GRACE, P/O Martin Anthony (J19963) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.156 Squadron - Award effective 2 October 1944 as per London Gazette dated 17 October 1944 and AFRO 2637/44 dated 8 December 1944.  Born in Sturgeon Falls, Ontario; home in Cornerbrook, Newfoundland.  Former member of COTC.  Enlisted in Halifax, 18 September 1941.  Trained at No.3 ITS (graduated 13 March 1942), No.9 AOS (graduated 20 November 1942) and No.7 BGS (graduated 9 October 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".  Public Records Office Air 2/9025 has recommendation dated 19 July 1944 when he had flown 46 sorties (260 hours 55 minutes):

 

30 Aug 43           Rheydt                               19 Feb 44           Leipzig

31 Aug 43           Berlin                                 25 Feb 44           Augsburg

3 Sept 43            Berlin                                 18 Mar 44           Frankfurt

5 Sept 43            Mannheim                         11 Apr 44            Aachen

6 Sept 43            Munich                               30 Apr 44            Somain

22 Sept 43          Hanover                             3 May 44             Montdidier

23 Sept 43          Mannheim                         6 May 44             Mantes Gassicourt

27 Sept 43          Hanover                             7 May 44             Nantes

29 Sept 43          Bochum                             12 May 44           Louvain

1 Oct 43              Hagen                                19 May 44           Boulogne

2 Oct 43              Munich                               22 May 44           Dortmund

4 Oct 43              Mannheim                         27 May 44           Rennes

18 Oct 43            Hanover                             31 May 44           Tergnier

3 Nov 43             Dusseldorf                         11 June 44          Tours

10 Nov 43           Modane                             15 June 44          Lens

23 Nov 43           Berlin                                 16 June 44          Rennescure

26 Nov 43           Berlin                                 21 June 44          St.Martin l'Hortier

4 Jan 44              Stettin                                23 June 44          Bientques

14 Jan 44            Brunswick                          6 July 44              Biennais

27 Jan 44            Berlin                                 9 July 44              Chateau Bernapre

28 Jan 44            Berlin                                 12 July 44           Rollez

30 Jan 44            Berlin                                 17 July 44           Mont Condon

15 Feb 44           Berlin                                 18 July 44           Cagny

 

Pilot Officer Grace has completed 46 operational sorties, twenty of which have been with the Pathfinder Force.  Of the heavily defended targets, eight have been the German capital.

 


This officer is an extremely efficient operator of special equipment used in this squadron. He is a set operator of a crew which carry out the duties of Master Bomber and Deputy Master Bomber in this squadron, and who have had a very successful operational career. His resolute determination in applying himself whole heartedly to his tasks, often under very harassing circumstances, has materially contributed to the success of his crew. He has set a very high standard of devotion to duty, and I recommend him for the award of the Distinguished Flying Cross.

 

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GRACIE, F/L James Paton (J27655) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.76 Squadron - Award effective 18 October 1945 as per London Gazette dated 26 October 1945 and AFRO 133/46 dated 8 February 1946.  Born 1922 at Sceptre, Saskatchewan; home there (student).  Trained at No.7 ITS, No.6 EFTS and No.4 SFTS.  No citation other than "completed...numerous operations against the enemy in the course of which [he has] displayed the utmost fortitude, courage and devotion to duty."  Public Records Office Air 2/9112 has recommendation dated 15 April 1945 when he had flown 34 sorties (192 hours 35 minutes).

 

23 Oct 44       Essen (5.45)                               14 Jan 45       Dulmen (6.20)

25 Oct 44       Essen (4.50)                               28 Jan 45       Stuttgart (6.40)

28 Oct 44       West Kapelle (3.10)                  2 Feb 45        Wanne Eickel (5.35)

29 Oct 44       West Kapelle (2.55)                  4 Feb 45        Bonn (5.55)

30 Oct 44       Cologne (5.45)                           8 Feb 45        Wanne Eickel (5.45)

31 Oct 44       Cologne (5.10)                           14 Feb 45      Chemnitz (8.10)

2 Nov 44         Dusseldorf (4.55)                       21 Feb 45      Worms (6.55)

6 Nov 44         Gelsenkirchen (4.30)                 23 Feb 45      Essen (5.15)

16 Nov 44      Julich (4.35)                                24 Feb 45      Kamen (5.50)

21 Nov 44      Sterkrade (6.05)                        14 Mar 45      Homburg (5.55)

5 Dec 44        Soest (6.20)                               15 Mar 45      Hagen (6.05)

6 Dec 44        Osnabruck (6.05)                       19 Mar 45      Witten (6.35)

17 Dec 44      Duisburg (5.55)                          22 Mar 45      Dulmen (4.40)

28 Dec 44      Opladen (5.15)                           24 Mar 45      Sterkrade (6.00)

29 Dec 44      Koblenz (6.30)                            25 Mar 45      Osnabruck (5.40)

30 Dec 44      Cologne (6.05)                           4 Apr 45         Harburg (5.40)

5 Jan 45         Hanover (5.40)                           5 Apr 45         Harburg (6.00)

 

Flight Lieutenant Gracie has carried out a total of 34 attacks against Germany and German-held targets. He has bombed some of the heaviest defended of German targets, including Duisburg, Essen, Hamburg and Cologne.

 

He has always shown the highest degree of skill, courage and cheerfulness during his operational flying and thus he set a fine example to his crew.  On the ground he worked willingly and well and was a very good leader.  He is considered worthy of the award of the Distinguished Flying Cross.

 

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GRAEME, F/O Dudley Brian, AFC (C89555) - Mention in Despatches - Overseas - Award effective 1 January 1946 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 388/46 dated 12 April 1946.  Home in Vancouver.  Former CAN/RAF who transferred to RCAF, 30 January 1945.  See CAN/RAF data base for more complete career details.

 

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GRAHAM, WO2 Anthony (R56679) - Mention in Despatches - No.9 Construction and Maintenance Unit - Award effective 1 January 1946 as per Canada Gazette of that date and AFRO 82/46 dated 25 January 1946.  Enlisted in Winnipeg, 17 January 1940.

 

This non-commissioned officer has shown high capabilities in this Unit in the performance of construction of various communication and electrical projects.  He has shown energy and persistence of a very high calibre, and it is largely due to his efforts that urgently required services in this Command have been brought to completion under the most adverse conditions of climate, terrain, material supply, and lack of skilled personnel.  His cheerful assumption of responsibilities and his skilled leadership of his men are most praiseworthy, especially in view of the fact that nearly all his work has been done on detachments in isolated locations without the day-to-day supervision of an officer.  He has worked long and arduous hours in a most devoted and untiring fashion.

 

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GRAHAM, G/C Cyril Cuthbert Porter - Officer, Order of the British Empire - RCAF Overseas Headquarters - Award effective 1 January 1946 as per Canada Gazette of that date and AFRO 82/45 dated 25 January 1946.  Enlisted in Ottawa, 22 October 1939.

 


This officer joined the Royal Canadian Air Force in October 1939, and organized the small group which proceeded overseas in January 1940 to form the nucleus of our Overseas Headquarters.  During a particularly heavy raid on London in the late autumn of 1940, Group Captain Graham led a group of people who were successful in saving a large number of horses from a burning stable.  During the rescue Group Captain Graham was injured but carried on until the whole building collapsed.  Later in 1940 he was recalled to Canada to assist in organizing the Directorate which was known as Directorate of Airmen Personnel Services.  On Group Captain Graham developed a two-fold task, namely, ensuring that the units in the rapidly expanding British Commonwealth Air Training Plan were manned with competent groundcrew and the maintaining of a steady flow of aircrew trainees in the various schools throughout Canada.  The task which he faced was onerous but, by his ingenuity and extraordinary capacity for planning, all commitments were met and the schools were maintained at peak efficiency.  The results of his efforts may well be judged by the large numbers of training aircrew that graduated from the schools.  In his latter appointment as Director of Personnel at Royal Canadian Air Force Overseas Headquarters, he continued to render invaluable service, displaying the same efficient organization, energy and enthusiasm.  His efforts can properly be termed as outstanding.

 

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GRAHAM, P/O David Dunbar (J18335) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.466 Squadron - Award effective 3 March 1944 as per London Gazette dated 17 March 1944 and AFRO 766/44 dated 6 April 1944.  Born in Calgary, 1922; home in Vancouver; enlisted there 7 August 1941.  Trained at No.2 ITS (graduated 11 February 1942), No.5 EFTS (graduated 24 April 1942) and No.36 SFTS (graduated 25 September 1942).  Commissioned 1943.

 

This officer has participated in a large number of sorties against various targets in Germany, including several attacks on Berlin.  On the last of these, which he undertook recently, Pilot Officer Graham won much praise by completing the mission successfully in the face of considerable difficulty.  He is a most skilful pilot and a very understanding captain of aircraft, whose example of courage and devotion to duty has greatly inspired his crew.

 

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GRAHAM, F/O Edward Bruce (J16364) - Air Force Cross - No.2 (O) AFU Overseas - Award effective 1 January 1944 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 809/44 dated 14 April 1944.  Born 1918 in Edmonton.  Home in Fort Saskatchewan, Alberta (cadet). Enlisted in Edmonton, 15 May 1941.  Trained at No.4 ITS (graduated 5 August 1941), No.5 EFTS (graduated 25 September 1941), and No.7 SFTS (graduated 19 December 1941).  No citation found in Canadian sources.  Public Records Office  Air 2/8959 has recommendation noting he had flown 404 hours in previous six months.

 

This staff pilot has constantly devoted himself to his work with outstanding cheerfulness and enthusiasm.  He has taken the keennest interst in his flying duties and has studied the work and interests of all trainees flying with him.

 

 

 

GRAHAM, F/L Edward Bruce, AFC (J16364) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.428 Squadron - Award effective 6 January 1945 as per London Gazette dated 16 January 1945 and AFRO 508/45 dated 23 March 1945.  DHist file 181.009 D.3260 (RG.24 Vol.20637) has recommendation dated 19 October 1944 when he had completed 35 sorties (185 hours 20 minutes), 10 May to 15 October 1944.

 


Flight Lieutenant Graham has completed a successful tour of operations including numerous attacks on important and heavily defended German targets in addition to mine-laying missions in enemy waters.  He has shown himself to be an outstanding pilot and a most efficient captain of aircraft.  He has always pressed home his attacks despite all opposition and his enthusiastic keenness to operate against the enemy at all times has set a fine example to his crew.

 

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GRAHAM, Corporal Elmer John Robert (R74158) - Mention in Despatches - No.424 Squadron (AFRO gives unit as No.63 Base) - Award effective 1 January 1945 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 425/45 dated 9 March 1945.  Home in Cobden, Ontario.  Enlisted in Ottawa, 28 September 1940. DHist file 181.009 D.2619 (RG.24 Vol.20628) has recommendation dated 7 August 1944 from No.424 Squadron.  Had served 26 months in Canada, six months in Africa, 16 months in UK.

 

Can.R74158 Corporal Graham, E.J.R. is a most conscientious and able Non-Commissioned Officer in the Electrical Section of the squadron, whose fine work has at all times been worthy of high praise.  Called upon to do very delicate work with the most painstaking accuracy, he has always displayed keenness and enthusiasm which has set a splendid example for all others to follow.

 

I consider Corporal Graham has unselfishly and cheerfully contributed far beyond the mere call of duty, and therefore unreservedly recommend him for a Mention in Despatches.

 

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GRAHAM, F/O George Thomas (J14729) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.419 Squadron - Award effective 27 June 1944 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 1861/44 dated 25 August 1944.  Born 1921; home in Saskatoon; enlisted there 27 January 1942.  Trained at No.4 ITS (graduated 3 July 1942), No.2 BGS (graduated 29 August 1942) and No.4 AOS (graduated 9 October 1942).  Commissioned 1942.

 

In air operations this officer has displayed courage and fortitude of a high order.

 

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GRAHAM, F/O Gordon Vimy (J87582) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.78 Squadron - Award effective 8 September 1945 as per London Gazette dated 25 September 1945 and AFRO 1768/45 dated 23 November 1945.  Born 1918 in New Westminster; home in London, Ontario (farmer).  Formerly with Royal Canadian Artillery. Enlisted in Hamilton, 16 June 1942.  Trained at No.1 ITS (graduated 30 December 1942), No.7 EFTS (graduated 2 April 1943) and No.5 SFTS (graduated 6 August 1943).  Commisioned July 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 2/8750 has recommendation dated 15 April 1945 when he had flown 38 sorties (200 hours 51 minutes), 6 October 1944 to 8 April 1945.

 

6 Oct 44         Gelsenkirchen                       6 Jan 45  Hanau (6.38)


(4.31)                                      12 Jan 45       Saarbrucken (6.38)

7 Oct 44         Cleves (4.53)                         28 Jan 45       Stuttgart (7.28)

14 Oct 44       Duisburg (5.54)                     2 Feb 45 Wanne Eickel (6.09)

15 Oct 44       Duisburg (1.07)                     4 Feb 45 Bonn (6.00)                      

15 Oct 44       Wilhelmshaven                      8 Feb 45 Wanne Eickel (6.09)

(4.34)                                      13 Feb 45      Bohlen (8.22)

29 Oct 44       Westkapelle (2.56)               21 Feb 45      Worms (6.40)           

30 Oct 44       Cologne (6.16)                      24 Feb 45      Kamen (5.37)

31 Oct 44       Cologne (4.54)                      27 Feb 45      Mainz (6.52)

2 Nov 44         Dusseldorf (5.30)                  2 Mar 45 Cologne (5.33)

4 Nov 44         Bochum (4.57)                       12 Mar 45      Dortmund (5.42)

16 Nov 44      Julich (4.47)                           13 Mar 45      Wuppertal (5.28)

29 Nov 44      Essen (5.43)                          15 Mar 45      Bottrop (5.16)

2 Dec 44        Hagen (6.27)                         22 Mar 45      Dulmen (4.45)

5 Dec 44        Soest (6.12)                           24 Mar 45      Sterkrade (5.24)

18 Dec 44      Duisburg (6.08)                     25 Mar 45      Osnabruck (5.11)

29 Dec 44      Coblenz (6.29)                       4 Apr 45  Harburg-Rehnania

30 Dec 44      Cologne (6.00)                                       (5.32)

2 Jan 45         Ludwigshaven (6.58)            8 Apr 45  Hamburg (5.32)

5 Jan 45         Hanover (1.24)

 

This officer has now completed his first operational tour consisting of 38 sorties involving a total of 200 hours.

 

He has always pressed home his attacks with the utmost determination showing commendable disregard for his own safety.  His courage, skill and determination in action have been an inspiration to his crew.

 

For his fine operational record and devotion to duty he is strongly recommended for the award of the Distinguished Flying Cross.

 

NOTE: The Station Commander seconds this on 22 April 1945; for once his remarks are longer than the original submission:

 

This officer has completed an excellent tour of 38 sorties in the comparatively short period of six months and all the targets attacked have been in Germany with two exceptions.

 

He has proved himself a superior captain of aircraft and under his guidance his crew have developed into one of the best in the squadron.  His cheerful disregard of danger and his cool concentration on accurate bombing have been an example to new crews in the training of which he has taken the greatest interest throughout his tour.

 

For his excellent example as an operational captain and for the fine record he has achieved, the award of the Distinguished Flying Cross is strongly recommended.


 

 

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GRAHAM, F/L Jack Ross (C9806) - Air Force Cross - RCAF Station St.Hubert -  Award effective 1 January 1945 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 89/45 dated 19 January 1945 - Enlisted in Ottawa, 5 January 1942.  Total flying hours to date: 1,110; flying in previous six months: 777 hours.

 

This officer has commanded this Communications Flight in a most satisfactory manner for over a year.  He has displayed exceptional initiative and organization ability and, by his outstanding example as a pilot and leader, has built a very efficient unit.  He is a skilful pilot, whose devotion to duty is most praiseworthy.

 

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GRAHAM, F/O Malcolm Grant (J29088) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.411 Squadron - Award effective 23 March 1945 as per London Gazette dated 3 April 1945 and AFRO 765/45 dated 4 May 1945.  Born 30 June 1921 at Exeter, Ontario.  Home in Dutton, Ontario (medical student and COTC). Enlisted in Toronto, 13 July 1942.  Trained at No.6 ITS (graduated 30 Deccember 1942), No.23 EFTS (graduated 2 April 1943) and No.14 SFTS (graduated 6 August 1943).  Obtained wings and commission, 6 August 1943.  Further trained at No.1 OTU, Bagotville, and then left for UK (arrived there 1 December 1943).  Added training at No.61 OTU (January to April 1944).  Served with No.126 Squadron, May-August 1944, and No.411 Squadron 15 August 1944 to 6 April 1945.  Returned to Canada, July 1945 and released 8 September 1945.  Returned to RCAF, 1 November 1948 to 16 February 1960.  Credited with the follwoing victories (the first flying Spitfire MJ474; others on MK788): 28 September 1944, one FW.190 destroyed; 27 December 1944, one Bf.109 destroyed; 31 December 1944, one FW.190 destroyed; 1 January 1945, two FW.190s destroyed.  Photographs PL-48386 and PL-48391 show him.

 

Flying Officer Graham has displayed exceptional keenness and determination on operations.  He has participated in many fighter operations, armed reconnaissances and dive bombing sorties, destroying five enemy aircraft, two of them in one sortie.  In addition to this, Flying Officer Graham has destroyed many ground targets.  As a section leader this officer has set an outstanding example of fearless leadership combined with excellent judgement and dependability.

 

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GRAHAM, Fl/O Marion Margaret (V30042) - Mention in Despatches - No.4 Group Headquarters - Award effective 8 June 1944 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 1380/44 dated 30 June 1944.  Born in Newton Robinson, Ontario; educated at Nutana Collegiate, Technical School, Normal School, and University of Saskatchewan.  Enlisted in Saskatoon, 20 October 1941.  As of award she had moved on to command Princess Alice Barracks, Ottawa.  Awarded Queens Coronation Medal, 26 October 1953 (AFHQ).  Died in Saskatoon, 23 April 1995, age 92.

 

This officer has displayed exceptional qualities of ability and devotion to duty and her untiring efforts in building up an esprit-de-corps amongst the airwomen under her command have been a shining example to all airwomen in the Women's Division.  She has continually put the interests of the airwomen before her personal pleasures and has devoted many efforts over and above the normal line of duty.

 

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GRAHAM, P/O William (J7528) - Mention in Despatches - No.11 Squadron (Canada) - Awarded 1 January 1943 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 55/43 dated 15 January 1943.  Born in Vancouver, 1919; home there.  Enlisted in Vancouver, 8 January 1941.  One card on file says he trained at No.2 ITS (graduated 14 May 1941), No.8 EFTS, and No.10 SFTS (graduated 2 July 1941); another card says No.1 ITS (graduated 9 April 1941), No.8 EFTS (graduated 2 July 1941), and No.3 SFTS !  Governor General's Records (RG.7 Group 26, Vol.57, File 190-I) has citation.

 

This officer had completed 70 operational flights with a total flying time on patrol of 310 hours over a period of eight months.  His total time for this period is 500 hours.  He has carried out two excellent attacks on enemy submarines.  He is exceedingly enthusiastic and competent in his performance of all flying duties.

 

GRAHAM, F/L William (J7528) - Air Force Cross - No.11 (BR) Squadron - Award effective 28 May 1943 as per London Gazette dated 2 June 1943 and AFRO 1459/43 dated 30 July 1943.  

 

Since being mentioned in despatches this officer has continued to show exceptional valour and devotion to duty.  he has now completed 162 operational war flights totalling nearly 800 hours.  On two occasions his attacks on enemy submarines were pressed home with great determination.  He is exceedingly enthusiastic in his performance of all flying duties.

 

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GRAN, F/O Joseph Cyriac Raymond (J88170) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.9 Squadron - Award effective 5 July 1945 as per London Gazette dated 20 July 1945 and AFRO 1619/45 dated 19 October 1945.  Born 1922 in Moose Jaw; home there (student).  Enlisted in Saskatoon, 31 January 1942.  Trained at No.4 ITS (graduated 31 July 1942), No.5 BGS (graduated 25 June 1943) and No.1 CNS (graduated 6 August 1943).  Commissioned 1944.  No citation other than "completed...numerous operations against the enemy in the course of which [he has] invariably displayed the utmost fortitude, courage and devotion to duty".  Public Records Office Air 2/9082 has recommendation dated 13 March 1945 when he had flown 29 sorties (171 hours 49 minutes), 27 May 1944 to 14 March 1945.

 

                                                         * denotes daylight sortie


27 May 44      Marsmlines (3.40)                      15 Sep 44      Tirpitz (7.10)

31 May 44      Maisy (3.45)                               15 Oct 44       Sorpe Dam (5.20)

1 June 44       Winereux (3.45)                         29 Oct 44       Tirpitz (12.05)

5 June 44       La Pernvelle (4.20)                    12 Nov 44      Tirpitz (11.25)

6 June 44       Caen (4.35)                                26 Nov 44      Munich (9.15)

8 Jun 44         Pont au Bault (4.40)                   11 Dec 44      Urft Dam (4.55)*

21 Jun 44       Gelsenkirchen (4.10)                 17 Dec 44      Munich (9.20)

19 Jul 44        Revigny (4.20)*                          28 Dec 44      Oslo (6.55)

30 Jul 44        Cahagnes (5.05)*                      8 Feb 45        Ijmuiden (2.50)

31 Jul 44        Rilly la Montagne                        14 Feb 45      Altenbeken (6.15)

(4.45)*                                         4 Mar 45         Dortmund Ems Canal

1 Aug 44        Mont Candon (4.30)*                                         (5.35)

4 Aug 44        Etaples (3.40)*                           7 Mar 45         Sassnitz (9.15)

9 Aug 44        La Pallice (6.00)*                       12 Mar 45      Essen (5.14)

13 Aug 44      Brest (4.30)                                14 Mar 45      Augsburg (4.50)

 

This officer has completed 29 operational sorties as Air Bomber.  The majority of his targets have included those requiring precision bombing, frequently in the face of strong defences.  He took part in all the three important operations of the battleship "TIRPITZ" but was presented from bombing in the last attack, because his aircraft had to return when only 100 miles from target.  In the first two attacks on the battleship, owing to bad visibility, he made several runs over the target before he was satisfied that he could drop his bombs accurately.  During all the operations against the "TIRPITZ", Pilot Officer Gran assisted his captain and navigator in providing accurate pin points.  He has at all times shown great keenness to operate and has taken great pride in hitting his targets.

 

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GRANDA, F/O Armando Honorio (J86990) - Distinguished Flying Cross -No.102 Squadron - Award effective 15 March 1945 as per London Gazette dated 23 March 1945 and AFRO 721/45 dated 27 April 1945.  Born 1914 in Asturies, Spain; home in Montreal (bookeeper).  Enlisted in Montreal, 18 November 1941. Trained at No.2 ITS (graduated 5 June 1942) and No.3 AOS (graduated 11 November 1942).  Commissioned 1944.  In oil business in Columbia after the war.  No citation other than "completed...many successful operations against the enemy in which [he has] displayed high skill, fortitude and devotion to duty."  Public Records Office Air 2/9051 has recommendation dated 17 December 1944 when he had flown 39 sorties (164 hours 30 minutes), 24 May to 30 November 1944.  Sortie list indicates he was in crew of F/L James F. Weaver.

 

24 May 44      Colline Beaumont                      20 Jul 44        Ardouval (3.45)

(3.25)                                           24 Jul 44        Stuttgart (8.30),

27 May 44      Bourg Leopold (4.00)                                        Ju.88 shot down.

31 May 44      Trappes (5.05), two                   25 Jul 44        Wanne Eickel (4.15)

combats with FW.190               28 Jul 44        Foret de Nieppe (3.00)


2 June 44       Haringzelles (3.05)                                            early return,

4 June 44       Boulogne (3.55)                         2 Aug 44        Foret de Nieppe (3.30)

5 June 44       Maisy (5.15)                               5 Aug 44        Foret de Nieppe (3.10)

6 June 44       St.Lo (5.00)                                7 Aug 44        Caen (4.30), ordered

8 June 44       Alencon (5.20)                                                    to abandon mission.

11 Jun 44       Paris (4.40)                                8 Aug 44        Bellecroix (3.30)

16 Jun 44       Sterkrade (4.50)                        25 Aug 44      Wemars Cappel (3.50)

19 Jun 44       Domleger (2.00),                       27 Aug 44      Homberg (4.10)

recalled                                       1 Sept 44       Pourchinte (3.10)

1 July 44         St.Martin l'Hortier                       9 Sept 44       Le Havre (3.10)

(3.50)                                           11 Sep 44      Gelsenkirchen (4.20)

4 July 44         Domleger (3.40)                        21 Oct 44       Hamover (1.50), recall

6 July 44         Marquise (3.15)                         23 Oct 44       Essen (5.25)

7 July 44         Caen (3.45)                                30 Oct 44       Cologne (5.50)

12 Jul 44        Les Hauts Buissons                  6 Nov 44         Gelsenkirchen (4.55)

(3.35)                                           16 Nov 44      Julich (4.35)

17 Jul 44        Bois de la Haie                          29 Nov 44      Essen (5.40)

(3.50)                                           30 Nov 44      Duisburg (5.40)

18 Jul 44        Vaires (4.30)

 

Pilot Officer Granda has recently completed a tour of 36 operational sorties as navigator in Bomber Command aircraft.

 

His sorties have included attacks against strongly defended targets in Germany including Stuttgart, Wanne Eickel, Gelsenkirchen, Essen, and Cologne.  In addition he has operated against a number of targets in enemy occupied territory.  Throughout his tour Pilot Officer Granda has shown great skill as a navigator and the successful completion of a number of difficult attacks has been largely due to the fact that he made good use of the navigational aids available to him.

 

On one occasion when returning from Stuttgart his aircraft was attacked by a Ju.88 which was shot down.  He successfully navigated the badly damaged aircraft back to base,

 

It is considered that Pilot Officer Granda's excellent all-round record fully merits the award of the Distinguished Flying Cross.

 

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GRANDA, F/O John Louis (J17354) - Air Force Cross (Greece) - No.13 Squadron - Award effective 5 July 1944 as per Canada Gazette dated 6 April 1946 and AFRO 388/46 dated 12 April 1946.  Also given in AFRO 388/46 of 12 April 1946 and cancelled by AFRO 4734/46.  Born in Asturias, Spain, 11 October 1917.  Educated in Montreal, 1923-1935; store clerk and tobacco shop proprietor to outbreak of war and served with 17th Duke of York's Royal Canadian Hussars, 17 May 1937 to 21 September 1939.  Enlisted in Montreal, 1 July 1940.  Trained at No.1 ITS (graduated 14 July 1940), No.2 WS (graduated 17 January 1941) and No.4 BGS (graduated 16 February 1941 and promoted Sergeant).  Embarked for overseas, 5 April 1941; to No.17 OTU, 7 June 1941; to No.82 Squadron, 29 August 1941; to Middle East, 1 October 1941; promoted Flight Sergeant, 1 November 1941; to No.55 Squadron, date uncertain but in application for 1939-1945 Star he stated he had been with that unit from 16 October 1941 onwards and his first sortie had been 8 November 1941, "Gazala, bombing operations"; he appears to have completed his first tour about 28 April 1942; posted to India for instructional duties; flew a second tour from 28 October 1942 to 12 May 1943; promoted Warrant Officer, 2nd Class, 1 November 1942; commissioned 28 January 1943; to No.205 Group, 9 June 1943; to No.70 OTU, 4 July 1943; promoted Flying Officer, 28 July 1943; to RAF Station Shandur, 1 July 1943; attached to No.13 (Hellenic) Squadron, 25 January to 21 March 1944 when sent to Station Shandur; re-attached to No.13 (Hellenic) Squadron, 19 April 1944 to 3 November 1944 (in claiming Italy Star he reported a sortie with No.13 Squadron on 24 May 1944, "Bombing Operation on railway bridge, Pesaro, Italy); on staff at various units, Middle East late 1944 until 7 January 1945 when he disembarked in Britain; promoted Flight Lieutenant, 28 January 1945; posted to Canada 8 March 1945; released 27 September 1945. Attended Law School in British Columbia and McGill University. Served in RCAF Auxiliary, 4 September 1953 to 31 March 1955 (Fighter Controller to 30 March 1954 and Legal Officer thereafter). Most of his time spent in the Montreal area with No.2401 Aircraft Control and Warning Squadron and with No.438 Squadron.  DHist file 181.009 D.3386 (RG.24 Vol.20638) has the following entry dated July 6th, 1944.

 

Air Ministry advised (File 65-10-8) that the Greek Authorities wished to confer their Air Force Cross on F/O J. Granda, J17374, in recognition of his valuable work as an instructor of flying personnel on No.13 Squadron, medium bombers.  A Letter was prepared for the A.O.C.-in-C's signature, to the Under Secretary of State for Air, accepting this award on behalf of the officer concerned.  This section advised the High Commissioner's Office, Canada House, of this award, and asked that External Affairs could be advised of the matter also.

 

NOTE: Public Records Office Air 2/9147 (dealing with Green awards) has more.  The Greeks initiated the award in May 1944 by offering their Air Force Cross to three officers - F/L C.V. Boyle (RAF 109538), F/O D.R. Harper (RAF 149118) and to Granda.  A letter from the Greek Embassy to the British Foreign Office dated 4 May 1944 explains:

 

The Greek Air Ministry state that these officers as instructors of flying personnel of the 13th Squadron of Medium Bombers, gave proof of exceptional capacity and eagerness having completed with the least possible delay the instruction of a substantial number of crews.

 


Subsequent correspondence (pages of correspondence bearing dates were not copied, unfortunately, but it seems to have begun around July 1945 and was continuing into 1949) indicates that the Greeks wished to cancel this award and substitute another - the Silver Cross of the Royal Order of the Phoenix or the Silver Cross of the Order of George I (Fifth Class) - the change to include Harper as well as Granda.  This does not appear to have happened.  An explanation relative to the latter award appears; it was because Harper and Granda

 

...during their employment as instructors of the 13th M.E.B. they did their best to convert the squadron of general reconnaissance to a light bomber squadron and contributed to its great operational yield.

 

On a form dated 1 February 1945 (on repatriation) he claimed two operational tours and one non-operational tour; 320 operational and 430 non-operational hours flown (143 sorties) and his last sortie conducted on 28 October 1944.  He indicated he had flown 180 hours on Blenheims and 570 hours on Baltimores in the Western Desert, North Africa, Italy and over Yugoslavia.

 

On 14 June 1944 the Commanding Officer, No.13 (Hellenic) Squadron wrote to him state, "You have been Mentioned in Despatches by the Greek Air Ministry on 1st June 1944 for active participation in the successful operation of 29th May 1944, as a member of the crew of the leading aircraft."  This was confirmed by a further letter from the Commanding Officer, No.13 (Hellenic) Squadron dated 1 July 1944.

 

An assessment dated 11 July 1944 is interesting.  He was still with No.13 (Hellenic) Squadron and was reported to have flown 676 hours (75 in previous six months).  Squadron Leader P. Papapanayotou wrote:

 

A very good officer and extremely capable. Speaks Spanish and French fluently; has shown great understanding of his Greek colleagues with whom he is extremely popular.  Has proved a very efficient advisor and has worked very hard in the training of RHAF aircrew with very good results.

 

In a letter dated 20 November 1953 to A/V/M A.L. James he described his war experiences as follows:

 

Arrival in England in April of 1941, further training and OTU.

 

Posted to 82 Squadron at Bodney, a Blenheim squadron performing low level shipping strikes and inland raids over France and Germany.  This in the early part of August 1941.

 

Arrival in the Middle East, flying own plane via Gibraltar, malta and Cairo, on the 10th of October 1941, and posted to 55 Squadron shortly thereafter, remaining with said squadron on operations, flying Blenheims, until 20th of April 1942.  The operational flying of 55 Squadron consisted mainly of shipping raids and cloud cover operations bombing enemy harbours.  This, therefore, terminated my fist tour and I was posted to India, on a rest, as an instructor.

 


Recalled to the Middle East, converted to Baltimores, in June 1942 and commenced second tour to harass and attack the advancing enemy, under Rommel, who was rapidly threatening Alexandria, Cairo and the all important Suez Canal.  Operations during the Battle of El Alamein, pursuing retreating enemy until the successful termination of the campaign in Tunisia.  Posted for a second rest from Tunisia to Suez, as an instructor, June 4th, 1943.  Posted to 13 Royal hellenic Squadron on January 26th, 1944, as the Commanding Officer of all RAF flying and ground personnel, consisting of some sixty persons.  Completed third tour, bombing of enemy installations, and close Army Co-Operational raids.  Awarded the Greek Air Force Cross, mentioned in their despatches.

 

Returned to Canada in March 1945.

 

I would like to add that during the course of the three operational tours, I was injured in action on three occasions, and wounded in action on one occasion.

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GRANDY, G/C Roy Stanley (C61) - Mention in Despatches - Station Torbay - previously awarded OBE. Award effective 14 June 1945 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 1127/45 dated 6 July 1945.

 

This officer has been an operational station commander over a long period.  At all times he has maintained a high degree of efficiency in the units under his command and the energy, tact, and understanding shown by him have earned the respect and loyal support of all who have served under him.

 

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GRANGER, F/L Hugh Charles (J18510) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.431 Squadron - Award effective 30 October 1945 as per London Gazette dated 6 November 1945 and AFRO 155/46 dated 15 February 1946.  Born 1919 in Brockville; home in Kingston (sales clerk).  Enlisted in Trenton, 14 July 1939. Trained at No.1 ITS (graduated 20 February 1941), No.11 EFTS (graduated 22 April 1941) and No.8 SFTS (graduated 28 July 1941).  Commissioned June 1943.  No citation other than "completed...numerous operations against the enemy in the course of which [he has] displayed the utmost fortitude, courage and devotion to duty."  DHist file 181.009 D.1941 (RG.24 Vol.20612) has recommendation by W/C W.F. McKinnon dated 23 May 1945 when he had flown 16 sorties (128 hours nine minutes) on his second tour (2 January to 22 April 1945).  No details of first tour.

 

Flight Lieutenant Granger has completed sixteen operations on his second tour of operations, against such heavily defended targets as Duisburg, Merseburg, Leipzig and Hamburg.  During his first tour of operations, which consisted of fifteen trips in the European theatre of war, and thirteen trips in the Middle East theatre, he bombed targets as Essen, Cologne and Bremen.  He has always been a steady and reliable captain, and is a credit to his squadron...

 

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GRANT, Sergeant Abram Emerson (R54561) - Mention in Despatches - No.408 Squadron - Award effective 1 January 1943 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 232/43 dated 12 February 1943.  Home in Prescott, Ontario; enlisted in Montreal, 21 May 1940.  Mechanic; no citation.

 

GRANT, WO Abram Emerson (R54561) - Mention in Despatches - No.62 Base - Award effective 1 January 1945 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 379/45 dated 2 March 1945.  No citation.

 

GRANT, WO1 Abram Emerson (R54561) - Mention in Despatches - Overseas - Award effective 1 January 1946 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 388/46 dated 12 April 1946.  Master Mechanic. No citation in AFRO.  NOTE: Unit is uncertain because he is recommended for two awards from two different units; see DHist file 181.009 D.1725 (PAC RG.24 Vol.20607).  On 24 May 1945 he is recommended for a BEM by G/C W.P.Pleasance (CO, Station Linton) while on 26 May he is recommended for a BEM by G/C R.A. McLernon (CO, Station Eastmoor).  Both recommendations are cited below:

 

As an NCO and Master Mechanic, this Warrant Officer's three year record of service overseas has been unexcelled.  As Warrant Officer in charge of the Servicing Wing of a heavy bomber station, he has at all times displayed a most commendable keenness and determination in carrying out his duties, often voluntarily working long hours far beyond the normal call of duty.  His exemplary leadership and superior knowledge of his trade won for him the admiration of all who served under him and undoubtedly contributed largely to the fine record of serviceability which existed on this station....

 

(G/C Pleasance, Station Linton)

 

Warrant Officer Grant has been in charge of the squadron ground crews for several years.  At all times his work has been of the highest order.  His zeal, enthusiasm and power of leadership were very often responsible for overcoming most discouraging difficulties, thereby winning for himself the respect and admiration of all associated with him.  He revealed his true worth during the hectic days around D Day when only one with a personality as strong as his own could possibly have directed the serviceability of so many aircraft in so short a time.

 

(G/C McLernon, Station Eastmoor)

 

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GRANT, F/O Alastair Maxwell (J29853) - Mention in Despatches - No.410 Squadron - Award effective 1 January 1946 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 388/46 dated 12 April 1946.  Home in New Westminster; enlisted in Vancouver, 31 August 1942.  Trained at No.2 ITS (graduated 3 April 1943) and No.2 AOS (graduated 3 September 1943).  Unit not given in AFRO which says only "Overseas".  Navigator to S/L I.E. MacTavish when they claimed the following: one FW.190 destroyed (1/2 September 1944), one Ju.87 destroyed (24/25 December 1944), one Ju.88G destroyed (24/25 March 1945).  See The RCAF Overseas: The Sixth Year, pp.310,313 and 315.

 

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GRANT, P/O Duncan Arpad (J88381) - 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 1921 in Williamstown, Ontario; home there.  Enlisted in Ottawa, 30 September 1942. Trained at No.3 BGS (graduated 25 June 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.2609 (RG.24 Vol.20627) has recommendation by W/C A.J. Lewington dated 20 October 1944 when he had flown 36 trips (186 hours 25 minutes) between 15 February and 15 October 1944.

 

This officer, Rear Gunner of the crew captained by Wing Commander Lewington, has now concluded an outstanding tour of operations comprised of thirty-six trips over enemy territory and which included a great many attacks against the most heavily defended targets in Germany.  Throughout his tour he has constantly shown outstanding fortitude and skill and his considerable courage and devotion to duty, despite the odds, has been a constant source of inspiration to his fellow gunners and the squadron in general.  I consider his outstanding record and splendid example fully merits the award of the Distinguished Flying Cross.

 

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GRANT, F/O Duncan Marshall (J5982) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.400 Squadron - Award effective 19 May 1943 as per London Gazette dated 25 May 1943 and AFRO 1247/43 dated 2 July 1943.  Born in High River, Alberta, 8 April 1922; home in Trenton.  Corporal in Royal Canadian Corps of Signals, 1938.  Enlisted in Saskatoon, 12 September 1940.  Trained at No.2 ITS (graduated 27 January 1941), No.15 EFTS (graduated 28 March 1941), and No.11 SFTS (graduated 14 June 1941 and commissioned 4 July 1941).  Arrived overseas, 19 July 1941; posted to No.400 Squadron 3 August 1941; promoted Flying Officer, 4 July 1942; promoted Flight Lieutenant, 3 June 1943.  Killed in action (flak), 27 September 1943.  Victories as follows: 13 April 1943: one Do.217 destroyed near Paris; 12 July 1943: one Do.217 destroyed northest of Chartres; 9 August 1943: one Ju.88 probably destroyed.  Photos of him are PL-7524 (in a Tomahawk) and PL-7526 (climbing out of Tomahawk).

 

Flying Officer Grant has taken part in many operational sorties, during which he has personally destroyed one enemy aircraft and damaged eighteen locomotives.  At all times he has displayed a fine fighting spirit and great determination, setting a magnificent example.

 


NOTE: Public Records Office Air 2/8952 has recommendation dated 23 April 1943 with much  more detail:

 

This officer made his first two operational flights during the Dieppe operation. Since that time he has carried out 26 successful sorties for a total of 49 operational hours.

 

On his first "Rhubarb" on October 22nd, 1942, his was one of four aircraft which penetrated to Amiens and successfully attacked the marshalling yards there. On his second "Rhubarb" on November 27th, 1942, he damaged four locomotives near Airel Junction in Normandy.

 

In the interval between December 3rd, 1942 and January 1st, 1943, this officer carried out 15 low offensive patrols over the Bay of Biscay and the Western Approaches.

 

On a "Rhubarb" in the Fecamp-Berqueux area of northern France on April 9th, 1943, Flying Officer Grant attacked and damaged twelve enemy locomotives. To accomplish this it was necessary for him to remain over enemy territory for 40 minutes. On April 13th, 1943, while carrying out a night "Ranger" in the area southeast of Paris, this officer sighted an aircraft which he later identified as a Dornier 217. Closing from dead astern he destroyed it in the vicinity of Melun/Villarouche aerodrome as it was about to land. While returning from another night "Ranger" in the Riems [Rheims ?] area he attacked and damaged two locomotives near Abbeville.

 

In all the operations which Flying Officer Grant has taken part he has set a high standard in the execution of his duties. This, together with a fine spirit and great determination whilst in action have been a great inspiration to all who have served with him. Through constant practice and diligence, plus natural ability as a pilot, this officer has personally destroyed one enemy aircraft and damaged eighteen locomotives in the past six months.

 

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GRANT, F/L Francis Joseph (J10110) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.423 Squadron - Award effective 19 July 1945 as per London Gazette dated 27 July 1945 and AFRO 1672/45 dated 2 November 1945.  Born 1920 in Dauphin, Manitoba; home in Port Arthur, Ontario (salesman).  Enlisted in Fort William, 25 April 1941.  Trained at No.2 ITS (graduated 15 August 1941), No.12 EFTS (graduated 24 October 1941) and No.13 SFTS (graduated 16 January 1942).  Commissioned January 1942.

 


This officer has completed two tours of operational duty as captain of a flying boat in the North Atlantic. On the 28th February 1945, during adverse weather, he made two attacks in quick succession on enemy submarines.  In March 1945 he sighted and immediately attacked another enemy submarine.  On both these occasions Flight Lieutenant Grant displayed high skill and initiative and at all times he has set a fine example by his courage and devotion to duty.

 

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GRANT, F/L Frank George (J5056) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.438 Squadron - Award effective 19 September 1944 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 2274/44 dated 20 October 1944.  Born at North Sydney, Nova Scotia, 10 August 1918.  Enlisted in Calgary, 11 October 1940.  Trained at No.1 ITS (graduated 9 December 1940), No.1 EFTS (graduated 28 January 1941), and No.1 SFTS (graduated 28 April 1941).  Commissioned on latter date; F/O 30 April 1942; F/L 1 September 1942, S/L 1 May 1943, W/C 14 October 1944.  Served in Aleutians with No.118 Squadron, went overseas with it when it became No.438, later becoming W/C (Flying) of No.143 Wing.  Damaged a FW.190 northwest of Aachen, 24 December 1944.  See photo PL-40906 (in flying gear in front of Typhoon).

 

This officer has completed much operational flying and has invariably displayed a high degree of skill, courage, and determination.  In June 1944 he successfully attacked a bridge spanning the river Dives.  Some days later he led the squadron in an attack against an enemy headquarters in the Caen area, the building being completely demolished.  He is a most inspiring squadron commander.

 

GRANT, W/C Frank George, DFC (J5056) - Distinguished Service Order - No.143 Wing - Award effective 10 July 1945 as per London Gazette of 14 July 1945 and AFRO 1619/45 dated 19 October 1945.

 

Since the award of the Distinguished Flying Cross this officer has continued to display brilliant leadership and outstanding courage on all types of operations. He has led the wing in all the major actions during the Ardennes battles and despite the fierce opposition encountered has pressed home attack after attack with great skill and courage.  During the Rhine Crossing, Wing Commander Grant organized and led the operations of the wing which was employed against the enemy's anti-aircraft defences in support of the airborne landings.  By his skill and daring many enemy gun positions were silenced.  In the subsequent drive across Germany he led many sorties in direct support of the army contributing materially to the rapid advances of the land forces.  The great success achieved by his wing has been directly attributable to Wing Commander Grant's exceptional skill and outstanding leadership.

 

GRANT, S/L Frank George, DSO, DFC (J5056) - Croix de Guerre with Silver Star (France) - Award as per AFRO 485/47 dated 12 September 1947.

 


GRANT, W/C Frank George, DSO, DFC (J5056) - Netherlands Flying Cross - Award effective 18 October 1947 as per Canada Gazette of that date and AFRO 576/47 dated 31 October 1947.  "In recognition of valuable services rendered during the recent war".  Public Records Office Air 2/9140 has recommendation as cleared by Air Ministry Honours and Awards Committee.

 

Wing Commander Grant was Wing Commander (Operations) at No.143 Wing from October 1944 to August 1945. Throughout the whole of this period of intensive operations, this officer showed the utmost gallantry and greatest determination in leading his Wing against the enemy.  His personal courage and enthusiasm were of the highest order, and the determination with which he led his squadrons to attack heavily defended enemy strong points, communications and retreating German columns, often in the face of intense anti-aircraft fire, were beyond praise.  During the period of the battle through Holland to the borders of Germany, No.143 Wing suffered very heavy casualties, but in spite of this, Wing Commander Grant's keenness and determination maintained the morale of the Wing at the finest pitch, and their outstanding achievements were due in great measure to this officer's personal qualities of leadership.

 

 

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GRANT, FS Frederick Percy (R95585) - Mention in Despatches - No.1474 Flight (AFRO gives unit only as "Overseas") - Award effective 1 June 1943 as per London Gazette dated 2 June 1943 and AFRO 1247/43 dated 2 July 1943.  Home in Toronto; enlisted in Ottawa, 27 February 1941.  Trained at No.2 ITS (graduated 11 August 1941), No.7 BGS (graduated 20 December 1941), No.5 AOS (graduated 8 November 1941), and No.1 CNS (graduated 19 January 1942).  Later commissioned; Mentioned in Despatches again, 14 June 1945.  For details of event that brought him this award, see E. Paulton.

 

GRANT, F/O Frederick Percy (J17870) - Mention in Despatches - Overseas - Award effective 14 June 1945 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 1478/45 dated 21 September 1945.

 

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GRANT, F/O Harold Graham (J86001) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.101 Squadron - Award effective 26 January 1945 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 471/45 dated 16 March 1945.  Born in Winnipeg, 1923; home there (metal worker); enlisted in Winnipeg 21 May 1942.  Trained at No.2 ITS (graduated 23 January 1943), No.15 EFTS (graduated 2 April 1943) and No.38 SFTS (graduated 23 July 1943).  Commissioned 1944,

 


As pilot this officer has completed many sorties, the last of which was an attack against Cologne recently.  His determination on this occasion was typical of that which he has shown throughout his tour.  Soon after the bombs had been released his aircraft was hit by shrapnel.  One engine was put out of action.  Almost immediately the aircraft was again struck.  A second engine was damaged and soon failed completely.  Both turrets had also been rendered unserviceable and much navigational equipment was damaged.  Height was gradually lost and it seemed as through Flying Officer Grant would be compelled to try to land his aircraft in France.  He held on to his original course, however, and displaying superb skill and exceptional determination flew the severely damaged aircraft to an airfield in this country.  His coolness and courage in harassing circumstances set an example of a very high standard.

 

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GRANT, F/O Ian Craig (J28351) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.433 Squadron - Award effective 1 December 1944 as per London Gazette dated 8 December 1944 and AFRO 337/45 dated 23 February 1945.  Born in Montreal, 1923; home there; former Air Cadet (one year).  Enlisted in Montreal, 15 July 1942.  Trained at No.3 ITS, No.4 BGS (graduated 28 May 1943) and No.9 AOS (graduated 9 July 1943).  Commissioned 1943. No citation other than "..in recognition of gallantry and devotion to duty in the execution of air operations against the enemy."  DHist file 181.009 D.2609 (RG.24 Vol.20627) has recommendation dated 17 September 1944 when he had flown 35 sorties (160 hours five minutes) from 18 April to 28 August 1944.

 

This officer, the Air Bomber of the crew captained by Pilot Officer F.J. Devine, DFC, has now completed his tour of operations comprised of thirty-five trips over enemy territory.  The courage, skill and determination in action displayed at all times by Flying Officer Grant have been a great inspiration to his crew, and his coolness and devotion to duty has contributed in a large measure to the success of his many operational flights...

 

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GRANT, F/L James (J10965) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.117 Squadron - Award effective 27 March 1946 as per London Gazette dated 5 April 1946 and AFRO 497/46 dated 17 May 1946.  Enlisted in Vancouver, 5 June 1940.  Trained at No.1 ITS (graduated 20 July 1940), No.8 EFTS (graduated 15 September 1940) and No.4 SFTS (graduated 20 December 1940).

 

This officer has shown great ability as flight commander in the squadron.  During the great drive south through Burma he undertook a large number of operations, often in the face of enemy fire and adverse weather.  Despite the difficulties and hazards of flying through the monsoon, Flight Lieutenant Grant has always displayed great keenness and determination.  His skill and devotion to duty have been an inspiration to all.

 

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GRANT, S/L Malcolm Edward (C1466) - Air Force Cross - No.17 EFTS - Award effective 28 May 1943 as per London Gazette dated 2 June and AFRO 1459/43 dated 30 July 1943 - Born in Ottawa, 1912; attended Ashbury College and Queen's University.  Enlisted in Ottawa, 1 January 1940; trained at Camp Borden.

 

This officer, by his untiring energy and devotion to duty, has set a splendid example to all ranks serving under him.  He is an outstanding Flight Commander and Examining Officer and has been instructing in the C.T.E. [?] since October 1940.  He has completed nearly 1,700 hours instructional flying.  Squadron Leader Grant has, at all times, performed his duties in an exceptionally meritorious and efficient manner.

 

NOTE: The hazards of instructing are shown by two incidents.  On 27 June 1941 (No.10 SFTS, Harvard 2941) the pupil pilot suddenly pulled back the control column to correct airspeed on landing and aircraft zoomed upwards.  Grant pushed the nose down and opened the throttle but the engine did not pick up and the aircraft hit the ground, causing Category "B" damage.  The cause was ruled to be "Instructor's failure to correct his pupil's error in time to prevent accident". On 8 March 1943 (No.17 EFTS, Finch 4754) he was giving dual night instruction.  The pupil (LAC J.W. Bennett, RAF) opened the throttle violently on takeoff, causing a severe swing; Grant grabbed the controls but at 150 feet the engine cut and the aircraft went out of control, crashing in a stump-studded area 100 yards west of the runway.  Grant was slightly injured; his pupil was fatally injured.

 

 

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GRANT, W/C Patrick James (C1521) - 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 Ottawa, 5 December 1947.  Stayed in postwar RCAF until at least 1947 when he was with No.435 Squadron.  No citation has been found to this award.  However, Public Records Office Air 2/9114 (dealing with American awards) has a recommendation for a US honour and this may relate to the MiD.  He was reported as having flown 57 sorties  and 542 hours (clearly operational hours); the proposed American citation would have read:

 

Wing Commander Grant commanded 423 Squadron from July 1944 to February 1945 during which time he displayed powerful leadership and organizing ability.  These qualities played a major part in the operational efficiency of the squadron.

 

GRANT, S/L Patrick James (20081) - Croix de Guerre 1940 with Palm (Belgium) - No.423 Squadron - Award effective 25 July 1947 as per AFRO 403/47 of that date.  Pilot.  Public Records Office Air 2/9110 has recommendation (belived for this award) drafted when he was a Wing Commander and held wartime number C1521; it is this document that links him to No.423 Squadron.

 

Wing Commander Grant was a Flight Commander from August 1943 - July 1944, when he was appointed to command the squadron.  He carried out many operational sorties, displaying outstanding keenness and ability, which contributed to the operational efficiency of the squadron.


GRANT, S/L Patrick James (20081) - Chevalier of the Order of Leopold with Palm (Belgium) - Award effective 25 July 1947 as per AFRO 403/47 of that date.  Pilot.

 

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GRANT, LAC Robert Alexander (R169961) - Mention in Despatches - Croft (AFRO gives only "Overseas" as unit) - Award effective 14 June 1945 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 1647/45 dated 26 October 1945.  Home in Chatham, Ontario.  DHist file 181.009 D.4364 (RG.24 Vol.20648) has recommendation sent to No.6 Group Headquarters, 2 February 1945.  Enlisted in Londonn, Ontario, 23 July 1942; served one year in Canada, 18 months overseas.

 

This airman has been employed as an instrument mechanic in Daily Servicing Squadron for the past fifteen months.  This airman's devotion to duty and untiring co-operation has contributed to the efficient operation of his section.  He has worked long hours and has remained cheerful and willing.  He is a willing and capable tradesman.

 

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GRANT, F/L Robert Bickerton (J27189) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.10 Squadron - Award effective 5 July 1945 as per London Gazette dated 17 July 1945 and AFRO 1507/45 dated 28 September 1945.  Born 1924 in Stittsville, Ontario; home there (student).  Educated at Queens University.  Enlisted in Ottawa, 25 May 1942.  Trained at No.3 ITS (graduated 6 November 1942), No.11 EFTS (graduated 5 February 1943) and No.9 SFTS (graduated 11 June 1943).  Also trained at Debert for Coastal operations.  Commissioned June 1943.

 

Flight Lieutenant Grant has now completed his first operational tour which has included attacks on such heavily defended targets as Essen, Cologne, Magdeburg and Stuttgart.  He was the captain of an aircraft detailed to attack Kiel in September 1944.  On the approach to the target the aircraft was hit by anti-aircraft fire causing extensive damage but with his usual coolness and determination this officer completed the mission successfully.  His fearlessness in the face of danger coupled with his courage and devotion to duty have shown him to be an excellent leader and a pilot of outstanding ability.

 

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GRANT, P/O Robert Stuart (J92382) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.419 Squadron - Award effective 5 July 1945 as per London Gazette dated 20 July 1945 and AFRO 1619/45 dated 19 October 1945.  Born in Toronto, 1922; home in Weston (airframe mechanic).  Enlisted in Toronto, 26 November 1942. Trained at No.3 BGS (graduated 23 December 1943).  Commissioned October 1944.  Recommended 23 March 1945 when he had flown 31 sorties (192 hours 35 minutes), 16 August 1944 to 13 February 1945,

 


Pilot Officer Grant has proved himself to be a conscientious and able air gunner.  His aircraft has been attacked on many occasions by enemy fighters but they have always been successfully evaded, largely owing to the precise and reliable instructions which Pilot Officer Grant has given to his pilot.  On two occasions his well directed fire has damaged enemy fighters.  This officer has always displayed outstanding courage in hazardous circumstances.

 

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GRANT, F/L William George Hyland (J25311) - Mention in Despatches -No.407 Squadron (AFRO gives unit only as " Overseas") - Award effective 1 January 1946 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 155/46 dated 15 February 1946.  Home in Vancouver; enlisted there 6 March 1942. Trained at No.2 ITS (graduated 24 October 1942), No.2 EFTS (graduated 27 December 1942) and No.12 SFTS (graduated 16 April 1943).  Pilot of aircraft attacking midget submarines, 25 April 1945.

 

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GRAVELL, LAC Karl Mander (R97644) - George Cross - No.2 Wireless School - Awarded 11 June 1942 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 1000-1001/42 dated 3 July 1942.  Born in Norkkoping, Sweden, 24 September 1922.  Educated in Sweden to 1936; arrived in Canada, 1937 and naturalized on 2 July 1937.  Further educated at Kitsilano High School, 1937-1939; at King Edward High School, 1939-1940.  Keen model aircraft builder and sought to become an air gunner.  Enlisted in Vancouver, 15 March 1941.  Posted to No.2 Manning Depot that day as AC2; to No.12 SFTS, Brandon, 16 May 1941 (guard duty); to No.2 Wireless School, 19 July 1941.  Promoted to LAC, 18 August 1941.  Not the most disciplined pupil; on 3 July 1941 he forfeited seven days' pay for being asleep on sentry duty at Brandon; on 5 September 1941 he was awarded 120 hours detention for "breaking out of barracks" when he was a defaulter; he was further charged with "Conduct to the prejudice of good order and Air Force discipline in that he concealed himself, well knowing the Air Force authorities were searching for him".  He was in trouble again on 16 September 1941 for failing to appear on parade including defaulters parade (seven days confined to base); on 22 September he charged with indiscipline for "smoking in an unauthorized place" (three days confined to base), and on 22 October was awarded another three days confined to base for "failing to arise at Reveille".

 


On November 10, 1941, Moth Wireless Training No.4833 crashed in Simons' Valley and immediately burst into flames.  The Trainee Wireless Air Gunner, LAC K.M. Gravell, managed to extricate himself from the wreckage and get clear.  In spite of the intense shock caused by the loss of one eye and severe burns suffered at the time of the crash, LAC's Gravell's first and only thought was for the welfare of his pilot so, finding that his pilot was still in the aircraft and ignoring the fact that his own clothes were ablaze, he attempted to get back to the flaming wreckage to pull his pilot clear, but had barely reached the aircraft when Mrs. F. Walsh (School Teacher) at great danger to herself, ran up and dragged him away.  Mrs. Walsh rolled him on the ground to extinguish the flames which had, by this time, completely enveloped his clothing.  LAC Gravell subsequently died from his burns.  Had he not considered his pilot before his own safety and had he immediately proceeded to extinguish the flames on his own clothing, he would probably not have lost his life.

 

NOTE: F/O James Robinson (C3021) was killed; Mrs. Francis Walsh, teacher at Big Springs School, Calgary, awarded George Medal for efforts to save Gravell (London Gazette, 11 June 1942) for the same incident:

 

An aircraft crashed in the school yard of Big Springs School (in the Simmonds Valley near Calgary, Alberta) and burst into flames.  The pilot was instantly killed and the pupil (LAC Gravell) seriously burned and injured.  The pupil was endeavouring to pull the pilot from the blazing wreckage when Mrs. Walsh, who had heard the crash, ran out to the scene of the fire.  She displayed great personal courage and coolness in circumstances which were entirely strange to her.  In the face of considerable danger from the gasoline fire she ran into the blazing wreckage and dragged out the pupil, rolled him on the ground and extinguished the fire on his person.  With the help of her pupils she then carried the injured man to her school, rendered First Aid and sent for medical assistance.  In carrying out this feat, Mrs. Walsh received burns about the face and suffered from shock but made no comment whatever regarding her own injuries which were not attended to until after the medical officers who had arrived at the scene of the accident had cared for the injured man.

 

NOTE: The following is an account of his flying time up to the incident:

 

23 September 1941 - Norseman 2463 (F/O McHugh) - one hour (passenger)

3 November 1941 - Norseman 2463 (F/O McHugh) - two hours (A & B exercise)

3 November 1941 - Moth 4840 (Sgt Rodge-Williams) - one hour (listening watch)

4 November 1941 - Moth 4842 (F/O Lawson), one hour (D exercise)

4 November 1941 - Norseman 2463 (F/O Robinson) - 80 minutes (DF exercise)

4 November 1941 - Moth 4833 (F/O Brown) - 30 minutes (C exercise)

5 November 1941 - Moth 4845 (F/O Porter) - 30 minutes (C exercise)

10 November 1941 - Moth 4833 (Sergeant Rodge-Williams), one hour (D exercise)

10 November 1941 - Moth 4833 (F/O Robinson), 40 minutes (DF exercise, crashed)

 

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GRAVESON, F/O Joseph Dixon (J21266) - Air Force Cross - No.6 (BR) Squadron - Award effective 21 April 1945 as per London Gazette dated 24 April 1945 and AFRO 802/45 dated 11 May 1945.  Enlisted at Fort William, 24 July 1941.  Trained at No.2 ITS (graduated 11 February 1942), No.5 EFTS (graduated 24 April 1942) and No.12 SFTS (graduated 28 August 1942).  Governor General's Records (RG.7 Group 26, Vol.58, file 190-I, dossier 6) has citation.  When recommended he had flown 1,426 hours, of which 611 were on operations (69 sorties).


On August 30th, 1944, an airman at an isolated base where no medical aid was available was seriously injured.  This officer under extremely hazardous conditions effected a successful landing on the water and subsequent take-off to evacuate the injured airman.  In carrying out this rescue the hull and tailplane were damaged by the high seas, the waves being over ten feet high.  The skill, courage and devotion to duty displayed by this officer were of the highest order and were responsible for saving the airman's life.

 

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GRAY, F/O Bruce Burrard (J18650) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.428 Squadron - Award effective 5 June 1945 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 1219/45 dated 27 July 1945.  Home in Vancouver; enlisted there 26 June 1940.  Trained at No.1 ITS (graduated 14 September 1940), No.2 WS (graduated 20 January 1941) and No.2 BGS (graduated 17 February 1942).

 

As air gunner, this officer has completed many sorties on his second tour of operational duty during which a wide range of enemy targets have been attacked.  He has proved himself to be a highly efficient, vigilant and resolute member of aircraft crew, whose devotion to duty has been unfailing.

 

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GRAY, F/L Clarence Boyd (J35291) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.429 Squadron - Award effective 15 March 1945 as per London Gazette dated 23 March 1945 and AFRO 721/45 dated 27 April 1945.  Born in Toronto, 1917; home in Port Credit (chemist).  Another card gives home as Viking, Alberta.  Had served two years in COTC.  Enlisted in Edmonton, 25 July 1941.  Trained at No.2 ITS (graduated 28 January 1942), No.15 EFTS (graduated 10 April 1942) and No.3 SFTS (graduated 14 August 1942).  Commissioned May 1943.  No citation other than "completed...many successful operations against the enemy in which [he has] displayed high skill, fortitude and devotion to duty."  DHist file 181.009 D.2610 (RG.24 Vol.20627) has recommendation dated 18 December 1944 when he had flown 28 sorties (157 hours 35 minutes), 14 August to 5 December 1944.

 

This officer has taken part in 28 attacks on enemy targets, a large proportion of which were against the heavily defended targets of industrial Germany.  By his skill as a pilot he has at all times attacked his target and brought his aircraft safely back to base.  He has shown himself to be an outstanding captain of aircraft and is possess of a fine offensive spirit and a determination to press on to his objective in spite of all difficulties.  By his tact and cheerfulness he has at all times inspired and encouraged his crew.

 

It is considered that this officer's operational record and his devotion to duty fully merit the award of the Distinguished Flying Cross.

 


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GRAY, WO1 (now F/O) Douglas Campbell (R63608/J95419) - Mention in Despatches - No.436 Squadron - Award effective 1 January 1946 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 155/46 dated 15 February 1946.  Home in Mount Brydges, Ontario.  Enlisted in London, Ontario, 10 May 1940.  Trained at No.1 ITS (graduated 21 June 1940), No.3 EFTS (graduated 31 August 1940) and No.2 SFTS (graduated 25 October 1940).  No citation.  Unit identified in AFRO as "Overseas"; DHist file 181.009 D2585 (RG.24 Vol.20626) gives unit.

 

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GRAY, F/L Ernest Gordon (J14183) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.405 Squadron - Award effective 1 December 1944 as per London Gazette dated 8 December 1944 and AFRO 337/45 dated 23 February 1945.  Born at Chute Panett, Quebec; home there. Enlisted in Montreal, 23 June 1941.  Trained at No.9 BGS (graduated 11 September 1942).  Commissioned 1942. No citation other than "..in recognition of gallantry and devotion to duty in the execution of air operations against the enemy."  Public Records Office Air 2/8882 has recommendation dated 20 September 1944 when he had flown 50 sorties (275 hours), 16 April 1943 to 29 Aug 44.

 

                                                   * denotes counted as 1/3 sortie

 

16 Apr 43       Pilsen (3.35), DNCO                 20 Feb 44      Stuttgart (6.20)

20 Apr 43       Stettin (8.50)                               24 Feb 44      Schweinfurt (6.55)

28 Apr 43       GARDENING, Kattegat             25 Feb 44      Augsburg (7.10)

(7.00)                                           1 Mar 44         Stuttgart (7.00)

13 May 43      Bochum (6.00)                           15 Mar 44      Stuttgart (6.50)

23 May 43      Dortmund (4.50)                         18 Mar 44      Frankfurt (4.55)

19 Jun 43       Le Creusot (7.40)                      22 Mar 44      Frankfurt (5.25)

21 Jun 43       Krefeld (4.50)                             24 Mar 44      Berlin (6.45)

22 Jun 43       GARDENING, Frisians             30 Mar 44      Nuremburg (6.45)

(3.50)                                           18 Apr 44       Moisy le Sec (3.35)*

24 Jun 43       Wuppertal (5.55)                        8 May 44        Haine St.Pierre (2.45)

25 Jun 43       Gelsenkirchen (5.15)                 10 May 44      Ghent (2.20)

28 Jun 43       Cologne (.35), DNCO               11 May 44      Boulogne (2.30)

8 July 43         Gelsenkirchen (7.35)                 19 May 44      Le Mans (4.00)

13 Jul 43        Aachen (6.10)                            10 Jul 44        Nucourt (3.30)

24 Jul 43        Hamburg (6.15)                          18 Jul 44        Cagny (2.30)

25 Jul 43        Essen (5.10)                               28 Jul 44        Stuttgart (6.15)

27 Jul 43        Hamburg (4.20), DNCO            29 Jul 44        St.Lo (2.35)

29 Jul 43        Hamburg (7.20)                          3 Aug 44        Foret de Nieppe (2.05)

4 Aug 44        L'Isle Adam (2.45)

* * * * *                                         12 Aug 44      Falaise (2.40)

14 Aug 44      TRACTABLE 21A (2.20)

24 Dec 43      Berlin (7.35)                                15 Aug 44      Melsbroek (2.15)


2 Jan 44         Berlin (6.25)                                16 Aug 44      Kiel (4.55)

27 Jan 44       Berlin (7.45)                                18 Aug 44      Sterkrade (3.35)

28 Jan 44       Berlin (8.35)                                25 Aug 44      Russelsheim (6.45)

30 Jan 44       Berlin (6.20)                                27 Aug 44      Kiel (5.25)

15 Feb 44      Berlin (6.55)                                29 Aug 44      Stettin (8.30)

19 Feb 44      Leipzig (6.55)

 

Flying Officer Gray is a very efficient and conscientious Air Gunner who has now completed two tours of operations.  He is a good leader, imbued with a fine offensive spirit and a keenness for operational  duty which is most commendable.  His excellent personal example of fearlessness and devotion to duty has inspired his crew to greater efforts, and undoubtedly contributed in no small way to their fine record of achievement.

 

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GRAY, F/O Gordon Herbert (J28504) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.405 Squadron - Award effective 5 July 1945 as per London Gazette dated 20 July 1945 and AFRO 1619/45 dated 19 October 1945.  Born in Winnipeg, 1915; home in Victoria (clerk and draughtsman).  Enlisted in Vancouver, 13 June 1942.  Trained at No.7 ITS (graduated 30 December 1942), No.2 BGS (graduated 14 May 1943) and No.5 AOS (graduated 23 July 1943).  Commissioned 1943.  No citation other than "completed...numerous operations against the enemy in the course of which [he has] invariably displayed the utmost fortitude, courage and devotion to duty".  Public Records Office Air 2/9083 has recommendation dated 23 March 1945 when he had flown 44 sorties (206 hours 50 minutes), 22 May 1944 to 16 March 1945.

 

22 May 44      Le Mans (5.40)                           2 Dec 44        Ruhr Valley (5.30)

24 May 44      Aachen (4.50)                            4 Dec 44        Uret (4.05)

26 May 44      Cherbourg (3.50)                       6 Dec 44        Merseburg (6.15)

27 May 44      Borg Leopold (5.45)                  27 Dec 44      Ulm (5.55)

31 May 44      Au Fevre (4.05)                          5 Jan 45         Hanover (5.00)

6 June 44       Houlgate (4.45)                          14 Jan 45       Saarbrucken (4.40)

6 June 44       Conde sur Noireaux                  16 Jan 45       Zeitz, with Deputy

(6.10)                                                                   Master Bomber (6.50)

7 June 44       Lorient (5.55)                              28 Jan 45       Stuttgart (5.35)

9 June 44       Le Mans (5.45)                           1 Feb 45        Ludwigshaven (5.25)

21 Jun 44       Oisemont-Neuville                     2 Feb 45        Wanne Eickel (4.05)

au-Bois (5.30)                            7 Feb 45        Cleve (3.40)

24 Jun 44       Bonnetot (4.30)                          8 Feb 45        Wanne Eickel (3.55)

25 Jun 44       Gorenflos (4.30)                         13 Feb 45      Bohlen (6.50)

28 Jun 44       Wizernes (3.50)                         14 Feb 45      Chemnitz, with Master

4 July 44         Villeneuve St.                                                     Bomber (7.10)

George (5.55)                            23 Feb 45      Pforzeim (6.30)

6 July 44         Siracourt (4.25)                          23 Feb 45      Pforzheim (6.25)


8 July 44         Lorient (6.20)                              1 Mar 45         Mannheim (5.05), with

12 Jul 44        Bremont (4.15)                                                   Master Bomber (5.20)

7 Aug 44        Caen area (2.40)                       2 Mar 45         Cologne (4.05)

14 Aug 44      Potigny (2.40)                             5 Mar 45         Chemnitz (7.55)

15 Aug 44      Volkel (3.10)                               14 Mar 45      Zweibrucken, Long

18 Aug 44      Bremen (5.05)                                                    Stop (5.00)

25 Aug 44      Russelsheim (7.10)                   16 Mar 45      Nuremburg, with

Master Bomber (7.05)

 

Flying Officer Gray is an extremely valuable member of aircrew, who despite the large number of sorties he has participated in, has retained an unflagging zeal for operations.  At present engaged on his second tour of operations, he has at all times displayed great keenness to participate in attacks on all types of targets, including Nuremburg, Hanover and Dresden [sic, not listed on sortie sheet] and many other heavily defended German targets.  Throughout his operations, Flying Officer Gray has set an outstanding example to all crew members, and his cheerful disposition and willingness to help others has been a great asset to the squadron.

 

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GRAY, F/O James Andrew Douglas (J26469) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.101 Squadron - Award effective 15 March 1945 as per London Gazette dated 27 March 1945 and AFRO 1127/45 dated 6 July 1945.  Born in Hanna, Alberta, 1922; home in Viking, Alberta (student).  Another card gives home as Toronto.  Enlisted in Toronto, 7 April 1942.  Trained at No.6 ITS (graduated 25 September 1942), No.12 EFTS (graduated 8 January 1943) and No.2 SFTS (graduated 14 May 1943).  Commissioned September 1943.  No citation other than "completed...many successful operations against the enemy in which [he has] displayed high skill, fortitude and devotion to duty."  Public Records Office Air 2/9050 has recommendation dated 6 December 1944 when he had flown 31 sorties (168 hours 35 minutes) as follows:

 

23 July 44      Kiel                                           7 Oct 44          Emmerich

25 July 44      Stuttgart                                   11 Oct 44        Fort Fredrik Hendrik

31 July 44      Foret de Nieppe                     14 Oct 44        Duisburg

3 Aug 44       Trossy St.Maximim                14 Oct 44        Duisburg

4 Aug 44       Pauillac                                    19 Oct 44        Stuttgart        

5 Aug 44       Blaye                                        28 Oct 44        Cologne

7 Aug 44       Fontenay le Marmion             30 Oct 44        Cologne

11 Aug 44     Givors                                      31 Oct 44        Cologne

29 Aug 44     Stettin                                      2 Nov 44         Dusseldorf

31 Aug 44     St.Riquier                                4 Nov 44         Bochum        

3 Sept 44      Gilze-Rijen                               6 Nov 44         Gelsenkirchen

6 Sept 44      Le Havre                                  9 Nov 44         Wanne Eickel

12 Sept 44    Stuttgart                                   27 Nov 44       Freiburg

16 Sept 44    Hopsten                                   28 Nov 44       Neuss


26 Sept 44    Karlsruhe                                 30 Nov 44       Duisburg

5 Oct 44        Saarbrucken

 

Flying Officer Gray, a Canadian,has completed an excellent operational tour comprising 31 sorties with this squadron. These sorties have been carried out by both day and night and include many against fiercely defended targets in Germany and German-occupied territory.

 

This gallant officer has earned the approbation of all by his determination to strike hard at the enemy and his obvious enthusiasm for operations. His courage and flying skill have been an inspiration to the whole squadron and it is characteristic of his aggressive spirit that, having just completed 31 arduous but highly successful operations, he has volunteered for an immediate second tour of operations.

 

Flying Officer Gray, by the high order of personal courage which he has displayed at all times during a splendid record of operations has well merited this recommendation for an award of the Distinguished Flying Cross.

 

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GRAY, WO2 James Gordon (R198884) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.405 Squadron - Award effective 5 July 1945 as per London Gazette dated 20 July 1945 and AFRO 1619/45 dated 19 October 1945.  Born in Viking, Alberta, 1924; home there (farmer).  Enlisted in Edmonton, 24 November 1942. Trained at No.9 BGS (graduated 26 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".  Public Records Office Air 2/9083 has recommendation dated 23 March 1945 when he had flown 47 sorties (232 hours 50 minutes), 7 August 1944 to 20 March 1945.  His sortie list and hours is identical to that of F/O John E. Brearley, suggesting they were in the same crew.

 

7 Aug 44        L'Hague (4.55)                           21 Nov 44      Aschaffenberg (5.15)

8 Aug 44        Chantilly (5.15)                           27 Nov 44      Neuss (4.00)        

9 Aug 44        Prouville (4.10)                           17 Dec 44      Ulm (6.15)

12 Aug 44      La Breteque (4.40)                    22 Dec 44      Bingen (5.05)

14 Aug 44      Aisy (4.45)                                  28 Dec 44      Bonn (4.45)

15 Aug 44      Soesterburg (3.55)                    29 Dec 44      Gelsenkirchen (5.00)

16 Aug 44      Kiel (5.00)                                   30 Dec 44      Cologne (4.20)

31 Aug 44      Cezembre (4.55)                       2 Jan 45         Nuremburg (6.20)

6 Sept 44       Emden (4.35)                             5 Jan 45         Rayon (5.20)        

10 Sep 44      Le Havre (4.05)                          5 Jan 45         Hanover (4.30)

11 Sep 44      Kiel Bay (5.30)                           16 Jan 45       Magdeburg (6.10)

15 Sep 44      Kiel (6.15)                                   7 Feb 45        Cleve (4.05)

17 Sep 44      Boulogne (3.50)                         8 Feb 45        Politz (7.55)

14 Oct 44       Duisburg (4.05)                          13 Feb 45      Dresden (8.00)


23 Oct 44       Essen (4.10)                               14 Feb 45      Chemnitz (7.00)

28 Oct 44       Walchern (2.05)                         21 Feb 45      Duisburg (4.40)

30 Oct 44       Cologne (4.40)                           23 Feb 45      Essen (3.55)

2 Nov 44         Dusseldorf (4.10)                       2 Mar 45         Cologne (4.15)

4 Nov 44         Bochum (3.45)                           5 Mar 45         Chemnitz (7.25)

6 Nov 44         Gelsenkirchen (3.35)                 7 Mar 45         Dessau (7.55)

9 Nov 44         Wanne Eickel (3.50)                  11 Mar 45      Essen (4.35)

16 Nov 44      Julich (3.40)                                15 Mar 45      Misburg (6.15)

18 Nov 44      Wanne Eickel (4.20)                  18 Mar 45      Witten (5.05)

20 Mar 45      Heide (4.45)                     

 

Warrant Officer Gray is a very efficient and conscientious air gunner who has almost completed two tours of operations.  He is a good leader imbued with a fine offensive spirit and a keenness for operational duty which is most commendable.  His excellent personal example of fearlessness and devotion to duty has inspired his crew to greater efforts and undoubtedly contributed in no small way to their fine record of achievement.

 

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GRAY, W/C James Lorne (C1244) - Mention in Despatches - Western Air Command Headquarters - Award effective 1 January 1945 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 89/45 dated 19 January 1945.  Joined RCAF as temporary P/P/O at Camp Borden, 13 June 1935 while attending ab initio flying training course.  Relinquished commission 31 August 1935, re-enlisting in Winnipeg, 18 October 1939.

 

This officer has displayed exceptional organizing ability and zeal in setting up the operations rooms throughout this command.  His service has been characterized by considerable ability and capacity for long hours of work and a cheerful readiness to accept extra duties.  His devotion to duty is exceptional.

 

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GRAY, W/C John Campbell (C2662) - Member, Order of the British Empire - AFHQ - Award effective 1 January 1946 as per Canada Gazette of that date and AFRO 82/46 dated 25 January 1946.  Home in London, Ontario; enlisted in Windsor, Ontario, 12 June 1940.

 


Throughout his service this officer displayed loyalty and devotion to duty of the highest order.  He worked many hour beyond those normally expected of him and was tireless in his efforts to co-ordinate his work with that of his associates, frequently and willingly doing more than his share.  His unswerving loyalty, attention to detail and unique resourcefulness set an example and standard which made possible a substantial reduction in establishment.  He invariably accepted greater responsibilities than he was normally called upon to do and his exceptional organizing ability has been of inestimable value to the efficient running of this section.

 

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GRAY, F/O John MacPherson (J21518) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.433 Squadron - Award effective 14 February 1944 as per London Gazette dated 29 February 1944 and AFRO 644/44 dated 24 March 1944. Born in Lougheed, Alberta, 1911; home in New Westminster. Enlisted in Vancouver, 18 June 1941.  Trained at No.4 ITS (graduated 24 September 1941), No.5 EFTS (graduated 21 November 1941) and No.12 SFTS (graduated 13 March 1942).  Commissioned 1942.

 

This officer piloted an aircraft detailed to attack Berlin one night in January 1944.  Soon after crossing the enemy coast the aircraft was hit by shrapnel.  One of the tanks was damaged, causing a loss of petrol.  Despite this, Flying Officer Gray flew on to the target and bombed it.  During the return flight the wireless apparatus and some navigational equipment became unserviceable.  The enemy coast was crossed, but some time later the petrol supply became exhausted.  Coolly and skilfully Flying Officer Gray brought the aircraft down on to the rough sea and not one of his crew was hurt and all got safely abroad the dinghy.  This officer set a fine example of skill, determination and devotion to duty.

 

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GRAY, F/O Kenneth Grant (J10401) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.207 Squadron - Award effective 4 October 1943 as per London Gazette dated 15 October  1943 and AFRO 2610/43 dated 17 December 1943.  Born in Stoughton, Saskatchewan, 1919; home there.  Enlisted in Regina, 16 December 1939.  Trained at No.2 BGS (graduated 5 March 1942) and No.2 WS (graduated 31 January 1942).  Commisioned 1942.

 

This officer has at all times shown coolness and determination in the execution of his duties.  His excellent team spirit has inspired the other members of his crew with confidence.  His first class co-operation with his captain and navigator has on many occasions been largely responsible for the success of their mission.  In the face of severe opposition he has shown a complete disregard for personal danger.  His sorties have included attacks against such heavily defended targets as Essen, Cologne and Hamburg.

 

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GRAY, FS Malcolm Francis (R106620) - Distinguished Flying Medal - No.419 Squadron - Award effective 4 October 1943 as per London Gazette dated 15 October  1943 and AFRO 2610/43 dated 17 December 1943. Born in Edmonton, 1918; home in Vancouver (shipping clerk).  Enlisted in Vancouver, 23 May 1941. Trained at No.4 ITS (graduated 16 August 1941), No.8 EFTS (graduated 7 October 1941) and No.3 SFTS (graduated 2 January 1942).


Despite some harassing incidents early in his flying career, this airman has continued to take part in operations in a most determined manner.  On one occasion his aircraft suffered serious damage from anti-aircraft fire.  Whilst engaged in minelaying, one engine was put out of action and the bomb doors could not be closed owing to damage to the hydraulic system.  Despite these difficulties Flight Sergeant Gray was able to regain an altitude of fifteen thousand feet and hopes of reaching base revived when a little.  Later, however, a second engine failed and the aircraft was forced down onto the sea.  On this flight he displayed exceptional coolness and skill.  His continued gallantry and devotion to duty have been most commendable.

 

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GRAY, FS Robert Alexander (R116691) - Mention in Despatches - No.158 Squadron - Award effective 14 January 1944 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 874/44 dated 21 April 1944.  Born in London, Ontario, 1923; home there.  Enlisted in London, 21 July 1941. Trained at No.3 ITS (graduated 7 October 1941), No.21 EFTS (graduated 19 December 1941) and No.9 SFTS (graduated 24 April 1942).  Killed in flying accident, 22 July 1952 when Lancaster 102 collided with a Vampire at Bagotville, Quebec.

 

GRAY, P/O Robert Alexander (J19799) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.158 Squadron - Award effective 13 June 1944 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 1660/44 dated 4 August 1944.

 

As pilot and captain Pilot Officer Gray has completed a large number of sorties against dangerous and difficult targets.  He has invariably displayed a high degree of skill, courage and resolution, qualities which have on more than one occasion enabled him to complete his mission in the face of heavy odds.  He is an ideal leader whose example has been most impressive.

 

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GRAY, S/L (now W/C) Robert John (C905) - Member, Order of the British Empire - No.9 AOS - Award effective 1 January 1944 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 113/44 dated 21 January 1944.  Born at Springhill, Nova Scotia, 29 April 1915.  Attended Mount Allison University (B.Sc., 1934). Joined RCAF at Amherst, Nova Scotia, 7 November 1938.  Qualified for pilots wings at Camp Borden, 2 September 1939. Served in No.5 Squadron, No.4 TC HQ, No.9 AOS (Rivers), and in the spring of 1944 sent overseas (Nos.427 and 420 Squadrons).  Remained in RCAF after war and rose to Air Commodore.  In October 1945 he went to CJS Washington; July 1946 to Directing Staff, RCAF Staff College, Toronto; June 1948, made Executive Assistant to Chief of the Air Staff; March 1951, appointed CO, Station Whitehorse; February 1952, CO of Station Goose Bay; August 1953, to attend National Defence College, Kingston; July 1954, Director of Postings and Careers, AFHQ; attended University of Western Ontario (post graduate studies, MA in Business Administration); June 1959, appointed Director of Management Engineering at AFHQ; named Chief of Organization and Management, AFHQ, April 1960.  Retired August 1964.  Received Queen's Coronation Medal, 23 October 1953.

 

This officer has served as a Chief Supervisory Officer at this school for the past twenty months with outstanding devotion to duty.  Due to his initiative and enthusiastic perseverance in forwarding training, a very high degree of efficiency has been maintained throughout an almost continuous period of changes and expansions.  The extremely harmonious and efficient relationship existing between the service and civilian management is largely due to this officer's tact and resourcefulness.

 

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GRAY, F/O Roderick Borden (J13979) - Mention in Despatches - No.172 Squadron (deceased) - Award effective 1 January 1945 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 918/45 dated 1 June 1945.  Born in Sault Ste.Marie, Ontario, 2 October 1917.  Educated there to June 1937, then worked for CPR as freight trucker until enlistment.  Joined Canadian Army, 13 July 1940, transferring to RCAF, 21 October 1941.  Trained at No.1 ITS (4 January to 26 February 1942 where he was described as "Studious, capable type of airman. Cool, calm and conscientious, confident and dependable"), No.5 AOS (27 February to 5 June 1942, 82 hours 40 minutes on Ansons, assessed as "above average"), No.7 BGS (6 June to 24 July 1942, 29 hours 40 minutes on Fairey Battles, graduated third in a class of 21, assessed in bombing as "steady bomb aimer" and in gunnery as "steady, reliable gunner"), No.1 CNS (25 July to 24 September 1942, 31 hours on Ansons, assessed as "good at all tasks") and No.1 GRS (25 September to 6 November 1942, 18 hours 45 minutes on Ansons and assessed an "an average student").  Arrived in UK, 30 November 1942.  Crewed at No.3 OTU (30 March to 1 June 1943).  No.172 Squadron, 2 June 1943 until he was killed in action, 27 August 1944 (Wellington NB798).  As of 16 July 1944 he was reported to have flown a total of 590 hours as "observer" including 152 in previous six months and was assessed as "A quiet and pleasant manner; above average in his loyalty; a sound and reliable officer".  AC2 on 21 October 1941, promoted to LAC, 27 February 1942, Sgt and P/O, 5 September 1942, F/O 5 March 1943.    Medals with Canadian War Museum (AN 19780241-001).

 

GRAY, F/O Roderick Borden (J13979) - George Cross - No.172 Squadron - Award effective 13 March 1945 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 625/45 dated 13 April 1945. 

 


One night in August 1944, this officer was the navigator of a Wellington aircraft which was shot down into the sea by a U-boat in the Atlantic.  Flying Officer Gray and three other members of the crew managed to extricate themselves from the aircraft.  Despite a severe wound in the leg, Flying Officer Gray succeeded in inflating his own dinghy and then assisted his captain, who had been wounded, into it.  Soon afterwards cries were heard from another member of the crew, who had broken his arm, and Flying Officer Gray also helped him into the dinghy.  Knowing that it could not hold more than two persons, Flying Officer Gray, although suffering intense pain, refused to get into the dinghy.  Assisted by another member of the crew and by an occupant of the dinghy, he held onto its side for some hours.  The pain from his leg (it is thought that the lower part had been shot off) was increasing in intensity and he was becoming exhausted.  He steadfastly refused, however, to endanger his comrades by entering the dinghy.  He eventually lost consciousness and died.  When it became light, his companions realised that he was dead and they were forced to let his body sink.  The survivors were rescued later.  Flying Officer Gray displayed magnificent courage and unselfish heroism, thus enabling the lives of his comrades to be saved.

 

NOTE: No.172 Squadron report on the loss of the aircraft gives the following details.  Pilot was 135872 F/L G.E. Whiteley; 2nd pilot J36575 F/O T.G. Robb (New Westminster); navigator J13979 F/O R.B. Gray; WOPAGs were R124688 WO G.H. Bulley (later awarded DFC), 1383877 FS J.W.C. Ford and 1295543 FS D. Rowell.  Aircraft departed Chivenor at 1726 hours.  Aircraft patrolling Bay of Biscay in moonlight without radar.  When cloud finally obscured moon, radar was switched on (0010 hours).  At 0015 hours flying at 800 feet they got a contact 25 degrees to port and eleven miles off.  They homed on this and switched on Leigh Light at 3/4 mile distance from target.  Fully surfaced U-boat seen which immediately opened fire.  Port engine hit and burst into flames.  Aircraft continued and at 1/4 mile s range starboard engine hit.  Attack completed but no results seen.  Port engine feathered, fire extinguished and aircraft maintained height for 1/2 mile before flying into sea.  Whitely, Gray, Bulley and Ford found themselves in water with one "K" type dinghy and a torch.  Whitely put into dinghy with Ford on top of him as both were injured.  Gray and Bulley clung to dinghy but Gray died in the night, although Whitely held onto him until dawn.  Bulley remained in water the whole 15 hours and did excellent work. Wellington A/172 spotted survivors at 45 degrees 30 minutes north, two degrees 23 minutes west at 1353 hours; rescue effected at 1500 hours by Sunderland P/10 which landed in open sea, arriving at Mount Batten at 1830 hours.

 

On 20 March 1945, Warrant Officer Bulley was quoted in a letter (Department to National Defence to widow in Winnipeg):

 

Never so long as I live will I forget Cy Gray's courage.  I definitely owe my life to him. In my opinion he was just about the biggest hero that ever lived.

 

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GRAY, P/O Roger Thomas (J86561) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.640 Squadron - Award effective 4 November 1944 as per London Gazette dated 17 November 1944 and AFRO 239/45 dated 9 February 1945.  Born 1921 at Indian Head, Saskatchewan; home there (farmer).  Enlisted in Regina, 12 November 1940. Trained at No.2 ITS (graduated 20 June 1942) and No.3 AOS (graduated 20 November 1942).  Commissioned 1944.  No citation other than "completed...numerous operations against the enemy in the course of which [he has] invariably displayed the utmost fortitude, courage and devotion to duty."  Public Records Office Air 2/8823 has recommendation when he had flown 36 sorties (175 hours 38 minutes) as follows:

 

15 Feb 44      Berlin (7.18)                                       9 June 44       Laval (5.13)

19 Feb 44      Leipzig (6.42)                                    12 Jun 44       Amiens (4.08)


24 Feb 44      Schweinfurt (8.00)                             14 Jun 44       Evrecy (4.46)

1 Mar 44         Stuttgart (7.51)                                  16 Jun 44       Sterkrade (4.02)

15 Mar 44      Stuttgart (8.03)                                  22 Jun 44       Siracourt (3.38)

30 Mar 44      Nuremburg (7.02)                              1 July 44         Oisemont (3.29)

9 Apr 44         Villeneuve St.George                       4 July 44         Domleger (3.40)       

(5.24)                                                  7 July 44         Caen (3.38)

10 Apr 44       Tergnier (5.03)                                  12 Jul 44        Ferme de

18 Apr 44       Tergnier (4.49)                                                                                  Forestal (3.59)

20 Apr 44       Ottignes (4.16)                                  17 Jul 44        Caen H.I. (4.06)

6 May 44        Montes Gassicourt                            24 Jul 44        Stuttgart (8.04)

(4.29)                                                  25 Jul 44        Wanne Eickel (4.26)

8 May 44        Morsalines (3.32)                              28 Jul 44        Foret de Nieppe

9 May 44        Morsalines (4.16)                                                                              (3.45)

12 May 44      Hasselt (4.57)                                    30 Jul 44        Battle area (3.40)

19 May 44      Boulogne (3.15)                                1 Aug 44        Cappelle Notre

31 May 44      Trappes (5.08)                                                                                              Dame (2.59)

2 June 44       Trappes (5.32)                                  3 Aug 44        Foret de Nieppe

6 June 44       Maisy (4.35)                                                                                                   (3.11)

6 June 44       Chateaudun (5.22)                            5 Aug 44        Foret de Nieppe       

(3.10)

 

This officer has completed as Navigator a first tour of operations, consisting of 36 sorties, including heavily defended targets such as Berlin, Leipzig, Schweinfurt and Nuremburg.  Regardless of all opposition, he has at all times displayed a high standard of skill, courage and devotion to duty.

 

Pilot Officer Gray has consistently proved himself in action.  He has always shown great keenness in operational flying and his skill and ability as navigator has, on more than one occasion, substantially increased the efficiency of his crew on bombing operations and has enabled them to bring their aircraft safely back to base under extremely difficult conditions.

 

I strongly recommend him for the award of the Distinguished Flying Cross.

 

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GRAY, S/L Ross Garstang (J7547) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.418 Squadron - Award effective 9 January 1945 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 471/45 dated 16 March 1945.  Born in Edmonton, Alberta, 15 December 1915.  Educated at Ridley College and graduated in Chemical Engineering from University of Toronto in 1938.  Later attended Osgoode Law School.  Enlisted in Moncton, 10 January 1941. Trained at No.3 ITS (graduated 9 June 1941), No.17 EFTS (graduated 27 July 1941) and No.8 SFTS (graduated 10 October 1941 - wings and commission).  Ultimately promoted to Flying Officer, 1 October 1942; to Flight Lieutenanr, 1 May 1943; to Squadron Leader, 18 July1944; to Wing Commander, 5 May 1945. Posted to Central Flying School, Trenton, 11 October 1941 for instructor's course. Instructed at No.3 SFTS, Calgary, 30 December 1941 to 24 August 1943.  Trained at No.36 OTU, Greenwood, 4 September to early November 1943.  Arrived in UK, 21 December 1943.  Further trained at No.60 OTU, 1 February to 10 April 1944.  With No.418 Squadron, 12 April to 23 October 1944.  Returned to Canada for instructional work at No. 8 OTU, Greenwood (7-13 January 1944) and No.7 OTU, Debert (14 January to 22 April 1945).  Returned overseas 26 1945, when he took command of No.406 Squadron.  Returned to Canada, 10 September 1945; released 30 October 1945.  Credited with the following victories: 12/13 August 1944, one V-1 destroyed over sea; 21 September 1944, one unidentified single-engine enemy aircraft destroyed in air. unidentified single-engine enemy aircraft destroyed on ground and two unidentified single-engine enemy aircraft damaged on ground; 30 September 1944, one FW.190 destroyed and one damaged (air), one Bf.110 destroyed and one damaged (ground), one Do.217 damaged (ground), one unidentified single-engine enemy aircraft damaged (ground); 12 October 1944, two Junkers W.34s destroyed and one damaged on ground, four Ju.87s destroyed and dive damaged on ground.  Called to the Ontario Bar in 1945; practised Intellectual Property Law in Ottawa with Herridge Tolmie (later merged with Osler Hoskin).  Died in Ottawa, 16 May 1992.  See H.A. Halliday, The Tumbling Sky (Canada's Wings).

 

This officer has taken part in a large number of varied sorties, including attacks on enemy airfields and railways.  Throughout he has displayed a high standard of leadership, skill and courage, qualities which have contributed materially to the operational efficiency of the flight he commands.  In September 1944, Squadron Leader Gray led a section of aircraft to attack an enemy airfield at Bad Aibling.  During the operation, Squadron Leader Gray shot down two enemy aircraft over the sea.  Some days later this officer again led a small formation of aircraft to attack two enemy airfields, one of them far into enemy territory.  Once again the operation was attended with good results.  Several enemy aircraft on the ground were most effectively attacked, whilst in the air Squadron Leader Gray shot down a Focke Wulf 190.  Much of the success can be attributed to this officer's careful planning, great skill and gallant leadership.

 

GRAY, S/L Ross Garstang, DFC (J7547) - Bar to Distinguished Flying Cross - No.418 Squadron - Award effective 15 June 1945 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 1291/45 dated 10 August 1945.

 


This officer has completed many sorties far into enemy territory since being awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross.  In these operations he has displayed a high degree of skill, coupled with unswerving devotion to duty.  On a recent sortie, undertaken in most adverse weather, Squadron Leader Gray most effectively attacked six enemy aircraft on the two enemy airfields which he operated against in Czechoslovakia.  The result obtained reflects the greatest credit on his outstanding ability and determination.

 

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GRAY, F/O Wallace Gilbert (J25043) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.76 Squadron - Award effective 1 December 1944 as per London Gazette dated 8 December 1944 and AFRO 337/45 dated 23 February 1945.  Born 1922 in Consort, Alberta; home in Vancouver (auditor).  Enlisted 1 May 1942.  Trained at No.7 ITS (graduated 4 December 1942) and No.2 AOS (graduated 1 April 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 2/8882 has recommendation dated 15 September 1944 when he had flown 36 sorties (143 hours 20 minutes), 9 April to 14 August 1944.  Sortie list identical to that of P/O M.N. Skosov.

 

9 Apr 44         Lille (4.10)                                   25 Jun 44       Montorgueil (3.25)

10 Apr 44       Tergnier (4.50)                           27 Jun 44       Mont Candon (3.15)

18 Apr 44       Tergnier (4.35)                           28 Jun 44       Blainville (6.35)

20 Apr 44       Ottignies (3.40)                          1 July 44         St.Martin l'Hortier

30 Apr 44       Acheres (4.30)                                                   (3.25)

1 May 44        Malines (3.30)                            4 July 44         St.Martin l'Hortier

6 May 44        Montgassicourt                                                  (3.25)

(4.10)                                           7 July 44         Croixdale (3.55)

9 May 44        Berneval (3.05)                          9 July 44         Chateau Bernapre

11 May 44      Trouville (4.15)                                                   (4.00)

19 May 44      Boulogne (3.15)                         12 Jul 44        Thiverny (4.10)

22 May 44      Orleans (5.10)                            23 Jul 44        Kiel (5.15)

24 May 44      Aachen (4.10)                            25 Jul 44        Foret de Croc (3.40)

7 June 44       Juvisy (4.35)                               28 Jul 44        Foret de Nieppe (3.15)

9 June 44       Laval airfield                               30 Jul 44        Villers Bocage (4.00)

(5.00)                                           2 Aug 44        Foret de Nieppe (3.15)

12 Jun 44       Amiens (4.10)                            3 Aug 44        Foret de Nieppe (3.10)

16 Jun 44       Domleger (3.20)                        5 Aug 44        Foret de Nieppe (3.15)

22 Jun 44       Noyelle en Chaussee                9 Aug 44        Foret de Mormal (3.35)

(4.40)                                           11 Aug 44      Wemars Cappel (3.20)

24 Jun 44       Noyelle en Chaussee                14 Aug 44      TRACTABLE III (4.00)

(3.20)

 

This officer has completed 36 sorties against the enemy as navigator, and flown a total of 143 operational hours.

 


He has carried out attacks against many of the heaviest defended of targets including Tergnier, Aachen and Kiel.

 

He is an extremely capable navigator who, by his ability, courage and unyielding determination, has set a magnificent example to everyone on the squadron.  There have been many occasions on which his tenacity and endurance have been tested.  Each time he has shown coolness and devotion to duty of a high order, and has often played a large part in extricating his aircraft from a perilous situation.

 

I have no hesitation in recommending him for the award of the Distinguished Flying Cross.

 

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GRAY, FS Walter John (R69014) - Mention in Despatches - Skipton-on-Swale - Award effective 14 June 1945 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 1600/45 dated 12 October 1945.  Home in Englehart, Ontario.  DHist file 181.009 D.2908 (RG.24 Vol.20633) has recommendation sent by No.433 Squadron to Station Skipton, 20 July 1944 (which gives names as Walter James).  Enlisted at Sudbury, Ontario, 25 June 1940.  Had served 20 months in Canada, 29 months overseas.  Fitter IIE.

 

This Non-Commissioned Officer has been in charge of "B" Flight Maintenance since the inception of the squadron.  He has at all times displayed great initiative and energy in organizing and maintaining the high degree of morale and workmanship within his section and the record of serviceability of the aircraft in "B" Flight is a worthy tribute to his workmanship.

 

GRAY, FS Walter John (R69014) - 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.  DHist file 181.009 D.2619 (RG.24 Vol.20628) has recommendation for BEM dated 14 May 1945.

 

Flight Sergeant Gray, during the whole of his long term of overseas service, has at all times shown the utmost keenness and tenacity of purpose in maintaining a high standard of serviceability among the operational aircraft committed to his charge.  His neat appearance and efficient manner, often under the most adverse of conditions, has made him a shining example to those under him and a strong hand to those in authority over him.

 

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GRAY, F/O William (J24023) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.432 Squadron - Award effective 6 January 1945 as per London Gazette dated 16 January 1945 and AFRO 508/45 dated 23 March 1945.  Born in Vancouver, 1915; home there; enlisted there 19 June 1939.  Trained at No.4 ITS (graduated 9 October 1942), No.5 BGS (graduated 1 January 1943) and No.5 AOS (graduated 19 February 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.5557 (RG.24 Vol.20668) has recommendation dated 17 October 1944 when he had flown 34 sorties (164 hours 40 minutes), 8 September 1943 to 14 October 1944.

 

This officer has completed a long operational tour most successfully.  His trips include Berlin, Frankfurt, Hamburg, Dusseldorf, Kiel and Duisburg.  His co-operation, coolness and devotion to duty contributed in a large measure to the success of these operations.

 

His splendid record and high degree of technical ability warrant a strong recommendation for the award of the Distinguished Flying Cross (Non-Immediate).

 

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GRAY, S/L William Robert (J4927) - Commended for Valuable Services - No.5 OTU - Award effective 14 June 1945 as per Canada Gazette of that date and AFRO 1127/45 dated 6 July 1945.  Home in Merlin, Ontario; enlisted in Toronto, 16 August 1940.  Trained at No.2 ITS (graduated 27 November 1940), No.7 EFTS (graduated 16 January 1941) and No.6 SFTS (graduated 29 March 1941).

 

This officer has commanded a flight at No.5 Operational Training Unit since the unit commenced training.  He has at all times set a high example to his instructors and has worked ceaselessly to graduated pupils of the highest quality.  He has at all times exhibited the greatest zeal and energy and has contributed immeasurably to the success of the unit.

 

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GRAYSON, FS Harold Lewis (R68020) - Distinguished Flying Medal - No.408 Squadron - Award effective 16 June 1944 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 625/45 dated 13 April 1945.  Born in London, Ontario, 1908; home there; enlisted there 17 June 1940.  In late March 1943, following a raid on Berlin, he was one of a seven man crew that parachuted from 600 feet over Sweden.

 

As flight engineer this airman has taken part in very many sorties involving attacks on such targets as Berlin, Hamburg and various centres in the Ruhr area.  He has at all times displayed a high standard of skill and has proved himself to be a cool and resolute member of aircraft crew.  His fearlessness and strong sense of duty have set an excellent example.

 

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GRECO, F/O John Paul (J20863) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.428 Squadron - Award effective 5 August 1944 as per London Gazette dated 18 August 1944 and AFRO 2101/44 dated 29 September 1944.  Born in Toronto, 1917; home there. Enlisted in North Bay, 31 July 1941.  Trained at No.3 ITS (graduated 16 January 1942), No.4 EFTS (graduated 10 April 1942), No.8 SFTS (ceased training 25 June 1942), No.6 BGS (graduated 27 September 1942) and No.9 AOS (graduated 6 November 1942).  Commissioned 1942.  No citation other than "completed...many successful operations against the enemy in which [he has] displayed high skill, fortitude and devotion to duty."  Public Records Office Air 2/9632 has recommendation dated 10 May 1944 when he had flown 25 1/3 sorties (169 hours 50 minutes), 16 May 1943 to 7 May 1944.  NOTE: all sorties from 16 May to 29 July 1943 were on Wellingtons; all subsequent sorties on Halifax bombers.

 

                                                   * denotes counted as 1/3 sortie

 

16 May 43      GARDENING, Frisians             29 Dec 43      Berlin (7.50)

(3.25)                                           21 Jan 44       Magdeburg (7.15)

25 May 43      Dusseldorf (5.15)                       4 Feb 44        GARDENING, La

29 May 43      Wuppertal (6.05)                                                Rochelle (8.05)

21 Jun 43       Krefeld (4.45)                             21 Feb 44      GARDENING, La

22 Jun 43       Mulheim (4.50)                                                   Rochelle (7.00)

26 Jun 43       GARDENING, Brest                  2 Mar 44         Meulan (6.05)*

(6.00)                                           11 Mar 44      GARDENING,

3 July 43         Cologne (2.45), DNCO,                                    Lorient (7.30)

aircraft u/s                                   16 Mar 44      Amiens (5.15)*

27 Jul 43        Hamburg (5.30)                          22 Mar 44      GARDENING, Kiel

29 Jul 43        Hamburg (6.05)                                                  (7.20, PFF)

15 Sep 43      Montlucon (7.00)                        26 Mar 44      Courtrai (5.00)*

16 Sep 43      Modane (6.00)                           30 Mar 44      GARDENING,

22 Sep 43      Hanaover (5.40)                                                 Heligoland (5.50, PFF)

3 Oct 43         Kassel (6.15)                              12 Apr 44       GARDENING,

8 Oct 43         Hanover (5.10)                                                   Heligoland (4.35, PFF)

19 Nov 43      Leverkusen (5.55)                      29 Apr 44       Morlaix (5.10)*

25 Nov 43      Frankfurt (8.20)                          7 May 44        GARDENING, Frisians

(3.55)

 

Flying Officer Greco has consistently set an excellent example of efficiency and devotion to duty.  He has taken part in a very great number of sorties against the enemy and has attacked most of the major German targets including Berlin.  As bomb aimer he has always pressed home the attack with the greatest determination and skill.  He has shown a complete disregard for personal safety in the face of enemy opposition.  Throughout, this officer has shown great courage and set an example worthy of the highest praise.

 

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GREEN, F/L Arthur Favence (J9549) - Air Force Cross - No.7 EFTS (AFRO gives unit only as "No.51 Group Pool Overseas") - Award effective 1 January 1944 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 809/44 dated 14 April 1944.  Home in Alberton, P.E.I.  Edducated at University of Prince Edward Island.  Enlisted in Charlottetown, 13 March 1941.  Trained at No.3 ITS (graduated 19 August 1941), No.17 EFTS (graduated 10 October 1941), and No.8 SFTS (graduated 3 January 1942).  Commissioned January 1942.  Remained in postwar air force, attaining Group Captain rank; postings included Trenton (flying instructor) Adjutant to National Defence College (Kingston) and exchange duties in Britain as member of Directing Staff, RAF Staff College.  No citation found in Canadian sources.  Public Records Office Air 2/8959 has recommendation which identifies unit and says he had flown 1,020 instructional hours, 483 in previous six months.  Postwar appointments included Air Attache in London and Aide-de-Camp to Governor-General Vanier.  Retired 1969 and became a teacher in Bells Corners, Ontario.  Died in Ottawa, 9 January 1997.  A photocopy of his logbook is held by the National Aviation Museum in Ottawa.

 

This officer has completed 15 months as a flying instructor.  Throughout that period his hard and conscientious work has set an excellent example to all.

 

GREEN, S/L Arthur Favence, AFC (J9548) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.582 Squadron - Award effective 23 November 1945 as per London Gazette dated 4 December 1945 and AFRO 212/46 dated 1 March 1946. 

 

Squadron Leader Green is a determined and skilful captain of aircraft.  Most of his attacks have been against the most heavily defended areas in Germany and enemy occupied territory.  The high standard of devotion to duty displayed by this officer has been an inspiration to his squadron.

 

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GREEN, F/O Cameron Fraser (J16495) - Air Force Cross - No.7 OTU - Award effective 21 April 1945 as per London Gazette dated 24 April 1945 and AFRO 802/45 dated 11 May 1945.  Home in Port Alberni, British Columbia.  Enlisted at Vancouver, 13 May 1941.  Trained at No.4 ITS (graduated 5 August 1941), No.5 EFTS (graduated 25 September 1941) and No.7 SFTS (graduated 19 December 1941).  No citation in AFRO.  Governor General's Records (RG.7 Group 26, Vol.58, file 190-I, dossier 6) has citation.  When recommended he had flown 1,065 hours; of these, 180 had been in past six months.

 

After completing a long tour of operational flying duties this officer was posted to an Operational Training Unit where he has been acting as test pilot.  His keenness, unfailing devotion to duty and untiring efforts have contributed to a large degree to the high standard of maintenance and serviceability on his Operational Training Unit.  His thoroughness in carrying out these duties has resulted in a large decrease in technical failures and has helped to impart a greater feeling of confidence in the pupils.

 


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GREEN, F/L Frederick Ernest (J15071) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.412 Squadron - Award effective 24 August 1942 as per London Gazette dated 11 September 1943 and AFRO 1535/42 dated 25 September 1942.  Born in Petersburg, Virginia, 1 March 1916 of British parents; educated in Canada; home in Toronto.  Enlisted in Toronto, 23 July 1940.  Trained at No.1 ITS (23 October to 28 November 1940), No.13 EFTS (28 November 1940 to 28 January 1941, and No.2 SFTS (28 Januray to 30 April 1941, graduating as a Sergeant Pilot).  Commissioned 25 November 1941; promoted Flying Officer, 13 April 1942; promoted Flying Officer 1 October 1942, although he had been Acting Flight Lieutenant since 12 April 1942; confirmed as Flight Lieutenant, 14 November 1942 and promoted Acting Squadron Leader; confiemd as Squadron Leader, 6 June 1944. Reported to No.3 Personnel Reception Centre, Bornemouth, 31 May 1941; further trained at No.53 OTU; with No.411 Squadron, 26 July 1941 to 13 April 1942; with No.412 Squadron, 13 April to 14 November 1942; with No.421 Squadron, 14 November 1942 to 2 June 1943; back in Canada, 6 June to 26 August 1943 and returned to Britain; with No.421 Squadron, 28 September to 30 October 1943; with No.416 Squadron, 20 October 1943 to 29 June 1944 (shot down by flak and hospitalized several weeks); repatriated to Canada, 27 November 1944; released from RCAF on 1 May 1946. Victories as follows: 27 March 1942, one Bf.109 destroyed near Ostend; 26 July 1942, one FW.190 destroyed and one damaged, northeast of Abbeville/Drucat; 29 July 1942, one FW.190 destroyed south of Brighton. Photo PL-10347 shows him sitting in Spitfire.

 

This officer has participated in sorties over enemy territory and has destroyed at least three enemy aircraft. During the combined operations at Dieppe he completed three sorties, two of which were low level escort duties.  Flight Lieutenant Green has invariably displayed high skill and great determination.

 

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GREEN, Corporal Harold (R71309) - Mention in Despatches - Overseas - Award effective 14 June 1945 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 1647/45 dated 26 October 1945.  Home at Varsity View, Manitoba; enlisted in Winnipeg, 30 September 1940.  No citation in AFRO.

 

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GREEN, S/L John Frederick (C1970) - Mention in Despatches - No.145 Squadron (Canada) - Award effective 8 June 1944 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 1380/44 dated 30 June 1944.  Born in St.Thomas, Ontario; educated there, Ridley College and University of Toronto.  Hudson Motors sales representative.  Enlisted in London, Ontario, 8 May 1940.  Trained at No.3 EFTS (graduated 4 May 1941) and No.6 SFTS (graduated 3 July 1941).  Had flown 1,783:55 hours to date, 461:35 operational hours (46 sorties).

 


This officer has completed over 400 hours of anti-submarine operations over the North Atlantic area in the past ten months.  First employed as flight commander and then as squadron commander, he has set an outstanding example to those serving under him.  His leadership and ability have been outstanding.

 

GREEN, S/L John Frederick (C1970) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.145 Squadron - Award effective 3 November 1944 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 2479/44 dated 17 November 1944.  As of recommendation he had flown 1,990 hours, 492 on operations (50 sorties).

 

This officer has set a splendid record during his tour of operational flying in the North Atlantic area.  He has at all times displayed the utmost courage and determination and has proven himself to be a valuable asset to his squadron.  He is an excellent leader and has shown outstanding qualities of leadership as a squadron commander.  Through his personal efforts and enthusiasm he has trained his squadron to a high level of efficiency.  The manner in which he has carried out his flying is most praiseworthy.

 

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GREEN, S/L John Joseph, MBE (C24869) - Commended for Valuable Services - RCAF Station Rockcliffe (Test and Development Establishment) - Award effective 14 June 1945 as per Canada Gazette of that date and AFRO 1127/45 dated 6 July 1945. Enlisted in Ottawa, 26 March 1943; retired 7 July 1945. MBE was held in Civil Division.

 

As chief research engineer at Test and Development Establishment for over a year and a half, Squadron Leader Green, by his energy, forethought and outstanding ability as an aeronautical research engineer, contributed a great deal to research in the Royal Canadian Air Force and has, thereby, materially aided the war effort.  This officer has at all times worked long hours, applying himself to service problems far beyond ordinary requirements.  He has frequently personally carried out tests in the air  and has displayed great skill as a pilot in addition to his engineering ability.

 

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GREEN, F/L Lloyd Stanley (C7399) - Mention in Despatches - Overseas - Award effective 14 January 1944 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 874/44 dated 21 April 1944.  Home in Saskatoon; enlisted there 7 June 1941.

 

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GREEN, F/L Norman (C9030) - Mention in Despatches - Skipton-on-Swale - Award effective 14 June 1945 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 1395/45 dated 31 August 1945.  DHist file 181.009 D.2619 (RG.24 Vol.20628) has recommendation forwarded to No.6 Group HQ, 31 January 1945.  Home in Toronto; enlisted there 28 November 1941; as of recommendation he had served one year in Canada, 26 months overseas.  He was then Officer Commanding, Repair and Inspection Squadron on the station.

 


This officer is a very efficient and willing worker.  He has always shown splendid qualities of leadership for his men and his organizing ability has made possible a very smooth working and efficient squadron.  He has had wide experience both in England and out in Africa, and has always carried out his work in a most exemplary fashion.

 

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GREEN, LAC Norman Edward (R69493) - Mention in Despatches - No.419 Squadron (AFRO gives unit as No.64 Base) - Award effective 1 January 1945 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 425/45 dated 9 March 1945.  DHist file 181.009 D.4364 (RG.24 Vol.20648) has recommendation for an MiD dated 14 July 1944 submitted by W/C W.P. Pleasance, CO of No.419 Squadron.  Home in Hamilton; enlisted in North Bay, 7 February 1941.  Had served 11 months in Canada, 30 months in England.  Fitter IIA.

 

LAC Green has invariably shown a great capacity for steady and accurate work.  On many occasions he has volunteered for extra duties and has performed these in a most commendable fashion and, in some cases, having to contend with the most adverse weather conditions.

 

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GREEN, F/O Percy Clifton (J24531) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.420 Squadron - Award effective 5 July 1945 as per London Gazette dated 20 July 1945 and AFRO 1619/45 dated 19 October 1945.  Born in Elora, Ontario, 1918; home in London, Ontario.  Former member of Royal Canadian Artillery.  Enlisted in Loondon, 2 March 1942.  Trained at No.3 ITS (graduated 11 September 1942), No.4 BGS (graduated 5 February 1943) and No.4 AOS (graduated 19 March 1943).  Commissioned March 1943.

 

This officer has completed a large number of operational sorties and has attacked many of the enemy's most heavily defended targets with success.  He has displayed skill and determination of a high order and his consistent good work has been a great help to the other members of his crew.  During one attack on Magdeburg in January 1945, his aircraft sustained severe damage shortly after leaving the target area.  Throughout the remainder of the mission Flying Officer Green behaved with great coolness and courage and gave valuable assistance to the navigator in guiding the aircraft safely to base.  He has always set a fine example both in the air and on the ground.

 

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GREEN, S/L Ralph Wesley (J11327) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.424 Squadron - Award effective 8 September 1945 as per London Gazette dated 21 September 1945 and AFRO 1704/45 dated 9 November 1945.  Born 1921 in Grandview, Manitoba; home there (miner).  Enlisted in Winnipeg, 9 January 1941.  Trained at No.3 ITS (graduated 25 October 1941), No.22 EFTS (graduated 19 December 1941) and No.9 SFTS (graduated 8 May 1942).  Commissioned April 1942 ?  No citation other than "completed...numerous operations against the enemy in the course of which [he has] invariably displayed the utmost fortitude, courage and devotion to duty."  DHist file 181.009 D.1741 (RG.24 Vol.20608) has recommendation dated 17 April 1945 when he had completed 31 sorties (199 hours 45 minutes) between 20 September 1944 and 16 April 1945 and was a Flight Commander.

 

This officer, captain of a four-engined bomber and commander of an operational flight, has completed a tour which included all the more heavily defended targets, including Dusseldorf, Dortmund, Cologne, Chemnitz and Dresden, plus numerous mining operations, among them Oslo and Elbe Basin.  Despite the efforts of the enemy and the hazards of weather, he never once failed to score a successful attack and return his crew unscathed.  Such is the efficiency, the skill and the unfailing judgement of this captain that no single mishap has marred his tour.

 

As a Flight Commander, the qualities that made possible his excellent tour have been of utmost value to the squadron.  His example, his co-operation and his exceptional keenness to operate have been an inspiration to his flight.

 

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GREENAWAY, F/L Norman Edward (J11175) - Air Force Cross - Station Dorval (now No.8 RC) - Award effective 7 September 1945 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 1647/45 dated 26 October 1945. Born at Camrose, Alberta; enlisted in Vancouver, 8 July 1941,  Trained at No.4 ITS (graduated 19 October 1941), No.2 AOS (graduated 31 January 1942), No.8 BGS (graduated 14 March 1942) and No.1 ANS (graduated 13 April 1942).  For account of 1943 incident involving a Hampden, see Bill Wharton, "We Die Tonight", RAF Flying Review, February 1960, and H.A. Halliday article on Hampdens in 1998 issues of Journal of the Canadian Aviation Historical Society.

 

This officer was navigator of an aircraft which was forced down off the coast of Greenland in 1943.  The crew were rescued after some days of privation, as a result of which Flight Lieutenant Greenaway contracted severe frost-bitten feet.  During his convalescence, when unfit for flying duties, he assisted the group navigational staff in the compilation of data for route manuals and an airfield gazetteer.  His cheerful disposition and energy have been of great value in this work and of considerable encouragement to his colleagues.  He is an excellent practical navigator and has invariably foregone his leave to help clear any accumulation of delivery aircraft.

 

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GREENE, F/O George Allison (J22852) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.431 Squadron - Award effective 2 October 1944 as per London Gazette dated 13 October 1944 and AFRO 2637/44 dated 8 December 1944.  Born in Vancouver, 1920; home there; enlisted there 16 October 1941.  Trained at No.7 ITS (graduated 8 May 1942, No.6 EFTS (graduated 14 August 1942), No.4 SFTS (ceased training 23 September 1942), No.7 BGS (graduated 4 December 1942) and No.7 AOS (graduated 22 January 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.5526 (RG.24 Vol.20667) has recommendation dated 21 July 1944 when he had flown 32 sorties (173 hours five minutes), 4 October 1943 to 17 July 1944.

 

This officer has completed more than thirty operational sorties over enemy territory as Air Bomber.  He has attacked such heavily defended targets as Berlin, Karlsruhe, Frankfurt, Leipzig and Stuttgart.  Regardless of the heavy opposition, he  has always taken the greatest pains to locate and bomb his target.  He has shown a very high standard of photography, while his enthusiasm, courage and energy have made him a most valuable member of his squadron...

 

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GREENE, F/L John James (J22689) - Mention in Despatches - No.406 Squadron - Award effective 1 January 1946 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 155/46 dated 15 February 1946.  Born in Pau, France, 24 June 1920; educated in Ontario; home in Arnprior; enlisted in Toronto, 3 October 1941.  Trained at No.1 ITS (graduated 11 April 1942) and No.8 AOS (graduated 14 August 1942). Commissioned 17 August 1942. Flying Officer, 17 February 1943; Flight Lieutenant, 17 August 1944. Posted to "Y" Depot, Halifax, 16 August 1942; embarked for UK, 8 October 1942.  To No.3 AOS, 27 October 1942; to No.1 CMB, 19 May 1943; to No.62 OTU, 15 June 1943.  To No.54 OTU, 10 August 1943.  To No.406 Squadron, 16 November 1943.  To Canada, 8 July 1945.  Released 25 October 1945. Flew 151 hours 55 on operations (37 sorties); 360 hours in UK (divided equally between Beaufighters and Mosquitoes). Prominent in Liberal politics after the war.

 

GREENE, F/L John James (J22689) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.406 Squadron - Award effective 28 May 1946 as per London Gazette dated 4 June 1946 and AFRO 781/46 dated 9 August 1946.

 


In addition to taking part in many defensive night fighter patrols over this country, Flight Lieutenant Greene has participated in many long and difficult intruder sorties over enemy territory.  On several of these missions the marked success achieved was due in no small measure to the careful planning and ability of Flight Lieutenant Greene.  During these operations seven enemy aircraft were destroyed and ten others damaged.  In March 1945, during one sortie while attacking airfields in the Prague area, two Junkers 88s were shot down over their airfield despite bad weather.  In April and May 1945, similar sorties were completed by Flight Lieutenant Greene with excellent results.  Flight Lieutenant Greene has at all times shown himself to be exceptionally skilful as a navigator and wireless operator.

 

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GREENE, W/C Stanley Arthur (C1603) - Member, Order of the British Empire - No.2 SFTS - Award effective 1 January 1943 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 55/43 dated 15 January 1943.  Born 15 September 1903 at Schenectady, New York; educated in Ontario. Enlisted in RCAF, 28 June 1925 as transport driver. Involved in many mercy flights in Canadian north.  On one occasion the aircraft in which he was flying developed a faulty engine and forced-landed on Hudson Bay in 20-foot waves.  He crawled out on a wing, lashed himself to a strut, and repaired the engine.  Assured pilot they could reach Ottawa, which they did - although the engine cut on the landing approach and they glided in.  Commissioned in 1940 while in No.10 (BR) Squadron.  Went overseas with No.110 Squadron.  On return to Canada, went to No.2 SFTS as senior engineering officer. Went on to AFHQ; appointed Assistant Director of Repair and Maintenance (1944). Later was senior Aero-Engineering Officer to WAC. Vancouver. Returned to Ottawa as Senior Aeronautical Engineering Staff Officer, Maintenance Command Headquarters.  Appointed to command No.6 RD, Trenton, September 1948.  Retired 11 June 1952.  An undated news clipping (circa 1952-53) in his file says he died at age 48. Died in Montreal, 28 June 1952.

 

This officer's initiative and excellent co-operation, his willingness to instruct airmen and officer in their work and duties, outside of his own particular sphere of work, has proven an inspiration to all concerned.  He has given of his own time to such an extent that his work has had a definite beneficial influence on the RCAF.  He has been responsible for the organization of the Maintenance Wing at this station, and at other stations in No.3 Training Command.  He was also responsible for the organization of the Maintenance Sections for the squadrons overseas.  He has also done extremely fine work in preparing and drawing up establishments for Home War Stations, in addition to running a Maintenance Wing, which, from the viewpoint of efficiency, has proved itself above the ordinary.

 

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GREENFIELD, Sergeant Kenneth Roy (R63643) - Mention in Despatches - East Moor - Award effective 14 June 1945 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 1600/45 dated 12 October 1945.  Home in London, Ontario; enlisted there 18 May 1940.  AFRO gives unit only as "Overseas"; DHist file 181.009 D.1725 (PAC RG.24 Vol 20607) has list of MiDs this date with unit. DHist file 181.009 D.1719 (PAC RG.24 Vol.20606) has recommendation dated 3 February 1945.  Airframe Mechanic; served 21 months in Canada, 33 months overseas.

 

Sergeant Greenfield has carried out his work conscientiously at all times, which has been an inspiration to all with whom he works, with the result that they too have cheerfully carried out their duties, although they have been called upon to put in many extra hours of work, night after night.

 


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GREENHALGH, WO2 Walter (Can 1591) - Mention in Despatches - Station Scoudouc - Award effective 1 January 1946 as per Canada Gazette of that date and AFRO 82/46 dated 25 January 1946.  Home in Kingston, Ontario; enlisted there 5 April 1928.  No citation.

 

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GREENOUGH, Sergeant Lester Howard (Can 11634) - Distinguished Flying Medal - No.11 (Bomber Reconnaissance) Squadron - Award effective 21 April 1945 as per Canada Gazette of that date and AFRO 802/45 dated 11 May 1945.  Home in Milton, Queen's County, Nova Scotia; enlisted in Halifax, 19 September 1939.  Governor General's Records (RG.7 Group 26 Volume 58, file 190-I, dossier 6) has citation.  When recommended he had flown 1,006 hours, of which 718 were on operations (78 sorties).

 

This non-commissioned officer was flight engineer of a crew which attacked a U-boat.  Light flak was encountered and violent evasive action was necessary.  Sergeant Greenough's coolness under fire was commendable.  The navigator, who was taking photographs from an open hatch, would have fallen from the aircraft but for this non-commissioned officer's quickness in grasping his clothing.  He showed courage and fortitude throughout the attack and was directly responsible for saving his navigator's life.

 

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GREENSHIELDS, Sergeant (now P/O) James (R56500/J17104) - Distinguished Flying Medal - No.70 Squadron - Award effective 16 July 1943 as per London Gazette dated 23 July 1943 and AFRO 1724/43 dated 27 August 1943.  Born in Beaconsfield, Quebec; home in Senneville, Quebec (purchasing agent).  Enlisted in Montreal, 13 September 1940.  Trained at No.2 BGS (graduated 21 July 1941) and No.2 WS (graduated 23 June 1941).

 

This airman has taken part in a large number of operational sorties.  As wireless operator and flare dropper he has always performed his duties with great efficiency, remaining cool and imperturbable, however heavy the opposition encountered.  Sergeant Greenshields, by his undaunted spirit, courage and determination, has been a source of inspiration to the other members of his crew.

 

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GREENSLADE, F/L Thomas (J36624) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.625 Squadron - Award effective 12 November 1945 as per London Gazette dated 16 November 1945 and AFRO 133/46 dated 8 February 1946.  Born 1924 at Rose Lynn, Alberta; home there (farmer); enlisted in Calgary, 8 June 1942.  Trained at No.7 ITS (graduated 1 May 1943), No.6 EFTS (graduated 26 June 1943) and No.19 SFTS (graduated 22 October 1943). Commissioned 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 2/9137 has recommendation dated 10 May 1945 when he had flown 28 sorties (167 hours 30 minutes):

 

28 Dec 44    Gelsenkirchen          21 Mar 45   Bruchstrasse

2 Jan 45        Nuremburg                23 Mar 45   Bremen

7 Jan 45        Munich                       31 Mar 45   Hamburg

14 Jan 45     Merseburg-Leuna    3 Apr 45      Nordhausen

16 Jan 45     Zeitz                           4 Apr 45      Lutzkendorf

1 Feb 45       Mannheim                 9 Apr 45      Kiel

20 Feb 45     Dortmund                  18 Apr 45    Heligoland

21 Feb 45     Duisburg                   22 Apr 45    Bremen; returned with bombs on

23 Feb 45     Pforzheim                                      orders of Master Bomber

8 Mar 45       Kassel                       29 Apr 45    MANNA (The Hague)    

11 Mar 45     Essen                        30 Apr 45    MANNA (The Hague)

12 Mar 45     Dortmund                  2 May 45     MANNA (Rotterdam)

15 Mar 45     Misburg                     3 May 45     MANNA (Rotterdam)

16 Mar 45     Nuremburg                8 May 45     MANNA (The Hague)

18 Mar 44     Hannau

 

Flight Lieutenant Greenslade is the Canadian captain and pilot of a gallant Lancaster crew and has now completed 28 successful sorties comprising 167.30 operational flying hours.  He has successfully delivered attacks against many of the enemy's most heavily defended targets such as Nuremburg, Munich, Zeitz, Dortmund, Lutzendorf and Kiel.  On each occasion Flight Lieutenant Greenslade has pursued the task in hand to the utmost and he and his crew have won for themselves a very high reputation for determination and devotion to duty, pressing home his attacks with total disregard of enemy opposition.

 

His record of achievement is most praiseworthy and despite heavy opposition, and on several occasions bad weather, he has always cheerfully completed the task in hand with the utmost zest, instilling a high state of morale into his crew.  He has on occasion flown with new crews on their first operational flight and his encouragement and confidence has been a magnificent inspiration.

 

For the successes he has achieved and for the fine example of leadership displayed throughout his tour, I recommend Flight Lieutenant Greenslade for an award of the Distinguished Flying Cross.

 

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GREENWAY, G/C Charles Henry (C178) - Officer, Order of the British Empire - No.2 Air Command Headquarters - Award effective 13 June 1946 as per Canada Gazette of that date and AFRO 660/45 dated 5 July 1946.  Born October 1914 in Cordova, Spain; came to Canada at age seven.  Educated in Lloydminster and University of Saskatchewan (B.Sc., Mechanical Engineering).  Joined RCAF in Saskatoon, 6 December 1935, receiving wings in May 1936.  Early in war was at Macleod, Alberta.  In June 1941 went to No.11 SFTS, Yorkton, as Chief Flying Instructor.   Appointed to command Station Sea Island, April 1942, and CO of Station Tofino, December 1942.  CO at Saskatoon, May 1944.  Appointed SASO, No.2 Air Command HQ, Winnipeg, April 1945.  In September 1946 became CO, Camp Borden.  Extended postwar career, principally as a staff officer in AFHQ, rising to Air Vice Marshal.

 

Group Captain Greenway went overseas with 112 Squadron in the early part of 1940 and upon completion of his tour was returned to Canada where he served in turn at the following units: Chief Instructor, No.11 Service Flying Training School and Commanding Officer of the Royal Canadian Air Force Stations Vancouver, Sea Island, Tofino and Saskatoon.  He is now employed as Senior Air Staff Officer, No.2 Air Command.  In all of these posts Group Captain Greenway has shown the highest zeal, loyalty and attention to duty.  The results shown during his tenure of office as Senior Air Staff Officer, No.2 Air Command, have been most gratifying and are indicative of considerable initiative and organizing ability on the part of this officer.

 

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GREENWOOD, F/O Edward Alfred (J19060) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.514 Squadron - Award effective 1 September 1944 as per London Gazette dated 15 September 1944 and AFRO 2373/44 dated 3 November 1944.  Born in North Cypress, Manitoba, 1920; home in Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan.  Enlisted in Regina, 10 February 1941. Trained at No.2 ITS (graduated 9 May 1941), No.6 EFTS (graduated 3 July 1941) and No.4 SFTS (graduated 13 September 1941).  Commissioned 1943.  No citation other than "completed...many successful operations during which [he has] displayed high skill, fortitude and devotion to duty."  Public Records Office Air 2/9276 has recommendation dated 11 June 1944 when he had flown 30 sorties (180 hours ten minutes), 24 August 1942 to 6 June 1944.

 

24 Aug 42      Frankfurt (6.05)          30 Jan 44       Berlin (6.35)

27 Aug 42      Kassel (6.10)             15 Feb 44      Berlin (7.00)

27 Aug 43      Nurnburg (7.00)         19 Feb 44      (Leipzig (6.55)

7 Nov 43         La Rochelle (7.15)    15 Mar 44      Stuttgart (7.10)

18 Nov 43      Manheim (6.05)         30 Mar 44      Nurnburg (6.40)

22 Nov 43      Berlin (6.05)               11 Apr 44       Aachen (3.45)

3 Dec 43        Leipzig (6.35)            18 Apr 44       Rouen (4.00)

16 Dec 43      Berlin (7.20)               20 Apr 44       Cologne (4.50)

20 Dec 43      Frankfurt (4.45)          24 Apr 44       Karlsruhe (5.45)

23 Dec 43      Berlin (8.15)               27 Apr 44       Friedrichshaven (8.00)

29 Dec 43      Berlin (6.50)               1 May 44        Chambly (3.25)

1 Jan 44         Berlin (6.25)               11 May 44      Louvain (3.00)

2 Jan 44         Berlin (6.30)               19 May 44      Le Mans (5.00)

27 Jan 44       Berlin (8.35)               2 June 44       Wissant (2.10


28 Jan 44       Berlin (8.20)               6 June 44       Outstreham (3.40)

 

Pilot Officer E.A. Greenwood has completed 30 Operational Sorties, 27 as Pilot and Captain of four engined aircraft and three as second Pilot.  These sorties included no less than ten attacks on Berlin and many other attacks involving deep penetration into enemy territory.

 

Throughout this tour he has not once failed to take-off on, or returned early from, an Operation for which he has been detailed.  He has been conspicuuous for his Operational efficiency and determination which have been an inspiration to the rest of the crews in the Squadron.

 

Pilot Officer E.A. Greenwood is strongly recommended for the award of the Distinguished Flying Cross in recognition of his fine record of Operational Flying.

 

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GREER, LAC Alexander James Brocherst (R174385) - Mention in Despatches - Middleton St.George - Award effective 1 January 1945 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 425/45 dated 9 March 1945.  Home in Montrea; enlisted there 3 July 1942. DHist file 181.009 D.4364 (RG.24 Vol.20648) has recommendation drafted 26 July 1944, giving unit as Croft.

 

This airman enlisted 3rd July 1942, and has served in the United Kingdom since 16th October 1943.  He is employed as electrician in charge of the battery charging room.  His devotion to duty and untiring co-operation have contributed in a large measure to the efficient operation of his section.  His strong sense of duty under trying circumstances and long hours of work is highly commendable.

 

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GREER, P/O John Montague (J8778) - Mention in Despatches - No.113 Squadron (Canada) - Awarded 1 January 1943 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 55/43 dated 15 January 1943.  Born in Toronto, 8 August 1916.  Enlisted in North Bay, Ontario, 19 February 1941.  Trained at No.3 ITS (graduated 21 June 1941), No.16 EFTS (graduated 19 August 1941) and No.3 SFTS (graduated 7 November 1941).  Incident with submarine was 2 June 1942 when he attacked U-432 during escort to BX-23 (Boston to Halifax convoy).  Submarine reported it had been "driven off by a strong air escort".

 

Pilot Officer Greer has completed 350 hours of operational flying in four months, during which time he has demonstrated his ability as an operational pilot and has set a high example by devotion to duty.  An attack, resulting in the damage of an enemy U-boat, was carried out during this period.

 

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GREER, F/L Joseph Lloyd (J6017) - Mention in Despatches - No.116 Squadron (Canada) - Award effective 21 April 1945 as per Canada Gazette of that date and AFRO 802/45 dated 11 May 1945.  Trained at No.2 ITS, No.5 EFTS and No.33 SFTS.

 

This officer is a veteran of many operational sorties on anti-submarine and convoy patrols.  He has proved himself to be a most capable captain and the manner in which he carries out his duties is worthy of the highest praise.  His unswerving loyalty and devotion to duty is a source of inspiration to all members of his squadron.

 

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GREGG, F/O Robert Berkeley (J26697) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.12 Squadron - Award effective 5 February 1945 as per London Gazette dated 16 February 1945 and AFRO 563/45 dated 29 March 1945.  Born in Buenos Aires, Argentina, 1908.  Enlisted in Ottawa, 22 July 1942.  Trained at No.6 ITS (graduated 4 December 1942), No.1 BGS (graduated 2 April 1943) and No.9 AOS (graduated 28 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 2/8831 has recommendation dated 6 November 1944 when he had flown 30 sorties (144 hours 55 minutes).

 

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

15 Jun 44       Boulogne                                            24 Aug 44      Russelsheim

17 Jun 44       Aulnoye                                              28 Aug 44      Fromental

22 Jun 44       Marquise Mimoyecques                   31 Aug 44      St.Riquier

23 Jun 44       Saintes                                               5 Sept 44       Le Havre

27 Jun 44       Vaires                                                 6 Sept 44       Le Havre

30 Jun 44       Vierzon                                               8 Sept 44       Le Havre

4 July 44         Orleans                                               23 Sep 44      Neuss

6 July 44         Foret Ducroc                                     26 Sep 44      Cap Gris Nez

7 July 44         Caen                                                   3 Oct 44         Westkapelle

23 Jul 44        Kiel                                                     4 Oct 44         GARDENING (Kattegat)

25 Jul 44        Stuttgart                                              7 Oct 44         Emmerich

4 Aug 44        Pannilac                                             11 Oct 44       Fort Frederik Hendrick

7 Aug 44        Fontenay le Marmion                        14 Oct 44       Duisburg

8 Aug 44        Aire sur Lys                                        15 Oct 44       Essen

 

Flying Officer Gregg, a South American serving with the Royal Canadian Air Force, has completed 30 very successful sorties against the enemy as Bomb Aimer of a Lancaster aircraft.  These raids included such heavily defended targets as Kiel, Stuttgart, Russelsheim, Duisburg and Essen, as well as many tactical targets in France, vital to the success of the Allied land operations.

 


This officer has proved himself more than equal to this task, pressing home every attack with exceptional skill which has only been equalled by his courage and devotion to duty.  He has contributed very largely to the repeated success achieved by his captain and crew, and has set a shining example to the rest of the squadron.

 

I have no hesitation in recommending that Flying Officer Gregg's magnificent record be recognized by the award of the Distinguished Flying Cross.

 

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GREGOIRE, F/O Leo Joseph Robert (J87391) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.153 Squadron (missing) - Award effective 5 April 1945 as per London Gazette dated 13 April 1945 and AFRO 824/45 dated 18 May 1945.  Born 1920 in Aye Hill, Alberta; home in Vancouver (plumber's assistant).  Enlisted in Calgary, 16 September 1942.  Trained at No.4 ITS (graduated 30 April 1943), No.5 EFTS (graduated 25 June 1943) and No.3 SFTS (graduated 15 October 1943). Commissioned June 1944.  Killed in action, 3/4 March 1945 (Lancaster LM750);  name on Runnymede Memorial.  No citation other than "completed...numerous operations against the enemy in the course of which [he has] invariably displayed the utmost courage and devotion to duty."  Public Records Office Air 2/9060 has recommendation dated 15 January 1945 (but when updated after that date) stating he had flown 26 sorties (149 hours), 5 September 1944 to 28 January 1945.

 

5 Sept 44       Le Havre                                18 Nov 44      Wanne Eickel

10 Sep 44      Le Havre                                27 Nov 44      Freiburg

12 Sep 44      Frankfurt                                 29 Nov 44      Dortmund

23 Sep 44      Neuss                                     3 Dec 44        Urft Dam

25 Sep 44      Calais                                     6 Dec 44        Leuna

28 Sep 44      Calais                                     22 Dec 44      Coblenz

5 Oct 44         Saarbrucken                          27 Dec 44      Rheydt

11 Oct 44       Fort Frederick                       28 Dec 44      Bonn

Hendrik                                   5 Jan 45         Royan

14 Oct 44       Duisburg                                7 Jan 45         Munich

28 Oct 44       Cologne                                 14 Jan 45       Leuna

30 Oct 44       Cologne                                 16 Jan 45       Zeitz

4 Nov 44         Bochum                                  28 Jan 45       Stuttgart

6 Nov 44         Gelsenkirchen

 

This Canadian captain of aircraft has now completed 26 sorties against targets in Germany and occupied territory.  Throughout his tour he has pressed home his attacks with the utmost skill and determination in the face of heavy anti-aircraft fire.  He has shown a complete disregard for his own personal safety and his cheerful confidence has inspired a high standard of morale in his crew.  His commendable courage and high devotion to duty make him well worthy of the award of the Distinguished Flying Cross.     

 

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GREGORY, Sergeant Donald Ralph (R84259) - British Empire Medal - No.3 PRC - Award effective 1 January 1945 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 132/45 dated 26 January 1945.  Home in Burlington, Ontario.  Enlisted in Hamilton, Ontario, 3 January 1941.  No citation in Canadian sources.  Public Records Office Air 2/8872 has recommended citation.

 

This airman, a wireless and electrical mechanic, has been employed in the Signals Section of the Training Wing of a large aircrew and ground crew reception centre for a period of two years.  In the spring of the current year, the entire unit was moved to another location and recently back again to its former location.  The credit for installing and maintaining a large and complex Signals Section, for moving it twice and reinstalling it on each occasion, with minimum delay and little break in the training programme, must be attributed to Sergeant Gregory.  He has set a splendid example of hard work and enthusiasm and the standard of his craftsmanship is excellent.

 

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GREGSON, F/O Harold Houghton (J26501) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.425 Squadron - Award effective 3 October 1944 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 2534/44 dated 24 November 1944.  Born in Castor, Alberta, 1922; home there.  Enlisted in Edmonton, 3 April 1941.  Trained at No.2 ITS (graduated 2 January 1942), No.15 EFTS (graduated 13 March 1942) and No.3 SFTS (graduated 14 August 1942).  Commissioned 1943.  Served in postwar RCAF, killed in an automobile accident, 8 September 1950 while attached to No.418 Squadron.

 

One night in June 1944 this officer was pilot of an aircraft detailed to attack a target.  Shortly after crossing the French coast on the outward journey an engine failed.  Despite gradual loss of height and airspeed, Flying Officer Gregson continued his mission.  Undeterred by heavy anti-aircraft fire and numerous searchlights, he successfully completed the attack.  On the return journey, by carefully conserving the remaining fuel, the aircraft was brought safely back to base.  Flying Officer Gregson has completed many sorties and has invariably displayed praiseworthy skill and gallantry.

 

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GREINER, F/O Clifford William Luther (J39936) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.426 Squadron - Award effective 23 November 1945 as per London Gazette dated 7 December 1945 and AFRO 244/46 dated 8 March 1946.  Enlisted in Regina, 8 September 1942. Trained at No.2 ITS (graduated 15 May 1943), No.5 BGS (graduated 13 November 1943), and No.1 ANS (graduated 10 March 1944).  Bomb Aimer in F/O D.S. Weicker's crew.  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."  DHist file 181.009 D.2618 (RG.24 Vol.20627) has recommendation by W/C C.M. Black dated 17 May 1945 when he had completed 28 sorties (103 hours 55 minutes) between 6 January and 25 April 1945.


Flying Officer Greiner has completed a tour of operational sorties against heavily defended targets in Germany.  At all times he has proven himself a skilful Bomb Aimer and a most competent crew member.  This Bomb Aimer by his initiative and determination to press home his attacks on the enemy has been an inspiration to every member of the squadron.

 

In view of the excellent spirit and devotion to duty displayed by this officer, I strongly recommend him for the award of the Non-Immediate Distinguished Flying Cross. 

 

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GRIBLING, P/O Robert Gerald (J94423) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.426 Squadron - Award effective 8 September 1945 as per London Gazette dated 25 September 1945 and AFRO 133/46 dated 8 February 1946.  Born 1922 at Ghost Pine Creek, Alberta; home in Chilliwack, British Columbia (truck labourer).  Enlisted in Vancouver, 18 July 1941.  Trained at No.3 BGS (graduated 24 March 1944).  Commissioned February 1945.  Rear gunner to F/L C.B. Benton.  No citation other than "completed...numerous operations against the enemy in the course of which [he has] invariably displayed the utmost fortitude, courage and devotion to duty."  DHist file 181.009 D.2618 (RG.24 Vol.20627) has recommendation for a DFM, dated 21 April 1945, when he was a Flight Sergeant.  At that time he had flown 28 sorties (180 hours 45 minutes) between 27 November 1944 and 13 April 1945.  Incident mentioned would have been on 16 January 1945.

 

As an Air Gunner, this NCO has taken part in many sorties.  On one occasion whilst over Magdeburg, the aircraft was attacked by a fighter while on bombing run.  Flight Sergeant Gribling displayed great coolness in giving evading directions and returning the fighter's fire which contributed in good measure to the safe return of the aircraft.

 

He, at all times, has shown himself to be an efficient and alert member of aircrew...

 

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GRIERSON-JACKSON, S/L William Robert Francis (J5683) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.35 Squadron - Award effective 31 December 1942 as per London Gazette dated 12 January 1943 and AFRO 232/43 dated 12 February 1943.  Born in Boscombe, England, 15 December 1917; educated in Britain and at University of Toronto where he was a graduate student in research. Home in Ladner, British Columbia (or Guelph, Ontario ?); enlisted in Hamilton, Ontario, 16 September 1940. Trained at No.2 ITS (graduated 23 December 1940), No.3 AOS (graduated 31 March 1941), No.2 BGS (graduated 12 May 1941), and No.1 ANS (graduated 9 June 1941).

 


Squadron Leader Grierson-Jackson has participated in many operational sorties including two attacks upon the German naval base at Trondheim.  His outstanding ability as a navigator and the fine spirit and enthusiasm he has shown have not only contributed largely to the successes achieved but have been an inspiration to all with whom he has come in contact.  His powers of leadership and skill have set a very high standard to other navigators.

 

GRIERSON-JACKSON, S/L William Robert Francis, DFC (J5683) - Mention in Despatches - Overseas - Award effective 8 June 1944 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 1729/44 dated 11 August 1944. 

GRIERSON-JACKSON, S/L William Robert Francis, DFC (J5683) - Air Force Cross - No.5 OTU - Award effective 14 June 1945 as per Canada Gazette of that date and AFRO 1127/45 dated 6 July 1945.   No citation in AFRO or biographical file.  DHist file 181.009 D.2629 (RG.24 Vol.20628) has citation as provided for an investiture:

 

This officer, a very capable air observer and instructor, has proven to be most efficient in carrying out his arduous duties at this Operational Training Unit.  During a most difficult organizing period with its multitude of problems, he has shown great initiative and zeal.  By his outstanding ability he has carried out his work in a superb manner.  The operational information he has been able to pass on to the pupils has been invaluable.  His devotion to duty and great desire for thoroughness have contributed greatly to the standard of trainees graduating from this Operational Training Unit.

 

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GRIESE, FS Donald Herbert Daryl (R130024) - 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 Pembroke, Ontario; enlisted in North Bay, 29 August 1941. Trained at No.4 WS (graduated 17 January 1942) and No.8 BGS (graduated 24 October 1942). No citation in AFRO.

 

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GRIFFIN, F/L Dugald (J27514) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.158 Squadron - Award effective 8 September 1945 as per London Gazette dated 21 September 1945 and AFRO 1704/45 dated 9 November 1945.  Born 1917 in Glasgow, Scotland; home in Duncan, British Columbia.  Enlisted in Vancouver, 17 April 1942.  Trained at No.2 ITS (graduated 9 January 1943), No.15 EFTS (graduated 6 March 1943) and No.3 SFTS (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 fortitude, courage and devotion to duty."

 

2 Nov 44         Dusseldorf (5.58)                              Good attack

4 Nov 44         Bochum (5.09)                                   Successful

6 Nov 44         Gelsenkirchen (4.58)                        Bombed as ordered.

16 Nov 44      Julich (4.29)                                       Succesful sortie.

18 Nov 44      Munster (5.27)                                   Bombed through clouds.

21 Nov 44      Sterkrade (7.00)                                            do.


17 Dec 44      Duisburg (5.52)                                             do.

24 Dec 44      Essen-Mulheim airfield (4.57)         Bombed airfield

28 Dec 44      Opladen (5.59)                                  Glow seen through clouds.

30 Dec 44      Cologne (6.44)                                  Bombed through clouds

1 Jan 45         Dortmund (5.02)                                Bombed target.

5 Jan 45         Hanover (5.03)                                  Succesful attack.

6 Jan 45         Hanau (5.48)                                      Bombed through clouds.

14 Jan 45       Saarbrucken (6.31)                           Bombed aiming point.

16 Jan 45       Magdeburg (5.54)                             Many fires in target area.

22 Jan 45       Gelsenkirchen (5.53)                        Successful attack

28 Jan 45       Stuttgart/Kornwestheim (7.52)         Bombed in cloud.

23 Feb 45      Essen (5.46)                                                  do.

24 Feb 45      Kamen (6.02)                                                do.

2 Mar 45         Cologne (5.30)                                  Bombed aiming point.

3 Mar 45         Kamen (6.16)                                    Cloud over target.

7 Mar 45         Hemmingstedt (6.18)                        Many fires burning in T/A.

8 Mar 45         Hamburg (5.49)                                 Glow seen through clouds.

11 Mar 45      Essen (5.21)                                      Cloud and smoke.

12 Mar 45      Dortmund (5.57)                                            do.

14 Mar 44      Homburg (6.12)                                 Good attack.

15 Mar 45      Hagen (5.46)                                     Many fires in target area.

20 Mar 45      Recklinghausen (5.28)                     Successful.

24 Mar 45      Gladbeck (5.50)                                Bombed aiming point.

25 Mar 45      Munster (4.06)                                               do.

8 Apr 45         Hamburg, Blohn and

Voss yards (6.02)                             Good attack.

 

Flight Lieutenant Griffin has completed 31 operational sorties as pilot and captain of Halifax III aircraft with No.158 Squadron.  All his attacks have been against major targets in Germany.

 

An officer with excellent qualities of leadership, Flight Lieutenant Griffin has instilled a fine offensive spirit into the whole of his crew and they have achieved excellent results.

 

Under enemy fire this pilot has revealed courage and coolness which have been a constant source of inspiration to all with whom he has flown, and he has repeatedly pressed on with a complete disregard for his own personal safety.

 

It is strongly recommended that Flight Lieutenant Griffin's excellent record of coolness, courage and unfailing devotion to duty throughout an eventful tour be recognised by the award of the Distinguished Flying Cross.

 

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GRIFFIN, Fl/O Emily Allison Patricia (V30082) - Member, Order of the British Empire - RCAF Overseas Headquarters - Award effective 1 January 1944 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 113/44 dated 21 January 1944 - Born in Winnipeg, 16 May 1917.  Enlisted in Winnipeg, 21 October 1941.

 

Flight Officer Griffin was the Senior Officer of the first draft of RCAF Women's Division personnel to arrive overseas and she was personally responsible for ensuring that these young women were properly cared for in a country strange both to them and to herself.  This officer showed remarkable keenness and ability in this new field and ensured that everything possible was done in the best interests of these personnel.  She is an outstanding young officer who has worked tirelessly without regard for herself, and the efficiency and spirit displayed by Flight Officer Griffin has been an example to all personnel.

 

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GRIFFITH, F/O William John (J27419) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.10 Squadron - Award effective 5 April 1945 as per London Gazette dated 13 April 1945 and AFRO 824/45 dated 18 May 1945.  Born in Toronto, 1918; home there (paymaster).  Attended University of Toronto.  Enlisted in Toronto, 11 June 1942. Trained at No.1 ITS (graduated 30 December 1942) and No.4 AOS (graduated 25 June 1942).  Commissioned June 1943.

 

This officer has completed a successful operational tour.  He has participated in many sorties against major targets including Kiel, Stuttgart and Brunswick in addition to mining operations requiring a high standard of navigational skill.  On one occasion he was navigator in an aircraft detailed for a mission against Trappes in June 1944.  They were attacked over the target area by a Focke Wulf 190 which was eventually destroyed.  During the combat Flying Officer Griffith's aircraft was driven off track.  Despite this, by cool and skilful navigation he enabled his pilot successfully to complete the mission and return to base.  Although his aircraft has often been damaged by anti-aircraft fire this officer has continued to show undiminished enthusiasm for operational flying.  Both in the air and on the ground Flying Officer Griffith has always shown high courage and devotion to duty.

 

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GRIFFITHS, F/O Robert Murray (J17375) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.405 Squadron - Award effective 5 August 1944 as per London Gazette dated 18 August 1944 and AFRO 2101/44 dated 29 September 1944.  Home in New York City.  Enlisted in Montreal.  Trained at No.4 WS (graduated 13 March 1942) and No.5 BGS (graduated 28 April 1942).  No citation other than "completed...many successful operations against the enemy in which [he has] displayed high skill, fortitude and devotion to duty."  Public Records Office Air 2/9632 has recommendation dated 22 May 1944 when he had flown 44 sorties (255 hours 25 minutes), 19 January 1943 to 19 May 1944.

 

19 Jan 43       Essen (4.45)                                 28 Apr 43       GARDENING, Gulf of


7 Feb 43        Lorient (5.10)                                                        Danzig (10.10)

11 Feb 43      Wilhelmshaven (4.35)                  30 Apr 43       Essen (4.45)

13 Feb 43      Lorient (5.50)                                4 May 43        Dortmund (4.40)

14 Feb 43      Milan (8.10)                                   12 May 43      Duisburg (4.30)

18 Feb 43      Wilhelmshaven (4.45)                  13 May 43      Bochum (5.15)

21 Feb 43      Bremen (5.10)

25 Feb 44      Nuremburg (7.15)                                                 * * * * *

26 Feb 44      Cologne (4.45)

28 Feb 43      St.Nazaire (5.35)                          29 Dec 43      Berlin (6.25)

1 Mar 43         Berlin (6.45)                                  20 Jan 44       Berlin (7.10)

2 Mar 43         Hamburg (5.40)                            21 Jan 44       Magdeburg (6.45)

11 Mar 43      Stuttgart (6.35)                              27 Jan 44       Berlin (7.15)

12 Mar 43      Essen (3.55)                                 28 Jan 44       Berlin (7.30)

22 Mar 43      St.Nazaire (6.15)                          30 Jan 44       Berlin (6.00)

26 Mar 43      Duisburg (4.25)                            15 Feb 44      Berlin (6.30)

27 Mar 43      Berlin (7.00)                                  25 Feb 44      Augsburg (6.50)

29 Mar 43      Berlin (2.40), DNCO                    22 Apr 44       Dusseldorf (3.40)

3 Apr 43         Essen (4.45)                                 24 Apr 44       Karlsruhe (5.25)

4 Apr 43         Kiel (5.05)                                     27 Apr 44       Friedrichshaven

10 Apr 43       Frankfurt (6.50)                                                     (6.30)

13 Apr 43       Spezia (9.30)                                3 May 44        Mondidier (3.05)

16 Apr 43       Pilsen (9.10)                                 10 May 44      Ghent (2.40)

26 Apr 43       Duisburg (4.30)                            11 May 44      Boulogne (2.15)

19 May 44      Le Manse (4.05)

 

This officer is a very keen and capable Air Gunner who has completed forty-four operational sorties against such heavily defended targets as Berlin, Dusseldorf and Augsburg.  Flying Officer Griffiths has always displayed a fine fighting spirit and determination to complete the most difficult tasks allotted to him.  The excellent personal example set by this officer has been an inspiration to all members of the squadron.

 

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GRIFFITHS, FS Roy (R77415) - Air Force Medal - No.13 Squadron (Canada) - Award effective 1 January 1943 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 55/43 dated 15 January 1943. Born in Montreal, 20 January 1920.  Home in Verdun, Quebec.  Trained at No.2 WS (graduated 18 July 1941) and No.7 BGS (graduated 18 August 1941).

 

This NCO is a most efficient and capable Wireless Operator Air Gunner.  He is constantly striving to improve his own efficiency and that of the other Wireless Operator Air Gunners in his squadron.  He is always ready and willing to assume additional duties.  His unflagging zeal and enthusiasm have set an example which has been a constant source of inspiration to his fellow NCOs.


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GRIFFITHS, F/O William French (J19961) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.415 Squadron - Award effective 5 June 1945 per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 1147/45 dated 13 July 1945.  Born 1915 in Saltcoats, Saskatchewan; home in Rosetown, Saskatchewan.  Enlisted in Saskatoon, 1 November 1941.  Trained at No.3 WS (graduated 18 December 1942) and No.3 BGS (graduated 2 April 1943).  Commisioned 1944.  DHist file 181.009 D.1761 (RG.24 Vol.20609) has undated recommendation which tells full story in greater detail; incident was 28 January 1945 (pilot S/L Brown).  Just after leaving target an Me.210 was spotted 500 feet below firing at another aircraft.  It then turned to port and attacked his aircraft.  At 800 yards, Griffiths gave corkscrew order but it continued to close.  He opened fire at 400 yards (200 rounds).  Fighter seen going down in "in a sort of a spin with smoke pouring from both engines; a small flame was seen which seemed to be in the cockpit."  Fighter went into cloud and not seen again.  Same file has a further recommendation (less detail in citation) filed 30 March 1945; it noted he had flown 51 sorties (334 hours 40 minutes) in tours lasting from 27 July 1943 to 16 March 1944 (30 sorties, 203 hours 20 minutes) and 17 December 1944 to 18 March 1945 (21 sorties, 131 hours 20 minutes).

 

As air gunner, Flying Officer Griffiths has participated in a large number of sorties.  He has at all times displayed great devotion to duty.  On one occasion in January 1945, during a sortie against Stuttgart, his aircraft was attacked by an enemy fighter.  Directing his captain to take the necessary evading action, Flying Officer Griffiths cooly withheld his fire until the enemy came into close range.  Then, with a well placed burst he succeeded in shooting down the attacker.  By his vigilance and skill, Flying Officer Griffiths contributed greatly to the safe return of his aircraft.

 

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GRIGG, F/L (now acting S/L) Stuart James (J8823) - Air Force Cross - Western Air Command Headquarters - Award effective 21 April 1945 as per London Gazette dated 24 April 1945 and AFRO 802/45 dated 11 May 1945 - Enlisted in Winnipeg, 19 February 1941 -trained at No.2 ITS (graduated 4 June 1941) , No.2 AOS (graduated 30 August 1941), No.5 BGS (graduated 13 October 1941) and No.1 ANS (graduated 7 November 1941).  Governor General's Records (RG.7 Group 26, Vol.58, file 190-I, dossier 6) has citation.  When recommended he had flown 985 hours, of which 462 were operational (86 sorties).

 

This officer has completed many operational sorties and at all times has shown initiative and devotion to duty in the energetic way he has carried out all tasks assigned to him.  The perseverance and diligence he has displayed as a member of the Aircrew Assessment Board have been of exceptional value and he has been responsible to a great degree for elevating to a much higher degree the efficiency of navigation in Western Air Command.  Both in the air and on the ground by his untiring zeal, he has rendered outstanding service.

 

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GRIGGS, WO2 John Grimsey (R122317) - Mention in Despatches - No.10 (BR) Squadron - Award effective 8 June 1944 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 1380/44 dated 30 June 1944.  Born in Vancouver; educated there and enlisted there 15 August 1941. Trained at No.3 BGS (graduated 26 October 1942) and No.4 WS (graduated 28 September 1942).  As of award had flown 549:35 hours, 289:35 operational (22 sorties).

 

This warrant officer has been employed as wireless operator/air gunner on anti-submarine operations in the North Atlantic area.  On two occasions he manned his guns with telling effect in attacks against enemy submarines.  He has at all times displayed exceptional diligence in his work.

 

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GRIMBLE, F/O Harold Frederick (J27282) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.78 Squadron - Award effective 14 July 1944 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 1861/44 dated 25 August 1944.  Born 1915 in Montreal; home in Vancouver; enlisted there 13 June 1942.  Trained at No.4 ITS (graduated 11 January 1943), No.5 AOS (graduated 11 June 1943) and No.2 BGS (graduated 30 April 1943).  Commissioned 1943.  Cited with F/L William Rodney (RCAF, pilot, DFC).

 

Early in June 1944 these officers were pilot and air bomber respectively of an aircraft detailed to attack railway sidings at Juvisy.  Whilst over the target the aircraft was struck by bullets from a fighter and sustained much damage.  The navigator was killed whilst Flying Officer Grimble was badly wounded in the legs.  Almost immediately the aircraft was subjected to considerable anti-aircraft fire which Flight Lieutenant Rodney succeeded in evading by coming down to almost tree top height.  He afterwards flew the damaged aircraft to base.  On the return flight he received great assistance from Flying Officer Grimble who, in spite of the severity of his injuries, insisted on helping his captain to navigate the aircraft home.  These officer displayed a high degree of gallantry and devotion to duty.

 

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GRIME, P/O Frank Gordon (J92387) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.578 Squadron - Award effective 15 March 1945 as per London Gazette dated 27 March 1945 and AFRO 1127/45 dated 6 July 1945. Born in Toronto, 1921; home there (apprentice tool maker); enlisted there 20 March 1942.  Trained at No.1 ITS (graduated 9 October 1942), No.20 EFTS (ceased training 30 December 1942), No.4 BGS (graduated 9 July 1943) and No.9 AOS (graduated 20 August 1943).  Commissioned November 1944.  No citation other than  "completed... many successful operations against the enemy in which [he has] displayed high skill, fortitude and devotion to duty."  Public Records Office Air 2/9051 has recommendation for a DFM dated 14 December 1944 when he was a Flight Sergeannt and had flown 36 sorties (148 hours 39 minutes), 23 June to 30 November 1944.  Commissioned effective 17 November 1944 as per letter dated 15 December 1944.


                                                         * denotes daylight sortie

 

23 Jun 44       Oisemont (4.33)                         9 Aug 44        Foret de Mormal

27 Jun 44       Marquis Minoyecques                                       (3.39)*

(3.59)*                                         11 Aug 44      Somain (4.14)*

28 Jun 44       Wizernes (3.21)*                        15 Aug 44      Tirlemont (3.51)*

30 Jun 44       Villers Bocage                           16 Aug 44      Kiel (4.47)

(4.15)*                                         18 Aug 44      Sterkrade (4.30)

1 July 44         Oisemont (3.33)*                       27 Aug 44      Homburg (4.14)

4 July 44         St.Martin l'Hortier                       10 Sep 44      Le Havre (3.37)*

(3.33)                                           12 Sep 44      Munster (4.24)

5 July 44         St.Martin l'Hortier                       15 Sep 44      Kiel (5.02)

(3.59)                                           17 Sep 44      Boulogne (4.22)*

6 July 44         Croixdale (3.42)*                       24 Sep 44      Calais (3.00)*

9 July 44         Les Cartellieres                         25 Sep 44      Calais (3.45)*

(4.03)*                                         26 Sep 44      Cap Gris Nez (3.18)*

12 Jul 44        Thiverney (4.39)*                        14 Oct 44       Duisburg (4.29)

18 Jul 44        Caen H.2 (3.42)*                        15 Oct 44       Duisburg (5.08)

20 Jul 44        Bottrop (4.25)                             23 Oct 44       Essen (5.12)

1 Aug 44        Anderbelck (3.28)*                    29 Oct 44       Domburg (3.06)

5 Aug 44        Foret de Nieppe                        31 Oct 44       Cologne (4.46)

(3.18)*                                         29 Nov 44      Essen (5.22)

6 Aug 44        Hazebrouck (3.37)*                   30 Nov 44      Duisburg (5.05)*

7 Aug 44        TOTALIZE 3 (4.41)

 

Flight Sergeant Grimes has carried out 36 operations totalling 140.39 hours including attacks upon such well known targets as Duisburg, Essen and Cologne.

 

This Bomb Aimer has proved on operations that he possesses great enthusiasm  for his work which has been of a consistently high standard throughout his tour.  Invariably combining a well judged plan of action with complete disregard for the stiffest opposition he has ensured for himself and his crew a good bombing record.  His coolness, courage and unswerving determination to reach his objective in the fiercest defences have made an invaluable contribution to his crew's successful tour.

 

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GRIMES, F/O Robert Anthony (J17625) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.405 Squadron - Award effective 1 December 1944 as per London Gazette dated 8 December 1944 and AFRO 337/45 dated 23 February 1945.  Born 1919 in Brandon, Manitoba; home in Heaslip Station, Manitoba.  Enlisted in Winnipeg, 22 October 1940. Trained at No.3 BGS (graduated 11 October 1941) and No.2 WS (graduated 3 March 1941). 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 2/8882 has recommendation dated 23 September 1944 when he had flown 58 sorties (262 hours 37 minutes) in two tours - 2 June to 20 December 1942 and 27 June to 12 September 1944.

 

First Tour                                                        Second Tour

 

2 June 42       Essen (4.40)                               27 Jun 44       Oisemont-au-Bois

5 June 44       Essen (5.40)                                                       (2.24)

19 Jun 42       Emden (4.50)                             30 Jun 44       Villers-Bocage (2.29)

27 Jun 42       Caen, NICKLING (4.45)            2 July 44         Oisemont-au-Bois

29 Jun 42       Bremen (6.15)                                                    (2.18)

2 July 42         Bremen (5.30)                            5 July 44         Wizernes (1.58)

19 Jul 42        Bagesack (4.45)                        6 July 44         Coquereaux (2.36)

21 Jul 42        Duisburg (5.10)                          7 July 44         Caen (2.42)

25 Jul 42        Duisburg (4.45)                          8 July 44         L'Hey (1.44)

26 Jul 42        Hamburg (5.15)                          10 Jul 44        Nucourt (2.52)

29 Jul 42        Saarbrucken (6.40)                   12 Jul 44        Paris/Vaires (3.20)

2 Sept 42       Karlsruhe (6.50)                         15 Jul 44        Nucourt (3.38)

6 Sept 42       Duisburg (4.30)                          17 Jul 44        Cagny (2.34)

8 Sept 42       Frankfurt (6.50)                          19 Jul 44        Rollez (3.03)

10 Sep 42      Dusseldorf (4.45)                       22 Jul 44        Acquet (2.42)

13 Sep 42      Bremen (6.05)                            23 Jul 44        Kiel (5.35)

16 Sep 42      Essen (2.15), DNCO                 24 Jul 44        L'Hey (1.44)

19 Sep 42      Saarbrucken (5.25)                   25 Jul 44        Foret-de-Croc (2.19)

5 Oct 42         Aachen (5.45), DNCO               4 Aug 44        St.Maximin (3.11)

7 Nov 42         Genoa (8.50)                              5 Aug 44        Bordeaux (7.34)

15 Nov 42      Genoa (10.05)                            7 Aug 44        TOTALIZE 3 (2.30)

8 Dec 42        GARDENING (4.05)                  8 Aug 44        Lucheux (2.49)

9 Dec 42        Turin (9.50)                                 9 Aug 44        Coulonvilliers (2.20)

14 Dec 42      GARDENING (3.15)                  10 Aug 44      La Pallice (5.18)

20 Dec 42      Duisburg (4.25), e/a                  13 Aug 44      Falaise (2.43)

probably destroyed.                   14 Aug 44      TRACTABLE 21 (2.32)

15 Aug 44      Melsbroek (4.19)

16 Aug 44      Stettin (5.11)

18 Aug 44      Sterkrade (3.42)

25 Aug 44      Russelsheim (6.58)

28 Aug 44      L'Hey (2.10)

29 Aug 44      Stettin (9.29)

1 Sept 44       Pourchinte (2.13)

5 Sept 44       Le Havre (2.30)

6 Sept 44       Le Havre (1.59)

8 Sept 44       Le Havre (2.16)

10 Sep 44      Le Havre (2.27)

12 Sep 44      Wanne Eickel (3.27)

 


Flying Officer Grimes is an exceptionally capable and keen Air Gunner who has almost completed his second tour of operations.  Invariably, this officer has displayed a keenness for operational duty, and a sense of responsibility which makes him a very valuable member of aircrew.  He is an excellent leader with a fighting spirit which becomes very evident when engaged in actual combat.  This officer's fine personal example will be difficult to surpass.

 

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GRIMWOOD, FS Frederick John (Can 775) - British Empire Medal - No.7 SFTS - Award effective 1 January 1946 as per Canada Gazette of that date and AFRO 82/46 dated 25 January 1946. Home in Winnipeg; enlisted there 11 May 1939.

 

As senior non-commissioned officer in the Servicing Squadron of this station, Flight Sergeant Grimwood's ability and energy have been an inspiring example to all the non-commissioned officers and airmen of the squadron.  On frequent occasions he has continued working much in excess of normal working hours in order that the training of pilots might not be interrupted.  Due to his qualities of leadership and enthusiasm he has inspired others to do likewise.  He is a keen non-commissioned officer, an efficient tradesman, and devoted to the service at all times.

 

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GRISDALE, S/L Simpson Vipond (C5284) - Mention in Despatches - Overseas - Award effective 1 January 1946 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 322/46 dated 29 March 1946.  Home in Westmount, Quebec; enlisted in Montreal, 16 May 1941.

 

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GRIST, FS Mary (W30031) - Mention in Despatches - Western Air Command Headquarters - Western Air Command Headquarters - Award effective 2 February 1946 as per Canada Gazette of that date and AFRO 280/46 dated 15 March 1946.  Enlisted in Calgary, 4 December 1941.

 

This non-commissioned officer has discharged important duties over a long period in a most satisfactory manner.  She has an exceptional grasp of detail and has shown tireless effort in carrying through her arduous work at a sacrifice of many of her off-duty hours.  This non-commissioned officer has been given responsibilities over and above those normally required of an airwoman of her rank, which responsibilities she has consistently discharged in a most successful manner.  Her exemplary conduct, outstanding devotion to duty and qualities of leadership have proven an inspiration to all with whom she works.

 

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GROFF, Corporal Harry Stewart (R89617) - Mention in Despatches - Leeming - Award effective 14 June 1945 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 1647/45 dated 26 October 1945.  Born in Grimsby, Ontario; enlisted in Hamilton,18 March 1941. No citation in AFRO.  DHist file 181.009 D.2619 (RG.24 Vol.20628) has recommendation forwarded 1 February 1945 to No.63 Base HQ when he had served 25 months in Canada, 25 months overseas.

 

As NCO in charge of crew in the Rigger Section of the Repair and Inspection Squadron, this Corporal has proven his ability to carry out any task within his trade honestly and with unfailing persistence until the desired result is accomplished.  His organizing ability merits high praise and his limitless stamina and energy make him an invaluable asset to his section.  He frequently works long hours beyond normal requirements.

 

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GROS, FS Peter (R51430) - British Empire Medal - No.7 Bombing and Gunnery School. Award effective 8 June 1944 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 1380/44 dated 30 June 1944.  Born in Leyden, Holland; educated in that country.  Home in Winnipeg; enlisted there 23 October 1939.

 

This NCO has worked for long hours in the execution of his duties with outstanding cheerfulness.  He is responsible for maintaining the high standard of messing at his unit and has been an excellent example to his entire staff.  He has at all times shown exceptional keenness and ability in his work.

 

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GROSS, F/L Douglas Haig (J10113) - No.184 Squadron (deceased) - Distinguished Flying Cross (United States) - Award effective 15 May 1945 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 1127/45 dated 6 July 1945.  Home in Vancouver; enlisted there 1 March 1941.  Trained at No.2 ITS (graduated 15 August 1941), No.2 EFTS (graduated 24 October 1941) and No.13 SFTS (graduated 16 January 1942).  Killed in action, 18 August 1944.  No citation in gazette other than for "valuable services rendered in connection with the war".  DHist file 181.009 D.3053 (RG.24 Vol.20634) has text of citation taken from USAF General Order 92 dated 14 November 1944.

 

For extraordinary achievement during the Normandy campaign while participating in an attack on a concentration of enemy tanks.  Flight Lieutenant Gross personally destroyed two enemy tanks and damaged two others, thereby contributing materially to the disruption of enemy activity in this sector.  His courage and devotion to duty reflect highest credit upon himself and the Armed Forces of his country.

 

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GROULX, FS Ernest (R257869) - Distinguished Flying Medal - No.432 Squadron - Award effective 30 October 1945 as per London Gazette dated 21 December 1945 and AFRO 155/46 dated 15 February 1946. Home in Garson, Ontario; enlisted in North Bay, 19 February 1943. Trained at No.3 WS (graduated 14 November 1943) and No.3 BGS (graduated 10 March 1943).  No citation other than "completed numerous operations against the enemy in the course of which [he has] invariably displayed the utmost fortitude, courage and devotion to duty."  DHist file 181.009 D.2618 (RG.24 Vol.20627) has recommendation from W/C K.A. France dated 16 May 1945 when he had flown 28 sorties (176 hours 10 minutes) between 6 November 1944 and 22 April 1945.

 

The above mentioned NCO completed twenty-eight successful operational sorties over some of the most heavily defended targets of Germany.  His outstanding ability and strong sense of duty has been an inspiration to the crew.  Flight Sergeant Groulx always displayed great presence of mind and gallantry.

 

For his courage, tenacity of purpose and cheerful confidence displayed by him, Flight Sergeant Groulx is strongly recommended for an award of the Distinguished Flying Medal (Non-Immediate).

 

NOTE:  Most Station Commanders, passing on such recommendations, merely noted their agreement with the squadron CO.  In this instance, W/C F.W. Ball (CO, Station Eastmoor) added, "Flight Sergeant Groulx is an exceptionally keen Air Gunner who has at all times shown ability in the performance of his duties.  By his skill, courage and determination he has extricated his crew from perilous situations..."

 

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GROUT, F/O Alan Carrick (J17559) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.424 Squadron - Award effective 11 April 1944 as per London Gazette dated 21 April 1944 and AFRO 1075/44 dated 19 May 1944.  Born in Edmonton, 1922; home in Vancouver.  Enlisted in Edmonton, 30 May 1941. Trained at No.4 ITS (graduated 3 October 1941), No.16 EFTS (graduated 5 December 1941) and No.7 SFTS (graduated 10 April 1942).  Commissioned 1942.

 

Flying Officer Grout has completed a lengthy tour of operations against a wide variety of targets in Germany and Italy.  He has displayed great coolness in the face of danger and on one occasion he skilfully piloted his seriously damaged aircraft back to friendly territory, staying at the controls until all his crew had left by parachute, following them himself with a few seconds to spare.  Shortly afterwards this officer resumed operations with undiminished enthusiasm, courage and determination.

 

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GROVES, F/O Thomas Albert (J26944) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.50 Squadron - Award effective 23 November 1945 as per London Gazette dated 7 December 1945 and AFRO 244/46 dated 8 March 1946.  Born in Calgary, October 1922; home in New Westminster, British Columbia.  Enlisted in Edmonton, 8 June 1942. Trained at No.4 ITS (graduated 27 December 1942), No.5 EFTS (graduated 20 February 1943), and No.7 SFTS (graduated 25 June 1943).  Commissioned June 1943. No citation, "completed...numerous operations against the enemy in the course of which [he has] invariably displayed the utmost fortitude, courage and devotion to duty."  Public Records Office Air 2/8772 has recommendation dated 6 June 1945 when he had flown 36 sorties (238 hours 30 minutes), 23 September 1944 to 23 March 1945.

 

23 Sep 44      Munster (4.35)                            21 Dec 44      Politz (9.35)

27 Sep 44      Kaiserlautern (6.30)                   27 Dec 44      Rheydt (5.20)

5 Oct 44         Wilhelmshaven (5.20                 28 Dec 44      Shipping-Moss (7.10)     

6 Oct 44         Bremen (4.55)                            30 Dec 44      Houffalize (5.20)

11 Oct 44       Flushing (day) (3.15)                 4 Jan 45         Royan (6.35)

14 Oct 44       Brunswick (7.40)                        7 Feb 45        Ladbergen (6.05)

28 Oct 44       Bergen (6.40)                             8 Feb 45        Politz (9.30)

1 Nov 44         Homberg (day) (4.10)                13 Feb 45      Dresden (9.40)

2 Nov 44         Dusseldorf (5.00)                       14 Feb 45      Roslitz (9.05)

4 Nov 44         Ladbergen (4.05)                       19 Feb 45      Bohlen  (8.00)

6 Nov 44         Gravenhorst (5.00)                     21 Feb 45      Gravenhorst(6.10)

11 Nov 44      Harburg (5.05)                            24 Feb 45      Ladbergen (5.40)

16 Nov 44      Duren (day) (5.25)                     12 Mar 45      Dortmund (5.10)

21 Nov 44      Ladbeergen (6.05)                    14 Mar 45      Lutzkendorn                                  (10.05)

26 Nov 44      Munich (10.90)                           16 Mar 45      Wurzburg (8.00)

11 Dec 44      Heinbach (5.30)                         20 Mar 45      Bohlen (8.15)

17 Dec 44      Munich (9.30)                             22 Mar 45      Breman (4.40)

18 Dec 44      Gdynia (9.35)                             23 Mar 45      Wesel (5.50)

 

Flying Officer Groves has completed his first operational tour of 36 sorties and has flown 238 opertional hours; these operations include raids on Munich; Gdynia; Politz (2); Dresden; Roslitz; Lutzkendorn, and a number of other German targets.  His skill as a pilot and his relentless determination in pressing home his attacks are well illustrated by the many photographs of the target conditions which he has obtained.  The consistent success which his crew has achieved is due to his personal leadership and to the meticulous attention to detail which he pays to every operational flight.  Because of his reliability he has often been selected for the important duties of wind finding for the main force, and also he has been entrusted several times with the duty of taking pilots on their first operational sortie.  No flight is too arduous for him and no enemy opposition deters him from completing his mission successfully.  Flying Officer Groves has shown consistent efficiency, reliability and a stolid indifference to enemy opposition, which has been an inspiration not only to his crew, but to the whole Squadron.  For these very high qualities Flying Officer Groves is recommended for the award of the Distinguished Flying Cross.

 

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GRUDZIEN, P/O Joseph (J22090) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.51 Squadron - Award effective 4 October 1943 as per London Gazette dated 19 October 1943 and AFRO 2457/43 dated 26 November 1943. Born in Fort William, 1923; home there.  Enlisted in Winnipeg, 22 July 1942.  Trained at No.3 BGS (graduated 18 December 1942).  Commissioned 1942.

 

Pilot Officer Grudzien by his co-operation, coolness and devotion to duty has contributed in a large measure to the successful completion of numerous operational sorties.  The great majority of these have been directed against Hamburg and the Ruhr Valley and violent opposition has frequently been encountered.  Despite all hazards, however, this officer has always been keen to engage in operations and has amply proved his outstanding courage and skill.

 

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GRUNINGER, P/O Emery (J19386) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.427 Squadron - Award effective 1 September 1944 as per London Gazette dated 19 September 1944 and AFRO 2373/44 dated 3 November 1944.  Born 1918 in Magyarpolony, Hungary; home in Sunny Brook, Alberta (teacher).  Enlisted in Edmonton, 5 September 1941.  Trained at No.7 ITS (graduated 30 January 1942), No.2 AOS (graduated 9 May 1942), No.8 BGS (graduated 20 June 1942) and No.1 ANS (graduated 4 August 1942).  Commissioned 1943.  No citation in AFRO other than "completed...many successful operations during which [he has] displayed high skill, fortitude and devotion to duty."  DHist file 181.009 D.1729 (PAC RG.24 Vol.20607) has recommendation forwarded to Station Leeming, 22 June 1944 when he had completed 29 sorties (189 hours 30 minutes).

 

This Bomb Aimer has completed twenty-nine sorties of which twenty-three have been on major targets.  Pilot Officer Gruninger has done splendid work generally and has proved himself to be an outstanding member of a gallant crew.  His excellent record and quiet but dogged determination have been an inspiration to the other members of the crew.

 

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GUBB, F/O Anthony Wreford (J3741) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.69 Squadron - Award effective 17 March 1943 as per London Gazette dated 23 March 1943 and AFRO 757/43 dated 30 April 1943.  Born at Vitenhuge, Cape Colony, South Africa, 1913; home variously given as Montreal and Kingsmere, Prince Edward Island.  Educated at Oxford University; member of Oxford University Air Squadron, 1932 to 1935.  Member of the RAF, transferring to RCAF in Ottawa, 28 June 1940.  Trained at No.1 ITS (graduated 22 July 1940), No.1 EFTS (graduated 16 September 1940), and No.2 SFTS (graduated 16 November 1940).  Reported on mapping work, Northwest Territories, September 1944.

 


Since [his] arrival in Malta in September 1942, this officer has accomplished outstanding work.  On one occasion when detailed to obtain photographs of Taranto he flew over the harbour at an extremely low altitude to ensure the success of his mission.  Later when attacked by a Messerschmitt 109 he not only took successful evasive action but, by skilful manoeuvering, forced the enemy aircraft into a spin from which the pilot did not recover.  The aircraft crashed into the sea.  While acting as Deputy Flight Commander, Flying Officer Gubb has proved an excellent leader.  He is a very courageous and zealous pilot, who can always be relied upon to complete his task in an exemplary manner.

 

NOTE: Public Record Office Air 2/8940 has recommendation sent 12 February 1943 from Headquarters, RAF Middle East to Air Ministry (copy courtesy of Sean Morrison):

 

The following recommendation for the non-immediate award of the Distinguished Flying Cross to Flying Officer Anthony Wreford Gubb (CAN/J.3741) of No.69 Squadron is forwarded.

 

This officer arrived in Malta on 27th September 1942, and has completed 454 operational flying hours in the United Kingdom, Middle East and Malta.

 

His work as a P.R.U. pilot in Malta has been outstanding, never failing in any job he was given to do.  On one occasion when detailed to obtain photographs ot Taranto he flew over the harbour at extremely low level in order to obtain the necessary results, and on another occasion when attacked by a ME.109, not only did he successfully evade the attack, but by his brilliant airmanship forced the enemy aircraft into a spin from which the pilot could not recover, the aircraft crashing into the sea.

 

In the absence of the Flight Commander he acted as Deputy Flight Commander for a period, and during this time he proved an excellent leader of the flight.

 

Flying Officer Gubb is a courageous and zealous pilot who can always be relied upon to carry out any task which is allotted to him.

 

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GUERIN, LAC Joseph Almer Fernand Rene (R141880) - No.436 Squadron (AFRO gives unit only as "Overseas") - RCAF Overseas -Award effective 1 January 1946 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 418/46 dated 18 April 1946.  Unit identified from ORB entry of 1 January 1946.  Home in Montrea; enlisted there 7 November 1941.

 

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GUEST, W/C Clifford Burton (C2537) - Mention in Despatches - No.6 Group Headquarters - Award effective 14 January 1944 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 874/44 dated 21 April 1944.  Born 7 May 1906 in Barrie, Ontario.  Banker in civil life.  Home in Ottawa; enlisted there 15 August 1940.   Served as Equipment Officer in No.6 Group, 1942-44, and with No.12 Equipment Depot, Montreal, 1945.  No citation.

 

GUEST, W/C Clifford Burton (C2537) - Mention in Despatches - Overseas - Award effective 1 January 1946 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 322/46 dated 29 March 1946.  No citation.

 

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GUEST, Corporal Rex (R80816) - Mention in Despatches - East Moor - Award effective 14 June 1945 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 1647/45 dated 26 October 1945.  AFRO gives unit only as "Overseas"; DHist file 181.009 D.1725 (PAC RG.24 Vol 20607) has list of MiDs this date with unit. Fitter IIE; home in Toronto; enlisted there 8 November 1940.  Served 27 months in Canada, 21 months overseas.  No citation in AFRO.  DHist file 181.009 D.1719 (PAC RG.24 Vol.20606) has recommendation dated 3 February 1945.

 

This NCO has by his untiring devotion to duty set a fine example to all his fellow workers.  Corporal Guest has at all times carried out his duties, even under the most trying conditions, in a cheerful and most efficient manner.

 

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GUILBAULT, P/O Joseph Arthur Louis (J93341) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.425 Squadron - Award effective 25 September 1945 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO/431 dated 8 August 1947.  Born in Montreal, 1922; home there (clerk).  Commissioned December 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.1731 (RG.24 Vol.20608) has recommendation dated 20 April 1945 when he had completed 35 sorties (217 hours 40 minutes) between 1 November 1944 and 31 March 1945.

 

A navigator of outstanding ability who has recently completed a tour of operations with this squadron over such heavily defended German targets as Karlsruhe, Dusseldorf, Cologne, Essen and Hamburg.

 

On one occasion, when detailed to attack Hanau, on the 6th January 1945, Pilot Officer Guilbault distinguished himself as a most skilful and courageous navigator.  Only fifty miles from base, the OBOE and most of the navigational aids became unserviceable.  By his undaunted determination, this officer navigated on D.R. and also by pin points taken through occasional breaks in clouds.

 


In spite of these adverse flying conditions and overcast practically throughout the journey, the target was reached on time and bombed most effectively.  Pilot Officer Guibault, by his efficiency, coolness and outstanding devotion to duty, showed magnificent example.  His good timing ability is largely responsible for the safe return of his crew and aircraft on this sortie as well as on many other occasions.

 

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GUILBEAULT, P/O Josaphat Joseph Julien (J91034) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.425 Squadron - Award effective 5 April 1945 as per London Gazette dated 17 April 1945 and AFRO 918/45 dated 1 June 1945.  Born in Worcester, United States; home in Montreal (mechanic). Enlisted in Montreal, 11 August 1942.  Trained at No.5 ITS (graduated 17 April 1943), No.1 BGS (graduated 9 July 1943) and No.1 AOS (graduated20 August 1943).  Commissioned August 1944.  No citation other than "completed...numerous operations against the enemy in the course of which [he has] invariably displayed the utmost courage and devotion to duty".  DHist file 181.009 D.1730 (PAC RG.24 Vol.20607) has recommendation (for a DFM) dated 13 November 1944, when he had flown 31 sorties (167 hours 35 minutes).  It read:

 

On the morning of 10th October 1944, Flight Sergeant Guineault's crew were detailed to attack the city of Duidburg, Germany.  Halfway in from the French coast after continuous trouble, it was noted that the aircraft was eleven minutes late.  The pilot consulted his crew and Flight Sergeant Guilbeault suggested that more time be wasted while in a safe area and later join the last bomber wave.  This instruction was carried out and through this NCO's initiative, the target was bombed effectively.

 

A veteran of No.425 Squadron who successfully completed a tour of operations over heavily defended enemy territory, Flight Sergeant Guilbeault showed exceptional presence of mind, outstanding keenness and undaunted devotion to duty which are worthy of high praise.  His cool courage, fine leadership and tenacity of purpose have been a good example to the crew he has flown with.

 

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GUILD, Sergeant Norman Roy (R80917) - Mention in Despatches - Station Eastmoor (recorded only as "Overseas" in AFRO) - Award effective 1 January 1946 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 155/46 dated 15 February 1946.  Home in Toronto; enlisted there 13 November 1940; served in Canada from then until 8 January 1942; overseas thereafter until 18 April 1945.  See DHist file 181.009 D.1725 (PAC RG.24 Co.20607) for recommendation dated 26 May 1945:

 

This NCO has served in a most meritorious manner in the squadron and has always shown great determination and devotion to duty in maintaining an outstanding record of serviceability of squadron aircraft under adverse weather conditions.  He has shown great qualities of leadership and set a fine example to all ground crew personnel by his very keen interest in his important duties.

 

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GUILFOYLE, F/O Harold Bernard (J25934) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.576 Squadron - Award effective 1 December 1944 as per London Gazette dated 8 December 1944 and AFRO 293/45 dated 16 February 1945.  Born 1919 in Toronto; home there; enlisted there 9 April 1942.  Trained at No.6 ITS (graduated 9 October 1942), No.20 EFTS (graduated 30 December 1942) and No.16 SFTS (graduated 30 April 1943).  Commissioned 1943.  Later posted to No.18 OTU.

 

Flying Officer Guilfoyle as captain of aircraft has completed a large number of operational sorties.  He has attacked many heavily defended targets in Germany and enemy occupied territory, and has at all times displayed fine leadership and cool determination.  On one occasion, when his aircraft was attacked by a Messerschmitt 109, he manoeuvred his aircraft with such skill that his gunners were able to destroy the hostile fighter.

 

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GUILLET, WO (now P/O) Gordon Joseph (R180666/J88643) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.78 Squadron - Award effective 1 December 1944 as per London Gazette dated 12 December 1944 and AFRO 337/45 dated 23 February 1945.  Born in Ottawa, 19 April 1924; home there (draughtsman); enlisted in Ottawa 29 July 1942.  Trained at No.9 BGS (graduated 16 April 1943).  Commissioned August 1944.  Later employed in National Victoria Museum (Mines and Technical Surveys), 1954.  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 2/8882 has recommendation dated 16 September 1944 when he had flown 33 sorties (152 hours 36 minutes), 22 November 1943 to 12 August 1944.

 

22 Nov 43      Berlin (7.30)                                25 Jun 44       Montorgueil (3.53)

26 Nov 43      Stuttgart                                      27 Jun 44       Mont Condon (3.09)

3 Dec 43        Leipzig (7.55)                             28 Jun 44       Blainville (6.37)

1 Mar 44         Le Mans (4.30)                           1 July 44         St.Martin (3.34)

9 Apr 44         Lille (3.30)                                   6 July 44         Croixdale (3.50)

22 Apr 44       Laon (4.20)                                 8 July 44         Chateau Bernapre (3.25)

24 Apr 44       Karlsruhe (2.20) DNCO            12 Jul 44        GARDENING (4.00)

1 May 44        Ghislain (2.50)                            23 Jul 44        Kiel (4.43)

3 May 44        Montdidier (3.45)                       24 Jul 44        Stuttgart (8.14)

6 May 44        Nantes (3.18)                             28 Jul 44        Foret de Nieppe (3.33)

8 May 44        Nante St.Pierre (3.15)               1 Aug 44        Prouville (3.30)

6 June 44       St.Lo (4.58)                                3 Aug 44        Bois de Cassan (4.00)

7 June 44       Juvisy (4.16)                               5 Aug 44        Foret de Nieppe (3.28)

15 Jun 44       GARDENING (5.26)                  9 Aug 44        Foret de Mormal (3.26)

16 Jun 44       Domleger (3.46)                        10 Aug 44      Dijon (6.39)

22 Jun 44       Laon (4.46)                                 11 Aug 44      Chapel Notre Dame (3.28)

24 Jun 44       Noyelle E.C. (3.30)                    12 Aug 44      Brunswick (5.42)

 


This Warrant Officer has now completed his first operational tour consisting of 33 sorties involving a total of 152 hours.  He has proved himself to be a keen, capable and efficient Air Gunner, and has carried out his duties conscientiously both on the ground and in the air.

 

He has taken part in raids against the most heavily defended targets and his skill and watchfulness have contributed largely to the success of his crew.

 

In encounters with enemy aircraft he has been credited with one probable.  For his courage and devotion to duty he is strongly recommended for the award of the Distinguished Flying Cross.

 

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GUILLEVIN, F/L Francis Eugene (C24448) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.431 Squadron - Award effective 1 September 1944 as per London Gazette dated 15 September 1944 and AFRO 2373/44 dated 3 November 1944.  Born in Montreal, 1916; home in Outremont.  Enlisted in Montreal, 20 September 1940.  Trained at No.13 EFTS (graduated 8 February 1941, No.6 SFTS (graduated 5 March 1943) and Central Navigation School (graduated 23 January 1943.  Commissioned 1943.  No citation other than "completed...many successful operations during which [he has] displayed high skill, fortitude and devotion to duty."  DHist file 181.009 D.3260 (RG.24 Vol.20637) has recommendation dated 22 June 1944 when he had flown 24 sorties (131 hours 55 minutes), 20 October 1943 to 16 June 1944.

 

This officer, as pilot, has completed a large number of successful operations, among them attacks on Berlin, Frankfurt and Dusseldorf.  He has at all times displayed outstanding keenness, skill, resolution and exemplary leadership.  In the face of strong enemy opposition, he has always set his mind on the task in hand, fearlessly and with a fine offensive spirit, setting a magnificent example to his crew.  His fine example and devotion to duty are outstanding.

 

GUILLEVIN, S/L Francis Eugene, DFC (C24448) - Croix de Guerre (France) - No.431 Squadron - Awarded as per AFRO 1619/45 dated 19 October 1945.  AFRO gives unit only as "Overseas"; identified in DHist file 181.009 D.3062 "No.431 Squadron - Honours and Awards - Policy" (RG.24 Vol.20635).  DHist file 181.009 D.5526 (RG.24 Vol.20667) has recommendation dated 9 January 1945 has recommendation for Croix de Guerre.  He had flown 35 sorties (180 hours 21 minutes), 22 October 1943 to 17 November 1943, and 27 hours 25 minutes since previous award.

 

This officer, a captain of an aircraft, has successfully completed a tour of thirty-five operations against the enemy.  On one occasion, 8th August 1944, while carrying out a raid on a target north of Paris, Squadron Leader Guillevin's aircraft was struck and damaged by anti-aircraft fire.  Despite this, this gallant pilot pressed home the attack and through his sterling qualities as a leader completed this mission in a successful and competent fashion.

 


In recognition of Squadron Leader Guillevin's unquestioned courage and devotion to duty, I recommend  that he be awarded the Croix de Guerre.

 

NOTE: Public Records Office document Air 2/9645 has final draft of citation which reads:

 

This officer as captain and pilot of aircraft, has successfully completed a tour of 35 operations.  On the 8th August, 1944, whilst on a raid on a target north of Paris, Squadron Leader Guillivin's aircraft was damaged by anti-aircraft fire.  Despite this, ge gallantly pressed home the attack and through his sterling qualities as a leader completed this mission successfully. His accurate bombing and his continued energy to destro enemy targets in France was an inspiration to the members of his squadron to inflict devastating results on the enemy.

 

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GUINN, F/O Melvin Wilbert (J18397) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.408 Squadron - Award effective 5 July 1945 as per London Gazette dated 20 July 1945 and AFRO 1619/45 dated 19 October 1945.  Born 1920 in Staughton, Saskatchewan; home in Regina (registrar, clerk). Enlisted in Regina, 19 February 1941. Trained at No.2 WS (graduated 26 May 1941) and No.5 BGS (graduated 7 November 1941).  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.2618 (RG.24 Vol.20627) has recommendation dated 27 March 1945 when he had flown 46 sorties (283 hours 45 minutes) in two tours - 25 June 1942 to 8 March 1943 (26 trips, 155 hours 50 minutes) and 30 October 1944 to 11 March 1945 (20 trips, 127 hours 50 minutes).

 

Flying Officer W. M. Gilbert Guinn has completed a large number of operational sorties against the enemy, some of them over the most heavily defended targets.  This officer has recently completed his second tour, and throughout his long period of operations, he has maintained a very high standard of skill in wireless operating.  His excellent spirit and keenness to operate have been a constant source of inspiration to new arrivals on the squadron.  Flying Officer Guinn's keenness was never relaxed in spite of the fact that he went through a crash in which he was the sole survivor.  In addition he has proved to be a most able assistant to his signals leader.

 

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GUNDY, WO (now P/O) Richard Montross (R160449/J86500) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.101 Squadron - Award effective 2 October 1944 as per London Gazette dated 17 October 1944 and AFRO 2637/44 dated 8 December 1944.  Born in St.Thomas, Ontario, 1921; home in Toronto.  Enlisted in Toronto, 20 April 1942. Trained at No.6 ITS (graduated 23 October 1942) and No.4 AOS (graduated 5 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 2/9025 has recommendation dated 13 July 1944 when he had flown 30 sorties (199 hours 40 minutes).

 

2 Dec 43             Berlin                          Fairly concentrated attack with good results.

20 Dec 43           Frankfurt                     Large fire to east and others in target area.

23 Dec 43           Berlin                          many fires taking hold; good attack.

1 Jan 44              Berlin                          Attack well developed; fires concentrated around markers.

2 Jan 44              Berlin                          Explosions and incendiary fires seen through cloud.  Attack well concentrated.

5 Jan 44              Stettin                         Many large incendiary fires in target area, especially in south section.

20 Jan 44            Berlin                          When attacking target, aircraft was engaged by three enemy fighters.

27 Jan 44            Berlin                          Flares shot down by light flak; marking rather scattered.

30 Jan 44            Berlin                          Glow of fires seen through thick cloud in target area.

15 Feb 44           Berlin                          Target marking good; glow of fires in target area clearly seen.

19 Feb 44           Leipzig                       Two large areas of red glow overlapping reflected on thick clouds.

20 Feb 44           Stuttgart                      Many flares shot down by flak; fires to north of target area.

24 Feb 44           Schweinfurt                Good marking. Smoke obscuring target. Fires visible for 200 miles on return.

15 Mar 44           Stuttgart                      Fires concentrated around markers. Visual Monika unserviceable prior to attack.

18 Mar 44           Frankfurt                     Early in attack, not many markers seen, but these were accurately placed.

22 Mar 44           Frankfurt                     Good attack. Many incendiary fires and one large explosion.

24 Mar 44           Berlin                          Marking scattered. No target indicators seen until leaving target.

26 Mar 44           Essen                         Large orange explosion seen in target area. Flak came up through cloud.

30 Mar 44           Nuremburg                 Good visibility; effective enemy opposition; marking well grouped.

10 Apr 44            Aulnoye                      Successful attack indicated good results.

18 Apr 44            Rouen                         Opposition encountered was moderate, resulting in heavy and concentrated attack.

20 Apr 44            Cologne                     Large explosion in target area; widespread fires in heavy attack.

30 Apr 44            Maintenon                  Attack very successful. Target located and destroyed.

11 May 44           Hasselt                       Bombs brought back on instructions of Master Bomber.

19 May 44           Orleans                       A concentrated attack. Target well marked.

21 May 44           Duisburg                    Bombed sky markers; no results seen.

22 May 44           Brunswick                  Bombed fires. Markers scattered.


24 May 44           Aachen                       A very good attack.

27 May 44           Aachen                       Concentrated bombing on PFF markers.

31 May 44           Trappes                      Red target indicators subject to concentrated bombing.

 

Warrant Officer Gundy, a Canadian, has carried out 30 successful sorties in his first operational tour as an Air Bomber, and throughout the time he has been with the squadron has displayed a constant spirit of determination and a very high standard of keenness and efficiency.

 

The sorties made by Warrant Officer Gundy against some of the most heavily defended targets in Germany include nine attacks on Berlin, and on all of these operations, in the face of most intense enemy opposition, he has always directed his captain with unerring skill and judgement.

 

With complete disregard of enemy opposition, this Warrant Officer has completed his allotted task with a high degree of courage, skill and initiative, and by his cooperation, coolness and devotion to duty has contributed in no small measure to the splendid results achieved by his crew.

 

It is recommended that Warrant Officer Gundy's courage, devotion to duty and fine record of achievement merit consideration for an award of the Distinguished Flying Cross.

 

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GUNN, W/C Donald Ross (C1851) - Member, Order of the British Empire - AFHQ - Award effective 13 June 1946 as per Canada Gazette of that date and AFRO 660/46 dated 5 July 1946.   Born 30 April 1906 in Toronto.  Home in Oakville, Ontario; enlisted in Toronto 1 April 1940.  Except for RCAF service he was employed by Ontario Ministry of Healt from 1932 to 1972, when he retired as Superintendant of Lakeshore Hospital.  Died in Ottawa, 9 June 1996.

 

This officer devoted five years of tireless, intensive and outstanding service to the Royal Canadian Air Force.  He laboured long hours of overtime with complete disregard for personal convenience or even health.  He fought persistently to organize, build and improve the Signals Services of the Royal Canadian Air Force in the face of the most discouraging organizational difficulties.  He flew many hours as a wireless operator on both operational and transport types of aircraft over all parts of Canada and over the transport routes of North and South Atlantic, in order personally to inspect the efficiency of our Signals Services.  His devotion to duty was outstanding, an example to his fellows and a chief reason for the efficiency of the Royal Canadian Air Force Signals Service during the war.

 

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GUNN, S/L Wilfred Raymond (C7703) - Member, Order of the British Empire - AFHQ - Award effective 14 June 1945 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 1127/45 dated 6 July 1945.  Born 1 February 1893 in Clifton, new London, Prince Edward Island.  Educated there.  Trained in life insurance accountancy in U.S.A. and subsequently employed by Dominion Life Insurance Company.  Enlisted in Ottawa, 4 October 1941.  Administrative Branch.

 

This officer has carried out the arduous and highly important responsibilities of Royal Canadian Air Force Casualty Officer with initiative, determination and a keen sense of feeling towards the next-of-kin with whom he is in constant contact.  His outstanding devotion to duty under the most trying circumstances has set a fine example to those with whom he serves.  The successful operation of the Royal Canadian Air Force Casualty Branch is in no small way directly attributable to his judgement, human understanding, and untiring efforts.  By great devotion to duty and unflagging energy, he has filled his important position in a most commendable manner.

 

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GUNN, FS William Charles (R52520) - Mention in Despatches - Overseas - Award effective 14 January 1944 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 874/44 dated 21 April 1944.  Home in Detroit, Michigan; enlisted in Niagara Falls, Ontario, 26 October 1939.  Aero-engine mechanic, listed as being overseas in 1940.

 

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GUNNE, FS Charles (R50300) - Mention in Despatches - Middleton St.George (AFRO gives only "Overseas") - Award effective 14 June 1945 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 1600/45 dated 12 October 1945.  Home in North Devon, New Brunswick; enlisted in Moncton, 3 November 1939; spent 37 months 14 days in Canada, 25 months two days overseas.  Fitter II (Engines), Repair and Inspection Section.  DHist file 181.009 D.4364 (RG.24 Vol.20648) has recommendation sent to No.6 Group Headquarters, 2 February 1945.

 

This NCO by his faithful devotion to duty and high quality of leadership has made a large contribution to his squadron's serviceability and is to be commended for his conscientious and industrious attitude.

 

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GURSKI, P/O Nicholas Leslie (J87695) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.51 Squadron - Award effective 4 November 1944 as per London Gazette dated 17 November 1944 and AFRO 239/45 dated 9 February 1945.  Born in Fenelon, Manitoba, 1921; home in Fort Francis, Ontario.  Enlisted in Winnipeg, 27 July 1942. Trained at No.2 ITS, No.7 BGS and No.1 AOS.  Commissioned June 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 21 August 1944 when he had flown 38 sorties (149 hours 20 minutes), 20 April 1944 to 11 August 1944.

 

20 Apr 44       Ottignies (3.59)                          28 Jun 44       Wizernes (2.41)

24 Apr 44       Karlsruhe (6.21)                         30 Jun 44       Villers Bocage (4.23)

26 Apr 44       Essen (4.36)                               1 July 44         Oisemont (3.15)

27 Apr 44       Montzen (4.09)                           5 July 44         St.Martin (3.34)

1 May 44        Malines (3.34)                            9 July 44         Les Catelliers

6 May 44        Mantes-Gassicourt                    20 Jul 44        Bottrop (4.37)

(4.15)                                           24 Jul 44        Stuttgart (8.04)

10 May 44      Lens (3.43)                                 28 Jul 44        Nieppe (3.29)

22 May 44      Orleans (5.02)                            1 Aug 44        Anderbelck (3.07),

24 May 44      Aachen (4.10)                                                    abandonend on orders

27 May 44      Bourg Leopold (3.47)                                        of Master Bomber.

31 May 44      Trappes (5.28)                           2 Aug 44        Le Nieppe (2.58),

2 June 44       Haringzelles (2.52)                                            Mid Upper Gunner

4 June 44       Herquelingue (3.14)                                           killed by flak.

5 June 44       Mont Fleurie (4.38)                    3 Aug 44        Le Nieppe (2.57)

6 June 44       Chateaudun (6.08)                     5 Aug 44        Le Nieppe (3.14)

8 June 44       Alencon (4.45)                            6 Aug 44        Hazebrouck (2.52)

12 Jun 44       Amiens (4.30)                            7 Aug 44        TOTALIZE (3.43),

14 Jun 44       Douai (3.38)                                                       Abandoned on orders

22 Jun 44       Siracourt (3.23)                                                  of Master Bomber

24 Jun 44       Le Grande Rossignol                9 Aug 44        Mormal (3.51)

(3.04)                                           11 Aug 44      Somain (3.52)

27 Jun 44       Marquise (3.16)

 

Pilot Officer Gurksi, since arriving at the squadron, has successfully completed 38 operational sorties, and has attacked some of the most heavily defended targets such as Dusseldorf, Stuttgart, Karalsruhe and Essen, and many precision targets in enemy occupied Europe.

 

By his bombing results and photographs he has proved himself to be a fine member of a crew which has just completed an exceptional tour of operations.  His courage under fire and his determination to achieve accurate bombing results, especially on precision targets has been a fine example to all.

 

On the ground his pleasant personality and willingness to help new crews was a great value to the squadron.

 

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GUSE, F/O John Maurice (J24140) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.420 Squadron - Award effective 5 April 1945 as per London Gazette dated 13 April 1945 and AFRO 824/45 dated 18 May 1945. Born in Chesley, Ontario, 1921; home in Kitchener (printer); educated Kitchener Collegiate.  Enlisted in Guelph, 30 April 1942.  Trained at No.1 ITS (graduated 6 November 1942), No.4 AOS (graduated 5 March 1943) and No.4 BGS (graduated 22 January 1943).  Commisioned March 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.1730 (PAC RG.24 Vol.20607) says he was recommended for non-immediate DFC, 16 December 1944, at which time he had flown 31 sorties (165 hours 50 minutes operational time) and the following in recommendation:

 

This officer has displayed outstanding coolness and determination throughout a noteworthy tour.  These qualities were well in evidence on a daylight raid on Cezembre Island on August 31st, 1944, when because of a technical failure, Flying Officer Guse directed his pilot in making four runs over the target from a low altitude while he released his bombs manually with excellent results.  Flying Officer Guse has been at all times an exceptionally keen crew member, and or this reason I recommend him for an award of the non-immediate Distinguished Flying Cross.

 

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GUTHMAN, F/O Michael Geoffrey (J35652) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.424 Squadron - Award effective 8 September 1945 as per London Gazette dated 25 September 1945 and AFRO 1768/45 dated 23 November 1945.  Born 1923 in London, Ontario; home in Ladner, British Columbia.  Enlisted in Vancouver, 12 October 1942.  Trained at No.7 ITS (graduated 11 June 1943) and No.3 BGS (graduated 17 September 1943).  Commissioned September 1943.  No citation other than "completed...numerous operations against the enemy in the course of which [he has] invariably displayed the utmost fortitude, courage and devotion to duty."  DHist file 181.009 D.1741 (RG.24 Vol.20608) has recommendation dated 17 April 1945 when he had completed 31 sorties (192 hours 15 minutes) between 28 September 1944 and 31 March 1945.

 

This officer has completed a tour of operations against Germany's most heavily defended targets.  Throughout, his courage has been of the highest order at all times and due mainly to his alertness on sightings and cool and accurate evasion direction to his captain, the crew came through the tour without a fighter attack.  His success on operations, plus his qualities of leadership both on the ground and in the air have been of utmost value to his section. This constant display of efficiency and determination fully warrant the non-immediate award of the Distinguished Flying Cross.

 

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GUTHRIE, A/C Kenneth McGregor (C34) - Commander, Order of the British Empire - AFHQ (Deputy Air Member for Air Staff, Plans) - Award effective 1 January 1944 as per Canada Gazette and London Gazette of that date and AFRO 113/44 dated 21 January 1944.  Born at Guelph, Ontario, 9 August 1900.  Educated in Ottawa.  Joined Royal Flying Corps, trained in Texas, went overseas May 1918 and flew anti-submarine patrols.  Joined RCAF, 1 April 1924 in Ottawa.  Also awarded CB and U.S.Legion of Merit (Degree of Officer).  Died in Ottawa, 14 March 1993.  Biographical article in Air Force magazine, Volume XVII, No.2 (July 1993).

 

Air Commodore Guthrie has rendered outstanding and devoted service since the commencement of present hostilities.  While employed as Senior Air Staff Officer at Eastern Air Command, by his high endeavour and devotion to duty he contributed greatly to the efficient organization of the Command and to the success of East Coast air operations.  Since his appointment as Deputy Air Member for Air Staff (Plans) the wealth of knowledge and experience gained by him during his extensive service have been of inestimable value to the preparations of plans for all Air Defence of Canada for which he is responsible.  Air Commodore Guthrie is the chairman of the Combined Staff Planners dealing with major problems of Canadian defence.

 

GUTHRIE, A/V/M Kenneth McGregor, CBE (C34) - Officer, Legion of Merit (United States) - effective 11 December 1945 as per Canada Gazette dated 4 May 1946 and AFRO 473/46 dated 10 May 1946.  NOTE: This was originally announced in AFRO 388/46 dated 12 April 1946, reference Canada Gazette dated 6 April 1946.  AFRO 473/46 dated 10 May 1946 cancels and re-instates.  The following citation is from an undated Winnipeg Free Press; it had previously been supplied to the American Consul General as the official citation when making the presentation on 11 January 1946 (National Archives of Canada MG.30 E.562 Volume 1).

 

Air Vice Marshal K.M. Guthrie, RCAF Air Officer Commanding No.2 Training Command, Canada, from June to November 1944, through his hearty co-operation in placing the entire facilities of his command at the disposal of the United States army forces in Central Canada, materially assisted their operations over a vast expanse of sub-Arctic and Arctic country.  Making available ample hangar space, facilities for aircraft, specially trained mechanics for repair  and maintenance, parts and supplies for emergency use, and crews and aircraft to assist in rescue operations, he contributed greatly to the safety, welfare and administration of the American forces.  Air Vice Marshal Guthrie did much to further the friendly relations existing between the armed forces of Canada and the United States.

 

GUTHRIE, A/V/M Kenneth McGregor, CBE (C34) - Companion, Order of the Bath - No.2 Air Command - Award effective 13 June 1946 as per Canada Gazette of that date and AFRO 660/46 dated 5 July 1946.  Governor General's Records (RG.7 Group 26, Volume 60, file 190-I) has citation.

 


Air Vice-Marshal Guthrie has given may years of loyal and energetic service to the Royal Canadian Air Force.  In the early part of the war, this officer served as Senior Staff Officer in Eastern Air Command where, through his vigour and exceptional ability, he contributed greatly to the planning and development of the Command and the successful conduct of operations.  From 1941 to 1943, he served as Deputy Air Member for Air Staff at Air Force Headquarters.  His extensive first hand knowledge of operations and his outstanding ability as a Staff Officer were at all times apparent.  By his own meticulous care and the skilful management of his staff, he provided an outstanding contribution to the general efficiency of flying operations and the smooth working of inter-service plans.  He was appointed Air Officer Commanding, No.2 Air Command, in 1944, and throughout the difficult period of demobilization has administered his Command with a maximum of good-will and efficiency.

 

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GUTHRIE, P/O William Alexander (J89862) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.578 Squadron - Award effective 15 March 1945 as per London Gazette dated 27 March 1945 and AFRO 1127/45 dated 6 July 1945.  Born 1919 in Winnipeg; home there; enlisted there 24 March 1942. Trained at No.2 ITS (graduated 15 August 1942), No.19 EFTS (ceased training 18 December 1942), No.5 BGS (graduated 28 May 1943) and No.1 CNS (graduated 9 July 1943).  No citation other than "completed...many successful operations against the enemy in which [he has] displayed high skill, fortitude and devotion to duty."  Public Records Office Air 2/9050 has recommendation dated 14 December 1944 when he had flown 36 sorties (145 hours 36 minutes). The sortie list indicates that he flew with F/L C.W. Bryson on almost all occasions.  Oddly, the draft citation mentions raids of Kiel and Russelsheim - yet these targets are not listed on the sortie sheet.

 

                                                                 * daylight sortie

 

4 June 44   Boulogne (3.36)                           2 Aug 44    Le Nieppe (3.22)*

6 June 44   Chateaudun (5.57)                       3 Aug 44    Foret de Nieppe (3.11)*

8 June 44   Alencon (5.19)                              5 Aug 44    Foret de Nieppe (3.19)*

11 Jun 44   Massey Palaiseau (4.44)            6 Aug 44    Hazebrouck (3.19)*

12 Jun 44   Amiens (4.32)                               7 Aug 44    TOTALIZER 3 (4.31)

14 Jun 44   Douai (3.40)                                 9 Aug 44    Foret de Mormal (3.54)*

17 Jun 44   St.Martin l'Hortier (4.05)              11 Aug 44 Somains (3.53)*

22 Jun 44   Siracourt (3.50)*                           31 Aug 44 Lumbre (3.24)*

23 Jun 44   Oisemont (3.37)                           3 Sept 44  Venlo (4.11)*

27 Jun 44   Marquis Mimoyecques (3.43)*   10 Sep 44 Le Havre (3.31)*

30 Jun 44   Villers Bocage (4.25)*                 11 Sep 44 Gelsenkirchen (4.25)*

1 July 44     Oisemont (4.02)*                          30 Sep 44 Bottrop (4.18)*

4 July 44     St.Martin l'Hortier (3.40)*             6 Oct 44     Sterkrade (4.47)*

5 July 44     St.Martin l'Hortier (3.40)              7 Oct 44     Kleves (2.38)*

6 July 44     Croixdale (3.25)                           15 Oct 44  Wilhelmshaven (4.14)

18 Jul 44    Vaires (4.22)                                28 Oct 44  Domburg (2.49)

20 Jul 44    Bottrop (4.42)                               29 Nov 44  Sterkrade (5.54)

1 Aug 44    Anderbelck (3.36)                        30 Nov 44  Duisburg (5.01)

 


Pilot Officer Guthrie has carried out 36 operations totalling 145.36 hours, in the course of which he has taken part in many attacks upon heavily defended German targets including those in such well known areas as Russelsheim, Kiel, Bottrop, [and] Sterkrade.

 

This Bomb Aimer has maintained throughout all his operations an outstanding keenness and enthusiasm for his work.  In addition, his interest in and study of navigational aids has been such that on several occasions he has been of great assistance to his navigator during long journeys.  His efficiency and enthusiasm has been a great encouragement to his captain and crew, and his co-operation, coolness and devotion to duty have undoubtedly contributed in a large measure to the success of their operational tour.

 

In recognition of his fine offensive spirit and good record, Pilot Officer Guthrie is strongly recommended for the award of the Distinguished Flying Cross.

 

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GUTNER, LAC Arthur (R202396) - Mention in Despatches - Overseas - Award effective 14 June 1945 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 1647/45 dated 26 October 1945.  Home in Montreal; enlisted there 16 November 1940.

 

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GUTTORMSON, F/L John Konrad (J13602) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.162 (BR) Squadron - Award effective 19 July 1945 as per London Gazette dated 27 July 1945 and AFRO 1672/45 dated 2 November 1945. Home in Winnipeg; enlisted there 23 July 1941.  Trained at No.7 ITS (graduated 13 February 1942), No.19 EFTS (graduated 24 April 1942) and No.12 SFTS (graduated28 August 1942).

 

In June 1944, while operating from Wick, this officer was second pilot of an aircraft which attacked and probably sunk an enemy submarine.  Later in 1944 another U-boat was attacked in the face of severe anti-aircraft fire.  Serious damage was sustained but despite this Flight Lieutenant Guttormson's aircraft remained at the scene of action and guided a Liberator to the spot.  The Liberator sank the submarine without opposition.  Again on April 21, 1945, Flight Lieutenant Guttormson sighted and attacked another U-boat and later in the same month sighted another.  He also took part in the rescue of the crew of an aircraft which had been forced down on to the sea.  Throughout his tour of operations this officer has always shown outstanding courage and devotion to duty.

 

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GUYMER, Corporal Harry (R91635) - Mention in Despatches - Station Goose Bay - Award effective 1 January 1946 as per Canada Gazette of that date and AFRO 82/46 dated 25 January 1946.  Home in Flin Flon, Manitoba.  Enlisted in Winnipeg, 23 January 1941.

 


Recently this non-commissioned officer by his resourcefulness and leadership saved a nearby village from being destroyed in a forest fire.  The initiative and devotion to duty displayed by this Corporal throughout this incident have typified his services at this unit.

 

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GWINN, F/L David Hamlin (C3914) - Member, Order of the British Empire - No.9 Group, Barton Hall, Preston, Lancs.  Award effective 1 June 1943 as per London Gazette dated 2 June 1943 and AFRO 1247/43 dated 2 July 1943.  Born in Marysville, North Dakota, 23 November 1906; educated in the United States and Toronto.  Promoted to Flying Officer, 17 December 1941; to Flight Lieutenant, 2 November 1942; to Squadron Leader, 1 October 1944.  Prewar bank clerk and long-time "ham" radio operator.  Enlisted in Toronto, 17 February 1941.  Embarked from Halifax, 10 April 1941; taken on strength of No.3 Personnel Reception Centre, 20 April 1941; to Headquarters, No.77 Signals Wing, 26 April 1941; to No.1 Radio School, 27 July 1941; to No.3 Radio School, 24 August 1941.  Posted to No.219 Squadron (Tangmere, Beaufighters), 20 September 1941; posted to No.157 Squadron (castle Camps, Mosquitos), 2 July 1942; posted to Headquarters, No.9 Group, 2 November 1942; posted to Canada, 18 March 1943; arrived in Canada, 26 March 1943; on strength of Eastern Air Command Headquarters, 27-30 April 1943; Station Yarmouth, 1 May to 4 October 1943; to AFHQ, 5 October 1943.  Remained on strength of AFHQ for balance of the war, with occasional "duty beyond the territorial boundaries of Canada."  Remained in postwar RCAF (specialist in electronics, Ground Environment Facilities), retiring as Group Captain.  Died in Ottawa, 26 October 1985.  No citation to MBE, but much can be gained from review of assorted documents.  He flew 100 hours with No.219 Squadron and 70 hours with No.157 Squadron; of these he claimed that 88 hours 20 minutes were operational hours.  On 18 July 1942 he was qualified to wear a Radio Observer Wing (backdated to 2 May 1942), this under provisions of AMO A89/42 which required recipient to fly at least 30 operational hours and/or ten sorties.  He was not deemed to have flown enough to qualify for an Operational Wing (unlike other RCAF Radio Observers, J.W.F. Peacock, F/L C.J. Glass and F/L Glazer, DFC.  While with No.157 Squadron his appointment was that of Special Signals Officer (Signals Radio).  On 2 October 1942 and 4 December 1942 the Commanding Officer of No.157 Squadron (W/C R.G. Slade) wrote the following assessments of Gwinn (which may have been similar to any MBE recommendation and certainly described the work that would have led to such a recommendation:

 

Assessed as "Exceptional" as Radio Observer.  Has stood by on many more operations than his Log Book shows. [2 October 1942]

 

A resourceful and very practical officer of exceptional ability.  He is a hard worker, a capable organizer and he handles his men well.  A good mixer, well endowed with tact and common sense.  He is always eager to fly and will any vacancy in the operational program.  He is s qualified Radio Observer.  The present confidence of Mk.V A.I. is largely due to improvements originated by him.  Most of this squadron's successes were obtained during the period he was here. [4 December 1942]


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GWYER, S/L William King (C2672) - Member, Order of the British Empire - No.17 SFTS - Award effective 1 January 1944 as per Canada Gazette of that date and AFRO 113/44 dated 21 January 1944.  Born 11 April 1911 at Vancouver; enlisted there, 9 September 1940.  Trained at No.1 ANS.

 

This officer has served from Navigation Instructor up to Chief Ground Instructor with outstanding devotion to duty and excellent leadership.  He has proven to be energetic and conscientious in the execution of his duties and throughout his service career he has contributed greatly to the raising of the standards of efficiency of the graduates coming under his charge.

 

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GWYNNE-VAUGHAN, FS Donald Ellsworth (R224884) - Distinguished Flying Medal - No.431 Squadron - Award effective 5 June 1945 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 1147/45 dated 13 July 1945.  Born 1924 in Hamilton, Ontario; home there (clerk); enlisted there 2 April 1943.  Trained at No.7 ITS (graduated 17 September 1943) and No.3 BGS (graduated 23 December 1943).  Cited with FS Moris S. Jowett (RCAF air gunner, awarded DFM).

 

As air gunners, these airmen have participated in very many sorties.  They have set a fine example of determination and throughout their devotion to duty has been unfailing.  Their coolness and courage in combat was amply demonstrated on one occasion in February 1945 when attacking Pforzheim.  During the operation their aircraft was attacked eight times by enemy fighters, but these gunners, by their good shooting and excellent co-operation, beat off the attackers, one of which was shot down.  Their conduct throughout this spirited action was exemplary.