HACHE, F/O Pierre Joseph Damien (J85157) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.425 Squadron - Award effective 5 December 1944 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 293/45 dated 16 February 1945. Born 1919, Petit Rocher, New Brunswick; home there.  Formerly in Royal Canadian Artillery.  Enlisted in Moncton, 10 March 1942. Trained at No.3 ITS (graduated 9 October 1942, No.11 EFTS (graduated 9 January 1943) and No.13 SFTS (graduated 14 May 1943).  Commissioned 1944.

 

As captain and pilot of aircraft, Flying Officer Hache has participated in a large number of sorties.  He has displayed commendable skill and courage and has invariably pressed home his attacks with the greatest determination.  His devotion to duty has been unfailing.

 

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HACHMANN, F/L Frederick Herman (J11181) - Mention in Despatches - Overseas - Award effective 14 June 1945 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 1395/45 dated 31 August 1945.  Home in Winnipeg; enlisted in Saskatoon, 7 July 1941.  Trained at No.4 ITS (graduated 26 October 1941), No.6 AOS, (graduated 31 January 1942), No.5 BGS (graduated 14 March 1942) and No.1 ANS (graduated 14 April 1942).

 

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HACKETT, F/O Douglas (J22541) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.424 Squadron - Award effective 20 September 1943 as per London Gazette dated 1 October 1943 and AFRO 2258/43 dated 5 November 1943.  Born in Kingston, Ontario, 1920; home there;enlisted in Ottawa, 15 May 1941.  Trained at No.3 ITS (graduated 1 September 1941), No.4 EFTS (graduated 25 October 1941), No.9 SFTS (ceased training 24 November 1941), No.4 BGS (graduated 23 May 1942), No.4 AOS (graduated 11 April 1942) and No.1 CNS (graduated 3 July 1942.  Commissioned 1942.

 

Throughout his tour of operations this officer has displayed great efficiency as bomb aimer.  He has completed a number of successful sorties, some of them attacks on highly fortified centres in Germany and has spared no pains to improve his skill, attaining a high standard of accuracy in bombing which has contributed much to the success achieved by his crew.

 

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HADDLESEY, P/O Ernest Francis George (J26846) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.467 Squadron - Award effective 15 November 1943 as per London Gazette dated 30 November 1943 and AFRO 410/44 dated 25 February 1944.  Born in Oakville, Ontario, 1922; home in Norwood, Ontario.  Enlisted in Toronto, 25 August 1942. Trained at o.3 BGS (graduated 28 May 1943).  Commissioned 1943.

 


One night in November 1943, this officer was the mid-upper gunner of an aircraft which attacked Dusseldorf.  Soon after the bombs had been released, the aircraft was engaged by a fighter.  An accurate burst of machine gun fire from the enemy hit the bomber and caused much damage.  Although he was struck in the shoulder by three bullets, Pilot Officer Haddlesey opened fire with good effect, driving off the enemy aircraft which fell away with its engines and fuselage on fire.  Despite the severity of his injuries and the loss of blood, this gallant gunner remained at his guns until his aircraft had neared the English coast.  He displayed courage, skill and fortitude of a high order.

 

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HAGAR, F/O Donald Le Roy (J27637) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.431 Squadron - Award effective 10 May 1945 as per London Gazette dated 22 May 1945 and AFRO 1147/45 dated 13 July 1945.  Born 1922 in Port Arthur, Ontario; home there (student); enlisted there 24 April 1942.  Trained at No.2 ITS (graduated 19 December 1942), No.2 EFTS (graduated 5 March 1943) and No.11 SFTS (graduated 25 June 1943).  Commissioned 1943.  No citation other than "completed...numerous operations against the enemy in the course of which [he has] invariably displayed the utmost fortitude, courage and devotion to duty".  DHist file 181.009 D.1941 (RG.24 Vol.20612) has recommendation by W/C R.F. Davenport dated 16 January 1945 when he had flown 30 sorties (174 hours 55 minutes), 25 August 1944 to 7 January 1945.

 

Flying Officer Hagar, a captain of an aircraft, has completed thirty sorties against the enemy.  His fine aggressive spirit and fearlessness in action, has been in keeping with the highest traditions of the Royal Canadian Air Force.  This officer's crew have, at all times, placed their faith in his skilful and courageous handling of their aircraft.

 

In view of Flying Officer Hagar's example of cheerful courage, I strongly recommend that he be awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross.

 

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HAGEN, F/L Henry (C18977) - Mention in Despatches - Eastmoor (No.62 Base in AFRO) - Award effective 1 January 1945 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 379/45 dated 2 March 1945.  DHist file 181.009 D.1719 (PAC RG.24 Vol.20606) has recommendation forwarded 15 August 1944.   Enlisted in Winnipeg, 24 or 27 July 1940; home is either Russell, Manitoba or Abbey, Saskatchewan.  Aero Engineer, duties as Servicing Wing Engineering Officer.

 

Flight Lieutenant Hagen has carried out his duties in an exemplary manner.  His constant aims have been to keep all aircraft on the station serviceable and for the welfare of the ground crew.  He has given freely of his off duty time in organizing study groups amongst the mechanics to improve their technical knowledge.

 

 


HAGEN, F/L Henry (C18977) - Mention in Despatches - Eastmoor - Award effective 1 January 1946 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 155/46 dated 15 February 1946.  Identified in AFRO as "Overseas". McEwen papers (CWM) with list of recommendations with MiD recommendations for 1 February to 31 July 1945 identifies unit.  DHist file 181.009 D.1725 (PAC RG.24 Vol.20607) has recommendation for an OBE [!] dated 30 April 1945 when he had served 18 months in Canada, 40 months in UK:

 

Flight Lieutenant Hagen has been employed as a Technical Officer on this station for many months.  In this capacity he has proved himself to be an outstandingly fine organizer, a tireless and efficient worker and a highly skilled technician.  After "D" Day when every available aircraft was almost continuously required for operations, it was largely due to his tireless efforts and his inspiring drive and leadership that this station was able to maintain such a high degree of serviceability and to send very large numbers of aircraft into the air at very short notice.

 

Throughout his long service career, Flight Lieutenant Hagen's record has been marked by rapid promotion, rising up through the ranks to the rank of Flight Lieutenant in record time for a technical man.  He has fully justified the confidence placed in him by his superiors and at present is the inspiration and driving force behind all the technicians on this station.

 

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HAGERMAN, F/L Douglas Creswell (J9656) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.12 Squadron - Award effective 3 June 1943 as per London Gazette dated 11 June 1943 and AFRO 1294/43 dated 9 July 1943. Born in Saskatoon, 1920; home in Subiton, Saskatchewan.  Enlisted in Saskatoon, 29 April 1941.  Trained at No.4 ITS (graduated 15 August 1941), No.16 EFTS (graduated 10 October 1941) and No.4 SFTS (graduated 2 January 1942).

 

Flight Lieutenant Hagerman has taken part in attacks against targets at Kiel, Essen, Dusseldorf, Cologne, Milan, Hamburg and Berlin, each time encountering heavy opposition.  In October 1942, during a sortie to Kiel, his aircraft became involved in a collision with another bomber.  The aircraft became uncontrollable and fell 8,000 feet.  Displaying skill, courage and determination, this officer then regained control and extricated his crew from a perilous situation.  Under a calm and quiet manner Flight Lieutenant Hagerman's fine fighting spirit has inspired confidence in his crew.

 

HAGERMAN, W/C Douglas Creswell, DFC (J9656) - Bar to Distinguished Flying Cross - No.419 Squadron - Award effective 15 March 1945 as per London Gazette dated 23 March 1945 and AFRO 721/45 dated 27 April 1945.

 


Since the award of the Distinguished Flying Cross this officer has attacked numerous important and heavily defended targets.  He has been in command of his squadron since August 1944 and has inspired all the members by his fine fighting spirit, outstanding courage and devotion to duty.  On one occasion in November 1944, when approaching the target at Munster, one engine of his aircraft failed.  Without hesitation Wing Commander Hagerman pressed on and successfully bombed his objective.  On the return flight another engine failed but by fine airmanship this officer flew safely back to base.

 

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HAGERMAN, F/O Gerald (J14437) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.437 Squadron - Award effective 2 February 1945 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 563/45 dated 29 March 1945.  Home in Malorytown, Ontario; enlisted in Ottawa, 19 February 1941.  Trained at No.5 ITS (graduated 27 September 1941), No.22 EFTS (graduated 23 November 1941) and No.2 SFTS (graduated 25 September 1942).  NOTE: These dates should be checked as it is a very long time between EFTS and SFTS graduation.

 

In September 1944, this officer piloted an aircraft detailed to drop supplies to our ground forces near Arnhem.  In the face of intense, concentrated anti-aircraft fire, Flying Officer Hagerman displayed exceptional resolution in executing two successful runs over the target to release all his containers successfully.  Later, after leaving the target area, the aircraft was involved in a fight with six enemy aircraft.  Such extensive damage was sustained that it became necessary to leave the aircraft by parachute.  When he was satisfied that the remaining members of his crew had left, Flying Officer Hagerman jumped himself and descended safely behind our own lines.  This officer displayed great coolness and courage in most hazardous circumstances.

 

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HAGLEY, Corporal (now Sergeant) John Henry (R102157) - Air Force Medal - No.5 BGS - Award effective 28 May 1943 as per London Gazette dated 28 May 1943 and AFRO 1459/43 dated 30 July 1943. Born in Readlyn, Saskatchewan, 1916.  Enlisted 8 May 1941 in Regina.

 

Corporal Hagley has been attached to Drogue Flight at this unit since June 1941, during which period he has shown extreme devotion to duty and has been an example to all General Duties airmen on this station.  He has been in charge of Drogue Operators since August 1942, and besides taking his regular turn at Air Exercises has helped on organization of maintenance of target towing gear.  During a twelve-month period he completed over 350 flying hours on Drogue Operator duties.

 

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HAIG, G/C Alexander McLean (C2663) - Officer, Order of the British Empire - AFHQ - Award effective 14 June 1945 as per Canada Gazette of that date and AFRO 1127/45 dated 6 July 1945.  Born in Kingston, Ontario, 27 August 1903.  Educated at Campbellford, Queen's University Law Society and Osgoode Hall, Toronto.  Executive President of Quinte Finance and Securities Co.  Home in Belleville, Ontario; enlisted in Kingston, Ontario, 4 September 1940.  Governor General's Records (RG.7 Group 26, Volume 59, file 190-I, dossier 7 has citation.

 

During a lengthy period of war service in the Royal Canadian Air Force, this officer has held a great variety of appointments both in Canada and overseas.  At all times he has displayed a high degree of initiative in discharging the tasks assigned to him.  Throughout his service he has displayed untiring efforts and splendid devotion to duty in carrying out his responsibilities which he has accepted in a manner that is an example to all.  In his present position his responsibilities have been heavy owing to the reduction effected in the Royal Canadian Air Force but he has carried them out with his usual enthusiasm, efficiency and organizing ability.  Group Captain Haig, through his tact, esprit de corps and congenial personality, has always improved the morale and esprit de corps of any unit to which he has been attached.  The example he has set and the devotion to duty that he has displayed have been of the highest order.

 

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HAIG, F/L John Douglas (J20954) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.195 Squadron - Award effective 5 July 1945 as per London Gazette dated 17 July 1945 and AFRO 1558/45 dated 5 October 1945.  See War Service Records 1939-1945 (Canadian Bank of Commerce, 1947).   Born 1921 in Winnipeg; home there.  Bank teller.  Enlisted in Winnipeg, 23 September 1941, commissioned 1942.  Trained at No.7 ITS (graduated 22 May 1942), No.19 EFTS (graduated 31 July 1942) and No.10 SFTS (graduated 20 November 1942).  Released 10 September 1945.  No citation other than "in recognition of gallantry and devotion to duty in the execution of air operations against the enemy".  Public Records Office Air 2/9082 has recommendation dated 16 March 1945 when he had flown 35 sorties (180 hours 15 minutes), 21 October 1944 to 2 March 1945.

 

21 Oct 44       Flushing (2.45)                         6 Jan 45         Neuss (5.20)

23 Oct 44       Essen (5.20)                            11 Jan 45       Krefeld (5.30)

26 Oct 44       Leverkusen (4.20)                   13 Jan 45       Saarbrucken (6.35)

30 Oct 44       Cologne (5.50)                         15 Jan 45       Erkenscwick (5.10)

31 Oct 44       Cologne (4.45)                         22 Jan 45       Duisburg (4.45)

4 Nov 44         Solingen (4.30)                        28 Jan 45       Cologne (5.50)

5 Nov 44         Soligen (4.30)                          29 Jan 45       Krefeld (5.30)

6 Nov 44         Koblenz (4.50)                         2 Feb 45        Weisbaden (5.50)

16 Nov 44      Heinsburg (3.50)                      7 Feb 45        Wanne Eickel (5.55)

20 Nov 44      Homberg (4.20)                       18 Feb 45      Wesel (4.50)

21 Nov 44      Homburg (3.50)                       19 Feb 45      Wesel (5.30)

23 Nov 44      Gelsenkirchen (4.25)               22 Feb 45      Gelsenkirchen (4.50)

27 Nov 44      Cologne (4.05)                         23 Feb 45      Gelsenkirchen (7.05)

28 Nov 44      Neuss (4.20)                            26 Feb 45      Dortmund (5.50)


6 Dec 44        Merseburg (7.45)                     27 Feb 45      Gelsenkirchen (5.15)

8 Dec 44        Oberhausen (5.00)                  1 Mar 45         Kamen (5.50)

12 Dec 44      Witten (5.25)                            2 Mar 45         Cologne (5.40)

24 Dec 44      Bonn (5.20)

 

Flight Lieutenant Haig has successfully completed a large number of operational bombing sorties as captain of aircraft.  Throughout his operational tour this officer's ability as captain of aircraft has been outstanding and he has consistently set a magnificent example in his operational flying which has been of great value to his flight.

 

There have been many occasions when he has continued to the target area although his aircraft has been damaged by enemy action and each time he has shown a great determination to reach and bomb his objective.

 

On occasions when photography has been possible he has invariably taken excellent photographs of the target with unfailing regularity, and the reliability with which he can be expected to carry out his sorties has been a great asset to the squadron with which he serves.

 

In addition to his many daylight sorties, Flight Lieutenant Haig has also been equally successful on night bombing raids and in December 1944 he carried out a highly successful bombing flight of very deep penetration to Herseburg.

 

This officer's reliability and judgement on operational flying has been outstanding, and his courage and devotion to duty in action have been of a very high order.

 

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HAIGH, FS Harold Douglas (Can 2346) - British Empire Medal - No.10 SFTS - enlisted in Winnipeg, 2 July 1937 - Awarded 1 January 1945 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 89/45 dated 19 January 1945.

 

This non-commissioned officer has set an excellent record of efficiency and devotion to duty throughout almost seven years' service with the Royal Canadian Air Force.  In charge of servicing squadron, he has distinguished himself by his continued excellent work.  By his cheerfulness and devotion to duty he has won the full co-operation of his staff.  He is outstandingly reliable and efficient in the performance of all tasks allotted to him and is deserving of the highest praise.

 

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HAIME, FS John Heney (Can 2269) - British Empire Medal - No.5 Squadron (Canada) - Award effective 11 June 1942 as per Canada Gazette of that date and AFRO 1000-1001/42 dated 3 July 1942. Home in Eastview, Ontario; educated at Ottawa Technical High School; enlisted in Ottawa, 2 June 1937.  Went overseas, March 1943.  Died of natural causes, 13 April 1952, as a Flying Officer in the RCAF.

 

This NCO in his capacity as NCO in charge of Aero Engine Mechanics, has displayed great determination and devotion to duty in maintaining the maximum serviceability of aircraft during all types of weather. He is outstanding in his ground crew duties and also has made thirty-six war trips, which in my opinion indicates the keenest interest possible in his important duties.  For these qualifications I strongly recommend him for the award of the British Empire Medal.

 

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HAINES, F/O Alfred Roy (J8601) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.102 Squadron - Award effective 31 March 1943 as per London Gazette dated 16 April 1943 and AFRO 809/43 dated 7 May 1943.  Born in New Westminster, 1912; home in Vancouiver; enlisted there 7 February 1941. Trained at No.2 ITS (graduated 8 May 1941), No.2 BGS (graduated 29 September 1941), No.3 AOS (graduated 18 August 1941) and No.1 CNS (graduated 27 October 1941).  Commissioned 1941.

 

In December 1942, this officer was the navigator of an aircraft which attacked a target in the Ruhr.  In hazardous circumstances he displayed courage, fortitude and resource of a high order.

 

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HALCRO, F/L George Herbert Alexander (J16599) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.434 Squadron - Award effective 10 May 1945 as per London Gazette dated 22 May 1945 and AFRO 1147/45 dated 13 July 1945.  Born in Montreal, 1920; home in Ottawa (labourer).  Enlisted in Ottawa, 10 October 1940.  Trained at No.1 ITS (graduated 14 January 1941), No.4 EFTS (graduated 7 March 1941) and No.8 SFTS (graduated 3 July 1941).  Commissioned 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.1941 (RG.24 Vol.20612) has recommendation dated 15 January 1945 when he had flown 46 sorties (262 hours 30 minutes).  First tour was 25 March to 11 July 1942 (24 sorties); second tour was 25 August to 6 December 1944 (22 sorties) with rear gunner killed on 11 September 1944 (Castrop-Rauxel).  Died in Ottawa, 17 May 1994, age 74.

 

Flight Lieutenant Halcro has completed a second tour of operations making a total of forty-six sorties, many of which were attacks against heavily defended targets.  Throughout both tours, Flight Lieutenant Halcro has always displayed keenness, devotion to duty, coupled with a fine offensive spirit.  The success of his crew was due in no small measure to his fine captaincy and determined spirit.

 

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HALCROW, F/L Alexander Foch (J6795) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.411 Squadron - Award effective 8 December 1944 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 293/45 dated 16 February 1945.  Born in Transcona, Manitoba, 4 November 1918; educated in British Columbia; home in Penticton, British Columbia (surveyor and piper with Gordon Highlanders militia). Enlisted in Vancouver, 18 December 1940. Trained at No.2 ITS (graduated 10 April 1941), No.8 EFTS (graduated 9 June 1941) and No.15 SFTS (graduated 20 August 1941).  Commissioned on receiving wing; promoted Flying Officer, 20 August 1942; promoted Flight Lieutenant, 20 August 1943. Upon receiving wings he was posted to Central Flying School, Trenton for instructors course (13 September to 2 December 1941); at No.31 EFTS, De Winton, 3 December 1941 to 12 October 1942; at CTS, Rockcliffe, 13 October to 30 November 1942; at "Y" Depot, Halifax, 1-29 December 1942; arrived in Britain, 14 January 1943; to No.3 Personnel Reception Depot, Bournemouth, 15 January 1943; at No.17 (P) Advanced Flying Unit, 16 February to 22 March 1943; at No.52 OTU, 22 March to 1 June 1943; with No.401 Squadron, 1 June 1943 to 5 August 1944; with No.411 Squadron, 5-18 August 1944 (missing; he was shot down by flak, baled out and was captured; enemy permitted him to return to Allied lines to report their surrender on the 21st; officially reported safe on 22 August 1944); to Repatriation Depot, 13 September 1944; to Canada, 23 November 1944; returned to Britain, 5 December 1944; back to Canada, 5 January 1945 and assigned to Western Air Command; at Station Patricia Bay, 20 January to 18 May 1945; "Y" Depot, Moncton, 19-27 May 1945; arrived in Britain by sea, 12 June 1945; repatriated to Canada, 25 November 1945; released 28 November 1945.  Service career included 152 operational sorties (225 operational hours).  On 29 May he burst a tyre on touchdown; he became airborne again, dropped his belly tank and made a good belly landing.  Aerial victories as follows: 15 March 1944, one FW.190 destroyed, Cambrai; 7 June 1944, one Ju.88 probably destroyed; 28 June 1944, one FW.190 destroyed south of Caen; 20 July 1944, one FW.190 destroyed, Conde sur Noireau; 27 July 1944, one Bf.109 destroyed southeast of Caen.  In addition he destroyed about 100 enemy vehicles and three locomotives. Photo PL-19370 shows him in front of Spitfire.

 

Flight Lieutenant Halcrow is a keen and resolute fighter.  He has led his flight and, on occasions the squadron, in many successful attacks on a variety of targets.  He has displayed praiseworthy skill and determination throughout.  In air fighting, Flight Lieutenant Halcrow has destroyed four enemy aircraft.

 

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HALE, S/L Edward Birney (C1408) - Mention in Despatches - No.161 Squadron - Award effective 1 January 1944 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 113/44 dated 21 January 1944.  Born at Toledo, Ohio, 30 May 1914.  Pre-war Imperial Airways pilot, home in Kingston; enlisted in Toronto 27 November 1939.   Remained in postwar RCAF; commanded No.412 Squadron in immediate postwar period and was appointed CO of Chatham in 1949; appointed to command North Luffenham in 1951.  Flew Sabres in Korea (awarded American DFC) and rose to Air Commodore rank.  Also awarded Queen's Coronation Medal, 6 November 1953 while at AFHQ.    Governor General's Records (RG.7 Group 26, Volume 57, file 190-I) has citation.

 


Squadron Leader Hale is Officer Commanding a squadron which he has organized with outstanding success.  By his active part in flying operations and his ability as a Bomber Reconnaissance pilot, he has set a splendid example to those serving under him.

 

HALE, W/C Edward Birney (C1408) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.161 (Bomber Reconnaissance) Squadron - Award effective 6 January 1945 as per Canada Gazette of that date and AFRO 132/45 dated 26 January 1945.  As of DFC recommendation he had flown 1,960 hours, 871 of them operational (120 sorties). Governor General's Records (RG.7 Group 26, Vol.58, file 190-I, dossier 6 gives citation.

 

This officer has completed many sorties on anti-submarine operations in the North Atlantic area.  The high degree of success he has obtained has been largely due to his untiring efforts and outstanding skill as a pilot.  He has displayed courage, determination and devotion to duty of a very high order, which qualities have been reflected in the keenness of his squadron.  He is a courageous and resourceful captain of aircraft who has made an outstanding record throughout his flying career.

 

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HALE, S/L Paul Morrow (C3880) - Commended for Valuable Services - No.2 Bombing and Gunnery School - Awarded 8 June 1944 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 1380/44 dated 30 June 1944 -  American in the RCAF.  Born in Deerwood, Minnesota; educated at Crosby Fronton High School and Shattuck Military Academy, Fairbault, Minnesota.   A press release says he enlisted at Lethbridge and received his flying badge on 24 March 1941.  Another source says he enlisted in Lethbridge, 19 June 1943 (Was he previously a senior civilian instructor ?) Described as having flown 1,229 hours to date, 542 hours as staff pilot, 71.20 hours in previous six months.  Later awarded AFC.

 

This officer, over a long period of time, has set an outstanding example as an efficient staff pilot.  His leadership, skill and devotion to duty have contributed largely to the high standard of flying at his unit.

 

HALE, S/L Paul Morrow (C3880) - Air Force Cross - RCAF Station Mountain View - Award effective 21 April 1945 as per London Gazette dated 24 April 1945 and AFRO 802/45 dated 11 May 1945 -  Enlisted at Lethbridge, 19 June 1943.  Commended, 8 June 1944 (which see for more biographical information).  No citation for AFC in AFRO.  Governor General's Records (RG.7 Group 26, Vol.58, file 190-I, dossier 6) has citation.  As of recommendation he had flown 820 hours, of which 162 were in previous six months.  With Armament Visiting Flight.  Remained in RCAF postwar; awarded Queen's Coronation Medal, 23 October 1953 while at Station Macdonald.

 


During the past three years this officer has been associated with bombing and gunnery training in the British Commonwealth Air Training Plan.  At all times he has maintained a very high standard of skill and proficiency in the performance of his allotted tasks.  This officer's thoroughness, keenness and leadership have been an example to all who have served with him.  His devotion to duty has been of the highest order.

 

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HALES, WO Arthur Reginald (R101669) - Distinguished Flying Cross -  No.49 Squadron - Award effective 6 November 1943 as per London Gazette dated 16 November 1943 and AFRO 2610/43 dated 17 December 1943.  Born in Virden, Manitoba, 1916; home there (store owner).  Enlisted in Winnipeg, 25 April 1941.  Trained at No.2 ITS (graduated 6 August 1941), No.1 EFTS (graduated 25 September 1941), and No.5 SFTS (graduated 18 December 1941).  No citation in AFRO other than "completed many successful operations against the enemy in which [he] displayed high skill, fortitude and devotion to duty."

 

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HALES, S/L Frank William (J6498) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.408 Squadron - Award effective 22 August 1944 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 2274/44 dated 20 October 1944.  Born in Camrose, Alberta, 1918. Home in Edmonton; enlisted there 8 November 1940.  Trained at No.1 ITS (graduated 14 March 1941), No.7 EFTS (graduated 4 May 1941) and No.1 SFTS (graduated 30 July 1941).

 

This officer has displayed great skill and gallantry in air operations.  He has completed very many sorties during which he has attacked successfully such targets as Berlin, Freidrichshafen and Dortmund.  On one occasion whilst over an enemy target his aircraft caught fire, sustaining extensive damage before the flames could be extinguished.  Despite this, Squadron Leader Hales executed an accurate bombing attack and afterwards flew the damaged bomber to base.  He has proved himself a most inspiring leader.

 

HALES, S/L Frank William, DFC (J6498) - Air Force Cross - No.1659 Heavy Conversion Unit (AFRO gives unit only as "Overseas") - Award effective 14 June 1945 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 1158/46 dated 20 December 1946.  Home in Edmonton; enlisted there 8 November 1940.  Trained at No.1 ITS (graduated 14 March 1941), No.7 EFTS (graduated 4 May 1941) and No.1 SFTS (graduated 30 July 1941).  Public Records Office Air 2/8771 has citation drafted when he had flown 1,500 instructional hours, 91 in previous six months.

 


Squadron Leader Hales, now employed as Deputy Chief Instructor, has been engaged on instructional duties for 3 1/2 years.  Prior to being posted to this unit, he was flight commander in a squadron and in that capacity he was in charge of all squadron training.  The efficiency of the squadron was a direct reflection on this officer's tireless efforts.  Squadron Leader Hales previously instructed at a Service Flying Training School for 21 months where by his ability, hard work and fine leadership, he became Deputy Flight Commander and later Flight Commander.  He has served in this unit as Flight Commander since August 1944, and as Deputy Chief Instructor since January 1945.  During this period he has proved himself to be a most capable, conscientious and reliable Flight Commander.  His devotion to duty, combined with his excellent ability as an organizer, pilot and instructor have very materially strengthened the efficiency of this unit.

 

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HALKETT, FS Alexander Morgan (R86893) - Distinguished Flying Medal - No.15 Squadron - Award effective 24 October 1942 as per London Gazette dated 6 November 1942 and AFRO 1830/42 dated 13 November 1942.  Born in Peace River, Alberta, 1922; home there (student).  Enlisted in Edmonton, 5 February 1941. Trained at No.2 ITS (graduated 15 May 1941), No.16 EFTS (graduated 2 July 1941), and No.4 SFTS (graduated 13 September 1941).

 

This airman has completed numerous sorties and has displayed great efficiency, combined with outstanding determination, to complete his tasks successfully.  He is a confident captain and a fine leader.

 

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HALL, G/C Carl Herbert (C4417) - Mention in Despatches - EAC Headquarters - Award effective 14 June 1945 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 1127/45 dated 6 July 1945.  Born in Uxbridge, Ontario, April 1898, educated at Guelph and Ingersoll.  Served as an artillery NCO in First World War; securities executive before the war; transferred from RCASC to RCAF in Toronto, 28 November 1940. S/L as of 1 July 1941, W/C on 1 June 1943, G/C on 1 June 1944. In Toronto, November 1940 to December 1941; St.Thomas, December 1941 to May 1942; Halifax, May 1942 onwards.  Later served in UK and in immediate postwar air force was Director of Accounts, AFHQ. Later awarded OBE (1 January 1946).  Died of a heart attack in Ottawa, 8 April 1953.

 

Group Captain Hall has been staff officer Accounts and Finance at this Headquarters for slightly more than two years.  His devotion to duty and the perseverance he has always displayed in completing his numerous and difficult tasks have set an example for all his associates.  This officer, while demonstrating unusual proficiency and zeal in the performance of the normal duties of his appointment, has carried out other duties with the utmost satisfaction.  He has originated suggestions for improvement in procedures leading to greater efficiency, which have been adopted by higher authority and has contributed materially to the internal organization of his division of the service.

 

HALL, G/C Carl Herbert (C4417) - Officer, Order of the British Empire - EAC Headquarters - Award effective 1 January 1946 as per Canada Gazette of that date and AFRO 82/45 dated 25 January 1946. Governor General's Records (RG.7 Group 26, Volume 59, file 190-I, dossier 8 has citation.

 


This officer has been Staff Officer Accounts and Finance at this Headquarters for slightly more than two years.  His devotion to duty and the perseverance he has always displayed in completing his numerous and difficult tasks has set an example to all his associates.  This officer, while demonstrating unusual proficiency and zeal in the performance of the normal duties of his appointment, has carried out with utmost satisfaction, duties above the ordinary.  He has originated suggestions for improvements in procedure leading to greater efficiency, which have been adopted by higher authority and has contributed materially to the internal organization of his division of the Service.

 

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HALL, F/L Donald George (C17597) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.419 Squadron - Award effective 5 August 1944 as per London Gazette dated 18 August 1944 and AFRO 2101/44 dated 29 September 1944.  Born in Sunbridge, Ontario, 1912; home in St.Thomas, Ontario.  Enlisted in Sudbury, 22 July 1940.  Commissioned 1943.No citation other than "completed...many successful operations against the enemy in which [he has] displayed high skill, fortitude and devotion to duty."  DHist file 181.009 D.1634 (RG.24 Vol.20604) has recommendation for an American DFC, submitted to AOC No.6 Group, 3 August 1944.  He had completed 17 operations, 15 January to 19 November 1943, and since 5 September 1943 had been Squadron Engineer Officer (Squadron Flight Engineer Leader).  Recommendation praised his efforts and leadership when the unit was converting from Halifax II to Lancaster X aircraft.

 

Public Records Office Air 2/9632 has recommendation for DFC dated 17 May 1944 when he had flown seventeen sorties (98 hours 40 minutes), 15 January to 19 November 1943.  This, coupled with the attempt to get an American DFC for him, suggests great determination on the part of his Commanding Officer to get an award to Hall.

 

15 Jan 43       Lorient (5.50)                              28 Apr 43       GARDENING,

29 Jan 43       Lorient (6.30)                                                      Anholt Island (7.00)

3 Feb 43        Hamburg (3.40)                          30 Apr 43       Essen (5.30)

16 Feb 43      Lorient (6.05)                              4 May 43        Dortmund (4.50)

19 Feb 43      Wilhelmshaven (5.00)                23 May 43      Dortmund (4.50)

24 Feb 43      Wilhelmshaven (4.30)                11 Jun 43       Dusseldorf (5.05)

1 Mar 43         Berlin (7.15)                                27 Jul 43        Hamburg (6.40)

22 Mar 43      St.Nazaire (5.55)                       18 Nov 43      Ludwigshaven (7.40)

26 Apr 43       Duisburg (5.25)                          19 Nov 43      Leverkusen (6.55)

 

Flight Lieutenant Hall has taken part in seventeen night operations against the enemy, including twelve attacks on the main German industrial centres.

 

Since the 5th September, 1943 he has held the post of Squadron Engineer Leader and the high standard of efficiency in the Engineer's Section of this squadron is primarily due to the example, energy and good leadership he has shown.


During the conversion of the squadron from Halifax IIs to Lancaster Xs, Flight Lieutenant Hall undertook the task of converting crews - an arduous task which he has completed with exceptional results.

 

I consider that this officer's unswerving loyalty, devotion to duty and the high standard of excellence which he has set fully merits the non-immediate award of the Distinguished Flying Cross.

 

HALL, F/L Donald George, DFC (C17597) - Mention in Despatches - No.419 Squadron (AFRO gives only "Overseas") - Award effective 14 June 1945 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 1395/45 dated 31 August 1945. DHist file 181.009 D.4364 (RG.24 Vol.20648) has recommendation submitted 2 February 1945.  Flight Engineer Leader.

 

As Flight Engineer Leader of the squadron, Flight Lieutenant Hall has devoted many extra hours of work to improving the knowledge and efficiency of the men of his section.  The results he has obtained have been outstanding.

 

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HALL, F/L Douglas Irving (J12193) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.414 Squadron - Award effective 29 March 1945 as per London Gazette dated 10 April 1945 and AFRO 802/45 dated 11 May 1945.  Born in Timmins, Ontario, 6 June 1922.  Home in Milliken, Ontario (miner). Enlisted in Toronto, 7 July 1941.  Trained at No.1 ITS (graduated 6 December 1941), No.9 EFTS (graduated 13 February 1942) and No.6 SFTS (graduated 19 June 1942); commissioned 19 June 1942.  Flew at No.9 Bombing and Gunnery School, Mont Joli, 6 July 1942 to 3 June 1943 before further training at No.1 OTU (4 June to 21 August 1943).  Arrived in UK 19 September 1943.  Further trained at No.41 OTU (26 October 1943 to 11 April 1944) and No.8 (C) OTU (11 April to 24 May 1944).  No.400 Squadron, 24 May to 20 July 1944, No.414 Squadron from 20 July 1944 to 31 May 1945.  Aerial victories as follows: 21 September 1944, one FW.190 destroyed; 24 December 1944, two Bf.109s destroyed; 2 May 1945, three FW.190s and one Me.108 destroyed, one FW.190 and one Me.108 damaged.  Later in UK and with No.411 Squadron; repatriated March 1946, released 5 July 1946.

 

Throughout numerous sorties Flight Lieutenant Hall has proved himself to be a most competent and courageous pilot displaying tenacity and determination of the highest order.  Several of his missions have involved deep penetrations into enemy territory in the face of intense and accurate anti-aircraft fire and adverse weather.  He has destroyed three hostile aircraft.  On one occasion in December 1944, his aircraft flying with another was attacked by at least fifteen enemy fighters.  Throughout the ensuing combat Flight Lieutenant Hall displayed exceptional coolness and skill and although greatly outnumbered destroyed two Messerschmitt 109s.  His enthusiasm and tenacity have provided an inspiring example to the other members of his squadron.

 


HALL, F/L Donald Irving, DFC (J12193) - Bar to Distinguished Flying Cross - No.414 Squadron - Award effective 17 July 1945 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 1453/45 dated 14 September 1945.

 

Flight Lieutenant Hall has displayed considerable skill and ability both in the air and on the ground.  He has completed a large number of sorties, including many reconnaissances.  On a tactical reconnaissance mission in May 1945, he engaged a formation of enemy aircraft.  In the ensuing combat, Flight Lieutenant Hall shot down three Focke Wulf 190s and a Messerschmitt 108 [?] and damaged two others.  His example of keenness and determination has set a high standard to all members of his squadron.

 

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HALL, F/L Douglas Pengelly (J5826) - Mention in Despatches - Overseas - Award effective 1 January 1946 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 155/46 dated 15 February 1946.  Born in Calgary; home in Toronto.  Enlisted in Windsor, 24 October 1940.  Trained at No.1 ITS (graduated 7 February 1941), No.1 EFTS (graduated 10 April 1941) and No.9 SFTS (graduated 21 June 1941).  Instructed in Canada before going overseas; served with a Mosquito intruder unit.  Remained in postwar RCAF, serving with No.414 Squadron on photo duties and commanding No.1 Wing, Merville, 3 June 1959 to 31 July 1963 (Group Captain).

 

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HALL, FS Elgin Clyde (R51596) - British Empire Medal - AFHQ - Award effective 1 January 1946 as per Canada Gazette of that date and AFRO 82/46 dated 25 January 1946.  Enlisted in Fort William, 31 January 1940.

 

This non-commissioned officer has consistently given highly meritorious service in his special field.  His duties involved work far above that normally expected together with long hours of continuous duty.  Flight Sergeant Hall was responsible for the co-ordination and publication of maintenance instructions and information for aircraft and technical equipment, and his work deserves special commendation.

 

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HALL, W/C Ernest Orchard Winchester (C1689) - Air Force Cross - RCAF Headquarters - Award effective 14 June 1945 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 1127/45 dated 14 June 1945.  Born 23 October 1900 at Cumberland, Vancouver Island, B.C.  Educated in Victoria.  Investment dealer.  Enlisted in Toronto, 5 February 1940 - A veteran of the First World War RAF (No.41 Squadron, one victory, POW).  May have been in charge of Lethbridge division of an RCAF ferry squadron in 1942.  Governor General's Records (RG.7 Group 26 Volume 59, file 190-I, dossier 7) has citation, drafted when he had flown 1,708 hours.

 


This officer, a veteran of World War I, was employed as a ferry pilot and detachment commander on the most hazardous section of ferry routes, that is, the Rocky Mountain section.  His untiring efforts in safely delivering aircraft over this route and training other pilots for the same operation was of extreme benefit to the Royal Canadian Air Force.  Later, as a ferry squadron commander and then assistant director of ferry wing in Air Transport Command, he worked considerably in excess of normal hours in order to operate his units at peak efficiency, resulting in the delivery of great numbers of aircraft and the reduction of the ferry accident rate to a very low figure.  The devotion to duty that he has displayed has been exceptional.

 

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HALL, F/O Gavin Allan (J17935) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.7 Squadron - Award effective 15 March 1945 as per London Gazette dated 23 March 1945 and AFRO 721/45 dated 27 April 1945.   Born 1922 at Minitonas, Manitoba; home there.  Enlisted in Winnipeg, 17 July 1941. Trained at No.7 BGS (graduated 27 July 1942).  Commissioned 1943.  No citation other than "completed...many successful operations against the enemy in which [he has] displayed high skill, fortitude and devotion to duty."  Public Records Office Air 2/9051 has recommendation dated 19 December 1944 when he had flown 49 sorties (210 hours 15 minutes).  NOTE: Sortie list not sent from England.

 

On his second operational tour, this officer has now completed 49 sorties, 26 of which have been successfully concluded in the Pathfinder Force on this squadron.  He has been a member of a Marker crew on fifteen occasions.

 

Flying Officer Hall has always displayed complete coolness in combat with the enemy.  His fine handling of guns, his devotion to duty, and his all-round ability as an Air Gunner have, on more than one occasion, enabled his captain to avoid combat in the air, and has thereby contributed to the safety of the crew.  His strong sense of discipline and devotion to duty are highly commendable.

 

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HALL, W/C George Edward (C3699) - Air Force Cross - AFHQ (Directorate of Medical Services - Air) - Award effective 1 January 1943 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 55/43 dated 15 January 1943.  Born in Lindsay, Ontario, 10 October 1906 or 1907.  Educated there, Ontario Agricultural College, and University of Toronto.  Active in the Militia, 1925 to 1938.  Member, RCAMC, 1 September 1939; switched to RCAF in Ottawa, 16 November 1940 with rank of Squadron Leader; promoted to Wing Commander, 1 February 1941; Group Captain, 1 May 1943; served in Canada with numerous temporary duty trips to Dayton, Chicago and Washington); in Britain, 22 October to 30 December 1941 and 28 October to 5 December 1943.  Awarded Canadian Efficiency Decoration in 1944 (AFRO 2314/44).  The Canadian Army sought his services for clothing research in 1942.  Retired from RCAF, 28 February 1945.  Awarded US Legion of Merit, 31 October 1946, and Queen's Coronation Medal, 26 October 1953.  A Press Release (date uncertain) describes him as a brilliant medical student (University of Toronto) and doctor. In January 1944 was appointed Dean of the Faculty of Medicine, University of Western Ontario but did not take up his duties until after departure from RCAF.  At age 36 he held a Bachelor's degree in Agriculture (Ontario Agricultural College), a Masters degree in Biochemistry, a Doctorate in Physiology plus medical degree from University of Toronto. Possibly first RCAF non-aircrew to receive AFC.  An associate of Sir Frederick Banting. Shortly before the war they had begun work on aviation medicine.  Continued to be consulted on service medicine until 1952.  Recommended for a CBE by Air Commodore R.W. Ryan, 10 July 1942, this was converted to an AFC.  Died in London, Ontario, 11 February 1972.

 

Since the outbreak of war, this officer has been applying Physiology and Physics to the problems of maintenance of aircrew personnel, and he has been co-ordinating all medical activities from an operational point of view.  He has spent 300 hours in the air, mostly on test and development work, and on operational flights to get first hand information for safe-guarding the wellbeing, efficiency and safety of flying personnel.  He has been the first on all occasions to undertake the risks entailed in development work, particularly in the fields of decompression sickness, high altitude flying, and the testing of oxygen equipment and protective clothing at high altitudes, actually in the air.  The risks to which he has exposed himself are the determining elements for eliminating those dangerous factors which may militate against the efficiency, maintenance and safety of aircrew personnel.  He was responsible for the erection of the first low pressure low temperature chamber, and his work on anti-glare glasses has been of the highest order.

 

HALL, G/C George Edward, AFC (C3699) - Retired - Officer, Legion of Merit (United States) - Award effective 31 October 1946 (AFRO 1075/46 of 15 November 1946).  Citation provided on 21 October 1946 by Colonel R.E.S. Williamson,  Military Attache in Ottawa writing to Secretary for Air, Department of National Defence, Ottawa.

 

Group Captain George Edward Hall, Royal Canadian Air Force, from January 1942 to August 1945, rendered exceptionally meritorious service.  He maintained close liaison activities among agencies of the Royal Canadian Air Force and the United States Army Air Forces in connection with the development of oxygen equipment and protective clothing.  Through his outstanding professional ability and ready co-operation, Group Captain Hall contributed materially to related technical advances made by Canada and the United States. 

 

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HALL, Corporal Glenn Hastings (R83293) - Mention in Despatches - No.255 Squadron - Award effective 1 June 1943 as per London Gazette dated 2 June 1943 and AFRO 1247/43 dated 2 July 1943.  Unit not identified in AFRO but found in DHist file 181.009 D.1711 "Honours and Awards - Awards to RCAF Personnel in Middle East" (NAC RG.24 Box 20605).  Home in Kingsville, Ontario; enlisted in Windsor, Ontario, 3 February 1941.


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HALL, F/O Jack Cecil (J25156) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.429 Squadron - Award effective 6 October 1944 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 2534/44 dated 24 November 1944.  Born 1915 in Morden, Manitoba; formerly in Royal Winnipeg Rifles.  Enlisted in Winnipeg, 22 October 1940.  Trained at No.2 ITS (graduated 20 June 1942), No.2 EFTS (graduated 25 September 1942), No.11 SFTS (graduated 3 November 1942), No.2 BGS (graduated 21 February 1943). and No.1 CNS (graduated 2 April 1943).  Commissioned 1943.

 

In July 1944 this officer was air bomber of an aircraft detailed to attack Hamburg.  On the return flight the aircraft was hit by anti-aircraft fire and sustained severe damage.  The navigator was badly wounded in the thigh and Flying Officer Hall rendered him first aid. Shortly after the aircraft was again hit by enemy fire and a fire was started in the bomb bay.  With the assistance of the flight engineer Flying Officer Hall succeeded in extinguishing the flames.  Throughout the return flight, which was made under the most hazardous circumstances, this officer continued to render every possible assistance to his captain and crew, thereby materially contributing to the safe return of the aircraft to this country.  Flying Officer Hall has completed many sorties and has at all times displayed initiative, courage and endurance of a very high order.

 

NOTE: DHH file 181.009 D.2611 (RG.24 Volume 20627) has original recommendation drafted 15 August 1944 when he had flown 30 sorties (159 hours 45 minutes) and is much more detailed:

 


This officer has completed 30 sorties against the enemy including many of the heavily defended targets in the Ruhr.  Throughout he tour he has shown great coolness and devotion to duty and a determination to come to grips with the enemy and to complete his mission successfully.  On one occasion the aircraft in which he was air bomber was engaged by enemy fighters and eventually forced down in the English Channel where the crew escaped by dinghy and the pilot was drowned.  On another occasion, Flying Officer Hall was forced to abandon aircraft and made a successful parachute landing.  Unshaken by these incidents, Flying Officer Hall continued to do his duty and on the night of the 28/29th of July 1944, while returning from an attack on Hamburg when 70 miles from the enemy coast, the aircraft in which he was a crew member was hit by enemy flak and very badly damaged.  The aileron control was practically put out of commission, the hydraulic lines were broken and the bomb doors could not be closed.  There was also extensive damage in the starboard bomb bay and also in the forward cabin.  The navigator was badly wounded in the thigh and Flying Officer Hall rendered successful first aid and arrested the bleeding.  Shortly after this the aircraft was again hit by enemy flak and a fire started in the bomb bay.  Together with the Flight Engineer [Pilot Officer Eric Appleton, RAF], Flying Officer Hall succeeded in extinguishing the fire.  Throughout the return trip which was made under most difficult circumstances with the aircraft practically out of control, Flying Officer Hall continued to render every assistance possible to the other members of the crew and by his coolness and courage, stimulated them in their efforts so that the aircraft was able to return safely to this country and the lives of his wounded comrades were saved.

 

It is considered that this outstanding operational career and devotion to duty under most trying conditions fully merits the immediate award of the Distinguished Flying Cross.

 

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HALL, F/O James Barcley (J14776) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.424 Squadron - Award effective 2 October 1944 as per London Gazette dated 13 October 1944 and AFRO 2637/44 dated 8 December 1944.  Born in St.Rose, Quebec, 1912; home in Montreal; enlisted there 21 January 1942.  Trained at No.5 ITS (graduated 20 June 1942) and No.1 AOS (graduated 9 October 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.2609 (RG.24 Vol.20632) has recommendation dated 17 July 1944 when he had flown 27 sorties (204 hours 30 minutes), 29 July 1943 to 21 June 1944.  Sortie list mentioned that on first sortie (Hamburg) his aircraft was attacked by two fighters; Peenemunde raid of 17 August 1943 was at 8,000 feet; attacks of 5 September 1943 (Mannheim) and 6 September 1943 (Munich) were not carried out (inter-comm failure) and that of 8 October 1943 (Hanover) not carried out due to port inner engine failure. Aircraft also coned by searchlights on 24 March 1944 (Berlin).

 

A navigator of outstanding ability, Flying Officer J.B. Hall has completed twenty-seven operational sorties, including raids on Berlin, Hamburg, Peenemunde and other heavily defended targets in Germany, and several raids on marshalling yards in France.

 

Flying Officer Hall's exceptional ability as a navigator has been largely responsible for the success of his crew on these raids.  His high courage and efficiency displayed in the air under adverse conditions has been outstanding.  On the ground, as Deputy Leader of the Navigation Section, this officer has carried out his duties with precision and tenacity, and the successful operation of the Section has been due in large part to this officer's ability.

 

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HALL, W/C John Arthur (C2379) - 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 Winnipeg, Manitoba; enlisted 10 July 1940 in Windsor, Ontario.

 


This officer has done much useful work in the field in improving and stabilizing equipment accounting and administration, by virtue of his unceasing efforts to bring to light weaknesses and irregularities in the general field of equipment accounting and administration.  He has executed successfully, during the course of his audits, difficult assignments and has put forward a number of ideas and suggestions for the improvement of equipment control.  He has at all times worked unsparingly and without thought of personal gain.

 

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HALL, Corporal John Dalton (R74166) - Mention in Despatches - Leeming - Award effective 14 June 1945 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 1647/45 dated 26 October 1945.  Home in Navan, Ontario.  Enlisted in Ottawa, 1 October 1940.  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.  MT Driver; had served 24 months in Canada, 27 months overseas.  Twin brother of D.S. Hall, RCAF.  Also identified with No.427 Squadron.

 

In charge of a petrol tanker refuelling an aircraft, Corporal Hall showed great presence of mind and a disregard of personal safety when the aircraft caught fire from exploding vapour.  Although the connecting hose was already alight, he jumped into the cab of the vehicle and drove it away to a place of safety.  He then assisted in extinguishing the fire at the rear of the vehicle.  By his prompt action he prevented the possible explosion of the tanker and the destruction not only of the aircraft, but also of other valuable equipment.

 

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HALL, F/L John McInnes (J20938) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.405 Squadron - Award effective 23 November 1945 as per London Gazette dated 4 December and AFRO 212/46 dated 1 March 1946.   Born in Winnipeg, October 1920; educated at University of Manitoba member, COTC).  Former auditor.  Enlisted in Winnipeg, 1 October 1941.  Trained at No.7 ITS (graduated 6 June 1942), No.19 EFTS (graduated 1 August 1942), and No.10 SFTS (graduated 27 November 1942).  Commissioned November 1942. No citation other than "completed...numerous operations against the enemy in which [he has] invariably displayed the utmost fortitude, courage and devotion to duty".  Public Records Office Air 2/8772 has recommendation dated 20 May 1945 noting that he had flown 43 sorties (469 hours) including 270 hours (15 sorties) with Coastal Command.  Bomber Command operations had run from 21 November 1944 to 25 April 1945.

 

21 Nov 44      Castrop Rauxel (6.50)          7 Feb 45        Goch (6.25)

27 Nov 44      Neuss (5.45)                          13 Feb 45      Dresden (10.50)

30 Nov 44      Duisburg (7.00)                     14 Feb 45      Chemnitz (8.50)

2 Dec 44        Hagen (7.35)                         23 Feb 45      Pforzeim (8.45)

4 Dec 44        Karlsruhe (7.40)                    11 Mar 45      Essen (4.30)

5 Dec 44        Soest (7.35)                           13 Mar 45      Herne (4.50)

6 Dec 44        Osnabruck (7.00)                  14 Mar 45      Zweibrucken (5.05)

28 Dec 44      Opladen (6.20)                      16 Mar 45      Nuremburg (7.10)

29 Dec 44      Schloven (7.15)                     31 Mar 45      Hamburg (5.05)

6 Jan 45         Hanau (6.40)                          10 Apr 45       Leipzig (6.15)


7 Jan 45         Munich (8.50)                         11 Apr 45       Bayreuth (5.50)

14 Jan 45       Merseburg (9.35)                  14 Apr 45       Potsdam (7.50)

16 Jan 45       Zeitz (9.00)                             16 Apr 45       Schwandorf (6.40)

4 Feb 45        Bonn (7.00)                            25 Apr 45       Bertchesgaden (6.50)

 

This officer, as captain of a very successful crew, has nearly completed two tours of operations.  His ability as a pilot and his wide operational experience in two theatres of war, have been an example and assistance to all.  He has participated in attacks against such heavily defended targets as Duisburg, Hamburg and Essen.  He has invariably displayed commendable courage and determination, and his example has greatly inspired his crew.

 

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HALL, F/O John Thomas (J25802) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.51 Squadron - Award effective 1 August 1944 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 2052/44 dated 22 September 1944.  Born in Lethbridge, 1914; home in Calgary.  Member of Canadian Army, 1932; transferred to RCAF in Calgary, 1 August 1937.  Trained at No.5 ITS (graduated 26 September 1942), No.10 EFTS (graduated 18 December 1942) and No.11 SFTS (graduated 30 April 1943).  Commissioned April 1943.

 

This officer has completed very many sorties and has displayed a high standard of skill throughout.  He has invariably pressed home his attacks with courage and resolution and has achieved much success.  In June 1944, he pilot an aircraft detailed to attack a railway target in France.  At one stage of the outward flight the port outer propeller stopped in the fully feathered position.  Shortly after it had been restarted, excessive vibration was experienced, and finally the propeller and reduction gear flew off.  Nevertheless, Flying Officer Hall continued to the target and executed his attack.  His determination was typical of that he has shown throughout his tour.

 

HALL, S/L John Thomas, DFC (J25802) - Distinguished Service Order - No.35 Squadron - Award effective 27 April 1945 as per London Gazette dated 27 April 1945 and AFRO 918/45 dated 1 June 1945.

 

This officer has completed a large number of operational missions.  He has displayed exceptional skill and throughout has set a magnificent example of determination and devotion to duty.  His record is worthy of the highest praise.

 

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HALL, Sergeant Keith William (R119027) - Mention in Despatches - No.431 Squadron - Award effective 14 June 1945 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 1600/45 dated 12 October 1945.  Born 8 November 1919 in Toronto; Canadian Bank of Commerce clerk there.  Joined Canadian Army, 16 April 1941; transferred to RCAF 24 July 1941.  Went overseas in October 1942.  On administrative duties with No.4 Group to October 1943, and with No.431 Squadron to end of war.  Unit given in AFRO only as "Overseas"; see War Service Records, 1939-1945 (Bank of Commerce war book).  DHist file 181.009 D.4364 (RG.24 Vol.20648) has recommendation sent to No.6 Group Headquarters, 2 February 1945.  Had served 15 months in Canada, 27 months overseas.

 

This NCO has been in charge of No.431 Squadron Orderly Room since the 20th November 1943.  Displaying capable organizing ability he has at all times handled his job in an efficient manner.  Showing great patience and determination he has always kept the welfare of aircrew as his closest interest and the regard with which he is held by the squadron personnel is a tribute to his outstanding ability.  Willingly working long hours and undertaking any assignment that will help operations, Sergeant Hall's devotion to duty is of the highest order.

 

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HALL, Corporal Lillian Florence (W301493) - Mention in Despatches - Overseas - Award effective 8 June 1944 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 1729/44 dated 11 August 1944.  Enlisted in Ottawa.  No citation in AFRO.

 

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HALL, Corporal Mary Laura (W304430) - British Empire Medal - RCAF Overseas Headquarters - Award effective 13 June 1946 as per Canada Gazette of that date and AFRO 660/46 dated 5 July 1946.  Home in Weyburn, Saskatchewan; enlisted in Regina, 8 April 1942.

 

This non-commissioned officer has for some considerable time been in charge of the Secret Section of the Headquarters Central Registry.  Her devotion has at all times been outstanding.  She has not, and does not, spare herself in furthering the efficiency of the Section.  Particular reference is made to the way Corporal Hall performed her duties during the Second Phase Period, when under very trying circumstances she, without supervision and by her own initiative introduced a completely new system to provide for the complex nature of "Second Phase" material.  During this period, as at all times, Corporal Hall's tactful and diplomatic manner when in contact with the officer personnel of Royal Canadian Air Force Headquarters, Overseas, and in the general performance of her duties, has been of particular note.

 

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HALL, FS (now P/O) Norman Frankland (R175078/J92542) - Distinguished Flying Medal - No.12 Squadron - Award effective 5 February 1945 as per London Gazette dated 20 February 1945 and AFRO 563/45 dated 29 March 1945.  Born 1921 in Toronto; home in Weston.  Enlisted in Toronto, 22 June 1942.  Trained at No.5 ITS (graduated 1 May 1943) and No.1 AOS (graduated 28 October 1943).  Commissioned November 1944.

 

Flight Sergeant Hall has participated in many attacks on targets in Germany including Frankfurt, Duisburg, Stuttgart and Essen.  Throughout he has proved himself a skilful navigator whose accurate work has played a good part in the successes obtained.  In November 1944 he took part in an attack on Dortmund.  When nearing the target the aircraft was hit by an anti-aircraft shell and Flight Sergeant Hall was wounded in the leg by a piece of shrapnel.  The injury caused him much physical distress but, after receiving first aid, he continued with his duties.  The bombing task was successfully executed and Flight Sergeant Hall afterwards navigated the aircraft back to base.  The airman set a fine example of courage and fortitude.

 

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HALL, F/O (now F/L) Stewart Llewelyn (J17882) - Air Medal with Two Bronze Oak Leaf Clusters (United States) - 9th USAAF - Award effective 10 March 1945 as per Canada Gazette dated 4 May 1946 and AFRO 473/46 dated 10 May 1946.  Announced in General Order No.2 dated 5 January 1945, Headquarters of USAAF, Middle East, Cairo, "he having participated in 5 operational missions, each of more than 2 1/2 hours duration".  Home in St.Catharines, Ontario; enlisted in Hamilton, 28 January 1941.  Trained at No.2 WS (graduated 17 August 1941) and No.7 BGS (graduated 15 September 1941).

 

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HALL, F/O Terence Smith (J22416) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.76 Squadron (subsequently discharged to U.S. forces) - Award effective 1 December 1944 as per London Gazette dated 8 December 1944 and AFRO 337/45 dated 23 February 1945.  Middle name might be "Smyth".  Born in Wales, 1920; home in Los Angeles.  Enlisted in Montreal, 15 January 1940.  Trained at No.3 ITS and No.9 AOS (graduated 30 December 1942).  Commissioned 1942.  Later discharged to American forces and killed with them.   No citation other than "..in recognition of gallantry and devotion to duty in the execution of air operations against the enemy...numerous operations against the enemy in the course of which [he] invariably displayed the utmost fortitude, courage and devotion to duty."  Public Records Office Air 2/8881 has recommendation dated 15 September 1944 when he had flown 34 sorties (159 hours 25 minutes), 6 March to 23 July 1944.

 

6 Mar 44         Trappes (4.40)                      22 May 44      Orleans (5.25)

7 Mar 44         Le Mans (4.55)                      24 May 44      Aachen (4.15)

13 Mar 44      Le Mans (5.20)                      27 May 44      Bourg Leopold (4.05)

15 Mar 44      Stuttgart (7.45)                      2 June 44       Trappes (4.50)

26 Mar 44      Essen (5.25)                          5 June 44       Mont Fleury (4.20)

9 Apr 44         Lille (5.00)                              14 Jun 44       Douai (3.50)

10 Apr 44       Tergnier (5.15)                      15 Jun 44       Fouillard (5.25)

18 Apr 44       Tergnier (5.05)                      16 Jun 44       Domleger (3.30)


20 Apr 44       Ottignes (4.10)                      22 Jun 44       Laon (4.30)

22 Apr 44       Dusseldorf (4.50)                  24 Jun 44       Noyelle en Chausse (3.40)

24 Apr 44       Karlsruhe (6.50)                    25 Jun 44       Montorgueil (3.05)

26 Apr 44       Villeneuve (5.10)                   28 Jun 44       Blainville (6.50)

27 Apr 44       Montzen (4.40)                      4 July 44         St. Martin (3.45)

30 Apr 44       Acheres (4.50)                      6 July 44         St. Martin (3.20)

11 May 44      Trouville (4.05)                       9 July 44         Chateau Bernapre (3.50)

12 May 44      Hasselt (4.15)                        12 Jul 44        Thiverny (4.05)

19 May 44      Boulogne (3.20)                    23 Jul 44        Kiel (5.05)

 

This officer has completed 34 sorties against the enemy as navigator, and flown a total of 159 operational hours.  He has carried out attacks against many of the heaviest defended targets, including Essen, Dusseldorf, Aachen and Kiel.

 

Flying Officer Hall's skilful and calculated record of navigation, carried out at times under most difficult conditions, deserves the highest possible praise.  He has proved himself to be a man who can be relied upon in an emergency, and an outstanding member of a very gallant crew.  He possesses commendable courage, initiative and a strong sense of duty both in the air and on the ground.  He is considered worthy of the award of the Distinguished Flying Cross.

 

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HALL, F/L Watson Smythe (C12380) - Mention in Despatches - Station Tholthorpe (Servicing Echelon) - Award effective 1 January 1945 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 379/45 dated 2 March 1945.  Home in Owen Sound, Ontario; enlisted in Halifax, 26 June 1942.  AFRO give no citation and identifies unit as No.62 Base.  Recommendation dated 4 September 1944 (DHist file 181.009 D.1730, PAC RG.24 Vol 20607) identifies unit, gives name as Watson Stanley Hall.  Recommendation was for an MBE.

 

Flight Lieutenant Hall has been employed as Officer in charge of Base Servicing Squadron on this Station since the 1st February 1944.  He has been untiring in his efforts to make the maximum serviceability of aircraft in both squadrons on the station.  He has imbued his men with a high spirit and a determination to maintain the absolute maximum of serviceability.

 


Non-starters have been kept to an absolute minimum by this officer's constant and vigilant supervision of the Daily Servicing Line.  During the past six months, out of a total of 2,000 aircraft detailed for operations, there have been only nine non-starters.  From the 21st April 1944 to the 7th July 1944, thirty-five operations were carried out from this station without one non-starter.  On June 6th, 1944, when this station was asked for a maximum effort from both squadrons, 36 aircraft were detailed, 36 aircraft took off and 36 aircraft returned.  One of these aircraft had been received on this station on the afternoon of June 5th, and upon inspection was found to have unserviceable turret generators.  The Servicing Squadron immediately set to and by almost superhuman efforts were able to get this aircraft on a line and carry out a successful sortie on June 6th.  Success of the Daily Servicing Echelon has been in large measure due to the skill, initiative and devotion to duty of Flight Lieutenant Hall.

 

HALL, F/L Watson Smythe (C12380) - Mention in Despatches - Tholthorpe - Award effective 14 June 1945 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 1478/45 dated 21 September 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.

 

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HALL, F/O Willard Samuel (J87592) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.428 Squadron - Award effective 6 January 1945 as per London Gazette dated 19 January 1945 and AFRO 508/45 dated 23 March 1945.  Born 1923 in Edmonton; home there.  Enlisted in Calgary, 12 May 1942.  Trained at No.7 ITS (graduated 4 December 1942), No.6 EFTS (graduated 19 February 1942) and No.7 SFTS (graduated 11 June 1943).  No citation other than "completed...numerous operations against the enemy in the course of which [he has] invariably displayed the utmost fortitude, courage and devotion to duty."  DHist file 181.009 D.3260 (RG.24 Vol.20637) has recommendation dated 10 October 1944 when he had flown 35 sorties (190 hours 45 minutes), 24 May to 27 September 1944.

 

As captain of aircraft this officer has shown a high degree of courage, skill and initiative.  On one occasion, while Gardening, his mines hung up but in spite of flak opposition he made another run and dropped his mines successfully.  On two other occasions, though his aircraft was struck by flak, he pressed on to the target and bombed.

 

He has flown on 35 sorties with the squadron including targets such as Stuttgart, Hamburg, Brunswick, Stettin, Bremen, Russelheim, Emden, Bottrop and many French targets and his tenacity, endurance and offensive spirit have been an inspiration to his crew and to the squadron.

 

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HALL, F/L William Haworth (J14068) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.15 Squadron - Award effective 15 March 1945 as per London Gazette dated 23 March 1945 and AFRO 721/45 dated 27 April 1945.   Born 1917 in Winnipeg; home there.  Educated at St.Paul's University; salesman.  Enlisted in Winnipeg 24 October 1940.  Trained at No.1 ITS (graduated 14 March 1941), No.17 EFTS (graduated 16 May 1941) and No.9 SFTS (graduated 8 August 1941.  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 10 December 1944 when he had flown 35 sorties (169 hours 50 minutes):

 


12 Jun 44   Gelsenkirchen (4.10)            5 Sept 44      Le Havre (4.00)

14 Jun 44   Le Havre (3.00)                     6 Sept 44      Le Havre (4.00)

15 Jun 44   Valenciennes (3.25)             10 Sept 44    Le Havre (4.00)

27 Jun 44   Biennais (3.55)                     11 Sept 44    Kamen (4.35)

30 Jun 44   Villers Bocage (3.35)           17 Sept 44    Boulogne (3.15)

15 Jul 44    Chalons-sur-Marne (6.45)   23 Sept 44    Neuss (4.55)

17 Jul 44    Caen (3.55)                           26 Sept 44    Calais (3.30)

20 Jul 44    Homberg (3.55)                    5 Oct 44        Saarbrucken (5.55)

24 Jul 44    Stuttgart (7.50)                      6 Oct 44        Dortmund (6.20)

28 Jul 44 Stuttgart (8.05)                         14 Oct 44      Duisburg (4.40)

1 Aug 44    Coulon Villers (3.50)            14 Oct 44      Duisburg (5.00)

4 Aug 44    Bordeaux (8.40)                    19 Oct 44      Stuttgart (6.10)

8 Aug 44    Foret de Lucheaux (3.40)    22 Oct 44      Neuss (4.20)

11 Aug 44  Lens (3.50)                            25 Oct 44      Essen (4.50)

14 Aug 44  St.Quentin (4.20)                  28 Oct 44      Flushing (2.40)

18 Aug 44  Bremen (5.40)                       30 Oct 44      Wesseling (4.20)

29 Aug 44  Stettin (9.35)                         31 Oct 44      Bottrop (5.05)

31 Aug 44  Pont Remy (4.05)

 

Flight Lieutenant Hall has completed 35 sorties totalling 169.50 hours and including such targets as Stuttgart (three times), Duisburg (twice), Essen, Dortmund, Saarbrucken, Stettin and Bremen.

 

On the night of 29th July 1944 he was detailed to attack Stuttgart. When just south of Paris one engine failed and although this retarded his speed and entailed his arriving late over the target, Flight Lieutenant Hall continued with the sortie and successfully completed his mission.  On two other occasions his aircraft has been hit and damaged by flak.

 

Throughout the whole of his 35 sorties Flight Lieutenant Hall has shown outstanding determination and relentless enthusiasm.  He is an excellent Captain who has inspired his crew and gained their wholehearted cooperation.

 

In addition to his operational duties he has acted as Deputy Flight Commander, and in this capacity has also been an invaluable asset to the squadron.

 

A fearless operational captain whose cheerful courage and consistent determination have earned the highest praise.  He is strongly recommended for the award of the Distinguished Flying Cross.

 

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HALL, LAC William MacKenzie (R108810) - Mention in Despatches - 413 Squadron - Award effective 14 June 1945 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 1647/45 dated 26 October 1945.  Home in Weston, Ontario; enlisted in Toronto, 16 June 1941.  AFRO gives unit as "Overseas" but DHist file 181.009 D.1751 (PAC RG.24 Vol.20608) ties him to No.413 Squadron.  Recommended 23 November 1944 as follows:

 

This airman has devoted most of his spare time in the two years he has been on the squadron to the welfare of his felloe men.  Leading Aircraftman Hall has shown at all times a strong loyalty to the squadron and has organized their sports programme, newspaper, and club.  Many off duty recreational entertainments were organized by him.  The unselfish efforts of this most popular airman have been morale building and are worthy of praise.

 

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HALLADAY, F/O Herbert Douglas (C19689) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.429 Squadron - Award effective 1 December 1944 as per London Gazette dated 8 December 1944 and AFRO 337/45 dated 23 February 1945.   Born 1917 in North Battleford, Saskatchewan; home there.  Enlisted in Saskatoon, 10 October 1940.  Commissioned 1944.  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 10 September 1944 when he had flown 39 sorties (250 hours); first tour in No.76 Squadron (20 January to 25 June 1943, 24 sorties, 180 hours); second tour 9 July to 18 August 1944.

 

Pilot Officer Halladay has completed many sorties on his second tour of operations.  Throughout his operations he has proved a most skilful and reliable flight engineer who has shown a complete disregard for danger even in the face of heavy enemy opposition.  He has taken part in sorties against such heavily defended targets as Stuttgart, Frankfurt, Berlin and the Ruhr area and on many occasions by his untiring vigilance has prevented enemy fighter attacks.  At all times he displays the greatest cheerfulness and zeal for operational flying which is an inspiration to newer crews.

 

It is considered that his courage, fortitude and devotion to duty fully merit the award of the D.F.C.

 

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HALLATT, F/O Herbert Ernest (J85078) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.404 Squadron - Award effective 31 December 1944 as per London Gazette dated 9 January 1945 and AFRO 471/45 dated 16 March 1945.  Born in Tilbury, Ontario, 1919; home in Hamilton (clelrk).  Enlisted in Toronto, 20 July 1940.  Trained at No.2 ITS (graduated 30 September 1940, No.8 EFTS (graduated 27 November 1940) and No.7 SFTS (graduated 1 March 1941).  Commissioned 1944.

 


This officer has completed a large number of operational sorties including nine successful anti-shipping attacks.  He has always displayed outstanding keenness and cheerful courage which together with his excellent airmanship and determination have won the admiration of all his squadron.  In August 1944 he participated in a most courageous and successful attack against two 8,000 ton vessels in Toyan Harbour.  Despite severe anti-aircraft fire from both the ships and from shore batteries one vessel was sunk and the other was set on fire.  During a sortie against a target at the mouth of the Gironde Flying Officer Hallatt pressed home his attack in the face of intense opposition.  Although severe damage was sustained and the navigator was wounded this officer coolly and skilfully flew his aircraft back to base.

 

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HALLETT, F/L Harold Beatty (J12692) - Commended for Valuable Services - No.4 Training Command Headquarters - Award effective 1 January 1945 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 89/45 dated 19 January 1945.  Enlisted in Sudbury, Ontario, 6 June 1940.  Trained at No.1 ITS (graduated 20 July 1940), No.1 EFTS (graduated 13 September 1940) and No.4 SFTS (graduated 18 November 1940).  Died in Ottawa, 31 January 2002.

 

This officer, throughout his career, has proven himself to be a most energetic and capable instructor.  By hard work and initiative he has produced most successful results and the standard of aircrew training at the schools under his control has materially improved.  This officer has displayed outstanding qualities of keenness and devotion to duty.

 

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HALLIDAY, F/L Francis (J10696) - Mention in Despatches - No.53 Squadron (deceased) - Award effective 14 January 1944 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 874/44 dated 21 April 1944.  Home in North Bay, Ontario.  Enlisted in Hamilton, 20 May 1941.  Trained at No.4 AOS (graduated 5 January 1942), No.4 BGS (graduated 14 February 1942) and No.2 ANS (graduated 16 March 1942).  Killed in action 21 November 1943 (Liberator BZ819); name on Runnymede Memorial.

 

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HALLIKAS, F/O Eino Olavi (J22057) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.83 Squadron - Award effective 1 September 1944 as per London Gazette dated 15 September 1944 and AFRO 2373/44 dated 3 November 1944.  Born in Fort Francis, Ontario, 1915; home there (wood inspector).  Enlisted in Winnipeg, 30 October 1941.  Trained at No.6 ITS (graduated 24 April 1942), No.12 EFTS (ceased training 13 July 1942) and No.1 CNS (graduated 17 December 1942).  Commissioned 1942.  No citation other than "completed...many successful operations during which [he has] displayed high skill, fortitude and devotion to duty."  Public Records Office Air 2/9276 has recommendation dated 13 June 1944 when he had flown 29 sorties (180 hours 20 minutes), 27 September 1943 to 5 June 1944.

 

27 Sep 43        Hanover                      28 Jan 44       Berlin


1 Oct 43            Hagen                         30 Jan 44       Berlin

4 Oct 43            Frankfurt                     15 Feb 44      Berlin

8 Oct 43            Hanover                      20 Feb 44      Stuttgart

3 Nov 43           Dusseldorf                 24 Feb 44      Schweinfurt

10 Nov 43         Modane                      25 Feb 44      Augsburg

18 Nov 43         Berlin                          15 Mar 44      Stuttgart

26 Nov 43         Berlin                          22 Mar 44      Frankfurt

23 Dec 43        Berlin                          26 Mar 44      Essen

29 Dec 43        Berlin                          20 Apr 44       Paris

2 Jan 44            Berlin                          3 May 44        Mailley-le-Camp

20 Jan 44         Berlin                          7 May 44        Lanvecq

21 Jan 44         Magdeburg                22 May 44      Brunswick

27 Jan 44         Berlin                          28 May 44      St.Martin-de-Varroville

5 June 44       Caen

 

As navigator this officer has now completed a total of 29 operational sorties against some of the enemy's major targets, including ten attacks on Berlin.  His skilful navigation under the most trying conditions and the high standard of courage and ability that he has shown have been in a large measure responsible for the outstanding success of the target marking sorties undertaken by his crew.  On several occasions when special aids have failed, Flying Officer Hallikas has navigated on D.R. and has never failed to reach his objective on time, thus setting an excellent example.

 

For his skill, determination and devotion to duty he is strongly recommended for the award of the Distinguished Flying Cross.

 

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HALLWOOD, F/L Frederick William (J8755) - Mention in Despatches - No.418 Squadron (AFRO says only "Overseas" but DHist file 181.009 D.1748 [PAC RG.24 Vol20608] gives unit). - Award effective 8 June 1944 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 1729/44 dated 11 August 1944.   Born in Winnipeg, 25 July 1922; worked for Northern Electric before the war.  Home in Winnipeg, enlisted there 5 March 1941.  Trained at No.2 ITS (graduated 16 June 1941), No.18 EFTS (graduated 20 August 1941), and No.15 SFTS (graduated 7 November 1941).  No citation.

 

HALLWOOD, F/L Frederick William (J8755) - Air Force Cross - No.8 OTU - Award effective 14 June 1945 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 1127/45 dated 6 July 1945.  Governor General's Records (RG.7 Group 26, Vol.59, file 190-I, dossier 7) has citation.  When recommended he had flown 1,296 hours, 280 as instructor, 139 in previous six months.

 


This officer has displayed outstanding personal interest and devotion to duty whilst employed as chief gunnery instructor at No.8 Operational Training Unit.  His administrative ability and personal attention to detail have contributed greatly to the efficient operation of the gunnery flight.  He is an exceptionally fine instructor and has been responsible for bringing this phase of training to its present high state of efficiency.  Operational training has benefited considerably by this officer's knowledge and ability.

 

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HALVORSEN, FS Sigurd Johannes (R157861) - Distinguished Flying Medal - No.106 Squadron - Award effective 19 June 1944 as per London Gazette dated 30 June 1944 and AFRO 1861/44 dated 25 August 1944.  Born 1915 in Revelstoke, British Columbia; home in Vancouver (painter, decorator).  Enlisted in Vancouver, 24 March 1942.  Trained at No.4 ITS (graduated 9 April 1942), No.2 BGS (graduated 23 December 1942) and No.5 AOS.

 

Flight Sergeant Halvorsen, as bomb aimer, has participated in numerous attacks on important and heavily defended targets in Germany.  In April 1944 he was detailed to lay mines in a canal.  To ensure success the attack on this difficult target had to be made at low level in bright moonlight.  Aided by this airman's excellent map reading his captain located the objective which was approached at 150 feet in the face of intense anti-aircraft fire and blinding searchlights.  Unperturbed, Flight Sergeant Halvorsen released the mines, all of which fell into the canal.

 

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HALWARD, WO2 Howard George (Can 9702) - Mention in Despatches - Station Dartmouth - Award effective 14 June 1945 as per Canada Gazette of that date and AFRO 1127/45 dated 6 July 1945.  Home in Cannington, Ontario; enlisted in Toronto, 7 June 1937.

 

This non-commissioned officer has for the past year been in charge of installation, serviceability and modification of airborne signals equipment.  Since he has taken over this work there has been an exceptional improvement in radio serviceability.  He is conscientious, hard working, willing and is an outstanding non-commissioned officer, whose contribution to the effort on the East Coast is deserving high praise.

 

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HAMBER, W/C Eric Colquhoun (C1625) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.426 Squadron - Award effective 21 July 1944 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 2052/44 dated 22 September 1944.  Born 1913 in Winnipeg; educated there; home in Brantford, Ontario.  Former sea cadet; enlisted in Vancouver, 29 January 1940.  Posted from No.419 Squadron to No.426 Squadron, 10 April 1944; posted from No.426 Squadron to No.22 OTU, 24 July 1944.  Later with No.168 (HT) Squadron during penecillin flights to Poland.

 


Wing Commander Hamber has completed numerous sorties and has displayed a high degree of determination and devotion to duty throughout.  His successes pan an excellent tribute to his great skill and courage.

 

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HAMBLIN, FS Keith de Havilland (R156289) - Distinguished Flying Medal - No.463 Squadron - Award effective 22 August 1944 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 2274/44 dated 20 October 1944. Born in Ottawa, 1923; home in Toronto (clerk); enlisted in Toronto, 10 March 1942.  Trained at No.5 ITS (graduated 24 October 1942), No.13 EFTS (ceased training 14 December 1942), No.4 BGS (graduated 14 May 1943) and No.4 AOS (graduated 25 June 1943).

 

This airman has taken part in numerous sorties and has invariably displayed a high standard of skill and devotion to duty.  In June 1944 he was the air bomber in an aircraft detailed to attack a well defended target in Germany.  When nearing the target area the aircraft was struck by shrapnel. Sergeant Hamblyn was badly wounded in the leg.  Despite this he remained at his post and continued to advise his captain throughout a successful bombing run.  Not until the aircraft was well clear of the target area did he inform his captain of his injury.  First aid was then administered and he afterwards insisted on fulfilling his duties until the English coast was sighted.  His courage and fortitude were most commendable.

 

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HAMBLIN, F/O William David Melvin (J13388) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.425 Squadron - Award effective 11 April 1944 as per London Gazette dated 21 April 1944 and AFRO 1075/44 dated 19 May 1944.  Born in 1919; home in Detroit.  Enlisted in Windsor, 6 January 1942.  Trained at No.5 ITS (graduated 6 June 1942) and No.9 BGS (graduated 17 August 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."  DHist files at PAC consulted; recommended 8 December 1943 when he had flown 32 sorties (215 hours 55 minutes):

 

This officer has completed a large number night operations over enemy territory.  He has proven himself to be an efficient Air Gunner and has fully contributed to the successes achieved by his crew.  Flying Officer Hamblin has constantly displayed courage and devotion to duty.

 

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HAMILTON, S/L Alexander Daniel (C4990) - Mention in Despatches - Overseas - Award effective 8 June 1944 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 1729/44 dated 11 August 1944.  Enlisted in Montreal, 9 May 1941.  No citation in AFRO.

 

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HAMILTON, F/O Charles Stephens Valentine (C86340) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.426 Squadron - Award effective 5 February 1945 as per London Gazette dated 16 February 1945 and AFRO 563/45 dated 29 March 1945.  Home in Oshawa; enlisted in Toronto.  Posted from No.61 Base to No.426 Squadron, 29 June 1944.  Incident described was on 2 November 1944.

 

This officer has completed many operational missions throughout which he has shown himself to be a determined and resourceful pilot and captain of aircraft.  On one occasion in November 1944 his aircraft was detailed to attack Dusseldorf.  While on the bombing run, severe damage was sustained from anti-aircraft fire and the aircraft became extremely difficult to control. Despite great difficulties he continued his run and pressed home his attack.  He then flew on to Belgium where he executed a masterly emergency landing. Flying Officer Hamilton's tenacity and skilful pilotage were responsible for the successful completion of this mission and the safe return of his crew.  His devotion to duty at all times have been most praiseworthy.

 

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HAMILTON, F/O Clayton Edwin Thomas (J20900) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.419 Squadron - Award effective 22 August 1944 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 2274/44 dated 20 October 1944. Born in Sault Ste.Marie, 1912; home there.  Enlisted in North Bay, 27 October 1940.  Trained at No.2 ITS (graduated 6 June 1942) and No.3 AOS (graduated 11 November 1942).

 

One night in June 1944 this officer was the navigator of an aircraft detailed to attack Sterkrade.  Before reaching the target the aircraft was attacked by a fighter.  Flying Officer Hamilton was wounded in the leg and wrist.  In spite of much pain he resolutely continued his duties and, although much of his equipment has been lost he guided his pilot to the target with unerring skill.  He displayed great courage and fortitude, setting an excellent example.

 

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HAMILTON, WO2 (now P/O) David William (R160060/J46678) - Commended for Valuable Services - No.13 SFTS - Award effective 1 January 1945 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 89/45 dated 19 January 1945.  Enlisted in Toronto, 30 March 1942.  Trained at No.6 ITS (graduated 28 August 1942), No.12 EFTS (graduated 20 November 1942), and No.6 SFTS (graduated 2 April 1943).

 

This warrant officer has been a flying instructor at this unit for the past year, during which time he has shown qualities of steadiness, perseverance and reliability to an unusual degree.  His skill as a pilot and instructor has been outstanding and has set a very fine example to other non-commissioned officers at this unit.

 


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HAMILTON, FS Francis Roy (R219718) - Distinguished Flying Medal - No.419 Squadron - Award effective 18 October 1945 as per London Gazette dated 26 October 1945 and AFRO 133/46 dated 8 February 1946.  Born 1923 at Waubaushene, Ontario; home there (farmer).  Enlisted in Toronto, 2 February 1943. Trained at No.4 WS (graduated 27 June 1943) and No.10 BGS (graduated 11 February 1943).

 

This airman has participated in many attacks against heavily defended enemy targets including Duisburg, Cologne, Essen, Dortmund, and Stuttgart.  In January 1945, during an attack against Hanover, his aircraft was attacked by an enemy fighter.  He precise instructions to his pilot enabled him to take successful evasive action.  Flight Sergeant Hamilton has at all times proved to be a capable and courageous air gunner.

 

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HAMILTON, FS Frank Fletcher (R85430) - Distinguished Flying Medal - No.15 Squadron (RAF) - Award effective 4 December 1942 as per London Gazette dated 15 December 1942 and AFRO 55/43 dated 15 January 1943.  Born at Mazenod, Saskatchewan, 1921; home there (farmer).  Educated at University of Saskatchewan.  Enlisted in Regina, 11 February 1941.  Trained at No.2 ITS (graduated 4 June 1941), No.15 EFTS (graduated 27 July 1941), and No.11 SFTS (graduated 4 October 1941).  Commissioned 28 October 1942;  Flying Officer, 28 October 1943; Flight Lieutenant,, 28 May 1944.  Arrived overseas, October 1942; repatriated October 1944.  With NWAC in April 1945, Station Whitehorse, April 1946; Station Centralia, April 1948.  For details of incident described, see Martin Middlebrook, The Nuremburg Raid, pp.152-153.

 

Flight Sergeant Hamilton, as captain of aircraft, flew in a recent sortie to Genoa.  Shortly after crossing the Alps on the outward journey one engine in his aircraft ceased to function.  Although the aircraft was losing height he flew on and released his bombs over the target.  On the return journey he displayed considerable skill in manoeuvering the aircraft through various passes in the Alps when unable to fly higher than 6,000 feet.  Throughout his many operational sorties, this airman has consistently shown great courage and determination to reach his objective regardless of the difficulties encountered.

 

HAMILTON, F/O Frank Fletcher, DFM (J16121) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.424 Squadron - Award effective 19 May 1944 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 1296/44 dated 16 June 1944.

 


In March 1944, this officer piloted an aircraft detailed to attack Nuremburg.  During the operation his aircraft was engaged by a fighter and, before the enemy could be evaded, the bomber was repeatedly hit by cannon and machine gun fire.  The controls of the starboard engines were fused and one of the engine caught fire, whilst the constant speed unit was damaged.  Considerable height was lost before Flying Officer Hamilton regained control.  The aircraft was vibrating violently, however, and the situation was serious.  At this stage the propeller of one of the damaged engines flew off and the aircraft became steadier, and Flying Officer Hamilton flew safely to base.  Twice on the homeward flight the aircraft was attacked by fighters but they were driven off.  In hazardous circumstances this officer displayed great skill, courage and devotion to duty.

 

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HAMILTON, Sergeant Frederic Thomas (R97910) - British Empire Medal - Overseas - Award effective 1 January 1946 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 155/46 dated 15 February 1946.  Born 11 September 1920 in Winnipeg; home in Vancouver; enlisted there 9 April 1941 as Radio Mechanic; on strength of Station Vancouver, 2-31 May 1941; to University of British Columbia Detachment, 1 June to 29 September 1941 (promoted LAC on 6 September 1941).  Posted overseas October 1941, being taken on strength of No.3 Personnel Reception Centre, 19 October 1941; to No.1 Radio School, 7 November 1941; to No.72 Wing, North Cairn, 4 February 1942; to No.4 Mobile Unit, Ruislip, 10 March 1942; promoted Corporal, 1 July 1942; to No.70 Wing, 7 July 1942; to Station Habost, 10 July 1942; injured (electrical accident), 6 November 1942; promoted Sergeant, 1 April 1943; repatriated to Yarmouth, 20 August 1945; released 5 October 1945. Also served at Borne Castle late in war (dates not known).  No citation found.

 

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HAMILTON, F/O Irwin (J27546) - 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 Port Elgin, Ontario; enlisted in Galt, 19 July 1941.  Trained at No.4 ITS (graduated 23 December 1942), No.5 EFTS (graduated 6 March 1943) and No.3 SFTS (graduated 9 July 1943).

 

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HAMILTON, F/L Jack Kincaid (J20580) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.100 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, 1918; home there. Enlisted in Toronto 16 August 1940.  Trained at No.2 ITS (graduated 24 April 1942), No.15 EFTS (graduated 17 July 1942) and No.15 SFTS (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 13 May 1944 when he had flown 21 1/3 sorties (137 hours), 5 January 1944 to 12 May 1944.

 

                                                            (* denotes 1/3 sortie)

 

5 Jan 44         Stettin                                     22 Mar 44      Frankfurt

14 Jan 44       Brunswick                              24 Mar 44      Berlin

20 Jan 44       Berlin                                      26 Mar 44      Essen


15 Feb 44      Berlin                                      30 Mar 44      Nuremburg

19 Feb 44      Leipzig                                   9 Apr 44         GARDENING

20 Feb 44      Stuttgart                                  10 Apr 44       Aulnoye*

24 Feb 44      Schweinfurt                            18 Apr 44       GARDENING

25 Feb 44      Augsburg                               20 Apr 44       Cologne

1 Mar 44         Stuttgart                                  22 Apr 44       Dusseldorf

15 Mar 44      Stuttgart                                  10 May 44      Dieppe

18 Mar 44      Frankfurt                                 12 May 44      GARDENING

 

Flight Lieutenant Hamilton, a member of the RCAF, has now carried our 21 1/3 sorties, the majority of which have been against most important and highly defended centres.  He has at all times shown an unflagging keenness to do the maximum possible damage to the enemy, and pressed home his attacks, despite the heaviest opposition and with complete disregard of personal safety.  By his skill, courage and determination, his aircraft and crew have beeb extricated from many perilous situations, and his fine record fully warrants the award of the Distinguished Flying Cross.

 

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HAMILTON, FS Jack William George (R209927) - Distinguished Flying Medal - No.626 Squadron - Award effective 10 May 1945 as per London Gazette dated 22 May 1945 and AFRO 1147/45 dated 13 July 1945. Born 1925 in Aurora, Ontario; home in Goderich (flour mill worker).  Enlisted in London, Ontario, 10 March 1943.  Trained at No.10 BGS (graduated 24 December 1943).  Awarded Queen's Coronation Medal, 23 October 1953, as a Flight Sergeant with No.420 (Auxiliary) Squadron.

 

Flight Sergeant Hamilton has proved himself to be a skilful, vigilant and reliable air gunner.  He has participated in many operational sorties including attacks against Essen, Karlsruhe and Stuttgart.  In October 1944, after a sortie against Essen, his aircraft was attacked by a Messerschmitt 109 but this airman's accurate fire destroyed the enemy aircraft.  On another occasion in November 1944, his aircraft was in combat with a Messerschmitt 109.  Flight Sergeant Hamilton gave his pilot such excellent directions that the enemy was forced to break off the attack.  This airman's courage, determination and devotion to duty have always been outstanding.

 

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HAMILTON, F/L James Joseph (J13446) - Air Force Cross - No.12 SFTS. Award effective 14 November 1944 as per Canada Gazette of that date and AFRO 2684/44 dated 15 December 1944.  American, home in Sweetwater, Texas.  Enlisted in Regina, 8 August 1941.  Trained at No.2 ITS (graduated 14 January 1942), No.19 EFTS (graduated 27 March 1942) and No.11 SFTS (graduated 14 August 1942).  Had flown 1,905:50 hours to date, 1,545:45 hours as instructor, 387:55 hours in past six months.


Throughout this officer's many hours as a flying instructor he has given unstintingly of his time and efforts in the development of his pupils.  He has inspired confidence in his pupils and fellow instructors and by his skill and devotion to duty has displayed outstanding ability in his work.

 

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HAMILTON, Sergeant (now P/O) John David (R182184/J89337) - Distinguished Flying Medal - No.432 Squadron - Award effective 5 December 1944 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 337/45 dated 23 February 1945.  Born 1922 in Toronto; home there; enlisted there 24 July 1942.  Trained at No.3 ITS (graduated 19 March 1943), No.11 EFTS (graduated 14 May 1943) and No.9 SFTS (graduated 3 September 1943).  Commissioned August 1944.

 

In September 1944 this airman captained an aircraft detailed to attack Calais.  Whilst over the target area considerable anti-aircraft fire was encountered.  Despite this Sergeant Hamilton was determined to attack his target as accurately as possible.  His aircraft was hit several times but he maintained a steady bombing run to execute a successful attack.  He afterwards flew the damaged bomber to an airfield.  Sergeant Hamilton set a fine example of tenacity and devotion to duty.

 

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HAMILTON, F/O John Dickson (J27149) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.103 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 Belfast, Northern Ireland.  Home in Schumaker, Ontario (mine office keepper).  Enlisted in North Bay, 3 August 1942.  Trained at No.4 ITS, No.5 BGS (graduated 30 April 1943) and No.7 AOS (graduated 11 June 1943).  Commissioned 1943.   No citation other than "..in recognition of gallantry and devotion to duty in the execution of air operations against the enemy."  Public Records Office Air 2/8882 has recommendation dated 1 September 1944 when he had flown 27 1/3 sorties (156 hours 30 minutes), 31 April to 32 July 1944.

 

                                                   * denotes counted as 1/3 sortie

 

31 Apr 44       Maintenon*                             23 Jun 44       Saintes

3 May 44        Mailly le Camp                       24 Jun 44       Flers

9 May 44        Mardyck                                 28 Jun 44       Chateau Pernapre

11 May 44      Hasselt                                   29 Jun 44       Domleger

19 May 44      Orleans                                   30 Jun 44       Oisemont

21 May 44      Duisburg                                2 July 44         Domleger

27 May 44      Aachen                                   4 July 44         Orleans

6 June 44       Vire                                         5 July 44         Dijon

9 June 44       Flers                                       12 Jul 44        Revigny

12 Jun 44       Gelsenkirchen                       14 Jul 44        Revigny

14 Jun 44       Le Havre                                18 Jul 44        Sannerville


16 Jun 44       Sterkrade                               28 Jul 44        Stuttgart

17 Jun 44       Aulnoye                                  30 Jul 44        Cahagnes

22 Jun 44       Calais                                     31 Jul 44        Le Havre

 

Flying Officer Hamilton, a Canadian officer, was posted to this squadron on 9 April 1944, since when he has completed 27 1/3 operational sorties, totalling 156.30 hours.

 

During his tour of operations he has taken part, as Bomb Aimer, in attacks against targets in enemy and enemy occupied territory, many of which were in the most heavily defended industrial areas of the Reich.

 

This officer possesses a fine offensive spirit in action, under a calm and confident manner, and a staunch determination to press home his attacks with the utmost possible accuracy and effectiveness.  His high sense of duty and the conscientious manner in which he carries out his work, both in the air and on the ground, have set a fine example, not only to the remainder of the crew, but in the squadron.

 

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HAMILTON, P/O William Bruce (J18149) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.218 Squadron - Award effective 9 September 1943 as per London Gazette dated 21 September 1943 and AFRO 2322/43 dated 12 November 1943.  Born in Peterborough, 1922; home there; enlisted in Toronto, 4 September 1941.  Trained at No.5 ITS (graduated 28 February 1942), No.22 EFTS (graduated 9 May 1942) and No.16 SFTS (graduated 11 September 1942).  Commissioned 1943.

 

This officer piloted an aircraft detailed to attack Berlin one night in August 1943.  When nearing the target area one of the bomber's engines failed; the aircraft gradually lost height but Pilot Officer Hamilton continued to the target.  When over the city the bomber was hit by anti-aircraft fire whilst illuminated by the searchlights.  Nevertheless, Pilot Officer Hamilton executed a determined attack and afterwards flew the aircraft to base.  This officer displayed great courage and determination throughout.

 

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HAMILTON, W/C William Renziel (C2391) - Member, Order of the British Empire - AFHQ - enlisted in Ottawa, 15 June 1925.  Award effective 1 January 1945 as per London Gazette dated 1 January 1945, Canada Gazette dated 6 January 1945 and AFRO 89/45 dated 19 January 1945  and AFRO 89/45 dated 19 January 1945.

 


This officer, in the early days of the war, as personal staff officer to the Air Member for Training, assumed responsibilities far beyond those normally expected and carried them out capably.  He has proven himself to be an officer of superior professional ability and an encouragement to all officers with whom he is associated.  In the execution of his duties he has displayed outstanding qualities of leadership and devotion to duty.  He is a most efficient, conscientious and hard-working officer, possessing a high degree of initiative.  Throughout his career he has rendered outstanding meritorious service.

 

HAMILTON, W/C William Renziel, MBE (C2391) - Officer of the Order of the Crown (Belgium) - Canada Gazette dated 17 July 1948 and AFRO 455/48 dated 23 July 1948.

 

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HAMILTON-JONES, F/O John Edwin (J23939) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.420 Squadron - Award effective 6 January 1945 as per London Gazette dated 16 January 1945 and AFRO 508/45 dated 23 March 1945.  Born 1919 in Southend-on-Seas, Essex; home at Great Neck, Long Island, New York.  Attended University of Kentucky; ROTC (Virginia).  Enlisted in Ottawa, 5 February 1942.  Trained at No.6 ITS (graduated 31 July 1942), No.12 EFTS (graduated 23 October 1942) and No.9 AOS (graduated 9 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.1730 (National Archives RG.24 Vol.20607) has recommendation dated 11 October 1944 when he had flown 36 sorties (170 hours 55 minutes) between 20 April and 28 September 1944.

 

Flying Officer Hamilton-Jones,as navigator in Flight Lieutenant Heimpel's crew, has displayed exceptional qualities of leadership and coolness in action.  On all occasions, with complete disregard for all enemy opposition, he has guided his aircraft directly to the target and his skill and ability as a navigator has become a byword within the squadron.  In recognition of this officer's fine record of achievement and strong devotion to duty, it is recommended that he be awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross.

 

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HAMM, F/L Douglas James Thomas (J13116) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.409 Squadron - Award effective 29 June 1945 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 1453/45 dated 14 September 1945.  See War Service Records 1939-1945 (Canadian Bank of Commerce, 1947). Born 28 February 1919 in Lunenburg, Nova Scotia.   Bank teller.  Enlisted in Moncton, 33 September 1941 (possibly 5 October 1941).  Trained at No.3 ITS (graduated 27 March 1942), and No.8 AOS (graduated 3 August 1942).  Cited with his pilot, F/O Evert E. Hermanson (RCAF, awarded DFC).  Released 29 October 1945.

 

As navigator and pilot respectively, these officers have displayed a high degree of skill, keenness and co-operation.  On one occasion, a night in April 1945, they were responsible for the destruction of three enemy fighters.  Cool, resolute and determined, these officer have proved themselves invaluable to the squadron.

 


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HAMMOND, F/O Arthur Barnard (J17352) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.139 Squadron - Award effective 6 January 1945 as per London Gazette dated 16 January 1945 and AFRO 508/45 dated 23 March 1945. Born in Ottawa, 1922; home in Vancouver; educated at University of British Columbia.  Former sea cadet.  Enlisted in Vancouver, 6 March 1941.  Trained at No.2 ITS (graduated 21 July 1941), No.19 EFTS (graduated 25 September 1941) and No.11 SFTS (graduated 19 December 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."

 

HAMMOND, F/L Arthur Barnard, DFC (J17352) - Bar to Distinguished Flying Cross - No.139 Squadron - Award effective 8 September 1945 as per London Gazette dated 21 September 1945 and AFRO 1704/45 dated 9 November 1945.  Recommended 26 March 1945 (Public Records Office Air 2/8749) when he had flown 75 sorties (283 hours ten minutes).

 

Flight Lieutenant Hammond, as a pilot, has shown skill and courage of a very high standard.  Since his previous award of the Distinguished Flying Cross, all his sorties have been against heavily defended targets in germany.  he has, on all occasions, pressed home his attack with the utmost determination, despite heavy opposition.  This officer has displayed a fine fighting spirit and calm devotion to duty at all times.

 

NOTE: The PRO document lists his sorties (19 May 1944 to 16 March 1945) and states that he had flown 41 sorties towards his initial DFC and 34 subsequently.  Thus, his first award was for sorties flown 19 May to 15 October 1944 while the Bar was for sorties flown 24 October 1944 to 16 March 1945.  The sortie list itself is as follows (some times not clear and are so indicated).

 

First Tour                                                        Second Tour

 

19 May 44      Cologne (3.05 ?)                   24 Oct 44       Hanover (3.55)

21 May 44      Hanover (3.25 ?)                   30 Oct 44       Berlin (4.40)

22 May 44      Ludwigshaven (3.40 6)         4 Nov 44         Hanover (3.25)

26 May 44      Ludwigshaven (3.25)            10 Nov 44      Hanover (3.45)

27 May 44      Dusseldorf (2.45)                  21 Nov 44      Hanover (3.25)

29 May 44      Hanover (3.15)                      4 Dec 44        Hamm Bielefeldt (2.55)

30 May 44      Leverkusen (2.40)                 6 Dec 44        Berlin (4.15)

2 June 44       Leverkusen (2.50)                 11 Dec 44      Hamburg (3.25)

5 June 44       Osnabruck (3.05)                  17 Dec 44      Munster (3.25)

7 June 44       Cologne (2.45)                      28 Dec 44      Frankfurt (3.25)

10 Jun 44       Berlin (4.10)                           30 Dec 44      Hanover (3.25)

11 Jun 44       Berlin (4.30)                           1 Jan 45         Hanover (3.50)

14 Jun 44       Gelsenkirchen (2.45)            7 Jan 45         Hanover (3.15)

16 Jun 44       Sterkrade (2.30)                    10 Jan 45       Hanover (3.35)


21 Jun 44       Berlin (4.50)                           14 Jan 45       Berlin (5.35)

4 July 44         Scholven (2.25)                     27 Jan 45       Berlin (4.20)

6 July 44         Scholven (2.30)                     29 Jan 45       Berlin (4.40)

7 July 44         Berlin (4.50)                           4 Feb 45        Hanover (3.25)

16 Jul 44        Homberg (2.25)                     7 Feb 45        Hanover (3.55)

21 Jul 44        Berlin (4.25)                           10 Feb 45      Hanover (3.05)

23 Jul 44        Kiel (3.45)                              13 Feb 45      Magdeburg (3.50)

25 Jul 44        Berlin (4.30)                           14 Feb 45      Berlin (4.25)

27 Jul 44        Stuttgart (3.35)                      20 Feb 45      Berlin (4.15)

28 Jul 44        Frankfurt and                         21 Feb 45      Berlin (4.25)

Stuttgart (4.10)                      25 Feb 45 Berlin (4.15)

6 Aug 44        Cologne (2.40)                      27 Feb 45 Berlin (4.30)

8 Aug 44        Cologne (2.40)                      28 Feb 45 Berlin (4.10)

23 Aug 44      Cologne (3.05)                      4 Mar 45         Berlin (4.25)

26 Aug 44      Berlin (4.45)                           6 Mar 45         Berlin (4.30)

4 Sep 44        Karlsruhe (4.00)                    8 Mar 45         Berlin (4.35)

5 Sept 44       Hanover (4.15)                      9 Mar 45         Berlin (4.10)

7 Sep 44        Karlsruhe (4.10)                    12 Mar 45      Berlin (4.35)

9 Sep 44        Brunswick (3.30)                   14 Mar 45      Berlin (4.25)

11 Sep 44      Berlin (4.40)                           16 Mar 45 Berlin (4.25)

12 Sep 44      Berlin (4.50)

15 Sep 44      Lubeck (4.00)

17 Sep 44      Bremen (3.15)

29 Sep 44      Karlsruhe (3.15)

30 Sep 44      Hamburg (4.40)

2 Oct 44         Brunswick (3.45)

14 Oct 44       Cologne (2.50)

15 Oct 44       Hamburg (3.25)

 

NOTE: The following is taken from RCAF file 976-3 "Search and Rescue - Operations - Aircraft Cases", Volume 4, National Archives of Canada, Record Group 24, Volume 18,115 and concerns an incident on 7 January 1950 when Hammond was serving with No.426 Squadron.  His report read:

 

At approximately 2310Z North Star 17511 while on a routine flight from Edmonton to Whitehorse received a call from Watson Lake radio with information that a USAF F-84 had crashed just previously in the vicinity of Watson Lake.  At this time North Star 17511 was approximately five minutes southeast of Watson Lake.

 

The radio message requested North Star 17511 to institute a search for the crashed aircraft.  The probable position of the USAF aircraft was estimated by its last known sped and direction, and by a report from Watson Lake radio, that the pilot had said he was going to attempt a crash landing on a lake adjacent to the Alaska Highway.

 


After about 15 minutes searching, orange smoke was observed in the vicinity of the search, and investigation revealed it to be smoke from a smoke pot set in operation by the pilot of the crashed aircraft; the time was then 2032Z.  The aircraft had crash-landed west-northwest of Watson Lake.  A low pass across the position revealed the pilot apparently uninjured and waving excitedly beside his aircraft.

 

Another pass was made and a green Very light fired to inform the pilot that he had been spotted.  In the meantime the information was relayed to Watson Lake radio, with the position of the crash; at the same time preparations were in progress for a free drop of emergency equipment and winter clothing.

 

This was completed successfully from a height of about 200 feet at 2058Z and upon turning back across the scene of the crash the pilot was observed carrying one of the packs of equipment up the road.  A note had been placed in one of the packs with the information that motor transport was on the way from Watson lake to the scene of the crash.

 

North Star 17511 remained in the vicinity of the accident until such time as a vehicle was observed proceeding in that direction and at a distance of about five miles from it.  Course was then set for Whitehorse.

 

W/C W.H. Swetman then added his own observations:

 

This Headquarters [Air Transport Command] considers that F/L Hammond made sound decisions and displayed a good deal of initiative whilst bringing this search to  successful conclusion much sooner than would normally be expected

 

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HAMMOND, FS George Kent (R68722) - British Empire Medal - RCAF Overseas Headquarters - Award effective 13 June 1946 as per Canada Gazette of that date and AFRO 660/46 dated 5 July 1946.  Home in Fort William, Ontario; enlisted there 25 October 1940.  Governor General's Records (RG.7 Group 26 Volume 60, file 190-I, dossier 9) has citation.

 

This non-commissioned officer, although completely strange to the Laundry Industry at the beginning, has shown outstanding initiative and aggressiveness in the operation of his unit.  He has been always on the job and consistently tried to give more and better service to the personnel on the Wing.  He has always kept his unit in top condition and the large number of moves to new locations have been carried out with a maximum of slickness and despatch and a minimum of confusion and lost operational time.  As the result of his efforts, his unit has given enviable laundry service to Wing personnel and attached units as well as to hospitals, canteens or any other units needing his services.  He has been a thorough organizer and an untiring worker, with good ideas and the ability to put them over.

 

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HAMMOND, F/O Harold Hugh (J26423) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.427 Squadron - Award effective 1 December 1944 as per London Gazette dated 8 December 1944 and AFRO 337/45 dated 23 February 1945.  Born in St.Thomas, Ontario; home in London, Ontario.  Enlisted in Toronto, 2 February 1942.  Trained at No.5 ITS (graduated 1 August 1942), No.20 EFTS (ceased training 6 October 1942), No.6 BGS (graduated 18 December 1942) and No.8 AOS (graduated 14 May 1943).  Commissioned 1943.  No citation in AFRO other than "..in recognition of gallantry and devotion to duty in the execution of air operations against the enemy."  DHist file 181.009 D.1729 (PAC RG.24 Vol.20607) has recommendation forwarded from squadron, date uncertain but apparently early July 1944 when he had flown 34 sorties (157 hours five minutes).

 

This Navigator has completed thirty-four operational bombing sorties against the enemy.  His work in general has been outstanding and his devotion to duty and loyalty an example to his crew.

 

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HAMMOND, P/O Herbert William Edgar (J17229) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.109 Squadron - Award effective 1 September 1943 as per London Gazette dated 14 September 1943 and AFRO 2322/43 dated 12 November 1943.  Born in Toronto, 1909; home there.  Enlisted in Vancouver, 21 February 1941.  Trained at No.2 ITS (graduated 4 June 1941), No.2 AOS (graduated 28 August 1941), No.5 BGS (graduated 12 October 1941) and No.1 ANS (graduated 10 November 1941).

 

Since June 1942, Pilot Officer Hammond has completed a large number of operational sorties including many attacks on German targets.  On all these occasions he has proved to be a capable and determined navigator whose ability has been a material factor in the success achieved by his crew.

 

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HAMMOND, S/L James Walter (J10645) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.434 Squadron - Award effective 4 November 1944 as per London Gazette dated 14 November 1944 and AFRO 239/45 dated 9 February 1945.  American in the RCAF; born in Independence, Missouri, 1916; home in Tulsa, Oklahoma (civil engineer).  Enlisted in Winnipeg, 10 July 1941.  Trained at No.2 ITS (graduated 20 Septemberr 1941), No.19 EFTS (graduated 21 November 1941) and No.2 SFTS (graduated 16 March 1942.  Commissioned 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.3080 (RG.24 Vol.20636) has recommendation for an American Distinguished Flying Cross dated 1 August 1944 when he had flown 30 sorties (176 hours 50 minutes), 23 September 1943 to 25 July 1944 (crash landing 20 January 1944 on return from Berlin).

 


This officer has completed a total of thirty operations.  He has at all times displayed the highest degree of courage and determination regardless of the fierceness of enemy opposition.  His skill, determined devotion to duty and fine offensive spirit have been an inspiration to all crews on the squadron.

 

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HAMMOND, P/O Leonard Stanley (J15539) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.114 Squadron - Effective 16 June 1942 as per London Gazette dated 22 September 1942 and AFRO 1653/42 dated 16 October 1942.  Born in Toronto, 1920; home there.  Enlisted in Toronto, 20 July 1940.  Trained at No.2 ITS, No.1 WS, and No.1 BGS.  Commissioned May 1942.

 

Pilot Officer Hammond has proved himself to be a capable and courageous wireless operator air gunner.  He has participated in many sorties and has used his guns most effectively.

 

NOTE: Public Records Office Air 2/9598 has recommendation for a DFM dated 19 July 1942 when he was a Flight Sergeant (R69833) and had flown 27 sorties (92 hours 30 minutes).  The syntax is rough, but the details are most helpful:

 

This Canadian Non-Commissioned Officer has carried out 27 operational sorties during which time he has shown himself a capable and courageous Wireless Operator/Air Gunner, eager to engage the enemy.

 

On the 15th September 1941 Flight Sergeant Hammond was leading gunner in a formation of three Blenheims which carried out an attack on a convoy of seven merchant vessels and five escort ships protected by Messerschmitt 109s off Borkum. His formation was attacked by two Messerschmitt 109s.  His fighting control by Flight Sergeant Hammond was so successful that, in spite of a number of attacks, his formation was able to reach base intact with no more than slight damage. The concentration of controlled fire from the Blenheims was such that the 109s hesitated to close closer than 200 yards following the first attack.

 

Flight Sergeant Hammond took part in the low level attack on Herdla aerodrome in Norway on December 27th, 1941.  He used his guns with great effectiveness on the German ground staff and gun emplacements, causing considerable damage and loss of life to the enemy. He has since carried on numerous intruder attacks on enemy airfields in Holland and Germany. On one occasion returning from one of these missions his aircraft was caught in a concentration of light flak in bright moonlight over the river west of Rotterdam. The pilot was forced to fly down the river at near zero feet level with the dykes on either bank, from which an intense cross fire of light flak was experienced. Flight Sergeant Hammond returned this fire with great effectiveness, interfering with the accuracy of the German gunners' aim, and his aircraft returned with only minor damage.

 


Flight Sergeant Hammond has set a fine example and the meritorious service he has rendered over a long period on operations is considered well worthy of recognition.

 

This was refined to the following text for Air Ministry Honours and Awards Committee (shorter than the original submission but much longer than the published citation).  The text is inconsistent in describing his rank.

 

Pilot Officer Hammond has proved himself to be a capable and courageous wireless operator/air gunner. On 15th September 1941, he was the leading gunner of a formation of three Blenheims which attacked a convoy of seven merchant vessels. During the action the formation was attacked by two Messerschmitt 109s but Pilot Officer Hammond's fire control was so successful that, following the first attack, the enemy fighters hesitated to come in closer than 200 yards. His formation was able to reach base with no more than slight damage sustained.  In the low level attack on Herdla, Flying Officer Hammond used his guns most effectively on the German ground staff and gun emplacements causing considerable damage and loss of life to the enemy. He has since participated in numerous intruder attacks on enemy airfields. His coolness in all circumstances has been exceptional.

 

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HAMMOND, F/L Maitland Henderson (C13301) - Mention in Despatches - Overseas - Award effective 1 January 1946 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 155/46 dated 15 February 1946.  Home in Kirkton, Ontario; enlisted in London, Ontario, 4 November 1941.

 

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HAMMOND, P/O Warren Kenneth (J88664) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.427 Squadron - Award effective 3 November 1944 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 1/45 dated 5 January 1945.  Born in St.Thomas, Ontario, 1924; home in Windsor (toolmaker).  Enlisted in Windsor, 9 Jne 1942. Trained at No.1 ITS (graduated 5 March 1943), No.7 EFTS (ceased training 30 April 1943) and No.9 BGS (graduated 1 October 1943).  Commissioned 1944.  DHist file 181.009 D.2609 (RG.24 Vol.20627) has recommendation dated 19 September 1944 when he had flown 35 sorties (161 hours ten minutes), 20 April to 17 September 1944.  The original recommendation is much more detailed; see Introduction to this study.

 

This air gunner has completed many sorties against heavily defended targets.  On several occasions when his aircraft has been attacked by enemy night fighters, Pilot Officer Hammond directed the necessary evading tactics with great skill.  Pilot Officer Hammond has shown courage and coolness in action and has shot down a Messerschmitt 210.

 

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HAMMOND. Sergeant William Andrew (R250069) - Mention in Despatches - Overseas - Award effective 1 January 1946 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 155/46 dated 15 February 1946.  Home in Calgary; enlisted there 23 August 1941.

 

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HAMMOND, W/C William Charles Henry Weston (C1942) - Member, Order of the British Empire - Western Air Command Headquarters - Award effective 1 January 1946 as per Canada Gazette of that date and AFRO 82/46 dated 25 January 1946.  Enlisted in Ottawa, 23 April 1940.  A former RCMP corporal, he survived the sinking of the SS Caribou (October 1942).

 

Wing Commander Hammond has served most faithfully and efficiently as an Assistant Provost Marshal from coast to coast.  His tact and diplomacy have often earned for the Royal Canadian Air Force the ever ready and willing co-operation of the local, provincial and dominion police forces.  He has given unstintingly of his time and has served so readily and often beyond the call of normal duty.  His provost organizations have always been exemplary.

 

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HAMPE, F/O Martin Albert (J25249) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.51 Squadron - Award effective 4 November 1944 as per London Gazette dated 14 November 1944 and AFRO 239/45 dated 9 February 1945.  Born at Eagle River, Ontario, 1919; home there.  Enlisted in Winnipeg, 24 March 1942.  Trained at No.2 ITS (graduated 5 December 1942) and No.5 AOS (graduated 2 April 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 2/8827 has recommendation dated 23 August 1944 when he had flown 36 sorties (145 hours nine minutes).

 

20 Apr 44       Ottignies (3.50)                                 24 Jun 44       Le Grand Rossignol

24 Apr 44       Karlsruhe (6.21)                                                        (3.04)

26 Apr 44       Essen (4.36)                                      27 Jun 44       Marquise (3.16)

27 Apr 44       Montzen (4.09)                                  28 Jun 44       Wizernes (2.41)

1 May 44        Malines (3.34)                                   30 Jun 44       Villers Bocage (4.23)

6 May 44        Mantes Gassicourt                            1 July 44         Oisemont (3.15)

(4.15)                                                  5 July 44         St.Martin (3.34)

10 May 44      Lens (3.43)                                        20 Jul 44        Bottrop (4.37)

22 May 44      Orleans (5.02)                                   24 Jul 44        Stuttgart (8.04)

24 May 44      Aachen (4.10)                                    28 Jul 44        Nieppe (3.29)

27 May 44      Bourg Leopold                                  1 Aug 44        Anderbelck (3.07)

(3.47)                                                                          abandoned on MB orders

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

2 June 44       Haringzelles (2.52)                                                    killed by flak

4 June 44       Herquelingue (3.14)                          3 Aug 44        Nieppe (2.57)

5 June 44       Mont Fleury (4.38)                             5 Aug 44        Nieppe (3.14)


6 June 44       Chateaudun (6.08)                            6 Aug 44        Hazebrouck (2.52)

8 June 44       Alencon (4.45)                                   7 Aug 44        TOTALIZE (3.43) DNCO

12 Jun 44       Amiens (4.30)                                                            on MB orders

14 Jun 44       Douai (3.38)                                      9 Aug 44        Mormal (3.51)

22 Jun 44       Siracourt (3.23)                                 11 Aug 44      Somain (3.52)

 

Flying Officer Hampe has successfully completed 36 operational sorties with this squadron, and has helped to attack some of the most heavily defended targets in Germany, such as Stuttgart, Dusseldorf, Karlsruhe and Essen.

 

His crew which has just completed an outstanding tour of operations owes much to the exceptional skill displayed by this navigator, who's work even under adverse conditions has been of a very high standard.  His cheerfulness and determination under fire has won the admiration of all, and his navigation has been of such a standard as to have caused the Navigation Leader, on more than one occasion, to bring his logs up for commendation.

 

His work in the section has been most whole-hearted and loyal, and  I consider him to be a most valuable asset to the squadron.  He is strongly recommended for the award of the Distinguished Flying Cross.

 

HAMPE, F/O Martin Albert, DFC (J25249) - Bar to Distinguished Flying Cross - No.35 Squadron - Award effective 10 May 1945 as per London Gazette dated 22 May 1945 and AFRO 1147/45 dated 13 July 1945.

 

Since the award of the Distinguished Flying Cross, Flying Officer Hampe has completed numerous successful operational missions as a navigator.  He has displayed exceptional ability and much of the credit for the outstanding success attained by his crew has been due to his efforts.  He has operated against many important and highly fortified targets with commendable courage and devotion to duty.

 

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HANBIDGE, S/L John Murton Vance (J4739) - Commended for Valuable Services - No.15 EFTS - Award effective 14 November 1944 as per Canada Gazette dated 18 November 1944 and AFRO 2684/44 dated 15 December 1944.  Home in Humbolt, Saskatchewan; enlisted in Saskatoon, 28 June 1940.  Trained at No.1 ITS (graduated 14 September 1940), No.7 EFTS (graduated 29 November 1940), and No.31 SFTS (graduated 27 January 1941).

 


This officer, as commanding officer of Air Force personnel at this unit, has executed his duties with outstanding efficiency and keenness.  Besides being a natural leader he is a skilful and proficient flying instructor whose devotion to duty and constant application of energy in the interests of the service have been an inspiration to his pupils.

 

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HANCHET-TAYLOR, G/C Albert Jesse (C1775) - Officer, Order of the British Empire - RCAF Station Goose Bay (now Station Sydney) - Awarded 14 November 1944 as per Canada Gazette dated 14 November 1944 AFRO 2684/44 dated 15 December 1944.  Home in Southport, Connecticut; enlisted in Montreal, 21 March 1940.  See also FS C.H. Brooks and Sgt H.G.J. Saye (BEM).

 

On the 6th of July, 1944, in Labrador, a Ventura aircraft, carrying eleven passengers and crew, crashed on take-off and immediately burst into flames.  This officer was one of the first to arrive at the scene of the accident.  The fire had already reached intense proportions and ammunition and pyrotechnics were exploding.  On seeing a man moving in the wreckage, without a moment's hesitation, Group Captain Hanchet-Taylor rushed into the aircraft to find the man and with considerable difficulty removed him from the flaming aircraft.  The airman later died from injuries and burns but this officer's gallant act might have saved his life.  His example was an inspiration to other personnel to endeavour to rescue the other victims of the accident.  This officer displayed exceptional coolness, courage and devotion to duty in the face of grave danger.

 

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HANCOCK, Sergeant Ronald Eli (R65019) - Mention in Despatches - No.437 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 Wolfeville, Nova Scotia; enlisted in Halifax, 8 May 1940.  Served in Alaska before going overseas.  DHist file 181.009 D.4855 (RG.24 Vol.20657) has recommendation dated 16 June 1945.  Fitter IIE; corporal at time; document gives Christian names as Ronald Eld.

 

This Corporal is employed as an Aero Engine Mechanic in the squadron and he has worked untiringly to ensure maximum serviceability.  His skill, keenness and determination are worthy of the highest commendation.

 

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HANCOX, F/O Edgar Ronald (J38752) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.432 Squadron - Award effective 9 March 1945 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 625/45 dated 13 April 1945. Born in London, Ontario, 1923; home there (former seaman).  Enlisted in London, Ontario, 9 October 1942.  Trained at No.5 ITS (graduated 12 June 1943) and No.5 AOS (graduated 26 November 1943).  Commissioned 1943.

 


This officer was the navigator in an aircraft detailed to attack Troisdorf one night in December 1944.  After leaving the target the aircraft was hit by anti-aircraft fire and sustained serious damage.  Flying Officer Hancox was badly wounded in the leg.  A tourniquet had to be applied to one of his wounds and before this was done Flying Officer Hancox had lost much blood.  In spite of this and although in extreme pain he navigated the very badly damaged aircraft to an airfield in this country.  Flying Officer Hancox displayed the highest standard of courage and fortitude.  Though sorely distressed his skilful navigation contributed in good measure to the safe return of the aircraft.

 

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HANDKAMER, F/O Paul Joseph (J36228) - Mention in Despatches - No.432 Squadron - Award effective 1 January 1946 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 388/46 dated 12 April 1946.  Home in Winnieg; enlisted there 1 June 1942.  Trained at No.2 ITS (graduated 20 February 1943), No.7 BGS (graduated 20 August 1943) and No.5 AOS (graduated 1 October 1943).  AFRO gives unit only as "Overseas"; unit found in McEwen Papers list of recommendations for MiD.  DHist file 181.009 D.5557 (RG.24 Vol.20668) has recommendation by W/C J.K. MacDonald dated 16 November 1944 when he had flown 25 sorties (118 hours 25 minutes).  Recommended with WO A.E. Lawson.

 

On the 4th of November, 1944, this officer and airman were members of the crew of an aircraft detailed to attack Essen.  While over the target the Flight Engineer received severe injuries from "flak".  Flying Officer Hamdkamer and Warrant Officer Lawson immediately went to the Engineer's aid.  Although their efforts to save his life were in vain, due mainly to the fact that he had lost so much blood, they fought unceasingly with all means at their disposal to save his life.

 

This officer and airman set the highest example of brotherhood and crew loyalty which I recommend be recognized by the award of Mention in Despatches (Immediate).

 

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HANLEY, F/O Lawrence Gerald (J35085) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.428 Squadron - Award effective 10 May 1945 as per London Gazette dated 22 May 1945 and AFRO 1147/45 dated 13 July 1945. Born in Montreal; home there (time clerk); enlisted there 22 July 1942.  Trained at No.5 ITS (graduated 1 May 1943), No.1 BGS (graduated 24 July 1943) and No.4 AOS (graduated 3 September 1943).  Commissioned 1943.  No citation other than "completed...numerous operations against the enemy in the course of which [he has] invariably displayed the utmost fortitude, courage and devotion to duty". DHist file 181.009 D.1941 (RG.24 Vol.20612) has recommendation by W/C M.W. Gall dated 18 January 1945 when he had flown 30 sorties (175 hours 15 minutes), 1 August 1944 to 15 January 1945.

 


As an Air Bomber, Flying Officer Hanley has established a fine record of achievement.  He has participated in thirty sorties, the majority of which were on heavily defended targets, and on each has successfully bombed the objective and has secured many excellent photographs.

 

His outstanding ability and strong sense of duty coupled with exceptional tenacity of purpose have contributed to a major degree to the operational efficiency of the unit and have been an inspiration to all.

 

On the ground, Flying Officer Hanley has displayed great co-operation, administrative ability and fine leadership.  For his all round ability and devotion to duty I recommend the non-immediate award to the Distinguished Flying Cross.

 

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HANN, F/O Charles Wesley (J36204) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.12 Squadron - Award effective 12 November 1945 as per London Gazette dated 16 November 1945 and AFRO 133/46 dated 8 February 1946.  Born in Guelph, Ontario, 1924; home in Toronto (sheet metal worker).  Formerly in Royal Canadian Artillery.  Enlisted in Toronto, 25 August 1942.  Trained at No.6 ITS (graduated 2 April 1943), No.12 EFTS (graduated 11 June 1943) and No.14 SFTS (graduated 25 August 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 9 May 1945 when he had flown 32 sorties (193 hours 30 minutes), 23 October 1944 to 1 May 1945.

 

23 Oct 44       Essen                              23 Feb 45      Pforzeheim

27 Oct 44       Cologne                          1 Mar 45         Mannheim

16 Nov 44      Duren                              2 Mar 45         Cologne                

18 Nov 44      Wanne Eickel                 5 Mar 45         Chemnitz

21 Nov 44      Aschenburg                    8 Mar 45         Kassel

29 Nov 44      Dortmund                        11 Mar 45      Essen

4 Dec 44        Karlsruhe                        12 Mar 45      Dortmund

6 Dec 44        Merseburg                      13 Mar 45      Gelsenkirchen

21 Dec 44      Bonn                                15 Mar 45      Misberg

28 Dec 44      Bonn                                13 Apr 45       Kiel Bay

31 Dec 44      Osterfeld                         18 Apr 45       Heligoland

6 Jan 45         Neuss                              22 Apr 45       Bremen

7 Jan 45         Munich                             25 Apr 45       Berchtesgaden

16 Jan 45       Zeitz                                 28 Apr 45       EXODUS (Brussels)

3 Feb 45        Bottrop                            30 Apr 45       MANNA (The Hague)

21 Feb 45      Duisburg                         1 May 45        MANNA (The Hague)

 


Flying Officer Hann, a Canadian, has completed his first tour of operations against the enemy as captain of a Lancaster aircraft.  He has attacked many of the most difficult targets in Germany including Karlsruhe, Merseburg, Munich, Zeitz, Mannheim, Kiel, and targets in the Ruhr.  He has operated throughout with a fearless enthusiasm which has never waned in spite of enemy opposition. He has proved himself to be a courageous and determined captain who has instilled the utmost confidence in his crew.

 

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HANNA, Sergeant Herman Melvin (R66267) - Air Force Medal - No.3 Air Navigation School - Award effective 1 January 1946 as per Canada Gazette of that date and AFRO 82/46 dated 25 January 1946.  Born at Bethune, Saskatchewan; home in Regina; enlisted there 24 April 1940.  Served in Newfoundland, 1941-43.  As of recommendation had flown 1,007 hours, 240 hours in previous six months.

 

Although this non-commissioned officer's trade is Wireless Operator (Ground), he has a very creditable flying record.  His devotion to duty, skill and loyalty have been outstanding, while the leadership he has shown has been an inspiration to all who have worked with him.  He has executed many difficult flying assignments in a most capable manner. 

 

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HANNA, F/O Kenneth Charles (J86018) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.181 Squadron - Award effective 2 March 1945 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 625/45 dated 13 April 1945.  Born 1923 in Prescott, Ontario; home in Brockville.  Apprentice tool maker before enlisting, 1941. Enlisted in Ottawa, 24 November 1941.  Trained at No.1 ITS (graduated 8 May 1942) No.10 EFTS (graduated 14 August 1942) and No.14 SFTS (graduated 18 December 1942). Commissioned 1944.

 

This officer has completed a large number of varied sorties, including many armed reconnaissances over the battle area in the West.  He has displayed a high standard of leadership, skill and courage, and has contributed materially to the success of the squadron.  In December, 1944, he flew one of a formation of aircraft detailed to attack enemy vehicles in the St.Vith area.  In a most spirited engagement two tanks and twelve mechanical vehicles were destroyed.  Throughout, Flying Officer Hanna set a fine example by his skill and resolution.

 

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HANNA, F/L Richmond Francis Lionel (C13666) - 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.   Born 26 February 1913, County Monaghan, Ireland; emigrated to Canada in 1930. Home in Edmonton, Alberta where he taught school; enlisted there 19 August 1940.  Postwar he was a federal civil servant (Veterans Land Act administration)), Edmonton city alderman, Member of Parliament for four years, manager for Crown Life, Commissioner for Canadian Pension Commission.  Retired to Victoria, 1979, where he died 17 January 1986.  No citation.

 

HANNA, F/L Richmond Francis Lionel (C13666) - Member, Order of the British Empire - Station Tholthorpe (AFRO gives only "Overseas" as unit) - Award effective 1 January 1946 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 155/46 dated 15 February 1946. No citation in AFRO or biographical file.  DHist file 181.009 D.1725 (PAC RG.24 Vol.10607) has recommendation dated 23 May 1945 when he was Station Armament Officer:

 

This officer held the position of Armament Officer at RCAF Station Tholthorpe over a period when the two squadrons were operating against the enemy at a very high temp, on occasion carrying out two operations within a day.  Never once was he faced with a major failure with reference to aircraft in the air or bombing up on the ground despite the size or frequency of operations.  This speaks highly of his organization and particularly his leadership whereby his men have always responded cheerfully with all-out effort because he possesses the characteristics of being keenly interested in all aspects of their welfare to a degree not found in the average officer.  The efficiency of his section was only attained through his keen sense of duty and responsibility towards his men.  This officer is outstanding in all respects to a degree far above expectation.  The records established on this station with reference to his sphere of operations merits recognition of a high order.  In addition, because of the example he has set in character and leadership, coupled with his untiring efforts to give the utmost in efficiency, with no regard for himself, through long hours of hard work, continuous labour night and day without rest, he is highly recommended for the award of the Member of the British Empire.

 

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HANNA, G/C William Fielding (C409) - Commander, Order of the British Empire - AFHQ, Director of Plans - Award effective 26 May 1944 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 1380/44 dated 30 June 1944.  Born at Musquedobolt, Nova Scotia, 11 November 1892.  Enlisted in 1914 in Canadian Cyclist Corps but switched to Cameron Highlanders.  Seconded to RFC/RAF in France, March 1918, with No.48 Squadron (observer), engaging in many combats and destroying at least one enemy aircraft.  Lived in Winnipeg after the war; in 1928 he joined staff of Dominion Rust Research Laboratory, becoming senior plant pathologist.  In 1934 helped form No.12 (Auxiliary) Squadron. Qualified for Observer badge, 1 June 1934; qualified as a pilot 27 April 1936.  Appointed Commanding Officer, April 1940, and took the squadron overseas.  Relinquished command, January 1941, to S/L McGregor.  Returned to Ottawa, 15 February 1941; promoted Group Captain 19 January 1943.  Wartime work included being officer in charge of accident investigations and later Commanding Officer of No.1 Bombing and Gunnery School, Jarvis, Ontario (13 April 1942 to 3 August 1942).  To AFHQ thereafter.  Retired 16 October 1945.  For many years after the war he was an official with the Department of Agriculture (Winnipeg and Ottawa).  Died 26 September 1972.

 


This officer, as Director of Plans, has handled with extraordinary ability the many complex responsibilities of his work, which have involved projects, agreements, legislation, proposals and conferences of vital importance concerning British Commonwealth and international air problems.  The diplomatic manner in which he has dealt with other members of the United Nations has produced excellent results.  His untiring efforts and devotion to duty along with his efficiency have combined to make him a most valuable officer.

 

NOTE: First recommended for the CBE by A/V/M N.R. Anderson, 21 August 1943.  The recommendation on that occasion gave more details as to the nature of his work:

 

As Director Plans (Joint) in AMAS Division, Group Captain Hanna has made an exceptional contribution to the war effort.  He has dealt with all problems of International and Inter-Empire planning for Air Operations, Defences and facilities in Canada and Newfoundland.  In addition, he is a member of the Inter-Departmental Committee on Civil Aviation and on Peace Planning.  He attends meetings of the Permanent Joint Board on Defence during the absence of AMAS.  This officer has worked extremely hard to keep abreast of a vast quantity of diplomatic correspondence and has shown exceptional ability in dealing therewith and drafting suitable replies.

 

HANNA, G/C William Fielding, CBE (409) - AFHQ - Legion of Merit (Degree of Officer) - with effect from 15 July 1946 as per Canada Gazette dated 10 August 1946 and AFRO 819/46 dated 23 August 1946.  Colonel R.E.S. Williamson, Military Attache, writing to AFHQ, 27 May 1946, provides citation.

 

Group Captain William F. Hanna, Royal Canadian Air Force, distinguished himself as a member of the Permanent Joint Board on Defence, Canada-United States, from December 1942 to June 1945.  He ably assisted in expediting the solution of problems pertaining to the placing of American troops and installations within the Dominion of Canada.  His characteristic cooperation and devotion to duty materially furthered the collaboration of the two countries in ensuring the security of the North American continent during World War II.

 

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HANNAH, F/O Harold Allan (J28186) - Croix de Guerre (France) - No.405  Squadron (AFRO gives unit only as "Overseas") - Awarded as per AFRO 1619/45 dated 19 October 1945. Home in Moose Lake, Saskatchewan; enlisted in Regina, 11 November 1940.  Trained at No.3 ITS (graduated 7 June 1941), No.17 EFTS (graduated 26 July 1941) and No.8 SFTS (graduated 10 October 1941).  Public Records Office Air 2/9645 has citation.

 


Flying Officer Hannah is a pilot and captain of aircraft who has participated in many successful air attacks during the Battle of France.  Throughout this time, Flying Officer Hannah displayed great heroism and devotion to duty.  By his courage and skill, displayed in pressing home all his attacks, he exhibited his maximum effort to ensure that the Allied landing forces received the air support so necessary to the success of their landings.  This officer has shown a fine fighting spirit and his patriotic considerations are in keeping with the highest traditions of the service.

 

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HANNAY, FS Cecil (R128974) - Mention in Despatches - RCAF Station Patricia Bay - Awarded 14 June 1945 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 1127/45 dated 6 July 1945 -  enlisted in RCAF, 16 September 1941 at Vancouver (home in James Island, B.C.).

 

While employed on Marine Operations, Flight Sergeant Hannay has performed consistently good work over a long period of time.  On a recent occasion the prompt, cool and effective action undertaken by this non-commissioned officer was undoubtedly the means of saving the lives of five of seven members of the crew of an aircraft which crashed in the water during night flying operations.  His conduct and devotion to duty are worthy of the highest praise.

 

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HANSEN, P/O Lloyd Leonard Hans (J18692) - Mention in Despatches - No.408 Squadron - Award effective 8 June 1944 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 1729/44 dated 11 August 1944.  Home in Lethbridge; enlisted in Calgary, 23 July 1941. Trained at No.2 ITS (graduated 11 April 1942), No.6 EFTS (graduated 19 June 1942) and No.3 SFTS (graduated 9 October 1942).  No citation in AFRO which gives unit only as "Overseas".  DHist file 181.009 D.1719 (PAC RG.24 Vol.20606) has recommendation dated 25 October 1943 (when he was an NCO) which identifies unit and says:

 

Flight Sergeant Hansen has completed nine sorties to some of the most heavily defended targets in Germany, and has shown himself to be a very commendable captain of aircraft.  On the night of 18th October 1943, Flight Sergeant Hansen's aircraft was found to be short of petrol just after leaving the target.  For his journey home, he took precautionary measures immediately and carried out economical endurance flying, attempting to make a landing in England.  Correct wireless emergency procedures were carried out and Air Sea rescue had the aircraft plotted all the way from the enemy coast.  On arriving at the English coast two engines on one side cut due to lack of petrol, so Flight Sergeant Hansen turned back to sea and ditched his aircraft.  All members of the crew were saved owing to the use of correct dinghy drill.

 

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HANSON, F/L Albert Ludvig (J7982) - Mention in Despatches - No.8 Squadron - Award effective 14 January 1944 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 874/44 dated 21 April 1944.  Home in Vancouver; enlisted there 12 February 1941.  Trained at No.2 ITS (graduated 4 June 1941), No.16 EFTS (graduated 27 July 1941) and No.15 EFTS (graduated 7 October 1941).  Awarded Queen's Coronation Medal, 1952, while a civilian on Supplementary Reserve (Vancouver).

 

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HANSON, F/O Alfred Wallace (J27485) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.424 Squadron - Award effective 5 April 1945 as per London Gazette dated 13 April 1945 and AFRO 824/45 dated 18 May 1945. Born in Winnipeg, 1922; home in Ottawa; enlisted Ottawa 7 July 1942.  Trained at No.6 ITS (graduated 30 December 1942) and No.1 AOS (graduated 25 June 1943).  Commissioned June 1943. Overseas July 1943.  No citation other than "completed...numerous operations against the enemy in the course of which [he has] invariably displayed the utmost courage and devotion to duty."  DHist file 181.009 D.2610 (RG.24 Vol.20627) has recommendation dated 19 December 1944 when he had flown 27 sorties (151 hours), 24 July to 5 December 1944.

 

This officer, a navigator who has many heavily protected German targets to his credit, has also taken part in a considerable number of precision mining targets.  On many occasions, Flying Officer Hanson has been forced to cope with adverse weather and most difficult conditions, sometimes without the aid of his instruments.  He has at all times by his display of quiet confidence maintained the crew morale at the highest possible pitch.

 

By his unfailing courage and devotion to duty, Flying Officer Hanson has been an inspiration to all members of aircrew...

 

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HANSON, F/O Carl Eric (J22850) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.460 Squadron - Award effective 5 August 1944 as per London Gazette dated 18 August 1944 and AFRO 2101/44 dated 29 September 1944.  Born 1923 at Hay Lakes, Alberta; home there.  Enlisted in Edmonton 4 February 1942.  Trained at No.2 ITS (graduated 4 July 1942), No.19 EFTS (ceased training 23 August 1942), No.7 BGS (graduated 4 December 1942) and No.7 AOS (graduated 22 January 1943).  Commissioned 1943.  No citation other than "completed...many successful operations against the enemy in which [he has] displayed high skill, fortitude and devotion to duty."  Public Records Office Air 2/9632 has recommendation dated 12 May 1944 when he had flown 18 1/3 sorties (130 hours 20 minutes), 3 November 1943 to 12 May 1944.

 

                                                             * denotes 1/3 sortie

 

3 Nov 43         Dusseldorf                             19 Feb 44      Leipzig

10 Nov 43      Modene                                  24 Feb 44      Schweinfurt

26 Nov 43      Berlin                                      25 Feb 44      Augsburg

2 Dec 43        Berlin                                      18 Mar 44      Frankfurt


3 Dec 43        Leipzig                                   22 Mar 44      Frankfurt

16 Dec 43      Berlin; crashed                      26 Apr 44       Essen

on return                                 27 Apr 44       Friedrichshaven

27 Jan 44       Berlin                                      30 Apr 44       Maintenon*

28 Jan 44       Berlin                                      1 May 44        Lyons

30 Jan 44       Berlin                                      12 May 44      GARDENING

 

Flying Officer Hanson is a Canadian Bomb Aimer now carrying out his first tour of operations.  He has completed 18 1/3 sorties against some of the most heavily defended enemy targets.  These include six against berlin and also attacks on Leipzig, Augsburg, Frankfurt and Essen.

 

Throughout this officer's tour he has performed his duties with complete coolness and utter disregard of enemy opposition.  His cheerful confidence and ability have been a source of comfort to his captain and an inspiration to the other members of his crew.

 

In these days of concentrated attacks he has always maintained an untiring watch for other aircraft and on numerous occasions has managed to advise his pilot and so avoid a collision.  His ability as a Bomb Aimer has been proved by his photographic results which have been of the highest order.  Flying Officer Hanson's skill has been further demonstrated by his judgement in instructing his captain to avoid dense searchlight concentrations in heavily defended areas.

 

I recommend that Flying Officer Hanson receives the Distinguished Flying Cross in due reward for his strength of operational purpose and sense of duty.

 

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HANSON, F/L James Robert (J15599) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.408 Squadron (deceased) - Award effective 10 May 1944 as per London Gazette dated 23 May and AFRO 1380/44 dated 30 June 1944. Born in England, 1918; educated in Montreal. Enlisted in Montreal, 15 April 1940.  Wife in Montreal.  Trained at No.4 BGS (graduated 23 October 1940) and No.1 WS (graduated 24 November 1940).  Commissioned 1942.  No citation other than "...completed...may successful operations against the enemy in which [he has] displayed high skill, fortitude and devotion to duty."  Killed in action 22/23 May 1944 (Lancaster LL723); name on Runnymede Memorial.  Public Records Office Air 2/9149 has recommendation dated 14 February 1944 when he had completed 35 sorties (189 hours seven minutes) in two tours (27 July 1941 to 16 September 1942 and 20 April 1943 to 15 February 1944) as follows:

 

                                  First Tour (* denotes daylight mission)

 

27 July 41 Nickling (6.30)                                   31 Jan 42  Brest (5.25)

*20 Aug 41 Sea Search (3.00)                          6 Feb 42   Brest (5.00)


26 Aug 41  Cologne (3.00)                                      *12 Feb 42       Sea Search (3.15)

28 Aug 41  Duisburg (5.00)                                     21 Feb 42         Liste a/f, Norway

31 Aug 41  Cologne (5.30)                                                                 (5.45)

3 Sept 41  Brest (4.10)                                             3 Mar 42           Paris (5.15)

7 Sept 41  Berlin (9.00)                                            9 Mar 42           Essen (4.05)

13 Sept 41 Brest (5.20)                                           19 Mar 42         Essen (3.40)

16 Sept 41 Karlsruhe (3.55)                                    6 Apr 42            Essen (4.10)

19 Sept 41 Stettin (9.30)                                          23 Apr 42         Rostock (7.00)

26 Nov 41  Ostend (2.45)                                         26 Apr 42         Rostock (7.15)

30 Nov 41  Emden (5.30)                                         7 May 42           Kiel (6.10)

17 Jan 42  Brest (3.30)                                            30 May 42        Cologne (4.05)

25 Jan 42  Hamburg (5.50)                                      1 June 42          Essen (4.00)

16 Sept 42       Essen (5.00)

 

                                                                Second Tour                       

 

20 Apr 43         Stettin (8.20)                                   20 Dec 43        Frankfurt (5.52)

4 May 43           Dortmund (5.25)                             27 Jan 44         Berlin (7.42)

28 June 43       Cologne (5.40)                                15 Feb 44         Berlin (7.08)

24 July 43         Hamburg (6.25)

 

Flight Lieutenant Hanson is now engaged on his second tour of operations.  His operational experience includes a large number of sorties against heavily defended targets.

 

In his capacity as Squadron Gunnery Leader, Flight Lieutenant Hanson has set an example of devotion to duty which has been a source of inspiration to all.  His cheerful attitude towards his duties and his unrelenting efforts to raise the standard of gunnery have contributed in no small manner towards the success achieved by the squadron.

 

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HANTON, F/O Frank Edward William (J10116) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.400 Squadron - Award effective 22 October 1943 as per London Gazette dated 29 October 1943 and AFRO 2457/43 dated 26 November 1943.  Born in Kenora, Ontario, 18 August 1920.  Home in South Kenora.  Enlisted in Winnipeg, 19 May 1941. Trained at No.4 ITS (graduated 29 August 1941), No.19 EFTS (graduated 24 October 1941) and No.13 SFTS (graduated 16 January 1942).  Commissioned 1942.  Photo PL-40098 shows him.  Honourary ADC to Lieutenant-Governor of Saskatchewan, 1984; Honourary Colonel, 1989.

 


This officer has always shown marked keenness to engage the enemy.  A capable and courageous pilot, he has flown on a large number of operational sorties, during which he has destroyed at least two enemy aircraft and damaged thirty-five locomotives.

 

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HANWAY, S/L James Albert (J5986) - Air Force Cross - No.5 METS (AFRO gives unit as RCAF Repatriation Depot Overseas) - Award effective 1 January 1944 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 809/44 dated 14 April 1944.  Born 19 October 1914 at Amherst, Nova Scotia.  Home in Lunenburg, Nova Scotia.  Law student, Dalhousie University.  Enlisted at Moncton, 14 August 1940.  Trained at No.1 ITS (promoted to Leading Aircraftman, 15 January 1941; posted out 24 January 1941), No.4 EFTS (graduated 5 March 1941), and No.8 SFTS (graduated 3 July 1941; commissioned 4 July 1941).  Arrived overseas 11 November 1941.  Attended No.5 (Coastal) OTU, 23 December 1941 to 18 March 1942; served with No.39 Squadron, North Africa, 27 June to 6 September 1942 (promoted to Flying Officer 4 July 1942); posted to No.47 Squadron on 6 September 1942.  Served at No.5 METS, Shaffula, Egypt, 9 September 1942 to 28 October 1943 (promoted Flight Lieutenant on 25 November 1942 and to Squadron Leader 2 November 1943); returned to Britain, 25 November 1943.  On leave to Canada, 13 January to 5 March 1944; back in Britain as of 14 March 1944.  Posted to No.404 Squadron, 7 April 1944.  Killed in action 26 August 1944 (Beaufighter NE198).  No citation in Canadian sources.  Public Records Office Air 2/8959 has recommendation which also identifies unit.

 

This officer has been an instructor on Beaufort aircraft and since his arrival at the school 120 Beaufort pilots have completed the course.  Flight Lieutenant Hanway has carried out over 400 hours on Beaufort torpedo bomber instruction, most of the flying being performed at 60 feet above sea level.  Since December 1942 he has taken over the instruction on Marauder aircraft and during a period of three months 32 Marauder pilots completed a course under his instruction.  It has been entirely due to his skill and courage as an instructor that many torpedo pilots have gained confidence in their aircraft.  Flight Lieutenant Hanway has displayed fine ability as a pilot.

 

NOTE: While with No.39 Squadron he claimed 60 operational hours (12 sorties).  On a form dated 14 January 1944 he stated he had flown 500 hours on Beauforts, 70 on Beaufighters and 20 on Marauders, and that he had flown 400 hours at No.5 METS.  He had been taken from No.47 Squadron before completion of his tour because his talents were needed at the new Torpedo Training School within No.5 METS.  He had not been overly happy there; on 3 December 1943 he had requested posting to a PRU or to a Beaufighter operational unit.

 


While with No.39 Squadron he was described by W/C A.J. Mason as "An outstanding officer who is worthy of accelerated promotion.  With experience he should make an excellent squadron commander."  On 7 July 1943, at No.5 METS, G/C G.M. Knocker wrote of him, "This officer is Flight Commander of the Beaufort Flight in No.5 METS.  He is a brilliant pilot, a good instructor - a leader and runs his flight well."  On 5 November 1943, Lieutenant-Colonel E.G. Catton wrote, "This officer has carried out his duties very efficiently during a 13 month stay at No.5 METS and has recently acted as Chief Instructor.  He has instructed pilots on Beaufort and Marauder and Beaufighter aircraft and has always given them the necessary confidence in torpedo attacks."

 

On 24 February 1943, flying from Shaffula to Port Said (Beaufort DD977) his starboard engine developed excessive vibrations and lost power.  He intended to make a forced landing and lowered his wheels and flaps, but the engine failed completely at 200 feet as he was turning.  There was also a small fire.  He landed on the runway at El Firdam where the fire was extinguished.

 

On 2 October 1943, flying Beaufighter JM298, approaching Shandur airfield at 1,000 feet, his port engine cut without warning.  Unable to feather the propeller, he glided to the airfield, wheels down, and was turning to port, downwind, intending to land beside the runway.  At 100-200 feet a Baltimore that had landed correctly turned off the runway and onto the area where he had intended to alight.  Applying his good engine, he cleared the Baltimore but lost speed and touched down tail first.  The aircraft bounced and crossed the runway diagonally.  The port tyre burst and the undercarriage collapsed.  There was no fire.  Investigators concluded,"Pilot made best possible landing considering all factors."

 

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