GABEL, P/O Goldwin Wilbur (J17528) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.15 Squadron - Award effective 15 October 1943 as per London Gazette dated 15 October 1943 and AFRO 2386/43 dated 19 November 1943.  Born 1916 Didsbury, Alberta; home there.  Enlisted Calgary 17 June 1941.  Trained at No.2 ITS (graduated 4 October 1941), No.15 EFTS (graduated 3 December 1941) and No.11 SFTS (graduated 4 October 1941).  Commissioned 1947.  Cited with F/O E.J. Phillips (RAF, trained in Canada, awarded DFC).

 

One night in July 1943, these officer were rear gunner and pilot respectively of an aircraft detailed to attack a target in the Ruhr.  During the operation the aircraft was hit by cannon fire from a fighter; the rear turret was rendered unserviceable and Flying Officer Phillips was wounded in the face and chest.  One of the bomber's engines had caught fire and Pilot Officer Gabel tried to feather the propeller.  He was unable to do so, however, and the situation became serious.  Suddenly the propeller fell away and the flame in the burning engine died away.  Displaying great skill and tenacity, Pilot Officer Gabel battled on to eventually reach base.  In spite of his injuries, Flying Officer Phillips displayed great fortitude and devotion to duty and remained on watch in the astro hatch throughout the return flight.  On a later occasion Pilot Officer Gabel flew his aircraft from Turin with one engine useless. This officer has displayed skill, courage and coolness of a high order.

 

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GADD, F/L Kenneth Vincent (J27906) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.115 Squadron - Award effective 15 March 1945 as per London Gazette dated 23 March 1945 and AFRO 721/45 dated 27 April 1945.  Born 1912 Peterborough, Ontario; home there.  Commercial traveller.  Enlisted Toronto 14 May 1942.  Commissioned June 1943.  Trained at No.3 ITS (graduated 4 December 1942), No.11 EFTS (graduated 19 February 1943) and No.8 SFTS (graduated 25 June 1943).    Died in Peterborough, 6 February 2001.  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 17 December 1944 when he had flown 30 sorties (126 hours):

 

27 June 44       Biennais (2.30)                               25 Oct 44          Essen (3.50)

30 June 44       Villers Bocage (3.20)                     28 Oct 44          Flushing (2.25)

2 July 44           Beauvoir (3.00)                               29 Oct 44          Westkapelle (2.15)

5 July 44           Watten (1.45)                                  30 Oct 44          Cologne (5.25)

7 July 44           Paris (4.35)                                     31 Oct 44          Cologne (4.55)

10 July 44         Nucourt (3.40)                                 4 Nov 44           Solingen (4.35)

15 July 44         Chalons-sur-Marne (6.45)             5 Nov 44           Solingen (4.10)

10 Sept 44       Le Havre (3.15)                               6 Nov 44           Koblenz (4.55)

12 Sept 44       Frankfurt (6.50)                               23 Nov 44         Nordstern (4.30)

20 Sept 44       Calais (2.45)                                   27 Nov 44         Cologne (4.25)

25 Sept 44       Calais (2.50)                                   28 Nov 44         Neuss (4.05)


14 Oct 44          Duisburg (4.05)                               30 Nov 44         Osterfeldt (4.10)

14 Oct 44          Duisburg (4.20)                               4 Dec 44           Oberhausen (4.15)

19 Oct 44          Stuttgart (6.10)                                6 Dec 44           Merseburg (7.00)

23 Oct 44          Essen (5.05)                                   8 Dec 44           Duisburg (4.00)

 

This officer has been a flight formation lead [leader ?] on many occasions. He has led his formation accurately onto the target and shown fine leadership. On 27th November he was leading a daylight raid on Cologne. His aircraft was hit by flak over the target in the starboard outer engine. The engine was immediately feathered to prevent further damage. Flight Lieutenant Gadd was able to lead his flight out of the target area without breaking formation, thereby maintaining the tactical cohesion of the unit. This is typical of his leadership. At all times he has set an extremely high standard of airmanship and flying discipline which is worthy of high praise and admiration.

 

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GAGNE, S/L Victor Euchariste (C2154) - Mention in Despatches - Station Patricia Bay - Award effective 14 June 1945 as per Canada Gazette of that date and AFRO 1127/45 dated 6 July 1945.  Enlisted in Montreal, 11 June 1940.

 

Squadron Leader Gagne has shown outstanding ability as senior equipment officer at Royal Canadian Air Force Station, Patricia Bay.  He has re-organized his section in such a manner as to produce the utmost efficiency from an already overworked staff and at the same time has maintained their complete confidence and co-operation.  His keenness and ability have set a high standard of efficiency and the contribution he has made to his station has been outstanding.

 

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GAGNON, F/L Joseph Achille Eugene (J27002) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.23 Squadron - Award effective 22 May 1945 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 1147/45 dated 13 July 1945.  Born 1921; home in Boomtonville, Quebec.  Enlisted Montreal 7 February 1941.  Commissioned 1942.  Trained at No.1 ITS (graduated 3 July 1941), No.10 EFTS (graduated 21 January 1942) and No.6 SFTS (graduated 24 April 1942).

 

Since joining his squadron in December 1944, this officer has completed many sorties against a variety of targets.  His determination has been outstanding and his persistent attacks on enemy locomotives, rolling stock and road transport have been most successful.  One night in March 1945, he was detailed on a minelaying mission in a section of the Elbe River.  On the outward journey the starboard engine developed trouble but despite this he went on to accomplish his task in the face of heavy enemy fire.  On the return journey the starboard engine became completely unserviceable.  Height could not be maintained and the aircraft was forced down to 400 feet, becoming extremely difficult to control.  Displaying brilliant airmanship and determination, Flight Lieutenant Gagnon made a successful landing at base without injury to his crew and with but slight damage to the aircraft.  His devotion to duty has been most notable.

 

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GAIN, S/L Thomas Morley (C5569) - Air Force Cross - No.14 SFTS - Award effective 1 January 1946 as per Canada Gazette of that date and AFRO 82/46 dated 25 January 1946. Enlisted 23 October 1940 in Toronto.  As of October 1942 he had flown 1,380 hours, 670 hours as instructor.  NOTE: It is odd that a 1946 award is based on 1942 flying times.  Gain is recorded as "retired"; had he left the service in late 1942 or early 1943?

 

This officer has shown marked loyalty and devotion to duty of an extremely high order whilst employed as a flying instructor.  He has carried out many hours of instructional flying with zest, skill and able leadership.  The splendid example he has set for his fellow instructors is most praiseworthy.

 

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GAIN, F/L Thomas William (J14042) - Air Force Cross - No.1 WS - Award effective 1 January 1946 as per Canada Gazette of that date and AFRO 82/46 dated 25 January 1946 - Home in Alliston, Ontario.  Enlisted in Toronto, 9 October 1940. Trained at No.1 ITS (graduated 27 January 1941), No.9 EFTS (graduated 28 January 1941) and No.2 SFTS (graduated 21 June 1941).  NOTE: The card must be in error, having him graduated from ITS on one day and EFTS the next day.  These dates should be checked.  As of award he had flown 3,127 hours, 2,887 hours as instructor, 187 hours in past six months.

 

This officer has been employed on flying instructional duties for the past four years.  During this time his keenness and devotion to duty have been unsurpassed.  He has energetically evolved now methods to improve the flying standard of the Staff Pilots on this unit and has contributed greatly to the unit's efficiency.

 

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GALAN, P/O Peter Russell (J18391) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.51 Squadron - Award effective 19 June 1944 as per London Gazette dated 27 June 1944 and AFRO 1861/44 dated 25 August 1944.  Born 1920 Elphinstone, Manitoba; home there.  Enlisted Winnipeg 11 October 1941.  Commissioned 1943.Trained at No.2 ITS (graduated 11 April 1942) and No.5 AOS (graduated 14 August 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 Records Office Air 2/8780 has recommendation dated 22 March 1944 when he had flown 27 2/3 sorties (191 hours 37 minutes).

 

                                                     * counted as 1/3 sortie

 

13 July 43       Aachen (6.00)                         3 Oct 43          Kassel (7.14)

15 July 43       Montebeliard (8.17)                4 Oct 43          Frankfurt (7.19)

24 July 43       Hamburg (5.50)                      8 Oct 43          Hanover (3.39, DNCO,

25 July 43       Essen (4.45)                                                    late for concentration)

27 July 43       Hamburg (5.25)                      22 Oct 43        Kassel (6.25)

29 July 43       Hamburg (5.30)                      19 Nov 43       Leverkusen (6.33)

30 July 43       Remscheid (5.43)                   25 Nov 43       Frankfurt (7.21)

2 Aug 43        Hamburg (5.46)                      3 Dec 43         Leipzig (8.12)

22 Aug 43      Leverkusen (5.25)                  20 Dec 43      Frankfurt (6.19)

23 Aug 43      Berlin (7.21)                            21 Jan 44       Magdeburg (7.36)

5 Sept 43       Mannheim (7.02)                    20 Feb 44       Stuttgart (7.20)

15 Sept 43     Montlucan (7.08)                     24 Feb 44       Schweinfurt (7.08)

16 Sept 43     Modane (6.59)                        7 Mar 44         Trappes (4.31)*

22 Sept 43     Hanover (6.58)                        13 Mar 44       Le Mans (5.22)*

23 Sept 43     Mannheim (7.31)                    18 Mar 44       Frankfurt (5.29)

29 Sept 43     Bochum (5.27)

 

Pilot Officer Galan has now completed 27 2/3 night operational sorties as navigator against the enemy's most distant and heavily defended targets. His coolness and skill in the face of danger has given confidence to all with whom he has flown and has gained for him the respect of every one not only in the air but on the ground where his work has been of the utmost value to the squadron.

 

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GALARNEAU, FS Hubert Phillip (R155391) - Distinguished Flying Medal - No.426 Squadron - Award effective 19 September 1944 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 2274/44 dated 20 October 1944.  Born 1916 in Hamilton, Ontario; home Woodstock, Ontario.  Salesman.  Enlisted London, Ontario 21 May 1942.  Ex-RCA.  Commissioned 8 April 1944.  Trained at Mo.4 WS (graduated 19 April 1943) and No.3 BGS (graduated 23 July 1943).  DHist file 181.009 D.4431 (RG.24 Vol.20649) has original recommendation for immediate DFM dated 11 July 1944 when he had flown 19 sorties (81 hours 35 minutes).  Details that when pilot regained control he found that the navigator, WOPAG, bomb aimer and flight engineer had baled out.  "Sergeant Galarneau went forward to the aid of his skipper, who had decided to return to England, and assisted the other gunners in Engineers duties.  Having had some experience with wireless, he also worked violently to make the instruments serviceable, so that contact could be made with a Landing Field, but without avail.  The, as it was impossible to jettison, he went to the Bomb Aimer's compartment and defused all bombs.  Three different aerodrome were circled before a safe but shaky landing was eventually made with a full bomb load.  Sergeant Galarneau, by his coolness and presence of mind, and his complete disregard of personal safety, contributed in a large degree to the safe return of his aircraft to this country."

 

This airman was the mid-upper gunner of an aircraft detailed to attack the railway junction at Acheres recently.  During the outward flight the aircraft was hit by anti-aircraft fire, causing it to go into a violent spin.  The pilot regained control but extensive damage had been sustained.  Despite this he decided to attempt to fly the aircraft to this country.  On the return flight, Flight Sergeant Galarneau proved a most resourceful member of aircraft crew and proved of great assistance to his captain.  He set a fine example of determination and devotion to duty.

 

GALARNEAU, F/L Hubert Phillip, DFM (J89417) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.582 Squadron - Award effective 8 September 1945 as per London Gazette dated 21 September 1945 and AFRO 1704/45 dated 9 November 1945.  No citation other than "completed...numerous operations against the enemy in the course of which [he has] invariably displayed the utmost fortitude, courage and devotion to duty."  Public Records Office Air 2/8751 has recommendation dated 16 April 1945 when he had flown 57 sorties (279 hours 15 minutes), of which 47 sorties (236 hours) had been since previous award.

 

8 May 44        Louvain                                               25 Aug 44      Brest

12 May 44      Louvain                                               9 Sept 44       Le Havre

18 May 44      Merville-France-                                10 Sep 44      Le Havre/Buick

Ville                                                     11 Sep 44      Castrop Rauxel

22 May 44      Le Mans                                             13 Sep 44      Osnabruck

24 May 44      Trouville                                              15 Sep 44      Kiel

27 May 44      Bourg Leopold                                  27 Nov 44      Neuss

31 May 44      Au Fevre                                            15 Dec 44      Ludwigshaven

2 June 44       Neufchatel                                          28 Dec 44      Munchen Gladbach

5 June 44       Hougate                                             30 Dec 44      Cologne

6 June 44       Coutances                                         5 Jan 45         Hanover

17 Jun 44       Oismont Neuville                               28 Jan 45       Stuttgart

28 Jun 44       Metz                                                    4 Feb 45        Bonn

1 July 44         Biennais                                             14 Feb 45      Chemnitz

4 July 44         Biennais                                             21 Feb 45      Duisburg

5 July 44         Biennais                                             27 Feb 45      Mainz

6 July 44         Coqueraux                                         2 Mar 45         Cologne

7 July 44         Caen                                                   6 Mar 45         Chemnitz

12 Jul 44        Thiverny                                              15 Mar 45      Hagen

7 Aug 44        Caen                                                   18 Mar 45      Hanau

8 Aug 44        Foret de Chantilly                              21 Mar 45      Bremen

9 Aug 44        Foret de Nieppe                                24 Mar 45      Sterkrade

10 Aug 44      La Pallice                                           27 Mar 45      Paderborn

12 Aug 44      Monte Richard                                   4 Apr 45         Merseburg

12 Aug 44      Falaise                                               8 Apr 45         Hamburg

14 Aug 44      Bons                                                   9 Apr 45         Kiel

15 Aug 44      Brussels                                             10 Apr 45       Plauen

16 Aug 44      Kiel                                                     13 Apr 45       Kiel

18 Aug 44      Connantre                                          14 Apr 45       Potsdam

 

Flight Lieutenant Galarneau is an experienced gunner on his second tour with a blind marker crew.  His standard of operational efficiency is of a high order, and his keennss to operate, and his coolness and determination in action, are worthy of high praise.  He is strongly recommended for the non-immediate award of the Distinguished Flying Cross.

 

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GALBRAITH, F/L James Alexander (C18978) - Mention in Despatches - Down Ampney (AFRO gives unit only as "Overseas") - Award effective 1 January 1946 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 155/46 dated 15 February 1946.  Enlisted 23 July 1939, Trenton, Ontario.

 

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GALBRAITH, F/O John Alexander (J26644) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.161 Squadron - Award effective 1 December 1944 as per London Gazette dated 8 December 1944 and AFRO 337/45 dated 23 February 1945.  Born 1922 in Montreal, Quebec.  Enlisted Montreal, 29 June 1942.  Trained at No.5 ITS (graduated 19 December 1942) and No.1 AOS (graduated 25 May 1943).  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 23 September 1944 when he had flown 33 sorties (209 hours 40 minutes), 7 May to 31 August 1944.  The sortie list does not give specific objectives - only countries.  All trips are described as "Special Operation".

 

7 May 44        France (6.25)                         7 July 44         France (7.15)

9 May 44           do     (6.45)                         9 July 44              do        (5.10)

10 May 44         do     (6.55)                         11 Jul 44             do        (5.30)

28 May 44           do        (6.00)                     24 Jul 44             do        (7.30)

1 June 44            do        (5.45)                     25 Jul 44             do        (7.05)

2 June 44            do        (5.50)                     30 Jul 44             do        (7.20)

4 June 44            do        (6.00)                     4 Aug 44        Denmark (7.05)

6 June 44            do        (4.45)                     6 Aug 44        France (5.50)

14 Jun 44            do        (5.25)                     8 Aug 44             do        (5.15)

16 Jun 44            do        (5.25)                     10 Aug 44           do        (8.20)

17 Jun 44            do        (6.10)                     13 Aug 44           do        (7.30)

21 Jun 44            do        (6.20)                     14 Aug 44           do        (6.50)

22 Jun 44            do        (6.10)                     25 Aug 44           do        (8.40)

27 Jun 44            do        (5.40)                     27 Aug 44           do        (8.10)

29 Jun 44            do        (5.35)                     28 Aug 44      Holland (3.55)

3 July 44              do        (6.15)                     31 Aug 44      France (7.10)

5 July 44              do        (5.40)

 

Flying Officer Galbraith has completed 33 sorties as navigator over enemy territory, sometimes under very poor weather conditions and in the face of difficulties.  His ability and determination have contributed very largely to the success of his crew and his personal example has been worthy of the highest praise.

 

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GALBRAITH, F/O John Robert (J23960) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.12 Squadron - Award effective 5 February 1945 as per London Gazette dated 16 February 1945 and AFRO 563/45 dated 29 March 1945.  Born 1917 in St.Thomas, Ontario.  Enlisted 15 May 1942, Hamilton, Ontario.  Trained at No.1 ITS (graduated 23 October 1942) and No.1 AOS (graduated 19 February 1943).  No citation other than "completed...numerous operations against the enemy in the course of which [he has] invariably displayed the utmost fortitude, courage and devotion to duty."  Public Records Office Air 2/8831 has recommendation dated 6 November 1944 when he had flown 30 sorties (144 hours 55 minutes).

 

4 June 44       Pas de Calais                                                           11 Aug 44      Gironde (mining)

15 Jun 44       Boulogne                                            24 Aug 44      Russelsheim

17 Jun 44       Aulnoye                                              28 Aug 44      Fromentel

22 Jun 44       Marquis-Minoyecques                      31 Aug 44      St.Riquier

23 Jun 44       Saintes                                               5 Sept 44       Le Havre

27 Jun 44       Vaires (Paris)                                                            6 Sept 44       Le Havre

30 Jun 44       Vierzon                                               8 Sept 44       Le Havre

4 July 44         Orleans                                               23 Sep 44      Neuss (Dusseldorf)

6 July 44         Foret du Croc                                    26 Sep 44      Cap Gris Nez

7 July 44         Caen                                                   3 Oct 44         Westkapelle

23 Jul 44        Kiel                                                     4 Oct 44         Kattegat (mining)

25 Jul 44        Stuttgart                                              7 Oct 44         Emmerich

4 Aug 44        Pauillac                                              11 Oct 44       Fort Fredrik Hendrik

7 Aug 44        Fontenoy le Marmion                        14 Oct 44       Duisburg       

8 Aug 44        Aire-sur-Lie                                        25 Oct 44       Essen

 

Flying Officer Galbraith, a Canadian, has recently completed his first tour of operations against the enemy as Navigator to a Lancaster aircraft.  The outstanding success achieved by his crew can be attributed very largely to his exceptional skill and to his cool efficiency, which was never impaired even in most adverse circumstances.

 

This Canadian officer has proved himself a most reliable and conscientious Navigator on operations, thus inspiring his captain and crew with the utmost confidence.  he has been a most valuable member of a very successful crew.

 

I strongly recommend the award of the Distinguished Flying Cross to Flying Officer Galbraith.

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GALBRAITH, F/O Leonard Lawrence (J35181) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.12 Squadron - Award effective 8 September 1945 as per London Gazette dated 25 September 1945 and AFRO 1768/45 dated 23 November 1945.  Born Vancouver, B.C.  Enlisted 17 July 1944.  Trained at No.4 ITS (graduated 20 February 1943), No.5 EFTS (graduated 17 May 1943) and No.7 SFTS (graduated 3 September 1943).  No citation other than "completed...numerous operations against the enemy in the course of which [he has] invariably displayed the utmost fortitude, courage and devotion to duty."  Public Record Office Air 2/8750 has recommendation dated 11 April 1945 when he had flown 29 sorties (188 hours 30 minutes), 31 October 1944 to 31 March 1945.

 

31 Oct 44       Cologne                                 2 Feb 45        Weisbaden

2 Nov 44         Dusseldorf                             7 Feb 45        Cleve

4 Nov 44         Bochum                                  13 Feb 45      Dresden

18 Nov 44      Wanne Eickel                        20 Feb 45      Dortmund

29 Nov 44      Dortmund                               21 Feb 45      Duisburg

6 Dec 44        Merseburg                             12 Mar 45      Dortmund

12 Dec 44      Essen                                     13 Mar 45      Gelsenkirchen

17 Dec 44      Ulm                                         15 Mar 45      Misburg

22 Dec 44      Koblenz                                  16 Mar 45      Nuremburg

31 Dec 44      Osterfeld                                18 Mar 45      Hanau

2 Jan 45         Nuremburg                             22 Mar 45      GARDENING, Oslo

4 Jan 45         Royan                                     25 Mar 45      Hanover

16 Jan 45       Zeitz                                        27 Mar 45      Paderborn

28 Jan 45       Stuttgart                                  31 Mar 45      Hamburg

1 Feb 45        Ludwigshaven

 

Flying Officer Galbraith, a Canadian, has competed 29 sorties as pilot and captain of a heavy bomber aircraft.  He has achieved a large measure of success in many raids on targets in Germany such as Merseburg, Nuremburg, Zeitz, Stuttgart, Dresden, Misburg, Hanover and Hamburg.

 

He has made all his flights with quiet efficiency and proved himself an exceptional captain and leader.  He has instilled the utmost confidence in his crew and has always pressed home his attacks skilfully, frequently in the face of fierce opposition.

 

His outstanding courage and devotion to duty have been a shining example to less experienced crews and I feel the award of the Distinguished Flying Cross to this Canadian officer is fully deserved.

 

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GALBRAITH, F/O Lloyd James (J86428) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.76 Squadron - Award effective 1 December 1944 as per London Gazette dated 8 December 1944 and AFRO 337/45 dated 23 February 1945.  Born 1922.  Enlisted Edmonton 10 September 1942.  Trained at No.2 ITS (graduated 10 October 1942), No.15 EFTS (graduated 20 December 1942) and No.15 SFTS (graduated 30 April 1943).  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 17 September 1944 when he had flown 38 sorties (155 hours 35 minutes), 24 February to 14 August 1944.

 

24 Feb 44      Schweinfurt (7.55)                      25 Jun 44       Montorgueil (3.25)

25 Feb 44      Augsburg (4.45)                         27 Jun 44       Mont Candon (3.15)

9 Apr 44         Lille (4.10)                                   28 Jun 44       Blainville (6.35)

10 Apr 44       Tergnier (4.50)                           1 July 44         St.Martin l'Hortier

18 Apr 44       Tergnier (4.35)                                                   (3.25)

20 Apr 44       Ottignies (3.40)                          4 July 44         St.Martin l'Hortier

30 Apr 44       Acheres (4.30)                                                   (3.25)

1 May 44        Malines (3.30)                            7 July 44         Croixdale (3.55)

6 May 44        Montgassicourt                          9 July 44         Chateau Bernapre

(4.10)                                                                   (4.00)

9 May 44        Berneval (3.05)                          12 Jul 44        Thiverny (4.10)

11 May 44      Trouville (4.15)                           23 Jul 44        Kiel (5.15)

19 May 44      Boulogne (3.15)                         25 Jul 44        Foret de Croc (3.40)

22 May 44      Orleans (5.10)                            28 Jul 44        Foret de Nieppe (3.15)

24 May 44      Aachen (4.10)                            30 Jul 44        Villers Bocage (4.00)

7 June 44       Juvisy (4.35)                                                       Returned as ordered.

9 June 44       Laval airfield                               2 Aug 44        Foret de Nieppe (3.15)

(5.00)                                           3 Aug 44        Foret de Nieppe (3.10)

12 Jun 44       Amiens (4.10)                            5 Aug 44        Foret de Nieppe (3.15)

16 Jun 44       Domleger (3.20)                        9 Aug 44        Foret de Mormal (3.35)

22 Jun 44       Noyelle en Chaussee                11 Aug 44      Wemars Cappel (3.20)

(4.40)                                           14 Aug 44      TRACTABLE III (4.00)

24 Jun 44       Noyelle en Chaussee               

(3.20)

 

This officer has completed 38 sorties as captain of aircraft and flown a total of 155 operational hours against the enemy.  He has carried out attacks against many of the heaviest defended of targets including Aachen, Schweinfurt and Augsburg.

 

During the whole of the time this officer has been with the squadron he has displayed commendable courage and devotion to duty and a complete disregard for his own personal safety.

 

His ability to make instant decisions in emergency, skilful pilotage and cool judgement have on many occasions been the means of extricating his aircraft from perilous situations.

 

With his mind on the task in hand fearlessly and displayed a fine offensive spirit he has always set a magnificent example to his crew.  It is considered that his splendid record of achievement merits the award of the Distinguished Flying Cross.

 

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GALBRAITH, F/O (now F/L) Robert Francis -  Air Medal (United States) - 11th USAAF (deceased) - Award effective 27 August 1943 as per Canada Gazette dated 4 May 1946 and AFRO 473/46 dated 10 May 1946. Home in Shelburne, Ontario.  Enlisted Toronto 6 August 1941.  Trained at No.3 ITS (graduated 5 December 1941), No.4 EFTS (graduated 30 January 1942), and No.13 SFTS (graduated 5 June 1942).  Killed in action 5 April 1945 while serving with No.181 Squadron.  See Cochand for details;  flights were 18 April to 26 July 1943.

 

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GALE, FS (now WO1) Cecil Melvin (Can 448) - Mention in Despatches - No.401 Squadron - Award effective 11 June 1942 as per Canada Gazette of that date and AFRO 1000-1001/42 dated 3 July 1942.  Home in Calgary; enlisted in High River, Alberta.  Recommended for a BEM on 28 October 1940 with essentially this as proposed citation.

 

Flight Sergeant Gale, C.M., is NCO in charge of "A" Flight, No.1 Canadian (F) Squadron.  Working under trying conditions, he has maintained the squadron aircraft in a capable manner.  Owing to the intense operational activity during the latter part of August and September, the flight maintenance crew were called upon to work to the limit.  Flight Sergeant Gale carried out his duties, often working from very early morning until late into the night, with a result that sufficient aircraft for flight use were available at all times.

 

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GALE, S/L Edward Bagley (C1618) - Air Force Cross - No.1 Central Flying School - Award effective 5 May 1944 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 1133/44 dated 26 May 1944.  Born 15 December 1917 at St.Cyr, Quebec.  Prewar photographer and teacher; also active in COTC and had taken flying lessons at the Montreal Flying Club.  Enlisted in Quebec as a Pilot Officer, 29 January 1940.  Trained at No.1 SFTS (graduated 13 August 1940, having been graded first in a class of 45 in ground school and second in a class of 40 flying pupils).  Remained at Camp Borden until 5 October 1940, on which date he was promoted to Flying Officer.  Attended Central Flying School, Trenton, 5 October to 25 November 1940, after which he returned to No.1 SFTS at instructor, serving there until 30 June 1942.  Attached to Ferry Command, 1 July to 6 August 1942 (promoted to Flight Lieutenant, 16 February 1942); attended Empire Central Flying School in Britain.  Returned to Canada, 11 December 1942.  On staff of No.1 Flying Instructors School (Central Flying School), 4 January 1943 to 3 August 1944 (promoted to Squadron Leader, 20 October 1943).  On strength of Air Force Headquarters, 4 August 1944 to 31 January 1945.  Posted overseas on 2 February 1945 to attend Test Pilot School, Boscombe Down; to Royal Aeronautical Establishment, Farnborough, 3 January 1946.  Killed 25 May 1945 in crash of Mustang KH505.  He had been conducting high speed dives from high altitude for "research on the behaviour of wing sections near the speed of sound".  Accident occured on the ninth dive.  No evidence of structural failure, and oxygen malfunction was advanced as the cause.  Medal presented to his mother, Mrs. L.M. Gale, Asbestos, Quebec, 14 November 1950.  No citation in AFRO or biographical file.  DHist file 181.009 D.1721 (PAC RG.24 Vol.20606) has recommendation dated 13 December 1943, at which time he was Acting OC, Instructional Flight, and had flown 2,430 hours 25 minutes, of which 2,200 were as instructor, and 408 hours 25 minutes had been in previous six months:

 

Squadron Leader Gale has made an outstanding contribution to flying training.  He has at all times given unsparingly of his own time and efforts both in the air and on the ground.  In spite of the tiring and repetitive nature of his work, he has always shown an unbounding keenness for his job and displayed exceptional devotion to duty.

 

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GALER, LAC Nick Harold (R160515) - Mention in Despatches - No.433 Squadron (AFRO gives unit as No.63 Base) - Award effective 1 January 1945 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 425/45 dated 9 March 1945. Enlisted 16 March 1942.  DHist file 181.009 D.2619 (RG.24 Vol.20628) has recommendation dated 30 August 1944 when he had served one year in Canada, 16 months overseas.

 

This airman's work has always been of a very high standard.  He has shown himself to be very keen and conscientious and his energetic appliance of above average knowledge of his trade strengthens the hand of those under whom he works.  He has displayed great initiative and can be relied upon to do the most difficult jobs, well setting an example of a very high order.

 

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GALIGAN, Corporal Steve Nelson (R86795) - British Empire Medal - No.6 Communications Flight - Award effective 1 January 1945  as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 89/45 dated 19 January 1945.  Enlisted Edmonton 29 January 1941.

 

This aero engine mechanic has been attached to the North West Staging Route for a long period of time and has made very many trips over its isolated northern territory.  With determination and skill, he has kept aircraft serviceable under trying and rugged conditions, often with inadequate facilities.  With ingenuity and cheerfulness he has set a splendid record of most loyal service and devotion to duty.

 

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GALIPEAU, F/L Jean (J36436) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.425 Squadron - Award effective 15 December 1944 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 293/45 dated 16 February 1945.  Born 1917.  Enlisted Ottawa 4 October 1940.  Trained at No.3 ITS (graduated 16 April 1943), No.11 EFTS (graduated 11 June 1943) and No.13 SFTS (graduated 1 October 1943).  Later POW.

 

In October 1944 this officer piloted an aircraft detailed to attack an enemy submarine base.  In spite of heavy anti-aircraft fire a successful bombing run was executed.  Shortly after leaving the target the starboard outer engine became unserviceable and the propeller had to be feathered.  A few minutes later the starboard inner engine failed, the aircraft lost height and it seemed as though Flight Lieutenant Galipeau would be forced to bring his aircraft down onto the sea but at the third attempt to restart one of the defective engines he succeeded in so doing.  He afterwards flew to an airfield and effected a safe landing.  This officer displayed outstanding airmanship, great coolness and determination in difficult circumstances.

 

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GALL, F/L Robert (J20725) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.408 Squadron - Award effective 8 September 1945 as per London Gazette dated 21 September 1945 and AFRO 1704/45 dated 9 November 1945.  Born 1922.  Enlisted Edmonton 12 August 1941.  Trained at No.2 ITS (graduated 3 January 1942), No.15 EFTS (graduated 28 March 1942) and No.3 SFTS (graduated 14 August 1942).  No citation other than "completed...numerous operations against the enemy in the course of which [he has] invariably displayed the utmost fortitude, courage and devotion to duty."  DHist file 181.009 D.2618 (RG.24 Vol.20627) has recommendation dated 18 April 1945 when he had completed 32 sorties (207 hours) between 6 November 1944 and 4 April 1945.

 

Flight Lieutenant Gall has recently completed an operational tour on four-engined bombers as pilot and captain of aircraft.  At all times this officer has displayed the highest degree of efficiency, courage and determination to successfully complete each mission.  he has participated in many raids far into Germany, including attacks on Chemnitz, Magdeburg and Bohlen.

 

On one occasion he pressed home his attack on Cologne with but three serviceable engines.  Indicative of Flight Lieutenant Gall's ability is the fact that on two occasions he was selected to lead aircraft concentrations during daylight raids on German targets...

 

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GALL, P/O Robert Davidson (J17127) - Air Medal and Three Oak Leaf Clusters (United States) - 9th USAAF (AFRO gives unit only as "Overseas" - Award effective 20 June 1944 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 1861/44 dated 25 August 1944.  Enlisted Regina 29 January 1941.  Trained at No.5 BGS (graduated 15 September 1941) and No.2 WS (graduated 17 August 1941).  Public Records Office Air 2/9599 has citation from General Order No.31, HQ US Army Air Forces in the Middle East, 28 April 1944.

 

For meritorious achievment while participating in aerial flights against the enemy while on duty with the Ninth United States Air Force in the Middle East...he having participated in three operational missions, each of 2 1/2 hours or more duration, and four operational missions, each of less than 2 1/2 hours duration."

 

Same order awards Oak Leaf Cluster for "...having participated in two operational missions, each of of 2 1/2 hours or more duration, and six operational missions, each of less than 2 1/2 hours duration."

 

Same order awards second Oak Leaf Cluster for "...having participated in four operational missions, each of of 2 1/2 hours or more duration, and two operational missions, each of less than 2 1/2 hours duration."

 

Same order awards third Oak Leaf Cluster for "...having participated in four operational missions, each of of 2 1/2 hours or more duration, and two operational missions, each of less than 2 1/2 hours duration."

 

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GALLAGHER, F/L Bertram Edward (J24213) - Mention in Despatches - No.410 Squadron - Award effective 1 January 1946 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 155/46 dated 15 February 1946.  Enlisted Vancouver 28 February 1942.  Trained at No.4 ITS (graduated 9 October 1942) and No.2 AOS (graduated 5 March 1943).  Unit identified in AFRO only as "Overseas"; listed in 410 Squadron: A History.

 

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GALLAGHER, FS John Francis (R100487) - Mention in Despatches - No.26 Operational Training Unit - Award effective 1 January 1945 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 425/45 dated 9 March 1945.  Enlisted 15 April 1941 Winnipeg.

 

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GALLAGHER, S/L Norman Joseph (C9371) - Mention in Despatches - Croft - Award effective 14 June 1945 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 1395/45 dated 31 August 1945.  Home in Swift Current, Saskatchewan; enlisted in Regina, 14 October 1941.  A Catholic chaplain, he was educated at University of Ottawa and Gravelbourg Theological Seminary.  Served with No.6 Group and No.39 Wing; one of two serving chaplains who remained in the RCAF after the war.  In July 1963 he left the RCAF to become Bishop.  No citation in AFRO or biographical file.  DHist file 181.009 D.4364 (RG.24 Vol.20648) gives unit and has recommendation submitted 3 May 1945, CO Croft to CO No.64 Base.  This form states he had enlisted 7 April 1942, had served five months in Canada and 20 months overseas.

 

After a long tour of duty in 2nd Tactical Air Force this Chaplain arrived at this unit only a few months ago.  Already his understanding, sympathy and kindly good humour have made him endeared to all.  Always helpful and encouraging, he has done much for morale on this unit.  His interest in all phases of station activity is a further example of his service contribution. 

 

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GALLANT, Corporal Joseph Levi Rudolphe (R99312) - Mention in Despatches - No.422 Squadron - Award effective 14 June 1945 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 1647/45 dated 26 October 1945.  Enlisted in Moncton, 26 May 1941.  No citation.  Unit identified only as "Overseas" in AFRO; Squadron ORB dated 25 June 1945 mentions the award.

 

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GALLANT, P/O Joseph Ulysse Edmond (J92680) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.432 Squadron - Award effective 5 July 1945 as per London Gazette dated 20 July 1945 and AFRO 1619/45 dated 19 October 1945.  Born 1922 Moncton, N.B.  Enlisted 7 January 1941, Moncton, N.B.  Trained at No.9 BGS (graduated 11 February 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 27 March 1945 (name given as Joseph Edmond Ulysse) when he had flown 34 sorties (205 hours 55 minutes), 6 October 1944 to 21 February 1945.

 

This officer has completed thirty-four operational sorties over the most heavily defended targets in the Ruhr and Germany as a rear gunner.  On two separate occasions the aircraft in which he was flying was attacked by enemy fighters, but the fine offensive spirit and actions of this gunner saved the crew from probable danger.  Pilot Officer Gallant has displayed great coolness and courage which inspired the crew with confidence.  By his keenness and professional knowledge he has set a splendid example to all gunners in his squadron.

 

For his inspiring example, his fine record of achievement and devotion to duty, this officer is strongly recommended for the award of the Distinguished Flying Cross (Non-Immediate).

 

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GALLEN, F/O Robert Muir (J26811) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.420 Squadron - Award effective 1 December 1944 as per London Gazette dated 8 December 1944 and AFRO 337/45 dated 23 February 1945.  Born 1922 Windsor, Ontario.  Enlisted 30 April 1942 Windsor, Ontario.  Trained at No.3 ITS (graduated 23 October 1942), No.4 EFTS (graduated 29 January 1943) and No.8 SFTS (graduated 28 May 1943.  No citation other than "..in recognition of gallantry and devotion to duty in the execution of air operations against the enemy."  DHist file 181.009 D.1730 (RG.24 Vol.20607) has recommendation dated 19 September 1944 when he had flown 32 sorties (152 hours five minutes) in tour lasting 16 June to 16 September 1944.

 

Flying Officer Gallen's skill, coolness and presence of mind on operations have been an inspiration to his crew and the squadron as a whole.  Though detailed to attack some of the enemy's most heavily defended targets, Flying Officer Galen with complete disregard of all defences never once failed to reach his objective and successfully bomb it.  This officer's tenacity, endurance and fine offensive spirit have been an example to all and it is recommended that he be awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross.

 

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GALLICANO, F/O Joseph Norman (J88748) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.514 Squadron - Award effective 23 November 1945 as per London Gazette of 7 December 1945 and AFRO 244/46 dated 8 March 1946.  Born 1920 Nelson, B.C.  Enlisted 15 December 1941.  Trained at No.4 ITS (graduated 3 July 1942), No.5 EFTS (graduated 23 October 1942), and No.7 SFTS (graduated 19 February 1943).

 

This officer has completed a number of sorties against many varied targets in Germany and the Occupied Countries.  Most of these were heavily defended and on many occasions his aircraft was severely damaged by anti-aircraft fire.  In February 1945, while attacking Osterfeld, the starboard outer engine of his aircraft was hit and set on fire.  Flying Officer Gallicano managed to extinguish the fire and successfully complete his mission.  His skill, determination and devotion to duty have been worthy of the highest praise.

 

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GALLIVER, Sergeant William Thomas (R86558) - Air Medal (United States) - No.82 Squadron, USAAF - Award effective 13 March 1943 as per AFRO 616/43 dated 9 April 1943.  Trained at No.5 BGS (graduated 15 September 1941) and No.2 WS (graduated 17 August 1941).

 

For services on the 16th of December, 1942, when his aircraft was badly damaged by flak; though wounded in the leg and nearly asphyxiated by petrol fumes, he lowered the landing wheels and flaps by the handgear, thus making possible the safe landing of the aircraft and crew.

 

NOTE: Public Records Office Air 2/9599 has more detailed citation as transmitted from RAF HQ Middle East, 10 January 1943.

 

For meritorious achievement while participating in an aerial flight.  On December 16, 1942, while on an operational mission as a crew member, his airplane was badly damaged by anti-aircraft fire and he was wounded in the leg.  When the home base was reached he, disregarding his wound and condition of near asphixiation from gasoline fumes, succeeded in hand cranking the landing wheels and flaps down.  His disregard for his own injury and his devotion to duty made possible the safe landing of the aircraft and crew.

 

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GALLOWAY, W/C Donald Eaton (C378) - Mention in Despatches - No.2 Group Headquarters (now WAC) - Award effective 8 June 1944 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 1380/44 dated 30 June 1944.  Born in Montreal, 17 September 1915.  Educated at Belwing House (Montreal), Trinity College (Port Hope) and Appleby School (Oakville).  Home in Toronto; enlisted there in RCAF Auxiliary, 1 January 1935, wings in 1937.  Transferred to Regular Force in December 1939.  A pre-war TCA pilot, he took further pilot training before posting to Seattle, Washington as a liaison officer until July 1942.  He was then made CO of Bella Bella.  Completed War Staff College, 1944, and then became a senior staff officer in various commands to 1946.  Sent to UK for further staff training including combined operations and land-air warfare. Returned to Canada in 1948 to serve at AFHQ in Directorate of Air Training.  Transferred April 1951 to RCAF maritime OTU, Greenwood, and later CO of No.404 Squadron.  Posted in June 1954 to staff duties in Maritime Air Command Headquarters, Halifax.  As of MiD date he had flown 2,361:55 hours, 212 operational hours (47 sorties).  Awarded MBE 13 June 1946.

 

This officer, as Commanding Officer of an operational station and Senior Air Staff Officer in the Command, has displayed outstanding ability, enthusiasm and devotion to duty in the execution of his work.

 

GALLOWAY, W/C Donald Eaton (C378) - Member, Order of the British Empire - No.9 (Transport) Group - Award effective 13 June 1946 as per Canada Gazette of that date and AFRO 660/46 dated 5 July 1946.  Governor General's Records (RG.7 Group 26, Volume 60, File 190-I, dossier 9) has citation to MBE.  Enlisted 1 January 1935.

 

This officer has carried out the duties of Overseas Wing Commander and later of Domestic Wing Commander on the staff of No.9 (Transport) Group.  The former entailed the control of transport squadrons employed on the Armed Forces mail service, Army supplies to the European continent and the Middle East.  In addition, Wing Commander Galloway has been largely responsible for the original planning and operation of the Royal Canadian Air Force air supply to Exercise "Muck Ox", which, to date, has been a most successful operation.  The above duties have required untiring effort and devotion to duty well above a normal requirement.  He has most cheerfully accepted long hours and heavy responsibilities, showing a loyalty to the service that has been inspiring to all who have worked with him.

 

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GALLOWAY, P/O Ian MacBean (J85386) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.428 Squadron - Award effective 1 December 1944 as per London Gazette dated 12 December 1944 and AFRO 337/45 dated 23 February 1945.  Born 1915 Toronto, Ontario.  Enlisted 6 July 1942 Toronto.  Trained at No.3 BGS (graduated 11 June 1943).  No citation other than "..in recognition of gallantry and devotion to duty in the execution of air operations against the enemy." DHist file 181.009 D.3260 (RG.24 Vol.20637) has recommendation dated 12 September 1944 when he had flown 39 sorties (233 hours 35 minutes).  These included six trips with No.428 (18 November 1943 to 6 January 1944), three with No.405 (27 January, 28 January and 15 February 1944) and a further 30 sorties with No.428 (13 March to 6 September 1944).

 

As air gunner, Pilot Officer Galloway has taken part in thirty-nine sorties, including four attacks on Berlin and raids on Ludwigshaven, Frankfurt, Stuttgart, Emden, and various French targets, and Gardening on these sorties.  Pilot Officer Galloway has demonstrated great coolness, determination and efficiency.  On the ground he has shown a keen desire to serve and as Deputy Gunnery Leader, has shown great initiative and administrative ability furthering the interests of the section and the squadron as a whole.

 

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GALLOWAY, Sergeant Joseph Edgar (R64480) - Distinguished Flying Medal - No.408 Squadron - Award effective 26 December 1942 as per London Gazette dated 29 December 1942 and AFRO 232/43 dated 12 February 1943.  Born 1915 Milton, Ontario.  Enlisted 22 July 1940.  Trained at No.2 ITS (graduated 13 October 1940), No.2 WS (graduated 14 February 1941), and No.4 BGS (graduated 16 March 1941).

 

Sergeant Galloway has taken part in attacks on Rostock, Cologne, Kiel, Manheim, Bremen, Duisberg, and Saarbrucken.  He has also been engaged on many mining operations.  He is one of the most outstanding wireless operator/air gunners in his squadron and has always performed his duty with conspicuous skill.  His high standard of efficiency and devotion to duty have contributed much to the successes achieved.

 

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GALVIN, F/O John William (J22864) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.424 Squadron - Award effective 4 November 1944 as per London Gazette dated 14 November 1944 and AFRO 239/45 dated 9 February 1945.  Enlisted 5 March 1942.  Trained at No.1 ITS (graduated 25 September 1942), No.1 BGS (graduated 20 November 1942) and No.8 AOS (graduated 8 January 1943.  No citation other than "completed...numerous operations against the enemy in the course of which [he has] invariably displayed the utmost fortitude, courage and devotion to duty."  DHist file 181.009 D.2609 (RG.24 Vol.20627) has recommendation by S/L J.A. Westland dated 15 August 1944 when he had flown 32 sorties (202 hours 40 minutes) between 29 July 1943 and 4 August 1944.

 

Flying Officer Galvin has completed over thirty sorties over enemy and enemy occupied territory.  Many of the German targets bombed were the most heavily defended: Hamburg, Mannheim (2), Berlin (3), Peenemunde, Dusseldorf and Stuttgart, besides many others and also mining operations which called for the greatest precision bombing.

 

This officer has proven himself to be one of the most efficient Air Bombers and his precision work has contributed largely to the success of the whole squadron.  Co-operative to a degree he has been of great assistance in coaching new crew members in the intricacies of their jobs.

 

For this outstanding contribution both in the air and on the ground, I sincerely feel he is deserving of high commendation...

 

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GAMBLE, F/O Donald Gordon (C18096) - Mention in Despatches - No.433 Squadron (AFRO gives unit as No.62 Base) - Award effective 1 January 1945 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 379/45 dated 2 March 1945. DHist file 181.009 D.2908 (RG.24 Vol.20633) has recommendation sent to Station Skipton, 20 July 1944.  Enlisted 1 August 1941 in Saskatoon.  Had served eleven months in Canada, two years overseas.  Technical (Signals).

 

This officer was one of the early arrivals at the squadron and was placed in charge of the squadron Radar Section.  By his hard work, exceptional leadership, and ability to draw the best efforts from his Section, he has been responsible for the high radar serviceability of our aircraft at all times.  The fine record of achievement displayed by this squadron is due in no small way to the untiring efforts and fine example shown by this officer.

 

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GAMBLE, S/L William Alastair (C7190) - Member, Order of the British Empire - Station Dartmouth - Award effective 13 June 1946 as per Canada Gazette of that date and AFRO 660/46 dated 5 July 1946.  Enlisted in Edmonton, 19 June 1940.  Remained in postwar RCAF and retired in 1964 as a Group Captain with CD.  Became first treasurer of Northwest Territories government in Yellowknife, executive director of Inuit Tapirisat, prominent in numerous welfare agencies (United Way, Canadian Council on Social Development, Canadian Association for Mentally Retarded, Seniors' Employment Bureau, Federation of Ontario Hiking Trails).  Voted Ottawa Citizen of the Year (1988).  Member, Order of Canada, 17 November 1988.  Died in Ottawa, 28 September 1993.  Extensive obituary in Citizen, September 30th, 1993.

 

This officer has worked very hard since taking over command of the Accounts Section and has displayed more than average ability in the execution of his duties.  His loyalty and devotion to duty has produced many hours of overtime work which has resulted in an excellent report for this station on the recently completed seventh service audit.  His sympathetic handling of his staff has produced maximum effort during a very trying period.

 

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GANDERTON, F/L Vaughan Francis (J10133) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.427 Squadron - Award effective 1 July 1943 as per London Gazette dated 23 July 1943 and AFRO 1724/43 dated 27 August 1943.  Born in Haeth, Alberta, 26 October 1914.  Educated at Wainwright, Alberta.  Home in Blackfoot, Alberta (UGG grain buyer).  Enlisted 4 June 1941 in Edmonton.  Trained at No.4 ITS (graduated 29 August 1941), No.5 EFTS (graduated 24 October 1941 and No.10 SFTS (graduated 16 January 1942.  Staff pilot at No.2 WS, Calgary, 19 April to 21 August 1942.  With No.427 Squadron (Flight Commander),  21 January 1943 to 6 December 1943).  Staff Officer, No.6 Group Headquarters (Operations Controller), December 1943 to August 1944.  Commanding Officer, No.427 Squadron, 28 September 1944 to 31 May 1945.  Chief Instructor at No.2 Aircrew Conditioning Unit, Brandon, August to September 1945.  No.4 Repair Depot, Scoudouc, December 1945 to March 1946.  Staff Officer with Eastern Air Command, March to June 1946.  Commanded Air Cadet Camp, Paulson, Manitoba, June to September 1946.  OC Training Wing, No.1 MD, Trenton, September 1946 to May 1947; Chief Administrative Officer, CJATC, Rivers, April 1947 to June 1948.

 

One night in June 1943, this officer piloted an aircraft detailed to attack a target in the Ruhr.  During the operation the bomber was severely damaged by gunfire when attacked by an enemy fighter.  Although the entire rudder control was shot away, Flight Lieutenant Ganderton, displaying superb skill, succeeded in flying the damaged bomber back to this country.  In the face of a perilous situation, this officer displayed commendable courage and determination.

 

GANDERTON, W/C Vaughan Francis, DFC (J10133) - Distinguished Service Order - No.427 Squadron - Award effective 8 September 1945 as per London Gazette of 21 September 1945 and AFRO 1704/45 dated 9 November 1945.

 

Wing Commander Ganderton has proved himself to be a most resourceful and skilful pilot who has successfully completed many hazardous attacks on highly defended targets in enemy territory.  During an attack on Julich in November 1944, one engine of his aircraft became unserviceable before crossing the French coast, but despite this handicap he continued his mission and pressed home the attack successfully.  On other occasions Wing Commander Ganderton has completed dangerous missions on three engines.  His aircraft has been damaged by anti-aircraft fire on several sorties but he has always succeeded in returning safely to base.  He has led his squadron with distinction during his second tour of operations and his fine example in the face of the enemy has been an inspiration to all serving under him.

 

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GANDIER, Sergeant (now P/O) Donald Towle (R191153/J87779) - Mention in Despatches - No.424 Squadron - Award effective 1 January 1945 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 425/45 dated 9 March 1945.  Enlisted at Fort William, 9 October 1942.

 

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GANLEY, F/O Clinton Jerome (J87383) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.427 Squadron - Award effective 6 January 1945 as per London Gazette dated 16 January 1945 and AFRO 508/45 dated 23 March 1945.  Trained at No.2 ITS, No.19 EFTS and No.17 SFTS.  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.1729 (RG.24 Vol.20607) has recommendation dated 14 October 1944 when he had flown 29 sorties (148 hours 55 minutes), 18 July to 4 October 1944.

 

This captain has completed twenty-nine operational attacks against the enemy of which ten have been on major targets.  This captain's work in general has been outstanding.  He sets his mind on the task in hand, fearlessly and with a fine offensive spirit, setting a magnificent example to his crew.

 

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GANONG, LAC Earl Raymond (R75278) - Mention in Despatches - Overseas - Award effective 8 June 1944 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 1729/44 dated 11 August 1944.  Enlisted in Saskatoon, 9 November 1940. No citation in AFRO.

 

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GARBUTT, F/L David Austin (J7527) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.7 Squadron - Award effective 3 February 1943 as per London Gazette dated 9 February 1943 and AFRO 373/43 dated 5 March 1943.  Born at Marysville, British Columbia, 30 August 1911; enlisted 28 January 1941. Trained at No.5 BGS (graduated 5 September 1941) and No.2 WS (graduated 17 August 1941).  NOTE: AFRO gave No.1 WS but card in DHist file said No.2 WS).

 

Throughout his operational career Flight Lieutenant Garbutt has displayed fine qualities as an air bomber.  He has consistently guided his pilot over the target and by his determination and resource has been largely responsible for pressing home the attack to a successful conclusion.  This officer's outstanding coolness and courage in action has been an inspiration to other crews.

 

NOTE: Public Records Office Air 2/8934 has recommendation by W/C O.R. Donaldson dated 22 December 1942 when he had flown 29 sorties (164 hours 22 minutes) as listed below; sorties from 17 August 1942 onwards were as a member of the Pathfinder Force:

 

26 June 42   Bremen                                           4 Sept 42             Bremen

8 July 42       GARDENING, Frisian Islands      14 Sept 42           Wilhelmshavem

8 July 42       Wilhelmshaven                              19 Sept 42           Munich

21 July 42     Duisburg                                         2 Oct 42               Krefeld

24 July 42     Duisburg                                         7 Oct 42               Osnabruck

26 July 42     Hamburg                                        15 Oct 42             Cologne

28 July 42     Hamburg                                        24 Oct 42             Milan

29 July 42     Saarbrucken                                  7 Nov 42              Genoa

1 Aug 42      Dusseldorf                                      9 Nov 42              Hamburg

9 Aug 42      Osnabruck                                      13 Nov 42            Genoa

10 Aug 42    GARDENING, near Sweden        20 Nov 42            Turin

13 Aug 42    GARDENING, near Sweden        6 Dec 42              Mannheim

17 Aug 42    Osnabruck                                      8 Dec 42              Turin

24 Aug 42    Frankfurt                                         11 Dec 42            Turin

1 Sept 42     Saarbrucken

 

This officer has completed 29 operational sorties as a Wireless Operator/Air Gunner and Air Bomber. During 17 of these he has been engaged on Pathfinder Force duties. He has always carried out his duties in a most exemplary manner. He has consistently guided his pilot over the target and has taken great care to bomb the exact aiming point even in the face of heavy opposition.  His coolness and courage in action have been most outstanding and an inspiration to other crews.

 

To the above, G/C Bennett adds (30 December 1942):

 

This officer has throughout his operational career displayed those qualities most essential for an Air Bomber. By his determination, resource and courage, he has, whenever possible, been largely responsible for pressing home the attack to a successful conclusion.

 

In recognition of the excellent services he has rendered and is still rendering, I have no hesitation in recommending him for the non-immediate award of the Distinguished Flying Cross.

 

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GARDEN, F/O Harold Jerome (J90056) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.12 Squadron - Award effective 12 November 1945 as per London Gazette dated 16 November 1945 and AFRO 133/46 dated 8 February 1946.  Born in Dartmouth, Nova Scotia, 1923.  Boiler maker.  Enlisted in Halifax, 16 October 1942.  Trained at No.5 ITS (graduated 10 July 1943), No.7 EFTS (graduated 4 September 1943) and No.5 SFTS (graduated 11 February 1944).  No citation other than "completed...numerous operations against the enemy in the course of which [he has] invariably displayed the utmost fortitude, courage and devotion to duty."  Public Records Office Air 2/9137 has recommendation dated 10 May 1945 when he had flown 33 sorties (219 hours 45 minutes), 4 December 1944 to 2 May 1945:

 

4 Dec 44           Karlsruhe                      12 Mar 45      Dortmund

28 Dec 44        Bonn                             15 Mar 45      Misburg

29 Dec 44        Scholven-Buer             16 Mar 45      Nuremburg

31 Dec 44        Osterfeld                      18 Mar 45      Hanau

2 Jan 45            Nuremburg                   21 Mar 45      Bruchstrasse

4 Jan 45            Royan                           27 Mar 45      Paderborn

7 Jan 45            Munich                          9 Apr 45         Kiel

14 Jan 45         Merseberg                   10 Apr 45       Plauen

1 Feb 45           Ludwigshaven             14 Apr 45       Potsdam

2 Feb 45           Wiesbaden                  18 Apr 45       Heligoland

20 Feb 45         Dortmund                     22 Apr 45       Bremen

21 Feb 45         Duisburg                      25 Apr 45       Berchtesgaden

23 Feb 45         Pforzheim                     28 Apr 45       EXODUS

2 Mar 45           Cologne                       30 Apr 45       EXODUS, Yprenburg

5 Mar 45           Chemnitz                      1 May 45        MANNA, Valkenburg

8 Mar 45           Kassel                          2 May 45        MANNA, Valkenburg

11 Mar 45         Essen

 

Flying Officer Garden, a Canadian, has completed his first tour of operations as pilot and captain of a heavy bomber aircraft. He has achieved a large measure of success in many raids on targets in Germany such as Karlsruhe, Nuremburg, Merseburg, Kiel, Potsdam, Bremen and targets in the Ruhr.

 

He has done all his flights with quiet efficiency and proved himself an exceptional captain and leader. He has instilled the utmost confidence in his crew and has always pressed home his attacks skilfully, frequently in the face of fierce opposition.

 

His outstanding courage and devotion to duty have been a shining example to less experienced crews, and I feel that the award of the Distinguished Flying Cross to this Canadian officer is fully deserved.

 

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GARDINER, F/L George William (J9557) - Commended for Valuable Services - No.1 CNS - Award effective 1 January 1946 as per Canada Gazette of that date and AFRO 82/46 dated 25 January 1946.  Home in Petrolia, Ontario.  Enlisted in London, Ontario, 28 August 1941.  Trained at No.3 ITS (graduated 20 August 1941), No.11 EFTS (graduated 10 October 1941), and No.8 SFTS (graduated 17 January 1942).

This officer has held the post of Flight Commander for several months.  He has consistently proved himself to be a most efficient and trustworthy officer.  His efficiency and devotion make him invaluable to the service and his work as a staff pilot is exceptional and has been an inspiration to the personnel under his command.

 

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GARDINER, P/O Glen Powell (J15252) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.35 Squadron - Award effective 26 May 1942 as per London Gazette dated 29 May 1942 and AFRO 880-881/42 dated 12 June 1942.  Born in Merlin, Ontario, 1920; home there.  Trained at No.1 ITS and No.3 EFTS.  Graduated from No.6 SFTS, 22 April 1941.  POW, 7 May 1942.

 

Pilot Officer Gardiner was captain of an aircraft detailed to attack the German Naval Base at Trondheim on two nights in April 1942.  These flights each involved many hours' flying time over the North Sea and mountainous country of Norway.  Despite intense opposition, Pilot Officer Gardiner pressed home his attacks and returned to base safely.  He has displayed outstanding airmanship, courage and devotion to duty which have been an inspiration to other members of the squadron.

 

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GARDINER, F/O Lawrence Edwin (J16220) - Mention in Despatches - No.413 Squadron - Award effective 14 January 1944 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 874/44 dated 21 April 1944.  Home in Woodsrock, Ontario; enlisted in London, 17 December 1940.  Trained at No.1 ITS (graduated 16 May 1941), No.19 EFTS (graduated 15 July 1941) and No.12 SFTS (graduated 23 September 1941).  DHist file 181.009 D.1751 (PAC RG.24 Vol.20608) has recommendation dated 30 December 1942:

 

Pilot Officer Gardiner was second pilot on aircraft "K" which took part in an offensive reconnaissance on 20th December 1942.  He is a cool and efficient pilot and now has 337 operational hours with his squadron.  He was with Squadron Leader Randall when aircraft AH549 of 413 Squadron was attacked on 3rd August 1942 by two Fulmars in the Bay of Bengal.  The Flight Engineer was killed, two of the crew were wounded; the rudder cables were shot away, ailerons control damaged and the petrol and oil tanks badly holed.  On this occasion Pilot Officer Gardiner remained efficient with no tendency to panic, removing the dead Flight Engineer, tending the wounded and preparing for the eventuality of a forced landing.

 

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GARDINER, WO Llewellyn Hugh Cloverdale (R67228) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.420 Squadron - Award effective 12 April 1943 as per London Gazette dated 20 April 1943 and AFRO 985/43 dated 28 May 1943.  Born in Kingston, Ontario, 1917; home there (book keeper).  Enlisted in Kingston, 15 October 1940.  Trained at No.2 ITS (graduated 27 November 1940), No.3 EFTS (left at unknown date), No.1 BGS (graduated 4 August 1941), No.1 AOS (graduated 22 June 1941), and No.1 CNS.  DHist card adds Air Navigation School (graduated 1 September 1941).

 

Warrant Officer Gardiner is a most skilful navigator, who has attacked a wide variety of targets including Hamburg, Rostock, Cologne and Duisburg.  He has also participated in sorties to Turin and Lorient.  On several occasions he attacked the target and flew his aircraft back to base despite the most adverse weather.  He has set a high standard of navigational skill and devotion to duty.

 

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GARDINER, F/L Raymond Arthur (J15548) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.405 Squadron - Award effective 1 September 1943 as per London Gazette dated 10 September 1943 and AFRO 2138/43 dated 22 October 1943.  Born at Ingersol, Ontario, 1918; home in Elmwood, Ontario. Enlisted in Hamilton, 21 August 1940.  Trained at No.4 BGS (graduated 10 April 1941) and No.2 WS (graduated 17 March 1941).

 

Since July 1942, Flight Lieutenant Gardiner has been signals leader of his squadron.  He has participated in many operational sorties against some of the most heavily defended targets in Germany including Bremen, Essen and Duisburg.  Throughout his operational career he has displayed high courage and devotion to duty.

 

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GARDINER, F/L William Alexander (J17445) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.427 Squadron - Award effective 5 July 1945 as per London Gazette dated 17 July 1945 and AFRO 1558/45 dated 5 October 1945.  Born 1919 in Sydney Mines, Nova Scotia; home there (miner and former member of the Royal Canadian Artillery).  Enlisted in Halifax, 6 January 1941.  Trained at No.1 ITS (graduated 14 July 1941), No.1 AOS (graduated 12 October 1941), No.1 BGS (graduated 22 November 1941) and ANS (graduated 22 December 1941).  Commissioned 1943.  No citation other than "in recognition of gallantry and devotion to duty in the execution of air operations against the enemy".  DHist file 181.009 D.1729 (PAC RG.24 Vol.20607) has recommendation by W/C V.F. Ganderton dated 19 March 1945 when he had flown 42 sorties (281 hours 25 minutes).  First tour had been 11 August 1942 (Le Havre) to 13 May 1943; it had included three trips to Turin (18 and 20 November 1942 and 11 December 1942);  second tour began 27 December 1944 (St.Vith).

 

This Bomb Aimer has completed forty-two operational bombing attacks against the enemy, fifteen of these on his second tour.  On all his sorties Flight Lieutenant Gardiner has proved himself to be an outstanding Bomb Aimer, bringing back photographs of an excellent calibre.  He possesses coolness and displays exceptional fearlessness in the face of danger, and by his courage, skill and determination in action has been an inspiration to his crew.

 

At all times Flight Lieutenant Gardiner has been an example of cheerful courage, unselfishness and sacrifice and in view of his splendid record I most highly recommend that he be awarded a non-immediate Distinguished Flying Cross.

 

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GARDINER, S/L William George (J8137) - Mention in Despatches - Overseas - Award effective 14 June 1945 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 1395/45 dated 31 August 1945.  Enlisted in Vancouver, 10 January 1941.  Trained at No.2 ITS (graduated 11 April 1941), No.2 EFTS (graduated 28 May 1941) and No.11 SFTS (graduated 11 October 1941).

 

GARDINER, S/L William George (J8137) - Croix de Guerre (France) - No.190 Squadron (AFRO gives unit only as "Overseas") - Awarded as per AFRO 1619/45 dated 19 October 1945. Public Records Office Air 2/9645 has citation.

 

As pilot of aircraft, Flying Officer Blake participated in a number of special supply missions to the Maquis both before and after the invasion of Normandy.  These operations, many of which were completed during adverse weather, required a high degree of skill and accuracy.  On one occasion his aircraft sustained much damage by anti-aircraft fire; in addition Flying Officer Blake and his navigator were wounded.  Displaying courage and skilful airmanship, Flying Officer Blake brought the aircraft back to base and accomplished a masterly landingg.  On the night of 5th June, 1944, Flying Officer Blake towed a glider aircraft to Normandy successfully.  The following day, despite intense enemy opposition, he succeeded in releasing another glider over the landing zone.

 

 

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GARDNER, W/C (acting G/C) Edward Robertson (C386) - Air Force Cross - RCAF Station Moncton - Award effective 21 April 1945 as per London Gazette dated 24 April 1945 and AFRO 802/45 dated 11 May 1945. Rifleman, Royal Winnipeg Rifles, 9 December 1929 to 31 May 1933.  Enlisted in RCAF in Winnipeg, 14 June 1933 (Auxiliary); attended many summer camps and qualified for pilot's badge, 27 April 1936. Governor General's Records (RG.7 Group 26, Vol.58, file 190-I, dossier 6) has citation.  When recommended he had flown 1,323 hours.

 

This officer, over a long period of time, has proved himself to be a most enthusiastic and capable pilot.  By his tenacity, ability and devotion to duty he has made an outstanding contribution to flying both in transportation and in co-operation with the Navy and Army.  Through his skill and efforts the organization for the safety of flying in Eastern Air Command has been greatly improved.

 

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GARDNER, F/L Ernest Hugh (J12968) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.427 Squadron - Award effective 30 October 1945 as per London Gazette dated 6 November 1945 and AFRO 155/46 dated 15 February 1946.  Born in Saskatoon, 1920; home there (clerk).  Educated at University of Saskatchewan; formerly COTC.  Enlisted in Saskatoon, 11 March 1941. Trained at No.2 ITS (graduated 8 September 1941), No.14 EFTS (graduated 7 November 1941), No.4 AOS (graduated 25 April 1942), No.4 BGS (graduated 6 June 1942) and No.1 CNS (graduated 20 July 1942).  Commissioned July 1942.  No citation other than "completed...numerous operations against the enemy in the course of which [he has] displayed the utmost fortitude, courage and devotion to duty."  DHist file 181.009 D.2610 (RG.24 Vol.20627) has recommendation dated 22 May 1945.  He had flown 44 sorties (275 hours); his first tour (No.424 Squadron) had been 31 sorties (190 hours); second tour was from 14 March to 10 May 1945 including three sorties on "Exodus" (8-9-10 May 1945).

 

Flight Lieutenant Gardner has successfully completed one tour of operations and has done thirteen sorties on his second.  He has repeatedly shown that he possesses a high degree of technical skill, a dogged determination, and the courage to produce the best results regardless of opposition.  His work on the ground has been outstanding.  Through his efforts he has produced a smooth working crew which is an asset to this Squadron.  For his consistent outstanding work throughout a prolonged period, I recommend he be awarded a non-immediate Distinguished Flying Cross.

 

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GARDNER, F/L Harold Alexander (J14036) - Air Force Cross - No.11 Squadron (Canada) - Award effective 23 February 1946 as per London Gazette dated 5 February 1946 and AFRO 280/46 dated 15 March 1946.  Enlisted in Vancouver, 11 September 1940. Trained at No.1 ITS (graduated 21 December 1940), No.14 EFTS (graduated 9 February 1941), and No.4 SFTS (graduated 9 June 1941).

 

This officer has completed nearly two tours of operations on arduous sorties while engaged in anti-submarine operations.  His competence as a pilot and captain have inspired the complete confidence and admiration of every member of every air crew with whom he has been associated.  His willingness to accept responsibility, attention to minute detail and unwavering devotion to duty are among his many attributes.  Despite his reputation of being a hard taskmaster and an exacting crew captain, there has always been a waiting list for membership to his crew.  His superiors have found in him a valuable right-hand man, an excellent example as an officer and a co-operative, helpful assistant.

 

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GARDNER-MEDWIN, F/L Alec George (J11245) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.424 Squadron - Award effective 1 September 1944 as per London Gazette dated 15 September 1944 and AFRO 2373/44 dated 3 November 1944.  Born in Liverpool, England, 1910; home in Coulson, Surrey.  Enlisted in Toronto, 4 June 1941.  Trained at No.1 ITS (graduated 25 September 1941), No.1 AOS (graduated 1 February 1942), No.1 BGS (graduated 14 March 1942) and No.2 ANS (graduated 13 April 1942).  Commissioned in 1942.

 

Throughout his tour of operational duty this officer has set an outstanding example to every member of his squadron.  As squadron bombing leader his efficiency has been exceptional and his high courage and keenness have been largely responsible for the good work accomplished by the bomb airmen of the squadron.

 

NOTE: Public Records Office Air 2/9276 has recommendation dated 3 June 1944 when he had flown 27 sorties (173 hours); sortie list and original text as follows:

 

15 Jan 43       Lorient (7.55)                              20 July 43       Naples (5.46)

26 Jan 43       Lorient (7.37)                              23 July 43       San Giovanni (5.15)

29 Jan 43       Lorient (8.10)                              5 Aug 43         Messina (6.20)

3 Feb 43        Hamburg (3.40)                          11 Aug 43       Messina (5.30)

7 Feb 43        Daylight recce (5.35)                  17 Aug 43       Cape Suvero (5.47)

11 Feb 43      GARDENING (4.34)                   20 Aug 43       Villa Lierno (5.45)

4 Apr 44         Kiel (6.30)                                    24 Aug 43       Torre Annunziata (5.40) 

15 Apr 43       GARDENING, Brest (6.56)        27 Aug 43       Salerno (5.45)

2-22 June 43 Dalton-Pavillier (transit               1 Sept 43        Aversa (5.55)

from United Kingdom, 16.35)    2 Sept 43        Cagliari (5.45)

3 July 43         Trepani (3.48)                             4 Sept 43        Grazzanise (6.20)

9 July 43         Cataglironi (4.14)                       8 Sept 43        Battipaglia (7.00)

11 July 43       Monte Corvina (5.45)                 10 Sept 43     Formio (7.05)

14 July 43       Naples (6.02)                              12 Sept 43     Castelnuova (7.05)

 

Can J.11245 Flight Lieutenant A.G. Gardner-Medwin, RCAF Bomb Aimer, has completed 27 sorties, many of which were carried out over the most heavily defended targets in Germany and Italy.

 

Flight Lieutenant Medwin as Bombing Leader of this squadron set an outstanding example to every member of his section. Many of his sorties were carried out with inexperienced crews, filling in at the last minute the position of an unfit Bomb Aimer. Flight Lieutenant Medwin ran his Section with the greatest efficiency and his high courage and keenness were mainly responsible for the good work done by the Bomb Aimers of this squadron.  I consider Flight Lieutenant Medwin fully deserves the award (non-immediate) of the Distinguished Flying Cross.

 

GARDNER-MEDWIN, F/L Alec George, DFC (J11245) - Mention in Despatches - No.22 OTU - Award effective 1 January 1945 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 379/45 dated 2 March 1945.

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GAREN, Sergeant John Rennie (R90587) - Mention in Despatches - No.62 Base - Award effective 1 January 1945 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 425/45 dated 9 March 1945.  Enlisted in North Bay, 19 March 1941.  Left Canada 8 January 1942; arrived in UK 21 January 1942.  Served in North Africa, 27 May to 26 October 1943.  No citation in AFRO. Recommended for MiD, 22 July 1944, when he was an Instrument Repairman with No.9425 Servicing Echelon.  Recommendation read as follows:

 

The exemplary manner in which this NCO has carried out his duties both in this country and during the African Campaign has been an outstanding example to those with whom he has been employed.  Without thought of personal gain, Sergeant Garen has worked many long hours and given his best in the interests of the Service.  He is a superior tradesman and exceptionally tactful in handling men.

 

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GARGETT, P/O Edward (C18867) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.429 Squadron - Award effective 19 June 1944 as per London Gazette dated 27 June 1944 and AFRO 1861/44 dated 25 August 1944.  Born in Medicine Hat, Alberta, 1913; home ther;  enlisted in London, England, 30 January 1942.  Commissioned 1943.  No citation other than "completed...many successful operations against the enemy in which [he has] displayed high skill, fortitude and devotion to duty."  DHist file 181.009 D.5524 (RG.24 Vol.20667) has recommendation dated 20 April 1944 when he had flown 29 sorties (205 hours ten minutes), 13 July 1943 to 22 March 1944.

 

This navigator has carried out twenty-nine attacks on the heavily defended targets in Germany such as Berlin, Hamburg, Essen and Hanover.  His brilliant navigation and enthusiasm for his work have contributed greatly to the success of these sorties and have been an inspiration to the other members of his crew.  It is considered that this officer's fine offensive spirit and devotion to duty fully merit the award of the Distinguished Flying Cross.

 

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GARLAND, F/O John Wilburn (J17155) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.80 Squadron - Award effective 23 February 1945 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 563/45 dated 29 March 1945.  Born in Carleton Place, Goulburn Township, Ontario; home in Richmond, Ontario.  Enlisted in Ottawa, 17 December 1940; trained at No.3 ITS (graduated 9 June 1941), No.14 EFTS (graduated 27 July 1941) and No.9 SFTS (graduated 24 October 1941 with the rank of Sergeant);  promoted to Flight Sergeant, 24 April 1942; promoted to Warrant Officer, 24 October 1942; commissioned as a Pilot Officer, 11 January 1943; promoted to Flying Officer, 12 July 1943; promoted to Flight Lieutenant, 11 January 1945.  Arrived overseas on 31 March 1942; posted to Middle East Command, 8 May 1942 and to No.243 Wing on 1 July 1942; to No.244 Wing, 26 July 1942.  Reported sick, 19 December 1942; to No.80 Squadron, 6 January 1943; to No.127 Squadron, 11 August 1943; returned to No.80 Squadron on 19 August 1943, remaining with that unit until 22 January 1945 (squadron returned to Britain on 10 April 1944).  Posted to No.3 Squadron, 23 January 1945; reported missing, 8 February 1945; reported safe in United Kingdom, 26 April 1945.  Repatriated to Canada, 22 July 1945 and released on 3 October 1945, having flown two tours; Bar to Operational; Wings mailed to Richmond, 22 November 1945.  Credited with the following aerial victories: 3 December 1944, one Me.262 destroyed; 27 December 1944, one FW.190 destroyed; 1 January 1945, two FW.190s destroyed; 23 January 1945, one Ju.88 destroyed (shared with another pilot). Rejoined the RCAF in 1950 as a Flying Officer; promoted to Flight Lieutenant on 1 January 1953 and Squadron Leader on 1 January 1959; obtained Masters Degree in Aeronautical Engineering at USAF University, June 1963.  Photo PL-48152 shows him with his wife and father after investiture; PL-111514 is a portrait dated 12 January 1959.

 

This officer has completed a very large number of sorties, involving attacks on enemy targets in various battle areas.  During these operations he has effectively attacked shipping, many mechanical vehicles and a number of locomotives and wagons; his successes also include the destruction of four enemy aircraft.  Flying Officer Garland has proved himself to be a highly skilled, courageous and resolute fighter.

 

NOTE: No.80 Squadron initially flew Hurricanes.  His first sortie was a scramble on 22 August 1942 and his second a scramble on 23 August 1942.  His 12th sortie (24 October 1942) was escort to tank-busting aircraft.  On 14 August 1943 he flew his last Hurricane sortie (and his 81st operational flight), an ASR mission.  On 23 August 1943, having converted to Spitfires, he flew his first Spitfire trip (a scramble).  His first tour concluded on 22 March 1944 with his 145th sortie, by which time he had flown 218 hours 20 minutes on operations.  His second tour commenced on 16 August 1944 (escort mission).  The next day he went to West Malling and converted to Tempests.  On 13 and 14 September 1944, flying Tempests, he attacked V-2 sites.  He flew 66 Tempest sortues until he was shot down by flak on 8 February 1945 and taken prisoner.

 

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GARLAND, P/O Stewart Foster (J16208) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.40 Squadron - Award effective 24 September 1943 as per London Gazette dated 15 October 1943 and AFRO 2386/43 dated 19 November 1943.  Born in Ottawa, 1918; home there' enlisted 22 October 1941.  Trained at No.1 ITS (graduated 25 September 1941), No.20 EFTS (graduated 6 December 1941) and No.16 SFTS (graduated 27 Mach 1942).

 

This officer is an extremely keen and efficient captain who has earned many successes.  One night in July 1943 he executed a most successful attack on the marshalling yards at Reggio di Calabria, although his aircraft was hit by anti-aircraft fire during the bombing run.  Pilot Officer Garland pressed home his attack starting many fires.  He also secured an excellent photograph.  His high morale and fine record have set an excellent example.

 

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GARNEAU, F/O Joseph Francois Rosaire (J26358) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.425 Squadron - Award effective 6 January 1945 as per London Gazette dated 16 January 1945 and AFRO 508/45 dated 23 March 1945.  Born in Montreal, 1916, home there (clerk and accountant). Trained at No.3 ITS and No.7 AOS.  Commissioned 1943. No citation other than "completed...numerous operations against the enemy in the course of which [he has] invariably displayed the utmost fortitude, courage and devotion to duty."  DHist file 181.009 D.1730 (PAC RG.24 Vol.20607) has recommendation dated 11 October 1944 when he had flown 35 sorties (165 hours 15 minutes):

 

A navigator of a Halifax bomber, Flying Officer Garneau has recently completed a tour of operations over the heavily defended targets of Wesseling, Hamburg, Kiel, Stuttgart, Wahne Eickel and Osnabruck.

 

Throughout his tour, Flying Officer Garneau has displayed exceptional navigational talent.  His keenness in operations has resulted in the very fine record set up by his crew in precise timing and accurate bombing.

 

On one trip over Stuttgart in July 1944, this navigator, checking the D.R. Compass on takeoff, found it to be twenty degrees off.  He tried, without success, to synchronize it with the P.4 Compass.  Going over the Channel, the aircraft flew into an electrical storm.  The P.4 was rendered useless.  The storm drove the aircraft off course.  Exhibiting dogged determination and a keen sense of perception, the navigator pin-pointed his way from Lake Constance to base where a successful landing was made.

 

His devotion to duty, his infectious keenness and his outstanding ability as a Navigator are highly commendable...

 

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GARNETT, Sergeant Edgar James (R92884) - Mention in Despatches - No.84 OTU - Award effective 1 January 1945 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 425/45 dated 9 March 1945.

 

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GARRAND, F/O Noel William (C9627) - Member, Order of the British Empire - Western Air Command Marine Squadron - Award effective 1 January 1946 as per Canada Gazette of that date and AFRO 82/46 dated 25 January 1946.  Enlisted in Vancouver, 5 January 1942.

 

This officer has been Master of Supply and Salvage Vessels operating in the service in Pacific coastal waters continuously since early 1942.  During this time he has carried out his duties of supplying outlying detachments in a courageous and highly efficient manner.  One night, while Master of a craft which was towing two scows from Vancouver to Union Bay, his vessel was overtaken by a violent storm and high seas which caused the second of the two scows to break adrift.  Flying Officer Garrand displayed outstanding seamanship and high courage in an attempt to salvage this scow, only giving up after some hours when the scow had drifted ashore and his ship was in imminent danger of being wrecked.  His courage, resourcefulness and fine seamanship throughout his service career have won the high regard of all and have set a fine example for others to follow.

 

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GARRATT, F/L Frederick John Shillitoe (C6527) - Member, Order of the British Empire - No.39 SFTS - Award effective 28 May 1943 as per London Gazette dated 28 May 1943 and AFRO 1459/43 dated 30 July 1943.  Enlisted in Winnipeg, 19 February 1940.

 

Flight Lieutenant Garratt has held the appointment of Works and Building Engineer at this school for the past fifteen months.  He has displayed outstanding ingenuity and efficiency in the maintenance of the buildings and aerodrome, often under very adverse conditions, and has at all times shown exceptional devotion to duty.  As the senior Royal Canadian Air Force officer on this station, he has been instrumental in the close co-operation and cordial relations between the Royal Air Force and Royal Canadian Air Force personnel, and in no small way has assisted in maintaining high morale in the unit as a whole.

 

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GARRETT, F/O Eric Alonzo (J9779) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.158 Squadron - Award effective 1 September 1943 as per London Gazette dated 10 September 1943 and AFRO 2138/43 dated 22 October 1943.  Born in Montreal, 1913; home there; enlisted 24 February 1941.  Trained at No.3 ITS (graduated 4 August 1941), No.6 BGS (graduated 6 December 1941), No.9 AOS (graduated 24 October 1941) and No.2 ANS (graduated 11 January 1942).

 

A navigator of exceptional ability, Flying Officer Garrett has taken part in many attacks against the most heavily defended enemy targets.  On all occasions he has shown a high standard of cheerful courage, determination and leadership.

 

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GARRETT, F/O Ernest Walter (J16299) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.109 Squadron - Award effective 7 July 1944 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 2052/44 dated 22 September 1944.  Born in Toronto, 1917; home there.  Educated at Earl Haig, Earle Beattie High School, and Eastern High School of Commerce.  Trained at No.2 ITS (graduated 10 March 1941), No.4 AOS (graduated 9 June 1941) and No.1 BGS (graduated 19 July 1941).  Cited with F/L A.C. Carter (RAF pilot).

 

Flight Lieutenant Carter and Flying Officer Garrett were pilot and navigator respectively of an aircraft detailed to attack Leverkusen one night in June 1944. When nearing the target the aircraft was hit by anti-aircraft fire which damaged the port tail plane.  Just afterwards both the port engines were affected when another shell burst underneath the aircraft.  Nevertheless, Flight Lieutenant Carter maintained a steady run and the target was successfully attacked. Almost immediately the aircraft was again hit.  The elevator and aileron controls were severed, measure of control was lost but Flight Lieutenant Carter succeeded in bringing the bomber level and a course was set for home.  Soon after leaving the target one of the damaged engines caught fire and had to be put out of action.  The aircraft gradually lost height but Flight Lieutenant Carter held resolutely to his course and finally reached an airfield.  This officer displayed skill, gallantry and devotion to duty of a high order. Flying Officer Garrett also proved himself to be a valiant and devoted member of aircraft crew.  In the face of most harassing circumstances he navigated his aircraft with unerring skill and also rendered other assistance to his pilot in his endeavours to reach this country.

 

GARRETT, F/L Ernest Walter, DFC (J16299) - Bar to Distinguished Flying Cross - No.109 Squadron - Award effective 4 November 1944 as per London Gazette dated 14 November 1944 and AFRO 239/45 dated 9 February 1945.

 

Throughout many attacks against major enemy targets, Flight Lieutenant Garrett has consistently displayed courage and devotion to duty of a high order.  A zealous and efficient navigator, this officer's keenness to operate against the enemy has set a fine example to all his squadron.

 

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GARRETT, F/O Francis Milton (J29620) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.158 Squadron - Award effective 5 February 1945 as per London Gazette dated 16 February 1945 and AFRO 563/45 dated 29 March 1945. Born 1916 in Huron City, Ontario; home in Elmira, Ontario. Trained at No.1 ITS (graduated 5 March 1943) and No.1 AOS (graduated 20 August 1943).  Commissioned 1943. No citation other than "completed ...numerous operations against the enemy in the course of which [he has] invariably displayed the utmost fortitude, courage and devotion to duty."  Public Records Office Air 2/8831 has recommendation dated 16 November 1944 when he had flown 37 sorties (156 hours 24 minutes), 12 June to 15 October 1944.

 

12 Jun 44       Amiens (3.57)                                    7 Aug 44        TOTALLIZER (4.06)

14 Jun 44       Avrecy (5.17)                                     9 Aug 44        Baie de la Haie        

16 Jun 44       Sterkrade (4.22)                                                        (3.31)

4 July 44         Domleger (3.46)                                11 Aug 44      Ferfay (3.45)

6 July 44         Marquise Mimoyecques                   12 Aug 44      Brunswick (5.23)

(3.02)                                                  14 Aug 44      TRACTABLE (3.48)

7 July 44         Caen (4.15)                                       15 Aug 44      Eindhoven (3.50)

12 Jul 44        Ferme de Forestel                            16 Aug 44      Kiel (4.25)

(4.02)                                                  18 Aug 44      Sterkrade (4.50)

18 Jul 44        Caen (4.25)                                       25 Aug 44      Brest (5.16)

20 Jul 44        Les Catelliers (4.08)                         1 Sept 44       La Pourchinte

20 Jul 44        Ardouval II (3.53)                                                       (3.15)

recalled by Master                            9 Sept 44       La Havre (4.30)

Bomber                                              10 Sep 44      Alvis II (3.28)

24 Jul 44        Stuttgart (8.31)                                  11 Sep 44      Le Havre (4.41)

25 Jul 44        Wanne-Eickel (4.15)                         12 Sep 44      Gelsenkirchen

28 Jul 44        Foret de Nieppe (3.33)                                            (3.56)

30 Jul 44        Battle area (4.23);                             6 Oct 44         Strekrade (4.46)

Recalled by Master                           7 Oct 44         Cleve (4.01)

Bomber                                              9 Oct 44         Bochum (5.06)

2 Aug 44        L'Hey (3.49)                                       14 Oct 44       Duisburg (4.53)

3 Aug 44        Foret de Nieppe (3.03)                    15 Oct 44       Wilhelmshaven

5 Aug 44        Foret de Nieppe (3.01)                                            (3.40)

6 Aug 44        Foret de Nieppe (3.42)

 

Flying Officer Garrett has completed a tour of 37 operational sorties as navigator of Halifax III aircraft with this squadron.  Of these sorties, twelve were to targets in the most heavily defended areas of Germany and included Wilhelmshaven, Duisburg, Bochum, Sterkrade, Gelsenkirchen, Brunswick, Kiel and Stuttgart.  The other 25 were to precision targets in France.

 

It is considered that the successful completion of these attacks upon the enemy was mainly due to the excellent navigation of this officer.  His timing and ability to keep steadily on track were well proved by the logs he returned.

 

Flying Officer Garrett combined courage with efficiency, and on many occasions of extreme danger in the face of enemy attacks his coolness set an example which inspired the crew.

 

It is recommended that this officer's excellent work and consistent courage throughout a hazardous tour of operations be recognized by the award of the Distinguished Flying Cross.

 

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GARTON, P/O William Maris (J15220) - Mention in Despatches - No.407 Squadron - Award effective 1 January 1943 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 232/43 dated 12 February 1943.  Enlisted in Winnipeg, 9 September 1940.  Trained at No.2 Wireless School.  Awarded Queen's Coronation Medal, 23 October 1953 while on strength of Station London. No citation in AFRO.  DHist file 181.009 D.2620 (RG.24 Vol.20628) has recommendation for a DFC dated 10 May 1942.  Other notes on the same file indicate that the attack on a U-boat was on 26 August 1941 when "a large oil spot followed by pieces of debris" were seen.  He was present at a dive-bombing attack on a 5,000 ton motor vessel in Aalesund Harbour (29 October 1941) and an attack on a 3,000 ton vessel near Vaaro (20 December 1941).  Died in Ottawa, 20 October 1996; obituary notice stated he had been President, Pharmeceutical Manufactiers Association of Canada and veteran of Noth No.220 and 407 Squadron.

 

This officer was the rear gunner in the leading aircraft of twelve Hudson aircraft which successfully attacked a convoy off the enemy coast in the evening of the 7th of May 1942.  During and after the attack the aircraft was heavily engaged by flak fire from the merchant vessels and from accompanying flak ships.  Pilot Officer Garton engaged these vessels in gun fire from the rear turret and effectively silenced the guns of the nearest flak ship from which the greatest amount of fire was directed at the aircraft.

 

Two days previously Pilot Officer Garton was acting as the Wireless Operator of an aircraft which located and bombed a convoy in the early morning of the 5th of May 1942.  In this instance he was directly instrumental in the location of the vessels and in spite of severe wireless congestion he sent back to base the message which resulted in a second attack by additional aircraft which set on fire a 5/6,000 ton ship.

 

Pilot Officer Garton has now flown 182 operational sorties.

 

In August 1941 he was the member of a crew which sighted and successfully dropped depth charges on a U-Boat in the Atlantic Ocean and later during October of that year he was engaged in attacks on dock and fuel installations in Norwegian ports.  He was later employed on anti-shipping patrols along the Norwegian coast.

 

The work of this officer as both an Air Gunner and as a Wireless Operator is exemplary and commands the complete confidence of his crew.

 

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GARVIN, F/L Robert Joseph (J11036) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.427 Squadron - Award effective 6 April 1945 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 765/45 dated 4 May 1945.  See War Service Records 1939-1945 (Canadian Bank of Commerce, 1947). Born 5 May 1921 at Canora (Ganora ?), Saskatchewan.  Home in Estevan (ledger keeper).  Enlisted 14 April 1941 in Saskatoon (other documents suggest 1 July 1941).  Trained at No.4 ITS (graduated 9 October 1941), No.5 EFTS (graduated 21 December 1942) and No.12 SFTS (graduated 10 April 1942).  Instructed at No.6 SFTS before overseas posting, October 1943.  Released 24 October 1945.

 

This officer has completed very many sorties and throughout has set a very fine example of skill, keenness and devotion to duty.  In January 1945 Flight Lieutenant Garvin was the captain and pilot of an aircraft detailed for a mine-laying mission in enemy waters.  In spite of considerable anti-aircraft fire and the presence of enemy fighters, Flight Lieutenant Garvin displayed the greatest determination and accomplished his task with accuracy.  This officer has successfully completed several similar missions.

 

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GASCHLER, F/L John Frank (C6980) - Mention in Despatches - Croft - Award effective 1 January 1945 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 337/45 dated 23 February 1945.  Enlisted 2 June 1938 in Regina, Saskatchewan.  AFRO identifies unit only as "64 Base"; precise unit inferred from No.6 Group Monthly Summary of Activities (July 1944), p.12 (listed as Station Armament Officer at Croft).

 

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GASTON, FS John Milne (R164571) - Distinguished Flying Medal - No.115 Squadron - Award effective 15 September 1944 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 2274/44 dated 20 October 1944. Born in Ottawa, 1920; home in Noranda, Quebec (boat builder). Trained at No.3 ITS, No.11 EFTS and No.13 SFTS. Cited with Sergeants C.L. Barugh and J.H. West (RAF, awarded DFMs).

 

One night in July 1944, Flight Sergeant Gaston, Sergeant Barugh and Sergeant West were pilot, flight engineer and navigator respectively of an aircraft detailed to attack Hamburg.  Shortly after the bombs had been released the aircraft was attacked by a fighter.  Almost immediately a second enemy aircraft joined the fight.  The bomber sustained much damage and Flight Sergeant Gaston and Sergeants Barugh and West were wounded.  In spite of their injuries these airmen displayed great coolness in the face of the enemy.  A fire started near the cockpit but Sergeant Barugh beat out the flames with his bare hands.  Meanwhile, Flight Sergeant Gaston by good manoeuvering succeeded in extricating his aircraft from a perilous situation.  Course was set for home and on the return Sergeant West guided his pilot with much skill although deprived of the use of much of his navigational equipment.  Eventually a safe landing was made at an airfield.  These members of aircraft crew displayed a high standard of courage and devotion to duty in the face of a trying ordeal.

 

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GATES, WO2 Percy Lawrence (R153351) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.12 Squadron - Award effective 5 April 1945 as per London Gazette dated 17 April 1945 and AFRO 918/45 dated 1 June 1945.  Born 1922; home in Aylsford, Nova Scotia (service station attendant). Trained at No.3 ITS and No.4 AOS.  Died in Brockville, Ontario, 16 December 1999. 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 10 January 1945 when he had flown 31 sorties (149 hours 45 minutes), 17 July 1944 to 2 January 1945.

 

17 Jul 44        Caen                                       25 Sep 44      Calais

18 Jul 44        Gelsenkirchen                       27 Sep 44      Sterkrade

20 Jul 44        Courtrai                                  30 Sep 44      Sterkrade

23 Jul 44        Kiel                                         23 Oct 44       Essen

25 Jul 44        Stuttgart                                  25 Oct 44       Homberg

30 Jul 44        Caumont                                28 Oct 44       Domberg

31 Jul 44        Foret de Nieppe                    29 Oct 44       Domberg

3 Aug 44        Trossy St.Maxim                   30 Oct 44       Cologne

4 Aug 44        Pauillac                                  2 Nov 44         Dusseldorf

5 Aug 44        Blaye                                      27 Nov 44      Freiburg

8 Aug 44        Aire-sur-Lis                            12 Dec 44      Ludwigshaven

12 Aug 44      Brunswick                              17 Dec 44      Ulm

16 Aug 44      Stettin                                     28 Dec 44      Bonn

13 Sep 44      Osnabruck                             31 Dec 44      Osterfield

17 Sep 44      Boulogne                                2 Jan 45         Nuremburg

20 Sep 44      Calais

 

Warrant Officer Gates (a Canadian) has recently completed his first tour of operations against the enemy as navigator in a Lancaster aircraft, with many attacks on targets demanding a very high standard of navigation, such as Kiel, Stuttgart, Stettin, Freiburg, and Ludwigshaven.

 

This Warrant Officer's record has been an example of exceptional ability coupled with calm confidence and courage which have played a large part in maintaining the high morale of his crew and have enabled them to achieve considerable success.

 

I consider the award of the Distinguished Flying Cross would be fitting recognition of Warrant Officer Gates' excellent record of courage and efficiency.

 

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GATTEY, F/L Heath Boulton (J15529) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.408 Squadron - Award effective 1 September 1943 as per London Gazette dated 10 September 1943 and AFRO 2138/43 dated 22 October 1943.  Born in Manitoba, 1920.  Enlisted in Calgary, 1 July 1940. Trained at No.1 ITS (graduated 22 November 194), No.3 BGS (graduated 8 July 1941), No.5 AOS (graduated 24 May 1941) and No.1 ANS (graduated 6 August 1941).

 

Early in his tour of operational duty this officer, flying as a navigator and bomb aimer, took part in many very successful sorties from which a number of excellent photographs were secured.  The targets included Berlin, Rostock and many other vital objectives in the Ruhr.  Latterly as squadron navigation officer he has navigated his aircraft to and from various enemy objectives with great skill in the face of heavy defences.

 

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GAUDRY, P/O Leon Albert Joseph (J87389) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.425 Squadron - Award effective 3 November 1944 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 1/45 dated 5 January 1945.  Born 1921 in Manitoba; enlisted 24 March 1942. Trained at No.3 ITS (graduated 31 July 1942), No.19 EFTS (graduated 20 November 1942) and No.12 SFTS (graduated 19 March 1943).

 

Pilot Officer Gaudry has consistently shown great courage and devotion to duty in air operations.  He is a fearless and skilful captain and his example has been reflected in the efficiency of his crew.  He has shown the greatest determination to complete his assignments successfully.

 

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GAULT, F/O Joseph Arthur (J29071) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.432 Squadron - Award effective 15 March 1945 as per London Gazette dated 23 March 1945 and AFRO 721/45 dated 27 April 1945.  Born in Moose Jaw, 1921; enlisted 8 May 1942. Trained at No.7 ITS (graduated 18 December 1942), No.19 EFTS (graduated 16 April 1943) and No.12 SFTS (graduated 6 August 1943).  No citation other than "completed...many successful operations against the enemy in which [he has] displayed high skill, fortitude and devotion to duty."  DHist file 181.009 D.5557 (RG.24 Vol.20667) has recommendation dated 28 October 1944 when he had flown 26 sorties (127 hours 30 minutes), 25 July to 25 October 1944.

 

Throughout his operational career this officer has displayed enthusiasm and keenness for operational flying.  He has been an inspiration to the members of his crew and has shown a high degree of airmanship and dogged determination, having completed twenty-six successful sorties.

 

His calm, quiet manner, qualities of leadership and splendid record warrant a strong recommendation for the award of the Distinguished Flying Cross (Non-Immediate).

 

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GAUNT, Sergeant Stanley (R120080) - Distinguished Flying Medal - No.426 Squadron - Award effective 5 July 1943 as per London Gazette dated 13 August 1943 and AFRO 1582/43 dated 13 August 1943.  Born 1921. Home in Pascoag, Rhode Island; enlisted in Montreal, 12 August 1941.  Trained at No.3 ITS (graduated 21 December 1941), No.17 EFTS (graduated 26 March 1942), and No.8 SFTS (graduated 17 July 1942).

One night in May 1943, this airman was captain of an aircraft detailed to attack Dortmund.  During the operation the bomber was repeatedly hit by anti-aircraft fire while illuminated by searchlights.  The hydraulic and intercommunication systems were rendered unserviceable, while a fire broke out in the front turret and the cockpit filled with smoke.  The flames were extinguished, however, and Sergeant Gaunt afterwards flew the damaged aircraft to this country.  This airman displayed great courage, skill and coolness throughout.

 

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GAUTHIER, P/O Jean Raymond (J45287) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.11 (Bomber Reconnaissance) Squadron - Award effective 3 March 1945 as per Canada Gazette of that date and AFRO 563/45 dated 29 March 1945.  Home in St.Boniface, Manitoba.  Enlisted in Winnipeg, 27 December 1940.  Trained at No.2 WS (graduated 9 November 1941) and No.7 BGS (graduated 8 December 1941).  No citation in AFRO other than "in recognition of valuable services in the air."  As of recommendation he had flown 1,231 hours (890 on operations, 174 sorties).  Governor General's Records (RG.7 Group 26, Vol.58, file 190-I, dossier 6) has citation.

 

This officer, throughout many hours of flying on anti-submarine operations, has at all times maintained an excellent standard of efficiency in the execution of his duties.  His skill as a wireless operator air gunner and his determination and resourcefulness on patrol have done much towards the outstanding success attained by his crew.  His courage and devotion to duty are worthy of high praise.

 

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GAUTHIER, WO Joseph Adrian Vincent (R72626) - Mention in Despatches - No.425 Squadron - Award effective 1 January 1945 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 379/45 dated 2 March 1945.  Enlisted in Charlottetown, 27 September 1940.  Trained at No.2 ITS (graduated 23 December 1940), No.5 AOS (graduated 23 June 1941) and No.5 BGS (graduated 4 August 1941).  See WO A.W. Brown (above).

 

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GAUTHIER, F/L Joseph John Adrian Robert (J12450) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.415 Squadron - Award effective 27 June 1944 as per London Gazette dated 7 July 1944 and AFRO 1861/44 dated 25 August 1944.  Born in Montreal, 1921.  Trained at No.9 BGS (graduated 29 June 1942) and No.1 WS (graduated 23 May 1942).

 

This officer has flown on many torpedo bombing and daylight sorties against U-boats.  He has also taken part in many anti-shipping patrols against enemy convoys off the Dutch coast.  On all these sorties intense anti-aircraft fire was experienced and it was largely owing to Flight Lieutenant Gauthier's cool and concise directions to his pilot that the aircraft and crew escaped without injury.  On one occasion, when a group of enemy E-boats has been sighted, five enemy aircraft were seen by Flight Lieutenant Gauthier preparing to attack.  He directed his pilot in skilful evasive action enabling a successful attack to be made against the E-boats.  An outstanding gunnery leader, this officer has played no small part in the high standard by the air gunners in his squadron.

 

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GAUTHIER, WO Joseph Rene Leo (Can 1783) - Mention in Despatches - No.428 Squadron (No.64 Base in AFRO) - Award effective 1 January 1945 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 379/45 dated 2 March 1945. DHist file 181.009 D.4364 (RG.24 Vol.20648) has recommendation from W/C W.A.G. McLeish dated 22 June 1944, proposing an MBE.  Enlisted in Montreal, 30 September 1929.  Squadron Servicing Warrant Officer.

 

Warrant Officer Gauthier, as Squadron Servicing Warrant Officer, has displayed great determination and devotion, beyond the ordinary call of duty, in maintaining the maximum serviceability of his unit's aircraft and this determination has contributed to a great degree to his unit's efficiency in the carrying out of bombing sorties.  Through the efforts of Warrant Officer Gauthier, maximum serviceability has been obtained in all types of weather and he has earned the respect and confidence of all ranks.

 

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GAUTSCHI, F/O Norman Vincent (J25073) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.106 Squadron (deceased) - Award effective 6 July 1944 as per London Gazette dated 25 January 1946 and AFRO 244/46 dated 8 March 1946.  Born in Vancouver, 1917; served in Seaforth Highlanders. Enlisted March 1942.  Trained at No.1 ITS (graduated 27 December 1942), No.7 BGS (graduated 21 February 1943) and No.7 AOS (graduated 16 April 1943).  Killed in action 7/8 July 1944; buried in France.

 

Flying Officer Gautschi has taken part in attacks on many of the most heavily defended targets in Germany, including Berlin, Augsburg, Essen, and Stuttgart.  On his first operational flight he obtained an excellent photograph of the aiming point and on his second sortie a few nights later he made a telling attack on an enemy aircraft factory and also obtained a fine photograph.  This officer has on all his subsequent operations maintained this high standard and his accuracy and steadiness as bomb aimer have made him a most valuable member of his crew.

 

NOTE: Public Records Office Air 2/9276 has recommendation dated 14 June 1944 when he had flown 22 2/3 sorties (140 hours 35 minutes):

 

25 Feb 44   Augsburg (7.55)                       24 Apr 44   Munich (9.50)

10 Mar 44   Chateauroux (5.15)                  26 Apr 44   Schweinfurt (8.40)

15 Mar 44   Stuttgart (7.40)                         9 May 44    Gennevilliers (4.20)

18 Mar 44   Frankfurt (5.30)                         11 May 44  Bourg Leopold (3.30; no

22 Mar 44   Frankfurt (5.20)                                             bombing on MB's instructions

24 Mar 44   Berlin (7.05)                              19 May 44  Tours (5.10)

26 Mar 44   Essen (4.50)                             21 May 44  GARDENING (5.40, Forget-me-Nots)

9 Apr 44      GARDENING (8.55, Privet      22 May 44  Brunswick (5.40)

area)                                          31 May 44  Gun battery, Maisy (3.10, DNCO.       

10 Apr 44   Tours (5.30)                                                  recalled)

18 Apr 44   GARDENING (7.25,                 5 June 44   Rennes (4.10)

Geraniums)                               10 June 44 Orleans/Nantes rail

20 Apr 44   La Chappelle marshalling                           lines (5.05)

yards (4.20)                              12 June 44 Poitiers (5.50)

22 Apr 44   Brunswick (6.00)

 

Flying Officer Gautschi, as Air Bomber, has completed 22 2/3 successful operational sorties, including attacks on such heavily defended targets as Berlin, Augsburg, Essen and Stuttgart.  His first operational flight was against Augsburg and, bombing with the skill of a veteran, he obtained an aiming point photograph. On his second sortie a few nights later, he was detailed to bomb an aircraft factory at Chateauroux and on this occasion his photograph was plotted only 500 feet from the aiming point.

 

Flying Officer Gautschi has maintained the very high standard set on these first two sorties. His accuracy and steadiness are the perfect complement to the skill of his pilot and navigator, with whom he forms the basis of the squadron's most outstanding team.  His courage, skill and determination in action have been of the highest order, and I consider he fully deserves the award of the Distinguished Flying Cross.

 

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GAUVREAU, F/O Raymond Joseph (J85521) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.158 Squadron - Award effective 5 February 1945 as per London Gazette dated 16 February 1945 and AFRO 563/45 dated 29 March 1945.  Born in Ottawa, 1921; in Cameron Highlanders, 1940-1942; enlisted 30 April 1942.  Trained at No.6 ITS (graduated 6 November 1942), No.12 EFTS (graduated 19 February 1943) and No.6 SFTS (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."  Public Records Office Air 2/8830 has recommendation dated 5 November 1944 when he had flown 30 sorties (143 hours 25 minutes), 17 June (Aulnoye) to 19 October 1944 (Stuttgart).  NOTE: The sortie list is badly torn and most dates not clear, particularly after 18 July (Caen) until 14 October 1944 (two attacks on Duisburg).  Medals offered for sale with logbook and news clippings, Geoffrey Hoare auction catalogue of December 1994; estimated value $ 1,700.  Offered for sale again, April 1998 by First Brigade Militaria, Winnipeg, for $ 2,600.

Flying Officer Gauvreau, a Canadian, as pilot and captain of aircraft has carried out 30 operational sorties against the enemy.  These sorties have inncluded such important targets as Kiel, Stuttgart (three attacks), Stettin and Russelheim.

 

Throughout this, his first tour of operations, Flying Officer Gauvreau has shown himself to be a competent and skilful pilot and his keen offensive spirit coupled with his fearlessness has set a magbificent example to his crew.  His captaincy and determination have been of a high order enebling him at all times to drive home his attacks to the fullest advantage.

 

I recommend that Flying Officer Gauvreau's fine record and devotion to duty be rewarded by the award of the Distinguished Flying Cross.

 

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GAY, FS Ernest Gordon (R40323) - Mention in Despatches - No.436 Squadron (AFRO gives unit only as "Overseas) - Award effective 1 January 1946 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 155/46 dated 15 February 1946.  No citation.  DHist file 181.009 D.1769 (RG.24 Vol.20610) has recommendation dated 9 June 1945.  Enlisted in Moncton, 22 November 1939.  Aero engine mechanic.

 

This NCO is in charge of Squadron Engine Shop.  His ability to work ceaselessly for the good of this squadron has been an inspiration to all.  It is due to his efforts and his ability to handle men that the aircraft serviceability is at such a high level.  It is recommended that the service rendered by this NCO be recognized by the award of "Mention in Despatches".

 

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GAYTON, FS (now WO2) George Frederick Goodman (Can 1890) - British Empire Medal - No.2 Bombing and Gunnery School, Mossbank - Award effective 11 June 1942 as per Canada Gazette of that date and AFRO 1000-1001/42 dated 3 July 1942. Enlisted in Toronto.

 

Flight Sergeant Gayton came to this station in October 1940, and was given the position of Senior NCO in the Drogue Flight.  He set a very fine example to the men and worked extremely hard.  In April 1941 he was given the position of senior NCO in charge of maintenance. Due almost entirely to his efforts, the Maintenance Flight at Mossbank is now one of the most efficient in Canada.  This NCO is keen, hard-working, conscientious and reliable.  He fully deserves recognition of his services as he has now served eleven years with the RCAF.

 

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GAYMAN, F/O James Murray (J26441) - Commended for Valuable Services - No.105 (T) OTU - Award effective 7 September 1945 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 1647/45 dated 26 October 1945.  Enlisted in Hamilton, 17 March 1942. Trained at No.3 ITS (graduated 11 September 1942), No.20 EFTS (graduated 4 December 1942), and No.2 SFTS (graduated 14 May 1942).   No citation in Canadian sources.  Public Records Office Air 2/9117 has recommendation drafted when he had flown 1,490 hours, 739 hours on transport and ferry work, 401 hours in previous six months.

 

Flying Officer Gayman has been employed as a Radio Range and Beam Approach Instructor since June 1944.  Although his duties have been of a harassing nature, this officer has completed the heavy flying duty allotted to him with courage and enthusiasm.  He has taken part in flying instruction in the most adverse weather and at all times has shown great devotion to duty.

 

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GEAR, Fl/O Edna Ureinea (V30382) - Mention in Despatches - No.6 Group Headquarters - Award effective 1 January 1946 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 418/46 dated 18 April 1946.  AFRO gives unit only as "Overseas"; unit found in McEwen Papers list of recommendations for MiD.  Enlisted in Vancouver, 3 March 1942.

 

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GEAR, Fl/O Wilma Marguerite (V30319) - Member, Order of the British Empire - No.4 Release Centre - Award effective 13 June 1946 as per Canada Gazette of that date and AFRO 660/46 dated 5 July 1946.  Home at Orton, Ontario; enlisted in Toronto, 13 November 1942.

 

This messing officer assumed her duties at this unit when the situation was most difficult due to rapidly fluctuating ration strength and continual disorganization of staff due to postings and discharges.  Her control both of rationing and the staff under her, composed both of service and civilian personnel, has been unique.  The standard of messing has been outstanding and it is felt that there is no question that the meals of this unit have been one of the main contributing factors in maintaining the high state of morale apparent here even through the most difficult days.  Further, she has always travelled the second mile by working long hours overtime and has not spared herself in any respect to prepare delectable meals and refreshments for the many parties and entertainments held at this unit.  Not only has Flight Officer Gear proven herself to be a dietician of exceptional merit, but the application of her knowledge and the tireless efforts that she has put forward have combined to build up for her only the deepest admiration and respect in all ranks.

 

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GEDDES, F/O Edward John (J24152) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.430 Squadron - Award effective 23 March as per London Gazette dated 3 April 1945 and AFRO 765/45 dated 4 May 1945.  Trained at No.7 ITS (graduated 17 July 1942), No.6 EFTS (graduated 23 October 1942) and No.4 SFTS (graduated 19 March 1943).

 

This officer has flown on a large number of operational sorties which have included photographic and tactical reconnaissances and artillery spotting missions.  He has produced equally good results on all types of operations.  His aircraft has sustained damage from anti-aircraft fire on several occasions but such incidents have never deterred Flying Officer Geddes from fulfilling his allotted tasks with coolness and good judgement in the face of danger.

 

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GEE, F/L Wilbur Thomas (J19209) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.97 Squadron - Award  effective 2 October 1944 as per London Gazette dated 13 October 1944 and AFRO 2637/44 dated 8 December 1944.  Enlisted in Montreal, 29 April 1941. Trained at No.1 ITS (graduated 8 May 1942), No.7 EFTS (graduated 28 August 1942) and No.16 SFTS (graduated 30 December 1942).  No citation other than "completed...numerous operations against the enemy in the course of which [he has] invariably displayed the utmost fortitude, courage and devotion to duty".  Public Records Office Air 2/9015 has recommendation dated 14 July 1944 when he had flown 31 sorties (192 operational hours).

 

Unidentified Unit                                      No.97 Squadron

 

26 Nov 43      Berlin (6.40)                       18 Mar 44    Frankfurt (5.30)

2 Dec 43        Berlin (7.05)                       22 Mar 44    Frankfurt (5.20)

3 Dec 43        Leipzig (7.15)                    24 Mar 44    Berlin (6.50)

20 Dec 43      Frankfurt (6.00)                  26 Mar 44    Essen (4.25)

1 Jan 44         Berlin (8.15)                       30 Mar 44    Nuremburg (7.10)

2 Jan 44         Berlin (2.45, DNCO,         11 Apr 44     Aachen (3.30)

turret unserviceable)         22 Apr 44     Brunswick (5.40)

5 Jan 44         Stettin (9.10)                      26 Apr 44     Schweinfurt (8.30)

20 Jan 44       Berlin (7.05)                       6 May 44      Louailles (4.25)

27 Jan 44       Berlin (9.00)                       9 May 44      Annecy (8.45)

28 Jan 44       Berlin (7.50)                       19 May 44    Amiens (3.30)

30 Jan 44       Berlin (7.00)                       22 May 44    Brunswick (5.35)

15 Feb 44      Berlin (7.10)                       24 May 44    Eindhoven (5.20)

19 Feb 44      Leipzig (7.30)                    27 May 44    St.Valery (3.15)

20 Feb 44      Stuttgart (7.15)                  5 June 44     St.Pierre du Mont (3.45)

6 June 44    Argentan

23 June 44 Limoges

4 July 44     Creil (3.50)

 

Flight Lieutenant Gee has carried out a total of 31 sorties against such heavily defended targets as Berlin (nine times), Frankfurt (three sorties), Leipzig (twice), Nuremburg (etcetera).  Of these, fourteen have been made with the Pathfinder Force, as marker.

 

Throughout his tour, this officer has shown a great determination to press home his attacks.  On two occasions he has carried on when his wireless or radio telephone have been unserviceable and would have justified an early return. He has at all times displayed great courage and unfailing devotion to duty, and his example has impressed all.  For his great skill, fearlessness and enthusiasm to fly on operations, he is recommended for the non-immediate award of the Distinguished Flying Cross.

 

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GEEVES, F/O Gerald Edward (J19058) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.405 Squadron - Award effective 5 February 1945 as per London Gazette dated 16 February 1945 and AFRO 563/45 dated 29 March 1945.  Born in Montreal, 1910; enlisted there 14 October 1940.  Trained at No.1 WS (graduated 28 April 1941) and No.2 BGS (graduated 24 November 1941).  Passed OTU, 19 May 1942.  No citation other than "completed...numerous operations against the enemy in the course of which [he has] invariably displayed the utmost fortitude, courage and devotion to duty."  Public Records Office Air 2/8831 has recommendation dated 20 November 1944 when he had flown 48 sorties (220 hours 52 minutes) in two tours.

 

First Tour                                                            Second Tour

 

24 Aug 42      Ferry to Gibraltar                          10 Jul 44        Nucourt (2.45)

(8.00)                                             12 Jul 44        Paris/Vaires

25 Aug 42      Gibraltar to Malta                                                  (3.08)

(8.45)                                             15 Jul 44        Nucourt (3.30)

26 Aug 42      Malta-Egypt (7.45)                       17 Jul 44        Cagny (2.30)

8 Oct 42         Tobruk (7.30)                                28 Jul 44        Stuttgart (6.17)

14 Oct 42       Tobruk (6.10)                                30 Jul 44        Battle area (2.34)

23 Oct 42       Battle area (2.30)                         3 Aug 44        Nieppe (2.03)

24 Oct 42       Battle area (2.30)                         4 Aug 44        L'isle Adam (2.44)

29 Oct 42       Battle area (2.30)                         14 Aug 44      TRACTABLE (2.41)

30 Oct 42       Battle area (2.30)                         15 Aug 44      Meisbroek (4.15)

2 Nov 42         Ghazal (3.00)                                16 Aug 44      Stettin (4.57)

4 Nov 42         Daba (3.45)                                  18 Aug 44      Sterkrade (3.34)

5 Nov 42         Messa Fuka Row (3.35)              25 Aug 44      Russelsheim (5.42)

6 Nov 42         Messa Fuka Row (3.45)              26 Aug 44      Kiel (5.24)

7 Nov 42         Sollum (6.30)                                29 Aug 44      Stettin (8.32)

9 Nov 42         Fort Capuzzo (6.05)                     15 Sep 44      Kiel (5.23)

11 Nov 42      Derna (8.55)                                 30 Sep 44      Bottrop (3.23)

23 Nov 42      Haraklion Aerodrome                  11 Oct 44       Fort Fredrik Hendrik

(6.40)                                                                     (2.09)

7 Dec 42        LG.17 to Malta (6.00)                   14 Oct 44       Duisburg (3.55)

13 Dec 42      La Goulette, Tunis                        15 Oct 44       Wilhelmshaven (4.06)

(4.34)                                             19 Oct 44       Stuttgart (5.09)

15 Dec 42      Tunis Harbour (4.35)                    25 Oct 44       Homburg (3.40)

16 Dec 42      La Goulette, Tunis                        28 Oct 44       Walcheren

(4.35)                                             16 Nov 44      Julich

18 Dec 42      Comico Aerodrome,

Sicily (2.40)

25 Dec 42      Pantelero Aerodrome

(6.35)

28 Feb 43      Malta-Gibralter (7.30)

 

Flying Officer Geeves is an outstanding Air Gunner in a highly sucssful crew now on their second tour of operations.  He has participated in attacks on such heavily defended enemy areas as Stuttgart, Kiel and Stettin.  Invariably, this officer has displayed a keen sence of responsibility and great courage in the performance of all his operational tasks.  On many occasions he has been placed in a position where great personal danger existed, but this has not deterred him from carrying out his duties in a cool and efficient manner.  His fine example of fearlessness and evotion to duty is very commendable.

 

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GELDART, Corporal Alton Charles (R99326) - Mention in Despatches - Croft (AFRO gives unit only as "Overseas") - Award effective 14 June 1945 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 1647/45 dated 26 October 1945.  Enlisted in Moncton, New Brunswick, 28 May 1941.  No citation in AFRO or biographical file.  DHist file 181.009 D.4364 (RG.24 Vol.20648) has recommendation sent to No.6 Group Headquarters, 2 February 1945. Had served eight months in Canada, three years overseas.  Armament Electrician.

 

This airman has been in charge of the Armament Electrical Section for the past eleven months.  This airman's devotion to duty and untiring co-operation has been responsible for the most efficient operation of his section.  He has worked long hours and has never failed once to report to his section when emergencies arose and the Armament Section was called out, and has never on any of these occasions had to be sought for by his superiors.  He has maintained a high standard of morale in his section under conditions of long and irregular working hours.

 

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GELINAS, S/L Louis Joseph Philippe Arthur (C2340) - Member, Order of the British Empire - No.13 Recruiting Centre - Award effective 1 January 1943 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 55/43 dated 15 January 1943.  Born in Montreal, 5 April 1902.  Enlisted in Montreal, 1 July 1940. Later awarded Czechoslovak Order of the White Lion (4th Class).

 

Throughout his service career this officer has demonstrated administrative ability far above the average.  He has been untiring in his efforts and has devoted all his time and energy to furthering the interests of the service.  He has been exceptional in his devotion to duty and has been most assiduous in meeting all demands made on his Recruiting Centre.  His services have been invaluable to the Royal Canadian Air Force.

 

GELINAS, W/C Louis Jospeh Phillipe Arthur, MBE (C2340) - Order of the White Lion, Class IV (Czechoslovakia) - Award effective 5 October 1946 as per Canada Gazette of that date and AFRO 991/46  dated 18 October 1946.                                                                                                              

 

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GELINEAU, LAC John Edward (R284266) - British Empire Medal - No.10 Bombing and Gunnery School - Award effective 10 March 1945 as per Canada Gazette of that date and AFRO 625/45 dated 13 April 1945.  Trained at No.10 BGS (graduated 12 November 1944).  As of incident he had flown six hours 40 minutes.  DHist file 181.009 D.1406 (National Archives RG 24 Vol.20598) has statements taken on the occasion of the accident, identifying the rescued gunner as LAC A.R. Gibson.  Civilians who came on the scene noted that Gelineau insisted on taking off his flying suit to wrap around Gibson, who has suffered a broken leg, and did not admit to his own back injuries until an ambulance arrived.

 

On October 28, 1944, Leading Aircraftman Gelineau was a student air gunner in a Bolingbroke aircraft which crashed in some woods in Eastern Canada.  The aircraft immediately burst into flames and Leading Aircraftman Gelineau sustained a painful back injury.  Another student air gunner lay trapped in the fuselage with a broken leg.  Despite the spreading flames, the danger of possible explosion of ammunition and fuel tanks, with great coolness and presence of mind, Leading Aircraftman Gelineau proceeded to break open the jammed hatch with his hands and feel and pull the injured air gunner through the opening.  Just as he pulled him to safety one of the gasoline tanks exploded.  Despite the great danger of explosion of the remaining tank and ammunition, he returned to the aircraft and with some civilians attempted to rescue the pilot.  Only when the heat and flames became so intense as to render further efforts impossible did he abandon his attempt to rescue the trapped pilot.  Throughout the whole rescue Leading Aircraftman Gelineau showed courage and coolness of the highest order.  His complete disregard for his own safety resulted in saving the life of one of his fellow students.

 

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GELLNER, F/L John (J2822) - Military Cross (Czechoslovakia) - Award effective July 1941 as per AFRO 385/42 dated 13 March 1942.  Enlisted in Hamilton, 25 April 1940. Postwar lecturer, journalist and editor.  Died in Toronto, 27 April 2001. DHist file 229C1 (D31), found in RG.24 Volume 10827, had letter from C.G. White (Air Ministry) to Secretary to Canadian High Commissioner dated 21 July 1941 stating that the Czech government contemplates this award "in recognition of his having participated as a pilot-navigator in 16 operational bombing flights over enemy territory and of the success, resolution and bravery attending the performance of his tasks on these occasions."  The same information is in a letter from the President of the Czech Republic to the Foreign Office dated 25 June 1941.

 

GELLNER, F/L John (J2822) -  Distinguished Flying Cross (Czechoslovakia) - Award effective 15 November 1941 as per AFRO 385/42 dated 13 March 1942.

 

GELLNER, F/L John (J2822) - Medal for Valour (Czechoslovakia) - Award effective April 1941 as per AFRO 385/42 dated 13 March 1942.  DHist file 229C1 (D31), found in RG.24 Volume 10827, had letter from C.G. White (Air Ministry) to Secretary to Canadian High Commissioner dated 16 April 1941 stating that the Czech government contemplates this award "in recognition of services rendered in connection with the training of Czechoslovak Air Force personnel in this country.  Pilot Officer Gellner is said to be a Czechoslovak subject who, after escaping from his country to Canada, joined the Royal Canadian Air Force, was posted to England and, at his own request, was attached to the Czechoslovak Air Force.  He is at present serving with No.311 (Czech) Squadron."

 

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GEMMEL, F/O John Leslie (J19036) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.78 Squadron - Award effective 18 October 1945 as per London Gazette dated 26 October 1945 and AFRO 133/46 dated 8 February 1946.  Trained at No.2 ITS (graduated 14 September 1941), No.3 AOS (graduated 20 December 1941), No.2 BGS (graduated 31 January 1942), and No.1 ANS (graduated 5 March 1942).  No citation other than "completed...numerous operations against the enemy in the course of which [he has] displayed the utmost fortitude, courage and devotion to duty."  Public Records Office Air 2/9112 has recommendation dated 5 May 1945 when he had flown 47 sorties.  Total hours not stated; first tour had been 26 sorties (no hours given); second tour had been 21 sorties (123 hours 55 minutes).  The sortie list below is for the second tour only:

 

7 Oct 44            Cleve (4.29)                     2 Jan 45     Ludwigshaven (6.29)

23 Oct 44          Essen (5.33)                    28 Jan 45   Stuttgart (7.08)           

29 Oct 44          Westkapelle (2.44)         2 Feb 45    Wanne Eickel (5.23)

30 Oct 44          Cologne (6.07)                7 Feb 45    Goch (5.35)

31 Oct 44          Cologne (4.51)                13 Feb 45  Bohlen (8.15)

4 Nov 44           Bochum (5.00)                 14 Feb 45  Chemnitz (7.13)

16 Nov 44         Julich (4.21)                     17 Feb 45  Wesel (5.09)

21 Nov 44         Sterkrade (5.56)              21 Feb 45  Worms (6.31)

6 Dec 44           Osnabruck (6.16)            23 Feb 45  Essen (4.46)   

18 Dec 44        Duisburg (5.50)               5 Mar 45    Chemnitz (8.00)

26 Dec 44        St.Vith (5.56)

29 Dec 44        Coblenz (2.25, DNCO,

hydraulics unserviceable)

 

This officer has now completed his second operational tour consisting of 21 sorties, involving a total of 123 hours.  His first tour consisted of 26 sorties.

 

His navigation has been of a very high order, even under the utmost difficulties, and his coolness and skill have been an example to other Navigators.  He has taken part in attacks against some of the most heavily defended targets in Germany and has never failed to show a fine offensive spirit.

 

For his good work throughout two tours of operations, and his devotion to duty, this officer is most strongly recommended for the award of the Distinguished Flying Cross.

 

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GENEREUX, Sergeant Arthur Joseph (R55177) - British Empire Medal - No.419 R and SU, AEF - Award effective 1 January 1945 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 132/45 dated 26 January 1945.  Home in Belleville or Point Anne, Ontario.  Enlisted at Quebec City, 5 April 1940.  No citation in Canadian sources.  Public Records Office Air 2/8872 has recommendation.

 

This airman is in charge of a Repair and Salvage Party.  He landed in Normandy shortly after D Day in charge of the advance party.  During the next 24 hours his party cleared crashes from landing strips and roads, necessitating operations in mined areas and under fire on a number of occasions.  Sergeant Genereux displayed initiative, intelligence and courage during this time.  He has displayed high qualities of leadership and has contributed much to the efficient operations of a number of airfields on the continent.

 

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GENGE, Corporal Jean Ruth (W313300) - Mention in Despatches - Station Torbay - Award effective 1 January 1946 as per Canada Gazette of that date and AFRO 82/46 dated 25 January 1946. Enlisted in Vancouver, 16 July 1943.

 

This non-commissioned officer has been employed on administrative duties and has capably handled all correspondence and maintained records.  As Secretary to the Personnel Counsellor in Newfoundland, she showed extraordinary faithfulness and competency, interested herself in reading and studying counselling material and has instigated many Women's Division personnel to visit the Personnel Counsellor.  Her initiative, diligence and exceptional devotion to duty are worthy of high praise.

 

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GEORGE, F/O Charles Andrew (J86910) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.192 Squadron - Award effective 5 July 1945 as per London Gazette dated 20 July 1945 and AFRO 1619/45 dated 19 October 1945.  Enlisted in Winnipeg, 2 May 1941.  Trained at No.4 ITS (graduated 5 August 1941), No.5 EFTS (graduated 25 September 1941) and No.7 SFTS (graduated 19 December 1941).  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 2/9081 dated 15 March 1945 when he had flown 49 1/2 sorties (179 hours 15 minutes), 31 May 1944 to 10 March 1945.

 

31 May 44      Paris area (3.25)                       29 Nov 44      Oldenburg/Frankfurt

7 June 44       Paris area (4.15)                                               (3.30)

10 Jun 44       Paris/Aachen (4.35)                  2 Dec 44        Osnabruck/Frankfurt       

12 Jun 44       Gelsenkirchen/Aachen                                      (3.20)

(3.15)                                           4 Dec 44        Karlsruhe (4.30)

14 Jun 44       Gelsenkirchen (2.35)                 6 Dec 44        Leipzig (4.30)

23 Jun 44       Bremen (3.05)                            22 Dec 44      Bingen/Koblenz (3.25)

24 Jun 44       Numar/Calais (3.10)                  23 Dec 44      Ruhr area (3.25)

27 Jun 44       Virty le Francais                         27 Dec 44      Ruhr area (2.55)

(4.05)                                           29 Dec 44      Ruhr area (3.05)

28 Jun 44       Saarbrucken (3.40)                   1 Jan 45         Osnabruck/Frankfurt

12 Jul 44        Dijon area (3.55)                                                (3.00)

15 Jul 44        Chalons-sur-Marne                    5 Jan 45         Hanover (3.25)

(2.10 - half sortie)                       7 Jan 45         Munich (4.10)

12 Aug 44      Brunswick (3.30)                        13 Jan 45       Politz (3.30)

9 Sept 44       Gladback (2.20)                         14 Jan 45       Merseburg (3.50)

23 Sep 44      Dutch coast (3.40)                     21 Jan 45       Frankfurt/Hanover/

9 Oct 44         Ruhr (3.20)                                                          Kassel (3.10)

23 Oct 44       Karlsruhe/Munster                      3 Feb 45        Gladbach (3.10)

(3.50)                                           4 Feb 45        Antwerp/Almelo (3.55)

8 Nov 44         Hanover (3.15)                           7 Feb 45        Ladbergen (3.15)

10 Nov 44      Hanover (3.25)                           9 Feb 45        Antwerp/Amsterdam

11 Nov 44      Brunswick/Kassel                                              (3.05)

area (3.40)                                  13 Feb 45      Leipzig (4.40)

15 Nov 44      Brunswick/Frankfurt                   14 Feb 45      Chemnitz (4.40)

area (3.40)                                  19 Feb 45      Antwerp/Almelo (4.15)

20 Nov 44      Brunswick/Kassel                      21 Feb 45      Antwerp/Almelo (3.50)

area (3.35)                                  23 Feb 45      Pforzeim (4.20)

23 Nov 44      Eisenach/Hanover                     27 Feb 45      Antwerp/Almelo (3.50)

(3.45)                                           3 Mar 45         Kamen (3.10)       

27 Nov 44      Osnabruck/Frankfurt                  7 Mar 45         Harburg (4.20)

(3.30)                                           10 Mar 45      Hanover/Kassel (3.20)

 

This officer is pilot of a Mosquito aircraft and has taken part in attacks against distant and heavily defended targets.  Some of these have demanded outstanding flying skill and spending considerable periods over cconcentrated enemy defences.

 

He has at all times shown a cheerful keenness and determination as an operational pilot which have contributed to the success of his sorties.  He is voluntarily extending his present tour to avoid breaking up the very fine team which he and his navigator have proved themselves to be.

 

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GEORGE, Sergeant Edwin Omer (R56103) - Distinguished Flying Medal - No.426 Squadron - Award effective 9 May 1944 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 1186/44 dated 2 June 1944.  Born in Eganville, Ontario, 1913.  Enlisted in Montreal, 22 June 1940.  Trained at No.1 BGS (graduated 14 April 1941) and No.1 WS (graduated 16 September 1940).

 

This airman has taken part in several sorties and has displayed notable courage and devotion to duty.  On one occasion he was the mid-upper gunner of an aircraft detailed to attack Berlin.  In the very early stages of the flight, Sergeant George slipped and fractured his leg.  Although suffering acutely he stubbornly refused to leave his post. Some time later heavy anti-aircraft [fire] was encountered and the bomber was hit.  In the pilot's subsequent maneouvering, Sergeant George proved of great assistance by his skilful evading directions.  After the target had been bombed and enemy territory crossed, the crew were forced to leave by parachute as the aircraft could no longer be flown. The rear gunner was trapped in his turret but, in spite of his own sufferings, Sergeant George secured an axe with which he hacked a way clear to release his comrade.  This airman displayed courage, fortitude and devotion to duty of a high order.

 

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GEORGE, FS Howard Webster (R92833) - British Empire Medal - No.8 Bombing and Gunnery School - Award effective 1 January 1946 as per Canada Gazette of that date and AFRO 82/46 dated 25 January 1946.  Home in Medicine Hat; enlisted in Calgary, 23 March 1941.

 

This non-commissioned officer has carried out his duties as supervisor of ground instruction in an exemplary manner.  The results of his work have repeatedly received high commendation from the Armament Visiting Flight.  Through his efforts, the calibre of instruction has been maintained at a superior level.  His enthusiasm and knowledge have consistently inspired other to make greater efforts.

 

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GERMAN, Sergeant (now P/O) Harold Wallace (R56853/J10730) - Air Force Medal - No.7 SFTS - Award effective 1 January 1943 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 55/43 dated 15 January 1943.  Born in Altona, Manitoba, 17 June 1921.  Home in Pilot Mound, Manitoba.  Trained at No.1 ITS (graduated 28 June 1940), Border Cities Aero Club (graduated 31 July 1940) and No.2 SFTS (graduated 4 October 1940).

 

This NCO has performed his duties as Navigation Instructor both in the air and as a lecturer in Ground Instruction School in an exemplary, whole-hearted and meritorious manner.  He has shown exceptional keenness in his work and has constantly given instruction after normal working hours to improve the standing of his classes with most satisfactory results.  He is possessed of a pleasing personality and his general relationship with all personnel has been of the highest standard.  he has 650 flying hours.

 

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GERMAN, F/L John Edward (C8992) - Mention in Despatches - No.433 Squadron (AFRO gives unit only as "Overseas") - Award effective 14 June 1945 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 1395/45 dated 31 August 1945.  DHist file 181.009 D.2619 (RG.24 Vol.20628) has recommendation forwarded to No.6 Group HQ, 31 January 1945.  Enlisted in Toronto, 29 November 1941; as of recommendation he had served 14 months in Canada, 25 months overseas.  Also recommended for MBE, 22 May 1945 (not granted).

 

Flight Lieutenant German assumed the duties of Adjutant, 433 Squadron, in January 1944 shortly after its formation and just prior to the squadron becoming operational.  Through ability, hard work and long hours, this officer had the administrative section of the squadron in order and functioning as such by the date the squadron was placed operational.  This high standard of efficiency has been maintained by Flight Lieutenant German and is a credit to the Royal Canadian Air Force.  In addition to his normal duties this officer has kept himself available to render valuable assistance to the squadron at all hours of the day and night for duties in excess of those required of a Squadron Adjutant.

 

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GERRARD, F/O George Edward Dudman (J13802) - Distinguished Flying Cross -  No.12 Squadron - Award effective 30 November 1943 as per London Gazette dated 7 December 1943 and AFRO 166/44 dated 28 January 1944.  Enlisted in Winnipeg, 12 January 1942.  Trained at No.3 BGS (graduated 28 August 1942).   No citation other than "completed...many successful operations against the enemy in which [he has] displayed high skill, fortitude and devotion to duty."

 

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GERRIE, P/O Gordon Charles (J93592) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.415 Squadron - Award effective 8 September 1945 as per London Gazette dated 25 September 1945 and AFRO 1768/45 dated 23 November 1945.  Born in Hamilton, March 1922; enlisted there 28 August 1942.  Trained at No.3 ITS (graduated 26 June 1943), No.1 BGS (graduated 2 October 1943) and No.4 AOS (graduated 1 December 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.2618 (RG.24 Vol.20627) has recommendation dated 16 April 1945 when he had flown 35 sorties (219 hours 25 minutes), 14 October 1944 to 15 March 1945.

 

This officer has taken part in a large number of operational sorties on such heavily defended targets as Munster, Cologne and Essen.  He has invariably displayed a high degree of skill, courage and resolution, qualities which have on more than one occasion enabled him to complete his mission in the face of heavy odds.

 

The high degree of air bombing attained by this squadron is a reflection on the ability and example of Pilot Officer Gerrie who has never spared himself in his endeavours to create a high morale among his fellow air bombers...

 

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