JACK, WO Clayton Hugh (R75219) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.35 Squadron - Award effective 5 April 1945 as per London Gazette dated 17 April 1945 and AFRO 918/45 dated 1 June 1945.  Born 1921 in Shehue, Saskatchewan; home in Netherhill, Ontario (teacher); enlisted Saskatoon, 28 October 1940. Trained at No.2 ITS (graduated 18 July 1941), No.2 BGS (graduated 19 March 1941) and No.3 AOS (graduated 10 February 1942).   Postwar member of RCMP, serving six years at Frobisher Bay and Moose Factory. Rejoined RCAF in 1953; retired in 1966.  Gateway Militaria calalogue No.12 advertsed his medals at $ 2,000. As of June 1998 Gateway Coin and Militaria (Winnipeg) were selling his medals with letters and citation at redused price of $ 1,550.  Price reduced in January 1999 catallogue to $ 1350.00.  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 14 January 1945 when he had flown 41 sorties (164 hours), 22 January to 15 October 1944.

 

21 Jan 44       Magdeburg                            24 Jun 44       Middel Straete

22 Jan 44       Heligoland                              27 Jun 44       Biennais

28 Jan 44       Berlin                                      30 Jun 44       Oisemont

19 Feb 44      GARDENING                         2 July 44         Oisemont

20 Feb 44      Stuttgart                                  6 July 44         Sirecourt

24 Feb 44      Schweinfurt                            7 July 44         Caen

1 Mar 44         Stuttgart                                  10 Jul 44        Nucourt

26 Mar 44      Essen                                     12 Jul 44        Rollez

30 Mar 44      Nuremburg                             15 Jul 44        Nucourt

10 May 44      Lens                                        18 Jul 44        H.2, Manneville

25 May 44      Aachen                                   18 Jul 44        Wesseling

27 May 44      Bourg Leopold                      20 Jul 44        Wizernes

28 May 44      Mardick                                  23 Jul 44        Kiel

31 May 44      Trappes                                  24 Jul 44        Stuttgart

2 June 44       Trappes                                  25 Jul 44        Stuttgart

5 June 44       Longues                                 20 Sep 44      Calais

7 June 44       Foret de Cerisy                     11 Oct 44       Fort Fredrick Hendrik

9 June 44       Rennes                                   12 Oct 44       Fort Fredrick Hendrik

11 Jun 44       Paris                                       14 Oct 44       Duisburg

14 Jun 44       Everency                                15 Oct 44       Wilhelmshaven

23 Jun 44       Coubrounne                          

 

Warrant Officer Jack is an operator of special equipment who has repeatedly demonstrated his skill and, on many occasions, there can be no doubt that upon his accuracy and reliability depended the success of the attack.  He has now completed a total of 41 operations and attacked such heavily defended targets as Berlin, Schweinfurt, Stuttgart and Nuremburg, as well as achieving much success during the attacks before and after 6th June 1944.

 


At all times, Warrant Officer Jack showed keenness to fly against the enemy and his determination to achieve the most precise results on the target were praiseworthy, and it is considered that his fine record of service merits the non-immediate award of the Distinguished Flying Cross.

 

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JACK, S/L Robert Alastair (J12339) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.432 Squadron - Award effective 1 December 1944 as per London Gazette dated 8 December 1944 and AFRO 337/45 dated 23 February 1945.  Born 1922 in Vancouver; home in Powell River, British Columbia (ledger keeper); enlisted Calgary, 31 July 1941.  Trained at No.4 ITS (graduated 5 December 1941), No.18 EFTS (graduated 13 January 1942) and No.15 SFTS (graduated 19 June 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.5557 (RG.24 Vol.20668) has recommendation dated 9 September 1944 when he had flown 29 sorties (131 hours 55 minutes), 18 April to 31 August 1944.  Note rank when recommended.

 

Flight Lieutenant Jack is a capable and confident captain, whose determination to complete his sorties successfully has been a feature of his tour.  In his capacity of Flight Commander he has maintained an exceptionally high standard in every branch of activity.  His twenty-nine sorties have all been successful and include a wide variety of targets.

 

For his splendid qualities of leadership, loyalty and an inspiring example to those in his flight, this officer is recommended for the award of the Distinguished Flying Cross.

 

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JACKMAN, F/O Frederick Desmond (J21827) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.428 Squadron - Award effective 1 September 1944 as per London Gazette dated 15 September 1944 and AFRO 2373/44 dated 3 November 1944.  Born 1917 in Ottawa.  Home in Stirling, Ontario; enlisted in Ottawa.  Trained at No.3 ITS (graduated 28 May 1941) and No.1 AOS (graduated 11 September 1942).  Commissioned 1942.  NOTE: The AFRO erroneously gave his unit as No.422 Squadron, a Coastal Command unit, although the citation is that of a bomber navigator and photograph PL-144460 shows him clearly; Atlantic Star ribbon is absent. The error began with RAF documents; Public Records Office Air 2/9275 has a long list of Bomber Command DFC winners; the entry for Jackman managed to erroneously cite his service number (corrected in AFRO), misspelll his name once (corrected in AFRO) and incorrectly give his unit as No.422 Squadron (not correceted in AFRO).  A letter dated 8 September 1997 (Jackman-Halliday) confirmed that he was a member of No.428 Squadron (September 1943 to June 1944).

 

Flying Officer Jackman has successfully completed many attacks against most of the enemy's most heavily defended objectives.  His skill as a navigator has contributed much to the successes attained by his crew throughout their tour of operations.  On one occasion he was navigator of an aircraft detailed to attack Frankfurt.  Shortly after the take-off all navigational aids failed but by skilful use of astro-navigation the aircraft arrived over the target at the correct time and made a safe return to base.  A few nights later a flight to Berlin was completed in similar circumstances.  Flying Officer Jackman has been a most efficient and capable navigator.

 

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JACKMAN, F/O John Milton (J25696) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.424 Squadron - Award effective 10 May 1945 as per London Gazette dated 22 May 1945 and AFRO 1147/45 dated 13 July 1945.  Born 1911 in Vancouver; home in Toronto.  Educated at University of British Columbia (member, COTC).  Enlisted in Toronto, 5 May 1942. Trained at No.1 ITS (graduated 18 December 1942), No.4 BGS (graduated 5 March 1943) and No.9 AOS (graduated 30 April 1943).  No citation other than "completed...numerous operations against the enemy in the course of which [he has] invariably displayed the utmost fortitude, courage and devotion to duty".  DHist file 181.009 D.2610 (RG.24 Vol.20627) has recommendation dated 22 February 1945 when he had flown 29 sorties (149 hours 50 minutes), 31 July to 30 December 1944.

 

Flying Officer Jackman has successfully completed 29 operational sorties against the enemy, nine of these being against heavily defended German targets, four in enemy waters and the remainder against precision targets in enemy occupied territory.

 

Throughout his tour, this officer's skill and determination in the air have been of the highest order.  His quiet devotion to duty at all times and the sincerity of his interest in the welfare of new crews is an inspiration to all with whom he comes in contact.

 

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JACKSON, F/L Alfred Hillman (J11231) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.219 Squadron - Award effective 2 October 1944 as per London Gazette dated 10 October 1944 and AFRO 2534/44 dated 24 November 1944.  Born 1914 in Fergus, Ontario; home in Hamilton; enlisted there 19 November 1940. Trained at No.3 ITS (graduated 27 May 1941), No.14 EFTS (graduated 15 July 1941), No.5 SFTS (ceased training 29 August 1941), No.1 AOS (graduated 1 February 1942), No.1 BGS (graduated 14 March 1942) and No.2 ANS ((graduated 14 April 1942).

 

An outstanding navigator, Flight Lieutenant Jackson has taken part in numerous operational sorties.  In September 1943, he was navigator in an aircraft which accomplished a particularly long and hazardous reconnaissance to Spitzbergen and North Russia.  More recently he navigated his aircraft to a place where an enemy submarine had been sighted, the sortie resulting in the destruction of the U-boat.  In July 1944 he navigated his aircraft to the north of the Shetlands in order that a dinghy containing six members of aircrew could be located.  The rescue of its occupants was accomplished successfully throughout all the vagaries of Arctic weather.  This officer has continuously exhibited skill and reliability worthy of the highest praise.

 

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JACKSON, F/O Basil George Delaval (J21204) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.429 Squadron - Award effective 19 October 1943 as per London Gazette dated 2 November 1943 and AFRO 2507/43 dated 3 December 1943.  Born in Edinburgh, 1923; home in Weston, Masschusetts; enlisted Montreal, 2 December 1941. Trained at No.6 ITS (graduated 6 June 1942), No.12 EFTS (graduated 1 August 1942) and No.9 SFTS (graduated 20 November 1942).  Incident was on fourth sortie (he had flown 28 hours 28 minutes to end of this sortie), 3 October 1943.

 

This officer has undertaken several sorties and has set a high example of tenacity and devotion to duty.  These qualities were well evident on a recent occasion in an attack on Kassel.  Soon after bombing the target his aircraft was hit by shell fire, the windscreen was shattered and Flying Officer Jackson was injured about the face.  His vision was impaired by particles of glass and blood from his facial injuries which filled his eyes.  In spite of considerable pain and difficulty Flying Officer Jackson flew his aircraft back to base.  His example was most encouraging.

 

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JACKSON, Sergeant Carl Douglas (R56401) - Air Force Medal - No.11 EFTS - Award effective 1 January 1943 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 55/43 dated 15 January 1943. Born at Kindersley, Saskatchewan, 15 February 1917. Home in Glidden, Saskatchewan.

 

This NCO has shown outstanding devotion to duty in two years of employment as a Flying Instructor at No.11 Elementary Flying Training School.  In that period he has instructed for over 2,200 hours and has proven to be of an above average standard.  he has been an example of courage and consistency at his duties. 

 

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JACKSON, F/L Cyril (C23566) - Air Force Cross - No.13 EFTS - Award effective 11 August 1945 as per London Gazette dated 14 August 1945 and AFRO 1453/45 dated 14th September 1945.  Home in St.Jean, Quebec; enlisted in Vancouver, 7 October 1940.  As of award he had flown 2,549 hours, including 2,295 hours as instructor (150 hours in previous six months).  Remained in postwar RCAF.

 

This officer has served with distinction in various flying instructional capacities for a very long time.  His enthusiasm, skill and resourcefulness as a Squadron Commander have contributed greatly to the excellent results attained in flying training on this unit.  Throughout his lengthy instructional career he has displayed outstanding devotion to duty.

 

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JACKSON, S/L Donald John Geoffrey (C97000 or C57000) - Mention in Despatches - Overseas (now in NWAC) -  Award as per London Gazette dated 1 October 1946 and AFRO 1059/46 dated 8 November 1946.  Home given variously as Plunkett, Saskatchewan and Edmonton, Alberta; educated at University of Saskatchewan.  Joined RAF in February 1937; Sent to Far East, July 1938, serving with No.34 Squadron at Singapore.  Engaged in retreat through Sumatra and Java, regained India, but then to UK.  Reported POW, 23 August 1943 after being shot down over Germany.  Transferred to RCAF in London, England, 24 November 1944.  Stayed in postwar RCAF; served with No.413 (P) Squadron and commanded No.408 Squadron;  awarded Queen's Coronation Medal, 23 October 1953, while with No.11 (ACW) Squadron.  No citation other than:

 

...in recognition of gallant and distinguished services in Malaya, Hong Kong, and the Netherlands East Indies during the operations against the Japanese terminating in March 1942.

 

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JACKSON, F/O Edward Richard (J28923) - 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 1920 in London, England; home in Toronto; enlisted there 15 January 1940.  Trained at No.4 ITS (graduated 6 February 1943), No.5 BGS (graduated 26 June 1943) and No.8 AOS (graduated 6 August 1943).  Commissioned 1943.  Medal presented at Government House, 24 January 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".  Public Records Office Air 2/9070 has recommendation dated 20 February 1945 when he had flown 39 sorties (184 hours 20 minutes), 27 May 1944 to 14 February 1945.

 

27 May 44      Bourg Leopold (5.05)                10 Aug 44      La Pallice (6.55)

31 May 44      Monte Couple (3.50)                 11 Sep 44      Castrop Rauxel (3.20)

10 Jun 44       Versailles (5.55)                        12 Sep 44      Wanne Eickel (3.25)

12 Jun 44       Cambrai (5.05)                          13 Sep 44      Gelsenkirchen (3.20)

15 Jun 44       Boulogne (4.55)                         26 Sep 44      Cap Gris Nez (2.25)

16 Jun 44       Sterkrade (5.15)                        27 Sep 44      Bottrop (3.15)

23 Jun 44       Bineque (4.55)                           30 Sep 44      Bottrop (3.10)

24 Jun 44       Bamieres (4.25)                         23 Oct 44       Essen (4.25)

27 Jun 44       Foret d'Eawy (4.35)                   25 Oct 44       Homberg (3.20)

19 Jul 44        Thiverny (4.50)                           28 Oct 44       Cologne (4.00)

23 Jul 44        Kiel (6.00)                                   9 Nov 44         Gelsenkirchen (3.30)

24 Jul 44        Stuttgart (8.50)                           15 Nov 44      Munst (3.35)

1 Aug 44        Acquet (4.50)                             21 Nov 44      Aschoffenburg (5.15)

3 Aug 44        Bois de Casson                         27 Nov 44      Neuss (3.55)

(5.15)                                           2 Dec 44        Hagen (5.50)

4 Aug 44        Bois de Casson                         6 Dec 44        Merseburg (6.25)

(4.55)                                           5 Jan 45         Hannover (5.05)

7 Aug 44        Caen (5.05)                                14 Jan 45       Saarbrucken (4.40)

8 Aug 44        Foret de Chantilly                       28 Jan 45       Stuttgart (5.35)

(5.45)                                           2 Feb 45        Mannheim (5.15)

9 Aug 44        Acquet (4.20)                             14 Feb 45      Chemnitz (6.45)

 

Flying Officer Jackson is a Bomb Aimer of outstanding keenness and ability.  His excellent spirit and determination to press home his attacks have shown themselves in numerous attacks on heavily defended targets in Germany.  The results he has achieved on small pin-point targets have proved his thorough knowledge of his work and his great ability.

 

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JACKSON, S/L Frederick Charles (C2526) - Mention in Despatches - No.2 Equipment Depot - 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 24 August 1940.

 

This officer has rendered excellent service.  He has in a large measure contributed to the successful completion of the successive moves of his Unit, working under difficult conditions.  He has brought his section to a high state of efficiency.  His calm and quiet manner, coupled with dogged determination has set an example worthy of the highest praise.

 

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JACKSON, Sergeant Fred Moore, Jr. (R109784) - Distinguished Flying Medal - No.420 Squadron - Award effective 21 October 1943 as per London Gazette dated 29 October 1943 and AFRO 2437/43 dated 26 November 1943.  American in RCAF; born 1923 in Covington, Michigan; home in Atlanta, Georgia or River Rouge, Georgia (waiter); enlisted in Windsor, Ontario, 18 July 1941.  Trained at No.6 BGS (graduated 11 May 1942) and No.1 WS (graduated 20 June 1942).

 

This airman has completed numerous operational sorties against German and Italian targets.  As rear gunner he has consistently displayed skill and efficiency of a high degree, and by his close co-operation with the other members of his crew contributed in no small measure to the many successes achieved.

 

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JACKSON, P/O Harold Naylor (J18946) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.156 Squadron - Award effective 10 May 1944 as per London Gazette dated 19 May 1944 and AFRO 1296/44 dated 16 June 1944.  Born in Medicine Hat, Alberta, 1921; home in Millet, Alberta; enlisted Edmonton, 30 December 1940.  Trained at No.4 ITS (graduated 8 May 1942) and No.2 AOS (graduated 11 September 1942).  Commissioned 1943.

 

Pilot Officer Jackson has at all times shown great courage and determination in missions directed against many of the most heavily fortified centres in Germany.  One night in January 1944 he was navigator in an aircraft detailed to attack Berlin.  When approaching the target intense anti-aircraft fire was encountered which caused severe damage. He was wounded in the arm but in spite of severe pain remained at his post and continued to navigate the aircraft with great accuracy in the homeward flight to base.  His gallantry and skill as a navigator have proved of great value to his squadron.

 

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JACKSON, F/O Henry (J19710) - 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 1921 in Calgary; home there; enlisted Edmonton 3 June 1942. Trained at No.3 BGS (graduated 19 February 1943).  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.3260 (RG.24 Vol.20637) has recommendation dated 5 September 1944 when he had flown 31 sorties (199 hours 55 minutes), 27 September 1943 to 20 July 1944. 

 

As rear gunner Pilot Officer Jackson has bombed Berlin, Kassel, Leipzig, Stuttgart, and other targets in Germany and France.  He has carried out in all, thirty-one sorties against the enemy.  His keenness for operational flying, ability and reliability made him a very strong asset to his crew.  His aircraft was at no time damaged by enemy night fighters due in large part to the efforts of this officer.  On the ground he greatly aided in the training of new gunners and helped to keep the efficiency of his section at a high level.

 

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JACKSON, F/O Hugh Elliott (J16977) - 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 Minnedosa, Manitoba; enlisted Winnipeg, 22 August 1940.  Trained at No.4 BGS (graduated 26 May 1941.  No citation in AFRO.

 

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JACKSON, Corporal (now Sergeant) Ian Neil Patrick (R131352) - Mention in Despatches - No.10 Squadron (Canada) - Award 8 June 1944 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 1389/44 dated 30 June 1944.  Born in Monkstown, County Cork, Eire; educated in Toronto.  Home given as Montreal.  Enlisted in Hamilton, 10 October 1941.  Trained at No.9 BGS (graduated 2 April 1943). Had flown 489:05 hours to date, 435:25 operational hours (49 sorties).

 

This NCO has been employed as wireless mechanic air gunner for the past year and has flown many hours on anti-submarine operations.  His initiative and willingness have made him a valuable member of the crew and he recently played a large part in the action against an enemy U-Boat.

 

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JACKSON, F/L Ivan Basil (J89857) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.170 Squadron - Award effective 23 November 1945 as per London Gazette dated 4 December 1945 and AFRO 244/46 dated 8 March 1946. Born April 1922 in Darwin, Lancashire, England; home in Toronto (student); enlisted Galt, Ontario, 14 February 1941.  Trained at No.3 ITS (graduated 18 July 1942), No.11 EFTS (graduated 10 October 1942), and No.8 SFTS (graduated 21 February 1943). No citation, "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 2/8772 has recommendation dated 6 June 1945 when he had flown 31 sorties (213 hours 55 minutes) as follows:

 

4 Dec 44        Karlsruhe                                7 Mar 45         Dessau

17 Dec 44      Ulm                                         12 Mar 45      Dortmund

27 Dec 44      Bonn                                       13 Mar 45      Gelsenkirchen

2 Jan 45         Nuremburg                             15 Mar 45      Misburg

14 Jan 45       Merseburg                             18 Mar 45      Hanau

26 Jan 45       Stuttgart                                  22 Mar 45      Hildesheim

1 Feb 45        Mannheim                              25 Mar 45      Hanover

2 Feb 45        Wiesbaden                            9 Apr 45         Kiel

3 Feb 45        Bottrop                                   10 Apr 45       Plauen

7 Feb 45        Cleve                                      14 Apr 45       Potsdam

8 Feb 45        Politz                                       18 Apr 45       Heligoland

14 Feb 45      Chemnitz                                25 Apr 45       Berchtesgaden

23 Feb 45      Pforzheim                               29 Apr 45       MANNA (The Hague)

1 Mar 45         Mannheim                              1 May 45        MANNA (Rotterdam)

5 Mar 45         Chemnitz                                2 May 45        MANNA (Rotterdam)

3 May 45        MANNA (Rotterdam)

 

Flight Lieutenant Jackson of the Royal Canadian Air Force has successfully completed his first tour of operations against the enemy with a total of 31 sorties and 213 operational flying hours to his credit.

 

Most of the targets which he attacked were some of Germany's most heavily defended cities such as Stuttgart, Mannheim, Gelsenkirchen and Dortmund as well as the more distant  strongholds which include Politz, Chemnitz, Potsdam and Berchtesgaden.

 

Flight Lieutenant Jackson has at all times displayed exceptional skill and courage throughout his complete tour and has pressed home his attacks with the utmost determination in the face of intense opposition.

 

This officer's cheerful acceptance of orders and ready and efficient execution of them has set a fine example both to his crew and the squadron, and his superb captaincy and airmanship have been of the highest order.  It is therefore recommended that Flight Lieutenant Jackson's commendable courage and devotion to duty be recognised by the award of the Distinguished Flying Cross.

 

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JACKSON, F/O James Alfred (J23098) - Mention in Despatches - No.116 (BR) Squadron - Award effective 3 November 1944 as per Canada Gazette of that date and AFRO 2479/44 dated 17 November 1944.  Enlisted in Saskatoon, 26 September 1940.  Trained at No.1 ITS (graduated 23 December 1940), No.10 EFTS (graduated 22 January 1941), and No.5 SFTS (graduated 28 May 1941).

 

This officer has been employed on continuous operational flying for the past year and a half.  He has successfully completed many sorties and, at all times, has displayed exceptional skill and determination.  He is a confident captain of aircraft, whose leadership and example have been an inspiration to all personnel of his unit.

 

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JACKSON, F/L James Ivor (J23816) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.160 Squadron - Award effective 3 June 1945 as per London Gazette dated 12 June 1945 and AFRO 1219/45 dated 27 July 1945.  Born in Vancouver, 1923; home there (attended University of British Columbia).  Enlisted there 17 February 1942. Trained at No.7 ITS (graduated 31 July 1942), No.6 EFTS (graduated 23 October 1942) and No.7 SFTS (graduated 19 February 1943).  Commissioned 1943.  Postwar RCAF; awarded Queen's Coronation Medal, 23 October 1953 as a Group Captain in No.2 Group (RCAF Auxiliary).

 

Flight Lieutenant Jackson has been flying with this squadron as a pilot for over a year.  Many of his sorties have been [over] uncharted enemy territory. This has entailed flights of over sixteen hours duration, often through very bad weather.  Flight Lieutenant Jackson has always displayed outstanding devotion to duty and determination.

 

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JACKSON, F/O Laurence Edward (J23716) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.626 Squadron - Award effective 4 November 1944 as per London Gazette dated 14 November 1944 and AFRO 239/45 dated 9 February 1945.  Born 1919 in Assiniboia, Saskatchewan; home in Vancouver; enlisted there 25 March 1943.  Trained at No.4 ITS (graduated 9 October 1942) and No.2 AOS (graduated 5 December 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 document Air 2/8826 says he was a navigator with 30 sorties, 146 operational hours.  Public Records Office document Air 2/8827 has recommendation dated 1 August 1944 when he had flown 30 sorties (147 hours ten minutes).

 

25 Feb 44      Augsburg                               19 May 44      Orleans

15 Mar 44      Stuttgart                                  21 May 44      Duisburg

18 Mar 44      Frankfurt                                 22 May 44      Dortmund

22 Mar 44      Frankfurt                                 24 May 44      Aachen

24 Mar 44      Berlin                                      31 May 44      Tergnier

26 Mar 44      Essen                                     2 June 44       Berneval le Grande

10 Apr 44       Aulnoye                                  4 June 44       Sangatte

11 Apr 44       Aachen                                   5 June 44       Crisbecq

18 Apr 44       Rouen                                     14 Jun 44       Le Havre

22 Apr 44       Dusseldorf                             17 Jun 44       Aulnoye

26 Apr 44       Essen                                     22 Jun 44       Rheins

27 Apr 44       Friedrichshafen                     24 Jun 44       Les Hayons

30 Apr 44       Maintenon                              25 Jun 44       Ligescourt

3 May 44        Mailly le Camp                       29 Jun 44       Siracourt

10 May 44      Dieppe                                   2 July 44         Domleger

 

Flying Officer Jackson, a Canadian, is a navigator who has carried out 30 operational sorties against the enemy.  Many of these have been against distant and heavily defended objectives such as Augsburg, Stuttgart, Frankfurt and Berlin.

 

The skill and accuracy of his work under the most formidable opposition the enemy could muster is an example to all navigators.  His coolness under fire and disregard of personal safety inspired a confidence in his crew seldom enjoyed, contributing to their high standard of morale and ensuring a maximum safety for his aircraft.

 

I strongly recommend that these inspiring qualities so generously displayed by this officer, which serve as an example to all, be recognized by the award of the Distinguished Flying Cross.

 

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JACKSON, P/O Leonard Thomas (J15950) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.83 Squadron - Award effective 6 November 1942 as per London Gazette dated 20 November 1942 and AFRO 1962/42 dated 4 December 1942.  Home in Riverside, Ontario; enlisted in Windsor, 25 November 1940.  Trained at No.2 ITS (graduated 28 March 1943), No.6 EFTS (graduated 26 May 1941), and No.34 SFTS (graduated 8 August 1941).  Medals offered for auction by Jeffrey Hoare, estimated value $ 600.00 with two photos (other medals were estimated at $ 1,700).

 

One night in July 1942, Pilot Officer Jackson was pilot of a four-engined bomber detailed to attack the heavily defended town of Dusseldorf.  While making his attack his aircraft was hit by anti-aircraft fire and severely damaged.  The port and starboard outer engines were put out of action but, displaying expert airmanship, Pilot Officer Jackson maneouvered his aircraft away from the target area.  On the return journey he lost height until he was down to 6,000 feet, when the aircraft was again engaged by searchlights and anti-aircraft fire, but by skilful evasive tactics he was able to continue on his course and make a successful forced landing at his home base.  Since this hazardous trip Pilot Officer Jackson has taken part in many successful operations.  By his high morale and fine conduct, both in the air and on the ground, he has set a valuable example.

 

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JACKSON, Matron Marjorie Elliott (C5656) - Associate, Royal Red Cross - RCAF Overseas Headquarters - Award effective 1 January 1946 as per Canada Gazette of that date and AFRO 82/46 dated 25 January 1946.  Home in Brandon, Manitoba; enlisted in Winnipeg, 23 May 1941.

 

This Nursing Sister has filled the position of Matron at the Canadian Wing, Queen Victoria Hospital, East Grinstead, since its inception.  She has rendered outstanding and most conscientious service in the care and supervision of a difficult specialty, that of burns and plastic surgery cases.  By her teaching and example she has built up a most enviable reputation for the nursing staff at this special Canadian Unit to which many will pay tribute.  She has exemplified the standards of her profession in a most praiseworthy manner.

 

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JACKSON, F/L Ronald Arthur (J9910) - Mention in Despatches - No.404 Squadron - Award effective 1 January 1945 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 337/45 dated 23 February 1945.  Home in Grimsby Beach, Ontario; enlisted Hamilton, 10 April 1941.  Trained at No.3 ITS (graduated 27 July 1941), No.5 AOS (graduated 18 August 1941), No.1 BGS (graduated 20 December 1941), and No.1 ANS (graduated 19 January 1942).  Navigator to S/L Schoales.

 

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JACKSON, LAW Ruth (W315480) - Mention in Despatches - Station Sydney - Award effective 14 June 1945 as per Canada Gazette of that date and AFRO 1127/45 dated 6 July 1945.  Home in Toronto; enlisted there 17 September 1943.

 

This airwoman has shown an appreciation of her responsibilities to the service far beyond the average.  Conscientious, able and trustworthy, her work has always been of the best and an inspiration to others.  Her interest in her work is such that hours are ignored. Her services are of the highest order and deserving of praise.

 

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JACKSON, FS Walter Charles (R130765) - Distinguished Flying Medal - No.420 Squadron - Award effective 23 November 1943 as per London Gazette dated 30 November 1943 and AFRO 410/44 dated 25 February 1944.  Born in Ontario, 1919; home in Edmonton (bank teller); enlisted there 6 October 1941.  Trained at No.7 ITS, No.19 EFTS, No.10 SFTS (ceased training 5 June 1942), No.8 BGS (graduated 11 September 1942) and No.2 AOS (graduated 6 November 1942).

 

As air bomber Flight Sergeant Jackson has displayed coolness, courage and strong sense of duty.  He has completed a tour of operations during which he has been largely responsible for the fine efforts of his crew in bombing and photographing their aiming point with accuracy.  He has taken part in operations against many important objectives in Italy and Sicily, always attacking with precision despite frequent and heavy opposition.

 

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JACKSON, FS William George (R58075) - British Empire Medal - Winter Experimental Establishment - Award effective 13 June 1946 as per Canada Gazette of that date and AFRO 660/46 dated 5 July 1946.  Home in Deep Cove, British Columbia; enlisted in Vancouver, 17 June 1940.

 

Flight Sergeant Jackson is employed as Crew Chief on the Meteor aircraft at present being tested at this Unit.  He has been mainly responsible for its' erection, maintenance and serviceability since its arrival.  By his superior technical skill, his enthusiasm and hard work he has made successful completion of the Winter Experimental work on this important aircraft possible.  He has cheerfully accepted the full load of responsibility and hard work entailed, has given up many evenings and Sundays in order to keep the aircraft serviceable, showing a total disregard for hours of duty.  His work and accomplishments have been beyond the ordinary call of duty in all respects.

 

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JACOBI, W/C George Wilson (C452) - Order of the White Lion, Class IV (Czechoslovakia) - Award effective 5 October 1946 as per Canada Gazette of that date and AFRO 991/46 dated 18 October 1946.  Home in Toronto; enlisted there 6 July 1927.  Awarded pilot's wings, 27 August 1929.  Active in pre-war Auxiliary (No.10 Squadron); retired 1 January 1945.  No citation.

 

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JACOBS, S/L David Sinclair (C1629) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.420 Squadron - Award effective 12 April 1943 as per London Gazette dated 20 April 1943 and AFRO 985/43 dated 28 May 1943.  Born in Winnipeg, Manitoba; home in Toronto.  Attended McGill University (M.Sc.in Engineering).  Enlisted in Toronto, 29 January 1940.  Trained at No.1 ITS (graduated 17 May 1940) and No.1 SFTS (graduated 17 July 1940).  Commissioned 1940.  Instructed at Calgary before going overseas.  Killed in action while a Wing Commander with No.408 Squadron, 22 May 1944 (Lancaster LL723); buried in Germany.

 

Squadron Leader Jacobs has a fine operational record.  He has participated in attacks on the enemy's most heavily defended targets including Essen, Bremen, Hamburg and Cologne.  On one occasion during an operational sortie against a target in Italy his rear turret became unserviceable.  When far across France with his aircraft almost defenceless this officer proceeded on his mission and successfully bombed the target.  Again on another occasion, when crossing the coast on the eastward journey to Hamburg, Squadron Leader Jacobs' aircraft was engaged by anti-aircraft fire for four minutes.  With great determination he flew on and completed his mission.  This officer, by such exhibition of courage and skill, has set a splendid example to other crews.

 

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JACOBS, FS Peter Charles (R60828) - 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.  Home in Edmonton; enlisted there 18 June 1940.  Cited with FS J.J. Huyck (which see for citation).

 

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JACOBS, F/O Stuart Henry (J27416) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.425 Squadron - Award effective 5 April 1945 as per London Gazette dated 13 April 1945 and AFRO 824/45 dated 18 May 1945.  Home in Oshawa; enlisted Toronto 9 July 1942.  Trained at No.1 ITS (graduated 31 December 1942) and No.4 AOS (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 courage and devotion to duty."  DHist file 181.009 D.1730 (PAC RG.24 Vol.20607) has recommendation dated 17 November 1944 when he had completed 29 sorties (127 hours 55 minutes):

 

A navigator of outstanding ability who has completed twenty-nine operational sorties against some of the enemy's most heavily defended targets including Wesseling, Kiel and Dortmund.

 

When proceeding to attack Coquereauc, France, on 6th July 1944, the starboard outer engine of the aircraft in which he was flying had to be feathered directly after setting course.  In spite of all navigational aids being unserviceable, by exceptional skill, Flying Officer Jacobs directed the pilot by the most direct route and succeeded in reaching the objective on time, thereby completing his task.

 

A member of a gallant crew, Flying Officer Jacobs has consistently set a high standard by his efficiency, confidence and devotion to duty.

 

His display of commendable courage and fine fighting spirit in circumstances of great difficulty, together with his eagerness to help junior navigators renders him worthy of my recommendation for the Non-Immediate award of the "Distinguished Flying Cross".

 

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JACOBSEN, S/L Garnet Franklin (J3500) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.75 Squadron - Award effective 12 April 1943 as per London Gazette dated 20 April 1943 and AFRO 985/43 dated 28 May 1943.  Born December 1916 in Winnipeg; enlisted there 4 June 1940.  Trained at No.1 ITS (graduated 20 July 1940), No.2 BGS (graduated 9 December 1940), No.2 AOS (graduated 26 October 1940), and No.1 CNS (graduated 6 January 1941).  Also served with No.218 Squadron overseas. Returned to Canada, 1943 to instruct in navigation.  To AFHQ, 1946 for staff duties; attended Staff College, 1947 after which he returned to AFHQ.  With SHAPE in Europe, 1951-1954.  Commanded Station Winnipeg, 1955-1958; to AFHQ again (Assistant to Chief of Air Staff); attended Imperial Defence College (1963), returning to Ottawa as Director of Personnel Policy.  On integration became Director General Personnel Administration.  To Montreal, 1967, as Deputy Commander, Administration (Mobile Command); to Paris, 1969, Director of Plans and Policy Branch, NATO International Military Staff (Brussels).  Awarded Queen's Coronation Medal, 23 October 1953 while a Wing Commander in No.1 Air Division.  Retired as an Air Vice-Marshal, 1972; died in Ottawa, 3 December 1981.

 

This officer completed a number of operational sorties with No.218 Squadron prior to November 1941.  From November 1941 until September 1942, he acted as navigation officer to No.75 Squadron and took part in further operational missions.  He was then appointed station and later group navigation officer.  While on operational duties Squadron Leader Jacobsen participated in attacks on many of the most heavily defended German targets including two attacks on Berlin.

 

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JACOX, W/C David Ritter (C1473) - Air Force Cross - No.19 SFTS - Award effective as of 1 January 1945 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 89/45 dated 19 January 1945 -  Enlisted in Edmonton, 2 January 1940.  Believed to be American. Had completed 2,081 flying hours to date, 1,200 hours as instructor, 60 hours in previous six months.

 

This office, who has filled various positions in flying instructional duties over a long period of time, by his personal ability and tireless devotion to duty, has been an inspiration to all who have served with him.  During recent months, his keen interest in developing synthetic training aids and briefing has been of particular benefit to his own and other units in the command.  He is an excellent chief flying instructor, whose ceaseless interest in the training of pupil pilots has made an outstanding contribution to the training plan.

 

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JACQUES, F/L George William (C11201) - Mention in Despatches - No.432 Squadron (also identified as Station Eastmoor) - Award effective 14 June 1945 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 1478/45 dated 21 September 1945. Home in New Glasgow, Nova Scotia.  Enlisted at Camp Borden, 22 May 1930.  DHist file 181.009 D.1719 (PAC RG.24 Vol.20606) has recommendation dated 3 February 1945 when he had served thirteen years in Canada, 18 months overseas.

 

Flight Lieutenant Jacques, as Adjutant of this station, has contributed greatly to its happiness and efficiency.  He has at all times worked with tireless energy and in so doing has been an inspiration to all serving with or under him.  By his cheerfulness and the efficiency of his work, he has won the admiration and respect of all members of this station, aircrew and groundcrew alike.  The record of Flight Lieutenant Jacques' long service career is an exemplary one and he has proved himself in every way to be a very valuable asset to the RCAF.

 

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JAMES, A/C Arthur Lorne (C83) - Commander, Order of the British Empire - Director of Repair and Maintenance, AFHQ - Award effective 1 January 1945 as per Canada Gazette of that date and AFRO 89/45 dated 19 January 1945.  Born in Montreal September 1903; educated there and McGill University (B.Sc. in Civil Engineering).  Enlisted in RCAF, 1924 as Sergeant in technical branch; commissioned 1926 and earned pilots wings.  Active in forestry patrols, photography, and test flying.  In 1929 he was sent to London, England for post-graduate studies in aeronautical engineering; in 1937 he attended RAF Staff College.  Commanded early BCATP schools and in 1943 was assigned to special duties at Canadian Joint Staff, Washington.  Later at AFHQ where he was Director of Organization, Director of Repair and Maintenance, Air Member for Research and Development (October 1945, rank of Air Vice-Marshal), and in January 1947 was appointed Air Member for Technical Services.  November 1949 became Air Member for Air Plans and appointed to Permanent Joint Board on Defence as Air member.  Much work done with CF-100 development.  Appointed on 1 August 1951 to be Air Officer Commanding, Air Defence Command.  Awarded Queen's Coronation Medal, 23 October 1953 while AOC, ADC.

 

This officer has rendered untiring and devoted service to the Royal Canadian Air Force over a long period of years.  Since the outbreak of war, he has successively filled high executive positions in both Canada and the United States.  This officer's display of energy, leadership and integrity, combined with a pleasing personality, has been an inspiration to all those with whom he comes in contact.  His diligence, devotion to duty, keenness and conscientiousness in his every effort, and his ability and industry to complete the work in hand, have combined to make him an outstanding officer.

 

JAMES, A/V/M Arthur Lorne, CBE (C83) - Commander, Legion of Merit (United States) - Award effective 5 June 1948 as per Canada Gazette dated 5 June 1948 and AFRO dated 11 June 1948.  A press release says that this was in recognition of valuable services rendered in liaison duties with United States forces, particularly special work respecting anti-submarine warfare in co-operation with American forces.  Colonel Jack C. Hodgson, USAAF, writing to AFHQ, 29 April 1948 provided citation:

 

Air Vice Marshal A.L. James, Royal Canadian Air Force, performed exceptionally meritorious service from November 1942 to December 1943.  He served with marked distinction as Senior Air Staff Officer at Canadian Joint Staff Headquarters, Washington.  His vital interest in all matters relating to cooperation between the United States Armed Forces and the Royal Canadian Air Force gained for him the highest regard of those with whom he so selflessly served.  Air Vice Marshal James not only served on many highly important committees, but his pleasing but forceful personality contributed greatly to the fostering of goodwill and the interchange of intelligence which was of mutual value to both countries in the successful prosecution of the war.

 

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JAMES, P/O (now F/O) Alan MacKenzie (J21313) - Air Force Cross - No.145 Squadron (Canada) - Award effective 26 November 1943 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 113/44 dated 21 January 1944.  Born in Halifax; enlisted there 10 September 1940.  Trained at No.2 ITS (graduated 27 November 1940), No.8 EFTS (graduated 14 January 1941), and No.3 SFTS (graduated 4 May 1941).  Flew two tours.  DHist file 181.009 D.3690 (RG.24 Vol.20640) has recommendation for dated 11 March 1943 plus a letter dated 7 March 1943 from S/L R.H. Cowan (No.1 Group Headquarters) to Commanding Officer, No.145 Squadron respecting flight from Torbay to Moncton, night of 13-14 February 1943.  The following documents reproduced below clearly show that this particular AFC is a classic understatement of achievement.

 

                           DOCUMENTS RELATING TO AFC TO PILOT OFFICER

                                             ALAN MacKENZIE JAMES (J21313)

 

                                       DHist file 181.009 D.3690 (RG.24 Vol.20640)

 

Letter from S/L R.H. Cowan (No.1 Group Headquarters) to Officer Commanding, No.145 Squadron, Torbay, dated 7 March 1943, regarding flight from Torbay to Moncton, 13-13 February 1943.

 

1.         I wish to call to your attention the outstanding work of the crew of Hudson a/c No.781 during the above trip and particularly to the exceptional ability and judgement of the Captain, Pilot Officer James.

 

2.         Approximately fifteen minutes away from Moncton, we encountered heavy snow, and by the time we were over Moncton, the lights at the landing field could not be seen, although we later learned that we had flown over the field twice at a very low altitude.  Pilot Officer James decided to return to Sydney, where we had found good visibility approximately an hour and fifteen minutes earlier.

 

3.         As we set course for Sydney, severe carburettor icing conditions developed.  One carburettor became completely choked and the throttle stuck fast.  It was obvious that Sydney could not be reached, so course was then set for Summerside, the nearest landing place.

 

4.         During the trip over to Summerside it was necessary to backfire the remaining motor every minute or so to keep it running.  The entire crew made ready to bale out, expecting at any moment the motor would quit, or that the excessive flames from it would set the aircraft afire.

5.         However, we managed to reach Summerside, were we were able to see the lights through the snowstorm, from about 300 feet.  We were prepared for a crash landing as it could not be determined whether we were landing up or down wind.  Pilot Officer James set the aircraft down in a smooth a landing as could be made under ideal conditions.

 

6.         When the aircraft came to a stop, there was not enough motor left to taxi to the hangars.

 

7.         I cannot speak too highly of P/O James' coolness and skill. I feel that his good judgement and exceptional flying ability under the most adverse conditions, not only saved the aircraft but the lives of the crew and passengers, as baling out at 0400 hours in a blizzard, and in all probability over water, would have been fatal to most, if not all of us.

 

8.         After landing and making arrangements to get the aircraft in a hangar, Pilot Officer James, in spite of fatigue, refused to leave the aircraft owing to its containing secret equipment, and remained in it until relieved by other members of the crew later in the morning.

 

9.         The job of navigation was also outstanding, as in spite of partial radio failure, we were not at any time off our various courses, and knew exactly where we were during the entire trip.  The Observer and W.A.G. are also deserving of the highest commendation for their coolness and efficiency.

 

Recommendation by S/L Williams, CO, No.145 Squadron, dated 11 March 1943.

 

This officer has completed 1,240 hours of flying, of which 735 hours are operational.  He has successfully carried out 183 operational sorties over the North Atlantic.  He is a brilliant Captain whose determination and devotion to duty has been outstanding.

 

During a flight in February, 1943, when attempting a landing at night in zero conditions, he encountered severe carburettor icing.  One engine ice up completely and jammed the throttle and it was only by back-firing the second engine every few minutes and exercising great skill that he managed to reach an alternative aerodrome and land safely.

 

His outstanding coolness in an emergency doubtless saved the aircraft and the lives of his crew and his example has won him the admiration of all.

 

This officer during his many operational flying hours has displayed great devotion to duty and exceptional flying ability.  He has contributed excellent and extremely valuable work on convoy patrols and anti-submarine sweeps.

 

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JAMES, LAC Cecil Reginald (Can 9926) - British Empire Medal - Station Patricia Bay (unit not identified in AFRO) - Award effective 6 October 1941 as per Canada Gazette dated 11 October 1941 and AFRO 1192/41 dated 17 October 1941.  Home in Seamans, Saskatchewan; enlisted in Regina.

 

On March 18th, without regard to his personal safety, Leading Aircraftman James assisted in manoeuvering an eighteen foot dinghy amidst the flames surrounding the wreckage of a crashed aircraft in order to rescue Lieutenant Bjornebye, R.N.N.A.F. who was floating unconscious in the water.  This brave act undoubtedly saved the life of the officer.

 

NOTE:  The above is interesting given added details in Western Air Command file C.122-7-1 "Honours and Awards" (DHist 181.009 D.1938, found in PAC RG.24 Vol.20612.  In the summer of 1943 Norwegian authorities were considering awards to the above.  By then both airmen were Sergeants, James at Ucluelet, Conlin at Vancouver.  They filed statements.

 

James, in a letter dated 20 July 1943, wrote that on the day in question he was on duty with the Marine Section, Patricia Bay.  At about 0900 hours a Norwegian Northrop seaplane crashed in the bay about 40 feet from the station dock.  It exploded and burst into flames.  The crash boat was on duty nearby and was steered into the debris.  "From my post on the bow of the boat I grabbed one of the Norwegian crew who was in the flaming gasoline in the water".  He added that Conlin was in a dinghy nearby.  "As I was unable to lift the unconscious Norwegian into the Crash Boat, the dinghy was steered into the flames alongside the Crash Boat, and I jumped into the dinghy and pulled the injured Norwegian into the boat, and we then proceeded to the dock."

 

Conlin (writing on 17 August 1943) gives the time as 1000 hours.  He witnessed crash, jumped into only available boat (a dinghy). "The crash boat had already arrived at the scene and as I drew along side of the crash boat, Sgt. James jumped from the crash boat into the dinghy.  Sgt. James indicated to me an object which was floating in the water, and on approaching that object, which later turned out to be Lt. Bjornebye, Sgt. James leaned over and grabbed him.  We both pulled this officer into the dinghy and proceeded to the wharf, where an ambulance was waiting.  During the time of the rescue, flames were around the dinghy and we had to manoeuvre the dinghy further into the flames to make the rescue."

 

An undated document (forwarded to AOC WAC on 9 December 1942) was submitted by Sergeant J. Van Fleet (Patricia Bay).  He wrote that on 18 March 1941 the Northrop seaplane, after taking off, went into a steep bank over the seaplane hangar and failed to pull out.  It crashed 75-100 feet from the floating dock at the end of the jetty, 40-50 feet north of the jetty itself in shoal water.  Although practically submerged, it burst into flames.  Burning gasoline spread 35 feet all around.  The crash tender headed into this.  Corporal [sic] James, standing at bow, reached in with a long boat hook and pulled one of the crew to the starboard bow of the tender.  LAC Conlin, in a dinghy which had become almost unsteerable after starting (broken steering control) managed to come up onto the tender which was well into the flames and assist in the rescue.

 

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JAMES, S/L Clarence Archibald (C1559) - Air Force Cross - No.14 SFTS - Award effective 26 October 1943 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 2386/43 dated 19 November 1943.  Enlisted in London, Ontario, 2 January 1940.  Graduated from No.1 SFTS, 13 July 1940.

 

This officer in successive capacities as instructor, Flight Commander and Squadron Commander has at all times demonstrated a high degree of instructional ability.  His skill, enthusiasm and qualities of leadership and judgement have set an outstanding example which has been reflected in both his pupils and fellow instructors.

 

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JAMES, P/O Glynn Sowden (J85576) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.429 Squadron - Award effective 2 October 1944 as per London Gazette dated 17 October 1944 and AFRO 2637/44 dated 8 December 1944.  Born 1922 in Kelvington, Saskatchewan; home there.  Formerly in Canadian Army; enlisted Saskatoon 11 March 1941.  Trained at No.3 WS (graduated 22 December 1941) and No.5 BGS (graduated 6 July 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.2609 (RG.24 Vol.20627) has recommendation dated 22 July 1944 when he had flown 33 sorties (185 hours ten minutes) from 24 December 1943 to 6 July 1944.

 

This Wireless Operator has taken part in thirty-three attacks on enemy targets, many of them over the heavily defended areas of the Ruhr.  He has always shown a devotion to duty and unfailing cheerfulness which have been of great assistance to his Captain, and to the leader of his Section, both in the air and on the ground.  Throughout his tour of duty he has shown a fine offensive spirit and a confidence in his captain and crew, which have proved an inspiration to the other members of the crew...

 

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JAMES, FS (now WO2) Herbert Daniel Louis (R86438) - British Empire Medal - No.18 SFTS - Award effective 1 January 1945 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 89/45 dated 19 January 1945.  Home in Winnipeg; enlisted there 10 January 1941.

 

This non-commissioned officer, who is foreman of works and buildings at this station, has displayed outstanding ability and has at all times performed his duties in a highly meritorious manner.  By the keen interest he has taken in all phases of station activities and by the untiring effort he has put into them, he has done much for the welfare and morale of the airmen.  Flight Sergeant James has displayed efficiency and devotion to duty of a high order in all his undertakings.

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JAMES, F/L Hugh Murray (J25568) - 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 St.James, Manitoba; enlisted Winnipeg 24 October 1941.  Trained at No.4 ITS (graduated 22 May 1942), No.5 EFTS (graduated 25 September 1942) and No.7 AOS (graduated 16 April 1943).

 

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JAMES, P/O John Leslie (J85056) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.433 Squadron - Award effective 15 September 1944 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 2274/44 dated 20 October 1944.  Home in Toronto; enlisted there 17 February 1942. Trained at No.6 ITS (graduated 14 August 1942), No.2 EFTS (graduated 23 October 1942) and No.16 SFTS (graduated 5 March 1943).

 

This officer has completed a large number of sorties against well defended targets; he has also completed several successful sea mining operations.  On one occasion whilst over enemy territory his aircraft sustained serious damage.  Although the starboard elevator and rudder were affected, Pilot Officer James flew the damaged aircraft to base and made a safe landing.  This officer has displayed notable skill, courage and keenness.

 

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JAMES, F/O Lyle Franklin (J26115) - 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, Ontario, 1917; home there (farmer); enlisted London, Ontario, 20 January 1941.  Trained at No.6 ITS (graduated 11 September 1942), No.7 EFTS (graduated 20 November 1942) and No.1 SFTS (graduated 30 April 1943).  Commissioned April 1943.

 

Throughout his operational tour Flying Officer James has displayed the utmost determination and courage which, combined with skilful airmanship and unfailing devotion to duty have set a commendable example to all.  He has completed many operational sorties which have included attacks against heavily defended targets.  His aircraft has been damaged on seven occasions.  In spite of this he has always remained cool and undaunted.  While engaged on an attack against Bremen, although the rear turret of his aircraft was rendered unserviceable and the mid-upper turret was damaged by anti-aircraft fire, he successfully completed his mission.  The following day Flying Officer James participated in a sortie against Emmerich.  His aircraft was again damaged by anti-aircraft fire and two of the fuel tanks were holed.  Yet again he pressed home his attack and flew his aircraft safely back to base.

 

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JAMES, WO2 (now P/O) Norton Herbert (R181874/J93417) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.186 Squadron - Award effective 15 March 1945 as per London Gazette dated 27 March 1945 and AFRO 1085/45 dated 29 June 1945.  Born 1924 in Moose Jaw; home there (student); enlisted Regina, 31 August 1942.  Trained at No.2 ITS (graduated) 19 March 1943) and No.7 AOS (graduated 20 August 1943).  Commissioned January 1945.

 

Warrant Officer James has participated in many operations against a wide range of major targets in Germany and enemy occupied territory. At all times he has shown outstanding navigational skill, cool courage and determination.  On one occasion Warrant Officer James was navigator in an aircraft detailed to attack Calais.  Owing to poor visibility it was necessary to fly the aircraft over the targets at 1,500 feet.  Two bombing runs had to be made before the mission was completed.  Anti-aircraft fire caused extensive damage to the aircraft and the mid-upper gunner was wounded.  Warrant Officer James coolly and skilfully navigated his aircraft safely back to this country where an emergency landing was made.

 

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JAMES, F/O Raymond Henry (J22093) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.434 Squadron - Award effective 21 July 1944 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 2052/44 dated 22 September 1944.  Born 1922 in Vancouver; home there; enlisted there 13 June 1940. Trained at No.2 ITS (graduated 6 June 1942), No.5 BGS (graduated 6 November 1942) and No.5 AOS (graduated 18 December 1942).  Incident described was during an air test (not a sortie) with Pilot Officer Pollard.

 

This officer is a first-class bomb aimer whose good work in attacks on a wide range of targets has won high praise.  He is a devoted and gallant member of aircraft crew and his example has been worthy of emulation.  On one occasion when returning from a sortie his pilot was temporarily blinded by particles of glass when the windscreen was shattered.  Flying Officer James immediately took over the controls and, although without any previous flying instruction, he succeeded in safely landing the aircraft at an airfield at the third attempt, saving a valuable aircraft and its crew.

 

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JAMES, F/O Reginald Vincent (J87404) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.429 Squadron - Award effective 5 July 1945 as per London Gazette dated 20 July 1945 and AFRO 1619/45 dated 19 October 1945.  Born in Moncton, New Brunswick; home there; enlisted there 8 June 1944.  Trained at No.3 ITS (graduated 18 December 1942), No.4 EFTS (graduated 9 April 1943) and No.5 SFTS (graduated 6 August 1943).  No citation other than "completed...numerous operations against the enemy in the course of which [he has] invariably displayed the utmost fortitude, courage and devotion to duty".  DHist file 181.009 D.2610 (RG.24 Vol.20627) has recommendation dated 19 March 1945 when he had flown 36 sorties (212 hours), 18 August 1944 to 7 March 1945.

Flying Officer James has taken part in 36 attacks on enemy targets including heavily defended areas such as Chemnitz, Hanover and Magdeburg.  He is a keen and conscientious captain of aircraft who at all times kept his crew at a high standard of efficiency, both on the ground and in the air.  By his cheerfulness and co-operation at all times he has been a valuable asset to his squadron.

 

It is considered that his devotion to duty, fighting spirit and his unquestioned fortitude fully merit the award of the Distinguished Flying Cross.

 

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JAMES, F/L Thomas Flavelle Arthur (J89845) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.97 Squadron -   Award effective 23 November 1945 as per London Gazette dated 4 December 1945 and AFRO 212/46 dated 1 March 1946.  Born 1911 in Winnipeg; home there (salesman); enlisted there 24 December 1941.  Trained at No.2 ITS (graduated 15 August 1942), No.15 EFTS (graduated 24 October 1942), and No.10 SFTS (graduated 16 November 1942).  See photo UK-17183.

 

Flight Lieutenant James has completed many missions, including attacks on Brunswick, Nuremburg, Munich and Munchenkladbach [sic].  In July 1944 he was detailed to participate in an attack on Stuttgart.  Shortly after leaving base all the navigational aids and instruments in his aircraft became unserviceable but displaying exceptional navigational skill he guided his aircraft to the target and safely back.  At all times Flight Lieutenant James has displayed skill and gallantry of a high order.

 

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JAMIESON, S/L (now W/C) David Park (C6578) - Member, Order of the British Empire - Personnel Services, Legal Branch, AFHQ.  Award effective 1 January 1944 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 113/44 dated 21 January 1944.  Born in Forest, Ontario, 2 March 1903.  Home in Sarnia, Ontario; enlisted in London, Ontario, 9 August 1941.

 

This officer, as head of the Legal Branch since November 1942, has performed outstanding work.  His experience and exceptional organizing ability has been responsible for putting into force many disciplinary regulations which have greatly facilitated and strengthened the hand of his senior officers.  Despite the many hours of overtime work this officer, with great devotion to duty, has at all times displayed an enthusiastic and cheerful disposition which has had a stimulating effect on the personnel with whom he works.

 

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JAMIESON, P/O David Robert Charles (J19196) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.412 Squadron - Award effective 22 September 1944 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 2274/44 dated 20 October 1944. Born in Brighton, Ontario, 1919; home in Toronto; enlisted Toronto 18 December 1940.  Trained at No.1 ITS (graduated 28 May 1941), No.3 EFTS (graduated 15 July 1941) and No.1 SFTS (graduated 7 October 1941).  Commissioned 1943.

 

This officer is now on his second tour of operations.  He has completed a large number of sorties and has displayed exceptional keenness to engage the enemy.  He has destroyed five enemy aircraft, two of these in one combat.

 

JAMIESON, F/O David Robert Charles (J19196) - Bar to Distinguished Flying Cross - No.412 Squadron - Award effective 18 December 1944 as per London Gazette dated 29 December 1944 and AFRO 379/45 dated 2 March 1945.

 

Since the award of the Distinguished Flying Cross, Flying Officer Jamieson has taken part in many more operational sorties during the period of the Arnhem paratroop landings and subsequent critical days.  His fine fighting spirit, courage and initiative added much to the splendid effort put up by his squadron.  On one occasion he was engaged in air combat with a far superior number of enemy aircraft.  Displaying superb airmanship, Flying Officer Jamieson destroyed at least two of the enemy fighters without sustaining any damage to his own aircraft.  Under his able leadership his flight has destroyed or damaged a large number of enemy vehicles.  This officer has himself accounted for forty-seven vehicles, two locomotives and at least three enemy aircraft.

 

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JAMIESON, F/L Robert Ernest (J16961) - Mention in Despatches - No.1659 Conversion Unit - Award effective 1 January 1945 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 337/45 dated 23 February 1945.  Home in Owen Sound, Ontario; enlisted Toronto 1 October 1940. Trained at No.2 ITS, No.1 AOS (graduated 22 June 1941), No.1 BGS (graduated 2 August 1941) and No.1 ANS (graduated 1 September 1941).  See Field of Honour (Bank of Montreal, c.1950). Overseas October 1941, flying a tour with No.408 Squadron.  Took a special Radar course and then served as Instructor in Radar Navigation to No.419 Squadron, and Nos.10 and 11 Squadrons (RAF).

 

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JAMIESON, Corporal Thomas Douglas (R79722) - Mention in Despatches - No.1659 Heavy Conversion Unit (AFRO gives unit only as "Overseas") - Award effective 14 June 1945 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 1600/45 dated 12 October 1945.  Aero engine mechanic. Born in Gull Lake, Saskatchewan, 13 March 1919.  Home in Vancouver (where he married) but enlisted in Regina, 13 November 1940.  Attended TTS, St.Thomas, 3 January to 28 May 1941; to No.7 SFTS, Macleod, 29 May 1941; to No.15 SFTS, Claresholm, 10 June 1941; promoted LAC, 1 October 1941; promoted Corporal, 1 January 1942; to No.135 Squadron, 20 June 1942; to No.2 FIS, Vulcan, 4 August 1942; to Y Depot, 17 November 1942; arrived in UK, 18 December 1942; to No.1659 CU, 3 January 1943 (attended Rolls Royce course, 10 April to 23 May 1943); promoted Sergeant, 11 October 1943.  Repatriated to Canada, 6 August 1945.  Remained in postwar RCAF, reverting to Corporal, 1 October 1946.  Promoted Sergeant, 1 October 1949; promoted Flight Sergeant, 1 April 1953; commissioned 15 April 1956; promoted Flight Lieutenant, 15 April 1962; released 29 September 1964.  Awarded Queen's Coronation Medal 23 October 1953 while at Station North Bay.  No citation.

 

JAMIESON, Sergeant Thomas Douglas (R79722) - British Empire Medal - No.1659 Heavy Conversion Unit (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.  However, in a career summary he described his duties, March 1943 to August 1945 at No.1659 CU as follows:

 

1. Setting up R.R. Merlin engine Preparation and Repair shop.

 

2. NCO i/c engine change crew.

 

3. NCO i/c Repair Section of Maintenance

 

4. Assisting Tech Adjutant with reports and returns

 

5. NCO i/c flight maintenance

 

6. NCO i/c Inspection Section of Maintenance (Halifax aircraft M.2, 3, 5, 6, Rolls Royce Merlin engines, Bristol Hercules engines, Lancaster aircraft Mks 3 and 10, Rolls Royce Packard Merlin engines.

 

Further to this, W/C H.C. Givens wrote, 10 February 1945:

 

This NCO is exceptional both in his organizing ability and in his technical knowledge.  He has been carrying out the duties of NCO iin charge Repair and Inspection Section of this unit in a very capable manner and is well worthy of promotion.

 

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JAMIESON, Corporal Thomas Douglas (R79722) - Mention in Despatches - Overseas - Award effective 14 June 1945 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 1600/45 dated 12 October 1945.  Home in Vancouver; enlisted in Regina, 13 November 1940.  No citation.

 

JAMIESON, Sergeant Thomas Douglas (R79722) - British Empire Medal - Overseas - Award effective 1 January 1946 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 155/46 dated 15 February 1946.  Home in Gull Lake, Saskatchewan; enlisted in Regina 13 November 1940.  Remained in postwar RCAF (Queen's Coronation Medal 23 October 1953 while at Station North Bay).  No citation.

 

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JANES, FS Albert Josiah (R88329) - Distinguished Flying Medal - No.10 Squadron - Award effective 4 October 1943 as per London Gazette dated 15 October  1943 and AFRO 2610/43 dated 17 December 1943. Born in Halifax, 1919; home there (salesman); enlisted there 22 April 1941.  Trained at No.1 ITS (graduated 8 August 1941), No.3 EFTS (ceased training 25 September 1941), No.10 AOS (graduated 2 February 1942), No.6 BGS (graduated 14 March 1942) and No.2 ANS (graduated 13 April 1942).

 

This airman, during many sorties, has displayed keenness and devotion to duty.  Although his aircraft has been badly damaged by anti-aircraft fire, attacked once by a Junkers 88, and another time by three Focke Wulfes 190, he has continued to operate with enthusiasm.  A first class air bomber, Flight Sergeant James has proved to be an excellent guide through enemy defences and has contributed materially to the successful completion of many operations.

 

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JANIN, F/L Joseph Maurice John George (C1918) - Mention in Despatches - Award effective 1 January 1943 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 232/43 dated 12 February 1943.  Home in Ouremont.  Enlisted in Montreal, 23 April 1940.  No citation.

 

JANIN, S/L Joseph Maurice Jean Georges Antonio (C1918) - Mention in Despatches - Station Leeming - Award effective 14 January 1944 as per London Gazette of that day and AFRO 232/44 dated 12 February 1944.  Enlisted in Montreal, 23 April 1940.  No citation.

 

JANIN, S/L Joseph Maurice Jean Georges Antonio (C1918) - Member, Order of the British Empire - Leeming (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.  Enlisted in Montreal, 23 April 1940.  Previously twice mentioned in despatches.  No citation in AFRO or biographical file.  DHist file 181.009 D.2619 (RG.24 Vo1.20628) has recommendation signed by G/C A.C. Hull for an OBE dated 20 May 1945 when he was Station Administrative Officer.

 

Squadron Leader Janin was one of the first RCAF Administrative Officers to serve in Bomber Command. He was employed successively as Squadron Adjutant, Station Adjutant and Station Administrative Officer during the difficult period when squadrons and stations were being formed.  Administrative problems were many and onerous, but this officer attacked them with unbounded energy and enthusiasm.  No demand on his time or abilities was too exacting and the results which he achieved did much to make the smooth functioning of newly formed stations possible.

 

He was especially interested in the provision and improvement of facilities for the welfare of all ranks.  His work in connection with the provision of adequate messing and recreation facilities was outstanding and he spared no effort in seeing that the best possible living conditions were provided for the airmen.

 

This officer has been retired on medical grounds, grounds which in part at least were due to his unstinted efforts on behalf of the service.

 

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JARDINE, F/L James Kinnard (J11572) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.625 Squadron - Award effective 5 July 1945 as per London Gazette dated 17 July 1945 and AFRO 1558/45 dated 5 October 1945.  Born 1915 in Collingwood, Ontario; home in Beaton, Ontario; educated at University of Toronto; druggist apprentice; enlisted Toronto 3 July 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).  Commissioned 1942. No citation other than "in recognition of gallantry and devotion to duty in the execution of air operations against the enemy".  Public Records Office Air 2/9082 has recommendation dated 14 March 1945 when he had flown 29 sorties (210 operational hours), 11 November 1944 to 18 March 1945 (sortie list must have been modified or date on document somehow in error).

 

11 Nov 44      Dortmund                               8 Feb 45        Politz

21 Nov 44      Aschaffenburg                       13 Feb 45      Dresden

27 Nov 44      Freiburg                                 14 Feb 45      Chemnitz

29 Nov 44      Dortmund                               20 Feb 45      Dortmund

6 Dec 44        Merseburg-Leuna                 21 Feb 45      Duisburg

12 Dec 44      Essen                                     23 Feb 45      Pforzheim

15 Dec 44      Ludwigshaven                       1 Mar 45         Mannheim

17 Dec 44      Ulm                                         5 Mar 45         Chemnitz

28 Dec 44      Munchen Gladbach               7 Mar 45         Dessau

29 Dec 44      Gelsenkirchen                       8 Mar 45         Kassel

2 Jan 45         Nuremburg                             12 Mar 45      Dortmund

5 Jan 45         Hanover                                  15 Mar 45      Misburg

7 Jan 45         Munich                                    16 Mar 45      Nuremburg

14 Jan 45       Merseburg-Leuna                 18 Mar 45      Hanua

16 Jan 45       Zeitz

 

Flight Lieutenant Jardine is the Canadian captain and pilot of a Lancaster aircraft and has now completed two-thirds of his first tour of operations consisting of 29 sorties comprising 21 hours operational flying.  He has participated in attacks on many of the more heavily defended targets in Germany including Freiburg, Ludwigshaven, Gelsenkirchen, Nuremburg and Zeitz.

 

His operational record shows a high degree of skill and constant disregard of enemy opposition.  His determination to reach and bomb his objective has always been evident.  he is not disturbed by external conditions, but invariably pursues the task in hand with admirable coolness and good judgement, resulting in a most successful series of attacks being carried out by his crew.

 

I consider that the high qualities of courage and devotion to duty displayed by Flight Lieutenant Jardine fully merits him the award of the Distinguished Flying Cross.

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JARMAN, P/O Robert Harold (J19705) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.426 Squadron - Award effective 16 May 1944 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 1296//4 dated 16 June 1944.  Born in Edmonton; home there; enlisted there 15 November 1941. Trained at No.7 ITS (graduated 6 June 1941), No.2 EFTS (graduated 1 August 1942) and No.5 SFTS (graduated 20 November 1942).  Commissioned 1944.  Posted from squadron to No.22 OTU, 25 July 1944.

 

This officer has completed many sorties including eight attacks on the German capital.  On one occasion whilst over Berlin his aircraft was attacked six times by fighters.  Nevertheless, he succeeded in frustrating the attackers and afterwards bombed the target.  His determination was characteristic of what he has shown throughout his tour.  He is a gallant and skilled pilot whose fine qualities have been reflected in the high standard of efficiency of his crew.

 

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JARROTT, WO2 Jack Harold (R105492) - Mention in Despatches - No.63 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.  Home in Toronto; enlisted there 15 May 1942.  DHist file 181.009 D.2619 (RG.24 Vol.20628) has recommendation for a BEM dated 22 May 1945 when he was Station Warrant Officer.

 

Warrant Officer Jarrott was posted to this unit in June 1944, and assumed the position of disciplinarian and P.T. instructor in the Servicing Wing.  He occupied this post for seven months and carried out his duties in a most outstanding manner.  In February 1945, he was transferred to Station Headquarters to take over the more responsible job of Station Warrant Officer.

 

Possessing tireless energy and unbounded enthusiasm, Warrant Officer Jarrott has devoted himself wholeheartedly to the interests and welfare of the airmen on this station.  He has been responsible for many improvements in their working and living conditions.  He has cheerfully undertaken many difficult tasks and extra duties and brought them to a successful conclusion after long and arduous hours of work.  A tower of strength to his superiors, he has earned their confidence and respect and that of those serving under him.

 

This Warrant Officer is truly deserving of recognition.  He has proven himself to have a sincere interest in Service requirements and is a credit to the RCAF...

 

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JARVIS, F/L Lyle George William (J8320) - Air Force Cross - Overseas - Award effective 8 June 1944 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 1729/44 dated 11 August 1944.  Home in Billings Bridge, Ontario; enlisted in Ottawa, 8 January 1941. Trained at No.3 ITS (graduated 9 June 1941), No.17 EFTS (graduated 27 July 1941) and No.8 SFTS (graduated 10 October 1941).  No citation in Canadian sources.  Public Records Office Air 2/9004 has recommended citation, drafted when he had flown 941 hours, 231 in previous six months.

 

This officer has been with the squadron since July 1942.  He has carried out no less than 70 long range meteorological reconnaissance sorties, many of which were undertaken in extremely bad weather conditions.  He has shown the greatest enthusiasm and persistence in carrying out these sorties and has only once failed to complete a sortie and then because of engine trouble.  On many occasions he has carried out flights from Wick to points north of the Arctic Circle.  On one occasion, whilst making a meteorological sortie, he encountered and made a determined attack upon a FW.200, damaged one of his engines and only breaking off the attack when the aircraft disappeared into cloud.  As Flight Commander, Flight Lieutenant Jarvis has taken great trouble in organizing training and in giving advice and assistance to newly joined air crews.  He has proved to be an inspiration to all members of the squadron.

 

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JASPER, F/L Clarence Murl (J10611) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.418 Squadron - Award effective 15 August 1944 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 2052/44 dated 22 September 1944.  American in the RCAF.  Born in Ottawa, Kansas, 29 March 1915.   Member, United States Navy, 1933-1937.  Home in Spokane, Washington.  Enlisted in Vancouver, 2 June 1941.  Trained at No.4 ITS (graduated 24 September 1941), No.5 EFTS (graduated 21 November 1941) and No.12 SFTS (graduated 13 March 1942).  At Trenton, 30 March 1942 to 17 May 1942.  Instructed at No.11 SFTS, 18 May 1942 to 22 June 1943.  To No.36 OTU, Greenwood, 23 June to 12 September 1943.  Embarked from New York, 8 October 1943; arrived UK 16 October 1943.  Trained at No.60 OTU, 26 October to 28 December 1943.  No.418 Squadron, 28 December 1943 to 30 July 1944.  Returned to Canada and instructed at No.8 OTU, Greenwood, 18 September 1944 to 30 July 1945.  Released 14 September 1945. Victories as follows: 12 March 1944 - one unidentified enemy aircraft (probably a Ju.86P) damaged on ground; 12 April 1944 - one FW.190 destroyed; 16 April 1944 - one unidentified enemy aircraft (possibly a Caudron) destroyed on ground and two other Caudrons destroyed; 14 May 1944 - one Ju.87B destroyed on ground and one He.111 probably destroyed in air; 27 June 1944 - one Ju.88 destroyed.  Photo PL-25535.

 

This officer is a most skilful and resolute pilot whose determination to engage the enemy has always been evident.  He has completed many sorties and has destroyed three enemy aircraft in the air and others on the ground.

 

NOTE: Public Record Office Air 2/9158 has recommendation raised 23 May 1944 which is much more detailed.  He had flown 23 sorties (86 operational hours):

 

This officer has completed 23 operational sorties over enemy and enemy occupied territory; of these 19 have been Intruder and Bomber Support sorties and four Day Rangers.

 

Flying Officer Jasper has shown a marked determination to engage the enemy and has patrolled many of the most heavily defended enemy airfields.  His unfailing keenness has rewarded him with the destruction of six enemy aircraft destroyed and the damaging of another.

 

On the night of April 12th, Flying Officer Jasper planned an Intruder sortie into Western Czechoslovakia.  While en route to his target, he encountered and shot down a FW.190.

 

Much of the success enjoyed by this squadron on recent daylight sorties has been due to the support and personal participation of this pilot.  On March 12th, Flying Officer Jasper damaged a Ju.52 at Clermont.  On April 16th this officer planned and led a very successful daylight sortie to Luxueil where he destroyed a Caudron Goeland in the air and two more on the ground.  Again on May 14th, Flying Officer Jasper planned and led a sortie in daylight to Haguenau.  At Atzlot he destroyed a Ju.87 on the ground and at Nancy he shot down and destroyed a He.111.

 

Flying Officer Jasper has shown fine fighting qualities and has played an important part in the operations of this squadron.  His usefulness to an operational squadron cannot be rated too highly and his personal example is most commendable.

 

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JAWORSKI, P/O Joachim (C28043) - Commended for Valuable Services in the Air - No.2 SFTS - Award effective 5 May 1944 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 1133/44 dated 26 May 1944.  Enlisted in Montreal, 26 October 1940.  Career ranks as follows: AC2, 26 October 1940; Sergeant, 11 December 1940; WO2, 11 December 1941; P/O 25 June 1943; F/O 25 December 1943; F/L 1 January 1946.  Graduated from No.6 SFTS, 25 June 1943.  Governor General's Records (RG.7 Group 26, Volume 57, file 190-I) has citation; notes state that as of recommendation he had flown 2,262 hours 20 minutes, of which 2,078 hours 30 minutes were instructional (368 hours 20 minutes in past six months). 

 

Pilot Officer Jaworski has served as a flying instructor for the past three years, both in Elementary and Service Flying.  His keen interest, determination and exceptional devotion to duty in the training of pilots, has been an outstanding example of efficiency and encouragement to other instructors.

 

JAWORSKI, F/O Joachim (C28043) - Air Force Cross - No.2 SFTS - home in Sudbury; enlisted in Montreal, 26 October 1940 - previously Commended for Valuable Services in the Air (5 May 1944) - Award effective 1 January 1946 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 82/46 dated 25 January 1946.  Governor General's Records (RG.7 Group 26, Volume 59, file 190-I, dossier 8) has citation.  When recommended he had flown 2,262 hours (as of December 1943), 2,078 instructing, 368 in previous six months (curiously, the same as for his Commendation). 

 

This officer has completed three years as a Flying Instructor, both in Elementary as well as a Service capacity.  He has served with unfailing determination without having a single accident.  He has always shown exceptional devotion to duty and has`taken an above average interest in the training of war pilots.  His record is a model of efficiency and his example has proved a rare source of encouragement to others.

 

NOTE:  See RCAF file 976-3, "Search and Rescue - Operations - Aircraft Cases", Volume 3, in National Archives of Canada, Record Group 24, Volume 18,115.  On 13 January 1945 a Department of Transport Lockheed, CF-CCT, was reported overdue during an inspection tour of northern sites. The RCAF established a rescue headquarters at Mink Lake and began a search.  Radio messages from 'CCT confirmed that it was down but undamaged.  Nevertheless, it was not immediately pinpointed, in  spite of combined RCAF and Canadian Pacific Airlines crews being on the lookout.  They were joined on the 15th by two Dakotas of No.165 Squadron.

 

F/O J. Jaworski with Norseman 2457 had been assigned to the search on the first day.  At 8.25 a.m. on the 15th he took off from Fort Simpson for yet another inspection of the area.  For 50 minutes he looked south of the Horn Mountains.  When 30 miles from Providence, he swung northwards. He had been airborne three hours 15 minutes when his mechanic noticed smoke to starboard. CF-CCT was sitting on the ice in the middle of an unmapped lake.  Unable to raise Simpson tower on his radio, Jaworski nevertheless made a rough landing.  He found the crew and passengers unhurt and the Lockheed undamaged.  The aircraft had run out of fuel and force-landed. Once another Norseman had delivered some gasoline (and some passengers removed to lighten the load), 'CCT was able to take off and reach Fort Simpson on its own.

 

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JAY, P/O David Joseph (J6996) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.248 Squadron (deceased) - Award effective 12 August 1942 and per London Gazette dated 3 April 1945 and AFRO 765/45 dated 4 May 1945.  Born 22 March 1920 in Brooklyn, New York; educated there; attended university, 1937-1940 taking aero engineering. Cadet Lieutenant, ROTC, New York University.  Possessed a private license and had 45 hours 21 minutes (30 hours solo) as of 22 November 1940).  Enlisted in Vancouver, 25 November 1940.  At No.2 MD, Brandon, 25 November to 19 December 1940, then to PRD, Prince Rupert. Trained at No.2 ITS (6 February - 27 March 1941), No.8 EFTS (Sea Island, 28 March - 27 May 1941) and No.3 SFTS (27 May to 21 August 1941); commissioned 20 August 1941. Arrived in UK, 22 September 1941; No.2 OTU, 16 October 1941 to 7 January 1942 when posted to No.248 Squadron.  Killed in action 13 August 1942; name on Malta Memorial.  ADDED NOTES: The evidence is conflicting as to whether he could or could not have joined the US Army Air Corps.  Went to San Diego to work in Consolidated Aircraft (he was already a keen aircraft modeller) before applying for RCAF.  He was graded as excellent material from the start - smart and even over-confident; "Distinguished Pass" at SFTS (9th in a class of 47). Circumstances of Death: Beaufighter T5101 took off from Takoli, Malta to carry out fighter escort to convoy.  Attacked by Bf.109s and heard to say over VHF that port engine was on fire and they were baling out.  Statement by FS C.R. McFarlane: "Our aircraft was burning with increasing intensity and Pilot Officer Jay ordered me to bale out.  Immediately I left the aircraft I lost consciousness.  I was suffering from burns.  There was no sign of the aircraft.  Three days later a German boat picked me up, fifty miles southeast of Pantelleria."  NOTE: on 22 June 1942 he wrote from Sumbrough, Shetlands, inquiring about chances of getting back to Canada as instructor.

 

In May 1942, Pilot Officer Jay flew to within thirty yards of the destroyer escort to the German cruiser Prinz Eugen and raked the destroyer with cannon fire. In August 1942 he was pilot on one of a formation of aircraft detailed to machine gun aerodromes in Sardinia.  Despite heavy opposition from the ground defences he set fire to one aircraft, damaged three others and sprayed many more with cannon and machine gun fire.  Pilot Officer Jay invariably showed great courage and keenness to engage the enemy.

 

NOTE: Public Records Office Air 2/9265 has recommendation by Group Captain W.J.M. Akerman, transmitted from Headquarters, RAF Middle East to Air Ministry, 26 August 1942.

 

This officer has carried out 130 hours operational flying, during which he has invariably shown great courage and keenness to engage the enemy. He is extremely efficient both in the air and on the ground.

 

In May 1942 he was in a formation of Beaufighters detailed to attack the destroyer escort to the Prinz Eugen during a torpedo attack by Beauforts. He flew his Beaufighter to within 30 yards of the destroyer, raking it with cannon fire. During recent operations on 11th August he was one of a formation detailed to grand strafe aerodromes in Sardinia. Despite heavy flak he set fire to one aircraft, damaged three others and sprayed a number of others with cannon and machine gun fire, and also attacked a gun position. After this operation he returned to and made a safe landing on a strange aerodrome by night.

 

THIS OFFICER WAS REPORTED MISSING ON 13TH AUGUST, BUT RECOMMENDATION WAS INITIATED PRIOR TO THAT DATE.

 

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