FICEK, F/O Peter Paul (J28386) - Mention in Despatches - No.162 (Bomber Reconnaissance) Squadron - Award effective 1 January 1945 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 721/45 dated 27 April 1945.  Home in Port Arthur, Ontario; enlisted in Fort William, 14 June 1941.  Trained at No.2 WS (graduated 30 March 1942) and No.2 BGS (graduated 11 May 1942).  No citation.

 

FICEK, F/L Peter Paul (J28386) - Mention in Despatches - Overseas - Award effective 1 January 1946 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 155/46 dated 15 February 1946.  No citation.

 

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FIDLER, F/L Gerald Thomas James (J29885) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.426 Squadron - Award effective 5 July 1945 as per London Gazette dated 17 July 1945 and AFRO 1558/45 dated 5 October 1945.  Born 1918 Wicklow, Ireland.  Home Walkerton, Ontario.  Educated in Detroit; wood finisher.  Enlisted London, Ontario  21 July, 1941. Trained at No.3 ITS (graduated 21 November 1941), No.21 EFTS (graduated 31 January 1942) and No.9 SFTS (graduated 5 June 1942).  Commissioned 1943.   No citation other than "in recognition of gallantry and devotion to duty in the execution of air operations against the enemy".  DHist file 181.009 D.2618 (RG.24 Vol.20627) has recommendation dated 1 April 1945 when he had flown 36 sorties (226 hours 20 minutes) between 6 October 1944 and 22 March 1945.

 

Flight Lieutenant Fidler, as captain of aircraft, has recently completed a strenuous tour of operations during which he has attacked with a high degree of success, many important tactical targets in Germany in direct support of our troops.  This officer has displayed a high standard of airmanship throughout his tour of operations and has maintained a fine offensive spirit which has been an inspiration to all members of the squadron...

 

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FIELD, F/L Robert Benjamin (J21583) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.420 Squadron - Award effective 10 May 1945 as per London Gazette dated 22 May 1945 and AFRO 1147/45 dated 13 July 1945.  Born 1919, Toronto, home there.  Drug salesman.  Enlisted Toronto 23 September, 1941.  Trained at No.6 ITS (graduated 8 May 1942), No.12 EFTS (graduated 31 July 1942) and No.6 SFTS (graduated 4 December 1942.  Commissioned December 1942.

 

Flight Lieutenant Field has completed many operational missions against the enemy.  He has at all times displayed the greatest skill and devotion to duty.  This officer's coolness and outstanding tenacity in the face of extreme danger have always merited the highest praise.

 

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FIELD, Corporal Thomas Arthur Harold (R91172) - Mention in Despatches - No.64 Base (AFRO gives only "Overseas") - Award effective 14 June 1945 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 1647/45 dated 26 October 1945.  Home in Toronto; enlisted there 23 January 1941.  No citation in AFRO or biographical file.  DHist file 181.009 D.4364 (RG.24 Vol.20648) has recommendation sent to No.6 Group Headquarters, 2 February 1945.  Recommendation gives Service Number as R91173.  Electrician.

 

This tradesman has proven himself extremely proficient technically, and personally reliable to a high degree during his period of service in the Base Major Servicing Section at No.64 (RCAF) Base, and has repeatedly worked long hours when pressure demanded it.  It is known that the high calibre of work produced by the Electrical Branch of Base Major Servicing Section is in no small degree due to the ability and energies of the above man.

 

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FIKIS, F/L William (J88425) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.429 Squadron - Award effective 5 July 1945 as per London Gazette dated 17 July 1945 and AFRO 1558/45 dated 5 October 1945.  Born 1923, Port Arthur, Ontario.  Home there;  student; enlisted in Winnipeg, 18 June 1942.  Trained at No.7 ITS (graduated 6 November 1942), No.6 EFTS (graduated 5 February 1943) and No.4 SFTS (graduated 28 May 1943).  Commissioned 1944.  No citation other than "in recognition of gallantry and devotion to duty in the execution of air operations against the enemy".  DHist file 181.009 D.2610 (RG.24 Vol.20627) has recommendation dated 31 March 1945 when he had flown 31 sorties (197 hours 25 minutes), 14 September 1944 to 14 March 1945.

 

Flight Lieutenant Fikis has completed thirty-one operational sorties, many of which have been against the more heavily defended industrial areas of Germany including such targets as Chemnitz, Stuttgart, Magdeburg, [and] Hanover.  This officer has proved himself to be a most capable captain and has at all times shown a keen offensive spirit and determination to come to grips with the enemy.

 

It is considered that Flight Lieutenant Fikis, with his fine operational record, his constant display of skill and fortitude, fully merits the award of the Distinguished Flying Cross.

 

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FIKSDAL, F/L Virgil Leroy (C21681) - Member, Order of the British Empire - No.6409 Servicing Echelon - Award effective 14 June 1945 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 1219/45 dated 27 July 1945.  Born in Wanbay, South Dakota, 5 May 1911.  Educated in Alberta and worked ten years as a machinist. Home in Calgary; enlisted there 17 October 1939, overseas September 1943.  No citation in AFRO or biographical file.  DHist file 181.009 D.5529 (RG.24 Vol.20667) has recommendation dated 31 January 1945 as follows:

 

This officer since joining this unit has worked hard and ceaselessly with no thought of self comfort.  His organizing ability is far above the average and the success of the squadron to date is largely due to his untiring effort which in my opinion is deserving of recognition.

 

The same file has another MBE recommendation dated 13 June 1945.  This is obviously too late; the award was based on the earlier submission.  However, the second recommendation is much more detailed, reading as follows:

 

Flight Lieutenant Fiksdal served in Canada for four years before proceeding overseas to the United Kingdom in September 1943 when he joined No.409 (RCAF) Night Fighter Squadron.

 

With the transfer of No.6409 Squadron Servicing Echelon to AEAF at the end of March 1944 the squadron maintained an average flying day of 40 to 45 hours and a serviceability of over 85 percent, a higher percentage than most Night Fighter Squadrons.

 

The squadron has made frequent moves both in Great Britain and on the Continent and has never left a single aircraft behind.  It is an outstanding achievement as seven took place in France, Germany and the Netherlands at extremely short notice.

 

I feel that the achievements and success of the squadron is due largely to this officer's high sense of duty and sound judgement of men.

 

Public Records Office Air 2/9056 has final recommendation:

 

This officer commands No.6409 Servicing Echelon and the excellent morale, discipline and esprit de corps in this unit are attributable to his personal supervision.  Flight Lieutenant Fiksdal has sound technical knowledge and great strength of character. He has always displayed a broad viewpoint and he has great understanding, not only of the requirements of his own particular section, but of those of the unit as a whole.

 

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FILER, F/L Douglas Edward (J21259) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.145 (Bomber Reconnaissance) Squadron - Award effective 1 December 1945 as per Canada Gazette dated 15 December 1945 and AFRO 183/46 dated 22 February 1946. Home in Bartonville, Ontario; enlisted in Niagara Falls, 13 April 1940.  Trained at No.1 ITS (graduated 23 May 1940), Hamilton Aero Club and No.2 SFTS (graduated 30 September 1940).  As of recommendation he had flown 2,615 hours, 300 operational (70 sorties).

 

This pilot, as officer commanding the squadron detachment, has directed operations with skill and efficiency.  He has carried out his operational flying with courage and devotion to duty in an equally praiseworthy manner.  His willingness to accept any task and carry it through to a successful conclusion has been deserving of the highest praise.

 

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FINCH, F/L Edward Thomas (J25226) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.408 Squadron - Award effective 30 October 1945 as per London Gazette dated 6 November 1945 and AFRO 155/46 dated 15 February 1946.  Born 1916, Brantford, Ontario.  Home there.  Enlisted in Hamilton, 28 May 1941.  Trained at No.5 ITS (graduated 24 September 1941), No.1 EFTS (graduated 22 November 1941) and No.2 SFTS (graduated 29 March 1942.  Commissioned March 1943.  No citation other than "completed...numerous operations against the enemy in the course of which [he has] displayed the utmost fortitude, courage and devotion to duty."  DHist file 181.009 D.2618 (RG.24 Vol.20627) has recommendation dated 22 May 1945 when he had flown 36 sorties (223 hours five minutes) between 15 September 1944 and 22 March 1945.

 

Flight Lieutenant Finch completed an operational tour of 36 trips against the enemy as pilot and captain of aircraft on four-engined bombers.  All these sorties were over Germany and thirty of them were against major targets.  Throughout his tour this officer proved himself to be cool, experienced and determined, regardless of whatever opposition he encountered.

 

During a raid on Bochum on the night of October 9, his aircraft was attacked four times by night fighters, but the target was bombed successfully.  A few days later, on October 12th, he made a daylight attack on Weine Eickel.  Flak was particularly severe on this sortie, but the crew received a target token for visual bombing.  The crew earned another target token on December 24th when they took part in a daylight raid on Dusseldorf airfield.  Other important targets recorded in his log book are Chemnitz, Kiel, Magdeburg, Karlsruhe, and Stuttgart.

 

Flight Lieutenant Finch also filled the position of Deputy Flight Commander for several months with entire satisfaction, earning the respect and admiration of the personnel of this squadron.

 

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FINCH, F/L George Herbert (J11101) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.13 Squadron - Award effective 17 August 1944 as per London Gazette dated 25 August 1944 and AFRO 2231/44 dated 13 October 1944.  Born Melita, Manitoba 1923.  Home Birtle, Manitoba. Enlisted Winnipeg 27 June 1941.  Trained at No.2 ITS (graduated 20 September 1941), No.8 EFTS (graduated 5 December 1941) and No.7 SFTS (graduated 10 April 1942).  Commissioned 1942.

 

Since joining his present squadron, Flight Lieutenant Finch has completed operations from North Africa, Sicily and Italy.  On one occasion whilst on anti-submarine control [patrol ?] he sighted a U-boat which he immediately attacked and straddled with depth charges.  On another occasion while taking part in a formation attack on a petrol dump in Italy his aircraft was damaged by heavy anti-aircraft fire.  In spite of the loss of power occasioned by this, Flight Lieutenant Finch remained in his place in the formation until his engine ceased to function.  He has always shown the greatest keenness for flying.

 

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FINCH, Sergeant Robert Victor (R63692) - Mention in Despatches - East Moor - Award effective 14 June 1945 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 1600/45 dated 12 October 1945.  AFRO gives unit only as "Overseas"; DHist file 181.009 D.1725 (PAC RG.24 Vol 20607) has list of MiDs this date with unit. DHist file 181.009 D.1719 (PAC RG.24 Vol.20606) has recommendation dated 3 February 1945.  Enlisted 28 May 1940; home Point Edward, Ontario.  Had served 18 months in Canada, 36 months overseas.

 

Sergeant Finch's untiring efforts and high standard of work have added greatly to the proficiency of his section.  The zealous manner in which he has carried out his duties has at all times been of great encouragement to those working under him.

 

FINCH, Sergeant Robert Victor (R63692) - Mention in Despatches - No.432 Squadron, Station Eastmoor (recorded only as "Overseas" in AFRO) - Award effective 1 January 1946 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 155/46 dated 15 February 1946.  See DHist file 181.009 D.1725 (PAC RG.24 Vol.20607) with recommendation (for a BEM) dated 26 May 1945:

 

Sergeant Finch is an outstanding ground crewman in No.432 Squadron and his excellent work has been a major contribution in keeping a maximum number of aircraft available for operational sorties and operation training.  His cheerful co-operation and enthusiastic competence has resulted in all ranks having complete confidence in him.

 

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FINDLAY, WO (now P/O) James Bruce (R96333/J85664) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.97 Squadron - Award effective 19 June 1944 as per London Gazette dated 27 June 1944 and AFRO 2052/44 dated 22 September 1944. Born in Shawville, Quebec, 1922.  Home in Fitzroy Harbour, Quebec.  Farmer.  Enlisted Ottawa 2 June 1941. Trained at No.9 BGS (graduated 4 December 1942).

 

This airman has completed many successful operations against the enemy in which he has displayed high skill, fortitude and devotion to duty.

 

NOTE: Public Records Office Air 2/8780 has recommendation dated 18 March 1944 when he had flown 38 sorties (220 hours 50 minutes), including thirteen with an unidentified unit prior to joining No.97 Squadron.  Sortie list identical to that of WO Robert D. Curtis (although for some reason Curtis's form states he had flown fewer operational hours).

 

Pre-No.97 Squadron                                             No.97 Squadron

 

21 June 43       Krefeld (4.45)                                  22 Sept 43       Oldenburg (4.35)

24 June 43       Elberfeld (5.40)                               23 Sept 43       Mannheim (6.00)

28 June 43       Cologne (5.00)                                1 Oct 43            Hagen (4.30)

3 July 43           Cologne (5.45)                                2 Oct 43            Munich (7.50)

8 July 43           Cologne (3.50)                                4 Oct 43            Frankfurt (5.20)

27 July 43         Hamburg (5.05)                              9 Oct 43            Hanover (4.55)

29 July 43         Hamburg (5.05)                              18 Oct 43          Hanover (4.50)

30 July 43         Remscheid (4.30)                           20 Oct 43          Leipzig (6.45)

2 Aug 43           Hamburg (4.45)                              22 Oct 43          Kassel (5.35)

9 Aug 43           Mannheim (5.50)                            10 Nov 43         Modane (6.35)

12 Aug 43         Milan (8.00)                                     11 Nov 43         Cannes (7.40)

17 Aug 43         Peenemunde (6.50)                       17 Nov 43         Mannheim (5.35)

23 Aug 43         Berlin (7.10)                                    22 Nov 43         Berlin (5.45)

27 Nov 43         Berlin (6.30)

16 Dec 43        Berlin (6.40)

20 Dec 43        Frankfurt (4.20)

23 Dec 43        Berlin (6.30)

14 Jan 44         Brunswick (5.00)

21 Jan 44         Magdeburg (6.20)

27 Jan 44         Berlin (6.45)

15 Feb 44         Berlin (6.45)

19 Feb 44         Leipzig (6.10)

20 Feb 44         Stuttgart (5.55)

24 Feb 44         Schweinfurt (6.55)

15 Mar 44         Stuttgart (6.40)

 

Warrant Officer Findlay has completed 38 operational sorties against targets in Italy, Germany and enemy occupied territory. Twenty-five of these sorties were carried out in the Pathfinder Force, all of them as marker sorties.

 

This Warrant Officer is an outstanding air gunner whose vigilance and keenness in the execution of his duty have enabled his crew to press home their attacks on heavily defended targets and to become one of the most successful crews in the squadron.

 

Public Record Office Air 2/9632 has a further recommendation dated 20 May 1944, by which time he had completed 43 sorties (258 hours four minutes).  The sortie list added one trip to his pre-No.97 Squadron list (25 June 1943, Gelsenkirchen, 2 hours 15 minutes, the brevity of which indicates it was incomplete) and fails to list the sortie of 23 September 1943 to Oldenburg. It adds an incomplete sortie for 2 December 1943 (Berlin, one hour 15 minutes). It also adds the following sorties: 1 March 1944 to Stuttgart (6.35), 18 March 1944 to Frankfurt (4.35), 24 March 1944 to Berlin (6.40), 18 April 1944 to Rouen (3.19), 26 April 1944 to Essen (3.40) and 27 April 1944 to Friedrichshaven (7.00).  The suggested citation reads:

 

Pilot Officer Findlay has completed 43 operational sorties over a large variety of targets in Germany and Western Europe. The entire crew has been employed for a long period on targets marker duties and this officer's personal keenness and ability have contributed greatly to the harmony and reliability of the crew.

 

This was duly supported by the Officer Commanding, RAF Station Downham Market (22 May 1944) and by the Air Officer Commanding, No.8 Group (30 May 1944).

 

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FINGARSON, W/C Leonard Earl (C2377) - Member, Order of the British Empire - Station Trenton - Award effective 1 January 1946 as per Canada Gazette of that date and AFRO 82/46 dated 25 January 1946.  Home in Saskatoon; enlisted there 10 July 1940.

 

This officer has given splendid service as Senior Accountant Officer at this Station.  He has been indefatigable as regards his own work and has developed a loyal and competent staff.   He has taken on the Pat and Accounting for this Air Command in addition to his station duties with complete success.  The energy and efficiency with which this officer has carried out his many duties have been exemplary.

 

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FINK, F/L Donald Ian MacQueen (J4257) - Air Force Cross - Airborne Forces Experimental Establishment (AFRO gives unit only as "Overseas" - Award effective 8 June 1944 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 1729/44 dated 11 August 1944.  Born 16 March 1920; home in Hamilton, Ontario (bank official; also a Corporal in the Royal Hamilton Light Infantry, 20 April 1937 to 3 June 1938); enlisted there 22 July 1940. Trained at No.2 ITS (graduated 30 September 1940 although not promoted to Leading Aircraftman until 12 October 1940), No.12 EFTS (graduated 11 December 1940) and No.4 SFTS (graduated 21 February 1941 and promoted Sergeant; subsequently commissioned with effect from 22 February 1941). On obtaining his wings he was posted to Central Flying School to be trained as an instructor.  It appears he deliberately failed the course and was posted to No.3 BGS, but then was allowed to go overseas, arriving in Britain 29 June 1941.  Flew in No.15 Squadron, 6 September 1941 to 7 February 1942 (promoted Flying Officer, 1 January 1942); with No.218 Squadron, 16 March to 20 June 1942. Reported to AFEE on 26 June 1942, serving there until 20 February 1944 (promoted Flight Lieutenant, 22 February 1943). Posted to India for service with No.1577 (Special Duties) Flight, 10 June to 20 November 1944; repatriated to Canada, 27 February 1945; released 8 May 1945.  He served again in the RCAF, 1952 to 1964, then became a Parole Probation Officer.  Died in Hamilton, Ontario, 25 February 1995.  No citation in Canadian sources. Public Records Office Air 2/9004 has recommended citation approved  by "C.R.D., M.A.P." (not sure what it means but think it is "Chief of Research and Development, Ministry of Aircraft Production").

 

Following a tour of operational duty this officer has been engaged on experimental flying for the past eighteen months.  He has taken part in many trials of major importance and the success of the original contractors' trials on the Hamilcar glider was largely due to his outstanding ability as a tug pilot.  More recently he commanded a detachment detailed to clear a combination urgently required for tactical use by airborne forces, with excellent results.  Flight Lieutenant Fink has performed onerous and often hazardous duties with great devotion, setting a fine example to all.

 

His story is unusual.  He had deliberately failed an instructor's course to go overseas, but on operations he had unexpected difficulties.  On 25 February 1942 he crashed a Stirling at Alconburg (undercarriage retracted).  The cause was mechanical and no blame was attached to him.  However, he proved unable to complete a tour with No.218 Squadron. On 29 July 1942 W/C P.D. Holder wrote, "This officer returned early from an operational sortie as he was unable to face the searchlights and flak.  He stated on landing that he could not continue night operations as he lacked the courage to do so."  He expressed willingness to fly daylight bombing operations.  Instead he was posted to AFEE but also attached to Uxbridge.  A medical report from Uxbridge, dated 24 September 1942 described his tour - 14 sorties (61 hours 20 minutes) which must have been terrible; on his 6th sortie (and first as captain) there were navigational problems; on the 7th trip the Stirling was badly shot up; on the 11th the aircraft iced up badly; on the 14th he returned from Essen on three engines.  It was on this occasion that he confessed his inability to continue night operations

 

His posting to AFEE had been immediate, and it is clear that every effort was made to give him a second chance, and that it was successful.  On 24 July 1943, W/C G.D. Brice wrote, "An exceptionally good tug pilot who is very keen on work and who can be relied upon to carry out any job to the best of his ability.  A very steady and conscientious type who sets a good example to those under him."  On 5 April 1944, G/C J.R. Ubee wrote, "This is an above average officer who is a most keen and capable pilot.  He has displayed a marked aptitude for test flying."

 

A form dated 10 February 1945 indicated he had flown the following types: Stirling I, II and IV (278 hours 40 minutes), Halifax II, III and V (109 hours ten minutes); Lancaster I, II and III (74 hours 30 minutes); Wellington I, III and X (69 hours 20 minutes), Hudson III and V (31 hours 25 minutes), and other types including the Boston, Albermarle, Ventura, Whitley, Warwick, Barracuda, Liberator, C-47, C-51 and C-53 (111 hours 50 minutes).  He also claimed 674 hours 55 minutes flown, of which 589 hours 55 minutes were non-operational and 85 hours were operational.  This latter figure does not square with that given in 1942, nor does his sortie claim (16 on the document dated 10 February 1945).

 

Fink himself wrote a narrative describing his experiences following his brief Bomber Command services:

 

After a short holding period and medical I was posted to Airborne Forces Experimental Establishment at Sherburne-in-Elment in Yorkshire.  This was the unit I was with until my repatriation in 1945, although the whole station moved to Beaulieu on the south coast of England in 1944. During this period of my career I flew over 36 types of aircraft and 55 counting Marks.  Some days I have flown eight different aircraft and many times 4-6 types in a single day.  It was for experimental work on glider combinations that I received my Air Force Cross and I also have an exceptional rating as a pilot on the above type of work.

 

In 1943-44 I commanded a unit which was sent to Farnborough to carry out secret tests on the Hamilcar and Horsa gliders which I believe was responsible for the above decoration.

 

In February 1944 I was sent to India by the Royal Air Force to carry out the same type of work and spent some ten months there.  These tests were carried out with Lancasters, Dakota and Wellingtons towing gliders.  At the end of this period I returned to England via Air Transport Command, serving as second pilot through to the Middle East, Malta and France.  I first received word of my decoration, and thus I was not invested until my return to Canada in 1945.

 

On arriving in England I was called to Canada House and found to my amazement they had lost track of me completely and had not even known of my India incident.

 

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FINK, F/O Raymond Gordon (J21630) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.550 Squadron - Award effective 6 January 1945 as per London Gazette dated 16 January 1945 and AFRO 508/45 dated 23 March 1945.  Born Winnipeg 1920.  Home there; auditor.  Enlisted in Winnipeg, 25 June 1940.  Trained at No.6 ITS (graduated 14 August 1942) and No.9 AOS (graduated 4 December 1942).  No citation other than "completed...numerous operations against the enemy in the course of which [he has] invariably displayed the utmost fortitude, courage and devotion to duty."  Public Records Office Air 2/9038 has recommendation dated 10 October 1944 when he had completed 35 sorties (161 hours 31 minutes).  See also F/L F.S. Steele (his pilot).

 

16 June 44    Sterkrade/Holten (4.13)               5 Aug 44      Pauillac (8.02)

22 June 44    Nimoyecques (3.14, day)            8 Aug 44      Fontenay (3.34)

23 June 44    Saintes (7.17)                               10 Aug 44    Dugney (5.13)

24 June 44    Flers (3.35)                                    12 Aug 44    Falaise (3.37)

27 June 44    Chateau Bernapre (3.47)            15 Aug 44    Cullot (3.20)

29 June 44    Domleger (3.18)                           16 Aug 44    Stettin (8.29)

30 June 44    Oisemont/Neuville (3.49)             26 Aug 44    Russelheim (8.37)

2 July 44        Domleger (3.37)                           29 Aug 44    Womurse Cappel (3.23)

4 July 44        Orleans (6.07)                               30 Aug 44    Stettin (9.03)

6 July 44        Foret St.Crois (3.41)                    5 Sept 44     Le Havre (3.48)

7 July 44        Caen (3.51)                                   6 Sept 44     Le Havre (3.41)

12 July 44      Revigny (9.28)                               8 Sept 44     Le Havre (3.58)

16 July 44      Sannerville (3.50)                         11 Sept 44  Le Havre (4.00)

20 July 44      Wizernes (3.31)                            26 Sept 44  Calais (3.16)

23 July 44      Kiel (4.49)                                      27 Sept 44  Calais (3.37)

1 Aug 44        Belle Croix les Bruyers (2.58)     28 Sept 44  Calais (3.48)

2 Aug 44        Le Havre (3.27)                             3 Oct 44       West Kapelle (3.01)

3 Aug 44        Trossy St.Maximim (4.32)

 

This Canadian officer has shown great enthusiasm for operational flying and has now completed an extended tour comprising 35 successful sorties.  He can be relied upon to successfully complete the most difficult tasks, displaying tenacity of purpose in execution and painstaking care in preparation.

 

Such a fine operational record, combined with his cheerful confidence and persistency to overcome all obstacles has been a source of encouragement and inspiration to the squadron.  I strongly recommend that such devotion to duty and inspiring example be recognized by the award of the Distinguished Flying Cross.

 

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FINKELSTEIN, F/O Clive Leslie (J85089) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.428 Squadron - Award effective 4 November 1944 as per London Gazette dated 14 November 1944 and AFRO 239/45 dated 9 February 1945.  Born 1920 in Winnipeg; home there.  Former COTC.  Enlisted Winnipeg 29 September 1941.  Trained at No.7 ITS (graduated 3 July 1942) and No.3 AOS (graduated 11 November 1942).  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.3260 (RG.24 Vol.20637) has recommendation dated 5 August 1944 when he had flown 38 sorties (235 hours 24 minutes), 3 November 1943 to 6 June 1944.

 

As navigator this officer has completed one tour of operations.  He has carried out thirty-eight sorties in Germany, France, and minelaying operations.  He has always been very steady and cool in emergencies and co-operated well with his crew at all times.  His work has always been of a very high standard and the very accurate bombing runs achieved have in no small way been due to the excellent work of this officer.

 

For the completion of a most satisfactory tour of operations and for support of the squadron at all times I recommend the non-immediate award of the Distinguished Flying Cross.

 

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FINKELSTEIN, F/O Samuel Irwin - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.692 Squadron -  Award effective 23 November 1945 as per London Gazette dated 7 December 1945 and AFRO 244/46 dated 8 March 1946.  Born Toronto 1911.  Home Brantford, Ontario; merchant.  Enlisted in London, Ontario 26 August 1942.  Trained at No.5 ITS (graduated 10 July 1943) and No.9 AOS (graduated 25 January 1944).  Commissioned February 1944.  No citation, "completed...numerous operations against the enemy in the course of which [he has] invariably displayed the utmost fortitude, courage and devotion to duty."  Public Records Office Air 2/8772 has recommendation dated 19 May 1945 when he had flown 50 sorties (227 hours) as follows:

 

28 Nov 44      Nuremburg                             26 Feb 45      Nuremburg

29 Nov 44      Hanover                                  1 Mar 45         Erfurt

1 Dec 44        Karlsruhe                                3 Mar 45         Wurzburg

4 Dec 44        Hagen                                     7 Mar 45         Berlin

7 Dec 44        Cologne                                 8 Mar 45         Hanover

18 Dec 44      Nuremburg                             10 Mar 45      Berlin

23 Dec 44      Limburg                                  11 Mar 45      Berlin

28 Dec 44      Frankfurt                                 13 Mar 45      Bremen

31 Dec 44      Berlin                                      14 Mar 45      Berlin

1 Jan 45         Hanover                                  16 Mar 45      Berlin

2 Jan 45         Berlin                                      17 Mar 45      Nuremburg

5 Jan 45         Berlin                                      21 Mar 45      Berlin

7 Jan 45         Hanover                                  23 Mar 45      Berlin

10 Jan 45       Hanover                                  24 Mar 45      Berlin

14 Jan 45       Berlin                                      27 Mar 45      Berlin

17 Jan 45       Magdeburg                            8 Apr 45         Dessau

18 Jan 45       Sterkrade                               10 Apr 45       Berlin

29 Jan 45       Berlin                                      11 Apr 45       Berlin

1 Feb 45        Berlin                                      13 Apr 45       Hamburg

3 Feb 45        Weisbaden                            15 Apr 45       Berlin

5 Feb 45        Berlin                                      17 Apr 45       Ingoldstadt

19 Feb 45      Erfurt                                       18 Apr 45       Berlin

21 Feb 45      Berlin                                      19 Apr 45       Berlin

23 Feb 45      Berlin                                      23 Apr 45       Rendeburg

24 Feb 45      Berlin                                      24 Apr 45       Munich

 

This officer has completed 50 operational sorties against some of the most far distant and heavily defended targets in Germany including 24 attacks on Berlin.  He has throughout  shown a high degree of skill and accuracy in navigation and the utmost determination to bomb accurately all his targets.  For his skill, courage and devotion to duty he is strongly recommended for the non-immediate award of the Distinguished Flying Cross.

 

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FINLAY, F/O Samuel Stevenson (J14734) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.48 Squadron - Award effective 2 February 1945 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 563/45 dated 29 March 1945.  Enlisted in Toronto 6 October 1941.  Home Toronto.  Trained at No.1 ITS (graduated 11 April 1942), No.9 EFTS (graduated 19 June 1942) and No.6 SFTS (graduated 9 October 1942).

 

In September 1944 this officer was the pilot of an aircraft detailed to drop supplies to our forces near Arnhem.  After the containers had been successfully dropped and course had been set for home the aircraft was attacked by fighters.  Although Flying Officer Finlay manoeuvred with much skill his aircraft was hit by a hail of bullets.  The starboard engine was put out of action.  The starboard wing and part of the fuselage were set on fire.  All attempts to extinguish the flames were unsuccessful.  The port engine now became erratic.  Flying Officer Finlay decided to attempt a crash landing.  In spite of fumes and smoke which partially obscured his vision, this resolute pilot brought the aircraft down safely without injury to any of his crew.  He set a splendid example of coolness, courage and determination in perilous circumstances.

 

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FINLAYSON, F/O Colin Gowans (J13956) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.418 Squadron - Award effective 28 April 1944 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 1186/44 dated 2 June 1944.  Born 1920 Killan, Alberta.  Home Victoria, educated Victoria.  Enlisted Vancouver 5 July 1941.  Commissioned 1942.  Trained at No.2 ITS (graduated 25 February 1942), No.8 BGS (graduated 18 July 1942), No.2 AOS (graduated 6 June 1942), and No.1 CNS (graduated 5 September 1942).  Observer to F/L C.C. Scherf (RAAF), participated in the action of 16 May 1944 when they destroyed one He.111, one FW.190, one He.177, one Hs.123 and one Ju.86P.

 

This officer is an observer of high merit and his fine work throughout the many sorties in which he has taken part has earned great praise.  In the course of his tour many airfields and much enemy transport has been successfully attacked.  In addition to these successes, Flying Officer Finlayson has assisted in the destruction of three enemy aircraft at night and two by day.  He has displayed great skill, courage and resolution.

 

FINLAYSON, P/O Colin Gowans, DFC (J13956) - Bar to Distinguished Flying Cross - No.418 Squadron - Award effective 15 August 1944 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 2052/44 dated 22 September 1944.

 

This officer continues to display the highest qualities of skill, bravery and devotion to duty.  As observer he has taken part in a large number of sorties, many of them of a difficult and dangerous nature.  On one occasion in May 1943 [1944 ?] he took part in a sortie far into enemy territory during which he assisted in the destruction of five enemy aircraft.  He has proved himself to be a most valuable member of the squadron.

 

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FINLAYSON, F/O Douglas Deane (J23412) - Commended for Valuable Services - No.9 SFTS - Award effective 14 June 1945 as per Canada Gazette of that date and AFRO 1127/45 dated 6 July 1945.  Home in Nanaimo, British Columbia; enlisted in Vancouver, 16 October 1940.  Trained at No.4 ITS (graduated 5 June 1942), No.5 EFTS (graduated 25 September 1942) and No.3 SFTS (graduated 5 February 1943).

 

As a flying instructor, this officer has rendered exceptionally efficient and loyal service and during the past six months has been officer in charge of leadership training in which position he has also rendered highly meritorious service.  He has set a fine example to instructors and pupils in all respects.

 

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FINLAYSON, P/O Douglas Malcolm (J88637) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.524 Squadron - Award effective 26 January 1945 as per London Gazette dated 6 February 1945 and AFRO 508/45 dated 23 March 1945.  Born 1924 in Moose Jaw, home Vancouver.  Enlisted in Saskatoon 12 May 1942.  Trained at No.2 WS (graduated 5 March 1943) and No.5 BGS (graduated 5 April 1943).  Commissioned July 1944.  Public Records Office Air 2/9046 says recommendation made when he had flown 54 sorties (285 operational hours).

 

As air gunner, Pilot Officer Finlayson has participated in a large number of operational sorties in the face of the enemy.  He has always shown courage and initiative directing his captain calmly and skilfully however closely his aircraft was threatened.

 

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FINLAYSON, Sergeant Sidney Edward (R71000) - Distinguished Flying Medal - No.424 Squadron - Award effective 20 September 1943 as per London Gazette dated 1 October 1943 and AFRO 2258/43 dated 5 November 1943.  Born 1921 Saskatchewan.  Home there.  Service Station attendant.  Enlisted in Regina 25 October 1940.  Trained at No.5 BGS (graduated 18 August 1941) and No.2 WS (graduated 3 March 1941).

 

This airman has completed numerous flights over enemy objectives, several of which have been against dangerous and difficult targets in Germany.  The coolness displayed by him in his duties as wireless operator air gunner has, to a large extent, been responsible for the very successful outcome of many sorties.  Throughout all his operations he has proved himself to possess a fine fighting spirit and a strong desire to engage the enemy.

 

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FINLEY, S/L Charles Armstrong (C8991) - Mention in Despatches - No.6 Group Headquarters - Award effective 1 January 1945 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 721/45 dated 27 April 1945.  Home in Toronto; enlisted there 29 November 1941.  No citation.

 

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FINLEY, S/L Eric Duff (J8425) - Air Force Cross - No.14 SFTS - Award effective 11 August 1945 as per London Gazette dated 14 August 1945 and AFRO 1453/45 dated 14th September 1945.  Home in Vancouver; enlisted in Ottawa, 3 October 1938.  Trained at No.2 ITS (graduated 27 November 1940), No.1 EFTS (graduated 8 August 1941) and No.5 SFTS (graduated 17 October 1941).  As of recommendation he had flown 1,754 hours, 1,468 as instructor, 86 in previous six months.  Awarded Long Service and Good Conduct Medal while with RCAF Station Trenton (Canada Gazette dated 23 November 1946).

 

This officer has been engaged on flying instructional duties for a long period of time during which he has served with distinction as Flight Commander, Examining Officer, Squadron Commander, as well as a long tour of duty as a member of a Visiting Flight.  He has displayed outstanding ability and efficiency in each capacity, and has demonstrated keenness for his work and devotion to duty that has been most exemplary.

 

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FINLEY, F/L Hartland Ross (J14030) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.443 Squadron - Award effective 10 July 1945 as per London Gazette dated 24 July 1945 and AFRO 1619/45 dated 19 October 1945.  Born in Montreal, 1920; home there.  Educated at McGill University.  Timekeeper.  Former COTC and RCA.  Enlisted in Montreal, 14 September 1940. Trained at No.1 ITS (graduated 21 December 1940), No.4 EFTS (graduated 20 February 1941) and No.9 SFTS (graduated 28 May 1941).  Commissioned 1942.  Missing (safe), 2 May 1945.  For photograph see PL-26638. Victories as follows: 30 December 1943, one Bf.109 destroyed (No.403 Squadron); 21 January 1944, one Bf.109 destroyed (No.403 Squadron); 30 June 1944, one Bf.109 damaged (No.403 Squadron); 23 April 1945, one FW.190 destroyed (No.403 Squadron); 25 April 1945, one FW.190 destroyed plus two Ju.87s damaged and one unidentified enemy aircraft damaged (all on ground, No.443 Squadron); 2 May 1945, one Ju.88 destroyed (shared with another pilot).

 

Flight Lieutenant Finley has destroyed four enemy aircraft and damaged one more.  In addition, whilst leading low level attacks he has destroyed one enemy aircraft and damaged three more on the ground.  He has always shown courage and determination on all his sorties despite heavy opposition from anti-aircraft fire.  Flight Lieutenant Finley has at all times shown skill and devotion to duty of the highest order.

 

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FINN, WO1 Harold Edward (Can 11602) - Mention in Despatches - No.423 Squadron - Award effective 8 June 1944 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 1729/44 dated 11 August 1944.  Home in Sydney, Nova Scotia.  Enlisted in Halifax, 11 September 1939.  Trained at No.1 WS (graduated 29 March 1941) and No.6 BGS (graduated 11 October 1941).  No citation in AFRO which gives unit only as "Overseas".  DHist files give unit and following recommendation dated 8 June 1944.

 

Warrant Officer 1 Finn was a member of a Sunderland which successfully attacked a U-boat in the North Atlantic.  During the approach and attack, WO1 Finn, who was assisting with loading of the front gun, was injured and knocked down, only to get up and carry on the best he could before being knocked down again by cannon shell bursts.  Immediately after the attack the Sunderland crashed and broke up, leaving Warrant Officer 1 Finn swimming in the water.  Although seriously injured he managed to hang on with a little help until rescued by a destroyer.  Although he suffered great pain, Warrant Officer 1 Finn remained remarkably cheerful and was an inspiration to the other members of the crew, both on the destroyer and later in the hospital.  Warrant Officer 1 Finn is a good chew member and a very conscientious worker while he was with this squadron.

 

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FINNER, F/O Francis Sylvster (J19708) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.429 Squadron - Award effective 30 October 1945 as per London Gazette dated 6 November 1945 and AFRO 155/46 dated 15 February 1946.  Enlisted in Ottawa, 9 January 1941.  Trained at No.1 WS (graduated 11 October 1941) and No.6 BGS (graduated 8 November 1941).  No citation other than "completed...numerous operations against the enemy in the course of which [he has] displayed the utmost fortitude, courage and devotion to duty."  DHist file 181.009 D.2610 (RG.24 Vol.20627) has recommendation dated 18 May 1945 when he had completed two tours - 25 June 1942 to 13 March 1944 (29 sorties, 207 hours 40 minutes) and 6 December 1944 to 22 April 1945 (19 sorties,127 hours).  The very long first tour has a break; between 31 July 1942 (Dusseldorf) and 11 March 1943 (Stuttgart) there are no operations.  Why?

 

Flying Officer Finner, as air bomber, has completed two operational tours, his first consisting of twenty-nine sorties, five of them to Berlin, and his second comprising nineteen trips.  Throughout both tours he displayed outstanding devotion to duty and eagerness to come to grips with the enemy.  His unfailing accuracy has been responsible for the high efficiency of his crew. His captain has high praise for the coolness and skill of this officer who never hesitated to face the enemy even under the most trying conditions when operations were at their heaviest.  Flying Officer Finner has been an inspiration to his fellow air bombers, both in the air and on the ground, and has set a splendid example to all members of the squadron.

 

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FINNERTY, Sergeant George Patrick (R107186) - Distinguished Flying Medal - No.115 Squadron - Award effective 3 June 1943 as per London Gazette dated 15 June 1943 and AFRO 1338/43 dated 16 July 1943. Born 1923 in Rosetown, Saskatchewan; home there.  Student.  Enlisted in Saskatoon, 4 June 1941. Trained at No.2 ITS (graduated 10 September 1941), No.18 EFTS (graduated 22 November 1941), and No.7 SFTS (graduated 14 March 1942).  Commissioned 21 March 1943; F/O 21 September 1943; F/L 12 May 1944. First tour was with No.115 Squadron (Wellingtons and Lancasters), 26 October 1942 to 18 June 1943 (28 sorties, 151 hours 40 minutes).  Non-operational tour was 30 June 1943 to 30 October 1944 (No.1678 Conversion Unit and No.3 Lancaster Finishing School).  Second tour was 15 December 1944 to 15 June 1945 with No.692 Squadron (Mosquitoes, 40 sorties). 

 

A pilot of the highest skill, Sergeant Finnerty has completed numerous operational sorties, many of which have been against the enemy's most heavily defended targets such as Essen, Berlin, Kiel and Duisburg.  He has always shown great courage and coolness in emergency.  As captain of aircraft this airman's leadership has been an inspiration to his crew.

 

FINNERTY, F/L George Patrick, DFM (J17279) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.692 Squadron - Award effective 23 November 1945 as per London Gazette of 4 December 1945 and AFRO 212/45 dated 1 March 1946.

 

This officer has taken part in two tours of operational duty.  Since the award of the Distinguished Flying Medal he has attacked many of the most heavily defended targets in Germany, including Berlin.  Flight Lieutenant Finnerty has proved to be a zealous and courageous captain of aircraft who has always pressed home his attacks with skill and determination.

 

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FINNIE, P/O Gilbert Kingdom (J1095) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.83 Squadron - Award effective 1 September 1943 as per London Gazette dated 14 September 1943 and AFRO 2322/43 dated 12 November 1943.  Born at Northam, Devon, 1917; home in Ottawa.  Enlisted in Ottawa, 13 February 1941.  Trained at No.5 ITS (graduated 7 November 1941), No.6 EFTS (graduated 20 January 1942), No.4 SFTS (graduated 20 February 1942) and No.5 BGS (graduated 27 April 1942).

 

This officer has completed a large number of operational sorties.  A very efficient air gunner, he consistently shows a coolness under fire which is commendable.  On many occasions his vigilant watch and able directions to his captain has resulted in the successful evasion of enemy fighter attacks.

 

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FIRTH, F/L Louis Keith (J14105) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.153 Squadron - Award effective 5 July 1945 as per London Gazette dated 17 July 1945 and AFRO 1558/45 dated 5 October 1945.  Born in Winnipeg, 1915.  Home in Victoria; educated at Victoria Collegiate.  Labourer.  Enlisted in Vancouver, 28 May 1937.  Trained at No.7 ITS (graduated 27 February 1942), No.6 EFTS (graduated 22 May 1942) and No.4 SFTS (graduated 11 September 1942).  Remained in post-war RCAF; awarded Queen's Coronation Medal, 23 October 1953, while a Flight Lieutenant with No.3 (F) Wing. No citation other than "in recognition of gallantry and devotion to duty in the execution of air operations against the enemy".  Public Records Office Air 2/9082 has recommendation dated 13 March 1945 when he had flown 26 sorties (181 operational hours), 27 November 1944 to 16 March 1945.

 

27 Nov 44      Freiburg                                 3 Feb 45        Bottrop

29 Nov 44      Dortmund                               7 Feb 45        Cleve

4 Dec 44        Karlsruhe                                8 Feb 45        Politz

17 Dec 44      Ulm                                         13 Feb 45      Dresden

22 Dec 44      Coblenz                                  20 Feb 45      Dortmund

28 Dec 44      Bonn                                       21 Feb 45      Duisburg

29 Dec 44      Gelsenkirchen                       23 Feb 45      Pforzheim

31 Dec 44      Osterfeld                                7 Mar 45         Dessau

2 Jan 45         Nuremburg                             8 Mar 45         Kassel

5 Jan 45         Royan                                     11 Mar 45      Essen

16 Jan 45       Zeitz                                        12 Mar 45      Dortmund

28 Jan 45       Stuttgart                                  13 Mar 45      Gelsenkirchen

1 Feb 45        Ludwigshaven                       16 Mar 45      Nuremburg

 

This Canadian captain of aircraft has completed 26 sorties against some of the most heavily defended cities of Germany.  Without consideration of his personal safety Flight Lieutenant Firth has consistently pressed home his attacks in the face of all the defences the enemy can muster.

 

His splendid record, quiet but dogged determination and his cheerful confidence have inspired a high standard of morale in his crew and has set a fine example to all members of the squadron.

 

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

 

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FISET, F/O George Campbell (J28322) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.514 Squadron - Award effective 8 September 1945 as per London Gazette dated 21 September 1945 and AFRO 1704/45 dated 9 November 1945.  Born in Montreal, 1913; home there (chauffeur); ex-RCA.  Enlisted in Montreal, 29 April 1942.  Trained at No.5 ITS (graduated 5 December 1942), No.10 EFTS (graduated 26 February 1943) and No.9 SFTS (graduated 9 July 1943).  Commissioned 1943.

 

This officer has completed a large number of attacks against many heavily defended enemy targets.  In March 1945, during an attack against  Heimrichsmutte, his aircraft sustained heavy damage.  The port outer engine was holed and the hydraulic system rendered unserviceable.  At all times this officer has set a high example of determination and devotion to duty.

 

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FISET, F/L (now S/L) Kenneth James (J9078) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.439 Squadron - Award effective 24 October 1944 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 2637/44 dated 8 December 1944.  Born in 1915 in Montreal; home in Outremont.  Enlisted in Montreal, 11 February 1941.  Trained at No.3 ITS (graduated 3 July 1941), No.21 EFTS (graduated 23 August 1941) and No.9 SFTS (graduated 21 November 1941).

 

Flight Lieutenant Fiset has completed many sorties, involving attacks on a wide range of targets.  In July, 1944, he led the squadron in a successful attack on a concentration of enemy forces massing for a counter attack in a wood near Tilly.  The operation was executed during the most adverse weather in the face of intense anti-aircraft fire.  A few days later Flight Lieutenant Fiset again led his squadron in a similar type of sortie with great success.  Flight Lieutenant Fiset has displayed outstanding powers of leadership, courage, and skill.

 

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FISH, F/O Frank Hamilton (J36391) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.166 Squadron - Award effective 5 February 1945 as per London Gazette dated 16 February 1945 and AFRO 563/45 dated 29 March 1945. Born in Lethbridge, Alberta, 1924; home in Calgary; enlisted there 8 September 1942.  Trained at No.4 ITS (graduated 15 May 1943) and No.2 AOS (graduated 1 October 1943).  Commissioned 1943.  No citation other than "completed...numerous operations against the enemy in the course of which [he has] invariably displayed the utmost fortitude, courage and devotion to duty."  Public Records Office Air 2/8831 has recommendation dated 12 November 1944 when he had flown 31 sorties (169 hours 30 minutes).

 

3 Aug 44        Trossy St.Maximim               20 Sep 44      Sangatte

4 Aug 44        Pauillac                                  23 Sep 44      Neusse

5 Aug 44        Pauillac                                  5 Oct 44         Saarbrucken

15 Aug 44      Le Culot                                  7 Oct 44         Emmerich

16 Aug 44      Stettin                                     13 Oct 44       Duisburg

18 Aug 44      Reime                                     14 Oct 44       Duisburg

25 Aug 44      Russelsheim                          19 Oct 44       Stuttgart

26 Aug 44      Kiel                                         25 Oct 44       GARDENING

29 Aug 44      Stettin                                     28 Oct 44       Cologne

31 Aug 44      St.Roquier                              31 Oct 44       Cologne

5 Sept 44       Le Havre                                2 Nov 44         Dusseldorf

6 Sept 44       Le Havre                                4 Nov 44         Bochum

7 Sept 44       Le Havre                                9 Nov 44         Wanne Eickel

10 Sep 44      Le Havre                                11 Nov 44      GARDENING

12 Sep 44      Frankfurt                                 16 Nov 44      Duren

16 Sep 44      Steenwyk

 

This Canadian navigator has now completed 31 sorties over enemy territory, including attacks on industrial targets in Germany and operations in support of our armies in the field. Throughout these sorties, under a calm and quiet manner, this officer has displayed great devotion to duty and a fine operational spirit.  During hazards of bad weather and heavy enemy opposition he has quietly concentrated on his work and has undoubtedly contributed a great deal to the success of his crew.

 

His own discipline and high morale have been an example to the other navigators and he is regarded as one of the most skilful navigators on the squadron.  For his high sense of duty, his calmness in the face of danger and undoubted skill he is recommended for the award of the Distinguished Flying Cross.

 

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FISHER, F/L Alvin Robert (J22571) - 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 Wadena, Saskatchewan. Enlisted in Saskatoon, 4 December 1941. Trained at No.2 ITS (graduated 4 July 1942) and No.3 AOS (graduated 12 September 1942).

 

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FISHER, F/L Carson Clarence (J15636) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.405 Squadron - Award effective 2 October 1944 as per London Gazette dated 13 October 1944 and AFRO 2637/44 dated 8 December 1944.  Born in Englehart, Ontario, 1920; home there.  Enlisted in Sudbury, 22 June 1940.  Trained at No.1 AOS (graduated 8 November 1940), No.1 BGS (graduated 23 December 1940) and No.1 ANS (graduated 20 January 1941).  NOTE: described as a pilot and captain, although training is that of an Air Observer. No citation other than "completed... numerous operations against the enemy in the course of which [he has] invariably displayed the utmost fortitude, courage and devotion to duty".  Public Records Office Air 2/9026 has recommendation dated 20 July 1944 when he had flown 40 sorties (175 hours 11 minutes), 8 September 1943 to 17 July 1944.

 

                                    * duty not carried out; not counted as an operation

                                                             # daylight operation

                                                    DMB=Deputy Master Bomber

 

8 Sept 43     Boulogne (3.30)             6 May 44      Nantes Gassicourt (3.05)

22 Oct 43     Kassel (4.30)                 8 May 44      Haine St.Pierre (2.45)

3 Nov 43      Dusseldorf (6.05)           10 May 44   Ghent (2.25)

11 Nov 43    Cannes (9.50)                11 May 44   Boulogne (2.30)

18 Nov 43 Mannheim (8.35)              27 May 44   Rennes (4.00)

19 Nov 43    Leverkusen (6.45)         28 May 44   Mardyck (2.05)

25 Nov 43    Frankfort (7.20)              31 May 44   Mont Couple (1.55)

20 Dec 43   Frankfort (6.40)              5 June 44     Longues (3.15)

29 Dec 43   Berlin (7.40)                   7 June 44     Foret de Cerisy (3.20)

20 Jan 44    Berlin (7.35)                   9 June 44     Rennes (4.05)

19 Feb 44    Leipzig (3.40)*               11 Jun 44     Tours (5.00)

20 Feb 44    Stuttgart (4.15)*             14 Jun 44     Cambrai (2.40, DMB)

24 Feb 44    Schweinfurt (7.25)         16 Jun 44     Sterkrade (3.45)

9 Apr 44       Lille (3.00)                      17 Jun 44     Oisemont-au-Bois (2.45, DMB)

10 Apr 44    Laon (3.35)                     21 Jun 44     Oisemont-au-Bois (2.45, DMB)#

11 Apr 44    Aachen (3.30)                24 Jun 44     Bonnetot (2.05, DMB)#

18 Apr 44    Paris (3.35)                    27 Jun 44     Wizerne (1.40)

22 Apr 44    Dusseldorf (3.45)           28 Jun 44     Metz (5.10)

24 Apr 44    Karlsruhe (4.55)             1 July 44      Oisemont-au-Bois (2.48)

26 Apr 44    Essen (3.55)                  2 July 44      Oisemont-au-Bois (2.10)

3 May 44      Montdidier (3.05)           17 Jul 44      Caen (2.43)

 

Flying Officer Fisher is a very capable and determined Captain and is now commencing his second to tour of operations.  Most of the sorties carried out by this officer have been against heavily defended enemy targets, but this has not deterred him in any way from making his attacks successful ones.  He is an excellent leader with a cheerful disposition and possesses an unconquerable spirit which acts as an incentive to all members of his crew.  Strongly recommended for the non-immediate award of the Distinguished Flying Cross.

 

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FISHER, Sergeant Charles Allan (R82738) - Distinguished Flying Medal - No.502 Squadron - Award effective 1 September 1943 as per London Gazette dated 10 September 1943 and AFRO 2322/43 dated 12 November 1943.  Home in Iroquois, Ontario.  Enlisted in Ottawa, 29 January 1941.  Trained at No.5 BGS (graduated 8 December 1941) and No.2 WS (graduated 9 November 1941)  Died in Ottawa, 10 August 1999.

 

On July 16th, 1943, Sergeant Fisher was rear gunner of an aircraft engaged on an anti-submarine patrol, when four Junkers 88 were sighted.  In the ensuing combat, which lasted twenty-five minutes, Sergeant Fisher used his guns to such good effect that one enemy aircraft was probably destroyed and the [remaining ?] enemy aircraft driven off.  Throughout his operational career this airman has displayed courage and devotion to duty worthy of the highest praise.

 

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FISHER, F/L Charles Harold (J19844) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.405 Squadron (deceased) - Award effective 16 August 1944 as per London Gazette dated 12 February 1946 and AFRO 322/46 dated 29 March 1946.  Born in Battleford, Saskatchewan, 1923.  Home in Watrous, Saskatchewan.  Student.  Enlisted in Saskatoon, 20 September 1941.  Trained at No.4 ITS (graduated 1 August 1942), No.5 EFTS (graduated 10 October 1942), and No.3 SFTS (graduated 11 October 1942 by DHist card; clearly not correct). Commissioned January 1944.  Killed in action 16/17 August 1944 (Lancaster P239).

 

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

 

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FISHER, Sergeant (now F/O) David Scott (R62101/J15154) - Distinguished Flying Medal - No.103 Squadron - Award effective 22 January 1942 as per London Gazette dated 30 January 1942 and AFRO 358/43 dated 18 February 1943.  Born in Biggar, Saskatchewan, 19 May 1918; home there; student. Enlisted in Saskatoon, 4 June 1940.  Trained at No.1 ITS, No.1 AOS and No.1 BGS.

 

This airman has successfully navigated his aircraft on many long operational flights and he has shown a complete disregard for personal safety in the face of enemy opposition.  He has participated in attacks on Brest, Cologne, Rotterdam, Kiel, Bremen, Berlin and Turin.  Sergeant Fisher's tenacity, fine spirit and cheerful confidence have set a high standard.

 

NOTE: The AFRO gives unit as No.203 Squadron - a misprint.  Public Record Office Air 2/9578 has recommendation dated 24 November 1941 when he had flown 20 sorties (127 hours 55 minutes).  Sortie list is interesting, and original text bears comparison with the final version.

 

13 Jun 41          Brest (5.20)                                10 Sep 41        Turin (10.20)

23 Jun 41          Cologne (6.05)                           12 Sep 41        Frankfurt (9.05)

26 Jun 41          Dusseldorf (5.05)                       15 Sep 41        Texel (4.40)

20 Jul 41           Rotterdam (3.20)                       20 Sep 41        Berlin (9.50)

24 Jul 41           Emden (5.20)                             29 Sep 41        Stettin (1.45, aborted)

5 Aug 41           Frankfort (6.30)                          30 Sep 41        Stettin (8.30)

14 Aug 41         Hanover (7.00)                           12 Oct 41         Bremen (6.30)

17 Aug 41         Duisberg (4.00)                          13 Oct 41         Dusseldorf (5.10)

19 Aug 41         Kiel (7.30)                                   22 Oct 41         Mannheim (7.05)

22 Aug 41         Mannheim (7.20)                        7 Nov 41           Emden (7.20)

 

For many months the coolness and skilful navigation of this Observer has contributed largely to the successful operations carried out by his crew.  This Non-Commissioned Officer has continually shown a complete disregard for his own personal safety, even when held by searchlight cones and subjected to intense flak fire, and his coolness and fearlessness in the face of danger has been an inspiration to his crew.  This Non-Commissioned Officer's tenacity, endurance and fine offensive spirit, together with his cheerful confidence has further inspired a high standard of morale in his crew and his fine record of achievement deserves recognition.

 

The Officer Commanding, RAF Station Elsham Wolds (G/C H.A. Constantine) added on 25 November 1941:

 

 

This Non-Commissioned Officer successfully navigated his crew on many long operational flights, during which he has always shown gallantry of the highest order, and by his cheerful confidence he has inspired a high standard of morale in his crew. I strongly recommend him for the award of the Distinguished Flying Medal.

 

This was further endorsed on 28 November 1941 by the Air Officer Commanding, No.1 Group, who wrote, "Recommended for the non-immediate award of the Distinguished Flying Medal".

 

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FISHER, F/L Gordon Clayton (J4690) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.408 Squadron - Award effective 12 November 1942 as per London Gazette dated 24 November 1942 and AFRO 1962/42 dated 4 December 1942.  Born in St.Boniface, Manitoba, 1913; home in Regina.  Enlisted in Regina, 26 June 1940.  Trained at No.1 ITS (graduated 16 September 1940), No.1 AOS (graduated 8 December 1940, No.1 BGS (graduated 18 January 1941), and No.1 ANS (graduated 12 March 1941).  Shot down over Belgium with crew of W/C Twigg's aircraft, 28/29 August 1942.  Evaded capture and, with F/L Van der Bok, made Gibraltar (see unit ORB entry of 2 October 1942).  Long interview held in DHist biographical file.    Died in Ottawa, 4 April 1988.

 

In August 1942, Flight Lieutenant Van Den Bok and Flight Lieutenant Fisher were wireless operator air gunner and navigator, respectively, of an aircraft detailed to attack Saarbrucken.  On the return flight the bomber was attacked by enemy aircraft, sustaining much damage.  Flight Lieutenant Van Den Bok, who was wounded in the leg by a piece of shrapnel, and Flight Lieutenant Fisher displayed outstanding courage, determination and fortitude.  Both have completed many sorties and have invariably displayed similar qualities.

 

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FISHER, F/O John Edwin (J24228) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.408 Squadron - Award effective 5 February 1945 as per London Gazette dated 16 February 1945 and AFRO 563/45 dated 29 March 1945. Born in Toronto, 1923; home in Leaside; enlisted in Toronto, 28 April 1942. Trained at No.5 ITS (graduated 7 November 1942) and No.9 AOS (graduated 5 March 1943).  Commissioned 1943.  No citation other than "completed...numerous operations against the enemy in the course of which [he has] invariably displayed the utmost fortitude, courage and devotion to duty."  DHist file 181.009 D.3260 (RG.24 Vol.20637) has recommendation of W/C J.F. Easton dated 4 November 1944 when he had flown 33 sorties (151 hours 50 minutes), 9 April to 25 September 1944.

 

Flying Officer Fisher has completed an operational tour as navigator on four engined bombers in an exemplary manner.  He has navigated his aircraft successfully to such targets deep in Germany as Dortmund, Aachen, Wesselling, Kiel, Stuttgart, Hamburg and Brest.  On all occasions he has navigated with exceptional skill.  Several times when his aircraft was shot up and in difficulties, Flying Officer Fisher's resourceful and skilful navigation was largely responsible for the safe return to base of his aircraft.  More recently against precision targets requiring the utmost in navigation skill and accuracy, Flying Officer Fisher has taken his aircraft accurately to the target.

 

By his exceptional keenness and his coolness in operations against the enemy, Flying Officer Fisher inspired his crew with great confidence, and his efforts throughout his tour have been a very large contributing factor to the great success achieved by his crew.

 

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FISHER, F/O John Robert (J41914) - Mention in Despatches - No.11 (BR) Squadron - Award effective 21 April 1945 as per Canada Gazette of that date and AFRO 802/45 dated 11 May 1945.  Home in Oshawa; enlisted in Toronto, 25 September 1940. Trained at No.2 ITS (graduated 12 November 1940), No.10 EFTS (graduated 4 January 1941) and No.5 SFTS (graduated 17 March 1941).

 

This officer has flown over a hundred operational sorties and is now completing his second tour of operations.  As captain of aircraft he has proved himself to be a most efficient and capable pilot and his skill and leadership under adverse conditions have provided an example of devotion to duty worthy of the highest praise.

 

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FISHER, FS John William (R218578) - Distinguished Flying Medal - No.434 Squadron - Award effective 10 May 1945 as per London Gazette dated 22 May 1945 and AFRO 1147/45 dated 13 July 1945.  Born at Cuthbert Plain, Manitoba, 1925; home in The Pas, Manitoba; enlisted in The Pas, 11 February 1943.  Student.  Trained at No.9 BGS (graduated 29 October 1943).  DHist file 181.009 D.1941 (RG.24 Vol.20612) has recommendation dated 17 January 1945 when he had flown 37 sorties (177 hours five minutes), 16 March to 19 September 1944.  The sortie list mentions several adventures.  On 22 March 1944 (mining in Kiel Bay) there was hot predicted flak and fighter attacks which holed the aircraft.  On 25 March 1944 (Aulnoye) they lost one engine plus power in another; the flight engineer was wounded.  The Kiel Bay incident mentioned in citation was 18 April 1944; the recommendation reads: "On a mining operation in Kiel Bay on 18th April, 1944, FS Fisher's oxygen equipment to his turret was u/s, and he flew for five hours at 18,000 feet on a 40-minute supply from emergency bottles, steadfastly refusing to leave his post while the aircraft was in danger of night fighter attacks.".  They mined the Frisians on 7 May 1944 with two 2,000 pound mines.  One hung-up and bounced through the bomb doors on touchdown !  They had two fighter attacks on 28 July 1944 (Hamburg) and one gunner was wounded on 12 September 1944 (Dortmund).

 

Flight Sergeant Fisher has recently completed a tour of operational duty including attacks against such targets as Dortmund, Hamburg, Kiel and Bremen.  Throughout he has proved himself to be an extremely skilful and fearless air gunner.  On more than one occasion his alertness and concise directions to his pilot have been responsible for the safe return of his aircraft and crew.  Whilst on a minelaying mission to Kiel Bay in April 1944, Flight Sergeant Fisher's oxygen equipment was rendered unserviceable.  In spite of this the airman refused to leave his post while the aircraft was in danger of attacks from enemy fighters and he flew for a very long period at a considerable height with only a very small oxygen supply.  At all times he has displayed outstanding courage and devotion to duty.

 

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FISHER, F/L Norman William (J24734) - Mention in Despatches - Eastern Air Command Headquarters - Award effective 3 November 1944 as per Canada Gazette of that date and AFRO 2479/44 dated 17 November 1944.  Home in Edmonton; enlisted there 15 March 1941. Trained at No.2 WS (graduated 8 November 1941) and No.2 BGS (graduated 8 December 1941).

 

This officer has participated in many sorties on anti-submarine operations.  By his skill as a wireless operator air gunner he assisted materially in an attack against an enemy submarine.  He has at all times displayed a keenness and devotion to duty which have been an example to all with whom he has been associated.

 

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FISHER, F/L Robert Frank (J5821) - Mention in Despatches - No.10 (BR) Squadron (now missing) - Award effective 8 June 1944 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 1380/44 dated 30 June 1944.  Born in Armstrong, British Columbia; educated there; enlisted in Vancouver, 10 October 1940.  Trained at No.1 ITS (graduated 27 January 1941), No.9 EFTS (graduated 17 March 1941), and No.2 SFTS (graduated 16 June 1941).  Had flown 1,218:25 hours to date, 303:35 operational hours (35 sorties).  See photograph PL-21285 (with crew).  Fisher was pilot of the Liberator that sank U-341, 19 September 1943.  Killed in crash of Liberator 3701 on 20 October 1943.

 

This officer has displayed exceptional ability and devotion to duty throughout his service as a pilot on anti-submarine operations.  He was captain of a VLR Liberator which attacked an enemy submarine in the North Atlantic area and, despite the intensity of opposition, he pressed home the attack with such skill that the U-Boat was assessed as probably destroyed.

 

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FISK, F/O James Carlyle (J89475) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.626 Squadron - Award effective 5 July 1945 as per London Gazette dated 20 July 1945 and AFRO 1619/45 dated 19 October 1945.  Born 1919 in Vermillion, Alberta; home there; truck driver.  Ex-RCA.  Enlisted in Edmonton, 26 January 1942.  Trained at No.6 ITS (graduated 5 March 1943), No.12 EFTS (graduated 26 May 1943) and No.6 SFTS (graduated 17 September 1943).

 

Flying Officer Fisk has completed numerous successful operational sorties and has at all times shown the utmost determination to engage the enemy.  In March 1945 he was returning from a successful mine-laying sortie in Baltic waters when his aircraft was attacked by an enemy fighter.  Due entirely to Flying Officer Fisk's determination and his skilful handling of the aircraft the enemy aircraft was shot down in flames.  Immediately after this incident another fighter was sighted which shadowed his aircraft with great persistence.  This attacker was eventually shaken off.  Throughout this incident and in all his sorties Flying Officer Fisk has displayed able captaincy and gallantry.

 

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FITCH, Supervisor Allen Bert (Z502) - Member, Order of the British Empire - No.143 Wing - AWARD IN CIVIL DIVISION - Award effective 1 January 1946 as per Canada Gazette of that date and AFRO 82/46 dated 25 January 1946.  Home in Vancouver.

 

This Supervisor, of the Salvation Army Canadian War Services, as one of the first Supervisors to be put on mobile work in the Royal Canadian Air Force.  For a time he covered the difficult territory in Norfolk and part of Suffolk, comprising 54 stations.  With the formation of the 2nd Tactical Air Force he was posted to No.143 Wing and has served with this unit ever since.  His cheerful good nature and willingness to help have endeared him to all who have served with this unit.  His services have been exceptionally beneficial to Royal Canadian Air Force personnel.

 

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FITCHETT, F/O Leonard Elmer (J93441) - Mention in Despatches - No.409 Squadron - Award effective 1 January 1946 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 388/46 dated 12 April 1946.  Home in Victoria; enlisted in Vancouver, 30 March 1942.  Trained at No.4 ITS (graduated 24 October 1942), No.5 EFTS (graduated 28 December 1942) and No.7 SFTS (graduated 30 April 1943).  Unit not identified in AFRO, which says only "Overseas".  See The RCAF Overseas: The Sixth Year, pp.307 and 309.  Destroyed a He.111, 24/25 September 1944 and a Ju.52 on 24/25 April 1945.

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FITZGERALD, F/O Howard Arthur (J37155) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.420 Squadron - Award effective 5 April 1945 as per London Gazette dated 13 April 1945 and AFRO 824/45 dated 18 May 1945. Born 1917 in Belleville, Ontario; home there. Machine operator and ex-RCA. Enlisted in Belleville, 13 July 1942.  Trained at No.1 ITS (graduated 30 December 1942), No.12 EFTS (graduated 26 March 1943), No.4 BGS (graduated 3 September 1943) and No.31 ANS (graduated 15 October 1943).  Commissioned in October 1943.

 

Flying Officer Fitzgerald has participated in many operational sorties against a variety of important and heavily defended targets.  By his outstanding skill and determination he has played a large part in the successes achieved by his crew.  On one occasion, during an attack against Duisburg in November 1944, damage was sustained from anti-aircraft fire while on the bombing run and one engine caught fire.  Undeterred, Flying Officer Fitzgerald completed his bombing run and dropped his bombs on the target.  On the return flight he rendered valuable assistance to the navigator as all navigational aids had become unserviceable.  This officer has always displayed courage and devotion to duty of a high order.

 

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FITZGERALD, Sergeant John Ernest (R215210) - Distinguished Flying Medal - No.166 Squadron (missing) - Award effective 3 October 1944 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 2637/44 dated 8 December 1944.  Born in New Westminster, 1925.  Was in Army and Air Cadets before enlisting, Vancouver, 21 January 1943. Trained at No.3 BGS (graduated 12 November 1943).  Killed in action with No.166 Squadron, 26/27 August 1944 (Lancaster LM694); buried in Denmark.

 

This airman has participated in many sorties as a rear gunner.  He has displayed the greatest keenness and has proved himself to be a most dependable member of aircraft crew.  One night in August 1944, Sergeant Fitzgerald participated in a minelaying mission.  Shortly after leaving the target area, this gunner sighted a Junkers 88.  He opened fire and his first burst struck the enemy aircraft which went into a steep dive with both engines on fire.  One more than one occasion his vigilance and good shooting have contributed materially to the safe return of his aircraft.

 

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FITZGERALD, F/O Robert Edward Joseph (J15898) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.408 Squadron - Award effective 2 January 1945 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 471/45 dated 16 March 1945.  Born at Windsor, Ontario, 1922; home in Amhertsburg.  Enlisted in Windsor, 22 April 1941. Trained at No.1 ITS (graduated 25 July 1941) and No.6 BGS (graduated 29 September 1941).  Commissioned 1942.

 

As air gunner, Flying Officer Fitzgerald has completed two tours of operational duty.  He has at all times displayed the highest standard of keenness for air operations and most of his assignments have necessitated flights to attack heavily defended targets.  On many occasions his vigilance and timely warnings have enabled his pilot to evade enemy fighters.  Flying Officer Fitzgerald has proved himself to be an invaluable member of aircraft crew.

 

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FITZSIMMONS, F/O Earl Francis (J28561) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.626 Squadron - Award effective 5 February 1945 as per London Gazette dated 16 February 1945 and AFRO 563/45 dated 29 March 1945. Born 1916 at Govan, Saskatchewan; home there.  Enlisted in Regina, 20 August 1940.   Trained at No.2 ITS (graduated 2 January 1943, No.15 EFTS (graduated 2 April 1943) and No.17 SFTS (graduated 23 July 1943).  Commissioned 1943.

 

Flying Officer Fitzsimmons has completed an operational tour throughout which he has shown outstanding airmanship, courage and unfailing devotion to duty.  Ge has participated in many sorties including attacks against such important targets as Stuttgart, Stettin and Essen.  His fine fighting spirit and the determination with which he has always pressed home his attacks under the most hazardous circumstances have won the confidence and admiration of his crew.  In July 1944, during a sortie against Scholven, Flying Officer Fitzsimmons' aircraft was attacked by a Junkers 88 when near the target.  By his skilful tactics and co-operation with his gunners he forced the enemy to break off the attack.

 

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FJELDSTED, P/O Thor Bjorgvin (J19797) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.429 Squadron - Award effective 27 June 1944 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 1861/44 dated 25 August 1944. Born in Arborg, Manitoba, 1913; home there.  Enlisted in Winnipeg, 17 September 1941.  Trained at No.1 ITS (graduated 25 April 1942) and No.3 AOS (graduated 11 September 1942).  Commissioned 1943.

 

This officer has taken part in a large number of sorties, including attacks on Berlin, Hanover, Mannheim and many other well-defended targets.  He has invariably displayed the highest standard of determination and devotion to duty, and his navigational ability has been a prominent factor in the successes obtained.  He has proved himself to be a most valuable member of aircraft crew.

 

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