EMARD, W/C Joseph Medard Ladislas (C4032) - Member, Order of the British Empire - No.3 Training Command Headquarters - Award effective 26 May 1944 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 1380/44 dated 30 June 1944. Born in Embrum, Ontario; educated in Montreal (primary, secondary, University of Montreal). Director of Medical Services, Notre Dame Hospital; enlisted in Montreal, November 1940.

 

This officer has been employed as Principal Medical Officer of the Command for the past three years. He has fulfilled this position in a most consistent and creditable manner and, through his tireless efforts and unstinted devotion to duty, is mainly responsible for the present efficient functioning of the medical branch in this Command.

 

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EMBERG, WO Clarence Ronald (R56105) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.175 Squadron - Award effective 26 May 1942 as per London Gazette dated 16 June 1942 and AFRO 1000-1001/42 dated 3 July 1942. Born in Montreal, 1920; home there (clerk). Enlisted in Montreal, 22 June 1940. Trained at No.2 ITS (1 July to 1 September 1940), No.4 EFTS (1 September to 2 November 1940); graduated from No.2 SFTS, 25 January 1941. Commissioned 2 June 1942. Attended No.56 OTU, 10 March to 3 August 1941. With No.402 Squadron, 4 August 1941 to 4 March 1942; with No.175 Squadron, 4 March to 6 September 1942; with No.276 Squadron, 6 September 1942 to 10 December 1942. Transferred to Canada; instructed at Bagotville, 13 February 1943 to 11 November 1943. DHist has photocopy of logbook.

 

This pilot has undertaken numerous bombing and fighter sorties over occupied territory and has proved himself to be an excellent section leader who, by his keenness and courage, inspires confidence in his fellow pilots. In April, 1942, he had a fight against two enemy destroyers, one of which he hit, in spite of heavy anti-aircraft fire, and left in a badly damaged condition. He has also shot down an enemy aircraft.

 

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EMENY, F/L Frank Edgar (J10489) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.13 Squadron - Award effective 22 September 1944 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 2274/44 dated 20 October 1944. Born in Enderby, British Columbia, 1920; home there. Served in Royal Canadian Artillery, 1940-1941. Trained at No.2 ITS, No.14 EFTS and No.10 SFTS. Commisioned 1942.

 

This officer has completed very many sorties and has at all times displayed the highest standard of courage and resolution in pressing home attacks. He has set an excellent example and has contributed materially to the efficiency of the squadron.

 

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EMERSON, F/O Edgar Philip (J27571) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.192 Squadron - Award effective 6 January 1945 as per London Gazette dated 16 January 1945 and AFRO 508/45 dated 23 March 1945. Born 1917 in Cartwright, Alberta; home in Nestleton, Ontario. Served in 2nd Midland Regiment for two years. Enlisted in Toronto, 30 May 1942. Trained at No.6 ITS (graduated 22 January 1943) and No.7 AOS (graduated 25 June 1943). Commissioned 1943. No citation other than "completed...numerous operations against the enemy in the course of which [he has] invariably displayed the utmost fortitude, courage and devotion to duty." Public Record Office Air 2/9038 has recommendation dated 18 October 1944 when he had completed 30 sorties (152 operational hours) as listed below. All are described as "Special Duties"; they actually total 32 trips (those marked * were counted as half-sorties) and amount to 151 hours 45 minutes operational flying time:

 

28 May 44 North coast of *12 Aug 44 Frankfurt (4.20)

France (5.15) *16 Aug 44 Kiel (4.10)

10 June 44 Paris, Cherbourg *18 Aug 44 Sterkrade (3.10)

Peninsula (4.10) 25 Aug 44 Russelsheim (4.10)

12 June 44 Gelsenkirchen (3.10) 29 Aug 44 Stettin (8.50)

16 June 44 Sterkrade (3.00) 8 Sept 44 North Sea patrol 23 June 44 Limoges (6.50) (3.50)

27 June 44 Paris (3.50) 10 Sep 44 ditto (3.55)

4 July 44 Paris (3.25) 11 Sep 44 Darmstadt (4.30)

7 July 44 Paris/Vaires (4.25) 14 Sep 44 Dutch coast (7.15)

12 July 44 Revigy and central 16 Sep 44 ditto (7.10)

France (8.05) 18 Sep 44 ditto (5.20)

*23 July 44 Flushing (1.50) 23 Sep 44 ditto (7.10)

*25 July 44 Pas de Calais (2.45) 26 Sep 44 Karlsruhe (6.10)

*28 July 44 Hamburg (4.25) 28 Sep 44 North of Zwolle

*3 Aug 44 Belgian and Dutch (2.30)

coasts (4.35) 3 Oct 44 Dutch coast (7.25)

*8 Aug 44 Aire, Pas de Calais 6 Oct 44 Bremen (3.50)

(2.30) 14 Oct 44 Heligoland (3.30)

*10 Aug 44 Dijon (6.15)

 

This officer has completed a tour of operations as navigator of a heavy bomber aircraft. He has carried out his duties in a cheerful and efficient manner throughout. His skill as a navigator has contributed largely to the success of the sorties on which he has been engaged, all of which have called for navigation of an extremely high standard.

 

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EMERSON, FS (now P/O) Thomas Henry Navin (R94919/J18062) - Distinguished Flying Medal - No.405 Squadron - Award effective 13 July 1944 as per London Gazette dated 28 July and AFRO 2160/44 dated 6 October 1944. Originally published as a DFC citation in AFRO 2052/44, cancelled by AFRO 2101/44 and then corrected. Born in Moose Jaw, 1918; home there. Trained at No.1 ITS (graduated 23 January 1942) and No.2 BGS (graduated 13 April 1942. Commissionned 1943. Killed in action with No.405 Squadron, 13 July 1943 (Halifax HR905); buried in Holland.

 

Throughout all his sorties this airman has displayed exceptional ability as an air gunner. Many of his missions have been completed in the face of intense opposition. Throughout all his operations he has invariably shown high courage and devotion to duty.

 

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EMERY, F/O (now F/L) Charles Emile Michel (J18025) - 9th USAAF - United States Air Medal with Two Bronze Oak Leaf Clusters - effective 10 March 1945 as per Canada Gazette dated 4 May 1946 and AFRO 473/46 dated 10 May 1946. Announced in General Order No.2 dated 5 January 1945, Headquarters of USAAF, Middle East, Cairo, "he having participated in five operational missions, each of more than 2 1/2 hours duration" Home in Westmount, Quebec; enlisted in Montreal, 18 September 1940. Trained at No.3 WS (graduated 4 July 1941) and No.5 BGS (graduated 4 August 1941). He stated he had been with 81st Squadron and had flown 145 combat hours on Mitchells, his last sorties being on 20 October 1943.

 

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EMERY, FS Cyril George (R50862) - British Empire Medal - Station Edmonton - Award effective 1 January 1946 as per Canada Gazette of that date and AFRO 82/46 dated 25 January 1946. Enlisted in Edmonton, 7 November 1939.

 

This non-commissioned officer displayed great zeal and ability during the formation of the North West Staging Route. During two and a half years on this Route and under very adverse conditions, he worked continuous long hours of duty in an endeavour to keep the units on the Route supplied. His perseverance and initiative were a contributing factor to the successful formation of the North West Staging Route.

 

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EMERY, F/O Joseph Arthur (J15421) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.7 Squadron - Award effective 3 February 1943 as per London Gazette dated 9 February 1943 and AFRO 373/43 dated 5 March 1943. Born in Dorchester, New Brunswick, 3 November 1921; educated there and Saint John (newsman). Enlisted in Moncton, 226 June 1940. Trained at No.1 ITS (graduated 14 September 1940), No.2 WS (graduated 20 January 1941) and No.4 BGS (graduated 17 February 1942). With No.7 Squadron, May 1942 to June 1943. POW with No.7 Squadron, 24 June 1943 to May 1945. In postwar RCAF with Roundel magazine.

 

This officer has taken part in many operational sorties as wireless air gunner. He has always shown the greatest determination to achieve his object and on many occasions has played a large part in locating and attacking the target successfully despite heavy opposition.

 

Public Records Office Air 2/8934 has recommendation dated 22 December 1942 when he had flown 26 sorties (151 hours 35 minutes). All sorties from 4 September 1942 onwards were in Pathfinder Force.

 

23 June 42 St.Nazaire 4 Sept 42 Bremen

24 June 42 St.Nazaire 8 Sept 42 Frankfurt

25 June 42 Bremen 2 Oct 42 Krefeld

29 June 42 Bremen 6 Oct 42 Osnabruck

16 July 42 Lubeck 15 Oct 42 Cologne

19 July 42 Vegesack 7 Nov 42 Genoa

25 July 42 Duisburg 20 Nov 42 Turin

28 July 42 Hamburg 28 Nov 42 Turin

31 July 42 Dusseldorf 29 Nov 42 Turin

17 Aug 42 Osnabruck 6 Dec 42 Mannheim

18 Aug 42 Flensburg 8 Dec 42 Turin

24 Aug 42 Frankfurt 9 Dec 42 Turin

2 Sept 42 Karlsruhe 11 Dec 42 Turin

 

This officer has carried out 26 operational sorties as Wireless Operator/Air Gunner and Air Bomber. During thirteen of these he has been engaged on Pathfinder Force duties. He is an excellent member of an aircrew and his coolness and determination are an inspiration to the rest of the crew. His conscientious efforts to press home attacks on the aiming point detailed, despite heavy opposition, has resulted in many successes. He has always carried out his duties in a most exemplary manner.

 

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EMMOTT, F/L Alan Herbert (J27769) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.635 Squadron - Award effective 15 March 1945 as per London Gazette dated 23 March 1945 and AFRO 721/45 dated 27 April 1945. Born in Victoria, 1921; home in Nelson, British Coluimbia; served in COTC. Enlisted in Vancouver, 9 July 1941. Trained at No.4 ITS (graduated 31 October 1941), No.8 BGS (graduated 11 April 1942) and No.2 AOS (graduated 28 February 1942). Commissioned January 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 2/9051 has recommendation dated 20 December 1944 when he had flown 37 sorties (160 hours 30 minutes), 18 April to 30 November 1944.

 

18 Apr 44 Rouen (3.50) 4 Aug 44 Trossy St.Maximum

23 Apr 44 Laon (4.05) (3.30)

26 Apr 44 Essen (3.55) 8 Aug 44 Foret de Chantilly

27 Apr 44 Friedrichshaven (3.40)

(7.05) 10 Aug 44 Dugny (4.05)

1 May 44 Malines (2.25) 12 Aug 44 Russelsheim (4.50)

3 May 44 Montdidier (3.30) 15 Aug 44 Tirlemont (3.05)

19 May 44 Orleans (4.20) 16 Aug 44 Stettin (7.30)

22 May 44 Dortmund (4.00) 18 Aug 4 Ghent (2.25)

6 June 44 Longues (3.05) 25 Aug 44 Russellsheim (7.30)

7 June 44 Fougeres (4.10) 26 Aug 44 Kiel (4.10)

9 June 44 Rennes (4.50) 29 Aug 44 Stettin (8.30)

12 Jun 44 Cambrai (2.50) 12 Sep 44 Gelsenkirchen (3.20)

15 Jun 44 Lens (2.30) 15 Sep 44 Kiel (4.55)

23 Jun 44 Coubronne (2.25) 25 Sep 44 Calais (2.25)

24 Jun 44 Middle Straet (2.05) 15 Oct 44 Wilhelmshaven (5.00)

27 Jun 44 Neuville (3.00) 19 Oct 44 Stuttgart (5.30)

10 Jul 44 Nucourt (3.40) 2 Nov 44 Dusseldorf (4.35)

24 Jul 44 Stuttgart (7.35) 27 Nov 44 Neuss (4.10)

25 Jul 44 Stuttgart (7.50) 30 Nov 44 Duisburg (4.10)

 

As navigator this officer has participated in 37 operational sorties against the enemy, and is now engaged on his second tour of operational duty. He has invariably displayed a high standard of skill, courage and resolution and his example has been an inspiration to his crew.

 

 

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EMMOTT, F/O Norman Wilfred (J22234) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.433 Squadron - Award effective 1 December 1944 as per London Gazette dated 8 December 1944 and AFRO 337/45 dated 23 February 1945. NOTE: Check spelling as recommendation gives name as EMMETT. Born in Victoria, 1918; home in Sydney, British Columbia. Served in Royal Canadian Artillery. Enlisted in Vancouver, 29 June 1937. Trained at No.4 ITS (graduated 3 July 1941), No.6 AOS (graduated 12 September 1942), No.1 CNS (graduated 6 November 1942) and No.7 BGS (graduated 18 December 1942). No citation other than "..in recognition of gallantry and devotion to duty in the execution of air operations against the enemy." DHist file 181.009 D.2609 (RG.24 Vol.20627) has recommendation dated 17 September 1944 when he had flown 36 sorties (150 hours 35 minutes), 18 April to 26 August 1944.

 

This officer, the navigator of the crew captained by Acting Flight Lieutenant D.J. Linklater, has since April 1944 made thirty-six operational sorties over enemy territory including several long distant [sic] targets which called for a high degree of navigational ability.

 

Flying Officer Emmett [sic] has at all times displayed outstanding ability, and he holds a fine record of achievement on the squadron. His untiring devotion to duty in moments of danger has been largely responsible for the successful completion of his crew's many sorties, and by his example of cheerful courage, has maintained a very high standard of morale among not only his crew members, but the squadron in general.

 

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EMOND, F/O Charles Edward (J25411) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.76 Squadron - Award effective 5 February 1945 as per London Gazette dated 16 February 1945 and AFRO 563/45 dated 29 March 1945. Born in Ottawa, 1918; home there. Enlisted in Ottawa, 18 November 1937. Attended High School of Commerce and University of Ottawa. Commissioned 1943. Trained at No.3 ITS (graduated 17 July 1942), No.11 EFTS (graduated 5 November 1942) and No.5 SFTS (graduated 16 April 1943. Remained in postwar RCAF; served on Korean airlift with No.426 Squadron. See photo PL-51386. In June 1998 Gateway Coin and Militaria (Winnipeg) was selling his medals for $ 1,395. No citation other than "completed...numerous operations against the enemy in the course of which [he has] invariably displayed the utmost fortitude, courage and devotion to duty." Public Records Office Air 2/8831 has recommendation dated 10 November when he had flown 39 sorties (162 hours 20 minutes), 9 May to 25 October 1944.

 

9 May 44 Berneval (3.30) 18 Jul 44 Manneville (4.15)

10 May 44 Lens (3.45) 18 Jul 44 Acquet (4.05)

12 May 44 Hasselt (4.10) 20 Jul 44 Bottrop (4.25)

22 May 44 Orleans (5.15) 25 Jul 44 Foret du Croc (3.50)

24 May 44 Aachen (4.15) 28 Jul 44 Foret de Nieppe (3.35)

27 May 44 Bourg Leopold (4.25) 30 Jul 44 Villers Bocage (4.05)

1 June 44 Cherbourg (4.05) 3 Aug 44 Bois de Cassan (4.10)

2 June 44 Trappes (5.05) 5 Aug 44 Foret de Nieppe (3.35)

7 June 44 Juvisy (4.40) 25 Aug 44 Pons Corff (5.40)

9 June 44 Laval Aifield (5.10) 1 Sept 44 La Pourchante (3.25)

12 Jun 44 Amiens (4.15) 10 Sep 44 Le Havre (4.20)

14 Jun 44 Douai (3.55) 12 Sep 44 Gelsenkirchen (4.25)

15 Jun 44 Fouillard (5.25) 17 Sep 44 Boulogne (3.25)

24 Jun 44 Noyelle-en-Chaussee 25 Sep 44 Calais (3.05)

(2.55) 26 Sep 44 Calais (3.30)

6 July 44 St.Martin l'Hortier 9 Oct 44 Bochum (5.35)

(3.40) 14 Oct 44 Duisburg (5.00)

6 July 44 Croix d'Alle (3.45) 15 Oct 44 Wilhelmshaven (4.30)

9 July 44 Chateau Benapre (3.30) 23 Oct 44 Essen (2.00, recalled)

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

15 Jul 44 Nucourt (4.35)

 

This captain has participated in very many operational sorties, many of them over the most heavily defended German targets. He has always displayed a fine offensive spirit and a great keenness to operate. His operational skill and his determination to press on with the attack together with his sense of duty as an officer have set a fine example. He is strongly recommended for the Distinguished Flying Cross.

 

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EMOND, W/C Joseph Rosario Aldege Ernest (C872) - Mention in Despatches - No.62 Base - Award effective 14 January 1944 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 874/44 dated 21 April 1944. Unit identified in AFRO only as "Overseas"; positive unit identification from No.6 Group Monthly Summary of Operational and Training Activities (January 1944). Enlisted in Ottawa as P/P/O, 4 July 1938. With No.413 Squadron in 1942. Torpedoed on Empress of Canada, 15 March 1943 off Freetown, West Africa and spent 15 hours in lifeboat before rescue. Awarded Queens Coronation Medal, 30 October 1953 (AFHQ).

 

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EMPEY, F/L George Gordon (J16917) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.115 Squadron - Award effective 26 May 1944 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 1380/44 dated 30 June 1944. Born 1917 at Elrose, Saskatchewan; educated in Rosetown; home in Esquimault, British Columbia. Enlisted in Toronto, 24 October 1940. Trained at No.3 BGS (graduated 22 June 1941) and No.2 WS (graduated 26 May 1941).

 

This officer has participated in a large number of sorties against a wide range of targets in Germany. He is a wireless operator of high merit and has proved himself to be a courageous and resolute member of aircraft crew. During the [a ?] sortie in March 1944 his aircraft was extensively damaged when attacked by fighters, the inter-communications system was rendered useless but, although working under great difficulties, Flight Lieutenant Empey skilfully effected repairs. His coolness and resource proved most inspiring.

 

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EMPRINGHAM, F/O Leonard Gordon (J41453) - Mention in Despatches - No.5 (BR) Squadron - Award effective 7 July 1945 as per Canada Gazette of that date and AFRO 1291/45 dated 10 August 1945. Home in Leaside, Ontario; enlisted in Toronto, 7 August 1942. Trained at No.7 ITS (graduated 25 June 1943), No.6 EFTS (graduated 17 September 1943) and No.19 SFTS (graduated 11 February 1944).

 

On the 26th March 1945, whilst on a routine anti-submarine patrol, Flying Officer Empringham and his crew carried out an attack on an enemy U-boat at periscope depth. Photographic evidence indicates that the attack was well executed, although no evidence of damage appeared. Flying Officer Empringham was, at the time, carrying out his ninth patrol as captain of aircraft and he should be highly commended for the good crew drill and organization displayed in this attack by a relatively newly organized crew.

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ENGBRECHT, Sergeant Peter (R140754) - Conspicuous Gallantry Medal (Flying) - No.424 Squadron - Award effective 4 August 1944 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 2101/44 dated 29 September 1944. Born in Poltavka, Russia, 1923. Home in Summerside, Prince Edward Island (blacksmith). Enlisted in Winnipeg, 17 November 1941. See photo PL-30467 (UK-11494) showing him and Gillanders.

 

As mid-upper gunner this airman has participated in several sorties and has proved himself to be an exceptionally cool and confident member of aircraft crew. On one occasion during a sortie his aircraft was subjected to fourteen separate attacks by fighters. In the ensuing fights, Sergeant Engbrecht defended his aircraft with great skill and two of the attackers fell to his guns. In June 1944 he took part in an attack on a target in Northern France. On the return flight his aircraft was attacked on two occasions by fighters. Sergeant Engbrecht engaged the enemy aircraft with deadly effect each time and his brilliant shooting caused their destruction. His feats have been worthy of the greatest praise.

 

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ENGELBERT, FS Richard Albert (Can 2338) - British Empire Medal - No.132 Squadron - Award effective 1 January 1944 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 113/44 dated 21 January 1944. Born 27 March 1913 at Edmonton, Alberta. Enlisted in Winnipeg, 28 June 1937. NOTE: DHIst file 181.009 D.1283 (RG.24 Vol.20597) has a letter of commendation dated May 19th, 1942 from Air Marshal Breadner to Flight Sergeant Englebert, stating that as a member of the fire crew at No.6 Bombing and Gunnery School, he was "instrumental in assisting the extinguishment of a fire on Bolingbroke IV No.9141", thus saving the aircraft from complete destruction. He was further praised for "courage and resourcefulness". The incident occurred at Mountain View on 16 April, 1942. Died of natural causes, 25 March 1960, while serving as a Warrant Officer in the RCAF.

 

When an aircraft crashed on the aerodrome, turned over and sprayed gasoline into the cabin and surrounding area, Flight Sergeant Englebert, with complete disregard of the grave danger of fire and explosion, forced his way into the cockpit and although soaked with gasoline and suffering from the effects of the fumes succeeded in cutting the unconscious pilot loose and removing him from the wreckage. Through his prompt action, courage and resourcefulness this NCO was responsible for saving the pilot's life. Flight Sergeant Englebert has previously been commended by the Chief of the Air Staff for a similar action.

 

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ENGELSEN, Sq/O Elizabeth Alison (V30019) - Mention in Despatches - Overseas - Award effective 14 June 1945 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 1672/45 dated 2 November 1945. Born Elizabeth Alison Bacque, 7 June 1921, in Toronto; home there; enlisted there 23 October 1941. Had been in Red Cross Transport Service one year before enlistment. Trained at No.6 Manning Depot; commissioned 1 December 1941; to No.16 SFTS, Hagersville, 17 March 1942; to No.6 Manning Depot, Toronto, 24 April 1942 and subsequently assigned to No.2 Composite Training School, Toronto; promoted Section Officer, 1 May 1942; promoted Flight Officer, 15 September 1942; to No.6 SFTS, Dunnvile, 11 February 1943; to "Y" Depot, Halifax, 1 August 1943; embarked for UK, 25 August 1943; appointed Officer Commanding, RCAF (WD) Recruits at 31 WAAF Recruiting Centre, RAF Station Winslow, 8 September 1943; to No.6 Group Headquarters, 9 December 1943; to RCAF Overseas Headquarters, 1 October 1944; repatriated to Canada, 15 April 1945; released at Rockcliffe, 19 June 1945.

 

She married Einar Engleson, an officer of the Royal Norwegian Air Force, in Toronto on 15 August 1942. Upon is being posted to England, she sought an overseas posting, and this was eventually granted. She appears to have gone to Norway with him after the war, he being an executive with a shipping company.

 

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ENGEMOEN, FS (now P/O) Lyle Kenneth (R196563/J92583) - Distinguished Flying Medal - No.420 Squadron - Award effective 6 January 1945 as per London Gazette dated 16 January 1945 and AFRO 625/45 dated 13 April 1945. Born 1922 in Broderick, Saskatchewan; home in Wadena, Saskatchewan. Enlisted in Saskatoon, 4 November 1942. Trained at No.2 BGS (graduated 1 October 1943) and No.4 WS (graduated 21 November 1943). DHist file 181.009 D.3456 (RG.24 Vol.20639) has recommendation dated 23 September 1944.

 

Flight Sergeant Engemoen has participated in a number of operational missions throughout which he has displayed outstanding skill, courage and initiative. On one occasion after an attack against Kiel the aircraft in which he was flying was forced down on to the sea. He gave his captain valuable assistance and remained at his allotted task until the last minute. Afterwards in the dinghy he again rendered great help to his captain and first aid to many crew members. Flight Sergeant Engemoen's coolness and fortitude throughout this trying experience played a large part in extricating his crew from a perilous situation. At all times his conduct has been worthy of high praise.

 

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ENGLISH, WO Earl Thomas (R57927) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.57 Squadron - Award effective 1 September 1943 as per London Gazette dated 14 September 1943 and AFRO 2322/43 dated 12 November 1943. Home in Vancouver; enlisted there 4 June 1940. Trained at No.1 ITS (graduated 10 August 1940, No.1 AOS (graduated 11 October 1940), No.1 BGS (graduated 22 November 1940) and No.1 ANS (graduated23 December 1940).

 

This Warrant Officer has completed numerous operational flights, many of them of a hazardous nature in the face of severe opposition. His targets have included Berlin, Hamburg, and many major objectives in western Germany. Throughout all these sorties Warrant Officer English has displayed exceptional navigational skill and outstanding courage and determination. His work on the ground has also been admirable.

 

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ENGLISH, F/O Edwin Stamford (J35669) - Air Force Cross - No.1 GRS -Home in Young, Saskatchewan; enlisted in Saskatoon, 10 August 1940. Trained at No.7 ITS (graduated 2 April 1943), No.6 EFTS (graduated 28 May 1943), and No.4 SFTS (graduated 17 September 1943. Award as per London Gazette dated 1 January 1945 and AFRO 89/45. As of date of award he had 514 flying hours as staff pilot, 314 hours in previous six months, and a total of 952 hours.

 

This officer, employed as a staff pilot, has at all times displayed exceptional qualities of leadership and skill in flying. On one occasion with outstanding skill and resourcefulness, he ditched an Anson aircraft at night and was undoubtedly responsible for the saving of four lives of his crew and their successful rescue within three hours of the receipt of the first distress signal. He has at all times rendered a high and meritorious performance of services.

 

NOTE: The ditching episode occurred 29 May 1944 (Anson 11757) He was with a Flight Sergeant WAG and two RAF navigators when the starboard engine began overheating. He flew 40-50 miles in this condition and when ditching even applying full rudder would not hold it straight and he actually hit the sea at an eight degree angle.

 

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ENGLISH, F/L Walter Merrill Haig (C23861) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.420 Squadron - Award effective 5 February 1945 as per London Gazette dated 16 February 1945 and AFRO 563/45 dated 29 March 1945. Born in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, 1918; hoome there; enlisted in Ottawa, 26 October 1940. Trained at No.1 EFTS (graduated 19 June 1942) and No.6 SFTS (graduated 11 September 1942). Commissioned 1942. No citation other than "completed...numerous operations against the enemy in the course of which [he has] invariably displayed the utmost fortitude, courage and devotion to duty." DHist file 181.009 D.1730 (National Archives RG.24 Vol.20607) has recommendation dated 8 November 1944 when he had flown 34 sorties (165 hours five minutes).

 

During his first operational tour, Flying Officer English displayed a high standard of efficiency and captaincy, pressing home his detailed attacks on the enemy's most heavily defended areas with enthusiasm and accuracy. His courage, never questioned, set a magnificent example for his crew and this squadron. His offensive spirit was best displayed by his constant requests to be on every detailed operation.

 

ENGLISH, F/L Walter Merrill Haig, DFC (C23861) - Air Force Cross - Overseas - Award effective 1 January 1946 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 155/46 dated 15 February 1946. Home in Saskatoon; enlisted in Ottawa 26 October 1940. No citation in Canadian sources. Public Records Office Air 2/9117 has recommendation which states he had flown 2,399 hours, 1,570 on present duties, 101 in previous six months.

 

For two and one-half years, Flight Lieutenant English was employed on instructional duties in Canada, first at No.1 Elementary Flying Training School and later at No.3 Flying Instructors School. He then came to this country for operational duty and completed a notable tour with No.420 Squadron. Flight Lieutenant English is an exceptionally capable pilot and the conscientious application of his knowledge has been a great contribution towards the efficiency of the training section of this unit where, for the last six months, he has been employed. He devotes himself wholeheartedly to the furtherance of the training programme.

 

 

 

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ENNS, F/O John Abram (J21898) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.524 Squadron - Award effective 17 November 1944 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 1/45 dated 5 January 1945. Born 1922; home in Lasalle, Manitiba. Enlisted in Winnipeg, 10 July 1941. Trained at No.2 ITS (graduated 30 December 1941), No.19 EFTS (graduated 27 March 1942) and No.10 SFTS (graduated 31 July 1942). Commisioned 1922.

 

This officer has an excellent record as a fearless and skilful captain of aircraft. He has achieved considerable success during an eventful operational tour, involving attacks in the face of intense anti-aircraft fire on E-boats and convoys of merchant vessels.

 

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ENOS, P/O Idola Romeo Rolland (J89201) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.425 Squadron - Award effective 6 January 1945 as per London Gazette dated 19 January 1945 and AFRO 508/45 dated 23 March 1945. Born 1922 in Montreal; home there; enlisted there 12 June 1942. Trained at No.5 ITS (graduated 23 January 1943), No.1 BGS (graduated 14 May 1943) and No.9 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 fortitude, courage and devotion to duty." DHist file 181.009 D.1730 (PAC RG.24 Vol.20607) has recommendation for a DFM dated 10 October 1944 when he was a Flight Sergeant and had completed 35 sorties (185 hours 15 minutes):

 

A bomb aimer on a Halifax bomber, Flight Sergeant Enos has recently completed a tour of operations over enemy targets. Among these sorties were the heavily defended targets of Stuttgart, Hamburg, Kiel, Wesseling and Osnabruck.

 

Flight Sergeant Enos has displayed a great amount of coolness under enemy fire. The aircraft of which he is bomb aimer has been the subject of many heavy enemy flak attacks. Undaunted by these attacks, Flight Sergeant Enos has bombed the target effectively on all occasions. His unflinching determination coupled with his skill in precise bombing have been, no doubt, the major cause for the excellent bombing record set up by the crew.

 

This NCO's exceptional courage, coolness and efficiency is worthy of high praise.

 

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ENSTONE, W/C John Mason (C4191) - Member, Order of the British Empire - RCAF Overseas Headquarters - Award effective 1 January 1945 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 89/45 dated 19 January 1945. Home in Ottawa. Enlisted 19 August 1935. Remained in postwar RCAF; awarded Queens Coronation Medal, 23 October 1953 while a Wing Commander with Training Command.

 

This officer was instrumental in setting up the first Orderly Room at Royal Canadian Air Force Overseas Headquarters, prior to his commissioning, and played an important part in setting up the Royal Canadian Air Force section at Royal Air Force Records. Throughout his long period of duty overseas, by his initiative, enthusiasm and outstanding devotion to duty, he has developed into an administrative officer of exceptional calibre. His ability and keen efforts have set a very fine example to all those working with him.

 

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EPPS, S/L Robert Frederick (J11552) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.426 Squadron - Award effective 5 February 1944 as per London Gazette dated 11 February 1944 and AFRO 644/44 dated 24 March 1944. Born 1919; home in Manitoba. Enlisted in Winnipeg, 21 June 1940. Trained at No.2 ITS (graduated 27 July 1940), No.14 EFTS (graduated 9 November 1940), and No.5 SFTS (graduated 28 January 1941). Posted from No.426 Squadron tto No.1666 Conversion Unit, 26 May 1944. No citation other than "...completed...many successful operations against the enemy in which [he] displayed high skill, fortitude and devotion to duty." DHist file 181.009 D.2624 (RG.24 Vol.20628) has recommendation dated 20 December 1943 when he had flown 19 sorties (122 hours 40 minutes) between 11 April and 16 December 1943.

 

This officer has taken part in a large number of operational sorties, the majority of which have been against heavily defended targets in Germany. As Flight Commander he has set a high example to all crews in the squadron by the exceptional keenness and enthusiasm which he displays towards operational flying. I strongly recommend that his consistently good work and devotion to duty be recognized by the award of the DFC.

 

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ERICKSON, WO2 Eugene Walter (R196577) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.158 Squadron - Award effective 5 July 1945 as per London Gazette dated 20 July 1945 and AFRO 1619/45 dated 19 October 1945. Born 1925 in Watrous, Saskatchewan; home there (student). Enlisted in Saskatoon, 5 November 1942. Trained at No.3 BGS (graduated 12 November 1943).

 

Warrant Officer Erickson has throughout numerous operational missions consistently displayed the highest qualities of skill and courage as well as outstanding keenness to operate against the enemy. In July 1944, whilst over Stuttgart, his aircraft was attacked by an enemy fighter. Warrant Officer Erickson promptly advised his captain of suitable evasive manoeuvres and, bringing his own guns to bear, opened fire on the attacker. Due to this officer's alertness, skill and outstanding accuracy the attacker fell away out of control and crashed to the ground. Warrant Officer Erickson's vigilance and devotion to duty have been an inspiring example to the other members of his squadron.

 

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ERLY, P/O James Paul (J3264) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.106 Squadron - Award effective 2 September 1941 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 1292/41 dated 7 November 1941. Born in Toronto, 1916, home there. Private, Canadian Grenadier Guards before joining RCAF, 1934. Trained at No.1 ITS, No.1 AOS, No. 1 BGS; graduated from No.1 ANS, 23 December 1940. Arrived at No.16 OTU, 16 February 1941; posted from No.16 OTU to No.106 Squadron, 3 May 1941; first appears in unit ORB, 4 May 1941. Killed in action, 22 August 1941 (Hampden AE220); buried in Germany. See Duncan, above, for citation.

 

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ERSKINE, Sergeant James Laird (R64166) - Mention in Despatches - No.405 Squadron - Award effective 1 January 1945 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 425/45 dated 9 March 1945. Home in Calgary; enlisted in Hamilton, Ontario, 17 May 1940.

 

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ESCARAVAGE, F/L Pierre Victor Marie (J19397) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.434 Squadron - Award effective 1 September 1944 as per London Gazette dated 15 September 1944 and AFRO 2373/44 dated 3 November 1944. Born 1922 at Indian Head, Saskatchewan; home in Winnipeg; enlisted there 22 October 1941. Trained at No.7 ITS (graduated 8 May 1942), No.19 EFTS (graduated 31 July 1942) and No.10 SFTS (graduated 20 November 1942). Commissioned 1943. No citation other than "completed...many successful operations during which [he has] displayed high skill, fortitude and devotion to duty." DHist file 181.009 D.3260 (RG.24 Vol.20637) has recommendation dated 22 June 1944 when he had flown 37 sorties (225 hours), 23 September 1943 to 16 June 1944.

 

This officer has been on the squadron since its formation, and has completed a total of 37 sorties, thirteen of which have been against heavily defended targets in Germany, including four against Berlin. Flight Lieutenant Escarvage is a keen and aggressive operational pilot. His superb captaincy and airmanship coupled with his cool judgement, untiring devotion to duty, cheerful confidence and dogged determination have greatly contributed to a successful tour of his crew. His outstanding fearlessness in carrying out his sorties, his quiet manner and outstanding offensive spirit have been an inspiration to his crew and a shining example to all who know him.

 

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ESCARVAGE, WO2 (now P/O) Andrew John (R95078/J38598) - Mention in Despatches - No.10 (BR) Squadron (Now No.45 AT Group) - Award effective 8 June 1944 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 1380/44 dated 30 June 1944. Born at Indian Head, Saskatchewan; educated there, Edmonton, and St.Boniface, Manitoba. Enlisted in Winnipeg, 14 February 1941. Trained at No.2 ITS (graduated 4 June 1941), No.2 AOS (graduated 19 July 1941), No.2 WS (graduated 4 January 1942) and No.3 BGS (graduated2 February 1942). As of award had flown 983:45 hours, 730:35 operational hours (106 sorties).

 

This wireless operator/air gunner has completed many hours of operational flying in the North Atlantic area, throughout which time he has executed his duties with exceptional ability. In one instance he materially assisted in the attack against an enemy submarine.

 

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ESCH, S/L Hubert Joseph (J7074) - Mention in Despatches - Overseas - Award effective 1 January 1946 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 322/46 dated 29 March 1946. Home in Edmonton; enlisted there 13 November 1940. Trained at No.1 ITS (graduated 4 May 1941), No.3 EFTS (graduated 21 June 1941) and No.5 SFTS (graduated 1 September 1941. Flew two overseas tours; first was with No.221 Squadron (Wellingtons, in Malta and North Africa) and second with No.407 Squadron.

 

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ESSERY, F/O Robert Kent (J24793) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.207 Squadron - Award effective 1 September 1944 as per London Gazette dated 15 September 1944 and AFRO 2373/44 dated 3 November 1944. Born 1918 at Leduc, Alberta; home in Toronto. Served previously in Royal Canadian Artillery. Enlisted in Toronto, 22 September 1941. Trained at No.3 ITS (graduated 24 April 1942), No.4 EFTS (graduated 31 July 1942), No.5 SFTS (ceased training 20 November 1942), No.5 BGS (graduated 5 February 1943), and No.1 CNS (graduated 19 March 1943). Commissioned 1943. No citation other than "completed...many successful operations during which [he has] displayed high skill, fortitude and devotion to duty." Public Records Office Air 2/9276 has recommendation dated 19 June 1944 when he had flown 28 sorties (184 hours), from 1 January 1944 to 24 May 1944.

 

1 Jan 44 Berlin (7.55) 5 Apr 44 Toulouse (7.25)

5 Jan 44 Stettin (8.35) 9 Apr 44 Gardening

14 Jan 44 Brunswick (5.25) Tangerine II (8.55)

15 Feb 44 Berlin (6.45) 18 Apr 44 Juvisy (4.50)

19 Feb 44 Leipzig (7.48) 20 Apr 44 La Chapelle (4.25)

20 Feb 44 Stuttgart (7.00) 22 Apr 44 Brunswick (6.05)

24 Feb 44 Schweinfurt (8.05) 24 Apr 44 Munich (10.15)

25 Feb 44 Augsberg (7.30) 26 Apr 44 Schweinfurt (9.10)

1 Mar 44 Stuttgart (8.15) 7 May 44 Tours (5.05)

10 Mar 44 Clermont Ferrand (6.10) 9 May 44 Annecy (8.55)

22 Mar 44 Frankfurt (5.00) 11 May 44 Bourg Leopold (3.30)

24 Mar 44 Berlin (6.40) 19 May 44 Amiens (3.45)

26 Mar 44 Essen (4.55) 21 May 44 Mining-Kiel (5.40)

30 Mar 44 Nuremburg (7.20) 22 May 44 Brunswick (5.40)

24 May 44 Antwerp (2.50)

 

As Bomb Aimer this officer has completed 28 successful sorties against targets in the heavily defended parts of Germany, including Berlin, Brunswick, Leipzig, Schweinfurt, Augsberg and Stuttgart. He has obtained many good photographs including aiming points at Le Chapelle, Antwerp, Annecy and Clermont Ferrand and proved his ability as an outstanding Bomb Aimer.

 

He has at all times displayed great keeness in his work and is so doing has set a very fine example to the other members of this crew and proved himself of great assistance to his Captain.

 

 

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ESTABROOK, LAC Chester Francis (R130841) - Mention in Despatches - No.62 Base - Award effective 1 January 1945 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 425/45 dated 9 March 1945. Home in Grimshaw, Alberta; enlisted in Edmonton, 21 October 1941.

 

ESTABROOK, Corporal Chester Francis (R130841) - Station Tholthorpe ? - Award effective 1 January 1946 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 155/46 dated 15 February 1946. AFRO gives unit only as "Overseas"; No.6 Group Monthly Summary of Activities (September 1944), p.24 gives unit and describes him as having "designed an electrical bomb winch".

 

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ESTES, S/L Sterling Buford (J8758) - Commended for Valuable Services - No.1 CFS - Award effective 14 June 1945 as per Canada Gazette of that date and AFRO 1127/45 dated 6 July 1945. American; home in Baraboo, Wisconsin; enlisted in Vancouver, 26 April 1941. Trained at No.2 ITS (graduated 27 June 1941), No.18 EFTS (graduated 20 August 1941) and No.15 SFTS (graduated 7 November 1941). No citation in AFRO or biographical file. DHist file 181.009 D.1721 (RG.24 Vol.20606) has recommendation for an AFC dated 21 December 1944 when he had flown 1,875 hours 20 minutes, of which 1,638 hours were as instructor, 240 hours in previous six months:

 

An exceptional pilot and instructor, holding an "A1" flying instructor's category. He is at present employed as Officer Commanding, Senior Instructors' Course at No.1 Central Flying School. His keenness, smartness, experience and ability is an inspiration to those serving under him.

 

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ESTEY, F/O Jack Burton (J20552) - Mention in Despatches - 160 Squadron (Canada) - Award effective 14 November 1944 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 2684/44 dated 15 December 1944. Home in Fredericton, New Brunswick; enlisted in Woodstock, New Brunswick, 10 October 1940. Trained at No.1 ITS (graduated 21 December 1940), No.13 EFTS (graduated 9 February 1941), No.4 AOS (graduated 7 July 1941), No.4 BGS (graduated18 August 1941) and No.2 ANS (graduated 15 September 1941).

 

This officer is a navigator of outstanding ability, whose keen enthusiasm for his work on anti-submarine operations have [has ?] been an excellent example to other members of his squadron.

 

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ETIENNE, F/L Phillipe Elwyn (J15118) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.406 Squadron - Award effective 27 July 1945 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 1507/45 dated 28 September 1945. Born 12 May 1922 at St.Lambert, Quebec. Enlisted in Montreal, 7 November 1940. Trained at No.2 ITS (graduated 26 February 1941), No.6 EFTS (graduated 22 April 1941) and No.10 SFTS (graduated 15 July 1941). Posted to UK, August 1941. Further trained at No.58 OTU. Served in Nos.92, 609, 79 and 131 Squadrons for short periods. Posted to Merchant Ship Fighter Unit, 14 March 1942 and made three trips to sea. Fitted back into training in UK, July 1943 but did not join No.406 Squadron until 29 August 1944. Repatriated to Canada, September 1945, released 24 October 1945. Rejoined RCAF, 20 September 1946 and rose to rank of Wing Commander. Cited with F/L William A. Boak (RCAF navigator); see above for citation. See also photographs PL-42217, PL-57171 and PL-134163. Credited with the following victories (all with F/L Boak as navigator/radar operator): 1/2 January 1945, one Bf.110 destroyed; 4/5 January 1945, one unidentified enemy aircraft destroyed; 10/11 April 1945, one He.111 destroyed and one Ju.88 destroyed; 14/15 April 1945, one Ju.88 destroyed; 23/24 April 1945, one Ju.88 destroyed; 26/27 April 1945, one He.111 destroyed on ground.

 

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EUSTACE, Corporal Peter (R153949) - Mention in Despatches - Overseas - Award effective 14 June 1945 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 1647/45 dated 26 October 1945. Home in Toronto; enlisted there 11 February 1942. No citation.

 

EUSTACE, Corporal Peter (R153949) - Mention in Despatches - Overseas - Award effective 1 January 1946 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 388/46 dated 12 April 1946. No citation.

 

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EUSTACE, P/O Robert Sherlock (J16071) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.207 Squadron - Award effective 2 March 1943 as per London Gazette dated 12 March 1943 and AFRO 616/43 dated 9 April 1943. Born in Belleville, Ontario, 1910; home in Toronto; enlisted there 20 July 1940. Trained at No.2 ITS (graduated 14 October 1940), No.1 BGS (graduated 17 March 1941) and No.1 WS (graduated 16 February 1941).

 

Pilot Officer Eustace has taken part in a large number of operational sorties, many of which have been against heavily defended targets. On his first sortie his aircraft was attacked by four enemy fighters. Pilot Officer Eustace and the rear gunner used their guns so effectively that the attackers broke away. On another occasion this officer's aircraft was hit by anti-aircraft fire which damaged the intercommunication wiring but he effected a skilful repair, thereby enabling his captain to fly on and successfully complete the sortie. Throughout, Pilot Officer Eustace has displayed outstanding courage and determination. His quiet cheerfulness in the face of danger has always inspired the rest of his crew with confidence.

 

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EVANS, F/L Alfred Earl (J27808) - Mention in Despatches - No.167 (Communications) Squadron - Award effective 1 December 1945 as per Canada Gazette of that date and AFRO 183/46 dated 22 February 1946. Home in Vancouver; enlisted there 31 May 1941. Trained at No.4 ITS (graduated 8 November 1941), No.18 EFTS (graduated 9 November 1941), and No.3 SFTS (graduated 30 May 1942). NOTE: The graduation dates for ITS and EFTS are so close together that one must be incorrect.

 

This officer has always characterized his work with keen and shrewd judgement. His work in training squadron personnel has been outstanding and he has done much to improve the efficiency of personnel in radio range work. In all duties assigned to him he has invariably shown a high degree of skill and devotion to duty.

 

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EVANS, S/L Arthur Ephraim (C6921) - Air Force Cross - No.10 AOS - Award effective 14 June 1945 as per Canada Gazette of that date and AFRO 1127/45 dated 6 July 1945. Born at Allanford, Ontario, 20 October 1911; educated at Own Sound, Stratford, and University of Western Ontario. Teacher. Enlisted in London, Ontario, 22 August 1941. Trained at No.5 ITS (graduated 4 April 1942) and No.9 AOS (graduated 24 March 1943). As of award had flown 700 hours as instructor, 24 hours in previous six months.

 

Squadron Leader Evans is an outstanding and exceptional officer in all respects. His exceptional devotion to duty, outstanding initiative and leadership have been a fine example and inspiration to those under his direction. As chief instructor he has materially increased the efficiency of this unit and in general has made a fine contribution to navigational training during his service career.

 

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EVANS, F/L Colin John (J3731) - Mention in Despatches - Overseas - Award effective 14 June 1945 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 1395/45 dated 31 August 1945. Born 21 January 1920 in Hamilton, Ontario. Enlisted there, 24 June 1940. Trained at No.2 ITS, No.10 EFTS and No.5 SFTS (wings awarded 29 January 1941). Instructed at No.3 SFTS (April 1941 to February 1942) and No.16 SFTS (February 1942 to July 1943). Trained at No.36 OTU, Greenwood, then sent overseas, October 1943. Further trained at No.60 OTU. Served in No.418 Squadron, 11 February to 17 August 1944; credited with the following victories: 16/17 June 1944, one V-1 destroyed over land; 17/18 June 1944, one V-1 destroyed; 6/7 July 1944, three V-1s destroyed in sea; 11 July 1944, one Bf.110 destroyed (shared with F/O J.J. Harvie); 19 July 1944, one unidentified enemy aircraft probably destroyed; 22 July 1944, one Ju.52 destroyed; 26/27 July 1944, one V-1 destroyed in sea. Returned to Canada, September 1944, serving at No.7 OTU, Debert, 5 October 1944 to 20 July 1945. Released 11 September 1945 but served in postwar RCAF. See photo PL-26895. Credited with the following victories:

 

EVANS, F/L Colin John (J3731) - Commended for Valuable Services - No.7 OTU - Award effective 21 July 1945 as per Canada Gazette of that date and AFRO 1478/45 dated 21 September 1945.

 

On April 9, 1945, Flight Lieutenant Evans with another officer as passenger was testing oxygen equipment on a Mosquito aircraft. After about an hour and fifteen minutes, the starboard engine began running rough, the caught fire and the engine cowling began to blister and burn. Eventually the fire spread back to the wing fabric. With great coolness, Flight Lieutenant Evans immediately performed all the correct sequences and the fire died down somewhat but did not go out. Although Flight Lieutenant Evans could have quite easily baled out at this point, with great skill he persevered and put out the fire by diving the aircraft, thereby saving the aircraft from further damage. He then returned to base and effected a successful single engine landing. In the face of great danger, this officer displayed great skill and presence of mind which undoubtedly saved the aircraft from destruction.

 

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EVANS, F/L David Clifford (J22233) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.426 Squadron - Award effective 2 October 1944 as per London Gazette dated 13 October 1944 and AFRO 2637/44 dated 8 December 1944. Born 1915 in Suffolk, England; home in Okatoks, Alberta. Served in Calgary Highland Light Infantry. Enlisted in Calgary, 17 September 1941. Trained at No.2 ITS (graduated 5 June 1942), No.7 BGS (graduated18 December 1942) and No.1 CNS (graduated 6 November 1942). Commissioned 1942. Navigator to S/L B.D.C. Patterson.

 

Flight Lieutenant Evans has completed many sorties against strongly defended targets in Germany. On three occasions his aircraft was attacked by fighters. By his coolness and devotion to duty, this officer was undoubtedly responsible to a great extent for the successful completion of these flights. Since May 1944, Flight Lieutenant Evans has been squadron navigation officer and his outstanding ability and strong sense of duty have set a magnificent example to his crew and squadron.

 

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EVANS, P/O Earle Robert (J17548) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.90 Squadron - Award effective 1 September 1943 as per London Gazette dated 14 September 1943 and AFRO 2322/43 dated 12 November 1943. Born in Winnipeg, 1921; home there; enlisted there 2 April 1941. Trained at No.2 ITS (graduated 4 October 1941), No.14 EFTS (graduated 29 November 1941) and No.4 BGS (graduated30 March 1942). Commissioned 1943.

 

When returning from his fifth operational sortie Pilot Officer Evans was involved in a serious crash. Undaunted by this trying experience, he resumed operational flying and has since completed a number of operations against some of the enemy's major targets. At all times he has shown great courage in inspiring his crew with confidence.

 

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EVANS, F/O Frederick William (J36191) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.421 Squadron - Award effective 7 July 1945 as per London Gazette dated 20 July 1945 and AFRO 1453/45 dated 14 September 1945. Born in Saint John, Nnew Brunswick, 1919; home in St.Thomas (clerk and salesman). Enlisted in Saint John, 17 February 1939. Trained at No.1 ITS (graduated 2 April 1943), No.7 EFTS (graduated 28 May 1943) and No.14 SFTS (graduated 1 October 1943). Commissioned July 1943. Postwar Vampire aerobatic pilot; served in Korea with USAF and awarded U.S. Air Medal (AFRO 742/53). See photo PL-90156.

This officer has completed a very successful tour of operations. His skill and resolution to frustrate the enemy on all occasions have set an outstanding example to his fellow pilots. While flying over France, Belgium, Holland and Germany, he has destroyed or damaged large numbers of enemy road transport vehicles, five locomotives and fifty railway goods wagons. He has also destroyed one enemy aircraft and shared in the destruction of another. Flying Officer Evans' gallantry and fearlessness have proved him to be a brilliant and capable pilot.

 

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EVANS, LAC James Alexander (R131059) - Mention in Despatches - No.433 Squadron (AFRO gives unit as No.63 Base) - Award effective 1 January 1945 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 425/45 dated 9 March 1945. DHist file 181.009 D.2908 (RG.24 Vol.20633) has recommendation sent to Station Skipton, 20 July 1944. Home in London, Ontario. Enlisted in Hamilton, 9 September 1941; had spent 18 months in Canada, 16 months overseas. Armourer (Bombs).

 

This airman has been with the squadron since its formation and his work has always been of an extremely high standard. He is very painstaking and energetic in his work and has always had the squadron record of achievement at heart. On a great number of occasions he has shown initiative, taking over the duties of an Non-Commissioned Officer as well as his own when a member of a bombing team.

 

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EVANS, F/L James Forbes (J6655) - Mention in Despatches - Overseas - Award effective 1 January 1946 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 155/46 dated 15 February 1946. Home in Toronto; enlisted there 19 September 1940. Trained at No.2 ITS (graduated 20 February 1941), No.5 AOS (graduated 26 May 1941), No.3 BGS (graduated 6 July 1941) and No.1 ANS, 4 August 1941).

 

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EVANS, FS James Harvey (R114226) - Distinguished Flying Medal - No.426 Squadron - Award effective 1 September 1943 as per London Gazette dated 10 September 1943 and AFRO 2322/43 dated 12 November 1943. Born in Kitchener, Ontario, 1921. Home in Waterloo, Ontario (electro plater). Enlisted in Hamilton, 21 July 1941. Trained at No.1 BGS (graduated 11 May 1942) and No.4 WS (graduated 10 April 1942). WOPAG to P/O J.G. McNeill.

 

This airman has performed consistently good work over a long period of operational flying. He has always shown coolness and courage under fire and a fine fighting spirit. By his efficiency as a wireless operator Flight Sergeant Evans has, on more than one occasion, assisted in a safe landing.

 

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EVANS, F/O John Frederick (C10936) - Mention in Despatches - No.417 Squadron (AFRO givves unit only as "Overseas") - Award effective 8 June 1944 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 1729/44 dated 11 August 1944. Intelligence Officer with No.417 Squadron, 3 April 1942 to 24 October 1944. No citation in AFRO. Home in Saskatoon; enlisted there, 16 October 1939.

 

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EVANS, FS Leslie Albert (Can 2533) - Mention in Despatches - No.9419 Servicing Echelon (AFRO gives unit as No.64 Base) - Award effective 1 January 1945 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 425/45 dated 9 March 1945. DHist file 181.009 D.4364 (RG.24 Vol.20648) has recommendation sent to CO, No.64 Base, 17 July 1944. Fitter Armourer. Enlisted in Hamilton, 20 April 1939. Awarded Queens Coronation Medal, 23 October 1953, while a WO2 at Camp Borden.

 

This NCO has been in complete charge of the Daily Servicing Section of 419 and 428 Squadrons being responsible for nearly 100 men. He has accepted this responsibility willingly and executed his job efficiently at all times and due to his own extra efforts and initiative has several times made it possible to have aircraft bombed up under the most unfavourable circumstances where a person of less ability would not have succeeded. Despite long hours of work, Flight Sergeant Evans has shown exceptional leadership and has handled his work superbly.

 

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EVANS, F/L Robert Ernest (J18702) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.417 Squadron - Award effective 18 December 1944 as per London Gazette dated 29 December 1944 and AFRO 379/45 dated 2 March 1945. Born in Swastika, Ontario, 1920; home in Cleveland, Ohio. Enlisted in North Bay, 24 October 1940. Trained at No.1 ITS (graduated 16 May 1941), No.10 EFTS (graduated 3 July 1941) and No.1 SFTS (graduated 13 September 1941). Commissioned 1942. Flew two tours. First incident described in citation was on 15 August 1944; second was on 15 September 1944. See photo PL-27665.

 

This officer has now almost completed his second tour of operational duty. In August 1944 he led a formation of aircraft with outstanding skill in an attack on a railroad bridge near Bologna. The bridge was damaged and three nearby trains were also attacked. Despite intense anti-aircraft fire on another sortie in September 1944, Flight Lieutenant Evans located and bombed enemy mechanical transport at Faetano. He then circled below heavy cloud through aircraft fire while he directed the rest of the formation to the attack. As a fighter leader and flight commander this officer has inspired the pilots under his command by his skilful leadership and devotion to duty.

 

NOTE: Public Records Office Air 2/9033 has recommendation dated 22 October 1944, drafted by Squadron Leader O.C. Kallio, at which time Evans had flown 695 hours 45 minutes (143 hours in previous six months), including 345 hours 20 minutes operational time (279 sorties); he was then Flight Commander, "B" Flight:

 

On 15th of August when sent out to bomb an important railroad bridge just outside of Bologna he led a formation of six aircraft with such skill that the bridge was damaged and three trains nearby were strafed successfully through intense light anti-craft fire. His own aircraft had been hit in the bomb dive.

 

On the 15th of September while leading a formation on "Cab Rank" he was ordered to bomb Motor Transport in the village of Faetano. Through 7/10 of cloud he located and bombed the target first so the other pilots could ascertain its location. Then, by Radio Telephone, [he] directed remainder of the formation on to the target while he circled below cloud through light anti-aircraft fire.

 

Flight Lieutenant Evans as a fighter leader and as a Flight Commander with this squadron, through skilful leadership and devotion to duty, has inspired the newer pilots at all times. His determination and indifference to personal danger have on numerous occasions brought about very successful attacks upon the enemy.

 

For these outstanding actions on air operations and numerous other excellent performances during this, his second tour, I strongly recommend that he be given a non-immediate award of the Distinguished Flying Cross.

 

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EVANS, F/L Terence Jesse (C24752) - Commended for Valuable Services - No.1 Central Flying School - Award effective 21 April 1945 as per Canada Gazette of that date and AFRO 802/45 dated 11 May 1945. Born in Sale, Cheshire, England; home in Toronto; enlisted there 4 September 1940. Remained in postwar RCAF; much service with Central Experimental and Proving Establishment; commended again, 6 July 1951 for saving an F-86 Sabre during acceptance trials. Awarded Queens Coronation Medal, 4 November 1953, while serving as a Wing Commander Air Attache to Moscow.

 

This officer is a staff instructor at the senior instructor course at Central Flying School. He has over 3,000 hours as an instructor and holds an "A-1" flying instructor category. As a pilot he is exceptional and his devotion to duty is of the highest order. He spares no time or effort in placing his experience and ability at the disposal of others and his efforts are worthy of the highest praise.

 

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EVANS, P/O William George (J85812) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.617 Squadron - Award effective 1 December 1944 as per London Gazette dated 12 December 1944 and AFRO 293/45 dated 16 February 1945. Born in Manitoba, 1921; home in Laurier, Manitoba. Former infantryman. Enlisted in Winnipeg, 5 September 1941. Trained at No.7 ITS (graduated 13 March 1942) and No.6 BGS (graduated11 May 1942). Commisioned 1944.

 

In March 1944, Pilot Officer Evans was the mid-upper gunner of an aircraft detailed to attack a target in France. While returning from the target area his aircraft was engaged by two Junkers 88. One of them opened fire with cannon and machine guns and scored many hits before breaking away. The enemy aircraft attacked again but so accurate was the return fire of Pilot Officer Evans and his fellow gunner that it was seen to crash to the ground in flames. The second Junkers 88 then attacked and after a brief exchange of fire also burst into flames. Almost immediately a Messerschmitt 109 attacked and opened fire. The return fire was again extremely accurate and the enemy aircraft quickly broke off the engagement. Throughout this trying experience Pilot Officer Evans displayed great skill and determination. He is an alert and courageous gunner who has gained the complete confidence of his crew by his ability to defend them from attack.

 

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EVANS, WO (now P/O) William Thomas (R119970/J19792) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.138 Squadron - Award effective 11 April 1944 as per London Gazette dated 21 April 1944 and AFRO 1075/44 dated 19 May 1944. Born 1918 in Wrexham, North Wales; home in Winnipeg (clerk). Enlisted in Winnipeg, 31 July 1941. Trained at No.2 ITS (graduated3 2 December 1941), No.19 EFTS (graduated 27 February 1942), No.12 SFTS (ceased training 24 April 1942) and No.3 BGS (31 July 1942).

 

This Warrant Officer is a very reliable and capable rear gunner. His ability has been a source of great confidence to his crew and has thereby greatly added to the efficiency with which they have accomplished their allotted tasks.

 

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EVENSON, F/L Lloyd Roland (J23253) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.432 Squadron - Award effective 4 November 1944 as per London Gazette dated 14 November 1944 and AFRO 239/45 dated 9 February 1945. Born in Kenora, Ontario, 1920; home in Winnipeg. Served in Winnipeg Light Infantry. Enlisted there, 13 January 1942. Trained at No.2 ITS (graduated 18 July 1942), No.19 EFTS (graduated 9 October 1942) and No.15 SFTS (graduated 5 February 1943). Commissioned 1943. No citation other than "completed...numerous operations against the enemy in the course of which [he has] invariably displayed the utmost fortitude, courage and devotion to duty." DHist file 181.009 D.5557 (RG.24 Vol.20668) has recommendation dated 10 August 1944 when he had flown 29 sorties (134 hours 34 minutes), 30 March to 9 August 1944.

 

This officer has shown remarkable skill as a pilot and inspiring example of courage and determination to his crew. During his twenty-nine operational sorties he has never failed to bomb the target successfully. He is a most efficient captain whose cool quiet manner and fine fighting qualities have impressed all.

 

For his splendid record and intense loyalty, this officer is recommended for the award of the Distinguished Flying Cross.

 

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EVERARD, F/L Hedley Joseph (J6222) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.417 Squadron - Award effective 20 April 1944 as per London Gazette dated 25 April 1944 and AFRO 1075/44 dated 19 May 1944. Born in Timmins, Ontario, 26 December, 1919; home there. Served in Algonquin Rifles, 1938. Enlisted in Toronto, 24 September 1940. Trained at No.2 ITS (graduated 20 February 1941), No.2 EFTS (graduated 22 April 1941) and No.32 SFTS (graduated 15 July 1941). Served in England, Far East and Middle East. Commanded No.401 Squadron, 4-25 December 1944; shot down and taken prisoner. Liberated by Russians and was back in England in time for victory celebrations. With Canadair in postwar period, commencing 1949 as a test pilot; by about 1956 he had become Director, Tactical Aircraft Military Relations with the firm. Remained in RCAF Auxiliary; awarded Queens Coronation Medal, 13 October 1953 (No.401 Squadron). Commanded No.401 Squadron, 1951-1955 and again 1 April 1961 to later date. Retired 1964. Died in Victoria, 19 February 1999. Memoires published under the title, A Mouse in My Pocket. Credited with the following victories: 28 January 1944, one FW.190 damaged (with No.417 Squadron); 14 February 1944, one Bf.109 destroyed (No.417 Squadron); 16 February 1944, one FW.190 probably destroyed and one FW.190 damaged (No.417 Squadron); 18 February 1944, one FW.190 destroyed (No.417 Squadron); 21 February 1944, one Bf.109 probably destroyed (No.417 Squadron); 29 September 1944, two Bf.109s destroyed and one Bf.109 damaged (No.401 Squadron); 5 October 1944, one Me.262 destroyed (shared with four other pilots, No.401 Squadron).

 

This officer has completed a very large number of sorties, most of them during the fighting in Sicily and more recently in the Italian theatre. He has at all times displayed outstanding keenness, great skill and resolution and has destroyed at least three enemy aircraft, two of which he shot down over the Anzio beaches. He has set a fine example to all.

 

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EVERNDEN, LAC Ernest Eliot (R105970) - Mention in Despatches - No.9415 Servicing Echelon (No.62 Base in AFRO) - Award effective 1 January 1945 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 425/45 dated 9 March 1945. Fitter IIE (Aero Engine Mechanic). DHist file 181.009 D.1719 (PAC RG.24 Vol.20606) has recommendation forwarded 15 August 1944. Home in Stettler, Alberta; enlisted in Edmonton, 19 June 1941; eleven months in Canada, 26 months in UK when recommended.

 

This airman has well carried out all duties assigned to him. He works without stint to complete the most difficult tasks, sometimes under very adverse conditions. He has set an outstanding example to his fellow airmen.

 

 

EVERNDEN, LAC Ernest Eliot (R105970) - Mention in Despatches - East Moor - Award effective 14 June 1945 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 1647/45 dated 26 October 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.1719 (PAC RG.24 Vol.20606) has recommendation dated 3 February 1945. Had served eleven months in Canada, 33 months overseas.

 

This airman by his willingness, co-operation and devotion to duty has at all times been outstanding among his fellow workers. He can be depended upon to complete the most arduous tasks.

 

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EWAN, P/O Gordon Mitchell (J17183) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.405 Squadron - Award effective 6 November 1943 as per London Gazette dated 16 November 1943 and AFRO 2610/43 dated 17 December 1943. Born at Blairmore, Alberta; home in British Columbia. Trained at No.2 ITS, No.14 EFTS, No.10 AOS, No.6 BGS and No.2 ANS. 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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EWART, G/C Frederick James (C949) - Distinguished Flying Cross - Station Gaspe - Award effective 3 March 1945 as per Canada Gazette of that date and AFRO 563/45 dated 29 March 1945. Born in Clinton, Ontario. Enlisted in CAF as mechanic, 28 September 1923. Fitter until 1929, when he trained as a pilot. Over ten years he flew extensively on photo, forest dusting, air mail and other operations. Commissioned 1 February 1939 and posted to No.6 (BR) Squadron, Vancouver. In March 1941, with rank of Squadron Leader, joined No.120 (BR) Squadron, Patricia Bay. In May 1942 went briefly to No.1 BGS; joined No.117 Squadron; took command of No.5 (BR) as a Wing Commander, January 1943, which he led with distinction through arduous period. From October 1943 to August 1945 he commanded at Gaspe, served as Operations Room Controller, and was Senior Air Staff Officer at EAC HQ. Commander Station Gander, August 1945 to April 1946, commanded No.2 Technical Training School (Camp Borden) to September 1946; retired in March 1947. No citation in AFRO other than "in recognition of valuable services in the air." As of recommendation he had flown 3,481 hours of which 481 were on operations (67 sorties). Governor General's Records (RG.7 Group 26, Vol.58, file 190-I, dossier 6) has citation.

 

This officer has set a splendid record during his period of service in Eastern Canada. As officer commanding a squadron he proved himself an excellent leader and by his personal example maintained the morale and enthusiasm of his squadron on a very high level. He has displayed a high standard of skill and courage on operations. His keenness and efficiency, both on the ground and in the air, have at all times been an inspiration to those serving under him.

 

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EWASYSHYN, LAC Michael (R109945) - Mention in Despatches - No.6412 Servicing Echelon - Award effective 1 January 1945 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 425/45 dated 9 March 1945. Home in Windsor, Ontario; enlisted there 6 August 1941. Public Records Office Air 2/9221 has recommended citation, giving unit as No.126 (RCAF) Airfield. Original recommendation (on same file) was made on 14 March 1944, identifying pilot saved as P/O Berryman of No.412 Squadron, who was slow to escape because of straps and oxygen lines, and was in agony as he ran. The original citation concluded, "By his prompt and courageous action, LAC Ewasyshyn has saved for his country the services of a very able pilot". That same day, W/C K.L.B. Hodson approved the recommendation, stating, "This award is well merited and would have a good effect on morale".

 

On 3rd March, 1944, an aircraft collided with another on the runway. The undercarriage of the the first aircraft collapsed and caused the jettison tank to burst and ignite. Immediately the aircraft became a mass of flames. The pilot was able to force himself from the aircraft but his clothing was enveloped in flames. Aircraftman Ewasyshyn, who ha drushed to the scene, threw the pilot to the ground and rolled on him. Other helpers arraived with blankets and the flames on the pilot's burning clothing were eventually extinguished. Aircraftman Ewasyshyn displayed great presence of mind and his action contributed much to the saving of the pilot's life.

 

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EWER, F/L Harold Frederick (J16328) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.103 Squadron - Award effective 21 March 1944 as per London Gazette dated 28 March 1944 and AFRO 921/44 dated 28 April 1944. Born in Kelowna, British Columbia, 1918; home there. Enlisted in Vancouver, 13 June 1941. Trained at No.2 ITS (graduated 8 September 1941), No.14 EFTS (graduated 7 November 1941) and No.10 SFTS (graduated 13 March 1942). Commisioned 1942.

 

Flight Lieutenant Ewer has completed many operational sorties against heavily defended German targets during which he has faced adverse weather and heavy opposition. With an unconquerable spirit of determination, a fine captain of aircraft, his cheerful confidence and selfless devotion to duty, combined with his skill and courage, have set an inspiring example to his crew.

 

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EWING, P/O Frank Hewiit (J87964) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.405 Squadron - Award effective 6 January 1945 as per London Gazette dated 19 January 1945 and AFRO 508/45 dated 23 March 1945. Born at Tewksbury, Massechusetts, 1923; home in Kirkland Lake, Ontario. Enlisted at North Bay, 17 July 1942. Trained at No.9 BGS (graduated 30 April 1943). Commissioned 1944. No citation other than "completed...numerous operations against the enemy in the course of which [he has] invariably displayed the utmost fortitude, courage and devotion to duty." Public Records Office Air 2/9039 has recommendation dated 21 October 1944 when he had flown 44 sorties (176 hours 32 minutes).

 

18 Nov 43 Ludwigshafen (8.25) 2 July 44 Oisemont (2.34)

19 Nov 43 Leverkusen (6.05) 5 July 44 Wizernes (1.48)

22 Nov 43 Berlin (6.40) 6 July 44 Coquereaux (2.50)

25 Nov 43 Frankfurt (6.25) 7 July 44 Caen (2.26)

29 Dec 43 Berlin (4.30) 10 Jul 44 Nucourt (2.43)

19 Feb 44 Leipzig (6.26) 12 Jul 44 Paris/Vaires (3.15)

26 Mar 44 Essen (4.40) 17 Jul 44 Cagny (2.31)

11 May 44 Boulogne (2.35) 4 Aug 44 St.Maximim (2.39)

19 May 44 Mont Couple (2.00) 10 Aug 44 La Pallice (5.06)

22 May 44 Le Mans (4.40) 12 Aug 44 Russelheim (4.39)

27 May 44 Rennes airfield (4.04) 16 Aug 44 Stettin (5.03)

28 May 44 Mardyck (2.01) 18 Aug 44 Bremen (4.52)

9 Jun 44 Rennes (4.08) 25 Aug 44 Russelheim (7.02)

11 Jun 44 Toures (4.57) 26 Aug 44 Kiel (5.06)

14 Jun 44 Cambrai (2.40) 29 Aug 44 Stettin (8.38)

15 Jun 44 Lens (2.31) 15 Sep 44 Kiel (5.16)

16 Jun 44 Renescoure (1.49) 25 Sep 44 Calais (2.07)

17 Jun 44 Oisemont-Nouvelle- 27 Sep 44 Bottrop (3.15)

en-Bois (2.27) 28 Sep 44 Cap Gris Nez (1.48)

24 Jun 44 Middel Straete (1.41) 5 Oct 44 Saarbrucken (4.41)

27 Jun 44 Oisemont (2.24) 6 Oct 44 Dortmund (4.58)

28 Jun 44 Metz (5.26) 14 Oct 44 Duisburg (3.55)

30 Jun 44 Villers Bocage (2.36)

 

Pilot Officer Ewing is a very keen and capable Air Gunner in a crew which has now completed two tours of operations. He has participated in attacks on such heavily-defended enemy areas as Kiel, Dortmund and Stettin. He has, at all times, set a fine personal example to all members of his crew by his keen sense of responsibility and utter disregard for personal danger when engaged in offensive action against the enemy. The willingness displayed by this officer to put forward all possible efforts to successfully complete his allotted tasks has contributed much towards the operational efficiency of his crew. Strongly recommended for the non-immediate award of the Distinguished Flying Cross.

 

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EXEL, F/L Frederick Leighton (J6363) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.122 Squadron - Award effective 8 August 1945 as per London Gazette dated 17 August 1945 and AFRO 1507/45 dated 28 September 1945. Born in Winnipeg, 1921; home in Vancouver (salesman). Formerly in Royal Canadian Artillery. Enlisted in Vancouuver, 23 October 1940. Trained at No.1 ITS (graduated 4 March 1941), No.4 EFTS (graduated 4 May 1941) and No.6 SFTS (graduated 27 July 1941).

 

Flight Lieutenant Exel has now completed his second tour of operations. He has taken part in many low level armed reconnaissances and bombing attacks. His skill, courage and determination have largely contributed to the successful completion of many missions.

 

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EXWORTHY, LAC William Albert (R101436) - Mention in Despatches - Overseas - Award effective 14 June 1945 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 1647/45 dated 26 October 1945. Home in New Westminster; enlisted in Vancouver, 14 May 1941.

 

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EYJOLFSON, F/O Emil (J20947) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.433 Squadron - Award effective 1 December 1944 as per London Gazette dated 8 December 1944 and AFRO 337/45 dated 23 February 1945. Born in Langroth, Manitoba, 1918; home in Otto or Lundar, Manitoba. Enlisted in Winnipeg, 20 September 1941. Trained at No.7 ITS (graduated 22 May 1942), No.19 EFTS (graduated 31 July 1942) and No.10 SFTS (graduated 20 November 1942). Commissioned 1942. Photo PL-45014 shows him. 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 17 September 1944 when he had flown 37 sorties (176 hours 30 minutes), 11 April 1944 to 27 August 1944 - submitted by W/C A.L. Lewington.

 

This officer has now completed his first tour of operations comprised of thirty-seven trips over enemy territory.

 

The successful completion of these operational sorties was due largely to the initiative, resourcefulness and skilful airmanship of this officer. His tenacity, endurance and fine offensive spirit has undoubtedly inspired at a high standard of morale in his crew and the Squadron in general.

 

I consider that his exceptional high qualities of leadership and his fine record of achievement fully merit the award of the Distinguished Flying Cross (Non-Immediate).

 

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EYJOLFSSON, P/O Hilmar Clifford (J85015) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.419 Squadron - Award effective 1 September 1944 as per London Gazette dated 19 September and AFRO 2373/44 dated 3 November 1944. Born in Langroth, Manitoba, 1921; home in North Vancouver. Enlisted in Winnipeg, 14 August 1941. Trained at No.4 ITS (graduated 27 March 1942), No.5 EFTS (graduated 5 June 1942) and No.3 SFTS (graduated 9 October 1942). Commissioned 1944.

 

Pilot Officer Eyjolfsson has completed many operational sorties, throughout which his fine leadership and skill have been outstanding. In March 1944 he was detailed for an attack on Aulnoye. Just before reaching the south coast of England one engine of his aircraft failed but with great determination this officer flew on and reached the enemy coast where the port inner engine also failed necessitating the abandonment of his mission. Displaying superb airmanship he returned to this country where he made a masterly crash landing. At all times Pilot Officer Eyjolfsson has shown great determination pressing home his attacks irrespective of enemy opposition or adverse weather.

 

EYJOLFSSON, F/O Hilmar Clifford, DFC - Mention in Despatches - Station Dishforth - Award effective 14 June 1945 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 1478/45 dated 21 September 1945. No citation in AFRO; following from DHist 181.002 D.225:

 

On January 12th, 1945, Flying Officer Eyjolfsson was giving two and three engine flying instruction. During various stages of the flight, it became necessary to feather three of the engines, the last of which was feathered when near to base. With cool judgement and skilful flying, Flying Officer Eyjolfsson so maneouvred his aircraft that he was able to make an excellent landing at base in moderate visibility. His calmness in emergency and his skilful airmanship undoubtedly saved the aircraft and possibly the lives of the crew. Flying Officer Eyjolfsson has been employed here as an instructor for eight months and has always shown enthusiasm, keenness and ability above average.

 

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EYOLFSON, F/L Kristjan Marteinn (J8799) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.410 Squadron - Award effective 22 September 1944 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 2274/44 dated 20 October 1944. Born in Leslie, Sasakatchewan, 18 May 1917; home there; enlisted in Regina, 13 February 1941. Trained at No.5 BGS (graduated 7 November 1941) and No.2 WS (graduated 26 May 1941). Cited with S/L Ian A. March (RCAF, awarded DFC). Together they were credited with the following victories: 13/14 June 1944, one Ju.88 destroyed; 17/18 June 1944, one Ju.188 destroyed; 7/8 July 1944, one Me.410 destroyed. Repatriated August 1944; instructed at Debert and flew with No.133 Squadron (Patricia Bay). Released October 1945. Attended University of Saskatchewan (Electrical Engineering); rejoined RCAF, 13 May 1951. Killed in flying accident, 10 November 1953 with No.445 Squadron. See photo PL-28995.

 

These officers have completed very many sorties as pilot and observer respectively against a variety of targets. They have displayed the highest standard of courage and resolution and have destroyed three enemy aircraft.