IDE, F/O Floyd Ivan (J86472) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.156 Squadron - Award effective 6 January 1945 as per London Gazette dated 16 January 1945 and AFRO 508/45 dated 23 March 1945. Born in Saskatoon, 1922; home in New Westminster. Enlisted in Saskatoon, 26 May 1941. Trained at No.9 BGS (graduated 9 March 1943). No citation other than "completed...numerous operations against the enemy in the course of which [he has] invariably displayed the utmost fortitude, courage and devotion to duty." Public Records Office Air 2/9039 has recommendation dated 24 October 1944 when he had flown 47 sorties (264 hours 41 minutes).
10 Nov 43 Modane 28 May 44 Mardyck
22 Nov 43 Berlin 31 May 44 Mont Couple
26 Nov 43 Berlin 5 June 44 Longes
16 Dec 43 Berlin 7 June 44 Foret de Cerisy
20 Dec 43 Frankfurt 8 June 44 Bourges
23 Dec 43 Berlin 14 June 44 St.Pol
29 Dec 43 Berlin 17 June 44 Montdidier
1 Jan 44 Berlin 2 July 44 Oisemont
2 Jan 44 Berlin 7 July 44 Vaires
4 Jan 44 Brunswick 10 July 44 Nucourt
20 Jan 44 Berlin 11 July 44 Gapennes
21 Jan 44 Magdeburg 12 July 44 Tours
27 Jan 44 Berlin 18 July 44 Wesseling
24 Feb 44 Schweinfurt 24 July 44 Stuttgart
25 Feb 44 Augsburg 25 July 44 Stuttgart
11 Apr 44 Aachen 28 July 44 Hamburg
22 Apr 44 Dusseldorf 1 Aug 44 Prouville
24 Apr 44 Karlsruhe 4 Aug 44 Paulliac
26 Apr 44 Essen 25 Aug 44 Russelheim
27 Apr 44 Freidrichshafen 26 Aug 44 Kiel
12 May 44 Louvain 29 Aug 44 Stettin
19 May 44 Mont Couple 12 Sept 44 Frankfurt
22 May 44 Dortmund 15 Sept 44 Kiel
27 May 44 Rennes
Pilot Officer Ide has completed 47 operational sorties, 32 of which have been with the Pathfinder Force. Included in the many German targets attacked are such heavily defended areas as Berlin, Schweinfurt and Essen.
This officer is a keen and determined Gunner who has given a good account of himself during his operational career. He is efficient and reliable, and always on the alert. His teamwork and correct directions has resulted in many successful evasions of enemy aircraft.
He has shown loyalty and devotion to duty of a high order, and I recommend him for the award of the Distinguished Flying Cross.
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IDLER, P/O David Richard (J88255) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.12 Squadron - Award effective 5 April 1945 as per London Gazette dated 17 April 1945 and AFRO 918/45 dated 1 June 1945. Born in Winnipeg, 1923; home in Vancouver. Was a student prior to enlistment. Enlisted in Vancouver, 4 August 1942. Trained at No.7 ITS (graduated 19 March 1943) and No.2 AOS 9 (graduated 20 August 1943). Commissioned July 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". Public Records Office Air 2/9060 has recommendation dated 10 January 1945 when he had flown 27 sorties (147 hours 34 minutes), 22 June to 21 December 1944.
22 Jun 44 Marquise Mimoyeque 8 Sept 44 Le Havre
23 Jun 44 Saintes 19 Sep 44 Rheine-Hopstein
24 Jun 44 Fleures 20 Sep 44 Calais
28 Jun 44 Domleger 5 Oct 44 Saarbrucken
2 July 44 Domleger 19 Oct 44 Stuttgart
12 Jul 44 Revigny 29 Oct 44 Domberg
16 Jul 44 Sannerville 30 Oct 44 Cologne
20 Jul 44 Wizernes 6 Nov 44 Gelsenkirchen
24 Jul 44 Stuttgart 9 Nov 44 Wanne Eickel
29 Jul 44 Caumont 11 Nov 44 Dortmund
2 Aug 44 Le Havre 4 Dec 44 Karlsruhe
4 Aug 44 Paulliac 14 Dec 44 Kattegat
7 Aug 44 Caen 21 Dec 44 Bonn
12 Aug 44 Brunswick
Pilot Officer Idler, a Canadian, has completed twenty-seven most successful operations against the enemy, including many on heavily defended targets in Germany such as Stuttgart, Brunswick, Saarbrucken, Cologne, Gelsenkirchen, Dortmund, Karlsruhe and Bonn.
His navigational skill has not only made his attacks most effective but has undoubtedly contributed very largely to the safety of his aircraft and crew. On many of his attacks he has had to navigate under most difficult conditions of high and unpredictable winds and frequently in the face of strong enemy opposition. He has always mastered his difficulties magnificently and instilled the utmost confidence in his crew.
Pilot Officer Idler's exceptional ability coupled with magnificent fortitude and courage would receive fitting recognition in the award of the Distinguished Flying Cross.
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ILLINGHAM, Sergeant Arthur Francis (R4020) - Mention in Despatches - Award effective 1 January 1943 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 232/43 dated 12 February 1943. File not found at DHist (17 December 1990).
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IMRIE, F/L Allister Andrew Thomas (J3525) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.10 (BR) Squadron - Award effective 1 January 1944 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 113/44 dated 21 January 1944. Born in Toronto, 26 November 1911. Enlisted in Hamilton, 24 June 1940. Trained at No.1 SFTS (graduated 21 May 1942).
Flight Lieutenant Imrie has shown exceptional zeal in the manner in which he carries out his operational sorties. Last winter, when practically all aircraft were grounded due to weather conditions, he located and escorted to safety large and heavily laden troop transports which were proceeding through mid-ocean patrol when the aircraft and equipment were still largely experimental and when weather conditions were invariably adverse over the Atlantic. This officer has a record of unbroken series of tasks well done and has been an inspiration to all members of his squadron.
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IMRIE, S/L Brainard Shield (J4425) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.434 Squadron - Award effective 17 November 1944 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 1/45 dated 5 January 1945. Born in Toronto, 1913; home in Renfrew, Ontario. Enlisted in Sudbury, 20 July 1940. Trained at No.1 ITS (graduated 3 November 1940), No.7 EFTS (graduated 23 December 1940) and No.6 SFTS (graduated 5 March 1941). Commissioned 1941.
This officer has completed numerous sorties against the enemy, including attacks on such heavily defended targets as Emden, Brunswick, Stuttgart and Arras. In September 1944, when he was attacking Castrop Rauxel, his aircraft was hit by anti-aircraft fire before and during the bombing run, resulting in the cessation of oil to the starboard outer engine and damage to the main fuel supply to the starboard inner engine. Both engines ceased to function. The aircraft lost height and was repeatedly hit by anti-aircraft fire. Nevertheless, Squadron Leader Imrie maintained complete control of his aircraft and his task was successfully completed. Leaving the target area the aircraft was again hit and the elevator control rod was partly severed. Shortly afterward the starboard inner engine became serviceable and height was regained. Squadron Leader Imrie reached base safely, where on inspection forty-two holes were found in the aircraft. Squadron Leader Imrie has shown outstanding courage and leadership and a fine fighting spirit, pressing home his attacks against the enemy whatever the opposition.
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INCHES, F/L Donald James (J20146) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.609 Squadron - Award effective 20 June 1945 as per London Gazette dated 29 June 1945 and AFRO 1453/45 dated 14 September 1945. Born in 1921, St.Stephen, New Brunswick; home there. Enlisted there 15 September 1939. Trained at No.3 ITS (graduated 27 March 1942), No.14 EFTS (graduated 3 July 1942) and No. 2 SFTS (graduated 24 October 1942). Commissioned 1942.
Since January 1944, Flight Lieutenant Inches has taken part in a large number of attacks against a wide variety of targets. He has led his flight and on occasion the squadron on many successful sorties against heavily defended targets. He took part in the crossing of the Rhine when he led his flight on two sorties against anti-aircraft positions which were engaged on our airborne forces. A brilliant leader, this officer has always pressed home his attacks with courage, skill and great determination.
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INGALLS, F/L Bruce Johnston (J17096) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.72 Squadron - Award effective 15 May 1944 as per London Gazette dated 23 May 1944 and AFRO 1380/44 dated 30 June 1944. Born in Danville or Sayabec, Quebec, 26 June 1921; home in Sayabec. Educated in Danville, Quebec. Enlisted in Montreal, 11 July 1941. Trained at No.5 ITS (graduated 26 October 1941), No.13 EFTS (graduated 21 December 1941) and No.13 SFTS (graduated as a Sergeant Pilot, 10 April 1942). At "Y" Depot, Halifax, 12-30 April 1942. Arrived in UK, 12 May 1941. Further trained at No.5 (P) AFU, 23 June to 14 July 1942 and No.61 OTU, 14 July to 6 October 1942. With No.402 Squadron 6 October 1942 to 5 May 1943; left Britain on 17 May 1943, arriving in North Africa on 27 May 1943. With No.72 Squadron, 12 May 1943 to 4 March 1944. Had been promoted to Flight Sergeant, 10 October 1942; commissioned 29 January 1943; promoted to Flying Officer, 29 July 1943 and to Flight Lieutenant, 4 March 1944. With No.417 Squadron 4 March 1944 to 16 June 1944. Killed in action (flak). Chris Shores, Aces High (2nd edition) lists the following victories: 12 July 1943, one Ju.52 destroyed plus one Bf.109 damaged (Spitfire EN358); 12 September 1943, one Bf.109 destroyed plus one damaged (MA637); 27 January 1944, one FW.190 destroted (MA637); 7 February 1944, one FW.190 destroyed (MH562, possible shared with another pilot); 16 February 1944, one FW.190 destroyed (identity of his aircraft uncertain); 20 February 1944, one FW.190 destroyed (MH699); 16 March 1944, one FW.190 destroyed (JG173, "E"); 19 March 1944, one Bf.109 destroyed (JF956 "B"). Photo is PL-27173.
Flight Lieutenant Ingalls joined this squadron in Malta and flew many sorties during the invasion of Sicily, subsequently he took part in the Salerno operations and has been flying with the squadron on all occasions during the Italian campaign. On many occasions it has been due to this officer's accurate reporting of the presence of enemy aircraft that his squadron has been able to engage them. He has destroyed at least five enemy aircraft and damaged others.
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INGALLS, F/O Ross Baxter (J4771) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.142 Squadron - Award effective 4 August 1942 as per London Gazette dated 11 August 1942 and AFRO 1371/42 dated 28 August 1942. Born in Danville, Quebec, 23 July 1914. Educated at Brantford and Bishop's University. Enlisted in Quebec, 19 July 1940. Trained at No.2 ITS (graduated 30 September 1941), No.3 AOS (graduated 6 January 1941), No.2 BGS (graduated 17 February 1941), and No.1 ANS (graduated 15 March 1941). Sent overseas, 1941. Returned to Canada, 1944. Appointed executive assistant to Chief of Air Staff. To Royal Roads, 1947. To London, England, 1949. To staff of RCAF Staff College, Toronto, 1951. Commanding Officer Station, Winnipeg, January 1953. To AFHQ (Director of Air Intelligence), August 1955. To attend National Defence College, Kingston, 1959. To Sweden as Air Attache, December 1960. Later at Northern NORAD Headquarters, North Bay. Awarded Queen's Coronation Medal, 23 October 1953 (Group Captain).
As air observer Flying Officer Ingalls has participated in numerous operational sorties over enemy occupied territory. His coolness in the face of the heaviest defences has contributed materially to the successes obtained. Whatever the circumstances, he shows the greatest determination to locate and bomb his objective. He always endeavours to impart his knowledge to those of less experience.
NOTE: Public Record Office Air 2/9595 has an earlier draft of this citation, compiled when he had flown 25 sorties (141 operational hours).
As air observer Flying Officer Ingalls has participated in numerous operational sorties over enemy and enemy occupied territory. His coolness in the face of the heaviest defences has contributed materially to the successes obtained. Unperturbed whatever the circumstances, he shows the greatest determination to locate and bomb his objective. He always endeavours to impart his knowledge to those with less experience.
INGALLS, S/L Ross Baxter, DFC (J4771) - Distinguished Service Order - No.582 Squadron - Award effective 14 July 1944 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 1861/44 dated 25 August 1944.
Since being awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross this officer has completed very many sorties, involving attacks on a wide range of important and well defended targets. His navigational ability has been of a high order throughout and he has played a good part in the successes obtained. He has at all times displayed a high degree of courage and determination and his example has impressed all.
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INGLES, W/C Charles Leycester (C3286) - Member, Order of the British Empire - Eastern Air Command Headquarters - Award effective 1 January 1946 as per Canada Gazette of that date and AFRO 82/46 dated 25 January 1946. Born in Thorold, Ontario; educated at Queen's University (civil engineering). Enlisted in Halifax, 1 September 1940. Trained as a pilot but employed in engineering. Remained in RCAF after the war (Queen's Coronation Medal, 21 October 1953 on strength of AFHQ); retired as a Group Captain in early 1960s.
This officer served first with the Royal Canadian Engineers, transferring in 1940 to the Royal Canadian Air Force. From the commencement of hostilities he has been responsible for the construction of aerodromes, bases and other works and buildings projects required by the tremendous expansion. His skill and devotion to duty overcame almost unsurmountable difficulties and the provision of facilities, upon which the defence plan depended, was in no small way due to his untiring efforts.
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INGLEBY, P/O William George (J86461) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.578 Squadron - Award effective 2 October 1944 as per London Gazette dated 17 October 1944 and AFRO 2637/44 dated 8 December 1944. Born in Toronto, 1922; home there. Enlisted in Toronto, 6 February 1942. Trained at No.5 ITS (graduated 25 July 1942), No.5 BGS (graduated 16 December 1942) and No.1 CNS (graduated 8 February 1943). Commissioned 1944. No citation other than "completed... numerous operations against the enemy in the course of which [he has] invariably displayed the utmost fortitude, courage and devotion to duty". Public Records Office Air 2/9026 has recommendation dated 17 July 1944 when he had flown 37 sorties (181 hours 15 minutes), 20 January to 6 July 1944.
* daylight sortie
20 Jan 44 Berlin (7.30) 10 May 44 Lens (3.38)
21 Jan 44 Magdeburg (6.15) 11 May 44 Trouville (3.38)
28 Jan 44 Berlin (7.47) 24 May 44 Boulogne (3.15)
30 Jan 44 Berlin (7.02) 27 May 44 Bourg Leopold (3.48)
15 Feb 44 Berlin (6.48) 31 May 44 Trappes (5.41)
19 Feb 44 Leipzig (6.57) 2 June 44 Haringzelles (2.59)
7 Mar 44 Le Mans (4.44) 4 June 44 Boulogne (3.26)
13 Mar 44 Le Mans (5.21) 5 June 44 Mont Fleury (4.24)
15 Mar 44 Stuttgart (8.08) 15 June 44 Fouillard (5.17)
18 Mar 44 Frankfurt (5.31) 17 June 44 St.Martin l'Hortier (3.54)
22 Mar 44 Frankfurt (5.57) 22 June 44 Siracourt (3.52)*
24 Mar 44 Berlin (7.19) 24 June 44 Le Grand Rossignol (3.39)*
26 Mar 44 Essen (4.36) 27 June 44 Marquise Mimoyecques (3.47)*
9 Apr 44 Lille (4.16) 28 June 44 Wizernes (3.00)*
10 Apr 44 Tergnier (4.58) 30 June 44 Villers Bocage (4.40)*
18 Apr 44 Tergnier (4.18) 1 July 44 Oisemont (3.37)*
20 Apr 44 Ottignes (3.56) 5 July 44 St.Martin l'Hortier (3.57*
22 Apr 44 Dusseldorf (4.36) 6 July 44 Croixdale (3.40)*
26 Apr 44 Villeneuve (5.04)
Pilot Officer Ingleby has carried out 37 operations totalling 181.15 hours upon targets situated in such heavily defended areas as Berlin (five times), Leipzig, Frankfurt, Essen and Dusseldorf.
This outstanding Canadian Air Bomber has taken part in a large number of extremely successful raids against many of the most hard to find objectives, including strategic and tactical targets, in enemy territory. With keen perception he has sought out every target and with uncanny accuracy he has obtained many exceptionally fine photographic conformations of his expert aiming.
In addition his calm acceptance of the heaviest defences and his well-judged advice to his Captain during bombing runs have constituted indispensable factors in the completion of many operations. It is strongly recommended that he should receive the award of the Distinguished Flying Cross.
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INGRAM, W/C George Lew (C1285) - Air Force Cross - No. 16 SFTS - Award effective 21 April 1945 as per London Gazette dated 24 April 1945 and AFRO 802/45 dated 11 May 1945. Enlisted at Prince Albert, 3 October 1939. No citation in AFRO. When recommended he had flown 1,787 hours of which 900 were instructing (40 hours in past six months). Governor General's Records (RG.7 Group 26, Vol.58, file 190-I, dossier 6) has citation.
This officer has been actively engaged in pilot training since the beginning of the war. As an instructor he showed outstanding ability and a great deal of human understanding. He has held many key flying positions and did commendable work in organizing ferry crews for the Royal Air Force Ferry Command. His sincerity, ability and personality have inspired all aircrew who have trained under him and he has contributed very effectively to the Air Training Plan.
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INGRAM, F/O Kenneth Edgar (J13372) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.467 Squadron - Award effective 30 November 1943 as per London Gazette dated 7 December 1943 and AFRO 166/44 dated 28 January 1944. Home in Sault Ste. Marie. Enlisted in North Bay, 25 November 1941. Trained at No.5 ITS (graduated 9 April 1942) and No.9 AOS (graduated 14 August 1942).
Flying Officer Ingram has successfully navigated his aircraft to most of the major targets in Germany and Italy. In July 1943 he was navigator of an aircraft detailed to attack Essen. While over the target an anti-aircraft shell burst directly under the fuselage rendering one engine unserviceable and setting another on fire. Another shell caused the aircraft to fall into a spin. Whilst illuminated by searchlights, undismayed by the extensive damage caused, Flying Officer Ingram navigated the aircraft safely to base. Its successful return was largely due to his skill and ability. This officer has frequently proved himself an outstanding member of aircraft crew.
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INGRAMS, F/O Reginald Ross (J5907) - Air Force Cross - No.10 Squadron (Canada) - Award effective 1 January 1943 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 55/43 dated 15 January 1943. Born in Fairfield Island, B.C., 6 October 1915. Home in Saint John, New Brunswick. Enlisted at Montreal, 6 September 1940. Trained at No.1 ITS (graduated 14 January 1941), No.14 EFTS (graduated 17 March 1941) and No.3 SFTS (graduated 3 July 1941). A postwar press release said he had flown 600 hours (82 sorties) as of AFC. Later DFC. Served in postwar RCAF. The following citation found in Governor General's Records, RG.7 Group 26, Volume 57, file for 1943. Applied for first operational wings 4 April 1944; approved 20 April 1944; second operational wing approved January 1951.
This officer's devotion to duty and exceptional ability as a pilot have gained him the confidence of his aircrew when acting as a captain of aircraft and have been an inspiration to other members of the squadron. He has 601 flying hours to his credit, covering 82 operational sorties, a great deal of which were flown under adverse weather conditions.
INGRAMS, S/L Reginald Ross, AFC (J5907) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.145 (Bomber Reconnaissance) Squadron - Award effective 3 March 1945 as per Canada Gazette of that date and AFRO 563/45 dated 29 March 1945. No citation in AFRO other than "in recognition of valuable services in the air." Remained in postwar RCAF, rising to Wing Commander and retiring 1964. As of recommendation he had flown 2,100 hours, of which 1,325 were on operations (140 sorties). Governor General's Records (RG.7 Group 26, Vol.58, file 190-I, dossier 6) has citation.
This officer has completed hundreds of hours of operational flying in the North Atlantic area. As captain and pilot of aircraft he has maintained an exceptionally high standard of skill and efficiency. As a flight commander he has been an able leader, whose enthusiasm, courage and devotion to duty have been an inspiring example to those serving under him.
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INGS, W/C Ralph Royden (C27599) - Mention in Despatches - Eastern Air Command Headquarters (deceased) - Award effective 8 June 1944 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 1380/44 dated 30 June 1944. Born in Charlottetown; educated in Switzerland, France, and Ontario Agricultural College. Farming before the war, he joined the army, then switched to RCAF in Halifax, June 1943. Killed in air crash, 3 November 1943.
This officer was associated with Eastern Air Command from the beginning of the war, first as Army Liaison Officer and, later, after transferring to the Royal Canadian Air Force, as Command Intelligence Officer, which appointment he held when he was killed in a flying accident. Throughout his service in this Command he displayed initiative, energy and devotion far beyond the normal course of duty. The loss of his service to this Command was a tragedy.
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INMAN, F/L Derek Arnold (J16149) - Mention in Despatches - No.24 OTU - Award effective 1 January 1945 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 337/45 dated 23 February 1945. Home in Toronto. Enlisted in Montreal, 9 January 1941. Trained at No.1 ITS (graduated 22 April 1941), No.1 AOS (graduated 20 July 1941), No.1 BGS (graduated 1 September 1941) and No.2 ANS (graduated 30 August 1941).
INMAN, S/L Derek Arnold (J16149) - Mention in Despatches - Overseas - Award effective 14 June 1945 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 1395/45 dated 31 August 1945.
INMAN, S/L Derek Arnold (J16149) - Mention in Despatches - Overseas - Award effective 1 January 1946 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 322/46 dated 29 March 1946.
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INNES, F/L Bruce Evans (J16925) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.402 Squadron - Award effective 3 September 1945 as per London Gazette dated 14 September 1945 and AFRO 1672/45 dated 2 November 1945. Born 26 January 1921 at Battleford, Saskatchewan. Private and Lance Corporal in Prince Albert and Battleford Volunteers. Enlisted in Saskatoon, 16 October 1940. No.1 Manning Depot, Toronto, 16 October to 9 November 1940. Assigned briefly to guard duty at Ottawa. Trained at No.1 ITS (graduated 7 February 1941), No.3 EFTS (graduated 10 April 1941) and No.9 SFTS (graduated 15 July 1941). Arrived in UK, 15 September 1941. Overseas continuously until October 1946, serving with No.402 Squadron from 11 November 1941 to 11 February 1944 and again from 2 December 1944 to 30 June 1945, plus non-operational duties with several other units. Survived being shot down over Channel, 17 May 1942. Repatriated to Canada, May 1946; released 2 July 1946. Combat claims as follows: 20 June 1943, one barge damaged; 29 September 1943, one FW.190 probably destroyed (shared one another pilot); 25 February 1945, one Me.262 damaged (shared with another pilot); 31 March 1945, one FW.190 destroyed, Oldenburg; 26 April 1945, one He.115 destroyed at moorings, Pulnitz; 30 April 1956, one FW.190 destroyed on ground, one FW.190 damaged on ground (latter shared with eight others); 3 May 1945, three Fi.156 damaged (shared with F/L Peck). See photo PL-7112.
Flight Lieutenant Innes has completed two tours of operational duty. He has attacked numerous ground targets and has destroyed three enemy aircraft and damaged others. He has also shown outstanding keenness and determination in engaging the enemy which have set a fine example to all who have flown with him.
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INVERARITY, F/O William (J21538) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.35 Squadron - Award effective 4 January 1944 as per London Gazette dated 8 May 1945 and AFRO 966/45 dated 8 June 1945. Born in Halifax, Nova Scotia, 1917; home in Tudor, Alberta. Enlisted in Calgary, 13 June 1940. Trained at No.9 BGS (graduated 4 December 1942). Commissioned 1942.
This officer as air gunner has completed numerous operations against the enemy in the course of which he has invariably displayed the utmost fortitude, courage and devotion to duty.
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IRELAND, F/L Arthur James (J11182) - 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 Courtnay, British Columbia. Enlisted in Edmonton, 10 May 1941. Trained at No.2 ITS (graduated 26 October 1941), No.6 AOS (graduated 31 January 1942), No.5 BGS (graduated 14 March 1942) and No.1 ANS (graduated 14 April 1942).
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IRELAND, F/L Elgin Gerald (J9464) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.411 Squadron - Award effective 27 April 1945 as per London Gazette dated 8 May 1945 and AFRO 966/45 dated 8 June 1945. Born in River View, Ontario, 1921; home in Toronto. Enlisted in Toronto 3 May 1941. Trained at No.3 ITS (graduated 8 August 1941), No.13 EFTS (graduated 25 September 1941) and No.13 SFTS (graduated 19 December 1941). Remained in postwar RCAF. Died at Comox, British Columbia, 3 September 2000. See photo PL-72044.
Over a long period of operations this officer has displayed a fine fighting spirit, outstanding enthusiasm and devotion to duty. By his coolness and daring in the face of superior odds he has set a fine example to the other pilots in his squadron. During the Arnhem paratroop operations Flight Lieutenant Ireland's aircraft was very badly damaged in an air combat with a Focke Wulf 190. Despite this he pressed home a telling attack and destroyed the enemy aircraft. Since then he has destroyed two more enemy aircraft bringing his total victories to at least three destroyed. In addition this officer has inflicted considerable damage on the enemy's mechanical transport and rolling stock.
IRELAND, F/L Elgin Gerald, DFC (J9464) - Netherlands Flying Cross - No.411 Squadron - Awarded 1 January 1946 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 183/46 dated 22 February 1946. Public Records Office Air 2/9642 has recommendation.
This officer completed numerous sorties in support of the airborne troops during the invasion of Holland. many of these sorties were completed in the face of fierce enemy fighter opposition. On one occasion, whilst in combat with a Focke Wulf 190, cannon fire from the enemy aircraft severely damaged Flight Lieutenant Ireland's aircraft; the ailerons were severed and a large hole was torn in the fuselage. Undeterred, Flight Lieutenant Ireland continued the attack and eventually destroyed the attacker. With great skill Flight Lieutenant Ireland then piloted his damaged aircraft back to base and made a successful landing. This officer's determination to complete his mission is worthy of the highest praise.
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IRELAND, Sergeant Florence Rita (W304187) - British Empire Medal - AFHQ - Awarded 14 June 1945 (RCAF Routine Order 1127/45 dated 6th July 1945). Born in Toronto, 29 August 1921. Educated in Mimico and Shaw's Business College. Before war was sales manager for Anaconda American Brass. Was a Clerk/admin prior to enlistment. Enlisted in Toronto, 29 May 1942.
Sergeant Ireland has been in charge of the stenographic pool of the Accounts and Finance Division at Air Force Headquarters for over two years. Her standards of deportment and performance of duties are exemplary and by her example and direction she has imbued her subordinates, both service and civilian personnel, with a keen desire to render proficient service which is reflected throughout the section. In addition to her supervisory duties, Sergeant Ireland is often required to carry out special stenographic assignments. These are completed to the same high standard that marks all her work. In every respect Sergeant Ireland is a credit to the Women's Division of the Royal Canadian Air Force.
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IRELAND, Sergeant Gordon (R71968) - Distinguished Flying Medal - No.35 Squadron - Award effective 5 February 1944 as per London Gazette dated 15 February 1944 and AFRO 644/44 dated 24 March 1944. Born in Toronto, 1920; home there. Was a sheet metal worker prior to enlistment. Enlisted in Toronto, 4 September 1940. No citation other than "...completed...many successful operations against the enemy in which [he] displayed high skill, fortitude and devotion to duty." Public Records Office Air 2/8782 has recommendation dated 15 December 1943 when he had flown 36 sorties (198 hours), 12 March 1943 (Essen) to 26 November 1943 (Stuttgart). These were as follows:
12 Mar 43 Essen 28 Mar 43 St.Nazaire
3 Apr 43 Essen 4 Apr 43 Kiel
13 May 43 Bochum 23 May 43 Dortmund
25 May 43 Dusseldorf 27 May 43 Essen
11 Jun 43 Munster 19 Jun 43 Le Creusot
21 Jun 43 Krefeld 22 Jun 43 Mulheim
24 Jun 43 Wuppertal 28 Jun 43 Cologne
3 Jul 43 Cologne 24 Jul 43 Hamburg
27 Jul 43 Hamburg 29 Jul 43 Hamburg
30 Jul 43 Rencheld 2 Aug 43 Hamburg
10 Aug 43 Nuremburg 12 Aug 43 Turin
16 Aug 43 Turin 23 Aug 43 Berlin
30 Aug 43 Munchen 15 Sep 43 Montlucon
16 Sep 43 Modane 22 Sep 43 Hanover
23 Sep 43 Mannheim 22 Oct 43 Kassel
11 Nov 43 Cannes 17 Nov 43 Mannheim
18 Nov 43 Mannheim 22 Nov 43 Berlin
23 Nov 43 Berlin 26 Nov 43 Stuttgart
This NCO has taken part as Flight Engineer in a large number of successful sorties against the most important and heavily defended targets, engaged in a most important role. His sound and efficient knowledge has enabled him to carry out the duties required of him during these operations to very good effect. In recognition of his fine service, Sergeant Ireland is recommended for the non-immediate award of the Distinguished Flying Medal.
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IRELAND, G/C John Graham, AFC (C1981) - Officer, Order of the British Empire - Awarded 1 January 1945 as per Canada Gazette dated 6 January 1945 and AFRO 89/45 dated 19 January 1945 - Air Force Headquarters (Director of Training Plans and Development), Ottawa - Born in Montreal, 12 May 1896. Member, RNAS and RAF, 2 February 1916-20 May 1919 and awarded AFC, 11 February 1919. Flew flying boats in North Sea (375 hours). Worked for Federal Paper Company between the wars, joining the RCAF on 8 May 1940. Attended RCAF School of Administration, Trenton, 31 May-30 June 1940 and then posted to AFHQ.
This officer, for the past four years, has been employed in Plans and Requirements in the Training Division at Air Force Headquarters. His work during this period has involved a mass of most intricate details, upon the accurate and expeditious handling of which the smooth running of the British Commonwealth Air Training Plan has depended. In a large measure it is due to this officer's untiring efforts and consistent devotion to duty, involving many more arduous hours of overtime work than could reasonably be expected of anyone, that the detailed arrangements for courses under the training plan have worked out so well and have required relatively so few adjustments. This officer's constant and meticulous care of all details of his work has been largely responsible for the production of trained aircrews for overseas duties.
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IRETON, F/L Charles Douglas Bothwell (J6803) - Commended for Valuable Services in the Air - No.12 SFTS - Award effective 21 April 1945 as per Canada Gazette of that date and AFRO 802/45 dated 11 May 1945. Home in Calgary; enlisted there 6 November 1941. Trained at No.2 ITS (graduated 26 March 1941), No.15 EFTS (graduated 28 May 1941) and No.7 SFTS (graduated 8 August 1941).
This officer has contributed greatly to the high standard attained in navigation instruction at No.12 Service Flying Training School. He has instructed for over two years and has always shown the greatest keenness in his work. His unswerving devotion to duty has set an excellent example for others to follow.
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IRVINE, WO2 (now F/O) James Franklin (Can 1953/C37539) - Mention in Despatches - No.164 Squadron - Award effective 1 January 1944 as per Canada Gazette of that date and AFRO 113/44 dated 21 January 1944. Born 27 August 1916 at Calgary. Enlisted in Calgary, 24 August 1934.
This Warrant Officer displayed vigour and initiative in organizing the Maintenance Section under most difficult conditions. His cheerful manner and diplomatic handling of personnel produced excellent results. The successful large deliveries of supplies to Northern bases has been partly made possible by the excellent standard of work maintained by this Warrant Officer since the formation of this unit.
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IRVINE, F/L John Alexander (J9908) - Mention in Despatches - No.422 Squadron - Award effective 14 January 1944 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 874/44 dated 21 April 1944. Born in Calgary, 12 April 1916; Enlisted in Edmonton, May 1941; trained at Brandon (Manning Depot), No.3 AOS (Regina), No.2 BGS (Mossbank), No.1 CNS (Rivers) and at Summerside. Proceeded overseas with Ferry Command, April 1942; with No.422 Squadron he delivered aircraft to Russia (recalls his first delivery involved flying at 150-200 feet with iceing conditions at 300 feet; duration, 18 hours); Bombing Leader with No.422 Squadron; returned to Canada March 1945; discharged in Calgary, November 1945. Logbook lost in a fire while attending Empire Air Navigation School, but as of 30 December 1944 S/L W.M. French (Flight Commander, No.422 Squadron) reported that Irvine has flown 539 hours 25 minutes on operations (day) plus 175 hours 35 minutes on operations (night), 15 July 1942 to 26 August 1944, and assessed him as "an Above Average Navigator". Information supplied by Mr. Irvine, letter to H.A. Halliday, 6 April 1998.
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IRVINE, P/O Joseph Vernon (J86686) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.425 Squadron - Award effective 1 December 1944 as per London Gazette dated 12 December 1944 and AFRO 337/45 dated 23 February 1945. Born in Toronto, 1920; home in Saskatoon. Trained at No.1 ITS, No.9 EFTS and No.11 SFTS. Commissioned 1944. 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.1730 (RG.24 Vol.20607) has recommendation dated 18 September 1944 at which time he had flown 37 sorties (168 hours) in tour from 18 March to 14 August 1944.
A captain of a bomber crew, Pilot Officer Irvine has recently completed a tour of operations over heavily defended targets in Germany, Belgium, Holland and France. Throughout his numerous sorties, this pilot has displayed great keenness, courage and efficiency.
During a trip to Frankfurt, the aircraft was attacked by an enemy fighter. The control column jammed and evasive action was rendered most difficult. Displaying outstanding determination to better the enemy, the pilot at last managed to corkscrew several times and finally had to do a loop. His superb airmanship was responsible for evading the enemy aircraft. As a result of the loop, the instruments on the instrument panel were unserviceable for about twenty minutes. Pilot Officer Irvine, displaying exceptional courage and ingenuity, succeeded in reaching base and in making a perfect landing.
Courage and determination in the face of the enemy are indicative of success. This gallant officer has been the driving force behind the other members of his crew. These characteristics are highly commendable and worthy of special praise.
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IRVINE, F/O Robert Davis (J36336) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.101 Squadron - Award effective 5 April 1945 as per London Gazette dated 13 April 1945 and AFRO 824/45 dated 18 May 1945. Born in Sarnia, 1923; home in Brigden, Ontario. Was a clerk prior to enlistment. Former member of Royal Canadian Artillery. Enlisted in London, Ontario, 14 May 1942. Trained at No.5 ITS (graduated 15 May 1943) and No.4 AOS (graduated 1 October 1943). Commissioned October 1943. No citation other than "completed... numerous operations against the enemy in the course of which [he has] invariably displayed the utmost courage and devotion to duty." Public Records Office Air 2/9059 has recommendation dated 14 January 1945 when he had flown 30 sorties (153 hours 25 minutes), 15 September to 15 December 1944. His sortie list is identical to that of F/O Harold G. Bullock, suggesting they were in the same crew.
15 Sep 44 Kiel 30 Oct 44 Cologne
16 Sep 44 Hopsten 31 Oct 44 Cologne
19 Sep 44 Rheydt 2 Nov 44 Dusseldorf
23 Sep 44 Neuss 4 Nov 44 Bochum
26 Sep 44 Cap Gris Nez 6 Nov 44 Gelsenkirchen
5 Oct 44 Saarbrucken 16 Nov 44 Duren
6 Oct 44 Bremen 18 Nov 44 Wanne Eickel
7 Oct 44 Emmerich 21 Nov 44 Aschaffenburg
11 Oct 44 Frederik Hendrik 27 Nov 44 Neuss
14 Oct 44 Duisburg 30 Nov 44 Duisburg
14 Oct 44 Duisburg 2 Dec 44 Hagen
23 Oct 44 Essen 4 Dec 44 Karlsruhe
25 Oct 44 Essen 6 Dec 44 Merseburg Leuna
28 Oct 44 Cologne 12 Dec 44 Essen
29 Oct 44 Domburg 15 Dec 44 Ludwigshaven
Flying Officer Irvine, a navigator of exceptional ability and resource, has completed a very fine tour with this squadron, comprising thirty successful sorties against the enemy. Many of the attacks in which this gallant Canadian officer has taken part have been fiercely contested and on many occasions his aircraft has been severely damaged. Setting a peerless example of fine resolution, Flying Officer Irvine has inspired his crew with confidence in his ability to navigate them to the target in the face of all obstacles and undeterred by the intensity of the opposition.
This officer's unconquerable enthusiasm for operations has been most marked and his outstanding determination to ensure that no efforts of his were spared to achieve the very best results have been a priceless asset to his captain and led to an excellent record of successful sorties.
It is recommended that Flying Officer Irvine's personal courage and fine operational record be recognized by an award of the Distinguished Flying Cross.
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IRVING, F/L William John (J10245) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.53 Squadron - Award effective 11 August 1944 as per London Gazette dated 22 August 1944 and AFRO 2231/44 dated 13 October 1944. Home in Coleman, Alberta. Enlisted in Calgary, 10 April 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).
This officer has been flying as captain of aircraft since February 943. On one occasion in June 1943 he encountered three U-boats and directed five other aircraft to them. His endeavours to co-ordinate this attack were so successful that two of the submarines were destroyed by aircraft and a third sunk by a surface vessel. Flight Lieutenant Irving's aircraft sustained severe damage during the attack. The following spring this officer completed an attack on a U-boat. Despite heavy opposition, three runs were made over the objective. Serious damage was inflicted by the anti-aircraft fire from the U-boat, but despite this, Flight Lieutenant Irving succeeded in making a safe return to base and landing without brakes or flaps. The determination and tenacity shown by this officer have always been of a high order.
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IRVING, F/O (now F/L) William Pollard (J10320) - Mention in Despatches - No.5 Squadron (now No.2 AOS) - Award effective 11 December 1943 as per London Gazette dated 14 December 1943 and AFRO 568/44 dated 17 March 1944. Home in Guersey, Saskatchewan; enlisted in Edmonton, 21 April 1941. Trained at No.2 ITS (graduated 15 August 1941), No.3 AOS (graduated 8 December 1941), No.2 BGS (graduated 17 January 1942) and No.1 ANS (graduated 23 February 1942) In spite of training given and citation below, he is listed in the July 1945 Air Force List as a Chaplain (United Church)!
This officer, as navigator, has been keen on anti-submarine operations in the North Atlantic for the past year. His ability and coolness on innumerable occasions has been instrumental in guiding his crew through most difficult conditions. During a recent submarine attack, Flying Officer Irving with great risk obtained a most valuable series of photographs from the aircraft. His conscientious devotion to duty has been outstanding at all times.
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IRWIN, F/L Albert Keith (J22132) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.83 Squadron - Award effective 4 November 1944 as per London Gazette dated 14 November 1944 and AFRO 239/45 dated 9 February 1945. Born in Princeton, British Columbia, 1917; home there. Formerly in Canadian Army. Enlisted in Vancouver, 3 March 1942. Trained at No.4 ITS (graduated 28 August 1942) and No.2 AOS (graduated 30 December 1942). Commissioned late 1942.
Flight Lieutenant Irwin is an accurate and determined navigator who has operated against the enemy with consistent success. He has participated in many sorties against a wide range of targets deep into Germany and enemy occupied territory. At all times he has maintained a high standard of skill and cool courage often in the face of strong enemy opposition. In August 1944 he was navigator of an aircraft which was attacked by enemy fighters on leaving the target area. Severe damage was sustained and all navigational aids were destroyed. After rendering assistance to the wounded members of the crew and despite many difficulties Flight Lieutenant Irwin skilfully navigated the aircraft safely back to this country.
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IRWIN, P/O Donald George (J88230) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.426 Squadron - Award effective 15 March 1945 as per London Gazette dated 27 March 1945 and AFRO 1127/45 dated 6 July 1945. Born in Islay, Alberta, 1922; home in Vancouver, B.C. or Hazeldine, Alberta. Was a student prior to enlistment. Enlisted in Edmonton, 30 July 1941. Trained at No.4 ITS (graduated 5 October 1941), No.5 EFTS (graduated 6 December 1941) and No.15 SFTS (graduated 28 March 1942). Commissioned March 1944. Posted from No 61 Base to No.426 Squadron, 14 June 1944; Posted to "R" Depot 27 November 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.2891 (RG.24 Vol.20633) has recommendation dated 1 December 1944 when he had flown 35 sorties (165 hours), 23 June to 28 October 1944.
Pilot Officer Irwin has completed one tour of operations as Captain of aircraft against such targets as Dusseldorf, Cologne, Kiel, Hamburg, Stuttgart and other heavily defended German cities. He has always shown himself to be a reliable, efficient Captain. On one occasion his aircraft was accurately engaged by flak on the bombing run and severely damaged. Pilot Officer Irwin, however, continued his run and dropped his bombs accurately on the target.
His determination to press home his attack has, at all times, been of a high standard and has set a fine example to all aircrew. Also his keenness to participate in operations and his interest in squadron activities has been an inspiration to all crews. He is therefore strongly recommended for the award of the Distinguished Flying Cross (Non-Immediate).
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IRWIN, P/O Donald George (J88230) - No.426 Squadron - French Croix de Guerre - Awarded as per AFRO 1619/45 dated 19 October 1945. DHist file 181.009 D.2891 (RG.24 Vol.20633) has recommendation dated 9 January 1945 by which time he had flown 35 sorties (165.00 hours).
This officer has participated in sixteen sorties in close support of the army of liberation from D-Day to the fall of Paris. On one occasion his aircraft was accurately engaged by flak on the bombing run and severely damaged. Pilot Officer Irwin, however, continued his run and dropped his bombs accurately on the target. His determination, resolution and keenness has been an excellent example and inspiration to all crews...
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IRWIN, A/C George Norman (C450) - Commander, Order of the British Empire - No.1 Training Command Headquarters - Award effective 1 January 1946 as per Canada Gazette of that date and AFRO 82/46 dated 25 January 1946. Born 27 February 1903. Home in Whitby. Enlisted in RCAF, 26 July 1933 in Toronto. Flying Officer same date; Flight Lieutenant 1 July 1937; Squadron leader 15 January 1940; Pilot 2 December 1936. Attended RCAF Auxiliary summer camps 1935 to 1939; CO, No.110 Squadron, 29 October 1939. Died 27 May 1983. For extensive obituary/biography see Winter 1983 issue of Journal of the Canadian Aviation Historical Soiety.
Air Commodore Irwin was one of the first officers appointed to the Auxiliary Air Force. His interest and enthusiasm in the unit which he served and commanded in prewar days were in a large measure responsible for the excellent showing of all personnel under his command during the war years. Since the commencement of hostilities he commanded with distinction, No.1 Manning Depot, No.14 Service Flying Training School, Aylmer, and finally served as Chief Staff Officer at No.1 Training Command Headquarters. All these duties he carried out in an energetic, thorough and capable manner. His strong character, unswerving loyalty and outstanding devotion to duty have invariably produced fine leadership and an example to those serving under him which has in turn been reflected in the efficiency of the units in which he has served. Throughout the war this officer was a tower of strength in the British Commonwealth Air Training Plan and his fine work is most praiseworthy.
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IRWIN, S/L Hugh Duval (C1884) - Knight Officer of the Order of Orange-Nassau with Swords (Netherlands) - No.2 TTS - Awarded as per AFRO 107/47 dated 28 February 1947. Enlisted in Ottawa, 22 April 1940. Public Records Office Air 2/9556 has a letter dated 7 January 1946 from Air Marshal G.O. Johnson to Air Ministry noting that Dutch wish to award this as per the following:
In recognition of distinguished services rendered while engaged as a Supply Officer and second in command of No.204 Civil Affairs Detachment in Holland.
IRWIN, S/L Hugh Duval (C1884) - Station Lachine - Chevalier of the Legion of Honour (France) - Awarded as per AFRO 379/51 and Canada Gazette dated 30 June 1951. Public Records Office Air 2/9172 has correspondence dated 11 August 1949 indicating some confusion as to whether the French should be communicating directly with Canadian authorities or whether the British Foreign Office should be the agent of communications. It is a minor matter, probably arising from French uncertainties about protocol. The text seems to have been in existence since at least January 1948. He is described as "Assistant to Officer Commanding Repatriation, 8th Army Corps, 21st Group of Armies"
Brilliant Canadian officer who was responsible for part of the repatriation measures in the Zone of the British 8th Army Corps, and who was one of the first supporters of the idea of sending the French home by air.
He used every means to enable his scheme, which was adopted, to be put into effect, thus enabling our prisoners and deportees to return to France with unhoped-for rapidity.
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IRWIN, F/L John Arnold (C7490) - 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 Meacham, Saskatchewan. Enlisted in Saskatoon, 29 April 1941. No citation in AFRO.
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IRWIN, Sergeant Joseph Allan (R78879) - Mention in Despatches - Dishforth - Award effective 1 January 1946 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 155/46 dated 15 February 1946. Home in Regina; enlisted there 29 November 1940. AFRO gives unit only as "Overseas"; unit found in McEwen Papers list of recommendations for MiD.
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IRWIN, F/O Robert Aubrey (J14212) - Belgian Croix de Guerre 1940 with Palm (deceased) - Awarded 17 July 1948 as per Canada Gazette of that date and AFRO 455/48 dated 23 July 1948. Navigator. Killed in action with No.424 Squadron, 27/28 May 1944, Halifax HX313. Buried in Belgium.
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IRWIN, Sergeant Robert James (R52230) - Mention in Despatches - No.6409 Servicing Echelon - Award effective 1 January 1945 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 425/45 dated 9 March 1945.
Home in Liberty, Saskatchewan. Enlisted in London, Ontario, 18 January 1940. DHist file 181.009 D.5529 (RG.24 Vol.20667) has letter dated 23 December 1943 from RAF Station Acklington to Commanding Officer, RAF Station Colby Grange, recommending Sergeant R.T. Irwin [sic], Corporal G. Reansbury and Corporal A.G. Townsley for Mention in Despatches. Irwin and Reansburg are Fitters IIE at No.3063 Echelon; Townsley is a Photographer with No.3063 Echelon.
On the night of 1st December 1943, when a Stirling crashed and burst into flames near the Airfield, these three NCOs rushed to the scene of the crash where they found that the aircraft had crashed into a farmhouse, trapping five children. In spite of the close proximity of the burning aircraft and the danger of the petrol tanks exploding these three NCOs worked untiringly for some four hours amid the ruins of the farmhouse and assisted, in a major fashion, the recovery of three of the children's bodies from the rubble and burning debris.
IRWIN, FS Robert James (R52230) - Mention in Despatches - No.6409 Servicing Echelon (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. No citation in AFRO. DHist file 181.009 D.5529 (RG.24 Vol.20667) has recommendation for a BEM dated 8 June 1945.
Flight Sergeant Irwin served with the RCAF in Canada for three years, then proceeded overseas to No.426 (RCAF) Squadron. He served a short time with 426 Squadron and joined 409 (RCAF) Squadron on 10 March 1943. While with this squadron Flight Sergeant Irwin has always displayed exceedingly high devotion to duty. He is the NCO in charge of "A" Flight and in this capacity has gained the respect of all aircrew he has to deal with, and the devotion of all airmen he has under his charge. The success of this squadron under adverse conditions in France, Belgium and Germany was due largely to energy and persistence of Flight Sergeant Irwin. This NCO has also displayed a remarkable degree of ingenuity and initiative in coping with maintenance problems which others have said impossible. Through this ingenuity and initiative this squadron has ranked first in serviceability and operational capacity in its' field. Flight Sergeant Irwin was mentioned in despatches (January 1st, 1945) for gallantry and has always displayed a determined manner. He has, with the same determination to see the job completed, volunteered for the Pacific Theatre of War and will, I know, be an inspiration to all airmen who serve under him.
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IRWIN, FS Ross Barrett (R69999) - Distinguished Flying Medal - No.78 Squadron - Award effective 1 February 1944 as per London Gazette dated 15 February 1944 and AFRO 644/44 dated 24 March 1944. Born in Sarnia, Ontario, 1921; home in South River, Ontario. Was a sheet metal worker prior to enlistment. Enlisted in Toronto, 8 August 1940. Cited with F/L R.N. Shard, DFM (RAF, awarded DFC).
Flight Lieutenant Shard and Flight Sergeant Irwin were pilot and flight engineer respectively of an aircraft detailed to attack Magdeburg one night in January 1944. During the operation the aircraft was attacked by a fighter and sustained much damage. The astrodome was shot away, the mid-upper and rear turrets were put out of action and the hydraulic gear was damaged. The port outer propeller blade was also damaged. The fighter made repeated attacks but Flight Sergeant Irwin, standing with his head protruding through the aperture which had been previously covered by the astrodome, gave the necessary directions to his pilot who was thus able to out-manoeuvre and eventually evade the attacker. Later one of the starboard engines had to be feathered. Nevertheless, Flight Lieutenant Shard flew the aircraft back to this country and landed the bomber safely in spite of badly damaged flaps and burst tires on two of the landing wheels. This officer and airman displayed great courage, determination and devotion to duty.
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IRWIN, F/L Walter Arnott (J12868) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.614 Squadron - Award effective 12 February 1945 as per London Gazette dated 23 February 1945 and AFRO 625/45 dated 13 April 1945. Born in Toronto, 1917; home there. Educated at University of Toronto. Enlisted in Toronto, 15 August 1941. Trained at No.3 ITS (graduated 2 January 1942), No.17 EFTS (graduated 13 March 1942) and No.8 SFTS (graduated 17 July 1942). Commissioned 1942.
Flight Lieutenant Irwin has completed numerous operational sorties, most of them against well defended targets in the Balkans, Hungary, Italy and southern Germany. During several attacks his aircraft has been damaged. On all occasions he has proved to be a resourceful and skilful pilot who has set a fine example to others.
NOTE: Public Records Office Air 2/9049 has recommendation by W/C J.S. Laird, Commanding Officer of No.614 Squadron, dated 4 December 1944 when he had flown 52 sorties (235 hours 55 minutes).
Flight Lieutenant Irwin has completed 52 operational sorties against the enemy; twelve flights have been carried out on Wellington aircraft, and after conversion, 40 night sorties have been completed on Halifax aircraft. These have been against most of the well defended targets in the Balkans, Italy, Hungary, France and southern Germany, including high priority targets in Munich, Bucharest and Ploesti i-Campina area, and carried out using Pathfinder technique, illuminating and marking the target for Main Force.
He has displayed a fine fighting spirit and a determination to press hoe attacks in the face of strong enemy ground defences, and has on several occasions carried out his orders in spite of previous damage to his aircraft.
Flight Lieutenant Irwin has consistently shown outstanding qualities of airmanship, and as a captain of aircraft has made himself and his crew one of the most efficient on the squadron. He has proved himself a resourceful and skilful pilot, setting a fine example to others.
For devotion to duty and courage displayed in the face of the enemy, it is strongly recommended that this officer be awarded a non-immediate award of the Distinguished Flying Cross.
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IRWIN, W/C William Roy, DFC (C2344) - Member, Order of the British Empire - No.3 SFTS - Award effective 1 January 1944 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 113/44 dated 21 January 1944. Born in Ripley, Ontario, 7 June 1898. First World War fighter pilot, awarded DFC and Bar. Attained wartime rank of Wing Commander, 1 December 1942. No citation in standard documents but found in his service file. Recommended for an OBE by Howsam, 15 September 1943 when he had flown 2,150 hours, of which 700 hours were as an instructor (130 hours in previous six months, 60 instructional). On 11 October 1943, G/C McKell noted on the recommendation, "Did not reach Priority List for OBE. Recommended for MBE." See Fall 1981 issue of Journal of the Canadian Aviation Historical Society for extensive biography.
Wing Commander Irwin has a splendid record, both as a Commanding Officer of a station and previously as a Chief Flying Instructor. He has been employed constantly on flying training duties since the outbreak of the war and has given excellent leadership by his outstanding personality, courage and determination. By his devotion to duty he has brought his station to a high level of efficiency.
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ISAACSON, F/O Leonard J. (J14555) - Croix de Guerre (France) - No.166 Squadron (AFRO gives unit only as "Overseas") - Awarded as per AFRO 1619/45 dated 19 October 1945. Home in Lethbridge, Alberta. Enlisted in Calgary, 6 November 1941. Trained at No.3 BGS (graduated 2 October 1942). Repatriated 21 January 1945. Public Records Office Air 2/9645 has citation.
This officer has completed 31 sorties against the enemy in France as air gunner. Throughout his tour of operations he has shown a complete disregard for enemy opposition and his fearlessness in the face of heavy odds and his excellent crew discipline have made him a worthy member of a gallant crew. On more than one occasion his successful handling of his guns has driven off the enemy and enabled his crew to press home the attack.
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ISENBERG, F/O Melville (J87286) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.434 Squadron - Award effective 8 September 1945 as per London Gazette dated 25 September 1945 and AFRO 1768/45 dated 23 November 1945. Home in Toronto; enlisted there 12 March 1942. Trained at No.1 ITS (graduated 21 November 1942), No.9 EFTS (graduated 20 February 1943) and No.5 SFTS (graduated 25 June 1943). DHist file 181.009 D.1941 (RG.9 Vol.20612) has recommendation dated 17 April 1945 when he had completed 33 sorties (203 hours 30 minutes), 7 August 1944 to 31 March 1945. The incident involving damage at Gelsenkirchen was 5 November 1944 when they came home on three engines. Sortie list says they were holed on 11 September 1944 and encountered fighters on 5, 7, and 31 March 1945 (fighter claimed damaged on last sortie).
Flying Officer Isenberg has completed numerous sorties including attacks against Hamburg, Chemnitz and Karlsruhe. On one occasion during an attack on Gelsenkirchen one engine of his aircraft was rendered unserviceable by heavy anti-aircraft fire. Undaunted, this officer completed his attack and brought his aircraft safely back to base. At all times he has displayed devotion to duty, gallantry and courage of a high order.
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ISENOR, WO2 (now P/O) Clifford Eugene (R76422/J36702) - Mention in Despatches - No.11 Squadron (RCAF) - Award effective 1 January 1944 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 113/44 dated 21 January 1944. Born in Dutch Settlement, Halifax County, Nova Scotia; home there; enlisted in Halifax, 30 December 1940. Trained at No.1 WS (graduated 8 November 1941) and No.3 BGS (graduated 8 December 1941). Two tours. Applied for first operational wing 20 March 1944; approved by 5 April 1944 and sent to EAC 12 April 1944. Second application from EAC, 19 January 1945; approval sent back 8 February 1945.
Warrant Officer Isenor has by his untiring efforts, enthusiasm and ability become an outstanding Wireless Air Gunner and his willingness to undertake any duties in addition to those normally required has set a high example to others.
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ISLES, Corporal Robert (R141009) - Mention in Despatches - No.62 Base (No.420 Squadron) - Award effective 1 January 1945 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 425/45 dated 9 March 1945. Home in Toronto. Was an electrician prior to enlistment. Enlisted in Toronto, 31 October 1941; arrived overseas 4 April 1943. No citation in AFRO; DHist file 181.009 D.1745 (NAC RG.24 Vol.20608) notes recommendation dated 22 July 1944:
Corporal Isles has done much to promote good will within his section by his untiring display of loyalty and devotion to duty under very trying circumstances. While in North-West Africa when temperatures ranged from 120° to 145° in aircraft, he displayed outstanding endurance which has always been an inspiration to his comrades. He unhesitatingly assumes responsibility and this alone has contributed much to the success of his section.
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IVENS, F/L Herbert Alexander (J10649) - Mention in Despatches - Overseas - Award effective 14 June 1945 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 1478/45 dated 21 September 1945. Home in Wilkie, Saskatchewan. Enlisted in Saskatoon, 12 June 1941. Trained at No.2 ITS (graduated 8 September 1941), No.2 EFTS (graduated 21 November 1941) and No.2 SFTS (graduated 13 March 1942). Flew in Alaska with No.118 (F) Sqn; long letter in DHist biography file about this.
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IVERMEE, S/L Robert William Alex (C451) - Mention in Despatches - Station Topcliffe - Award effective 14 June 1945 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 1395/45 dated 31 August 1945. Home in Winnipeg. Enlisted at Camp Borden, 25 May 1938. DHist file 181.002 D.225 has a recommendation for an OBE dated 19 June 1945. This did not succeed, but the description says much about Ivermee. He had served in both the RAF and RCAF, rejoining the latter on the outbreak of war and serving with No.1 (Can) Squadron during the Battle of Britain as Deputy Adjutant. He assumed senior administrative duties at Digby, helped open Tholthorpe, and for the previous 20 months had been at Topcliffe as the Station Administrative Officer.
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IVES, FS John Learned (R62735) - Mention in Despatches - No.51 Squadron (AFRO gives unit only as "Overseas") - Award effective 1 January 1943 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 232/43 dated 12 February 1943. Enlisted in Sherbrooke, Quebec, 23 July 1940. Trained at No.2 ITS (graduated 1 October 1940), No.2 AOS (graduated 17 January 1941), No.2 BGS (graduated 3 March 1941) and No.1 ANS (graduated 5 April 1941). DHist file 181.009 D.1636 (RG.24 Vol.20604) has application for Operational Wings dated 14 February 1944. Claimed to have flown 29 sorties (160 operational hours) with No.51 Squadron, June 1941 to March 1942. Shot down over enemy territory, September 1941 [sic; see below]; evaded and returned to UK after five months. Instructed at No.32 OTU in 1943. Later commissioned (J92827) and killed on operations 28 April 1945 with No.271 Squadron (Dakota KG406); name on Runnymede Memorial. Public Records Office Air 2/5684 has recommendation and identifies unit.
This airman was a member of the crew of an aircraft which bombed Cologne on 18th August 1941. He was compelled to bale out near Maastricht. Immediately he landed he hid in a wood to avoid capture and remained there for four days. He drank some water in a field which gave him fever and he was later found by a farmer and taken to the farmhouse. On 28th August he made his way, alone, to Brussels. Here he lived until 6th November when he left with a guide and two companions. They were escorted across the Franco-Belgian frontier and then made their way alone and left the Zone Interdite on 6th November. Travelling via Paris and Bayonne they reached the Spanish frontier on 10th November. He was repatriated from Gibraltar on 30th December 1941.
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IVEY, F/L Patrick Barnes (C5851) - Air Force Cross - No.6 Communications Flight - Award effective 1 January 1946 as per Canada Gazette of that date and AFRO 82/46 dated 25 January 1946 - Home in Oakland, California - Enlisted in Ottawa, 12 June 1941 - As of award had flown 3,042 hours, 484 hours in previous six months.
This officer has flown many hours in the north country in single and twin engine aircraft under the most difficult conditions. This flying included one winter of operation when servicing and living facilities were at a bare minimum and all maintenance was carried out in the open. During this time all the necessary flying including several rescue and mercy flights were carried out with complete success, often over poorly mapped and hazardous terrain. This officer's flying record proves his excellent judgement and skill under all conditions and his devotion to duty is deserving of the highest praise.
NOTE: This award was the result of much effort on the part of his superiors. DHist file 181.009 D.1688 (RG.24 Volume 20605) has a recommendation by W/C W.J. McFarlane from 8 January 1944. At that date he had flown 1,707 hours 30 minutes (478 hours 35 minutes in the previous six months). Letter read as follows:
The above mentioned officer has ben employed as a pilot operating a single engine aircraft and transporting supplies to far northern bases over extremely hazardous terrain and often without navigational aids other than the compass which is not always reliable at northern latitudes.
During his eighteen months service on the Northwest Staging Route this officer has displayed initiative, skill and ability of a high order. His devotion to duty has been outstanding and an inspiration to others.