LA FRANCE, WO Joseph Francis (R88754) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.207 Squadron - Award effective 6 August 1943 as per London Gazette dated 17 August 1943 and AFRO 2005/43 dated 1 October 1943. Born in Trenton, 1915; home there (cotton spinner). Trained at No.3 ITS, No.1 BGS, No.4 AOS and No.2 ANS.

 

This Warrant Officer has completed many successful operational sorties during which he has displayed exceptional ability as an air bomber and has been instrumental in obtaining several splendid photographs. On one occasion his aircraft was subjected to two attacks by enemy night fighters and was badly damaged but this airman rendered valuable assistance to his pilot and so enabled him to fly the aircraft home and effect a safe landing.

 

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LA TURNER, F/L Robert (C27109) - Mention in Despatches - No.428 Squadron (AFRO gives only "Overseas" - Award effective 14 June 1945 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 1478/45 dated 21 September 1945. DHist file 181.009 D.4364 (RG.24 Vol.20648) has recommendation submitted 2 February 1945. Had enlisted in London, England, 18 December 1941 (transfer from Army), serving 23 months in Canada, 14 months overseas.

 

This officer has displayed great loyalty, co-operation and devotion to duty far beyond the ordinary call. His efforts in furthering the interests of his section and the squadron as a whole have been outstanding and an inspiration to all. No task has been too great for him to meet with cheerfulness.

 

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LA VALLEY, F/O Lawrence Eli (J86466) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.10 Squadron - Award effective 5 February 1945 as per London Gazette dated 20 February 1945 and AFRO 563/45 dated 29 March 1945. Home in Princeton, British Columbia; enlisted in Vancouver, 9 March 1942. Trained at No.4 ITS (graduated 28 August 1942), No.5 EFTS (graduated 11 November 1942) and No.7 SFTS (graduated 16 April 1943). No citation other than "completed...numerous operations against the enemy in the course of which [he has] invariably displayed the utmost fortitude, courage and devotion to duty."

 

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LABARGE, P/O Joseph Andre Roger (J17674) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.432 Squadron - Award effective 6 November 1943 as per London Gazette dated 16 November 1943 and AFRO 2610/43 dated 17 December 1943. Born in Montreal, 1922; home there. Trained at No.3 ITS, No.10 AOS, No.6 BGS and No.2 ANS. 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." DHist file 181.009 D.5557 (RG.24 Vol.20668) has recommendation dated 18 September 1943 when he had flown 30 sorties (151 hours five minutes), 29 January to 8 September 1943.

 

This officer has shown a high degree of skill and initiative. His cheerful confidence has inspired a high standard of morale in his crew. Of his 30 operational sorties, 16 of them have been over heavily defended targets in Germany, such as Essen, Wuppertal, Krefeld, Mulheim, Cologne, Hamburg, Frankfurt, and Mannheim. For this fine record of achievement, his outstanding ability and strong sense of duty, this officer is strongly recommended for the award of the Distinguished Flying Cross.

 

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LaBELLE, F/O Jack Owen (J36132) - Commended for Valuable Services in the Air - No.23 EFTS - Award effective 11 August 1945 as per Canada Gazette of that date and AFRO 1453/45 dated 14th September 1945. Home in Vancouver; enlisted there 17 July 1942. Trained at No.4 ITS (graduated 17 April 1943), No.5 EFTS (graduated 12 June 1943) and No.7 SFTS (graduated 1 October 1943). See DHist file 181.009 D.1262 (RG.24 Vol.20597); recommended 5 June 1945 when he had flown 1,105 hours (800 as instructor) including 226 hours (all instructional) in previous six months.

 

Since reporting to this unit this officer has proven himself untiring in his efforts to improve the standard of Elementary training. He is continually searching for and finding ways and means for the improvement of both the training of students and the morale of the station. The interest this officer takes in his work surpasses that of ordinary duty by far.

 

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LABELLE, W/C Joseph Emery Napoleon (C1887) - Member, Order of the British Empire - No.1 Air Command Headquarters - Award effective 14 June 1945 as per Canada Gazette of that date and AFRO 1127/45 dated 6 July 1945. Born 1 August 1911 at Lapasse, Ontario; university educated (BA). Employed by Rock City Tobacco Company. Home in Ottawa; enlisted there 14 June 1945. Equipment Officer. Governor General's Records (RG.7 Group 26, Vol.59, file 190-I, dossier 7) has citation.

 

This officer, for the past year, has acted in the capacity of Assistant Senior Equipment Staff Officer at No.3 Training Command. At all times he has performed his duties in an efficient and exemplary manner and his tireless efforts to improve the administration of this Command, often at the sacrifice of off-duty hours, have shown that he places the service far above his own personal convenience. By his ability, initiative and great devotion to duty he has rendered highly meritorious service.

 

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LABELLE, F/O Philip Albert (J85882) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.426 Squadron - Award effective 6 January 1945 as per London Gazette dated 16 January 1945 and AFRO 508/45 dated 23 March 1945. Born 1916 in Vancouver; home there (bookkeeper). Enlisted Vancouver 1 May 1941; recorded as having re-enlisted in Vancouver, 23 July 1942. Trained at No.7 ITS (graduated 30 December 1942), No.19 EFTS (graduated 2 April 1943) and No.17 SFTS (graduated 23 Jul 1943). Commissioned 1944. Posted from No.61 Base to No.426 Squadron, 25 June 1944; from No.426 Squadron to "RE Depot, 27 September 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.4431 (RG.24 Vol.20649) has recommendation dated 16 October 1944 when he had flown 32 sorties (154 hours 40 minutes), 27 June to 12 October 1944.

 

This officer has completed 32 sorties over enemy territory, many of them against heavily defended areas such as Metz, Wesselling and Kiel. He has always shown great keenness to press home the attack and through his example has been an inspiration to his crew. His eagerness to go on operations and his disregard for personal danger make him stand out among his fellows. He is recommended for the award of the Distinguished Flying Cross (Non-Immediate).

 

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LABONTE, LAC Joseph Joffre Touchette (R195295) - British Empire Medal - No.6 OTU - Award effective 1 January 1946 as per Canada Gazette of that date and AFRO 82/46 dated 25 January 1946. Home in Montreal; enlisted there 15 October 1942.

 

For over a year Leading Aircraftman Labonte has worked in setting up a practical demonstration room for the Engineering Section of Training Wing. He possesses the qualities of ability and initiative to a high degree. Leading Aircraftman Labonte, by his keen, untiring devotion to duty, even to the extent of working many voluntary overtime hours, has rendered an important service to the successful training program of this operational training unit.

 

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LABRISH, F/O Frederick Blair (J4763) - Air Force Cross - No.168 Squadron (Canada) - Award effective 5 May 1944 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 1133/44 dated 26 May 1944. Home in Regina; enlisted in Montreal 20 July 1940. Trained at No.2 ITS (graduated 30 September 1940), No.2 BGS (graduated 17 February 1941), No.3 AOS (graduated 6 January 1941) and No.1 ANS (graduated 15 March 1941). With F/O H.B. Hillcoat in this incident, 23 January 1944; see also P/O E.M. Rosenbaum, F/O C.A. Dickson, Corporal A. de Marco. Lost 15 December 1944 when Fortress of No.168 Squadron vanished en route to Azores.

 


This officer was the navigator of a Fortress which, while on a routine flight recently from Great Britain to Gibraltar, had a violent collision with an unidentified aircraft. The navigator's compartment was badly damaged but Flying Officer Labrish quickly gained his full senses and immediately moved aft to the wireless compartment, where he carried on his duties in a very cool and efficient manner, despite having to work on the floor under extremely awkward conditions. That the aircraft successfully completed the return trip in its badly damaged condition is in great part due to this officer's expert knowledge and coolness under most trying circumstances.

 

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LABROSSE, Sergeant Eugene Odilion (R107296) - Mention in Despatches - Tholthorpe - Award effective 1 January 1946 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 155/46 dated 15 February 1946. Home in Macelin, Saskatchewan; enlisted in Saskatoon, 11 June 1941. AFRO gives unit only as "Overseas"; unit found in McEwen Papers list of recommendations for MiD. DHist file 181.009 D.1725 (PAC RG.24 Vol.20607) has recommendation forwarded to No.6 Group Headquarters, 5 May 1945. Wireless Mechanic; enlisted 11 June 1941; served five months in Canada and 40 months overseas. Three brothers also served in the forces - Simon (New Westmister Regiment), Julian (Canadian Army Dental Corps), and Leon (RCAF). Postwar he operated a coffee shop before employment by an Alberta construction contractor. Died in Saskatoon, 11 December 1987; buried in Calgary.

 

R107296, Sergeant Labrosse, E.O., employed as NCO in charge Signals D.S.S. has maintained airborne signals equipment at this Station at a high standard of serviceability, frequently under adverse conditions. His initiative, cheerfulness and willingness to work much longer hours than that usually required has made him an outstanding NCO.

 

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LACAILLE, FS (now P/O) Vincent Jean Paul (R81621/J86941) - Distinguished Flying Medal - No.425 Squadron - Award effective 22 August 1944 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 2274/44 dated 20 October 1944. Born Magog, Quebec, 1920; home there (clerk). Enlisted in Montreal, 9 December 1940. Trained at No.3 ITS (graduated 23 October 1942), No.11 EFTS (graduated 15 January 1943) and No.13 SFTS (graduated 14 May 1943).

 

This airman has completed many sorties and has set a fine example of skill, gallantry and resolution. On one occasion, on the outward flight to an enemy target, his aircraft sustained damage and temporarily went out of control. Flight Sergeant Lacaille regained control although the aircraft vibrated violently and, displaying great determination, went on to bomb his target. On returning to base, he landed the damaged aircraft safely and without injury to any of his crew who had been ordered to take up crash stations. Flight Sergeant Lacaille set a fine example of skill, bravery and determination.

 

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LACERTE, LAC (now FS) Rosario Joseph (R115510) - Commended for Valuable Services in the Air - No.13 SFTS - Award effective 2 March 1943 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 513/43 dated 26 March 1943. Home in Saskatoon; enlisted there 5 June 1941. Trained at No.2 ITS (graduated 4 December 1941), No.15 EFTS (graduated 13 February 1942), and No.13 SFTS (graduated 1 July 1942). Overseas as of April 1944. Later commisioned. Died in Chiliwack, British Columbia, 2000.

 

A Harvard aircraft crashed in mountainous country. After the impact, LAC Lacerte, pupil pilot, on recovering consciousness, observed that the engine had separated from the fuselage and was burning. The other occupant of the aircraft, the instructor, who was critically injured, was still in the cockpit. Lacerte removed the instructor from the aircraft and all through the night and until nearly noon the next day, when they were found by a rescue party, he rendered first aid in such a capable manner that the life of his injured comrade was saved.

 

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LACHANCE, WO1 Joseph Louis (Can 9943) - Mention in Despatches - No.437 Squadron (identified in AFRO only as "Overseas") - Award effective 1 January 1946 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 155/46 dated 15 February 1946. Home in Trenton, Ontario; enlisted in Calgary, 23 June 1938. DHist file 181.009 D.4855 (RG.24 Vol.20657) has recommendation for MBE dated 9 June 1945; Signals Warrant Officer.

 

This Warrant Officer joined the squadron on its formation as the technical Signals Officer. He was given three days to prepare the aircraft for the greatest invasion in history - the invasion of Holland. By great determination and inspiring leadership he accomplished this task in a most praiseworthy manner.

 

Since those early days Warrant Officer LaChance has carried on in the same excellent manner, continually going beyond his normal call of duty to improve the efficiency of his section, assist in the welfare of the men under him and in other sections. At all times by his willingness and unparalleled devotion to duty, he has been an example to the squadron of the best service traits.

 

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LACHANCE, LAC Marcel Joseph Roger (R180787) - Mention in Despatches - No.6 Group (AFRO gives unit only as "Overseas"; DHist card indicates the formation) - Award effective 8 June 1944 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 1729/44 dated 11 August 1944. Born in Ottawa, 21 March 1924; home there; enlisted there 5 August 1942 for General Duties (reclassified as General Duties (Maintenance), 5 September 1944). On strength of No.5 Manning Depot, Lachine, 5 August to 19 October 1942; No.1 OTU, 20 October 1942 to 15 March 1943 (promoted to AC1, 5 November 1942; promoted LAC, 5 February 1943); to "Y" Depot, Halifax, 16 March 1943; struck off strength to overseas, 7 April 1943; arrived overseas 17 April 1943; to No.1664 Conversion Unit, 13 May 1943; to No.128 Airfield, 27 February 1944; to No.6400 Servicing Echelon, 1 May 1944; to No.3 PRC, 7 August 1945; repatriated 23 December 1945. Released at Rockcliffe, 18 February 1946. Served in Militia (30 Field Regiment, Ottawa, 1 September 1963 to 15 February 1966. No citation in AFRO.

 

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LACHARITE, FS (now F/O) Roger Alfred (R62734/J96155) - British Empire Medal - No.51 Squadron - Award effective 11 February 1947 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 107/47 dated 28 February 1947. Born in Sherbrooke, Quebec, 23 August 1919; home there. Educated at St.Patrick's Academy and Seminaire St.Charles Boromee. Reserve Militia, 1938. Enlisted in Sherbrooke, 23 July 1940. Trained at Trenton (No.2 BGS); received WAG wing, February 1941. and formally graduated 17 March 1941. Discharged October 1945; later employed by Bell as line foreman.

 

Flight Sergeant Lacharite was a member of the crew of an aircraft which was shot down over Holland on 25th July 1941. He was captured by the Germans after landing by parachute, and taken first to Dulag Luft, and a month later to Stalag VIIIB at Lamsdorf. By changing identities with a New Zealander, Flight Sergeant Lacharite managed to be sent out on a working party and made three escapes, all of which were eventually unsuccessful, although on the first occasion he was at liberty for three months and on the second and third occasions he reached Prague and the Polish border respectively. After the last attempt, his true identity was discovered and Flight Sergeant Lacharite was sent to Stalag Luft III at the end of July 1942. Subsequently he engaged in tunnelling and other escape activities. In the autumn of 1944 the whole group was moved to Fallingbostel where this airman worked in liaison with French workmen in order to obtain passports, food and equipment for the use of escapers. Later, while on the march from Stalag 357, Flight Sergeant Lacharite and a companion left the column on the fifth day of the march, and after three days in the woods, made contact with Allied troops. Throughout his period of captivity, Flight Sergeant Lacharite showed great determination to escape and also to assist other escapers. He set a fine example to his fellow prisoners.

 

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LACKMAN, F/L Edward Franklin (J88540) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.425 Squadron - Award effective 5 July 1945 as per London Gazette dated 17 July 1945 and AFRO 1507/45 dated 28 September 1945. Born 1923 in Winnipeg; home in Calgary (student). Enlisted Regina, 21 May 1941. Trained at No.4 WS (graduated 24 November 1941) and No.7 BGS (graduated 8 June 1942). Commissioned July 1944.

 


Flight Lieutenant Lackman has always displayed outstanding courage in the performance of his duties as wireless operator (air). In February 1945, on a sortie to Leipzig, his aircraft was attacked by five enemy aircraft. Flight Lieutenant Lackman was largely responsible for giving the pilot instructions for evading the enemy. His courage in the face of danger has been outstanding at all times.

 

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LADEROUTE, Sergeant Michael John (R56180) - Mention in Despatches - attached to Middle East Command - Award effective 9 June 1942 as per London Gazette dated 11 June 1942 and AFRO 1000-1001/42 dated 3 July 1942. Home in Montreal, 26 February 1922; enlisted there 1 July 1940. Trained at No.1 Manning Depot (1 July to 22 July 1940), No.1 ITS (22 Jult to 16 September 1940), No.1 WS (16 September 1940 to 19 January 1941)and No.1 BGS, Jarvis (graduated 15 February 1941). Arrived at No.3 PRC, 20 April 1941; to No.22 Signal School, 28 April 1941; to No.1 Wing, Yatesbury and No.12 OTU, 31 May 1941; to No.99 Squadron, 25 August 1941; to No.15 OTU, 2 October 1941; to Middle East, 15 October 1941; to No.109 Squadron, date uncertain until 4 January 1942; No.162 Squadron, 4 January to 16 August 1942; to Home Establishment, 6 September 1942, served at No.22 OTU, dates uncertain; returned to Canada, 12 December 1943; commissioned 26 October 1943; served at No.34 OTU, 30 December 1943 to 30 April 1944; posted overseas, arriving in UK, 2 June 1944; attended No.1659 CU; to No.434 Squadron, 19 August 1944; killed 11 September 1944.

 

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LAFFERTY, F/L William George (J23941) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.427 Squadron - Award effective 12 November 1945 as per London Gazette dated 16 November 1945 and AFRO 133/46 dated 8 February 1946. Born 1919 in Kingston, Ontario; home there (proof reader). Formerly in Royal Canadian Artillery. Enlisted Trenton, 4 August 1939. Trained at No.3 ITS (graduated 18 July 1942) and No.9 AOS (graduated 5 March 1943). Commissioned February 1943. No citation other than "completed...numerous operations against the enemy in the course of which [he has] invariably displayed the utmost fortitude, courage and devotion to duty." DHist file 181.009 D.2610 (RG.24 Vol.20627) has recommendation dated 23 May 1945 when he had flown 34 sorties (174 hours 35 minutes), 25 February 1944 to 10 May 1945. This included a tour of 30 trips, 25 February to 27 June 1944, followed by a single bombing raid on Wangerooge (25 April 1945) and three trips under Operation EXODUS (8, 9 and 10 May 1945).

 

Flight Lieutenant Lafferty is now on his second tour of operations, most of his sorties being carried out against heavily defended German targets. He has consistently displayed the finest operational spirit, coolness in emergency, and unbounded courage. He is imbued with a determination to attack, whatever obstacles he may be faced with. He is a valued crew member who has done much to improve the spirit and efficiency of his whole section.

 

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LaFLAMME, F/O Arthur Joseph Edgar (J25962) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.153 Squadron - Award effective 15 March 1945 as per London Gazette dated 27 March 1945 and AFRO 1127/45 dated 6 July 1945. Born 1912, Hull, Quebec; home there. Enlisted May 1934. Re-enlisted in Ottawa, 25 May 1938. Trained at No.5 ITS (graduated 26 September 1942), No.10 EFTS (graduated 4 December 1942) and No.5 SFTS (graduated 30 April 1943). Commissioned 1943. No citation other than "completed...many successful operations against the enemy in which [he has] displayed high skill, fortitude and devotion to duty." Public Records Office Air 2/9051 has recommendation dated 16 December 1944 when he had flown 30 sorties (168 hours), 12 August to 17 December 1944.

 

12 Aug 44 Bordeaux 2 Oct 44 West Kapelle

16 Aug 44 Stettin 5 Oct 44 Saarbrucken

18 Aug 44 Reime 7 Oct 44 Emmerich

25 Aug 44 Russelheim 14 Oct 44 Stuttgart

26 Aug 44 Kiel 11 Nov 44 Dortmund

5 Sept 44 Le Havre 16 Nov 44 Duren

7 Sept 44 Le Havre 18 Nov 44 Wanne Eickel

10 Sep 44 Le Havre 21 Nov 44 Aschaffenburg

12 Sep 44 Frankfurt 27 Nov 44 Freiburg

16 Sep 44 Steenwuk 29 Nov 44 Dortmund

17 Sep 44 Biggerkerke 4 Dec 44 Karlsruhe

20 Sep 44 Sangatte 6 Dec 44 Leuna

23 Sep 44 Neuss 12 Dec 44 Essen

26 Sep 44 Calais 15 Dec 44 Ludwigshaven

27 Sep 44 Calais 17 Dec 44 Ulm

 

This Canadian captain of aircraft has shown consistent courage and unusual initiative during his tour of operations. He has made 30 sorties against the enemy and his targets include such heavily defended areas as Kiel, Stuttgart, Essen and Frankfurt.

 

His has pressed home his attacks with the utmost determination and with complete disregard of enemy opposition. His courage and coolness in the face of intense anti-aircraft fire has been an inspiration to his crew.

 

His leadership has contributed to the highest standard of morale in the squadron and is deserving of the highest prase. Such outstanding abilities and devotion to duty fully merit the award of the Distinguished Flying Cross.

 

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LaFLECHE, FS Loranger Andre (Can 9998) - Mention in Despatches - No.9425 Servicing Echelon (No.62 Base in AFRO) - Award effective 1 January 1945 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 425/45 dated 9 March 1945. Home in Montreal; enlisted there 3 November 1939. Armourer. No citation in AFRO; DHist file 181.009 D.1719 (PAC RG.26 Vol.2606) has recommendation for BEM submitted by F/L R.F.L. Hanna (Station Armament Officer) on 8 July 1944.


Shortly after the explosion of a number of bombs on a burning aircraft, at RCAF Station Tholthorpe, in the early hours of 28th June 1944, Sergeant LaFleche, though not on duty at the time, reported on the scene. In the darkness he searched around the burning wreckage of two aircraft for unexploded bombs in order that they might be removed before they exploded and caused further damage and possible loss of life. He ably assisted the Armament Officer in locating and removing two bombs fuzed long delay which were hot from the fire and in a very dangerous condition. Shortly afterwards, when a misfire occurred in demolishing these two bombs, Sergeant LaFleche again showed commendable courage and devotion to duty in preparing these bombs for a second demolition charge.

 

His skill and courage in the face of known danger, together with his characteristic coolness and presence of mind, materially assisted in disposing of these bombs, thereby safeguarding lives and clearing the aerodrome for further operations without delay. I consider his gallant conduct fully merits the award of the British Empire Medal.

 

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LAFOND, F/O Leonard Eugene (J85836) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.419 Squadron - Award effective 6 January 1945 as per London Gazette dated 16 January 1945 and AFRO 508/45 dated 23 March 1945. Born 1924 at Sarnia, Ontario; home there (butcher). Enlisted London, Ontario, 29 October 1942. Trained at No.3 BGS (graduated 25 June 1943). Commissioned 1944. DHist file 181.009 D.3260 (RG.24 Vol.20637) has recommendation dated 28 September 1944 when he had flown 33 sorties (187 hours 30 minutes), 3 September 1943 to 15 September 1944. Incident described was 24 April 1944.

 

Flying Officer Lafond has participated in many operational sorties including attacks against Berlin, Kiel and Stettin. He has at all times displayed technical skill, courage, and determination of a high order. In April 1944, he was rear gunner in an aircraft detailed for a mine-laying mission in Cherbourg harbour. His aircraft was severely damaged by anti-aircraft fire but Flying Officer Lafond's excellent directions to his pilot enabled him to take successful action in evading the enemy searchlights. On the return flight over this country it was necessary to abandon the aircraft by parachute. This officer was trapped in his turret but showed great coolness and initiative in extricating himself. Despite his trying experience he has continued to show undiminished enthusiasm to operate against the enemy.

 

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LAFOND, F/O Paul Charles Eugene (J14639) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.10 (BR) Squadron - Award effective 5 May 1944 as per London Gazette and Canada Gazette of that date and AFRO 1133/44 dated 26 May 1944. Home in Hull, Quebec; enlisted in Ottawa, 1 October 1941. Trained at No.3 ITS (graduated 13 March 1942), No.8 AOS (graduated 22 June 1942), No.9 BGS (graduated 1 August 1942), and No.1 ANS (graduated 21 September 1942). Prominent in Liberal Party affairs, 1948 onwards; appointed to Senate of Canada, 7 October 1970. Chairman of Senate Defence Committee. Died of cancer, Ottawa, 27 May 1988. Medals with Canadian War Museum (AN 19900339-001). Photo PL-24228 shows the whole crew after their attack on a U-Boat: Back Row - WO2 F.J. Patterson; F.O A.P.V. Cheater, F/O P.C.E. Lafond, F/O M.S. Wallace, P/O J.A. Banks. Front Row - Sergent S.S. Archer, WO2 C.S. Carter.

 

This officer was navigator of a VLR Liberator which attacked an enemy submarine recently in the North Atlantic. Under very poor visibility conditions he operated the bomb-sight with admirable efficiency in the face of continuous anti-aircraft fire. On the second attack, when it was almost dark, he released two depth charges which struck beside the conning tower with the result that the ensuing explosion blew the U-Boat partially out of the water and it was observed to sink immediately afterwards. This officer has completed hundreds of hours of anti-submarine operations in the North Atlantic and has set a consistently high standard of courage, skill and devotion to duty as a navigator and bomb aimer.

 

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LAFORCE, F/O Joseph Arthur Paul (J37744) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.425 Squadron - Award effective 8 September 1945 as per London Gazette dated 25 September 1945 and AFRO 1768/45 dated 23 November 1945. Born 1922 in Boston, Massachusetts; home in Montreal (farmer). Enlisted in Montreal, 2 October 1942. Trained at No.1 ITS (graduated 13 June 1943) and No.1 AOS (graduated 12 November 1943). Commissioned 1943.

 

Flying Officer Laforce has taken part in attacks against many heavily defended targets, including Essen, Cologne, Dusseldorf and Hanover. In October 1944, when detailed to attack Wanne Eickel, whilst approaching the target area, the aircraft suffered heavy damage from anti-aircraft fire. Despite this the mission was successfully completed. Flying Officer Laforce's unselfish devotion to duty together with his skill and efficiency have been worthy of high praise.

 

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LAFRENIERE, F/O Joseph Rodolphe Henri (J35881) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.425 Squadron - Award effective 16 February 1945 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 563/45 dated 29 March 1945. Born 1921 in Maskinonge, Quebec; home in Trois Rivieres. Enlisted Quebec, 3 August 1942. Trained at No.1 ITS (graduated 6 March 1943), No.20 EFTS (graduated 15 May 1943) and No.13 SFTS (graduated 3 September 1943). Commissioned 1943. Recommended 18 December 1944 for incident of 2/3 December 1944 when his aircraft collided with another friendly aircraft; tip of starboard mainplane and top of tailplane rudder had been ripped off. At that time he could not ascertain full damage, and the performance was impaired. As of recommendation he had flown 19 sorties (114.05 operational hours).

 


This officer has completed many operational missions and throughout has displayed devotion to duty of a high standard. One night in December 1944 he piloted an aircraft detailed to attack Hagen. On the outward flight the aircraft sustained damage. The tip of the starboard mainplane was torn away; the top portion of a rudder was also broken off. In spite of this, Flying Officer Lafreniere went on to the target and executed a successful attack. He displayed exceptional determination throughout.

 

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LAGACE, F/L Herve Paul (J16271) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.425 Squadron - Award effective 19 September 1944 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 2274/44 dated 20 October 1944. Born 1921 in St.Boniface, Manitoba; home in La Salle, Manitoba (also given as Montreal). Educated at University of Manitoba. Enlisted in Regina, 24 August 1940. Trained at No.1 BGS (graduated 28 October 1940. Commissioned 1942.

 

As air gunner, this officer has displayed the highest standard of determination throughout his tour of operational duty. He has taken part in attacks on very many targets important to the enemy's war effort. His coolness in action and his notable gunnery skill have made him a most valuable member of aircraft crew.

 

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LAGASSE, FS Guy Joseph Fred (Can 2211) - Mention in Despatches - Station Botwood - Award effective 1 January 1946 as per Canada Gazette of that date and AFRO 82/46 dated 25 January 1946. Home in Mont Joli, Quebec; enlisted in Saint John, New Brunswick, 2 June 1937.

 

This non-commissioned officer has displayed great determination and devotion to duty in his capacity as non-commissioned officer in charge of Airframe Mechanics. His work has been excellent. The maintenance has been carried out under most trying conditions, often with limited facilities. He has given meritorious service and devotion to duty of a high order.

 

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LAGRAVE, S/L Henry Josias (C5433) - Member, Order of the British Empire - Western Air Command Headquarters - Award effective 13 June 1946 as per Canada Gazette of that date and AFRO 660/46 dated 5 July 1946. Enlisted in Ottawa, 14 April 1924.

 


This officer with almost 22 years service in the Royal Canadian Air Force has done his utmost to further the interests of the service over this period. His work has always been of an outstandingly high order. Since posted to this Headquarters his solid hard work and keen attitude to the service, first as Officer in charge Major Equipment, and latterly as Acting Senior Equipment Officer, has been worthy of merit.

 

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LAIDLAW, F/O Mowbray Scott (J29856) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.405 Squadron - Award effective 8 September 1945 as per London Gazette dated 25 September 1945 and AFRO 1768/45 dated 23 November 1945. Born 1922 in Saskatoon; home there (clerk). Enlisted in Saskatoon, 28 July 1942. Trained at No.7 ITS (graduated 3 April 1943) and No.2 AOS (graduated 3 September 1943). Commissioned August 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 2/8751 has recommendation dated 20 April 1945 when he had flown 36 sorties (192 hours 35 minutes), 25 August 1944 to 18 April 1945.

 

25 Aug 44 Russelsheim (8.30) 14 Feb 45 Chemnitz (7.05)

23 Oct 44 Essen (4.25) 23 Feb 45 Essen (3.45)

28 Oct 44 Cologne (4.00) 27 Feb 45 Mainz (4.35)

30 Oct 44 Cologne (5.00) 1 Mar 45 Mannheim (5.00)

9 Nov 44 Wanne Eickel (3.50) 5 Mar 45 Chemnitz (7.20)

16 Nov 44 Julich (3.20) 7 Mar 45 Dessau (8.00)

18 Nov 44 Wanne Eickel (4.25) 8 Mar 45 Hamburg (5.50)

21 Nov 44 Castrop Rauxel (4.15) 11 Mar 45 Essen (4.10)

27 Nov 44 Neuss (4.10) 12 Mar 45 Dortmund (4.20)

30 Nov 44 Duisburg (4.00) 15 Mar 45 Misburg (6.35)

2 Dec 44 Hagen (5.40) 18 Mar 45 Witten (5.10)

29 Dec 44 Troisdorf (4.50) 22 Mar 45 Wildesheim (4.40)

30 Dec 44 Cologne (4.35) 4 Apr 45 Merseburg (6.35)

5 Jan 45 Royan (5.10) 8 Apr 45 Hamburg (5.00)

7 Jan 45 Munich (7.00) 9 Apr 45 Kiel (5.05)

14 Jan 45 Merseburg (6.30) 14 Apr 45 Potsdam (7.40)

16 Jan 45 Zeitz (6.40) 17 Apr 45 Schwandorf (6.45)

3 Feb 45 Bottrop (4.35) 18 Apr 45 Heligoland (4.05)

 

Flying Officer Laidlaw is a most efficient and keen navigator is a highly successful crew which has almost completed one tour of operations. He has taken part in attacks against such strongly defended areas as Kiel, Chemnitz, Merseburg and Berlin. He has always shown great keenness to take part in operations. Throughout his operations, Flying Officer Laidlaw has set an outstanding example to all crew members, and his cheerful disposition and winningness has been a great asset to the squadron.

 

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LAIDLAW, W/C Robert (C5201) - Member, Order of the British Empire - No.3 Air Navigation School - Award effective 1 January 1946 as per Canada Gazette of that date and AFRO 82/46 dated 25 January 1946. Enlisted in Winnipeg, 4 December 1924.

 

This officer has served 21 years in the Royal Canadian Air Force as an airman and officer. His loyalty and devotion to duty have been outstanding. As Chief Engineering Officer his vast technical knowledge, coupled with his ability to grasp the requirements of his unit, has gained him the whole-hearted support of all personnel with whom he has served.

 

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LAINE, F/L Sven Roy Walfrid (J18786) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.408 Squadron - Award effective 9 February 1944 as per London Gazette dated 22 February 1944 and AFRO 644/44 dated 24 March 1944. Born in Fort William, Ontario, 1921; home in Port Arthur. Enlisted Geraldton, Ontario, 12 July 1941. Trained at No.7 ITS (graduated 13 March 1942), No.2 EFTS (graduated 19 June 1942) and No.12 SFTS (graduated 23 October 1942). Commissioned 1943.

 

This officer has taken part in very many sorties, including ten against the German capital. He is a skilful and resolute captain, whose fine fighting qualities have impressed all. On a recent occasion whilst over Brunswick his aircraft was hit and it caught fire. Coolly and skilfully, Flight Lieutenant Laine overcame a difficult situation and then pressed home his attack with great determination. His great skill and resolution in trying circumstances contributed largely to the success of the sortie.

 

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LAING, F/L George Henderson (J22778) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.57 Squadron - Award effective 29 January 1944 as per London Gazette dated 15 February 1944 and AFRO 644/44 dated 24 March 1944. Born in Manitoba, 1922; home in Winnipeg; enlisted there 5 July 1941. Trained at No.7 ITS (graduated 13 August 1942), No.19 EFTS (graduated 5 June 1942) and No.11 SFTS (graduated 9 October 1942). Commissioned 1942.

 

One night in December 1943, this officer was the pilot of an aircraft detailed to attack Berlin. Although engine trouble developed on the outward journey, Flight Lieutenant Laing continued to the target and bombed it. He afterwards flew safely to base although two of the aircraft's engines were out of action. Flight Lieutenant Laing has participated in many sorties and has always displayed praiseworthy skill, courage and determination.

 

LAING, F/L George Henderson, DFC (J22778) - Bar to Distinguished Flying Cross - No.97 Squadron - Award effective 1 December 1944 as per London Gazette dated 8 December 1944 and AFRO 293/45 dated 16 February 1945.

 


Since the award of the Distinguished Flying Cross, Flight Lieutenant Laing has continued to engage the enemy with the utmost efficiency, courage and success. His aircraft has been in combat on several occasions, on one of which one engine of his bomber caught fire and was rendered unserviceable. Despite damage, he continued to the target, completed his mission and flew his damaged aircraft safely back to England. His skill and unfailing devotion to duty have been most commendable.

 

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LAING, F/L Norman Leslie (J26053) - Mention in Despatches - No.405 Squadron (deceased) - Award effective 13 June 1946 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 726/46 dated 26 July 1946. Home in Toronto. Born in Saskatoon, 25 September 1919; home there (creamery worker). A member of Boys Clubs, Scouts and Rovers. Enlisted in Saskatoon, 4 March 1941, April 1941; trained at No.2 ITS (graduated 21 July 1941), No.15 EFTS (graduated 13 September 1941) and No.4 SFTS (graduated 5 December 1941). Awarded wings at Saskatoon, December 1941. After a course at Trenton, instructed at High River for about 18 months. Went overseas, August 1943. Shot down 15 March 1945; shot while evading capture; buried in Germany.

 

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LAIRD, F/L George Johnstone (J4896) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.427 Squadron - Award effective 9 November 1943 as per London Gazette dated 9 November 1943 and AFRO 358/44 dated 18 February 1944. Born in Winnipeg, 1914; home in Toronto; enlisted there 20 August 1940. Trained at No.1 ITS (graduated 22 November 1940), No.9 EFTS (graduated 4 January 1941) and No.5 SFTS (graduated 21 March 1941). Commissioned 1941. Cited with Sergeant William H. Cardy (RCAF), awarded CGM (Flying). Incident occurred on the night of 3 October 1943. Also mentioned in Martin Middlebrook, The Nuremburg Raid, pp.235 and 280. Public Relations release in October 1943 says that his rear gunner (P/O Jack Findlay, Toronto) and English wireless operator were killed in the Kassel incident when aircraft was half-way to target; night fighter raked Halifax from below. Aircraft caught fire; Laird did steep turn and lost 4,000 feet but fire went out. Intercom knocked out and he learned by shouted reports that two were dead. Bomb aimer (Sergeant Joe Corbally, Toronto) unable to jettison bombs but fighter had shot away a cable that held 2,000-pound "cookie" and during violent evasive action it fell off. Corbally checked for damage and applied tourniquet to Cardy. Mid-upper gunner (P/O James Moffat) found nine German bullets in airplane, one of which passed between his own guns. While fire lasted in bomb bay the mid-upper gunner could not see for flame and smoke but continued to direct evasive action. Navigator (Sergeant George Lorimer, Vancouver) laid down direct course for home and kept lookout in nose. Struggled home and advised by control tower to bale out. Cardy had been badly wounded (right arm and eye) and had been losing consciousness; Laird refused to commit him to a parachute and got permission to land. With hydraulics shot away and unable to lock down undercarriage, Cardy regained consciousness enough to direct axe and back-saw work that finally got the wheels down. After touch-down the crew crawled clear just as incendiaries began to burn.

 


Flight Lieutenant Laird and Sergeant Cardy were pilot and flight engineer respectively of an aircraft detailed to attack Kassel one night in October 1943. During the operation the bomber was hit by a hail of bullets from an enemy fighter. Nevertheless, Flight Lieutenant Laird coolly and skilfully outmaneuvered the enemy aircraft and set course for this country. Two of his crew had been killed, however, and Sergeant Cardy was wounded in the arm and in the eye. In spite of intense suffering, this gallant airman refused to leave his post and executed his normal duties until he finally fainted through loss of blood. Later, when he again recovered consciousness, he attempted to do as much as he could to assist his captain in the homeward flight. By a superb effort Flight Lieutenant Laird succeeded in reaching base where he effected a safe landing in difficult circumstances. This officer displayed outstanding skill, courage and tenacity, while Sergeant Cardy's exemplary conduct and great fortitude were beyond praise.

 

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LAIRD, F/L Richard Ewart (J15630) - Air Force Cross - No.650 Squadron - Award effective 1 September 1944 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 2637/44 dated 8 December 1944. Home in Winnipeg; enlisted in Vancouver, 25 October 1940. Trained at No.2 ITS (graduated 9 March 1941), No.8 EFTS (graduated 16 May 1941) and No.3 SFTS (graduated 20 August 1941). No citation found in Canadian sources. Public Records Office Air 2/9019 has recommendation made when he had flown 1,271 hours of which 180 were in previous six months.

 

Since being posted to the squadron at Cark as flight commander this officer has been responsible for providing air co-operation at Netherton which is approximately 50 miles from base. he has flown 180 hours on anti-aircraft co-operation work during the past five months in a difficult part of the country, often in bad weather. As a result of his keenness and superior organising abilities no course has left Netheron without completing its full programme and, when weather conditions are doubtful, he has never detailed any other pilot without first completing a sortie himself. By his personal example, he has set a high standard in the squadron.

 

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LAJEUNESSE, LAC Damien (R168305) - Mention in Despatches - Skipton-on-Swale - Award effective 1 January 1946 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 418/46 dated 18 April 1946. AFRO gives unit only as "Overseas"; unit found in McEwen Papers list of recommendations for MiD. DHist file 181.009 D.1762 (RG.24 Vol.20609) has recommendation composed about April 1945; enlisted 16 June 1942; had served three months in Canada, 30 months in UK. Radio Telephone Operator.

 


LAC Lajeunesse has served for nearly two years in the Flying Control Section. His efficiency, intelligence and clear diction over the R/T have been commended by various Squadron Commanders stationed here during the past. His devotion to duty and willingness to work long extra hours of overtime watch are especially commendable. During difficult landing conditions, poor atmospheric conditions for radio reception and at times poor squadron discipline over the R/T, he has been especially helpful and of great reliability. His quick interpretation of instructions have been highly commendable.

 

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LAKE, F/L Ronald George (J11283) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.441 Squadron - Award effective 23 February 1945 as per London Gazette dated 2 March 1945 and AFRO 802/45 dated 11 May 1945. Born 21 November 1919 in Timmins, Ontario; home in Longstaff, Ontario. Enlisted in Toronto 9 July 1941. Trained at No.3 ITS (graduated 7 November 1941), No.20 EFTS (graduated 2 January 1942) and No.16 SFTS (graduated 24 April 1942); commissioned 24 April 1942; promoted to Flying Officer, 24 October 1942; to Flight Lieutenant, 24 April 1944. At Station Trenton, 24 May to 15 July 1942; instructed at No.6 SFTS, Dunnville, 16 July 1942 to 3 June 1943. Further trained at No.1 OTU, Bagotville, 4 June to 17 August 1943; with No.125 Squadron, Halifax, 28 August 1943 to 12 January 1944. Posted overseas in January 1944, arriving in Britain on 31 January 1944. Served in No.441 Squadron, 13 February to 10 December 1944; with No.57 OTU, 10-27 December 1944; No.286 Squadron, 27 December 1944 to 30 April 1945, and No.587 Squadron, 30 April to July 1945. Repatriated to Canada, 23 July 1945; released 8 September 1945. Credited with the following aerial victories: 28 March 1944, one unidentified twin-engine enemy aircraft damage on ground, Dreux plus one Me.410 damaged on ground (shared with two others); 2 July 1944, one FW.190 destroyed plus two Bf.109s destroyed (one shared with F/L L.A, Moore), Liseux; 18 September 1944, one Bf.109 destroyed, Arnhem; 27 September 1944, one Bf.109 destroyed, Nijmegen; 30 September 1944, one Me.262 damaged.

 

Flight Lieutenant Lake as second in command of his flight has always shown exceptional keenness to operate against the enemy and has pressed home his attacks with great determination and skill. He has destroyed at least four enemy aircraft and has inflicted much damage and destruction upon enemy road transport and gun positions. Flight Lieutenant Lake's courage and devotion to duty at all times have been worthy of high praise.

 

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LAKEMAN, F/O Joseph Cornelius (J25984) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.429 Squadron - Award effective 3 November 1944 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 1/45 dated 5 January 1945. Born in Edmonton, 1917; home there; enlisted in Hamilton, Ontario, 2 March 1942. Trained at No.5 ITS (graduated 12 September 1942), No.10 EFTS (graduated 4 December 1942) and No.5 SFTS (graduated 30 April 1943). Commissioned 1943.

 


Flying Officer Lakeman has completed many sorties and has displayed a high degree of skill and courage in pressing home his attacks. One day in September, Flying Officer Lakeman was detailed to attack Emden. On the outward journey, many miles from the target, the starboard inner engine became unserviceable. Some height was lost but, undeterred, Flying Officer Lakeman continued to the target and executed a successful attack. He afterwards flew the aircraft safely back to base. His devotion to duty has been unflagging.

 

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LAMARRE, P/O Joseph Yves Jean Claude (J95374) - Mention in Despatches - No.425 Squadron - (deceased) - Award effective 13 June 1946 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 726/46 dated 26 July 1946. Air gunner. Home in Montreal 12 December 1924; enlisted there 15 March 1943. Trained at No.4 WS (30 August to 7 October 1943) and No.10 BGS (graduated 28 January 1944); attended No.3 AGTS, Three Rivers, 12 February to 16 March 1944; arrived overseas 2 April 1944; to No.22 OTU, 30 May 1944; to No.61 Base, 20 September 1944; attached to No.1664 HCU, 11 October to 24 November 1944; to No.425 Squadron, 24 November 1944; killed in action 5/6 January 1945 (Halifax MZ860, aircraft :"E"); buried in Germany. He was commissioned in September 1945, with effect from 4 January 1945.

 

His aircraft was shot down in the area of Nienburg/Weser at 1918 hours on 5 January 1945. The evidence was that all the crew baled out safely. However, P/O (then Flight Sergeant) Lamarre was shot by the SS. Other evidence suggested that WO2 (later P/O) J.A.P. Piche either died in the crash or was shot as well. With respect to Lamarre, the local SS officer, Obersturmbannfueher Bossenberg, had a heated argument with the local police chief, one Herr Keunecke who declined to shoot the prisoner, after which the SS officer declared, We will have to shoot him ourselves. The story as put out that Lamarre had been shot while trying to escape, but Bossenberg ridiculed Keunecke for squeamishness, saying that a 19 year-old SS soldier had shot the prisoner. Information to this effect was known to Canadian authorities as early as 17 July 1945

 

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LAMB, W/C Hugh (C2238) - Mention in Despatches - No.1659 HCU - Award effective 1 January 1946 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 322/46 dated 29 March 1946. Home in Verdun, Quebec. McGill University graduate in Engineering. Engineering Officer. Enlisted in Montreal, 4 June 1940. Served two years four months in Canada; as of 23 June 1945 had served two years seven months in England. No citation in AFRO; DHist 181.002 D.225 gives following:

 

Arriving in England in 1942, this officer has had considerable engineering experience before he joined this station in 1943. In the past two years he has been alternatively employed as Officer in Charge of Base Major Servicing and Chief technical Officer for Servicing Wing. The smooth efficiency of his section is due to his organizing and technical ability coupled with an unfailing good humour and devotion to duty. The high morale of his men reflects the genuine interest and concern he displays in their welfare at all times, and it is considered that his unselfish and untiring service is well worthy of recognition.

 

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LAMB, F/L John Douglas (J4115) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.357 Squadron - Award effective 9 October 1945 as per London Gazette dated 19 October 1945 and AFRO 1822/45 dated 7 December 1945. Home in Vancouver; enlisted there 26 June 1940. Trained at No.1 ITS (graduated 14 September 1940), No.11 EFTS (graduated 4 December 1940) and No.2 SFTS (graduated 15 February 1941).

 

Flight Lieutenant Lamb has completed a considerable number of sorties over Burma, French Indo-China, Siam and Malaya, involving low flying in dangerous country and in adverse weather. He has completed a number of successful long range operations, three of which were over twenty hours duration. By his keenness and determination he has been largely responsible for the successes achieved.

 

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LAMBERT, F/L Albert (J1326) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.405 Squadron - Award effective 16 June 1942 as per London Gazette dated 22 September 1942 and AFRO 1653/42 dated 16 October 1942. Born in Grimsby, England, 1914; home in Saint John, New Brunswick; enlisted in Toronto, 19 July 1940. Trained at No.2 ITS (graduated 30 September 1940), No.3 AOS (graduated 6 January 1941), No.2 BGS (graduated 17 February 1941) and No.1 ANS (graduated 15 May 1941). Commissioned 1941.

 

This officer has completed a tour of operations which has included attacks on many different types of targets including Hamburg, Stettin, Wilhelmshaven, Berlin, and many others. On one flight his aircraft was airborne for eleven and one-quarter hours. As an observer his skill and determination at all times proved a source of confidence to all with whom he has flown.

 

Public Records Office Air 2/9598 has recommendation dated 12 July 1942 when he had flown 24 sorties (182 hours 12 minutes). Text differs little from above; sortie sheet is as follows (trips from 15 September 1941 to 14 February 1942 totalling 152 hours nine minutes were with another squadron; it is not known what "Gibraltar" signifies - possibly ferrying or anti-submarine patrols.

 

15 Sep 41 Hamburg (7.55) 9 Jan 42 Kabrit (8.07)

29 Sep 41 Stettin (4.35) 27 Jan 42 Kabrit (10.30)

1 Oct 41 Sticorth [?] (8.45) 4 Feb 42 Sareteva (11.15)

12 Oct 41 Nuremburg (10.20) 9 Feb 42 Gibraltar (10.50)

20 Oct 41 Wilhelmshaven (6.30) 14 Feb 42 Gibraltar (9.15)

22 Oct 41 Mannheim (7.55) 30 May 42 Cologne (4.59)

31 Oct 41 Hamburg (7.20) 1 June 42 Essen (5.00, attacked target

7 Nov 41 Berlin (10.10) with navigational aid)

8 Dec 41 Essen (6.59) 2 June 42 Essen (5.12, used navigation

15 Dec 41 Ostend (4.33) aid in 10/10 cloud)

18 Dec 41 Brest (7.36) 6 June 42 Emden (4.36)

28 Dec 41 G.113 [?] (10.30) 25 June 42 Bremen (5.15)


30 Dec 41 Gibraltar (9.34) 2 July 42 Bremen (5.01, 10/10 cloud)

 

LAMBERT, S/L Albert, DFC (J1326) - Bar to Distinguished Flying Cross - No.405 Squadron - Award effective 11 April 1944 as per London Gazette dated 21 April 1944 and AFRO 1075/44 dated 19 May 1944.

 

Since being awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross this officer has taken part in a further number of operational sorties. An outstanding navigator and flight commander, Squadron Leader Lambert has continued to display keenness, efficiency and great devotion to duty, setting a splendid example to all in his squadron.

 

LAMBERT, W/C Albert, DFC (J1326) - Croix de Guerre with Gold Star (France) - AFRO 485/47 dated 12 September 1947. Pilot.

 

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LAMBERT, W/C Frederick Frank, DSO, DFC (20078) - Croix de Guerre with Vermilion Star (France) - Award effective 3 December 1948 as per AFRO 710/48 of that date. Born in Wilkie, Saskatchewan, 28 June 1914. Able Seaman in RCN Reserve, Saskatoon; 27 December 1933 to 11 April 1945; discharged as unable to attend drills; reported on 11 April 1935 as having gone to England some time earlier to obtain an apprenticeship in Merchant Marine. Joined RAF, 1936. Flying duties in India, 1937-1943. Awarded DFC, 4 August 1944. Transferred to RCAF, 1 March 1945; Commanding Officer, Station Torbay, December 1945 to April 1946; Director of Intelligence, AFHQ, May 1946 to November 1948; Senior Air Staff Officer, No,1 Air Defence Group Headquarters, December 1948 to October 1949; Senior Air Staff Officer, No.12 Air Defence Group, Vancouver, August 1950 to October 1951; attended Aircraft Controller Course, Tyndall Air Force Base, Florida, November 1951 to January 1952; Commanding Officer, No.2 Aircraft Control and Warning Squadron (later No.21 ACW Squadron), Chatham, New Brunswick, February 1952 to January 1953; Exchange Officer with USAF (Staff Officer, Directorate of Plans and Requirements, Northeast Air Command, Pepperell AFB, Newfoundland), January 1953 to February 1955; Intelligence Staff Officer, No.1 Air Division Headquarters, France, February 1955 to January 1956; Staff Officer, Intelligence Division, Allied Air Forces, Central Europe, France, January 1956 to March 1960; Director of Intelligence, Northern NORAD Headquarters, St.Hubert, March 1960 to August 1961; on rehabilitation leave, 19 December 1961 to 16 June 1962 (released). Wing Commander throughout his RCAF service. Retired to England where he died 10 August 1998.

 

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LAMBERT, F/O Joseph Maurice Lucien (J20360) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.424 Squadron - Award effective 1 September 1944 as per London Gazette dated 19 September 1944 and AFRO 2373/44 dated 3 November 1944. Born in Edmonton, 1912; home in Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan; enlisted in Edmonton, 23 October 1940. Trained at No.2 ITS (graduated 20 February 1941), No.16 EFTS (graduated 22 April 1941) and No.32 SFTS (graduated 15 July 1941). 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 15 June 1944 when he had flown 31 sorties (205 operational hours), 23 May 1943 to 20 May 1944.

 

23 May 43 Dortmund (5.30) 22 Sep 43 Salerno (6.30)

27 May 43 Essen (5.55) 1 Oct 43 Formia (5.55)

1 June 43 GARDENING, Texel (3.20) 3 Oct 43 Civitavecchin (6.45)

11 Jun 43 Dusseldorf (5.30) 4 Oct 43 Formia (5.40)

19 Jul 43 Ferry to Tunisia (12.40) 19 Feb 44 Leipzig (7.00)

22 Jul 43 Salerno (5.40) 13 Mar 44 Le Mans (6.00)

8 Aug 43 Messina (6.10) 30 Mar 44 Nuremburg (9.50)

11 Aug 43 Messina (5.30) 10 Apr 44 Ghent (4.00)

12 Aug 43 Messina (5.10) 18 Apr 44 Paris (6.10)

15 Aug 43 Viterbo (6.05) 20 Apr 44 Lens (4.30)

17 Aug 43 Lamezia (5.20) 8 May 44 St.Nazaire (5.20)

20 Aug 43 Villa Literno (5.50) 9 May 44 St.Valery (4.05)

23 Aug 43 Bagnoli (5.35) 10 May 44 St.Nazaire (5.15)

25 Aug 43 Taranto (6.50) 12 May 44 Bochum (3.30)

31 Aug 43 Salerno (6.00) 20 May 44 Le Mans (5.10)

4 Sept 43 Grazzzanisa (6.00)

 

Flying Officer Lambert has completed a highly successful tour of operations. He has captained his aircraft on sorties from the Middle East and from England.

 

Regardless of the type of operation involved, weather hazards or enemy interference this officer has displayed great skill and determination in pressing home his attacks.

 

His consistently good operational record, his ability as a leader and his devotion to duty marks him as a bomber pilot of outstanding merit.

 

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LAMBROS, F/L Andrew (J16020) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.438 Squadron - Award effective 6 February 1945 as per London Gazette dated 13 February 1945 and AFRO 508/45 dated 23 March 1945. Home in Wiarton, Ontario; enlisted in Ottawa, 18 December 1940. Trained at No.1 ITS (graduated 16 May 1941), No.19 EFTS (graduated 15 July 1941), and No.11 SFTS (graduated 7 October 1941). See PL-36295 for good photograph. Served in Korea with RCAF, attached to USAF, and awarded US Air Medal, AFRO 742/53. Public Records Office Air 2/9048 has recommendation as received by Air Ministry Honours and Awards Committee. Text as below; he was a Flight Commander and had flown 94 sorties (97 operational hours).

 


Throughout many operational sorties this officer by his fine fighting spirit and coolness in action has materially contributed to the successes achieved. He has participated in low level attacks against heavily defended targets including important enemy bridges and the Dortmund-Ems canal locks. In October 1944, Flight Lieutenant Lambros led his squadron on a mission deep into Germany and despite accurate anti-aircraft fire and being constantly harassed by German jet-propelled fighters en route to the target he successfully completed his allotted task and cut the railway line. Both in the air and on the ground this flight commander has set a high standard of efficiency and devotion to duty.

 

NOTE: Public Records Office Air 2/9048 has recommendation (not dated but circa 16 December 1944) when he had flown 93 or 94 sorties - form uses 94, text 93 (total of 97 hours ten minutes operational time). Text varies considerably from what was published:

 

This officer has completed 93 sorties against the enemy, consisting of fighter sweeps, armed reconnaissances and dive bombing attacks against NOBALL targets, bridges, radar installations and enemy troop concentrations.

 

On June 29th, this pilot participated in an attack on a vitally important bridge at Amaye-sur-Orne and, despite heavy and light, intense, accurate flak, pressed home the attack and scored direct hits. During the Falaise Gap period, Flight Lieutenant Lambros logged many MET [mechanical enemy transport] flamers and smokers to his credit.

 

This officer participated in low level attacks on the Dortmund Ems Canal Locks and on canal locks near Sneek and Gaarkuiken, Holland.

 

In October, while leading the squadron on a rail interdiction mission deep into Germany, Flight Lieutenant Lambros successfully cut the rail despite intense, light, accurate flak and being constantly harassed by German jet fighters on the way in to the target and back.

 

On many armed reconnaissances, in cooperation with our rail cutting programme, this officer has led in the destruction of a great number of locomotives and trucks, including two fully loaded ammunition trains.

 

Throughout his operational tour, Flight Lieutenant Lambros has shown above average ability in leadership both in the air and on the ground. As a Flight Commander he has set an example for all those working with him to follow. His coolness and aggressiveness under every trying circumstance has contributed a great deal to the success of this squadron.

 

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LAMONT, Matron Anna Alberta (C4229) - Associate, Royal Red Cross - Station Rockcliffe - Award effective 1 January 1946 as per Canada Gazette of that date and AFRO 82/46 dated 25 January 1946. Home in Ottawa; enlisted there 15 February 1941.

 


Throughout the war this Nursing Sister maintained the highest traditions of her calling and as a matron set a high standard of leadership and co-operation. Her unselfish devotion to duty always strengthened the hand of those under whom she served and she has earned the highest regard of all ranks.

 

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LAMONT, S/L Donald Webster (J7467) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.428 Squadron - Award effective 15 March 1945 as per London Gazette dated 23 March 1945 and AFRO 721/45 dated 27 April 1945. Born 1921 in Port Elgin, Ontario; home in Turners, Ontario; educated at Port Elgin High School. Farmer; enlisted in London, Ontario, 20 December 1940. Trained at No.1 ITS (graduated 16 May 1941), No.9 EFTS (graduated 3 July 1941) and No.1 SFTS (graduated 13 September 1941). Commissioned October 1941. No citation other than "completed...many successful operations against the enemy in which [he has] displayed high skill, fortitude and devotion to duty." DHist file 181.009 D.3260 (RG.24 Vol.20637) has recommendation dated 10 December 1944 when he had flown 28 sorties (157 hours 35 minutes), 24 July to 21 November 1944.

 

In the air, Squadron Leader Lamont has displayed exceptional qualities of determination, courage and coolness, setting a fine example to the squadron. Under a quiet manner he possesses a fine offensive spirit in action. On several occasions although his aircraft was struck by heavy flak he has pressed home the attack and bombed the target successfully.

 

His sorties include many major, well defended targets such as Castrop, Gelsenkirchen, Essen, Bottrop, Dortmund, Stettin, Russelheim, Bremen, and Stuttgart and on each he has shown great devotion to duty and a desire to press on.

 

As Flight Commander he has shown exceptional leadership and great initiative and has contributed to a major degree in the operational success of the unit.

 

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LAMONT, WO2 (now P/O) James (R97502/J39103) - Mention in Despatches - No.10 (BR) Squadron - Award effective 8 June 1944 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 1380/44 dated 30 June 1944. Born in Foleshill, Coventry, England; educated in Abbotsford, British Columbia; enlisted in Vancouver, March 1941. Trained at No.2 WS (graduated 4 January 1942) and No.5 BGS (graduated 2 February 1942). As of award had flown 778:50 hours, 756:40 operational hours.

 


This warrant officer was a wireless operator/air gunner on a VLR Liberator which engaged an enemy submarine while patrolling in the North Atlantic area. Throughout the attack this warrant officer, disregarding personal danger, obtained photographs of the action and the results of his excellent work made a complete analysis of the engagement.

 

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LAMONT, F/O Robert Alexander (J22906) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.100 Squadron - Award effective 5 February 1945 as per London Gazette dated 20 February 1945 and AFRO 563/45 dated 29 March 1945. Born 1919 in Vancouver; home there; educated at University of British Columbia and served in COTC for three years. Enlisted in Hamilton, 1 April 1942. Trained at No.1 ITS (graduated 25 September 1942) and No.1 AOS (graduated 22 January 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 2/8831 has recommendation dated 23 October 1944 when he had flown 31 1/3 sorties (140 hours) as follows:

 

* denotes daylight sortie

 

5 Nov 43 Beauvais (nickel) 25 Jun 44 Ligescourt*

18 Apr 44 Rouen (1/3 sortie) 30 Jun 44 Vierson

20 Apr 44 Cologne 4 July 44 Orleans

24 Apr 44 Karlsruhe 6 July 44 Foret du Croc*

26 Apr 44 Essen 7 July 44 Caen

3 May 44 Mailly le Camp 23 Jul 44 Kiel

7 May 44 Bruz 25 Jul 44 Coquereaux*

10 May 44 Dieppe 4 Aug 44 Pauillac*

21 May 44 Duisburg 14 Aug 44 Falaise *

27 May 44 Merville 18 Aug 44 Ghent Reine

6 June 44 Vire 25 Aug 44 Russelsheim

7 June 44 Cerisy 26 Aug 44 Kiel

10 Jun 44 Acheres 10 Sep 44 Le Havre

14 Jun 44 Le Havre 17 Sep 44 Flushing*

22 Jun 44 Rheims 20 Sep 44 Calais*

24 Jun 44 Hayons* 3 Oct 44 Westkapelle

 

Flying Officer Lamont has now completed his first operational tour with a total of 31 1/3 sorties.

 

This young Canadian officer has consistently carried out his duties as a Navigator with determination, skill, and devotion to duty of the highest order. His cheerful confidence at all times, even in the face of enemy opposition, has been an inspiration to the other members of his crew, of which he has proved himself to be an outstanding member. He is strongly recommended that this young officer's praiseworthy disregard for his own personal safety, combined with his fine record of achievement, be recognized by the award of the Distinguished Flying Cross.

 


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LAMONTAGNE, WO Joseph Georges Gilles Claude (R104784) - Mention in Despatches - No.425 Squadron (now POW) - Award effective 1 January 1945 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 721/45 dated 27 April 1945. Home in Outremont; enlisted Montreal, 13 March 1941. Trained at No.3 ITS (graduated 1 September 1941), No.4 EFTS (graduated 24 October 1941) and No.9 SFTS (graduated 27 February 1942). Queen's Coronation Medal, 22 December 1953. See WO A.W. Brown (above).

 

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LAMOUREUX, P/O Alexander Paul (J17130) - Air Medal and Three Oak Leaf Clusters (United States) - Overseas - Award effective 20 June 1944 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 1861/44 dated 25 August 1944. Home in Edmonton; enlisted there 27 December 1940. Trained at No.5 BGS (graduated 15 September 1941( and No.2 WS (graduated 17 August 1941). Public Records Office Air 2/9599 has citation from General Order No.31, HQ US Army Air Forces in the Middle East, 28 April 1944.

 

For meritorious achievement while participating in aerial flights against the enemy while on duty with the Ninth United States Air Force in the Middle East...he having participated in three operational missions, each of 2 1/2 hours or more duration, and four operational missions, each of less than 2 1/2 hours duration."

 

Same order awards Oak Leaf Cluster for "...having participated in two operational missions, each of 2 1/2 hours or more duration, and six operational missions, each of less than 2 1/2 hours duration."

 

Same order awards second Oak Leaf Cluster for "...having participated in two operational missions, each of 2 1/2 hours or more duration, and six operational missions, each of less than 2 1/2 hours duration."

 

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LAMOUREUX, P/O Joseph Benoit Aristide (J86569) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.431 Squadron - Award effective 4 November 1944 as per London Gazette dated 17 November 1944 and AFRO 239/45 dated 9 February 1945. Born 1923 in Edmonton; home there; enlisted there 3 June 1942. Trained at No.3 ITS (graduated 23 October 1942), No.4 AOS (graduated 2 April 1943) and No.9 BGS (graduated 28 May 1943). Commissioned May 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.5526 (RG.24 Vol.20667) has recommendation dated 21 August 1944 when he had flown 36 sorties (195 hours five minutes), 8 October 1943 to 18 August 1944.

 


This officer has completed 36 sorties over enemy territory. He has been engaged in operations over Western Germany and France, including Berlin, Hanover, Kassel and other well-defended targets. Pilot Officer Lamoureux has shown coolness and devotion to duty of a high order, and his continued courage and keenness to operate is deserving of the finest praise. He sets a standard of efficiency on operations, and his cheerfulness and courage have been an inspiration to his crew and an example to all, in keeping with the best traditions of the service. I strongly recommend that Pilot Officer Lamoureux's fine operational record be recognized by the award of the Distinguished Flying Cross.

 

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