FACEY, F/O Harold Richmond (J16440) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.224 Squadron - Award effective 24 May 1944 as per London Gazette dated 2 June 1944 and AFRO 1660/44 dated 4 August 1944.  Born in Edmonton, 1917; home there.  Educated at Queen's Avenue Public School and Victoria High School.  Enlisted in Edmonton, 12 May 1941. Trained at No.2 ITS (graduated 15 August 1941), No.6 EFTS (graduated 10 October 1941) and No.4 SFTS (graduated 2 January 1942).

 

Flying Officer Facey as captain of aircraft has taken part in a large number of operational sorties during which he has made two attacks on enemy submarines, one of which was completed in the face of heavy anti-aircraft fire.  The U-boat was seriously damaged.  In December 1943 this officer attacked eleven destroyers and a blockade runner in the Bay of Biscay.  Despite very heavy anti-aircraft fire and opposition from enemy fighters he pressed home his attack and scored a near miss.  Throughout Flying Officer Facey has completed his allotted tasks with keenness and exactitude, setting a fine example of devotion to duty.

 

NOTE: Public Record Office Air 2/9627 has original recommendation drafted 28 February 1944 when he had flown 35 sorties (400 operational hours). Text was very detailed.

 

Flying Officer Facey joined No.224 Squadron in April 1943 as a captain with his crew, and has been continuously on operations ever since.  He has completed approximately 400 operational hours, comprising some 35 sorties.

 

Flying Officer Facey has had three submarine sightings, two of which were attacked. In one attack he straddled the stern of the U-Boat and was awarded "seriously damaged".  This attack was carried out in the face of heavy flak.

 

In December 1943 he attacked with bombs eleven Narvik destroyers and a blockade runner in the Bay of Biscay in the face of extremely heavy flak and secured a near miss. As he was going into this attack he was attacked from astern by enemy fighters firing rocket missiles at him.  This did not deter him and he pressed home his attack in the face of heavy opposition.

 

In February 1944 whilst investigating a radar contact by Leigh Light, one of our own destroyers opened a heavy barrage at point blank range at him, scoring several cannon shell hits which severely damaged his tail unit as well as severing many of the control wires. He flew his damaged aircraft safely back to base over a distance of over 200 miles where a safe landing was effected.

 

Flying Officer Facey is very keen on operations and has trained his crew to a very high standard. On two occasions he has met up with enemy aircraft but through good airmanship and an efficient crew has managed to evade combat and complete his patrol.


He is a very capable captain and has flow hard and continuously on operations, always carrying out the job allotted him [with] keenness and quiet exactitude, thereby setting an example to all in the squadron.

 

The Group Captain commanding Station St.Eval wrote on 12 April 1944:

 

Flying Officer Facey has well deserved the award for which he is now recommended. His leadership and aggressive attitude toward the enemy is an inspiration to other officers and Non Commissioned aircrew in the squadron.

 

This was further approved at the level of No.10 Group (26 April 1944) and Coastal Command Headquarters (10 May 1944).

 

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FAGUY, F/L Joseph Paul Andre (J15381) - Mention in Despatches - Overseas - Award effective 8 June 1944 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 1729/44 dated 11 August 1944.  Enlisted 21 June 1940 in Quebec City.  Trained at No.1 BGS (graduated 21 December 1940).  No citation in AFRO.

 

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FAIR, Sergeant Alan Kirby (R63688) - Mention in Despatches - No.427 Squadron (AFRO gives unit as "Leeming") - Award effective 14 June 1945 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 1600/45 dated 12 October 1945.  Home in Guelph, Ontario; enlisted in London, Ontario, 28 May 1940. DHist file 181.009 D.2619 (RG.24 Vol.20628) has recommendation forwarded to No.6 Group HQ, 12 February 1945 when he was a Fitter in "B" Flight, No.427 Squadron.  Had served two years in Canada, 33 months in UK.

 

Coupled with his devotion to duty and ability as a mechanic, Sergeant Fair's pleasing personality has done much to promote harmony among his subordinates and to gain the confidence of air crews.  Result: excellent serviceability.  This NCO is making an outstanding contribution to the war effort on this station.

 

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FAIRBAIN, Corporal Donald Bradford (R170776) - British Empire Medal - RCAF Overseas Headquarters - Award effective 14 June 1945 (RCAF Routine Order 1127/45 dated 6th July 1945).  Born in Beamsville, Ontario, 25 May 1913.  Educated there and Ontario Agricultural College.  Farm commentator for CBC, 1939-1942.  Enlisted in Toronto, 12 June 1942.  Trained at Queen's University and McGill.  Further trained at No.31 RDF (radar) School, Clinton, Ontario, 18 February to 30 May 1943.  Taken on strength of RCAF Overseas Headquarters, 5 February 1944.  Corporal, 1 May 1944; Pilot Officer, 23 January 1945; released 4 August 1945.

 


A member of the field radio recording unit since its inception, Corporal Fairbain accompanied Mitchell bombers into aerial action on D Day to broadcast over leading international networks Royal Canadian Air Force operations on the attack.  Subsequently covering operations right through into Holland and Germany, he has taken ever greater responsibilities as sickness, accidents and enemy action took a toll of other members of the unit.  He has done an extraordinarily productive job far beyond the line of ordinary duty.  He has handled the most difficult assignments, combing with his air force duties those of a broadcasting system war correspondent.  His daily reports to Canada have been concise, accurate and so authoritative that they are regularly used on other major networks, bringing to millions of listeners the feats of the Royal Canadian Air Force.

 

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FAIRBANKS, F/L David Charles (J9069) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.274 Squadron - Award effective 23 January 1945 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 471/45 dated 16 March 1945. Trained at No.3 ITS, No.21 EFTS, and No.9 SFTS.  For additional details see H.A. Halliday, The Tumbling Sky and Summer 1977 issue of Journal of the Canadian Aviation Historical Society.  Medals and logbook displayed in RCAF Memorial Museum, Trenton, Ontario.  Credited with the following victories (aircraft serials via Chris Shores, Aces High, 2nd edition): 8 June 1944 one Bf.109 destroyed plus one Bf.109 damaged (No.501 Squadron, Spitfire X4272 coded SD-J); 29 August 1944, one V-1 destroyed (No.274 Squadron Tempest); 17 December 1944, two Bf.109s destroyed and one Bf.109 damaged (No.274 Squadron, Tempest EJ762); 4 January 1945, one FW.190 destroyed (No.3 Squadron, Tempest EJ777); 14 January 1945, one Bf.109 destroyed plus one FW.290 destroyed (No.3 Squadron, Tempest EJ690); 23 January 1945, one Ju.52 destroyed (shared with another pilot) plus one Ju.88 probably destroyed plus one Ju.88 damaged (No.3 Squadron, Tempest EJ695; probably and damaged claims on aircraft on airfield); 11 February 1945, one Me.262 destroyed (No.274 Squadron, Tempest NV645; victim was actually an Ar.234); 14 February 1945, one Me.262 damaged (No.274 Squadron, NV645); 16 February 1945, two Bf.109s destroyed (No.274 Squadron, NV645); 22 February 1945, two FW.190Ds destroyed (No.274 Squadron, Tempest EJ648); 24 February 1945, one FW.190 destroyed (No.274 Squadron, Tempest NV943); 28 February 1945, one FW.190 destroyed (No.274 Squadron, NV943; he was shot down and taken prisoner in this engagement).

 

Flight Lieutenant Fairbanks has completed a large number of sorties and has set a fine example of determination and devotion to duty throughout.  On one occasion in November 1944, whilst attacking an enemy locomotive, his aircraft was badly hit and turned completely over while at a low altitude. One of the petrol tanks was pierced and a fire commenced in one of the wings.  Displaying admirable coolness and great skill, Flight Lieutenant Fairbanks succeeded in righting the aircraft and set course for home.  The fire in the wing died down but not before it had done much damage.  Nevertheless, Flight Lieutenant Fairbanks succeeded in reaching base.  This officer has invariably displayed a high degree of courage.

 


FAIRBANKS, F/L David Charles (J9069) - Bar to Distinguished Flying Cross - No.274 Squadron - Award effective 6 March 1945 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 625/45 dated 13 April 1945. 

 

This officer continues to display a high standard of skill and gallantry.  Within recent weeks he has destroyed five enemy aircraft, bringing his victories to eight.  Flight Lieutenant Fairbanks has also effectively attacked many enemy targets on the ground.  His keenness and determination have set a high example to all.

 

FAIRBANKS, S/L David Charles (J9069) - Second Bar to Distinguished Flying Cross - No.274 Squadron - Award effected 7 July 1945 as per London Gazette dated 20 July 1945 and AFRO 1453/45 dated 14 September 1945.

 

Squadron Leader Fairbanks has destroyed fifteen enemy aircraft.  On two separate occasions since his last award he has shot down two aircraft in one sortie and in less than a fortnight he has destroyed six, including a jet propelled aircraft.  As a flight and then a squadron commander he has led many daring and highly successful attacks on enemy communications, principally locomotives and road transport.  In three weeks seventy-two enemy locomotives and vehicles were successfully attacked.  By the excellent example he has set, his initiative and fine leadership, this officer has inspired the other members of his squadron and all pilots with whom he has come in contact.

 

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FAIREY, F/L Walter McNutt (J14324) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.624 Squadron - Award effective 17 August 1944 as per London Gazette dated 25 August 1944 and AFRO 2231/44 dated 13 October 1944.  Born in Calgary, 1911; home in Lloydminster, Saskatchewan.  Enlisted in Winnipeg, 27 September 1940. Trained at No.6 SFTS (graduated 11 September 1942).

 

Now in his second tour of operational duty, this officer has always shown the greatest possible determination and has seldom failed to complete an operation.  Flight Lieutenant Fairey's high standard of courage and ability have been an example to all in his squadron.

 

FAIREY, S/L Walter McNutt, DFC (J14324) - Croix de Guerre (France) - Overseas - Awarded as per AFRO 1619/45 dated 19 October 1945.   Public Records Office Air 2/8769 has recommended citation (but not unit).

 

This officer has completed numerous missions over territory occupied by the enemy.  His courage and determination are outstanding and during more than 50 sorties he has achieved a large proportion of success.

 

 


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FAIRHURST, FS James Henry (R54953) - Mention in Despatches - No.5 Squadron (Canada) - Award effective 14 November 1944 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 2684/44 dated 15 December 1944.  Home in Montreal; enlisted there 31 May 1940.

 

This NCO was first flight engineer in an attack against an enemy submarine during which he exchanged fire, cleared two stoppages, and continued firing at the submarine, thereby preventing its crew from taking full advantage of their heavier armament.  His shooting on this occasion was very accurate.  This NCO has at all times shown competence and devotion to duty on operational sorties.

 

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FAIRLEY, P/O James Alan (J17088) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.61 Squadron - Award effective 3 June 1943 as per London Gazette dated 15 June 1943 and AFRO 1338/43 dated 16 July 1943.  Graduate of Ridley College, St.Catharines, Ontario.  Home in Toronto; enlisted there 26 February 1941.  Trained at No.3 ITS (graduated 27 July 1941), No.17 EFTS (graduated 15 September 1941), No.8 SFTS (left 3 October 1941), No.4 AOS (graduated 21 February 1942) and No.7 BGS (graduated 27 April 1942).  Died at Uxbridge, Ontario, 31 May 1999.

 

This officer has taken part in numerous sorties against such distant and strongly fortified targets as Essen, Hamburg, Cologne, Turin and Spezia.  Throughout these attacks his cool courage under heavy anti-aircraft fire has been exemplary.  His keen watchfulness has inspired confidence in his pilot and crew and thus has contributed much to the successes achieved.  His courage and devotion to duty have invariably been highly commendable.

 

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FALCONER, F/L John Robert (J13488) - Commended for Valuable Services - No.7 Bombing and Gunnery School - Award effective 14 November 1944 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 2684/44 dated 15 December 1944.  Enlisted in Montreal, 24 August 1940.  Trained at No.1 ITS (graduated 3 November 1940), No.4 EFTS (graduated 23 December 1940), and No.8 SFTS (graduated 3 April 1941).

 

This officer has completed over three years as a navigator instructor and has displayed outstanding qualities of energy and ability and great devotion to duty.

 

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FALLIS, F/O Allan Harry (J16828) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.524 Squadron - Award effective 5 February 1945 as per London Gazette dated 16 February 1945 and AFRO 563/45 dated 29 March 1945. Born 1922; home in Portage la Prairie, Manitoba.  Previously served with Manitoba Rifles.  Enlisted in Winnipeg, 15 April 1941.  Trained at No.2 ITS (graduated 3 August 1941), No.2 AOS (graduated 25 October 1941) and No.2 BGS (graduated 6 December 1941).  Awarded Queen's Coronation Medal, 23 October 1953, while a Squadron Leader on staff of Canadian Joint Air Training Centre.  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 2/8830 has recommendation dated 4 November 1944 when he had flown 47 sorties (247 hours 35 minutes), 28 July 1942 to 26 October 1944.

 

28 Jul 42        Hamburg (8.15)                                 3 Sep 44        Lindhoven (3.50)

31 Jul 42        Dusseldorf (5.50)                              5 Sep 44        Le Havre (3.20)

21 Oct 42       West Frisians (3.00)                         8 Sep 44        Le Havre (4.05)

26 Oct 42       Bordeaux (7.20)                                10 Sep 44      Le Havre (3.25)

6 Oct 42         Bordeaux (7.30)                                11 Sep 44      Kamen (4.20)

7 Nov 42         Genoa (8.35)                                     12 Sep 44      Frankfurt (6.40)

10 Nov 42      West Frisians (4.10)                         23 Sep 44      Dusseldorf (4.00)

29 Nov 42      Turin (8.20)                                        28 Sep 44      Calais (2.35)

28 Nov 42      Turin (DNCO, (6.15)                         5 Oct 44         Saarbrucken (5.00)

2 Dec 42        Frankfurt (6.10)                                  6 Oct 44         Dortmund (5.30)

7 Dec 42        West Frisians (3.20)                         7 Oct 44         Emmerich (3.45)

8 Dec 42        Kattegat (6.45)                                  14 Oct 44       Duisberg (4.05)

13 Dec 42      ASR, Dutch Coast (5.05)                 14 Oct 44       Duisberg (4.25)

17 Dec 42      Fallersluben (5.50)                            19 Oct 44       Stuttgurt (5.00)

20 Dec 42      Duisberg (3.50)                                 21 Oct 44       Flushing (4.25)

8 Jan 43         Baltic (7.30)                                       22 Oct 44       Nuess (4.30)

14 Jan 43       Lorient (DNCO, 3.50)                       23 Oct 44       Essen (5.25)

15 Jan 43       Lorient (3.10)                                     25 Oct 44       Essen (4.10)

23 Jan 43       Lorient (5.20)                                     26 Oct 44       Loverkusen (4.15)

 

Flying Officer Fallis has taken part in forty-seven operational sorties as navigator of heavy bomber aircraft.  These sorties include attacks on all the most heavily defended German targets.

 

He is an excellent navigator and has set a most praiseworthy example by the cool and efficient manner in which he has carried out his work and by his genuine keenness to take part in operations.

 

His second tour, which has included attacks against fifteen German targets and attacks on important targets in enemy occupied territory, has been completed by flying as spare navigator with no less than five different crews.

 

Flying Officer Fallis is strongly recommended for the award of the Distinguished Flying Cross in recognition of his high standard of skill, courage and devotion to duty.

 


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FALLON, F/O Frank Charles (J29669) - 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.  Enlisted in London, Ontario, 4 August 1942.  Trained at No.6 ITS (graduated 17 April 1943), No.1 BGS (graduated 12 July 1943) and No.4 AOS (graduated 20 August 1943).  No citation other than "completed... numerous operations against the enemy in the course of which [he has] invariably displayed the utmost fortitude, courage and devotion to duty".   Public Records Office Air 2/9070 has recommendation dated 20 February 1945 when he had flown 45 sorties (194 hours 35 minutes), 27 May 1944 to 14 February 1945.

 

27 May 44      Le Clipon (4.00)                         6 Oct 44         Sterkrade (3.05)

4 June 44       Calais (3.40)                              14 Oct 44       Duisburg (3.20)

5 June 44       Merville (5.50)                            28 Oct 44       Cologne (4.05)

6 June 44       Conde (5.45)                              29 Oct 44       Walcheren (2.05)

12 Jun 44       Arras (4.35)                                31 Oct 44       Cologne (4.05)

15 Jun 44       Boulogne (4.10)                         4 Nov 44         Bochum (3.45)

16 Jun 44       Sterkrade (4.40)                        6 Nov 44         Gelsenkirchen (3.40)

1 July 44         Biennais (4.25)                          11 Nov 44      Dortmund (4.10)

4 July 44         Biennais (4.15)                          16 Nov 44      Julich (3.15)

5 July 44         Biennais (4.15)                          18 Nov 44      Wanne Eickel (4.25)

9 July 44         Mont Candon (3.45)                  12 Dec 44      Essen (4.20)

7 Aug 44        Caen (2.30)                                21 Dec 44      Cologne (4.05)

13 Aug 44      La Pallice (5.30)                        30 Dec 44      Cologne (4.10)

14 Aug 44      TRACTABLE 22 (2.35)             2 Jan 45         Nuremburg (6.15)

18 Aug 44      Bremen (4.50)                            5 Jan 45         Rayan (5.00)

25 Aug 44      Russelsheim (6.45)                   5 Jan 45         Hannover (4.20)

26 Aug 44      Kiel (5.10)                                   22 Jan 45       Duisburg (3.50)

11 Sep 44      Castrop Rauxel (3.20)               28 Jan 45       Stuttgart (5.50)

12 Sep 44      Wanne Eickel (3.25)                  7 Feb 45        Cleve (3.50)

13 Sep 44      Nordstern (3.20)                         8 Feb 45        Politz (7.45)

20 Sep 44      Calais (2.05)                              13 Feb 45      Dresden (8.00)

25 Sep 44      Calais (2.10)                              14 Feb 45      Chemnitz (7.00)

30 Sep 44      Bottrop (3.20)

 

Flying Officer Fallon has shown great keenness for operations.  He has participated in many sorties as Bomb Aimer, and his outstanding example has helped to maintain a high standard of efficiency amongst the Bomb Aimers on the squadron.  Flying Officer Fallon has, at all times, displayed the greatest keenness and determination and his example is most commendable.  Flying Officer Fallon has always been eager to engage the enemy and his results are most gratifying.

 

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FALLON, P/O Henry Richards (J86801) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.429 Squadron - Award effective 1 September 1944 as per London Gazette dated 19 September 1944 and AFRO 2373/44 dated 3 November 1944.  American in the RCAF; born in Bryn Mawr, USA, 1924; home there.  Enlisted in Montreal, 28 September 1942.  Trained at No.3 BGS.  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.5524 (RG.24 Vol.20667) has recommendation for a DFM dated 2 June 1944 when he had flown 29 sorties (188 hours 20 minutes), 15 September 1943 to 24 May 1944. Sergeant at that date.

 

This NCO has been engaged on twenty-nine attacks on enemy targets, many of them the most heavily defended targets in Germany.  Throughout his tour as an operational gunner he has shown a splendid offensive spirit and by his cheerfulness has helped to encourage the rest of the crew, often under most trying conditions.  By his skill and unfailing watchfulness as a Mid-Upper Gunner he has on several occasions been able to warn his captain of the approach of enemy aircraft and to direct evasive action and save the crew from attack.  He has spent long periods in the mid-under lookout position and in spite of fatigue and discomfort from cold, has carried out his duties cheerfully.

 

It is considered that this fine example of continual devotion to duty and aggressive spirit fully merits the award of the Distinguished Flying Medal.

 

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FALLOON, Sergeant George Hugh (R62201) - Distinguished Flying Medal - No.158 Squadron - Award effective 12 July 1943 as per London Gazette dated 13 July 1943 and AFRO 1724/43 dated 27 August 1943.  Home in Brandon, Manitoba; enlisted in Saskatoon, 24 June 1940.

 

One night in June 1943, this airman was the flight engineer of an aircraft detailed to attack a target at Le Creusot.  During the operation the aircraft was hit by anti-aircraft fire and fragments of shrapnel severed the petrol cock control, cables and an oil pipe line, which caused a considerable quantity of oil to flow in the fuselage.  Sergeant Falloon was unable to operate the petrol cocks or ascertain the source of the oil leak without entering the wing.  By means of an axe he made an aperture in the side of the fuselage and thus was able to crawl into the wing and fulfil his task.  By his initiative and determination this airman contributed materially to the safe return of the aircraft.

 

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FALLS, P/O Franklin Meredith (J15734) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.97 Squadron - Award effective 6 November 1942 as per London Gazette dated 20 November 1942 and AFRO 1962/42 dated 4 December 1942.  Born in Montreal, 1920; home in Outremont.  Student.  Enlisted in Montreal, 10 October 1940.  Trained at No.1 ITS (graduated 27 January 1941), No.13 EFTS (graduated 17 March 1941), and No.8 SFTS (graduated 4 July 1941).

 

As captain of aircraft this officer has taken part in many attacks on the Ruhr and other targets in Germany, including a low level attack on Danzig.  Recently he participated in the daylight attacks on Le Creusot and Milan and one of the night attacks on Genoa.  On each occasion he pressed home the attack with great determination.

 

FALLS, S/L Franklin Meredith, DFC (J15734) - 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, this officer has led his crew with skill and determination, pressing home his attacks with the utmost vigour, however fierce the opposition.  Since the award of the Distinguished Flying Cross, Squadron Leader Falls has also done excellent work as a deputy flight commander, setting a fine example of courage and ability in the performance of all his duties.  In January 1945 he took part in a particularly hazardous mission against an oil refinery at Politz, when the success of the whole mission was materially assisted by Squadron Leader Falls' accuracy as a target marker.

 

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FANNING, Sergeant Gerald Glenwood (R88226) - Mention in Despatches - Overseas - Award effective 8 June 1944 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 1729/44 dated 11 August 1944. Home in Hazel Hill, Guy County, Nova Scotia; enlisted in Halifax, 14 March 1941.  Trained at No.4 WS (graduated 13 February 1942) and No.3 BGS (graduated 30 March 1942).  No citation in AFRO.

 

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FARB, F/O Herbert Reuben (J14222) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.405 Squadron - Award effective 16 February 1944 as per London Gazette dated 29 February 1944 and AFRO 644/44 dated 24 March 1944.  Born in 1914; home in Kapeskasing, Ontario.  Enlisted in North Bay, Ontario, 30 September 1941.  Trained at No.1 AOS (graduated 11 September 1941).

 

This officer was the navigator of an aircraft which attacked Berlin one night in January 1944.  On the return flight the aircraft was hit by anti-aircraft fire, and a little later was attacked by a fighter.  In the action Flying Officer Farb was wounded in the arm and the back.  Although suffering from the loss of blood and in much pain, this gallant navigator continued his duties until the mission was ended.  He displayed great fortitude, determination and devotion to duty in trying circumstances.

 

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FARLEY, Sergeant Thomas Ernest Hiliary (R96410) - Air Force Medal - No.6 SFTS - Awarded 14 November 1944 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 2684/44 dated 15 December 1944.  Home in Ottawa. Card says he re-enlisted in Ottawa on 4 November 1943, suggesting (from his training dates) that he had joined once, been trained, then became a civilian instructor. Trained at No.1 ITS (graduated 25 September 1941), No.10 EFTS (graduated 5 December 1941), and No.6 SFTS (graduated 27 March 1942). Reported to have flown 1,314 hours to date, 1,017 as instructor, 429 in past six months.

 

This NCO is an excellent instructor of long experience.  He has shown skill and determination in his duties and has at all times shown the greatest willingness to co-operate for the good of his unit both during and off duty hours.

 

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FARMER, WO Alfred Clayton (R134906) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.12 Squadron - Award effective 5 February 1944 as per London Gazette dated 15 February 1944 and AFRO 644/44 dated 24 March 1944. Born in Sault Ste.Marie, Ontario, 1921. Home in Prue Falls, Manitoba. Papermaker. Enlisted in Winnipeg, 3 November 1941. Trained at No.3 BGS (graduated 28 August 1942).  No citation other than "...completed...many successful operations against the enemy in which [he] displayed high skill, fortitude and devotion to duty."  Public Records Office Air 2/8782 has recommendation dated 9 December 1943 when he had flown 26 sorties (184 hours), as follows:

 

11 June 1943                                                     Dusseldorf     5 Sept 43 Mannheim

12 June 1943                                                     Bochum          22 Sep 43             Hanover

21 June 1943                                                     Krefeld            23 Sept 43            Mannheim     

22 June 1943                                                     Mulheim          27 Sept 43            Hanover         

28 June 1943                                                     Cologne         29 Sept 43            Bochum         

6 July 1943    GARDENING                             1 Oct 43         Hagen

24 July 1943  Hamburg                                     22 Oct 43       Kassel

29 July 1943  Hamburg                                     3 Nov 43         Dusseldorf

2 Aug 43        Hamburg                                     10 Nov 43      Modane

9 Aug 43        Mannheim                                   18 Nov 43      Berlin

17 Aug 43      Peenemunde                              16 Dec 43      Berlin

22 Aug 43      Leverskusen                               20 Dec 43      Mannheim

3 Sept 43       Berlin                                           23 Dec 43      Berlin

 


Flight Sergeant Farmer is a Canadian mid-upper gunner and has now participated in twenty-seven operations against targets in Germany and northern Italy, outstanding amongst which are Cologne, Milan, Nuremburg, Hanover and Berlin.  Flight Sergeant Farmer has frequently faced heavy odds in the form of enemy fighters, but the same coolness and courage which he has instilled into the members of his squadron has been instrumental in extricating his aircraft from many perilous situations.  This cheerful confidence has moreover inspired a high standard of moral in his crew.  This NCO's fine example fully merits the award of the Distinguished Flying Medal.

 

 

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FARMER, W/C Alfred Wells (C14763) - Member, Order of the British Empire - AFHQ - Award effective 1 January 1946 as per Canada Gazette of that date and AFRO 82/46 dated 25 January 1946.  Born in Lake Mary, Florida, 3 October 1903.  Educated at University of Toronto (Medical School) graduating 1927, then taking five years post-graduate training. Subsequently on staff of Sick Childrens' Hospital.  Maintained private practice in plastic surgery and taught at University of Toronto.  Enlisted 5 October 1942.  Served in No.1 Training Command until 1 June 1943, after which he was appointed surgical consultant at AFHQ.  Left the RCAF in August 1945 but was appointed a member of advisory medical committee to the RCAF and consultant in surgery (1946), remaining on RCAF Reserve.  Awarded Queen's Coronation Medal, 23 October 1953 (Group Captain).

 

This officer came to the Royal Canadian Air Force as an outstanding general surgeon and a recognized authority in plastic surgery.  Shortly after commissioning he was appointed Consultant in Surgery to the Royal Canadian Air Force.  He has been responsible for an organization of surgical arrangements which has not only ensured the best possible treatment in the shortest possible time, but also has reduced the numbers and degree of disabled and pensionable cases.  He has been a leading factor in the development of the Medical Reconditioning Programme for the physical rehabilitation of all surgical cases.  In 1943 he visited the United Kingdom and co-ordinated arrangements with Canada.  He has been willing to personally treat cases requiring the services of his great skill.  His energy and devotion to duty have been exemplary.

 

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FARMER, P/O Henry Horatio (J17773) - Mention in Despatches - Overseas - Award effective 8 June 1944 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 1729/44 dated 11 August 1944.  Born in Stratford, Ontario, 1915; home there.  Upholsterer and feltman. Trained at No.1 BGS and No.1 WS.  No citation in AFRO.

 


FARMER, F/O Henry Horatio (J17773) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.429 Squadron - Award effective 8 September 1945 as per London Gazette dated 21 September 1945 and AFRO 1704/45 dated 9 November 1945.  No citation other than "completed...numerous operations against the enemy in the course of which [he has] invariably displayed the utmost fortitude, courage and devotion to duty."  DHist file 181.009 D.2610 (RG.24 Vol.20627) has recommendation dated 18 April 1945 when he had flown two tours.  The first was 34 sorties (218 hours 40 minutes), 26 October 1942 to 24 July 1943 (including six anti-submarine patrols from 26 October 1942 to 11 November 1942 plus an Air/Sea Rescue trip on 13 November 1942; gap in operations from then to 16 February 1943); second tour was 18 sorties (121 hours 45 minutes), 6 December 1944 to 10 April 1945.

 

This officer, who has already completed one operational tour, has participated in eighteen sorties on his second.  He has at all times displayed an exceptionally high standard of courage, leadership, skill and determination in performing his duties as wireless operator air gunner.  His cheerfulness and devotion to duty have been most praiseworthy.

 

It is considered that Flying Officer Farmer's ability and fine example, combined with an aggressive fighting spirit, fully merit the non-immediate award of the Distinguished Flying Cross.

 

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FARQUHARSON, Section Officer (N/S) Elizabeth Rebecca (C5410) - Associate, Royal Red Cross - No.3 Manning Depot - Award effective 28 May 1943 as per London Gazette dated 2 June 1943 and AFRO 1459/43 dated 30 July 1943.  Enlisted in Edmonton, 28 May 1941. On staff of No.3 Manning Depot from 9 September 1941 onwards; to Technical Training School, 7 May 1943. Retired 4 October 1945.

 

This Nursing Sister has rendered most efficient and valuable service and has shown extreme devotion to duty in the capacity of senior nurse.  She has unselfishly devoted many extra hours to instructing and preparing hospital assistants, for examinations and tests, thus increasing their usefulness to the service.  She has been most useful in the selection of prospective nurses and has been responsible for training a number of these new nurses sufficiently to permit them to be employed readily and effectively in hospital work.  Frequently, during periods of shortage of hospital help, she has voluntarily performed many duties not usually required of a nursing sister.

 

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FARQUHARSON, F/O Gordon Henry Taylor (J15976) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.416 Squadron - Award effective 21 August 1944 as per London Gazette dated 29 August 1944 and AFRO 2373/44 dated 3 November 1944.  Born in Toronto, 10 May 1921.  Home in Corbeyville, Ontario.  In Cadet Movement for five years.  Enlisted in Toronto, 28 October 1940.  Trained at No.2 ITS (graduated 20 February 1941), No.2 EFTS (graduated 22 April 1941) and No.32 SFTS (graduated 17 July 1941).  Flight Sergeant on 1 February 1942; Warrant Officer on 1 August 1942; P/O 29 September 1942; F/O 1 January 1943; F/L 10 April 1944.  Posted overseas in July 1941; further trained at No.54 OTU.  Posted to Malta, 3 May 1942, arriving via aircraft carrier fly-off on 9 May 1942; assigned to No.126 Squadron.  Returning to Britain, he was injured in a Liberator crash at Gibraltar, 31 October 1942.  Assigned to No.61 OTU, 2 December 1942 and to No.416 Squadron, 10 September 1943.  Repatriated to Canada, 29 September 1944 and after staff postings (notably No.6 Repair Depot, January to May 1945) he was released on 14 September 1945.  The following list of victories is gleaned from Chris Shores, Malta: The Spitfire Year and from Directorate of History and Heritage fighter claims cards: 15 June 1942, one BR.20 damaged (actually a Ju.88); 6 July 1942, one Z.1007 damaged; 11 July 1942, one Re.2001 destroyed (claimed as an MC.202); 13 July 1942, one Ju.88 damaged; 28 July 1942, one Ju.88 destroyed (shared with four others); 27 August 1942, one Bf.109 damaged (flying Spitfire BP992); 13 October 1942, one Bf.109 probably destroyed plus one Ju.88 probably destroyed (seperate sorties); 14 October 1942, one Bf.109 destroyed; 28 June 1944, one Bf.109 destroyed.

 

Flying Officer Farquharson is a keen and enthusiastic fighter pilot. He has led his flight on numerous occasions and has proved himself a good and capable leader.  He has destroyed at least four enemy aircraft.

 

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FARQUHARSON, WO John Ernest (R144254) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.622 Squadron - Award effective 27 October 1944 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 2637/44 dated 8 December 1944. Born 7 April 1917 in Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island.  Photographer; home in Toronto; enlisted there 21 November 1941.  Trained at No.1 ITS (graduated 17 July 1942) and No.4 AOS (graduated 4 December 1942).  To "Y" Depot, Halifax, 27 December 1942; taken on strength overseas on 4 January 1943. Promoted to Flight Sergeant on 4 June 1943; commisioned 24 October 1944. Repatriated to Canada 29 November 1944; released 11 August 1946. Died 11 October 1968. Cited with FS A.C. Cole, RAF (awarded CGM).

 

In August 1944, Warrant Officer Farquharson and Flight Sergeant Cole were navigator and wireless operator respectively of an aircraft detailed to attack Stettin.  On the return flight the aircraft was intercepted and severely damaged by an enemy fighter.  Although seriously wounded and in great pain, Warrant Officer Farquharson continued his navigational duties but was finally persuaded to be removed to a rest bed where he was given an injection of morphia.  Meantime, Flight Sergeant Cole, although injured in the thigh by a piece of shrapnel, concealed the seriousness of his wound and took over the task of navigating the aircraft back to base.  The English coast was eventually crossed and a landing was made at the first available airfield.  Weak from loss of blood, Flight Sergeant Cole was on the verge of collapse and was removed to a hospital.  These airmen have completed many sorties and their gallantry and devotion to duty have been of a very high order.

 

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FARQUHARSON, W/C Ray Fletcher (C35055) - Member, Order of the British Empire - No.1 Air Command Headquarters - Award effective 1 January 1946 as per Canada Gazette of that date and AFRO 82/46 dated 25 January 1946.  Born 4 August 1897; home in Toronto; enlisted there 25 August 1943.  With No.1 Air Command from then until posted to Britain, 4 July 1944; returned to No.1 Air Command as of 15 January 1945; released 22 November 1945.  After the war served with Defence Research Board; awarded Queen's Coronation Medal in October 1953. Died 1 June 1965. 

 

An outstanding figure in the field of medicine, this officer has given service well beyond the ordinary requirements of his position. Chief among his achievements have been his chairmanship of the Penicillin Committee of Canada and his correlation of consultant services, not only in the Royal Canadian Air Force but also of other branches of the Armed Forces and from an international point of view.  He arrived in Belgium after VE-Day to observe the practical application of penicillin therapy which he has done so much to develop.  For his outstanding services to suffering humanity he is deserving of the highest praise.

 

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FARQUHARSON, S/L William (C3139) - Mention in Despatches - Overseas - Award effective 14 June 1945 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 1395/45 dated 31 August 1945.  Home in Toronto; enlisted there 25 April 1941 with rank of Flight Lieutenant (Works and Buildings trade); at No.4 EFTS until posted overseas, 31 March 1942; promoted to Squadron Leader, 8 March 1943; repatriated to Canada in April 1945; released 24 May 1945.

 

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FARRELL, S/L Desmond William (C1462) - Mention in Despatches - No.407 Squadron (deceased) - Award effective 1 January 1945 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 721/45 dated 27 April 1945. Enlisted in Montreal, 2 January 1940.  Wife in Montreal; at No.2 EFTS from 11 February 1941 to 15 March 1942; at No.10 SFTS, 16 March to 30 December 1942; at No.1 General Reconnaissance School, 31 December 1942 to 19 March 1943 when posted overseas. Killed in action 6/7 June 1944 (Wellington HQ149).  DHist file 181.009 D.2620 (RG.24 Vol.20628) has recommendation for a DFC dated 27 June 1944; this was turned down at Station Chivenor, 1 July 1944 because it had been submitted after Farrell went missing.  He had made attacks on U-boats on 22 December 1943 and 11 March 1944.

 

This officer served in this unit for a period of just under thirteen months. He had to his credit two attacks on submarines and one sighting.  In his capacity as Flight Commander he was an inspiration and help to all junior officers under him, a decided asset to the squadron.  Squadron Leader Farrell failed to return from a Ranger Patrol on the night of June 6th, 1944.

 

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FARRELL, F/O James Francis (J44106) - Mention in Despatches - Overseas - Award effective 1 January 1946 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 388/46 dated 12 April 1946. Born 14 May 1918.  American in the RCAF; home in Jersey City, New Jersey.  Enlisted in Montreal, 20 February 1941.  Trained at No.1 ITS (graduated 21 June 1940), No.12 EFTS (graduated 8 August 1941) and No.14 SFTS (graduated 25 October 1941). To "Y" Depot, Halifax, 25 October 1941; taken on strength overseas, 11 November 1941; promoted to Flight Sergeant at ucertain date and to Warrant Office 2nd Class, 1 April 1943; repatriated to Canada in June 1943 and posted to No.1 OTU; commissioned 24 November 1943; posted overseas again in late February 1944; promoted to Flying Officer 24 May 1944; repatriated 2 August 1945; released 12 April 1946.

 

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FARRELL, P/O Leonard (J90896) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.432 Squadron - Award effective 5 July 1945 as per London Gazette dated 20 July 1945 and AFRO 1619/45 dated 19 October 1945.  Born 22 November 1923 in Bay du Hord, Newfoundland; home there.  Lumberman.  Enlisted in Halifax, 16 February 1943.  Trained at No.9 BGS (graduated 29 October 1943).  To "Y" Depot, Halifax, 12 November 1943; taken on strength overseas on 25 November 1943; commissioned 16 October 1944; repatriated 6 February 1945; promoted to Flying Officer, 16 April 1945; released 25 April 1945. 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 23 March 1945 when he had flown 34 sorties (162 hours ten minutes) between 24 June and 6 December 1944.

 

This officer has completed thirty-four successful sorties over enemy territory.  His tenacity of purpose, endurance and fine offensive spirit have contributed largely to the success of the crew.

 

His splendid record and high degree of courage warrant a strong recommendation for the award of the Distinguished Flying Cross (Non-Immediate).

 

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FARRELL, P/O Norman Bushell (C26200) - Commended for Valuable Services - No.4 EFTS - Award effective 5 May 1944 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 1133/44 dated 26 May 1944. Born in Montreal, 14 July 1910.  With Shell Oil and circulation department, Montreal Gazette (May 1936). Enlisted in Montreal, 24 July 1940.  Graded as a Temporary Sergeant on 17 August 1940 and posted to No.4 EFTS on the same day as instructor; promoted to Warrand Officer 2nd Class, 17 February 1942; to No.5 Manning Depot, 8 January 1943; to No.6 SFTS, 6 February 1943 (graduated 30 April 1943 and commissioned). Posted to No.3 Flying Instructor School, 14 May 1943; to No.4 EFTS, 28 April 1943; promoted to Flying Officer, 30 October 1943; to No.13 EFTS, 29 May 1944; promoted to Flight Lieutenant, 1 August 1944; released 30 January 1945.  As of award had flown 2,836:25 hours, 2,718:10 as instructor, 417:30 in past six months. Returned to Gazette after war.

 

This officer has been employed on flying instruction at Elementary Schools since 1940 and his exceptional ability and conscientious devotion to duty, together with his systematic handling of pupils, has reflected his sincerity and whole-hearted effort in his work.


FARRELL, F/L Norman Bushell (C26200) - Air Force Cross - No.4 EFTS - Award effective 1 January 1946 as per Canada Gazette of that date and AFRO 82/46 dated 25 January 1946.  Governor General's Records (RG.7 Group 26, Volume 59, file 190-I, dossier 8) has citation.  When recommended he had flown 2,836 hours (as of January 1944), 2,718 as instructor, 417 in previous six months.

 

This officer began instructing in 1940 as a civilian.  He has done exceptionally good and conscientious work without a flying accident.  He has handled his pupils very systematically and has trained over 100 pupils and only five of these were ceased training.  He has a sincere and earnest desire to do his duty and has done so with skill and praiseworthy devotion to duty.

 

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FARRELL, P/O William Henry (J16461) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.101 Squadron - Award effective 7 May 1943 as per London Gazette dated 14 May 1943 and AFRO 1078/43 dated 11 June 1943. Born 14 December 1930; home in Toronto; enlisted there 8 January 1941. Trained at No.3 ITS (graduated 9 June 1941), No.13 EFTS, No.2 BGS (graduated 15 February 1942), No.3 AOS (graduated 31 December 1942), and No.1 CNS (graduated 18 March 1943). Rejoined RCAF on 17 May 1950, retiring 30 September 1969.

 

This officer has proved to be an outstanding navigator who has displayed exceptional keenness and skill.  One night in December 1942, during an attack on Munich, his aircraft was severely damaged by anti-aircraft fire The fine navigational skill displayed by Pilot Officer Farrell, considerably assisted his captain in flying the aircraft safely back to this country, despite heavy rain and low cloud.  On another occasion while on a flight to Berlin his co-operation and support again enabled his pilot to return safely though heavy damage had been sustained during a combat with an enemy fighter.  By his coolness, courage and devotion to duty, this officer has contributed to the successful completion of many operational sorties.

 

NOTE: Public Record Office Air 2/8950 has recommendation drafted 23 March 1943 when he had flown 30 sorties (202 hours minutes), including a very detailed sortie sheet:

 

13 Sept 42 Bremen (8.05)                    Duty carried out

20 Nov 42   Turin (8.00)                         Target identified and bombed

22 Nov 42   Stuttgart (8.10)                   Bombed from 5,000 feet; bursts seen

28 Nov 42   Turin (8.30)                         Fires started; bursts seen southeast of aiming point

2 Dec 42     Frankfurt (7.45)                  Duty carried out; landed on beam in 300 yards visibility.

6 Dec 42     Mannheim (7.20)               Target bombed; heavy flak encountered

8 Dec 42     Mining (6.00)                      Successful trip

9 Dec 42     Turin (8.00)                         Bursts observed in target area.


11 Dec 42  Turin (7.10)                         Target not attacked; appalling weather conditions, unable to maintain sufficient height to cross Alps.

20 Dec 42  Duisburg (4.15)                  Successful attack

21 Dec 42  Munich (8.15)                     Flak damage; elevator, trimming tab control severed.

3 Jan 43      Mining (7.20)                      Successfully carried out.

16 Jan 43   Berlin (8.15)                       Target bombed

17 Jan 43   Berlin (8.50)                       Combat with Me.110 which was destroyed, but Lancaster suffered severe damage.

23 Jan 43   Dusseldorf (4.40)               Duty carried out in 10/10 cloud.

27 Jan 43   Dusseldorf (5.05)               Successful trip.

30 Jan 43   Hamburg (5.55)                 Target bombed in 10/10 cloud.

2 Feb 43     Cologne (5.25)                   Fires started; good trip

4 Feb 43     Turin (8.15)                         Successfully carried out.

18 Feb 43   Wilhelmshaven (4.45)       Bombed target area

21 Feb 43   Bremen (5.00)                    Objective attacked

25 Feb 43   Nuremburg (8.00)              Target bombed

28 Feb 43   St.Nazaire (6.25)               Very successful trip

1 Mar 43     Berlin (7.20)                       Duty carried out

3 Mar 43     Hamburg (5.15)                 Good show under excellent conditions

5 Mar 43     Essen (4.30)                      Duty completed; heavy flak experienced

8 Mar 43     Nuremburg (8.15)              Well concentrated effort

9 Mar 43     Munich (8.05)                     Successful sortie

11 Mar 43   Stuttgart (8.50)                   Target bombed

 

During his tour of operations on Lancaster aircraft with this squadron, Pilot Officer W.H. Farrell, a Canadian, has shown outstanding determination to achieve the very best results by his keenness and skill as a navigator.

 

On the occasion of the attack on Munich on the night of 21 December 1942, when his aircraft was severely damaged by flak, the superb navigation by this officer aided his captain to bring the aircraft safely back to this country despite heavy rain and low cloud.

 

His splendid team spirit and cooperation with his captain was again displayed on the night of the 17th January 1943, when their aircraft successfully returned to base following heavy damage sustained as a result of a combat with a Messerschmitt 110 over enemy territory.

 

By his coolness, courage and devotion to duty, this officer has largely contributed to the successful completion of many operational flights and his fine record of service, and the example he has set fully merits his recommendation for the award of the Distinguished Flying Cross.


This document was minuted by the Officer Commanding, RAF Station Holme-on-Spalding Moor, Yorkshire on 24 March 1943:

 

Pilot Officer Farrell has shown outstanding ability combined with a strong sense of duty and determination throughout his operational tour.  He has set his mind at all times on the task in hand and displayed high qualities of courage and initiative.  His cheerful confidence has set a magnificent example and has inspired a high morale throughout his squadron.  I regard his devotion to duty and fine record of achievement as fully deserving of recognition by the award of the Distinguished Flying Cross.

 

This was duly approved by the Air Officer Commanding, No.1 Group, on 30 March 1943 as a recommended for a non-immediate Distinguished Flying Cross.

 

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FARREN, F/L Joseph Norman (J23013) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.423 Squadron - Award effective 19 July 1945 as per London Gazette dated 27 July 1945 and AFRO 1672/45 dated 2 November 1945. Born 1914 in Saint John, New Brunswick; home there; service station attendant. Enlisted in Moncton, 22 November 1940. Trained at No.2 ITS (graduated 9 March 1941), No.8 EFTS (graduated 16 May 1941) and No.3 SFTS (graduated 20 August 1941).

 

Flight Lieutenant Farren has completed two tours of operational duty during which he has taken part in numerous sorties and has participated in two attacks on enemy submarines.  These attacks were made in September and December 1944 and were completed with skill and precision and with good results in both cases.  At all times this officer has displayed a fine fighting spirit and great devotion to duty.

 

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FARRIS, F/L Loran Wendell (J29517) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.156 Squadron - Award effective 5 February 1945 as per London Gazette dated 16 February 1945 and AFRO 563/45 dated 29 March 1945. Born in Chipman, New Brunswick, 1918; home in Sydney, Nova Scotia.  Enlisted in Truro, Nova Scotia, 18 June 1942.  Trained at No.1 ITS (graduated 30 December 1942) and No.5 AOS (graduated 20 August 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 2/8831 has recommendation dated 17 November 1944 when he had flown 42 sorties (154 hours 35 minutes).

 

9 Apr 44         Lille                                         24 Jul 44        Stuttgart

10 Apr 44       Laon                                       7 Aug 44        Caen battle area

11 Apr 44       Aachen                                   8 Aug 44        Foret d'Engloss

20 Apr 44       Cologne                                 11 Aug 44      Somain

22 Apr 44       Laon                                       14 Aug 44      Falaise


5 May 44        Montdidier                              16 Aug 44      Kiel

11 May 44      Hasselt                                   26 Aug 44      Kiel

22 May 44      Orleans                                   31 Aug 44      Lumbres

27 May 44      Aachen                                   5 Sept 44       Le Havre

31 May 44      Tergnier                                  9 Sept 44       Le Havre

6 June 44       Houlgate                                 10 Sep 44      Le Havre

8 June 44       Fougeres                               11 Sep 44      Gelsenkirchen

9 June 44       Le Mans                                 12 Sep 44      Scholven

23 Jun 44       Coubronnes                           13 Sep 44      Gelsenkirchen

2 July 44         Oisemont                               6 Oct 44         Sterkrade

7 July 44         Vaires                                     7 Oct 44         Cleve

10 Jul 44        Nucourt                                   14 Oct 44       Duisburg

11 Jul 44        Gapennes                              19 Oct 44       Stuttgart

15 Jul 44        Nucourt                                   23 Oct 44       Essen

19 Jul 44        Rollez                                      25 Oct 44       Essen

23 Jul 44        Donges                                  28 Oct 44       Cologne

 

Flight Lieutenant Farris has now completed 42 operational sorties with the Pathfinder Force, 35 of which have been Marker sorties.  Many German targets are included in this total.

 

This officer is a navigator of outstanding ability.  He has flown many sorties on Master Bomber duties, during one of which the aircraft was hit and damaged by predicted flak.  Flight Lieutenant Farris has, however, always carried on with his duties cooly and undeterred by the hazard around him.  His efficiency and courage have made him a valuable member of his crew.

 

He has always shown a devotion to duty of a high order, and I recommend him for the award of the Distinguished Flying Cross.

 

 

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FAST, FS Alvin Peter (R101037) - Distinguished Flying Medal - No.156 Squadron - Award effective 6 August 1943 as per London Gazette dated 13 August 1943 and AFRO 1849/43 dated 10 September 1943.  Born in Laird, Saskatchewan, 1917; home in Langley Prairie, British Columbia.  Labourer.  Enlisted in Saskatoon, 15 May 1941.  Trained at No.4 BGS (graduated 19 January 1942) and No.4 WS (graduated 19 December 1942).

 

Flight Sergeant Fast is a wireless operator of outstanding ability and it has been due, in no small measure, to his skill that many of his missions have been successful.  He has taken part in operational sorties, many of them of long duration and over very heavily defended enemy territory.  Amongst the targets attacked have been Cologne, Wuppertal, Dortmund, Duisburg and Spezia.


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FAULDER, F/L John Murray (J22749) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.408 Squadron - Award effective 1 December 1944 as per London Gazette dated 8 December 1944 and AFRO 337/45 dated 23 February 1945.  Born 1920 in Cockermouth, Cumberland, England (letter from Douglas G. Faulder dated 22 June 1997).  Home in Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan.  Former militia service (King's Own Rifles).  Enlisted in Regina, 29 October 1940. Trained at No.7 ITS (graduated 27 February 1942), No.6 EFTS (graduated 22 May 1942), and No.4 SFTS (graduated 11 September 1942).  Commissioned in 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.1633 (RG.24 Vol.20603) has recommendation dated 4 September 1944 when he had flown 30 sorties (137 hours five minutes), 9 April to 30 August 1944.

 

Flying Officer Faulder has completed a very large number of operations against the enemy.  On many of these sorties he penetrated deep into Germany to bomb such heavily defended targets as Friedrichshafen and Karlsruhe.  Throughout his tour, this officer has displayed a fine offensive spirit and great keenness to participate in all operations against the enemy.  On all occasions he pressed home his attack with great determination and seldom returned without an excellent picture of the aiming point attacked.

 

Flying Officer Faulder by his cheerful determination and operational ability has set a splendid example to this whole squadron.  Therefore, I recommend that he be awarded a non-immediate Distinguished Flying Cross.

 

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FAULKENER, WO Victor Herbert (R127997) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.158 Squadron - Award effective 1 September 1944 as per London Gazette dated 19 September 1944 and AFRO 2373/44 dated 3 November 1944.  Born 1922 in Toronto.  Home there. Enlisted Toronto, 26 August 1941.  Trained at No.3 WS (graduated 22 January 1943) and No.3 BGS (graduated 23 October 1942.  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 15 June 1944 when he had flown 29 sorties (177 hours 58 minutes operational flying time).

 

25 July 43       Essen (4.40)                                 27 Sept 43     Hanover (5.36)

27 July 43       Hamburg (5.04)                            4 Oct 43         Frankfurt (8.21)

29 July 43       Hamburg (5.54, attacked by       11 Nov 43      Cannes (9.31)

Ju.88s on three occasions;         18 Nov 43      Mannheim (8.04)

no damage)                                  15 Mar 44      Stuttgart (8.17)

2 Aug 43        Hamburg (5.41)                            30 Mar 44      Nuremburg (4.06, early

9 Aug 43        Mannheim (7.10)                                                  return, navigator sick)

10 Aug 43      Nuremburg (7.03)                         9 Apr 44         Villeneuve St.Georges (5.23)


17 Aug 43      Peenemunde (7.30)                     20 Apr 44       Ottignes (4.07)

22 Aug 43      Leverkusen (6.07)                        22 Apr 44       Dusseldorf (5.06)

23 Aug 43      Berlin (7.47)                                  24 Apr 44       Karlsruhe (6.47)

27 Aug 43      Nuremburg (4.32)                         27 Apr 44       Aulnoye (4.20)

15 Sept 43     Montlucon (7.04)                           27 May 44      Bourg Leopold (4.38)

16 Sept 43     Modane (7.36)                              2 June 44       Trappes (5.10)

22 Sept 43     Hanover (5.49)                              6 June 44       Chateaudun (5.37)

23 Sept 43     Mannheim (6.55)                          7 June 44       Versailles (4.03)

 

On the night of 29/30 July 1943, this Non-Commissioned Officer was rear gunner in an aircraft detailed to attack Hamburg. It was a night of intense fighter activity and Ju.88s made no fewer than three separate attacks on his aircraft. From his position in the rear turret this Non-Commissioned Officer coordinated perfectly with his colleague in the mid-upper turret and combat manoeuvre was given so effectively to his captain that the night fighters failed to effect even one strike on the aircraft. Then on his third operational sortie, Warrant Officer Faulkner revealed high qualities of coolness and courage in the face of the enemy's fire, and throughout the remainder of his tour, which totals 29 trips, he has confirmed the high opinion then formed of his qualities.

 

Keen, efficient and courageous, he has been an excellent influence in his section, and has always been willing to give of his best in the training of new men.  His example and conduct at all times have been magnificent.  For his outstanding record on operations and his unfailing devotion to duty at all times, it is recommended that he be awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross.

 

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FAULKNER, FS Albert Rice (R53088) - British Empire Medal - Eastern Air Command Headquarters - Award effective 1 January 1946 as per Canada Gazette of that date and AFRO 82/46 dated 25 January 1946.  Home in Aurora, Ontario.  Enlisted in Toronto, 6 November 1939.

 

The high standard of morale at the barracks for this command may be attributed in large measure to the efforts of Flight Sergeant Faulkner.  This non-commissioned officer has been in charge of Messing for the Officers, Sergeants and Other Ranks Messes on this unit for over a year.  He instructs and supervises his own staff and works many hours beyond the normal call of duty.  In five years service in Eastern Air Command he has gained a record of outstanding meritorious service.

 

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FAUQUIER, W/C John Emilius (C1399) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.405 Squadron - Award effective 29 July 1942 as per London Gazette dated 4 August 1942 and AFRO 1413/42 dated 4 September 1942.  Born 1909 in Ottawa.  Home in Toronto.  Ex-Royal Highlanders of Canada.  Trained at Camp Borden.  See Tom Coughlin, The Dangerous Sky: Canadian Airmen in World War II and lengthy obituary notice in Toronto Globe and Mail of 4 April 1981.  Died in Toronto, 3 April 1981.    Medals held in Canadian War Museum (AN 1985-0003-001).

 

Throughout the many sorties in which he had participated this officer has displayed the highest quality of courage and leadership.  His ability and grim determination to inflict the maximum damage on the enemy have won the admiration of the squadron he commands.  Wing Commander Fauquier took part in the two raids on Essen when a thousand of our aircraft operated each time.  He is an exceptional leader.

 

FAUQUIER, W/C John Emilius, DFC (C1399) - Distinguished Service Order - No.405 Squadron - Award effective 31 August 1943 as per London Gazette dated 17 September 1943 and AFRO 2198/43 dated 29 October 1943.

 

This officer is a first-class leader whose skilful and courageous example has proved most inspiring.  His sterling qualities were well illustrated during an operation against Peenemunde one night in August 1943, and again a few nights later in an attack against Berlin.  Wing Commander Fauquier has displayed boundless energy and great drive and has contributed, in a large measure, to the high standard of operational efficiency of the squadron he commands.

 

FAUQUIER, G/C John Emilius (C1399) - Bar to Distinguished Service Order - No.405 Squadron - Award effective 19 March 1944 as per London Gazette dated 31 March 1944 and AFRO 921/44 dated 28 April 1944.

 

This officer has commanded the squadron with notable success during the past nine months.  He has frequently taken part in sorties against distant and well defended targets including several attacks on the German capital.  He is a forceful and gallant leader whose outstanding ability and unswerving devotion to duty have been reflected in the fine operational work performed by the whole squadron.  Group Captain Fauquier has set an example of the highest order.

 

FAUQUIER, A/C John Emilius, DSO, DFC (C1399) - 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.

 

FAUQUIER, G/C John Emilius, DSO, DFC (C1399) - Second Bar to Distinguished Service Order - No.617 Squadron - Award effective 1 June 1945 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 1147/45 dated 13 July 1945.

 


Since assuming command of the squadron in December 1944, this officer has taken part in almost all the sorties to which the formation has been committed.  Early in February 1945, Group Captain Fauquier led the squadron in an attack on the U-Boat pens at Poortershaven.  Photographs obtained showed that the bombing was accurate and concentrated.  Since then, this officer has participated in a number of sorties during which the railway viaduct at Bielefeld, a railway bridge over the river Weser and a viaduct over a flooded meadow near to Ardbergen bridge were all rendered unusable by the enemy.  By his brilliant leadership, undoubted skill and iron determination, this officer played a good part in the successes obtained.  He has rendered much loyal and valuable service.

 

FAUQUIER, A/C J.E., DSO, DFC (C1399) - Chevalier of the Legion of Honour (France) - AFRO 485/47 dated 12 September 1947 and Canada Gazette dated 20 September 1947

 

FAUQUIER, A/C J.E., DSO, DFC (C1399) - Croix de Guerre avec Palm (France) - AFRO 485/47 dated 12 September 1947 and Canada Gazette dated 20 September 1947.

 

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FAUROT, F/L Vincent Joseph James (J15479) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.226 Squadron - Award effective 8 August 1944 as per London Gazette dated 11 August 1944 and AFRO 2101/44 dated 29 September 1944.  Born 1917 in Niagara Falls.  Home there.  Educated Mt. Carmel College, Ottawa.  Enlisted Niagara Falls, 22 July 1940.  Trained at No.2 ITS (graduated 30 September 1940), No.1 EFTS (graduated 11 December 1940) and No.2 SFTS (graduated 21 February 1941).

 

During his first tour of operations this officer completed several low level shipping attacks.  Now on his second tour he has continued to display outstanding courage and determination and under his leadership the crew have achieved many successes.

 

NOTE:  Public Record Office Air 2/9633 has recommendation drafted 3 December 1943. The form itself indicates had flown 30 sorties (73 hours 15 minutes), but the sortie sheet itself shows 31 trips.

 

9 Aug 41     Circus to Gravelines (1.15)                 Bombs dropped

10 Aug 41   Dunkirk (45 minutes)                           Low level to Dunkirk Harbour, from Manston, attacking shipping; bombs dropped.

12 Aug 41   Circus on Le Trait (1.00)                     No bombs dropped.

7 Sept 41    Operation of shipping (2.50)               Bombs dropped

11 Sep 41   Operation of shipping (3.00)               Bombs dropped.

15 Oct 41    Circus to Le Havre (3.15)                    Bombs dropped.

9 Mar 42      Sea search, dinghies (2.00)                           -

14 Mar 42   Le Havre (2.00)                                    Armed M.C. [merchant cruiser ?]; cloud over harbour; bombs dropped.

15 Mar 42   Channel Islands (3.00)                         A.M.C. [armed merchant cruiser ?]; not found; bombs not dropped.

25 Mar 42   Circus, Lille (30 minutes)                    Recalled; bombs not dropped.

27 Apr 42    Circus on Flushing (1.50)                    Bombs dropped.

17 May 42   Circus on Boulogne (2.00)                  Bombs dropped.


31 May 42   Sea search, dinghies (1.30)               35 miles from Dutch coast.

5 June 42    Circus on Ostend (1.45)                      Bombs dropped.

20 July 42    Kuhlmann Chemical (2.00)                 Low level, leading; bombs dropped.

17 May 43   Ramrod to Dunkirk (1.40)                   Four minutes from coast, turned back due to weather.

18 Aug 43   Ramrod to Flushing (1.45)                  Two minutes from coast, turned back due to weather.

19 Aug 43   Ramrod to Lens (1.55)                        Bombs dropped.

28 Sep 43   Sea search for dinghies (1.30)                       -

15 Oct 43    Sea search for dinghies (1.45)                       -

20 Oct 43    Sea search for dinghies (4.00)                       -

21 Oct 43    Ramrod to Rouen (2.25)                     Power station target; turned back three miles from French coast due to weather.

24 Oct 43    Sea search for dinghies (2.15)                       -

24 Oct 43    Ramrod to Schipol, Holland (1.50)     Bombs dropped.

5 Nov 43      Ramrod, Mimoyecoves (2.00)            Bombs dropped.

10 Nov 43   Ramrod, Cap Gris Nez (1.55)            Leading six; bombs dropped.

11 Nov 43   Ramrod, Cap Gris Nez (2.00)            Leading six; bombs dropped.

19 Nov 43   Sea search for dinghies (3.00)                       -

25 Nov 43   Ramrod, Cap Gris Nez (1.55)            Leading six; bombs dropped.

25 Nov 43   Ramrod, Cap Gris Nez (2.00)            Leading six; bombs dropped.

26 Nov 43   Ramrod, Cherbourg (4.25)                 No fighter cover; turned back.

 

This officer has completed one tour of operations, including several low level shipping attacks, and is now in the middle of his second tour. He has proved himself to be an exceptional leader during high level formation sorties, and has always pressed home his attacks with the greatest determination, thereby being a source of inspiration to the other members of his squadron.

 

The Station Commander (signature illegible) added, on 11 December 1943:

 

This young officer is doing extremely well in every respect. His first tour was completed during a period of heavy losses. After excellent work at Operational Training Unit during his rest, he is now an outstanding captain and leader in his squadron. His experience and example have been of inestimable value to the numerous fresh crews in the squadron. His leadership is such that there is competition amongst crews for a position in his formation, which he leads remarkably well with the sole object of hitting the enemy as hard and frequently as possible. His level headed courage, his fine example and the service he has given and is giving, deserve recognition in the award of the Distinguished Flying Cross.

 

On 20 December 1943, Air Vice Marshal Basil Embry wrote:

 


I endorse this recommendation. This officer sets a high example to his squadron and well deserves the award of the Distinguished Flying Cross.

 

This was further endorsed by the Air Marshal (signature illegible) commanding Allied Expeditionary Air Force (1 January 1944) and by Air Chief Marshal Trafford Leigh-Mallory, Air Commander-in-Chief, Allied Expeditionary Air Forces (31 May 1944).  The delay between recommendation and gazetting is remarkable, as is the delay between 1 January and 31 May 1944.

 

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FAUX, Sergeant Allan Walter (R52194) - Mention in Despatches - Linton-on-Ouse - Award effective 14 June 1945 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 1600/45 dated 12 October 1945.  Enlisted 18 November 1939, London.  Home in Toronto.  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 forwarded 3 February 1945 when he had served 42 months in Canada, 21 months overseas.  Fitter IIE.

 

This NCO is a fine outstanding man.  His work as an NCO and tradesman has been of the highest calibre.  On numerous occasions aircraft have taken off on operations due to the ability of this NCO.  He is like and respected by all those with whom he works.

 

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FAWCETT, W/C George Maurice (C1563) - Member, Order of the British Empire - AFHQ - Award effective 1 January 1946 as per Canada Gazette of that date and AFRO 82/46 dated 25 January 1946.  Born in Calgary; educated at University of Manitoba.  Enlisted in Montreal, 29 December 1939.  Began as Squadron Signals Officer for No.120 Squadron, Jerhico Beach, and then Station Signals Officer for Patricia Bay.  Took a radar course in UK, posted as radar officer to Eastern Air Command, and served at AFHQ from 1942 to 1945.  Director of Electronic Development, 1945-48, later with Canadian Joint Staff, Washington, and Senior Telecommunications Staff Officer with Air Material Command.  Received Queen's Coronation Medal, 4 November 1953, when he was back at AFHQ.

 

This officer displayed keen initiative in the development of radar equipment for use in the Royal Canadian Air Force.  His excellent judgement and diligence exercised in the establishment of such systems have resulted in increased effectiveness of operational squadrons in this country.  By his complete devotion to duty and willingness to accept any responsibility, this officer has set a fine example for all personnel with whom he has served.

 

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FAWCETT, P/O Herbert Andrew (J86875) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.139 Squadron - Award effective 27 October 1944 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 2637/44 dated 8 December 1944.  Born Yorkshire ,1922.  Home Ramsey, Hertfordshire (also given as Huntington, Quebec).  Enlisted in Montreal 9 October 1941. Trained at No.5 ITS (graduated 1 March 1942), No.20 EFTS (graduated 22 May 1942) and No.3 SFTS (graduated 11 September 1942).  Commissioned in 1944

 

One night in September 1944, Pilot Officer Fawcett was detailed to attack Berlin.  During the bombing run the aircraft was illuminated by searchlights and subjected to heavy anti-aircraft fire.  Despite this, Pilot Officer Fawcett maintained a steady run.  His aircraft was hit, however, and sustained much damage.  The hydraulic system was put out of action and the port engine rendered useless.  Nevertheless, this pilot turned for home and eventually flew his damaged aircraft to an airfield in this country and effected a safe landing with the undercarriage retracted.  This officer has completed very many sorties, fourteen of them against the German capital.  He has invariably displayed outstanding courage and devotion to duty.

 

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FAWCETT, F/L Roswell John (J22867) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.429 Squadron - Award effective 10 May 1945 as per London Gazette dated 22 May 1945 and AFRO 1147/45 dated 13 July 1945.  Born Toronto, 1918;  home there; accountant, ex-RCA.  Enlisted Toronto 11 March 1942.  Trained at No.1 ITS (graduated 25 September 1942), No.1 BGS (graduated 20 November 1942) and No.8 AOS (graduated 8 January 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.2610 (RG.24 Vol.20627) has recommendation dated 21 January 1945 when he had flown 32 sorties (183 hours 40 minutes), 22 October 1943 to 15 October 1944.  This tour has some large gaps - no sorties between 22 November 1943 and 21 January 1944 or between 6 June and 27 August 1944.

 

This officer, as Air Bomber in heavy bomber aircraft, has participated in thirty-two attacks against enemy targets, many of which have been against the heavily defended areas of industrial Germany, including three attacks on the capital of the Reich.  He is a most competent, skilful and efficient air bomber who has at all times shown great devotion to duty and has ensured that his attacks were delivered where they were calculated to do the maximum of damage.  On all occasions he has shown a cheerful co-operation with his crew and with his section leader to whom he was of great assistance.  By his example of cheerful devotion to duty he has inspired his crew and the other air bombers of the squadron...

 

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FAWTHORP, F/O Donald Arthur (J29737) - Belgian Croix de Guerre 1940 with Palm (deceased) - Awarded 17 July 1948 as per Canada Gazette of that date and AFRO 455/48 dated 23 July 1948.  Born Cornwall, Ontario, 8 October 1922.  Home there; ex-Northern Electric.  Pilot, killed in action with No.421 Squadron, 11 March 1945, Spitfire RK910.  Buried in Belgium.

 

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FAY, Flight Sergeant Arthur Edward (R61629) - Distinguished Flying Medal - No.78 Squadron - Award effective 21 January 1943 as per London Gazette dated 5 February 1943 and  AFRO 757/43 dated 30 April 1943.  Born in 1920.  Home in Lebret, Saskatchewan.  Student.  Enlisted in Regina, 21 June 1940.  Trained at No.2 ITS, No.1 WS (graduated 22 December 1940), and No.2 BGS (graduated 20 January 1941).  No citation - "member of aircraft crew...displayed great gallantry and determination in attacks against targets in enemy occupied territory."  Ian Tavender records, in The Distinguished Flying Medal Register for the Second World War (London, Savanah Publications, 2000) the following recommendation as found in Public Record Office Air 2/4937; Fay was reported as having flown 23 sorties (126 hours).

 

Flight Sergeant Fay was the Wireless Operator/Air Gunner in an aircraft which took off from Middleton St.George at 2100 hours on 11th August 1942 to bomb Mainz. After completing the operation, the aircraft was attacked and the crew were forced to bail out.  Flight Sergeant Fay showed determination and courage in evading capture and eventually arrived safely back in this country.  I recommend the award of the Distinguished Flying Medal.

 

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