HAUGEN, F/O Elvert John (J9521) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.202 Squadron - Award effective 1 July 1943 as per London Gazette dated 9 July 1943 and AFRO 1724/43 dated 27 August 1943.  Born in Pelly, Saskatchewan; home there; enlisted in Saskatoon, 15 April 1941.  Trained at No.2 ITS (graduated 18 July 1941), No.5 BGS (graduated 23 November 1941), No.3 AOS (graduated 11 October 1941) and No.1 ANS (graduated 22 December 1941).

 

A highly skilled officer, Flying Officer Haugen has at all times devoted his entire energies to his duties.  As navigator he has taken part in three determined attacks on U-Boats, one by night and two by day.  His calmness and devotion to duty have been a splendid example to all.

 

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HAUGHN, WO1 Elliott Wesley (R65432) - Mention in Despatches - EAC Marine Squadron - Award effective 14 June 1945 as per Canada Gazette of that date and AFRO 1127/45 dated 6 July 1945.  Home in Le Have (Lunenburg County), Nova Scotia.  Enlisted in Halifax, 12 September 1940.

 

On a return trip from Reykjavik, Iceland, in the winter of 1944, a Royal Canadian Air Force supply and salvage vessel encountered and weathered one of the worst storms to lash the North Atlantic within recent years.  Warrant Officer Haughn, acting as chief engineer aboard this marine craft, remained at his place of duty, keeping the engines running despite a continuous downpour of water and with the engine room flooded throughout eleven trying days of pounding seas until the ship was brought into harbour.  By maintaining the closest co-operation with the captain, he made it possible to keep the vessel headed into the seas and eventually reach base and safety.  This Warrant Officer displayed outstanding courage and devotion to duty in the most trying circumstances.

 

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HAULT, S/L George Christie (C2036) - Mention in Despatches - Overseas - Award effective 14 June 1945 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 1395/45 dated 31 August 1945.  Home in North Sydney, Nova Scotia; enlisted in Halifax, 15 May 1940.

 

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HAUNTS, FS Lorne Weller (R67197) - Distinguished Flying Medal - No.40 Squadron - Award effective 12 January 1943 as per London Gazette dated 22 January 1943 and AFRO 272/43 dated 19 February 1943.  Born in Kingston, Ontario, 1918; home there (mechanic).  Enlisted Kingston, 30 September 1940.  Trained at No.2 ITS (graduated 4 November 1940), No.3 EFTS (ceased training 30 December 1940), No.2 BGS (graduated 8 July 1941), No.2 AOS (graduated 25 May 1941) and No.1 CNS (graduated 5 August 1941).

 


Since May 1942, Flight Sergeant Haunts has taken part in many attacks on shipping at Tobruk and enemy transport at El Daba.  In August 1942, when detailed for an attack on Tobruk, he made a straight bombing run over an enemy merchant vessel despite extremely heavy defences.  On leaving the target area a huge fire was seen to be burning.  On another occasion in September 1942, this airman attacked a concentration of enemy motor transport in the battle area.  He released his bombs from a low level causing a fire in a petrol dump and scoring several hits on motor transport vehicles. The work of this navigator has been outstanding.  He has always performed his duties with quiet daring and courage.

 

NOTE: Public Record Office Air 2/9612 has recommendation for a non-immediate award sent by Group Captain W.J.M. Akerman, Headquarters, Royal Air Force, Middle East to Air Ministry on 14 December 1942:

 

This Canadian Flight Sergeant joined No.40 Squadron at the end of May last and since that time has carried out 27 operations against the enemy comprising a total of 178 operational hours. His targets have consisted in the main of attacks on shipping at Tobruk, enemy transport at El Daba and various targets in the battle area.

 

The work of this navigator has been outstanding and he has always carried out every task imposed on him with a display of quiet daring and courage. He carries out his bombing with utter contempt for his own personal safety and the results which he has obtained have been extremely successful.  For example, on the night of the 18/19th August, when detailed to attack Tobruk, he made a straight bombing run over a merchant vessel, which could plainly be seen in the path of the moon, in spite of extremely heavy anti-aircraft fire. A vivid flash was seen and although the destruction of the vessel itself was not confirmed, nevertheless, on leaving the target, a fierce fire was seen to be burning.  Again, on the night of 1/2nd September, when detailed to attack concentrations of motor transport in the battle area, Flight Sergeant Haunts bombed from 3,000 feet in four attacks and a fire was started in a petrol dump, which caused several explosions while direct hits were obtained on enemy motor transport vehicles.

 

This Non-Commissioned Officer has at all times displayed a high sense of duty and has set a high example to the remainder of the squadron.

 

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HAUS, F/L Harry James (J25151) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.601 Squadron - Award effective 9 April 1945 as per London Gazette dated 20 April 1945 and AFRO 918/45 dated 1 June 1945.  Born 1921 in Kitchener, Ontario; home there (factory supervisor). Enlisted in Hamilton, 11 February 1942. Trained at No.6 ITS (graduated 31 July 1942), No.12 EFTS (graduated 23 October 1942) and No.1 SFTS (graduated 2 April 1943).  Commissioned 1943.

 

Flight Lieutenant Haus has proved himself to be a courageous and successful fighter bomber pilot.  He has completed a large number of operational sorties and has led his squadron on many missions with excellent results.  The coolness which he has shown in all emergencies has won the confidence and admiration of all who have flown with him.

 

NOTE: Public Records Office Air 2/9072 has recommendation by Squadron Leader C.T. Simpson dated 1 February 1945 when he had flown 146 sorties (170 operational hours).  It is more detailed in some respects:

 

Since joining the squadron on 16th April 1944, this officer has taken part in 108 fighter-bomber missions and 38 bomber escorts.  His bombing on almost every occasion has been extremely accurate, often in spite of intense anti-aircraft fire.  His excellent qualities of leadership have gained for him the full confidence and respect of all who fly with him.  Flight Lieutenant Haus has set a fine example to all and I strongly recommend him for the award of the Distinguished Flying Cross.

 

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HAW, Sergeant (now P/O) Victor Alfred (R 52890/J10355) - Air Force Medal - No.11 SFTS, Yorkton, Sask. - Award effective 20 October 1942 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 1830 dated 13 November 1942.  Born 16 November 1918, Dauphin, Manitoba, home in Eganville., Ontario.  Attended Queen’s University, 1937-40, taking Mechanical Engineering.  Applied to join RCAF as early as 13 October 1939.  Enlisted Kingston, 6 June 1940.  Trained at No.1 ITS (graduated 22 July 1940 and promoted LAC), No.3 EFTS  (graduated 7 October 1940) and No.31 SFTS (graduated 30 October 1940 and promoted Sergeant).   To Trenton 8 January 1941 for Instructors Course from 3 February to 28 March 1941, at which time he was assessed as “A serious, hard working student.  Flying is average and voice is clear and confident.  Should concentrate on forced landings” To No.1 SFTS, Yorkton 11 April 1941.   Commissioned 1 March 1942; promoted Flying Officer, 1 October 1942; .  To “Y” Depot, 1 November 1942; to RAF Trainees Pool, 19 November 1942; disembarked UK, 6 December 1942; to No.7 (P) Advanced Flying Unit, 22 December 1942; to Station Eshott,  2 March 1943; to No.411 Squadron, 4 May 1943.   Missing in action,  19 September 1943 (on Ramrod 232, seen in tight turn with two enemy aircraft on tail.).  Later held in Stalag Luft III; promoted Flight Lieutenant, 1 March 1944; safe in UK, 26 May 1945.  Repatriated 31 May 1945; released 30 August 1945   Completed mining engineer studies as Queens, 1947, MSc, 1948 and employed by International Nickel.  RCAF Auxiliary, 25 January 1955 to train as Flying Controller, 2416 Aircraft Control and Warning Squadron to 13 September 1955.

 

Sergeant Pilot Haw has been employed as flying instructor on this station for a period of eleven months.  During that time he has shown qualities of steadiness, patience, perseverance, and reliability to an unusual degree.  As a pilot and an instructor his work has been outstanding.  His conduct and deportment have been excellent.  He has consistently set for himself a high standard and his efforts toward that standard have served as an excellent example to other Sergeant Pilots.

 

NOTE:  Recommended for Air Force Medal 18 February 1942 by S/L W.R. Irwin, CO No.2 Squadron, No.11 SFTS.  G/C G.R. Howsam, CO 11 SFTS wrote same day, “An outstanding NCO pilot”.  Air Officer Commanding, No.2 Training Command (Air Commodore A.B. Shearer) recommended him 2 May 1942.  On 2 September 1942 the Deputy Chief of Air Staff (illegible) wrote.  “This NCO has been untiring in his efforts as a Flying Instructor.  His devotion to duty, flying ability and conduct have been outstanding at all times.  I strongly recommend that he be awarded the AFM.”

 

CIRCUMSTANCES OF BEING SHOT DOWN .  Letter, F/L J.D. McFarlane to Dorothy Haw (wife), 21 September 1943:

 

By this time you will have received advice that your husband has been reported missing after air operations.  You will no doubt be wishing to learn of the circumstances surrounding this very sad loss.

 

On the 19th of September, at 11..30 a.m., your husband was engaged in air combat against the enemy when he was attacked by a number of enemy aircraft.  He was last seen taking evasive manoeuvres in an attempt to shake off the attacking aircraft and has not since returned.  In the interest of security this information should be treated confidentially.

 

“Vic” was very popular with the boys and a very good pilot and his loss is a very deep one to the members of the squadron and the service.  There is a possibility that he may have been able to make a parachute descent and is now a Prisoner of War; however, we do not wish to build up your hopes unduly in this respect.  Should any further particulars be received from the International Red Cross you will be advised by Air Force Headquarters.

 

Your husband’s personal effects are being forwarded to the Royal Air Force Central Depository and you will no doubt hear from them concerning disposal of these effects.

 

Report by S/L K.L.B. Hodson dated 21 September 1943 of loss of Spitfire VB BL422, 1130 hours, 19 September 1943:

 

No.411 Squadron, as a unit of No.17 Fighter Wing, acted as close escort to a formation of bombers bombing the Lille-Nord aerodrome.

 

Just after the first box of bombers had turned to starboard, four miles west of Courtland, No.411 Squadron turned to port and set course.  Blue 3 (F/O R..Orr J9930) reported four FW.190s coming in at six o’clock from below at 7,000 to 8,000 feet.  He gave the order to prepare for break and then called for break as Blue 4 (F/O V.A. Haw J.10355) had already started his break.

 

Blue 3 broke hard to stay with Blue 4 getting into position to port and behind the four FW.190s which had commenced to attack Blue 4.  Blue 3 gave two short bursts at 400 yards in an attempt to distract the FW.190sw from their attack on Blue 4.  At this time two FW.1090s came in on Blue 3 firing from behind at 7 o’clock slightly above from the clouds. Blue 3 was forced to break.

 

The last Blue 3 saw of Blue 4 he was still in a tight turn with two FW’s on his tail at five to six thousand feet.  Blue 4 was not seen after this incident and has failed to return to base.

 

 

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HAWES, FS William Robert (R85235) - British Empire Medal - Station Fort St.John - Award effective 1 January 1946 as per Canada Gazette of that date and AFRO 82/46 dated 25 January 1946. Home in Regina; enlisted there 15 January 1941.

 

This non-commissioned officer has rendered meritorious service, carrying out his duties diligently and with the greatest determination and perseverance under very trying and difficult circumstances.  This has entailed consistent, conscientious devotion to duty, during many long hours of essential overtime.  Only through the outstanding leadership displayed by Flight Sergeant Hawes has the Motor Transport Section of this station been able to maintain a high degree of efficiency and serviceability both in aerodrome and motor transport maintenance.

 

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HAWKES, WO Earnest Stewart (R109508) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.426 Squadron - Award effective 5 February 1944 as per London Gazette dated 15 February 1944 and AFRO 644/44 dated 24 March 1944.  Born 1920 in Leamington, Ontario; home there (time keeper).  Enlisted Windsor, 13 June 1941.  Trained at No.4 BGS (graduated 25 September 1942).  Incident occured 23/24 November 1943.  Rear gunner to F/L L.N. McCaig.  Killed in action 20/21 January 1944 (Lancaster LL62 of No.426 Squadron; buried in Germany).

 

In September 1943, during an attack on Mannheim, this Warrant Officer was rear gunner in an aircraft which was twice engaged by enemy fighters.  While illuminated by searchlights over the target a Junkers 88 was driven off by accurate fire.  A few minutes later the second attack took place and the bomber was hit by cannon fire.  Although wounded in the leg, Warrant Officer Hawkes continued his fire and also gave his captain instructions for evasive action.  As a result the enemy aircraft was destroyed.  Since that mission this Warrant Officer has participated in other sorties, displaying coolness and courage of a high order.

 

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HAWKES, F/O Robert Campbell (J27535) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.626 Squadron - Award effective 5 February 1945 as per London Gazette dated 16 February 1945 and AFRO 563/45 dated 29 March 1945.  Born in Toronto, 1923; home in Vancouver (truck driver).  Enlisted Vancouver 13 June 1942.  Trained at No.4 ITS (graduated 18 December 1942), No.5 EFTS (graduated 5 March 1943) and No.3 SFTS (graduated 25 June 1943).  Commissioned 1943.

 

This officer has an outstanding record of exceptional skill and determination.  As pilot and captain of aircraft he has led his crew with great success and has completed sorties against such targets as Kiel, Stuttgart and Brunswick.  On one occasion in August 1944 his aircraft was detailed to attack Stettin.  When over the Baltic sea an attack was sustained from two Junkers 88s and his aircraft was severely damaged.  Two engines were rendered unserviceable and fire broke out. One on the enemy aircraft flew alongside but by skilful manipulation of the mid-upper turret by hand the enemy aircraft was engaged and destroyed.  Throughout Flying Officer Hawkes has displayed great coolness and gallantry.

 

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HAWKINS, F/L Alfred (J18020) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.420 Squadron - Award effective 4 November 1944 as per London Gazette dated 14 November 1944 and AFRO 239/45 dated 9 February 1945.  Born in Toronto, 1918; home there (carpenter).  Enlisted Toronto, 18 February 1941. Trained at No.1 WS (graduated 23 June 1941) and No.6 BGS (graduated 8 December 1941).   Commissioned 1943. No citation other than "completed...numerous operations against the enemy in the course of which [he has] invariably displayed the utmost fortitude, courage and devotion to duty." DHist file 181.009 D.1730 (National Archives RG.24 Vol.20607) has recommendation dated 18 August 1944 when he had flown 42 sorties (271 hours 40 minutes).  First tour had been 28 June 1942 to 2 August 1943; second tour had commenced 13 March 1944.  He was Squadron Signals Leader.

 

Flight Lieutenant Hawkins as Squadron Signals Leader has now completed fifteen sorties of his second operational tour.  His fine offensive spirit and keenness on operations have set a high standard of morale in his section and have enabled him to keep pace with existing tactics.  With this knowledge and his fine qualities of leadership, Flight Lieutenant Hawkins has proven himself to be an outstanding member of this squadron, and it is strongly recommended that he be awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross.

 

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HAWKINS, FS Henry Robert (R96873) - Mention in Despatches - No.53 Base - Award effective 14 June 1945 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 1600/45 dated 12 October 1945.  Home in Ottawa; enlisted there 10 April 1941.

 

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HAWKINS, WO1 Walter (R98864) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.7 Squadron (deceased) - Award effective 14 February 1944 as per London Gazette dated 21 December 1945 and AFRO 155/46 dated 15 February 1946.  Born 1918, Naicam, Saskatchewan; home there.  Enlisted Saskatoon, 2 May 1941.  Trained at No.3 WS (graduated 14 March 1942) and No.5 BGS (graduated 14 April 1942).  Killed in action 15 February 1944 (Lancaster ND365); buried in Denmark.

 

This Warrant Officer has completed as wireless operator (air) many successful operations against the enemy in the course of which he has invariably displayed high skill, fortitude and devotion to duty.

 

NOTE: Public Records Office Air 2/9149 has recommendation dated 12 February 1944 which has sortie list and a slightly more expansive text; he had flown 37 sorties (231 hours).

 

2 Apr 43            St.Nazaire (5.15)                                 15 Sept 43       Montlucon (5.30)

6 Apr 43            GARDENING (6.50)                            22 Sept 43       Hanover (5.15)

20 Apr 43         Stettin (9.00)                                        27 Sept 43       Brunswick (5.45)

26 Apr 43         Duisburg (4.30)                                   2 Oct 43            Munich (7.45)

4 May 43           Rhein (5.00)                                         3 Oct 43            Kassel (6.00)

13 May 43        Bochum (5.10)                                     8 Oct 43            Hanover (4.55)

25 May 43        Dusseldorf (4.25)                                22 Oct 43          Kassel (5.35)

11 June 43       Munster (4.40)                                     10 Nov 43         Modane (7.40)

19 June 43       Le Creusot (6.00)                                17 Nov 43         Mannheim (5.35)

21 June 43       Krefeld (3.25)                                       18 Nov 43         Mannheim  (6.10)

24 June 43       Elberfeld (2.25)                                    16 Dec 43        Berlin (7.30)

24 July 43         Hamburg (6.10)                                   20 Dec 43        Frankfurt (5.40)

27 July 43         Hamburg (5.35)                                   24 Dec 43        Berlin (7.30)

2 Aug 43           Hamburg (5.50)                                   29 Dec 43        Berlin (7.05)

10 Aug 43         Nuremburg (7.05)                                2 Jan 44            Berlin (7.00)

12 Aug 43         Milan (8.30)                                          20 Jan 44         Berlin (7.00)

23 Aug 43         Berlin (7.45)                                         21 Jan 44         Magdeburg (6.45)

27 Aug 43         Nuremburg (7.35)                                27 Jan 44         Berlin (8.40)

6 Sept 43          Munich (8.30)

 

Warrant Officer Hawkins has completed 37 operational sorties with the Pathfinder Force, 35 of which have been as a Marker.  This Warrant Officer has taken part in all the recent bombing operations against many of the heavily defended targets in Germany.  His devotion to duty and ability have proved a valuable asset to the squadron. His cooperation and coolness have contributed in a large measure to the success of the many operational flights carried out by his crew. Warrant Officer Hawkins has at all times displayed the most commendable courage and devotion to duty.

 

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HAWKINS, W/C Wilfred Joseph (C1751) - Commended for Valuable Services - No.1 CNS - Award effective 1 January 1946 as per Canada Gazette of that date and AFRO 82/46 dated 25 January 1946.  Home in Langham, Saskatchewan; enlisted in Regina, 7 March 1940.  DHist file 181.009 D.1283 (RG.24 Vol.20597) has recommendation dated 1 August 1945 for an AFC.  At time of recommendation he had flown 484 hours, 64 hours in previous six months.

 

By his example and devotion to duty this officer has increased the navigation knowledge of the Royal Canadian Air Force.  In maintaining a high degree of training efficiency at this unit he has made possible the raising of instructional standards throughout the Service.

 

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HAWKINS, F/O William Harvey (C4161) - Member, Order of the British Empire - No.2 SFTS - enlisted at Ottawa, 17 February 1941.  Award effective 28 May 1943 as per London Gazette dated 28 May 1943 and AFRO 1459/43 dated 30 July 1943.  Born in Norton, Derby, England; educated at Sheffield University.  Enlisted in Ottawa, 17 February 1941.

 

This officer has been employed as the Works and Buildings Engineer at this unit for the past two years, during which time he has performed his duties in a most proficient and meritorious manner.  His outstanding ability, together with his foresight and prompt actions, has on several occasions been responsible for the saving of considerable time and labour.  It has been necessary, from time to time, for this officer to assist in the supervision of the engineering works of nearby stations and two relief fields.  This officer personally directed the opening of snow-bound roads leading to No.10 Elementary Flying Training School and, in addition, he assisted in keeping open the roads to other Government Departments in the vicinity.

 

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HAWLEY, F/O Howard Joseph (J85775) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.434 Squadron - Award effective 5 April 1945 as per London Gazette dated 13 April 1945 and AFRO 824/45 dated 18 May 1945.  Born 1922 in Semans, Saskatchewan; home in Regina (clerk).  Enlisted Regina, 10 November 1941.  Trained at No.2 ITS (graduated 23 May 1942), No.19 EFTS (graduated 28 August 1942) and No.12 SFTS (graduated 18 December 1942). Commisioned April 1924.  DHist file 181.009 D.3260 (RG.24 Vol.20637) has recommendation dated 10 December 1944 when he had flown 36 sorties (180 hours 25 minutes), 29 November 1943 to 2 November 1944.  The sortie list describes an adventurous tour.  On his first sortie as captain (Leipzig, 19 February 1944) his aircraft was attacked four times by Ju.88s.  His starboard outer engine went unserviceable while bombing Le Mans (7 March 1944).  On 12 June 1944, attacking Arras, he reported flak and searchlights; his rear gunner shot down a Ju.88 and both starboard motors were unserviceable as he reached base.

 

Flying Officer Hawley has completed a tour of operations which has included attacks against many well defended targets.  On one occasion during a sortie against Arras his aircraft was illumination by searchlights and then attacked by enemy fighters.  Damage was sustained and two engines of his aircraft were rendered unserviceable.  Despite these hazardous circumstances Flying Officer Hawley's fine airmanship and excellent tactics enabled his gunners to fire at the enemy aircraft, one of which was destroyed.  He then flew his aircraft safely back to this country.  A keen and determined pilot and captain of aircraft, this officer has always shown great courage.

 

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HAWLEY, S/L Karl Tomkins (C4728) - Mention in Despatches - No.64 Base (given in AFRO as "Overseas") - Award effective 14 June 1945 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 1395/45 dated 31 August 1945.  DHist file 181.009 D.4364 (RG.24 Vol.20648) has recommendation sent to No.6 Group Headquarters, 2 February 1945.  Had enlisted 14 March 1941 in Saskatoon.  Base Electrical Engineering Officer.

 

This officer has shown outstanding interest in the Electrical Engineering Sections of the Base and has maintained a high degree of efficiency in all sections.  His profound knowledge of his profession has been a considerable asset to the maintenance of the Base's aircraft.

 

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HAWN, F/L Elmer Joseph (J9242) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.429 Squadron - Award effective 6 January 1945 as per London Gazette dated 16 January 1945 and AFRO 625/45 dated 13 April 1945.  Born 1916 in Maple Creek, Saskatchewan; home there (farmer).  Enlisted Regina, 11 March 1941.  Trained at No.2 ITS (graduated 9 July 1941), No.15 EFTS (graduated 13 September 1941) and No.4 SFTS (graduated 5 December 1941).  No citation other than "completed...numerous operations against the enemy in the course of which [he has] displayed the utmost fortitude, courage and devotion to duty."  DHist file 181.009 D.2609 (RG.24 Vol.20627) has recommendation dated 13 October 1944 when he had flown 30 sorties (147 hours ten minutes) between 27 May and 6 October 1944.

 

Flight Lieutenant Hawn has completed a large number of sorties during which he has taken part in attacks on a wide variety of targets in France and Germany including such heavily defended targets as Kiel, Stuttgart and the Ruhr.  On one occasion he was on his bombing run when he lost an engine, but undeterred, and with the fortitude and devotion to duty that Flight Lieutenant Hawn displays on all his attacks he continued on to bomb and returned safely to base on three engines.  In his flight this officer has been a tower of strength contributing in no small means to the efficiency of the squadron.  His cheerfulness at all times and eagerness to come to grips with the enemy has been most praiseworthy.

 

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HAWORTH, F/O Raymond John (J21640) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.429 Squadron - Award effective 21 July 1944 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 2052/44 dated 22 September 1944.  Born in Toronto, 2 November 1921; home there (accountant). Enlisted Toronto, 19 February 1942.  Trained at No.6 ITS (graduated 14 August 1942) and No.9 AOS (graduated 4 December 1942).  Commissioned 2 December 1942; Flying Officer, 2 June 1943; Flight Lieutenant 2 December 1944.  Later in charge of navigational training, Dishforth.  Repatriated June 1945; released September 1945; rejoined RCAF, July 1948 as an Air Controller.

 

This officer has participated in very many sorties, including attacks on such targets as Berlin and industrial centres in the Ruhr area.  He is a most dependable and gallant member of aircraft and his navigational ability has contributed materially to the successes obtained.

 

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HAWRELECHKO, FS (now P/O) Nick Joseph (R198955/J90489) - Distinguished Flying Medal - No.576 Squadron - Award effective 1 December 1944 as per London Gazette dated 8 December 1944 and AFRO 425/45 dated 9 March 1945.  Born 1924 in Mondate, Alberta; home in Morley, Alberta (farmer).  Enlisted Edmonton, 2 December 1942.  Trained at No.9 BGS (graduated 6 August 1943).  Commissioned 1944.  Later changed name to "Harley".

 

This airman is a vigilant and accurate air gunner who has consistently displayed a high degree of courage, skill and initiative, which has been highly commendable.  He has participated in numerous operational sorties including attacks against many well defended targets.  During one mission in July 1944, his aircraft was attacked by a Messerschmitt 109.  Flight Sergeant Hawrelechko's clear and concise commentary enabled his captain to employ successful evasive tactics in co-operation with his fellow gunner.  He then engaged the enemy fighter and destroyed it.

 

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HAWRYLAK, F/L Michael (J36383) - 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 Maplle Creek, Sakatchewan.  Enlisted Regina, 19 August 1942.  Trained at No.2 ITS (graduated 14 May 1943) and No.7 AOS (graduated 1 October 1943).

 

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HAWTHORNE, FS Jack Burton (R52399) - British Empire Medal - No.16 SFTS - Award effective 1 January 1946 as per Canada Gazette of that date and AFRO 82/46 dated 25 January 1946.  Enlisted in Hamilton 18 November 1939.

 

Since the start of the war this non-commissioned officer has been instructing aircrew trainees in signals with outstanding success. He is very energetic and has always been keenly interested in his work.  While at this unit he built up an extremely efficient and interested signals instruction section.  He has at all times inspired the students with his enthusiasm and efficiency.

 

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HAWTHORNE, P/O Thomas (J85823) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.428 Squadron - Award effective 4 November 1944 as per London Gazette dated 17 November 1944 and AFRO 239/45 dated 9 February 1945.  Born in Vancouver, 1924.  Enlisted there 5 November 1942.  Trained at No.3 BGS (graduated 25 June 1943.  Commissioned March 1944.  No citation other than "completed...numerous operations against the enemy in the course of which [he has] invariably displayed the utmost fortitude, courage and devotion to duty."  DHist file 181.009 D.3260 (RG.24 Vol.20637) has recommendation dated 5 August 1944 when he had flown 38 sorties (239 hours 17 minutes), 3 November 1943 to 6 June 1944.

 

Pilot Officer Hawthorne has completed one tour of operations.  He has dropped mines in enemy waters and has bombed such major targets as Berlin four times, Frankfurt, Hanover and Dusseldorf.  His above average ability and crew co-operation imparted great confidence to the other crew members and his keenness for operational flying was outstanding.

 

For reliability and keenness, and for the completion of a very satisfactory tour of operations, I recommend the non-immediate award of the Distinguished Flying Cross.

 

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HAWTIN, F/O George Francis (J26743) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.429 Squadron - Award effective 4 November 1944 as per London Gazette dated 14 November 1944 and AFRO 239/45 dated 9 February 1945.  Born 1916 in Newmarket, Ontario; home in Cannington, Ontario (transport driver).  Enlisted Hamilton, 23 July 1941.  Trained at No.5 ITS (graduated 6 October 1941), No.3 EFTS (graduated 19 December 1941) and No.14 SFTS (graduated 5 June 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.2609 (RG.24 Vol.20627) has recommendation dated 11 August 1944 when he had flown 38 sorties (181 hours 35 minutes) from 18 March to 1 August 1944.

 

This officer has completed a tour of operations including attacks against many of the heavily defended targets in Germany.  At all times he has displayed courage, skill and devotion to duty of the highest order. He has invariably pressed home his attacks, setting an inspiring example.  It is considered that his fortitude, determination and fine operational record fully merit the award of the D.F.C.

 

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HAY, F/O Colin Maxwell (J39394) - Distinguished Service Order - No.432 Squadron - Award effective 5 December 1944 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 293/45 dated 16 February 1945.  Born in Winnipeg; home there (salesman).  Enlisted Winnipeg, 29 July 1941.  Trained at No.5 AOS (graduated 14 August 1942.  Commissioned 1943.  Photo PL-40858 shows him.

 

One night in September 1944, Flying Officer Hay was the navigator of an aircraft detailed to attack Bottrop.  It was his third operational mission.  Whilst over the target the pilot was severely wounded and lost control of the aircraft which went into a dive.  Displaying great promptitude, Flying Officer Hay took over the controls and succeeded in levelling out.  Although inexperienced as a pilot and despite the fact that some of the instruments were unserviceable, he flew the aircraft back ti an airfield and landed it.  On touching down the under-carriage collapsed and the aircraft caught fire but the crew got clear uninjured.  This officer displayed great coolness and resource and was undoubtedly responsible for the ultimate safety of his comrades.

 

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HAY, Sergeant George Alexander (R76731) - Mention in Despatches - No.424 Squadron - Award effective 14 January 1944 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 874/44 dated 21 April 1944.  Enlisted Edmonton, 15 November 1940.

 

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HAY, P/O Hugh Burns (J15707) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.61 Squadron -  Award effective 2 November 1942 as per London Gazette dated 6 November 1942 and AFRO 272/43 dated 19 February 1943. Born 26 February 1916 in Edmundston, New Brunswick; home there.  Enlisted Montreal, 20 September 1941.  Trained at No.2 ITS (graduated 12 November 1940), No.4 BGS (graduated 6 June 1941), No.5 AOS (graduated 26 April 1941), and No.1 CNS (graduated 12 July 1941).  Commissioned June 1942.  Died in Ottawa, 27 September 1969

 

Pilot Officer Hay, as navigator, has participated in some outstanding attacks on enemy targets and has brought back some highly successful photographs.  Undoubtedly a large measure of the excellent results obtained are due to the exceptional navigational skill displayed by Pilot Officer Hay.  He has shown great devotion to duty.

 

NOTE: Public Records Office Air 2/9604 has recommendation dated 27 September 1942 when he had flown 23 sorties (160 hours 25 minutes) with sortie list and text more detailed than that published.  The reference to a U-boat destroyed pertains to 17 July 1942 when U-751 was attacked by Whitley "H" of No.502 Squadron and then Lancaster "F" (R5724) of No.61 Squadron.  See Norman Franks, Search, Find and Kill": the RAF's U-Boat Successes in World War Two (London, Grub Street, 1995), pp.94-95.

4 May 42        Cologne (7.10)                         3 July 42         GARDENING, Helsingor

8 Apr 42         Hamburg (7.50)                                               (7.00)

10 Apr 42       Essen (6.35)                            8 July 42         Wilhelmshaven (4.45)

13 Apr 42       Dortmund (7.45)                      12 Jul 42        Danzig (10.05, day)

31 May 42      Cologne (4.30)                         17 Jul 42        Atlantic patrol (9.35)

1 June 42       Essen (4.20)                            19 Jul 42                  ditto                 (10.40)

3 June 42       Bremen (4.50)                          26 Jul 42        Hamburg (7.30)

7 June 42       GARDENING,                          29 Jul 42        Saarbrucken (5.30)

Terschelling (3.00)                   1 Aug 42        Dusseldorf (4.05)

16 Jun 42       Essen (4.50)                            24 Aug 42      Frankfurt (5.25)

20 Jun 42       Emden (4.30)                           28 Aug 42      Nuremburg (7.00)

25 Jun 42       Bremen (5.45)                          13 Sep 42      Bremen (5.25)

29 Jun 42       Bremen (5.10)

 

Pilot Officer Hay has flown as navigator to F/L P.R. Casement, DFC. As a team these two have produced some outstanding attacks on enemy targets and in many cases have brought back successful photographs to justify their claims.

 

One outstanding success was obtained against a U-Boat which was sunk by an attack made by this crew whilst carrying out anti-submarine patrols in the Bay of Biscay. A photograph was brought back showing the crew of the U-boat swimming in the water.

 

In addition they have brought back successful photographs taken whilst bombing at night, of the following targets: Bremen (two photographs plotted within three miles of the aiming point), Emden (two photographs plotted within three miles of the aiming point), Hamburg (one photograph within three miles of the aiming point), Dusseldorf (one photograph within three miles of the aiming point) and Nuremburg (photograph almost on the aiming point).

 

This has proved an outstanding crew and their example has gone far to inspiring other crews in the squadron. Undoubtedly, a large amount of the credit for the successes must go to the navigational abilities of Pilot Officer Hay. He has shown determination and devotion to duty throughout his tour of operations.

 

HAY, F/L Hugh Burns, DFC (J15707) - Distinguished Service Order - No.692 Squadron - Award effective 29 August 1944 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 2274/44 dated 20 October 1944.

 

This officer has participated in a very large number of sorties, involving attacks on a wide variety of enemy targets.  He has invariably displayed a high standard of courage and resolution.  He has rendered much loyal and devoted service.

 

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HAY, WO2 John David (Can 2273A) - Mention in Despatches - No.22 Sub-Repair Depot - Award effective 1 January 1946 as per Canada Gazette of that date and AFRO 82/46 dated 25 January 1946.  Home in Vancouver; enlisted there 16 November 1937.

 

The initiative and energy displayed by this Warrant Officer has been reflected by the men under his command in their unmistakable efficiency in carrying out their duties.  He has always been keenly interested in the welfare and improvement of his men, and spares no effort to assist them and others with whom his work is connected.

 

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HAY, F/L Malcolm MacMurray (J5328) - Air Force Cross - No.3 OTU - Award 14 June 1945 as per Canada Gazette of that date and AFRO 1127/45 dated 6 July 1945 - Born at Saint John, New Brunswick, 12 February 1916.  Educated there.  Enlisted at Montreal, 23 September 1940 - trained at No.2 ITS (graduated 23 December 1940), No.2 EFTS (graduated 20 February 1941) and No.5 SFTS (graduated 16 May 1941).  No citation in AFRO or biographical file; the following recommendation (for a Commendation) dated 31 December 1943 was found in DHist file 181.009 D.1688 (PAC RG.24 Vol.20605):

 

Acting Flight Lieutenant Hay has completed 856 hours instructional flying on Stranraer flying boats since April 1940 [?] and has taken part in thirteen Air/Sea rescue sorties.  A superior instructor, his energy and enthusiasm have always been an example to his fellow instructors.

 

Governor General's Records (RG.7 Group 26, Vol.59, file 190-I, dossier 7) has citation.  When recommended he had flown 1,972 hours, 1,541 as instructor, 331 in previous six months.

 

Flight Lieutenant Hay has completed over fifteen hundred hours instruction on Stranraer and Canso "A" aircraft.  During that time as instructor or flight commander, every flying boat pilot in the Royal Canadian Air Force since April 1942 has passed through his hands.  The contribution that this officer has made to flying training has been tremendous and his devotion to duty throughout has been highly meritorious and in keeping with the best traditions of the service.

 

NOTE: His career was not without incident.  On 29 June 1941, at Central Flying School, Trenton, he levelled out too high in Hudson 1336, stalled into ground and then ground-looped, collapsing the port oleo leg.  His log book was endorsed.  On 20 November 1941, at No.5 BGS, he taxied Battle 1924 into another aircraft; he was going too fast and again had his log book endorsed for "Error in Judgement".  An incident on 19 December 1943 was more favourable.  On Stranraer 947,  the rate of climb/descent indicator went unserviceable during night circuits.  He realized his pupil was going to overshoot and took over the controls, intending to land past the flare path using his landing lamp.  The aircraft would not descend properly and he found he was heading for an alternative flame float path.  His starboard engine failed at 200 feet (icing).  Nevertheless, he managed to put down with minimal damage and no injuries.

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HAY, F/O Wellington Bart (J5489) - Mention in Despatches - Award effective 1 June 1943 as per London Gazette dated 2 June 1943 and AFRO 1247/43 dated 2 July 1943.  American in the RCAF; born at Oyster Bay, Long Island, New York. Home in Millbrook, New York.  Enlisted Ottawa, 19 September 1940.  Trained at No.1 ITS (graduated 30 December 1940), No.4 EFTS (graduated 21 February 1941) and No.9 SFTS (graduated 27 May 1941).  Commissioned May 1941.

 

HAY, S/L Wellington Bart (J5489) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.417 Squadron - Award effective 2 October 1944 as per London Gazette dated 10 October 1944 and AFRO 2534/44 dated 24 November 1944.

 

Squadron Leader Hay served with distinction throughout the last Western Desert campaign.  More recently he has led his section against many difficult targets in Italy.  He has always displayed outstanding coolness and resource and under his leadership the squadron has inflicted considerable damage on the enemy's lines of communications and mechanical transport.

 

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HAYDEN, P/O William Vincent (J93873) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.158 Squadron - Award effective 8 September 1945 as per London Gazette dated 25 September 1945 and AFRO 1768/45 dated 23 November 1945.  Born 1923 in Pembroke, Ontario; home in Toronto (clerk, sailor).  Enlisted Toronto, 19 October 1942.  Trained at No.4 BGS (graduated 14 November 1943).  Commissioned July 1945.  No citation other than "completed...numerous operations against the enemy in the course of which [he has] invariably displayed the utmost fortitude, courage and devotion to duty."  Public Records Office Air 2/8751 has recommendation dated 15 April 1945 when he had flown 34 sorties (198 hours three minutes), 6 October 1944 to 20 March 1945.

 

6 Oct 44         Sterkrade (3.53)                                Bombed through clouds

14 Oct 44       Duisburg (4.45)                                 Good bombing, many fires.

23 Oct 44       Essen (5.30)                                      Good attack

16 Nov 44      Julich (4.46)                                       Bombed as ordered

18 Nov 44      Munster (5.39)                                   Successful; fires seen

29 Nov 44      Essen (5.38)                                      Good bombing

5 Dec 44        Soest (6.20)                                       Bombed as ordered

12 Dec 44      Essen (5.21)                                      Successful attack

17 Dec 44      Duisburg (6.11)                                 Good results; fires

21 Dec 44      Koln/Nippes (5.50)                            Bombed marshalling yard.

1 Jan 45         Dortmund (4.45)                                Cloud; bombed as ordered.

5 Jan 45         Hanover (4.47)                                  Good attack.

6 Jan 45         Hanau (6.48)                                      Bombed target

14 Jan 45       Saarbrucken (6.37)                           Duty carried out.

16 Jan 45       Magdeburg (5.51)                             Many fires in target area.

4 Feb 45        Gelsenkirchen (5.35)                        Good bombing.

7 Feb 45        Goch (6.23)                                        Master Bomber order not to bomb.

9 Feb 45        Wanne Eickel (5.47)                         Bombed as ordered.

20 Feb 45      Reisholz (6.26)                                  Successful

21 Feb 45      Worms (6.48)                                    Heavy attack, many fires.

23 Feb 45      Essen (5.38)                                      Bombed target; fire and smoke.

24 Feb 45      Kamen (5.57)                                    Successful.

27 Feb 45      Mainz (6.21)                                       Good bombing.

2 Mar 45         Cologne (5.35)                                  Bombed in cloud.

3 Mar 45         Kamen (6.08)                                    Good results obtained.

5 Mar 45         Chemnitz (8.27)                                 Fires in target area.

7 Mar 45         Hemmingstedt (5.53)                        Successful attack.

11 Mar 45      Essen (5.16)                                      Bombed as ordered.

12 Mar 45      Dortmund (5.43)                                Good bombing.

13 Mar 45      Wuppertal (5.26)                               Many fires in target area.

14 Mar 45      Homburg (6.05)                                 Duty carried out.

15 Mar 45      Hagen (6.11)                                     Good attack.

18 Mar 45      Witten (6.32)                                      Bombed target

20 Mar 45      Recklinghausen (5.11)                     Severe flak damage to aircraft; bombed as ordered.

 

Pilot Officer Hayden has completed a tour of 34 operations as a wireless operator in Halifax II aircraft with No.158 Squadron.  All of these sorties have been against the most heavily defended targets in Germany.

 

A technician of great skill, he has performed work of the highest order and his coolness and accuracy have frequently been vital factors in the successful completion of sorties and the safe return of his crew.

 

During the daylight attack on Recklinghausen on 20th March, 1945, when his aircraft was severely damaged by flak, he remained calm and efficient and his example inspired his colleagues.

 

In addition to efficiency and courage, Pilot Officer Hayden has shown an irrepressible sense of humour which has been a first-class morale builder amongst all the men with whom he has worked.  Even under heavy fire his humour has expressed itself.

 

It is recommended that this officer's excellent record of courage and conduct throughout his tour be recognized by the award of the Distinguished Flying Cross.

 

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HAYES, WO Jack Hewitson (R140172) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.254 Squadron - Award effective 9 June 1944 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 1660/44 dated 4 August 1944.  Born Barrow-in-Furnham, 1921.  Home in Banff, Alberta.  Enlisted Calgary, 13 November 1941.  Trained at No.4 ITS (graduated 19 June 1942), No.5 EFTS (graduated 11 September 1942) and No.15 SFTS (graduated 30 December 1942).

 

Warrant Officer Hayes has completed numerous sorties and has displayed a high standard of efficiency throughout.  His fine fighting spirit was well illustrated on a recent occasion when single handed he engaged a force of six enemy aircraft, one of which he shot down.  He has set an inspiring example.

 

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HAYES, Sergeant Joseph Anthony (R76161) - Air Force Medal - RCAF Station Mountain View - Awarded 11 August 1945 as per London Gazette dated 14 August 1945 and AFRO 1453/53 dated 14 September 1945.  Home in St.John's Newfoundland.  Enlisted at Halifax, 30 October 1940.  Reported as having flown 1,044 hours to date of award.

 

This non-commissioned officer has proved himself to be a capable and reliable drogue operator for more than four years.  Flying many hours during the peak of flying training he has consistently displayed great efficiency in his work.  His excellent example, boundless enthusiasm, and exemplary conduct have won him the respect of all his operators.  The high sense of duty he has at all times shown is most commendable.

 

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HAYLETTE, W/C Arthur Donald (C2986) - Air Force Cross - No.2 SFTS - Award effective 14 November 1944 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 2684/44 dated 15 December 1944 - Born in Norfolk, UK, educated there and University of Western Ontario.  Owned his own air business, 1937-1938.  Enlisted at Camp Borden, November 1939.  As of date of award had flown 2,660:55 hours - 2,427:25 instructional hours, 152:25 hours in past six months. Remained in RCAF Auxiliary after the war.  Awarded Queen's Coronation Medal, 23 October 1953, with No.420 Squadron.

 

This officer, now a chief instructor, has served for more than four years in various capacities in flying instruction work.  At all times the performance of his duties has been outstanding.  His devotion to duty and his ability, both as a pilot and instructor, have been an inspiration to all who have served under him.

 

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HAYLEY, F/O Derek (J28768) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.61 Squadron - Award effective 15 March 1945 as per London Gazette dated 27 March 1945 and AFRO 1085/45 dated 29 June 1945.  Born in Southport, England, 1920; home in Lyon Park, Orlington, Virginia (life guard).  Enlisted Windsor, 6 August 1942.  Trained at No.5 ITS (graduated 24 March 1943) and No.1 AOS (graduated 23 July 1943).  Commissioned 1943.

 

Flying Officer Hayley has participated in numerous attacks against important and well defended targets in Germany.  On several occasions he has acted as leading navigator with great success.  On one occasion, in November 1944, his aircraft was severely damaged in an encounter with an enemy fighter while en route to the target and suffered further damage by anti-aircraft fire when leaving the target area.  This officer's fine navigational ability played a large part in the safe return of the aircraft.  At all times he has displayed a fine fighting spirit and cheerful and courageous devotion to duty.

 

NOTE: Public Records Office Air 2/9050 has recommendation dated 14 December 1944 giving sortie list (31 trips, 30 successful, 169 hours five minutes on operations) with a more detailed text than that which was published:

 

18 July 44       Caen                                       31 Aug 44      Rollencourt

19 July 44       Thivernay                                5 Sept 44       Brest harbour

20 July 44       Courtrai                                  23 Sept 44     Dortmund-Ems Canal

23 July 44       Kiel                                         26 Sept 44     Karlsruhe

24 July 44       Donges                                  27 Sept 44     Kaiserlauten

26 July 44       Givors                                     5 Oct 44         Wilhelmshaven (recalled)

28 July 44       Stuttgart                                  6 Oct 44         Wilhelmshaven

1 Aug 44        Mont Condon                         7 Oct 44         Flushing

2 Aug 44        Bois de Cassan                    11 Oct 44       Flushing

14 Aug 44      Brest                                       19 Oct 44       Nuremburg

15 Aug 44      Gilzeriven                               23 Oct 44       Flushing

16 Aug 44      Stettin                                     6 Nov 44         Gravenhorst

18 Aug 44      Cassan                                   11 Nov 44      Harburg

19 Aug 44      La Pallice                               21 Nov 44      Ladbergen

25 Aug 44      Darmstadt                              22 Nov 44      Trondheim

26 Aug 44      Konigsburg

 

Flying Officer Hayley in completing his first tour of 30 operational sorties has flown 169 hours during which he has carried out attacks on German targets such as Kiel, Stuttgart, Stettin, Konigsburg, Wilhelmshaven and Nuremburg. He has also taken part in a considerable number of attacks on enemy strong points and communications during the Battle of France and the Low Countries.

 

On several occasions he has been selected as lead navigator with outstanding success. His navigation, throughout his tour, has been particularly accurate and undoubtedly has contributed greatly to the many successful attacks in which he has taken part.

 

On the night of 11/12th November 1944, his aircraft was severely damaged by a fighter immediately before the run in to bomb Harburg.   The target, however, was successfully attacked. After bombing, the aircraft was hit by flak, causing further damage, but Flying Officer Hayley skilfully navigated the aircraft back to base, a difficult task as rudder damage made accurate course steering impossible.

 

Flying Officer Hayley has at all times shown outstanding determination and aggressiveness against the enemy, and the unfailing accuracy of his work has been an example to his comrades.

 

He is a United States citizen who voluntarily joined the Royal Canadian Air Force prior to the entry of the United Sates into the war.  For his cheerful and courageous devotion to duty, and the fine example he has set for his comrades to follow, Flying Officer Hayley is recommended for the award of the Distinguished Flying Cross.

 

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HAYS, P/O Raymond Morris (J88928) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.544 Squadron (deceased) - Award effective 24 April 1945 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 918/45 dated 1 June 1945.  American in the RCAF.  Born 1913 in Ashland, Oregon; home in Long Beach, California.  Trained at No.6 ITS, No.20 EFTS and No.16 SFTS.  Commissioned July 1944.  Killed in action 30 March 1945 (Mosquito MM386); buried in United Kingdom.

 

This officer was the pilot of an aircraft detailed for a reconnaissance covering the Leipzig area in March 1945.  Whilst over the target, two enemy fighters attempted to close in.  Pilot Officer Hays took violent evading action.  Much height was lost.  At this stage another enemy aircraft joined the fight.  Pilot Officer Hays manoeuvred with great skill and although his aircraft was hit he succeeded in evading the attackers.  The starboard engine had been badly damaged but course was set for home.  Later on the return flight the aircraft was attacked by another fighter.  Pilot Officer Hays manoeuvred with superb skill.  Although the aircraft sustained further damage and the navigator was wounded, this pilot succeeded in evading the fighter.  He afterwards flew to a landing ground in Allied territory.  This officer, who has completed many sorties, has consistently shown courage and resolution.

 

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HAYS, F/L William McBride (J22985) - Commended for Valuable Services - No.19 EFTS - Award effective 14 November 1944 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 2684/44 dated 15 December 1944.  Home in Amisk, Alberta.  Enlisted Edmonton, 5 May 1941.  Trained at No.4 ITS (graduated 29 August 1941), No.5 EFTS (graduated 25 October 1941) and No.10 SFTS (graduated 13 February 1942).

 

This officer, for a period of two years, has shown consistent devotion to duty.  His marked ability as an instructor and organizer has been an excellent example to all ranks.

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HAYTON, Corporal Arthur Sterling (R51006) - British Empire Medal - No.4 SFTS - Award effective 11 June 1942 as per Canada Gazette of that date and AFRO 1000-1001/42 dated 3 July 1942.  Home in Saskatoon; enlisted there.

 

By prompt action on the part of R51006 Corporal Hayton, A.S., in bringing fire extinguisher to play upon the blaze at a very close range, with utter disregard for his personal safety, Service crews were able to rock the aircraft off the jacks and get it outside the hangar.  He thus prevented total destruction by fire of the hangar and eighteen aircraft.  Due to his act of bravery, Corporal Hayton suffered second degree burns.  The above outstanding act took place at No.4 Service Flying Training School, Saskatoon, on 18 June 1941.

 

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HAYWARD, WO Frederick Robert (R105406) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.35 Squadron - Award effective 19 June 1944 as per London Gazette dated 30 June 1944 and AFRO 1861/44 dated 25 August 1944.  Born at Elmsdale, Ontario, 1921; home there (farmer).  Enlisted Toronto, 30 May 1941.  Trained at No.9 BGS (graduated 9 October 1942).  No citation other than "completed...many successful operations against the enemy in which [he has] displayed high skill, fortitude and devotion to duty."  Public Records Office Air 2/9050 has recommendation dated 10 April 1944 when he had flown 36 1/3 sorties (187 operational hours):

 

23 May 43              Dortmund                    

24 May 43              Dusseldorf                    3 Oct 43           Kassel

12 June 43             Bochum                        8 Oct 43           Bremen

19 June 43             Le Creusot                   11 Nov 43        Cannes

21 June 43             Krefeld                          23 Nov 43        Berlin

27 July 43               Hamburg                      25 Nov 43        Frankfurt

29 July 43               Hamburg                      3 Dec 43         Leipzig

2 Aug 43                 Hamburg                      20 Dec 43       Frankfurt

10 Aug 43               Nuremburg                   23 Dec 43       Berlin

12 Aug 43               Turin                              5 Jan 44          Stettin

16 Aug 43               Turin                              21 Jan 44        Magdeburg

23 Aug 43               Berlin                            15 Feb 44       Berlin

27 Aug 43               Nuremburg                   20 Feb 44       Stuttgart

30 Aug 43               Munchen Gladbach     24 Feb 44       Schweinfurt

31 Aug 43               Berlin                            25 Feb 44       Augsburg

22 Sept 43             Hanover                        1 Mar 44          Stuttgart

23 Sept 43             Mannheim                    18 Mar 44        Frankfurt

27 Sept 43             Hanover                        24 Mar 44        Berlin

29 Sept 43             Bochum                        18 Apr 44        Rouen

 

Warrant Officer Hayward is a most capable and efficient Air Gunner who has shown great tenacity and determination when flying on operations.  Many of the numerous bombing attacks he has taken part in have been against heavily defended targets and his crew have been engaged in a most vital role.  His enthusiasm to engaged the enemy and his coolness in face of strong opposition have been a great encouragement to his crew.  In recognition of his devotion to duty throughout many sorties, Warrant Officer Hayward is recommended for a non-immediate award of the Distinguished Flying Cross.

 

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HAYWARD, F/L Robert Kitchener (J12324) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.411 Squadron - Award effective 5 September 1944 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 2373/44 dated 3 November 1944.  Born in St.John's Newfoundland, 12 November 1915; home there.  Enlisted Halifax, 3 June 1940.  Trained at No.1 ITS (graduated 20 July 1940), No.3 EFTS (graduated 15 September 1940) and No.1 SFTS (graduated 21 November 1940).  Commissioned 1942.  Joined No.401 Squadron March 1943; to No.411 Squadron, May 1944 and appointed Commanding Officer on 5 August 1944. Chris Shores, Aces High (2nd edition) lists his victories with serials of Spitfires flown: 19 July 1943, one FW.190 probably destroyed (BM362, shared with three others); 19 February 1944, one Me.210 destroyed (MJ123); 15 March 1944, one FW.190 destroyed, one FW.190 damaged, one Me.410 damaged (shared with F/O D.D. Asheligh, all on MJ123); 24 April 1944, one Bf.110 destroyed (shared with Ashleigh, MJ282); 28 June 1944, two FW.190s destroyed plus one FW.190 damaged (NH344); 1 July 1944, one Bf.109 damaged (NH344); 4 July 1944, one FW.190 destroyed plus one FW.190 and one Bf.109 damaged (NH344). Photo PL-28539 shows portrait by Robert Hyndman.

 

This officer has participated in a large number of varied sorties.  He has displayed a high degree of skill and courage and his example has been most inspiring.  He is a bold and resolute fighter and has shot down four enemy aircraft.

 

HAYWARD, S/L Robert Kitchener, DFC (J12324) - Distinguished Service Order - No.411 Squadron - Award effective 31 October 1944 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 1/45 dated 5 January 1945.

 

Squadron Leader Hayward is a very skilful and courageous fighter.  During a period of intensive air operations since the landing in Northern France, he has led his squadron on a very large number of sorties during which several hundred German mechanical vehicles have been most effectively attacked.  In air fighting Squadron Leader Hayward has destroyed five enemy aircraft.  His skilful leadership and iron determination have proved most inspiring.

 

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HAYWOOD, Sergeant (now F/O) John Lewis (R101799/J18498) - 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 Port Arthur, Ontario; enlisted there.  Trained at No.3 WS (graduated 29 September 1941) and No.5 BGS (graduated 16 February 1942).  No citation in AFRO.

 

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HAZLETT, F/O Clifford Carlyle (J28382) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.422 Squadron - Award effective 29 March 1945 as per London Gazette dated 10 April 1945 and AFRO 802/45 dated 11 May 1945.  Born 1921, Little Woody, Saskatchewan; home in Chilliwack, British Columbia (logger).  Enlisted Vancouver, 28 December 1940.  Trained at No.2 WS (graduated 31 March 1941) and No.3 BGS (graduated 13 September 1941).  Commissioned 1943.  DHist file 181.009 D.5578 (RG.24 Vol.20669) has recommendation dated 28 December 1944.  This is a bit more detailed, stating that he had flown over 1,500 operational hours, participating in five sightings and/or attacks on U-boats.  In second incident cited the U-boat had opened fire from three miles, but Hazlett held his fire, then annihilated enemy gun crew with 150 rounds.

 

This officer has completed two tours of operational duty, during which he has participated in five attacks on enemy U-boats.  On one occasion in 1943 he successfully navigated his aircraft through cloud to within one mile of a fully surfaced U-boat, thus providing complete surprise for the attack.  On another occasion Flying Officer Hazlett manned the front gun during an attack in clear weather on a fully surfaced U-boat.  Despite intense anti-aircraft fire this officer withheld his fire until within 400 yards range and then silenced the enemy's gun crew.  At all times this officer has displayed courage, determination and great devotion to duty.

 

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