FEE, S/L John Clark (C773) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.412 Squadron - Award effective 24 August 1942 as per London Gazette dated 11 September 1942 and AFRO 1653/42 dated 16 October 1942. Born Toronto 1915. Home Calgary. Enlisted as P/P/O, 5 July 1937. Trained at Trenton and Camp Borden (wings on 20 May 1938 at Trenton). Promoted to F/O, 5 July 1938. To No.1 (F) Squadron, 22 August 1938. Later to No.115 Detachment. F/L on 15 January 1940, S/L 1 March 1941. Initially overseas with No.41 Squadron (damaged a Bf.109 near Le Havre on 4 May 1942; damaged an E-Boat and small flak ship, 21 May 1942). Took command of No.412 Squadron, Merston, 29 July 1942. On 19 August he led the squadron on three trips over Dieppe, twice engaging FW.190s. Became W/C (Flying) of Kenley Wing, 27 November 1942. On 4 December he became detached from squadrons when hood frosted over. He ordered wing to re-assemble over Boulogne after they had been broken up by German fighters. While heading towards Boulogne he saw four FW.190s on tail of a Spitfire, chased them off and claimed one "probably destroyed"). Led wing on unproductive morning sweep, 17 January 1943. Killed in action 17 January 1943 while leading another sweep; bounced by FW.190s that shot down Fee and his wingman.
This officer is a fine pilot and skilful leader. By his outstanding ability he has been mainly responsible for the high standard of fighting efficiency of the squadron he commands. He has completed a large number of sorties including some during the combined operations at Dieppe. Squadron Leader Fee has at all times set a most inspiring example.
FEE, W/C John Clark (C773) - Bar to Distinguished Flying Cross - Canadian Fighter Wing - Award effective 25 January 1943 as per London Gazette dated 9 February 1943 and AFRO 373/43 dated 5 March 1943.
This officer, both as a squadron commander and a wing leader, has taken part in a large number of operational sorties. He has always shown exceptional enthusiasm to engage the enemy and remarkable coolness when under fire. Wing Commander Fee is a brilliant leader who has set a splendid example of courage and determination.
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FEE, F/O Kendall Russell (J18452) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.428 Squadron - Award effective 8 September 1945 as per London Gazette dated 21 September 1945 and AFRO 1704/45 dated 9 November 1945. Born 1913, Swift Current, Saskatchewan; home there (drug clerk). Enlisted in Winnipeg, 5 August 1941. Trained at No.2 ITS (graduated 28 March 1942) and No.3 AOS (graduated 1 August 1942). Commissioned June 1943. No citation other than "completed... numerous operations against the enemy in the course of which [he has] invariably displayed the utmost fortitude, courage and devotion to duty." DHist file 181.009 D.1941 (RG.24 Vol.20612) has recommendation by S/L R.W. Swartz dated 20 April 1945 when he had flown 17 sorties (123 hours 30 minutes) of a second tour (4 February to 13 April 1945).
This officer has displayed great courage and determination coupled with exceptional skill and ability as a navigator. His tenacity of purpose and ability to concentrate on a particular problem under any circumstance with no regard to personal comfort or well-being has made him invaluable to his pilot.
His ability and unselfish devotion to duty have been an inspiration to all.
During his two tours of operations he has participated in many sorties on difficult targets and his efforts and fine navigating have contributed in a large measure to the operational success of his crew and the squadron as a whole.
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FEE, F/O William Burdette (J9247) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.98 Squadron - Award effective 28 June 1943 as per London Gazette dated 9 July 1943 and AFRO 1582/43 dated 13 August 1943. Born in Swift Current, 1918. Home there. Enlisted King's Own Rifle Corps, 1940. Joined RCAF in Regina, 10 March 1941. Trained at No.2 ITS (graduated 21 July 1941), No.15 EFTS (graduated 12 September 1941) and No.4 SFTS (graduated 5 December 1941).
In June 1943 this officer captained one of a formation of bombers detailed to attack an industrial target in Belgium. Shortly before reaching the objective the bomber was engaged by enemy fighters. One engine was hit and caught fire while other equipment was damaged which caused the bomb doors to fall open and remain hanging. Flying Officer Fee continued with the formation, however, but was losing height. The enemy made two more attacks in quick succession and the bomber sustained severe damage making it difficult to control. In spite of this Flying Officer Fee succeeded in flying clear and course was set for home. On the return flight the bomber lost height steadily but displaying fine airmanship Flying Officer Fee flew the damaged aircraft to this country and effected a successful crash landing at an aerodrome near the coast. In harassing circumstances this officer displayed courage, skill and determination of a high order.
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FEIGHT, F/L Cleon Blake (J13022) - Mention in Despatches - Overseas - Award effective 14 June 1945 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 1395/45 dated 31 August 1945. American in the RCAF; home in Long Beach, California. Enlisted Vancouver 6 August 1941. Trained at No.4 ITS (graduated 24 January 1942), No.5 EFTS (graduated 11 April 1942) and No.7 SFTS (graduated 28 August 1942).
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FELLER, S/L Jacob (C3972) - Mention in Despatches - Leeming - Award effective 14 June 1945 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 1395/45 dated 31 August 1945. Home in Ottawa; enlisted in Toronto 16 November 1940. Went overseas September 1942. Was reported to be Medical Officer to No.429 Squadron in early 1943. No citation in AFRO or biographical file. DHist file 181.009 D.2619 (RG.24 Vol.20628) has recommendation forwarded 1 February 1945 to No.63 Base HQ. At that time he had served 23 months in Canada, 29 months overseas, and was Station Senior Medical Officer.
Squadron Leader Feller has been Medical Officer at this unit for thirteen months during which period he has shown himself to be outstandingly efficient in his duties. His conscientious devotion to duty has been very noticeable, entailing long hours of work and many extra assignments. His interest in the health of the Station personnel is more than professional. He has taken an active participation in many phases of Station life and in all respects is an outstanding officer.
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FELLINGHAM, F/O Arthur Bernard (C37957) - Commended for Valuable Services - No.7 Bombing and Gunnery School - award effective 1 January 1946 as per Canada Gazette of that date and AFRO 82/46 dated 25 January 1946. Home in Vancouver; enlisted in Flin Flon, Manitoba, 7 April 1941.
This officer has completed 14 months service as staff pilot at this unit and has flown 700 hours on schedule exercise work, both Bombing and Gunnery without damage to an aircraft. He has set an excellent example in his devotion to duty.
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FELLOWES, Fl/O Barbara Isabel (V30083) - Mention in Despatches - Linton-on-Ouse - Award effective 1 January 1946 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 418/46 dated 18 April 1946. Identified in AFRO as "Overseas". McEwen papers (CWM) with list of recommendations with MiD recommendations for 1 February to 31 July 1945 identifies unit.
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FENTIMAN, S/L Arthur Edward (J5789) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.424 Squadron - Award effective 15 March 1945 as per London Gazette dated 23 March 1945 and AFRO 765/45 dated 4 May 1945. Born 1918 in Ottawa; home there. Enlisted Ottawa 18 August 1940. Trained at No.2 ITS (graduated 24 January 1941), No.2 EFTS (graduated 29 March 1941), and No.7 SFTS (graduated 21 June 1941).
Squadron Leader Fentiman has completed many sorties against strongly defended targets, always displaying fine leadership and great determination. In October 1944, he was detailed to participate in a mine-laying mission. Shortly after leaving base, Squadron Leader Fentiman encountered adverse weather. Dense cloud with extreme icing prevailed, preventing the normal manipulation of the controls. Despite this handicap this officer pressed on and released his mines. Squadron Leader Fentiman's initiative and exceptional airmanship coupled with his coolness and courage in the face of danger have always been most praiseworthy.
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FENTON, P/O Harvey Wesley (J16787) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.405 Squadron - Award effective 1 September 1943 as per London Gazette dated 14 September 1943 and AFRO 2322/43 dated 12 November 1943. Born Ottawa 1919. Home there. Trained at No.6 BGS, No.10 AOS and No.2 ANS.
This officer, as navigator, has taken part in attacks on some of the enemy's most heavily defended targets such as Duisburg, Essen and Cologne, and by his exceptional skill and devotion to duty has contributed much to their success. His courage and cheerfulness have made him a most valuable member of aircrew.
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FENTON, S/O Jessie McPherson (V30542) - Mention in Despatches - Station Gander - Award effective 14 June 1945 as per Canada Gazette of that date and AFRO 1127/45 dated 6 July 1945. Home Toronto. Enlisted there 9 April 1942.
In her capacity as Non-Public Funds Accountant Officer, Section Officer Fenton has cheerfully and voluntarily devoted long hours of overtime to her exacting duties. Her courageous and consistent desire to help others has been a source of great morale building among all members of the Women's Division on this isolated station and her unflagging interest in all station activities, even to the detriment of her health, has provided an example to all those coming in contact with her.
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FENTON, W/C John Hoystead (C2042) - Member, Order of the British Empire - No.1 ACHQ - Award effective 1 January 1946 as per Canada Gazette of that date and AFRO 82/46 dated 25 January 1946. Born in Ireland, 1909; educated there with a degree in civil engineering. Was in Canada before the war, employed in survey and engineering work around Port Dover (home there). Enlisted in Hamilton, 15 May 1940. Served at Regina, No.3 Training Command Headquarters, and Eastern Air Command Headquarters. Attended RCAF Staff College, Toronto, 1945. Remained in postwar RCAF as a construction engineer. In September 1953 was made Commanding Officer, Station Lincoln Park. Awarded Queen's Coronation Medal, 23 October 1953 (Group Captain).
This officer, by his indefatigable, energetic and thorough organizing and technical ability has in no small measure helped in the successful completing of many construction projects of the Air Training Plan. His wealth of administrative ability coupled with his keen devotion to duty has been exemplary.
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FENTON, F/L Thomas Charles (C4449) - Mention in Despatches - Mediterranean Air Command - Award effective 17 September 1943 as per London Gazette of that date 28 and AFRO 2198/43 dated 29 October 1943. Home Melfort, Saskatchewan. Enlisted in Toronto 24 February 1941.
FENTON, F/L Thomas Charles (C4449) - Mention in Despatches - Mediterranean Air Command - Award effective 14 January 1944 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 874/44 dated 21 April 1944.
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FENTON, F/O William Innis (J19673) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.420 Squadron - Award effective 1 December 1944 as per London Gazette dated 8 December 1944 and AFRO 337/45 dated 23 February 1945. Born 1921 in Ladner, British Columbia. Home there, grocery clerk. Enlisted Vancouver 21 September 1942. Trained at No.4 ITS (graduated 9 October 1942), No.5 EFTS (graduated 18 December 1942) and No.3 SFTS (graduated 30 April 1942). Commissioned 1944. No citation other than "..in recognition of gallantry and devotion to duty in the execution of air operations against the enemy." DHist file 181.009 D.1730 (RG.24 Vol.20607) has recommendation dated 12 September 1944 when he had flown 36 sorties (159 hours five minutes) in tour from 22 March 1944 to 25 August 1944.
Flying Officer Fenton during his tour of operations with this squadron has displayed a fine offensive spirit and a high degree of courage, skill and initiative. On many occasions when he was detailed for operations, though many of the targets were heavily defended, Flying Officer Fenton never once failed to reach his target and press home his attack with a determination which was an inspiration to his crew and his cheerfulness under the stress of these operations set a fine example to all. For his fine record of achievement, his tenacity and strong sense of duty, it is recommended that this officer be awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross.
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FENWICK, P/O Harry Elmore (J15790) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.81 Squadron - Award effective 10 February 1943 as per London Gazette dated 16 February 1943 and AFRO 410/43 dated 12 March 1943. Born Transcona, Manitoba, 21 December 1920. Home in Sioux Lookout, Ontario. Enlisted Windsor, Ontario 19 November 1940. Trained at No.1 ITS (graduated 6 May 1941), No.7 EFTS (graduated 21 June 1941), and No.6 SFTS (graduated 13 September 1941). Killed in action 21 June 1944. Victories as listed in Chris Shores, Aces High, 2nd edition (all flying Spitfires with No.81 Squadron): 9 November 1942, one Ju.88 proably destroyed plus one Ju.88 damaged; 16 November 1942, one Bf.109 damaged; 17 November 1942, one MC.202 destroyed; 18 November 1942, one Bf.109 destroyed; 25 November 1942, one Bf.109 destroyed plus one damaged; 6 November 1942, one Re.2001 destroyed (shared with another pilot), one Re.2001 damaged, one Bf.109 damaged; 31 December 1942, one Bf.109 damaged; 2 March 1943, one Bf.109 probably destroyed (shared with another pilot); 6 March 1943, one Bf.109 damaged (flying BS511); 14 March 1943, two He.111s probably destroyed plus one He.111 damaged (flying EN210); 23 April 1943, one Bf.109 destroyed (flying EN187).
Pilot Officer Fenwick has participated in a very large number of sorties. He has always displayed great determination to achieve success and has destroyed four enemy aircraft.
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FERGUSON, P/O Douglas Coutts (J16467) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.408 Squadron - Award effective 7 May 1943 as per London Gazette dated 14 May 1943 and AFRO 1078/43 dated 11 June 1943. Born Saskatchewan 1921. Home in Weyburn. Enlisted Regina, 14 October 1940. Trained at No.1 ITS (graduated 7 February 1941), No.1 BGS (graduated 7 June 1941), No.1 AOS (graduated 26 April 1941) and No.1 CNS (graduated 8 July 1941). Commissioned 1942.
Since joining this squadron, Pilot Officer Ferguson has displayed skill, courage and determination and throughout his tour of duty has been of great assistance to his captain. By his coolness in the most adverse situations he has led his pilot to targets, which have included Berlin, Cologne, Essen and Turin, with great efficiency and keenness. His skill and determination in action have been an inspiration to his crew.
NOTE: Public Record Office Air 2/8950 has the original recommendation drafted 12 March 1943 when he had flown 30 sorties (168 hours 45 minutes) as follows:
15 Apr 42 GARDENING, St.Nazaire 29 Jul 42 Saarbrucken (6.20)
(6.25) 5 Aug 42 GARDENING, Lorient
19 Apr 42 GARDENING, Tershelling (5.00)
(5.40) 2 Sept 42 GARDENING (4.20)
22 Apr 42 GARDENING, Rosemary 2 Sept 42 Karlsruhe (7.25)
(5.30) 7 Sept 42 GARDENING, Lorient
24 Apr 42 Rostock (7.30) (6.00)
7 May 42 GARDENING, Mipplefarte 21 Jan 43 GARDENING, Frisians
30 May 42 Cologne (6.00) 3 Feb 43 Hamburg (6.20)
1 Jun 42 Essen (5.20) 4 Feb 43 Turin (10.15)
5 June 42 Essen (6.00) 18 Feb 43 GARDENING, Frisians
20 June 42 Lille (NICKEL, 4.50) (4.15)
24 June 42 St.Nazaire (5.20) 19 Feb 43 Wilhelmshaven (4.35)
2 July 42 Bremen (3.35) 25 Feb 43 Cologne (5.05)
14 July 42 GARDENING, Tershelling 1 Mar 43 St.Nazaire (5.25)
(4.15) 2 Mar 43 Berlin (7.30)
19 Jul 42 Molline (Intruder, 3.25) 5 Mar 43 Essen (5.05)
24 Jul 42 GARDENING, Dutch Coast 8 Mar 43 Nuremburg (9.30)
25 Jul 42 GARDENING, St.Nazaire
Since coming to this squadron in April 1942, Pilot Officer Ferguson has carried out sorties on targets in Germany against the heaviest enemy defences. These operations included sorties to: GARDENING (12), Essen (2), Bremen (1), Karlsruhe (1), Wilhelmshaven (1), Nuremburg (1), Rostock (1), NICKEL (1), Moline (1), Hamburg (1), Berlin (1), Cologne (2), St.Nazaire (2), Saarbrucken (1), Turin (1), Essen (1).
He has led his pilot into targets with a great determination and cool judgement and thus brought back several pictures of the target showing a fine record of achievement. Throughout his tour, he has been a very efficient navigator and his skill and determination in action has been an inspiration to other members of his crew.
This was minuted on 22 March 1943 by G/C C.R. Dunlap, Officer Commanding, Station Leeming:
Pilot Officer Ferguson has shown great skill, courage and determination, and throughout his tour has been a great aid to his captain by his coolness during adverse conditions. His efficient navigation has prove to be an inspiration to his crew mates and I heartily endorse this recommendation for the award of the Distinguished Flying Cross.
On 29 March 1943 A/V/M G.E. Brookes, Air Officer Commanding, No.6 Group, added his remarks:
A good type of junior officer and doing excellent work. Recommend the award of the Distinguished Flying Cross.
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FERGUSON, W/C James Kenneth Wallace (C4085) - Member, Order of the British Empire - No.1 Composite Training School - Award effective 14 June 1945 as per Canada Gazette of that date and AFRO 1127/45 dated 6 July 1945. Born 18 March 1907 at Tamsui, Formosa. Educated at University of Toronto (BA, MA, MD specializing in Biology). Assistant professor at University of Toronto. Enlisted in Toronto, 3 February 1941. After the war he returned to teaching and became Professor of Pharmacology and Head of that department at the University of Toronto. Died in Toronto, 13 December 1999, as which time his awards were listed as MA, MD, MBE, FRSC, and Order of Ontario.
Wing Commander Ferguson has made an outstanding contribution to the safety and efficiency of aircrew in the design of the Royal Canadian Air Force oxygen mask. This mask was the first to eliminate the serious hazard produced by blockage of the oxygen supply from freezing. Several of the distinctive features of the mask are incorporated in oxygen equipment at present used by the Royal Air Force and the United States Army Air Force. Wing Commander Ferguson has also made valuable contributions to the development of other oxygen equipment by fundamental studies on respiratory physiology and the effects of high altitude. In addition, he has been responsible for the direction of research at No.1 Clinical Investigation Unit, Toronto, on the design of protective clothing and emergency equipment for aircrew and the physiological effects of low pressure, cold, heat and noise. This officer's contribution to the service has been outstanding and of immeasurable value.
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FERGUSON, F/O John Ambrose (J17623) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.428 Squadron - Award effective 9 October 1945 as per London Gazette dated 19 October 1945 and AFRO 1822/45 dated 7 December 1945. Born 1923, Port Arthur, Ontario. Home there, clerk. Enlisted in Winnipeg 14 June 1941. Trained at No.2 ITS (graduated 8 October 1941), No.8 EFTS (graduated 6 December 1941) and No.7 SFTS (graduated 11 April 1942). Commissioned May 1943. Cited with Sergeant John H. Edwards (RCAF, bomb aimer, awarded DFM). Events described were on 29/30 May 1943 (both POW after raid on Wuppertal). Shot down on his 13th sortie. Served in postwar militia and Citizenship Court Judge. Died 19 September, 1998. NOTE: middle of citation reads badly - either a minor misprint or poor drafting makes the grammar poor.
Throughout many operational sorties, this officer and airman have displayed courage and devotion to duty. On one occasion in May 1943 they were captain and air bomber respectively of an aircraft detailed for an attack against Wuppertal. Whilst en route to the target their aircraft was hit by anti-aircraft fire and Flying Officer Ferguson was wounded in the head by shell fragments. As he was in a semi-conscious state for about twenty minutes, during which time Sergeant Edwards took over the captaincy of the aircraft which was circling Dusseldorf and being subjected to heavy anti-aircraft fire. When Flying Officer Ferguson regained consciousness he found the aircraft had been very severely damaged. Nevertheless, with the assistance of Sergeant Edwards, he continued to the target which was successfully bombed. During the homeward flight the crippled aircraft rapidly lost height and, while still over enemy territory, the port engine failed completely. By superb airmanship, Flying Officer Ferguson managed to keep his aircraft airborne until all the members of his crew had been able to leave it successfully by parachute. Immediately after, the aircraft struck a hill and this officer, who was severely injured, was taken prisoner of war.
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FERGUSON, LAC John Donald (R164232) - Mention in Despatches - No.436 Squadron (AFRO gives unit only as "Overseas") - Award effective 1 January 1946 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 418/46 dated 18 April 1946. No citation. DHist file 181.009 D.1769 (RG.24 Vol.20610) has recommendation dated 9 June 1945; Airframe Mechanic; home in Windsor, Ontario. Enlisted there 10 June 1942.
This airman has proven himself to be a superior tradesman. It was to a great extent due to his unceasing efforts and devotion to duty that the serviceability of the aircraft of this unit was kept at a high level during the first trying months of operations. It is strongly recommended that the service rendered by this airman be recognized by the award of "Mention in Despatches".
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FERGUSON, G/C John Henry - Officer, Order of the British Empire - No.2 ED - Award effective 1 January 1946 as per Canada Gazette of that date and AFRO 82/45 dated 25 January 1946. Born Scotland; attended University of Manitoba. Enlisted at Camp Borden, 6 June 1927. Awarded Queen's Coronation Medal, 25 October 1953, when on retired list.
This officer has been in command of this Equipment Depot since 1942, before its move from Calgary to Vancouver. Having to train an almost entirely inexperienced staff and constantly handicapped by lack of accommodation, he has succeeded in making it one of the most efficient Depots in Canada, which has had a marked bearing on the overall efficiency of the Command. Group Captain Ferguson's hard work, cheerful disposition and tact have been an inspiration to those under him and a great aid to his superiors in the performance of their duties.
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FERGUSON, Sergeant Maurice Angus (R97493) - Mention in Despatches - No.52 MFH - Award effective 1 January 1945 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 425/45 dated 9 March 1945. Home in Hamilton; enlisted in Trenton, 16 November 1940.
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FERGUSON, F/O Percival Edward Hefferman (J40181) - Mention in Despatches Overseas - Award effective 14 June 1945 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 1478/45 dated 21 September 1945. Born in Harcourt, New Brunswick. Enlisted in Moncton, 11 August 1941. Trained at No.3 ITS (graduated 14 February 1942), No.17 EFTS (graduated 25 April 1942) and No.8 SFTS (graduated 14 August 1942).
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FERGUSON, S/L Robert Ross (J7584) - Mention in Despatches - CGS - Award effective 1 January 1945 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 337/45 dated 23 February 1945. Home in Fort San, Saskatchewan; enlisted in Regina, 17 October 1940. Trained at No.1 ITS (graduated 28 March 1941), No.2 EFTS (graduated 28 May 1941) and No.10 SFTS (graduated 25 September 1941). No citation.
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FERGUSON, F/O Ross McMillan (J28917) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.429 Squadron - Award effective 6 January 1945 as per London Gazette dated 16 January 1945 and AFRO 508/45 dated 23 March 1945. Born 1923, Scotsguard, Ontario. Home Erin, Ontario. Labourer. Enlisted in Hamilton, Ontario 6 April 1942. Trained at No.3 ITS (graduated 9 October 1942), No.11 EFTS (graduated 8 January 1943) and No.9 AOS (graduated 6 August 1943). No citation other than "completed...numerous operations against the enemy in the course of which [he has] invariably displayed the utmost fortitude, courage and devotion to duty." DHist file 181.009 D.2609 (RG.24 Vol.20627) has recommendation from W/C A.F. Avant dated 13 October 1944 when he had flown 27 sorties (136 hours) from 27 May to 3 October 1944.
This officer as navigator has completed a very large number of sorties against targets in France and Germany with notable success. On all occasions he has displayed fine fighting spirit and his coolness under fire has been most praiseworthy. By his accurate navigation, often under hazardous circumstances, he has contributed largely to the success of his missions. His cheerfulness and eagerness to come to grips with the enemy have been most commendable. He has been most helpful in his section training and inspiring newer navigators.
It is considered that this officer's fine operational record, fortitude and devotion to duty fully merit the award of the DFC.
FERGUSON, F/L Ross McMillan, DFC (J28917) - Bar to Distinguished Flying Cross - No.405 Squadron - Award effective 8 September 1945 as per London Gazette dated 21 September 1945 and AFRO 1704/45 dated 9 November 1945.
This officer has now completed two tours of operations, participating in attacks against many heavily defended targets, including Stuttgart, Essen and Merseberg. The fine spirit shown by this officer, both in the air and on the ground, has been a splendid example to all navigators in the squadron. Since the award of the Distinguished Flying Cross, he has enhanced his already distinguished operational record. His courage under fire, combined with his ability and efficiency, has always been outstanding.
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FERGUSON, P/O Stephen (J92240) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.408 Squadron - Award effective 5 July 1945 as per London Gazette dated 20 July 1945 and AFRO 1619/45 dated 19 October 1945. Born 1915, Manchester, England. Home Niagara Falls, Ontario, furnaceman. Enlisted Hamilton, 28 December 1942. Trained at No.3 BGS (graduated 26 November 1943). Commissioned October 1944. No citation other than "completed...numerous operations against the enemy in the course of which [he has] invariably displayed the utmost fortitude, courage and devotion to duty". DHist file 181.009 D.2818 (RG.24 Vol.20627) has recommendation dated 23 March 1945 when he had flown 34 sorties (181 hours 45 minutes) between 1 August 1944 and 3 March 1945.
Pilot Officer Ferguson, as mid-upper gunner on four-engined bombers, has completed a tour of operations against the enemy. His last nine sorties had to be put in as a spare gunner, but in spite of the length of his tour, this officer constantly displayed a fine fighting spirit and a keen sense of duty. He participated in attacks on many heavily defended targets including Hanover, Magdeburg, Stuttgart and Cologne. In view of his excellent example and fine operational record, Pilot Officer Ferguson is strongly recommended for the award of the Non-Immediate Distinguished Flying Cross.
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FERGUSON, F/L William Thomas (C2643) - Air Force Cross - No.165 Squadron (since moved to No.168 Squadron)- Award effective 21 April 1945 as per Canada Gazette of that date and AFRO 802/45 dated 11 May 1945. American, home at McAllen, Texas. Enlisted in Ottawa, 26 August 1940. Reported as having enlisted in Ottawa, 26 August 1940 and having 1,818 flying hours to date.
This officer, as captain of heavy transport aircraft, has constantly shown skill and determination of a high order. As a flight commander his keenness and interest in those under him has been responsible for raising the efficiency of his flight to a very high level and the unflagging zeal with which he has performed his duties has set a splendid example to all those serving with him.
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FERNIE, F/O James Kay (J35761) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.415 Squadron - Award effective 5 April 1945 as per London Gazette dated 13 April 1945 and AFRO 824/45 dated 18 May 1945. Born 1915, Scotland. Home Toronto. Clerk. Enlisted Toronto 25 June 1942. Trained at No.1 ITS (graduated 16 April 1943) and No.4 AOS (graduated 17 September 1943). Commissioned September 1943. No citation other than "completed...numerous operations against the enemy in the course of which [he has] invariably displayed the utmost courage and devotion to duty." DHist file 181.009 D.1750 (PAC RG.24 Vol.20608) has recommendation dated 21 December 1944 when he had flown 31 sorties (146 hours 15 minutes):
This officer has navigated his aircraft to many heavily defended German targets under adverse conditions. Highly skilled and always enthusiastic for operations, he has also been most helpful in ground training. Strongly recommended for the award of the Distinguished Flying Cross (Non-Immediate).
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FERNIHOUGH, F/O Ross John (J388737) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.408 Squadron - Award effective 8 September 1945 as per London Gazette dated 21 September 1945 and AFRO 1704/45 dated 9 November 1945. Born in York, Ontario, 1913; home in Hamilton (fountain manager); enlisted there 5 August 1942. Trained at No.5 ITS (graduated 10 July 1943) and No.1 AOS (graduated 10 December 1943). Commissioned 1943.
Flying Officer Fernihough's outstanding ability, coolness and courage have earned him the admiration of his fellow crew members. His efficiency has been responsible for the completion of many successful operations. He has acted as deputy navigator leader in a satisfactory manner. His navigational skill has enabled his aircraft to return safely to base on numerous occasions, when it has been menaced by enemy anti-aircraft fire and fighters.
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FERNYHOUGH, P/O Walter (J85610) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.432 Squadron (deceased) - Award effective 27 June 1944 as per London Gazette dated 25 January 1946 and AFRO 244/46 dated 8 March 1946. Born Clyde, Alberta 1923. Home Victoria, B.C. Enlisted Vancouver 10 March 1942. Trained at No.7 ITS (graduated 12 September 1942), No.6 EFTS (graduated 7 November 1942), and No.4 SFTS (graduated 19 March 1943). Commissioned March 1944. Killed in action 28/29 June 1944; buried in France. DHist file 181.009 D.5557 (RG.24 Vol.20668) has recommendation dated 26 June 1944 when he had flown 30 sorties (175 hours ten minutes), 25 November 1943 to uncertain date (document torn; last target was Sterkrade).
Pilot Officer Fernyhough, as pilot and captain of aircraft, completed numerous operations against the enemy in the course of which he has invariably displayed the utmost fortitude, courage and devotion to duty.
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FERRELL, Sergeant George (R117536) - Distinguished Flying Medal - No.103 Squadron - Award effective 2 June 1943 as per London Gazette dated 2 June 1943 and AFRO 1459/43 dated 30 July 1943. American in the RCAF. American in the RCAF. Born Trenton, New Jersey. Home in Belleville, New Jersey. Electrician. Enlisted in Montreal 12 July 1941. Trained at No.6 BGS (graduated 28 August 1942) and No.4 WS (graduated 8 June 1942). Cited with a Sergeant K. Breckon (RAF, awarded DFM).
Sergeants Breckon and Ferrell were pilot and mid-upper gunner, respectively, of an aircraft which attacked Dortmund on night in May 1943. On the return flight the aircraft was subjected to repeated attacks by an enemy fighter. Although his turret was rendered unserviceable early in the combat, Sergeant Ferrell operated it manually, at the same time giving his captain a commentary on the attacker's movements. In spite of his difficulties Sergeant Ferrell eventually delivered a well directed burst of fire and shot the attacker down. Soon after crossing the enemy coast one of the bomber's engines caught fire and became unserviceable while a little later another engine ceased to function. Despite this, Sergeant Breckon flew on and, although a third engine became unserviceable as the English coast was reached, he succeeded in gaining an airfield where he executed a masterly landing without the aid of flaps. These members of aircraft crew displayed great skill, courage and determination in circumstances fraught with great danger.
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FERRIER, A/V/M Alan, MC (C11) - Companion, Order of the Bath - AFHQ, Air Member for Aeronautical Engineering - Award effective 1 January 1945 as per London Gazette of that date, Canada Gazette dated 6 January 1945 and AFRO 89/45 dated 19 January 1945. Born in India, educated in Switzerland. Served with Royal Engineers in France, 1914-1919. Later graduated in civil engineering from McGill University. Joined Air Board, 1922 and later CAF. Joined RCAF, Ottawa, 1 April 1924. Loaned to Department of Transport, 1937-1939. Retired in 1945 to take up duties with Air Transport Board. Resigned from that in 1949 to serve ICAO, 1949-1957.
This officer's ability and integrity have been well established by many years of service in the Royal Canadian Air Force. Air Vice-Marshal Ferrier has carried out a great deal of work on the development and executive side of Aeronautical Engineering. He has at all times given the service everything that he has, without reserve, and consequently can be trusted to carry more than his share of the load. During his appointment as Air Member of Air Council for Aeronautical Engineering, his wealth of knowledge and experience have been of inestimable value. He set a high standard in devotion to duty and is a splendid example to all those with whom he associates.
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FERRIS, WO1 (now P/O) Cyril (R79732/J92660) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.434 Squadron - Award effective 5 February 1945 as per London Gazette dated 20 February 1945 and AFRO 563/45 dated 29 March 1945. Born in 1922 at Raymore, Saskatchewan; home there. Enlisted in Regina, 15 November 1940. Trained at No.1 ITS (graduated 4 May 1941), No.7 EFTS (graduated 21 June 1941) and No.6 SFTS (graduated 13 September 1941).
This Warrant Officer has displayed courage and coolness of the highest order. On one occasion in November 1944 his aircraft was detailed to attack Oberhausen. Anti-aircraft opposition was encountered during the approach to the target area. The wireless operator was killed and the bomb aimer, flight engineer and navigator were wounded. Despite these harassing circumstances Warrant Officer Ferris, as pilot and captain of aircraft, pressed home the attack and successfully completed the mission. His great tenacity and indomitable spirit have won the admiration of all.
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FERRIS, F/O Jack Rowe (J20924) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.419 Squadron - Award effective 1 December 1944 as per London Gazette dated 8 December 1944 and AFRO 337/45 dated 23 February 1945. Born 1915 in Toronto; home there; bookkeeper. Enlisted Toronto 13 January 1942. Trained at No.5 ITS (graduated 18 July 1942), No.6 BGS (graduated 25 November 1942) and No.6 AOS (graduated 23 May 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.3260 (RG.24 Vol.20637) has recommendation dated 24 August 1944 when he had flown 37 sorties (197 hours 25 minutes), 4 January to 4 August 1944.
Flying Officer Ferris has taken part in 37 attacks on the enemy, including 11 sorties against the main German targets. On his first operational sortie his aircraft crashed on returning to this country and he was slightly injured. This, however, did not in any way lessen his keenness to fly and determination to attack the enemy. His high standard of navigation was primarily responsible for the fact that during his complete tour his aircraft was never in any difficulty from either flak or fighters and his high courage and fine workmanship were an inspiration to all who came in contact with him.
I consider this officer;s undoubted efficiency and his high courage fully merit the non-immediate award of the Distinguished Flying Cross.
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FERRIS, W/C William Donovan Swanzey (C1351) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.408 Squadron - Award effective 16 May 1943 as per London Gazette dated 28 May 1943 and AFRO 1187/43 dated 25 June 1943. Born in Edmonton, 1911; home there. Educated in Edmonton and Victoria. Attended University of Alberta (engineering), 1930-31. North-West Territories traffic manager for Mackenzie Air Service before the war. Enlisted in Edmonton, 6 November 1939. Trained at No.1 SFTS (graduated 13 July 1940).
This officer has undertaken numerous sorties, including attacks on such heavily defended areas as Emden, Berlin, Essen, Cologne, and others. He has displayed fine leadership, great courage and skill, setting a most inspiring example. On one occasion, with Stettin as the objective, locomotives and searchlight positions were machine-gunned in the course of the flight. On two occasions his aircraft has been illuminated by searchlights whilst over the target but, in spite of this, Wing Commander Ferris executed successful attacks.
NOTE: DHH file RG.24 Volume 20627 has original recommendation drafted by G/C C.R. Dunlap, 7 May 1943 when he had flown 16 sorties (99 hours 26 minutes) and was much more detailed:
Wing Commander Ferris has carried out 16 operational sorties during which some of the most heavily defended enemy targets have been attacked. These operations include the following:
Emden (1) Lorient (1) Kiel (1) Cologne (1)
Duisburg (1) Dusseldorf (1) Turin (1) Dormund (1)
Berlin (1) Essen (1) Stettin (1) Lorient (Gardening) 5
Wing Commander Ferris has been in command of No.408 (RCAF) Squadron since September 1942, and during this period by his forceful and energetic efforts he has built up a squadron which is second to none in keenness, skill and determination. In recognition of his achievements in this regard, he is held in a position of great esteem and admiration by those who serve under his command.
He is at his best during periods of stress and misfortune. His able leadership has pulled the squadron through some trying experiences; his coolness and leadership on such occasions has a most stabilizing and elevating influence; his trip to Stettin on April 20th, 1943, and also his trip to Dortmund on May 4th, 1943, were made when the fortunes of the squadron were at a low ebb; his outstanding performance on these two occasions once again elevated the spirit of the squadron to its normal high level. Both targets mentions were successfully attacked, but neither sortie was without incident. On the former the trip was made at tree-top level, and the tail gunner was afforded several opportunities of shooting up trains and searchlights. On the latter, shortly after the release of the bombs the aircraft was picked up by searchlights for nearly 15 minutes, in spite of violent evasive action accompanied by great loss of height. On the trip to Berlin on March 1st, 1943 he had a similar and even more trying experience with searchlights, this time being coned on successive occasions for a period totalling more than 20 minutes. In spite of the fact that this coning necessitated two additional operational climbs, Wing Commander Ferris was quite unperturbed and pressed on to his objective which he attacked successfully.
I consider that Wing Commander Ferris is truly deserving of this recognition, and have no hesitation in strongly recommending the award of the Distinguished Flying Cross.
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FERTSMAN, F/O Abraham Nathan (J21354) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.431 Squadron - Award effective 1 December 1944 as per London Gazette dated 8 December 1944 and AFRO 337/45 dated 23 February 1945. Born 1923; home in Quebec City; enlisted there 27 January 1942. Trained at No.5 ITS (graduated 1 August 1942) and No.6 AOS (graduated 20 November 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.5526 (RG.24 Vol.20667) has recommendation dated 11 September 1944 when he had flown 32 1/2 sorties (164 hours 20 minutes), 26 November 1943 to 25 August 1944.
This officer, a navigator, has completed an operational tour of thirty-two and a half sorties against the enemy, including such heavily defended areas as Hamburg, Stuttgart, Sterkrade and Berlin. By his skilful navigational ability, his crew have always pressed home the attack to the utmost, this despite the fact that, on one occasion, on 8th August 1944, the aircraft was badly damaged by flak in the target area, over Foret-de-Chantilly, and on another occasion, whilst over Beaumont-sur-Oise, his aircraft was again hit by flak. In recognition of such outstanding ability, persistence and undaunted courage, I strongly recommend that Flying Officer Fertsman be awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross.
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FERTICH, FS (now P/O) Frank Otto (R168908/J95105) - Distinguished Flying Medal - No.428 Squadron - Effective 8 September 1945 as per London Gazette dated 21 September 1945 and AFRO 133/45 dated 8 February 1946. Born 1924 in Rockglen, Saskatchewan; home in Rossland, British Columbia. Store clerk and ex-RCA. Enlisted in Calgary, 24 June 1942. Trained at No.4 BGS (graduated 29 November 1943). No citation, "completed...operations against the enemy in the course of which [he has] invariably displayed the utmost fortitude, courage and devotion to duty." DHist file 181.009 D.1941 (RG.24 Vol.20612) has recommendation by S/L R.W. Swartz dated 20 April 1945 when he had flown 29 sorties (214 hours ten minutes), 25 October 1944 to 22 March 1945.
Flight Sergeant Fertich has shown great tenacity of purpose, cool courage and determination throughout his tour. He has carried out all duties with an unselfish devotion and has displayed great co-operative spirit both in the air and on the ground.
His ability as an air gunner has been outstanding and has proven a definite asset to his crew and the squadron as a whole.
For his courage and devotion to duty I recommend the Non-Immediate award of the D.F.M.
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FETHERSTON, F/O John David (J85151) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.431 Squadron - Award effective 4 November 1944 as per London Gazette dated 14 November 1944 and AFRO 239/45 dated 9 February 1945. Born 1923 in London, Ontario; home in Toronto; enlisted in Toronto 29 January 1942. Trained at No.1 ITS (graduated 21 July 1942), No.20 EFTS (graduated 23 October 1942) and No.16 SFTS (graduated 5 March 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." DHist file 181.009 D.5526 (RG.24 Vol.20667) has recommendation dated 21 August 1944 when he had flown 31 1/2 sorties (166 hours 25 minutes), 20 January to 18 August 1944. Died in Toronto, 1 November 1996; had been associated with the Toronto Symphony.
This officer, as captain of an aircraft, has carried out over thirty operations against the enemy, including such well-defended targets as Hamburg, Berlin and Stuttgart. On every occasion, he has pressed home his attack to the utmost, with a total disregard for personal safety. His zeal and gallantry, in the face of difficulty, have been a shining example to his squadron.
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