FOAN, S/L John Henry (C6302) - Member, Order of the British Empire - No.3 Personnel Reception Centre FTC - Award effective 1 January 1945 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 132/45 dated 26 January 1945.  Born in Brockville, Ontario, 9 June 1907.  Enlisted in Ottawa, 17 December 1927 and served prewar at Camp Borden, Winnipeg, Toronto.  Married Jenifer Hollister, 13 August 1928.  For most of the war he was instructor at St.Thomas.  Two brothers also served in the RCAF - FS George Foan and Pilot Officer Laurence Foan (awarded BEM, 8 June 1944).  No citation found.

 

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FOAN, FS Lawrence (Can.2238) -  British Empire Medal - No.15 SFTS (and now AES) - Award effective 8 June 1944 as per RCAF Routine Order 1380/44 dated 30 June 1944.  Born in Brockville, Ontario; enlisted in Kingston, 5 June 1937.  Aero engine mechanic.

 

Flight Sergeant Foan has displayed most excellent airmanship throughout his many duties. He has gained the respect of all his fellow workers by virtue of his capable aptitude for organization and supervision, and by his competency in handling the most difficult situations.  He has carried out his responsibilities in such an efficient and co-operative manner that undoubtedly he has inspired those qualities in those under his supervision.

 

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FOCKLER, F/L Edwin Wesley (J10514) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.20 Squadron - Award effective 8 August 1944 as per London Gazette dated 11 August 1944 and AFRO 2101/44 dated 29 September 1944.  Born 1917 in Toronto; home in Vancouver; enlisted in Vancouver, 30 May 1941.  Trained at No.2 ITS (graduated 8 September 1941), No.15 EFTS (graduated 7 November 1941) and No.11 SFTS (graduated 27 February 1942). Public Record Office Air 2/9633 indicates he was recommended when he had flown 60 sorties (119 operational hours).

 

During his present tour of operations and when flying over enemy territory at Imphal in 1943, Flight Lieutenant Fockler has shown extreme keenness, efficiency and ability in finding and destroying the enemy.  He possesses, in a high degree, the concentration and determination needed to discover the cunningly concealed Japanese positions and has achieved much success against their infantry river craft and gun emplacements.  Flight Lieutenant Fockler has invariably operated with gallantry and exceptional devotion to duty.

 

NOTE: Public Record Office Air 2/9633 has recommendation dated 2 May 1944.  This is a remarkable record of service in Asia. Sorties from 13 April to 24 April 1943 (all at Imphal) were on Lysander aircraft; all other sorties on Hurricane IId machines.

 

13 Apr 43       Tactical Recce (2.45)              Yazagyo-Kalemyo-Kalewa-Mawlun-Mansi-Nanza; pranged two lorries, one 45-foot motor boat.

15 Apr 43       Tactical Recce (2.10)              Thayaung.


16 Apr 43       Photo Recce (2.35)                 Indaingyi-Natchaung; located nine lorries; pranged two.

18 Apr 43       Tactical Recce (2.35)              Kalemyo-Natchaung-South Myauk.

19 Apr 43       Tactical Recce (2.40)              Pantha-Indaw-Pyingaing

20 Apr 43       Tactical Recce (2.20)              Pantha-Aungbin-Hehlo

21 Apr 43       Tactical Recce (2.15)              Kawya-Manmawnwein

22 Apr 43       Tactical Recce (2.40)              Yazagyo-Kalenyo-South Miyauk

22 Apr 43       Scramble (50 minutes)

23 Apr 43       Photo Recce (2.15)                 Pinlebu

24 Apr 43       Tactical Recce (2.20)              Paungbyin-Thayaung-South Miyauk

 

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24 Dec 43      Offensive Recce (1.35)           Maungdaw-Rathidaung-Kyauktaw

30 Dec 43      Offensive Recce (1.50)           Kyauktaw-Akyab-Rathidaung; strafed eight Japs in dugout.

1 Jan 44         Offensive Recce (1.45)           Maungdaw-Ponnagyun; three 40-foot boats; located 15-plus large boats; light machine gun in tail and wing.

4 Jan 44         Strike (1.10)                             Maungdaw-Alethangyaw; strafed Japs.

10 Jan 44       Offensive Recce (1.40)           Paletwa-Myohaung-Minbya; three loaded sampans pranged.

13 Jan 44       Offensive Recce (2.00)           Ponnagyun-Pauktaw-Akyab; destroyed six large kisties, two sampans.

14 Jan 44       Offensive Recce (2.05)           Kyauktaw-Myohaung-Ponnagyun-Bagona; set two 50-foot barges on fire; strafed Bagona.

14 Jan 44       Strike (1.25)                             Ponnagyun; destroyed seven large loaded boats.

19 Jan 44       Offensive Recce (2.00)           Maundaw-Foul Point-Ponnagyun-Kanzauk; destroyed four sampans; light machine gun in engine.

23 Jan 44       Offensive Recce (2.00)           Kyauktaw-Pyelongi-Myohang-Minbya; 15-plus kisties, Myohaung; five sampans, Minbya.

25 Jan 44       Strike, A.S.C.  (1.10)               Buthidaung; strafe Japs; killed five in dugout.

28 Jan 44       Offensive Recce (1.50)           Baguna-Donbaik-Thetkado; two large sampans.

2 Feb 44        Offensive Recce (2.00)           Htizwe-Kanzauk-Myohaung-Minbya; destroyed two large kisties, one sampan.

3 Feb 44        A.S.C. (1.10)                            Baguna; strafe Japs.

5 Feb 44        Scramble (55 minutes)           Leader, Red, White Blue sections.

7 Feb 44        Offensive Recce (1.55)           Buthidaung-Kawzon-Hparabyin; killed ten Japs in boat; destroyed five kisties.

14 Feb 44      Offensive Recce (2.20)           Akyab-Pauktaw-Minbya-Myohaung; destroyed five loaded kisties, four sampans.

15 Feb 44      Offensive Recce (2.15)           Pauktaw-Akyab-Ponnagyun; destroyed three kisties, five sampans.

16 Feb 44      Offensive Recce (1.15)           Kuauktaw-Teinnyo-Myohaung; strafed Japs, Lammadaw; destroyed one barge, five kisties.

21 Feb 44      Offensive Recce (2.15)           Akyab-Pauktaw-Kanzauk; located and damaged 15-plus large loaded boats.

22 Feb 44      Offensive Recce (2.20)           Akyab-Baronga-Ponnagyun; three kisties.

24 Feb 44      Offensive Recce (2.00)           Minbya-Ponnagyun; two large loaded paddy gigs.

25 Feb 44      Strike (1.15)                             Foul Point; set aircraft on fire in enemy territory.

29 Feb 44      Offensive Recce (2.30)           Minbya-Kywegu-Ramre-Akyab; strafed Japs, one lorry, three kisties.

4 Mar 44         Night Recce (1.05)                  Foul Point

10 Mar 44      Offensive Recce (1.45)           Kyauktaw-Myohaung-Minbya; attacked seven bullock carts, derrick and workmen on bridge.

16 Mar 44      Offensive Recce (2.50)           Htizwe-Awran-Rathidaung; three loaded barges, two kisties, Jap dump

17 Mar 44      Offensive Recce (1.55)           Batarat-Sunye-Akyab; three kisties, five bullock cards, 15 Japs on Akyab.

18 Mar 44      Offensive Recce (2.00)           Pyinnya-Alechaung; concentrations of barges, loaded kisties, sampans destroyed.

18 Mar 44      Offensive Recce (1.15)           Alechaung; concentrations of barges, loaded kisties, sampans destroyed.

20 Mar 44      Offensive Recce (2.20)           Kyauktaw-Thayettabun-Minbya; destroyed three loaded kisties, one paddy gig.

22 Mar 44      A.S.C. (45 minutes)                 Alethangyaw; strafed Jap positions.

23 Mar 44      Offensive Recce (2.30)           Minbya-Sanbal-Kyauk-Pandu; two loaded barges, three kisties.

24 Mar 44      Offensive Recce (1.55)           Kyauktaw-Alechaung; three loaded kisties, two bullock carts.

25 Mar 44      Offensive Recce (2.40)           Myohaung-Minbya-Htizwe-Kanzauk; four kisties, one paddy gig.

26 Mar 44      Offensive Recce (2.40)           Ponnagyun-Buthigdaung; four loaded kisties.

28 Mar 44      Offensive Recce (2.00)           Kindaung

29 Mar 44      Offensive Recce (2.30)           Akyab-Sunye-Minbya-Kanzauk; one Jap, ten loaded kisties, one 50-foot barge, five bullock carts.

1 Apr 44         Offensive Recce (1.55)           Kanzauk-Ponnagyun-Htizwe; strafed Jap camp near Kanzauk.

2 Apr 44         Offensive Recce (2.50)           Sanbale-Myebon-Kywegu-Letpan; one 50-foot motor launch, one 60-foot boat, six loaded kisties.

3 Apr 44         Offensive Recce (2.30)           Kyauktaw-Sanbale-Myohaung; two loaded barges, three kisties.

3 Apr 44         Offensive Recce (1.45)           Myohaung-Minbya-Kanzauk, two kisties.

5 Apr 44         A.S.C. (1.25)                            Seiyinbya, strafe.

7 Apr 44         Offensive Recce (1.30)           Myohaung-Minbya-Buthidaung-Bagona; strafe, A.S.C; set dump on fire.

8 Apr 44         Offensive Recce (2.30)           Myohaung-Minbya-Myebon; four kisties.

11 Apr 44       Offensive Recce (1.50)           Donbrik-Alechaung; two 50-foot supply boats, dumps.

18 Apr 44       Offensive Recce (2.50)           Myebon-Kywegu-Letpan-Akyab; two lorries, ten Japs, one Jap officer, two bullock carts.

20 Apr 44       Offensive Recce (2.25)           Htizwe-Tanko; one barge, three kisties.

26 Apr 44       A.S.C. (2.05)                            Imphal area, Kalewa; one 75-foot barge, one 60-foot boat, four 35-foot boats.

 

During the present tour of operations, and also in 1943 when he flew 26 hours in Lysanders over enemy territory at Imphal, Flying Officer Fockler has shown extreme keenness and an ability to find and destroy the enemy. he possesses all the necessary qualities for the operations which this squadron has carried out, including the concentration and determination required to find the Jap positions, which are so cunningly concealed. he has to his credit numerous river craft, Jap infantry, and gun positions. On each sortie Flying Officer Fockler goes up determined to get the utmost out of his trips, with a complete disregard to his personal safety, and has been an excellent example to all in his zealous devotion to duty.

 

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FODERINGHAM, P/O Clifford (J15718) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.101 Squadron - Award effective 2 November 1942 as per London Gazette dated 6 November 1942 and AFRO 272/43 dated 19 February 1943.  Born in Toronto, 4 April 1921; home there.  Clerk. Ex-RCA.  Enlisted in Toronto, 18 December 1940.  Trained at No.3 ITS (graduated 9 June 1941), No.11 EFTS (graduated 27 July 1941), and No.8 SFTS (graduated 14 December 1941).  Commissioned September 1943.  Photo PL-14523 shows him.  Public Records Office Air 2/9604 says he ws recommended after flying 28 sorties (155 operational hours).

 

This officer has always displayed outstanding coolness and courage often under very difficult conditions.  One night in August, when his aircraft was so severely damaged by night fighters that he had to descend on the sea, it was largely due to his leadership and presence of mind that four members of the crew were rescued.  On two other occasions, by his ability and skill, he has brought his damaged aircraft safely to base.  Pilot Officer Foderingham has at all times shown great devotion to duty, setting a splendid example to all.

 

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FODERINGHAM, F/L William Cecil (J35573) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.166 Squadron - Award effective 8 September 1945 as per London Gazette dated 21 September 1945 and AFRO 1704/45 dated 9 November 1945.  Born Toronto, 1919. Enlisted Toronto 18 May 1942.  Trained at No.1 ITS (graduated 27 December 1942), No.7 EFTS (graduated 6 March 1943) and No.16 SFTS (graduated 11 November 1943).  Commissioned September 1943, ex-RCA. 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 Officer Air 2/8750 has recommendation dated 13 April 1945 when he had flown 34 sorties (230 hours), 9 November 1944 to 4 April 1945.

 

9 Nov 44         Wanne Eickel                        7 Feb 45        Cleve

16 Nov 44      Duren                                      8 Feb 45        Politz

18 Nov 44      Wanne Eickel                        14 Feb 45      Chemnitz

21 Nov 44      Aschaffenburg                       20 Feb 45      Dortmund

27 Nov 44      Freiburg                                 21 Feb 45      Duisburg

29 Nov 44      Dortmund                               23 Feb 45      Pforsheim

22 Dec 44      Coblenz                                  1 Mar 45         Mannheim

28 Dec 44      Munchen Gladbach               2 Mar 45         Cologne

29 Dec 44      Scholven-Buer                       5 Mar 45         Chemnitz

2 Jan 45         Nuremburg                             15 Mar 45      Misburg

7 Jan 45         Munich                                    16 Mar 45      Nuremburg

14 Jan 45       Merseburg                             21 Mar 45      Bremen

16 Jan 45       Zeitz-Troglitz                          22 Mar 45      Hildesheim

22 Jan 45       Duisburg                                25 Mar 45      Hanover

1 Feb 45        Mannheim                              27 Mar 45      Paderborn

2 Feb 45        Weisbaden                            1 Apr 45         Hamburg

3 Feb 45        Bottrop-Welheim                   4 Apr 45         Lutzkendorf

 

This Canadian officer is one of the most experienced pilots on the squadron and has taken part in 34 attacks on the enemy.  Prominent in the list of sorties have been attacks on the enemy's oil refineries and these he has pressed home with conspicuous success.  Time after time he has successfully defied the heaviest concentrations of anti-aircraft gunfire to inflict the most damaging attacks and the undoubted success of his crew has been largely due to his magnificent leadership.

For his steadfastness, devotion to duty and disregard for personal safety he is recommended for the award of the Distinguished Flying Cross.

 

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FOGG, Sergeant Russell Lawrence (Can 4231A) - British Empire Medal - RCAF Overseas Headquarters - Award effective 1 January 1944 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 113/44 dated 21 January 1944.  Born 17 November 1917 in Winnipeg; home there; enlisted there 13 September 1939.

 

This NCO was one of the first members of the RCAF to arrive overseas.  He has been continuously employed in the Mechanical Transport Section of this Headquarters since the time it was organized and has served efficiently and courageously as a Transport Driver during the extremely trying "blitz" period.  It is largely due to the excellent and efficient services rendered by him that this section has attained a very high standard of serviceability and efficiency.

 

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FOGGO, S/L Andrew Swan (C10485) - Mention in Despatches - Station Goose Bay - Award effective 1 January 1946 as per Canada Gazette of that date and AFRO 82/46 dated 25 January 1946.  Home in Toronto; enlisted in Hamilton, Ontario, 13 March 1942.

 

This officer, as Works and Buildings Officer at Goose Bay, Labrador, has by his energy and initiative over long and arduous hours, and especially during severe winter conditions, maintained the Station and the aerodrome so that services have been maintained and runways have always been serviceable when flying was possible.

 

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FOIDART, LAC Edgar Toussaint Laurent (R134877) - Mention in Despatches - Tholthorpe - Award effective 14 June 1945 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 1647/45 dated 26 October 1945.  AFRO gives unit only as "Overseas"; DHist file 181.009 D.1725 (PAC RG.24 Vol 20607) has list of MiDs this date with unit.  DMT at Tholthorpe.  Home Winnipeg.  Enlisted 1 November 1941; in Canada 16 months, overseas 22 months.  Recommended 3 February 1945 (see DHist file 181.009 D.1719, PAC RG.24 Vol,20606).

 

On June 28th, 1944 an aircraft landed at this station and crashed into a stationary aircraft.  During the ensuing fire, which was very dangerous owing to exploding bombs and ammunition, this airman drove an ambulance to the immediate vicinity of the fire and unhesitatingly gave assistance in the rescuing of the crew from the aircraft.  This airman is above average in carrying out his normal duties always and to the extent that he has given splendid service of an excellent character.

 

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FOLEY, W/C George Joseph (C864) - Member, Order of the British Empire - Eastern Air Command Headquarters - Award effective 13 June 1946 as per Canada Gazette of that date and AFRO 660/46 dated 5 July 1946.  Enlisted in Trenton, 4 July 1938, serving with No.5 Squadron before the war.

 

For the past two years, this officer has been serving in the capacities of Equipment Staff Officer and Senior Equipment Officer at Eastern Air Command Headquarters.  This officer's arduous duties during a period of difficult, rapidly changing conditions within this Command have been of the highest order.  His ability to meet situations calling for skill and tact have proven his ability and called forth the admiration of his associates.

 

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FOLEY, F/O Joseph Charles Copeland (J19424) - 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 1914, Liverpool, England.  Home Wellington, Ontario. Druggist and ex-RCMP.  Enlisted Toronto 25 November 1941. Commissioned 1943.  Trained at No.5 ITS (graduated 24 April 1942) and No.8 AOS (graduated 28 August 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 33 sorties (202 hours ten minutes), 13 May 1943 to 4 August 1944.

 

Flying Officer Foley has taken part in 33 sorties against the enemy, including 23 night attacks against the major German targets.  During his tour of operations he invariably set an extremely high standard of navigation, his track keeping and timing being of such a superb quality that never once was his aircraft either hit by flak or attacked by enemy fighters.  He has been unsparing of himself in his endeavours to assist more junior Navigators and his example has been a distinct asset to this squadron.

 

I consider the exceptionally high standard of navigation and the high personal example of Flying Officer Foley merit the non-immediate award of the Distinguished Flying Cross.

 

FOLEY, S/L Joseph Charles Copeland, DFC (J19524) - Mention in Despatches - No.6 Group Headquarters - Award effective 1 January 1946 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 322/46 dated 29 March 1946.   AFRO gives unit only as "Overseas"; unit found in McEwen Papers list of recommendations for MiD. 

 

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FOLKES, P/O Reginald William - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.77 Squadron - Award effective 19 June 1944 as per London Gazette dated 27 June 1944 and AFRO 1861/44 dated 25 August 1944.  Born Toronto 1918, home Toronto; educated University of Toronto. Enlisted Toronto 20 May 1941.  Trained at No.5 ITS (graduated 27 September 1941), No.9 BGS (graduated 28 February 1942) and No.8 AOS (graduated 5 January 1942).  Commissioned 1943.  Died in Sunnybrook Hospital, Toronto, 12 September 1993.

 

Pilot Officer Folkes has completed a tour of operations during which he has participated in attacks against many of the enemy's most heavily defended targets in Germany.  He is a most valuable member of a gallant crew whose ability as bomb aimer has been amply demonstrated by photographic results.  In November 1943 his aircraft was attacked by enemy fighters and so badly damaged that control was temporarily lost.  Nevertheless, the target was attacked from a much lower altitude and good photographs obtained.  This officer has played no small part in the many successes attained by his crew.

 

NOTE: Public Records Office Air 2/8780 has recommendation dated 20 March 1944 when he had flown 23 sorties (157 hours 25 minutes); draft text adds a few details:

 

                         * with unidentified units prior to No.77 Squadron

 

7 Nov 42       Genoa (8.25)*                6 Sept 43     Munich (9.10)

18 Nov 42    Turin (7.50)*                   22 Sept 43   Hanover (6.40)

15 Jan 43     Lorient (5.45)*                29 Sept 43   Bochum (5.00)

5 Mar 43       Essen (3.20)*                 4 Oct 43        Frankfurt (7.45)

8 Mar 43       Nuremburg (8.45)*         3 Nov 43       Dusseldorf (5.40)

9 Mar 43       Munich (8.20)*                19 Nov 43     Leverkusen (5.45)

11 Mar 43    Stuttgart (7.35)*             20 Dec 43    Frankfurt (6.25)

12 Mar 43    Essen (4.45)*                 21 Jan 44     Magdeburg (7.05)

3 July 43       Cologne (6.00)*             28 Jan 44     Berlin (8.40)

9 July 43       Gelsenkirchen (6.35)*   19 Feb 44    Leipzig (8.10)

15 July 43     Montebeliard (8.05)*     22 Feb 44    GARDENING (3.10,

17 Aug 43    Peenemunde (8.10)                            recalled)

 

This officer Air Bomber has completed his first tour of operations comprising 23 sorties, many of them against the most heavily defended German targets.  A member of a most exceptional crew of this squadron, this officer has contributed greatly to the standard of a notable crew, and his ability as a bomb aimer is amply substantiated by the photographic results.  Even on the night of 3rd November 1943, after the aircraft was temporarily out of control and damaged due to fighter attack, the target was still attacked although at a much lower altitude, and a good photographic record obtained.

 

In recognition of an operational tour which has been marked throughout with a high standard of efficiency and devotion to duty, it is strongly recommended that this officer be awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross.

 

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FOLKINS, S/L (now W/C) Gordon Arthur (C1013) - Air Force Cross - No.11 SFTS - Award effective 26 October 1943 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 2386/43 dated 19 November 1943. 1 SFTS (graduated 20 May 1940).  Born Calgary. Home Fort William and Whitehorse.  Enlisted at Calgary, 20 February 1939 with 113 (F) Squadron (Auxiliary).  Trained at No.1 SFTS (graduated 20 May 1940.  Later attended RAF Staff College, Empire CFS, and commanded Stations Fort Nelson and Whitehorse.

 

This officer has been continuously employed on flying instructional duties for over three years during which time he has never had an accident.  He has capably fulfilled the duties of a Squadron Commander and Officer Commanding the Central Flying School Visiting Flight and has been outstanding in initiative, leadership, ability, and devotion to duty with an exacting thoroughness in everything he undertakes.

 

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FOLSOM, F/L Charles (J12203) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.436 Squadron - Award effective 9 October 1945 as per London Gazette dated 19 October 1945 and AFRO 1822/45 dated 7 December 1945.  American in the RCAF; born 1917 Kentucky, home Hupkinville, Kentucky, USA.  Educated Kemper College and US Naval Academy.  Surveyor/Contractor.  Enlisted Ottawa 1 September 1941.  Trained at No.6 ITS (graduated 5 December 1941), No.20 EFTS (graduated 13 February 1942) and No.16 SFTS (graduated 16 May 1942).

 

This officer has completed a most successful tour of operational duty.  He has served with Coastal and Transport Commands and has completed numerous missions against enemy shipping over the North Sea and off the Dutch coast.  On one occasion he destroyed two enemy E-boats, despite intense anti-aircraft fire.  He has now flown on many sorties in close support of the 14th Army in Burma, operating over the jungle and mountainous terrain.  His courage and determination have been outstanding at all times.

 

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FONES, Sergeant Frederick Ernest (R68420) - Mention in Despatches - No.9432 Servicing Echelon (No.62 Base) - Award effective 1 January 1945 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 425/45 dated 9 March 1945.  Home London, Ontario.  Enlisted London 13 September 1940.  Arrived overseas 7 March 1942.  No citation in AFRO.  Recommended for MiD, 21 July 1944, at which time he was a Fitter IIE with No.9432 Servicing Echelon. (See DHist file 181.009 D.1719, RG.24 Vol.20606). Recommendation read as follows:

 

Sergeant Fones has at all times carried out his duties cheerfully and willingly in a most efficient manner, although long, tedious hours of work have been put in by him.  His cheerful personality and devotion to duty have a most inspiring effect on his subordinates, with the result that they, too, put in many hours of night work, night after night.

 

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FONGER, F/O Owen Woodward (J21918) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.419 Squadron - Award effective 19 June 1944 as per London Gazette dated 30 June 1944 and AFRO 1861/44 dated 25 August 1944.  Born Niagara Falls, Ontario, 1911.  Home Leaside, Ontario. Enlisted Toronto 15 November 1941. Trained at No.1 ITS (graduated 22 May 1942) and No.3 (or No.8) AOS (graduated 2 October 1942).  Commissioned 1942.  Died in Toronto, 24 August 1999. No citation other than "completed...many successful operations against the enemy in which [he has] displayed high skill, fortitude and devotion to duty."  Public Records Office Air 2/9015 has recommendation dated 18 April 1944 when he had completed 29 sorties (207 hours five minutes) as a navigator, 10 August 1943 to 23 March 1944:

 

10 Aug 43         Nuremburg (9.20)           11 Nov 43   Cannes (10.10)

12 Aug 43         Milan (10.20)                   19 Nov 43   Leverkusen (6.55)

17 Aug 43         Peenemunde (9.15)       22 Nov 43   Berlin (7.30)

22 Aug 43         Leverkusen (6.15)          3 Dec 43    Leipzig (8.35)

23 Aug 43         Berlin (7.25)                    29 Dec 43  Berlin (4.20)

5 Sept 43          Mannheim (7.50)            20 Jan 44   Berlin (7.55)

6 Sept 43          Munich (9.15)                  19 Feb 44  Leipzig (7.20)       

15 Sept 43       Montlucon (6.40)             2 Mar 44     Meulan-les-Mureaux (8.10)

16 Sept 43       Modane (9.40)                6 Mar 44     Trappes (4.50)

22 Sept 43       Hannover (6.00)              11 Mar 44   GARDENING, St. Nazaire (7.20)           

27 Sept 43       Hannover (6.45)              16 Mar 44   Amiens (5.45)

29 Sept 43       Bochum (5.15)                18 Mar 44   GARDENING, Heligoland (5.10)

3 Oct 43            Kassel (6.15)                  22 Mar 44   GARDENING, Kiel Bay (6.25)    

22 Oct 43          Kassel (6.40)                  23 Mar 44   Laon (5.20) 

3 Nov 43           Dusseldorf (5.25)           

 

This officer has completed 29 night sorties, many of them against the enemy's most heavily defended targets.

 

When half way through his tour of operations, the aircraft in which he was navigator was badly shot up by an intruder over this country and crashed when approaching base.  Flying Officer Fonger sustained severe shock and suffered from injuries to his back.  In spite of this, as soon as he was discharged from hospital, he continued with his duties in a very cheerful and determined fashion.

 

Flying Officer Fonger has undertaken more than his normal duties as called for and he has been of great assistance to the Navigation Section of the squadron where his knowledge has invariably been placed at the disposal of the newer navigators in the section.

 

His high courage, determination and example has been a great inspiration to the other members of the squadron.

 

I consider Flying Officer Fonger's continuous gallantly and the determination he has shown throughout his operational tour fully merits the on-immediate award of the Distinguished Flying Cross.

 

FONGER, F/L Owen Woodward, DFC (J21918) - Mention in Despatches - Linton-on-Ouse - Award effective 14 June 1945 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 1478/45 dated 21 September 1945.  Enlisted 15 November 1941.  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 when he had served eleven months in Canada, 27 months overseas.  Officer in charge of Radar Navigation Instruction.

 

This officer has completed a tour of operations and on being screened was placed in charge of the Radar Navigation Training on this station.  Since his appointment to that position, this officer has shown himself to be extremely keen and has displayed great devotion to duty.  He has completely reorganized the Radar Training section, together with the system of Radar training, with the result that the standard of training has been raised to a very high level.

 

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FONSECA, WO (now P/O) Allan Richard Gomez (R140829/J19915) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.7 Squadron - Award effective 24 May 1944 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 1444/44 dated 7 July 1944.  Born Mulvihill, Manitoba, 1922; home there.  Mechanic.  Enlisted Winnipeg 19 November 1941.  Trained at No.3 BGS (graduated 4 December 1942).  No citation other than "completed...many successful operations against the enemy in which [he has] displayed high skill, fortitude and devotion to duty".  Public Record Office Air 2/9149 has recommendation dated 19 February 1944 when he had flown 39 sorties (257 hours ten minutes), 23 May 1943 to 15 February 1944.

 

23 May 43   Dortmund (4.40)                             

25 May 43   Dusseldorf (4.15)                            7 Oct 43       Stuttgart (6.30)

29 May 43   Wuppertal (5.30)                             8 Oct 43       Hanover (4.35)

24 Jun 43     Wuppertal (4.30)                             18 Oct 43     Hanover (4.40)

13 July 43    Aachen (5.20)                                  20 Oct 43     Leipzig (6.40)

27 July 43    Hamburg (6.00)                               18 Nov 43    Mannheim (5.45)

29 July 43    Hamburg (5.15)                               22 Nov 43    Berlin (6.40)

10 Aug 43    Nuremburg (6.40)                            23 Nov 43    Berlin (6.50)

12 Aug 43    Milan (8.45)                                      26 Nov 43    Berlin (7.25)

14 Aug 43    Milan (8.45)                                      2 Dec 43      Berlin (6.30)

17 Aug 43    Peenemunde (7.15)                        3 Dec 43      Leipzig (7.20)

27 Aug 43    Nuremburg (7.10)                            16 Dec 43   Berlin (8.15)

30 Aug 43    Munchen Gladbach (3.40, DNCO)                      5 Jan 44    Stettin (9.00)

31 Aug 43    Berlin (7.35)                                     14 Jan 44    Brunswick (5.10)

3 Sept 43     Berlin (8.00)                                     20 Jan 44    Berlin (7.40)

5 Sept 43     Mannheim (6.15)                             21 Jan 44    Magdeburg (7.10)

6 Sept 43     Munich (8.15)                                   27 Jan 44    Berlin (8.15)

2 Oct 43       Munich (7.45)                                   28 Jan 44    Berlin (8.00)

3 Oct 43       Kassel (5.40)                                   30 Jan 44    Berlin (6.15)

4 Oct 43       Ludwigshaven (6.05)                      15 Feb 44    Berlin (7.10)

 

Warrant Officer Fonseca has completed 39 operational sorties with the Pathfinder Force, 38 of which have beeb as a Marker.  Warrant Officer Fonseca has been mid-upper gunner to two captains in this squadron, both of whom have found his coolness and reliability in the face of the fiercest opposition to be of a high order. His fine aggressive spirit has set a splendid example to the more junior air gunners in the squadron and his keenness to operate is most praiseworthy. Warrant Officer Fonseca has at all times displayed a very high sense of devotion to duty.

 

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FONTAINE, F/O Joseph Lucien Jean (J18418) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.35 Squadron - Award effective 15 March 1945 as per London Gazette dated 23 March 1945 and AFRO 721/45 dated 27 April 1945.  Born Quebec 1921; home Montreal.  Ex-RCA.  Commissioned 1943.  Trained at No.4 WS (graduated 19 February 1941) and No.9 BGS (graduated 16 February 1942).  Queen's Coronation Medal, 23 October 1953, 1 Air Division.  No citation other than "completed...many successful operations against the enemy in which [he has] displayed high skill, fortitude and devotion to duty."  Public Records Office Air 2/9051 has recommendation dated 23 December when he had flown 46 sorties (250 operational hours) in the course of two tours.

 

First Tour                                          Second Tour

 

14 Jan 43       Brest                                       20 Sep 44      Calais

15 Jan 43       Lorient                                    30 Sep 44      Bottrop

3 Feb 43        Hamburg                                5 Oct 44         Saarbrucken

4 Feb 43        Lorient                                    6 Oct 44         Sterkrade

7 Feb 43        Lorient                                    14 Oct 44       Duisburg

11 Feb 43      Frisian Islands                       15 Oct 44       Wilhelmshaven

17 Feb 43      Cologne                                 19 Oct 44       Stuttgart

19 Feb 43      Wilhelmshaven                      31 Oct 44       Cologne

24 Feb 43      Wilhelmshaven                      2 Nov 44         Dusseldorf

26 Feb 43      Cologne                                 4 Nov 44         Bochum

5 Mar 43         Essen                                     6 Nov 44         Gelsenkirchen

12 Mar 43      Essen                                     16 Nov 44      Duren

26 Mar 43      Duisburg                                18 Nov 44      Wanne Eickel

28 Mar 43      St.Nazaire                              21 Nov 44      Worms

29 Mar 43      Bochum                                  29 Nov 44      Dortmund

4 Apr 43         Kiel                                         4 Dec 44        Urst

10 Apr 43       Frankfurt                                 5 Dec 44        Soest

14 Apr 43       Stuttgart                                  6 Dec 44        Merseburg Leuna

16 Apr 43       Mannheim

11 Jun 43       Dusseldorf

12 Jun 43       Bochum

12 Aug 43      Milan

27 Aug 43      Nuremburg

31 Aug 43      Berlin

2 Sept 43       GARDENING

16 Sep 43      Modane

22 Sep 43      Hanover

3 Nov 43         Dusseldorf

 

Flying Officer Fontaine is a Wireless Operator of exceptional ability who is now engaged in his second tour of operations and has completed a total of 46 bombing attacks against the enemy by day and by night.  This officer inspires confidence in new members of the squadron by the very fine example he sets of keenness to fly on operations and his coolness under the heaviest fire is exemplary.

 

Flying Officer Fontaine continues to display the same enthusiasm and in recognition of his fine record of service he is recommended for the non-immediate award of the Distinguished Flying Cross.

 

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FOORD, F/O Albert Vernon (J85863) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.436 Squadron - Award effective 9 October 1945 as per London Gazette dated 19 October 1945 and AFRO 1822/45 dated 7 December 1945.  Born September 1923, Instow, Saskatchewan; home there.  Student.  Enlisted Regina, 2 October 1941.  Commissioned March 1944.  Trained at No.2 ITS (graduated 14 February 1942), No.15 EFTS (graduated 25 April 1942) and No.3 SFTS (graduated 4 September 1942).

 

This officer has completed a very successful tour of operational duty.  He has taken part in numerous attacks on enemy shipping while serving with Coastal Command and has on various sorties done severe damage to enemy E-boats and merchant vessels, often in the face of intense opposition.  Flying Officer Foord completed his tour with a heavy transport squadron.  He has taken part in many supply dropping sorties in support of the 14th Army and on many occasions has made successful landings at forward landing grounds under fire from Japanese artillery.  He has always displayed outstanding gallantry and devotion to duty.

 

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FOOTE, F/L William Leroy (J27659) - Distinguished Service Order - No.626 Squadron - Award effective 22 September 1944 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 2274/44 dated 20 October 1944.   Born Edmonton 1915; home Halifax Nova Scotia.  Ex-Army.  Enlisted Winnipeg 23 June 1942.  Commissioned June 1943.  Trained at No.7 ITS (graduated 18 December 1942), No.6 EFTS (graduated 5 March 1943, and No.4 SFTS (graduated 25 June 1943).  Cited with FS Robert A. Smith (RCAF, awarded DFM).

 

This officer and airman were captain and mid-upper gunner respectively of an aircraft detailed to attack Stuttgart.  En route the aircraft was attacked by a fighter and sustained much damage.  The rear gunner was killed and Flight Sergeant Smith was blown out of his turret into the fuselage.  He was, however, uninjured and returned to his turret.  A fire started in the rear of the fuselage which betrayed the position of the bomber to the enemy and the aircraft was subjected to five successive attacks.  Nevertheless, Flight Lieutenant Foote skilfully manoeuvred the aircraft and enabled Flight Sergeant Smith to engage the fighter which was seen to fall away in flames.  Flight Lieutenant Foote then continued to the target and completed his mission.  This officer and airman have taken part in many sorties and have displayed a high standard of courage and devotion to duty.

 

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FORBELL, S/L Harold Cooke (C13130) - Air Force Cross - No.1 Central Flying School - Award effective 14 June 1945 as per Canada Gazette of that date and AFRO 1127/45 dated 6 July 1945.  Born at St.Jovite, Quebec, 29 November 1913; educated there.  Engineer with Windsor Mills Flying School.  Enlisted in Montreal, 26 October 1940.  Trained at No.6 SFTS (graduated 31 July 1942).  As of award had flown 2,589 flying hours - all described as instructional hours (hard to believe), 175 hours in past six months.  Stayed in postwar RCAF, retiring July 1961.  RAF Staff College 1948.

 

This officer is an outstanding instructor in all respects.  As officer commanding a visiting flight he has carried out his duties in a highly meritorious manner.  The zeal and persistence he has shown have provided an excellent example to all personnel under him and the contribution he has made to the training plan is most commendable.  His leadership, efficiency and devotion to duty over a lengthy period have been an inspiring example.

 

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FORBES, S/L Homer Ashmore (J4786) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.405 Squadron - Award effective 31 December 1942 as per London Gazette dated 12 January 1943 and AFRO 358/44 dated 18 February 1944.  Born Tatamagouche, Nova Scotia, 1914; home there.  Ex-Colchester and Hants Regiment. Enlisted Halifax 18 July 1940.  Commissioned 1941.  Trained at No.2 ITS (graduated 1 October 1940), No.2 BGS (graduated 3 March 1941), No.2 AOS (graduated 17 January 1941) and No.1 ANS (graduated 8 April 1941). Commissioned 1941.  Flew two tours; S/L in October 1942.

 

Squadron Leader Forbes has a distinguished operational record, accurate in all his planning, cool, calculating and efficient on operations.  He has always shown fine qualities of courageous leadership and has been a tower of strength in his crew.

 

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FORBES, F/O Robert Alexander (J866735) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.433 Squadron (incorrectly  given as No.435 Squadron in London Gazette) - Award effective 5 July 1945 as per London Gazette dated 20 July 1945 and AFRO 1619/45 dated 19 October 1945.  Trained at No. 6 ITS (graduated 5 March 1943), No.9 EFTS (graduated 14 May 1943) and No.9 SFTS (graduated 3 September 1943).  Born 1921 Oxford Co., Ontario; home Woodstock, Ontario.  Clerk and Bookkeeper.  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.2610 (RG.24 Vol.20627) has recommendation by W/C G.A. Tambling dated 15 March 1945 when he had flown 33 sorties (174 hours 30 minutes) from 18 July to 31 December 1944.

 

This officer has now completed his first tour of operations comprised of thirty-three trips over enemy territory.  The successful completion of these operational sorties was due largely to the initiative, resourcefulness and skilful airmanship of this officer.  His tenacity, endurance and fine offensive spirit has undoubtedly inspired a high standard of morale in his crew and the squadron in general.

 

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

 

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FORBES, F/L Theodore Scott (J88121) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.100 Squadron - Award effective 30 October 1945 as per London Gazette dated 6 November 1945 and AFRO 155/46 dated 15 February 1946.  Born Barrare, British Columbia; home Vancouver.  Student.  Commissioned July 1944.  Trained at No.2 ITS, No.15 EFTS and No.10 SFTS.

 

Flight Lieutenant Forbes has completed numerous sorties against some of the most distant and heavily defended targets in Germany and the occupied countries.  On one occasion during an attack against Potsdam, whilst still some distance from the target, the starboard inner engine of his aircraft was rendered unserviceable.  Nevertheless he pressed on.  During the bombing run the starboard wing and fuel pipe lines sustained severe damage.  Undeterred, this officer completed his mission with excellent results.  Throughout his tour Flight Lieutenant Forbes has displayed a fine fighting spirit and outstanding devotion to duty.

 

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FORD, F/L Charles George (J21372) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.428 Squadron - Award effective 13 June 1944 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 1660/44 dated 4 August 1944.  Born Melfort, Saskatchewan, 1918; home there.  Educated at Melfort and Regina.  Enlisted Regina 20 March 1941.  Trained at No.4 ITS (graduated 8 May 1942), No.5 EFTS (graduated 14 August 1942) and No.4 SFTS (graduated 4 December 1942).

 

Flight Lieutenant Ford is a fine captain and a skilful and resolute pilot.  He has completed a notable tour of operations during which he has attacked such strongly defended targets as Berlin, Mannheim and Stuttgart with success.  On one night in April 1944 his aircraft was badly damaged and several members of the crew were injured in an encounter with a fighter.  Nevertheless, Flight Lieutenant Ford flew back to friendly territory.  Whilst attempting to land his crippled aircraft safely this brave pilot was injured.  Despite this he did everything possible to extricate the members of his crew from the burning bomber before he collapsed.  He displayed great courage and determination throughout.

 

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FORD, WO2 (now P/O) Herbert Campbell (R60894/J13480) - Commended for Valuable Services - No.12 SFTS - Awarded 1 January 1943 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 55/43 dated 15 January 1943.  Born in Calgary, 26 March 1915.  Home Lacombe, Alberta.  Enlisted in Edmonton, 29 June 1940.  Trained at No.1 ITS (graduated 3 October 1940), No.7 EFTS (graduated 3 December 1940) and No.31 SFTS (graduated 24 March 1941).

 

A capable and efficient Warrant Officer who has proved himself to be a hard working instructor, keen on giving his best at all times and going about his work in a cheerful manner.  He has a total of 1,172 hours in the air of which 923 comprise time as an instructor.

 

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FORD, F/L James Andrew Lorne (J12688) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.608 Squadron - Award effective 16 February 1945 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 508/45 dated 23 March 1945.  Born 1920 Fergus, Ontario; home there.  Enlisted Hamilton, Ontario 7 June 1940.  Commissioned 1942.  Trained at No.1 ITS (graduated 20 July 1940), No.1 EFTS (graduated 13 September 1940) and No.4 SFTS (graduated 17 November 1940).  Commissioned 1942.

 

This officer has displayed the highest standard of determination and devotion to duty in his attacks on the enemy.  In December 1944, he flew with great distinction in an attack on Duisburg.  Some hours later Flight Lieutenant Ford was again in the air.  He had volunteered to take the place of a sick pilot.  This time the target was Hanover and Flight Lieutenant Ford executed his mission successfully.  His fine fighting spirit and great keenness have set a fine example.

 

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FORD, P/O Lawrence Eagleton (J85684) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.425 Squadron - Award effective 4 November 1944 as per London Gazette dated 17 November 1944 and AFRO 239/45 dated 9 February 1945.  Born 1916, Not Mountain, Saskatchewan; home Kelvington, Saskatchewan.  Enlisted 26 November 1941, Saskatoon.  Trained at No.2 ITS (graduated 23 May 1942) and No.3 AOS (graduated 29 September 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.1730 (RG.24 Vol.20607) has recommendation dated 1 August 1944 when he had flown 33 sorties (188 hours 15 minutes):

 

Pilot Officer Ford has recently completed a tour of operations which includes offensive sorties against such major targets as Frankfurt, Augsburg, Leipzig, Dusseldorf and Karlsruhe.  He has distinguished himself in all of these operations by his outstanding skill and a navigator and his cool courage in the face of danger. By his undaunted determination and outstanding devotion to duty, this officer has always directed his aircraft to the target and brought it back safely to base.  He has set a fine example and inspired confidence to other members of his crew.

 

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FORD, F/L Leslie Sydney (J3712) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.175 Squadron - Award effective 9 June 1942 as per London Gazette dated 26 June 1942 and AFRO 1000-1001/42 dated 3 July 1942.  Born Halifax, Nova Scotia, 30 December 1919.  Home in Liverpool, Nova Scotia.  Attended Acadia University for three years.  Enlisted in Halifax, 21 June 1940 (possibly 21 January 1940).  Trained at No.2 ITS, No.8 EFTS and No. 4 SFTS (graduated 28 January 1941; awarded wings that date).  Posted overseas in February 1941; further trained at No.52 OTU, March and April 1941..  Served with Nos.403 Squadron, 21 April 1941 to 12 September 1941; No.402 Squadron, 21 September 1941 to January 1942; No.175 Squadron, 6 February 1942 to 9 July 1942.  Returned to No.403 Squadron as "B" Flight Commander, 19 July 1942; became Commanding Officer on 13 August 1942. Posted to Digby as Wing Commander (Flying), 19 April 1943.  Killed in action, 4 June 1943 attacking enemy shipping off Dutch coast; with four pilots of No.402 Squadron attacked three E-boats and was shot down into sea.  Credited with with following aerial victories: 27 September 1941, one Bf.109 damaged (Hurricane Z3349, shared with another pilot); 19 August 1942, two FW.190s destroyed (Spitfire BM344); 15 February 1943, one FW.190 destroyed (Spitfire BS474); 27 February 1943; one FW.190 destroyed (BS474); 27 February 1943, one FW.190 destroyed (BS474); 13 March 1943, one FW.190 destroyed (BS474); 3 April 1943, one FW.190 destroyed (BS474); 4 April 1943, one FW.190 destroyed (BS474).

 

This officer has carried out many operational missions, having been engaged in fighter sweeps and in bombing attacks on land and sea targets.  He has participated in two attacks when two mine sweepers and an enemy destroyer were sunk and two destroyers were damaged.  He is a keen and zealous flight commander and leader.

 

FORD, S/L Leslie Sydney (J3712) - Bar to Distinguished Flying Cross - No.403 Squadron - Award effective 16 September 1942 as per London Gazette dated 2 October 1942 and AFRO 1653/42 dated 16 October 1942. 

 

On August 19th, 1942, this officer led his squadron in support of the combined operations against Dieppe with great skill.  Several enemy aircraft were destroyed, two of which were shot down by Squadron Leader Ford. Throughout, his inspiring example instilled great confidence in his fellow pilots.

 

NOTE:  Public Records Office Air 2/8769 has recommendation for a Croix de Guerre dated 20 January 1943 stating about the same as above.  Although it was went right through to Fighter Command Headquarters, it was not approved at Air Ministry level, either because the deed had already been covered by the Bar to the DFC or because of Ford's death in action.  Several other pilots were recommended for the Croix de Guerre following the Dieppe Raid and ended up with Mentions in Despatches (see H.H. Hills, R.C. MacQuoid and M.B. Pepper).

 

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FORD, Corporal Thomas (R94325) - Mention in Despatches - No.239 Squadron - Award effective 1 January 1945 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 425/45 dated 9 March 1945.  Home Mount Royal, Quebec.  Enlisted Montreal 19 April 1941.

 

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FORD, F/O Thomas Fullerton (J49321) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.420 Squadron - Award effective 12 June 1945 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 1219/45 dated 27 July 1945.  Home in Calgary.  Enlisted Calgary 19 October 1942.  Trained at No.7 ITS (graduated 9 July 1943), No.6 EFTS (graduated 3 September 1943) and No.10 SFTS (graduated 28 January 1944).

 

This officer has completed numerous bombing missions against enemy targets.  He quickly displayed the qualities of a highly skilled pilot and his determination to make every sortie a success has been worthy of high praise.  On one occasion in March 1945, en route to Dortmund, the linkage of the throttle of the starboard inner engine broke.  The engine could not be used and the propeller had to be feathered.  In spite of this, Flying Officer Ford continued to the target which he reached after the main bombing force had concluded its attack.  Although much anti-aircraft fire was directed at his aircraft, Flying Officer Ford pressed home a good attack.  He afterwards flew back to base and landed safely.  This officer set a splendid example of devotion to duty.

 

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FORD, F/O Thomas Hooper (J25490) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.626 Squadron - Award effective 15 March 1945 as per London Gazette dated 23 March 1945 and AFRO 721/45 dated 27 April 1945.  Born 1922, Calgary; home Lacombe, Alberta.  Reporter, ex-RCA.  Enlisted Edmonton 1 August 1941.  Commissioned 1943.  Trained at No.1 ITS (graduated 25 September 1942, No.7 EFTS (graduated 18 December 1942) and No.14 SFTS (graduated 16 April 1943).  No citation other than "completed...many successful operations against the enemy in which [he has] displayed high skill, fortitude and devotion to duty."  Public Records Office Air 2/9050 has recommendation dated 5 December 1944 when he had flown 27 sorties (132 operational hours):

 

3 Aug 44        Trossy St.Maximim               26 Sep 44      Calais

4 Aug 44        Pauillac                                  3 Oct 44         West Kapelle

7 Aug 44        Fontenay le Marmion            7 Oct 44         Emmerich

10 Aug 44      Ferme de Forestel                14 Oct 44       Duisburg

14 Aug 44      Ovilly                                       14 Oct 44       Duisburg

15 Aug 44      Volkel                                     19 Oct 44       Stuttgart

18 Aug 44      Ghent                                      23 Oct 44       Essen

26 Aug 44      Kiel                                         25 Oct 44       Essen

29 Aug 44      Stettin                                     6 Nov 44         Gelsenkirchen

3 Sept 44       Eindhoven                              11 Nov 44      GARDENING, Kattegat

5 Sept 44       Le Havre                                16 Nov 44      Duren

8 Sept 44       Le Havre                                21 Nov 44      Aschaffenburg

10 Sep 44      Le Havre                                29 Nov 44      Dortmund

12 Sep 44      Frankfurt

 

Flying Officer Ford as a Canadian pilot and captain of aircraft has completed 27 sorties against the enemy, including such targets as Stettin, Frankfurt and Stuttgart.

 

He has carried out these operations with great determination and his cheerful confidence has inspired a high standard of morale in his crew. He has shown himself to be a good captain and leader and has at all times pressed home his attacks with a fine offensive spirit.  His cool courage and disregard for his personal safety has been an example not only to his crew but to other captains in the squadron.

 

This officer has undoubtedly achieved a fine record and I strongly recommend him for the award of the Distinguished Flying Cross.

 

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FORD, F/O William Henry (J37510) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.166 Squadron - Award effective 10 May 1945 as per London Gazette dated 22 May 1945 and AFRO 1147/45 dated 13 July 1945.  Born 1912, Regina; home there.  Teacher.  Enlisted Regina 9 July 1942.  Commissioned 1943.  Trained at No.7 ITS (graduated 16 April 1943) and No.7 AOS (graduated 29 October 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 2/9069 (Part 2) has recommendation dated 8 February 1945 when he had flown 31 sorties (202 hours), 19 October 1944 to 21 February 1945.

 

19 Oct 44       Stuttgart                                  28 Dec 44      Munchen Gladbach

23 Oct 44       Essen                                     29 Dec 44      Scholven-Buer

31 Oct 44       Cologne                                 31 Dec 44      Osterfeld

2 Nov 44         Dusseldorf                             2 Jan 45         Nuremburg

4 Nov 44         Bochum                                  5 Jan 45         Hanover

6 Nov 44         Gelsenkirchen                       6 Jan 45         GARDENING

9 Nov 44         Wanne Eickel                        14 Jan 45       Merseburg

11 Nov 44      Dortmund                               16 Jan 45       Zeitz/Troglitz

16 Nov 44      Duren                                      22 Jan 45       Duisburg/Hamborn

18 Nov 44      Wanne Eickel                        7 Feb 45        Cleve

21 Nov 44      Aschaffenburg                       8 Feb 45        Politz

27 Nov 44      Freiburg                                 13 Feb 45      Dresden

29 Nov 44      Dortmund                               14 Feb 45      Chemnitz

4 Dec 44        Karlsruhe                                20 Feb 45      Dortmund

6 Dec 44        Merseburg                             21 Feb 45      Duisburg

22 Dec 44      Coblenz

 

This Canadian navigator has now completed 31 sorties against the enemy, including many attacks on some of the most heavily defended targets in Germany.

 

Throughout his tour of operations he has shown a marked determination to seek out his target despite the most vigorous defence by the enemy and his bearing when under fire has been an inspiration to his crew.  Many of the attacks in which he has taken part have been carried out in most adverse weather conditions which rendered accurate navigation exceedingly difficult, but Flying Officer Ford has never failed in his task, always discharging his duties with exceptional skill.

 

By his keenness for operational flying he has imbued in other navigators the same fine offensive spirit and he has in every way been an asset to the squadron.

 

For his devotion to duty and courage in the face of the enemy, he is recommended for the award of the Distinguished Flying Cross.

 

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FORESTELL, F/O James Vincent (J29359) - Mention in Despatches - No.10 (BR) Squadron (now in No.12 Squadron) - Award effective 3 November 1944 as per Canada Gazette of that date and AFRO 2479/44 dated 17 November 1944.  Enlisted North Bay, Ontario 27 January 1941; home Coniston, Ontario.  Trained at No.4 WS (graduated 7 July 1994) and No.1 BGS (graduated 22 December 1942).

 

This officer has completed many hundreds of hours of operational flying in the North Atlantic area and as first wireless operator of his crew, he has maintained an exceptional standard of efficiency at all times.  On several occasions, under very severe weather conditions, he was of material help in the safe return of his aircraft to base.  His cheerfulness and devotion to duty have been an inspiration to those with whom he flies.

 

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FORGRAVE, P/O Ross Aubrey (J87189) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.424 Squadron - Award effective 4 November 1944 as per London Gazette dated 17 November 1944 and AFRO 239/45 dated 9 February 1945.  Born 1923, St. Jean, P.Q.; home Iberville, Quebec.  Toolmaker.  Enlisted Montreal 21 January 1942.  Commissioned May 1944.  Trained at No.3 ITS (graduated July 1942) and No.8 AOS (graduated 6 November 1942).

Pilot Officer Forgrave has flown on a large number of operational sorties, navigating his aircraft safely to the target and back, often in very adverse weather.  On one occasion in April 1944, while over the target area, his aircraft was seriously damaged by anti-aircraft fire, one member of the crew being wounded.  This officer by his navigational skill played no small part in the safe return of the aircraft to base.  He has always displayed courage and determination worthy of high praise.

 

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FORMAN, F/L George William (J11616) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.432 Squadron - Award effective 6 January 1945 as per London Gazette dated 16 January 1945 and AFRO 508/45 dated 23 March 1945.  Born 1915, Parlesenham, Ontario; home Geraldton, Ontario. Enlisted at Geraldton, 7 May 1941. Commissioned 1942.  Trained at No.3 WS (graduated 29 September 1941) and No.2 BGS (graduated 11 April 1942).  Later awarded Croix de Guerre.  No citation other than "completed...numerous operations against the enemy in the course of which [he has] invariably displayed the utmost fortitude, courage and devotion to duty."  DHist file 181.009 D.5557 (RG.24 Vol.20668) has recommendation dated 25 September 1944 when he had flown 33 sorties (133 hours 25 minutes), 13 February 1943 to 17 September 1944.  Deputy Signals Leader when recommended.

 

Since joining this squadron Flight Lieutenant Forman has participated in numerous operational sorties, throughout which he has displayed great skill, courage and devotion to duty.  By his example of unselfishness and unconquerable spirit of determination to achieve his objective this officer has inspired a high standard of morale in his crew.  For his outstanding record of achievement and devotion to duty, this officer is recommended for the award of the Distinguished Flying Cross.

 

FORMAN, F/L George William, DFC (J11616) - Croix de Guerre (France) - No.432 Squadron - Awarded as per AFRO 1619/45 dated 19 October 1945.  Recommended 10 January 1945 by which time he had flown 35 sorties (146:15 hours).  No complete record of first five sorties; subsequently had flown 27 April to 6 October 1944.  See DHist file 181.009 D.5557 (RG.24 Vol.20668).

 

As Wireless Operator this officer has participated in a large number of sorties both in Germany and against defence installations in occupied France.  On all occasions his strong sense of devotion to duty and cheerfulness in the face of enemy fire have been largely responsible for the efficiency and accuracy with which his crew have completed their attacks.

 

For his untiring zeal and intense loyalty this officer is strongly recommended for the award of the Croix de Guerre.

 

NOTE: Public Records Office Air 2/9645 has final text of citation.

 

This officer is a wireless operator and he has participated in a large number of sorties against enemy positions, both in France and in Germany.  On all occasions his devotion to duty, cheerfulness and determination in the face of enemy fire have been largely responsible for the accuracy with which his crew have completed their tasks.

 

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FORMAN, W/C John Murray (J15236) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.428 Squadron - Award effective 5 July 1945 as per London Gazette dated 17 July 1945 and AFRO 1507/45 dated 28 September 1945.  Born 1913, Listowel, Ontario; home there; salesman.  Enlisted Toronto 2 July 1940.  Commissioned February 1942.  Postwar - Canadian Pension Commission. Trained at No.1 ITS (graduated 14 September 1940), No.2 WS (graduated 20 January 1941) and No.4 BGS (graduated 17 February 1941).  Later awarded French Croix de Guerre.  NOTE: AN AIR GUNNER WHO HAS ATTAINED WING COMMANDER RANK IS VERY UNUSUAL.

 

This officer has proved himself a brilliant and inspiring leader.  As a flight commander he has trained his crews to an exceptional degree of efficiency and keenness.  On one occasion he was shot down over enemy territory but successfully evaded capture and returned to this country.  His courageous leadership has always set an inspiring example to all other air gunners.

 

FORMAN, W/C John Murray, DFC (J15235) - Croix de Guerre with Gold Star (France) - AFRO 485/47 dated 12 September 1947.

 

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FORMAN, Sergeant William Flett (R87968) - British Empire Medal - RCAF Overseas Headquarters - Awarded 8 June 1944 (RCAF Routine Order 1380/44 dated 30 June 1944).  See War Service Records 1939-1945 (Canadian Bank of Commerce, 1947).   Born 12 September 1921 in Peterhead, Scotland.  Educated in Vancouver.  Enlisted there 31 January 1941.  In UK, 1941-45; released 2 June 1945.

 

During his three years of service overseas, this NCO has displayed outstanding industry and devotion to duty.  In his work as NCO in charge of establishments, he has put much extra time and untiring energy into the successful performance of his work.  He has given outstanding meritorious service.

 

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FORREST, F/O Harry (J16900) - Mention in Despatches - Overseas - Award effective 8 June 1944 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 1729/44 dated 11 August 1944.  Home in Winnipeg; enlisted there 1 February 1941.  Trained at No.2 WS (graduated 14 September 1941) and No.3 BGS (graduated 8 November 1941).  No citation in AFRO.

 

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FORREST, F/O Hugh Lindsay (J11188) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.196 Squadron - Award effective 4 October 1943 as per London Gazette dated 15 October  1943 and AFRO 2610/43 dated 17 December 1943. Born Eastbourne, Sussex, 1919; home Beverley, Yorkshire.  Enlisted in Vancouver, 6 March 1941.  Trained at No.2 ITS (graduated 16 June 1941), No.2 ANS (graduated 31 January 1942),No.8 BGS (graduated 14 March 1942) and No.1 ANS (graduated 14 April 1942).

 

Throughout his period of operation this officer has proved himself to be a most efficient and reliable navigator.  His many successful sorties have included sixteen to the industrial centres in the Ruhr area.  He has also participated in many minelaying missions, always displaying consistent keenness and a high degree of navigational skill.

 

FORREST, F/L Hugh Lindsay, DFC (J11188) - Bar to Distinguished Flying Cross - No.162 Squadron - Award effective 30 October 1945 as per London Gazette dated 6 November 1945 and AFRO 155/46 dated 15 February 1946. 

 

Since the award of the Distinguished Flying Cross, Flight Lieutenant Forrest has completed a large number of sorties against heavily defended German targets, including Berlin.  He has, throughout, shown outstanding navigational skill which, combined with his courage and determination, have materially contributed to the successful completion of many missions.

 

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FORSBERG, LAC Frank William (R107819) - Mention in Despatches - Overseas - Award effective 8 June 1944 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 1729/44 dated 11 August 1944.  Home Rosetown, Saskatchewan.  Enlisted Regina, 24 June 1941.  No citation in AFRO.

 

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FORSBERG, WO Walter Gordon (R107547) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.428 Squadron - Award effective 8 September 1944 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 2231/44 dated 13 October 1944. Born Rosetown, Saskatchewan 1923; home there.  Farmer.  Enlisted Regina 2 May 1941.  Commissioned August 1944. Trained at No.2 ITS (graduated 7 September 1941), No.19 EFTS (graduated 21 November 1941) and No.12 SFTS (graduated 13 March 1942).  See photo PL-22944.

 

This airman has completed very many sorties involving attacks on a wide range of targets in Germany and Northern France.  He has also completed numerous minelaying operations.  He is an outstanding captain whose skill, determination and devotion to duty have set a fine example.

 

FORSBERG, F/O Walter Gordon, DFC (J88878) - Bar to Distinguished Flying Cross - No.405 Squadron - Award effective 5 April 1945 as per London Gazette dated 13 April 1945 and AFRO 824/45 dated 18 May 1945.

Since the award of the Distinguished Flying Cross Flying Officer Forsberg has completed many further sorties against major German targets.  As captain of aircraft he has continued to operate with outstanding skill and determination.  His courage and devotion to duty have always been of the highest order.

 

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FORSYTH, F/O Alexander John (C8067) - Member, Order of the British Empire - No.8514 AMES, India - Award effective 1 January 1944 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 809/44 dated 14 April 1944.  Home in Russell, Ontario; worked for Northern Electric.  Enlisted in Ottawa, 6 May 1941; served over three years in India and Burma as a radar officer.  Public Records Office Air 2/8959 has recommended citation and gives unit as No.859 Air Ministry Experimental Station.

 

As commanding officer and technical officer of this unit, this officer has shown outstanding ability, coolness and unfailing interest in his men.  He commanded a forward Radio Direction Finding Station during the Arakan campaign, encountering many difficulties both technical and organizational.  The fact that his station while in site was technically efficient and subsequently was successfully withdrawn demonstrates the ability and resource possessed by Flight Lieutenant Forsyth and also the confidence inspired by him in his men.

 

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FORSYTH, F/L David Esplin (J11310) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.418 Squadron - Award effective 20 December 1944 as per London Gazette dated 2 January 1945 and AFRO 471/45 dated 16 March 1945.  Born at Clydebank, Scotland, 21 October 1922.  Went to America at 18 months but did not become American citizen.  Born 1922 Scotland; home Montreal (or New York City).  Enlisted Ottawa 19 June 1941.  Commissioned 1942.Trained at No.3 ITS (graduated 7 November 1941), No.10 EFTS (graduated 2 January 1942) and No.6 SFTS (graduated 24 April 1942).  Wings and commission, 24 April 1942.  Instructed at No.13 SFTS, St.Hubert, 16 July 1942 to September 1943.  Attended No.36 OTU, Greenwood, September to November 1943, then arrived in UK 21 December 1943. Further training at No.60 OTU before posting to No.418 Squadron (April 1944 to January 1945).  Released 17 April 1945.  Total wartime score was four enemy aircraft and four V-1s destroyed.  Victories as follows: 4/5 July 1944: one V-1 destroyed over sea; 5/6 July 1944: one V-1 destroyed over sea.  9/10 August 1944: two V-1s destroyed over sea; 23 September 1944: two Ju.88s and one unidentified twein-engine enemy aircraft destroyed on ground, Holshagen and Tutow, F/O R.T. Esam as navigator; 30 September 1944: one FW.190 destroyed, Eggebat (Esam navigator).  Photo PL-33042 shows him with F/O R.T. Esam.

 

During the course of his operational career, Flight Lieutenant Forsyth has completed many long and difficult sorties against heavily defended enemy airfields.  He has also attacked the enemy's road and rail transport.  In addition, this officer has shown great enthusiasm for daylight operations and owing to his careful planning and skilful execution, excellent results have been obtained.  Flying at low level deep into enemy territory, he has destroyed at least four enemy aircraft on the ground in Northern Germany.  At all times Flight Lieutenant Forsyth's skill, determination and fine fighting spirit have been most praiseworthy.

 

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FORSYTHE, WO Kenneth Maxworth (R117274) - Mention in Despatches - Overseas - Award effective 14 June 1945 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 1600/45 dated 12 October 1945.  Home Rockwood, Ontario; enlisted in North Bay, 1 August 1941.  Trained at No.1 ITS (graduated 7 November 1941), No.1 AOS (graduated 9 May 1942) and No.1 BGS (graduated 20 June 1942).

 

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FORTIN, Sergeant Joseph Alfred Arthur (R55633) - Mention in Despatches - No.425 Squadron - Award effective 14 January 1944 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 874/44 dated 21 April 1944.  Enlisted 5 November 1940, Quebec; home there.  Recommended 24 August 1943 for services as NCO in charge of Motor Transport Section.  He had joined unit on formation and had shown "reliability and good judgement".  "In North Africa, Sergeant Fortin has rendered invaluable service to the squadron; he has worked long hours under trying circumstances and has undertaken major repair jobs in the field, maintaining a high standard of serviceability for the much needed transport vehicles.  His services and devotion to duty are worthy of the highest praise".

 

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FOSS, W/C Marshall MacLaglan (C1260) - Commended for Valuable Services - AFHQ - Award effective 1 January 1946 as per Canada Gazette of that date and AFRO 82/46 dated 25 January 1946.  Home in Brantford, Ontario; enlisted in Montreal, 3 October 1939.  Died Toronto 2 March 1993.

 

The co-ordination of results of research and development of items of operational equipage through the Flying Clothing Committee, the conduct of service trials and tests, the introduction of the new items of equipment has been increasingly successful through the efforts of this officer.  His advancement of detailed operational characteristics and requirements to research groups, his energy in pursuing operational problems requested of him, and his untiring efforts to fulfil his responsibility in respect of operational equipage has implemented the efforts of the National Research Council and the Royal Canadian Air Force research groups.

 

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FOSS, G/C Roy Holmes (C373) - Mention in Despatches - Station Gander - Awarded 1 January 1943 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 55/43 dated 15 January 1943.  Born at Sherbrooke, Quebec, 19 January 1896.  Trained in 1918; attended civil flying instructor's courses, 1928, 1929 and 1933.  Entitled to RCAF pilot's badge and appointed to be Flight Lieutenant on Non-Permanant Active List, in Montreal, 1 September 1934.  Served prewar in No.15 (F) Squadron, Non-Permanent Air Force; given command of No.115 (F) Squadron, 28 September 1938.  DHist file 181.009 D.3061 (RG.24 Vol.20635) has letter from Foss to AOC No.1 Group, St.John's, Newfoundland, dated 20 June 1942 giving much detail of his work.  In previous 7 1/2 months he had flown 140 hours 35 minutes.  This included the following: 30 December 1941 and 1 January 1942, flew 13 hours 40 minutes searching for Digby 744 (not located); 2 January 1942 Digby 738 forced landed at Wellington, Fresh Water Bay, Newfoundland; Foss flew a doctor and mechanic to within half a mile of the site, had medical assistance rendered within 75 minutes of forced landing, and had aircraft towed to a place where it could be salvaged; 28 January to 1 February 1942 flew 16 hours 20 minutes searching for Hudson 768, landing at several difficult sites to gather information; from information gained at Alexander Bay station, it was possible to locate the lost Hudson, fly in and bring out two crewmen who were suffering terribly from exposure and could not make dog team trip to Grand Falls.  Three trips made to site of crash, but on last one he had to leave alone following magneto failure.  All landings made in small burnt area surrounded by dead trees.  2 March 1942 at request of Newfoundland government he flew a Fox Moth to Musgrave Harbour and evacuated a Mrs. Vincent+ (labour and acute appendicitis); baby girl born 21 hours after arrival at Gander; 2 March 1942 (evening), night flight of 90 minutes searching for Ferry Command personnel who had become lost skiing.  Dropped flares over airport which enabled the man to find his way back, though with both feet badly frozen; 11 March 1942, co-pilot with F/L Cameron, Digby 577, conducting Atlantic ice patrols; located main seal herds which were photographed and reported to Sealing Fleet; 22 March 1942 flew Mrs. Vincent and baby back to Musgrave Harbour, a trip that would otherwise have required a five-day dog team trip (requested by Newfoundland government); 29 March 1942 with F/L Graham flew to Burlington and Fleur-de-Lis to investigate and treat patients (meningitis epidemic), landing on ice in both places; probably five lives saved by early treatment; 3 April 1942 with F/L Graham flew to Musgrave Harbour at request of Newfoundland government to retrieve sick nurse.  Landing conditions very bad owing to soft, wet snow.  He made one flight to evacuate nurse, then returned to bring out Graham, needing 14 attempts to effect two takeoffs; 26 April 1942 flew S/L Hobbs to Silverdale where woman was reported in four-day labour; could not land within eight miles of village and returned to Gander.  Granted Air Efficiency Award, 20 September 1944.

 

Group Captain Foss as Commanding Officer of an RCAF Operational Station has flown many wearisome hours under adverse weather conditions on searches for lost aircraft and in the rescue of aircrew personnel.  He showed courage and resolution in landing and taking off in small hazardous places and undoubtedly saved service crews from hardships and danger of freezing.  His ability as a pilot was also demonstrated in landing and taking off in difficult circumstances while on mercy flights, undoubtedly saving lives.  He completed on one occasion thirteen hours flying on search.  Most of this flying was completed on light aircraft which was the only means of successful operation.

 

FOSS, G/C Roy Holmes (C373) - Officer, Order of the British Empire - No.10 Repair Depot - Award effective 13 June 1946 as per Canada Gazette of that date and AFRO 660/46 dated 5 July 1946.  Presented with OBE insignia, 11 March 1949.  Governor General's Record (RG.7 Group 26, Volume 60, file 190-I, dossier 9) has citation.

 

The experience and knowledge gained by this officer during his service with the Auxiliary Active Air Force have been invaluable to the Royal Canadian Air Force since the outbreak of hostilities.  His outstanding ability, hard work and zeal have been largely responsible for his success as a station commander.  Through his leadership qualities he has been instrumental in building up a high state of morale and efficiency in all with whom he has served.

 

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FOSTER, FS (now P/O) Burns Wilfred (R155149/J88069) - Distinguished Flying Medal - No.419 Squadron - Award effective 4 November 1944 as per London Gazette dated 14 November 1944 and AFRO 239/45 dated 9 February 1945.  Born 1922 Leamington, Ontario; home Simcoe, Ontario.  Drug salesman.  Enlisted London, Ontario 7 April 1942.  Commissioned 1944.  Trained at No.5 ITS (graduated 7 April 1942), No.4 BGS (graduated 14 May 1943) and No.3 AOS (graduated 25 June 1943).  No citation other than "completed...numerous operations against the enemy in the course of which [he has] invariably displayed the utmost fortitude, courage and devotion to duty."  DHist file 181.009 D.3260 (RG.24 Vol.20637) has recommendation dated 26 July 1944 when he had flown 32 sorties (161 hours 45 minutes), 7 March to 23 July 1944.  DFM presented 15 April 1948.

 

Flight Sergeant Foster has completed many excellent operations while with this squadron and has shown remarkable keenness and enthusiasm to attack the enemy.  His determination to press home his attack to the greatest advantage is well exemplified by the fifteen photographs which he has had plotted within 1/2 miles of the aiming point.  I consider Flight Sergeant Foster's resolution and undoubted courage merit the non-immediate award of the Distinguished Flying Medal.

 

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FOSTER, P/O Edward Austin Nixon (J17091) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.115 Squadron (deceased) - Award effective 25 April 1943 as per London Gazette dated 20 July 1945 and AFRO 1453/45 dated 14 September 1945.  Born 1920 in Toronto; home there.  Clerk.  Enlisted Toronto 12 February 1941.  Commissioned May 1943.  Trained at No.1 WS (graduated 15 November 1941) and No.6 BGS (graduated 16 February 1942).  Killed in action 26/27 April 1943 (Lancaster DS609); buried in Germany. DFC presented to next of kin at Government House, 28 February 1946.

 

This officer has at all times exhibited the greatest keenness to fly on operations and has taken part in a large number of sorties.  He has shown great courage and determination in the face of the enemy and as air gunner has set a high standard in the squadron.  He has participated in numerous minelaying operations and has twice been engaged in raids on Berlin.

 

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FOSTER, F/L Gordon Edward (J25180) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.156 Squadron - Award effective 15 March 1945 as per London Gazette dated 23 March 1945 and AFRO 721/45 dated 27 April 1945.  Born 1913 Haileybury, Ontario; home Edmonton; educated Chipman High School.  Motor Mechanic.  Ex-RCA, 1937-42.  Enlisted London, England 20 March 1942.  Commissioned April 1943. Trained at No.1 CNS (graduated 2 April 1943).  No citation other than "completed... many successful operations against the enemy in which [he has] displayed high skill, fortitude and devotion to duty."  Public Records Office Air 2/9051 has recommendation dated 17 December 1944 when he had flown 45 sorties (176 hours five minutes), 7 June to 4 December 1944.  DFC presented 18 June 1949.

 

7 June 44       Acheres                                      7 Sept 44       Le Havre

22 Jun 44       Marquis Mimoycques                9 Sept 44       Le Havre

23 Jun 44       Saintes                                        10 Sep 44      Le Havre

24 Jun 44       Fleres                                          11 Sep 44      Gelsenkirchen

27 Jun 44       Chateau St.Bernerat                 12 Sep 44      Frankfurt

29 Jun 44       Domleger                                    17 Sep 44      Flushing

30 Jun 44       Oisemont                                    18 Sep 44      Boulogne

2 July 44         Domleger                                    20 Sep 44      Calais

6 July 44         Foret de Croc                             25 Sep 44      Calais

7 July 44         Caen                                           26 Sep 44      Cap Gris Nez

12 Jul 44        Revigny                                       27 Sep 44      Calais

3 Aug 44        Trossy                                         28 Sep 44      Cap Gris Nez

4 Aug 44        Bois de Caisson                        5 Oct 44         Saarbrucken

5 Aug 44        Foret de Nieppe                        7 Oct 44         Cleve

7 Aug 44        Battle area, Falaise                   23 Oct 44       Essen

14 Aug 44      Battle area, Falaise                   25 Oct 44       Essen

15 Aug 44      Volkel                                          28 Oct 44       Cologne

16 Aug 44      Kiel                                              29 Oct 44       Walcheren

18 Aug 44      Connantre                                   2 Nov 44         Dusseldorf

31 Aug 44      Abbeville                                     4 Nov 44         Bochum

3 Sept 44       Eindhoven                                   16 Nov 44      Duren

6 Sept 44       Emden                                        21 Nov 44      Sterkrade

4 Dec 44        Karlsruhe

 

Flight Lieutenant Foster has now completed 45 operational sorties, 34 of which have been with the Pathfinder Force, including 28 Marker sorties.

 

This officer is a capable and efficient navigator, who has consistently maintained a high standard of navigational skill under extremely difficult conditions.  His determination and coolness in many sorties full of hazard has been most praiseworthy and his cheerful confidence and operational zest have made him an asset to his crew.

 

Flight Lieutenant Foster has shown loyalty and devotion to duty of a high order, and I recommend him for the award of the Distinguished Flying Cross.

 

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FOSTER, P/O Leslie Arthur, (J87480) - Belgian Croix de Guerre 1940 with Palm (deceased) - Awarded 17 July 1948 as per Canada Gazette of that date and AFRO 455/48 dated 23 July 1948.  Wife in Medicine Hat, Alberta.  Air gunner, killed in action with No.405 Squadron, 27/28 April 1944, Lancaster JA976. Buried in Belgium.

 

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FOSTER, F/L Livingstone (J10957) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.403 Squadron - Award effective 10 July 1945 as per London Gazette dated 24 July 1945 and AFRO 1619/45 dated 19 October 1945.  Born in Grimsby, Ontario, 27 September 1919.  Enlisted in Hamilton, 13 May 1940.  Born Grimsby, Ontario, 1919; home there; educated there.  Enlisted Hamilton 13 May 1940. Commissioned 1942.   Trained at No.1 ITS (graduated 21 June 1940), No.3 EFTS (graduated 2 September 1940) and No.2 SFTS (graduated 20 October 1940), graduating in December 1940.  Instructed at No.6 SFTS, Dunnville, until October 1942; arrived overseas 5 November 1942.  Further trained at No.58 OTU (January-March 1943).  Flew with Nos.416 and 403 Squadrons on his first tour (March 1943 to March 1944); at No.53 OTU until September 1944.  On second tour flew with Nos.403 and 421 Squadrons.  To UK 26 May 1945, to Canada 5 August 1945; released 17 September 1945.  DFC presented in Hamilton, Ontario, 27 July 1949.  Rejoined RCAF as Administrative Officer, March 1951.  Queen's Coronation Medal, 23 October 1953 while at Station Penhold.  Credited with the following aerial victories: 17 August 1943, one Bf.110 destroyed (No.403 Squadron; shared with three others); 28 January 1944, one FW.190 damaged (No.403 Squadron); 29 September 1944, one Bf.109 destroyed (No.421 Squadron); 8 December 1944, one Bf.109 destroyed (No.403 Squadron); 28 April 1945, one Do.24 destroyed (No.403 Squadron).  Photo PL-2179 taken at No.2 SFTS shows Foster, P.W. Power and W.H. Prst; PL-28561 shows him beside Spitfire propellor.

 

This officer has completed numerous sorties against many heavily defended targets in Germany and enemy occupied territory.  Flight Lieutenant Foster has proved himself to be an outstanding fighter pilot, showing keenness, courage and devotion to duty which, coupled with his ability and fine leadership, have made him an outstanding example to the wing.  He has destroyed three enemy aircraft and has damaged or destroyed many transport vehicles.

 

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FOSTER, P/O Melvin Lloyd (J5912) - Mention in Despatches - No.10 (BR) Squadron  - Awarded 1 January 1943 as per Canada Gazette dated 9 January 1943 and AFRO 55/43 dated 15 January 1943.  Born in Bryanstone, Ontario, 2 May 1916.  Home in Kingsville, Ontario; enlisted in Windsor, 12 August 1940.  Trained at No.2 ITS (graduated 11 January 1941), No.5 EFTS (graduated 16 March 1941) and No.3 SFTS (graduated 3 July 1941).

 

This officer has shown by his devotion to duty, his exceptional ability as a pilot and the confidence instilled in his aircrew when acting as a captain, and by the number of operational sorties made and flying time put in on operational work, that he has no personal regard for his own safety.  His unfailing energy and devotion to duty have at all times been a great inspiration to the other members of the  squadron.  He has carried out his allotted duties in an exemplary manner and never once hesitated when seemingly impossible flights were ordered.  He has carried out 76 operational sorties and has completed 561 hours operational flying.

 

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FOSTER, F/L Walter Douglas (J14458) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.160 (Bomber Reconnaissance) Squadron - Award effective 6 January 1945 as per Canada Gazette of that date and AFRO 132/45 dated 26 January 1945.  Born in Arnprior, educated in Renfrew, Ontario.  Enlisted in Ottawa, 18 December 1940.  Trained at No.1 ITS (graduated 16 May 1941), No.19 EFTS (graduated 15 July 1941), and No.10 SFTS (graduated 24 September 1941).  As of recommendation he had flown 1,760 hours, 1,109 of them operational (175 sorties).  Award presented 2 November 1951 hile serving in Maritime Group, Halifax.

 

This officer, throughout a long period of flying duties on operations in the North Atlantic area, has proven himself to be an exceptional pilot under the most difficult circumstances.  His outstanding ability as a crew captain and his untiring efforts and rare good judgement as a flight commander have been a splendid example and an inspiration to all aircrew associated with him.  The devotion to duty of this officer is outstanding.

 

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FOSTER, FS William Edward James (R147026) - British Empire Medal - No.2 Air Command Headquarters - Award effective 13 June 1946 as per Canada Gazette of that date and AFRO 660/46 dated 5 July 1946.  Home in Winnipeg; enlisted there 2 December 1941.  Award presented 9 January 1948.

 

While serving as a Cypher clerk at operational stations in Eastern Air Command, Flight Sergeant Foster displayed an outstanding sense of duty, and worked in a cheerful and conscientious manner for periods far in excess of the normal call of duty.  His efficiency and application contributed greatly to the successful conduct of operations.

 

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FOSTER, S/L William Mortimer (C910) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.66 Squadron - Award effective 18 December 1944 as per London Gazette dated 29 December 1944 and AFRO 379/45 dated 2 March 1945.  Born 1915 Guelph, Ontario.  Educated Queen's University.  COTC, 1934-38 in 11th Field Brigade;  Enlisted Toronto 7 November 1938.  Qualified for pilot's wings, 2 September 1939.  DFC presented 1 September 1949.  POW briefly in April 1945. Postwar in RCAF: with CEPE (1945-1946 and 1948-49); Commanding Officer, No.3 (AW) OTU, North Bay.  Combat cards at Directorate of History show the following victories credited to him:  8 October 1943, one Bf.110 probably destroyed; 6 July 1944, one Bf.109 destoyed plus one FW.190 damaged.

 

This officer has completed numerous operations and has destroyed at least two enemy aircraft and damaged another.  He has also participated in many sorties necessitating deep penetration into enemy territory.  More recently Squadron Leader Foster has attacked more than twenty-five ground targets with bombs and cannon fire, often in the face of intense anti-aircraft fire. Throughout all his missions he has shown himself a tenacious, courageous and determined pilot.  His excellent example and record are outstanding.

 

Public Records Office Air 2/9033 has recommendation dated 8 October 1944 when he had flown 93 sorties (139 operational hours). The text differs slightly from the above:

 

This officer during the last twelve months has taken part in 90 operations against the enemy and has destroyed two enemy aircraft, probably destroyed a third and damaged a fourth.  In addition to his successes in air combat, he has taken part, as escort to bomber formations, in many operations involving deep penetration of enemy territory, while more recently, in support of the Army, he has attacked more than 25 ground targets, often through intense anti-aircraft fire, with bombs and cannon.

 

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FOSTER, WO William Peter (R114420) - Mention in Despatches - Overseas - Award effective 8 June 1944 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 1729/44 dated 11 August 1944.  Home Guelph, Ontario.  Enlisted Hamilton 23 April 1941.  Trained at No.4 WS (graduated 23 November 1942) and No.8 BGS (graduated 26 October 1942).  No citation in AFRO.

 

FOSTER, WO William Peter (R114420) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.224 Squadron - Award effective 22 August 1944 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 2052/44 dated 22 September 1944.  Cited with F/O K.O. Moore (RCAF, DSO), WO McDowall (RAF, DFC) and Sergeant Hamer (RAF, DFM). DFC sent by registered mail, 7 December 1948.

 

Flying Officer Moore, Warrant Officers Foster and McDowall, and Sergeant Hamer were pilot, wireless operator (air), navigator and flight engineer respectively of an aircraft in which they attacked and destroyed two U-Boats during a recent sortie.  In both actions which occurred within the space of twenty-two minutes, Flying Officer Moore pressed home his attack with great skill and gallantry in the face of heavy opposing fire.  He was brilliantly supported by his crew whose efficiency and co-operation throughout were of inestimable value.  On this notable sortie Flying Officer Moore and his comrades set an example of the highest order and their feat was worthy of the highest praise.

 

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FOSTER, F/O William Ronald (J28901) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.10 Squadron - Award effective 5 April 1945 as per London Gazette dated 13 April 1945 and AFRO 824/45 dated 18 May 1945.  Born 1914, Schomberg, Ontario; home there.  Funeral director.  Ex-RCA.  Enlisted Toronto 30 July 1942.  Commissioned August 1943.  Trained at No.6 ITS (graduated 3 April 1943), No.1 BGS (graduated 24 June 1943) and No.4 AOS (graduated 6 August 1943).  No citation other than "completed...numerous operations against the enemy in the course of which [he has] invariably displayed the utmost courage and devotion to duty."   Public Records Office Air 2/9060 has recommendation dated 29 December 1944 when he had flown 34 sorties (150 hours nine minutes, 11 May to 6 October 1944.  NOTE: The sortie list is very indistinct and hours in particular may not be exact.

 

11 May 44      Trouville (5.45)                           17 Jul 44        Mont Condon (3.17)

19 May 44      Boulogne (3.30)                         23 Jul 44        Kiel (4.50)

27 May 44      Bourg Leopold (3.45)                24 Jul 44        Stuttgart (7.55)

1 June 44       Ferme d'Urville                           25 Jul 44        Ferfay (3.50)

(4.50)                                           26 Jul 44        Foret de Nieppe (3.38)

2 June 44       Trappes (4.35)                           1 Aug 44        Beauville ? (3.48)

3 June 44       GARDENING (4.50)                  3 Aug 44        Bois de Casson (4.01)

5 June 44       Mont Fleury (4.45)                      9 Aug 44        Foret de Mormal (3.13)

7 June 44       GARDENING (5.20)                  10 Aug 44      Dijon (6.27)

9 June 44       GARDENING (5.20)                  12 Aug 44      Brunswick (5.13)

12 Jun 44       Amiens (4.45)                            14 Aug 44      [illegible] (4.04)

27 Jun 44       GARDENING (5.00)                  18 Aug 44      Sterkrade (4.18)

28 Jun 44       Blainville (6.45)                          25 Aug 44      Brest (5.20)

1 July 44         St.Martin (3.45)                          26 Aug 44      GARDENING (4.53)

5 July 44         St.Martin (3.44)                          16 Sep 44      Boulogne (4.45)

18 Jul 44        Vaires (4.15)                              25 Sep 44      Calais (3.14)        

6 July 44         Croixdale (3.45)                         6 Oct 44         GARDENING (5.53)

12 Jul 44        Thiverny (4.31)

 

Flying Officer Foster was posted to No.10 Squadron in April 1944 and after completing 34 sorties comprising 150 operational hours has been screened and posted.  He has taken part in attacks on Brunswick, Stuttgart and Kiel as well as heavily defended targets in enemy occupied territory.

 

He has proved himself to be a courageous and resolute member of aircraft crew and his ability as Air Bomber has played a good part in the successes obtained.  He has displayed exceptional keenness and his determination to make every sortie a success has won high praise.

 

This Canadian officer was the Air Bomber of a Halifax detailed to attack Boulogne on the  night of 19/20 May 1944, and to carry out a mine-laying mission on the 9th June 1944.  On both these sorties his aircraft was coned before reaching the target area and heavy accurate flak encountered.  Despite the fact that flak was hitting the aircraft he cooly directed the aircraft thus enabling the mission to be successfully completed.  His cool and skilful work in the face of much anti-aircraft fire is worthy of good praise.

 

I strongly recommend that his skill and devotion to duty be now recognized by the award of the Distinguished Flying Cross.

 

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FOTHERINGHAM, F/O Andrew Monteith (J40485) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.426 Squadron - Award effective 8 September 1945 as per London Gazette dated 21 September 1945 and AFRO 1704/45 dated 9 November 1945.  Born 1916 Swift Current; home Vancouver.  Educated at University of British Columbia (BA); teacher.  Enlisted in Vancouver, 27 November 1942; commissioned July 1944.  Trained at No.4 ITS (graduated 21 August 1943) and No.5 AOS (graduated 28 January 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.2618 (RG.24 Vol.20627) has recommendation dated 23 April 1945 when he had flown 28 sorties (186 hours 40 minutes) from 29 December 1944 to 18 April 1945. Navigator to P/O D.R. Black.  DFC presented 29 January 1947.

 

Flying Officer Fotheringham has completed a tour of operations.  His outstanding skill as a navigator, courage and devotion to duty have materially contributed to the successful completion of many operations against heavily defended targets.  He is an enthusiastic navigator displaying a high standard of efficiency and determination both in the air and on the ground....

 

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FOWLER, FS (now WO2) Charles Frederick (R66106) - British Empire Medal - Station Lachine - Award effective 1 January 1946 as per Canada Gazette of that date and AFRO 82/46 dated 25 January 1946.  Home in Joggins, Nova Scotia; enlisted in Halifax, 11 June 1940.  BEM presented 16 April 1948.

 

This non-commissioned officer by his perfect example of devotion to duty, his loyalty and tireless efforts in the conduct of his work, has been an outstanding inspiration to his subordinates.  During his service at this unit it was not an unusual occurrence for him to work 72 hours without sleep and yet remain cool and unruffled in his dealings with his staff and overseas personnel.  His great energy, his ability to promote harmony and efficiency in his section and his ardour for work has continued with his present duties.  He is worthy of praise.

 

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FOWLER, P/O George Paget (J15380) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.149 Squadron - Award effective 4 August 1942 as per London Gazette dated 11 August 1942 and AFRO 1371/42 dated 28 August 1942. Born 17 July 1916, Woodstock, New Brunswick; home in Regina (where wife was living) or Pennfield, New Brunswick.  Enlisted Moncton, 26 June 1940.  Commissioned May 1942.  Trained at No.1 ITS, No.3 AOS, No.2 BGS and No.1 ANS.  NOTE: DHist file 181.009 D.1283 (RG.24 Vol.20597) has his application for operational wings which lists sorties.  These are in the following units: No.101 Squadron (28 August to 30 November 1941, nine sorties), No.40 Squadron (11 December to 27 December 1941, five sorties) and No.419 Squadron (February 6th to June 25th, 1942, 19 sorties), the whole totalling 179 hours 25 minutes, all on Wellingtons, before being posted to OTU as navigation instructor.  These trips included some very long sorties - Kiel (7 September 1941, 7 hours 15 minutes), Mannheim (14 February 1942, 7 hours 10 minutes), Rostock (24 April 1942, 7 hours 50 minutes and again on 26 April 1942, 7 hours 30 minutes), Stuttgart (4 May 1942, 7 hours) and Bremen (June 25th, 1942, 7 hours 30 minutes).  He also was on sortie against Scharnhorst and Gneisenau (12 February 1942, three hours 35 minutes).  DFC presented 22 March 1944.

 

This officer has participated in numerous sorties involving attacks on important industrial targets in the Ruhr and dockyard installations both in Germany and German occupied territory.  Throughout, his work has been extremely accurate and has contributed materially to the many successes obtained.  Pilot Officer Fowler took part in the raids on Lubeck and Rostock, and in the attack on the German warships in the English Channel.

 

NOTE: Public Record Office has recommendation (no date) submitted when he had flown 33 sorties (174 operational hours).

 

28 Aug 41  Ostend docks                14 Feb 42  Mannheim

30 Aug 41  Cherbourg docks          3 Mar 42     Paris

7 Sept 41   Kiel docks                      9 Mar 42     Essen

12 Sept 41 Frankfurt                         5 Apr 42     Cologne

15 Sept 41 Hamburg docks            8 Apr 42     Hamburg docks

31 Oct 41   Bremen docks               15 Apr 42   Dortmund

7 Nov 41     Berlin                              22 Apr 42   Cologne

26 Nov 41  Ostend docks                24 Apr 42   Rostock

30 Nov 41  Emden                           26 Apr 42   Rostock

11 Dec 41  Le Havre                        4 May 42    Stuttgart

15 Dec 41  Ostend docks                17 May 42  GARDENING, Frisians

17 Dec 41  Brest docks                   19 May 42  Mannheim

23 Dec 41  Brest docks                   21 May 42  GARDENING, Frisians

27 Dec 41  Brest docks                   30 May 42  Cologne

6 Feb 42    Brest docks                   1 June 42   Essen

10 Feb 42  Brest docks                   2 June 42   Essen

12 Feb 42  Warships at sea, North Sea

 

This officer has completed 33 trips as navigator and his work has been extremely accurate throughout. He has taken part in all the recent heavy raids on the Ruhr and Cologne, as well as the raids on Lubeck and Rostock, and in the Channel attack on the Scharnhorst and Gneisenau. His accurate navigation and cheerful manner have contributed in no small measure to the success of these operations.

 

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FOWLER, Sergeant (now P/O) Harry Wilfred (R65840/J14078) - Air Force Medal - No.2 Bombing and Gunnery School - Award effective 1 January 1943 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 55/43 dated 15 January 1943.  Born in Elgin County, Ontario, 5 October 1914.  Home in St. Thomas.  Trained at Picton and Trenton.  NOTE: Press Release gives unit as No.6 SFTS.  Presented with AFM at Buckingham Palace, 23 February 1943.

 

Sergeant Fowler is employed as a Staff Pilot in Bombing Flight.  This pilot has flown 600 hours in Battle aircraft.  Since joining the Air Force he has flown 1,300 hours in the air.  he has shown himself to be a hard working, reliable and conscientious pilot, and has displayed exceptional keenness and devotion to duty.

 

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FOWLER, F/L Victor Thomas (J18636) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.7 Squadron - Award effective 1 December 1944 as per London Gazette dated 8 December 1944 and AFRO 337/45 dated 23 February 1945.  Born 1920 Camrose, Alta; home there.  Ex-Edmonton Fusiliers.  Enlisted in Edmonton 19 August 1941.  Commissioned 1943.  Trained at No.4 ITS (graduated 5 December 1941), No.5 AOS (graduated 15 March 1942), No.7 BGS (graduated 25 April 1942) and No.1 ANS (graduated 25 May 1942).  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 2/8881 has recommendation dated 19 September 1944 when he had flown 56 sorties (270 hours ten minutes) in two tours, 23 March 1943 to 15 September 1944.  It is difficult to determine where there was a break in tours (there appear to have been two breaks), but all sorties from 24 February 1944 onwards are with the Pathfinder Force.  DFC presented 9 July 1949.

 

23 Mar 43      GARDENING, Frisians             22 Mar 44      Frankfurt (5.40)

(4.45)                                           24 Mar 44      Berlin (6.40)

27 Mar 43      GARDENING, Frisians             26 Mar 44      Essen (4.15)

(3.40)                                           15 Jun 44       Lens (2.55)

4 Apr 43         Kiel (6.15)                                   16 Jun 44       Renescure (2.15)

8 Apr 43         Duisburg (3.20)                          23 Jun 44       Coubronne (2.55)

10 Apr 43       Frankfurt (2.50)                          24 Jun 44       Middel Straete (2.05)

16 Apr 43       Mannheim (6.05)                        2 July 44         Oisemont (2.45)

24 Jun 43       Wuppertal (4.25)                        6 July 44         Coquereaux (3.10)

2 Aug 43        Hamburg (5.40)                          7 July 44         Caen (3.45)

10 Aug 43      Nuremburg (7.05)                      9 July 44         Nucourt (3.15)

12 Aug 43      Turin (8.30)                                 11 Jul 44        Vaires (3.35)

17 Aug 43      Turin (8.20)                                 15 Jul 44        Chalons sur Marne

22 Aug 43      Berlin (7.30)                                                        (6.05)

27 Aug 43      Nuremburg (6.50)                      18 Jul 44        Cagny (3.00)

30 Aug 43      Munchen Gladbach                    18 Jul 44        Aulnoye (3.35)

(3.25)                                           20 Jul 44        Homberg (3.35)

8 Sept 43       Boulogne (2.05)                         30 Jul 44        Villers Bocage (2.35)

15 Sep 43      Mont Lucon (5.45)                      1 Aug 44        Acquet (2.50)

16 Sep 43      Modane (5.50)                           4 Aug 44        Pauillac (7.45)

22 Sep 43      Hanover (5.45)                           5 Aug 44        Blaye (7.50)

23 Sep 43      Mannheim (6.35)                        7 Aug 44        Battle area, Caen

18 Nov 43      Mannheim (6.20)                                                (2.55)

19 Nov 43      Leverkusen (4.40)                      9 Aug 44        Foret de Mormal (2.35)

10 Aug 44      La Pallice (5.30)

                        PATHFINDERS                         12 Aug 44      Montrichard (4.35)

14 Aug 44      Fontaine le Pin (3.00)

24 Feb 44      Schweinfurt (6.45)                      15 Aug 44      Soesterburg (2.45)

25 Feb 44      Augsburg (7.15)                         16 Aug 44      Kiel (5.10)

1 Mar 44         Stuttgart (7.15)                           18 Aug 44      Sterkrade (4.50)

15 Mar 44      Stuttgart (6.45)                           12 Sep 44      Frankfurt (6.00)

18 Mar 44      Frankfurt (4.40)                          15 Sep 44      Kiel (5.00)

 

This officer has completed 56 operational sorties of which 21 have been in a Marker crew; 35 of these operations have been completed on this squadron.

 

Flight Lieutenant Fowler is a navigator of a crew which has at all times accredited itself with distinction.  This is in no small measure due to this officer's dogged determination, skill and devotion to duty.  He has always shown a magnificent example to his crew by his complete disregard of danger and by his cheerfulness and determination.  He has gained the complete confidence of his crew.

 

He invariably sets his mind on the task in hand no matter how exacting the conditions, and by his exceptional ability and disregard of self have [sic] set a high standard to the squadron.

 

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FOWLOW, F/L Norman Ralph (J15095) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.421 Squadron - Award effective 9 September 1943 as per London Gazette dated 24 September 1943 and AFRO 2386/43 dated 19 November 1943.  Born 9 August 1921 in Hodges Cove (Trinity Bay), Newfoundland; home Windsor, Nova Scotia.  Enlisted in Halifax 22 August 1940.  Commissioned 6 December 1941.  Trained at No.1 ITS (graduated 14 December 1940), No.11 EFTS (graduated 28 January 1941) and No.2 SFTS (graduated 4 April 1941).  Arrived in UK, May 1941.  Further trained at No.55 OTU; posted to No.131 Squadron, 11 July 1941; to No.611 Squadron, 2 April 1942; to No.131 Squadron (again), 11 April 1942; to No.601 Squadron (Malta), 9 May 1942 (shot down 18 May 1942, slightly wounded, and rescued by launch); to No.1 RAF Depot, 8 August 1942; to No.403 Squadron, 29 August 1942; to Station Kenley, 23 January 1943; to No.421 Squadron, 5 October 1943 (had been promoted to Squadron Leader, 13 September 1943); to No.411 Squadron, 10 April 1944.  Killed in action, 19 May 1944 while dive-bombing rail crossing at Hazebrouck, France in Spitfire MK834; in a dive, hit by flak at 7,000 feet and the 500-pound bomb exploded.  Aerial victories: 31 May 1943: one FW.190 destroyed near Nieuport; 12 June 1943: one Bf.109 destroyed, Caudebec; 1 July 1943: one Bf.109 destroyed, Headin/St.Pol; 29 July 1943: one Bf.109 destroyed southwest of Amsterdam.  Photographs: PL-19229 (walking by wing of Spitfire); PL-28909 (Fowlow and S/L Jack Sheppard).  DFC presented to next-of-kin, 28 February 1946.  Photo PL-19229 shows him walking by Spitfire wing; PL-28909 shows him with S/L Jack Sheppard.

This officer has taken part in a very large number of sorties and has proved himself to be a skilful and courageous fighter.  He has destroyed four and shared in the destruction of another enemy aircraft.

 

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FOWNES, F/L Leo Elton (J22528) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.409 Squadron - Award effective 6 February 1945 as per London Gazette dated 13 February 1945 and AFRO 508/45 dated 23 March 1945.  Born 9 July 1920 Baddeck, Nova Scotia; home there (farmer).  Enlisted in Halifax, 19 July 1941.  Trained at No.1 ITS, No.10 AOS (graduated 10 April 1942), No.6 BGS (graduated 23 May 1942) and No.1 ANS (graduated 3 July 1942).  Commissioned 1942.  To No.31 OTU, 23 July 1942.  Posted overseas, 11 December 1942; repatriated 5 June 1945; released 26 August 1945.   Award sent by registered mail, 21 December 1950.  His pilot, F/O R.I.E.  Britten, received the DFC as well. Involved in the following victories: 25/26 November 1944, one Ju.88 destroyed, Rheindallen/Krefeld plus one Ju.88 damaged;  27/28 December 1944, two Ju.88Gs destroyed, Kaldenkirchen; 21/22 March 1945, one Bf.110 destroyed, Dhunn; 25/26 March 1945, one Ju.88 destroyed, Dortmund.

 

Throughout all his missions Flight Lieutenant Fownes has shown outstanding enthusiasm, technical skill and unfailing devotion to duty.  His fine fighting spirit and tenacity have set an excellent example to all.  During two night sorties this officer participated in the destruction of three enemy aircraft and damage to a fourth.

 

NOTE: Public Records Office Air 2/9048 has recommendation dated 1 January 1945 which differs slightly and is quoted here for comparison:

 

Flight Lieutenant Fownes is [an] extremely capable navigator/radio, always willing to fly, no matter how awkward the conditions nor hazardous the undertaking. His ability to hold a contact through violent evasive [sic, "evasion" ?] at low altitude recently led to the destruction of three enemy aircraft and the damaging of a fourth on two night sorties. His enthusiasm and aggressiveness are an example to all. Since D Day he has completed 50 night sorties.

 

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FOX, WO (now P/O) Bernard Allan Marvin (R163681/J90093) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.614 Squadron - Award effective 24 November 1944 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 1/45 dated 5 January 1945.  Born 1922, Saskatchewan; home Cupar, Saskatchewan.  Enlisted Regina 4 May 1942.  Commissioned 1942.  Enlisted in Regina, 4 May 1942.  Trained at No.2 ITS (graduated 10 October 1942), No.5 AOS (graduated 12 March 1943) and No.2 BGS (graduated 23 December 1942).  His DFC was won in conjunction with that of F/O Bruce W. Prang; mission in question was on 9 August 1944; four of the crew baled out.

 

Warrant Officer Fox has completed numerous sorties against many important and heavily defended targets in enemy and enemy occupied territory.  He has proved himself to be an efficient, conscientious and resourceful air bomber contributing considerably to the success of his squadron.  While taking part in an attack on Ploesti one night in August his aircraft was illuminated by searchlights and encountered anti-aircraft fire.  Whilst over the target on the return journey the aircraft was hit by a heavy burst and fire broke out.  After being assured by the pilot that the aircraft was under control and although suffering from numerous injuries caused by shell splinters, Warrant Officer Fox proceeded to extinguish the fires.  Owing to his courage and determination Warrant Officer Fox enabled his captain to bring his aircraft safely back to base.

 

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FOX, F/L Charles William (J6364) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.412 Squadron - Award effective 18 December 1944 as per London Gazette dated 29 December 1944 and AFRO 379/45 dated 2 March 1945.  Born in Guelph, Ontario, 26 February 1920.  Home Guelph, Ontario. Decorator. Enlisted in Hamilton, 16 October 1940.  Trained at No.2 ITS (graduated 23 December 1940), No.10 EFTS (graduated 21 February 1941) and No.6 SFTS (graduated 27 July 1941); awarded wings 27 July 1941.  Retained in Canada as an instructor (No.6 SFTS, 21 October 1941 to May 1943).  Posted to No.1 OTU, Bagotville, 14 May 1943 and  posted overseas 26 August 1943. arriving 1 September 1943.  Posted to No.57 OTU, 12 October 1943, then to No.412 Squadron (10 January 1944 to 28 January 1945).  To No.410 Repair and Salvage Unit, 28 January 1945; to staff duties, No.126 Wing Headquaters, 28 March 1945. Returned to Canada, 7 August 1945; released 26 September 1945.  Served in RCAF Auxiliary from 1 March 1954 to 31 May 1961, chiefly with No.420 Squadron as a pilot and fighter controller.  Credited with the following aerial victories: 28 June 1944, one FW.190 damaged; 20 August 1944, one FW.190 damaged; 27 September 1944, two FW.190s destroyed plus two damaged; 24 December 1944, one FW.190 destroyed; 27 December 1944, one Bf.109 destroyed; 29 December 1944, one Ju.88 damaged. He flew 320 operational hours and 224 sorties, the last of which was on 28 April 1945.  Photo PL-28263 shows him beside cannon of a Spitfire.

 

This officer has displayed exceptional courage and skill in pressing home his attacks against the enemy. These operations have been particularly directed against mechanical transport in the course of four consecutive days.  Flight Lieutenant Fox destroyed or damaged at least sixty-four enemy transports and since the invasion of Normandy has destroyed a total of 127 vehicles.  Many of these attacks were completed in the face of very intense anti-aircraft fire from enemy positions.  This record has been a fine example to his fellow pilots and he has contributed much to the success obtained by his squadron.

 

FOX, F/L Charles William (J6364) - Bar to Distinguished Flying Cross - No.412 Squadron - Award effective 19 February 1945 as per London Gazette dated 27 February 1945 and AFRO 625/45 dated 13 April 1945.

 

Since August 1944 this officer has led his section against a variety of targets, often in the face of intense anti-aircraft fire.  He has personally destroyed or damaged twenty-two locomotives and thirty-four enemy vehicles, bringing his total to 153 vehicles destroyed or damaged.  In addition he has destroyed at least a further three enemy aircraft and damaged two others.  In December 1944 Flight Lieutenant Fox led his squadron on an attack against enemy airfields in the Munster area and personally destroyed another hostile aircraft, bringing his total to four.  Through his quick and accurate reporting a further four enemy aircraft were destroyed.  Since the award of the Distinguished Flying Cross, this officer has continued to display outstanding skill, coolness and determination.

 

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FOX, P/O Gardie William (J85607) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.626 Squadron - Award effective 1 September 1944 as per London Gazette dated 19 September 1944 and AFRO 2373/44 dated 3 November 1944.  Born 1920, Vancouver; home Weyburn, Saskatchewan.  Enlisted Regina 17 April 1942.  Trained at No.2 ITS (graduated 10 October 1942), No.2 BGS (graduated 12 January 1943)and No.3 AOS (graduated 19 February 1943).  No citation other than "completed...many successful operations during which [he has] displayed high skill, fortitude and devotion to duty."  Public Records Office Air 2/9276 has recommendation dated 10 June 1944 when he had flown 28 sorties (179 hours).

 

20 Nov 43      Berlin                                      30 Mar 44      Nuremburg

16 Dec 43      Berlin                                      11 Apr 44       Aachen

20 Dec 43      Mannheim                              20 Apr 44       Cologne

3 Jan 44         Berlin                                      22 Apr 44       Dusseldorf

20 Jan 44       Berlin                                      24 Apr 44       Karlsruhe

21 Jan 44       Magdeburg                            26 Apr 44       Essen

28 Jan 44       Berlin                                      6 May 44        Aubigne Ragan

30 Jan 44       Berlin                                      10 May 44      Dieppe

15 Feb 44      Berlin                                      19 May 44      Orleans

20 Feb 44      Stuttgart                                  22 May 44      Dortmund

24 Feb 44      Schweinfurt                            24 May 44      Aachen

25 Feb 44      Augsburg                               27 May 44      Aachen

15 Mar 44      Stuttgart                                  31 May 44      Tergnier

24 Mar 44      Berlin                                      2 June 44       Berneval

 

Pilot Officer Fox (a Canadian) as Air Bomber has now successfully completed 28 sorties against the enemy, including attacks on such heavily defended targets as Stuttgart, Nuremburg, Schweinfurt, Mannheim, and Berlin, the latter being attacked on eight occasions.

 

Pilot Officer Fox is a very skilful Air Bomber, and the results of his bombing supported by night photography have been outstandingly good.  He possesses coolness and exceptional fearlessness in the face of danger which has inspired his crew and materially contributed to their very successful tour of operations.

 

For his courage, skill and determination in pressing home his attacks and the fine example he has set, I strongly recommend the award of the Distinguished Flying Cross to this officer.

 

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FOX, F/O George Albert (J35521) - Mention in Despatches - No.432 Squadron - Award effective 14 June 1945 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 1478/45 dated 21 September 1945.  Home Toronto.  Enlisted in Toronto 1 September 1942.  Bomb Aimer, trained at No.6 ITS (graduated 15 May 1943), No.1 AOS (graduated 2 October 1943) and No.1 BGS (graduated 12 November 1943).  Unit identified in AFRO only as "Overseas"; proper unit identified in DHist file 181.009 D.1725 (PAC RG.24 Box 2067). DHist file 181.009 D.5557 (RG.24 Vol.20668) had recommendation for a DFC; dated 7 October 1944 when he had flown four sorties (19 hours 20 minutes); recommended with F/O D.B. MacLennan (MiD though put up for DFC), Sergeant P.E. Palmer (MiD though put up for DFM), Sergeant G.O. Duffy (no award, though recommended for DFM) and Sergeant William Bentley (RAF - recommended for DFM, award not known).  The pilot, F/L John Adair Woodward, had flown five sorties (20 hours 15 minutes, 3-27 September 1944); he was wounded on run-up but kept control until bombs dropped; collapsed and navigator (F/O C.M. Hay) took controls.  Woodward revived on trip home and tried to carry on but was dangerously weakened by loss of blood. From rest compartment he directed, guided and encouraged crew, setting example of calm courage.  He had to be restrained from attempting to land the aircraft; his worst wound could not be treated by tourniquet.  Woodward recommended for DFC but got nothing. Recommendation for Fox and comrades said:

 

On the 27th of September, 1944 these officers and airmen were members of the crew of the aircraft captained by Flight Lieutenant J.A. Woodward (J9115).  They were detailed to attack Bottrop.  Over the target the captain was mortally wounded by enemy fire, and some instruments were damaged and two parachutes shot up.  Between them they managed to bring the aircraft back to this country and although the undercarriage collapsed and the machine caught fire on landing they escaped uninjured and got the captain out with them.  Throughout this ordeal each member of the crew assisted the others to the utmost extent, unmindful of his own distress and refusing to take the opportunity of saving their lives by bailing out.  It was an outstanding example of crew co-operation and devotion to their comrade.

 

For their courageous action in face of enemy fire, their calmness and devotion to duty under adverse conditions, and for their dogged determination to assist their comrade they are recommended for the award of the DFC and DFM respectively. (Immediate).

 

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FOX, NS Helen Mildred (C7729) - Mention in Despatches - Skipton-on-Swale - Award effective 14 June 1945 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 1478/45 dated 21 September 1945.  DHist file 181.009 D.1762 (RG.24 Vol.20609) has recommendation sent to No.63 Base HQ, 1 February 1945.  Home in Calgary. Enlisted in Edmonton, 10 September 1941; served 20 months in Canada, 18 months in UK.  Recommended previously on 23 July 1944 but substance does not vary much from what follows:

 

Nursing Sister H. Fox has been stationed at Skipton-on-Swale since the opening of the Station Sick Quarters in February 1944.

 

Due to her efforts the difficult job of opening and maintaining a new Sick Quarters went very smoothly.  The work and time expended by Nursing Sister Fox was far in excess of what might be expected from one in her position.  Since that time, she has carried out her duties in an extremely efficient and tireless manner.  The efficient operation of the Station Sick Quarters has largely been due to her efforts.  The interest she has shown in her work and the welfare of all personnel on this station is exceptional.

 

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FOX, P/O Keith Charles (J86179) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.419 Squadron - Award effective 1 December 1944 as per London Gazette dated 12 December 1944 and AFRO 337/45 dated 23 February 1945.  Born 1919 Frankford, Ontario; home Belleville, Ontario.  Enlisted Toronto, 14 November 1941.  Commissioned 1942.  Trained at No.9 BGS (graduated 4 March 1943).  No citation other than "..in recognition of gallantry and devotion to duty in the execution of air operations against the enemy...numerous operations against the enemy in the course of which [he] invariably displayed the utmost fortitude, courage and devotion to duty."  DHist file 181.009 D.3260 (RG.24 Vol.20637) has recommendation dated 3 September 1944 when he had flown 26 sorties (230 hours), 4 October 1943 to 5 August 1944.

 

Pilot Officer Fox has completed a tour of operations involving 36 sorties by day and night against the enemy.  These included many attacks on the main German targets.

 

In his capacity as spare Gunner, he flew with many different crews and, irrespective of the operational experience of the crew, he invariably displayed great keenness to be included with them.

 

During his whole tour he displayed great courage and devotion to duty which I consider merits the non-immediate award of the Distinguished Flying Cross.

 

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FOX, F/O Samuel John (C85210) - Mention in Despatches - Overseas -  Award effective 14 June 1945 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 1478/45 dated 21 September 1945.  Radar Officer.  Home in Oshawa; enlisted in Hamilton, 12 August 1941.

 

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FOY, F/O Harold Osborne (J85446) - 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 1916 in Admaston, Ontario; home there.  Miner and farmer.  Enlisted in North Bay, 12 September 1941. Trained at No.3 ITS (graduated 6 June 1942), No.4 EFTS (graduated 1 August 1942) and No.5 SFTS (graduated 20 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.1730 (RG.24 Vol.20607) has recommendation dated 23 August 1944 when he had flown 35 sorties (181 hours 30 minutes) in tour from 29 September 1943 to 12 August 1944.

 

Flying Officer Foy during his tour of operations has successfully attacked targets in Italy, Germany and France.  This officer's fine offensive spirit and dogged determination to press home his attack have been an inspiration to all personnel with this squadron.  On one occasion on returning with a full bomb load with two engines unserviceable, he was unable to jettison and only his superior pilotage and airmanship enabled hi, to successfully land his aircraft.  For Flying Officer Foy's high degree of courage, skilful pilotage and strong sense of duty, it is strongly recommended that he be awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross.

 

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FOY, F/O James Henry (J15609) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.405 Squadron - Award effective 6 August 1943 as per London Gazette dated 13 August 1943 and AFRO 1849/43 dated 10 September 1943. Born in Brantford, Ontario, 1922; home in Toronto; enlisted there 24 October 1940.  Trained at No.2 ITS (graduated 23 December 1940), No.12 EFTS (graduated 24 February 1941) and No.1 SFTS (graduated 16 May 1941.  Commissioned 1942.

 

Flying Officer Foy, now on his second tour of operational duties, has participated in a large number of operational sorties including the one thousand bomber raid on Cologne, the Ruhr and Bremen.  On two occasions he successfully flew his aircraft home on one engine.  On completion of his first operational tour this officer served for some time as a pilot instructor.  His operational record as deputy flight commander has been of the highest order.

 

FOY, F/L James Henry, DFC (J15609) - Mention in Despatches - No.405 Squadron (since loaned to TCA) - Award effective 1 January 1945 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 337/45 dated 23 February 1945.

 

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FOYSTON, F/O Frank Stanley (J8166) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.252 Squadron - Award effective 23 July 1943 as per London Gazette dated 17 August 1943 and AFRO 2005/43 dated 1 October 1943.  Born Rossart, Saskatchewan, 1920; home in Invermere, British Columbia.  Enlisted in Vancouver, 6 February 1941.  Trained at No.2 ITS (graduated 23 May 1941), No.5 EFTS (graduated 14 July 1941) and No.3 SFTS (graduated 17 October 1941).  Commissioned October 1941.

 

This officer has taken part in several sorties during which he has attacked shipping and other enemy targets with success.  By his fine fighting qualities, keenness and devotion to duty, Flying Officer Foyston has set a most praiseworthy example.

 

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