DIAMOND, W/C Gerald Gordon (C818) - Air Force Cross - RCAF Station Rockcliffe and No.12 Communications Squadron - 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 - Born in Gladstone, Manitoba, May 1915. Educated in Vancouver; enlisted in there, 28 October 1937 (Auxiliary). Served with Army Co-op and Communications units on west coast and commanded Annette Island, September 1942 to October 1943. CO of No.12 (Communications) Squadron to July 1945 when he was sent to No.9 (T) Group HQ; following year he returned to No.12 Squadron. Attended RCAF Staff College, Toronto, 1947. On exchange duties with USAF, 1948-1951. To AMC HQ until November 1951 when he went to AFHQ (Director, Posting and Careers); then named CO of Station Trenton. Had flown 1,700 hours to date, 1,000 hours as transport pilot. As G/C, award Queen's Coronation Medal, 4 November 1953. Photos PL-117284 and PL-24267 are good shots. Medals and logbook displayed at RCAF Memorial Museum, Trenton, Ontario. Died in Ottawa, 8 May 1987.

 

This officer is a most reliable and successful communication pilot who has flown many types of aircraft in all parts of Canada. he has set a splendid example to the pilots and other members of the communication squadron and has displayed judicious and resourceful ability in command of this squadron. Throughout a long flying career he has always evinced co-operation, reliability and optimism and has made a valuable contribution to the successful expansion of the Royal Canadian Air Force.

 

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DIAMOND, F/O Robert Cahoon (J86836) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.432 Squadron - Award effective 6 January 1945 as per London Gazette dated 16 January 1945 and AFRO 508/45 dated 23 March 1945. Born 1923 in Gladstone, Manitoba. Home in Vancouver; enlisted there 21 May 1942. Trained at No.4 ITS (graduated 1 January 1943), No.5 EFTS (graduated 9 March 1943) and No.3 SFTS (graduated 23 July 1943). Commissioned May 1944. POW, 9 October 1944. DHist Document 72/517 refers. No citation other than "completed...numerous operations against the enemy in the course of which [he has] invariably displayed the utmost fortitude, courage and devotion to duty." DHist file 181.009 D.5557 (RG.24 Vol.20668) has recommendation dated 17 October 1944 when he had flown 33 sorties (148 hours 25 minutes), 23 June to 6 October 1944. Shot down and taken prisoner on his 34th sortie. Remained in postwar RCAF and retired as a Lieutenant-Colonel. Died in Ottawa, 15 January 1997. Article in Ottawa Citizen, 20 January 1997 stated that his 34th sortie had been on 9 October 1944 to Bochum and had just turned for home when aircraft hit by bomb from another aircraft. Rear gunner Michael Harrington (living in Florida) was effusive and descriptive of the sortie, declaring, I was just cursing. I probably used every dirty word in the book. We were so close to being done. But Bob was prettycalm. He said, 'Boys, it's time to get out the silk'". He remained at the controls while the crew baled out, kicked out a panel and escaped himself just before the Halifax crashed. Postwar, Diamond obtained a degree at University of British Columbia before joining permanent RCAF. The force put him through a MBA course at University of Western Ontario (1961)."

 


Flying Officer Diamond has completed a large number of operational sorties. At all times he has proven himself an extremely capable pilot, displaying the utmost keenness and efficiency in his duties, which contributed much to the success attained by his crew. During his thirty-three sorties he has never failed to complete his mission.

 

For his fine record and offensive spirit, this officer is recommended for the award of the Distinguished Flying Cross (Non-Immediate).

 

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DIBBLEE, F/L Frederick Allan (C4152) - Mention in Despatches - Mediterranean Air Command - Award effective 17 September 1943 as per London Gazette of that date 28 and AFRO 2198/43 dated 29 October 1943. Born in Woodstock, New Brunswick, 15 February 1913; home thete. graduated from Royal Military College, 1935; took post-graduate studies in electrical engineering and then pursued a business career. Called up for RCAF service in Toronto, 10 February 1941. See The R.M.C. Vintage Class of 1934 by Thomas Leigh Brock (private printing, Victoria, 1983) which includes a brief authobiography and 26 pages under the title "With an R.A.F. Radar Station in the Battle of Malta".

 

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DICK, Sergeant Bartlett Glendon (R73130) - Mention in Despatches - No.76 Base - Award effective 1 January 1945 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 625/45 dated 12 April 1945. Home in Saint John, New Brunswick; enlisted in Moncton 1 October 1940. DHist file 181.009 D.2993 (RG.24 Vol.20634) has recommendation forwarded from No.61 Base to Headquarters, No.6 Group, 27 July 1944. He had enlisted 1 October 1940, served 14 months in Canada, 25 months in Britain. Fitter IIA in Base Major Servicing Section.

 

A Non-Commissioned Officer of outstanding qualities. An expert technician, highly skilled and competent in his trade. A good leader and capable of handling large groups of men. Always enthusiastic about his work and can always be relied upon. He has always placed his work above any other consideration.

 

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DICKEY, S/L Joseph Bryce (C8257) - Mention in Despatches - Station Tholthorpe - Award effective 1 January 1945 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 337/45 dated 23 February 1945. Home in Dauphin, Manitoba; enlisted in Regina, 24 October 1941. No citation, but DHist file 181.009 D.1719 (PAC RG.24 Vol.20606) has recommendation dated 31 July 1944, when he was Chief Technical Officer at Tholthorpe (AFRO gives unit only as No.62 Base). Enlisted 24 October 1941, in Canada 16 months, UK for 17 months.

 

Although Squadron Leader Dickey has been at this station only since 16 March 1944, the results of his efforts were felt shortly after his arrival. He has displayed excellent organizing ability and a faculty for obtaining the maximum effort from his men. He has a pleasing personality which is reflected in the morale of his officers and men. Squadron Leader Dickey has spent many hours at interrogations, checking and investigating engineering snags as they are reported. In addition to his is own work, Squadron Leader Dickey has taken a keen interest in station activities and has assisted immeasurably in improving the station.

 

DICKEY, S/L Joseph Bryce (C8257) - Member, Order of the British Empire - Station Leeming (AFRO gives unit only as "Overseas" - Award effective 1 January 1946 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 155/46 dated 15 February 1946. No citation in AFRO or biographical file. DHist file 181.009 D.2619 (RG.24 Vol.20628) has recommendation for an OBE forwarded 4 May 1945 from Station Leeming to HQ, No.63 Base, when he was Chief Technical Officer.

 

This officer arrived overseas in February 1943. After a period of three weeks double banking he was given the task of organizing the Repair and Inspection Section which was at that time in its infancy. Through his excellent organizing ability and his untiring efforts this newly formed Section developed in a most satisfactory manner. In June 1943, Squadron Leader Dickey was posted to another station, returning in October 1944 as Chief Technical Officer. Since assuming charge of the Station Servicing Wing he has organized a section that commands the confidence and respect of all. He possesses a splendid Service spirit and has devoted himself whole-heartedly to the interests of the Air Force. Working long and irregular hours with complete disregard for his personal welfare, he has set a splendid example to all his men through his devotion to duty in this unit. By his outstanding ability and enthusiasm, Squadron Leader Dickey has achieved an enviable record worthy of the highest praise. He has cheerfully and voluntarily devoted himself to other Station activities in addition to his regular duties. He is a real asset to the unit and a credit to the Service...

 

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DICKINSON, Flight Sergeant (now P/O) John Crabtree (R128363/J85975) - Mention in Despatches - No.85 OTU - Award effective 1 January 1945 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 379/45 dated 2 March 1945. Born 1924 in Prince Albert, Saskatchewan; home there (store keeper); enlisted in Saskatoon, 26 September 1941. Trained at No.7 ITS (graduated 24 April 1942), No.6 EFTS (graduated 31 July 1942, No.10 SFTS (ceased training 21 August 1942) and No.9 BGS (graduated 18 December 1942). Promoted to Warrant Officer, 3 March 1944 with effect from 18 December 1943.

 

DICKINSON, WO (now P/O) John Crabtree (R128363/J85975) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.9 Squadron - Award effective 19 June 1944 as per London Gazette dated 27 June 1944 and AFRO 1861/44 dated 25 August 1944. Award presented 6 November 1948. 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 2/8780 has recommendation for a DFM (he was then a Flight Sergeant) dated 14 March 1944 when he had flown 27 sorties (188 hours 25 minutes).

 

24 July 43 Hamburg (5.15) 2 Oct 43 Munich (8.10)

25 July 43 Essen (5.00) 4 Oct 43 Frankfurt (6.25)

27 July 43 Hamburg (5.25) 18 Oct 43 Hanover (5.10)

29 July 43 Hamburg (5.00) 20 Oct 43 Leipzig (7.00)

2 Aug 43 Hamburg (2.30, DNCO) 10 Nov 43 Modane (8.20)

7 Aug 43 Milan (8.35) 18 Nov 43 Berlin (8.20)

9 Aug 43 Mannheim (6.30) 23 Nov 43 Berlin (6.45)

22 Aug 43 Leverkusen (5.00) 20 Dec 43 Frankfurt (6.00)

27 Aug 43 Nuremburg (8.00) 23 Dec 43 Berlin (8.00)

31 Aug 43 Berlin (8.15) 29 Dec 43 Berlin (7.05)

5 Sept 43 Mannheim (6.35) 5 Jan 44 Stettin (8.50)

22 Sep 43 Hanover (5.30) 14 Jan 44 Brunswick (5.30)

23 Sep 43 Mannheim (6.30) 28 Jan 44 Berlin (8.00)

29 Sep 43 GARDENING, Spinach (9.15) 20 Jan 44 Stuttgart (7.30)

 

On one of his numerous trips to Berlin, this rear gunner was wounded in the arm by a flak burst. This experience affected neither his efficiency during the sortie nor his eagerness to operate again. He has now completed 27 sorties; throughout he has shown that conscientious and untiring concentration which is the operational gunner's first requisite.

 

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DICKS, Sergeant John Bartlett (R65466) - Mention in Despatches - No.99 Squadron (AFRO gives unit only as "Overseas, attached to RAF") - Award effective 2 September 1942 as per London Gazette of 5 September 1942 and AFRO 1653/42 dated 16 October 1942. No citation in AFRO. NOTE: DHist card says award effective 1 June 1942 as per London Gazette dated 11 June 1942 and AFRO 1653/42 dated 16 October 1942. NOTE, CHECK DATE. Enlisted in Halifax, 24 September 1940. Confusing listing of units makes it hard to determine trade (No.2 ITS, No.1 EFTS, No.4 BGS, No.5 ITS, and No.10 EFTS - sequence uncertain). No citation in AFRO. Public Records Office Air 2/5684 has recommendation which also identifies unit.

 

This airman was member of a crew of an aircraft which was shot down by fighters when on its way to attack Frankfurt. He baled out and landed in Northern Belgium and, evading capture, subsequently made his way through France and across the Pyrenees into Spain.

 

 

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DICKS, W/C Walter Allan (1116) - Medal of Merit, 1st Class (Czechoslovakia) - Issued by authority of Canada Gazette dated 24 January 1948, AFRO 81/48 dated 6 February 1948. Administration.

 

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DICKSON, F/O Cecil Alexander (J10870) - Air Force Cross - No.168 Squadron (Canada) - Award effective 5 May 1944 as per Canada Gazette of that date and AFRO 1133/44 dated 26 May 1944. Home in Edmonton; enlisted there 26 May 1941. Trained at No.8 BGS (graduated 30 March 1942) and No.2 WS (graduated 28 February 1942). See also F/O H.B. Hillcoat, P/O E.M. Rosenbaum, Corporal A. de Marco and F/O F.B. Labrish. Incident was 23 January 1944. Presented by Governor General at Government House, 4 July 1944. Dickson subsequently missing with No.168 Squadron, 15 December 1944; name on Ottawa Memorial.

 

This officer was the wireless air gunner of a Fortress which, while on a routine flight recently from Great Britain to Gibraltar, had a violent collision with an unidentified aircraft. In spite of the fact that the aerials and loop were missing, he successfully maintained contact with shore installations, and his co-operation with the navigator under extremely trying conditions contributed to a great extent in the safe return of the aircraft to base.

 

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DICKSON, F/O David Le Baron Walter (J8816) - Mention in Despatches - No.6 (BR) Squadron - Award effective 21 April 1945 as per Canada Gazette of that date and AFRO 802/45 dated 11 May 1945. Home in Chatham, New Brunswick; enlisted in Moncton, 10 December 1940. Trained at No.3 ITS (graduated 16 May 1941), No.6 AOS (graduated 31 August 1941), No.3 BGS (graduated 11 October 1941) and No.1 ANS ((graduated 7 November 1941).

 

Throughout this officer's career he has produced outstanding results. Now as squadron navigation officer he has maintained a very high standard of navigation and his untiring and constant devotion to duty has been reflected throughout the entire squadron.

 

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DICKSON, G/C Harold Archibald Wilfred (C79) - Officer, Order of the British Empire - No.5 Equipment Depot - Award effective 14 June 1945 as per Canada Gazette of that date and AFRO 1127/45 dated 6 July 1945. Born in Halifax, Nova Scotia, 17 December 1896. Educated there including course in submarine cables. Storekeeper with Canadian Air Board before enlistment in Dartmouth, 1 January 1926. Presented by A/V/M Morfee, January 1946. Died in Halifax, July 1950.

 

Since 1940 this officer has carried out his duties in Eastern Air Command in an exemplary manner. As senior equipment officer at Command Headquarters and as Commanding Officer of No.5 Equipment Depot his work has been outstanding. His excellent direction with regard to equipment has been an invaluable contribution to the success of training and air operations on the Eastern Canadian coast. His efficiency and leadership have been a source of inspiration to all who have been associated with him. Throughout a very long period of service he has by his exceptional qualities provided a splendid example of devotion to duty.

 

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DICKSON, FS (now P/O) James Donald (R73246/J15678) - Distinguished Flying Medal - No.57 Squadron - Award effective 16 June 1942 as per London Gazette dated 22 September 1942 and AFRO 1653/42 dated 16 October 1942. Born 29 October 1920, Hammond River, New Brunswick. Home in Rothesay, New Brunswick; enlisted in Moncton, 23 October 1940. At No.2 Manning Depot, 23 October to 20 November 1940; at No.10 Repair Depot, 20 November 1940 to 4 January 1941. Trained at No.2 ITS (graduated 4 February 1941; promoted to Leading Aircraftman 8 February 1941, posted out 9 February 1941), No.14 EFTS (graduated 19 April 1941, posted out 21 April 1941), and No.33 SFTS (graduated 2 July 1941; promoted to Sergeant 4 July 1941, posted out same day; while there he was assessed as "rather slow to learn but fairly retentive mind" and "inclined to treat ground school too lightly"). Arrived in United Kingdom, 16 August 1941. On strength of No.23 Operational Training Unit, 23 August to 6 November 1941; on strength of No.57 Squadron, 6 November 1941 to 12 July 1942. Promoted to Flight Sergeant, 1 February 1942; promoted to Warrant Officer, 2nd Class, 1 August 1942; commissioned as Pilot Officer with effect from 25 June 1942 (WO2 appointment cancelled); promoted to Flying Officer, 11 May 1943; promoted to Flight Lieutenant 4 August 1944. Following No.57 Squadron he was on strength of No.57 OTU and No.1659 Conversion Unit (dates uncertain). Came near to being court-martialled following an accident on 8 October 1942 when piloting Wellington X3719 (hit a power line near North Luffenham carrying 11,000 volts; heavy damage to nose, both propellers and starboard mainplane. With No.419 Squadron, 14 February to 14 June 1943; ran off runway in Halifax JB859 on returning from operations, 13 May 1943; no blame attached. Subsequently stated that in two tours he had flown a total of 53 sorties (323 operational hours). On staff of No.1659 Heavy Conversion Unit, 14 June to 29 November 1943. Dangerously injured 14 October 1943 in crash of Halifax JB419 at Thirsk, Yorkshire (test flight, two engines failed, aircraft spun; he suffered lacerations, burns and concussion). Repatriated to Canada, 3 December 1943. No.5 OTU, Boundary Bay, 31 March 1944 to 9 December 1944; on 31 December 1944 W/C H. Malkin wrote of him, "A highly capable instructor whose long experience, both operational and instructional, on four-engined aircraft is used to good advantage". Posted to No.164 Squadron, 2 March 1944 (although he may have been present on attachment as early as January 1945); with that until November 1945. Had been interviewed by TCA, 22 June 1944 and assessed as suitable but chose to remain in postwar RCAF including MUSKOX. Served in No.435 Squadron, 1 August 1946 to 27 March 1947; No.426 Squadron, 28 March 1947 to 1 May 1951 (promoted to Squadron Leader, 1 June 1950); on 3 March 1949 S/L H.A. Morrison assessed him thusly: "Flight Lieutenant Dickson, employed as a transport captain and squadron check pilot, is outstanding in the performance of his duties. He is a thoroughly reliable person who can be detailed with equal facility to VIP trips or extended duty in the far north. He possesses to a high degree that indeterminate 'something' which makes him stand out as a potential leader. Although, due to his extended period of active flying, his administrative experience has been limited, it is considered that this officer who has pronounced ability to observe and think clearly would soon achieve the administrative standing required by a higher rank." On 15 October 1949 his Commanding Officer, W/C C.H. Mussells, wrote, "Here is a man. Flight Lieutenant Dickson has performed his duties as a captain and as an officer in a quiet, intrepid manner. I rely on this officer to carry out the most difficult tasks"; on strength of Station Lachine, 2 May 1951 to 2 June 1952; awarded Air Force Cross for services on Korean Air Lift, 5 June 1952 (see postwar awards data base); on strength of No.426 Squadron, 2 June to 14 September 1952; on strength of No.412 Squadron, 14 September to 10 October 1952; attached to Canadian Joint Staff (London), 10 October to 5 December 1952 (learning to fly Comet jet transport - among the first Canadians to do so). Rejoined No.412 Squadron, 8 December 1952. His last assessment (by A/c R.C. Ripley, 24 April 1953) considered him shaky on administration - "Good operationally, inexperienced administratively". Died from natural causes (polio), United Kingdom, 26 July 1953. DFM presented at Buckingham Palace, 30 March 1943; DFC presented 2 November 1946.

 

Flight Sergeant Dickson has acted as captain of aircraft on numerous occasions. Throughout his tour of duty he has executed his tasks with the utmost vigour and determination. Undeterred by bad weather he makes every effort to locate his target and to bomb it accurately. He has participated in attacks on Brest, Hamburg, Lubeck, Rostock, Essen, Emden, and many equally important targets.

 

Public Records Office Air 2/9598 has recommendation dated 22 July 1942 when he had flown 33 sorties (195 hours 20 minutes). This is a curious document, because it gives his Christian names as "John David", but the service number matches.

 

26 Nov 41 Emden (5.00) 23 Apr 42 Rostock (7.30)

30 Nov 41 Hamburg (7.30) 25 Apr 42 Rostock (7.20)

15 Dec 41 Brest (6.20) 27 Apr 42 Cologne (6.00)

17 Dec 41 Brest (6.30) 29 Apr 42 Paris (5.20)

23 Dec 41 Brest (6.05) 2 May 42 GARDENING (8.00)

27 Dec 41 Brest (6.20) 4 May 42 Stuttgart (6.45)

2 Jan 42 Brest (6.10) 6 May 42 Stuttgart (7.00)

23 Mar 42 St.Nazaire (6.35) 7 May 42 GARDENING (7.15)

26 Mar 42 Le Havre (4.05) 9 May 42 GARDENING (7.30)

28 Mar 42 Lubeck (4.05) 13 May 42 Essen (3.40, day)

6 Apr 42 Essen (2.45, sortie 15 May 42 GARDENING (6.50)

abandoned) 30 May 42 Cologne (4.20)

8 Apr 42 Hamburg (6.15) 1 June 42 Essen (4.15)

10 Apr 42 Essen (5.00) 2 June 42 Essen (4.00)

12 Apr 42 Essen (5.25) 5 June 42 Essen (4.15)

15 Apr 42 Dortmund (3.10) 6 June 42 Emden (4.40)

17 Apr 42 Hamburg (7.10) 8 June 42 Essen (4.00)

22 Apr 42 Cologne (6.00)

 

This Non-Commissioned Officer of the Royal Canadian Air Force has carried out 33 sorties involving 195 hours 20 minutes flying on operations. He operated 26 times as captain of his crew.

 

On every occasion he carried out his operations with the utmost vigour, determination and enthusiasm. Under adverse weather conditions he made every effort to find his target and to bomb it accurately. On one occasion he descended to 3,000 feet over Stuttgart because he was unable to identify his target from a greater height. That night his was one of the few crews who found the target. He is a most reliable, skilful and courageous pilot who is strongly recommended for an award.

 

DICKSON, P/O James Donald, DFM (J15678) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.419 Squadron - Award effective 1 September 1943 as per London Gazette dated 14 September 1943 and AFRO 2322/43 dated 12 November 1943.

 

This officer has taken part in a large number of flying operations. He has penetrated the defences of the Ruhr on eighteen occasions, in addition to participating in attacks on Berlin, Hamburg and Rostock. In March 1943, in the Bremen area, his aircraft was attacked by a Messerschmitt 110. The enemy fighter was destroyed by the front gunner. Shortly after, another attack was made by a Junkers 88. During the combat which ensued, Pilot Officer Dickson again displayed outstanding airmanship and again furnished his gunners with opportunities for retaliation. His skill undoubtedly made a safe return possible. Pilot Officer Dickson's sustained gallantry over a very long period has been most meritorious.

 

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DICKSON, F/O Terrence Richard (J21461) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.419 Squadron - Award effective 6 January 1945 as per London Gazette dated 16 January 1945 and AFRO 508/45 dated 23 March 1945. Born 1913. Home in Winnipeg; enlisted there 6 September 1941 after service with Winnipeg Rifles. Trained at No.7 ITS (graduated 22 May 1942), No.7 BGS (graduated 20 November 1942) and No.5 AOS (graduated 9 October 1942). Commissioned 1942.DHist file 181.009 D.3260 (RG.24 Vol.20637) has recommendation dated 23 September 1944 when he had flown 24 sorties (122 hours 25 minutes), 27 May to 17 September 1944. Attacks mentioned in citation were 18 August (Bremen) and 5 August (St.Leu d'Esserent). Presented 22 February 1947.

 

Throughout his tour of operational duty this officer has proved himself to be a skilful and determined air bomber. He has always pressed home his attacks with the utmost determination in the face of all enemy opposition. In August 1944 his aircraft was detailed to attack a heavy defended target at Bremen. Despite illumination by searchlights and intense anti-aircraft fire Flying Officer Dickson coolly gave his pilot excellent directions and a perfect bombing run was accomplished. On another occasion in August 1944, during a daylight attack against St. Leu Desserent, his cool courage won the admiration of all his crew. Although anti-aircraft fire was very heavy he had accomplished an excellent bombing run when the two port engines were hit and rendered unserviceable. Flying Officer Dickson despite this obtained some excellent photographs. His fine fighting spirit, tenacity and devotion to duty have always been most praiseworthy.

 

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DICKSON, Sergeant Thomas Mac (R75442) - Mention in Despatches - Skipton-on-Swale - Award effective 1 January 1946 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 155/46 dated 15 February 1946. Identified in AFRO as "Overseas". McEwen papers (CWM) with list of recommendations with MiD recommendations for 1 February to 31 July 1945 identifies unit. Home in Turtleford, Saskatchewan; enlisted in Saskatoon, 13 December 1940. DHist file 181.009 D.1762 (RG.24 Vol.20609) has recommendation composed about April 1945; enlisted 13 December 1940; had served 14 months in Canada, five months in Africa, 38 months in UK.

 

Corporal Dickson was assigned to the Bomb Dump as an ACH/GD and soon showed his ability to handle men and alertness in learning his work to such a degree that he was promoted to Corporal. Always he has been the key man amongst Armament Assistants and ACH/GDs employed in the Bomb Dump. His conscientious work and general reliability when conditions were most trying have made him almost invaluable.

 

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DICKSON, P/O William Larcombe (J41921) - Mention in Despatches - No.160 Squadron (Canada) - Award effective 14 November 1944 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 2684/44 dated 15 December 1944. Home in Winnipeg; enlisted there 12 May 1941. Trained at No.2 WS (graduated 1 February 1942) and No.2 BGS (graduated 5 March 1942).

 

The keen enthusiasm and skill with which this officer has carried out his duties on operations have been an inspiration to all who have served with him.

 

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DICKSON, Corporal William Rodger (R87940) - Mention in Despatches - No.9432 Servicing Echelon (No.62 Base in AFRO) - deceased - Award effective 1 January 1945 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 425/45 dated 9 March 1945. Fitter IIE. DHist file 181.009 D.1719 (PAC RG.24 Vol.20606) has recommendation forwarded 15 August 1944. Home in Lang, British Columbia. Enlisted in Vancouver, 1 February 1941; nine months service in Canada, 45 months in UK. Killed in a flying accident (Halifax MZ633) on 21 August 1944; buried in UK.

 

Corporal Dickson's untiring efforts and high standard of work have added greatly to the proficiency of his station. The zealous manner in which he has carried out his duties has at all times been of great encouragement to those working under him.

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DIERKES, F/L William John (J15123) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.61 Squadron - Award effective 3 June 1943 as per London Gazette dated 11 June 1943 and AFRO 1294/43 dated 9 July 1943. American in the RCAF. Born 1911 in Cincinnati, Ohio; home there. Enlisted in Windsor, Ontario, 28 October 1940. Trained at No.2 ITS (graduated 26 February 1941), No.5 EFTS (graduated 3 May 1941), and No.7 SFTS (graduated 14 July 1941). Commissioned 1941. Presented at Buckingham Palace, 11 October 1943.

 

An outstanding pilot, this officer's keenness and determination throughout his tour have been exemplary. He has flown on a large number of operations, attacking such heavily defended targets as Berlin, Hamburg, Essen, Cologne and Nuremburg. He has also attacked Italian targets at Milan and Spezia, obtaining some excellent photographs. On many occasions this officer's aircraft has been damaged by anti-aircraft fire but each time he has skilfully flown it back to base. Flight Lieutenant Dierkes, by his fine fighting spirit and great devotion to duty, has set a splendid example to all.

 

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DIGOUT, Sergeant Ernest Andrew (R65077) - 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 French Cove, Nova Scotia; enlisted in Halifax 7 June 1940.

 

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DILL, F/O Raymond (J18859) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.405 Squadron - Award effective 5 July 1945 as per London Gazette dated 17 July 1945 and AFRO 1558/45 dated 5 October 1945. Born 1922 in Halifax; home in Saint John or Hampton Station, New Brunswick (student); enlisted in Moncton, 5 March 1941. Trained at No.1 ITS (graduated 8 August 1941) and No.6 BGS (graduated 29 September 1941). Commissioned 1943. No citation other than "in recognition of gallantry and devotion to duty in the execution of air operations against the enemy". Public Records Office Air 2/9083 has recommendation dated 23 March 1945 when he had flown 51 sorties 316 hours), 13 July to 23 November 1942 and 5 October 1944 to 1 March 1945.

 

First Tour Second Tour

 

13 Jul 42 Tobruk (7.10) 5 Oct 44 Saarbrucken (4.45)

20 Jul 42 Tobruk (7.15) 6 Oct 44 Dortmund (4.45)

28 Jul 42 Tobruk (8.00) 15 Oct 44 Wilhelmshaven (4.10)

3 Aug 42 Tobruk (7.20) 19 Oct 44 Stuttgart (5.15)

7 Aug 42 Tobruk (7.20) 30 Oct 44 Cologne (4.25)

11 Aug 42 Tobruk (6.25) 2 Nov 44 Dusseldorf (3.55)

17 Aug 42 Tobruk (7.30) 11 Nov 44 Dortmund (4.10)

21 Aug 42 Tobruk (6.40) 18 Nov 44 Munster (3.45)

23 Aug 42 Tobruk (7.10) 20 Nov 44 Koblenz (4.15)

25 Aug 42 Tobruk (8.00) 21 Nov 44 Aschaffenburg (5.00)

3 Sept 42 Tobruk (7.30) 22 Dec 44 Bingen (5.40)

10 Sep 42 Tobruk (6.45) 28 Dec 44 Bonn (4.20)

15 Sep 42 Tobruk (7.20) 29 Dec 44 Gelsenkirchen (4.50)

17 Sep 44 Tobruk (7.05) 2 Jan 45 Nuremburg

19 Sep 42 Tobruk (7.00) 4 Jan 45 Royan (5.15)

22 Sep 42 Tobruk (4.45) 5 Jan 45 Hanover (4.40)

25 Sep 42 Tobruk (7.00) 7 Jan 45 Munich (7.00)

27 Sep 42 Crete (7.00) 14 Jan 45 Merseburg (7.55),

31 Oct 42 Crete (7.50) home on three engines.

2 Nov 42 Crete (8.15) 16 Jan 45 Zeitz (6.45)

4 Nov 42 Crete (8.05) 1 Feb 45 Mannheim (5.10)

23 Nov 42 Haraklion (7.10) 7 Feb 45 Cleve (4.00)

8 Feb 45 Politz (7.50)

13 Feb 45 Bohlen (7.00)

14 Feb 45 Chemnitz (6.55)

20 Feb 45 Dortmund (4.45)

21 Feb 45 Duisburg (4.20)

1 Mar 45 Mannheim (5.00)

 

Flying Officer Dill is an Air Gunner of unquestioned ability. He has completed many sorties against a large number of German targets; amongst these are Cologne, Munich and Mannheim. At all times Flying Officer Dill has performed his often arduous duties in an exemplary manner. Throughout many long sorties and in the worst types of weather his alertness and constant vigilance have been unfailing and he has contributed greatly to his crew's successes. Flying Officer Dill's devotion to duty, his courage and skill have been always of the highest order.

 

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DILLON, P/O (now F/O) Robert Clifford (J37364) - Mention in Despatches - No.113 Squadron (Canada) - Award effective 14 November 1944 as per Canada Gazette of that date and AFRO 2684/44 dated 15 December 1944. Home in Brandon, Manitoba; enlisted in Winnipeg, 15 March 1941. Trained at No.2 WS (graduated 7 December 1941) and No.3 BGS (graduated 2 February 1942).

 

As wireless operator air gunner this officer has displayed efficiency and devotion to duty.

 

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DILWORTH, F/L Leslie Claremont (J10896) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.429 Squadron - Award effective 4 October 1943 as per London Gazette dated 15 October 1943 and AFRO 2610/43 dated 17 December 1943. Born 1914 in Kelowna, British Columbia; home there; enlisted in Vancouver, 14 June 1941. Trained at No.No.2 ITS (graduated 10 October 1941), No.3 BGS (graduated 28 February 1942), No.7 AOS (graduated 17 January 1942) and No.1 ANS (4 April 1942). Commissioned 1942. DHist file 181.009 D.5524 (RG.24 Vol.20667) has recommendation dated 8 August 1943 when he had flown 28 sorties (196 hours), 13 September 1942 to 11 June 1943. Postwar RCAF; awarded Queen's Coronation Medal, 23 October 1953 while a Wing Commander in Training Command.

 

Flight Lieutenant Dilworth has displayed outstanding leadership and a high degree of skill and courage on many sorties against the enemy. He has navigated his aircraft with coolness and accuracy to and from objectives which have included Berlin, Cologne and Dusseldorf. His keenness and efficiency as squadron navigator have done much to raise the standard of navigation amongst the aircraft crew.

 

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DIMMA, FS Thomas William (R96009) - Distinguished Flying Medal - No.408 Squadron - Award effective 17 November 1943 as per London Gazette dated 23 November 1943 and AFRO 410/44 dated 25 February 1944. Born 1922 in Ontario. Home in Ottawa; enlisted there 24 April 1941. Trained at No.4 WS (graduated 28 February 1941) and No.2 BGS (graduated 14 August 1942). Presented to next of kin 12 December 1944. Killed in flying accident, 24 March 1944 at No.22 OTU (Wellington RF732); buried in UK.

 

As rear gunner, Flight Sergeant Dimma has participated in a large number of sorties involving attacks on a wide variety of targets. He has displayed commendable courage and devotion to duty and has proved himself to be a most dependable member of aircraft crew. On several occasions his timely warnings and skilled evading directions have enabled his pilot to outmanoeuvre enemy fighters.

 

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DINGLE, F/O Charles Edward (J3598) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.144 Squadron (later No.111 OTU) - Award effective 22 January 1942 as per London Gazette dated 30 January 1942 and AFRO 358/44 dated 18 February 1944. Born 22 January 1915 in Winnipeg; home there; enlisted in Montreal, 22 June 1940. Trained at No.1 AOS (19 July to 1940 to 9 January 1941) and No.1 ANS (graduated 20 January 1941). Commissioned 1941. Decoration sent by registered mail, 30 September 1948.

 

This officer has engaged in a large number of sorties under adverse weather conditions and his skill as a navigator has been instrumental in the safe return of his aircraft to base. His courage and personality have had a most inspiring effect upon all those who have served with him. He has taken part in attacks on enemy warships at Brest and in raids on many industrial targets in Germany.

NOTE: Public Record Office Air 2/9578 has a slightly longer text:

 

This officer has engaged in a great number of sorties under adverse weather conditions and his skill as a navigator has been instrumental in the safe return of his aircraft to base. His courage and personality have had a most inspiring effect upon all those who have served with him. He has taken part in attacks in mine laying operations, in enemy warships at Brest and in raids on many industrial targets in Germany.

 

This in turn was based on the original recommendation dated 26 November 1941, drafted when he had flown 27 sorties (177 operational hours) and which went into considerable detail.

 

11 Jun 41 GARDENING Task successful.

12 Jun 41 Soest Task successful

15 Jun 41 Cologne Task successful; 10/10 cloud over whole area.

17 Jun 41 Cologne Task successful. Aircraft crashed on return to base.

20 Jun 41 Nuisance Raid, Cologne Bombs dropped singly in Ruhr area

23 Jun 41 Dusseldorf Task successful; poor weather over target area.

3 July 41 Bremen Task successful; fierce anti-aircraft opposition.

5 July 41 Osnabruck Bombed from 10,000 feet starting large fire.

6 July 41 Brest Scharnhorst, Gneisenau at Brest; task successful; smoke screen covering whole target area.

9 July 41 Aachen, Nazi G.H.Q. Aachen town attacked; intense searchlight activity.

14 Jul 41 Osnabruck Bad Oeynhausen attacked from 5,000 feet.

19 Jul 41 GARDENING Task successful.

22 Jul 41 Frankfurt Task successful; weather conditions moderate.

30 Jul 41 Cologne Task unsuccessful; poor weather conditions.

11 Aug 41 Krefeld Cologne attacked owing to weather conditions.

12 Aug 41 Hanover Task successful; fires started.

14 Aug 41 Brunswick Task successful; fires started.

16 Aug 41 Dusseldorf Task unsuccessful. Operation abandoned owing to inter-com becoming unserviceable.

1 Sept 41 Cologne Rail Station Alternative target Dusseldorf attacked; moderate weather conditions.

7 Sept 41 Berlin Unable to reach Berlin; Lubeck town bombed.

13 Sep 41 Warships at Brest Task successful; moderate weather conditions.

17 Sep 41 GARDENING Task unsuccessful; very poor weather conditions.

29 Sep 41 Hamburg Blohm and Voss Factory; task successful; bombs dropped causing fire; heavy anti-aircraft opposition.

1 Oct 41 Karlsruhe Recall signal received; bombs dropped on Ostend docks.

21 Oct 41 Bremen Emden attacked; unable to locate primary target (ship building yards) owing to poor visibility.

24 Oct 41 Frankfurt Marshalling yards; aerodrome near Frankfurt attacked; 10/10 cloud around target area.

1 Nov 41 Kiel Alternative target Sylt attacked; very poor weather conditions.

 

For continuous gallantry and devotion to duty during raids into enemy territory. This officer has always set himself a very high standard of navigation efficiency. A great number of his sorties have been carried out under adverse weather conditions, and there is no doubt that his skill as a navigator has been instrumental in the safe return of his aircraft to base. His courage, skill and personality has been a grand inspiration to all who have served with him.

 

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DINGLE, Sergeant Ruth Marion (W301250) - Mention in Despatches - Western Air Command Headquarters - Award effective 14 June 1945 as per Canada Gazette of that date and AFRO 1127/45 dated 6 July 1945. Home in Westmount, Quebec; enlisted in Montreal, 2 March 1942. Certificate and emblems sent to Western Air Command Headquarters, 29 June 1945.

 

The professional qualifications of this airwoman have been fully utilized in furthering and expanding handicraft activities in the service. This non-commissioned officer has been unstinting in placing her abilities at the complete disposal of the service and her work has proven an outstanding contribution in building up morale and improving the welfare of personnel at many units in this Command. Her outstanding ability to organize and direst hobby groups, coupled with her technical knowledge and originality of ideas, has proven of inestimable worth and an inspiration to all those with whom she has associated. On many occasions Sergeant Dingle has been attached to isolated bases where she carried on under most difficult circumstances. The results of her efforts at such bases in many instances overcame a deteriorated condition of morale. Her splendid devotion to duty to the exclusion of personal interest has been of the highest order throughout her service career.

 

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DINGLEY, P/O Wilfred (J19107) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.424 Squadron - Award effective 11 April 1944 as per London Gazette dated 21 April 1944 and AFRO 1075/44 dated 19 May 1944. Born 1919 in Calgary; home there; enlisted in Winnipeg 1 August 1941. Trained at No.4 ITS (graduated 5 December 1941), No.5 EFTS (graduated 27 February 1942) and No.4 SFTS (graduated 9 October 1942). Commissioned 1943. Presented 1 December 1948.

As captain of a bomber aircraft this officer has completed a large number of successful operations in the Sicilian and Italian campaigns, consistently displaying the highest degree of skill and courage. His capable leadership has inspired his crew with confidence and he has set a fine example by his determination to attack with absolute precision. On two occasions Pilot Officer Dingley has made a safe return to base in an aircraft dangerously riddled by enemy fire.

 

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DINGWALL, P/O Malcolm McLeod (J89033) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.405 Squadron - Award effective 1 December 1944 as per London Gazette dated 12 December 1944 and AFRO 337/45 dated 23 February 1945. Born 1914. Home in Canwood or Shellbrook, Saskatchewan; enlisted in Saskatoon, 1 June 1942. Trained at No.7 ITS (graduated 18 December 1942), No.2 BGS (graduated 8 April 1943) and No.7 AOS (graduated 28 May 1943). Commissioned 1944. No citation other than "..in recognition of gallantry and devotion to duty in the execution of air operations against the enemy." Public Records Office Air 2/8882 has recommendation dated 20 September 1944 when he had flown 45 sorties (207 hours 38 minutes), 18 November 1943 to 15 September 1944.

 

* denotes counted as 1/3 sortie

 

18 Nov 43 NICKLING, Nantes 24 Jun 44 Middle Straete (1.38)

(4.05) 27 Jun 44 Oisemont-au-Bois

8 Mar 44 Le Mans (5.20)* (2.14)

13 Mar 44 Le Mans (5.35)* 28 Jun 44 Metz (5.09)

15 Mar 44 Stuttgart (9.30) 30 Jun 44 Villers Bocage (2.28)

19 Mar 44 Frankfurt (5.20) 2 July 44 Oisemont-au-Bois

22 Mar 44 Frankfurt (6.20) (2.00)

24 Mar 44 Berlin (8.20) 5 July 44 Wizernes (1.45)

26 Mar 44 Essen (5.05) 6 July 44 Coquereaux (2.34)

30 Mar 44 Nuremburg (8.10) 7 July 44 Caen (2.26)

18 Apr 44 Noisy-le Sec (5.30)* 9 July 44 L'Hey (1.41)

20 Apr 44 Lens (4.20)* 10 Jul 44 Nucourt (2.52)

24 Apr 44 Karlsruhe (7.00) 12 Jul 44 Paris/Vaires (3.08)

26 Apr 44 Essen (5.00) 15 Jul 44 Nucourt (3.17)

27 Apr 44 Aulnoye (4.40)* 19 Jul 44 Rollez (2.57)

30 Apr 44 Somain (4.20)* 3 Aug 44 L'Isle Adam (2.51)

19 May 44 Mont Couple (2.02) 4 Aug 44 St.Maximum (2.59)

21 May 44 Duisburg (3.41) 5 Aug 44 Chausse (3.00)

22 May 44 Dortmund (3.43) 7 Aug 44 TOTALIZE 5 (2.30)

24 May 44 Aachen (3.28) 8 Aug 44 Lucheux (2.55)

27 May 44 Rennes airfield 12 Aug 44 Russelsheim (4.29)

(3.54) 16 Aug 44 Stettin (5.02)

28 May 44 Mardick (2.00) 18 Aug 44 Bremen (4.50)

11 Jun 44 Tours (5.03) 24 25 Aug 44 Russelsheim (7.13)

15 Jun 44 Lens (2.36) 26 Aug 44 Kiel (5.27)

16 Jun 44 Renescoure (1.51) 29 Aug 44 Stettin (8.32)

23 Jun 44 Coubronne (1.48) 15 Sep 44 Kiel (5.00)

 

Warrant Officer Dingwall is a very keen and capable Bomb Aimer, now on his second tour of operations. Amongst his many missions are included such highly important and dangerous enemy targets as Berlin, Essen and Stuttgart. He is of a quiet disposition, but imbued with a fighting spirit, and a keenness for operational duty which has had a great effect on all members of his crew. On many occasions his aircraft has been badly damaged by hostile fighters or flak while over the enemy target area, but he has not been swayed from accomplishing his missions successfully. Undoubtedly, the fine personal example set by this Warrant Officer has been an example to all Bomb Aimers in the squadron.

 

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DINSDALE, F/L Walter Gilbert (J21124) - Distinguished Flying Cross No.410 Squadron - Award effective 27 April 1945 as per London Gazette dated 8 May 1945 and AFRO 966/45 dated 8 June 1945. Born 1916 in Brandon, Manitoba; home there. Enlisted in Toronto, 21 November 1941. Trained at No.5 ITS (graduated 9 May 1942), No.13 EFTS (graduated 31 July 1942) and No.2 SFTS (graduated 24 November 1942). Cited with F/O John E. Dunn (RCAF). Invested with award, 13 September 1947. Victories as follows: 3/4 February 1944: one Ju.88 damaged (navigator, Flight Sergeant J.E. Dunn); 16 June 1944: one Ju.88/Bf.109 composite aircraft destroyed (Pilot Officer Dunne navigator); 3/4 August 1944: one Bf.110 destroyed (Dunne navigator); 27/28 December 1944: one Ju.88 destroyed (Dunne as navigator). See Air Force, Vol.V, No.4 (December 1981). Postwar Member of Parliament and member of Diefenbaker cabinet. Died in Ottawa, 22 November 1982.

 

Flight Lieutenant Dinsdale as pilot and Flying Officer Dunn as navigator have taken part in a large number of operational sorties during which they have destroyed three enemy aircraft and damaged another. At all times they have displayed exceptional keenness for operational flying and a high degree of skill, courage and devotion to duty.

 

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DIONNE, F/O Charles Arthur Joseph (J88127) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.425 Squadron - Award effective 19 January 1945 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 471/45 dated 16 March 1945. Born 1917 in Paris, France. Home in Montreal (salesman); enlisted in Quebec, 18 May 1942. Trained at No.5 ITS (graduated 30 December 1942), No.13 EFTS (graduated 26 March 1943) and No.5 SFTS (graduated 6 August 1943). Commissioned July 1944.

 

This officer has displayed high qualities of skill and courage in operations against the enemy. He has completed very many sorties, including attacks on such heavily defended targets as Kiel, Cologne, Dusseldorf and Essen. In October 1944 he piloted an aircraft in an attack on Duisburg. Whilst over the target the aircraft was hit by shrapnel. Although severe damage was sustained to the controls, Flying Officer Dionne pressed home a successful attack and afterwards flew safely to base. His devotion to duty has set a fine example.

 

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DISHER, F/L William James Hamilton (C12378) - Mention in Despatches Overseas - Award effective 14 June 1945 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 1395/45 dated 31 August 1945. Home in Toronto; enlisted there 26 June 1942.

 

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DIVEL, LAC Robert Mark (R109132) - Mention in Despatches - No.433 Squadron (unit identified in AFRO as "Overseas" and in McEwen papers (CWM) as Skipton-on-Swale) - Award effective 1 January 1946 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 418/46 dated 18 April 1946. Home in Olds, Alberta. Enlisted in Calgary, 30 June 1941. DHist file 181.009 D.2619 RG.24 Vol.20628) has recommendation from squadron dated 30 August 1944; apparently not forwarded by No.6 Group HQ until early 1945.

 

This airman has proven himself to be a very keen and conscientious worker at all times. His knowledge of his trade is far above average and this knowledge coupled with his energy and drive have set a very high example. He is one in whom those over him have complete confidence, knowing that the quality of his workmanship will be of the highest standard.

 

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DIX, F/O Wilbur Frederick (J25776) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.405 Squadron - Award effective 10 May 1945 as per London Gazette dated 22 May 1945 and AFRO 1147/45 dated 13 July 1945. Born 1912 in Wadena, Saskatchewan; home in Scarborough, Ontario (student, University of Toronto); enlisted in Toronto 22 June 1942. Trained at No.1 ITS (graduated 9 October 1942), No.9 EFTS (graduated 18 December 1942) and No.6 SFTS (graduated 30 April 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 2/9070 has recommendation dated 20 February 1945 when he had flown 40 sorties (193 hours 35 minutes), 9 May 1944 to 14 February 1945.

 

9 May 44 St.Valery (3.45) 10 Aug 44 La Pallice (6.55)

10 May 44 Ghent (4.20) 11 Sep 44 Castrop Rauxel (3.20)

27 May 44 Bourg Leopold (5.05) 12 Sep 44 Wanne Eickel (3.25)

31 May 44 Mont Couple (3.50) 13 Sep 44 Nordstern (3.25)

10 Jun 44 Versailles (5.55) 26 Sep 44 Cap Gris Nez (2.25)

12 Jun 44 Cambrai (5.05) 27 Sep 44 Bottrop North (3.15)

15 Jun 44 Boulogne (4.55) 23 Oct 44 Essen (4.25)

16 Jun 44 Sterkrade (5.15) 25 Oct 44 Homberg (3.20)

23 Jun 44 Bientaques (4.55) 28 Oct 44 Cologne (4.00)

24 Jun 44 Bamieres (4.25) 9 Nov 44 Wanne Eickel (3.30)

27 Jun 44 Foret d'Eawy (4.35) 15 Nov 44 Munster (3.50)

18 Jul 44 Triverny (4.50) 21 Nov 44 Aschaffenberg (5.15)

23 Jul 44 Kiel (6.00) 27 Nov 44 Neuss (3.55)

24 Jul 44 Stuttgart (8.50) 2 Dec 44 Hagen (5.50)

1 Aug 44 Acquet (4.50) 6 Dec 44 Merseberg (6.35)

3 Aug 44 Bois de Casson (5.15) 5 Jan 45 Hannover (5.05)

4 Aug 44 Bois de Casson (4.55) 14 Jan 45 Saarbrucken (4.40)

7 Aug 44 Caen (5.50) 28 Jan 45 Stuttgart (5.35)

8 Aug 44 Foret de Chantilly 1 Feb 45 Mannheim (5.15)

(5.50) 14 Feb 45 Chemnitz (6.45)

9 Aug 44 Acquet (4.20)

 

This captain of aircraft has successfully completed many sorties over Germany and occupied territory. Unfailingly, he has at all times pressed home his attacks with outstanding courage and determination. His record is worthy of the highest praise.

 

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DIXIE, F/O John Proctor (J27305) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.170 Squadron - Award effective 16 March 1945 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 625/45 dated 13 April 1945. Born 1923 in New Westminster, British Columbia; home there (student); enlisted Vancouver, 16 June 1942. Trained at No.7 ITS (graduated 4 December 1942), No.19 EFTS (graduated 19 February 1943) and No.39 SFTS (graduated 11 June 1943). Commissioned June 1943.

 

One night in February 1945, Flying Officer Dixie was pilot of an aircraft detailed to attack Ludwigshaven. On the return flight his aircraft sustained severe damage to the entire tail assembly. The port rudder, half of the port fin and most of the rear part of the fuselage were also damaged. The aircraft dived steeply but Flying Officer Dixie regained control and by skilful airmanship flew it to base where he landed safely without incurring further damage. Flying Officer Dixie set a fine example of courage and coolness in difficult circumstances.

 

DIXIE, F/L John Proctor, DFC (J27305) - Bar to Distinguished Flying Cross - No.170 Squadron - Award effective 18 October 1945 as per London Gazette dated 26 October 1945 and AFRO 133/46 dated 8 February 1946.

 

Since the award of the Distinguished Flying Cross Flight Lieutenant Dixie has completed numerous sorties against heavily defended targets such as Gelsenkirchen, Dresden, Duisburg and Dortmund. In March 1945 he was detailed to take part in a night attack against Misburg. After leaving the English coast the starboard outer engine of his aircraft failed and he could not gain height or speed. Undeterred this officer pressed on and successfully completed his mission. This was not the only occasion he has completed his mission with only three engines functioning. As assistant flight commander his cheerful confidence and courage have inspired confidence in his crew.

 

NOTE: Public Records Office Air 2/9112 has recommendation dated 6 June 1945 when he had flown 29 sorties (189 hours 45 minutes) including 17 sorties (108 hours 45 minutes) since previous award. The sortie sheet and unedited text give more details than the published citation:

 

18 Nov 44 Wanne Eickel 21 Feb 45 Duisburg

21 Nov 44 Aschaffenburg 7 Mar 45 Dessau

27 Nov 44 Freiburg 8 Mar 45 Kassel

6 Dec 44 Merseburg 12 Mar 45 Dortmund

12 Dec 44 Essen 13 Mar 45 Gelsenkirchen

17 Dec 44 Ulm 15 Mar 45 Misburg

22 Dec 44 Koblenz 16 Mar 45 Nuremburg

28 Dec 44 Bonn 21 Mar 45 Bremen

29 Dec 44 Gelsenkirchen 25 Mar 45 Hanover

14 Jan 45 Merseberg 27 Mar 45 Paderborn

16 Jan 45 Zeitz 10 Apr 45 Plauen

21 Jan 45 Duisburg 30 Apr 45 MANNA, The Hague

1 Feb 45 Ludwigshaven 1 May 45 MANNA, Rotterdam

8 Feb 45 Politz 3 May 45 MANNA, Rotterdam

13 Feb 45 Dresden

 

Flight Lieutenant Dixie of the Royal Canadian Air Force has successfully completed 29 sorties and 189 operational flying hours.

 

Since the immediate award of the Distinguished Flying Cross in January 1945, Flight Lieutenant Dixie has completed 17 sorties and 108 operations; flying hours against the enemy, many of which were against Germany's most heavily defended targets such as Gelsenkirchen, Dresden, Duisburg and Dortmund. On the night of 15th March 1945, he was detailed to take part in an attack on Misburg. Just after leaving the English coast he lost the use of his starboard outer engine and could not gain height or speed. Not deterred by this, he carried on to the target alone. This was not the only occasion that this gallant captain pressed home an attack using only three engines.

 

Flight Lieutenant Dixie has shown outstanding qualities of leadership and coolness in the face of the fiercest opposition and heavy odds. As Assistant Flight Commander his cheerful confidence and splendid record inspired a very high standard of morale in the squadron. He contributed in no small measure to a successful start when the unit was formed and has done much to engrave in its members his own fine offensive spirit.

 

It is therefore recommended that his meritorious service, courage and devotion to duty be recognized by the award of a Bar to the Distinguished Flying Cross.

 

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DIXON, FS John Dallas (R252961) - Distinguished Flying Medal - No.427 Squadron - Award effective 8 September 1945 as per London Gazette dated 21 September 1945 and AFRO 1704/45 dated 9 November 1945. Possible Australian in RCAF ? Enlisted in Vancouver, 24 April 1943. Trained at No.3 BGS (graduated 26 March 1944). 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.1720 (PAC RG.24 Vol.20607) has recommendation dated 19 April 1945 when he had flown 29 sorties (188 hours 55 minutes) as rear gunner.

 

This gunner has completed twenty-nine heavy operational bombing attacks against the enemy; his work at all times has been of an extremely high calibre. He possesses coolness and displays exceptional fearlessness in the face of danger and his cheerful confidence, loyalty and devotion to duty have inspired a high standard of morale not only in his crew, but to all who come in contact with him.

 

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DIXON, FS Neil Donald (R190809) - Distinguished Flying Medal - No.433 Squadron - Award effective 5 April 1945 as per London Gazette dated 13 April 1945 and AFRO 824/45 dated 18 May 1945. Born 1924 in Port Carling, Ontario; home there (lathe hand); enlisted in Toronto, 9 June 1942. Trained at No.6 ITS (graduated 14 May 1943), No.1 BGS (graduated 20 August 1943) and No.1 AOS (graduated 1 October 1943) . DHist file 181.009 D.2610 (RG.24 Vol.20627) has recommendation by W/C G.A. Tambling dated 15 December 1944 when he had flown 23 sorties (112 hours 55 minutes), 12 July to 6 October 1944. Incident described was on night of October 6th, 1944 and pilot was a F/O Kelly. Draft citation described the incident and concluded, "During his operational career with the squadron, this NCO has displayed outstanding skill in his trade and his keenness and devotion to duty have contributed much to the many successful sorties of his crew." Photo PMR 94-004 good shot. Medal presented by Governor General at Government House, 12 June 1953.

 

This airman has participated in many operational sorties which have included attacks against such important targets as Caen, Falaise, Duisburg and Kiel. Throughout all his missions he has displayed outstanding skill, keenness and devotion to duty which have materially contributed to the successes achieved by his crew. In October 1944, his aircraft was detailed to attack Dortmund. The bombing run had just been completed when a load of incendiaries from another aircraft fell through the nose of his aircraft. Flight Sergeant Dixon was severely injured in the hand causing the loss of three fingers.

 

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DIXON, LAC Richard James (R139409) - Mention in Despatches - No.420 Squadron - Award effective 14 June 1945 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 1647/45 dated 26 October 1945. Instrument mechanic. Home in Clinton, Ontario. Enlisted in Hamilton, 2 December 1941; overseas as of 18 March 1943. No citation in AFRO but DHist file 181.009 D.1745 (NAC RG.24 Vol.20608) gives recommendation dated 22 July 1944 - "LAC Dixon is an outstanding tradesman. He has maintained throughout his service with the squadron a sense of loyalty far reaching in every respect. His cheerful disposition has encouraged others to carry on under very severe, trying conditions, especially in North-West Africa. He has always shown a tireless effort for the benefit of the squadron." DHist file 181.009 D.1719 (PAC RG.24 Vol.20606 has recommendation dated 3 February 1945.

 

LAC Dixon has constantly displayed high spirit, initiative and co-operation under long hours and trying conditions. His high standard of character and trade are in no way affected by hardships and lack of opportunity for advancement in rank.

 

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DMYTRUK, FS Peter (R114740) - Croix de Guerre with Silver Star (France) - No.405 Squadron - Award as per AFRO 485/47 dated 12 September 1947. Home in Wynard, Saskatchewan. Air gunner, missing 12 March 1943 with No.405 Squadron (Halifax DT745). Presumed dead 9 December 1943; buried in France. Reported as having joined French Resistance; shot by Gestapo. News clippings suggest that following destruction of an ammunition train, the Germans took 1,400 hostages; Dmytruk diverted attention of firing squad by driving a car at high speed down main street of town. Memorial unveiled in Matrye de Veyre, 10 December 1972. Attended by thirteen citizens of Wynard who had received financial assistance from the provincial government after federal officials virtually laughed off a request (Ottawa Citizen, 29 November 1972; Kamsack Times, 14 December 1972).

 

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DOBBIN, P/O Ian Harper (J85086) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.103 Squadron - Award effective 5 August 1944 as per London Gazette dated 18 August 1944 and AFRO 2101/44 dated 29 September 1944. Born 1918 in Powell River, British Columbia. Home in Victoria; enlisted in Vancouver, 5 December 1941. Trained at No.6 ITS (graduated 3 July 1942) and No.4 AOS (graduated 23 October 1942). Commissioned 1944. No citation other than "completed...many successful operations against the enemy in which [he has] displayed high skill, fortitude and devotion to duty." Public Records Office Air 2/9632 has recommendation dated 18 May 1944 when he had flown 27 1/3 sorties (196 hours 18 minutes), 22 November 1943 to 9 May 1944.

 

22 Nov 43 Berlin 28 Jan 44 Berlin

26 Nov 43 Berlin 30 Jan 44 Berlin

2 Dec 43 Berlin 20 Feb 44 Stuttgart

3 Dec 43 Leipzig 24 Feb 44 Schweinfurt

16 Dec 43 Berlin 25 Feb 44 Augsburg

20 Dec 43 Frankfurt 22 Mar 44 Frankfurt

29 Dec 43 Berlin 24 Mar 44 Berlin

1 Jan 44 Berlin 26 Mar 44 Essen

2 Jan 44 Berlin 30 Mar 44 Nuremburg

3 Jan 44 Stettin 30 Apr 44 Maintenon

14 Jan 44 Brunswick 1 May 44 Lyons

20 Jan 44 Berlin 3 May 44 Mailly le Camp

21 Jan 44 Magdeburg 7 May 44 Rennes

27 Jan 44 Berlin 9 May 44 Merville

 

Pilot Officer Dobbin, a Canadian, was posted to this squadron on 7th November 1943, since when he has completed 27 1/3 operational sorties, comprising 196.18 hours on his first operational tour. He joined the squadron as a Flight Sergeant, being subsequently appointed to commissioned rank on 1st January 1944.

 

These operations included sorties to Frankfurt, Stettin, Stuttgart and twelve to Berlin, on many occasions intense flak and fighter opposition being encountered.

 

He has set an example of skilful navigation and determination throughout, which has been an inspiration to an already excellent crew.

 

Throughout the whole of his time in the squadron, Pilot Officer Dobbin has displayed a quiet and cheerful enthusiasm for operational flying. His ability as a navigator has been of the highest order and his dogged determination, even in the face of intense enemy opposition, has enabled the crew to press home their attack.

 

His co-operation, coolness and devotion to duty have contributed in a large measure to the success of many operational sorties, and I recommend him most strongly for the non-immediate award of the Distinguished Flying Cross in recognition of his fine record and achievement.

 

NOTE: On an unspecified date the Base Commander (appears to be G.C W.C. Sheen, Elsham Wolds, Barnetby, Lincolnshire) added his own comments which are unusually long for a second comment:

 

This navigator has nearly completed a very fine tour of operations. He was so successful in navigating to and from heavily defended targets in Germany that he was selected for special marking duties on targets allotted to No.1 Group. He has at all time shown the greatest courage in the face of severe opposition and the greatest skill in penetrating to his target. For his excellent contribution to the bombing of the enemy he is recommended for the non-immediate award of the Distinguished Flying Cross.

 

FURTHER NOTE: The Air Commodore Commanding No.12 Base adds his own remarks (again, no date but no later than 31 May 1944):

 

This officer with his captain and crew were attached to this Base for special duties in April 1944, since when he has carried out five marking sorties as a member of the Special Duties Flight. The accuracy of his navigation to the assembly point and thence under heavy A.A. fire at low altitude, to the target have in no small measure contributed to the success of the operations concerned. In endorse the recommendation of the CO No.103 Squadron and the Station Commander Elsham Wolds.

 

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DOBBIN, F/O Wilfred Lloyd (J6011) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.104 Squadron - Award effective 10 June 1943 as per London Gazette dated 18 June 1943 and AFRO 1459/43 dated 30 July 1943. Born in Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan. Home in Kamsack, Saskatchewan; enlisted in Saskatoon, 9 August 1940. Trained at No.2 ITS (graduated 15 January 1941), No.6 EFTS (graduated 4 March 1941), and No.4 SFTS (graduated 3 July 1941). Commissioned 1941.

 

This officer has proved himself to be an outstanding captain of aircraft. He has completed bombing operations over Germany, Tobruk, Sicily and North Africa. Throughout all these missions he has displayed the utmost keenness to locate and bomb the target accurately. In March 1943, whilst attacking Sfax, Flying Officer Dobbin's aircraft was severely damaged by anti-aircraft fire. Undeterred by this he continued and bombed the objective successfully. This officer's courage, determination and initiative on operations have been most commendable.

 

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DOBBYN, F/O Joseph Lloyd (J18666) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.50 Squadron (deceased) - Award effective 22 March 1944 as per London Gazette dated 21 December 1945 and AFRO 155/46 dated 15 February 1946. Born 1912 in Melita, Manitoba; home Dand, Manitoba (farm worker). Enlisted in Winnipeg, 27 June 1941. Trained at No.2 ITS (graduated 28 March 1942), No.9 EFTS (graduated 20 June 1942) and No.11 SFTS (graduated 23 October 1942). Commissioned August 1943. Killed in action 22/23 March 1944 (Lancaster DV384); buried in Germany. Medal presented to his sister at Government House, 7 November 1949.

 

This officer has flown on operations against such well defended German targets as Berlin, Hanover, Leipzig and Stuttgart. On three occasions his aircraft has been attacked by enemy fighters while making the bombing run but each time Flying Officer Dobbyn, undeterred, resolutely pressed home his attack. At all times he has displayed outstanding skill, courage and devotion to duty.

NOTE: Public Records Office Air 2/8780 has recommendation dated 15 March 1944 when he had flown 22 sorties (128 hours 35 minutes). The main document gives these numbers, although the sortie sheet lists only 21 raids. The recommendation also speaks of twelve raids on Berlin; the sortie sheet shows only eleven.

 

22 Sep 43 Hanover 14 Jan 44 Brunswick

18 Oct 43 Hanover 20 Jan 44 Berlin

20 Oct 43 Leipzig 21 Jan 44 Berlin

22 Oct 43 Kassel 27 Jan 44 Berlin

3 Nov 43 Dusseldorf 30 Jan 44 Berlin

18 Nov 43 Berlin 15 Feb 44 Berlin

22 Nov 43 Berlin 19 Feb 44 Leipzig

23 Nov 43 Berlin 24 Feb 44 Augsburg

16 Dec 43 Berlin 1 Mar 44 Stuttgart

23 Dec 43 Berlin 9 Mar 44 Marseilles/Marignane

29 Dec 43 Berlin

 

Pilot Officer Dobbyn has now completed 22 operational sorties against such well defended German targets as Berlin (twelve times), Hanover, Leipzig and Stuttgart. On one occasion this officer was detailed for a small diversionary attack on Berlin when the main force attacked another target. On three occasions during his tour he has been attacked by enemy aircraft while on his bombing run, but not once did Pilot Officer Dobbyn deviate from the instructions given to him by his Bomb Aimer and relied on the accurate fire of his gunners to drive off the hostile aircraft. On each of these occasions he pressed home a vigorous attack. Throughout his tour he has shown a keenness and efficiency well above the average and his skill and courage have been proved repeatedly. For his tenacity of purpose, his devotion to duty and his enthusiasm for operations, he is recommended for the award of the Distinguished Flying Cross.

 

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DOBREE, Corporal Osmond Robert (Can 2122) - British Empire Medal - Station Patricia Bay - Award effective 13 August 1943 as per Canada Gazette dated 21 August 1943 and AFRO 2198/43 dated 29 October 1943. Home in Parksville, British Columbia; enlisted Esquimalt, 13 April 1937. Incident occurred on 22 December 1942. Dobree was a crewman in the station Marine Section. Recommended for George Medal, 24 May 1943. Award presented 15 April 1944.

 

An aircraft when taking off crashed on the aerodrome and immediately caught fire. The pilot was unable to extricate himself as his feet were caught. Several people tried to pull him out but gave up when the heat became intense, Corporal Dobree, with complete disregard for personal safety, and in spite of the intense heat, succeeded in reaching the pilot and with a superhuman effort pulled him clear and carried him to safety. This NCO displayed great courage and determination of the highest order.

 

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DOBSON, WO2 Joseph Alfred (R62890) - Mention in Despatches - No.11 Squadron (Canada) - Award effective 1 January 1944 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 113/44 dated 21 January 1944. Born 8 April 1922 at West Bathurst, New Brunswick; home in Bathurst, New Brunswick. Trained at No.1 ITS (graduated 14 March 1941), No.10 EFTS (left 25 April 1941), No.3 WS (graduated 24 October 1941) and No.8 BGS (graduated 22 December 1941). See S/L K.C. Wilson for story.

 

This N.C.O. has always maintained a high standard in his work as a Wireless Air Gunner and consistently displays a great interest in all phases of squadron duties. Recently while marooned on an ice floe for several days he set a fine example by his resourcefulness and cheerfulness under the most trying conditions.

 

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DOBSON, F/O Murray Richard (J27490) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.433 Squadron - Award effective 6 January 1945 as per London Gazette dated 16 January 1945 and AFRO 508/45 dated 23 March 1945. Born 1918 in Orillia; home there; enlisted in Toronto, 10 July 1942. Trained at No.6 ITS (graduated 30 December 1942) 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." DHist file 181.009 D.2609 (RG.24 Vol.20627) has recommendation from W/C A.J. Lewington dated 20 October 1944 when he had flown 32 sorties (143 hours 40 minutes) between 10 May and 14 October 1944. Recommendation says 31, but sortie sheet has 32. Medal sent by registered mail 30 March 1949. Postwr he graduated from Victoria University, Toronto, 1948. Died in Ottawa, April 1998.

 

This officer, navigator of the crew captained by Flight Lieutenant Appleton, has completed thirty-one [sic] operational trips involving attacks on a wide variety of well defended targets in France and Germany. he has always displayed a high degree of navigational ability and the successful completion of his many sorties is due in no small measure to the resourcefulness and courage he has shown at all times.

 

Flying Officer Dodson has also been a tremendous asset to his Section when on the ground, not only by his own workmanship, but by his co-operative spirit in instructing and leading his fellow navigators. I consider his fine record of achievement plus his quiet but dogged determination fully merits the award of the Distinguished Flying Cross (Non-Immediate).

 

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DOBSON, S/L Roland (C1583) - Mention in Despatches - No.7 Squadron (Canada) - Award effective 1 January 1944 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 113/44 dated 21 January 1944. Born 2 March 1913 at Hamilton, Ontario. Enlisted in Ottawa, 1 September 1931. DHist file 181.009 D.1753 (RG.24 Vol.20609) has a recommendation for an AFC submitted about mid-September 1943. It resembles the citation given under Dobson's DFC entry. As of recommendation he had flown 2,328 hours (335 in previous six months), 500 hours as instructor (200 in previous six months) and had flown 938 operational hours (91 sorties).

 

This officer has a splendid record as an operational pilot. As a Squadron Commander he has displayed, to an outstanding degree, the qualities of leadership, competence and devotion. In September 1941, he successfully ferried a Hudson aircraft from Canada to Scotland and in October 1942, he ferried another Hudson from U.S.A. to Cairo, Egypt. Since becoming commander of his squadron, Squadron Leader Dobson has alone trained the pilots under his command in the operational flying of new types of aircraft and has set a splendid example by personally undertaking many long escort patrols over the Pacific Ocean in adverse weather and at night.

 

Governor General's Records (RG.7 Group 26, Volume 57, file 190-I) has citation.

 

This officer has, with a splendid record as an operational pilot, displayed outstanding qualities of leadership, competence and devotion to duty. As a squadron commander he has efficiently trained pilots in the operational flying of new types of aircraft and has set an example for them by personally undertaking many long escort patrols under adverse weather conditions far out into the Pacific.

 

DOBSON, S/L Roland (C1583) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.7 Squadron (Canada), although AFRO identifies unit as WACHQ - Award effective 6 January 1945 as per London Gazette dated 13 March 1945 and AFRO 132/45 dated 26 January 1945. When recommended he had flown 2,514 hours, 879 of them operational (120 sorties). Governor General's Records (RG.7 Group 26, Vol.58, file 190-I, dossier 6 has citation.

 

This officer has been an outstanding squadron commander and under his supervision and leadership his squadron has reached a very high standard of efficiency. With energy and resourcefulness he has completed a number of transport flights over the north and south Atlantic under trying conditions. He has carried out many difficult missions from the Pacific coast, many at night and others under extremely adverse conditions. By his splendid example of initiative and resourcefulness, he has been an inspiration to all those flying personnel with whom he comes in contact.

 

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DOCKENDORFF, FS George Garfield (R72835) - Distinguished Flying Medal - No.78 Squadron - Award effective 1 September 1943 as per London Gazette dated 10 September 1943 and AFRO 2322/43 dated 12 November 1943. Born 1923 at York Point, Prince Edward Island. Home in North River, Prince Edward Island (farmer); enlisted in Charlottetown, 19 February 1941. Trained at No.3 BGS (graduated 8 December 1941) and No.1 WS (graduated 8 November 1941).

 

This airman has displayed sustained courage during many attacks on the enemy's most heavily defended targets. A keen and efficient wireless operator, he is fearless in the face of danger and has always set a fine example of devotion to duty.

 

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DODD, F/O Wilbert George (J15740) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.402 Squadron - Award effective 21 October 1943 as per London Gazette dated 5 November 1943 and AFRO 2507/43 dated 3 December 1943. Born 8 December 1920 at Rennie, Manitoba. Home in Winnipeg or English River, Ontario; enlisted in Winnipeg, 6 January 1941. Trained at No.2 ITS (graduated 4 April 1941), No.18 EFTS (graduated 6 June 1941) and No.10 SFTS (graduated 30 August 1941). Posted overseas in September 1941. Further trained at No. 56 OTU; to No.54 Squadron, 3 December 1941; to Malta, 3 March 1942; flew off HMS Eagle on 29 March and immediately assigned to No.126 Squadron; to No.185 Squadron, 2 April 1942; to No.55 OTU (instructor) 12 September 1942. To No.416 Squadron for second tour, 14 May 1943; to No.402 Squadron 11 June 1943. Commissioned 7 July 1942; F/O 7 January 1943; F/L 22 February 1944; S/L 26 July 1944. Commanding Officer of No.402 Squadron, 26 July to 29 October 1944. Repatriated to Canada, 27 November 1944; to No.2 Air Command, January 1945; No.15 SFTS, 18 January to 26 March 1945; No.18 SFTS, 27 March to 4 July 1945; No.7 BGS, 5 July to 31 August 1945; No.2 ACU, 1 September 1945; commanded No.2 REMU, 17 December 1945 to 17 February 1946. Released 26 February 1946. Claimed 4 1/3 enemy aircraft destroyed, three probables and three damaged with No.185 Squadron (Malta) and one 1/4 destroyed, one probable, two damaged with No.402 Squadron. Chris Shore, Aces High (2nd edition) lists victories as follows: 23 April 1942, one Ju.87 damaged (Hurricane Z2396 coded "D"); 25 April 1942, one Ju.87 probably destroyed and one Bf.109 damaged (Z2396 "D"); 8 May 1942, one MC.202 probably destroyed (Z2396 "D"); 10 May 1942, one Ju.87 destroyed and one Bf.109 damaged (Spitfire, no details); 22 May 1942, one Bf.109 destroyed (Spitfire coded GL-E); 6 June 1942, one Z.506 B destroyed (shared with another pilot); 6 July 1942, two Bf.109s destroyed; 7 July 1942, one Bf.109 damaged; 8 July 1942, one Bf.109 destroyed; 24 September 1943, one FW190 probably destroyed (Spitfire EP445); 3 October 1943, one Bf.109 destroyed (Spitfire EN767); 8 October 1943, one Do.24 destroyed (Spitfire EP445, shared with another pilot). Medal sent by registered mail, 24 February 1947.

 

This officer has completed a large number of sorties, many of them in the Middle East. He is a fine leader whose great skill and fighting qualities have proved an inspiration to all. Flying Officer Dodd has destroyed at least four enemy aircraft. His excellent work during a recent patrol contributed materially to the rescue of ten airmen who were adrift on the sea.

 

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DODDS, Sergeant Alan Fenwick (R69568) - Mention in Despatches - attached to Middle East Command - Award effective 9 June 1942 as per London Gazette dated 11 June 1942 and AFRO 1000-1001/42 dated 3 July 1942. Born 1911 at Newcastle-on-Tyne. Policeman. Enlisted in Toronto, 22 June 1940. Trained at No.2 ITS (graduated 27 July 1940), No.2 BGS, Mossbank (graduated 4 January 1941) and No.1 ANS, Rivers (graduated 3 February 1941) and No.2 AOS (graduated 23 November 1941). Commissioned 1942. No citation to MiD.

 

DODDS, F/O Alan Fenwick (J15674) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.571 Squadron - Award effective 1 September 1944 as per London Gazette dated 15 September 1944 and AFRO 2373/44 dated 3 November 1944. No citation other than "completed...many successful operations during which [he has] displayed high skill, fortitude and devotion to duty." Public Records Office Air 2/9276 has recommendation dated 21 June 1944 when he had flown 80 sorties (295 hours 15 minutes), 16 August 1941 to 14 June 1944

 

16 Aug 41 Duisberg (4.40) 29 Feb 44 Dusseldorf (2.45)

3 Sep 41 Le Havre (5.50) 3 Mar 44 Berlin (4.00

8 Sep 41 Cherbourg (5.20) 14 Mar 44 Dusseldorf (3.05)

26 Sep 41 Cologne (2.10) 17 Mar 44 Cologne (2.30)

13 Oct 41 UK-Gib'ter (10.00) 18 Mar 44 Frankfurt (3.30)

16 Oct 41 Gib-Malta (7.50) 22 Mar 44 Frankfurt (4.00)

17 Oct 41 Malta-Egypt (7.15) 26 Mar 44 Essen (3.10)

20 Nov 41 Sidi Omar (3.15) 29 Mar 44 Kiel (3.50)

21 Nov 41 Sidi Omar (3.25) 1 Apr 44 Hanover (3.30)

22 Nov 41 El Adem (2.00) 4 Apr 44 Cologne (2.35)

22 Nov 41 El Adem (4.35) 6 Apr 44 Hamburg (3.55)

24 Nov 41 El Adem (3.50) 8 Apr 44 Essen (2.50)

6 Dec 41 S of El Adem (3.20) 10 Apr 44 Hanover (3.30)

7 Feb 42 Crete ((12.25) 11 Apr 44 Hanover (3.45)

22 Feb 42 Benghazi (12.30) 13 Apr 44 Berlin (4.20)

27 Mar 42 Rhodes (8.00 17 Apr 44 Cologne (2.30)

9 May 42 Greece (11.15) 18 Apr 44 Berlin (4.00)

3 Jun 42 Derna (6.55) 21 Apr 44 Cologne (2.45)

21 Jun 42 Crete (6.40) 2 Apr 44 Mannheim (3.40)

25 Jun 42 Crete (3.35) 24 Apr 44 Dusseldorf (2.30)

29 Jun 42 Sidi Barrani (7.30) 27 Apr 44 Stuttgart and Friedrichshaven (4.00)

4 Jul 42 Desert target (5.35) 28 Apr 44 Hamburg (3.45)

8 Jul 42 Desert target (6.00) 30 Apr 44 Saarbrucken(3.20)

11 Jul 42 Tobruck (6.30) 3 May 44 Ludwigshaven (3.30)

25 Jul 42 Tobruck (8.00) 4 May 44 Ludwigshaven (3.20)

26 Jul 42 Desert target(5.00) 7 May 44 Leverskusen (2.50)

4 Aug 42 Tobruck (8.00) 8 May 44 Osnabruck (3.00)

5 Aug 42 Tobruck (7.40) 9 May 44 Berlin (4.25)

9 Aug 42 Tobruck (7.45) 12 May 44 Brunsbuttel (3.15)

10 Aug 42 Tobruck (8.05) 23 May 44 Berlin (4.25)

6 Jan 44 Duisberg (2.40) 26 May 44 Ludwigshaven (3.25)

8 Jan 44 Frankfurt (3.50) 27 May 44 Berlin (4.15

27 Jan 44 Berlin (5.00) 29 May 44 Hannover (3.15)

29 Jan 44 Duisberg (2.20) 2 June 44 Leverkusen (2.50)

5 Feb 44 Berlin (4.30) 4 June 44 Cologne (2.50)

8 Feb 44 Brunswick (3.10) 6 June 44 Leverkusen (3.25)

11 Feb 44 Brunswick (3.40) 7 June 44 Cologne (3.15)

20 Feb 44 Leipzig (4.45) 9 June 44 Berlin (4.25)

21 Feb 44 Stuttgart (3.45) 11 Jun 44 Berlin (4.25)

24 Feb 44 Schweinfurt (4.30) 14 Jun 44 Gelsenkirchen(2.50)

This navigator has now completed 80 sorties, 30 of them on heavy aircraft over Germany, Greece, Crete and the Western Desert, and 50 on Mosquitos, including 10 to Berlin, 10 to the Ruhr, 6 to Cologne and 4 to Hannover.

 

His navigational skill is of a very high order indeed and his cool temperament when working under difficulties has on many occasions been a source of confidence to his pilot and inspiration to his fellow navigators.

 

I consider his courage and devotion to duty over a long period of operations have fully merited the award of the Distinguished Flying Cross

 

 

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DODGSON, Sergeant Joseph Gibson (R90552) - 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 North Bay, Ontario; enlisted there 10 May 1941.

 

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DOEHLER, F/O Rolf John Olaf (C5630) - Member, Order of the British Empire - No.424 Squadron - Award effective 12 November 1943 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 2558/43 dated 10 December 1943. Born 1915 in Montreal; home there; enlisted there 13 June 1941. Commissioned 1941. Cited with F/L E.J.A. Lindsay (GM), F/L R.J. McCombe (GM), Sergeant J.A. Campbell (BEM), LAC C.A.G. Snelling (BEM) and LAC P.P. Wilkinson (BEM).

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

DOEHLER, S/L Rolf John Olaf, MBE (C5630) - Croix de Guerre with Silver Star (France) - Award as per AFRO 485/47 dated 12 September 1947. Aeronautical Engineer.

 

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DOHANEY, F/O Vincent Coleman (J13094) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.430 Squadron - Award effective 8 December 1944 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 293/45 dated 16 February 1945. Born 1922 in Plaster Rock, New Brunswick; home there; enlisted in Saint John, 29 August 1941. Trained at No.3 ITS (graduated 16 January 1942), No.22 EFTS (graduated 27 March 1942) and No.2 SFTS (graduated 31 July 1942). Commissioned 1942. Award sent by registered mail 10 March 1949.

 

This officer has completed a large number of sorties including many tactical reconnaissances. On these missions he has displayed outstanding ability and the good results obtained, often in the face of considerable anti-aircraft fire, are a fine tribute to this officer's great courage and tenacity.

 

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DOHERTY, S/L David Alexander (J7767) - Commended for Valuable Services - No.1 FIS - Award effective 14 June 1945 as per Canada Gazette of that date and AFRO 1127/45 dated 6 July 1945. Enlisted in Toronto, 17 December 1940. Trained at No.3 ITS (graduated 28 May 1941), No.4 EFTS (graduated 15 July 1941) and No.9 SFTS (graduated 25 September 1941). No citation in AFRO or biographical file. DHist file 181.009 D.1721 (RG.24 Vol.20606) has recommendation dated 24 December 1944 when he had flown 2,040 hours, 1740 hours on instructional duties, 192 hours in previous six months; credited with one trans-Atlantic aircraft delivery. He had previously been recommended for an AFC (14 June 1944). Certificate and emblem sent to No.6 OTU, 5 July 1945.

 

Squadron Leader Doherty is an exemplary officer and an outstanding instructor. As a member of the staff of this unit he has proved to be an excellent organizer and administrator. he has contributed with keen efficiency to the maintaining of a high standard of training at this unit. His devotion to duty has been of the highest order and of exemplary manner.

 

DOHERTY, S/L David Alexander (J7767) - Commended for Valuable Services - No.435 Squadron (AFRO gives unit only as "Overseas") - Award effective 1 January 1946 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 418/46 dated 18 April 1946. No citation. DHist file 181.009 D.1768 (RG.24 Vol.20610) has recommendation for an AFC dated 27 October 1945 when he had flown 2,400 hours, 130 on transport duties over previous six months. Flight Commander. Certificate and emblem sent to National Research Council, Arnprior, 14 June 1949.

 

Prior to proceeding overseas, Squadron Leader Doherty had considerable experience as an instructor in the British Commonwealth Air Training Plan. He was successful in attaining A.1 Instructor rating, and was a member of the Visiting Flight from the Flying Instructor School at Trenton. During the past five years his ability has helped materially in the maintenance of a high standard of flying in the RCAF.

He rapidly developed into a capable transport captain, and in the training of new crews in this squadron, has rendered useful service. Recently, in very adverse weather conditions, this officer flew his aircraft to its destination in such a manner as to merit commendation from his passengers and from higher authority for very fine crewmanship and flying ability.

 

NOTE: Public Records Office Air 2/9144 has a refined text:

 

This officer is a flight commander who has previous considerable experience as an instructor, extending over five years. For the last six months he has been employed as a transport captain in which duties he rapidly developed proficiency. He has also rendered useful service in training new crews for his squadron. On one occasion recently in very adverse weather conditions he flew his aircraft to its destination in a most commendable manner showing very fine airmanship and flying ability.

 

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DOHERTY, F/O William Fairgrieve (J37497) - Mention in Despatches Overseas - Award effective 14 June 1945 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 1478/45 dated 21 September 1945. Home in Hamilton, Ontario; enlisted there 28 May 1942. Trained at No.1 ITS (graduated 27 December 1942) and No.10 AOS (graduated 12 November 1943).

 

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DOHERTY, S/L William Murray (C1213) - Mention in Despatches - No.116 Squadron (now EAC HQ) - Award effective 11 December 1943 as per London Gazette dated 14 December 1943 and AFRO 568/44 dated 17 March 1944. RMC Cadet, granted commission as P/P/O in Auxiliary, Non-Flying List, 20 June 1939 to 31 July 1939. Re-appointed in Toronto, 9 October 1939.

 

This officer employed as pilot in operational duties for the past twenty-five months has displayed excellent enthusiasm and skill. With a large number of war flights to his credit, his efficiency and coolness under trying conditions have inspired his crews with utmost confidence. His ability and experience in training new pilots has been outstanding and he has invariably demonstrated great keenness, determination and devotion to duty.

 

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DOLAN, F/O Samuel Eric (J27952) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.429 Squadron - Award effective 4 November 1944 as per London Gazette dated 14 November 1944 and AFRO 239/45 dated 9 February 1945. Born 1919 in Woodlawn, Ontario. Home in Ottawa (shipping clerk); enlisted 24 November 1940. Trained at No.3 WS (graduated 23 November 1941) and No.8 BGS (graduated 22 December 1941). No citation other than "completed...numerous operations against the enemy in the course of which [he has] invariably displayed the utmost fortitude, courage and devotion to duty." DHist file 181.009 D.2609 (RG.24 Vol.20627) has recommendation dated 19 August 1944 when he had flown 36 sorties (170 hours 35 minutes) from 25 March to 1 August 1944.

 

As a wireless operator this officer has done much to place his Squadron in the front rank of operational units and has contributed in a great measure to the success of the operations against the enemy. He has completed a tour of thirty-six attacks on enemy territory and has always shown a keenness for his work and a desire to come to grips with the enemy which have been an inspiration to his crew and a great help to his Captain.

 

It is considered that this officer's operational record combined with the quiet confidence and ability he has displayed fully merit the award of the D.F.C.

 

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DOLBY, P/O Earle George (J17608) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.97 Squadron - Award effective 6 August 1943 as per London Gazette dated 17 August 1943 and AFRO 2507/43 dated 3 December 1943. Born 1920 in Milton, Ontario. Enlisted in Galt, 30 March 1940. Commissioned 1943.

 

This officer has completed a large number of operational sorties. A member of a particularly successful crew, he has participated in nearly all the major attacks delivered against Germany. As flight engineer Pilot Officer Dolby has attained a high degree of efficiency which has been a material factor in the successes achieved.

 

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DOLL, F/O Lincoln Edward (J40411) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.166 Squadron - Award effective 8 September 1945 as per London Gazette dated 21 September and AFRO 1704/45 dated 9 November 1945. Born 1916 in Southampton, Ontario. Home in Toronto (baker); enlisted in Owen Sound, 16 July 1942. Trained at No.1 ITS (graduated 26 June 1943) and No.1 AOS (graduated 30 January 1944). Commissioned 1944. Presented in Toronto, 30 November 1949.

 

Flying Officer Doll has completed numerous sorties which have been of a long and arduous nature, displaying consistent skill in locating his target. On one occasion when his aircraft had developed engine trouble, isolating it from the main force, Flying Officer Doll coolly continued with his allotted task. At all times his cool courage in the face of the enemy has inspired confidence in the other members of his crew.

 

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DONAHUE, FS (now P/O) Carroll Joseph (R69719/J17152) - Distinguished Flying Medal - No.97 Squadron - Award effective 3 June 1943 as per London Gazette dated 11 June 1943 and AFRO 1294/43 dated 9 July 1943. Born 1915 in Lindsay, Ontario; home there; enlisted in Toronto, 23 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).

 

Flight Sergeant Donahue has taken part in a large number of operational sorties against German and Italian targets. He also took part in the daylight raids on Danzig and Milan. A very efficient air bomber, this airman's skill has been a material factor in the many successes achieved by his crew.

 

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DONALD, Sergeant David Brown (R146157) - Mention in Despatches - Western Air Command Headquarters - Western Air Command Headquarters - Award effective 2 February 1946 as per Canada Gazette of that date and AFRO 280/46 dated 15 March 1946. Enlisted in Vancouver, 18 December 1941.

 

This non-commissioned officer has shown tireless effort in carrying through his arduous work, often at a sacrifice of his off-duty hours. On one occasion he displayed exceptional courage and forethought in the apprehension of an armed burglar in March 1945 at New Westminster, British Columbia. He has been given responsibilities over and above those normally required of an airman of his rank, which responsibilities he has conscientiously discharged in a most successful manner, displaying excellent qualities of leadership, tact and diplomacy. His exemplary conduct and outstanding devotion to duty have proven an inspiration to those with whom he works.

 

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DONALD, P/O Richard Graham (J88073) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.424 Squadron - Award effective 6 January 1945 as per London Gazette dated 19 January 1945 and AFRO 508/45 dated 23 March 1945. American in the RCAF; born in Glasgow, Scotland; home in Cleveland, Ohio; enlisted Windsor, Ontario, 11 June 1942. Trained at No.3 WS (graduated 7 January 1943) and No.3 BGS (graduated 25 June 1943). Commissioned July 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.2609 (RG.24 Vol.20627) has recommendation dated 10 October 1944 when he had flown 36 sorties (194 hours 50 minutes) between 20 October 1943 and 4 October 1944. His first trip had been a leaflet mission to Le Mans; no further ops until 19 February 1944. Presumably the first sortie was while still in OTU.

 

A rear gunner of exceptional ability, Pilot Officer Donald has completed thirty-six trips over enemy territory, including raids on such heavily defended targets as Stuttgart, Frankfurt, Dusseldorf, Karlsruhe, Essen and Kiel. In addition he has been an inspiration to his crew and an example to the other members of the gunnery section. He has proven himself to be resourceful and reliable at all times and his vigilance has led to the success of many missions over enemy territory.

 

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DONALDSON, P/O James Duffin (J88959) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.405 Squadron - Award effective 6 January 1945 as per London Gazette dated 19 January 1945 and AFRO 508/45 dated 23 March 1945. Born 1903 in Kirkmuirhill, Lanark, Scotland. Home in Owen Sound, Ontario (carpenter); enlisted in Toronto 3 November 1942. Trained at No.4 WS (graduated 4 April 1943) and No.3 BGS (graduated 23 July 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." Public Records Office Air 2/9039 has recommendation dated 21 October 1944 when he had flown 52 sorties (219 hours 38 minutes).

 

* counted as 1/3 operation

 

19 Feb 44 Leipzig (8.20) 4 July 44 Biennais (2.19)

2 Mar 44 Merton-les-Mereaux 5 July 44 Watten (1.38)

(5.35)* 6 July 44 Croix Dalle (2.25)

7 Mar 44 Le Mans (6.05)* 7 July 44 Caen (2.42)

13 Mar 44 Le Mans (5.40)* 12 July 44 Acquet (2.33)

15 Mar 44 Stuttgart (4.20, DNCO) 17 July 44 Caen (2.29)

18 Mar 44 Frankfurt (6.10) 18 July 44 Acquet (1.32)

22 Mar 44 Frankfurt-on-Main (6.35) 20 July 44 Bottrop (3.20)

24 Mar 44 Berlin (7.15) 23 July 44 Kiel (5.03)

30 Mar 44 Nuremburg (7.15) 24 July 44 L'Hey (1.46)

9 Apr 44 Villeneuve-St.Georges 25 July 44 Foret du Croc (2.22)

(5.25)* 28 July 44 Stuttgart (6.31)

10 Apr 44 Ghent (4.15)* 30 July 44 Battle area (2.16)

20 Apr 44 Lens (4.30)* 1 Aug 44 Belle Croix (1.51)

22 Apr 44 Dusseldorf (5.25) 3 Aug 44 Nieppe (2.02)

1 May 44 St.Ghislain (4.05) 25 Aug 44 Russelheim (7.00)

7 May 44 St.Valery en Caux (3.30) 27 Aug 44 Homberg (3.01)

9 May 44 St.Valery en Caux (3.35) 28 Aug 44 Fromental (2.11)

11 May 44 Boulogne (3.25) 29 Aug 44 Stettin (8.44)

12 May 44 Louvain (4.30) 1 Sept 44 Pourchinte (2.16)

5 June 44 Longues (3.08) 5 Sept 44 Le Havre (2.17)

7 Jun 44 Foret de Cerisy (3.25) 6 Sept 44 Le Havre 6 (2.12)

16 Jun 44 Renescoure (2.00) 8 Sept 44 Le Havre (2.10)

23 Jun 44 Coubronne (1.50) 10 Sept 44 Le Havre 3 (2.16)

24 Jun 44 Middel Straete (1.54) 12 Sept 44 Wanne Eickel (3.13)

27 Jun 44 Oisemont-Neuville- 30 Sept 44 Bottrop (3.14)

au-Bois (2.18) 6 Oct 44 Sterkrade (3.11)

28 June 44 Metz (5.06) 14 Oct 44 Duisburg (3.55)

30 June 44 Villers Bocage (2.36) 15 Oct 44 Wilhelmshaven (4.07)

2 July 44 Oisemont-Neuville- 19 Oct 44 Stuttgart (5.17)

au-Bois (2.16)

 

Pilot Officer Donaldson is an extremely capable and keen Air Gunner who has now completed two tours of operations. He has participated in attacks on such heavily defended enemy areas as Berlin, Nuremburg and Stettin. This officer's most outstanding qualities, aside from his superior technical knowledge and its practical application, are his disregard for personal safety and determination to put forward his best efforts to make his missions successful. Undoubtedly he has done much to contribute to the high morale of his crew and its fine operational record. Strongly recommended for the non-immediate award of the Distinguished Flying Cross.

 

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DONALDSON, S/L Matthew Wilson (C94088) - Mention in Despatches - Overseas - Award effective 10 January 1947 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 70/47 dated 7 February 1947. Home in Lethbridge; enlisted in RAF, 21 October 1935. POW, April 1940. Transferred to RCAF in London, England, 24 November 1944 (DHist card - how could he do so if he was still a POW ?). No citation.

 

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DONALDSON, WO Vernon Archie (R128688) - Mention in Despatches - Overseas - Award effective 8 June 1944 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 1729/44 dated 11 August 1944. Home in Camp Lister, British Columbia; enlisted in Vancouver. Trained at No.1 BGS (graduated 25 September 1942). No citation in AFRO.

 

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DONEY, S/L Edward Harvey (C5414) - Member, Order of the British Empire - No.7 ACH (Convalescent Hospital) - Award effective 1 January 1945 as per Canada Gazette dated 6 January 1945 and AFRO 89/45 dated 19 January 1945. Home in Toronto; enlisted there 9 May 1941.

 

This officer's conversion of a private home into a highly successful convalescent hospital is most praiseworthy. His organizing and administrative ability has been exceptional while his keen interest and unselfish consideration for the welfare of his patients has been remarkable. He has recently been selected to open a new convalescent home, which task he is performing with equal keenness and ability. By his skill and untiring devotion to duty he has proven himself to be a medical officer of high merit.

 

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DONKERSLEY, P/O Harry Woodward (J8302) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.69 Squadron - Award effective 8 November 1942 as per London Gazette dated 20 November 1942 and AFRO 1962/42 dated 4 December 1942. Born 30 December 1919 in Powell River, British Columbia; home there; enlisted in Vancouver 9 January 1941. Posted to No.2 Manning Depot, Brandon, 6 March 1941; to No.7 Equipment Depot, Winnipeg, 10 April 1941; to No.2 ITS, Regina, 17 May 1941 (graduated 20 June 1941 and promoted Leading Aircraftman), to No.5 EFTS, High River, 21 June 1941 (graduated 8 August 1941); to No.7 SFTS, 9 August 1941 (graduated 23 October 1941 and commissioned next day). Attended General Reconnaissance School, Charlottetown, 17 November 1941 to 17 January 1942. On course at No.31 OTU, Debert, 19 January to 10 April 1942; arrived in UK 25 April 1942; to No.7 (C) OTU, 11 May 1942; to No.1406 Torpedo Training Unit, 11 August 1942; to No.69 Squadron (Malta), 6 September 1942; promoted Flying Officer, 1 October 1942; promoted Flight Lieutenant, 3 January 1943; to UK, 8 March 1943. Attached to No.1 Torpedo Training Unit, 23 March 1943; DFC and Bar presented at Buckingham Palace, 23 March 1943. To No.7 (C) OTU, 23 April 1943; disembarked in Canada, 12 June 1943. To Station Rockcliffe, 19 June 1943; to No.32 OTU, 21 July 1943. Killed with three others 16 January 1944 when Beechcraft HB100 went missing between No.32 OTU and Vancouver (aircraft was being ferried from Rockcliffe); name on Ottawa Memorial.

 

This officer has recently achieved much success against enemy shipping. One day in October 1942, he attacked a tanker, inflicting severe damage. A few nights later he located and attacked a convoy of four merchant ships escorted by several destroyers. After making his attack he returned to base, rearmed and made a second attack. Early next morning reconnaissance aircraft carried [out] a search over a wide area in the vicinity of the attack and observed that three of the enemy ships were missing. Some nights later Pilot Officer Donkersley attacked one of two ships escorted by destroyers, setting the vessel on fire. Later it was learned that the ship had sunk. The success which attended his efforts deprived the enemy of much fuel so vital for the battle in Africa.

 

DONKERSLEY, P/O Harry Woodward (J8302) - Bar to Distinguished Flying Cross - No.69 Squadron - Award effective 26 December 1942 as per London Gazette dated 29 December 1942 and AFRO 185/43 dated 5 February 1943.

 

In sorties against enemy shipping this officer has achieved much success. One night in November 1942 he captained an aircraft detailed to drop flares over Italian naval units and accomplished his task successfully. Several nights later he attacked and sank a small merchant vessel. On another night in December 1942, he participated in an operation against an important enemy convoy in the Mediterranean. As a result, other air and surface forces were enabled to strike successfully. Two merchant vessels were sunk and one badly damaged. Pilot Officer Donkersley is a courageous leader who has displayed great initiative in the face of the enemy.

 

NOTE: Upon repatriation he signed a form (no date) which gave his flying times overseas as follows: No.7 (C) OTU - 110 hours; No.1 TTU - 75 hours; No.1446 MEFU (which I take to mean Middle East Ferry Unit) - ten hours; No.69 Squadron - 250 hours; No.1 TTU (instructing), 30 hours; No.7 (C) OTU as instructor - 50 hours. He further listed aircraft types flown as follows: Tiger Moth (50 hours), Anson (75), Hudson (175) and Wellington (500).

 

His training record is worth detailing as it shows the type of training as well as the accidents which might come his way. At ITS he graduated 72nd in a class of 174. Courses were: Mathematics (86/110), Armament P and O (80/100), Signals (93/100), Hygiene and Sanitation (26/40), Drill (77/100), Law and Discipline (50/60). He was described as having a "frank outspoken nature."

 

At EFTS he gradated 7th in a class of 64. The flying portion was on Tiger Moths (22 hours 15 minutes dual, 27 hours 15 minutes solo, five hours 10 minutes on instrument, ten hours in Link). Assessed as "Rough on controls - a very keen student - should do well", and was recommended for twin-engine training. His courses and marks in Ground School were as follows: Airmanship (170/200), Airframes (74/100), Aero Engines (92/100), Signals, Practical (74/100), Theory of Flight (80/100), Air Navigation (155/200), Armament, Oral (192/200), Qualities as Officer (120/200). Again described as a good student but "inclined to be talkative".

 

At SFTS he flew Anson aircraft (31.15 day dual, 36.20 day solo, 3.05 night dual, 6.55 night solo, 12.20 on instrument, 20 hours in Link). Described as "Fairly smooth pilot but has a habit of depending on others to do his thinking for him at times". Graduated 11th on a class of 51 (granted distinguished pass). Ground school subjects and marks as follows: Airmanship and Maintenance (170/200), Armament W (82/100), Armament P (83/100), Navigation and Meteorology (164/200), Signals W (45/50), Signals P (68/100).

 

At General reconnaissance School he took navigation courses on Ansons (26 hours by day, 26 by night). He graduated 8th in a class of 21. Assessments were mixed; typical was that of the Station CO: "Somewhat apt to be careless but should make a useful GR pilot when he becomes more mature in his outlook on life. In the meantime should do 2nd pilot only for some time." Ground School subjects and marks as follows - DR Navigation (68/100), DR Navigation again, apparently a different course (227/300), Astro Navigation (50/100), Compass and Instruments (164/200), Meteorology (131/200), Signals (86/100), Reconnaissance (152/200), Coding (65/100), Ship recognition (166/200), Photography (84/100), Visual Signals (Pass).

 

At No.31 OTU he flew Hudsons (11.40 day dual, 40.00 day as first pilot, 62.30 as 2nd pilot, 55 minutes night dual, 22.55 as 2nd pilot at night, 12.05 on instrument cloud flying, 24.30 in Link). He dropped only eight bombs in low level practice and fired 100 rounds of bullets on range (no air to air or air to ground). Course very restricted because bombing and gunnery ranges not yet completed.

 

On 31 January 1942, as a pupil, he was involved in an accident at No.31 OTU. The pilot was P/O Hennell (there were no others aboard). Hudson AM761 was landing when an engine cut and the aircraft swung off the runway. One side of the undercarriage collapsed when the wheel struck a ditch.

 

On 13 February 1942, again at No.32 OTU (Sergeant MacNall as pilot, no others aboard), Hudson AM903 force-landed on a frozen lake near Parrsborough, Nova Scotia. They hit a concrete block at the end of the lake which took out the starboard wheel, hit two telegraph poles and went through two fences.

 

At No.7 (C) OTU as a pupil he dropped 16 bombs and logged the following times: day dual (6.45), day 2nd pilot (44.00), day solo (83.30), night dual (1.10), night solo (25.15), instrument flying (3.00), Link Trainer (5.00). Under "Flying Aptitude" the assessment was under the following headings: Natural Aptitude (Above Average), Skill in Handling (Above Average), Airmanship (Above Average), Aerobatics (not graded), Cockpit Drill (Above Average), Instrument Flying (Above Average), Formation Flying (Above Average), Night Flying (Above Average), Map Reading (Average) and Flying for Bombing (Average). Under "Distinctive Qualities" were the following headings: Persistence "Does he keep on trying or is he easily discourage ?"(Average), Sense of Responsibility "Has he common sense or is he over-confident ?" (Above Average), Endurance "Does he put up a consistently satisfactory performance under conditions of strain ?" (Average), Leadership "Has he taken the lead in any activities ? Would he make a good captain of aircraft or Flight Leader ?" (Above Average), Method "Does he work systematically to a plan ?" (Average), Deliberation "Does he act decisively for a reasons or on impulse ?" (Average), Initiative "Does he want to try things on his own ?" (Above Average), Dash "Is he quick and decisive in action ?" (Above Average), Distribution of Attention "Does he find it difficult to do more than one thing at once ?" (Average), Self Control "Does he get flustered ?" (Average). Generally assessed as a "Exceptional" for an operational pilot; the CO wrote, "A very good officer and a pilot of exceptional ability.

 

The report of the investigation attending the disappearance of his aircraft included a recapitulation of his flying times to that date. These were as follows:

 

Tiger Moth - 61 hours 35 minutes (six hours on dual instrument flying)

Anson - 91 hours 40 minutes (3.05 night dual, 6.55 solo at night, 12.20 dual instrument)

Hudson - 187 hours 45 minutes (1.35 night dual, 7.45 night solo, 10.30 dual instrument, 11.35 solo instrument)

Wellington - 556 hours 15 minutes (1.10 night dual, 281.40 night solo, 10.15 instrument solo)

Liberator - eight hours

Hampden - 42 hours

Dakota - 23 hours 10 minutes

Beechcraft - 17 hours 25 minutes.

 

He has departed under instrument flight rules and was last reported near Vancouver (although there was uncertainty as to the precise location). The investigation centred upon his lack of recent experience in instrument flying. Weather was ruled a contributing factor.

 

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DONNELLY, F/O Francis Joseph (C11204) - Mention in Despatches - Station Coal Harbour - Western Air Command Headquarters - Award effective 2 February 1946 as per Canada Gazette of that date and AFRO 280/46 dated 15 March 1946. Enlisted in Trenton, 30 August 1935.

 

This officer has been employed as Marine Officer at this station and has at all times maintained a very high standard of efficiency and co-operation. He has shown outstanding devotion to duty beyond the requirements of his position, and his efforts have greatly contributed to the high standard of maintenance and morale in his Section.

 

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DONNELLY, WO Thomas Henry (R71704) - Distinguished Flying Medal - No.57 Squadron - Award effective 29 July 1942 as per London Gazette dated 4 August 1942 and AFRO 1412/42 dated 4 September 1942. Born in Toronto, 15 Octover 1920; home there (cabinet maker); enlisted there 20 August 1940. Trained at No.1 ITS (graduated 15 November 1940), No.2 EFTS (graduated 26 January 1941), and No.1 SFTS (graduated 28 April 1941). Posted overseas 18 May 1941. Presented at Buckingham Palace, 10 November 1942. Commissioned 27 February 1943 (J17137). Killed in action, 2 January 1944 (Lancaster JB280, No.405 Squadron).

 

As captain of aircraft, Flight Sergeant Donnelly has carried out many successful sorties over enemy and enemy occupied territory including targets at Essen, Kiel, Cologne, Hamburg and Brest. Many of his bomber attacks have been carried out in adverse weather. He has often remained in the target area for long periods making several runs over the target to ensure accuracy of his bombing. On several occasions Flight Sergeant Donnelly's aircraft has been damaged by enemy anti-aircraft fire but he has at all times pressed home his attacks with vigour, and by his skill and determination he has succeeded in flying back to base safely. His courage and devotion to duty both in the air and on the ground have been a source of inspiration to all members of the squadron.

 

DONNELLY, F/O Thomas Henry, DFM (J17137) - Mention in Despatches - No.405 Squadron - Award effective 14 January 1944 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 874/44 dated 21 April 1944.

 

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DONOGHUE, FS John Granville (R54393) - Mention in Despatches - No.97 Squadron (Unit not given in AFRO; see below) - Award effective 1 January 1943 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 232/43 dated 12 February 1943. American, home in Brooklyn, New York; enlisted in Ottawa 26 August 1940. Trained at No.1 BGS. Killed in action 17 April 1942 (air gunner on Lancaster R5513); this was the Augsburg Raid. No citation.

 

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DONOVAN, FS Irvine Irwin (R188791) - Distinguished Flying Medal - No.101 Squadron (deceased) - Award effective 25 April 1944 as per London Gazette dated 21 December 1945 and AFRO 155/46 dated 15 February 1946. Born 1924 in Collingwood, Ontario; home there (machine operator); enlisted in Ottawa, 17 September 1942. Trained at No.9 BGS (graduated 11 June 1943. Killed in action 26/27 April 1944 (Lancaster LL860); buried in France. Medal presented to next-of-kin, 9 December 1947.

 

This airman has completed as air gunner many successful operations against the enemy in the course of which he has invariably displayed high skill, fortitude and devotion to duty.

 

NOTE: Public Record Office Air 2/9632 has recommendation dated 25 April 1944 when he had flown 25 sorties (185 hours ten minutes). Although the form is almost wholly typewritten, the date has been entered in ink; there is a distinct possibility that it was altered to backdate the submission to a point just prior to his going missing, a device to get around the ban on "posthumous" Distinguished Flying Crosses and Distinguished Flying Medals.

 

18 Oct 43 Hanover 9/10 cloud. Attack appeared scattered. Difficulty in assessing results.

22 Oct 43 Kassel Attack was heavy and accurate in clear visibility.

3 Nov 43 Dusseldorf Successful attack causing many fires in target area.

10 Nov 43 Modane Strong attack in quiet conditions and good visibility.

2 Dec 43 Berlin The attack appeared to be south of target and was scattered.

3 Dec 43 Leipzig One large orange explosion seen but 10/10 cloud restricted observation.

16 Dec 43 Berlin Fairly good concentration but made difficult by thick cloud.

20 Dec 43 Frankfurt Many fires and explosions. One large explosion in northeast section of target.

29 Dec 43 Berlin Marking good, heavy attack with glow seen from 70 miles on return.

1 Jan 44 Berlin Fairly good trip; thick cloud reflected glow of fires in target area.

20 Jan 44 Berlin Attack carried out following enemy opposition on route.

21 Jan 44 Magdeburg Target area covered by fire; successful attack.

27 Jan 44 Berlin Attack appeared to be well concentrated following good marking.

28 Jan 44 Berlin Very large explosion seen. Attack well developed.

30 Jan 44 Berlin Glow of fires on cloud indicated three large fires in target area.

19 Feb 44 Leipzig 10/10 cloud. Occasional breaks revealed fires in target area.

20 Feb 44 Stuttgart After scattered start, marking developed into concentrated groups.

24 Feb 44 Schweinfurt Good marking. Fires growing in intensity; successful attack.

15 Mar 44 Stuttgart Many fires around markers, visible for long distance on return journey.

22 Mar 44 Frankfurt Aircraft held by searchlights southeast of target. Dense smoke rising to good height.

24 Mar 44 Berlin Well placed markers, but attack rather scattered.

26 Mar 44 Essen Good observation limited by thick cloud. Evidence of fires from glow on clouds.

30 Mar 44 Nuremburg Attack carried out in face of intense enemy opposition.

20 April 44 Cologne Thick cloud, attack appeared fairly well developed.

24 April 44 Karlsruhe Many fires and explosions seen; very successful attack.

 

Sergeant Donovan, a Canadian, is a worthy member of a very good crew and has completed 25 successful sorties with the squadron. During this time he has displayed a keenness and reliability worthy of high praise which have been equalled only by his efficiency as an Air Gunner.

 

Under all conditions and in the face of intense enemy opposition this Non-Commissioned Officer has inspired confidence by his cheerful disposition and unfailing vigilance. His determination to ensure that no efforts should be spared to complete the task in hand has been a fine example to the squadron.

 

By his coolness, courage and devotion to duty, Sergeant Donovan has greatly contributed to the success of many operational missions and his fine record of service fully merits his recommendation for an award of the Distinguished Flying Medal.

 

On 16 May 1944 the Officer Commanding, RAF Station Ludford Magna, added his comments:

 

Sergeant Donovan, by his vigilance and skill, has filled his captain and crew with complete confidence in his ability to safeguard them from attack. His fearless devotion to duty and fine offensive spirit have brought the crew out of more than one difficult situation. I recommend that his high courage and praiseworthy achievement be marked by the award of the Distinguished Flying Medal.

 

The Air Commodore Commanding, No.14 Base, wrote on 18 May 1944:

 

Sergeant Donovan has proved himself a man of cool courage, determination and fearlessness throughout his operational tour. I recommend that his magnificent record should receive recognition by the award of the Distinguished Flying Medal.

 

Finally, on 31 May 1944 the Air Officer Commanding, No.1 Group, endorsed the form, "Strongly recommended for the Non-Immediate award of the Distinguished Flying Medal".

 

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DONOVAN, F/L John Hogg (J22827) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.414 Squadron - Award effective 27 April 1945 as per London Gazette dated 8 May 1945 and AFRO 966/45 dated 8 June 1945. Born 1916 in Toronto; home there (secretary, ex-COTC); enlisted there 4 November 1941. Trained at No.5 ITS (graduated 20 June 1942), No.13 EFTS (graduated 25 September 1942) and No.2 SFTS (graduated 22 January 1943). Commissioned 1943.

 

During the last eight months Flight Lieutenant Donovan has been continuously engaged on operational flying. Prior to D-Day he destroyed fifteen enemy trains and three barges. On one occasion in the face of intense and accurate anti-aircraft fire he completed a photographic mission from a very low level over Dieppe and although his aircraft was damaged obtained extremely satisfactory results. Since D-Day Flight Lieutenant Donovan has flown on further reconnaissance sorties and his ability and devotion to duty have at all times been most commendable.

 

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DONOVAN, WO (now F/O) Murray Donald (R99243/J90716) - Croix de Guerre (France) - No.75 Squadron (AFRO gives unit only as "Overseas" - Awarded as per AFRO 1619/45 dated 19 October 1945. Home in Saint John, New Brunswick; enlisted in Moncton 15 May 1941. Trained at No.3 ITS (graduated 23 September 1941), No.8 AOS (graduated 28 March 1942), No.9 BGS (graduated 23 May 1942) and No.1 ANS (graduated 8 August 1942). Public Records Office Document Air 2/9645 has citation.

 

Warrant Officer Donovan has completed 31 operational sorties as Air Bomber. Many of his targets were in occupied France. This airman is an exceptionally courageous and determined Air Bomber and has shown himself to be a most valuable member of his squadron.

 

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DOODY, F/O Ray Francis (J89226) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.420 Squadron - Award effective 5 July 1945 as per London Gazette dated 20 July 1945 and AFRO 1619/45 dated 19 October 1945. Born 1912 in Ottawa; home there (bookkeeper); enlisted there 22 July 1941. Trained at No.4 WS (graduated 8 June 1942) and No.1 BGS (graduated 6 July 1942). Commissioned August 1944.

 

Flying Officer Doody has participated in attacks on many heavily defended targets in enemy territory including Cologne, Karlsruhe, Osnabruck and Stuttgart. On one mission to Magdeburg his aircraft sustained severe damage while over the target area. By his skilful work Flying Officer Doody played a large part in ensuring a safe return and his enthusiasm and devotion to duty have always been outstanding.

 

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DOOLITTLE, F/O George Andrew (J6949) - Mention in Despatches - No.7 (BR) Squadron - Award effective 13 August 1943 as per Canada Gazette dated 21 August 1943 and AFRO 2198/43 dated 29 October 1943. Home in Prince Albert; enlisted in Saskatoon 7 November 1940. Trained at No.3 ITS (graduated 22 April 1941), No.6 EFTS (graduated 7 June 1941) and No.4 SFTS (graduated 20 August 1941).

 

When a seaplane was making a landing on water it crashed and started to turn over and sink. Upon realizing the helplessness of his observer, who was injured and unable to extricate himself from the rear cockpit, Flying Officer Doolittle, the pilot, dived into the water, swam to the rear cockpit and with extreme difficulty released him just before the aircraft sank. Although encumbered by flying clothing and in imminent danger of being trapped by the overturning aircraft, this officer displayed great gallantry and complete disregard for personal safety in the rescue of his fellow crewman.

 

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DORAN, Corporal Morice Seaman (R191997) - Mention in Despatches - No.7 (BR) Squadron - Award effective 14 June 1945 as per Canada Gazette of that date and AFRO 1127/45 dated 6 July 1945. Home in Southampton, Ontario; enlisted in London, Ontario, 13 October 1942. Radar mechanic.

 

Corporal Doran is an exceptionally hard working non-commissioned officer who does not hesitate to present and carry out new ideas. He spends much of what might be considered "spare time" in his section and has set such an example of devotion to duty that the airmen under him willingly work longer than normal hours when necessary. He is most efficient and co-operative, definitely promoting harmony in his section.

 

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DORE, FS Burnell Vincent (R81054) - Mention in Despatches - No.483 GCC - Award effective 1 January 1945 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 721/45 dated 27 April 1945. Home in Victoria; enlisted in Vancouver, 18 November 1940. No citation.

 

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DORE, F/O Charles Elderfield (J26081) - Commended for Valuable Services - No.3 SFTS - Award effective 5 May 1944 as per Canada Gazette of that date and AFRO 1133/44 dated 26 May 1944. Home in Calgary; enlisted in Vancouver 7 February 1941. Trained at No.2 ITS (graduated 9 May 1941), No.8 EFTS (graduated 3 July 1941, and No.3 SFTS (graduated 13 September 1941).

 

This officer, while on a training flight with two passengers aboard, discovered that the elevator control was completely inoperative. After attempting a landing, using trim tab controls and throttles, and deciding that this was unduly hazardous with passengers aboard, he climbed to a safe height and ordered them to abandon the aircraft. Rather than abandon the aircraft himself, after several attempts in spite of the handicap of a jettisoned door and normal aerodrome traffic, by good airmanship and flying skill, he succeeded in landing the aircraft without damage. This officer displayed sound judgement, resourcefulness and initiative in an emergency.

 

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DORIE, FS John Earl (R111679) - Distinguished Flying Medal - No.15 Squadron - Award effective 6 August 1943 as per London Gazette dated 13 August 1943 and AFRO 1849/43 dated 10 September 1943. Born 1918 in Cornwall, Ontario; home there (clerk); enlisted in Ottawa, 18 July 1941. Trained at No.6 BGS (graduated 16 March 1942) and No.1 WS.

 

Flight Sergeant Dorie has taken part in numerous operational missions in which he has displayed determination and initiative. On one occasion he participated in an attack on Rostock during which his aircraft was intercepted by an enemy fighter. One of the other gunners was wounded but largely due to the skill and tenacity of Flight Sergeant Dorie the attacker was driven off and the mission successfully completed.

 

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DORLAND, FS Russel (R80737) - Distinguished Flying Medal - No.420 Squadron - Award effective 12 April 1943 as per London Gazette dated 20 April 1943 and AFRO 985/43 dated 28 May 1943. Born Toronto in 1921. Home there or Islington, Ontario; enlisted Toronto 5 November 1940. Trained at No.1 ITS (graduated 31 March 1941), No.1 BGS (graduated 13 October 1941) and No.1 WS (graduated 28 April 1941). To No.1 SS, 9 December 1941; to No.16 OTU, 27 January 1942; to No.420 Squadron, 10 June 1942; to No.10 OTU, 5 March 1943; to No.22 OTU, 15 March 1943. Photo PL-32812 shows him well. Medal presented at Buckingham Palace, 12 October 1943. Ultimately flew two tours.

 

During the course of his tour of operations this airman has shown outstanding ability and courage as an air gunner. On one occasion, when returning from an attack on Stuttgart, his aircraft, when at a very low altitude, was engaged by searchlights and fire from ground defences. On a more recent occasion Flight Sergeant Dorland was acting as fire controller in an aircraft returning from Cologne. An enemy fighter made five separate attacks in brilliant moonlight, but owing to the expert directions supplied by this airman his captain was able to take successful evasive action. Flight Sergeant Dorland, by his efficiency and coolness when under fire, has inspired confidence in all the crew with whom he has flown.

 

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DORSEY, F/O Edgar Wilson (J85502) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.158 Squadron - Award effective 5 April 1945 as per London Gazette dated 13 April 1945 and AFRO 824/45 dated 18 May 1945. Born 1919 in Hamilton; home there (clerk); enlisted Toronto 25 October 1940. Trained at No.2 WS (graduated 6 January 1941) and No.3 BGS (graduated 23 June 1941). Commissioned April 1944. No citation other than "completed...numerous operations against the enemy in the course of which [he has] invariably displayed the utmost courage and devotion to duty." Presented in Toronto, 30 November 1949. Public Records Office Air 2/9059 has recommendation dated 15 January 1945 when he had flown 56 sorties (282 hours 44 minutes) in tours lasting from 17 August 1942 to 1 July 1943 and from 28 October 1944 to 6 January 1945.

 

First Tour

 

17 Aug 42 Anti-Sub Patrol (4.30), sighted sub.

20 Aug 42 Sea patrol (4.20)

21 Aug 42 Anti-Sub Patrol (6.45)

27 Aug 42 Shipping search (6.00); sighted enemy aircraft

29 Aug 42 do. (6.00)

1 Sept 42 do. (5.20)

3 Sept 42 do. (6.00)

4 Nov 42 Anti-Sub Patrol (5.15)

6 Nov 42 do. (5.15)

12 Nov 42 Luqa (Malta) to Egypt (5.35)

14 Nov 42 Anti-Sub Patrol (5.05)

27 Dec 42 Tunis (4.35), flak, bombed target.

30 Dec 42 Sfax (4.50), flak, bombed target.

4 Jan 43 Sousse (4.05), flak, bombed target.

9 Jan 43 Castel Benito (4.55), Bombed cross roads

15 Jan 43 Tripoli (5.20), Bombed gate road of Tripoli

17 Jan 43 Tripoli (4.45), bombed installations.

28 Jan 43 Luqa to Gibraltar (8.25)

30 Jan 43 Gibraltar to Luqa (7.20)

8 Feb 43 Luqa to Castel Benito (2.05)

16 Feb 43 do. (2.15)

17 Feb 43 do. (2.20)

22 Mar 43 Battle area (7.00)

24 Mar 43 do. (4.45)

25 Mar 43 do. (4.10)

31 Mar 43 Castel Benito-El Gardabia (1.05)

6 Apr 43 Sfax (4.30), bombed marshalling yards

11 Apr 43 Ste.Marie du Zit (6.00), bombed airfield.

12 Apr 43 Korba (5.45), bombed airfield

24 Apr 43 Soliman (6.10), bombed airfield

5 May 43 Tunis area (6.25), bombed M.T. and roads

8 May 43 Hammanet area (6.00), bombed M.T. and roads

11 May 43 Nabeul-Menzel-Temine area (6.00), do.

11 Jun 43 Pantellaria (2.55), Bombed docks and town.

19 Jun 43 Messina (3.40)

28 Jun 43 Messina (5.15), bombed ferry and M.T.

1 July 43 Palermo (3.45), bombed marshalling yards and stores.

 

Second Tour

 

28 Oct 44 Domburg (3.03) 17 Dec 44 Duisburg (6.26)

29 Oct 44 Zoutelande (3.14) 24 Dec 44 Essen-Mulheim airfield

30 Oct 44 Cologne (5.48) (4.37), bombed target

2 Nov 44 Dusseldorf (5.34) 26 Dec 44 St.Vith (4.40)

4 Nov 44 Bochum (5.13) 28 Dec 44 Opladen (5.35)

6 Nov 44 Gelsenkirchen 29 Dec 44 Koblenz-Mosel

(4.48) marshalling yards

30 Nov 44 Duisburg (6.00) (6.00)

2 Dec 44 Hagen (6.26) 30 Dec 44 Cologne (5.54)

6 Dec 44 Osnabruck (5.58) 2 Jan 45 Ludwigshaven (6.38)

12 Dec 44 Essen (5.37) 6 Jan 45 Hanau (6.48)

 

Flying Officer Dorsey has just completed his second tour of 18 operational sorties as an air gunner with No.158 Squadron. On his first tour he completed 37 sorties.

 

Of the 18 missions he has flown from here, 17 have been against major targets in some of the most heavily defended areas of Germany. He has flown by day and by night and on all occasions he has displayed outstanding skill and courage.

 

Under intense enemy fire he has proved himself to be cool and calmly efficient. He has maintained a cheerful confidence at all times, which has inspired the less experienced men with whom he has flown.

 

On the ground, also, his work has been excellent. He has given ready assistance in the training of new gunners and has set a high standard in the work he demonstrated and supervised.

 

It is recommended that Flying Officer Dorsey's outstanding record of service, courage and devotion to duty be recognized by the award of the Distinguished Flying Cross.

 

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DORT, WO1 John Christopher (R88146) - Mention in Despatches - Eastern Air Command Marine Squadron - Award effective 1 January 1946 as per Canada Gazette of that date and AFRO 82/46 dated 25 January 1946. Home in Dartmouth; enlisted in Halifax, 18 February 1941.

 

This Warrant Officer, master of a Royal Canadian Air Force High Speed Rescue Vessel, received an SOS from a ship ashore on an extremely dangerous reef off an Eastern Canadian port. He immediately proceeded to her assistance through the darkness of the night and dense fog. Manoeuvring his craft through rushing tides [and] submerged reefs to the side of the ship, forty-one survivors were rescued. Only through his daring and skilful navigation was this feat made possible. His courage and devotion to duty set an extremely high example to the members of his crew.

 

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DOUCET, Flight Sergeant Joseph Jean Benoit Maurice (R81515) - Mention in Despatches - No.1 Group Headquarters - Award effective 14 June 1945 as per Canada Gazette of that date and AFRO 1127/45 dated 6 July 1945. Home in Montreal; enlisted there 25 November 1940. Certificate and emblem mailed, 7 July 1945.

 

This non-commissioned officer is an exceptional wireless mechanic, who not only is highly trained technically but by leadership and sympathy, has succeeded in imparting his knowledge to his subordinates, thus greatly increasing their skill and usefulness to the service. On many occasions he has seized the initiative and whenever faced with difficulties exerts more than normal efforts to surmount them. He has proven most loyal to his officers and by his example and strenuous efforts has encouraged his subordinates to make their maximum contribution. The completion of the difficult program of wireless installations in this Group has in no small measure been due to the unusual merits of this non-commissioned officer.

 

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DOUCETTE, P/O Joseph Alexander Theodore (J15960) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.425 Squadron - Award effective 1 December 1942 as per London Gazette dated 4 December 1942 and AFRO 2069/42 dated 18 December 1942. Born 1918 in Ontario. Home in Sudbury, Ontario; enlisted North Bay, 4 February 1941. Trained at No.1 ITS (graduated 6 June 1941), No.14 EFTS (graduated 7 August 1941), and No.12 SFTS (graduated 25 October 1941). Commissioned August 1942. Cited with Sergeant G.J.R. Bruyere, DFM.

 

On November 6, 1942, Pilot Officer Doucette and Sergeant Bruyere were captain and wireless operator respectively of an aircraft detailed to attack an objective in Northwest Germany in daylight. On the outward flight the aircraft was attacked by three enemy fighters. Sergeant Bruyere was seriously injured, sustaining a broken leg and wounds in the chest, arm, forehead and left hand. A member of the crew, when going to his assistance, stepped on the escape hatch and fell through it but Sergeant Bruyere caught him and assisted him back to safety. When the engagement with the enemy fighter was terminated, Pilot Officer Doucette flew on and attacked his target. On the return journey Sergeant Bruyere, despite his critical condition, advised his colleagues on the operation of his wireless equipment in extremely difficult circumstances. Both Pilot Officer Doucette and Sergeant Bruyere displayed indomitable courage and unswerving devotion to duty.

 

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DOUGALL, P/O Donald Charles (J3710) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.92 Squadron - Award effective 2 September 1941 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 1292/41 dated 7 November 1941. Born in Winnipeg, 31 January 1916. Home Ste.Anne de Bellevue; enlisted in Montreal, 6 June 1940. Graduated from No.1 SFTS, 22 January 1941. Embarked from Canada, 18 February 1941; arrived overseas 4 March 1941. To No.57 OTU, Hawarden (10 March 1941) as part of Course 19 (Canadians and Australians); posted out 5 May 1941, reporting to No.92 Squadron, Biggin Hill, 7 May 1941. Local flying until 15 May 1941 when he flew first sortie (evening patrol, Bf.109s engaged). In numerous sweeps and patrols thereafter. On 23 June 1941, during a sweep in support of Blenheims, heavy fighter opposition encountered. He destroyed one Bf.109F. Shot down in flames, 11 July 1941; seriously wounded and taken prisoner; returned to United Kingdom in prisoner exchange, 25 October 1943. Invested at Buckingham Palace, 9 November 1943. Repatriated to Canada 16 November 1943 (arrived in Canada 25 November 1943).

 

This officer has performed consistently good work since joining this squadron and has shown great keenness to engage and destroy the enemy. He was shot down recently when warning his leader, whose radio apparatus had failed, that enemy aircraft were about to attack. The warning was given by visual signals and necessarily took some time after he had sighted the enemy. He showed the greatest devotion to duty and disregard of personal safety. Pilot Officer Dougall has destroyed one enemy aircraft.

 

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DOUGHTY, FS Cecil (R90869) - British Empire Medal - RCAF Overseas Headquarters - Award effective 1 January 1946 as per Canada Gazette of that date and AFRO 82/46 dated 25 January 1946. Born in North Bay; home there (employed by Temiskaming and Northern Ontario Railway); enlisted there 23 June 1941. Overseas in July 1942. Returned to Canada, November 1945; discharged December 1945 and returned to former employer. Medal sent by registered mail, 13 February 1948.

 

This non-commissioned officer, a most efficient and capable Clerk Stenographer assigned for duty with the Royal Canadian Air Force Liaison Detachment to Supreme Headquarters Allied Expeditionary Force, carried out his normal duties diligently and at all times undertook willingly many additional tasks. On various occasions his efficient and fast work brought forth praise and thanks from International Red Cross officials as well as United States Army Officers. His willing co-operation with all nationalities and keenness for work was most outstanding and his efforts were a considerable contribution to successful operations.

 

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DOUGLAS, WO Clifford Lloyd (R147280) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.405 Squadron - Award effective 24 May 1944 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 1444/44 dated 7 July 1944. Born 1918 in Rossburn, Manitoba; home there (clerk); enlisted in Winnipeg, 17 December 1941. Trained at No.3 BGS (graduated 28 August 1942. Medal sent by registered mail, 11 March 1949. Returned to postwar banking in western Canada and Northwest Territoies. Died in Edmonton, mid-January 1999; extensive obituary in National Post of 25 January 1999. No citation other than "completed...many successful operations against the enemy in which [he has] displayed high skill, fortitude and devotion to duty". Public Records Office Air 2/9149 has recommendation dated 23 February 1944 when he had flown 44 sorties (256 hours 30 minutes). Sortie sheet closely resembles that of P/O T.J. Howard.

 

2 Feb 43 GARDENING (7.15) 15 July 43 Montbeliard (7.15)

7 Feb 43 Lorient (7.00) 24 July 43 Hamburg (5.35)

26 Feb 43 Cologne (5.15) 25 July 43 Essen (5.10)

27 Feb 43 GARDENING (4.25) 27 July 43 Hamburg (5.40)

8 Mar 43 Nuremburg (8.00) 29 July 43 Hamburg (5.40)

12 Mar 43 Essen (6.00) 2 Aug 43 Hamburg (5.40)

27 Mar 43 Berlin (7.45) 9 Aug 43 Mannheim (5.40)

29 Mar 43 Berlin (7.35) 27 Aug 43 Nuremburg (7.20)

10 Apr 43 Frankfurt (6.30) 30 Aug 43 Special target (2.40)

14 Apr 43 Stuttgart (6.45) 31 Aug 43 Special target (3.10)

16 Apr 43 Mannheim (6.00) 5 Sept 43 Mannheim (6.00)

20 Apr 43 Stettin (8.50) 6 Sept 43 Munich (7.15)

26 Apr 43 Duisburg (5.00) 15 Sept 43 Montlucon (5.40)

29 May 43 Wuppertal (5.00) 22 Sept 43 Oldenburg (4.55)

11 June 43 Dusseldorf (4.35) 23 Sept 43 Darmstadt (5.45)

19 June 43 Le Creusot (5.50) 18 Oct 43 Hanover (4.30)

21 June 43 Krefeld (4.10) 17 Nov 43 Mannheim (5.10)

22 June 43 Mulheim (4.00) 16 Dec 43 Berlin (7.30)

24 June 43 Wuppertal (4.40) 20 Dec 43 Frankfurt (4.50)

28 June 43 Cologne (4.30) 21 Jan 44 Magdeburg (6.35)

9 July 43 Gelsenkirchen (6.00) 28 Jan 44 Berlin (7.55)

13 July 43 Aachen (4.55) 15 Feb 44 Berlin (6.35)

 

This Warrant Officer is one of the most efficient Air Gunners in the squadron, who has almost competed two tours of operations. During his many operational sorties, such targets as Berlin, Hamburg and Stuttgart were the objectives. The courage, skill and determination displayed by this Warrant Officer in the performance of his duties has been an inspiring example to less experienced Air Gunners. He has done much by his personal example to keep the morale of this squadron at a high standard. Strongly recommended for the award of the Distinguished Flying Cross.

 

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DOUGLAS, FS George Edgar (R65759) - British Empire Medal - No.3 OTU - Award effective 14 June 1945 as per Canada Gazette of that date and AFRO 1127/45 dated 6 July 1945. Born in Peterborough, Ontario, 19 July 1918. Educated in Huntsville and Peterborough. Worked for Canadian General Electric, Peterborough, before the war. Enlisted in Toronto, 5 June 1940. Medal present 31 January 1946.

 

This airman, as non-commissioned officer in charge of the unit armament section, has shown outstanding devotion to duty and ability. Often in the absence of the armament officer he has had the entire responsibility in his hands. The zeal and interest he has displayed in his work have been commendable and the leadership and inspiration he has given to those under him have been of the highest order.

 

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DOUGLAS, Matron Margaret Jean (C3933) - Associate, Royal Red Cross - Lachine - Award effective 1 January 1946 as per Canada Gazette of that date and AFRO 82/46 dated 25 January 1946. Enlisted in Winnipeg, 16 November 1940. Insignia presented 9 April 1949.

 

This Nursing Sister has performed her duties in a most efficient manner as Matron of No.3 Regional Medical Board Hospital and a high degree of efficiency among nurses and hospital assistants is due to her unfailing interest, enthusiasm and example, all of which have been displayed beyond the ordinary call of duty. her care of patients has been outstanding and she has never failed to assist in the actual nursing and ordinary ward work when extra duty was required. She has always personally met and supervised the admission of personnel returning from Overseas on hospital trains, as well as expediting the arrangements for repatriated personnel requiring hospital care.

 

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DOUGLAS, FS Margaret Helen (W304042) - British Empire Medal - RCAF Overseas Headquarters - Award effective 13 June 1946 as per Canada Gazette of that date and AFRO 660/46 dated 5 July 1946. Home in Geraldton, Ontario; enlisted in Winnipeg, 14 May 1942. Sent by registered mail, 28 June 1949.

 

This non-commissioned officer has now completed nearly four years service in the Women's Division of the Royal Canadian Air Force. During this period she has shown outstanding ability and extreme devotion to the Service. During the Air Staff Planning of the Japanese War, she was non-commissioned officer in charge of the Planning Secretariat and her extreme efficiency and effective organization made possible the smooth and efficient running of that organization. Her cheerfulness and wholehearted persistence gained the respect and co-operation of all personnel who worked with her during this period of intense pressure of work.

 

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DOUGLAS, S/L Peter Harrower (C937) - Mention in Despatches - No.119 Squadron - Award effective 1 January 1944 as per Canada Gazette of that date and AFRO 113/44 dated 21 January 1944. Born 29 October 1918 at Hamilton, Ontario. Home in Ancaster, Ontario. Joined RCAF Auxiliary in Hamilton, 1 October 1938 (P/O, General List, No.119 Squadron). Qualified for pilot's flying badge, 20 October 1939. Eventually served overseas with No.429 Squadron. Died in Toronto, 23 December 2000.

 

This officer, who has completed a number of operational sorties over the North Atlantic, has displayed a highly commendable spirit and devotion to duty. The cheerful and thorough manner in which he has carried out any task allotted to him and his eagerness to train younger pilots to a higher pitch of proficiency have set a fine example to his brother officers.

 

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DOUGLASS, F/L Robert Newton (J17076) - 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 1918 in Edmonton; home there; enlisted there 18 April 1941. Trained at No.4 ITS (graduated 16 August 1941), No.5 EFTS (graduated 25 October 1941) and No.10 SFTS (graduated 16 January 1942). Commissioned 1943. No citation other than "completed... many successful operations against the enemy in which [he has] displayed high skill, fortitude and devotion to duty." Public Records Office Air 2/9632 has recommendation dated 21 May 1944 when he had flown 30 sorties (202 hours), 10 September 1942 to 9 May 1944 in two tours. NOTE: The training record as given is for a pilot, but it is clear from the recommendation that he was an Air Gunner. CHECK THIS OUT.

 

10 Sep 42 Dusseldorf (3.15), 9 July 43 Gelsenkirchen (7.30)

Duty not completed 27 Jul 43 Hamburg (7.25)

13 Sep 42 Bremen (7.00) 29 Jul 43 Hamburg (6.50)

26 Jan 43 Lorient (6.45) 2 Aug 43 Hamburg (6.50)

4 Feb 43 Lorient (6.25) 22 Aug 43 Leverkusen (6.45)

7 Feb 43 Lorient (7.10) 23 Aug 43 Berlin (8.20)

13 Feb 43 Lorient (7.10) 27 Aug 43 Nuremburg (8.35)

14 feb 43 Cologne (6.00) 5 Sept 43 Mannheim (7.55)

19 Feb 43 Wilhelmshaven (5.30), 11 Nov 43 Cannes (10.40), return

bright moonlight on three engines

24 Feb 43 Wilhelmshaven (5.30) 20 Jan 44 Berlin (8.10), return

28 Feb 43 St.Nazaire (6.50) on three engines

5 Mar 43 Essen (5.20) 15 Feb 44 Berlin (8.00)

12 Mar 43 Essen (5.25), 2 Mar 44 Meulan (6.05)

bright moonlight 30 Mar 44 GARDENING (5.10)

12 May 43 Duisburg (5.30) 17 Apr 44 GARDENING (6.00)

3 July 43 Cologne (7.00) 23 Apr 44 GARDENING (6.15)

9 May 44 St.Nazaire (6.00)

 

Flight Lieutenant Douglass has completed numerous sorties against most of the enemy's heavily defended targets. His skill as a gunner always greatly aided his pilot in avoiding attacks by enemy fighters.

 

As Section Leader, this officer has been responsible for the gunnery training of the squadron, and his personal example has gained the respect of all.

 

NOTE: Group Captain F.A. Sampson adds, 22 May 1944 as Station CO:

 

This officer's energy and enthusiasm as a gunnery leader is outstanding. As a result considerable credit for the efficiency of the unit gunnery training can be attributed to him. This, together with his own perfection as a gunner is an inspiration to others. Recommend most favourable consideration in the award of the DFC.

 

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DOURLEY, F/O Michael Raymond (J22578) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.10 Squadron - Award effective 5 August 1944 as per London Gazette dated 18 August 1944 and AFRO 2101/44 dated 29 September 1944. Born 1919 in Outremont; home there; enlisted Montreal 22 August 1941. Trained at No.3 ITS (graduated 14 March 1942), No.17 EFTS (ceased training 10 May 1942) and No.9 AOS (graduated 25 September 1942). Commissioned 1942.

 

This officer is a navigator of high merit who has participated in many sorties against heavily defended targets. On at least three occasions his aircraft has been attacked by enemy fighters but he has never failed to guide it straight to the target and safely back. In the face of intense enemy opposition Flying Officer Dourley's outstanding ability has enabled his captain to obtain many excellent photographs.

 

NOTE: Public Record Office Air 2/9632 has recommendation dated 26 April 1944 which has sortie sheet and a more detailed text; he had flown 28 sorties (187 hours 32 minutes):

 

* Duty not carried out

 

29 July 43 Sea Search (6.05) 25 Nov 43 Frankfurt (3.40)*

31 July 43 Sea Search (6.10) 26 Nov 43 Stuttgart (7.00)

5 Sept 43 Mannheim (6.35) 3 Dec 43 Leipzig (8.25)

15 Sept 43 Montlucon (5.40) 29 Dec 43 Berlin (7.25)

16 Sept 43 Modane (7.25) 21 Jan 44 Magdeburg (6.42)

22 Sept 43 Hanover (5.45) 28 Jan 44 Berlin (8.08)

23 Sept 43 Mannheim (1.30)* 2 Feb 44 GARDENING (6.22)

27 Sept 43 Hanover (4.40) 15 Feb 44 Berlin (6.58)

29 Sept 43 Bochum (4.45) 18 Feb 44 Sea Search (4.00)

3 Oct 43 Kassel (5.30) 21 Feb 44 GARDENING (6.40)

4 Oct 43 Frankfurt (5.30) 25 Feb 44 GARDENING (5.58)

22 Oct 43 Kassel (6.05) 22 Mar 44 Frankfurt (5.42)

3 Nov 43 Dusseldorf (5.05) 9 Apr 44 Lille (4.25)

11 Nov 43 Cannes (9.00) 10 Apr 44 Tergnier (4.50)

19 Nov 43 Leverkusen (4.00) 11 Apr 44 GARDENING (5.12)

22 Nov 43 Berlin (6.50) 18 Apr 44 GARDENING (5.20)

 

Flying Officer Dourley was posted to No.10 Squadron in October 1943 from No.35 (Pathfinder Force) Squadron, having already completed eleven sorties comprising 66 operational hours. He has now completed 28 sorties comprising 188 operational hours and has been recommended for screening and posting for instructional duties.

 

Flying Officer Dourley was the navigator in a very successful crew of this squadron and since his arrival he quickly acquired a reputation for his enthusiasm for operations. He has never failed to guide his aircraft straight to the target and safely back to base in face of heavy opposition, and it has been due in no small measure to his outstanding ability as a navigator, that has enabled his captain to bring back many fine photographs of the target area, including two aiming points and several showing intense fire tracks.

 

During an attack on hanover his aircraft was attacked by a Messerschmitt 210. During attacks on Bochum and Frankfurt the aircraft in which he was flying was coned for two minutes and three minutes respectively and attacked by Focke Wulf 190 and Junkers 88.

 

Despite this, Flying Officer Dourley has displayed exceptional skill and coolness in the air, and he has continued to operate with great enthusiasm. I strongly recommend that this Canadian officer's fine record of achievement and strong sense of duty be recognized by the award of the Distinguished Flying Cross.

 

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DOVER, F/L Dean Hugh (J16342) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.403 Squadron - Award effective 8 August 1944 as per London Gazette dated 11 August 1944 and AFRO 2101/44 dated 29 September 1944. Born 10 December 1916 at Rochester, New York (but Canadian citizen). Enlisted in Toronto, 22 July 1941. Trained at No.5 ITS (21 August-9 October 1941), No.11 EFTS (10 October to 6 December 1941) and No.8 SFTS (7 December 1941 to 27 March 1942). Commissioned 1942. Arrived in UK, 12 May 1942. After further training he went to No.403 Squadron (6 October 1942 to October 1943. Instructor and staff officer until return to operations with No.442 Squadron, 3 June 1944. To No.412 Squadron, 2 August 1944 to 28 January 1945. Repatriated to Canada, 21 March 1945; released 5 July 1945. Died in London, Ontario, 2 June 2000. Victories as follows: 17 August 1943: Bf.110 destroyed (with L. Foster, J.E. Johnson, J. Preston); 19 August 1943: one Bf.109 destroyed south of Flushing; 30 Junw 1944: one FW.190 destroyed, Falaise; 8 July 1944: shared in destruction of a midget submarine; 10 August 1944: one Bf.109 damaged; 24 December 1944: two FW.190s damaged; 1 January 1945: FW.190 destroyed (shared with E.D. Kelly) plus one Bf.109 destroyed, Gutesloch. Public Record Office Air 2/9633 indicates he was recommended when he had flown 100 sorties (160 operational hours).

 

This officer has led his squadron on a great number of operations with marked success and has assisted in destroying many enemy aircraft, personally shooting down two. An outstanding leader he has always displayed great courage and devotion to duty.

 

NOTE: Public Record Office Air 2/9633 has recommendation dated 6 December 1943. It evidently was not approved at the time. The document is interesting for the long list of sorties (100 trips plus one Air/Sea Rescue sweep) totalling 160 hours; it is transcribed here for the record:

 

Date Sortie and Time Opposition Met

 

8 Feb 43 Sweep to Abbeville (1.30) Nil

8 Feb 43 Rodeo to Abbeville (1.30) Nil

26 Feb 43 Circus mopping up Dungeness (1.10) Nil

26 Feb 43 Circus mopping up (1.50) Strong at 30,000 ft.

8 Mar 43 Ramrod and escort for 60 Fortresses (1.35) Strong

9 Mar 43 Rodeo, Le Touqet Strong

25 Mar 43 Rodeo at 30,000 feet Nil

29 Mar 43 Circus Abbeville; escort to six Venturas (1.25) -

31 Mar 43 Rodeo escort, Fortress diversion (1.45) Medium

3 Apr 43 Rodeo, Le Touqet, St.Omer (1.20) 15 FW.190s

5 Apr 43 Ramrod, Ostend area (1.25) Strong

6 Apr 43 Rodeo, le Treport area (1.40) Nil

6 Apr 43 Rodeo, Abbeville (1.35) -

8 Apr 43 Rodeo, St.Valery at 14,000 feet (1.30) -

13 Apr 43 Ramrod, Caen area (1.30) -

16 Apr 43 Ramrod, Le Touqet-Calais (1.15) Medium

16 Apr 43 Ramrod, mopping Fauville (1.35) Nil

17 Apr 43 Circus, Abbeville (1.30) Nil

17 Apr 43 Circus, Le Havre area (1.45) Nil

19 Apr 43 Ramrod, Boudeville area at 4,000 feet (1.20) Nil

20 Apr 43 Ramrod, Le Touqet-Dieppe (1.25) -

20 Apr 43 Patrol Beachy at 20,000 feet (1.25) -

20 Apr 43 Ramrod, Fecamp-Tricqueville (1.35) Strong

1 May 43 Rodeo, Brest (1.35) Medium

4 May 43 Ramrod to Antwerp (1.35) Strong

11 May 43 Circus to Dunkirk (1.25) Medium

13 May 43 Air/Sea Rescue (1.00) Nil

16 May 43 Circus, Tricqueville (1.35) Very strong

17 May 43 Sweep to Caen (1.30) Nil; much flak

18 May 43 Rodeo, Abbeville (1.25) Nil

19 May 43 Rodeo, Caen area (1.25) Medium

21 May 43 Circus, abortive (1.00) Nil

30 May 43 Sweep to Caen (1.30) Nil; little flak but accurate

31 May 43 Ramrod, Ostende-Bruges (1.30) Strong

7 June 43 Sweep to Gravelines-Aire (1.30) Nil

4 July 43 Ramrod to France, Ghent (1.35) Medium

6 July 43 Rodeo (40 minutes) Nil

10 Jul 43 Ramrod escort, Fortresses (1.40) Medium

14 Jul 43 Ramrod, Fecampe (1.40) Medium

15 Jul 43 Rodeo, Harlot-Gravelines (1.25) Medium

15 Jul 43 Rodeo, Hardlot and Poix (1.35) Nil

16 Jul 43 Rodeo, Abbeville area (1.35) Medium

25 Jul 43 Ramrod, Amsterdam area (1.40) Medium

25 Jul 43 Ramrod, Amsterdam area (1.40) Medium

26 Jul 43 Ramrod, St.Omer (1.20) Slight

26 Jul 43 Rodeo, Armentiers (1.40) Medium

27 Jul 43 Rodeo, Ostende-Boulogne (1.30) Nil

27 Jul 43 Ramrod, Tricqueville area (1.40) -

28 Jul 43 Ramrod, Rotterdam (1.30) Slight

28 Jul 43 Ramrod, Montfort (1.35) Slight

29 Jul 43 Ramrod, Amsterdam (1.40) Strong

29 Jul 43 Ramrod, Bainville (1.30) Nil

30 Jul 43 Ramrod, Amsterdam (1.40) Strong

31 Jul 43 Ramrod, Merville (1.40) Medium

2 Aug 43 Ramrod, Merville (1.30 -

8 Aug 43 Ramrod to Poix (1.35) Nil

9 Aug 43 Ramrod to St.Omer (1.15) Nil

12 Aug 43 Ramrod, Flushing area (2.10) Considerable

12 Aug 43 Ramrod, Amiens (1.35) Strong

15 Aug 43 Ramrod, Woenesdreght (1.00) Medium

15 Aug 43 Ramrod, Poix and Amiens (1.45) Medium

16 Aug 43 Ramrod, Rouen (1.50) Strong

17 Aug 43 Ramrod, North Walchren (1.40) Slight

17 Aug 43 Ramrod, St.Nicholas (1.45) Medium, dest.

18 Aug 43 Ramrod, Lille (1.15) Medium

19 Aug 43 Ramrod, Poix (1.15) Medium

19 Aug 43 Ramrod, Brussels (1.35) Strong, 1st dest.

20 Aug 43 Sweep, Abbeville (1.25) Nil

22 Aug 43 Sweep, Abbeville (1.35) Nil

23 Aug 43 Ramrod, Lille (1.10) Medium

23 Aug 43 Rodeo, Amiens area (1.25) Nil

24 Aug 43 Ramrod, Conche Evereux (1.30) -

25 Aug 43 Ramrod, Beaumont (1.55) Medium

27 Aug 43 Ramrod, Beaumont le Roger (1.45) Nil

27 Aug 43 Ramrod, Furgus and St.Pol (1.40) -

30 Aug 43 Ramrod, Aremtries [?] (1.30) Nil

31 Aug 43 Ramrod, Mazingarbe (1.30) Nil

2 Sep 43 Ramrod, Hesdin (1.35) Strong flak heavy

3 Sep 43 Ramrod, Beaumont le Roger (1.35) Strong

3 Sep 43 Ramrod, St.Omer (1.15) Nil

4 Sep 43 Ramrod, Roubaux (1.25) Medium

5 Sep 43 Ramrod, Ghent area (1.45) Medium

6 Sep 43 Ramrod, Rouen (1.35) Medium

6 Sep 43 Ramrod, Forts (2.05) Nil

6 Sep 43 Ramrod, Abbeville (1.30) Medium

8 Sep 43 Ramrod, Vitry (1.30) Medium

8 Sep 43 Ramrod, Abbeville (1.10) Nil

9 Sep 43 Beach Patrol (1.25) Nil

9 Sep 43 Ramrod (1.20) Medium

11 Sep 43 Ramrod (1.45) Medium

14 Sep 43 Rodeo support, Marauders (1.30) Medium

15 Sep 43 Ramrod, St.Andres with Liberators (1.30) Slight

18 Sep 43 Ramrod, Beaumont le Roger with Marauders (1.15) -

19 Sep 43 Ramrod, Lens (1.30) Medium

21 Sep 43 Ramrod (1.30) Medium

22 Sep 43 Ramrod with Marauders (1.40) Medium

23 Sep 43 Ramrod (1.40) Nil

23 Sep 43 Ramrod (1.40) Medium

24 Sep 43 Rodeo (1.50) Nil

24 Sep 43 Rodeo (1.35) Medium

 

This officer's devotion to duty, outstanding ability to lead and keenness in air battles has been an inspiration to all pilots in his squadron. He has led his squadron on at least 20 occasions over France with marked success and apart from assisting in destroying many enemy aircraft he has personally shot down two in combat well inside enemy occupied territory.

 

On 6 December 1943 his unit Commanding Officer, Squadron Leader R.A. Buckham, wrote:

 

With my knowledge of the above mentioned officer I concur completely with the above statement.

 

The document was further favourably endorsed by Group Captain W,R. McBrien (6 December 1943), an Air Vice Marshal (signature illegible, 13 December 1943) and by the Air Officer Commanding, Tactical Air Force (1 January 1944). In light of these statements, it is difficult to understand the delay before Dover was awarded a DFC.

 

DOVER, S/L Dean Hugh, DFC (J16342) - Bar to Distinguished Flying Cross - No.412 Squadron - Award effective 1 December 1944 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 239/45 dated 9 February 1945.

Squadron Leader Dover, now on his second tour of operational duty, has proved an outstanding leader, both in the air and on the ground. His great skill, coolness and tactical ability have contributed materially to the success of the squadron which, within a short period, has put out of action some 528 enemy vehicles. In addition, three enemy aircraft have been destroyed. By his outstanding keenness, iron determination and untiring devotion to duty, Squadron Leader Dover has set a splendid example to all.

 

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DOW, W/C Henry Robinson (J4893) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.431 Squadron (missing) - Award effective 1 September 1944 as per London Gazette dated 15 September 1944 and AFRO 2373/44 dated 3 November 1944. Born 1915 in Toronto; home there (auditor); enlisted there 21 June 190. Trained at No.2 ITS (graduated 22 November 1940), No.10 EFTS (graduated 4 January 1941) and No.5 SFTS (graduated 21 March 1941). Shot down and taken prisoner, 25 July 1944. No citation other than "completed...many successful operations during which [he has] displayed high skill, fortitude and devotion to duty." Medal presented in Toronto, 30 November 1949. Public Records Office Air 2/9276 has recommendation dated 20 June 1944 when he had flown 21 sorties (122 hours ten minutes), 22 October 1943 to 14 June 1944.

 

22 Oct 43 Kassell (4.40) 18 Mar 44 GARDENING (4.45)

early return 23 Mar 44 Laon (6.25)

3 Nov 43 Dusseldorf (5.15) 9 Apr 44 Lille (5.00)

25 Nov 43 Frankfurt (6.45) 20 Apr 44 Lens (4.30)

3 Dec 43 Leipzig (8.35) 1 May 44 St.Ghislain (4.20)

20 Dec 43 Frankfurt (7.30) 8 May 44 Haine St.Pierre (4.20)

24 Dec 43 GARDENING (3.35) 24 May 44 Trouville (4.05)

29 Dec 43 Berlin (7.55) 5 June 44 Merville (4.40)

29 Jan 44 Berlin (8.15) 7 June 44 Versaille Matelot

2 Feb 44 Berlin (6.25) (4.45)

13 Mar 44 Le Mans (6.00) 10 Jun 44 Versaille Matelot

16 Mar 44 Amiens (4.45) (5.30)

14 Jun 44 Cambrai (4.05)

 

This officer is an outstanding captain and leader who has participated in numerous sorties against well defended targets such as Frankfurt, Leipzig and Berlin. He has invariably displayed great courage and determination in his attacks and his efforts to ensure accuracy have been worthy of the highest praise.

 

His exceptional keenness, skill and determination, his devotion to duty, of time and energy in the training of other members of the squadron, and his splendid leadership have been an inspiration and example to all, which has contributed in a large measure to the efficiency of the squadron in which he was a Flight Commander and now leads as the Squadron Commander.

 

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DOW, F/L James Richard (J5691) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.635 Squadron - Award effective 5 August 1944 as per London Gazette dated 18 August 1944 and AFRO 2101/44 dated 29 September 1944. Born 1919 in Winnipeg; home there (educated at University of Manitoba); enlisted there 24 October 1940. Trained at No.2 ITS (graduated 23 December 1940), No.3 AOS (graduated 31 March 1941), No.2 BGS (graduated 12 May 1941) and No.1 ANS (graduated 9 June 1941). Commissioned 1941. No citation other than "completed...many successful operations against the enemy in which [he has] displayed high skill, fortitude and devotion to duty." All of his decorations (DSO, DFC and Bar) sent by registered mail, 23 April 1946. Public Records Office Air 2/9632 has recommendation dated 20 May 1944 when he had flown 40 sorties (269 hours) in what appears to have been an unusual, almost global that began in Europe, switched to Burma and then back to Europe.

 

First Segment Second Segment

 

23 Oct 41 Le Havre (4.10) 15 May 42 Akyab aerodrome

1 Nov 41 Le Havre (4.15) (6.15), day

22 Nov 41 Dunkirk (2.10) 3 June 42 Akyab (4.15), night

26 Nov 41 Emden (5.50) 18 Jun 42 Akyab (2.40), day

30 Nov 41 Emden (5.45) 22 Jun 42 Akyab (7.15), day

7 Dec 41 Aachen (3.50) 16 Apr 43 Akyab (5.20), night

16 Dec 41 Brest (7.20) 22 Apr 43 Meiktila satellite

28 Dec 41 Brest (5.30) (7.50)

7 Jan 42 Wilhelmshaven (5.20) 5 May 43 Prome (7.55)

21 Jan 42 Schipol aerodrome 11 May 43 Meiktila satellite

(2.45) (7.10)

17 May 43 Meiktila satellite

(7.00)

21 May 43 Mandalay (7.00)

23 May 43 Myitnge (7.15)

27 Jun 43 Firpo Brown (8.00), day

21 Jul 43 Taungup (4.20), night

23 Jul 43 Burmese coast (7.30), day

Third Segment

 

29 Dec 43 Berlin (6.25)

2 Jan 44 Berlin (7.05)

3 Jan 44 Berlin (6.50)

5 Jan 44 Stettin (8.40)

20 Jan 44 Berlin (7.35)

21 Jan 44 Magdeburg (6.30)

27 Jan 44 Berlin (7.40)

28 Jan 44 Berlin (7.55)

31 Jan 44 Berlin (6.20)

15 Feb 44 Frankfurt-on-Oder (7.45)

1 Mar 45 Stuttgart (7.20)

15 Mar 44 Stuttgart (7.00)

18 Mar 44 Frankfurt-on-Maine (5.05)

22 Mar 44 Frankfurt-on-Maine (5.15)

18 Apr 44 Rouen (3.30)

20 Apr 44 Ottiginies (3.10)

22 Apr 44 Laon (4.15)

24 Apr 44 Karlsruhe (6.30)

26 Apr 44 Villeneuve St.George, Paris (4.25)

27 Apr 44 Friedrichshaven (7.05)

 

Flight Lieutenant Dow has completed a great number of operational sorties with Bomber Command, in the course of which he has displayed great skill in navigation and bombing. His efforts have contributed largely to the navigational success of his crew.

 

NOTE: The Station Commander adds his comments:

 

Although a proportion of this officer's operations have been against relatively lightly defended targets in the Middle East [sic], almost all the last twenty have been against heavily defended targets in Germany, including Berlin seven times. He is a most determined but at the same time cheerful aircrew, and has been an inspiration to the rest of his crew.

 

DOW, S/L James Richard, DFC (J5691) - Bar to Distinguished Flying Cross - No.635 Squadron - Award effective 17 October 1944 as per London Gazette of that date (amended by London Gazette dated 31 October 1944) and AFRO 2534/44 dated 24 November 1944.

 

One night in August 1944, this officer was the bomb aimer in one of a force of bombers detailed to attack Stettin. By his appreciation of the responsibilities entrusted to him together with the accuracy of his bombing, Squadron Leader Dow played an important part in the success of the operation. This officer has rendered most valuable service.

 

DOW, S/L James Richard, DFC (J5691) - Distinguished Service Order - No.635 Squadron - Award effective 16 February 1945 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 563/45 dated 29 March 1945.

 

Since being awarded a Bar to the Distinguished Flying Cross, this officer has participated in many sorties against dangerous targets. The success achieved reflects the greatest credit on the efforts of Squadron Leader Dow, whose skill and determination have been outstanding. On one occasion, in September 1944, he was air bomber in an aircraft detailed to attack a target near Calais. Owing to the proximity of our ground forces, precise bombing was essential. Considerable anti-aircraft fire was directed at his aircraft whilst over the target. Nevertheless, Squadron Leader Dow executed a successful attack from low level. This officer has displayed the finest qualities of gallantry and devotion to duty.

 

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DOWDING, F/O Edward George (J23224) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.254 Squadron - Award effective 26 October 1944 as per London Gazette dated 7 November and AFRO 1/45 dated 5 January 1945. Born 1920 in Toronto; home there; enlisted there 14 November 1941. Trained at No.1 ITS (graduated 19 June 1942), No.9 EFTS (graduated 25 September 1942) and No.6 SFTS (graduated 5 February 1943). Commissioned 1943. Presented 22 June 1949.

 

Flying Officer Dowding has completed many operational sorties including fourteen major anti-shipping attacks. He has always pressed home his attack despite strong enemy opposition. The courage, determination and devotion to duty consistently displayed by him have always been of a high order.

 

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DOWDING, F/O Harry James (J16027) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.403 Squadron - Award effective 22 October 1943 as per London Gazette dated 29 October 1943 and AFRO 2457/43 dated 26 November 1943. Born 27 September 1921, Sarnia, Ontario; home there. Enlisted in London, Ontario, 14 March 1941. Trained at No.3 ITS (29 May to 14 July 1941), No.12 EFTS (15 July to 13 September 1941) and No.1 SFTS (14 September to 20 December 1941). Posted overseas, January 1942. Posted for further training to No.9 (P) AFU on 2 March 1942 and to No.58 OTU on 14 April 1942. At this latter unit he wrote off a Spitfire on 21 April 1942 on landing after his first solo on the type. With No.403 Squadron, 16 June 1942 to October 1943; to No.8 AFDU, 11 October 1943. With No.442 Squadron, 11 March 1944 to October 1944. Repatriated to Canada, 28 October 1944; released 6 February 1945. Credited with the following victories: 13 May 1943, one Bf.109 destroyed on his own plus one FW.190 destroyed (shared with two other pilots); 15 July 1943, one Bf.109 destroyed (shared with H.D. McDonald); 19 August 1943, one Bf.109 destroyed (shared with Brannagan); 6 September 1943, one FW.190 destroyed; 8 September 1943, one FW.190 damaged; 11 September 1943, one Bf.109 destroyed; 27 June 1944, two Bf.109s destroyed; 28 June 1944, one FW.190 damaged. In all he claimed 220 operational sorties. Awards presented 28 May 1947. See photos PL-19720 (full length portrait), PL-28938 (leading on tail of Spitfire) and PL-47295 (portrait by Robery Hyndman now in Canadian War Museum).

 

This pilot has at all times displayed the utmost keenness to engage the enemy, and has destroyed three enemy aircraft as well as sharing in the destruction of two others and damaging two more. He has taken part in numerous operations over enemy territory, many of which were deep penetrations on escort duty. In a period of five days he recently succeeded in destroying two enemy aircraft and damaging another. His flying skill and fighting spirit have at all times been of the highest order.

 

DOWDING, S/L Harry James, DFC (J16027) - Bar to Distinguished Flying Cross - No.442 Squadron - Award effective 1 December 1944 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 239/45 dated 9 February 1945.

 

This officer continues to display the highest standard of skill, courage and devotion to duty. His example has greatly inspired the squadron which, within a period of a few weeks, has inflicted much loss on the enemy. More than 500 mechanical vehicles have been put out of action, many of them by Squadron Leader Dowding. In addition, this officer destroyed two of the nineteen enemy aircraft which were shot down by the squadron during the period.

 

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DOWIE, F/L Charles Stuart (J6008) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.408 Squadron - Award effective 29 July 1942 as per London Gazette dated 4 August 1942 and AFRO 1413/42 dated 4 September 1942. Born 1914 in Leader, Saskatchewan; home there; enlisted in Saskatoon, 9 December 1940. Trained at No.2 ITS, No.6 EFTS, and No.4 SFTS. Commissioned 1941. Posted to No.426 Squadron from No.26 OTU on formation (20 October 1942). Invested with DFC by the King, 8 December 1942.

 

This officer has completed a large number of sorties involving attacks on targets both in Germany and German occupied territory. He is a skilful and determined pilot who has achieved success against heavily defended targets. His courage in the face of enemy fire has set an inspiring example.

 

DOWIE, S/L Charles Stewart (J6008) - Bar to Distinguished Flying Cross - No.426 Squadron - Award effective 4 March 1943 as per London Gazette dated 23 March 1943 and AFRO 757/43 dated 30 April 1943. Award presented 23 November 1943.

One night in February 1943, this officer captained an aircraft detailed to attack a target in Hamburg. In the face of heavy opposition fire from the ground defences Squadron Leader Dowie pressed home a vigorous attack, but immediately after releasing his bombs the aircraft was hit. The hydraulic system was damaged, causing the bomb doors to open and the flaps to sag. Nevertheless, Squadron Leader Dowie set a direct course for home. Although his aircraft was subject to almost continuous anti-aircraft fire, until the enemy's coast was crossed, he flew the damaged bomber to an airfield in this country where he effected a masterly landing. His skilful airmanship was undoubtedly responsible for the safe return of the aircraft and its crew.

 

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DOWIE, G/C Henry Russell (C884) - Officer, Order of the British Empire - No.7 Equipment Depot - Award effective 1 January 1946 as per Canada Gazette of that date and AFRO 82/45 dated 25 January 1946. Joined RCAF in Winnipeg, 17 July 1938.

 

This Commanding Officer has contributed the full benefit of his capabilities to the efficient administration of the Service. His administrative ability, experience in all phases of equipment procedure, leadership qualities and fine example have been of invaluable assistance in securing from all personnel under his direction the utmost in endeavour and co-operation.

 

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DOWLER, Sergeant George Duncan (R107352) - Mention in Despatches - Croft - Award effective 14 June 1945 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 1600/45 dated 12 October 1945. AFRO gives unit only as "Overseas". DHist file 181.009 D.4364 (RG.24 Vol.20648) gives unit and has recommendation submitted 3 May 1945, CO Croft to CO No.64 Base. Home in North Saskatoon; enlisted in Saskatoon, 16 June 1941; had served 18 months in Canada, 28 months overseas.

 

This NCO by his constant cheerfulness and devotion to duty has greatly contributed to the success of bombing up operations. For a period of one year as deputy to the officer in charge of Armament Daily Servicing he performed outstanding work. His initiative and application have always been an example to all.

 

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DOWLING, WO John Patrick (R123580) - Mention in Despatches - No.120 Squadron - 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 August 1941. Trained at No.3 WS (graduated 11 May 1942) and No.2 BGS (graduated 3 February 1943).

 

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DOWLING, P/O Floyd Douglas (J94157) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.425 Squadron - Award effective 23 November 1945 as per London Gazette dated 7 December 1945 and AFRO 244/46 dated 8 March 1946. Home in St.Catharines, Ontario; enlisted in Hamilton, 28 October 1942. Trained at No.4 WS (graduated 31 December 1943) and No.1 AOS (graduated 28 February 1944). No citation, "completed... numerous operations against the enemy in the course of which [he has] invariably displayed the utmost fortitude, courage and devotion to duty." DHist file 181.009 D.2618 (RG.24 Vol.20627) has recommendation dated 16 May 1945 when he had flown 27 sorties (166 hours 50 minutes). NOTE: "Lloyd" or "Floyd" ?

 

On April 10th, 1945, the crew of which Pilot Officer Dowling is wireless operator was detailed to carry out a daylight raid on Heligoland. Shortly after leaving the English coast, Pilot Officer Dowling noticed that an aircraft was in difficulty. The aircraft was seen to break away from the stream and to dive towards the North Sea. His speedy action in transmitting the time and location of the accident resulted in a rescue plane being at the scene of the accident within three hours of the mishap. Two RCAF personnel were rescued from the North Sea. Throughout his whole tour of operations, Pilot Officer Dowling has been remarkably efficient in his capacity of Wireless Operator Air Gunner. His energy, enthusiasm and staunch devotion to duty have been largely responsible for the fine record set up by his crew.

 

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DOWNER, P/O William Watson (J86143) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.93 Squadron (deceased) - Award effective 15 April 1944 as per London Gazette dated 21 December 1945 and AFRO 155/46 dated 15 February 1946. Born 30 July 1922 at Wybridge, Ontario. Home in Midland, Ontario; enlisted in Hamilton, 20 October 1941. Trained at No.6 ITS (graduated 28 March 1942), No.12 EFTS (graduated 20 June 1942), and No.1 SFTS (wings on 9 October 1942). Promoted to Flight Sergeant, 9 April 1943 and to Warrant Officer (2nd Class) on 9 October 1943; commissioned 27 March 1944. Arrived in UK 5 November 1942; posted to No.5 (P) AFU, 22 December 1942 and to No.53 OTU, 23 February 1943. To No.5 PDC, 5 May 1943; posted to North Africa, arriving 27 May 1943. With Headquarters, No.325 Wing, 7 June 1943 and No.108 RSU, 21 June 1943. Joined No.93 Squadron on 4 September 1943. Killed in action (Spitfire MH643) 16 April 1944, returning from sortie in failing light over sea, misjudged height and crashed at sea. Grave not known; name on Malta Memorial. Chris Shores, in Aces High (2nd edition) gives the following listing of victories: 15 October 1943, one Bf.109 damaged, Voltyrno River (Spitfire BR487); 13 February 1944, one Bf.109 destroyed, Anzio (Spitfire EN138; on this occasion he was one of ten Spitfire pilots covering the beaches; he gained his victory at 1300 hours but then his engine failed due to a glycol leak; throttle back and was able to land at Nettuno); 16 February 1944, one FW.190 destroyed and one FW.190 damaged, Anzio (Spitfire EN138); 19 February 1944, one Bf.109 destroyed, Anzio (Spitfire MH602); 27 March 1944, two FW.190s destroyed north of Rome (Spitfire MH602).

 

Pilot Officer Downer has flown as a pilot with this squadron throughout the Italian campaign. In his first combat in October 1943, he damaged a Messerschmitt 109 and over the Anzio beachhead he destroyed three enemy aircraft in one week. He has since destroyed two more bringing his total victories to five. Pilot Officer Downer has proved himself a keen and determined fighter pilot. He has always shown the utmost keenness to press home his attacks.

 

NOTE: Public Record Office Air 2/9629 has the original recommendation (by Squadron Leader J.H. Cloete), made on 29 March 1944 when he had flown 504 hours (130 in the previous six months); his operational hours totalled 117 (79 sorties). The text was much longer than the final citation:

 

Warrant Officer Downer joined the squadron in September 1943 and has flown throughout the Italian campaign. His quiet, diffident manner gave no hint of the cool determination with which he would face the enemy, though he damaged a Messerschmitt 109 in his first combat in October 1943.

 

It was when the testing time came, over the Anzio beachhead, that he showed his true quality. He opened his score on 13th February 1944 by destroying one Messerschmitt 109, following this on 16th February 1944 by destroying one Focke-Wulf 190 and again destroying one Focke-Wulf 190 on 19th February, making a total of three in a week.

 

On 27th March 1944 he destroyed two Focke-Wulf 190s in the course of a single sortie. With a total of five destroyed and two damaged to his credit, Warrant Officer Downer is strongly recommended for his courage and example which is an inspiration to all who have flown with him.

 

The Group Captain who commanded bis wing concurred on 31 March 1944, writing:

 

Warrant Officer Downer has proved himself to be a keen and determined fighter pilot. He has always shown great enthusiasm to press home his attacks on the enemy. I strongly recommend this award.

 

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DOWNES, FS George William (R680) - Mention in Despatches - Award effective 8 June 1944 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 1380/44 dated 30 June 1944 - No.145 Squadron (since moved to No.10 SFTS). Born in Suffield, England; educated at Selkirk Public School. Home in St.James, Manitoba. Enlisted in Winnipeg, 18 May 1940; airframe mechanic.

 

This NCO has distinguished himself by his continued excellent work in a squadron maintenance unit. His dependability in the performance of his duties has been outstanding.

 

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DOWNEY, F/O Wilfred (J35760) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.420 Squadron - Award effective 6 January 1945 as per London Gazette dated 16 January 1945 and AFRO 508/45 dated 23 March 1945. Born 1915 in Toronto; home there (time keeper); enlisted there 10 June 1942. Trained at No.5 ITS (graduated 17 September 1943) and No.4 AOS (graduated 17 September 1943). Commissioned 1943. No citation other than "completed...numerous operations against the enemy in the course of which [he has] invariably displayed the utmost fortitude, courage and devotion to duty." DHist file 181.009 D.1730 (Public Archives RG.24 Vol.20607) has recommendation dated 11 October 1944 when he had flown 34 sorties (166 hours 25 minutes). Invested at Buckingham Palace, 13 July 1945.

 

Flying Officer Downey, as Navigator in Flying Officer Gellen's crew, has displayed throughout his tour exceptional qualities of leadership and coolness in action. His ability as navigator in unquestionable and although his sorties included some of the enemy's most heavily defended areas, Flying Officer Downey, with complete disregard of any opposition, guided his aircraft directly to the target. The success of this crew on their operational tour was due in no small measure to the co-operation, coolness and devotion to duty of this officer...

 

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DOWNING, F/O George Oscar (J24544) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.149 Squadron - Award effective 4 November 1944 as per London Gazette dated 14 November 1944 and AFRO 239/45 dated 9 February 1945. Born 1917 in Toronto; home there; enlisted there 28 April 1942. Trained at No.6 ITS (graduated 9 November 1942), No.1 BGS (graduated 8 February 1943) and No.1 AOS (graduated 19 March 1943). Commissioned March 1943. Sent by registered mail, 19 February 1949.

 

Flying Officer Downing has taken part in a large number of operational sorties. In March 1944 he was air bomber in an aircraft detailed for a mining operation. The mission, which called for a high degree of skill and accuracy by the bomb aimer, was successfully accomplished and an excellent photograph obtained. This officer has consistently displayed a high standard of efficiency, keenness and great devotion to duty.

 

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DOWNS, FS Delbert Leroy (R92638) - British Empire Medal - No.23 EFTS - Award effective 1 January 1946 as per Canada Gazette of that date and AFRO 82/46 dated 25 January 1946. Enlisted in Calgary, 24 February 1941. Governor General's Records (RG.7 Group 26, Volume 59, file 190-I, dossier 8) has citation. See DHist file 181.009 D.1262 (RG.24 Vol.20597); recommended for Canada Medal, 29 February 1944; stated he had been in charge of messing at the school since 26 October 1942, attending to his duties "in a more than zealous manner" and "continually searching for and finding new ways and means leading to the improvement of both the meals themselves and the surroundings in which they are served."

 

This non-commissioned officer, in charge of Messing at this Unit, has, over a long period of time, performed arduous and difficult duties far above those normally expected. His leadership and personal example have inspired those under him and he has been personally responsible to a large extent for the excellent state of morale of the personnel on this Unit. His work has been invaluable.

 

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DOYLE, F/L Edmund O'Flynn (J11471) - 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 Belleville, Ontario; enlisted in Kingston, 6 June 1940. Trained at No.1 ITS (graduated 19 July 1940), No.1 EFTS (graduated 13 September 1940) and No.1 SFTS (graduated 6 January 1941.

 

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DOYLE, G/C Michael Guy (C195) - Mention in Despatches - EAC Headquarters - Award effective 14 June 1945 as per Canada Gazette of that date and AFRO 1127/45 dated 6 July 1945. Home in Jacquet River, New Brunswick. Joined RCAF, June 1936; qualified for pilot wings, 4 May 1937. Prewar service with No.6 (Torpedo Bomber) Squadron; appointed CO of that unit, May 1940. To No.116 Squadron as CO, August 1941; to Station Shelburne as CO, December 1942; to EAC as staff officer, July 1944. Overseas from April 1945 to July 1946. Postwar service included command of Station Goose Bay and Air Attache to Prague. Awarded Queen's Coronation Medal, 21 October 1953, while on staff of AFHQ. Retired February 1962. Died in Ottawa, 25 June 1984 in 73rd year. Photo PL-104152 is good shot.

 

Throughout his service in operational squadrons, and latterly in command of an operational station in Eastern Air Command, this officer has at all times carried out his duties in the best interest of the service. His sound judgement and fair treatment of those under him have earned the respect and loyal support of all personnel who have served under him.

 

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