KLAPPSTEIN, Sergeant Francis Henry (R76879) - British Empire Medal - No.15 SFTS - Award effective 14 June 1945 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 1127/45 dated 6th July 1945. Born at Wilmot, South Dakota, 2 April 1904. Attended technical school and was mechanic before war. Enlisted in Edmonton, 9 December 1940. Award sent by registered mail 22 November 1945. Aero engine mechanic.
Sergeant Klappstein has been on strength of this station for three and a half years and is a most efficient, resourceful and sound non-commissioned officer. During each phase of his promotions, without exception, he has been, as he is today, filling the position of a higher rank and, in every case, with distinction. He devotion to duty and loyalty have been of the very highest order and the manner in which he has carried out his duties, despite all obstacles, has been a source of inspiration and admiration to all who have been associated with him.
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KLASSEN, F/L Wier Clayton (J15250) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.424 Squadron - Award effective 12 April 1943 as per London Gazette dated 20 April 1943 and AFRO 985/43 dated 28 May 1943. Born in Saskatchewan, 1917. Home in Lilac, Saskatchewan; enlisted in Saskatoon, 4 June 1940. Trained at No.1 ITS (graduated 20 July 1940), No.6 EFTS (graduated 6 October 1940) and No.1 SFTS (graduated 29 January 1941). Commissioned 1942. Presented with DFC and Bar at Buckingham Palace, 7 December 1943. Flew two tours. Later commanded No.435 Squadron (1956-57) and with Department of Transport after the war. Died in Ottawa, 22 May 1986.
On all his sorties, many of which have been over the enemy's most heavily defended targets, Flight Lieutenant Klassen has shown himself to be a courageous and determined pilot. He is a good leader and by his quiet, cheerful manner in the face of danger gives confidence to his crew. At all times he has displayed the utmost devotion to duty.
KLASSEN, S/L Wier Clayton (J15250) - Bar to Distinguished Flying Cross - No.424 Squadron - Award effective 20 September 1943 as per London Gazette dated 1 October 1943 and AFRO 2258/43 dated 5 November 1943.
Since being awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross, this officer has continued to display outstanding powers of leadership on every occasion. He has chosen the most difficult and hazardous work. His great personal courage has had an excellent effect on the squadron. During extremely difficult periods both in the air and on the ground he has displayed outstanding leadership, courage and disregard of danger.
KLASSEN, S/L Wier Clayton, DFC (J15250) - Mention in Despatches - No.24 Operational Training Unit - Award effective 14 January 1944 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 874/44 dated 21 April 1944.
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KLASSEN, F/L Wilfred George (C9890) - Mention in Despatches - Linton-on-Ouse - Award effective 14 June 1945 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 1600/45 dated 12 October 1945. Home in Toronto; enlisted in Ottawa, 16 January 1942. AFRO gives unit only as "Overseas"; DHist file 181.009 D.1658 (PAC RG.24 Vol 20605) identifies unit with recommendation as follows:
This officer has been employed for the past several months as Officer in charge of a large operational station's daily servicing squadron. In the discharge of his duties, this officer has shown devotion and enthusiasm far above the normal call. Particularly in the months immediately preceding and in the period subsequent to the Normandy invasion, when maximum effort was being applied, his efforts extended to his physical maximum. By his ability, his persistent cheerfulness and his example, he has made a most commendable contribution to our operational efforts.
KLASSEN, F/L Wilfred George (J8990) - Mention in Despatches - Linton-on-Ouse - Award effective 1 January 1946 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 155/46 dated 15 February 1946. Identified in AFRO as "Overseas". McEwen papers (CWM) with list of recommendations with MiD recommendations for 1 February to 31 July 1945 identifies unit. DHist file 181.009 D.1725 (PAC RG.24 Vol.20607) has recommendation dated 24 May 1945 when he was Engineering Officer at Station Linton:
Flight Lieutenant Klassen has been in charge of the Daily Servicing Squadron for nearly two years. During that time he has devoted himself unsparingly to the task of maintaining a high rate of serviceability on his station. Often working long arduous hours far beyond the normal call of duty, he has at all times remained cheerful and willing to do even more, if need be. His splendid leadership qualities and exemplary devotion to duty have inspired all those serving under him to carry on cheerfully and willingly under all circumstances, which is undoubtedly largely responsible for the high rate of serviceability which has always existed on this station.
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KLEIMAN, Corporal Irving (R136074) - Mention in Despatches - Station Wombleton - Award effective 1 January 1946 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 418/46 dated 18 April 1946. Home in Toronto; enlisted there 14 October 1941. Served one year in Canada, two years seven months in UK. Equipment Assistant, Technical Stores. Certificate sent 9 October 1948. No citation in AFRO; recommendation of 16 May and 23 June 1945 (DHist 181.001 D.225) read:
This non-commissioned officer has been in the technical stores section at this station since 15th March 1944. During that time he has proved to be an extremely conscientious, efficient and willing worker. His enthusiasm for his work has been of the highest order and he has not hesitated to sacrifice leave and other personal pleasures in order to ensure the efficiency of his section.
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KLERSY, F/O William Thomas (J12199) - 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. Born in Brantford, Ontario, 30 July 1922. Enlisted in Toronto, 28 June 1941. Trained at No.6 ITS (11 October to 6 December 1941), No.20 EFTS (7 December 1941 to 28 February 1942) and No.6 SFTS (1 March to 4 July 1942. Retained in Canada for home defence duties (No.130 Squadron). Arrived in UK, 1 July 1943. No.401 Squadron, 9 July 1943 to 17 September 1944 and again from 3 January to 22 May 1945; Killed in flying accident, 22 May 1945. Aerial victories as follows: 7 March 1944, one FW.190 destroyed; 7 June 1944, one FW.190 destroyed; 28 June 1944, two FW.190s destroyed; 2 July 1944, one Bf.109 destroyed east of Caen; 13 July 1944, one FW.190 destroyed southeast of Caen; 17 July 1944, one Do.217 destroyed, northwest of Caen; 31 July 1944, one FW.190 destroyed, Domfort; 12 January 1945, one Ar.234 damaged plus one Ar.234 damaged with eleven others, Osnabruck; 1 March 1945, one FW.190 destroyed, Dorsten plus two Bf.109s destroyed; 19 April 1945, one FW.190 destroyed, Hagenow; 20 April 1945, two FW.190s destroyed plus one Bf.109 destroyed plus one Bf.109 destroyed with another pilot; 1 May 1945, one FW.190 damaged; 3 May 1945, one Ju.52 destroyed on the ground plus one He.111 destroyed on the ground. Photo PL-22010 shows him with F/O H.R. Tew (back to camera), FS Bob Lawson, P/O F.B. Evans, F/O A.F. Halcrow, FS D.M. Wilson and F/O W.T. Klersy. All awards presented to next-of-kin, 10 December 1947. For additional details see H.A. Halliday, The Tumbling Sky.
This officer has displayed the greatest keenness for operations. He has participated in a large number of sorties, on many of which he has led the flight with distinction. He is most determined fighter and has shot down three enemy aircraft.
KLERSY, F/L William Thomas, DFC (J12199) - Bar to Distinguished Flying Cross - No.401 Squadron - Award effective 1 December 1944 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 239/45 dated 9 February 1945.
This officer is a keen and courageous fighter. He has completed a large number of sorties and his successes include the destruction of seven enemy aircraft and many mechanical vehicles. His example of determination and devotion to duty has been of a high order.
KLERSY, S/L William Thomas, DFC (J12199) - Distinguished Service Order - No.401 Squadron (deceased) - Award effective 20 June 1945 as per London Gazette dated 29 June 1945 and AFRO 1453/45 dated 14 September 1945.
Throughout two tours Squadron Leader Klersy has displayed outstanding leadership, courage and devotion to duty. Since the award of a Bar to the Distinguished Flying Cross he has destroyed or damaged a further ninety enemy vehicles, eight locomotives and eight good trucks. He has also destroyed three more enemy aircraft bringing his total to at least ten enemy aircraft destroyed. This officer has moulded his squadron into a powerful operational unit that by maintaining a consistently high standard in every phase of ground or air activity has set a magnificent example to the rest of the wing.
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KLUCZNY, P/O Edmund George (J92663) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.90 Squadron - Award effective 15 March 1945 as per London Gazette dated 27 March 1945 and AFRO 1127/45 dated 6 July 1945. Born at Empress, Alberta, 1921; home in Winfield or Alder Flats, Alberta (cook); enlisted in Edmonton, 4 June 1942. Trained at No.4 ITS (graduated 6 November 1942), No.5 EFTS (graduated 5 February 1943) and No.15 SFTS (graduated 28 May 1943). Commissioned November 1942. 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 2/9050 has recommendation dated 14 December 1944 when he was a Warrant Officer (R159445) who had flown 35 sorties (178 hours 21 minutes); commissioned 23 December 1944 with effect from 23 November 1944.
* denotes daylight sortie
# duty not carried out
15 July 44 Chalons (2.52) 12 Sept 44 Frankfurt (6.32)
18 July 44 Aulnoye (3.54) 17 Sept 44 Martet (2.45)
20 July 44 Homberg (3.47) 19 Oct 44 Stuttgart (6.04)
23 July 44 Kiel (5.20) 22 Oct 44 Neuss (4.19)*
24 July 44 Stuttgart (7.27) 23 Oct 44 Essen (5.06)
28 July 44 Stuttgart (2.38)# 25 Oct 44 Essen (4.09)*
1 Aug 44 Coulons Villers (3.27)* 26 Oct 44 Leverkusen (4.23)*
4 Aug 44 Bec d'Ambs (7.57)* 28 Oct 44 Cologne (4.24)*
5 Aug 44 Bassens (7.46)* 30 Oct 44 Cologne (4.57)
8 Aug 44 Lucheux (3.11) 31 Oct 44 Cologne (4.05)
11 Aug 44 Lens (3.46)* 4 Nov 44 Solingen (4.41)*
25 Aug 44 Russelsheim (8.21) 6 Nov 44 Koblez (6.05)
26 Aug 44 Kiel (5.09) 20 Nov 44 Homberg (4.45)*
29 Aug 44 Stettin (9.36) 21 Nov 44 Homberg (4.02)*
5 Sept 44 Le Havre (3.27)* 23 Nov 44 Nordstern (4.14)*
6 Sept 44 Le Havre (3.37)* 26 Nov 44 Fulda (5.32)*
8 Sept 44 Le Havre (3.21)* 27 Nov 44 Kilk-Kalk (4.30)*
10 Sept 44 Le Havre (3.46)* 28 Nov 44 Neuss (4.35)*
11 Sept 44 Kamen (4.11)*
From a doubtful start, this pilot's operational career developed into one which was the essence of reliability. On every occasion he could be entirely depended upon to locate and bomb his target with accuracy, whatever opposition the enemy may have put up in the form of fighters or flak. The aggressive spirit which he displayed was reflected also in the performance of his crew who carried out their various functions with the same ardent devotion to duty as he himself did. On several occasions successful encounters with enemy aircraft were reported, but at no time were captain and crew sidetracked from their main object of bombing the target. The whole-hearted manner in which this pilot and captain has applied himself has been a shining example of skilful operational technique. In recognition of this Warrant Officer's honest-to-goodness effort and undeniable courage, I recommend the award of the Distinguished Flying Cross.
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KLUFAS, F/L William James (J17067) - No.15 Squadron - Award effective 4 October 1943 as per London Gazette dated 15 October 1943 and AFRO 2610/43 dated 17 December 1943. Born at Radway, Alberta, 1915; home there; enlisted in Calgary, 21 April 1941. Trained at No.2 ITS (graduated 21 July 1941), No.3 BGS (graduated 24 November 1941), No.5 AOS (graduated 12 October 1941) and No.1 ANS (graduated 22 December 1941). Commissioned 1943. Award presented 5 July 1944.
This officer has flown on operations against many of the heavily defended targets in western and southern Germany. As squadron navigation officer, he has always displayed outstanding keenness and ability, setting a splendid example to the other navigators in his squadron.
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KNAPP, P/O Kingdon Roger (J17037) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.428 Squadron - Award effective 1 July 1943 as per London Gazette dated 13 July 1943 and AFRO 1724/43 dated 27 August 1943. American in the RCAF. Home in Pittsburg, Pennsylvania; enlisted in Hamilton, 17 June 1941. Trained at No.5 ITS (graduated 6 October 1941), No.12 EFTS (graduated 19 December 1941) and No.5 SFTS (graduated 10 April 1942). Invested with award by King George 21 November 1944. Later transferred to USAAF.
On one occasion while engaged in mine-laying the aircraft in which Pilot Officer Knapp was flying was engaged by anti-aircraft fire and searchlights. The pilot was temporarily blinded and the aircraft struck the water, damaging the port propeller and engine. Displaying great skill and fine airmanship, Pilot Officer Knapp regained control and flew the aircraft back to this country where a successful landing was made. Throughout his operational tour this officer has displayed courage and coolness of a very high order, always pressing home his attacks with the greatest determination in the face of intense opposition. He possesses great ability and presence of mind.
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KNARR, F/L Oran (J26078) - Commended for Valuable Services in the Air - No.12 SFTS - Award effective 1 January 1946 as per Canada Gazette of that date and AFRO 82/46 dated 25 January 1946. Home in Kitchener, Ontario. Enlisted in Hamilton, 18 November 1940. Trained at No.3 ITS (graduated 27 May 1941), No.12 EFTS (graduated 15 July 1941), and No.5 SFTS (graduated 26 September 1941).
As an examining officer, Flight Lieutenant Knarr has consistently carried out his duties in a most capable manner. Having considerable experience as an elementary flying instructor, he has presented many suggestions which have been useful in improving the standard of flying instruction at this unit. He has et an excellent example to the other flying instructors and has always cheerfully carried any extra duties required of him.
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KNECHTEL, F/L Elmer Edward (J12494) - Mention in Despatches - No.6 (BR) Squadron - Award effective 21 July 1945 as per Canada Gazette of that date and AFRO 1478/45 dated 21 September 1945. Home in Winslow, Washington; enlisted in Vancouver, 23 July 1941. Trained at No.4 ITS (graduated 19 December 1941), No.5 EFTS (graduated 27 February 1942) and No.7 SFTS (graduated 3 July 1942). Incident described occurred 8 February 1945 with Canso 11007. He was recommended in a letter from W/C R.R. Dennis (CO, Station Tofino) to the CO of Station Coal Harbour, dated 20 February 1945; Dennis suggested a George Medal.
This officer was an occupant of a Canso aircraft which crashed after a night take-off. A fire started in one of the engine nacelles and through bruised and suffering from shock, Flight Lieutenant Knechtel fearlessly climbed on the wing and extinguished the fire. Throughout this operation the danger of explosion was imminent. This officer's presence of mind and complete disregard for his personal safety are most praiseworthy.
NOTE: For the above award, W/C Dennis' original letter (DHist file 181.009 D.2874, RG.24 Vol.20632) is more detailed. It reads:
Flying Officer Knechtell was a passenger on Canso aircraft No.11007 which crashed on the night of February 8th. On impact, the starboard engine caught fire and threatened to destroy the whole aircraft. Flying Officer Knechtell, despite the fact that he was dazed and bruised, grabbed the fire extinguisher, climbed on the wing of the aircraft and attempted to extinguished the blaze. The extinguisher proved inadequate and he called for a larger one which was passed up to him and he successfully put out the fire. During all this, Flying Officer Knechtell showed extreme coolness and presence of mind. His quick action in extinguishing the fire was responsible for the saving of the lives of his fellow crew members. During the whole operation, there was a great danger of exploding gas tanks but despite this he disregarded his own safety to save his more unfortunate fellow members who were trapped in the aircraft.
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KNELSON, Corporal Harry (R149596) - Distinguished Flying Medal - No.5 (BR) Squadron - Home in Bladworth, Saskatchewan. Enlisted in Regina, 29 December 1941. Took part in sinking of U-630 on 4 May 1943 (see S/L B.H. Moffit). Award as per Canada Gazette dated 5 October 1943 and AFRO 2258/43 dated 5 November 1943. Award presented 29 May 1947. Medals with Canadian War Museum (AN 19800465-001).
This NCO, Second Engineer aboard an aircraft, was the first of the crew to sight an enemy submarine which was attacked and destroyed. His work has been of a high standard and his alertness and keenness have contributed to the morale and efficiency of the crew. His sighting and quick action in drawing attention to the target made possible the success of the attack.
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KNIGHT, S/L Barrie James (C7711) - Mention in Despatches - Linton-on-Ouse - Award effective 14 June 1945 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 1395/45 dated 31 August 1945. Home in Winnipeg; enlisted there 4 October 1941. 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. No citation found that can be tied to this unit, but DHist file 181.009 D.1511 (RG.24 Vol.20600) has a recommendation for MiD submitted about July 1944 when he was Senior Administrative Officer as Station East Moor. Recommendation stated he had "carried out many duties connected with this position in a most capable manner. His tact and cheerful willingness to assist and guide in all Station activities has been commendable."
KNIGHT, S/L Barrie James (C7711) - Member, Order of the British Empire - East Moor - Award effective 1 January 1946 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 155/46 dated 15 February 1946. Had been recommended as early as 20 June 1944; Mentioned in Despatches 14 June 1945. Award presented 17 January 1948. No citation in AFRO or biographical file. DHist file 181.009 D.1725 (PAC RG.24 Vol.20607) has recommendation dated 2 May 1945 when he was Station Administrative Officer at Linton-on-Ouse:
Since arriving in England in 1942, Squadron Leader Knight has fulfilled [sic] a number of important appointments with distinction, latterly as Senior Administrative Officer of a two squadron heavy bomber operational station.
The leadership and organizing ability, together with the tireless energy and devotion to duty shown by this officer have been an inspiration to all, and directly responsible for the efficiency of the station. Squadron Leader Knight's cheerful manner and keen understanding of men and their interest have occasioned many hours of work beyond his normal duties, and has built up the fine esprit de corps which prevails.
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KNIGHT, WO David Holden (R145973) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.550 Squadron - Award effective 19 June 1944 as per London Gazette dated 30 June 1944 and AFRO 1861/44 dated 25 August 1944. Born at Durham, Manitoba, 1913; home in Winnipeg; enlisted in Hamilton, 14 January 1942. Trained at No.3 ITS (graduated 3 July 1942) and No.8 AOS (graduated 23 October 1942). Award presented 30 October 1948. 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 2/9015 has recommendation dated 16 April 1944 when he had flown 23 sorties (164 hours), as follows:
* incomplete sortie; duty not carried out
26 Nov 43 Berlin (7.55) 20 Feb 44 Stuttgart (7.40)
2 Dec 43 Berlin (6.50) 24 Feb 44 Schweinfurt (8.35)
16 Dec 43 Berlin (7.30) 25 Feb 44 Augsburg (8.30)
20 Dec 43 Frankfurt (5.40) 1 Mar 44 Stuttgart (8.35)
23 Dec 43 Berlin (8.10) 15 Mar 44 Stuttgart (7.45)
29 Dec 43 Berlin (6.40) 18 Mar 44 Frankfurt (4.55)*
1 Jan 44 Berlin (8.10) 22 Mar 44 Frankfurt (5.55)
20 Jan 44 Berlin (7.10) 24 Mar 44 Berlin (7.15)
21 Jan 44 Magdeburg (4.20)* 26 Mar 44 Essen (5.15)
27 Jan 44 Berlin (8.00) 30 Mar 44 Nuremburg (8.00)
28 Jan 44 Berlin (7.30) 10 Apr 44 Aulnoye (5.05)
30 Jan 44 Berlin (6.20) 11 Apr 44 Aachen (4.05)
19 Feb 44 Leipzig (7.00)
Warrant Officer Knight, as a Canadian navigator, has completed 23 operational sorties against the enemy totalling 164 hours during his tour of operations. Many of the attacks in which he has taken part have been directed against heavily defended targets in the most important industrial areas of Germany.
On eleven important occasions he has attacked targets in Berlin and his excellent navigational ability has contributed very largely to the success of these attacks, and valuable photographic evidence obtained has testified to his ability. Although his aircraft has been bitterly engaged by the enemy's heavy defences his navigation has remained consistently accurate. His courage and determination in face of the enemy has always been a fine example to the squadron and he has done much to maintain morale at a very high level. He has consistently shown great devotion to duty and I consider him to be worthy of the award of the Distinguished Flying Cross.
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KNIGHT, S/L John Forbes (J5133) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.514 Squadron - Award effective 23 November 1945 as per London Gazette dated 4 December 1945 and AFRO 212/46 dated 1 March 1946. Born in Peterborough, Ontario, 1918; home in North Bay (audit clerk); enlisted there 14 September 1940. Trained at No.2 ITS (graduated 22 December 1940), No.6 EFTS (graduated 9 February 1941), and No.2 SFTS (graduated 18 May 1941). Commissioned May 1941. Award sent by registered mail 28 June 1949.
This officer has completed a number of sorties as pilot and captain of aircraft against many varied targets in Germany and the Occupied Countries. Most of those targets were heavily defended and his aircraft was damaged on several occasions. In February 1943, while attacking Osterfeld, Squadron Leader Knight's aircraft was hit and the hydraulic pipes of the front turret severely damaged. Oil was released which blinded him. Nevertheless, guided by his air bomber, he continued to the target and completed a highly successful attack. In spite of these incidents, Squadron Leader Knight has always set a high standard of keenness and determination and his skill, courage and devotion to duty have been outstanding.
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KNIGHTS, P/O John Kingsley (J16251) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.408 Squadron - Award effective 7 May 1943 as per London Gazette dated 14 May 1943 and AFRO 1078/43 dated 11 June 1943. Born in Strathmore, Alberta, 1916; home in Calgary; enlisted there 6 November 1940. Trained at No.2 ITS (graduated 10 May 1941), No.5 EFTS (ceased training, 23 May 1941), No.2 BGS (graduated 27 October 1941), No.3 AOS (graduated 15 September 1941) and No.1 CNS (graduated 25 November 1941). Invested with award by King George 23 November 1943. Killed in action, 14 February 1945 (Lancaster PB183, No.405 Squadron) on his second tour; name on Runnymede Memorial.
Since joining this squadron Pilot Officer Knights has taken part in attacks against some of the most heavily defended targets in enemy territory. These operations include sorties to Cologne, Dusseldorf, Lorient, Essen, Bremen, Hamburg and Turin, amongst others. Invariably this officer has shown a fine fighting spirit and courage of the highest order. At all times his efficient navigational skill and judgment have been an inspiration to the other members of his crew.
NOTE: Public Record Office Air 2/8950 has original recommendation dated 12 March 1943 when he had flown 29 sorties (168 hours 20 minutes) as follows:
30 May 42 Cologne (5.30) 31 Aug 42 Dinghy search (4.20)
1 June 42 Essen (5.20) 1 Sept 42 Saarbrucken (6.55)
22 June 42 Emden (5.40) 2 Sept 42 Karlsruhe (3.55)
26 June 42 GARDENING (5.40) 6 Sept 42 Duisburg (5.25)
2 July 42 Bremen (5.50) 7 Sept 42 Lorient (6.10)
8 July 42 Wilhelmshaven (5.05) 15 Jan 43 Lorient (6.20)
12 July 42 St.Nazaire (5.05) 29 Jan 43 Lorient (6.35)
26 July 42 Hamburg (7.25) 3 Feb 43 Hamburg (6.40)
29 July 42 Saarbrucken (7.00) 4 Feb 43 Turin (9.00)
31 July 42 Dusseldorf (5.35) 13 Feb 43 Lorient (4.50)
5 Aug 42 Dinghy search (4.05) 14 Feb 43 Cologne (5.00)
5 Aug 42 GARDENING (6.20) 17 Feb 43 Wilhelmshaven (4.40)
11 Aug 42 GARDENING (6.40) 24 Feb 43 Wilhelmshaven (4.50)
12 Aug 42 Mainz (7.30) 27 Feb 43 GARDENING,
28 Aug 42 Saarbrucken (6.45) Frisians (4.10)
Since coming to this squadron in June 1942, Pilot Officer J.K. Knights has carried our sorties on some of the most heavily defended targets over enemy territory. These operations include sorties to Cologne (2), GARDENING (4), St.Nazaire (1), Dusseldorf (1), Lorient (4), Essen (1), Bremen (1), Hamburg (2), sea search (2), Karlsruhe (1), Turin (1), Emden (1), Wilhelmshaven (3), Saarbrucken (3), Mainz (1), Duisburg (1).
Throughout his tour, this officer under a calm, quiet manner has shown a fine fighting spirit, skill and initiative. He has led his pilot into these targets so as to bring back several very good pictures, showing a fine record of achievement. He has always been an efficient navigator and through this has been an inspiration to other members of his crew.
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KNOBOVITCH, F/O Harry (J28738) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.415 Squadron (missing) - Award effective 19 December 1944 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 293/45 dated 16 February 1945. Born 1923 at Pinsk, Poland; home in Montreal (clerk and bookkeeper); enlisted there 25 June 1942. Trained at No.1 ITS (graduated 30 December 1942), No.12 EFTS (graduated 26 March 1943) and No.1 SFTS (graduated 23 July 1943). Commissioned 1943. Killed in action 2 November 1944 (Halifax MZ603, No.415 Squadron); buried in Germany. Award sent by registered mail to next-of-kin, 2 December 1946.
This officer participated in many sorties and has set a fine example of skill and devotion to duty. One night in October 1944 he piloted an aircraft detailed to attack Duisburg. Long before the target was reached one engine failed completely. Undeterred, Flying Officer Knobovitch continued his mission and a good bombing attack was made. When crossing the coast of France on the return flight the wireless apparatus caught fire and the aircraft quickly became filled with smoke. Displaying great coolness, Flying Officer Knobovitch directed the efforts of two crew members in extinguishing the flames. This done, he cleared the smoke out of the aircraft by turning on the heater of the defective engine. He afterwards flew the damaged aircraft to base and effected a safe landing. In difficult circumstances this officer displayed great skill and determination and proved a most inspiring captain.
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KNOTT, F/L James (C14983) - Mention in Despatches - Croft - Award effective 1 January 1946 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 155/46 dated 15 February 1946. Home in Montreal; enlisted there 18 October 1940. DHist file 181.009 D.4364 (RG.24 Vol.20648) has recommendation for an MBE dated 22 May 1945 which also identifies unit. Intelligence Officer. Certificate mailed to him, 17 August 1948.
This officer has been in the service since 18th October 1940, and has been overseas since September 16th, 1943. After serving in 2nd Tactical Air Force he joined this unit fifteen months ago, and immediately made his presence felt. Keen, cheerful and conscientious, he contributed a great deal to the efficiency of the Intelligence Section. Working in complete harmony with the members of his Section, he also gained the respect and confidence of aircrew personnel, and added greatly to the operational efficiency of the Station. He has also taken a keen interest in Station activities and has made a real contribution to Station spirit. Always willing to lend a helping hand in any project toward the betterment of the Service, he is a real asset to the unit.
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KNOWLES, S/L Charles Ronald (C1062) - Air Force Cross - No.168 (Heavy Transport) Squadron - Award effective 11 August 1945 as per London Gazette dated 14 August 1945 and AFRO 1453/45 dated 14th September 1945. Home in Oshawa; enlisted in Toronto, 9 September 1939. Award sent by registered mail 13 January 1949. Postwar Wing Commander, RCAF Staff College. As of recommendation he had flown 2,318 hours.
For the past ten months this officer has commanded a large detachment operating from England to France, Belgium and Holland, flying mail, cargo and passengers to the front lines. Squadron Leader Knowles' leadership and determination in the face of adverse weather and many other difficulties has made this operation more efficient and successful than any other similar service. This officer's ability and devotion to duty have been of the highest order.
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KNOWLES, Corporal (now P/O) Kenneth Albert Thomas Edward (R208806/C92295) - British Empire Medal - No.2 Air Command Headquarters - Award effective 14 June 1945 as per Canada Gazette of that date and AFRO 1127/45 dated 6 July 1945. Born in Neepawa, Manitoba, 29 January 1910. Business school graduate, employed by CPR. Home in Winnipeg; enlisted there 28 November 1942. Award sent by registered mail 20 November 1945.
This non-commissioned officer, in charge of officers' postings and records, possesses outstanding organizing ability. He has shown great keenness and initiative in carrying out his allotted duties. His services have always been of the highest order and the energy and leadership that he has displayed have been a source of inspiration to all who have been associated with him. His devotion to duty has set a splendid example.
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KNOWLES, P/O Walter Grant (J86465) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.156 Squadron - Award effective 1 December 1944 as per London Gazette dated 12 December 1944 and AFRO 337/45 dated 23 February 1945. Born 1918 in Wilkie, Saskatchewan; home in Fort William, Ontario; enlisted in Port Arthur, 15 July 1941. Trained at No.7 ITS (graduated 13 March 1942) and No.2 AOS (graduated 4 December 1942). Commissioned 1944. Award sent by registered mail 28 June 1949. No citation other than "..in recognition of gallantry and devotion to duty in the execution of air operations against the enemy."
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KNOX, S/L David Graham (C1174) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.117 (BR) Squadron - Award effective 5 May 1944 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 1133/44 dated 26 May 1944. Enlisted in Toronto, 9 October 1939. Award presented 20 September 1946. Governor General's Records (RG.7 Group 26, Volume 57, file 190-I) has citation; notes indicate that as of recommendation he had flown 2,125 hours, 825 on operations (90 sorties).
This officer has had considerable operational experience over the Northwest Atlantic, and has displayed outstanding determination, persistence and devotion to duty. On one occasion he effected a sea/air transfer by landing his aircraft in the open sea beside a minesweeper, picking up two passengers from the boat's tender, and taking them back to base under very trying flight conditions.
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KNOX, WO John Henderson (R125200) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.550 Squadron - Award effective 5 August 1944 as per London Gazette dated 18 August 1944 and AFRO 2101/44 dated 29 September 1944. Born in Ottawa, 1924; home there; enlisted there 15 August 1941. Trained at No.2 ITS (graduated 28 March 1942), No.5 EFTS (graduated 6 June 1942), No.7 SFTS (ceased training 16 September 1942), No.8 AOS (graduated 22 January 1943) and No.6 BGS (graduated 4 December 1942). Award presented 1 December 1948. Recommended 14 May 1944 when he had flown 29 1/3 sorties (195 hours), 3 November 1943 to 11 May 1944 (PRO Document Air 2/9632).
Warrant Officer Knox has taken part in numerous operational missions during his tour of duty. These have frequently been accomplished in arduous circumstances, adverse weather and in the face of heavy enemy opposition. On eleven occasions he has participated in attacks on Berlin. He has a fine record and his determination and gallantry have been most praiseworthy.
NOTE: Although the citation was published, the following additional information has been extracted from the original recommendation:
3 Nov 43 Dusseldorf (3.44) 25 Feb 44 Augsburg (8.30)
26 Nov 43 Berlin (7.58) 1 Mar 44 Stuttgart (8.35)
2 Dec 43 Berlin (6.50) 15 Mar 44 Stuttgart (7.45)
16 Dec 43 Berlin (7.30) 22 Mar 44 Frankfurt (5.55)
20 Dec 43 Frankfurt (5.40) 24 Mar 44 Berlin (7.15)
23 Dec 43 Berlin (8.10) 26 Mar 44 Essen (5.15)
29 Dec 43 Berlin (6.40) 30 Mar 44 Nuremburg (8.00)
1 Jan 44 Berlin (8.10) 10 Apr 44 Aulnoye (5.05)
20 Jan 44 Berlin (7.10) 11 Apr 44 Aachen (4.05)
27 Jan 44 Berlin (8.00) 20 Apr 44 Cologne (4.17)
28 Jan 44 Berlin (7.30) 22 Apr 44 Dusseldorf (4.40)
30 Jan 44 Berlin (6.20) 24 Apr 44 Karlsruhe (6.49)
19 Feb 44 Leipzig (7.00) 3 May 44 Mailly (4.00)
20 Feb 44 Stuttgart (7.40) 7 May 44 Rennes (4.00)
24 Feb 44 Schweinfurt (8.35) 11 May 44 Hasselt (3.37)
Warrant Officer Knox, a Canadian, during his present tour of operations has taken part as an Air Bomber in 29 1/3 operational missions involving 195 hours flying. His many missions have been accomplished often under most arduous weather conditions and in the face of heavy enemy opposition. On eleven occasions he has taken part in attacks against targets in Berlin and the valuable photographic evidence which has been brought back in his aircraft has proved his determination and ability to carry out his orders to successful completion. In consideration of his good records and fortitude in the face of the enemy he is, in my estimation, well worthy of the non-immediate award of the Distinguished Flying Cross.
On 15 May 1944 the Officer Commanding, RAF Station Killingholme, added his remarks:
This young Canadian has now completed his operational tour which has included attacks on all the major centres of heavy industry in Germany. In the Battle of Berlin he has played a conspicuous part, having attacked the German capital on no less than eleven occasions. It is recommended that such a fine record of achievement be recognized by the award of the Distinguished Flying Cross.
On 19 May 1944 the Group Captain who commanded No.13 Base (signature illegible), wrote:
This Canadian Air Bomber has throughout his operational tour set himself out to aim his bombs accurately at his allotted targets, no matter what has been the opposition by night fighters and anti-aircraft. His eleven attacks on Berlin alone are a massive contribution towards the destruction of that great fortified industrial and administrative centre. He has in addition aimed his bombs and hit many other important targets. To carry out this valuable work has called for a high degree of courage in the face of imminent danger, and is well worthy of the non-immediate award of the Distinguished Flying Cross.
The Air Officer Commanding, No.1 Group, noted "Strongly recommended for the non-immediate award of the Distinguished Flying Cross" on the form (31 1944).
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KNOX, F/O Kenneth William (J21636) - 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 1916 in Harwich, Lancashire; home in Toronto; enlisted there 25 May 1939. Trained at No.6 ITS (graduated 31 July 1942) and No.9 AOS (graduated 4 December 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." DHist file 181.009 D.3456 (RG.24 Vol.20639) has recommendation dated 27 July 1944 when he had flown 34 sorties (174 hours 35 minutes), 15 February to 24 July 1944.
Flying Officer Knox as navigator in Pilot Officer Kegan's crew has displayed exceptional qualities of leadership and coolness in action. On all occasions with complete disregard of any opposition he has guided his aircraft directly to the target and his skill and ability to make instant decisions in emergency have been an inspiration to all. For his cheerful confidence and quiet but dogged determination Flying Officer Knox is strongly recommended for the award of the Distinguished Flying Cross.
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KNOX-LEET, F/O Edward Richard (J29709) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.405 Squadron - Award effective 10 May 1945 as per London Gazette dated 22 May 1945 and AFRO 1147/45 dated 13 July 1945. Born 28 March 1924 at Porte Castille, Honduras; home in St.Lambert, Quebec. Enlisted in Halifax, 8 July 1942. Trained at No.6 ITS (graduated 19 March 1943), No.1 BGS (graduated 9 July 1943) and No.1 AOS (graduated 20 August 1943). Commissioned 20 August 1943; Flying Officer, 20 February 1944. First operational sortie was 24 June 1944 (V-1 site); flew 21 sorties with No.433 Squadron before transfer to No.405 Squadron. Volunteered for Tiger Force. Award presented 21 June 1948. Served in postwar RCAF, retraining as a pilot. No citation other than "completed...numerous operations against the enemy in the course of which [he has] invariably displayed the utmost fortitude, courage and devotion to duty". Public Records Office Air 2/9070 has recommendation dated 20 February 1945 when he had flown 40 sorties (175 hours 27 minutes), 24 June 1944 to 2 January 1945.
24 Jun 44 Biennetot (4.25) 12 Aug 44 Mont Richard (5.15)
25 Jun 44 Gorenflos (4.05) 15 Aug 44 Soesterburg (3.45)
27 Jun 44 Wizernes (3.35) 16 Aug 44 Kiel (1.00), DNCO
28 Jun 44 Metz (6.25) 13 Sep 44 Gelsenkirchen (3.05)
4 July 44 Villeneuve St.George 30 Sep 44 Bottrop (3.10)
(6.20) 5 Oct 44 Saarbrucken (4.40)
6 July 44 Siracourt (3.55) 6 Oct 44 Sterkrade (3.00)
9 July 44 Ardouval (3.50) 12 Oct 44 Wanne Eickel (3.25)
20 Jul 44 Ferme du Forestal 14 Oct 44 Duisburg (3.20)
(4.15) 15 Oct 44 Duisburg (3.45)
23 Jul 44 Longues (5.40) 23 Oct 44 Essen (4.00)
24 Jul 44 L'Hey (3.25) 28 Oct 44 Cologne (3.55)
25 Jul 44 Stuttgart (8.35) 30 Oct 44 Cologne (4.12)
28 Jul 44 Hamburg (5.15) 9 Nov 44 Wanne Eickel (3.45)
30 Jul 44 Amaye sur Seulles 16 Nov 44 Julich (3.40)
(3.25) 21 Nov 44 Castrop (4.20)
3 Aug 44 Foret de Nieppe 27 Nov 44 Neuss (3.50)
(4.00) 30 Nov 44 Duisburg (4.15)
5 Aug 44 St.Luc d'Esserant 2 Dec 44 Hagen (5.35)
(5.30) 18 Dec 44 Duisburg (4.20)
7 Aug 44 Lorient (5.25) 5 Jan 45 Hannover (4.30)
8 Aug 44 Foret de Chantilly 22 Jan 45 Duisburg (3.45)
(4.45) 2 Feb 45 Wanne Eickel (4.25)
9 Aug 44 Foret de Croc (3.40)
Flying Officer Knox-Leet has completed many operational sorties including attacks on such targets as Hannover, Essen, and Cologne. He is an enthusiastic member of aircrew who has always demonstrated an abundance of keenness to engage the enemy. He has proven himself to be a most efficient and reliable officer and his courage and tenacity merit high praise.
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