JOB, FS Allan Dixon (R53004) - Mention in Despatches - No.415 Squadron - Award effective 14 June 1945 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 1600/45 dated 12 October 1945.  Home in Fesserton, Ontario; enlisted in Toronto, 25 October 1939. No citation in AFRO.  Recommended 3 August 1944 for following - "As N.C.O. in charge of "A" Maintenance Flight, this airman has been instrumental in maintaining a high percentage of serviceability with which the squadron is credited.  His skilful direction and personal efforts have resulted in a high spirit and complete co-operation of the ground crew under his control."  DHist file 181.009 D.1719 (PAC RG.24 Vol.20606) has recommendation dated 3 February 1945.  Fitter IIA; enlisted 25 October 1939; had served 42 months in Canada, one year overseas:

 

This NCO has been instrumental in maintaining a high percentage of serviceability with which the squadron is credited.  His skilled direction and personal efforts have resulted in a high spirit and complete co-operation of the groundcrew under his control.

 

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JODRELL, P/O Leonard James (J92646) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.429 Squadron - Award effective 10 May 1945 as per London Gazette dated 25 May 1945 and AFRO 1291/45 dated 10 August 1945.  Born in Toronto, 1922; home there (CPR messenger); enlisted there 28 October 1940.  Trained at No.9 BGS (graduated 29 October 1943).  Commissioned November 1944.  DHist file 181.009 D.5524 (RG.24 Vol.20667) has recommendation dated 18 February 1945 when he had flown 22 sorties (135 hours 25 minutes), 9 July 1944 to 15 February 1945.  Incident mentioned was 12 January 1945 and is described in much more detail.  Rear gunner was P/O William C. Hay, also recommended for a DFC which appears not to have been granted.

 

This officer has participated in many operational sorties as air gunner, which have included attacks against heavily defended industrial targets in the Ruhr Valley.  At all times he has shown outstanding skill, great courage and determination.  On one occasion in January 1945, Pilot Officer Jodrell was mid-upper gunner in an aircraft detailed for a minelaying mission.  Whilst some distance from the target he sighted a Junkers 88 at only 500 yards range.  Evasive action was taken, he opened fire and hit the enemy aircraft which burst into flames and was destroyed.

 

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JOEL, LAC Sigurdur (R110604) - Mention in Despatches - Station Leeming (AFRO gives unit only as "Overseas" - Award effective 14 June 1945 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 1647/45 dated 26 October 1945.  Home in Baldur, Manitoba; enlisted in Winnipeg, 16 June 1941.  DHist file 181.009 D.2619 (RG.24 Vol.20628) has recommendation forwarded 1 February 1945 to No.63 Base HQ when he had served 21 months in Canada, 22 months overseas.

 


This airman is employed as a rigger, forming part of a crew in the Repair and Inspection Section at RCAF Station Leeming.  He has proved himself to be extremely capable and conscientious in his trade, at all times dependable and an untiring worker.  His character and personality have made him popular in his section and his ability to accomplish difficult tasks have made him a definite asset.  His conduct and deportment are of a high order.

 

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JOEL, P/O Willard Vernon (J96470) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.405 Squadron  - Award effective 23 May 1944 as per London Gazette dated 21 December 1945 and AFRO 155/46 dated 15 February 1946.  Born 1924 in Winnipeg; home in Vancouver.  Enlisted in Winnipeg, 5 August 1942.  Trained at No.3 BGS (graduated 1 January 1943).  Commissioned May 1945.

 

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

 

NOTE: Public Record Office Air 2/9632 has recommendation drafted 22 May 1944 when he had flown 42 sorties (248 hours 25 minutes):

 

                                                 * not counted as operational sortie

 

24 June 43       Gelsenkirchen (4.45)              23 Dec 43      Berlin (6.50)

28 June 43       Cologne (5.00)                        29 Dec 43      Berlin (6.50)

2 July 43           GARDENING (5.00)                2 Jan 44         Berlin (6.20)

3 July 43           Cologne (6.00)                        5 Jan 44         Stettin (8.30)

9 July 43           Gelsenkirchen (5.55)              20 Jan 44       Berlin (7.25)

13 July 43         Aachen (5.45)                          21 Jan 44       Magdeburg (6.30)

15 Sept 43       Montlucon (2.30)*                    27 Jan 44       Berlin (6.55)

16 Sept 43       Modane (7.15)                         28 Jan 44       Berlin (7.30)

22 Sept 43       Mannheim (5.45)                     19 Feb 44      Leipzig (6.30)

29 Sept 43       Hanover (4.40)                         20 Feb 44      Stuttgart (6.00)

2 Oct 43            Munich (7.00)                           26 Feb 44      Augsburg (6.30)

3 Oct 43            Kassel (5.45)                           1 Mar 44         Stuttgart (6.35)

7 Oct 43            Friedrichshaven (6.25)           14 Mar 44      Stuttgart (6.25)

8 Oct 43            Hanover (5.00)                         18 Mar 44      Frankfurt (5.00)

20 Oct 43          Leipzig (2.30)*                         30 Mar 44      Nuremburg (6.40)

22 Oct 43          Kassel (5.00)                           18 Apr 44       Paris (3.45)

3 Nov 43           Dusseldorf (3.40)                    20 Apr 44       Lens (2.55)

17 Nov 43         Ludwigshaven (5.00)              24 Apr 44       Karlsruhe (5.55)

18 Nov 43         Berlin (7,05)                             26 Apr 44       Paris (4.10).         

2 Dec 43           Berlin (5.55)                             27 Apr 44       Freidrichshaven (6.40)

16 Dec 43        Berlin (8.00)                             3 May 44        Mont Didier (2.55)

20 Dec 43        Mannheim (5.10)                     10 May 44      Ghent (2.30)         

 

This Warrant Officer is a very keen and efficient Air Gunner who has completed 42 operational sorties against such heavily defended enemy targets as Berlin, Hanover and Munich.  Warrant Officer Joel has, at all times, displayed  courage and determination of a very high order, and keenness for operations which has acted as an incentive to those less experienced than himself, setting a fine example which will be difficult to surpass.  Strongly recommended for the award of the Distinguished Flying Cross.

 

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JOHN, F/O  James Elmore Logan (J27306) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.150 Squadron - Award effective 5 July 1945 as per London Gazette dated 17 July 1945 and AFRO 1704/45 dated 9 November 1945.  Born in 1924 in Victoria, British Columbia; home in Sydney, British Columbia (student).  Enlisted in Swift Current, Saskatchewan.  Trained at No.7 ITS (graduated 4 December 1942), No.19 EFTS (graduated 19 February 1943) and No. 39 SFTS (graduated 11 June 1943).  Commissioned 1943.  Public Records Office Air 2/9081 has recommendation dated 22 February 1945 when he had flown 29 sorties (170 hours 51 minutes), 23 September 1944 to 8 February 1945.

 

                                                         * denotes daylight sortie

 

23 Sep 44      Neuss                                          4 Dec 44           Karlsruhe

5 Oct 44         Saarbrucken                               6 Dec 44           Merseburg

7 Oct 44         Emmerich*                                  22 Dec 44        Koblenz

14 Oct 44       Duisburg*                                    7 Dec 44           Rheydt*

14 Oct 44       Duisburg                                     28 Dec 44        Bonn

19 Oct 44       Stuttgart                                      31 Dec 44        Osterfeld

31 Oct 44       Cologne                                      2 Jan 45            Nuremburg

2 Nov 44         Dusseldorf                                  5 Jan 45            Hanover

4 Nov 44         Bochum                                       14 Jan 45         Merseburg

11 Nov 44      Dortmund                                    28 Jan 45         Stuttgart

16 Nov 44      Duren*                                         2 Feb 45           Weisbaden

21 Nov 44      Aschaffenburg                            3 Feb 45           Bottrop

27 Nov 44      Freiburg                                      7 Feb 45           Cleve

29 Nov 44      Dortmund*                                  8 Feb 45           Stettin/Politz

2 Dec 44        Urft Dam*

 

Flight Lieutenant John, a Canadian captain of aircraft, was posted with his crew to this squadron on its reformation, having already nine operational sorties to his credit.  Since then this captain has completed a further twenty missions, the whole comprising 170.51 hours on his first tour of operations.  The targets which he has attacked include the heavily defended centres of industry such as Duisburg (twice), Stuttgart (twice), Merseburg Leuna (twice), Nuremburg, Hanover and Politz.

 

Flight Lieutenant John possesses a fine offensive spirit in action which has inspired confidence in his crew throughout his operational tour.  He has proved himself to be an ideal leader of men, and has set a praiseworthy standard by his fine record of achievement and by his efficiency as captain of aircraft.  I consider he has contributed in no small measure to the discomfiture of the enemy by his determined aerial bombing attacks, which he has pressed home with the utmost vigour.

 

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JOHNS, WO2 (now WO1) Arthur Currie (R69281) - Mention in Despatches - No.10 (BR) Squadron - Award effective 8 June 1944 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 1380/44 dated 30 June 1944.  Born in Cobalt, Ontario; educated in Sudbury; enlisted in North Bay, 29 November 1940. Trained at No.4 WS (graduated 13 February 1942) and No.6 BGS (graduated 16 March 1942).  As of award had flown 1,077:15 hours, 922:15 operational hours (102 sorties).

 

This warrant officer has completed hundreds of hours on anti-submarine operations in the past two years.  He has attained a high standard of proficiency in his work through his careful attention to detail and application to training.  During the course of one patrol, he expertly manipulated his turret during the attacks against two heavily armed submarines.

 

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JOHNS, W/C Charles Frederick, ED (C1743) - Member, Order of the British Empire - AFHQ - Award effective 1 January 1946 as per Canada Gazette of that date and AFRO 82/46 dated 25 January 1946.  Born in Portsmouth, England, 24 November 1903, where he attended elementary schools and the Royal Technical College.  Apprenticed in electrical engineering at HM Dockyard, Bermuda, came to Canada and attended Mount Allison University, graduating in 1930 (B.Sc.).  From 1928 to 1939 was Chief Engineer, Enterprise Foundry Company, Sackville, New Brunswick.  Member, Princess Louise' 8th (New Brunswick) Hussars, 1930-1939. Enlisted 5 February 1940 in Moncton, New Brunswick.  In AFHQ he helped form and expand the Construction and Engineering Branch.  In 1942 became Director of Mechanical and Electrical Engineering.  Appointed in 1945 as Chief of Construction Engineering.  Retired in 1946 and returned to private business in Sackville, where he was appointed to the executive of the Board of Regents, Mount Allison University.  In 1947 acquired control of Tribune Press Company (President and General Manager, Sackville Tribune-Post).  On 25 October 1950, at outbreak of Korean War, was requested to come back to help with renewed expansion in Construction Engineering.  Supervised on behalf of RCAF the design and construction of RCAF Air Materiel Base, Langar, England and the four bases in France and Germany. In 1951 was appointed Chief of Construction Engineering with rank of Air Vice Marshal, and in 1953 was appointed Special Assistant, Construction Engineering, Department of National Defence.  In 1955 he was seconded to the Department of National Defence and appointed Assistant Deputy Minister in charge of Construction Engineering and Properties.  Queen's Coronation Medal, 4 November 1953 (AFHQ, Office of Deputy Minister).  See Photograph PL-102214.  Died in Bermuda, 15 September 1984.

 

As officer in charge of Mechanical Engineering for the Directorate of Construction Engineering, Wing Commander Johns has performed outstanding service for the Royal Canadian Air Force since his appointment in February 1940.  His professional ability and knowledge have resulted in outstanding achievements in the field of Mechanical Engineering.  He has at all times displayed a high degree of resourcefulness and ingenuity with the result that difficulties were overcome and the full co-operation of his staff was gained.  In addition to his established duties, he has been personally responsible for the design of special mechanical equipment for service overseas.  He has always worked conscientiously, putting in many hours of overtime, and his exceptional ability and devotion to duty have been splendid contributions to the Royal Canadian Air Force.

 

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JOHNSON, P/O Arthur Bernard (J86086) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.405 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 Toronto; home there.  Enlisted Toronto, 14 December 1940. Trained at No.1 ITS (graduated 19 June 1942) and No.1 AOS (graduated 6 November 1942).  Commissioned 1944.  No citation other than "completed...numerous operations against the enemy in the course of which [he has] invariably displayed the utmost fortitude, courage and devotion to duty".  Public Records Office Air 2/9026 has recommendation dated 20 July 1944 when he had flown 33 sorties (152 hours 25 minutes), 8 September 1943 to 17 July 1944.

 

                                                     * counted as 1/3 an operation

                                                             ** daylight operation

                                        # duty not carried out - no operation counted

 

8 Sept 43      Boulogne (3.30)                        8 May 44      Haine St.Pierre (2.45)

18 Nov 43     Mannheim (8.35)                      10 May 44    Ghent (2.45)

19 Nov 43     Leverkusen (6.45)                    11 May 44    Boulogne (2.30)

25 Nov 43     Frankfort (7.20)                         27 May 44    Rennes (4.00)

20 Dec 43    Frankfort (6.40)                         28 May 44    Mardick (2.05)

29 Dec 43    Berlin (7.40)                              31 May 44    Mont Couple (1.55)

20 Jan 44     Berlin (7.35)                              6 June 44     Longues (3.00)

19 Feb 44     Leipzig (3.40)#                         7 June 44     Foret de Cerisny (3.20)

20 Feb 44     Stuttgart (4.15)#                        9 June 44     Rennes (4.05)

24 Feb 44     Schweinfurt (7.30)                    11 Jun 44     Tours (5.00)

9 Apr 44        Lille (3.00)*                                14 Jun 44     Cambrai (2.40, deputy

10 Apr 44     Laon (3.35)*                                                    master bomber)        

11 Apr 44     Aachen (3.30)                           21 Jun 44     Oisemont-au-Bois (2.10)**

18 Apr 44     Paris (3.35)*                              24 Jun 44     Bientiques (2.05)**

22 Apr 44     Dusseldorf (3.45)                      27 Jun 44     Wizerne (1.40)

24 Apr 44     Karlsruhe (4.55)                        28 Jun 44     Metz (5.10)

26 Apr 44     Essen (3.55)                             1 July 44       Oisemont-au-Bois (2.10)**

3 May 4         Montdidier (3.05)                      2 July 44       Oisemont-au-Bois (2.10)

6 May 44       Mantes Gassicourt (3.05)        17 Jul 44      Caen (2.45)

 

This officer is a very keen and efficient navigator.  He has taken part in many operational sorties, most of which have been directed against heavily defended enemy areas.  Pilot Officer Johnson possesses a fine offensive spirit, initiative and devotion to duty of the highest order.  On one occasion, this officer was wounded by flak, but in spite of intense suffering, he remained at his post and safely navigated the aircraft back to its home base.  Strongly recommended for the non-immediate award of the Distinguished Flying Cross.

 

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JOHNSON, A/C Allan Lawrence (C77) - Commander, Order of the British Empire - AFHQ - Award effective 1 January 1946 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 82/46 dated 25 January 1946.  Born 25 May 1890.  Appointed to CAF commission (Flight Lieutenant), 4 January 1922 and placed in charge of new Aeroplane Inspection Department, Camp Borden.  Later in charge of Engine Repair Section. In 1923 went to Ottawa and subsequently appointed Resident Inspector at Canadian Vickers, Montreal.  Appointed to Permanent Force, RCAF, 1 October 1925.  Numerous postings throughout Canada as a technical supervisor, inspector, etc. until 1937 when he returned to AFHQ.  There he became Deputy Director (and later Director) of Aeronautical Inspection for the RCAF.  Promoted to wing commander, 20 October 1939, group captain 25 February 1941, and air commodore, 1 September 1942.  Retired 5 December 1946; died 17 December 1949.

 

This officer has been the head of the Aeronautical Inspection Branch for the whole of Canada and his various Aeronautical Inspection Districts have been responsible for the inspection of not only Royal Canadian Air Force equipment being manufactured in Canada but also all the aircraft for the United Kingdom and the United States.  Through his initiative and leadership the staff of the various Districts have been exceptionally well chosen and organized and it is to his great credit that there has not been one complaint regarding the inspection throughout these war years when production was of such vital importance to the Allied cause.  His zeal and outstanding achievements in the important field of inspection and production are most praiseworthy.

 

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JOHNSON, A/C Bertram Frederick (C97) - Mention in Despatches - Overseas - Award effective 8 June 1944 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 1729/44 dated 11 August 1944.  Born 14 August 1904.  CAF airman at Camp Borden, 1922-23; commissioned as Provisional Pilot Officer, 17 June 1924; confirmed as Pilot Officer, 21 December 1925; promoted to Flying Officer, 21 December 1926; promoted to Flight Lieutenant, 1 April 1930; to Squadron Leader, 1 April 1937; to Wing Commander, 15 January 1940; to Group Captain, 25 February 1941; to Air Commodore, 18 June 1943.  At Camp Borden, 17 June to 31 August 1924 and 17 June to 29 August 1925; to Station Vamcouver, 31 May 1926; to Camp Borden, 9 March 1927;  to No.5 Photo Detachment, Ottawa, 30 April 1928; to No.5 Photo Detachment, Winnipeg, 6 June 1929; on courses overseas, 15 December 1933; to Camp Borden, 10 January 1935; to Station Trenton, 9 March 1936; to Military District No.10, Winnipeg, 31 December 1937; Eastern Air Command Headquarters, Halifax, 16 January 1939; to No.5 SFTS, Brantford, 8 Novvember 1940; to No.1 Training Command Headquarters, Toronto, 9 February 1942; to RCAF Ocerseas Headquarters, 15 November 1942; to Station Topcliffe, 31 December 1942; to No.61 Base, 18 June 1943; to Canada, 22 February 1944; Chief Staff Officer, 4 Training Command, 31 March 1944; same post, No.2 Air Command, 30 November 1944; retired 28 July 1946.   Had been injured in flying accidents, October 1926 and uncertain date, 1929.  Died 29 October 1975 in Vancouver.

 

JOHNSON, A/C Bertram Frederick (C97) - Officer, Order of the British Empire - Overseas - Award effective 1 January 1946 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 155/46 dated 15 February 1946.  Enlisted at Camp Borden, 17 June 1924.  No citation.

 

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JOHNSON, F/O Carl Helmer (J22577) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.630 Squadron - Award effective 11 April 1944 as per London Gazette dated 21 April 1944 and AFRO 1075/44 dated 19 May 1944. Born 1915 in Strome, Alberta; home there.   Enlisted in Edmonton, 2 May 1941.  Trained at No.9 AOS (commissioned 25 September 1942).  Commissioned 1942.  No citation other than "...completed...many successful operations against the enemy in which [he has] displayed high skill, fortitude and devotion to duty."

 

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JOHNSON, F/O Donald Alexander (J19041) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.10 Squadron - Award effective 5 April 1945 as per London Gazette dated 13 April 1945 and AFRO 824/45 dated 18 May 1945. Born in Beamsville, Ontario, 1918.   Home in Toronto (glass engraver); enlisted there 10 April 1942.  Trained at No.9 BGS (graduated 5 February 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 2/9060 has recommendation dated 22 December 1944 when he had flown 23 sorties (147 hours) 25 July 1943 to 23 April 1944.  NOTE: It is odd that a recommendation should be put in so long after completion of his tour.  Also, the sortie list as typed is a poor carbon; several dates cannot be deciphered.

 

25 Jul 43        Essen (3.13)                               20 Jan 44       Berlin (7.31)

27 Jul 43        Hamburg (6.05)                          21 Jan 44       Magdeburg (7.10)

29 Jul 44        Hamburg (5.16)                          28 Jan 44       Berlin (7.53)

2 Aug 43        Hamburg (5.25)                          Date ? 44       GARDENING (5.30 ?)

17 Aug 43      Peenemunde (7.30)                  Date ? 44       GARDENING (7.03 ?)

23 Aug 43      Berlin (8.31)                                15 Feb 44      Berlin (7.03 ?)

27 Aug 43      Nuremburg (7.46)                      19 Feb 44      Leipzig (7.20)

22 Sep 43      Hanover (5.20)                           Date ? 44       GARDENING (2.35 ?)    

23 Sep 43      Mannheim (4.35)                        Date ? 44       GARDENING (5.42 ?)    

27 Sep 43      Hanover (5.00)                           Date ? 44       GARDENING (5.44)

3 Dec 43        Leipzig (8.35)                             26 Mar 44      Essen (4.50)

6 Jan 44         GARDENING (4.50)                  30 Mar 44      Nuremburg (7.52)

23 Apr 44       GARDENING (6.10)

 

Pilot Officer Johnson was posted to No.10 Squadron in July 1943 as a Sergeant and after completing 23 sorties comprising 147 operational hours has been posted for instructional duties.  He has taken part in attacks on some of the most heavily defended targets in Germany including Berlin (four times), Leipzig (twice), Hanover (twice), Nuremburg (twice), Hamburg (three times) and Magdeburg.

 

This Canadian officer has proved himself to be a fearless and dependable member of a very gallant crew.  He is undeterred by heavy opposition and his cheerful confidence and complete fearlessness in the face of danger set a fine example to the rest of the crew.

 

He was the mid-upper gunner of a Halifax`aircraft detailed to attack Nuremburg on the night of 27th August 1943.  On the return flight the aircraft was coned over Frankfurt and immediately engaged by flak. The aircraft was held by searchlights for twenty minutes during which time it was extensively damaged.  The aircraft lost height from 17,000 feet to 3,000 feet and as it was going down the Air Bomber baled out.  The aircraft made a successful crash landing at Manston on its return to this country.  Pilot Officer Johnson's humorous and encouraging remarks during this anxious time had a bracing effect on the other members of the crew.

 

I strongly recommend that Pilot Officer Johnson's courage, skill and strong sense of duty be recognized by the award of the Distinguished Flying Cross.

 

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JOHNSON, FS Eric Turner (R65698) - British Empire Medal - No.12 Communications Squadron) - Award effective 13 June 1946 as per Canada Gazette of that date and AFRO 660/46 dated 5 July 1946.  Home in Lansing, Ontario; enlisted in Toronto, 31 May 1940.

 

This non-commissioned officer has been employed as a crewman for approximately five years in a squadron transporting, by air, high government and service officials.  Because of his ability, initiative and cheerful manner he has continually been selected as a crew member for all the most difficult and important tasks.  During all this time, Flight Sergeant Johnson has never failed to substantiate the faith of his superiors in discharging his duties.  As non-commissioned officer in charge of crewmen he has displayed excellent qualities of leadership and has set a sterling example to all members of his squadron by his ready acceptance and successful completion of all duties detailed to him.  Recently, through his presence of mind and knowledge of aircraft he was directly responsible for successfully lowering the undercarriage of a Lodestar aircraft and thereby making it possible to land the aircraft safely and without damage.  On this occasion the undercarriage selector valve had become jammed and it was impossible to move the wheels to the down position.  With little fuel left in the aircraft and consequently a short time in which to work, Flight Sergeant Johnson calmly proceeded to gain access to this valve by dismantling the floor boards, then working directly on the valve making it again serviceable.  For his work on this one occasion alone he earned the utmost respect and admiration of the remainder of the crew and also of the high ranking officials who were passengers at the time.

 

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JOHNSON, LAC Floyd Louis (R182785) - British Empire Medal - RCAF Overseas Headquarters - Award effective 1 January 1945 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 89/45 dated 19 January 1945.  Enlisted in Saskatoon, 8 September 1942.  Governor General's Records (RG.7 Group 26, Volume 58, file 190-I) has citation.

 

This airman was the first despatch rider to reach Normandy for service with public relations officers in that field.  He has carried out his duties in a highly commendable manner, frequently under enemy fire.  He has been called upon to work long hours navigating routes which have been choked with traffic and in particularly bad weather.  His work has been dangerous but with energy and determination he has maintained his runs up to schedule.  His courage and determination to execute successfully the tasks allotted to him, despite exposure to enemy fire, are most praiseworthy.

 

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JOHNSON, F/L Frederick Arthur (J12259) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.418 Squadron - Award effective 23 May 1945 as per London Gazette dated 1 June 1945 and AFRO 1147/45 dated 13 July 1945. Born 1919 in Campbellford, Ontario; home in Belleville, Ontario.  Enlisted in Toronto, 25 June 1941. Trained at No.1 ITS (graduated 7 November 1941), No.14 EFTS (graduated 2 January 1942) and No.1 SFTS (graduated 19 June 1942).  Commissioned 1942.

 

Throughout many operational sorties this officer has displayed a high standard of skill and efficiency.  He has destroyed at least one enemy aircraft and inflicted considerable damage on the enemy's mechanical transport, railway communications and industrial targets.  As a flight commander he has materially contributed to the high standard of operational efficiency attained by his squadron.

 

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JOHNSON, A/V/M George Owen, MC (C4) - Commander, Order of the Bath - Eastern Air Command (formerly Deputy Chief of the Air Staff) - Award effective 28 May 1943 as per London Gazette of that date, Canada Gazette dated 2 June 1943, and AFRO 1459/43 dated 30 July 1943.  Born in Woodstock, Ontario, 24 January 1896.  Moved west and graduated from Calgary Normal School, 1912.  Taught in Edmonton and elsewhere in Alberta.  Applied to join RNAS, 1915-16; appointed probationary Flight Officer, 24 April 1917 and sent to England for training.  Schools were filled so he transferred to Royal Flying Corps.  Attended No.1 School of Aeronautics, Reading, and then to Netheravon basic flying instruction.  At central Flying School he learned to fly service aircraft.  Graduated in September 1917 and sent to France; he had 54 hours flying time (38 hours 0 minutes solo).  Joined No.84 Squadron, 22 October 1917, flying SE.5a fighters.  First sortie (line patrol) on 17 November 1917; first combat on 22 November 1917; first victory on 16 February 1918 (Albatross scout fell out of control and seen to crash).  Awarded MC in April 1918 for attacks on ground targets, destruction of two enemy aircraft and driving down two more out of control.  Posted to No.24 Squadron, 18 April 1918, gaining several more aerial victories before posting to England (19 June 1918).  Served with No.1 Squadron, CAF.  Returned to Canada, 1919 and joined CAF; participated in Trans-Canada Flight of 1920.  Commanded Station Winnipeg (May 1925 to August 1927), attended RAF Staff College, and became Assistant Director of Civil Government Operations.  For six months (June to December 1933) he was Acting Senior Air Officer, RCAF.  Commanded Station Trenton for two years; attended Imperial Defence College.  In March 1938 appointed first Commanding Officer of Western Air Command.  Later made Air Member for Organization and Training (October 1939), Deputy Chief of Air Staff (November 1940), AOC No.1 Training Command (July 1942), AOC Eastern Air Command (January 1943), and AOC RCAF Overseas (1 April 1945 to July 1946). Retired as Air Marshal. 1947.  Died in Vancouver, 28 March 1980.

 

Air Vice Marshal Johnson, as Deputy Chief of the Air Staff, was responsible for the excellent planning and construction of the vast number of stations required for the successful operation of the British Commonwealth Air Training Plan as well as the increased Home War plans.  He has, on many occasions, deputized for the Chief of the Air Staff and, during the Ottawa Conference held in June 1942, he was in charge of the arrangements and the planning of material for discussion.  The success of this meeting was, in no small measure, due to his untiring efforts.  He later rendered outstanding and meritorious service as Air Officer Commanding, No.1 Training Command.

 

JOHNSON, A/M George Owen, CB, MC (C4) - Overseas Headquarters - Legion of Honour (France) - Award as per AFRO 845/46 dated 23 August 1946.

 

JOHNSON, A/M George Owen, CB, MC (C4) - US Legion of Merit (Degree of Commander) - Award effective 15 August 1947 as per AFRO 441/47 of that date.  NOTE: This was originally announced in AFRO 388/46 dated 12 April 1946, reference Canada Gazette dated 6 April 1946.  Why republication ?  Public Records Office Air 2/9108 has recommendation.

 

As Air Officer Commanding-in-Chief of the Royal Canadian Air Force, Overseas, Air Marshal Johnson has been responsible for ensuring the maintenance by the RCAF of the hearty and effective co-operation and the cordial relations which have always existed between the fighting forces of the USAAF and the British Air Services in the United Kingdom.  The success of these relations is a reflection of his outstanding achievements in his previous position of Air Officer Commanding, Eastern Air Command where effective co-operation with the United States Forces was the keynote of his fine efforts.

 

The republication is all the more odd given a letter dated 30 January 1947 from Colonel Jack C. Hodgson (U.S. Military Attache, Ottawa) to the Department of National Defence.  It read, in part:

 

Last June the Royal Canadian Air Force published orders announcing United States awards to Canadian personnel.  Unfortunately, the records of the War Department in certain instances are at variance with the list published by the RCAF.  Particular reference is made to the case of Air Marshal G.O. Johnson, now retired.

 

It is understandable that under the pressure of war administrative errors were bound to occur and names were omitted or lost in a maze of administrative detail.

 

As Air Marshal Johnson's record of service is not available in this office it would be greatly appreciated if you would arrange to furnish this office with a citation which could be used for a recommendation for the Legion of Merit.

 

This office will then initiate action recommending that the award to Air Marshal Johnson receive favourable consideration.

 

On 5 February 1947, Air Marshal Robert Leckie replied, supplying the following text:

 

During Air Marshal Johnson's many senior appointments in the Royal Canadian Air Force, including his responsibilities in such positions as Deputy Chief of Air Staff, and Air Officer Commanding in Chief of Eastern Air Command and the Royal Canadian Air Force Overseas, he at all times was considered a brilliant leader and an inspiration to those with whom he came in contact. His tireless devotion to duty, together with the friendly spirit and enthusiastic cooperation extended to all branches of the United States Armed Forces was a strengthening bond of amity between the two nations, as well as a material factor in the successful conclusion of hostilities against mutual enemies.

 

JOHNSON, A/M George Owen (C4) - King Haakron VII's Cross of Liberation (Norway) - Award effective 12 June 1948 as per Canada Gazette of that date and AFRO 371/48 dated 11 June 1948.

 

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JOHNSON, F/L George William (J9262) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.401 Squadron - Award effective 20 October 1944 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 2637/44 dated 8 December 1944.  Born in Hamilton, Ontario, 8 June 1922.  Served in army before joining RCAF.  Enlisted there, 30 January 1941.  Trained at No.1 ITS (10 June to 15 July 1941), No.1 EFTS (16 July to 13 September 1941) and No.6 SFTS (14 September to 6 December 1941).  Instructed at No.6 SFTS.  To No.1 OTU, Bagotville, 31 January to 8 May 1943.  Posted overseas, serving in No.411 Squadron (20 July 1943 to 5 August 1944) and No.401 Squadron (5 August to 30 October 1944).  Instructed in UK (No.61 OTU), 17 November 1944 to 8 March 1945.  To Canada, 9 July 1945; released on 4 September 1945. See Chris Shores, Aces High.

 

This officer is a highly capable and skilful flight commander.  Within a short period recently he has destroyed five enemy aircraft.  He has also damaged a great deal of enemy transport on the ground.  His leadership and zeal for operations have been a fine example to all.

 

JOHNSON, F/L George William, DFC (J9262) - Bar to Distinguished Flying Cross - No.401 Squadron - Award effective 24 November 1944 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 1/45 dated 5 January 1945.

 

Since being awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross, Flight Lieutenant Johnson has continued his attacks against the enemy with great success.  On two recent occasions while he was leading his squadron large formations of enemy aircraft were destroyed and two were damaged.  Flight Lieutenant Johnson has destroyed three and damaged one enemy aircraft.  In addition he has destroyed a large number of enemy mechanical transport vehicles, often in the face of intense anti-aircraft fire.  Flight Lieutenant Johnson continues to display outstanding courage and coolness in the face of danger.

 

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JOHNSON, F/L James Robert Feir (J14873) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.418 Squadron - Award effective 2 March 1944 as per London Gazette dated 17 March 1944 and AFRO 766/44 dated 6 April 1944.  Born in Omemee, Ontario, 26 September 1916; home there.  Educated in Omemee and Lindsay Collegiate.  Operated a telephone line and repair service before war; enlisted in Toronto, 11 February 1941.  Trained at No.1 ITS (graduated 20 June 1941), No.7 EFTS (graduated 8 August 1941) and No.5 SFTS (graduated 19 October 1941).  Cited with F/O Noel Gibbons (also awarded DFC).

 

As pilot and observer, respectively, these officers have completed a large number of sorties.  They have displayed great skill and determination throughout, and their example of keenness and devotion to duty has been most commendable.  They have destroyed at least four enemy aircraft.

 

JOHNSON, F/L James Robert Feir, DFC (J14873) - Air Force Cross - No.7 OTU - Award effective 14 June 1945 as per Canada Gazette of that date and AFRO 1127/45 dated 6 July 1945.  No citation in AFRO or biographical file.  DHist file 181.009 D.2629 (RG.24 Vol.20628) has citation as provided for an investiture.  When recommended he had flown 1,109 hours, 46 of them as instructor (all in previous six months).

 

Flight Lieutenant Johnson has spent eight months at this unit engaged in the training programme.  During the time he has spent here, Flight Lieutenant Johnson has proven invaluable in imparting to his pupils his knowledge of operational flying tactics in the gunnery squadron of this Operational Training Unit.  His enthusiasm and keenness in his work have been a great factor towards contributing to a high standard of gunnery training which is one of the most important assets in a crew.

 

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JOHNSON, Corporal John Midgley (R101524) - Mention in Despatches - No.424 Squadron (AFRO gives unit as No.63 Base) - Award effective 1 January 1945 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 425/45 dated 9 March 1945.  Home in St.James, Manitoba; enlisted in Winnipeg 16 April 1941.  DHist file 181.009 D.2619 has recommendation dated 17 July 1944 when he had served six months in Canada, six months in Africa, 27 months in UK.

 

Leading Aircraftman John Midgley Johnson came to the squadron in May 1943 and departed with it to Africa in the same year.  During this campaign an aircraft exploded on the ground and LAC Johnson was largely instrumental in aiding a crew that were trapped in the wreckage.  With coolness and courage he dragged one of the crew away from the burning aircraft in spite of being hit five times by flying metal.

 

LAC Johnson has shown great interest in his work apart from this act...

 

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JOHNSON, P/O Joseph Albert Lawless (J18070) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.108 Squadron - Award effective 23 November 1943 as per London Gazette dated 30 November 1943 and AFRO 166/44 dated 28 January 1944.  Born in Ponoka, Alberta, 22 February 1915; home in Edmonton. Enlisted in Calgary. Trained at No.2 ITS (graduated 26 February 1941), No.5 EFTS (graduated 3 May 1941) and No.10 SFTS (graduated 8 August 1941).  Commissioned 1943.

 

During the recent period of intensive air activity over Sicily this officer destroyed three enemy aircraft and probably destroyed one more.  Since his arrival in this theatre of war he has completed a large number of operational missions and has at all times displayed exceptional keenness and determination.

 

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JOHNSON, WO Leonard Alfred (R78489) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.214 Squadron - Award effective 8 September 1942 as per  London Gazette dated 29 September 1942 and AFRO 1653/42 dated 16 October 1942. American in the RCAF; born 1914 in St.Paul, Minnisota; home there (newsman).  Enlisted in Toronto, 24 October 1941. Trained at No.1 ITS, No.7 EFTS, and No.2 SFTS.

 

One night in July 1942, Warrant Officer Johnson and Sergeants Agg and McGowen were captain and air gunners respectively of an aircraft detailed to attack Saarbrucken.  Before the target was reached the aircraft was engaged by a Messerschmitt 110. Sergeants Agg and McGowen met several attacks with resolute fire and succeeded in destroying the attacker.  The skilful airmanship of Warrant Officer Johnson contributed materially to this success.  On another occasion in August 1942, this aircrew were detailed to attack Nuremberg.  On the outward flight, whilst still a considerable distance from the target, their aircraft was intercepted by an enemy fighter.  Skilful manoeuvring by Warrant Officer Johnson enabled his gunners to deliver their fire from a favourable position and destroy the attacker.  Despite damage sustained to his aircraft, Warrant Officer Johnson continued his mission, located his target and bombed it.  These airmen have displayed praiseworthy determination to achieve their purposes.

 

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JOHNSON, F/O Magnus Jonas (J20834) - 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 Baldur, Manitoba, 1920; home there.  Enlisted in Winnipeg, 20 September 1941.  Trained at No.7 ITS (graduated 22 May 1942), No.19 EFTS (ceased training, 31 July 1942), No.8 BGS (graduated 25 September 1042) and No.5 AOS (graduated 6 November 1942).  Commissioned 1942.  No citation other than "completed... many successful operations during which [he has] displayed high skill, fortitude and devotion to duty."  Public Records Office Air 2/9276 has recommendation dated 28 May 1944 when he had flown 32 sorties (201 hours 25 minutes),  27 September 1943 to 23 May 1944.  First sortie had been very dramatic with severe icing and two engines failing; aircraft abandoned by parachute.

 

27 Sep 43      Hanover (6.30)                              22 Mar 44      GARDENING Kiel

8 Oct 43         Hanover (5.25)                                                      (3.35) early return

22 Oct 43       Kassel (7.30)                                23 Mar 44      Laon (6.05)

3 Nov 43         Dusseldorf (6.10)                         25 Mar 44      Aulnoye (6.10)   

26 Nov 43      Stuttgart (7.15)                              29 Mar 44      Vaires (5.55)

20 Dec 43      Frankfurt (8.15)                             17 Apr 44       GARDENING Kiel

29 Dec 43      Berlin (8.25)                                                          (6.00)                                          

20 Jan 44       Berlin (7.30)                                  18 Apr 44       GARDENING

28 Jan 44       Berlin (9.05)                                                          Copenhagen (6.40)

2 Feb 44        GARDENING Kiel (6.25)             22 Apr 44       Laon (5.40)

3 Feb 44        GARDENING La Rochelle          23 Apr 44       GARDENING Fehmarn

(8.15)                                                                     (6.15)

24 Feb 44      GARDENING Flensburg              29 Apr 44       GARDENING Le Havre

(6.45)                                                                     (4.20)

25 Feb 44      GARDENING Copenhagen        30 Apr 44       GARDENING

(7.15)                                                                     St.Nazaire (6.10)

3 Mar 44         Meulan-les-Mureaux                     9 May 44        GARDENING

(6.00)                                                                     St.Nazaire

5 Mar 44         GARDENING Brest (5.00)          10 May 44      Ghent (4.45)

6 Mar 44         Trappes (6.00)                              12 May 44      GARDENING Frisians

11 Mar 44      GARDENING Lorient                                           (4.05)

(7.15)                                             23 May 44      GARDENING    

13 Mar 44      Le Mans (5.55)                                                     Cherbourg (4.00)

 

As bomb aimer, Flying Officer Johnson has attacked Berlin, Frankfurt, Hanover and many other targets of the enemy.  Throughout his tour he has shown steadiness and reliability and a high degree of skill, co-operating well at all times with his crew and giving invaluable aid to the navigator.

 

For a good performance throughout many operations, I recommend the non-immediate award of the Distinguished Flying Cross.

 

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JOHNSON, F/L Paul Gilbert (J20050) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.421 Squadron - Award effective 8 August 1944 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 2274/44 dated 20 October 1944. American in the RCAF; born Bridgeport, Connecticut, 5 March 1920; home in Bethel, Connecticut.  Enlisted in Toronto, 11 October 1941. Trained at No.6 ITS (graduated 28 March 1942), No.7 EFTS (graduated 6 June 1942) and No.14 SFTS (graduated 23 October 1942).  Arrived in UK, 6 December 1942.  Further trained at No.17 (P) AFU (posted there 11 February 1943) and No.52 OTU (posted there 23 March 1943).  With No.421 Squadron, 1 June to 3 December 1943 and again from 9 January to 18 July 1944. LAC, 27 February 1942; P/O 23 October 1942; F/O 23 April 1943; F/L 20 May 1944.  Killed in action 18 July 1944.

 

Flight Lieutenant Johnson has participated in many attacks on enemy airfields, communications and other targets on the ground and has proved himself to be a fearless and skilful pilot.  He has displayed the greatest keenness to engage the enemy and has destroyed five hostile aircraft, three of them in one day.

 

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JOHNSON, F/O Raymond (J27585) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.429 Squadron - Award effective 8 September 1945 as per London Gazette dated 25 September 1945 and AFRO 1768/45 dated 23 November 1945.  Born 1921 in Prince Albert, Saskatchewan; home in Henribourg, Saskatchewan (truck driver).  Enlisted in Regina, 17 March 1942. Trained at No.2 ITS (graduated 10 October 1942), No.7 BGS (graduated 15 May 1943) and No.7 AOS (graduated 26 June 1943).  Commissioned June 1943.  No citation other than "completed... numerous operations against the enemy in the course of which [he has] invariably displayed the utmost fortitude, courage and devotion to duty."  DHist file 181.009 D.2610 (RG.24 Vol.20627) has recommendation dated 18 April 1945 when he had flown 27 sorties (183 hours 25 minutes), 1 November 1944 to 16 April 1945.

 

This officer has completed twenty-seven sorties against the enemy, including six Gardening missions requiring the highest degree of skill and accuracy.  As an air bomber, he has always shown outstanding ability, accuracy and coolness and has, to a great extent, been responsible for the successful completion of many operations.  Flying Officer Johnson has, by his continued display of keenness and determination, been an inspiration to all.

 

It is considered that this officer's skill and devotion to duty, combined with his exceptional operational record, fully merit the non-immediate award of the Distinguished Flying Cross.

 

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JOHNSON, F/O Robert Earl (J23885) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.408 Squadron - Award effective 10 May 1945 as per London Gazette dated 22 May 1945 and AFRO 1147/45 dated 13 July 1945.  American in the RCAF; born 1919 in Boulder, Colorado; home there (lineman).  Enlisted in Windsor, Ontario, 19 December 1941. Trained at No.5 ITS (graduated 20 June 1942), No.10 EFTS (graduated 9 October 1942) and No.2 SFTS (graduated 19 February 1943).  Commissioned 1943.  No citation other than "completed...numerous operations against the enemy in the course of which [he has] invariably displayed the utmost fortitude, courage and devotion to duty".  DHist file 181.009 D.1515 (RG.24 Vol.20600) has recommendation dated 1 February 1945 when he had flown 33 sorties (161 hours 15 minutes), 7 August to 28 December 1944.

 

Flying Officer Johnson has completed a tour of operations on heavy bombers as pilot.  During his tour he has flown over many heavily defended targets such as Kiel, Sterkrade, Dortmund and Duisburg.

 

Throughout his tour he has at all times displayed a fine offensive spirit and has pressed home his attacks with exceptional coolness and determination.  On each and every occasion he has been more than anxious to come to grips with the enemy and his conduct on operations has been exemplary.

 

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JOHNSON, F/L Robert Gordon (J7810) - Military Cross - No.28 Squadron - Award as per London Gazette, 5 June 1945.   Born in Winnipeg, 4 November 1917; home there; served in Fort Garry Horse.  Enlisted in Toronto, 3 January 1941.  Trained at No.1 ITS (29 April to 28 May 1941), No.3 EFTS (29 May to 27 July 1941), and No.1 SFTS (28 July to 8 October 1941).  Attended School of Army Co-Operation, Rockcliffe (9 October 1941 to 17 February 1942).  Served with No.123 Squadron, 22 March 1942 to 17 April 1943.  Commissioned 1942.  Arrived in UK, 23 May 1943; to India July 1943. Served in No.28 Squadron (11 December 1943 to 14 January 1945 (89 sorties, 175 hour 50 minutes operational flying).  Missing on 14 January 1945; reported safe on 7 February 1945.  Personal documents indicate his aircraft was hit by flak and caught fire at 500 feet; he nevertheless baled out.  Suffered many hardships, being without adequate food or water for most of the three weeks he was down.  No citation at the time but a Winnipeg clipping of October 1948, at time of investiture, states that S/L R.G. Johnson was shot down over Burma and made his way back home through enemy territory to the front lines and an Indian regiment.  The following citation was released in 1948:

 

This officer carried out a model, well-considered escape from enemy-occupied territory following a parachute descent in January 1945.  He walked for 22 days with a ration of only six Horlick's malted milk tablets a day to live on.  He had a hand-to-hand struggle with a Japanese soldier, during which he stabbed him, smashed his face with a stone, and made good his escape.

 

Squadron Leader Johnson's determination to return to his unit and the exemplary manner in which he carried out his journey, overcoming all difficulties for over three weeks gave a great example and encouragement to other air crew personnel faced with this same problem.

 

NOTE: In January 1997 the Royal Air Forces Escaping Society (Canadian Branch) presented to the National Aviation Museum a "dossier" (actually more like an album) with extended autobiographical notes on members (catalogued in the museum as D.805 C3 L96 1995 NMM).  This included much information on Johnson from which the following is extracted:

 

Early morning 14 January 1945 I was on a low-level reconnaissance in an area south of Mandalay along the Irrawaddy River, about 150 miles into enemy-held territory.  I was taking a low-level oblique photo of a large river boat being loaded with oil drums when I was hit by flak.  I got back to the west side of the river before I was obliged to leave aircraft by parachute.

 

I was chased immediately but managed to evade and then spent 22 days either looking for water, hiding from Burmese or Japanese as the case might be and finally getting around the problem of making safe contact with our own troops who were well trained in shooting anyone who came within range.  Burmese were under strict Japanese control so there was no help available.  The greatest obstacles were overcoming fear of the jungle, animals, and having faith in my night navigating since I had decided it was safer to move at night.  There was one hand-to-hand confrontation with a Japanese soldier and a tiptoe walk through some others but the greatest challenge was making safe contact with trigger-happy Indian troops, the 14th Punjabi Regiment, who almost got me with Tommy Subs [Tommy guns] on my first attempt at contact.  Later the same day I made safe contact and was able to give them some info as to the location of Japanese troops I had encountered.  I had lost a lot of weight but returned to my squadron a week or so later none the worse.  Normally the Adjutant would have sent my gear away but he said, "I felt that if anyone would get back, you would, so I held it".

 

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JOHNSON, F/O Russell Edward (J87545) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.158 Squadron - Award effective 27 October 1944 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 2637/44 dated 8 December 1944.  Born 1921, Winnipeg; home there; enlisted there 11 May 1942.   Trained at No.2 ITS (graduated 24 October 1942), No.19 EFTS (graduated 22 January 1943) and No.10 SFTS (graduated 14 May 1943).  Commissioned 1944.

 

One night in June 1944, Flying Officer Johnson was detailed to attack the railway sidings at Versailles. When nearing the target the aircraft was attacked by an enemy fighter.  Before the enemy aircraft could be evaded much damage was sustained.  The fuselage was riddled by cannon fire.  The elevator and rudder controls were damaged.  The rear turret was shattered and the gunner was killed.  In spite of this, Flying Officer Johnson went on to the target which he attacked successfully and afterwards flew his damaged aircraft safely home.  Throughout his operational tour Flying Officer Johnson has consistently displayed courage and determination and his leadership has been an inspiration to all.

 

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JOHNSON, P/O Thomas Roger Murray (J85807) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.419 Squadron - Award effective 9 January 1945 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 471/45 dated 16 March 1945.  Born 1923; home in Montreal; enlisted there 25 August 1942.  Trained at No.9 BGS (graduated 28 May 1943).  Commissioned 1944.

 

Pilot Officer Johnson has set a fine example of keenness and devotion to duty.  As rear gunner he has taken part in very many sorties, including attacks on such targets as Berlin, Frankfurt, Leipzig and Kiel.  On one occasion, Pilot Officer Johnson shot down an enemy fighter which attempted to close in.  On several other occasions his timely warnings have enabled his pilot to avoid enemy fighters.  Pilot Officer Johnson has proved himself to be a model crew member and has rendered much valuable service both in the air and on the ground.

 

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JOHNSON, S/L Thorarinn Victor (C6927) - Mention in Despatches - Overseas - Award effective 1 January 1946 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 322/46 dated 29 March 1946.  Home in Winnipeg; enlisted there 22 August 1941.

 

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JOHNSON, FS Victor (R59528) - Mention in Despatches - No.405 Squadron - Award effective 1 January 1945 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 379/45 dated 2 March 1945.  Home in Ottawa; enlisted Winnipeg 17 July 1940.

 

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JOHNSON, F/O William Axel (J27276) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.102 Squadron - Award effective 10 May 1945 as per London Gazette dated 22 May 1945 and AFRO 1147/45 dated 13 July 1945.  Born 1921, Fife, British Columbia; home in Cascade, British Columbia (operator - though what trade not given). Enlisted in Vancouver, 26 September 1941.  Trained at No.4 ITS (graduated 4 December 1942), No.2 BGS (graduated 30 April 1942) and No.5 AOS (graduated 11 June 1943).  Commissioned 1943.  No citation other than "completed...numerous operations against the enemy in the course of which [he has] invariably displayed the utmost fortitude, courage and devotion to duty".

 

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JOHNSON, WO William Frank (Can 740) - Mention in Despatches - No.413 Squadron - Award effective 14 January 1944 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 874/44 dated 21 April 1944. Enlisted in Winnipeg, 26 April 1929.  DHist file 181.009 D.1751 (PAC RG.24 Vol.20608) has recommendation dated 30 December 1942 when he was described as a Carpenter/Rigger:

 

Warrant Officer Johnson came overseas from Canada in June 1940.  He joined No.413 Squadron in November 1941.  Since that time this Warrant Officer Engineer has laboured hard and long and is largely responsible for the high morale and efficiency of the Maintenance Section.

 

JOHNSON, WO William Frank (Can 740) - Mention in Despatches - No.413 Squadron (Overseas Headquarters in AFRO) - Award effective 1 January 1945 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 379/45 dated 2 March 1945. DHist file 181.009 D.1751 (PAC RG.24 Vol.20608) has recommendation dated 12 November 1943 when he was in Warrant Officer in charge of Maintenance, No.413 Squadron, and it is presumed that the award is based on this recommendation:

 

Warrant Officer Johnson, a veteran of the 1914-18 war, joined the RCAF during its formative years.  He came overseas from Canada in June 1940, joining 413 Squadron in November 1941.

 

When the squadron came to Ceylon, the majority of the ground personnel were drawn from various Canadian fighter and bomber squadrons in England, and were inexperienced in flying boat maintenance.

 

This Warrant Officer Engineer has laboured hard and long and is largely responsible for the high morale and efficiency of the Maintenance Section.

 

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JOHNSON, F/L William Harold (J11577) - Commended for Valuable Services in the Air - No.7 SFTS - Award effective 21 April 1945 as per Canada Gazette of that date and AFRO 802/45 dated 11 May 1945.  Trained at No.1 ITS, No.15 EFTS and No.7 SFTS.

 

This officer has been instructing for over two years and at all times he has worked hard and conscientiously.  Because of his aid and example he is of inestimable value to his unit and in his present position as Officer Commanding Blind Approach Training Flight he is carrying out his duties in a most commendable manner.

 

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JOHNSON, F/L William Manley (J12690) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.60 Squadron - Award effective 23 March as per London Gazette dated 3 April 1945 and AFRO 765/45 dated 4 May 1945.  Born 1919, Toronto; home in Ottawa (shipping clerk)  In COTC with Royal Canadian Artillery prior to enlistment.  Enlisted in North Bay, Ontario, 1 August 1941.  Trained at No.2 ITS (graduated 7 November 1941), No.2 EFTS (graduated 2 January 1942) and No.2 SFTS (graduated 8 May 1942).  Commissioned June 1942.

 

Throughout a large number of operational sorties Flight Lieutenant Johnson has displayed outstanding tenacity and courage.  The majority of his operations have been bombing attacks in close support of the Army and have been flown during very adverse weather over mountainous terrain.  This officer is an excellent leader who has inspired confidence by his coolness and fearlessness  in times of stress.

 

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JOHNSSON, F/L Ivar (J13346) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.404 Squadron - Award effective 31 December 1944 as per London Gazette dated 9 January 1945 and AFRO 471/45 dated 16 March 1945.  Born 1921, London, England; home in Montreal; enlisted there 22 September 1941.  Trained at No.1 ITS (graduated 1 February 1942), No.9 EFTS (graduated 10 April 1942) and No.6 SFTS (graduated 14 August 1942).  Commissioned 1942.

 

During his tour of operations Flight Lieutenant Johnsson has completed numerous sorties including eight successful attacks against enemy shipping.  He has also participated in many successful reconnaissances flights over the Norwegian, Dutch and French coasts.  In May 1944 he took part in a sortie against a heavily escorted destroyer in the Channel.  He pressed home his attack in the face of severe opposition and inflicted damage on his target.  His aircraft sustained heavy damage but he skilfully flew it back to this country and executed a masterly landing.  Again in August 1944, Flight Lieutenant Johnsson participated in a mission which resulted in the sinking of two enemy destroyers in the Gironde River.  His aircraft was severely damaged and difficult to control but despite most adverse weather at base he again successfully landed his damaged aircraft.  Flight Lieutenant Johnsson has proved himself an excellent leader and a keen, courageous and determined pilot.

 

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JOHNSTON, Corporal Allen Herbert (R59498) - Mention in Despatches - Skipton-on-Swale - Award effective 1 January 1946 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 155/46 dated 15 February 1946.  Home in Brandon, Manitoba; enlisted Winnipeg 15 July 1940.  Identified in AFRO as "Overseas". McEwen papers (CWM) with list of recommendations with MiD recommendations for 1 February to 31 July 1945 identifies unit.

 

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JOHNSTON, F/L Arthur James (J15583) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.405 Squadron - Award effective 4 November 1944 as per London Gazette dated 14 November 1944 and AFRO 239/45 dated 9 February 1945.  Born 1920, Souris, Manitoba; home there.  Enlisted in Winnipeg, 22 August 1940.  Trained at No.1 ITS (graduated 14 January 1941), No.3 EFTS (graduated 5 March 1941) and No.1 SFTS (graduated 6 June 1941).  Commissioned 1942.  No citation other than "completed...numerous operations against the enemy in the course of which [he has] invariably displayed the utmost fortitude, courage and devotion to duty."  Public Records Office Air 2/8827 has recommendation dated 20 August 1944 when he had flown 60 sorties (255 hours seven minutes).  NOTE: This document spells his name as "Johnston."

 

First Tour                                                      Second Tour

 

31 Oct 41 Bremen (5.35)                             2 May 44        Warnemunde (7.00)

4 Nov 41  Munster (5.50)                              4 May 44        Nantes (6.05)

7 Nov 41  Munster (5.30)                              17 May 44      GARDENING, Baltic (7.15)

15 Nov 41 Emden (5.40)                              29 May 44      GARDENING (4.30)

27 Nov 41 Dusseldorf, (1.30) DNCO          30 May 44      Cologne (3.50)

7 Dec 42  Brest (6.00)                                  27 Jun 44       Oisemont (2.24)

16 Dec 42 Brest (7.30)                                30 Jun 44       V-Bocage (2.29)

28 Dec 41 Wilhelmshaven (5.20)                2 July 44         Oisemont (2.18)

18 Jan 42 Hamburg (7.45)                           5 July 44         Wizernes (1.58)

25 Mar 42 Essen (5.10)                               6 July 44         Coquereaux (2.36)

26 Mar 42 Essen (3.45)                               7 July 44         Caen (2.42)

27 Mar 42 Lubeck (5.45)                             9 July 44         L'Hey (1.44)

2 Apr 42  Possy (4.40)                                 10 Jul 44        Nucourt (2.52)

18 Apr 42 ASR (5.30)                                  12 Jul 44        Paris (Vaires) (3.20)

1 June 42 Essen (4.10)                                15 Jul 44        Nucourt (3.38)

6 June 42 Emden (5.30)                              17 Jul 44        Cagny (2.34)

7 June 42 GARDENING (4.15)                   19 Jul 44        Rollez (3.03)

9 June 42 GARDENING (4.45)                   22 Jul 44        Acquet (2.42)

11 Jun 42 GARDENING (4.05)                   23 Jul 44        Kiel (5.35)

20 Jun 42 Emden (4.15)                              24 Jul 44        L'Hey (1.44)

22 Jun 42 Emden (4.10)                              25 Jul 44        Foret de Crox (2.19)

25 Jun 42 Bremen (5.05)                             4 Aug 44        St.Maximim (3.11)

27 Jun 42 Bremen (5.30)                             5 Aug 44        Bordeaux (7.34)

29 Jun 42 Bremen (5.00)                             7 Aug 44        TOTALIZE (2.30)

2 July 42 Beene (4.30)                                 8 Aug 44        Lachuex (2.49)

21 Jul 42 Duisburg (4.15)                            9 Aug 44        Conlonvillers (2.20)

25 Jul 42 Hamburg (6.00)                            10 Aug 44      La Pallice (5.18)

28 Jul 42 Saar (5.00)                                    13 Aug 44      Falaise (2.43)

31 Jul 42 Dusseldorf (3.50)                         14 Aug 44      TRACTABLE (2.32)

15 Aug 44      Meisbreek (4.19)

16 Aug 44      Stettin (5.11)

18 Aug 44      Sterkrade (3.42)

 

This officer is an exceptionally keen and capable captain of a crew.  Throughout his long operational career, Flight Lieutenant Johnston has often been faced with seemingly insurmountable difficulties, but in spite of this, he has pressed home his attacks to the full, thereby setting a fine example to his crew.  Undoubtedly, the many successes attained by his crew can be attributed to the devotion to duty displayed by this officer.  Strongly recommended for the Distinguished Flying Cross.

 

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JOHNSTON, F/O Brian Earl (J15429) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.70 Squadron - Award effective 22 January 1943 as per London Gazette dated 5 February 1943 and AFRO 373/43 dated 5 March 1943. Home in Winnipeg; enlisted there 10 October 1940. Trained at No.2 WS (graduated 28 April 1941) and No.4 BGS (graduated 26 May 1941).  Commissioned 1941.

 

As wireless operator air gunner this officer has participated in many sorties including bombing attacks on targets in Germany and the Middle East.  He has at all times displayed courage and resource in the face of the enemy.  On one occasion over Tobruk his navigator was badly wounded by enemy fire.  Flying Officer Johnston promptly applied a tourniquet and by carefully tending him throughout the return flight probably saved his comrade's life. In September 1942, the aircraft in which he was flying was hit by anti-aircraft fire and the pilot was forced to land it some three hundred miles inside enemy territory.  Throughout the following twenty-nine days Flying Officer Johnston displayed great leadership, and despite hazardous experiences eventually led his comrades to safety.  His great keenness and indomitable spirit have set an example worthy of high praise.

 

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JOHNSTON, F/O Bruce (J25407) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.115 Squadron - Award effective 1 December 1944 as per London Gazette dated 8 December 1944 and AFRO 293/45 dated 16 February 1945. Born 1923, Cooksville, Ontario; home in Guelph; enlisted Hamilton 3 February 1942.  Trained at No.1 ITS (graduated 28 August 1942), No.9 EFTS (graduated 20 November 1942) and No.5 SFTS (graduated 16 April 1943).  Commissioned 1943.

 

This officer has taken part in many operational sorties.  On one occasion his aircraft was hit by anti-aircraft fire and badly damaged, one engine was rendered useless and the aircraft became difficult to control.  Despite this, by skilful airmanship, Flying Officer Johnston flew the crippled bomber back to base safely.  He is an excellent captain of aircraft whose courage, outstanding determination and fine leadership have materially contributed to the successes of his crew.

 

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JOHNSTON, F/O Edward Charles William (J25509) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.7 Squadron - Award effective 5 February 1945 as per London Gazette dated 16 February 1945 and AFRO 563/45 dated 29 March 1945.  Born North Bay, Ontario; home there; enlisted there 21 June 1941.  Trained at No.5 ITS (graduated 5 December 1942), No.4 BGS (graduated 16 April 1943) and No.9 AOS (graduated 5 March 1943).  Commissioned 1943.  No citation other than "completed... numerous operations against the enemy in the course of which [he has] invariably displayed the utmost fortitude, courage and devotion to duty."  Public Records Officer Air 2/8831 has recommendation dated 20 November 1944 when he had flown 38 sorties (168 hours 45 minutes), 20 April 1944 to 9 November 1944.

 

20 Apr 44       GARDENING, Texel                         12 Jul 44        Vaires (3.55)

(3.00)                                                  18 Jul 44        McCagny (3.00)

21 Apr 44       GARDENING, Texel                         22 Jul 44        Abbeville (2.50)        

(2.55)                                                  23 Jul 44        Kiel (5.15)

22 Apr 44       Laon (4.55)                                        24 Jul 44        Stuttgart (7.20)

25 Apr 44       GARDENING, Ile Le Groix               25 Jul 44        Stuttgart (7.50)                     

(6.25)                                                  30 Jul 44        Caumont (3.30)

30 Apr 44       Special target (7.10)                         3 Aug 44        Ile Adam (3.20)

6 May 44        GARDENING, St.Nazaire                4 Aug 44        Trossy St.Maxim

(5.40)                                                                          (3.40)

7 May 44        Special target (8.05)                         14 Aug 44      Falaise (3.00)

9 May 44        Special target (6.10)                         16 Aug 44      Stettin (8.20)

27 May 44      GARDENING Ijmuiden                     25 Aug 44      Russelsheim (7.50)

(2.20)                                                  26 Aug 44      Kiel (5.30)

30 May 44      GARDENING Flushing                     6 Sep 44        Kiel (5.30)

(1.50)                                                  12 Sep 44      Frankfurt (5.45)

27 Jun 44       Oisemont (3.00)                                16 Sep 44      Kiel (5.40)

2 July 44         Oisemont (3.10)                                5 Oct 44         Saarbrucken

5 July 44         Wizernes (2.25)                                                         (5.00)

6 July 44         Coquereaux (3.15)                            25 Oct 44       Essen (3.40)

7 July 44         Caen (3.25)                                       29 Oct 44       Westkapple (2.00)

9 July 44         L'Hey (2.00)                                       1 Nov 44         Oberhausen (4.05)

10 Jul 44        Nucourt (3.20)                                    9 Nov 44         Wanne Eickel (4.05)

 

This officer is the Air Bomber of a crew which has always  displayed the utmost determination to press home their attack against the enemy.  He has completed 39 operational sorties of which 28 have been in the Pathfinder Force, seven in the capacity of Marker.

 

Flying Officer Johnston, by his quiet confidence, dogged determination and high skill has proved himself a valuable member of a very successful crew.

 

He always gives his mind to the task in hand and his unselfish devotion to duty is highly laudable.

 

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JOHNSTON, S/L Edward Russell (C832) - Air Force Cross - No.1 Air Command Headquarters - Award effective 23 February 1946 as per London Gazette dated 26 February 1946 and AFRO 280/46 dated 15 March 1946. Born in Lennoxville, Quebec; educated at Mount Allison University. Enlisted 4 July 1938 at Saint John, New Brunswick.  Early in war was with No.110 (RCAF) Squadron.  Remained in postwar RCAF; awarded Queen's Coronation Medal while at Station Lachine (October 1953).  Also had NATO postings, CO of No.2 (F) Wing (November 1963 to July 1964) and CO of Station St.Hubert.  When recommended (October 1945) he had flown 1,800 hours, of which 1,300 were as instructor.  In previous six months he had flown 86 hours (40 instructing).  Died in Ottawa, 10 January 1997.

 

This officer, during his lengthy flying career, has made a valuable contribution to flying training.  He has admirably filled the positions of Flight Commander, Examining Officer, and Chief Flying Instructor at a Service Flying Training School, and later continued to display the most excellent qualities as Squadron Commander at a Flying Instructors School and as Officer Commanding a Visiting Flight.  At present he is employed as a flying training staff officer at this Command Headquarters.  He has always shown an energetic and intelligent interest in pilot training, continually trying to raise the standard and further the knowledge of his subordinates.  He was cited by the Royal Air Force Delegation in the United States for his work in examining and reporting on the pilot training standards of the British Flying Training Schools in the United States.  The devotion to duty that he has displayed over a long period is most praiseworthy.

 

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JOHNSTON, P/O Frederick Edward (J18596) - Distinguished Flying Cross - 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 Verdun, Quebec; home there; enlisted Montreal, 31 October 1940.   Commissioned 1943.  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 21 December 1943 when he had flown 35 sorties (196 hours) as follows:

 

29 Jan 43       Lorient                                         21 Jun 43          Krefeld

13 Jul 43        Aachen                                        15 Jul 43           Montlebard

14 Feb 43      Cologne                                      2 Aug 43           Hamburg

16 Feb 43      Lorient                                         9 Aug 43           Mannheim

18 Feb 43      Wilhelmshaven                           10 Aug 43         Nuremburg

21 Feb 43      Bremen                                       12 Aug 43         Turin

22 Mar 43      St.Nazaire                                   17 Aug 43         Peenemunde

10 Apr 43       Frankfurt                                      23 Aug 43         Berlin

16 Apr 43       Pilsen                                          27 Aug 43         Nuremburg

18 Apr 43       Spezia                                         31 Aug 43         Berlin

20 Apr 43       Stettin                                          16 Sep 43        Modane

4 May 43        Rheiner                                       23 Sep 43        Mannheim

23 May 43      Dortmund                                    3 Oct 43            Kassel

25 May 43      Dusseldorf                                  4 Oct 43            Frankfurt

29 May 43      Wuppertal                                   17 Nov 43         Mannheim

16 Jun 43       Cologne                                      18 Nov 43         Mannheim

19 Jun 43       Le Creusot                                  3 Dec 43           Leipzig

20 Dec 43        Frankfurt

 

This officer has completed many operational sorties with a very successful crew.  As a Flight Engineer he is most capable and has proved himself to be very reliable at all times, ready to meet any emergency.

 

His courage and devotion to duty are worthy of very high praise and set a fine standard to be followed by other Flight Engineers in the squadron.  He is very thorough and conscientious with his work both in the air and on the ground.  In recognition of an excellent record of service he is recommended for a non-immediate award of the Distinguished Flying Cross.

 

Subsequently, this officer completed a further ten sorties with a F/L Wood as pilot; these were:

 

29 Dec 43      Berlin                                      15 Feb 44      Berlin

2 Jan 44         Berlin (early return)                19 Feb 44      Leipzig

5 Jan 44         Stettin                                     20 Feb 44      Stuttgart

27 Jan 44       Heligoland                              24 Feb 44      Schweinfurt

28 Jan 44       Kiel                                         25 Feb 44      Augsburg

30 Jan 44       Berlin

 

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JOHNSTON, F/L George Benson (J7743) - Commended for Valuable Services in the Air - No.5 OTU - Award effective 11 August 1945 as per London Gazette dated 14 August 1945 and AFRO 1453/45 dated 14th September 1945.  Home in Toronto; enlisted there 19 December 1940.  Trained at No.1 ITS (graduated 16 May 1941), No.19 EFTS (graduated 15 July 1941 and No.12 SFTS (graduated 23 September 1941).

 

This officer is a capable instructor who has devoted his interests towards increasing the efficiency of this unit.  By his untiring efforts and his excellent instruction he has been responsible for a high standard of instruction at this Station.

 

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JOHNSTON, P/O Gerald Stewart (J94516) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.418 Squadron - Award effective 3 September 1945 as per London Gazette dated 14 September 1945 and AFRO 1672/45 dated 2 November 1945. Home in Lancaster, Saskatchewan; enlisted Saskatoon, 30 June 1941.  Trained at No.2 ITS (graduated 26 October 1941), No.5 EFTS (graduated 30 January 1942) and No.3 SFTS (graduated 14 August 1942).

 

This officer has completed a large number of operational sorties throughout which he has displayed a fine fighting spirit, keenness and great devotion to duty.  On one occasion, during an attack on enemy transport in the Ruhr area, his aircraft was damaged by anti-aircraft fire.  Nevertheless, Pilot Officer Johnston pressed home a telling attack and destroyed many vehicles.  A courageous and determined pilot, this officer has inflicted considerable damage on the enemy's industrial targets, bridges and lines of communication.

 

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JOHNSTON, F/L Henry Liddle (C9811) - Mention in Despatches - Overseas Headquarters - Award effective 1 January 1945 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 337/45 dated 23 February 1945.  Home in Toronto; enlisted there 17 January 1942.  No citation.

 

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JOHNSTON, F/L James Elswood (C15932) - 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 Winnipeg; enlisted there 12 April 1941.

 

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JOHNSTON, P/O James Ian (J19259) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.619 Squadron (deceased) - Award effective 19 June 1944 as per London Gazette dated 27 June 1944 and AFRO 1861/44 dated 25 August 1944.  Born Englehart, Ontario; home in Toronto; enlisted North Bay, 29 September 1940.  Trained at No.6 ITS (graduated 14 March 1942) and No.6 BGS (graduated 17 July 1942).  Commissioned 1943.  No citation other than "completed...many successful operations against the enemy in which [he has] displayed high skill, fortitude and devotion to duty."  Killed in action 24 June 1944.  NOTE:  Casualty card says he was killed with No.617 Squadron; this may be so, but his award clearly emanated from service with No.619 Squadron.  Public Records Office Air 2/8780 has recommendation dated 15 March 1944 when he had flown 26 sorties (179 hours 37 minutes).

 

21 June 43   Krefeld (4.05)                      20 Oct 43    Leipzig (7.05)

28 June 43   Cologne (4.58)                    22 Oct 43    Kassel (6.03)

29 July 43     Hamburg (5.06)                  3 Nov 43      Dusseldorf (4.32)

2 Aug 43       Hamburg (5.15)                  18 Nov 43    Berlin (7.57)

7 Aug 43       Milan (8.32)                         22 Nov 43    Berlin (6.49)

9 Aug 43       Mannheim (6.06)                23 Nov 43    Berlin (6.36)

15 Aug 43     Milan (8.32)                         16 Dec 43   Berlin (7.20)

23 Aug 43     Berlin (7.10)                        1 Jan 44      Berlin (7.53)

31 Aug 43     Berlin (7.43)                        27 Jan 44    Berlin (8.36)

3 Sept 43      Berlin (6.56)                        15 Feb 44   Berlin (2.39, DNCO)

16 Sept 43   Antheor Viaduct (10.06)    19 Feb 44   Leipzig (7.10)

1 Oct 43        Hagen (5.43)                       24 Feb 44   Schweinfurt (8.19)

8 Oct 43        Hanover (5.05)                    25 Feb 44   Augsburg (7.55)

18 Oct 43      Hanover (5.26)

 

This air gunner has now made 26 successful operational sorties including eight against Berlin. His efficiency has greatly assisted his crew in obtaining a very high degree of success and his keenness and determination have set a fine example to the air gunners and other flying personnel in the squadron.  Through his alertness he has on several occasions warned his captain of approaching enemy aircraft, thus enabling the particular sortie to be carried out successfully.

 

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JOHNSTON, F/O Jay Syver (J7987) - Mention in Despatches - No.10 (BR) Squadron (now missing) - Award effective 8 June 1944 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 1380/44 dated 30 June 1944.  Born in London, Ontario; educated there and Sarnia including Sarnia Technical School.  Enlisted in London, Ontario, 8 October 1940.  Trained at No.1 ITS (graduated 7 February 1941), No.12 EFTS (ceased training 3 March 1941), No.2 BGS (graduated 29 September 1941) and No.3 WS (graduated 31 August 1941).  As of award had flown 1,092:25 hours, 853:40 operational (115 sorties).

 

This wireless operator/air gunner, since listed as missing, was wireless operator on a VLR Liberator which attacked an enemy submarine, later assessed as probably sunk.  He efficiently carried out his duties throughout this action, despite severe weather conditions and extreme range.  He has had a splendid record throughout a long period of operational flying.

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JOHNSTON, F/O John Douglas (J15430) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.78 Squadron - Award effective 13 May 1943 as per London Gazette dated 18 May 1943 and AFRO 1078/43 dated 11 June 1943. Born 1919, Nova Scotia; home in Herbert, Nova Scotia; enlisted Moncton, 21 June 1940. Trained at No.2 ITS (graduated 20 August 1940), No.1 BGS (graduated 18 January 1942) and No.1 WS (graduated 18 December 1941).  Commissioned 1941.

 

This officer has invariably displayed a very keen desire to proceed on operations.  Although now mainly employed in the ground organizations, he is at all times willing to fly as wireless operator with any crew and has completed many sorties over the more heavily defended areas of Germany and occupied territory.  Throughout his whole career he has displayed high courage and devotion to duty which have been an inspiration to the squadron.

 

NOTE: Public Records Air 2/8951 has recommendation dated 21 March 1943 when he had flown 28 sorties (188 hours 22 minutes).  The text differs in no significant degree from that published; sortie list quite detailed:

 

18 Aug 41      Cologne (5.40)          Fires started after attack.

22 Aug            Le Havre (5.45)         Incendiaries seen burning.

6 Sept 41       Huls (5.55)                 Bursts of high explosives seen.

11 Sept 41     Warnemunde (8.45)  Large fires seen.

20 Sept 41     Ostende (5.45)          Incendiaries started in target area.

29 Sept 41     Hamburg (7.10)

10 Oct 41       Essen (7.00)              Large fires seen.

14 Oct 41       Nuremburg (9.00)      Bomb burst seen in target area.

21 Oct 41       Bremen (6.50)           Fires seen.

26 Oct 41       Cherbourg (7.00)

31 Oct 41       Dunkirk (5.20)            Large fires seen from 40 miles on return.

27 Dec 41      Dusseldorf (6.20)      Bursts in dock area.

2 Jan 42         St.Nazaire (8.00)       Crashed on return journey; aircraft destroyed.

29 Apr 42       Ostende (4.40)

2 May 42        Hamburg (6.35)

30 May 42      Cologne (6.05)          1,000-bomber raid.

1 June 42       Essen (3.40)              Returned early.

5 June 42       Essen (5.25)              IFF smashed by flak; aircraft badly damaged; returned safely.

25 June 42     Bremen (6.15)           No results observed.

2 July 42         Bremen (5.20)           Bursts in target area.

7 Nov 42         Genoa (9.57)             Many fires well alight in town.

9 Nov 42         Hamburg (8.12)

29 Nov 42      Lorient (5.49) Glow of incendiaries seen through cloud.

3 Feb 43        Hamburg (6.25)         Glow of fires through cloud.

3 Mar 43         Hamburg (6.00)         Fires seen in target area.

5 Mar 43         Essen (5.58)              Large explosion seen and concentration of fires in target area.

8 Mar 43         Nuremburg (7.39)      Scattered fires observed.

11 Mar 43      Stuttgart (7.45)          Very large fires seen after successful attack.

 

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JOHNSTON, F/L John Hamilton (J37138) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.619 Squadron -  Award effective 23 November 1945 as per London Gazette dated 4 December 1945 and AFRO 244/46 dated 8 March 1946. Born January 1924, Naskwaakeie, New Brunswick; home there (student, University of New Brunswick; member COTC).  Enlisted in Montreal, 4 August 1942.  Trained at No.5 ITS (graduated 1 May 1943), No.10 EFTS (graduated 26 June 1943), and No.8 SFTS (graduated 29 October 1943). Commissioned September 1924.  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 2/8772 has recommendation dated 17 May 45 when he had flown 30 sorties (217 hours 19 minutes) as follows:

 

14 Oct 44       Brunswick (7.15)                   2 Feb 45        Karlsruhe (7.06)

19 Oct 44       Nuremburg (5.41)                  7 Feb 45        D.E. Canal (5.58)

30 Oct 44       West Kapelle (2.26)              8 Feb 45        Politz (9.02)

1 Nov 44         Homberg (4.16)                     13 Feb 45      Dresden (9.06)

21 Nov 44      Mittelland (6.01)                    14 Feb 45      Rositz (9.15)

26 Nov 44      Munich (9.16)                         3 Mar 45         Ladbergen (5.24)

4 Dec 44        Heilbronn (6.36)                    5 Mar 45         Bohlen (9.47)

8 Dec 44        Heimbach (4.41)                   7 Mar 45         Harburg (6.07)

17 Dec 44      Munich (9.36)                         11 Mar 45      Essen (5.00)

21 Dec 44      Politz (9.53)                           14 Mar 45      Lutzkendorf (9.33)

4 Jan 45         Royan (6.14)                          20 Mar 45      Bohlen (8.05)

7 Jan 45         Munich (9.19)                         4 Apr 45         Nordhausen (6.00)

13 Jan 45       Politz (9.58)                           7 Apr 45         Molbis (8.44)

16 Jan 45       Brux (9.24)                             23 Apr 45       ABORTED (5.12)

1 Feb 45        Siegen (6.18)                        25 Apr 45       GARDENING (6.06)

 

Flight Lieutenant Johnston has made 30 successful operational sorties as pilot and captain of Lancaster aircraft, thus completing his first tour with Bomber Command.  A third of these sorties have been made against distant targets in Germany or Czechoslovakia, such as Munich, Brux and Dresden, which have involved flights of over nine hours in duration, often meeting with very bad weather, and where intense opposition from both flak and fighters has been encountered.

 

By his keenness and excellent captaincy this officer built up a most efficient operational crew and his example has been an inspiration to all crews with whom he has come in contact.  He has always displayed great gallantry and devotion to duty and is recommended for the non-immediate award of the Distinguished Flying Cross.

 

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JOHNSTON, F/L John Phillip Sydney - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.161 (Bomber Reconnaissance) Squadron - Award effective 1 December 1945 as per Canada Gazette dated 15 December 1945 and AFRO 183/46 dated 22 February 1946.  Enlisted in Ottawa, 11 September 1940. Trained at No.2 ITS (graduated 4 November 1940), No.6 EFTS (graduated 3 January 1941), and No.3 SFTS (graduated 24 March 1941).  Governor General's Records (RG.7 Group 26 Vol.59, file 190-I, dossier 7) has citation.  When recommended he had flown 2,500 hours, of which 628 were on operations (71 sorties).

 

This pilot has completed numerous operational flights during which he has invariably displayed the utmost fortitude, courage and devotion to duty in seeking out the enemy.  His skill and reliability have been outstanding.  In this way he has been an inspiration to other aircrew on the ground as well as during flying operations.

 

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JOHNSTON, F/L Kenneth Ewert (C18844) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.429 Squadron - Award effective 2 October 1944 as per London Gazette dated 13 October 1944 and AFRO 2637/44 dated 8 December 1944.  Born 1914, Peterborough, Ontario; home there (mechanic). Enlisted in Toronto, 1 June 1940. Commissioned 1943.  No citation other than "completed...numerous operations against the enemy in the course of which [he has] invariably displayed the utmost fortitude, courage and devotion to duty".  DHist file 181.009 D.2609 (RG.24 Vol.20632) has recommendation dated 23 July 1944 when he had flown 52 sorties (226 hours 45 minutes).  There are no details of his first tour; the sortie sheet list 19 trips (86 hours 45 minutes) for second tour, 9 April to 24 June 1944.

 

This engineer having completed one tour of operations of twenty-three attacks on heavily defended targets, has returned to operations and completed nineteen attacks.  His fine offensive spirit, efficiency and determination on operations have made him an invaluable member of his crew.  His devotion to duty has been outstanding and, as Squadron Engineer Leader for three months he has proven his ability in organizing and maintaining a very efficient section.  On all accounts this officer is outstanding.

 

It is considered that this officer's devotion to duty and outstanding efficiency fully merit the award of the D.F.C.

 

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JOHNSTON, F/O (now F/L) Lester Cyril (J14017) - Commended for Valuable Services in the Air - No.8 SFTS - Award effective 1 January 1944 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 113/44 dated 21 January 1944.  Born 29 April 1916 at Murray Harbour, Prince Edward Island.  Enlisted in Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island, 12 September 1940.  Trained at No.1 ITS (graduated 21 December 1940), No.13 EFTS (graduated 10 February 1941), and No.9 SFTS (graduated 9 March 1941).

 

This officer has shown excellent instructional ability for the past twenty-two months during which time he has completed a considerable number of flying instructional hours.  His devotion to duty and consistent effort have been responsible for the production of a large number of excellent pilot.

 

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JOHNSTON, Section Officer (N/S) Lillian Emily (C7579) - Associate, Royal Red Cross - No.34 SFTS - Award effective 28 May 1943 as per London Gazette dated 2 June 1943 and AFRO 1459/43 dated 30 July 1943. Enlisted at Calgary, 20 August 1941.

 

Nursing Sister Johnston's professional skill, zeal and unflagging interest in her duties have been an inspiration to patients and associate workers alike.  By her tireless energy, ability and self-sacrifice of personal time and interests, this Nursing Sister has an enviable record of devotion to the service.  On many occasions, by the display of these attributes, she was instrumental in succouring the sick and restoring them to health, and on one occasion, by remaining on duty for some forty-eight hours with little or no sleep, saved the life of an airman who was severely ill with Toxic Meningitis.  In other cases she has shown the same example of self-sacrifice which has gained for her the highest confidence of the Medical Staff and patients in this hospital.

 

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JOHNSTON, F/O Verdun Robert (J27556) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.432 Squadron - Award effective 6 January 1945 as per London Gazette dated 16 January 1945 and AFRO 625/45 dated 13 April 1945. Born 1924, Moorefield, Ontario; home in Toronto; enlisted there 8 June 1942.   Trained at No.1 ITS (graduated 4 December 1942), No.7 EFTS (graduated 19 February 1943) and No.6 SFTS (graduated 25 June 1943).  Commissioned 1943.  No citation other than "completed... numerous operations against the enemy in the course of which [he has] displayed the utmost fortitude, courage and devotion to duty." DHist file 181.009 D.5557 (RG.24 Vol.20668) has recommendation dated 17 October 1944 when he had flown 36 sorties (161 hours 50 minutes), 27 May to 26 September 1944.

 

During a most successful tour of operational duty, this officer has proved himself a most valuable member of his squadron.  He is an outstanding operational captain and has invariably made the utmost effort to complete his duties.  His cheerful confidence and willing co-operation has always been apparent in whatever task he is assigned to.

 

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

 

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JOHNSTON, F/O William Henry (J24724) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.434 Squadron - Award effective 6 January 1945 as per London Gazette dated 16 January 1945 and AFRO 508/45 dated 23 March 1945.  Born 1923, Toronto; home there; enlisted there 31 March 1942.   Trained at No.6 ITS (graduated 23 October 1942) and No.1 AOS (graduated 19 March 1943).  Commissioned 1943.  No citation other than "completed...numerous operations against the enemy in the course of which [he has] invariably displayed the utmost fortitude, courage and devotion to duty."  DHist file 181.009 D.3080 (RG.24 Vol.20636) has recommendation (undated) when he had flown 37 sorties (167 hours ten minutes), 24 April to 11 September 1944.  Did part of tour with F/O J.G. Stinson.

 

This navigator has completed a tour of operations totalling thirty-seven sorties, several of which were against heavily defended targets in Germany and France.  Although many of these attacks were made under harassing circumstances, Flying Officer Johnston has at all times displayed courage, zeal and devotion to duty.  His navigational skill and keenness has been a source of inspiration to his fellow navigators.

 

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JOHNSTON, F/L William James (J9408) - Mention in Despatches - No.164 Squadron (Canada) - Award effective 21 April 1945 as per Canada Gazette of that date and AFRO 802/45 dated 11 May 1945.  Enlisted in Vancouver, 28 February 1941.  Trained at No.2 ITS (graduated 21 July 1941), No.10 EFTS (graduated 25 September 1941) and No.10 SFTS (graduated 19 December 1941).

 

This officer has been on a transport squadron for many months and as captain of aircraft has at all times displayed great skill, coolness and judgment.  On one trans-Atlantic flight he landed his crew at a difficult base in Greenland under the most adverse weather conditions.  His ability and devotion to duty is worthy of the highest praise.

 

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JOHNSTON, Corporal William James (R104109) - British Empire Medal - Station Sydney - Award effective 1 January 1946 as per Canada Gazette of that date and AFRO 82/46 dated 25 January 1946.  Enlisted in Halifax, 20 June 1941.  Governor General's Records (RG.7 Group 26, Volume 59, file 190-I, dossier 8) has citation.

Not long ago, a hangar at the station was completely destroyed by fire which resulted in a explosion, caused by the accidental dropping of a depth charge from a bombed-up aircraft.  Corporal Johnson, hospital assistant, with the Medical Officer, was one of the first to arrive at the scene of the fire and explosion.  With little regard to personal safety, he entered the blazing hangar in company with the Medical Officer, despite the fact there was exploding ammunition on all sides as well as three other bombed-up burning aircraft still in the hangar.  He assisted the Medical Officer in the removal of the casualties and after the Medical Officer's departure he remained at the scene of the fire rendering first aid to the casualties and despatching the seriously injured to the hospital.  This non-commissioned officer displayed considerable resourcefulness in his efforts both in rescue from the hangar and his treatment of the casualties.

 

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JOHNSTONE, S/L Norman Richard (C459) - Mention in Despatches - No.411 Squadron - Effective 1 January 1942 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 142/42 dated 30 January 1942.  Born 6 April 1911; educated in Winnipeg.  RCAF (P/P/O), 1929-31 when he received his wings before going to Reserve.  Joined No.120 (Auxiliary) Squadron, 1938.  Called to active service, 11 December 1939, at Saskatoon. To UK, February 1940, with No.110 Squadron; later in No.401 Squadron.

 

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JOLY, F/L (now S/L) Antonio Vanutelli (C6309) - Commended for Valuable Services in the Air - No.9 Bombing and Gunnery School. Award effective 14 November 1944 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 2684/44 dated 15 December 1944.  Enlisted in Montreal, 27 December 1939.  NOTE: CHECK NAME: "Joly" or "Jolly".

 

This officer is a skilful and experienced pilot who has done exceptionally fine work in commanding flying at this unit.  He has at all times displayed outstanding devotion to duty and has proven to be a capable and efficient leader.

 

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JONASON, F/L Jonas Christian (C8016) - Mention in Despatches - Overseas - Award effective 1 January 1946 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 155/46 dated 15 February 1946.  Home in Edmonton; enlisted there 18 October 1941.  While serving as Intelligence Officer in Iceland he was appointed liaison officer owing to knowledge of the language.

 

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JONES, FS Allan (R52307) - Mention in Despatches - No.410 Squadron - Award effective 14 June 1945 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 1600/45 dated 12 October 1945.  Home in Dunnville, Ontario; enlisted Hamilton 19 October 1939.  Unit identified in AFRO only as "Overseas"; listed in 410 Squadron: A History.  DHist file has recommendation submitted 15 January 1945 when he was NCO in charge of "A" Flight.  This describes his accomplishments over the previous two years as "exceptional leadership handling his flight through difficult conditions with a minimum of disorganization and a maximum of good will", "unimpeachable loyalty", "cheerful willingness to tackle the most difficult of jobs", management of flight contributing to squadron's record of many enemy aircraft destroyed, 78 percent aircraft serviceability over the previous eight months (average 850 flying hours per month) in spite of seven squadron moves plus re-equipping of unit from Mosquito XIII to Mosquito XXX; enthusiastic athletic promoting unit sports.  At the close, W/C Hiltz writes:

 

Flight Sergeant Jones has always displayed exceptional leadership qualities both in the handling of his flight and in his unceasing efforts to promote the general welfare of all flight personnel.  He is an exceptionally good technical man and possessed of the highest personal qualities which have made him an asset in every way to the Squadron.

 

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JONES, S/L Arthur Alan (J12342) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.426 Squadron - Award effective 12 November 1945 as per London Gazette dated 16 November 1945 and AFRO 133/46 dated 8 February 1946.  Born July 1919 in Edmonton; home in Vancouver (draughtsman); enlisted there 11 August 1941.  Formerly in the army.  Trained at No.4 ITS (graduated 6 December 1941), No.18 EFTS (graduated 28 February 1942) and No.15 SFTS (graduated 19 July 1942).  Commissioned June 1942.  DFC presented 6 May 1950. No citation other than "completed...numerous operations against the enemy in the course of which [he has] invariably displayed the utmost fortitude, courage and devotion to duty."  DHist file 181.009 D.4431 (RG.24 Vol.20649) has recommendation dated 17 May 1945 when he had flown 30 sorties (184 hours 20 minutes), 5 October 1944 to 18 April 1945).

 

Squadron Leader Jones has completed a tour of operations during which he has attacked some of the most heavily defended targets in Germany.  He has proven himself to be a capable and determined pilot and has pressed home his attacks on enemy objectives despite heavy opposition.  As a Flight Commander he has worked conscientiously to improve the efficiency of the crews under his command and throughout his tour of duty has set an example of devotion to duty that has been an example to all members of this squadron.

 

I feel that the admirable offensive spirit and devotion to duty displayed by this officer fully merits recognition, and I therefore strongly recommend the award of the non-immediate DFC.

 

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JONES, F/L Arthur Duane (J3992) - Mention in Despatches - No.400 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.  Home in Flemington, New Jersey.  Enlisted in Ottawa, 1 July 1940.  Trained at No.1 ITS (graduated 3 October 1940), No.6 SFTS (graduated 10 February 1941) and No.4 EFTS (graduated 22 November 1940).  No citation.  A note signed by W/C R.C.A. Waddell states that Jones, on his first operational trip of 19 August 1942, successfully led his section in so far as Beauvais, the deepest penetration by fighter reconnaissance during the Dieppe operation.  Public Records Office Air 2/8769 has recommendation for a Croix de Guerre submitted by Waddell dated 1 February 1943 as follows:

 

During the Battle of Dieppe on 19th August 1942, this officer, an American citizen serving with the RCAF, on his first operational trip, successfully led his section on a reconnaissance over enemy territory as far as Beauvais. This was the deepest penetration by tactical reconnaissance aircraft during the operation and the information of enemy troops disposition brought back was of great value to the Army Commander.

 

NOTE: To the above, Group Captain D. Smith (OC No.39 Wing) writes, "This officer's conduct during the Dieppe operation was outstanding and I strongly recommend him for the Croix de Guerre".

 

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JONES, F/L Chesley Robert (J85017) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.425 Squadron - Award effective 2 October 1944 as per London Gazette dated 13 October 1944 and AFRO 2637/44 dated 8 December 1944.    Born 1921, Regina; home in Vancouver.  Served with Coast Brigade, Royal Canadian Artillery.  Enlisted in Vancouver, 7 October 1941. Trained at No.2 ITS (graduated 11 April 1942), No.15 EFTS (graduated 20 June 1942) and No.15 SFTS (graduated 9 October 1942).  Commissioned 1944.  Medal sent by registered mail, 12 September 1949, when he was living in San Jose, California. No citation other than "completed...numerous operations against the enemy in the course of which [he has] invariably displayed the utmost fortitude, courage and devotion to duty".  DHist file 181.009.D.1730 (PAC RG.24 Vol.20607) has recommendation dated 27 July 1944 when he had flown 33 sorties (196 hours 30 minutes) in a tour from 12 May 1943 to 6 July 1944; tour included a crash-landing on 3 October 1943.

 

A bomber pilot of outstanding skill and highly commendable courage, Flight Lieutenant Jones has completed one tour of operations with a total of 33 offensive sorties against enemy targets.  These operations include attacks on Berlin, Leipzig Stuttgart, Frankfurt and Nuremburg.  On all of these sorties, his superb captaincy and airmanship contributed, in a great measure, to the successful completion of his missions and the safe return of the aircraft.

 

With exceptional tenacity of purpose that characterize all his actions, this officer has always reached his objective on schedule and bombed most successfully.

Under a calm and quiet manner, Flight Lieutenant Jones has a fine offensive spirit in action.  His dogged determination, skill and devotion to duty are an example and an inspiration to others.

 

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JONES, F/O Cornelius Reece (J29368) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.428 Squadron - Award effective 5 April 1945 as per London Gazette dated 13 April 1945 and AFRO 824/45 dated 18 May 1945. Born 1916, Beverly, Alberta; home in Pembridge, Alberta (labourer).  Enlisted in Edmonton, 16 June 1942. Trained at No.7 ITS (graduated 30 December 1942), No.2 AOS (graduated 24 March 1943), No.5 BGS (graduated 9 July 1943) and No.1 CNS (graduated 20 August 1943).  Commissioned 1943.  No citation other than "completed...numerous operations against the enemy in the course of which [he has] invariably displayed the utmost courage and devotion to duty." DHist file 181.009 D.3260 (RG.24 Vol.20637) has recommendation dated 31 October 1944 when he had flown 31 sorties (192 hours 20 minutes), 5 June to 23 October 1944.

 

As Air Bomber this officer has proved of incalculable value to his pilot and his coolness, determination and initiative have contributed to a major degree to the success of the tour completed by the crew.  His sorties include targets such as Wesseling, Stuttgart, Brunswick, Stettin, Russelheim, Dortmund, Bottrop and Essen as well as special targets requiring precision bombing such as La Pallice, St.Leu, Bois Decasson, Foret de Chantilly and high level mining.  On these he has secured many fine photographs.  Ge is regarded as one of the outstanding Air Bombers on the squadron.  His all round ability and confidence together with his great devotion to duty have been an inspiration to all.

 

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JONES, FS (now WO) Creswell Elsworth (R223800) - Distinguished Flying Medal - No.12 Squadron - Award effective 1 May 1945 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 918/45.  Born Cumberland, Ontario, 1925; home in Ottawa; enlisted there 13 June 1941.  Trained at No.9 BGS (graduated 10 December 1943).  Served in postwar RCAF (Corporal); died in Comox, age 70, 24 February 1995.

 

As mid-upper gunner, Flight Sergeant Jones has participated in many sorties.  On several occasions his aircraft has been attacked by enemy fighters but Flight Sergeant Jones has invariably defended his aircraft with great skill and resolution.  He has assisted in the destruction of at least one enemy aircraft.  On one occasion, when a fire started near his gun turret, Flight Sergeant Jones displayed great courage and coolness. He sustained burns and became almost exhausted by his efforts but he succeeded in extinguishing the flames.  This airman has at all times displayed great devotion to duty.

 

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JONES, F/L Dewi Charles (J12718) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.635 Squadron - Award effective 4 November 1944 as per London Gazette dated 14 November 1944 and AFRO 239/45 dated 9 February 1945.  Born 1922, Swansea, South Wales; home in Hamilton, Ontario; enlisted there 13 June 1941.  Trained at No.5 ITS (graduated 7 November 1941), No.1 AOS (graduated 12 April 1942), No.1 BGS (graduated 23 May 1942) and No.1 CNS (graduated 3 July 1942).  Commissioned 1942.  No citation other than "completed...numerous operations against the enemy in the course of which [he has] invariably displayed the utmost fortitude, courage and devotion to duty."  Public Records Office Air 2/8823 has recommendation dated 21 August 1944 when he had flown 38 sorties (171 hours five minutes).

 

14 Jan 44       Brunswick (5.50)                 23 Jun 44       Coubronne (2.20)

20 Jan 44       Berlin (7.10)                        24 Jun 44       Pas de Calais (2.05)

27 Jan 44       Berlin (7.45)                        5 July 44         Wizernes (2.10)

30 Jan 44       Berlin (6.30)                        6 July 44         Coquereaux (3.30)

15 Feb 44      Frankfurt-on-Oder               7 July 44         Caen (3.10)

(7.50)                                   9 July 44         L'Hey (2.30)

19 Feb 44      Leipzig (7.35)                      10 Jul 44        Nucourt (3.35)

25 Feb 44      Augsburg (7.30)                  12 Jul 44        Vaires (3.35)

15 Mar 44      Stuttgart (6.50)                    14 Jul 44        Nucourt (4.00)

30 Mar 44      Nuremburg (6.50)               18 Jul 44        Sannersille (3.00)

18 Apr 44       Rouen (3.20)                       18 Jul 44        Wesseling (3.55)

24 Apr 44       Karlsruhe (5.45)                  30 Jul 44        Coumont (3.30)

12 May 44      Hassel (3.15)                      1 Aug 44        Ouderbeck (2.10)

19 May 44      Orleans (4.30)                     3 Aug 44        Trossy St.Maximim

22 May 44      Orleans (4.40)                                             (3.55)   

28 May 44      Angers (7.30)                      5 Aug 44        Pauillac (7.30)

31 May 44      Trappes (4.25)                    7 Aug 44        Secuville (3.10)

6 June 44       Ouistreham (2.40)              8 Aug 44        Chantilly (3.30)

6 June 44       Lisieux (2.50)                      10 Aug 44      Le Bourget (4.00)

8 June 44       Fougeres (4.10)                  14 Aug 44      Falaise (3.05)

 

This officer has completed over 30 sorties against some of the most heavily defended German cities including Berlin.  He has displayed a high standard of skill and keenness throughout and his sterling qualities have impressed all.

 

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JONES, FS (now P/O) Douglas Edward (R133105/J87814) - Distinguished Flying Medal - No.215 Squadron (deceased) - Award effective 10 June 1944 as per London Gazette dated 25 January 1946 and AFRO 244/46 dated 8 March 1946.  Born 1920, Mission, British Columbia; home in Burnaby or Dewdney; enlisted Vancouver, 18 September 1941.  Trained at No.3 WS (graduated 23 January 1943) and No.3 BGS (graduated 2 May 1943).  Commissioned March 1944.  Killed in action, 11 June 1944, in a Dakota of No.61 Squadron; buried in India.

 

Flight Sergeant Jones as air gunner has taken part in many successful attacks on well defended enemy targets.  He has always displayed outstanding skill and determination in the face of danger and has contributed in no small way to the successful completion of many sorties.

 

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JONES, P/O Edgar Thompson (J19171) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.103 Squadron - Award effective 9 February 1944 as per London Gazette dated 22 February 1944 and AFRO 644/44 dated 24 March 1944.  Born Moose Jaw, 1920; home in Edmonton; enlisted there 13 November 1941.  Trained at No.7 ITS (graduated 6 June 1942), No.1 EFTS (graduated 1 August 1942) and No.5 SFTS (graduated 20 November 1942).  Commissioned 1943.  DFC and Bar presented 29 November 1947.

 

This officer was captain of an aircraft detailed to attack Berlin one night in January 1944.  During the operation the aircraft was intercepted by a fighter which attacked with much persistence.  Pilot Officer Jones manoeuvered with skill but his aircraft was repeatedly hit by cannon and machine gun fire.  Before the enemy aircraft could be evaded one engine was disabled, the rear and mid-upper turrets were rendered unserviceable, the starboard tail plane, elevator and the fuselage were damaged while one of the bomb doors was almost shot away.  Some stores caught fire but Pilot Officer Jones jettisoned the burning articles and course was set for home.  The aircraft was difficult to control and some height was lost but, displaying great skill and determination, Pilot Officer Jones flew the damaged aircraft to base.  In the face of a most trying situation, he has set a fine example of coolness and courage.

 

JONES, P/O Edgar Thompson (J19171) - Bar to Distinguished Flying Cross - No.103 Squadron - Award effective 19 June 1944 as per London Gazette dated 27 June and AFRO 1861/44 dated 25 August 1944.

 

Since the award of the Distinguished Flying Cross this officer has continued to display great keenness for operational flying.  He has taken part in a number of sorties, many of them on major German targets, where fierce opposition is invariably encountered.  The heaviest anti-aircraft and fighter action have never deterred him in nay way from the completion of his allotted task.

 

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JONES, F/L Frank Everett (J15327) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.249 Squadron - Award effective 19 September 1942 as per London Gazette dated 13 October 1942 and AFRO 1690/42 dated 23 October 1942.  Born in Abbotsford or Cloverdale, British Columbia, 6 September 1916.  Home in Sherbrooke, Quebec.  Enlisted in Vancouver, 16 October 1940.  Trained at No.1 ITS (graduated 4 March 1941), No.4 EFTS, (graduated 4 May 1941) and No.6 SFTS (graduated 27 July 1941).  Awarded wings, 27 July 1941.  Posted overseas in August 1941, served in No.72 Squadron  (November 1941 to May 1942); sent via HMS Eagle to Malta, serving with No.249 Squadron (3 June to 27 October 1942).  Returned to Canada, December 1941 and flew at No.1 OTU, March 1943 to October 1944.  On staff of Overseas Headquarters, October 1944 to September 1945.  Released 27 November 1945.  In all he flew 152 sorties (155.25 operational hours including 85 hours in Malta). Was shot down once, force-landed twice, and several times shot up.  Chris Shores, in Aces High (2nd edition) lists his victories as follows: 27 March 1942, one FW.190 damaged; 6 June 1942, one Ju.88 destroyed (Spitfire BR246 coded C-40, shared with another pilot) plus one Re.2001 destroyed (same airplane); 15 June 1942, one Ju.88 destroyed (Spitfire BR119); 9 July 1942, one Bf.109 damaged (aircraft unknown); 11 July 1942, one Bf.109 destroyed plus one Bf.109 damaged (aircraft unknown); 8 August 1942, one Bf.109 destroyed (BP869 coded "E"); 13 August 1942, one Ju.88 destroyed (EP448 coded "F").  See also Chris Shores, Malta: The Spitfire Year.

 

Flight Lieutenant Jones is a vigorous fighter whose ceaselessness in face of odds has served a praiseworthy example.  On one occasion in June 1942, during a convoy escort when his formation attacked a large enemy force, Flight Lieutenant Jones destroyed a Junkers 88.  On another occasion he led his section in an attack against twelve enemy planes heavily escorted by fighters.  Diving down amongst the enemy formation, he shot down a Messerschmitt 109.  Although he was attacked from all sides by many fighters, he skilfully frustrated them and, in spite of damage sustained to his aircraft, he succeeded in leading his section safely to base.

 

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JONES, F/L Gerald Joseph Lavern (J13443) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.420 Squadron - Award effective 5 April 1945 as per London Gazette dated 13 April 1945 and AFRO 824/45 dated 18 May 1945.  American in the RCAF; born in Saginaw, Michigan, 1920; home in Los Angeles, California (truck driver); enlisted in Vancouver, 22 September 1941.  Trained at No.7 ITS (graduated 30 January 1942), No.6 EFTS (graduated 10 April 1942) and No.11 SFTS (graduated 14 August 1942).  Commissioned August 1942.  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) gives recommendation dated 16 December 1944, when he had flown 31 sorties (161 hours 25 minutes on operations).

 

This officer has completed very many sorties and has displayed a high degree of skill throughout, invariably pressing home his attacks with courage and resolution. On the night of the 16th of August 1944, Flight Lieutenant Jones orbitted the heavily defended city of Kiel for seventeen minutes in the face of intense opposition before completing his bombing run to ensure a successful attack.  Flight Lieutenant Jones' sterling qualities have been a constant inspiration to his crew and for this reason I recommend him for the award of the non-immediate Distinguished Flying Cross.

 

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JONES, F/O Harlo Lloyd (J25886) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.408 Squadron - Award effective 10 May 1945 as per London Gazette dated 22 May 1945 and AFRO 1147/45 dated 13 July 1945. Born 1923 at Dinsmore, Saskatchewan; home there; enlisted in Saskatoon, 10 April 1942.  Commissioned 1943. Trained at No.7 ITS (graduated 23 October 1942), No.6 EFTS (graduated 1 January 1943) and No.4 SFTS (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.1515 (RG.24 Vol.20600) has recommendation dated 1 January 1945 when he had flown 33 sorties (163 hours 50 minutes), 23 June to 4 December 1944.

 

Flying Officer Jones has completed a tour of operations against the enemy on four-engined bombers.  He has operated deep into the heart of Germany on many occasions and has been over such heavily defended targets as Hamburg, Kiel, Brest, Duisburg and Essen.

 

At all times he has pressed home his attacks and procured many fine photographs of the various targets.  He has been a source of inspiration to his crew members by his capability and guidance, which in turn have reflected on the squadron as a whole.

 

Flying Officer Jones' courage and cheerfulness throughout his tour have been outstanding and I therefore recommend that he be awarded the Non-Immediate Distinguished Flying Cross.

 

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JONES, P/O Harvey Edgar (J12866) - Mention in Despatches - No.233 Squadron (deceased) - Award effective 1 January 1945 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 721/45 dated 27 April 1945.  Born in Welland, Ontario, 1 July 1917; home in Niagara Falls, Ontario (tour guide and salesman); enlisted in Toronto, 1 August 1941.  Trained at No.5 ITS, 28 October to 20 December 1941 (graduated 19 December 1941 and promoted LAC), No.13 EFTS, 21 December 1941 to 14 March 1942 (graduated 27 February 1942) and No.8 SFTS, 1 April to 1 August 1942 (graduated 17 July 1942 when commissioned).  Further trained at No.31 GRS, Charlottetown, 1 August to 9 October 1942 and at No.36 OTU, 10 October 1942 to 22 January 1943.  Arrived in Britain, 4 February 1943; to No.1 (Coastal) OTU, 20 April 1943; to No.269 Squadron, 10 June 1943, serving with that unit in Britain and Iceland until 20 January 1944; to No.282 Squadron, 14 February 1944; to No.575 Squadron, 25 February 1944; to No.233 Squadron the same day.  Killed in action 5/6 June 1944 (Dakota KG356).  Public Records Office Air 2/5010 has recommendation dated 30 June 1944 for the Victoria Cross; this was approved at the level of Station (Blakehill Farm), No.46 Group and AOC Transport Command; appears to have been knocked down at Air Ministry level.  As of recommendation he had flown 44 sorties (792 hours ten minutes operational time).

 

Flying Officer H. Jones was the captain of a Dakota aircraft detailed to drop parachute troops in the Caen area on the night of 5/6 June 1944.  The approach was made at a height of 600 feet above ground, in the face of heavy anti-aircraft fire.  Approximately four miles from the Dropping Zone the aircraft was badly hit and set on fire.  Flying Officer Jones continued heading towards the Dropping Zone and gave the signal for the parachute troops in the aircraft to jump, which they did successfully.  He then ordered his crew to abandon the aircraft.

 

Flying Officer Jones could himself have abandoned the aircraft through the pilot's escape hatch at the same time as the crew were ordered to jump.  Although well aware of the danger of remaining in the aircraft, he refused his parachute pack when it was brought to him and stayed at the controls to keep the aircraft on an even keel and maintain sufficient height for his crew to jump safely.  Two of the crew jumped successfully after which the aircraft crashed and Flying Officer Jones was killed.

 

By his premeditated action in remaining at the controls until the mission was completed and the crew had left the aircraft, Flying Officer Jones deliberately sacrificed his life to carry out his orders and to ensure the safety of his crew.  The dauntless courage and self-sacrifice displayed by this very gallant officer are a glorious example to all pilots in his Majesty's Service.

 

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JONES, FS Herbert (RCAF 2264) - Mention in Despatches - No.116 (BR) Squadron.  Award effective 8 June 1944 as per Canada Gazette of that date and AFRO 1380/44 dated 30 June 1944.  Born in Ottawa; home there; educated in Ottawa and New York public schools and the Ottawa Technical High School; enlisted there 2 June 1937.  Aero-engine mechanic.

 

For almost two years this NCO has been in the maintenance section of this squadron and through his outstanding ability and devotion to duty has been greatly responsible for the high degree of efficiency maintained in his unit.

 

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JONES, F/O Herbert Ebsworthy (J21658) - Air Force Cross - No.8 OTU - Award effective 14 June 1945 as per Canada Gazette of that date and AFRO 1127/45 dated 6 July 1945.  Born in Fernie, British Columbia, 21 March 1921.  Attended Garneau Public School and Luther College.  Home in Ottawa; enlisted in Edmonton, 24 October 1940.  Trained at No.2 ITS (graduated 4 February 1941), No.8 EFTS (graduated 29 March 1941) and No.10 SFTS (graduated 21 June 1941).  Served overseas with No.418 Squadron; DHist file 181.009 D.1509 (RG.24 Vol.20599) has list of 31 sorties, 9 November 1943 to 22 May 1944 which notes the following: 11 November 1943, attacked four trains, damaging three; 20 December 1943, one Bf.110 destroyed and control tower strafed at Illeshheim;; 16 March 1944, returned early from Day Ranger escorting aircraft that had been hit by flak; 11 April 1944, one FW.190 destroyed on Intruder mission to Lechfeld; 8 May 1944, one Ju.290 destroyed on Ranger to Czechoslovakia.  Governor General's Records (RG.7 Group 26, Vol.59, file 190-I, dossier 7) has citation.  When recommended he had flown 2,095 hours, 1,500 as instructor, 50 in previous six months.

Flying Officer Jones has spent considerable time as test pilot at No.8 Operational Training Unit, carrying out many experiments with new modifications and oxygen systems requiring tests of new limitations and altitudes.  His ardent devotion to duty and his disregard for personal danger have done much to maintain the morale and efficiency of the unit.  On every job assigned to him he has displayed keenness and energy of the highest order.

 

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JONES, G/C John Allan (C1302) - Officer, Order of the British Empire - AFHQ - Award effective 13 June 1946 as per Canada Gazette of that date and AFRO 660/45 dated 5 July 1946.  Enlisted in Vancouver, 26 October 1939.

 

Group Captain Jones, in charge of building construction and maintenance, served in the Construction Engineering Directorate since the outset of hostilities.  In his capacity as Chief Construction Engineer he has been responsible for the design and construction of all works and buildings for the Royal Canadian Air Force.  His professional qualifications and experience have been of inestimable value during the period of rapid expansion of the British Commonwealth Air Training Plan and Western Hemisphere Operations.  His untiring efforts contributed in a marked degree to the successful completion of the plan.  His untiring efforts, loyalty and professional ability have set an example for all ranks.  The harmonious relationship established by him with other branches of the Government has been responsible in a large measure for the outstanding achievement of the Royal Canadian Air Force in Construction Engineering.

 

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JONES, F/L Joseph Albert Lloyd (J14034) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.150 Squadron - Award effective 30 December 1943 as per London Gazette dated 7 January 1944 and AFRO 410/44 dated 25 February 1944.  Born in Vancouver, 1919; home in Seattle, Washington; enlisted in Vancouver, 16 October 1941.  Trained at No.2 ITS (graduated 23 December 1940), No.15 EFTS (graduated 21 February 1941) and No.10 SFTS (graduated 28 May 1941).  Commissioned 1942.  Medal sent by registered mail, 25 July 1945.

 

Flight Lieutenant Jones has completed a large number of sorties, the majority of which have been over Sicily and Italy.  He has invariably shown great determination, pressing home his attacks regardless of enemy opposition.  On one occasion, when returning from an attack on a target in Sicily, the nacelle tanks in his aircraft became useless due to an air lock with both engines out of action.  Flight Lieutenant Jones made a masterly forced landing without injury to any member of his crew.  An excellent flight commander, he has always performed his duties both in the air and on the ground in a highly commendable manner.

 

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JONES, F/O Kenneth William (J13827) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.431 Squadron (now POW) - Award effective 1 September 1944 as per London Gazette dated 15 September 1944 and AFRO 2373/44 dated 3 November 1944.  Born in Hanna, Alberta, 1920; home in Trail, British Columbia; enlisted in Calgary, 2 October 1941.  Trained at No.4 ITS (graduated 24 April 1942) and No.2 AOS (graduated 29 August 1942).  Commissioned 1941.  No citation other than "completed...many successful operations during which [he has] displayed high skill, fortitude and devotion to duty."  DHist file 181.009 D.3260 (RG.24 Vol.20637) has recommendation dated 22 June 1944 when he had flown 21 sorties (117 hours 38 minutes), 25 November 1943 to 10 June 1944.

 

This officer has taken part in many operations, navigating his aircraft with extreme accuracy on to such distant and well defended targets as Berlin, Leipzig and Frankfurt.  His outstanding devotion to duty and undaunted courage coupled with outstanding ability and a ready willingness to serve at all times is worthy of the highest commendation.  He has set a most meritorious example to other members of his squadron.

 

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JONES, WO (now P/O) Lewis Ernest (R149413/J87422) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.433 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 Nelson, British Columbia; home in Trail, British Columbia.  Enlisted in Calgary, 23 February 1942. Trained at No.2 ITS (graduated 1 August 1942) and No.3 AOS (graduated 18 December 1942).  Commissioned 1942.  No citation other than "completed...numerous operations against the enemy in the course of which [he has] invariably displayed the utmost fortitude, courage and devotion to duty".  DHist file 181.009 D.2609 (RG.24 Vol.20632) has recommendation by W/C A.J. Lewington dated 22 July 1944 when he had flown 33 sorties (170 hours), 15 February to 18 July 1944.

 

Warrant Officer Jones, the navigator of the crew captained by Pilot Officer Edmondson, has since February 1944 made thirty-three sorties over enemy territory, including many of the most heavily defended targets over Germany, and such long distance targets as Nuremburg, Berlin (2), Augsburg and Stuttgart, calling for a high degree of navigational ability.

 

His co-operation, coolness and devotion to duty contributed in a large measure to the successful completion of these sorties.  This Warrant Officer's courage, skill and determination in action has been a constant inspiration to his crew.

 

I consider that this Warrant Officer by his fine record of achievement in every way merits the award of the Distinguished Flying Cross (Non-Immediate).

 

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JONES, F/O Norman (C10526) - Member, Order of the British Empire - AFHQ, Directorate of Photography - Award effective 28 May 1943 as per London Gazette dated 28 May 1943 and AFRO 1459/43 dated 30 July 1943.  Enlisted in Toronto, 2 November 1936.  For good photograph of him, see CF negative 74-304.

 

This officer, by his exceptional ability in the photographic field, has been of inestimable value in the war effort.  He was sole responsible for the equipping of East Coast squadrons with anti-submarine recording cameras several months ahead of schedule.  He is also responsible for the design and construction of a large automatic slide plant.  The entire British Commonwealth Air Training Plan and various auxiliary bodies rely completely on this plant for instructional illustrations of every type.  As a result of his ingenuity, six persons are now able to complete work which formerly required about twenty persons.

 

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JONES, P/O Ottie Everett (J87406) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.576 Squadron - Award effective 2 October 1944 as per London Gazette dated 17 October 1944 and AFRO 2637/44 dated 8 December 1944.  Born 1911 in Steers Mountain, New Brunswick; home in Killam Mills, New Brunswick; enlisted Moncton, 24 September 1942.  Trained at No.9 BGS (graduated 23 July 1943).  Commissioned 1944.

 

This officer has taken part in many operational sorties as rear gunner of a bomber.  On one occasion his aircraft was attacked by a Messerschmitt 110.  Due to accurate firing by Pilot Officer Jones, one engine of the night fighter was set on fire and the aircraft claimed to be destroyed.  By his vigilance, courage and skill under enemy fire, this officer has contributed in an excellent measure to the successes achieved by his crew.

 

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JONES, FS Paul Kenneth (R50272) - Mention in Despatches - No.113 (BR) Squadron.  Award effective 8 June 1944 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 1380/44 dated 30 June 1944.  Born in Westmoreland, New Brunswick; educated in Moncton.  Home at Reserve, Nova Scotia. Enlisted in Moncton, 22 October 1939.  Aero engine mechanic.

 

Through this NCO is untiring efforts and devotion to duty in maintaining and supervising the maintenance of the aircraft in this operational squadron, he has made a large contribution to the success of attacks carried out by the aircraft serviced under his direction.

 

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JONES, F/L Richard James (J11550) - 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 Reserve Mines, Nova Scotia; enlisted in London, Ontario, 27 May 1940.  Trained at No.1 ITS (graduated 21 June 1940), No.3 EFTS (graduated 2 September 1940) and No.2 SFTS (graduated 25 October 1940).  No citation.  Died at Prewqu'ile Point (Brighton), Ontario, 21 September 1996.

 

JONES, F/L Richard James (J11550) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.116 (BR) Squadron - Award effective 21 April 1945 as per Canada Gazette of that date and AFRO 802/45 dated 11 May 1945.  Home in Reserve Mines, Nova Scotia; enlisted in London, Ontario, 27 May 1940.  Trained at No.1 ITS (graduated 21 June 1940), No.3 EFTS (graduated 2 September 1940) and No.2 SFTS (graduated 25 October 1940).  MiD, 8 June 1944.  Governor General's Records (RG.7 Group 26 Volume 58, file 190-I, dossier 6) has citation.  When recommended he had flown 2,600 hours, 1,600 on operations (160 sorties).

 

Flight Lieutenant Jones has been employed on operations since 1940.  During this time he has amassed a total of 1,600 operational hours and as a captain of aircraft he has displayed courage, skill and initiative of the highest order.  His knowledge of Leigh Light operations has been invaluable in the training of his present squadron and his ability to put this knowledge into practice has been an inspiration to all crews under him.  His devotion to duty throughout his operational career has been outstanding.

 

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JONES, WO1 Robert Lloyd (R50717) - 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 Vulcan, Alberta; enlisted Calgary, 3 November 1939.

 

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JONES, P/O Ronald John (J93755) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.626 Squadron - Award effective 5 July 1945 as per London Gazette dated 20 July 1945 and AFRO 1619/45 dated 19 October 1945.  Born 1923 in Kindersley, Saskatchewan; home there (farmer); enlisted Saskatoon, 6 November 1942.  Trained at No.7 ITS (graduated 20 August 1943) and No.3 BGS (graduated 14 January 1944).  Commissioned February 1945.  Medal presented 6 November 1948.

 

Pilot Officer Jones has taken part in numerous operations.  At all times he has displayed the utmost keenness to engage the enemy and has proved himself to be a valuable member of his crew.  In December 1944, shortly after attacking Osterfeld, his aircraft was attacked by a Messerschmitt 109.  In the combat which ensued this officer's turret was badly damaged.  The windscreen was shattered and the hydraulic system was rendered unserviceable. Despite the fact that he was now only able to control his turret by hand, Pilot Officer Jones ably assisted in the final destruction of the attacker.  The safe return of the aircraft and crew was largely attributable to the fine fighting spirit of this gunner.  His work throughout has been worthy of the highest commendation.

 

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JONES, AC1 Roy McKinnon (R154573) - Mention in Despatches - No.1659 Conversion Unit (AFRO gives unit only as "Overseas") - Award effective 8 June 1944 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 1729/44 dated 11 August 1944.  Home in Cambridge, Ontario; enlisted in Moncton, New Brunswick.  No citation in AFRO.  DHist file 181.009.D.2993 (RG.24 Vol.20634) gives unit, trade as FIIA.

 

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JONES, F/L Russell Carl (J6147) - Mention in Despatches - No.116 Squadron - Award effective 11 December 1943 as per London Gazette dated 14 December 1943 and AFRO 568/44 dated 17 March 1944.  Home in Verdun, Quebec; enlisted in Montreal, 23 September 1940.  Trained at No.2 ITS (graduated 12 November 1940), No.5 AOS (graduated 28 April 1941), No.4 BGS (graduated 9 June 1941) and No.1 ANS (graduated 7 July 1941).  No citation in AFRO or biographical file.  DHist file 181.009 D.3060 (RG.24 Vol.20635) has recommendation for an AFC dated 12 December 1943.  This is probably not what led to the MiD, but does indicate the nature of his work.

 

Flight Lieutenant Jones is an outstanding navigator whose ability to guide his captain through adverse weather conditions over the North Atlantic with extreme accuracy and great cheerfulness has been an inspiration to all.  This officer has put in over 700 hours on operational duties, including a survey flight of Labrador and Hudson's Straits.  His enthusiastic application to duty is a personal example to subordinates and fellow officers.

 

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JONES, S/L Thomas Matthew (J15168) - Mention in Despatches - Overseas - Award effective 8 June 1944 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 1729/44 dated 11 August 1944.  Born 1916 in Stratford, Ontario; home there (newspaper reporters).  Trained at No.2 ITS, No.2 AOS and No.2 BGS.  Commissioned January 1942.  No citation in AFRO.

 

JONES, S/L Thomas Matthew (J15168) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.142 Squadron - Award effective 5 April 1945 as per London Gazette dated 13 April 1945 and AFRO 824/45 dated 18 May 1945.    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 (undated; Station CO adds his comments on 24 January 1945) which credits him with 41 sorties (226 operational hours) as follows:

 

First Tour                                                        Second Tour

 

7 Sept 41       Berlin                                      29 Nov 44      Hanover

12 Sep 41      Frankfurt                                 30 Nov 44      Hamburg

10 Oct 41       Ostend                                    2 Dec 44        Hagen

12 Oct 41       Duisburg                                5 Dec 44        Nuremburg

16 Oct 41       Duisburg                                11 Dec 44      Duisburg

20 Oct 41       Wilhelmshaven                      11 Dec 44      Hamburg

22 Oct 41       Mannheim                              15 Dec 44      Hanover

24 Oct 41       Frankfurt                                 17 Dec 44      Hanau

15 Nov 41      Emden                                    4 Jan 45         Berlin

19 Nov 41      Essen                                     5 Jan 45         Hanover

30 Nov 41      Hamburg                                7 Jan 45         Munich

15 Dec 41      Essen                                     14 Jan 45       Berlin

27 Dec 41      Ostend                                    16 Jan 45       Mannheim

15 Jan 42       Emden

21 Jan 42       Bremen

26 Feb 42      Kiel

3 Mar 42         Paris

8 Mar 42         Essen

9 Mar 42         Essen

13 Mar 42      Cologne

26 Mar 42      Essen

28 Mar 42      Lubeck

2 Apr 42         Paris/Poissee

6 Apr 42         Essen

8 Apr 42         Hamburg

15 Apr 42       Dortmund

18 Apr 42       Essen

19 Apr 42       Hamburg

 

This officer is now on his second tour and is continuing to operate with unremitting zeal and enthusiasm.  His constant determination and cheerfulness have set a sterling example to all members of the squadron.

 

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JONES, F/O Thomas Reid (J6016) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.280 Squadron - Award effective 12 August 1943 as per London Gazette dated 20 August 1943 and AFRO 2049/43 dated 8 October 1943. Born 1913 in Fort William, Ontario; home there; enlisted there 23 October 1940.  In 1940 served briefly in 42nd Highlanders (Lanark and Renfrew) Regiment.  Trained at No.2 ITS (graduated 4 February 1941), No.14 EFTS (graduated 19 April 1941) and No.33 SFTS (graduated 2 July 1941).  Medal presented 27 June 1945.

 

Flying Officer Jones has served with No.280 Squadron since it was formed and has done much to raise the skill of its personnel to a high standard of operational efficiency.

 

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JONES, F/L Walter Alexander (J9851) - 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 Regina; enlisted there 16 May 1941.  Trained at No.4 WS (graduated 19 December 1941) and No.1 BGS (graduated 19 January 1942).  No citation in AFRO.

 

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JONES, G/C Wilfred Alexander (C135) - Mention in Despatches - Station Linton (No.62 Base in AFRO) - Award effective 8 June 1944 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 1729/44 dated 11 August 1944.  Home in Vancouver; enlisted in Regina; appointed Provisional Pilot Officer, 21 June 1928; earned pilot wings, 27 August 1930.  Pre-war armament specialist.  Died in England, 2 May 1944. No citation in AFRO;  DHist file 181.009 D.1719 (PAC RG.24 Vol.20606) has recommendation dated 13 February 1944.

 

After three and a half years outstanding service in Canada, during which time Group Captain Jones carried out important pioneering duties in connection with the BCATP, he was posted as Senior Air Staff Officer Western Air Command where he played an important part in the defences of the West Coast.  He was posted overseas and assumed command of RCAF Station Linton at the beginning of December 1943.  Since assuming his present appointment he has thrown himself unsparingly into the performance of his duties with noteworthy success.  He possesses a high sense of service responsibility and has succeeded to an unusual degree in imbuing all ranks with an extremely high service outlook, which is reflected in an ever increasing degree of technical and operational efficiency.

 

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JONES, F/O William Little Calder (J15052) - United States Bronze Star - No.121 Squadron (AFRO gives unit only as "Overseas") - effective 26 March 1945 as per Canada Gazette dated 4 May 1946 and AFRO 473/46 dated 10 May 1946.  Born in Baltimore, Maryland, 7 August 1912; home in Parkton, Maryland; enlisted Montreal, 14 August 1940.  Trained at No.2 ITS (graduated 27 November 1940), No.7 EFTS (graduated 16 January 1941) and No.6 SFTS (graduated 29 March 1941).  Graduated as a Sergeant; promoted to Flight Sergeant, 1 October 1941; commissioned on 18 November 1941; promoted to Flying Officer, 1 October 1942 and to Flight Lieutenant, 18 November 1943.  Arrived overseas, April 1941; to No.55 OTU, 26 May 1941; to No.121 (Eagle) Squadron, 12 July 1941.  Missing in action (POW), 8 March 1942; repatriated 29 May 1945; released 5 September 1945.  Served in postwar USAF.  Citation provided by Lieutenant-Colonel J.A.P. Thomas, Military Air Attache at the American Embassy, writing to AFHQ, 15 March 1946.  On documents filed on release he said he had flown 50 operational and 100 non-operational hours; elsewhere he claims 175 hours flown overseas (125 non-operational), and yet he claims only two combat sorties (sweeps) - possibly only two offensive sorties and the balance being patrols or convoy protection sorties.

 

Flight Lieutenant W.L.C. Jones, Royal Canadian Air Force, demonstrated outstanding courage and judgement while imprisoned at Stalag Luft III, Germany, from September 1943 to April 1945.  He gained entry for implements and supplies valuable to Americans planning escape and alerted these men against "surprise" searches by his successful bribing of German guards.

 

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JORDAN, F/L (now S/L) John Joseph (C1092) - Commended for Valuable Services in the Air - No.6 SFTS - Awarded 16 April 1943 as per London Gazette of 13 April 1943 and AFRO 1035/43 dated 4 June 1943.  Home in Drumheller, Alberta, educated in Alberta schools, joined RCAF Auxiliary 9 September 1939 and awarded wings in 1940.  Took instructor's course at Trenton, instructed at various schools, attending RCAF Staff College (Toronto) in 1943.  After that served at Dunnville, Boundary Bay and Sydney, Nova Scotia.  From October 1945 to February 1946 he attended Empire Central Flying School, Hullavington, England.  Served in postwar RCAF; appointments included CO of Station Macdonald and Director of Flight Safety in AFHQ.  Awarded Queen's Coronation Medal, 23 October 1953, while Group Captain on Canadian Joint Staff (Washington).  Governor General's Records (RG.7 Group 26, Volume 57, File 190-I) has citation.

 

Previously an assistant Supervisory Officer at an Elementary Flying Training School, Flight Lieutenant Jordan has been employed at this unit for a year and two months.  During this time he has proven to be a good Flying Instructor, an excellent Flight Commander and lately has produced promising results as a Squadron Commander.  His devotion to duty and readiness to accept responsibility has proven to be a worthy example to all.  His total flying time is 1,352 hours of which a little over 1,000 hours are instructional given over a period of twenty-seven months.

 

JORDAN, S/L (now W/C) John Joseph (C1092) - Air Force Cross - No.6 SFTS - Award effective 1 January 1946 as per Canada Gazette of that date and AFRO 82/46 dated 25 January 1946.  As of December 1942 he had flown 1,352 hours.

 

With previous employment as Assistant Supervisory Officer at an Elementary Flying Training School where he did excellent work, this officer has since proved himself a good Flying Instructor, an excellent Flight Commander and Examining Officer, and later gained excellent results as a Squadron Commander.  His devotion to duty, his administrative ability, cheerful disposition and determination in handling responsible assignments are most praiseworthy.

 

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JORDAN, F/L Ned (J18919) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.622 Squadron - Award effective 23 November 1945 as per London Gazette dated 4 December and AFRO 212/46 dated 1 March 1946.  Born December 1919 in Winnipeg; home there (stenographer).  Enlisted in Winnipeg, 12 May 1941.  Trained at No.4 ITS (graduated 8 August 1941), No.5 EFTS (graduated 10 October 1941) and No.7 SFTS (graduated 20 December 1941).   Commissioned September 1943.  Killed in crash of a Dakota at Estevan, Saskatchewan, Saskatchewan, 15 September 1946. Accident killed 21 people.  No citation other than "completed... numerous operations against the enemy in which [he has] invariably displayed the utmost fortitude, courage and devotion to duty".  Public Records Office Air 2/8772 has recommendation dated 26 April 1945 when he had flown 31 sorties (181 hours five minutes) as follows:

 

28 Dec 44      Cologne (4.45)                         14 Feb 45      Chemnitz (8.20)

29 Dec 44      Koblenz (4.45)                         20 Feb 45      Dortmund (6.25)

31 Dec 44      Vohwinkel (4.50)                      23 Feb 45      Gelsenkirchen (5.30)

1 Jan 45         Vohwinkel (5.20)                      25 Feb 45      Kamen (5.45)

3 Jan 45         Dortmund (5.25)                      26 Feb 45      Dortmund (5.35)

5 Jan 45         Ludwigshaven (6.15)               27 Feb 45      Gelsenkirchen (5.25)

6 Jan 45         Neuss (4.30)                            1 Mar 45         Kamen (5.40)

11 Jan 45       Krefeld (4.55)                           4 Mar 45         Wanne Eickel (4.50)

13 Jan 45       Saarbrucken (6.20)                 5 Mar 45         Gelsenkirchen (5.40)

15 Jan 45       Erkenscwick (4.55)                 7 Mar 45         Dessau (8.45)

16 Jan 45       Wanne Eickel (5.20)               10 Mar 45      Gelsenkirchen (5.20)

28 Jan 45       Cologne (1.15) DNCO            14 Mar 45      Emscher-Lippe (5.20)

29 Jan 45       Krefeld (5.25)                           18 Mar 45      Hattingen (5.20)

7 Feb 45        Wanne Eickel (5.55)               29 Mar 45      Hallendorf (6.45)

9 Feb 45        Hohenbudberg (4.55)              9 Apr 45         Kiel (6.05)

13 Feb 45      Dresden (9.30)                        13 Apr 45       Kiel (6.10)

 

Flight Lieutenant Jordan joined the squadron in December 1944 and quickly established himself as a captain and pilot of outstanding skill and determination.  Trained in the use of special bombing equipment, he has been called upon to operate under most difficult conditions.  His keenness to get at the enemy, and his skill and courage in the face of heavy opposition have made him a valuable leader and have contributed in no small measure to the success of the squadron's operational effort.

 

Operating almost continuously both by day and by night against heavily defended targets, Flight Lieutenant Jordan has completed a most successful tour without major incident.

 

His cheerful courage age fine captaincy have ensured a high standard of co-operation with his crew and this, combined with his flying discipline and skill as a pilot, has enabled him to evade combat with enemy fighters, which have several occasions attempted to intercept him.

 

This officer's sustained operational effort and his courage and devotion to duty are worthy of the highest praise, in recognition of which I strongly recommend the award of the Distinguished Flying Cross.

 

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JOSEPH, F/L Abie Joseph (J23027) - Air Force Cross - No.3 OTU - Award effective 11 August 1945 as per London Gazette dated 14 August 1945 and AFRO 1453/45 dated 14th September 1945.  Home in Deep Cove, British Columbia; enlisted in North Bay, Ontario, 25 November 1940.  Trained at No.2 ITS (graduated 9 March 1941), No.8 EFTS (graduated 16 May 1941) and No.3 SFTS (graduated 20 August 1941).  As of recommendation he had flown 2,007 hours, 410 as instructor, 236 in previous six months. DHist file 181.009 D.2280 (RG.24 Vol.20623) has recommendation for MiD dated 28 April 1945 which also states he had flown 162 operational sorties (850 hours).

 

This officer, throughout his lengthy flying career, has proven himself a skilful and capable pilot.  He has imparted his operational flying knowledge to aircrew trainees in a most commendable manner.  The keenness and reliability he has at all times shown have set a splendid example to his fellow instructors.  Through his constant devotion to duty, he has made a valuable contribution to the high standard of flying training at this unit.

 

NOTE: He has been involved in the crash of Canso 9789, No.9 (BR) Squadron, 30 July 1943 in which one person was killed. A summary of the accident report read, "Contact was lost with ground after taking off under only fair conditions due to lower fog base and before turn could be completed to return to base, hills and trees loomed out of fog.  Pilot with use of throttles stalled aircraft into trees on the hillside and aircraft burst into flames on landing.  Heavy gasoline load for anticipated long patrol made aircraft sluggish."  The inquiry found error on the part of the pilot, and he was described as having "followed the lest desirable course prior to crash on observing lowering of ceiling."  However, the recommendations indicated possible difficulties on converting from one type of aircraft to another: "Pilots should be discouraged from executing certain manoeuvres in Canso which they have been accustomed to perform in the Stranraer and similar types.  Should be given more experience in heavily loaded Canso aircraft and include turns of various degrees of bank both on instruments and contact."

 

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JOSEY, FS Harris Goldsby (R50086) - British Empire Medal - No.5 Squadron (RCAF) - Award effective 1 January 1946 as per Canada Gazette of that date and AFRO 82/46 dated 25 January 1946. Enlisted in Halifax, 2 November 1939 - Trained at No.9 BGS (graduated 30 December 1942) and No.3 WS (graduated 2 January 1944).

 

This non-commissioned officer was on detached operations in Labrador during the summer of 1941 and worked under difficult conditions, maintaining maximum serviceability.  His cheerful disposition and willingness at all times were an inspiration to all who worked under him.  He is an excellent airframe mechanic whose devotion to duty has been most outstanding.

 

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JOST, F/L Burton Norris (J7433) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.419 Squadron - Award effective 2 November 1942 as per London Gazette dated 6 November 1942 and AFRO 272/43 dated 19 February 1943.  Born at Guysboro, Nova Scotia, 2 August 1911; home in Dover, Delaware, U.S.A.  Enlisted in North Bay, 20 December 1940.  Trained at No.3 ITS (graduated 22 April 1941), No.2 EFTS (graduated 22 June 1941), and No.6 SFTS (graduated 3 September 1941).  Commissioned September 1941.

 

Flight Lieutenant Jost has displayed courage and determination in his operational sorties against the enemy and, while acting as flight commander, has set an inspiring example to those subordinate to him.

 

NOTE: Public Records Office Air 2/9604 has recommendation dated 22 September 1942. The text adds nothing to the brief published citation; sorties (31, totalling 148 hours) as follows:

 

18 Feb 42         Nickels (France)                             27 June 42       Bremen

5 Apr 42            Cologne                                           29 June 42       Bremen

8 Apr 42            Hamburg                                          6 July 42           GARDENING, Lorient

10 Apr 42         Essen                                               8 July 42           Wilhelmshaven docks

12 Apr 42         Essen                                               13 July 42         Duisburg docks

14 Apr 42         Dortmund                                         21 July 42         Duisburg docks

22 Apr 42         Cologne                                           23 July 42         Duisburg docks

23 Apr 42         Rostock                                           25 July 42         Duisburg docks

16 May 42        Boulogne/Le Havre docks             26 July 42         Hamburg

18 May 42        St.Nazaire docks                            28 July 42         Hamburg

30 May 42        Cologne                                           29 July 42         Saarbrucken

1 June 42          Essen                                               31 July 42         Dusseldorf

19 June 42       Emden                                             6 Aug 42           Duisburg docks

21 June 42       GARDENING, Borkum                   9 Aug 42           Osnabruck

22 June 42       Emden                                             1 Sept 42          Saarbrucken

25 June 42       Bremen

 

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JOWETT, FS (now P/O) Moris Spencer (R201444) - Distinguished Flying Medal - No.431 Squadron - Award effective 5 June 1945 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 1147/45 dated 13 July 1945.  Born 1925 in Rochdale, Lancashire; home at Eaton Rapids, Michigan.  Trained at No.7 ITS (graduated 1 October 1943) and No.3 BGS (graduated 14 January 1944).   Commissioned 1945.  Cited with FS Donald E. Gwynne-Vaughan (RCAF air gunner), which see for citation.

 

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JOWSEY, F/O Milton Eardley (J6366) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.92 Squadron - Award effective 24 September 1943 as per London Gazette dated 1 October 1943 and AFRO 2258/43 dated 5 November 1943.  Born in Ottawa, 21 May 1922; home there.  Enlisted in Ottawa 21 October 1940.  Trained at No.11 ITS (28 January to 4 March 1941), No.4 EFTS (5 March to 4 May 1941) and No.6 SFTS (5 May 1941 to 28 July 1941).  Commissioned 28 July 1941 (wings).  At "Y" Depot, Halifax, 29 July to 14 August 1941. Arrived in UK, September 1941.  Further trained at No.53 OTU, 7 October to 25 November 1941.  With No.234 Squadron, 25 November 1941 to 7 April 1942.  Left Britain via Takoradi to North Africa; posted to Nos.33 Squadrons (6 August 1942) and No.92 Squadron (6 December 1942 to 3 September 1943).  Arrived in UK, 18 October 1943.  Posted to Canada, 13 November 1943.  With No.135 Squadron (10 January to 10 March 1944) and No.138 Squadron (10 March to 7 April 1944).  No.1 OTU, Bagotville, 8 April to 13 August 1944.  Left Canada, 30 August 1944.  Arrived UK, 5 September 1944.  With No.442 Squadron, 30 September 1944 to 22 February 1945 (missing).  Safe in UK, 5 April 1945; to Canada, 23 April 1945; released 30 June 1045.   DHist file 181.009 D.1636 (RG.24 Vol.20604) has application for Operational Wings dated 15 February 1944.  Claimed 35 sorties (40 hours) with No.234 Squadron in UK, November 1941 to March 1942; 60 sorties (70 hours) with No.33 Squadron on Hurricanes, summer 1942; to No.92 Squadron in December 1942, flying 100 sorties (113 hours) in Army support, North Africa; to Malta, June 1943 and flew 45 more sorties (53 hours) on army support, Sicily.  Total of 276 hours 50 minutes on operations.  First sortie on 12 January 1942; first sortie with Desert Air Force, 16 August 1942.  No complete breakdown of victories; newspaper report says he shot down an MC.202 in April 1943; one MC.202 destroyed 14 July 1943 (Rex Probert got another), Sicily; probably destroyed one FW.190, 6 October 1944 east of Cleve and one FW.190 destroyed 2 November 1944, Colsfeld.  AC2 on 21 October 1940; LAC 4 March 1941; P/O 28 July 1941; F/O 28 July 1942; F/L 28 July 1943; S/L 19 December 1944.  Photo PL-10254 shows him in North Africa by truck.

 

Recently with another pilot Flying Officer Jowsey attacked a large force of enemy aircraft over Catania airfield.  During the ensuing engagement he personally destroyed one of them bringing his victories to at least four enemy aircraft destroyed.  A cool and capable leader, his courage and determination to engage the enemy have set a fine example to his fellow pilots and have contributed in no small measure to the successes achieved by his squadron.

 

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JOY, F/O William Norman (C18841) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.419 Squadron - Award effective 18 October 1945 as per London Gazette dated 26 October 1945 and AFRO 133/46 dated 8 February 1946.   Born 1921 at Coppercliff, Ontario; home in North Bay.  Educated at Agricultural College, Kempville, Ontario.  Enlisted in Galt, 28 August 1940.  Commissioned September 1943.  No citation other than "completed...numerous operations against the enemy in the course of which [he has] displayed the utmost fortitude, courage and devotion to duty."  DHist file 181.009 D.1941 (RG.24 Vol.20612) has recommendation dated 22 May 1945 when he had flown 50 sorties (319 hours ten minutes).  First tour lasted from 23 January 1943 to 22 June 1943 (30 trips with No.419 Squadron), while the second ran from 2 December 1944 to 22 April 1945 (20 trips, divided between No.428 Squadron - six sorties - and No.419 Squadron - 14 sorties).

 

Flying Officer Joy has completed two tours of operations totalling 50 operational sorties, all against Germany's most heavily defended areas.  He has always shown the greatest keenness for operations and it appeared the tougher the target the better he liked it.  He has always proven to be an asset to his section and was untiring in his efforts to pass on his operational experience to new Engineers in his section and proved to be an inspiration to all.  His courage is undoubted and his engineering skill of high average...

 

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JOYAL, FS Joseph Eugene (R51350) - Mention in Despatches - No.426 Squadron - Award effective 14 January 1944 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 874/44 dated 21 April 1944.  Home in Winnipeg; enlisted there 18 October 1940.  DHist file 181.009 D.1719 (PAC RG.24 Vol.20606) has recommendation (for a BEM) dated 26 August 1943, at which time he was NCO in charge of "A" Flight servicing, No.426 Squadron.

 

This airman is extremely efficient and reliable.  He has ability to supervise an unusual volume of work with constant attention to detail.  During his service with the squadron, his inspiring devotion to duty, both during the period of heavy operational pressure, and also of re-organization, with his technical ability and contagious cheerfulness, have resulted in a uniformly high standard of efficiency throughout his station.  The splendid operational record of the squadron and the unbounded confidence of the aircrew in their aircraft, are due in no small manner to the leadership and devotion of this non-commissioned officer.

 

JOYAL, WO1 Joseph Eugene (R51350) - Mention in Despatches - Linton-on-Ouse - Award effective 1 January 1946 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 155/46 dated 15 February 1946.  Identified in AFRO as "Overseas". McEwen papers (CWM) with list of recommendations with MiD recommendations for 1 February to 31 July 1945 identifies unit.  DHist file 181.009 D.1725 (RG.24 Vol.20607) has recommendation for an MBE dated 5 May 1945 when he was NCO in charge of Servicing Squadron, Linton-on-Ouse.

 

Warrant Officer Joyal has served with No.426 Squadron, and lately with Servicing Squadron on this Station for the past 21 months.  During this long period, his strenuous efforts and leadership have been an outstanding contribution to our operations.  On numerous occasions he has worked long hours in excess of that required by duty, and has always met the most stringent requirements willingly and successfully.  He has won the loyalty and respect of all who have worked with him.

 

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JOYCE, S/L Robert Gray (J6168) - Mention in Despatches - Base Reception Depot, Worli, India - Award effective 1 January 1945 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 337/45 dated 23 February 1945.   Born in Denzil, Saskatchewan, 17 October 1920.  Educated and home in Calgary; enlisted there 25 October 1940; at No.2 Manning Depot, Brandon, 25 October to 26 November 1940; on strength of No.2 Training Command Headquarters, Winnipeg, 27 November 1940 to 16 January 1941; trained at No.2 ITS (graduated 20 February 1941; promoted to Leading Aircraftman 16 March 1941), No.5 EFTS, Lethbridge (graduated 3 May 1941) and No.7 SFTS, Macleod, Alberta (graduated 14 July 1941 and promoted to Sergeant; commissioned a Pilot Officer next day).  To "Y" Depot, Halifax, 8 August 1941.  Embarked from Canada, 9 August 1941; arrived in United Kingdom, 31 August 1941.  Posted to No.1 (Coastal) Operational Training Unit, 4 March 1942; to No.500 Squadron, 21 August 1941, serving with that unit until 10 October 1942.  With No.217 Squadron, 26 October 1942 to 7 July 1943.  This was followed by various postings around India - No.179 Wing (ferrying Hudsons), 23 October 1943 to 25 August 1944; No.52 Squadron, 25 August to 4 October 1944.  Posted back to Britain to serve with No.437 Squadron (1 February to 8 August 1945), No.422 Squadron (9 August to 30 August 1945), No.436 Squadron (Down Ampney), 1 September to 3 October 1945, and No.435 Squadron, 3 October 1945 onwards.  Killed in flying accident, 13 February 1946 (Dakota III KG397).  Aircraft was on a passenger run, Buckeburg to Croydon.  Forecast was poor and he landed at Manston.  After checking weather again he took off at 1055 hours, flying at 2,500 feet between two layers of 6/10 cloud.  Approaching Croydon he tried "Gee" homing but could not pick up "V" beams.  Overshot the field, turned about and was letting down when he hit a 12-foot hedge on a 700-foot ridge.  The aircraft crossed a valley and struck on the other side against a 650-foot hit.  Eight persons were killed, 14 seriously injured and two uninjured.  At the time he had 1,485 hours of flying including 379 solo hours on Dakotas.  Accident ruled to be due to "culpable negligence".  No citation to Mention in Despatches.

 

JOYCE, S/L Robert Gray (J6168) - Air Force Cross - No.437 Squadron (deceased; AFRO gives unit only as "Overseas") - Award effective 12 February 1946 as per London Gazette dated 13 June 1946 and AFRO 726/46 dated 26 July 1946.  No citation in AFRO or biographical file.  DHist file 181.009 D.4855 (RG.24 Vol.20657) has recommendation dated 16 June 1945 when he had flown  1,470 hours, 210 in previous six months.  Officer Commanding "A" Flight.  Killed in flying accident with No.435 Squadron, 13 February 1946 (Dakota KG397); buried in UK.

 

After completing a tour flying transport aircraft under arduous conditions in India and Burma, this officer commenced his second tour with this squadron on the Transport and Airborne role in February 1945.  Since that time he has completed a considerable number of sorties and has always proved himself one above average pilot an enthusiastic and resourceful captain of aircraft.

 

This officer by his determination, excellent leadership as Flight Commander and great devotion to duty has set an example of the highest order to the rest of the squadron.

 

NOTE: Public Records Office Air 2/9670 has recommendation for another award giving unit as No.435 Squadron and flying hours as 1,636, of which 928 had been operational and 150 in previous six months.  Originally thought to have been for his 1945 Mention in Despatches but owing to nature of document (recommendations for 1946 awards) is more likely related to his AFC). 

 

This officer, who is a deputy flight commander, has been flying aircraft for Transport Command since 1943.  His assignment in the transport of passengers and freight have ranged from China, Burma and India to most of the airfields in Eastern and Western Europe.  At one period of intensive activity Squadron Leader Joyce flew urgent and valuable loads to the forward areas of the Western front, often during very adverse weather.  More recently, as a flight commander, this officer has set a sterling example to all.

 

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JOYNER, F/O Robert Campbell (J37161) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.419 Squadron - Award effective 8 September 1945 as per London Gazette dated 25 September 1945 and AFRO 1768/45 dated 23 November 1945.  Born 25 July 1921, Kingston, Ontario; home in Toronto (teacher). Enlisted in Toronto, 30 June 1942.  Trained at No.6 ITS (graduated 29 May 1943) and No.4 AOS (graduated 15 October 1943).  Commissioned 15 October 1943.  Posted overseas 29 October 1943; repatriated to Canada 5 August 1945; released 13 September 1945.  No citation other than "completed... numerous operations against the enemy in the course of which [he has] invariably displayed the utmost fortitude, courage and devotion to duty."  DHist file 181.009 D.1941 (RG.9 Vol.20612) has recommendation by W/C M.E. Ferguson dated 23 March 1945 when he had flown 33 sorties (213 hours 50 minutes), 27 August 1944 to 27 February 1945.

 

This Navigator has completed 33 operational sorties of which 28 were on the main targets in Germany.  Flying Officer Joyner is considered one of the best Navigators that has ever operated with this squadron, and on many occasions whilst returning from a target it has mainly through this officer's skill under hazardous circumstances that the aircraft returned to base.  Flying Officer Joyner has always set a courageous example and I consider that his selfless devotion to duty under all circumstances fully merits the award of the Non-Immediate Distinguished Flying Cross.

 

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JUDAH, F/L Francis Thomas (J9508) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.419 Squadron - Award effective 5 August 1944 as per London Gazette dated 18 August 1944 and AFRO 2101/44 dated 29 September 1944.  Born in Fredericton, New Brunswick, 21 June 1914; home in Edmonton, Alberta.  See Field of Honour (Bank of Montreal, c.1950). Enlisted in Edmonton, 9 April 1941. Trained at No. 2 ITS (graduated 27 July 1941), No.3 AOS (graduated 13 October 1941), No.5 BGS (graduated 21 November 1941) and No.1 ANS (20 December 1941).  Navigation instructor at Prince Albert and Rivers before going overseas, 2 February 1943.  At war's end was Senior Navigation Officer at Tholthorpe.  Repatriated to Canada 7 June 1945; released 7 September 1945.  No citation other than "completed...many successful operations against the enemy in which [he has] displayed high skill, fortitude and devotion to duty."   Public Records Office Air 2/9632 has recommendation dated 17 May 1944 when he had flown 19 sorties (136 hours 35 minutes), 27 July 1943 to 12 May 1944.  However, the sortie sheet lists 20 trips (19 successful).  All are on Halifaxes save that of 12 May 1944.

 

27 Jul 43        Hamburg (5.50)                   5 Sept 43     Mannheim (7.50)

29 Jul 43        Hamburg (6.00)                   6 Sept 43     Munich (10.10)

30 Jul 43        Remscheid (5.45)               23 Sep 43   Mannheim (7.15)

2 Aug 43        Hamburg (4.40), DNCO     27 Sep 43   Hanover (6.40)

12 Aug 43      Milan (9.50)                          3 Oct 43       Kassel (6.35)

17 Aug 43      Peenemunde (8.45)            3 Nov 43      Dusseldorf (5.45)

22 Aug 43      Leverkusen (6.45)               29 Dec 43   Berlin (7.20)

23 Aug 43      Berlin (7.45)                         8 Apr 44       GARDENING, Frisians (3.40)

27 Aug 43      Nuremburg (8.30)                10 Apr 44    Ghent (4.20)

31 Aug 43      Berlin (8.20)                         12 May 44   Louvain (4.50)

 

This officer has completed 19 night operations against the enemy including fifteen against main German industrial targets.

 

Since 26th September 1943 he has held the post of Squadron Navigation Leader and his work in this capacity has been of an exceptionally high order.  The example and experience which he has passed on to those under his command has been reflected in the very high standard of navigation and high esprit de corps in his section.

 

I consider that this officer's hard work, the inspiring leadership and the devotion to duty which he has shown fully merits the non-immediate award of the Distinguished Flying Cross.

 

JUDAH, S/L Francis Thomas, DFC (J9508) - Mention in Despatches - Tholthorpe - Award effective 14 June 1945 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 1395/45 dated 31 August 1945.  AFRO gives unit only as "Overseas"; DHist file 181.009 D.1725 (PAC RG.24 Vol 20607) has list of MiDs this date with unit.  DHist file 181.009 D.1719 (PAC RG.24 Vol.20606) has recommendation dated 3 February 1945.

 

Squadron Leader Judah fulfils his duties as Station Navigation Officer in an exemplary manner.  His cheerfulness and devotion to duty are an inspiration to the other members of his station.

 

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JULIAN, F/L Thomas Augusta (J16191) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.100 Squadron - Award effective 1 July 1943 as per London Gazette dated 9 July 1943 and AFRO 1724/43 dated 27 August 1943.  American in the RCAF; born 27 October 1917; home in Shreveport, Louisiana; enlisted in Windsor, Ontario, 8 May 1941.  Trained at No.2 ITS (graduated 6 August 1941), No.2 EFTS (graduated 30 September 1941) and No.12 SFTS (graduated 19 December 1941).  Arrived overseas 7 January 1942; commissioned 3 October 1942; transferred to American forces 25 May 1943.

 

This officer has completed numerous operational sorties.  On one occasion he flew his aircraft safely back from a mission to the Ruhr under very difficult circumstances.  Many of his flights have been attacks on the most heavily defended targets in Germany including Essen, Kiel, Hamburg and Duisburg.  Throughout all his sorties he has displayed the utmost determination, gallantry and devotion to duty.

 

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JUSTASON, F/L Louis Arnold (C8737) - Mention in Despatches - No.6 Group (AFRO gives only "Overseas" for unit) - Award effective 8 June 1944 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 1729/44 dated 11 August 1944.  Born in Pennfield, Charlotte County, New Brunswick, 3 October 1913; home there (teacher from 1931 to 1938; then employed by a law firm.  Enlisted and commissioned in Moncton, 31 October 1941; posted overseas, December 1941; to Boscombe Down, 20 January 1942; to No.109 Squadron, 21 January 1942;  promoted Flying Officer, 1 May 1942; to Elsham Wolds, 10 June 1942; to Station Binbrook, 9 August 1942; to No.6 Group, 1 December 1942; promoted Flight Lieutenant, 1 December 1942; promoted Squadron Leader, 1 May 1944. Repatriated to Canada, 20 July 1945; to Station Greenwod, 1 August 1945;  released 25 September 1945 Flying Control Officer.  No citation. 

 

JUSTASON, S/L Louis Arnold (C8737) - Member, Order of the British Empire - No.6 Group (AFRO gives only "Overseas" as unit) - Award effective 1 January 1946 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 155/46 dated 15 February 1946.  No citation.  However, the following assessment dated 12 March 1945. By W/C L.L. MacKinnon, No.64 Base, may be relevant:

 

Extremely capable officer, who carried out his duties on the base with the utmost display of initiative and ability.

 

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JUSTICE, FS Robert Walter (R112556) - Mention in Despatches -  Leeming - Award effective 14 June 1945 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 1600/45 dated 12 October 1945.  Born 20 March 1920.   Home in Toronto; enlisted there 24 June 1941.  Served at No.4 Wireless School from 7 July 1941 until posted overseas in September 1942 (he had been promoted to Corporal on 1 January 1942); repatriated to Canada 13 June 1945; released 31 August 1945.  DHist file 181.009 D.2619 (RG.24 Vol.20628) has recommendation forwarded 1 February 1945 to No.63 Base HQ when he had served 15 months in Canada, 28 months overseas.

 

As NCO in charge of the Airmen's Mess, Flight Sergeant Justice has worked long hours beyond normal requirements with a cheerful and loyal manner.  He is devoted to duty and can be relied upon to keep his Section operating efficiently no matter how difficult conditions may become.  He is definitely a good organizer combined with a trade ability that is outstanding in all respects.  Flight Sergeant Justice has never failed to give the utmost of himself to his work and maintains a standard in the Airmen's Mess that would be hard to equal.

 

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JUTRAS, F/O Joseph Rene (J26321) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.425 Squadron - Award effective 4 November 1944 as per London Gazette dated 14 November 1944 and AFRO 239/45 dated 9 February 1945.  Born in Plessisville, Quebec, 20 December 1919; home there (clerk).  Enlisted in Ottawa, 13 August 1941 and initially served as a general clerk, principally at No.2 ANS.  Remustered to aircrew, July 1942.  Trained at No.3 ITS (graduated 25 September 1942), No.11 EFTS (graduated 18 December 1942) and No.1 CNS (graduated and commissioned 14 May 1943).  Immediately posted to UK.  Repatriated 15 November 1944.  Remained in postwar RCAF until at least 1950.

 

Flying Officer Jutras has participated in operational sorties against such major targets as Stuttgart, Hamburg and Wesseling.  His conduct in the face of danger has at all times been exemplary and has marked him as an outstanding member of his crew.  In July 1944, during an attack against Hamburg, his aircraft encountered intense anti-aircraft fire.  Flying Officer Jutras' cheerful courage and skill contributed largely to the success of the attack.  This officer has invariably displayed great initiative, reliability and unswerving devotion to duty.