HIAM, F/L Gilbert St.George Robidoux (C4007) - Mention in Despatches - No.62 Base - Award effective 1 January 1945 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 337/45 dated 23 February 1945.  Home in Montreal; enlisted in Ottawa, 14 June 1940.

 

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HICKEN, F/L Howard Skouson (J29118) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.426 Squadron - Award effective 10 May 1945 as per London Gazette dated 22 May 1945 and AFRO 1147/45 dated 13 July 1945.  Born in Raymond, Alberta, 1919; home there (farmer).  Formerly in Royal Canadian Artillery.  Enlisted Halifax, 1 June 1942.  Trained at No.3 ITS (graduated 9 January 1943), No.4 EFTS (graduated 17 April 1943) and No.13 SFTS (graduated 6 August 1943).  Commissioned 1943.  Posted from No.61 Base to No.426 Squadron, 15 July 1944; from No.426 Squadron to No.1695 (B) DT Flight, 26 February 1945.   No citation other than "completed...numerous operations against the enemy in the course of which [he has] invariably displayed the utmost fortitude, courage and devotion to duty".  DHist file 181.009 D.2891 (RG.24 Vol.20633) has recommendation dated 7 January 1945 when he had flown 31 sorties (185 hours 30 minutes), 23 July 1944 to 2 January 1945.

 

This officer has completed 31 sorties in his first tour of operations against the enemy.  He has attacked such targets as Kiel, Hamburg, Ludwigshaven and many heavily defended cities in the Ruhr.  Throughout his tour Flight Lieutenant Hicken has shown himself to be a cool, resolute Captain who can be relied upon to press home his attack against all opposition to the best advantage.

 

His determination and keenness for operations coupled with his desire to assist new pilots in all respects have been a source of inspiration to all concerned and has set a fine example for courage and persistence.  He is therefore strongly recommended for the award of the Distinguished Flying Cross (Non-Immediate).

 

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HICKERSON, F/L Carl Wendell (C3161) - Air Force Cross - No.124 Ferry Squadron - Award effective 28 May 1943 as per London Gazette dated 2 June 1943 and AFRO 1459/43 dated 30 July 1943. American in RCAF; home in Ryan, Oklahoma.  Educated at Oklahoma State Teachers College and University of Arizona (B.Sc.).  Enlisted at Ottawa, 15 November 1940.

 

This officer has been employed as a ferry pilot and Flight Leader for approximately fourteen months.  Throughout this period he has displayed exceptional skill and unswerving devotion to duty, which have been an excellent example and inspiration to other pilots.  In the past twelve months he has flown 19 types of aircraft, often under very difficult conditions, with an aggregate of 613 hours.  This has been accomplished without an accident to mar his enviable record.

 

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HICKEY, F/O Francis Lawrence (J36401) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.101 Squadron - Award effective 5 April 1945 as per London Gazette dated 13 April 1945 and AFRO 824/45 dated 18 May 1945. Born in Lethbridge, Alberta, 1922; home in Edmonton (inspector); enlisted in Calgary, 17 September 1942.  Trained at No.4 ITS (graduated 30 April 1943) and No.2 AOS (graduated 1 October 1943).  Commissioned October 1943.  Postwar with No.418 (Auxiliary) Squadron.   No citation other than "completed...numerous operations against the enemy in the course of which [he has] invariably displayed the utmost courage and devotion to duty."  Public Records Office Air 2/9089 has recommendation dated 12 January 1945 when he had flown thirty sorties (149 hours eight minutes).  Sortie sheet badly torn and part missing; operations commenced 3 September 1944 and conclude with a raid on Bonn.  He appears to have been in the same crew as F/O Norman L. Austen and it may be deduced their careers are either identical or differ only with respect to one sortie.

 

Flying Officer Hickey, a Canadian, has completed a very fine tour of operations with this squadron, comprising 30 successful sorties against a variety of targets in Germany and occupied Europe.  This officer has at all times displayed a fine offensive spirit and by his skill, determination and outstanding cheerfulness in the face of danger, he has been an excellent example to the crew and greatly helped his captain to maintain a high standard of morale.

 

Flying Officer Hickey has always shown a highly commendable keenness for operations and a determination to complete the task in hand, undeterred by the heaviest opposition, and the success of many difficult and fiercely opposed sorties has been to a great extent due to his technical excellence as a navigator.  At all times assured that no effort of his was spared to achieve the very best results, his captain and crew have the greatest confidence in his ability to deal successfully with any navigational emergency.

 

It is recommended that this officer's devotion to duty and splendid record of achievement together with his constant courageous example be recognized by an award of the Distinguished Flying Cross.

 

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HICKEY, FS (now P/O) Keith Alexander (R193797/J94915) - Distinguished Flying Medal - No.408 Squadron - Award effective 8 September 1945 as per London Gazette dated 21 September 1945 and AFRO 1704/45 dated 9 November 1945.  Born 1919 in Cobourg, Ontario; home in Highland Creek, Ontario (clerk).  Enlisted Toronto, 24 September 1940.  Trained at No.6 ITS (graduated 18 September 1942) and No.1 AOS (graduated 25 February 1944.  No citation other than "completed...numerous operations against the enemy in the course of which [he has] displayed the utmost fortitude, courage and devotion to duty."  DHist file 181.009 D.2618 (RG.24 Vol.20627) has recommendation dated 18 April 1945 when he had completed 14 sorties (96 hours 40 minutes), 14 February to 8 April 1945.

 


As navigator on four-engined aircraft, this NCO's operational record to date is considered highly deserving of recognition.  On one operational trip in particular, during an attack on Kiel [NOTE - not listed in his sorties on this form], Flight Sergeant Hickey did an exceptional trip of navigation.  Before reaching the target, all navigational aids became unserviceable or were unreliable.  In spite of this, two good fixes were obtained, one before the target and one after the target.

 

A manual air plot was kept going during the whole of the trip, and the accuracy of same was good.  Maximum use was made of this air plot.  When he finally was able to determine his position accurately he used an ingenious method to waste time, and in doing so succeeded in arriving on the target only 1/3 a minute early.  During the whole trip he displayed extreme coolness, good judgement and quick thinking, and showed exceptional navigation ability.

 

This navigator, by his keenness and cool judgement, has been a source of inspiration to his crew, and an example to his fellow navigators...

 

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HICKEY, F/O Lawrence Francis (J10966) - Commended for Valuable Services in the Air - No.8 SFTS - Awarded 1 January 1943 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 55/43 dated 15 January 1943.  Born at Kingston, Ontario, 2 June 1919.  Enlisted in Vancouver, 5 June 1940.  Trained at No.1 ITS, No.8 EFTS and No.4 SFTS.

 

Flying Officer Hickey has been a steady, hard-working instructor for 19 months, during which time he has flown 1,196 hours.  He has set a high standard of efficiency and has earned the respect and admiration of all his pupils.  His skill, initiative and enthusiasm have been an inspiration to all.

 

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HICKEY, S/L Rutherford James (C3898) - 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 Saint John, New Brunswick; enlisted in Moncton, 15 February 1941.

 

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HICKMAN, F/O William Robert (J26667) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.8 Squadron - Award effective 28 November 1945 as per London Gazette dated 11 December 1945 and AFRO 212/46 dated 1 March 1946.  Born July 1921, Calgary; home in Vancouver (stock clerk).  Enlisted Vancouver, 8 April 1942.  Trained at No.4 ITS (graduated 23 October 1942), No.5 EFTS (graduated 22 January 1943) and No.15 SFTS (graduated 28 May 1943).  Commissioned May 1943.

 


As captain of aircraft this officer has completed many operational sorties.  More recently he has been engaged on supply dropping missions and has achieved many successes despite having to operate over difficult mountainous terrain or over broad stretches of open ocean.  Throughout, his keenness, cheerful courage and great devotion to duty have set an inspiring example to all.

 

NOTE: Public Records Office Air 2/9138 has recommendation dated 12 September 1945 when he had flown 25 sorties (330 operational hours).

 

This officer has served with the squadron for fifteen months, during which time he has completed a total of 330 operational hours comprising 15 General Reconnaissance sorties and ten Supply Dropping sorties.

 

He has always been exceptionally keen and efficient throughout his long tour with the squadron and brought very many of his Supply Dropping sorties to a successful conclusion, operating firstly over very difficult mountainous terrain, and latterly operating in addition over very broad stretches of open ocean.

 

Flying Officer Hickson's qualities of cheerfulness, keenness, courage and devotion to duty have been an inspiration to all, and have played a considerable part in maintaining the morale and operational efficiency of the squadron.

 

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HICKMOTT, F/O Kenneth Russell (J88264) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.619 Squadron - Award effective 5 July 1945 as per London Gazette dated 20 July 1945 and AFRO 1619/45 dated 19 October 1945.  Born 1924, Leamington, Ontario; home in Harrow, Ontario (farmer).  Enlisted Windsor, 30 June 1942.  Trained at No.1 ITS (graduated 18 December 1942), No.7 EFTS (graduated 19 March 1943) and No.6 SFTS (graduated 23 July 1943).  Commissioned 1944.  No citation other than "completed...numerous operations against the enemy in the course of which [he has] invariably displayed the utmost fortitude, courage and devotion to duty".  Public Records Office Air 2/9081 has recommendation dated 14 March 1945 when he had flown 36 sorties (246 hours ten minutes), 9 September 1944 to 6 March 1945.

 

9 Sept 44       Munchen Gladbach (4.29)        28 Dec 44      Horten (7.21)

11 Sep 44      Darmstadt (6.04)                       1 Jan 45         Mittelland (6.43)

17 Sep 44      Boulogne (3.29)                         4 Jan 45         Royan (6.55)

18 Sep 44      Bremerhaven (6.00)                  5 Jan 45         Houffalize (5.14)

19 Sep 44      Munchen Gladbach (4.37)        13 Jan 45       Politz (9.45)

23 Sep 44      Handorf (5.59)                            16 Jan 45       Brux (9.10)

26 Sep 44      Karlsruhe (7.08)                         1 Feb 45        Siegen (6.19)

5 Oct 44         Wilhelmshaven (4.44)                2 Feb 45        Karlsruhe (7.06)

19 Oct 44       Nuremburg (6.00)                      7 Feb 45        Dortmund-Ems Canal (6.06)

28 Oct 44       Bergen (6.30)                             8 Feb 45        Politz (9.07)

1 Nov 44         Homberg (3.58)                         13 Feb 45      Dresden (9.25)


2 Nov 44         Dusseldorf (5.20)                       14 Feb 45      Rositz (10.06)

4 Nov 44         Dortmund-Ems Canal (4.05)    19 Feb 45      Bohlen (7.38)

11 Nov 44      Harburg (5.07)                            20 Feb 45      Mittelland (5.53)

21 Nov 44      Mittelland (6.06)                         23 Feb 45      GARDENING (6.18)

26 Nov 44      Munich (9.32)                             3 Mar 45         Ladbergen (5.16)

17 Dec 44      Munich (9.46)                             6 Mar 45         Sassnitz (8.45)

18 Dec 44      Gyndia (9.11)

21 Dec 44      Politz (10.58)

 

This officer has successfully completed a first tour of operations as pilot and captain of Lancaster aircraft, and the 36 sorties he has carried out include many penetrations deep into Germany, such as the attacks on Munich, Dresden and Brux.  He has always shown the greatest determination in pressing home his attacks, and by his example he has built up a very sound crew who could be relied upon to tackle any job given to them however difficult or dangerous it might be.

 

The uninterrupted succession of successful attacks carried out by this crew are the direct result of Flying Officer Hickmott's personal gallantry and devotion to duty in the face of the enemy and have set a shining example to all other crews in the squadron.

 

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HICKS, F/O Donald Clarence (J11005) - Mention in Despatches - No.115 Squadron (Canada) - Award effective 8 June 1944 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 1380/44 dated 30 June 1944.  Born at Lewisville, New Brunswick; educated in Dorchester, New Brunswick and Mount Allison University.  Enlisted in Ottawa, 3 March 1941. Trained at No.5 ITS (graduated 26 October 1941), No.3 EFTS (graduated 19 December 1941), and No.14 SFTS (graduated 10 April 1942).  As of award had flown 630 hours, 400 operational (40 sorties).

 

This officer's devotion to duty and energetic participation in flying activities in Alaska have been outstanding.  He is a most efficient and loyal officer and pilot.

 

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HICKS, F/L John Edgar (J12710) - Air Force Cross - No.9 AOS - Award effective 14 June 1945 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 1127/45 dated 6 July 1945.  Born in Hanover, New Hampshire, 23 June 1914.  Educated at Lakefield Preparatory School, Upper Canada College and Queen's University.  Cost Accounting Paymaster with Tropical Oil Company, Columbia.  Enlisted in Toronto, 5 August 1941.  Trained at No.5 ITS (graduated 6 December 1941), No.9 AOS (graduated 28 March 1942), No.1 BGS (graduated 9 May 1942) and No.1 ANS (graduated 4 July 1942). Governor General's Records (RG.7 Group 26, Vol.59, file 190-I, dossier 7) has citation.  When recommended he had flown 205 hours as instructor, 80 hours in previous six months.

 


This officer has rendered outstanding service in devising and developing navigational training aids.  Throughout his service career his industry and efficiency have been of the highest order.  As station navigation officer he has provided excellent leadership and instructional abilities of the highest quality.  These qualities have been a source of inspiration to both instructors and pupils alike.  By splendid devotion to duty he has made a valuable contribution to navigation training.

 

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HICKS, FS Robert Benjamin (R135881) - Distinguished Flying Medal - No.83 Squadron - Award effective 27 September 1943 as per London Gazette dated 15 October 1943 and AFRO 2322/43 dated 12 November 1943.  Born in Pierrepont Manor, New York.  Enlisted in Ottawa, 3 November 1941.  Trained at No.1 ITS (graduated 23 February 1942) and No.7 BGS (graduated 27 July 1942).

 

Flight Sergeant Hicks is an air gunner of fine merit.  He has taken part in a large number of sorties and his skill and coolness in the face of enemy fire have been amply demonstrated on numerous occasions.  He has proved himself to be a most dependable member of aircraft crew.

 

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HICKS, P/O Victor Claire (J18834) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.640 Squadron - Award effective 19 June 1944 as per London Gazette dated June 1944 and AFRO 1861/44 dated 25 August 1944.  Born in Edmonton, 1916; home in Calgary.  Member, Rocky Mountain Rangers, 1940.  Enlisted in Calgary, 14 August 1941.  Trained at No.2 ITS (graduated 28 January 1942) and No.7 AOS (graduated 11 September 1942).  Commissioned 1943. No citation other than "completed...many successful operations against the enemy in which [he has] displayed high skill, fortitude and devotion to duty."  Public Records Office Air 2/8780 has recommendation dated 23 March 1944 when he had flown 26 2/3 sorties (180 hours 30 minutes) as follows:

 

                                                           * counted as 1/3 sortie

 

4 May 43        Rouen (6.05)              Hit several times by light flak

24 July 43       Hamburg (5.40)

29 July 43       Hamburg (5.05)         Returned on three engines

2 Aug 43        Hamburg (4.50)

9 Aug 43        Mannheim (6.25)       Night fighter attack near Boulogne

17 Aug 43      Peenemunde (7.45)

22 Aug 43      Leverkusen (4.55)     Heavy flak over target

16 Sept 43     Modane (7.30)           Severe icing over Alps

22 Sept 43     Hanover (5.20)

23 Sept 43     Mannheim (7.15)

27 Sept 43     Hanover (6.35)


29 Sept 43     Bochum (4.50)           Heavy flak over target.

3 Oct 43         Kassel (7.00)

4 Oct 43         Frankfurt (7.40)          Coned over target; heavy flak

23 Oct 43       Kassel (6.20)             Heavy icing

3 Nov 43         Dusseldorf (4.45)      Heavy icing

22 Nov 43      Berlin (6.45)               Heavy icing

25 Nov 43      Frankfurt (7.10)

26 Nov 43      Stuttgart (7.30)

3 Dec 43        Leipzig (7.45)

30 Jan 44       Berlin (6.15)

15 Feb 44      Berlin (6.25)

19 Feb 44      Leipzig (7.35)            Heavy opposition all the way

20 Feb 44      Stuttgart (7.30)

24 Feb 44      Schweinfurt (7.45)     Returned on three engines from target

6 Mar 44         Trappes (5.15)*

7 Mar 44         Le Mans (5.05)*

15 Mar 44      Stuttgart (7.30)

 

This officer has taken part in many operations over many of the most heavily defended areas in Germany including Berlin, Hamburg and Frankfurt.  He has consistently throughout his tour displayed great keenness and energy as an officer, and well above average skill as a navigator.  The success of the crew to which he belongs is in no small measure due to Flying Officer Hicks' ability and determination.

 

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HICKSON, S/L Egerton Edward (C13864) - Mention in Despatches - Eastern Air Command Headquarters - Award effective 1 January 1946 as per Canada Gazette of that date and AFRO 82/46 dated 25 January 1946.  Home in Toronto; enlisted there, 4 September 1942.

 

This officer has been in charge of Airmen's Postings and Careers in Eastern Air Command for the past twenty-two months.  His meticulous work and devotion to duty have been responsible for the highly developed organization that exists in this branch today.  He has at all times carried out his extensive duties in a most loyal, capable and conscientious manner inspiring great confidence in all those serving under him.

 

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HICKSON, F/O Robert Charles (C17052) - Mention in Despatches - No.169 Squadron - Award effective 1 January 1945 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 379/45 dated 2 March 1945.  Born in Laura, Saskatchewan.  Enlisted in Saskatoon, 18 April 1941.

 


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HIGGENS, F/L Charles Raymond (C3371) - Mention in Despatches - No.429 Squadron - Award effective 14 June 1945 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 1478/45 dated 21 September 1945.  DHist file 181.009 D.2619 (RG.24 Vol.20628) has recommendation for an MBE dated 15 December 1944.  Home in Buswell, B.C.  Enlisted in Vancouver, 9 December 1940.

 

Flight Lieutenant Higgens joined the RCAF in December 1940, and served in Canada until January 1943 when he was posted overseas.  He was appointed Adjutant of 429 Squadron in November 1943.  Since joining the squadron, his untiring zeal and effort, beyond normal requirements, has been an inspiration to all personnel associated with him and has resulted in a squadron "esprit de corps" of the highest order.  This, together with his outstanding administrative ability, is evidenced in the excellent organization enjoyed by the squadron.

 

This officer is 51 years of age, saw active service in the war 1914-18 and has twice been Mentioned in Despatches for service in Mesopotamia and on the North-West Frontier.

 

It is considered that the manner in which this officer has carried out his duties, coupled with his excellent record, merits the award of the MBE.

 

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HIGGINBOTTOM, FS Bernard Howard (R62068) - British Empire Medal - RCAF Station Rockcliffe (Test and Development).  Award effective 14 June 1945 (RCAF Routine Order 1127/45) - Enlisted 25 May 1940 at Saskatoon, Saskatchewan.  Born in Derbyshire, England, 27 July 1912.  Watchmaker in civil life.  Enlisted in Saskatoon, 25 May 1940.  Instrument technician.

 

For a period of two and a half years this non-commissioned officer has carried out in a very efficient and energetic manner the heavy and responsible duties of non-commissioned officer in charge of the maintenance and installation of instruments on test aircraft at this Establishment.  In the course of his duties he has always set an excellent standard in all respects for other personnel to follow. His excellent work, often under very trying conditions, has frequently been the key to success in much of the experimental work carried on at his unit, which required very accurate and reliable instrumentation.

 

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HIGGINS, S/L Clarence Wilfred - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.431 Squadron - Award effective 10 May 1944 as per London Gazette dated 23 May 1944 and AFRO 1380/44 dated 30 June 1944.  Born in Charlottetown, 1914; home there.  Enlisted in Charlottetown, 10 September 1940. Trained at No.1 ITS (graduated 14 January 1941), No.4 EFTS (graduated 5 March 1941) and No.8 SFTS (graduated 3 July 1941).  DHist file 181.009 D.5526 (RG.24 Vol.20667) has recommendation dated 20 February 1944 when he had flown 32 sorties (176 hours 45 minutes).  First tour was 23 November 1941 to 6 October 1942 (27 sorties which included returning on three engines from Bremen, 29 June 1942, and returning from Essen on three engines after a flak hit, 4 August 1942.  Second tour had been five sorties to date (22 October 1943 to 29 January 1944), with attacks by fighters on last two trips (20 January and 29 January 1944, both to Berlin).  Commissioned 1942.

 

This officer has taken part in attacks on numerous targets in the Ruhr Valley and other such heavily defended objectives as Berlin, Mannheim, and Hamburg.  He is now on his second tour of operations and has consistently shown great determination, initiative and fine airmanship.  On three occasions Squadron Leader Higgins has flown his aircraft back from Germany with one engine not functioning and in two other sorties has successfully evaded persistent attacks by enemy night fighters.

 

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HIGGINS, F/O Donald Joel (J46682) - Commended for Valuable Services in the Air - No.8 Bombing and Gunnery School - Award effective 1 January 1946 as per Canada Gazette of that date and AFRO 82/46 dated 25 January 1946.  Home in Lethbridge; enlisted in Regina, 4 January 1941.  Trained at No.2 ITS (graduated 2 May 1941), No.18 EFTS (graduated 2 July 1941), and No.15 SFTS (graduated 13 September 1941).

 

This officer has shown commendable enthusiasm and diligence in the performance of his duties as a Staff Pilot.  As well as being a very skilful pilot, he has been skilful in directing others, and ever ready to accept full responsibility in whatever his duties require.  He at all times commands the respect of his fellow pilots and strengthens the hand of those whom he serves.

 

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HIGGINS, FS Francis Joseph (R98109) - Distinguished Flying Medal - No.427 Squadron - Award effective 7 May 1943 as per London Gazette dated 25 May 1943 and AFRO 1247/43 dated 2 July 1943.  Born in Amhurstburg, Ontario, 1921; home there.  Enlisted in Windsor, 22 April 1941.  Trained at No.3 ITS (graduated 27 July 1941), No.11 EFTS (graduated 20 September 1941), and No.8 SFTS (graduated 5 December 1941).

 

Flight Sergeant Higgins piloted an aircraft detailed to attack a target in southwest Germany one night in 1943.  Shortly after bombing the target the aircraft was hit by anti-aircraft fire and much damage was sustained.  In difficult circumstances Flight Sergeant Higgins flew the aircraft to an airfield in this country where he effected a successful crash landing.  He displayed great courage and determination.

 


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HIGGINS, P/O Gordon Richard (J87596) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.78 Squadron - Award effective 5 February 1945 as per London Gazette dated 16 February 1945 and AFRO 563/45 dated 29 March 1945.  Born in Winnipeg, 1911; home in Montreal.  Was in RCA 1927-36 and  Canadian Guards 1940-42.  Enlisted in Halifax, 26 June 1942.  Trained at No.5 ITS (graduated 19 December 1942) and No.7 AOS (graduated 14 May 1943).  Commissioned 1944.  No citation other than "completed...numerous operations against the enemy in the course of which [he has] invariably displayed the utmost fortitude, courage and devotion to duty."  Public Records Office Air 2/8831 has recommendation dated 17 November 1944 when he had flown 38 sorties (165 hours 30 minutes), 26 April to 25 September 1944.

 

26 Apr 44       Paris (5.49)                            12 Jul 44        Thiverny (4.03)

27 Apr 44       Montzen (4.35)                      15 Jul 44        Nucourt (4.00)

30 Apr 44       Acheres (4.45)                      17 Jul 44        Caen (4.24)

9 May 44        Berneval (3.52)                      18 Jul 44        Acquet (4.11)

10 May 44      Lens (3.48)                            20 Jul 44        Bottrop (4.17)

19 May 44      Boulogne (3.01)                    1 Aug 44        Trouville (3.40)

22 May 44      Orleans (5.18)                       3 Aug 44        Bois de Cassan (4.00)

2 June 44       Trappes (4.57)                      5 Aug 44        Foret de Nieppe

12 Jun 44       Amiens (4.02)                                                (3.17)

14 Jun 44       Douai (3.45)                          9 Aug 44        Foret de Mormal

22 Jun 44       Laon (4.36)                                                    (4.08)

24 Jun 44       Noyelle E.C. (3.36)               10 Aug 44      Dijon (6.41)   

25 Jun 44       Montorgueil (5.09)                 12 Aug 44      Brunswick (5.29)

27 Jun 44       Mont Condon (3.49)              14 Aug 44      Falaise (3.44)

28 Jun 44       Blainville (6.39)                      15 Aug 44      Tirlemont (3.56)

4 July 44         St.Martin l'Hey                       16 Aug 44      GARDENING (5.32)

(3.35)                                      26 Aug 44      Homburg (4.26)

5 July 44         St.Martin l'Hey                       1 Sept 44       Lumbres (3.16)

(1.28), DNCO, stbd               10 Sep 44      Le Havre (3.09)

inner unserviceable               20 Sep 44      Calais (3.14)

6 July 44         Croixdale (3.48)                    23 Sep 44      Neuss (4.31)

8 July 44         Chateau Bernapre                25 Sep 44      Calais (3.12)

(3.44)

 

This officer has now completed his first operational tour consisting of 38 sorties (121 points), involving a total of 165 hours.

 

As navigator in one of our most outstanding crews, he has made a valuable contribution to the squadron's successes.  His work on operations has always been of a very high standard, and he has shown great keenness for operations.  On the ground he has worked unsparingly in the training of new navigators and the present standard of navigation on the squadron is in no small measure due to his efforts.


For his devotion to duty this officer is strongly recommended for the award of the Distinguished Flying Cross.

 

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HIGGINS, FS (now P/O) John Henry Patrick (R77116/J18746) - Croix de Guerre 1940 (Belgium) - Overseas - Award effective 21 January 1944 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 644/44 dated 24 March 1944.  Born 3 March 1918 in Montreal; home in Verdun, Quebec.  Enlisted in Montreal, 9 October 1940.  Trained at No.2 WS (graduated 23 June 1941) and No.2 BGS (graduated 4 August 1941). Posted to Britain, being assigned to RAF as of 2 September 1941; to No.1 Signals School, 16 September 1941; periodically attached to Castle Camps from February 1942 onwards; commissioned on 23 August 1942; with No.418 Squadron (date of joining not clear; possibly about 9 March 1942); posted from No.418 Squadron to Station Pershore and No.22 OTU, 22 May 1943; RAF Station Hinton-in-Hedges (supernumerary duties, Air Gunner with No.1369 Special Duties Unit), 6 August to 28 December 1943; to No.22 OTU, 5 January 1944; to No.82 OTU, 24 January 1944; special leave in Canada, June-July 1944, apparently to commence pilot training but this was cancelled and he returned to Britain 11 August 1944; to No.88 Squadron, 20 September 1944; returned to Britain (tour expired), 23 December 1944; repatriated to Canada, 31 January 1945; released 29 August 1946.

 

On 16 January 1945 he signed a form which outlines his career as follows: 221 hours 20 minutes on Bostons with No.418 Squadron; 19 hours 20 minutes on Ansons and Oxfords on experimental work with No.1369 Special Duties Unit; 43 hours 25 minutes on Boston IVs with No.88 Squadron.  He claimed 22 night fighter sorties and 14 sorties with 2nd Tactical Air Force (last sortie on 25 November 1944).  He also gave his operational time as 94 hours 20 minutes and training time overseas as 242 hours 55 minutes.

 

On 17 May 1943 the Canadian High Commissioner to London (Vincent Massey) communicated with Ottawa as follows:

 

I am informed by Air Ministry that the Belgian Minister of National Defence desires to propose the award of the Croix de Guerre 1940 to Can/R.77116 Flight Sergeant J.H.P. Higgins, RCAF for his valuable service on operations which have included a number of successful experimental missions over Belgium.  I should be glad to be informed at an early date whether in the event of the award being approved you might have any objection to its acceptance by the airman concerned.

 

On 2 June 1943, the Deputy Minister of National Defence wrote that the Minister concurred and this was communicated to Massey on 8 June 1943.  Nothing more seems to have been mentioned until gazetting.

 

On 22 February 1944, RCAF Overseas Headquarters sent a telegram to the Minister of National Defence for Air, giving the citation but stating it was for record purposes only and "must not be published under any circumstances":


This courageous and tenacious Non-Commissioned Officer has participated in 16 offensive sorties with Captain Pilot Z. Van Riel and has contributed to the success of experimental enterprises with the Belgians.

 

On 23 February 1944 a Belgian official (Silvercruys) wrote directly to C.G. Power, giving a slightly different text:

 

Canadian Non-Commissioned Officer, brave and steadfast Air Gunner, has taken part in 16 operational sorties with Air Captain Z. van Riel and inter alia has contributed to the success of experimental operations undertaken by the latter over Belgium.

 

He then added the following explanatory note:

 

At that time Pilot Officer Higgins was a Warrant Officer and was crew mate of Captain Zeger van Riel whose numerous victories had been rewarded with the Belgian Croix de Guerre with two bars (palms) and the Distinguished Flying Cross, which he received in December 1942.  Captain van Riel was recently killed in an accident in India.

 

His application for Bar to Operational Wing lists his sorties with No.88 Squadron as follows (squadron based in France from 17 October 1944 onwards):

 

21 September 1944 Boulogne (1.50)

26 September 1944 Flushing (2.20)

28 September 1944 Geldern (3.30)

2 October 1944         Arnhem (3.05)

5 October 1944         Huissen (3.25)

6 October 1944         Amersfoot (3.25)

13 October 1944       Utrecht (3.30)

14 October 1944       Zuphter (3.20)

21 October 1944       Cadzlan (1.50)

28 October 1944       Venlo bridge (2.10)

3 November 1944     Venlo (1.05)

5 November 1944     Roermund (1.55)

19 November 1944   Vierson (2.15)

25 November 1944   Dusseldorf (2.10)

 

 

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HIGGINS, F/L Paul Norton (J23407) - Member, Order of the British Empire - No.5 OTU - Award effective 17 November 1945 as per Canada Gazette of that date and AFRO 133/46 dated 8 February 1946.   Home in Wenatchee, Washington.  Enlisted in Calgary, Alberta, 21 January 1942.  Trained at No.4 ITS (graduated 15 August 1942), No.5 EFTS (graduated 10 October 1942) and No.3 SFTS (graduated 19 February 1943).

 

Flight Lieutenant Higgins, an instructor, was parked in an aircraft when two Liberator aircraft approximately 100 yards away collided and caught fire on impact.  This officer, without a moment's hesitation, ran to the scene of the accident.  Despite the grave danger of exploding gasoline tanks and ammunition, Flight Lieutenant Higgins climbed through a waist window of the burning aircraft and attempted to rescue the trapped crew members.  When this officer found that there was no one in the rear of the aircraft, he tried to force his way through the bomb bays of the aircraft, but was driven back by the intense heat of the flames.  Flight Lieutenant Higgins had no sooner cleared the aircraft when the gasoline tanks exploded.  The great courage displayed by this officer in the face of the gravest consequences is deserving of the highest praise.

 

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HIGGINS, FS (now P/O) Russell Edgar (R168025/J87899) - Distinguished Flying Medal - No.158 Squadron - Award effective 2 October 1944 as per London Gazette dated 13 October 1944 and AFRO 2637/44 dated 8 December 1944.  Born in St. Catharines, Ontario, 1923; home there.  Enlisted in Hamilton, 2 June 1942.  Trained at No.3 BGS (graduated 9 July 1943).  No citation other than "completed...numerous operations against the enemy in the course of which they have invariably displayed the utmost fortitude, courage and devotion to duty."  Public Records Office Air 2/9026 has recommendation dated 20 July 1944 when he had flown 31 sorties (164 hours 15 minutes), 20 February to 22 June 1944.

 

20 Feb 44      Stuttgart (7.47)                        1 May 44         Malines (3.50)

24 Feb 44      Schweinfurt (7.38)                  8 May 44         Morsallines (3.43)

7 Mar 44         Le Mans (5.39)                       11 May 44       Colline Beaumont

13 Mar 44      Le Mans (5.19)                                                 (3.41)

15 Mar 44      Stuttgart (7.10)                        12 May 44       Hasselt (4.37)

18 Mar 44      Frankfurt (6.17)                       24 May 44       Aachen (4.11)

22 Mar 44      Frankfurt (6.07)                       27 May 44       Bourg Leopold (4.41)

24 Mar 44      Berlin (6.48)                            1 June 44        Ferme d'Urville (4.39)

26 Mar 44      Essen (4.59)                           2 June 44        Trappes (5.11)

30 Mar 44      Nuremburg (7.31),                  5 June 44        Maisy (4.53)

bombed through cloud           6 June 44        Chateaudun (5.43)

18 Apr 44       Tergnier (5.26)                        7 June 44        Versailles (4.31)

22 Apr 44       Dusseldorf (5.05)                    9 June 44        Laval (5.21)

24 Apr 44       Karlsruhe (6.36)                      12 June 44      Amiens (4.15)

26 Apr 44       Villeneuve St.Georges           17 June 44      St.Martin l'Hortier

(5.37)                                                                 (4.26)

27 Apr 44       Aulnoye (4.21)                         22 June 44      Siracourt (3.45)

30 Apr 44       Acheres (4.28)


Flight Sergeant Higgins has just completed an exacting tour of 31 operational sorties as a Mid-Upper Gunner in a crew which won through by the skill of its pilot, the spirit of perfect team work and the efficiency and vigilance of its gunners.

 

Flight Sergeant Higgins has been a courageous member of an excellent crew. He started his tour in the early days of the year and took part in attacks on Berlin, Stuttgart, Schweinfurt, Frankfurt, Karlsruhe and other targets in the furthest and most heavily defended areas of Europe.

 

At all times throughout his hazardous sorties he proved himself a courageous and able gunner. He had a complete understanding of correct combat manoeuvre and whenever action came he remained a model of coolness and was able to give his captain essential and urgent information in a way which inspired confidence in every member of the crew.

 

Flight Sergeant Higgins completed his tour on the first daylight sorties from Lissett.

 

For his excellent record on operations, his unfailing courage in action, and his devotion to duty throughout his tour of operations, it is recommended that Flight Sergeant Higgins be awarded the Distinguished Flying Medal.

 

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HIGHAM, P/O John Brock (J7080) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.419 Squadron - Award effective 6 August 1942 as per London Gazette dated 21 August 1942 and AFRO 1413/42 dated 4 September 1942.  Born in Boharm, Saskatchewan, 1920; home in Assiniboia.  Enlisted in Calgary, 2 July 1940.  Trained at No.1 ITS, No.12 EFTS, and No.5 SFTS.  Commissioned September 1941.

 

One night in July 1942, this officer was captain of an aircraft which attacked Dusseldorf.  When approaching the target area one engine of his aircraft failed and caught fire.  Despite this, Pilot Officer Higham resolutely flew on and successfully bombed the target in the face of considerable opposition from the ground defences.  On the return flight the aircraft began to lose height until Pilot Officer Higham ordered certain equipment to be jettisoned.  He was thus able to maintain height at some 2,000 feet and eventually succeeded in flying the damaged aircraft back to a base in this country where he made a skilful landing.  Throughout, this officer displayed great determination and devotion to duty.

 

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HIGHTOWER, P/O Cecil Earl (C18022) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.10 Squadron (presumed dead) - Award effective 25 July 1943 as per London Gazette dated 20 March 1945 and AFRO 721/45 dated 27 April 1945.  Born in Edmonton, Alberta, 1911; home in Beverly, Alberta.  Was a bookkeeper prior to enlistment.  Enlisted in Toronto, 26 July 1943.  Commissioned 1943.  Flight engineer, killed in action, 26 July 1943 on Halifax JD207; buried in Holland.

 

This officer has taken part in operations against some of the enemy's most heavily defended and important targets in Germany.  Although his aircraft has on several occasions been damaged by enemy action he has continued to operate with undiminished ardour and efficiency and has at all times displayed an outstanding enthusiasm for operations.

 

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HIGINBOTHOM, FS William Edgar (Can 6618) - Mention in Despatches - No.128 Airfield Headquarters - Award effective 14 January 1944 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 874/44 dated 21 April 1944.  Home in Vancouver.  Enlisted in Ottawa, 18 September 1939.  Previously in Canada with No.14 Squadron at Sea Island (recommended for MiD 2 October 1942).  Unit not identified in AFRO but in DHist biographical card.

 

 

HIGINBOTHOM, FS William Edgar (Can 6618) - Mention in Despatches - Overseas - Award effective 14 June 1945 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 1600/45 dated 12 October 1945.

 

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HILBERT, LAC Walter Grant (R139151) - Commended for Valuable Services in the Air - No.5 Bombing and Gunnery School - Award effective 1 January 1946 as per Canada Gazette of that date and AFRO 82/46 dated 25 January 1946.  Home in Greensville, Ontario; enlisted in Hamilton, Ontario, 7 November 1941.

 

Leading Aircraftman Hilbert was attached to Drogue Flight at this unit on March 1st, 1942 and in less than eleven months has piled up many hours flying time as a Drogue Operator.  Only through his keenness to fly and his willingness to put in many hours of overtime work has he been able to accomplish this.  He is a General Duties Airman of outstanding intelligence and through his skill in directing others, plus his devotion to duty he has set an example for those in his Flight.

 

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HILEY, Sergeant Frederick Staples (R78427) - Distinguished Flying Medal - No.420 Squadron - Award effective 29 May 1942 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 880-881/42 dated 12 June 1942.  Born in Toronto, 1913; home there.  Was an engineering student prior to enlistment.  Enlisted in Toronto, 23 October 1940.  Trained at No.4 SFTS (graduated 28 July 1941), No.2 ITS and No.14 EFTS.  Seriously injured 23 June 1942, crash at Hampden L/420 AD786 at Booth-by-Raynell, mine and bombs exploded - rest of crew killed.

 


One night in May 1942 this airman was pilot of an aircraft which attacked Stuttgart.  On the return journey the aircraft was hit by anti-aircraft fire.  Shortly afterwards it was engaged by a Messerschmitt 110, fire from which killed the rear gunner and damaged the aircraft.  An enemy fighter was driven off and it is believed destroyed.  Although one engine of his aircraft was put out of action, electrical system destroyed and both pilots' and navigators' compasses damaged, Sergeant Hiley skilfully flew his damaged aircraft back to this country and landed safely in a field.  He displayed great skill, courage and determination.

 

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HILL, Fl/O Alice Margaret (V30025) - Member, Order of the British Empire - No.1 Training Command Headquarters - Award effective 14 June 1945 as per Canada Gazette of that date and AFRO 1127/45 dated 6 July 1945.  Born in Ottawa, 2 July 1916.  Attended Sacred Heart Convent.  Enlisted in Ottawa, 22 October 1941. 

 

This officer, since her appointment to commissioned rank, has carried out her duties in a most efficient manner and, during her employment at No.2 Composite Training School, her untiring efforts and devotion to duty as senior administrative officer were largely responsible for the high standard of efficiency attained by that unit.  In her present position she has performed duties over and above those normally filled by an officer of such rank and has displayed a high degree of initiative and forethought, which have contributed greatly in the closing of units in this Command in an efficient and economical manner.  She has been tireless in the performance of her duties and has given of her time and effort far beyond the normal call of duty.

 

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HILL, F/L Charles Nelson (J23838) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.61 Squadron - Award effective 15 March 1945 as per London Gazette dated 23 March 1945 and AFRO 721/45 dated 27 April 1945.  Born in Innesfall, Alberta, 1922; home in Toronto.  Was an assistant chemist prior to enlistment.  Enlisted in Toronto 29 December 1941.  Trained at No.3 ITS (graduated 3 July 1942), No.11 EFTS (graduated 23 October 1942) and No.13 SFTS (graduated 19 February 1943).  Commissioned February 1943.

 


This officer has taken part in attacks against such heavily defended targets as Kiel, Stuttgart, Koenigsburg and Nuremburg.  He has also participated in operations against enemy communications and strong points in France and the Low Countries.  On one occasion in November 1944, as his aircraft was approaching the target area, it was attacked by an enemy night fighter and severely damaged.  Although experiencing great difficulty in controlling the aircraft Flight Lieutenant Hill pressed on and delivered a telling attack.  After leaving the target area his aircraft was hit by fire from the defences and suffered further damage, but with great tenacity and skill Flight Lieutenant Hill flew the damaged bomber safely back to base.  At all times this captain of aircraft has set a fine example of skill, courage and devotion to duty.

 

NOTE: Public Records Office Air 2/9050 has recommendation dated 14 December 1944 when he had flown 31 sorties (30 successful) totalling 173 hours ten minutes.

 

12 July 44       Chalinkey                                 25 Aug 44       Darmstadt

18 July 44       Caen                                         26 Aug 44       Konigsburg

19 July 44       Thiverney (bombed on            31 Aug 44       Rollencourt

three engines)                         5 Sept 44        Brest

20 July 44       Courtrai                                    23 Sept 44      Dortmund Ems Canal

23 July 44       Kiel                                           26 Sept 44      Karlsruhe

24 July 44       Donges                                    27 Sept 44      Kaiserlauten

26 July 44       Givors                                       5 Oct 44          Wilhelmshaven (recalled)

28 July 44       Stuttgart                                    6 Oct 44          Wilhelmshaven

1 Aug 44        Mont Candon                           7 Oct 44          Flushing

2 Aug 44        Bois de Casson                      11 Oct 44        Flushing

14 Aug 44      Brest                                         19 Oct 44        Nuremburg

15 Aug 44      Gilzenriven                               6 Nov 44         Gravenhorst

16 Aug 44      Stettin                                       11 Nov 44       Harburg (shot up by Ju.88)

18 Aug 44      Cassan                                     21 Nov 44       Ladbergen

19 Aug 44      La Pallice                                 22 Nov 44       Trondheim

 

Flight Lieutenant Hill has flown 173 hours in completing his first operational tour of 30 successful sorties. He has taken part in attacks against many German targets such as Kiel, Stuttgart, Stettin, Koenigsburg and Nuremburg, and he has also attacked successfully enemy communications and strong points in France and the Low Countries.

 

On the night of 11/12th November 1944, during an attack on Harburg, his aircraft, as it was approaching the target area, was attacked by an enemy fighter. Despite the defensive manoeuvring taken, the fighter scored a number of hits, damaging the fuselage of Flight Lieutenant Hill's aircraft and putting the port rudder out of action. Although experiencing great difficulty in controlling the aircraft, Flight Lieutenant Hill, undeterred, pressed on steadfastly to the target. He bombed his objective successfully and, as he was leaving the target area, the aircraft was hot and damaged in several places by heavy flak.  Displaying remarkable skill and tenacity, Flight Lieutenant Hill flew his damaged aircraft safely back to base.

 

At all times he has shown a keen and aggressive spirit in attacking the enemy, and his cheerful courage in the face of heavy opposition has been an inspiration to his crew and to his squadron. Flight Lieutenant Hill has volunteered for a further operational tour of duty in continuation of his first tour.

 


For his skill, courage and persistent devotion to duty, and for his fine example as captain of aircraft, Flight Lieutenant Hill is recommended for the award of the Distinguished Flying Cross.

 

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HILL, F/L Donald Gordon (J37137) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.420 Squadron - Award effective 8 September 1945 as per London Gazette dated 21 September and AFRO 1704/45 dated 9 November 1945.  Born in Port Colborne, Ontario, 1921; home in Welland, Ontario.  Was a labourer prior to enlistment.  Enlisted in Hamilton, 10 November 1941.  Trained at No.3 ITS (graduated 17 April 1943), No.4 EFTS (graduated 26 June 1943) and No.8 SFTS (graduated 29 October 1943).  Commissioned October 1943.

 

Flight Lieutenant Hill has completed numerous sorties, many of which have penetrated deep into enemy territory.  On one occasion in an attack on Wanne Eickel, Flight Lieutenant Hill's aircraft was badly damaged by anti-aircraft fire, but in spite of this he completed his bombing run and successfully attacked the target.  He has always displayed great courage and skill.

 

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HILL, F/L Donald John Lee (J25798) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.115 Squadron - Award effective 6 January 1945 as per London Gazette dated 16 January 1945 and AFRO 508/45 dated 23 March 1945.  Born in Mount Bridges, Ontario, 1913; home there.  Enlisted in London, 18 March 1942.  RCA 1939-42.  Trained at No.1 ITS (graduated 9 October 1942), No.7 EFTS (graduated 1 January 1943) and No.6 SFTS (30 April 1943).  Commissioned 1943.  No citation other than "completed...numerous operations against the enemy in the course of which [he has] invariably displayed the utmost fortitude, courage and devotion to duty."  Public Records Office Air 2/9038 has recommendation dated 16 October 1944 when he had flown 30 sorties (125 hours ten minutes, 10 June to 23 September 1944.

 

10 June 44       Dreux (4.00)                          1 Aug 44       Coutance (3.05)

14 June 44       Le Havre (2.40)                    3 Aug 44       Bois de Cassan (3.30)

15 June 44       Valenciennes (3.10)            7 Aug 44       Mare de Magne (3.10)

17 June 44       Montdidier (3.35)                 8 Aug 44       Foret de Lucheux (3.30)

21 June 44       Domleger (3.00)                   11 Aug 44     Lens (3.15)

23 June 44       L'Hey (3.20)                          14 Aug 44     Hamel (3.15)

27 June 44       Bienes (2.55)                        25 Aug 44     Russelheim (3.50)

30 June 44       Villers Bocage (3.25)          26 Aug 44     Kiel (5.05)

2 July 44           Beauvoir (3.10)                    29 Aug 44     Stettin (9.50)

12 July 44         Vaires (3.45)                        3 Sept 44      Eindhoven (3.10)

18 July 44         Emieville (3.20)                    5 Sept 44      Le Havre (3.15)

18 July 44         Aulnoye (3.40)                      8 Sept 44      Le Havre (3.05)

23 July 44         Kiel (5.15)                             11 Sept 44    Frankfurt (6.25)

24 July 44         Stuttgart (7.35)                     17 Sept 44    Zalthommel (2.40)

28 July 44         Stuttgart (7.40)                     23 Sept 44    Neuss (3.45)


As pilot and captain of aircraft this officer has completed a large number of sorties against a wide variety of heavily defended targets.  By his quiet but dogged determination to press home all his attacks to the utmost, coupled with his great skill as a pilot, his calm manner under stress and his outstanding leadership, he has led his crew to achieve good results.  His example has been a source of inspiration not only to his crew but to the entire squadron.

 

NOTE: To the above, the Officer Commanding Station Witchford adds (21 October 1944):

 

Although there are no outstanding incidents in Hill's tour, he was undoubtedly steady and level headed.  Once when over the target, circumstances were so alarming that one of his Air Gunners baled out without orders. Hill, however, brought the aircraft back and by his level headedness led the crew to compete a successful tour.

 

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HILL, P/O Edward Cornelius (J89152) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.419 Squadron - Award effective 5 April 1945 as per London Gazette dated 17 April 1945 and AFRO 918/45 dated 1 June 1945.  Born in Glasgow, Scotland, 1924; home there.  Was a seaman prior to enlistment.  Enlisted in Halifax, 28 April 1943.  Trained at No.6 ITS (graduated 7 August 1943) and No.9 BGS (graduated 29 October 1943).  Commissioned August 1944.  Later riding instructor with the RCMP.  No citation other than "completed...numerous operations against the enemy in the course of which [he has] invariably displayed the utmost courage and devotion to duty".  DHist file 181.009 D.3260 (RG.24 Vol.20637) has recommendation dated 28 November 1944 when he had flown 32 sorties (182 hours ten minutes), 27 May to 6 October 1944.  Died summer 1987.

 

Pilot Officer Hill has completed a tour of operations which involved many attacks against the enemy's most heavily defended targets.  He has invariably shown great keenness to attack the enemy and the high example he has set has been an inspiration to all.

 

During the course of his tour, his aircraft has, on three occasions, been attacked by enemy night fighters but, primarily due to this officer's alert search and the precise manner in which he has given instructions to his pilot, his aircraft has not been fired on.

 

I consider the coolness, courage and high efficiency shown by this officer fully merits the non-immediate award of the Distinguished Flying Cross.

 

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HILL, F/O George Lloyd (J20594) - Commended for Valuable Services in the Air - No.2 SFTS - Award effective 21 April 1945 as per Canada Gazette of that date and AFRO 802/45 dated 11 May 1945.   Home in Toronto; enlisted there 31 October 1941.  Trained at No.6 ITS (graduated 10 April 1942), No.1 EFTS (graduated 3 July 1942) and No.1 SFTS (graduated 6 November 1942).

 

This officer has over 1,300 instructional flying to his credit and his ability in this field is outstanding.  Now as flight commander he has contributed greatly by personal example in raising his flight to a very high standard of efficiency.  His efforts on behalf of aircrew leadership have been felt throughout the entire station.

 

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HILL, F/L George Urquhart (C1075) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.111 Squadron - Award effective 27 April 1943 as per London Gazette dated 21 May 1943 and AFRO 1247/43 dated 2 July 1943.  Born at Antigonish, Nova Scotia, 29 October 1918; home in Pictou.  Enlisted 9 September 1939.  Trained at Halifax Aero Club, Station Trenton and Station Camp Borden.  For additional details see H.A. Halliday, The Tumbling Sky.  See also photos PL-21715 and RE.64-2131.

 

Flight Lieutenant Hill is a skilful leader whose ability has been well in evidence during recent operations.  He has participated in many sorties and has destroyed four enemy aircraft.

 

HILL, S/L George Urquhart (C1075) - Bar to Distinguished Flying Cross - No.111 Squadron - Award effective 13 May 1943 as per London Gazette dated 1 June 1943 and AFRO 1187/43 dated 25 June 1943.

 

This officer has led the squadron with great success and since early April 1943 has destroyed five enemy aircraft.  Early in May 1943 he led his formation in an operation off the Tunisian coast.  During the flight a superior force of enemy aircraft was engaged.  In the ensuing combats seven enemy aircraft were destroyed without loss, two of them by Squadron Leader Hill.  This officer is a courageous and skilful fighter.

 

HILL, S/L George Urquhart (C1075) - Second Bar to Distinguished Flying Cross - No.111 Squadron - Award effective 15 September 1943 as per London Gazette dated 28 September 1943 and AFRO 2198/43 dated 29 October 1943.  Trained at Trenton and Camp Borden.

 

Squadron Leader Hill, as a fighter pilot, has displayed exceptional courage and determination.  He has destroyed at least fourteen enemy aircraft including one by night and damaged many others.  During recent operations from Malta, he led his squadron with skill and resolution, personally destroying four enemy aircraft within a few days.  On one occasion he remained alone despite repeated and persistent attacks from six Messerschmitt 109s to obtain assistance for a comrade who had been forced to leave his aircraft by parachute.

 

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HILL, P/O Howard Stephenson (J15522) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.405 Squadron - Award effective 31 December 1942 as per London Gazette dated 12 January 1943 and AFRO 232/43 dated 12 February 1943.  Born in Montreal, 1921; home there. Enlisted in Montreal, 9 October 1940. Trained at No.1 ITS (graduated 15 January 1941), No.14 EFTS (graduated 17 March 1941), and No.3 SFTS (graduated 3 July 1941).  Commissioned May 1942.

 

This officer has shown a fine offensive spirit and in all his attacks he has displayed initiative and determination of a high order.  On one occasion on returning from an operation his captain and navigator fainted owing to oxygen failure and the aircraft went out of control.  He lifted the captain from the pilot's seat, righted the aircraft and piloted it until at a lower height the captain recovered and was able to take over the control.  Pilot Officer Hill has set an excellent example of courage and initiative.

 

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HILL, WO John Edward (R133896) - Croix de Guerre (France) - Overseas - Awarded as per AFRO 1619/45 dated 19 October 1945. Home in Toronto.  Enlisted in Toronto, 2 October 1941.  Trained at No.2 BGS (graduated 22 June 1942). Public Records Office Air 2/8769 has recommended citation but does not identify unit.

 

This warrant officer has always been outstanding for his enthusiasm and the efficiency of his airmanship.  He has taken part in may difficult and arduous sorties in a most exemplary manner.

 

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HILL, Corporal John Kennedy (R77536) - Air Force Medal - No.2 BGS - Award effective 1 January 1943 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 55/43 dated 15 January 1943.  Born in Dundee, Scotland, 16 April 1916.  No other biographical details.

 

Corporal Hill is employed as drogue operator.  During the last fourteen months he has flown s total of 400 hours.  He is hard working and reliable and has done exceptionally fine work.  The spirit with which he has carried out his duties at all times has been an inspiration to others in his trade.

 

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HILL, P/O Louis James (J26029) - Commended for Valuable Services in the Air - No.11 EFTS (later No.3 FIS) - awarded 1 January 1944 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 113/44 dated 21 January 1944.  Born 1 January 1923 at St.Thomas, Ontario.   Enlisted 28 May 1941 at Hamilton, Ontario.  Trained at No.6 ITS (graduated 24 September 1941), No.12 EFTS (graduated 21 November 1941), and No.4 SFTS (graduated 13 March 1942).  Postwar RCAF (Lieutenant-Colonel); died at Baden, Ontario, 8 May 2001.

 


This officer, employed as an Elementary Flying Instructor for the past year, has completed a considerable number of flying instructional hours.  Throughout this period he has always displayed great keenness and outstanding devotion to duty.

 

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HILL, F/O Vernon Peter Bruce (J16225) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.692 Squadron - Award effective 13 June 1944 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 1660/44 dated 4 August 1944.  Home in St. Catharines, Ontario. Enlisted in Hamilton, 21 May 1941.  Trained at No.1 ITS (graduated 20 August 1941), No.1 AOS (graduated 21 December 1941), No.1 BGS (graduated 31 January 1942) and No.2 ANS (graduated 2 March 1942).  Commissioned 1942.  Cited with F/L J.H. Barron (see above for citation).  Postwar he obtained a degree in Business Engineering from McGill University.  Died in St.Catharines, Ontario, 29 July 1999.

 

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HILL, FS (now WO) Wellington (R87742) - Distinguished Flying Medal - No.97 Squadron - Award effective 6 November 1943 as per London Gazette dated 12 November 1943 and AFRO 166/44 dated 28 January 1944.  Born in Penticton, B.C., 1916; home in Penticton or Saskatchewan.  Was a fruit rancher prior to enlistment.  Enlisted in Vancouver, 10 January 1941.  Trained at No.2 ITS (graduated 15 August 1941), No.19 EFTS (graduated 24 October 1941), No.13 SFTS (graduated 19 November 1941) and No.3 BGS (graduated 19 January 1942).

 

This airman has participated in many operational flights against targets in enemy territory.  He has invariably displayed high skill and daring as an air gunner, especially on one occasion when attacking Dusseldorf in May 1943.  His aircraft was intercepted by an enemy fighter but through Flight Sergeant Hill's direction to his captain effective evasive action was taken.  This airman has set a high standard as an air gunner and has been a member of one of the leading crews of this squadron.

 

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HILL, F/O Willard Floyd (J24296) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.424 Squadron - Award effective 2 October 1944 as per London Gazette dated 13 October 1944 and AFRO 2637/44 dated 8 December 1944.  Born in Lomond, Alberta, 1921; home in Strome, Alberta. Enlisted in Edmonton, 8 January 1942.  Trained at No.5 ITS (graduated 20 June 1942), No.13 EFTS (graduated 23 October 1942) and No.16 SFTS (graduated 15 March 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.2609 (RG.24 Vol.20632) has recommendation by W/C J.D. Blane dated 16 July 1944 when he had flown 33 sorties (191 hours 45 minutes), 4 February 1944 to 8 July 1944.  This included three-engined returns on 20 May 1944 (mining) and 24 June 1944 (Bonnetot in daylight).

 


Flying Officer W.F. Hill as a captain of a four engine aircraft has displayed outstanding airmanship in the completion of thirty-three successful sorties over enemy territory.  These include raids on heavily defended German targets and several on targets in France.

 

At all times he has shown outstanding ability as a pilot and captain.  His leadership in the air and on the ground has been an example to all aircrew on the squadron and his keenness and exceptional devotion to duty warrants my strong recommendation for the award of the Distinguished Flying Cross.

 

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HILL, FS William Le Roy Hubert (R123276) - Distinguished Flying Medal - No.10 Squadron - Award effective 3 June 1943 as per London Gazette  dated 11 June 1943 and AFRO 1294/43 dated 9 July 1943.   Born in Ottawa, 1922; home there.  Enlisted in Toronto, 6 August 1941.  Trained at No.2 BGS (graduated 13 April 1942) and No.3 WS (graduated 4 February 1942).  Once bailed out over North England and chased across potato field by farmer. Crashed on 29th sortie - injured.

 

This airman, now employed as a gunnery instructor, has completed a tour of operational duty during which his determination and devotion to duty have been of the highest order throughout.  On one occasion early in his operational career, during a mining operation, Flight Sergeant Hill shot out two searchlights in the face of almost point-blank enemy ground fire which seriously damaged his aircraft.  In March 1943, as tail gunner, this airman, in a remarkably cool manner, directed evasive action when his aircraft was heavily attacked by a Messerschmitt 109.  A month later when his aircraft was again attacked by a Messerschmitt 110 Flight Sergeant Hill, after a combat lasting several minutes, delivered a long burst of fire causing the enemy aircraft to disappear out of control.  Owing to his fine fighting spirit this airman has repeatedly proved himself to be an ideal gunner.

 

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HILLCOAT, Sergeant Horace Brougham (R61220) - Air Force Medal - No.19 EFTS - Award effective 1 January 1943 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 55/43 dated 15 January 1943.  Born at Amherst, Nova Scotia, 17 March 1913; home there. Was a civilian pilot in NWT before enlisting in 1939.   Enlisted in Edmonton, 27 September 1940.  Trained at No.2 ITS, No.5 EFTS, and No.3 SFTS (graduated 19 June 1942).  Before SFTS he seems to have been loaned to No.19 EFTS as civilian instructor for a time.  Later flew on west coast before going to transport work on Edmonton-Alaska run and then to No.168 Squadron, October 1943.  Lost on trans-Atlantic run, December 1944 or January 1945.  Governor General's Records (RG.7 Group 26, Vol.57, File 190-I) has citation.

 


This airman is one of the original instructors drawn from the aircrew of the BCATP to act as instructor.  He has been employed by this school since its inception and was promoted to Flight Commander five weeks later, which position he has held since.  His devotion to his work has been outstanding and, through very hard work, he has assisted materially in raising the standard of aircrew product turned out by the school.  He has flown a total of 853 hours.

 

HILLCOAT, F/O Horace Brougham, AFM  (C21305) - Air Force Cross - No.168 Squadron (Canada) - Award effective 5 May 1944 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 1133/44 dated 26 May 1944. Incident described occurred 23 January 1944.

 

This officer was captain of a Fortress which was proceeding one night recently from Great Britain to Gibraltar, when about 190 miles from base, under very dark conditions in cloud, his aircraft had a violent head-on collision with an unidentified aircraft on 23 January 1944.  Despite the fact that two engines were out of commission, all four propellers bent and the aircraft badly damaged, he managed to right it, after falling approximately 2,000 feet.  When they were still unable to hold altitude, he directed his second pilot and crewmen to jettison the cargo and all other loose equipment.  By strenuous effort and skilful flying, he was able to set course for land.  Although flying with a crew previously unknown to him, he guided their efforts with such confidence that every member performed his function in a most exemplary manner.  The flight back occupied approximately two hours of instrument flying, during which the aircraft was vibrating terrifically and apparently on the verge of breaking up.  By careful use of radio and other aids, an aerodrome was found and a successful landing was made with no further damage to his aircraft.  This officer, when faced with an almost unprecedented emergency in the air, did his job and directed his crew in an extremely laudable manner.

 

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HILLEN, LAC Ernest David (R89453) - 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 Collingwood, Ontario.  Enlisted in Galt, 14 February 1941. No citation in AFRO.

 

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HILLOCK, W/C Frank William (C1018) - Croix de Guerre with Silver Star (France) - Award as per Canada Gazette dated 20 September 1947 AFRO 485/47 dated 12 September 1947.  Pilot.  Joined RCAF Auxiliary, 18 May 1939 (No.110 Squadron); qualified for pilot's badge, 1 November 1939 having spent summer camp at Trenton.  Flew in the Battle of Britain.

 

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HILLS, F/O Hollis Henry (J5803) - Mention in Despatches - No.400 Squadron - Award effective 1 January 1943 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 232/43 dated 12 February 1943. Home in South Pasedena, California.  Enlisted in Toronto, 5 September 1940.  Trained at No.1 ITS (graduated 24 January 1941), No.7 EFTS (graduated 4 March 1943) and No.10 SFTS (graduated 21 June 1941).  Shot down a FW.190 at Dieppe, 19 August 1942.  NOTE: Unit identified in AFRO as No.400 Squadron.   Later transferred to US Navy with which he won an American DFC which is now in the Canadian War Museum (AN 19890038-001).  The same museum has a model of a Mustang in the colours of one flown by him.  No published citation to award. Directorate of History and Heritage files have recommendedation for MiD compiled by W/C R.F. Begg, Commanding Officer, No.414 Squadron on 23 August 1942.

 

During the Battle of Dieppe on 19th August 1942, this officer accompanied his Flight Commander on two low reconnaissances over the approaches to the battle area.  During the second of these, they were attacked by three FW.190s.  When Flying Officer Hills found he could not warn his Flight Commander, owing to a radio failure, he engaged the three enemy aircraft, shooting down one and driving off the other two, until the Flight Commander became aware of the situation.

 

NOTE: Public Records Office Air 2/8769 has recommendation for a Croix de Guerre from No.414 Squadron, dated 1 February 1943.  The wording is identical to the above except that the following is added: "Flying Officer Hills, who is an American, has since transferred to the U.S. Naval Air Arm."

 

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HILLS, Sergeant Percy Nichol (R86509) - British Empire Medal - No.7 Bombing and Gunnery School - Award effective 14 June 1945 (RCAF Routine Order 1127/45 dated 6th July 1945).  Born in Grey County, Ontario, 3 April 1920; home in Judah, Alberta.  Was an aero engine mechanic prior to enlistment.  Enlisted in Edmonton, 20 December 1940.

 

During three and a half years service at his present unit, this non-commissioned officer has shown exceptional devotion to duty.  His work has been of a very high standard and he has set a splendid example to all who have come in contact with him.  He has contributed greatly in maintaining a high standard of morale and efficiency in the Maintenance Wing.  He has never hesitated to assume responsibilities far beyond those that would normally be expected of him and he has been of invaluable assistance in maintaining a high rate of aircraft serviceability through his initiative, energy and ideas.

 

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HILTON, F/L Jack McClintock (J22232) - Mention in Despatches - Overseas - Award effective 1 January 1946 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 155/46 dated 15 February 1946.  Home in Vancouver.  Enlisted in Vancouver, 2 December 1941.  Trained at No.4 ITS (graduated 19 June 1942), No.6 AOS (graduated 12 September 1942), No.7 BGS (graduated 18 December 1942) and No.1 CNS (graduated 6 November 1942).

 

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HILTON, F/L Robert Clifford (J21061) - Commended for Valuable Services - No.120 Wing (AFRO gives unit only as "Overseas") - Award effective 13 June 1946 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 726/46 dated 26 July 1946.  Unit identified in DHist file 181.009 D.1124 (RG.24 Vol.20595).  Home in Bangor, Saskatchewan.  Enlisted in Winnipeg 22 October 1941.  Trained at No.3 WS (graduated 22 October 1942), and No.8 BGS (graduated 23 November 1942).

 

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HILTON, F/O William James (J8345) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.44 Squadron - Award effective 1 September 1943 as per London Gazette dated 10 September 1943 and AFRO 2138/43 dated 22 October 1943.  Born in Brantford, Ontario, 1916; home in Smiths Falls.  Enlisted in Hamilton, 5 November 1940.  Trained at No.1 ITS (graduated 2 April 1941), No.2 EFTS (ceased training 2 May 1941), No.3 WS (graduated 25 September 1941), and No.5 BGS (graduated 25 October 1941).  Commissioned 1941.

 

This officer has always displayed the most outstanding keenness and efficiency in the execution of his duties both as flight gunnery leader and as an operational gunner.  Throughout all his many missions the co-operation between this officer and his pilot has been most effective.  He has played a courageous and determined part in sorties against major targets in enemy territory.

 

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HILTZ, W/C George Abner (C805) - Commended for Valuable Services in the Air - No.1 SFTS - Awarded 16 April 1943 as per London Gazette of 13 April 1943 and AFRO 1035/43 dated 4 June 1943.  Born 10 March 1914, Milltown, New Brunswick; graduated from Mount Allison University and University of New Brunswick; enlisted in Saint John, 3 January 1938.  Chief Supervisory Officer at No.7 EFTS, July 1940.  One year later to AFHQ and then Central Flying School, Trenton.  At No.1 SFTS, Camp Borden, July 1942 to June 1943.  Went overseas and served briefly with No.6 Group.  To No.406 Squadron, December 1943; to No.410 Squadron (CO), February 1944 to April 1945. To Canada, May 1945.  Remained in post war air force; postings included command of Camp Borden (1947-49) and Portage la Prairie (1955-59).  Cards at DHist also mention a Croix de Guerre with no date or authority. Governor General's Records (RG.7 Group 26, Volume 57, File 190-I) has citation.

 

This officer first served at this unit and then at an Elementary Flying Training School as a Flying Instructor, and again at this unit as Chief Flying Instructor.  His contribution to flying training under the C.T.E. has been marked by his ability to create efficiency with a consequent increase in the output of trained pilots. The total flying time for Wing Commander Hiltz is 1,400 hours of which 1,100 hours have been instructional completed over a period of three years.

 


HILTZ, W/C George Abner (C805) - Air Force Cross - No.16 SFTS - Award effective 1 January 1946 as per Canada Gazette of that date and AFRO 82/46 dated 25 January 1946.   As of recommendation (apparently in mid-1943) he had flown 2,200 hours, 1,100 as instructor, 200 in previous six months.

 

This officer has been engaged in flying training duties from the outbreak of war until June 1943.  During that time he held such important flying training positions as Chief Supervisory Officer of an Elementary Flying Training School, Chief Instructor at a Service Flying Training School, Training Flying Staff Officer at Royal Canadian Air Force Headquarters, and latterly Commanding Officer of a Service Flying Training School.  His ability and good judgement during the difficult opening period of No.7 Elementary Flying Training School was responsible for the efficient operation of the unit.  He has made a contribution to flying training in the Royal Canadian Air Force that is exemplary.

 

HILTZ, W/C George Abner, AFC (C805) - Mention in Despatches - Overseas - Award effective 1 January 1946 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 322/46 dated 29 March 1946.  See AFC entry for biographical details.  No citation.

 

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HIND, P/O John Philip (J19496) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.619 Squadron - Award effective 19 June 1944 as per London Gazette dated 27 June 1944 and AFRO 1861/44 dated 25 August 1944.  Born in Vancouver, 1913; home there.  Enlisted in Vancouver, 14 August 1941. Trained at No.5 ITS (graduated 2 January 1942), No.14 EFTS (graduated 13 March 1942) and No.10 AOS (graduated 14 August 1942).  Commissioned 1943.  No citation other than "completed... many successful operations against the enemy in which [he has] displayed high skill, fortitude and devotion to duty."  Public Records Office Air 2/8780 has recommendation dated 15 March 1944 when he had flown 27 sorties (200 hours 21 minutes).

 

                                                * Unsuccessful, duty not carried out

 

1 July 43         GARDENING (2.49)             10 Nov 43      Modane (7.55)

3 July 43         Cologne (5.25)                      18 Nov 43      Berlin (8.36)

8 July 43         Cologne/Gelsenkirchen        23 Nov 43      Berlin (2.52)*

(6.52)                                      26 Nov 43      Berlin (7.19)

9 July 43         Gelsenkirchen (6.21)            3 Dec 43        Leipzig (3.22)*

2 Aug 43        Hamburg (5.34)                     29 Dec 43      Berlin (7.01)

9 Aug 43        Mannheim (6.17)                   1 Jan 44         Berlin (7.52)

12 Aug 43      Milan (8.30)                            5 Jan 44         Stettin (8.44)

15 Aug 43      Milan (8.21)                            20 Jan 44       Berlin (1.42)*

22 Aug 43      Leverkusen (4.42)                 21 Jan 44       Magdeburg (6.50)

23 Aug 43      Berlin (7.06)                           28 Jan 44       Berlin (8.03)

27 Aug 43      Nuremburg (3.42)*                30 Jan 44       Berlin (6.50)

22 Sept 43     Hanover (6.06)                      15 Feb 44      Berlin (7.06)

27 Sept 43     Hanover (6.15)                      19 Feb 44      Leipzig (7.11)


2 Oct 43         Munich (8.32)                         24 Feb 44      Schweinfurt (8.06)

7 Oct 43         Stuttgart (6.54)                      25 Feb 44      Augsburg (7.26)

 

This navigator has now made 27 successful operational sorties against targets in Germany, Italy and occupied Europe. Eight of these raids have been against Berlin. Pilot Officer Hind's efficiency has largely contributed to the success of these sorties and his cheerfulness and determination have set a very fine example to all the navigators in the squadron.

 

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HINDLE, S/L Herbert Edward (J5070) - Air Force Cross - 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 Regina, 16 September 1940 - Trained at No.2 ITS (graduated 27 November 1940), No.8 EFTS (graduated 15 January 1941) and No.3 SFTS (graduated 5 May 1941).  As of award had flown 1,458 hours - 1,190:30 as instructor, 88:15 in last six months.

 

This officer, for over two and a half years in several capacities of flying instructional work, has shown himself to be a pilot of high calibre.  He has devoted much of his own time to the work of air cadets.  His conscientious interest in the service and his exceptional enthusiasm and skill make him an outstanding flying instructor in all respects.

 

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HINDLE, F/O John Frederick (J29708) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.419 Squadron - Award effective 5 July 1945 as per London Gazette dated 20 July 1945 and AFRO 1619/45 dated 19 October 1945.  Born in Winnipeg, 1912; home there.  Was an office clerk prior to enlistment.  Enlisted in Winnipeg, 20 September 1942.  Trained at No.2 ITS (graduated 19 February 1943), No.7 BGS (graduated 9 July 1943) and No.5 AOS (graduated 20 August 1943).  Commissioned 1943.  No citation other than "completed...numerous operations against the enemy in the course of which [he has] invariably displayed the utmost fortitude, courage and devotion to duty".  DHist file 181.009 D.1941 (RG.24 Vol.20612) has recommendation by W/C M.E. Ferguson dated 19 January 1945 when he had flown 31 sorties (173 hours 40 minutes), 25 July to 1 November 1944.

 

This Air Bomber has completed 31 operations throughout his tour and has shown fine qualities and courage.  His coolness in face of the enemy was outstanding.  His accurate and careful instructions to the pilot on bombing runs was exceptional.  He assisted his navigator admirably and helped on many occasions to keep the aircraft out of danger.  The example to his crew was greatly reassuring.  He has secured no less than 12 photographs plotted in the target area.

 

I consider this officer [sic] coolness and the great devotion to duty he has shown fully merits the Non-Immediate award of the Distinguished Flying Cross.


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HINDLEY, FS William Bingham (R217173) - British Empire Medal - Station Goose Bay - Award effective 14 June 1945 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 1127/45 dated 6 July 1945.  Born at Landis, Saskatchewan, 16 May 1914.  Educated at Biggar, Coyne Electrical School and Hemphill Diesel School. Mechanic and electrical technician before war.  Home in Palo, Saskatchewan.  Enlisted in Toronto, 15 January 1943.

 

This non-commissioned officer has shown devotion to duty of an extremely high order.  He has kept the essential power lines, so necessary to signals, lighting, heating, etc., in operation during all kinds of weather.  Flight Sergeant Hindley has worked on the pole lines during sleet and wind storms under conditions that were most dangerous.  His leadership and direction have been an example and inspiration to his men.  The unflagging zeal and tireless perseverance with which he has carried out his arduous duties have been most praiseworthy.

 

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HINDS, P/O Robert Herbert (J92003) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.101 Squadron - Award effective 5 February 1945 as per London Gazette dated 16 February 1945 and AFRO 563/45 dated 29 March 1945.  Born in Vancouver, 1923; home there.  Enlisted in Vancouver, 23 June 1942.  Trained at No.7 ITS (graduated 6 November 1942), No.5 BGS (graduated 3 September 1943) and No.1 CNS (graduated 23 July 1943).  Commissioned 1944.  No citation other than "completed... numerous operations against the enemy in the course of which [he has] invariably displayed the utmost fortitude, courage and devotion to duty."  Public Records Office Air 2/8831 has recommendation for a DFM dated 13 November 1944 when he had flown 30 sorties (140 hours 50 minutes).  Flight Sergeant at the time.

 

18 Jul 44        Caen                                              11 Sep 44      Darmstadt

18 Jul 44        Wesseling                                     15 Sep 44      Salzbergen

20 Jul 44        Courtrai                                         17 Sep 44      Westkapelle

25 Jul 44        Wanne Eickel                               20 Sep 44      Calais

28 Jul 44        Hamburg                                       23 Sep 44      Neuss

4 Aug 44        Pauillac                                          26 Sep 44      Cap Gris Nez

5 Aug 44        Blaye                                              3 Oct 44         Westkapelle

7 Aug 44        Fontenay le Marion                      14 Oct 44       Duisburg

9 Aug 44        Fort d'Englos                                14 Oct 44       Duisburg

12 Aug 44      Russelsheim                                 19 Oct 44       Stuttgart

15 Aug 44      Volkel                                             23 Oct 44       Essen

16 Aug 44      Kiel                                                 25 Oct 44       Essen

18 Aug 44      Ghent-Terneuzen                          27 Oct 44       Cologne

3 Sept 44       Gilze-Rijen                                     29 Oct 44       Domburg

10 Sep 44      Le Havre                                        30 Oct 44       Cologne

 


Flight Sergeant Hinds, a Canadian, has just completed a very fine operational tour with this squadron, having carried out 30 highly successful sorties against a variety of targets both in Germany and Occupied Europe.  Despite intense and aggressive opposition and undeterred by enemy defences, this NCO has at all times shown a splendid degree of personal courage and a highly commendable fighting spirit which have been an inspiration to all.  It is recommended that Flight Sergeant Hinds' valiant record of achievement be recognized by an award of the Distinguished Flying Medal.

 

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HINGSTON, F/L Harold William (J14031) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.436 Squadron - Award effective 15 January 1946 as per London Gazette dated 29 January 1946 and AFRO 322/46 dated 29 March 1946.  Born in London, England, 1916; home in Westmount, Quebec. Enlisted in Montreal, Quebec, 14 September 1940. Trained at No.4 ITS (graduated 22 December 1940), No.32 EFTS (graduated 15 December 1941), and No.2 SFTS (graduated 21 February 1944).

 

Flight Lieutenant Hingston has flown on numerous missions carrying vital and essential supplies to the 14th Army.  These sorties were flown both by day and night, often under the threat of enemy interception and throughout the monsoon period.  During the Battle of Meiktila this officer landed his important supplies on an adjacent airstrip and supervised the unloading despite heavy enemy artillery and machine gun fire.  Both in the air and on the ground this captain of aircraft has set an inspiring example by his courage, skill and devotion to duty.

 

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HINKE, FS Edmund Anthony (R101822) - Distinguished Flying Medal - No.142 Squadron - Award effective 24 April 1943 as per London Gazette dated 21 May 1943 and AFRO 1247/43 dated 2 July 1943.  American in the RCAF; born in West Virginia, 1920; home in Long Beach, California.  Was a painter prior to enlistment.  Enlisted in Winnipeg, 2 May 1941.  Trained at No.2 ITS (graduated 28 June 1941), No.18 EFTS (graduated 27 July 1941), No.2 AOS (graduated 15 November 1941), and No.4 BGS (graduated 2 February 1942).

 

This airman has taken part in thirty-two sorties.  He is a cool and efficient air gunner whose excellent work has, on many occasions, contributed to the safe return of his aircraft.  His steadiness has set an excellent example.

 

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HINMAN, F/O Grant Wynder (J26290) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.78 Squadron - Award effective 5 February 1945 as per London Gazette dated 16 February 1945 and AFRO 563/45 dated 29 March 1945. Born in Cardston, Alberta, 1921; home there. Enlisted in Edmonton, 18 August 1942. Trained at No.2 ITS (graduated 19 December 1942) and No.2 AOS (graduated 14 May 1943).  Commissioned 1943. No citation other than "completed...numerous operations against the enemy in the course of which [he has] invariably displayed the utmost fortitude, courage and devotion to duty."  Public Records Office Air 2/8831 has recommendation dated 8 November 1944 when he had flown 39 sorties (165 hours 24 minutes), 18 April to 26 September 1944.

 

18 Apr 44       Tergnier (4.41)                           12 Jul 44        Thiverny (3.52)

20 Apr 44       Ottignes (3.55)                           17 Jul 44        Caen H.2 (3.36)

24 Apr 44       Karlsruhe (6.32)                         18 Jul 44        Acquet (4.04)

1 May 44        Berneval (3.55)                          1 Aug 44        Trouville (3.25)

11 May 44      Trouville (3.52)                           3 Aug 44        Bois de Cassan (3.52)

19 May 44      Boulogne (3.11)                         5 Aug 44        Foret de Nieppe

22 May 44      Orleans (4.50)                                                    (3.39)

31 May 44      Trappes (5.11)                           9 Aug 44        Foret de Mormal

2 June 44       Trappes (4.42)                                                   (2.52)

14 Jun 44       Douai (4.11)                               12 Aug 44      Brunswick (5.44)

15 Jun 44       Fouillard (5.19)                           14 Aug 44      Falaise (3.32)

16 Jun 44       Domleger (3.25)                        15 Aug 44      Tirlemont (3.46)

22 Jun 44       Laon (1.53), DNCO,                  16 Aug 44      GARDENING (5.20)

rudder damaged                        18 Aug 44      Sterkrade (4.34)

25 Jun 44       Montorgueil (3.36)                     25 Aug 44      Watten (3.12)

27 Jun 44       Mont Condan (3.26)                  26 Aug 44      Homburg (4.00)

28 Jun 44       Blainville                                      10 Sep 44      Le Havre (3.31)

4 July 44         St.Martin L.G.                             13 Sep 44      Scholven Buer

(4.05)                                                                   (4.00)

5 July 44         St.Martin L.G.                             15 Sep 44      Kiel (4.50)

(3.47)                                           23 Sep 44      Neuss (5.00)

6 July 44         Croixdale (3.26)                         25 Sep 44      Calais (3.15)

8 July 44         Chateau Bernapre                     26 Sep 44      Calais (3.17)

(3.33)

 

This officer has now completed his first operational tour consisting of 39 sorties involving a total of 165 hours (126 points).

 

He has always displayed the greatest keenness and determination in carrying out his operational sorties, and his work on operations has been of an extremely high order, as is proved by his night photographs.  He has taken part in attacks against some of the enemy's most heavily defended targets, and has always shown the greatest courage and coolness in the face of the enemy.

 

He has done much to achieve the present standard of navigation on the squadron, both by his work in his section and his fine personal example.  For his outstanding devotion to duty, he is most strongly recommended for the award of the Distinguished Flying Cross.

 

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HINSCLIFFE, F/O Alfred (J22411) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.405 Squadron (deceased) - Award effective 6 May 1944 as per London Gazette dated 21 December 1945 and AFRO 155/46 dated 15 February 1946.  Born in London, Ontario, 1919; home in Windsor. Mechanic prior to enlistment. Enlisted in London, 9 September 1939.  Trained at No.4 ITS (graduated 18 July 1942), No.6 BGS (13 January 1943) and No.4 AOS (21 November 1942).  Commissioned December 1942.

 

This officer has completed as air bomber many successful operations against the enemy in the course of which he has invariably displayed high skill, fortitude and devotion to duty.

 

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HINTON, F/L Herbert Hugh (J21550) - Commended for Valuable Services in the Air - No.1 SFTS - Award effective 1 January 1946 as per Canada Gazette of that date and AFRO 82/46 dated 25 January 1946.  Home in Belleville, Ontario; enlisted in Toronto, 20 September 1940.  Trained at No.2 ITS (graduated 15 November 1940), No.1 EFTS (graduated 4 January 1941), and No.2 SFTS (graduated 16 March 1941).

 

Flight Lieutenant Hinton, a graduate of the Combined Training Establishment, has been employed as a Flying Instructor since June 1941.  He has been a most patient and thorough instructor with a rare zeal for detail.  In any duty allotted to him he has persevered with diligence beyond the usual.  His example, as a flight commander, in organization and efficiency, has been a model to others on the unit.  Many of this officer's efforts have been made at personal sacrifice.

 

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HIONIDES, F/O Harry Theodore (J16144) - Military Cross Third Class (Greece) - Middle East Command -  Award effective 23 March 1945 as per Canada Gazette dated 6 April 1946 and AFRO 388/46 dated 12 April 1946.  Born 22 April 1918 in Canton, Ohio.  American citizen (educated at Patterson, New Jersey) and had been accepted for West Point.  However, he enlisted in Montreal, 2 July 1940.  Trained at No.1 ITS (graduated 4 January 1941), No.3 EFTS (ceased training 7 November 1940), No.1 AOS (graduated 31 March 1941), No.1 BGS (graduated 10 May 1941; promoted Sergeant 12 May 1941), and No.1 ANS (graduated 9 June 1941).  Posted overseas, July 1941; to No.4 OTU, 5 August 1941; to No.209 Squadron, 6 November 1941 (first sortie on 5 December 1941); to No.1428 Flight, 19 January 1942; to No.1444 Ferry Flight, 2 April 1942; to No.13 (Hellenic) Squadron, 8 May 1942; crew when Blenheim Z9740 (No.13 Squadron) crashed at Landing Ground 207, 6 July 1942; commissioned 26 July 1942; continued with No.13 (H) Squadron until November 1943 (in application for Italy Star he mentioned a sorties on 6 November 1943 against Crete); he appears to have spent most of 1944 on the staff of Royal Hellenic Air Force Headquarters; emplaned from Middle East, 13 July 1945; repatriated to Canada, 6 August 1945; released 19 September 1945. Public Record Office Air 2/8920 has a letter dated 20 March 1944 which included the following citation:

 


During a long period of service with No.13 (H) Squadron, Flying Officer Hionides has shown a devotion far in excess of normal duties.  His outstanding ability as an instructor has proved exceptionally successful in raising the standard of the newly trained observers.  Throughout his operational sorties he has exhibited the greatest zeal and energy.

 

NOTE: The same file has a further letter dated 22 April 1944 stating that Greek authorities now wished to award him their Distinguished Service Medal for the following services:

 

On 8th December 1943, at Derna airfield, when as member of the crew of a Baltimore aircraft, Flying Officer Hionides made superhuman efforts with the rest of the crew to rescue the pilot (Squadron Leader Dritsas) who was being burned to death in the aircraft which had crashed and burst into flames.  In the face of great danger from the inevitable explosion of the bomb load this officer showed unusual coolness and determination and an incomparable spirit of self-sacrifice.

 

It would appear that this decoration was not approved.  The above details from Air 2/8920 were obtained through the kindness of Mr. Christopher Pointon, RAF Lichfield Association.

 

Further confusing the status of his awards are letters supplied to Canadian authorities after the war.  One was a copy of a translation and copy of a document dated 16 March 1945, bestowing upon him the Greek "Convoy Medal and Reconnaissance Operations with three palms" and well as a "Convoy Medal and Reconnaissance Operations without Palms."  Another document stated that the "Air Force Cross" was being bestowed on him "for having shown exceptional proofs of courage and boldness in flying undertakings contributing to the general operational result of their squadron."  A further letter (15 February 1950) stated that he had been invested with Greek Air Force Cross and other campaign medals at the Greek Embassy in London, 9 February 1950.  This note bears a minute, "Awards presented to Hionides differ considerably from those dealt with previously - reference correspondence this file.  No further cation can be taken without causing considerable confusion, possible embarrassment to all concerned, and probably voluminous correspondence to straiten matters out."

 

On a form dated 26 June 1945 he stated he had 300 hours operational and 150 hours non-operational flying; had flown 65 sorties (last sortie on 7 December 1943) and had been on the following types: Catalina (100 hours), Blenheim IV (125), Bisley (125) and Baltimores (100).  His duties had included translation of air force training texts into Greek.

 

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HIRSCHFIELD, WO (now P/O) George Daniels (R137822/J85245) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.405 Squadron - Award effective 19 June 1944 as per London Gazette dated 27 June 1944 and AFRO 1861/44 dated 25 August 1944.  Born in Goldenville, Nova Scotia, 1920; home there.  Labourer prior to enlistment.  Enlisted 9 December 1941. Trained at No.9 BGS (graduated 25 September 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 2/8780 has recommendation dated 23 March 1944 when he had flown 42 sorties (279 hours two minutes).

 

21 Jun 43          Krefeld (4.15)                             10 Nov 43         Modane (7.35)

22 Jun 43          Mulheim (4.45)                           17 Nov 43         Mannheim (2.30, DNCO)

24 Jun 43          Wuppertal (5.25)                        18 Nov 43         Berlin (8.10)

27 Jul 43           Hamburg (6.15)                          22 Nov 43         Berlin (6.10)

29 Jul 43           Hamburg (5.50)                          26 Nov 43         Berlin (7.10)

2 Aug 43           Hamburg (6.10)                          2 Dec 43          Berlin (6.00)

9 Aug 43           Mannheim (5.50)                        4 Dec 43          Leipzig (7.10)

10 Aug 43         Nuremburg (7.40)                      16 Dec 43        Berlin (8.40)

12 Aug 43         Turin (8.05)                                 20 Dec 43        Frankfurt (5.10)

16 Aug 43         Turin (7.50)                                 24 Dec 43        Berlin (7.25)

17 Aug 43         Peenemunde (8.05)                  1 Jan 44           Berlin (6.30)

23 Aug 43         Berlin (7.15)                                2 Jan 44           Berlin (6.35)

27 Aug 43         Nuremburg (6.30)                      5 Jan 44           Stettin (8.40)

31 Aug 43         Berlin (6.40)                                20 Jan 44         Berlin (6.55)

15 Sep 43        Montlucon (5.55)                        21 Jan 44         Magdeburg (6.15)

22 Sep 43        Hanover (5.30)                           27 Jan 44         Berlin (7.00)

23 Sep 43        Mannheim (5.40)                        28 Jan 44         Berlin (7.50)

27 Sep 43        Hanover (4.25)                           30 Jan 44         Berlin (6.00)

2 Oct 43            Munich (7.55)                             15 Feb 44        Frankfurt-on-Oder (7.00)

3 Oct 43            Kassel (5.50)                              24 Feb 44        Schweinfurt (6.35)

7 Oct 43            Stuttgart (6.00)                           25 Feb 44        Augsburg (6.45)

8 Oct 43            Hanover (4.35)

 

This Warrant Officer has displayed keenness and devotion to duty on all his operational sorties.  He is a very efficient and determined Air Gunner, qualities which have made him a valuable member of his crew.  He has taken part in raids on some of the most heavily defended enemy targets, including Berlin, Frankfurt and Stettin.  His excellent conduct and skill in performing his duties has been an inspiration to his crew.  Strongly recommended for the award of the Distinguished Flying Cross.

 

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HISCOTT, F/L Roger Wilson (J29571) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.405 Squadron - Award effective 1 December 1944 as per London Gazette dated 8 December 1944 and AFRO 337/45 dated 23 February 1945.  Born in St. Catharines, Ontario, 1916; home in Sutton West, Ontario.  Enlisted in Toronto, 8 March 1941.  Trained at No.5 ITS (graduated 1 August 1942), No.1 BGS (graduated 21 March 1943) and No.4 AOS (graduated 20 August 1943).  Commissioned 1943.  Died in White Rock, British Columbia, 1 May 2001.  No citation other than "..in recognition of gallantry and devotion to duty in the execution of air operations against the enemy."  Public Records Office Air 2/8882 has recommendation dated 20 September 1944 when he had flown 48 sorties (163 hours eight minutes), 30 March to 17 September 1944.

 

                                        * denotes sortie counted as 1/3 an operation

 

30 Mar 44      Nuremburg (6.54)                      5 July 44         Watten (1.38)

9 Apr 44         Lille (2.53)*                                 6 July 44         Croixdale (2.28)

10 Apr 44       Laon (3.48)*                               7 July 44         Caen (2.28)

11 Apr 44       Aachen (3.33)                            9 July 44         Mont Condon (2.04)

20 Apr 44       Lens (2.59)*                                12 Jul 44        Acquet (2.40)

22 Apr 44       Laon (3.51)*                               14 Jul 44        Anderbelck (1.40)

26 Apr 44       Essen (3.45)                               17 Jul 44        Caen (2.28)

3 May 44        Montdidier (2.56)                       18 Jul 44        Acquet (1.31)

6 May 44        Nantes Gassicourt                     23 Jul 44        Kiel (5.17)

(2.50)                                           24 Jul 44        Stuttgart (7.01)

19 May 44      Mont Couple (1.52)                    25 Jul 44        Stuttgart (7.18)

22 May 44      Dortmund (3.41)                         28 Jul 44        Stuttgart (6.16)

27 May 44      Rennes Airfield                          30 Jul 44        Battle area (2.15)

(3.41)                                           1 Aug 44        Belle Croix (1.55)

28 May 44      Mardick (1.41)                            4 Aug 44        L'isle Adam (2.59)

31 May 44      Mont Couple (1.57)                    7 Aug 44        TOTALIZE 5 (2.21)

5 June 44       Longues (3.02)                           8 Aug 44        Lucheux (3.10)

7 June 44       Foret de Cerisy                          9 Aug 44        Coulonvilliers

(3.32)                                                                   (2.23)

9 June 44       Rennes (4.12)                            10 Aug 44      La Pallice (5.18)

11 Jun 44       Toures (5.12)                              12 Aug 44      La Pallice (5.22)

12 Jun 44       Amiens (2.41)                            28 Aug 44      Cezembie (3.16)

15 Jun 44       Lens (2.13)                                 5 Sept 44       Le Havre (2.15)

16 Jun 44       Sterkrade (3.34)                        6 Sept 44       Le Havre (2.02)

17 Jun 44       Oisemont-au-Bois                     8 Sept 44       Le Havre (2.14)

(2.23)                                           10 Sep 44      Le Havre (2.16)

24 Jun 44       Middle Straete                           12 Sep 44      Wanne Eickel (3.35)

(1.54)                                           17 Sep 44      Boulogne (1.35)

4 July 44         Biennais (2.22)

 

Flight Lieutenant Hiscott is an extremely capable and efficient Bomb Aimer, now on his second tour of operations.  The crew, of which he is a member, has on a great many occasions been employed on special duties of a highly important and at the same time dangerous nature.  In spite of this danger he has very ably carried out all his duties with exceptional skill and determination and has contributed largely to the many successful sorties carried out by the crew.  He has set a fine personal example of courage and devotion to duty which has done much to keep the morale of his fellow crew members at a very high standard.

 


HISCOTT, F/L Roger Wilson, DFC (J29571) - Bar to Distinguished Flying Cross - No.405 Squadron - Award effective 15 March 1945 as per London Gazette dated 23 March 1945 and AFRO 721/45 dated 27 April 1945.

 

Since the award of the Distinguished Flying Cross, Flight Lieutenant Hiscott has participated in further sorties against such heavily defended targets as Wilhelmshaven, Stuttgart, Karlsruhe and Duisburg.  He has invariably displayed keenness and a high sense of responsibility.  His fearlessness and devotion to duty have has a most inspiring effect on all members of his squadron.

 

NOTE: Public Records Office Air 2/9050 has recommendation by G/C W.F.M. Newsom dated 20 December 1944 when he had flown 61 sorties (205 hours 33 minutes), of which 13 sorties (41 hours six minutes) had been since previous award. The added sorties and text of recommendation were as follows:

 

20 Sept 44     Calais (2.24)                              28 Oct 44       Walcheren (2.09)

24 Sept 44     Calais (2.16)                              16 Nov 44      Julich (3.12)

25 Sept 44     Calais (2.42)                              18 Nov 44      Wanne Eickel (4.04)

26 Sept 44     Cap Gris Nez (2.27)                  2 Dec 44        Hagen (5.39)

28 Sept 44     Cap Gris Nez (1.56)                  4 Dec 44        Karlsruhe (5.05)

15 Oct 44       Wilhelmshaven (3.53)                18 Dec 44      Duisburg (4.26)

19 Oct 44       Stuttgart (5.19)

 

Flight Lieutenant Hiscott is a most capable and keen Bomb Aimer who has now completed two tours of operations. He has participated in attacks on such heavily defended enemy areas as Stuttgart, Kiel and Dortmund. He is an exceptional type of officer, with a sound knowledge of both the theoretical and practical side of his work. He has invariably displayed a keenness for operational duty and a high sense of responsibility, unselfishly subordinating his own interests to those of the service.  His fearlessness and keen sense of devotion to duty has had a most inspiring effect on all aircrew in the squadron.

 

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HISLOP, F/O John Victor (J28772) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.15 Squadron - Award effective 5 February 1945 as per London Gazette dated 16 February 1945 and AFRO 563/45 dated 29 March 1945.  Born in Swansea, Ontario, 1919; home in Toronto.  Trained at No.6 ITS (19 February 1943) and No.1 AOS (23 July 1943).  Commissioned 1943. No citation other than "completed...numerous operations against the enemy in the course of which [he has] invariably displayed the utmost fortitude, courage and devotion to duty."  Public Records Office Air 2/8830 has recommendation dated 21 December 1944 when he had flown 35 sorties (169 hours 15 minutes).

 

6 June 44       Massey (3.35)                                      5 Sept 44       Le Havre (4.00)

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


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

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

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

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

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

20 Jul 44        Homberg (3.55)                                   5 Oct 44         Saarbrucken

24 Jul 44        Stuttgart (7.50)                                                             (5.55)

28 Jul 44        Stuttgart (8.05)                                     6 Oct 44         Dortmund (6.20)

1 Aug 44        Coulon Villers (3.50)                           14 Oct 44       Duisburg (4.40)

4 Aug 44        Bordeaux (8.40)                                   14 Oct 44       Duisburg (5.00)

8 Aug 44        Foret de Lucheaux (3.40)                   19 Oct 44       Stuttgart (6.10)

11 Aug 44      Lens (3.50)                                           22 Oct 44       Neuss (4.20)

14 Aug 44      St.Quentin (4.20)                                 25 Oct 44       Essen (4.50)

18 Aug 44      Bremen (5.40)                                      28 Oct 44       Flushing (2.40)

29 Aug 44      Stettin (9.35)                                        30 Oct 44       Wesseling (4.20)

31 Aug 44      Pont Remy (4.05)                                31 Oct 44       Bottrop (5.05)

 

Flying Officer Hislop has flown as navigator in Flight Lieutenant Hall's crew and has completed 35 sorties totalling 169.15 hours, including such targets as Stuttgart (three times), Duisburg (twice), Stettin, Bremen, Saarbrucken and Dortmund.

 

On all these sorties his navigation has been of a consistently high order and the assistance he has rendered to his captain has been no small contribution to a very successful tour of operations.

 

An enthusiastic and determined navigator, Flying Officer Hislop speared himself no pains in the execution of his duty and the perfecting of his technique.  He is recommended for the award of the Distinguished Flying Cross.

 

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HLADY, F/O Maurice (J43245) - Medal of Merit, First Class (Czechoslovakia) - No.12 Communications Squadron - Award effective 2 November 1946 as per Canada Gazette of that date and AFRO 1075/46 dated 15 November 1946.  Born in Rama, Saskatchewan; home there.  Enlisted in Saskatoon, 17 January 1942. Trained at No.7 ITS (graduated 3 July 1942), No.6 EFTS (graduated 9 October 1942) and No.11 SFTS (graduated 5 February 1943).  Instructed at No.12 SFTS, Brandon until 1944 when he was posted to flying duties on West Coast.  Remained in postwar RCAF with No.412 Squadron, Toronto, Centralia, CJS London, Belgian Congo, Gaza Strip, Yeman and AFHQ; retired with the rank of Wing Commander.  Subsequently established Canadian Executive Search Group, which matched executives to Third World needs.  Died in Toronto, 3 August 2001.  No citation to Czech award.

 

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