming, Quebec; enlisted in Port Arthur, Ontario, 5 May 1941. Trained at No.2 ITS (graduated 13 October 1941), No.8 EFTS (graduated 2 January 1942), and No.11 SFTS (graduated 21 April 1942). Cited with F/Os Graham Campbell and Sidney E. Matheson (DFCs) and Flight Sergeants Israel J. Bodnoff and Sydney R. Cole (DFMs).

 

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

 

NOTE: Public Record Office Air 2/9158 has recommendation raised 1 July 1944 by the Officer Commanding, RAF Station Wick. It noted that Denomy had flown approximately 40 sorties (450 operational hours):

 


Flying Officer Denomy was second pilot of Canso "P" of 162 Squadron which carried out a successful attack on 24th June against a U=Boat. This officer in the face of devastating anti-aircraft fire from the U-Boat showed exceptional courage and devotion to duty in assisting the captain to retain control of the severely damaged aircraft, which, during the run in to the attack, was being hit repeatedly.

 

The aircraft was almost out of control due to the starboard engine being out of action and on fire. It was undoubtedly due to his assistance and exertions that the crippled aircraft was enabled to achieve the sinking of the U-Boat immediately before the starboard engine fell out, and the aircraft was forced to ditch.

 

During the 21 hours which the survivors spent in the water before being rescued, he maintained their morale on the highest level and did all in his power to assist those in distress. There is little doubt that Flying Officer Campbell would have died but for his efforts.

 

I have no hesitation in strongly recommending him for the award of the Distinguished Service Order which he so richly deserves.

 

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

 

There is little doubt that Flying Officer Denomy did much to assist Flight Lieutenant Hornell during this gallant attack. His behaviour throughout the action and subsequently is deserving of the highest praise. Strongly recommended for the immediate award of the Distinguished Service Order.

 

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DENT, P/O Lionel Ronald Gordon (J87961) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.433 Squadron - Award effective 5 February 1945 as per London Gazette dated 20 February 1945 and AFRO 563/45 dated 29 March 1945. Born 1924. Home in Vancouver (clerk); enlisted in Hamilton, 8 April 1942. Trained at No.5 ITS (graduated 10 October 1942), No.10 AOS (graduated 2 February 1943) and No.4 BGS (graduated 19 April 1943). Commissioned 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." DHist file 181.009 D.2610 (RG.24 Vol.20627) has recommendation dated 15 November 1944 when he had completed 31 sorties (156 hours 20 minutes), 10 May to 14 October 1944.

 

This officer, the Bomb Aimer of the crew captained by Flight Lieutenant Orendorff, has now completed thirty-one operational sorties over enemy territory comprising a wide variety of targets both in France and Germany.

 

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

 

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DENTON, F/O Douglas Ernst (J35721) - Mention in Despatches - Overseas - Award effective 1 January 1946 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 388/46 dated 12 April 1946. American in the RCAF; home in Berkley, California; enlisted in Vancouver, 19 March 1943. Trained at No.4 ITS (graduated 19 March 1943), No.5 EFTS (graduated 28 May 1943) and No.3 SFTS (graduated 17 September 1943).

 

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DERRY, S/L Duncan Ramsay (C2551) - Commended for Valuable Services - No.1 CNS - award effective 1 January 1946 as per Canada Gazette of that date and AFRO 82/46 dated 25 January 1946. Home in Toronto; enlisted there 19 August 1940.

 

This officer has shown exceptional devotion to duty and outstanding service in the organization and supervision of air and ground training at this unit. He has done exceptional work as a Navigation Instructor at No.1 Air Observer School. He has been a great source of help and inspiration to junior Instructors. It is considered that he has made an exceptional contribution to the war effort in the department of navigation training.

 

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DERRY, P/O Fred Craig (J16968) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.40 Squadron - Award effective 23 November 1943 as per London Gazette dated 30 November 1943 and AFRO 166/44 dated 28 January 1944. Born 1922 in Toronto; home there; enlisted there 13 November 1940. Trained at No.1 ITS (graduated 4 May 1941), No.7 EFTS (graduated 21 June 1941) and No.6 SFTS (graduated 13 September 1941). Commissioned 1943.

 

During his first tour of duty Pilot Officer Derby operated in support of the army in Egypt from June to November 1942. Since joining his present squadron in June 1943, he has completed a number of sorties in Sicily, Italy and Sardinia, consistently obtaining good results confirmed by excellent photographs. In August 1943, in an attack on Naples, he was the first to enter the defended area, and in the face of intense and accurate anti-aircraft fire he performed his allotted tasks with extreme efficiency.

 

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DERYCKERE, F/L Lucien Roger (J29072) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.426 Squadron - Award effective 5 July 1945 as per London Gazette dated 17 July 1945 and AFRO 1558/45 dated 5 October 1945. Born 1916 in Heule West, Flanders, Belgium. Home in Windsor, Ontario (welder); enlisted in Hamilton, 16 June 1942. Trained at No.1 ITS (graduated 18 February 1943), No.2 EFTS (graduated 16 April 1943) and No.12 SFTS (graduated 6 August 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.2618 (RG.24 Vol.20627) has recommendation dated 1 April 1945 when he had flown 31 sorties (161 hours), 25 August 1944 to 24 March 1945.

 

Flight Lieutenant Deryckere has completed thirty-one sorties during his present tour of operations during which he has proven himself to be a skilful and determined captain of aircraft. He has attacked many important tactical targets in Germany, both by day and by night, and has at all times attacked his objectives with a high degree of success. Flight Lieutenant Deryckere has maintained a fine offensive spirit throughout his tour of operations that has been inspiring to new members of the squadron. For his devotion to duty and commendable fighting spirit I strongly recommend the award of a non-immediate Distinguished Flying Cross to this officer.

 

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DES RIVIERES, Sergeant Rodolphe Wilfred Leopold (R53502) - British Empire Medal - No.12 Communications Squadron - Award effective 1 January 1946 as per Canada Gazette of that date and AFRO 82/46 dated 25 January 1946. Home in Ottawa; enlisted there, 11 October 1939.

 

This non-commissioned officer has shown consistent diligence and energy in the discharge of his duties, which have set a fine example to junior airmen. His skill and efficiency, coupled with outstanding devotion to duty are very praiseworthy.

 

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DESAULTELS, F/O Robert Victor (J26303) - Mention in Despatches Overseas - Award effective 14 June 1945 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 1600/45 dated 12 October 1945. Home in Montreal; enlisted there 12 January 1940. Trained at No.4 ITS (graduated 24 October 1942), No.7 BGS (graduated 5 March 1943) and No.1 AOS (graduated 15 May 1943).

 

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DESBIENS, FS Joseph Roch Albert (Can 10069) - British Empire Medal - No.7 SFTS - Award effective 28 May 1943 as per Canada Gazette of that date and AFRO 1459/43 dated 30 July 1943. Born in Grand Mere, Quebec, 1917. Enlisted Montreal, 12 August 1940. Enlisted in Montreal, 21 March 1939.

 

This NCO is one of the original staff assigned to open this unit in December 1940. Possessed of a radiant personality, Flight Sergeant Desbiens, by his devotion to duty, loyalty and energy, has been an inspiration to his juniors and has in no small measure been responsible for the efficiency of the Equipment Section of this unit.

 

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DESCHAINE, WO (now P/O) Gordon Edward (R1009929/J93784) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.74 Squadron - Award effective 10 May 1945 as per London Gazette dated 24 May 1945 and AFRO 1453/45 dated 14 September 1945. Born 1922 in Windsor; home there (student); enlisted there 4 August 1941. Trained at No.5 ITS (graduated 21 November 1941), No.9 AOS (graduated 13 March 1942), No.4 BGS (graduated 24 April 1942 and No.2 ANS (graduated 25 May 1942). Commissioned January 1945.

 

This Warrant Officer has completed numerous operations against the enemy in the course of which he has invariably displayed the utmost fortitude, courage and devotion to duty.

 

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DESJARDINS, FS George (R50276) - Mention in Despatches Overseas - Award effective 14 June 1945 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 1600/45 dated 12 October 1945. Home in Edmundston, New Brunswick; enlisted in Moncton, 25 October 1939. No citation. NOTE: a citation is given with the 1946 award, but there is uncertainty about whether it belongs with that date or with this one.

 

DESJARDINS, FS George (R50276) - Mention in Despatches - No.113 (BR) Squadron - Award effective 1 January 1946 as per Canada Gazette of that date and AFRO 82/46 dated 25 January 1946. Previously MiD, 14 June 1945 with citation. NOTE: it is uncertain whether the following should be with this award or the 1945 one:

 

This non-commissioned officer, in addition to his normal duties, has by his own initiative and in his own time worked long hours in order to maintain the serviceability of aircraft which materially contributed to the success of the operations carried out by his unit. His efficiency and devotion to duty have set a splendid example to his subordinates.

 

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DESLAURIERS, WO1 John James (Can 2445) - Member, Order of the British Empire - No.425 Squadron (Station Tholthorpe in AFRO) - Award effective 14 June 1945 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 1219/45 dated 27 July 1945. Born 4 September 1914, Ste.Marguerite, Quebec. After high school he took a two-year course in aero engines. Home in Montreal; enlisted there; enlisted there 14 June 1938; posted overseas 24 September 1942. No citation in AFRO or biographical file. DHist file 181.009 D.1719 (PAC RG.24 Vol.20606) has recommendation dated 30 January 1945 when he was Warrant Officer in charge of No.425 Squadron Daily Servicing:

 

The above-mentioned is a Warrant Officer of high calibre. He has seen service in Canada, Africa and England. Since being overseas he has been attached to 425 Squadron.

 


His technical and organizing ability along with his tireless energy and devotion to duty has been an inspiration to all the men working with him. The success of 425 Squadron is, in no small way, due to the good work of the ground crew under the direction of Warrant Officer Deslauriers. He commands the respect of all who have come in contact with him.

 

Public Records Office Air 2/9056 has final recommended citation.

 

This warrant officer is employed in charge of daily servicing of No.425 Squadron. His ability and enthusiasm have made a commendable contribution to the squadron's operational effort. In addition to this warrant officer's work at RCAF Station Tholthorpe, he was called in to assist in the organization of No.415 Squadron when it formed at Eastmoor. Warrant Officer Deslaurier's outstanding work is worthy of high praise.

 

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DESLOGES, W/C John Paul Joseph (C788) - Overseas (deceased) - Chevalier, Legion of Honour (France) - Awarded as per AFRO 1619/45 dated 19 October 1945. Born in Hull, Quebec; educated University of Ottawa. RCMP before the war. Became a Provisional Pilot Officer,RCAF, 1 October 1937; confirmed in rank and promoted to Flying Officer, 1 October 1938, having trained at Camp Borden and Trenton and receiving pilot's flying badge on 28 November 1938. Served with No.1 (C) Squadron in Battle of Britain; shot down and wounded. Returned to Canada to recruit in French Canada and serve as CFI at St.Hubert. June 1943 appointed to co-ordinate air defences in Gaspe and lower St.Lawrence; appointed air attache to General Georges Vanier, December 1943. Killed at Rabat, Morocco in flying accident, 8 May 1944 (Douglas A-24B). Buried in North Africa.

 

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DESMARAIS, F/O Joseph Raymond Jean Marie (J87112) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.425 Squadron (deceased) - Award effective 12 January 1945 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 471/45 dated 16 March 1945. Born 1921 in Sherbrooke, Quebec; home there; enlisted in Montreal, 10 June 1942. Trained at No.3 ITS (graduated 19 March 1943), No.11 EFTS (graduated 14 May 1943) and No.9 SFTS (graduated 3 September 1943). Commissioned 1944. Killed on air operations, 18 December 1944 (Halifax MZ538); buried in UK.

 

One night in November 1944, Flying Officer Desmarais piloted an aircraft in an attack on Bochum. Whilst over the target the aircraft sustained much damage and one engine was set on fire. In spite of this, Flying Officer Desmarais pressed home a most determined attack. The fire in the burning engine was extinguished but the propeller could not be feathered. Nevertheless this resolute pilot succeeded in flying his damaged aircraft to base where he effected a safe landing. This officer set a fine example of skill, coolness and determination in most difficult circumstances.

 


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DESROCHES, F/O Joseph Omer Leopold (J15820) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.425 Squadron (deceased) - Award effective 14 April 1943 as per London Gazette dated 1 June 1945 and AFRO 1219/45 dated 27 July 1945. Born 1919 in Montreal; home there; enlisted there 22 June 1940. Trained at No.2 ITS (graduated 27 July 1940), No.2 AOS (graduated 23 November 1940), No.2 BGS (graduated 4 January 1941) and No.1 ANS (graduated 3 February 1941). Commissioned 1942. Killed in action 14/15 April 1943 (Wellington X3763).

 

This officer is an excellent navigator who possesses exceptional courage and coolness, which he has demonstrated in many emergencies. During a daylight attack on Wilhelmshaven the aircraft in which he was flying was attacked and damaged by enemy fighters. While on the way to the rear turret to assist the wounded gunner, Flying Officer Desroches fell through the escape hatch but caught himself on his elbows. After he was assisted back into the aircraft he rendered first aid to the wounded, operated the wireless and navigated the aircraft to the target and back to base. He has performed his duties at all times in a thoroughly efficient manner and recently applied to be allowed to continue on operations until his present captain and crew completed their tour of duty. Flying Officer Desroches has set a splendid example to the squadron.

 

NOTE: Public Record Office Air 2/8950 has recommendation dated 18 March 1943 when he had flown 32 sorties (182 hours 35 minutes); the sea search on 23 January 1943 was counted as a half-sortie. The daylight raid on Wilhelmshaven mentioned in the text was on 6 November 1942. One peculiar entry is a sortie listed for 13 May 1942 (Cologne); this is more likely to read 30 May 1942 and was likely performed between regular tours. The document gives his name as Joseph Olivier Leopold Desroches.

 

16 Sept 41 Le Havre (5.40) 23 Nov 42 GARDENING (4.10)

10 Oct 41 Ostend (5.30) 25 Nov 42 GARDENING (7.10)

31 Oct 41 Dunkirk (3.20) 6 Dec 42 Mannheim (5.45)

7 Nov 41 Boulogne (4.50) 7 Dec 42 GARDENING (5.00)

12 Nov 41 Hamburg (5.25) 11 Dec 42 GARDENING (5.25)

8 Dec 41 Aachen (4.15) 2 Jan 43 GARDENING (4.00)

28 Dec 41 Wilhelmshaven (4.55) 23 Jan 43 Sea search (3.45)

6 Jan 42 Brest (3.10) 26 Jan 43 Lorient (7.00)

9 Jan 42 Brest (5.45) 3 Feb 43 Hamburg (6.20)

10 Jan 42 Wilhelmshaven (6.25) 7 Feb 43 Lorient (6.15)

12 Jan 42 Hamburg (6.40) 11 Feb 43 GARDENING (4.45)

17 Jan 42 Bremen (6.00) 13 Feb 43 Lorient (6.40)

21 Jan 42 Hanover (7.00) 16 Feb 43 Lorient (6.30)

13 May 42 Cologne (6.10) 19 Feb 43 Wilhelmshaven (5.05)

6 Oct 42 Osnabruck (6.25) 24 Feb 43 Wilhelmshaven (5.55)

13 Oct 42 Kiel (6.25) 26 Feb 43 Cologne


6 Nov 42 Wilhelmshaven (5.15)

 

Pilot Officer Desroches, Canadian, in the Royal Canadian Air Force, has proven himself to be an excellent navigator who possesses courage and exceptional coolness in emergency. This was demonstrated on a daylight attack against Wilhelmshaven when the aircraft he was navigating was attacked and damaged by enemy fighters. When he went back to the rear turret to assist the wounded rear gunner, Pilot Officer Desroches fell through the escape hatch but caught himself on his elbows. After he had been helped back into the aircraft, he rendered first aid to wounded crew members, operated the wireless and navigated the aircraft on to the target and then back to base.

 

On making application, Pilot Officer Desroches was given permission to continue flying on operations until his present captain and crew completed their normal tour of 30 sorties. Such a request exemplifies further the courage and keenness of this officer.

 

The Officer Commanding, Station Dishforth, added his comments on 20 March 1943:

 

Pilot Officer Desroches has taken part in raids gainst some of the most heavily defended targets in enemy territory including Osnabruck, Kiel and Hamburg. Always he has carried out his duties in a thoroughly efficient manner. He has a strong character which couples with his unquestioned courage makes him an asset to the crew and undoubtedly the right-hand man of his captain. I endorse the comments of the Squadron Commander and recommend that Pilot Officer Desroches be awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross.

 

Air Vice-Marshal G.E. Brookes, Air Officer Commanding, No.6 Group, endorsed the recommendation on 29 March 1943.

 

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DESSERT, WO (now P/O) Leon Albert (R54943/C46828) - Mention in Despatches - No.4 (BR) Squadron (deceased) - Award effective 3 November 1944 as per Canada Gazette of that date and AFRO 2479/44 dated 17 November 1944. Home in New Westminster, British Columbia; enlisted in Montreal, 5 September 1940. Died 27 July 1944.

 

This warrant officer displayed exceptional devotion to duty throughout his period of duty at this unit and throughout his lengthy period of operational flying. He was a skilful flight engineer, whose example and ability, both in the air and on the ground, were reflected in the high standard of maintenance of this unit. These outstanding qualities were an inspiration to other flight engineers.

 

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DESTONIS, F/O Dene (J15901) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.53 Squadron - Award effective 11 August 1944 as per London Gazette dated 22 August 1944 and AFRO 2231/44 dated 13 October 1944. Home in Ottawa or Montreal; enlisted there 9 December 1940. Trained at No.1 ITS (graduated 16 May 1941), No.6 AOS (graduated 31 August 1941), No.3 BGS (graduated 13 October 1941) and No.1 ANS (graduated 7 November 1941). Newsclipping says he flew at least 63 sorties in air/sea rescue work before joining a Coastal Command patrol squadron. Same clipping suggests he was in No.407 Squadron.

 

This officer has been navigator and bomb aimer on three occasions when his aircraft delivered attacks on enemy submarines. During an attack on a U-boat a second submarine was observed in the vicinity. Flying Officer Destonis by his quick appreciation of the situation and prompt action enabled an attack to be made on both submarines. His coolness and resolution during all these attacks and in the face of enemy fire have always been exemplary.

 

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DETENBECK, F/L Earl Vincent (C24754) - Commended for Valuable Services - No.1 Central Flying School - Award effective 21 April 1945 as per Canada Gazette of that date and AFRO 802/45 dated 11 May 1945. Home in Ridgeway, Ontario; enlisted Hamilton 8 January 1941.

 

This officer has over 2,000 instructional hours to his credit. At all times he has performed his duties in an outstanding and exemplary manner. For the past year as second in charge of a visiting flight inspecting all schools employing staff pilots, every station has been enthusiastic with the results of these visits. Flight Lieutenant Detenbeck has carried out his work with a vigour and persistence far above that of Service requirements.

 

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DETWILLER, Sergeant (now P/O) Lloyd Fraser (R58720/C22652) - Commended for Valuable Services - No.2 EFTS - Award effective 28 May 1943 as per London Gazette of that date, Canada Gazette dated 2 June 1943, and AFRO 1459/43 dated 30 July 1943. Home in Vancouver (BA, University of British Columbia). Enlisted in Vancouver, 12 September 1040. Trained at No.2 ITS (graduated 16 November 1940), No.2 EFTS (graduated 21 January 1942), and No.6 SFTS (graduated 30 December 1942). Governor General's Records (RG.7 Group 26, Volume 57, File 190-I) has citation. Flying time mentioned was as of February 1943.

 

Over a period of 13 months Sergeant Detwiller's services as a Flying Instructor and later as a Flight Commander at this unit have been of inestimable value to the war effort. His enthusiasm and cheerfulness, often in the face of wearisome tasks, have been an inspiration to all. He has at all times displayed initiative of a very high order. His total flying time as instructor is 1,511 hours.

 


DETWILLER, F/L Lloyd Fraser (C22652) - Air Force Cross - No.2 EFTS - Award effective 1 January 1946 as per Canada Gazette of that date and AFRO 82/46 dated 25 January 1946. NOTE: The following citation is for the AFC, but it is accompanied by a note that as of February 1943 he had flown 1,511 hours as instructor.

 

This officer was employed as a flying instructor during which his services were of inestimable value. His enthusiasm and cheerfulness in the face of wearisome tasks were an inspiration to all; not once did his efficiency flag. He displayed initiative of a high order at all times.

 

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DEUTSCHER, F/L Joseph Charles (J22538) - 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 1922 in Odessa, Saskatchewan; home there; enlisted Regina 2 May 1941. Trained at No.2 ITS (graduated 3 August 1941), No.8 AOS (graduated 16 February 1942), No.4 BGS (graduated 28 March 1942) and No.2 ANS (graduated 3 July 1942). Commissioned July 1942. Became a priest adter the war; died in Regina, 24 March 2000. 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 45 sorties (270 hours eight minutes). First tour was 27 sorties (139 hours 55 minutes), 4 April 1943 to 1 October 1943. Second tour was 18 sorties (130 hours 13 minutes), 4 February to 10 May 1945 including one "Exodus" trip.

 

This officer as air bomber has completed two tours of operations. Throughout his 44 sorties F/Lt. Deutscher has displayed an uncanny accuracy in his bombing despite fierce enemy opposition. Calm at all times this officer has shown unquestioned courage and outstanding zeal and energy in the performance of his duties. As Squadron Bombing Leader, F/Lt. Deutscher has displayed qualities of leadership, sound judgement and initiative. In recognition of this officer's complete devotion to duty I recommend that he be awarded a non-immediate Distinguished Flying Cross.

 

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DEVERELL, Sergeant Guilford Ambrose (R84027) - Mention in Despatches - Tholthorpe - Award effective 14 June 1945 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 1600/45 dated 12 October 1945. Home in Mount Forrest, Ontario; enlisted Hamilton, 10 December 1940. 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 by A/C J.L. Hurley forwarded 3 February 1945 when his trade was given as "Inst/Rep." (Instrument Repairs ?). Enlisted 10 December 1940; had served 27 months in Canada, 22 months overseas.

 


The above NCO is recommended for "Mention in Despatches" in recognition of loyal and conscientious service both in Africa and England. He has a high appreciation of his duty toward his men both as to their personal welfare and also their trade improvement. His loyalty and co-operation in carrying out instructions can be depended upon at any time and under trying conditions. The example he sets in character and leadership should not go unrecorded.

 

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DEVERELL, FS William Albert (R52321) - British Empire Medal - Station Lachine - Award effective 1 January 1946 as per Canada Gazette of that date and AFRO 82/46 dated 25 January 1946. Home in Hamilton; enlisted there 22 October 1939.

 

This non-commissioned officer has earned, through many months of whole-hearted devotion to duty, the sincere respect and admiration of his own staff and the officers under whom he has worked. He has accepted responsibility beyond the limits of his work and has consistently and voluntarily spent long hours above the regular duty hours. The results of his efforts have contributed to the general morale of the whole station and his able leadership had never faltered.

 

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DEVINE, WO1 Charles Hugh (R6252) - Mention in Despatches - No.2 Equipment Depot - Award effective 1 January 1946 as per Canada Gazette of that date and AFRO 82/46 dated 25 January 1946. Enlisted in Renfrew, Ontario, 25 January 1940. Remained in postwar RCAF and retired as a Wing Commander. Died in Vancouver, 9 November 1982.

 

This airman has set a fine example of devotion to duty in bringing his storage groups to the high standard attained at present. His work at all times has been painstaking and thorough. His enthusiasm, conscientiousness and reliability have been an inspiration to all with whom he has served.

 

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DEVINE, P/O Francis Joseph (J96985) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.433 Squadron - Award effective 3 October 1944 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 2534/44 dated 24 November 1944. Born 1922 in Thorold, Ontario; home there; enlisted Hamilton 7 January 1942. Trained at No.6 ITS (graduated 28 August 1942), No.7 EFTS (graduated 20 November 1942) and No.9 SFTS (graduated 6 April 1942). Commissioned 1944.

 


Pilot Officer Devine has completed very many sorties against heavily defended targets in Germany. In July 1944 he was pilot of an aircraft detailed to attack Hamburg. En route an engine became unserviceable. Despite intense anti-aircraft fire and enemy fighter opposition this officer continued to the target and made a successful attack. Pilot Officer Devine has at all times displayed fearlessness, determination and devotion to duty.

 

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DEVINS, W/C Robert William (C2513) - Mention in Despatches - Western Air Command Headquarters - Award effective 8 June 1944 as per London Gazette of that date. AFRO 1380/44 dated 30 June 1944. Born in New York; educated at Regal Road Public School, Oakwood Collegiate and McMaster University. Accountant and agent for W.A. Curtis and Company; enlisted in Toronto, 16 July 1940.

 

This officer has been largely responsible for the smooth and efficient operation of the accounting procedure throughout the Command. His knowledge and efficiency, combined with his ability to co-operate whole heartedly with every branch of the Service, have been a major factor in the excellent relations of the accounting branch.

 

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DEVITT, F/O Robert (J19510) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.10 Squadron - Award effective 2 October 1944 as per London Gazette dated 13 October 1944 and AFRO 2637/44 dated 8 December 1944. Born 1914 in Toronto; home there; enlisted there 13 January 1941. Trained at No.2 WS (graduated 17 August 1942 and No.3 BGS (graduated 19 March 1943). Commissioned 1943.

 

This officer has participated in many sorties as an air gunner since joining his squadron in August 1943. He quickly acquired a reputation for his keenness to operate and engage the enemy. On several occasions his aircraft has been attacked by enemy fighters, but due to his accurate fire and prompt skilful directions to his pilot, successful evasive action was taken and the enemy driven off. Flying Officer Devitt has displayed commendable skill and gallantry and his example of devotion to duty has been of a high order.

 

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DEWAN, F/L (now S/L) Dominic Joseph - Air Force Cross - Overseas - Award effective 13 June 1946 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 726/46 dated 26 July 1946. Home in Ottawa; enlisted there 16 August 1940. Trained at No.2 ITS (graduated 6 December 1940), No.15 EFTS (graduated 29 March 1941) and No.11 SFTS (graduated 25 June 1941). Spent much time as a staff pilot at an air armament school in UK; said to have "just bothered everybody to get away from instructing". Reported to be with an RCAF Spitfire squadron on train-busting duties and flying escort to B-17s (May-June 1943) and on 19 April 1945 destroyed one FW.190 (19 April 1945) while serving with No.412 Squadron). Died in Ottawa, 21 March 2002. It is not clear if his AFC was for duties with No.412 Squadron or another unit after the war. No citation in Canadian sources. Public Records Centre Air 2/9670 has recommendation noting that he had flown 1,350 hours, 90 in past six months.

 

Squadron Leader Dewan joined his present squadron in April 1943, and assumed command in May 1945. Throughout two tours of operational duty and since the cessation of hostilities he has exhibited outstanding keenness for flying. In the concentrated air training programme laid down for the occupational air forces, this officer has led his squadron with marked efficiency and skill.

 

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DEWAR, P/O (now F/O) John William (J8821) - Mention in Despatches - No.9 (BR) Squadron - Award effective 2 March 1943 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 513/43 dated 26 March 1943. Home in Brantford, Ontario. Trained at No.1 ITS (graduated 29 March 1941), No.10 EFTS (ceased training 13 April 1941), No.2 AOS (graduated 28 August 1941), No.5 BGS (graduated 13 October 1941) and No.1 CNS. Incident occurred on 3 January 1942 involving death of AC2 I.A. MacDonald. Governor General's Records (RG.7 Group 26 Volume 57, file 190-I, dossier 1) has a Minute of the Privy Council dated 20 August 1942 with a detailed recommendation for the Albert Medal. However, it was subsequently concluded on 1 October 1942 that the RCAF had its own range of honours and that the Albert Medal was not among them. As of 1 October 1942 the Deputy Minister of National Defence for Air was suggesting that Dewar be recommended for a George Medal. This clearly was not done.

 

One day, an aircraft tender with two crewmen aboard was upset by an aircraft which was being taxied in bay waters. One of the crewmen of the tender, being unable to swim, was unfortunately drowned. Pilot Officer J.W. Dewar, the observer of the aircraft, realizing that the other crewman of the tender was unable to save himself, dived fully clothed into the cold water and managed to hold the crewman up until both were rescued with extreme difficulty.

 

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DEWIS, F/L Marshall Woodworth (J10719) - Mention in Despatches - No.11 (BR) Squadron - Award effective 7 July 1945 as per Canada Gazette of that date and AFRO 1291/45 dated 10 August 1945. Home in Canmore, Alberta; enlisted Calgary 20 August 1941. Trained at No.4 ITS (graduated 10 September 1941), No.2 AOS (graduated 2 January 1942), No.8 BGS (graduated 14 February 1942) and No.1 ANS (graduated 19 March 1942).

 

Throughout his tour of operations on anti-submarine patrols, Flight Lieutenant Dewis has shown outstanding devotion to duty. His exceptional skill and cheerfulness under all conditions have made him a valued crew member. Flight Lieutenant Dewis has been a constant source of inspiration to all.

 

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