DRAIMIN, F/L Theodore King (C16015) - Mention in Despatches - Overseas - Award effective 8 June 1944 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 1729/44 dated 11 August 1944. Enlisted in Toronto, 17 April 1941. Radar officer. Died in Toronto, 11 March 2001. No citation in AFRO.

 

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DRAPER, F/O John William Patterson (J10159) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.111 Squadron - Award effective 1 July 1943 as per London Gazette dated 9 July 1943 and AFRO 1724/43 dated 27 August 1943. Born 1921 in Toronto; home there; enlisted there 23 April 1941. Trained at No.1 ITS (graduated 25 August 1941), No.20 EFTS (graduated 10 October 1941), and No.2 SFTS (graduated 16 January 1942). Commissioned 1942. Arrived overseas 18 March 1942. Further trained at No.9 (P) AFU and No.58 OTU. To No.611 Squadron, 18 August 1942; to No.111 Squadron, 11 November 1942 to 3 June 1943. See Halliday ace sheets.

 

During the campaign in North-West Africa, Flying Officer Draper has destroyed three enemy aircraft and shared in the destruction of a fourth. He invariably displays outstanding courage and enthusiasm for flying operations. On one occasion he brought his aircraft into collision with an enemy aircraft, causing its destruction without serious damage to his own. His continued keenness and devotion to duty have been a valuable inspiration to his fellow pilots.

 

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DRAPER, F/L Leonard Alvin (J5704) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.113 (BR) Squadron - Award effective 8 June 1944 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 1380/44 dated 30 June 1944. Born 25 March 1922 at Toronto. Attended Earl Grey School and Riverdale Collegiate Institute. Enlisted in that city, 24 October 1940. Trained at No.2 ITS (graduated 23 December 1940), No.10 EFTS (graduated 29 March 1941) and No.5 SFTS (graduated 16 June 1941. As of award had flown 1,200 hours, 706 operational hours (124 sorties).

 

This officer has completed over a hundred operational sorties in the North Atlantic area and in Bomber Command. Throughout his operational career he has displayed exceptional fortitude and devotion, and his untiring efforts in the continuous execution of his duties have been outstanding.

 

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DRECHSLER, FS Walter William Adolphe Joseph (R75287) - Distinguished Flying Medal - No.150 Squadron - Award effective 23 April 1943 as per London Gazette dated 14 May 1942 and AFRO 1078/43 dated 11 June 1943. Born 1918 in Saskatchewan; home in Mimico (trapper); enlisted in Saskatoon, 13 November 1940. Trained at No.1 ITS (graduated 4 May 1941), No.3 EFTS (ceased training 21 May 1941), No.3 BGS (graduated 11 October 1941), No.6 AOS (graduated 31 August 1941), and No.1 CNS (graduated 10 November 1941).


In most hazardous circumstances this airman displayed courage and fortitude worthy of the highest praise during air operations.

 

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DREW, P/O Charles Cyril (J23033) - Air Force Cross - No.2 SFTS - Award effective 16 April 1943 as per London Gazette of 13 April 1943 and AFRO 1035/43 dated 4 June 1943. Trained at No.1 ITS (graduated 7 February 1941), No.4 EFTS (graduated 10 April 1941) and No.9 SFTS (graduated 21 June 1941). The following citation found in Governor General's Records, RG.7 Group 26, Volume 57, file for 1943; it indicates he was recommended while still an NCO (R56434).

 

This Warrant Officer has been employed as a Flying Instructor for fifteen months during which time he has always carried out his duties in a most painstaking and dependable manner. This, together with his initiative and extreme devotion to duty, has set an example which is especially commendable. These factors become evident by the skill and knowledge displayed by the pupils of Warrant Officer Drew. He has completed 1,400 instructional flying hours.

 

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DREW, F/O William (J44132) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.159 Squadron - Award effective 15 January 1946 as per London Gazette dated 29 January 1946 and AFRO 322/46 dated 29 March 1946. Home in Timmins; enlisted North Bay, 13 August 1942. Trained at No.7 ITS (graduated 9 July 1943), No.7 BGS (graduated 26 February 1944), and No.7 AOS (graduated 21 April 1944).

 

Flying Officer Drew has completed a tour of operational duty during which he has participated in numerous target marking and low level sorties. He is a bomb aimer of outstanding ability and skill, and on one occasion he was responsible for the destruction of an enemy depot ship at Satahib Bay. This officer also shared in the destruction of a span of the Kanchanaburi Bridge cutting the vital supply line between Bangkok and Moulmein. Throughout his tour Flying Officer Drew by his skill and devotion to duty has largely contributed to the successes achieved.

 

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DREWERY, F/O John Ronald (J28817) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.101 Squadron - Award effective 22 May 1945 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 1147/45 dated 13 July 1945. Born 1924 in Markham, Ontario; home in Stouffonville (?) or Lemonville, Ontario; enlisted in Toronto, 9 September 1942. Trained at No.6 ITS (graduated 10 July 1943), No.2 BGS (graduated 16 October 1943) and No.5 AOS (graduated 26 November 1943). Commissioned 1943. Attended Carleton School of Journalism after the war; worked in the Motion Picture division of the Canadian Army, serving in Korea, Cyprus and Gerany. Joined CBC in 1961 as a Parliamentary reporter, war correspondent and news anchore. Died in Ottawa, 3 February 2002.


Flying Officer Drewery has participated in many sorties as an air bomber and has at all times displayed a high standard of ability and determination. One night in February 1945 he was detailed to take part in an attack against Pforzheim. When over the target area, an enemy fighter was sighted. Flying Officer Drewery promptly manned the front gun turret, gave his pilot the necessary combat manoeuvre, and then opened fire. His bullets struck the enemy aircraft which caught fire, dived [diving ?] towards the ground where it exploded on impact. By his vigilance, promptitude and good shooting, this officer contributed in good measure to the safety of his aircraft. Flying Officer Drewery is a most devoted and fearless member of aircraft crew.

 

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DREWETT, Corporal Gordon Rae (R100121) - Mention in Despatches - Station Leeming - Award effective 1 January 1945 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 425/45 dated 9 March 1945. Home in Portage la Prairie, Manitoba. Enlisted in Winnipeg 21 March 1941. DHist file 181.009 D.2619 (RG.24 Vol.20628) has recommendation forwarded 31 July 1944 to No.6 Group Headquarters. Had served nine months in Canada, 37 months overseas.

 

This NCO, since returning from Africa, where he served for six months, has been filling the establishment of Sergeant and has carried out his duties in a most efficient and conscientious manner.

 

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DRIMMIE, F/O Gordon Robert (J16306) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.405 Squadron - Award effective 5 February 1944 as per London Gazette dated 15 February 1944 and AFRO 644/44 dated 24 March 1944. Born 1922; home in Vancouver; enlisted Calgary 17 February 1941. Trained at No.2 ITS (graduated 25 April 1941), No.19 EFTS (graduated 25 September 1941) and No.10 SFTS (graduated 19 December 1941). Commissioned 1942. Killed in action 14 January 1944 (Lancaster ND423); buried in Germany. Medal sent to next-of-kin, 8 March 1946 via Governor General. No citation other than "...completed ...many successful operations against the enemy in which [he] displayed high skill, fortitude and devotion to duty." Public Records Office Air 2/8782 has recommendation dated 22 December 1943 when he had flown 31 sorties (180 hours 16 minutes) as follows:

 

1 Nov 42 St.Omer (1.50) 15 Sep 43 Montlucon (5.57)

6 Dec 42 Eindoven (2.30) 22 Sep 43 Hanover (5.41)

15 Jan 43 Cherbourg (1.30) 23 Sep 43 Mannheim (6.01)

22 Jan 43 St.Omer (2.15) 4 Oct 43 Frankfurt (5.46)

26 Jan 43 St.Omer (2.40) 8 Oct 43 Hanover (5.18)

13 Feb 43 St.Malo (4.55) 18 Oct 43 Hanover (5.57)

15 Feb 43 Dunkirk (1.50) 20 Oct 43 Leipzig (6.53)

30 Jul 43 Remscheld (6.10) 22 Oct 43 Kassel (4.50)


2 Aug 43 Hamburg (6.25) 3 Nov 43 Cologne (4.31)

9 Aug 43 Mannheim (8.14) 10 Nov 43 Modane (7.10)

10 Aug 43 Nuremburg (8.55) 22 Nov 43 Berlin (6.21)

12 Aug 43 Milan (9.45) 23 Nov 43 Berlin (6.02)

17 Aug 43 Peenemunde (7.35) 26 Nov 43 Berlin (7.06)

22 Aug 43 Leverkusen (6.45) 3 Dec 43 Leipzig (6.32)

23 Aug 43 Berlin (8.10) 16 Dec 43 Berlin (7.11)

27 Aug 43 Nuremburg (8.45)

 

This pilot has displayed coolness and devotion to duty of a very high order during the many operational sorties he has carried out with this squadron. He has set a high example to his crew and to the rest of the squadron. He has participated in attacks on most of the enemy's heavily defended targets including Leipzig, Frankfurt, Mannheim and Berlin. This officer is strongly recommended for the award of the Distinguished Flying Cross.

 

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DRINKWATER, LAC William Caleb (R170699) - Mention in Despatches - Middleton St.George (AFRO gives only "Overseas") - Award effective 14 June 1945 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 1647/45 dated 26 October 1945. Home in Guelph, Ontario. Enlisted in Toronto, 11 June 1942. DHist file 181.009 D.4364 (RG.24 Vol.20648) has recommendation sent to No.6 Group Headquarters, 2 February 1945 when he had served five months in Canada, 24 months overseas. Armourer.

 

This airman is a very hard worker and extremely dependable. Always he can be depended upon to do more than is asked or required from him. He has been an outstanding example for the remainder of his section.

 

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DRIVER, P/O Paul Edward (J85612) - Belgian Croix de Guerre 1940 with Palm (deceased) - Awarded 17 July 1948 as per Canada Gazette of that date and AFRO 455/48 dated 23 July 1948. Home in Toronto. Air gunner, killed in action with No.432 Squadron, 27/28 April 1944, Halifax LW592. Buried in Belgium.

 

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DROLET, WO1 Albert Carroll (Can 2071) - Member, Order of the British Empire - No.9 BGS - Award effective 14 June 1945 as per Canada Gazette of that date and AFRO 1127/45 dated 6 July 1945. Born in Ottawa, 10 May 1915. Educated there including Osgoode Public School, Glebe Collegiate and Ottawa Technical School. Home in Ottawa; enlisted there 6 February 1936. Master mechanic.

 


Warrant Officer Class I Drolet has been on strength at this unit for the last two and a half years. During this time he has shown exceptional ability in his trade and is an outstanding organizer. He has been responsible on various for introducing improved methods of maintenance procedure, which have contributed greatly in enabling this unit to maintain a high standard of aircraft serviceability and efficiency in the operation of the maintenance wing. He has a keen sense of devotion to duty and is an outstanding warrant officer whose service ethics are of a very high standard.

 

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DRYDEN, F/L Robert Page (J24224) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.432 Squadron - Award effective 16 July 1944 as per London Gazette dated 25 January 1946 and AFRO 244/46 dated 8 March 1946. Born 1921 in Galt, Ontario; home in Guelph (bank teller); enlisted in Toronto 2 April 1942. Trained at No.3 ITS (graduated 12 September 1942), No.1 BGS (graduated 7 November 1942), and No.10 AOS (graduated 19 March 1943. Commissioned March 1943.

 

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

 

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DRYNAN, W/C Norman Livingstone (C349) - Air Force Cross - No.16 SFTS - Award effective as of 1 January 1945 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 89/45 dated 19 January 1945. Enlisted in Hamilton 1 July 1936. Earned wings 12 February 1939. Had flown 1,400 flying hours to date, 596 flying hours as instructor, 120 hours in previous six months. Retired 28 November 1944.

 

This officer, as chief instructor at this school, has helped to organize and effect a new programe of combined training, which has proved of outstanding value to all aircrew. His initiative and resourcefulness have resulted in a higher standard of personnel graduating from this school. He is a most capable and efficient pilot whose good leadership and unfailing devotion to duty have been an example and inspiration to those serving under him.

 

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DUBAS, P/O John (J87988) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.10 Squadron - Award effective 15 March 1945 as per London Gazette dated 27 March 1945 and AFRO 1085/45 dated 29 June 1945. Born 1916 at Narol, Manitoba; home at Narol Post Office, Manitoba (school teacher); enlisted in Winnipeg 1 May 1942. Trained at No.2 ITS (graduated 2 January 1943) and No.2 AOS (graduated 14 May 1943). Commissioned July 1944.

 


Throughout a large number of sorties this officer has proved to be a determined and gallant member of aircraft crew. He has materially contributed to the many successes achieved by his crew. In April 1944, Pilot Officer Dubas was navigator in an aircraft detailed for a sortie to Karlsruhe. Enroute to the target his aircraft was attacked by a Messerschmitt 110 and driven off the course. By cool and accurate navigation this officer guided his aircraft to the target and despite two separate attacks by enemy fighters when on the return flight he navigated it safely back to base.

 

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DUBE, P/O Joseph Roland Gerard (J16994) - Mention in Despatches - No.20 Operational Training Unit - Award effective 14 January 1944 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 874/44 dated 21 April 1944. Born in Grand'Mere, Quebec, 6 January 1921; home there; enlisted in Montreal, 13 May 1941. Trained at No.3 ITS (graduated 3 January 1942), No.9 AOS (graduated 21 November 1941), No.1 BGS (graduated 3 January 1942), and No.2 ANS (graduated 2 February 1942). NOTE: ITS graduation date must be in error. Recommended for a Non-Immediate DFC, 3 August 1943, for services as a navigator with No.425 Squadron. Award not granted. At that time he had flown 31 sorties (189 operational hours); described as having "set a fine record by his keenness, cool judgement and determination". His instructional duties included work with Free French aircrew. Released from RCAF, 20 January 1945 but re-engaged, 15 October 1948, serving in No.103 SAR Flight and No.405 Squadron. No citation to MiD.

 

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DUBE, P/O Ronald Archie Hugh (J17405) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.102 Squadron - Award effective 30 November 1943 as per London Gazette dated 10 December 1943 and AFRO 297/44 dated 11 February 1944. Born 1921 in Edmunston, New Brunswick; home there; enlisted in Moncton, New Brunswick, 15 March 1941. Trained at No.3 ITS (graduated 27 July 1941), No.17 EFTS (graduated 13 September 1941) and No.6 BGS (graduated 29 September 1941). Commissioned 1943. Award presented 5 July 1945. No citation other than "completed...many successful operations against the enemy in which [he has] displayed high skill, fortitude and devotion to duty."

 

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DUBOIS, F/O Maurice Leo (J25922) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.550 Squadron - Award effective 3 October 1944 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 2534/44 dated 24 November 1944. Born 1922 in St.Boniface, Manitoba; home in Norwood, Manitoba (clerk); enlisted in Winnipeg, 30 April 1942. Trained at No.3 ITS (graduated 25 September 1942), No.4 EFTS (graduated 23 December 1942) and No.8 SFTS (graduated 30 April 1943). Commissioned 1943.

 


In August 1944, Flying Officer Dubois was detailed to attack an oil storage depot at Dugny. On the bombing run his aircraft was twice hit by anti-aircraft fire and on the second occasion this officer was severely wounded in the neck by shrapnel. He fainted momentarily but recovered to find the aircraft in a steep dive. Regaining control of the aircraft, he called for a first aid kit and had his wounds dressed by a member of the crew. Although feeling very weak from loss of blood, he made another bombing run and successfully attacked the target. He afterwards flew his aircraft back to base and made a successful landing. Flying Officer Dubois has participated in many sorties and his determination to complete his missions regardless of his own personal safety has set a fine example to his squadron.

 

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DUBOIS, Sergeant Pierre Calixte (R130114) - British Empire Medal - RCAF Overseas Headquarters - Award effective 1 January 1944 as per Canada Gazette of that date and AFRO 113/44 dated 21 January 1944. Born 24 October 1908 at Cache Bay, Ontario. Enlisted in North Bay, 30 September 1941.

 

Sergeant Dubois is one of the outstanding NCOs at this Headquarters both in appearance and ability. He is a former Court Reporter and his civilian experience has been very beneficial to the Service. He is a keen and conscientious worker who sets a fine example by his interest in those working with him. He is never too busy to help in the training of junior members of the staff and, in addition, he has frequently been called upon to act as reporter in Service Courts and Inquiries. These extra duties have been assumed with a willingness and spirit of co-operation. Sergeant Dubois is an excellent organizer who is willing to accept responsibility.

 

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DUBOIS, FS (now P/O) Raymond (R114911/J18861) - Distinguished Flying Medal - No.166 Squadron - Award effective 30 November 1943 as per London Gazette dated 7 December 1943 and AFRO 166/44 dated 28 January 1944. Born 1921 in Coderre, Saskatchewan; home there; enlisted in Regina, 30 July 1941. Trained at No.4 ITS (graduated 13 March 1942), No.16 EFTS (graduated 22 May 1942) and No.4 SFTS (graduated 11 September 1942). No citation other than "completed...many successful operations against the enemy in which [he has] displayed high skill, fortitude and devotion to duty."

 

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DUCHAK, Sergeant John Dana (R176475) - Mention in Despatches - Overseas - Award effective 1 January 1946 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 155/46 dated 15 February 1946. Born in Regina, 24 July 1921; enlisted there 24 July 1942. Employed as a commercial artist in Regina, 1941-42. Posted to No.2 Manning Depot, Brandon, 29 August 1942; to No.12 SFTS, Brandon, 6 November 1942; to No.3 BGS, Macdonald, 21 February 1943; promoted to LAC, 5 April 1943; promoted Sergeant on graduation, 14 May 1943); to "Y" Depot, Halifax, 19 May 1943; embarked for overseas 15 June 1943; arrived in UK, 24 June 1943; to No.23 OTU, 6 July 1943; repeatedly suffered airsickness and was posted to RCAF Overseas Headquarters, 22 November 1943; to No.6 Group Headquarters, 21 December 1943; reclassified as "General Duties", 25 January 1944; to "R" Depot, 11 July 1945; considerable Temporary Duty in York until repatriated to Canada, 15 February 1946; released in Winnipeg, 15 April 1946.

 

He was employed as a cartoonist at No.6 Group Headquarters. On 19 February 1945, W/C T.S. Mackay (General Intelligence Officer) wrote of him, "This airman has been employed at 6 Group Headquarters as an artist. He possesses marked ability and originality, is untiring in his efforts, and creates a spirit of harmony in his section." A report dated 11 July 1945, while at Torquay, stated, "Since February 1944 recommended for art work on training and operational duties. NCO in charge of section (with 3 men)." Another report dated 10 April 1946 stated he had been "highly recommended for art work on training and operational duties", that he "was commended in despatches for art work overseas" and "had charge of own section in Bomber Command". In January 1999, Sergeant Andre Ravary, No.415 Squadron, Greenwood, Nova Scotia, reported that the Greenwood Aviation Museum was in possession of two watercolour cartoon drawings of RCAF personnel, signed by Duchak and autographed by "Bomber" Harris.

 

There is another document which indicates his skill. On 29 September 1944, S/L R.M. Anderson (AFHQ, Ottawa) wrote to the Air Officer Commanding, RCAF Overseas. The subject was "V.D. Control - Education - Special V.D. Poster". The letter read as follows:

 

1. The original coloured V.D. Poster drawn up in No.6 (RCAF) Group was received by the Headquarters.

 

2. The difficulties of having such a multi-coloured lithograph reproduced are about as great here as they apparently are Overseas. Since this poster is one of the best that has yet been produced, every effort will be made to have it printed. However, this Headquarters is not too optimistic about the printing.

 

The letter carried a minute, directing that a copy be placed on Sergeant Duchak's file, "as he was responsible for this poster which has received such favourable comment".

 

He intended to go into art work and cartooning after the war. As of 1986 he was living in Rockland, Maine.

 

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DUCHARME, Sergeant Joseph John Leon (R53828) - British Empire Medal - No.5 OTU - Award effective 1 January 1946 as per Canada Gazette of that date and AFRO 82/46 dated 25 January 1946. Home in Ottawa; enlisted there 17 May 1940.

 


This non-commissioned officer has been at this Operational Training Unit since it was first organized. In this period he has proved an outstanding airframe mechanic and non-commissioned officer whose interest in work is far beyond the call of duty and has never flagged. By this he has set an excellent example to his associates and is an inspiration to the airmen with whom he serves.

 

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DUCHESNAY, F/O Adolphe Antoine Henri Jules Noel Andrew (J11502) -Distinguished Flying Cross - No.10 Squadron - Award effective 22 September 1944 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 2274/44 dated 20 October 1944. Born 1922 in Chicoutimi; home in Quebec; enlisted there 17 March 1941 following service with Royal Rifles of Canada and Quebec Artillery. Trained at No.3 ITS (graduated 3 July 1941), No.21 EFTS (graduated 21 September 1941), No.9 SFTS (ceased training 21 November 1941), No.8 AOS (graduated 16 February 1942), No.4 BGS (graduated 29 March 1942) and No.2 ANS (graduated 27 April 1942). Commissioned 1942. NOTE: Sequence of names might be Andre Adolphe Antoine Henri.

 

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

 

DUCHESNAY, F/L Adolphe Antoine Henri Jules Noel Andre, DFC (J11502) - Bar to Distinguished Flying Cross - No.426 Squadron - Award effective 8 September 1945 as per London Gazette dated 21 September 1945 and AFRO 1704/45 dated 9 November 1945. Navigator to F/O A.C. Davies.

 

Flight Lieutenant Duchesnay has recently completed his second tour of operations and has proved himself to be an outstanding navigator of exceptional skill and courage. The extreme accuracy of the bombing done by his crew on many occasions has been largely due to this officer's navigational ability and his close co-operation with the other members of his crew.

 

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DUERN, F/O Stewart Barclay (J21786) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.425 Squadron - Award effective 6 January 1945 as per London Gazette dated 16 January 1945 and AFRO 508/45 dated 23 March 1945. Born 1919 in Ottawa; home in Hamilton (commercial artist; ex-Signals Corps); enlisted there 30 September 1941. Trained at No.3 ITS (graduated 10 April 1942), No.7 BGS (graduated 18 December 1942) and No.4 AOS (graduated 6 November 1942). Commissioned 1942. Medal sent by registered mail, 30 March 1949. Recommended 22 October 1944 when he had flown 34 sorties (161 operational hours). 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." Recommendation read:

 

A bomb aimer in a Halifax bomber, Flying Officer Duern has recently completed a tour of operations against enemy targets. Among the more important targets bombed were Stuttgart, Kiel, Wesselling, Hamburg and Osnabruck.


On the night of July 18th, 1944, his crew was detailed to bomb Wesselling, Germany. The target was heavily defended and the aircraft was riddled with heavy flak while coned. Undaunted by this adverse condition, Flying Officer Duern, making use of all the skill at his command, drove home a successful attack.

 

In times of stress, his cool efficiency and unfailing accuracy have been largely responsible for the splendid record set up by his crew. His ability for precise bombing has been a constant source of encouragement and confidence to the other members of his crew.

 

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DUFF, F/O Thomas Raymond Noel (J16125) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.405 Squadron - Award effective 19 June 1944 as per London Gazette dated 30 June 1944 and AFRO 1861/44 dated 25 August 1944. Born 1920 in Belfast, Ireland; home in Prince Albert, Saskatchewan; enlisted Saskatoon, 4 June 1940. Trained at No.4 BGS (graduated 23 December 1940) and No.1 WS (graduated 24 November 1940). Commissioned 1942. Award presented 8 April 1949. No citation other than "completed...many successful operations against the enemy in which [he has] displayed high skill, fortitude and devotion to duty." Public Records Office Air 2/9015 has recommendation dated 22 April 1944 when he had flown 41 sorties (240 hours 40 minutes).

 

20 July 41 Rotterdam (3.50) 21 Nov 41 Fort Capuzzo area (3.35)

22 July 41 Dunkirk (4.40) 21 Nov 41 Sidi Rezeigh area (1.30)

24 July 41 Rotterdam (3.15) 1 Dec 41 Sidi Rezeigh area (2.00)

27 July 41 Dunkirk and Ostend (3.45) 4 Dec 41 Sidi Azeiz, Sollum area (4.00)

30 July 41 Cologne (4.30) 6 Dec 41 El Adam area (4.20)

3 Aug 41 Mannheim (6.30) 12 Jan 42 Tripoli (10.00)

5 Aug 41 Cologne (6.15) 16 Jan 42 Fort Capuzzo area (3.50)

12 Aug 41 Essen (6.15) 26 June 42 Bremen (6.00)

16 Aug 41 Duisburg (4.30) 20 Dec 43 Frankfurt (5.20)

22 Aug 41 Mannheim (6.35) 23 Dec 43 Berlin (7.30)

25 Aug 41 Karlsruhe (6.45) 29 Dec 43 Berlin (6.10)

28 Aug 41 Duisburg (5.35) 1 Jan 44 Berlin (6.55)

31 Aug 41 Cologne (6.25) 2 Jan 44 Berlin (7.20)

11 Sept 41 Kiel (7.50) 5 Jan 44 Stettin (9.10)

13 Sept 41 Brest (6.40) 15 Mar 44 Stuttgart (6.30)

16 Sept 41 Karlsruhe (6.35) 18 Mar 44 Frankfurt (4.50)

19 Sept 41 Stettin (9.55) 22 Mar 44 Frankfurt (5.00)

28 Oct 41 To Gibraltar (10.00) 27 Mar 44 Berlin (6.30)

30 Oct 41 To Malta (8.15) 30 Mar 44 Nuremburg (6.50)

1 Nov 41 Kabrit (7.05) 18 Apr 44 Tergnier (3.00)

17 Nov 41 El Adam area (4.10)

 


This officer is a very skilful Air Gunner who has completed 41 operational sorties against such important military objectives as Berlin, Frankfurt and Stuttgart. Throughout his operational service, Flying Officer Duff has displayed fine spirit and determination in performing the most difficult tasks, which has been a splendid example to the rest of his crew and to the squadron generally. Strongly recommended for the award of the Distinguished Flying Cross.

 

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DUFFIELD, P/O Gordon William (J17479) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.424 Squadron - Award effective 20 September 1943 as per London Gazette dated 1 October 1943 and AFRO 2258/43 dated 5 November 1943. Born 1916 in Maidstone, Saskatchewan; home in Lloydminster, Saskatchewan; enlisted Saskatoon 5 May 1941. Trained at No.2 ITS (graduated 4 October 1941), No.15 EFTS (graduated 3 December 1941) and No.11 SFTS (graduated 24 March 1941. Commissioned 1943.

 

This officer has completed numerous operational sorties, several of which have been against targets of major importance in Germany. Pilot Officer Duffield has obtained exceptionally good results throughout his tour of operational duty. He has displayed high courage and devotion to duty.

 

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DUFFIELD, Sergeant Harold Clinton (R64743) - Distinguished Flying Medal - No.83 Squadron - Award effective 28 March 1942 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 649/42 dated 1 May 1942. Born 28 May 1915 at Glassvile, New Brunswick. Home in Woodstock (daily truck driver). First applied for RCAF, Moncton, 11 December 1939. Enlisted in Moncton, 22 June 1940. No.1 MD, Toronto, 24 June to 30 June 1940; No.2 ITS, Regina, 30 June to 17 August 1940; No.1 WS, Montreal, 17 August 1940 to 15 March 1941; No.1 BGS, Jarvis, 16 March to 24 April 1941 (awarded AG badge, 12 April 1941); to Debert, 25 April 1941; arrived overseas 29 June 1941; No.1 Wireless and Signals School, 7 July to 6 September 1941; No.25 OTU, 6 September 1941 to 13 January 1942; No.83 Squadron, 13 January to 29 March 1942 (8th sortie; wounded with gunshot wounds to right knee, left thigh and over left ear; Manchester aircraft 5830; 0025 hours, five miles southwest of Schleswig; other gunner was Sergeant A.D. Ryan); invested with DFM at Buckingham Palace, 24 November 1942; repatriated to Canada, 27 December 1942; on strength of No.5 MD, Rockcliffe, 14 April 1943 to 29 January 1944; No.5 ITS, Belleville, 30 January to 19 May 1944; No.10 EFTS,, Pendleton, 20 May to 16 June 1944; No.20 EFTS, Oshawa, 17 June to 20 August 1944; Overseas, No.61 Base, 14 September to 27 November 1944; Rockcliffe again, 27 November 1944 to 10 January 1945; Eastern Air Command Headquarters, 11 January to 27 March 1945; released 29 March 1945. AC2 on 22 June 1940; LAC on 17 August 1940; Sergeant, 12 April 1941; Flight Sergeant 1 April 1942; WO2 1 November 1942; P/O 18 October 1943; F/O 18 April 1944.

 


This airman was the rear gunner of an aircraft which participated in an attack on Lubeck. During the operation his aircraft was attacked by an enemy fighter whose fire rendered the rear turret unserviceable and wounded Sergeant Duffield in the head, stomach and in both of his knees. Undismayed he crawled from the turret and dragged himself to the mid-upper turret where he manned the guns in readiness to meet any further attacks. The gunner in this turret had been wounded in the arm. The fighter had broken away and did not return, however, and Sergeant Duffield was then extricated from the turret, being unable to walk. Throughout the return journey he displayed great fortitude and cheerfulness in spite of his wounds, and his great devotion to duty was a fine example.

 

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DUFFY, Sergeant (now F/O) Gerald O'Gorman (U202115/J92321) - Mention in Despatches - No.415 Squadron - Award effective 14 June 1945 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 1600/45 dated 12 October 1945. Home in Montreal; enlisted there 9 November 1942. Trained at No.9 BGS (graduated 14 January 1944).

 

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DUFFY, F/O Warren Alvin (J7073) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.617 Squadron (deceased) - Award effective 22 August 1944 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 2274/44 dated 20 October 1944. Born 1922 in Pulinico, Nova Scotia; home in Fredericton or Wolfeville, Nova Scotia; enlisted in Moncton, 16 November 1940. Trained at No.1 ITS (graduated 4 May 1941), No.3 EFTS (graduated 21 June 1941) and No.5 SFTS (graduated 1 September 1941). Commissioned 1941. See DHist file 181.009 d.1354 (RG.24 Vol.20597) which contains correspondence re his death. Arrived UK, 14 October 1941; to No.20 OTU, 4 November 1941; to No.214 Squadron, 29 April 1942; to No.57 Squadron, 3 May 1942. Remained with that unit to 19 September 1942, flying 33 sorties (26 to Germany, one to France, six minelaying). To No.22 OTU (non-operational tour) where he remained until 4 January 1944. To No.617 Squadron, completing his tour on 6 July 1944 (one special sortie, ten night sorties to France, four day sorties to France, one sortie to Germany, and four recalls (two Ju.88s destroyed on one of these recalls). At his own request he carried out four additional missions, two on Lancasters (17 and 20 July) and two on Mosquitos (31 July and 4 August 1944). On the morning of 7 August 1944 he was killed on Mosquito NT202 at Wainfleet during bombing exercise; wing failed as aircraft recovered from dive. Correspondence arose when his mother, Mrs.L.L. Duffy, wrote RCAF Headquarters - "We feel it was very unwise as well as unkind for the RAF to allow our son to go on with air operations after he had finished a second tour. After so much nerve strain I would not expect him to be at his best. His receiving the DFC on July 18th as an immediate award has not been explained so it looks to us a sort of bait to encourage him to continue. In a letter to us written on July 24th he wrote that the RCAF were after him to finish. One would think he had done quite enough when he had lived through two tours and a year of instructing which he did not like." Medal presented to his father, Reverend L.L. Duffy, Wolfeville, 1 December 1944.

 


Recently this officer piloted an aircraft detailed to attack an enemy target in Northern France. The operation called for a high degree of resolution and to ensure success, accuracy was essential. In the face of considerable anti-aircraft opposition, Flying Officer Duffy made three runs over the target before releasing his bomb which exploded within a foot of the centre of the objective. He displayed great courage and devotion to duty, setting a very fine example. Flying Officer Duffy has completed a large number of sorties and has achieved much success.

 

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DUFRESNE, Sergeant Albert Laurent (R66804) - Mention in Despatches - No.425 Squadron (No.62 Base in AFRO) - Award effective 1 January 1945 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 425/45 dated 9 March 1945. Enlisted in Montreal, 6 August 1940. No citation with AFRO. Recommended for MiD, July 1944, at which time he was a Fitter IIE and Deputy NCO in charge, "A" Flight, No.425 Squadron. Recommendation noted that he had served 18 months in Canada, 29 months overseas including five months in North Africa. Recommendation noted, in part;

 

...On one recent occasion he displayed great presence of mind and initiative in extinguishing a fire in a Halifax bomber. Hearing the aircraft back-firing, and observing flames shooting out from under one of the engine nacelles, this courageous NCO rushed to the scene, ripped open the cowling and, using the contents of two extinguishers, succeeded in putting out the fire. Sergeant Dufresne has shown outstanding initiative and great zeal in safe-guarding valuable equipment.

 

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DUFRESNE, Corporal Joseph Etienne (R117134) - Mention in Despatches - Tholthorpe - Award effective 14 June 1945 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 1647/45 dated 26 October 1945. Home in North Bay, Ontario. Enlisted Ottawa, 31 April 1941. AFRO gives unit only as "Overseas"; DHist file 181.009 D.1725 (PAC RG.24 Vol 20607) has list of MiDs this date with unit. Fitter IIE. DHist file 181.009 D.1719 (PAC RG.24 Vol.20606) has recommendation dated 3 February 1945; enlisted 21 July 1941; had been 14 months in Canada, 28 months overseas.

 

During his long period of service with this unit, this NCO has justly earned the admiration and praise of all those who know him. His cheerful and relentless efforts under very trying conditions have been an inspiration for his comrades.

 

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DUGAL, Sergeant Arthur (R54081) - Mention in Despatches - No.9425 Servicing Echelon (No.62 Base in AFRO) - Award effective 1 January 1945 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 425/45 dated 9 March 1945. Home in Ottawa; enlisted there 25 June 1940. Fitter IIE. DHist file 181.009 D.1719 (PAC RG.24 Vol.20606) has recommendation submitted 15 August 1944. Had served 13 months in Canada, five months in North Africa, 31 months in UK.

 


Sergeant Dugal is employed as Non-Commissioned Officer in charge Riggers on daily and other inspections and maintenance. Both during the African campaign and in this country, he consistently and willingly has undertaken extra duties which have carried far beyond normal working hours, and which have been carried out efficiently under extremely trying conditions on many occasions. His outstanding dependability, leadership and devotion to duty merit the award of "Mention in Despatches".

 

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DUGGAN, W/C Eric Thomas Milwyn (C3043) - Mention in Despatches - No.76 Base (AFRO gives unit only as "Overseas") - Award effective 14 June 1945 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 1395/45 dated 31 August 1945. Home in Edmonton; enlisted there 9 November 1940. Public Records Office Air 2/9056 has recommendation for an OBE that appears to have been downgraded to MiD.

 

Since his arrival in the United Kingdom in 1942, Wing Commander Duggan has rendered continuous and outstanding service in various administrative appointments in No.6 Group. For the past year he has been Officer in Charge of Administration at Base Headquarters and during that period he has provided essential stabilization during many changes of senior staff as well as during the move of No.61 (RCAF) Base to No.7 Group. In addition, this officer's thorough knowledge of RAF Administration and his outstanding qualities of tact and diplomacy have proved an invaluable asset. Wing Commander Duggan is an outstanding officer who has displayed great devotion to duty.

 

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DUGGAN, LAC Francis Robert (R66296) - Air Force Medal - No.2 BGS - Award effective 1 January 1943 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 55/43 dated 15 January 1943. Born in Toronto, 13 May 1920. Home in Niagara Falls, Ontario; enlisted there 26 October 1940.

 

LAC Duggan is employed as a drogue operator. This airman has flown a total of 400 hours. He is most energetic and reliable. His skill in the performance of his duties whilst flying, and his keenness and untiring efforts, have been a splendid example to all others in his trade. His services have been invaluable in the carrying out of training at this unit.

 

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DUGGAN, F/O Jack (J89754) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.424 Squadron - Award effective 17 July 1945 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 1453/45 dated 14 September 1945. Born 1914 in Toronto; home there (salesman and buyer). Trained at No.4 ITS (graduated 26 June 1943), No.20 EFTS (graduated 4 September 1943) and No.9 SFTS (graduated 5 December 1943). Commissioned 1944. Presented 24 May 1946.

 


As flight engineer, this officer has taken part in many sorties. He has invariably displayed a high degree of skill and determination and has proved himself to be a most valuable member of aircraft crew. His devotion to duty was well illustrated in an attack against Wangerooge in April 1945. During the bombing run the aircraft came under heavy anti-aircraft fire. Flying Officer Duggan was wounded in the leg. In spite of this, he remained at his post to execute his engineering tasks with his usual efficiency. His conduct was exemplary.

 

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DUGGAN, F/L John Philip (J35871) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.431 Squadron (deceased) - Award effective 21 March 1945 as per London Gazette dated 1 March 1946 and AFRO 418/46 dated 18 April 1946. Born 1918 in Petrolia, Ontario; home in London, Ontario; enlisted there 12 September 1941. Trained at No.1 ITS (graduated 28 February 1942), No.10 EFTS (graduated 22 May 1942), and No.16 SFTS (graduated 11 September 1943). Commissioned June 1944. Killed in action 22 March 1945 (Lancaster KB808, buried in Germany). Medal sent to next-of-kin via Government House, June 1955.

 

This officer has completed, as pilot, numerous operations against the enemy in the course of which he has invariably displayed the utmost fortitude and devotion to duty.

 

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DUGGLEBY, F/L Henry Edward (J10955) - Mention in Despatches - No.422 Squadron - Award effective 14 June 1945 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 1395/45 dated 31 August 1945. Unit identified only as "Overseas" in AFRO; Squadron ORB dated 25 June 1945 mentions the award. Born in Saskatoon, 22 May 1921; home there; enlisted there 10 May 1940. Trained at No.1 ITS (graduated 21 June 1940), No.1 EFTS (graduated 16 August 1940) and No.1 SFTS (graduated 28 November 1940). To Central Flying School, Trenton, 30 November 1940; to No.4 SFTS (instructor), 20 January 1941; promoted Flight Sergeant and Acting WO1, 1 December 1941; commissioned 31 March 1942; promoted Flying Officer, 1 October 1942; to No.1 General Reconnaissance School, Summerside, 1 January 1943; to "Y" Depot, Halifax, 21 March 1943; arrived In Britain, 11 April 1943; to No.422 Squadron, 1 June 1943; attached to No.1510 BABS Flight, Leuchers, 14-30 March 1944 before returning to No.422 Squadron with which he served until 20 November 1944 (promoted Flight Lieutenant on 31 March 1944); repatriated 3 December 1944; discharged 16 May 1946. Attended medical school and rejoined RCAF Auxiliary, 22 May 1953, in Saskatoon; served until 31 January 1963 (promoted Squadron Leader, 1 January 1959 and Wing Commander on discharge).

 

DUGGLEBY, F/L Harry Edward (J10955) - Medal for Bravery (Czechoslovakia) - Canada Gazette dated 24 January 1948, AFRO 81/48 dated 6 February 1948.

 


NOTE: On a form dated 23 November 1944 he reported having flown 945 hours 20 minutes with No.422 Squadron (all Sunderland time) and 12 hours 30 minutes with No.1510 Flight (Anson); he gave as his operational time a total of 802 hours 50 minutes (60 sorties; last one flown 7 October 1944) with overseas training time as 133 hours.

 

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DUGUID, FS James (Can 4217A) - Mention in Despatches - No.62 Base - Award effective 1 January 1945 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 379/45 dated 2 March 1945. Home in Winnipeg; enlisted there 30 September 1937. Slightly injured in crash of a Lysander of No.112 Squadron, Alexandra Bay, New York, March 1940. DHist file 181.009 D.1719 (PAC RG.24 Vol. 20606) has recommendation dated 15 August 1944. Air Frame Mechanic in charge of AFM's, No.62 Base Maintenance Servicing Section; enlisted September 1937; served 32 months in Canada, 50 months overseas:

 

Flight Sergeant Duguid, during his four years overseas, has set a fine example of loyalty, determination and ability to all airmen under his command. As an Airframe Mechanic in Fighter Command he took part in "keeping them flying" during the trying days of Dunkirk, Battle of Britain and Dieppe. During the last nine months in Bomber Command he has maintained his previous fine record and has been an inspiration to all concerned.

 

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DUMAS, F/L Walter Vernon (J21327) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.434 Squadron - Award effective 5 February 1945 as per London Gazette dated 16 February 1945 and AFRO 563/45 dated 29 March 1945. Born in Ottawa, 19 July 1919. Home in Montreal; enlisted there 14 April 1940. Trained at No.2 ITS (graduated 24 April 1942), No.5 EFTS (graduated 1 September 1942) and No.15 SFTS (graduated 4 December 1942). Commissioned 1942. Appointed Honourary Colonel, No.434 Squadron, July 1993. 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.3080 (RG.24 Vol.20636) has recommendation (undated) when he had flown 35 sorties (158 hours 35 minutes), 1 June to 14 October 1944.

 

Flight Lieutenant Dumas has completed a tour of operations totalling thirty-five sorties, eleven of which were attacks carried out against heavily defended major German targets. Throughout his tour, Flight Lieutenant Dumas has at all times displayed great keenness, determination and devotion to duty. On several occasions under harassing circumstances he has pressed home the attack with tenaciousness and unswerving determination. His skill, loyalty and gallantry has been an incentive and example to other members of the squadron.

 

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DUMBRILLE, W/C John Clayton (C17402) - Mention in Despatches - No.9 Construction and Maintenance Unit - Awarded 1 January 1945 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 89/45 dated 19 January 1945. Enlisted in Fort William, Ontario, 5 February 1940.

 

This officer, as commanding officer, has organized this unit to a high state of efficiency. The success of the construction projects, completed at times under the greatest difficulties, has been largely due to his energy, persistence and enthusiasm. Under his personal supervision the construction of a particular landing strip on the west coast was completed in record time, well ahead of the scheduled date. He is a most capable officer, who has displayed outstanding devotion to duty.

 

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DUMKA, F/O Carl Walter (J92590) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.78 Squadron - Award effective 30 October 1945 as per London Gazette dated 6 November 1945 and AFRO 155/46 dated 15 February 1946. Born 1922 in Travers, Alberta; home in Arrowhead or Calgary (clerk); enlisted in Calgary 21 July 1942. Trained at No.15 EFTS (graduated 31 May 1943) and No.15 SFTS (graduated 17 September 1943). Commissioned November 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." Public Records Office Air 2/9131 has recommendation dated 5 May 1945 when he had flown 33 sorties (190 hours 41 minutes), 6 October 1944 to 4 January 1945.

 

6 Oct 44 Gelsenkirchen 2 Jan 45 Ludwigshaven (6.31)

(4.15, 2nd pilot) 4 Jan 45 Hamburg/Rhenania (5.29)

9 Oct 44 Bochum (5.45) 6 Jan 45 Hanau (6.31)

14 Oct 44 Duisburg (5.02) 28 Jan 45 Stuttgart (6.34)

15 Oct 44 Duisburg (5.25) 2 Feb 45 Wanne Eickel (5.27)

28 Oct 44 Westkapelle (3.22) 4 Feb 45 Bonn (5.35)

30 Oct 44 Cologne (3.37), 7 Feb 45 Goch (5.27)

DNCO, port outer 13 Feb 45 Bohlen (7.27)

unserviceable 21 Feb 45 Worms (6.56)

31 Oct 44 Cologne (5.13) 23 Feb 45 Essen (5.16)

2 Nov 44 Dusseldorf (4.41) 7 Mar 45 Hemmingstedt (6.28)

4 Nov 44 Bochum (4.55) 8 Mar 45 Hamburg (6.25)

16 Nov 44 Julich (4.26) 12 Mar 45 Dortmund (5.48)

29 Nov 44 Essen (6.00) 13 Mar 45 Wuppertal (5.34)

12 Dec 44 Essen (5.14) 18 Mar 45 Bottrop (5.18)

18 Dec 44 Duisburg (6.40) 22 Mar 45 Witten (7.24)

29 Dec 44 Coblenz (6.00) 24 Mar 45 Duimen (5.02)

30 Dec 44 Cologne (6.01) 25 Mar 45 Sterkrade (5.55)

 


This officer has now completed his first operational tour consisting of 33 sorties involving 190 hours. He has proved himself to be a very good captain of aircraft, who has always pressed home his attacks, often against the most heavily defended targets. He has frequently shown great skill and determination and complete disregard for his own personal safety. His cheerfulness at all times and his courage and coolness in [the] face of the enemy have been a source of inspiration to the whole squadron.

 

For his courage and devotion to duty this officer is recommended for the award of the Distinguished Flying Cross.

 

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DUNBAR, F/O Hector Gordon Stuart (J13821) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.433 Squadron - Award effective 1 September 1944 as per London Gazette dated 15 September 1944 and AFRO 2373/44 dated 3 November 1944. Born 1913 in Woodstock, Ontario; home there; enlisted London, Ontario, 11 April 1940. Trained at No.6 ITS (graduated 24 April 1942) and No.8 AOS (graduated 28 August 1942). Commissioned 1942. Presented 14 June 1949. No citation other than "completed... many successful operations during which [he has] displayed high skill, fortitude and devotion to duty." DHist file 181.009 D.2909 (RG.24 Vol.20633) has recommendation dated 29 May 1944 when he had flown 27 sorties (164 hours 30 minutes), 28 March 1943 to 3 May 1944.

 

This officer has now completed twenty-seven sorties over enemy territory including such heavily defended targets as Berlin (2), Hamburg (3), Duisburg (2) and Essen as well as other long sorties that call for exceptional navigational ability.

 

He has at all times shown a fearless and fine offensive spirit which has been an excellent example not only to his crew, but to fellow navigators. Flying Officer Dunbar has acted as Deputy Navigation Leader and has contributed much to the success of that Section by his initiative and leadership.

 

I consider that his splendid record and quiet but dogged determination fully merits the award of the Distinguished Flying Cross (Non-Immediate).

 

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DUNCAN, Corporal Basil Underwood (R113829) - Mention in Despatches - No.422 Squadron - Award effective 14 January 1944 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 874/44 dated 21 April 1944. Home in Fort William; enlisted in Moncton, 29 July 1941.

 

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DUNCAN, FS (now P/O) Gordon William (R83375/J19682) - Mention in Despatches - No.172 Squadron - Award effective 14 January 1944 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 874/44 dated 21 April 1944. Home in Windsor, Ontario; enlisted there 14 February 1941. Trained at No.3 BGS (graduated 8 November 1941) and No.2 WS (graduated 12 October 1941).

 


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DUNCAN, F/L Ian George (J10895) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.420 Squadron - Award effective 30 October 1945 as per London Gazette dated 6 November 1945 and AFRO 155/46 dated 15 February 1946. Born 1921 in Dryden; Ontario; home in Keewatin, Ontario; educated at University of Manitoba; enlisted Kenora, 1 June 1941. Trained at No.4 ITS (graduated 11 October 1941), No.5 AOS (graduated 17 January 1942), No.7 BGS (graduated 28 February 1942) and No.1 ANS (graduated 5 April 1942). Commissioned April 1942. Bomb Aimer to F/L R.R. Flynn. DHist biographical file includes long and interesting letter on training experiences. 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.1746 (PAC RG.24 Vol.20608) has recommendation dated 1 May 1945 at which time he had flown 39 sorties (254 hours), in two tours - one from 9 January 1943 to 12 June 1943 and one from 23 February to 4 April 1945. Recommendation read:

 

This officer has completed ten trips on a second tour of operations. His first tour included such difficult targets as Berlin, Turin, Stettin and Essen, on all occasions exhibiting great perseverance in placing his bombs accurately.

 

On a raid on Munster on March 25, 1944, the aircraft was devoid of navigational aids, having gone unserviceable shortly after take-off, and it was only through the exceptional aid given to the navigator by Flight Lieutenant Duncan that it was possible to continue on time and on track. On arriving at the target, it was found that the main bays would not release their bombs and it became necessary to jettison the main stations [sic] over the sea. Over England, the visibility was extremely bad, but Flight Lieutenant Duncan again persevered and managed to aid the navigator in guiding the captain to a diversion base.

 

His attitude and keenness in all phases of his work, both in the air and on the ground, is outstanding and a fine example. On daylight operations, photographs brought back have averaged 268 yards error, and night operations indicate the same tenacity of purpose. His devotion to duty and fighting spirit are worthy of the highest praise.

 

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DUNCAN, P/O John Appleton (J3116) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.40 Squadron - Award effective 2 September 1941 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 1292/41 dated 7 November 1941. Born 1917 in Bruce Mines, Ontario; home in Sault Ste.Marie; enlisted Toronto, 11 May 1940. Graduated from No.1 ANS, 30 November 1940. Commissioned December 1940. Arrived in UK, December 1940. No.40 Squadron, 19 March to 12 August 1941. Invested at Buckingham Palace, 25 November 1941. Died in Manotick, Ontario, 18 April 1984. Cited among 51 decorated (five DSOs, 26 DFCs, 20 DFMs) with the following joint citation:

 


In July 1941, large scale attacks were made on German warships at Brest and La Pallice (including the "Gneisenau", "Scharnhorst" and "Prince Eugene"). A smaller attack was made on Cherbourg. The operations were carried out in daylight and extremely heavy and accurate anti-aircraft fire and fighter opposition were encountered by all aircraft when approaching the targets, which at Brest were protected by a balloon barrage. The aircrews engaged succeeded, nevertheless, in securing direct hits on their objectives and in inflicting very severe damage in the target area. During the combats with enemy fighters, 21 hostile aircraft were destroyed and others were severely damaged. The precise timing of the attack by the various formations of aircraft and their correct approach and accurate bombing of the objective in the face of such powerful opposition demanded great skill and high courage. The great success of these operations was largely due to the bravery, determination and resource displayed by the following officers and airmen, who participated in various capacities as leaders and members of the aircraft crews.

 

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DUNCAN, P/O John Douglas (J19955) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.9 Squadron - Award effective 19 June 1944 as per London Gazette dated 30 June 1944 and AFRO 1861/44 dated 25 August 1944. Born February 1923 at Antler,, Saskatchewan; home there (truck driver); enlisted in Winnipeg, 24 July 1941. Trained at No.4 ITS (graduated 3 October 1941), No.6 EFTS (graduated 5 December 1941) and No.11 SFTS (graduated 24 March 1942. Commissioned January 1944. No citation other than "completed...many successful operations against the enemy in which [he has] displayed high skill, fortitude and devotion to duty." DFC and Bar sent by registered mail, 11 March 1949. Public Records Office Air 2/9015 has recommendation dated 13 April 1944 when he had flown 28 sorties (173 hours 20 minutes):

 

4 Apr 43 Dortmund (6.10) 20 Jan 44 Berlin (7.35)

26 Apr 43 Duisburg (5.05) 21 Jan 44 Berlin (7.20)

12 May 43 Duisburg (4.35) 27 Jan 44 Berlin (8.25)

13 May 43 Pilsen (7.25) 30 Jan 44 Berlin (6.30)

29 May 43 Elberfeld (6.00) 15 Feb 44 Berlin (6.45)

11 June 43 Dusseldorf (4.50) 19 Feb 44 Leipzig (7.40)

12 June 43 Bochum (5.20) 20 Feb 44 Stuttgart (7.45)

14 June 43 Oberhausen (4.40) 24 Feb 44 Schweinfurt (8.10)

22 June 43 Mulheim (4.45) 1 Mar 44 Stuttgart (early return)

24 June 43 Elberfeld (5.35) 15 Mar 44 Stuttgart (8.00)

28 June 43 Cologne (5.35) 18 Mar 44 Frankfurt (6.05)

8 July 43 Cologne (5.40) 22 Mar 44 Frankfurt (5.40)

9 July 43 Gelsenkirchen (5.40) 24 Mar 44 Berlin (7.40)

14 Jan 44 Brunswick (6.35) 30 Mar 44 Nuremburg (8.30)

 


In July 1943, when half-way through a tour of operations, this officer was shot down over enemy territory. He took to his parachute and then to his feet and, after a few weeks in Europe, reported back to his squadron with the request that he be allowed to complete his tour, which had been subject to such an unmannerly interruption. This request was granted and Pilot Officer Duncan has now completed 28 successful sorties. Every one in the fourteen sorties in the second half of his tour has been against distant German targets, and Pilot Officer Duncan has taken full advantage of these opportunities of settling his personal score.

 

On 22 April 1944 the Commanding Officer, RAF Station Waddington, added a note that illustrates the awkwardness with which some recommendations were handled:

 

A most determined and resolute Captain who has rendered first class service to the war effort in the air. It is therefore a matter of regret that the end of his tour should be marred by an unsavoury disciplinary incident on the ground. Action in this matter is not yet complete, but I feel compelled to forward this recommendation and place Pilot Officer Duncan's name high in my order of priority.

 

Presumably this "disciplinary incident" was resolved in some way; the Air Officer Commander No.5 Group supported the recommendation on 2 May 1944.

 

DUNCAN, F/L John Douglas, DFC (J19955) - Bar to Distinguished Flying Cross - No.83 Squadron - Award effective 5 July 1945 as per London Gazette dated 17 July 1945 and AFRO 1507/45 dated 28 September 1945.

 

As pilot and captain of aircraft this officer has set a fine example of courage and leadership. He has shown outstanding enthusiasm and determination on all his operations, often against the strongest enemy opposition. Flight Lieutenant Duncan's great courage and devotion to duty are worthy of the highest praise.

 

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DUNCAN, P/O (now F/L) Robert (J35954) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.5 Squadron (Canada) - since gone to Transport Conversion Squadron - Award effective 14 November 1944 as per Canada Gazette of that date and AFRO 2684/44 dated 15 December 1944. Home in Calgary; enlisted there 26 June 1941. Trained at No.2 ITS (graduated 7 November 1941), No.12 EFTS (graduated 16 January 1942) and No.5 SFTS (graduated 5 June 1942). As of award had flown 1,050:50 hours, 601:35 operational (66 sorties).

 

This officer has taken part in four attacks on enemy U-Boats. On one occasion, while captain of an aircraft, a surfaced enemy submarine was sighted and, in spite of heavy anti-aircraft fire from the U-Boat, he pressed home his attack and dropped depth charges. His starboard wing was damaged by gun fire but he continued to engage the enemy until the U-Boat disappeared. At all times this officer has displayed skill and courage on operational flying and an exceptional eagerness to serve in any situation.

 


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DUNCAN, WO1 Wayne Jacob (R78620) - Air Force Cross - No.5 EFTS - Award effective 5 May 1944 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 1133/44 dated 26 May 1944. Enlisted in London, Ontario, 24 October 1940. Trained at No.6 SFTS (graduated 5 March 1943). As of award he had flown 2,647 hours, 2,400 as instructor, 520 in previous six months. Presented 27 April 1945.

 

This warrant officer, with outstanding ability, has been engaged in flying instructional duties since the outbreak of war, during which time the manner in which he has carried out his work, and his strength of character, have been an excellent example to the other NCO's and an invaluable support to his officers.

 

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DUNCANSON, S/L Don Allister (J12204) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.144 Squadron - Award effective 28 November 1944 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 239/45 dated 9 February 1945. Born 1919 in Dutton, Ontario; home there; enlisted London, Ontario, 16 June 1941. Trained at No.6 ITS (graduated 5 December 1941), No.20 EFTS (graduated 13 February 1942) and No.16 SFTS (graduated 19 June 1942). Commissioned 1942. Invested at Buckingham Palace, 13 July 1945.

 

This officer has set a fine example of keenness and courage. In October 1944 he flew the leading aircraft of a small formation which attacked a convoy of five merchantmen escorted by several armed ships. In the face of considerable anti-aircraft fire, Squadron Leader Duncanson pressed home his attack and afterwards flew safely to base. This officer has completed many sorties and has displayed exceptional devotion to duty throughout.

 

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DUNDAS, P/O Edward Garth (J17017) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.61 Squadron - Award effective 1 September 1943 as per London Gazette dated 14 September 1943 and AFRO 2322/43 dated 12 November 1943. Born 1922 in Miami, Manitoba; home there (clerk); enlisted Winnipeg, 5 April 1941. Trained at No.4 ITS (graduated 4 October 1941), No.18 EFTS (graduated 3 December 1941) and No.15 SFTS (graduated 27 March 1942). Commissioned May 1943. Presented with DFC and Bar, 18 May 1946.

 

Pilot Officer Dundas has completed many attacks against major German and Italian targets. All his sorties have been characterized by his determined fighting spirit and ability to press home the attack in the face of the heaviest defences. On one occasion he continued to the target although the rear turret of his aircraft was hit by anti-aircraft fire while in the target area but he successfully completed his mission.

 


DUNDAS, F/L Edward Garth, DFC (J17017) - Bar to Distinguished Flying Cross - No.434 Squadron - Award effective 18 October 1945 as per London Gazette dated 16 November 1945 and AFRO 133/46 dated 8 February 1946.

 

Since the award of the Distinguished Flying Cross this officer has commenced a second tour of operational duty. A capable and courageous captain of aircraft, he has proved to be a fine leader who has always pressed home his attacks, often in the face of intense anti-aircraft fire.

 

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DUNDAS, F/L George Shambrooke (J27409) - Commended for Valuable Services - No.10 AOS - Award effective 14 June 1945 as per Canada Gazette of that date and AFRO 1127/45 dated 6 July 1945. Home in Markdale, Ontario; enlisted in Toronto, 21 May 1942. Trained at No.5 ITS (graduated 30 December 1942) and No.4 AOS (graduated 25 June 1942). No citation.

 

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DUNDAS, F/L John Owen (J25964) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.424 Squadron - Award effective 1 December 1944 as per London Gazette dated 8 December 1944 and AFRO 337/45 dated 23 February 1945. Born 1921 in Thorold, Ontario; home there (personnel clerk); enlisted Hamilton, 24 February 1942. Trained at No.5 ITS (graduated 29 August 1942), No.13 EFTS (graduated 11 December 1942) and No.5 SFTS (graduated 30 April 1943). Commissioned 1943. Decoration sent by registered mail, 10 March 1949. No citation other than "..in recognition of gallantry and devotion to duty in the execution of air operations against the enemy." DHist file 181.009 D.2609 (RG.24 Vol.20627) has recommendation dated 15 September 1944 when he had flown 33 sorties (159 hours 35 minutes) from 16 March to 28 August 1944. Damaged by flak on 6 July 1944 (Siracourt) and again on 12 August 1944 (Brunswick, when he was coned).

 

Flying Officer Dundas has completed 33 sorties over enemy territory, some of which were carried out over heavily defended targets such as Stuttgart, Wesselling, Brunswick and Kiel. This officer is extremely keen and has always displayed the highest brand of courage. His cheerfulness has been a great asset in his Flight.

 

Flying Officer Dundas is an outstanding Captain of aircraft and I feel he fully deserves the non-immediate award of the Distinguished Flying Cross.

 

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DUNFIELD, F/L John Watkins (J12881) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.161 (Bomber Reconnaissance) Squadron - Award effective 1 December 1945 as per Canada Gazette dated 15 December 1945 and AFRO 183/46 dated 22 February 1946. Enlisted in Calgary, 4 July 1941. Trained at No.4 ITS (graduated 2 January 1942), No.18 EFTS (graduated 28 March 1943), and No.1 SFTS (graduated 14 August 1942). As of recommendation had flown 1,614 hours, 665 operational (73 sorties).

 

Throughout this pilot's tour of operational flying he has shown outstanding keenness and devotion to duty. While engaged in operations he has enthusiastically carried out all duties to which he has been assigned with skilful leadership, which has been an inspiration to the members of his flight. His ability, courage and determination as a pilot and flight commander are most praiseworthy.

 

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DUNGEY, P/O Elmer Burton (J17742) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.408 Squadron - Award effective 3 November 1943 as per London Gazette dated 19 November 1943 and AFRO 166/44 dated 28 January 1944. Born 20 May 1915 in Alliston, Ontario; home in Collingwood, Ontario; enlisted Toronto, 5 June 1941. Trained at No.3 ITS (graduated 19 December 1941), No.4 EFTS (graduated 5 March 1942) and No.2 SFTS (graduated 3 July 1942). Commissioned 1943. Shot down 3 July 1943, he was the last man to bale out (whole crew survived); he and one other crewman were hidden by Belgian underground. He escaped via France and the Pyrenees to Spain, took a boat to Gibraltar and made it back to England. Postwar he ran a bakery and worked in real estate. Died in Toronto, 30 May 1996.

 

This officer has completed very many sorties involving attacks on a wide range of important and well defended targets. He is a skilful and determined pilot whose fine record has been worthy of high praise. His coolness and courage in the face of the enemy have greatly inspired his crew.

 

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

 

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DUNHAM, FS Charles Goodwyn Creagh (R60801) - British Empire Medal - Overseas - Award effective 1 January 1946 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 155/46 dated 15 February 1946. Home in Edmonton; enlisted there 14 June 1940. Citation found in DHist file 181.009 D.1554 (PAC RG.24 Vol.20601).

 

An outstanding non-commissioned officer who has served most faithfully during the war years. As crew chief his highly responsible work has invariably been carried out with an unusual degree of skill, which has gained for him the complete respect and commendation of his superiors and the unfailing loyalty of his subordinates.

 

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DUNKELBERGER, F/L Arthur Calvin (J10562) - Commended for Valuable Services - No.16 SFTS - Award effective 11 August 1945 as per Canada Gazette of that date and 1453/45 dated 14 September 1945. - Enlisted in Hamilton, 5 June 1941 - Trained at No.1 ITS (graduated 25 September 1941), No.7 EFTS (graduated 21 November 1941) and No.14 SFTS (graduated 13 March 1942). See DHist file 181.009 D.3948 (RG.24 Vol.20641); recommended 18 May 1945 when he had flown 2,160 hours (1,771 as instructor) including 174 hours (all instructional) in past six months.

 

This officer has been Officer Commanding Examining Flight for a period of five months and in this capacity has been responsible for the most capable organization and operation of this section. Flight Lieutenant Dunkelberger has been instrumental in the carrying out of considerable research on flying testing and has always shown devotion to duty on every assignment he has been given.

 

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DUNLAP, G/C Clarence Rupert (C100) - Commander, Order of the Bath - No.139 Wing - Award effective 1 January 1944 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 809/44 dated 14 April 1944. Born in Sidney Mines, Nova Scotia, 1 January 1908; attended Acadia University. Enlisted in Halifax, 16 July 1928 as P/P/O. Awarded pilots' wings, 8 April 1929. Very active in pre-war aerial photography (featured in Photographing Canada in Flying Canoes by S. Bernard Shaw, General Store Publishing, 2001); also attended staff courses in Britain. At outbreak of war he was Director of Armament in AFHQ, which he held for three years. In late 1942 commanded Station Leeming; in 1943 commanded No.331 Wing (Wellingtons) in North Africa. Returned to Britain to command a Mitchell bomber wing in 2nd Tactical Air Force; flew 35 sorties. In January 1945 promoted to Air Commodore and given command of No.64 Base, Middleton St.George. Returned to Canada in May 1945 to become Deputy Air Member for Air Staff, AFHQ; Air Member for Air Plans, October 1948; attended National War College in United States for one year. In November 1949 assumed duties of AOC Northwest Air Command; made AOC Air Defence Command in June 1951; Commandant, National Defence College, Kingston, August 1951 to August 1954; Vice Chief of the Air Staff, August 1954 to June 1958; Deputy Chief of Staff Operations in SHAPE, June 1958. Became Chief of Air Staff, 15 September 1962 until 1966. See PL-104161 for photograph. No citation.

 

DUNLAP, A/C Clarence Rupert (C100) - Silver Star (United States) - No.139 Wing - Award effective 16 May 1947 as per AFRO 261/47 of that date. NOTE: The date of this award should be checked: it is also announced in AFRO 388/46 dated 12 April 1946 and effective 2 November 1944; the name in that order is G/C Clarence Robert Dunlap; AFRO 439/46 dated 26 April 1946 corrects this to G/C (acting A/C Clarence Rupert Dunlap; WHY THE REPUBLICATION IN 1947 ? Public Records Office Air 2/9634 has recommendation giving unit and crediting him with 30 sorties (77 hours).

 


Whilst in command of the Wing this officer has carried out a large number of operations with great success. The general standard of bombing, keenness and efficiency has reached a high order under his inspiring leadership. He has operated against many heavily defended targets and has set a very fine example.

 

DUNLAP, A/C Clarence Rupert, CBE (C100) - Croix de Guerre with Gold Star (France) - AFRO 485/47 dated 12 September 1947.

 

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DUNLOP, W/C Gordon Parker (C171) - Air Force Cross - Central Flying School, Trenton - Award made 11 June 1942 as per London gazette dated 19 June 1942 and AFRO 1000-1001/42 dated 3 July 1942. Enrolled as Provisional Pilot Officer, 8 June 1931; appears to have been placed in reserve until re-appointed, 13 June 1935 at University of Saskatchewan; awarded wings at Camp Borden 26 May 1936. Invested with AFC, 3 December 1942. Awarded Queen's Coronation Medal, 23 October 1953, as Air Attache, Stockholm. Subsequently became an administrator and teacher with the North York Board of Education and a member of the Board of Governors, Algonquin College, Ottawa. Died in Perth, Ontario, 2 January 2001.

 

At 11 September 1939, Wing Commander Dunlop was Chief Flying Instructor with the Flying Instructors' School, Cap Borden. He remained with this school as Chief Flying Instructor when it was moved to Trenton, and on re-organization of the school in March, 1940, became Assistant Chief Flying Instructor, retaining such duties in Central Flying School until September 1940, when he was appointed Chief Flying Instructor. In March 1940 [1941 ?] he was posted to No.3 SFTS, Calgary, as Chief Instructor, and reported to Trenton as Officer Commanding, Central Flying School, in April 1941. He is still employed in the latter appointment. Since the outbreak of war, this officer has been employed in flying instructional duties, and at all times has displayed outstanding devotion to duty. His abilities, loyalty and energy are a splendid example to others, and have played a great part in the instructor output of the Royal Canadian Air Force.

 

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DUNLOP, P/O James Fraser (J19623) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.166 Squadron - Award effective 1 September 1944 as per London Gazette dated 19 September and AFRO 2373/44 dated 3 November 1944. Born 23 June 1923 in Vancouver; home there; enlisted there 14 November 1941, reportedly to "get out of school and see the world". Trained at No.7 ITS (graduated 5 June 1942), No.6 EFTS (graduated 11 September 1942) and No.10 SFTS (graduated 22 January 1943). Disembarked in UK, 24 May 1943; to No.20 (P) AFU, 29 June 1943; attached to No.1519 Beam Approach Training Flight, 3-20 August 1943; to No.30 OTU, 28 September 1943; to No.11 Base, 19 January 1944; commissioned 8 January1944; to No.166 Squadron, 19 April 1944; to No.1659 Conversion Unit, 4 August 1944; to Station Finningley, 20 May 1945; to No.1659 Conversion Unit, 18 July 1945; to Station Topcliffe, 6 September 1945; to No.427 Squadron, 2 October 1945; repatriated via Lachine, 12 June 1946. Accepted commission in postwar RCAF, 1 October 1946 in rank of Flying Officer; promoted Flight Lieutenant, 1 January 1950; promoted Squadron Leader, 1 July 1954; promoted Wing Commander, 2 September 1963 (Lieutenant-Colonel on adoption of integrated ranks, 1 February 1968); promoted Colonel, 1 June 1969. . Postwar service including command of No.434 Squadron (11 June 1957 to 25 May 1959), No.427 Squadron (7 July to 15 September 1965, and No.441 Squadron (16 September or 12 October 1965 to 25 November 1968) uncertain date after October 1968) plus Stations Gimli (1 June 1969 yo 5 May 1971) and Cold Lake (5 May 1971 to 2 March 1974). Retired with the rank of Colonel and was manager of the Gimli Industrial Park for 15 years. Died in Gimli, Manitoba, 18 July 1999.

 

This officer has a fine record of successful attacks against heavily defended enemy targets. He has consistently displayed outstanding keenness to take part in operational flying. In June 1944 he was reserve captain when an aircraft had to abandon its mission soon after take-off. Although he only received instructions after the last aircraft was airborne, Pilot Officer Dunlop took off only seventeen minutes after this aircraft and completed an excellent attack. At all times he has set an inspiring example by his fine fighting spirit, cheerful courage and determination.

 

NOTE: Public Records Office Air 2/9276 has recommendation dated 15 June 1944 with sortie list and slightly more detailed text. He had then flown 18 1/3 sorties (89 operational hours):

 

24 Apr 44 Dusseldorf 28 May 44 Aachen

26 Apr 44 Essen 2 June 44 Calais

27 Apr 44 Friedrichshafen 3 June 44 Boulogne

30 Apr 44 Rouen 5 June 44 Cherbourg

9 May 44 Mardyck 6 June 44 Acheres

11 May 44 Hessalt 10 Jun 44 Acheres

19 May 44 Orleans 12 Jun 44 Gelsenkirchen

21 May 44 Duisburg 14 Jun 44 Le Havre

22 May 44 Dortmund 16 June 44 Sterkrade

24 May 44 Aachen

 

This Canadian officer has now completed 18 1/3 sorties and has a fine record of successful attacks.

 

He has shown himself to be a very capable captain of aircraft and has maintained a very high level of discipline in his crew by personal example and his complete absorbtion in his task of carrying the attack to the enemy. His operational sprit is magnificent and his attacks have been characterised by a determination to hit the enemy hard no matter what hazards have been offered.

 

Atypical instance of his keenness was when on the night of June 10th/11th after take off an aircraft reported to base that it would have to abandon its mission. Pilot Officer Dunlop was the reserve captain and although he received no instructions until the last aircraft was airborne, he took off in place of the aircraft which had abandoned the mission only 17 minutes after the last aircraft. he delivered a first rate attack with his usual elan and landed safely back at base.


He often has to be restrained from operating and his behaviour has been a tonic to the whole squadron. For his undoubted courage and fine offensive spirit, he is recommended for the award of the Distinguished Flying Cross.

 

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DUNLOP, F/O Robert Douglas (J37035) - Mention in Despatches - No.160 (BR) Squadron - Award effective 1 December 1945 as per Canada Gazette of that date and AFRO 183/46 dated 22 February 1946. Home in Edmonton, Alberta; enlisted in Calgary, 24 September 1942. Trained at No.7 ITS (graduated 1 May 1943), No.23 EFTS (graduated 26 June 1943), and No.4 SFTS (graduated 22 October 1943).

 

This pilot has invariably shown the greatest devotion to duty in the execution of any tasks to which he has been assigned. He has taken part in a very large number of operational sorties over the North Atlantic and his keenness, reliability and skilfulness throughout have been of the highest order.

 

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DUNLOP, W/C Walter Stephen (C1810) - Member, Order of the British Empire - Eastern Air Command Headquarters - Award effective 13 June 1946 as per Canada Gazette of that date and AFRO 660/46 dated 5 July 1946. Chaplain (Church of England). Home in Halifax; enlisted 23 March 1940 and made Chaplain to Station Dartmouth, April 1940 with rank of Honourary Flight Lieutenant.

 

Wing Commander Dunlop, during this war, has served in the Royal Canadian Air Force as a Protestant Chaplain for more than five years, at Gander for one year, overseas for one year, and latterly as Command Chaplain at Eastern Air Command. With his background of service and his understanding of the problems of the air and ground crew, he quickly gained the respect of all ranks with whom he came in contact, irrespective of their faith. As a result, he was able to do more good, spiritually, morally and physically, than any other officer or group of officers at the units on which he served. A first-rate athlete, he has always interested himself in the promotion of sports and recreation. He is considered to be well deserving of recognition for his long and distinguished service.

 

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DUNN, F/O Edgar Franklin (J29661) - Mention in Despatches - No.570 Squadron - Award effective 1 January 1946 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 388/46 dated 12 April 1946. Born in Toronto, 2 June 1913. Home in Port Colbourne; enlisted in London, Ontario, 24 April 1942. Trained at No.1 ITS (graduated 23 January 1943), No.9 EFTS (washed out), No.1 BGS (graduated 10 July 1943) and No.4 AOS (graduated 3 September 1943). Commissioned 20 August 1943. Posted to "Y" Depot, Halifax, 4 September 1943; arrived in UK, 19 September 1943; to No.6 (O) AFU, 16 November 1943; to No.570 Squadron, 11 January 1944; to RAF Station Snaith, 25 June 1945; repatriated to Canada, 1 August 1945; released 22 September 1945.

 

On a form dated 23 July 1945 he reported having flown 118 hours 30 minutes on overseas operational duties (23 sorties) as well as 306 hours 15 minutes non-operational. He gave flying times on various aircraft as being Anson (28 hours 25 minutes), Albermarle (127 hours 45 minutes) and Stirling IV (268 hours 35 minutes). A note indicates he was honoured for "Operational flying - not in conflict - meritorious" with no further details. However, there is a list of his sorties with No.570 Squadron as follows:

 

3 March 44 - Albermarle 1642 (5.30) - SOE duties - not carried out, "No Reception"

12 April 44 - Albermarle 1631 (3.20) - SOE duties - not carried out, "No Reception"

30 April 44 - Albermarle 1704 (5.00) - SOE duties - not carried out, "No Reception"

5 June 44 - Albermarle V8M (2.00) - Glider, Tonga - not carried out, "Glider cast off prematurely"

7 June 44 - Albermarle V8M (4.00) - "SAS 'Cooney'" - completed.

1 Aug 44 - Stirling V8E (5.30) - SOE - completed

7 Aug 44 - Stirling V8E (5.05) - SOE - completed

24 Aug 44 - Stirling V8M (6.10) - SOE - completed

25 Aug 44 - Stirling V8T (4.45) - SOE - completed

15 Sept 44 - Stirling V8E (5.50) - SOE - completed

17 Sept 44 - Stirling V8E (4.30) - Glider, "Market"

18 Sept 44 - Stirling V8E (4.20) - Glider, "Market"

19 Sept 44 - Stirling V8E (4.35) - Resupply, "Market"

20 Sept 44 - Stirling V8E (4.50) - Resupply, "Market"

31 Oct 44 - Stirling "E" (3.10) - mission to Holland, not carried out, "low cloud"

3 Nov 44 - Stirling "T" (6.30) - "Search "Wes", Norway

8 Nov 44 - Stirling "J" (3.50) - "SAS Fabian, South Holland" - not carried out.

23 Nov 44 - Stirling "E" (9.00) - "SOE, Cropper 22, Norway".

3 Feb 45 - Stirling "E" (4.40) - 24 x 500 pounders, bombing Germany

24 Mar 45 - Stirling V8E (5.20) - "Varsity"

30 Mar 45 - Stirling V8E (4.00) - "SOE Rummy 23, Holland"

19 April 45 - Stirling V8E (5.15) - transporting petrol to Germany

20 April 45 - Stirling V8E (%.20) - transporting petrol, troops to Germany

11 May 1945 - Stirling V8G (8.15) - "Doomsday, Norway"

13 May 1945 - Stirling V8G (8.00) - "Doomsday, Norway"

19 May 45 - Stirling V8B (2.30) - transporting troops to Brussels

 

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DUNN, F/L Edmund Speck (C1712) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.430 Squadron - Award effective 23 May 1945 as per London Gazette dated 1 June 1945 and AFRO 1147/45 dated 13 July 1945. Born 1911 in Medicine Hat; home in Calgary (bus driver, ex-Royal Canadian Artillery); enlisted there 22 February 1940. Commissioned 1940.


Flight Lieutenant Dunn has been engaged on operational flying since January 1944 and has participated in numerous low level photographic reconnaissances of heavily defended enemy gun positions, bridges, viaducts and river crossings. Since June 1944 this officer has led his section on many reconnaissance operations and has obtained much valuable information. Both in the air and on the ground Flight Lieutenant Dunn has displayed exceptional keenness for his work and he has never let either enemy opposition or adverse weather deter him from completing his allotted task.

 

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DUNN, F/O John Edward (J85003) - 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 Saskatchewan; home in St.Boniface or Ochre River, Manitoba; enlisted Winnipeg, 13 August 1940. Trained at No.1 ITS, No.1 WS (graduated 7 December 1941) and No.4 BGS (graduated 5 January 1942). Commissioned 1943. Cited with F/L Walter G. Dinsdale (RCAF, pilot, which see for citation). Presented by Governor General at Government House, 14 November 1950. NOTE: Is middle name "Edward" or "Edwards" ?

 

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DUNN, FS John William (Can 4317) - British Empire Medal - No.7 SFTS - Award effective 1 January 1946 as per Canada Gazette of that date and AFRO 82/46 dated 25 January 1946. Enlisted in Vancouver, 15 September 1939. Medal presented at Esquimalt, 21 July 1956.

 

This non-commissioned officer has been in charge of the repair unit and consistently has been the mainstay of his section. For the most part he has been responsible for the steady flow of serviceable aircraft, and in this way his contribution to flying training has been substantial. Due to his energetic example and leadership, others have been encouraged to greater efficiency and devotion to duty.

 

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DUNN, F/O Lloyd Murray Carson (C27593) - Mention in Despatches - Overseas - Award effective 1 January 1946 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 388/46 dated 12 April 1946. Home in Southy,, Saskatchewan; enlisted in Regina, 7 July 1942.

 

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DUNN, P/O Robert (J89014) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.426 Squadron - Award effective 15 March 1945 as per London Gazette dated 27 March 1945 and AFRO 1085/45 dated 29 June 1945. Born 1913 in Vancouver; home there (secretary, ex-Royal Canadian Artillery); enlisted there 19 June 1942. Trained at No.2 ITS (graduated 6 March 1943) and No.5 AOS (graduated 17 September 1943). Commissioned August 1944. Posted from No.61 Base to No.426 Squadron, 29 June 1944 (Sergeant at time); navigator to P/O C.S.V. Hamilton. Incident mentioned was 2 November 1944. Photo UK-12585 is good shot.

 

Pilot Officer Dunn has completed numerous sorties against such targets as Stuttgart, Hamburg, Kiel, Dusseldorf and other strongly defended German cities. During an attack against Dusseldorf his aircraft sustained severe damage from the enemy's anti-aircraft defences rendering it almost uncontrollable. Without any navigation aids Pilot Officer Dunn guided this aircraft to an airfield behind our lines where a successful landing was made. Throughout his tour this officer has proved himself to be an outstanding navigator who has always fulfilled his duties in a cool and competent manner.

 

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DUNN, William Albert (C19764) - 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 Regina; enlisted there 22 October 1940.

 

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DUNN, F/L Wyman Grant (J16267) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.405 Squadron - Award effective 5 February 1945 as per London Gazette dated 16 February 1945 and AFRO 563/45 dated 29 March 1945. Born 1917 in Toronto; home there; enlisted there 30 April 1941. Trained at No.1 ITS (graduated 1 September 1941), No.1 AOS (graduated 21 December 1941) and No.1 BGS (graduated 31 January 1942). Commissioned 1942. No citation other than "completed... numerous operations against the enemy in the course of which [he has] invariably displayed the utmost fortitude, courage and devotion to duty." Public Records Office Air 2/8831 has recommendation dated 20 November 1944 when he had flown 47 sorties (228 hours 3 minutes), 28 July 1942 to 6 November 1944.

 

28 July 42 Hamburg 9 Mar 43 Munich

23 July 42 Dusseldorf 25 Aug 44 Russelsheim

21 Oct 42 West Frisians 26 Aug 44 Kiel

26 Oct 42 Bordeaux 28 Aug 44 Fromental

6 Nov 42 Bordeaux 6 Sep 44 Emden

7 Nov 42 Genoa 8 Sep 44 Le Havre

10 Nov 42 West Frisians 10 Sep 44 Le Havre

28 Nov 42 Turin 11 Sep 44 Wanne Eickel

30 Nov 42 Turin 15 Sep 44 Kiel

2 Dec 42 Froneort 17 Sep 44 Boulogne

7 Dec 42 West Frisians 20 Sep 44 Calais

8 Dec 42 Skagerrak 17 Sep 44 Biggekerke

13 Dec 42 ASR, North Sea 23 Sep 44 Domburg

7 Dec 42 Fallersleben 25 Sep 44 Calais


20 Dec 42 Duisberg 26 Sep 44 Cap Gris Nez

8 Jan 43 Baltic 27 Sep 44 Bottrop

14 Jan 43 Lorient 28 Sep 44 Cap Gris Nez

15 Jan 43 Lorient 30 Sep 44 Bottrop

23 Jan 43 Lorient 5 Oct 44 Saarbrucken

25 Feb 43 Nuremburg 6 Oct 44 Dortmund

26 Feb 43 Cologne 11 Oct 44 Fort Fredrik Hendrik

1 Mar 43 Berlin 14 Oct 44 Duisburg

3 Mar 43 Hamburg 2 Nov 44 Dusseldorf

8 Mar 43 Nuremburg 6 Nov 44 Gelsenkirchen D.N.C.O. (No Sortie)

 

Flying Officer Dunn is a Visual Bomb Aimer in a highly successful crew, and is now on his second tour of operations. He has participated in attacks on such heavily-defended enemy areas as Berlin, Hamburg and Dortmund. He has a keen sense of responsibility and a disregard for personal considerations, which makes him a very valuable member of a crew. On many occasions, in order to ensure the successful completion of a mission, his aircraft has had to attack the target area at a very low level. In spite of heavy opposition from the enemy, this officer has not swerved from his allotted task, always ensuring that his bombs have been dropped at the required point. The coolness, courage and devotion to duty invariably displayed by him on operational duty is most commendable, and has done much to contribute to his crew's many successful sorties. Strongly recommended for the non-immediate award of the Distinguished Flying Cross.

 

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DUNNING, F/O Boyd Whitford (J19678) - Mention in Despatches - No.441 Squadron (AFRO gives unit only as Overseas) - Award effective 14 June 1945 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 1478/45 dated 21 September 1945. Home in Upper Woodland, Quebec; enlisted in Montreal, 14 March 1941. Trained at No.1 ITS (graduated 8 August 1941), No.3 EFTS (graduated 25 September 1941) and No.14 SFTS (graduated 19 December 1941).

 

Directorate of History and Heritage file 78/323 folio 9 has recommendations for DFCs drafted by his flight commander and forwarded by S/L Brad Walker. The first is dated 31 October 1944 ; the next is dated 9 November 1944. As of the latter date he had flown 243 operational hours on 193 sorties (92 patrols, 36 sweeps, 29 armed reconnaissances, 17 scrambles, eight escorts, six dive bombing missions, and five Rhubarbs. He also had 15 enemy vehicles destroyed and ten damaged. The Flight Commander wrote:

 


This officer, as 2 i/c of his Flight, has just completed his second tour of operations against the enemy. In spite of being persistently aggressive in the air, he has no credited score, but by pure guts and determination has attacked the enemy whenever he could be found. His first tour was completed from Malta as an NCO in 1942 and from where he did sweeps, rhubarbs and dive bombing into Sicily. He did patrol and protect the Malta convoys and on one occasion was attacked and hit by four Me.109s, but through superior airmanship did shake them off and land safely at Malta. He returned to England and joined this squadron just before D Day and did 25 hours protective cover over the beach head in the first few days. He then dive bombed and strafed the enemy from Normandy to Holland, destroying or damaging 25 enemy transport. During his two tours he had participated in 193 sorties against the enemy and has always shown great courage and determination in pressing home his attacks, in spite of heavy opposition.

 

Walker added his own comments:

 

This officer has on his second tour proven to be a very valuable member of the squadron with his experience and leadership in harassing the enemy on his route from Normandy to Holland. He has been a good inspiration to the other pilots throughout his tour. I strongly recommend the non-immediate award of the Distinguished Flying Cross.

 

On 23 November 1944, S/L Walker put forward another recommendation:

 

Flying Officer Dunning, as second in command of his Flight, has now completed his second tour of operations against the enemy.

 

In spite of being persistently aggressive in the air, he has no credited score of enemy aircraft. His first tour was completed from Malta as an NCO in 1942, from whence he carried out sweeps, rhubarbs and dive bombing into Sicily. He also patrolled and protected the Malta convoys and on one of these occasions was attacked and hit by four Me.109s, but shook them off through superior airmanship landed safely at Malta. He returned to England and joined this squadron just before D Day, completing 25 hours protective cover over the beach head in the first five days. He dive bombed and strafed the enemy from Normandy to Holland, destroying 15 and damaging ten enemy transport.

 

During his two tours of duty he had participated in 193 sorties against the enemy and has always shown great courage and determination in pressing home his attacks, in spite of opposition.

 

This officer, with his experience and leadership, has been an inspiration to the junior pilots throughout his second tour. In view of his continuous devotion to duty I strongly recommend the non-immediate award of the Distinguished Flying Cross.

 

On 7 January 1945, S/L Walker resubmitted the above, unchanged.

 

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DUNPHY, S/L Arthur Victor (J20571) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.148 Squadron - Award effective 10 October 1944 as per London Gazette dated 17 October 1944 and AFRO 2534/44 dated 24 November 1944. Born 1916 in Upper Blackville, New Brunswick; home there (tractor operator); enlisted in Moncton, 16 October 1940. Trained at No.4 ITS (graduated 24 April 1942), No.5 EFTS (graduated 3 July 1942) and No.15 SFTS (graduated 6 November 1942). Commissioned 1942. Sent by registered mail, 13 November 1949.

 

This officer has shown a high degree of skill and determination, particularly on his second tour of operational duty. In April 1944, whilst on a mission over northern Italy, his aircraft was hit by anti-aircraft fire on the outward flight causing a three foot diameter hole in the starboard mainplane. Despite this, he successfully completed his task making a crash landing on his return to base. Squadron Leader Dunphy is repeatedly chosen, because of his skill, for the most difficult or more important operations. He has set a high example to other aircrews by his courage and devotion to duty.

 

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DUNPHY, F/L Roderick James (J13843) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.426 Squadron (dead) - Award effective 19 December 1943 as per London Gazette dated 8 May 1945 and AFRO 1219/45 dated 27 July 1945. Born 1923 in Souris, Manitoba; home in Winnipeg; enlisted there 12 September 1942. Trained at No.7 ITS (graduated 10 April 1942) and No.3 AOS (graduated 28 August 1942). Commissioned 1942. Navigator to FS S.J. Stuart. Killed in action 20/21 December 1943 (Lancaster LL630). Medal presented at Government House, 7 November 1949 to his father, Kenneth A. Dunphy. Incident described in citation took place 20 October 1943 (Halifax D/426).

 

Flight Lieutenant Dunphy has taken part in numerous operational sorties, the majority of which have been directed against major German targets. During a mission to Leipzig in October 1943, his aircraft was twice engaged by enemy fighters and sustained in all seven attacks. The aircraft suffered severe damage and all the navigational instruments were destroyed. Despite this, Flight Lieutenant Dunphy by superb navigation directed the pilot to the target and back to base. This officer has invariably shown a high degree of skill and courage.

 

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DUNPHY, S/L Wilfred Harold (25737) - Croix de Guerre with Palm (France) - Training Command, Trenton - Awarded as per Canada Gazette dated 16 July 1949 and AFRO 307/49. Roman Catholic Chaplain at Transport Command Headquarters when award announced.

 

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DUNPHY, W/C William Patrick (C1038) - Mention in Despatches - No.64 Base (given in AFRO only as "Overseas") - Award effective 14 June 1945 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 1395/45 dated 31 August 1945. Home in Ottawa; enlisted in Vancouver, 11 September 1939. DHist file 181.009 D.4364 (RG.24 Vol.20648) has recommendation sent to No.6 Group Headquarters, 2 February 1945.

 

Wing Commander Dunphy was posted to this Base on its formation to organize the engineering services. He has demonstrated outstanding ability in building up the servicing sections despite the constantly changing requirements. This officer possesses a strong sense of duty with the interests of the Service foremost at all times. His perseverance, leadership and sound judgement during long hours of duty have been a definite contribution to the high standard of aircraft serviceability and consequent crew output which this Base enjoys.

 

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DUNSFORD, F/O Robert Malcolm (J15203) - see Smith, F/L Albert Ivan (J15203).

 

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DUNSTER, P/O Bernard Frank (J86579) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.420 Squadron - Award effective 15 March 1945 as per London Gazette dated 27 March 1945 and AFRO 1127/45 dated 6 July 1945. Born 1921 in Richmond, Ontario; home in Ottawa (clerk); enlisted there 30 March 1942. Trained at No.3 ITS (graduated 11 September 1942) and No.8 AOS (graduated 30 December 1942)). Commissioned April 1944. Postwar member of RCAF Olympic Hockey Team ("Flyers, Gold Medal, 1948). Died in Ottawa, 8 April 1995, age 74. No citation other than "completed...many successful operations against the enemy in which [he has] displayed high skill, fortitude and devotion to duty." DHist file 181.009 D.1730 (PAC RG.24 Vol.20607) has recommendation dated 5 December 1944 where he is credited with 37 sorties (200 operational hours):

 

Pilot Officer Dunster has flown on many sorties as navigator. He has operated against such heavily defended targets as Berlin, Cologne and Essen. He has proved himself a most capable navigator who has always displayed outstanding determination and coolness.

 

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DUPUIS, F/L Lionel Palma Joseph (J85013) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.425 Squadron - Award effective 15 September 1944 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 2274/44 dated 20 October 1944. Born 1918 in Quebec; home in Ottawa; enlisted there 19 September 1939; one of four brothers in the forces. Trained at No.3 ITS (graduated 10 April 1942), No.11 EFTS (graduated 19 June 1942) and No.2 SFTS (graduated 23 October 1942). Commissioned 1944. Remained in postwar RCAF; awarded Queen's Coronation Medal, 23 October 1953 while a Wing Commander at College Militaire Royale, St.Jean. Retired in 1966 and then worked as a translator for the Department of National Defence. Died in Ottawa, 7 December 1999.


This officer is a skilful and devoted pilot. He has completed many sorties including attacks on Berlin, Essen and Stuttgart. The determination he has shown throughout his tour was well illustrated on his first sortie when detailed to attack Frankfurt. In the early stages of the outward flight some important navigational equipment became useless. Despite this, Flight Lieutenant Dupuis continued to the target and executed a successful attack. This officer is a most inspiring captain.

 

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DUPUIS, Flight Sergeant Rene Noel Joseph (Can 9953) - British Empire Medal - Gaspe Detachment, RCAF - Award effective 14 November 1944 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 2684/44 dated 15 December 1944. Home in Ottawa; enlisted there 6 July 1938. In postwar RCAF; awarded Queen's Coronation Medal, 23 October 1953 as a Sergeant at Rockcliffe. Later worked for Department of Transport; died in Perth, Ontario, 10 July 1981.

 

This NCO was in charge of the crew manning an RCAF marine craft, which carried out rescue operations after a Royal Canadian Navy motor launch exploded at a naval jetty on the 7th of September 1944. The rescue of naval personnel from the water was carried out in close proximity to the exploded burning craft, which carried full tanks of high octane gasoline and battle complement of depth charges. During these operations, smaller armament was being continually exploded by the fire, causing great hazard to Flight Sergeant Dupuis and his men. When a severely burned rating was pulled from the water into the rescue boat, he displayed great presence of mind and efficiency in carrying out adequate first aid until the arrival of the medical officer. Throughout the entire operations he provided courageous and efficient leadership in the face of extremely difficult and hazardous circumstances. the outstanding ability and presence of mind displayed by this NCO is most praiseworthy.

 

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DURDIN, S/L Oliver William (C3622) - Mention in Despatches - No.83 Group Headquarters - Award effective 1 January 1945 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 337/45 dated 23 February 1945. Home in London, Ontario where he was at one time alderman; noted in legal circles as member of firm, Murphy, Fordham and Durdin. Enlisted in London, 18 January 1941. Shaken but unhurt in crash of Dakota KG397 (No.435 Squadron) in Britain, 13 February 1946, which killed eight. No citation.

 

DURDIN, W/C Oliver William (C3622) - Mention in Despatches - Overseas - Award effective 1 January 1946 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 322/46 dated 29 March 1946. See MBE entry for details. No citation.

 


DURDIN, W/C Oliver William (C3622) - Member, Order of the British Empire - RCAF Overseas Headquarters - Award effective 13 June 1946 as per Canada Gazette of that date and AFRO 660/46 dated 5 July 1946.

 

Wing Commander Durdin's excellent qualifications and the capable manner in which he had previously performed his duties, together with the confidence of his superiors in his ability to be just, fair and thoroughly conscientious in his responsibilities to Canada, led to his appointment as Officer Commanding No.1 Canadian War Crimes Investigation Unit, over a large number of superior but less qualified officers. During the many months it has taken in the tracing, locating and apprehension of war criminals, who will by Wing Commander Durdin's unstinted efforts be brought to trial to face charges of offences against the Royal Canadian Air Force personnel, his enthusiasm and zeal for the most minute details in considering every possible method of detection and justice has been an inspiration to everyone connected with the unit. Faced with numerous language and transportation problems, he has dispensed his duties in the atmosphere of a defeated and occupied nation with a courage and efficiency that reflects great credit to himself and to Canada.

 

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DURHAM, S/L Cecil George, MM (C1774) - Mention in Despatches - Award effective 1 January 1943 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 232/43 dated 12 February 1943. Had won MM 11 October 1916 and French Croix de Guerre with Palm 27 May 1917. Home in Calgary; enlisted there 21 March 1940.

 

DURHAM, W/L Cecil George, MM (C1774) - Mention in Despatches - No.6 Group Headquarters - Award effective 14 January 1944 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 874/44 dated 21 April 1944.

 

DURHAM, G/C Cecil George, MM (C1774) - Officer, Order of the British Empire - NWACHQ - Award effective 1 January 1946 as per Canada Gazette of that date and AFRO 82/45 dated 25 January 1946.

Throughout his Air Force career this officer has rendered outstanding service which he has continued to display in his appointment as Senior Administrative Officer at this Command Headquarters. His devotion to duty and untiring efforts have been an example to all ranks. He has given much to the welfare of those with whom he comes in contact. This officer has been mentioned twice in despatches during the present war.

 

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DURHAM, F/L William Campbell (C9109) - Mention in Despatches - Station Leeming - Award effective 14 January 1944 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 874/44 dated 21 April 1944. Unit identified in AFRO only as "Overseas"; positive unit identification from No.6 Group Monthly Summary of Operational and Training Activities (January 1944). Home in Toronto; enlisted there 31 October 1941.


DURHAM, S/L William Campbell (C9109) - Mention in Despatches - Leeming - Award effective 1 January 1946 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 322/46 dated 29 March 1946. AFRO gives unit only as "Overseas"; unit found in McEwen Papers list of recommendations for MiD.

 

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DURNIN, FL William Howard (J15155) - Air Force Cross - No.1 Instrument Flying School (since moved to No.168 Squadron) - Award effective 8 June 1944 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 1380/44 dated 30 June 1944. Born in Virden, Manitoba; educated in Winnipeg. Home there; enlisted there, 21 June 1940. Trained at No.2 ITS (graduated 27 July 1940), No.14 EFTS (graduated 9 November 1940), and No.5 SFTS (wings 28 January 1941). Reported as having flown 1,766 hours to dates, 1,233 hours as instructor, 249 hours in previous 6 months.

 

This officer has been employed as a flying instructor on standard beam approach flying training for over two years. Through all types of weather he has carried out his duties most diligently and proved himself to be a flying instructor of exceptional skill.

 

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DUROCHER, F/L Arthur Eugene (J24067) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.428 Squadron - Award effective 12 November 1945 as per London Gazette dated 16 November 1945 and AFRO 133/46 dated 8 February 1946. Born 1913 in Eagle River, Ontario; home there (operator); enlisted in Winnipeg, 13 June 1940. Trained at No.3 WS (graduated 22 January 1943) and No.7 BGS (graduated 5 March 1943). Commissioned February 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.1941 (RG.24 Vol.20612) has recommendation by W/C M.W. Gall dated 22 May 1945 when he had flown 33 sorties (192 hours 15 minutes), 9 May to 29 December 1944. Signal Leader when recommended.

 

This officer has shown exceptional skill, courage and great devotion to duty as a Wireless Operator. His great ability and coolness created a high standard of morale in his crew and proved of great assistance to his pilot. He undoubtedly contributed largely to the completion of a successful tour by his crew.

 

As Signals Leader his efforts were untiring and he raised the standard of his section to a very high level. No task was too difficult and his co-operation with the squadron was whole-hearted at all times.

 

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DUROCHER, F/L Jacques Ernest (J7992) - Mention in Despatches - No.427 Squadron - Award effective 14 January 1944 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 874/44 dated 21 April 1944. Born 1919 in Lachine, Quebec; home in Montreal (office clerk, served in Royal Canadian Corps of Signals); enlisted there 27 November 1940. Trained at No.1 BGS (graduated 28 April 1941) and No.1 WS (graduated 13 October 1941). Commissioned 1941.

 

DUROCHER, F/L Jacques Ernest (J7992) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.427 Squadron - Award effective 2 October 1944 as per London Gazette dated 13 October 1944 and AFRO 2637/44 dated 8 December 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 22 July 1944) when he had flown 31 sorties (181 hours five minutes) between 6 June 1943 and 22 May 1944.

 

This officer has completed thirty-one operational bombing sorties against the enemy, twenty-six of which have been on major targets. Throughout his tour he has shown outstanding courage and devotion to duty. He was Squadron Gunnery Leader and his excellent work, generally, has inspired a high standard of morale not only in his crew but in the entire squadron.

 

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DURRANT, F/O Frederick George (J86070) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.103 Squadron - Award effective 15 March 1945 as per London Gazette dated 27 March 1945 and AFRO 1085/45 dated 29 June 1945. Born 1915 in Robsard, Saskatchewan; home in Ottawa (motor mechanic); enlisted there 20 July 1937. Trained at No.3 ITS (graduated 28 August 1942), No.11 EFTS (graduated 4 December 1942) and No.5 SFTS (graduated 30 April 1942). Commissioned April 1944. Died in Calgary, 21 February 1994, aged 78. Obituary notice said he had retired 1964 and thereafter active in tracked vehicle industry in Alberta until retired again in 1987.

 

Flying Officer Durrant has taken part in numerous operational sorties, many of which were against heavily defended targets. Early in his operational career he was forced to leave his aircraft by parachute and in so doing sustained an injury to his back. A courageous and skilful captain of aircraft, he has never let pain or discomfort diminish his keenness to participate in operational flying or to interfere with the successful achievement of his allotted task. He has always set a praiseworthy example of efficiency, fortitude and devotion to duty.

 

Public Records Office Air 2/9050 has recommendation by W/C J.R. St.John dated 9 December 1944 when he had flown 30 sorties (163 hours 20 minutes) with more details:

 

9 June 44 Flers 11 Oct 44 Fort Fredrik Hendrik

14 June 44 Le Havre 14 Oct 44 Duisburg

16 June 44 Sterkrade 15 Oct 44 Wilhelmshaven

28 June 44 Chateau Bernapre 19 Oct 44 Stuttgart

29 June 44 Domleger 23 Oct 44 Essen


30 June 44 Oisemont 31 Oct 44 Cologne

4 July 44 Orleans 2 Nov 44 Dusseldorf

5 July 44 Dijon 6 Nov 44 Gelsenkirchen

7 Jul 44 Caen 11 Nov 44 Dortmund

12 July 44 Revigny 16 Nov 44 Duren

7 Aug 44 Fontenay 21 Nov 44 GARDENING

11 Aug 44 Douai 27 Nov 44 Freiburg

3 Oct 44 Westkapelle 29 Nov 44 Dortmund

5 Oct 44 Saarbrucken 3 Dec 44 Urft Dam

7 Oct 44 Emmerich 6 Dec 44 Merseburg

 

Flying Officer Durrant, a Canadian, was posted to No.103 Squadron on 27th May 1944, and has since completed 30 sorties as captain on Lancaster aircraft, with a total of 163.20 hours operational flying. Throughout his tour of operations this officer has been outstanding as a skilful, reliable and determined captain of aircraft.

 

On one occasion, in the early stages of his tour, Flying Officer Durrant was obliged to abandon his aircraft by parachute on returning from an operational sortie. In doing so, he sustained a painful injury to his back, from which despite medical treatment, he suffered to some extent throughout the remainder of his tour. He endured this uncomplainingly and continued to show the same high degree of skill and determination to reach his objective. Many of his operations were of a long and arduous nature, involving flights through the fiercest opposition fro enemy flak to fighters, but Flying Officer Durrant, backed by a fine crew, consistently set a most praiseworthy example of efficiency, fortitude and devotion to duty.

 

I strongly recommend that this fine example should be recognized by the non-immediate award of the Distinguished Flying Cross.

 

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DUSCHARM, Sergeant Earl Brentnall (R62527) - Mention in Despatches - No.433 Squadron - Award effective 1 January 1945 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 425/45 dated 9 March 1945.

 

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DUTCHAK, F/L Joseph (J8942) - Air Force Cross - No.15 SFTS - Award effective 14 November 1944 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 2684/44 dated 15 December 1944. Home in Claresholm, Alberta. Enlisted Edmonton, 14 March 1941. Trained at No.2 ITS (graduated 9 July 1941), No.5 EFTS (graduated 1 September 1941), No.10 SFTS (graduated 21 November 1941). Had flown 2,129 hours to date, 1,810:50 as instructor, 374 hours in past six months. Invested by Governor General at Government House, 26 January 1954.

 


This officer has shown himself to be a most capable and conscientious flying instructor. He is an exceptionally keen and willing worker who has et an excellent example to those working under him.

 

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DUTHIE, S/L George Noble (C7271) - Member, Order of the British Empire - No.4 Release Centre - Award effective 13 June 1946 as per Canada Gazette of that date and AFRO 660/46 dated 5 July 1946. Home in Toronto; enlisted there 6 September 1941.

 

This officer, during the whole period of his service, has given unstintingly in effort and time to the welfare of Air Force personnel. He has worked untiringly very many hours over and above that normally required of him, always in the interest of the service and for the benefit of service personnel. He never hesitates to sacrifice his own recreational time to the welfare of others. His sense of duty and loyalty is exemplary and he has contributed in no small part to the successful reception of incoming overseas drafts. His loyalty, efficiency and devotion to duty and complete disregard of personal inconvenience mark him as an outstanding officer.

 

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DUTHIE, W/C William Falding (C3181) - Member, Order of the British Empire - WAC Headquarters - Award effective 1 January 1946 as per Canada Gazette of that date and AFRO 82/46 dated 25 January 1946. Home in Toronto; enlisted there 15 November 1940.

 

During the period this officer has been serving at this Headquarters, and particularly through recent months as Staff Officer Organization, this officer's conscientious, capable and untiring efforts have earned for him the commendation of all with whom he has been associated. Every task undertaken by him has shown the value of his energy and ability, and the results have been of outstanding benefit to this Command. His devotion to duty and keen sense of responsibility have been exemplary.

 

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DUTKA, WO (now P/O) Richard Simin (R150976/J96593) - Mention in Despatches - Overseas - Award effective 13 June 1946 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 726/46 dated 26 July 1946. Home in Myrnham, Alberta; enlisted in Edmonton, 25 March 1942. Trained at No.7 ITS (graduated 28 August 1942), No.5 BGS (graduated 20 November 1942) and No.1 CNS (graduated 29 December 1942).

 

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DUTKOWSKI, F/O Raymond (J28079) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.427 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 Regina; home there (stenographer); enlisted there 19 June 1942. Trained at No.2 ITS (graduated 2 January 1943), No.7 BGS (graduated 9 July 1943) and No.1 CNS (graduated 28 May 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.1729 (PAC RG.24 Vol.20607) has recommendation dated 17 October 1944, at which time he had flown 36 sorties (166 hours 45 minutes) between 20 April and 14 October 1944.

 

This bomb aimer has completed thirty-six heavy bombing attacks against the enemy. His work in general has been outstanding and he has been a splendid example of cheerful courage, unselfishness and sacrifice not only to his crew but to the squadron in general.

 

DUTKOWSKI, F/O Raymond, DFC (J28079) - No.427 Squadron - Croix de Guerre (France) - Awarded as per AFRO 1619/45 dated 19 October 1945. Recommended 9 January 1945 (DHist file 181.009 D.1729, PAC RG.24 Vol.20607), together with S/L William M. Stephens (awarded Croix de Guerre) and P/O Thomas S. Foy (not awarded Croix de Guerre). No citation in AFRO; recommendation as follows:

 

This bomb aimer has completed thirty-six operational bombing attacks against the enemy; twenty-one of these attacks have been since June 6th, 1944. Flying Officer Dutkowski's work in general has been outstanding and his bombing an inspiration to all bomb aimers in the squadron. He possesses coolness and displays exceptional fearlessness in the face of danger and at all times has been an example to his crew. I most highly recommend that Flying Officer Dutkowski he awarded the Croix de Guerre, as these attacks have been held mainly over France and had a great deal of effect on its liberation.

 

NOTE: Public Records Office Air 2/9645 has final citation.

 

Flying Officer Dutkowski has completed 36 operational bombing attacks, 21 of these being flown since the 6th June, 1944. His work in general has been outstanding and his bombing an inspiration. His coolness and exceptional display of fearlessness in the face of danger has at all times been an example to his crew.

 

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DUTTON, S/L Owen Langford (C8534) - Mention in Despatches - No.139 Wing - Award effective 1 January 1945 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 337/45 dated 23 February 1945. Home in Regina; enlisted there 31 October 1941.

 

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DUVAL, Sergeant (now P/O) Jean Pierre Aime Joseph (R125456/J18359) - Distinguished Flying Medal - No.427 Squadron - Award effective 6 November 1943 as per London Gazette dated 16 November 1943 and AFRO 2610/43 dated 17 December 1943. Born 1921 in Quebec; home in Gracefield, Quebec (clerk); enlisted in Ottawa, 20 August 1941. Trained at No.6 BGS (graduated 16 February 1942). No citation in AFRO, "completed many successful operations against the enemy in which [he has] displayed high skill, fortitude and devotion to duty". See also FS R.L. Skillen.

 

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DUVALL, F/L Stanley Frank (C7935) - Mention in Despatches - Headquarters, BAF - Award effective 1 January 1945 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 337/45 dated 23 February 1945. Home in Hamilton, Ontario; enlisted there 25 April 1941. No citation.

 

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DUYVEJONCK, WO Omer Hubert (R119899) - Mention in Despatches - No.357 Squadron - Award effective 1 January 1945 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 425/45 dated 9 March 1945. Home in Winnipeg; enlisted there 29 July 1941. Trained at No.7 ITS (graduated 13 February 1942), No.19 EFTS (ceased training 24 April 1942), No.3 WS (graduated 6 November 1942) and No.7 BGS (graduated 7 December 1942).

 

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DWORKIN, F/L David Louis (J23584) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.432 Squadron - Award effective 5 July 1945 as per London Gazette dated 17 July 1945 and AFRO 1558/45 dated 5 October 1945. Born 1922 in Calgary; home there; enlisted there 31 March 1942. Trained at No.7 ITS (graduated 25 September 1942), No.2 BGS (graduated 12 December 1942) and No.7 AOS (graduated 5 February 1943). Commissioned 1943. No citation other than "in recognition of gallantry and devotion to duty in the execution of air operations against the enemy". DHist file 181.009 D.2618 (RG.24 Vol.20627) has recommendation dated 18 March 1945 when he had completed 33 sorties (175 hours 15 minutes) from 21 June 1944 to 8 March 1945. Bombing Leader in unit at the time.

 

The above noted officer has completed thirty-three successful sorties over enemy territory and has proven his skill as a most efficient Air Bomber. His co-operation, coolness and presence of mind contributed in a large measure to the success attained by the crews he has flown with. Since this officer arrived on this squadron he has been employed as Squadron Bombing Leader and his initiative, level-headedness and exceptional trade ability and knowledge has won the confidence and respect of all aircrew under him. He has always displayed an excellent example of loyalty and devotion to duty. Flight Lieutenant Dworkin is an inspiring leader whose outstanding ability and splendid record warrant a strong recommendation for the Distinguished Flying Cross (Non-Immediate).

 


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DWORNIK, F/L Peter (J22735) - Mention in Despatches - Overseas - Award effective 1 January 1946 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 155/46 dated 15 February 1946. Home in Oak Bluff, Manitoba. Enlisted Saskatoon, 4 January 1941. Trained at No.2 ITS (graduated 20 June 1942), No.19 EFTS (graduated 25 September 1942) and No.10 SFTS (graduated 22 January 1943).

 

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DWYER, Sergeant Walter (R123972) - British Empire Medal - No.1 Air Command Headquarters - Award effective 13 June 1946 as per Canada Gazette of that date and AFRO 660/46 dated 5 July 1946. Home in Winnipeg; enlisted there 19 August 1941. Presented 13 September 1947.

 

Since the formation of No.1 Air Command, Sergeant Dwyer has filled the position of non-commissioned officer in charge of the Senior Personnel Staff Officer's Orderly Room. In this capacity, he has been of inestimable value, particularly during the months that the two Commands were going through the process of merging. Almost every night for several months this non-commissioned officer worked on Command Instructions, circulars and orders to consolidate the records of the two Commands. At all times he has displayed initiative and resourcefulness in his work. He can be depended upon at all times to successfully complete any task without supervision and has done much to assist the officers of the S.P.S.O. Branch in organizing and carrying on the work of the Branch.

 

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DYCK, F/L Abram Louis (C12593) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.223 Squadron - Award effective 10 May 1945 as per London Gazette dated 22 May 1945 and AFRO 1147/45 dated 13 July 1945. Born 1915 in Borden, Saskatchewan; home there or Saskatoon (farmer); enlisted in Fort William, 24 June 1940. Commissioned June 1942. No citation other than "completed...numerous operations against the enemy in the course of which [he has] invariably displayed the utmost fortitude, courage and devotion to duty". Award sent by registered mail, 11 July 1950. Public Records Office Air 2/9069 (Part 1) has recommendation dated 15 February 1945 when he had flown 40 sorties (301 hours 20 minutes). The first tour was with No.120 Squadron (Liberators, Coastal Command); the second was in No.100 Group in which the sortie list is vague as to areas but tantalizing in other details.

 

First Tour - No.120 Squadron

 

9 Aug 43 Anti-Sub Patrol Reykjavaik

13 Aug 43 do. do.

20 Aug 43 do. do.

27 Aug 43 do. do.

6 Sept 43 do. do.


20 Sep 43 Anti-Sub, Escort U-boat attacked, not sunk.

25 Sep 43 Anti-Sub, do. Reykjavik, landed Ballykelly

27 Sep 43 Anti-Sub Patrol Ballykelly-Reykjavik

1 Oct 43 Anti-Sub, Escort Three attacks

24 Oct 43 Anti-Sub, Escort Reykjavik

1 Jan 44 Anti-Sub Patrol Ballykelly to Reykjavik

3 Jan 44 Ant-Sub, Escort Night Sweep

9 Jan 44 Ant-Sub, Escort

14 Jan 44 Anti-Sub, Sweep To Ballykelly

31 Jan 44 do. Ballykelly to Reykjavik

 

Second Tour - No.223 Squadron (No.100 Group)

 

28 Sep 44 Special Patrol 17 Dec 44 Window Patrol

30 Sep 44 Target (Fortress) 18 Dec 44 do.

3 Oct 44 Special Duty Patrol 23 Dec 44 do.

6 Oct 44 Special Duty Patrol Operation carried out on

30 Oct 44 Window Patrol (South) three engines

2 Nov 44 Window Patrol 28 Dec 44 Window Patrol

6 Nov 44 do. 29 Dec 44 do.

10 Nov 44 do. 13 Jan 45 Jostle Patrol,

15 Nov 44 do. (North) Saarbrucken

27 Nov 44 do. 28 Jan 45 Window Patrol

29 Nov 44 do. 1 Feb 45 do. (South)

30 Nov 44 do. (North) 2 Feb 45 do.

2 Dec 44 do. 4 Feb 45 Jostle Patrol, Bonn

4 Dec 44 do. 7 Feb 45 do., Ladbergen

Operation carried out on 14 Feb 45 Window Patrol (North)

three engines

 

Flight Lieutenant Dyck has successfully completed 40 sorties; of these 25 operational flights have been carried out with this squadron on Bomber Support duties. During his present tour as captain, this officer has displayed a most determined spirit. On a recent occasion he was forced to feather one engine en route to his target but by skilful flying he maintained height and was able to carry out his allotted task and return safely to base.

 

This officer is a thoroughly conscientious captain and his close attention to the accurate completion of his detail has been most praiseworthy.

 

NOTE: The Group Captain who supports this recommendation (18 February 1945) writes:

 


This officer has displayed exceptional enthusiasm for operational flying; he has proved himself reliable and efficient. The squadron in which this officer now serves was reformed for Bomber Support duties, and the development of the squadron's operational effort has been accelerated by the example of certain original pilots, of which Flight Lieutenant Dyck is a most outstanding member.

 

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DYCK, F/L Menzie McGill (J11632) - Mention in Despatches - No.10 (BR) Squadron - Award effective 7 July 1945 as per Canada Gazette of that date and AFRO 1291/45 dated 10 August 1945. Home in Vancouver. Enlisted Saskatoon, 8 May 1941. Trained at No.4 ITS (graduated 28 August 1941), No.3 AOS (graduated 2 March 1941), No.2 BGS (graduated 11 April 1942) and No.1 ANS (graduated 11 May 1942).

 

Flight Lieutenant Dyck, serving as navigator, has completed nine hundred and twenty operational flying hours in the North Atlantic area. As a crew member on very long range aircraft, his work has been of the highest calibre, and he has consistently displayed a cheerfulness, courage and devotion to duty that have been an inspiration to all.

 

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DYER, P/O (now F/O) Charles Grant Reynolds (C36584) - Air Force Cross - No.10 EFTS - Award effective 8 June 1944 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 1380/44 dated 30 June 1944. Born at Alvinson (near Sarnia, Ontario); educated in Toronto; home there. Enlisted in Toronto, 9 May 1941, receiving wings in early 1942. Reported to have flown 2,175 hours, 1,966 hours as instructor, 332 hours in past six months. Award presented 17 June 1945, Medals and logbook displayed at RCAF Memorial Museum, Trenton, Ontario.

 

This officer has been employed on flying instructional work for two and a half years and has at all times executed his duties with untiring efforts and the highest degree of proficiency. He has proved himself to be a most efficient officer and has set an admirable example to instructors and pupils alike.

 

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DYER, S/L Hugh Richard Ford (J5699) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.419 Squadron - Award effective 19 May 1944 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 1296/44 dated 16 June 1944. Born 15 July 1914 in Minnedosa, Manitoba; home there. Enlisted in Toronto, 3 September 1940. Trained at No.1 ITS (graduated 27 January 1941), No.12 EFTS (graduated 28 March 1941) and No. 5 SFTS (graduated 16 June 1941). Commissioned 22 June 1941. To Station Trenton, 29 June 1941 for course at Central Flying School; to No.10 SFTS, Dauphin, 16 September 1941; to "Y" Depot, Halifax, 29 December 1942; to UK, 25 January 1943; to No.15 (P) AFU, 23 February 1943; to No.23 OTU, 20 April 1943; to No.1659 Conversion Unit, 2 July 1943; to No.419 Squadron, 25 July 1943 (repostings to No.419 Squadron recorded on 1 September and 11 October 1943). Promoted Squadron Leader, 11 October 1943. To command No.1695 Bomber Defense Training Flight, 12 May 1944. Invested at Buckingham Palace, 11 August 1944. Appointed Chief Flying Instructor, No.1659 Heavy Conversion Unit, 8 August 1944 (promoted Wing Commander); appointed Base Training Inspector, No.61 Base, 27 September 1944. Repatriated to Canada 18 June 1945 for "Tiger Force" preparations; released 7 September 1945. His OBE later sent by registered mail.

 

This officer has completed a large number of sorties, most of which have been against such well defended targets as Berlin, Nuremburg, Mannheim and Hanover. His ability and determination have always been apparent and have earned him much success. He is a model captain whose personal example has contributed in a large way to the high standard of morale and efficiency of his flight.

 

DYER, W/C Hugh Richard Ford, DFC (J5699) - Officer, Order of the British Empire - Station Topcliffe - Award effective 1 January 1946 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 155/46 dated 15 February 1946. No citation. However, the following comments by superiors are relevant:

 

25 September 1944, G/C J..G. Kerr (Commanding Officer, Station Topcliffe): "Has been employed as Chief Instructor of a Heavy Conversion Unit for one month only but has shown himself to be a very capable officer"

 

21 April 1945, G//C J.G. Kerr: "Has readily adapted himself to a training job and has used his operational experience to good advantage in this work. An outstanding young officer, very mature for his years. He works quietly and efficiently and has earned the highest respect of all who service with him".

 

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DYKES, P/O George (C86178) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.433 Squadron - Award effective 4 November 1944 as per London Gazette dated 17 November 1944 and AFRO 239/45 dated 9 February 1945. Born 1906 in Troon, Scotland; home there; enlisted in Saskatoon, 9 November 1939. No citation other than "completed...numerous operations against the enemy in the course of which [he has] invariably displayed the utmost fortitude, courage and devotion to duty." DHist file 181.009 D.2609 (PAC RG.24 Vol.20627) has recommendation dated 20 August 1944 by W/C A.J. Lewington when he had flown 31 sorties (184 hours 45 minutes) from 27 September 1943 to 25 June 1944. Sent by registered mail, 3 February 1949.

 

This officer has completed 31 operational trips including sorties against such targets as Berlin (4), Frankfurt (2), Stuttgart (2) and Leipzig. He has at all times shown complete disregard of opposition, and his commendable courage and devotion to duty has proven an inspiration not only to his crew, but to all personnel on the squadron. I consider that this officer by his splendid record and dogged determination fully merits the award of the Distinguished Flying Cross (Non-Immediate).

 

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DYSON, F/O Eddie (J21809) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.156 Squadron - Award effective 4 November 1944 as per London Gazette dated 14 November 1944 and AFRO 239/45 dated 9 February 1945. Born 1923 in Saskatoon; home in Vedder Crossing, British Columbia; enlisted in Vancouver, 27 February 1942. Trained at No.7 ITS (graduated 28 August 1942), No.5 BGS (graduated 6 November 1942) and No.2 AOS (graduated 18 December 1942). Commissioned December 1942. No citation other than "completed...numerous operations against the enemy in the course of which [he has] invariably displayed the utmost fortitude, courage and devotion to duty." Public Records Office Air 2/8828 has recommendation dated 20 August 1944 when he had flown 42 sorties (179 hours 35 minutes), 4 November 1943 to 18 August 1944.

 

4 Nov 43 Dusseldorf 3 May 44 Montdidier

26 Nov 43 Berlin 11 May 44 Hasselt

2 Dec 43 Berlin 17 May 44 Nantes

16 Dec 43 Berlin 21 May 44 Duisburg

20 Dec 43 Frankfurt 22 May 44 Dortmunnd

23 Dec 43 Berlin 24 May 44 Aachen

6 Jan 44 Stettin 27 May 44 Rennes

14 Jan 44 Brunswick 31 May 44 Tiergner

20 Jan 44 Berlin 10 Jun 44 Tours

21 Jan 44 Magdeburg 16 Jun 44 Rennescure

27 Jan 44 Berlin 23 Jun 44 Coubronne

28 Jan 44 Berlin 24 Jun 44 Middel Straete

30 Jan 44 Berlin 12 Jul 44 Tours

9 Apr 44 Lille 14 Jul 44 Revigne

10 Apr 44 Laon 18 Jul 44 Cagny

11 Apr 44 Aachen 28 Jul 44 Hamburg

24 Apr 44 Karlsruhe 12 Aug 44 Russelsheim

26 Apr 44 Essen 14 Aug 44 TRACTABLE

27 Apr 44 Freidrichshaven 15 Aug 44 Volkel

30 Apr 44 Somain 16 Aug 44 Stettin

1 May 44 Malines 18 Aug 44 Bremen

 

Flying Officer Dyson has completed 42 operational sorties, including 29 sorties with the Pathfinder Force. Some of the targets attacked have been the most heavily contested areas, including eight on the German capital.

 

This officer is a Set Operator of special equipment used in the squadron, and on which he has shown a marked degree of proficiency. He has always shown a keen determination to obtain the exceedingly good results achieved. He has shown great coolness and courage under enemy fire, and his devotion to duty has at all times been outstanding. I recommend him for the award of the Distinguished Flying Cross.

 

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DZINKOWSKI, Sergeant Karl Edward (R101827) - British Empire Medal - RAF Ferry Command, Dorval - Award effective 30 October 1942 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 1830/42 dated 13 November 1942. Home in Winnipeg; enlisted there. Trained at No.2 WS (graduated 31 January 1942) and No.2 BGS (graduated 5 March 1942). Medal presented 3 December 1942.

 

This airman was the wireless operator air gunner of a Ventura aircraft which crashed one day in July 1942. Sergeant Dzinkowski, although badly burned, returned to the aircraft and extricated another member of the crew. He dragged him fifteen feet from the wreckage and then collapsed. Sergeant Dzinkowski sustained further burns whilst performing this gallant rescue.