GOATCHER, F/O Robert Edward (J29970) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.420 Squadron - Award effective 5 February 1945 as per London Gazette dated 16 February 1945 and AFRO 563/45 dated 29 March 1945. Born in Winnipeg, 1923; home there; enlisted there 30 June 1942. Trained at No.2 ITS (graduated 17 April 1943) and No.7 AOS (graduated 3 September 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.1730 (PAC RG.24 Vol.20607) has recommendation dated 5 December 1944:

 

Flying Officer Goatcher has been employed as navigator on many sorties to distant and dangerous targets in Germany. On six different occasions this navigator has been handicapped through loss of navigational aids due to freezing of the Air Speed Indicator. This officer's keenness and efficiency have at all times been a source of encouragement to his crew...

 

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GOBEIL, S/L Fowler Morgan (C121) - Air Force Cross - No.45 Group - Award effective 17 August 1943 as per London Gazette dated 27 August 1943 and AFRO 2258/43 dated 5 November 1943. Born in Ottawa, 30 July 1906. Educated at Loyala College (Montreal, 1916-1919), Ashbury College (Ottawa, 1919-1925). Enlisted via Royal Military College, 26 July 1927; commisioned 24 June 1929. Awarded wings, 20 September 1929. F/O 1 September 1930; F/L 6 April 1935; S/L 1 April 1939; flew with Siskin aerobatic team in 1930s; to RAF on exchange duties, 24 March 1939; assifned to No.10 Flying Training School, Ternhill, 3 April 1939; first commanding officer of No.242 Squadron, October 1939 to June 1940. On strength of No.4 BGS, 7 December 1940 to 31 July 1942. To Ferry Command Headquarters, Dorval, 31 July 1942. Appointed Commanding Officer, No.1 Instrument and Flying School (Deseronto), August 1945. Remained in postwar RCAF with much time spent at Trenton as staff officer (personnel administration); appointed Commanding Officer of Station Toronto on 5 May 1953. Awarded Queens Coronation Medal, 23 October 1953. Retired as a Wing Commander, 1 April 1956. Thereafter spent 25 years with Canadian Scholarship Trust Foundation and Canadian Heritage Scholarship Trust; moved from Toronto to Ottawa, 1986. Died in Ottawa, 13 December 1994. His career was marked by several crash landings - at Camp Borden (10 July 1929, 22 May 1930 and 13 August 1930), Vancouver (9 February 1931 on a float plane), Trenton (26 July 1932, flying Siskin 23, collided with F/L H.W. Hewson, cutting the latter's machine in half; Gobeil parachuted to safety; Hewson died next day; no blame was attached to anyone) and Croft, Lancashire (10 January 1940; Hurricane turned over in forced landing). Service with No.242 Squadron described in H.A. Halliday, 242 Squadron: The Canadian Years (Canav Books, 1978); AFC events cited with W/C Seys (RAF), F/L Longhurst (CAN/RAF). For account of glider flight, see Gobeil's narrative in Spring 1976 issue of Journal of the Canadian Aviation Historical Society. For account of Siskin flying see Spring 1977 issue of Journal of the Canadian Aviation Historical Society.

 


These officers made the first tug-and-glider crossing of the North Atlantic from Canada to the United Kingdom, landing on the 1st July 1843. Wing Commander Seys and Squadron Leader Gobeil were pilot and co-pilot respectively of the glider and Flight Lieutenant Longhurst piloted the towing aircraft. Both aircraft carried useful loads, the cargo of the glider being nearly one and one half tons and including serum and vital aircraft spares. The flight involved landings in Newfoundland, Greenland (an exceptionally difficult one) and Iceland. Adverse weather was encountered at times and, as the glider could not ascend higher than 13,000 feet, the aircraft were frequently buffeted about and might have broken adrift but for the skilful flying of the glider pilots. They also showed great skill in overcoming the difficulties of flying in clouds.

 

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GODBY, F/O William Wright (J22345) - Commended for Valuable Services - No.6 OTU - Award effective 21 April 1945 as per Canada Gazette of that date and AFRO 802/45 dated 11 May 1945. Born at Richmond (Bayhem ?); educated at Aylmer, Ontario; home in Vienna, Ontario (Royal Bank clerk). Enlisted in London, Ontario, 5 June 1940. Trained at No.1 ITS (graduated 20 July 1940), No.3 EFTS (graduated 7 October 1940) and No.31 SFTS (graduated 14 December 1940). Died at National Defence Medical Centre, 23 August 1984.

 

On November 28th, 1944, Flying Officer Godby landed at base with his crew after an extremely hazardous trip in a Dakota. The weather forecast had been incorrect, icing conditions throughout the trip were serious and engine trouble was threatened. Finally he made a radio range let down and broke cloud at 1,200 feet in heavy rain after two and one-half hours constant effort. His accurate pilotage and great coolness probably saved his crew and aircraft.

 

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GODDARD, Sergeant Lawrence Edmund (R95944) - Mention in Despatches - Skipton-on-Swale - Award effective 1 January 1946 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 155/46 dated 15 February 1946. AFRO gives unit only as "Overseas"; unit found in McEwen Papers list of recommendations for MiD. DHist file 181.009 D.1762 (RG.24 Vol.20609) has recommendation forwarded to Adjutant, Skipton-on-Swale, 23 April 1945; enlisted in Ottawa, 21 April 1941; served nine months in Canada, 39 months in UK as Radar Mechanic. An early draft describes him as "one of the original radar mechanics posted to Bomber Command".

 

Corporal Goddard has shown outstanding ability as a Radar Mechanic and has worked long hours on the Servicing of Navigational Equipment. His cheerfulness and devotion to duty coupled with his experience and capabilities has been largely responsible for the high standard of serviceability of this equipment.

 

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GODEFROY, F/L Hugh Constant (J3701) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.403 Squadron - Award effective 19 May 1943 as per London Gazette dated 25 May 1943 and AFRO 1247/43 dated 2 July 1943. Born in Java, 28 October 1919; educated in Ontario. Enlisted in Toronto, 22 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). Commissioned 21 January 1941; promoted Flying Officer, 23 January 1942; promoted Flight Lieutenant, 4 March 1942 (with effect from 23 January); promoted Squadron Leader, 13 June 1943; promoted Wing Commander, 16 September 1943. Arrived overseas on 4 February 1941; to No.56 OTU, 4 March 1941; to No.401 Squadron, 15 April 1941; to Duxford, 22 May 1942; to No.401 Squadron, 12 November 1942; to No.403 Squadron, 4 March 1943; to No.17 Wing, 16 August 1943; to RCAF Overseas Headquarters, 1 May 1944; to Canada, 17 August 1944 (War Staff College, Toronto, 10 September 1944 to 2 January 1945); to No.2 Release Centre, 3 January 1945; released 12 November 1945; served in RCAF Auxiliary, 1 November 1946 to 14 September 1948 (Flight Lieutenant, No.401 Squadron). Credited with the following victories: 17 January 1943, one FW.190 damaged; 20 January 1943, one FW.190 destroyed south of Friston; 8 March 1943, one FW.190 destroyed, Isigny; 17 April 1943, one FW.190 destroyed, Le Treport; 13 May 1943, one Bf.109 damaged; 14 May 1943, one FW.190 destroyed, Courtrai; 15 June 1943, one FW.190 destroyed, Rouen; 1 July 1943, one Bf.109 destroyed northeast of Abbeville; 24 September 1943, one FW.190 destroyed, Poix. Photo PL-15950 shows him climbing out of cockpit; PL-19722 with his baby daughter; PL-29352 beside Spitfire. See Chris Shores, Aces High and Godefroy's autobiography, Lucky Thirteen. Died in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, 3 April 2002.

 

This officer has throughout his operational career shown an exceptionally fine fighting spirit, and as a flight commander his efficient leadership has given confidence to all. Flight Lieutenant Godefroy has destroyed two enemy aircraft. He has also shared in damaging three locomotives.

 

NOTE: Public Records Office Air 2/8952 has recommendation by S/L L.S. Ford dated 29 March 1943:

 

Flight Lieutenant Godefroy has throughout his operational career shown a singular degree of keenness to engage the enemy. Since becoming a flight commander, he has been an efficient leader and has given confidence to all by his exceptional ability to spot enemy aircraft. This officer has completed 78 hours of his second operational tour; he has carried out a total of 66 sorties over enemy territory, destroyed two enemy aircraft, damaged two others and has shared in the damaging of three railway locomotives.

 

GODEFROY, S/L Hugh Constant, DFC (J3701) - Bar to Distinguished Flying Cross - No.403 Squadron - Award effective 26 August 1943 as per London Gazette dated 3 September 1943 and AFRO 2049/43 dated 8 October 1943.

 


Since being awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross in May 1943, Squadron Leader Godefroy has continued to display great courage and devotion to duty. He has recently been appointed to command his squadron which, under his leadership, has destroyed ten enemy aircraft and assisted in the destruction of another. Four of his victories have been since he was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross.

 

GODEFROY, W/C Hugh Constant, DFC (J3701) - Distinguished Service Order - No.17 Wing - Award effective 5 April 1944 as per London Gazette dated 14 April 1944 and AFRO 1020/44 dated 12 May 1944.

 

Since being awarded a Bar to the Distinguished Flying Cross, this officer has completed many further sorties despite adverse weather. The wing under his leadership has destroyed at least twenty-eight enemy aircraft and damaged many others. He has himself personally destroyed at least one enemy aircraft. During that period, at all times, Wing Commander Godefroy has displayed outstanding leadership and a fine fighting spirit setting an example of the highest order.

 

GODEFROY, F/L Hugh Constant, DSO, DFC (J3701) - Croix de Guerre with Gold Star (France) - AFRO 485/47 dated 12 September 1947.

 

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GODFREY, P/O Calvin Oliver (J26272) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.10 (BR) Squadron - Award effective 1 January 1944 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 113/44 dated 21 January 1944. Born in Coleman, Alberta, 20 December 1921. Trained at No.2 BGS and No.2 WS.

 

This officer has proven to be one of the most experienced and capable Wireless Operator Air Gunners in his squadron and his operational record has been maintained at a very high standard by his courage and devotion to duty. On one occasion while flying in an aircraft on convoy patrol, despite the fact that one engine was damaged and leaking oil badly, and that they were over 300 miles from base, he remained calmly at his post while the aircraft proceeded fifty miles further to advise the convoy of the presence of the merchant ship in the rear and maintained wireless contact under difficult conditions during the return flight to base. Pilot Officer Godfrey, by his courage and exemplary devotion to duty, has been a splendid example to all.

 

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GODFREY, F/O William Henry (C17521) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.400 Squadron. Award effective 3 September 1945 as per London Gazette dated 14 September 1945 and AFRO 1672/45 dated 2 November 1945. Born in Russell, North Dakota, 1912; home in Toronto; educated at University of Toronto. Enlisted in London, England, 27 May 1943.


This officer has completed a large number of operational sorties including tactical and photographic reconnaissances. On one occasion in July 1944, whilst flying alone in an unarmed aircraft, he was attacked by twelve Focke Wulf 190s but by fine airmanship Flight Lieutenant Godfrey frustrated the attackers and successfully completed his mission. More recently this officer flew at a low level in an unarmed aircraft from Verden to Minden and despite intense anti-aircraft fire secured some excellent photographs. As a result, our forward Army elements were able to bridge the Weser River. At all times Flight Lieutenant Godfrey has displayed courage and devotion to duty of the highest order.

 

GODFREY, F/L William Henry, DFC (C17521) - Croix de Guerre (France) - No.400 Squadron (AFRO gives unit only as "Overseas") - Awarded as per AFRO 1619/45 dated 19 October 1945. Public Records Office Air 2/9645 identifies unit and gives citation. Name given as William Harold Godfrey.

 

This officer has completed 93 operational sorties, 80 of which were on photographic reconnaissance in unarmed Mosquitoes and Spitfires. He has always displayed extreme keenness in his work and invariably done everything possible in order to bring back successful results, frequently flying at very low altitude through heavy anti-aircraft fire. His tenacious spirit and complete disregard for personal safety have been an inspiration to all his fellow pilots.

 

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GODSON, W/C George Oscar (C1586) - Air Force Cross - No.2 Training Command Headquarters - Award effective 1 January 1945 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 89/45 dated 19 January 1945 - Enlisted at Trenton, 15 November 1938 - Completed 1,100 flying hours to date, 100 hours in previous six months.

 

This officer has fulfilled his duties in armament training throughout his career with exceptional efficiency. By his initiative, energy and good leadership he has done much to raise the standard of training in this command. Throughout his long experience in the Royal Canadian Air Force he has proven himself to be a loyal and capable officer, who has attained excellent results in the training of aircrew, thereby making a considerable contribution to the training plan.

 

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GODWIN, G/C Harold Brandon (C99) - Officer, Order of the British Empire - Station Gander - Award effective 14 June 1945 as per Canada Gazette of that date and AFRO 1127/45 dated 6 July 1945. Born in Westmount, Quebec, 24 April 1907. Educated around Montreal, B.Sc. from McGill (Electrical Engineering) in 1928; appointed to commission 16 July 1928 and won wings 18 March 1929. Flew at Camp Borden, Ottawa and Trenton, Signals Officer at Borden (1934-36) and later commanded Wireless School at Trenton. In 1938 appointed Advisor (Air Signals) at RCAF Headquarters with rank of squadron leader. During war was closely associated with signals including the following - CO, Wireless School (Trenton), Senior Signals Officer, No.3 Training Command (Montreal), CO, No.3 Wireless School (Winnipeg), Director of Air Signals (AFHQ), and CO, Gander. Early in 1945 was posted to England as air commodore to command No.64 Base, and later made Deputy AOC, RCAF Overseas Headquarters. Attended Imperial Defence College (1946) and then made Deputy Air Member for Air Plans. On 1 January 1952 promoted air vice-marshal and made AOC, Air Material Command. AOC No.1 Air Division, July 1955 to August 1958. Retired 13 April 1959. Joined RCA Victor after retirement. Died in Montreal, 17 November 1994. Governor General's Records (RG.7 Group 26, Volume 59, file 190-I, dossier 7 has citation.

 

This officer has served with distinction over a lengthy period of service in the Royal Canadian Air Force. As Director of Signals at Air Force Headquarters and later as Commanding Officer of RCAF Station Gander, he has made an outstanding contribution to the efficiency of Royal Canadian Air Force operations in the Western Hemisphere. The unflagging energy, skill and initiative with which he has carried out his arduous duties have been an inspiration to all with whom he has served. Throughout his service his devotion to duty has been outstanding.

 

GODWIN, A/C Harold Brandon, OBE (C99) - Commander, Order of the British Empire - Overseas Headquarters - Award effective 13 June 1946 as per Canada Gazette of that date and AFRO 660/46 dated 5 July 1946.

 

Air Commodore Godwin did outstanding work in Royal Canadian Air Force Signals organization and operations in Eastern Air Command after which he was posted overseas where he became Officer in Charge of Administration at No.6 Group Headquarters and later Deputy Air Officer Commanding-in-Chief, RCAF Headquarters Overseas. His untiring effort and clear thinking, together with his organizing ability, has been a considerable contribution to the solving of the many difficult problems met in the repatriation of the Royal Canadian Air Force since the cessation of hostilities. His conscientious, vigorous and enthusiastic devotion to duty is worthy of recognition.

 

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GOERES, F/L Raymond Joseph (J22395) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.101 Squadron - Award effective 1 September 1944 as per London Gazette dated 15 September 1944 and AFRO 2373/44 dated 3 November 1944. Born in Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan, 1921; home in Stranraer, Saskatchewan; served in Royal Canadian Artillery. Enlisted in Saskatoon, 11 October 1941. Trained at No.2 ITS (graduated 5 June 1942), No.2 EFTS (graduated 11 September 1942) and No.11 SFTS (graduated 30 December 1942). Commissioned 1942. 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 31 sorties (185 hours 50 minutes), 27 January to 5 June 1944. Sortie list is unusually detailed.

 


27 Jan 44 Berlin Flares disappearing into cloud. Bombed Wanganni glow through cloud and for 200 miles on return journey.

28 Jan 44 Berlin Marking somewhat scattered. Very large explosion seen in SE of city. Many big fires. Heavy attack.

15 Feb 44 Berlin Glow of nine concentrated fires seen through cloud immediately after bombing. Thick cloud.

19 Feb 44 Leipzig Large concentrated area of fires seen through cloud, with glow overlapping.

20 Feb 44 Stuttgart Marking well times and concentrated. Many incendiaries seen to burst and fires to commence in target area.

24 Feb 44 Schweinfurt Good visibility over target. Attack was heavy and concentrated resulting in widespread fires. Visible for 120 miles on return.

25 Feb 44 Augsburg H.E. bursts and fires in target. Marking very concentrated in north of city. Three explosions in marshelling yard.

1 Mar 44 Stuttgart PFF marking very scarce. Bombing rather scattered. Fires in target ara seen 100 miles after leaving target.

15 Mar 44 Stuttgart Fires seen through break in clouds, visible one-half hour on return; marking very scattered.

22 Mar 44 Frankfurt Three large explosions. Fires covering large area. Skymarking plentiful. Fires visible 200 miles from target.

24 Mar 44 Berlin Marking and attack scattered, large orange explosion, scattered fires.

 

26 Mar 44 Essen Glow of fires on cloud increased on leaving target, nothing else visible.

30 Mar 44 Nuremburg Fairly good concentration of fires. Fire glow on cloud, numerous H.E. bursts seen in target area.

10 Apr 44 Aulnoye Three large explosions seen at time of bombing. Large building to NE well ablaze.

11 Apr 44 Aachen PFF well concentrated. Good glow on cloud and many bomb bursts seen on target.

20 Apr 44 Cologne Rather scattered marking. Orange glow on cloud which was still visible 100 miles from target.


22 Apr 44 Dusseldorf Large explosion seen approaching target. Numerous concentrated fires aroung Target Indicators.

24 Apr 44 Karlsruhe Marking and bombing well concentrated. Many fires and explosions in successful attack.

26 Apr 44 Schweinfurt Concentrated bombing around aiming point with one large explosion and small concentrated fires.

30 Apr 44 Maintenon Very large red-orange explosion with flame up to 5,000 feet resulted in black smoke rising to 8,000 feet. Attack well concentrated.

11 May 44 Hasselt Very hazy. Scattered attack. Master Bomber jammed.

19 May 44 Orleans Fair visibility. Large explosion in target. A very good attack.

21 May 44 Duisburg 10/10 cloud. No markers seen so returned with bombs.

22 May 44 Dortmund Very concentrated attack. PFF accurate and on time.

24 May 44 Aachen Number of markers small but concentrated. Hazy conditions.

27 May 44 Aachen Quantity of black smoke over target after bombing. PFF accurate.

31 May 44 Trappes Visibility good. Bombed railway visually.

2 June 44 Trappes Concentrated bombing around red Target Indicators.

4 June 44 Calais Successful attack.

5 June 44 Special 10/10 cloud caps 12/13,000 feet.

Duties Very quiet trip.

 

Flight Lieutenant Goeres, a Canadian, is a pilot of outstanding ability who has completed a highly successful operational tour with this squadron comprising 31 sorties.

 

With great skill and initiative he has at all times pressed home his attacks in the face of the strongest opposition, and carried out his allotted task with complete disregard for his personal safety.

 

This officer is a great asset to the squadron, and his fine offensive spirit and unperturbed manner have been a splendid example to experienced crews. The courage and exceptional fighting qualities displayed by Flight Lieutenant Goeres are worthy of the highest praise and he is confidendly recommended for an award of the Distinguished Flying Cross.


 

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GOHL, F/O James Garfield (J8356) - Air Medal (United States) - Alaska - Award effective 23 December 1942 as per AFRO 272/43 dated 19 February 1943. Born in Carman, Manitoba, 13 June 1919. Home in Boissevain, Manitoba; enlisted in Winnipeg, 1 March 1941. Trained at No.2 ITS (graduated 16 June 1941), No.2 EFTS (graduated 7 August 1941), and No.2 SFTS (graduated 24 October 1941). Killed in action, 11 June 1944 with No.440 Squadron (Typhoon MN115); name on Runnymede Memorial. See F/O Robert Lynch for citation.

 

GOHL, F/L James Garfield (J8356) - Mention in Despatches - No.111 Squadron (Canada), now at Station Patricia Bay. Award effective 1 January 1944 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 113/44 dated 21 January 1944.

 

This officer has led his squadron and participated in many bombing and strafing attacks against the enemy. Although bad weather prevented many sorties, by his personal example and enthusiasm he kept the squadron morale at a high level.

 

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GOLDBERG, S/L David (J4242) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.417 Squadron - Award effective 12 March 1945 as per London Gazette dated 20 March 1945 and AFRO 721/45 dated 27 April 1945. Born 20 March 1917 in Hamilton, Ontario; home there. Educated at Boston University and served in COTC. Trained at No.2 ITS (graduated 30 September 1940), No.12 EFTS (graduated 11 December 1940) and No.4 SFTS (graduated 21 December 1940). Attended Central Flying School, Trenton before going on to instruct at No.6 SFTS, Dunnville. Posted overseas in December 1942. Further trained at Ternhill; subsequently served with Nos. 416, 403 and 417 Squadrons. Missing 8 March 1944; evaded capture and returned safely. Leave in Canada followed by posting to Italy. Postwar lawyer and RCAF Auxiliary officer.

 

Squadron Leader Goldberg has completed many successful operations, a number of which have been low level attacks against ground targets. On several of these missions his aircraft has been damaged by anti-aircraft fire. He became flight and later squadron commander, in which capacities he displayed unfailing energy and efficiency. His enthusiasm and gallantry have done much to improve the operational effectiveness of the squadron.

 

NOTE: Public Records Office Air 2/9150 has recommendation dated 27 January 1945 when he had flown 163 operational sorties (224 hours 55 minutes) including 85 sorties (94 hours 35 minutes) on the present tour; total career flying hours were 1,675.

 


Squadron Leader Goldberg commenced operations in Northwestern Europe in June 1943. Between then and March 1944 he was continuously engaged on offensive operations, completing 80 sorties and 132:25 hours operational flying. Many of these sorties were low level attacks against ground targets, and Squadron leader Goldberg was several times hit by flak. On the 8th of March 1944 he was shot down by flak and crashed in enemy territory. Despite the fact that his aircraft caught fire and turned over, he evaded capture, reaching Gibraltar two months later.

 

On 27th August 1944 he joined No.417 Squadron, was quickly given command of a flight, and later, in November, took command of the squadron. During his 3 months service with this Wing [No.244 Wing, Desert Air Force] he has shown outstanding courage and skill as a fighter-bomber leader. He took command of the squadron at a time when it was very deficient of experienced leaders, and by his magnificent example, enthusiasm, gallantry and cheerfulness has kept the squadron operational record on the top line.

 

He has personally completed 78 fighter-bomber sorties since August, practically always in the face of considerable flak opposition, which, in spite of his previous bad experience, he cooly ignores in pressing home his attack.

 

I strongly recommend Squadron Leader Goldberg for the non-immediate award of the Distinguished Flying Cross.

 

FURTHER NOTE: In January 1997 the Royal Air Forces Escaping Society (Canadian Branch) presented to the National Aviation Museum a "dossier" (actually more like an album) with extended autobiographical notes on members (catalogued in the museum as D.805 C3 L96 1995 NMM). This included much information on Goldberg, including the following excerpts:

 

Shot down by ground flak while engaged in low flying sortie over airport near St.Andre, France. Crash landed and fortunately evaded capture by German troops ostensibly sent out to find me.

 

After a few days made contact with French civilians who put me in touch with the underground and after moving from place to place in the country was finally taken to Paris where I met up with Gord Crosby (a Typhoon pilot who had been shot down prior to me). After spending a few weeks in Paris we joined up with five other aircrew and travelled by train to Toulouse where he stayed for about ten days in the foothills of the Pyrenees. We started out on out trip across the Pyrenees with a larger group of assorted persons trying to get back to the UK. The trip was aggravated by bad weather and a guide who disappeared after going off for assistance. With the aid of a lad assisting our guide seven of us decided to move on after having been driven into a cave by bad weather, lack of food and many of our party being in extremely bad shape since a number of them were on their second trip over the Pyrenees after having been ambushed on a previous try with some having been on the loose for up to nine months. We were lucky and made arrangements to contact the British consulate in Barcelona and after a week in Barcelona we were taken to the British embassy in Madrid from where we were taken to Gibraltar and subsequently flew back to England.


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GOLDIE, F/L John Kenneth (J5981) - Distinguished Flying Cross- No.428 Squadron - Award effective 16 March 1945 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 625/45 dated 13 April 1945. Born at Grand Coulee, Saskatchewan; home in Yorkton (salesman). Trained at No.2 ITS (graduated 24 January 1941), No.15 EFTS (graduated 29 March 1941) and No.11 SFTS (graduated 25 June 1941).

 

Flight Lieutenant Goldie was pilot of an aircraft detailed to attack Ludwigshaven in December 1944. It was his first sortie as a captain. During the outward flight it was discovered that only one of the guns in the rear turret was serviceable. Nevertheless, Flight Lieutenant Goldie continued to the target and pressed home a successful attack. On another occasion en route to Duisburg part of the oxygen supply failed. Flight Lieutenant Goldie promptly instructed the wireless operator to effect repairs. The latter's oxygen supply also failed and this crew member lost consciousness. With great coolness and presence of mind, Flight Lieutenant Goldie descended to a very low altitude in order to enable his comrades to recover and then to repair the defective system. He afterwards continued to the target and executed a good attack. Flight Lieutenant Goldie displayed exceptional coolness and devotion to duty on both occasions.

 

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GOLDING, Sergeant (now P/O) William Henry (R139973/J19871) - Mention in Despatches - Overseas - Award effective 8 June 1944 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 1729/44 dated 11 August 1944. Born 1922 in Saskatchewan; home in Meadow Lake. Trained at No.5 BGS (graduated 9 October 1942). Arrived in UK, 6 November 1942; to No.7 AGS, 22 November 1942; to No.29 OTU, 16 February 1943; To No.1654 Conversion Unit, 17 April 1943; to No.57 Squadron, 24 May 1943. No citation in AFRO.

 

GOLDING, P/O William Henry (J19871) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.57 Squadron - Award effective 19 September 1944 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 2274/44 dated 20 October 1944.

 

This officer has successfully completed numerous sorties on his second tour of operations. One night in July 1944 he was rear gunner of an aircraft which was attacked by a fighter. Early in the engagement Pilot Officer Golding was hit in the leg by a bullet; he also sustained burns to the leg and thigh when his turret caught fire. In spite of this he used his guns with good effect and the enemy aircraft was seen to dive steeply away on fire. His courage and resolution were characteristic of that which he has displayed throughout his tours.

 

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GOLDSMITH, F/L John Edward (J85064) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.156 Squadron - Award effective 4 November 1944 as per London Gazette dated 14 November 1944 and AFRO 239/45 dated 9 February 1945. Born in Halifax, 21 February 1922; served in Royal Canadian Artillery; enlisted in RCAF, 21 February 1942. Trained at No.3 ITS (graduated 28 August 1942) and No.8 AOS (graduated 21 December 1942). Commissioned 1944. Served in postwar RCAF; awarded AFC for Operation "POLCO". 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 2/8823 has recommendation dated 21 August 1944 when he had flown 39 sorties (210 hours 40 minutes).

 

8 Sep 43 Boulogne 3 June 44 Calais

28 Jan 44 Berlin 5 June 44 Longues

30 Jan 44 Terschelling 7 June 44 Cerisy

19 Feb 44 Leipzig 8 June 44 Fougeres

20 Feb 44 Stuttgart 9 June 44 Rennes

24 Feb 44 Schweinfurt 11 Jun 44 Tours

1 Mar 44 Stuttgart 5 Jun 44 Lens

15 Mar 44 Stuttgart 16 Jun 44 Renescure

18 Mar 44 Frankfurt 23 Jun 44 Coubronnes

22 Mar 44 Frankfurt 24 Jun 44 Middle Straete

24 Mar 44 Berlin 27 Jun 44 Oisemont

26 Mar 44 Essen 7 July 44 Vaires

30 Mar 44 Nuremburg 9 July 44 L'Hey

10 Apr 44 Aulnoye 10 Jul 44 Nucourt

11 Apr 44 Aachen 20 Jul 44 Foret du Croc

11 May 44 Hasselt 22 Jul 44 Coulonvilliers

19 May 44 Boulogne 23 Jul 44 Foret du Croc

21 May 44 Duisburg 27 Jul 44 Chateau Bernapre

22 May 44 Dortmund 30 Jul 44 Battle area

24 May 44 Aachen

 

Pilot Officer Goldsmith has completed 39 operational sorties, 24 of which have been with the Pathfinder Force.

 

This officer is a keen and efficient navigator, and has invariably displayed the utmost determination and courage in his duties. He is a cheerful and valuable member of his crew, and is always willing to fly with any crew when the occasion demands it. He has shown great keenness and zest for operations, and his devootion to duty has been of a very high order. I recommend him for the award of the Distinguished Flying Cross.

 


NOTE: In January 1997 the Royal Air Forces Escaping Society (Canadian Branch) presented to the National Aviation Museum a "dossier" (actually more like an album) with extended autobiographical notes on members (catalogued in the museum as D.805 C3 L96 1995 NMM). This included much information on Goldsmith, of which the following is an excerpt:

 

On the night of 26 August 1944, while on my 42nd bombing raid, the aircraft was seriously damaged in a night fighter attack over Kiel, Germany. With the aircraft on fire and only one engine operating a ditching was made in the North Sea.

 

As I sat in an overcrowded dinghy, cold and wet, with six men I barely knew, I was to reflect on my folly in volunteering to replace their sick navigator. The following day RAF air/sea rescue planes located us and dropped a lifeboat which drifted away. By a miracle, in the darkness the next morning, we found it close by. We set course for England but ran into a storm late in the day, and as the boat had been damaged in the drop, it began to break up.

 

We were losing hope when a Danish fishing boat suddenly appeared, guided by a rescue plane. Once on board we found we were headed for Denmark, and though grateful to be saved, we had no wish to become POWs. The skipper said that if he sailed any further west the Germans would sink his boat, but when the rescue plane dropped a message directing him to take us to England we convinced him that he had no other choice. Two nights later we arrived back in England.

 

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GOLDSTEIN, Corporal Louis (R81888) - British Empire Medal - No.9 Repair Depot - Awarded 1 January 1943 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 55/43 dated 15 January 1943. Born in Montreal, 3 May 1912. Enlisted in Montreal.

 

The enthusiasm with which this airman carries out his duties, coupled with his ability to produce more than ordinary result, has had a marked effect on the productive efficiency of this Depot, as well as setting for his fellows an example of what initiative and industry can accomplish. He has set a high standard of loyalty to his Superiors and to the Service, exemplary in conduct and outstanding in his performance of duty.

 

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GOLDSTONE, F/O Arthur William (J26425) - Mention in Despatches - Overseas - Award effective 1 January 1946 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 388/46 dated 12 April 1946. Trained at No.7 ITS (graduated 26 September 1942), No.6 BGS (graduated 27 December 1942) and No.8 AOS (graduated(graduated 14 May 1943).

 

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GOLDSTRAW, P/O Herbert Eric (J88659) - Member, Order of the British Empire - No.425 Squadron - Award effective 1 June 1945 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 1219/45 dated 27 July 1945. Born in Edmonton, 1914; home in Winnipeg (salesman). Enlisted 3 June 1942. Trained at No.3 WS (graduated 22 December 1942) and No.3 BGS (graduated 10 October 1943). Commissioned 1944.

 

In July 1944, a Halifax aircraft crashed at White Waltham on returning from operations and caught fire. Pilot Officer Goldstraw's aircraft had landed previously at the airfield and this officer, together with other members of his crew, as well as personnel of the ATA, immediately ran to the crashed aircraft. The unconscious rear gunner was lying partly in the turret and partly in the rear of the fuselage. The turret was jammed. Together with an ATA instructor, Pilot Officer Goldstraw, finding that the turret could not be swung back to release the rear gunner, owing to the position in which he was lying, entered the fuselage after forcing the normal entrance. At this time heat the starboard wing was blazing furiously and the heat was so intense that the starboard elevator burst into flames. It was necessary to remove the rear gunner's flying equipment before putting him back into the turret which could then be swung, thereby enabling helpers outside to extricate him. This gallant rescue was successfully accomplished in circumstances of great danger. Despite the flames and smoke, there was risk of the petrol tanks, bombs and ammunition exploding and, when the rear turret had been swung and the gunner passed to safety, exit was only possible through smoke and fumes. Pilot Officer Goldstraw showed courage and self-sacrifice in an action which undoubtedly was responsible for saving the life of a comrade.

 

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GONOR, F/O Abraham (J36924) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.156 Squadron - Award effective 8 September 1945 as per London Gazette dated 25 September 1945 and AFRO 1768/45 dated 23 November 1945. Born 1925 in Russia; home in Winnipeg (shipping clerk). Trained at No.7 ITS (graduated 9 January 1943 and No.5 AOS (graduated 29 October 1943). No citation other than "completed...numerous operations against the enemy in the course of which [he has] invariably displayed the utmost fortitude, courage and devotion to duty." Public Records Office Air 2/8751 has recommendation dated 11 April 1945 when he had flown 38 sorties (188 hours 45 minutes), 16 September 1944 to 31 March 1945.

 

16 Sep 44 Leewarden 18 Dec 44 Duisburg

23 Sep 44 Neuss 21 Dec 44 Bonn

27 Sep 44 Calais 7 Jan 45 Munich

28 Sep 44 Calais 14 Jan 45 Saarbrucken

2 Oct 44 Westkapelle 22 Jan 45 Hamborn

5 Oct 44 Saarbrucken 1 Feb 45 Mainz

11 Oct 44 Fredrick William 2 Feb 45 Wesibaden

14 Oct 44 Duisburg 5 Feb 45 Goch

14 Oct 44 Duisburg 5 Feb 45 Politz (Stettin)

19 Oct 44 Stuttgart 13 Feb 45 Dresden


24 Oct 44 Essen 24 Feb 45 Kamen

25 Oct 44 Essen 1 Mar 45 Mannheim

28 Oct 44 Cologne 7 Mar 45 Dessau

29 Oct 44 Westkapelle 14 Mar 45 Homburg

30 Oct 44 Cologne 16 Mar 45 Nuremburg

29 Nov 44 Essen 20 Mar 45 Heide

30 Nov 44 Duisburg 22 Mar 45 Hildesheim

3 Dec 44 Wurtheim Dam 25 Mar 45 Munster

4 Dec 44 Karlsruhe 31 Mar 45 Hamburg

 

Flying Officer Gonor has completed 38 operatonal sorties, 23 of which have been with the Pathfinder Force. The targets have mainly been German areas.

 

This officer has proved himself to be an extremely reliable navigator. He has a commendable zeal for operations, and is keen and dependable. Beneath his quiet and unassuming manner lies plenty of grit and determination, and is an asset to any crew.

 

Flying Officer Gonor has shown zest, loyalty and devotion to duty of a high order, and I recommend him for the award of the Distinguished Flying Cross.

 

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GONYEA, F/L David Charles(J12557) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.431 Squadron - Award effective 5 June 1945 per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 1147/45 dated 13 July 1945. Home in Calgary; enlisted there 27 June 1941. Trained at No.4 ITS (graduated 5 December 1941), No.6 EFTS (graduated 13 February 1942 and No.13 SFTS (graduated 3 July 1942).

 

This officer has completed numerous sorties as pilot and captain of aircraft. His qualities of courage and determination were well reflected on one occasion in March 1945 when he was badly wounded in the shoulder by anti-aircraft fire. Despite intense pain he flew on to his target which he successfully bombed. On the return flight his arm became completely useless. Although suffering great pain, Flight Lieutenant Gonyea flew his aircraft back to base and effected a safe landing. He afterwards collapsed. This officer set a fine example of courage, fortitude and resolution.

 

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GONYOU, F/L Gordon Lloyd (J25985) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.428 Squadron - Award effective 1 December 1944 as per London Gazette dated 8 December 1944 and AFRO 293/45 dated 16 February 1945. Born 1915 in Belleville, Ontario; home in Port Colburne, Ontario. Enlisted in Hamilton, 16 December 1940. Trained at No.1 ITS (graduated 11 September 1942), No.9 EFTS (graduated 18 December 1942) and No.5 SFTS (graduated 30 April 1943). Commissioned 1943. DHist file 181.009 D.3260 (RG.24 Vol.20637) has recommendation dated 13 September 1944 when he had flown 21 sorties (114 hours ten minutes), 9 May to 6 September 1944. Recommendation gives name as Gordon Long.

 

Flight Lieutenant Gonyou has participated in a number of missions against the enemy. As flight commander, his administrative ability and enthusiasm have largely contributed to the operational efficiency of the squadron. He has displayed exceptional ability, great keenness and determination as captain of aircraft. On one occasion an engine of his aircraft was rendered unserviceable. Despite difficulty, he pressed on to the target and successfully completed the mission.

 

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GOODALL, FS (now P/O) Gordon Leslie Hennings (R70097/J15445) - Distinguished Flying Medal - No.15 Squadron - Award effective 31 December 1942 as per London Gazette dated 12 January 1943 and AFRO 232/43 dated 12 February 1943. Born in Toronto, 1917; home there (grocery clerk). Trained at No.2 WS (graduated 14 March 1941) and No.4 BGS (graduated 14 April 1941). Commissioned August 1942. Died in London, Ontario, 10 June 1997.

 

Flight Sergeant Goodall has taken part in many operational sorties. He has at all times shown a high standard of devotion to duty and great skill in his roll of bomb aimer. His outstanding enthusiasm has been an example to all.

 

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GOODERHAM, W/C Douglas (C3170) - Officer, Order of the British Empire - Overseas - Award effective 1 January 1945 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 721/45 dated 27 April 1945. Born in England. Enlisted in Regina, 6 November 1940. Served in radar work in Britain, Iceland and the Far East. Retired from the RCAF, 1967, in the rank of Air Commodore. Employed by Bell Canada over the next ten years, then attended Carleton University. Died in Ottawa, 21 January 2001.

 

GOODERHAM, W/C Douglas, OBE (C3170) - Bronze Star Medal (United States) - Third Tactical Air Force (AFRO gives unit only as "Overseas") - Award effective 24 October 1945 as per Canada Gazette dated 6 April 1946 and AFRO 388/46 dated 12 April 1946. Public Records Office Air 2/9103 has recommended citation.

 


For exceptionally meritorious service during the period 15 December 1943 to 20 February 1945. As Senior Radar Officer, Third Tactical Air Force and Eastern Air Command, Wing Commander Gooderham's supervision of Radar and Aircraft Warning activities demonstrated outstanding foresight, knowledge and efficiency in instigating the planning and operation of the combined British-American Radar and Aircraft Warning network in the Eastern Air Command operational area. He handled both administrative and technical problems with such efficiency that he gained and maintained the utmost respect of both USAAF and RAF officers under his supervision. His devotion to duty and his untiring efforts were an inspiring example to personnel of the closely integrated Aircraft Warning System. His unselfish contribution to the USAAF mission in Burma when American equipment and personnel were inadequate and its accomplishment reflect the highest credit on the Military Forces of the United Nations.

 

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GOODERHAM, F/L George William (C8327) - Commended for Valuable Services - No.1 FIS - Award effective 5 May 1944 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 1133/44 dated 26 May 1944. Born in Toronto, 10 March 1908; attended Upper Canada College, Ridley College and University of Toronto. In partnership with Draper Dobin before the war. Enlisted 5 June 1940 in Toronto; graduated from No.12 SFTS, 13 October 1941. Then took course from CFS, Trenton. Active in RCAF Auxiliary, postwar. Queen's Coronation Medal, 1953. No citation in AFRO or biographical file. DHist file 181.009 D.1721 (PAC RG.24 Vol.20606) has recommendation which bears no date but was forwarded to No.1 Training Command Headquarters on 21 December 1943. He had then flown 2,010 hours, of which 1,842 were as instructor, and 188 hours in past six months:

 

Flight Lieutenant Gooderham has been engaged in flying instructional duties for the past four years. He has at all times shown an exceptional keenness for his job and has made a great contribution to the efficiency of No.1 Flying Instructor School. He is an A1 Category Flying Instructor.

 

GOODERHAM, S/L George William (C8327) - Air Force Cross - No.1 FTS - Award effective 14 June 1945 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 1127/45 dated 6 July 1945. No citation in AFRO or biographical file. DHist file 181.009 D.1721 (PAC RG.24 Vol.20606) has recommendation dated 20 December 1944 when he had flown 2,311 hours, of which 2,200 were as instructor and 133 had been flown in previous six months. Had made two trans-Atlantic delivery flights:

 

Squadron Leader Gooderham has been engaged on flying instructional duties for the past five years. During this time he has held the positions of Deputy Flight Commander, Flight Commander, Examining Officer and Squadron Commander. He has attended ECFI [?] and completed the course with a distinguished pass. As a member of the staff of this unit, Squadron Leader Gooderham has proved to be an excellent organizer and administrator, and his devotion to duty has been of the highest order and of exemplary manner. This officer has made an outstanding contribution to the success of the BCATP.

 

Governor General's Records (RG.7 Group 26 Volume 59, file 190-I, dossier 7) has official citation which differs slightly from the above.

 


Squadron Leader Gooderham has been engaged on flying instructional duties for the past five years. During this time he has held the positions of Deputy Flight Commander, Flight Commander, Examining Officer and Squadron Commander. As a member of the staff of this unit, Squadron Leader Gooderham has proved to be an excellent organizer and administrator, and his devotion to duty has been of the highest order and of exemplary manner. This officer has made an outstanding contribution to the success of the British Commonwealth Air Training Plan and has given of himself unstintingly far beyond the normal call of duty.

 

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GOODHEW, P/O Winston Kimberley (J89963) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.630 Squadron - Award effective 6 January 1945 as per London Gazette dated 19 January 1945 and AFRO 508/45 dated 23 March 1945. Born in Gladman, Saskatchewan, 1917; home in Saskatoon. Trained at No.5 ITS and No.1 AOS. Commissioned 1944.

 

Pilot Officer Goodhew has participated in numerous sorties including attacks against many heavily defended targets in Germany and occupied territory. At all times he has shown outstanding technical skill, resource and tenacity. On one occasion in July 1944 his aircraft was detailed for a mine-laying operation over Kiel Bay. On the return flight while flying low it was forced down on to the sea. As the dinghy was not fully inflated and would only support the wireless operator, Pilot Officer Goodhew swam back to the aircraft where he clung to the wreckage until it started to sink. He cast off the dinghy and after making determined efforts to save the lives of other members of the crew swam after it. Pilot Officer Goodhew was rescued seven hours after his aircraft was forced down on to the sea. Despite his experience, he has continued to show the utmost keenness for operational flying and has rendered valuable assistance in the training of new navigators. The great gallantry displayed by this officer is worthy of the highest praise.

 

NOTE: Public Records Office Air 2/9038 has recommendation dated 30 October 1944 when he had flown 29 sorties (164 hours 41 minutes); text is more detailed than that published:

 

4 June 44 Maisy (4.02) 23 Jul 44 Kiel (5.00)

5 June 44 La Pernelle (5.15) 16 Aug 44 Stettin (7.55)

7 June 44 Foret de Cerisy (4.23) 18 Aug 44 Ile Adam (4.17)

9 June 44 Etampes (4.58) 25 Aug 44 Darmstadt (9.00)

14 Jun 44 Aunay sur Odon (5.21) 26 Aug 44 Koenigsburg (10.47)

16 Jun 44 Doullen (4.08) 29 Aug 44 Koenigsburg (10.52)

21 Jun 44 Wesserling (4.27) 31 Aug 44 Bergueneuse (5.09)

4 July 44 Creil (4.57) 3 Sept 44 Deelan (3.49)

7 July 44 Creil (5.00) 9 Sept 44 Munchen Gladbach (4.10)

10 Jul 44 Kattegat (6.00) 11 Sep 44 Le Havre (3.28)

14 Jul 44 Villeneuve St.George 12 Sep 44 Stuttgart (7.07)

(7.07) 26 Sep 44 Karlsruhe (6.53)

18 Jul 44 Caen (3.40) 19 Oct 44 Nuremburg (7.54)


18 Jul 44 Revigny (5.16) 23 Oct 44 Flushing (2.28)

20 Jul 44 Courtrai (3.00) 24 Oct 44 GARDENING (8.18)

 

Pilot Officer Goodhew has completed 29 sorties, including attacks against heavily defended targets in Germany, and targets in enemy occupied territory.

 

On the 23/24th July, this officer was navigator of an aircraft detailed for mining operations over Kiel Bay. In the return flight, while flying low, the aircraft hit the sea.

 

Pilot Officer Goodhew at once released the upper escape hatch, climbed out and helped the wireless operator to follow. When they got into the dinghy it was found that as it was not properly inflated it would not carry their combined weight. Pilot Officer Goodhew left the dinghy to the wireless operator and swam back to the aircraft. He clung to the wreckage with the pilot and air bomber until it started to sink. He then cut the painter of the dinghy by rubbing it against a jagged edge of the main plane, and the dinghy started to drift away.

 

Pilot Officer Goodhew, accompanied by the pilot and air bomber, started to swim to the dinghy, but he was the only one to reach it. Despite his exhausted condition, Pilot Officer Goodhew went back to the aircraft three times, which had not yet disappeared, in an endeavour to find the pilot and air bomber, but without success. On the fourth attempt he was seized by cramp and started to sink, but he managed to return to the dinghy. Holding onto a rope from the dinghy with one hand to keep afloat, Pilot Officer Goodhew worked continuously for two hours trying to open the pack. This he accomplished, extracted the Verey pistol, and fired Verey lights to attract attention. While he was doing this the wireless operator died and disappeared under the sea. Pilot Officer Goodhew was rescued by H.M. Minesweeper Courser seven hours after the aircraft hit the sea.

 

This officer displayed great courage, resource, tenacity and disregard for his own safety from the time the aircraft hit the sea until he was rescued. His conduct has set a most praiseworthy example to all other aircrew on the station.

 

Pilot Officer Goodhew is a first-class navigator, and he has shown marked enthusiasm to operate on every possible occasion. He takes a keen interest in the training of new navigators in the squadron, and by his efforts he has raised the standard of navigation considerably. He is strongly recommended for the non-immediate award of the Distinguished Flying Cross.

 

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GOODHUE, P/O Wilbur Ralph (J87056) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.429 Squadron - Award effective 6 October 1944 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 2534/44 dated 24 November 1944. Born in Lennoxville, Quebec, 1918; home in Hanover, New Hampshire (clerk). Enlisted in Montreal, 7 September 1942. Trained at No.9 BGS (graduated 11 June 1943). Commissioned 1944.

 

Pilot Officer Goodhue is a highly skilled and resolute air gunner. He has participated in very many sorties involving flights over well defended areas and has set a fine example of determination and devotion to duty. On one occasion, when returning from a sortie, his aircraft sustained severe damage in an encounter with a fighter and three of his comrades were wounded. It was only with the greatest difficulty that the pilot could retain a measure of control of the bomber. The situation was serious but Pilot Officer Goodhue remained at his post, unmoved, and watchful against any further interference. His conduct was exemplary.

 

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GOODING, P/O Harold Orville (J10608) - Air Medal (United States) - Alaska - Award effective 23 December 1942 as per AFRO 272/43 dated 19 February 1943. Born 1919; home in Ottawa. Enlisted in Ottawa, 25 May 1941. Trained at No.5 ITS (graduated 27 September 1941), No.22 EFTS (graduated 22 November 1941) and No.13 SFTS (graduated 13 March 1942). Commissioned 1942. See F/O Robert Lynch for citation.

 

GOODING, S/L Harold Orville (J10608) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.440 Squadron - Award effective 19 February 1945 as per London Gazette dated 27 February 1945 and AFRO 625/45 dated 13 April 1945.

 

Before joining his present squadron this officer took part in many power diving and low level attacks against enemy gun positions. Since April, 1944, he has commanded a flight and has led the squadron on numerous sorties against a wide variety of targets. He is an exceptionally able leader who has continually displayed the greatest keenness for operational flying. During the period he has been in command the squadron has destroyed forty-three mechanical vehicles and damaged many others.

 

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GOODLET, F/L David Harrison (J10833) - Commended for Valuable Services - No.313 Ferry Training Unit - Award effective 1 January 1945 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 132/45 dated 26 January 1945. Home in North Bay, Ontario. Enlisted in Hamilton, Ontario, 12 August 1940. Trained at No.2 ITS (graduated 27 November 1940), No.8 EFTS (graduated 15 January 1941) and No.3 SFTS (graduated 4 May 1941). No citation in Canadian sources; Public Records Office Air 2/9036 has recommendation drafted when he had flown 1,716 hours including 300 in previous six months.

 


This officer has been employed as a Flying Instructor with his present unit for the past twenty months. He has done excellent work and his pupils show a consistently high standard.

 

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GOODMAN, F/L Gilbert Murrney (C18336) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.434 Squadron - Award effective 2 October 1944 as per London Gazette dated 13 October 1944 and AFRO 2637/44 dated 8 December 1944. Born in Bancroft, Ontario, 1916; home in Wellington, Ontario (smelter worker, former sea cadet). Enlisted in North Bay, 6 September 1940. 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.3080 (RG.24 Vol.20636) has recommendation dated 2 July 1944 when he had flown 28 1/2 sorties (188 hours 30 minutes), 2 January 1943 to 9 June 1944. An odd tour with long pauses (including no sorties between 5 September and 25 November 1943 and again none between 25 November 1943 and 24 April 1944). Many hazardous sorties; on 8 March 1943 (Hamburg) airborne ten hours; returned on three engines and port outer developed coolant leaks which forced feathering; severe icing for ten minutes. Aircraft badly shot up by fighters over Duisburg, 12 May 1943; hit by flak on 11 June 1943 and 5 September 1943.

 

This officer has been with the squadron since its formation and has flown a total of twenty-eight and one-half operations, sixteen of which have been to heavily defended German targets. He has always possessed coolness and displayed exceptional fearlessness in the face of danger. This courage, outstanding determination and devotion to duty are an example to the entire squadron.

 

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GOODMAN, F/L Keith Steward (J8613) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.407 Squadron - Award effective 19 July 1945 as per London Gazette dated 27 July 1945 and AFRO 1672/45 dated 2 November 1945. Born in Edmonton, 1921; home there (lab assistant). Enlisted in Edmonton, 7 February 1941. Trained at No.2 ITS (graduated 8 May 1941), No.7 AOS (graduated 17 August 1941), No.7 BGS (graduated 29 September 1941) and No.1 ANS (graduated 27 October 1941).

 

This officer has proved himself to be a courageous and skilful navigator. During his first tour of operational duty he was mainly engaged in anti-shipping operations and frequently attacked enemy merchant ships and E-boats. Flight Lieutenant Goodman has also taken part in reconnaissances of heavily defended ports such as Brest, Cherbourg, Le Havre, and Boulogne. He has participated in attacks on two enemy submarines, the first in the Bay of Biscay on June 3, 1943 and the second one night in December 1944, when the enemy vessel was presumed sunk. Flight Lieutenant Goodman has always set a fine example to other navigators and by his skill and gallantry has contributed largely to the successes achieved by his crew.

 

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GOODMAN, P/O Robert Murray (J88817) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.433 Squadron - Award effective 6 January 1945 as per London Gazette dated 19 January 1945 and AFRO 508/45 dated 23 March 1945. Born in Winnipeg, 1916; home in Toronto (shipping clerk). Enlisted in Toronto, 26 May 1942. Trained at No.9 BGS (graduated 6 August 1945). Commisioned 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.2609 (RG.24 Vol.20627) has recommendation dated 20 October 1944 when he had completed 37 sorties (192 hours 30 minutes) between 15 February and 15 October 1944 as an Air Gunner.

 

This officer has now completed a tour of operations which was made up of thirty-seven sorties over enemy territory and included raids on such heavily defended targets as Berlin (2), Essen (2), Leipzig and Karlsruhe. He has at all times displayed a fearless and fine offensive spirit which has been a great example to his crew and the squadron in general, and his cheerful courage and cool determination have been an inspiration to all...

 

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GOODSPEED, W/C Edward Burnett (C391) - Officer, Order of the British Empire - AFHQ, Directorate of Operations - Award effective 28 May 1943 as per London Gazette dated 2 June 1943 and AFRO 1459/43 dated 30 July 1943. Born at Penniac, New Brunswick, 1906. Graduated in Electrical Engineering from University of New Brunswick. PR Release says he entered RCAF in 1927; Award Card at DHist says he enlisted in Montreal, 2 March 1940 (probably commissioned that date).

 

This officer has displayed outstanding devotion to duty and marked ability in organizing the Aircraft Detection Corps in Canada which has reached a very high state of efficiency. The successful functioning of this Corps is largely the result of the untiring efforts, sound judgement and qualities of leadership displayed by Wing Commander Goodspeed.

 

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GOODWIN, LAC Arthur Russell (R139918) - Mention in Despatches - Leeming (AFRO gives unit only as "Overseas"; unit found in McEwen Papers list of recommendations for MiD) - Award effective 1 January 1946 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 418/46 dated 18 April 1946. Enlisted in Saskaatoon, 3 December 1941. DHist file 181.009 D.5527 (RG.24 Vol.20667) has recommendation from Repair and Inspection Squadron, Radar Section, dated 29 April 1945.

 


R139918 LAC Goodwin, A.G. [sic] enlisted December 3, 1941, and was posted overseas September 28, 1942. At a time when good Radar mechanics were few, this airman's dependability, technical knowledge and good workmanship did much to maintain a high standard of serviceability. His devotion to duty has been a definite asset to his section as well as contributing in no small way to the efficiency of the section.

 

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GOODWIN, F/O Donald Wallace (J16942) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.442 Squadron - Award effective 24 October 1944 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 2637/44 dated 8 December 1944. Born at Maynooth, Ontario, 12 October 1920. Enlisted in Ottawa, 17 December 1940. Trained at No.1 ITS (graduated 12 June 1941), No.14 EFTS (graduated 25 July 1941) and No.12 SFTS (graduated 22 October 1941). Arrived in UK, 7 December 1941. Further trained at No.52 OTU. With No.421 Squadron, 14 April to 21 October 1942, No.229 Squadron from 5 February 1943 to 14 May 1943, followed by instructing at No.55 OTU. In Canada, 16 March to 29 April 1944. Posted overseas again, May 1944, he flew with No.442 Squadron, 14 May to 2 November 1944. Returned to Canada, December 1944, released 5 March 1946. Served in RCAF Regular Force, 1951-1959. Victories as follows: 28 June 1944, one Bf.109 destroyed, Villers/Bocage; 6 October 1944, one FW.190 destroyed, Nijmegen area. Medals and logbook displayed in RCAF Memorial Museum, Trenton, Ontario.

 

Flying Officer Goodwin is a relentless fighter. Since the invasion of northern France he has been responsible for the destruction of a considerable number of mechanical vehicles, thirty-five of which he put out of action in one day. In air fighting he has shot down one enemy aircraft.

 

NOTE: DHist file 181.009 D.2833 (RG.24 Volume 20632) has recommendation dated 18 August 1944 which bears comparison. As of that date he had flown 185 sorties (258 hours 20 minutes):

 

Since being with the squadron, Flying Officer Goodwin has shown remarkable keenness and determination to engage the enemy both in the air and on the ground. On August 13th, 1944 he destroyed or damaged 35 enemy vehicles and has, since the invasion of the continent, destroyed or damaged over one hundred enemy vehicles. In addition to this he has destroyed one enemy aircraft in the air. His keenness and aggressive spirit has been a fine example to the squadron and he has won the respect and high praise of all.

 

GOODWIN, F/O Donald Wallace (J16942) - Bar to Distinguished Flying Cross - No.442 Squadron - Award effective 18 December 1944 as per London Gazette dated 29 December 1944 and AFRO 379/45 dated 2 March 1945.

 


Since the award of the Distinguished Flying Cross this officer has flown on many operational sorties. In October 1944 he led a formation of aircraft against a far larger number of enemy aircraft and in the ensuing engagement at least three of the enemy force were destroyed and others damaged. Flying Officer Goodwin destroyed one enemy fighter himself bringing his total victories to two enemy aircraft destroyed. In addition he has inflicted considerable damage on the enemy's mechanical transport and destroyed a complete ammunition train. This officer has always pressed home his attacks with great determination and by his fine leadership and exceptional keenness has set an inspiring example to the other members of his squadron.

NOTE: DHist file 181.009 D.2833 (RG.24 Volume 20632) has recommendation dated 26 October 1944 which bears comparison. As of that date he had flown 252 sorties (318 hours 20 minutes operational time).

 

Since being recommended for the Distinguished Flying Cross in August 1944, Flying Officer Goodwin has by his inspiring example, his personal ability and his extraordinary keenness contributed largely to this squadron's recent successes. On the 6th of October 1944 he led a small section of aircraft into an enormously superior force of the enemy and his section destroyed three of the enemy and damaged three others, all without loss. Flying Officer Goodwin destroyed one himself, bringing his total to two enemy aircraft destroyed. He has also destroyed and damaged an additional 60 Mechanical Enemy Transport and damaged eleven locomotive, so that his score against ground targets is now over 170. In addition he attacked and destroyed a complete ammunition train consisting of one locomotive and fifteen trucks. Flying Officer Goodwin has led many dive-bombing sorties and at all times has pressed home his attacks on order to obtain the best results. His outstanding leadership and his inspiring keenness and determination are of the highest order.

 

To this, G/C G.R. McGregor added, on 27 October 1944:

 

In the comparatively short period of operational flying carried out by this officer since the award of the Distinguished Flying Cross, he has inflicted upon the enemy in damage nearly doubled his previous record. He is an outstanding fighter pilot whose skill, determination and courage are a shining example to his fellows.

 

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GOODWIN, FS Harold (R66493) - Distinguished Flying Medal - No.61 Squadron - Award effective 3 June 1943 as per London Gazette dated 11 June 1943 and AFRO 1294/43 dated 9 July 1943. Trained at No.1 ITS, No.1 EFTS and No.6 SFTS.

 

Throughout a very successful tour of operations, Flight Sergeant Goodwin has shown outstanding ability as a pilot. His careful attention to pre-flight planning has enabled him to avoid unnecessary hazards. His determination over the target in the face of the heaviest opposition has been an example to all, while his observations and reports have been exceptionally reliable and useful. The airman has attacked a wide variety of targets in Germany and Italy, including some of those which are heavily defended. Despite many hazardous experiences Flight Sergeant Goodwin's keenness and his courage and determination continue to be worthy of high praise.

 


GOODWIN, F/O Harold, DFM (J17399) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.692 Squadron - Award effective 4 November 1944 as per London Gazette dated 14 November 1944 and AFRO 239/45 dated 9 February 1945. NOTE: The citation as published in the AFRO is terribly muddled and should be checked against the London Gazette itself for accuracy.

 

Since being awarded the Distinguished Flying Medal... number of operational sorties. An outstanding captain of aircraft he has consistently displayed skill, determination and courage in the face of the enemy inspiring the members of his crew with confidence.

 

FURTHER NOTE: Public Records Office Air 2/8827 has recommendation for this award, drafted 17 August 1944 when he had flown 94 sorties (423 operational hours) including 64 sorties (207 hours) since award of DFM. The number of trips is amazing; Goodwin must rival (if not surpass) John Fauquier for sorties.

 

* denotes GARDENING (mining) sortie

19 Sep 42 Munich 26 Mar 44 Essen

22 Sep 42 Wismer 29 Mar 44 Kiel

24 Sep 42 Baltic* 30 Mar 44 Kassel

1 Oct 42 Wismar 1 Apr 44 Hannover 50

5 Oct 42 Aachen 4 Apr 44 Cologne

12 Oct 42 Wismer 6 Apr 44 Hamburg

9 Dec 42 Turin 8 Apr 44 Essen

8 Jan 43 Baltic* 9 Apr 44 Mannheim

16 Jan 43 Berlin 11 Apr 44 Hannover

27 Jan 43 Dusseldorf 12 Apr 44 Osnabruck

7 Feb 43 Lorient 23 Apr 44 Mannheim

14 Feb 43 Milan 26 Apr 44 Hamburg

19 Feb 43 Wilhelmshaven 28 Apr 44 Hamburg

25 Feb 43 Nuremburg 30 Apr 44 Saarbrucken

26 Feb 43 Cologne 2 May 44 Leverkusen

28 Feb 43 St.Nazaire 3 May 44 Ludwigshaven

1 Mar 43 Berlin 6 May 44 Ludwigshaven

3 Mar 43 Hamburg 8 May 44 Osnabruck

8 Mar 43 Nuremburg 9 May 44 Berlin

22 Mar 43 St.Nazaire 12 May 44 Special Mission*

26 Mar 43 Duisburg 14 May 44 Cologne

27 Mar 43 Berlin 15 May 44 Ludwigshaven

29 Mar 43 Berlin 19 May 44 Dusseldorf

3 Apr 43 Essen 20 May 44 Cologne

4 Apr 43 Kiel 22 May 44 Ludwigshaven

8 Apr 43 Duisburg 23 May 44 Berlin

9 Apr 43 Duisburg 26 May 44 Ludwigshaven


13 Apr 43 Spezia 27 May 44 Berlin

14 Apr 43 Stuttgart 29 May 44 Hannover

16 Apr 43 Pilsen 30 May 44 Leverkusen

12 Jun 44 Cologne

* * * * * 15 Jun 44 Gelsenkirchen

16 Jun 44 Berlin

7 Feb 44 Brunswick 21 Jun 44 Berlin

11 Feb 44 Brunswick 23 Jun 44 Bremen

23 Feb 44 Dusseldorf 25 Jun 44 Homberg

25 Feb 44 Augsburg 28 Jun 44 Metz

1 Mar 44 Stuttgart 4 July 44 Buer

3 Mar 44 Dusseldorf 6 July 44 Buer

5 Mar 44 Hannover 10 Jul 44 Berlin

10 Mar 44 Duisburg 14 Jul 44 Hannover

13 Mar 44 Frankfurt 15 Jul 44 Berlin

14 Mar 44 Dusseldorf 16 Jul 44 Homberg

15 Mar 44 Stuttgart 18 Jul 44 Berlin

17 Mar 44 Cologne 19 Jul 44 Bremen

18 Mar 44 Kassel 5 Aug 44 Wanne Eickel

20 Mar 44 Munich 6 Aug 44 Castrop Rauxel

22 Mar 44 Frankfurt 8 Aug 44 Cologne

24 Mar 44 Berlin

 

Since being awarded the Distinguished Flying Medal this officer has completed a further large number of operational sorties against enemy targets, and is now carrying on an extended tour with the utmost zeal and enthusiasm.

 

Flying Officer Goodwin has always shown superb captaincy and airmanship and a complete disregard for enemy opposition. His courage, skill and determination in action have been an inspiration to his crew and have led to a fine record of achievement. For commendable courage and gallantry of the highest order he is strongly recommended for the non-immediate award of the Distinguished Flying Cross.

 

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GOODWIN, W/C Ray Walpert (C1277) - Commended for Valuable Services - No.5 SFTS - Award effective 28 May 1943 as per London Gazette of that date, Canada Gazette dated 2 June 1943, and AFRO 1459/43 dated 30 July 1943. Born in Sussex, New Brunswick, 9 January 1914; learned to fly at age 17 with the Halifax Flying Club (1931). A flying instructor with Nova Scotia flying clubs, 1933-1937, when he became CFI of the Toronto Flying Club. In 1938 he joined Northern Flying Services Ltd (North Bay and Rouyn). Enlisted in Toronto, 3 October 1939. Later served overseas, and when returned to Canada he commanded Nos.164 and 168 Squadron. Awarded AFC, 1 January 1946. Later a senior DoT official.

 

Wing Commander Goodwin has consistently shown outstanding devotion to duty. His work as Flying Instructor, Flight Commander, Examining Officer, Squadron Commander and Chief Instructor has always been performed in an exceptionally meritorious and loyal manner. He has completed 628 hours instructional flying of which 227 hours have been flown at this unit during the past 26 months.

 

GOODWIN, W/C Ray Walpert (C1277) - Air Force Cross - No.5 SFTS (now No.168 Squadron) - Award effective 1 January 1946 as per Canada Gazette of that date and AFRO 82/46 dated 25 January 1946. Governor General's Records (RG.7 Group 26 Volume 59, file 190-I, dossier 8) has citation. When recommended he had flown 600 hours of instructor (as at January 1943).

 

This officer has consistently shown outstanding devotion to duty. His work as Flying Instructor, Flight Commander, Examining Officer, Squadron Commander and Chief Instructor has always been performed in an exceptionally meritorious and efficient manner. His ability as a pilot and a leader are exceptional and have made a marked contribution to flying training in this country.

 

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GORDON, S/L Charles William (C394) - Air Force Cross - No.1 Air Command Headquarters - Award effective 11 August 1945 as per London Gazette dated 14 August 1945 and AFRO 1453/45 dated 14th September 1945. Reported as Lieutenant, Reserve Unit, University of Manitoba COTC, 4 January 1932 when he took a navigation course at Camp Borden. Appointed to Reserve of Officers, 5 October 1932; resigned commission 25 July 1935; enlisted in Montreal, 22 February 1940; qualified for pilot's flying badge, 5 June 1940. When recommended he had flown 1,4,10 hours, of which 1,150 were as instructor.

 

This officer, while well over the normal age for active duty as a flying instructor, carried out these duties in a most commendable manner from 1940 to 1943. He has served as a Flight Commander, Squadron Commander and Chief Instructor at a Service Flying Training School and has invariably shown the greatest keenness and resourcefulness in the training of student pilots. His great devotion to duty, skill and enthusiasm have made a most commendable contribution to the Air Training Plan.

 

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GORDON, F/L Donald Campbell (J16633) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.442 Squadron - Award effective 23 February 1945 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 1453/45 dated 14 September 1945. Born in Edmonton, 25 February 1920. Home in Vancouver. Enlisted in Vancouver, 25 October 1940. Trained at No.2 ITS (graduated 26 February 1941), No.8 EFTS (graduated 22 April 1941) and No.10 SFTS (graduated15 July 1941). Posted overseas as Sergeant Pilot, 8 August 1941. Commissioned 6 September 1942; F/O 6 March 1943; F/L 6 September 1944. With No.274 Squadron, May to December 1942; with No.601 Squadron, December 1942 to May 1943. Served with No.417 Squadron (Sicily and Italy), August to October 1943. To No.442 Squadron, 22 November 1944; appointed Flight Commander, 8 February 1945 to 19 March 1945. Posted to No.411 Squadron, 19 March 1945; to No.402 Squadron, 15 April 1945 vice S/L D.C. Laubman (missing). To Squadron Leader, 15 April 1945. Commanded until disbandment, July 1945. Repatriated to Canada, 7 August 1945. Appointed to Permanent Force, 1 October 1946 as Flight Lieutenant; had been with a photo squadron since March 1946. Died in hospital, Montreal, 26 April 1949, following brain surgery. Chris Shores, Aces High (2nd edition) has complete victory list although the claims marked with an asterix are recorded only in his logbook (not in squadron records): 22 May 1942*, one Ju.87 probably dstroyed; 21 June 1942*, one Bf.109 destroyed plus one MC.202 probably destroyed; 14 July 1942*, one MC.202 damaged; 8 August 1942, one Bf.109 destroyed; 1 September 1942*, one Bf.109 damaged plus one Ju.87 damaged; 4 December 1942*, one Ju.88 proably destroyed; 27 February 1943, one Bf.109 damaged; 13 March 1943*, one MC.202 probably destroyed; 17 March 1943, one Ju.87 probably destroyed; 19 April 1943*, one Bf.109 destroyed plus one Re.2001 damaged; 1 January 1945, two FW.190s destroyed; 8 February 1945, three Ju.87s destroyed (one shared); 25 February 1945, one Bf.109 destroyed; 16 April 1945, one composite aircraft destroyed on ground (Ju.88/Bf.109, shared with another pilot); 27 April 1945, one He.115 destroyed; 3 May 1945, one Fi.156 destroyed. For additional details see H.A. Halliday, The Tumbling Sky. Photographs featuring him are PL-18482 (on right), PL-38709 (after investiture), PL-43123 (among German ruins) and PL-55065 (head and shoulders).

 

This officer has displayed the highest standard of skill and resolution in his attacks on the enemy. Among his successes is the destruction of four enemy aircraft. Two of these he shot down recently in an engagement against a large force of enemy fighters. Flight Lieutenant Gordon was wounded and his aircraft badly damaged but he effected a successful crash-landing.

 

NOTE: DHist file 181.009 D.2833 (RG.24 Volume 20632) has recommendation drafted 8 January 1945 when he had flown 275 sorties (335 operational hours. Detail bears comparison with above:

 

Flight Lieutenant Gordon has taken part in 275 sorties against the enemy in Africa and Europe and has displayed great keenness and determination to engage the enemy at all times, both in the air and on the ground. He has taken part in many bombing and strafing sorties with great efficiency and success. On one occasion recently this officer was returning early by himself from the squadron formation due to his aircraft being unserviceable. Nevertheless on hearing over the radio of enemy activity he went to the vicinity and sighted and attacked 50 or more enemy fighters. He succeeded in destroying two before he was wounded and his aircraft so badly damaged he was forced to crash land. This brought his total number of enemy aircraft destroyed in the air to four and one-half, four probably destroyed and five damaged. He has at all times set a high example to his squadron and has always shown great courage and devotion to duty.

 


GORDON, S/L Donald Campbell, DFC (J16633) - Bar to Distinguished Flying Cross - No.402 Squadron - Award effective 7 July 1945 as per London Gazette dated 20 July 1945 and AFRO 1478/45 dated 21 September 1945. Trained at No.2 ITS, No.8 EFTS and No.10 SFTS.

 

Both in the air and on the ground this officer has displayed outstanding courage and skill in operations against the enemy. Since the award of the Distinguished Flying Cross he has destroyed five more enemy aircraft bringing his total victories to at least nine enemy aircraft destroyed and others damaged. He has led his squadron in many relentless attacks against enemy road and rail transport in heavily defended areas and has inflicted considerable damage on the enemy's lines of communications. At all times Squadron Leader Gordon has displayed brilliant leadership, a fine fighting spirit and great determination.

 

NOTE: On 28 September 1949, AFHQ wrote to CJS Washington:

 

19878 F/L Donald Campbell Gordon (formerly J166633) whose death occurred recently wore ribbon of American Distinguished Flying Cross on his uniform. No record can be found at this HQ of such an award having been conferred on this officer. From verbal information received this award was presumably granted sometime between 1942-44 while he served with a RAF squadron (either 274 or 601) in Africa which liaised closely with American forces in same sector and awards were granted by General Officer Commanding US Forces to a number of personnel in the squadron in appreciation of operational cooperation. Cannot verify this from either Records files or personnel here. Neither can record of actual presentation of insignia be found. Request to contact appropriate USAF department and endeavour to establish whether any record of DFC to F/L Gordon can be found. Next of kin making inquiries regarding presentation and contents of citation.

 

AFCS wrote to AFHQ, 6 October 1949:

 

Check of US records in Washington reveals no record of award of American Distinguished Flying Cross to late F/L D.C. Gordon. US authorities continuing search by contacting Records Unit at St.Louis. Information has been received that RCAF officer by name of Perkins served with F/L Gordon in the Middle East and it is suggested that this officer be contacted with view of obtaining helpful information. As soon as additional information is received it will be despatched.

 

Ink minute on this document, initialled by S/L K.S. Ball, reads:

 

NOTE: All Gordon's files and honours and awards files have been carefully perused but no record or no mention of an American DFC can be found. Also, statements compiled by Gordon himself, i.e. R.332, etc. on doc. file do not show award of American DFC.

 


Note on file indicates that S/L Ball, on TD to Vancouver, discussed this with W/C G.W. Northcott on 29 October 1949:

 

W/C Northcott was unable to throw any light on the matter, and stated that his association with this officer was after the period mentioned in para 2 above, i.e. as he recollects it was towards the end of the war in France and Germany, and later with the Occupational Forces in Germany. He was not aware of the circumstances surrounding the award of the American DFC.

 

Letter to F/L Max Perkins (Victoria, 19 November 1949); Perkins replies on 23 November 1949; letter reads in part:

 

To my knowledge "Chunky" received no award while in the Middle East or Italian theatre. He had left (274) Squadron prior to Americans becoming active in the Middle East. There were no American awards to 601 Squadron during our tour of operations. We also served on 442 Squadron in 126 Wing in Holland. Here again I am not aware of any American citations.

 

Don became Commanding Officer of either 402 or 412 Squadron TAF in March or April 1945. This is the only place I know where the award could have been received...

 

I saw "The Chunk" in Saskatoon in October 1946 and at that time he was wearing the American Flying Cross. Don told me that the award was received after the war for liaison work on the Continent while in TAF during the latter part of the war.

 

Letter to George Keefer, 2 December 1949 and reply of 6 December 1949; unable to supply information; suggests Houle, PRO McGillvary, McBrien, Mitchner, Turner.

 

2 December 1949 - Air Attache, CJS Washington to AFHQ:

 

Advice received that further check of USAF and US Army Air Corps records do not reveal the award of American Distinguished Flying Cross to late F/L D.C. Gordon.

 

However this office is informed by USAF Records Section that during visits of General Spaatz to various theatres of war American DFCs were awarded by him personally without any record being forwarded to the United States. It is suggested that SCAFLO [?] be contacted in an effort to ascertain if this information might be available at USAF Overseas Record Section.

 

AFHQ to AMCJS, London, 14 February 1950:

 


Air Attache Washington has suggested that your HQ contact United States Air Force Overseas Records Section in endeavour to ascertain whether any record can be found of award of American Distinguished Flying Cross to late 19878 F/L Donald Campbell Gordon (formerly S/L J16630). Prior to his death in 1949 this officer wore American DFC ribbon on his uniform but no record can he found here or Washington of such award having been officially conferred on this officer. Washington suggest award may have been made by General Spaatz during visit to various war theatres and no record forwarded United States. Gordon was attached to RAF and served with 274 and 601 Squadrons in Middle East. He also served with 417, 442 and 402 Squadrons in Italian and European theatres. Possibly Air Ministry also may have such record of such an award. Any further details required will be supplied on request. Advise.

 

AMCJS London to AFHQ, Ottawa, 18 February 1950:

 

This unit has checked with Honours and Awards Section in Air Ministry and Honours and Awards Section of the American Air Attache's Office in London but there is no record at either of award of American DFC to 19878 F/L Donald Campbell Gordon. The view is held at both offices that if award was given by General Spaatz for an outstanding feat in the field it is possible that through error same would not have been recorded although they point out that this happened on only few occasions. If the latter were the case they further point out that officer would have been given copy of covering orders and citation and same may be in possession of next of kin...

 

Matter referred to Air Historian to check squadron records (16 February 1950); W/C Hitchins writes (21 February 1950):

 

1. The record books of Nos.417, 442, 411 and 402 Squadrons have been examined for the pertinent periods. The honours and awards files of RCAF Middle East, Nos.402 and 442 Squadrons have also been searched (No honours and awards files are held for Nos.417 or 411 Squadrons). No mention could be found of the award of an American DFC to the subject officer.

 

2. The only reference which might have any possible relation to the matter is an item in the daily diary of No.442 Squadron under date 8 February 1945. It mentions that A/M R. Leckie visited the wing (No.126) accompanied by A/V/M R.R. Collard, W/C H.R. Hamilton, and Colonel E. Gerrard, 9th USAAF Liaison Officer.

 

3. On the day of the visit F/L Gordon destroyed 2 1/2 enemy aircraft. (A month previously, on 1 January 1945, he had destroyed two enemy aircraft - an act for which he was awarded the British DFC). Is it possible that during the visit Colonel Gerrard, in view of F/L Gordon's feat that day, made some mention of an American DFC ? Would he have authority to recommend (on confer) decorations ?...

 


Minute on the memo says, of para 3, "Considered most unlikely Liaison Officer would have such authority". A minute by S/L K.E. Ball, dated 6 March 1950, indicates that his widow will be asked if she has found anything in his effects "that would be a clue to establishing entitlement to this award". Nothing further on file.

 

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GORDON, F/O Frederick Beardsley (J37537) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.424 Squadron - Award effective 10 May 1945 as per London Gazette dated 22 May 1945 and AFRO 1147/45 dated 13 July 1945. Born 1923 at Gananoque, Ontario; home in Haileybury. Enlisted in North Bay, 4 November 1941. Trained at No.2 ITS (graduated 3 April 1943), No.2 EFTS (ceased training 7 May 1943) and No.5 AOS (graduated 29 October 1943). Commissioned 1943. No citation other than "completed...numerous operations against the enemy in the course of which [he has] invariably displayed the utmost fortitude, courage and devotion to duty". DHist file 181.009 D.2610 (RG.24 Vol.20627) has recommendation dated 21 February 1945 when he had flown 29 sorties (150 hours 45 minutes), 23 July 1944 to 14 January 1945.

 

This officer has operated as a Navigator over many heavily defended German targets including Essen, Duisburg and Dortmund, and has successfully carried out several mining operations necessitating precision in the flight to and off Norway. His cheerfulness and devotion to duty at all times has been an inspiration to all. This officer's outstanding work as a Navigator and the ability he has shown under adverse conditions are worthy of the highest praise.

 

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GORDON, S/L James Alexander (C1782) - Mention in Despatches - No.62 Base - Award effective 1 January 1946 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 322/46 dated 29 March 1946. Identified in AFRO as "Overseas". McEwen papers (CWM) with list of recommendations with MiD recommendations for 1 February to 31 July 1945 identifies unit. Home in Vancouver; enlisted at Camp Borden, 15 March 1940.

 

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GORDON, P/O James Cape (J86308) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.12 Squadron - Award effective 4 November 1944 as per London Gazette dated 17 November 1944 and AFRO 239/45 dated 9 February 1945. Born in Calgary, 1915; home there; served in Royal Canadian Artillery. Enlisted in Calgary, 2 April 1942. Trained at No.4 ITS (graduated 9 October 1942) and No.2 AOS (graduated 19 February 1943). Commissioned May 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 2/8827 has recommendation dated 14 August 1944 when he had flown 31 sorties (153 hours 45 minutes).

 

18 Mar 44 Frankfurt 6 June 44 Acheres

25 Mar 44 Aulnoye 15 Jun 44 Boulogne


26 Mar 44 Essen 17 Jun 44 Aulnoye

30 Mar 44 Nuremburg 21 Jun 44 Wissant

9 Apr 44 GARDENING (Gyndia) 24 Jun 44 Flers

10 Apr 44 Aulnoye 6 July 44 Foret du Croc

18 Apr 44 Rouen 7 July 44 Caen

3 May 44 Mailly le Camp 12 Jul 44 Tours

7 May 44 Bruz 18 Jul 44 Caen

9 May 44 Merville 18 Jul 44 Gelsenkirchen

21 May 44 Duisburg 20 Jul 44 Courtrai

22 May 44 Dortmund 23 Jul 44 Kiel

27 May 44 Aachen 24 Jul 44 Stuttgart

2 June 44 Berneval 28 Jul 44 Stuttgart

4 June 44 Sangatte 30 Jul 44 Caumont

5 June 44 Varreville

 

Pilot Officer Gordon, a Canadian, has completed thirty-one operational sorties as a navigator. He has attacked many of the most heavily defended targets in Germany and such distant ones as Stuttgart and Nuremburg, as well as carrying out a mining operation in the Baltic.

 

His navigational skill has not only made his attacks most effective, but has contributed largely to the safety of his aircraft and crew. His unquestionable ability and cheerful courage have been very largely responsible for the excellent record achieved by his crew.

 

I feel this officer's magnificent work fully merits the award of the Distinguished Flying Cross.

 

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GORDON, F/L James Reid (J36845) - Mention in Despatches - Overseas - Award effective 10 January 1947 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 70/47 dated 7 February 1947. Enlisted in Toronto, 22 June 1940; trained at No.2 ITS (graduated 18 August 1940), No.6 EFTS (graduated 2 November 1940) and No.5 SFTS (graduated 28 January 1941).

 

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GORDON, F/O John Aaron (J92360) - Mention in Despatches - Overseas - Award effective 1 January 1946 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 388/46 dated 12 April 1946. Born in London, Ontario, 1919; home in Wallaceburg (mechanic). Trained at No.5 ITS, No.12 EFTS and No.1 SFTS. Commissioned September 1944.

 


GORDON, F/O John Aaron (J93360) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.253 Squadron - Award effective 1 February 1946 as per London Gazette dated 15 February 1946 and AFRO 280/46 dated 15 March 1946.

 

Since June 1944, this officer has led his section on numerous sorties over Yugoslavia, Greece and Albania, inflicting considerable damage on the enemy's rolling stock, mechanical transport and shipping. He has invariably displayed outstanding determination and courage in the execution of his attacks. This was particularly evident in March 1945, when he located two 500 ton enemy ships in the Arsa Channel. Despite intense anti-aircraft fire, Flying Officer Gordon pressed home a telling attack and sank one of the vessels. This officer has destroyed at least thirty-five of the enemy's mechanical transport vehicles and ten locomotives.

 

NOTE: Public Records Office Air 2/9292 has the above citation but also the original recommendation dated 22 April 1945 when he had flown 666 hours 30 minutes, 191 hours 15 minutes in previous six months, 87 sorties (187 operational hours). The recommendation is much more detailed:

 

Since joining No.253 Squadron in June 1944 Pilot Officer Gordon has shown himself to be an outstanding operational leader and pilot. He has operated continuously over Yugoslavia, Greece and Albania, bombing and strafing with equal ability and fearlessness.

 

On one occasion in December 1944, Pilot Officer Gordon was leading his section on an offensive sweep from Sarajevo to Zenica. Of the seven locomotives destroyed on this sortie he personally accounted for five. Several M.T. were also destroyed on this occasion.

 

The determination which always characterizes Pilot Officer Gordon's attacks was particularly evident in March 1945 when he located two 500 ton ships in the Arsa Channel (Istrian Peninsula). In spite of the most intense flak of all calibre from 20-mm to 88-mm he promptly volunteered to lead a combined R.P. and bombing strike on these two vessels. Diving down through the again intense flak he released his bombs from 1,500 feet hitting and sinking one of the ships. The other ship was sunk by R.P. fire from the Hurricanes of No.6 Squadron.

 

On many occasions too numerous to mention in detail he has struck hard and fearlessly at M.T. concentrations and marshalling yards maintaining always an excellent judgement between damage inflicted on the enemy and the safety of his section.

 

Pilot Officer Gordon has set a very high standard of personal gallantry and is admired and respected by all ranks. Pilot Officer Gordon has personally destroyed more than 35 M.T. vehicles and ten locomotives and damaged 30 M.T. vehicles and locomotives.

 

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GORDON, LAC John Cecil (R167496) - Mention in Despatches - Overseas - Award effective 8 June 1944 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 1729/44 dated 11 August 1944. No citation in AFRO.

 

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GORDON, F/O John Ralph (J93342) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.420 Squadron - Award effective 12 November 1945 as per London Gazette dated 16 November 1945 and AFRO 133/46 dated 8 February 1946. Born 1923 in Schreiber, Ontario; home there (school teacher). Enlisted in Kirkland Lake, 7 September 1942. Trained at No.7 ITS (graduated 15 May 1943) and No.7 AOS (graduated 26 November 1943). Commissioned December 1944.

 

Throughout numerous operational sorties this officer has displayed praiseworthy courage, skill and devotion to duty. In March 1945 he was navigator of an aircraft detailed for an attack against Chemnitz. Shortly after leaving base most of the navigational aids became unserviceable. Flying Officer Gordon successfully navigated his aircraft to the target. After the bombs had been released the aircraft was attacked by an enemy fighter and so seriously damaged that the captain gave the order to abandon the bomber. The mid-upper gunner was severely wounded and Flying Officer Gordon received a bullet wound in his leg. Despite his own suffering this officer extricated his wounded comrade and got him out of the aircraft before leaving himself by parachute.

 

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GORDON, F/L John Sinclair (J22418) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.635 Squadron (POW) - Award effective 1 September 1944 as per London Gazette dated 15 September 1944 and AFRO 2373/44 dated 3 November 1944. Born in Detroit, Michigan; home in Toronto. Enlisted in Winnipeg, 17 October 1941. Trained at No.3 ITS, No.4 EFTS (ceased training 5 September 1942), No.4 BGS (graduated 21 November 1942) and No.9 AOS (graduated 30 December 1942). Commissioned 1942. 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 20 June 1944 when he had flown 35 sorties (197 hours 15 minutes).

 

25 Nov 43 Frankfurt (6.40) 26 Mar 44 Essen (4.25)

26 Nov 44 Berlin (6.45) 30 Mar 44 Nuremburg (7.00)

2 Dec 44 Berlin (6.25) 11 Apr 44 Aachen (3.40)

3 Dec 44 Leipzig (6.35) 22 Apr 44 Laon (4.05)

23 Dec 43 Berlin (6.50) 24 Apr 44 Karlsruhe (6.20)

1 Jan 44 Berlin (6.35) 26 Apr 44 Villeneuve St.

2 Jan 44 Berlin (6.45) George (4.15)

5 Jan 44 Stettin (8.20) 27 Apr 44 Friedrichshaven (7.05)

14 Jan 44 Brunswick (5.05) 1 May 44 Malines (2.30)

20 Jan 44 Berlin (7.10) 3 May 44 Montdiden (3.50)


21 Jan 44 Magdeburg (6.25) 27 May 44 Rennes (4.45)

15 Feb 44 Berlin (6.40) 28 May 44 Angers (7.05)

19 Feb 44 Leipzig (6.35) 31 May 44 Trappes (4.20)

20 Feb 44 Stuttgart (5.55) 5 June 44 Ouistreham (2.45)

24 Feb 44 Schweinfurt (7.15) 7 June 44 Foret de Cerisny

25 Feb 44 Augsburg (6.20) (4.15)

1 Mar 44 Stuttgart (7.20) 9 June 44 Rennes (4.45)

18 Mar 44 Frankfurt (5.00) 11 Jun 44 Nantes (5.20)

16 Jun 44 Renescure (2.30)

 

This officer has completed over thirty sorties as an Air Bomber in a heavy bomber squadron. The accuracy and unflagging efforts that he has put into his work have contributed to a very large extent to the outstanding successes obtained by his crew.

 

The work and keenness of this officer has set a very high standard in the squadron, and I consider him worthy of the highest praise.

 

NOTE: Station Commander adds, "A cool and reliable operational Navigator II who always tackles his job with efficiency but without fuss. His skill and care have been major factors in the success of his crew as blind markers."

 

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GORDON, F/O John Stewart (J38721) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.427 Squadron - Award effective 8 September 1945 as per London Gazette dated 25 September 1945 and AFRO 1768/45 dated 23 November 1945. Born November 1922 in Toronto; home there (warehouseman). Enlisted in Toronto, 2 October 1942. Trained at No.3 ITS (graduated 10 July 1943) and No.4 AOS (graduated 10 December 1943). Commissioned November 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." NOTE: This man may have been overlooked in culling DHist files. One should review the following again - DHist file 181.009 D.1720 (PAC RG.24 Vol.20607); DHist file 181.009 D.1729 (PAC RG.24 Vol.20607); DHist file 181.009 D.2610 (RG.24 Vol.20627). Public Records Office Air 2/8750 has recommendation by W/C E.M. Bryson dated 19 April 1945 when he had flown 30 sorties (194 hours), 6 October 1944 to 21 March 1945.

 

6 Oct 44 Dortmund (6.15), DNCO 29 Dec 44 Oberlar (6.55)

9 Oct 44 Buochum (6.55) 31 Dec 44 GARDENING (7.05)

12 Oct 44 Wanne Eickeel (4.55) 5 Jan 45 Hanover (6.00)

14 Oct 44 Duisburg (5.45) 12 Jan 45 GADENING (5.35)

15 Oct 44 Duisburg (6.00) 14 Jan 45 GARDENING (6.40)

16 Oct 44 Wilhelmshaven (5.00) 16 Jan 45 GARDENING (7.35)

23 Oct 44 Essen (5.30) 1 Feb 45 Mainz (5.20), DNCO


25 Oct 44 Homberg (5.30) 15 Feb 45 GARDENING (7.15),

30 Oct 44 Cologne (5.55) DNCO

16 Nov 44 Julich (5.10) 18 Feb 45 GARDENING (6.15)

21 Nov 44 Castrop Rauxel (2.50), 20 Feb 45 Mannheim (7.05)

duty not carried out 23 Feb 45 Essen (6.15)

2 Dec 44 Hagen, DNCO 25 Feb 45 GARDENING (6.15)

5 Dec 44 Soest (7.05) 12 Mar 45 Dortmund (6.15)

6 Dec 44 Osnabruck (6.40) 15 Mar 45 Hagen (6.45)

26 Dec 44 St.Vith (6.20) 16 Mar 45 GARDENING (4.35)

28 Dec 44 GARDENING (6.50) 21 Mar 45 Hemmingstedt (5.20)

 

This navigator has completed thirty heavy operational bombing attacks against the enemy, and in view of his outstanding record of timing and track keeping, he has been sent on some of the squadron's most hazardous mining attacks.

 

He can depended upon at all times to navigate his aircraft as briefed and he sets his mind on the task in hand, fearlessly and with a fine offensive spirit, setting a magnificent example to his crew.

 

In view of his splendid record I most highly recommend that he be awarded a non-immediate Distinguished Flying Cross.

 

NOTE: To the above the CO of Station Leeming (W/C V.F. Ganderton) adds that same day:

 

A hard-working and capable navigator with a fine operational spirit, Flying Officer Stewart has a splendid operational record. He has earned the respect and confidence of his crew and his devotion to duty has been an example to others. I consider his work merits the award of the Distinguished Flying Cross.

 

The Base Commander (A/C F.R. Miller) writes on 20 April 1945:

 

A magnificent record as well as an outstanding ability as a navigator that is worthy of the award of the Distinguished Flying Cross.

 

Finally, on 24 April 1945 the AOC No.6 Group (A/V/M C.M. McEwen) notes, "Concur. Recommend the award of the DFC (Non-Immediate).

 

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GORDON, F/L Malcolm James (J7908) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.421 Squadron - Award effective 29 March 1945 as per London Gazette dated 10 April 1945 and AFRO 802/45 dated 11 May 1945. Born 26 May 1922 at Daysland, Alberta. Enlisted in Edmonton, 12 November 1940. Trained at No.3 ITS (graduated 28 May 1941), No.10 EFTS (graduated 227 July 1941) and No.6 SFTS (graduated 7 October 1941); wings and commission on 7 October 1941. Instructor at No.2 SFTS, 26 December 1941 to 29 January 1943. Further trained at No.1 OTU, Bagotville before posting to UK (arrived 24 May 1943). No.403 Squadron, 20 July 1943 to 10 July 1944, leave in Canada and then to No.421 Squadron (10 January to 29 June 1945). Repatriated to Canada, August 1945, released 4 June 1946. Credited with the following victories: 23 June 1944, one FW.190 destroyed northeast of Caen and one FW.190 damaged; 2 July 1944. two Bf.109s destroyed; 22 January 1945, one FW.190 destroyed east of Rheine' 23 January 1945, one FW.190 destroyed, Lippstadt (shared with another pilot). See photographs PL-26571 (standing by a door), PL-26648 (by Spitfire) amd PL-26658 (by Spitfire).

 

Now on his second tour of operational duty, Flight Lieutenant Gordon has participated in many successful engagements with the enemy. He has led sections and flights on fighter patrols, bomber escorts and other sorties from this country and was among the first pilots to operate from bases in Normandy. He has destroyed at least four enemy aircraft and damaged another as well as much enemy transport.

 

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GORDON, F/L Norman Graham (J27198) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.158 Squadron - Award effective 5 July 1945 as per London Gazette dated 17 July 1945 and AFRO 1558/45 dated 5 October 1945. Born 1918 in Halifax, Nova Scotia; home there (student). Enlisted in Halifax, 22 April 1939. Trained at No.3 ITS (graduated 28 August 1942), No.10 EFTS (graduated 4 December 1942) and No.2 SFTS (graduated 11 June 1943). Commissioned 1943. No citation other than "in recognition of gallantry and devotion to duty in the execution of air operations against the enemy". Public Records Office Air 2/9082 has recommendation dated 15 March 1945 when he had flown 34 sorties (199 hours 55 minutes), 27 September 1944 to 15 March 1945.

 

27 Sep 44 Calais (3.58) Bombed aiming point

30 Sep 44 Bottrop (4.37) Bombed through clouds.

6 Oct 44 Sterkrade (4.12) 2,500 yards from aiming point.

25 Oct 44 Essen (5.02) 3,500 yards overshoot.

29 Oct 44 Zoutelande (3.31) Bombed aiming point.

30 Oct 44 Cologne (6.03) Bombed through clouds.

2 Nov 44 Dusseldorf (5.55) Hit by flak; bombed target.

4 Nov 44 Bochum (5.47) Concentrated fires seen.

16 Nov 44 Julich (4.57) Bombed aiming point.

18 Nov 44 Munster (5.15) Bombed through clouds.

21 Nov 44 Sterkrade (7.11) Good attack.

29 Nov 44 Essen (5.49) Bombed through clouds.

21 Dec 44 Cologne/Nippes (6.00) do.

28 Dec 44 Opladen (5.47) do.

29 Dec 44 Coblenz-Mosel M/Y (6.15) 5,700 yards from aiming point.

30 Dec 44 Cologne (6.48) Attacked in cloud.

2 Jan 45 Ludwigshaven (6.55) Bombed aiming point.

5 Jan 45 Hanover (5.19) Cloud over target.


16 Jan 45 Magdeburg (5.52) Bombed as ordered.

22 Jan 45 Gelsenkirchen (5.44) Bombed target; fires seen.

1 Feb 45 Mainz (6.28) Fires in target area.

4 Feb 45 Gelsenkirchen (5.43) Successful.

7 Feb 45 Goch (5.39) Bombed target; fires.

9 Feb 45 Wanne Eickel (5.35) Good attack.

13 Feb 45 Bohlen (7.48) Concentrated fires.

14 Feb 45 Chemnitz (7.53) Many fires.

3 Mar 45 Kamen (6.15) Bombed as ordered.

5 Mar 45 Chemnitz (8.31) Bombed in cloud.

8 Mar 45 Hamburg (5.34) 3 3/4 miles SW of aiming point.

11 Mar 45 Essen (5.24) Bombed in cloud.

12 Mar 45 Dortmund (6.03) do.

13 Mar 45 Wuppertal (5.40) do.

14 Mar 45 Homburg (6.08) Many fires.

15 Mar 45 Hagen (6.110 Good attack.

 

Flight Lieutenant Gordon has completed 34 operational sorties as a pilot and captain of Halifax III aircraft with this squadron. His attacks have been made against such targets as Magdeburg, Hanover, Bohlen, Chemnitz, Mainz, Gelsenkirchen and many other objectives in the most heavily defended areas of the Ruhr.

 

An officer with excellent qualities of leadership, Flight Lieutenant Gordon has instilled a fine offensive spirit into the whole of his crew, and his attacks have been characterized by their determination and courage.

 

Under the severest enemy fire he has revealed courage and coolness which have been constant sources of inspiration to all with whom he has flown, and he has frequently pressed on to the target with complete disregard for the safety of his own life. Over Sterkrade, on 6th October, 1944, and over Dusseldorf on 2nd November,1944, he completed his missions in spite of severe damage by flak.

 

It is strongly recommended that Flight Lieutenant Gordon's excellent record of operations, his constant courage and unfailing devotion to duty throughout many hazardous sorties be recognized by the award of the Distinguished Flying Cross.

 

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GORDON, W/C Ralph Allen (C1467) - Mention in Despatches - Overseas - Award effective 14 June 1945 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 1395/45 dated 31 August 1945. Born in Toronto, 1917; enlisted in London, Ontario, 2 January 1940. Commissioned January 1940.

 


GORDON, W/C Ralph Allen (C1467) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.436 Squadron - Award effective 9 October 1945 as per London Gazette dated 19 October 1945 and AFRO 1822/45 dated 7 December 1945.

 

This officer has a fine operational record. He has completed a large number of operational missions, involving many hours flying over the sea and, more recently, on air supply operations over the Arakan mountains into Central Burma. He is now commanding officer of his squadron and in this position has shown outstanding devotion to duty and efficiency. Most of Wing Commander Gordon's flights have been in unarmed aircraft across mountainous jungle country within range of enemy fighters. His operational flying has always been of the highest standard.

 

GORDON, W/C Ralph Alan, DFC (C1467) - Distinguished Service Order - No.436 Squadron. Award effective 15 January 1946 as per London Gazette of 29 January 1946 and AFRO 322/46 dated 29 March 1946.

 

In directing the operations of his squadron, Wing Commander Gordon has displayed exceptional ability as leader. During the Burma campaign he organized and maintained weather observation aircraft which proved of the greatest assistance to the transport services throughout the monsoon period. Wing Commander Gordon frequently took part in these flights which were of a most difficult and hazardous nature. This officer has also taken part in a large number of operational missions with Coastal Command. In the course of these he completed many successful sorties against enemy shipping. On many occasions his aircraft has sustained damage from the enemy's defences. Wing Commander Gordon has invariably displayed the most outstanding courage and devotion to duty.

 

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GORDON, G/C Russell Charles (C133) - Mention in Despatches - RCAF Overseas Headquarters - Award effective 8 June 1944 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 1729/44 dated 11 August 1944. Born in Minnesota, 21 May 1903. Educated in Saskatchewan including University of Saskatchewan. Enlisted in Regina, 13 May 1925. Awarded wings, 17 August 1928. Active prewar in photo operations and RCMP paatrols. No citation.

 

GORDON, A/C Russell Charles (C133) - Commander, Order of the British Empire - AFHQ - Award effective 1 January 1946 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 82/46 dated 25 January 1946.

 


This officer is at present Director of Organization and Establishments and has had wide experience during this war both on operations, in training and in Royal Canadian Air Force Headquarters. He was in command of No.10 (BR) Squadron at the beginning of the war and led his squadron in long reconnaissance and anti-submarine patrols far out to sea in the protection of merchant and naval ships. He was then chosen to open and be the first Commanding Officer of No.12 Service Flying Training School, Brandon, and developed this into one of the outstanding schools in No.2 Command, and a great deal of credit is due to this officer for his leadership and direction. He was then posted overseas and was again contributing in an outstanding manner to the work of the Royal Canadian Air Force overseas when he was hospitalized due to a sinus condition and returned to Canada. The conscientious manner in which this officer has carried out his various responsible duties is worthy of the greatest praise.

 

GORDON, A/C Russell Charles, CBE (C133) - Legion of Merit (Commander) - Award effective 23 December 1950 as per Canada Gazette of that date and AFRO 629/50. Colonel F.A. Pillett, USAF, writing to National Defence Headquarters, 13 November 1950, provides citation:

 

Air Commodore Russell Charles Gordon, Royal Canadian Air Force, distinguished himself by exceptionally meritorious conduct in the performance of outstanding services in coordination with American Forces in Western Canada from December 1941 to June 1943 and as Air Attache to the United States from July 1948 to January 1950. Both as a Commander of Royal Canadian Air Force units in Western Canada and as Canadian Air Attache to the United States his friendly attitude and unfailing spirit of cooperation have contributed immeasurably to the maintenance of an effective working relationship between the Royal Canadian Air Force and the Air Force of the United States. His understanding of the mutual problems of our two Air Forces has been a valuable asset in furthering the ends of our mutual defence.

 

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GORDON, F/O Thomas Haughton (J18972) - Air Force Cross - No.54 OTU (AFRO gives unit only as "Overseas" - Award effective 14 June 1945 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 155/46 dated 15 February 1946. Enlisted in Edmonton. 27 June 1941. Trained at No.4 ITS (graduated 13 September 1941), No.16 EFTS (graduated 7 November 1941), and No.15 SFTS (graduated 28 February 1942). No citation for AFC other than one found in DHist file 181.009 D.1765 (RG.24 Vol.20610), "For meritorious and outstanding service while with 54 Operational Training Unit, Fighter Command." Public Records Office Air 2/8771 has citation drafted when he had flown 990 non-operational hours (160 in previous six months).

 

Flying Officer Gordon has recently completed a tour as Flying Instructor at this unit. Throughout, he has shown outstanding enthusiasm, ability and cheerful readiness to fly in any type of aircraft held on this unit. During one period when a series of failures on a particular type of aircraft might have lowered the pupils confidence, Flying Officer Gordon deliberately concentrated his flying on that aircraft and by his excellent example he succeeded in maintaining complete confidence. He has proved himself to be an efficient pilot and an excellent instructor. Three successive Squadron Commanders have commended his ability.

 

 

 


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GORDON, F/L Wilfred Herman (J5695) - Mention in Despatches - No.400 Squadron - Award effective 1 January 1943 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 232/43 dated 12 February 1943. Home in Red Deer, Alberta; enlisted in Calgary 11 September 1940; trained at No.1 ITS, No.14 EFTS and No.4 SFTS. To UK, July 1941 where he joined No.400 Squadron. MiD for services at Dieppe (The RCAF Overseas: The First Four Years, p.311); ORB entry for 8 January 1943 says that on 19 August 1942 "on his second sortie at 1330 hours he noticed his weaver was missing over enemy territory. Believing him to be shot down, he carried out a search for approximately ten minutes endeavouring to find some trace of the missing aircraft. Failing to do this he returned to his base." Shot down over France, 2 June 1943, he evaded capture, proceeding via Paris and made it to Switzerland where he was interned until August 1944. When borders were clear of the enemy he was released and attached to No.83 Group Support Unit. See Field of Honour (Bank of Montreal war services book).

 

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GORDON, P/O William Campbell (J16260) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.101 Squadron - Award effective 1 July 1943 as per London Gazette dated 13 July 1943 and AFRO 1724/43 dated 27 August 1943. Born in Owen Sound, Ontario, 1913; home there. Enlisted in Toronto, 22 November 1940. Trained at No.2 ITS (graduated 26 July 1941), No.5 BGS (graduated 4 August 1941), No.5 AOS (graduated 21 June 1941), and No.1 CNS (graduated 1 September 1941). Commissioned 1942.

 

Throughout his operational sorties with this squadron this officer has proved himself to be a very determined and skilful navigator who has displayed commendable courage and resource in hazardous circumstances. In August 1942 he was one of a crew whose aircraft was forced down at sea following an attack by enemy fighters. After eleven hours in the dinghy they were eventually rescued, though Pilot Officer Gordon was injured. On another occasion while on a sortie to Essen this officer's aircraft was badly damaged by night fighters. The rear gunner was killed and another member of the crew wounded. Throughout all these perilous experiences, however, Pilot Officer Gordon has combined tenacity with endurance and displayed skill worthy of high praise.

 

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GORDON-COOPER, F/L Harry Herbert (J20364) - Mention in Despatches - Overseas - Award effective 14 June 1945 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 1395/45 dated 31 August 1945. Enlisted in Vancouver, 19 October 1940. Trained at No.1 ITS (graduated 5 March 1941), No.3 EFTS (graduated 16 May 1941) and No.1 SFTS (graduated 30 July 1941).

 

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GORE, FS Howard Meek Garfield (R50103) - British Empire Medal - No.124 Squadron - Award effective 1 January 1946 as per Canada Gazette of that date and AFRO 82/46 dated 25 January 1946. Home in Newcastle, New Brunswick; enlisted 13 November 1939 in Halifax. Medals offered for sale by Gatewest Coin and Militaria, January 1999, for $ 360.00.

 

Throughout this non-commissioned officer's service, his initiative, resourcefulness and dependability have been outstanding and his devotion to duty under adverse conditions have acquired for him the confidence of his superior officers and the respect of the personnel he directs. His willingness and ability to help others have been a valuable asset to the service.

 

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GORK, F/L Elgin Graham (J20734) - Air Force Cross - No.413 Squadron - Award effective 1 January 1945 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 132/45 dated 26 January 1945. Enlisted at Winnipeg, 15 January 1941. Trained at No.2 ITS (graduated 8 May 1941), No.6 EFTS (graduated 3 July 1941) and No.4 SFTS (graduated 11 November 1941). No citation other than "For outstanding devotion to duty whilst serving with No.413 Squadron". DHist file 181.009 D.1751 (PAC RG.24 Vol.20608) has recommendation when he had flown 940 operational hours but date of submission not given (unit records poor):

 

As pilot and captain, Flight Lieutenant Gork has completed a large number of sorties. His determination and confidence while on operations has always been an inspiration to the squadron. Throughout his tour this officer has completed his allotted tasks with keenness and exactitude, setting a fine example of devotion to duty. His efforts are worthy of much praise.

 

NOTE: The Air Force List gives his number as C20734. Public Records Office Air 2/9036 has recommendation as it was at Air Ministry, stating he had flown 1,095 hours including 387 in previous six months. It misspells his name as "Cork" but otherwise is as follows; wording very similar to above:

 

As pilot and captain, this officer has completed a large number of sorties. His determination and confidence have been an inspiration to the squadron and he has completed his allotted tasks with keenness and exactitude, setting a fine example of devotion to duty.

 

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GORMAN, F/L Ogden Chenault (J12461) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.427 Squadron - Award effective 5 February 1945 as per London Gazette dated 16 February 1945 and AFRO 563/45 dated 29 March 1945. Trained at No.2 ITS, No.19 EFTS and No.10 SFTS. No citation other than "completed... numerous operations against the enemy in the course of which [he has] invariably displayed the utmost fortitude, courage and devotion to duty." DHist file 181.009 D.1729 (RG.24 Vol.20607) has recommendation dated 19 November 1944 when he had flown 30 sorties (159 hours 20 minutes), 27 June to 28 October 1944.

 

This pilot has completed thirty heavy operational bombing attacks against the enemy. His work in general has been outstanding and he has exceptional qualities of leadership and coolness, setting a splendid example to his crew.

 

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GORMELY, WO2 Wilfred (R166811) - Mention in Despatches - No.7 (BR) Squadron - Award effective 7 July 1945 as per Canada Gazette of that date and AFRO 1291/45 dated 10 August 1945. Born in Bella Bella, British Columbia; enlisted in Vancouver, 1 June 1942. Trained at No.3 WS (graduated 23 November 1942) and No.8 BGS (graduated 26 July 1943). NOTE: SPELLED "GORMELY" IN AFRO AND ON DHIST CARD BUT "GORMALY" IN CITATION; CHECK OUT.

 

Warrant Officer Gormaly [sic] has flown numerous sorties and throughout has displayed a high standard of ability and devotion to duty. On one operational patrol when his aircraft was forced to fly in exceptionally bad weather he did a magnificent job in directing the captain into a strange base by use of the ASV. Had it not been for such splendid work by Warrant Officer Gormaly [sic], the captain would have found it impossible to locate a base at which to land. His outstanding work on several occasions has set a fine example to all ranks.

 

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GORRILL, F/O Vernon Irving (J18534) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.541 Squadron - Award effective 5 April 1944 as per London Gazette dated 14 April 1944 and AFRO 1020/44 dated 12 May 1944. Home in Creston, British Columbia; enlisted in Montreal, 27 June 1941. Trained at No.1 ITS (graduated 13 August 1941), No.9 EFTS (graduated 7 November 1941) and No.6 SFTS (graduated 27 February 1942)..

 

Flying Officer Gorrill has completed a large number of photographic sorties flying over some of the enemy's most heavily defended targets such as Berlin, Stuttgart, the Ruhr Valley, Mannheim, Brest and Bordeaux. His ability as a navigator and the judgement and skill which he brings to his photography have made this officer a most valuable member of his squadron.

 

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GOSBY, WO1 James (Can 130A) - Mention in Despatches - Overseas - Award effective 14 June 1945 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 1600/45 dated 12 October 1945. Home in Toronto; enlisted there 16 December 1935. Awarded Queens Coronation Medal, October 1953, serving at Station Toronto.


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GOSLING, F/O Dickinson (J28247) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.415 Squadron - Award effective 5 April 1945 as per London Gazette dated 13 April 1945 and AFRO 824/45 dated 18 May 1945. Born 1917 in Nestow, Alberta; home in Therien, Alberta (garage worker). Served in Royal Canadian Artillery. Enlisted in Edmonton, 5 June 1942. Trained at No.2 ITS (graduated 24 October 1942), No.5 BGS (graduated 28 May 1943) and No.7 AOS (graduated 9 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.1750 (PAC RG.24 Vol.20608) has recommendation dated 23 December 1944 when he had flown 30 sorties (151 hours 25 minutes):

 

This air bomber has successfully completed a tour of operations. His work in the air has been most effective. Anxious to fly at any time under any conditions, he has also rendered valuable service to his section on the ground. Courageous, experienced and a fine leader. Strongly recommended for the award of the Distinguished Flying Cross (Non-Immediate).

 

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GOSLING, F/O Leslie Cyril (J9359) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.229 Squadron - Award effective 16 June 1943 as per London Gazette dated 18 June 1943 and AFRO 1459/43 dated 30 July 1943. Born at Battleford, Saskatchewan, 5 October 1920. Enlisted in Saskatoon, 24 April 1941. Trained at No.4 ITS (graduated 5 August 1941), No.5 EFTS (graduated 25 September 1941), and No.7 SFTS (graduated 19 December 1941). Arrived overseas, 21 January 1942. Further trained at No.17 (P) AFU and No.53 OTU. To No.222 Squadron, 9 June 1942 and No.229 Squadron, 21 October 1942. Killed in action 19 July 1943; shot down by enemy fighters ten miles from Mount Etna while flying Spitfire LZ808. See Chris Shores, Aces High which provides the following victories list: 31 July 1942, one FW.190 damaged; 11 February 1943, one Z.506B destroyed; 25 March 1943, one Bf.109 destroyed; 13 April 1943, one MC.202 damaged; 19 April 1943, two Ju.88s destroyed (one shared); 7 May 1943, one Fi.156 destroyed; 13 June 1943, one FW.190 damaged; 29 June 1943, one Bf.109 damaged; 5 July 1943, two FW.190s destroyed; 11 July 1943, one Bf.109 destroyed; 12 July 1943, two Bf.109s destroyed. Photo PL-10188 shows him.

 

This officer has completed a very large number of sorties including attacks on airfields, port installations and industrial targets. In air combat he has destroyed four enemy aircraft and damaged others. In one engagement he shot down two Junkers 88 which were escorting two merchant vessels. This officer has displayed great skill and keenness, setting a fine example.

 

GOSLING, F/L Leslie Cyril, DFC (J9359) - Bar to Distinguished Flying Cross - No.229 Squadron - Award effective 18 July 1943 as per London Gazette dated 17 August 1943 and AFRO 2005/dated 1 October 1943.

 


This officer has taken part in a very large number of sorties in the Middle East and in recent operations over Sicily. He has fought with great skill and determination and within a short period has shot down five enemy aircraft. Flight Lieutenant Gosling has led his flight and at times the squadron with great ability. He has destroyed nine hostile aircraft.

 

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GOSMAN, F/L Henry Gordon (J15224) - Mention in Despatches - Award effective 1 June 1943 as per London Gazette dated 2 June 1943 and AFRO 1247/43 dated 2 July 1943. Born in Portage la Prairie, Manitoba, 1914; home there. Served in Manitoba Mounted Rifles. Enlisted in Winnipeg, 19 July 1940. Trained at No.2 ITS (graduated 29 September 1940), No.6 EFTS (graduated 27 November 1940) and No.1 SFTS (graduated 11 February 1941). Born at Portage la Prairie, Manitoba, 9 October 1916. Took two years of Mining Engineering at University of Manitoba; employed as Fireman Engineer and Sampler Miner; also served as NCO in Manitoba Mounted Rifles, 1928-1940. Commissioned 19 February 1942, Flying Officer 1 October 1942, Flight Lieutenant 9 October 1942, Squadron Leader 2 July 1944. Embarked for UK, 25 March 1941; served in No.103 Squadron from 19 February to 13 June 1942. Last wartime posting was No.5 OTU, Patricia Bay; released 13 December 1945. Home address may be either Dauphin or Portage la Prairie, Manitoba.

 

GOSMAN, F/L Henry Gordon (J15224) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.405 Squadron - Award effective 4 November 1944 as per London Gazette dated 14 November 1944 and AFRO 239/45 dated 9 February 1945. No citation other than "completed...numerous operations against the enemy in the course of which [he has] invariably displayed the utmost fortitude, courage and devotion to duty." Public Records Office Air 2/8827 has recommedation dated 20 August 1944 when he had flown 54 sorties (261 hours 32 hours) as follows:

 

First Tour Second Tour

 

11 Jun 41 Nickel (4.00) 27 Jun 44 Oisement (2.32)

24 Jul 41 Rotterdam (5.30) 30 Jun 44 B-Bocage (2.41)

17 Aug 41 Duisburg (5.15) 2 July 44 Oisement (2.43)

23 Aug 41 Invasion barges (4.20) 5 July 44 Wizernes (1.57)

28 Aug 41 Invasion barges (4.50) 6 July 44 Coquereaux (2.43)

12 Sep 41 Amsterdam (5.15) 7 July 44 Caen (2.39)

27 Sep 41 not stated, DNCO (2.00) 9 July 44 L'Hey (1.48)

30 Sep 41 Cherbourg (4.50) 10 Jul 44 Nucourt (2.39)

12 Oct 41 Boulogne (4.30) 12 Jul 44 Paris (Vaires)

13 Oct 41 Dusseldorf (4.30) (3.15)

31 Oct 41 Hamburg (5.45) 15 Jul 44 Nucourt (3.34)

16 Dec 41 Wilhelmshaven (5.45) 17 Jul 44 Cagny (2.25)

27 Dec 41 Wilhelmshaven 6.00) 28 Jul 44 Hamburg (4.45)

21 Jan 42 Bremen (5.45) 30 Jul 44 Battle area


26 Jan 42 Brest (7.10) 4 Aug 44 St.Maximim (3.07)

13 Feb 42 War ships (7.45) 5 Aug 44 Bordeaux (7.13)

14 Feb 42 Mannheim (4.00) 7 Aug 44 TOTALIZE 5 (2.41)

2 Mar 42 Paris (6.30) 8 Aug 44 Lacheux (2.17)

25 Mar 42 Essen, DNCO (3.00) 9 Aug 44 Foret du Croc

27 Mar 42 St.Nazaire (8.30) (1.56)

2 Apr 42 Poissy (6.45) 10 Aug 44 La Pallice

15 Apr 42 Dortmund (7.30) 14 Aug 44 TRACTABLE 21

17 Apr 42 Hamburg (6.40) (2.27)

24 Apr 42 Rostock (8.10) 15 Aug 44 Mesibroek (4.35)

26 Apr 42 Rostock (7.50) 18 Aug 44 Sterkrade (3.34)

6 May 42 Stuttgart (7.30)

8 May 42 Warnemunte (7.45)

19 May 42 Mannheim (6.35)

30 May 42 Cologne (6.35)

1 June 42 Essen (5.10)

3 June 42 Bremen (6.35)

5 June 42 Essen, DNCO (2.55)

6 June 42 Emden (5.00)

8 June 42 Essen (5.10)

 

Flight Lieutenant Gosman is a very capable and courageous captain of a highly successful crew. He is on his second tour of operations, and has taken part in many sorties against heavily-defended enemy targets. He is an exceptional leader, with an utter disregard for his own personal safety when engaged in offensive action. His fine fighting spirit and determination to make his mission successful ones has been an inspiration, not only to his own crew, but all members of the squadron. Strongly recommended for the non-immediate award of the Distinguished Flying Cross.

 

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GOSSEN, F/O Louis Morgan (J22390) - Mention in Despatches - Overseas - Award effective 1 January 1945 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 721/45 dated 27 April 1945. Enlisted in Edmonton, 10 November 1941. Trained at No.2 ITS (graduated 23 May 1942), No.19 EFTS (graduated 11 September 1942) and No.11 SFTS (graduated 30 December 1942).

 

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GOUCHER, WO1 Archibald Charles (R59511) - Mention in Despatches - No.437 Squadron - Award effective 1 January 1946 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 155/46 dated 15 February 1946. AFRO gives unit only as "Overseas". Home in Brandon, Manitoba; enlisted in Winnipeg, 16 July 1940. DHist file 181.009 D.1729 (PAC RG.24 Vol.20607) has a recommendation from No.427 Squadron dated 11 July 1944: "This NCO enlisted on the 16th July 1940 and was posted overseas in October 1942. He came to the squadron in November 1943 as Squadron Disciplinarian; his work in general is of the highest calibre. He is an outstanding example of loyalty and devotion to duty". However, the award of this date is based on recommendation for an MBE from W/C J.A. Sproule, No.437 Squadron dated 9 June 1945 found in DHist file 181.009 D.4855 (RG.24 Vol.20657).

 

Warrant Officer Goucher has served under my command as Squadron Disciplinarian since the formation of this unit. His previous service is one portraying the highest ordeals [sic] of the service. Many of the officers and NCOs now in the service received their basic training from this Warrant Officer and it is due in no small way to his untiring effort that so many of them have played such a glorious part in bringing the war in Europe to a successful conclusion.

 

Since he has been under my command he has been instrumental in assisting the airmen, advising them and yet dealing firmly with them. He is respected and admired by all personnel who come in contact with him.

 

During the formation of this squadron and its subsequent operational roles his enthusiasm, determination and exceptional devotion to duty have been worthy of the highest commendation.

 

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GOUCHEY, F/L Hans Henry (J28237) - 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 1918 in Sexsmith, Alberta; home ther (farm hand). Enlisted in Edmonton, 10 April 1942. Trained at No.2 ITS (graduated 6 November 1942), No.2 BGS (graduated 9 July 1943) and No.7 AOS (graduated 30 May 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 41 sorties (185 hours ten minutes), 1 August 1944 to 13 February 1945.

 

1 Aug 44 L'Hey (3.45) 29 Oct 44 Walcheren (2.20)

3 Aug 44 Foret de Nieppe 6 Nov 44 Gelsenkirchen (3.30)

(4.00) 16 Nov 44 Julich (3.25)

4 Aug 44 Bois de Cassant 18 Nov 44 Wanne Eickel (4.30)

(4.45) 2 Dec 44 Hagen (5.25)

5 Aug 44 St.Leu d'Esserant 6 Dec 44 Merseburg (6.20)

(4.55) 12 Dec 44 Essen (4.25)

8 Aug 44 Chantilly (4.10) 17 Dec 44 Ulm (6.10)

16 Aug 44 Kiel (4.15) 22 Dec 44 Bingen (4.25)

18 Aug 44 Bremen (5.25) 27 Dec 44 Rheydt (3.50)

25 Aug 44 Brest (5.30) 28 Dec 44 Bonn (4.30)


27 Aug 44 Mimoyceques (3.35) 29 Dec 44 Scholven (4.40)

28 Aug 44 Oeuf de Ternais 30 Dec 44 Cologne (4.10)

(3.30) 2 Jan 45 Nuremburg (6.15)

26 Sep 44 Cap Griz Nez (2.30) 5 Jan 45 Royan (5.00)

27 Sep 44 Bottrop (3.15) 14 Jan 45 Saarbrucken (4.45)

5 Oct 44 Saarbrucken (4.40) 16 Jan 45 Magdeburg (5.40)

6 Oct 44 Sterkrade (3.10) 22 Jan 45 Duisburg (3.45)

15 Oct 44 Wilhelmshaven (4.15) 28 Jan 45 Stuttgart

19 Oct 44 Stuttgart (5.20) 1 Feb 45 Mannheim (5.10)

23 Oct 44 Essen (4.20) 7 Feb 45 Cleve (4.05)

25 Oct 44 Homberg (3.15) 13 Feb 45 Dresden (7.55)

28 Oct 44 Cologne (4.40) 16 Nov 44 Julich (3.40)

 

Flight Lieutenant Gouchy is now well on in his second tour of operations as a Bomb Aimer. At all times and in the face of the fiercest opposition the enemy can muster, he has nevertheless displayed unflinching courage and great determination in pressing home his attacks. He has attacked Nuremburg, Duisburg and Cologne amongst many other targets and his zeal for operations is undiminished.

 

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GOUDIS, FS Harold George (Can 2630) - Mention in Despatches - Overseas - Award effective 8 June 1944 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 1729/44 dated 11 August 1944. Home in Toronto; enlisted there 17 July 1939. No citation in AFRO. It is interesting to note that in 1942-43 in Eastern Air Command he was tinkering with modifications to Harvard aircraft; see DHist file 181.009 D.3061 (RG.24 Vol.20635).

 

GOUDIS, WO1 Harold George (Can 2630) - Mention in Despatches - Station Leeming (AFRO gives unit only as "Overseas") - Award effective 1 January 1946 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 155/46 dated 15 February 1946. DHist file 181.009 D.2619 (RG.24 Vol.20628) has recommendation for an MBE drafted by S/L A.J. Bond (Station Administrative Officer), dated 5 May 1945, when Goudis was Warrant Officer in charge of Repair and Inspection Armoury.

 


Enlisting 17.7.39, Warrant Officer Goudis was posted overseas 16.5.43. Since August 1943 he has been at Leeming. During this period he has shown himself to be an outstanding tradesman and an NCO of the highest order. His organizing ability is extremely efficient and his knowledge of service matters is remarkable. Warrant Officer Goudis through his most cheerful manner and exceptional personality along with a canny way of handling men efficiently enabled him on many occasions to carry out extremely important phases of servicing with notable success despite grave shortages of personnel. New regulations and organization, sudden demands have all been met by this NCO and problems thus created have been overcome so smoothly that their existence was difficult to detect. Is respected and admired by all ranks. He voluntarily works long hours far beyond ordinary requirements and his devotion to duty is worthy of the highest praise. He is undoubtedly one of the most outstanding all round NCOs in the service. Highly recommended by his superiors...

 

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GOUDREAULT, P/O Joseph Albert Gerard (J88027) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.425 Squadron - Award effective 1 December 1944 as per London Gazette dated 12 December 1944 and AFRO 293/45 dated 16 February 1945. Born 1922; home at Roberval, Quebec (shipping clerk). Enlisted in Quebec City, 18 June 1942. Trained at No.3 ITS (graduated 4 December 1942) and No.9 AOS (graduated 2 April 1943). Commissioned 1944.

 

Pilot Officer Goudreault has participated in numerous sorties against many heavily defended targets. He has consistently displayed outstanding skill, exceptional keenness and devotion to duty which have contributed in a large measure to the successes achieved by his crew. In August 1944 his aircraft was detailed to attack a target in Foret de Nieppe. Shortly after the take off the compasses became unserviceable. Undaunted, this navigator directed his pilot to the target which was successfully bombed. He then skilfully navigated the aircraft safely back to base.

 

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GOUDY, Sergeant Cameron McKenzie (R139157) - Distinguished Flying Medal - No.77 Squadron - Award effective 13 July 1943 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 1949/43 dated 24 September 1943. Born 1918 in Galt, Ontario; home in Campbellford, Ontario. Former soldier; enlisted in Hamilton, 7 November 1941. Trained at No.3 BGS (graduated 20 November 1942. Died of wounds, 17 July 1943 (Halifax JB856, buried in Britain). Cited with F/O John Hall, RAF (awarded DFC).

 


One night in July 1943, Flying Officer Hall and Sergeant Goudy were captain and rear gunner respectively of an aircraft detailed to attack Cologne. When nearing the target area the bomber was intercepted by an enemy fighter but Flying Officer Hall evaded it. A few minutes later the aircraft was illuminated by a cone of searchlights and hit by anti-aircraft fire but Flying Officer Hall held to his course and pressed home his attack. Almost immediately the bomber was hit by gun fire from an enemy fighter and sustained severe damage. Skilful evading action enabled Flying Officer Hall to fly clear of the defences and course was set for base. At the beginning of the action Sergeant Goudy was seriously wounded, sustaining a fracture of the hip bone and pelvis, splinters of which pierced organs in his abdomen. In spite of this, Sergeant Goudy refrained from informing his captain of his injuries until another wounded comrade had received attention. During the return flight he remained constantly alert to the possibility of enemy interferences and gave reassuring replies to his captain's repeated enquiries as to his welfare. On reaching the English coast morphia had to be administered to him as the pains from his injuries were unendurable. Flying Officer Hall succeeded in reaching an air field where he landed without the assistance of flaps. In the face of a trying ordeal he displayed outstanding skill, courage and determination while Sergeant Goudy's indomitable spirit, fortitude and tenacity were worthy of the highest praise.

 

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GOUIN, W/C Wilfred Peter (C2442) - Member, Order of the British Empire - AFHQ - Award effective 1 January 1945 as per London Gazette of that date, Canada Gazette dated 6 January 1945 and AFRO 89/45 dated 19 January 1945. Born in Howell, Saskatchewan, December 1912. Home in Saskatchewan. Graduated from University of Saskatchewan, 1933 (Mechanical Engineering). Worked on experimental projects with RAF at Farnborough, 1934-1940. Enlisted in Ottawa, 2 August 1940. Remained in postwar RCAF, becoming Director of Equipment Research. Queens Coronation Medal, 23 October 1953 (AMCHQ). Retired with rank of Air Commodore, F.C.A.S.I.; died in Ottawa, 16 February 1993.

 

This officer, an outstanding technician, has consistently exhibited an exceptional degree of initiative, drive and forethought, exercised in the entire field of aircraft instruments and accessories and personal equipment for aircrew. He has in large part been personally responsible for specifying, bringing into production, and introducing to the Service a very large variety of highly technical stores. By his resourcefulness and ability he has made an exceptional contribution to the success of the training plan and operations in this country.

 

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GOULD, Sergeant Beattie Adelbert (R111350) - British Empire Medal - Station Sydney - Award effective 13 June 1946 as per Canada Gazette of that date and AFRO 660/46 dated 5 July 1946. Home in Brockville, Ontario; enlisted in Ottawa, 8 July 1941.

 

Throughout his service in the Administration Branch as a clerk, this non-commissioned officer has at all times carried out his duties in a most conscientious manner. He has cheerfully accepted responsibilities over and above the normal requirements of his position and rank and has made considerable personal sacrifice in order to promote harmony and efficiency at the units where he has been stationed.

 

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GOULD, F/L Rodmond Melville (J23070) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.427 Squadron - Award effective 8 September 1945 as per London Gazette dated 21 September and AFRO 1704/45 dated 9 November 1945. Born 1916 in Winnipeg; home in St.Boniface (textile salesman). Enlisted in Winnipeg, 22 November 1940. Trained at No.2 ITS (graduated 26 March 1941), No.13 EFTS (graduated 28 May 1941) and No.8 SFTS (graduated 20 August 1941). Commissioned November 1942.

 


Flight Lieutenant Gould has completed a large number of operational attacks against many heavily defended targets. On several occasions his aircraft has been damaged by anti-aircraft fire and three times he has flown it safely back to base on three engines. While attacking Duisburg in November 1944, his aircraft was attacked by a hostile fighter. By skilful combat manoeuvres, Flight Lieutenant Gould succeeded in evading the attacker and afterwards pressed home a telling attack. This officer's skill and devotion to duty have always merited high praise.

 

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GOULET, P/O Narcisse Alban (J85351) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.434 Squadron - Award effective 2 October 1944 as per London Gazette dated 17 October 1944 and AFRO 2637/44 dated 8 December 1944. Born in 1918, Chandler, Quebec; home in Dalhousie, New Brunswick. Served in army; enlisted in RCAF at Moncton, 22 October 1941. Trained at No.3 ITS (graduated 8 May 1942), No.17 EFTS (graduated 14 August 1942) and No.8 SFTS (graduated 4 December 1942). Commissioned 1944. No citation other than "completed... numerous operations against the enemy in the course of which [he has] invariably displayed the utmost fortitude, courage and devotion to duty". DHist file 181.009 D.3080 (RG.24 Vol.20636) has recommendation dated 22 July 1944 when he had flown 37 sorties (188 hours five minutes), 16 November 1943 to 20 July 1944 (108 "points").

 

This officer has completed a total of thirty-seven operations. He is a keen and aggressive operational pilot. His outstanding fearlessness in carrying out his sorties, his quiet manner and offensive spirit, have been an inspiration to his crew and an example to the entire squadron.

 

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GOURDEAU, F/L Joseph Emile Henri (J28993) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.425 Squadron - Award effective 12 January 1945 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 471/45 dated 16 March 1945. Born 1921 in Quebec City; enlisted there 10 August 1940. Trained at No.2 ITS (graduated 28 November 1940), No.6 EFTS (graduated 14 January 1941) and No.14 SFTS (graduated 21 November 1941. NOTE: Date of SFTS graduation should be rechecked.

 

This officer has participated in attacks on a wide range of enemy targets, including Sterkrade, Dusseldorf and Hamburg. On one occasion, when attacking Kiel, his aircraft was hit by anti-aircraft fire whilst illuminated by searchlights. Despite this, Flight Lieutenant Goudreau pressed home a successful attack. He afterwards flew the badly damaged aircraft back to this country. His skill and resolution were characteristic of that which he has shown throughout his tour.

 

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GOURLAY, F/O James Lauren (J21811) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.44 Squadron - Award effective 10 May 1944 as per London Gazette dated 23 May and AFRO 1380/44 dated 30 June 1944. Born in Ladysmith, British Columbia, 1921; home there. Enlisted in Vancouver, 15 August 1941. Trained at No.4 ITS (graduated 5 December 1941), No.18 EFTS ceased training 12 June 1942) and No.7 AOS (graduated 18 December 1942). Commissioned 1942. Shot down and taken prisoner, 18/19 March 1944. Attended law school at UBC, practising in British Columbia until 1952 when he went to Ottawa with Department of Taxation; returned to Victoria in 1982. Died in Victoria, British Columbia, 28 November 1985. 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 2/9149 has recommendation dated 14 February 1944 when he had completed 17 sorties (111 hours three minutes), 22 September 1943 to 30 January 1944 as follows:

 

22 Sept 43 Hanover (4.57) 23 Nov 43 Berlin (1.39, DNCO)

23 Sept 43 Mannheim (6.30) 26 Nov 43 Berlin (7.12)

29 Sept 43 Bochum (2.21, DNCO) 2 Dec 43 Berlin (1.50, DNCO)

3 Oct 43 Kassel (6.13) 3 Dec 43 Leipzig (7.04)

4 Oct 43 Frankfurt (6.39) 29 Dec 43 Berlin (6.53)

8 Oct 43 Hanover (5.36) 1 Jan 44 Berlin (1.57, DNCO)

22 Oct 43 Hanover (5.57) 14 Jan 44 Brunswick (5.08)

3 Nov 43 Dusseldorf (4.35) 20 Jan 44 Berlin (6.56)

18 Nov 43 Berlin (8.13) 27 Jan 44 Berlin (8.08)

22 Nov 43 Berlin (6.41) 30 Jan 44 Berlin (6.38)

 

Flying Officer Gourlay is an extremely courageous and efficient navigator, who has now completed seventeen successful operational sorties, all of them against heavily defended German targets. He has visited Berlin on seven occasions, Hanover three times and also Mannheim and Frankfurt.

 

This young officer is marked out by his eagerness to operate and an untiring energy in addition to great cheerfulness on all occasions. The latter quality has served well on occasion to steady the newer and less experienced personnel when circumstances have been difficult.

 

Flying Officer Gourlay also occupies the post of Deputy to the Squadron Navigation Officer into which appointment he has put the same solid, efficient work as to his duties in the air. He has taken a particular interest in the coaching of new navigators.

 

I strongly recommend Flying Officer Gourlay for a Non-Immediate award of the Distinguished Flying Cross.

 

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GOURLEY, F/O Daryl Millard (J86353) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.431 Squadron - Award effective 5 February 1945 as per London Gazette dated 16 February 1945 and AFRO 563/45 dated 29 March 1945. Born 1918; home in Watson, Saskatchewan. Enlisted in Saskatoon, 18 October 1941. Trained at No.6 ITS (graduated 17 July 1942), No.5 BGS (graduated 4 December 1942) and No.1 AOS (graduated 22 January 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 13 November 1944 when he had flown 35 sorties (173 hours 40 minutes), 6 March to 4 November 1944.

 

This officer, as Air Bomber, has successfully completed one tour of operations, comprising thirty-five sorties. He has been engaged in operations over Dusseldorf, Duisburg, Sterkrade, Frankfurt, and many other heavily defended areas. Pilot Officer Gourlay has shown coolness and devotion to duty of the highest order and his continued courage and keenness to operate is deserving of the finest praise. He sets a high standard of efficiency on operations, and his cheerfulness and courage have been an inspiration to his crew and an example to all, in keeping with the best traditions of the squadron. I strongly recommend that Pilot Officer Gourlay's exceptionally fine operational record be recognized by the award of the Distinguished Flying Cross.

 

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GOURLEY, FS Ronald James (R50079) - British Empire Medal - Station Rockcliffe - Award effective 1 January 1944 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 113/44 dated 21 January 1944. Born 17 May 1920 at Parry Sound, Ontario. Enlisted in Halifax, 30 October 1939.

 

This NCO, a senior instructor of aircraft recognition, has become one of the outstanding instructors of this subject as a result of his intense interest and untiring efforts to improve his knowledge of teaching methods. The high standard of the instructors graduating from this school is largely due to his exceptional ability, initiative and devotion to duty.

 

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GOW, F/O Gordon James (C3784) - Member, Order of the British Empire - No.204 Squadron (AFRO gives unit only as "Overseas") - Award effective 1 January 1943 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 410/43 dated 12 March 1943. Originally published as "effective 23 December 1942" (AFRO 232/43, 12 February 1943). Effective date corrected in subsequent order. Home in Lethbridge, Alberta. Enlisted in Calgary. Radar officer; no citation found in Canadian sources. Public Records Office Air 2/8871 has recommendation. NOTE: this document does not give his service number which should be checked in London Gazette.

 


By his exceptional knowledge of RAF and Unit radio, Flying Officer Gow has always achieved a high standard of results in No.204 Squadron, both when his squadron was embarked in the Depot ship, Dumana, and ashore in Gambia, working under most difficult and arduous conditions. He has devised and constructed a radio beacon far in advance of any other in West Africa enabling aircrews to find convoys and return to base under the worst weather conditions. He has worked night and day, personally supervising the construction of the set and training operators, and during the past twelve months, by his personal example, has built up a radio section that would be hard to equal, let alone surpass in the RAF. As well as being an exceptional technician he is a very keen officer who treats his station duties with the same spirit of enthusiasm as he does his specialist work.

 

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GOW, F/O Lorne Duncan (J89847) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.150 Squadron - Award effective 23 November 1945 as per London Gazette dated 7 December 1945 and AFRO 244/46 dated 8 March 1946. Born in Ottawa, August 1920. Home there (salesman). Enlisted in Ottawa, 7 September 1937. Trained at No.4 ITS (graduated 15 August 1942), No.5 EFTS (graduated 10 October 1942) and No.3 SFTS (graduated 14 February 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."

 

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GOWAN, P/O Harry A. (J17018) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.405 Squadron - Award effective 7 October 1943 as per London Gazette dated 22 October 1943 and AFRO 2507/43 dated 3 December 1943. Born in Jarvis, Ontario, 1915; home there. Enlisted in Hamilton, 11 February 1941. Trained at No.1 ITS (graduated 25 July 1941), No.20 EFTS (graduated 6 December 1941) and No.16 SFTS (graduated 27 March 1942). Commissioned 1943.

 

As captain and pilot this officer has participated in very many sorties including attacks on Berlin, Dusseldorf, Cologne and Hamburg. On one occasion when attacking the latter city in July 1943, his aircraft was badly damaged by anti-aircraft fire. Despite this, Pilot Officer Gowan successfully completed his attack and afterwards flew the damaged bomber to base. This officer has set a high standard of skill and resolution.

 

GOWAN, S/L Harry A. (J17018) - Bar to Distinguished Flying Cross - No.405 - Award effective 10 May 1944 as per London Gazette dated 23 May 1944 and AFRO 1380/44 dated 30 June 1944.

 

Squadron Leader Gowan has completed two tours of operational duty. He has attacked some of the enemy's most heavily defended targets including Berlin, Cologne and Hanover. At all times he has displayed courage, skill and determination of a high order. An exceptional pilot and organizer, he has played no small part in the successes achieved by his squadron.

 


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GOWANS, F/L John Robert (J12820) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.413 Squadron - Award effective 20 December 1944 as per London Gazette dated 2 January 1945 and AFRO 471/45 dated 16 March 1945. Born 1918 in Grand Forks, British Columbia; home there. Educated in British Columbia and Washington State; former member of COTC. Enlisted in Vancouver, 28 August 1941. Trained at No.5 ITS (graduated 2 January 1942), No.14 EFTS (graduated 13 March 1942) and No.11 SFTS (graduated 17 July 1942).

 

Squadron Leader Gowans has completed many long patrols, several of which have been flown in adverse weather. In November 1943, while on a convoy escort, he sighted an enemy U-boat some miles from the convoy. In the face of heavy opposition this officer made two attacks on the submarine which was damaged. Although in the engagement his aircraft was damaged, Squadron Leader Gowans flew it safely back to base. An excellent captain of aircraft, he has consistently set a fine example by his courage and devotion to duty.

 

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GOWDA, Sergeant Edson (R50881) - British Empire Medal - No.8 Squadron (Canada) - Award effective 11 June 1942 as per Canada Gazette of that date and AFRO 1000-1001/42 dated 3 July 1942. Home in Edmonton; enlisted there.

 

This NCO has given meritorious service in the squadron and it is in no small part that his skill and diligence have contributed to the efficiency of the squadron. On several occasions, it has been due to his intelligent work that vitally required aircraft have been available for operations. He displayed great gallantry in extricating his injured companions from a crashed and blazing aircraft, with complete disregard for his personal safety. I strongly recommend him for the award of the British Empire Medal for Meritorious Service.

 

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GOWSELL, WO2 (now F/O) Everett Coulson (Can 9553/C24844) - Member, Order of the British Empire - No.10 SFTS - Award effective 28 May 1943 as per London Gazette dated 28 May 1943 and AFRO 1459/43 dated 30 July 1943. Enlisted as a bandsman in Trenton, 6 July 1936. Member of first official RCAF band, he played during visit of George VI to Canada. Served in postwar RCAF and was awarded Queen Elizabeth II Coronation Medal, 23 October 1953, while serving at Station Saskatoon. Governor General's Records (RG.7 Group 26, Volume 57, File 190-I) has citation.

 


During the period that this Warrant Officer has been employed in the Maintenance Section of this school he has rendered highly meritorious services. He has displayed determination and ability in the execution of his duties and has been directly responsible for the outstanding record of the unit's aircraft reliability during the past twenty-two months.

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