KEANE, Flight Sergeant Henry William (R55378) - Distinguished Flying Medal - No.97 Squadron - Award effective 6 November 1942 as per London Gazette dated 20 November 1942 and AFRO 1962/42 dated 4 December 1942. DFM presented at Buckingham Palace, 30 March 1943; DFC presented at Buckingham Palace, 13 July 1945.

 

This airman has taken part in many attacks against the most heavily defended targets in Germany, including low-level attacks on Augsburg and the one thousand raid on Cologne. Recently he has participated in the daylight attacks on Le Creusot and Milan and one of the night attacks on Genoa. Throughout, he has shown great skill as an air gunner.

 

KEANE, Flight Sergeant Henry William (R55378) - Mention in Despatches - Award effective 1 January 1943 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 232/43 dated 12 February 1943. Born in Quebec City, 1921; home there (student). Enlisted there 29 June 1940. Trained at No.1 ITS (graduated 14 September 1940, No.1 WS (graduated 16 September 1940) and No.1 BGS (graduated 17 February 1941). Participated in Augsburg Raid of 17 April 1942 (see Hepburn, D.S.R., above). DFM presented at Buckingham Palace, 30 March 1943; DFC presented at Buckingham Palace, 13 July 1945.

 

KEANE, F/O Henry William, DFM (J16135) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.619 Squadron - Award effective 5 February 1944 as per London Gazette dated 15 February 1944 and AFRO 644/44 dated 24 March 1944. No citation other than "...completed ...many successful operations against the enemy in which [he] displayed high skill, fortitude and devotion to duty." Public Records Office Air 2/8782 has recommendation dated 15 December 1943 when he had flown 56 sorties (323 hours 27 minutes), on which 19 sorties (125 hours 32 minutes) were flown after previous award. Since joining No.619 Squadron he had flown 37 sorties (197 hours 55 minutes). The most recent trips were:

 

11 Jun 43 Dusseldorf (4.47) 3 Sept 43 Berlin (8.56)

12 Jun 43 Bochum (5.28) 16 Sep 43 Antheor Viaduct

14 Jun 43 Oberhausen (4.35) (10.06)

29 Jul 43 Hamburg (5.06) 1 Oct 43 Hagen (5.43)

2 Aug 43 Hamburg (5.15) 8 Oct 43 Hanover (5.05)

7 Aug 43 Milan (8.32) 22 Oct 43 Kassel (6.03)

9 Aug 43 Mannheim (6.06) 3 Nov 43 Dusseldorf (4.32)

15 Aug 43 Milan (8.32) 18 Nov 43 Berlin (7.57)

23 Aug 43 Berlin (7.10) 23 Nov 43 Berlin (6.36)

31 Aug 43 Berlin (7.43) 3 Dec 43 Berlin (7.20)

 

This officer has shown consistent keenness and steadiness on the nineteen operational flights he has made with this squadron, and has contributed largely to the success of his crew. His directions to his pilot have always been accurate and well considered and his example has had a great effect on the morale of all air crews in the squadron.


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KEANE, F/L John Hunter (J19422) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.434 Squadron - Award effective 1 September 1944 as per London Gazette dated 15 September 1944 and AFRO 2373/44 dated 3 November 1944. Born in Northern Ireland, 1918; home at Orona, Ontario. Enlisted in Toronto, 20 September 1941. Trained at No.1 ITS (graduated 25 April 1942), No.10 EFTS (graduated 17 July 1942) and No.11 SFTS (graduated 6 November 1942). Commissioned 1943. Award presented 22 June 1949. DHist file 181.009 D.3260 (RG.24 Vol.20637) has recommendation dated 20 June 1944 when he had flown 34 sorties (208 hours 40 minutes), 22 August 1943 to 10 June 1944.

 

This officer has completed numerous operations against major German targets during his service with this squadron. On several flights Flight Lieutenant Keane's aircraft has been attacked by enemy fighters and has sustained damage. On all such occasions this officer has successfully flown the aircraft back to this country. He has been an outstanding operational pilot who has always been an outstanding operational pilot who has always displayed efficiency, courage and devotion to duty.

 

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KEARL, F/L Eldon Eastham (J18810) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.408 Squadron (deceased) - Award effective 26 January 1944 as per London Gazette dated 21 December 1945 and AFRO 155/46 dated 15 February 1946. Born 1920 in Cardston, Alberta; home there (tailor); enlisted in Edmonton, 5 September 1941. Trained at No.7 ITS (graduated 14 February 1942), No.6 EFTS (graduated 25 April 1942) and No.7 SFTS (graduated 6 November 1942). Overseas in December 1942. Commissioned 1943. Clippings in file say that on a raid on Dusseldorf his aircraft was severely damaged by a Ju.88; on another sortie he eventually landed with one engine still running. Killed in action 27/28 January 1944 (Lancaster DS709); buried in Germany. Award presented to next of kin, 10 December 1947.

 

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

 

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KEARNS, F/O Fred Ronald (J36758) - Mention in Despatches - No.443 Squadron (AFRO gives unit only as "Overseas" - Award effective 14 June 1945 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 1478/45 dated 21 September 1945. Born 11 March 1924 at Quyon, Quebec; home there; enlisted in Ottawa, 24 August 1942. Trained at No.6 ITS (graduated 2 April 1943), No.9 EFTS (graduated 28 May 1943) and No.2 SFTS (graduated and commissioned 1 October 1943). To No.1 OTU, Bagotville, 2 October 1943, training there until 13 January 1944. Arrived overseas February 1944. Attended No.57 OTU, 29 February to 16 May 1944 (Masters and Spitfires). To No.83 GSU, 31 May 1944; to No.443 Squadron, 19 June 1944; to No.127 Wing Headquarters, 28 March 1945 (Operations Officer). Repatriated to Canada, 5 September 1945; released 22 October 1945. On a form dated 23 August 1945 he reported having flown 145 sorties (201 operational hours) plus 123 non-operational hours; last sortie on 17 March 1945 (No.443 Squadron) with one enemy aircraft probably destroyed and 50 enemy MET. Served in RCAF postwar auxiliary with No.401 Squadron (Vampires), 1950-1954.

 

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KEDDIE, F/L William Neil (J12824) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.419 Squadron - Award effective 4 October 1943 as per London Gazette dated 15 October 1943 and AFRO 2610/43 dated 17 December 1943. American in the RCAF. Born 1919; home in Clarke Lake, Michigan; enlisted Windsor, Ontario, 8 September 1941. Trained at No.5 ITS (graduated 2 January 1942), No.14 EFTS (graduated 13 March 1942) and No.11 SFTS (graduated 16 July 1942). Commissioned 1943. Medal presented 13 June 1944.

 

As captain of aircraft, Flight Lieutenant Keddie has completed numerous bombing and mining sorties attacking many of the enemy's most important targets in Germany. He has always displayed commendable courage and devotion to duty while his cheerful confidence and splendid leadership have instilled confidence in his crew.

 

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KEEFE, F/O Ernest James (J14117) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.404 Squadron - Award effective 27 June 1944 as per London Gazette dated 7 July 1944 and AFRO 2052/44 dated 22 September 1944. Born 1923 in Weyburn, Saskatchewan; home in Wainwright, Alberta. Educated at Shaunavon and Griffin High Schools. Enlisted in Winnipeg, 5 September 1941. Trained at No.4 ITS (graduated 13 March 1942), No.16 EFTS (graduated 22 May 1942) and No.4 SFTS (graduated 11 September 1942). Commissioned 1942. Killed in flying accident, 28 June 1944 (Beaufighter LZ176) near Davidson Moor; buried in England. Medal presented to next-of-kin, 28 February 1946.

 

In March 1944, Flying Officer Keefe was sub-leader of a formation detailed to attack a large enemy vessel strongly escorted by aircraft and ships. By his prompt and courageous support of his leader, on this occasion, this officer helped to silence particularly fierce anti-aircraft fire, which greatly assisted the following aircraft. In July 1943, this officer also displayed outstanding courage and resolution during a combat with two enemy aircraft, both of which were destroyed. Flying Officer Keefe has taken part in six major operations against enemy shipping on one of which he acted as leader. All of these have resulted in destruction and damage to enemy vessels. His courage and devotion to duty have been outstanding at all times.

 

NOTE: Public Records Office Air 2/9016 has a more detailed recommendation submitted by W/C A.K. Gatward, 4 April 1944, as follows:


On the 30th March 1944, this officer was a sub-leader of an attacking formation on a shipping strike off the Norwegian coast. The target was a very large cargo-passenger vessel escorted by two "M" Class minesweepers and a destroyer, protected by 17 fighters consisting of ME.109s, ME.110s and FW.190s. At the time of the attack, the leader had accelerated ahead of the formation and was attracting most of the enemy anti-aircraft fire. F/O Keefe, realizing this, increased his speed and made an early attack upon the main anti-aircraft vessel; he released his bombs from very close range and passed directly over the ship. He sustained no injury to himself or crew but his aircraft was seriously damaged by ack-ack fire. His prompt and courageous action undoubtedly helped to subdue some of the anti-aircraft fire thus greatly assisting the following aircraft.

 

On July 28th, 1943, while a member of a formation on a naval escort and his first operational trip he sighted three BV.138s. He immediately attacked two of the enemy aircraft and destroyed one and damaged the other. The one destroyed was confirmed immediately and the other one was confirmed on November 25th, making a total of two in one day by this officer.

 

F/O Keefe has been on six major shipping strikes, one of which he was the leader, and has scored hits with both cannon and R.P. [rocket projectiles] that resulted in the destruction and damage to enemy shipping. He has also done reconnaissances to the Norwegian coast, escorts, anti-submarine escorts and numerous Rover patrols. He has been the leader on one occasion.

 

This officer's outstanding courage and his devotion to duty highly recommends him for this award.

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KEEFER, F/L George Clinton (J5022) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.274 Squadron - Award effective 12 January 1943 as per London Gazette dated 22 January 1943 and AFRO 272/43 dated 19 February 1943. Born in New York, 1921; home in Charlottetown; enlisted there 15 October 1940. Trained at No.1 ITS (graduated 9 December 1940), No.11 EFTS (graduated 28 January 1941), and No.2 SFTS (graduated 10 April 1941). Presented with DSO, DFC and Bar at Buckingham Palace, 7 November 1944; presented with Bar to DSO, 25 February 1947. Died in Montreal, January 1985. For additional details see H.A. Halliday, The Tumbling Sky and Michel Lavigne, Canadian Wing Commanders.

 

This officer has participated in numerous operational attacks in the course of which his determination and tenacity have resulted in twelve victories for his squadron, while many enemy aircraft have probably been destroyed or damaged. During an exceptionally long tour of flying duty he has continually displayed great gallantry and skill in strategy.

 


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

 

This pilot has flown more than 210 operational hours, covering 179 sorties, since November 1941. His determination in pressing home attacks and his strategy both as an individual and as a Section Leader have resulted in a dozen victories for his section, with numerous probables and damaged.

 

In addition he has either led the squadron or his section on 18 bombing trips since early June 1942, dropping thirty-six 250-pound bombs with great success. He was relieved from operational flying on 15th August and he had completed 511 hours flying, having continuously displayed gallantry during his nine and one-half months service with the squadron.

 

KEEFER, S/L George Clinton (J5022) - Bar to Distinguished Flying Cross - No.412 Squadron - Award effective 5 April 1944 as per London Gazette dated 14 April 1944 and AFRO 1020/44 dated 12 May 1944.

 

Squadron Leader Keefer has always performed his duties with unfailing coolness and courage. On many occasions he has escorted large formations of bomber aircraft over enemy territory, achieving much success. Since the award of the Distinguished Flying Cross he has continued to take part in operations with the greatest keenness and has engaged the enemy many times.

 

KEEFER, W/C George Clinton, DFC (J5022) - Distinguished Service Order - No.126 Wing - Award effective 20 October 1944 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 2637/44 dated 8 December 1944.

 

This officer has completed many sorties since being awarded a Bar to the Distinguished Flying Cross and his record is outstanding. Within the past few months he has led large formations of aircraft on air operations during which forty enemy aircraft have been destroyed. The successes obtained reflect the greatest credit on the skill, gallantry and resolution of Wing Commander Keefer. This officer has been responsible for the destruction of eight hostile aircraft.

 

KEEFER, W/C George Clinton, DSO, DFC (J5022) - Bar to Distinguished Service Order - No.125 Wing - Award effective 10 July 1945 as per London Gazette of 24 July 1945 and AFRO 1619/45 dated 19 October 1945.

 


Since his appointment as Wing Commander of Operations, Wing Commander Keefer has led and trained his wing to a high pitch of keenness and efficiency. Under his leadership the wing has destroyed 191 enemy aircraft and damaged many more. In addition a great variety of enemy ground targets have been successfully attacked. During this period Wing Commander Keefer has destroyed four enemy aircraft in the air bringing his total victories to twelve aircraft destroyed. He has also destroyed at least sixty enemy transport vehicles. In April 1945, he completed a daring attack on eleven Messerschmitt 190s [sic] assembled on an airfield at Parchim. Despite intense and accurate anti-aircraft fire the attack was pressed home and all the enemy aircraft were destroyed. This officer has completed three tours of operational duty and has proved himself to be a leader of the highest order and a cool and fearless pilot.

 

KEEFER, W/C George Clinton, DSO, DFC (J5022) - Netherlands Flying Cross - Award effective 18 October 1947 as per Canada Gazette of that date and AFRO 576/47 dated 31 October 1947. "In recognition of valuable services rendered during the recent war". Public Records Office Air 2/9140 has recommendation as cleared by Air Ministry Honours ad Awards Committee.

 

Wing Commander Keefer took over the duties of Wing Commander (Operations) of No.125 Wing in November 1944, while they were in winter quarters at Eindhoven. During this phase of active operations, under extremely adverse weather conditions, Wing Commander Keefer's indomitable courage and brilliant leadership maintained the morale of his Wing at the highest level. This officer showed exceptional keenness to engage the enemy, and his steadfast determination was worthy of the highest praise. In the subsequent battles through Holland to the German border, this officer's exceptional qualities remained well to the fore. He displayed outstanding devotion to duty.

 

KEEFER, F/L George Clinton, DSO, DFC (J5022) - Croix de Guerre with Gold Star (France) - AFRO 485/47 dated 12 September 1947.

 

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KEEFER, F/L Ralph Gardner (J4876) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.540 Squadron - Award effective 31 December 1944 as per London Gazette dated 9 January 1945 and AFRO 471/45 dated 16 March 1945. Born 1917 in Ottawa; home in Westmount, Quebec; educated at McGill University (COTC). Enlisted in Montreal, 19 September 1940. Trained at No.2 ITS (graduated 31 October 1940), No.6 EFTS (graduated 23 December 1940) and No.4 SFTS (graduated 17 March 1941). Overseas in April 1941. Interned in Eire, December 1941 to August 1942 (newsclipping says he "escaped"). Commissioned 1944. Completed two tours. Award sent by registered mail, 30 March 1949.

 


Flight Lieutenant Keefer has taken part in both bombing missions and photographic reconnaissances. He has attacked some of the most heavily defended targets in Germany. On one occasion during a daylight attack against Brest his aircraft was heavily engaged by German fighters. By fine airmanship he enabled his gunners to shoot down a Messerschmitt 109. More recently this officer has flown on reconnaissances over most of occupied Europe and in addition he took part in several low level sorties to photograph enemy troop movements and flying bomb sites in the Pas de Calais. Throughout Flight Lieutenant Keefer has shown a high standard of airmanship and he has never let either adverse weather or enemy opposition deter him from completing his mission.

 

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KEEGAN, P/O Kenneth Edward (J86148) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.420 Squadron - Award effective 2 October 1944 as per London Gazette dated 17 October 1944 and AFRO 2637/44 dated 8 December 1944. Born 1923, Brampton, Ontario; home there. Served in Army. Enlisted in Hamilton, 21 February 1942. Trained at No.6 ITS (graduated 14 August 1942), No.12 EFTS (graduated 23 October 1942) and No.16 SFTS (graduated 5 March 1943). Commissioned 1944. Presented 18 October 1947. No citation other than "completed... numerous operations against the enemy in the course of which [he has] invariably displayed the utmost fortitude, courage and devotion to duty". DHist file 181.009 D.3456 (RG.24 Vol.20639) has recommendation dated 27 July 1944 when he had flown 36 sorties (188 hours 40 minutes), 27 January to 24 July 1944.

 

Pilot Officer Keegan has shown, throughout his tour of operations, courage and coolness of a very high order. His tour has included the principal targets of Germany and France and on all trips detailed [he] has pressed home his attack with a complete disregard of any opposition.

 

This officer has a very fine record and his cheerful and quiet manner has been an inspiration to all members of the squadron. Pilot Officer Keegan is therefore strongly recommended for the award of the Distinguished Flying Cross.

 

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KEELAN, F/O Lawrence Henry (J25807) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.429 Squadron - Award effective 5 February 1945 as per London Gazette dated 16 February 1945 and AFRO 563/45 dated 29 March 1945. Born 1922; home in Regina, Saskatchewan; enlisted there 14 April 1942. Trained at No.2 ITS (graduated 10 October 1942), No.15 EFTS (graduated 16 December 1942) and No.11 SFTS (graduated 30 April 1943). Commissioned 1943. Last postwar ranks was as Colonel; last posting was Commanding Officer, Aerospace Engineering Test Establishment, Cold Lake (1974). Died in Kelowna, British Colombia, 19 September 2001. Medal delivered by hand at Trenton, 7 August 1949. 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 12 November 1944 when he had flown 34 sorties (168 hours 25 minutes), 7 May to 1 November 1944.

 

This officer has completed a notable tour of thirty-four sorties against enemy targets including Wilhelmshaven and many trips to the Ruhr. Throughout his tour he has shown a determination to carry out his mission and to come to grips with the enemy. By his example and as captain of aircraft he has inspired and trained a first class crew which has very successfully operated both on daylight and night sorties.


It is considered that this officer's fine operational record, keenness and determination in pressing home his attacks fully merit the award of the Distinguished Flying Cross.

 

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KEELING, S/L William Nevill (C3012) - Member, Order of the British Empire - Western Air Command Headquarters - Award effective 13 June 1946 as per Canada Gazette of that date and AFRO 660/46 dated 5 July 1946. Born 12 October 1899, Epsom, England. Joined Bank of Commerce, 1915; enlisted in RFC, in Victoria, British Columbia, 1 October 1917. Trained as a pilot and was preparing to fly Handley Page bombers when war ended. Joined CPR. Enlisted in Vancouver, 24 October 1940. Award presented 27 November 1948.

 

This officer, by his initiative and unfailing interest in those personnel under his command has maintained a high standard of efficiency and morale in his unit under trying circumstances.

 

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KEEN, P/O George Fredrick (J17489) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.420 Squadron - Award effective 21 October 1943 as per London Gazette dated 29 October 1943 and AFRO 2457/43 dated 26 November 1943. Born in Toronto, 1923; home in London, Ontario; enlisted there 1 July 1941. Trained at No.5 ITS (graduated 17 December 1941), No.7 BGS (graduated 9 May 19412, No.5 AOS (graduated 28 March 1942) and No.1 ANS (graduated 8 June 1942). Commissioned 1943. Medal presented 17 May 1948.

 

Throughout his operational career this officer has rendered outstanding service as a navigator. By his enthusiasm, cheerfulness and devotion to duty Pilot Officer Keen has set a fine example to all.

 

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KEEN, P/O William Daniel (J87496) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.433 Squadron - Award effective 6 January 1945 as per London Gazette dated 19 January 1945 and AFRO 508/45 dated 23 March 1945. Born 1922 in Paris, Ontario; home there (store clerk); enlisted Hamilton, 16 June 1942. Trained at No.6 ITS (graduated 30 December 1942), No.4 BGS (graduated 19 March 1943) and No.1 AOS (graduated 14 May 1943). Commissioned 1942. Medal sent by registered mail, 30 March 1949. No citation other than "completed... numerous operations against the enemy in the course of which [he has] invariably displayed the utmost fortitude, courage and devotion to duty." DHist file 181.009 D.2609 (RG.24 Vol.20627) has recommendation dated 15 October 1944 when he had flown 36 trips (189 hours ten minutes), 18 February to 4 August 1944.

 


This officer, Air Bomber of the crew captained by Wing Commander Lewington, has now completed thirty-six trips over enemy territory including such heavily defended targets as Berlin, Leipzig, Essen (2) and Karlsruhe. He has at all times displayed outstanding ability, and his courage, skill and determination in action has been a constant source of inspiration to his crew. Pilot Officer Keen has acted in the capacity of Deputy Bombing Leader for some considerable time, and his keenness, energy and reliability has contributed in a large measure to raising the standard of efficiency in that section...

 

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KEENE, F/O Norman Alexander (J15654) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.411 Squadron - Award effective 2 July 1943 as per London Gazette dated 13 July 1943 and AFRO 1724/43 dated 27 August 1943. Born in Alberta, 1920; home at White Rock, British Columbia; enlisted Vancouver, 11 September 1940. Trained at No.1 ITS (graduated 11 February 1941), No.7 EFTS (graduated 10 April 1941 and No.2 SFTS (graduated 11 July 1941). Flew two tours.

 

A first class pilot and an exceptional leader, Flying Officer Keene has taken part in a large number of operational sorties. He has completed seventy-three sweeps over enemy territory and has destroyed at least one enemy aircraft and damaged others. He has led a flight on numerous occasions, always displaying high skill and courage.

 

KEENE, F/L Norman Alexander, DFC (J15654) - Commended for Valuable Services in the Air - No.1 OTU - Award effective 14 November 1944 as per Canada Gazette of that date and AFRO 2684/44 dated 15 December 1944.

 

This officer has proven himself to be able and efficient and has been largely instrumental in the past six months for the efficient operation of the Air Firing Squadron which is under his command.

 

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KEEPER, F/O George James (J38108) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.420 Squadron - Award effective 18 October 1945 as per London Gazette dated 26 October 1945 and AFRO 135/46 dated 8 February 1946. Born 1922 in Victoria; home there (mechanic); enlisted in Vancouver, 20 August 1942. Trained at No.4 ITS (graduated 29 May 1943), No.5 EFTS (graduated 24 July 1943), and No.3 SFTS (graduated 26 November 1943). Commissioned November 1943. Presented in Vancouver, 22 October 1949.

 


This officer has attacked some of the most heavily defended industrial targets in Germany. On one occasion in March 1945 he was captain of an aircraft detailed for an attack against Witten. While en route to the target one engine of his aircraft failed. Despite this and consequent loss of height, Flying Officer Keeper continued to the target. When the target area was reached considerable anti-aircraft fire was encountered and his aircraft was severely damaged. Nevertheless, this officer pressed home a determined and successful attack. Shortly afterwards a forced landing became imminent and he displayed great skill in keeping his crippled bomber airborne, thus enabling his crew to leave safely by parachute. Throughout this trying experience, Flying Officer Keeper by his cool courage and efficiency inspired his crew with confidence.

 

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KEETLEY, F/L Robert Stanley (J9240) - Mention in Despatches - No.10 (BR) Squadron - Award effective 3 November 1944 as per Canada Gazette of that date and AFRO 2479/44 dated 17 November 1944. Home in Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan; enlisted Regina, 17 April 1941. Trained at No.2 ITS (graduated 9 July 1941), No.4 EFTS (graduated 17 September 1941), and No.4 SFTS (graduated 5 December 1941). Photo PMR-77213 shows him; so does PL-12616 (or 12617) with navigator P.G. Hughes, Keetley, and Wireless Air Gunner Dube.

 

This officer has completed many hundreds of operational flying hours over the North Atlantic area. He has taken part in attacks on two enemy submarines, both times pressing home his attacks with coolness, courage and skill. As pilot and captain of operational aircraft, his work at all times has been outstanding. His cheerfulness under all conditions, determination and devotion to duty have been an example to all.

 

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KEIGHLEY, F/L Frederick Ernest (J23599) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.156 Squadron - Award effective 1 December 1944 as per London Gazette dated 8 December 1944 and AFRO 337/45 dated 23 February 1945. American in the RCAF. Born 1914 at Evanston, Illinois; home there. Served in US Army; enlisted in Vancouver, 3 January 1942. Trained at No.7 ITS (graduated 19 June 1942), No.8 BGS (graduated 18 December 1942) and No.3 AOS (graduated 5 February 1943). Commissioned 1943. Medal presented 1 February 1946. No citation other than "..in recognition of gallantry and devotion to duty in the execution of air operations against the enemy." Public Records Office Air 2/8882 has recommendation dated 16 September 1944 when he had flown 40 sorties (151 hours 35 minutes), 9 April to 11 September 1944.

 

9 Apr 44 Lille 27 Jun 44 Oisemont

10 Apr 44 Laon 7 July 44 Vaires

11 Apr 44 Aachen 10 Jul 44 Nucourt

22 Apr 44 Dusseldorf 20 Jul 44 Foret de Crock

24 Apr 44 Karlsruhe 23 Jul 44 Donges

26 Apr 44 Essen 25 Jul 44 Stuttgart

27 Apr 44 Friedrichshafen 30 Jul 44 Battle area

1 May 44 Malines 31 Jul 44 Le Havre

6 May 44 Mantes Gassicourt 5 Aug 44 Foret de Nieppe

11 May 44 Hasselt 7 Aug 44 Battle area

19 May 44 Boulogne 11 Aug 44 Somain

22 May 44 Dortmund 14 Aug 44 Battle area

24 May 44 Aachen 16 Aug 44 Kiel


6 June 44 Paris 18 Aug 44 Bremen

7 June 44 Versailles 5 Sept 44 Le Havre

9 June 44 Le Mans 6 Sept 44 Le Havre

12 Jun 44 Gelsenkirchen 8 Sept 44 Le Havre

15 Jun 44 Lens 9 Sept 44 Le Havre

17 Jun 44 Montdidier 10 Sep 44 Le Havre

21 Jun 44 St.Martin 11 Sep 44 Gelsenkirchen

 

Flight Lieutenant Keighley has completed 40 operational sorties with the Pathfinder Force, 37 of which have been Marker sorties. Many of the targets have been heavily defended German areas.

 

This officer is a Set Operator of special equipment used in the squadron. He is a member of a crew which carry out Master Bomber duties, and he has always displayed great coolness and determination on many hazardous operations. His courage and devotion to duty have been of a high order, and I recommend him for the award of the Distinguished Flying Cross.

 

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KEIGHLEY, S/L Walter (C2393) - Member, Order of the British Empire - No.11 Equipment Depot - Enlisted at Camp Borden, 19 August 1924. Award effective as of 1 January 1945 as per London Gazette of that date, Canada Gazette dated 6 January 1945 and AFRO 89/45 dated 19 January 1945. Award presented 27 April 1945.

 

This officer is exceptionally well qualified in repairing instruments. He has organized the instrument repair section at this depot and has supervised classes of instruction, producing a repair section that is most efficient. His above average ability and exceptional initiative and zeal in the execution of his duties have been of outstanding value. His leadership and devotion to duty have set a fine example to all those working under him.

 

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KEILLOR, S/L Hubert George (J7548) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.415 Squadron - Award effective 4 August 1944 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 2052/44 dated 22 September 1944. Born in Winnipeg, 1917; home in Mitchell, Ontario; Sergeant instructor in Canadian militia, enlisted in RCAF at London, Ontario, 13 January1941; trained at No.3 ITS (graduated 9 June 1941), No.17 EFTS (graduated 27 July 1941), and No.8 SFTS (graduated 10 October 1941). Commissioned 1941. Cited with F/O C.A. Wondolowski. DFC and DSO presented at Buckingham Palace, 29 June 1945. Killed in the crash of an Auster, Trenton, 17 May 1949, with S/L J.E. McLurg, DFC.

 


As pilot and navigator respectively, these officers have completed many attacks on enemy shipping. They have displayed a high standard of skill, courage and co-operation and have achieved much success. On one occasion they obtained a hit on a merchantman off the Dutch coast. More recently they executed an attack on a number of E-Boats, one of which capsized as a result of their accurate bombing. S/L Keillor and F/O Wondolowski have set a fine example of devotion to duty.

 

KEILLOR, S/L Hubert George, DFC (J7548) - Distinguished Service Order - No.524 Squadron - Award effective 23 January 1945 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 471/45 dated 16 March 1945. Cited with F/L Charles A. Wondolowski (both had joint DFC; Wondolowski gets Bar to DFC).

 

As pilot and navigator respectively, these officers have, within recent months, participated in several attacks on enemy shipping during which they have shown the highest qualities of skill, courage and determination. One night in November 1944 they attacked a force of eight E-Boats near Ijmuiden. Two bombing runs were executed and a hit was obtained on the leading vessel. In spite of much fire from the ships, another attacking run was made. It proved abortive as the bombs failed to release. Undeterred, Squadron Leader Keillor made three more runs over the target. Finally the remainder of the bombs were released and fell close to the enemy force. Squadron Leader Keillor and Flight Lieutenant Wondolowski set a fine example of determination and devotion to duty throughout.

 

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KEITH, F/O George Noel (J15374) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.72 Squadron - Award effective 20 August 1943 as per London Gazette dated 10 September 1943 and AFRO 2198/43 dated 29 October 1943. Born in Cardston, Alberta, 1921; home in Taber, Alberta; enlisted Calgary, 16 October 1940. Trained at No.2 ITS (graduated 24 January 1941), No.16 EFTS (graduated 28 March 1941) and No.11 SFTS (graduated 25 June 1941). Joined No.402 Squadron, November 1941; commissioned May 1942; posted to Mediterranean theatre in January 1943 and joined No.72 Squadron in March 1943. Chris Shores, Aces High (2nd edition) lists his victories with aircraft serials as follows: 19 August 1942, one FW.190 damaged (no serial given); 16 September 1942, one FW.190 damaged (BS192); 3 April 1943, one Bf.109 destroyed (FN351); 6 May 1943, two Bf.109s destroyed and one Bf.109 probably destroyed (EN518); 18 June 1943, one Bf.109 destroyed (EK429); 11 July 1943, one MC.200 destroyed plus one Ju.88 destroyed (JK637); 12 July 1943, one Ju.88 destroyed plus one Bf.109 probably destroyed (JK429); 14 July 1943, two Bf.109s destroyed (one shared with another pilot). Killed in action, 4 August 1943 (Spitfire JK637); hit by flak while strafing; struck by tailplane when baling out. Picked up by ASR launch but died of injuries.

 

Flying Officer Keith is a fine section leader whose skill and determination have been outstanding. He has destroyed seven aircraft in recent operations.

 

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KELLER, F/L John Wilbur (J9074) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.680 Squadron - Award effective 3 October 1944 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 2637/44 dated 8 December 1944. American in the RCAF. Born 1919 in Newton, Massachusetts. Home at Brookline, Massachusetts. Educated at Harvard; enlisted in Montreal, 10 February 1941. Trained at No.3 ITS (graduated 21 June 1941), No.11 EFTS (graduated 20 August 1941) and No.9 SFTS (graduated 21 November 1941). Commissioned November 1941. Medal sent by registered mail, 4 March 1948.

 

Since joining this squadron Flight Lieutenant Keller has completed a very large number of sorties, many of them in adverse weather and in the face of heavy enemy opposition. He has displayed skill and determination of a high order and his consistent good work has won much praise.

 

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KELLER, Sergeant William (R64058) - Mention in Despatches - Leeming - Award effective 14 June 1945 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 1600/45 dated 12 October 1945. NOTE: Check spelling; may be KELLAR (as in DHist file). Home in Hamilton; enlisted in Galt, 30 March 1940. 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 35 months in Canada, 23 months overseas.

 

This NCO is employed as NCO in charge Repair and Inspection Rigger Section and is an extremely conscientious NCO. He has at all times displayed initiative and ability of the highest order, and has been a decided asset to his Section. He can be relied upon to carry out the most rigorous and difficult tasks with cheerfulness and ability that is beyond praise. He definitely promotes harmony amongst his men and holds the respect of his superiors...

 

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KELLEY, LAC George Oscar (R99322) - Mention in Despatches - No.405 Squadron (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. Born New Castle Bridge, New Brunswick, 30 May 1918. Home in Minto, New Brunswick (truck driver); took a four month course at Moncton Aero Engine School before joining RCAF; enlisted in Moncton, 26 May 1941. Trained at Technical Training School, 7 June to 15 October 1941 (Aero Engine Mechanic); at RCAF Station Mountain View, 16 October 1941 to 10 March 1942; to Halifax, 13 March 1942; promoted LAC, 1 April 1942; to RAF Overseas, 29 April 1942; to No.405 Squadron, 12 June 1942; repatriated to Canada through No.8 OTU, Greenwood, 19 June 1945; released 14 September 1945.

 

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KELLEY, LAC Ivan Stanley (R191617) - Mention in Despatches - Linton-on-Ouse - Award effective 1 January 1946 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 418/46 dated 18 April 1946. Home in Paris, Ontario; enlisted in London, 10 September 1942 and served eight months in Canada before embarking for overseas, 16 May 1943. Identified in AFRO as "Overseas". McEwen papers (CWM) with list of recommendations with MiD recommendations for 1 February to 31 July 1945 identifies unit. No citation, but he was mobile crane operator in incident that got S/L Roth an MBE. DHist file 181.009 D.1725 (RG.24 Vol.20607) has following in letter dated 20 March 1945 from G/C W.P. Pleasance (CO, Linton-on-Ouse) to Base Commander, No.62 Base.

 

On the morning of Thursday, 8th March, 1945, a 500-pound bomb, fitted with a six hour delay fuse, was discovered in the bomb dump at this unit, with the ampoule broken and the bomb fused. The bomb had been removed the previous night from a non-starter aircraft and was resting in a bay next to a 1000-pound fused bomb with a long delay pistol. In the adjoining bays were 168,000 pounds of normally fused bombs, as well as a large quantity of unfused bombs.

 

No none knew just when or how the ampoule was broken and consequently the bomb dump area was immediately evacuated, except for the Base and Station Armament Officers and two Senior NCO Armourers. It was decided to remove the bomb with the broken ampoule, and in order to carry this out, a crane would be required. LAC Kelley, the mobile crane operator, was ordered to proceed to the bomb dump area with his crane. On arriving there, the Armament Officer advised LAC Kelley of the circumstances and the possibility of the bomb's exploding at any moment. In view of the danger involved, it was pointed out to LAC Kelley that if he did not desire to assist in the removal of the bomb, he could explain the controls of the crane to Squadron Leader Roth, the Base Armament Officer, and leave, if he wished. Without hesitation Kelley volunteered to assist in this hazardous undertaking. The party then proceeded to the bomb bay, and with Kelley operating the crane, they loaded the bomb onto a trolley and subsequently removed it from the vicinity of the dump where it was safely demolished.

 

Great courage and devotion to duty was displayed by LAC Kelley during this undertaking, and the cool and efficient manner in which he operated the crane throughout the incident has set an outstanding example to all ranks. He is strongly recommended for Mention in Despatches.

 

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KELLEY, WO2 William James (Can 9776) - British Empire Medal - No.2 SFTS - Awarded 1 January 1943 as per Canada Gazette dated 9 January 1943 and AFRO 55/43 dated 15 January 1943. Born in Ottawa, 17 September 1917. Enlisted in Ottawa, 17 August 1937. Medal presented 16 April 1943. Remained in postwar RCAF and rose to Squadron Leader; died of natural causes, 25 January 1964.

 


This NCO is in charge of all signals organization and training at No.2 Service Flying Training School, Uplands, and is filling a position beyond that normally required by his rank and trade. He has completely reorganized signals at this unit and has brought the unit to a very high pitch of signals efficiency. He is an extremely zealous Senior NCO and has carried out all duties assigned to him with distinction.

 

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KELLY, Sergeant Ambrose Guy (R71514) - Mention in Despatches - Tholthorpe - Award effective 14 June 1945 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 1600/45 dated 12 October 1945. Home in Toronto; enlisted there 9 August 1940. Served 21 months in Canada. Later awarded BEM. 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. Aero Engine Mechanic.

 

Sergeant Kelly is an outstanding NCO as regards both mechanical ability and in the performance of his duties. During the African campaign, and in the United Kingdom, he has cheerfully carried on with work for long hours and under the most difficult conditions. His example of devotion to duty has been a source of inspiration to airmen under his jurisdiction.

 

KELLY, Sergeant Ambrose Guy (R71514) - British Empire Medal - Tholthorpe - 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". Medal presented 9 April 1948. McEwen papers (CWM) with list of recommendations dated 15 June 1945 identifies unit. Award presented 9 April 1948. No citation in AFRO or biographical file. DHist file 181.009 D.1725 (PAC RG.24 Vol.20607) has recommendation dated 27 May 1945 when he was a Fitter IIE; drafted by G/C L.H. Lecomte, CO of Station Tholthorpe:

 

Sergeant Kelly has shown outstanding progress in every respect since enlistment in August 1940.

 

As NCO in charge of No.420 Squadron Repair and Inspection he has maintained a consistent record of superior trade proficiency and inspiring leadership. His capacity for work and desire to finish any task irregardless of obstacles, has added greatly to the morale and keenness amongst his fellow workers. The fine example he has shown has resulted in the welding together of highly skilled and keen maintenance crews.

 

He has countless times gone long periods without rest or sleep to ensure the serviceability of aircraft for operations and training.

 


While serving in North West Africa with No.420 (RCAF) Squadron, he again demonstrated his devotion to duty by his untiring efforts under the worst of conditions. His efforts contributed in no small measure to the phenomenally high serviceability of this Squadron in the Middle East. His zeal and organizing ability again came to the fore during the month of March this year when his section carried out no less than thirty-five complete engine changes in record time thus ensuring a maximum number of aircraft available for bombing operations.

 

In view of Sergeant Kelly's outstanding and untiring efforts beyond and above the normal call of duty, it is strongly recommended that he be awarded the "British Empire Medal".

 

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KELLY, F/O Eric Dean (J18567) - Mention in Despatches - Overseas - Award effective 1 January 1946 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 388/46 dated 12 April 1946. Home in Peterborough, Ontario; served from July to October 1940 in Prince Of Wales Rangers (Militia); enlisted in RCAF, Toronto, 7 January 1941. Trained at No.1 ITS (graduated 6 June 1941), No.9 EFTS (graduated 27 July 1941) and No.6 SFTS (graduated 7 October 1941). To No.53 OTU, 18 November 1941; to No.411 Squadron, 3 March 1942; to No.602 Squadron, 21 June 1942. To Peterhead for overseas posting, 25 August 1942; reported to No.249 Squadron, October 1942; to Kali, 8 December 1942; later in North Africa; to No.56 OTU, August 1943; to No.403 Squadron, March 1944. To No.83 Group Support Unit, October 1944; to No.412 Squadron, November 1944-December 1945. Remained in postwar RCAF including service with No.1 (F OTU, June 1950 to January 1952; No.441 Squadron, January 1952 to February 1955; Examining Officer and OC Jet Visiting Flight, Trenton (February 1955-August 1957); attached to USAF, August 1957-August 1959, OC No.413 Squadron (February 1961 to December 1961); OC No.4216 Squadron (December 1961 to October 1962. Released May 1968. Awarded Queen's Coronation Medal, 23 October 1953 when he was a Flight Lieutenant with No.1 (F) Wing.

 

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KELLY, S/L Frederick Wishart (J2972) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.412 Squadron - Award effective 18 January 1943 as per London Gazette dated 2 February 1943 and AFRO 272/43 dated 19 February 1943. Born at Watford, Ontario; home there or Toronto. Enlisted in Toronto, 25 May 1941. Trained at No.1 ITS, Brant-Norfolk Aero Club, and No.2 SFTS (graduated 4 October 1940). Commissioned 1940. Promoted to Squadron Leader, November 1942. Photo PL-7869 shows him. Invested at Buckingham Palace, 25 May 1943.

 

This officer has completed fifty-nine operational sorties, including a number of low level machine gun attacks on ground targets and several fighter-bomber attacks. He is a skilful leader whose exceptional judgement and keenness have won the confidence of the squadron he commands.

 

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KELLY, F/O Gerald Joseph Francis (J16326) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.161 Squadron - Award effective 1 September 1943 as per London Gazette dated 10 September 1943 and AFRO 2138/43 dated 22 October 1943. Born in Quebec City, 1918; enlisted there 5 June 1940. Trained at No.4 BGS (graduated 23 December 1940) and No.1 WS (graduated 24 November 1940). Commissioned 1942. Flew two tours; medal presented 17 June 1945.

 

This officer, now on his second tour of operational duty, has taken part in numerous operational sorties. He has at all times shown great keenness and enthusiasm and proved to be a valuable member of aircrew.

 

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KELLY, P/O Maurice Joseph (J85024) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.166 Squadron - Award effective 24 April 1945 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 918/45 dated 1 June 1945. Born 1913 in Galetta, Ontario; home in Toronto (miner). Enlisted in Toronto, 27 May 1941. Trained at No.6 ITS (graduated 17 July 1942), No.20 EFTS (graduated 9 October 1942) and No.1 SFTS (graduated 5 March 1943). Commissioned January 1944. DFC sent by registered mail.

 

Pilot Officer Kelly has participated in numerous sorties and has proved himself to be an efficient and fearless captain. One night in March 1945 he piloted an aircraft detailed to attack Kassel. On the outward flight the starboard inner engine became defective. Despite this, Pilot Officer Kelly continued his mission. Before reaching the target, the port outer engine failed. Nevertheless, this pilot went on to attack the target, although forced to do so at a height considerably less than originally planned. He afterwards flew the aircraft back to base with one engine out of action completely and a second working only intermittently. His determination was in keeping with that which he has invariably shown.

 

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KELLY, F/L Patrick Gregory (J17322) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.420 Squadron - Award effective 4 November 1944 as per London Gazette dated 14 November 1944 and AFRO 239/45 dated 9 February 1945. Born 1919 in Deseronto; home in Montreal; enlisted there 4 June 1941. Trained at No.1 ITS (graduated 25 September 1941), No.9 AOS (graduated 29 January 1942), No.6 BGS (graduated 14 March 1942) and No.2 ANS (graduated 13 April 1942). Commissioned 1943. No citation other than "completed... numerous operations against the enemy in the course of which [he has] invariably displayed the utmost fortitude, courage and devotion to duty." DHist file 181.009 D.1730 (National Archives RG.24 Vol.20607) has recommendation dated 18 August 1944 when he had flown 25 sorties (186 hours 44 minutes) in a tour lasting 29 January 1943 to 24 March 1944; he was Squadron Bombing Leader as of the recommendation. Medal presented 15 April 1948.

 


Flight Lieutenant Kelly as Squadron Bombing Leader has now completed twenty-five sorties on his first operational tour. His sorties have included most of the principal targets of Germany and France, but in the face of these heavy defences, Flight Lieutenant Kelly was undeterred, and pressed home his attack with the utmost determination and obtained many fine photographs of his aiming points. His exceptional qualities of leadership, his outstanding ability and strong sense of duty have set a fine example to his section and to the squadron as a whole and it is strongly recommended that Flight Lieutenant Kelly be awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross.

 

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KELLY, P/O Patrick Joseph (J86309) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.12 Squadron - Award effective 1 September 1944 as per London Gazette dated 19 September 1944 and AFRO 2373/44 dated 3 November 1944. Born 1922 in Pembroke, Ontario; home there (sales clerk); enlisted in Ottawa 15 July 1942. Trained at No.9 BGS (graduated 14 May 1943). Commissioned 1944. DFC sent by registered mail, 16 November 1948. One of four brothers in the forces (three RCAF, one Army). Postwar was Chief Administrative Officer at the Emergency Preparedness College, Arnprior. Died in Ottawa, 2 March 1998. Lengthy anecdotal obituary in Ottawa Citizen of 8 March 1998. No citation other than "completed...many successful operations during which [he has] displayed high skill, fortitude and devotion to duty." Public Records Office Air 2/9276 has recommendation dated 8 June 1944 when he had flown on 28 sorties (171 hours), 14 January to 9 June 1944.

 

14 Jan 44 Brunswick 22 Apr 44 Dusseldorf

20 Jan 44 Berlin 24 Apr 44 Karlsruhe

21 Jan 44 Magdeburg 26 Apr 44 Essen

15 Feb 44 Berlin 28 Apr 44 Friedrichshafen

24 Feb 44 Schweinfurt 30 Apr 44 Maintenon

1 Mar 44 Stuttgart 10 May 44 Dieppe

22 Mar 44 Frankfurt 19 May 44 Orleans

24 Mar 44 Berlin 21 May 44 Duisburg

26 Mar 44 Essen 24 May 44 Aachen

30 Mar 44 Nuremburg 2 June 44 Dieppe

9 Apr 44 GARDENING, Gdynia 4 June 44 Pas de Calais

11 Apr 44 Aachen 5 June 44 Varreville

19 Apr 44 GARDENING, 6 June 44 Acheres

Peenemunde 9 Jun 44 Flers

21 Apr 44 Cologne

 

Pilot Officer Kelly, a Canadian, has completed twenty-eight operational sorties as rear gunner in a Lancaster aircraft, many of them against the most distant and heavily defended targets in Germany. They have been done frequently at a considerable height, subjecting Pilot Officer Kelly to the most intense cold for many hours. In spite of such rigorous conditions he has maintained a constant vigilance, and has at all times, by his courage and efficiency, instilled confidence in his captain and crew, thus enabling them to carry out their missions with marked success. He has displayed magnificent fighting spirit which has provided a shining example to others.


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KELLY, F/O Robert Lloyd (J20729) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.424 Squadron - Award effective 11 April 1944 as per London Gazette dated 21 April 1944 and AFRO 1075/44 dated 19 May 1944. Born 1922 in Manitoba; home in Miniota, Manitoba; enlisted in Winnipeg, 8 May 1941. Trained at No.2 ITS (graduated 2 January 1942), No.15 EFTS (graduated 13 March 1942) and No.3 SFTS (graduated 17 July 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." Medal presented 22 September 1945.

 

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KELLY, F/O Terrance John (J28647) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.433 Squadron - Award effective 15 March 1945 as per London Gazette dated 27 March 1945 and AFRO 1127/45 dated 6 July 1945. Born 1920 in Orillia, Ontario; home in Toronto; enlisted there 18 September 1939. Trained at No.4 ITS (graduated 1 January 1943), No.5 EFTS (graduated 19 March 1943) and No.3 SFTS (graduated 27 July 1943). Commissioned July 1943. No citation other than "completed...many successful operations against the enemy in which [he has] displayed high skill, fortitude and devotion to duty." DHist file 181.009 D.2610 (RG.24 Vol.20627) has recommendation by W/C G.A. Tambling dated 15 December 1944 when he had flown 32 sorties (174 hours 20 minutes), 4 July to 6 December 1944. Medal sent by registered mail, 28 June 1949.

 

This officer has now completed thirty-two trips over enemy territory including a great many of the most heavily defended targets in Germany and France.

 

On several occasion, Flying Officer Kelly has displayed exceptional skill and coolness in extricating his aircraft from perilous situations, and the successful completion of his many operational sorties has been due largely to his initiative, resourcefulness and determination. He has proven himself to be an outstanding captain and has instilled a fine offensive spirit in his crew.

 

I consider his qualities of leadership and fine record of achievement fully merits the award of the Distinguished Flying Cross (Non-Immediate).

 

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KELLY, F/O Thomas Richard Clarence (J37529) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.428 Squadron - Award effective 10 May 1945 as per London Gazette dated 22 May 1945 and AFRO 1147/45 dated 13 July 1945. Born 1922 in Port Arthur, Ontario; home there (ship fitter); enlisted Port Arthur, 19 August 1942. Trained at No. 2 ITS (graduated 16 April 1943), No.2 EFTS (ceased training 13 May 1943) and No.5 AOS (graduated 29 October 1943. Commissioned 1943. Medal sent by registered mail, 10 September 1948. No citation other than "completed... numerous operations against the enemy in the course of which [he has] invariably displayed the utmost fortitude, courage and devotion to duty". DHist file 181.009 D.1941 (RG.24 Vol.20612) has recommendation by W/C M.W. Gall dated 10 January 1945 when he had flown 30 sorties (206 hours 55 minutes), 25 August 1944 to 2 January 1945.

 

Flying Officer Kelly has shown exceptional courage, initiative and great ability as a navigator throughout his tour. His co-operation, coolness and devotion to duty contributed to a large degree in the completion of a successful tour of operations by his crew and was an inspiration to the squadron.

 

He participated with excellent results in attacks on such targets as Nuremburg, Cologne, Essen, Dusseldorf, Bochum, Gelsenkirchen, Julich, Munster, Castrop, Neuss, Duisburg, Hagen, Karlsruhe, Soest, Osnabruck, Opladen, Russelheim, Stettin, Kiel, Wilhelmshaven, Domburg, Dortmund and Stuttgart, as well as French targets. His efforts as navigator resulted in a fine record of achievement.

 

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

 

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KELLY, F/L William Wilson (J86452) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.90 Squadron - Award effective 1 December 1944 as per London Gazette dated 8 December 1944 and AFRO 337/45 dated 23 February 1945. Born in Transcona, Manitoba, 1923; home in Winnipeg (sheet metal worker); enlisted there 2 May 1942. Trained at No.2 ITS (graduated 7 November 1942), No.2 EFTS (graduated 5 February 1943) and No.11 SFTS (graduated 28 May 1943. Commissioned 1944. DFC presented by Governor General at Government House, 17 July 1950. No citation other than "..in recognition of gallantry and devotion to duty in the execution of air operations against the enemy." Public Records Office Air 2/8881 has recommendation dated 21 September 1944 when he had flown 30 sorties (138 hours four minutes), 1 May to 31 August 1944.

 

* denotes daylight sortie

 

1 May 44 GARDENING, Frisians 10 Jul 44 Nucourt (4.20)

(3.06) 12 Jul 44 Vaires (4.29)

15 May 44 GARDENING, D'Oleron 15 Jul 44 Chalons (6.47)

(3.26), DNCO 18 Jul 44 Caen (3.35)*

21 May 44 Duisburg (4.32) 18 Jul 44 Aulnoye (3.22)

22 May 44 GARDENING, Gironde 20 Jul 44 Homberg (3.47)

(6.00) 23 Jul 44 Kiel (4.57)

23 May 44 GARDENING, West 24 Jul 44 Stuttgart (7.17)

Frisians (2.55) 28 Jul 44 Stuttgart (8.14)

30 May 44 GARDENING, Knocke 30 Jul 44 Caen (3.32)*

(1.45) 1 Aug 44 Le Nieppe (2.41)*

2 June 44 GARDENING, Heyst- 3 Aug 44 L'Isle Adam (4.27)*

Flushing (1.55) 12 Aug 44 Brunswick (5.12)


5 June 44 Special Duties (4.42) 15 Aug 44 St.Trond Airfield

6 June 44 GARDENING, Hook of (3.35)*

Holland (1.49) 18 Aug 44 Bremen (4.48)

30 Jun 44 Villers Bocage (3.20) 25 Aug 44 Russelshein (8.15)

2 July 44 Beauvoir (3.19) 29 Aug 44 GARDENING, Gulf of

5 July 44 Wizernes (2.34) Danzig (9.39)

7 July 44 Varies (5.09) 31 Aug 44 Port Remy (4.35)

 

During his operational tour which has included attacks on a wide variety of targets in addition to several mining sorties, this officer has displayed a very high standard of enthusiasm and cool determination. His ever cheerful spirit has bound his crew together into a highly efficient operational unit, with the result that all their sorties have been executed with courage, perseverance and strict attention to detail which are in keeping with the finest traditions of the Royal Air Force. This officer has contributed materially to the war effort and I recommend that he be awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross.

 

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KELSEY, F/L Irvine Henry (J10494) - Commended for Valuable Services - No.525 Squadron - Award effective 1 January 1945 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 132/45 dated 26 January 1945. Home in Calgary; enlisted there 29 May 1941. Trained at No.2 ITS (graduated 7 September 1941), No.14 EFTS (graduated 7 November 1941) and No.10 SFTS (graduated 13 March 1942). Public Records Office Air 2/9036 has recommended citation drafted when he had flown 1,045 hours including 215 hours in previous six months.

 

This officer was posted to No.525 Squadron as a pilot and captain of aircraft after ferrying duties with No.301 F.T.U. with which unit he made six ferry trips to the Middle East and North Africa. Since joining his present squadron he has completed twenty missions as a captain of aircraft on the Truck Air Lines. Recently he has operated a number of services to the Continent carrying important freight and passengers. His ability as a captain is of a high standard and he has throughout displayed conspicuous skill and devotion to duty.

 

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KELTIE, F/L Ian George Second (J7455) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.402 Squadron - Award effective 2 July 1943 as per London Gazette dated 13 July 1943 and AFRO 1724/43 dated 27 August 1943. Born in Edmonton, 26 May 1920; home there; enlisted there 5 February 1941. Trained at No.2 ITS (graduated 9 May 1941), No.16 EFTS (graduated 3 July 1941) and No.11 SFTS (graduated 11 September 1941). Commissioned 1941. Wounded August 1942 in fight with FW.190s. Invested at Buckingham Palace, 23 May 1944.

 


Flight Lieutenant Keltie has completed a very large number of operational sorties, including seventy-five sweeps over enemy territory. Possessing exceptional qualities of leadership and administrative ability, this officer has led the squadron on many successful operations. He has on all occasions displayed great keenness and devotion to duty.

 

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KEMP, F/O Lyle Horace (J36906) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.158 Squadron - Award effective 5 July 1945 as per London Gazette dated 20 July 1945 and AFRO 1619/45 dated 19 October 1945. Born in Erickson, British Columbia, 1912; home there (fruit farmer); enlisted in Calgary, 17 July 1942. Trained at No.7 ITS (graduated 2 April 1943), No.7 BGS (graduated 3 September 1943) and No.7 AOS (graduated 15 October 1943). Commissioned 1943. DFC presented in Vancouver, 22 October 1949. 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 2/9083 has recommendation dated 15 March 1945 when he had flown 36 sorties (212 hours 59 minutes), 15 October 1944 to 11 March 1945.

 

15 Oct 44 Duisburg (5.57) Good attack; cloud.

15 Oct 44 Wilhelmshaven (3.45) Fires in target area.

25 Oct 44 Essen (5.18) Bombed as ordered.

29 Oct 44 Zoutelande (3.30) 1,200 yards from aiming point.

30 Oct 44 Cologne (6.22) Bombed through clouds.

2 Nov 44 Dusseldorf (5.51) Concentrated fires.

4 Nov 44 Bochum (4.55) Bombed 3 miles from A/P.

6 Nov 44 Gelsenkirchen (4.39) Bombed target; smoke seen.

29 Nov 44 Essen (6.12) Bombed through clouds

30 Nov 44 Duisburg (6.09) ditto

2 Dec 44 Hagen (6.33) ditto

5 Dec 44 Soest (6.17) Bombed aiming point.

6 Dec 44 Osnabruck (6.08) Bombed through cloud.

21 Dec 44 Cologne/Nippes (5.51) ditto

24 Dec 44 Essen/Mulheim a/f Airfield bombed.

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

28 Dec 44 Opladen (5.41) Bombed through cloud.

29 Dec 44 Coblenz-Mosel M/Y (6.03) Bombed marshalling yard.

30 Dec 44 Cologne (5.03) Bombed through clouds.

1 Jan 45 Dortmund (4.35) Successful attack.

5 Jan 45 Hanover (4.57) Bombed in cloud.

6 Jan 45 Hanau (6.31) Cloud; fires in T/A.

14 Jan 45 Saarbrucken (6.51) Bombed aiming point.

16 Jan 45 Magdeburg (5.58) Concentrated fires.

4 Feb 45 Gelsenkirchen (5.23) Cloud over target.

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

9 Feb 45 Wanne-Eickel (6.05) Bombed target; fires seen.


13 Feb 45 Bohlen (8.29) Bombed in cloud; fires.

14 Feb 45 Chemnitz (8.20) Concentrated fires.

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

23 Feb 45 Essen (5.38) Bombed through clouds.

24 Feb 45 Kamen (5.59) ditto

27 Feb 45 Mainz (6.31) ditto

2 Mar 45 Cologne (5.28) Bombed aiming point.

5 Mar 45 Chemnitz (8.3) Good attack

11 Mar 45 Essen (5.12) Bombed in cloud; many fires burning in target area.

 

An air bomber whose work has been consistently of a very high standard, Flying Officer Kemp has completed an excellent tour of 36 operational sorties in Halifax III aircraft with No.158 Squadron. He has bombed such heavily defended targets as Magdeburg, Hanover, Hanau, Wilhelmshaven, Dusseldorf, Cologne, Gelsenkirchen and many other towns in the Ruhr Valley.

 

On all these sorties he has pressed home his attack with a complete disregard for the safety of his own life, and his courage and coolness under the severest fire have been an inspiration to all in his crew.

 

It is recommended that Flying Officer Kemp's excellent Kemp's excellent bombing throughout a hazardous tour and his courage and devotion to duty in all circumstances be recognized by the award of the Distinguished Flying Cross.

 

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KEMP, P/O Walter George (J88367) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.640 Squadron - Award effective 6 January 1945 as per London Gazette dated 19 January 1945 and AFRO 508/45 dated 23 March 1945. Born 1923 at Fort Fraser, British Columbia; home there; enlisted in Vancouver, 17 May 1941. Formerly in Royal Canadian Artillery. Trained at No.2 WS (graduated 5 January 1942) and No.2 BGS (graduated 22 June 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." Medal presented 14 May 1948. Public Records Office Air 2/9038 has recommendation dated 17 October 1944 when he had flown 44 sorties (276 hours 31 minutes). His first tour is summarized as 7 November 1942 to 2 September 1943 (27 sorties, 201 hours 30 minutes). The comments by the station commander say more about his first tour (see below); second tour and unit Commanding Officer's recommendation as follows:

 

12 May 44 Colline Beaumont 30 June 44 Villers Bocage (4.00)

(4.00) 6 July 44 Mimoyecques (3.25)

20 May 44 Boulogne (4.15) 29 July 44 Foret de Nieppe (4.15)

25 May 44 Aachen (4.25) 5 Aug 44 Foret de Nieppe (3.20)

3 June 44 Trappes (5.20) 13 Aug 44 Brunswick (6.10)


6 June 44 Maisy (4.55) 27 Aug 44 Homburg (3.55)

7 June 44 Chateaudun (5.55) 10 Sept 44 ALVIS II (3.45)

8 June 44 Versailles (4.30) 17 Sept 44 Boulogne (3.45)

22 June 44 Siracourt (4.10) 14 Oct 44 Duisburg (4.56)

 

Pilot Officer Kemp has completed no less than 44 sorties against a wide variety of targets including Brunswick, Duisburg, Nuremburg and Homburg.

 

He is a skilful Mid-Upper Gunner who has on all occasions displayed the most praiseworthy coolness and courage whilst in action. One night, whilst attacking Mannheim, this officer's aircraft was hit by a 30-pound Incendiary Bomb which fell from one of our own aircraft and went through the mid-upper turret, smashing the perspex and cutting his parachute harness from his body. The tail unit of the incendiary was found afterwards in the aircraft on landing at base.

 

Although in great physical discomfort through intense cold, this officer kept cheerful and was an inspiration to the rest of his crew.

 

Over a long period of operational flying, Pilot Officer Kemp has shown outstanding enthusiasm and devotion to duty of the highest order, and I consider that his fine record is worthy of recognition.

 

To this, the Station Commander adds:

 

Pilot Officer Kemp is an outstanding Air Gunner who has consistently displayed great courage and a fine fighting spirit which, combined with his efficiency in the air, has gone a long way towards the successes achieved by his crew on a large number of varied targets which have included Pilson, Stettin, Frankfurt and Stuttgart, and no less than twenty attacks on Ruhr cities. Pilot Officer Kemp has also participated in many operations against targets in Italy and occupied territories and has, in addition, undertaken lengthy and hazardous mining in vital enemy waters.

 

On two occasions in particular when attacking Stettin and Frankfurt, Pilot Officer Kemp by his skill and cool determination in action, not only saved his aircraft and crew from disaster, but ensured the successful bombing of these two heavily defended enemy targets.

 

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KENCH, WO1 Charles Alexander (Can 2341A) - Member, Order of the British Empire - No.7 BGS - Award effective 1 January 1945 as per London Gazette of that date, Canada Gazette dated 6 January 1945 and AFRO 89/45 dated 19 January 1945. Award presented 22 April 1945.

 


This warrant officer, through his skill and initiative, has been of outstanding assistance in organizing and maintaining successful training methods at this unit. He has carried out his duties in a highly efficient manner with outstanding devotion to duty and has unhesitatingly assumed extra responsibilities. His cheerful and co-operative spirit have been an inspiration to all those associated with him.

 

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KENDALL, F/L Edgar Cardiff (J6648) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.407 Squadron - Award effective 31 December 1942 as per London Gazette dated 12 January 1943 and AFRO 232/43 dated 12 February 1943. Born in Toronto. Home in Brantwood Bay, British Columbia. Enlisted in Vancouver, 26 October 1940. Trained at No.2 ITS (graduated 3 March 1941), No.3 AOS (graduated 26 May 1941), No.2 BGS (graduated 8 July 1941), and No.1 CNS (graduated 5 August 1941). Commissioned August 1941. DHist file 181.009 D.1636 (RG.24 Vol.20604) has application for Operational Wings dated 14 February 1944. Claimed 26 sorties (81 operational hours) with this unit, February to October 1942. DFC presented 15 April 1944.

 

Flight Lieutenant Kendall has, on many occasions, navigated the leading aircraft of formations which have made successful attacks on enemy shipping. Since April, 1942, when he became bombing leader and squadron navigation officer, there has been twenty-six successful attacks on shipping resulting in serious damage to, or the total loss of, enemy merchant vessels. By his exceptional technical ability he has materially assisted in the high standard of navigation achieved by his squadron.

 

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KENDALL, Sergeant Gordon Edwin (R85710) - Mention in Despatches - No.52 Mobile Field Hospital (AFRO gives unit only as "Overseas") - Award effective 1 January 1946 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 155/46 dated 15 February 1946. Born 23 November 1918; home in Toronto (research laboratory assistant); enlisted there 18 December 1940 as a Laboratory Assistant. At No.2 Manning Depot, Brandon, 2 February 1941 to 16 September 1942; to RCAF overseas, 27 October 1942; to No.52 Mobile Field Hospital, 15 September 1943; arrived in France, 18 June 1944; returned to Britain, 19 August 1945; repatriated 23 October 1945; released 4 December 1945. Certificate mailed 27 September 1948..

 

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KENDRICK, F/O Reginald Jack (J38387) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.432 Squadron - Award effective 8 September 1945 as per London Gazette dated 25 September 1945 and AFRO 1768/45 dated 23 November 1945. Home in Winnipeg; enlisted there 21 September 1942. Trained at No.2 ITS (graduated 11 June 1943), No.7 BGS (graduated2 October 1943) and No.5 AOS (graduated 12 November 1943). Medal presented 2 May 1948. No citation other than "completed... numerous operations against the enemy in the course of which [he has] invariably displayed the utmost fortitude, courage and devotion to duty." DHist file 181.009 D.2618 (RG.24 Vol.20627) has recommendation by W/C K.A. France dated 13 April 1945 when he had flown 30 sorties (197 hours 15 minutes), 1 November 1944 to 8 April 1945.

 

The above mentioned officer completed thirty operational sorties over enemy territory. Many of these trips were long and hazardous and on several occasions the aircraft was damaged by flak. Throughout his tour this officer has displayed above-average ability as a Bomb Aimer. The crew had complete confidence in him. Being the oldest crew member he was a steadying influence and inspired a high standard of morale in the crew.

 

For outstanding ability and exceptional qualities of coolness and co-operation, Flying Officer Kendrick is strongly recommended for the award of the Distinguished Flying Cross (Non-Immediate).

 

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KENNARD, F/O Cedric Gowland Hore (J36175) - Mention in Despatches - No.635 Squadron (AFRO gives unit only as "Overseas") - Award effective 1 January 1946 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 388/46 dated 12 April 1946. Born 29 July 1923 in Buenos Aires, Argentina; home there (cattle rancher); enlisted Toronto, 30 December 1942, having spent 31 days on a boat getting there to join. Trained at No.6 ITS (graduated 16 April 1943), No.9 EFTS (graduated 11 June 1943) and No.14 SFTS (graduated and commissioned, 1 October 1943). Embarked from Halifax, 1 November 1943; arrived in Britain, 9 November 1943; to No.6 (P) Advanced Flying Unit, 28 March 1944; attached to No.1517 Beam Approach Training Flight, 1-9 May 1944; to No.19 OTU, 13 June 1944; to No.41 Base, 8 September 1944; to No.76 Squadron, 4 January 1945; to No.635 Squadron, 6 February 1945, serving with that unit until 26 May 1945; repatriated to Canada, 8 July 1945. Released in Toronto, 2 October 1945. He returned to Argentina, but subsequently migrated to Canada.

 

On 22 February 1945 the Commanding Officer, No.76 Squadron, W/C L.G. Whyte, wrote that he had flown 477 hours 45 minutes (111 hours 25 minutes in previous six months); "Showed keenness and ability as captain of heavy bomber. He was conscientious both in his work in the air and on the ground.".

 

On a form dated 2 July 1945 (volunteering for the Pacific) he stated he had flown 14 sorties (the last on 14 April 1945. His flying time had been 405 hours 25 minutes (80 hours 15 minutes on operations, 325 hours ten minutes non-operational). Types flown had been as follows: Oxford (101.35), Whitley (74.20), Halifax II and V (29.05), Halifax III (47.55), Lancaster (152.30).

 

At No.6 (P) AFU he flew Oxfords (22.50 Day Dual including 3.50 to first Day Solo, 9.15 Night Dual including 2.00 to first Night Solo, 31.45 Day Solo, 10.15 Night Solo, 13.00 as Passenger and 2nd Pilot, 6.00 in formation, 7.05 on instruments). Assessed as "A very well conducted officer with a pleasing disposition and high average ability. He has been keen and hard working throughout and should do well as an operational pilot."

 


The time at No.1517 Beam Approach Training Flight was also on Oxfords (10.55 Day Dual spent on Beam Flying, 8.55 on instruments, 1.20 as passenger, 5.00 in Link). Courses were Beam Approach Procedure and "Q" Code (Link Trainer), Receiver Operation, Instrument Flying, Cloud and Night Flying, and General Application of Beam Approach Procedure.

 

The Whitley time had been at No.19 OTU, described as follows: Day Dual to first solo, 4.30; Total Day Dual, 7.00; 3.30 Night Dual to first solo, 3.30, Total Dual Night, 5.50, total Day 27.15; total Night 23.25. Courses had included Airmanship (287/300), Armament (200/300), Meteorology (70/100), Navigation (150/200), Signals (90/100), General Flying (240/400), Applied Flying (140/200), Instrument Flying (150/250), Night Flying (63/100) and Link (29/50). He was described as having "made a poor start in his flying but has worked hard and improved into a good average pilot. The crew cooperation is good and he is recommended as a captain." He had volunteered for Pathfinder Force but was not immediately considered up to the standard.

 

On 15 January 1945, flying Halifax III, NA571 "A", on his first operational sortie, en route to target, he encountered excessive vibration on the starboard side. His Flight Engineer was changing tanks at the time, and when queried he reported that oil pressure was gone from starboard inner. Feathering action taken twice with no results, so he selected fine pitch and reduced speed; flames came from engine, seized after 30 seconds and propellor fell off. The engine was subsequently found to be wrecked from oil starvation

 

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KENNEDY, F/O Donald MacRae (J19578) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.408 Squadron - Award effective 15 March 1945 as per London Gazette dated 27 March 1945 and AFRO 1127/45 dated 6 July 1945. Born 1917 in Dural, Saskatchewan; home in Regina (educated at University of Saskatchewan; teacher); enlisted in Regina, 9 July 1941. Trained at No.2 ITS (graduated 28 October 1941), No.2 EFTS (graduated 30 January 1942) and No.11 SFTS (graduated 19 June 1943). Medal presented 21 August 1948. Commissioned January 1944. No citation other than "completed...many successful operations against the enemy in which [he has] displayed high skill, fortitude and devotion to duty." DHist file 181.009 D.1515 (RG.24 Vol.20600) has recommendation dated 10 December 1944 when he had flown 32 sorties (185 hours 55 minutes). He had been in the Middle East and India in June 1943, making eleven flights of which four were considered as "sorties" (total of 46 hours 20 minutes on these eleven trips; he may have been on transport work). Second tour was 28 sorties, 23 June to 16 November 1944.

 

Flying Officer Kennedy has completed a tour of operations on heavy bombers in exemplary manner. He joined the squadron in June this year after spending some time in India.

 

He has flown over many heavily defended targets deep into Germany such as Kiel, Sterkrade, Duisburg and Dortmund, and has always brought his crew and aircraft back to base.

 


Flying Officer Kennedy has been an inspiration to his crew and other personnel of the squadron by his cheerful disregard of any or all defences the enemy had to offer. At all times he has been aggressive in pressing home his attacks and returning with many good aiming point photographs.

 

His fine operational record is a credit to himself and his squadron, and I therefore strongly recommend that he be awarded the Non-Immediate Distinguished Flying Cross.

 

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KENNEDY, S/L (now W/C) Harry Marlowe (C471) - Air Force Cross - No.12 (Communications) Squadron (AFRO gives unit only as "Station Rockcliffe") - Award effective 20 October 1942 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 1830/42 dated 13 November 1942. Born in Winnipeg, Manitoba, 27 August 1904. Joined RCAF, 1925-1932, working in Civil Government Air Operations, chiefly photography and air mail route survey. When RCAF reduced in "big cut" of 1932 he joined Manitoba Government Air Service to continue forestry patrols and fire suppression. Joined Western Canada Airways, then Mackenzie Air Services (appointed Aide-de-Camp to Governor General for household piloting), and finally Trans-Canada Airlines. Rejoined RCAF in Vancouver, 1940 where he was prominent in developing air transport with No.12 (Communications) Squadron. Ranks as follows: S/L, 15 January 1941; W/C, 1 July 1942; G/C 1 January 1956. At Pennfield Ridge he helped create an Air Transport and Night Flying School. Returned to TCA, March 1946. Accepted permanent commission in postwar RCAF; awarded Queen's Coronation Medal, 23 October 1953 when CO of Station St.Hubert (Group Captain). Retired 1956. Admitted to Canadian Aviation Hall of Fame, 1978. Died 11 June 1989. AFC presented at Government House, 3 December 1942.

 

The above-named officer was transferred from the reserve to the Special Reserve General List effective September 1, 1940, giving up his duties as an airline captain with T.C.A. Squadron Leader Kennedy has been in command of No.12 Communications Squadron for over a year and has built up an excellent record of accident free flying for his squadron. In addition to carrying out the administration of his squadron, this officer has flown 274 hours as captain of squadron aircraft in 1941. His unfailing devotion to duty and the care with which he trains his pilot personnel deserves special commendation. Squadron Leader Kennedy organized the flight arrangements for the Duke of Kent's tour in July 1941, and captained the flight during its coast to coast tour. Squadron Leader Kennedy's loyalty and excellent flying record and squadron management has won him the award of the Air Force Cross.

 

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KENNEDY, P/O Hugh Robert (J19139) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.51 Squadron - Award effective 19 June 1944 as per London Gazette dated 27 June and AFRO 1861/44 dated 25 August 1944. Born in New Glasgow, Nova Scotia, 1918; home there; enlisted in Charlottetown, 14 August 1941. Trained at No.4 BGS (graduated 16 February 1942). Commissioned 1943. Invested at Buckingham Palace, 12 December 1944.

 

This officer has flown on many sorties penetrating beep into enemy territory. On one occasion during an attack on Essen his aircraft was attacked by four enemy fighters and he with three other members of the crew were wounded. During the engagement Pilot Officer Kennedy succeeded in destroying at least one of the enemy aircraft. Since then, during a sortie against Munchen and Gladbach, he has assisted in the destruction of another enemy aircraft. A skilful and courageous air gunner, this officer has invariably set a fine example of determination and devotion to duty. He has also done excellent work both in the air and on the ground as gunnery leader.

 

NOTE: Public Records Office Air 2/8780 has recommendation dated 22 March 1944 when he had flown 26 sorties (182 hours 11 minutes) which details sorties and has a slightly more detailed text:

 

* completed prior to joining No.51 Squadron

 

13 Sep 42 Bremen (5.10)* 27 Aug 43 Nuremburg (8.11)

16 Sep 42 Essen (6.15)* 30 Aug 43 Munchen-Gladbach (4.25,

16 Feb 43 Lorient (6.50) one Bf.109 destroyed)

18 Feb 43 GARDENING (4.15) 31 Aug 43 Berlin (8.28)

19 Feb 43 Wilhelmshaven (5.20) 5 Sept 43 Mannheim (7.48)

26 Feb 43 Cologne (5.10) 15 Sep 43 Montlucon (6.43)

28 Feb 43 St.Nazaire (6.50) 16 Sep 43 Modane (6.28, DNCO, port

3 Mar 43 Hamburg (6.35) outer engine unserviceable

5 Mar 43 Essen (4.50) and caught fire.

8 Mar 43 Nuremburg (6.50) 27 Sep 43 Hanover (5.14)

11 Mar 43 Stuttgart (7.35) 22 Oct 43 Kassel (6.01)

3 Apr 43 Essen (3.00, DNCO, 3 Nov 43 Dusseldorf (5.08)

attacked by fighter, 18 Nov 43 Mannheim-Ludwigshaven

enemy aircraft claimed (7.16)

as damaged 22 Nov 43 Berlin (7.04)

12 Aug 43 Milan (8.44) 25 Nov 43 Frankfurt (7.06)

17 Aug 43 Peenemunde (7.31) 15 Feb 44 Berlin (1.58, DNCO,

22 Aug 43 Leverkusen (5.06) port engine u/s)

23 Aug 43 Berlin (2.13, DNCO, 1 Mar 44 Stuttgart (8.07)

constant speed unit u/s)

 


This officer has completed 26 sorties as Air Gunner on targets deep into enemy territory, including Essen, Berlin, Kassel [and] Frankfurt. One night during an attack on Essen his aircraft was attacked by fighters and four members of the crew including himself were struck by cannon shells. However, this officer during the attack succeeded in destroying one fighter and probably destroying a second. Since then, whilst engaged in an attack on Munchen Gladbach, he participated in the destruction of another enemy fighter.

 

His skill, courage and determination are an outstanding example to his colleagues, both in the air and on the ground where he has done excellent work as a gunnery leader. He is strongly recommended for the award of the Distinguished Flying Cross.

 

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KENNEDY, F/O Irving Farmer (J15273) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.249 Squadron - Award effective 22 June 1943 as per London Gazette dated 6 July 1943. Born in Cumberland, Ontario, 4 February 1922. Enlisted in Ottawa, 21 October 1940. Trained at No.2 ITS (5 January to 7 February 1941), No.8 EFTS (7 February to 29 March 1941), and No.10 SFTS (10 April to 4 July 1941). Arrived in UK 16 August 1941. Further trained at No.55 OTU. No.263 Squadron, 30 September 1941 to 14 June 1942 (Whirlwinds). No.421 Squadron, 14 June to 22 October 1942. No.249 Squadron, 15 December 1942 to 30 July 1943. No.111 Squadron, 30 July to 13 September 1943. No.93 Squadron, 13 September to 22 December 1943. Returned to UK but began another tour on 15 June 1944 with No.401 Squadron. Shot down by flak, 26 July 1944; he evaded capture and regained our lines. Returned to Canada, September 1944; released 13 February 1945. DFC and Bar presented 27 June 1945. Postwar doctor in Cumberland, Ontario and author of an autobiography, Black Crosses Off My Wingtips (General Store Publishing, Burnstown, 1994). Victories listed by Chris Shores, Aces High (2nd edition) as follows: 7 February 1943, one Ju.52 destroyed (flying Spitfire EP712 coded T-C, shared with another pilot); 3 March 1943, one Ju.88 destroyed (EP343 coded T-V; shared with three other pilots); 25 March 1943, one Ju.88 destroyed (EP343, T-V, shared with another pilot), 16 April 1943, one Ju.88 destroyed (EP712 coded T-C; shared with two other pilots); 22 April 1943, two Ju.52s destroyed (AB535 coded T-Z); 10 June 1943, one Bf.109G desroyed (EN533 coded "N"; also one MC.202 destroyed (EN468 coded "N", shared with anothjer pilot); 4 September 1943, one FW.190 destroyed (EE750 coded JU-H); 10 September 1943, one FW.190 destroyed (MA481, JU-O); 17 September 1943, one FW.190 probably destroyed (JF560 coded HN-J); 13 October 1943, two Bf.109Gs destroyed (LX929 coded HN-O); 15 October 1943, one Bf.109G destroyed (EN459 coded HN-D); 28 June 1944, one FW.190 destroyed (NH260 coded YO-W); 2 July 1944, one Bf.109 destroyed (NH247 coded YO-A). Shores has many details of enemy units and pilots involved. For additional details see H.A. Halliday, The Tumbling Sky.

 

This bomber has completed much operational flying, involving bomber escort flights, sweeps and bombing sorties. During an operation in 1943, Flying Officer Kennedy shot down a Junkers 52. A little later he saw many of these aircraft flying almost at sea level. Flying Officer Kennedy immediately attacked one of them, causing it to dive into the water with one engine on fire. This officer, who has destroyed five enemy aircraft, has invariably displayed great keenness.

 


KENNEDY, F/L (now S/L) Irving Farmer, DFC (J15273) - Bar to Distinguished Flying Cross - No.401 Squadron - Award effective 5 September 1944 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 2373/44 dated 3 November 1944

 

This officer has set a fine example of keenness and devotion to duty. He is a most resolute and skilful fighter and has destroyed eleven enemy aircraft. Flight Lieutenant Kennedy is a fine leader and his services have proved of immense value.

 

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KENNEDY, F/L Leonard John (J19974) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.426 Squadron - Award effective 2 October 1944 as per London Gazette dated 13 October 1944 and AFRO 2637/44 dated 8 December 1944. Born 1919 in Portage la Prairie, Manitoba; home there; enlisted in Winnipeg, 8 March 1941. Former mounted trooper. Trained at No.2 ITS (graduated 16 June 1941), No.18 EFTS (ceased training 28 April 1941), No.5 AOS (graduated 3 January 1942), No.7 BGS (graduated 14 February 1942), and No.1 ANS (graduated 20 March 1942). Commissioned 25 January 1944. Bomb aimer to S/L A. Avant and later to S/L I.M. McRobie. Posted to "R" Depot from No.426 Squadron, 2 January 1945. Flew two tours; invested in Toronto, 30 November 1949. 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 29 June 1944 when he had flown 46 sorties (249 hours), 26 September 1942 to 27 May 1943 (27 sorties) and 24 February to 23 June 1944.

 

Flight Lieutenant Kennedy has completed one tour of operations and has three quarters of a second tour behind him as an Air Bomber. Many of his trips have taken him to the most heavily defended targets deep in the heart of Germany. Flight Lieutenant Kennedy has at all times, by his cheerful confidence, inspired a high standard of morale in his crew, and setting his mind on the task with a fine offensive spirit has set a magnificent example.

 

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KENNEDY, G/C Walter Edmund (C174) - Air Force Cross - No.15 SFTS - Award effective as of 1 January 1945 as per London Gazette of that date, Canada Gazette dated 6 January 1945 and AFRO 89/45 dated 19 January 1945 - Born in Vancouver, 27 December 1913. Attended University of British Columbia (B.Sc, mechanical engineering). Joined RCAF at Camp Borden, 13 June 1935. Most of pre-war and wartime career involved with instructing, including command of No.15 SFTS and No.7 SFTS. To Eastern Air Command, February 1945. At date of award had flown 1,750 hours - 1,030 as instructor. Award presented 17 August 1945. In postwar RCAF. In 1948 attended Graduate School, Business Administration, Stanford University. Later Deputy Air Member for Technical Services, Chief of Staff at Air Material Command (1950), Assistant Vice Chief of Air Staff (1952) and Comptroller (1955). Awarded Queen's Coronation Medal, 4 November 1953 when he was Air Commodore with AFHQ (on staff of Vice Chief of Air Staff). Died in Ottawa, 18 October 1958, with rank of Air Vice-Marshal.

 


This officer has had a long and notable career in flying instructional duties. He has commanded this Service Flying Training School for the past few years with outstanding leadership and determination. His display of exceptional judgement and keenness have resulted in the smooth functioning of this school and the high morale of its personnel. He is a keen and skilful pilot who has kept up with his flying despite the many arduous duties of his appointment. By his excellent example and devotion to duty he has made a large contribution to the training plan.

 

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KENNEDY, F/L Wesley William (J16875) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.427 Squadron - Award effective 30 October 1945 as per London Gazette dated 6 November 1945 and AFRO 155/46 dated 15 February 1946. Born in Regina, 1915; home in Vancouver (clerk) or Toronto; enlisted Toronto 24 September 1940. Trained at No.2 ITS (graduated 7 June 1941), No.18 EFTS (graduated 26 June 1941) and No.15 SFTS (graduated 8 October 1941). Commissioned February 1943. DFC presented 1 December 1948. No citation other than "completed ...numerous operations against the enemy in the course of which [he has] displayed the utmost fortitude, courage and devotion to duty." DHist file 181.009 D.2610 (RG.24 Vol.20627) has recommendation dated 22 May 1945 when he had completed 41 sorties (255 hours 20 minutes) in two tours - 29 May 1942 to 16 February 1943 (27 sorties, 164 hours 15 minutes) and 12 March to 10 May 1945 (14 operations, 91 hours five minutes) including a recall on 3 May 1945 and three operation EXODUS trips on 8-9-10 May 1945.

 

Flight Lieutenant Kennedy has now completed the major part of his second tour and has an outstanding record as a daring and successful captain. He has never failed to press home his attacks, and his intrepid example has strongly influenced his own and other crew in the squadron.

 

His ability in organization in his flight, and his operational dash and efficiency, have contributed largely to the record of his unit.

 

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KENNEY, S/L Delford Harold (C4801) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.419 Squadron - Award effective 1 September 1943 as per London Gazette dated 10 September 1943 and AFRO 2138/43 dated 22 October 1943. Born at Newton, Ontario, 1915; home at Lindsay, Ontario. Enlisted in Kingston, 28 February 1940. Trained at Central Flying School, Trenton. Commissioned 1941. Promoted to Squadron Leader, 1942. Flew two tours. Getting his medals to him proved difficult; they were eventually sent to External Affairs, 9 August 1955, who reported on 13 February 1956 that they had finally been presented to him in Bronxville, New York.

 


This officer has at all times displayed an utter disregard for his own safety in his efforts to reach and bomb his objective effectively. On one occasion, owing to damage sustained over Munich, he was forced to fly throughout the return journey through cloud, in which much icing was experienced. In spite of these difficulties Squadron Leader Kenney not only reached this country safely but made a successful landing at his own base. He has set a fine record on operations, which has done much to encourage younger captains.

 

KENNEY, S/L Delford Harold, DFC (C4801) - Air Force Cross - No.1664 Conversion Unit (AFRO gives unit as No.429 Squadron) - Award effective 1 January 1944 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 809/44 dated 14 April 1944. No citation in Canadian sources. Public Records Office Air 2/8959 has recommendation which also gives unit.

 

This officer carried out over 1,000 hours of instructional flying before coming to this country to carry out a tour of operations. Since joining the Conversion Unit his keenness and devotion to duty have inspired his comrades and his skilful instruction has been invaluable to the Unit in carrying out its training commitments.

 

KENNEY, S/L Delford Harold, DFC, AFC (C4801) - Bar to Distinguished Flying Cross - No.429 Squadron - Award effective 1 September 1944 as per London Gazette dated 15 September 1944 and AFRO 2373/44 dated 3 November 1944. DHist file 181.009 D.5524 (RG.24 Vol.20667) has recommendation dated 6 June 1944 when he had flown 19 sorties (109 hours 45 minutes) on second tour; first tour had been 26 sorties (116 hours).

 

This officer has completed a large number of operational missions since the award of the Distinguished Flying Cross. Throughout his flying career he has at all times displayed the greatest fortitude and courage in pressing home his attacks and has recently been employed as a most efficient flight and squadron commander. His courage and devotion to duty have been a very valuable asset to his squadron.

 

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KENNEY, F/O Lloyd Hamilton (C13165) - Mention in Despatches - Station Tofino - Award effective 14 June 1945 as per Canada Gazette of that date and AFRO 1127/45 dated 6 July 1945. Home in Montreal; enlisted there 7 August 1942. Recommended 23 September 1944 for intelligence work.

 

This officer has always displayed a keen interest in the welfare and contentment of airmen on this bush station. His splendid efforts and thoughtfulness, exercised with complete disregard of personal interests, have overcome many difficulties in building up morale. Flying Officer Kenney is exceptionally efficient in the performance of his duties and is an outstanding officer. His important contribution in advancing the interests of the service has extended far beyond the normal demands of duty.

 

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KENT, F/O Ray William (J25793) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.419 Squadron - Award effective 13 October 1944 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 2534/44 dated 24 November 1944. Born 1917 in Sarnia, Ontario; home in London, Ontario (research chemist); enlisted there 20 February 1942. Trained at No.1 ITS (graduated 9 October 1942), No.7 EFTS (graduated 1 January 1943) and No.6 SFTS (graduated 30 April 1943). DHist file 181.009 D.3260 (RG.24 Vol.20637) has recommendation dated 21 August 1944 when he had flown 27 sorties (139 hours five minutes), 31 May to 16 August 1944. Name in recommendation is Roy. Incident described was 9 August 1944; he flew on two engines for one and one-half hours before bombing, and that at very low altitude. Award presented 15 October 1945.

 

In all his operations against the enemy Flying Officer Kent has shown great determination to attack his targets. One night in August 1944 he was engaged on a mission to Acquet. Shortly after take-off the port outer engine failed and before crossing the English coast one of the starboard engines also failed. Nevertheless, Flying Officer Kent flew on to the target and completed his mission, afterwards returning to base where he executed a masterly landing in exceedingly difficult circumstances. Flying Officer Kent has displayed high courage, skill and determination.

 

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KENT, F/O William Carman (J18425) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.426 Squadron - Award effective 17 November 1944 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 1/45 dated 5 January 1945. Born 1921 in Bathurst, New Brunswick; home there; enlisted in Toronto, 9 August 1941. Trained at No.4 ITS (graduated 22 January 1942), No.9 EFTS (graduated 10 April 1942) and No.6 SFTS (graduated 14 August 1942). Commissioned 1943. Posted from No.61 Base to No.436 Squadron, 15 August 1944; posted from No.426 Squadron to "R" Depot, 5 February 1945. DFC sent by registered mail, 4 April 1950.

 

Flying Officer Kent, as captain of aircraft, was detailed to attack a synthetic oil refinery at Wanne Eickel in the Ruhr one afternoon in September 1944. During the bombing run over the target the port outer engine was hit by anti-aircraft fire but Flying Officer Kent continued with his task and then set course for home. Over the German border the starboard inner engine and oil pressure began to fail. The aircraft lost height. When over the North Sea, this engine began to lose power but with great skill Flying Officer Kent brought the aircraft and its crew back to base. This instance is typical of the skill and courage this officer has displayed on all his operations.

 

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KENT, S/L William Charles (C867) - Mention in Despatches - No.422 Squadron (in AFRO described only as "Overseas") - Award effective 14 June 1945 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 1395/45 dated 31 August 1945. Home in Chatham, Ontario; enlisted in Toronto, 4 July 1938; qualified for pilots' flying badge at Trenton, 17 June 1939. Serving in No.8 (BR) Squadron at beginning of war. Remained in postwar RCAF; awarded Queen's Coronation Medal, 23 October 1953 when he was Wing Commander and CO of No.34 Aircraft Control and Warning Squadron. DHist file 181.009 D.5578 (RG.24 Vol.20669) has recommendation for a DFC dated 15 September 1944 when he had flown 1,500 hours total, 458 hours on operations; this is almost certainly the basis of the MiD award and is quoted below. DHist file 181.009 D.2280 (RG.24 Vol.20623) has recommendation from No.3 OTU (Patricia Bay) for an AFC dated 29 April 1945 when he was Chief Instructor and Acting OC at that unit. Noted he had flown 1,515 hours (22 in previous six months), 202 hours as instructor (nil in past six months) and 689 hours on operations (86 sorties). Suggested EAC service prior to going to Coastal Command.

 

As Flight Commander in charge of operations, Squadron Leader Kent has in the past twelve months flown 460 hours on operational duty. These sorties have been carried out in all kinds of weather under very adverse flying conditions. He has at all times shown keenness for flying duties and has proven a very capable flying boat captain and an example to those under him.

 

In addition to operations in the UK, Squadron Leader Kent served for a period of approximately one year on operations in Canada on single engine float planes at the beginning of the war. This operational flying was carried out under conditions of no radio navigational aids and with practically no meteorological information.

 

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KENYON, S/L Jack Munro (C4049) - Mention in Despatches - Tholthorpe - Award effective 14 June 1945 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 1395/45 dated 31 August 1945. Home in Brantford; enlisted in Ottawa, 16 November 1940. 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 forwarded 3 February 1945 when he was Senior Medical Officer at the station. He had served 32 months in Canada, 23 months overseas.

 

The devotion to duty, skill and cheerfulness shown by Squadron Leader Kenyon have long been a source of inspiration.

 

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KEON, F/O Howard Joseph Christopher (J38695) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.90 Squadron - Award effective 5 April 1945 as per London Gazette dated 13 April 1945 and AFRO 824/45 dated 18 May 1945. Born 14 October 1920 in Haileybury, Ontario; home in Owen Sound (University of Toronto student and member of COTC); enlisted in Owen Sound, 14 August 1942. Trained at No.5 ITS (graduated 1 May 1943), No.6 BGS (graduated 9 July 1943) and No.10 AOS (graduated 26 November 1943). Further trained at No.12 OTU (March 1944) before joining No.90 Squadron, September 1944. Commissioned November 1943. Medal sent by registered mail, 21 December 1949. Following the war he attended the University (B.Sc. Aeronautical Engineering), instructed there (1947-48) and was employed as an aeronautical research engineer at the Institute of Aviation Medicine, Station Toronto 1948-49), developing indirect red lighting for aircraft. Rejoined RCAF, 14 July 1949. Following brief service at RCAF technical training schools at Camp Borden and Aylmer, Ontario, he joined staff of Central Experimental and Proving Establishment, Rockcliffe, 1951. Worked there one year on CF-100 development. Left service, July 1952 to commence religious studies, St.Michael's College, Toronto. 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 21 January 1945 when he had flown 30 sorties (145 hours 14 minutes), 3 October 1944 to 15 January 1945.

 

* denotes daylight sortie

 

3 Oct 44 West Kapelle (2.12)* 2 Dec 44 Dortmund (3.58)*

5 Oct 44 Saarbrucken (5.17) 4 Dec 44 Oberhausen (4.08)*

7 Oct 44 Kleve (3.42)* 5 Dec 44 Schwammanauel Dam

14 Oct 44 Duisburg (4.43)* (4.23)*

14 Oct 44 Duisburg (4.40) 6 Dec 44 Merseburg (7.10)

19 Oct 44 Stuttgart (5.56) 8 Dec 44 Duisburg (4.08)*

22 Oct 44 Neuss (4.26)* 12 Dec 44 Witten (4.52)*

23 Oct 44 Essen (4.50) 15 Dec 44 Siegen (2.55 hours

25 Oct 44 Essen (4.17)* by day)*

28 Oct 44 Cologne (4.23)* 29 Dec 44 Koblenz/Lutzell

30 Oct 44 Wesseling (4.09)* (4.36)*

31 Oct 44 Cologne (4.19) 30 Dec 44 North Frisians (4.00)

11 Nov 44 Castrop Rauxel 1 Jan 45 Vohwinkel (5.49)*

(4.54)* 2 Jan 45 Nuremburg (7.01)*

20 Nov 44 Homberg (4.41)* 5 Jan 45 Ludwigshaven (5.50)*

28 Nov 44 Neuss (4.55)* 6 Jan 45 Leuss (4.20)*

30 Nov 44 Bottrop (3.48)* 13 Jan 45 Saarbrucken (6.22)*

15 Jan 45 Erkenschwick (4.30)*

 

A quiet and unassuming character, this officer has always carried out his operational duties with an efficiency and attention to detail which have ensured extremely accurate navigation. The zeal with which he has attempted to master every new technique and piece of equipment has contributed very materially to the ultimate success which his crew has achieved. He has always been willing to support his captain to the utmost in the acceptance of risks to ensure the undoubted success of any operation. I recommend that his fine contribution to his crew;s success be recognized by the award of the Distinguished Flying Cross.

 

 

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KER, P/O Edgar Andrew (J16824) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.145 Squadron - Award effective 24 September 1943 as per London Gazette dated 1 October 1943 and AFRO 2258/43 dated 5 November 1943. Born in Fenwick, Ontario, 1922; home in Fonthill, Ontario; enlisted in Hamilton, 11 December 1940. Trained at No.3 ITS (graduated 22 April 1941), No.11 EFTS (graduated 11 June 1941) and No.6 SFTS (graduated 20 August 1941). Commissioned 1942. Medal presented at Buckingham Palace, 29 June 1945.

 

This officer has taken part in many operational sorties in the course of which he has destroyed enemy aircraft and damaged others. In May 1943, when on patrol off Cap Bon Peninsula, he sighted a force of more than eighteen Messerschmitts 109. He succeeded in breaking up the formation and destroyed one of the enemy aircraft. Pilot Officer Ker has always displayed great keenness to engage the enemy and continual devotion to duty.

 

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KERBRAT, Flight Sergeant (now WO) Frank Marcel (R124369) - Distinguished Flying Medal - No.90 Squadron - Award effective 3 November 1944 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 2637/44 dated 8 December 1944. Born 1919 in Camper, Manitoba; home there; enlisted in Winnipeg 3 September 1941. Trained at No.6 BGS (graduated 18 December 1942) and No.8 AOS (graduated 14 May 1943). Medal sent by registered mail, 9 May 1951.

 

As air bomber, Flight Sergeant Kerbrat has displayed a high standard of skill throughout his tour of operational duty. He is a most determined and resourceful member of aircraft crew and has set a fine example to all. On one occasion, whilst over enemy waters during a mine-laying mission, his pilot temporarily became incapacitated. Displaying great promptness, Flight Sergeant Kerbrat took over the controls and afterwards flew the aircraft back to this country. When an airfield was reached his pilot, though still suffering, landed the aircraft safely.

 

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KERNAGHAN, Sergeant Stanley John (R86106) - Distinguished Flying Medal - No.252 Squadron - Award effective 25 February 1943 as per London Gazette dated 26 February 1943 and AFRO 513/43 dated 26 March 1943. NOTE: Name misspelled in London Gazette as "Kermachon". Born 30 May 1921, Cartwright, Manitoba. Educated there. Enlisted in Winnipeg, 16 December 1940. Trained at No.2 ITS (graduated 27 March 1941), No.18 EFTS (graduated 19 June 1941) and No.12 SFTS (graduated 29 August 1941). Further trained at No.31 GRS, Charlottetown before going overseas, November 1941. Flew with No.236 Squadron (1 April to 6 May 1942) and No.252 Squadron in Middle East (30 July 1942 to 21 April 1943). Commissioned 18 February 1943, F/O 18 August 1943, F/L 18 February 1945. Credited with destruction of at least four enemy aircraft (3 September 1942 - one He.111 during escort to torpedo bombers; 11 October 1942 - one Ju.52 destroyed during train strafe; 26 October 1942 - one He.111 destroyed while escorting torpedo bombers; 8 December 1942 - one Ju.88 destroyed on convoy patrol. Completed 67 sorties (267 hours 20 minutes). Returned to UK, 1 July 1943 and instructed at No.2 (C) OTU until October 1943 when he was returned to Canada. Extensive service at No.36 OTU, Greenwood (24 December 1943 to 30 June 1944) and No.8 OTU, Greenwood (1 July 1944 to 19 March 1945). Subsequently at No.2 Air Command, Winnipeg and Station Moncton; last posting was No.7 OTU, Debert (14 May to 20 July 1945) before release on 23 September 1945. Awarded AFC for work at No.8 OTU. See PL-24135.

 

Sergeant Kernaghan is a first-class pilot with a fine operational record. He has participated in very many sorties involving attacks on shipping and transport in the battle area and inflicted much loss and damage. In addition he has destroyed four enemy aircraft. On one occasion during an engagement in which he shot down a Junkers 87, his own aircraft was badly damaged but he flew it safely to base. This airman has displayed courage and determination of a high order.

 

KERNAGHAN, F/O Stanley John, DFM (J17176) - 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. Governor General's Records (RG.7 Group 26, Vol.59, file 190-I, dossier 7) has citation. When recommended he had flown 1,131 hours, 442 as instructor, 194 in previous six months.

 

Flying Officer Kernaghan, DFM, has been an instructor on Mosquito aircraft from the time of their first introduction in this country. He has always displayed superior judgment and skill whilst so employed. His work has been in keeping with the highest traditions of the service and this has provided an example and an inspiration to the many pupils who have passed through his capable hands. He has made a valuable contribution to operational training.

 

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KERR, W/C Archibald Wilkie Hastings (C4658) - Mention in Despatches - Western Air Command Headquarters - Award effective 2 February 1946 as per Canada Gazette of that date and AFRO 280/46 dated 15 March 1946. Home in Toronto; enlisted there 12 April 1941.

 

This officer's services as Assistant Judge Advocate General and head of the Legal Branch in this Command have earned the respect and admiration of all with whom he has come in contact. In addition to being an outstanding legal staff director, Wing Commander Kerr has set a fine example as an officer in every way.

 

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KERR, F/L Clifford Gordon (J17500) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.424 Squadron - Award effective 2 October 1944 as per London Gazette dated 13 October 1944 and AFRO 2637/44 dated 8 December 1944. Born 1921 in Portland, Oregon; home in Regina; enlisted in Quebec, 7 March 1941. Trained at No.4 WS (graduated 10 April 1942) and No.5 BGS (graduated 11 May 1942). Commissioned 1943. NOTE: He may have been a prisoner of war for part of his career. Award presented 9 April 1948. No citation other than "completed...numerous operations against the enemy in the course of which [he has] invariably displayed the utmost fortitude, courage and devotion to duty". DHist file 181.009 D.2609 (RG.24 Vol.20632) has recommendation dated 16 July 1944 when he had flown 32 sorties (184 hours 20 minutes). First tour was 21 January 1943 to 27 May 1943 (154 hours 25 minutes in 27 trips); second tour was 18 March to 14 July 1944 (and presumably continuing) when he had flown six trips (29 hours 55 minutes). The sortie list is amazing. On his second trip (Lorient, 26 January 1943) the wireless set went unserviceable and had to be repaired in flight; over Cologne (26 February 1943) the aircraft was coned for 4 minutes; he experienced a fighter attack at St.Nazaire (28 March 1943), and on 4 May 1943 an engine cut over the target (Dortmund). As well there were six mining sorties in the first tour, most recorded as being done at 500 feet including penetration of Brest inner harbour, 27 April 1943. The "half sortie" was on 10 March 1943, described as a "sea sweep". Unit Signals Leader.

 

Flight Lieutenant C.G. Kerr, a wireless operator now on his second tour of operations, has displayed outstanding courage and devotion to duty. He has completed twenty-six and a half sorties on his first tour, including numerous raids on the most heavily defended targets in Germany, and has made six trips on his second tour of operations as spare wireless operator.

 

Throughout his operational career, his work in the air and keenness on the ground has been an inspiration to members of his crew and to all aircrew on the squadron. In addition he has shown a marked organizational ability as Signals Section Leader and has performed his duties with efficiency and determination.

 

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KERR, F/L David Cunningham (C29449) - Member, Order of the British Empire - No.435 Squadron (AFRO gives unit only as "Overseas" - Award effective 1 January 1946 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 155/46 dated 15 February 1946. Born 11 April 1915. Home in Calgary; enlisted there 10 May 1939. Began as aero engine mechanic; retrained to Aero Engineer (electrical) and commissioned, 4 January 1943. Remained in postwar RCAF at technical officer. DHist file 181.009 D.1558 (RG.25 Vol.20602) states he had qualified for 1939-1945 Star while a member of active aircrew with No.435 Squadron in Burma and gives his unit as Down Ampney. However, as of 21 March 1946 he was on strength of No.436 Squadron. No citation in Canadian records. Public Records Office Air 2/9139 establishes recommending unit as No.435 Squadron and gives citation:

 

Flight Lieutenant Kerr, who has served with this squadron since its formation as Engineering Officer, has performed his technical duties with outstanding success. His engineering skill and his ability to call forth the utmost cooperation from the personnel in his section have proved the greatest contributory factors to the squadron's fine record of aircraft serviceability. The excellence of his work has been strikingly evident in his handling of major overhauls of aircraft not normally required to be executed within the squadron and in the ready assistance he has given in dealing with engineering problems outside the scope of his normal duties.


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KERR, W/C Dennis Christopher (C15943) - Member, Order of the British Empire - Overseas Headquarters - Award effective 14 June 1945 as per Canada Gazette of that date and AFRO 1127/45 dated 6 July 1945. Born 1 September 1913 in Toronto; educated there. Employed in Post Office Department. Enlisted in London, England, 16 October 1942. Award presented 9 April 1948. Administrative officer. Governor General's Records (RG.7 Group 26, Vol.59, file 190-I, dossier 7) has citation.

 

Wing Commander Kerr has successfully fulfilled his position as Senior Postal Officer, overseas, in that he has not deviated from making every effort to improve postal services to the highest degree of efficiency possible. Statistical records show that through this officer's ability to organize that his staff have been able to handle more mail in less time than previously recorded, particularly during the last Christmas and New Years periods. He has displayed initiative and sound judgement and has worked long hours, being ever ready to carry out any suggestions that would help to increase the efficiency of the postal services. These efforts have resulted in appreciated from the airmen and officers in the field. His devotion to duty has been outstanding.

 

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KERR, F/O Douglas George (J26103) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.76 Squadron - Award effective 5 July 1945 as per London Gazette dated 20 July 1945 and AFRO 1619/45 dated 19 October 1945. Born 1912 in Saskatoon; home in Smithers, British Columbia (postal clerk); enlisted Vancouver, 13 April 1942. Trained at No.2 ITS (graduated 24 October 1942), No.15 EFTS (graduated 30 December 1942) and No.3 SFTS (graduated 30 April 1943). Commissioned 1943. Award presented in Vancouver, 22 October 1949. No citation other than "completed... numerous operations against the enemy in the course of which [he has] invariably displayed the utmost fortitude, courage and devotion to duty". Public Records Office Air 2/9081 has recommendation dated 18 March 1945 when he had flown 38 sorties (200 hours). NOTE: Sortie list not sent from England.

 

Flight Lieutenant Kerr has completed a tour of 38 operations against Germany and enemy occupied territory. Both by day and night he has always displayed a fine offensive spirit and keenness to operate and his determination to press home his attack despite opposition is of a high order.

 

He has spared no effort to raise the efficiency of his crew and has set a fine example as a captain of aircraft.

 

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KERR, WO2 Earl Thomas (Can 18006A) - Mention in Despatches - Station Scoudouc - Award effective 1 January 1946 as per Canada Gazette of that date and AFRO 82/46 dated 25 January 1946. Born 9 June 1907. Home in Komoka, Ontario; enlisted in London, Ontario, 7 September 1939. Aero engine mechanic; AC2 on 7 September 1939; A/Corporal 1 March 1940; AC1 29 February 1940; LAC 29 May 1940; T/Corporal 15 November 1940; Sergeant 1 July 1941; Flight Sergeant 1 May 1942; WO2 1 February 1944.

 

This Warrant Officer has at all times shown an ardent conscientiousness to duty. He has carried out his duties with a cheerfulness and thoroughness that is an example to all those with whom he serves. As a technical instructor he has given aid to many juniors throughout his service.

 

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KERR, Flight Sergeant Ernest Edward Roy (R54603) - Distinguished Flying Medal - No.162 (BR) Squadron - Award effective 19 July 1945 as per London Gazette dated 27 July 1945 and AFRO 1672/45 dated 2 November 1945. Home in Montreal; enlisted there 20 October 1939. A flight engineer, he flew three tours. Award presented 5 October 1947.

 

This airman has completed three tours of operational duty. Throughout this period he has been engaged on anti-U-boat patrols and has consistently displayed a high standard of efficiency and great courage and devotion to duty. His resourcefulness and skill as flight engineer has materially contributed to the safe return of his aircraft from patrols over the North Atlantic Ocean in adverse winter weather.

 

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KERR, Flight Sergeant Henry James Forster (R53757) - Distinguished Flying Medal - No.149 Squadron - Award effective 7 May 1942 as per London Gazette dated 15 May 1942 and AFRO 809/42 dated 29 May 1942. Born at Mountain, Ontario, 1920; home in Russell, Ontario; student at Ottawa Technical School when he enlisted in Ottawa, 15 April 1940. Graduated from No.1 BGS, 23 November 1940. Later commissioned (J16073). Invested with award by King George VI, 30 December 1942.

 

One night in April 1942, this airman was the rear gunner of an aircraft detailed to attack the Heinkel Works at Rostock. After leaving the target area his aircraft was suddenly attacked by an enemy fighter which opened fire from close range. As the attacker broke away, Flight Sergeant Kerr delivered an accurate burst of fire causing the enemy aircraft to waver and then dive sharply. It was then observed to catch fire and finally it exploded with a bright flash. By his great coolness and efficiency this airman contributed materially to the safe return of his aircraft. Flight Sergeant Kerr has participated in numerous sorties and has always set an excellent example.

 

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KERR, W/C James (C8965) - Member, Order of the British Empire - Award effective 1 January 1944 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 113/44 dated 21 January 1944 - Directorate of Airmen Personnel Services, AFHQ. Born in Calgary, 6 August 1912. Enlisted 28 April 1940 at Calgary. Award presented 22 April 1944.

 

For the past two years this officer has been in charge of aircrew postings for RCAF, RAF and other allied personnel being trained in Canada. With the many changes in policy, aircrew categories and methods of training, his task has been most difficult. The tremendous amount of work involved has required accuracy and efficiency and the successful functioning of this important branch, which required a great deal of overtime work and self-sacrifice, is largely due to the untiring efforts and outstanding ability of Wing Commander Kerr.

 

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KERR, P/O James Andrew (J86532) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.411 Squadron - Award effective 18 December 1944 as per London Gazette dated 29 December 1944 and AFRO 379/45 dated 2 March 1945. Born 1920, Alexander, Manitoba; home there; enlisted Winnipeg, 29 November 1941. Trained at No.6 ITS (graduated 5 June 1942), No.7 EFTS (graduated 11 September 1942) and No.6 SFTS (graduated 30 December 1942). Commissioned 1943. Award presented 6 September 1947.

 

Pilot Officer Kerr has been engaged on operations for a period of ten months and during this time has proved himself a most keen and efficient pilot and section leader. Since the invasion of the continent he has shown outstanding courage in attacks on ground targets in the most heavily defended areas. He has damaged or destroyed fifty-nine tanks, trucks and other mechanical vehicles and has shared in the destruction of two barges and a tug. In addition he has damaged an enemy aircraft in the air. His zeal and reliability have been exceptional throughout all his missions.

 

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KERR, S/L James William (C6353) - Member, Order of the British Empire - No.16 SFTS - Award effective 1 January 1946 as per Canada Gazette of that date and AFRO 82/46 dated 25 January 1946. Home in Port Perry, Ontario; enlisted in Toronto, 18 July 1941. Award presented 9 April 1948.

 


This officer possesses initiative, ability and enthusiasm of the highest degree. He is able to grasp a situation or a difficult task with remarkable ease and to give it his undivided attention. As Chief Ground Instructor he recently guided an experimental Ab Initio course on Harvard aircraft through its Ground School studies with outstanding success, so much so that the Course as a whole obtained above average results. His keen interest in his work and great devotion to duty have been noteworthy contributions to the success of this unit.

 

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KERR, W/C John Gordon (C130) - Air Force Cross - No.4 Bombing and Gunnery School - Award effective 28 May 1943 as per London Gazette dated 2 June 1943 and AFRO 1459/43 dated 30 July 1943. Born in Arnprior, Ontario, 2 May 1909. Educated in Ottawa and at Royal Military College where he got a degree in civil engineering, graduating in 1931. Had been with the RCAF since 25 June 1928 (Camp Borden). Served on flying and staff duties at Camp Borden, Trenton and Hamilton. At outbreak of war he was the officer commanding Preparatory Training Squadron at Camp Borden and in next two years he was busy in BCATP work, opening new schools. He commanded the SFTS at St.Hubert and the BGS at Fingal (1942-44). AFC presented 10 April 1944. In May 1944 he went overseas, commanding operational and advanced training units in UK until his return to Canada in July 1945. He was designated to command a bomber wing in Tiger Force, but the war ended before that formation took full shape. He was then appointed Chief Staff Officer, No.1 Air Command (later to become Training Command). Postwar he was Deputy Air Member for Operations and Training (AFHQ). In December 1950 he attended Imperial Defence College. On completion of that course he was appointed (December 1951) Air Officer Commanding Tactical Air Group (later Tactical Air Command), Edmonton. Was later Chief of Personnel and finally Chief of Staff to 4th Allied Tactical Air Force, Germany. Awarded Queen's Coronation Medal, 23 October 1953 when Air Vice Marshal, Training Command Headquarters. On retirement he assumed post of Administrator for the Traffic Injury Research Foundation followed by four years as Administrator of the Department of Internal Medicine, University of Alberta Hospital. Returned to Ottawa in 1971 and stayed. Died 5 March 1995. The following citation for AFC found in Governor General's Records, RG.7 Group 26, Volume 57, file for 1943.

 

Wing Commander Kerr, when in charge of the Flying Training School at Camp Borden from 1939 to 1940, owing to the great shortage of instructors and aircraft at that time, flew exceptionally long hours giving instructors final tests and categorization, averaging over a hundred hours per month. As a result of his efforts, the commencement of the BCATP found the Royal Canadian Air Force with a nucleus of trained instructional staff which has since proved to be of exceptional value to the war effort. Wing Commander Kerr was appointed Chief Flying Instructor at the first Service Flying Training School opened up under the new plan and he organized the flying training program and flying orders so efficiently that he was placed in command of Opening Parties for the next six Service Flying Training Schools. His total flying time to date amounts to 2,200 hours, of which 1,500 hours have been on instructional duties. This officer's keenness, devotion to duty and outstanding flying ability have been an inspiration to both instructors and trainees.

 

KERR, A/C John Gordon, AFC (C130) - Mention in Despatches - No.62 Base - Award effective 1 January 1946 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 322/46 dated 29 March 1946. AFRO gives unit only as "Overseas"; unit found in McEwen Papers list of recommendations for MiD. No citation.


KERR, A/C John Gordon, AFC (C130) - Commander, Order of the British Empire - No.1 Air Command Headquarters - Award effective 13 June 1946 as per Canada Gazette of that date and AFRO 660/46 dated 5 July 1946. Award presented 8 April 1948.

 

Air Commodore John Gordon Kerr has served with distinction in many difficult posts throughout the course of the war. First, with the Joint Air Training Plan and latterly overseas in No.6 Royal Canadian Air Force Bomber Group in command of an operational station [NOTE: citation poorly drafted and this is not a complete sentence]. His overseas duties culminated in his appointment to command the Royal Canadian Air Force Base of No.7 Operational Training Group, Royal Air Force, to which was assigned the training of Canadian bomber crews. His personal qualities of energy, experience and unbounded tact attributed [contributed ?] immeasurably to the smooth functioning of the Canadian formation within a Royal Air Force group. Despite innumerable and persistent difficulties embracing the combined command of both Royal Canadian Air Force and Royal Air Force personnel, he maintained with distinct success and the quality and even flow of re-enforcing crews for No.6 Royal Canadian Air Force Bombing Group, a major factor in this formation's outstanding war record. This officer's qualities as a leader and his untiring energy in the advancement of the Royal Canadian Air Force in all those endeavours with which he has been associated, are an outstanding example to all those who serve under him. He has continued to bring to bear those qualities beyond the normal call of duty to the organization and administrative problems of No.1 Air Command throughout the difficult period since VJ-Day. The service has in the past and will continue in the future to benefit from the outstanding example set by this officer.

 

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KERR, F/L John Williamson (J11940) - Distinguished Flying Cross - Topcliffe - Award effective 6 January 1945 as per London Gazette dated 16 January 1945 and AFRO 508/45 dated 23 March 1945. Born 1916; home in Regina or Port Credit, Ontario; enlisted Toronto, 12 May 1941. Trained at No.6 ITS (graduated 5 December 1941), No.4 AOS (graduated 16 March 1942), No.4 BGS (graduated 25 April 1942) and No.2 ANS (graduated 25 May 1942). Commissioned 1942. Award presented 22 June 1949. No citation other than "completed...numerous operations against the enemy in the course of which [he has] invariably displayed the utmost fortitude, courage and devotion to duty." Public Records Office Air 2/9039 has recommendation dated 26 October 1944 when he had flown 25 sorties (139 hours 30 minutes; prepared by S/L A.M. Ogilvie, Group Navigation Officer. All sorties were in Wellington aircraft. At the time of being recommended, he was Radar Navigation Officer at No.1659 Heavy Conversion Unit.

 

21 Jan 43 Sea Sweep (4.30) 12 May 43 Duisburg (5.20)

16 Feb 43 Lorient (6.15) 13 May 43 Bochum (5.50)

19 Feb 43 Wilhelmshaven (4.50) 23 May 43 Dortmund (4.50)

25 Feb 43 GARDENING, Juist 25 May 43 Dusseldorf (5.10)


(4.25) 11 Jun 43 Dusseldorf (5.30)

26 Feb 43 Cologne (5.25) 21 Jun 43 Krefeld (4.35)

3 Mar 43 Hamburg (5.55) 22 Jun 43 Mulheim (4.40)

5 Mar 43 Essen (4.55) 6 July 43 GARDENING, Brest

26 Mar 43 Duisburg (4.30) (6.50)

28 Mar 43 St.Nazaire (5.45) 13 Jul 43 Aachen (4.25)

4 Apr 43 Kiel (6.25) 25 Jul 43 Essen (4.30)

8 Apr 43 Duisburg (5.15) 27 Jul 43 GARDENING, Scharborn

10 Apr 43 Frankfurt (7.50) (4.35)

16 Apr 43 Mannheim (6.35) 29 Jul 43 Hamburg (5.45)

4 May 43 Dortmund (4.55)

 

As navigator, Flight Lieutenant Kerr has made many attacks against the enemy's most heavily defended targets, as well as having carried out mine-laying operations. His navigation at all times has been of an exceptionally high standard which contributed largely to his crew completing their missions without serious mishaps. His keenness, courage and devotion to duty have beeb most outstanding and he is recommended for the award of the Distinguished Flying Cross.

 

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KERR, P/O Robert Douglas (J89277) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.9 Squadron - Award effective 6 January 1945 as per London Gazette dated 19 January 1945 and AFRO 508/45 dated 23 March 1945. Born 1 March 1919 in Edmonton; home at Langford Park, Alberta; enlisted in Edmonton, 28 August 1942. Trained at No.9 BGS (graduated 9 July 1943). Commissioned 2 September 1944; promoted to Flying Officer, 2 March 1945. Went overseas in July 1943; repatriated to Canada 2 February 1945; released 19 April 1945. Award presented 13 November 1948. No citation other than "completed...numerous operations against the enemy in the course of which [he has] invariably displayed the utmost fortitude, courage and devotion to duty." Public Records Office Air 2/9039 has recommendation for a DFM (he was then a Flight Sergeant) dated 12 October 1944 when he had flown 34 sorties (180 hours 40 minutes). Sortie sheet indicates he was in same crew as P/O John A. Peterson and WO2 George B. Watts.

 

1 May 44 Toulouse (8.25) 24 June 44 Prouville (3.35)

5 May 44 Mailly le Camp (5.35) 29 June 44 Beauvoir (3.20)

6 May 44 Sable-sur-Sarthe (4.50) 12 July 44 Culmont Chalndrey (3.00)

8 May 44 Brest (4.55) 15 July 44 Nevers (7.20)

10 May 44 Lille (3.25) 19 July 44 Thiverny (3.55)

11 May 44 Bourg Leopold (3.55) 20 July 44 Courtrai (3.20)

21 May 44 Duisburg (4.40) 24 July 44 Stuttgart (8.00)

22 May 44 Brunswick (6.25) 26 July 44 Givors (2.25, DNCO)

27 May 44 Nantes (5.45) 28 July 44 Stuttgart (7.50)

28 May 44 Cherbourg (3.15) 1 Aug 44 Mont Condon (4.45)

31 May 44 Saumur (5.40) 2 Aug 44 Bois de Casson (4.40)


3 June 44 Cherbourg (3.35) 5 Aug 44 Etaples (4.25)

6 June 44 Argentan (3.55) 7 Aug 44 Lorient (4.35)

8 June 44 Rennes (7.00) 9 Aug 44 La Pallice (6.10)

12 June 44 Poitiers (6.15) 11 Aug 44 Givors (7.50)

14 June 44 Auray-sur-Odon (4.45) 13 Aug 44 Brest (4.30)

15 June 44 Chatellerault (6.50) 14 Aug 44 Brest (4.40)

21 June 44 Gelsenkirchen (4.20)

 

Flight Sergeant Kerr, with mid-upper gunner Sergeant Major, has just completed a tour of operations, and have shown themselves to be an exceptional team. They have engaged in several combats; in May last over Duisburg and in June in an attack on Gelsenkirchen they sighted enemy aircraft, and opening fire, drove them off. In June again, during an attack on Prouville, their aircraft was simultaneously attacked by three Ju.88s. The gunners opened fire, and one Ju.88 was destroyed. Their own aircraft suffered no damage.

 

These two gunners have consistently taken an aggressive attitude towards night fighters and have at all times shown great courage and keenness to operate. They have been very valuable members of an outstanding crew.

 

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KERR, Flight Sergeant Stephen Roy (R60931) - British Empire Medal - Station Mountain View - Award effective 14 June 1945 as per Canada Gazette of that date and AFRO 1127/45 dated 6 July 1945. Born in Elmstead, Ontario, 16 November 1905. Attended University of Alberta. Home in Three Hills, Alberta; teaching at a high school in Donalds, South Dakota. Enlisted in Edmonton, 5 June 1940. Classified as an Armourer, he was posted to No.1 Wireless School, 14 January 1941 and to the Air Armament School on 14 April 1941; to No.7 SFTS, 30 June 1941; to No.1 ANS, 25 October 1941; to Mountain View (Air Armament School), 5 September 1942. Attained the rank of Sergeant, 3 July 1941 and Flight Sergeant, 1 May 1942. Won air gunner's badge on 19 January 1945. Released 5 September 1945. Award sent by registered mail 22 November 1945.

 

Flight Sergeant Kerr has been employed in the Air Armament School for two and a half years and during this time has been easily the most outstanding instructor there. He has been adept at handling all types of trainees and by his example has inspired those working with and under him. In addition to his most pronounced ability as an instructor, he has proved to be an able organizer and in this respect his work has had a lasting effect throughout the service as a whole. Many of the ideas put into armourers, instructors and armament officers syllabi have been his. He has refused positions leading to promotion elsewhere on several occasions, knowing that he could serve his country best at the Air Armament School. He has performed duties far beyond what is normally expected and has set an outstanding example of loyalty and devotion to duty.

 


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KERR, Corporal William Bernard (R122935) - British Empire Medal - No.8514 AMES (AFRO gives unit only as "Overseas") - Award effective 1 January 1946 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 155/46 dated 15 February 1946. Born 16 May 1922; home in Hamilton; enlisted there 29 August 1941. Classified as a Radar Mechanic (Under Training), he was confirmed in that trade, 23 March 1942. Early Canadian postings had been to No.1 Manning Depot (29 August 1941), No.31 Radio School (13 February 1942) and No.31 Personnel Depot (31 May 1942). Had attained rank of LAC on 24 February 1942. Posted overseas, 19 April 1942; promoted to Corporal on 1 April 1943; repatriated 27 September 1945; released 7 November 1945. Award presented 8 May 1948. No citation in Canadian sources. Public Records Office Air 2/9139 has recommended citation.

 

On the 1st January 1945, a barge belonging to the station was moved down river and placed in charge of HMIS Bihar which corvette took the unit in tow. Whilst out to sea the captain decided to take the barge alongside and maneovered it into that position. before lashing had been completed, however, the swell from three cruisers hit the barge, causing it to heel over and crash into the corvette. Leading Aircraftman Gue, who was with the Commanding Officer on the forward gun site, realized that he could not maintain his position and jumped onto the deck of the corvette. Seeing the commanding officer in difficulties, he attempted to regain the barge, and in doing so lost his grip and fell into the water between the two vessels. Leading Aircraftman Kerr, who saw him fall, immediately dived between the corvette and the barge, knowing that LAC Gue could not swim. He supported the latter for the whole length of the barge until he reached open water. He was reaching for a life belt which had been thrown him when a further life belt thrown from the corvette struck him on the back, nearly stunning him. Despite this he maintained his hold on Leading Aircraftman Gue and managed to get the life-belt. Both men were then taken on board HMIS Bihar. Leading Aircraftman Kerr showed gallantry and self-sacrifice in making this rescue.

 

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KERRIGAN, F/L Harold Fleming (J6002) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.120 Squadron - Award effective 5 February 1944 as per London Gazette dated 11 February 1944 and AFRO 644/44 dated 24 March 1944. Born 10 June 1917 at Sandwich, Ontario; home in Westmount; enlisted in Hamilton, 12 August 1940. Trained at No.2 ITS (graduated 11 January 1941), No.8 EFTS (graduated 5 March 1941) and No.4 SFTS (graduated 3 July 1941). Commissioned 4 July 1941; promoted to Flying Officer, 4 July 1942; to Flight Lieutenant, 4 July 1943. Posted overseas, 12 November 1941; repatriated 18 May 1945; released 18 August 1945. Presented with both DFC and DSO at Buckingham Palace, 11 May 1945.

 


This officer is on his second tour of operational duty, having previously completed a tour of air-sea rescue sorties. During his present tour he has taken part in six attacks on U-boats. As captain of aircraft, in one month, he directed two most determined attacks on an enemy submarine in the face of heavy opposition. Again, later in the same month, he sighted and attacked a U-boat which made most determined resistance. With the assistance of other aircraft the enemy was destroyed. Flight Lieutenant Kerrigan is an exceptionally keen and efficient captain of aircraft and has instilled a fine spirit of co-operation into his crew.

 

KERRIGAN, F/L Harold Fleming, DFC (J6002) - Distinguished Service Order - No.120 Squadron - Award effective 16 May 1944 as per London Gazette dated 16 May 1944 and AFRO 1296/44 dated 16 June 1944. Cited with F/O Paul R. Rackham (RCAF navigator, awarded DFC).

 

In March 1944, these officers were pilot and navigator respectively of an aircraft which successfully attacked two U-Boats. In the fight against the first of these vessels intense and accurate anti-aircraft fire was encountered. The aircraft was hit and one engine was set on fire. Despite this, Flight Lieutenant Kerrigan pressed home his attack and the explosion of his depth charges completely enveloped the submarine. Almost immediately the second submarine was sighted. Although the starboard engine was still burning, Flight Lieutenant Kerrigan promptly prepared to attack and made his run in the face of withering fire. The aircraft was repeatedly hit and sustained extensive damage. Flying Officer Rackham was wounded in the head, body and leg but bravely remained at his post to continue his navigational duties. Throughout the long flight home the aircraft was difficult to control but Flight Lieutenant Kerrigan flew it safely to this country. This officer displayed outstanding skill, courage and determination in his fight against the enemy's underwater craft. Flying Officer Rackham also proved a gallant and resolute member of aircraft crew. Although suffering acutely he did everything within his power to assist his pilot to reach home.

 

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KERRY, P/O Ivan Gordon (J92975) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.432 Squadron - Award effective 5 July 1945 as per London Gazette dated 20 July 1945 and AFRO 1619/45 dated 19 October 1945. Born 3 November 1925 at Strico, Ontario; home in Port Perry, Ontario (labourer); enlisted in Toronto, 22 June 1943. Trained at No.3 BGS (graduated 25 February 1944). Commissioned 9 November 1944; promoted to Flying Officer, 9 May 1945. Had been posted overseas, April 1944; repatriated to Canada, 13 June 1945; released 20 December 1945. Award sent by registered mail 28 June 1949. No citation other than "completed...numerous operations against the enemy in the course of which [he has] invariably displayed the utmost fortitude, courage and devotion to duty". DHist file 181.009 D.2618 (RG.24 Vol.20627) has recommendation dated 27 March 1945 when he had flown 36 sorties (220 hours 35 minutes) from 28 September 1944 to 12 March 1945.

 


This gunner has completed thirty-six sorties over some of the most heavily defended targets in Germany as a rear gunner. This officer could have been screened on completion of thirty-four trips, but completed the other two in order to remain with the rest of his crew. Pilot Officer Kerry has displayed exceptional keenness and a high standard of professional ability. In his section, the cheerful confidence and strong sense of duty shown by him was noticed by all. For his keenness and fine offensive spirit this officer is strongly recommended for the award of the Distinguished Flying Cross (Non-Immediate).

 

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KESLICK, P/O John Leask (J87067) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.429 Squadron - Award effective 5 February 1945 as per London Gazette dated 20 February 1945 and AFRO 563/45 dated 29 March 1945. Born 25 May 1922 in Toronto; home there; enlisted there 29 July 1942. Trained at No.1 ITS (graduated 5 March 1943), No.7 EFTS (graduated 30 April 1943) and No.6 SFTS (graduated 20 August 1943). Commissioned 4 June 1944. Posted overseas, September 1943; repatriated 2 August 1945; released 20 September 1945. Award presented by Governor General at Government House, 12 June 1953. 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 Vol.2610 (RG.24 Vol.20627) has recommendation dated 19 November 1944 when he had flown 31 sorties (165 hours 15 minutes), 28 July to 6 November 1944.

 

This officer has taken part in thirty-one attacks on enemy territory including such targets as Hamburg, Emden, Kiel and the Ruhr. During an attack on Prouville on the 9th of August 1944, one engine became unserviceable over the target and Flying Officer Keslick returned safely to base on three engines. Again on the 24th of September 1944, during an attack on Calais, one engine became unserviceable before reaching the target, but with a fine offensive spirit Flying Officer Keslick pressed on to the target on three engines and returned safely to base. Throughout his tour he has shown a determination to press home his attacks on the enemy and by his example and cheerful spirit and fortitude has inspired his crew.

 

It is considered that this officer's fine operational record and devotion to duty fully merit the award of the Distinguished Flying Cross.

 

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KETTLEWELL, F/O Thomas Wilfred (J24254) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.405 Squadron - Award effective 6 January 1945 as per London Gazette dated 16 January 1945 and AFRO 508/45 dated 23 March 1945. Born 18 August 1920 in Prince Albert, Saskatchewan; home there. Former member, Royal Canadian Artillery; enlisted in Saskatoon, 23 August 1940. Initially trained as an Air Gunner, No.1 Bombing and Gunnery School, qualifying on 28 October 1940. Posted to No.6 (BR) Squadron, 28 October 1940; to No.120 (BR) Squadron, 8 June 1941. Remistered for pilot training, 3 July 1942. Trained at No.4 ITS (graduated 28 August 1942); No.19 EFTS (graduated 23 October 1942) and No.11 SFTS (graduated 5 March 1943). Commissioned 5 March 1943; promoted to Flying Officer, 5 September 1943; promoted to Flight Lieutenant, 19 November 1944. Having completed pilot training he was posted to No.31 General Reconnaissance School on 19 March 1943 and No.36 OTU, 21 May 1943. Posted overseas, arriving in Britain on 12 September 1943. Flew two tours. Repatriated to Canada, 17 February 1945; retired 28 April 1945. DFC and Bar presented 14 February 1948. Believed to have died early in 1966. No citation other than "completed... numerous operations against the enemy in the course of which [he has] invariably displayed the utmost fortitude, courage and devotion to duty." Public Records Office Air 2/9039 has recommendation dated 21 October 1944 when he had flown 41 sorties (161 hours 18 minutes).

 

4 Apr 44 Cologne (4.20)

27 May 44 Bourg Leopold (4.30) 16 Aug 44 Stettin (5.45)

6 June 44 Houlgate (4.30) 25 Aug 44 Russelheim (7.01)

6 June 44 Coutances (4.40) 26 Aug 44 Kiel (5.36)

9 June 44 Mayenne (5.25) 28 Aug 44 L'Hey (2.07)

14 June 44 St.Pol (4.00) 29 Aug 44 Stettin (8.36)

15 June 44 Boulogne (3.45) 15 Sep 44 Kiel (5.07)

16 June 44 Sterkrade (4.55) 17 Sep 44 Boulogne (1.50)

10 July 44 Nucourt (2.52) 20 Sep 44 Calais (1.57)

12 July 44 Paris/Vaires (3.11) 24 Sep 44 Calais (1.52)

15 July 44 Nucourt (3.33) 25 Sep 44 Calais (1.37)

28 July 44 Hamburg (4.54) 26 Sep 44 Cap Gris Nez (1.54)

30 July 44 Battle area (4.01) 27 Sep 44 Bottrop (3.04)

3 Aug 44 L'isle Adam (2.52) 28 Sep 44 Cap Gris Nez (1.56)

4 Aug 44 St.Maximim (2.58) 30 Sep 44 Bottrop (3.04)

5 Aug 44 Bordeaux (7.26) 5 Oct 44 Saarbrucken (4.36)

7 Aug 44 TOTALIZE 5 (2.33) 6 Oct 44 Dortmund (4.41)

8 Aug 44 Lucheux (3.10) 11 Oct 44 Fort Frederick Hendrick

12 Aug 44 Russelheim (4.34) (1.58)

14 Aug 44 TRACTABLE 21 (2.29) 14 Oct 44 Duisburg (3.25)

15 Aug 44 Melsbroek (4.22) 14 Oct 44 Duisburg (4.05)

 

Flying Officer Kettlewell is a very capable and efficient Captain of a crew and is now on his second tour of operations. Among targets attacked by this officer are included such strongly defended enemy areas as Hamburg, Kiel and Stettin. He possesses a fine offensive spirit and is an excellent leader and organizer. His most outstanding qualities are fearlessness and devotion to duty in the face of extreme danger. On many occasions the success of his operations have been almost solely attributed to his high sense of responsibility and disregard for personal considerations, which has been an incentive to all members of his crew. Recommended for the non-immediate award of the Distinguished Flying Cross.

 

KETTLEWELL, F/L Thomas Wilfred, DFC (J24254) - Bar to Distinguished Flying Cross - No.405 Squadron - Award effective 5 April 1945 as per London Gazette dated 13 April 1945 and AFRO 824/45 dated 18 May 1945.

 


Since the award of the Distinguished Flying Cross Flight Lieutenant Kettlewell has completed many further sorties which have included attacks against such major targets as Essen, Dortmund and Karlsruhe. It has sometimes been necessary to make two or three runs over the target before dropping the bombs. Despite this and the intense opposition he has often encountered, Flight Lieutenant Kettlewell has always pressed home his attacks with the utmost determination and skill. He has shown himself to be an excellent captain of aircraft and his courage and devotion to duty at all times have been most commendable.

 

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