KOCH, LAC Gustavous Andrew (R114551) - Mention in Despatches - No.420 Squadron - Award effective 14 June 1945 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 1647/45 dated 26 October 1945. Home in Dilke, Saskatchewan. Enlisted in Regina, 11 July 1941; arrived overseas 14 May 1942. No citation in AFRO but DHist file 181.009 D.1745 (PAC RG.24 Vol.208608) has recommendation dated 22 July 1944 - "LAC Koch through his untiring efforts to fulfil his duties as a fitter has instilled a very high standard of efficiency and morale within his section. He is always cheerful under trying conditions, showing a true sense of loyalty towards performing his tasks in a faithful manner." DHist file 181.009 D.1719 (PAC RG.24 Vol.20606) has recommendation dated 3 February 1945 when he had been ten months in Canada, 32 months overseas.

 

LAC Koch through his untiring efforts to fulfil his duties as a fitter, has instilled a very high standard of efficiency and morale within his section. His cheerful disposition and dependability couple with being an outstanding tradesmen are an asset to his section and squadron as a whole.

 

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KOCH, F/O James Douglas (J17760) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.158 Squadron - Award effective 7 November 1944 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 2637/44 dated 8 December 1944. Home in Cannington, Ontario; enlisted in Toronto, 27 January 1941. Trained at No.1 WS (graduated 23 June 1941) and No.1 BGS (graduated 8 December 1941). Died in Pickering, Ontario, 27 January 1997.

 

As wireless air gunner this officer has displayed a high degree of efficiency during his operational tour. He has taken part in attacks on many important German targets including Berlin, Essen, Schweinfurt and Dusseldorf. On several occasions his skilful work has played a good part in the safe return of his aircraft. His devotion to duty has been unfailing.

 

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KOESTER, F/L George Denis Scott (J8341) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.109 Squadron - Award effective 7 May 1943 as per London Gazette dated 14 May 1943 and AFRO 1035/43 dated 4 June 1943. Born in Guatemala, 1913; home there. Enlisted in Ottawa 13 December 1040. Trained at No.1 ITS (graduated 3 May 1941), No.3 BGS (graduated 29 September 1941), No.5 AOS (graduated 16 August 1941) and No.1 CNS (graduated 27 October 1941. Commissioned 1941.

 

Flight Lieutenant Koester has made a large number of operational sorties. He has invariably displayed a high degree of navigational skill.

 

NOTE: Public Record Office Air 2/8950 has recommendation dated 9 March 1943 when he had flown 28 sorties (103 operational hours.

 

* GARDENING (Mine Laying)


31 May 42 Cologne 23 Dec 42 Essen (sky marking)

1 June 42 Essen 29 Dec 42 Ruhrort

13 July 42 Terschelling* 1 Jan 43 Florennes

21 July 42 Duisberg 3 Jan 43 Essen

23 July 42 Duisberg 22 Jan 43 Cologne

25 July 42 Duisberg 27 Jan 43 Dusseldorf

26 July 42 Hamburg 30 Jan 43 Bochum

28 July 42 Hamburg 9 Feb 43 Essen

31 July 42 Dusseldorf 15 Feb 43 St.Trond (calibrating)

6 Aug 42 Duisberg 27 Feb 43 Dortmund

9 Aug 42 Osnabruck 28 Feb 43 St.Nazaire (ground marking)

10 Aug 42 The Skaw 2 Mar 43 Essen

20 Dec 42 Duisberg 4 Mar 43 Hamborn

22 Dec 42 Rheinhausen 5 Mar 43

 

Before coming to this squadron, Flying Officer Koester made 12 operational sorties, many against German targets.

 

Since December 1942, while engaged on ARI.5513 operations with this squadron, Flying Officer Koester, together with Flying Officer [John C.] Thelwell, his pilot, has made 16 sorties, including sky and ground marking sorties where accuracy of aiming is essential. Flying Officer Koester has always shown a very high degree of skill and accuracy in his navigation. Whilst engaged on a ground marking operation at St.Nazaire, Flying Officer Koester succeeded in releasing his markers although his special equipment was nearly unserviceable. He navigated his aircraft with great precision thus enabling his pilot to take over the place in the operation in which the previous aircraft had failed.

 

KOESTER, S/L George Denis Scott, DFC (J8341) - Distinguished Service Order - No.105 Squadron - Award effective 29 August 1944 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 2274/44 dated 20 October 1944.

 

This officer has displayed the highest standard of courage and determination in air operations. He is a highly skilled member of aircraft crew, whose great skill and devotion have played an important part in the success achieved. His record is most impressive.

 

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KOGON, F/L Maxwell (J21328) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.428 Squadron - Award effective 1 September 1944 as per London Gazette dated 15 September 1944 and AFRO 2373/44 dated 3 November 1944. Born 1920 in Toronto; home there. Enlisted in Windsor, Ontario, 18 November 1941. Trained at No.7 ITS (graduated 22 May 1942), No.6 EFTS (graduated 14 August 1942) and No.15 SFTS (graduated 4 December 1942). Commissioned 1942.

 

Flight Lieutenant Kogon has successfully completed many sorties against targets in many an occupied country in addition to mine-laying operations. On his first sortie as captain of aircraft he was detailed to attack Hanover. On the return flight severe icing caused a steady loss of height and after crossing the English coast both engines failed and the airspeed indicator became unserviceable. After ordering his entire crew to abandon the aircraft Flight Lieutenant Kogon made a successful crash landing in poor visibility. His steady devotion to duty has been an inspiration to all.

 

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KOHUT, P/O Joseph (J17723) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.7 Squadron - Award effective 6 November 1943 as per London Gazette dated 16 November 1943 and AFRO 2610/43 dated 17 December 1943. Born in Western Ukraine (Poland), 1916; home in Parkerview, Saskatchewan. Enlisted in Toronto, 25 February 1941. Trained at No.3 ITS (graduated 18 August 1941), No.7 AOS (graduated 8 November 1941), No.3 BGS (graduated 20 December 1941) and No.1 ANS (graduated 19 January 1942). Commissioned 1943. No citation in AFRO other than "completed many successful operations against the enemy in which [he] displayed high skill, fortitude and devotion to duty."

 

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KONDRA, FS William (R139543) - Distinguished Flying Medal - No.100 Squadron - Award effective 11 April 1944 as per London Gazette dated 21 April 1944 and AFRO 1075/44 dated 19 May 1944. Born in Saskatchewan, 1922; home in Prud'homme, Saskatchewan (labourer). Enlisted in Saskatoon, 23 October 1941. Trained at No.2 ITS (graduated 20 June 1942), No.2 BGS (graduated 25 September 1942) and No.5 AOS (graduated 6 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." Ian Tavender records, in The Distinguished Flying Medal Register for the Second World War (London, Savanah Publications, 2000) the following recommendation as found in Public Record Office Air 2/9339; Kondra was reported as having flown 25 sorties (167 hours).

 

Flight Sergeant Kondra has carried out 25 very successful sorties including nine sorties on Berlin. He has at all times shown extreme keenness and throughout his operational career he has set an example of cool judgment, determination and dependable courage. Flight Sergeant Kondra has continually displayed a willingness to face the most intense enemy resistance to press home his attack. His resolute bearing and constant devotion to duty have been a great help to the remainder of a very gallant crew and he is considered well worthy of the award of the Distinguished Flying Medal.

 

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KOOYMAN, F/O Burt (J36814) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.160 Squadron - Award effective 28 November 1945 as per London Gazette dated 11 December 1945 and AFRO 212/46 dated 1 March 1946. Born in Winnipeg, November 1918; home there (bookkeeper). Enlisted in Winnipeg, 21 May 1942. Trained at No.2 ITS (graduated 5 December 1942), No.2 EFTS (graduated 9 January 1943), and No.10 AOS (graduated 29 October 1943). Commissioned October 1942.

 

Flying Officer Kooyman, as navigator, has taken part in numerous long mine-laying and supply dropping missions. He has consistently displayed a high standard of efficiency, often in the most trying circumstances, and his accurate navigation has materially contributed to the many successes attained by his crew.

 

NOTE: Public Records Office Air 2/9138 has recommendation dated 23 September 1945; he had flown 34 sorties (500 hours). Text was as follows:

 

Flying Officer Kooyman has been navigator on 34 extremely long mining and S.D. sorties. He has constantly maintained a high standard of efficiency under the most trying conditions. His accuracy has become a by-word in the squadron, and the success enjoyed by his crew may be largely attributed to his efficiency. He has displayed great determination and zeal which, together with his cheerful acceptance of the most arduous tasks, has made him a first class operational navigator.

 

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KORESKY, F/O Joseph (J85940) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.428 Squadron - Award effective 5 February 1945 as per London Gazette dated 16 February 1945 and AFRO 563/45 dated 29 March 1945. Born in Windsor, Ontario, 1918; home there. Enlisted in Windsor, 18 October 1939. Trained at No.4 ITS (graduated 14 August 1942), No.5 EFTS (graduated 20 November 1942) and No.7 SFTS (graduated 18 March 1943). Commissioned 1944. No citation other than "completed...numerous operations against the enemy in the course of which [he has] invariably displayed the utmost fortitude, courage and devotion to duty." DHist file 181.009 D.3260 (RG.24 Vol.20637) has recommendation dated 20 November 1944 when he had flown 33 sorties (194 hours 25 minutes), 21 June to 16 November 1944.

 

This officer has proved himself an outstanding leader with exceptional qualities of courage, coolness and determination. His devotion to duty and desire to press home the attack have been outstanding and have proved an inspiration to his crew and the squadron as a whole. His sorties include many major targets such as Bremen, Emden, Stettin, Dortmund, Bottrop, Stuttgart, Essen, Cologne, Bochum, Oberhausen, Dusseldorf and Gelsenkirchen as well as many French targets requiring precision in timing and bombing. In each case, Flying Officer Keresky has shown excellent results and he has completed a highly successful tour.

 

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KORMAN, WO Abraham Isaac (R130008) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.158 Squadron - Award effective 4 August 1944 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 2052/44 dated 22 September 1944. Born in Horodyszcze, Poland, 1920; home in Noranda, Quebec. Enlisted in North Bay, 29 August 1941. Trained at No.1 ITS (graduated 3 January 1942), No.3 AOS (graduated 27 April 1942), No.2 BGS (graduated 20 June 1942) and No.1 CNS (graduated 4 August 1942).

 

Warrant Officer Korman has completed a notable tour during which he has taken part in several attacks on the German capital and many others on targets in the Ruhr area. He is a most determined and gallant member of aircraft crew and his successes are an excellent testimony to the accuracy of his bombing. His conduct at all times has been exemplary.

 

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KOSTIUK, WO2 Harry William (R121631) - Mention in Despatches - No.10 Squadron (Canada) - Award effective 5 May 1944 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 1133/44 dated 26 May 1944. Home in Redwater, Alberta; enlisted in Edmonton 5 August 1941. Trained at No.8 BGS (graduated 20 July 1942) and No.2 WS (graduated 20 June 1942).

 

This warrant officer was acting as port waist gunner on a VLR Liberator which recently attacked an enemy submarine in the North Atlantic under difficult visibility conditions. He carried out his duties with the greatest efficiency on this occasion. He has displayed outstanding devotion to duty in hundreds of hours on operational flying in the North Atlantic area.

 

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KOTTMEIER, W/C Leslie Hubert (C1676) - Member, Order of the British Empire - AFHQ (now Station Rockcliffe) - Award effective 1 January 1946 as per Canada Gazette of that date and AFRO 82/46 dated 25 January 1946. Enlisted in Fort William, Ontario, 27 January 1940.

 

This officer continues to show a high degree of leadership and a sound knowledge of the engineering detail demanded of his position. He has applied himself diligently to his responsibilities in seeing that only the highest standard of workmanship and materials are put into Canadian-produced aircraft, and the success achieved in this regard has contributed materially to the war effort. His splendid devotion to duty is deserving of high praise.

 

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KRAKOVSKY, F/O Max (J26685) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.432 Squadron - Award effective 10 May 1945 as per London Gazette dated 25 May 1945 and AFRO 1291/45 dated 10 August 1945. Born 1923 at Cobalt, Ontario; home in Toronto (chemist). Enlisted in Toronto, 12 May 1942. Trained at No.6 ITS (graduated 23 October 1942), No.20 EFTS (graduated 22 January 1943) and No.6 SFTS (graduated 28 May 1943). Commissioned May 1943. Name changed to Carson, May 1950. No citation other than "completed...numerous operations against the enemy in the course of which [he has] invariably displayed the utmost fortitude, courage and devotion to duty." DHist file 181.009 D.5557 (RG.24 Vol.20668) had recommendation dated 16 January 1945 when he had completed 34 sorties (156 hours five minutes), 7 August to 18 December 1944. Name later changed to Max Carson.

 

This officer has completed a lengthy operational tour most successfully. His trips include some of the most difficult targets in Germany. His co-operation, coolness and devotion to duty contributed in a large measure to the success of these operations.

 

His splendid record and high degree of technical ability warrant a strong recommendation for the award of the Distinguished Flying Cross (Non-Immediate).

 

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KRAKOWSKY, F/O Morris Solomon (J35526) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.432 Squadron - Award effective 5 February 1945 as per London Gazette dated 20 February 1945 and AFRO 563/45 dated 29 March 1945. Born 1921 in Cobalt, Ontario; home in Toronto (aircraft mechanic). Enlisted in Toronto 17 April 1942. Trained at No.5 ITS (graduated 7 November 1942), No.1 BGS (graduated 6 August 1943) and No.1 AOS (graduated 17 September 1943). Commissioned 1943. No citation other than "completed...numerous operations against the enemy in the course of which [he has] invariably displayed the utmost fortitude, courage and devotion to duty." DHist file 181.009 D.5557 (RG.24 Vol.20668) has recommendation dated 21 November when he had flown 31 sorties (147 hours 55 minutes), 1 August to 16 November 1944. Name later changed to Morris Solomon Carson.

 

Having completed thirty-one successful sorties over enemy territory, this officer has proven his skill as a most efficient Air Bomber. His co-operation, coolness and presence of mind contributed in a large measure to the success attained by his crew. His fine fighting spirit, initiative and determination are deserving of the award of the Distinguished Flying Cross (Non-Immediate).

 

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KRANTZ, P/O William Thomas (J87665) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.419 Squadron - Award effective 4 November 1944 as per London Gazette dated 17 November 1944 and AFRO 239/45 dated 9 February 1945. Born 1923, Swift Current, Saskatchewan; home in Gladman, Saskatchewan (truck driver). Enlisted in Saskatoon, 1 October 1941. Trained at No.2 ITS (graduated 23 May 1942), No.15 EFTS (graduated 11 September 1942) and No.15 SFTS (graduated 30 December 1942). Commissioned June 1944. No citation other than "completed ...numerous operations against the enemy in the course of which [he has] invariably displayed the utmost fortitude, courage and devotion to duty." DHist file 181.009 D.3260 (RG.24 Vol.20637) has recommendation dated 21 August 1944 when he had flown 39 sorties (211 hours 35 minutes), 3 December 1943 to 4 August 1944.

 

This officer has completed a successful tour of operations. Included in his many sorties are attacks on many of the heavily defended German targets such as Stuttgart, Hamburg, Kiel and the Ruhr valley towns. By his skill, determination and the high state of efficiency of his crew, this captain succeeded in completing 39 operations without damage to his aircraft or injury to his crew through enemy action.

 

I consider Pilot Officer Kranz's airmanship, his zeal and devotion to duty and the magnificent record he has compiled fully merit the non-immediate award of the Distinguished Flying Cross.

 

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KRAUSS, Corporal Ernest Peter (R114936) - Mention in Despatches - No.424 Squadron (AFRO gives unit as No.63 Base) - Award effective 1 January 1945 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 425/45 dated 9 March 1945. Home in Lemberg, Saskatchewan. Enlisted in Regina 31 July 1941. DHist file 181.009 D.2619 has recommendation dated 17 July 1944 when he had served 19 months in Canada, six months in Africa, 10 months in UK.

 

Corporal Ernest Peter Krauss has been with the squadron since March 1943. His efficiency is prominent in all his work which requires exactitude in every respect, and a high degree of mental balance. While he was with the squadron in North Africa, he did an excellent job of work when an aircraft exploded on the ground.

 

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KRESSLER, Corporal John William (R160379) - Mention in Despatches - No.6 Group (AFRO gives only "Overseas" as unit) - Award effective 8 June 1944 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 1729/44 dated 11 August 1944. Born 28 July 1916 in Toronto; home there (draughtsman with Ontario Hydro); enlisted there 14 April 1942. Initially on strength of No.5 Manning Depot, Lachine. Posted to RCAF Detachment, McGill University, 21 May 1942: to No.1 Manning Depot, Toronto, 13 September 1942; promoted LAC, 26 September 1942; to No.31 RDF School, Clinton, 29 October 1942; to Y Depot, Halifax, 14 December 1942; to RAF Pool, 4 January 1943; disembarked in United Kingdom, 12 January 1943. Taken on strength at No.17 Group, 28 January 1943; to No.1 (C) OTU, 31 January 1943; to No.3 (C) OTU, 11 March 1943; to No.6 Group, 2 May 1943; remustered to Draughtsman and promoted Corporal, 1 July 1943; to Repatriation Depot, 28 September 1945; repatriate to Canada, 22 October 1945; released 30 November 1945. No citation; a report dated 30 November 1945 noted that he had been "in charge of draughting section throughout overseas service period."

 

KRESSLER, Corporal John William (R160379) - British Empire Medal - No.6 Group Headquarters - 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 dated 15 June 1945 identifies unit. No citation

 

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KRITZER, F/O Solomon (J22195) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.640 Squadron - Award effective 4 November 1944 as per London Gazette dated 14 November 1944 and AFRO 239/45 dated 9 February 1945. Born 1920 in Hamilton; home there (bill collector). Enlisted in Hamilton 16 January 1942. Trained at No.6 ITS (graduated 18 July 1942) and No.4 AOS (graduated 30 December 1942). Commissioned 1942. No citation other than "completed...numerous operations against the enemy in the course of which [he has] invariably displayed the utmost fortitude, courage and devotion to duty." Public Records Office Air 2/8827 has recommendation dated 6 August 1944 when he had flown 39 sorties (191 hours 39 minutes).

 

15 Feb 44 Berlin (6.58) 7 June 44 Versailles Matelots

19 Feb 44 Leipzig (6.51) (4.02)

24 Feb 44 Schweinfurt (7.40) 9 June 44 Laval (5.10)

1 Mar 44 Stuttgart (8.23) 12 Jun 44 Amiens (3.59)

6 Mar 44 Trappes (4.33) DNCO 16 Jun 44 Sterkrade (4.00)

7 Mar 44 Le Mans (4.50) 17 Jun 44 St.Martin l'Hortier

15 Mar 44 Stuttgart (7.50) (3.33)

22 Mar 44 Frankfurt (5.51) 22 Jun 44 Siracourt (3.50)

24 Mar 44 Berlin (7.10) 24 Jun 44 Le Grand Rossignol

18 Apr 44 Tergnier (4.34) (3.18)

20 Apr 44 Ottignes (3.53) 27 Jun 44 Wizernes (2.50)

22 Apr 44 Dusseldorf (5.03) 30 Jun 44 Villers Bocage (3.52)

24 Apr 44 Karlsruhe (6.54) 4 July 44 Domleger (3.45)

26 Apr 44 Villeneuve St. 20 Jul 44 Ardouval (4.08)

Georges (5.21) 23 Jul 44 Les Catelliers (3.44)

27 Apr 44 Montzen (3.56) 24 Jul 44 Stuttgart (8.16)

30 Apr 44 Acheres (5.12) 25 Jul 44 Wanne Eickel (4.02)

9 May 44 Morsalines (4.27) 28 Jul 44 Foret de Nieppe (3.44)

12 May 44 Hasselt (4.39) 29 Jul 44 Foret de Nieppe (3.37)

19 May 44 Boulogne (3.38) 1 Aug 44 Chapelle Notre Dame

2 June 44 Trappes (5.37) (2.56) DNCO

6 June 44 Chateaudun (5.32) 3 Aug 44 Bois de Casson (4.01)

 

This officer has completed as navigator 39 sorties on his first operational tour, including attacks on such heavily defended targets as Berlin, Frankfurt, Leipzig and Stuttgart. This officer has at all times shown a high degree of professional skill, courage and determination in action. His high sense of duty and his irrepressible sense of humour under the most arduous difficulties and in the face of the fiercest opposition have been a source of inspiration to the remainder of the crew.

 

Regardless of any danger, he sets his mind to the task in hand, fearlessly and with a fine offensive spirit, setting a fine example to the remainder of the crew. He has proved himself to be an outstanding member of a gallant crew.

 

It is recommended that this officer's fine record of achievement be recognized by the award of the Distinguished Flying Cross.

 

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KROPF, P/O Lorne Edward (J7931) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.405 Squadron - Award effective 1 February 1943 as per London Gazette dated 5 February 1943 and AFRO 373/43 dated 5 March 1943. Born in Kitchener, Ontario, 1918; home there. Canadian Scots Fusiliers before enlistment. Enlisted in Hamilton, 30 January 1941. Trained at No.2 WS (graduated 14 September 1941) and No.3 BGS (graduated 11 October 1941). NOTE: Flew three sorties with No.405 Squadron, 8 August to 16 August 1942, shot down, evaded. Later with No.432 Squadron (23 October 1944 to 13 February 1945, 20 sorties, 125 hours 50 minutes).

 

As a member of an aircraft crew this officer has displayed great gallantry and determination in attacks against targets in enemy occupied territory.

 

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KRUGER, FS Frederick Charles (R86096) - Distinguished Flying Medal - No.97 Squadron - Award effective 2 March 1943 as per London Gazette dated 12 March 1943 and AFRO 616/43 dated 9 April 1943. Home in Bede, Manitoba; enlisted in Winnipeg 16 December 1940. Trained at No.2 ITS (graduated 26 March 1941), No.18 EFTS (graduated 9 June 1941), and No.12 SFTS (graduated 29 August 1941).

 

Flight Sergeant Kruger has taken part in many sorties against targets in Germany and Italy, including the daylight raid on Milan. One night in November 1942, when on an outward flight to Turin, he found the aileron controls were not working satisfactorily. Nevertheless, displaying great skill, Flight Sergeant Kruger succeeded in flying over the Alps and proceeded to the target. During the run up the aircraft was hit by anti-aircraft fire but this airman pressed home his attack and afterwards flew safely back to base.

 

KRUGER, S/L Frederick Charles, DFM (J16392) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.420 Squadron - Award effective 20 October 1944 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 2637/44 dated 8 December 1944.

Squadron Leader Kruger has completed many sorties on his second tour of operational duty. He has carried out many successful attacks on targets of importance in Germany, France and Italy. He has proved himself an excellent leader and his courage and ability are of the highest standard.

 

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KRYSKOW, F/L Peter (J12267) - Mention in Despatches - No.164 Squadron (Canada) - Award effective 21 April 1945 as per Canada Gazette of that date and AFRO 802/45 dated 11 May 1945. Enlisted in Toronto 7 August 1941. Trained at No.1 ITS (graduated 22 November 1941), No.3 EFTS (graduated 30 January 1942) and No.1 SFTS (graduated 19 June 1942).

 

This officer has flown hundreds of hours on trans-Atlantic and other over-water flights. As a transport captain he has proved skilful and has shown high qualities of leadership. On one occasion when an engine failed he flew his heavily loaded twin engine transport for one and a half hours on instruments before successfully landing at his destination.

 

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KUBIAK, P/O Waclas (J89016) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.405 Squadron - Award effective 1 December 1944 as per London Gazette dated 12 December 1944 and AFRO 337/45 dated 23 February 1945. Born 10 October 1917 in Montreal; home there (clerk). Formerly in Royal Canadian Artillery. Enlisted in Montreal 15 October 1941. Trained at No.9 BGS (graduated 2 April 1943). Commissioned 1944. A member of F/O Morrison's crew; shot down by flak, 8 September 1944 while orbiting objective (Le Havre). Baled out, and on landing he ran for woods where he hid parachute. Ran about a mile but was finally taken by two Germans and interrogated by a German officer. Taken to Fort Tourneville (Le Havre) where he met other Canadians. Liberated by our troops on 12 September 1944. No citation other than "..in recognition of gallantry and devotion to duty in the execution of air operations against the enemy." Public Records Office Air 2/8882 has recommendation dated 20 September 1944 when he had flown 47 sorties (219 hours 45 minutes), 27 October 1943 to 8 September 1944.

 

* denotes counted as 1/3 sortie

 

27 Oct 43 NICKLING, Paris (4.10) 27 May 44 Rennes (3.40)

20 Dec 43 Frankfurt (5.40) 28 May 44 Mardick (1.40)

24 Dec 43 Berlin (7.30) 11 Jun 44 Tours (4.55)

29 Dec 43 Berlin (6.15) 12 Jun 44 Amiens (2.40)

2 Jan 44 Berlin (7.05) 14 Jun 44 Cambrai (2.45)

3 Jan 44 Berlin (6.05) 15 Jun 44 Lens (2.40)

6 Jan 44 Stettin (8.30) 24 Jun 44 Middle Straete (1.50)

27 Jan 44 Berlin (7.15) 28 Jun 44 Metz (5.05)

28 Jan 44 Berlin (7.45) 2 July 44 Oisemont-au Bois (2.15)

25 Feb 44 Augsburg (6.55) 7 July 44 Caen (2.45)

2 Mar 44 Stuttgart (6.55) 10 Jul 44 Nucourt (2.40)

13 Mar 44 Stuttgart (6.40) 12 Jul 44 Paris (3.10)

18 Mar 44 Frankfurt (4.35) 18 Jul 44 Cagny (2.40)

22 Mar 44 Frankfurt (5.20) 25 Jul 44 Russelheim (6.40)

24 Mar 44 Berlin (6.50) 7 Aug 44 TOTALIZE 5 (2.45)

30 Mar 44 Nuremburg (6.50) 8 Aug 44 Lucheux (2.45)

18 Apr 44 Tergnier (3.00)* 12 Aug 44 Russelheim (4.40)

20 Apr 44 Lens (4.20)* 14 Aug 44 Quesnay (2.35)

24 Apr 44 Karlsruhe (5.45) 16 Aug 44 Kiel (5.20)

27 Apr 44 Friedrichshafen (7.00) 18 Aug 44 Bremen (4.50)

8 May 44 Haine St.Pierre (2.35) 26 Aug 44 Kiel (5.50)

10 May 44 Ghent (2.35) 1 Sept 44 Pourchinte (2.15)

11 May 44 Boulogne (2.15) 5 Sept 44 Le Havre (2.15)

19 May 44 Le Mans (4.00) 6 Sept 44 Le Havre (2.20)

22 May 44 Le Mans (3.30) 8 Sep 44 Le Havre (Missing)

 

Warrant Officer Kubiak is an outstanding Air Gunner is a very successful crew. He has participated in many raids against such heavily defended enemy targets as Berlin, Kiel and Russelheim. He is of a very quiet nature, but possesses a fine offensive spirit, and keenness for operational duty which as inspired his crew to greater achievements. Although often subjected to strong enemy fire and been placed in extreme personal danger, he has stayed at his post and warded off attacks to the fullest possible extent. His extreme devotion to duty and very cheerful manner even under the most adverse conditions is most commendable.

 

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KUCHMA, FS William (R269907) - Distinguished Flying Medal - No.431 Squadron - Award effective 8 September 1945 as per London Gazette dated 21 September 1945 and AFRO 1704/45 dated 9 November 1945. Born 1925 at Beausejour, Manitoba; home there (student). Enlisted in Winnipeg, 1 S September 1943. Trained at No.10 BGS (graduated 24 March 1944).

 

Flight Sergeant Kuchma has completed numerous sorties against such heavily defended targets as Mersberg, Hamburg, Hanover, Essen and Nuremburg. During at attack on Hamburg in March 1945, his aircraft was attacked three times by enemy fighters but, throughout the combats, Flight Sergeant Kuchma displayed great skill and daring and is credited with one aircraft destroyed and one damaged. He has always been a most cheerful, cool and determined member of his crew.

 

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KUCZMA, P/O Harry Peter (J92701) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.425 Squadron - Award effective 10 May 1945 as per London Gazette dated 25 May 1945 and AFRO 1291/45 dated 10 August 1945. Born 1921, Sifton, Ontario; home in Sudbury (fitter). Enlisted in Sudbury 6 October 1942. Trained at No.3 BGS (graduated 20 August 1943). Commissioned November 1944. Medal presented at Stamford, Quebec, 7 August 1949.

 

This officer has completed, in the capacity of gunner, many operational missions against the enemy. In June 1944 his aircraft was detailed to attack Santrecourt. Whilst approaching the target an attack was made by two Messerschmitt 109s. With cool determination and precision this officer opened fire and hit one enemy aircraft which was seen to dive to the ground out of control. Whilst on his fourth mission his aircraft was severely damaged by anti-aircraft fire and it was necessary to make a crash landing. Pilot Officer Kuczma sustained injuries to his spine. Undeterred by this harassing experience he resumed operational flying immediately on recovery and has continued to display outstanding courage and devotion to duty.

 

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KUEBLER, F/O Frank Gustav (J16781) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.429 Squadron - Award effective 1 December 1944 as per London Gazette dated 8 December 1944 and AFRO 337/45 dated 23 February 1945. Born 1920 in Scout Lake, Saskatchewan; home there (farmer). Enlisted in Regina, 21 June 1940. Trained at No.1 WS (graduated 19 August 1940) and No.2 BGS (graduated 20 January 1941). NOTE: AFRO has misprint, giving unit as No.129 Squadron. Commissioned 1942. No citation other than "..in recognition of gallantry and devotion to duty in the execution of air operations against the enemy." DHist file 181.009 D.2609 (RG.24 Vol.20627) has recommendation by W/C A.F. Avant dated 10 September 1944 when he had completed 42 sorties (249 hours 10 minutes). First tour was with No.102 Squadron (26 sorties, 174 hours, 18 July 1941 to 9 December 1942); second tour to date was 16 sorties (75 hours ten minutes), 9 July to 31 August 1944.

 

This officer has been engaged on operational work since 1941. He has competed a large number of sorties against such targets as Frankfurt, Karlsruhe and the Ruhr, displaying courage and fortitude of the highest order. Many times his watchfulness has implemented evasive action to save the aircraft and crew. At all times, even under the fiercest of enemy opposition, Flying Officer Kuebler has undeterringly pressed home his attack to bomb with precise accuracy. His cheerfulness and eagerness to come to grips with the enemy have been an inspiration to all.

 

It is considered that this officer's fine operational record, devotion to duty and skill fully merit the award of the D.F.C.

 

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KUEBLER, Corporal William John (R175176) - Mention in Despatches - Station Moncton - Award effective 1 January 1946 as per Canada Gazette of that date and AFRO 82/46 dated 25 January 1946. Home in Toronto; enlisted there 23 June 1942.

 

For the past year and a half this non-commissioned officer has cheerfully and conscientiously carried out his duties beyond his rank in an exemplary manner. His devotion to duty and the support given his superiors has been an inspiration to his fellow airmen. Above and beyond his regular duties, he has contributed to the welfare and interest of the Station personnel in many ways. His capable and unflagging interest in his work and his unselfish efforts on behalf of his associates have been in keeping with the highest tradition of the service.

 

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KUMCHY, F/O Fred Joseph, with the notation: see KUMSKY.

 

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KUMSKY, F/O Fred Joseph (J35919) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.431 Squadron - Award effective 10 May 1945 as per London Gazette dated 25 May 1945 and AFRO 1291/45 dated 10 August 1945. Born 1923, Lambton, Ontario; home in Sarnia (lab assistant). Enlisted in London, Ontario 28 August 1942. Trained at No.5 ITS (graduated 3 May 1943) and No.5 AOS (graduated 17 September 1943). Commissioned September 1943. No citation other than "completed...numerous operations against the enemy in the course of which [he has] invariably displayed the utmost fortitude, courage and devotion to duty." DHist file 181.009 D.1941 (RG.24 Vol.20612) has recommendation by W/C H.M. Smith dated 14 January 1945 when he had flown 30 sorties (156 hours 55 minutes), 15 August 1944 to 7 January 1945. NOTE: correspondance dated 27 September 1949 suggests that at that date his name was either changed or corrected to KUMCHY.

This officer, a navigator, has completed thirty operational trips against the enemy and has successfully navigated his aircraft to such distant targets as Nuremburg, Munich, Hagen and Duisburg (twice). A superior navigator and an outstanding crew member, Flying Officer Kumsky through his skill and courage has made a notable contribution to an outstanding crew.

 

In recognition of Flying Officer Kumsky's devotion to duty and sterling qualities, I strongly recommend that he be awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross.

 

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KUPERMAN, F/O Amiel (J28515) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.158 Squadron - Award effective 5 July 1945 as per London Gazette dated 20 July 1945 and AFRO 1619/45 dated 19 October 1945. Born 1921 at London, England; home in Ottawa (teacher). Enlisted in Windsor, Ontario, 23 April 1942. Trained at No.6 ITS (graduated 18 December 1942), No.9 EFTS (graduated 19 March 1943) and No.6 SFTS (graduated 23 July 1943). Commissioned 1943. No citation other than "completed...numerous operations against the enemy in the course of which [he has] invariably displayed the utmost fortitude, courage and devotion to duty". Public Records Office Air 2/9081 has recommendation dated 15 March 1945 when he had flown 36 sorties (205 hours two minutes), 6 October 1944 to 13 March 1945.

 

6 Oct 44 Sterkrade (4.16) Bombed as ordered.

7 Oct 44 Cleve (4.30) Bombed on aiming point.

9 Oct 44 Bochum (5.50) Attacked made in cloud.

14 Oct 44 Duisburg (5.17) do.

15 Oct 44 Wilhelmshaven (3.56) do.

25 Oct 44 Essen (4.53) Bombed target; cloudy.

29 Oct 44 Zoutelande (3.16) Bombed aiming point.

31 Oct 44 Cologne (5.07) Bombed through clouds.

18 Nov 44 Munster (5.05) do.

21 Nov 44 Sterkrade (5.54) Bombed target; many fires.

29 Nov 44 Essen (5.53) Bombed through clouds.

30 Nov 44 Duisburg (5.55) Successful attack in cloud.

5 Dec 44 Soest (5.56) Many fires.

12 Dec 44 Essen (5.35) Bombed through clouds.

26 Dec 44 St.Vith (5.20) Bombed aiming point.

28 Dec 44 Opladen (5.35) Many fires in target area.

29 Dec 44 Coblenz-Mosel M/Y (6.15) Bombed marshalling yard.

30 Dec 44 Cologne (6.29) Bombed through clouds.

2 Jan 45 Ludwigshaven (6.35) Many fires seen.

6 Jan 45 Hanau (6.34) Attacked through clouds.

27 Jan 45 Stuttgart (7.15) Bombed through clouds.

1 Feb 45 Mainz (6.08) Successful.

2 Feb 45 Wanne Eickel (4.58) Many fires in target area.

7 Feb 45 Goch (5.46) do.

9 Feb 45 Wanne Eickel (5.37) Successful sortie.

20 Feb 45 Reisholz (6.21) Bombed in cloud.

21 Feb 45 Worms (6.25) Concentrated fires.

23 Feb 45 Essen (5.32) Bombed target; cloudy.

24 Feb 45 Kamen (6.17) do.

27 Feb 45 Mainz (6.46) do.

2 Mar 45 Cologne (4.39) Bombed aiming point.

5 Mar 45 Chemnitz (8.43) Bombed through cloud.

7 Mar 45 Hemmingstedt (5.57) Bombed TIs; fires seen.

11 Mar 45 Essen (5.17) Cloudy; bombed target.

12 Mar 45 Dortmund (5.57) Good bombing.

13 Mar 45 Wuppertal (5.13) Successful attack.

 

Flying Officer Kuperman has just completed a tour of 36 operational sorties as a pilot and captain of Halifax III aircraft with No.158 Squadron. He has flown against a very wide range of targets and all but one have been in the most heavily defended areas of Germany.

 

A pilot whose airmanship has been consistently good, Flying Officer Kuperman has shown keenness and determination on all his operations. Against the severest defences he has displayed a complete disregard for his own safety and has set an example of personal courage which has inspired all in his crew.

 

It is recommended that this officer's outstanding operational record, his keenness, determination and courage in pressing home his attacks against the severest enemy fire be recognized by the award of the Distinguished Flying Cross.

 

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KUSCH, S/L Eric Francis Xavier (C2867) - Mention in Despatches - East Moor - Award effective 14 June 1945 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 1395/45 dated 31 August 1945. Home in Ottawa, enlisted there 4 October 1940. AFRO gives unit only as "Overseas"; DHist file 181.009 D.1725 (PAC RG.24 Vol 20607) has list of MiDs this date with unit. DHist file 181.009 D.1719 (PAC RG.24 Vol.20606) has recommendation dated 3 February 1945. Senior Intelligence Officer; had served 30 months in Canada, 21 months overseas.

 

Squadron Leader Kusch as Senior Intelligence Officer on this station has indeed been a very valuable asset to the service. He has worked tirelessly to one end, that being to impart all possible knowledge and information to aircrew. He has continuously and energetically sought out every means of increasing his own knowledge, even to the extent of flying on operations himself. Squadron Leader Kusch has won the admiration and respect of all aircrew, who have come to believe that he is the very source of operational information.

 

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KUSIAR, WO2 (now P/O) George Walter (R65730/J15595) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.108 Squadron - Award effective 30 August 1942 as per London Gazette dated 18 September 1942 and AFRO 1653/42 dated 16 October 1942. Born in Toronto, 10 April 1917; home in New Toronto (salesman, Macdonald Tobacco). Enlisted in Toronto, 6 June 1940. Trained at No.1 ITS (graduated 17 July 1940), No.2 AOS (graduated 27 October 1940), No.2 BGS (graduated 9 December 1940), and No.1 ANS (graduated 10 January 1941). Arrived in Britain 2 March 1941 and sent to No.15 OTU; to Middle East, 23 June 1941; served with No.108 squadron, 6 August 1941 to 30 August 1942 (Naviagtion Officer and Bombing Leader on Wellingtons and Liberators; a form dated 9 October 1942 credited him with 702 hours 30 minutes flown, 147 hours 40 minutes in previous six months); Operations Room Duty Officer at RAF Station Kabut, 1 September to 1 November 1942; Wing Navigation Officer to No.238 Wing (Kabut, Malta and Amirya), 1 November 1942 to 1 April 1943, which meant working as Navigation Officer with Nos.40 and 104 Squadrons. He may have flown as many as 67 sorties. Repatriated to Canada, 8 April 1943; to Central Navigation School, Rivers, 27 May 1943; to No.1 AOS, Malton, 26 June 1943; to No.2 ANS, Charlottetown, 31 February 1944; to Station Mountain View, 14 February 1945. Ranks during career as follows: AC2, 6 June 1940; LAC, 19 July 1940; Sergeant, 9 December 1940; WO2, 9 December 1941; P/O 17 April 1942; F/O 17 October 1942; F/L 6 September 1943; S/L 1 December 1944; reverts to F/L, 1 October 1946; S/L 1 January 1948; W/C, 1 June 1952. His postwar postings included Air Navigation School, Summerside (7 March 1946 to 28 February 1947); Station Summerside Headquarters (1 March 1947 to 14 March 1948), AFHQ, Ottawa (15 March 1948 to 4 September 1950); RCAF Staff College (5 September 1950 to 17 July 1951); AFHQ again (18 July to 25 August 1951); Canadan Joint Staff, Washington (26 August to 20 Deceber 1951); AFHQ (21 December 151 to 17 Septmber 1953); No.1 Air Division (18 September 1953 to 31 December 1955); SHAPE (1 January 1956 to 4 October 1957); Air Defence Command, St.Hubert (5 October 1957 until his death).

 

This officer has displayed great skill and coolness in the face of heavy opposition. His accuracy of bombing has produced some very fine results whilst his navigation has always been of the highest standard. In many instances in very bad weather his skill has enabled him to locate the target.

 

NOTE: Public Record Office Air 2/9596 has recommendation communicated on 3 August 1942 to Air Ministry by Group Captain W.J.M. Akerman (Headquarters, Royal Air Force, Middle East).

 

Warrant Officer Kusiar entered the service on 3rd June 1940 [sic], and after completing his training as an Air Observer in Canada, was posted to an Operational Training Unit in England. He was then posted overseas and joined this squadron on 8th August 1941, at which time the squadron was being formed. During the period of the formation of the squadron, Warrant Officer Kusiar was detailed in charged of the Sergeant aircrews and did much fine work in organizing the work of the crews and promoting keenness among them. When the squadron commenced operations, Warrant Officer Kusiar was posted to a crew as Air Observer and has since carried out 40 operational raids and has flown 434 operational hours.

 

Through all his raids he has shown the greatest coolness and even in the face of heavy opposition from the enemy has not dropped his bombs until sure of hitting the specified target. He has thus produced some very fine results, His navigation has always been of the highest standard, particularly his astro-navigation. This has enabled him in many cases of very bad weather during the winter to locate the target where other aircraft have had to turn back.

Since the squadron has been on detachment in the desert, this Warrant Officer has been in charge of the other Observers for training and during the last month has acted as Squadron Navigation Officer. He has organized regular lectures for the new Observers and has been training them in astro-navigation, with visible results, and has imbued them with his own keenness. he has also been operating during this period. Warrant Officer Kusiar has always been an excellent Non-Commissioned Officer and a shining example to all other aircrew both in the air and on the ground. His age is 25.

 

NOTE: On 14 December 1944, W/C D.G. Price, Commanding Officer of No.2 Air Navigation School, Charlottetown, recommended F/L Kusiar for an MBE. Although not granted, the text is worth noting:

 

Flight Lieuteant Kusiar has been Chief Ground Instrctor at this unit for the past six months. Due to his untiring attention to detail and to other aspects of training beyond his normal duty, the Ground Instructional School at this unit has fntioned exceptionally smoothly and efficiently. His leadership, organization and zealousness have been an inspiration to all personnel of this unit.

 

On 17 December 1947, Dr.O.M. Solandt (Chairman, Defence Research Board) wrote to the Chief of Air Staff as follows:

For the operations of Task Force 68 during the summer of 1947, the Defence Reseach Board was invited to send observers. A s you will recollect, two f these observers, F/L G.W. Kossiar, DFC and F/L A.H. Tinker, OBE, were provided by the RCAF. They have now returned to their RCAF duties, having completed their reports.

 

I shuld like to take this opportunity of thanking you for providing observers of such calibre. I feel that their professional knowedge, keen perception and their painstaking application to detail made their work of outstanding value, not only to the Department of National Defence, but also to other government departets. I am also sure that their ability together with ter personal qualities must have created a most favourable impression upon the United States Navy personnel with whom they worked.

 

Task Force 68 was a U.S. Navy cruise in the north; Kusiar was attached to this, 15 Jul to 27 November 1947 and described his duties as "Preparijg maps, preserving sovreingty, report writing".

 

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KUTYN, P/O Michael (J89304) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.10 Squadron - Award effective 5 April 1945 as per London Gazette dated 17 April 1945 and AFRO 918/45 dated 1 June 1945. Born 1922, Mondare, Alberta; home in Edson, Alberta (mink rancher). Enlisted in Edmonton, 30 June 1941. Trained at No.2 ITS (graduated 26 October 1941), No.8 AOS ((graduated 11 May 1942), No.9 BGS (graduated 27 June 1942) and No.1 ANS ((graduated 21 August 1942). Commissioned August 1944. 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 23 December 1944 when he had flown 32 sorties (150 hours 35 minutes), 16 June to 30 October 1944.

 

16 Jun 44 Domleger (3.50) 17 Aug 44 Brest (4.40)

22 Jun 44 Laon (4.10) 18 Aug 44 GARDENING (6.45)

25 Jun 44 Montorgueil (3.30) 26 Aug 44 GARDENING (6.30)

12 Jul 44 Thiverny (4.30) 1 Sept 44 Lumbres (3.35)

15 Jul 44 Nucourt (4.30) 3 Sept 44 Soesterburg (3.15)

17 Jul 44 Mont Candon (3.35) 10 Sep 44 Le Havre (3.35)

18 Jul 44 Vaires (4.30) 11 Sep 44 GARDENING (5.30)

20 Jul 44 Bottrop (4.15) 27 Sep 44 Calais (3.30)

23 Jul 44 Kiel (5.00) 4 Oct 44 GARDENING (5.45)

24 Jul 44 Stuttgart (6.00) 6 Oct 44 Scholven (4.45)

28 Jul 44 Foret de Nieppe (4.00) 7 Oct 44 Cleves (4.20)

8 Aug 44 Philibert Ferme (3.25) 14 Oct 44 Duisburg (4.40)

9 Aug 44 Foret de Mormal (3.50) 15 Oct 44 GARDENING (5.10)

10 Aug 44 Dijon (6.45) 23 Oct 44 Essen (5.25)

11 Aug 44 Le Nieppe (3.15) 25 Oct 44 Essen (4.50)

12 Aug 44 Brunswick (5.40) 30 Oct 44 Cologne (5.35)

 

Pilot Officer Kutyn was posted to No.10 Squadron in June 1944, and after completing 32 sorties, comprising 151 operational hours has been screened and posted. he has operated with success against such heavily defended German targets as Stuttgart, Brunswick, Duisburg, Essen (twice), and Cologne.

 

This Canadian officer has been one of the outstanding navigators of the squadron and has proved himself to be a courageous and most dependable member of aircraft crew. His fine navigational ability has played a good part in the successes obtained and has enabled his pilot to obtain no fewer than five aiming point photographs and several showing fire tracks in the target area. He has shown marked instructional ability on the ground and has rendered good service in the training of new crews.

 

He was the navigator of a Halifax aircraft detailed to attack Essen on 25th October 1944. His aircraft was damaged by flak when approaching the target area and driven off track. By skilful navigation he enabled his pilot to successfully complete the mission.

 

I consider Pilot Officer Kutyn a navigator of outstanding ability and fine qualities which have inspired the other members of his crew. I strongly recommend that his fine record of achievement, courage and devotion to duty be recognized by the award of the Distinguished Flying Cross.

 

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KUZMA, F/O Andrew (J24633) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.630 Squadron - Award effective 1 September 1944 as per London Gazette dated 19 September 1944 and AFRO 2373/44 dated 3 November 1944. Born 1919 in Veilette, Alberta; home in Vancouver (mill hand). Served in Canadian Army. Enlisted in Vancouver, 8 April 1942. Trained at No.7 BGS (graduated 5 February 1943) and No.7 AOS (graduated 19 March 1943). Commissioned 1943. No citation other than "completed...many successful operations during which [he has] displayed high skill, fortitude and devotion to duty." Public Records Office Air 2/9276 has recommendation dated 27 June 1944 when he had flown 29 sorties (197 hours 53 minutes), 1 January to 16 June 1944.

 

* denotes early return

 

1 Jan 44 Berlin (7.45) 18 Apr 44 Paris (4.46)

5 Jan 44 Stettin (8.20) 20 Apr 44 La Chapelle (1.24)*

14 Jan 44 Brunswick (6.30) 23 Apr 44 Schwenmunde (7.07)

21 Jan 44 Magdeburg (7.00) 24 Apr 44 Munich (9.49)

27 Jan 44 Berlin (1.57)* 26 Apr 44 Schweinfurt (8.36)

15 Feb 44 Berlin (7.25) 29 Apr 44 Paris (6.55)

19 Feb 44 Leipzig (6.50) 1 May 44 Clermont-Ferrand (4.45)

20 Feb 44 Stuttgart (6.50) 3 May 44 Mailly (5.20)

24 Feb 44 Schweinfurt (3.00)* 7 May 44 Tours (5.00)

25 Feb 44 Augsburg (1.10)* 9 May 44 Annecy (9.30)

1 Mar 44 Stuttgart (7.12) 11 May 44 Bourge Leopold (3.29)

10 Mar 44 Clermont-Ferrand (6.15) 19 May 44 Amiens (4.10)

15 Mar 44 Stuttgart (7.55) 21 May 44 GARDENING (5.33)

18 Mar 44 Frankfurt (5.42) 22 May 44 Brunswick (5.44)

24 Mar 44 Berlin (7.15) 6 June 44 Caen (4.28)

26 Mar 44 Essen (6.10) 9 June 44 Etampes (4.36)

9 Apr 44 Konigsburg (9.03) 16 Jun 44 Doullens (3.31)

15 Apr 44 Tours (5.21)

 

Flying Officer Kuzma has successfully completed 29 sorties. Despite the fact that many of these attacks have been directed against the most heavily defended targets in Germany, including Berlin, Leipzig, Brunswick and Stuttgart, he has always displayed great coolness and determination to drop his bombs accurately in spite of the fiercest opposition.

 

Throughout his tour he has been insistent on improving an already high degree of efficiency, and studies carefully the photographic results of each raid in an endeavour to discover and rectify any errors which he may have made.

 

His enthusiasm and exceptional skill have ensured that the maximum benefit has been derived from each operation in which he has participated.

 

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KYTE, F/O Melville Stephen (J27719) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.405 Squadron - Award effective 5 April 1945 as per London Gazette dated 13 April 1945 and AFRO 824/45 dated 18 May 1945. Born 1917 in Toronto; home there (mail order clerk). Served with Royal Canadian Artillery. Enlisted in London, England, 30 January 1942. Trained at No.35 EFTS (graduated 19 February 1943) and No.16 SFTS (graduated 25 June 1943). Commissioned June 1943. No citation other than "completed...numerous operations against the enemy in the course of which [he has] invariably displayed the utmost courage and devotion to duty." Public Records Office Air 2/9060 has recommendation dated 20 January 1945 when he had flown 40 sorties (162 hours 55 minutes), 24 May 1944 to 5 January 1945.

 

24 May 44 Trouville (4.05) 13 Sep 44 Nordstern (3.20)

27 May 44 Le Clipon (4.00) 20 Sep 44 Calais (2.05)

4 June 44 Calais (3.40) 25 Sep 44 Calais (2.10)

5 June 44 Merville (5.50) 30 Sep 44 Bottrop (3.20)

6 June 44 Conde sur Noireux (5.45) 6 Oct 44 Sterkrade (3.05)

12 Jun 44 Arras (4.35) 14 Oct 44 Duisburg (3.20)

15 Jun 44 Boulogne (4.10) 28 Oct 44 Cologne (4.05)

16 Jun 44 Sterkrade (4.40) 29 Oct 44 Walcheren Island (2.05)

1 July 44 Biennais (4.25) 31 Oct 44 Cologne (4.10)

4 July 44 Biennais (4.15) 4 Nov 44 Bochum (3.45)

5 July 44 Biennais (4.15) 6 Nov 44 Gelsenkirchen (3.40)

9 July 44 Mont Condon (3.45) 11 Nov 44 Dortmund (4.10)

7 Aug 44 Caen (2.30) 16 Nov 44 Julich (3.15)

12 Aug 44 La Pallice (5.30) 18 Nov 44 Wanne Eickel (4.15)

14 Aug 44 TRACTABLE (2.35) 12 Dec 44 Essen (4.20)

18 Aug 44 Bremen (4.50) 21 Dec 44 Cologne (4.05)

25 Aug 44 Russelsheim (7.00) 30 Dec 44 Cologne (4.10)

26 Aug 44 Kiel (5.15) 2 Jan 45 Nuremburg (6.30)

11 Sep 44 Castrop Rauxel (3.20) 5 Jan 45 Royan (5.00)

12 Sep 44 Wanne Eickel (3.25) 5 Jan 45 Hanover (4.25)

 

Flying Officer Kyte is a highly skilled and courageous pilot who possesses the qualities of a fine leader. He has participated in many attacks on such heavily defended areas as Kiel, Bremen and Sterkrade. Throughout his operational career, his example of determination and devotion to duty has been of the highest order.

 

KYTE, F/L Melville Stephen, DFC (J27719) - Bar to Distinguished Flying Cross - No.405 Squadron - Award effective 12 November 1945 as per London Gazette dated 16 November 1945 and AFRO 133/46 dated 8 February 1946.

 

As captain of aircraft this officer has completed numerous successful operational sorties since the award of the Distinguished Flying Cross. He has at all times displayed outstanding determination, courage and devotion to duty. Flight Lieutenant Kyte has set a fine example to the other members of his squadron.