HUBBS, F/L Aaron Bertron (J10400) - Commended for Valuable Services - No.45 Group Headquarters - Award effective 7 September 1945 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 1647/45 dated 26 October 1945. Enlisted in Windsor, Ontario, 23 June 1941. Trained at No.2 WS (graduated 31 January 1942) and No.2 BGS (graduated 5 March 1942). No citation in Canadian sources. Public Records Office Air 2/9117 has recommendation drafted when he had flown 1,160 hours on operations, 277 in previous six months.

 

Flight Lieutenant Hubbs, who is a radio operator/air gunner, has completed many delivery flights to the United Kingdom and the Far East. In August 1943 he was posted to the Communications Squadron as a radio operator. In this role he has flown on some of the most important squadron assignments to all parts of the world. This officer has accomplished his duties with outstanding ability and has at all times shown courage and enthusiasm of a high order.

 

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HUBLEY, F/O Russell Frederick (J87810) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.405 Squadron - Award effective 10 May 1945 as per London Gazette dated 22 May 1945 and AFRO 1147/45 dated 13 July 1945. Enlisted in Halifax, 20 August 1942. Trained at No.9 BGS (graduated 25 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 2/9070 has recommendation dated 20 February 1945 when he had flown 45 sorties (196 hours eight minutes), 21 May 1944 to 14 February 1945.

 

21 May 44 Sea Search (5.10) 30 Sep 44 Bottrop (3.20)

27 May 44 Le Clipon (4.00) 6 Oct 44 Sterkrade (3.05)

4 June 44 Calais (3.40) 14 Oct 44 Duisburg (3.20)

5 June 44 Merville (5.50) 29 Oct 44 Walcheren (2.05)

6 June 44 Conde sur Noiseaux (5.45) 31 Oct 44 Cologne (4.05)

12 Jun 44 Arras (4.35) 4 Nov 44 Bochum (3.45)

15 Jun 44 Boulogne (4.10) 6 Nov 44 Gelsenkirchen (3.40)

16 Jun 44 Sterkrade (4.40) 11 Nov 44 Dortmund (4.10)

1 July 44 Biennais (4.25) 16 Nov 44 Julich (3.15)

4 July 44 Biennais (4.15) 18 Nov 44 Wanne Eickel (4.25)

5 July 44 Biennais (4.15) 12 Dec 44 Essen (4.20)

9 July 44 Mont Candon (3.45) 21 Dec 44 Cologne (4.05)

7 Aug 44 Caen (2.30) 30 Dec 44 Cologne (4.11)

13 Aug 44 La Pallice (5.30) 2 Jan 45 Nuremburg (6.15)

14 Aug 44 TRACTABLE 22 (2.35) 5 Jan 45 Royan (5.00)

18 Aug 44 Bremen (4.50) 5 Jan 45 Hannover (4.22)

25 Aug 44 Russelsheim (7.00) 22 Jan 45 Duisburg (3.50)

26 Aug 44 Kiel (5.15) 28 Jan 45 Stuttgart (5.50)

11 Sep 44 Castrop Rauxel (3.20) 7 Feb 45 Cleve (3.50)


12 Sep 44 Wanne Eickel (3.25) 8 Feb 45 Politz (7.45)

13 Sep 44 Nordstern (3.20) 13 Feb 45 Dresden (8.00)

20 Sep 44 Calais (2.05) 14 Feb 45 Chemnitz (7.00)

25 Sep 44 Calais (2.10)

 

Pilot Officer Hubley has successfully completed 45 operational sorties directed at the most heavily defended enemy targets, including Wanne Eickel, Gelsenkirchen, Stuttgart and Dortmund. In all these attacks, Pilot Officer Hubley has shown extreme devotion to duty, and has not faltered even in the most difficult positions. His courage and skill as an Air Gunner has made this officer an excellent example, not only to his crew but to all Air Gunners of this squadron.

 

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HUCHALA, F/O Andrew Paul (J25362) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.431 Squadron - Award effective 5 April 1945 as per London Gazette dated 13 April 1945 and AFRO 824/45 dated 18 May 1945. Born in Michael (or Michel), British Columbia, 20 November 1913; home in Blairmore, Alberta. Was a tinsmith prior to enlistment. Enlisted in Calgary, Alberta, 18 August 1939 with No.3 (B) Squadron; to No.10 (B) Squadron, Halifax, 23 September 1939; to Eastern Air Command Headquarters, 17 August 1941; remustered from Aero Engine Mechanic to aircrew, June 1942, at which time he was a Sergeant.. Trained at No.5 ITS (graduated 1 Auguste 1942), No.13 EFTS (graduated 6 November 1942) and No.2 SFTS (graduated and commissioned on 16 April 1943). Reported to No.3 PRC, Bournemouth, 2 July 1943; to No.14 (P) Advanced Flying Unit, 30 November 1943; to No.24 OTU, 21 March 1944; to No.431 Squadron, 30 July 1944; to No.1659 Conversion Unit, 5 February 1945; to No.2 Air Command, 13 August 1945; to No.10 Repair Depot, 1 October 1945; to No.1 PTU, Halifax, 4 May 1946; to Eastern Air Command Headquarters, 3 January 1947; to No.10 Group, Halifax, 1 April 1947; to Initial Flying School, Centralia, 13 April 1947; to Station Centralia, 1 July 1950; to London, England on exchange duties, 4 June 1952; during this tour he commanded No.61 Squadron; on 31 August 1953 W/C H.L. Derwent described him as "above the average as a squadron commander...No.61 Squadron has achieved new high standards of achievement under his command". He claimed entitlement to the Africa General Service Medal with Kenya Clasp on the basis of service with No.61 Squadron, Eastleigh Airfield, Kenya, 4 February to 17 June 1954, "personally carrying out 24 bombing operations against Mau Mau concentrations employing heavy bombers whilst the Squadron accumulated a total of 362 similar operations". To AFHQ, Ottawa, 19 August 1954; retired 18 May 1961. Died in Ottawa, 16 June 1998. 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.1941 (RG.24 Vol.20612) has recommendation dated 21 December 1944 when he had flown 25 sorties (136 hours 24 minutes), 9 August to 4 December 1944.

 


Flying Officer Huchala, a captain of aircraft, has completed twenty-five operational sorties against such targets as Kiel, Bremen, Dortmund and Duisburg. Throughout these operational sorties he has always shown a fine offensive spirit together with outstanding keenness and efficiency. On several occasions his aircraft has been engaged by enemy defences but by skilful maneouvering has succeeded in evading the attacks.

 

Flying times as of December 1955 were as follows: Lancaster (312.20), Halifax (511.05), Lincoln (808.40), Expeditor (1504,20), Master (100.15), Harvard (75.23), Whitley (79.55), Dakota (104.05), B-29 (68.20), Canberra (61.53), Sabre (6.40), T-33 (9.20), Meteor (6.05), Moth (22.40), Fleet (76.20), Oxford (79.05).

 

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HUDSON, F/L Donald Edward Thomas (J43199) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.170 Squadron - Award effective 23 November 1945 as per London Gazette dated 4 December and AFRO 212/46 dated 1 March 1946. Born in Toronto, April 1918; home there. Enlisted in Toronto, 2 April 1941. Trained at No.5 ITS (graduated 24 September 1941), No.3 EFTS (graduated 22 November 1941), and No.14 SFTS (graduated 29 March 1942). No citation other than "completed...numerous operations against the enemy in which [he has] invariably displayed the utmost fortitude, courage and devotion to duty". Public Records Office Air 2/8772 has recommendation dated 4 June 1945 when he had flown 27 sorties (186 hours ten minutes).

 

12 Dec 44 Essen 8 Mar 45 Kassel

31 Dec 44 Osterfield 11 Mar 45 Essen

7 Jan 45 Munich 12 Mar 45 Dortmund

16 Jan 45 Zeitz 15 Mar 45 Misburg

22 Jan 45 Duisburg 18 Mar 45 Manau

28 Jan 45 Stuttgart 3 Apr 45 Nordhausen

1 Feb 45 Mannheim 4 Apr 45 Lutzkendorf

2 Feb 45 Wiesbaden 10 Apr 45 Plauen

3 Feb 45 Bottrop 14 Apr 45 Potsdam

20 Feb 45 Dortmund 18 Apr 45 Heligoland

23 Feb 45 Pforzheim 22 Apr 45 Bremen

1 Mar 45 Mannheim

2 Mar 45 Cologne 7 May 45 MANNA (Rotterdam)

5 Mar 45 Chemnitz 11 May 45 EXODUS (Brussels)

 

Flight Lieutenant Hudson of the Royal Canadian Air Force has successfully completed 27 sorties and 186 operational flying hours against the enemy. He has had a very arduous tour which he tackled with the utmost determination and has at all times pressed home his attacks in the face of intense opposition.

 

Many of the targets which this officer attacked were Germany's most heavily defended industrial cities such as Stuttgart, Essen, Duisburg, Dortmund, and Chemnitz. He also bombed many small precision targets with great skill.

 


Flight Lieutenant Hudson has always set his mind on the task in hand, fearlessly and with a fine offensive spirit, setting a magnificent example to his crew. It is therefore recommended that this officer's outstanding ability and devotion to duty be recognized by the award of the Distinguished Flying Cross.

 

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HUDSON, F/O Donald Hewitt (J35092) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.51 Squadron - Award effective 8 September 1945 as per London Gazette dated 25 September 1945 and AFRO 1768/45 dated 23 November 1945. Born in Morton, Saskatchewan, 1915; home there. Was a farmer prior to enlistment. Enlisted in Ottawa, 30 June 1942. Trained at No.6 ITS (graduated 6 February 1943), No.1 BGS (graduated 24 July 1943) and No.4 AOS (graduated 17 September 1943). Commissioned September 1943. No citation other than "completed...numerous operations against the enemy in the course of which [he has] invariably displayed the utmost fortitude, courage and devotion to duty." Public Records Office Air 2/8751 has recommendation dated 22 April 1945 when he had flown 37 sorties (204 hours 41 minutes), 27 August 1944 to 8 April 1945.

 

27 Aug 44 Hamburg (4.34) 5 Jan 45 Hanover (5.20)

31 Aug 44 Lumbres (3.41) 13 Jan 45 Saarbrucken (6.09)

9 Sept 44 Le Havre (3.17) 14 Jan 45 Dulmen (6.34)

10 Sep 44 Le Havre (3.51) 16 Jan 45 Magdeburg (6.35)

12 Sep 44 Munster (4.29) 1 Feb 45 Mainz (6.34)

24 Sep 44 Calais (3.14) 4 Feb 45 Gelsenkirchen (5.13)

26 Sep 44 Cap Gris Nez (3.31) 14 Feb 45 Chemnitz (8.17)

6 Oct 44 Sterkrade (4.28) 24 Feb 45 Kamen (5.46)

7 Oct 44 Kleves (4.31) 27 Feb 45 Mainz (6.19)

14 Oct 44 Duisburg (1.49), 2 Mar 45 Cologne (5.29)

DNCO, hydraulics 3 Mar 45 Kamen (7.30)

unserviceable 5 Mar 45 Chemnitz (8.50)

15 Oct 44 Duisburg (3.08), 7 Mar 45 Hemmingstedt (6.20)

DNCO, engine u/s. 12 Mar 45 Dortmund (5.45)

28 Oct 44 Homberg (3.35) 13 Mar 45 Barmen (5.40)

30 Oct 44 Cologne (6.16) 18 Mar 45 Witten (6.35)

2 Nov 44 Dusseldorf (5.16) 21 Mar 45 Rheine (5.03)

6 Nov 44 Gelsenkirchen (4.41) 24 Mar 45 Sterkrade (5.34)

16 Nov 44 Julich (4.19) 25 Mar 45 Osnabruck (4.57)

18 Nov 44 Munster (5.15) 4 Apr 45 Hamburg (5.42)

5 Dec 44 Soest (5.49) 8 Apr 45 Travemunde (5.45)

 

Flying Officer Hudson has completed 37 successful operational sorties on his first tour as Air Bomber, during which he has attacked such heavily defended German targets as Dusseldorf, Hamburg, Magdeburg and Chemnitz, by day and night, under most try conditions.

 


He has shown determination, keenness and devotion to duty which, coupled with the fine co-operation between himself, his pilot and the navigator, enabled him to obtain a great number of aiming point photographs. On two occasions his pilot has gone on to the target on three engines, and has successfully bombed the target as detailed.

 

Throughout his tour he has displayed great enthusiasm to take part in operations, his calm manner when faced with odds setting an excellent example to all on the squadron. His work on the ground is of a high order and he has always shown willingness to help in his section.

 

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HUDSON, WO Ernest Bell (R154623) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.70 Squadron - Award effective 12 December 1944 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 293/45 dated 16 February 1945. Born in Green Hill, Prince Edward Island, 1923; home in Casumpec, Prince Edward Island Enlisted in Moncton, New Brunswick, 30 March 1942. Trained at No.3 ITS (graduated 28 August 1942) and No.3 BGS (graduated 16 April 1943).

 

One night in July 1944 this warrant officer was the rear gunner in an aircraft detailed to attack an enemy airfield. Soon after leaving the target, on the homeward flight, Warrant Officer Hudson saw a Junkers 88 closing in. He promptly warned his captain. Evading action was taken after the rear gunner had opened fire. The enemy aircraft came in again, however, with guns firing. Warrant Officer Hudson was badly wounded. In spite of this he continued to fire his guns to the best of his ability until the enemy aircraft was evaded some five minutes later. Not until the fight had ended was any member of the crew aware that Warrant Officer Hudson had been hit. His injuries were severe but he had fought bravely and well. His efforts contributed in good measure to the safety of the aircraft. His fortitude and strong sense of duty in spite of much physical suffering set a magnificent example.

 

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HUDSON, S/L Hugh Paul (C3308) - Mention in Despatches - No.62 Base - Award effective 1 January 1945 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 337/45 dated 23 February 1945. Home in Ottawa; enlisted there 29 November 1940.

 

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HUDSON, F/L John (J15661) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.425 Squadron - Award effective 1 July 1943 as per London Gazette dated 9 July 1943 and AFRO 1724/43 dated 27 August 1943. Born in Zealandia, Saskatchewan, 1918; home in Victoria, British Columbia. Was educated at the Ontario College of Agriculture and a horticulturalist prior to enlistment. Enlisted in Vancouver, 5 November 1940. Trained at No.2 ITS (graduated 27 March 1941), No.18 EFTS (graduated 6 June 1941) and No.12 SFTS (graduated 29 August 1941). Commissioned July 1942. Recommendation dated 29 April 1943 noted he had flown 30 sorties (175:15 operational hours).

 

Flight Lieutenant Hudson has completed a full tour of duty in a most commendable manner. Coming to a newly formed squadron, his experience and enthusiasm have been most helpful in training new captains and crews. He has taken part in numerous operational missions over such targets as Hamburg, Cologne, Mannheim and Turin, displaying, throughout, exceptional qualities of leadership, gallantry and devotion to duty.

 

HUDSON, S/L John, DFC (J15661) - Bar to Distinguished Flying Cross - No.434 Squadron - Award effective 18 October 1945 as per London Gazette dated 26 October 1945 and AFRO 133/46 dated 8 February 1946.

 

Since the award of the Distinguished Flying Cross Squadron Leader Hudson has attacked some of the enemy's most strongly defended targets. As a flight commander he has always set an inspiring example by his courage and determination. This officer's brilliant leadership both in the air and on the ground has been reflected in the high standard of operational efficiency attained by his flight.

 

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HUDSON, Sergeant John Gordon (R111237) - Mention in Despatches - Overseas - Award effective 1 January 1946 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 155/46 dated 15 February 1946. Home in Morton, Ontario. Enlisted in Ottawa, 27 June 1941.

 

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HUDSON, FS William Osborne (R81040) - British Empire Medal - No.7 Bombing and Gunnery School - Award effective 1 January 1945 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 89/45 dated 19 January 1945. Home in New Westminster. Enlisted in Vancouver, 14 November 1940.

 

This gunnery instructor, by his exceptional skill and devotion to duty, gas contributed largely to a high standard of training methods at this unit. He has been indefatigable in his efforts to improve training and has at all times displayed equal enthusiasm and energy in promoting station activities of all kinds. He has cheerfully carried out long hours of work over and above his normal routine and has set a splendid example to all those with whom he comes in contact.

 

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HUESTIS, WO Edward Aubrey (R50666) - Mention in Despatches - Middleton St.George - Award effective 1 January 1945 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 379/45 dated 2 March 1945. Home in Toronto. Enlisted in Vancouver, 15 January 1940.


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HUFF, P/O Charles Clayton (J90094) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.419 Squadron - Award effective 5 April 1945 as per London Gazette dated 17 April 1945 and AFRO 918/45 dated 1 June 1945. Born in Toronto, 1923; home there. Was a student prior to enlistment. Enlisted in Toronto, 13 January 1943. Trained at No.6 ITS (graduated 7 August 1943) and No.9 BGS (graduated 29 October 1943). Commissioned August 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.3260 (RG.24 Vol.20637) has recommendation dated 28 November 1944 when he had flown 32 sorties (182 hours ten minutes), 27 May to 6 October 1944.

 

Pilot Officer Huff has successfully completed 32 sorties against the enemy, many of which were against the most heavily defended targets in Germany. On three occasions his aircraft has been attacked by enemy fighters but, due to the keen lookout attained by this officer, these have been successfully evaded before the enemy aircraft could manoeuvre themselves to a position to open fire.

 

Pilot Officer Huff has shown great enthusiasm in his work and has set a very high standard as a mid-upper gunner and I consider his coolness, courage and the fine example he has shown fully merit the non-immediate award of the Distinguished Flying Cross.

 

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HUFFMAN, FS John Thomas (R89544) - Distinguished Flying Medal - No.433 Squadron - Award effective 5 July 1945 as per London Gazette dated 17 July 1945 and AFRO 1453/45 dated 14 September 1945. Born in Humberstone, Ontario, 1918; home in Dashwood, Ontario. Formerly in Royal Canadian Artillery. Enlisted in Hamilton, Ontario, 4 April 1941. Trained at No.9 BGS (graduated 14 January 1944). No citation other than "completed...numerous operations against the enemy in the course of which [he has] displayed the utmost fortitude, courage and devotion to duty." DHist file 181.009 D.2610 (RG.24 Vol.20627) has recommendation by W/C G.A. Tambling dated 15 March 1945 when he had flown 30 sorties (161 hours), 25 August 1944 to 13 January 1945.

 

This Non-Commissioned Officer has completed thirty trips over enemy territory including such heavily defended targets as Dusseldorf, Duisburg (4) and Kiel. Throughout his tour Flight Sergeant Huffman has displayed great co-operation, coolness and devotion to duty and has contributed in a large measure to the success of his many operational flights.

 

I consider that his fine record of achievement plus the splendid example he has set to his crew fully merit the award of the Distinguished Flying Medal (Non-Immediate).

 


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HUGET, F/O Carlos Melvyn (J21976) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.426 Squadron - Award effective 2 October 1944 as per London Gazette dated 13 October 1944 and AFRO 2637/44 dated 8 December 1944. Born in Daysland, Alberta, 1910; home in Didsbury, Alberta. Enlisted in Calgary, 12 September 1940. Trained at No.4 ITS (graduated 31 July 1942) and No.2 AOS (graduated 18 December 1942). Commissioned 1942. No citation other than "completed...numerous operations against the enemy in the course of which [he has] invariably displayed the utmost fortitude, courage and devotion to duty". DHist file 181.009 D.4431 (RG.24 Vol.20649) has recommendation (undated) drafted when he had flown 28 1/2 sorties (165 hours 50 minutes), 29 December 1943 to 15 July 1944.

 

Flying Officer Huget, navigator, has carried out a large number of sorties against most of the heavily defended German targets including six trips to Berlin, three of which were undertaken in four days, also Magdaburg, Stettin, Leipzig and others. At all times he has carried out his duties coolly and efficiently under difficult conditions, enabling his crew to carry out their attacks accurately and with success. He has always been of great assistance to the Squadron Navigation Leader and by his keenness and hard work has helped many new navigators to gain confidence and greater ability in their work.

 

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HUGHES, F/L Bertram Gladstone (J10234) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.426 Squadron - Award effective 2 October 1944 as per London Gazette dated 13 October 1944 and AFRO 2637/44 dated 8 December 1944. Born in Calgary, 1922; home there. Was a bank clerk prior to enlistment. Enlisted in Calgary, 5 June 1941. Trained at No.4 ITS (graduated 10 September 1941), No.16 EFTS (graduated 7 November 1941) and No.15 SFTS (graduated 27 February 1942). From No.426 Squadron. to No.1695 (B) DT Flight, 12 August 1944. Commissioned 1942. Postwar in No.401 (Aux) Squadron. during Vampire phase.

 

As captain of aircraft, Flight Lieutenant Hughes has completed many sorties against enemy territory including Leipzig, Stuttgart, Frankfurt and Berlin. On one sortie against Berlin in January 1944, enemy fighters were extremely active and it was only by the skilful airmanship of Flight Lieutenant Hughes that the enemy aircraft were evaded. He possesses extreme coolness and displays exceptional fearlessness in the face of danger, which has inspired a high standard of morale in his crew.

 

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HUGHES, F/L George Pryce (J4819) - Mention in Despatches - No.105 Squadron (deceased) - Award effective 13 June 1946 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 726/46 dated 26 July 1946. Born 24 October 1912 in Buenos Aires, Argentina; home there where he was a livestock importer; active in rowing and competed in England (he had attended Sherborne School, England, 1926-1930). Father died of tuberculosis in 1929. He initially sought a commission in the Royal Navy Volunteer Reserve, but was advised by letter of 2 September 1940 that he was ineligible for a commission on entry as he was under 30; he would have to enrol as an Ordinary Seaman and hope for a commission later. This appears to be why he chose the RCAF instead. Enlisted in Ottawa, 14 November 1940. Trained at No. 1 ITS (graduated 9 December 1940), No.10 EFTS (graduated 28 January 1941, 6th in class of 30) , and No.5 SFTS (graduated 10 April 1941, 7th in class of 43, commissioned 11 April 1941). Posted to Debert, 21 April 1941; to RAF Overseas, 15 May 1941. Posted to No.13 OTU, 7 June 1941; to No.139 Squadron, 7 August 1941; appears to have been on detached duties in Egypt, 21 November to 9 December 1941; to No.107 Squadron, 18 December 1941 (or 4 January 1942); attached to No.2 School of Air Navigation, 28 January 1942; posted to No.105 Squadron, 14 February 1942. Killed piloting a Mosquito (DK299), 11 July 1942. It is not clear why he was Mentioned in Despatches, and there are two versions of his death. The first (and what appears to be the most reliable) is dated 11 December 1945 and comes from F/L A.G. Frandsen, No.16 Missing Research and Enquiry Unit. It states that he was pilot with 6556 F/O T.A. Gabe as observer and goes on:

 

At approximately 1900 hours on the 11th July 1942, a twin-engined British aircraft, thought to be a Mosquito, tried to force land in some fields near Rejsbt River [Denmark]. The aircraft touched down and ran over a distance of 2 km before it finally came to rest. The aircraft went through some wires and finished up on the side of a river which it had jumped. It was badly smashed up and wreckage was spread along its track. One of the members died in the crash; the other was badly wounded and died on the way to Ribe Hospital.

 

On inquiring at the hospital it was confirmed that two dead airmen had been brought there but I was unable to get any names or information as to where they were buried. They were removed by the Germans who refused to give any information as to where they were taking the bodies.

 

The Fourfeldt cemetery, Esbjerg, contains the graves of two British airmen who were brought from Ribe and buried on the 16th July 1942. These airmen are possibly the crew of this aircraft. Their grave numbers are:-

 

F/O Y. Grabe, RAF, A.III Section, Row 11, Grave 18 [name misspelled in report]

Unknown do. do. do.

 

A report in the Buenos Aires Standard of 17 May 1946 was rather different. It stated:

 

The machine was shot down by German anti-aircraft guns on the night of July 11, 1942, at Rejaby. Hughes survived the crash but was later killed by the Germans and was buried by the Danes near Esbjerg together with other Allied airmen.

 


The aircraft was last seen by RAF personnel at 1830 hours over the North Sea. It was reported equipped with an F.24 camera and was carrying two 250-lb General Purpose bombs and sixteen 30-lb incendiaries.

 

On 11 December 1941 at DFSU, North Front, damaged Blenheim IV, V5621 when landing; brakes failed and undercarriage collapsed. No blame attached to him.

 

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HUGHES, Nursing Sister Hazel Eloise (C28811) - Royal Red Cross (Second Class) - No.2 Convalescent Hospital (or 1 ACH ?) - Award effective 1 January 1946 as per Canada Gazette of that date and AFRO 82/46 dated 25 January 1946. Home in Toronto; enlisted there 30 July 43.

 

Nursing Sister Hughes assisted in the opening of the first full time Convalescent Hospital in the Royal Canadian Air Force and for almost two years has shown a devotion to duty such as is rarely encountered. She has spent consistently long hours on duty in the conscientious attempt to speed and to render more pleasant the recovery of those convalescents coming under her care. Without her constant supervision the outstanding success in restoring plastic cases in particular to good health mentally as well as physically would never have been achieved. She has carried out assignments with faithfulness of evident distinction.

 

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HUGHES, F/O James Roland (J12639) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.254 Squadron - Award effective 13 March 1944 as per London Gazette dated 28 March 1944 and AFRO 921/44 dated 28 April 1944. Born in 1921; home in Kent Bridge, Ontario. Enlisted in Windsor, Ontario, 10 July 1941. Trained at No.5 ITS (graduated 16 January 1942), No.21 EFTS (graduated 27 March 1942) and No.9 SFTS (graduated 3 July 1942). Commissioned 1942.

 

This officer has participated in very many sorties including several successful attacks on shipping. In March 1944, he took part in a sortie during which a merchantman was attacked with good results. The next day he led a flight in another attack on shipping. By his great skill and superb leadership Flying Officer Hughes played a good part in the success achieved. This officer has invariably displayed a high degree of courage and determination.

 

 

HUGHES, F/O James Roland (J12639) - Bar to Distinguished Flying Cross - No.254 Squadron - Award effective 28 April 1944 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 1186/44 dated 2 June 1944. Cited with F/O W.A. Benneworth, RAF.

 


Flying Officer Hughes and Flying Officer Benneworth have flown together as pilot and navigator respectively for more than a year. Both have displayed great skill and determination in their operational missions. One night recently these officers attacked a large and heavily escorted convoy. One of the ships was seen to explode and catch fire and the aircraft was hit by opposing fire and one of the engines failed but these officers skilfully flew back to base where an emergency landing was made.

 

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HUGHES, Sergeant Joseph Mellon Thorne (R97904) - British Empire Medal - No.52 Mobile Field Hospital (described in AFRO only as "Overseas") - Award effective 1 January 1946 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 155/46 dated 15 February 1946. Born 3 November 1918 in Victoria, British Columbia; home there; enlisted in Vancouver 8 April 1941 in trade of Nursing Orderly. On strength of No.3 Wireless School, Winnipeg, 19-28 April 1941; with No.2 Manning Depot, Brandon, 29 April to 28 May 1941; at Station Newfoundland (Gander), 29 May 1941 to 30 September 1942; while there he had been promoted to AC1 (8 July 1941), been reclassified as Radiographer (18 August 1941, apparently completing training in that trade on 10 November 1941), been promoted LAC (18 February 1942), Corporal (1 March 1942) and Sergeant (1 July 1942). Subsequently posted overseas, arriving in UK on 5 November 1942. To No.5 PDC, Padgate, 6 November 1942; to RCAF Personnel Reception Centre, 19 November 1942; to RAF Hospital Wroughton, 7 December 1942; to No.10 School of Technical Training, 22 January 1943; to No.52 Mobile Field Hospital, 24 December 1943; to No.3 Personnel Reception Centre, 11 August 1945, departing Ostend 24 August 1945 and arriving in Britain the same day; repatriated to Canada, 13 November 1945; to No.8 Release Centre, 21 November 1945 (on staff); to Station Patricia Bay, 13 January 1946; to Western Air Command Headquarters, 3 July 1946; released 17 July 1946. No citation, although he is described as having a "fine record as radiologist".

 

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HUGHES, F/O Laurence George (J28282) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.433 Squadron - Award effective 1 December 1944 as per London Gazette dated 8 December 1944 and AFRO 337/45 dated 23 February 1945. Born in New Avent, Saskatchewan; home in New Westminster, B.C. Enlisted in Vancouver, 17 September 1942. Trained at No.3 BGS (graduated 9 July 1943). Commissioned 1942. No citation other than "..in recognition of gallantry and devotion to duty in the execution of air operations against the enemy." DHist file 181.009 D.2988 has recommendation dated 17 September 1944 for J28282 F/O Wilfred Hughes, rear gunner, who had flown 34 sorties (178 hours), 15 February to 28 June 1944. CHECK PROPER NAMES.

 

This officer has now completed his first tour of operations comprised of thirty-four trips over enemy territory. Among his many targets were attacks against Berlin (2), Stuttgart (2), Essen and Nuremburg. He has at all times shown complete disregard of opposition, and his commendable courage and devotion to duty has proven an inspiration not only to his crew, but to all personnel on the squadron. I consider that this officer by his splendid record and dogged determination fully merits the award of the Distinguished Flying Cross (Non-Immediate).

 

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HUGHES, F/O Leonard Gavan (J26927 in AFRO, seems to be J28282 in Air Force List) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.424 Squadron - Award effective 6 January 1945 as per London Gazette dated 16 January 1945 and AFRO 508/45 dated 23 March 1945. Born in Buenos Aires, Argentina, 1914; home there. Was an accountant prior to enlistment. Enlisted in Toronto, 20 May 1942. Trained at No.6 ITS (graduated 11 September 1942) and No.4 AOS (graduated 11 June 1943). Commissioned 1943. No citation other than "completed... numerous operations against the enemy in the course of which [he has] invariably displayed the utmost fortitude, courage and devotion to duty." DHist file 181.009 D.2609 (RG.24 Vol.20627) gives recommendation dated 28 October 1944 when he had flown 32 trips (150 hours 40 minutes) between 20 May and 4 October 1944.

 

Flying Officer Hughes has taken part in a considerable number of operational sorties against some of the enemy's most strongly defended targets where fierce opposition is invariably encountered. Through his skilful navigation this officer has enabled the captain of his aircraft to press home his attack with successful results. Throughout this officer's operational career he has maintained a high standard of efficiency, ability and enthusiasm.

 

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HUGHES, Corporal Norman Joseph (R117418) - Mention in Despatches - Middleton St.George - Award effective 1 January 1946 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 418/46 dated 18 April 1946. Identified in AFRO as "Overseas". McEwen papers (CWM) with list of recommendations with MiD recommendations for 1 February to 31 July 1945 identifies unit. DHist file 181.009 D.4364 (RG.24 Vol.20648) has recommendation submitted to OC No.64 Base, 4 May 1945, confirms unit. Home in Sudbury. Enlisted in North Bay, 29 October 1941. Had served 15 months in Canada, 27 months overseas.

 

Corporal Hughes has for many months been in charge of a bombing up crew of armourers in the squadron. Despite his age of 47 years he has always taken the lead and has been an inspiration to his men. The work has at times been very difficult, and many times called for duty for 24 hours without rest. He has never been heard to complain or question. This has made him, along with his willingness to work and leadership of his men, one of the very best airmen the Air Force could wish for.

 

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HUGHES, F/O Peter Gower (J10708) - 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 21 November 1921 at Comox, British Columbia; educated in Courtney (home); employed as Fitter by Canadian Car and Foundry, Fort William; enlisted in Vancouver, 5 July 1941. Trained at No.2 ITS (graduated 20 September 1941), No.7 AOS (graduated 4 January 1942), No.3 BGS (graduated 12 February 1942) and No.1 ANS (graduated 19 March 1942). Governor General's Records (RG.7 Group 26, Vol.57, File 190-I) has citation. It is interesting to note that a letter on DHist file 181.009 D.3060 (RG.24 Vol.20635), A/V/M J.A. Sully for CAS to AOC EAC 26 November 1942 refers to an earlier recommendation (AFC) turned down by RCAF Honours in War Committee because it was that body's opinion "that too many recommendations were being received from No.113 Squadron, thereby lessening the number of awards available to other units in this Command" and critical that reference to four attacks on submarines did not take into account success or lack thereof.

 

This officer has completed 637 flying hours as a navigator, of which 415 hours have been spent on operations over a period of five months. During this period he has proven to be a skilled navigator under all conditions. He has participated in four attacks on enemy submarines and his display of determination and skill greatly assisted in these attacks. At all times he has carried out his duties as navigator and photographer in a most commendable manner.

 

 

HUGHES, F/O Peter Gower (J10708) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.10 (BR) Squadron - Award effective 8 June 1944 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 1380/44 dated 30 June 1944. As of award had flown 1,196:10 hours (829:15 operational, 134 sorties).

 

This officer has been employed as a Navigator on anti-submarine operations in the North Atlantic area for the past years and a half, during which time he has completed many hundreds of hours of operational flying. He has participated in several attacks on enemy submarines and has executed his work on each occasion with a high degree of proficiency. This officer's qualities of leadership and loyalty, combined with an excellent knowledge of his work, have established for him an outstanding record of flying service.

 

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HUGHES, FS Ronald Forrest (R176947) - Distinguished Flying Medal - No.76 Squadron - Award effective 30 November 1943 as per London Gazette dated 7 December 1943 and AFRO 166/44 dated 28 January 1944. Born in Comox, British Columbia, 1920; home in Vancouver (logger). Enlisted in Vancouver, 20 July 1942. Trained at No.3 BGS (graduated 4 December 1942). No citation other than "completed... many successful operations against the enemy in which [he has] displayed high skill, fortitude and devotion to duty."

 

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HUGHES-GAMES, P/O Norman Edward (J87265) - Mention in Despatches - No.57 Squadron (deceased) - Award effective 1 January 1945 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 721/45 dated 27 April 1945. Home in Kelowna, British Columbia. Enlisted in Vancouver, 9 July 1942. Trained at No.7 ITS (graduated 4 December 1942) and No.2 AOS (graduated 2 April 1943). Killed in action 31 July 1944 (Lancaster ND954).


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HULETSKY, F/O Peter (J22196) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.418 Squadron - Award effective 2 June 1944 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 1444/44 dated 7 July 1944. Born 1917 in Montreal; home there; enlisted there 24 October 1941. Trained at No.4 AOS (graduated 30 December 1942).

 

As observer this officer has taken part in a large number of sorties and has displayed the highest standard of skill, courage and tenacity, qualities which have contributed materially to the successes obtained. His keenness to engage the enemy has always been evident and he has assisted in the destruction of several enemy aircraft.

 

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HULETSKY, F/O Peter (J22196) - Bar to Distinguished Flying Cross - No.418 Squadron - Award effective 7 July 1944 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 1861/44 dated 25 August 1944.

 

This officer continues to display the highest standard of skill and gallantry. Recently he has taken part in several sorties during which he has assisted in the destruction of four enemy aircraft.

 

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HULSHOUSER, F/L David Newton (J13607) - Commended for Valuable Services in the Air - No.10 Elementary Flying Training School - Award effective 14 June 1945 as per Canada Gazette of that date and AFRO 1127/45 dated 6 July 1945. Home in Ottawa. Enlisted in Montreal, 1 November 1941. Trained at No.6 ITS (graduated 13 February 1942), No.7 EFTS (graduated 24 April 1942), and No.14 SFTS (graduated 28 August 1942). American ?

 

In twenty-five months of association with flying training this officer has always shown extreme devotion to duty. Despite personal hardships and set-backs, he has remained steady, reliable and capable of any task assigned him. His enthusiasm and sense of duty profoundly influenced the junior instructors who respect and admire him while enjoying his friendship and guidance. The value of this contribution to the harmony and efficiency of a training unit cannot be overestimated.

 

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HULKE, S/L Cecil Walter Lord (C3171) - Mention in Despatches - No.210 Group - Award effective 14 January 1944 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 874/44 dated 21 April 1944. Home in Victoria; British Columbia; enlisted in Vancouver, 6 November 1940. Missing, presumed dead, 3 October 1943 while serving with No.243 Wing; name on El Alamein Memorial. No citation.


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HULL, F/L Allan Chester (C1256) - Commended for Valuable Services in the Air - No.11 SFTS - Awarded 1 January 1943 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 55/43 dated 15 January 1943. Born in Edinburgh, Scotland, 19 April 1919; educated in Vancouver, Ottawa and Kingston. Cameron Highlanders of Ottawa, 1932-36, to RMC and then RCAF, 1 October 1939. Later served overseas with Nos. 420 and 428 Squadrons (DFC) and CO Station Leeming (April 1945). To EAC, June 1945; RCAF Staff College, June 1946, and then AFHQ. CO of Station Clinton (December 1947), AFHQ (January 1950), No.3 Wing (1953), Air Defence Command (1956), AFHQ (September 1958), Air Defence Command again (August 1962), commander Air Transport Command (March 1967) and Vice Chief of Defence Staff (May 1972).

 

An outstanding officer in every way. He has been employed as a flying instructor continuously since shortly after war broke out in 1939, and has consistently done excellent work. He constantly sets a very good example and takes a keen interest in the equipment and personnel under his command, and also in all station duties. He has completed 1,154 flying hours since his entry into the service.

 

HULL, W/C Allan Chester (C1256) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.428 Squadron - Award effective 26 January 1945 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 471/45 dated 16 March 1945. Previously Commended (which see for biographical details) and later MiD.

 

In air operations Wing Commander Hull has displayed a high degree of skill, courage and determination. He has led his squadron on many sorties involving attacks against such targets as Stuttgart, Duisburg, Emden and Dortmund and his fearless example and undoubted ability have contributed in good measure to the successes obtained. This officer is a highly efficient squadron commander whose sterling qualities have impressed all.

 

 

HULL, G/C Allan Chester, DFC (C1256) - Mention in Despatches - Overseas - Award effective 1 January 1946 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 322/46 dated 29 March 1946. Previously Commended (which see for biographical details). No citation.

 

HULL, W/C Allan Chester, DFC (C1256) - AFHQ - Croix de Guerre with Silver Star (France). Award effective 12 September 1947 as per Canada Gazette dated 20 September 1947 and AFRO 485/47 dated 12 September 1947.

 

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HULL, F/O Norman Stanley Barron (J15753) - 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 Victoria; enlisted in Vancouver, 10 January 1941. Trained at No.2 ITS (graduated 27 May 1941), No.2 EFTS (graduated 26 July 1941) and No.11 SFTS (graduated 4 October 1941). No citation in AFRO.

 

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HUMBER, F/O Harold John (J87364) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.428 Squadron - Award effective 15 March 1945 as per London Gazette dated 27 March 1945 and AFRO 1127/45 dated 6 July 1945. Born in Vancouver, 1921; home in Los Angeles, California. Educated in Los Angeles. Was a mechanic prior to enlistment. Enlisted in Vancouver, 30 July 1942. Trained at No.7 ITS (graduated 19 February 1943), No.6 EFTS (graduated 16 April 1943) and No.7 SFTS (graduated 6 August 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." DHist file 181.009 D.3260 (RG.24 Vol.20637) has recommendation dated 20 December 1944 when he had flown 28 sorties (179 hours 50 minutes), 29 August to 10 December 1944.

 

As pilot and captain of aircraft, Flying Officer Humber has displayed great courage, determination and initiative. His devotion to duty and great desire to press home the attack have been exceptional and an inspiration to all.

 

His sorties have been mainly on major, heavily defended targets and on each he has displayed great coolness and disregard of all opposition in his effort to reach the target and attack. As captain of aircraft he has displayed fine leadership and has set a magnificent example to his crew and to the squadron as a whole.

 

For his all around ability and great devotion to duty I recommend the non-immediate award of the Distinguished Flying Cross.

 

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HUME, Sergeant Conrad Murray (R141881) - Mention in Despatches - No.436 Squadron - Award effective 1 January 1946 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 155/46 dated 15 February 1946. Enlisted in Montreal, 7 November 1944. No citation. Unit identified in AFRO as "Overseas"; DHist file 181.009 D2585 (RG.24 Vol.20626) gives unit.

 

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HUMPHREY, F/O Hugh John (J24929) - 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 Toronto, 1923; home in Sudbury. Enlisted in North Bay, 1 June 1942. Trained at No.5 ITS (graduated 4 December 1942) and No.9 AOS (graduated 2 April 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.

 


As a navigator, Flying Officer Humphrey has displayed great determination and ability. His ability is demonstrated by the fact that in 35 sorties, including Wesseling, Kiel, Stuttgart, Hamburg, Brunswick, Stettin and many French targets, his crew have never failed to reach and bomb the target successfully. On the ground Flying Officer Humphrey has shown a keen desire to be of service to his section and has furthered the interests of the squadron at all times.

 

For his great ability and exceptional service, I recommend the non-immediate award of the Distinguished Flying Cross with high priority.

 

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HUMPHREY, FS Lyle Walker (R83615) - Distinguished Flying Medal - No.97 Squadron - Award effective 3 June 1943 as per London Gazette dated 11 June 1943 and AFRO 1294/43 dated 9 July 1943. Born in Medicine Hat, Alberta, 1909; home in Toronto. Was a clerk prior to enlistment. Enlisted in Toronto, 26 November 1940. Trained at No.6 BGS (graduated 4 August 1941) and No.3 WS (graduated 16 May 1941).

 

As air gunner Flight Sergeant Humphrey has set a splendid example of courage and efficiency to the other members of his squadron. He has taken part in a large number of operational sorties, many of which have been against the enemy's most heavily defended targets in Germany and Italy.

 

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HUMPHREYS, S/L Francis James Bickford (C3309) - Mention in Despatches - Overseas - Award effective 14 June 1945 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 1395/45 dated 31 August 1945. Home in Winnipeg. Enlisted in Vancouver, 29 November 1940.

 

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HUNKA, F/O Wasyl (J37202) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.428 Squadron - Award effective 10 May 1945 as per London Gazette dated 22 May 1945 and AFRO 1147/45 dated 13 July 1945. Born in Androw, Alberta, 1923; home in Edmonton. Was a student prior to enlistment. Enlisted in Edmonton, 17 July 1942. Trained at No.7 ITS (graduated 20 March 1943), No.6 EFTS (graduated 8 April 1943) and No.7 AOS (graduated 15 October 1943). Commissioned 1943. After the war lived in Fort St. John, B.C. Invested at Esquimault, 21 July 1956. No citation other than "completed...numerous operations against the enemy in the course of which [he has] invariably displayed the utmost fortitude, courage and devotion to duty". DHist file 181.009 D.1941 (RG.24 Vol.20612) has recommendation by W/C M.W. Gall dated 18 January 1945 when he had flown 30 sorties (187 hours 35 minutes), 12 September 1944 to 6 January 1945.

 


Flying Officer Hunka has shown exceptional skill and ability as a navigator coupled with great determination and devotion to duty. His co-operation and coolness made him of incalculable value to his pilot and contributed in a large measure to the completion of a successful tour of operations by his crew.

 

He has participated in 30 sorties, the majority of which were on German targets, and he has navigated to each in a highly competent manner which allowed outstanding results in the bombing and established a fine record of achievement for his crew.

 

For his all-round ability and devotion to duty I recommend the Non-Immediate award of the Distinguished Flying Cross.

 

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HUNT, FS Dennis James (Can 2373) - Mention in Despatches - No.6401 Servicing Echelon - Award effective 1 January 1945 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 918/45 dated 1 June 1945.

 

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HUNT, F/L George Robinson Myers (C1471) - Mention in Despatches - Overseas - Award effective 1 January 1946 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 155/46 dated 15 February 1946. Home in Edmonton. Coastal Command Liberation Squadron. Royal Canadian Artillery Lieutenant before war. Enlisted in Regina, 4 February 1938. Queen's Coronation Medal, 23 October 1953 when WO2, No.2 (F) Wing.

 

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HUNT, F/O Howard Switzer (J18053) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.427 Squadron - Award effective 5 February 1945 as per London Gazette dated 16 February 1945 and AFRO 563/45 dated 29 March 1945. Born in Loreburn, Saskatchewan, 1922; home in Ministimo, Saskatchewan. Enlisted in Saskatoon, 12 March 1941. Trained at No.2 ITS (graduated 27 August 1941), No.4 AOS (graduated 13 April 1942), No.4 BGS (graduated 23 May 1942) and No. 1 ANS (graduated 3 July 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.1729 (RG.24 Vol.20607) has recommendation dated 19 November 1944 when he had flown 39 sorties (203 hours 40 minutes), 4 April to 3 July 1943 (16 trips, 82 hours ten minutes) and 12 August to 2 November 1944 (23 trips, 121 hours 30 minutes).

 

This Bomb Aimer has completed two operational bombing tours against the enemy. At all times his work has been of a very high calibre and his coolness and devotion to duty a splendid example, not only to his crew but to the entire squadron.

 

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HUNT, F/L Lloyd Edward (J15831) - Mention in Despatches - Overseas - Award effective 1 January 1946 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 155/46 dated 15 February 1946. Home in Allenford, Ontario. Enlisted in Toronto, 27 February 1941. Trained at No.3 ITS (graduated 27 July 1941), No.11 EFTS (graduated 12 September 1941) and No.8 SFTS (graduated 5 December 1941).

 

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HUNT, FS (now WO2) Lyndon Aynsley (R7481) - 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. Enlisted in Vancouver, 22 October 1940. Trained at No.1 ITS (graduated 5 March 1941), No.6 BGS (graduated 11 April 1942), No.4 AOS (graduated 27 October 1941) and No.2 ANS (graduated 11 May 1942).

 

This NCO has been a navigator on patrol duties on the east coast for over a year and was so employed when three enemy submarines were sighted, one of which was destroyed with depth charges. Flight Sergeant Hunt contributed in no small way by his steadiness and skill as a navigator to the efficiency of this crew which finally resulted in a successful operation.

 

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HUNT, F/O Philip Francis (J88072) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.405 Squadron - Award effective 10 May 1945 as per London Gazette dated 22 May 1945 and AFRO 1147/45 dated 13 July 1945. Born in Saint John, New Brunswick, 1924; home there. Was an assistant foreman prior to enlistment. Enlisted in Moncton, 9 January 1943. Trained at No.6 ITS (graduated 23 July 1943) and No.9 BGS (graduated 29 October 1943). Commissioned 1944. No citation other than "completed...numerous operations against the enemy in the course of which [he has] invariably displayed the utmost fortitude, courage and devotion to duty". Public Records Office Air 2/9070 has recommendation dated 20 February 1945 when he had flown 50 sorties (229 hours 30 minutes), 22 May 1944 to 14 February 1945.

 

22 May 44 Le Mans (5.30) 30 Sep 44 Bottrop (3.10)

31 May 44 Cherbourg (5.15) 6 Oct 44 Sterkrade (3.05)

7 June 44 Paris (4.50) 11 Oct 44 Fort Frederick

10 Jun 44 Versailles (5.15) Hendrik (2.10)

16 Jun 44 Sautrecourt (4.35) 14 Oct 44 Duisburg (4.00)

21 Jun 44 Oisemont-Neuville- 15 Oct 44 Wilhelmshaven (4.00)

au-Bois (4.40) 19 Oct 44 Stuttgart (5.15)

24 Jun 44 Bonnetot (4.25) 23 Oct 44 Essen (4.15)

25 Jun 44 Gorenflos (4.05) 25 Oct 44 Homberg (3.25)

27 Jun 44 Wizernes (3.45) 28 Oct 44 Walcheren (2.00)

28 Jun 44 Metz (6.30) 16 Nov 44 Julich (3.45)

4 July 44 Villeneuve-St. 18 Nov 44 Wanne Eickel (4.30)

George (6.00) 21 Nov 44 Castrop (4.20)


18 Jul 44 Caen (4.25) 2 Dec 44 Hagen (5.30)

19 Jul 44 Wesseling (5.30) 4 Dec 44 Urft Dam (4.10)

20 Jul 44 Ferme de Grande 6 Dec 44 Merseburg (6.15)

Bois (3.35) 17 Dec 44 Ulm (5.55)

24 Jul 44 L'Hey (3.30) 5 Jan 45 Hannover (5.05)

28 Jul 44 Hamburg (5.30) 14 Jan 45 Saarbrucken (4.45)

30 Jul 44 Caen/St.Lo (4.05) 16 Jan 45 Zeitz (6.50)

1 Aug 44 L'Hey (3.05) 28 Jan 45 Stuttgart (5.35)

3 Aug 44 Foret de Nieppe (3.30) 1 Feb 45 Mannheim (5.25)

27 Aug 44 Homberg (3.05) 2 Feb 45 Wanne Eickel (4.05)

29 Aug 44 Stettin (8.35) 7 Feb 45 Cleve (3.40)

6 Sept 44 Emden (3.55) 8 Feb 45 Wanne Eickel (3.55)

12 Sep 44 Wanne Eickel (3.25) 13 Feb 45 Bohlen (6.50)

27 Sep 44 Bottrop (3.25) 14 Feb 45 Chemnitz (7.10)

 

Flying Officer Hunt is a veteran of operations, having completed many operational sorties. The targets which this officer has attacked have been varied and many include such heavily defended fortifications as Essen, Kiel, Stettin and Stuttgart. The precision and skill with which this officer carries out his duties in the air and on the ground has had a definite bearing on the high standard of efficiency of the Gunnery Section of this squadron.

 

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HUNT, F/O Reginald George Frederick (J11498) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.426 Squadron - Award effective 6 November 1943 as per London Gazette dated 12 November 1943 and AFRO 2610/43 dated 17 December 1943. Born in Verdun, Quebec, 1918; home in Montreal. Enlisted in Quebec, 24 May 1941. Trained at No.1 ITS (graduated 4 September 1941), No.7 EFTS (graduated 15 September 1941), No.8 AOS (graduated 31 January 1942), No.9 BGS (graduated 28 March 1942) and No.2 ANS (graduated 27 April 1942). Commissioned 1942. Reported from 23 OTU to 426 Squadron. 22 October 1942. Bomb aimer to F/L J.B. Millward. No citation in AFRO other than "completed many successful operations against the enemy in which [he] displayed high skill, fortitude and devotion to duty." Postwar he worked for the Export Development Corporation in Ottawa and as a Branch Manager in Toronto, Montreal and Vancouver. Died in Richmond, British Columbia, 15 January 2002

 

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HUNT, LAC William James (R59225) - Air Force Medal - No.13 (Operational Training) Squadron, Patricia Bay - Award effective 11 June 1942 as per London Gazette dated 11 June 1942 and AFRO 1000-1001/42 dated 3 July 1942. Enlisted in Winnipeg, 15 June 1940. See also AFC for F/O R.L. Rizon. There were five on aircraft; he helped LAC A.A. Norridge.

 


On 2 November 1941, while acting as crewman on Stranraer 932 which caught fire from the port engine while taking off in Patricia Bay, LAC Hunt abandoned the aircraft on Flying Officer Rizon's orders. He gave his life-saving jacket to LAC Norridge, who, in the excitement, could not find his own. He crawled back on board again and assisted Flying Officer Rizon to extinguish the flames, which by this time were burning both upper and lower wings. LAC Hunt showed complete disregard of personal safety. His action in assisting Flying Officer Rizon saved the aircraft from complete destruction, and also possible loss of life of some members of the crew.

 

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HUNTER, F/O Arthur Gordon (J3994) - Distinguished Flying Cross - RAF Squadron, Middle East - Award effective 22 February 1943 as per London Gazette dated 23 February 1943 and AFRO 513/43 dated 26 March 1943. Born in Hamilton, 1920; home there. Enlisted in Hamilton, 2 July 1940. Trained at No.1 ITS (graduated 7 October 1940), No.4 EFTS (graduated 24 November 1940), and No.6 SFTS (graduated 10 February 1941). Commissioned February 1941.

 

During the last five months Flying Officer Hunter has taken part in very long flights in single-engined aircraft over sea and heavily defended areas. He has had to come down low to photograph enemy targets on several occasions. By his skill and personal bravery most valuable information has been obtained.

 

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HUNTER, WO Arthur Richardson (R68534) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.408 Squadron - Award effective 9 June 1942 as per London Gazette dated 26 June 1942 and AFRO 1000-1001/42 dated 3 July 1942. Born in Fort William, Ontario, 1917; home there. Was a bookkeeper and stenographer prior to enlistment. Enlisted at Fort William, 29 June 1940. Trained at No.1 ITS, No.3 AOS, No.2 BGS (graduated Mossbank, 19 January 1941) and No.1 ANS (graduated at Rivers, 12 March 1941). NOTE: Is second name "Richards" or "Richardson" ?

 

This observer has participated in numerous sorties, three of which have been in daylight. He also took part in the attack on the Renault Works in Paris. In addition he has laid mines in enemy waters. Warrant Officer Hunter has shown exceptional skill and ability as navigator and his determination and devotion to duty have contributed to the success of his operational sorties.

 

NOTE: Public Records Office Air 2/8755 has recommendation dated 23 April 1942 and sortie list which are more detailed; compiled when he had flown 34 sorties (182 hours ten minutes).

 

* sortie described as "unsuccessful"

 

25/26 Aug 41 Mannheim 28/29 Dec 41 Huls

28/29 Aug 41 Duisburg 2/3 Jan 42 GARDENING, La Rochelle*


10/11 Oct 41 Essen* 15/16 Jan 42 Hamburg*

12/13 Oct 41 Huls* 6 Feb 42 GARDENING, Frisians (day)

16/17 Oct 41 Duisburg* 22/23 Feb 42 Wilhelmshaven*

29/30 Oct 41 Schipol* 26/27 Feb 42 GARDENING, Heligoland

31 Oct/1 Nov Hamburg 3/4 Mar 42 Paris (Renault works)

23/24 Nov 41 Lorient 8/9 Mar 42 Essen

27/28 Nov 41 Dusseldorf 13/14 Mar 42 Cologne

11/12 Dec 41 Cologne* 6/7 Apr 42 Essen*

13 Dec 41 Brest (daylight)* 8/9 Apr 42 Hamburg

14/15 Dec 41 Brest* 10/11 Apr 42 Essen

17/18 Dec 41 Brest 13/14 Apr 42 GARDENING, Heligoland*

23/24 Dec 41 GARDENING, Kiel Bay* 15/16 Apr 42 Dortmund*

27/28 Dec 41 Dusseldorf 17/18 Apr 42 Hamburg

 

This observer has taken part in 34 operational sorties involving 182 hours flying. Included in these sorties are three in daylight. He has attacked several targets in the Ruhr area, and participated in the attack on the Renault Works in Paris. In addition, he has laid mines in enemy waters. During his tour of duty he has shown exceptional skill and ability as navigator, and by his determination and devotion to duty he has contributed very materially to the success of several operational sorties.

 

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HUNTER, F/O Bertram Fairbourn (J10650) - 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. Enlisted in Vancouver, 14 June 1941. Trained at No.2 ITS (graduated 6 September 1941), No.2 EFTS (graduated 4 November 1941) and No.2 SFTS (graduated 13 March 1942). No citation.

 

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HUNTER, Sergeant (now P/O) Charles Arthur (R73046/C52454) - Mention in Despatches - No.161 Squadron (Canada) - Award effective 21 April 1945 as per Canada Gazette of that date and AFRO 802/45 dated 11 May 1945. Home in Saint John, New Brunswick. Enlisted in Moncton, 16 September 1940.

 

This non-commissioned officer has flown hundreds of operational hours over the North Atlantic and Gulf of St.Lawrence areas on anti-submarine sweeps and on convoy duties. His work as flight engineer has been of the highest quality and he has at all times shown a keenness and enthusiasm for his duties that is worthy of the highest praise.

 

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HUNTER, F/O Edward (J23461) - Croix de Guerre (France) - No.150 Squadron (AFRO gives unit only as "Overseas") - Awarded as per AFRO 1619/45 dated 19 October 1945. Home in Ottawa; enlisted there 5 May 1942. Trained at No.6 ITS (graduated 23 October 1942), No.9 AOS (graduated 4 February 1943) and No.4 BGS (graduated 23 December 1942). Public Records Office Air 2/9645 gives citation.

 

Flying Officer Hunter, in his capacity as bomb aimer, was the leading aircraft despatched on a special invasion patrol on the eve of D Day. He has made a most gallant and valuable contribution towards the invasion operations. By his careful bomb aiming he has ensured that the maximum damage was done to the enemy and the minimum harm to Frenchmen and French property. He is gallant, skilled in action and shows a fine offensive spirit.

 

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HUNTER, F/O Herald Edward (J37175) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.158 Squadron - Award effective 8 September 1945 as per London Gazette dated 25 September 1945 and AFRO 1768/45 dated 23 November 1945. Born in Brockville, Ontario, 1916; home in Kingston. Was a mail clerk prior to enlistment. Enlisted in Ottawa, 7 August 1942. Trained at No.5 ITS (graduated 6 March 1943) and No.4 AOS (graduated 29 October 1943). Commissioned 1943. No citation other than "completed...numerous operations against the enemy in the course of which [he has] invariably displayed the utmost fortitude, courage and devotion to duty." Public Records Office Air 2/8751 has recommendation dated 15 April 1945 when he had flown 37 sorties (214 hours three minutes), 6 October 1944 to 20 March 1945.

 

6 Oct 44 Sterkrade (3.53) Duty carried out

14 Oct 44 Duisburg (4.45) Bombed in cloud

23 Oct 44 Essen (5.30) ditto

16 Nov 44 Julich (4.46) Bombed on aiming point

18 Nov 44 Munster (5.39) Bombed in cloud

29 Nov 44 Essen (5.38) Successful attack

5 Dec 44 Soest (6.20) Many fires in target area

12 Dec 44 Essen (5.21) Bombed in cloud

17 Dec 44 Duisburg (6.11) ditto

21 Dec 44 Koln/Nippes (5.50) ditto

26 Dec 44 St.Vith (4.36) Bombed aiming point

28 Dec 44 Opladen (5.27) Bombed in cloud

29 Dec 44 Koblenz (5.57) Bombed aiming point

1 Jan 45 Dortmund (4.45) ditto

5 Jan 45 Hanover (4.47) Cloud over target

6 Jan 45 Hanau (6.48) ditto

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

16 Jan 45 Magdeburg (5.51) Concentrated fires

4 Feb 45 Gelsenkirchen (5.35) Bombed through clouds


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

9 Feb 45 Wanne Eickel (5.47) Fires in target area.

20 Feb 45 Reisholz (6.26) Bombed in cloud

21 Feb 45 Worms (6.48) Many fires; good attack.

23 Feb 45 Essen (5.38) Bombed through clouds

24 Feb 45 Kamen (5.57) ditto

27 Feb 45 Mainz (6.21) ditto

2 Mar 45 Cologne (5.35) Duty carried out

3 Mar 45 Kamen (6.08) Cloud

5 Mar 45 Chemnitz (8.27) Bombed as ordered

7 Mar 45 Hemmingstedt (5.53) Fires in target area

11 Mar 45 Essen (5.16) Bombed in cloud

12 Mar 45 Dortmund (5.43) ditto

13 Mar 45 Wuppertal (5.26) ditto

14 Mar 45 Homburg (6.05) Concentrated fires

15 Mar 45 Hagen (6.11) Bombed target; fires

18 Mar 45 Witten (6.32) Many fires

20 Mar 45 Recklinghausen (5.11) Bombed target; hit by flak and aircraft badly damaged.

 

Flying Officer Hunter has completed a tour of 37 operational sorties as a navigator of Halifax III aircraft with this squadron. It has been a tour distinguished by consistently good work and much of the success achieved by his crew was due to his accurate navigation.

 

All his sorties have been against the most heavily defended targets in Germany and the demand made upon him has been for courage as well as navigational skill. Flying Officer Hunter has supplied both and has faced the heaviest fire with the greatest coolness.

 

An officer with a natural sense of leadership, Flying Officer Hunter has revealed determination and initiative in a number of hazardous circumstances and his actions have been worthy of the highest commendation.

 

It is strongly recommended that this officer's consistently excellent work, his determination to press home the attack upon the enemy at all times and his fearlesness in times of danger be recognized by the award of the Distinguished Flying Cross.

 

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HUNTER, Sergeant Joseph Taylor (R72886) - Mention in Despatches - Overseas - Award effective 1 January 1946 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 155/46 dated 15 February 1946. Home in Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island; enlisted there 6 April 1941.

 

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HUNTER, F/L Ralph Harvey (J13178) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.28 Squadron (deceased) - Award effective 18 May 1945 as per London Gazette dated 4 June 1946 and AFRO 781/46 dated 9 August 1946. Home in Edmonton, Alberta; enlisted there 17 October 1939. Trained at No.5 ITS (graduated 13 February 1942), No.13 EFTS (graduated 24 April 1942), and No.2 SFTS (graduated 28 August 1942). Killed 19 February 1945 in Hurricane JZ670; widow in Alberta; name on Singapore Memorial. Presented to widow by Governor-General, Ottawa, 17 April 1947.

 

Throughout a large number of operational sorties this officer has shown outstanding ability, determination and brilliant leadership. The majority of his sorties have been flown in monsoon weather. Nevertheless he has achieved excellent results. He has brought back detailed and accurate information about enemy movements.

 

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HUNTER, Sergeant (now P/O) Robert Oliver (R69301/J91066) - Distinguished Flying Medal - No.186 Squadron - Award effective 5 February 1945 as per London Gazette dated 20 February 1945 and AFRO 563/45 dated 29 March 1945. Born in Balmoral, Manitoba, 1916; home in Vancouver. Enlisted in North Bay, Ontario, 9 December 1940. Trained at No.4 ITS (graduated 19 February 1943) and No.2 AOS (graduated 23 July 1943). Commissioned 1944.

 

Sergeant Hunter has completed many operations, most of these being against heavily defended targets. In October 1944 he was navigator in an aircraft detailed to attack Wesselling. Before reaching the target area the aircraft was hit by heavy anti-aircraft fire wounding the rear gunner and damaging the control surfaces of the aircraft. Sergeant Hunter helped to administer first aid to the wounded gunner and then calmly continued to navigate the aircraft to the target. His navigation has always been of a very high order whilst his keenness and devotion to duty have instilled complete confidence in his captain and crew.

 

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HUNTER, F/L Roy Heath (J5037) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.42 Squadron - Award effective 13 January 1945 as per London Gazette dated 23 January 1945 and AFRO 471/45 dated 16 March 1945. Enlisted in Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island, 22 August 1942. Trained at No.1 ITS (graduated 9 December 1940), No.11 EFTS (graduated 28 January 1941) and No.2 SFTS (graduated 10 April 1941). Later in No.435 Squadron.

 


This officer has a long record of operational flying, having first served in the Middle East theatre of war and more recently in the Far East. He has flown on reconnaissance escorts, low level attacks, convoy patrols and fighter bomber sorties. At all times considerable enemy air opposition was encountered and during air combats Flight Lieutenant Hunter probably destroyed at least two enemy aircraft and damaged others. Since March 1944 he has been flight commander and has led his flight on many successful sorties over jungle covered mountainous country in adverse weather, consistently displaying great courage and determination.

 

NOTE: Public Records Office Air 2/9043 has recommendation dated 27 September 1944 when he had flown 344 sorties and 401 operational hours. This was accompanied by a summary of operations as follows:

 

September 1941 to September 1942, Middle East, Hurricane IID

Western Desert Battle Area

 

Day scrambles 32 sorties Day Sweeps 24 sorties

Tactical Recce Escorts 7 sorties Day Strafing 16 sorties

Day Fighter-Bomber 70 sorties Convoy patrols 4 sorties

 

April 1942 one Bf.109 probably destroyed, Gazela

May 1942 one Macchi 202 probably destroyed, El Adem

July 1942 one Bf.109 damaged, El Alamein

August 1942 one Ju.87 damaged, El Alamein

 

January 1944 to September 1944, Hurricane IV

Imphal Valley

 

Fighter Bomber (Day) 180 sorties

Fighter Bomber (Night) 11 sorties

 

Flight Lieutenant R.H. Hunter commenced operations in the Middle East in September 1941, and had carried out 153 sorties by September 1942. He resumed operations over Burma in January 1944 and since then has completed a further 191 sorties making a total of 344 sorties and 401 operational hours.

 

From September 1941 until September 1942, Flight Lieutenant Hunter carried out 153 sorties in Hurricanes which comprised scrambles, fighter sweeps, tactical reconnaissance escorts, low level strafing attacks, convoy patrols and fighter bomber sorties. At all times considerable enemy air opposition was encountered. Flight Lieutenant Hunter always showed great keenness to engage the enemy. During these sorties he probably destroyed one ME.109 at Gazala in April 1942, and one Macchi 202 in May 1942 at El Adem. In July 1942 he damaged one ME.109 and in August 1942, one JU.87, both over El Alamein.

 


From January 1944 until the present date Flight Lieutenant Hunter has operated with this squadron and since March 1944 has been "A" Flight Commander. During this time he has completed 180 sorties by day and eleven by night. Most of these sorties have been in close support of the Army and demanded a very high degree of navigational skill and extreme accuracy in bombing fr the success of the operation.

 

By his outstanding leadership many successful sorties have been carried out under very difficult monsoon conditions. He has always pressed home his attacks with great determination and by his skill, devotion to duty and courage has been a constant inspiration to all officers and airmen in the squadron.

 

To this the Air Officer Commanding, No.221 Group, adds (17 October 1944):

 

A total of over 400 hours operational flying, of which nearly half has been carried out over the jungle covered mountainous country where his squadron now operates, and often in extremely bad monsoon weather conditions, is a very fine achievement well worthy of the award of the Distinguished Flying Cross. No.42 Squadron has a reputation for bombing accuracy second to none, and the work of the Flight Commanders has a direct bearing on this. Strongly recommended.

 

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HUNTING, F/O Peter Richard (J44128) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.356 Squadron - Award effective 2 October 1945 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 1822/45 dated 7 December 1945. See War Service Records 1939-1945 (Canadian Bank of Commerce, 1947). Born in England, 9 June 1925. Enlisted in Vancouver, 26 April 1943. Trained at No.2 ITS (graduated 2 November 1943), No.5 BGS (graduated 26 February 1944) and No.7 AOS (graduated 7 April 1944) plus OTU training at Boundary Bay. Overseas, October 1944 and posted to India; to Cocos Islands, June 1945. Bombed Japanese troop concentrations and supply dumps, Burma-Siam Railway, took part in invasion of Rangoon, dropped supplies to guerrillas in Sumatra and Malaya, and also to POWs. Released 26 March 1946.

 

In August 1945, Flying Officer Hunting was bomb aimer in an aircraft detailed to attack Benkoelan airfield in Sumatra. During the bombing run, at low level, intense and accurate anti-aircraft fire was encountered. As a result, the navigator was killed. Flying Officer Hunting thereupon assumed the responsibility of navigating the aircraft home. To reach base, a small island, many hundred of miles over the sea at night had to be flown. Nevertheless, Flying Officer Hunting plotted his way home with great accuracy. His fine work undoubtedly contributed much to the safe return of the aircraft.

 

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HUNTLEY, F/O Frank Joseph (J13816) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.434 Squadron - Award effective 1 September 1944 as per London Gazette dated 15 September 1944 and AFRO 2373/44 dated 3 November 1944. Born in London, Ontario, 1918; home there. Enlisted in Toronto. Trained at No.4 ITS (graduated 28 February 1942), No.5 EFTS (graduated 27 March 1942) and No.4 AOS (graduated 28 August 1942). Postwar insurance agent. Died in Toronto, 30 October 1997. No citation other than "completed...many successful operations during which [he has] displayed high skill, fortitude and devotion to duty." DHist file 181.009 D.3260 (RG.24 Vol.20637) has recommendation dated 22 June 1944 when he had flown 36 sorties (213 hours 30 minutes), 3 October 1943 to 16 June 1944. Recommendation gives name as Francis Joseph (as does his obituary notice).

 

This officer has been on the squadron since September 1943, and is one of its outstanding navigators. he has completed thirty-six sorties, twelve of them against heavily defended German targets,, including four to Berlin. He has at all times displayed the highest degree of courage, and his keenness and efficiency is an inspiration to his section. His outstanding ability, great zeal and devotion to duty have contributed in no small measure to the successful tour of his crew. His keenness and efficiency have inspired confidence in those who have worked with him. His determination and outstanding courage are a magnificent example to all who know him.

 

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HURD, P/O Eric James (C18877) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.408 Squadron - Award effective 24 May 1944 as per London Gazette dated 6 June 1944 and AFRO 1660/44 dated 4 August 1944. Born in Sawyerville, Quebec, 1920; home there. Enlisted in London, England, 27 March 1942. Commissioned 1943. No citation other than "completed...many successful operations against the enemy in which [he has] displayed high skill, fortitude and devotion to duty." Public Records Office Air 2/8780 has recommendation by W/C D.S. Jacobs dated 23 February 1944 when he had flown 24 sorties (159 hours nine minutes), 24 July 1943 to 15 March 1944.

 

24 July 43 Hamburg 5.25) 29 Dec 43 Berlin (6.17)

25 July 43 Essen (5.00) 1 Jan 44 Berlin (6.57)

27 July 43 Hamburg (6.05) 5 Jan 44 Stettin (7.30)

29 July 43 Hamburg (5.55) 14 Jan 44 Brunswick (5.04)

30 July 43 Remscheid (5.30) 20 Jan 44 Berlin (7.07)

2 Aug 43 Hamburg (6.25) 21 Jan 44 Magdeburg (6.24)

18 Nov 43 Berlin (6.57) 27 Jan 44 Berlin (7.12)

22 Nov 43 Berlin (7.21) 30 Jan 44 Berlin (6.14)

26 Nov 43 Berlin (7.06) 15 Feb 44 Berlin (6.44)

2 Dec 43 Berlin (6.35) 19 Feb 44 Leipzig (7.18)

16 Dec 43 Berlin (6.57) 24 Feb 44 Schweinfurt (9.29)

20 Dec 43 Frankfurt (5.49) 15 Mar 44 Stuttgart (7.48)

 


Pilot Officer Hurd has nearly completed his first tour of operations. As a navigator he has been responsible for directing his aircraft on many occasions to very distant targets in enemy territory, including over eleven trips to Berlin. He has at all times displayed great keenness and devotion to duty. I strongly recommend that this officer be awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross.

 

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HURFORD, F/O Frank Walter (J24147) - Commended for Valuable Services in the Air - No.1 Instrument Flying School - Award effective 11 August 1945 as per Canada Gazette of that date and AFRO 1453/45 dated 14 September 1945. Enlisted in Vancouver, 17 February 1942. Trained at No.7 ITS (graduated 31 July 1942), No.19 EFTS (graduated 6 November 1942) and No.4 SFTS (graduated 5 March 1943).

 

A quiet, steady but very capable and reliable flying instructor who has been doing an excellent job. This officer has been untiring in his efforts in helping to organize the Instrument Rating Courses at this unit and his services have been invaluable in this connection. He is consistently searching for ways to improve the training at this unit and has brought forward many ideas and suggestions which have been used at this unit. Much of the detail in this unit's syllabus is due entirely to this officer's hard and enthusiastic efforts.

 

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HURLBUT, F/L Ernest Eugene (J26230) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.77 Squadron - Award effective 8 September 1945 as per London Gazette dated 21 September and AFRO 1704/45 dated 9 November 1945. Born in Stettler, Alberta; home in Fort Saskatchewan, Alberta. Was a teacher prior to enlistment. Enlisted in Edmonton, 7 March 1942. Trained at No.7 ITS (graduated 10 October 1942), No.6 EFTS (graduated 27 December 1942) and No.10 SFTS (graduated 21 May 1943). Commissioned May 1943. Died in Cataraqui, Ontario, 16 December 1999.

 

This officer has completed his first operational tour. As captain of aircraft he has set an excellent example of skill and courage. On several occasions his aircraft has been damaged by anti-aircraft fire. After an attack on Essen in November 1944, whilst leaving the target area, his aircraft was attacked by an enemy fighter four times. During each attack the aircraft sustained further damage, making control very difficult. Fire broke out in the port wing. In spite of extensive damage Flight Lieutenant Hurlbut retained control and made a landing at Jouvincourt airfield. This officer has proved himself to be a most reliable pilot and captain throughout, and his determination and untiring devotion to duty have been of a very high order.

 

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HURLEY, Sergeant Charles Augustus (R138876) - Mention in Despatches - No.436 Squadron - Award effective 1 January 1946 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 155/46 dated 15 February 1946. Home in Amhurst, Nova Scotia. Enlisted in Moncton, New Brunswick, 6 January 1942. No citation. Unit identified in AFRO as "Overseas"; DHist file 181.009 D2585 (RG.24 Vol.20626) gives unit.


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HURLEY, S/L Frank (C22662) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.78 Squadron - Award effective 4 November 1944 as per London Gazette dated 14 November 1944 and AFRO 239/45 dated 9 February 1945. Born in Brandon, Manitoba, 1914; home in Winnipeg. Enlisted in Winnipeg, 24 August 1940. Trained at No.2 EFTS (graduated 14 September 1942) and No.6 EFTS (graduated 30 December 1942). Commissioned 1942.

 

This officer is a flight commander who has maintained his flight at a high standard of efficiency. His brilliant leadership and captaincy have set a fine example both to his flight and to the squadron. He has pressed home his attacks with courage and coolness under all hazardous circumstances. In June 1944, he led a formation of aircraft in a daylight attack on Noyelle. His aircraft was severely damaged by anti-aircraft fire. Despite great difficulty he continued to the target, dropped his bombs on the aiming point and led the formation back to this country.

 

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HURLY, P/O John Robert (J88936) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.431 Squadron - Award effective 6 January 1945 as per London Gazette dated 19 January 1945 and AFRO 508/45 dated 23 March 1945. Born in North Bay, Ontario, 1921; home there. Was a bank clerk prior to enlistment. Enlisted in North Bay, 16 August 1940. Trained at No.1 ITS (graduated 8 December 1940), No.1 AOS (graduated 3 March 1941) and No.1 BGS (graduated 12 April 1941). Commissioned 1944. No citation other than "completed...numerous operations against the enemy in the course of which [he has] invariably displayed the utmost fortitude, courage and devotion to duty." DHist file 181.009 D.5526 (RG.24 Vol.20667) has recommendation dated 15 October 1944 when he had flown 19 sorties (102 hours 55 minutes) on second tour, 21 June to 6 October 1944. First tour was with No.45 Squadron in Burma, but logbook lost due to enemy action and no sortie records available.

 

This officer, an Air Bomber, has now completed 19 sorties on his second tour, including such heavily defended areas as Kiel, Brest, Dortmund and Brunswick. An expert Air Bomber, Pilot Officer Hurly has been greatly responsible for his crew inflicting telling blows against the enemy. A cool, calm member of air crew under fire, his precision bombing has been an outstanding example to his squadron. Pilot Officer Hurly has displayed undaunted courage at all times and in recognition of such devotion to duty I strongly recommend that he be awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross.

 

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HURLEY, A/C Joseph Louis (C131) - Mention in Despatches - Station Tholthorpe (No.61 Base in AFRO) - Award effective 1 January 1945 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 337/45 dated 23 February 1945. Born in Fredericton. Enlisted at Camp Borden, 6 July 1931. A member of the Siskin flight, 1933. Remained in postwar air force, rising to Air Vice Marshal. Awarded Queen's Coronation Medal, 23 October 1953 (Air Commodore commanding RCAF Staff College). Later with Department of Transport. Died in Montreal, 28 May 1971. No citation to MiD in AFRO or biographical file; recommendation found in DHist file 181.009 D.1719 (PAC RG.24 Volume 20606). Later awarded CBE.

 

Prior to posting overseas, Group Captain Hurley commanded RCAF Station Rockcliffe, and later was Director of Organization at Air Force Headquarters, Ottawa. On arrival in the United Kingdom he assumed command of RCAF Station Tholthorpe in February 1944, and since that time his foresight, tact and initiative have produced beneficial results which have been most noticed in the increased standard of efficiency of the station and squadrons under his command. His participation in operational sorties over enemy territory has been an inspiration to all personnel serving at his station.

 

 

HURLEY, A/C Joseph Louis (C131) - Commander, Order of the British Empire - No.62 Base (AFRO gives unit only as "Overseas" - Award effective 1 January 1946 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 155/46 dated 15 February 1946. See MiD entry for biographical details. No citation to CBE in Canadian sources. Public Records Office Air 2/9121 has recommendation.

 

This officer has commanded RCAF Stations Dishforth, Tholthorpe, and is now in command of No.61 Base. His extremely capable handling of the numerous and intricate operational problems has contributed much to the total bombing effort of the Group in strenuous months of operations. He has accompanied air crews on operational sorties and has created an exceptional esprit de corps indicative of the highest type of leadership. Air Commodore Hurley has a wide experience in administration and organization and has filled positions of great importance with much success.

 

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HURREN, WO1 (now P/O) George Cecil Vincent (R91023/C27770) - Air Force Cross - No.20 EFTS - Award effective 26 October 1943 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 2386/43 dated 19 November 1943. Home in Bowmanville, Ontario. Enlisted at Toronto, 17 January 1941.

 

This Warrant Officer employed as an elementary flying instructor for the past two years has, by his zeal and devotion to duty, set an example that is worthy of the finest traditions of the Service. By the skilful application of his long experience, hard and conscientious work, he has been of inestimable value as an Instructor and an inspiration to all ranks.

 

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HURST, WO Harvey Roy (R58023) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.405 Squadron - Award effective 10 May 1944 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 1296/44 dated 16 June 1944. Born in Grimsby, Ontario, 1910; home there. Was a sheet metal worker prior to enlistment. Enlisted in Vancouver, 12 June 1940. 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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HURST, Sergeant Richard Neil (R151677) - Distinguished Flying Medal - No.10 Squadron (RAF) - Award effective 10 August 1943 as per London Gazette dated 24 August 1943 and AFRO 2049/43 dated 8 October 1943. Born in Edmonton, 1923; home in Vancouver. Was a lumber grader prior to enlistment. Enlisted in Vancouver, 29 January 1942. Trained at No.4 ITS (graduated 15 August 1941) and No.3 BGS (graduated 20 November 1942). Cited with a F/O J.G. Jenkins (RAF, awarded DFC).

 

Flying Officer Jenkins and Sergeant Hurst were pilot and rear gunner respectively of an aircraft detailed to attack Hamburg one night in August 1943. During the operation the bomber was intercepted by a fighter which attacked from close range. Flying Officer Jenkins took the necessary evading action and when the enemy aircraft attacked the second time Sergeant Hurst delivered accurate bursts of fire causing the attacker to spiral slowly down in flames. The bomber sustained extensive damage, both elevators were shot away while the rudders were pierced in many places and much superficial damage sustained. In spite of this Flying Officer Jenkins, displaying superb airmanship, flew the damaged bomber to base. This officer and airman displayed great courage in harassing circumstances.

 

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HURTUBISE, P/O Jacques Louis Charles (J48216) - Commended for Valuable Services - No.45 Group - Award effective 1 January 1945 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 132/45 dated 26 January 1945. Home in Bourget, Ontario. Enlisted in Ottawa, 4 August 1941. Trained at No.1 ITS (graduated 7 November 1941), No.15 EFTS (graduated 2 January 1942) and No.10 SFTS (graduated 8 May 1942). Originally flew out of Dorval, but in 1942 went to Nashville, Tennessee for deliveries to Africa, and later that year to Nassau. Postwar service with No.438 (Auxiliary) Squadron flying Vampires. No citation in Canadian sources. Public Records Office Air 2/9036 has recommended citation drafted when he had flown 700 hours, 165 in previous six months.

 

This officer joined No.45 Group in July 1942, before his appointment to a commission and he has made 22 delivery flights over the North and South Atlantic routes. He was commissioned in August 1944, and he is qualified in all types of aircraft in current use. He has carried out his duties in a quiet and efficient manner and has been an example to other aircrews.

 

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HUSBAND, F/L Douglas Franklin (J17192) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.401 Squadron - Award effective 18 January 1945 as per London Gazette dated 26 January 1945 and AFRO 471/45 dated 16 March 1945. Born in Toronto, 5 November 1920. Enlisted there, 20 December 1940. Trained at No.3 ITS (graduated 22 April 1941), No.10 EFTS (graduated 9 June 1941) and No.6 SFTS (graduated 20 August 1941). Wings on 20 August 1941. Arrived in Britain September 1941. Served with Nos.81 and 41 Squadrons, February 1942 to June 1943 including time in North Africa with No.81. Returned to Canada in August 1943, serving at No.1 OTU from 23 September 1943 to 7 April 1944. Posted overseas, served in No.401 Squadron, 14 May 1944 to 1 March 1945. To Canada in April 1945, released 2 June 1945. Aerial victories: one destroyed and one shared in North Africa and several damaged; 7 June 1944, one Ju.88 destroyed; 20 August 1944, one FW.190 destroyed; 29 September 1944, two Bf.109s destroyed; 21 November 1944, one FW.190 damaged, see photos PL-15326 (NCO pilot), PL-29902 (by Spitfire), PL-35901.

 

Now on his second tour of operational duty, this officer completed his first tour in Africa where he destroyed an enemy aircraft and shared in the destruction of another. During the first three months of Normandy Flight Lieutenant Husband destroyed another enemy aircraft. More recently this officer has been engaged on low level operations and against some of the enemy's most heavily defended targets. Throughout he has displayed fearlessness in the face of the enemy and great devotion to duty.

 

NOTE: Public Records Office Air 2/9045 has recommendation dated 14 November 1844 when he had flown 171 sorties (320 operation hours); text much more detailed than that published:

 

This officer is now on his second tour of operations, having completed his first tour in Africa where he destroyed one enemy aircraft and assisted in the destruction of a second. Flying Officer Husband joined this squadron on June 4th, 1944. His ability and daring were soon recognized by his fellow pilots and his eagerness to attack the enemy both in the air and on the ground, no matter what the odds, was admired by all.

 

During the first three months of the invasion he destroyed another enemy aircraft, and through his persistent attacks against ground targets destroyed or damaged over 50 enemy vehicles, often against extremely heavy flak opposition. During the hectic days of the Arnhem parachute dropping operations, he destroyed a further two enemy aircraft on one sortie, bring his total number of aircraft destroyed to 4 1/3. Latterly, this officer has been engaged in dive-bombing railway communication and ground staffing locomotives, which are among the most heavily defended enemy targets. However, his fearlessness and dauntless courage have again come to the fore and he pressed home his attacks with absolute disregard for his personal safety, achieving remarkable results.

 

Flying Officer Husband's devotion to duty, regardless of the task, has been an inspiration and an example to the other pilots in the Wing.


 

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HUSBAND, P/O Max Lewis (J88082) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.578 Squadron - Award effective 4 November 1944 as per London Gazette dated 17 November 1944 and AFRO 239/45 dated 9 February 1945. Born in Saskatchewan, 1921; home in Robsart, Saskatchewan. Enlisted in Vancouver, 13 April 1942. Trained at No.4 ITS and No.3 AOS (graduated 14 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 2/8827 has recommendation dated 22 August 1944 when he had flown 36 sorties (165 hours two minutes).

 

(* denotes daylight sortie)

 

20 Apr 44 Ottignes (4.43) 6 July 44 Croixdale (3.54)*

22 Apr 44 Dusseldorf (4.44) 9 July 44 Les Cartelliers

24 Apr 44 Karlsruhe (6.56) (3.50)*

26 Apr 44 Ville Neuve (5.26) 12 Jul 44 Thiverny (4.39)*

27 Apr 44 Aulnoye (4.37) 15 Jul 44 Nucourt (4.32)

30 Apr 44 Acheres (4.50) 17 Jul 44 Bois de la Haie

22 May 44 Orleans (5.22) (3.46)*

24 May 44 Aachen (4.27) 18 Jul 44 Vaires (4.35)*

27 May 44 Bourg Leopold (4.46) 20 Jul 44 Bottrop (4.21)

31 May 44 Trappes (5.28) 24 Jul 44 Stuttgart (7.48)

2 June 44 Harinzeles (3.24) 28 Jul 44 Foret de Nieppe

4 June 44 Boulogne (3.40) (3.40)*

5 June 44 Mont Fleury (4.55) 30 Jul 44 Battle area (4.12)*

6 June 44 Chateaudun (5.48) 1 Aug 44 Anderbelke (3.11)*

8 June 44 Alencon (6.41) 2 Aug 44 Le Nieppe (3.22)*

11 Jun 44 Massy Palaiseau (4.47) 3 Aug 44 Foret de Nieppe

12 Jun 44 Amiens (4.24) (3.24)*

15 Jun 44 Foulliard Dump (5.15) 5 Aug 44 Hazelbrouck (3.00)*

22 Jun 44 Siracourt (4.02)* 9 Aug 44 Foret de Mormal

4 July 44 St.Martin l'Hortier (4.01)*

(3.49)* 18 Aug 44 Sterkrade (4.43)

 

Pilot Officer Husband has carried out 36 operations totalling 165.02 hours, taking part in many attacks upon many industrial, strategical and tactical targets in Germany and the occupied countries.

 


This navigator has displayed an extremely high standard of work throughout his varied operational career which has involved journeys to many strongly defended targets over considerable distances, many of which were carried out under difficult weather conditions and in the face of bitter and sustained opposition. Sergeant [sic] Husband never allowed himself to be discouraged in any way and has coped with every task set him with skill and accuracy.

 

In addition, his quiet, confident nature and calmly resourceful manner have been maintained consistently throughout each operation. He has contributed a vital part towards the success of his crew which he led unerringly to the destinations for which they set out.

 

It is recommended that he should receive the award of the Distinguished Flying Cross.

 

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HUSBAND, Sergeant Robert Patrick (R98184) - Mention in Despatches - Overseas - Award effective 8 June 1944 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 1729/44 dated 11 August 1944. No citation in AFRO.

 

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HUSBAND, Sergeant Robert Patrick (R143172) - Mention in Despatches - Station Leeming (AFRO gives unit as No.63 Base) - Award effective 1 January 1945 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 425/45 dated 9 March 1945. Home in Vancouver; enlisted there 24 November 1941. DHist file 181.009 D.2619 (RG.24 Vol.20628) has recommendation for a BEM dated 30 August 1944. Recommended for BEM again, 30 January 1945 (same file). NCO in charge of Station Orderly Room.

 

Enlisting 24.11.41, Sergeant Husband was posted overseas 28.10.42. Since 19.11.42 he has been at Leeming. During this period he has shown himself to be an outstanding tradesman and NCO of the highest order. His administrative and organizing ability is extremely efficient, and his knowledge of service matters is remarkable. Changing staff personnel, new regulations and organization, sudden demands - all have been met by Sergeant Husband and problems thus created have been overcome so smoothly that their existence was difficult to detect. Respected and admired by all with whom he works, Sergeant Husband has made an outstanding contribution to the life of this Station. Already Mentioned in Despatches in the New Years Honours List of 1944, he is strongly recommended for the award of the British Empire Medal for Meritorious Service.

 

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HUSTON, F/L Samuel (J19887) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.428 Squadron - Award effective 5 February 1945 as per London Gazette dated 16 February 1945 and AFRO 563/45 dated 29 March 1945. Born in Toronto, 1918; home there. Enlisted in Toronto, 4 April 1942. Trained at No.6 ITS (graduated 9 November 1942), No.20 EFTS (graduated 5 February 1943) and No.16 SFTS (graduated 28 May 1943). Commissioned 1944. No citation other than "completed...numerous operations against the enemy in the course of which [he has] invariably displayed the utmost fortitude, courage and devotion to duty." DHist file 181.009 D.3260 (RG.24 Vol.20637) has recommendation dated 16 November 1944 when he had flown 33 sorties (193 hours 55 minutes), 24 May to 4 November 1944.

 

As captain of aircraft this officer has shown exceptional coolness, great courage and determination coupled with fine leadership. His calm confidence and obvious ability have maintained a high degree of morale in his crew and he has set a praiseworthy example to all. On one occasion his Flight Engineer was injured immediately prior to take-off. He received a spare and, despite the loss of time, took off and bombed the target on time. His sorties include many major targets including Wesseling, Kiel, Stuttgart, Hamburg, Bremen, Russelheim, Stettin, Emden, Domburg, Dortmund, Duisburg, Cologne, Oberhausen and Bochum as well as many targets requiring great precision and timing such as St.Leu, Foret de Chantilly, Caen and Bois de Cassan.

 

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HUSTON, Sergeant William Lenard Ross (R85380) - British Empire Medal - No.436 Squadron (AFRO identifies unit only as "Overseas") - Award effective 1 January 1946 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 155/46 dated 15 February 1946. Home in Regina. Enlisted in Regina, 6 February 1941. Public Records Office document Air 2/9139 gives unit and citation.

 

This airman has been largely responsible for the improved field kitchen facilities at many units in the Burma theatre. As NCO in charge of an advance party on a forward airfield he has displayed keen initiative and resourcefulness in directing the construction of field kitchens, and a high standard has been reached such as has never been attained in this theatre. By his untiring efforts much of the credit for the perfection of easily constructed and simple jet ranges, which have been adapted to stoves, water boilers, dishwashers and ovens, is due to Sergeant Huston. The design of his field kitchens has been acclaimed by the highest catering authorities in ACSEA. He has shown untiring energy and great devotion to duty.

 

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HUTCHEON, F/O Angus (J86648) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.425 Squadron - Award effective 5 February 1945 as per London Gazette dated 20 February 1945 and AFRO 563/45 dated 29 March 1945. Born in Port Arthur, Ontario; home there. Was a clerk prior to enlistment. Enlisted in Port Arthur, 24 June 1942. Trained at No.4 ITS (graduated 1 January 1943), No.5 EFTS (graduated 19 March 1943) and No.3 SFTS (graduated 23 July 1943). Commissioned 1944. No citation other than "completed...numerous operations against the enemy in the course of which [he has] invariably displayed the utmost fortitude, courage and devotion to duty." DHist file 181.009 D.1730 (PAC RG.24 Vol.20607) has recommendation dated 14 November 1944:

 


On a daylight operation over the strongly defended city of Gelsenkirchin in the Ruhr Valley on 6th November 1944, Flying Officer Hutcheon encountered severe difficulties when the port outer engine of his Halifax bomber failed shortly before reaching the target. Undaunted by the fact that he could hardly hold his operational height and airspeed, this officer pressed home his attack with the utmost determination. The successful completion of this operational flight was due to Flying Officer Hutcheon's fine offensive spirit and keen desire to come to grips with the enemy, no matter how great are the odds against him. His cheerful confidence and cool courage have inspired a high standard of morale in his crew.

 

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HUTCHEON, F/O Donald Robert (J21893) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.434 Squadron - Award effective 4 November 1944 as per London Gazette dated 14 November 1944 and AFRO 239/45 dated 9 February 1945. Born in Davidson, Saskatchewan, 1922; home there. Enlisted in Regina, 31 October 1941. Trained at No.4 ITS (graduated 22 May 1942) and No.2 AOS (graduated 11 September 1942). Commissioned 1942.

 

This officer has participated in many sorties, the majority of which have been against heavily defended German targets. On one occasion his aircraft was attacked by an enemy night fighter and the petrol tanks holed, causing a serious shortage of petrol. Flying Officer Hutcheon worked out a shorter course back for the return flight which enabled the crew to leave the aircraft by parachute over this country. Throughout his tour this officer has maintained a high standard of courage, cheerful confidence and devotion to duty.

 

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HUTCHINGS, FS (now P/O) Frederick John (R167566/J88139) - Distinguished Flying Medal - No.103 Squadron - Award effective 2 October 1944 as per London Gazette dated 13 October 1944 and AFRO 2637/44 dated 8 December 1944. Born in Beaford, England, 1923; home in Leader, Saskatchewan. Was a teacher prior to enlistment. Enlisted in Regina, 1 June 1942. Trained at No.7 ITS (graduated 18 December 1942) and No.7 AOS (graduated 28 May 1943). No citation other than "completed...numerous operations against the enemy in the course of which they have invariably displayed the utmost fortitude, courage and devotion to duty." Public Records Office Air 2/9026 has recommendation by W/C J.H. St. John dated 17 July 1944 when he had flown 28 sorties (152 hours 55 minutes), 15 March to 24 June 1944.

 

15 Mar 44 Stuttgart 15 May 44 GARDENING

18 Mar 44 Frankfurt 22 May 44 Duisburg

22 Mar 44 Frankfurt 23 May 44 Dortmund

24 Mar 44 Berlin 24 May 44 Aachen

26 Mar 44 Essen 27 May 44 Aachen

18 Apr 44 Rouen 2 June 44 Calais

20 Apr 44 Cologne 3 June 44 Wimerauk


22 Apr 44 Dusseldorf 5 June 44 Crisbecq

24 Apr 44 Karlsruhe 14 June 44 Le Havre

26 Apr 44 Essen 16 June 44 Sterkrade

27 Apr 44 Friedrichshafen 17 June 44 Aulnoye

1 May 44 Lyons 22 June 44 Calais

9 May 44 Mardyck 23 June 44 Saintes

10 May 44 GARDENING 24 June 44 Flers

12 May 44 GARDENING

 

Flight Sergeant Hutchings, a Canadian, joined No.103 Squadron on 17th February 1944, since when he has completed 28 operational sorties totalling 152 hours 55 minutes.

 

Loyal to a degree, and serious minded, this Non-Commissioned Officer has shown to a very high degree those qualities of courage, tenacity and coolness under fire so essential to a successful Bomb Aimer.

 

This Non-Commissioned Officer's tour of operations has included attacks on some of the most important and heavily defended operational targets in enemy territory in addition to several successful attacks on railway marshalling yards and operations in support of the invasion of France.

 

By his dogged determination, skill and enthusiasm, he has been of the greatest assistance to his Captain and an inspiration to the crew.

 

I strongly recommend that his fine achievements be recognized by the non-immediate award of the Distinguished Flying Cross.

 

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HUTCHINS, F/O Arthur William (J89308) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.426 Squadron - Award effective 5 July 1945 as per London Gazette dated 20 July 1945 and AFRO 1619/45 dated 19 October 1945. Born in Toronto, 1920; home there. Was a costing clerk prior to enlistment. Enlisted in Toronto, 25 August 1941. Trained at No.5 ITS (graduated 30 January 1942), No.12 EFTS (graduated 27 March 1942) and No.8 SFTS (graduated 11 September 1943). Commissioned 1944. No citation other than "completed...numerous operations against the enemy in the course of which [he has] invariably displayed the utmost fortitude, courage and devotion to duty". DHist file 181.009 D.2818 (RG.24 Vol.20627) has recommendation by W/C C.M. Black dated 1 April 1945 when he had completed 36 sorties (219 hours 50 minutes) between 14 October 1944 and 21 March 1945.

 


Flying Officer Hutchins has completed a strenuous tour of operations during which he has attacked many important tactical targets in Germany. This officer has an excellent record of successful bombing on all his missions and the outstanding success of his crew on operations has been largely due to the efficient and determined manner in which he has carried out his duties as a captain of aircraft. Such devotion to duty should, I feel, be recognized and I therefore strongly recommend the award of the Non-Immediate Distinguished Flying Cross.

 

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HUTCHINSON, F/O Albert Hewitson (J95266) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.435 Squadron - Award effective 27 March 1946 as per London Gazette dated 5 April 1946 and AFRO 497/46 dated 17 May 1946. Home in Trail, British Columbia. Enlisted in Calgary, 27 May 1941. Trained at No.3 WS (graduated 18 December 1941) and No.8 BGS (graduated 2 February 1942).

 

Throughout a large number of operational sorties this officer has proved to be a wireless operator (air) of outstanding ability and skill. He has completed a tour of duty flying on transport support operations over Burma. At all times Flying Officer Hutchinson has set a high standard of keenness and devotion to duty.

 

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HUTCHINSON, F/L Bertrand (J5063) - Mention in Despatches - No.10 Squadron (Canada) - Award effective 1 January 1944 as per Canada Gazette of that date and AFRO 113/44 dated 21 January 1944. Born 15 June 1917 at Wallhill, New York. Enlisted in Montreal, 2 October 1940. Trained at No.2 ITS (graduated 27 November 1940), No.8 EFTS (graduated 15 January 1941), and No.3 SFTS (graduated 4 May 1941). A Press Release at time of MiD mentioned his having a "Croix de Guerre, awarded during this war." Was this before his enlistment in the RCAF ?

 

This officer has been engaged on anti-submarine operational duties over the North Atlantic for the past twenty-five months. He was one of the first captains who bore the load of mid-ocean operations during exceedingly bad weather conditions, when the performance, endurance and range of aircraft and the employment of communication and search equipment were still experimental. Flight Lieutenant Hutchinson has displayed courage and ability as an operational captain.

 

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HUTCHINSON, F/O Edgar Bruce (J16831) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.425 Squadron - Award effective 1 September 1944 as per London Gazette dated 15 September 1944 and AFRO 2373/44 dated 3 November 1944. Born in Anderdon, Ontario, 1921; home in Amherstburg, Ontario. Educated at University of Toronto. Enlisted in Windsor, Ontario, 15 January 1941. Trained at No.3 ITS (graduated 9 June 1941), No.4 AOS (graduated 1 September 1941), No.1 BGS (graduated 13 October 1941) and No.2 ANS (graduated 10 November 1941). Flew two tours. Commissioned 1944. No citation other than "completed... many successful operations during which [he has] displayed high skill, fortitude and devotion to duty." DHist file 181.009.D.1730 (PAC RG.24 Vol.20607) has recommendation (May 1944). NOTE: DHist file 181.009 D.5526 (RG.24 Vol.20667) has recommendation for another DFC dated 20 July 1944 when he was with No.431 Squadron and had completed 47 sorties (239 hours 30 minutes) in tours lasting 17 June 1942 to 25 May 1943 (29 sorties) and 6 March to 7 July 1944. The latter not granted; following for earlier recommendation.

 

This officer has completed a large number of sorties in an exemplary manner against nearly all the major targets in Germany. He completed his first tour last summer and is now well into his second tour. As a navigator, he has done an excellent job and has inspired his crew with great confidence. His cheerfulness, devotion to duty, and excellent work as navigator over a long period and against such heavily defended targets is a fine example for the rest of this squadron.

 

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HUTCHINSON, F/L Rowan Theodore (J5445) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.414 Squadron - Award effective 20 September 1943 as per London Gazette dated 1 October 1943 and AFRO 2258/43 dated 5 November 1943. Born in Toronto, 1917; home in New Liskeard, Ontario. Enlisted in Toronto, 14 August 1940. Trained at No.2 ITS (graduated 16 December 1940), No.6 EFTS (graduated 7 February 1941) and No.2 SFTS (graduated 23 May 1942). With No.401 Squadron, 14 January 1942 to 27 April 1942, No.5(P) AFU 27 April 1942 to 11 August 1942 and No.414 Squadron, 11 August 1942 to 1 October 1944. Credited F/O Larry Doherty (MIA) with saving his life at cost of his own in action with FW.190. Commissioned 1941.

 

Flying Officer [sic] Hutchinson has displayed a very keen fighting spirit throughout operations. He has taken part in numerous sorties and has damaged a number of locomotives in enemy territory. On one occasion he was engaged by three enemy fighters and continued the combat for twenty minutes until his assailants retired. For two hours afterwards he did not leave the vessel he was escorting, thus showing great devotion to duty against heavy odds. This officer has always pressed home his attacks with great determination.

 

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HUTCHISON, W/C James Alexander (C1142) - Officer, Order of the British Empire - No.2 ITS - Award effective 1 January 1943 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 55/43 dated 15 January 1943 - Born in Fordwich, Ontario, 7 May 1893. In RNAS and RAF, 1916-1919. Joined RCAF as Administrative Officer, September 1939; served at No.2 ITS (Regina) and No.4 ITS (Edmonton), and later was CO, No.3 PRC, Bournemouth. Retired 14 May 1946. Awarded US Medal for Freedom, 1947. Died in UK, 8 September 1969. The following citation was found in Governor General's Records, RG.7 Group 26, File 190-I (1943 dossier).

 


Wing Commander Hutchison has been Commanding Officer of Initial Training Schools in this Command for the past two years. During this period he has devoted his time and energies exclusively and whole-heartedly to organizing and training. He succeeded in overcoming quickly all the usual difficulties to be experienced at new units, and a marked degree of efficiency in schools under his command has already been evident.

 

HUTCHISON, G/C James Alexander, OBE (C1142) - Medal of Freedom with Bronze Palm - Award effective 25 July 1947 as per AFRO 403/47 of that date. Presented 14 August 1947 by Captain R.A. Weekley, USAF, Edmonton. Citation provided 26 May 1947 by Colonel Jack C. Hodgson, Military Attache writing to AFHQ.

 

Group Captain James Alexander Hutchinson, Royal Canadian Air Force, performed meritorious services from June 1941 to March 1946. As commanding officer, No.4 Initial Training School, Edmonton, Alberta, Canada, through his resourcefulness, tact and attitude of helpfulness, he rendered services of inestimable value to the United States Forces in Canada. The cordial and effective co-operation he constantly displayed was an important factor in the successful accomplishment of the joint objective.

 

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HUTT, F/L (now S/L) Kenneth John (C1084) - Mention in Despatches - No.11 Squadron (Canada) - Awarded 1 January 1943 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 55/43 dated 15 January 1943. Born in Calgary, 11 March 1918. Home in Vancouver; enlisted there 13 October 1939.

 

This officer has flown 166 hours on 44 operational flights in the period 1 December 1941 to 23 August 1942. In the interval he has done an additional 165 hours, the great majority of which has consisted of instructing new pilots in the squadron. Flight Lieutenant Hutt is exceedingly able and willing in the performance of whatever duty arises and in addition enjoys the confidence, respect and goodwill of all with whom he comes in contact.

 

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HUTTON, W/C Douglas Verity (C4088) - Mention in Despatches - No.6 Group Headquarters (AFRO only gives unit as "Overseas") - Award effective 14 June 1945 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 1395/45 dated 31 August 1945. Born in Brantford, Ontario, 9 October 1902; educated there, 1909-1920; attended University of Toronto, 1920-1927 (School of Medicine including three years postgraduate work in Paediatrics and Contagion). Practised medicine in Toronto thereafter. Enlisted in Toronto, 2 February 1941 and commissioned; posted to Recruiting Centre, Montreal, 17 March 1941; promoted Flight Lieutenant with effect from 3 May 1941; posted to "Y" Depot, Halifax, 3 March 1942; embarked from Canada, 30 April 1942; arrived in Britain 13 May 1942; to No.408 Squadron, 26 May 1942; to Station Leeming, 14 January 1943 and promoted Squadron Leader; at various times attached to No.6 Group Headquarters, and finally posted to that headquarters on 21 May 1944 with promotion to Wing Commander. Repatriated to Greenwood, Nova Scotia, 7 August 1945; released 2 October 1945. Rejoined RCAF Auxiliary, 1 October 1950 to 1 March 1952 as Commanding Officer to No.4011 Reserve Medical Unit, Windsor, Ontario. No citation.

 

HUTTON, W/C Douglas Verity (C4088) - Officer, Order of the British Empire - No.6 Group Headquarters (AFRO only gives unit as "Overseas") - Award effective 1 January 1946 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 155/46 dated 15 February 1946. No citation.

 

NOTE: Although no citations or recommendations for his awards have been found, the following statements by his superiors:

 

This officer has done a lot to help morale as well as keep the physical fitness of the squadron at a high standard. (W/C W.D. Ferris, No.408 Squadron, 14 January 1943).

 

This officer is very proficient in the discharge of his duties as Station medical Officer and time has no meaning for him. He is always trying to help others and is very reliable, particularly as a Medical Officer. He has many friends and as President of the Mess Committee has done a good job. Has initiative and good ideas which he is always bringing forward. A very good officer and doctor. (S/L J.M.J.G.A. Janin, Station Leeming, 24 September 1943).

 

Previous to his present appointment as Senior Medical Officer, No.6 Group, he carried out the duties of a Station Medical Officer with considerable efficiency. As Senior Medical Officer Group since May 1944 he shows evidence of proving capable. (A/V/M A. Baker, Senior Medical Officer for Bomber Command, 14 September 1944).

 

Intensely interested in his duties. Has an excellent contact with air crew, and works hard. Keeps his finger on the pulse of the general health and sanitation situation at all times. (A/V/M C.M. McEwen, No.6 Group Headquarters, 3 February 1945).

 

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HUTTON, W/C Edward Arnold Denys (C1124) - Mention in Despatches - Bomber Command Headquarters - Award effective 14 June 1945 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 1395/45 dated 31 August 1945. Born in Manchester, England, 16 February 1909. Educated at Polytechnical School, London. Signalman, 10th Divisional Signals (Militia), 1932-1934. Enlisted as an airman in RCAF, Winnipeg, 4 October 1934 as a radio technician. Trained at Camp Borden. On coastal patrols out of Dartmouth, 1935-1936. Signals instructor with No.112 (Auxiliary) Squadron, Winnipeg, 1937-1938; signals instructor, Wireless School, Trenton, 1939. Assisted in formation of Nos.1 and 2 Wireless Schools, 1940. Co-operated with De Havilland Aircraft to develop radio training aircraft.At AFHQ, Ottawa, 1941-1944 as Staff Officer in Charge, Signals, Training; also attended No.2 Course, RCAF Staff College. Headquarters, Bomber Command, 1944-1945 as Staff Officer, radio Maintenance; on nucleus planning staff for TIGER FORCE. Late in 1945 he went to No.84 Group, BAFO (signals intelligence and disarmament). Canadian Joint Staff, Washington, 1946-1947 (Chief Signals Officer and Canadian representative on various signals agencies). AFHQ, Ottawa, 1948 as Director of Signals. Commanding Officer, RCAF Station Clinton, 1951. Commissioned as a Flying Officer, 6 October 1939; Flight Lieutenant in 1940; Squadron Leader in 1941; Wing Commander 5 August 1942; Group Captain 1949.

 

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HUTTON, P/O George Enderby (J93462) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.425 Squadron - Award effective 10 May 1945 as per London Gazette dated 25 May 1945 and AFRO 1291/45 dated 10 August 1945. Born in Toronto, 1924; home there. Educated at Laval University before becoming telephone repairman. Served in Royal Canadian Artillery. Enlisted in Toronto, 10 November 1942. Trained at No.9 BGS (graduated 28 January 1944). Commissioned December 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.1731 (PAC RG.24 Vol.20608) has recommendation dated 18 December 1944 when he had flown 17 sorties (90 hours 40 minutes):

 

On October 14th, 1944, the crew of which Flight Sergeant Hutton was the rear gunner were detailed to bomb Duisburg, Germany. When the aircraft was about twenty minutes flying time from the target, this N.C.O. sighted a twin engine fighter. He immediately advised the pilot and gave evasive action to port. As the enemy dove to attack, Flight Sergeant Hutton opened fire on the enemy fighter. The enemy aircraft broke away and came back for a second attack.

 

The eighty (80) rounds of ammunition fired by the rear gunner sent the enemy into a dive and [it] disappeared below. Very successful bombing was carried out without further incident.

 

Displaying exceptional coolness and precision under enemy opposition, Flight Sergeant Hutton, by his skill and direction, averted an attack which might have been disastrous to his crew. Such gallantry on operations is worthy of highest praise.

 

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HUYCK, FS Jack Jinks (R60758) - British Empire Medal - No.10 Repair Depot - Award effective 1 January 1945 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 89/45 dated 19 January 1945. Cited with FS P.C. Jacobs. Home in Strome, Alberta. Enlisted in Edmonton, 10 June 1940. At Armament School, Trenton, to February 1941 when he went to No.2 Wireless School, Calgary. Posted in July 1942 to No.4 Training Command Mobile Maintenance Unit where he did fieldwork on bomb sights and turrets. Transferred to No.10 Repair Depot, Calgary (1945-1949), then to No.11 Supply Depot (Calgary) and in 1954 to CEPE AAED (Edmonton). Later that year to Cold Lake. With CEPE to July 1961 when sent to Bagotville. On 20 January 1962 was commended by Chief of Air Staff for modifications to bomb shackle assembly adopted by RCAF; presented with binoculars, 2 February 1962, by G/C E.H.M. Walsh, Commanding Officer Station Bagotville. Other suggestions accepted were for better way to remove nose cones from CF-100, modified drogue gun on CF-100 ejection seats and improved jettison mechanism on CF-100 rocket pod tail cones.

 

These non-commissioned officers have been employed as armourers at this station and throughout their period of duty here have at all times taken a very keen interest in their work, displaying outstanding devotion to duty. They successfully designed a modification increasing the rotation of the turret on Bristol aircraft, which has been introduced in all Bolingbroke gunnery trainers. This has resulted in a great improvement in gunnery training at all Bombing and Gunnery Schools. The initiative and forethought of these non-commissioned officers are most praiseworthy.

 

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HYDE, WO1 (now P/O) Kenneth Thompson (R60260/J96534) - Mention in Despatches - No.420 Squadron - Award effective 24 December 1946 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 17/47 dated 10 January 1947. Home in Calgary; enlisted there 29 June 1940. Trained at No.1 ITS (graduated 17 August 1940), No.2 AOS (graduated 21 December 1940), No.4 BGS (graduated 2 February 1941), and No.1 ANS (graduated 20 March 1941).

 

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HYDE, FS Richard Carl (R132080) - Distinguished Flying Medal - No.78 Squadron - Award effective 5 February 1944 as per London Gazette dated 11 February 1944 and AFRO 644/44 dated 24 March 1944. Born in Manor, Saskatchewan, 1923; home there. Was a farmer prior to enlistment. Enlisted in Regina, 24 September 1941. Trained at No.2 WS (graduated 25 May 1942) and No.3 BGS (graduated 20 November 1942). Public Records Office Air 2/8782 confirms that he is an air gunner; recommended when he had flown 23 sorties (163 hours).

 

Flight Sergeant Hyde has completed a tour of operational duty, during which he has participated in attacks on some of the most heavily defended targets in Germany. His coolness and exceptional fearlessness in the face of the enemy have played no small in the successes achieved by his crew. On one occasion he shared in the destruction of an enemy aircraft. This airman's work on the ground has been of the highest standard and he has consistently displayed enthusiasm and devotion to duty.

 

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HYNAM, P/O Graham Stanley (J15652) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.420 Squadron - Award effective 31 December 1942 as per London Gazette dated 12 January 1943 and AFRO 232/43 dated 12 February 1943. Born in New Tredegar, Montana, 1920; home in Akron, Ohio. Enlisted in Niagara Falls, 24 October 1940. Trained at No.1 ITS (graduated 21 February 1941), No.10 EFTS (graduated 22 April 1941), and No.8 SFTS (graduated 27 July 1941). Commissioned June 1942.


This officer, who has taken part in attacks on many of the enemy's most heavily defended targets, has achieved success with almost unfailing regularity. He is a gallant and determined captain of aircraft, who has always pressed home his attacks with the greatest resolve and spirit and has set an excellent example to all.

 

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HYNDMAN, S/L Roy Hall (C1628) - Commended for Valuable Services in the Air - No.6 SFTS - Awarded 16 April 1943 as per London Gazette of 13 April 1943 and AFRO 1035/43 dated 4 June 1943 - Born in Ottawa, 23 January 1913; enlisted there, 29 January 1940 - Trained at No.1 ITS (graduated 17 May 1940), Trenton (graduated 16 June 1940) and No.1 SFTS (graduated 5 October 1940). Awarded AFC, 1 January 1944. CHECK AFRO FOR UNIT - 5 SFTS or 6 SFTS. Governor General's Records (RG.7 Group 26, Volume 57, File 190-I) has citation (unit given as No.6 SFTS).

 

The devotion to duty and energetic and capable manner displayed by this officer, especially in connection with flying instructor duties and as Commander of his Squadron, are an inspiration to his pupils and to other instructors. His flying instructional hours are approximately 1,000 completed over a period of two years.

 

 

HYNDMAN, S/L Roy Hall (C1628) - Air Force Cross - No.5 SFTS - Award effective 1 January 1944 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 113/44 dated 21 January 1944. Previously Commended, 16 April 1943 (which see for biographical details).

 

This officer, by his untiring energy and devotion to duty, has set a splendid example to all ranks serving under him. He is a very capable pilot and as a flying instructor, flight commander and squadron commander he has built up a splendid record. By a keen and determined manner in the carrying out of all his duties Squadron Leader Hyndman has greatly contributed to the Combined Training Establishment.

 

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HYNDMAN, F/O William Wesley Burton (J37118) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.158 Squadron - Award effective 5 July 1945 as per London Gazette dated 20 July 1945 and AFRO 1619/45 dated 19 October 1945. Born in Lachine, Quebec, 1924; home there. Was a draughtsman prior to enlistment. Enlisted in Montreal, 15 September 1942. Trained at No.5 ITS (graduated 1 May 1943), No.10 EFTS (graduated 25 June 1943) and No.8 SFTS (graduated 15 October 1943). Commissioned 1943. No citation other than "completed...numerous operations against the enemy in the course of which [he has] invariably displayed the utmost fortitude, courage and devotion to duty". Public Records Office Air 2/9081 has recommendation dated 15 March 1945 when he had flown 36 sorties (211 hours two minutes), 15 October 1944 to 11 March 1945. NOTE: sortie list including times almost identical to that of F/O L.H. Kemp suggesting they were same crew.

 


15 Oct 44 Wilhelmshaven (3.45) Good attack; many fires.

25 Oct 44 Essen (5.18) Hit Krupp works.

29 Oct 44 Zoutelande (3.30) Bombed target.

30 Oct 44 Cologne (6.22) Bombed through clouds.

2 Nov 44 Dusseldorf (5.51) Many fires; heavy attack.

4 Nov 44 Bochum (4.55) Successful.

6 Nov 44 Gelsenkirchen (4.39) Good bombing and many fires.

29 Nov 44 Essen (6.12) Successful attack.

30 Nov 44 Duisburg (6.09) Bombed through clouds.

2 Dec 44 Hagen (6.33) do.

5 Dec 44 Soest (6.17) Bombed aiming point.

6 Dec 44 Osnabruck (6.08) Bombed through cloud.

21 Dec 44 Cologne/Nippes (5.51) do.

24 Dec 44 Essen/Mulheim a/f Bombed airfield.

26 Dec 44 St.Vith (4.57) Bombed aiming point.

28 Dec 44 Opladen (5.41) Bombed through cloud.

29 Dec 44 Coblenz (6.03) Bombed marshalling yard.

30 Dec 44 Cologne (6.03) Bombed through clouds.

1 Jan 45 Dortmund (4.35) Successful attack.

5 Jan 45 Hanover (4.57) Bombed through cloud.

6 Jan 45 Hanau (6.31) do.

14 Jan 45 Saarbrucken (6.51) Good attack; A/P bombed.

16 Jan 45 Magdeburg (5.58) Concentrated fires seen.

3 Feb 45 Bottrop (4.00) Bombed as ordered.

4 Feb 45 Gelsenkirchen (5.23) Cloud over target; bombed.

7 Feb 45 Goch (6.36) Recalled by Master Bomber.

9 Feb 45 Wanne-Eickel (6.05) Many fires; bombed target.

13 Feb 45 Bohlen (8.29) Bombed as ordered.

14 Feb 45 Chemnitz (8.20) Concentrated fires.

21 Feb 45 Worms (6.41) Bombed target; many fires.

23 Feb 45 Essen (5.38) Successful attack; cloudy.

24 Feb 45 Kamen (5.59) Bombed in cloud.

27 Feb 45 Mainz (6.31) do.

2 Mar 45 Cologne (5.28) Successful sortie.

5 Mar 45 Chemnitz (8.35) Cloud; bombed target.

11 Mar 45 Essen (5.12) Bombed in cloud.

 

Flying Officer Hyndman has just completed a tour of 36 operational sorties as a pilot in Halifax III aircraft with No.158 Squadron. It has been a tour distinguished by able airmanship and coolness and courage of a very high order.

 

All but one of his sorties have been to targets in the most heavily defended areas of Germany but, whatever the odds, he has never hesitated to press home his attack and to complete the mission for which he was briefed.

 


Keen to fly against the enemy on every possible occasion, he was a constant source of inspiration to a first class crew. His natural sense of leadership brought them safely through many hazards.

 

It is recommended that the outstanding operational record of this pilot, his courage in the face of enemy fire and his unfailing devotion to duty throughout an excellent tour be recognized by the award of the Distinguished Flying Cross.

 

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HYSLOP, F/L Murray Carslaw (J17380) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.39 Squadron - Award effective 15 May 1944 as per London Gazette dated 23 May 1944 and AFRO 1380/44 dated 30 June 1944. Born in Edmonton, 1912; home there. Enlisted in Edmonton, 15 March 1941. Trained at No.4 ITS (graduated 26 July 1941), No.16 EFTS (graduated 13 September 1941) and No.10 SFTS (graduated 19 December 1941). See article by him and Douglas G. Faulder, "Mediterranean Torpedo Pilot", in Journal of the Canadian Aviation Historical Society, Volume 35, No.1.

 

Flight Lieutenant Hyslop has completed numerous operational sorties of a varied nature. He has taken part in mine-laying operations, night bombing sorties, convoy escort and anti-submarine patrols. This officer has done much work in connection with air/sea rescue providing cover for air/sea rescue aircraft in enemy waters. During fighter patrols Flight Lieutenant Hyslop has been credited with the destruction of two enemy aircraft.