HARDING, P/O Andrew Crawford (J16700) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.7 Squadron - Award effective 4 October 1943 as per London Gazette dated 19 October 1943 and AFRO 2322/43 dated 12 November 1943. Born in Galetta, Ontario; home there. Enlisted in Ottawa, 20 May 1941. Trained at No.1 ITS (graduated 4 September 1941), No.20 EFTS (graduated 4 November 1941) and No.16 SFTS (graduated 27 February 1942). Commissioned 1942.

 

This officer has captained bomber aircraft on sorties against many targets in Germany and Italy, obtaining some excellent photographs. He has consistently shown courage and determination in bringing his missions to a successful completion.

 

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HARDING. G/C David Allan, AFC (C53) - Officer, Order of the British Empire - No.16 Service Flying Training School (since moved to No.1 FES) - Awarded 1 January 1945 as per Canada Gazette dated 6 January 1945 and AFRO 89/45 dated 19 January 1945 - Born in Petrolia, 1896. With the CEF; RFC between 1 May 1917 and 28 September 1919. With the RCAF from its inception, 1 April 1924. With the RFC, in Middle East with Allenby. Died in Sarnia, 13 January 1971, age 75.

 

This officer, throughout his lengthy career in the Royal Canadian Air Force, has exemplified in his personal life and in his direction and participation in station activities, the value of physical fitness. The splendid state of morale and efficiency of the station which he commands reflects the leadership and ability displayed by this officer. By his resourcefulness, exceptional initiative and ability, combined with outstanding devotion to duty, he has made a marked contribution to the British Commonwealth Air Training Plan.

 

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HARDING, F/O Harold Harvie (J40921) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.625 Squadron - Award effective 15 June 1945 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 1291/45 dated 10 August 1945. Born in North Sydney, Nova Scotia, 1923; home there. Enlisted in Halifax, 23 January 1943. Trained at No.1 ITS (graduated 4 September 1943) and No.4 AOS (graduated 28 January 1944). Commissioned 1944. Cited with F/O Joseph F. Mooney (RCAF pilot, awarded DSO).

 


Flying Officers Mooney and Harding were pilot and navigator respectively in an aircraft detailed to attack Plauen one night in April 1945. Early on the outward flight the front windscreen became badly smeared with oil owing to an external leak. Although this obscured his vision, Flying Officer Moodey flew on. A little later the starboard inner engine became defective. The propeller had to be feathered. Shortly afterwards the port outer engine had to be put out of action. Despite this, Flying Officer Mooney was determined, if possible, to reach his objective. Coming down to a much lower level and increasing his speed, he flew on. Although deprived of the full use of the navigational aids, Flying Officer Harding navigated the aircraft to the target with great skill. Whilst over the area much anti-aircraft fire was directed at the bomber. Several hits were sustained. Nevertheless, Flying Officer Mooney pressed home a most determined attack. The aircraft was losing height as he turned for home. When nearing Liege, the starboard outer engine caught fire and had to be put out of action. Height could no longer be maintained. Flying Officer Mooney gave the order to abandon aircraft and ensured that all members of his crew had got clear before he himself jumped at 500 feet. After reaching the ground, Flying Officer Mooney collected his comrades together and, within a very short time they returned safely to their unit. On this notable sortie, this officer displayed the highest standard of skill and courage, coupled with superb captaincy. Flying Officer Harding also proved himself to be a most valuable crew member showing skill, coolness and devotion to duty in the face of great difficulties.

 

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HARDING, F/O John Robert (J17377) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.550 Squadron - Award effective 24 May 1944 as per London Gazette dated 6 June 1944 and AFRO 1660/44 dated 4 August 1944. Born in London, Ontario, 1919; home in Windsor, Ontario. Enlisted in Windsor, 16 May 1941. Trained at No.3 ITS (graduated 20 August 1941), No.11 EFTS (graduated 8 September 1941), No.4 AOS (graduated 2 February 1942) and No.4 BGS (graduated 14 March 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 2/8780 has recommendation dated 17 March 1944 when he had flown 39 sorties (276 operational hours) consisting of 28 sorties (184 hours) on first tour and eleven sorties (92 hours) on second tour.

 

23 Jan 43 Dusseldorf 20 Apr 43 Stettin; low level

27 Jan 43 Dusseldorf attack, 200 ft; shot

30 Jan 43 Hamburg up flak position

4 Feb 43 Turin 26 Apr 43 Duisburg

11 Feb 43 Wilhelmshaven 28 Apr 43 GARDENING, Danzig

13 Feb 43 Lorient 30 Apr 43 Essen; part of tail

14 Feb 43 Milan assembly cut by a

16 Feb 43 Lorient Halifax leaving target.

18 Feb 43 Wilhelmshaven

28 Feb 43 St.Nazaire (inverted SECOND TOUR

over Lorient)

1 Mar 43 Berlin 16 Dec 43 Berlin

2 Mar 43 Hamburg 29 Dec 43 Berlin

5 Mar 43 Essen 1 Jan 44 Berlin

8 Mar 43 Nuremburg 14 Jan 44 Braunschweig; coned

9 Mar 43 Munich over Osnabruck;

11 Mar 43 Stuttgart returned on 3 engines.

12 Mar 43 Essen 20 Jan 44 Berlin; shot up over


22 Mar 43 St.Nazaire Munster on return

26 Mar 43 Duisburg 27 Jan 44 Berlin

27 Mar 43 Berlin 28 Jan 44 Berlin

29 Mar 43 Berlin 20 Feb 44 Stuttgart

10 Apr 43 Frankfurt 24 Feb 44 Schweinfurt

13 Apr 43 Spezia 25 Feb 44 Augsburg

16 Apr 43 Pilsen; shot up 1 Mar 44 Stuttgart

coastal batteries

on return.

 

This Canadian officer has now completed as a navigator, 39 sorties and 276 flying hours against the enemy, which have required navigational ability of the highest order. He has always carried out his duties in a highly efficient and determined manner, often in the face of heavy opposition and under difficult weather conditions. His keenness and devotion to duty and his accurate work has largely contributed to the success of the operational missions in which he has taken part. I consider that he well merits the award of the Distinguished Flying Cross.

 

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HARDING, P/O Milton Augustus (J18021) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.158 Squadron - Award effective 4 October 1943 as per London Gazette dated 19 October 1943 and AFRO 2457/43 dated 26 November 1943. Born in Norris Point, Newfoundland, 1918; home there. Enlisted in Halifax, 10 February 1941. Trained at No.3 ITS (graduated 21 June 1941), No.17 EFTS (graduated 21 July 1941), No.4 BGS (graduated 25 May 1942) and No.2 WS (graduated 2 March 1942). Commissioned 1943.

 

Pilot Officer Harding has now completed his first tour of operational duties. Among the missions completed by him as rear gunner have been raids on Berlin, Kiel, Essen and Dusseldorf. On many occasions his crew have encountered heavy opposition and frequently the safety of his aircraft has been largely due to the prompt and accurate manner in which Pilot Officer Harding has reported the position of enemy fighters. His skill and devotion to duty have been outstanding.

 

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HARDINGHAM, F/O Raymond Joseph (J4691) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.408 Squadron - Award effective 29 July 1942 as per London Gazette dated 4 August 1942 and AFRO 1413/42 dated 4 September 1942. Born in London, England, 8 November 1912; home in Kingswood, Surrey. Enlisted in Halifax, 26 June 1940. Trained at No.1 ITS (graduated 16 September 1940), No.1 AOS (graduated 8 December 1940), No.1 BGS (graduated 18 January 1941) and No.1 ANS (graduated 12 March 1941). Commissioned 26 February 1941. Proceeded overseas, 8 April 1941; promoted to Flying Officer, 25 February 1942; to Flight Lieutenant, 20 August 1942; to Squadron Leader, 14 May 1943; to Wing Commander, 15 April 1944. Repatriated to Canada, 10 January 1946; released 29 January 1946.

 

Flying Officer Hardingham has participated in numerous sorties, many of them penetrating into enemy territory and ten in bad weather. In an attack on the Scharnhorst at sea, Flying Officer Hardingham dived down to 500 feet before releasing his bombs. His aircraft was damaged by the defender's fire but his subsequent navigation contributed to the safe return of his aircraft. This officer has proved a source of encouragement to inexperienced navigators.

 

HARDINGHAM, W/C Raymond Joseph, DFC (J4691) - Mention in Despatches - Overseas - Award effective 14 June 1945 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 1395/45 dated 31 August 1945.

 

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HARDWELL, Sergeant Tom Lees (R87233) - Commemorative Medal (Norway) - Overseas - Award effective 3 July 1945 as per Canada Gazette dated 4 May 1946 and AFRO 473/46 dated 10 May 1946. Born in Toronto, 15 March 1914. Enlisted in Saskatoon, 31 January 1941. A Clerk/Stenographer throughout the war, he attained the rank of Leading Aircraftman on 30 July 1941, Corporal on 2 February 1942, Sergeant on 15 July 1943 and Flight Sergeant on 26 April 1944. Discharged 7 January 1946. The microfilm records of RCAF personnel held by Directorate of History and Heritage show a posting to "A" on 19 August 1941 but otherwise indicate no overseas assignment and no repatriation date.

 

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HARDY, FS (now P/O) Archie Vernon (R121529) - Distinguished Flying Medal - No.35 Squadron - Award effective 5 February 1944 as per London Gazette dated 11 February 1944 and AFRO 644/44 dated 24 March 1944. Born in Viking, Alberta, 6 December 1917; home in Edmonton, Alberta (clerk). Ex-militia. Enlisted in Edmonton, Alberta, 29 July 1941. Trained at No.4 ITS (graduated 2 January 1942), No.16 EFTS (graduated 13 March 1942) and No.3 SFTS (graduated 17 July 1942). Posted overseas, 31 July 1942; commissioned 8 November 1943; promoted to Flying Officer, 8 May 1944; repatriated to Canada, 28 February 1945; initially with Northwest Air Command, but posted to No.5 OTU, 17 April 1945; to No.9 Release Centre, 7 September 1945; released 11 September 1945. No citation other than "...completed ...many successful operations against the enemy in which [he] displayed high skill, fortitude and devotion to duty." Public Records Office document Air 2/8782 has recommendation dated 7 December 1943 when he had flown 27 sorties (153 hours) as follows:

 

25 May 1943 Dusseldorf 27 Aug 1943 Nuremburg

27 May 1943 Essen 30 Aug 1943 Munchen Gladbach

29 May 1943 Wuppertal 31 Aug 1943 Berlin

11 June 1943 Dusseldorf 5 Sept 1943 Mannheim

12 June 1943 Bochum 8 Sept 1943 Special Target


19 June 1943 Le Creusot 22 Oct 1943 Kassel

21 June 1943 Krefeld 3 Nov 1943 Dusseldorf

22 June 1943 Mulheim 11 Nov 1943 Cannes

24 June 1943 Wuppertal 22 Nov 1943 Berlin

27 July 1943 Hamburg 23 Nov 1943 Berlin

29 July 1943 Hamburg 25 Nov 1943 Frankfurt

2 Aug 1943 Hamburg 2 Dec 1943 Berlin

17 Aug 1943 Penenemunde 3 Dec 1943 Leipzig

 

This NCO has proved himself to be a very reliable captain showing great keenness and determination to press home his attacks whilst engaged on an important role. His missions have always been completed with great success in spite of heavy opposition encountered from some of the enemy's most important targets. In recognition of his devotion to duty this NCO is recommended for the award of the non-immediate Distinguished Flying Medal.

 

HARDY, P/O Archie Vernon, DFM (J19301) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.35 Squadron - Award effective 5 August 1944 as per London Gazette dated 18 August 1944 and AFRO 2101/44 dated 29 September 1944.

 

This officer has completed numerous successful night operations. His attacks have always been pressed home with the utmost tenacity despite heavy opposition. Pilot Officer Hardy has done much to secure the success of numerous attacks.

 

NOTE: Public Record Office Air 2/9632 has recommendation dated 17 May 1944 when he had flown 47 sorties (261 operational hours) including 20 sorties (108 operational hours) since his previous award. The sortie sheet adds one sortie to the previous list (26 April 1943, Duisberg) and the following trips subsequent to the above list:

 

20 Dec 1943 Frankfurt 1 Mar 1944 Stuttgart

21 Jan 1944 Magdeburg 22 Mar 1944 Frankfurt

27 Jan 1944 Heligoland 30 Mar 1944 Nuremburg

28 Jan 1944 Berlin 18 Apr 1944 Rouen

30 Jan 1944 Berlin 20 Apr 1944 Cologne

15 Feb 1944 Berlin 22 Apr 1944 Laon

19 Feb 1944 Leipzig 24 Apr 1944 Karlsruhe

20 Feb 1944 Stuttgart 30 Apr 1944 Acheres

24 Feb 1944 Schweinfurt 10 May 1944 Lens

25 Feb 1944 Augsburg 11 May 1944 Hasselt

 

This officer has completed numerous successful night operations whilst engaged in a most important role. His attacks have always been pressed home in spite of heavy opposition; at all times he has shown great tenacity and determination to achieve his objective.


Pilot Officer Hardy has set a fine example to his crew by his skill, courage and coolness in action. His cheerfulness and enthusiasm to proceed on operations on every possible occasion is a great encouragement to all his fellow aircrew in the squadron. In recognition of this officer's devotion to duty at all times, he is recommended for the non-immediate award of the Distinguished Flying Cross.

 

This recommendation was favourably endorsed by the Officer Commanding, RAF Station Graveley, on 21 May 1944, and by the Air Officer Commanding, No.8 Group, on 30 May 1944.

 

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HARDY, F/O George Ernest Arthur (C25250) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.198 Squadron (with No.609 Squadron as of award) - Award effective 8 December 1944 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 293/45 dated 16 February 1945. Born 1919 in Calgary; home there. Accountant prior to enlistment. Enlisted in Calgary, 5 September 1940. Commissioned 1942.

 

Flying Officer Hardy has taken part in a large number of sorties, many of them in close support of the ground forces. During these operations much loss has been inflicted on the enemy. By his well executed and determined attacks, Flying Officer Hardy has played a worthy part in the success achieved.

 

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HARDY, F/L Harry James Henry (J20841) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.440 Squadron - Award effective 23 May 1945 as per London Gazette dated 1 June 1945 and AFRO 1147/45 dated 13 July 1945. Born in 1922 in Virden, Manitoba; home in Vancouver. Enlisted in North Bay, 19 November 1941; commissioned 1942. Trained at No.6 ITS (graduated 10 April 1942), No.9 EFTS (graduated 17 July 1942), and No.11 SFTS (graduated 6 November 1942).

 

This officer has completed a large number of operational sorties. He has attacked many heavily defended targets including bridges, railway sidings, enemy strong points, barges, locomotives, canal locks and V-1 objectives. On two occasions Flight Lieutenant Hardy has been forced to leave his aircraft by parachute but each time he has returned to operations within a few hours. During the fighting in the Ardennes area he showed outstanding ability and resolution, and despite intense anti-aircraft fire he destroyed a large number of enemy transports. An excellent flight commander both in the air and on the ground, this officer has set an outstanding example of courage, skill and devotion to duty.

 

NOTE: Artist Robert Bailey did a painting, Typhoon Fury, depicting Hardy attacking German armour in Belgium (September 1944) whilst flying Typhoon "Pulverizer 2". The work is available as limited edition prints. The artist's notes are as follows:

 


F/L Harry James Hardy, DFC, CD, joined the RCAF in 1941 and flew Tiger Moths, Cessna Cranes, Bolingbrokes, Lysanders, Hurricanes, Kittyhawks and Harvards. After D Day he was flying Typhoons with 440 Squadron from 89 Cruelly, France. F/L Hardy lost "Pulverizer 1" when the whole squadron became lost while flying from Amiens to Brussels, and all nine aircraft force-landed. "Pulverizer 2" crash landed during the Battle of the Bulge when hit by flak from a tank, but Hardy baled out again. "Pulverizer 3" was taken off the line, presumably due to flak damage. He flew "Pulverizer 4" to the end of his tour. He completed 96 sorties with three force-landings and two bale outs.

 

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HARE, F/O Christopher Edwin Lawrence (J15232) - Mention in Despatches - Award effective 1 June 1943 as per London Gazette dated 2 June 1943 and AFRO 1247/43 dated 2 July 1943. Born in Montreal; home in Toronto. Office clerk prior to enlistment. Enlisted in Toronto, 22 April 1940. Trained at No.2 ITS (graduated 27 July 1940), No.10 EFTS (graduated 11 November 1940), and No.5 SFTS (graduated 28 January 1941). Commissioned 1942. Postwar AFC - killed in a CF-100 crash when CO with No.414 Squadron in North Bay and 5000 hours flying.

 

HARE, S/L Christopher Edwin Lawrence (J15232) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.150 Squadron - Award effective 5 July 1945 as per London Gazette dated 17 July 1945 and AFRO 1558/45 dated 5 October 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 2/9081 has recommendation dated 13 March 1945 when he had flown 49 sorties (357 hours). First tour was 31 sorties, 3 May 1941 to 30 July 1942, flown with Nos.103 and 458 Squadrons against Ruhr, German ports and warships before joining No.37 Squadron in Middle East for raids on Tobruk and related targets. POW, liberated when Italy quit the war. Second tour described as 18 sorties, 27 November 1944 to 16 March 1945 as listed below.

 

* denotes daylight operation

 

27 Nov 44 Frieburg 8 Feb 45 Politz

29 Nov 44 Dortmund* 14 Feb 45 Chemnitz

12 Dec 44 Essen 20 Feb 45 Dortmund

15 Dec 44 Ludwigshaven 23 Feb 45 Pforzheim

17 Dec 44 Ulm 28 Feb 45 Neuss

31 Dec 44 Osterfeld 1 Mar 45 Mannheim*

7 Jan 45 Munich 2 Mar 45 Cologne*

14 Jan 45 Merseburg 7 Mar 45 Dessau

22 Jan 45 Duisburg 16 Mar 45 Nuremburg

 


Acting Squadron Leader Hare, a Canadian Flight Commander, has completed eighteen operational missions comprising 128 hours on his second tour of operations. His first tour of operations was terminated by his capture in the Middle East after a forced landing on an operational flight. Since the commencement of his second tour he has led his flight with grim determination and steadfast resolution against the enemy, setting a very fine example to the pilots in his flight. These sorties include attacks on the heavily defended targets of Dortmund (twice), Munich, Politz, Merseburg-Leuna, Mannheim and Dessau.

 

Squadron Leader Hare's leadership has contributed in a large measure to the success of this squadron and is worthy of the highest praise. His outstanding ability as a Flight Commander and his strong sense of duty are only excelled by his fine offensive spirit.

 

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HARE, Sergeant Gordon Allan (R170919) - British Empire Medal - No.1 GRS (now No.1 Y Depot) - Award effective 5 May 1944 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 1133/44 dated 26 May 1944. Enlisted in Toronto, 17 June 1942. Trained at No.4 BGS (graduated 26 October 1942) and No.4 WS (graduated 17 May 1943).

 

When the aircraft in which this NCO was Wireless Operator Air Gunner crashed at sea, after sending out all possible SOS messages and vainly helping to inflate the dinghy, he swam in full flying kit, through the icy waters of the Gulf of St.Lawrence, sixty yards each way, to bring back a dinghy that had been dropped by another aircraft. His courageous action enabled the remainder of the crew to be saved as the aircraft to which they were clinging sank immediately afterwards.

 

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HARGREAVES, Sergeant Owen Sainsbury (R286846) - Commended for Valuable Services - No.6 Communications Flight - Award effective 1 January 1946 as per Canada Gazette of that date and AFRO 82/46 dated 25 January 1946. Home in Edmonton, Alberta; enlisted there 6 June 1944. NOTE: the late date of enlistment is confirmed on two cards at DHist; was he formerly a civilian employee or possibly Army transfer ?

 

This non-commissioned officer has shown extensive initiative in this new field of endeavour as a Jumpmaster of pararescue school. His sincere efforts and hard work have done much toward the development of Search and Rescue in the Royal Canadian Air Force.

 

HARGREAVES, FS Owen Sainsbury (R286846) - British Empire Medal - No.6 Communications Flight - Award effective 13 June 1946 as per Canada Gazette of that date and AFRO 660/46 dated 5 July 1946. Governor General's Records (RG.7 Group 26 Volume 60, file 190-I, dossier 9) has citation.

 


Flight Sergeant Hargreaves has set an unparalleled example for co-operation and devotion to duty. His constant planning and attention to detail has made the Parachute Rescue squad a closely-knit, smoothly operating unit that has stood ready to render aid at a moment's notice. His experience and leadership has been responsible for the fine safety record of this unit, in which no member has been injured, even in training. At no time has he considered the great personal risk involved when he has been called upon to render assistance to others.

 

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HARGROVE, F/L William Warren (J9132) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.410 Squadron - Award effective 15 December 1944 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 293/45 dated 16 February 1945. Born in Sombra, Ontario, 1912; home there. Trained at No.1 WS (graduated 23 June 1941) and No.4 BGS (graduated 8 December 1941). Cited with F/L Benjamin E. Plumer (RCAF pilot, awarded DFC). Commissioned December 1941.

 

As observer and pilot respectively, Flight Lieutenants Hargrove and Plumer have participated in many sorties. They have displayed a high degree of skill and courage, qualities which were well illustrated one night in October 1944 when they engaged an enemy fighter near Venlo. In the fight, the starboard engine was hit and caught fire. Flight Lieutenant Hargrove quickly put out the fire by means of the extinguishers, as Flight Lieutenant Plumer continued to press home his attack. The engagement ended with the destruction of the enemy aircraft. Flight Lieutenant Plumer afterwards flew his damaged aircraft to an airfield and landed it safely.

 

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HARKINS, F/O Gordon Finley (J14242) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.433 Squadron - Award effective 2 October 1944 as per London Gazette dated 13 October 1944 and AFRO 2637/44 dated 8 December 1944. Born in Sarnia, Ontario, 1919; home there. Enlisted in Windsor, 10 June 1940. Trained at No.4 ITS (graduated 8 May 1942) and No.2 AOS (11 September 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.2609 (RG.24 Vol.20632) has recommendation by W/C A.J. Lewington dated 23 July 1944 when he had flown 31 sorties (199 hours 50 minutes), 17 August 1943 to 6 July 1944.

 

This officer, the navigator of Squadron Leader McNeil's crew, has since August 1943 completed 31 sorties over enemy territory including such heavily defended German targets as Essen, Karlsruhe and Augsburg. He also completed fifteen sorties against Italian targets when operating in the Middle East.

 

His outstanding ability and strong sense of duty have been a constant source of encouragement and inspiration to his fellow navigators. He has frequently acted in the capacity of Deputy Navigation Leader and has contributed much to the success of that section by his initiative and leadership.


I consider that his splendid record plus the fearlessness and fine offensive spirit he has displayed at all times fully merits the award of the Distinguished Flying Cross (Non-Immediate).

 

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HARKNESS, Sergeant Douglas Gregor (R206488) - Distinguished Flying Medal - No.426 Squadron - Award effective 29 August 1944 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 2274/44 dated 20 October 1944. Born in Toronto, 1922; home there (supervisor). Enlisted in Toronto, 24 November 1942. Trained at No.9 BGS (graduated 17 September 1943). Commissioned 26 June 1944. To No.426 Squadron March 1944; Rear Gunner to P/O L.A. Mann.

 

This airman has participated in numerous sorties and has proved himself to be a resolute and devoted member of aircraft crew. On one occasion he was the mid-upper gunner of an aircraft detailed to attack a target in northern France. Whilst over the target area the aircraft sustained extensive damage and dived steeply out of control. Considerable height was lost. The captain ordered the crew to leave by parachute as he fought to regain control. Sergeant Harkness stayed with his captain, however, who succeeded in levelling out. He afterwards flew the crippled aircraft back to this country, being greatly aided by Sergeant Harkness whose navigational assistance was of immense value. This airman displayed praiseworthy courage, coolness and determination throughout.

 

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HARLAND, F/L Garnet Robert (J9316) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.10 (BR) Squadron - Award effective 5 May 1944 as per London Gazette dated 5 May 1944, Canada Gazette dated 5 May 1944 and AFRO 1133/44 dated 26 May 1944. Home at Riverside, Ontario; enlisted in Winnipeg, 3 February 1941. Trained at No.3 ITS (graduated 21 June 1941), No.9 AOS (graduated 29 September 1941), and No.6 BGS (graduated 7 November 1941). DHist card adds No.2 ANS, graduated 8 December 1941. Governor General's Records (RG.7 Group 26, Volume 57, file 190-I) has citation; notes indicate that as of recommendation he had flown 1,175 hours, 752 of them operational (94 sorties).

 

This officer, as Navigation Leader of a VLR Liberator squadron, has been outstanding in the organization and administration of his section. His background and ability as a Navigator has been outstanding, under his understanding guidance and example, the Navigators of his squadron have reached a very high standard of efficiency and accuracy under difficult conditions, involving as it does navigation over the entire North Atlantic. To date none of the aircraft of this unit have been lost owing to navigational error.

 

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HARLE, F/L Robert Gordon (J12964) - Mention in Despatches - No.145 Squadron (Canada) - Award effective 21 April 1945 as per Canada Gazette of that date and AFRO 802/45 dated 11 May 1945. Home in Peterborough; enlisted in Toronto, 27 August 1941. Trained at No.5 ITS ((graduated 25 January 1942), No.4 AOS (graduated 25 April 1942), No.5 BGS (graduated 6 June 1942) and No.1 ANS (graduated 20 July 1942).

 

This officer is a navigator of high merit and he has flown hundreds of operational hours in anti-U-Boat patrols in the North Atlantic. At all times he has demonstrated skill and devotion to duty of a very high order. As squadron navigation leader he has been instrumental in maintaining a high standard of navigation and he has set a splendid example to all ranks.

 

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HARLEY, F/L Alvin Ernest (J3702) - Mention in Despatches - No.135 Squadron (Canada) - Award effective 21 April 1945 as per Canada Gazette of that date and AFRO 802/45 dated 11 May 1945. Home in London, Ontario; enlisted there 20 June 1940. Trained at No.2 ITS (graduated 27 July 1940), No.7 EFTS (graduated 11 October 1940) and No.1 SFTS (graduated 30 January 1941). DHist file 181.009 D.1636 (RG.24 Vol.20604) has application for Operational Wings dated 2 February 1944. Had flown 140 operational hours with No.401 Squadron, April 1941 to June 1942. To No.135 Squadron, July 1942. Claimed one enemy aircraft destroyed (two shared) and three damaged.

 

Following a tour of duty overseas this officer is now acting as a flight commander. In this position he has displayed skill, courage and devotion to duty of a very high order. His enthusiasm and organizational ability have been invaluable to his squadron and his qualities a source of inspiration to all under him.

 

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HARLEY, Sergeant Nadine Hope (W311310) - British Empire Medal - No.7 Photographic Wing - Award effective 13 June 1946 as per Canada Gazette of that date and AFRO 660/46 dated 5 July 1946. Home in Toronto; enlisted there 12 February 1943. Governor General's Records (RG.7 Group 26 Volume 60, file 190-I, dossier 9) has citation.

 

This airwoman has performed her duties in charge of the squadron orderly room of the wing for the past two years with praiseworthy efficiency and devotion to duty. She has worked energetically and cheerfully for long hours and has at all times given the utmost co-operation to her officers, both in the field and when based at Rockcliffe.

 

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HARLING, F/L David William Armstrong (J11481) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.416 Squadron (deceased) - Award effective 18 December 1944 as per London Gazette dated 29 December 1944 and AFRO 379/45 dated 2 March 1945. Born in Liverpool, England, 10 January 1921; educated at McGill University; member, COTC. Home in Montreal; enlisted there, 20 July 1940. Trained at No.2 ITS (graduated 20 September 1940), No.6 EFTS (graduated 27 November 1940) and No.1 SFTS (graduated 11 February 1941 as a Sergeant Pilot). Promoted to Warrant Officer (2nd Class), 12 February 1942; commissioned 15 April 1942; promoted Flying Officer, 15 October 1942; promoted Flight Lieutenant, 15 April 1944. Instructor at No.2 SFTS, Uplands, 2 May 1941 to 28 December 1942. Arrived overseas 13 February 1943; at No.3 Personnel Reception Centre, Bournemouth, 13 February to 16 March 1943; at No.5 (P) Advanced Flying Unit, 16 March to 11 May 1943; at No.57 OTU, 11 May to 1 August 1943; on strength of Station West Kirby, 1-11 August 1943; to No.57 OTU again, 11 August to 8 October 1943; with No.416 Squadron, 8 October 1943 to 1 January 1945 (killed in action, Spitfire SM304, while attempting to take off during German air attack). Buried in Belgium. Victories as follows: 26 August 1944, one FW.190 destroyed (Spitfire MK827); 27 September 1944, one FW.190 destroyed plus one Bf.109 destroyed plus one Bf.109 damaged, all west of Bocholz (NH408); 29 September 1944, one FW.190 destroyed, Emmerich (NH408); 30 September 1944, one Bf.109 destroyed, Nijmegen (NH408, shared with another pilot).

 

Flight Lieutenant Harling has shown himself to be an outstanding pilot and an excellent flight commander. Since D-Day he has either destroyed or damaged thirty enemy mechanical vehicles. In addition he has destroyed at least four enemy aircraft and damaged one. Both in the air and on the ground Flight Lieutenant Harling has displayed commendable courage, keenness and consistent devotion to duty.

 

HARLING, F/L David William Armstrong, DFC (J11481) - Belgian Croix de Guerre 1940 with Palm (deceased) - Awarded 17 July 1948 as per Canada Gazette of that date and AFRO 455/48 dated 23 July 1948.

 

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HARLING, P/O Russel (C16909) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.419 Squadron - Award effective 1 September 1943 as per London Gazette dated 14 September 1943 and AFRO 2322/43 dated 12 November 1943. Born in Montreal, 1912; home in Winnipeg; enlisted there, 31 August 1939. To No 419 Squadron, 1 May 1942.

 

Pilot Officer Harling has taken part in numerous bombing operations against enemy centres such as Hamburg, Le Creusot, and targets in the Ruhr. During an attack on Bremen in September 1942, his aircraft sustained such severe damage to the petrol tanks that it was forced to descend on the sea. Again, whilst engaged on mining operations in February 1943, his aircraft was engaged at close range by an enemy anti-aircraft ship and had both port engines put out of action. The aircraft was compelled to come down on the sea and Pilot Officer Harling spent twenty-two hours in a dinghy before rescue. In addition to these harrowing experiences he had several combats with enemy night fighters, destroying one. He has completed an arduous tour of operations with unfailing courage and coolness.


NOTE: DHH file 181.003 (D.53) has several combat reports which are particularly relevant to this officer (number given as J16909):

 

Report of 29 May 1943

 

At 0116 hours at a position 50.40'N 07.30'E, whilst on operations to Wuppertal on the night of May 29th, 1943, the Rear Gunner of Halifax "R", serial BB323 of No.419 Squadron, sighted a light dead astern which appeared to be moving in fast. The height of the Halifax was 18,000 feet, and the Indicated Air Speed 189 m.p.h.

 

The light was extinguished and shortly afterwards an aircraft was seen to move to the port quarter at a range of 650 yards.

 

An attack was then commenced from a range of 500 yards. Evasive action was immediately taken - a dive to port - and at the same time the Rear Gunner opened fire with a long burst. The fighter closed to 300 yards but did not open fire owing to drastic evasive action taken by the Halifax pilot.

 

The fighter was seen by the engineer to break away to port beam below and was not seen again.

 

The visibility during this encounter was good, with no cloud, making it possible for lights to be seen on the ground that may have been assisting the fighter.

 

This encounter occurred south of the target area on the turning point indicated by P.F.F. markers.

 

Rear Gunner: J.16909 P/O R. Harling, trained at No.1483 T.T. and G, Newmarket

 

Report of 12/13 June 1943

 

Whilst on operations, Bochum, at 0202 hours on the night of 12th/13th June 1943, just before reaching the Zuider Zee on the return journey at a position 52.44'N 06.03'E flying at a height of 17,000 feet, the Rear Gunner of Halifax "R" serial number BB323 of No.419 Squadron sighted a light on the starboard quarter below, at a range of 1,000 yards. The Rear Gunner gave instructions to the Engineer in his Astro Hatch, to watch this light and himself carried out a search, spotting another light shortly afterwards on the port beam, also at a range of approximately 1,000 yards. The aircraft on the port beam, still with its light on, was the seen by the Rear Gunner to approach fast, pulling round to the port quarter to make an attack from slightly above. The Rear Gunner gave evasive action, a climbing turn to port, and opened fire at 500 yards, the aircraft closing to 300 yards, during which time the fuselage burst into flames.

 


It was next seen by three other members of the crew to be going down in flames on the port quarter; the pilot obtained a particularly good view of it as it exploded and fell in three burning masses to the ground. By this time the second aircraft was reported by the Engineer to be closing in fast from the starboard quarter below.

 

The Rear Gunner gave the pilot "Dive to Starboard" but did not open fire as the range was too great. The light on the enemy went out and it was lost to view; no further contact was made.

 

The first Ju.88 attacked is claimed as destroyed. The visibility during this encounter was clear with no cloud above or below, the moon being on the starboard bow. There was no visible ground assistance to the fighter.

 

Rear Gunner P/O R. Harling (J.16909) trained at 1483 TT and G, Newmarket.

 

Report of 19 June 1943

 

At a position 49.13'N, 00.30W while returning from operations to Le Creusot on the night of June 19th, 1943 at 0341 hours, and at a height of 7,000 feet, the Wireless Operator of Halifax "R", serial no. BB323 of No.419 Squadron sighted an enemy aircraft on the port bow, level, at a range of 800 yards flying on a parallel course. It moved round to the starboard and was lost to sight and was then picked up by "Monika" and was sighted again five seconds later by Rear Gunner on the starboard quarter below at a range of 700 yards coming in fast.

 

Evasive action was given by the Rear Gunner - a dive to starboard and at the same time the Rear Gunner opened fire. The fighter, identified as a FW.190, came in to 300 yards and then climbed very rapidly to port beam above to a range of 900 yards where it flew straight and level, the Rear Gunner losing sight of it and given his pilot "Resume Course".

 

A second attack was made from port beam above. When the range was at 700 yards evasive action was given, a climb to port, and the Rear Gunner opened fire at 500 yards range. The fighter broke away to port quarter below and was lost to view.

 

No rounds were fired by the FW.190, whilst the Rear Gunner fired 300 rounds during these two encounters.

 

These combats took place over the French coast; the weather was perfectly clear, with a full moon, but no visible ground assistance was given to the fighter.

 

"Monika" worked during both these encounters up to a range of 800 yards.

 

Rear Gunner, P/O R.Harling (J.16909) trained at No.1483 TT and G Flight

 

Combat of 21 June 1943


At a position 51.25'N, 06.00'E, while headed toward the target of Krefeld, the pilot of Halifax "R", serial number BB.323 of No.419 Squadron at a height of 18,000 feet, sighted an aircraft which carried a light, on the port bow 800 yards away. The pilot was making a turn to port at the time but immediately straightened out and went on a level course.

 

The fighter started to attack from the port quarter, 800 yards range with the light still on. The Rear Gunner gave evasive action - a dive to port - and at the same opened fire when the fighter had closed to about 600 yards.

 

The attack was broken to part at about 400 yards, the aircraft being identified by now as a single-engine fighter, believed to be a FW.190. A red glow was observed on the fighter as it dived down, and it soon burst into flame. The crew watched it as it hit the ground and exploded, burning for some time after.

 

Approximately 250 rounds were fired during the attack. Guns and turret worked satisfactorily. The fighter is claimed as destroyed.

 

Visibility was hazy as the fighter was on the dark side of the moon. No visible ground assistance. The time of the encounter was 0149 hours.

 

"Monika" did not work during the attack.

 

Rear Gunner: P/O R. Harling (J.16909). Trained at 1483 TT and G Flight.

 

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HARLOW, P/O Robert Grant (J87953) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.408 Squadron - Award effective 5 February 1945 as per London Gazette dated 20 February 1945 and AFRO 563/45 dated 29 March 1945. Born in Prince Rupert, British Columbia; home in Prince George. Enlisted in Vancouver, 23 January 1942. Trained at No.4 ITS (graduated 17 July 1942), No.5 EFTS (graduated 23 October 1942) and No.3 SFTS (graduated 5 March 1943). Commissioned 1944. No citation other than "completed... numerous operations against the enemy in the course of which [he has] invariably displayed the utmost fortitude, courage and devotion to duty." DHist file 181.009 D.1515 (RG.24 Vol.20600) has recommendation dated 7 November 1944 when he had flown 31 sorties (135 hours 25 minutes), 16 June to 23 October 1944.

 


Pilot Officer Harlow has completed a very large number of sorties as pilot in four engined bombers. He has attacked successfully such heavily defended targets in Germany as Sterkrade, Hamburg, Duisburg, Dortmund and Essen. On all his sorties he has shown a fine offensive spirit, pressing home his attacks with keen determination, ignoring all defences the enemy had to offer, and obtaining excellent photographs of the objective. More recently, on tactical targets, he has more than once descended far below the safe bombing height in order to make certain that his bombs went on the target.

 

Pilot Officer Harlow has, by his cheerful nature and aggressiveness, been an inspiration to his crew and a fine example to the squadron.

 

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HARMAN, F/L Robert Edward (J10610) - Commended for Valuable Services - No.6 OTU - Award effective 1 January 1946 as per Canada Gazette of that date and AFRO 82/46 dated 25 January 1946. Home in Edmonton; enlisted there 4 June 1941. Trained at No.2 ITS (graduated 24 September 1941), No.19 EFTS (graduated 22 November 1941), and No.12 SFTS (graduated 10 April 1942).

 

This officer has displayed a sense of responsibility and devotion to duty far above the average and at all times has been a model example and source of inspiration to his fellow officers and subordinates. He is a skilful pilot whose instructional ability is outstanding.

 

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HARMON, F/O Lloyd Moore (J27622) - Commended for Valuable Services - No.435 Squadron (retired) - AFRO gives unit only as "Overseas" - Award effective 1 January 1947 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 107/47 dated 28 February 1947. Born in Banff, Alberta; home there. Enlisted in Calgary, 28 April 1942. Trained at No.7 ITS (graduated 21 November 1942), No.25 EFTS (graduated 6 February 1943) and No.11 SFTS (graduated 25 June 1943). DHist file 181.009 D.1124 (RG.24 Vol.20595) has recommendation for AFC dated 4 April 1946. Had flown 1,675 hours, 1,100 operational, 225 in previous six months.

 

Flying Officer Harmon has been employed on transport duties since September 1944. Prior to joining this squadron in September 1945, he has been employed in the Middle East on transport routine services and supply dropping in the Balkans and Greece. He rendered further valuable service in India and on the Burma front on close support and supply dropping.

 

Whilst on this unit he has been an inspiration to all by his skill and determination in carrying out schedule European services through the winter months, many of which were operated in extreme adverse weather conditions.

 

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HARNETT, W/C Thomas Patrick (C799) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.435 Squadron - Award effective 9 October 1945 as per London Gazette dated 19 October 1945 and AFRO 1822/45 dated 7 December 1945. Born in Moncton, New Brunswick, 30 April 1917. Enlisted in RCAF, 3 January 1938 as P/P/O and trained at Trenton. Awarded wings 18 October 1938. Resigned RCAF commission on acceptance of RAF commission, 5 November 1938 (service number 41347). Flew in Battle of Britain, then sent to Canada to instruct (Commended for Valuable Services, 16 April 1943, No.33 SFTS). Promoted to Flight Lieutenant while in Canada, June 1941; to Squadron Leader (still in Canada), 1 July 1943. Posted back to Britain at uncertain date. Transferred to RCAF, 7 November 1943 (regaining C798 number) while in London. Promoted to Wing Commander, 26 October 1944; flew with (and commanded) No.435 Squadron, Burma. Repatriated to Canada, 13 November 1945; resigned from the RCAF, 6 November 1948.

 

Wing Commander Harnett has been in command of his squadron since December 1944. On operational sorties he has shown great courage and determination and his inspiring leadership has been reflected in the excellent work accomplished by his squadron. This officer has always been the first to fly on the most hazardous and dangerous missions and throughout he has led his squadron with resolution and devotion to duty of the highest order.

 

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HARPER, F/L Bruce Alexander (J16518) - Mention in Despatches - Overseas - Award effective 14 June 1945 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 1478/45 dated 21 September 1945. Home in Edmonton; enlisted there 10 February 1941. Trained at No.2 ITS (graduated 15 May 1941), No.17 EFTS (graduated 14 July 1941) and No.12 SFTS (graduated 17 October 1941).

 

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HARPER, S/L Earl Douglas (J27518) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.635 Squadron - Award effective 23 November 1945 as per London Gazette dated 4 December and AFRO 212/46 dated 1 March 1946. Born 1923 in Kamsack, Saskatchewan; home in Haney, British Columbia (student). Enlisted in Vancouver, 7 July 1942. Trained at No.4 ITS (graduated 9 January 1943), No.23 EFTS (graduated 6 March 1943), and No.11 SFTS (graduated 6 July 1943). Took a General Reconnaissance course at Summerside before going overseas. Commissioned June 1943. Leftthe RCAF briefly to attend University of British Columbia, rejoining in 1946. He flew at Trenton and with Northwest Air Command K Flight, Edmonton where he was engaged in Arctic flying for three yeas. From there he went to Sea Island, instructing in winter and flying Cansos on norther operations in summer. In 1951 he attended the USAF Experimental Test Pilot School, Edwards Air Force Base. Subsequently he was a test pilot with the National Aeronautical Establishment and CEPE (see Flight Comment, May/June 1957). Rose to Wing Commander. Died of natural causes while on duty in Egypt, 2 November 1963. 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 when he had flown 40 sorties (211 hours 40 minutes), 29 August 1944 to 9 April 1945.

 

29 Aug 44 Meerbuck (4.25) 22 Jan 45 Gelsenkirchen (4.30)

1 Sep 44 Lumbres (.30) 1 Feb 45 Mainz (7.20)

2 Sep 44 Soesterburg (3.30) 7 Feb 45 Kleve (4.20)


10 Sep 44 Le Havre (3.55) 8 Feb 45 Politz (7.55)

12 Sep 44 Gelsenkirchen (4.35) 13 Feb 45 Bohlem (7.30)

23 Sep 44 Neuss (5.00) 14 Feb 45 Chemitz (8.20)

25 Sep 44 Gelais (5.15) 5 Mar 45 Chemnitz (7.45)

26 Sep 44 Cap gris Nez (3.45) 7 Mar 45 Dessau (8.35)

6 Oct 44 Gelsenkirchen (4.10) 8 Mar 45 Kassel (6.40)

7 Oct 44 Kleve (4.20) 11 Mar 45 Essen (4.45)

13 Oct 44 Duisberg (5.00) 12 Mar 45 Dortmund (4.45)

14 Oct 44 Duisberg (5.40) 13 Mar 45 Wuppertal (4.20)

15 Oct 44 Kattegat (5.45) 14 Mar 45 Zweibrucken (5.25)

12 Dec 44 Essen (4.35) 15 Mar 45 Hagen (6.00)

15 Dec 44 Ludwigshafen (6.00) 16 Mar 45 Nurnberg (7.35)

24 Dec 44 Dusseldorf (3.30) 21 Mar 45 Bremen (4.05)

28 Dec 44 Munchen-Gladbach (5.25) 31 Mar 45 Hamburg (4.15)

29 Dec 44 Troisdorf (5.05) 4 Apr 45 Hamburg (5.10)

1 Jan 45 Dortmund (4.00) 8 Apr 45 Hamburg (5.35)

2 Jan 45 Nurnberg (7.00) 9 Apr 45 Kiel (4.55)

 

Flight Lieutenant Harper has completed a total of 40 opertional sorties against the enemy. Flight Lieutenant Harper is pilot and captain of his aircraft. He has attacked many heavily defenced targets, and has always pressed home his attack with the utmost determination. His cheerfulness and courage, even in the most adverse conditions, has set a fine example to the remainder of the crew.

 

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HARPER, FS Herbert Lawrence (R76080) - Mention in Despatches - No.63 Base - Award effective 14 June 1945 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 1600/45 dated 12 October 1945. Home in Powell River, British Columbia. Enlisted in Halifax, 18 October 1940. DHist file 181.009 D.2619 (RG.24 Vol.20628) has recommendation forwarded 1 February 1945 to No.63 Base HQ when he had served 29 months in Canada, 23 months in UK.

 

The above mentioned Senior NCO has been with this unit since its formation and has worked untiringly to produce a good organization. He is in charge of all aircraft passing through the section and co-ordinates all trades for their efficient inspection of the aircraft.

 

He has shown a devotion to duty that is an example to all under him and his keenness and readiness to help day and night has kept a good spirit amongst the personnel and has greatly helped towards unity of effort. He is recommended for Mention in Despatches in acknowledgement of his outstanding leadership and character.

 

HARPER, FS Herbert Lawrence (R76080) - Mention in Despatches - No.63 Base (AFRO gives unit only as "Overseas") - Award effective 1 January 1946 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 155/46 dated 15 February 1946. DHist file 181.009 D.2619 (RG.24 Vol.20628) has recommendation for a BEM dated 23 May 1945 when he was second in charge of Major Base Servicing.

 


Flight Sergeant Harper has been with this section for over ten months as second NCO in charge and has been very active in its organization and expansion. He has co-operated most willingly with all and his open disposition has helped materially to weld the section together.

 

His high technical ability combined with a cheerful nature and outstanding zeal at all times, often long after the normal hours of duty, have set an inspiring example to all personnel...

 

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HARPER, Sergeant Hugh Cameron (R50729) - British Empire Medal - No.1 Air Supply Unit - Award effective 13 June 1946 as per Canada Gazette of that date and AFRO 660/46 dated 5 July 1946. Home in Calgary; enlisted there 4 November 1939. Awarded Canadian Efficiency Medal (Canada Gazette dated 7 December 1946).

 

On 1st February, 1946, at Gimli, Manitoba, the port wing of a Norseman aircraft suddenly burst into flames threatening the aircraft as well as the hangar, also housing two Dakota aircraft. With complete disregard for his own safety, Sergeant Harper climbed to the roof of the burning aircraft and directed a stream of chemical into the fire which extinguished it. Some of the chemical was spraying on his face, partially blinding him, but he persevered until the fire was under control. This non-commissioned officer displayed the utmost fortitude, courage and devotion to duty during this dangerous situation.

 

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HARPER, F/O John Winston (C27111) - Mention in Despatches - No.199 Squadron - Award effective 1 January 1945 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 379/45 dated 2 March 1945. Home in Montreal.

 

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HARPER, F/O Owen James (C19525) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.408 Squadron - Award effective 6 January 1945 as per London Gazette dated 16 January 1945 and AFRO 508/45 dated 23 March 1945. Born 1916 in Winnipeg; home there. Enlisted in Winnipeg, 28 December 1940. Commissioned 1943. No citation other than "completed...numerous operations against the enemy in the course of which [he has] invariably displayed the utmost fortitude, courage and devotion to duty." DHist file 181.009 D.1633 (RG.24 Vol.20603) has recommendation dated 14 October 1944 when he had flown 36 sorties (196 hours 20 minutes), 29 May 1943 to 13 September 1944.

 

Flying Officer Harper has completed a tour as flight engineer on four-engine bombers in an exemplary manner. During his tour he flew to many heavily defended targets deep in Germany, such as Berlin, Nuremburg and Frankfurt. On all occasions he displayed great courage and a cool disregard for any defences the enemy had to offer.


As a engineer, Flying Officer Harper is exceptional. On more than one occasion his complete disregard for his job and speedy reaction to any warning signs have saved the aircraft in which he was flying from damage or destruction. At all times he showed exceptional keenness to participate in operations and he set a splendid example of courage and efficiency to the whole squadron. Therefore I recommend that he be awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross (Non-Immediate).

 

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HARPER, S/L Thomas James Gilmore (J8333) - Mention in Despatches - Croft (AFRO gives unit only as "Overseas" - Award effective 14 June 1945 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 1395/45 dated 31 August 1945. Enlisted in Winnipeg, 4 November 1940. Trained at No.2 ITS (graduated 3 March 1941), No.5 AOS (graduated 25 May 1941) and No.3 BGS (graduated 12 June 1941). DHist file 181.009 D.4364 (RG.24 Vol.20648) has recommendation submitted 2 February 1945. Had enlisted 8 October 1941, serving one month in Canada and 38 months overseas.

 

This officer has served as Flying Control Officer at this unit since 27 September 1944. The success of operations from this unit are largely due to the efficient operation of the Flying Control Section which section's efficiency has been attained from the outstanding Administrative ability and organizing ability of this officer. Under long hours of work and trying weather conditions this officer has laboured unceasingly with an exemplary cheerfulness and willingness which is a shining example to all those under him.

 

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HARPUR, F/L Geoffrey Adams (C14356) - Mention in Despatches - No.24 BOW - Award effective 1 January 1945 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 379/45 dated 2 March 1945. Home in Lindsay, Ontario; enlisted in Toronto, 24 November 1941. Radar officer.

 

HARPUR, F/L Geoffrey Adams (C14356) - Croix de Guerre (France) - No.15083 Ground Control Interception (AFRO gives unit only as "Overseas") - Award effective 23 June 1946 as per AFRO 1619/45 dated 19 October 1945. No citation in Canadian sources. Public Records Office Air 2/9645 gives unit and citation; name given as Geoffrey Adam Harpur.

 


Flight Lieutenant Harpur landed with No.15083 GCI on D-Day. He led a reconnaissance party to the pre-planned site of the GCI in order to reconnoitre the proposed site of the Radar convoy and the detailed positioning of the units. This work was done in an extremely exposed position under close range fire from a variety of enemy weapons. The assembling of the Radar equipment was achieved with remarkable speed and was operational on the night of D-Day. This officer worked unceasingly for several days and nights and the good work of the unit has resulted in the destruction of many enemy aircraft since D-Day. Flight Lieutenant Harpur by his zeal and untiring work has set a very fine example to the airmen of the unit.

 

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HARPWOOD, F/O George Albert (J86802) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.408 Squadron - Award effective 5 July 1945 as per London Gazette dated 20 July 1945 and AFRO 1619/45 dated 19 October 1945. Born 1915 in Woodstock, England; home in Welland, Ontario (machinist). Enlisted in Hamilton, 7 March 1942. Trained at No.1 ITS (graduated 11 September 1942), No.9 EFTS (graduated 18 December 1942) and No.5 SFTS (graduated 30 April 1943). Commissioned 1944. No citation other than "completed...numerous operations against the enemy in the course of which [he has] invariably displayed the utmost fortitude, courage and devotion to duty". DHist file 181.009 D.2618 (RG.24 Vol.20627) has recommendation by W/C F.R. Sharpe dated 1 March 1945 when he had flown 31 sorties (161 hours five minutes), 23 July to 4 December 1944.

 

Pilot Officer Harpwood has now completed a tour of operations against the enemy on heavy bombers. He has flown over many heavily defended targets in enemy territory such as Kiel, Sterkrade, Duisburg, Cologne and Wanne-Eickel.

 

He has been an excellent captain of aircraft and has compiled a most creditable operational record. At all times he has been most keen to participate in attacks against the enemy and has set a fine example to the rest of his crew members by pressing on even under adverse conditions. His courage and cheerfulness were outstanding during his tour and I therefore recommend him for the award of the Non-Immediate Distinguished Flying Cross.

 

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HARRETT, Corporal Donald Morton (R116959) - Soldiers Medal (United States) - No.203 Squadron or No.603 Squadron (AFRO gives unit as "Overseas") - Award effective 20 June 1944 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 1861/44 dated 25 August 1944. Born in Wallaceburg, Ontario. Enlisted 24 August 1941. DHist file 181.009 D.1754 (RG.24 Vol.20609) has letter from Harrett to Commanding Officer, District Headquarters, RCAF Middle East, dated 9 July 1944 when he was on strength of No.603 Squadron.

 

My wife has just informed me that it has been reported in local papers back home...that I have been awarded a decoration referred to as "U.S. Soldier's Medal". To begin with, I had never been previously informed of this fact, nor am I certain that the award actually bears the name "U.S. Soldiers Medal".

 

The incident for which I may have been granted such an award occurred on July 1st, 1943, when I had occasion to help an injured U.S. Airman out of a U.S.A.A.F. Liberator which crashed in flames near my tent.

 


I am anxious to know whether this award is authentic, and should be very happy to obtain official confirmation...

 

NOTE: On 6 October 1944, S/L K.F. Pettis, RCAF District Headquarters, Middle East, write back, confirming that the award has been made and that the London Gazette says:

 

Confirmed by the President of the United States of American. This award is granted in recognition of valuable service rendered in connection with the War.

 

NOTE: Public Records Office Air 2/9599 has citation from General Order No.31, HQ US Army Air Forces in the Middle East, 28 April 1944; unit identified as No.203 Squadron.

 

On 1 July 1943, a four-engined bomber of the United States Army Air Force on a routine flight crashed and burst into flames while making a forced landing at a field operated by the Royal Air Force. Corporal Harrett, who had been watching the aircraft land, rushed to the side of the burning plane wherein the crew lay suffering from shock, bruises and lacerations. With total disregard for his own safety he, aided by two others, struggled to remove the men who were in danger of perishing in the flames and in spite of the imminent danger of exploding gasoline tanks, left the raging inferno only after satisfying himself that no one was left in the aircraft. The action of Corporal Harrett, in risking his life to save the lives of the injured fliers who might have otherwise burned to death, sets an example of courage and bravery above and beyond the normal call of duty and reflects great credit upon himself and the military service.

 

FURTHER NOTE: There is a lengthy article by Major Fred L. Borch about the Soldier's Medal in The Journal of the Orders and Medals Society of America (Volume 43 Number 12, December 1992, pp.4-16). The medal was created in July 1926 to reward "heroism not involving actual conflict with the enemy". However, it was not until 2 May 1927 that regulations were promulgated covering its award. It was open to all members of the American Army, National Guard, Marines and naval personnel serving with the Army, and "Members of the military, naval and air forces of foreign governments while serving with the Army of the United States." Originally it could not be awarded posthumously (this was rescinded in 1938). On 22 September 1943 the qualifying act of heroism was defined as "voluntary risk of life."

 

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HARRINGTON, F/O Edward Joseph (J86423) - Croix de Guerre (France) - No.428 Squadron (AFRO gives unit only as "Overseas" - Awarded as per AFRO 1672/45 dated 2 November 1945. Born in Guelph. Enlisted in Hamilton, 22 July 1941. Trained at No.1 WS (graduated 20 June 1942) and No.7 BGS (graduated 20 July 1942). Public Records Office Air 2/9645 has citation.

 


Flying Officer Harrington showed great courage and outstanding ability and a strong sense of duty on operations during the period of the liberation of France. His tour of operations cover every operation from the 5th August to the 31st August, 1944. This officer is a gallant member of a keen crew, and his courage and devotion to duty did much to inspire his comrades in the many operations they carried out against German targets in France.

 

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HARRINGTON, F/O James Brendan (J17406) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.433 Squadron - Award effective 5 April 1945 as per London Gazette dated 13 April 1945 and AFRO 824/45 dated 18 May 1945. Born in Edmonton, 1922; home there. Student prior to enlistment. Enlisted in Edmonton, 14 August 1940. Trained at No.1 WS (graduated 3 March 1941) and No.1 BGS (graduated 16 August 1941). Commissioned February 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 by W/C G.A. Tambling dated 15 December 1944 when he had completed 45 sorties (244 hours 35 minutes). First tour from 30 May 1942 to 14 February 1943 (24 sorties including crashes on 6 October 1942 and 13 October 1942 plus daylight raids on 23 October and 6 November 1942 plus damage with 2nd pilot killed on 22 November 1942). Second tour from 25 August to 6 November 1944. Died in Edmonton, 17 October 1958, age 36.

 

This officer has now completed two very successful tours of operations which involved attacks against the most heavily defended targets in Germany. Throughout his operational career he has shown exceptional skill and fearlessness, and by his co-operation, coolness and devotion to duty, has contributed in a large measure to the success of his many sorties.

 

Flying Officer Harrington while on the strength of this squadron proved himself to be an outstanding member of a gallant crew, and I consider his splendid record and dogged determination fully merits the award of the Distinguished Flying Cross.

 

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HARRIS, F/L Alan Albert Champion (J9498) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.428 Squadron - Award effective 1 September 1944 as per London Gazette dated 15 September 1944 and AFRO 2373/44 dated 3 November 1944. Born in London, England, 1912; home in Vancouver. Enlisted in Vancouver, 25 February 1941. Trained at No.3 BGS. 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 4 June 1944 when he had flown 24 sorties (193 hours 27 minutes), 27 July 1943 to 24 April 1944.

 

27 Jul 43 Hamburg (6.50)

29 Jul 43 Hamburg (6.10, return on three engines)

2 Aug 43 Hamburg (3.57, early return; crash landing, stbd. engine on fire)

10 Aug 43 Nuremburg (8.15)

12 Aug 43 Milan (9.35)


27 Aug 43 Nuremburg (2.30, early return, port outer engine u/s.

30 Aug 43 Munchen-Gladbach (6.25)

31 Aug 43 Berlin (8.25)

5 Sept 43 Mannheim (7.40)

6 Sept 43 Munchen (4.00, early return, port inner engine u/s).

15 Sep 43 Montlucon (7.10)

16 Sep 43 Modane (9.05)

22 Sep 43 Hanover (3.30, early return, port outer engine u/s)

23 Sep 43 Mannheim (8.10)

27 Sep 43 Hanover (2.15, early return, pourt outer engine u/s)

29 Sep 43 Bochum (5.35)

3 Oct 43 Kassel (6.40)

4 Oct 43 Frankfurt (4.00, early return, port outer engine u/s)

22 Oct 43 Kassel (7.05)

25 Nov 43 Frankfurt (7.45)

3 Dec 43 Leipzig (6.30)

4 Jan 44 GARDENING, Brest (5.10)

21 Jan 44 Magdeburg (7.55)

2 Feb 44 GARDENING, Kiel (6.15)

15 Feb 44 Berlin (6.45)

19 Feb 44 Leipzig (7.55)

21 Feb 44 GARDENING, La Rochelle (7.10)

24 Feb 44 GARDENING, Flensburg (6.35)

25 Feb 44 GARDENING, Copenhagen (6.10)

24 Apr 44 Laon (6.00)

 

As navigator, Flight Lieutenant Harris has made many attacks against the enemy. He has bombed Hamburg, Milan, Berlin, Hanover, Kassel and many other targets in France and Germany, besides having carried out minelaying operations. His work at all times had been of an exceptionally high standard, which contributed largely to his crew completing their tour without serious mishaps.

 

As section leader he has directed the navigation training of the squadron with a large measure of success, as shown in the excellent results achieved.

 

For most satisfactory service over a long period of time, I recommend the non-immediate award of the Distinguished Flying Cross.

 

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HARRIS, F/O Alan Alexander (J25098) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.106 Squadron - Award effective 4 November 1944 as per London Gazette dated 14 November 1944 and AFRO 239/45 dated 9 February 1945. Born in Chongking, China; home in Toronto. Enlisted in Toronto, 22 November 1937. Trained at No.3 ITS (graduated 14 August 1942), No.11 EFTS (graduated 20 November 1942) and No.8 SFTS (graduated 2 November 1943). Commissioned 1943.

 

Flying Officer Harris has participated in many sorties against heavily defended targets on the continent including several daylight attacks on flying bomb installations. In May 1944, during a sortie to Duisburg, his aircraft encountered strong anti-aircraft fire and was severely damaged. Despite this Flying Officer Harris successfully with utmost coolness pressed home his attack and returned safely to base. At all times his courage and determination in the face of danger have been most praiseworthy.

 

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HARRIS, P/O Allan Moran Patrick (J85038) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.420 Squadron - Award effective 1 September 1944 as per London Gazette dated 19 September 1944 and AFRO 2373/44 dated 3 November 1944. Born in Dublin, 1918; home in St. Catharines, Ontario. Private, Canadian Army prior to enlistment. Enlisted in Vancouver, 13 January 1942. Trained at No.4 ITS (graduated 17 July 1942), No.2 BGS (graduated 14 September 1942) and No.4 AOS (graduated 23 October 1942). Commissioned 1944. 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 29 June 1944 when he had flown 30 sorties (187 hours 15 minutes), 6 September 1943 to 27 May 1944. Just before starting tour he recorded eight hours ten minutes flown ferrying aircraft to North Africa.

 

6 Sept 43 Battapagalia (5.35) 15 Mar 44 Stuttgart (8.30)

8 Sept 43 Gaeta (6.15) 18 Mar 44 Frankfort (4.55)

12 Sep 43 Castelnoovo (7.00) 22 Mar 44 Frankfort (6.00)

14 Sep 43 Battapagalia (6.55) 24 Mar 44 Berlin (8.15)

15 Sep 43 Torre Anunziata (6.10) 26 Mar 44 Essen (5.20)

17 Sep 43 Cervateri (6.00) 30 Mar 44 Nuremburg (7.45)

19 Sep 43 Beneventto (6.10) 9 Apr 44 Ville St.George (5.20)

22 Sep 43 Formia (6.40) 18 Apr 44 Noisy le Sec (4.45)

23 Sep 43 Leghorn (7.20) 20 Apr 44 Lens (4.00)

24 Sep 43 Leghorn (7.30) 7 May 44 St.Valery (3.35)

29 Sep 43 Formia (6.00) 9 May 44 Calais (3.15)

11 Oct 43 Formia (6.30) 10 May 44 Ghent (4.00)

19 Feb 44 Leipzig (7.20) 12 May 44 Louvain (4.45)

24 Feb 44 Schweinfurt (8.05) 27 May 44 Bourg-Leopold (4.55)

13 Mar 44 Le Mans (5.15)

 


Pilot Officer Harris, as Air Bomber of Pilot Officer Boadway's crew, has contributed much to their outstanding success. He has carefully identified his target on every occasion, never bombing until his aiming point was definitely in his sights. His determination to press home his attacks and his many fine photographs have set a very high standard in this squadron. Pilot Officer Harris is strongly recommended for the award of the Distinguished Flying Cross.

 

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HARRIS, W/C Charles Edwin, DFC (C89525) - Mention in Despatches - Down Ampney (AFRO gives unit only as "Overseas") - Award effective 1 January 1946 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 322/46 dated 29 March 1946. Former CAN/RAF. Born in Nova Scotia (Antiogonish ?), 1911; educated at Halifax, Windsor, and Dalhousie University. Joined RAF, 1936. Injured in a crash, November 1940. Mentioned in Despatches, 1 January 1943. He flew on operations with No.405 Squadron (early 1943), No.419 Squadron (6 May-15 June 1943) and No.434 Squadron (CO, 15 June 1943 to 7 February 1944). Awarded DFC 23 May 1944 (CAN/RAF) with general citation. Transferred to RCAF 19 December 1944. Died at Chester, Nova Scotia, August 1973.

 

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HARRIS, S/L Clement (C3049) - Mention in Despatches - Overseas - Award effective 1 January 1946 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 322/46 dated 29 March 1946. Born in Brantford. Enlisted in Hamilton, 9 November 1940. Believed to be for duties as RCAF Subordinate Staff Officer, Bomber Command Headquarters, 1944-1945.

 

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HARRIS, F/O David Edmund (J17400) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.434 Squadron - Award effective 15 March 1945 as per London Gazette dated 23 March 1945 and AFRO 721/45 dated 27 April 1945. Born in Owen Sound, 1923; home in Collingwood, Ontario. Waiter prior to enlistment. Enlisted in Toronto, 9 July 1941. Trained at No.3 ITS (graduated 21 November 1941), No.8 AOS (graduated 2 March 1942), No.9 BGS (graduated 11 April 1942) and No.2 ANS (graduated 11 May 1942). Commissioned 1943. No citation other than "completed...many successful operations against the enemy in which [he has] displayed high skill, fortitude and devotion to duty." DHist file 181.009 D.3080 (RG.24 Vol.20636) has recommendation (undated) when he had flown 47 sorties (245 hours 25 minutes). First tour had ben 7 February 1943 to 29 May 1944 (25 sorties) with many adventures; attack on Mannheim, 16 April 1943 (six hours), described as "Photo 400 yards from aiming point. Low level attack - shot up one train and station, one factory." Next sortie was 21 April 1943 (Rostock, seven hours 35 minutes) - "Low level attack - shot up by fighter - mid-upper gunner hit". Second tour was 7 March to 25 October 1944.

 

Flying Officer Harris has completed his second tour of operations totalling forty-seven operational sorties, twenty-eight of which were attacks against heavily defended major German targets [such] as Berlin, Dusseldorf, Nuremburg, Stuttgart and Frankfurt. This officer's skill, courage and devotion to duty as a Navigator has set an example to all members of the squadron. His navigation has always been accurate and painstaking and he has set a high example of efficiency while on the ground and in the air.


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HARRIS, F/L Francis Robert (J20064) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.78 Squadron - Award effective 9 June 1944 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 1660/44 dated 4 August 1944. Born in Burlington, Ontario, 1919; home in Victoria, BC. Enlisted in Vancouver, 4 November 1941. Trained at No.4 ITS (graduated 24 April 1942), No.5 EFTS (graduated 3 July 1942) and No.7 SFTS (graduated 23 October 1942). Commissioned 1942.

 

One night in April 1944 this officer piloted an aircraft detailed to attack Montzew. Soon after leaving the target area the aircraft was involved in an encounter with a fighter and sustained much damage. The port-inner engine was damaged, two petrol tanks were pierced and the rear turret was rendered unserviceable. A fire started to the rear of the fuselage but by the prompt action of two members of the crew the flames were extinguished. Nevertheless the fighter was evaded and Flight Lieutenant Harris in the face of much difficulty flew the damaged aircraft to an airfield in this country. His skill, coolness and tenacity set an excellent example.

 

HARRIS, F/L Francis Robert, DFC (J20064) - Bar to Distinguished Flying Cross - No.78 Squadron - Award effective 4 November 1944 as per London Gazette dated 14 November 1944 and AFRO 239/45 dated 9 February 1945.

 

This officer has attacked many of the most heavily defended targets and has at all times pressed home his attacks despite the fiercest enemy opposition. He has achieved consistently good results and his unfailing courage and leadership have set a fine example to all.

 

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HARRIS, F/O Glen Royal (J17193) - Mention in Despatches - No.432 Squadron - Award effective 8 June 1944 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 1729/44 dated 11 August 1944. Born in Stratford, Ontario, 7 February 1911; home in London, Ontario. Wife in Stratford, Ontario. Trained at No.3 WS (graduated 20 December 1941) and No.5 BGS (graduated 19 January 1942). Killed in action 6 March 1945 (Halifax RG475); buried in UK. No citation in AFRO.

 

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HARRIS, F/O Harold Eric (J41533) - Commended for Valuable Services - No.1 AOS - Award effective 14 June 1945 as per Canada Gazette of that date and AFRO 1127/45 dated 6 July 1945. Enlisted in Montreal, 6 January 1943. Trained at No.3 ITS (graduated 23 July 1943) and No.9 AOS (graduated 11 February 1944).

 


As station navigation officer he has given outstanding service which has contributed in no small way to the efficiency of flying operations on this unit. He has consistently set a high example in efficiency, devotion to duty and by his attitude and deportment.

 

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HARRIS, P/O Ronald Carlyle (C46640) - Mention in Despatches - Eastern Air Command Headquarters - Award effective 3 November 1944 as per Canada Gazette of that date and AFRO 2479/44 dated 17 November 1944. Enlisted in Saskatoon, 20 June 1940.

 

This officer, throughout his lengthy duties on anti-submarine operations, has proven himself to be a skilful and reliable flight engineer. His cheerfulness and determination in completing any mission assigned to him have been most praiseworthy and an inspiration to the other members of his crew.

 

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HARRIS, F/L Willard Norval (J5908) - Mention in Despatches - No.544 Squadron - Award effective 14 January 1944 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 874/44 dated 21 April 1944. Born 1917, Neepawa, Manitoba; home in Minnedosa, Manitoba. Enlisted in Saskatoon, 21 October 1940. Trained at No.2 ITS (graduated 11 January 1941), No.16 EFTS (graduated 17 March 1941) and No.3 SFTS (graduated 3 July 1941). Commissioned 1941.

 

HARRIS, F/L Willard Norval (J5908) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.544 Squadron - Award effective 2 October 1944 as per London Gazette dated 10 October 1944 and AFRO 2534/44 dated 24 November 1944.

 

As a photographic reconnaissance pilot, Flight Lieutenant Harris has done excellent work and the majority of his sorties have been highly successful. During July 1944 he was detailed for special reconnaissance flights to the north of Norway. The majority of these were completed at low level. On two occasions his aircraft was damaged by anti-aircraft fire. These sorties called for great skill and endurance on the part of the pilot and despite adverse weather all were successful. By his experience and enthusiasm Flight Lieutenant Harris has as second in command contributed much to the successes attained by his flight.

 

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HARRIS, Sergeant William Fisher (R92421) - Distinguished Flying Medal - No.150 Squadron - Award effective 19 May 1943 as per London Gazette dated 25 May 1943 and AFRO 1247/43 dated 2 July 1943. Home in Vancouver; enlisted there 6 March 1941. Trained at No.2 ITS (graduated 7 August 1941), No.19 EFTS (graduated 25 September 1941), and No.10 SFTS (graduated 19 December 1941).

 


This airman is a steady, reliable and conscientious pilot who has taken part in a large number of operational sorties over Germany, Italy and Tunisia. He has at all times pressed home his attacks with coolness and determination, producing good results. His constant devotion to duty has been most commendable.

 

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HARRIS, F/L William Jarvis (J9766) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.431 Squadron - Award effective 10 May 1944 as per London Gazette dated 23 May and AFRO 1380/44 dated 30 June 1944. Born at MacAdam, New Brunswick, 1917. Home in Saint John, New Brunswick. Educated at University of New Brunswick. Enlisted in Moncton, 14 February 1941. Trained at No.1 ITS (graduated 25 July 1941), No.6 AOS (graduated 25 October 1941), No.5 BGS (graduated 6 December 1941) and No.1 ANS (graduated 5 January 1942). No citation other than "...completed...may successful operations against the enemy in which [he has] displayed high skill, fortitude and devotion to duty." DHist file 181.009 D.5526 (RG.24 Vol.20667) has recommendation dated 21 February 1944 when he had flown 24 sorties (155 hours 25 minutes). Tour was three missions, 25 June to 8 September 1942; hit over target (Frankfurt) on the last, returned on three engines, baled out over Maidford. Tour resumed 9 January 1943 to 26 November 1943; on 21 January 1943 he had come home on astro navigation only with three engines running.

 

This officer is an intelligent, conscientious navigator who, under a calm and quiet manner, has a fine offensive spirit in action which inspires confidence. He is a willing worker who definitely promotes harmony in the squadron.

 

He has taken part in attacks on many of the major targets in the Ruhr Valley, as well as more distant objectives in Germany and Czechoslovakia. He joined the squadron as an experienced navigator, and was invaluable as an instructor on the latest types of navigational equipment.

 

In view of this officer's operational record, his thoroughness in all duties, and excellent example to all crews, I strongly recommend he be awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross.

 

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HARRISON, F/O Allan Henry (J87593) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.227 Squadron - Award effective 15 March 1945 as per London Gazette dated 27 March 1945 and AFRO 1127/45 dated 6 July 1945. Born in Lamont, Alberta, 1919; home in Tofield, Alberta. Educated at University of Alberta (COTC). Enlisted in Edmonton, 2 April 1942. Trained at No.4 ITS (graduated 23 October 1942), No.5 EFTS (graduated 22 January 1943) and No.7 SFTS (graduated 14 May 1943). Commissioned June 1944. No citation other than "completed...many successful operations against the enemy in which [he has] displayed high skill, fortitude and devotion to duty." Public Records Office Air 2/9050 has recommendation dated 18 December 1944 when he had flown 31 sorties (30 successful, 182 hours 25 minutes) and one unsuccessful (three hours 30 minutes), totalling sorties.


* unsuccessful mission

 

23 July 44 Kiel (4.50) 10 Sep 44 Le Havre (3.40)

25 July 44 St.Cyr (4.30) 11 Sep 44 Darmstadt (5.50)

26 July 44 Givors (9.15) 16 Sep 44 Boulogne (3.25)

28 Jul 44 Stuttgart (7.40) 18 Sep 44 Bremerhaven (5.30)

30 July 44 Cahagnes (4.10) 19 Sep 44 Rheydt/Munchen-Gladbach (5.25)

1 Aug 44 Mont Candon (4.30) 5 Oct 44 Wilhelmshaven (7.35)

2 Aug 44 Bois de Casson (3.30)* 6 Oct 44 Bremen (5.05)

3 Aug 44 Trossy (4.30) 14 Oct 44 Brunswick (6.35)

6 Aug 44 Bois de Casson (4.15) 28 Oct 44 Bergen (7.00)

7 Aug 44 Secqueville (4.10) 1 Nov 44 Homberg (3.50)

9 Aug 44 Chatellerrut (5.50) 6 Nov 44 Gravenhorst (6.20)

11 Aug 44 Givors (7.50) 11 Nov 44 Harburg (4.40)

24 Aug 44 Darmstadt (8.10) 26 Nov 44 Munich (10.00)

26 Aug 44 Konigsburg (10.20) 4 Dec 44 Heilborn (6.46)

29 Aug 44 Konigsburg (10.45) 6 Dec 44 Giessen (6.20)

31 Aug 44 Rollencourt (3.40)

 

This officer has competed nineteen night and eleven day operational sorties and has always shown a marked determination to press home his attacks in the face of the heaviest opposition. As a captain of aircraft he has trained his crew to a high level of operational efficiency and they have obtained a high percentage of aiming point photographs.

 

He has taken part in attacks on such targets as Stuttgart, Konigsburg (twice), Bremen, Brunswick and Munich. His keenness to operate in any conditions has set a fine example to the less experienced pilots of his squadron.

 

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HARRISON, Sergeant Arthur (R111540) - Distinguished Flying Medal - No.101 Squadron - Award effective 9 February 1943 as per London Gazette dated 12 February 1943 and AFRO 513/43 dated 26 March 1943. Born at Millon, Cumberland, 1922; home in Cornwall, Ontario (photographer). Former member, Stormont, Dundas and Glengarry Highlanders. Enlisted in Ottawa, 17 July 1940. Trained at No.4 WS and No.6 BGS (graduated April 1942). Cited with F/L T.D. Misselbrook (awarde DFC). Missing in action, 27 September 1943 with No.103 Squadron.

 


One night in January 1943, Flight Lieutenant Misselbrook and Sergeant Harrison were captain and rear gunner respectively of an aircraft which was attacked by an enemy fighter when near the northwest coast of Germany. By skilfully outmaneouvering the attacker, Flight Lieutenant Misselbrook enabled his rear gunner to shoot it down from close range. Although his aircraft sustained much damage and one of its engines failed, Flight Lieutenant Misselbrook flew the aircraft back to this country and landed it safely. On a previous occasion he flew his damaged aircraft back to base in most trying circumstances. Both these members of aircraft crew have always displayed outstanding determination and devotion to duty.

 

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HARRISON, F/O (now F/L) Arthur Pratt (J14311) - Commended for Valuable Services - No.6 SFTS - Award effective 1 January 1944 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 113/44 dated 21 January 1944. Born 27 May 1918 at Owen Sound, Ontario. Enlisted in Toronto, 20 September 1940. Trained at No.2 ITS (graduated 12 November 1940), No.1 EFTS (graduated 4 January 1941), and No.2 SFTS (graduated 8 March 1941).

 

Flying Officer Harrison as an NCO and officer has been instructing for over two years during which time he has completed over 1,200 hours of flying instruction. He has always displayed great determination and enthusiasm and his devotion to duty has been outstanding.

 

 

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HARRISON, F/L Donald (J13738) - Air Force Cross - No.426 Squadron (AFRO gives unit as Odiham) - Award effective 13 June 1946 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 726/46 dated 26 July 1946. Enlisted in Vancouver, 1 October 1941. Trained at No.4 ITS (graduated 27 February 1942), No.5 EFTS (graduated 24 April 1942) and No.7 SFTS (graduated 28 August 1942). No citation found in Canada. Public Records Office Air 2/9670 has recommendation drafted when he had flown 1,502 hours, of which 306 were on operations (all in previous six months).

 

This officer is a deputy flight commander and captain of a transport aircraft. Previous to this he had completed two tours of duty, one on operations and one instructing at a heavy conversion unit in the Middle East. Throughout his flying career, Flight Lieutenant Harrison has proved to be a skilful and resolute pilot, who has set a high standard to the other members of his squadron.

 

 

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HARRISON, WO (now P/O) Francis Arthur (J88062) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.428 Squadron - Award effective 3 October 1944 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 2637/44 dated 8 December 1944. Born 1917 in Cranbrook, British Columbia; home in Vancouver. Enlisted in Calgary, 19 January 1942. Trained at No.4 ITS (graduated 3 July 1942) and No.3 BGS (graduated 25 September 1942).

 


As rear gunner Warrant Officer Harrison has completed numerous sorties, involving several minelaying missions and attacks on railway sidings and other heavily defended positions. Recently he was detailed for an operation in the Caen area. On the return flight his aircraft was engaged by a fighter but Warrant Officer Harrison drove it off. A little later another fighter closed in. Warrant Officer Harrison opened fire to good effect and the enemy aircraft burst into flames and fell to the ground where it exploded. This airman has invariably displayed great coolness and courage in action.

 

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HARRISON, Sergeant (now P/O) Harry William (R103848/C43643) - British Empire Medal - No.4 Squadron (and now overseas) - Award effective 8 June 1944 as per RCAF Routine Order 1380/44 dated 30 June 1944. Born in Calgary; educated in Alberta schools. Home in Cluny, Alberta. Enlisted in Calgary, 4 June 1941.

 

This NCO was a flight engineer during a test flight on a Canso aircraft when a fire broke out in the A.P. unit. Seeing that igniting gasoline was pouring from the drain cock into the bilges, he reached into the flames and tightened the drain cock, suffering first degree burns on his hands. Sergeant Harrison's determination, courage and disregard of extreme physical pain undoubtedly averted a serious fire in the aircraft.

 

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HARRISON, F/L Harvey William (J24956) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.8 Squadron, RAF - Award effective 28 November 1945 as per London Gazette dated 11 December 1945 and AFRO 212/46 dated 1 March 1946. Born in Vancouver, May 1922; home in Summerside, Prince Edward Island. Educated at University of Alberta (purser). Enlisted in Edmonton, 12 December 1941. Trained at No.6 ITS (graduated 26 September 1942), No.7 EFTS (graduated 5 December 1942), and No.16 SFTS (graduated 9 April 1942). Commissioned April 1943.

 

Throughout many operational sorties this officer has proved to be an outstandingly keen and skilful pilot. The majority of his sorties have involved long flights over difficult, mountainous terrain and wide stretches of ocean. At all times his cheerful courage and exceptional keenness for operational flying have set an inspiring example to all.

 

NOTE: Public Records Office Air 2/9138 has recommendation dated 12 September 1945 when he had flown 15 sorties (240 or 250 operational hours; form uses both figures). The form gives his place of birth as Calgary and home town for next-of-kin as Edmonton.

 

This officer served with the squadron for a period of five months before being repatriated, and in that time completed a total of 240 operational hours on fifteen Special Duty sorties.

 


Throughout his service in the squadron, Flight Lieutenant Harrison proved himself outstandingly keen and efficient and brought every one of his long and arduous sorties to a successful conclusion in spite of difficult flying in mountainous terrain, coupled with operating over very wide stretches of open ocean, with a minimum safety margin.

 

Flight Lieutenant Harrison's exceptional keenness and cheerfulness have been most inspiring to the rest of the squadron, and he consistently set the highest standards of courage and devotion to duty.

 

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HARRISON, F/L (now S/L) John Robert (J7786) - Mention in Despatches - Eastern Air Command Headquarters - Award effective 14 November 1944 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 2684/44 dated 15 December 1944. Enlisted in Hamilton, 20 September 1940. Trained at No.2 ITS (graduated 24 January 1941), No.7 AOS (graduated 21 July 1941), and No.7 BGS (graduated 1 September 1941). See Air Force Magazine, Volume VI, No.2 (June 1982), "The Long Patrol".

 

This officer, as navigator on anti-submarine operations, has displayed courage and determination under the most difficult weather conditions. As navigation leader his leadership has contributed greatly to the success of his squadron.

 

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HARRISON, F/O Michael (C20089) - Mention in Despatches - No.61 Base (AFRO gives unit only as "Overseas") - Award effective 8 June 1944 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 1729/44 dated 11 August 1944. Home in Agincourt, Ontario; enlisted in Toronto, 14 August 1940. No citation in AFRO. DHist file 181.009 D.2993 (National Archives RG.24 Volume 20634) has recommendation for an MBE dated 18 January 1944 when he was Assistant Base Adjutant.

 

This officer coming up through the ranks of the RCAF, as he has done, has had a wide experience in Administration and has been of inestimable assistance to his superior officers in administrative and organizational work. His outstanding qualities are perseverance and research. He has worked long and arduous hours whilst acting as Base Adjutant in an endeavour to correlate and coordinate all administrative functions in this base. His thoroughness and attention to detail have resulted in very careful organization of his department and he is considered as a much above average officer at this Base.

 

For reasons of his faithfulness, labour and pains taken in the interests of this Base and the service as a whole, it is felt he should be suitably rewarded by the MBE.

 

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HARRISON, LAC Norman Albert (R133408) - Mention in Despatches - Skipton-on-Swale - Award effective 14 June 1945 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 1647/45 dated 26 October 1945. Home in Vancouver; enlisted there 15 October 1941. DHist file 181.009 D.2619 (RG.24 Vol.20628) has recommendation forwarded 1 February 1945 to No.63 Base HQ when he had served 16 months in Canada, 23 months overseas.

 

This airman is of NCO calibre. He can be depended upon to complete any task set before him in the most satisfactory and dependable manner. He requires little or no supervision and may be counted on to strengthen the hand under those he serves. But for lack of vacancies, his outstanding abilities would long ago have advanced him in the ranks.

 

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HARRISON, F/O Norman Leonard (J18963) - Mention in Despatches - No.1666 Conversion Unit - Award effective 1 January 1945 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 379/45 dated 2 March 1945. Born in Toronto, 30 August 1920; educated there. Joined Canadian Bank of Commerce, May 1939. Home in Weston, Ontario. Enlisted in Toronto, 21 February 1941. Trained at No.3 ITS (graduated 27 July 1941), No.21 EFTS (graduated 25 September 1941) and No.9 SFTS (graduated 19 December 1941). Overseas in January 1942, he served in North Africa, returning to England in November 1942. Flew a tour with No.411 Squadron, completing tour in August 1944. Subsequently to No.6 Group; repatriated April 1945 and took up administrative duties in RCAF. See War Service Records, 1939-1945 (Canadian Bank of Commerce, 1947). No citation.

 

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HARRISON, F/O Raymond Stanley (J20203) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.144 Squadron - Award effective 12 March 1945 as per London Gazette dated 20 March 1945 and AFRO 721/45 dated 27 April 1945. Born 1919 in Vancouver; home there (or Pavilion, British Columbia). Formerly in Seaforth Highlanders. Enlisted in Vancouver, 7 October 1941. Trained at No.4 ITS (graduated 27 March 1942), No.5 EFTS (graduated 3 July 1942) and No.10 SFTS (graduated 22 October 1942). Commissioned 1942.

 

This officer has taken part in a large number of operational flights. He has flown on many anti-shipping sorties and on one occasion he flew his aircraft 300 miles back to base on one engine. Flying Officer Harrison has destroyed one enemy aircraft and by his clear and concise orders he was instrumental in the destruction of a medium-sized enemy merchant vessel. His combat films have been consistently good and show that his guns have invariably inflicted serious damage on the enemy. Throughout this officer has displayed outstanding keenness, courage and devotion to duty.

 


NOTE: Public Records Office Air 2/9150 has recommendation dated 25 January 1945 when he had flown 42 sorties (168 operational hours out of a career total of 764 hours ten minutes). The text differs in some details worth noting:

 

Flight Lieutenant R.S. Harrison, since he joined the squadron in November 1943, has completed 42 operational flights. He has taken part in eight strikes on enemy shipping, shot down a BV.138 and on one occasion returned 300 miles to base on one engine.

 

Recently, while acting as Outrider to the Wing, by clear and concise orders, he was instrumental in bringing about the destruction of a medium-sized merchant vessel.

 

His combat films which have been consistently good throughout, show beyond doubt that his guns have invariably inflicted mist serious damage on the enemy.

 

Flight Lieutenant Harrison is an exceptional operational pilot whose keenness and example have been outstanding.

 

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HARRISON, F/O Roy (J16686) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.431 Squadron - Award effective 6 January 1945 as per London Gazette dated 16 January 1945 and AFRO 508/45 dated 23 March 1945. Born 1922 in Buenos Aires; home in Vancouver (clerk). Enlisted in Vancouver, 15 April 1941. Trained at No.2 ITS (graduated 21 July 1941), No.19 EFTS (graduated 25 September 1941) and No.10 SFTS (graduated 16 January 1942). Commissioned 1943. No citation other than "completed...numerous operations against the enemy in the course of which [he has] invariably displayed the utmost fortitude, courage and devotion to duty." DHist file 181.009 D.5526 (RG.24 Vol.20667) has recommendation dated 18 October 1944 when he had flown 27 sorties (128 hours 25 minutes), 7 March to 28 September 1944.

 

Flying Officer Harrison, a captain of an aircraft, has completed twenty-six trips against the enemy, showing at all times a cool disregard for his own personal safety. This officer's steady, skilful flying and efficient leadership has set a splendid example to his squadron worthy of the highest praise. His great courage and determination in action has been a source of inspiration to his crew, who placed their trust in his ability.

 

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HARRISON, F/O Thomas James (J21996) - Mention in Despatches - No.161 Squadron (Canada) - Award effective 21 April 1945 as per Canada Gazette of that date and AFRO 802/45 dated 11 May 1945. Enlisted in Vancouver, 17 June 1940. Trained at No.3 ITS (graduated 5 June 1942), No.17 EFTS (graduated 28 August 1942) and No.5 SFTS (graduated 18 December 1942).

 


This officer has completed hundreds of operational flying hours on anti-submarine patrols. He has frequently flown through the most difficult weather conditions to carry out his missions. At all times he has exhibited courage, coolness and tenacity of the highest order. His devotion to duty is a source of inspiration not only to his crew but the whole squadron.

 

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HARROP, FS Albert Henry (R80335) - Croix de Guerre with Bronze Star (France) - Award as per AFRO 485/47 dated 12 September 1947. Medical Assistant. Home in Winnipeg.

 

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HARROWER, P/O Howard George (J16415) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.101 Squadron - Award effective 12 April 1943 as per London Gazette dated 20 April 1943 and AFRO 985/43 dated 28 May 1943. Home in Moose Jaw; enlisted in Regina, 5 March 1941. Trained at No.2 ITS (graduated 9 July 1941), No.6 EFTS (graduated 13 September 1941), and No.4 SFTS (graduated 5 December 1941). Commissioned 1942.

 

During a tour of operations, which included five attacks on Essen, Pilot Officer Harrower has set up a fine record by his keenness, cool judgement and determination to press home his attacks. He has always made his attacks with skill and has on several occasions displayed outstanding ability in dealing with hazardous situations. Twice his aircraft has been attacked by enemy night fighters, and on each occasion, by skilful evasive action, he has safely brought his aircraft back. On night in February 1943, this officer's aircraft was hit by a heavy shell and severely damaged. By superb airmanship he flew the bomber back and effected a masterly crash landing, causing only minor injuries to himself and one member of the crew. At all times his devotion to duty has been worthy of the highest praise.

 

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HART, F/O Daniel Alexander (J22483) - 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 1919 in Fort William, Ontario; home in Port Arthur. Enlisted in Fort William, 15 August 1941. Trained at No.6 ITS (graduated 24 April 19442) and No.9 AOS (graduated 11 September 1942). No citation other than "completed...numerous operations against the enemy in the course of which [he has] invariably displayed the utmost fortitude, courage and devotion to duty." Public Records Office document Air 2/8827 has recommendation dated 11 August 1944 when he had flown 35 sorties (170 hours 23 minutes).

 

(* denotes sortie with No.10 Squadron)

 

29 Jul 43 Search (5.00)* 27 May 44 Bourg Leopold (3.59) DNCO,

4 Sept 43 Search (4.15)* aircraft damaged by Bf.110


5 Sept 43 Mannheim (8.20)* attack; bombs jettisoned.

Sept 43 Munich (4.30)* DNCO, 31 May 44 Trappes (4.56)

aircraft u/s 2 June 44 Haringzelles (2.46)

19 Nov 43 Mannheim (7.55)* 4 June 44 Herquelingue (3.04)

3 Dec 43 Leipzig (8.35)* 6 June 44 Chateaudun (5.46)

20 Dec 43 Frankfurt (6.20)* 8 June 44 Alencon (5.09)

10 Apr 44 Tergnier (4.50) 14 Jun 44 Douai (4.04)

18 Apr 44 Tergnier (4.02) 15 Jun 44 Fouillard (5.20)

20 Apr 44 Ottignes (3.59) 17 Jun 44 St.Martin (3.57)

22 Apr 44 Dusseldorf (4.42) 30 Jun 44 Villers Bocage (4.11)

24 Apr 44 Karlsruhe (6.49) 1 July 44 Oisemont (3.16)

26 Apr 44 Essen (4.33) 4 July 44 St.Martin (3.37)

27 Apr 44 Montzen (4.16) 5 July 44 St.Martin (3.18)

6 May 44 Nantes-Gassicourt (4.12) 9 July 44 Le Catelliers (3.31)

15 May 44 Lens (3.37) 20 Jul 44 Bottrop (4.53)

22 May 44 Orleans (5.13) 23 Jul 44 Kiel (5.00)

24 May 44 Aachen (4.26) 24 Jul 44 Stuttgart (8.12)

 

This officer has completed 35 operational sorties with the squadron, and has proved himself to be a most skilful and courageous navigator. Targets deep into German territory, such as Mannheim, Leipzig, Frankfurt, Karlsruhe and Stuttgart, and the heavily defended targets of the Ruhr, as well as various attacks on precision targets have been successfully undertaken by this navigator with a courage and indifference to danger which has been an inspiration to his crew, and to all those with whom he came into contact.

 

He is a first class member of an excellent crew, and his work has at all times been of the utmost value to this squadron. On the ground he has proved himself to be an excellent officer, always willing to assist in the administration of the squadron, and in its activities.

 

His aggressive spirit infused those with whom he worked with a high standard of conscientious zeal, showing him to be an outstanding leader of men, and his efficiency in the air ensured the success of all he undertook. He is strongly recommended for the award of the Distinguished Flying Cross.

 

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HART, F/O Frederick Charles (J90792) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.434 Squadron - Award effective 5 July 1945 as per London Gazette dated 20 July 1945 and AFRO 1619/45 dated 19 October 1945. Born in Montreal, 1924; home there (lithographer); enlisted there 13 July 1942. Trained at No.3 ITS (graduated 1 January 1943), No.4 EFTS (graduated 16 April 1943) and No.1 SFTS (graduated 20 August 1943). Commissioned October 1944. No citation other than "completed...numerous operations against the enemy in the course of which [he has] invariably displayed the utmost fortitude, courage and devotion to duty". DHist file 181.009 D.1941 (RG.24 Vol.20612) has recommendation dated 18 March 1945 when he had flown 36 sorties (210 hours 55 minutes), 28 July 1944 to 23 February 1945. Sortie list notes that he baled out once (Cologne, 28 October 1944) and reported "bags of fighters" on his last trip (Pforzheim).

 

Flying Officer Hart has completed a tour of operations totalling thirty-six sorties. The majority of these were against heavily defended targets including Stuttgart, Munich and Dresden. He has at all times displayed courage, devotion to duty and a keen offensive spirit. On one occasion returning from a raid on Cologne he encountered engine failure and resultant fire. Despite being at very low altitude, Flying Officer Hart displayed coolness and excellent airmanship by carrying out a successful abandoning of the aircraft by the whole crew.

 

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HART, Corporal Frederick John (R58030) - Mention in Despatches - Overseas - Award effective 8 June 1944 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 1729/44 dated 11 August 1944. Home in Vancouver; enlisted there. No citation in AFRO.

 

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HART, F/O James Dalton (J16311) - Air Force Cross - No.8 OTU - Award effective 11 August 1945 as per London Gazette dated 14 August 1945 and AFRO 1453/45 dated 14th September 1945. Home in Rosalind, Alberta. Enlisted in Toronto, 11 February 1941. Trained at No.3 ITS (graduated 21 June 1941), No.16 EFTS (graduated 20 August 1941) and No.3 SFTS (graduated 7 November 1941). When recommended he had flown 949 hours, 241 as an instructor, 148 hours in previous six months. Had also flown 150 hours 55 minutes on operations (47 sorties).

 

This officer has proved himself a most capable and reliable instructor at this unit. His ability to impart knowledge and the great interest in his work that he has at all times shown have been exemplary. His untiring efforts and his devotion to duty have been in keeping with the highest traditions of the service and have contributed in a large measure to the successful operation of the unit.

 

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HART, Sgt (now P/O) Kenneth Algar (R116556/J92710) - Distinguished Flying Medal - No.405 Squadron - Award effective 6 January 1945 as per London Gazette dated 19 January 1945 and AFRO 625/45 dated 13 April 1945. Born in London, Ontario, 1922; home there; enlisted there 8 July 1941. Trained at No.3 WS (graduated 19 December 1941) and No.4 BGS (graduated 13 April 1942). No citation other than "completed...numerous operations against the enemy in the course of which [he has] invariably displayed the utmost fortitude, courage and devotion to duty." Public Records Office Air 2/9039 has recommendation dated 21 October when he had flown 53 sorties (277 hours five minutes) as an Air Gunner.


* counted as sortie

 

6 Nov 43 Anti-sub patrol ((3.05, 16 June 44 Renescoure (1.51)

DNCO) 23 June 44 Courrone (1.48)

9 Nov 43 Anti-sub patrol (8.45)* 24 June 44 Middle Straete (1.38)

13 Nov 43 Anti-sub patrol (11.20)* 27 June 44 Oisemont (2.14)

18 Nov 43 Anti-sub patrol (1.00, 28 June 44 Metz (5.09)

DNCO) 30 June 44 Villers Bocage (2.28)

18 Nov 43 Anti-sub patrol (7.40)* 2 July 44 Oisemont (2.00)

22 Nov 43 Anti-sub patrol (9.15)* 5 July 44 Wizernes (1.45)

24 Nov 42 Anti-sub patrol (.45, 6 July 44 Coquereaux (2.34)

DNCO) 7 July 44 Caen (2.26)

24 Nov 42 Anti-sub patrol (10.10)* 9 July 44 L'Hey (1.41)

8 Mar 44 Le Mans (5.20)* 10 July 44 Nucourt (2.52)

13 Mar 44 Le Mans (5.35)* 12 July 44 Paris/Vaires (3.08)

15 Mar 44 Stuttgart (8.00) 15 July 44 Nucourt (3.17)

18 Mar 44 Frankfurt (5.20) 19 July 44 Rollez (2.57)

22 Mar 44 Frankfurt (6.20) 3 Aug 44 L'isle Adam (2.51)

24 Mar 42 Berlin (8.20) 4 Aug 44 St.Maximim (2.59)

26 Mar 44 Essen (5.05) 5 Aug 44 Chausse (3.00)

30 Mar 44 Nuremburg (8.10) 7 Aug 44 TOTALIZE A/P 5

18 Apr 44 Paris (5.30)* 8 Aug 44 Lucheux (2.55)

20 Apr 44 Lens (4.20)* 12 Aug 44 Russelheim (4.29)

24 Apr 44 Karlsruhe (7.00) 16 Aug 44 Stettin (5.02)

26 Apr 44 Essen (5.00) 18 Aug 44 Bremen (4.50)

27 Apr 44 Aulnoy (4.40)* 25 Aug 44 Russelheim (7.13)

30 Apr 44 St.Germain (4.20)* 26 Aug 44 Kiel (5.27)

19 May 44 Mont Couple (2.02) 29 Aug 44 Stettin (8.32)

21 May 44 Duisburg (3.41) 15 Sept 44 Kiel (5.00)

22 May 44 Dortmund (3.43) 5 Oct 44 Saarbrucken (4.52)

24 May 44 Aachen (3.28) 6 Oct 44 Dortmund (4.49)

27 May 44 Rennes Airfield (3.54) 14 Oct 44 Duisburg (3.55)

28 May 44 Mardyck (2.00) 15 Oct 44 Wilhelmshaven (4.02)

11 Jun 44 Toures (5.03) 19 Oct 44 Stuttgart (5.24)

15 Jun 44 Lens (2.36)

 

Sergeant Hart is a very keen and capable Air Gunner who has now completed two tours of operations. He has participated in attacks on such heavily defended enemy areas as Berlin, Stuttgart and Frankfurt. Throughout his long operational career, this Non-Commissioned Officer has shown those fine qualities of courage and determination which are such a necessary factor in influencing the success of any crew. By his unselfish devotion to duty and will to carry out offensive actions against the enemy on every possible occasion, he has done much to ensure the continued successes attained by his crew. Strongly recommended for the non-immediate award of the Distinguished Flying Cross.


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HART, F/O Raymond Boyd (J10759) - Air Force Cross - No.1562 Meteorological Flight (AFRO gives unit only as "Overseas" - Award effective 8 June 1944 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 1729/44 dated 11 August 1944. Born in Midland, Ontario; enlisted in Toronto, 10 March 1941. Trained at No.5 ITS (graduated 6 October 1941), No.11 EFTS (graduated 5 December 1941) and No.8 SFTS (graduated 27 March 1942). No citation in Canadian sources. Public Records Office Air 2/9004 has recommended citation.

 

Flying Officer Hart has executed his duties as a meteorological pilot in a most conscientious manner. He has never failed to complete a sortie and during the rainy season displayed exceptional courage and devotion to duty when, on numerous occasions, he took off in visibility of less than 200 yards. He has carried out 241 sorties involving 269 flying hours.

 

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HARTFORD, P/O George Palmer (J86736) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.419 Squadron - Award effective 4 November 1944 as per London Gazette dated 17 November 1944 and AFRO 239/45 dated 9 February 1945. Born in Kamloops, British Columbia, 1923; home in Lytton or Hazelton; enlisted in Vancouver, 29 July 1941. Trained at No.3 ITS (graduated 14 August 1942), No.11 EFTS (graduated 20 November 1942) and No.8 SFTS (graduated 2 April 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 11 August 1944 when he had flown 39 sorties (195 hours 15 minutes), 2 March to 8 August 1944.

 

Pilot Officer Hartford has, as Captain of aircraft, completed 34 night and four daylight sorties against the enemy. His efficiency as Captain has been outstanding and his eagerness to attack the enemy has been an inspiration to those who came in contact with him. His fine fighting qualities have fired his crew, so that they have become a cohesive fighting unit that reflects great credit on his leadership.

 

I consider the many fine qualities displayed by this officer and his dauntless determination when attacking the enemy fully merit the non-immediate award of the Distinguished Flying Cross.

 

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HARTFORD, P/O John Frederick (J90173) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.186 Squadron - Award effective 15 March 1945 as per London Gazette dated 27 March 1945 and AFRO 1085/45 dated 29 June 1945. Born in Port McNichol, Ontario, 1919; home there; enlisted in Hamilton, 6 April 1942. Trained at No.3 ITS (graduated 23 October 1942) and No.9 AOS (graduated 23 July 1943). Commissioned August 1944.


This officer has completed many operations against heavily defended German targets with excellent results. On one occasion the control surfaces of his aircraft were severely damaged by anti-aircraft fire. With great ingenuity and resource, Pilot Officer Hartford assisted his pilot to improvise repairs with ropes and then navigated the aircraft safely back to base. His excellent navigational skill, determination and devotion to duty at all times have been most noteworthy.

 

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HARTLEY, F/O James Raymond (J28134) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.405 Squadron - Award effective 5 April 1945 as per London Gazette dated 13 April 1945 and AFRO 824/45 dated 18 May 1945. Born 1921 in St.Catharines, Ontario; home in Toronto (truck driver). Enlisted in Niagara Falls, Ontario, 21 October 1939. Trained at No.3 ITS (graduated 4 December 1942), No.10 EFTS (graduated 12 March 1943) and No.5 SFTS (graduated 9 July 1943. Commisioned 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." Public Records Office Air 2/9060 has recommendation dated 20 January when he had flown 39 sorties (168 hours 15 minutes), 16 June 1944 to 5 January 1945.

 

16 Jun 44 Sautrecourte (3.50) 9 Aug 44 Foret de Croc (3.40)

24 Jun 44 Bonnetot (4.25) 12 Aug 44 Montrichard (5.15)

25 Jun 44 Gorenflos (4.05) 15 Aug 44 Soesterburg (3.45)

27 Jun 44 Wizernes (3.35) 13 Sep 44 Gelsenkirchen (3.05)

28 Jun 44 Metz (6.25) 30 Sep 44 Bottrop (3.10)

4 July 44 Villeneuve St.Georges 5 Oct 44 Saarbrucken (4.40)

(6.20) 6 Oct 44 Sterkrade (3.00)

5 July 44 Siracourt (3.55) 12 Oct 44 Wanne Eickel (3.25)

9 July 44 Ardouval (3.50) 14 Oct 44 Duisburg (3.20)

20 Jul 44 Ferme de Forestal 14 Oct 44 Duisburg (3.45)

(4.15) 23 Oct 44 Essen (4.00)

23 Jul 44 Donges (5.40) 28 Oct 44 Cologne (3.55)

24 Jul 44 L'Hey (3.25) 30 Oct 44 Cologne (4.10)

25 Jul 44 Stuttgart (8.35) 9 Nov 44 Wanne Eickel (3.35)

28 Jul 44 Hamburg (5.15) 16 Nov 44 Julich (3.35)

30 Jul 44 Villers Bocage (3.25) 21 Nov 44 Castrop Rauxel (4.20)

3 Aug 44 Foret de Nieppe 27 Nov 44 Neuss (3.50)

(4.00) 30 Nov 44 Duisburg (4.15)

5 Aug 44 St.Leu d'Essereut 2 Dec 44 Hagen (5.35)

(5.30) 18 Dec 44 Duisburg (4.25)

8 Aug 44 Lorient (5.25) 5 Jan 45 Hannover (4.30)

8 Aug 44 Foret de Chantilly (4.45)

 


Flying Officer Hartley has flown on many operational sorties against such heavily defended enemy targets as Saarbrucken, Duisburg and Essen. He has at all times displayed exceptional courage, skill and determination which has been an inspiration to his crew and squadron.

 

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HARTMAN, F/L Bernard Conrad (J13400) - Commended for Valuable Services - No.3 ANS - Award effective 1 January 1946 as per Canada Gazette of that date and AFRO 82/46 dated 25 January 1946. Enlisted in Regina, 10 June 1936. Trained at No.2 ITS (graduated 14 February 1942), No.15 EFTS (graduated 25 April 1942), and No.1 SFTS (graduated 28 August 1942). Four-time winner of world skeet shooting trophies; see PL-139152 for interest photo of him with F/L J.R. Boucher and W/C A.C. Golab. At the time (about 1962), Hartman was Squadron Leader responsible for safety equipment in AFHQ Directorate of Aeronautical Engineering.

 

This officer's entire service record is outstanding and his devotion to duty is an inspiration to all who have worked with him. His keenness in flying instruction and his ability as an instructor has been outstanding.

 

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HARTMAN, F/O Paul Albert (J8419) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.69 Squadron - Award effective 17 March 1943 as per London Gazette dated 23 March 1943 and AFRO 757/43 dated 30 April 1943. Born in Massachusetts, 1918; home in Toronto. Enlisted February 1941. Trained at No.1 ITS (graduated 20 June 1941), No.1 EFTS (graduated 8 August 1941), and No.5 SFTS (graduated 17 October 1941). Commissioned October 1941. DHist file 181.009 D.1636 (RG.24 Vol.20604) has application for Operational Wings dated 14 February 1944. At No.31 GRS, November 1941 to January 1942; No.31 OTU, January to April 1942, then with Ferry Command (April 1942) and ferried a Hudson to Britain. To No.7 OTU (UK, Northern Ireland), May-August 1942, No.1 TTU in August 1942, and then to Malta and No.69 Squadron (September 1942). Claimed Wellington 32 sorties (245 hours) in Mediterranean, September 1942 to February 1943; two ships sunk while operating from Malta, including 7,000 ton vessel on 14 October 1942. To No.1 Repatriation Depot, April 1943; to Canada, May 1943. With No.32 OTU, May 1943 to May 1944; with No.6 OTU, May 1944 to December 1945. No crashes but baled out of a Hampden at No.32 OTU. To Station Rockcliffe Test and Development Establishment) as staff test pilot, January 1946; also served at No.3 Training Squadron and Glider Training Detachment, Cassidy, British Columbia. To Station Camp Borden, June 1947; to Empire Test Pilot School, Farnborough, February-November 1948; to Central Experimental and Proving Establishment, Rockcliffe as test pilot, December 1948; promoted to Squadron Leader while there. Attended RCAF Staff College, September 1952 to May 1953. Staff Officer at Air Operations Branch, AFHQ, May 1953 to August 1953 (promoted to Wing Commander in July 1953). With Canadian Joint Staff, Washington as Staff Officer (Operational Requirements), August 1953 to August 1957; at AFHQ (Directorate of Maritime Training and Transport Requirements), August 1957 to July 1960; continued at AFHQ in Directorate of Air Defence Requirements, July 1960 to June 1961. Posted to Central Experimental and Proving Establishment, June 1961 as Commanding Officer and Senior Test Pilot. Posted to United Nations Emergency Force (No.115 Air Transport Unit, El Arish), July 1964; to CFB Uplands as Base Operations Officer, June 1965; began terminal leave, July 1967; released February 1968. Later inducted into Canadian Aviation Hall of Fame. Died in Ottawa, 30 January 1990. See "Flying High Was His Way of Life", Ottawa Citizen, 18 February 1990 which mentioned (among other things) that he had obtained a private pilot's license in Maine (1938) and ultimately logged 7,000 hours on 200 types.

 

One night in October 1942, Flying Officer Hartman sighted a large enemy merchant vessel escorted by two destroyers. Despite intense anti-aircraft fire and a dense smoke screen he made five runs over the target before he was satisfied that his torpedo could be successfully aimed. Later reports revealed that the vessel was destroyed. On many other occasions this officer has participated in shipping strikes, exhibiting great initiative, courage and determination which have at all times been an inspiration to his fellow pilots and a great assistance to his squadron commander.

 

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

 

The following recommendation for the non-immediate award of the Distinguished Flying Cross to Pilot Officer Paul Albert Hartman of No.69 Squadron is forwarded.

 

This officer arrived in Malta on 7th September 1942, and since that date has flown 210 operational hours in Wellington aircraft, including aircraft fitted with special equipment and torpedo carrying aircraft.

 

On the night of 15th/16th October 1942, Pilot Officer Hartman located a large enemy merchant vessel escorted by two destroyers. Despite intense flak from the destroyers and a heavy smoke screen which they had laid, this officer made five runs-in before he was satisfied that he could drop his torpedo with any success. According to later reports brought in by other aircraft this merchant vessel was destroyed by Pilot Officer Hartman.

 

He has flown on many shipping strikes exhibiting great initiative, courage and determination. At all times he has been an inspiration to his fellow pilots, and of untold assistance to his Squadron Commander.

 

HARTMAN, F/L (now A/S/L) Paul Albert, DFC (J8419) - Air Force Cross - No.6 OTU - Award effective 1 January 1946 as per Canada Gazette of that date and AFRO 82/46 dated 25 January 1946 - As of award he had completed 1,698 flying hours, 921 hours as instructor, 934 hours in past six months.

 


This officer initiated and directed all glider training on this Unit. By hard work and initiative above the average he made this unique phase of the Royal Canadian Air Force training a complete success both on the basis of results obtained and lack of delay or accidents. Throughout his lengthy flying career this officer has displayed devotion to duty that is most praiseworthy.

 

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HARTMAN, P/O William Harold (J90546) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.429 Squadron - Award effective 10 May 1945 as per London Gazette dated 25 May 1945 and AFRO 1291/45 dated 10 August 1945. Born 1916 in Aurora, Ontario; home in Kincardine, Ontario (druggist apprentice). Enlisted in Hamilton, 21 April 1942. Trained at No.6 ITS (graduated 5 December 1942) and No.9 AOS (graduated 6 August 1943). Commissioned September 1944. No citation other than "completed...numerous operations against the enemy in the course of which [he has] invariably displayed the utmost fortitude, courage and devotion to duty." DHist file 181.009 D.2610 (RG.24 Vol.20627) has recommendation dated 19 February 1945 when he had flown 29 sorties (167 hours 20 minutes), 15 August 1944 to 21 February 1945.

 

Pilot Officer Hartman, as a navigator of heavy bombers, has participated in twenty-nine sorties into enemy territory, including many heavily defended districts of the Ruhr. Throughout his tour he has always displayed a fine offensive spirit and by his cheerful co-operation has set a splendid example to other members of the crew. His skilful navigation has enabled his captain to keep on track, reach his objective and return safely to base. On the ground, Pilot Officer Hartman has been extremely helpful in assisting the Navigation Leader with the work in that section.

 

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

 

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HARTRICK, F/O Walter Johnston (J15896) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.120 Squadron - Award effective 12 March 1945 as per London Gazette dated 20 March 1945 and AFRO 802/45 dated 11 May 1945. Born 1922 in Vancouver; home there (packer); enlisted there 12 February 1941. Trained at No.2 ITS (graduated 4 June 1941), No.2 AOS (graduated 30 August 1941), No.5 BGS (graduated 13 October 1941) and No.1 ANS (graduated 10 November 1941). Commissioned 1942.

 


Flying Officer Hartrick has completed two tours of operational duty. During his first tour he flew on many air/sea rescue sorties and participated in the rescue of eleven aircrew members. More recently he has served as navigator/bomb aimer in an aircraft engaged on a/s patrols. On one occasion while on patrol near the coast of Norway an enemy submarine was sighted and attacked. In the ensuing engagement the aircraft was hit by anti-aircraft fire and one engine set on fire. Undeterred, Flying Officer Hartrick released the depth charges with accuracy and the U-boat was severely damaged. Whilst turning to observe the result of the action a second U-boat was sighted. Intense anti-aircraft fire was again encountered and the aircraft was badly damaged and both navigators wounded. Despite this, Flying Officer Hartrick resumed operational flying at the earliest opportunity and has continued to display outstanding keenness, courage and determination.

 

NOTE: Public Records Office Air 2/9150 has recommendation dated 11 January 1945 when he had flown the following: first tour - 65 sorties (275 operational hours); second tour - 38 sorties (485 operational hours); total flying hours - 1,360. Rank given a Flight Lieutenant (presumably acting rank at the time):

 

Flight Lieutenant Hartrick has completed two operational tours, the first with No.280 Squadron on Air/Sea Rescue duties off the east coast of England and the second on anti-submarine patrols with No.120 Squadron in Iceland and the United Kingdom. He voluntarily carried on with the second tour immediately on completion of the first.

 

Whilst serving with No.280 Squadron he carried out 65 sorties and participated in the rescue of eleven aircrew.

 

He joined No.120 Squadron in September 1943, and on 6 March 1944 he was Navigator/Bomb Aimer of Liberator aircraft B/120 on anti-submarine patrol near the coast of Norway. In position 68 57' North 03 16' East, two enemy submarines in the vicinity of an important convoy were sighted and attacked. During the course of the action against the first submarine intense and accurate anti-aircraft fire was experienced. The aircraft was hit and the starboard outer engine set on fire.

 

The attack was pressed home, however, and Flight Lieutenant Hartrick operated the bomb sight with such coolness and accuracy that the explosion of the depth charges completely enveloped the U-Boat, the bows of which were seen to rise steeply out of the sea before disappearing. It was learnt in due course that this U-Boat was severely damaged and had to return to base.

 

The second U-Boat was sighted whilst turning to ascertain the result of the attack on the first. Intense and accurate anti-aircraft fire was again experienced during the run in to attack and a shell bursting in the nose wounded both navigators, Flight Lieutenant Hartrick severely.

 

The aircraft returned to base badly damaged, and as a result of his injuries, Flight Lieutenant Hartrick was in hospital and non-effective for two months.

 

At all times Flight Lieutenant Hartrick has set a high example of devotion to duty and in this particular instance it is considered he displayed outstanding courage and determination in the face of the enemy.

 


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HARTY, F/O James Caldwell (J16995) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.405 Squadron (now POW) - Award effective 5 February 1945 as per London Gazette dated 16 February 1945 and AFRO 625/45 dated 13 April 1945. American in RCAF; born 1921 in Dallas, Texas; home there. Enlisted in Windsor, Ontario, 8 May 1941. Trained at No.3 ITS (graduated 27 July 1941), No.11 EFTS (graduated 12 September 1941) and No.8 SFTS (graduated 5 December 1941). Cited with WO William N. Tatham (RCAF, FE, awarded DFC). Shot down 11 June 1943.

 

In June 1943, Flying Officer Harty and Warrant Officer Tatham were pilot and flight engineer of an aircraft detailed to attack Dusseldorf. When returning from the target the aircraft in which they were operating was engaged by an enemy fighter. The bomber was hit and caught fire. Warrant Officer Tatham, regardless of the danger of an explosion due to the proximity of several oxygen containers and in spite of the fact that he was suffering from intense pain from badly burnt hands, fought the blaze with dogged determination. The fire proved uncontrollable and the aircraft was forced down on to the sea. Although the aircraft was sinking fast this officer and Warrant Officer Tatham, with complete disregard for their personal safely, assisted the injured members of the crew into the dinghy and rendered first aid. The excellent example of coolness and courage displayed by Flying Officer Harty and Warrant Officer Tatham is worthy of the highest praise.

 

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HARVEY, FS Albert (Can 14011A) - Mention in Despatches - Overseas - Award effective 8 June 1944 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 1729/44 dated 11 August 1944. Home in Callgary; enlisted there. No citation in AFRO.

 

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HARVEY, Corporal Edward Carl (R100637) - Mention in Despatches - RCAF Overseas - Award effective 1 January 1946 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 418/46 dated 18 April 1946. Home in Gardenton, Manitoba; enlisted in Toronto, 3 April 1941.

 

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HARVEY, P/O Harold Kenneth Camapbell (J16420) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.100 Squadron - Award effective 1 September 1943 as per London Gazette dated 14 September 1943 and AFRO 2322/43 dated 12 November 1943. Home in Kamsack, Saskatchewan; enlisted in Winnipeg, 12 May 1941. Trained at No.2 ITS (graduated 10 September 1941), No.14 EFTS (graduated 12 November 1941) and No.10 SFTS (graduated 13 March 1942).

 


As captain of aircraft, Pilot Officer Harvey has completed many successful sorties. An efficient and reliable captain of aircraft, to ensure success he invariably makes more than one bombing run in order to release his bombs with greatest accuracy. He has obtained some excellent photographs. On two occasions this officer's aircraft has been attacked by night fighters but by skilful flying he evaded the attacker and enabled his gunners to seriously damage one hostile fighter.

 

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HARVEY, G/C James Borden (C790) - Air Force Cross - No.1 SFTS - Award effective 14 June 1945 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 1127/45 dated 6 July 1945. - Born 14 August 1911 at Dauphin, Manitoba and educated at Kelvin High School; graduated from University of Manitoba in 1932 and then to University of Toronto. With Royal Bank of Canada; enlisted at Winnipeg, 18 June 1937 (Auxiliary) - transferred to regular force, January 1938. Flight Commander at CFS, Trenton and CFI at FIS, Claresholm, Alberta. Appointed CO, Camp Borden, November 1944. Attended War Staff College, Toronto, March-May 1945. In post-war, rose to A/V/M and retired on 14 August 1966. Awarded Queens Coronation Medal, 23 October 1953. Governor General's Records (RG.7 Group 26 Volume 59, file 190-I, dossier 7) has citation, drafted when he had flown 1,920 hours, of which 970 were as instructor.

 

A trained flying instructor prior to the outbreak of hostilities, Group Captain Harvey has since been employed in various instructional and staff positions in the British Commonwealth Air Training Plan. At all times he has carried out these duties in a most commendable manner. Following tours of duty at Central Flying School, No.1 Training Command and No.1 Service Flying Training School, he assisted in organizing and later commanded No.2 Flying Instructor School. This officer continues to contribute to the maintenance of a very high standard of instruction. Over a long period he has made an outstanding contribution to flying training.

 

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HARVEY, P/O John Douglas (J85081) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.408 Squadron - Award effective 19 May 1944 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 1296/44 dated 16 June 1944. Born in Swansea, Ontario, 7 August 1922; home there. Enlisted in Toronto, 7 November 1941. Trained at No.6 ITS (graduated 10 April 1942), No.10 EFTS (graduated 19 June 1942) and No.16 SFTS (graduated 9 October 1942). Commissioned 1944. Folloing the war he attended the University of Toronto, then rejoined the RCAF. Participated in photo operations in northern Canada; became a staff officer in Public Relations (Ottawa, Montreal and Metz) and rose to rank of Wing Commander. Retired in 1965; executive director of the RCAF Association and a founding editor of Airforce magazine. Author of Boys, Bombs and Brussels Sprouts, The Tumbling Mirth, and Laughter-Silvered Wings. Prominent character in The Valour and the Horror (TV documentary and Senate hearings). Died in Victoria, 16 January 1998.

 


This officer has participated in very many sorties, involving attacks on most of the enemy's heavily defended targets. He has invariably displayed great skill and courage and his example in pressing home his attacks has been worthy of much praise. In the course of his tour, Pilot Officer Harvey has attacked Berlin on eleven occasions.

 

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HARVEY, Corporal Lloyd George (R50275) - Air Force Medal - No.11 Squadron (Canada) - Award effective 11 June 1942 as per London Gazette dated 11 June 1942 and AFRO 1000-1001/42 dated 3 July 1942. Home in Moncton; enlisted there 23 October 1939.

 

This NCO has completed 750 hours of flying, 500 of which were on actual war flights on coastal operations in the capacity of Wireless Operator and is considered the outstanding man of his class in the squadron. His duties have always been carried out in an exceptionally fine manner and he is strongly recommended for the award of the Air Force Medal.

 

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HARVEY, F/O Robert George (J87012) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.582 Squadron - Award effective 10 May 1945 as per London Gazette dated 22 May 1945 and AFRO 1147/45 dated 13 July 1945. Born 1923 in Grand Pre. Nova Scotia; home in Hortonville, Nova Scotia (postal clerk). Enlisted in Halifax, 4 June 1942. Trained at No.3 ITS (graduated 18 December 1942), No.11 EFTS (graduated 30 April 1943) and No.17 SFTS (graduated 20 August 1943). Commissioned 1944. No citation other than "completed...numerous operations against the enemy in the course of which [he has] invariably displayed the utmost fortitude, courage and devotion to duty". Public Records Office Air 2/9070 has recommendation dated 18 February 1945 when he had flown 32 sorties (156 hours), 16 August 1944 to 3 February 1945.

 

16 Aug 44 Stettin 18 Nov 44 Munster

25 Aug 44 Russelsheim 21 Nov 44 Aschaffenburg

26 Aug 44 Kiel and Worms

5 Sept 44 Le Havre 27 Nov 44 Neuss

8 Feb 44 Le Havre 30 Nov 44 Duisburg

10 Sep 44 Le Havre 3 Dec 44 Heinbach Damn

12 Sep 44 Frankfurt 4 Dec 44 Karlsruhe

16 Sep 44 Rhiner 17 Dec 44 Duisburg

aerodrome 23 Dec 44 Cologne

20 Sep 44 Calais 27 Dec 44 Cologne

14 Oct 44 Duisburg 28 Dec 44 Munchen Gladbach

14 Oct 44 Duisburg 29 Dec 44 Tros (Cologne)

15 Oct 44 Wilhelmshaven 30 Dec 44 Cologne

25 Oct 44 Homberg 2 Jan 45 Nuremburg

6 Nov 44 Gelsenkirchen 6 Jan 45 Hanau

9 Nov 44 Wanne Eickel 16 Jan 45 Magdeburg

16 Nov 44 Julich 17 Jan 45 Leuna


3 Feb 45 Bottrop

 

Flying Officer Harvey is captain of a successful Blind Marker crew which has carried out many excellent sorties, some under very difficult conditions. He has always shown splendid qualities as captain, and by his keenness, courage and cool determination has set a magnificent example to his crew, and has greatly enhanced the effectiveness of their sorties under all conditions. He is strongly recommended for the non-immediate award of the Distinguished Flying Cross.

 

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HARVEY, P/O Roger Charles (J87004) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.408 Squadron - Award effective 5 February 1945 as per London Gazette dated 16 February 1945 and AFRO 563/45 dated 29 March 1945. Born 1919 in New Westminsyer, British Columbia; Formerly in New Westminster Regiment. Enlisted in Vancouver, 2 September 1941. Trained at No.1 ITS (graduated 22 January 1942), No.7 AOS (graduated 24 May 1942), No.3 BGS (graduated 18 July 1942) and No.1 ANS (graduated 5 September 1942). Commissioned 1944. No citation other than "completed...numerous operations against the enemy in the course of which [he has] invariably displayed the utmost fortitude, courage and devotion to duty." DHist file 181.009 D.1515 (RG.24 Vol.20600) has recommendation dated 7 November 1944 when he had flown 34 sorties (155 hours 15 minutes), 9 April to 12 September 1944.

 

Pilot Officer Harvey has completed a tour of operations as navigator on four engined bombers in an exemplary manner. On many of these sorties he navigated with great accuracy to such heavily defended targets in Germany as Sterkrade, Aachen and Freidrichshafen, and on all occasions showed a cool disregard for any defences the enemy had to offer. On several occasions, Pilot Officer Harvey has navigated his aircraft to distant targets without the assistance of special equipment, yet by superior navigation he guided his aircraft to the target.

 

As a navigator, Pilot Officer Harvey has proven himself to be superior and with his cheerful disregard for any difficulties, was an inspiration to his crew. His splendid navigation fully warrants him the award of a Non-Immediate Distinguished Flying Cross.

 

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HARVEY, W/C Roland John (J4895) - Air Force Cross - Station Pennfield Ridge - Award effective 1 January 1946 as per Canada Gazette of that date and AFRO 82/46 dated 25 January 1946 - Home in Cloverdale, British Columbia. Enlisted in Vancouver, 16 August 1940. Trained at No.1 ITS (graduated 15 November 1940), No.9 EFTS (graduated 4 January 1941), and No.5 SFTS (graduated 20 March 1941). As of award had flown 1,650 hours, of which 550 were as instructor, 160 in previous six months.

 


This officer has been holding the position of Officer Commanding Operational Training Squadron since August 1944. He took over this squadron when it was in a state of disorganization due to recent reforming of the school, inadequate equipment, and inexperienced personnel. Due to his untiring energy and persistence, he has built the squadron into an efficient working organization. His keen sense of duty throughout his lengthy flying career has been most outstanding.

 

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HARVEY, F/O Thomas Swindale Wilson (J35172) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.226 Squadron - Award effective 18 January 1945 as per London Gazette dated 26 January 1945 and AFRO 471/45 dated 16 March 1945. Born 1924 in Victoria; home in Hines Creek, Alberta (railway watchman). Enlisted in Edmonton 26 June 1942. Trained at No.7 ITS (graduated 6 March 1943), No.6 EFTS (graduated 15 May 1943) and No.7 SFTS (graduated 3 September 1943). Commissioned 1943.

 

Flying Officer Harvey has completed numerous operational sorties. In August 1944, when over the target at Rouen, his aircraft was hit by anti-aircraft fire and badly damaged. Nevertheless he continued with his allotted task and executed a successful crash landing. Throughout his operational career this officer has displayed outstanding ability, great courage and devotion to duty.

 

Public Records Office Air 2/9045 has recommendation dated 24 November 1944 when he had flown 50 sorties (110 operational hours) with text more detailed than that published:

 

Flying Officer Harvey has now carried out 50 operational flights in about three months. May of these have been flown as sub-formation leader and deputy Squadron and Wing Leader; he had led the squadron itself three times. In the short time he was in the squadron he showed himself to be above the average in every respect, and particularly as an operational pilot, both by day and by night.

 

During August 1944, whilst running up to a target at Rouen, his aircraft was hit by anti-aircraft fire and badly damaged. Nevertheless, he continued his job until forced to break formation after which he carried out a successful crash landing without severe injury to his crew. In November 1944, when leading the squadron against the road/rail bridge at Venlo, the anti-aircraft fire was accurate, heavy and intense. Despite this, however, he led his formation on an excellent steady bombing run, and, although he himself did not hit the target, the second box was enabled to do so, largely due to his good leadership.

 

In general, Flying Officer Harvey has shown outstanding qualities as an operational pilot and as a formation leader. His courage and skill have been of a high order. He is, therefore, recommended for the non-immediate award of the Distinguished Flying Cross.


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HARVEY, F/L William Stuart (J12062) - 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 Vancouver; enlisted there 8 April 1941. Trained at No.2 ITS (graduated 21 July 1941), No.1 EFTS (graduated 30 January 1942) and No.2 SFTS (graduated 5 June 1942). Remained in postwar RCAF, serving in Nos. 410 and 416 Squadrons and No.1 Air Division.

 

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HARVIE, F/O Murdoch (J24818) - 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 Westmount. Formerly in COTC. Enlisted in Montreal 30 June 1942. Trained at No.3 ITS (graduated 6 June 1942), No.11 EFTS (graduated 20 November 1942) and No.13 SFTS (graduated 19 Mar 43). Commisioned 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 dated 15 January 1945 when he had flown 33 sorties (180 hours 35 minutes), 1 July to 27 November 1944.

 

Flying Officer Harvie has successfully completed a tour of operations, the majority of which were sorties against heavily defended German targets. He has always pressed home his attacks with grim determination despite harassing circumstances, displaying high skill, courage and devotion to duty at all times. His fine offensive spirit has been an example to all other crews in the squadron.

 

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HARVIE, AC1 Robert Noel (R223242) - Mention in Despatches - No.10 (BR) Squadron - Award effective 14 June 1945 as per Canada Gazette of that date and AFRO 1127/45 dated 6 July 1945. Home in Toronto; enlisted there 17 February 1942.

 

For over a year this airman has devoted long hours of work in the organization and programme management of the radio broadcasting station on his squadron. This has been done at the sacrifice of his own trade and thereby the forfeiture of all opportunity for advancement. Because of his unflagging interest these programmes have proved a great morale builder and one of the most important projects on the station.

 

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HARVILLE, F/L Charles Gaylon (C2719) - Air Force Cross - No.437 Squadron - Award effective 14 June 1945 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 1219/45 dated 27 July 1945. American in the RCAF. Born in Corinth, Missouri, 4 February 1905. Attended high school and worked in an advertising agency, 1924-1936; later joined Los Angeles Water and Power Company. Enlisted in Ottawa, 7 September 1940; overseas 28 September 1944. DHist file 181.009 D.4855 (RG.24 Vol.20657) has recommendation dated 13 April 1945 when he had flown 1,568 hours, 180 in previous six months.

 

This officer joined the squadron shortly after its formation and it is due in no small amount to his efforts that the standard of flying in the squadron has been maintained at a high level. He would always be most painstaking in checking out new crews in his flight and by his exceptional skill and leadership would guide the junior pilots until he was sure that they were sound and steady transport captains.

 

Prior to joining this squadron Flight Lieutenant Harville has flown on all the major internal routes in Canada, and whilst flying with this squadron has always set an extremely high standard by safely flying his aircraft through most adverse weather conditions. This officer's keenness, determination and outstanding devotion to duty has at all times been an inspiration to the remainder of the squadron.

 

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HASENPFLUG, W/C William Alfred (J3752) - Air Force Cross - No.1 SFTS - Award effective 11 August 1945 as per Canada Gazette of that date and AFRO 1453/45 dated 14 September 1945 - Enlisted 3 July 1940 at Toronto. Trained at No.1 ITS (graduated 14 September 1940), No.1 EFTS (graduated 11 November 1940) and No.2 SFTS (graduated 28 January 1941). Total of 2,547 flying hours to date of award, 1,684 flying hours as instructor, and 22 hours in previous six months.

 

This officer, as a chief instructor, has demonstrated at all times a great resourcefulness, determination and initiative in the execution of his many responsible duties. His natural leadership, ability and devotion to duty have always been much in evidence and have set a fine example to the personnel with whom he has served. He has made a valuable contribution to the training of aircrew.

 

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HASKETT, P/O Clayton Arthur (C45063) - Air Force Cross - No.14 SFTS - Award effective 14 June 1945 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 1127/45 dated 6 July 1945. - Born 30 August 1919 at Biddulph, Ontario; educated in Lucan. Enlisted in London, Ontario, 6 September 1940 (home in Lucan). Trained at No.1 ITS (graduated 28 October 1940), No.12 EFTS (graduated 5 February 1943) and No.7 SFTS (graduated 28 May 1943). Governor General's Records (RG.7 Group 26, Vol.59, file 190-I, dossier 7) has citation. When recommended he had flown 3,212 hours - all as instructor.

 


This officer has been instructing since the outbreak of hostilities and has put great effort into his work. His keen spirit while a non-commissioned officer instructor was an inspiration to all who came in contact with him. Since commissioning he has set an example as an industrious and keen officer and instructor and has gone beyond service requirements to inspire his fellow officers to greater effort in the training of pilots. The results he has achieved in training have been outstanding.

 

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HASLOP, F/L George Kenneth Alfred (J16353) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.420 Squadron - Award effective 15 March 1945 as per London Gazette dated 23 March 1945 and AFRO 721/45 dated 27 April 1945. Born 1920 in Edmonton; home there (farmer). Enlisted in Edmonton, 3 May 1941. Trained at No.2 ITS (graduated 21 July 1941), No.19 EFTS (graduated 25 September 1941) and No.10 SFTS (graduated 19 December 1941). Commisioned December 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 file 181.009 D.1730 (PAC RG.24 Vol.20607) has recommendation dated 16 December 1944 where he is credited with 31 sorties:

 

As captain and pilot of aircraft this officer has completed many attacks on important, heavily defended targets. During an attack on Duisburg on 14th October 1944, Flying Officer Haslop's aircraft collided with another aircraft, and his machine suffered severe damage which made it very difficult to control. Despite these trying conditions, Flying Officer Haslop, with inspiring courage and skill, brought his aircraft safely to this country where he made a masterly landing. Flying Officer Haslop's successes are a tribute to his great skill and fighting qualities...

 

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HASSAN, FS Ahmed Hamid (R53822) - British Empire Medal - AFHQ, Postings and Careers - Award effective 28 May 1943 as per London Gazette dated 2 June 1943 and AFRO 1459/43 dated 30 July 1943. Enlisted Montreal, 12 August 1940. Born in Ottawa, 1916; enlisted there, 15 May 1940. Died in Ottawa, 30 October 1993 at which time he was described as having been a retired officer of the Department of Supply and Services, past president of the Ottawa Shrine Club, and former executive officer of the Ottawa Masons.

 

Flight Sergeant Hassan has been employed as NCO in charge of the Officer' Resignations and Retirements Branch for over two years. He has shown initiative in the performance of his duties, possesses leadership of a high order, and every confidence and trust can be placed in his integrity and honesty. This NCO's civilian experience as a teacher has been freely given to the service in off-duty hours, organizing and teaching both service and civilian clerical courses.

 

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HASTINGS, F/O Albert Donald (J35540) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.90 Squadron - Award effective 5 April 1945 as per London Gazette dated 13 April 1945 and AFRO 824/45 dated 18 May 1945. Born 1915 in Amherst, Nova Scotia. Home in Springhill (foreman). Trained at No.6 ITS and No.1 AOS. Commissioned September 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." Public Records Office Air 2/9060 has recommendation dated 15 January 1945 when he had flown 31 sorties (140 hours 48 minutes), 10 September to 21 December 1944.

 

* denotes daylight sortie

 

10 Sep 44 Le Havre (4.25)* 23 Oct 44 Essen (4.59)

11 Sep 44 Kamen (4.26)* 26 Oct 44 Leverkusen (4.10)*

16 Sep 44 Moerdijk (2.41) 28 Oct 44 Cologne (4.23)*

17 Sep 44 Martet (2.53) 30 Oct 44 Cologne (4.56)

20 Sep 44 Calais (4.04)* 31 Oct 44 Bottrop Welheim

23 Sep 44 Neuse (4.47) (4.47)*

24 Sep 44 Calais (2.27)* 2 Nov 44 Homberg (4.19)*

25 Sep 44 Calais area (2.57)* 5 Nov 44 Solingen (4.51)*

27 Sep 44 Calais area (2.53)* 15 Nov 44 Dortmund (5.18)*

4 Oct 44 West Kapelle (2.08)* 20 Nov 44 Homberg (4.43)*

5 Oct 44 Saarbrucken (6.01) 21 Nov 44 Homberg (4.19)*

6 Oct 44 Dortmund (5.22) 26 Nov 44 Fulda (5.37)*

7 Oct 44 Kleve (4.14)* 5 Dec 44 Merseburg (7.40)

18 Oct 44 Bonn (5.15)* 11 Dec 44 Oberhausen (4.22)*

19 Oct 44 Stuttgart (6.17) 12 Dec 44 Witten (4.15)*

22 Oct 44 Neuse (4.21)* 15 Dec 44 Siegen (2.43 by day)

21 Dec 44 Trier (4.15)*

 

This officer's cheerful attitude and highly efficient performance as a navigator have always been a source of inspiration to his crew and the squadron as a whole. Even in the face of the heaviest opposition - in some instances extremely severe - he has continued to work calmly at his task of navigating the aircraft with precision, always being absolutely certain of his accurate position at any time. This high standard of navigation has made him an extremely valuable asset in his crew, and his worth has been enhanced by the many other fine qualities which he has displayed. His worth as a squadron member has been increased by his willingness at any time to assist his less experienced colleagues with advice and valuable tuition. A modest and courageous officer who is recommended for the award of the Distinguished Flying Cross.

 

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HASTINGS, F/L Frederick (J20124) - Air Force Cross - No.113 South Atlantic Wing Transport - Award effective 1 January 1945 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 132/45 dated 26 January 1945. Born in Hamilton, Ontario, 22 September 1922; raised in Santa Barbara, California (attended Southern California Military Academy and UCLA; member of California National Guard); enlisted in Vancouver, 2 August 1941. Trained at No.4 ITS (graduated 5 December 1941), No.16 EFTS (graduated 13 February 1942) and No.7 SFTS (graduated 3 July 1942). Posted to Ferry Command, 20 July 1942, with which he served until 20 July 1945. Postings within Ferry Command as follows: Dorval, July 1942 to March 1943 (ferrying); No.45 Group, North Bay, March-May 1943 (Captain's course); No.113 South Atlantic Wing, September 1943 to December 1944 (ferrying); No.45 Group, Dorval, December 1944 to July 1945. Wartime ranks as follows: AC2, 2 August 1941; LAC, 6 December 1941; Pilot Officer, 3 July 1943; Flying Officer, 3 January 1943; Flight Lieutenant, 3 July 1944. As of 30 November he claied to have flown Tiger Moths (75 hours), Hudson (150), B-26 (220), Harvard (10), C-47 (230), Ventura (160), Anson (125), Baltimore (160) and Mosquito (70). Enrolled in RAF, 21 February 1946 and served to 22 October 1951; RAF postings included No.2 Radio School (staff pilot, 27 January to 20 Aptil 1948), Air Headqarters of British Air Force of Occupation, Buckeburg (staff pilot on Mosquitos, 27 April to 15 November 1948), No.1 Central Flying School (air traffic control, 22 February 1949 to 15 May 1950), No.7 Flying Training School (air traffic control, 15 May to 28 September 1950), and No.205 Advanced Fying School (28 September 1950 to October 1951). Joined RCAF, Vancouver, 22 October 1951; flew CF-100s with No.428 Squadron; released 10 May 1967. Died in Vancouver, 22 January 1985. No citation.

 

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HASTINGS, AC1 (now Cpl) Sidney Frederick (R110667) - Commended for Valuable Services - No.3 Bombing and Gunnery School - Award effective 1 January 1946 as per Canada Gazette of that date and AFRO 82/46 dated 25 January 1946. Home in Winnipeg; enlisted there 18 June 1941.

 

This airman has cheerfully and willingly carried out all assignments as a drogue operator working long hours under trying conditions and by his fine example and devotion to duty, added greatly to the efficiency of his section.

 

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HATCH, S/L John Angus (J11307) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.409 Squadron - Award effective 31 October 1944 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 1/45 dated 5 January 1945. Born in Toronto, 1 May 1913. Home there. Enlisted in Hamilton 5 September 1940. He must have had previous flying experience, for he was sent to Central Flying School, Trenton (26 September to 24 October 1940), after which he was promoted Sergeant but granted Indefinite Leave Without Pay, 25 October 1940 to 29 January 1942, apparently to act as a civilian instructor at No.3 EFTS and No.10 EFTS. At No.1 Manning Depot, Toronto, 1-28 February 1942. Posted to No.6 SFTS on 1 March 1942 (graduated 24 April 1942 and commissioned; promoted Flying Officer on 24 October 1942; to Flight Lieutenant, 5 January 1944; to Squadron Leader, 27 December 1944). At No.8 Bombing and Gunnery School, Lethbridge, 9 May to 23 November 1942; at "Y" Depot, Halifax, 23 November to 29 December 1942. Arribed in Britain, 14 January 1943; to No.12 (P) Advanced Flying Unit, 9 February 1943; to No.54 OTU, 23 March 1943. In No.409 Squadron, 22 June 1943 to 11 January 1945 (61 sorties); credited with the following victories (all with F/O Eames as navigator: 18/19 June 1944, one Do.217 damaged; 12/13 July 1944, one Bf.110 damaged; 10/11 August 1944, one FW.190 destroyed; 18/19 August 1944, two Ju.88s destroyed. From No.409 Squadron he was posted to Britain on 11 January 1945; with No.51 OTU, 30 January to 11 June 1945; to Canada, 23 July 1945; released 6 September 1945. Photo PL-41339 shows him. In air ambulance work, British Columbia, 1946.

 

This officer has set a fine example of courage and devotion to duty. He is a highly efficient flight commander whose sterling qualities have been reflected in the high standard of operational efficiency of the flight he commands. Within a short period recently, Squadron Leader Hatch has destroyed three enemy aircraft at night.

 

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HATTON, W/C Richard Francis (C18638) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.409 Squadron - Award effective 3 September 1945 as per London Gazette, 14 September 1945 and AFRO 1672/45 dated 2 November 1945. From London, Ontario; RAF, 1937 (40298). Transferred to RCAF 12 October 1943, while overseas. Commanding Officer of No.409 Squadron; credited with the following: 18/19 August 1944, one Do.217 destroyed, Neufchatel; 30/31 December 1944, one Ju.88 destroyed, Schoonhoven; 24/25 April 1945, one Ju.290 destroyed..

 

This officer has completed two tours of operational duty. He has flown on sorties in defence of the United Kingdom, the Normandy bridgehead, and front line areas in France, Belgium, Holland Germany. Wing Commander Hatton has also completed numerous night fighter patrols during which he has destroyed three enemy aircraft. At all times he has shown a high standard of keenness to engage the enemy whatever the difficulties might be and has set a fine example to the rest of the squadron.

 

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