GIBB, FS Alec Paddon (R122162) - Distinguished Flying Medal - No.224 Squadron - Award effective 9 December 1943 as per London Gazette dated 24 December 1943 and AFRO 297/43 dated 11 February 1944.  Born in Saskatchewan, 1923, enlisted in Vancouver, 1941.  Trained at No.1 ITS, No. 3 BGS and No. 7 AOS.  Cited with FS M.N. Werbiski (RCAF) and F/O H. Sutherland (RAF, trained in Canada).   Incident occurred on 21 November 1943 when He.177s tried to attack convoys SL-139 and MKS-30 using radio-controlled glider bombs.  See photo PL-28002 (FS Werbiski and P/O A.P. Gibb).

 

Flying Officer Sutherland, Flight Sergeant Gibb and Flight Sergeant Werbiski were pilot, observer and front gunner, respectively, of a Liberator aircraft detailed to escort a convoy recently.  During the passage five or six enemy aircraft appeared over the convoy and attempted a bombing attack.  Disregarding the heavy anti-aircraft fire which was being directed at the enemy formation from the guns of the convoy, Flying Officer Sutherland flew in and engaged the attackers.  He manoeuvered to the rear and above one of the enemy bombers and thus enabled Flight Sergeant Werbiski to deliver a burst of fire which hit the enemy aircraft, setting its starboard engines on fire.  After jettisoning its bombs the aircraft dived away and was not seen again.  Flying Officer Sutherland then attacked a second bomber.  Once again his skilful manoeuvering enabled his gunners to deliver telling bursts of fire, which caused the enemy aircraft to break away with large quantities of black smoke pouring from its starboard engines.  With complete disregard of the anti-aircraft fire, which was bursting all around, Flying Officer Sutherland attacked a third and then a fourth enemy aircraft, driving them off and forcing them to terminate the engagement.  In this very determined action, Flying Officer Sutherland displayed exceptional skill, courage and determination, and was well supported by Flight Sergeants Gibb and Werbiski, whose excellent co-operation, good shooting and tenacity set a very fine example.

 

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GIBB, F/O David Gordon (C7968) - Mention in Despatches - Award effective 1 January 1943 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 232/43 dated 12 February 1943.  Enlisted in Montreal, 7 April 1941.  No citation.

 

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GIBB, W/C Robert Fred (C950) - Air Force Cross - No.7 Bombing and Gunnery School - Award effective 1 January 1943 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 55/43 dated 15 January 1943.  Born in Hamilton, Ontario, 3 February 1907; a former airman pilot, commissioned in RCAF 1 February 1939.  Remained in post-war RCAF, Group captain by 1947 (Air Transport Command Headquarters).

 


By this officer's untiring energy and devotion to duty he has set a splendid example to all ranks under him and is deserving of the highest praise.  It is due to this officer's unbounded enthusiasm that every course has been turned out on time at this school.  he has flown 377 hours during the past year, all of which have been on training flights.

 

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GIBBENS, F/L William Moore (C3552) - 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 Toronto 11 December 1940. No citation in AFRO. 

 

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GIBBON, F/L Philip (J6219) - Air Force Cross - No.13 EFTS - Award effect as of 1 January 1945 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 89/45 dated 19 January 1945 - Enlisted in Montreal, 24 September 1940. Trained at No.2 ITS (graduated 20 February 1941), No.15 EFTS (graduated 22 April 1941), and No.32 SFTS (graduated 14 July 1941).  Reported as having flown 1,839 hours to date, 1,530 hours as instructor, 130 hours in previous six months.

 

This officer has been employed on flying instructional duties for almost four years and throughout this period has shown that he possesses a through flying training knowledge, initiative and ability.  He is a steady and conscientious worker and an outstanding leader.  The meritorious service he has rendered as a flying instructor has made a praise worthy contribution to the training plan.

 

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GIBBONS, F/O Noel (J12273) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.418 Squadron - Award effective 2 March 1944 as per London Gazette dated 17 March 1944 and AFRO 766/44 dated 6 April 1944.  Born in Grand Prairie, Alberta, 1920; home in Vancouver; enlisted there 2 October 1941.  Trained at No.1 ITS (graduated 19 December 1941), No.8 BGS (graduated 9 May 1942), No.2 AOS (graduated 27 March 1942) and No.1 ANS (graduated 8 June 1942).  Cited with F/L James Robert Feir Johnson (which see for citation).  At various times, with Ross Gray and J.R.F. Johnson, he was involved in the follwing victories: 21 September 1944, one unidentified enemy aicraft destroyed in air plus one unidentified enemy aicraft destroyed on ground plus one unidentified enemy aicraft damaged on ground; 23/24 September 1944, one FW.190 destroyed; 27/28 September 1944, one Ju.88 destroyed; 30 September 1944, one FW.190 destroyed in air and one damaged in air plus one Bf.110 destroyed on ground and one damaged on ground plus one Do.217 damaged on ground plus one unidentified enemy aircraft damaged on ground; 2/3 October 1944, one unidentified enemy aircraft damaged; 10 October 1944, two Junkers W.34 destroyed on ground plus four Ju.87s destroyed on ground plus one W.34 and five Ju.87s damaged on ground.

 

GIBBONS, F/L Noel (J12273) - Bar to Distinguished Flying Cross - No.418 Squadron (deceased) - Award effective 21 October 1944, as per London Gazette dated 12 February 1946 and AFRO 322/46 dated 29 March 1946.

Since the award of the Distinguished Flying Cross, Flight Lieutenant Gibbons has completed many sorties, penetrating deeply into Germany and enemy occupied territory.  On each occasion his skilful navigation has enabled his pilot to reach and patrol the target area, often in very adverse weather, while his excellent commentaries when patrolling heavily defended enemy airfields have assisted his pilot in taking successful evasive action.  In September, 1943, Flight Lieutenant Gibbons was responsible for navigating a section of aircraft through adverse weather and over difficult terrain to a target in the Munich area.  At Bad Aibling he participated in the destruction of two enemy aircraft on the ground and damaged two others.  As squadron navigation leader this officer has done much to maintain a high standard of navigation.

 

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GIBBS, F/O John Cecil (J17590) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.405 Squadron - Award effective 19 June 1944 as per London Gazette dated 27 June 1944 and AFRO 1861/44 dated 25 August 1944. Born in Toronto, 1919; home in Bowmanville.  Enlisted in Toronto, 8 October 1940.  Trained at No.7 BGS (graduated 20 July 1941) and No.2 WS (graduated 23 June 1941). 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."  Public Records Office Air 2/8780 has recommendation by W/C R.J. Lane dated 23 March 1944 when he had flown 45 sorties (300 hours 28 minutes).

 

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11 June 42       NICKELLING, Vichy                  28 Nov 42      Turin (8.40)

(7.25)                                           8 Dec 42        Turin (8.10)

16 Aug 42         GARDENING, Frisians             9 Dec 42        Turin (3.15, DNCO)

(4.00)                                           20 Dec 42      Duisburg (4.35)

20 Aug 42         GARDENING,                            16 Jan 43       Berlin (7.25)

Kolleckerort (7.25)                     17 Jan 43       Berlin (7.00)

27 Aug 42         Kassel (4.55)                              27 Jan 43       Dusseldorf (5.30)

28 Aug 42         Nuremburg (6.40)                      11 Feb 43      Wilhelmshaven (5.55)

6 Sept 42          Duisburg (4.00)                          13 Feb 43      Lorient (6.40)

8 Sept 42          Frankfurt (6.25)                          20 Dec 43      Frankfurt (5.20)

10 Sept 42       Dusseldorf (4.20)                       23 Dec 43      Berlin (7.30)

13 Sept 42       Bremen (4.10)                            29 Dec 43      Berlin (6.10)

14 Sept 42       Wilhelmshaven (4.10)                1 Jan 44         Berlin (6.55)

16 Sept 42       Essen (4.55)                               2 Jan 44         Berlin (7.20)

18 Sept 42       GARDENING, Gulf of                5 Jan 44         Stettin (9.10)

Danzig (9.45)                             20 Jan 44       Berlin (7.10)

23 Sept 42       Wismar (6.35)                            21 Jan 44       Magdeburg (6.45)

24 Sept 42       GARDENING, Kullen                 27 Jan 44       Berlin (7.15)

(7.25)                                           28 Jan 44       Berlin (7.30)

1 Oct 42            Wismar (6.15)                            30 Jan 44       Berlin (6.00)

13 Oct 42          Kiel (5.35)                                   15 Feb 44      Berlin (6.30)

15 Oct 42          Cologne (4.50)                           25 Feb 44      Augsburg (6.45)

17 Oct 42          Le Creusot (10.15)*                   1 Mar 44         Stuttgart (6.55)

22 Oct 42          Genoa (9.45)                              15 Mar 44      Stuttgart (6.30)

24 Oct 42          Milan (9.35)*                               18 Mar 44      Frankfurt (4.50)

15 Nov 42         Genoa (8.10)

 

This officer is a very efficient Wireless Operator who has completed 45 operational sorties against such heavily defended enemy targets as Berlin, Stuttgart and Frankfurt. By his devotion to duty, skill in his trade and desire to carry out his operations to a successful conclusion, he has set an inspiring example which it will be difficult to surpass. Strongly recommended for the award of the Distinguished Flying Cross.

 

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GIBBS, F/L Paul Lewis (J15108) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.66 Squadron - Award effective 18 December 1944 as per London Gazette dated 29 December 1944 and AFRO 379/45 dated 2 March 1945.  Born at Onion Lake, Saskatchewan, 1917; home in Lloydminster, Saskatchewan (hunter).  Trained at No.1 ITS (graduated 21 June 1940), No.4 EFTS (graduated 31 August 1940) and No.2 SFTS (graduated 25 October 1941). Commissioned 1941. Served in UK, Northwest Europe, Africa and Italy.  Demobilized in October 1945, spent one year in civilian life and rejoined RCAF, September 1946.  Awarded AFC, 15 September 1951 for services with No.123 Rescue Unit, Sea Island; Queen's Coronation Medal, 23 October 1953 while with No.2 (F) Wing.

 

During two tours of operations this officer has completed numerous sorties which have included fighter and night intruder patrols, power diving and low level attacks.  He has destroyed one enemy aircraft and participated in the damage and destruction of many enemy vehicles and installations on the ground.  At all times Flight Lieutenant Gibbs has displayed exemplary keenness and an outstanding determination to engage the enemy.

 

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GIBSON, P/O Douglas Ralph (J89229) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.419 Squadron - Award effective 5 April 1945 as per London Gazette dated 17 April 1945 and AFRO 918/45 dated 1 June 1945.  Born in Cumberland, British Columbia, 1924; home in Bevan, British Columbia (locomotive fireman).  Enlisted in Vancouver, 9 July 1942.  Trained at No.9 BGS (graduated 23 July 1942).  No citation other than "completed...numerous operations against the enemy in the course of which [he has] invariably displayed the utmost courage and devotion to duty".  DHist file 181.009 D.3260 (RG.24 Vol.20637) has recommendation dated 29 November 1944 when he had flown 34 sorties (194 hours 55 minutes), 6 March to 25 October 1944.

 

This officer has completed 34 sorties, many of which have been to the enemy's most heavily defended areas.  On one of his first operational sorties, his aircraft crashed on takeoff but, despite this harrowing experience, Pilot Officer Gibson has continued to show great keenness to attack the enemy.  During the course of his tour, his aircraft has been attacked on four occasions but, primarily due to this officer's exhaustive search and the cool, collected manner in which he has directed his pilot, these attackers did not have the opportunity of opening fire.  I consider the devotion to duty and the fine example shown by this officer fully merits the non-immediate award of the Distinguished Flying Cross.

 

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GIBSON, Sergeant George Robert Milton (R109259) - Mention in Despatches - Station Leeming (AFRO gives unit only as "Overseas") - Award effective 14 June 1945 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 1600/45 dated 12 October 1945.  Home in Barrie, Ontario; enlisted in Calgary, 11 July 1941.  DHist file 181.009 D.2619 (RG.24 Vol.20628) has recommendation forwarded 31 July 1944 to No.6 Group Headquarters.

 

Sergeant Gibson enlisted in the RCAF 11.7.41.  He embarked for the United Kingdom 29.10.42 and has been employed as NCO in charge of the Station Post Office at this Station, with some breaks, for the past seventeen months.  His organizing and administrative ability in his trade is outstanding; he works for long hours in a most cheerful manner and instils in his subordinates a high sense of their important and responsible duties.

 

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GIBSON, F/O Gordon Lloyd (J21406) - Croix de Guerre (France) - No.268 Squadron (AFRO gives unit only as "Overseas") - Awarded as per AFRO 1619/45 dated 19 October 1945.  Home in Thornsbury, Ontario; enlisted in Toronto, 22 September 1941. Trained at No.3 ITS (graduated 24 April 1942), No.21 EFTS (graduated 3 July 1942) and No.8 SFTS (graduated 4 December 1942).  Public Records Office Air 2/9645 gives unit and citation.

 

Flying Officer Gibson has flown on many operations over enemy occupied France between January and August 1944.  He is an outstanding fighter reconnaissance pilot.  Prior to D-Day he was engaged in low level photography of enemy positions, often in the face of intense anti-aircraft fire.  Between May and August 1944 he carried out 37 tactical reconnaissance missions, mostly in the area west and north of Paris.  Flying Officer Gibson led his section with skill and bravery, often in adverse weather and in the face of great danger.

 

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GIBSON, F/L Howard Benjamin German (J10702) - Mention in Despatches - Eastern Air Command Headquarters - Award effective 3 November 1944 as per Canada Gazette of that date and AFRO 2479/44 dated 17 November 1944.  Born in Hollyburn, British Columbia; enlisted in Vancouver, 26 June 1941.  Trained at No.2 ITS (graduated 20 September 1941), No.7 AOS (graduated 4 January 1942), No.3 BGS (graduated 13 March 1942) and No.1 ANS (graduated 18 March 1942).

 

This navigator, throughout his duties on operational flying, has displayed outstanding qualities of determination and skill.  By his ability and keenness he has assisted materially in the successful completion of many submarine patrols in which he has taken part.  His devotion to duty throughout his tour of operational flying is praiseworthy.

 

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GIBSON, Fl/O Isobel Victoria (V30179) - Mention in Despatches - No.63 Base - Award effective 14 June 1945 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 1672/45 dated 2 November 1945.  Home in Ottawa; enlisted there 4 June 1942.  DHist file 181.009 D.2619 (RG.24 Vol.20628) has recommendation forwarded to No.6 Group HQ, 31 January 1945.  As of recommendation she had served 24 months in Canada, seven months overseas.

 

Flight Officer Gibson on arrival overseas was immediately assigned Station Catering duties under unfamiliar conditions which she met and successfully mastered in record time.  Confronted with serious questions created by manning and equipment deficiencies and by overcrowding in the Messes, she worked night and day with an earnestness and zeal unequalled.  On July 15th, 1944, she was appointed Base Catering Officer of 63 RCAF Base and carried the dual responsibility of Base and Station until a Station Catering Officer for RCAF Station Leeming was posted to that station on 24th September 1944.  Keenly interested in the welfare of those working under her, skilful in leadership and efficient in the performance of her duties, she has shown herself to be an outstanding officer and willing to sacrifice all personal considerations in the fulfilment of her duties.  She has earned the confidence and respect of all personnel at 63 (RCAF) Base.

 

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GIBSON, P/O John Fleming (J16043) - Mention in Despatches - Award effective 1 June 1943 as per London Gazette dated 2 June 1943 and AFRO 1247/43 dated 2 July 1943.  American citizen; born 16 January 1915; home in Columbia, South Carolina.  Enlisted in Toronto, 9 September 1940; trained at No.1 ITS (graduated 6 January 1941), No.9 EFTS (graduated 17 February 1941), and No.6 SFTS (graduated 16 May 1941).  Warned for embarkation, 17 May 1941; struck off strength to RAF overseas, 17 June 1941; commissioned 1 May 1942; promoted Flying Officer 1 October 1942; transferred to American forces, 21 July 1943. No citation.

 

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GIBSON, F/L Joseph Vernon (J6942) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.119 Squadron - Award effective 1 July 1943 as per London Gazette dated 9 July 1943 and AFRO 1724/43 dated 27 August 1943.  Born in St.Andrews, New Brunswick; enlisted in Moncton, 27 December 1940.  Trained at No.1 ITS (graduated 22 April 1941), No.6 EFTS (graduated 7 June 1941) and No.4 SFTS (graduated 20 August 1941).  Commissioned  1941.

 

In April 1943, Flight Lieutenant Gibson was captain of an aircraft engaged on a night operation in the Bay of Biscay.  The aircraft became unserviceable and was brought down on the sea.  During the subsequent period all the crew succeeded in getting to the dinghy, in which they drifted for fifteen hours.  Throughout this trying and difficult experience Flight Lieutenant Gibson maintained a high morale among his crew and displayed great coolness and initiative.  Throughout the whole of his operational career this officer has always displayed first class airmanship and courage and has played a full part in anti-submarine operations.

 

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GIBSON, F/L William Dudley James (J21206) - Mention in Despatches - Overseas - Award effective 1 January 1946 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 155/46 dated 15 February 1946.  Home in Toronto; enlisted there 5 November 1941.  Trained at No.5 ITS (graduated 9 May 1942), No.20 EFTS (graduated 31 July 1942) and No.9 SFTS (graduated 20 November 1942).

 

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GIDDENS, F/O James Arthur (J23624) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.207 Squadron - Award effective 6 January 1945 as per London Gazette dated 16 January 1945 and AFRO 508/45 dated 23 March 1945. Born 1918 in St.Stephens, New Brunswick; home at Rolling Dam, New Brunswick.  Enlisted in Moncton, 17 December 1941.   Trained at No.1 ITS (graduated 19 June 1942), No.7 EFTS (graduated 25 September 1942) and No.16 SFTS (graduated 5 February 1943).

 

This officer has proved himself to be a skilful and courageous pilot who has shown the utmost determination to complete his mission.  On one occasion his aircraft was detailed to attack Pommerval.  It was attacked by enemy fighters four times but by most skilful airmanship he enabled his gunners to destroy one fighter, damage another force the others to abandon the attack.  Flying Officer Giddens has always displayed great courage and devotion to duty.

 

Public Records Office Air 2/9038 has recommendation dated 16 October 1944 when he had flown 34 sorties (169 hours 35 minutes), 27 May to 27 September 1944; recommended citation citation differs only slightly from that published:

 

27 May 44  St.Valery en Caux (3.30)     25 Jul 44     Stuttgart (8.25)

4 June 44   Maisy (3.45)                          28 Jul 44     Stuttgart (8.00)

5 June 44   La Pernelle (4.10)                 30 Jul 44     Cahagnes (5.00)

6 June 44   Caen (4.30)                           31 Jul 44     La Roche (5.45)

12 Jun 44   Caen (4.35)                           2 Aug 44     St.Maximim (4.25, day)

14 Jun 44   Anney sur Odon (4.40)         6 Aug 44     Bors de Casson (4.25, day)

16 Jun 44   Beauvoir (3.45)                     11 Aug 44   Givors (8.50)

21 Jun 44   Wesseling (4.15)                  12 Aug 44   Brunswick (5.25)

24 Jun 44   Pommerval (3.15)                 14 Aug 44   Brest (4.55)

27 Jun 44   Marquis (2.45)                      15 Aug 44   Arnheim (3.40)

4 July 44     St.Leu d'Esserent (4.15)      18 Aug 44   Foret de l'Isle (4.20)

14 Jul 44    Villeneuve (3.45, DNCO)     11 Sep 44   Le Havre (3.25)

18 Jul 44    Caen (3.30)                           11 Sep 44   Darmstadt (5.20)

18 Jul 44    Revigny (5.15)                       12 Sep 44   Stuttgart (6.40)

20 Jul 44    Courtrai (3.00)                      23 Sep 44   Handers (5.20)

23 Jul 44    Kiel (4.40)                              26 Sep 44   Karlsruhe (6.45)

24 Jul 44    Stuttgart (8.30)                      17 Sep 44   Kaiserlautern (6.35)

 

A determined and conscientious pilot, this officer has completed 33 successful sorties against most of the enemy's strongly defended targets in Germany.  He has proved himself to be a skilful and courageous Captain whose determination to attack every target with accuracy has been a prominent feature throughout his tour.

 

When detailed to attack Pommerval his aircraft was on four occasions attacked by enemy fighters but by skilful handling of his aircraft he enabled his gunners to destroy one fighter, damage another and force the others to break off their attack.

 

Flying Officer Giddens has always displayed outstanding ability in the air and been a fine example to his crews.

 

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GIESELMAN, F/L Leon Emanuel (J20950) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.47 Squadron - Award effective 26 February 1945 as per London Gazette dated 5 March 1946 and AFRO 418/46 dated 18 April 1946.  Born in Bladworth, Saskatchewan, 1920; home in Sardis or Humboldt, Saskatchewan.  Enlisted in Saskatoon, 16 September 1941.  Trained at No.7 ITS (graduated 22 May 1942), No.19 EFTS (graduated 31 July 1942), and No.10 SFTS (graduated 20 November 1942).  News clipping of 1986 notes that he was prominent in Veterans Against Nuclear War.

 

This officer commenced operational flying in January 1944, and has completed many sorties against the enemy in the Middle East and Burma.  His missions have included low level attacks against shipping and airfields which were accomplished successfully.  He has destroyed many locomotives, river craft and motor transport.  Flight Lieutenant Gieselman has always displayed outstanding courage and determination in pressing home his attacks and his skilful leadership has been an inspiration to all.

 

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GIFFORD, F/L Cuthbert Gorham (J13360) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.7 Squadron - Award effective 5 July 1945 as per London Gazette dated 17 July 1945 and AFRO 1558/45 dated 5 October 1945.  Born in Montreal, 1918; home there.  Attended McGill University and United College (BA).  Student minister.  Enlisted in Montreal, 10 November 1941. Trained at No.3 ITS (graduated 20 April 1942) and No.8 AOS (graduated 14 August 1942).  No citation other than "in recognition of gallantry and devotion to duty in the execution of air operations against the enemy".  Public Records Office Air 2/9082 has recommendation dated 13 March 1945 when he had flown 37 sorties (170 hours 35 minutes), 3 September 1944 to 12 March 1945.  The sortie list is almost identical to that of F/L G.S. Patchett, suggesting they were crewed together for all but three sorties.

 

3 Sept 44       Gize Rijen (2.50)                        21 Nov 44      Sterkrade (4.10)

6 Sept 44       Emden (4.00)                             27 Nov 44      Freiburg (5.05)

10 Sep 44      Le Havre (2.45)                          29 Nov 44      Dortmund (3.45)

11 Sep 44      Gelsenkirchen (3.20)                 24 Dec 44      Cologne (4.35)

12 Sep 44      Wanne Eickel (3.20)                  4 Feb 45        Gelsenkirchen (4.40)

20 Sep 44      Calais (2.15)                              7 Feb 45        Cleve (4.20)

25 Sep 44      Calais (1.35)                              8 Feb 45        Politz (8.05)

26 Sep 44      Calais (3.25)                              13 Feb 45      Dresden (8.35)

27 Sep 44      Calais (2.05)                              20 Feb 45      Dortmund (5.10)

5 Oct 44         Saarbrucken (4.05)                   23 Feb 45      Pforzheim (6.50)

6 Oct 44         Dortmund (5.10)                         24 Feb 45      Kamen (4.45)

14 Oct 44       Duisburg (4.20)                          27 Feb 45      Mainz (5.15)

19 Oct 44       Stuttgart (5.50)                           2 Mar 45         Cologne (4.00)

23 Oct 44       Essen (4.30)                               5 Mar 45         Chemnitz (8.20)

25 Oct 44       Essen (3.55)                               7 Mar 45         Dessau (8.25)

28 Oct 44       Cologne (3.45)                           8 Mar 45         Hamburg (6.00)

29 Oct 44       Walcheren (2.25)                       11 Mar 45      Essen (5.00)

2 Nov 44         Dusseldorf (4.15)                       12 Mar 45      Dortmund (4.35)

18 Nov 44      Wanne Eickel (4.20)                 

 

This officer has now made 37 operational sorties, all in the Pathfinder Force, of which 33 have been with a Marker Crew.  At all times regardless of his personal safety, he has shown a high degree of courage, great determination and endurance under very try circumstances.  His cheerfulness, strong devotion to duty and fearlessness in the face of danger are worthy of the highest praise.

 

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GIFFORD, FS Edward (R51847) - British Empire Medal - AFHQ - Award effective 1 January 1946 as per Canada Gazette of that date and AFRO 82/46 dated 25 January 1946.  Home in Sudbury, Ontario; enlisted there on 4 June 1940.

 

This non-commissioned officer has consistently put in long hours of arduous work and displayed a high degree of initiative and foresight in the efficient planning and calculation of aircraft and engine programmes on which new provisioning and overhaul requirements, involving the expenditure of millions of dollars, were based.  From time to time special tasks have been given to him outside his ordinary work and invariably these have been performed in a completely satisfactory way.  His unfailing devotion to duty and exceptional keenness have set a very fine example.

 

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GIGGEY, F/O Douglas Lloyd (J9445) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.83 Squadron - Award effective 6 August 1943 as per London Gazette dated 13 August 1943 and AFRO 1849/43 dated 10 September 1943.  Born in Saint John, New Brunswick, 1918; home there.  Enlisted at Moncton, 28 February 1941. Trained at No.8 BGS (graduated 22 December 1941) and No.3 WS (graduated 21 November 1941).

 

Flying Officer Giggey has completed a large number of operational sorties.  At all times he has proved himself an extremely capable wireless operator displaying the utmost keenness and efficiency in his duties which contributed much to the success attained by his crew.  He has participated in attacks on Essen, Duisburg, Dusseldorf and Berlin and in daylight attacks on Le Creusot and Milan.

 

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GIGUERE, W/C Joseph Hollis (C1997) - Mention in Despatches - No.63 Base - Award effective 14 June 1945 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 1395/45 dated 31 August 1945.  Born in Cobden, Ontario.  Enlisted 27 April 1931 as clerk stenographer; employed at Camp Borden, Trenton and AFHQ, rising to flight sergeant employed in administrative duties.  Commissioned 1 May 1940 (Personnel Administration Branch) and made assistant to Air Member for Organization and Training.  Posted overseas in December 1943, he was appointed Chief Administrative Officer to No.144 Wing and formed it.  Duties included requisitioning personnel, allocating and training them, and enforcing discipline.  In November 1944 he was posted to No.6 Group as Senior Administrative Officer, Leeming, and finally to No.6 Group Headquarters.  In September 1945 he went to RCAF Overseas Record Office, London and repatriated to Canada in March 1946.  Served in postwar RCAF until retirement, 27 April 1962. DHist file 181.009 D.2619 (RG.24 Vol.20628) has recommendation forwarded 2 February 1945 to No.6 Group HQ.

 

Wing Commander Giguere has served with distinction first as Station Administrative Officer and later Base Administrative Officer.  His work has at all times been characterized by a forcefulness and energy backed by long administrative experience.  He has cheerfully and willingly worked the long hours demanded of him and no task beyond the normal call of duty has ever found him wanting...

 

GIGUERE, W/C Joseph Hollis (C1997) - Officer, Order of the British Empire - Award effective 1 January 1946 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 155/46 dated 15 February 1946.  No citation to OBE found.

 

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GIGUERE, LAC Pierre Benoit (R55087) - Mention in Despatches - No.9425 Servicing Echelon (No.62 Base in AFRO) - Award effective 1 January 1945 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 425/45 dated 9 March 1945.  No citation in AFRO; DHist file 181.009 D.1719 (PAC RG.24 Vol.20606) has recommendation forwarded 31 July 1944.  Armourer (Guns).  Home in Dorchester, Quebec. Enlisted in Quebec City, 8 January 1940; in Canada eight months, North Africa 5 months, UK 40 months.

 

With always the interests of his fellow workers and the Service at heart, this airman works conscientiously and tirelessly for long hours, maintaining his cheerful and modest disposition under most trying circumstances.  His superior tradesmanship and bearing stand him out among others.

 

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GILBERSTAD, F/O Robert Arthur (J16352) - Commended for Valuable Services - Overseas - Award effective 8 June 1944 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 1729/44 dated 11 August 1944. Home in Winnipeg; enlisted there 12 March 1941.  Trained at No.2 ITS (graduated 9 July 1941), No.14 EFTS (graduated 13 September 1941) and No.11 SFTS (graduated 5 December 1941).  Photo PL-42921 shows him as member of No.411 Squadron.  No citation.

 

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GILBERT, F/L Anson Edward (J85413) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.428 Squadron - Award effective 5 February 1945 as per London Gazette dated 16 February 1945 and AFRO 563/45 dated 29 March 1945. Born in Hamilton, Ontario; home in Aurora.  Enlisted in Toronto, 7 May 1942. Trained at No.5 ITS (graduated 5 December 1942), No.10 EFTS (graduated 26 February 1943) and No.9 SFTS (graduated 9 July 1943).  Commissioned 1944.  No citation other than "completed...numerous operations against the enemy in the course of which [he has] invariably displayed the utmost fortitude, courage and devotion to duty."  DHist file 181.009 D.3260 (RG.24 Vol.20637) has recommendation dated 29 October 1944 when he had flown 33 sorties (179 hours 25 minutes), 31 May to 25 October 1944.  Incidents described were either 24 or 25 July (Stuttgart) and 27 September (Bottrop).

 

This officer has shown a high degree of courage, skill and initiative throughout his tour of operations.  Of his 33 sorties, 16 were on major targets, all heavily defended, and he displayed dogged determination to press home the attack despite opposition.  On one occasion, on an attack on Stuttgart, his aircraft was attacked four times by enemy fighters and it was badly holed by flak on the Bottrop raid.  On both occasions he carried on to the target and bombed successfully.  His courage and determination have been an inspiration to the squadron.

 

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GILBERT, S/L Charles Henry Edward (C6984) - Mention in Despatches - Western Air Command Headquarters - Western Air Command Headquarters - Award effective 2 February 1946 as per Canada Gazette of that date and AFRO 280/46 dated 15 March 1946.  Enlisted in Toronto, 16 July 1940.

 

This officer has discharged most important duties over a long period in a superior manner.  He has shown exceptional qualities of organization and administration in his work and a tireless effort in carrying through arduous duties often at a sacrifice of his off-duty hours.  This officer has been given responsibilities over and above those normally required of an officer of his rank, which responsibilities he has consistently discharged in a most efficient manner. His exemplary conduct and outstanding devotion to duty have proven an inspiration to all those with whom he comes in contact.

 

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GILBERT, F/L George Frederick (C1291) - Air Force Cross - No.4 Repair Depot - Award effective 28 May 1943 as per London Gazette dated 2 June 1943 and AFRO 1459/43 dated 30 July 1943.  Enlisted in Camp Borden, 3 October 1939.

 

This officer has shown exceptional devotion to duty and competency as Chief Test and Communication pilot at this unit since February 1942.  He has tested as many as eight different types of medium and heavy training and operational aircraft in one day.  He has also been outstanding in flying in crashed aircraft, temporarily repaired, from small fields, thereby effecting a saving of thousands of hours of mechanics' time.  He has always displayed fearless determination to complete his allotted task.

 

NOTE: The nature of his work is clear from the many flying incidents in his career.  These included the following: 26 May 1942, Bolingbroke 9046, Aircraft and Engine Test, brakes defective when landing, ran off runway, nosing up in rough ground; 16 June 1942, Hudson V AM764, retraction test, starboard undercarriage leg collapsed and propeller touched ground, but he kept the wing tip up and maintained straightforward movement until the wing finally touched and aircraft swung; 3 February 1943, Anson I AX239, delivery flight from salvage to No.31 GRS, Charlottetown, following forced landing at emergency field he turned off runway into soft snow, tail rose and wood propeller broke; 26 May 1943, Hurricane BW835, Aircraft and Engine Test, taxying for takeoff, aircraft swung in gusty wind, brake ineffective and slight damage caused; 1 July 1943, Hurricane 6725, Aircraft and Engine Test, engine faltered on takeoff, picked up again, then almost totally failed, so he closed controls, touched down, ran of runway and overturned causing Category "B" damage; 16 July 1943, Canso 9821, Aircraft and Engine Test with full crew, while landing all crew assured him it was fine but flight engineer had failed to check landing gear and the aircraft touched down with wheels up, flight engineer grounded and Gilbert's log book endorsed; 22 March 1944, solo in Ventura V 2139, salvage flight with gear down, but eight minutes into flight the starboard engine almost totally failed and he had to retract undercarriage to maintain height, after which he found no fuel pressure in main tank, and switched to main rear tank which had only five gallons; landed Scoudouc with the port engine nacelle smoking; blame placed on numerous technical failures.

 

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GILBERT, F/O Grant Lester (J28892) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.405 Squadron - Award effective 10 May 1945 as per London Gazette dated 22 May 1945 and AFRO 1147/45 dated 13 July 1945.  Born 1922 at Plommer, Ontario; home in Sault Ste.Marie (laboratory assistant).  Enlisted in North Bay, 18 September 1942. Trained at No.6 ITS (graduated 3 April 1943), No.1 BGS (graduated 26 June 1943) and No.4 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 2/9070 has recommendation dated 20 February 1945 when he had flown 50 sorties (241 hours three minutes), 22 May 1944 to 14 February 1945.

 

22 May 44      Le Mans (5.30)                           6 Oct 44         Sterkrade (3.10)

31 May 44      Au Fevre (5.15)                          11 Oct 44       Fort Frederick

7 June 44       Paris (4.50)                                                        Hendrick (2.15)

10 Jun 44       Versailles (5.15)                        14 Oct 44       Duisburg (4.00)

16 Jun 44       Pas de Calais (4.35)                 15 Oct 44       Wilhelmshaven (4.00)

21 Jun 44       Pas de Calais (4.40)                 19 Oct 44       Stuttgart (5.15)

24 Jun 44       Bonnetot (4.25)                          23 Oct 44       Essen (4.10)

25 Jun 44       Gorenflos (4.05)                         26 Oct 44       Homberg/Leurbeck

27 Jun 44       Wizernes (3.45)                                                 (3.25)

28 Jun 44       Metz (6.30)                                 28 Oct 44       Walcheren (2.00)

4 July 44         Villeneuve St.                             16 Nov 44      Julich (3.45)

George (6.00)                            18 Nov 44      Wanne Eickel (4.25)

18 Jul 44        Caen (4.45)                                21 Nov 44      Castrop (4.25)

19 Jul 44        Wesselring (5.30)                      2 Dec 44        Hagen (5.30)

20 Jul 44        Fermes du Grand Bois             4 Dec 44        Urft Dam (4.05)

(3.35)                                           6 Dec 44        Merseburg (6.15)

24 Jul 44        L'Hey (3.30)                                17 Dec 44      Ulm (5.55)

25 Jul 44        Stuttgart (8.15)                           4 Jan 45         Saarbrucken (4.45)

28 Jul 44        Hamburg (5.30)                          5 Jan 45         Hannover (5.05)

30 Jul 44        Normandy (4.05)                        16 Jan 45       Zeitz (6.50)

1 Aug 44        L'Hey (3.05)                                28 Jan 45       Stuttgart (5.35)

3 Aug 44        Hazenbrouck (3.30)                   1 Feb 45        Mannheim (5.25)

27 Aug 44      Homberg/Leurbeck                   2 Feb 45        Wanne Eickel (4.05)

(3.05)                                           7 Feb 45        Cleve (3.40)

29 Aug 44      Stettin (8.30)                               8 Feb 45        Wanne Eickel (3.55)

6 Sept 44       Emden (3.55)                             13 Feb 45      Bohlen (6.50)

12 Sep 44      Wanne Eickel (3.25)                  14 Feb 45      Chemnitz (7.10)

27 Sep 44      Bottrop (3.20)                            

 

Flying Officer Gilbert is one of the most able Bomb Aimers on the squadron.  In spite of the many hazardous and difficult tasks he has been asked to undertake, his zeal and energy in the performance of his duties have been unfailing.  Flying Officer Gilbert has contributed in a very large measure to the successes achieved on many operational sorties.

 

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GILBERT, F/O Joseph Evangeliste Josaphat (J26356) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.425 Squadron - Award effective 5 February 1945 as per London Gazette dated 16 February 1945 and AFRO 563/45 dated 29 March 1945.  Born at Jackman, Maine; home in Quebec City.  Enlisted in Quebec City, 6 July 1942. Trained at No.3 ITS (graduated 1 January 1943) and No.7 BGS (graduated 14 May 1943).  Commissioned 1943.  Later at No.22 OTU. 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 Vol20607) has recommendation dated 27 October 1944, when he had flown 33 operations (154 hours 40 minutes).

 

A keen and outstanding navigator of a bomber aircraft, Flying Officer Gilbert has contributed largely to the good bombing results and safe return of his crew throughout his first tour of operations over very heavily defended targets.

 

On the night of August 10th, 1944, when detailed to attack Kiel, the aircraft was struck by lightning and all navigation equipment was rendered unserviceable.  Undaunted by these adverse flying conditions, this officer, after two hours of flight, had navigated directly to the target, made possible accurate bombing and a safe landing home.  On many other occasions when over enemy territory, Flying Officer Gilbert has displayed exceptional gallantry and outstanding devotion to duty which have been an inspiration to the members of his crew.

 

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GILBERTSON, S/L Forbes Sangster (J21299) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.414 Squadron - trained at No.1 ITS, No.3 EFTS, and No.14 SFTS.  Awarded as of 27 April 1945 as per London Gazette dated 8 May 1945 and AFRO 966/45 dated 8 June 1945.  Born in Montreal, 1921; home in Toronto (service station attendant).  Enlisted in Toronto, 18 April 1941.  Trained at No.1 ITS (graduated 22 January 1942), No.3 EFTS (graduated 27 March 1942) and No.14 SFTS (graduated 31 July 1942).  Commissioned 1942.

 

During the last nine months Squadron Leader Gilbertson has completed numerous tactical reconnaissance photographic and artillery reconnaissances.  He has throughout achieved outstanding success despite adverse weather and strong opposition from the enemy defences.  This officer's operational ability together with his fine fighting spirit has set a magnificent example which has been reflected in the efficiency of the flight which he commands.

 

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GILBERTSON, W/C Paul Adair (J3709) - Mention in Despatches - Station Dartmouth - Award effective 21 April 1945 as per Canada Gazette of that date and AFRO 802/45 dated 11 May 1945. Home in Simcoe, Ontario; enlisted in Hamilton, 24 June 1940.  Trained at No.2 ITS (graduated 27 July 1940), No.7 EFTS (graduated 11 October 1940) and No.1 SFTS (graduated 30 January 1941.

 

This officer has filled his position of Wing Commander flying in a most efficient manner.  His cheerfulness and willingness to co-operate have been largely responsible for the high standard of flying on his station.  His qualities of leadership are worthy of the highest praise.

 

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GILCHRIST, W/C Norman McLeod (C2345) - Member, Order of the British Empire - AFHQ - Award effective 13 June 1946 as per Canada Gazette of that date and AFRO 660/46 dated 5 July 1946.  Enlisted in Toronto, 10 July 1940.

 

Wing Commander Gilchrist has, throughout six years in the Royal Canadian Air Force, rendered exceptionally meritorious service.  This officer was entirely responsible for the development of Royal Canadian Air Force bands and entertainment units and, under his direction, they reached an exceptionally high standard of proficiency.  The Royal Canadian Air Force bands, through their musical excellence, deportment and discipline, won the highest praise in Canada, the United States and Overseas, and have brought great credit to the Royal Canadian Air Force and to Canada.  The personal efforts of Wing Commander Gilchrist, who has shown outstanding ability and application to duty, have been a major factor in maintaining the morale of the Royal Canadian Air Force at a high level.  For the past year, this officer has been in charge of the Special Services Branch in the Directorate of Personnel during which time he has made a further invaluable contribution to the Royal Canadian Air Force.  Wing Commander Gilchrist has sacrificed his own personal considerations for the good of the service and, through his devotion to duty, untiring efforts and willingness to put in long hours of overtime, this officer sets an excellent example.

 

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GILDNER, F/O Earl Norman (J28872) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.428 Squadron - Award effective 8 September 1945 as per London Gazette dated 25 September 1945 and AFRO 1768/45 dated 23 November 1945.  home in Kitchener, Ontario; enlisted in London, Ontario, 1 July 1942.  Trained at No.6 ITS (graduated 20 March 1943) and No.4 AOS (graduated 6 August 1943).  No citation other than "completed...numerous operations against the enemy in the course of which [he has] invariably displayed the utmost fortitude, courage and devotion to duty."  DHist file 181.009 D.1941 (RG.24 Vol.20612) has recommendation by S/L R.W. Swartz dated 20 April 1945 when he had flown 27 sorties (183 hours 25 minutes).  These began with two sorties in No.429 Squadron ( 12 and 14 July 1944);  resumed operations with No.419 Squadron (14 trips, 6 October 1944 to 2 January 1945) and then switched to No.428 Squadron (7 January to 13 April 1945).

 

This officer has displayed a high degree of courage and determination throughout his tour.  Although handicapped by illness, he has disregarded personal feelings and carried out his duties with a fine record of achievement.  He has shown exceptional ability as a navigator and his efforts have been invaluable to his pilot.

 

His devotion to duty, both in the air and on the ground, has been exceptional and outstanding and it has contributed in a large measure to the efficiency of the squadron as a whole.

 

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GILES, F/O Harold Trevor (J46845) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.11 (BR) Squadron - Award effective 7 July 1945 as per Canada Gazette of that date and AFRO 1291/45 dated 10 August 1945.  Born in Gadsby, Alberta, 17 July 1922. Home in Calgary; enlisted there 12 September 1940.  Trained at No.1 ITS (graduated 20 February 1941), No.12 EFTS (graduated 4 May 1941) and No.5 SFTS (graduated 1 September 1941). Remained in RCAF until 1971.  Died in Victoria, 26 February 1997.  As of recommendation he had flown 2,099 hours (995 operational, 192 sorties).    No citation in AFRO other than "in recognition of valuable services in the air."  Following from DHist files:

 

Flying Officer Giles has completed two tours of operational flying over the North Atlantic.  In spite of adverse weather and trying conditions, he has invariably shown great keenness, efficiency and devotion to duty in the execution of many arduous sorties.  Recently while engaged in transporting personnel across the North Atlantic, his high sense of duty was shown when he established a record number of trips completed under most trying conditions.  He has been a splendid example to his crew and this squadron.

 

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GILES, Sergeant Raymond George (R71729) - Distinguished Flying Medal - No.161 Squadron (Canada) - Award effective 21 April 1945 as per Canada Gazette of that date and AFRO 802/45 dated 11 May 1945.  Enrolled in Toronto, 21 August 1940.  Trained at No.9 BGS (graduated 23 February 1944).  Governor General's Records (RG.7 Group 26 Volume 58, file 190-I, dossier 6) has citation.  When recommended he had flown 982 hours, 827 on operations (92 sorties).

 

This Sergeant has flown hundreds of operational hours over the North Atlantic and Gulf of St.Lawrence areas on anti-submarine duties.  Throughout these sorties as flight engineer he has at all times displayed a high standard of skill and his devotion to duty has been of the highest order.  Keen and enthusiastic in all he undertakes, he has contributed greatly to the high morale of his crew.  Throughout, he has set a splendid example of efficiency and zeal.

 

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GILL, P/O Frederick Allan (J89089) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.428 Squadron - Award effective 6 January 1945 as per London Gazette dated 19 January 1945 and AFRO 508/45 dated 23 March 1945.  Born in Brandon, Manitoba, 1923; home in Vancouver (mechanic).  Enlisted in Vancouver, 27 October 1942.  Trained at No.2 WS (graduated 8 February 1943) and No.8 BGS (graduated 4 October 1943).  Commissioned August 1944.  No citation other than "completed...numerous operations against the enemy in the course of which [he has] invariably displayed the utmost fortitude, courage and devotion to duty." DHist file 181.009 D.3260 (RG.24 Vol.20637) has recommendation dated 10 October 1944 when he had flown 34 sorties (186 hours), 31 May to 27 September 1944.  Recommendation gives number as J89158 (see P/O J. Waddell, below).

 

This officer has proved himself to be an outstanding member of a gallant crew, possessing great determination, initiative and skill.  His co-operation, coolness and devotion to duty have contributed in a large measure to the success of his crew on their operational tour of 34 sorties, many on major targets such as Bremen, Hamburg, Stettin, Stuttgart, Emden, Bottrop, Brunswick and Russelheim.

 

For his outstanding ability and strong sense of duty I recommend the non-immediate award of the Distinguished Flying Cross.

 

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GILL, FS Harry Lewis, (R64935) - Distinguished Flying Medal - No.607 Squadron - Award effective 17 March 1942 as per London Gazette dated 17 March 1943 and AFRO 611/42 dated 24 April 1942. Born in South Devon, New Brunswick, 1922; home there (labourer).  Enlisted in Moncton, 22 August 1940. Trained at No.1 ITS and No.11 EFTS.  Graduated from No.2 SFTS, 10 April 1941.  Arrived in UK, 24 April 1941 and further trained at No.55 OTU.

 

Since joining the squadron in July 1941, this airman has carried out several offensive fighter patrols over enemy territory both by day and by night.  Targets attacked included power stations, large concentration distilleries and factories.  On one occasion Flight Sergeant Gill sighted two of our aircraft which had been forced down onto the sea and remained over them until driven off by a formation of enemy fighters.  On 12th February 1942 this airman participated in operations against a German battleship and their escorts and pressed home his attack with great determination in the face of fierce enemy opposition.  He damaged at least one enemy motor vessel and one enemy aircraft.  This airman has always displayed initiative and keenness and has proved himself to be an inspiration to his fellow pilots.

 

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GILL, F/L Robert Frederick (J4900) - Air Medal (United States) - No.430 Squadron (AFRO gives unit only as 2nd Tactical Air Force) - Award with effect from 3 July 1945 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 602/46 dated 14 June 1946.  Born in Verdun, Quebec, 19 November 1921; home there.  Enlisted in Montreal, 23 October 1940. Trained at No.2 ITS (graduated 12 November 1940), No.10 EFTS (graduated 4 January 1941), and No.5 SFTS (graduated 12 March 1941).  Instructed at No.5 SFTS, No.8 SFTS and No.13 SFTS.  To UK, 4 April 1943 or 4 April 1944.  Attended No.41 OTU.  With No.430 Squadron, 27 August 1943 or 27 August 1944 to 1 June 1945.  Retired 4 September 1945.  Public Records Office Air 2/9090 has recommendation by S/L C. Bricker dated 23 March 1945 when he had flown 90 sorties (127 hours 40 minutes).

 

Operations by this pilot have been many and varied including not only the normal duties of a pilot but also two periods of duty on a Contact Car, working in close liaison with Army fighting formations.  His service in the latter field of activity proved of great value.

 

Missions flown by this officer included Tactical Reconnaissance, Photo Reconnaissance and Artillery Reconnaissance and results have been consistently good.  The keenness he displayed in carrying out these sorties successfully was in some measure due to his appreciation of Army problems, gained partly through experience with the Contact Car.

 

On June 23rd, 1944, operating from the United Kingdom, [he] carried out a Tactical Reconnaissance (two aircraft) of the city of Cherbourg.  This operation was of marked importance to the Allied Air Forces since the exact location of some American units was not known.  The reconnaissance was carried out at zero feet, despite the intensity and accuracy of enemy flak.  Two runs were made from south to north and two runs from west to east from which an excellent appreciation of the battle situation was obtained.  Pictures were taken to confirm Tactical Reconnaissance information.

 

NOTE: When finally published in USAAF Orders this had been reduced to the following.

 

Flight Lieutenant Gill has completed numerous operational flights over enemy territory and has shown little regard for enemy opposition.  His missions have been varied and the results consistently good.  In June 1944 he carried out an important reconnaissance of Cherbourg at extremely low level, despite the intensity and accuracy of anti-aircraft fire.  He has also participated in several missions in direct support of the Allied armies.  He is a most courageous and resourceful leader.

 

 

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GILL, F/O William Thomas Hicks (J7766) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.73 Squadron - Award effective 22 February 1943 as per London Gazette dated 23 February 1943 and AFRO London Gazette dated 23 February 1943 and 513/43 dated 26 March 1943. Born in Toronto, 1920; home there. Trained at No.3 ITS, No.4 EFTS, and No.9 SFTS.  Commissioned August 1941.

 

Flying Officer Gill has taken an outstanding part in the squadron's night flying operations and during the operation leading up to the fall of Tripoli achieved many excellent results from low level attacks.  Throughout, his cheerfulness, determination and fine fighting spirit have set a splendid example to all.

 

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GILLANDERS, FS Gordon Clarke (R189496) - Distinguished Flying Medal - No.424 Squadron - Award effective 13 October 1944 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 2534/44 dated 24 November 1944. Born in Vancouver, 1924; home in Fraser Hills, British Columbia.  Enlisted in Vancouver, 14 September 1942. Trained at No.3 BGS (graduated 17 September 1943).

 

Flight Sergeant Gillanders was the rear gunner of an aircraft which, in August 1944, was detailed to attack Brunswick.  On the return journey the bomber was attacked by an enemy fighter.  Flight Sergeant Gillanders opened fire with a long burst which caused the enemy aircraft to burst into flames.  The second burst of fire caused the fighter to explode in the air.  Flight Sergeant Gillanders has always shown courage, coolness and determination to fulfil his duty.

 

NOTE: DHist file 181.009 (D.2611), in National Archives of Canada RG.24 Volume 20627 has a detailed recommendation drafted by S/L J.A. Westland on 15 August 1944 when he had flown 22 sorties (112 hours).  Text as follows:

 

Flight Sergeant Gillanders is the rear gunner of a four-engined bombing aircraft.

 

On the night of August 12th, 1944, after an attack against Brunswick, the aircraft "G" MZ.802 was attacked by a single engine enemy (ME.109).  The rear gunner gave it a fully long burst upon which it burst into flames and on the second burst it exploded in the air and the pieces floated to the ground.  Just a few minutes previous to this both the mid-upper gunner and the rear gunner shared in the destruction of a twin-engine fighter (ME.210).  They both opened fire at 450 yards and on the first strike it burst into flames and gradually dived to the ground where it was seen to explode by the pilot, the flight engineer and the air bomber.

 

It is felt that the courage, coolness and fine cooperation shown by the whole crew is worthy of great praise and in my considered opinion Flight Sergeant Gillanders is deserving of high commendation and I recommend him for the award of the Distinguished Flying Medal.

 

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GILLESPIE, F/L George MacDougall (C2004) - Commended for Valuable Services - No.112 Wing (Training) - Award effective 1 September 1944 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 2637/44 dated 8 December 1944.  Born in Albert, New Brunswick, 13 April 1907.  Educated at Chatham High School, Pictou Academy and University of New Brunswick.   Began flying in 1928 (instructor and barn stormer, 1931-1934).  Enlisted at Trenton, 1 April 1940.  Instructed at CFS, Trenton.  With RAF Ferry Command, Dorval and North Bay, June 1943 to August 1945 (instructor and flight commander, although the AFRO gave his unit as "Overseas"). No citation in AFRO.  Public Record Office Air 2/9019 has the following, drafted when he had flown 2,872 hours (377 in previous six months).

 

This oficer is a very capable and zealous instructor on the various types of aircraft employed for training in No.45 Group. In this capacity he instills confidence in his pupils.

 

GILLESPIE, S/L George MacDougall (C2004) - Air Force Cross - No.313 Ferry Training Unit - Award effective 7 September 1945 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 1647/45 dated 26 October 1945. Public Records Office Air 2/9117 recommendation (identical to below) states that he had flown 3,194 hours, 914 on ferry or transport duties, 300 in past six months.

 

This officer is flight commander of the RAF Conversion Flight at his station.  He has done excellent work as a flying instructor and flight commander and kept up this high standard when attached for three months to No.5 Operational Training Unit for the purpose of giving ferry training to Liberator crews.  His work during this time was of great benefit to both units.

 

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GILLESPIE, F/O Gordon Campbell (J27402) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.419 Squadron - Award effective 5 February 1945 as per London Gazette dated 16 February 1945 and AFRO 563/45 dated 29 March 1945.  Born in Carleton, Prince Edward Island, 1923; home there.  Formerly with Prince Edward Island Light Horse.  Enlisted in Moncton, 21 July 1942. Trained at No.6 ITS (graduated22 January 1943), No.1 BGS (graduated 14 May 1943) and No.9 AOS (graduated 25 June 1943).  Commissioned 1943. Died in Hampton, New Brunswick, 24 February 2000.  No citation other than "completed...numerous operations against the enemy in the course of which [he has] invariably displayed the utmost fortitude, courage and devotion to duty."  DHist file 181.009 D.3260 (RG.24 Vol.20637) has recommendation dated 4 November 1944 when he had flown 34 sorties (181 hours 20 minutes), 20 December 1943 to 17 September 1944.

 

This officer has completed 34 operations against the enemy and throughout his tour has shown great courage and devotion to duty.  His crew have only the highest praise for his good work, which is of the highest quality. 

 

His assistance in navigation was completely reliable and, while on the bombing run, his cool and calm instructions to the pilot were a great reassurance to the remainder of the crew.

 

His crew has invariably shown the greatest confidence in his ability and his bombing accuracy has been excellent, even on the most heavily defended targets and he has secured no less than nine photographs plotted within the target area.

 

I consider the excellent of Flying Officer Gillespie's work fully merits the non-immediate award of the Distinguished Flying Cross.

 

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GILLESPIE, F/O Malcolm Gregor McGregor (J88981) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.90 Squadron - Award effective 23 November 1945 as per London Gazette dated 7 December 1945 and AFRO 244/46 dated 8 March 1946.  Born 1912 in Port Arthur, Ontario; home in Toronto (salesman).  Enlisted in London, England, 10 July 1942.  Trained at No.10 EFTS (graduated 25 June 1943) and No.1 SFTS (graduated 29 October 1943).  Commissioned August 1944.  No citation, "completed...numerous operations against the enemy in the course of which [he has] invariably displayed the utmost fortitude, courage and devotion to duty."  Public Records Office Air 2/8772 has recommendation dated 19 May 1945 when he had flown 30 sorties (173 hours five minutes) as follows (* denotes daylight sortie):

 

8 Dec 44        Duisburg (4.37)*                                2 Feb 45        Wiesbaden (4.13)

11 Dec 44      Oberhausen (3.24)                            3 Feb 45        Dortmund (5.26)

DNCO                                                9 Feb 45        Hohenbudderg (4.40)    

12 Dec 44      Witten (4.17)*                                    14 Feb 45      Chemnitz (6.12)

21 Dec 44      Trier (4.17)*                                       20 Feb 45      Dortmund (5.56)

23 Dec 44      Trier (4.20)*                                       22 Feb 45      Gelsenkirchen (4.35)*

27 Dec 44      Rheydt (4.22)*                                   23 Feb 45      Gelsenkirchen (6.03)*

28 Dec 44      Cologne/Gremberg                           5 Mar 45         Gelsenkirchen (5.10)*

(4.15)*                                                6 Mar 45         Salzbergen (5.40)*

7 Jan 45         Munich (3.31) DNCO                        7 Mar 45         Dessau (8.48)

15 Jan 45       Erkenschwick (4.52)*                       9 Mar 45         Dutteln (5.05)*

16 Jan 45       Wanne Eickel (5.32)                         10 Mar 45      Scholven Buer (4.48)*

22 Jan 45       Duisburg (4.34)                                 12 Mar 45      Dortmund (5.53)*

28 Jan 45       Cologne/Gremberg                           19 Mar 45      Gelsenkirchen (5.15)*

(8.14)*                                                21 Mar 45      Munster (5.33)*

29 Jan 45       Krefeld/Verdingen                             4 Apr 45         Leuna (8.04)

(6.57)*                                                14 Apr 45       Potsdam (8.33)

1 Feb 45        Munchen/Gladbach                           22 Apr 45       Bremen (5.23)*

(4.36)*                                               

 

This captain has taken great pains to coach his crew in all aspects of their work to reach a very high standard of operational efficiency.

 

He has attained a fine standard of co-operation with his navigator in the execution of the blind bombing technique and has led formation [sic] with great success.  His results have been consistently accurate, his calmness and courage in the face of heavy opposition have proved him to be a Captain of outstanding ability.  His fine work as an operational Captain are most praiseworthy and I strongly recommend that he be awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross.

 

 

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GILLESPIE, F/O William Lorne (J5305) - Mention in Despatches - Overseas - Award effective 1 January 1943 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 232/43 dated 12 February 1943.  Born in Toronto, 2 October 1914.  Enlisted in Toronto, 19 September 1940.  Trained at No.2 ITS, No.3 AOS, No.2 BGS and No.1 ANS.  With Ferry Command; to UK by Hudson, August 1941.  Served in postwar RCAF; awarded Queens Coronation Medal, 21 October 1953 (AFHQ, Wing Commander); CO of Station Uplands in June 1961.  See CAHS Journal, Vol.31, No.3 (Fall 1993).  No citation.

 

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GILLETT, Corporal Margaret Grace (W301558) - Mention in Despatches - Linton - Award effective 14 June 1945 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 1672/45 dated 2 November 1945.  Enlisted at Quebec City, 10 September 1942.  DHist file 181.009 D.1719 (PAC RG.24 Vol.20606) has recommendation forwarded 3 February 1945 when she has served 14 months in Canada, 14 months overseas.  Hospital Assistant.

 

This airwoman as the senior W,D. Hospital Assistant in the Station Hospital has demonstrated qualities of leadership and organizing ability far above the average.  Keenly interested in her work, she entirely of her own initiative works many hours tending her patients and the cheerful and efficient manner in which she performs her duties inspires the confidence of patients and staff alike.

 

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GILLETTE, F/O Arza Berry (J14754) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.140 Squadron - Award effective 27 September 1944 as per London Gazette dated 3 October 1944 and AFRO 2373/44 dated 3 November 1944.  Born 1922 in Croghen, New York. Salesman. American; home either in Potsdam, New York or Canaan, New York.  Enlisted in Ottawa, 1 October 1941.  Trained at No.3 ITS (graduated 28 March 1942), No.17 EFTS (graduated 20 June 1942), and No.8 SFTS (graduated 6 November 1942).  Commissioned 1942.

 

This officer has flown on many sorties, often in the most adverse weather and against heavy enemy opposition.  He has taken part in many important photographic reconnaissance missions which have necessitated very accurate airmanship.  Flying Officer Gillette has consistently maintained an exceptional standard of perseverance and courage.

 

NOTE: Public Records Office Air 2/9023 has recommendation dated 22 July 1944 when he had flown 56 sorties (113 hours 25 minutes) on high, medium and low level photography:

 

This pilot has shown outstanding keenness, skill and energy in the performance of his duty. Of his total sorties, thirteen have been carried out in the obsolescent Spitfire PR.IV and the remainder in the Mosquito; of the latter, ten have been carried out at medium and low level.  Many of his sorties have been carried out in the face of extremely difficult weather conditions and strong enemy opposition.

 

He has played an important part in the squadron's work of photographing the potential airfield sites in Western Europe which necessitated very accurate flying at 12,000 feet. He has set throughout a magnificent example of courage and perseverance and his results have consistently maintained an exceptional standard.

 

To the above the Group Captain commanding No.34 Wing adds (25 July 1944):

 

This officer together with his navigator make the most reliable and consistently successful crew in the squadron. He has always shown the greatest tenacity in obtaining the required photographs and returning to his base.

 

GILLETTE, F/L Arza Berry, DFC (J14754) - Commended for Valuable Services - No.7 OTU - Award effective 1 January 1946 as per Canada Gazette of that date and AFRO 82/46 dated 25 January 1946.

 

This officer has served approximately ten months at this unit, during which time he has displayed great initiative and energy towards the task allotted to him.  The high standard of efficiency and morale at the squadron in which he is deputy can be directly attributed to his outstanding example.  He has been responsible for instilling in trainees his extensive knowledge of operations gained through a successful tour overseas.  In addition, Flight Lieutenant Gillette has made several single-engine landings under adverse conditions.

 

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GILLETTE, FS Victor Ira (Can 9914) - British Empire Medal - AFHQ - Award effective 1 January 1946 as per Canada Gazette of that date and AFRO 82/46 dated 25 January 1946.  Home in Oshawa; enlisted 10 June 1938 in Toronto.

 

This member of the regular force has served with great credit in training and operational commands and at Royal Canadian Air Force Headquarters.  His extensive technical knowledge and keen interest have resulted in an appreciable contribution to signals.  At Royal Canadian Air Force Headquarters this non-commissioned officer has shouldered responsibilities far exceeding those normal to his rank.  By intense personal interest, clear thinking and ceaseless work he has successful adjusted this large and costly facility to the almost constantly altering requirements of the past year.  Throughout his career Flight Sergeant Gillette has placed personal consideration aside in his eagerness to serve to the utmost of his ability.  The result has been a consistently outstanding contribution to the Royal Canadian Air Force.

 

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GILLIATT, F/L Courtney Shippy Spurr (J10269) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.107 Squadron - Award effective 25 September 1945  as per London Gazette dated 2 October 1945 and AFRO 1822/45 dated 7 December 1945.  Born 1921 in Annapolis Royal, Nova Scotia; home there.  Formerly in West Nova Scotia Regiment.  Enlisted in Halifax, 7 May 1941. Trained at No.3 ITS (graduated 31 August 1941), No.21 EFTS (graduated 25 October 1941) and No.9 SFTS (graduated 28 February 1942).  Commissioned 1942.  In postwar RCAF, rising to Brigadier General; retired 1976.

 

Flight Lieutenant Gilliatt has completed numerous operational sorties.  He has proved himself to be a skilful pilot and has secured excellent results on many of his missions.  In December 1944, he executed a telling attack on enemy mechanical transport.  In February 1945 he took part in a daylight operation during which a train and several mechanical transport vehicles were attacked.  Three submarines in the Kiel Canal were also damaged.  Flight Lieutenant Gilliatt has also bombed railway sidings with outstanding success.  He has always pressed home his attacks with energy and determination though frequently encountering bad weather and severe opposition.

 

NOTE: Public Records Office Air 2/9132 has recommendation dated 6 June 1945 when he had flown 46 sorties (136 operational hours).

 

Flight Lieutenant Gilliatt has completed 46 operational flights, including one during daylight. He has proved himself to be a good operational pilot and has obtained some excellent results from his sorties over Germany and German occupied countries.

On the 27th of December 1944 one Mechanical Enemy Transport was attacked on a road at L.0491 and a fire left burning. Later he bombed and strafed a number of Mechanical Enemy Transport, heading east at P.2665.  These attacks resulted in one flamer and an explosion.

 

An already burning Mechanical Enemy Transport was located at P.9482 on the night of the 1st January 1945. A direct hit was scored on this Mechanical Enemy Transport causing an appreciable increase in the intensity of the blaze. Two further bombs fell on the road itself. Some tanks were found on the road near a wood at L.0196 and strikes observed when cannon attacks were made. Another aircraft from the squadron flying over this spot later reported fires burning. The night's work was completed by an attack on a flying bomb in the area L.08 but no results were seen.

 

Flight Lieutenant Gilliatt took part in the daylight operation CLARION against enemy transportation on the 22nd of February 1945. A train of eight trucks was stopped at N.4105 as a result of bombing and strafing attacks. A near miss was obtained with a bomb and cannon strikes observed on the train. The village of Wiemersdorf and horse-drawn vehicles at S.3895 were strafed. Finally, three submarines, preceded by a white ship in the Kiel Canal were attacked and cannon strikes observed.

 

On the night of the 28th February 1945 the marshalling yards at Birkirchen were attacked. One bomb burst was observed on the rear of a train and a second burst among scattered trucks. Strafing attacks resulted in strikes on a locomotive causing an explosion and much smoke and debris to be thrown into the air.

 

Flight Lieutenant Gilliatt has always pressed home his attacks with determination despite frequent ground opposition from the enemy. He has never allowed adverse weather conditions to prevent him from finding targets to attack. He is conscientious and efficient.  For these qualities and the very good results obtained from his operations I recommend him for the award of the Distinguished Flying Cross.

 

GILLIATT, F/L Courtney Shippy Spurr, DFC (J10269) - Mention in Despatches - RCAF Overseas - Award effective 1 January 1946 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 497/46 dated 17 May 1946. 

 

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GILLIES, Sergeant Donald John MacPherson (R89693) - Mention in Despatches - Overseas - Award effective 14 January 1944 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 874/44 dated 21 April 1944.  Home in Teeswater, Ontario; enlisted in Hamilton, 4 April 1941.

 

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GILLIN, F/L Robert Clark (J11211) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.31 Squadron - Award effective 30 October 1945 as per London Gazette dated 6 November 1945 and AFRO 133/45 dated 8 February 1946.  Born in Brantford, Ontario, 1917; home there. Enlisted in Hamilton, 28 July 1942.  Trained at No.3 ITS (graduated 7 October 1941), No.10 AOS (graduated 2 February 1942), No.1 BGS (graduated 13 June 1942), and No.2 ANS (graduated 13 April 1942).  Commissioned April 1942.  Posted from No.217 Squadron to No.31 Squadron.

 

This officer has taken part in a large number of operational missions.  These include the first Chindit operation, the seige of Imphal and supply dropping to the Fifth and Seventh Indian Divisions in the Arakan.  He is a navigator of outstanding ability whose courage in the face of seemingly unsurmountable odds has been a source of inspiration to the other members of his squadron.

 

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GILLIS, F/O Donald James (J25875) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.429 Squadron - Award effective 5 February 1945 as per London Gazette dated 16 February 1945 and AFRO 563/45 dated 29 March 1945.  Born in Edmonton, 1918; home there.  Formerly in Alberta Dragoons. Enlisted in Edmonton, 11 July 1941.  Trained at No.7 ITS (graduated 23 October 1942), No.6 EFTS (graduated 1 January 1943) and No.4 SFTS (graduated 30 April 1943).  Commissioned 1943.  Later posted from No.429 Squadron to No.22 OTU.  No citation other than "completed...numerous operations against the enemy in the course of which [he has] invariably displayed the utmost fortitude, courage and devotion to duty."  DHist file 181.009 D.2610 (RG.24 Vol.20627) has recommendation dated 21 November 1944 when he had flown 33 sorties (171 hours 10 minutes), 28 June to 21 November 1944.

 

This officer has participated in thirty-three attacks on enemy territory, including such targets as Hamburg, the Ruhr and mine laying at Oslo.  On numerous occasions Flying Officer Gillis has had the misfortune of having engine failures while returning from operations.  On each occasion his superior knowledge of engine handling and his outstanding ability as a pilot and captain of aircraft have carried him through and enabled him to complete his missions under the most difficult circumstances.  Throughout his tour he has by his cheerful example encouraged his crew to greater efforts.  He has never failed to reach his objective and to carry out his duty in a most exemplary manner.

 

It is considered that this officer's splendid offensive spirit, combined with his fine operational record fully merits the award of the Distinguished Flying Cross.

 

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GILLIS, LAC John Mervin (R112123) - British Empire Medal - Station Prince Rupert - Award effective 13 August 1943 as per Canada Gazette dated 21 August 1943 and AFRO 2198/43 dated 29 October 1943.  Home in Southport, Prince Edward Island.  Enlisted in Charlottetown.  Incident occurred 28 April 1943 with Shark 549.  Gillis was recommended on 14 May 1943 by F/O H.H. Kirkpatrick, who suggested AFM; this was also suggested by W/C L.H. Brooks, CO.  However, on 3 June 1943 A/C Allen Hull, WAC Headquarters, suggested BEM.

 

Immediately after refuelling an explosion occurred on a seaplane in an area crowded with aircraft and other valuable service equipment.  A wireless mechanic, in the cockpit, was burned about the face and rendered partially unconscious.  Leading Aircraftman Gillis, a motorboat crewman, with great presence of mind and a complete disregard for his personal safety, boarded the aircraft and attacked the flames.  By using three fire extinguishers he finally succeeded in putting out the fire and then rescued the mechanic.  By his prompt and courageous actions the life of an airman was saved and damage of valuable service property was kept at a minimum.

 

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GILLIS, P/O William Edgar (J17233) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.420 Squadron - Award effective 21 October 1943 as per London Gazette dated 29 October 1943 and AFRO 2457/43 dated 26 November 1943.  Born in Sydney Mines, Nova Scotia, 1920; home there.  Enlisted in Halifax, 9 September 1941.  Trained at No.6 BGS (graduated 25 May 1942) and No.4 WS (graduated 3 July 1942).

 

This officer has served throughout his operational career as rear gunner and consistently displayed a high standard of efficiency and accuracy.

 

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GILLMORE, FS (now P/O) John Harvey (R93824/J16762) - Distinguished Flying Medal - No.101 Squadron - Award effective 7 May 1943 as per London Gazette dated 14 May 1943 and AFRO 1187/43 dated 25 June 1943.  Born in Picardville, Alberta, 1921; home there.  Enlisted in Edmonton, 28 April 1941.  Trained at No.2 ITS (graduated 6 August 1941), No.1 EFTS (graduated 25 September 1941), and No.5 SFTS (graduated 18 December 1941).  Commissioned 1942.

 

This airman has invariably taken part in operational flying with exceptional keenness and enthusiasm.  In the face of all hazards he has frequently completed his mission successfully despite strong enemy opposition.  During an attack against Turin in December 1942, he bombed the target successfully, undeterred by exceptionally adverse weather.  One night in December 1942, by skilful airmanship, he evaded three attacks by enemy night fighters.  Flight Sergeant Gillmore also proved his ability to deal with difficult situations during an attack on Essen in January 1943.  His aircraft was severely damaged by anti-aircraft fire and the wireless operator wounded, but by cool and calculated handling of the aircraft he again reached base safely.

 

NOTE: Public Record Office Air 2/8950 has recommendation drafted 23 March 1943 when he had flown 31 sorties (184 hours 15 minutes).  The document deals with his operations in some detail:

 

4 Sept 42      Bremen (6.05)                   Duty carried out.

6 Sept 42      Duisburg (4.15)                 Target bombed.

10 Sept 42    Duisburg (3.30)                 Fires started near railway yards.

13 Sept 42    Bremen (5.40)                   20 minutes over target; aircraft hit by flak.

14 Sept 42    Wilhelmshaven (5.35)       Successfully carried out.

16 Sept 42    Essen (3.05)                      Returned early; complete electrical failure; crashed on landing.

19 Sept 42    Saarbrucken (6.35)           Ground haze; target bombed.

21 Sept 42    GARDENING (6.10)          Duty carried out.

20 Nov 42     Turin (8.00)                         Bombed at 10,000 feet; three attacks by fighters.

22 Nov 42     Stuttgart (7.40)                   10/10 cloud; 27 minutes over target.

28 Nov 42     Turin (8.20)                         Target bombed; bursts seen.

11 Dec 42     Turin (8.50)                         Bombed objective under very bad weather conditions; severe icing.

20 Dec 42     Duisburg (4.20)                 Duty carried out; rear turret became unserviceable.

21 Dec 42     Munich (7.55)                     Successful trip; reflection of fires seen on cloud.

3 Jan 43        GARDENING (7.30)          Mines laid.

4 Jan 43        Essen (3.40)                      Target bombed; aircraft hit by heavy flak; wireless operator wounded.

13 Jan 43      Essen (5.25)                      No results observed; intense heavy flak.

16 Jan 43      Berlin (7.50)                       Successful trip.

21 Jan 43      Essen (5.00)                      Target bombed.

23 Jan 43      Dusseldorf (4.30)              Bombed from 20,000 feet; attacked by Me.110.

2 Feb 43       Cologne (5.20)                  Successfully carried out.

4 Feb 43       Turin (8.55)                         Fires started.

11 Feb 43     Wilhelmshaven (5.30)       Duty successfully carried out.

13 Feb 43     Lorient (5.30)                     Bombed from 12,000 feet.

14 Feb 43     Milan (8.20)                        Good trip.

16 Feb 43     Lorient (5.50)                     Target bombed; burst seen.

18 Feb 43     Wilhelmshaven (5.00)       Successfully carried out.

21 Feb 43     Bremen (4.45)                   Very satisfactory sortie.

25 Feb 43     Nuremburg (7.45)              Duty carried out.

26 Feb 43     Cologne (4.50)                  Target bombed.

 

Flight Sergeant Gillmore (Canadian) has just completed a very successful tour of operational sorties, eight of which were carried out in Wellington Mark II aircraft and 23 in Lancaster Mark I aircraft.  During these operations he has always displayed an unconquerable spirit of determination to achieve his objective, frequently in the face of strong enemy opposition.

In the attack against Turin on the night of 11th December 1942, he reached his target under exceptionally bad weather conditions, and by his skilful airmanship on the night of the 20th November 1942, evaded three different attacks by enemy night fighters.

 

Flight Sergeant Gillmore also proved his ability to deal with difficult situations on the attack on Essen on the night of the 4th January 1943.  His aircraft, when over the target, was severely damaged by heavy flak and the Wireless Operator wounded, but by his coolness and calculated handling of his aircraft it was brought back to this country, and safely landed without further damage to aircraft or crew.

 

The consistent good work by this Non-Commissioned Officer and the fin example he has set by his courage and devotion to duty fully merits his recommendation for an of award of the Distinguished Flying Medal.

 

On 24 March 1943 the Officer Commanding, RAF Station Holme-on-Spalding Moor, wrote:

 

Flight Sergeant Gillmore, throughout his first operational tour, has displayed a keenness and determination to complete his allotted tasks which are worthy of high praise.  His consistency and reliability have been equalled only by his skilful airmanship and have set a splendid example to all members of his squadron who hold him in high regard.  I consider that his fine record of achievement which has included sorties to many major targets in germany including the Ruhr and Berlin as well as Italian targets is deserving of recognition by the award of the Distinguished Flying Medal.

 

GILLMORE, F/L John Harvey, DFM (J16762) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.635 Squadron - Award effective 4 November 1944 as per London Gazette dated 14 November 1944 and AFRO 239/45 dated 9 February 1945.

 

Since the award of the Distinguished Flying Medal this officer has completed many more operational sorties.  He has invariably displayed a high degree of skill, courage and resolution.  His achievements at all times have been most praiseworthy.

 

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GILLSON, W/C Albert Henry Stewart (C1537) - Officer, Order of the British Empire - No.1 CNS - Award effective 1 January 1943 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 55/43 dated 15 January 1943.  Born in Soham, England, 4 December 1889. Enlisted at Montreal, 21 December 1939.

 

Wing Commander Gillson has been responsible for the organization and the present state of high efficiency of the ground instruction of this navigation school.  This school, under the direction of Wing Commander Gillson, has specialised exclusively in celestial navigation and has set a very high standard in this particular phase of training. As a direct result of the training received at his school, Observers on active service overseas have done markedly fine work.

 

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GILMORE, S/L Edward Gerard (C1036) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.408 Squadron - Award effective 24 March 1943 as per London Gazette dated 6 April 1943 and AFRO 809/43 dated 7 May 1943. Born in Toronto, 1913; home there. Enlisted in Toronto, 1 August 1939.  Cited with Sergeant J.W.T.M. Smith (RAF, awarded DFM).  Killed in action with No.408 Squadron, 5 April 1943 (Halifax BB336); name on Runnymede Memorial.

 

One night in February 1943, Squadron Leader Gilmore and Sergeant Smith were captain and bomb aimer respectively of an aircraft detailed to attack Cologne.  Whilst over the target area the aircraft was subjected to heavy anti-aircraft fire and sustained much damage.  The aircraft went out of control and considerable height was lost before Squadron Leader Gilmore regained control.  The bomber was riddled by shell splinters and one of his propellers was shot away, two compasses were rendered useless and all navigational charts were lost.  Nevertheless, Squadron Leader Gilmore flew the damaged bomber to an airfield near the coast, having received valuable assistance from Sergeant Smith, who by use of the bomb sight compass, displayed skilful navigation.

 

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GILMORE, F/L John Duncan (J23896) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.626 Squadron - Award effective 8 September 1945 as per London Gazette dated 21 September 1945 and AFRO 1704/45 dated 9 November 1945.  Born in Toronto, 1922; home there (clerk); enlisted there 15 January 1942.  Trained at No.6 ITS (graduated 17 July 1942), No.20 EFTS (graduated 9 October 1942) and No.2 SFTS (graduated 19 February 1943).  Commissioned 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 2/8749 has recommendation dated 6 April 1945 when he had flown 36 sorties (201 hours 25 minutes), 16 September 1944 to 31 March 1945.  NOTE: the citation refers to Dresden as one of his targets, but it does not appear in the sortie list.

 

16 Sep 44      Rheine                                    14 Dec 44      GARDENING, Kattegat

20 Sep 44      Calais                                     14 Dec 44      Karlsruhe

23 Sep 44      Neuss                                     17 Dec 44      Ulm

26 Sep 44      Cap Gris Nez                         28 Dec 44      Bonn

5 Oct 44         Saarbrucken                          29 Dec 44      Scholven

7 Oct 44         Emmerich                              4 Jan 45         Royan

14 Oct 44       Duisburg                                6 Jan 45         Neuss

14 Oct 44       Duisburg                                16 Jan 45       Zeitz

28 Oct 44       Cologne                                 3 Feb 45        Bottrop

30 Oct 44       Cologne                                 7 Feb 45        Kleve

2 Nov 44         Dusseldorf                             15 Mar 45      Hanover

4 Nov 44         Bochum                                  16 Mar 45      Nurnberg

6 Nov 44         Gelsenkirchen                       18 Mar 45      Hanau

9 Nov 44         Wanne Eickel                        21 Mar 45      Langendreer

11 Nov 44      Dortmund                               23 Mar 45      Bremen

18 Nov 44      Wanne Eickel                        25 Mar 45      Hanover

27 Nov 44      Freiburg                                 27 Mar 45      Paderborn

3 Dec 44        Urft Dam                                 31 Mar 45      Hamburg

 

Flight Lieutenant Gilmore, a Canadian, as captain and pilot of heavy aircraft, has completed 36 operations against such targets as Duisburg, Cologne, Dresden, Hanover and Nuremburg.  He has at all times shown the greatest keenness both in organizing his crew into an efficient fighting unit, and in successfully bombing the enemy on every occasion, pressing home his attacks in a most fearless manner.

 

Throughout this, his first tour of operations, Flight Lieutenant Gilmore has shown himself to be a competent and skilful pilot and his keen offensive spirit coupled with his determination has set a magnificent example to his crew.

 

Flight Lieutenant Gilmore has never shirked the most arduous of his duties and his fine record of achievement coupled with an inconquerable spirit has done much towards building up the high morale and offensive spirit of the whole squadron.

 

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GILMORE, FS (now P/O) Marshall Elgin (R169926/J88970) - Distinguished Flying Medal - No 420 Squadron - Award effective 22 December 1944 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 337/45 dated 23 February 1945.  Born in 1914, Dunnville, Ontario; home in London, Ontario.  Educated at Ontario College of Pharmacy; druggist before war.  Enlisted in London, Ontario, 21 July 1942. Trained at No.1 ITS (graduated 28 May 1943) and No.1 AOS (graduated 29 October 1943).  Commissioned 1944.

 

One night in October 1944, Flight Sergeant Gilmore was navigator of an aircraft detailed to attack Wanne Eickel. Before reaching the target the aircraft was hit by anti-aircraft fire.  Extensive damage was sustained and the mid-upper gunner was wounded when the attack had been executed. Flight Sergeant Gilmore turned his attention to the wounded gunner to whom he rendered efficient first aid.  Afterwards he skilfully navigated the aircraft to an airfield in the low countries where a landing was made so that the badly injured crew member could be taken off for urgent medical attention.  Flight Sergeant Gilmore set a fine example of coolness and resolution throughout and by his proficiency in first aid and his skill in navigating the aircraft accurately to a strange airfield he undoubtedly contributed materially to save his comrade's life.

 

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GILMOUR, F/L Benton Thomas (J6189) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.421 Squadron - Award effective 6 February 1945 as per London Gazette dated 13 February 1945 and AFRO 508/45 dated 23 March 1945. Born at St.Thomas, Ontario, 1921; home there.  Enlisted in Hamilton, 28 October 1940.  Trained at No.2 ITS (graduated 22 February 1941), No.6 EFTS (graduated 22 April 1941) and No.10 SFTS (graduated 15 July 1941).  Commissioned 1941. Released 20 September 1945.  Directorate of History and Heritage fighter claims cards indicate the following victories: 23 August 1944 one FW.190 destroyed; 29 September 1944, one Bf.109 damaged; 2 October 1944, one Bf.109 destroyed plus one FW.190 destroyed plus one FW.190 damaged.

 

This officer has completed an intensive tour of operations with outstanding success.  He has destroyed three enemy aircraft and damaged two others.  He has also inflicted much damage on enemy transport.  At all times, Flight Lieutenant Gilmour has displayed great courage, skill and devotion to duty which have been most praiseworthy.

 

NOTE: Public Records Office Air 2/9048 has recommendation dated 4 December 1944 when he had flown 149 sorties (200 hours ten minutes); he was then a Deputy Flight Commander; the document appears to have been raised by his Flight Commander:

 

During his tour of operations, this officer has shown exceptional keenness to engage the enemy, displaying courage and skill at all times. He has flown 149 sorties in which he has destroyed three aircraft and damaged two others. He has also destroyed or damaged more than 65 pieces of enemy transport.  He has led flights on many occasions and has always shown himself to be extremely capable and to possess good qualities of leadership.

 

This was supported the same day by Squadron Leader J.D. Browne (Commanding Officer, No.421 Squadron).  On 11 December 1944 G/C W.R. MacBrian added:

 

This officer has recently completed a very intensive tour of operations during which he has achieved very fine success. He has flown 150 sorties of all types from dive-bombing to ground strafing and sweeping, has destroyed three aircraft and more than 65 enemy transport. I consider that this officer deserves the non-immediate award of the Distinguished Flying Cross and I strongly recommend that the award be made.

 

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GILMOUR, F/O Bert Cummins (J28672) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.428 Squadron - Award effective 5 February 1945 as per London Gazette dated 16 February 1945 and AFRO 563/45 dated 29 March 1945. Born 1912 in Millgrove, Ontario; home in Galt; enlisted in Hamilton, 10 March 1941.  Trained at No.6 ITS (graduated 19 February 1943), No.1 BGS (graduated 23 July 1943) and No.4 AOS (graduated 11 June 1943).  Commissioned 1943.  No citation other than "completed...numerous operations against the enemy in the course of which [he has] invariably displayed the utmost fortitude, courage and devotion to duty."  DHist file 181.009 D.3260 (RG.24 Vol.20637) has recommendation dated 29 October 1944 when he had flown 32 sorties (175 hours 40 minutes), 5 June to 25 October 1944.

 

This officer has displayed exceptional tenacity of purpose, together with a high degree of courage and initiative.  His great ability and cheerful confidence have inspired a high standard of morale in his crew.  He has completed thirty-two sorties, sixteen of which have been on heavily defended major targets such as Essen, Stuttgart, Wilhelmshaven, Duisburg, Bottrop, Emden, Stettin, Russelheim, Bremen, Hamburg, Kiel, and Wesseling and on each occasion he has dropped his bombs successfully and has secured some excellent photographs.

 

For his all round ability and great devotion to duty, I recommend the non-immediate award of the Distinguished Flying Cross.

 

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GILMOUR, S/L Walter William (J3751) - Air Force Cross - No.1 SFTS (since moved to No.1 Training Command Headquarters) - Award effective as of 1 January 1945 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 89/45 dated 19 January 1945 - Enlisted in Toronto, 25 June 1940.  Trained at No.1 ITS (graduated 14 September 1940), No.1 EFTS (graduated 11 November 1940), and No.2 SFTS (graduated 28 January 1941).   Remained in postwar RCAF with service at Trenton, Toronto and AFHQ.  Reported to have flown 1,824 hours to date of recommendation, 1,619 hours as instructor, 174 hours in previous six months.

 

This officer, throughout an arduous career on flying instructional duties, has executed his responsibilities more than adequately.  By his excellent leadership and ability as a pilot he has been a mainstay in the training organization at this station.  For the past six months he has had the responsibilities of chief flying instructor as well as those of a squadron commander and has performed these duties most efficiently.  The excellent work of this officer and the outstanding devotion to duty he has displayed at all times are most praiseworthy.

 

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GILPIN, F/O Elwyn Courtney (J87998) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.433 Squadron - Award effective 5 July 1945 as per London Gazette dated 20 July 1945 and AFRO 1619/45 dated 19 October 1945.  Born 1915 at Viking, Alberta; home there (clerk and farmer).  Enlisted in Edmonton, 5 October 1942.  Trained at No.2 WS (graduated 11 January 1943) and No.8 BGS (graduated 20 September 1943).  Commissioned 1944.  No citation other than "completed... numerous operations against the enemy in the course of which [he has] invariably displayed the utmost fortitude, courage and devotion to duty".  DHist file 181.009 D.2610 (RG.24 Vol.20627) has recommendation dated 15 March 1945 when he had flown 31 sorties (145 hours 25 minutes), 24 May to 21 November 1944.

 

This officer, the Wireless Operator of the crew captained by Flight Lieutenant T.H. Prescott, has completed thirty-one operational trips over enemy territory including such heavily defended targets as Hamburg, Dortmund and Duisburg.

 

The courage, skill and determination in action displayed at all times by Pilot Officer Gilpin have been a great inspiration to his crew, and his coolness and devotion to duty has contributed in a large measure to the success of his many operational flights.

 

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GIMBEL, P/O Edward Lester (J15890) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.403 Squadron - Award effective 9 March 1943 as per London Gazette dated 23 March 1943 and AFRO 757/43 dated 30 April 1943.  American in the RCAF; born in Chicago, Illinois, 1916; home there.  Enlisted in Windsor, 9 October 1940.  Trained at No.1 ITS (graduated 16 May 1941), No.10 EFTS (graduated 3 July 1941), and No.14 SFTS (graduated 26 September 1941).  Commissioned 1942. Shot down on 4 April 1943, he was wounded but managed to evade capture, leaving Gibraltar for the UK on 5 August 1943.  See G.A. Brown, Those Who Dared. Transferred to USAAF, 13 June 1944.  Died in United States, 1977.  Victories as follows (serial numbers from Chris Shores, Aces High, 2nd edition): 17 August 1942, two FW.190s probably destroyed (Spitfire BS176, one shared with P/O H.A. Westhaver); 6 September 1942, one FW.190 damaged (BS176); 9 October 1942, one FW.190 destroyed (BS176, shared with F/L G.B. Murray); 10 November 1942, one FW.190 destroyed (BS176, shared with S/L Keith Hodson); 17 January 1943, one FW.190 destroyed (BS104); 27 February 1942, one FW.190 destroyed (BR623); 4 April 1943, one FW.190 destroyed (BS110); 20 December 1943. one FW.190 destroyed.  Photo PMR-78-147.

 

This officer has taken part in a very large number of sorties over enemy territory including a number as escort to heavy bombers.  Pilot Officer Gimbel, who is an excellent section leader, has destroyed two enemy aircraft.  He has at all times displayed great keenness and devotion to duty.

 

GIMBEL, F/O Edward Lester, DFC (J15890) - Mention in Despatches - No.403 Squadron - Award effective 14 January 1944 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 874/44 dated 21 April 1944.

 

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GINGRAS, P/O Paul Henri (J87974) - Mention in Despatches - No.405 Squadron - Award effective 1 January 1945 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 379/45 dated 2 March 1945.  Born at Quebec City, 5 June 1918; enlisted in Regina, 21 April 1942.  Trained at No.3 ITS (8 November 1942 to 3 April 1943) and No.9 BGS (16 May to 9 July 1943).  LAC 15 May 1943; Sergeant 25 June 1943; FS 25 March 1944; P/O 9 June 1944 (not gazetted until October); F/O 9 December 1944.  Trained in UK at No.25 OTU. 

 

GINGRAS, P/O Paul Henri (J87974) - Croix de Guerre with Silver Star and FFI Emblem (France) - No.405 Squadron - Awarded as per AFRO 1619/45 dated 19 October 1945. Served in No.419 Squadron (9 October 1943 to 25 January 1944) and No.405 Squadron (25 January 1944 to 10/ll June 1944 (shot down during raid on Versailles marshalling yards). A Joined French Resistance, participating in several attacks on German communications systems.  Reported safe in Allied hands, 25 July 1944, having been forwarded from Paris to Caen area where he met our forces.  The following was reported by French authorities when recommending him for honours:

 

Paul Gingras, Canadian Air Gunner, voluntarily participated in the French Resistance Movement and displayed great bravery.  By his courage, several important missions were successfully carried out behind enemy lines, notably the destruction during the night of the 2nd and 3rd of July 1944 of a bridge of the utmost strategical importance.

 

NOTE:  This award generated some interesting correspondence about protocol (which seems to have been ignored) and common sense (which was applied).  On 6 March 1945 Air Commodore E.E. Middleton (Acting AOC Commanding-in-Chief) wrote to the Under Secretary of State, Air Ministry, as follows:

 

The Canadian Ambassador in Paris, General Vanier, while in Caen recently, was presented with the enclosed citation, also the Croix de Guerre avec Etoile d'Argent and an F.F.I. emblem, by Commandant Gille, President of the Committee of Liberation of Calvados, for Pilot Officer Paul Henri Gingras.  This award has evidently been made in the field to Pilot Officer Paul Henri Gingras J.87974 of the Royal Canadian Air Force.

 

I do not think that this matter has been taken through the usual channels, probably due to the conditions prevailing at the time the Commandant made the award.  However, I should appreciate your presenting this case to the appropriate authorities and advising them of my approval of its acceptance.

 

It is requested, also, that our appreciation of this award be extended to the French authorities.

 

On 12 June 1945 Mr. F.S. Yuill passed this on to Sir Robert Knox with his own comments:

 

You will see that the awards have been made in an unusual manner and were not offered through the appropriate channel in the normal way.  In the circumstances I presume that we can only agree to the Canadian authorities' request for the awards to be accepted on their behalf.

If the Committee concur, therefore, we will take steps to have the Croix de Guerre gazetted.

 

The F.F.I emblem is, of course, not a decoration and should the officer raise the question of wearing it in uniform I imagine it will be for the Canadians to make their own decision according to their regulations governing such cases.

 

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GINSBERG, WO Albert Abraham (R250093) - Mention in Despatches - No.6 Group Headquarters - Award effective 1 January 1945 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 379/45 dated 2 March 1945. Home in Toronto; enlisted there 29 September 1941.  No citation.

 

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GIORGIANNI, Corporal Charles Everard (R85802) - British Empire Medal - RCAF Station Botwood - Award effective 1 January 1944 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 113/44 dated 21 January 1944.  Born in Angus, Ontario, 2 December 1918.  Home in Barrie, Ontario; enlisted in Toronto, 19 December 1940.  DHist File  181.009 D.3061 (RG.24 Vol.20635) has recommendation and correspondence; events happened on 12 August 1943.  In the previous winter he had also given good service clearing roads of snow.

 

When a dangerous fire broke out in a town in the vicinity of his unit and threatened to become a major conflagration owing to a very high wind, this NCO, in spite of the intense heat, smoke and flying embers, and with no regard for personal safety, repeatedly drove an RCAF bulldozer into the flames, levelling the burning buildings and sheds which made an effective fire break, thereby greatly assisting the fire fighters in bringing the fire under control.  The courageous actions of this airman undoubtedly contributed in averting a very serious conflagration resulting in minimizing the damage to property and loss of life.

 

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GIRLING, P/O Delton Ernest (J92004) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.101 Squadron - Award effective 5 February 1945 as per London Gazette dated 16 February 1945 and AFRO 563/45 dated 29 March 1945. Born in 1924; home in Ponoka, Alberta. Enlisted in Edmonton, 12 June 1942.  Trained at No.2 ITS (graduated 5 December 1942), No.15 EFTS (graduated 19 February 1942), No.5 BGS (graduated 10 July 1943) and No.1 ANS (graduated 20 August 1943).  Commissioned 1944.  No citation other than "completed...numerous operations against the enemy in the course of which [he has] invariably displayed the utmost fortitude, courage and devotion to duty."  Public Records Office Air 2/8831 has recommendation for a DFM dated 13 November 1944 when he had flown 30 sorties (139 hours 30 minutes), 18 July 1944 to 28 October 1944; Flight Sergeant (R171602) at the time.

 

18 Jul 44        Wesseling                              8 Sept 44       Le Havre

20 Jul 44        Homberg                                10 Sep 44      Le Havre

23 Jul 44        Kiel                                         12 Sep 44      Frankfurt

24 Jul 44        Stuttgart                                  16 Sep 44      Steenwijk

28 Jul 44        Foret de Nieppe                    17 Sep 44      Westkapelle

3 Aug 44        Trossy St. Maximim              20 Sep 44      Calais

4 Aug 44        Pauillao                                  23 Sep 44      Neuss

5 Aug 44        Blaye                                      26 Sep 44      Cap Griz Nez

7 Aug 44        Caen                                       27 Sep 44      Kaiserslautern

9 Aug 44        Chatellerault                           3 Oct 44         Westkapelle

15 Aug 44      Le Culot                                  5 Oct 44         Saarbrucken

16 Aug 44      Kiel                                         7 Oct 44         Emmerich

3 Sept 44       Gilze-Rijen                             23 Oct 44       Essen

5 Sept 44       Le Havre                                25 Oct 44       Essen

6 Sept 44       Le Havre                                28 Oct 44       Cologne

 

Flight Sergeant Girling, a Canadian, has completed a fine Operational tour with this squadron having carried out 30 highly successful sorties against a variety of targets in Germany and occupied Europe.  Many of these targets have been desperately defended, but despite intense opposition this N.C.O. has never allowed it to deflect the accuracy of his bombing which has always shown excellent results.

 

By his complete devotion to duty and high order of personal courage, Flight Sergeant Girling, has always directed his Captain with unerring skill and judgement and it is recommended that his fine record of Operational achievement be recognized by an award of the Distinguished Flying Medal.

 

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GIRVAN, F/O Ronald McLelland (J23208) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.100 Squadron - Award effective 1 September 1944 as per London Gazette dated 15 September 1944 and AFRO 2373/44 dated 3 November 1944.  Born 1922 in Rexton, New Brunswick; home there.  Enlisted in Moncton, 7 April 1942. Trained at No.6 ITS (graduated 25 September 1942), No.4 BGS (graduated 22 January 1943) and No.8 AOS (graduated 5 December 1942).  Commissioned 1943.  No citation other than "completed...many successful operations during which [he has] displayed high skill, fortitude and devotion to duty."  Public Records Office Air 2/9276 has recommendation dated 14 June 1944 when he had flown 29 1/3 sorties (159 hours).

 

                                                            (* denotes 1/3 sortie)

 

23 Dec 43      Berlin                                      24 Apr 44       Karlsruhe

29 Dec 43      Berlin                                      26 Apr 44       Essen

1 Jan 44         Berlin                                      27 Apr 44       Friedrichshafen

19 Feb 44      Leipzig                                   9 May 44        Merville

24 Feb 44      Schweinfurt                            10 May 44      Dieppe

1 Mar 44         Stuttgart                                  21 May 44      Duisburg

22 Mar 44      Frankfurt                                 22 May 44      Dortmund

24 Mar 44      Berlin                                      24 May 44      Le Clipon

26 Mar 44      Essen                                     27 May 44      Merville

30 Mar 44      Nuremburg                             28 May 44      Enfield Battery

9 Apr 44         GARDENING                         5 June 44       Caisbecq

10 Apr 44       Aulnoye*                                 6 June 44       Vire

18 Apr 44       GARDENING                         7 June 44       Cerisy

20 Apr 44       Cologne                                 10 Jun 44       Acheres

22 Apr 44       Dusseldorf                             11 Jun 44       Evreaux

 

Flying Officer Girvan has now completed 29 1/3 operational sorties, on many of which fierce opposition has been encountered.  Undeterred by anti-aircraft fire and fighter attacks, he has maintained his coolness and judgement and dropped his bombs with consistent accuracy and determination to hit the target.  His complete disregard for the enemy's efforts to deflect him from his purpose and his devotion to duty have ensured the success of his crew's efforts.

 

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GIVINS, S/L Henry Cecil (C4379) - 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 Vancouver, 14 March 1941; home there.  No citation in AFRO.

 

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GIVOTNIKOFF, FS (now WO2) Anatole - British Empire Medal - No.11 Aeronautical Inspection District.  Award effective 8 June 1944 as per RCAF Routine Order 1380/44 dated 30 June 1944.  Born in Uzov, Russia; educated at Sarsfield School, Russian Military College and International Correspondence Schools, Montreal.  Enlisted in Montreal, 16 January 1940 (home there).

 

This NCO, in charge of the equipment section at his unit, has given outstanding meritorious service in the discharge of his duties.  He gave unstintingly of his time in the organization period of his detachment.  The advice and guidance he has given to civilian contractors has been of the utmost value.

 

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GLADDEN, W/C Richard Fleming (C1404) - Air Force Cross - No.1 Air Command Headquarters (now Station Watson Lake) - Award effective 21 April 1944 as per London Gazette dated 24 April 1944 and AFRO 802/45 dated 11 May 1945.  Home in Claresholm, Alberta.  Enlisted at Edmonton, 1 November 1939.  As of recommendation he had flown 1,434 hours, 800 as instructor (105 hours in past six months).  No citation in AFRO.  Governor General's Records (RG.7 Group 26, Vol.58, file 190-I, dossier 6) has citation.

 

Since the outbreak of war this officer has served with distinction in the British Commonwealth Air Training Plan.  A flying instructor of outstanding ability, he has been closely associated with Elementary Flying Training Schools and he has organized and commanded successfully the first service operated Elementary Flying Training School in the British Commonwealth Air Training Plan.  His proven ability, tact and skill have contributed greatly to raising and maintaining Air Force training standards.

 

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GLADDING, F/O Frederick (J38706) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.405 Squadron - Award effective 5 July 1945 as per London Gazette dated 20 July 1945 and AFRO 1619/45 dated 19 October 1945.  Born in Stratford, Ontario, 1923; home there (salesman and clerk); enlisted in London, Ontario, 8 October 1942.  Trained at No.3 ITS (graduated 11 June 1943) and No.4 AOS (graduated 20 November 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 2/9083 has recommendation dated 23 March 1945 when he had flown 36 sorties (211 hours 20 minutes), 25 October 1944 to 20 March 1945.

 

25 Oct 44       Homberg (5.30)                         3 Jan 45         Hanover (5.35)

28 Oct 44       Cologne (5.30)                           6 Jan 45         Hanau (7.25)

30 Oct 44       Cologne (6.40)                           14 Feb 45      Chemnitz (7.05)

1 Nov 44         Oberhausen (5.40)                    20 Feb 45      Dortmund (4.45)

2 Nov 44         Dusseldorf (5.50)                       21 Feb 45      Duisburg (4.25)

4 Nov 44         Bochum (5.45)                           23 Feb 45      Essen (4.05)

6 Nov 44         Gelsenkirchen (5.00)                 24 Feb 45      Kanen (4.25)

16 Nov 44      Julich (5.15)                                1 Mar 45         Mannheim (5.05)

18 Nov 44      Munster (6.35)                            3 Mar 45         Chemnitz (7.35)

4 Dec 44        Karlsruhe (7.00)                         7 Mar 45         Dessau (8.40)

5 Dec 44        Soest (6.50)                               8 Mar 45         Hamburg (5.35)

6 Dec 44        Osnabruck (5.55)                       11 Mar 45      Essen (4.25)

17 Dec 44      Duisburg (6.30)                          12 Mar 45      Dortmund (4.35)

24 Dec 44      Dusseldorf (4.20)                       14 Mar 45      Zweibrucken (5.05)

28 Dec 44      Opladen (6.00)                           15 Mar 45      Misburg (6.30)

29 Dec 44      Troisdorf (6.45)                          16 Mar 45      Nuremburg (6.50)

30 Dec 44      Koln Kalt (6.30)                          18 Mar 45      Witten (5.00)

2 Jan 45         Ludwigshaven (7.35)                 20 Mar 45      Heide (5.05)         

 

This officer is a navigator of exceptional ability.  He has invariably carried out his highly skilled tasks excellently throughout many arduous sorties, including attacks on Hanover, Chemnitz and Hamburg and many other enemy strongholds.  His fine spirit, courage and his outstanding keenness for operations have made him stand out as a very fine example to his entire squadron.  Undoubtedly a most valuable member of aircrew, Flying Officer Gladding, by his work in the air and in his section, has placed himself in a position of recognized superiority.

 

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GLASGOW, P/O Albert David (J92197) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.404 Squadron - Award effective 31 December 1944 as per London Gazette dated 9 January 1945 and AFRO 471/45 dated 16 March 1945.  Home in Irma, Alberta; enlisted in Edmonton, 5 June 1941.  Trained at No.4 ITS (graduated 29 August 1941), No.1 AOS (graduated 1 March 1942), No.5 BGS (graduated 11 May 1942) and No.1 ANS (graduated 11 May 1942).  Commissioned 1944.

 

Throughout many operational sorties this officer has displayed coolness in the face of the enemy and great devotion to duty.  In August 1944 he participated in an attack on enemy shipping at the mouth of the Gironde.  During the engagement his aircraft was badly damaged and Pilot Officer Glasgow was wounded.  Although in great pain he continued to give his pilot exact directions and navigated his aircraft safely back to base.

 

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GLASS, Sergeant Harry (R156584) - Distinguished Flying Medal - No.429 Squadron - Award effective 27 April 1944 as per London Gazette dated 2 May 1944 and AFRO 1186/44 dated 2 June 1944.  Born 1921 in Dufferin, Ontario; home in Toronto; enlisted there 21 April 1941. Adventure described by Martin Middlebrook, The Nuremburg Raid, pp.237-238.  Later commissioned (C87159).  Killed in action with No.429 Squadron, 8 August 1944 (Halifax LW132); buried in Britain.

 

This airman was the flight engineer of an aircraft detailed to attack Nuremberg one night in March 1944.  During the operation the aircraft was repeatedly attacked by fighters and sustained extensive damage.  A fire commenced but Sergeant Glass, by his gallant and determined efforts, succeeded in extinguishing the flames.  Later, whilst over the North Sea on the homeward flight, the pilot was forced to bring the aircraft down on to the water.  Two wounded members of the crew were in danger of losing their lives but were saved by Sergeant Glass who also assisted other members of the crew into the dinghy.  He proved a tower of strength in most distressing circumstances.

 

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GLASS, F/L William Thomas (J28485) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.429 Squadron - Award effective 5 April 1945 as per London Gazette dated 13 April 1945 and AFRO 824/45 dated 18 May 1945.  Born in Saskatoon, 1921; home in Victoria (electrician).  Enlisted in Vancouver, 18 June 1942.  Trained at No.7 ITS (graduated 22 January 1943), No.7 BGS (graduated 11 June 1943) and No.1 AOS (graduated 23 July 1943).  Commissioned July 1943.  No citation other than "completed...numerous operations against the enemy in the course of which [he has] invariably displayed the utmost courage and devotion to duty."  DHist file 181.009 D.2610 (RG.24 Vol.20627) has recommendation dated 18 December 1944 when he had flown 26 sorties (133 hours 20 minutes), 27 May to 2 November 1944.

 

As an air bomber this officer has taken part in twenty-six attacks on enemy targets, many of which have been against the heavily defended districts of the Ruhr.  He has at all times shown great devotion to duty and a fine determination to bomb his objective.  As Bombing Leader of this squadron he has shown keenness for his work and has cheerfully instructed his air bombers in their duties and infused into them a fine offensive spirit.  His unfailing tact and devotion to duty have been an inspiration to all.

 

It is considered that this officer's devotion to duty and fine offensive spirit fully merit the award of the Distinguished Flying Cross.

 

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GLAZEBROOK, F/L Edwin Herbert (J5329) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.229 Squadron - Award effective 22 October 1942 as per London Gazette dated 3 November 1942 and AFRO 1962/42 dated 4 December 1942.  Born in Outremont, Quebec, 18 August 1918; enlisted in Montreal, 7 October 1940. Trained at No.2 ITS (graduated 2 January 1941), No.12 EFTS (graduated 24 February 1941), and No.1 SFTS (graduated 16 May 1941.  LAC, 2 January 1941; Sergeant, 16 May 1941; P/O, 17 May 1941; F/O, 17 May 1942; F/L 30 August 1942.  Served in Malta.  Arrived via carrier HMS Eagle on 18 May 1942; victories as mentioned in Chris Shores, Malta: The Spitfire Year were: 6 June 1942, one Ju.88 damaged; 1 July 1942, one MC.202 damaged; 2 July 1942, one Bf.109 destroyed (BR, 365, shared with another pilot); 8 July 1942, two Ju.88s damaged; 25 July 1942,  one MC.202 destroyed; 11 October 1942, one MC.202 destroyed plus one Ju.88 probably destroyed plus one Ju.88 damaged (three separate sorties); 12 October 1942, one Ju.88 destroyed; 14 October 1942, one Ju.88 damaged (shared with another pilot); 15 October 1942, one Ju.88 damaged.  Killed in flying accident,  (Liberator crash at Gibraltar), 31 October 1942.

 

This officer has participated in many sorties over Sicily.  In the heavy fighting over Malta he has taken part in many interceptions and his flight has destroyed twelve enemy aircraft.  By his skilful and courageous leadership Flight Lieutenant Glazebrook played a large part in the successes obtained.  He has destroyed three enemy aircraft.

 

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GLAZEBROOK, F/O Joseph Redmond (J22584) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.106 Squadron - Award effective 5 August 1944 as per London Gazette dated 18 August 1944 and AFRO 2101/44 dated 29 September 1944.  Born in Halifax, 1914; home there; enlisted there, 1 April 1942.  Trained at No.3 ITS (graduated 11 September 1942) and No.8 AOS (graduated 30 December 1942).

 

During his tour of operational duty this officer has consistently shown accurate navigational abilities.  He has taken part in attacks against many heavily fortified enemy targets and his technical skill and great enthusiasm for operational flying have made him an invaluable officer to his squadron.

 

NOTE: Public Record Office Air 2/9632 has recommendation dated 15 May 1944 when he had flown 26 sorties (176 hours ten minutes); the document adds much to the record:

 

                                                      * Signa Aero Engine Works

 

4 Oct 43       Frankfurt (6.35)                         30 Jan 44      Berlin (6.20)

7 Oct 432     Stuttgart (6.50)                         19 Feb 44     Leipzig (6.40)

18 Oct 43     Hanover (5.55)                         20 Feb 44     Stuttgart (6.45)

3 Nov 43       Dusseldorf (4.50)                     24 Feb 44     Schweinfurt (7.20)

18 Nov 43    Berlin (9.30)                              25 Feb 44     Augsburg (7.55)

2 Dec 43      Berlin (7.30)                              10 Mar 44     Chateux Roux (5.15)

3 Dec 43      Leipzig (7.10)                           18 Mar 44     Frankfurt (5.30)

29 Dec 43    Berlin (7.00)                              22 Mar 44     Frankfurt (5.25)

2 Jan 44       Berlin (7.30)                              24 Mar 44     Berlin (7.35)

14 Jan 44     Brunswick (5.15)                      26 Mar 44     Essen (4.50)

20 Jan 44     Berlin (6.50)                              29 Mar 44     Lyons (7.15)*

27 Jan 44     Berlin (8.15)                              30 Mar 44     Nuremburg (6.50)     

28 Jan 44     Berlin (7.50)                              11 Apr 44      Aachen (3.50)

 

Flying Officer Glazebrook, as navigator, has completed 26 successful operational sorties against  some of the most heavily defended targets in enemy territory, including Frankfurt, Hanover, Nuremburg, and Berlin (nine times).

 

This officer is possessed of high technical ability and much of his crew's success is due to his consistently accurate navigation.   Throughout his tour Flying Officer Glazebrook has shown keenness and enthusiasm for his operational flying, and by his coolness and determination under fire has set a fie example, not only to the other members of his crew, but to the whole squadron.

 

I consider that this officer's courage, skill and devotion to duty fully merit the award of the Distinguished Flying Cross.

 

These remarks were approved by the Officer Commanding, No.54 Base (22 May 1944) and by the Air Officer Commanding, No.5 Group (4 June 1944).

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GLAZER, F/L Albert Ernest (C3422) - Distinguished Flying Cross - Station Luqa (unit identified in AFRO only as "Attached RAF") - Award effective 14 September 1942 as per London Gazette dated 18 September 1942 and AFRO 1653/42 dated 16 October 1942.  Born in Toronto, 1918; home there.  Enlisted in Toronto, 6 January 1941 (but another DHist card says he enlisted in London, Ontario, 15 July 1940). Commissioned 1940.

 

In the course of a large number of sorties this officer has performed excellent work although a majority of them have been executed at night in all kinds of weather.  His courage and devotion to duty are worthy of highest praise.

 

NOTE: Public Record Office Air 2/9596 has a recommendation sent on 5 August 1942 to Air Ministry by Group Captain W.J.M. Akerman (Headquarters, Royal Air Force, Middle East).  This identified his unit as Station Luqa and provided the following details:

 

This officer has successfully carried out 63 operational sorties totalling over 475 operational hours as a Radio Observer.  The majority of this flying has been carried out at night in all kinds of weather.

 

Flight Lieutenant Glazer has flown as Radio Observer in both night fighters and Special Duties Flight aircraft on many successful operations.  In particular on the night of October 8th, 1941, he was instrumental in the destruction of an enemy vessel of 10,000 tons off the coast of Sicily. Again, on the night of December 12th, 1941, he was on an operation which resulted in the destruction of two Italian cruisers off the North African coast.

 

His courage and devotion to duty have been a marvellous example to others, and are worthy of the highest praise.

 

GLAZER, F/O Albert Ernest, DFC (C3422) - Mention in Despatches - Award effective 1 January 1943 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 232/43 dated 12 February 1943.  No citation.

 

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GLEDHILL, S/L John Whitely (C387) - Mention in Despatches - No.122 (Canada) Squadron - Award effective 21 April 1945 as per Canada Gazette of that date and AFRO 802/45 dated 11 May 1945.  Enlisted in Vancouver, 22 September 1936; earned pilot's flying badge, 4 May 1938.  Served with Nos. 11 and 111 Squadrons (Auxiliary) in Vancouver before the war.

 

This officer was an instructor for two years during which time he carried out his duties with efficiency and devotion to duty.  At present, in his capacity as Officer Commanding No.122 Squadron, by his organizing ability, leadership and skill, he has improved its efficiency to a very marked degree.  This officer has rendered outstanding service.

 

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GLEN, F/O Ian (J14092) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.683 Squadron - Award effective 2 October 1944 as per London Gazette dated 10 October 1944 and AFRO 2534/44 dated 24 November 1944.  Born at Newcastle-on-Tyne, England, 1923; home in Montreal; enlisted there 11 September 1941.  Trained at No.3 ITS (graduated 27 February 1942), No.17 EFTS (graduated 22 May 1942) and No.8 SFTS (graduated 11 September 1942).  Commissioned 1942.

 

This officer has taken party [?] to photographic reconnaissances over Germany, southern France, Budapest and northern Italy.  He has also done much valuable mosaic work for the Fifth and Eighth Armies, displaying great courage and resolution in repeatedly flying through heavy anti-aircraft fire.  Outstanding amongst this officer's sorties was his photographic reconnaissance of Friedrichshafen.  Flying Officer Glen flew in a single engined aircraft and in order to obtain satisfactory results he made twelve runs over a heavily defended area.  At all times this officer has proved to be a skilful, resourceful and determined pilot.

 

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GLENESK, F/L James (J12233) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.106 Squadron - Award effective 8 September 1945 as per London Gazette dated 21 September 1945 and AFRO 1704/45 dated 9 November 1945. Born 1915 in Sudbury, Ontario; home there (engineer apprentice).  Enlisted in North Bay,  25 July 1941.  Trained at No.4 ITS (graduated 6 December 1941), No.6 EFTS (graduated 28 February 1942) and No.4 SFTS (graduated 18 July 1942).  Commissioned July 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 2/8750 has recommendation dated 12 April 1945 when he had flown 30 sorties (207 hours), 15 December 1944 to 18 April 1945.

 

15 Dec 44      Ludwigshaven                       20 Feb 45      Dortmund

22 Dec 44      Coblenz                                  1 Mar 45         Mannheim

29 Dec 44      Scholven-Buer                       2 Mar 45         Cologne

31 Dec 44      Osterfeld                                5 Mar 45         Chemnitz

2 Jan 45         Nuremburg                             7 Mar 45         Dessau

14 Jan 45       Merseburg                             8 Mar 45         Kassel

16 Jan 45       Zeitz Troglitz                          16 Mar 45      Nuremburg

21 Jan 45       Duisburg                                21 Mar 45      Bremen

1 Feb 45        Mannheim                              22 Mar 45      Hildesheim

2 Feb 45        Weisbaden                            24 Mar 45      Harpenerweg

3 Feb 45        Bottrop-Welheim                   27 Mar 45      Paderborn

7 Feb 45        Klove [?]                                 3 Apr 45         Nordhausen

8 Feb 45        Politz                                       31 Mar 45      Hamburg

13 Feb 45      Dresden                                 14 Apr 45       Potsdam

14 Feb 45      Chemnitz                                18 Apr 45       Heligoland

 

This Canadian captain of aircraft has successfully completed 30 sorties in the face of fierce enemy opposition.  He has allowed nothing to prevent him from reaching his target and delivering a most damaging attack.  On many occasions his aircraft has been attacked by enemy fighters but, by his skill as a pilot, he has invariably evaded the attack and pressed on with his  mission.

 

As a Deputy Flight Commander he has been of great assistance to less experienced crews and has imbued in them his own magnificent operational spirit.

 

For his fine record of achievement, tenacity of purpose and superb airmanship he is recommended for the award of the Distinguished Flying Cross.

 

NOTE:  On 16 April 1945 the station commander supports this, adding that Glenesk has a "calm and quiet manner" but has shown "qualities of leadership and determination" and is "a skilful and confident pilot" who has "overcome every hazard of weather and opposition.

 

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GLIDDEN, F/O Wilfred James (J27226) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.434 Squadron - Award effective 4 November 1944 as per London Gazette dated 14 November 1944 and AFRO 239/45 dated 9 February 1945.  Born in Elkhorn, Manitoba; home in The Pas (ledger keeper, teller).  Enlisted in Winnipeg, 22 January 1942.  Trained at No.7 ITS (graduated 31 July 1942), No.19 EFTS (ceased training 23 October 1942) and No.2 AOS (graduated 11 June 1943).  Commissioned 1943. Member of F/O Trick's crew.  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.3080 (RG.24 Vol.20636) has recommendation dated 18 August 1944 when he had flown 36 sorties (182 hours ten minutes),  18 November 1943 to 28 July 1944 (108 "points").

 

This officer has completed a tour of thirty-six operations, several of which have been to heavily defended German targets.  He has at all times displayed the highest degree of courage and his dogged determination and devotion to duty have been an example to all ranks.  His skill as a bomb aimer has contributed greatly to the successes of his crew.

 

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GLOVER, P/O Gordon Leonard (J17142) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.101 Squadron - Award effective 1 September 1943 as per London Gazette dated 14 September 1943 and AFRO 2322/43 dated 12 November 1943.  Born in Edgar, Ontario, 1918; home in Barrie; enlisted in Toronto, 28 December 1940. Trained at No.1 WS (graduated 8 October 1941) and No.4 BGS (graduated 2 February 1942).  Commissioned 1943.

 

This officer has proved his outstanding ability and efficiency as an air gunner in several combats with enemy aircraft.  By his alertness and co-operation during a sortie in November 1942, three different attacks by enemy fighters were evaded and during a raid on Dusseldorf in January 1943, when his aircraft was attacked by a Messerschmitt 110, his cool and determined handling of his guns caused the fighter to break off with black smoke pouring from its engines.  He has completed his duties fearlessly and has invariably displayed a fine fighting spirit.

 

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GLOVER, Corporal John Alexander (R64256) - Air Force Medal - No.116 Squadron - Award effective 1 January 1943 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 55/43 dated 15 January 1943. Born at Winona, Ontario, 28 February 1919.  Enlisted at Hamilton, 10 June 1940.

 

Corporal Glover, as Flight Engineer on Catalina aircraft, has completed 1,121 hours flying, 983 hours of which have been on actual operational coastal patrols.  He is a highly qualified Flight Engineer.  His cheerfulness and devotion to his duties deserve recognition.  Through his efforts maximum efficiency of aircraft has at all times been achieved.

 

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GLOVER, FS Keith Elliott (R209537) - Distinguished Flying Medal - No.635 Squadron - Award effective 10 May 1945 as per London Gazette dated 22 May 1945 and AFRO 1147/45 dated 13 July 1945.  Born in 1922, Talbotville, Ontario; home in Burgessville, Ontario.  Educated at Leamington.  Former tank wagon driver.  Enlisted in London, Ontario, 30 December 1942. Trained at No.1 ITS (graduated 4 September 1943), No.2 BGS (graduated 23 December 1943) and No.5 AOS (graduated 11 February 1944).

 

This airman has completed numerous operations against the enemy in the course of which he has invariably displayed the utmost fortitude, courage and devotion to duty.

 

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GLOVER, F/L Vincent Roy (J14173) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.420 Squadron - Award effective 9 January 1945 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 471/45 dated 16 March 1945.  Born at Posthern, Saskatchewan, 1913; home in Vancouver.  Formerly in 101st Edmonton Fusiliers.  Enlisted in Vancouver, 20 September 1941. Trained at No.7 ITS (graduated 27 March 1942), No.2 EFTS (graduated 19 June 1942) and No.4 SFTS (graduated 9 October 1942).  Commissioned 1942.

 

In October 1944, this officer piloted an aircraft in an attack on Homburg.  While over the target the aircraft sustained much damage.  The port wing, two petrol tanks and the elevators were affected.  The aircraft became difficult to control.  Nevertheless, Flying Officer Glover executed a successful bombing run and afterwards flew the damaged aircraft to base.  This officer has completed a number of sorties and has set a fine example of courage and determination.

 

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GLOVER, F/O William Vaughan Alexander (J37162) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.408 Squadron - Award effective 15 March 1945 as per London Gazette dated 23 March 1945 and AFRO 721/45 dated 27 April 1945.  Born 1917 in Norwood, Manitoba; home in Peterborough, Ontario (postmaster); spent two years in Royal Canadian Artillery.  Enlisted in Toronto, 12 August 1942. Trained at No.6 ITS (graduated 14 May 1943) and No.4 AOS (graduated 15 October 1943).  Commissioned October 1943.

 

Flying Officer Glover has taken part in many operational sorties.  He has at all times displayed courage in the face of the enemy and his outstanding navigational skill has on several occasions materially contributed to the safe return of his aircraft to base. In September 1944 he was navigator of an aircraft detailed for an attack against Kiel.  Shortly after taking off the aircraft collided with a bird and the windscreen was broken.  Disregarding the intense cold and gale which swept through the bomber, this officer remained in his exposed position and navigated the aircraft safely to the target and back to base.

 

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GLUSTIEN, F/L Aaron (J15765) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.405 Squadron - Award effective 1 December 1944 as per London Gazette dated 8 December 1944 and AFRO 337/45 dated 23 February 1945. Born 1920, Romny, Russia; home in New Waterford, Nova Scotia.  Formerly with New Brunswick Rangers.  Enlisted in Moncton, 3 September 1940. Trained at No.1 ITS (graduated at unknown date), No.4 AOS (graduated 14 April 1941), and No.4 BGS (graduated 16 August 1941).  Commissioned 1942.  No citation other than "..in recognition of gallantry and devotion to duty in the execution of air operations against the enemy."  Public Records Office Air 2/8881 has recommendation dated 20 September when he had flown 50 sorties (190 hours eight minutes), in two tours.

 

First Tour                                                        Second Tour

 

29 May 42      Cherbourg (4.25)                       27 Jun 44       Oisemont-au-Bois

1 June 42       Essen (4.40)                                                       (2.32)

2 Jun 42         St.Nazaire (6.30)                       30 Jun 44       Villers-Bocage (2.41)

4 Jun 42         Dieppe (4.00)                             2 July 44         Oisemont-au-Bois

6 Jun 42         Emden (4.40)                                                     (2.23)

12 Jun 42       Essen (3.55)                               5 July 44         Wizernes (1.57)

19 Jun 42       Emden (4.00)                             6 July 44         Coquereaux (2.43)

21 Jun 42       GARDENING, Frisians             7 July 44         Caen (2.39)

(3.35)                                           9 July 44         L'Hey (1.48)

22 Jun 42       Emden (4.05)                             10 Jul 44        Nucourt (2.39)

25 Jun 42       Bremen (5.00)                            12 Jul 44        Paris/Vaires (3.15)

27 Jun 42       Bremen (4.30)                            15 Jul 44        Nucourt (3.34)

29 Jun 42       Bremen (4.40)                            17 Jul 44        Cagny (2.25)

2 July 42         Bremen (4.30)                            28 Jul 44        Hamburg (4.45)

13 Jul 42        Duisburg (3.55)                          30 Jul 44        Battle area (2.42)

21 Jul 42        Duisburg (3.50)                          4 Aug 44        St.Maximin (3.07)

23 Jul 42        Duisburg (3.25)                          5 Aug 44        Bordeaux (7.13)

25 Jul 42        Duisburg (4.00)                          7 Aug 44        TOTALIZE 5 (2.41)

28 Jul 44        Hamburg (3.40)                          8 Aug 44        Lucheux (2.17)

29 Jul 42        Saarbrucken (4.30)                   9 Aug 44        Foret du Croc (1.56)

31 Jul 42        Dusseldorf (4.20)                       10 Aug 44      La Pallice (5.19)

6 Aug 42        Duisburg (2.30)                          14 Aug 44      TRACTABLE 21 (2.27)

9 Aug 42        Osnabruck (4.00)                       15 Aug 44      Melsbroek (4.35)

1 Sept 42       Saarbrucken (6.30)                   18 Aug 44      Sterkrade (3.34)

28 Aug 44      Cezembie (3.13)

29 Aug 44      Stettin (9.23)

15 Sep 44      Kiel (5.08)

17 Sep 44      Boulogne (2.05)

17 Sep 44      Biggekerke (1.57)

 

Flying Officer Glustien is an outstanding navigator in a highly successful crew.  He has had a long and varied operational career, during which he has successfully attacked many German targets.  In performing his allotted tasks he has an exceptionally fine record of achievement and has always carried out his duties with coolness and dogged determination.  He is always cheerful and willing to help others which, combined with his ability, makes him a splendid example to other aircrew members.

 

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