EADIE, Corporal James Alexander (R116498) - British Empire Medal - Air Navigation School - Award effective 13 June 1946 as per Canada Gazette of that date and AFRO 660/46 dated 5 July 1946. Enlisted in Winnipeg, 18 July 1941. Medal presented 13 September 1947.

 

This non-commissioned officer has given outstanding service of a high standard as a Motor Mechanic (Motor Transport). He has at all times rendered loyal, persistent and untiring devotion in the performance of his duties, earning the admiration and respect of those who serve with him and has proven himself an asset to his superiors.

 

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EAGER, P/O William Hedley (J17626) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.61 Squadron - Award effective 6 November 1943 as per London Gazette dated 16 November 1943 and AFRO 2610/43 dated 17 December 1943. Born in Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan, 1920; home in Winnipeg. Trained at No.7 ITS (graduated 13 February 1942), No.19 EFTS (graduated 24 April 1942) and No.10 SFTS (graduated 29 August 1942). Commissioned 1943. No citation in AFRO other than "completed many successful operations against the enemy in which [he] displayed high skill, fortitude and devotion to duty."

 

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EAID, WO2 (now P/O) John Gerald (R66369/J53227) - Mention in Despatches No.10 (BR) Squadron - Award effective 1 December 1945 as per Canada Gazette of that date and AFRO 183/46 dated 22 February 1946. Home in Simcoe, Ontario; enlisted in Hamilton, Ontario, 31 January 1941.

 

On 10th May 1945, several hundred miles out over the North Atlantic, Warrant Officer Eaid, flying as first Wireless Officer Operator on a very long range operational aircraft, displayed remarkable skill in his trade. After his crew had forced a German U-boat to surrender, this Warrant Officer began a series of perfect signals procedures which resulted in the successful homing of naval forces to take the submarine in charge. His efforts set a standard seldom excelled in wireless operating.

 

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EARL, Sergeant (now FS) Frederick James Leonard (R63700) - Mention in Despatches - No.116 Squadron - Award effective 1 January 1944 as per Canada Gazette of that date and AFRO 113/44 dated 21 January 1944. Born 18 May 1901 at Newhall, England. Home in Stratford, Ontario; enlisted in London, Ontario, 29 May 1940. DHist file 181.009 D.3060 (RG.24 Vol.20635) has recommendation for AFM dated 12 December 1943; incident with injured pilot dated from March 1943.

 


This N.C.O. as a Flight Engineer has flown on many long and hazardous patrols exhibiting resourcefulness and stamina. He has been responsible for the training of many new flight engineers and has shown them by example the qualities of steadiness and devotion to duty. Recently when the captain of his aircraft had his hand severed between the wristbone and thumb by the propeller, Sergeant Earl displayed initiative by skilfully rendering first aid until medical assistance could be obtained.

 

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EARL, F/O Russell Spencer (J86872) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.424 Squadron - Award effective 1 December 1944 as per London Gazette dated 12 December 1944 and AFRO 337/45 dated 23 February 1945. Born 1923; home in Pinto, Saskatchewan (farmer). Enlisted in Regina, 29 May 1942. Trained at No.7 ITS (graduated 18 December 1942), No.6 EFTS (graduated 5 March 1943) and No.4 SFTS (graduated 25 June 1943). Commissioned 1944. No citation other than "..in recognition of gallantry and devotion to duty in the execution of air operations against the enemy." DHist file 181.009 D.2609 (RG.24 Vol.20627) has recommendation dated 18 September 1944 when he had flown 28 sorties (146 hours 50 minutes) between 24 March and 28 August 1944.

 

Flying Officer Earl has shown exceptional determination and courage in carrying out his operational duties. He has been an inspiration to the members of his crew and has set a fine example to other Captains of aircraft in the Flight.

 

He has completed 28 sorties over enemy territory, some of which were carried out over heavily defended German targets such as Stuttgart, Hamburg, Runswick and Kiel...

 

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EARL, F/L William Henry (J16274) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.420 Squadron - Award effective 23 November 1943 as per London Gazette dated 30 November 1943 and AFRO 166/44 dated 28 January 1944. Born 1919 in Balcarres, Saskatchewan; home there. Enlisted in Regina, 24 October 1940. Trained at No.5 BGS (graduated 18 August 1941) and No.2 WS (graduated 3 March 1941). Commissioned 1942.

 

Throughout his tour of operational duty, Flight Lieutenant Earl has displayed a high standard of proficiency, skill and keen devotion to duty. As squadron gunnery leader his personal ability and gunnery instruction has consistently been of the highest order.

 

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EARLY, F/L Allan Andrew (J14306) - Mention in Despatches - No.11 (BR) Squadron - Award effective 7 July 1945 as per Canada Gazette of that date and AFRO 1291/45 dated 10 August 1945. Enlisted in Windsor, Ontario, 1 July 1940. Trained at No.1 ITS (graduated 14 September 1940), No.7 EFTS (graduated 29 November 1941) and No.31 SFTS (graduated 24 March 1941).

 

Flight Lieutenant Early is a most efficient and capable captain who, as a result of his consistent application to duty, has been a source of inspiration to members of his crew. Recently he was required to carry out a forced landing under most adverse weather conditions, whilst on patrol, and as a result of his skill this landing was carried out without injury to the crew and only minor damage to the aircraft.

 

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EASSON, F/O James Garvin (J12095) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.7 Squadron (Canada) - Award effective 6 January 1945 as per Canada Gazette of that date and AFRO 132/45 dated 26 January 1945. Born 18 August 1917 in Toronto. Home in Toronto; enlisted there 11 May 1940. Trained at No.1 ITS (graduated 21 June 1940), No.4 EFTS (graduated 4 September 1940), and No.2 SFTS (graduated 11 December 1940). Served in postwar RCAF; killed in crash of a Mitchell near Manotick, 1 March 1957. As of recommendation he had flown 2,227 hours, of which 806 were operational (132 sorties). Governor General's Records (RG.7 Group 26, Vol.58, file 190-I, dossier 6 has citation.

 

This officer, since completing a successful non-operational tour as a flying instructor, has completed an operational tour in which he has proven himself to be an equally capable and energetic pilot on operations. His keenness and devotion to duty have been a splendid example to all ranks in his squadron. He has consistently displayed determination to complete his missions under the most adverse conditions. The skill and manner in which he has carried out his duties are most praiseworthy.

 

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EASSON, P/O James Kenneth (J17551) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.420 Squadron - Award effective 23 November 1943 as per London Gazette dated 30 November 1943 and AFRO 166/44 dated 28 January 1944. Born in Toronto, 1917; home there; enlisted there 3 July 1941. Trained at No.1 ITS (graduated 3 January 1942), No.9 EFTS (graduated 28 March 1942) and No.8 SFTS (graduated 31 July 1942). Commissioned 1943.

 

As captain of aircraft, Pilot Officer Easson has flown on operations over Germany, Sicily and Italy. On all occasions he has pressed home his attack with skill and determination and has secured some excellent photographs. This officer has consistently demonstrated a keen sense of duty and, because of his reliability and accuracy, has often been selected for special tasks.

 


EASSON, F/L James Kenneth, DFC (J17551) - Air Force Cross - No.24 Operational Training Unit (AFRO gives unit only as "Overseas") - Award effective 1 January 1946 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 155/46 dated 15 February 1946. No citation in Canadian sources; Public Records Office Air 2/9144 has recommendation drafted when he had flown 1,180 hours, 495 on instructional duties, 96 in previous six months.

 

As Deputy Flight Commander, this officer has proved extremely reliable and conscientious and has helped considerably to raise the general standard of training in his flight. By his own initiative and personal example he has done much to encourage both instructors and pupils to give of their best.

 

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EASTCOTT, P/O Peter (J9563) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.211 Squadron - Award effective 4 January 1943 as per London Gazette dated 8 January 1943 and AFRO 232/43 dated 12 February 1943. Born in Pembroke, Ontario, 1921; attended Normal Model School and High School of Commerce in Ottawa; home in Ottawa. Enlisted in Ottawa, 8 January 1941. Trained at No.1 ITS (graduated 21 July 1941), No.1 AOS (graduated 12 October 1941), No.1 BGS (graduated 22 November 1941) and No.2 ANS. Postwar garduate of McGill University (Electrical Engineering, 1950) and joined Canadian Genenral Electric; retired in 1986 with 54 patents to his credit. Died in Peterborough, 29 November 1997.

 

In October 1942, Pilot Officer Eastcott was the navigator in an aircraft which led a formation detailed to make a daylight attack on an enemy ship in Tobruk Harbour. The outward flight, a distance of several hundred miles over the sea, was made only a few feet over the water and complete surprise was achieved. At least three hits were scored on the vessel which was destroyed. This officer displayed navigational skill of a high character.

 

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EASTON, W/C Donald Robertson (C4172) - Member, Order of the British Empire - No.2 ACHQ - Award effective 1 January 1946 as per Canada Gazette of that date and AFRO 82/46 dated 25 January 1946. Home in Stratford, Ontario; enlisted in Toronto, 16 November 1940. Medicall Officer for Department of Veterans Affairs after the war.

 

This officer has been Deputy Principal Medical Officer and later Principal Medical Officer of Command Headquarters for more than two years. During this time he has displayed the greatest interest in the health and welfare of all personnel in the Command. He has organized all Station Hospitals in this Command in a most efficient manner, and this efficiency has reflected in the low incidence of illness which prevails at all units. Wing Commander Easton has worked untiringly so that a satisfactory state of health is enjoyed by all personnel. He is a most capable doctor and an efficient administrator who has made a splendid contribution to the well being of personnel.

 

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EASTON, G/C John Alvin (C160) - Officer, Order of the British Empire - AFHQ - Award effective 1 January 1946 as per Canada Gazette of that date and AFRO 82/45 dated 25 January 1946. Born in Brockville, Ontario, April 1909. Enlisted in Ottawa, 1 November 1934. Remained in postwar RCAF, rising to Air Vice-Marshall; retired 15 November 1962; died in Ottawa, 8 January 1992.

 

This officer served with distinction as an Engineering Officer at Overseas Headquarters during the Battle of Britain. Since that time he has held various responsible positions in Canada and Newfoundland, where his high professional ability and wealth of engineering knowledge equipped him to render outstanding service. In October 1944 he assumed the heavy responsibility of Director of Postings and Careers. The responsibilities placed upon this officer were further increased when the duties and the functions of the Directorate of Airmen's Personal Services were combined with the Directorate of Postings and Careers under his direction and guidance. During the past six months many extremely difficult and complex problems have had to be faced in connection with the reallocation and release of personnel. In dealing with such problems, Group Captain Easton has displayed outstanding ability and good judgement. His work has continued to be onerous, entailing long hours of overtime but, throughout he has displayed outstanding devotion to duty and his quiet determination, persistence and energy have been an inspiration to all personnel under his direction.

 

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EASTON, S/L John Franklin (J9549) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.408 Squadron - Award effective 24 October 1944 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 2637/44 dated 8 December 1944. Born 1919 in Timmins, Ontario; home there. Served in Army. Enlisted at North Bay, 12 May 1941. Trained at No.3 ITS (graduated 20 August 1941), No.11 EFTS (graduated 15 Octoerr 1941) and No.8 SFTS (graduated 2 January 1942).

 

This officer has completed a large number of sorties, many of them against objectives deep in German territory. He has on all occasions pressed home his attacks with great determination, obtaining many valuable photographs. On two of his sorties his aircraft was severely damaged by enemy fighters, but each time he has completed his mission and brought the crippled bomber back to base. The cheerful and inspiring leadership of Squadron Leader Easton has been a great asset to his squadron.

 

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EATON, FS John Stuart (R50197) - Mention in Despatches - No.422 Squadron - Award effective 1 January 1945 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 379/45 dated 2 March 1945. Home in Berwick, Kin's County, Nova Scotia. Enlisted in Halifax, 18 April 1940.

 


EATON, FS John Stuart (R50197) - Mention in Despatches - No.422 Squadron - Award effective 14 June 1945 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 1600/45 dated 12 October 1945. Unit identified only as "Overseas" in AFRO; Squadron ORB dated 25 June 1945 mentions the award.

 

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EATON, W/C Noel Beattie (C1850) - Mention in Despatches - No.6 Group - Award effective 1 January 1945 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 337/45 dated 23 February 1945. Home in Oakville, Ontario; enlisted in Toronto, 1 April 1940. MiD again, 1 January 1946. Associated with postwar RCAF Auxiliary; awarded Queen's Coronation Medal, 23 October 1953, while with No.2424 (ACW) Squadron. No citation to MiD.

 

EATON, W/C Noel Beattie (C1850) - Mention in Despatches - Overseas - Award effective 1 January 1946 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 322/46 dated 29 March 1946. No citation to MiD.

 

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EBDON, F/L Frank Arthur (J20236) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.405 Squadron - Award effective 4 November 1944 as per London Gazette dated 14 November 1944 and AFRO 239/45 dated 9 February 1945. Born 1920 in Edmonton; home there (welder), enlisted there 17 November 1941. Trained at No.2 ITS (graduated 5 June 1942) and No.3 AOS (graduated 23 October 1942). No citation other than "completed...numerous operations against the enemy in the course of which [he has] invariably displayed the utmost fortitude, courage and devotion to duty." Public Records Office Air 2/8823 has recommendation dated 20 August 1944 when he had flown 43 sorties (206 hours 58 minutes) as follows:

 

9 Aug 43 NICKEL (4.25) 31 May 44 Trappes (3.51)

3 Oct 43 Kassel (7.00) 2 June 44 Trappes (3.30)

4 Oct 43 Frankfurt (8.00) 5 June 44 Longues (3.04)

8 Oct 43 Hanover (5.35) 10 Jun 44 Versailles (3.53)

22 Oct 43 Kassel (5.10) 11 Jun 44 Tours (4.52)

18 Nov 43 Mannheim (7.45) 12 Jun 44 Amiens (2.58)

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

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

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

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

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

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

10 Apr 44 Laon (3.36) 17 Jul 44 Cagny (2.38)

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

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

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

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


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

6 May 44 Nantes Gassicourt (2.49) 3 Aug 44 L'isle Adam (3.09)

19 May 44 Mont Couple (1.58) 5 Aug 44 Chaussee (3.03)

21 May 44 Duisburg (4.05) 8 Aug 44 Lucheux (3.10)

22 May 44 Dortmund (3.51) 10 Aug 44 La Pallice

27 May 44 Rennes a/f (3.49) 12 Aug 44 Russelheim

28 May 44 Mardick (2.12)

 

This officer is a very keen and capable navigator in a highly successful crew. Flying Officer Ebdon has invariably displayed coolness and courage of the highest order in the face of heavy enemy opposition encountered on many of his sorties. The exceptional skill and devotion to duty shown by this officer is to be commended. Strongly recommended for the non-immediate award of the Distinguished Flying Cross.

 

EBDON, F/L Frank Arthur, DFC (J20236) - Bar to Distinguished Flying Cross - No.405 Squadron - Award effective 15 March 1945 as per London Gazette dated 23 March 1945 and AFRO 721/45 dated 27 April 1945.

 

Since the award of the Distinguished Flying Cross, Flight Lieutenant Ebdon has continued to operate with the utmost keenness and efficiency, participating in attacks against such heavily defended targets as Frankfurt, Essen and Stettin. This officer's fine courage and devotion to duty have contributed largely to the many successes attained by his crew.

 

NOTE: Public Records Office Air 2/9050 has recommendation dated 20 December 1944 when he had flown 54 sorties (256 hours 53 minutes) including eleven sorties (49 hours 50 minutes) since previous recommendation. The additional trips and original text were as follows:

 

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

12 Sept 44 Frankfurt (6.00) 23 Oct 44 Essen (4.15)

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

25 Sept 44 Calais (2.05) 28 Oct 44 Cologne (3.55)

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

15 Oct 44 Wilhelmshaven (4.00)

 


Flight Lieutenant Ebdon is a very keen and efficient navigator who has now completed two tours of operations. He has participated in attacks on such heavily defended enemy areas as Berlin, Frankfurt and Mannheim. His cheerful disposition combined with his fine fighting spirit and an utter disregard for personal considerations makes him a very valuable member of aircrew. Undoubtedly, this officer's fine personal example of courage and devotion to duty has done much to contribute towards the brilliant operational successes attained by his crew. Strongly recommended for the non-immediate award of a Bar to the Distinguished Flying Cross.

 

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EBY, WO Gordon Albert Christian (R155477) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.101 Squadron - Award effective 2 October 1944 as per London Gazette dated 17 October 1944 and AFRO 2637/44 dated 8 December 1944. Born in Kitchener, Ontario, 1923; home there (meat packer). Enlisted in Kitchener, 13 April 1942. Trained at No.5 ITS (graduated 3 December 1942) and No.1 AOS (graduated 2 April 1943). No citation other than "completed...numerous operations against the enemy in the course of which [he has] invariably displayed the utmost fortitude, courage and devotion to duty". Public Records Office Air 2/9026 has recommendation for a DFM (he was still a Flight Sergeant) dated 10 July 1944 when he had flown 29 sorties (185 hours 30 minutes), 10 January to 31 May 1944.

 

20 Jan 44 Berlin Many bomb burst seen leaving target.

21 Jan 44 Magdeburg Large area of fire seen on leaving target.

27 Jan 44 Berlin Many fires in target area

28 Jan 44 Berlin Marking very good; target bombed

30 Jan 44 Berlin Marking and bombing appeared to be well directed.

15 Feb 44 Berlin Successfully bombed.

19 Feb 44 Leipzig Well concentrated bombing

20 Feb 44 Stuttgart Concentrated attack.

24 Feb 44 Schweinfurt Good marking. Fires visible for 120 miles distant.

25 Feb 44 Augsburg Good concentration in centre of town.

1 Mar 44 Stuttgart Several explosions in target area.

15 Mar 44 Stuttgart Many explosions and large fires in concentrated area.

18 Mar 44 Frankfurt Large fires on both sides of river.

22 Mar 44 Frankfurt Target area bombed.

24 Mar 44 Berlin Marking very scattered.

26 Mar 44 Essen 10/10 cloud. Heavy and concentrated attack.

11 Apr 44 Aachen Concentrated marking and well directed attack.

20 Apr 44 Cologne Nothing visible through thick cloud. Marking somewhat scattered.

22 Apr 44 Dusseldorf PFF well placed. Well developed attack.

24 Apr 44 Karlsruhe Bomb bursts over target area.

26 Apr 44 Schweinfurt A very concentrated attack in good visibility.

3 May 44 Mailly-le-Camp Railways and woods pinpointed visually.

7 May 44 Rennes Target identified visually and bombed.

19 May 44 Orleans A concentrated attack.

21 May 44 Duisburg 10/10 cloud obscured target. Bombed PFF markers.

22 May 44 Brunswick Bombed fires on ETA.

24 May 44 Aachen PFF well on time ad concentrated attack developed on their markers.


27 May 44 Bourg-Leopold Thick ground haze, target not visually identified, but bombed reds and greens.

31 May 44 Trappes Port outer propeller hit by flak

 

Flight Sergeant Eby, a Canadian, has recently completed 29 very successful sorties on his first operational tour, with six attacks on Berlin to his credit.

 

Extremely capable and efficient, this Non-Commissioned Officer has flown with several different captains to all of whom he has shown the same keenness and cooperation. He is a navigator who volunteered for Special Duties with this squadron, which he has carried out with exceptional skill and clarity.

 

Flight Sergeant Eby's cheerful confidence and great courage have inspired a high standard of morale among all the crews with which e has flown, while his considerable experience has proved to be a great asset to the squadron.

 

This Non-Commissioned Officer's unconquerable spirit and keenness to engage the enemy are worthy of high praise and it is recommended that his devotion to duty and fine record of achievement be recognized by the award of the Distinguished Flying Medal.

 

The reference to "Special Duties" is not explained above, but in approving the recommendation (15 July 1944) the Officer Commanding, RAF Station Ludford Magna, Market Rasen, Lincolnshire (signature appears to be "Patrick R. King") writes:

 

Flight Sergeant Eby is a special duties operator of dauntless courage and dogged determination. He concentrates on his exacting task with sublime unconcern for his personal safety. He has been selected on many occasions to keep a special listening watch for enemy transmissions, especially in the target area. His reports, often obtained during periods of intense enemy opposition, have been of an exceptionally high standard. His unassuming manner conceals courage and skill of a high order.

 

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ECCLESTONE, LAC Ernest (R160340) - No.436 Squadron (AFRO gives unit only as "RCAF Overseas") - Award effective 1 January 1946 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 418/46 dated 18 April 1946. Unit identified from ORB entry of 1 January 1946. Enlisted in Toronto, 13 April 1942.

 

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ECCLESTONE, F/L George Awrey (J26114) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.434 Squadron - Award effective 5 July 1945 as per London Gazette dated 17 July 1945 and AFRO 1558/45 dated 5 October 1945. Born at Central Butte, Saskatchewan, 1913; home in Montreal (office manager and accountant). Enlisted in Montreal, 26 February 1942. Trained at No.5 ITS (graduated 29 August 1942), No.13 EFTS (graduated 20 November 1942) and No.1 SFTS (graduated 30 April 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.1941 (RG.24 Vol.20612) has recommendation dated 18 March 1945 when he had flown 35 sorties (215 hours 55 minutes), 1 July 1944 to 23 February 1945. Sortie list notes his aircraft was holed by flak 12 September 1944 (Dortmund), 14 October 1944 (Duisburg) and 27 November 1944 (Neuss), combat with fighters on 9 October 1944 (Bochum) and severe icing on 2 December 1944 (Hagen).

 

Flight Lieutenant Ecclestone has completed a tour of operations, the majority of which were attacks against heavily defended major German targets. Throughout all his tour he has invariably displayed at all times keen operational spirit, devotion to duty and courage worthy of emulation by all members of the squadron. On one occasion during an attack on Bochum his aircraft was attacked three times by enemy fighter aircraft. The skilful and accurate evasive action by the pilot enabled him to bring crew and aircraft safely back to base.

 

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ECKEL, F/L Edward Albert (J26464) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.625 Squadron - Award effective 6 January 1945 as per London Gazette dated 16 January 1945 and AFRO 508/45 dated 23 March 1945. Born 1921 in Toronto; home there (salesman). Enlisted Toronto, 13 April 1942. Trained at No.5 ITS (graduated 24 October 1942), No.10 EFTS (graduated 10 January 1943) and No.2 SFTS (graduated 14 May 1943).

 

During his operational tour Flight Lieutenant Eckel has completed many attacks against major targets in Germany and occupied territory. At all times he has displayed outstanding leadership, cool courage and devotion to duty which have won the admiration of all his crew. On several occasions his aircraft has been subjected to intense anti-aircraft fire and attacks by enemy fighters but by his fine airmanship and determination he has overcome all opposition and completed his allotted tasks. In July 1944 his aircraft was detailed to attack Stuttgart. While on a second run over the target severe damage was sustained from anti-aircraft fire. Although the aircraft was very difficult to control, Flight Lieutenant Eckel successfully attacked his target. Another time in September 1944, during a mission against an airfield at Gilzerijen his aircraft was again attacked by intense anti-aircraft fire while on the bombing run and the flight engineer was wounded. Undeterred, Flight Lieutenant Eckel flew his aircraft safely back to base and landed it successfully without further damage or injury to his crew.

 

NOTE: Public Records Office Air 2/9038 has recommendation dated 12 October 1944 with sortie list and a more detailed narrative as follows:

 

5 July 44 Dijon 25 Aug 44 Russelheim

7 July 44 Caen 26 Aug 44 Kiel


12 July 44 Tours 3 Sept 44 Gilze-Rijen

25 July 44 Stuttgart - damaged by flak; damaged by flak

port outer engine u/s returned 12 Sept 44 Frankfurt

on three engines 16 Sept 44 Rheine-Salzbergen

31 July 44 Foret de Nieppe 20 Sept 44 Calais

3 Aug 44 Trossy St.Maximum 23 Sept 44 Neuss

4 Aug 44 Pauillac 25 Sept 44 Calais

7 Aug 44 Fontenay le Marmion 26 Sept 44 Calais

10 Aug 44 Oeuf en Ternois 3 Oct 44 West Kapelle

12 Aug 44 Brunswick 7 Oct 44 Emmerich

16 Aug 44 Stettin 11 Oct 44 Frederick Hendrik

18 Aug 44 Ghent 14 Oct 44 Duisburg

 

This Canadian pilot is the captain of a Lancaster aircraft and is now nearing the end of his first tour of operations, having flown 26 sorties comprising 138 hours operational flying. At all times he has proved himself an extremely able and gallant captain whose operational record is of the highest order.

 

He has participated in attacks on many heavily defended targets in Germany and the occupied countries including Stuttgart, Brunswick, Stettin and Kiel and has always pursued his task to the utmost, winning for himself and his crew a very high reputation for determination and devotion to duty.

 

On several occasions the aircraft captained by Flight Lieutenant Eckel has been subjected to attacks by accurately predicted heavy anti-aircraft fire and enemy aircraft, but this officer has, by his skill and determination, overcome all opposition in order to complete his allotted task. On the occasion of an attack on Stuttgart on 25/26th July 1944 the aircraft flown by Flight Lieutenant Eckel was hit by well-directed heavy anti-aircraft fire whilst making a second bombing run over the target, and the port outer engine, wing and fuselage were badly damaged. Despite the difficulty in controlling the aircraft, Flight Lieutenant Eckel bombed the target successfully against the heavy opposition.

 

On another occasion, whilst attacking Gilze-Rijen airfield on 3rd September 1944, the Lancaster aircraft flown by this pilot was subjected to heavy anti-aircraft fire on the bombing run over the target and the Flight Engineer wounded, but with his usual cheerfulness and masterly control Flight Lieutenant Eckel brought his aircraft back to base without further damage or injury to the crew.

 

Throughout his tour of operations Flight Lieutenant Eckel has shown exceptional qualities of leadership and coolness, and his courage, skill and devotion to duty have been a great inspiration to his crew. He is most strongly recommended for an award of the Distinguished Flying Cross.

 

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ECKSTRAND, Sergeant Leonard Peter (R58405) - Mention in Despatches - No.410 Squadron - Award effective 14 June 1945 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 1600/45 dated 12 October 1945. Enlisted in Vancouver, 5 August 1940. Unit identified in AFRO only as "Overseas"; listed in 410 Squadron: A History. DHist file has recommendation forwarded by W/C G.A. Hiltz on 15 January 1945 when he was described as "Continuity NCO" and listing his accomplishments as follows:

 

1. Sgt. Eckstrand in his capacity as continuity Sgt has proved himself not only a very capable tradesman but has exhibited unusual engineering qualities despite an unfortunate lack of scholastic training.

 

2. He has through his enthusiasm raised a job not normally regarded favourably by servicemen to a sought after position on this Squadron. His job is generally recognized as that of a technical adjutant rather than strictly as continuity sergeant.

 

3. He is an excellent fitter but has familiarized himself with every aspect of the aeroplane, with all special instructions, etc. to a point that he is recognized as the squadron "Gen Man".

 

4. His natural born ingenuity has in several instances aided the squadron through times when spares were not available i.e. developed a way of servicing inter-cooler relief valves normally in short supply - developed a way of servicing the hand emergency hydraulic pumps at present in very short supply.

 

5. He was strongly complimented on his thoroughness in bringing his squadron through the Mosquito Servicing Wing at Hunsdon while the echelon was in transit to France.

 

6. Sgt. Eckstrand is, with loyalty and a strong sense of duty, doing a fine job for the Squadron and I take pleasure in recommending him strongly for a Mention in Despatches.

 

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EDDY, FS Edward Everett (R51041) - Mention in Despatches - Overseas - Award effective 1 January 1946 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 155/46 dated 15 February 1946.

 

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EDGAR, S/L Charles (C8676) - Mention in Despatches - Overseas - Award effective 14 June 1945 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 1395/45 dated 31 August 1945. Enlisted in Calgary, 15 November 1941.


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EDGAR, W/C Norman Salisbury (C1460) - Air Force Cross - No.12 SFTS (since moved to No.18 SFTS) - Award effective 21 April 1945 as per London Gazette dated 24 April 1945 and AFRO 802/45 dated 11 May 1945. Enlisted at Regina, 2 January 1940. Home in Brandon, Manitoba. As of award had flown 2,100 hours, 1,800 as instructor, 120 in previous six months.

 

This officer was an instructor of exceptional ability for over four years. During that time he set an example both to his fellow instructors and students alike that is worthy of the highest praise. Now as chief instructor, through his untiring efforts, the efficiency and standard of his unit has been improved to a remarkable extent. Throughout a lengthy instructional career this officer has rendered highly meritorious devotion to duty.

 

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EDGAR, Corporal William (R85739) - Mention in Despatches - No.116 (BR) Squadron - Award effective 14 June 1945 as per Canada Gazette of that date and AFRO 1127/45 dated 6 July 1945. Enlisted in Toronto, 18 December 1940.

 

This non-commissioned officer has been employed on squadron maintenance work for the past twenty-eight months. His aggressive and co-operative attitude while in charge of servicing parties has contributed greatly to the maintenance of a high standard of efficiency in his section. In the cheerful execution of his duties he has set a splendid example for those who work with him.

 

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EDGE, P/O Lawrence Stanley (J94313) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.78 Squadron - Award effective 23 November 1945 as per London Gazette dated 7 December 1945 and AFRO 244/46 dated 8 March 1946. Enlisted in Calgary, 11 June 1942. Trained at No.4 ITS (graduated 20 March 1943), No.5 BGS (graduated 2 October 1943), and No.7 AOS (graduated 26 November 1943). No citation, "completed...numerous operations against the enemy in the course of which [he has] invariably displayed the utmost fortitude, courage and devotion to duty." Public Records Office Air 2/8772 has recommendation for a DFM dated 6 May 1945 when he was a Flight Sergeant (R168741) and had flown 30 sorties (187 hours 31 minutes), 29 November 1944 to 18 April 1945. Sortie of 4 April 1945 not counted as duty not carried out (port inner engine unserviceable).

 

29 Nov 44 Essen (4.57) 17 Feb 45 Wesel (4.58)

30 Nov 44 Duisburg (6.05) 24 Feb 45 Kamen (5.42)

2 Dec 44 Hagen (7.06) 27 Feb 45 Mainz (6.47)

5 Dec 44 Soest (6.28) 2 Mar 45 Cologne (5.37)

26 Dec 44 St.Vith (5.53) 3 Mar 45 Kamen (6.16)

29 Dec 44 Coblenz (6.37) 5 Mar 45 Chemnitz (8.33)


30 Dec 44 Cologne (6.13) 7 Mar 45 Hemmingstedt (6.06)

2 Jan 45 Ludwigshaven (6.51) 8 Mar 45 Hamburg (5.44)

5 Jan 45 Hanover (5.54) 11 Mar 45 Essen (5.23)

6 Jan 45 Hanau (6.41) 22 Mar 45 Dulman (5.00)

14 Jan 45 Saarbrucken (6.20) 25 Mar 45 Osnabruck (5.30)

16 Jan 45 Magdeburg (6.42) 4 Apr 45 Harburg (1.18, DNCO)

8 Feb 45 Wanne-Eickel (5.54) 8 Apr 45 Hamburg (5.47)

13 Feb 45 Bohlen (8.28) 9 Apr 45 Stade (5.20)

14 Feb 45 Chemnitz (8.00) 11 Apr 45 Bayreuth (7.00)

18 Apr 45 Heligoland (4.23)

 

This NCO has now completed his first operational tour consisting of 30 sorties involving a total of 187 hours.

 

He has always pressed home his attacks with the greatest accuracy and has obtained many successful photographs. His attacks have often been against the most heavily defended targets and he has displayed a complete disregard for his personal safety and the greatest courage and coolness in face of the enemy.

 

His unfailing enthusiasm and keenness to operate have been a source of inspiration to other Air Bombers, and he has done much valuable work in connection with their training.

 

For his courage, coolness and devotion to duty, he is most strongly recommended for the award of the Distinguished Flying Cross.

 

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EDIE, Sergeant Robert Alexander (R107427) - Distinguished Flying Medal - No.635 Squadron - Award effective 9 June 1944 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 1660/44 dated 4 August 1944. Born at Langham, Saskatchewann, 1922; home there. Enlisted in Saskatoon, 25 June 1941. Trained at No.7 BGS (graduated 2 January 1942).

 

One night in April 1944, this airman was the rear gunner of an aircraft detailed to attack Friedrichshafen. When nearing the target area the aircraft was attacked by two Junkers 88s. Coolly and skilfully, Sergeant Edie gave the necessary evading directions to his pilot and then brought his guns to bear on the attackers, one of which was shot down and the other driven off. Some time later he drove off another fighter which attempted to close in. His good shooting, coolness and co-operation played a worthy part in the success of the operation. This airman has completed many sorties against well defended targets.

 

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EDINGER, F/L Charles Emanuel (J10272) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.410 Squadron - Award effective 5 December 1944 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 293/45 dated 16 February 1945. Born in 1916; home at Barrie, Ontario; educated in Michigan. Photographer. Enlisted in Windsor, 12 May 1941. Trained at No.3 ITS (graduated 1 September 1941), No.21 EFTS (graduated 25 October 1941) and No.9 SFTS (graduated 27 February 1942). Credited with the following victories: 13/14 June 1944, one Ju.88 damaged; 17/18 June 1944, one Ju.188 destroyed; 3/4 July 1944, one Ju.88 destroyed; 16/17 September 1944, one unidentified enemy aircraft destroyed; 6/7 October 1944, one Ju.88 destroyed; 18/19 December 1944, one Ju.88 destroyed; 24/25 July 1944, one Ju.87 destroyed.

 

This officer displayed great skill, courage and resolution. He has completed very many sorties and has shown keenness to engage the enemy. He has destroyed five enemy aircraft.

 

EDINGER, F/L Charles Emanuel (J10272) - Mention in Despatches - RCAF Overseas - Award effective 1 January 1946 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 418/46 dated 18 April 1946.

 

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EDISON, S/L John Galbraith (C7397) - Mention in Despatches - No.126 Wing - Award effective 1 January 1945 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 337/45 dated 23 February 1945. Born in Guelph, attended University of Toronto and graduated in law. Enlisted in Toronto, 12 September 1941. Overseas in February 1942. Newsclipping published early 1945 says he served with a night fighter unit, returned to Canada and helped organize flying control on both coasts and on Northwest Staging Route; wife living in Ottawa. In November 1943 he returned overseas; clipping says that in a six-day period he "directed 2,400 planes onto the mobile airfield, 600 of which he guided safely onto the strip in less than 24 hours". He had also directed landing of many disabled aircraft. No citation.

 

EDISON, S/L John Galbraith (C7397) - Croix de Guerre with Silver Star (France) - Award as per AFRO 485/47 dated 12 September 1947. Flying Control Officer.

 

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EDMOND, FS Richard William (R113015) - Distinguished Flying Medal - No.166 Squadron - Award effective 5 April 1945 as per London Gazette dated 17 April 1945 and AFRO 918/45. Born in Edmonton, 1915; home there (store clerk and book keeper). Enlisted in Edmonton, 21 July 1941. Trained at No.4 ITS (graduated 20 March 1943) and No.2 AOS (graduated 6 August 1943). No citation other than "completed...numerous operations against the enemy in the course of which [he has] invariably displayed the utmost courage and devotion to duty". Public Records Office Air 2/9060 has recommendation dated 12 January 1945 when he had flown 30 sorties (174 hours), 25 August to 29 December 1944.

 


25 Aug 44 Russelsheim 31 Oct 44 Cologne

26 Aug 44 Kiel 2 Nov 44 Dusseldorf

5 Sept 44 Le Havre 4 Nov 44 Bochum

6 Sep 44 Le Havre 6 Nov 44 Gelsenkirchen

7 Sept 44 Le Havre 11 Nov 44 GARDENING

10 Sep 44 Le Havre 21 Nov 44 GARDENING

12 Sep 44 Frankfurt 27 Nov 44 Freiburg

16 Sep 44 Steenwyk 6 Dec 44 Merseburg

23 Sep 44 Neuss 12 Dec 44 Essen

27 Sep 44 Calais 13 Dec 44 GARDENING

5 Oct 44 Saarbrucken 17 Dec 44 Ulm

7 Oct 44 Emmerich 22 Dec 44 Coblenz

23 Oct 44 Essen 26 Dec 44 St.Vith

28 Oct 44 Cologne 27 Dec 44 Rheydt

30 Oct 44 Cologne 29 Dec 44 Scholven-Buer

 

This Canadian navigator has completed a tour of 30 sorties against some of the most heavily defended targets in Germany and occupied territory. An experienced navigator of considerable skill, he has played a conspicuous part in the undoubted success of his crew. Under a calm and quiet manner he has a magnificent offensive spirit in action and, by his example, has inspired other navigators with the same sense of devotion to duty.

 

Many of his sorties have been carried out in adverse weather conditions and in the face of heavy odds but he has allowed nothing to interfere with the efficient discharge of his duty, even in the most trying circumstances.

 

His coolness under fire, exceptional skill and determination to achieve his objective make him well worthy of the award of the Distinguished Flying Cross.y

 

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EDMONDS, F/L William Beatty (J28122) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.90 Squadron - Award effective 8 September 1945 as per London Gazette dated 21 September 1945 and AFRO 1704/45 dated 9 November 1945. Born March 1920 in Toronto; home there (student). Served in COTC. Trained at No.1 ITS, No.9 EFTS and No.5 SFTS. Commissioned July 1943. No citation other than "completed...numerous operations against the enemy in the course of which [he has] invariably displayed the utmost fortitude, courage and devotion to duty." Public Records Office Air 2/8750 has recommendation dated 15 April 1945 when he had flown 35 sorties (176 hours one minute). NOTE: Sortie sheet not sent from England or separated from first page.

 


During the course of his operational tour, Flight Lieutenant Edmonds has displayed persistent devotion to duty and splendid powers of leadership. He has carried out 35 sorties against numerous heavily defended targets, most of which have been attacked in daylight. His qualities as a captain of aircraft have been such as to inspire the complete confidence of all the members of his crew. Flight Lieutenant Edmonds' enthusiasm and unobtrusive skill combined with his ability to take advantage of his experience have made him an asset to the squadron and I recommend that his valuable contribution to the war effort be recognized by the award of the Distinguished Flying Cross.

 

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EDMONDSON, P/O Frederic Roy (J86254) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.433 Squadron - Award effective 15 September 1944 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 2274/44 dated 20 October 1944. Born at Fortier, Manitoba, 1921. Home in Oakville, Manitoba (farmer). Trained at No.7 ITS (graduated 3 July 1942), No.6 EFTS (graduated 9 October 1942) and No.10 SFTS (graduated 19 February 1943).

 

Pilot Officer Edmondson has completed many sorties. On one occasion when attacking Berlin one engine of his aircraft became unserviceable. Undeterred by heavy enemy opposition and gradual loss of height, he pressed home his attack with great determination. The successful completion of these operations have been due largely to the skill, initiative and resourcefulness displayed by this officer.

 

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EDMONDSON, F/L William Rankin (J26767) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.428 Squadron - Award effective 15 March 1945 as per London Gazette dated 23 March 1945 and AFRO 721/45 dated 27 April 1945. Born in Winnipeg, 1917; home there (clerk). Enlisted in Winnipeg, 1 May 1942. Trained at No.2 ITS (graduated 24 October 1942), No.2 EFTS (graduated 22 January 1943) and No.11 SFTS (graduated 28 May 1943). No citation other than "completed...many successful operations against the enemy in which [he has] displayed high skill, fortitude and devotion to duty." DHist file 181.009 D.3260 (RG.24 Vol.20637) has recommendation dated 20 December 1944 when he had flown 29 sorties (170 hours 40 minutes), 24 July to 15 December 1944.

 

As pilot and captain of aircraft Flight Lieutenant Edmondson has consistently displayed a high degree of courage, determination and initiative. His calm confidence and obvious ability have inspired a high standard of morale in his crew and he has contributed to a major degree in the operational efficiency of the squadron.

 

His major targets include heavily defended points such as Ludwigshaven, Neuss, Castrop, Munster, Duisburg, Dortmond, Bottrop, Domburg, Kiel, Stuttgart, Stettin, Bremen, Russelheim and Wilhelmshaven, as well as troop support attacks. On each he has pressed home the attack despite heavy flak and opposition.

 


As Deputy Flight Commander he has shown exceptional leadership and sound judgement. For his all around ability and devotion to duty, I recommend the non-immediate award of the Distinguished Flying Cross.

 

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EDSON, P/O Ivan George (J19320) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.90 Squadron - Award effective 5 August 1944 as per London Gazette dated 18 August 1944 and AFRO 2101/44 dated 29 September 1944. Born in Montreal, 1912; home in Unity, Saskatchewan. Enlisted 14 September 1940. Trained at No.2 ITS (graduated 1 August 1942), No.5 BGS (graduated 20 November 1942) and No.5 AOS (graduated 20 December 1942). Commissioned 1943. No citation other than "completed...many successful operations against the enemy in which [he has] displayed high skill, fortitude and devotion to duty." Public Records Office Air 2/9632 has recommendation dated 17 May 1944 when he had flown 32 sorties (194 hours two minutes), 3 Sepentember 1943 to 27 April 1944.

 

"Spec Duty" denotes "Special Duties" - Sortie Sheet

does not indicate target or type of operation

* denotes duty not carried out

 

3 Sept 43 Boulogne (3.04) 3 Mar 44 Spec Duty (5.10)

5 Sept 43 Mannheim (7.04) 5 Mar 44 Spec Duty (6.31)

8 Sept 43 Boulogne (2.44) 6 Mar 44 Spec Duty (4.03)*

15 Sep 43 Montlucon (6.32) 10 Mar 44 Spec Duty (7.10)

16 Sep 43 Modane (7.49) 15 Mar 44 Amiens (4.16)

22 Nov 43 Berlin (6.510) 18 Mar 44 GARDENING, North

1 Dec 43 GARDENING, Kattegat Frisians (4.27)

(8.08) 19 Mar 44 GARDENING, Gironde

4 Dec 43 French target (3.51) (7.17)

14 Jan 44 Construction works 22 Mar 44 Kiel Bay (6.47)

(3.02) 25 Mar 44 Aulnoye (5.12)

27 Jan 44 GARDENING, North 5 Apr 44 Spec Duty (6.45)

Frisians (5.15) 9 Apr 44 Spec Duty (6.28)

28 Jan 44 GARDENING, North 10 Apr 44 Spec Duty (0.51)*

Frisians (5.28) 11 Apr 44 Spec Duty (8.10)

4 Feb 44 SD, France (6.55) 20 Apr 44 GARDENING, Brest

5 Feb 44 Spec Duty (7.15) peninsula (4.59)

7 Feb 44 Spec Duty (4.15) 22 Apr 44 Laon (4.33)

8 Feb 44 Spec Duty (7.30) 23 Apr 44 GARDENING, Kiel Bay

15 Feb 44 Spec Duty (6.35) (6.09)

19 Feb 44 GARDENING, 27 Apr 44 Spec Duty (8.04)

Kiel Bay (4.52)

 


This officer has completed an excellent tour of 32 operational sorties against the enemy, including many against heavily defended targets. On all occasions he has pressed home his attacks with vigour and determination and has displayed a strong sense of devotion to duty. His unfailing cheerfulness and high spirits in face of any adversity have been an inspiration to the whole of the squadron, and I strongly recommend him for the award of the Distinguished Flying Cross.

 

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EDWARD, Sergeant Robert Alexander (R71235) - British Empire Medal - No.419 Repair and Salvage Unit) - Award effective 14 June 1945 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 1219/45 dated 27 July 1945. Born in North Cypress, Manitoba, 15 August 1918. Trained in Diesel engineering; tinsmith and driver before the war. Enlisted in Winnipeg, 21 September 1940. Public Records Office Air 2/9094 has recommendation which gives names as "Roy Allan".

 

Since the arrival on the Continent in June 1944, Sergeant Edward has carried out his duties as NCO in charge of an Aircraft Salvage crew in a most praiseworthy manner. In July 1944 he was assigned the task of salvaging a Messerschmitt 109G in the Caen Sector for the Technical Intelligence Branch. Although the aircraft was only 400 yards from the enemy lines, he directed the dismantling and loading of this entirely strange aircraft in the remarkable time of two hours and twenty minutes and brought the aircraft safely to base without further damage. A few days later this determined and courageous airman salvaged a Mustang in the same area while under artillery and mortar fire. He was forced to abandon the work on the advice of army personnel but returned later and finished it. On yet another occasion Sergeant Edward successfully directed the salvage of two Typhoons which were urgently needed for investigation in a Sector over which a heavy artillery duel was being fought. His initiative and unwavering devotion to duty at all times have been exceptional.

 

 

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EDWARDS, G/C Douglas Muir (C126) - Air Force Cross - No.1 SFTS - Award effective 1 January 1943 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 55/43 dated 15 January 1943. Born in Ottawa, 29 September 1908, educated at RMC; joined RCAF 20 June 1930. Very active training No.12 Squadron (later No.112 Squadron) in the late 1930s; to take special courses in training methods in UK he had to sign a document promising to remain in RCAF for at least two more years. Early in 1940 became first CO, Central Flying School, Trenton. Became CO, Camp Borden, 1942; posted overseas in March 1943 for service in No.6 Group (station CO). In August 1944 was appointed RCAF Liaison Officer to US 9th Air Force to end of hostilities (7 September 1944 to 9 September 1945). At war's end was appointed Air Attach in Paris. On return to Canada he attended National Defence College, then to AFHQ in October 1951 as Director of Air Intelligence. Retired 5 January 1961. Died 3 March 1966 in Germany. AFC recommended 7 September 1942 by A/V/M G.O. Johnson.

 


Group Captain D.M. Edwards was appointed to command the Central Flying School on the reorganization in March 1940. During the period of his command the school trained over 900 instructors. The excellent results were achieved not only by the sound basic organization which was incorporated in this school by Group Captain Edwards but also by the amount of flying instruction that he personally gave during his tenure of office. An excellent pilot, Group Captain Edwards set an outstanding example to those pupils who served under him and who were instructed by him. He has completed 2,500 hours of flying of which 1,800 hours have been on flying instructional duties.

 

NOTE: The following is Johnson's original submission; words in bold were pencilled out:

 

Group Captain D.M. Edwards was appointed to Command the Central Flying School on the reorganization in March 1940. During the period of his command the school trained over 900 instructors. The excellent results were achieved not only by the sound basic organization which was incorporated in this school by Group Captain Edwards but also by the amount of flying instruction that he personally gave during his tenure of office. An excellent pilot, Group Captain Edwards set an outstanding example to those pupils who served under him and were instructed by him, and the devotion to duty shown by this officer should not pass unrecognized. After a period of Air Force Headquarters, Group Captain Edwards was posted to command No.1 SFTS, Camp Borden where he is continuing to show outstanding leadership, particularly in flying. He has completed 2500 hours flying of which 1800 hours have been on flying instructional duties. It is therefore felt that a suitable reward for this officer's work, particularly in regard to flying instruction that he has accomplished, should be the Air Force Cross.

 

EDWARDS, G/C Douglas Muir, AFC (C126) - Mention in Despatches - Attached 9th USAAF - Award effective 1 January 1945 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 337/45 dated 23 February 1945. No citation in AFRO or biographical file. DHist file 181.009 D.4364 (RG.24 Volume 20648) has a recommendation for MiD submitted from No.64 Base to No.6 Group Headquarters, 28 July 1944, which may have been the basis for this award. Noted that he had served in Canada 12 years 11 months, and 14 months in England. Station Commander, Croft.

 

Group Captain Edwards, through his firm but cheerful leadership, has built up an unusual "esprit de corps" on his station. He has imbued his squadrons with an exceptionally strong desire to excel all other squadrons in their Group in all aspects of their training and operational work. Through his personal enthusiasm and interest he has greatly improved the buildings and their surroundings on his station, which is of the dispersed type. This had contributed immeasurable to the morale and well-being of his personnel.

 

 

EDWARDS, G/C Douglas Muir, AFC (C126) - Air Attach, Paris - Croix de Guerre with Silver Star (France) - AFRO 485/47 dated 12 September 1947.


EDWARDS, G/C Douglas Muir, AFC (C126) - Air Attach, Paris - Air Medal (United States) - AFRO 165/48 dated 19 March 1948.

 

EDWARDS, G/C Douglas Muir, AFC (C126) - Air Attach, Paris - Chevalier of the Legion of Honour (France) - AFRO 737/48 dated 4 December 1948.

 

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EDWARDS, Sergeant Edward John (R59012) - Mention in Despatches - No.1659 Conversion Unit - Award effective 1 January 1945 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 425/45 dated 9 March 1945. Born in Winnipeg; enlisted there 27 May 1940.

 

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EDWARDS, F/O Francis William (J26275) - Mention in Despatches - No.116 (BR) Squadron - Award effective 21 April 1945 as per Canada Gazette of that date and AFRO 802/45 dated 11 May 1945. Home in Sherbrooke, Quebec; enlisted in Montreal, 17 August 1940. Trained at No.1 WS (graduated 3 February 1941 and No.4 BGS (graduated 21 July 1941).

 

This officer has been engaged as a wireless operator air gunner in anti-submarine operations over the North Atlantic for three and one-half years. As a crew member he has participated in many long, hazardous sorties over Northern waters. On such occasions his courage and tenacity have been an inspiration to all his fellow crew members. In recent months he has filled the position of squadron wireless operator air gunner leader and has applied his skill and practical experience toward the maintenance of an efficient section. His entire service career has been marked by an unselfish loyalty and devotion to duty far beyond the average.

 

EDWARDS, F/L Francis William (J26275) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.116 (BR) Squadron - Award effective 7 July 1945 as per Canada Gazette of that date and AFRO 1291/45 dated 10 August 1945. As of recommendation he had flown 1,301 hours, 951 operational (82 sorties). No citation in AFRO other than "in recognition of valuable services in the air." Following from DHist files:

 

During his operational career, Flight Lieutenant Edwards has participated in many long and hazardous sorties over the North Atlantic. His courage, determination and keen sense of duty have at all times been an inspiration to the members of his crew. His skill and experience have enabled him to provide competent leadership in his section and have been responsible for the successful training of other wireless air gunners on his unit. Throughout he has displayed splendid devotion to duty.

 

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EDWARDS, Sergeant (now P/O) Frank (R250812/J94422) - Distinguished Flying Medal - No.426 Squadron - Award effective 8 September 1945 as per London Gazette dated 25 September 1945 and AFRO 1768/45 dated 23 November 1945. Born 1915 in Toronto; home there. Agent (company not defined). Enlisted in Winnipeg, 16 March 1943. Trained at No.7 ITS (graduated 14 May 1943) and No.4 BGS (graduated 11 November 1943). Commissioned February 1945. Flight Engineer to F/L C.B. Benton. 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.2618 (RG.24 Vol.20627) has recommendation dated 21 April 1945 when he had completed 28 sorties (180 hours 45 minutes) between 27 November 1944 and 13 April 1945.

 

Sergeant Edwards has completed a large number of sorties against targets in enemy territory. At all times he has displayed coolness and courage of the highest order. On several occasions when his aircraft had sustained damage by enemy action, Sergeant Edwards' skill as a Flight Engineer, and devotion to duty, enabled his captain to complete the mission and return to base...

 

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EDWARDS, S/L Gerard John James (J14045) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.428 Squadron - Award effective 1 December 1944 as per London Gazette dated 8 December 1944 and AFRO 293/45 dated 16 February 1945. Born in Sudbury, October 1921. Home in Aylmer East, Quebec, Enlisted in Ottawa, 14 October 1940 (possible 30 June 1940). Trained at No.2 ITS (graduated 24 January 1941), No.6 EFTS (graduated 31 March 1941) and No.10 SFTS (graduated 21 June 1941). Commissioned 1942. Awarded Queen's Coronation Medal, 23 October 1953 (Wing Commander, No.435 Squadron). No citation other than that he had "completed numerous operations against the enemy in the course of which he has invariably displayed the utmost fortitude, courage and devotion to duty." Remained in postwar forces and retired as a Major General. Died in Victoria, British Columbia, aged 67, 6 January 1989. DHist file 181.009 D.3260 (RG.24 Vol.20637) has recommendation dated 12 September 1944 when he had flown 30 sorties (172 hours 15 minutes), 25 March to 10 September 1944. Remained in postwar forces and retired as Major-General. Died in Victoria, British Columbia, 5 January 1986.

 

Squadron Leader Edwards has displayed exceptional ability as captain of aircraft, with great resource, coolness and determination. He has flown in thirty sorties with the squadron, including two attacks on Stettin, two on Stuttgart, Brunswick, Bremen, and various French targets. On each occasion, he had reached the objective and bombed successfully. On the ground he has shown great initiative, co-operative spirit and administrative ability as Flight Commander and his efforts and example have contributed materially to the efficiency of the squadron.

 

I recommend the non-immediate award of the Distinguished Flying Cross, with high priority, in recognition of his outstanding service and ability.

 


EDWARDS, W/C Gerard John James, DFC (J14045) - Mention in Despatches - No.62 Base (Base Air Staff Officer) - Award effective 14 June 1945 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 1395/45 dated 31 August 1945. AFRO gives unit only as "Overseas"; DHist file 181.009 D.1725 (PAC RG.24 Vol 20607) has list of MiDs this date with unit. DHist file 181.009 D.1722 (PAC RG.24 Vol.20606) has recommendation by A/C J.L. Hurley (OC No.62 Base) dated 3 February 1945.

 

Wing Commander Edwards, after a successful tour in which he commanded No.420 (RCAF) Squadron, is now employed at this Base as Wing Commander Operations. The zeal and energy of this officer were well known to me during his command of 420 Squadron and although he has been Wing Commander Operations at this Base for a comparatively short time, his organizing and administrative ability have shown excellent results. He has spared no effort in visiting and checking of squadrons within the Base with very gratifying results.

 

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EDWARDS, A/M Harold (C30) - Commander, Order of the Bath - RCAF Overseas Headquarters - Award effective 1 January 1943 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 55/43 dated 15 January 1943. Born in Chorley, Lancashire, England, 24 December 1892. Died in Arizona, 23 February 1952.

 

This officer has served with great distinction over a long period of time. As Air Member for Personnel, in the early days of the war, he made an invaluable contribution to the success of the British Commonwealth Air Training Plan and the RCAF Home War Commands. His drive and personality together with his experience and foresight makes him an outstanding officer in every respect. This officer was subsequently chosen for the post of Air Officer Commanding-in-Chief, RCAF Overseas, which appointment he has filled in an admirable manner.

 

 

EDWARDS, A/M Harold (C30) - Officer of the Legion of Honour (France) - AFRO 485/47 dated 12 September 1947.

 

EDWARDS, A/M Harold (C30) - Croix de Guerre avec Palm (France) - AFRO 485/47 dated 12 September 1947.

 

EDWARDS, A/M Harold, CB (C30) - Czechoslovak Order of the White Lion for Victory (Star, First Class) - Award effective 5 March 1948 as per AFRO 135/48 of that date.

 


EDWARDS, A/M Harold (C30) - Commander, Legion of Merit (United States) - Award as per Canada Gazette dated 7 August 1948 and AFRO487/48 dated 13 August 1946. In addition to the citation noted below, documents cite his placement of his Overseas organization at the disposal of the USAAF in England, authorized transfer of senior officers to Major General Chaney's staff to provide experience, and expedited transfer of 1,400 highly trained American nationals from the RCAF.

 

Air Marshal Edwards during the time that he held the appointment of Air Officer Commanding-in-Chief, Royal Canadian Air Force Overseas, was of great assistance to the United States Army Air Force in the European theatre, particularly during the initial period of organization in the United Kingdom, following the entry of the United States into the war. This officer was ever ready to provide any assistance, or information, which was requested of him, and the spirit of co-operation which he displayed is deserving of the highest praise. Air Marshal Edwards did much to foster cordial relations between members of the United States and Canadian Air Forces Overseas and the excellent relations which existed were due, in no small measure, to his efforts.

 

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EDWARDS, FS (now P/O) James Francis (R75188/J16077) - Distinguished Flying Medal - No.260 Squadron - Award effective 25 January 1943 as per London Gazette dated 9 February 1943 and AFRO 373/43 dated 5 March 1943. Born in Nokomis, Saskatchewan, 5 June 1941. Enlisted in Saskatoon, 24 October 1940. Trained at No.2 ITS (graduated 24 January 1941), No.16 EFTS (graduated 29 March 1941), and No.11 SFTS (graduated 25 June 1941 as a Sergeant). Promoted to Flight Sergeant, 1 January 1942; to Warrant Officer (2nd Class), 4 July 1942 and Warrant Officer (1st Class), 1 August 1942. Commissioned 10 August 1942; promoted to Flying Officer with simultaneous promotion to Flight Lieutenant, 21 December 1942; to Squadron Leader, 6 March 1944; to Wing Commander, 6 April 1945. At No.1 "Y" Depot, Halifax, 5-30 July 1941; at No.3 PRC, Bournemouth, 31 August 1941; to No.55 OTU, 8 September 1941; to Middle East Pool, 10 November 1941; to No.216 Squadron, 16 January 1942; to No.94 Squadron, 19 January 1942; to No.260 Squadron, 11 April 1942; to No.203 Group, 12 June 1943; to No.417 Squadron, 20 November 1943; to No.92 Squadron, 19 December 1943; to No.274 Squadron, 6 March 1944; embarked from Italy, 10 April 1944, arriving in Britain on 23 April 1944 (still with No.274 Squadron). Posted to Canada, 30 August 1944 for staff duties until 18 March 1945 when he returned to Britain. Posted as Wing Commander (Flying), No.127 Wing, 6 April 1945; to No.126 Wing, 7 July 1945; repatriated to Canada on 2 September 1945. Remained in postwar RCAF, reverting to Flight Lieutenant in October 1946 but promoted to Squadron Leader on 1 January 1949 and Wing Commander on 1 June 1952; retired 1972. Photographs include the following: PL-10237 (as a Flight Lieutenant in North Africa); PL-27285 (wearing ribbons of DFC and DFM); PL-43098 (portrait, 1945); PL-55325 (in flying gear, 1952); PL-128650 (portrait, October 1960). For additional details see Chris Shores, Aces High and Fighters Over the Desert, plus H.A. Halliday, The Tumbling Sky; Michel Lavigne, Kittyhawk Pilot. Shores, in Aces High (2nd edition) lists the following victories: 2 March 1942, one Bf.109 destroyed (Kittyhawk AK-K); 23 March 1942, one Bf.109 destroyed, Martuba airfield (Kittyhawk FZ-F); 30 May 1942, one Bf.109 damaged (Kittyhawk HS-O); 8 June 1942, one Bf.109 destroyed, Bir Hacheim area; 14 June 1942, one Bf.109 probably destroyed and one Bf.109 damaged (Acroma area); 17 June 1942, one Bf.109 probably destroyed near El Daba; 26 June 1942, one Bf.109 probably destroyed; 6 July 1942, one Bf.109 probably destroyed and one Bf.109 damaged (Kittyhawk ET623, "E"); 4 August 1942, one Bf.109 probably destroyed (Kittyhawk AL140); 3 September 1942, one Bf.109 damaged (Kittyhawk FL233); 6 September 1942, one Bf.109 probably destroyed (FL233); 15 September 1942, one Bf.109 probably destroyed (FL238); 21 October 1942, one MC.202 destroyed (FL322); 22 October 1942, one Bf.109 destroyed (FL233); 26 October 1942, one Bf.109 probably destroyed (FL221); 28 October 1942, one Bf.109 destroyed and one probably destroyed (FL221); 1 November 1942 one Bf.109 destroyed (FL305); 5 November 1942, one Bf.109 and one Bf.110 destroyed on ground at Fuka airfield (FL305); 11 November 1942, two Ju.88s destroyed on ground at Gambut airfield (FL305); 13 November 1942, two Bf.109s destroyed on ground, Gazala airfield (FL315); 14 November 1942, two Bf.109s destroyed on ground, Marawa airfield (FL305); 15 November 1942, three Bf.109s damaged on ground, Marawa (FL305); 16 December 1942, one Bf.109 damaged; 30 December 1942, two Bf.109s destroyed (one shared; flying Kittyhawk FR350); 2 January 1943, one Bf.109 destroyed (FR350); 25 January 1943, two MC.202s damaged and one S-79 damaged, all on Medenine airfield (FR350); 29 March 1943, two FW.190s damaged (FR436); 8 April 1943, one Bf.109 probably destroyed, Sfax area (FR446); on same day, in FR436, he damaged one FW.190; 15 April 1943, two Bf.109s destroyed and one damaged (FR436); 22 April 1943, one Me.323 destroyed (shared with two other pilots, Gulf of Tunis, FR436); 11 January 1944, one Bf.109 damaged, Foggia area (Spitfire QJ-F); 16 February 1944, one FW.190 destroyed, Anzio (QJ-F); 19 February 1944, two FW.190s destroyed and one damaged, Anzio (QJ-F); 29 April 1945, one FW.190 damaged plus one Me.262 damaged (Spitfire JF-E); 3 May 1945, one Ju.88 destroyed (JF-E, shared with three other pilots).

 

Flight Sergeant Edwards is an extremely capable soldier and a superbly gallant fighter pilot. Since October 1942, he has destroyed six enemy aircraft while participating in numerous sorties over enemy territory. He has displayed outstanding coolness and courage in the face of opposition while his cheerful and imperturbable spirit has been an inspiration to the squadron.

 

 

EDWARDS, F/L James Francis, DFM (J16077) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.260 Squadron - Award effective 3 February 1943 as per London Gazette dated 16 February 1943 and AFRO 410/43 dated 12 March 1943.

 

In December 1942, Flight Lieutenant Edwards was commander of a formation engaged in patrol duties over our forward troops. During the flight ten enemy aircraft were encountered and Flight Lieutenant Edwards destroyed one of five which were shot down. Two days later he destroyed another hostile aircraft bringing his total victories to eight. This officer has invariably displayed outstanding gallantry and devotion to duty.

 

EDWARDS, S/L James Francis, DFC, DFM (J16077) - Bar to Distinguished Flying Cross - No.274 Squadron - Award effective 27 October 1944 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 2637/44 dated 8 December 1944.

 


This officer has successfully completed a very large number of operational flights and has destroyed thirteen enemy aircraft. He is a keen and courageous pilot whose example and leadership have been most inspiring.

 

EDWARDS, W/C James Francis, DFC, DFM (J16077) - Mention in Despatches - Overseas - Award effective 1 January 1946 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 322/46 dated 29 March 1946.

 

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EDWARDS, P/O John Francis (J19824) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.115 Squadron - Award effective 24 May 1944 as per London Gazette dated 6 June 1944 and AFRO 1660/44 dated 4 August 1944. Born in Hamilton, Ontario, 1920. Home there. Trained at No.9 BGS; commissioned 1944. No citation other than "completed...many successful operations against the enemy in which [he has] displayed high skill, fortitude and devotion to duty." Public Records Office Air 2/8780 has recommendation dated 18 March 1944 when he had flown 27 sorties (145 hours 20 minutes).

 

21 May 43 GARDENING, Frisians 20 Oct 43 Leipzig (6.05)

(3.15) 3 Nov 43 Dusseldorf (3.15)

24 May 43 Dusseldorf (3.45) 18 Nov 43 Berlin (6.35)

27 May 43 Essen (4.10) 22 Nov 43 Berlin (5.30)

29 May 43 Wuppertal (4.25) 23 Nov 43 Berlin (6.15)

12 June 43 Bochum (4.10) 2 Dec 43 Berlin (5.45)

19 June 43 GARDENING, 16 Dec 43 Berlin (6.25)

La Rochelle (5.45) 23 Dec 43 Berlin (6.40)

21 June 43 Krefeld (3.00) 28 Dec 43 Berlin (6.35)

3 July 43 Cologne (4.30) 14 Jan 44 Brunswick (4.45)

27 Aug 43 Nuremburg (7.10) 27 Jan 44 Berlin (7.15)

22 Sept 43 Hanover (4.30) 30 Jan 44 Berlin (6.00)

23 Sept 43 Mannheim (5.30) 15 Feb 44 Berlin (6.10)

7 Oct 43 Stuttgart (6.10) 20 Feb 44 Leipzig (6.45)

18 Oct 43 Hanover (5.00)

 

This officer has completed 27 bombing operations as rear gunner in the crew captained by Pilot Officer Jolly, DFM, on the most heavily defended targets in Germany including ten operations in the "Battle of Berlin". Pilot Officer Edwards has proved a most capable gunner whose skill and coolness while under fire has been a source of great confidence to his crew. This officer, by his enthusiasm, both in the air and on the ground, has set a very high standard in the squadron.

 

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EDWARDS, Sergeant (now F/O) John Hamilton (R109350/J17623) - Distinguished Flying Medal - No.428 Squadron - Award effective 9 October 1945 as per London Gazette dated 19 October 1945 and AFRO 1822/45 dated 7 December 1945. Born 1919 in Cranbrook, British Columbia. Home in Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan. Trained at No.2 ITS, No.3 AOS, No.2 BGS and No.1 ANS. Commissioned May 1943. Cited with F/O John A. Ferguson (RCAF, pilot, awarded DFC). Events described were on 29/30 May 1943 (both POW after raid on Wuppertal). NOTE: middle of citation reads badly - either a minor misprint or poor drafting makes the grammar poor.

 

Throughout many operational sorties, this officer and airman have displayed courage and devotion to duty. On one occasion in May 1943 they were captain and air bomber respectively of an aircraft detailed for an attack against Wuppertal. Whilst en route to the target their aircraft was hit by anti-aircraft fire and Flying Officer Ferguson was wounded in the head by shell fragments. As he was in a semi-conscious state for about twenty minutes, during which time Sergeant Edwards took over the captaincy of the aircraft which was circling Dusseldorf and being subjected to heavy anti-aircraft fire. When Flying Officer Ferguson regained consciousness he found the aircraft had been very severely damaged. Nevertheless, with the assistance of Sergeant Edwards, he continued to the target which was successfully bombed. During the homeward flight the crippled aircraft rapidly lost height and, while still over enemy territory, the port engine failed completely. By superb airmanship, Flying Officer Ferguson managed to keep his aircraft airborne until all the members of his crew had been able to leave it successfully by parachute. Immediately after, the aircraft struck a hill and this officer, who was severely injured, was taken prisoner of war.

 

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EDWARDS, FS Robert Walter - (Can 10146) - British Empire Medal - AFHQ - Award effective 13 June 1946 as per Canada Gazette of that date and AFRO 660/46 dated 5 July 1946. Enlisted in Toronto, 2 May 1939. Remained in RCAF Reserve after war; awarded Queen's Coronation Medal, 23 October 1953, while with No.19 Wing (Auxiliary) Headquarters.

 

Before and during the war Flight Sergeant Edwards has been engaged in the development and testing of airborne, shipborne and ground communication equipment. Since 1942, this non-commissioned officer has been actively engaged in the development of radar equipment in Canada. Whilst engaged in the Research Laboratories Detachment of the Royal Canadian Air Force at the National Research Council, Flight Sergeant Edwards did exceptional work on two main developments; namely, the Royal Canadian Air Force-National Research Council radar distance indicator and the shipborne splash indicator which was intended for use in the Pacific Theatre. The results of his work and his devotion to duty have served as an inspiration to the airmen who were working with him.

 

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EDWARDS, F/L Thomas Kenneth (J22622) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.582 Squadron - Award effective 2 October 1944 as per London Gazette dated 13 October 1944 and AFRO 2637/44 dated 8 December 1944. Born in Ottawa, 1921. Home in Dearborn, Michigan. Enlisted in Windsor, 2 March 1942. Trained at No.6 ITS (graduated 11 April 1942), No.1 BGS (graduated 6 November 1942) and No.8 AOS (graduated 21 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 2/9026 has recommendation dated 20 July 1944 when he had flown 31 sorties (164 hours 30 minutes), 23 November 1943 to 2 July 1944.

 

* daylight sortie

 

23 Nov 43 Berlin 11 Apr 44 Aachen

2 Dec 43 Berlin 21 Apr 44 Cologne

3 Dec 43 Leipzig 27 Apr 44 Aulnoye

29 Dec 43 Berlin 30 Apr 44 Somain

1 Jan 44 Berlin 27 May 44 Rennes

5 Jan 44 Stettin 31 May 44 Montcouple

20 Jan 44 Berlin 6 June 44 Longues

27 Jan 44 Berlin 7 June 44 Juvisy

28 Jan 44 Berlin 10 Jun 44 Laval

30 Jan 44 Berlin 14 Jun 44 Douai

15 Feb 44 Frankfort-on-Oder 15 Jun 44 Lens

19 Feb 44 Leipzig 23 Jun 44 Coubronne

20 Feb 44 Stuttgart 28 Jun 44 Blainville-sur-Eau

24 Feb 44 Schweinfurt 30 Jun 44 Villers Bocage*

25 Feb 44 Augsburg 2 July 44 Oisemont*

15 Mar 44 Stuttgart

 

Flight Lieutenant Edwards is a most reliable Special Equipment operator of a good marking crew. He has on many occasions performed the task of Master Bomber and has produced successful results.

 

He displays an amazing thirst for operations and his skill as a set operator combined with his initiative and determination in action has been a source of inspiration, not only to his own crew but to the squadron as a whole. He has made a valuable contribution to the squadron's operational effort.

 

This officer has carried out many attacks on heavily defended targets; eight of them have been on Berlin. He is recommended for the award of the Distinguished Flying Cross.

 


EDWARDS, F/L Thomas Kenneth, DFC (J22622) - Bar to Distinguished Flying Cross - No.582 Squadron - Award effective 5 April 1945 as per London Gazette dated 13 April 1945 and AFRO 824/45 dated 18 May 1945.

 

Since the award of the Distinguished Flying Cross Flight Lieutenant Edwards has continued to operate with courage and devotion to duty of a high order. A determined and skilful air bomber, he has played a large part in the many successes achieved by his crew.

 

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EDWARDS, F/L William Fraser (J24375) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.49 Squadron - Award effective 4 November 1944 as per London Gazette dated 14 November 1944 and AFRO 239/45 dated 9 February 1945. Born in Calgary, 1916; home there (teacher). Enlisted in Edmonton, 18 February 1942. Trained at No.4 ITS (graduated 17 July 1942), No.5 EFTS (graduated 23 October 1942) and No.3 SFTS (graduated 5 March 1943). Commissioned March 1943. Postwar was a doctor with Department of Veterans Affairs. No citation other than "completed...numerous operations against the enemy in the course of which [he has] invariably displayed the utmost fortitude, courage and devotion to duty." Public Records Office Air 2/8827 has recommendation dated 15 August 1944 when he had flown 30 sorties (161 hours 55 minutes), 9 April 1944 to 26 July 1944.

 

9 Apr 44 Danzig (Mining) (8.40) 2 June 44 Wimereux (3.40)

10 Apr 44 Tours (5.50) 6 June 44 Caen (4.35

18 Apr 44 Juvisy (4.40) 8 June 44 Pontabault (4.30)

20 Apr 44 Paris, marshalling 9 June 44 Etamps (4.40)

yards (4.40) 12 Jun 44 Caen (5.00)

22 Apr 44 Brunswick (5.55) 24 Jun 44 Pommereval(4.05)

24 Apr 44 Munich (9.50) 4 July 44 Creil (4.50)

26 Apr 44 Schweinfurt (8.50) 7 July 44 Creil (4.30)

7 May 44 Salbris (6.00) 12 Jul 44 Culmont

9 May 44 Gennevilliers (4.05) Chalindrey (7.35)

11 May 44 Bourg Leopold (3.15) 15 Jul 44 Nevers (7.25)

19 May 44 Amiens (4.25) 17 Jul 44 Caen (3.45)

21 May 44 Kiel (Mining) (6.15) 20 Jul 44 Courtrai (3.10)

22 May 44 Brunswick (6.05) 23 Jul 44 Kiel (4.35)

27 May 44 Marsalines (3.35) 24 Jul 44 Donges (5.35)

31 May 44 Maisy (3.30) 26 Jul 44 Givors (8.40)

 

This officer completed 30 operational sorties as captain of Lancaster aircraft on this Squadron, before volunteering for, and being posted to the Pathfinder Force. Many of these sorties were against targets where the enemy put up the heaviest defences.

 

Flight Lieutenant Edwards pressed home his attacks without regerd to the oppostion, and never failed to bomb the target with great accuracy.

 


He displayed exceptional qualities of leadership and his example was the main facator in the success of his crew.

 

For his devotion to duty, and his skill and thoroughness in which he carried out any duty allotted to him, I strongly recommend that he be awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross.

 

EDWARDS, S/L William Fraser, DFC (J24375) - Bar to Distinguished Flying Cross - No.83 Squadron - Award effective 8 September 1945 as per London Gazette dated 21 September 1945 and AFRO 1704/45 dated 9 November 1945.

 

As captain of aircraft Squadron Leader Edwards has shown a high degree of courage and efficiency on all his operations. He has been largely responsible for the success of many sorties by his skill, determination and keen devotion to duty. Since the award of the Distinguished Flying Cross, Squadron Leader Edwards has continued to display great gallantry, often in the execution of very hazardous tasks. In February 1945 his crew played an important part in ensuring the success of an attack on the oil refinery at Politz.

 

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EGGLESTON, F/L Hector William (C7699) - Mention in Despatches - No.63 Base - Award effective 14 June 1945 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 1395/45 dated 31 August 1945. Enlisted 1 October 1941. DHist file 181.009 D.2619 (RG.24 Vol.20628) has recommendation forwarded 1 February 1945 to No.63 Base HQ. Public Relations Officer, he had served 23 months in Canada, 16 months overseas.

 

This officer has held the position of Public Relations Officer for No.63 Base for the past 15 months and has discharged his duties with a high degree of efficiency. Flight Lieutenant Eggleston has applied himself diligently in the interests of the Service and has willingly engaged in long hours of work, both day and night, to gather news and write stories of activities within the Base. He is highly regarded by the Aircrew Personnel and has earned their respect and confidence by his efforts on their behalf. An able writer, he has produced many excellent stories for Canadian newspaper publication, an important contribution to the high standard of morale existing at this unit. In all respects, this officer's work has been outstanding and he has displayed a keen and sincere interest in Service requirements.

 

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EGLI, P/O Howard Dunstan (J85133) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.427 Squadron - Award effective 13 October 1944 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 2534/44 dated 24 November 1944. Born 1919 in Montreal; home in Toronto; enlisted there 24 April 1942. Trained at No.6 ITS (graduated 6 November 1942), No.20 EFTS (graduated 5 February 1943) and No.16 SFTS (graduated 25 June 1943). Commisioned 1944. NOTE: The following citation seems incomplete and should be checked against the gazette.

 

One night in July 1944 he was detailed to attack Stuttgart and while over the target the aircraft was hit by anti-aircraft fire and sustained much damage. The undercarriage dropped, causing a lessening of airspeed and increasing the fuel consumption to such an extent that there was insufficient petrol to enable the aircraft to reach the English coast. Upon reaching the French coast Pilot Officer Egli ordered his crew to escape by parachute and held the aircraft steady under intense anti-aircraft fire during this operation. Pilot Officer Egli then crash landed the bomber. Owing to this officer's skill and courage he extricated his crew from a perilous situation.

 

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EGRI, FS William Ernest (R87920) - Distinguished Flying Medal - No.15 Squadron (RAF) - Award effective 4 December 1942 as per London Gazette dated 15 December 1942 and AFRO 55/43 dated 15 January 1943. Born 1919; home in Abbotsford, British Columbia. Enlisted in Vancouver, 29 January 1941. Trained at No.1 ITS (graduated 15 July 1941) and No.6 BGS (graduated 29 September 1941). Shot down and taken prisoner, 3 August 1944, with No.514 Squadron.

 

During a recent sortie this airman was the rear gunner of a heavy bomber which was attacked by two Junkers 88. In the face of strong attacks, Flight Sergeant Egri maintained a steady and accurate fire and probably destroyed one of the attackers and caused the other to break off the engagement. His aircraft had sustained much damage and a fire broke out but Flight Sergeant Egri assisted in extinguishing the flames with his gloved hands and a fire extinguisher. His hands were severely burned and he returned to his post and although his turret was unserviceable he rotated it manually to keep watch through a most harassing experience. This airman's courageous example was worthy of high praise.

 

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EICHENBERGER, FS Stewart (Can 18090A) - British Empire Medal - No.160 Squadron - Award effective 1 January 1946 as per Canada Gazette of that date and AFRO 82/46 dated 25 January 1946. Enlisted in London, Ontario, 16 September 1939.

 

To this non-commissioned officer is given a large part of the credit for the high serviceability of this squadron. His theoretical and practical adaptation of his trade is unsurpassed. His tireless efforts as non-commissioned officer in charge of Flights is recognized by the entire squadron. In the early months of the squadron's formation, Flight Sergeant Eichenberger flew many hours as a Flight Engineer.

 


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EINARSON, FS Johann Walter (R87302) - Distinguished Flying Medal - No.44 Squadron - Award effective 12 April 1943 as per London Gazette dated 20 April 1943 and AFRO 985/43 dated 28 May 1943. Born at Wynard, Saskatchewan, 1920; home in Shallbrook, Saskatchewan. Enlisted in Saskatoon, 10 February 1941. Trained at No.2 ITS (graduated 9 May 1941), No.15 EFTS (graduated 3 July 1941), and No.11 SFTS (graduated11 September 1941). Commissioned 1943.

 

This pilot has displayed the greatest possible determination to locate and bomb his target on all possible occasions. He has taken part in many long and dangerous raids on a variety of targets in Germany and Italy including the recent raids on Berlin. He has also secured good photographs. His calmness and courage have inspired great confidence in his crew and contributed to the success of many missions.

 

EINARSON, F/O Johann Walter, DFM (J17276) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.61 Squadron - Award effective 8 January 1944 as per London Gazette dated 25 January 1944 and AFRO 410/44 dated 25 February 1944.

 

This officer has completed a very large number of sorties including five attacks on Berlin. On the last occasion one night in November 1943, his aircraft was hit by anti-aircraft fire and sustained damage. Nevertheless, Flying Officer Einarson pressed home his attack. Soon after the bombs had been released, the aircraft was struck, the starboard wing tip and part of the aileron were torn away and the aircraft went into a steep dive. Flying Officer Einarson succeeded in regaining control and afterwards flew safely to an airfield in this country. Throughout his tour of operations this officer has invariably displayed a high degree of skill, courage and determination.

 

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EISENSTAT, Corporal Isidore (R127103) - British Empire Medal - Station Dartmouth - Award effective 13 June 1946 as per Canada Gazette of that date and AFRO 660/46 dated 5 July 1946. Home in Montreal; enlisted there 12 August 1941. Governor General's Records (RG.7 Group 26 Volume 60, file 190-I, dossier 9) has citation.

 

This non-commissioned officer was in charge of Station Fund Non-Public Account for over three years. In spite of the volume of accounting and the overtime entailed on a station of this size, his diligence, accuracy and speed have enabled him to handle this task alone. His thorough mastery of accounting has resulted in excellent Audit Reports and his suggestions to his officers have resulted in many accounting improvements. His character and hard work have been an example to those around him.

 


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ELDER, Matron Ethel Maud (C4321) - Associate, Royal Red Cross - No.52 Mobile Field Hospital - Award effective 1 January 1946 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 155/46 dated 15 February 1946. Enlisted in Winnipeg, 21 January 1941. Awarded RRC First Class. No citation in biographical file. DHist file 181.009 D.4364 (RG.24 Vol.20648) has recommendation for an MiD dated 17 July 1944 from Middleton St.George. NOTE: Check names; may be "Ethel Myrtle". No.52 MFH was estabblished on 23 August 1943 and disbanded 11 August 1945.

 

This Nursing Sister has endeared herself to all personnel on the station, regardless of rank, and is admired and respected by all. She s ready and willing to serve at any hour, regardless of her personal plans, and has unstintingly given herself to the service.

 

Public Records Office Air 2/9012 has recommendation by W/C Louis Lowenstein for RRC dated 16 June 1945 when she was on strength of No.52 (RCAF) MFH. NOTE: WHAT DOES THIS STAND FOR? MILITARY FIELD HOSPITAL? MOBILE FIELD HOSPITAL? Supported on 24 June 1945 by A/V/M Harry Broadhurst.

 

Matron Elder joined the staff of 52 M.F.H. in December 1944. She immediately assumed the resposibilities of Senior Sister. She has carried out these duties most ably both while the unit was static and under the rapidly changing conditions necessitated by the spring campaign. Her consistent attitude of co-operation and self-sacrifice has continually aided the smooth functioning of the unit. During this period she has found time to skilfully administer to the sick. Her pleasing personality, while accepting these varied duties, was the utmost help in maintaining the morale of the wounded and of the unit as a whole.

 

 

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ELKIN, F/O Noel Bernard (J28233) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.429 Squadron - Award effective 5 July 1945 as per London Gazette dated 20 July 1945 and AFRO 1619/45 dated 19 October 1945. Born 1917 in Moose Jw, Saskaatchewan; home there (clerk and salesman). Served in Royal Canadian Artillery. Enlisted in Regina, 5 May 1942. Trained at No.2 ITS (graduated 26 September 1942), No.2 BGS (graduated 30 May 1943) and No.7 AOS (graduated 9 July 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". of which [he has] invariable displayed the utmost fortitude, courage and devotion to duty". fortitude, courage and devotion to duty." DHist file 181.009 D.2610 (RG.24 Vol.20627) has recommendation dated 19 March 1945 when he had flown 34 sorties (201 hours), 15 August 1944 to 9 March 1945.

 


This officer has completed 34 sorties against such heavily defended targets as Mannheim, Stuttgart and Chemnitz. At all times Flying Officer Elkins has displayed unquestionable courage, skill and devotion to duty. Often in the face of heavy opposition his coolness and disregard of danger have contributed largely to the success of the mission. During his tour he has established an enviable record in his bombing and has been extremely valuable to the squadron with training of new crews.

 

It is considered that his fine example, devotion to duty and forcefulness of purpose, coupled with his fine operational record, fully merits the award of the Distinguished Flying Cross.

 

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ELL, F/O Joseph (J26711) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.15 Squadron - Award effective 4 November 1944 as per London Gazette dated 14 November 1944 and AFRO 239/45 dated 9 February 1945. Born 1919 in Dilke, Saskatchewan; home there (teacher). Enlisted in Regina, 10 July 1942. Trained at No.2 ITS (graduated 2 January 1943), No.2 BGS (graduated 6 April 1943) and No.7 AOS (graduated 28 May 1943). Commissioned May 1943. No citation other than "completed...numerous operations against the enemy in the course of which [he has] invariably displayed the utmost fortitude, courage and devotion to duty." Public Records Office Air 2/8827 has recommendation dated 21 August when he had flown 28 sorties (126 hours 40 minutes).

 

15 Mar 44 Stuttgart (7.30) 5 June 44 Caen (3.15)

18 Mar 44 Frankfurt (5.20) 6 June 44 Lisieux (3.20)

22 Mar 44 Frankfurt (5.45) 10 Jun 44 Dreux 4.25)

26 Mar 44 Essen (4.30) 15 Jun 44 Valenciennes (3.25)

10 Apr 44 Laon (4.55) 17 Jun 44 Montdidier (3.55)

11 Apr 44 Aachen (3.25) 21 Jun 44 Domleger (2.45)

20 Apr 44 Cologne (4.10) 23 Jun 44 L'Hey (2.15)

22 Apr 44 Dusseldorf (4.05) 30 Jun 44 Villers Bocage

24 Apr 44 Karlsruhe (5.40) (3.40)

26 Apr 44 Essen (4.35) 2 July 44 Beauvoir (3.50)

27 Apr 44 Friedrichshaven (8.00) 17 Jul 44 Caen (3.55)

21 May 44 Duisburg (4.25) 20 Jul 44 Homburg (3.50)

24 May 44 Aachen (4.00) 23 Jul 44 Montcandon (3.50)

28 May 44 Angers (7.40) 25 Jul 44 Stuttgart (8.20)

30 May 44 Boulogne (1.55)

 

Flying Officer Ell has completed a succesful tour of operations consisting of 28 sorties totallying 126 hours 40 minutes and including targets such as Frankfurt (2), Stuttgart (2), Aachen (2), Cologne and Essen.

 


He has shown himself to be a skilful and accurate bomb aimer assisting his Captain to press home all attacks with precision and obtaining many successfully ploted photographs. In particular, on the night of 26th April 1944 he was detailed to attack a target in Essen and he secured an extremely good photograph in close pproximity to the aiming point, although opposed by very heavy defences during the whole time he was in the target area.

 

He is a most determined and gallant member of aircraft crew and his successes are an excellent testimony to the accuracy of his bombing.

 

He is strongly recommended for the Distinguished Flying Cross.

 

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ELLERGODT, Sergeant Grant Oliver (R106667) - Mention in Despatches - No.415 Squadron - Award effective 1 June 1943 as per London Gazette dated 2 June 1943 and AFRO 1247/43 dated 2 July 1943. Home in Vancouver; enlisted there 26 May 1941. Trained at No.4 ITS (graduated 18 August 1941), No.4 EFTS (graduated 5 October 1941) and No.3 SFTS (graduated 2 January 1942). Unit not identified in AFRO; see The RCAF Overseas: The First Four Years, p.265.

 

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ELLINGHAM, Sergeant Arthur Francis (R4020) - Mention in Despatches - Award effective 1 January 1943 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 232/43 dated 12 February 1943. File not found at DHist (17 December 1990). Card file on awards gives trade as Aero Engine Mechanic, apparently with No.3048 Servicing Echelon, Catterick, when recommended (reference No.13 Group DRO of 8 January 1943 and an unlocated file of No.410 Squadron Honours.

 

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ELLIOTT, F/L David Murray (J38965) - No.90 Squadron (AFRO gives unit only as "Overseas") - Distinguished Flying Cross (United States) - with effect from 14 June 1946 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 781/46 dated 9 August 1946. Home in Strathclair, Manitoba; enlisted in Toronto, 7 October 1942; trained at No.5 ITS (graduated 12 June 1943), No.20 EFTS (graduated 7 August 1943) and No.9 SFTS (graduated 10 December 1943). Died in Strathclair, Manitoba, 3 March 1995. Public Records Office Air 2/9114 has recommendation which states he had flown 29 sorties, 155 operational hours.

 

Flight Lieutenant Elliott has a consistently high record of efficiency as a pilot and, due to this, was chosen to lead formations in daylight attacks on numerous occasions and often in conjunction with the United States 8th Air Force. Flight Lieutenant Elliott's persistence in pressing home his attacks in the face of the heaviest opposition from the enemy has been an inspiration to his crew and the whole squadron.

 

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ELLIOTT, F/L Eldon Burke (J4524) - Middle East - Air Medal (United States) - No.148 Squadron - Award effective 11 February 1944 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 644/44 dated 24 March 1944; also published in General Order No.10, Headquarters United States Army Forces in the Middle East, 19 January 1944. Born in Regina, 7 October 1910; parents living in Sutherland, Saskatchewan when he was decorated. Attended University of Saskatchewan, 1930-1932 (engineering) and Peterborough College (machine design, 1935); employed as a clerk and labourer in Lachute, 1932-34, packer at Quaker Oats, Peterborough, 1934-35, and production supervisor at Canadian General Electric, 1935-40. Enlisted in Toronto, 1 July 1940. Trained at No.1 ITS ((graduated 17 August 1940), No.2 AOS (graduated 21 December 1940, having flown 20 hours 45 minutes in Lockheed aircraft and 34 hours 40 minutes in Ansons), No.4 BGS (graduated, 2 February 1941 having flown 21 hours 55 minutes in Fairey Battles) and No.1 ANS (graduated 3 March 1941, having flown 29 hours 40 minutes in Ansons); commissioned 1 March 1941). Embarked for overseas, 4 April 1941; to No.21 OTU, 5 May 1941; to No.40 Squadron, 30 June 1941; to Middle East Command with that squadron, 23 October 1941; posted to No.205 Group, 12 March 1942; to No.160 Squadron, 8 October 1942; to Special Liberator Flight, 11 December 1942. In the course of these postings he was promoted to Flying Officer (2 July 1941) and Flight Lieutenant (5 March 1943). Killed in action, 3/4 November 1944 with No.148 Squadron (Liberator AL409 struck a hilltop four miles north of Kosinjski Zamost, 60 miles southeast of Fiume, on Adriatic coast of Croatia; crew consisted of 116910 F/L M. Passmore, pilot, father in London, wife living in Transvaal; J4524 F/L E.B. Elliott, navigator, Sutherland, Saskatchewan; R79118 WO J.H.S. Clarke, bomb aimer, ; NZ411065 F/L H.I. Crawford, WOP/AG, Auckland; R53246 FS E.A. Toole, flight engineer; R81068 WO R.E. Hawken, air gunner, Darlingford, Manitoba; and 1066563 FS W.J. Dowle, air gunner and special duties, Yorkshire); buried in Yugoslavia. DHist file 181.009 D.1754 (RG.24 Vol.20609) has a memo dated 10 November 1943 from Lieutenant Colonel Paul West to the Commanding General, USAFINME, and written on letterhead of Headquarters, United States Army Forces in the Middle East. The full text is as follows:

 

1. In accordance with AGWAR No.7139 of 4 October 1943, Flight Lieutenant E.B. Elliott, J4524, RCAF is recommended for award of the Air Medal for meritorious achievement while participating in an aerial flight as navigator on a special and hazardous mission into enemy occupied territory on 21 October 1943, for the purpose of delivering vitally needed supplies to our intelligence personnel operating in that area and to evacuate U.S.A.A.F. personnel shot down in combat. The pilot and remainder of the crew were members of the United States Army Air Force.

 


2. He volunteered for this mission with full knowledge that chances of successfully completing the mission and returning safely to his base were remote. Soon after the plane was landed on an obscure landing strip approximately ten miles from an enemy occupied town it bogged down in a newly filled drainage ditch. During the following 72 hours Flight Lieutenant Elliott, along with other members of the crew, with the aid of local guerrillas, worked by night digging holes, cutting trees, and improvising winches. On the morning of 24 October 1943, the plane was extricated and returned to base.

 

3. Through his technical ability as navigator, his marked resourcefulness, improvisation, and persistence, he contributed greatly to the complete success of the mission.

 

4. The undersigned has personal knowledge of the above, having been Officer in charge of the mission.

 

NOTE: On 31 December 1943 Major-General Ralph Royce (US Army Forces in the Middle East) wrote to RCAF Overseas Headquarters respecting this award. His letter said, in part:

 

I am writing because I have been wanting to award an air medal to a Canadian navigator who accompanied one of my airplanes on one of your S.O.E. flights. They landed well behind the enemy lines and brought out several American survivors of the Ploesty [sic] raid.

 

On 19 January 1944, General Order No.10, Headquarters, United States Army Forces in Middle East (Cairo), reported the award of the Air Medal, "By direction of the President under the provisions of Executive Order No.9158, 11 May 1942 (Bull.25, WD, 1942), as amended by Executive Order No.9242-A, 11 September 1942 (Bull.49, WD, 1942), and pursuant to authority delegated to the War Department". The text was as follows:

 

For meritorious achievement while participating in an aerial flight as navigator on a special and hazardous mission into enemy occupied territory on 21 October 1943, for the purpose of delivering vitally needed supplies to intelligence personnel operating in that area and to evacuate U.S.A.A.F. personnel shot down in combat. He volunteered for this mission with full knowledge that chances of successfully completing the mission and returning safely to his base were remote. Soon after the plane was landed on an obscure landing strip it bogged down in a newly filled drainage ditch. During the following 72 hours Flight Lieutenant Elliott, along with other members of the crew, with the aid of local guerrillas, worked by night digging holes, cutting trees, and improvising winches. On the morning of 24 October 1943, the plane was extricated and returned to base. Through his technical ability as navigator, his marked resourcefulness, improvisation, and persistence, he contributed greatly to the complete success of the mission.

 

This officer was reported missing, believed killed, on 3 November 1943.

 

By command of Major-General Royce:

 

G.X. Cheves

Brigadier General, U.S. Army

Chief of Staff

 


On 25 September 1944 the American Embassy communicated the formal text of the citation (see above) to Norman Robertson, Under Secretary of State for External Affairs.

 

Upon his death the Commanding Officer of No.148 Squadron, W/C J. Blackburn, wrote the family, stating in part, "Your son was one of the oldest navigators of the squadron and for some time had been the Squadron Navigation Officer. He was extremely popular with everyone; his constant good nature and unbounded enthusiasm earning for him the love and respect of all those with whom he worked. He had already completed two tours of operations involving some 60 sorties and his intense keenness and determination to strike at the enemy wherever he might be set an example unequalled by any other member of the squadron. " Initially buried at Kozinjski Zamost; remains brought in May 1948 to Commonwealth War Graves Cemetery, Belgrade, which was dedicated 11 November 1948, containing some 400 graves including 25 Canadian airmen.

 

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ELLIOTT, FS John Archibald (R80687) - British Empire Medal - No.10 AOS - enlisted in Toronto, 1 November 1940 - Awarded 1 January 1945 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 89/45 dated 19 January 1945.

 

This non-commissioned officer has been in charge of the Orderly Room at this unit for almost three years. This officer has done the work of both station and training wing Orderly Rooms and has steadily had to handle far more than the normal volume of work. By good leadership, ability and devotion to duty, Flight Sergeant Elliott has maintained a standard of efficiency in his office which is most praiseworthy. He has materially contributed to the efficient operation of this station.

 

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ELLIOTT, Sergeant Raymond Charles (R90093) - Distinguished Flying Medal - No.101 Squadron - Award effective 6 August 1943 as per London Gazette dated 17 August 1943 and AFRO 2005/43 dated 1 October 1943. Born in Hastings, England, 1918; home in Ottawa (clerk). Enlisted in London, Ontario, 30 January 1941, Trained at No.1 BGS (graduated 16 March 1942) and No.4 WS (graduated 13 February 1942).

 

A wireless operator of outstanding ability, Sergeant Elliott has completed a large number of operational sorties. At all times he has displayed a strong sense of duty and determination to ensure the successful completion of his missions. In January 1943, his aircraft sustained severe damage as a result of an encounter with a Messerschmitt 110. This airman, by his skill and splendid team spirit, considerably aided his captain to fly the aircraft safely back to base.

 

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ELLIOTT, F/L William James (J25834) - Mention in Despatches - No.424 Squadron - Award effective 1 January 1946 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 155/46 dated 15 February 1946. Home in Ottawa; enlisted there 1 May 1942. Trained at No.6 ITS (graduated 9 November 1942), No.20 EFTS (graduated 30 December 1942) and No.11 SFTS (graduated 30 April 1942). Arrived overseas July 19943. Missing in action, 28 May 1944; evaded capture. AFRO gives unit only as "Overseas"; unit found in McEwen Papers list of recommendations for MiD.

 

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ELLIS, F/O Donald Rochead (J87963) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.578 Squadron - Award effective 5 April 1945 as per London Gazette dated 13 April 1945 and AFRO 824/45 dated 18 May 1945. Born 1915 in Gutlemont, Quebec; home in Westmount (clerk); formerly in Royal Canadian Artillery. Enlisted in Montreal, 1 June 1942. Trained at No.5 ITS (graduated 30 December 1942) and No.7 AOS (graduated 25 June 1943). No citation other than "completed...numerous operations against the enemy in the course of which [he has] invariably displayed the utmost courage and devotion to duty." Public Records Office Air 2/9060 has recommendation datted 19 January 1945 when he had flown 34 sorties (140 hours 35 minutes), 26 April to 24 December 1944.

 

* denotes daylight sortie

 

26 Apr 44 Villeneuve (5.03) 17 Jul 44 Bois de la Haie

30 Apr 44 Acheres (4.45) (3.26)*

1 May 44 Malines (3.59) 18 Jul 44 Vaires (4.17)*

9 May 44 Morsalines (3.39) 20 Jul 44 Bottrop (4.24)*

10 May 44 Lens (3.33) 23 Jul 44 Kiel (5.13)*

4 June 44 Boulogne (3.44) 28 Jul 44 Foret de Nieppe

5 June 44 Mont Fleury (4.26) (3.23)*

17 Jun 44 St.Martin l'Hortier 6 Aug 44 Hazebrouck (3.26)*

(3.59) 7 Aug 44 TOTALIZER (4.36)

22 Jun 44 Siracourt (3.47)* 11 Aug 44 Somain (3.44)*

23 Jun 44 Oisemont (3.23) 12 Aug 44 Russelscheim (5.21)

24 Jun 44 Le Grand Rossignol 15 Aug 44 Tirlement (3.47)*

(3.22) 27 Aug 44 Homberg (4.15)*

27 Jun 44 Marquise Mimoyecques 12 Sep 44 Munster (4.03)*

(3.10)* 30 Sep 44 Bottrop (4.310*

30 Jun 44 Villers Bocage 7 Oct 44 Kleves (4.06)

(4.25)* 28 Oct 44 Domberg (3.51)*

4 July 44 St.Martin l'Hortier 2 Nov 44 Dusseldorf (5.09)

(3.56)* 18 Nov 44 Munster (4.53)

9 July 44 Les Cartelliers 24 Dec 44 Mulheim airfield

(3.30)* (5.17)*

15 Jul 44 Nucourt (4.02)

 


Flying Officer Ellis has carried out 34 operations totalling 140.35 hours taking part in many attacks on industrial and strategical targets in Germany and the occupied countries.

 

This navigator has displayed a very high standard of work throughout his operational career which has involved journeys to many targets over considerable distances, many of which were carried out under difficult weather conditions.

 

Flying Officer Ellis has never allowed himself to be discouraged in any way and has coped with every task set with skill and accuracy. On several day light operations he has navigated the leading aircraft of the squadron formation with outstanding accuracy.

 

Flying Officer Ellis has contributed a vital part to the success of his crew. It is recommended that he should be considered for the award of the Distinguishd Flying Cross.

 

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ELLIS, P/O (now F/O) James Fitzgibbon (J86965) - Flying Cross (Holland) - No.196 Squadron (AFRO gives unit only as "Overseas") - Awarded 1 January 1946 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 183/46 dated 22 February 1946. Home in Toronto; enlisted there, 21 August 1941. Trained at No.3 ITS (graduated 16 January 1942, No.12 EFTS (graduated 27 March 1942), and No.5 SFTS (graduated 31 July 1942). Public Records Office Air 2/9642 identifies unit and gives citation.

 

During a re-supply operation in the AArnhem area, in daylight, this officer's aircraft was badly damaged by enemy fire and Pilot Officer Ellis received a wound in the thigh. Undeterred, this officer flew and completed his mission and then flew his aircraft back to base where he made a safe landing. Pilot Officer Ellis displayed considerable skill and tenacity.

 

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ELLIS, F/L Richard Attwill (J15056) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.412 Squadron - Award effective 6 January 1943 as per London Gazette dated 19 January 1943 and AFRO 272/43 dated 19 February 1943. Born in Moncton, 1916; home in Montreal; enlisted there, 23 September 1940. Trained at No.2 ITS (graduated 15 November 1940), No.1 EFTS (graduated 4 January 1941), and No.2 SFTS (graduated 17 March 1951. Commissioned November 1941, See photograph PL-136619. Credited with the following victories with No.412 Squadron: 16 May 1942, one Do.217 destroyed (shared with another pilot); 18 May 1942, one Ju.88 damaged (shared with another pilot); 1 August 1942, two FW.190s damaged; 17 January 1943, one FW.190 destroyed.

 


This officer has taken part in fifty-eight sorties over enemy territory. On one occasion in October 1942, Flight Lieutenant Ellis assisted in damaging five locomotives. He has shared in the destruction of one enemy aircraft and damaged several more. He has led his flight on numerous occasions and has at all times set a fine example.

 

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ELLIS, Sergeant Richard Warren (R113675) - Distinguished Flying Medal - No.166 Squadron - Award effective 6 August 1943 as per London Gazette dated 17 August 1943 and AFRO 2005/43 dated 1 October 1943. Born Rothsay, New Brunswick; enlisted in Moncton, 12 July 1941. Trained at No.5 ITS (graduated 3 December 1941), No.17 EFTS (left 6 February 1942) and 7 BGS (graduated 27 April 1942).

 

This airman has completed a number of operational sorties over enemy territory and has consistently displayed coolness and exceptional fearlessness in the face of danger. His fine fighting spirit has inspired the members of his crew. On several recent occasions his aircraft has been heavily damaged by anti-aircraft fire and by night fighters. Sergeant Ellis has handled his guns efficiently, giving great confidence to his crew.

 

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ELLIS, Corporal Russell Roy (R82475) - Mention in Despatches - India - Award effective 14 January 1944 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 874/44 dated 21 April 1944. Home in Killdeer, Saskatchewan; enlisted in Ottawa, 7 January 1941. No citation.

 

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ELLISON, WO1 James Henry Kroner (Can 2075A) - Mention in Despatches - No.119 Squadron (Canada) - Award effective 28 May 1943 as per London Gazette of that date, Canada Gazette dated 2 June 1943, and AFRO 1459/43 dated 30 July 1943. Enlisted in Vancouver, 11 October 1934.

 

Since joining this unit in March 1940, this Warrant Officer has been employed as the N.C.O. in charge of rigging and later as Squadron Technical Officer. Throughout this period he has shown outstanding devotion to his duties and an aptitude for passing on his wealth of knowledge to those who work under him. He has been known, on numerous occasions, to work long hours in his never ending efforts to keep operational aircraft flying. Combining hard work and sympathetic understanding he has inspired all ground crew working under him to greater efforts.

 

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ELLISON, F/O Phillip Patrick (J18370) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.408 Squadron - Award effective 5 July 1945 as per London Gazette dated 20 July 1945 and AFRO 1619/45 dated 19 October 1945. Born in Outlook, Saskatchewan, 191; home in Saskatoon (farmer, cashier). Served in Royal Canadian Artillery. Enlisted in Saskatoon, 21 October 1940. Trained at No.2 ITS (graduated 24 January 1941) and No.3 BGS (graduated 26 May 1941). 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.2818 (RG.24 Vol.20627) has recommendation dated 18 March 1945 when he had flown 56 sorties (376 hours 45 minutes) undertaken in two tours - 16 October 1941 to 23 November 1942 (36 trips, 248 hours 50 minutes) and 30 November 1944 to 11 March 1945 (20 trips, 127 hours 55 minutes). The first tour included two trips to Trondheim to bomb Tirpitz (27 and 28 April 1942) and a 12 hour 30 minute sortie to the Kattegat (8 June 1942), presumably to lay mines. The first tour was in turn of two parts - one from British bases (ending with the operation of 8 June 1942) and the other from North African bases (starting 4 July 1942 and consisting of 19 sorties, ten of them against Tobruk). Died in Saskatoon, 13 April 1995.

 

Flying Officer P.P. Ellison recently engaged in his 56th operational sortie, thereby completing his second operational tour. Throughout his lengthy period on operations this officer has displayed exceptional ability as a tail gunner, and at all times has shown marked keenness to engage the enemy. His logbook records attacks on targets on targets in North Africa, Crete, and many attacks on heavily defended German targets, such as Kiel, Cologne, Essen, Dusseldorf, and Chemnitz. He also participated in an attack on the battleship Tirpitz which drew the highest praise from the Air Officer Commanding-in-Chief of Bomber Command.

 

It is considered that Flying Officer Ellison has fully earned recognition for his services by the award of the Distinguished Flying Cross (Non-Immediate).

 

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ELLISON, F/L Thomas (J13468) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.405 Squadron - Award effective 6 January 1945 as per London Gazette dated 16 January 1945 and AFRO 508/45 dated 23 March 1945. Born 1915 in Consett, County Durham, England; home in Vancouver (greens keeper); enlisted in Vancouver, 12 September 1940. Trained at No.2 ITS (graduated 31 October 1940), No.6 EFTS (graduated 23 December 1940) and No.4 SFTS (graduated 17 March 1941). Commissioned July 11942. 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."

 

ELLISON, F/L Thomas, DFC - Bar to Distinguished Flying Cross - No.405 Squadron - Award effective 10 May 1945 as per London Gazette dated 22 May 1945 and AFRO 1147/45 dated 13 July 1945.

 


This officer has completed numerous operational missions against a wide range of heavily defended enemy targets. Throughout he has proved himself to be an enthusiastic, skilful and determined pilot and captain of aircraft. By his fine airmanship in the face of danger he has won the admiration of all members of his squadron.

 

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ELLSON, F/L Keith Irvin (J9436) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.428 Squadron - Award effective 5 July 1945 as per London Gazette dated 17 July 1945 and AFRO 1558/45 dated 5 October 1945. Born 1922 at Grandy, Quebec; educated ther; home in Montreal (student); enlisted in Montreal, 14 March 1941. Trained at No.1 ITS (graduated 25 July 1941), No.2 EFTS (graduated 13 September 1941) and No.2 SFTS (graduated 19 December 1941). 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.1941 (RG.24 Vol.20612) has recommendation dated 21 March 1945 when he had flown 33 sorties (231 hours 15 minutes), 9 October 1944 to 23 February 1945. Recommendation gives name as Keith Irving.

 

This officer has displayed great courage, coolness and determination coupled with an intense desire to press home the attack and great devotion to duty. Throughout his tour of thirty-three operations he has consistently shown great leadership as captain of aircraft and his obvious ability created a high standard to morale in his crew and his efforts have undoubtedly contributed to a major degree to the operational efficiency of the squadron.

 

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ELLWOOD, F/O Glenmore Benjamin (J11442) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.405 Squadron - Award effective 4 October 1943 as per London Gazette dated 15 October 1943 and AFRO 2610/43 dated 17 December 1943. Born in Portage la Prairie, Manitoba, 1918; home there; Enlisted in Winnipeg, 27 June 1941. Trained at No.4 ITS (graduated 19 October 1941), No.7 BGS (graduated 28 March 1941), No.7 AOS (graduated 15 February 1942) and No.1 ANS (graduated 27 April 1942). Commissioned April 1942. Died at Portage la Prairie, 27 March 1999. Airforce Magazine reported that he had been navigator to G/C J.E. Fauquier in No.617 Squadron and that he was one of only three Canadians to have completed four tours.

 

Flying Officer Ellwood has completed many outstanding missions against the enemy's most heavily defended targets. His ability as navigator has contributed much to the successes attained by his crew.

 

ELLWOOD, S/L Glenmore Benjamin, DFC (J11442) - Distinguished Service Order - No.405 Squadron - Award effective 29 September 1944 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 2373/44 dated 3 November 1944.

 


This officer has participated in a very large number of sorties, including seven against the German capital. He is a brave and devoted member of aircraft crew and has rendered service of immense value. In addition to his operational duties, Squadron Leader Ellwood has devoted much of his knowledge and energy in the training of other members of the squadron.

 

ELLWOOD, S/L Glenmore Benjamin, DSO, DFC (J11442) - Bar to Distinguished Flying Cross - No.617 Squadron - Award effective 23 November 1945 as per London Gazette dated 4 December 1945 and AFRO 212/46 dated 1 March 1946.

Squadron Leader Ellwood has completed a very large number of sorties. He has operated almost continuously for over two years and has attacked numerous heavily defended targets, many of them at great distances from this country. These sorties called for a high standard of navigation skill. During his third tour this officer navigated the leading aircraft in all his missions. Squadron Leader Ellwood took an important part in the sorties against the German railway communications prior to the Rhine crossing when an outstanding success was achieved. He also participated in the attack against the German pocket battleship Luetzow [sic] in April 1945. Squadron Leader Ellwood has earned the admiration of those who served with him by his skill, courage and devotion to duty.

 

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ELLWOOD, P/O Wilbert John (J86870) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.427 Squadron - Award effective 2 October 1944 as per London Gazette dated 17 October 1944 and AFRO 1/45 dated 5 January 1945. Born in London, Ontario, 1922; home there. Enlisted in London, Ontario, 20 March 1942. Trained at No.6 ITS (graduated 25 September 1942), No.9 EFTS (graduated 22 January 1943) and No.16 SFTS (graduated 28 May 1943). DHist file 181.009 D.2609 (RG.24 Vol.20632) has recommendation dated circa 20 July 1944 when he had flown 24 sorties (121 hours 20 minutes), 13 March to 17 June 1944. Collision incident dated as 18 April 1944 when aircraft had section of starboard wingtip cut off.

 

Pilot Officer Ellwood has completed many operational bombing sorties. Several of them have been against major German targets. During April 1944, while attacking Le Bourget, his aircraft collided with another aircraft over the target, sustaining damage. With great skill and coolness, Pilot Officer Ellwood brought his damaged aircraft safely back to base. A capable and reliable captain of aircraft, this officer has contributed materially to the operational record of his squadron.

 

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ELVISS, F/L John Aiken (J24499) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.206 Squadron - Award effective 19 July 1945 as per London Gazette dated 27 July 1945 and AFRO 1672/45 dated 2 November 1945. Born 14 April 1914 in Brock, Saskatchewan; home in McLeod, Alberta. Enlisted in Regina, 28 May 1937. Proceeded overseas with No.1 (C) Squadron, June 1940, remianing until July 1942 when remustering to aircrew. Trained at No.4 ITS (graduated 31 September 1942), No.5 EFTS (graduated 6 November 1942) and No.7 SFTS (graduated 18 March 1943). Commissioned 19 March 1943. Further trained at No.111 OTU, Nassau. Overseas again, July 1943 to January 1946. This period included service with No.426 Squadron, returning POWs from the Far East. In postwar RCAF (Western Air Command, Northwest Air Command, Fort Nelson, Chatham for Sabre conversion). Accident investigation officer in Ottawa, London and Metz. His final posting was as Officer Commanding, Support Unit, No.403 Squadron. Retired 14 April 1961. Employed by Alberta Gas Trunk Line (later NOVA) and active with Air Cadets. Died in Calgary, 20 June 1998.

 

Flight Lieutenant Elviss has taken part in a large number of anti-shipping and anti-submarine patrols. In April 1945 he attacked a fully surfaced enemy submarine in the Kattegatt. Under his fine leadership a successful attack was made. On all his operational flights, many of which have been flown in adverse weather, this officer has displayed outstanding determination and devotion to duty.

 

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ELWIN, F/L Louis Billings (J3098) - Air Force Cross - No.16 SFTS - Award effective 16 April 1943 as per London Gazette of 13 April 1943 and AFRO 1035/43 dated 4 June 1943. Enlisted at Fort William, 9 May 1940 - Trained at No.1 ITS (graduated 21 June 1940), No.2 EFTS (graduated 18 August 1940) and No.1 SFTS (graduated 5 October 1940). Eventually rose to Wing Commander (December 1944) and went to Empire Central Flying School (February 1945). See DHist file 181.009 D.3948 (RG.24 Vol.20641); recommended for AFC, 27 August 1942; recommendation less detailed than what follows here. No citation in DHist records; the following is published in Field of Honour (Bank of Montreal war services book):

 

This officer, now employed as squadron Examining Officer, has carried out 1,175 flying hours of which some 950 have been of a flying instructional nature without a single flying accident to mar his record. His ability as a Flight Commander and Examining Officer has been an inspiration to all ranks and the pupils show in their flying the constant supervision and a reflection of Flight Lieutenant Elwin's devotion to duty.

 

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