HOAR, F/L Howard Allen (J15086) - Commended for Valuable Services in the Air - No.7 OTU - Award effective 21 April 1945 as per Canada Gazette of that date and AFRO 802/45 dated 11 May 1945. Born in Truro, Nova Scotia. Enlisted in Halifax, 18 July 1940. Trained at No.2 ITS (graduated 30 September 1940), No.13 EFTS (graduated 23 December 1940) and No.8 SFTS (graduated 3 April 1941).

 

Having completed two and one-half years overseas on operations, Flight Lieutenant Hoar has spent several months at this Operational Training Unit in the capacity of squadron commander. He has proven to be a most capable and efficient squadron commander and was instrumental in re-organizing his squadron while it was in the process of conversion from Hudson to Mosquito aircraft. He had always set an outstanding example to the pupils under his command which has definitely resulted in a state of high morale.

 

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HOARE, FS Robert (380A) - Mention in Despatches - No.160 (BR) Squadron - Award effective 14 June 1945 as per Canada Gazette of that date and AFRO 1127/45 dated 6 July 1945. Had enlisted 18 September 1939 in Toronto (home there).

This non-commissioned officer has been a member of this squadron since its formation. During this time he has proved himself an exceptional organizer and an excellent leader of men. Besides his work in his own trade, this airman has been enthusiastic in all station activities and in raising the morale of all concerned. His skill, leadership and efficiency are worthy of the highest praise.

 

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HOARE, S/L Thomas Harvey (J6821) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.127 Wing - Award effective 3 September 1945 as per London Gazette, 14 September 1945 and AFRO 1672/45 dated 2 November 1945. Born 17 May 1917 at Lang, Saskatchewan. Enlisted in Winnipeg, 23 October 1940. Trained at No.1 ITS, No.9 EFTS and No.2 SFTS; wings and commission on 8 August 1941. Instructed at No.13 SFTS, October 1941 to April 1943. To No.1 OTU, Bagotville, 25 April to 10 July 1943. Arrived overseas 22 July 1943. Further trained at No.59 OTU. With No.56 Squadron, 1 December 1943 to 2 August 1944 and No.421 Squadron, 8 August 1944 to 4 April 1945. No.127 Wing, 4 April to 7 August 1945. Repatriated to Canada, 10 September 1945; released 25 October 1945.

 

This officer has completed a tour of operational duty during which he has displayed a high standard of skill and determination in his attacks against enemy targets. He has destroyed at least two enemy aircraft, three flying bombs, and inflicted considerable damage on the enemy's lines of communication.

 

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HOBBIE, P/O (now F/O) Nicholas Hariston (J26909) - Air Medal (United States) - 11th USAAF - Award effective 27 August 1943 as per Canada Gazette dated 4 May 1946 and AFRO 473/46 dated 10 May 1946. Home in Roanoke, Virginia. Trained at No.5 ITS, No.7 EFTS, and No.14 SFTS. See Cochand for details; flights were 18 April to 25 July 1943.

 

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HOBBINS, S/L (now W/C) Albert Frank (C20788) - Mention in Despatches - Western 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 Edmonton; enlisted in Vancouver, 13 November 1942.

 

Serviceability of aircraft in Western Air Command has, in large measure, been due to this officer's complete devotion to duty and unstinted application of experience obtained in long association with airframes and engines. Coupled with effective organizing ability, his keen observation and diligence in detail, have been most valuable in solving the many problems in the maintenance of aircraft which the present times and circumstances produce.

 

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HOBBS, G/C Basil Deacon, DSO, DSC (C6) - Officer, Order of the British Empire - Station Patricia Bay - Award effective 14 June 1945 as per Canada Gazette of that date and AFRO 1127/45 dated 6 July 1945. Born 20 December 1895 in Berkshire, England. Educated at Sault Ste.Marie and took correspondence course in Electrical Engineering. RNAS and RAF, 1915-1919. Canadian Air Board, 1 April 1921 to 25 May 1922, and RCAF, 1922-25. Engineer with Cleveland Illuminating Company. Rejoined RCAF, 18 June 1940 in Montreal, subsequently serving at Stations Trenton, Dartmouth, and Patricia Bay. Governor General's Records (RG.7 Group 26, Volume 59, file 190-I, dossier 7 has citation.

 

Group Captain Hobbs has served with distinction throughout an extensive period of war service. As Commanding Officer of Royal Canadian Air Force Station, Patricia Bay, he has carried out his duties in an exemplary manner. At all times he has given his best to the service and all personnel under him have profited by his experience, good judgement and fine leadership. This officer's record throughout his career has been outstanding. By his splendid devotion to duty, initiative and efficiency he has rendered highly meritorious service to the Royal Canadian Air Force.

 

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HOBBS, Sergeant Clarence Arthur (R225243) - British Empire Medal - RCAF Overseas Headquarters - Award effective 1 January 1944 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 113/44 dated 21 January 1944. Born 23 October 1917 in Munster, Ontario. Enlisted in London, England, 16 October 1942.

Through his unselfish attitude, extreme devotion to duty, unstinting efforts in training personnel unfamiliar with Postal procedure and regulations in the United Kingdom, this NCO has materially assisted in enabling the RCAF Postal Service to extend and give postal services to RCAF personnel both in the United Kingdom and abroad in what is considered as a remarkably short time. His complete disregard for personal gain and his concentrated efforts have been an outstanding example to all those with whom he comes in contact.

 

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HOBSON, FS Douglas Palmer (R75448) - Distinguished Flying Medal - No.108 Squadron - Award effective 12 January 1943 as per London Gazette dated 22 January 1943 and AFRO 272/43 dated 19 February 1943. Born in 1918; home in Saskatoon. Enlisted in Saskatoon. Trained at No.2 ITS (graduated 28 March 1941), No.6 EFTS (graduated 26 May 1941), and No.34 SFTS (graduated 8 August 1941).

 

This captain of aircraft has displayed great tenacity of purpose. Despite an injury received in an aircraft crash his enthusiasm for operational duties has remained undiminished.

 

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

 

This Non-Commissioned Officer has now completed his operational tour and is on posting to the United Kingdom. He carried out 37 operational sorties covering a period of 255 operational hours.

 

Owing to the position in this squadron with regard to crews available and the disposition of Captains of aircraft at the time, Flight Sergeant Hobson had to carry out his first 15 operations as second pilot, and it was on the last of these after a raid on Tmimi on 16th June 1942, when he was involved in a forced landing. His Captain was flying the aircraft at the time and struck the ground at full flying speed, subsequently coming to rest approximately a mile further on with his aircraft very badly damaged and most of the crew considerably shaken. Flight Sergeant Hobson received damage to his knee on this occasion, and it is known that this injury has never been completely cleared up. Nevertheless he recommenced operations on 1st July 1942 as Captain of aircraft and has carried on continuously from then until the completion of his operational tour. On examination his list of operational sorties proves that he carried out no less than 15 sorties during the month of July 1942.

 

It is considered that his tenacity of purpose, courage and devotion to duty have set a very high example to all.

 

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HOBSON, S/L George Lionel (C4616) - Member, Order of the British Empire - No.10 SFTS - Award effective 14 June 1945 as per Canada Gazette of that date and AFRO 1127/45 dated 6 July 1945. Born in Ottawa, 27 January 1904. Attended Ottawa public schools and Ottawa Technical School. Attached to Canadian Trade Commission in Ottawa before joining RCAF. Enlisted in RCAF at Camp Borden, 1 April 1924. Aeronautical Engineering Branch. Died in Ottawa, 21 August 1995 in Ottawa, aged 92.

 

This officer has given many years of faithful, loyal service to the Royal Canadian Air Force. As chief engineering officer at his present unit, his professional ability, unswerving devotion to duty and loyalty to the service have produced excellent results and have provided an inspiring example to all personnel who have come in contact with him. He has been a very worthwhile contribution [contributor ?] to the success of the British Commonwealth Air Training Plan.

 

 

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HODGES, P/O Stanley Charles (J18609) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.626 Squadron - Award effective 24 May 1944 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 1444/44 dated 7 July 1944. Born in New Westminster, 1922; home in Winnipeg. RCASC 1940. Enlisted in Vancouver, 14 October 1941. Trained at No.3 BGS (graduated 18 December 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 2/9149 has recommendation dated 16 February 1944 when he had flown 30 sorties (210 operational hours).

 

11 June 43 Dusseldorf 3 Sept 43 Berlin

12 June 43 Bochum 6 Sept 43 Munich

16 June 43 Cologne 4 Oct 43 Mannheim

22 June 43 Mulheim 20 Oct 43 Leipzig

24 June 43 Wuppertal 3 Nov 43 Dusseldorf

9 July 43 Gelsenkirchen 10 Nov 43 Modane

12 July 43 Turin 18 Nov 43 Berlin

2 Aug 43 Hamburg 22 Nov 43 Berlin

7 Aug 43 Genoa 2 Dec 43 Berlin

17 Aug 43 Peenemunde 16 Dec 43 Berlin

22 Aug 43 Leverkusen 29 Dec 43 Berlin

23 Aug 43 Berlin 2 Jan 44 Berlin

27 Aug 43 Nuremburg 20 Jan 44 Berlin

30 Aug 43 Gladbach 21 Jan 44 Magdeburg

31 Aug 43 Berlin 28 Jan 44 Berlin

 

Pilot Officer Hodges (a Canadian) is a mid-upper gunner who has now completed 30 successful operational sorties against the enemy. Amongst the targets attacked are Munich, Turin, the Ruhr and Berlin, the last being his target on seven successive occasions as well as at other times.

 

He has shown himself to be an expert and determined fighter whose leadership and calmness while under fire resulted on more than one occasion in the successful defence of his aircraft and damage to the enemy fighter. His ability to make instant decisions in emergency, combined with his high technical knowledge, has contributed largely to the morale of his crew.

 

For calmness and determination in repelling enemy attacks, Pilot Officer Hodges is strongly recommended for the award of the Distinguished Flying Cross.

 

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HODGINS, F/O Rooney Alexander (J41894) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.443 Squadron - Award effective 2 February 1945 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 721/45 dated 27 April 1945. Born at Campbell's Bay, Quebec, 3 April 1923. Enlisted in Ottawa, 17 September 1941. Trained at No.6 ITS (graduated 19 June 1942), No.10 EFTS (graduated 25 September 1942) and No.2 SFTS (graduated 22 January 1943); wings on 22 January 1943. Further trained at No.1 OTU, Bagotville (January to May 1943) before posting to Home Defence squadrons. Arrived in UK, 31 January 1944. No.443 Squadron, 13 February to 9 November 1944. Repatriated to Canada, December 1944, released 20 September 1945, rejoined 2 May 1946. Killed in the crash of a Vampire at Rockcliffe, 11 June 1948.

 

Flying Officer Hodgins has completed very many sorties over northern France, Belgium and Holland. He has destroyed three enemy aircraft and has also been responsible for putting out of action over fifty enemy mechanical vehicles. On one occasion in September 1944, in a fight against a superior force of enemy aircraft, Flying Officer Hodgins destroyed two Messerschmitt 109s. This officer has at all times displayed the greatest keenness to engage the enemy and has proved himself a skilful and intrepid pilot.

 

Aerial victories - 14 June 1944 (one Do.217 destroyed);

- 30 July 1944 (one Bf.109 damaged);

- 27 Sept 1944 (one Bf.109 probably destroyed);

- 29 Sept 1944 (two Bf.109s destroyed).

 

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HODGKINSON, F/L Bryan Gilmore (J38649) - Mention in Despatches - Overseas - Award effective 28 December 1945 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 155/46 dated 15 February 1946. Home in Winnipeg; enlisted there 29 May 1940. Trained at No.1 ITS (graduated 16 September 1940), No.2 EFTS (graduated 19 November 1940), and No.2 SFTS (graduated 28 January 1941).

 

...for distinguished service while [prisoner] of war.

 

DHist card states that he was a fighter pilot, shot down over France in October 1941. In three and one half years as a POW (chiefly at Stalag 383, Bavaria) he built two theatres and put on many plays to entertain prisoners. He had been a radio announcer with CKY before the war and was in radio work in Toronto in 1946.

 

Public Records Office Air 2/9104, dealing with awards to various officers who distinguished themselves in German POW camps, includes a letter dated 16 July 1945 by Battery Quartermaster-Sergeant D.M. MacKenzie, "Late Chief Man of Confidence, Stalag 383, Germany" to Canadian Military Headquarters, recommending three Canadians for recognition, including Hodgkinson (described as a Flying Officer):

 

At the opening of Stalag 383, a non-working camp, he did the utmost to prepare a very fine theatre out of an old stable, utilising mostly Red Cross materials and with practically no help from the German camp authorities. He also did magnificent work in organizing entertainment.

 

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HODGSON, P/O (now F/O) Edgar George (J23049) - Mention in Despatches - No.116 Squadron (now No.3 OTU) - Award effective 11 December 1943 as per London Gazette dated 14 December 1943 and AFRO 568/44 dated 17 March 1944. Home in Longueuil, Quebec; enlisted in Montreal, 13 July 1939. Trained at No.1 ITS (graduated 14 January 1941), No.14 EFTS (graduated 17 March 1941), and No.33 SFTS (graduated 22 June 1941).

 

Pilot Officer Hodgson is Bomber Reconnaissance pilot of outstanding ability, carrying out hazardous patrols on numerous sorties during the past two years. His sound judgement, determination and cheerfulness under most trying circumstances has been an inspiration to all his associates.

 

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HODGSON, F/L John Bonar (C9221) - Mention in Despatches - No.162 (Bomber Reconnaissance) Squadron - Award effective 1 January 1945 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 721/45 dated 27 April 1945. Home in Montreal; enlisted there 28 November 1941. No citation.

 

HODGSON, F/L John Bonar (C9221) - Member, Order of the British Empire - No.162 (BR) Squadron - Award effective 14 June 1945 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 1219/45 dated 27 July 1945. Born in Montreal, 20 June 1911; educated at McGill and worked as a machinist. Home in Montreal; enlisted there 28 November 1941. No citation in Canadian sources. Public Records Office Air 2/9056 has recommended citation.

 

This officer is an engineering officer who has served with the squadron since May 1943. He has displayed a keen sense of duty and might be found at any time of the day or night working on his particular job. He has shown great keenness and initiative and his excellent example of efficiency and ability has been an inspiration to all.

 

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HODGSON, P/O Norman Hedley (J29767) - Mention in Despatches - No.119 Squadron - Award effective 14 November 1944 as per Canada Gazette of that date and AFRO 2684/44 dated 15 December 1944. Enlisted at Winnipeg, 4 November 1940. Trained at No.2 ITS (graduated 17 March 1941), No.14 EFTS (graduated 15 May 1941), and No.4 SFTS (graduated 28 July 1941). DHist file 181.009 D.1122 (RG.24 Vol.20595) has application for 1939-1943 Star dated 3 November 1944 showing he had flown with the unit 18 November 1941 to 15 March 1944 and first operational sortie had been 22 January 1942.

 

This pilot has shown great perseverance and steadiness in all his operational sorties. He is captain of a crew whose team work is particularly outstanding.

 

HODGSON, F/O Norman Hedley (J29767) - Air Force Cross - No.167 (Communications) Squadron - Award effective 1 December 1945 as per Canada Gazette of that date and AFRO 183/46 dated 22 February 1946. Governor General's Records (RG.7 Group 26, Volume 59, file 190-I, dossier 7 has citation, drafted when he had flown 1,875 hours, 882 on operations (194 sorties).

 

This officer has proved himself to be an exceptional pilot and captain of transport aircraft. His keenness, ability and sound good judgement have earned the confidence of all those associated with him, Under the most adverse weather conditions he has demonstrated repeated dependability far above the average.

 

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HODGSON, S/L Wesley Bert (C428) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.90 Squadron - Award effective 4 November 1944 as per London Gazette dated 14 November 1944 and AFRO 239/45 dated 9 February 1945. Born in Kent, 1916; home in Inverness. RCAF 1936-38 and RAF 1938-43. Canadian War Museum has medals (AN 19790298-005). No citation other than "completed...numerous operations against the enemy in the course of which [he has] invariably displayed the utmost fortitude, courage and devotion to duty." Public Records Office Air 2/8827 has recommendation dated 21 August 1944 when he had flown 26 sorties (108 hours 13 minutes).

 

* denotes daylight sortie

31 May 44 GARDENING Frisians 18 Jul 44 Aulnoye (3.48)

(3.16) 24 Jul 44 Acquet (3.38)*

2 June 44 GARDENING Heyst- 25 Jul 44 Stuttgart (8.00)

Flushing (2.03) 28 Jul 44 Stuttgart (8.04)

3 June 44 GARDENING Knocke 30 Jul 44 Caen (3.40)*

(2.06) 1 Aug 44 Le Nieppe (2.31)*

5 June 44 Special Duties (5.07) 4 Aug 44 Bec d'Ambs (7.37)*

12 Jun 44 Gelsenkirchen (3.22) 5 Aug 44 Bassens (7.37)*

21 Jun 44 Northern France (2.53) 7 Aug 44 Mare de Magne (3.40)

23 Jun 44 L'Hey (2.04) 9 Aug 44 Port d'Englos (2.19)

24 Jun 44 Rimeux (2.54) 11 Aug 44 Lens (3.25)*

30 Jun 44 Villers Bocage (3.18) 12 Aug 44 Brunswick (5.14)

2 July 44 Beauvoir (3.20) 14 Aug 44 Hamel (3.52)*

15 Jul 44 Chalons (6.46) 15 Aug 44 St.Trond airfield

18 Jul 44 Caen (3.48)* (3.41)*

 

This officer has carried out his operational duties at all times with the utmost energy, enthusiasm and determination. In a large number of sorties against a variety of highly important targets, his crew has achieved bombing results of consistent merit, and , in addition, on several occasions enemy aircraft have been successfully engaged. These successes are a direct reflection on Squadron Leader Hodgson's capable leadership, which has also been demonstrated to good effect when he has led the squadron with considerable skill on daylight attacks. In spite of his excellent operational record, he has at all times attended carefully to the organization of the Flight which he commands, with a resultant efficiency, which is yet another indication of his valuable service and leadership. I strongly recommend this officer for the award of the Distinguished Flying Cross.

 

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HODSON, F/L Albert Harold (J12828) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.404 Squadron - Award effective 25 July 1944 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 2052/44 dated 22 September 1944. Born in Vancouver, 1923; home in Alberni, B.C. Enlisted in Vancouver, 28 August 1941. Trained at No.5 ITS (graduated 2 January 1942), No.14 EFTS (graduated 13 March 1942) and No.11 SFTS (graduated 17 July 1942). Cited with F/L Patrick A. Powell (RCAF observer, DFC).

 

As navigator and pilot respectively, these officers have participated in numerous attacks on enemy shipping. They have displayed skill and co-operation of a high order and have invariably pressed home their attacks with exceptional determination. In June 1944 they took part in an attack on a naval force of three vessels on which serious damage was inflicted. In this, as on most occasions, these officers displayed praiseworthy courage and resolution.

 

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HODSON, WO1 Douglas Creswell (Can 1907) - Member, Order of the British Empire - No.12 Communications Squadron - Award effective 1 January 1943 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 55/43 dated 15 January 1943. Born at Lloydminster, Saskatchewan, 17 May 1910. Enlisted in Vancouver, date uncertain. Later commissioned (C26522).

 

This Warrant Officer has displayed outstanding devotion to his duties and has demonstrated an extremely fine appreciation of his vital responsibilities as the acting Unit's Technical Officer in charge of its aircraft maintenance. This Warrant Officer's actions have been directly responsible for the outstanding record of the unit's aircraft reliability during the past two years.

 

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HODSON, S/L Keith Louis Bate (C807) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.401 Squadron - Award effective 15 September 1942 as per London Gazette dated 2 October 1942 and AFRO 1653/42 dated 16 October 1942. Born in Gorey, Jersey, 12 September 1915. Trained at Trenton. See Michel Lavigne, Canadian Wing Commanders.

 

This officer has participated in a large number of sorties. He is a skilful pilot whose personal example has inspired the squadron he commands. Much of the success it has achieved can be attributed to Squadron Leader Hodson's excellent leadership.

 

HODSON, W/C Keith Louis Bate (C807) - Bar to Distinguished Flying Cross - No.401 Squadron - Award effective 17 April 1943 as per London Gazette dated 27 April 1943 and AFRO 985/43 dated 28 May 1943.

 

This officer has commanded the wing for nearly two months and during that time has led it on eighteen operational missions. He has had a long and distinguished operational career during which he has proved an excellent leader. His keenness and efficiency have been outstanding and are reflected in the high standard of operational efficiency achieved by his unit.

 

NOTE: Public Record Office Air 2/8945 has the original recommendation - for a Distinguished Service Order - submitted by the Wing Commander in charge of RAF Sector Kenley (undated):

 

This officer has been on operational flying without a break for just over a year. He commanded No.401 (RCAF) Squadron for eight months and brought it up to a very high standard of efficiency and morale. He took over the Kenley Wing nearly two months ago and since then has led them on some 18 sweeps, making for him a total of 120 sweeps since arriving in England. He is a born leader and demands and gets an exceptionally high standard of efficiency. His great keenness, efficiency and natural abilities have made him a Wing Leader of no ordinary value, and I cannot recommend him too highly for the Distinguished Service Order. he has done 250 operational hours without a break.

On 11 March 1943 the Air Officer Commanding, No.11 Group, rote:

 

Wing Commander Hodson has had a long and distinguished career, during which he has shown himself to be a very good leader. I do not, however, consider that his record quite merits the award of the Distinguished Service Order, but I strongly recommend him for the immediate award of a Bar to his Distinguished Flying Cross.

 

On 23 March 1943 the Air Officer Commanding-in-Chief, Fighter Command, concurred, writing, "Bar to Distinguished Flying Cross recommended".

 

HODSON, W/C Keith Louis Bate, DFC (C807) - Distinguished Flying Cross (United States) - Overseas - Award effective 17 July 1943 as per London Gazette dated 20 July 1943 and AFRO 644/44 dated 24 March 1944. Public Records Office Air 2/ 9599 has USAAF 8th Air Force General Order No.104 dated 16 July 1943 which gives citation.

 

For extraordinary achievement while participating in more than twenty combat missions in conjunction with United States Army Air Force bomber operations. Displaying great courage and skilful airmanship, Wing Commander Hodson has zealously sought out the enemy and engaged him in aerial combat. His actions on all occasions reflect the highest credit upon himself and the Armed Forces of His Majesty's government.

 

HODSON, W/C Keith Louis Bate, DFC (C807) - Officer, Order of the British Empire - No.126 Wing (now Overseas Headquarters, attached 9th USAAF) - Award effective 1 January 1945 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 132/45 dated 26 January 1945. Public Records Office Air 2/8872 has recommendation.

 

Wing Commander Hodson had commanded No.126 (RCAF) Wing for a period of twelve months when he relinquished it shortly after successfully establishing it on the Continent. Despite great difficulties he organized it with extreme efficiency and he was one of the first commanders to operate aircraft from an airfield in France. He was then transferred to another wing and moved on to the third airfield to become available, where he again displayed outstanding energy and enthusiasm, on occasions under enemy shell fire. His determination and tireless devotion to duty contributed greatly to the successful early operations of aircraft from Normandy.

 

HODSON, G/C Keith Louis Bate, OBE, DFC (807) - Croix de Guerre with Gold Star (France) - AFRO 485/47 dated 12 September 1947.

 

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HOFFMAN, F/L John Wilfred (J9067) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.514 Squadron - Award effective 19 December 1944 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 293/45 dated 16 February 1945. Born in Windsor, Ontario, 1910; home there. Educated University of Toronto. Enlisted in Windsor, Ontario, 11 December 1940. Trained at No.1 ITS (graduated 14 March 1941), No.3 WS (graduated 24 October 1941) and No.8 BGS (graduated 24 November 1941). Commissioned 1941.

 

This officer has set a fine example of skill and courage in air operations. In September 1944 he was wireless operator (air) in an aircraft detailed to attack Le Havre. During the bombing run the aircraft caught fire when hit by anti-aircraft shells. Flight Lieutenant Hoffman sustained burns to the hands and face when a shell exploded close to him. In spite of this he promptly took his place beside another crew member and together displayed great coolness and devotion to duty in harassing circumstances.

 

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HOGAN, Sergeant James Warrin (R99711) - Mention in Despatches - Overseas - Award effective 14 June 1945 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 1600/45 dated 12 October 1945. Home in Windsor, Ontario. Enlisted in London, Ontario, 8 May 1941.

 

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HOGAN, FS John Alexander (R67582) - Mention in Despatches - No.408 Squadron (No.62 Base in AFRO) - Award effective 1 January 1945 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 721/45 dated 27 April 1945. Home in Windsor, Ontario. No citation in AFRO but DHist file 181.009 D.1719 (PAC RG.24 Vol.20606) has recommendation dated 31 July 1944; NCO in charge of "B" Flight, No.408 Squadron; enlisted in Windsor, Ontario, 25 June 1940; had served 17 months in Canada, 31 months in UK.

 

This senior Non-Commissioned Officer, despite physical discomforts and fatigue, has been especially from "D" Day on a shining example to all who worked with him, always doing more than his share and ever ready to assist other members of his crew.

 

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HOGARTH, F/L Harold Joseph (J26079) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.429 Squadron - Award effective 15 March 1945 as per London Gazette dated 23 March 1945 and AFRO 721/45 dated 27 April 1945. Born in Folect, Ontario, 1916; home in Toronto. Commercial pilot and prospector prior to enlistment. Enlisted in Toronto, 15 June 1940. Trained at No.20 EFTS (graduated 17 September 1941) and No.2 SFTS (graduated 9 August 1943). No citation other than "completed...many successful operations against the enemy in which [he has] displayed high skill, fortitude and devotion to duty." DHist file 181.009 D.2610 (RG.24 Vol.20627) has recommendation dated 18 December 1944 when he had flown 21 sorties (112 hours 30 minutes), 27 August to 4 December 1944.

 

This officer, as captain of aircraft, has taken part in twenty-one attacks on enemy territory, most of which have been against the heavily defended targets of Germany. He has at all times shown himself to be a good captain of aircraft with a fine offensive spirit and a determination to reach the target in spite of all difficulties. During an attack on Calais on the 25th of September, 1944, an engine failed on take-off but he continued to his objective on three engines and bombed his target. As Deputy Flight Commander he has been an asset to his squadron. For three years this officer was a Flying Instructor at a flying school in Canada.

 

It is considered that this officer's operational record, coupled with his service as an instructor and as Deputy Flight Commander, fully merit the award of the Distinguished Flying Cross.

 

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HOGG, FS Donald Bruce (R83971) - British Empire Medal - Eastern Air Command Headquarters - Award effective 13 June 1946 as per Canada Gazette of that date and AFRO 660/46 dated 5 July 1946. Home in Toronto; enlisted there 10 December 1940.

 

Flight Sergeant Hogg has at all times during his service career been an outstanding example to his fellow airmen. He definitely strengthens the hand of the officer whom he serves in keeping his service knowledge at the highest standard. Meticulous and painstaking in all his efforts, he has an exceptionally high sense of responsibility and whole-heartedly performs many duties in excess of those normally expected of his rank and position. He has always placed the welfare of others before his own and takes a great deal of interest in the responsibilities of his associates and their families. Wherever located he has been of untold value and contributed considerably to the esprit-de-corps of the Royal Canadian Air Force.

 

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HOGG, F/L James Easson (J21119) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.439 Squadron - Award effective 13 January 1945 as per London Gazette dated 23 January 1945 and AFRO 471/45 dated 16 March 1945. Born 1916, South Shields, County Durham. Family moved to Canada when he was three. Home in Ottawa; educated Percy Street School and Glebe Collegiate. Worked for Canadian Car and Foundry. Formerly in the Royal Canadian Artillery. Enlisted in RCAF, 5 April 1939 as groundcrew; commissioned November 1942. Trained at No.3 ITS (graduated 24 April 1942), No.17 EFTS (graduated 31 July 1942), and No.2 SFTS (graduated 20 November 1942 at top of the class). Retained in Canada at Debert. Killed in flying accident, 23 March 1945 (Typhoon MP138). Brother, Sergeant W.G. Hogg served with RCE. Recommended when he had flown 92 sorties (93 operational hours).

 

This officer, who is a flight commander, has participated in a large number of operational sorties and under his able leadership the squadron has attained many successes. On one occasion he led his section in an attack on a large railway bridge over the Rhine. Undeterred by intense anti-aircraft fire from the enemy's defences, he pressed home a determined attack and the bridge was destroyed. More recently Flight Lieutenant Hogg led the squadron in attacks against enemy communications in Germany and Northern Holland, often in the face of heavy opposition.

 

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HOGG, F/O Mervin Cooksley (J20942) - Mention in Despatches - No.14 Squadron - Award effective 1 January 1945 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 379/45 dated 2 March 1945. Home in Warren, Manitoba. Enlisted in Winnipeg, 6 October 1941. Trained at No.7 ITS (graduated 22 May 1942), No.19 EFTS (graduated 31 July 1942) and No.10 SFTS (graduated 21 November 1942). Killed in action, 19 April 1945 (Wellingnton NC419); name on Runneymede Memorial.

 

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

 

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

 

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HOLDEN, S/L Henry Thomas (C7736) - Mention in Despatches - Skipton-on-Swale - Award effective 1 January 1946 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 322/46 dated 29 March 1946. Home in Aurora, Ontario. Enlisted in Montreal, 3 October 1941. DHist file 181.009 D.2619 (RG.24 Vol.20628) has recommendation for an OBE (signed by G/C H.H. Ruttledge) dated 23 April 1945 when he was Senior Flying Control Officer.

 

Squadron Leader Holden has at all times shown outstanding qualities of leadership in his position as Senior Flying Control Officer, and in several activities in connection with the welfare of the station, to which he was appointed. His reliability, initiative, force of personality and character has been an outstanding example to all ranks, and I strongly recommend that this officer's meritorious service be recognized...

 

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HOLDHAM, S/L Maurice George (C3326) - Member, Order of the British Empire - Canadian Joint Staff, Washington - Award effective 1 January 1946 as per Canada Gazette of that date and AFRO 82/46 dated 25 January 1946. Educated in Ottawa; joined RCAF 8 October 1928 as a clerk; commissioned December 1940. He was Secretary to the Board organizing the BCATP. In April 1943 was transferred to Canadian Joint Staff, Washington, as training liaison officer and secretary to a committee aiming at standardizing allied air training in North America. Served briefly overseas in 1945. Postwar was Chief Instructor and later CO of Composite Training School (Trenton and Aylmer). In March 1953 was assigned to personnel administration, serving with No.1 Air Division, Air Materiel Command, and AFHQ. Retired with rank of Wing Commander, 1961; became Executive Secretary-Treasurer, Royal Architectural Institute of Canada. Died in Ottawa, 15 May 1998; extensive obituary biography in Ottawa Citizen, 23 May 1998. Governor General's Records (RG.7 Group 26, Vol.59, file 190-I, dossier 8) has citation.

 

This officer is in charge of the administration of this staff and all arrangements for training Royal Canadian Air Force personnel in the United States and is the Canadian Secretary on the Combined Committee on Air Training in North America. He is outstanding in the performance of his duties, exceptionally reliable and unflagging in his efforts to further the interests of the Service. His cheerfulness in accepting responsibility and additional duties is most praiseworthy and his associations with United States officers have done much to further mutual understanding, thereby contributing considerably to this service.

 

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HOLDEN, F/O Robert Gray (J28141) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.431 Squadron - Award effective 13 October 1944 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 2534/44 dated 24 November 1944. Born in Nelson, B.C., 1912; home in New York City. Enlisted in Toronto, 10 April 1942. Trained at No.1 ITS (graduated 4 December 1942), No.7 EFTS (graduated 5 March 1943) and No.5 SFTS (graduated 9 July 1943). Cited with Sergeant Francis J. Clay (RCAF, awarded DFM).

 

Flying Officer Holder was detailed one night in July 1944 to attack Hamburg and Sergeant Clay was his rear gunner. Whilst over the target the aircraft was swept by cannon and machine gun fire from an enemy fighter. Sergeant Clay was severely wounded and the aircraft became uncontrollable. It dived steeply and Flying Officer Holden ordered the crew to escape by parachute. The navigator, bomb aimer and mid-upper gunner jumped. After losing 10,000 feet the pilot regained control and rescinded his order to abandon aircraft. Sergeant Clay crawled to the nose of the aircraft where he remained during the return flight helping Flying Officer Holden to navigate his aircraft through a most heavily defended area of Germany. Only when the aircraft was being landed in England did Sergeant Clay indicate that he was injured by requesting Flying Officer Holden to have an ambulance to meet the bomber on the airfield. Flying Officer Holden and Sergeant Clay displayed unswerving devotion to duty and set an example of the highest standard.

 

NOTE: DHist file 181.009 D.5526 (National Archives of Canada, RG.24 Vol.20667) has original recommendation dated 8 August 1944. He had flown 17 sorties (74 hours 22 minutes), 24 May 1944 (Trouville, three hours 50 minutes) to 28 July 1944 (Hamburg, five hours). Aircraft had also been shot up and force landed on previous mission (18 July 1944, Paris, three hours 55 minutes). Same file also indicates that Sergeant Clay was originally recommended for the Conspicuous Gallantry Medal (Flying). Text for Holden's award as follows:

 

This officer, a captain of an aircraft, has completed 17 trips against the enemy and has always pressed home the attack to the utmost. On the night of 28th July 1944, while carrying out an attack on Hamburg, Flying Officer Holden's aircraft was attacked by an enemy night fighter, just prior to turning on to the leg to the target. In the ensuing battle, this pilot's aircraft was raked by cannon and machine gun fire, the rear gunner being severely wounded and the aircraft damaged to such an extent that it became uncontrollable. When the aircraft went into a steep dive and the pilot ordered the crew to abandon the aircraft, the navigator, bomb aimer and mid-upper gunner were able to comply. After losing 10,000 feet, the pilot made a final effort to regain control and he was successful. He therefore rescinded the order to abandon. Despite the absence of his navigator and with his W/T unserviceable, the pilot set course for England and, by steering reciprocal courses, he was successful in navigation his aircraft through a most heavily defended area of Germany and limped back to England, where he landed safely. Under trying conditions, this officer showed exceptional ability and, by his courage, fortitude and devotion to duty, saved many lives and material. His gallantry is worthy of the highest praise and I recommend him for the award of the Distinguished Service Order.

 

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HOLDING, WO (now P/O) Stanley Roy (R120992/J86467) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.12 Squadron - Award effective 1 September 1944 as per London Gazette dated 19 September 1944 and AFRO 2373/44 dated 3 November 1944. Born in England; home in Welwyn, Saskatchewan. Enlisted in Regina, 8 September 1941. Trained at No.7 ITS (graduated 29 June 1942), No.2 EFTS (graduated 15 July 1942) and No.3 AOS (graduated 18 December 1942). Commissioned 1944. No citation other than "completed...many successful operations during which [he has] displayed high skill, fortitude and devotion to duty." Public Records Office Air 2/9276 has recommendation dated 8 June 1944 when he had flown 29 sorties (188 hours).

 

27 Jan 44 Berlin 26 Apr 44 Essen

28 Jan 44 Berlin 27 Apr 44 Friedrichshaven

30 Jan 44 Berlin 30 Apr 44 Maintenon

15 Feb 44 Berlin 3 May 44 Mailly

24 Feb 44 Schweinfurt 19 May 44 Orleans

25 Feb 44 Augsburg 21 May 44 Duisburg

1 Mar 44 Stuttgart 22 May 44 Dortmund

15 Mar 44 Stuttgart 24 May 44 Aachen

18 Mar 44 Frankfurt 27 May 44 Aachen

24 Mar 44 Berlin 31 May 44 Tergnier

9 Apr 44 GARDENING (Danzig) 2 June 44 Bernevel

11 Apr 44 Aachen 4 June 44 Sangatte

18 Apr 44 GARDENING (Prorer) 5 June 44 Crisbecq

22 Apr 44 Dusseldorf 6 June 44 Aucheres

24 Apr 44 Karlsruhe

 

Warrant Officer Holding, a Canadian, is a navigator in a crew which has done twenty-nine successful operations against the enemy, the majority of which have been distant targets such as Schweinfurt, Augsburg, Friedrichshaven and Berlin on five occasions. By his skilful navigation and coolness under fire he has contributed in no small way to the outstanding success of his crew.

 

His calm efficiency, at times in most adverse circumstances, has made a large contribution to the success of the night bombing offensive and I feel that his excellent example fully merits the award of the Distinguished Flying Cross.

 

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HOLLAND, F/L Harold Edward (J11050) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.11 (BR) Squadron - Award effective 23 March as per London Gazette dated 3 April 1945 and AFRO 765/45 dated 4 May 1945. Born in Winnipeg, 1922; home there. CNR carman prior to enlistment. Enlisted in Winnipeg, 24 June 1941. Trained at No.2 ITS (graduated 1 October 1941), No.2 EFTS (graduated 19 December 1941) and No.2 SFTS (graduated 10 April 1942). Commissioned April 1942.

 

As a pilot and flight commander this officer has displayed skill and courage of a high order. He has led his flight and at times the squadron with great efficiency and determination. The majority of these sorties have been flown over rough mountainous territory and during the severe weather conditions prevalent during the monsoon. At all times Flight Lieutenant Holland has set an inspiring example by his keenness, determination and fine fighting spirit.

 

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HOLLAND, Sergeant James Shepard (R87652) - Distinguished Flying Medal - No.70 Squadron - Award effective 11 February 1943 as per London Gazette dated 16 February 1943 and AFRO 410/43 dated 12 March 1943. American in RCAF; born in Homestead, Florida, 5 January 1917; home in Coral Gables, Florida. Enlisted in Vancouver, 6 January 1941. Trained at No.2 ITS (graduated 29 April 1941), No.18 EFTS (graduated 26 June 1941), and No.15 SFTS (graduated 13 September 1941).

 

Throughout his tour of bombing operations this airman has exhibited conspicuous gallantry and determination to reach and attack his target. On one occasion over Tobruk, when the front hatch of the aircraft was blown off by anti-aircraft fire, his coolness almost certainly saved the life of the navigator. On another occasion Sergeant Holland was detailed to attack the defences at Tobruk. He successfully bombed two heavy gun positions and a searchlight and subsequently made five runs just offshore machine-gunning searchlights. On many other occasions this airman has given evidence of determination and tenacity in the face of enemy opposition which has been a source of inspiration to the squadron.

 

NOTE: Public Record Office Air 2/8935 has recommendation communicated on 12 January 1943 to Air Ministry by Group Captain W.J.M. Akerman (Headquarters, Royal Air Force, Middle East). This provided the following details:

 

This Non-Commissioned Officer, who is an American, has completed 43 night bombing operations against the enemy covering a period of 284.55 hours [284 hours 55 minutes] operational flying. His tour of operations has been distinguished throughout by his determination to get to the target, his conspicuous gallantry shown on a number of occasions and good results from his bombing.

 

On the night of 5th August, 1942, he was detailed to bomb Tobruk and also to take a photograph. Having dropped his bombs, in spite of the fact that anti-aircraft shells were bursting uncomfortably close and searchlights were endeavouring to hold him, he continued his runup. Suddenly there was a terrific explosion caused by a bursting high explosive shell under the nose of the aircraft. The exit hatch at the bomb aimer's position was blown open and the navigator would certainly have fallen through if the second pilot had not been there to assist. The navigator was badly wounded and was taken back to Heliopolis for medical attention.

 

Sergeant Holland was quite undeterred by this explosion and on the night of 13th September 1942, during the combined operations against Tobruk, he was detailed to attack the defences on the north shore and then to fly low out to sea to provide a screen for surface forces against detection by Radio Direction Finding. He dropped his bombs on two heavy gun positions and a searchlight and then went down to 1,500 feet and made five runs up and down the coast just off the shore, while his front and rear gunners fired constantly at gun and searchlight positions. Twice the aircraft was picked up by searchlights and each time Sergeant Holland turned directly into them and they were extinguished by the front gunners' fire.

 

On the night of October 20th, 1942, with a special shipping point at Tobruk as target, Sergeant Holland went below 9/10s cloud to bomb and although caught by anti-aircraft fire and held by searchlights for one and a half minutes, he also attempted to take a photograph. On his return from the target he went down to 50 feet to ground-strafe motor transport on the Tobruk-Bardia road and the crew claims direct hits on vehicles.

 

There are many instances of a like nature which could be quoted; suffice it to say that throughout his tour of operations he has shown great gallantry and determination to destroy the enemy and has been a source of inspiration to the squadron.

 

HOLLAND, F/L James Shepard, DFM (J16395) - Mention in Despatches - Overseas - Award effective 14 June 1945 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 1478/45 dated 21 September 1945.

 

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HOLLAND, P/O John Rhys (J85039) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.420 Squadron - Award effective 2 October 1944 as per London Gazette dated 17 October 1944 and AFRO 2637/44 dated 8 December 1944. Born in Kildonan, Manitoba; home there. Enlisted in Winnipeg, 12 December 1941. Trained at No.2 ITS (graduated 6 June 1942), No.1 BGS (graduated 11 September 1942) and No.9 AOS (graduated 23 October 1942). Commissioned 1944. No citation other than "completed...numerous operations against the enemy in the course of which [he has] invariably displayed the utmost fortitude, courage and devotion to duty". DHist file 181.009 D.3456 (RG.24 Vol.20639) has recommendation dated 27 July 1944 when he had flown 30 sorties (168 hours 55 minutes), 13 September 1943 to 6 July 1944 (seven targets in Italy, 13 September to 1 October 1943; German and French targets, 24 February to 6 July 1944).

 

Pilot Officer Holland, as Air Bomber in Flight Lieutenant Alberts' crew, has shown, on all occasions, exceptional fighting qualities. On all his targets, which included principal targets in Italy, Germany and France, his dogged determination to press home his attack, never releasing his bombs until the target was in his sights, inspired a high standard of morale in his crew.

 

For his exceptional tenacity of purpose and his fine record of achievement, Pilot Officer Holland is strongly recommended for the award of the Distinguished Flying Cross.

 

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HOLLAND, F/O William John (J35553) - 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 Goderich, Ontario, 1924; home there. Enlisted in London, Ontario, 7 October 1942. Trained at No.6 ITS (graduated 3 April 1943), No.12 EFTS (graduated 29 May 1943), and No.16 SFTS (graduated 1 October 1943). Commissioned September 1943.

 

This officer joined his present squadron at the time of its formation and has served with distinction throughout a long tour of duty during which he has been engaged on close transport support of the 14th Army in Burma. He has been called upon to fly on many hazardous sorties delivering vital supplies to the Army. He has also dropped supplies at low levels beyond the Japanese lines and well within range of enemy ground fire and on one occasion his aircraft was damaged by small arms fire. At all times Flying Officer Holland has displayed a high degree of skill, courage and devotion to duty.

 

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HOLLEY, FS Allan (R51187) - British Empire Medal - No.2 Air Command Head Quarters - Award effective 1 January 1946 as per Canada Gazette of that date and AFRO 82/46 dated 25 January 1946. Enlisted in Ottawa, 20 October 1939.

 

This non-commissioned officer since coming to this headquarters has performed his duties in a most conscientious and energetic manner. His readiness to accept responsibility, as well as extra duties which have entailed many hours of hard work, planning and organization, have set a fine example to those with whom he comes in contact and has greatly assisted the officers with whom he has worked. By his complete knowledge of his work and extreme devotion to duty, this non-commissioned officer commands the respect and admiration of all personnel at this headquarters.

 

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HOLLIDAY, F/O Alfred Alexander (J85242) - Mention in Despatches - Overseas - Award effective 1 January 1946 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 388/46 dated 12 April 1946. Home in Edmonton; enlisted there 6 August 1941. Trained at No.4 ITS (graduated 8 October 1941), No.18 EFTS (graduated 6 December 1941) and No.15 SFTS (graduated 28 March 1942).

 

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HOLLINGUM, S/L Horace Josiah (C1524) - Mention in Despatches - Western Air Command - Award effective 28 May 1943 as per London Gazette of that date, Canada Gazette dated 2 June 1943, and AFRO 1459/43 dated 30 July 1943. Born at Grays, Essex, England; CEF veteran. Enlisted in Vancouver, 4 December 1939.

 

Since the commencement of the war Squadron Leader Hollingum has been responsible for the organization and operation of the Aircraft Detection Corps and liaison duties with Civilian Protection Services in Western Air Command. His knowledge of the Pacific Coast and its people, his enthusiasm, pleasant personality and fine grasp of his duties have produced outstanding results in his complicated task.

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HOLLINGWORTH, F/L John Moore (J18740) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.426 Squadron - Award effective 22 August 1944 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 2274/44 dated 20 October 1944. Born in Montreal, 1912; home there. Attended University of Quebec prior to enlistment. Enlisted in Toronto, 6 December 1940. Trained at No.3 ITS (graduated 16 May 1941), No.11 EFTS (graduated 27 July 1941) and No.9 SFTS (graduated 24 October 1941). Commissioned 1942. Posted from No.426 Squadron, 24 August 1944.

 

This officer has completed a tour of operations involving attacks on such targets as Berlin and centres in the Ruhr area. He is a skilful and courageous captain whose determination to achieve success has won great praise. On more than one occasion his aircraft has been damaged whilst over the target area but this has not deterred him from pressing home his attacks. His example has been worthy of emulation.

 

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HOLLOWAY, F/O Peter Wykeham (J10714) - Air Force Cross - Station Yarmouth - Award effective 6 January 1945 as per London Gazette dated 13 March 1945 and AFRO 132/45 dated 26 January 1945 -Born 22 February 1918 at Wellington, Madras, India, son of Major-General Benjamin Holloway, Indian Army. Came to Canada in 1924. Enlisted at Edmonton, 5 June 1941 - Trained at No.2 ITS (graduated 8 September 1941), No.3 AOS (graduated 5 January 1942), No.2 BGS (graduated 14 February 1942) and No.1 ANS (graduated 18 March 1942). Remained in postwar RCAF, rising to Group Captain, serving in Canada, overseas and in United States. Retired 1969. Died at Saanich Peninsula Hospital, 27 January 1983. A brother was Brigadier R.E. Holloway, CBE. Governor General's Records (RG.7 Group 26 Volume 58, file 190-I, dossier 6) has citation. When recommended he had flown 1,473 hours of which 724 were on operations (69 sorties).

 

This officer has consistently displayed exceptional qualities as a navigator, despite adverse weather conditions and other hazardous circumstances. Now, as a member of the Meteorological Flight, he has continued to perform his duties in a most cheerful and efficient manner. By his courage, skill and devotion to duty, the knowledge gained on such flights contributes immeasurably to the safety of operational crews. The excellent work done by this navigator is praiseworthy.

 

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HOLLOWELL, F/O Raymond Albert (J25787) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.626 Squadron - Award effective 10 May 1945 as per London Gazette dated 22 May 1945 and AFRO 1147/45 dated 13 July 1945. Born in London, Ontario, 1920; home there. Was a salesman prior to enlistment. Enlisted in Hamilton, 7 March 1942. Trained at No.1 ITS (graduated 11 September 1942), No.9 EFTS (graduated 18 December 1942) and No.6 SFTS (graduated 30 April 1943). Commissioned April 1943.

This officer has taken part in a large number of attacks against well defended major targets in Germany. On one occasion in October 1944, when he was detailed for an attack against Essen, his aircraft was attacked by an enemy fighter. Throughout the engagement Flying Officer Hollowell piloted his aircraft with great skill and courage, and the enemy fighter was destroyed. On another occasion when his aircraft was a attacked by a hostile fighter this officer's fine captaincy and superb airmanship outmanoeuvred the enemy aircraft which was forced to break off the combat. At all times Flying Officer Hollowell has displayed courage and devotion to duty and in the face of strong enemy opposition he has invariably pressed home his attacks were determination.

 

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HOLMAN, F/O Reginald Wallace (J18836) - Mention in Despatches - Overseas - Award effective 8 June 1944 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 1729/44 dated 11 August 1944. Home in Port Arthur, Ontario. Enlisted in Winnipeg, 19 August 1941. Trained at No.4 BGS (graduated 8 June 1942). No citation in AFRO.

 

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HOLMAN, P/O William Gordon (J92116) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.640 Squadron - Award effective 2 March 1945 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 625/45 dated 13 April 1945. Home in Fergus, Ontario. Enlisted in Hamilton, 16 June 1942. Trained at No.1 ITS (graduated 30 April 1943), No.1 BGS (graduated 6 August 1943) and No.1 AOS (graduated 17 September 1943). Cited with F/O R.J. Buckland and P/O Trevor Watkins.

 

Flying Officer Buckland, Pilot Officers Holman and Watkins were pilot, air bomber and flight engineer respectively of an aircraft detailed to attack the Essen/Mulheim airfield in December 1944. During the bombing run a shell burst in front of the aircraft and a large piece of shrapnel crashed through the windscreen of Pilot Officer Holman's compartment, narrowly missing his head. Unperturbed, he remained in his position ready to release his bombs. Almost immediately another shell burst close by. Two engines and the tailplane were damaged and the aircraft went into a dive. Flying Officer Buckland was wounded in the side. Pilot Officer Watkins, displaying great promptitude, immediately went to his captain's assistance and the aircraft was righted. Although suffering acutely, Flying Officer Buckland held the aircraft on a straight run, enabling Pilot Officer Holman to execute a good attack. The injured pilot was now bleeding at the mouth. Although the aircraft was flying at great height he was forced to dispense with his oxygen mask. Nevertheless he remained at the controls until over Allied territory. Pilot Officer Holman then took over. Though not as skilled as a regular pilot he flew the aircraft to England. On reaching the nearest airfield, Flying Officer Buckland, who in the meantime had been given expert first aid by Pilot Officer Watkins, was assisted to the cockpit and took over the controls. Although very weak from loss of blood he brought the aircraft down safely. Few captains could have showed greater resolution. He set a magnificent example of courage and fortitude. Pilot Officers Holman and Watkins also proved themselves to be outstanding members of aircraft crew. Their conduct in most harassing circumstances was exemplary.

 

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HOLMES, WO2 (now P/O) Alfred Mathew (R161124/J91076) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.9 Squadron - Award effective 6 January 1945 as per London Gazette dated 19 January 1945 and AFRO 508/45 dated 23 March 1945. Born in Dymond, Ontario, 1917; home in New Liskeard. Was a bookkeeper prior to enlistment. Enlisted in Hamilton, 6 April 1942. Trained at No.3 ITS (graduated 9 October 1942), No.4 BGS (graduated 9 July 1943) and No.4 AOS (graduated 28 May 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 2/9039 has recommendation for a DFM (he was then a Flight Sergeant) dated 12 October 1944 when he had flown 30 sorties (175 hours 35 minutes), 12 June to 23 September 1944.

 

* daylight operation

 

12 June 44 Poittens (6.30) 26 July 44 Givors (8.00)

14 June 44 Auray-sur-Odon 28 July 44 Stuttgart (8.00)

(7.05, DNCO) 30 July 44 Cahagnes (6.00)*

15 June 44 Chatellerault (6.50) 1 Aug 44 Mont Candon (4.50)*

23 June 44 Limages (6.45) 2 Aug 44 Bois de Casson (5.25)*

24 June 44 Prouville (3.25) 3 Aug 44 Trossy (4.35)*

27 June 44 Vitres-le-Francais 4 Aug 44 Etaples (3.30)*

(7.40) 5 Aug 44 Etaples (3.25)*

29 June 44 Beauvais (3.10)* 7 Aug 44 Lorient (4.30)*

12 July 44 Chalmont-Chalamdrey 9 Aug 44 La Pallice (6.10)*

(8.25) 10 Aug 44 Bordeaux (7.00)

14 July 44 Villeneuve St.George 11 Aug 44 Givors (8.00)

(6.50) 13 Aug 44 Brest (4.35)

17 July 44 Caen (3.25) 15 Aug 44 Gilste (3.25)

19 July 44 Thierry (4.00)* 27 Aug 44 Brest (4.50)

20 July 44 Courtrai (3.05) 15 Sept 44 TIRPITZ (7.10)

23 July 44 Kiel (5.20) 23 Sept 44 Munster (5.00)

24 July 44 Stuttgart (8.40)

 

This Non-Commissioned Officer has completed 30 sorties as Air Bomber in a crew whose bombing results have been consistently of the highest quality. Much of the success has been due to the skill, determination and coolness shown by Flight Sergeant Holmes under all circumstances.

 

The targets he has attacked have included, besides some of the most heavily defended in Germany, those requiring extreme precision, and the photographs he has brought back testify to the accuracy of his bombing.

 

In the recent attack on the German battleship Tirpitz Flight Sergeant Holmes rendered the greatest assistance to his navigator by his map reading during the long and difficult flight, through some really appalling weather to the Russian base from which the attack was made. During the attack on the battleship, as at all other times, Flight Sergeant Holmes showed the greatest determination to press home his attack and to bomb his target accurately.

 

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HOLMES, F/L Arthur Chesley (C10443) - Mention in Despatches - Overseas - Award effective 1 January 1945 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 337/45 dated 23 February 1945. Born 15 September 1898 at Herring Neck, Newfoundland; served in the First World War with Royal Newfoundland Regiment (March 1916 to November 1917) and Royal Flying Corps/Royal Air Force (November 1917 to June 1919; qualified as pilot, April 1918; reported having flown 145 hours on Avro, BE.12, SE.5, Camel and Snipe aircraft at Elmswell, Gosport, Rochford and Hornchurch); manager of various firms in Spain and Portugal, 1924-1936; businessman in St.John's, 1936 onwards; enlisted there 13 March 1942 as an Administrative Officer. On strength of No.1 Group Headquarters, St.John's 29 March 1942 to 16 January 1944 (promoted Flight Lieutenant, 1 November 1942); embarked from Halifax, 6 February 1944; arrived in Britain, 20 February 1944; to Headquarters, No.6 Group, 7 March 1944; to RCAF Overseas Headquarters, 19 May 1944; to No.6 Group Headquarters, 12 January 1945; to Overseas Headquarters again, 4 June 1945 and promoted Squadron Leader; to No.6 Group Headquarters, 18 June 1945 for repatriation to Canada with No.405 Squadron; released 27 August 1945. Appointed Commanding Officer, No.508 Air Cadet Squadron, 1 November 1949 as well as Honourary Aide-de-Camp to the Lieutenant-Governor. Died in Oporto, Portugal while on vacation, 3 January 1952; buried in a British churchyard next to three RAF airmen. No citation.

HOLMES, S/L Arthur Chesley (C10443) - Officer, Order of the British Empire - Overseas Headquarters - Award effective 1 January 1946 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 155/46 dated 15 February 1946. No citation other than:

 

For outstanding and devoted service as an Administrative Officer with the Royal Canadian Air Force Overseas.

 

He hoped to be invested with his son, F/L A.P. Holmes (DFC) but this did not prove possible owing to distances and he chose instead to be invested by the Governor of Newfoundland.

 

Although only the briefest citations have been found, the following abstract of a letter dated 26 June 1944 (Headquarters No.6 Group to RCAF Overseas Headquarters) gives an idea of his work:

 

Employed in the capacity of Personal Staff Officer to the Air Officer Commanding this Group, and in addition is in charge of Honours and Awards, commissioning, and other matters of a personal and confidential nature. F/L Holmes performs these duties in an extremely efficient and commendable manner. By reason of his position as Staff Officer to the Air Officer Commanding and his other duties on Honours and Awards, etc., he is required to constantly contact senior personnel within the Group as well as others at outside units, and it is strongly recommended that F/L Holmes be granted the rank of Acting Squadron Leader.

 

A further report, covering his services 19 May 1944 to 31 March 1945, and dated 1 April 1945, described his duties as "Honours and Awards" and included the following remarks by A/V/M C.M. McEwen:

 

F/L Holmes is an outstanding officer. He has done some excellent work for the Empire in the various offices he has held under my command. Always cheerful, keen and efficient. Good personality and well liked by all. Diplomatic and trustworthy.

 

It is also worth noting that in August 1943 his posting overseas was strongly opposed by the Air Officer Commanding, No.1 Group, who wished to retain him as a Personal Staff Officer. It appears that Holmes himself then requested an overseas posting.

 

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HOLMES, F/L Arthur Peter Rogerson (J25018) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.432 Squadron - Award effective 12 November 1945 as per London Gazette dated 16 November 1945 and AFRO 133/46 dated 8 February 1946. Born in Oporto, Portugal, 1923; home in St. Johns, Newfoundland. Enlisted in Toronto, 15 November 1941. Trained at No.3 ITS (graduated 31 July 1942) and No.4 AOS (graduated 16 April 1943). Commissioned April 1943.

 

Flight Lieutenant Holmes has at all times displayed outstanding ability and a high sense of duty. This coupled with his fine navigational skill has materially contributed to the successful completion of many missions. In April 1945, during an attack against Montzen, his aircraft was badly damaged and he was forced to leave it by parachute. He landed in enemy occupied territory and despite the fact he had forty-eight shrapnel wounds in his body he successfully evaded capture for five months and was finally released by the liberating armies. This officer's endurance and fine fighting spirit have set an inspiring example to all.

 

RESEARCH NOTE: Either the date of the above exploit is wrong or the period for which he evaded; a man downed in April 1945 would not have had to evade capture more than five weeks. Also, he does not appear as an evader in the DLIST register.

 

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HOLMES, P/O George Alexander (J15427) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.61 Squadron - Award effective 31 December as per London Gazette dated 12 January 1943 and AFRO 232/43 dated 12 February 1943. Born in Regina, 1914; home there. Enlisted in Regina, 19 June 1940. Trained at No.2 ITS (graduated 17 August 1940), No.1 WS (graduated 16 February 1941), and No.1 BGS (graduated 15 March 1941). Commissioned October 1941.

 

For nine months this officer has served as rear gunner and has taken part in many operational sorties. Throughout, his irrepressible cheerfulness has been an inspiration to all other aircrews. At all times his continued gallantry and devotion to duty have been worthy of the highest praise.

 

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HOLMES, F/L Philip Despard (J26099) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.433 Squadron - Award effective 12 November 1945 as per London Gazette dated 16 November 1945 and AFRO 133/46 dated 8 February 1946. Born in Victoria, British Columbia, 2 February 1924. Enlisted in Vancouver, 30 March 1942. Trained at No.4 ITS (graduated 7 November 1942), No.5 EFTS (graduated 9 January 1943) and No.3 SFTS (graduated 14 May 1943). Commissioned April 1943. No citation other than "completed...numerous operations against the enemy in the course of which [he has] invariably displayed the utmost fortitude, courage and devotion to duty." DHist file 181.009 D.2610 (RG.24 Vol.20627) has recommendation by W/C G.A. Tambling dated 19 May 1945 when he had flown 30 sorties (159 hours five minutes), 18 July 1844 to 31 March 1945. He is described as an Acting Squadron Leader, hence the rank stated. Postwar RCAF Auxiliary 1950-52. Honourary Aide to Lieutenant-Governor of British Columbia, 1960-63 and 1978-1983. Honourary Colonel 5 August 1989.

 

Squadron Leader Holmes, flight commander of "A" Flight, has now completed a successful tour of operations. Throughout his many sorties he has displayed outstanding courage, keenness and initiative in leading his flight, and his fearless example and undoubted ability have contributed much to the successes obtained.

 

Whilst on the ground, his wide knowledge of aircraft plus his untiring efforts with new crews particularly, has added greatly to the general efficiency of the squadron and set an example of the highest order.

 

I consider his exceptional qualities of leadership and organization plus his fine offensive spirit in action fully merits the award of the Distinguished Flying Cross (Non-Immediate).

 

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HOLMES, F/O William Wallace (J37665) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.576 Squadron - Award effective 23 November 1945 as per London Gazette dated 7 December 1945 and AFRO 244/46 dated 8 March 1946. Born in Halifax, 1922; home in Boston. Was an acetylene server prior to enlistment. Enlisted in Montreal, 24 June 1942. Trained at No.3 ITS (graduated 3 April 1943), No.4 EFTS (graduated 12 June 1943), and No.13 SFTS (graduated 12 November 1943). Commissioned October 1943.

 

Flying Officer Holmes has completed many successful operational sorties. On two occasions his aircraft has been attacked by anti-aircraft fire and on three other occasions engine trouble has developed but these circumstances have never deterred this officer from completing his allotted tasks. He has also attacked many heavily defended targets in Germany including Bremen, Bonn, Essen and Hamburg. Flying Officer Holmes has always displayed an unconquerable spirit in the most trying circumstances.

 

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HOLMQUIST, F/L Karl Albert Emmanuel (C3404) - 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 New Westminster, British Columbia. Enlisted in Edmonton, 15 November 1940. No citation in AFRO.

 

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HOLSTEAD, P/O Clifford Wilson (J92749) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.10 Squadron - Award effective 5 July 1945 as per London Gazette dated 20 July 1945 and AFRO 1619/45 dated 19 October 1945. Born in London, Ontario, 1915; home there. Was a lithographer prior to enlistment. Formerly in Royal Canadian Artillery. Enlisted in London, Ontario, 20 June 1941. Trained at No.5 ITS (graduated 15 May 1943) and No.1 AOS (graduated 15 October 1943). Commissioned November 1944.

 

This officer has consistently proved himself to be an outstanding navigator and a most dependable member of aircraft crew. By his able assistance his captain has secured many fine operational photographs. In September 1944 he took part in an attack against Kiel. On the way to the target his aircraft was damaged by anti-aircraft fire and the port inner engine was rendered unserviceable. Although driven off track, Pilot Officer Holstead coolly and accurately navigated his pilot to the target which was successfully bombed. His fine fighting spirit on this and other occasions has contributed much to the success achieved by his crew.

 

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HOLTBY, Sergeant Lawrence MacLeod Murray (R96080) - Distinguished Flying Medal - No.426 Squadron - Award effective 3 June 1943 as per London Gazette dated 15 June 1943 and AFRO 1338/43 dated 16 July 1943. Born in Hawksbury, Ontario, 1918; home there. Was a cashier prior to enlistment. Enlisted in Ottawa, 5 May 1941. Trained at No.3 ITS (graduated 25 September 1941), No.6 BGS (graduated 14 February 1942), No.9 AOS (graduated 30 December 1941) and No.2 ANS (graduated 16 March 1942). Bomb aimer to P/O G.S. Menemy.

 

As bomb aimer Sergeant Holtby has done exceptionally good work. He has taken part in many operational sorties, attacking such heavily defended targets as Hamburg, Essen, Mannheim and Cologne. This airman's keenness and determination have always been of the highest order, while his courage and devotion to duty in the face of heavy opposition have set a splendid example to all other aircrews.

 

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HOLTBY, F/L M.P. (J21591) - Commended for Valuable Services in the Air - Awarded as per London Gazette dated 3 April 1945 (no AFRO entry). NOTE: Initials M.F. or M.P. ? This is a recent discovery (15 September 1995) and little information available. Certificate forwarded 9 November 1948 to Port Perry, Ontario.

 

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HOLTON, FS (now P/O) Arthur Earle (R107485/J85855) - 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 Salvador, Saskatchewan. Enlisted in Saskatoon, 2 July 1941. Trained at No.9 BGS (graduated 9 October 1942). No citation in AFRO.

 

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HONAN, Corporal John Craig (R85551) - Mention in Despatches - Leeming - Award effective 14 June 1945 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 1647/45 dated 26 October 1945. Home in Toronto. Enlisted in Toronto, 12 December 1940. No citation in AFRO. DHist file 181.009 D.2619 (RG.24 Vol.20628) has recommendation forwarded 1 February 1945 to No.63 Base HQ when he had served 26 months in Canada, 24 months overseas.

 

An airman who is employed as NCO in charge crew in the Repair and Inspection Fitter Section at this unit, Corporal Honan is an outstanding tradesman and an extremely willing and conscientious NCO. His ability in organizing his crew and his supervision of their work has been a decided asset to his section. His men are loyal and he commands their respect. His unfailing energy and persistence under the most difficult conditions, at times working long hours without complaint, definitely merit an award of Mention in Despatches.

 

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HONE, S/L John (C1294) - Air Force Cross - Camp Borden - Award effective 11 June 1942 as per London Gazette dated 11 June 1942 and AFRO 1000-1001/42 dated 3 July 1942 - A pre-war Manitoba bush pilot, commended in February 1936 as conducting "the soundest and most efficient aircraft operating company in the Dominion of Canada". Had recently saved two lives and was pioneering flight insurance. Enlisted at Camp Borden, 3 October 1939. Received RCAF wings there, 30 December 1939.

 

This officer displayed the greatest ingenuity and tenacity in the matter of the rescue of Battle aircraft No.1306 from March 10th to March 16th, 1940, from the ice in the neighbourhood of Parry Sound, Ontario. This aircraft was considerably damaged during a forced landing on the ice which was rapidly deteriorating and, working against time and in very bad weather, he supervised the temporary repair of the aircraft and managed to get it in flying condition and returned it to its base at No.1 SFTS, Camp Borden. His flying capabilities as displayed on this occasion were of the highest order. In addition to this, Flight Lieutenant J. Hone was responsible for the salvage of a De Havilland Moth in June, 1940, under trying circumstances, in which he displayed a resourcefulness of the highest order.

 

HONE, S/L John (C1294) - Bar to Air Force Cross - AFHQ - Award effective 1 January 1945 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 89/45 dated 19 January 1945.

 

This officer, for two successive seasons, has organized, equipped and taken survey parties into unmapped territory surrounding Hudson Bay and extending far to the east and the west. Due to his vast knowledge of flying in Canadian bush and unexplored territories, triangulation stations have been so well established that subsequent mapping by air surveys can proceed without loss of time. Of the party who accompanied this officer on the first season's operations, all volunteered to accompany him the following year despite the fact that such an expedition is far removed from civilization and depends for its food to a large extent upon the natural resources of the territory. During the last season this officer undertook a search for a lost United States aircraft, last heard from near Churchill on Hudson Bay. He found the aircraft on the second day of the search, although the occupants had perished. The outstanding success of the two years of exploration work can only be attributed to Squadron Leader Hone's outstanding leadership, initiative and ability under the most trying circumstances. This officer's skill, resourcefulness and devotion to duty are outstanding.

 

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HONOUR, FS Robert Charles Dobeil (R10204A) - British Empire Medal - No.123 (Canada) Squadron - Award effective 1 January 1944 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 113/44 dated 21 January 1944. Born 14 September 1916 in London, England. Enlisted in Hamilton, 14 March 1939. See Squadron diary, 9 April 1943, 12 April 1943 and onwards.

 

This NCO in charge of the Armament Section has consistently displayed a high degree of initiative and forethought, thereby contributing materially to the war effort. He has devised various aids to training, all of which have helped to raise the standard of training and morale in his squadron. The performance of his duties, often under difficult and adverse conditions, have been of an extremely high calibre and his persistent efforts to increase his value to the service have set a high example to all who work with him.

 

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HOODSPITH, S/L Robert Randolph Brereton (C1595) - 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. Born 24 February 1913 in Carnduff, Saskatchewan. Family moved to Vancouver where he was educated. Appears to have served in RCAF ranks until commissioned in Vancouver, 15 November 1939. Initially trained as a pilot, he served overseas and was twice Mentioned in Despatches (1 January and 14 June 1945). Transferred to telecommunications branch on return to Canada in 1945. Subsequently was at AFHQ to 1947, RCAF Staff College, and back to AFHQ (Directorate of Telecommunications, 1948-49), Air Defence Command Headquarters (1949-51), SHAPE Headquarters (November 1951-September 1954), and Station Clinton. Retired with rank of Wing Commander. A news clipping from the Vancouver Province dated 2 January 1946 described him as "chief Radar officer for the RCAF". Died in Ottawa, 6 August 1992. No citation in AFRO.

 

HOODSPITH, S/L Robert Randolph Brerton (C1595) - Mention in Despatches - No.62 Base - Award effective 14 June 1945 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 1395/45 dated 31 August 1945. AFRO gives unit only as "Overseas"; DHist file 181.009 D.1725 (PAC RG.24 Vol 20607) has list of MiDs this date with unit. No citation. DHist file 181.009 D.1722 (PAC RG.24 Vol 20606) has a recommendation dated 3 February 1945 for an OBE; it is almost identical to recommendation of May 1945 for the same award which ultimately brought him an MBE and may have resulted in the MiD on this occasion.

 

HOODSPITH, S/L Robert Brereton (C1595) - Member, Order of the British Empire - No.62 Base - Award effective 1 January 1946 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 155/46 dated 15 February 1946. No citation in AFRO or biographical file; DHist file 181.009 D.1725 (PAC RG.24 Vol.20607) has recommendation for OBE dated 21 May 1945 when he was Base Signals Officer.

 

Squadron Leader Hoodspith has had a long and faithful service in the RCAF, first in the ranks until his commissioning on November 15th, 1939. Qualifying as a pilot, this officer specialized in Signals and served in turn at the following units: No.6 (TB) Squadron; School of Army Co-op; RCAF Uplands as Flying Instructor; Instructor in Army Co-op; 118 Squadron and 116 (BR) Squadron, Flying and Signals Duties; RCAF Stations Gander and Dartmouth, Signals Duties.

 

He was posted overseas in January 1943 and served as Signals Officer with 39 Wing until January 1944, when he was posted to No.6 (RCAF) Group. He was appointed No.62 Base Signals Officer, January 15th, 1944, and is still serving in that capacity.

 

This officer has always shown the greatest zeal and energy and technical ability. As Base Signals Officer he has been instrumental in bringing the Signals organization of this Base to a high degree of efficiency. He has organized and perfected the Base Signals Major Servicing Section which is a model for all those in Bomber Command. A few months ago, Bomber Command Signals Bulletin paid glowing tribute to the Signals Major Servicing Section of this Base.

 

In recognition of Squadron Leader Hoodspith's long and efficient service I have the honour to recommend him for the award of the Order of the British Empire.

 

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HOOKE, F/O Edwin Norman (J14350) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.103 Squadron - Award effective 19 June 1944 as per London Gazette dated 30 June 1944 and AFRO 1861/44 dated 25 August 1944. Home in Toronto; enlisted there 10 September 1941. Trained at No.6 ITS (graduated 10 April 1942) and No.5 AOS (graduated 11 September 1942). Commissioned 1942.

 

On a number of long and difficult navigational flights this officer has applied his skill with the greatest possible determination and has never failed to guide his crew to the allotted target. His operational sorties include twelve attacks on Berlin. In January 1944, the incendiary bomb load of his aircraft was set on fire by cannon shells from an enemy fighter. Flying Officer Hooke gave valuable assistance to his captain in extricating his aircraft from a most perilous situation and during the flight back to the United Kingdom in the badly damaged aircraft.

 

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HOOKER, WO1 (now P/O) Robert John (R107897/J87554) - George Medal - No.431 Squadron - Award effective 3 November 1944 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 2637/44 dated 8 December 1944. Born in Rolla, North Dakota, 1908; home in Erinferry, Saskatchewan. Enlisted in Regina, 30 June 1941. Trained at No.3 WS (graduated 7 May 1942) and No.5 BGS (graduated 8 June 1942). DHist file 181.009 D.5526 (RG.24 Vol.20667) has recommendation (undated but probably 17 July 1944) for a BEM. Flight Sergeant J.B.L.A.M. Content awarded Mention in Despatches for bravery in same incident. Commissioned 1944.

 

This airman was wireless operator air gunner of a bomber aircraft which crashed and caught fire immediately after taking off on an operational flight in July 1944. As he was leaving the wreckage Warrant Officer Hooker saw movement in the front of the aircraft. He went forward and, finding the flight engineer wounded and unconscious, he dragged him from the burning aircraft and left him some distance away. Warrant Officer Hooker returned to the wreckage and extricated the bomb aimer who was also wounded and unconscious. He then dragged both airmen further away from the crash. While returning to the scene a third time in order to ascertain whether all members of the crew were accounted for, one of the bombs in the aircraft exploded and Warrant Officer Hooker was thrown to the ground. By his prompt action and total disregard of danger this airman saved the lives of two members of the crew.

 

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HOOPER, S/L Alfred William (C20761) - Commended for Valuable Services in the Air - No.124 Ferry Squadron - 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 13 November 1942.

 

This officer's ability as a pilot and instructor is of the highest calibre. At all times he has performed his duties with superior skill and untiring devotion to duty. As Commanding Officer No.124 Ferry Squadron he has greatly improved the functioning of his squadron and his leadership and bearing have been an inspiration to all.

 

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HOOPER, F/O John Douglas (J10747) - Mention in Despatches - No.5 (BR) Squadron - Award effective 5 October 1943 as per Canada Gazette and London Gazette of that date and AFRO 2258/43 dated 5 November 1943. Home in Macleod, Alberta. Enlisted in Toronto, 11 March 1941. Trained at No.1 ITS (graduated 8 October 1941), No.10 EFTS (graduated 6 December 1941) and No.6 SFTS (graduated 27 March 1941).

 

This officer was acting as co-pilot on convoy patrol when three enemy submarines were sighted, one of which was destroyed. The alertness and efficiency of Flying Officer Hooper in the performance of his duties as a member of the crew contributed to the success of the operation.

 

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HOOSON, Sergeant Thomas Elliston (R86935) - Mention in Despatches - No.162 (Bomber Reconnaissance) Squadron - Award effective 1 January 1945 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 721/45 dated 27 April 1945. Home in Edmonton; enlisted there 18 February 1941. No citation.

 

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HOOVER, P/O Harold Clifford (J17343) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.76 Squadron - Award effective 6 August 1943 as per London Gazette dated 17 August 1943 and AFRO 2005/43 dated 1 October 1943. Born in Yeomans, Saskatchewan; home there. Enlisted in Regina, 21 June 1941. Trained at No.4 ITS (graduated 4 October 1941), No.6 EFTS (graduated 5 December 1941) and No.11 SFTS (24 March 1942). Commissioned 1943.

 

This officer has completed many operational sorties, several of which have been against the most heavily defended German targets, including Hamburg, Berlin and the Ruhr Valley. He has secured some excellent photographs and has displayed great skill as a captain of aircraft, whilst the discipline and efficiency of his crew is of the highest order. Pilot Officer Hoover has performed his duties resolvedly with great determination and in the face of heavy opposition has invariably shown praiseworthy courage and coolness.

 

HOOVER, F/L Harold Clifford, DFC (J17343) - Bar to Distinguished Flying Cross - No.35 Squadron - Award effective 2 October 1944 as per London Gazette dated 13 October 1944 and AFRO 2637/44 dated 8 December 1944. Trained at No.4 ITS, No.6 EFTS and No.11 SFTS.

 

This officer is an outstanding pilot and captain of aircraft. He has completed numerous night operations against the enemy and has at all times pressed home his attacks in spite of enemy opposition. Flight Lieutenant Hoover has displayed great tenacity and determination to achieve his objective, and his skill, courage and coolness in action have set a fine example to his crew.

 

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HOPE, F/O James (J86678) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.431 Squadron - Award effective 15 March 1945 as per London Gazette dated 27 March 1945 and AFRO 1127/45 dated 6 July 1945. Born in Scotland; home in Lakeview, Ontario. Was a student prior to enlistment. Enlisted in Toronto, 11 March 1941. Trained at No.4 WS (graduated 24 November 1941) and No.3 BGS (graduated 8 June 1942). Commissioned April 1944. No citation other than "completed...many successful operations against the enemy in which [he has] displayed high skill, fortitude and devotion to duty." DHist file 181.009 D.3260 (RG.24 Vol.20637) has recommendation dated 17 November 1944 when he had flown 29 sorties (162 hours 55 minutes), 21 January to 23 October 1944.

 

During the past year, Pilot Officer Hope has participated in twenty-nine operational sorties, including attacks on the enemy's industrial centres in the Ruhr, as well as important ports, such as Hamburg, Brest, St.Nazaire and Kiel. On several occasions, his aircraft was attacked by enemy fighters. By his technical skill, he has enabled his captain to fly his badly damaged aircraft safely back to base. Throughout, he has displayed great initiative and ability, courage, fortitude and devotion to duty in keeping with the highest traditions of the Royal Canadian Air Force. I strongly recommend that Pilot Officer Hope's excellent operational career be recognized by the award of the Distinguished Flying Cross.

 

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HOPE, F/O John MacIntosh (C29787) - Air Force Cross - No.23 EFTS - Award effective 11 August 1945 as per London Gazette dated 14 August 1945 and AFRO 1453/45 dated 14th September 1945. Home in Yorkton, Saskatchewan; enlisted in Edmonton, 15 January 1941. As of recommendation he had flown 2,766 hours, of which 2,500 were as instructor, 226 in previous six months.

 

This officer has been employed on flying training duties for a very long time and has always been untiring in his efforts to improve the standard of instruction of Elementary Training. His sound and original ideas regarding the organization of training have been adopted and have proven excellent in practice. His enthusiasm, sound judgement and keen devotion to duty have established him as an exceptional Flight Commander.

 

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HOPE, WO (now P/O) William John (R160449/J87397) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.90 Squadron (deceased) - Award effective 2 October 1944 as per London Gazette dated 17 October 1944 and AFRO 2637/44 dated 8 December 1944. Born in Perth, Ontario, 1923; home in Ottawa. Enlisted in Ottawa, 10 November 1941. Was in the Army prior to enlistment. Trained at No.7 ITS (graduated 22 June 1942), No.6 EFTS (graduated 5 August 1942) and No.9 BGS (graduated 18 December 1942). Killed in action 25/26 August 1944 (Lancaster ME802). 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 2/9025 has recommendation dated 21 July 1944 when he had flown 35 sorties (179 hours 54 minutes). However, the sortie sheet lists only 23 trips (127 hours 17 minutes), apparently from his first tour. It is not clear to me (Hugh Halliday, compiler) whether there should have been a second sheet despatched from the PRO.

 

13 May 43 Bochum (4.42) 30 July 43 Remscheid (5.03)

23 May 43 Dortmund (4.08) 2 Aug 43 Hamburg (5.05)

25 May 43 Dusseldorf (4.43) 10 Aug 43 Nuremburg (7.15)

11 Jun 43 Dusseldorf (4.06) 12 Aug 43 Turin (8.10)

19 Jun 43 Le Creusot (6.53) 16 Aug 43 Turin (8.25)

21 Jun 43 Krefeld (3.46) 17 Aug 43 Peenemunde (7.43)

22 Jun 43 Mulheim (3.57) 23 Aug 43 Berlin (7.32)

24 Jun 43 Wuppertal (4.17) 27 Aug 43 Nuremburg (7.12)

25 Jun 43 Gelsenkirchen (4.18) 30 Aug 43 Munchen Gladbach (4.16)

28 Jun 43 Cologne (4.00) 31 Aug 43 Berlin (7.51)

3 July 43 Cologne (5.00) 8 Sept 43 Boulogne (3.09)

29 July 43 Hamburg (5.46)

 

Since May 1943 this Air Gunner has participated in 35 operational missions to germany, Italy and occupied territory by night and by day. Many of his sorties have involved very deep penetrations into enemy territory, requiring from him the keenest vigilance to avoid interception. At no time has Warrant Officer Hope been found lacking in this respect, and there can be no doubt that his consistent performances have contributed very materially towards the success of the operations in which he has participated. I strongly recommend Warrant Officer Hope for the award of the Distinguished Flying Cross.

 

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HOPGOOD, Corporal Douglas Archibald (R128722) - Mention in Despatches - No.410 Squadron - Award effective 1 January 1946 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 418/46 dated 18 April 1946. Home in Vancouver; enlisted there 2 September 1941. Unit identified in AFRO only as "Overseas"; listed in 410 Squadron: A History. DHist file has recommendation (no date) as follows:

 

Corporal Hopgood, who enlisted on the 2nd September 1941, was posted overseas on the 8th April 1942 and has served continuously with this unit since the 11th May 1942. During this time Corporal Hopgood's large capacity for work, coupled with his technical knowledge, initiative and leadership, has made his contribution to the squadron efficiency much greater than might normally be expected of one of his rank. His ability and devotion to duty have been a fine example to those who work beside him.

 

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HOPKINS, F/O Douglas Bentley (J28985) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.432 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, 1921; home in Langley Prairie, British Columbia. Enlisted in Vancouver, 20 March 1942. Trained at No.4 ITS (graduated 6 November 1942), No.2 AOS (graduated 12 March 1943) and No.8 BGS (graduated 6 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.5557 (RG.24 Vol.20667) has recommendation dated 28 October 1944 when he had flown 32 sorties (136 hours ten minutes), 27 May to 6 October 1944.

 

Flying Officer Hopkins is an above average Air Bomber, who has shown a high degree of skill and courage. This has been demonstrated in thirty-two successful sorties over enemy targets. His cheerful disposition, coupled with complete confidence and ability to successfully impart his knowledge to others, has been instrumental in developing new crews.

 

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

 

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HOPKINS, Sergeant Harriett McCleave (W300573) - British Empire Medal - No.10 RD - Award effective 1 January 1946 as per Canada Gazette of that date and AFRO 82/46 dated 25 January 1946. Home in Edmonton, enlisted there 15 January 1942. Former member, Edmonton Grads Basketball Team. Was a steno clerk in the RCAF.

 

An energetic and efficient worker whose extreme devotion to duty has been an example and inspiration to all those serving with her. Sergeant Hopkins' experience has been applied to Air Force Administration in such a manner that, as non-commissioned officer in charge of postings, she has received the praise and respect of all ranks. She has initiated drawings and procedures in her work that have been used as a model in other units. She takes a very keen interest in the welfare of the airwomen and is active in promoting their welfare activities.

 

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HOPKINS, F/L John Douglas (J5812) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.113 Squadron - Award effective 20 December 1944 as per London Gazette dated 2 January 1945 and AFRO 471/45 dated 16 March 1945. Born in Orangville, Ontario, 1919; home there. Was educated at the University of Toronto, ex-COTC. Enlisted in Toronto, 10 October 1941. Trained at No.1 ITS (graduated 27 January 1941), No.9 EFTS (graduated 17 March 1941) and No.2 SFTS (graduated 16 June 1941). Commissioned 1941.

 

This officer has commanded his flight since February 1944. He has flown on a large number of sorties over Burma and India, often in adverse weather over mountainous and jungle-covered country. In the absence of the commanding officer he has led the squadron with conspicuous success, setting an inspiring example by his enthusiasm, courage and devotion to duty.

 

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HOPTON, P/O Cecil George (J19003) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.156 Squadron - Award effective 11 April 1944 as per London Gazette dated 21 April 1944 and AFRO 1075/44 dated 19 May 1944. Born in Montreal, 1918; home in Hampstead and Montreal. Enlisted in Niagara Falls, Ontario. Trained at No.2 ITS (graduated 28 January 1942), No.2 EFTS (graduated 22 May 1942), and No.11 SFTS (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."

 

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HORAN, S/L Francis Joseph (J10491) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.432 Squadron - Award effective 8 September 1945 as per London Gazette dated 21 September 1945 and AFRO 1704/45 dated 9 November 1945. Born in Kenora, Ontario, 1912; home there. Was a storekeeper and bookkeeper prior to enlistment. Formerly in Royal Canadian Artillery. Enlisted in Winnipeg, 3 May 1941. Trained at No.2 ITS (graduated 13 September 1941), No.14 EFTS (graduated 22 November 1941) and No.10 SFTS (graduated 10 April 1942). Commissioned May 1942. No citation other than "completed... numerous operations against the enemy in the course of which [he has] invariably displayed the utmost fortitude, courage and devotion to duty." DHist file 181.009 D.2618 (RG.24 Vol.20627) has recommendation dated 10 April 1945 when he had flown 30 sorties (191 hours), 27 September 1944 to 31 March 1945.

 

The above mentioned officer has had an extensive and useful service career. He flew operationally with No.145 (BR) Squadron on the Canadian East Coast for a year prior to coming overseas. He now has to his credit thirty successful operational sorties over Germany.

 

In his capacity as Deputy Flight Commander and Flight Commander, his work has at all times been of a high standard. He has inspired all crews in the squadron by his example of constancy and coolness at all times.

 

For outstanding ability and a keen sense of devotion to duty, Squadron Leader Horan is strongly recommended for the award of the Distinguished Flying Cross (Non-Immediate).

 

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HORAN, WO Joseph MacInnes (R62499) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.156 Squadron - Award effective 7 May 1943 as per London Gazette dated 13 May 1943 and AFRO 1035/43 dated 4 June 1943. Enlisted in Saskatoon, 10 September 1940. Trained at No.1 ITS (graduated 30 December 1940), No.6 EFTS (graduated 25 May 1941) and No.34 SFTS (graduated 4 August 1941).

 

As captain of aircraft, Warrant Officer Horan has participated in a large number of operational sorties. At all times he has shown great determination and skill in pressing home his attack, often in the face of intense opposition from ground defences and enemy fighters. By utter disregard of danger and by his devotion to duty and skill as a pilot, Warrant Officer Horan has set an example of the highest order to the other members of his squadron.

 

NOTE: Public Record Office Air 2/8950 has recommendation dated 20 March 1943 when he had flown 37 sorties (218 operational hours).

 

* GARDENING (Mining) Operation

# Daylight Operation

 

20 Mar 42 Terschelling* 22 Oct 42 Essen#

25 Mar 42 Essen 23 Oct 42 Norway*

28 Mar 42 Lubeck 6 Nov 42 St.Nazaire*

1 Apr 42 Gironde River* 8 Nov 42 Baltic*

6 Apr 42 Essen 13 Nov 42 Emden#

8 Apr 42 Hamburg 16 Nov 42 Ameland*

23 Apr 42 Rostock 19 Nov 42 St.Nazaire*

24 Apr 42 Rostock 6 Dec 42 Mannheim

7 May 42 Sylt* 8 Dec 42 Turin

16 May 42 Heligoland* 20 Dec 42 Duisburg

30 July 42 Dusseldorf 16 Feb 43 Lorient

28 Aug 42 Saarbrucken 22 Feb 43 Bremen

8 Sept 42 Frankfurt 24 Feb 43 Wilhelmshaven

10 Sep 42 Dusseldorf 26 Feb 43 Cologne

15 Sept 42 Wilhelmshaven 5 Mar 43 Essen

18 Sept 42 Funen* 8 Mar 43 Nuremburg

19 Sept 42 Saarbrucken 11 Mar 43 Stuttgart

13 Oct 42 Kiel 12 Mar 43 Essen

16 Oct 42 St.Nazaire*

 

This Warrant Officer has carried out 37 operational sorties against targets in germany, Italy and enemy occupied territory, eleven of which have been with this squadron. Warrant Officer Horan was sent to this squadron as an above the average pilot from No.1 Group. He has lived well up to his reputation.

 

As a captain of aircraft, Warrant Officer Horan has shown great determination and skill in pressing home his attacks, very frequently in the face of opposition from ground defences and fighters. By utter disregard to danger, devotion to duty and skill as a pilot, this Warrant Officer shows an example of the highest order to the rest of the squadron.

 

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HORBUL, F/O Toney (J28929) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.428 Squadron - Award effective 1 December 1944 as per London Gazette dated 8 December 1944 and AFRO 337/45 dated 23 February 1945. Born in Cherry Creek, British Columbia, 1921; home in Nokomis, Saskatchewan. Was a miner prior to enlistment. Enlisted in North Bay, 9 July 1942. Trained at No.1 ITS (graduated 19 March 1943), No.1 BGS (graduated 6 August 1943) and No.9 AOS (graduated 25 June 1943). Commissioned 1943. No citation other than "..in recognition of gallantry and devotion to duty in the execution of air operations against the enemy." DHist file 181.009 D.3260 (RG.24 Vol.20637) has recommendation dated 11 September 1944 when he had flown 35 sorties (188 hours 15 minutes), 3 May to 10 September 1944.

 

Flying Officer Horbul has flown as Bomb Aimer in 35 sorties with the squadron and has bombed the target successfully on each occasion. These targets included majors such as Wesseling, Stuttgart, Hamburg, Stettin, Brunswick, Russellheim, Kiel as well as many French targets. Flying Officer Horbul has always displayed exceptional coolness and determination and a desire to serve. For his outstanding ability I recommend the non-immediate award of the Distinguished Flying Cross with high priority.

 

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HORDAL, P/O Steve Godmunder (J85627) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.576 Squadron - Award effective 2 October 1944 as per London Gazette dated 17 October 1944 and AFRO 2637/44 dated 8 December 1944. Born in Possum Lake, Saskatchewan, 1923; home in Wynard, Saskatchewan. Enlisted in Saskatoon. Trained at No.4 ITS (graduated 17 July 1942), No.5 EFTS (graduated 23 October 1942) and No.7 SFTS (graduated 19 February 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 2/9025 has recommendation dated 14 July 1944 when he had flown 29 sorties (153 hours 45 minutes); it spells his middle name as "Gudmunder":

 

19 Feb 44 Leipzig 21 May 44 Duisburg

25 Feb 44 Augsburg 22 May 44 Dortmund

15 Mar 44 Stuttgart 24 May 44 Aachen

18 Mar 44 Frankfurt 27 May 44 Aachen

30 Mar 44 Nuremburg 2 June 44 Calais

10 Apr 44 Aulnoye 5 June 44 Crisbecq

18 Apr 44 Rouen 6 June 44 Vire

20 Apr 44 Cologne 9 June 44 Flers

24 Apr 44 Karlsruhe 12 June 44 Gelsenkirchen

27 Apr 44 Friedrichshaven 16 June 44 Sterkrade

28 Apr 44 Essen 17 Jun 44 Aulnoye

30 Apr 44 Maintenon 19 Jun 44 Minoyecques

3 May 44 Mailly 22 Jun 44 Saintes

7 May 44 Rennes St.Jacques 24 Jun 44 Flers

19 May 44 Orleans

 

Since commencing his operational tour as Captain of a Lancaster bomber, Pilot Officer Hordal has completed 29 operational sorties and has successfully attacked some of the most heavily defended targets in Germany and occupied Europe including Leipzig, Nuremburg, Essen and Cologne. He has also taken part in a daylight raid on a target in the Pas de Calais area.

 

Pilot Officer Hordal, a Canadian, has consistently displayed a high degree of courage and devotion to duty which has been an inspiration to his crew and has greatly contributed to his success. I strongly recommend him for the award of the Distinguished Flying Cross.

 

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HORE, WO2 (now P/O) Alan Edward (J13473) - Air Force Cross - No.15 SFTS, Claresholm, Alberta - Award effective 20 October 1942 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 1830/42 dated 13 November 1942. Home in Brampton, Ontario. Enlisted in Toronto. Trained at No.2 ITS (graduated 2 November 1940), No. 8 EFTS (graduated 22 December 1940) and No.4 EFTS (graduated 17 March 1941). NOTE: On 24 October 1941 Anson 6400 collided in mid-air with Anson 6233 at No.15 SFTS during formation practice. Sergeant A.E. Hore was severely reprimanded and his lof book endorsed.

 

WO2 Hore has been stationed at this unit since shortly after it opened in June 1941. He has at all times worked hard and conscientiously in striving to give his students the utmost instruction. The example he has set by his initiative, devotion to duty, cheerfulness and efficiency has been exceptionally praiseworthy. He has completed 895 hours of flying time.

 

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HORNE, F/O Alexander (J87285) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.10 Squadron - Award effective 15 March 1945 as per London Gazette dated 27 March 1945 and AFRO 1127/45 dated 6 July 1945. Born in Winnipeg, 1923; home there. Was an ice cream maker prior to enlistment. Enlisted in Winnipeg, 23 February 1942. Trained at No.2 ITS (graduated 12 September 1942), No.15 EFTS (graduated 4 December 1942) and No.11 SFTS (graduated 28 November 1943). Commissioned June 1944. No citation other than "completed...many successful operations against the enemy in which [he has] displayed high skill, fortitude and devotion to duty." Public Records Office Air 2/9050 has recommendation dated 22 November 1944 when he had flown 40 sorties (174 hours 16 minutes), 10 April to 17 September 1944. He was clearly Captain to F/O James E. Colley, DFC.

 

* 2nd pilot

 

10 Apr 44 Tergnier (4.50)* 24 Jul 44 Stuttgart (8.05)

27 May 44 Bourg Leopold (4.04) 25 Jul 44 Ferfay (3.45)

1 June 44 Ferme d'Urville 28 Jul 44 Foret de Nieppe (3.00)

(2.43) 1 Aug 44 Prouville (3.45)

5 June 44 Mont Fleury (4.52) 3 Aug 44 Bois de Cassan (3.50)

6 June 44 St.Lo (5.22) 5 Aug 44 Foret de Nieppe (3.10)

7 June 44 Juvisy (4.36) 7 Aug 44 May-sur-Orne (4.20)

9 June 44 GARDENING (5.29) 9 Aug 44 Foret de Nieppe (3.30)

12 Jun 44 Amiens (4.18) 12 Aug 44 Brunswick (5.30)

14 Jun 44 Douai (4.02) 14 Aug 44 TRACTABLE (3.45)

15 Jun 44 Fouilliard (5.09) 15 Aug 44 Tirlemont (3.40)

22 Jun 44 Laon (4.11) 18 Aug 44 Sterkrade (4.05)

27 Jun 44 Mont Candon (3.19) 25 Aug 44 Brest (5.30)

28 Jun 44 Blainville (6.55) 26 Aug 44 GARDENING (6.00)

1 July 44 St.Martin l'Hortier 29 Aug 44 GARDENING (6.05)

(3.52) 1 Sept 44 Lumbres (3.10)

4 July 44 St.Martin l'Hortier 3 Sept 44 Soesterburg (2.56)

(3.45) 10 Sep 44 Le Havre (3.16)

5 July 44 St.Martin l'Hortier 11 Sep 44 GARDENING (5.30)

(3.45 12 Sep 44 Munster (4.15)

6 July 44 Croixdale (3.55) 13 Sep 44 Gelsenkirchen (4.14)

23 Jul 44 Kiel (4.50) 17 Sep 44 Boulogne (2.58)

 

Acting Flying Officer Horne was posted to No.10 Squadron as a Flight Sergeant on 10 May 1944, and he has now completed 40 sorties comprising 174 operational hours. These include heavily defended German targets such as Stuttgart, Kiel and Gelsenkirchen as well as equally heavily defended targets in enemy occupied territory.

 

This Canadian officer has carried out these attacks with consistent skill and with the utmost determination as his photographic record proves. He has throughout his tour set an example of courage of the highest order and his cool judgement and cheerful confidence have been an inspiration to his crew. He has proved himself to be an outstanding member of a very gallant crew.

 

He was the pilot of a Halifax aircraft detailed to attack Douai on 14th June 1944. His aircraft was attacked by a FW.190, but acting on information from his gunner he carried out successful evasive action, extricating his aircraft from a most perilous situation. During a sortie to Blainville on 28th June 1944, the starboard outer engine of his Halifax aircraft failed when the aircraft was eleven minutes from the target area. Despite this he carried on and successfully attacked the target. The successful completion of this operational flight was due to the initiative, resourcefulness and skilful airmanship of this officer.

 

Acting Flying Officer Horne has proved himself to be a superior captain of aircraft and his consistently good work and strong devotion to duty should be recognized by the award of the Distinguished Flying Cross for which I have no hesitation in recommending him.

 

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HORNE, FS Alexander Manson (R76770) - Distinguished Flying Medal - No.49 Squadron - Award effective 13 May 1943 as per London Gazette dated 18 May 1943 and AFRO 1078/43 dated 11 June 1943. Born in 1909; home in Edmonton. Enlisted in Edmonton, 22 November 1940. Trained at No.8 BGS (graduated 19 May 1941) and No.2 WS (graduated 20 July 1941).

 

Flight Sergeant Horne, as air gunner, participated in the "1,000 bomber raid" on Cologne, and since has attacked most of the most important targets in Germany and Italy. He took part in the daylight raid on Milan with great success, all his bombs scoring hits on the target. Recently, in March 1943, this airman flew in a very successful attack on Berlin. It is largely through his coolness and skill as a bomb aimer that his crew have achieved so much success. At all times Flight Sergeant Horne has displayed courage and determination of the highest order.

 

Public Records Office Air 2/8951 has recommendation dated 10 March 1943 when he had flown 18 sorties (120 hours 55 minutes), 30 May 1942 to 3 March 1943:

 

30 May 42 Cologne (6.30) 20 Nov 42 Turin (9.00)

10 Sep 42 Dusseldorf (4.00) 6 Dec 42 Mannheim (6.50)

18 Sep 42 Kattegat (6.40) 20 Dec 42 Duisburg (4.30)

23 Sep 42 Wismar (7.10) 17 Jan 43 Berlin (9.00)

1 Oct 42 Wismar (6.50) 27 Jan 43 Dusseldorf (4.35)

12 Oct 42 Wismar (6.40) 30 Jan 43 Hamburg (6.45)

15 Oct 42 Cologne (5.55) 18 Feb 43 Wilhelmshaven (4.30)

24 Oct 42 Milan (9.00, day raid) 1 Mar 43 Berlin (7.20)

15 Nov 42 Genoa (8.25) 3 Mar 43 Hamburg (5.15)

 

This Non-Commissioned Officer has completed 18 operational sorties totalling 120 hours 55 minutes, 16 of them as Bomb Aimer and two as Air Gunner. At all times he has shown courage and determination of the highest order.

 

As an Air Gunner he took part in the 1,000 bomber raid on Cologne and since then has visited all the most important targets in both Germany and Italy. He took part, with his Captain, Sergeant Thom, in the daylight raid on Milan where he had the satisfaction of seeing all his bombs burst in the centre of the town. Among other targets he has twice bombed Berlin, the most recent occasion being the highly successful raid of 1 March 1943.

 

It is very largely through his coolness and co-operation as a Bomb Aimer that his crew have met with so much success and I strongly recommend him for the award of the Distinguished Flying Medal.

 

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HORNE, FS Alfred James (R269129) - Distinguished Flying Medal - No.424 Squadron - Award effective 3 July 1945 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 1453/45 dated 14 September 1945. Born in St. Mary's, Ontario, 1916; home in Hespeler, Ontario. Was a weaver prior to enlistment. Enlisted in Hamilton, 16 August 1943. Trained at No.9 BGS (graduated 25 February 1944). Cited with F/O George E. Reynolds (RCAF, pilot, awarded DFC).

 

This officer and airman were pilot and rear gunner respectively in an aircraft detailed for a mine-laying mission in enemy waters. After leaving the target area, smoke began to filter into the rear turret. Presuming the trouble to be caused by a defect in the electrical circuit, Flight Sergeant Horne switched off his electrically heated flying suit. At this stage flames appeared from underneath the rear compartment. Flight Sergeant Horne immediately obtained an extinguisher with which he attempted to quell the flames. He had reported the position to his captain, Flying Officer Reynolds, who requested another member of the crew to assist in fighting the fire. The flames increased. The turret became enveloped causing ammunition in the guns to explode. Nevertheless, Flight Sergeant Horne worked strenuously and finally brought the fire under control. By now, Flying Officer Reynolds was nearing land. He therefore altered course for the nearest airfield where he brought down the badly damaged aircraft safely. Under harassing circumstances this pilot and captain displayed the greatest coolness and determination. Flight Sergeant Horne also proved himself to be a most valuable member of aircraft crew. His promptitude, courage and devotion to duty set a fine example.

 

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HORNE, P/O Ernest (J92872) - 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 Stoney Plain, Alberta, 1922; home there. Was a farmer prior to enlistment. Enlisted in Edmonton, 28 October 1941. Trained at No.9 BGS (graduated 26 November 1943). Recommended 23 January 1945 when he had flown 29 sorties (179 hours 50 minutes), 20 July 1944 to 21 December 1944. Commissioned December 1944.

 

Pilot Officer Horne has participated in attacks against such heavily defended targets as Stuttgart, Duisburg and Essen. In August 1944, when detailed to attack Stuttgart, his aircraft was attacked several times by enemy aircraft, and again in July 1944, when attacking Russelheim. By his precise and accurate instructions to the pilot he was successful in outwitting the enemy on both these occasions. His courage and efficiency in the face of danger have been most noteworthy.

 

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HORNELL, F/L David Ernest (J7594) - Victoria Cross - No.162 (BR) Squadron - Award effective 28 July 1944 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 1729/44 dated 11 August 1944. Born in Mimico, Ontario, 26 January 1910; home in Toronto. Trained at No.3 ITS (22 April 1941 to 28 May 1941), No.12 EFTS (28 May 1941 to 15 July 1941), No.5 SFTS (15 July 1941 to 25 September 1941) and No.31 GRS (13 October 1941 to 13 December 1941). Commissioned October 1941. DHist file 181.009 D.3060 (RG.24 Vol.20635) has recommendation dated 1 July 1944 by Air Vice-Marshal S.P. Simpson, AOC No.18 Group, which differs in details from the citation below. Shown in photos PL-30823, PL-25392, and PL-30826. U-1225 sunk by P/162, 24 June 1944, 63o00'N, 00o50'W.

 

Flight Lieutenant Hornell was captain and first pilot of a twin-engined amphibian aircraft engaged on an anti-submarine patrol in northern waters. The patrol had lasted for some hours when a fully-surfaced U-boat was sighted, travelling at high speed on the port beam. Flight Lieutenant Hornell at once turned to attack.

 

The U-boat altered course. The aircraft had been seen and there could be no surprise. The U-boat opened up with anti-aircraft fire which became increasingly fierce and accurate.

 

At a range of 1,200 yards, the front guns of the aircraft replied; then its starboard gun jammed, leaving only one gun effective. Hits were obtained on and around the conning tower of the U-boat, but the aircraft was itself hit, two large holes appearing in the starboard wing.

 

Ignoring the enemy's fire, Flight Lieutenant Hornell carefully manoeuvered for the attack. Oil was pouring from his starboard engine which was, by this time, on fire, as was the starboard wing, and the petrol tanks were endangered. Meanwhile, the aircraft was hit again and again by the U-boat's guns. Holed in many places, it was vibrating violently and very difficult to control.

 

Nevertheless, the captain decided to press home his attack, knowing that with every moment the chances of escape for him and his gallant crew would grow more slender. He brought his aircraft down very low and released his depth charges in a perfect straddle. The bows of the U-boat were lifted out of the water; it sank and the crew were seen in the sea.

 

Flight Lieutenant Hornell contrived, by superhuman efforts at the controls, to gain a little height. The fire in the starboard wing had grown more intense and the vibration had increased. Then the burning engine fell off. The plight of the aircraft and crew was now desperate. With the utmost coolness, the captain took his aircraft into wind and, despite the manifold dangers, brought it safely down on the heavy swell. Badly damaged and blazing furiously, the aircraft settled rapidly.

 

After the ordeal by fire came ordeal by water. There was only one serviceable dinghy and this could not hold all the crew. So they took turns in the water, holding onto the sides. Once, the dinghy capsized in the rough seas and was righted only with great difficulty. Two of the crew succumbed from exposure.

 

An airborne lifeboat was dropped to them but fell some 500 yards down wind. The men struggled vainly to reach it and Flight Lieutenant Hornell, who throughout had encouraged them by his cheerfulness and inspiring leadership, proposed to swim to it, though he was nearly exhausted. He was with difficulty restrained. The survivors were finally rescued after they had been in the water for twenty-one hours. By this time Flight Lieutenant Hornell was blinded and completely exhausted. He died shortly after being picked up.

 

Flight Lieutenant Hornell had completed sixty operational missions, involving 600 hours flying. He well knew the danger and difficulties attending attacks on submarines. By pressing home a skilful and successful attack against fierce opposition, with his aircraft i a precarious condition, and by fortitude and encouraging his comrades in the subsequent ordeal, this officer displayed valour and devotion to duty of the highest order.

 

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HORNER, W/C Asa James (C1565) - Member, Order of the British Empire - No.14 AID - Award effective 14 June 1945 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 1127/45 dated 6 July 1945. Born 18 January 1905 in Ottawa; educated there including Ottawa Technical School. Enlisted as a Corporal in Ottawa, 1 April 1924; left the force for a time and worked at Ottawa Diary Ltd. Commissioned in Ottawa, 15 November 1939. Released 12 November 1946. Died in Ottawa 18 August 1982, aged 78. Governor General's Records (RG.7 Group 26, Vol.59, file 190-I, dossier 7) has citation. Died in Ottawa, 18 August 1982.

 

This officer's service career is a distinguished one, covering a period of over twenty years rising from mechanic to pilot, to engineering officer. In his various capacities he has displayed great aptitude, industry and loyalty to the service. As Commanding Officer of No.14 Aeronautical Inspection District, he has displayed a high degree of initiative and forethought, which have contributed materially to the war effort. He has recently been made responsible for the inspection of the largest producer of aluminum castings, forgings and sheet within the British Empire and has well merited the confidence placed in him. He is an excellent and capable officer, who is an example of what intelligence, industry and loyalty can achieve.

 

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HORNER, F/L David Keith (J20622) - Commended for Valuable Services - Odiham - Award effective 13 June 1946 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 726/46 dated 26 July 1946. Home in Minnedosa, Manitoba; enlisted in Winnipeg, 9 July 1941. Trained at No.7 ITS (graduated 10 April 1942), No.19 EFTS (graduated 3 July 1942) and No.4 SFTS (graduated 6 November 1942). No citation.

 

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HORNER, F/L Douglas Hugh (J20258) - Mention in Despatches - Overseas - Award effective 1 January 1946 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 155/46 dated 15 February 1946. Enlisted in North Bay, Ontario, 4 September 1941. Trained at No.4 WS (graduated 28 September 1942) and No.6 BGS (graduated 26 October 1942).

 

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HORNER, Sergeant James Lloyd (R86389) - Mention in Despatches - Overseas - Award effective 14 June 1945 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 1600/45 dated 12 October 1945. Home in Miniota, Manitoba. Enlisted in Winnipeg, 8 January 1941.

 

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HORNER, WO1 Victor Hugh (R129968) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.35 Squadron - Award effective 10 May 1945 as per London Gazette dated 25 May 1945 and AFRO 1291/45 dated 10 August 1945. Born in London, Ontario, November 1920; home there. Was a labourer prior to enlistment. Enlisted in London, 4 February 1943. Trained at No.5 ITS (graduated 24 October 1942), No.4 BGS (graduated 9 January 1943) and No.4 AOS (graduated 5 March 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 2/9070 has recommendation dated 12 February 1945 when he had flown 49 sorties (149 hours). NOTE: Sortie sheet not sent from England.

 

Warrant Officer Horner is a special equipment operator and a member of a visual marking crew which has achieved considerable success. He always displays outstanding courage and is unperturbed by the heaviest defensive fire, and his enthusiasm to fly on operations has earned him a fine reputation in the squadron.

 

Warrant Officer Horner recently completed his 49th sortie and in recognition of his fine record of service he is recommended for the non-immediate award of the Distinguished Flying Cross.

 

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HORRICKS, Flight Sergeant Garth Edward (R72099) - Distinguished Flying Medal - No.185 Squadron - Award effective 29 April 1942 as per London Gazette dated 1 May 1942 and AFRO 732/42 dated 15 May 1942. Born in Pembroke, Ontario, 23 June 1921; home in Toronto (clerk). Enlisted in Toronto, 9 September 1940. Trained at No.1 ITS (15 November to 15 December 1940), No.1 EFTS (16 December 1940 to 28 January 1941) and No.1 SFTS (graduated 28 April 1941). Arrived in UK, 7 June 1941. Trained at No.52 OTU, 166 June to 29 August 1941. Commissioned as Pilot Officer, 22 March 1942 (F/O 1 October 1942; F/L 22 March 1944). No.185 Squadron, Malta, 9 December 1941 to 26 April 1942. No.12 OTU, Carthage, 12 May 1942 to 28 June 1943. No.417 Squadron, 28 June 1943 to 10 March 1944. Embarked for UK, 10 April 1944, arriving 23 April 1944. To Canada, 6 July 1944. Released 24 June 1946; rejoined 1951. Killed in flying accident, Cobourg, Ontario, 1 July 1951. Photos are PL-25222 (portrait) and PL-29455 (with P/O D.W. Storms after investiture). Victories listed by Chris Shores, Aces High (2nd edition) as follows: 3 January 1942, one Ju.88 destroyed and one Ju.88 probably destroyed (both shared with another pilot and both flying Hurricane Z5158 coded "V"); 24 January 1942, one Ju.88 destroyed (Hurricane 748 coded "H"); 23 February 1942, one Bf.109 destroyed (Hurricane coded GN-C); 15 March 1942, one Ju.88 damaged (Hurricane coded UP-T); 23 March 1942, one Ju.88 destroyed (Hurricane Z2961 coded "K"; shared with another pilot); 25 March 1942, one Ju.87 destroyed plus two Ju.87s damaged (Hurricame coded GL-H); 10 April 1942, one Bf.109 destroyed (Hurricane coded GL-A); 14 April 1942, one Bf.109 damaged (Hurricane Z4004); 21 April 1942, one Ju.88 destroyedbut one Bf.109F damaged (Hurricane 905 coded GL-V); 26 April 1942, one Bf.109 damaged (Hurricame 4942 coded GL-Y); 8 December 1943, one FW.190 destroyed (Spitfire AN-O); 14 February 1944, one FW.190 destroyed (Spitfire AN-T).

 

Flight Sergeant Horricks is a fearless pilot. He invariably presses home his attack with utmost determination regardless of odds. He has destroyed at least three enemy aircraft and probably destroyed a further two.

 

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HORROCKS, Sergeant Norman Raymond (R100904) - Mention in Despatches - No.109 Squadron - Award effective 1 January 1945 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 425/45 dated 9 March 1945. Home in Toronto. Enlisted in Toronto, 15 April 1941.

 

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HORROCKS, Corporal Paul Handel (R166227) - Mention in Despatches - No.27 Detachment - Award effective 14 June 1945 as per Canada Gazette of that date and AFRO 1127/45 dated 6 July 1945. Home in East Kildonan, Manitoba. Was a wireless mechanic prior to enlistment. Enlisted in Winnipeg, 8 May 1942.

 

This airman has consistently shown devotion to duty of a very high order. On occasions his daring action in mounting aerial poles during high winds to effect repairs has restored communications with a minimum of delay. He has shown remarkable ingenuity in improving [improvising ?] repairs to wireless equipment when repair parts were not available. His keenness and versatility have helped to a remarkable degree the efficiency and smooth running of his unit.

 

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HORSNELL, F/O Clarke Kennedy (C86575) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.425 Squadron - Award effective 5 April 1945 as per London Gazette dated 13 April 1945 and AFRO 824/45 dated 18 May 1945. Born in Montreal, 1920; home in Chateauguay Basin, Quebec. Was a steward prior to enlistment. Enlisted in Montreal, 6 January 1941. Commissioned April 1944. 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.1730 (PAC RG.24 Vol.20607) has recommendation dated 14 November 1944:

 

A highly capable Flight Engineer wit 25 offensive sorties, Pilot Officer Horsnell has participated in attacks over heavily defended targets such as Schweinfurt, Stuttgart, Frankfurt, Berlin, Essen, Karlsruhe, Bottrop and Duisburg.

 

On one occasion he was Flight Engineer of a Halifax bomber detailed to attack Stuttgart from a height of 17,000 feet. Cloud obscured the target and the pilot descended to 9,000 feet and successful bombing was carried out through most intense flak opposition. Heedless of the danger, Pilot Officer Horswell busied himself with his duties and coolly cheered the rest of the crew, thereby setting a fine example.

 

Also, on the 14th of October 1944, this officer was detailed to bomb Duisburg. He worked continuously and kept a close watch on his engines. On takeoff, both port engines backfired and the aircraft finally got airborne with minimum speed. The aircraft was riddled with flak but the target was successfully bombed with the port inner engine still giving only about one-third of its power.

 

This officer's courage, efficiency and keenness made possible this good bombing result and have been an inspiration to others. Pilot Officer Horsnell acted as Deputy Flight Engineer Leader in instances and he has always displayed outstanding qualities of leadership, efficiency and devotion to duty.

 

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HORSWILL, F/O Thomas Stanley (J23110) - 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 Hedley, British Columbia, 1916; home in Nelson, British Columbia. Enlisted in Vancouver, 12 January 1942. Trained at No.6 ITS (graduated 3 July 1942), No.12 EFTS (graduated 25 September 1942) and No.5 AOS (graduated 22 January 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 dated 16 July 1944 when he had flown 32 sorties (190 hours 35 minutes), 4 February to 8 July 1944. Sortie list mentions fighter attack over target (24 February, Schweinfurt), coned twice by searchlights (23 March, Berlin) and low level at 1,000 feet (Bonnetot, 24 June).

 

The completion of thirty-two well executed sorties over enemy territory is due in large part to the outstanding navigational ability of Flying Officer T.S. Horswill. These sorties included raids on some of the most heavily defended targets in Germany and several in France. On each occasion this officer has displayed exceptional ability, speed and efficiency in his work, and at all times his courage, devotion to duty and leadership has been of the highest order, setting an outstanding example to members of his own crew and the squadron as a whole.

 

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HORTON, F/L Ernest Leslie (J86137) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.578 Squadron - Award effective 15 March 1945 as per London Gazette dated 23 March 1945 and AFRO 721/45 dated 27 April 1945. Born in Chatham, Ontario, 1921; home there. Was a storekeeper prior to enlistment. Enlisted in Hamilton, 6 April 1942. Trained at No.3 ITS (graduated 9 October 1942), No.11 EFTS (graduated 8 January 1943) and No.13 SFTS (graduated 14 May 1943). Commissioned July 1944. No citation other than "completed...many successful operations against the enemy in which [he has] displayed high skill, fortitude and devotion to duty." Public Records Office Air 2/9050 has recommendation dated 14 December 1944 when he had flown 37 sorties (154 hours 36 minutes), 11 June to 30 November 1944. He was clearly (from sortie list) the captain for P/O Frank G. Grime, DFC.

 

* denotes daylight sortie

 

11 June 44 Massy Palaiseau (4.25) 7 Aug 44 TOTALIZE 3 (4.41)

23 Jun 44 Oisemont (4.33) 9 Aug 44 Foret de Mormal

27 Jun 44 Marquis Minoyecques (3.39)*

(3.59)* 11 Aug 44 Somain (4.14)*

28 Jun 44 Wizernes (3.21)* 15 Aug 44 Tirlemont (3.51)*

30 Jun 44 Villers Bocage 16 Aug 44 Kiel (4.47)

(4.15)* 18 Aug 44 Sterkrade (4.30)

1 July 44 Oisemont (3.33)* 27 Aug 44 Homburg (4.14)

4 July 44 St.Martin l'Hortier 10 Sep 44 Le Havre (3.37)*

(3.33) 12 Sep 44 Munster (4.24)

5 July 44 St.Martin l'Hortier 15 Sep 44 Kiel (5.02)

(3.59) 17 Sep 44 Boulogne (4.22)*

6 July 44 Croixdale (4.42)* 24 Sep 44 Calais (3.00)*

9 July 44 Les Cartellieres 25 Sep 44 Calais (3.45)*

(4.03)* 26 Sep 44 Cap Gris Nez (3.18)*

12 Jul 44 Thiverney (4.39)* 14 Oct 44 Duisburg (4.29)

18 Jul 44 Caen H.2 (3.42)* 15 Oct 44 Duisburg (5.08)

20 Jul 44 Bottrop (4.25) 23 Oct 44 Essen (5.12)

1 Aug 44 Anderbelck (3.28)* 29 Oct 44 Domburg (3.06)

5 Aug 44 Foret de Nieppe 31 Oct 44 Cologne (4.46)

(3.18)* 29 Nov 44 Essen (5.22)

6 Aug 44 Hazebrouck (3.37)* 30 Nov 44 Duisburg (5.05)*

 

Flight Lieutenant Horton has carried out 37 sorties totalling 154.36 hours, in the course of which he has attacked many important tactical and strategical targets, including those in such well defended areas as Homberg, Munster, Duisburg, Essen and Cologne. This Canadian captain has led his crew courageously and efficiently throughout all his operations. He has always shown, during his operational career, a belligerent and fearless spirit combined with skilful and determined handling of his aircraft in all circumstances.

 

His cheerful confidence at all times has inspired a high standard of morale in his crew and it is strongly recommended that his fine record of achievement should be recognized by the award of the Distinguished Flying Cross.

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HORTON, WO Guy Robeson (Can 619) - Mention in Despatches - No.61 Base - Award effective 1 January 1945 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 379/45 dated 2 March 1945. Home in Saint John, New Brunswick. Enlisted in Winnipeg, 1 April 1924. DHist file 181.009 D.2993 (RG.24 Vol.20634) has recommendation for an MBE dated 24 July 1944. He had enlisted 1 April 1924, served in Canada 19 years and in England for 13 months. Unit described further as No,1664 Heavy Conversion Unit, Station Dishforth. Master Mechanic.

 

Warrant Officer Horton has given meritorious service on this station as Warrant Officer in charge of the Servicing Wing, being responsible to a large degree for the gratifying results obtained. His skill and diligence have contributed to the general efficiency of the unit. He has 21 years service with the RCAF.

 

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HOSEA, P/O Russell Lloyd George (J15033) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.115 Squadron - Award effective 13 March 1942 as per London Gazette of that date, letter dated 17 March 1942 and AFRO 611/42 dated 24 April 1942. Born in Miami, Manitoba, 14 May 1916; home there or Morden, Manitoba. Enlisted in Winnipeg, 9 May 1940. Trained at No.1 ITS, No. 2 EFTS, No.1 SFTS, No.1 AOS, No.1 BGS (graduated 15 February 1941). Commissioned October 1941. Killed in action, 9 March 1942 (Wellington X3419); name on Runnymede Memorial. See Public Records Office Air 2/9263; recommended when he had flown 27 sorties (178 operational hours).

 

Throughout the many sorties in which he has participated this officer has displayed exceptional navigational ability combined with great determination not only to bomb his objective but to obtain photographs of the results. On several occasions during the winter months when navigation was rendered extremely difficult owing to bad weather, Pilot Officer Hosea never failed to navigate his aircraft back to base without difficulty. He has participated in attacks against a wide variety of enemy targets including raids on Berlin, Stettin, Brest, Kiel and Wilhelmshaven. His skill and tenacity have been outstanding.

 

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HOSEASON, S/L Cecil Henry Cockrane (C6973) - Air Force Cross - No.10 Repair Depot - Award effective 1 January 1946 as per Canada Gazette of that date and AFRO 82/46 dated 25 January 1946 - Enlisted at Camp Borden, 31 July 1928. As of award had flown 1,667 hours, 167 in previous six months. Awarded Queen's Coronation Medal, 23 October 1953, while at No.12 Air Defence Group.

 

This officer is a pilot of outstanding ability whose qualities of leadership and enthusiasm are of the highest order. Through his determination and hard work he at all times maintains in his Flight, an esprit-de-corps which is an example to all the personnel with whom he serves. He has diligently carried out his flying duties over a lengthy period and his wealth of technical knowledge coupled with his keen devotion to duty has been largely responsible for the efficient operation of this unit.

 

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HOSHOWSKY, F/L Raymond (J26785) - Air Force Cross - Station Torbay - Award effective 1 December 1945 as per Canada Gazette of that date and AFRO 183/46 dated 22 February 1946. Home in Glen Bain, Saskatchewan. Enlisted in Calgary, 25 March 1942. Trained at No.4 ITS (graduated 21 November 1944), No.19 EFTS (graduated 6 February 1943), and No.11 SFTS (graduated 11 June 1943). DHist file 181.009 D.3691 (RG.24 Vol.20640) has recommendation dated 31 July 1945 by W/C Brooker, OC No.1 Composite Flight. His navigator, F/O L.M. Kauffeldt, also received AFC.

 

In the middle of the night of the 1st-2nd May, 1945, in Newfoundland, a pilot and crew were requested to fly penicillin to Buchan's, Newfoundland, where a child was dying. The weather at base was so poor that it was necessary to ask for volunteers. Flight Lieutenant Hoshowsky as pilot and two other officers as crew were the only ones to volunteer and, fully aware of the risk involved, they took off in almost zero-zero conditions. After encountering severe icing conditions, which rendered the radio almost useless, and making several attempts to break through the cloud at 200 feet, the penicillin was successfully dropped. This officer shown great skill as pilot and exceptional coolness and courage on this mission.

 

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HOSICK, FS (now P/O) Bruce Borden (R70895/J17717) - Distinguished Flying Medal - No.218 Squadron - Award effective 6 August 1943 as per London Gazette dated 13 August 1943 and AFRO 1849/43 dated 10 September 1943. Home in Webb, Saskatchewan. Enlisted in Regina, 23 October 1940. Trained at No.2 ITS (graduated 4 February 1941), No.15 EFTS (graduated 24 April 1941), No.32 SFTS (graduated 20 May 1941), No.2 AOS (graduated 24 October 1941), No.2 BGS (graduated 4 December 1941), and No.1 ANS (graduated 5 January 1942).

 

This airman has taken part in many operational sorties over targets in Italy and Germany. On one occasion when detailed to attack Duisburg his aircraft was damaged after an engagement with two enemy fighters before reaching the objective. With the wireless and electrical gear shot away and in very adverse weather Flight Sergeant Hosick succeeded by astral navigation in guiding the aircraft home where a successful landing was made. A highly skilled navigator, Flight Sergeant Hosick has on occasion been materially responsible for the safe return of his aircraft. At all times he has displayed exceptional coolness and courage in the face of danger coupled with great devotion to duty.

 

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HOSKEN, LAC Geoffrey Gosnell (R181497) - British Empire Medal - WAC Marine Squadron - Award effective 1 January 1946 as per Canada Gazette of that date and AFRO 82/46 dated 25 January 1946. Enlisted in Vancouver, 20 August 1942.

 

One night, during a violent storm at sea, whilst deckhand on board a marine craft, Leading Aircraftman Hosken, while passing a line from the craft to a scow which had broken adrift, showed high courage and an utter disregard for his safety when he leapt aboard the scow from the deck of his craft to assist in passing a heavy tow line over the towing stanchion. This airman's display of courage in this act has set a fine example for others to follow. During his service with the Marine Squadron he has at all times displayed ability and devotion to duty of a high order.

 

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HOUDE, F/O Joseph Jean Louis Marcel (J27717) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.425 Squadron - Award effective 5 April 1945 as per London Gazette dated 13 April 1945 and AFRO 824/45 dated 18 May 1945. Born in Montreal, 1914; home there. Was a sheet metal worker prior to enlistment. In Royal Canadian Artillery before joining RCAF. Enlisted in Montreal, 23 July 1942. Trained at No.5 ITS (graduated 17 April 1943), No.4 BGS (graduated 17 September 1943) and No.4 AOS (graduated 29 October 1943). Commissioned November 1943.

 

Flying Officer Houde has proved himself to be a skilful and courageous navigator. He has participated in many operational sorties against strongly defended targets in Germany. Flying Officer Houde's extreme devotion to duty under the most adverse circumstances has been worthy of the highest praise.

 

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HOULE, F/O Albert Ulric (J4887) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.213 Squadron - Award effective 1 December 1942 as per London Gazette dated 4 December 1942 and AFRO 2069/42 dated 18 December 1942. Born in Massey, Ontario, 1914. Enlisted in North Bay, 15 September 1940. Trained at No.2 ITS (graduated 11 December 1940), No.15 EFTS (graduated 28 January 1941), and No.32 SFTS (graduated 10 April 1942). For additional details see H.A. Halliday, The Tumbling Sky.

 

One evening in October 1942, Flying Officer Houle was flying with his squadron on patrol over El Alamein when a formation of enemy dive bombers was sighted. The enemy aircraft jettisoned their bombs and flew west in an attempt to avoid the combat. With great tenacity and determination, Flying Officer Houle pursued them far over the enemy's lines and, in the rapidly failing light, engaged and destroyed at least two of the hostile bombers. This officer is a skilful pilot who has always displayed exceptionally cool courage in action. His fine example has been a great inspiration to all personnel in his unit.

 

HOULE, S/L Albert Ulric (J4887) - Bar to Distinguished Flying Cross - No.417 Squadron - Award effective 30 March 1944 as per London Gazette dated 7 April 1944 and AFRO 1020/44 dated 12 May 1944.

 

This commanding officer has served throughout the Sicilian and Italian campaigns. An excellent leader and skilful pilot, he has always evinced a fine fighting spirit, determination and courage. During the course of the fighting in Italy, Squadron Leader Houle destroyed five enemy aircraft, bringing his total victories to at least eight destroyed and others damaged.

 

NOTE: Public Record Office Air 2/9624 has recommendation drafted by the Officer Commanding, No.244 Wing and dated 4 February 1944 when he had flown 815 hours (133 in previous six months), 338 sorties (400 operational hours, of which 240 had been flown since previous award).

 

This officer has now completed 150 hours on his second tour and has commanded No.417 Canadian Squadron since November 21st 1943. Previous to this appointment he commanded a flight in the same squadron, and has fought throughout the Sicilian campaign and to date in the Italian invasion.

 

He has proved himself a most aggressive and capable fighter pilot and an excellent leader. Since fighting in Italy he has destroyed five enemy aircraft and damaged three more, bringing his total score to nine enemy aircraft destroyed, one probably destroyed and six damaged.

 

On 7 February 1944 the Air Officer Commanding, Desert Air Force, added his remarks:

 

Squadron Leader Houle is a very gallant fighter pilot and has done magnificent work, particularly since he took over command of No.417 Squadron. I strongly recommend him for the award of a Bar to his Distinguished Flying Cross.

 

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HOUSE, F/L Kenneth George (J14669) - 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. See War Service Records 1939-1945 (Canadian Bank of Commerce, 1947). Born 8 July 1921, Waterloo, Ontario; home in Preston, Ontario. Educated in New Hamburg. Enlisted in Toronto, 12 March 1941. Initially a clerk/accountant, he remustered to aircrew. Trained at No.3 ITS (graduated 5 June 1942) and No.8 AOS (graduated 2 October 1942). Commissioned October 1942. Overseas in November 1942. Flew 25 sorties with No.425 Squadron to July 1944 when crew was switched to Pathfinder work; total of 58 sorties. Intelligence Officer with Nos.426 and 408 Squadrons, February 1945 to VE Day; continued with No.426 on trooping duties, July to December 1945. Released 8 March 1946. No citation other than "completed...many successful operations against the enemy in which [he has] displayed high skill, fortitude and devotion to duty." Public Records Office Air 2/9051 has recommendation dated 20 December 1944 when he had flown 41 sorties (204 hours ten minutes), 9 June 1943 to 6 December 1944 as follows:

 

+ denotes not counted as operational sortie

* denotes sortie counted as 1/3

 

9 June 43 NICKLING, Tours 6 July 44 Biennais (3.30)

(5.35)+ 13 Jul 44 Wesseling (5.20)

28 Dec 43 NICKLING, Creil 17 Jul 44 Caen (4.20)

(4.00)+ 20 Jul 44 Ferme de Forestal

20 Apr 44 Lens (4.40)* (4.05)

24 Apr 44 Karlsruhe (5.50) 24 Jul 44 Ferfay (3.30)

26 Apr 44 Essen (5.15) 14 Aug 44 Potigny (2.35)

27 Apr 44 Aulnoye (4.45)* 15 Aug 44 Brussels (2.35)

30 Apr 44 Somain (4.40)* 16 Aug 44 Stettin (8.05)

1 May 44 St.Ghislain (4.45) 26 Aug 44 Kiel (5.30)

9 May 44 St.Pierre (4.10) 29 Aug 44 Stettin (9.15)

27 May 44 Bourg Leopold (4.15) 20 Sep 44 Calais (2.00)

31 May 44 Au Febvre (4.20) 5 Oct 44 Saarbrucken (4.40)

2 June 44 Neufchatel (3.35) 14 Oct 44 Duisburg (3.25)

6 June 44 Coutrances (4.30) 15 Oct 44 Wilhelmshaven (4.00)

7 June 44 Acheres (5.05) 19 Oct 44 Stuttgart (5.10)

9 June 44 Le Mans (5.55) 9 Nov 44 Wanne Eickel (3.45)

15 Jun 44 St.Pol (4.00) 18 Nov 44 Munster (3.45)

15 Jun 44 Boulogne (3.40) 21 Nov 44 Coblenz (4.20)

18 Jun 44 Oisemont-Neuville- 21 Nov 44 Aschaffenburg (5.00)

au-Bois (4.10) 27 Nov 44 Freiburg (5.00)

21 Jun 44 St.Martin (4.10) 2 Dec 44 Hagen (5.40)

24 Jun 44 Bamieres (3.50) 4 Dec 44 Urft Dam (5.00)

27 Jun 44 Foret d'Eawy (4.50) 6 Dec 44 Merseburg (6.20)

4 Jul 44 Biennais (4.20)

 

Flight Lieutenant House is a highly efficient navigator who is now on his second tour of operations. The targets against which he has operated include such heavily defended enemy strongholds as Stuttgart, Stettin and Kiel. He is of a fearless nature, which becomes most evident when he is engaged in offensive action. On many occasions he has been in great personal danger, through contact with the enemy, but he has not swerved from his allotted tasks, pressing home his attacks to the full, thereby displaying a fine fighting spirit which has had a salutary effect on all members of his crew.

 

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HOUSER, F/O John Henry (J10679) - Mention in Despatches - No.113 Squadron - Award effective 28 May 1943 as per London Gazette of that date, Canada Gazette dated 2 June 1943, and AFRO 1459/43 dated 30 July 1943. Born in Wingham, Ontario, 1920; home in Hamilton, Ontario. Was a pricing clerk with Canadian Westinghouse prior to enlistment. Enlisted in Hamilton, 27 May 1941. Trained at No.3 ITS (graduated 13 September 1941), No.9 AOS (graduated 30 December 1941), No.6 BGS (graduated 14 February 1942), and No.2 ANS (graduated 16 March 1942). Governor General's Records (RG.7 Group 26, Vol.57, File 190-I) has citation. Commissioned 1942.

 

This officer has flown 513 hours, of which 326 have been operational, completed over a period of five months. He was navigator on three occasions when attacks were made on enemy submarines and aided materially in the locating of these submarines. He has, at all times, carried out his duties in a most efficient and commendable manner.

 

HOUSER, F/L John Henry (J10679) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.425 Squadron - Award effective 10 May 1945 as per London Gazette dated 22 May 1945 and AFRO 1147/45 dated 13 July 1945. No citation other than "completed...numerous operations against the enemy in the course of which [he has] invariably displayed the utmost fortitude, courage and devotion to duty". DHist file 181.009 D.1730 (PAC RG.24 Vol.20607) has recommendation dated 17 December 1944 noting he had flown 602 hours 48 minutes with Coastal Command [sic they mean Eastern Air Command in Canada] and thirteen sorties (79 operational hours) with No.425. Long list of sorties with No.113 Squadron, Eastern Air Command (108 in all, 486 hours 50 minutes with two attacks on submarines, 24 and 29 September 1942).

 

Flight Lieutenant Houser has completed thirteen sorties on his second tour of operations and was navigator of a Halifax bomber when his crew attacked such heavily defended targets as Kiel, Dortmund, Duisburg and Karlsruhe. While on operations, on many occasions, some navigational equipment and other flying instruments became unserviceable. This officer, showing outstanding courage and initiative, always kept to his very high standard of navigation. His calm confidence, unfailing devotion to duty and cheerfulness in the face of difficulties coupled with his exceptional ability as a navigator have inspired his crew and contributed materially to their success on operations. This officer has always shown exceptional keenness both in the air and on the ground...

 

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HOUSTON, WO James Talbert (R82755) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.428 Squadron - Award effective 21 March 1944 as per London Gazette dated 24 March 1944 and AFRO 921/44 dated 28 April 1944. Born in Carleton Place, Ontario, 1913; home there (iron moulder apprentice). Enlisted in Ottawa, 30 January 1941. Trained at No.1 WS (graduated 8 November 1941) and No.6 BGS (graduated 8 December 1941). Died in Carleton Place, Ontario, 5 January 1989. Missing 23 March 1944 (interned in Sweden). Medals offered in Jeffrey Hoare auction catalogue of December 1994 with logbook, newsclips, photos and letter; estimated value of $ 1,700.

 

Warrant Houston was the rear gunner of an aircraft detailed for a sortie one night in February 1944. On the outward flight the aircraft was attacked by a fighter and some damage was sustained. Soon afterwards three more enemy aircraft were encountered but each time Warrant Officer Houston's clear and concise directions enabled his pilot to evade the enemy aircraft. When nearing the target the bomber was hit by shrapnel and Warrant Officer Houston was wounded in the shoulder. The oxygen point in his turret and the inter-communication system were rendered unserviceable. In spite of this he remained at his post and, on the homeward flight his vigilance and quick reports enabled his pilot to evade fighters on seven occasions. Warrant Officer Houston displayed great courage and devotion to duty and his efforts contributed materially to the success of the sortie.

 

NOTE: A clipping dated 21 April 1944 in Houston's DHist biographical file is interesting for the manner in which it describes the duties and tactics of gunners:

 

WO JIM HOUSTON, CARLETON PLACE,

WINNER OF D.F.C.

 

With the RCAF bomber group in Britain - What does a gunner think about when his ship is attacked by enemy gunners ? According to Warrant Officer Jim Houston, DFC, Carleton Place, Ghost Squadron rear gunner, mental reaction is nil and all you think of is to give your skipper evasive action.

 

Recently decorated for his work on a trip over Leipzig when his ship piloted by Flying Officer Bill Blake of Hamilton, who also won the DFC, was attacked eleven times by different night fighters, Houston said he was too busy to think.

 

"Our training is designed for such an emergency", explained the Carleton Place gunner. "You sit there and you see a fighter. You watch him and you sit tight because there is nothing he can do until he gets lined up with your ship. His guns are fixed, you see. You don't give evasive action too soon or he can change course. He'll generally try to come from underneath and behind and as he starts to get up there you signal the skipper; give him direction and away we go.

 

Then They Cut Loose

 

According to Houston if the enemy pilot is experienced he will break off the engagement there and then. If he is green he'll try to turn with the bomber. That's when Jim and the rest of his buddies cut loose with the guns in their moveable turrets.

 

"They have to sort of sneak up on you", explained Houston. "If you see them first everything is usually all right. That's really our big job - watching for the Jerries and giving the skipper evasive action."

 

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HOUSTON, F/L Robert Blake (J27732) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.158 Squadron - Award effective 5 July 1945 as per London Gazette dated 17 July 1945 and AFRO 1558/45 dated 5 October 1945. Born in London, Ontario, 1923; home in Toronto. Was a student prior to enlistment. Enlisted in Toronto, 11 June 1942. Trained at No.6 ITS (graduated 4 December 1942), No.20 EFTS (graduated 19 February 1943) and No.1 SFTS (graduated 25 June 1943). Commissioned 1943. No citation other than "in recognition of gallantry and devotion to duty in the execution of air operations against the enemy". Public Records Office Air 2/9082 has recommendation dated 15 March 1945 when he had flown 34 sorties (195 hours 32 minutes), 6 October 1944 to 15 March 1945.

 

6 Oct 44 Sterkrade (3.53) Jettison in Germany.

14 Oct 44 Duisburg (4.45) Bombed in cloud.

23 Oct 44 Essen (5.30) do.

16 Nov 44 Julich (4.46) Bombed aiming point.

18 Nov 44 Munster (5.39) Good attack; cloud.

29 Nov 44 Essen (5.38) Bombed through clouds.

5 Dec 44 Soest (6.20) Fires in target area.

12 Dec 44 Essen (5.21) Bombed in cloud.

17 Dec 44 Duisburg (6.11) do.

21 Dec 44 Cologne/Nippes (5.50) do.

26 Dec 44 St.Vith (4.36) Good attack.

28 Dec 44 Opladen (5.27) Bombed through clouds.

29 Dec 44 Coblenz (5.57) Bombed aiming point.

1 Jan 45 Dortmund (4.45) do.

5 Jan 45 Hanover (4.47) Bombed through clouds.

6 Jan 45 Hanau (6.48) do.

14 Jan 45 Saarbrucken (6.37) Bombed 3,000 yards from A/P.

16 Jan 45 Magdeburg (5.51) Concentrated fires and bombing.

4 Feb 45 Gelsenkirchen (5.35) Good attack in cloud.

7 Feb 45 Goch (6.23) Turned back by Master Bomber.

9 Feb 45 Wanne Eickel (5.47) Fires; bombed as ordered.

20 Feb 45 Reisholz (6.26) Bombed in cloud.

23 Feb 45 Essen (5.38) do.

24 Feb 45 Kamen (5.37) do.

27 Feb 45 Mainz (6.21) do.

2 Mar 45 Cologne (5.35) Jettisoned in Germany.

3 Mar 45 Kamen (6.08) Bombed in clouds.

5 Mar 45 Chemnitz (8.27) do.

7 Mar 45 Hemmingstedt (5.53) Bombed target; fires seen.

11 Mar 45 Essen (5.16) Good attack.

12 Mar 45 Dortmund (5.43) Successful.

13 Mar 45 Wuppertal (5.26) Successful.

14 Mar 45 Homberg (6.05) Bombed as ordered

15 Mar 45 Hagen (6.11) Good attack.

 

Flight Lieutenant Houston has completed 34 operational sorties as pilot and captain of Halifax III aircraft with this squadron. He has attacked such targets as Magdeburg, Hanover, Hanau, Chemnitz, Essen, Duisburg and many other objectives in the most heavily defended areas of Germany.

 

At all times this officer has shown the greatest keenness to fly against the enemy and his spirit of determination and his courage in times of danger have been constant sources of inspiration to the excellent crew he has built around himself.

 

An able leader, Flight Lieutenant Houston has pressed home his attacks with the utmost vigour and has shown a complete disregard for his personal safety when faced with enemy fire.

 

It is recommended that this officer's outstanding record throughout a hazardous tour of duty be recognized by the award of the Distinguished Flying Cross.

 

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HOVEY, S/L James Carter (J5100) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.415 Squadron - Award effective 1 December 1944 as per London Gazette dated 8 December 1944 and AFRO 337/45 dated 23 February 1945. Born in Woodstock, New Brunswick, 1916; home in Madue, Ontario. Educated at the University of New Brunswick; was a school teacher prior to enlistment. Enlisted in Moncton, New Brunswick, 13 August 1940. Trained at No.2 ITS (graduated 26 October 1940), No.13 EFTS (graduated 23 December 1940), and No.8 SFTS (graduated 7 April 1941). Commissioned 1941. No citation other than "..in recognition of gallantry and devotion to duty in the execution of air operations against the enemy." Recommendation went from No.415 Squadron to CO, Station East Moor, on 17 September 1944., noting that he had flown 24 sorties (120 hours 30 minutes on operations); draft citation read:

 

By his excellent example this officer has helped to maintain a high standard of efficiency among the pilots in his squadron. Many of the sorties undertaken by him were raids on strongly defended targets in Germany. On several of these he avoided encounters with night fighters by skilful manoeuvring and flew his aircraft safely to base. His courage and skill in pressing home his attacks have invariably been worthy of high praise.

 

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HOWARD, F/L James Paul Ogilvie (J8790) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.139 Squadron - Award effective 10 November 1944 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 239/45 dated 9 February 1945. Born in Winnipeg, 1913; home in Ottawa. Was a salesman prior to enlistment. Enlisted in Toronto, 11 February 1941. Trained at No.3 ITS (graduated 3 July 1941), No.17 EFTS (graduated 20 August 1941) and No.8 SFTS (graduated 7 November 1941). Commissioned 1941. Instructed in Canada before going overseas. Killed in action, 1 January 1945 (Mosquito KB222); buried in Germany.

 

Flight Lieutenant Howard has completed many sorties and has proved himself to be a skilful and determined pilot. On three occasions whilst over Berlin his aircraft has been hit by anti-aircraft fire and has sustained damage but Flight Lieutenant Howard has completed his task and flown the aircraft back to this country. He has displayed courage and devotion to duty.

 

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HOWARD, F/L James Proctor Grant (C4991) - Mention in Despatches - Overseas - Award effective 14 June 1945 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 1478/45 dated 21 September 1945. Home in Mossbank, Saskatchewan. Enlisted in Winnipeg, 9 May 1941.

 

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HOWARD, F/O John William (J27674) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.78 Squadron - Award effective 12 November 1945 as per London Gazette dated 16 November 1945 and AFRO 133/46 dated 8 February 1946. Born in Toronto, July 1923; home there. Was a student prior to enlistment. Enlisted in Toronto, 29 May 1942. Trained at No.5 ITS (graduated 28 December 1942), No.10 EFTS (graduated 6 March 1943) and No.4 SFTS (graduated 9 July 1943). Commissioned June 1943. No citation other than "completed...numerous operations against the enemy in the course of which [he has] invariably displayed the utmost fortitude, courage and devotion to duty." Public Records Office Air 2/9137 has recommendation dated 5 May 1945 when he had flown 32 sorties (191 hours 20 minutes).

 

30 Sept 44 Bottrop (4.13) 2 Feb 45 Wanne Eickel (5.36)

15 Oct 44 Duisburg (5.37) 4 Feb 45 Gelsenkirchen (6.15)

23 Oct 44 Essen (5,42) 14 Feb 45 Chemnitz (8.16)

25 Oct 44 Essen (5.31) 17 Feb 45 Wesel (5.11)

29 Oct 44 Homburg (3.28) 21 Feb 45 Worms (6.54)

30 Oct 44 Cologne (6.33) 23 Feb 45 Essen (5.23)

3 Nov 44 Dusseldorf (5.31) 27 Feb 45 Mainz (6.03)

6 Nov 44 Gelsenkirchen (4.30) 3 Mar 45 Kamen (6.25)

29 Nov 44 Essen (5.50) 5 Mar 45 Chemnitz (8.45)

2 Dec 44 Hagen (6.50) 11 Mar 45 Essen (5.20)

6 Dec 44 Osnabruck (6.46) 13 Mar 45 Barmen (5.30)

17 Dec 44 Duisburg (6.06) 18 Mar 45 Witten (6.32)

5 Jan 45 Hanover (5.28) 22 Mar 45 Dulmen (4.23)

6 Jan 45 Hanau (6.34) 4 Apr 45 Harburg Rhenania (5.22)

14 Jan 45 Dulmen (6.33 8 Apr 45 Hamberg (5.45)

1 Feb 45 Mainz (6.38) 11 Apr 45 Bayreuth (7.50)

 

This officer has now completed his first operational tour consisting of 32 sorties, involving a total of 191 hours. He is an exceptionally keen and aline operational captain who has shown great keenness for operations. He has always pressed home his attacks with the greatest courage and coolness in the face of the enemy.

 

His courage, skill and determination have been a fine example to his crew, and he is strongly recommended for the award of the Distinguished Flying Cross.

 

To this the Commanding Officer of RAF Station Breighton added (9 May 1945):

 

This captain of aircraft carried out the major part of his operational tour in 578 Squadron and was posted to this station for his few remaining sorties. He arrived with an exceptional record and recommendation from his previous Squadron Commander.

 

During his short stay in No.78 Squadron it has been apparent that he possesses outstanding qualities of courage, determination and initiative. The work of his crew has been equal to that of the best crews in the squadron and he readily accepted responsibility as Deputy Flight Commander.

 

For the qualities he has displayed and in view of the high opinion in which he was held by his previous Squadron Commander, I have no hesitation in most strongly recommending this officer for the award of the Distinguished Flying Cross.

 

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HOWARD, F/L Lloyd Birtch (J9207) - Commended for Valuable Services in the Air - No.19 SFTS - Award effective 1 January 1945 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 89/45 dated 19 January 1945. Enlisted in Vancouver, 18 April 1941. Trained at No.4 ITS (graduated 26 July 1941), No.8 EFTS (graduated 13 September 1941), and No.3 SFTS (graduated 5 December 1941).

 

This officer, in many hours of flying instructional duties, has rendered a very high degree of service. As an examining officer he has taken an exceptionally keen interest in the progress and welfare of trainees. The ability and devotion to duty of this officer are outstanding.

 

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HOWARD, F/O Marshall Earl (J22203) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.408 Squadron - Award effective 5 August 1944 as per London Gazette dated 18 August 1944 and AFRO 2101/44 dated 29 September 1944. Born in Mitchell, Ontario, 1922; home there. Enlisted in Hamilton, Ontario, 25 September 1941. Trained at No.5 ITS (graduated 23 March 1942) and No.8 AOS (graduated 3 August 1942). Commissioned 1942. No citation other than "completed...many successful operations against the enemy in which [he has] displayed high skill, fortitude and devotion to duty." Public Records Office Air 2/9632 has recommendation dated 15 May 1944 when he had flown 25 sorties (160 hours 35 minutes), 9 July 1943 to 27 April 1944.

 

9 July 43 Gelsenkirchen (7.05) 16 Dec 43 Berlin (7.20)

13 Jul 43 Aachen (5.25) 20 Dec 43 Frankfurt (5.35)

24 Jul 43 Hamburg (6.10) 29 Dec 43 Berlin (6.35)

25 Jul 43 Essen (4.20) 14 Jan 44 Brunswick (5.05)

27 Jul 43 Hamburg (5.35) 15 Feb 44 Berlin (7.10)

29 Jul 44 Hamburg (5.40) 20 Feb 44 Stuttgart (7.30)

30 Jul 43 Remscheid (5.55) 24 Feb 44 Schweinfurt (8.05)

2 Aug 43 Hamburg (6.15) 24 Mar 44 Berlin (7.35)

7 Oct 43 Stuttgart (7.40) 10 Apr 44 Laon (5.10)

22 Nov 43 Berlin (7.00) 20 Apr 44 Cologne (5.10)

23 Nov 43 Berlin (6.45) 26 Apr 44 Essen (4.45)

26 Nov 43 Berlin (7.10) 27 Apr 44 Friedrichshaven (8.20)

28 Nov 43 Berlin (7.15)

 

Flying Officer Howard has completed one tour of operations with this squadron. He has navigated his aircraft on many occasions to distant targets in Germany including five trips to the Ruhr, four to Hamburg, eight to Berlin and several others to southwest Germany.

 

In all of these sorties the crew with whom he flies has achieved considerable success and this is in no small manner attributable to Flying Officer Howard's skill as a navigator. As Deputy Navigation Leader of the squadron, he has at all times set a high standard of navigational skill, and his cheerful attitude and devotion to duty have been an inspiration to all.

 

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HOWARD, F/L Richard Maw (C7279) - Mention in Despatches - No.424 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 forwarded to No.6 Group HQ, 31 January 1945. Home in Dundas, Ontario. Enlisted in Hamilton, Ontario, 6 September 1941; as of recommendation he had served 26 months in Canada, 15 months overseas.

 

Flight Lieutenant Howard has been Adjutant of No.424 Squadron for over a year during which time he has performed his duties with more than exceptional skill and zeal. His cheerfulness and determination have been an inspiration to the squadron as a whole. He has taken a most intense interest in the welfare of the squadron and has given unstintingly his time in the devotion of duty even to the detriment of his own health. At all times, even when under the heaviest pressure of work, he has kept his cheerful outlook and has gone out of his way to give assistance and encouragement to others.

 

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HOWARD, LAC Thomas Alexander (R128096) - Air Force Medal - No.164 Squadron (now No.3 FIS) - Award effective 1 January 1944 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 113/44 dated 21 January 1944. Home in Herschel, Saskatchewan. Born at Herschel, Saskatchewan, 20 July 1921. Enlisted at Saskatoon, 29 August 1941.

 

This airman serving as a Wireless Operator "Air" over a hazardous route where the problems that confront a Wireless Operator are many and unique, has displayed sterling work and cheerful efficiency, contributing in no small manner to the successful delivery of vital supplies to outlying bases.

 

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HOWARD, WO (now P/O) Thomas Joseph (R78919/J85337) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.405 Squadron - Award effective 24 May 1944 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 1444/44 dated 7 July 1944. Born in Lucknow, Saskatchewan, 1912; home there. Was a farmer prior to enlistment. Enlisted in London, Ontario, 4 January 1941. Trained at No.1 WS (graduated 7 December 1941) and No.6 BGS (graduated 5 January 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 2/9149 has recommendation by W/C R.J. Lane dated 23 February 1944 when he had flown 45 sorties (267 hours); sortie sheet closelt resembles that of WO C.L.Douglas:

 

2 Feb 43 GARDENING (7.05) 24 July 43 Hamburg (5.35)

7 Feb 43 Lorient (7.00) 25 July 43 Essen (5.10)

26 Feb 43 Cologne (5.15) 27 July 43 Hamburg (4.40)

27 Feb 43 GARDENING (4.25) 29 July 43 Hamburg (5.40)

8 Mar 43 Nuremburg (8.00) 2 Aug 43 Hamburg (5.40)

12 Mar 43 Essen (6.00) 9 Aug 43 Mannheim (5.40)

27 Mar 43 Berlin (7.45) 27 Aug 43 Nuremburg (7.20)

29 Mar 43 Berlin (7.35) 30 Aug 43 Ammo dump (2.40)

10 Apr 43 Frankfurt (6.30) 31 Aug 43 Ammo dump (3.10)

14 Apr 43 Stuttgart (6.45) 5 Sept 43 Mannheim (6.00)

16 Apr 43 Mannheim (6.00) 6 Sept 43 Munich (7.15)

20 Apr 43 Stettin (8.50) 15 Sept 43 Montlucon (5.40)

26 Apr 43 Duisburg (5.00) 22 Sept 43 Oldenburg (4.55)

29 May 43 Wuppertal (5.00) 23 Sept 43 Darmstadt (5.45)

11 June 43 Dusseldorf (4.35) 18 Oct 43 Hanover (4.30)

19 June 43 Le Creusot (5.50) 20 Jan 44 Berlin (7.00)

21 June 43 Krefeld (4.10) 21 Jan 44 Magdeburg (6.35)

22 June 43 Mulheim (4.00) 27 Jan 44 Berlin (7.20)

24 June 43 Elberfeld (4.40) 28 Jan 44 Berlin (8.05)

28 June 43 Cologne (4.30) 30 Jan 44 Berlin (6.25)

9 July 43 Gelsenkirchen (6.00) 15 Feb 44 Berlin (7.00)

13 July 43 Aachen (4.55) 19 Feb 44 Leipzig (6.35)

15 July 43 Montbeliard (7.15)

 

This Warrant Officer, who is a skilled Air Gunner, has completed two tours of operations. Many of his sorties have been made against such heavily defended enemy targets as Berlin, Cologne and Leipzig. At all times, Warrant Officer Howard has displayed courage, initiative and devotion to duty, which has been an incentive to his comrades and has et a very high example to the squadron generally. Strongly recommended for the award of the Distinguished Flying Cross.

 

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HOWARD, Sergeant Thomas MacKintosh (R98040) - Mention in Despatches - No.62 Base - Award effective 1 January 1946 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 155/46 dated 15 February 1946. Home in Chatham, Ontario. Enlisted in Windsor, Ontario, 17 March 1941. AFRO gives unit only as "Overseas"; unit found in McEwen Papers list of recommendations for MiD. See DHist file 181.009 D.1725 (PAC RG.24 Vol.20607) with recommendation forwarded 5 May 1945. Electrician in No.62 Base Main Servicing Squadron; served in Canada two years, overseas for two years:

 

Sergeant Howard is in charge of several crews of electricians modifying and accepting aircraft. He has shown outstanding leadership in promoting harmony and maintaining discipline among men who are spending long hours on routine work. His keen interest and diligence has resulted in a thorough knowledge of aircraft, enabling him to trace the most difficult faults. His untiring efforts and devotion to duty set an excellent example for the men under him.

 

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HOWDEN, F/L Harold Stewart (C9721) - Commended for Valuable Services in the Air - No.9 Air Observer School - Award effective 14 June 1945 as per Canada Gazette of that date and AFRO 1127/45 dated 6 July 1945. Home in Toronto. Enlisted in Toronto, 9 January 1942. Trained at No. 9 AOS (graduated 27 March 1942) and No.1 ANS (graduated 15 January 1942).

 

This officer, through his zeal and long hours of difficult work, has assisted materially in increasing and maintaining the efficiency of aircrew training on his unit. As a squadron commander he has been extremely successful and efficient. His loyal and devoted service has been worthy of the greatest praise.

 

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HOWDEN, S/L John Stuart (J4755) - Air Force Cross - No.10 SFTS - Award effective 5 May 1944 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 1133/44 dated 26 May 1944. Enlisted at Winnipeg, 15 August 1940. Trained at No.2 ITS (graduated 26 October 1940), No.14 EFTS (graduated 23 December 1940), and No.7 SFTS (graduated 26 March 1941). Governor General's Records, RG.7 Group 26, Volume 57, file 190-I has citation; notes that at time of recommendation he had flown 1,100 hours 30 minutes flying, 811 as instructor, 159 in previous six months.

 

This officer has very capably filled all positions of flying instructor to squadron commander over a period of 2 1/2 years, and has displayed skilful leadership and outstanding devotion to duty. He is an enthusiastic flying instructor and an able organizer with an exceptional sense of responsibility, and has set an enduring example under difficult conditions.

 

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HOWE, F/O Norman Charles Russell (J15930) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.175 Squadron - Award effective 8 August 1944 as per London Gazette dated 11 August 1944 and AFRO 2101/44 dated 29 September 1944. Born in Toronto, 1920; home there. Enlisted in Toronto, 9 December 1940. Trained at No.3 ITS (graduated 16 May 1941), No.11 EFTS (graduated 3 July 1941) and No.14 SFTS (graduated 25 September 1941). Commissioned 1942.

 

Since joining his squadron in March 1942, Flying Officer Howe has taken part in a great number of operations and on many occasions has led his flight. By his keenness and enthusiasm this officer has set a fine example to the rest of the squadron.

 

NOTE: Public Record Office Air 2/9633 has the original recommendation dated 11 February 1944 when he had flown 81 sorties (79 operational hours). It pointedly noted that he had destroyed no enemy aircraft.

 

This officer has been with the squadron since March 1942 during which time he has flown 79 hours operationally. He took part in the Dieppe Raid when he led his section in low level attacks on gun positions.

 

He is now a Deputy Flight Commander and has led his flight on a number of occasions. He has displayed great keenness and enthusiasm and throughout has set a magnificent example.

 

During a dive-bombing attack on the Cherbourg area he was very badly shot up by flak and in spite of severe damage he brought his aircraft safely home.

 

He has carried out 15 offensive patrols, 15 convoy patrols, 32 dive-bombing attacks, two night shipping patrols, two Rhubarbs, three anti-shipping patrols, twelve escort and fighter sweeps.

 

This document was endorsed by his squadron Commanding Officer on 11 February 1944, "I strongly recommend the award of the Distinguished Flying Cross to this officer". The same day the Group Captain commanding the wing wrote, "This officer never misses a chance of taking part. He has good record of sustained effort". It is clear from a half-legible notation by an Air-Vice Marshal (dated 19 February 1944) that his 32 dive-bombing attacks were particularly worthy of notice.

 

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HOWELL, F/L Allison Brant (J8971) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.423 Squadron - Award effective 1 July 1943 as per London Gazette dated 9 July 1943 and AFRO 1724/43 dated 27 August 1943. Born in Boissevain, Manitoba, 1914; home there. Was a miner and construction worker prior to enlistment. Enlisted in Winnipeg, 4 March 1941. Trained at No.2 ITS (graduated 14 July 1941), No.19 EFTS (graduated 30 August 1941) and No.12 SFTS (graduated 21 November 1941). Further trained at Debert, Nova Scotia. Overseas in June 1942. Released from RCAF, attended McGill University and acquired Masters degree in Engineering. Rejoined RCAF, Aeronautical Engineer Branch; rose to Wing Commander. Died in Victoria, British Columbia, 14 December 1997.

 

In March 1943, this officer was captain of an aircraft detailed to complete an anti-submarine patrol. In the course of this mission he made two separate attacks on enemy U-boats, inflicting casualties and damage. These attacks were delivered with great skill and determination, the second in the face of anti-aircraft fire. On all other occasions this officer has proved himself to be a thoroughly reliable captain of aircraft. He has displayed a commendable eagerness to fly in all weather. His success is the result of a high sense of responsibility and devotion to duty.

 

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HOWELL, F/L John (C2256) - Mention in Despatches - RCAF Station Dartmouth (now EAC Marine Squadron) - Award effective 1 January 1944 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 113/44 dated 21 January 1944. Born 16 October 1903 at Grand Harbour, New Brunswick. Home in Meteghan, Digby County, Nova Scotia. Enlisted in Halifax, 10 July 1940. Photograph PL-24425 has caption saying he was master of "Eskimo" on dangerous trip to Iceland, guiding the little supply ship through storm, fire, and sub-infected waters. See also RCAF Press Release 3047 of 15 April 1944 or 1945; photo PL 24625.

 

This officer has been responsible for the successful operation of the marine squadron in the transportation of supplies to the Newfoundland and Labrador coasts. He has personally led several expeditions resulting in the establishment of several "out" stations in the far North in the face of most difficult circumstances caused by adverse weather and ice conditions.

 

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HOWES, F/L James Herbert (J29268) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.433 Squadron - Award effective 5 February 1945 as per London Gazette dated 16 February 1945 and AFRO 563/45 dated 29 March 1945. Born in Banbury, England. Home in Rockhaven, Saskatchewan. Enlisted in Regina, 30 May 1940. Trained at No.2 ITS (graduated 16 June 1941), No.20 EFTS (graduated 10 October 1941) and No.16 SFTS (graduated 9 January 1942). Commissioned 1943. No citation other than "completed...numerous operations against the enemy in the course of which [he has] invariably displayed the utmost fortitude, courage and devotion to duty." DHist file 181.009 D.2988 (RG.24 Vol.20633) has recommendation for an immediate DFC dated 2 December 1944. By then he had flown 30 sorties (149 hours five minutes), 18 July to 11 November 1944.

 

On the night of September 12th, 1944, this officer was captain of an aircraft detailed to attack the German target of Dortmund. Shortly before reaching the target they were heavily hit by flak which holed the aircraft in twenty-five to thirty places, and making all their navigational aids unserviceable. Despite the heavy damage, Flight Lieutenant Howes pressed home his attack with great determination and successfully bombed the target. At the moment the bombs were dropped, his aircraft was again hit by heavy flak and the starboard outer engine put out of commission. This officer, however, by skilful and calculated handling of his engines, was able to return to base.

 

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HOWES, Corporal William Warden (R89428) - Mention in Despatches - No.423 Squadron - Award effective 14 January 1944 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 874/44 dated 21 April 1944. Home in Lone Fergus, Ontario. Enlisted in Galt, Ontario, 14 February 1941.

Recommendation read:

 

This non-commissioned officer has so applied himself to his work on the engine control systems of his squadron aircraft that he has, by his own efforts, brought about increased serviceability and improved handling ease. In addition he has striven to enlarge the knowledge and extend the skill of the men working under him to the betterment of the service.

 

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HOWEY, F/O Ezra Lorne (J15514) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.407 Squadron - Award effective 19 May 1943 as per London Gazette dated 25 May 1943 and AFRO 1247/43 dated 2 July 1943. Born in Exeter, Ontario, 1918; home there. Enlisted in London, Ontario, 22 August 1940. Trained at No.1 ITS (graduated 24 January 1941), No.4 EFTS (graduated 7 March 1941), and No.8 SFTS (graduated 3 July 1941). Commissioned 1942.

 

During the last year this officer has flown on a large number of bombing sorties, many of which were of a particularly hazardous nature. He has been responsible for the destruction of four enemy ships. Invariably this officer has displayed outstanding courage and devotion to duty.

 

NOTE: Public Records Office Air 2/8952 has recommendation dated 2 March 1943 when he had flown 508 hours (106 hours 45 minutes on operations, 25 sorties):

 

It is strongly recommended that Flying Officer Howey he given some recognition for the exceptional service rendered during his period as a member of this squadron. This officer has taken part in 25 operational trios with a total of 106.45 hours.

 

On one occasion while over his target his undercarriage was damaged and he was forced to make a crash landing on his return. This he successfully carried out. He has four ships confirmed destroyed and one probable to his credit. He has served a year on the squadron and at various times acted as Deputy Flight Commander and even as Flight Commander on occasions, and has shown himself capable to do so.

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HOWLETT, Corporal Lawrence Reginald (R59205) - Mention in Despatches - Dalton - Award effective 1 January 1946 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 155/46 dated 15 February 1946. Fitter (Motor Transport). Home in Brandon. Recommendation dated 23 June (DHist 181.002.D225) noted he had enlisted in Winnipeg 13 June 1940, had served four years one months in Canada, ten months in England:

 

This non-commissioned officer has proved himself to be outstanding in his devotion to duty and his willingness to co-operate by working overtime under the most trying conditions. He did excellent work on the snow removal equipment during the past winter, when his cheerfulness and leadership set an example to all.

 

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HOWSAM, A/V/M George Roberts, MC (C33) - Commander, Order of the Bath - AFHQ - Award effective 14 June 1945 as per Canada Gazette of that date and AFRO 1127/45 dated 6 July 1945. Born 29 January 1895 at Port Perry, Ontario. Enlisted in CEF, 1916, transferring to RFC in 1917. Successful fighter pilot on Western Front (PR release says he destroyed four and damaged five enemy aircraft). Joined CAF, 1921 and service included being member of Siskin aerobatic team; noted for aerobatics at Cleveland Air Races of 1929. Attended RAF Staff College, 1930-31. Attached to army as Air Staff Officer in Toronto, 1932-36; Director of Air Training, 1938-39. Observation tour in UK. Helped organize No.4 Training Command, CO of No.11 SFTS, AOC No.4 Training Command and also (June 1942) AOC of North West Staging Route. Retired in 1946. Active later in Civil Defence, Flying Clubs, and RCAFA. Governor General's Records (RG.7 Group 26, Volume 59, file 190-I) has citation.

 

Air Vice-Marshal Howsam has rendered outstanding and devoted service to the Royal Canadian Air Force over a long period of time. While the Royal Canadian Air Force was passing through a most difficult period of expansion, this officer displayed unbounded enthusiasm, determination and initiative. His outstanding devotion to duty, entailing continuous long hours of service, has encouraged the highest respect and co-ordination from his staff. Energetic and untiring in his efforts, this very capable officer has provided excellent leadership. As Air Officer Commanding a Training Command and in the other appointments he has held, he has made a most valuable contribution to the success of the British Commonwealth Air Training Plan and to the efficiency of the Royal Canadian Air Force.

 

HOWSAM, A/V/M George Robert, CB, MC (C33) - Legion of Merit (Degree of Commander) - effective 11 December 1945 as per Canada Gazette dated 4 May 1946 and AFRO 473/46 dated 10 May 1946. NOTE: This was originally announced in AFRO 388/46 dated 12 April 1946, reference Canada Gazette dated 6 April 1946. AFRO 473/46 dated 10 May 1946 cancels and re-instates. Presented with award 22 February 1946 by Brigadier-General Dale V. Gaffney, Commanding General, Alaska Division, Air Transport Command, at USAAF Base Edmonton. Citation provided as follows:

 

Air Vice-Marshal George R. Howsam, Royal Canadian Air Force, Commanding No.4 Initial Training School [sic: should be No.4 Training Command], Royal Canadian Air Force, from June 1942 to December 1944, rendered extensive and material aid to the Alaskan Division of the Air Transport Command and to the United States Army Air Forces in the operations which rapidly and effectively furnished aircraft and supplies to Alaska and Russia. He not only freely extended needed facilities at a time when those of the Transport Command were extremely meagre, but he usually anticipated and met those of particular and essential important. Decisions vitally affecting the operations of the Alaskan-Siberian Ferrying Route were made by him when such action was imperative to prevent delay. Air Vice Marshal Howsam's co-operation in expediting air equipment to far-flung combat areas contributed materially to the successful conduct of the war.

 

HOWSAM, A/V/M George Roberts (C33) - Commander of the Order of the Crown (Belgium) - Canada Gazette dated 17 July 1948 and AFRO 455/48 dated 23 July 1948.

 

HOWSAM, A/V/M George Roberts, CB, MC (C33) - Order of the White Lion, Class III (Czechoslovakia) - Award effective 5 October 1946 as per Canada Gazette of that date and AFRO 991/46 dated 18 October 1946.

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HOY, P/O John Cecil (J87595) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.158 Squadron - Award effective 6 October 1944 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 2534/44 dated 24 November 1944. Born in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan; home in Toronto. In Royal Canadian Artillery before joining RCAF. Enlisted in Winnipeg, 23 February 1942. Trained at No.2 ITS (graduated 10 October 1942), No.2 BGS (graduated 12 January 1943) and No.3 AOS (graduated 19 February 1943). Commissioned 1944.

 

As air bomber, Pilot Officer Hoy has participated in very many sorties and has proved himself to be a cool, confident and efficient member of aircraft crew. On one occasion he took part in an attack on Stuttgart. When nearing the target area heavy anti-aircraft fire was encountered. A shell burst beneath the aircraft which was thrown over on its back by the force of the explosion, coupled with the violent effect of the slipstream. Considerable height was lost before the pilot regained control when course was resumed. Although he was badly shaken, Pilot Officer Hoy directed the bombing run with great coolness and the target was successfully attacked.

 

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HOYE, Sergeant John Stanley (R57684) - British Empire Medal - No.1 Communications Flight - Award effective 13 August 1943 as per Canada Gazette dated 21 August 1943 and AFRO 2198/43 dated 29 October 1943. Enlisted in Vancouver, 4 April 1940.

 

Sergeant Hoye, a passenger in a crash tender which was nearby when an American pilot made a crash alighting in the water, dove in, fully clothed, from the moving tender and swam to the sinking plane where he released the pilot who was caught in the lines of his parachute under water and on the verge of drowning. Due to his quick actions and utter disregard for personal safety Sergeant Hoye was responsible for saving the life of this officer.

 

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HRYNIKIW, F/O Walter (J86647) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.101 Squadron - Award effective 15 March 1945 as per London Gazette dated 27 March 1945 and AFRO 1085/45 dated 29 June 1945. Born in Kurowice, Poland, 1921; home in Plunkett, Saskatchewan or Viscount, Saskatchewan. Enlisted in Saskatoon, 22 September 1941. Trained at No.4 ITS (graduated 8 May 1942), No.5 EFTS (graduated 14 August 1942) and No.4 SFTS (graduated 4 December 1942). Commissioned May 1944.

 

This officer has an excellent record of achievement. His great determination and dauntless courage in the face of danger have set an inspiring example to all. During an attack against Stuttgart his aircraft was severely damaged by anti-aircraft fire and the air bomber was killed. Undaunted, Flying Officer Hrynikiw completed a successful attack. When engaged on another sortie against Stuttgart the aircraft in which this officer was pilot was engaged by enemy fire. The navigator was killed and two other members of the crew were severely wounded. Despite these hazardous experiences this gallant officer has continued to operate with indomitable zeal and great devotion to duty.

 

NOTE: Public Records Officer Air 2/9050 has recommendation dated 14 December 1944 when he had flown 30 sorties (171 hours 50 minutes); document has sortie list; text is slightly more informative that the one published; sorties from 27 September 1943 to 20 February 1944 were in No.78 Squadron; all subsequent trips were in No.101 Squadron.

 

* counted as half-sortie

 

27 Sept 43 Hanover 12 Sept 44 Stuttgart

3 Nov 43 Dusseldorf 20 Sept 44 Calais

19 Nov 43 Leverkusen 14 Oct 44 Duisburg

20 Dec 43 Frankfurt 14 Oct 44 Duisburg

24 Dec 43 Berlin 15 Oct 44 Wilhelmshaven

14 Jan 44 GARDENING 19 Oct 44 Stuttgart

20 Jan 44 Berlin 25 Oct 44 Essen

21 Jan 44 Magdeburg 28 Oct 44 Cologne

30 Jan 44 Air/Sea Rescue* 30 Oct 44 Cologne

15 Feb 44 Berlin 31 Oct 44 Cologne

20 Feb 44 Stuttgart 2 Nov 44 Dusseldorf

3 Sept 44 Gilze-Rijen 4 Nov 44 Bochum

5 Sept 44 Le Havre 6 Nov 44 Gelsenkirchen

6 Sept 44 Le Havre 9 Nov 44 Wanne Eickel

8 Sept 44 Le Havre 11 Nov 44 Hoesch-Benzin

10 Sept 44 Le Havre (Dortmund)

 

Flying Officer Hrynikiw, a Canadian, has completed a highly successful tour of operations, the last 20 sorties being carried out with this squadron. The targets which he has attacked have been in the main heavily defended ones in Germany and on three occasions he has bombed Berlin.

 

Typical of this officer's dauntless determination to strike the enemy regardless of opposition, is the fact that while making an attack on Stuttgart one night, his aircraft was severely damaged by heavy flak and the Air Bomber killed, but in spite of this an attack was successfully made on the secondary target of Karlsruhe.

 

On yet another occasion while making an attack on Stuttgart the aircraft pilot by this officer was engaged by enemy fire and his navigator was killed and two other members of his crew severely wounded, yet despite these hazardous experiences Flying Officer Hrynikiw has never wavered and his fine fighting spirit has become even more aggressive than ever.

 

It is strongly recommended that this gallant officer's excellent record of achievement which has inspired the whole squadron with its story of dauntless determination, should be recognized by an award of the Distinguished Flying Cross.

 

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