HEA, F/O Riley Winston Knight (J86040) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.218 Squadron - Award effective 1 December 1944 as per London Gazette dated 8 December 1944 and AFRO 337/45 dated 23 February 1945.  Born 1922 in Regina; home in Grand Coulee, Saskatchewan (bank teller).  Enlisted Regina, 29 October 1941.  Trained at No.4 ITS (graduated 30 May 1942) and No.3 BGS (graduated 31 July 1942).  Commissioned 1944.  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 2/8881 has recommendation dated 18 September 1944 when he had flown 37 sorties (165 hours 45 minutes), 3 October 1943 to 12 September 1944.

 

                                         S/D = "Special Duties"; target not identified

 

3 Oct 43         GARDENING, Frisians (2.55)  7 Mar 44         S/D (4.55)

4 Oct 43         GARDENING, La                       10 Mar 44      S/D (7.20)

Rochelle (5.45)                           19 Apr 44       Lille (3.30)

7 Oct 43         GARDENING, Baltic (7.05)      20 Apr 44       Chambly (4.10)

8 Oct 43         Bremen (4.20)                            22 Apr 44       Laon (4.15)

18 Nov 43      Mannheim (3.10)                        23 Apr 44       Vilvorde (3.15)

19 Nov 43      Leverkusen (4.15)                      26 Apr 44       Chambly (4.05)

16 Dec 43      GARDENING, Bay of                1 May 44        Chambly (3.40)

Biscay (7.10)                              5 June 44       S/D (3.15)

14 Jan 44       S/D (3.30)                                   12 Jun 44       GARDENING, Le Havre (3.15)

21 Jan 44       S/D (3.15)                                   24 Jun 44       S/D (2.25)

25 Jan 44       S/D (3.20)                                   4 July 44         GARDENING, Brest (4.25)

27 Jan 44       GARDENING, Heligoland (3.50)                      27 Jul 44    Pas de Calais (3.35)

28 Jan 44       GARDENING, Kiel (3.50)         28 Jul 44        Fromental (2.25)

10 Feb 44      La Pallice (5.40)                        9 Aug 44        Fort d'Englos (1.55)

15 Feb 44      GARDENING, Kiel                     12 Aug 44      Falaise (2.45)

Bay (5.00)                                   16 Aug 44      Stettin (7.45)

24 Feb 44      GARDENING, Kiel                     26 Aug 44      Vincly (3.20)

Bay (6.50)                                   11 Sep 44      Kamen (3.45)

4 Mar 44         S/D (7.45)                                   12 Sep 44      Frankfurt (6.20)

5 Mar 44         S/D (7.25)

 

Pilot Officer Hea has completed 37 operational sorties.  On three occasions during his tour Pilot Officer Hea has been attacked by enemy fighters and by his skill and coolness in directing his captain's combat manoeuvres has saved his aircraft from damage and possible destruction.

 

His courage and determination has at all times been an inspiration to his crew, and a fine example to the other gunners of the squadron.

 

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HEAD, F/O James Thomas (J14508) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.427 Squadron - Award effective 2 October 1944 as per London Gazette dated 13 October 1944 and AFRO 2637/44 dated 8 December 1944.  Born at Glace Bay, Nova Scotia, 1915.  Home there.  Enlisted Halifax, 3 November 1941.  Trained at No.6 ITS (graduated 8 May 1942) and No.1 AOS (graduated 25 September 1942).  Commissioned 1942.  No citation in AFRO other than "completed...numerous operations against the enemy in the course of which [he has] invariably displayed the utmost fortitude, courage and devotion to duty".  DHist file 181.009 D.1729 (PAC RG.24 Vol.20607) has recommendation forwarded from squadron approximately 20 July 1944 when he had flown 30 sorties (204 hours), 15 September 1943 to 17 June 1944.

 

This navigator has completed thirty operational sorties against the enemy of which twenty-one have been on major targets.  His work generally has been of the highest calibre and his co-operation, coolness and devotion to duty has gained him the confidence of the squadron and inspired his crew.

 

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HEAKES, A/V/M Francis Vernon (C56) - Mention in Despatches - No.1 Group Headquarters - Award effective 11 December 1943 as per London Gazette dated 14 December 1943 and AFRO 568/44 dated 17 March 1944. Born in Toronto, 27 January 1894; educated there including University of Toronto.  Joined 201st Battalion, CEF, May 1916, transferred to 198th Battalion and went overseas in March 1917.  Transferred to RFC, September 1917, and trained as a pilot.  Returned to Canada in 1919, joined officers' reserve, and in May 1923 was commissioned a Photo Officer in CAF.  Original member of the permanent RCAF, 1 April 1924. Adjutant at Camp Borden, July 1925 to October 1926; Staff Officer, Personnel, AFHQ from October 1926 to March 1934, and then to staff duties at Trenton.  Air Staff Officer, Military District No.10 (Winnipeg), June 1935 to April 1937.  Returned to AFHQ as Staff Officer, Service Training.  Late in 1937 was transferred to UK as Liaison Officer to Air Ministry.  In January 1940 he was designated Officer Commanding RCAF Forces Overseas. Back to AFHQ, Ottawa, August 1940 until December 1942, when he went to No.1 Group HQ, St.John's, Newfoundland.  Appointed AOC Western Air Command, May 1944.  Retired in August 1946.  Queen's Coronation Medal, 23 October 1953. Died in Vancouver, 13 May 1989, aged 95. No citation.

 

HEAKES, A/V/M Francis Vernon (C56) - Commander, Order of the Bath - No.1 Group Headquarters - Award effective 1 January 1944 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 113/44 dated 21 January 1944.  Recommended 13 August 1946.

 

This officer has done outstanding work in connection with anti-submarine operations in the Northwest Atlantic.  The wealth of knowledge and extensive experience displayed by Air Vice-Marshal Heakes have marked him as having exceptional ability.  As the Air Officer Commanding of this Group he has rendered outstanding devotion to duty and most meritorious service in fostering goodwill and co-operation with the forces of the United States of America.

 

NOTE:  First recommended for an award (OBE) on 17 November 1942 by Air Member Air Services, "For outstanding devotion to duty and ability as Director of Plans at RCAF Headquarters and Air Force Member of the Joint Canadian-US Defence Board".   F/L C.T. Mee subsequently noted it had not reached the Priority List for New Year honours, and a pencilled note said "Not enough info".  He was again recommended, this time for the CBE, by A/V/M N.R. Anderson, 1 March 1943.  The recommendation was annotated, "did not reach priority list in the birthday honours list, 1943 - meeting No.3/43".  On this occasion the citation read:

 

As Director of Plans at RCAF Headquarters and as the Air Force Member of the Joint Canadian-American Permanent Joint Board on Defence, this officer has displayed marked ability and outstanding devotion to duty.  Possessed of exceptional zeal and intelligence, he has rendered invaluable service.  His ready grasp of the essentials of the many problems raised by the initiation and development of joint projects, and the energy, conscientiousness and tact with which he has discharged his onerous duties, are most praiseworthy and eminently deserve appropriate recognition.

 

HEAKES, A/V/M Francis Vernon, CB (C56) - Commander, Legion of Merit (United States) - Western Air Command Headquarters - Award effective 30 November 1946 as per AFRO 107/47 dated 28 February 1947.  Captain Glenn Howell, USN, Naval Attache in Ottawa, wrote on 1 May 1946 to Air Marshal Leckie with the citation:

 

For exceptionally meritorious conduct in the performance of outstanding service from 13 September 1941 to 30 September 1942 as Commander of the Royal Canadian Air Force units based in Newfoundland.  He directed the employment of his forces in co-operation with the naval, air and surface forces under the command of Commander Task Force Twenty-Four.  At all times he vigorously and efficiently executed the orders and directives of Commander Task Force Twenty-Four and displayed a thorough knowledge of the manifold problems involved.

 

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HEALE, FS Arthur James (R80139) - 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 Gunton, Manitoba.  Enlisted Winnipeg, 31 October 1940.  No citation in AFRO.

 

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HEALEY, F/O Thomas (J22838) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.428 Squadron - Award effective 1 December 1944 as per London Gazette dated 8 December 1944 and AFRO 337/45 dated 23 February 1945. Born 1913, St.James, Manitoba.  Formerly in Royal Canadian Army Service Corps. Enlisted Winnipeg, 7 January 1942.  Trained at No.7 ITS (graduated 3 July 1942), No.2 AOS (graduated 26 August 1942) and No.7 BGS (graduated 22 January 1943).  Commissioned 1943.  No citation other than "..in recognition of gallantry and devotion to duty in the execution of air operations against the enemy."  DHist file 181.009 D.3260 (RG.24 Vol.20637) has recommendation dated 12 September 1944 when he had flown 34 sorties (190 hours 25 minutes), 2 October 1943 to 27 August 1944.

 

Flying Officer Healey has flown thirty-four sorties with the squadron on targets such as Bremen, Hamburg, Hanover, Mannheim and many French targets.  In the air he has proved himself an extremely capable Bomb Aimer with intrepid coolness, determination and resourcefulness.  As a spare he has flown with many crews and has displayed an ability to fit in with any team and give excellent results.  On the ground his co-operative spirit and desire to serve have been demonstrated by his capable and efficient instruction of Radar Navigation in which he has been of incalculable value to the squadron and has contributed to a major degree to its efficiency.

 

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HEALY, F/O Wilbert Arley (J21121) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.49 Squadron - Award effective 2 March 1944 as per London Gazette dated 14 March 1944 and AFRO 766/44 dated 6 April 1944.  Born at Parry Sound, Ontario, 1913; home there.  Enlisted Toronto, 11 November 1941.  Trained at No.5 ITS (graduated 9 May 1942), No.13 EFTS (graduated 31 July 1942) and No.2 SFTS (graduated 20 November 1942).

 

This officer has completed many sorties including attacks on the capital of the German Reich.  On the last of these the bomber was attacked by a fighter and sustained much damage.  A large portion of one of the wings was shot away but despite this Flying Officer Healy flew back to base.  He is a most determined captain whose fine fighting qualities and exceptional skill have set a fine example.

 

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HEANEY, F/O Henry Charles (J23343) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.514 Squadron - Award effective 1 September 1944 as per London Gazette dated 15 September 1944 and AFRO 2373/44 dated 3 November 1944.  Born 1917, Wallasey, Cheshire, England; home in Mattopan, Massachusetts.  Enlisted Montreal, 21 April 1942.  Trained at No.3 ITS (graduated 25 September 1942) and No.8 AOS (graduated 22 January 1943).  Commissioned 1943.  No citation other than "completed...many successful operations during which [he has] displayed high skill, fortitude and devotion to duty."  Public Records Office Air 2/9276 has recommendation dated 5 June 1944 when he had flown 23 sorties (121 hours):

 

27 Sep 43      Hanover (4.30)                              11 Apr 44       Laon (4.25)

2 Oct 43         GARDENING, Kattegat (7.10)    18 Apr 44       Rouen (3.35)

3 Oct 43         Kassel (5.30)                                20 Apr 44       Cologne (4.00)

23 Oct 43       Berlin (7.05)                                  22 Apr 44       Dusseldorf (3.55)

20 Jan 44       Berlin (7.05)                                  24 Apr 44       Karlsruhe (5.40)

21 Jan 44       Magdeburg (7.15)                        26 Apr 44       Essen (4.00)

27 Jan 44       Berlin (7.50)                                  19 May 44      Le Mans (4.25)

30 Jan 44       Berlin (6.05)                                  21 May 44      Duisburg (4.15)

7 Mar 44         Le Mans (4.20)                             24 May 44      Boulogne (2.0)

15 Mar 44      Stuttgart (7.10)                              28 May 44      Angers (6.50)

18 Mar 44      Frankfurt (4.45)                             8 Sept 44       Boulogne (2.20)

24 Mar 44      Berlin (6.50)

 

Flying Officer Heaney has taken part in twenty-three operational sorties an navigator.  Five of these sorties being attacks on the German capital and many of the others attacks on heavily defended targets in Germany such as Essen, Cologne, Duisburg, Hanover, and Stuttgart.

 

He has at all times proved himself to be most keen and efficient in his work, and has never failed to navigate his aircraft to the target.  When his aircraft has been subjected to attacks by fighters and hits by anti-aircraft fire he has remained calm and the accuracy of his not suffered.

 

In view of Flying Officer Heaney's good record as an operational navigator he is recommended for the award of the Distinguished Flying Cross.

 

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HEARST, F/L John (J8606) - Mention in Despatches - No.161 Squadron (Canada) - Award effective 8 June 1944 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 1380/44 dated 30 June 1944. Born in Toronto; educated there. Enlisted in Toronto, November 1940.  Trained at No.1 ITS, No.5 AOS and No.3 BGS.  As of award had flown 1,118:55 hours, 722 of them operational (104 sorties).

 

This navigation officer has completed many hours in operational flying in the past two and one half years.  His outstanding leadership, ability and devotion to duty have been largely responsible for the high standard of proficiency of many observers.

 

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HEASLIP, F/O Robert Thomas (J9119) - Air Force Cross - No.166 Squadron (Canada) - Award effective 6 January 1945 as per London Gazette dated 13 March 1945 and AFRO 132/45 dated 26 January 1945 - Born at Uxbridge, Ontario.  Enlisted in Toronto, 21 February 1941 - Trained at No.3 ITS (graduated 27 July 1941), No.17 EFTS (graduated 13 September 1941) and No.8 SFTS (graduated 5 December 1941). Had flown 1,775 hours to date.  Throughout the war he served with communications squadrons on the west coast.  In 1946 joined a detachment of No.435 Squadron in Winnipeg; later served with No.112 (Transport) Flight, Winnipeg and Rivers.  August 1947 was one of first RCAF pilots trained to fly helicopters.  Served as recruiting officer in Winnipeg, Fort William and Hamilton.  In 1954 took command of No.108 Communications Flight, Bagotville; it moved to Rockcliffe in 1956.  Awarded McKee Trophy, April 1957 for contributions to helicopter airlift operations during construction of Mid-Canada Line.  These operations began in February 1956, employing six H34, six H21 and up to ten H19 machines.  The unit flew 9,000 helicopter hours in 1956, lifting over 10,000 tons of construction and electronic equipment and nearly 14,000 personnel, all without loss of life.  Operations were unprecedented in Canada, conducted in hazardous conditions over rugged terrain.  He gave energetic direction, personally flew extensively, and with experience developed unique airlift techniques for various loads including bulky antennae assemblies, diesel engines, steel towers, etc.  He personally worked out helicopter cold weather techniques allowing smooth operations in the field.

This officer has at all times shown outstanding devotion to duty and has proven himself to be most efficient in all that he undertakes.  During his service as a communications pilot he has successfully completed many difficult flights under adverse weather conditions.  His reliability and standard of operational efficiency on transport duties have been exemplary at all times.

 

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HEATON, WO (now P/O) John (R165207/J86859) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.427 Squadron - Award effective 5 August 1944 as per London Gazette dated 18 August 1944 and AFRO 2101/44 dated 29 September 1944.  Born 19924 in Toronto; home in Weston.  Enlisted Toronto, 30 April 1942.  Trained at No.5 ITS (graduated 24 October 1942), No.4 BGS (graduated 23 December 1942) and No.5 AOS (graduated 12 February 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.1729 (PAC RG.24 Vol.20607) has recommendation dated 21 May 1944 when he had flown 25 sorties (161 hours 25 minutes).

 

This Bomb Aimer's tour of operations has been marked by his dogged determination to destroy his objective.  His skill and outstanding persistence as a member of the bombing team has been proven on all his sorties and has on every occasion accurately placed his bombs.  He sets his mind on the task in hand, fearlessly and with a fine offensive spirit, setting a magnificent example to the squadron.

 

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HEATON, P/O Peter (J16801) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.158 Squadron - Award effective 6 August 1943 as per London Gazette dated 17 August 1943 and AFRO 2005/43 dated 1 October 1943.  Born 1917 at Preston, England.  Home in Vancouver (salesman).  Formerly in Royal Canadian Artillery.  Enlisted Vancouver, 21 February 1942.  Trained at No.2 ITS (graduated 1 July 1942), No.8 BGS (graduated 14 March 1942, No.2 AOS (graduated 2 January 1942) and No.1 CNS.  Commissioned June 1943.  In postwar RCAF; died of natural causes, 9 February 1952.

 

This officer has attacked the majority of the enemy's most heavily defended targets.  Invariably he has displayed a cool courage which has enabled him, on various occasions, to execute his tasks under the most difficult conditions with the greatest efficiency and accuracy.  As a navigator, Pilot Officer Heaton's work has been of the highest standard and a material factor in the successes achieved by his crew.

 

HEATON, F/L Peter, DFC (J16801) - Bar to Distinguished Flying Cross - No.640 Squadron - Award effective 5 April 1945 as per London Gazette dated 13 April 1945 and AFRO 824/45 dated 18 May 1945.

 

Since the award of the Distinguished Flying Cross this officer has completed a second tour of operations.  He has participated in many further sorties which have included attacks against such heavily defended targets as Magdeburg, Essen, Duisburg and Brunswick.  During a daylight attack against Munster in September 1944, his aircraft was damaged by anti-aircraft fire.  One  engine was rendered unserviceable and the navigation instruments were damaged.  Undeterred, Flight Lieutenant Heaton calmly guided his aircraft to the target which was successfully bombed and safely navigated it through the enemy defences back to base.  Both in the air and on the ground Flight Lieutenant Heaton has always shown outstanding skill, enthusiasm and devotion to duty which have won the admiration of the whole squadron.

 

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HEAVEN, F/O Charles Edward Glyde (J89186) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.431 Squadron - Award effective 8 September 1945 as per London Gazette dated 25 September 1945 and AFRO 1768/45 dated 23 November 1945.  Born in Ottawa, 1917; home in Lethbridge (or Orillia ?); purchasing agent.  Formerly in Royal Canadian Artillery.  Enlisted Toronto, 16 July 1941.  Trained at No.5 ITS (graduated 8 November 1941), No.9 EFTS (graduated 3 January 1942) and No.6 SFTS (graduated 8 May 1942).  Commissioned August 1944.

 

This officer has proved himself to be a courageous and efficient pilot.  In March 1945 he was detailed to attack Hamburg.  During the bombing run his aircraft was attacked by five Messerschmitt 262s.  His splendid airmanship and co-operation with his gunner resulted in the destruction of one of the enemy aircraft and the probable destruction of another.  Flying Officer Heaven has at all times displayed a fine fighting spirit and a high sense of devotion to duty.

 

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HEAVEN, F/L Ernest Arthur (J23082) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.408 Squadron - Award effective 12 November 1945 as per London Gazette dated 16 November 1945 and AFRO 133/46 dated 8 February 1946.  Born at Grand Forks, British Columbia; home there (miner).  Enlisted Vancouver, 11 February 1942.  Trained at No.2 ITS (graduated 4 June 1941), No.15 EFTS (graduated 27 July 1941) and No.11 SFTS (graduated 7 October 1941).  No citation other than "completed...numerous operations against the enemy in the course of which [he has] invariably displayed the utmost fortitude, courage and devotion to duty."  DHist file 181.009 D.2618 (RG.24 Vol.20627) has recommendation dated 22 May 1945 when he had flown 30 sorties (195 hours 45 minutes) between 26 November 1944 and 23 April 1945.

 

Flight Lieutenant Heaven has completed a tour of operations as pilot and captain of aircraft on four-engined bombers.  Throughout his tour this pilot has shown admirable squadron spirit and a keenness for operations.  Many of his sorties were against the most heavily defended German targets, including such names as Cologne, Stuttgart, Essen, Chemnitz, and Hamburg.  During an operation on Soest, he was attacked by an enemy fighter but successful evasive action was taken.  On another raid on Cologne, his aircraft suffered extensive flak damage.  Notwithstanding any of the difficulties which he encountered, Flight Lieutenant Heaven's operational enthusiasm never diminished.  This officer also performed excellent work as Deputy Flight Commander and he was a real asset to this unit.

 

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HEBERT, F/O Charles Edouard Roger Yvan (J36298) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.432 Squadron - Award effective 8 September 1945 as per London Gazette dated 25 September 1945 and AFRO 1768/45 dated 23 November 1945.  Born in 1914, Maisieville, Quebec; home in Montreal (book keeper).  Enlisted Montreal, 7 August 1942).  Trained at No.5 ITS (graduated 15 May 1943) and No.9 AOS (graduated 15 October 1943).  Commissioned October 1943.  No citation other than "completed...numerous operations against the enemy in the course of which [he has] invariably displayed the utmost fortitude, courage and devotion to duty."  DHist file 181.009 D.2618 (RG.24 Vol.20627) has recommendation dated 7 April 1945 when he had flown 32 sorties (200 hours 30 minutes), 29 August 1944 to 31 March 1945.

 

The above mentioned officer has to his credit thirty-two operational sorties over occupied territory.  Included among his targets are Emden, Bergen, Stuttgart, Merseburg and Zeitz.  On his last sortie Flying Officer Hebert flew with the gaggle leader and displayed outstanding navigational ability.

 

During a very long tour this officer has at all times set a sterling example of cheerful confidence and devotion to duty.  The conscientious manner in which he completed every task both on the ground and in the air has been an inspiration to all navigators in the squadron.

 

For his outstanding ability and example of zeal and co-operation, Flying Officer Hebert is strongly recommended for the award of the Distinguished Flying Cross (Non-Immediate).

 

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HEBERT, F/O Jean (J16485) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.404 Squadron - Award effective 31 December 1944 as per London Gazette dated 9 January 1945 and AFRO 471/45 dated 16 March 1945.  Born 1919, Lanton, Gironde, France.  Formerly in Royal Canadian Artillery.  Enlisted Montreal, 1 March 1941.  Trained at No.3 ITS (graduated 15 July 1941), No.9 AOS (graduated 16 January 1942) and No.6 BGS (graduated 11 April 1942).  Commissioned 1942.  Later at No.132 OTU.

 

Flying Officer Hebert has participated in many operational missions including important reconnaissance flights over the Norwegian, Dutch and French coasts and eight successful attacks against enemy shipping.  On several occasions his aircraft has been severely damaged by anti-aircraft fire.  Undeterred he has coolly and efficiently directed his pilot and materially assisted him in flying his aircraft safely back to base.  Flying Officer Herbert has proved himself a keen and skilful navigator.  His consistent courage and devotion to duty have been worthy of high commendation.

 

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HEBERT, S/L Rosario Jean Claude (C1469) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.425 Squadron - Award effective 11 April 1944 as per London Gazette dated 21 April 1944 and AFRO 1075/44 dated 19 May 1944.  Born 1914, Magog, Quebec; home there.  Enlisted Trois Rivieres,, Quebec, 2 January 1940.  Trained at No.1 SFTS (graduated 13 July 1940).  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 15 December 1943 at which time he had flown 39 sorties (222 hours 25 minutes):

 

This officer has now completed thirty-nine night sorties on a variety of targets.  He has carried out these attacks with consistent skill and courage.  Squadron Leader Hebert has set an example of skilful pilotage, cool judgement and determination.  This, along with his cheerful confidence, has inspired a high standard of morale in his crew.

 

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HECHTER, F/O Joseph (J88849) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.415 Squadron - Award effective 5 July 1945 as per London Gazette dated 20 July 1945 and AFRO 1619/45 dated 19 October 1945.  Born 1921, Winnipeg; home there (shipper).  Enlisted Winnipeg, 10 July 1941.  Trained at No.4 ITS (graduated 5 December 1941), No.6 EFTS (graduated 13 February 1942) and No.4 SFTS (graduated 19 June 1942).  Commissioned August 1944.

 

This officer has completed many operational sorties over enemy territory.  In March 1945 he completed a mission despite the fact that the undercarriage of his aircraft had jammed and could not be retracted.  On another sortie the oxygen system failed and Flying Officer Hechter completed his allotted tasks by the expert use of emergency supplies.  He has always displayed outstanding tenacity and courage.

 

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HECTOR, FS Robert Christie (R58922) - Mention in Despatches - No.6418 Servicing Echelon - Award effective 1 January 1945 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 379/45 dated 2 March 1945. Home in Winnipeg; enlisted there 17 May 1940.

 

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HEDGES, W/C Geoffrey Paget, MC, ED (C1950) - Member, Order of the British Empire - RCAF Overseas Headquarters - Award effective 1 January 1946 as per Canada Gazette of that date and AFRO 82/46 dated 25 January 1946.  Home in Montreal; enlisted there 23 April 1940.  First Commanding Officer of Women's Division Training School.

This officer has contributed outstanding service to the Royal Canadian Air Force.  At all times his zeal, competent judgement and wisdom have been applied in the interests of the Service.  Through his untiring and unselfish efforts many problems of organization and administration have been solved quickly and effectively.  His personal example of industry and loyalty have been an inspiration to all who have been associated with him.

 

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HEENEY, F/L Harold Blair (J11489) - Member, Order of the British Empire - Station Dorval (identified in AFRO only as "Overseas" - Award effective 1 January 1946 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 155/46 dated 15 February 1946.  Born in Ottawa; educated in Smith Falls and Kempville Agricultural College (graduated 1941).  Enlisted there 8 July 1941.  Trained at No.3 ITS (graduated 8 November 1941), No.8 AOS (graduated 14 February 1942), No.4 BGS (graduated 28 March 1942) and No.2 ANS (graduated 26 April 1942).  News clipping says he was attached at one time to RAF Ferry Command.  Citation reportedly on RCAF file 306-4-10, communication dated 6 October 1947, but not found in DHist biographical file.  Public Records Office document Air 2/9130 identifies unit and gives the following citation:

 

Flight Lieutenant Heeney has been in charge of the Route Information Section of the Navigation Branch of this station since January 1943.  It has been due to his sustained efforts and co-operation with other services over a long period that this Group has acquired an airfield library which has probably exceeded that of any other Royal Air Force formation of comparative size.  In addition, Flight Lieutenant Heeney's work in obtaining the ready exchange of information with the United States and Canadian services have been outstanding.

 

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HEGSETH, P/O Arne Hilmar (J85353) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.434 Squadron - Award effective 2 October 1944 as per London Gazette dated 17 October 1944 and AFRO 2637/44 dated 8 December 1944.  Born 1920; home in Kenora, Ontario.  Trained at No.4 ITS, No.15 EFTS and No.7 SFTS.  Commissioned 1944. No citation other than "completed...numerous operations against the enemy in the course of which [he has] invariably displayed the utmost fortitude, courage and devotion to duty".  DHist file 181.009 D.3080 (RG.24 Vol.20636) has recommendation dated 20 August 1944 when he had flown 40 sorties (205 hours 40 minutes), 29 December 1943 to 14 August 1944 (described as 108 "points").

 

This officer has completed a total of forty operational sorties, several of which were against major German targets.  He has invariably displayed a high degree of courage and skill and his example has been worthy of emulation.  His cool determination, gift and quality of leadership have contributed in no small measure to his many successful operations throughout his tour.

 

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HEIDE, F/O Cecil Le Roy (J16650) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.39 Squadron - Award effective 25 April 1944 as per London Gazette dated 7 April 1944 and AFRO 1020/44 dated 12 May 1944. Born 1919 in Wynard, Saskatchewan.  Home in Vancouver; enlisted there 14 June 1941.  Trained at No.2 ITS (graduated 8 September 1941), No.7 AOS (graduated 4 January 1942), No.3 BGS (graduated 13 February 1942), and No.1 ANS (graduated 19 March 1942).  Commissioned 1942.  Posted to No.39 Squadron, 13 December 1942.

 

 

Flying Officer Heide has participated in many varied types of operational sorties and by his devotion to duty and fine fighting spirit has played no small part in the successes attained by his crew.  On one occasion his pilot was forced to bring the aircraft down on to enemy waters but reached safety after three days in the dinghy.

 

NOTE: Public Record Office Air 2/9624 has the original recommendation dated 10 February 1944 when he had flown 586 hours 40 minutes, including 146 hours 40 minutes on operations (37 sorties); in the previous six months he had flown 200 hours 50 minutes.

 

This officer of No.39 Squadron has been navigator to Flying Officer [Henry Hazard] Deacon, DFC, and has carried out with considerable success during the months June to November 1943:

 

five daylight strikes

seven daylight Rovers

three night torpedo strikes

seven night torpedo Rovers

seven minelaying sorties

long range fighter patrols

 

His devotion to duty and his keen and offensive spirit has played a great part in his crew's success. On his last operational sortie he and his pilot were forced to ditch in enemy waters and although landing in enemy territory, after three days in a dinghy, through help by Italians and their own initiative, they regained friendly territory by rowing to Corsica from Elba.

 

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HEIMPEL, F/L Earle Stanley (J19426) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.420 Squadron - Award effective 6 January 1945 as per London Gazette dated 16 January 1945 and AFRO 508/45 dated 23 March 1945. Born 1918, Guelph, Ontario.  Formerly in the RCMP.  Enlisted Halifax, 18 February 1942.  Trained at No.5 ITS (graduated 1 August 1942), No.13 EFTS (graduated 6 November 1942) and No.5 SFTS (graduated 16 April 1943).  Commissioned December 1943).

 

This officer has completed an outstanding tour of operations.  He has participated in numerous sorties over a wide range of targets.  At all times he has displayed exceptionally fine leadership, tenacity of purpose and airmanship of a high order which has set a fine example to all.  On one occasion he showed admirable initiative in organizing a sea search for a crew from his flight.  He led three aircraft until he sighted the crew in their dinghy when he directed air/sea rescue aircraft and surface vessels to the rescue.

 

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HELMSLEY, F/L Alan Frank (J16788) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.420 Squadron - Award effective 21 October 1943 as per London Gazette dated 29 October 1943 and AFRO 2457/43 dated 26 November 1943.  Home in Toronto; enlisted there, 6 November 1940.  Trained at No.1 ITS (graduated 2 April 1941), No.12 EFTS (graduated 24 April 1941), No.3 BGS (graduated 29 September 1941), No.5 AOS (graduated 16 August 1941) and No.1 ANS (graduated 10 November 1941).

 

Flight Lieutenant Helmsley has participated in numerous operational sorties, throughout which he has displayed great skill, courage and devotion to duty.  As squadron navigation officer he has set a high standard of professional ability and by his untiring efforts has done much to raise the standard  of navigation in the squadron to the same high level of efficiency.

 

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HEMENWAY, F/L Harold Cameron (J14064) - Air Force Cross - No.7 SFTS - Award effective 1 January 1946 as per Canada Gazette of that date and AFRO 82/46 dated 25 January 1946 - Enlisted in Vancouver, 9 April 1940. Trained at No.1 ITS (graduated 10 April 1941), No.7 EFTS (graduated 28 May 1941), and No.5 SFTS (graduated 9 August 1941).  As of award he had flown 1,948 hours, 1,712 hours as instructor, 327 hours in previous six months.

 

This officer through his initiative and continuous efforts has continually progressed to become an excellent instructor.  He takes the utmost interest in the progress of his pupils and has been untiring in his efforts to improve their flying ability and to ensure that they reach the highest possible standard.  As a Flight Commander he has displayed qualities of leadership and initiative, and demands of his instructors the highest grade of instruction at all times.  Through his ability and devotion to duty he has contributed much to the success of flying instruction of this school.

 

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HEMMING, F/O Cyril George (J35270) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.432 Squadron - Award effective 8 September 1945 as per London Gazette dated 25 September 1945 and AFRO 1768/45 dated 23 November 1945.  Born 1921, Woodside, New Brunswick; home there (labourer).  Enlisted Halifax, 20 September 1941.  Trained at No.6 ITS (graduated 14 February 1942), No.20 EFTS (graduated 25 April 1942) and No.16 SFTS (graduated 12 September 1942).  Commissioned September 1943.  No citation other than "completed...numerous operations against the enemy in the course of which [he has] invariably displayed the utmost fortitude, courage and devotion to duty."  DHist file 181.009 D.2618 (RG.24 Vol.20627) has recommendation dated 10 April 1945 when he had flown 36 sorties (215 hours 10 minutes), 30 September 1944 to 21 February 1945.

 

The above mentioned officer completed thirty-six operational sorties over enemy territory.  On several occasions his aircraft was badly damaged by flak and was brought back and successfully landed.  Flying Officer Hemming displayed outstanding ability as a pilot.  His cheerful confidence, coolness and devotion to duty contributed in a large measure to the success of the crew.

 

His strong sense of devotion to duty and high degree of ability warrant recognition and Flying Officer Hemming is strongly recommended for the award of the Distinguished Flying Cross (Non-Immediate).

 

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HEMPHILL, F/L Roy Donald (J13447) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.425 Squadron - Award effective 12 January 1945 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 471/45 dated 16 March 1945.  Born 1921 in Regina; home in Vancouver; enlisted there 10 September 1941.  Trained at No.7 ITS (graduated 30 January 1942), No.6 EFTS (graduated 10 April 1942) and No.11 SFTS (graduated 14 August 1942).  Commissioned 1942.  Photo PL-41914 shows him.  Cited with Sergeant E.A. McAbendroth (RAFVR, awarded DFM).

 

Flight Lieutenant Hemphill and Sergeant McAbendroth were pilot and flight engineer respectively of an aircraft detailed to attack Dusseldorf one night in November 1944.  On the outward flight a leak occurred in the oil supply line to the starboard inner engine.  Flight Lieutenant Hemphill decided to continue his mission although the target was still far distant.  When nearing the area, the port inner engine exploded and caught fire.  As much oil had seeped nearby, the danger of the fire spreading was great.  Sergeant McAbendroth worked unremittingly to prevent this, however, and finally succeeded in extinguishing the flames.  Flight Lieutenant Hemphill had held resolutely to his course and, although some height was lost, went on to execute his bombing attack.  The position was now serious.  Two engines were out of action, whilst the petrol supply was a cause for misgiving.  Despite this, Flight Lieutenant Hemphill set course for home.  Eventually an airfield in this country was reached and a safe landing was effected.  This officer displayed the highest qualities of skill and resolution in the face of considerable difficulty.  Sergeant McAbendroth also proved himself to be a most devoted and determined crew member.  His expert tending of the two functioning engines considerably helped his pilot to bring the aircraft home.

 

HEMPHILL, S/L Roy Donald, DFC (J13447) - Bar to Distinguished Flying Cross - No.425 Squadron - Award effective 3 July 1945 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 1453/45 dated 14 September 1945.

One night in April 1945 this officer was the pilot of an aircraft detailed to attack Harburg-Rhenania.  When nearing the target the port inner engine and the electrical system became unserviceable.  Despite loss of height Squadron Leader Hemphill continued his mission and eventually bombed his objective.  On the return journey the hydraulic system and brakes became useless.  The port outer engine commenced to give trouble and the aircraft was continually losing height. Nevertheless, Squadron Leader Hemphill flew to an emergency field in England where he executed a masterly landing.  Squadron Leader Hemphill has completed a large number of sorties and has invariably shown a high degree of courage coupled with great skill and devotion to duty.

 

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HEMPSALL, F/L Leslie Coomber (J14638) - Mention in Despatches - No.435 Squadron (AFRO gives unit only as "Overseas") - Award effective 1 January 1946 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 155/46 dated 15 February 1946.  Home in Vancouver; enlisted there 5 August 1941.  Trained at No.1 ITS (graduated 14 February 1942), No.3 AOS (graduated 20 June 1942), No.2 BGS (graduated 1 August 1942) and No.1 ANS (graduated 21 September 1942).  DHist file 181.009 D.1769 (RG.24 Vol.20610) has recommendation for a DFC dated 15 May 1945 when he had flown 579 hours 25 minutes on operations (163 supply drops and landings).

 

This officer has throughout many Transport Support Sorties in Burma proven himself to be [an] outstandingly efficient and enthusiastic Navigator.  He has invariably shown great ability, navigating over difficult jungle terrain, against enemy opposition, and the high standard of his work have been [sic] worthy of the highest praise.

 

HEMPSALL, F/L Leslie Coomber (J14638) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.435 Squadron - Award effective 27 March 1946 as per London Gazette dated 5 April 1946 and AFRO 497/46 dated 17 May 1946.

 

This officer has completed a number of sorties with Transport Command in Burma.  He has shown great ability in navigating his aircraft over difficult jungle terrain during monsoon weather and often in the face of enemy opposition.  Flight Lieutenant Hemphill's keenness for operations, his outstanding efficiency and the high standard of his work have always been worthy of the highest praise.

 

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HEMSLEY, F/O John Albert (J85193) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.428 Squadron - Award effective 10 May 1945 as per London Gazette dated 22 May 1945 and AFRO 1147/45 dated 13 July 1945.  Born 1916 at Lashburn, Saskatchewan; home there (grocery clerk).  Enlisted Saskatoon, 5 February 1941.  Trained at No.5 BGS (graduated 24 October 1941) and No.3 WS (graduated 9 November 1941).  Commissioned 1944.  No citation other than "completed...numerous operations against the enemy in the course of which [he has] invariably displayed the utmost fortitude, courage and devotion to duty".  DHist file 181.009 D.3260 (RG.24 Vol.20637) has recommendation dated 14 December 1944 when he had flown 22 sorties (130 hours 40 minutes), 12 September to 4 December 1944.  This was a second tour (no details of first tour).

 

This officer has shown outstanding ability and a strong sense of duty and his courage, skill and determination in action have been an inspiration to his crew.

 

On his second tour he has completed twenty-two sorties on heavily defended targets such as Cologne, Oberhausen, Dusseldorf, Bochum, Duisburg, Hagen, Karlsruhe, Dortmund, Wilhelmshaven, Kiel, Domburg, Bottrop, Stuttgart and Essen, as well as army co-operation where precision bombing  was required.  On every target he has bombed successfully and secured many excellent photographs, establishing a splendid record of achievement.  His efforts contributed to a major degree in the operational efficiency of the unit.

 

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HENDERSON, F/L Carl Heebner de Haviland (J9123) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.608 Squadron - Award effective 9 March 1945 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 625/45 dated 13 April 1945.  Born 1921 at Whitechurch, Ontario; home in London, Ontario.  Enlisted London, 4 March 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).

 

This officer has completed very many sorties against targets in Germany and has never failed to press home his attacks.  In December 1944 he piloted an aircraft in an attack against Duisburg.  On the run in to the target the starboard engine began to vibrate badly.  Nevertheless, Flight Lieutenant Henderson maintained his position in the formation until the target was bombed.  Not until then did he break away to feather the propeller of the defective engine.  Afterwards his aircraft was subjected to much concentrated anti-aircraft fire but Flight Lieutenant Henderson flew clear and on to an airfield in allied territory.  Whilst making his approach to land he saw another aircraft in a condition which made it imperative that it be landed at once.  Although at a low altitude and with one engine out of action, Flight Lieutenant Henderson circled the airfield until the other aircraft was safely down.  He then came in himself and effected a safe landing.  This officer has invariably displayed a high standard of courage and resolution.

 

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HENDERSON, F/L Dugald Austin (J12702) - Commended for Valuable Services in the Air - No.14 SFTS - Award effective 14 June 1945 as per Canada Gazette of that date and AFRO 1127/45 dated 6 July 1945.  Enlisted in Toronto, 20 July 1940.  Trained at No.2 ITS (graduated 30 September 1940), No.8 EFTS (graduated 27 November 1940) and No.31 SFTS (graduated 24 March 1941).

 

This officer has shown more than average enthusiasm in carrying out his duties as an instructor and flight commander and has taken great pride in all service matters.  His spirit and example have done much to inspire his fellow instructors.  Through his efforts the morale and enthusiasm of those who worked with him were kept to a high standard.

 

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HENDERSON, S/L Emanuel (C2635) - Mention in Despatches - No.121 Squadron (Canada) - Award effective 21 April 1945 as per Canada Gazette of that date and AFRO 802/45 dated 11 May 1945.  Enlisted Ottawa, 10 August 1940.

 

The high peak of efficiency and serviceability of this officer's squadron are due mainly to his energetic and capable work.  Target towing for the Navy and Army has required maximum aircraft serviceability and because of Squadron Leader Henderson's zeal and enthusiasm  these aircraft have always been available.  He has been instrumental in developing the Hudson aircraft for target towing.

 

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HENDERSON, WO2 (now P/O) John Clifford (R81603/C52859) - Air Force Cross - Eastern Air Command Meteorological Flight - Award effective 7 July 1945 as per Canada Gazette of that date and AFRO 1291/45 dated 10 August 1945.  As recommendation he had flown 2,388 hours, 1433 operational.  Home in Montreal; enlisted there 6 December 1940.  Flew both overseas and in Canada.  No citation in biographical file; following found in file of F/O H.T. Giles:

 

This warrant officer, as a flight engineer, has completed a very large number of arduous flying hours with a meteorological flight and attached to operational squadrons.  Despite adverse weather conditions he has at all times shown great keenness, resourcefulness and devotion to duty.  The efficient and reliable manner in which he has carried out his assignments has been an example to all members of his unit.

 

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HENDERSON, F/L Lloyd Waymouth (J27690) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.10 Squadron - Award effective 15 March 1945 as per London Gazette dated 23 March 1945 and AFRO 765/45 dated 4 May 1945. Born in Saskatchewan, 1919; home in Herschel, Saskatchewan (farmer).  Enlisted Regina, 29 May 1942.  Trained at No.7 ITS (graduated 18 December 1942), No.6 EFTS (graduated 5 March 1943) and No.4 SFTS (graduated 25 June 1943).  Commissioned June 1943.

 

As captain of aircraft Flight Lieutenant Henderson has completed a number of operations during which he has shown high courage and unwavering resolution to press home his attacks, often in adverse circumstances.  On one occasion in June 1944, his aircraft was detailed to attack Trappes.  After the target had been bombed his aircraft was attacked by a Focke Wulf 190.  By skilful airmanship he enabled his gunners to fire on the fighter, which burst into flames and was destroyed.  Flight Lieutenant Henderson's devotion to duty has always been of the highest order.

 

NOTE: Public Records Office Air 2/9050 has recommendation dated 20 December 1944 with sortie list and a much more detailed account of his tour; comparison of lists indicate that F/O W.R. Foster, DFC was a member of his crew for much of this tour.

 

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1 May 44        Malines (3.30)                            17 Jul 44        Mont Condon (3.17)

10 May 44      Lens (3.50)                                 18 Jul 44        Vaires (4.15)

11 May 44      Trouville (3.45)                           23 Jul 44        Kiel (4.50)

19 May 44      Boulogne (3.30)                         24 Jul 44        Stuttgart (7.55)

27 May 44      Bourg Leopold (3.40)                25 Jul 44        Ferfay (3.50)

1 June 44       Ferme d'Urville (4.00)                28 Jul 44        Foret de Nieppe (3.38)

2 June 44       Trappes (4.35)                           1 Aug 44        Prouville (3.40)

3 June 44       GARDENING (4.50)                  3 Aug 44        Bois de Casson (4.01)

5 June 44       Mont Fleury (4.45)                      9 Aug 44        Foret de Mormal (3.15)

7 June 44       GARDENING (5.20)                  10 Aug 44      Dijon (6.27)

9 June 44       GARDENING (5.20)                  12 Aug 44      Brunswick (5.13)

12 Jun 44       Amiens (4.05)                            14 Aug 44      Thirlemont (4.04)

27 Jun 44       GARDENING (5.00)                  18 Aug 44      Sterkrade (4.18)

28 Jun 44       Blainville (6.45)                          25 Aug 44      Brest (5.20)

1 July 44         St.Martin (3.42)                          26 Aug 44      GARDENING (4.53)

5 July 44         St.Martin (3.44)                          26 Sept 44     Boulogne (2.46)

6 July 44         Croixdale (3.45)                         28 Sept 44     Calais (3.14)

12 July 44       Thiverny (4.31)                           6 Oct 44         GARDENING (3.53)

 

Acting Flight Lieutenant Henderson was posted to No.10 Squadron on 27 April 1944 and after completing 36 sorties comprising 157 operational hours  has been screened and posted for instructional duties. He has attacked such heavily defended German targets and Brunswick, Stuttgart and Kiel.

 

He has pressed home his attacks with the utmost determination, often in the face of very heavy opposition. His courage, skilful pilotage and cool judgement under extremely difficult conditions have inspired his crew and his leadership has played a good part in the successes of his operational flights. He has obtained many good photographs of the aiming point.

 

He was the captain of a Halifax aircraft detailed to attack Trappes on 2nd June 1944. After bombing the target his aircraft was attacked by a FW.190 but acting on information from his gunners he carried out successful evasive action. His skilful airmanship enabled his gunners to get in accurate bursts of fire.  The enemy aircraft burst into flames, was seen to crash, and claimed as destroyed. During a sortie on Croixdale the port outer engine of his aircraft failed three minutes after crossing the English coast and was feathered.  This happened on the outward flight and though his aircraft was losing height he carried on and bombed the target from 12,000 feet instead of the ordered height of 15,500 feet.

 

I consider that this Canadian officer is a superior captain of aircraft whose skill, gallantry and devotion to duty have been of the highest order. It is strongly recommended that his fine operational record be recognized by the award of the Distinguished Flying Cross.

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HENDERSON, P/O Raymond Pennecott (J90879) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.432 Squadron - Award effective 5 July 1945 as per London Gazette dated 20 July 1945 and AFRO 1619/45 dated 19 October 1945. Born 1924 in London, Ontario; home there (awning maker); enlisted there, 6 November 1942.  Trained at No.3 BGS (graduated 23 December 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.2618 (RG.24 Vol.20627) has recommendation dated 24 March 1945 when he had flown 32 sorties (169 hours 30 minutes) between 3 August and 24 December 1944.

 

This officer has shown a high degree of skill as an Air Gunner on his total of thirty-two successful sorties over enemy territory.  His co-operation, coolness and devotion to duty contributed in a large measure to the success of his crew.  His cheerful confidence has inspired all Air Gunners in the squadron.

 

For his devotion to duty and high degree of ability, Pilot Officer Henderson is strongly recommended for the award of the Distinguished Flying Cross (Non-Immediate).

 

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HENDERSON, F/O Wallace Graham (J37173) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.432 Squadron - Award effective 10 May 1945 as per London Gazette dated 22 May 1945 and AFRO 1147/45 dated 13 July 1945.  Born 1911 in Toronto; home there (accountant); enlisted there 11 August 1942.  Trained at No.6 ITS (graduated 29 May 1943) and No.4 AOS (graduated 29 October 1943).  Commissioned 1943.  No citation other than "completed...numerous operations against the enemy in the course of which [he has] invariably displayed the utmost fortitude, courage and devotion to duty".  DHist file 181.009 D.5557 (RG.24 Vol.20668) had recommendation dated 13 January 1945 when he had flown 30 sorties (161 hours five minutes), 7 August to 24 December 1944.

 

During a most successful tour of operational duty, this officer has proved to be a most valuable member of his squadron.  He is an outstanding navigator and has invariably made the utmost effort to complete his duties. His cheerful confidence and willing co-operation has always been apparent in whatever task he was assigned to.

 

For his unstinting example, his fine record of achievement and devotion to duty, this officer is strongly recommended for the award of the Distinguished Flying Cross (Non-Immediate).

 

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HENDERSON, FS William (R50641) - Mention in Despatches - No.22 Sub Repair Depot - Western Air Command Headquarters - Award effective 2 February 1946 as per Canada Gazette of that date and AFRO 280/46 dated 15 March 1946.  Enlisted in Vancouver, British Columbia, 20 November 1939.

 

This non-commissioned officer served for over two years in North Africa, Sicily, Malta and Italy.  On returning to Canada his keenness, energy, organizing ability and devotion to duty were most readily displayed.  These qualities were a most noteworthy example for all ranks of the Royal Canadian Air Force and most effectively resulted in superior work being executed by the men under his command.

 

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HENDRICK, G/C Max Morton (C181) - Officer, Order of the British Empire - Canadian Joint Staff, Washington (since moved to RCAF Overseas Headquarters) - Awarded 1 January 1945 (AFRO 89/45 dated 19 January 1945).  Born in Portland, Oregon, April 1910.  Educated in Ottawa.  Enlisted in Montreal, 14 June 1934.  Received wings, 1935.  Attended Cranwell before the war.  Opened No.3 Wireless School.  With CJS (Washington), 1942-1943.  Overseas, 1944 and AEAF Signals.  Career RCAF officer; awarded Queens Coronation Medal, 21 October 1953 while with AFHQ.  Died in Peterborough, Ontario, 18 March 1996.

 

This officer, throughout an extensive period of war service, has displayed a high degree of initiative, resourcefulness and good judgement in the performance of his duties.  The very satisfactory results obtained due to his ability and energetic efforts have been most commendable.  As Senior Signals Officer in the United States of America, he has maintained excellent relations with the representatives of the United Nations.  The highly meritorious performance of service rendered by this officer is most praiseworthy.

 

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HENNESSY, F/L Martin John Bishop (C7051) - Mention in Despatches - Station Patricia Bay - Award effective 14 June 1945 as per Canada Gazette of that date and AFRO 1127/45 dated 6 July 1945.  Home in Haileybury, Ontario; enlisted in North Bay, 25 August 1941.

 

 

Flight Lieutenant Hennesy has shown exceptional ability as Senior Flying Control Officer at Royal Canadian Air Force Station, Patricia Bay.  His calm competence in emergencies is noteworthy while his untiring efforts and self-sacrifice displayed in supervising the organization of Air/Sea rescue parties to search for missing aircraft have been an inspiration to all concerned.  Time and again he has taken double shifts in the control tower in such emergencies and has shown devotion to duty far beyond what is normally expected.

 

 

HENRICKSON, F/L Donald Carl (J10516) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.429 Squadron - Award effective 12 January 1945 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 471/45 dated 16 March 1945.  Born 1917 in Winnipeg; home there.  Enlisted Winnipeg 14 November 1940.  Trained at No.3 ITS (graduated 22 April 1941), No.15 EFTS (graduated 9 June 1941) and No.11 SFTS (graduated 27 February 1942.  Commissioned 1942.

 

This officer has participated in very many sorties and has displayed notable skill, courage and perseverance. One night in October 1944 he was captain and pilot of an aircraft detailed to attack Cologne.  Early on the outward flight the port out engine became defective.  Despite this, Flight Lieutenant Henrickson continued to the target where a successful bombing attack was executed.  Engine trouble still persisted and an attempt was made to feather the propeller of the defective engine but without avail.  Nevertheless this pilot flew the aircraft back to base.  This officer is a cool and resourceful captain whose example has greatly inspired his crew.

 

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HENRY, Corporal Albert Elwood James - British Empire Medal - Overseas - Award effective 23 March 1945 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 721/45 dated 27 April 1945.  Born in Halifax, 1922; home in Montreal (electrician).  Enlisted Montreal, 18 December 1941.  Incident occured 21 October 1944 near Grave.

 

In October 1944, the enemy dropped a number of bombs on an airfield.  One of the bombs killed four men and seriously wounded Corporal Henry in the thigh and chest.  Other bombs, which fell in a dispersal area, set fire to two piles of can and barrels containing petrol.  Despite his wounds, Corporal Henry responded promptly to the fire call and continued fighting the flames until they were completely extinguished.  He then lay down until picked up and placed in an ambulance.  This airman displayed fortitude and a high sense of duty in ignoring his wounds and continuing his duty until his task had been completed.

 

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HENRY, F/L Douglas Woods (J15093) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.214 Squadron - Award effective 7 May 1943 as per London Gazette dated 13 May 1943 and AFRO 1035/43 dated 4 June 1943.  Born 1916, Kincardine, Ontario; home there.  Enlisted Ottawa 29 June 1940.  Trained at No.1 ITS (graduated 17 August 1940), No.1 BGS (graduated 19 January 1941), No.1 AOS (graduated 10 December 1940) and No.1 CNS (graduated 15 February 1941).  Commissioned 1941.

 

This officer has been squadron bombing leader since July 1942.  A high proportion of the sorties in which he has participated have been against important targets, where much opposition was encountered.  Many of his sorties have been of long duration, calling for high navigational skill.  Flight Lieutenant Henry has invariable displayed the utmost keenness for operations and his example in this respect, as well as his excellent work as squadron bombing leader, have resulted in a great improvement in the standard of bomb aiming in the squadron.

 

NOTE: Public Record Office Air 2/8950 has recommendation dated 21 March 1943 which incudes a sortie list and more detail; he was then credited with 39 sorties (240 hours 55 minutes operational time):

 

14 Jul 41           Bremen                                       25 Mar 42         Lorient

16 Jul 41           Hamburg                                     28 Mar 42         Lubeck

23 Jul 41           Mannheim                                   10 Apr 42         Heligoland

25 Jul 41           Hamburg                                     12 Apr 42         Essen

12 Aug 41         Hanover                                      13 Apr 42         Balkrum (?)

14 Aug 41         Hanover                                      22 Apr 42         Kiel Bay

19 Aug 41         Kiel                                              23 Apr 42         Rostock

26 Aug 41         Cologne                                      25 Apr 42         Rostock

29 Aug 41         Mannheim                                   7 May 42          Stuttgart

1 Sept 41          Cologne                                      8 May 42          Warnemunde

3 Sept 41          Brest                                            17 May 42        Blaavand's Point

7 Sept 41          Boulogne                                    29 May 42        Norderney

10 Sep 41        Turin                                            30 May 42        Cologne

12 Sep 41        Frankfurt                                      1 June 42         Essen

15 Sep 41        Hamburg                                     2 Sept 42         Karlsruhe

26 Sep 41        Dunkirk                                        8 Dec 42          Kattegat

28 Sep 41        Genoa                                         11 Jan 43         St.Jean de Luz

30 Sep 41        Stettin                                          26 Feb 43        Cologne

3 Mar 42           Billancourt (Paris)                      11 Mar 43         Stuttgart

8 Mar 42           Le Havre

 

Flight Lieutenant Henry has been Squadron Bombing Leader in this squadron since 13th July 1942, and has now completed 39 operational sorties, involving 240 hours 55 minutes, in Wellington and Stirling aircraft, as navigator.

 

A high proportion of these sorties have been to the most heavily defended targets and many have been of long duration, calling for the highest order of navigational skill.  They have included operations to Bremen, Hamburg, Kiel and Essen, and targets in Northern Italy, and thanks to his efforts they have been successfully bombed.

 

Flight Lieutenant Henry has displayed the utmost keenness to attack the enemy and his example in this respect has st a magnificent example to the crews of this squadron.  His work as Squadron Bombing Leader has been excellent, and has resulted in a great improvement in the accuracy of bomb aiming in the squadron.

 

HENRY, F/L Douglas Woods (J15093) - Bar to Distinguished Flying Cross - No.214 Squadron - Award effective 6 November 1943 as per London Gazette dated 12 November 1943 and AFRO 2610/43 dated 17 December 1943.  No citation in AFRO other than "completed many successful operations against the enemy in which [he] displayed high skill, fortitude and devotion to duty."

 

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HENRY, F/L Ernest Raymond (J16469)- Distinguished Flying Cross - No.109 Squadron - Award effective 1 September 1944 as per London Gazette dated 15 September 1944 and AFRO 2373/44 dated 3 November 1944.  Born in Kincardine, Ontario, 1918; home there.  Former sea cadet.  Enlisted Niagara Falls, 16 August 1940.  Trained at No.1 ITS (graduated 29 November 1940), No.13 EFTS (ceased training 29 January 1941), No.4 AOS (graduated 7 July 1941) and No.4 BGS (graduated 18 August 1941).  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 23 June 1944 when he had reportedly flown 58 sorties (232 hours), although sortie sheet lists 60 trips.

 

                                                           (F) denotes flare sortie

                                                       (M) denotes marking sortie

                                                         * denotes daylight sortie

 

6 Feb 42        GARDENING (Lorient)              20 Mar 44      Cologne

16 Jun 42       GARDENING (Borkum)            22 Mar 44      Dortmund

19 Jun 42       GARDENING (Emden)             24 Mar 44      Munster

21 Jun 42       GARDENING (Borkum)            25 Mar 44      Hann

25 Jun 42       Bremen                                       27 Mar 44      Duisburg (M)

21 Jul 42        Duisburg                                     30 Mar 44      Twente (M)

25 Jul 42        Duisburg                                     4 Apr 44         Cologne

26 Jul 42        Hamburg                                     6 Apr 44         Cologne

31 Jul 42        Dusseldorf                                  22 Apr 44       Laon (M)

12 Aug 42      Mainz (F)                                     27 Apr 44       Montzen (M))

15 Aug 42      Dusseldorf (F)                            1 May 44        Abancourt*

18 Aug 42      Flensburg (F)                              1 May 44        Acheres

24 Aug 42      Frankfurt (F)                                6 May 44        Chateaudun

27 Aug 42      Kassel (F)                                   8 May 44        4938N 0132E*

28 Aug 42      Nuremburg (F)                            11 May 44      Hasselt (M)

1 Sept 42       Saarbrucken (F)                         12 May 44      Chateaudun

2 Sept 42       Karlsruhe (F)                              14 May 44      Leverkusen

14 Sep 42      Wilhelmshaven (F)                     27 May 44      Morsaliens (M)

16 Sep 42      Essen (F)                                    30 May 44      Leverkusen (M)

19 Sep 42      Saarbrucken (F)                         31 May 44      Montcouple (M)

1 Oct 42         Krefeld (F)                                  2 June 44       Calais (M)

6 Oct 42         Osnabruck (F)                            5 June 44       St.Pierre

9 Oct 42         Hamburg (F)                                                       du Mont (M)

18 Oct 42       Turin (F)                                      6 June 44       Caen (M)

8 June 44       Fougeres (M)

24 Feb 44      St.Trond                                      9 June 44       Flers (M)

25 Feb 44      St.Trond                                      11 Jun 44       Massy (M)

1 Mar 44         Florennes                                    12 Jun 44       Gelsenkirchen (M)

2 Mar 44         Aachen                                        14 Jun 44       Gelsenkirchen (M)

7 Mar 44         Aachen                                        15 Jun 44       Boulogne (M)

10 Mar 44      Duisburg (M)                              18 Jun 44       Watten

 

A navigator who has now completed 58 operational sorties, 49 of which have been as a target marker.  His keenness to fly on operations against the enemy and his ability to always produce good results has been most marked.

 

HENRY, F/L Ernest Raymond, DFC (J16469) - Bar to Distinguished Flying Cross - No.109 Squadron - Award effective 6 January 1945 as per London Gazette dated 16 January 1945 and AFRO 508/45 dated 23 March 1945.

 

Since the award of the Distinguished Flying Cross, this officer has continued to operate with outstanding skill, courage and devotion to duty which, combined with his unfailing determination to complete his allotted tasks, are worthy of high praise.

 

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HENRY, F/O Jack Calvin (J85016) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.425 Squadron - Award effective 3 November 1944 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 1/45 dated 5 January 1945. Born 1921 in Toronto; home there.  Enlisted Toronto 19 March 1942.   Trained at No.3 ITS (graduated 4 November 1942), No.4 EFTS (graduated 23 January 1943) and No.5 SFTS (graduated 11 June 1943).  Commissioned 1944.

 

This pilot has completed numerous sorties.  One night in August 1944 he was detailed to attack a flying bomb site.  Heavy anti-aircraft fire was encountered and the aircraft was hit.  The oil lines to both the inner engines were severed.  One of the affected engines became useless.  Despite this, Flying Officer Henry successfully completed his bombing task and afterwards flew the damaged aircraft to base.  His unselfish devotion to duty and outstanding efficiency have won him much success.

 

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HENRY, F/L Jack Carleton (J14687) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.431 Squadron - Award effective 5 July 1945 as per London Gazette dated 17 July 1945 and AFRO 1558/45 dated 5 October 1945.  Born 1918 in Kingston, Ontario; home in Saskatoon.  Trained at No.7 ITS, No.16 EFTS and No.15 SFTS.  Commissioned October 1942.  No citation other than "in recognition of gallantry and devotion to duty in the execution of air operations against the enemy". DHist file 181.009 D.1941 (RG.24 Vol.20612) has recommendation by W/C H.M. Smith dated 9 March 1945 when he had flown 30 sorties (210 hours 29 minutes), 6 October 1944 to 5 March 1945.

 

Flight Lieutenant Henry has carried out thirty offensive sorties against enemy targets, including attacks against such well defended targets as Hamburg, Hanover and Merseberg.  He has carried out these attacks  with consistent skill and courage, and has at all times set an example of skilful pilotage, cool judgement and determination, frequently in the face of strong enemy opposition, which has been an inspiration to his crew.

 

Flight Lieutenant Henry has shown great devotion to duty, and I feel merits the awards of the Distinguished Flying Cross.

 

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HENRY, F/L Jack Stuart (J23018) - Commended for Valuable Services in the Air - No.10 SFTS - Award effective 14 November 1944 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 2684/44 dated 15 December 1944. Enlisted in Toronto, 22 June 1940.  Trained at No.2 ITS (graduated 8 May 1941), No.8 EFTS (graduated 3 July 1941), and No.3 SFTS (graduated 13 September 1941).  NOTE: The following citation may be for either the award of 14 November 1944 or 21 April 1945: should be checked when possible:

 

This officer, for the past three years on flying instructional duties, has consistently displayed exceptional ability and enthusiasm for his duties and has at all times set an excellent example to those serving under him.

 

HENRY, F/L Jack Stuart (J23018) - Commended for Valuable Services in the Air - No.10 SFTS - Award effective 21 April 1945 as per Canada Gazette of that date and AFRO 802/45 dated 11 May 1945.  NOTE: Citation given above might be appropriate to this date.

 

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HENRY, F/L Robert James (J14688) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.434 Squadron - Award effective 8 September 1945 as per London Gazette dated 21 September 1945 and AFRO 1704/45 dated 9 November 1945.  Born 1921 in Yorkton, Saskatchewan; home in Saskatoon.  Enlisted Saskatoon, 3 September 1941.  Trained at No.7 ITS (graduated 11 April 1942), No.16 EFTS (graduated 20 June 1942) and No.15 SFTS (graduated 9 October 1942).  Commissioned October 1943.  No citation other than "completed...numerous operations against the enemy in the course of which [he has] invariably displayed the utmost fortitude, courage and devotion to duty."  DHist file 181.009 D.1941 (RG.24 Vol.20612) has recommendation dated 17 April 1945 when he had flown 36 sorties (230 hours five minutes), 15 September 1944 to 24 March 1945.

 

Flight Lieutenant Henry flew thirty-six sorties completing his first tour against the enemy.  Among the targets attacked were many heavily defended German cities such as Essen, Cologne, Hanover and Stuttgart.  During all these raids Flight Lieutenant Henry proved himself to be an ideal bomber pilot and crew captain by displaying a fine offensive spirit, keenness, courage and devotion to duty.

 

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HENRY, P/O Roy Alexander (J17441) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.426 Squadron - Award effective 6 August 1943 as per London Gazette dated 17 August 1943 and AFRO 2005/43 dated 1 October 1943.  Born 5 January 1919 in Toronto; enlisted there 21 May 1941.  Trained at No.1 ITS (graduated 4 September 1941), No.20 EFTS (graduated 13 October 1941), No.4 BGS (graduated 25 April 1942) and No.4 AOS (graduated 14 March 1942).  Commissioned 1943.  Bomb aimer in P/O N.G. McNeill's crew.

 

In capacity of air bomber he has taken part in many operational sorties attacking such heavily defended targets as Wilhelmshaven, Kiel, Frankfurt and the Ruhr Valley.  He has also successfully laid mines in enemy waters.  This officer's keenness and determination under fire have been of the highest order and the accuracy of his bombing has been displayed in photographs.  At all times his courage, skill and devotion to duty have been an inspiration to his crew.

 

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HEPBURN, F/L Donald Stuart Reddy (J5676) - Mention in Despatches - No.97 Squadron - Award effective 1 January 1943 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 232/43 dated 12 February 1943.  Home in Brighton, Ontario.  Enlisted in Toronto, 15 August 1940.  Trained at No.1 ITS (graduated 6 January 1941), No.1 AOS (graduated 31 March 1941), No.1 BGS (graduated 10 May 1941) and No.1 ANS (graduated 20 June 1941).   Navigator on Augsburg Raid, 17 April 1942 (killed in action).  Other Canadians involved were P/O Ian Colquhoun (Edmonton), Sergeant John Ratcliffe (Welland), P/O Gilbert Hooey (Toronto) and FS William Henry Keane (Quebec). No citation to MiD.

 

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HEPBURN, F/L Donald Thayer (J14908) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.427 Squadron - Award effective 15 March 1945 as per London Gazette dated 23 March 1945 and AFRO 721/45 dated 27 April 1945.  Born 1923; home in Toronto (checking clerk); enlisted there 31 October 1941.  Trained at No.1 ITS (graduated 27 March 1942), No.20 EFTS (graduated 19 June 1942) and No.16 SFTS (graduated 9 October 1942).  Commissioned 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."  DHist file 181.009 D.1729 (RG.24 Vol.20607) has recommendation dated 17 December 1944 when he had flown 33 sorties (176 hours 50 minutes) between 9 April and 5 December 1944.

 

This captain has completed thirty-three heavy operational bombing attacks against the enemy.  On the night of December 4th, 1944, his aircraft was detailed to attack Karlsruhe.  Just after takeoff the port inner engine packed up but this pilot feathered the engine and set course for Karlsruhe.  By superior engine handling this captain was able to attain a height of 16,500 feet on three engines.  He was able, by cutting corners, to keep up with the stream and bomb the target, obtaining a primary.  He then brought his aircraft safely back to base.  Flight Lieutenant Hepburn has at all times shown himself to be a superb captain and has been an inspiration not only to his crew but to the entire squadron.

 

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HEPBURN, F/O Harry Rich (J29585) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.426 Squadron - Award effective 5 February 1945 as per London Gazette dated 16 February 1945 and AFRO 563/45 dated 29 March 1945.  Born in Toronto, 1921.  Home there; enlisted there 7 May 1942.  Trained at No.6 ITS (graduated 4 December 1942) and No.4 AOS (graduated 20 August 1942).  Posted from No.61 Base to No.426 Squadron, 15 May 19444; from No.426 Squadron to No.24 OTU, 1 December 1944.  Navigator to F/L J.R. May.  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.4431 (RG.24 Vol.20649) has recommendation dated 22 October 1944 when he had flown 29 sorties (136 hours 30 minutes), 22 May to 14 September 1944.

 

Flying Officer Hepburn has completed 29 sorties over enemy territory.  By his work in the air and on the ground  he has constantly been an inspiration and example to all, especially new navigators arriving in the squadron.  His standard of navigation has been of a very high order and his work in the training of new crews invaluable.  His keenness and devotion to duty and his coolness in the face of danger has set a splendid example to his crew and has in no small way been responsible for the successful completion of many sorties.  He is recommended for the award of the Distinguished Flying Cross (Non-Immediate).

 

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HEPPLEWHITE, FS Frank (R74739) - Mention in Despatches - No.133 Squadron - Western Air Command Headquarters - Award effective 2 February 1946 as per Canada Gazette of that date and AFRO 280/46 dated 15 March 1946. Enlisted in Vancouver, British Columbia, 11 October 1940.

 

This unit converted from Hurricane to American Kittyhawk aircraft in March 1944.  The Kittyhawks had seen extensive service in the Aleutians and were not in good condition.  Through long hours of arduous work with little or no equipment and personnel who had little knowledge of this type of aircraft, Flight Sergeant Hepplewhite with his indomitable spirit and cheerful devotion to duty greatly contributed to the high serviceability of the aircraft and the operational status of the unit.  The zeal and enthusiasm displayed by Flight Sergeant Hepplewhite over the past twelve months has been an inspiration to all who have come into contact with him.

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HERBERT, F/O Ralph Gordon (J85050) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.405 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, 1923; home in Kelowna; enlisted Vancouver 25 July 1941.  Trained at No.2 ITS (graduated 8 April 1942), No.19 EFTS (graduated 3 July 1942) and No.12 SFTS (graduated 23 October 1942).  Commissioned February 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 document Air 2/8827 has recommendation dated 20 August 1944 when he had flown 45 sorties (215 hours 59 minutes), 9 August 1943 to 12 August 1944.

 

                                                      * denotes no sortie credited

                                                   # denotes counted as 1/3 sortie

 

9 Aug 43        NICKELING (4.25)*                   27 May 44      Rennes Airfield (3.49)

27 Sep 43      Hannover (5.35)                         28 May 44      Mardick (2.12)

29 Sep 43      Bochum (5.35)                           31 May 44      Trappes (3.51)

3 Oct 43         Kassel (7.00)                              2 June 44       Trappes (3.30)

4 Oct 43         Frankfurt (8.00)                          5 June 44       Longues (3.04)

8 Oct 43         Hannover (5.35)                         10 Jun 44       Versailles (3.53)

22 Oct 43       Kassel (5.10)*                            11 Jun 44       Toures (4.52)

18 Nov 43      Mannheim (7.45)                        12 Jun 44       Amiens (2.58)

20 Dec 43      Frankfurt (5.20), DNCO             15 Jun 44       Lens (2.34)

29 Dec 43      Berlin (7.55)                                16 Jun 44       Renescure (1.55)

20 Jan 44       Berlin (7.15)                                5 July 44         Wizernes (1.54)

28 Jan 44       Berlin (8.15)                                7 July 44         Caen (2.36)

15 Mar 44      Stuttgart (6.50)                           10 Jul 44        Nucourt (2.37)

18 Mar 44      Frankfurt (5.02)                          12 Jul 44        Paris/Vaires (3.12)

10 Apr 44       Laon (3.36)#                               17 Jul 44        Cangny (2.38)

11 Apr 44       Aachen (3.23)                            20 Jul 44        Coutrai (2.07)

20 Apr 44       Lens (3.03)#                               23 Jul 44        Kiel (5.13)

24 Apr 44       Karlsruhe (5.23)                         24 Jul 44        Stuttgart (7.06)

26 Apr 44       Essen (4.09)                               25 Jul 44        Stuttgart (7.17)

3 May 44        Montdidier (3.10)                       28 Jul 44        Stuttgart (6.38)

6 May 44        Nantes Gassicourt (2.49)          3 Aug 44        L'Isle Adam (3.09)

19 May 44      Mont Couple (1.58)                    5 Aug 44        Chausse (3.03)

21 May 44      Duisburg (4.05)                          8 Aug 44        Lucheux (3.10)

22 May 44      Dortmund (3.51)                         10 Aug 44      La Pallice (5.12)

12 Aug 44      Russelsheim (4.29)

 

This officer is an outstanding pilot and captain who is now on his second tour of operations.  He is a first class leader with an excellent knowledge of airmanship and its application in emergencies.  On two different occasions his aircraft was attacked by enemy fighters but through his keen presence of mind and skilful manipulation of the controls he was able to bring his damaged aircraft back to base.  The excellent personal example set by Flying Officer Herbert to all members of his crew is most commendable.

 

HERBERT, F/L Ralph Gordon, DFC (J85050) - Bar to Distinguished Flying Cross - No.405 Squadron - Award effective 5 February 1945 as per London Gazette dated 16 February 1945 and AFRO 563/45 dated 29 March 1945.

 

Throughout two tours of operational duty Flight Lieutenant Herbert has proved himself to be a skilful and successful pilot and captain of aircraft.  The targets attacked include such heavily defended areas as Berlin, Stuttgart and Stettin.  His aircraft has been in combat on many occasions.  Despite serious damage sustained during two of these combats he has displayed superb airmanship in flying back to base.  His coolness, courage and devotion to duty even under the most hazardous circumstances have been most commendable.

 

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HERBERT, F/O Raymond Groo (J36863) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.429 Squadron - Award effective 5 April 1945 as per London Gazette dated 13 April 1945 and AFRO 824/45 dated 18 May 1945. Born 1924, Calgary; home in Vancouver (student and former member, Royal Canadian Artillery).  Enlisted Calgary, 19 June 1942.  Trained at No.4 ITS (graduated 4 December 1942), No.5 EFTS (graduated 5 February 1943), No.5 BGS (graduated 4 September 1943), and No.1 CNS (graduated 15 October 1943).  Commissioned October 1943.  Awarded Queens Coronation Medal, 233 October 1953 while at University of British Columbia (Reserve Officer ?).

 

As air bomber this officer has participated in many sorties against important targets in Germany.  At all times he has shown great keenness and determination which together with his fine fighting spirit and devotion to duty have been most praiseworthy.  In November 1944, when returning from a mission against Oberhausen, the aircraft in which Flying Officer Herbert was flying was attacked by a Focke Wulf 190 which opened fire from four hundred yards range while is pilot was taking evasive action.  Flying Officer Herbert promptly fired at the enemy aircraft which caught fire in the air, crashed to the ground and was destroyed.

 

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HERBERT, WO1 (now F/O) Robert Freeman (Can 289/C24837) - Mention in Despatches - No.. 11 Squadron (Canada) - Award effective 28 May 1943 as per London Gazette of that date, Canada Gazette dated 2 June 1943, and AFRO 1459/43 dated 30 July 1943.  Born and educated in Vancouver; enlisted in Vancouver, 24 September 1929.

 

This Warrant Officer is mainly responsible for the extremely satisfactory serviceability of aircraft in this squadron.  By his devotion to duty and close supervision of maintenance work more aircraft have been available for operational flights against the enemy than would have otherwise been possible.  He has the confidence and respect of his senior officers and the airmen serving under him.

 

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HERCHMER, F/L Kirby Alexander (C7996) - Mention in Despatches - No.165 Squadron - Award effective 14 June 1945 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 1127/45 dated 6 July 1945. - Enlisted in Winnipeg, 11 October 1941.

 

Flight Lieutenant Herchmer, senior flight despatcher for No.165 Squadron, has been largely responsible for organizing and operating the despatch and control of the squadron's operations on the North West Staging Route and the West Coast.  He has done a brilliant job of despatching and his efforts in this and in training both assistants and aircrew in meteorology have been far beyond the bounds of ordinary duty.  Results obtained by him have been directly responsible for an excellent safety record.

 

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HERDER, F/L Hubert Clinton (J10972) - Air Force Cross - No.9 SFTS - Award effective 14 June 1945 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 1127/45 dated 6 July 1945. - Born in St.John's, Newfoundland, 27 November 1917; director of the St,John's Evening Telegram before war.  Enlisted in Ottawa, 6 June 1940 - trained at No.1 ITS (graduated 20 July 1940), No.3 EFTS (graduated 7 October 1940) and No.31 SFTS (graduated 14 December 1940).  Governor General's Records (RG.7 Group 26, Vol.59, file 190-I, dossier 7) has citation.  When recommended he had flown 2,400 hours, 2,174 as instructor, 107 in previous six months.

 

This officer has been on continuous instructional duties on this unit since April 1941.  During this time he has completed approximately twenty-four hundred flying hours.  He is the most outstanding flight commander and assistant squadron commander at this unit.  His qualities of leadership have proven an invaluable asset to this unit and the manner in which he has at all times carried out each and every one of his duties is in keeping with the highest traditions of the service.

 

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HERIOT, F/L Duncan Halley (C8090) - 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 Toronto; enlisted there 18 April 1941.

 

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HERMANSON, F/O Evert Emanual (J19175) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.409 Squadron - Award effective 29 June 1945 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 1453/45 dated 14 September 1945. Born in Buchanan, Saskatchewan; home there (chemist's assistant).  Enlisted Regina, 22 April 1941.  Trained at No.2 ITS (graduated 21 July 1941), No.19 EFTS (graduated 25 September 1941) and No.12 SFTS (graduated 19 December 1941).  Commissioned 1945.   Cited with his observer, F/L Douglas J.T. Hamm (RCAF, awarded DFC); see above for citation.

 

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HERMANSON, FS Robert Gerald (R98776) - Mention in Despatches - Skipton-on-Swale - Award effective 14 June 1945 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 1600/45 dated 12 October 1945. Home in Buchanan, Saskatchewan.  Enlisted in Saskatoon, 23 April 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 15 months in Canada, 42 months overseas.  NCO in charge of DSS Radar.

 

Flight Sergeant Hermanson, by virtue of his long service on operational squadrons overseas, conscientious devotion to duty, and regard for the welfare of those of whom he is in charge, deserves special mention.  He has displayed a quality of leadership which has been an inspiration to those serving with him, encouraging them, through personal example, in many circumstances requiring special effort to get maximum radar operation serviceability.  His practical ability has been demonstrated on every occasion in which a quick decision was necessary, thus inspiring his men with confidence of a high order.  His ideas for increasing the efficiency of the radar section as a whole have been no less noteworthy.

 

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HERON, F/L Gordon Lachlan (J27687) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.420 Squadron - Award effective 5 February 1945 as per London Gazette dated 16 February 1945 and AFRO 563/45 dated 29 March 1945.  Born in Victoria, 1914; home in Vancouver.  Educated at University of British Columbia.  Enlisted Vancouver, 30 April 1942.  Trained at No.7 ITS (graduated 4 December 1942), No.6 EFTS (graduated 19 February 1943) and No.4 SFTS (graduated 25 June 1943).  Commissioned 1943.  No citation other than "completed...numerous operations against the enemy in the course of which [he has] invariably displayed the utmost fortitude, courage and devotion to duty."  DHist file 181.009 D.1730 (PAC RG.24 Vol.20607) has recommendation dated 9 November 1944 when he had flown 35 sorties (171 hours 10 minutes).

 

Flight Lieutenant Heron has completed numerous successful sorties against the German and occupied targets.  Despite stiffest opposition from combined enemy defences, this officer has invariably pressed home his attacks with coolness and determination.  His enthusiasm for operational duties and his constant request to be on any and all sorties are highly commendable.

 

HERON, F/L Gordon Lachlan, DFC (J27687) - Chevalier, Legion of Honour (France) - Award effective 12 March 1948 as per AFRO 153/48 of that date.

 

HERON, F/L Gordon Lachlan, DFC (J27687) - Croix de Guerre - No.420 Squadron - Awarded as per AFRO 1619/45 dated 19 October 1945.  Trained at No.7 ITS, No.6 EFTS and No.4 SFTS.  See DHist file 181.009 D.1746 (PAC RG.24 Vol.20608); recommended 10 January 1945, by which time he had flown 35 sorties (171:10 hours).  Recommendation read as follows:

 

This officer was captain of an aircraft detailed to attack enemy troop concentrations in the Caen area on the morning of July 17th.  Just after their bombs were released, their aircraft collided with another bomber causing extensive damage to their own aircraft and making it extremely difficult to control.  A few minutes later, while still over the target area, Flight Lieutenant Heron was engaged by very accurate heavy flak and suffered further damage to the fuselage and mid-upper turret.  Realizing the consequences of abandoning the aircraft in that area and subsequent danger of crashing among our own troops, this officer displayed outstanding coolness and fortitude in struggling back to England with his damaged aircraft. Flight Lieutenant Heron has taken part in many raids on military targets in occupied France, and his care and precision in bombing, together with his inspiring gallantry, have greatly contributed to the liberation of our French allies.

 

Public Records Office Air 2/9645 has recommended citation edited from the above, as follows:

 

This officer was captain of an aircraft engaged in attacking enemy troops concentrations on the morning of July 17th.  Just after the bombs were released their aircraft collided with another causing extensive damage to their aircraft.  Soon after this incident they were engaged by very accurate heavy anti-aircraft fire and suffered further damage.  With outstanding coolness and fortitude this officer flew his damaged aircraft back to base in England.  He has displayed a very high degree of gallantry and leadership.

 

NOTE:  This award was announced again as being a Croix de Guerre with Palm (France), effective 12 March 1948 as per AFRO 153/48 of that date.  Why repeat the announcement except to modify it ?

 

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HERON, F/O Peter William (J11139) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.407 Squadron - Award effective 2 June 1944 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 1444/44 dated 7 July 1944.  Born in Edmonton, 1920; home there. Enlisted Edmonton 29 May 1941.  Trained at No.2 ITS (graduated 1 October 1941), No.2 EFTS (graduated 19 December 1941) and No.10 SFTS (graduated 10 April 1942).  Commissioned 1942.

 

This officer has completed a large number of sorties including many anti-submarine patrols.  On three occasions he has engaged U-Boats.  On the last occasion in February 1944, the submarine was sighted with decks awash and Flying Officer Heron at once pressed home a determined attack from extremely low level, straddling the vessel with a number of depth charges.  This officer has invariably displayed a high degree of courage and tenacity.

 

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HERRING, F/L Arthur Murray (J10764) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.101 Squadron - Award effective 30 October 1945 as per London Gazette dated 6 November 1945 and AFRO 155/46 dated 15 February 1946.  Born in Toronto, 1920; home at Long Branch, Ontario (clerk, accountant; former member of RCN).  Enlisted Hamilton, 2 July 1941.  Trained at No.3 ITS (graduated 7 October 1941), No.17 EFTS (graduated 6 December 1941) and No.8 SFTS (graduated 27 March 1942).  Commissioned March 1942.  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."

 

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HESELTON, P/O Gordon Warters (J18175) - Distinguished Flying Cross -  No.427 Squadron - Award effective 30 November 1943 as per London Gazette dated 10 December 1943 and AFRO 297/44 dated 11 February 1944.  Born in Vancouver, 1919; home there; enlisted there 6 August 1941.  Trained at No.4 ITS (graduated 5 December 1941), No.8 BGS (graduated 9 May 1942), No.2 AOS (graduated 27 March 1942), and No. 1 ANS (graduated 8 June 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."

 

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HESS, S/L Clifford Borden (J6720) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.432 Squadron - Award effective 6 November 1943 as per London Gazette dated 12 November 1943 and AFRO 2610/43 dated 17 December 1943.  Born at Lone Butte, Alberta, 1918; home in Iroquois, Ontario.  Enlisted Kingston, 11 November 1940.  Trained at No.1 ITS (graduated 17 March 1941), No.11 EFTS (graduated 16 May 1941) and No.9 SFTS (graduated 9 August 1941).   Staff pilot in Canada to August 1942.  A/S/L, 1943.  No citation in AFRO other than "completed many successful operations against the enemy in which [he] displayed high skill, fortitude and devotion to duty."  DHist file 181.009 D.5557 (RG.24 Vol.20668) has recommendation dated 19 September 1943 when he had flown 23 sorties (125 hours 30 minutes), 6 February to 30 August 1943.

 

Under a calm and quiet manner this officer has shown exceptional qualities of leadership and coolness.  During his 23 operational sorties he has only once been unsuccessful in not bombing the target.  The majority of these trips have been over heavily defended targets in Germany, such as Dortmund, Dusseldorf, Krefeld, Mulheim, Wuppertal, Gelsenkircken, Cologne, Hamburg, and Essen.  His quiet confidence, which has inspired a high standard of morale in his crew, and his co-operation, coolness and devotion to duty warrant a strong recommendation for the award of the Distinguished Flying Cross.

 

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HESS, F/L William Minor (J12869) - Mention in Despatches - No.34 WSU - Award effective 1 January 1945 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 379/45 dated 2 March 1945.  American, home in Ogdensburg, New York; enlisted in Ottawa, 11 August 1941.  Trained at No.3 ITS (graduated 2 January 1942), No.17 EFTS (graduated 13 March 1942) and No.8 SFTS (graduated 17 July 1942.  No citation.

 

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HESSENFLOW, F/L Harold (C2639) - Commended for Valuable Services in the Air - No.12 Aeronautical Inspection District - Award effective 11 August 1945 as per Canada Gazette of that date and AFRO 1453/45 dated 14 September 1945.  Enlisted in Ottawa, 19 August 1940.

 

Flight Lieutenant Hessenflow is in charge of Acceptance and Testing of Mosquito aircraft at this District and has carried out his duties in a most efficient and conscientious manner.  He is at all times most co-operative and always available for any work to be done, never thinking of himself and always devoted to duty.  He has made many special flights on research of Mosquito aircraft.

 

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HESSIAN, S/L Basil Lloyd (C4041) - Mention in Despatches - Overseas - Award effective 1 January 1943 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 232/43 dated 12 February 1943.  Home in Vancouver, enlisted in Camp Borden 16 November 1940.  No citation.

 

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HETHERINGTON, F/O John Nicol (J29846) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.426 Squadron - Award effective 6 January 1945 as per London Gazette dated 16 January 1945 and AFRO 508/45 dated 23 March 1945.  Born 1914; home in New Westminster (pharmacist). Enlisted Vancouver, 9 July 1942.  Trained at No.2 ITS (graduated 19 March 1943) and No.2 AOS (graduated 20 August 1943).  Commissioned 1943.  Navigator to F/L L.A. Mann.  Posted to Repatriation Depot, 3 November 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.4431 (RG.24 Vol.20649) has recommendation dated 16 October 1944 when he had flown 33 sorties (146 hours ten minutes), 28 June to 14 October 1944.

 

Flying Officer Hetherington has completed 33 sorties during which he has acquired a reputation for his skill and coolness under every kind of strain.  On one occasion he navigated using only D.R. methods, all his other equipment being unserviceable, arriving on time at the target with sufficient accuracy for the Bomb Aimer to obtain a picture of the aiming point.  His navigation throughout has always been of a high standard, his efficiency and keenness beyond reproach.  He is strongly recommended for the award of the Distinguished Flying Cross (Non-Immediate).

 

NOTE: Further to the above, the same file has an undated recommendation for a DFC when he had done eight trips (34 hours 55 minutes).  This noted that he had lost his first captain in a crash in June 1944 and since then had been a spare navigator, volunteering vigorously and showing great determination and devotion to duty.  The station commander at Linton-on-Ouse, Group Captain C.L. Annis, sent it back to the squadron on 24 August 1944, noting,  "I do not consider this officer has, as yet, put in sufficient sorties nor otherwise rendered sufficiently distinguished flying to justify the award of the DFC at this time."

 

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HEWETSON, F/O Harvey John (J27629) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.625 Squadron - Award effective 15 March 1945 as per London Gazette dated 27 March 1945 and AFRO 1127/45 dated 6 July 1945.  Born 1923 in Saskatoon; home there (student, former COTC).  Enlisted Saskatoon, 21 January 1942.  Trained at No.2 ITS (graduated 20 June 1942), No.2 EFTS (graduated 25 September 1942) and No.11 SFTS (graduated 25 June 1943).  Commissioned June 1943.  No citation other than "completed...many successful operations against the enemy in which [he has] displayed high skill, fortitude and devotion to duty."  Public Records Office Air 2/9050 has recommendation dated 14 December 1944 when he had flown 25 sorties (128 hours):

 

                              * bombs brought back on instructions of Master Bomber

 

16 Sept 44     Rheine-Salzbergen                    2 Nov 44         Dusseldorf

17 Sept 44     Eikenhorst                                  4 Nov 44         Bochum

26 Sept 44     Calais                                          6 Nov 44         Gelsenkirchen

27 Sept 44     Calais                                          8 Nov 44         Wanne Eickel

28 Sept 44     Calais*                                        11 Nov 44      Dortmund

5 Oct 44         Saarbrucken                               16 Nov 44      Duren

7 Oct 44         Emmerich                                   18 Nov 44      Wanne Eickel

12 Oct 44       Fort Fredrick-Hendrik                21 Nov 44      Aschaffenburg

14 Oct 44       Duisburg                                     27 Nov 44      Freiburg

14 Oct 44       Duisburg                                     6 Dec 44        Merseburg-Leuna

20 Oct 44       Stuttgart                                      12 Dec 44      Essen

23 Oct 44       Essen                                          17 Dec 44      Ulm

31 Oct 44       Cologne

 

Flying Officer Hewetson is the Canadian captain and pilot of a Lancaster aircraft and has now completed 25 sorties comprising 128 operational hours.  Among the targets he has operated against, many of the enemy's strongest defence have been overcome and successful attacks delivered against important targets such as Duisburg, Stuttgart, Essen, Dusseldorf, Bochum and Dortmund.

 

On each occasion Flying Officer Hewetson has pursued the task in hand to the utmost and he and his crew have won for themselves a very high reputation for determination and devotion to duty, pressing home his attack with total disregard of enemy opposition.  He has on many occasions obtained photographs of the target, allowing nothing to deter him from reaching and bombing the target.

 

This officer's cheerfulness, confidence and high spirits when under fire has done much to inspire the remainder of his crew.  He has set a high standard of courage and devotion to duty during his tour of operations, and I strongly recommend him for an award of the Distinguished Flying Cross.

 

The commander at RAF Station Kelstern added (16 December 1944):

 

Under a breezy, cheerful manner this officer has always carried out his allotted task with the greatest determination.  He is a very fine captain and leader, whose example has been a great asset to his squadron.  He is strongly recommended for the award of the Distinguished Flying Cross.

 

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HEWITT, Corporal Howard Edward (R177021) - Mention in Despatches - No.405 Squadron - Award effective 1 January 1945 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 425/45 dated 9 March 1945.  Home in Magnetawan, Ontario.  Enlisted North Bay, 15 July 1941.

 

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HEWITT, F/L Harold Arthur (J21294) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.419 Squadron - Award effective 5 August 1944 as per London Gazette dated 18 August 1944 and AFRO 2101/44 dated 29 September 1944.  Born in Emerson, Manitoba; home at Lac Vert, Saskatchewan.  Educated at University of Saskatchewan.  Enlisted Regina, 30 September 1940.  Trained at No.2 ITS (graduated 12 November 1940), No.10 EFTS (graduated 17 November 1940) and No.5 SFTS (graduated 17 March 1941).  Commissioned 1942.  No citation other than "completed ...many successful operations against the enemy in which [he has] displayed high skill, fortitude and devotion to duty."  Public Records Office Air 2/9632 has recommendation dated 17 May 1944 when he had flown 32 sorties (229 hours 20 minutes), 24 July 1943 to 16 March 1944.

 

24 Jul 43        Hamburg (6.00)                            16 Nov 43      Sea Search (4.00)

25 Jul 43        Essen (5.10)                                 19 Nov 43      Leverkusen (7.00)

27 Jul 43        Hamburg (5.50)                            22 Nov 43      Berlin (7.15)

29 Jul 43        Hamburg (6.00)                            25 Nov 43      Frankfurt (7.35)

30 Jul 43        Remscheid (5.45)                        29 Nov 43      Berlin (7.30)

2 Aug 43        Hamburg (4.40)                            28 Jan 44       Berlin (8.00)

12 Aug 43      Milan (9.50)                                   2 Feb 44        GARDENING, Kiel Bay

17 Aug 43      Peenemunde (8.45)                                             (5.50)

22 Aug 43      Leverkusen (6.45)                        15 Feb 44      Berlin (6.05)

23 Aug 43      Berlin (7.45)                                  19 Feb 44      Leipzig (7.25)

27 Aug 43      Nuremburg (8.30)                         24 Feb 44      GARDENING, Kiel Bay

31 Aug 43      Berlin (8.20)                                                          (6.35)

5 Sept 43       Mannheim (7.50)                          25 Feb 44      GARDENING, Kiel Bay

6 Sept 43       Munich (10.10)                                                      (5.50)

23 Sep 43      Mannheim (7.45)                          12 Mar 44      Le Mans (5.40)

3 Oct 43         Kassel (6.35)                                15 Mar 44      Amiens (5.15)

3 Nov 43         Dusseldorf (5.00)                         16 Mar 44      Amiens (5.10)

11 Nov 43      Cannes (9.30)

 

This officer has completed 32 night sorties against the enemy, 25 of them being to main targets in the interior of Germany.  As Deputy Flight Commander of "A" Flight he has, by his fine personal example and enthusiasm to attack the enemy, contributed in a great measure to the efficiency and high esprit de corps of those he comes in contact with.

 

I consider that this officer's continuous gallantry, the fine leadership qualities he has shown and his determination to attack the enemy at all times fully merits the non-immediate award of the Distinguished Flying Cross.

 

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HEWITT, F/L John Thorburn (J85562) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.10 Squadron - Award effective 4 November 1944 as per London Gazette dated 14 November 1944 and AFRO 239/45 dated 9 February 1945.  Born in Simcoe County, Ontario; home in Orillia (brass worker).  Enlisted Toronto, 30 September 1941.  Trained at No.1 ITS (graduated 25 April 1942), No.7 EFTS (graduated 3 July 1942) and No.16 SFTS (graduated 6 November 1942).  Commissioned 1944.

 

This officer has proved himself to be an outstanding captain of aircraft and a skilful and resolute pilot. He has always pressed home his attacks with utmost determination and obtained many valuable photographs.  His aircraft was detailed to attack a target in Berlin in December 1943.  On leaving the target area a Junkers 88 attacked his bomber.  By skilful evasive tactics, in co-operation with his gunners, the enemy aircraft was hit and crashed to the ground.  During a sortie on Fouillard in June 1944, his aircraft was attacked by a Junkers 88 which was shot down.  Again in June 1944 he was in combat with a Messerschmitt 210 which was shot down over Blainville.  Flight Lieutenant Hewitt displayed brilliant combat manoeuvres during these hazardous operations which undoubtedly contributed to the extrication of his crew and aircraft from dangerous situations.

 

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HEWSON, F/L Benjamin George (J10354) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.357 Squadron - Award effective 11 December 1945 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 212/46 dated 1 March 1946.  Born 1916 in Indian Head, Saskatchewan; home in Winnipeg.  Enlisted Regina, 17 July 1940.  Trained at No.2 ITS (graduated 12 October 1940), No.12 EFTS (graduated 10 December 1940) and No.4 SFTS (graduated 2 March 1941).  Commissioned March 1942.

 

This officer has an outstanding record of operational flying.  He has completed fifty-one sorties against targets in Burma and Siam.  On one occasion in June 1945, he undertook a sortie in the Bangkok area.  Extremely adverse weather prevented him finding the exact area.  Nevertheless he followed the railway line a distance of 120 miles in order to locate his objective.  The route he followed was very heavily defended and took him directly over two enemy occupied airfields.  The operation, however, was a complete success.  As a deputy flight commander this officer, by his ability and leadership, has contributed largely to the success of the flight.

 

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HEWSON, P/O Kenneth (J17979) - Distinguished Flying Cross -  No.76 Squadron - Award effective 6 November 1943 as per London Gazette dated 16 November 1943 and AFRO 2610/43 dated 17 December 1943.  Born in Birmingham, England, 1923; home on Long Island, New York.  Enlisted Montreal, 3 October 1941.  Trained at No.3 ITS (graduated 31 December 1941), No.17 EFTS (graduated 26 March 1942) and No.8 SFTS (graduated 17 July 12942).  Commissioned 1943.  No citation in AFRO other than "completed many successful operations against the enemy in which [he] displayed high skill, fortitude and devotion to duty."

 

 

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HEXEMER, LAC Edgar Oscar (R100504) - Mention in Despatches - No.408 Squadron (No.62 Base in AFRO) - Award effective 1 January 1945 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 425/45 dated 9 March 1945.  No citation in AFRO; DHist file 181.009 D.1719 (PAC RG.24 Vol.20606) has  recommendation forwarded 31 July 1944. Fitter IIE, Home in Lancaster, Ontario; enlisted in Toronto, 19 March 1941.  Served 11 months in Canada, 28 months in UK.

 

This airman who is much older and more mature than his crew has at all times during operations shown an utter disregard for physical discomforts.  His courage and devotion to duty have been a guide to his team mates and he has set a magnificent example to all who have come in contact with him.

 

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HEXTER, FS George Eric (R129608) - Distinguished Flying Medal - No.619 Squadron - Award effective 14 April 1944 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 1020/44 dated 12 May 1944.  Born 1923 in London, Ontario; home there; enlisted there 25 September 1941.  Trained at No.6 ITS (graduated 19 June 1942), No.12 EFTS (ceased training 25 September 1942), No.8 BGS (graduated 4 December 1942) and No.2 AOS (graduated 22 January 1943).  Cited with a FS Schofield (RAF ? GET MORE DETAILS).

 

Flight Sergeant Hexter and Flight Sergeant Schofield were bomb aimer and pilot respectively of an aircraft detailed to attack Stuttgart one night in March 1944.  When abut 150 miles from the target the aircraft was attacked by a fighter. Before the enemy aircraft could be evaded the bomber had sustained much damage, while Flight Sergeant Hexter had been wounded in the hand and foot.  Undeterred, Flight Sergeant Schofield continued his mission and eventually reached the target over which he was able guided by Flight Sergeant Hexter who, though in considerable pain, had insisted on remaining at his post.  Shortly afterwards the oxygen supply failed but Flight Sergeant Schofield came down to a lower altitude and afterwards flew the damaged aircraft to this country where he effected a safe landing at an airfield near the coast.  This airman displayed skill, courage and determination of a high order.  Flight Sergeant Hexter also set a fine example of courage and fortitude and his conduct in trying circumstances was worthy of great praise.

 

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HEYBROEK, W/C Ernest Peter (J7318) - Mention in Despatches - Overseas - Award effective 1 January 1946 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 322/46 dated 29 March 1946.  Home in Montreal; enlisted there 27 November 1940.  Trained at No.2 ITS (graduated 26 March 1941), No.18 EFTS (graduated 9 June 1941) and No.12 SFTS (graduated 1 September 1941).  Recommended for MiD, 10 February 1944 while with No.409 Squadron; no details found.

 

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HEYWORTH, Sergeant George (R138012) - British Empire Medal - No.6 OTU - Award effective 1 January 1946 as per Canada Gazette of that date and AFRO 82/46 dated 25 January 1946.  Enlisted in Vancouver, 14 October 1941.

 

Possessed of a vivid imagination and exceptionally talented as a painter and sketcher, Sergeant Heyworth has designed and executed very many drawings for have been used for educational, instructional and morale purposes.  This has been done outside of normal working hours and, in the interests of the unit, he has unstintingly made his talents available to all sections, which work was accomplished only through sacrifice of many hours of leisure.

 

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