KIBZEY, LAC Michael (R146299) - Mention in Despatches - No.61 Base (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 at Myszko, Poland, 2 February 1922; home in Bienfait, Saskatchewan 9 (coal miner, welder); enlisted in Vancouver, 3 January 1942. Posted to Technical Training School, St.Thomas, Ontario, 3 February 1942; trained as an aero engine mechanic; to Station Sydney, 28 May 1942, serving there until 15 March 1943. Posted overseas, 7 April 1943; to No.1664 Conversion Unit, 13 May 1943; attained the rank of Leading Aircraftman, 1 September 1943; to No.61 Base, 3 January 1944; repatriated to Canada, 28 August 1945; discharged 15 October 1945. Died in Winnipeg, 2 October 1997.
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KICAK, F/O Joseph (J87069) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.427 Squadron - Award effective 4 November 1944 as per London Gazette dated 17 November 1944 and AFRO 239/45 dated 9 February 1945. Born 5 December 1921 in Toronto. Home in Winnipeg; enlisted there 21 May 1942. Trained at No.2 ITS (graduated 7 November 1942), No.15 EFTS (graduated 22 January 1943) and No.11 SFTS (graduated 28 May 1943). Commissioned 9 June 1944; promoted to Flying Officer, 9 December 1944. Arrived in Britain, 27 June 1943; repatriated to Canada, 15 November 1944. Returned to Britain, 1 May 1945; repatriated again, 5 September 1945; released 16 January 1946. Award sent by registered mail 12 October 1951. 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 (PAC RG.24 Vol.20627) has recommendation dated 16 August 1944 when he had flown 35 sorties (178 hours 40 minutes), 9 April to 7 August 1944.
This captain has completed thirty-five operational bombing attacks against the enemy. He has exceptional qualities of leadership and coolness, setting a splendid example to his crew.
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KIDD, LAC David (R156006) - Mention in Despatches - Middleton St.George (AFRO gives only "Overseas") - Award effective 14 June 1945 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 1647/45 dated 26 October 1945. Born in Toronto, 15 February 1921; home there. DHist file 181.009 D.4364 (RG.24 Vol.20648) has recommendation sent to No.6 Group Headquarters, 2 February 1945 when he had served 13 months 13 days in Canada, ten months six days overseas. Enlisted Toronto, 1 February 1943; posted to No.10 Repair Depot, 25 March 1943; to No.3 Manning Depot, 6 October 1943; to No.3 Wireless School, 31 October 1943; to No.3 Bombing and Gunnery School, 12 December 1943; to No.5 Bombing and Gunnery School, 1 March 1944; to "Y" Depot, Halifax, 30 March 1944; arrived in Britain, 4 April 1944; repatriated to Canada, 13 June 1945; released 5 September 1945. Classified as a General Duties tradesman. Instrument Mechanic in Repair and Inspection Section.
This airman has been outstanding in his section for devotion to duty. He has an excellent knowledge of his trade and has displayed great initiative and energy in clearing faults on aircraft. He sets an excellent example to other airmen in his flight.
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KIDD, Corporal Gordon James Atcheson (R98576) - Mention in Despatches - Overseas - Award effective 14 June 1945 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 1647/45 dated 26 October 1945. Born 10 October 1922; home in Avesham, Saskatchewan; enlisted in Saskatoon, 21 March 1941. Initially classified for Wireless Operator, he was subsequently trained as a Radio Mechaic; attained rank of Leading Aircraftman on 3 November 1941 and Corporal on 1 January 1943. Posted overseas in February 1942; repatriated 13 August 1945; released 2 October 1945. No citation in AFRO.
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KIDD, F/O Keith Roy (J22340) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.420 Squadron - Award effective 3 November 1944 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 1/45 dated 5 January 1945. Born 20 March 1922, Sudbury; home in Sunbridge or North Bay, Ontario; enlisted in North Bay, 25 February 1941. Trained at No.3 ITS (graduated 21 June 1941), No.16 EFTS (graduated 20 August 1941) and No.3 SFTS (graduated 7 November 1941). Posted to No.13 (Operational Training) Squadron, 8 November 1941; to No.1 Air Navigation School, 2 February 1943; to No.2 Air Navigation School, 20 April 1942; to Central Navigation School, 25 May 1942 (promoted Flight Sergeant, 7 May 1942; commissioned 8 November 1942); to No.1 General Reconnaissance School, 13 November 1942; to "Y" Depot, Halifax, 23 January 1943 but returned to No.1 Central Navigation School on 1 February 1943; to "Y" Depot again, 24 September 1943 and arrived in Britain on 8 October 1943. Repatriated to Canada, 21 December 1944; flew with No.164 Squadron, 13 March to 11 November 1945 when posted to No.1 Air Support Unit. Released on 20 March 1946. Award sent by registered mail 28 June 1949 to Sunbridge, Ontario. Died in Sunbridge, Ontario, 23 February 2000.
This officer has completed a tour of operational duty and throughout has set an example of courage and resolution which has won much praise. On one occasion his aircraft was badly damaged while over enemy territory. Flying Officer Kidd was injured. He sustained a broken arm and was cut about the face. Although in great pain and blinded in one eye, Flying Officer Kidd piloted his damaged aircraft to this country. He displayed a high standard of fortitude and bravery.
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KIDD, LAW Susan Gibb (W303632) - British Empire Medal - No.7 Bombing and Gunnery School - Award effective 14 June 1945 as per Canada Gazette of that date and AFRO 1127/45 dated 6 July 1945. Born at Selkirk, Manitoba, 4 January 1915; educated at Watrous, Saskatchewan. Enlisted in Saskatoon, 8 April 1942. Posted from No.6 Manning Depot to No.4 Wireless School, 9 May 1942; to No.7 Bombing and Gunnery School, 27 June 1942; to Station Mincton, 15 May 1945; to No.4 Repair Depot, 5 June 1945; to Scoudouc, 14 July 1945; released 26 September 1945. Chef. Award sent by registered mail 22 November 1945.
This airwoman has served at her present unit for over two years. During this time she has performed her duties in a highly commendable manner, and has carried on often under very strenuous conditions. She has set a splendid example to those of all ranks who have come in contact with her and has been willing to work long hours and to assume responsibilities much greater than would normally be required of her in the ordinary course of duty.
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KIDDER, F/L Gordon Arthur (J10177) - Mention in Despatches - No.156 Squadron (deceased) - Award effective 8 June 1944 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 1729/44 dated 11 August 1944. Born 9 December 1914; home in St.Catharines, Ontario; enlisted in Toronto, 8 January 1941. Trained at No.3 ITS (graduated 9 June 1941); posted to No.11 EFTS, 4 May 1941 but ceased pilot training and switched to Navigator training. Posted to No.1 AOS on 31 August 1941 (graduated 6 December 1941), No.1 BGS (graduated 17 January 1941) and No.2 ANS (graduated 16 February 1942). Commissioned 16 February 1942; promoted to Flying Officer, 1 October 1942. Posted overseas in February 1942. Taken prisoner 13 October 1942; shot 25 March 1944 after the Great Escape. No citation in AFRO.
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KILGOUR, F/L Gilbert Norval (J24273) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.227 Squadron - Award effective 15 March 1945 as per London Gazette dated 23 March 1945 and AFRO 721/45 dated 27 April 1945. Born 12 September 1923 in Shawville, Quebec; home there; enlisted in Ottawa, 26 January 1942. Trained at No.5 ITS (graduated 18 July 1942), No.2 EFTS (graduated 6 November 1942) and No.11 SFTS (graduated 5 March 1943). Commissioned March 1943. On 16 April 1943 he was co-pilot of Anson AX348 out of No.31 GRS, Charlottetown when port engine failed. Came down in sea; aircraft sank in 40 minutes; spent nearly 30 hours in dinghy and on ice floe before rescue by an icebreaker near Cape Breton Island. One passing aircraft missed their Verey signal. Others in crew were Sergeant J.A. Beer (RAF, pilot), P/O O.H. Mennie (navigator) and LAC E.A. Nash (RAF, wireless operator). Newspaper clipping dated 26 March 1945 said he had flown 25 sorties including a hazardous 11-hour trip to Koenigsburg when damaged by flak; story reportedly told in Wings Abroad. Award presented by Governor General at Government House, 4 November 1949. No citation other than "completed...many successful operations against the enemy in which [he has] displayed high skill, fortitude and devotion to duty." Remained in postwar RCAF; retired 1970. Died in Victoria, British Columbia, 25 March 1995. Public Records Office Air 2/9050 has recommendation dated 18 December 1944 when he had flown 27 sorties (153 hours 40 minutes on operations):
1 Aug 44 Dieppe (4.20) 17 Sep 44 Boulogne (3.15)
2 Aug 44 Bois de Casson (4.45) 18 Sep 44 Bremerhaven (4.20)
3 Aug 44 Trossy (4.20) 19 Sep 44 Rheydt/Munchen-Gladbach (4.50)
5 Aug 44 St.Leu d'Esserent (4.45) 5 Oct 44 Wilhelmshaven (5.15)
7 Aug 44 Secqueville (4.05) 6 Oct 44 Bremen (4.35)
9 Aug 44 Chatellerrut (6.20) 17 Oct 44 Brunswick (6.35)
25 Aug 44 Darmstadt (8.30) 19 Oct 44 Nuremburg (7.15)
26 Aug 44 Konigsburg (10.50) 30 Oct 44 Flushing (3.12)
29 Aug 44 Konigsburg (11.20) 2 Nov 44 Dusseldorf (4.47)
31 Aug 44 Rollencourt (3.50) 16 Nov 44 Duren (5.00)
5 Sept 44 Brest (4.45) 26 Nov 44 Munich (8.30)
10 Sep 44 Le Havre (3.30) 4 Dec 44 Heilbonn (6.40)
11 Sep 44 Darmstadt (5.35) 11 Dec 44 Heilbonn (5.20)
12 Sep 44 Stuttgart (7.10)
This officer has competed eighteen night and nine day sorties in the course of his tour as captain of aircraft. He has always shown a most aggressive spirit and a determination to press home his attacks despite the fiercest opposition. He has trained his crew to a very fine level of operational efficiency and the high standard of bombing maintained by them has been due to Flight Lieutenant Kilgour's skilful captaincy and enthusiasm to operate under all conditions.
His targets have included such strongly defended enemy towns as Konigsburg (twice), Munich, Stuttgart, Brunswick, Wilhelmshaven and Bremen.
On the night of the 26th November 1944, flying to the target in appalling weather, the port engine failed but with great perseverance he carried on for a further 150 miles, and was only forced to turn back after repeated attempts to cross the Alps at 12,000 feet, the maximum height attainable by the aircraft.
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KILGOUR, P/O Joseph Gordon (J17342) - Mention in Despatches - Overseas - Award effective 8 June 1944 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 1729/44 dated 11 August 1944. Born 29 June 1919. Home in Cornwall, Ontario; enlisted in Ottawa, 29 June 1940. Trained at No.4 BGS (graduated 17 February 1941 as a Sergeant). Promoted to Flight Sergeant, 1 December 1941; to Warrant Officer (2nd Class), 1 November 1942; to Warrant Officer (1st Class), 1 May 1943. Commissioned 15 November 1943; promoted to Flyig Officer, 15 May 1944. Arrived in Britain 18 May 1941; repatriated 7 September 1944; released 15 February 1945. No citation in AFRO.
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KIMBALL, F/O Donald Harold (J35983) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.441 Squadron - Award effective 18 December 1944 as per London Gazette dated 29 December 1944 and AFRO 379/45 dated 2 March 1945. Born 8 August 1916 at Oronocto, New Brunswick; home there or St.George, New Brunswick. Enlisted in Moncton, 17 April 1941. Trained at No.5 ITS (11 October to 5 December 1941), No.17 EFTS (6 December 1941 to 28 February 1942) and No.8 SFTS (1 March to 4 July 1942; wings on 19 June 1942). Flight Sergeant, 19 December 1942; WO2, 21 July 1943. Commissioned 21 July 1943; F/O 21 January 1944; F/L 15 December 1944. Attended No.1 OTU, Bagotville, 28 August to 29 November 1942. Served with No.125 Squadron in Canada, 30 November 1942 to 12 January 1944. Arrived in UK, 31 January 1944, serving with No.441 Squadron from 13 February 1944 to 8 August 1945. Repatriated in September 1945, released 20 October 1945. Award sent by registered mail 10 March 1949. Photo PL-45117 shows him beside a Mustang. Aerial victories as follows: 28 March 1944, one Ju.88 damaged on ground, Dreux; 5 July 1944, one FW.190 destroyed, Alencon; 13 July 1944, one FW.190 destroyed west of Argentan; 17 July 1944, one FW.190 destroyed, Dreux/Chartres; 27 July 1944, one FW.190 destroyed, Argentan; 25 September 1944, two Bf.109s destroyed, Nijmegan. Also claimed nine mechanical transport destroyed (flamers), 24 "smokers", one locomotive damaged. Medal sent by registered mail, 10 March 1949.
During his tour of operations this officer has displayed exceptional keenness and determination. As a section leader he has taken part in numerous patrols, armed reconnaissances and fighter sorties. He has destroyed four enemy aircraft in the air and one on the ground in addition to much enemy road and rail transport. Flying Officer Kimball has shown himself to be an outstanding fighter whose achievements against the enemy have been brilliant.
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KIMBALL, S/L George Frederick (C475) - Air Force Cross - No.11 Squadron (Canada) - Award effective 23 February 1946 as per Canada Gazette dated 2 February 1946 and AFRO 280/46 dated 15 March 1946. Home in Toronto; enlisted in Camp Borden, 6 June 1927. Pilot's flying badge, 27 August 1929; winner, Sword of Honour, 1927-29 courses. To RCAF Reserve, 15 November 1931; re-appointed 9 September 1940. As a Flying Officer he was posted to No. 9 SFTS, 6 January 1941; to No.8 SFTS, 1 July 1942; promoted Flight Lieutenant, 24 August 1942; to No.1 General Reconnaissance School, 14 May 1943; to Eastern Air Command, 14 July 1943; to No.119 Squadron, 1 December 1943; to No.11 (BR) Squadron, 20 April 1944; promoted Squadron Leader, 1 February 1945; to No.4 Release Centre, 18 August 1945; released on 30 August 1945. Award sent by registered mail 28 June 1949.
This officer has been employed on anti-submarine operations over a long period involving many hours or arduous flying. His exceptional organizing and supervising ability resulted in his successive appointments as Flight Commander, second in command of the squadron and at various time he has been called upon to act as Officer Commanding. His unquestionable devotion to duty, fairness in his dealing with subordinates and invaluable services to his unit commanders are worthy of the highest praise. Throughout his long service career he has always commanded the respect and admiration of all with whom he has been associated.
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KIMMETT, P/O Thomas Henry (J18976) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.12 Squadron - Award effective 11 April 1944 as per London Gazette dated 21 April 1944 and AFRO 1075/44 dated 19 May 1944. Born at Calgary, 25 Aril 1918; home there. Enlisted in Calgary, 27 January 1940. Trained at No.4 ITS (graduated 27 March 1942) and No.2 AOS (graduated 14 August 1942). Originally a mechanic, he had remusterd to aircrew; posted overseas, October 1942 as a Sergeant; promoted Flight Sergeant, 14 February 1943; promoted Warrant Officer (2nd Class), 19 August 1943; commissioned 18 October 1943; promoted Flying Officer, 18 April 1944. Repatriated to Canada on 1 May 1945; released 6 July 1945. Invested with award by King George 11 August 1944. No citation other than "...completed...many successful operations against the enemy in which [he has] displayed high skill, fortitude and devotion to duty."
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KING, W/C Clarence Oswald (C2543) - Mention in Despatches - Station Linton-on-Ouse - Award effective 14 January 1944 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 874/44 dated 21 April 1944. Home in Toronto or North Bay. Enlisted at Sudbury, 24 August 1940. Unit identified in AFRO only as "Overseas"; positive unit identification from No.6 Group Monthly Summary of Operational and Training Activities (January 1944), and from DHist file 181.009 D.1719 (PAC RG.24 Vol.20606) with recommendation for a Canada Medal dated 11 November 1943 from Air Commodore C.M. McEwen. At that time King was Base Equipment Officer. Recommendation read:
Squadron Leader King entered the service in 1940 as a Pilot Officer and completed the Equipment course at St.Thomas, Ontario. He served at No.1 Equipment Depot, Toronto, until June of 1942, and also at the Bombing and Gunnery School, Mountain View, for another month.
Squadron Leader King arrived in England in October 1942 and immediately busied himself in the Equipment Section, familiarizing himself with Royal Air Force Equipment procedure. He was posted to Topcliffe in November where he was faced with the problem of reorganizing the Equipment Section in order to service three stations - Topcliffe, Dishforth and Dalton. He was responsible for the initial equipping of 424, 425, 426 and 428 Squadrons, and it was mainly due to his outstanding ability and strong sense of duty that the work he undertook at that time was accomplished expeditiously and efficiently. It was at Topcliffe, while under my command, that he completely equipped, under many handicaps, two squadrons, 424 and 425, for overseas service. This was accomplished in ten days, during which time all squadrons were kept operationally equipped. Now at Linton, since June 20th, he has initially equipped 408, 426, 431, 432, 434 Squadrons, and 1679 Conversion Flight. He has organized the Equipment Section of Linton Base including Tholthorpe and Eastmoor.
In my dealings with Squadron Leader King I have found him to be an extremely conscientious and hard working officer. By his dogged determination and devotion to duty, he has given a service which has been extremely beneficial to the Air Force. He has never spared himself in any way, and put all his energy into every job which has come his way. He has overcome hardships and difficulties by the very force of his efforts, always driving onwards towards giving the Air Force the finest service.
Here is a man whose exceptional professional ability is greatly enhanced by a willingness to serve, and ceaseless persistent effort.
KING, W/C Clarence Oswald (C2543) - Mention in Despatches - No.6 Group - Award effective 1 January 1945 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 337/45 dated 23 February 1945. No citation.
KING, W/C Clarence Oswald (C2543) - Mention in Despatches - Overseas - Award effective 14 June 1945 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 1395/45 dated 31 August 1945.
KING, W/C Clarence Oswald (C2543) - Officer, Order of the British Empire - Overseas - Award effective 1 January 1946 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 155/46 dated 15 February 1946. Award presented 9 April 1948. Public Records Office Air 2/8872 has recommendation.
Wing Commander King has been an Equipment Officer at No.6 (RCAF) Group, since its formation in January 1943, having first been the Station Equipment Officer and, for the last year and a half, the Senior Equipment Officer of the largest operational base in the Group. He has been responsible for the original organizing of the equipment sections at the Base and outlying stations, and for their continual development into their present high state of efficiency. The standard of Wing Commander King's technical knowledge, coupled with his enthusiasm, initiative, high qualities of leadership and his tireless efforts, have done much to produce an extremely efficient equipment organization, and has won him the highest admiration of all ranks.
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KING, FS Daniel Baird (R91887) - Distinguished Flying Medal - No.97 Squadron - Award effective 3 June 1943 as per London Gazette dated 11 June 1943 and AFRO 1294/43 dated 9 July 1943. Born in Winnipeg, 1921; home in Norwood, Manitoba (bookkeeper). Enlisted in Winnipeg, 6 February 1941. Trained at No.1 ITS (graduated 27 June 1941), No.3 EFTS (ceased training), No.5 BGS (graduated 31 January 1942), No.6 AOS (graduated 21 December 1941), and No.1 CNS (graduated 2 March 1942). Invested with award by King George 2 May 1944. Flew two tours.
This airman has completed a large number of attacks on heavily defended targets in Germany and Italy. As bomb aimer he has invariably performed his duties with great courage and determination.
KING, F/L Daniel Baird, DFM (J17505) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.7 Squadron - Award effective 24 May 1944 as per London Gazette dated 6 June 1944 and AFRO 1660/44 dated 4 August 1944. Award presented 18 May 1946. No citation other than "completed...many successful operations against the enemy in which [he has] displayed high skill, fortitude and devotion to duty." Public Records Office Air 2/8780 has recommendation dated 20 March 1944 when he had flown 59 sorties (370 hours) of which 28 sorties (183 hours five minutes) had been since award of DFM.
First Tour Second Tour (Pathfinders)
13 Sept 42 Bremen (4.55) 18 Oct 43 Hanover (5.00)
6 Oct 42 Osnabruck (4.25) 20 Oct 43 Leipzig (7.20)
13 Oct 42 Kiel (5.30) 22 Oct 43 Frankfurt (5.40)
6 Nov 42 Genoa (8.55) 3 Nov 43 Cologne (4.20)
8 Nov 42 GARDENING, Bordeaux (6.15) 17 Nov 43 Mannheim (5.45)
21 Dec 42 Munich (4.40) 18 Nov 43 Mannheim (6.00)
31 Dec 42 GARDENING, Bordeaux (5.45) 22 Nov 43 Berlin (6.50)
2 Jan 43 GARDENING, Bordeaux (9.00) 23 Nov 43 Berlin (6.25)
8 Jan 43 Duisburg (4.50) 26 Nov 43 Berlin (7.50)
9 Jan 43 Essen (4.00) 2 Dec 43 Berlin (6.45)
13 Jan 43 Essen (4.35) 16 Dec 43 Berlin (8.15)
16 Jan 43 Berlin (8.05) 20 Dec 43 Frankfurt (5.30)
21 Jan 43 Essen (5.10) 29 Dec 43 Berlin (6.35)
27 Jan 43 Dusseldorf (5.05) 1 Jan 44 Berlin (7.20)
30 Jan 43 Hamburg (6.25) 2 Jan 44 Berlin (6.25)
3 Feb 43 Hamburg (5.50) 5 Jan 44 Stettin (9.10)
14 Feb 43 Milan (9.35) 14 Jan 44 Brunswick (5.10)
16 Feb 43 Lorient (6.50) 20 Jan 44 Berlin (6.15)
18 Feb 43 Wilhelmshaven (5.35) 21 Jan 44 Magdeburg (7.15)
25 Feb 43 Nuremburg (8.05) 27 Jan 44 Berlin (5.00)
26 Feb 43 Cologne (5.45) 28 Jan 44 Berlin (7.55)
28 Feb 43 St.Nazaire (6.10) 30 Jan 44 Berlin (5.55)
1 Mar 43 Berlin (7.25) 15 Feb 44 Frankfurt-on-Oder 3 Mar 43 Hamburg (5.15) (7.10)
5 Mar 43 Essen (5.05) 19 Feb 44 Leipzig (6.50)
11 Mar 43 Stuttgart (6.10) 20 Feb 44 Stuttgart (6.20)
12 Mar 43 Essen (4.45) 25 Feb 44 Augsburg (6.50)
22 Mar 43 St.Nazaire (4.45) 1 Mar 44 Stuttgart (6.40)
26 Mar 43 Duisburg (4.25) 15 Mar 44 Stuttgart (6.35)
27 Mar 43 Berlin (6.20)
29 Mar 43 Berlin (7.20)
Flight Lieutenant King has completed 59 operational sorties, 28 with the Pathfinder Force, 23 of which have been as a Marker. This officer has taken part in all the recent raids against the heavily defended targets in Germany. The high standard of the work carried out by his crew has been largely through his most able and efficient assistance. Through his conscientiousness he has set a fine example to the more junior Bomb Aimers in the squadron, to whose training he has greatly contributed.
Flight Lieutenant King is an outstanding Bomb Aimer, and his devotion to duty has at all times been of the highest order.
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KING, F/O Donald Graham (J25207) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.102 Squadron - Award effective 5 April 1945 as per London Gazette dated 13 April 1945 and AFRO 824/45 dated 18 May 1945. Born 1921 in Fort William, Ontario; home there (aircraft inspector). Enlisted at Port Arthur, 22 April 1942. Trained at No.2 ITS (graduated 5 December 1942) and No.5 AOS (graduated 2 April 1943). Commissioned April 1943. Award presented 22 February 1947. 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 17 January 1945 when he had flown 36 sorties (158 hours 15 minutes), 22 May to 21 November 1944. Sortie sheet is exceptionally detailed, as follows:
22 May 44 Orleans (5.20)
24 May 44 Colline Beaumont (3.20)
31 May 44 Trappes (5.05) Fighter opposition
2 June 44 Haringzelles (3.10)
5 June 44 Maisy (5.10) "D' Day
6 June 44 St.Malo (4.20) Attack target at 2,500 feet. Landed away short of petrol.
8 June 44 Alencon (5.40) Fighter opposition.
11 Jun 44 Massy Palaiseau (4.50)
14 Jun 44 Evrecy (5.05)
22 Jun 44 Laon (3.45) Determined fighter opposition. Port outer unserviceable; returned on three engines.
24 Jun 44 Noyelles (2.45) Unable to make briefed hight or speed. Bombed four minutes after main stream and 4,000 feet under. Aircraft badly damaged by flak. Pilot wounded in head. Starboard outer feathered.
17 Jul 44 Boise de la Haie (3.30)
18 Jul 44 Vaires (Paris) (4.25)
20 Jul 44 Ardouval (4.05) Electrical storms, heavy icing.
25 Jul 44 Wanne Eickel (4.15) Aircraft damaged by flak; fighter opposition.
28 Jul 44 Foret de Nieppe (4.05)
30 Jul 44 Villers Bocage (3.55) Turned back by Master Bomber.
3 Aug 44 Bois de Cassan (4.25)
5 Aug 44 Foret de Nieppe (3.00)
6 Aug 44 Foret de Nieppe (3.25)
8 Aug 44 Belle Croix les Bruyeres (3.40)
24 Aug 44 Brest (5.05) Heavy flak
27 Aug 44 Homberg (4.25) First large attack by RAF heavies in daylight on Germany.
3 Sept 44 Venlo (4.30) Flak accurate at target. Gee unserviceable. Bad weather conditions on return. Flak damage to aircraft.
9 Sep 44 Le Havre (2.50) Army co-operation, unable to bomb; bomb sight unserviceable.
10 Sep 44 Le Havre (3.55)
7 Oct 44 Cleves (4.00)
9 Oct 44 Bochum (5.20) Fighter opposition.
14 Oct 44 Duisburg (5.00)
28 Oct 44 Cologne (6.10)
2 Nov 44 Dusseldorf (5.30) Heavy fighter opposition.
4 Nov 44 Bochum (4.30) Fighter and flak opposition.
16 Nov 44 Gelsenkirchen (4.40) Aircraft damaged by flak.
18 Nov 44 Munster (4.35)
21 Nov 44 Sterkrade (6.15) Starboard outer engine feathered 70 miles before target. Gee unserviceable; bombed target 7,000 feet below briefed height.
Flying Officer King, navigator, has completed an operational tour of 36 sorties involving 158 hours, during which he has made sorties to a wide variety of targets in Germany and occupied territory. His targets have included many heavily defended targets such as Duisburg, Cologne, Gelsenkirchen and Munster.
On all his sorties he has carried out his duties as navigator in a most efficient manner, and has been largely responsible for the success of his crew's operational tour.
I consider that his fine record throughout his tour of operations fully merits for him the award of the Distinguished Flying Cross.
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KING, F/L Frederick Cosford (C3210) - Air Force Cross - RCAF Station Rockcliffe (since retired) - Award effective 14 November 1944 as per Canada Gazette of that date and AFRO 2684/44 dated 15 December 1944. Home in Toronto; enlisted there 28 November 1940. Had flown 1,496:25 hours to date, much of it as test pilot, 272 hours in past six months. Award sent by registered mail 15 October 1945.
This officer has been engaged as a test pilot for over three years. His devotion to duty has been evidenced by his readiness and desire to undertake any flying duty, however hazardous, tedious or exacting. He has flown a great many hours and has covered every phase of the work at the Test and Development Unit. By his energy, co-operation and the unfailing good performance of his unit he has set a very high standard for all test pilots.
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KING, W/C Harry Edward (C1630) - Air Force Cross - AFHQ - Award effective 1 January 1946 as per Canada Gazette of that date and AFRO 82/46 dated 25 January 1946. Born in Weyburn, Saskatchewan. Educated there (teacher) at Ogema and Weyburn). Enlisted 29 January 1940 at Regina. As of award had completed 2,220 flying hours, 1,735 hours as instructor, 160 hours in past six months. Eventually served overseas as war's end. Discharged 15 November 1945. Award presented 22 June 1949.
This officer has established an excellent record in the field of flying training throughout the past four and a half years. He has held all positions from instructor to Chief Instructor in both Service and Elementary stages of training as well as serving as an Examining Officer at a Flying Instructors School. During his tour at Central Flying School he developed a planned lesson technique which has since been adopted for flying training. On the training staff of Royal Canadian Air Force Headquarters, he has carried out his duties in an exemplary manner.
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KING, F/L Jack Albert (J22963) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.357 Squadron - Award effective 9 October 1945 as per London Gazette dated 19 October 1945 and AFRO 1822/45 dated 7 December 1945. Born 1914 in Hamilton, Ontario; home there (clerk and salesman). Enlisted in Toronto, 4 April 1941. Trained at No.3 ITS (graduated 20 August 1941), No.11 EFTS (graduated 10 October 1941) and No.8 SFTS (graduated 17 January 1942). Commissioned April 1943. Award presented 20 August 1949. Served in postwar RCAF (20161).
Flight Lieutenant King has completed his first tour of operations over Burma, French Indo-China, Siam and Malaya. He has shown outstanding determination throughout and has successfully completed many sorties in adverse weather. Five of these missions to Malaya have been over twenty hours duration. As deputy flight commander he has set a fine example.
KING, F/L Jack Albert, DFC (J22963) - Croix de Guerre with Palm (France) - Overseas (Now No.1 ACHQ) - Award as per AFRO 866/46 dated 6 September 1946.
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KING, F/O James Leonard (J25379) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.424 Squadron - Award effective 19 January 1945 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 471/45 dated 16 March 1945. Born in Toronto, 1922; home there. Enlisted in Galt, Ontario, 14 February 1941. Trained at No.5 ITS (graduated 12 September 1942), No.13 EFTS (graduated 11 December 1942) and No.2 SFTS (graduated 16 April 1943). Commissioned 1943. Award sent by registered mail 4 May 1950.
This officer was the pilot and captain of an aircraft detailed to attack Dusseldorf one night in November 1944. The target was successfully bombed but later, on the return flight, the aircraft was badly hit by an explosive shell which caused a fire in one of the port wing petrol tanks. Attempts were made to quell the flames but without much success. Flying Officer King thereupon changed course and, displaying great determination, reached friendly territory by taking the shortest possible route. By this time the fire in the petrol tank was burning fiercely. Flying Officer King ordered his crew to leave the aircraft by parachute. He himself remained at the controls to keep the aircraft level while his comrades jumped. As they got clear, the burning tank fell away. Flying Officer King, therefore, remained at the controls and searched for a likely place to land. Finally he brought the aircraft down in a field, aided solely by his landing lights. This officer displayed the greatest possible coolness and skill throughout and was undoubtedly responsible for saving a valuable aircraft.
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KING, F/L (now S/L) Robert Bruce (J7596) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.160 Squadron (Canada) - Award effective 14 November 1944 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 2684/44 dated 15 December 1944. Home in Dunnville, Ontario. Enlisted in Niagara Falls, 14 November 1940. Trained at No.3 ITS (graduated 28 May 1941), No.12 EFTS (graduated 15 July 1941) and No.5 SFTS (graduated 25 September 1941). Award sent by registered mail 31 November 1949. As of award had flown 1,557:25 hours, 1,004:20 operational hours, 166 sorties.
This officer, as captain and pilot on anti-submarine operations in the North Atlantic, over a long period of time, has displayed keen determination and devotion to duty. At all times he has completed the most difficult tasks under adverse weather conditions with resourcefulness and courage. His leadership as a flight commander has contributed greatly to the efficient operation of his squadron.
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KING, WO1 (now P/O) Wilfred Herbert (R146659/J88850) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.405 Squadron - Award effective 4 November 1944 as per London Gazette dated 17 November 1944 and AFRO 239/45 dated 9 February 1945. Born 1918 in Gravenhurst, Ontario; home there (transport driver). Enlisted in Toronto, 9 December 1941. Trained at No.8 BGS (graduated 23 October 1942). Commissioned 1944. Flew two tours. Award presented at Esquimalt, 21 July 1956. No citation other than "completed...numerous operations against the enemy in the course of which [he has] invariably displayed the utmost fortitude, courage and devotion to duty." Public Records Office Air 2/8823 has recommendation dated 20 August 1944 when he had flown 54 sorties (227 hours five minutes) as follows:
First Tour Second Tour
4 Apr 43 Kiel (6.15) 27 Apr 44 Laon (4.10)
6 Apr 43 GARDENING (6.25) 8 May 44 Haine St.Pierre (2.30)
10 Apr 43 Frankfurt (7.20) 10 May 44 Ghent (2.35)
23 May 43 Dortmund (4.55) 11 May 44 Boulogne (2.35)
25 May 43 Dusseldorf (4.10) 19 May 44 Mount Couple (3.00)
27 May 43 Essen (5.00) 21 May 44 Duisburg (4.00)
11 Jun 43 Munster (5.00) 24 May 44 Aachen (3.35)
12 Jun 43 Bochum (5.00) 5 June 44 Longues (3.10)
19 Jun 43 Le Creusot (5.50) 7 June 44 Foret de Cerisy (3.20)
21 Jun 43 Krefeld (4.15) 9 June 44 Rennes (4.10)
22 Jun 43 Mulheim (4.20) 11 Jun 44 Tours (5.00)
24 Jun 43 Wuppertal (4.45) 15 Jun 44 Lens (2.10)
28 Jun 43 Cologne (4.35) 24 Jun 44 Middel Straete (1.50)
3 July 43 Cologne (5.35) 27 Jun 44 Oisemont (2.30)
15 Jul 43 Mont Beliard (7.00) 28 Jun 44 Metz (5.20)
24 Jul 43 Hamburg (5.45) 1 July 44 Villers Bocage (2.30)
25 Jul 43 Essen (4.25) 2 July 44 Oisemond (2.10)
27 Jul 43 Hamburg (5.30) 5 July 44 Wizernes (1.50)
29 Jul 43 Hamburg (5.20) 6 July 44 Coquereaux (2.35)
2 Aug 43 Hamburg (MISSING) 7 July 44 Caen (2.35)
9 July 44 L'Hey (1.45)
10 Jul 44 Nucourt (2.45)
12 Jul 44 Paris (3.15)
15 Jul 44 Nucourt (2.35)
17 Jul 44 Cagny (2.30)
19 Jul 44 Rollez (2.55)
20 Jul 44 Courtrai (2.05)
23 Jul 44 Kiel (5.20)
24 Jul 44 Stuttgart (7.05)
25 Jul 44 Stuttgart (7.10)
28 Jul 44 Stuttgart (6.20)
30 Jul 44 Battle area (2.55)
12 Aug 44 Russelheim (4.35)
16 Aug 44 Stettin (5.10)
18 Aug 44 Bremen (4.50)
Warrant Officer King is a very capable Air Gunner in a highly successful crew on their second tour of operations. This Warrant Officer has participated in 54 sorties, many of which have been directed against such heavily defended enemy targets as Hamburg, Essen and Dusseldorf. Underneath a cheerful and calm disposition, he possesses a fine fighting spirit, which has served as inspiration to his crew. Strongly recommended for the non-immediate award of the Distinguished Flying Cross.
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KING, P/O William Edward (J8441) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.7 Squadron - Award effective 17 September 1942 as per London Gazette dated 2 October 1942 and AFRO 1659/42 dated 16 October 1942. Born Alton, Ontario, 1921; home there. Enlisted in Toronto, 18 October 1940. Trained at No.1 AOS, No.1 BGS, and No.2 ANS. Commissioned 1941.
One night in September 1942, Pilot Officers Watt and King were captain and navigator respectively of an aircraft detailed to attack Dusseldorf. When nearing the target area the aircraft was held by a concentration of searchlights and hit by anti-aircraft fire. The intercommunication was rendered unserviceable and Pilot Officer King was wounded in the leg and stomach. Despite this he bravely continued his duties. His subsequent navigation was of the greatest assistance to Pilot Officer Watt, who succeeded in flying his damaged aircraft back to this country. These officers, both of whom have completed many operational sorties, displayed outstanding devotion to duty in difficult circumstances.
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KING, LAC William Wallace (R159607) - Mention in Despatches - No.434 Squadron (No.64 Base in AFRO) - Award effective 1 January 1945 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 425/45 dated 9 March 1945. Home in Lachute, Quebec; enlisted in Montreal, 20 March 1942. DHist file 181.009 D.4364 (RG.24 Vol.20648) has recommendation dated 26 July 1944.
This airman enlisted on 20th March, 1942, and has served in the United Kingdom since 17th March, 1943, and is at present employed as an Armourer in the squadron. The performance of his duties has been most commendable. His devotion to duty and relentless efforts to provide ways and means of improving Armament servicing have been most invaluable in the production of electric Bombing-up winches which have reduced man-hours of work and the hard manual labour required in the Bombing-up of aircraft.
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KINGSLAND, F/O Robert Ross (J25139) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.429 Squadron - Award effective 17 November 1944 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 1/45 dated 5 January 1945. Born in Montreal, 1922. Home in Ottawa; educated Ottawa and Montreal. Enlisted in Montreal, 26 January 1942. Trained at No.5 ITS (graduated 1 August 1942), No.20 EFTS (graduated 6 November 1942) and No.1 SFTS (graduated 2 April 1943). Wings pinned on by his father, W/C W.R. Kingsland (veteran of First World War and then at AFHQ as Director of Postings and Careers). Commissioned 1943. Pilot, cited with P/O Joseph H.R. Courtois (RCAF WOP); see above for citation. Invested with award by King George 30 October 1945.
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KINGSLEY, F/O Alan (J13926) - Mention in Despatches - No.10 Operational Training Unit (now POW) - Award effective 14 January 1944 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 874/44 dated 21 April 1944. Home in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan; enlisted there 6 August 1941. Trained at No.2 ITS (graduated 28 February 1942), No.5 EFTS (graduated 9 May 1942) and No.2 BGS (graduated 28 August 1942). Reported POW while with No.10 OTU, 14 June 1943. No citation.
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KINGSTON, F/O William George (J85588) - 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 1920 in Toronto; home there (clerk). Enlisted in Toronto, 23 July 1941. Trained at No.1 ITS (graduated 19 December 1941), No.2 EFTS (graduated 22 January 1942) and No.4 BGS (graduated 27 April 1942). Commissioned 1944. Flew two tours. Award presented 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.3260 (RG.24 Vol.20637) has recommendation dated 14 December 1944 when he had flown 22 sorties (130 hours 40 minutes), 12 September to 4 December 1944.
This officer has shown a high degree of courage, skill and initiative and has proved himself to be an outstanding member of a gallant crew. His coolness, determination and great devotion to duty have been exceptional.
On his second tour he has taken part in twenty-two sorties on heavily defended targets such as Dortmund, Wilhelmshaven, Kiel, Domburg, Bottrop, Duisburg, Stuttgart, Essen, Cologne, Oberhausen, Dusseldorf, Bochum, Hagen and Karlsruhe. On each his obvious ability and calm confidence have helped to create a high standard of morale in his crew.
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KINNEAR, F/L Samuel (J10566) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.159 Squadron - Award effective 26 February 1945 as per London Gazette dated 5 March 1946 and AFRO 418/46 dated 18 April 1946. Born in Downpatrick, County Down, Northern Ireland on 22 August 1920; home in Toronto; enlisted there 27 May 1941. Trained at No.5 ITS (graduated 24 September 1941), No.3 EFTS (graduated 22 November 1941) and No.14 SFTS (graduated 14 March 1942). Award presented in Toronto, 30 November 1949. Postwar pilot with Trans-Canada Airlines, manager with Eatons and then Argus Corporation, retiring at age 65. Died in Toronto, 5 June 1999.
This officer has completed a successful tour of operations. At the commencement of it he participated in one of the longest missions of the war to mine Penano Harbour, a flight lasting over twenty hours. He also made many low level attacks against the Bangkok-Singapore railway, all of them with great success. He has flown throughout the monsoon period, forcing his way through most adverse weather and never failing to reach his objective. Flight Lieutenant Kinnear has always shown courage, a high degree of skill, and great devotion to duty.
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KIPFER, F/O Colin William (J86565) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.106 Squadron - Award effective 17 October 1944 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 2534/44 dated 24 November 1944. Born in Buffalo, New York, 1923; home in Hamilton, Ontario. Enlisted there, 27 November 1941. Trained at No.3 ITS (graduated 22 May 1942), No.4 EFTS (graduated 28 August 1942) and No.5 SFTS (graduated 18 December 1942). Commissioned 1944. Award sent by registered mail 13 November 1949. Cited with F/O W.N. Redman (RAF, awarded DFC).
Flying Officer Kipfer and Flying Officer Redman as pilot and air bomber respectively have completed many operational sorties. On a recent mine-laying mission, although their aircraft was hit and severely damaged by anti-aircraft fire, Flying Officers Kipfer and Redman displayed exceptional skill and determination in pressing home their attack and bringing the damaged aircraft safely back to this country. The co-operation and devotion to duty have been of a high order.
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KIPP, S/L Robert Allan (J4743) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.418 Squadron - Award effective 26 May 1944 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 1380/44 dated 30 June 1944. Born in Kamloops, British Columbia, 12 October 1919; home there. Enlisted in Vancouver, 27 June 1940. Trained at No.1 ITS (graduated 14 September 1940), No.7 EFTS (graduated 29 November 1940) and No.31 SFTS (graduated 24 March 1941). Commissioned 25 March 1941; F/O 10 November 1941; F/L 25 March 1943; S/L 25 February 1944. Attended instructor school, Trenton, 25 March to 25 June 1941. Instructed at No.11 SFTS, 26 June 1941 to 24 January 1943. Arrived in UK, 17 March 1943. Further trained at No.12 (P) AFU (25 May to 3 August 1943) and No.60 OTU (3 August to 2 November 1943). No.418 Squadron, 2 November 1943 to 29 June 1944. To Air Defence Great Britain, 29 June 1944; to RCAF Overseas Headquarters, 7 September 1944. Station Ford, 8 December 1944 to 23 July 1945. DSO and DFC presented at Buckingham Palace, 13 July 1945. To Canada, 23 July 1945; released 10 October 1945; rejoined at Sea Island, 1 October 1946. Killed in crash of a Vampire, 25 July 1949, while practising aerobatics; Commanding officer of No.410 Squadron at time. Photo PL-26811 shows him (on left) with his brother. Aerial victories as follows: 12 December 1943, one He.111 destroyed (shared with F/L J.R.F. Johnson) plus one He.111 probably destroyed (also shared with Johnson); 15/15 January 1944, one Me.210 damaged; 18/19 February 1944, two Me.410s destroyed; 22/23 March 1944, one unidentified enemy aircraft damaged on ground; 14 April 1944, two minesweeping Ju.52s destroyed in air, two Do.217s destroyed on ground, one Do.217 damaged on ground; 28 April 1944, one unidentified enemy aircraft damaged on ground; 3 May 1944, four FW.190s destroyed; 15 May 1944, one He.177 damaged; 14 June 1944, one He.111 destroyed. Photo PL-26811 shows him on left, with his brother. See H.A. Halliday, The Tumbling Sky.
This officer has completed numerous sorties, most of them at night. He is a skilful and tenacious pilot whose determination to complete his mission successfully has been most commendable. On a recent occasion Squadron Leader Kipp flew one of a small formation of aircraft detailed for a mission far into enemy occupied territory. Success was achieved and by his careful planning and audacious tactics, Squadron Leader Kipp played a prominent part in the results obtained. He has destroyed three enemy aircraft, two of them in one sortie at night.
KIPP, S/L Robert Allan, DFC (J4743) - Distinguished Service Order - No.418 Squadron - Award effective 7 July 1944 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 2052/44 dated 22 September 1944.
This officer continues to display the highest standard of skill and gallantry in air operations. He has completed very many sorties and his careful planning, tactical ability and iron determination have brought him much success. In April 1944, he led a section of aircraft on a sortie over enemy territory during which four enemy aircraft were shot down, two of them by Squadron Leader Kipp. On another occasion, one night in May 1944, Squadron Leader Kipp destroyed four hostile aircraft in combat. His genius for leadership has always been apparent and his example has been most inspiring.
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KIRBY, F/O Giriard Ritchie (J88505) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.427 Squadron - Award effective 10 May 1945 as per London Gazette dated 22 May 1945 and AFRO 1147/45 dated 13 July 1945. Enlisted in Vancouver, 20 July 1942. Trained at No.4 ITS (graduated 1 January 1943), No.5 EFTS (graduated 19 March 1943) and No.3 SFTS (graduated 23 July 1943). Award presented 29 January 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.1729 (RG.24 Vol.20607) has recommendation dated 18 January 1945 when he had flown 34 sorties (176 hours 15 minutes) from 18 July to 4 December 1944.
This captain has completed thirty-four heavy operational bombing attacks against the enemy. His work in general has been outstanding and the successful completion of many of his flights was due to the initiative, resourcefulness and skilful airmanship of this officer.
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KIRK, F/L Alan Thomas (J10713) - Mention in Despatches - No.145 Squadron (Canada) - Award effective 14 November 1944 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 2684/44 dated 15 December 1944. Home in Toronto; enlisted in North Bay, 5 March 1941. Trained at No.3 ITS (graduated 15 July 1941), No.4 EFTS (ceased training 7 August 1941), No.6 AOS (graduated 5 January 1942), No.5 BGS (graduated 14 February 1942) and No.1 ANS (graduated 18 March 1942).
This officer has an outstanding record on anti-submarine and convoy escort operations in the North Atlantic. As navigation leader he has produced excellent results and earned the high respect of his associates.
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KIRK, F/O Earl Edward (J23788) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.425 Squadron - Award effective 15 March 1945 as per London Gazette dated 27 March 1945 and AFRO 1085/45 dated 29 June 1945. Born 1920, Dayton, Minnisota; home in Fort Francis, Ontario (stenographer); enlisted there, 12 September 1941. Trained at No.4 ITS (graduated 5 June 1942), No.5 EFTS (graduated 25 September 1942) and No.10 SFTS (graduated 19 February 1943). Commissioned February 1943. Award sent by registered mail 2 May 1947.
Flying Officer Kirk has completed numerous attacks against the enemy. Throughout his fine airmanship has materially contributed to the successful completion of many missions. His aircraft has often been attacked by enemy fighters and he has participated in the destruction of at least one enemy aircraft. This officer's dogged determination, skill and devotion to duty have set an inspiring example to all.
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KIRKBY, FS Robert Lott (Can 4122) - Mention in Despatches - No.113 Squadron (Canada) - Awarded 1 January 1945 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 89/45 dated 19 January 1945. Home in Calgary; enlisted there 10 May 1939. Remained in postwar RCAF.
This non-commissioned officer, while with this squadron, not only organized and capably directed his own wireless section, but assumed control and efficiently established the unit radar section, which lacked non-commissioned officer material, enabling his squadron to perform operations successfully. He is a non-commissioned officer of exceptional ability and efficiency, whose devotion to the service has at all times been outstanding.
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KIRKEY, FS Theo Burns (R62594) - British Empire Medal - AFHQ - Awarded 1 January 1943 as per London Gazette of that date, Canada Gazette dated 9 January 1943 and AFRO 55/43 dated 15 January 1943. Born in Cornwall, Ontario, 24 February 1913. Award presented 16 April 1943.
This Flight Sergeant has attained the highest proficiency group in his trade (Clerk Administrative). During his complete service this airman has consistently set a fine example to his comrades by his outstanding devotion to duty and his cheerful discharge of all tasks assigned to him. He is a good disciplinarian. In addition to his regular duties he has assumed responsibility for extra duties which he has carried out with extraordinary zeal.
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KIRKHAM, FS Gordon Mertz (R57875) - Mention in Despatches - No.432 Squadron (identified in AFRO as No.62 Base) - Award effective 1 January 1945 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 625/45 dated 12 April 1945. Fitter IIE. Home in Vancouver; enlisted there 18 May 1940. DHist file 181.009 D.1719 (RG.24 Vol.20606) has recommendation forwarded to No.6 Group HQ, 31 July 1944, when he had served 19 months in Canada, 31 months overseas.
As NCO in charge of a Servicing Flight, this airman has been instrumental in maintaining the high percentage of serviceable aircraft at this unit, mainly due to his skilful direction and personal efforts, infusing a high spirit in the groundcrew under his control.
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KIRKPATRICK, F/O Clarence Joseph (J20662) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.406 Squadron - Award effective 26 September 1944 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 2373/44 dated 3 November 1944. Born 7 August 1918, Kindersley, Saskatchewan; home in Hamilton, Ontario. Educated at University of Saskatchewan; auditor and chartered accountant; militia service, January 1941 until he enlisted in the RCAF at Saskatoon, 19 January 1942. Trained at No.4 ITS (graduated 14th in a class 85, 17 July 1942; described as "alert, intelligent, well-educated, clean, upright, smart) and No.2 AOS (graduated 7th in a class of 20, 6 November 1942; described as "A steady, quiet navigator"). Commissioned 6 November 1942. Posted overseas, arriving in Britain on 18 December 1942; attended No.62 OTU for Navigation/Radio course, 4 May to 1 June 1943; promoted Flying Officer, 6 May 1943; attended No.54 OTU, 15 June to 15 September 1943; with No.406 Squadron, 15 September 1943 to 17 April 1945; promoted Flight Lieutenant, 6 November 1944. On 15 January 1945, doing night fighter training at 20,000 feet, the roof blew out and a piece of perspex penetrated his helmet, lacerating his scalp. He felt faint but did not pass out; released from hospital on 17 January 1945. Served at No.62 OTU, 17 April to 18 June 1945; repatriated to Canada; released 20 September 1945. Award presented 2 May 1947. On one form he claimed 706 hours 15 minutes flying time (116 hours 25 minutes operational), but on another form he claimed only 652 hours 35 minutes flown. He listed his sorties (11 September 1943 to 14 March 1945) as consisting of the following: Intruder - 8, Day Ranger - 8, Night Ranger - 1, Scrambles - 15, Defensive Patrols - 11.
As observer this officer has participated in a large number of sorties. Several of them were over the Normandy beachhead and three locomotives, two heavily laden barges and some trucks were effectively attacked. Throughout these operations, Flying Officer Kirkpatrick displayed a high degree of skill and co-operation and played a good part in the successes obtained. In air fighting he has assisted in the destruction of four enemy aircraft.
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KIRKWOOD, WO (now P/O) Lloyd (R87872/J85136) - Mention in Despatches - No.423 Squadron - Award effective 8 June 1944 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 1729/44 dated 11 August 1944. Home in Winnipeg; enlisted in Vancouver. Trained at No.2 WS (graduated 14 September 1941) and No.3 BGS (graduated 13 October 1941). No citation in AFRO which give unit only as "Overseas". DHist records identify unit. He had been in squadron 26 July 1942 to 29 December 1943 when recommendation submitted; described as "the best Radar Operator in the squadron".
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KIRKWOOD, WO1 (now P/O) Walter Gordon (R121850/J87765) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.409 Squadron - Award effective 3 October 1944 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 2534/44 dated 24 November 1944. Born 6 December 1942 in Vegreville, Alberta; home in Edmonton; enlisted there 21 August 1941. Trained at No.4 ITS (graduated 27 March 1942), No. 18 EFTS, No.19 EFTS (graduated 3 July 1942) and No.4 SFTS (graduated 6 November 1942). Arrived in UK, 18 December 1942. Attended No.12 (P) Advanced Flying Unit, 4 March to 15 June 1943; at No.54 OTU, 15 June to 14 September 1943; No.409 Squadron, 14 September 1943 to 31 July 1944. At "R" Depot (possibly on leave to Canada), 31 July to 18 September 1944. No.406 Squadron, 18 September 1944 to 3 April 1945. At No.54 OTU, 3 April to 1 August 1945. To Canada, 2 August 1945; released, 21 September 1945. Aerial victories as follows: 24/25 June 1944, one Ju.188 destroyed; 28/29 June 1944, one Ju.188 destroyed; 18/19 July 1944, one Ju.88 destroyed north of Caen; 30/31 July 1944, one Ju.88 destroyed, Vire; 31 December 1944/1 January 1945, one Ju.88 destroyed, Ahlhorn. Cited with WO2 Colin N. Matheson (RCAF observer, also awarded DFC). Award presented 11 September 1946.
As pilot and observer respectively, these officers have completed many night fighter sorties. They have displayed praiseworthy keenness and skill throughout and have destroyed three enemy aircraft.
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KIRSCH, F/L Lawrence Victor (J11048) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.198 Squadron - Award effective 6 February 1945 as per London Gazette dated 13 February 1945 and AFRO 508/45 dated 23 March 1945. Born in 1918, Yorkton, Saskatchewan. Home there (postal clerk); enlisted in Regina, 25 June 1941. Trained at No.2 ITS (graduated 1 October 1941), No.2 EFTS (graduated 19 December 1941) and No.2 SFTS (graduated 10 April 1942). Commissioned in RCAF, 1942. Killed 15 September 1946 at Estevan, Saskatchewan, in crash that took 21 lives. Award presented to his widow, 18 June 1949.
Flight Lieutenant Kirsch has participated in a large number of important missions against very heavily defended targets and has inflicted much damage on enemy motor transport. He has also taken part in sorties in close support of our troops, including the area around Caen and the Falaise Gap. He has also participated in attacks against Le Havre, Boulogne, Calais and Flushing. Flight Lieutenant Kirsch's gallant courage and devotion to duty have always been worthy of high commendation.
NOTE: Public Records Office Air 2/9048 has recommendation dated 26 November 1944 when he had flown 92 sorties (115 operational hours:
This pilot joined No.164 Squadron in July 1943 from No.132 Squadron, RCAF, British Columbia. During the winter of 1943 and the spring of 1944, Flight Lieutenant Kirsch took part in the attack on NOBALL targets in the Pas de Calais area, flying 17 sorties in all against heavily defended targets. In March 1944 he took part in bombing missions, one against shipping at Morlaix, where the flak was very intense. In May 1944 the radar attacks began; Flight Lieutenant Kirsch was three times at Cap d'Antifer, twice at Boulogne, twice at Fruges, and once at Cap de la Hague, where the tremendous power of the flak defences was, of course, a byword. Since D Day he has taken part in 57 rocket projectile sorties against enemy rail and road transport, barges, gun positions, tanks and in close support of our troops. At least two of these are worthy of special mention - the successful attack on the German Headquarters southwest of Caen, through intense flak, at the end of June and the complete destruction by Flight Lieutenant Kirsch and one other pilot of an armoured command vehicle, three armoured cars and their attendant flak trucks a few days later. In August he was posted to No.198 Squadron as Flight Commander. He played his part in the Battle of the Falaise Gap and also took part in the famous attack led by Wing Commander Dring, DSO, DFC on the Vimoutiers Road on August 18th. On this occasion he was shot down but managed to make his way back to our lines. He has since taken part in the close support attacks on Le Havre, Boulogne and Calais, which drew a special praise from the Army, and the attacks on targets in the Breskens Pocket and Flushing.
Dates Aircraft Number of Targets
Sept to Hurricane 1 40-mm cannon attack
Dec 1943 on shipping and Dieppe. Hurricane 8 R/P attacks on shipping at Calais and Dunkirk and on NOBALL targets in the Pas de Calais area.
March 1944 Typhoon 2 Bombing attacks on shipping at Morlaix and a NOBALL target.
April to Typhoon 81 R/P attacks against radar
Oct 1944 at Cap d'Antifer, Boulogne, Fruges, Cap de la Hague and St.Valery; R/P attacks on rail and road transport, gun positions, barges and in close support of our troops. Targets at Caen, Villers Bocage, Falaise, Rouen, Lisieux, Argentan, Trun, Formerie, Vimoutiers, Le Havre, Boulogne, Calais, Dunkirk, Ghyvale, Sluis, Knocke sur Mer, Breskens, Flushing and many other targets.
Public Records Office Air 2/9048 has text when sent to Air Ministry Honours and Awards Committee. Text is more detailed than that published, less detailed than original submission:
Flight Lieutenant Kirsch has participated in a large number of important missions against very heavily defended targets and has inflicted much damage on enemy motor transport. He has also taken part in sorties in close support of our troops, including the area around Caen and the Falaise Gap. On one occasion in August 1944, during the attack on the Vimoutiers Road, his aircraft was shot down and he was forced to abandon it by parachute. With great determination and fortitude he made his way back to our lines. He has since participated in attacks against Le Havre, Boulogne, Calais and Flushing. Flight Lieutenant Kirsch's gallant courage and devotion to duty have always been worthy of high commendation.
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KIRSTIUK, P/O Waldemir Alexander (J88375) - 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 1915, Theodore, Saskatchewan; home in Vancouver (clerk). Formerly in Royal Canadian Artillery; enlisted in North Bay, 3 May 1942. Trained at No.1 ITS (graduated 20 March 1943), No.1 BGS (graduated 11 June 1943), and No.9 AOS (graduated 6 August 1943). Award presented in Vancouver, 22 October 1949. Photo PL-45015 shows him. 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 by W/C C.W. Marshall dated 20 November 1944 when he had flown 34 sorties (165 hours 50 minutes), May 1944 to 25 October 1944. NOTE: Name may be "Kirtsuik".
Throughout a successful tour of operations, this Air Bomber's work has been outstanding. His radar navigation and standard of bombing have been well above the average and he has given much valuable assistance to the training of new crews. Many of the missions on which he has displayed outstanding ability and skill as an Air Bomber included heavily defended targets in Germany such as Stuttgart and Duisburg, mining in Oslo harbour and raids on pinpoint targets in enemy occupied territory.
I feel that this officer's exceptional work fully merits the non-immediate award of the Distinguished Flying Cross.
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KITSON, F/O Murray Wilmer (J36333) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.582 Squadron - Award effective 23 November 1945 as per London Gazette dated 7 December 1945 and AFRO 244/46 dated 8 March 1946. Born July 1913 in Toronto; home there (chemist); enlisted there 23 June 1942. Trained at No.6 ITS (graduated 15 May 1943) and No.4 AOS (graduated 15 October 1943). Commissioned October 1943. Award presented 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." Public Records Office Air 2/8772 has recommendation dated 20 May 1945 when he had flown 41 sorties (203 hours 25 minutes), 12 August 1944 to 14 April 1945.
12 Aug 44 Falaise 23 Dec 44 Cologne
15 Aug 44 Volkel 27 Dec 44 Munchen Gladbach
29 Aug 44 Stettin 28 Dec 44 Munchen Gladbach
10 Sep 44 Le Havre 30 Dec 44 Cologne
12 Sep 44 Stuttgart 1 Jan 45 Dortmund
17 Sep 44 Westkapelle 2 Jan 45 Nuremburg
20 Sep 44 Calais 6 Jan 45 Hanua
12 Oct 44 Wanne Eickel 1 Feb 45 Ludwigshaven
14 Oct 44 Duisburg 9 Feb 45 Goch
15 Oct 44 Wilhelmshaven 13 Feb 45 Bohlen
28 Oct 44 Cologne 14 Feb 45 Chemnitz
30 Oct 44 Cologne 20 Feb 45 Mannheim
4 Nov 44 Bochum 21 Feb 45 Duisburg
6 Nov 44 Gelsenkirchen 19 Mar 45 Hanua
8 Nov 44 Wanne Eickel 22 Mar 45 Dulmen
11 Nov 44 Dortmund 24 Mar 45 Sterkrade
16 Nov 44 Julich 25 Mar 45 Hanover
18 Nov 44 Munster 11 Apr 45 Nuremburg
21 Nov 44 Worms 13 Apr 45 Kiel
12 Dec 44 Essen 14 Apr 45 Potsdam
15 Dec 44 Ludwigshaven
Flying Officer Kitson is a very keen and capable navigator in a Visual Marker crew. Throughout his tour he has shown commendable courage and determination and is responsible to a great extent for the successes achieved by his crew. He is strongly recommended for the non-immediate award of the Distinguished Flying Cross.
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KJELLANDER, F/L Willis Everett (J7681) - Air Force Cross - No.12 SFTS - Award effective 14 June 1945 as per Canada Gazette of that date and AFRO 1127/45 dated 6 July 1945. Born in Galesburg, Illinois, 22 February 1921; educated at Wilcox, Saskatchewan. Enlisted in Regina, 8 January 1941. Trained at No.2 ITS (graduated 29 April 1941), No.6 EFTS (graduated 3 July 1941) and No.4 SFTS (graduated 13 September 1941). Award presented 22 November 1945. Governor General's Records (RG.7 Group 26, Vol.59, file 190-I, dossier 7) has citation. When recommended he had flown 1,778 hours, 1,442 as instructor, 160 in previous six months.
This officer has consistently rendered exceptional service as a flying instructor for a period of more than three years. Through concentrated effort and untiring devotion to duty he has discharged his responsibilities in an exceptional manner and has always displayed the keenest interest in raising the standard of flying instruction at this unit. He has always performed duties far in excess of those required by the service and has proved himself to be an inspiration and an example to his fellow officers.
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