LANCASTER, FS George Herbert (R87727) - Distinguished Flying Medal - No.61 Squadron - Award effective 1 September 1943 as per London Gazette dated 10 September 1943 and AFRO 2322/43 dated 12 November 1943. Born in Fernie, British Columbia, 1916; enlisted Vancouver, 10 January 1941. Trained at No.2 ITS (graduated 9 May 1941, No.16 EFTS (graduated 3 July 1941), and No.4 SFTS (graduated 13 September 1941).

 

Flight Sergeant Lancaster has taken part in many successful sorties, including attacks on such heavily defended targets as Duisburg and Berlin, as well as the daylight raid on Le Creusot. On one occasion when over Hamburg his aircraft was hot by anti-aircraft fire and he was wounded. Nevertheless he brought his aircraft safely home. Resuming operational flying on recovery, he was detailed for an attack on Cologne where his aircraft was again hit by anti-aircraft fire and went into an uncontrollable dive. By skilful airmanship Flight Sergeant Lancaster regained control, when the bomber was only 2,000 feet over the ground, and flew safely back to base. Throughout his operational career this airman has displayed outstanding keenness and efficiency, while his courage and devotion to duty have been of a high order.

 

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LANCEY, P/O George William (J15596) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.97 Squadron - Awarded 3 June 1943 as per London Gazette dated 15 June 1943 and AFRO 1459/43 dated 30 July 1943 - Born in Toronto, 1920; home there; enlisted there 15 October 1940. Trained at No.1 ITS (graduated 14 December 1940), No.9 EFTS (left 22 January 1941), No.10 EFTS (graduated 22 April 1941), and No.8 SFTS (graduated 27 July 1941). Commissioned 1942. Later one of the "Dambusters".

 

The majority of the sorties completed by this officer have been successful attacks on such targets as Hamburg, Bremen and the Ruhr. As captain of aircraft he has also taken part in sorties against Genoa and Turin and in many effective mine-laying flights. Throughout all these operations he has invariably displayed the utmost keenness and determination.

 

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LANCTOT, FS Donald Hugh (R211088) - Distinguished Flying Medal - No.419 Squadron - Award effective 20 April 1945 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 918/45 dated 1 June 1945. Born 1922 in Quebec; home in Longueil or Montreal (surveyor). Enlisted in Montreal, 9 December 1942. Trained at No.10 BGS (graduated 24 December 1943.

 


This airman has taken part in numerous sorties and has proved himself to be a most reliable crew member. One night in November 1944, he was rear gunner in an aircraft which was attacked by two fighters. During the engagement, Flight Sergeant Lanctot defended his aircraft well but was wounded in the head and arm. In spite of this he remained in his turret and did not inform anyone of his injuries until the enemy aircraft had been driven off. His determination and devotion to duty were typical of that which he has shown on all occasions.

 

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LANDALE, WO2 Charles William (R93370) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.5 Squadron (Canada) - Award effective 26 November 1943 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 113/44 dated 21 January 1944. Home in Mimico, Ontario; enlisted Toronto 22 February 1941. Trained at No.1 BGS (graduated 20 December 1941) and No.4 WS (graduated 22 November 1941).

 

Warrant Officer Landale as Wireless Operator/Air Gunner has participated in two attacks on enemy submarines. His skilful use of special radio equipment contributed very largely in enabling his crew to execute these attacks. This NCO has been extensively employed on anti-submarine patrol for over a year. His spirit, ability and willingness have been an inspiration to all other members of the squadron.

 

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LANDRY, P/O Joseph Gerard Maurice (J86683) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.425 Squadron - Award effective 13 October 1944 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 2534/44 dated 24 November 1944. Born 1921 in Dorval, Quebec; home in Montreal; enlisted there 30 March 1942. Trained at No.3 ITS (graduated 6 November 1941), No.11 EFTS (graduated 15 January 1943) and No.13 SFTS (graduated 14 May 1943). Cited with WO1 Albert V.J. Boyer (navigator, RCAF, awarded DFC; see above for citation). DHist file 181.009 D.1730 (RG.24 Vol.20607) has recommendation dated 7 August 1944 when Landry had flown 36 sorties (180 hours 20 minutes) in tour from 24 February to 18 July 1944.

 

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LANDRY, Corporal Peter Cory (R135316) - Mention in Despatches - No.426 Squadron (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 Westmount; enlisted Montreal, 15 October 1941. Radar Mechanic. No citation in AFRO; DHist file 181.009 D.1719 (PAC RG.24 Vol.20606) has recommendation forwarded 31 July 1944. Had served ten months in Canada, 25 months overseas.

 

This airman is an exceptionally hard working radar mechanic whose skill and devotion to duty have in no small measure contributed to the very high standard of Monica serviceability maintained in this squadron. He has repeatedly worked long hours of duty to make the present standard of efficiency possible.

 

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LANDRY, Sergeant Pierre Gerald (R126017) - Mention in Despatches - Station Goose Bay - Award effective 3 November 1944 as per Canada Gazette of that date and AFRO 2479/44 dated 17 November 1944. Home in Moncton, New Brunswick; enlisted Fredericton, 14 August 1941.

 

This airman, for the past eighteen months, has consistently exhibited exceptional devotion to duty and keenness towards his work as crewman on Norseman aircraft. His cheerfulness in accepting work over and above the ordinary has been outstanding. He has participated in many mercy flights and has spent considerable time in the bush when forced down while participating in rescue work. He has displayed inspiring tenacity and ability to stick with the job. The many dangerous missions in which this airman has been engaged in air/sea rescue work are an inspiration to others and worthy of high praise.

 

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LANE, F/L Edwin Walter (C1303) - Air Force Cross - No.2 Bombing and Gunnery School - Award effective 14 November 1944 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 2684/44 dated 15 December 1944. Home in Brantford, Ontario; enlisted at Camp Borden 26 October 1939. Trained at No.1 ITS (graduated 28 September 1940) and No.1 SFTS (graduated 27 November 1940). As of award had flown 1,950 hours (1,846 as instructor, 230 in previous six months).

 

This officer is responsible for all staff pilot training at his unit and through his outstanding ability as a flying instructor and his selfless devotion to duty he has developed and maintained a very high standard of flying. His abilities as a pilot and leader have been an excellent example to his subordinates.

 

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LANE, F/L Reginald John (J5795) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.35 Squadron - Award effective 16 June 1942 as per London Gazette dated 22 September 1942 and AFRO 1653/42 dated 16 October 1942. Born in Victoria, January 1920. Educated there. Enlisted in Vancouver, 26 October 1940. Trained at No.2 ITS (graduated 4 February 1941), No.8 EFTS (graduated 24 March 1941), and No.10 SFTS (graduated 21 June 1941). Commissioned 1941. Flew three tours overseas (two in No.8 Group, one as Commanding Officer of No.405 Squadron); pilot of first Canadian-built Lancaster flown overseas. Completed RCAF Staff College, 1947 and then to AFHQ; CO of Station Edmonton, July 1950 to July 1952; AFHQ (Assistant for Logistics Plans), July 1952 to December 1955. Attended Imperial Defence College; made Chief of Plans and Intelligence (1958); AOC Air Transport Command (June 1961); Chief of Staff, No.1 Air Division (January 1966); Deputy Commander, Mobile Command (August 1969); attained rank of Lieutenant-General, 1 August 1972 when he became Deputy Commander of NORAD. Retired, December 1974. Appointed Honourary Colonel, No.442 Squadron, June 1992. Awarded Queen's Coronation Medal, 13 October 1953 while at AFHQ. See Tom Coughlin, The Dangerous Skies.

 


Throughout his tour of operations this officer has displayed unshakable determination to reach his target. His skill together with his coolness under fire, whatever the weather, has inspired his crew with extreme confidence. Some of the targets he has attacked included Berlin, Brest, Cologne, and Bremen. His splendid captaincy and outstanding courage have set a splendid example.

 

NOTE: The above may be compared to the original recommendation (Public Records Office Air 2/9598) drafted 10 July 1942 when he had flown 23 sorties (137 operational hours). Although the text describes attacks on Tirpitz being on "consecutive nights", they were (as the sortie list says) four weeks apart.

 

* 2nd pilot

# daylight operation

 

1 Nov 41 Berlin (8.20)* 8 May 42 Warnemunde (7.10)

9 Nov 41 Hamburg (5.53)* 19 May 42 Mannheim (7.45)

11 Dec 41 Cologne (6.05)* 30 May 42 Cologne (5.41)

18 Dec 41 Brest (4.40)# 1 June 42 Essen (4.59)

30 Dec 41 Brest (6.00)# 2 June 42 Essen (4.48)

3 Mar 42 Paris/Reno Works 16 June 42 Bonn (6.18)

(6.14) 19 June 42 Osnabruck (4.59)

8 Mar 42 Essen (5.36) 20 June 42 Emden (4.16)

13 Mar 42 Cologne (6.21) 22 June 42 Emden (4.17)

30 Mar 42 Special Operation, 26 June 42 Bremen (5.38)

Norway (8.30) 29 June 42 Bremen (5.26)

27 Apr 42 Tirpitz (8.56) 2 July 42 Bremen (5.15)

4 May 42 Stuttgart (3.25)

 

This officer has carried out a total of 23 operational sorties involving a total of 137 flying hours.

 

Targets attacked include Berlin, Hamburg, Cologne (3), Mannheim, Bremen (3), two daylight raids on the Scharnhorst and Gneisenau at Brest, and two low level attacks on the German battleship Tirpitz in Aason Fjord at Trondheim. These attacks were carried out from a height of 150 feet (on consecutive nights) in the face of intense opposition from the battleship and gun batteries on both sides of the fjord.

 

Flight Lieutenant Lane's tour of operations has proved to be one of steadfast determination to reach his target. The operational work of his crew has been outstanding for the accuracy and consistency with which it has been carried out. His skill as a pilot and his coolness under enemy fire and also in bad weather conditions has inspired his crew with extreme confidence and made him a captain who is of outstanding value to his squadron.

 

For this record of fine service, courageous devotion to duty, and his unquestionable fine qualities of captaincy, Flight Lieutenant Lance is strongly recommended for the non-immediate award of the Distinguished Flying Cross.


LANE, S/L Reginald John (J5795) - Distinguished Service Order - No.35 Squadron - Award effective 1 July 1943 as per London Gazette dated 9 July 1943 and AFRO 1724/43 dated 27 August 1943.

 

Squadron Leader Lane has been engaged in operational duties for a long period and over a wide range of targets. His missions have been marked by unvarying success. As a flight commander, Squadron Leader Lane has rendered most valuable service and his leadership and example have been inspiring to all the aircrew with whom he has come into contact. This officer has recently been on operational sorties to such targets as Berlin, Stuttgart and Munich and by his courage and devotion to duty has achieved many outstanding successes.

 

LANE, G/C Reginald John, DSO, DFC (J5795) - Bar to Distinguished Flying Cross - No.405 Squadron - Award effective 4 November 1944 as per London Gazette dated 14 November 1944 and AFRO 239/45 dated 9 February 1945.

 

Group Captain Lane has completed many attacks on heavily defended targets in Germany. He has constantly displayed a fine fighting spirit throughout his operational career and has proved himself an officer of outstanding ability whose courage, cheerfulness and keen sense of duty have been an inspiration to his crews.

 

LANE, G/C Reginald John, DSO, DFC (J5795) - Mention in Despatches -120 Wing, Odiham - Award effective 1 January 1946 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 322/46 dated 29 March 1946.

 

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LANE, Sergeant Thomas Charles (R62355) - Mention in Despatches - Skipton-on-Swale - Award effective 14 June 1945 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 1600/45 dated 12 October 1945. Home in Nipiwin, Saskatchewan; enlisted in Saskatoon 8 August 1940. DHist file 181.009 D.2619 (RG.24 Vol.20628) has recommendation forwarded 1 February 1945 to No.63 Base HQ when he had served two years in Canada and two years in UK.

 

This NCO has demonstrated on more than one occasion his keenness to get a job done even though it has kept him at his post for twenty-four hours at a stretch. His cheerfulness, understanding and technical knowledge have made him a source of inspiration to his men and a mainstay to his superior officers.

 

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LANE, F/L Thomas Henry (J15834) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.35 Squadron - Award effective 7 May 1943 as per London Gazette dated 13 May 1943 and AFRO 1035/43 dated 4 June 1943. Born in Winnipeg, 1920; home in Austin, Manitoba; enlisted Winnipeg, 13 November 1940. Trained at No.3 ITS (graduated 28 May 1941), No.10 EFTS (graduated 27 July 1941), and No.6 SFTS (graduated 7 October 1941). Commissioned 1942. Trained overseas at No.19 OTU (1 May 1942; to No.35 Squadron, 27 August 1942. Public Relations release 2093 dated 7 June 1943 says that on a sortie to Turin the port inner engine cut out while icing was heavy; jettisoned bombs and turned back. Coming out of mountains at low altitude, carburettors thawed and all engines were running fine as they re-entered France.

 

Flight Lieutenant Lane, a gallant captain of aircraft, has flown on operations against some of the enemy's most important targets, always displaying great determination to complete his mission successfully. He has invariably set a fine example to his crew.

 

NOTE: Public Record Office Air 2/8950 has original recommendation drafted 19 March 1943 when he had flown a reported 27 sorties (158 operational hours). However, the sortie sheet lists only 26 missions.

 

29 July 42 Saarbrucken 15 Oct 42 Cologne

11 Aug 42 Le Havre 28 Nov 42 Turin

18 Aug 42 Flensburg 2 Dec 42 Frankfurt

28 Aug 42 Frankfurt 6 Dec 42 Mannheim

29 Aug 42 Nuremberg 8 Dec 42 Turin

1 Sept 42 Saarbrucken 9 Dec 42 Turin

2 Sept 42 Karlsruhe 11 Dec 42 Turin

4 Sept 42 Bremen 20 Dec 42 Duisburg

6 Sept 42 Duisburg 30 Jan 43 Hamburg

8 Sept 42 Frankfurt 26 Feb 43 Cologne

10 Sept 42 Dusseldorf 1 Mar 43 Berlin

19 Sep 42 Saarbrucken 8 Mar 43 Nuremberg

13 Oct 42 Kiel 9 Mar 43 Munich

 

Flight Lieutenant Lane is a splendid captain and has carried out his attacks, many of them against the most important targets, with very successful results displaying the mst praiseworthy determination to carry his task to a successful conclusion. For his fine services Flight Lieutenant Lane is recommended for the non-immediate award of the Distinguished Flying Cross.

 

This was duly endorsed by the Officer Commanding, Station Wyton (22 March 1943) and by the Air Officer Commanding, No.8 Group (28 March 1943).

 

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LANG, P/O James Cumming (J18169) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.51 Squadron - Award effective 6 November 1943 as per London Gazette dated 16 November 1943 and AFRO 2610/43 dated 17 December 1943. Born in 12 November 1921 in Vancouver; home there (clerk in law office for six months and in a bank one year); enlisted there 15 March 1941. Trained at No.2 WS (graduated 7 December 1941) and No.3 BGS, Macdonald (graduated 30 December 1941). Arrived in UK, 10 February 1942. At No.1 Signal School, Cranwell, 10 April to 30 April 1942; No.1 Advanced Flying Unit, Wigtown, Scotland, 2-30 May 1942 (Ansons); No.19 OTU, Kinloss, 30 May 1942 to 20 August 1942 (Whitleys); with No.50 Squadron, Swinderby, 28 August to 14 October 1942; at No.15 OTU, Harwell, instructing, 20 December 1942 to 30 February 1943; with No.51 Squadron, Snaith, 20 May to 14 October 1943; at No.23 OTU, Stratford, instructing, 12 October 1943 to 15 March 1944; at No.22 OTU, 15 March to 26 August 1944; special leave in Canada, 5 September to 23 November 1944; to No.76 Base, 3 January 1944; to No.75 Base, 15 February 1945; attached to No.1661 HCU, 16 February to 21 March 1945; with No.431 Squadron, 21 March to 5 September 1945 (arrived back in Canada 6 June 1945). To No.405 Squadron, 22 October 1945; to Station Greenwood, 28 November 1945; to Station Dartmouth, 28 January 1946; released 1 July 1946. Commissioned 18 July 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."

 

NOTE: On a form dated 25 August 1944 (requesting transfer to daylight operations on Bostons, Marauders or Mitchells) he stated he had flown 600 hours, of which 172 were operational (29 sorties, one tour).

 

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LANGDALE, P/O Russell Frederick (J94884) - Mention in Despatches - Overseas - Award effective 1 January 1946 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 155/46 dated 15 February 1946. Home in Brantford, Ontario; enlisted Toronto, 6 September 1941. Trained at No.4 WS (graduated 28 September 1942) and No.3 BGS (graduated 26 October 1942). Went overseas, March 1943. Once crashed in sea and crew floated in dinghy several hours before a fishing boat rescued them. Interned in Portugal, 24 November 1943. Repatriated 30 November 1945; released 3 January 1946.

 

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LANGDON, F/L Ivan Hugh (J23902) - Mention in Despatches - Overseas - Award effective 1 January 1946 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 155/46 dated 15 February 1946. Home in Kenilworth, Ontario; enlisted Toronto, 4 May 1942. Trained at No.5 ITS (graduated 24 October 1942), No.4 BGS (graduated 10 January 1943) and No.4 AOS (graduated 19 February 1943).

 

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LANGFORD, W/C Herman Hamilton (C485) - Commended for Valuable Services in the Air - Central Flying School, Trenton - Award effective 26 October 1943 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 2386/43 dated 19 November 1943. Born in Fingal, Ontario; educated in provincial public schools, Ontario Normal School and Queen's University. Home in Barrie, Ontario. Joined RCAF in Toronto, 7 September 1931; qualified for his wings 25 May 1940; Governor General's Records (RG.7 Group 26, Volume 57, File 190-I) has citation.

 

This officer with considerable flying experience as`an instructor and Officer Commanding Central Flying School Visiting Flight has been outstanding in his devotion to duty. His keen enthusiasm, superior knowledge and experience have been a valuable asset to flying instructional training.

 

LANGFORD, W/C Herman Hamilton (C485) - Air Force Cross No.2 Training Command Headquarters - Award effective as of 8 June 1944 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 1380/44 dated 30 June 1944. Described as having flown 1,390.05 hours to date, 1,298.25 hours as instructor, 104.55 hours in previous six months. Stationed at War Staff College as of time of AFC award.

 

This officer's excellent work had made an outstanding contribution to the success of flying training. Throughout his duties on the several positions he has held, he has displayed exceptional qualities of judgement and leadership, which have won for him the respect of all personnel under his supervision. In the execution of his duties over a long period of time he has proven himself to be a most keen and able pilot.

 

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LANGFORD, F/L Patrick Wilson (C1631) - Mention in Despatches - No.16 OTU (deceased) - Award effective 8 June 1944 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 1729/44 dated 11 August 1944. Pilot; home in Victoria. Enlisted in Edmonton, 29 January 1940. POW 28/29 July 1942 while piloting a Wellington of No.16 OTU. Shot 25 March 1944 following the Great Escape from Stalag Luft III, Sagen. No citation.

 

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LANGILLE, F/O George Eugene (J85756) - Mention in Despatches - No.193 Squadron (deceased) - Award effective 14 June 1945 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 1478/45 dated 21 September 1945. Home in Saint John, New Brunswick. Enlisted in Moncton, 8 January 1941. Trained at No.3 ITS (graduated 17 July 1942), No.13 EFTS (graduated 6 November 1942) and No.2 SFTS (graduated 19 March 1943). Killed in action 25 November 1944 (Typhoon MN912); buried in Holland. No citation.

 

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LANGLEY, F/O Alexander Charles (J37508) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.428 Squadron - Award effective 5 July 1945 as per London Gazette dated 20 July 1945 and AFRO 1619/45 dated 19 October 1945. Born in Vancouver, 1913; home in Regina (accountant); enlisted Saskatoon, 18 September 1942. Trained at No.7 ITS (graduated 28 May 1943) and No.7 AOS (graduated 29 October 1943). Commissioned October 1943. DHist file 181.009 D.1941 (RG.24 Vol.20612) has recommendation dated 21 March 1945 when he had flown 31 sorties (220 hours 50 minutes), 6 October 1944 to 20 February 1945.

 

Throughout numerous operational missions Flying Officer Langley has displayed skill, courage and determination of the highest order. His aircraft has on several occasions been heavily damaged by anti-aircraft fire but despite this he has remained at his post and rendered valuable aid to his captain. Flying Officer Langley's tenacity and unfailing devotion to duty have been worthy of the highest commendation.

 

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LANGLEY, WO2 (now P/O) Francis Patrick (R179576/J94197) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.158 Squadron - Award effective 8 September 1945 as per London Gazette dated 25 September 1945 and AFRO 1768/45 dated 23 November 1945. Born 1915 in Toronto; home there (grinder); enlisted there 6 July 1942. Trained at No.6 ITS (graduated 2 April 1943), No.1 BGS (graduated 3 September 1943) and No.33 ANS (graduated 29 October 1943). Commissioned February 1945. 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 Record Office Air 2/8751 has recommendation dated 15 April 1945 when he had flown 36 sorties (208 hours 28 minutes), 6 October 1944 too 20 March 1945.

 

6 Oct 44 Sterkrade (3.53) Sortie completed

14 Oct 44 Duisburg (4.45) Cloud over target.

23 Oct 44 Essen (5.30) Many fires, cloud.

16 Nov 44 Julich (4.46) Good attack.

18 Nov 44 Munster (5.39) Bombed through clouds.

29 Nov 44 Essen (5.38) Successful.

5 Dec 44 Soest (6.20) Many fires.

12 Dec 44 Essen (5.21) Bombed through clouds.

17 Dec 44 Duisburg (6.11) Cloud over target, fires.

21 Dec 44 Koln/Nippes (5.50) Bombed marshalling yard.

26 Dec 44 St.Vith (4.36) Bombed aiming point.

28 Dec 44 Opladen (5.27) Cloud over target.

29 Dec 44 Koblenz (5.57) Bombed aiming point.

1 Jan 45 Dortmund (4.45) ditto

5 Jan 45 Hanover (4.47) Cloud over target.

6 Jan 45 Hanau (6.48) Cloud and smoke.

14 Jan 45 Saarbrucken (6.37) 3,000 yards from A/P.

16 Jan 45 Magdeburg (5.51) Concentrated fires.

4 Feb 45 Gelsenkirchen (5.35) Cloud over target.

7 Feb 45 Goch (6.23) Turned back by Master Bomber.

9 Feb 45 Wanne Eickel (5.47) Fires in target area.

20 Feb 45 Reisholz (6.26) Good attack.

21 Feb 45 Worms (6.48) Concentrated fires.


23 Feb 45 Essen (5.38) Bombed in cloud.

24 Feb 45 Kamen (5.57) ditto

27 Feb 45 Mainz (6.21) ditto

3 Mar 45 Kamen (6.08) ditto

5 Mar 45 Chemnitz (8.27) Successful attack.

7 Mar 45 Hemmingstedt (5.53) Fires and smoke.

11 Mar 45 Essen (5.16) Cloud over target.

12 Mar 45 Dortmund (5.43) ditto

13 Mar 45 Wuppertal (5.26) Cloud and smoke.

14 Mar 45 Homburg (6.05) Many fires.

15 Mar 45 Hagen (6.11) Fires and smoke.

18 Mar 45 Witten (6.32) Intense fires.

20 Mar 45 Recklinghausen (5.11) 4 1/2 miles E.S.E.

 

An air bomber who applied himself seriously and conscientiously to his important role in aircrew duties, Warrant Officer Langley has now completed an excellent tour of 36 operational sorties against major targets in the most heavily defended areas of Germany.

 

Quiet in manner, but keen to fly against the enemy on every possible occasion, Warrant Officer Langley has faced the heaviest enemy fire with coolness and courage and has directed his aircraft to the heart of the attack with a complete disregard for the safety of his own life. His example and demeanour are worthy of high praise.

 

It is recommended that this warrant officer's excellent work, courage and devotion to duty throughout an exacting tour be recognized by the award of the Distinguished Flying Cross.

 

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LANGLEY, P/O Victor John (J93673) - Mention in Despatches - Overseas - Award effective 1 January 1946 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 155/46 dated 15 February 1946. Home in Richard, Saskatchewan; enlisted Saskatoon, 3 October 1941. Trained at No.2 ITS (graduated 20 June 1942), No.15 EFTS (graduated 25 September 1942) and No.11 SFTS (graduated 5 February 1943).

 

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LANGLOIS, S/L Joseph Albert (C1705) - Member, Order of the British Empire - Station Lachine - Award effective 14 June 1945 as per Canada Gazette of that date and AFRO 1127/45 dated 6 July 1945. Born 3 June 1899 at Marinesse, Wisconsin; educated in St.Hyacinthe, Quebec. Captain in Montreal Police Department in charge of training school. Enlisted in Montreal, 16 February 1940.


Squadron Leader Langlois, during his five years of service with the Royal Canadian Air Force, has been outstanding in the performance of his duties. His deportment and high sense of service requirements have been a continued inspiration to all who have served with him. His contribution to training and the instilling of a "pride of service" in Royal Canadian Air Force personnel have been invaluable. He has been indefatigable in his work and always one on whom his superiors could rely when performance of duty beyond the ordinary was required.

 

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LANGLOIS, FS Joseph Henri Napoleon (R64211) - Mention in Despatches - No.62 Base - Award effective 1 January 1945 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 379/45 dated 2 March 1945. Born at St.Claire, Quebec 21 June 1913; home in Brantford; enlisted Hamilton, 1 June 1940. Aero engine mechanic, he held the following ranks: AC2 on 1 June 1940; AC1 on 1 September 1940; LAC as of 1 December 1940, Corporal as of 15 August 1941; Sergeant as of 1 Oct 1942, FS on 11 March 1944. Postings as follows: TTS, St. Thomas, 28 June 1940 to 30 October 1940; No.5 SFTS, 30 October 1940 to 2 January 1942; Y Depot, 3 January 1942; No.3 PRC, 21 January 1942; No.410 Sqn, 31 January 1942 to 7 July 1942; No.425 Sqn, 7 July 1942 to 12 August 1944; No.62 Base, 12 August 1944 until repatriated to Canada 22 February 1945; to UK again, 17 January 1946; to No.416 Sqn, 26 January 1946; repatriated 17 June 1946; released 22 Oct 1946. While at Station Thorthorpe his superior, F/L W.S. Hall, wrote on 11 September 1944, This NCO is of high calibre and has been recommended for a Mention in Despatches.

 

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LANGLOIS, F/O Joseph Leo (J18709) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.405 Squadron - Award effective 15 March 1945 as per London Gazette dated 27 March 1945 and AFRO 1127/45 dated 6 July 1945. Born 1920 in Port Daniel, Quebec (clerk); enlisted Quebec, 6 June 1940. Trained at No.1 WS (graduated 22 July 1940) and No.4 BGS (graduated 23 December 1940). Commissioned December 1942. Medal presented 25 February 1949. 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 20 December 1944 when he had flown 68 sorties (315 hours 35 minutes), 12 August 1941 to 8 June 1942 and 5 July 1944 to 6 November 1944 plus two North Sea sweeps not counted as sorties (26 July 1943 and 29 July 1944, both five hours 15 minutes).

 

First Tour Second Tour

 

12 Aug 41 Essen (5.20) 5 July 44 Wizernes (2.00)

16 Aug 41 Duisburg (6.05) 6 July 44 Coquereaux (2.35)

25 Aug 41 Karlsruhe (6.55) 7 July 44 Caen (2.40)

28 Aug 41 Duisburg (5.05) 9 July 44 L'Hey (1.45)

31 Aug 41 Cologne (.55), DNCO 10 Jul 44 Nucourt (2.50)

3 Sep 41 Brest 5.50) 12 Jul 44 Vaires (3.20)


13 Sep 41 Brest (5.20) 15 Jul 44 Nucourt (3.40)

16 Sep 41 Karlsruhe (7.45) 18 Jul 44 Cagny (2.35)

19 Sep 41 Stettin (9.10) 19 Jul 44 Rollez (3.05)

26 Sep 41 Genoa (7.05) 22 Jul 44 Acquet (2.40),

28 Sep 41 Genoa (2.25), bombed nil sortie

alternative target 23 Jul 44 Kiel (5.35)

30 Sep 41 Hamburg (7.00) 24 Jul 44 L'Hey (1.50)

27 Nov 41 Sea Search (6.15) 25 Jul 44 Foret du Croc (2.20)

11 Dec 41 Le Havre (4.05) 4 Aug 44 St.Maximum (3.10)

12 Dec 41 Dunkirk (2.25) 5 Aug 44 Bordeaux (7.35)

9 Jan 42 Brest (4.50) 7 Aug 44 May sur l'Orne (2.30)

15 Jan 42 Hamburg (6.55) 8 Aug 44 Lucheux (3.00)

10 Feb 42 Brest (4.40) 9 Aug 44 Coulonvillers (2.20)

14 Feb 42 Mannheim (6.00) 10 Aug 44 La Pallice (5.20)

3 Mar 42 Paris (5.05) 13 Aug 44 Falaise (2.45)

8 Mar 42 Essen (3.55) 14 Aug 44 Falaise (2.30)

24 Mar 42 Lorient (4.40) 15 Aug 44 Brussels (2.20)

5 Apr 42 Cologne (5.05) 16 Aug 44 Kiel (5.15)

8 Apr 42 Hamburg (5.20) 18 Aug 44 Sterkrade (3.45)

13 Apr 42 Frisian Islands (4.00) 23 Sep 44 Domburg (2.00)

14 Apr 42 Dortmund (5.00) 24 Sep 44 Calais (2.10)

22 Apr 42 Cologne (4.40) 6 Oct 44 Sterkrade (3.10)

23 Apr 42 Rostock (6.30) 15 Oct 44 Wilhelmshaven (4.00)

28 Apr 42 Kiel (7.00) 28 Oct 44 Cologne (4.40)

3 May 42 Stuttgart (1.10) 29 Oct 44 Domburg (2.20)

DNCO, no sortie 6 Nov 44 Gelsenkirchen (3.35)

14 May 42 Kiel Bay (7.00) 16 Nov 44 Julich (3.20)

19 May 42 Mannheim (5.15) 18 Nov 44 Wanne Eickel (4.30)

30 May 42 Cologne (2.45) 2 Dec 44 Hagen (5.25)

1 June 42 Essen (4.20) 6 Dec 44 Merseburg (6.20)

5 June 42 Essen (4.20)

8 June 42 Essen (4.00)

 

Flying Officer Langlois is an exceptionally capable Wireless Operator/Air who has now completed two tours of operations. He has participated in many attacks on such heavily defended enemy areas as Essen, Stettin and Stuttgart. He is an outstanding organizer with a high sense of devotion to duty and possesses an unsurpassed desire to take part in operations on every possible occasion. He has gained the admiration of all Wireless Operators/Air in the squadron by the unselfish manner in which he has devoted his off-duty hours to improving the standards of less experienced aircrew. Undoubtedly, this officer's shining example has had an inspiring effect on all aircrew and has done much to contribute towards the general efficiency and high morale of his fellow crew members.

 

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LANGLOIS, F/L Roland Joseph Marie (J27240) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.425 Squadron - Award effective 3 November 1944 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 1/45 dated 5 January 1945. Born 1917 in St.Moise, Matapedia, Quebec; home in Quebec; enlisted there 16 September 1940. Trained at No.3 ITS (graduated 6 November 1942), No.11 EFTS (graduated 5 February 1943) and No.13 SFTS (graduated 11 June 1943). Commissioned 1943. Medal sent by registered mail, 10 March 1949.

 

In September 1944, Flight Lieutenant Langlois was detailed to attack an airfield in Holland. When nearing the target the aircraft was hit by anti-aircraft fire. A large piece of shell struck the casing of the port engine. Shortly afterwards the engine became useless. Some other damage had also been sustained but Flight Lieutenant Langlois continued to the target and executed a successful attack. This officer has completed many sorties and has displayed commendable skill and determination throughout.

 

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LANGMUIR, S/L John William Comstock (J5051) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.5 (Bomber Reconnaissance) Squadron - Award effective 3 March 1945 as per Canada Gazette of that date and AFRO 563/45 dated 29 March 1945. Home in Toronto; enlisted in Kingston, 30 July 1940. Trained at No.1 ITS (graduated 9 December 1940), No.1 EFTS (graduated 28 January 1941) and No.1 SFTS (graduated 28 April 1941). Later served overseas with No.422 Squadron (May 1944 onwards). No citation in AFRO other than "in recognition of valuable services in the air." When recommended he had flown 1,678 hours of which 768 were operational (66 sorties). Governor General's Records (RG.7 Group 26, Vol.58, file 190-I, dossier 6) has citation.

 

This officer has completed a large number of anti-submarine sorties over the North Atlantic. He has always displayed a high degree of skill and keenness of a most commendable nature in the performance of his duties. As captain of aircraft he pressed home two most determined attacks on an enemy submarine despite intense and heavy anti-aircraft fire. On another occasion he made an excellent attack on another U-boat. Squadron Leader Langmuir's qualities of courage, leadership and determination have been an inspiration to all those with whom he has been associated.

 

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LANGSFORD, FS Leonard Wilfred (Can 1714) - Mention in Despatches - Station Goose Bay - Award effective 1 January 1946 as per Canada Gazette of that date and AFRO 82/46 dated 25 January 1946. Home in Angus, Ontario; enlisted at Camp Borden, 14 May 1929.

 


This non-commissioned officer is superior in his trade and has displayed exceptional and meritorious service. He has shown a cheerful willingness to co-operate with his superiors and commands the respect at all times of those working under him. He can be relied upon to complete the most difficult tasks.

 

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LANGSTAFF, F/O William Cecil (J4772) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.150 Squadron - Award effective 4 August 1942 as per London Gazette dated 11 August 1942 and AFRO 1371/42 dated 28 August 1942. Born in Bangor, Ontario, 25 January 1914; home in Toronto or Holloway, Ontario; member of Argyll Light Infantry before joining RCAF; enlisted Kingston, 22 July 1940. Trained at No.1 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 March 1941). Commissioned 1941. In RCAF until August 1963, rising to Group Captain; his last posting was Air Attache to Egypt. The following was published in the Air Force Routine Order:

 

As air observer this officer has been engaged on operational flying since August 1941. He has completed numerous sorties including an attack on a target in Italy and a daylight attack against German warships at sea. His ability to navigate in extremely bad weather has contributed materially to the successes obtained. His coolness, co-operation and devotion to duty have set a praiseworthy example.

 

NOTE: Public Record Office Air 2/9595 has recommendation dated 20 June 1943 when he had flown 28 sorties (174 hours 45 minutes). Sortie list and text adds much to the record.

 

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22 Aug 41 Le Havre (5.30) 5 Jan 42 Brest (5.15)

date ? Mannheim (7.40) 10 Jan 42 Brest (5.00)

2 Sep 41 Frankfurt (7.40) 21 Jan 42 Bremen (5.35)

7 Sept 41 Kiel (8.35) 12 Feb 42 Scharnhost/Gneisenau (3.45)

10 Sep 41 Turin (10.25) 21 Feb 42 Gissen (7.05)

13 Sep 41 Brest (6.10) 3 Mar 42 Paris (5.50)

1 Oct 41 Karlsruhe (1.50)* 8 Mar 42 Essen (5.30)

10 Oct 41 Cologne (7.45) 13 Mar 42 Cologne (8.35)

12 Oct 41 Bremen (8.40) 25 Mar 42 Essen (5.00)

20 Oct 41 Emden (5.35) 28 Mar 42 St.Nazaire (5.00)

24 Oct 41 Frankfurt (6.50) 12 Apr 42 Le Havre (4.10)

7 Nov 41 Mannheim (9.00) 29 Apr 42 Gnome-Rhone Works (5.40)

9 Nov 41 Hamburg (7.00) 30 May 42 Cologne (5.40)

17 Dec 41 Brest (5.30) 6 June 42 Emden (4.30)

 

Flying Officer Langstaff is a Canadian who joined the squadron in August 1941 and has completed 28 operational sorties including an attack on Italy and a daylight attack against the Scharnhorst and Gneisenau.

 


By his cheerful courage in action and unconquerable spirit of determination to achieve this [his ?] objective he has been of inestimable value in any crew and his example has always set a high standard of morale. He sets his mind on the task in hand, fearlessly and with a fine offensive spirit, setting a magnificent example to the rest of the squadron.

 

On one occasion in March 13th, 1942, the wireless ceased to function whilst crossing our coast on the way to bomb Cologne, but despite the fact that he know the weather would be bad over England on return he successfully navigated his captain to the target and back to a safe landing in England. This is just one example [of] Flying Officer Langstaff's ability to navigate under extremely bad weather conditions and his example has contributed in no small measure to the success of the squadron.

 

His coolness, cooperation and devotion to duty have been largely responsible for the success of his crew and he well deserves the award of the Distinguished Flying Cross.

 

This was eventually edited down to the following text which was sent to Air Ministry Honours and Awards Committee (still longer than the AFRO version):

 

As air observer this officer has been engaged on operational flying since August 1941. He has completed numerous sorties including an attack on a target in Italy and a daylight attack against the German warships at sea. On one occasion in March 1942, his wireless equipment became unserviceable whilst crossing the English coast on the outward journey to Cologne. Despite this, he successfully navigated his aircraft to the target and back to this country where a safe landing was made. His ability to navigate in extremely bad weather has contributed materially to the successes obtained. His coolness, co-operation and devotion to duty have set a praiseworthy example.

 

LANGSTAFF, F/L William Cecil (J4472) - Bar to Distinguished Flying Cross - No.103 Squadron - Award effective 4 October 1943 as per London Gazette dated 15 October 1943 and AFRO 2610/43 dated 17 December 1943.

 

Throughout his two tours of operational duty this officer has consistently displayed great skill as a navigator. He has taken part in a number of sorties since the award of the Distinguished Flying Cross, invariably displaying courage and ability on his second tour. He has navigated his aircraft accurately to the primary target on every sortie. Both in the air and on the ground, Flight Lieutenant Langstaff has a fine record of service.

 

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LANIN, F/O Max (J85825) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.429 Squadron - Award effective 5 February 1945 as per London Gazette dated 20 February 1945 and AFRO 563/45 dated 29 March 1945. Born 1916 in Winnipeg; home there (bakery proprietor). Served in Royal Canadian Artillery before enlistment; enlisted Winnipeg, 26 November 1941. Trained at No.3 ITS (graduated 3 July 1942), No.4 EFTS (graduated 9 October 1942) and No.9 SFTS (graduated 6 April 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.2610 (RG.24 Vol.20627) has recommendation dated 19 November 1944 when he had flown 33 sorties (177 hours ten minutes).

 

This pilot has participated in thirty-three attacks on enemy territory, including sorties against many of the heavily defended districts of the Ruhr. Throughout his tour he has at all times shown himself to be a good captain of aircraft with a fine operational spirit and a desire to come to grips with the enemy. On a recent attack on Boulogne in co-operation with ground forces he made two runs over the target in an effort to ensure that his bombs would be dropped in the right place and did not desist until the time for bombing was past. On his return from the target with his bomb load still on the aircraft he saw one of our aircraft in difficulties. The crew bailed out of the aircraft fine miles from the French coast and Flying Officer Lanin proceeded over the crew in the water, obtained a fix and sent out a message for rescue. He proceeded to circle over the crew until he was certain that a rescue would be effected.

 

It is considered that this officer's fine example of courage, fortitude and determination, combined with his splendid operational record, fully merits the award of the Distinguished Flying Cross.

 

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LANSDALL, F/O Frederick Charles (J18447) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.407 Squadron - Award effective 29 March 1945 as per London Gazette dated 10 April 1945 and AFRO 802/45 dated 11 May 1945. Born in Saskatoon, 1919; home there. Trained at No.2 ITS (graduated 23 December 1940), No.7 AOS (graduated 21 July 1941), No.7 BGS (graduated 1 September 1941) and No.1 ANS (graduated 29 September 1941). Commissioned 1943. Medal sent by registered mail, 21 December 1950.

 

This officer has completed a large number of operational missions and has invariably proved himself to be outstanding in the performance of duties which have required the highest degree of skill and determination. In 1942, while on a/s patrol, he sighted two U-boats and attacked one, his aircraft being damaged by anti-aircraft fire. During the same year another attack on a U-boat was made and on this occasion the submarine was probably sunk. In February 1943, Flying Officer Lansdall successfully navigated his aircraft back to base after severe damage had been sustained in another encounter with a U-boat. He has set an excellent example to all in the squadron.


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LAPIERRE, WO (now P/O) Joseph Jean Baptiste Gaston (R148486/J85664) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.408 Squadron - Award effective 13 June 1944 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 2052/44 dated 22 September 1944. Born in Montreal, 1923; home in Verdun (mechanic); enlisted Montreal, 22 January 1942. Trained at No.9 BGS (graduated 30 December 1942). Medal presented 30 September 1946.

 

As air gunner, Warrant Officer Lapierre has completed a large number of sorties, including nine attacks on Berlin. On one occasion, after successfully bombing the German capital, Warrant Officer Lapierre sighted a fighter closing in. He promptly gave his pilot the necessary evading directions but the bomber was struck by a burst of machine gun fire. His turret was damaged and he was deprived of the use of the inter-communication system. The lead of his oxygen supply was also severed. Nevertheless, this resolute gunner finally drove off the attacker. Displaying exceptional devotion to duty he manned his post throughout the remainder of the flight despite the lack of oxygen. He set an example of a high order.

 

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LAPIN, S/L Albert Weinfield (C3956) - Mention in Despatches - Western Air Command Headquarters - Western Air Command Headquarters - Award effective 2 February 1946 as per Canada Gazette of that date and AFRO 280/46 dated 15 March 1946. Home in Montreal; enlisted there 16 November 1940.

 

This officer has served with distinction in the Command as a medical specialist and consultant on the Regional Medical Board. The outstanding work of this unit, which has made an enviable record, is due in no small measure to Squadron Leader Lapin's personal effort and professional ability.

 

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LAPOINTE, F/O Louis Philip Horace (J39010) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.101 Squadron - Award effective 8 September 1945 as per London Gazette dated 25 September 1945 and AFRO 133/46 dated 8 February 1946. Born 1920 in Nelson, British Columbia; home in Nelson or Trail, British Columbia (constable); enlisted Calgary, 8 July 1942. Trained at No.4 ITS (graduated 2 April 1943), No.5 EFTS (graduated 28 May 1943) and No.2 AOS (graduated 26 November 1943). Commissioned November 1943. DFC sent by registered mail, 30 April 1951. No citation other than "completed...numerous operations against the enemy in the course of which [he has] invariably displayed the utmost fortitude, courage and devotion to duty." Public Records Office Air 2/8750 has recommendation dated 13 April 1945 when he had flown 32 sorties (214 hours), 30 November 1944 to 10 April 1945.

 

30 Nov 44 Duisburg 7 Feb 45 Cleve

4 Dec 44 Karlsruhe 23 Feb 45 Pforzheim


6 Dec 44 Osnabruck 2 Mar 45 Cologne

15 Dec 44 Ludwigshaven 5 Mar 45 Chemnitz

17 Dec 44 Ulm 7 Mar 45 Dessau

22 Dec 44 Koblenz 8 Mar 45 Kassel

28 Dec 44 Bonn 11 Mar 45 Essen

29 Dec 44 Gelsenkirchen 12 Mar 45 Dortmund

31 Dec 44 Osterfeld 15 Mar 45 Misburg

2 Jan 45 Nuremburg 18 Mar 45 Hanau

14 Jan 45 Merseburg 21 Mar 45 Bruchstrasse

16 Jan 45 Brux 23 Mar 45 Bremen

22 Jan 45 Duisburg 25 Mar 45 Hanover

29 Jan 45 Stuttgart 27 Mar 45 Paderborn

1 Feb 45 Ludwigshaven 9 Apr 45 Kiel

2 Feb 45 Weisbaden 10 Apr 45 Plauen

 

Flying Officer Lapointe, a Canadian, has successfully completed an operational tour of 32 sorties against a variety of targets in Germany. This officer has at all times displayed a fine offensive spirit and by his skill and outstanding cheerfulness in the face of danger has been an excellent example to his crew and greatly helped his captain to maintain a high standard of morale.

 

Flying Officer Lapointe is a navigator of outstanding ability who has set a very fine record of achievement to the whole squadron. At all times assured that no effort of his was spared to achieve the best results, his captain and crew had complete confidence in his ability to deal with any navigational emergency.

 

It is recommended that this officer's devotion to duty and splendid record be recognised by the award of the Distinguished Flying Cross.

 

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LAPORTE, F/L Joseph Roland Serge Yvan (J6958) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.425 Squadron - Award effective 18 May 1945 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 1085/45 dated 29 June 1945. Born in Montreal, 1918; home there (salesman); enlisted there 8 September 1939. Trained at No.3 ITS (graduated 22 April 1941), No.11 EFTS (graduated 9 June 1941) and No.6 SFTS (graduated 20 August 1941). Commissioned 1941. Photo PL-42488 shows him. DFC and Bar presented 24 August 1948.

 


One night in March 1945, this officer was detailed to attack Chemnitz. Before reaching the French coast the distant reading compass became unserviceable and a little later the starboard engine failed. Undeterred, this officer continued to the target which was bombed most effectively. On the return journey the aircraft came under fire from the ground defences and sustained several hits. In spite of this, Flight Lieutenant Laporte flew back to base and landed safely. This officer, who has completed many sorties has invariably displayed a high degree of skill and resolution.

 

LAPORTE, F/L Joseph Roland Serge Yvan, DFC (J6958) - Bar to Distinguished Flying Cross - No.425 Squadron - Award effective 3 July 1945 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 1453/45 dated 14 September 1945.

 

This officer was the pilot of an aircraft detailed to attack Hagen one night in March 1945. The target was successfully attacked, but whilst photographs of the bombing were being taken, the aircraft was hit several times by anti-aircraft fire. A little later, the bomber was engaged by two enemy fighters. The enemy came in with guns blazing. Flight Lieutenant Laporte's aircraft was struck by a stream of bullets. Considerable damage was sustained. The starboard engine burst into flames. A fire commenced in the fuselage but it was extinguished by a member of the crew. Unfortunately, the flames in the burning engine could not be controlled. It became imperative to abandon the aircraft. Flight Lieutenant Laporte gave the necessary order. Ammunition was exploding intermittently as his comrades jumped. In these harassing moments, Flight Lieutenant Laporte, who had been struck by a bullet which passed through both his elbows, displayed great coolness, remaining at the controls until his crew members were clear. As he was preparing to leave, an explosion occurred. Flight Lieutenant Laporte was thrown to the floor. He got clear of the debris, however, and jumped to safety. This officer set a magnificent example of courage, coolness and resolution.

 

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LAPP, S/L Elsi Gordon (15507) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.411 Squadron - Award effective 18 December 1944 as per London Gazette dated 29 December 1944 and AFRO 379/45 dated 2 March 1945. Born 5 January 1918 at Redcliffe, Alberta; home there or Medicine Hat(clerk); enlisted Charlottetown, 24 September 1940. Trained at No.2 ITS (graduated 24 January 1941), No.16 EFTS (graduated 29 March 1941) and No.11 SFTS (graduated 25 June 1941). Commissioned 21 May 1942; promoted to Flying Officer, 21 November 1942; promoted to Flight Lieutenant, 21 May 1944; promoted to Squadron Leader, 10 October 1944. At "Y" Depot, Halifax, 5 July to 3 August 1941 before posting overseas; with No.59 OTU, 8 September to 9 December 1941; with No.411 Squadron, 9 December 1941 to 10 October 1942; with No.185 Squadron, Malta, 15 Octover 1942 to 29 May 1943; posted to Britain and Station West Kirby. Non-operational tour with Air Fighting Development Unit, Wittering, 15 June 1943 to January 1944. Sent on leave in Canada, 19 January to 24 March 1944; with No.411 Squadron, 14 April to 23 December 1944; returned to Canada, 1 February 1945; released 24 April 1945. Served in postwar RCAF Auxiliart, 15 April 1948 to 25 September 1950 with the rank of Flight Lieutenant. Credited with the following victories during this tour (Chris Shores, Aces High, 2nd edition gives claims and serial numbers): 2 July 1944, one FW.190 destroyed (NH196); 12 August 1944, one Bf.109 destroyed (NH174); 27 September 1944, two FW.190s destroyed plus one Me.410 destroyed (the latter shared with F/O R.M. Cook, all on NH174); 28 September 1944, one Bf.109 damaged (NH174); 3 December 1944, one Bf.109 destroyed (TA839, shared with F/L E.T. Gardner). Repatriated to Canada and released on 24 April 1945; in RCAF Reserve, April 1948 to September 1950. Qualified as a doctor in 1952 and practiced until 1982. A portrait of him, painted by Robert Hyndman, is in the collection of the Canadian War Museum (catalogue number 11549).

 

In all his work as an operational pilot, Squadron Leader Lapp has been outstanding as a fighter pilot and section leader. Since the invasion of the continent he has attacked the enemy in the air and on the ground with unfailing courage and determination and frequently in the face of heavy opposition. During this period he has destroyed two enemy aircraft and damaged others. He has also destroyed or damaged a large number of tanks and other transport vehicles.

 

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LARDEN, FS Alan William Jessup (R90883) - Conspicuous Gallantry Medal (Flying) - No.218 Squadron - Award effective 4 August 1943 as per London Gazette dated 24 September 1943 and AFRO 2386/43 dated 19 November 1943. Born in North Bay, Ontario, 1916; home there (telephone worker); enlisted North Bay 27 June 1941. Trained at No.3 ITS (graduated 7 November 1941), No.4 BGS (graduated 28 March 1942), No.8 AOS (graduated 16 February 1942) and No.2 ANS (graduated 11 May a942). Bomb aimer to FS A.L. Aaron, VC. See his article, "Getting There Was No Fun at All", Airforce, Volume VII, No.3 (September 1983).

 

One night in August 1943, this airman was the bomb-aimer of an aircraft detailed for an operation against Turin. Whist over the city the bomber was subjected to accurate bursts of fire from an enemy fighter. The windscreen was shattered, the front and rear turrets were put out of action while three engines were hit, one of them being rendered useless. The navigator was killed and the pilot was wounded and lay slumped over the controls. He was removed from his position and Flight Sergeant Larden coolly took over the controls. The aircraft was down to three thousand feet and the bombs were released. Flight Sergeant Larden realized that he would be unable to gain height sufficiently to cross the Alps so decided to make for North Africa without navigator and flying a crippled bomber. The situation was serious, but displaying outstanding skill and determination, this airman succeeded in reaching an airfield in Tunisia; although he had never previously landed an aircraft, Flight Sergeant Larden came down perfectly with the undercarriage retracted. In the face of extreme peril this airman displayed courage, coolness and resource of a high order.

 

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LARDIE, H/S/L James Philip (C13176) - Mention in Despatches - No.64 Base (AFRO gives Overseas only as unit - Award effective 14 June 1945 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 1395/45 dated 31 August 1945. Born 13 April 1912, Hamilton, home there; enlisted there 1 April 1942.. Appointed Honorary Flight Lieutenant on enlistement; promoted Honorary Squadron Leader, 25 May 1944. At No.4 WS Guelph, 22 August 1942 to 12 May 1944; to Y Depot, 12 May 1944; to No.3 PRC, 25 May 1944; to No.64 Base, 15 June 1944; to RCAF Overseas Headquarters, 27 June 1945; repatriated 20 August 1945; released 5 October 1945. Died in Hamilton 17 February 1998. Although no citation has been found, the following excerpt from a letter, G/C W.V. McCarthy, Deputy Director of Chaplian Services (RC) Overseas to Director of Chaplain Services (RC), Ottawa, 17 September 1945, explains something of his career.

 

As this chaplain has now returned home on request from the Director of Chaplain Services (RC), it is desired to express satisfaction with his one years work overseas. Father Lardie is very sincere and zealous. Although inclined to be a bit reserved and silent, it is felt that this priest has wielded a strong influence of good over those confided to his care. It will be remarked that he is the only Chaplian who received a Mention in Despatches in the Canadian Bomber Group. It must be confessed, however, that although he was one of those recommended by the Overseas Deputy Director for an award, he was by no means given pre-eminence or priority. At the same time it must be acknowledged that this Chaplian has done a good job of work overseas.

 

 

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LAREAU, F/O Joseph Henri Jeffrey (J87435) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.425 Squadron - Award effective 13 April 1945 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO/431 dated 8 August 1947. London Gazette gives name as Joseph Henri Geoffrey. Born in Montreal, 1916; home there (bookkeeper). Formerly with Royal Canadian Artillery. Commissioned June 1944. Medal presented at Buckingham Palace, 29 June 1945. 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." Pilot. CHECK NAME: The recommendation for this award, found in DHIst file 181.009 D.1731 (PAC RG.24 Vol.20608) gives name as Geoffrey Joseph Henry Lareau. Recommendation dated 18 December 1944, when he had flown 25 sorties (128 hours 40 minutes):

 

On September 11th, 1944, the crew of which Flying Officer Lareau is pilot were detailed to bomb Castrop-Rauxel, Germany. When the aircraft was about a half- hour flying time from the target, the main bearing and crankshaft of the starboard outer engine were rendered unserviceable. The engine had to be feathered. Despite the fact that the aircraft was losing height rapidly, the pilot determinedly carried on to the target were a very successful bombing was carried out at 13,000 feet instead of the briefed height of 18,000 feet. As the flak was intense, it made it increasingly hazardous to bomb at a lower altitude. The aircraft was subjected to this severe flak attack.

 


Under these trying condition, Flying Officer Lareau's determination and skill were a source of confidence to the remainder of his crew. His activity in the air, on this sortie as well as on numerous other occasions, bespeaks gallantry in the air.

 

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LARIVIERE, F/L Joseph Donat Victor (J8133) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.427 Squadron - Award effective 15 March 1945 as per London Gazette dated 23 March 1945 and AFRO 721/45 dated 27 April 1945. Born in Chapian, Quebec; home in Pembroke, Ontario (school teacher); enlisted Ottawa, 14 November 1940. Trained at No.1 ITS (graduated 4 May 1941), No.4 AOS (graduated 4 August 1941), No.4 BGS (graduated 15 September 1941), and No.2 ANS (graduated 13 October 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.1729 (RG.24 Vol.20607) has recommendation dated 19 November 1944 when he had flown 47 sorties (257 hours 30 minutes) in tours from 30 May 1942 to 10 April 1943 (24 trips, 138 hours 30 minutes) and 25 August to 2 November 1944 (23 trips, 119 hours).

 

This Navigator has completed two operational bombing tours against the enemy. His navigation and his general work have been exceptional and he has proved himself to be an outstanding member of a gallant crew.


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LAROCQUE, Nursing Sister Alma Marie (C25507) - Associate, Royal Red Cross - Northwest Air Command Headquarters - Award effective 13 June 1946 as per Canada Gazette of that date and AFRO 660/46 dated 5 July 1946. Home in Lebret, Saskatchewan; enlisted in Regina, 15 April 1943.


This Nursing Sister has displayed exceptional devotion to duty, at all times exercising care and sympathetic treatment on patients far above the normal requirements of a Nursing Sister. As Senior Nursing Sister at North West Air Command, her efficiency and hospital technique has been an example and inspiration to the other Nursing Sisters and hospital staff alike.

 

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LAROCQUE, F/L George William (C8204) - Kings Commendation for Brave Conduct - RAF Station Burnham, No.28 Group, Technical Training Command - Award effective 13 June 1946 as per London Gazette of that date. No details in Canadian sources. Public Records Office Air 2/9125 has recommendation dated 3 May 1945 (and giving his service number as C6204):

 

On the 5th March, 1945, at approximately 1700 hours, an aircraft was observed from No.11 District Headquarters, York, exploding in the air and disintegrating. It crashed in a southerly direction, approximately half a mile from No.11 District Headquarters. Acting upon instructions, Flight Lieutenant Larocque, RCAF, at once turned out with a number of officers and Non-Commissioned Officers of the RAF Police in motor cars to the scene of the crash. Upon arrival at Nunthorpe Grove, York, it was observed that a Halifax aircraft had crashed on two houses which were on fire, and in addition other houses were also on fire. A number of 500-pound bombs were lying in the roadway and others could be seen lying in the flaming wreckage. A large crowd of civilians had gathered in close proximity to the aircraft and there were a number of civilians suffering minor injuries from shock. Instructions were given to Flight Lieutenant Larocque to direct Police Non-Commissioned Officers to remove the crowd which was of large proportions and increasing every minute, to a safe distance of approximately a quarter of a mile. When this had been done, Flight Lieutenant Larocque was instructed to search the houses in the immediate vicinity and remove civilians to a place of safety. It was impressed upon Flight Lieutenant Larocque that one or more of the bombs would probably explode very shortly, and that the utmost speed was essential in carrying out these instructions. The carrying out of his instructions necessitated his entering houses within 30 feet of the bombs in the flames and immediately adjacent to those bombs lying in the roadway. After about a quarter of an hour's work, one bomb exploded and Flight Lieutenant Larocque who was in the immediate vicinity at the time was knocked down and received a splinter wound in the scrotum. Despite this, Flight Lieutenant Larocque carried on for another hour and a half directing and assisting in removing injured persons to hospital, which work necessitated his remaining in the immediate vicinity of other bombs which it was thought would probably explode.

 


His energy, ability and the quiet forceful manner in which he carried out his duties at the risk of his own life were an example to the Non-Commissioned Officers working under him, and contributed greatly in keeping the number of civilian casualties to a minimum.

 

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LAROQUE, Corporal Joseph Anthony (R129701) - Mention in Despatches - Overseas - Award effective 8 June 1944 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 1729/44 dated 11 August 1944. Home in Thamesville, Ontario; enlisted London, Ontario. No citation in AFRO.

 

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LAROUCHE, F/O Clarence Joseph (J27164) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.78 Squadron - Award effective 5 February 1945 as per London Gazette dated 20 February 1945 and AFRO 563/45 dated 29 March 1945. Born in Ottawa, 1916; home there (store keeper); enlisted There 16 September 1949. Trained at No.5 ITS (graduated 10 October 1942), No.4 BGS (graduated 11 June 1943) and No.4 AOS (graduated 30 April 1943). Commissioned 1943. DFC presented 1 April 1949. No citation other than "completed...numerous operations against the enemy in the course of which [he has] invariably displayed the utmost fortitude, courage and devotion to duty." Public Records Office Air 2/8831 has recommendation dated 18 November 1944 when he had flown 40 sorties (168 hours 45 minutes). Died in Ottawa, 9 June 1983.

 

8 May 44 Berneval (3.58) 15 Jul 44 Nucourt (4.16)

9 May 44 Berneval (3.58) 17 Jul 44 Caen (3.37)

10 May 44 Lens (3.33) 18 Jul 44 Acquet (4.03)

19 May 44 Boulogne (3.13) 20 Jul 44 Bottrop (4.04)

22 May 44 Orleans (1.05) DNCO 1 Aug 44 Prouville (3.21)

24 May 44 Aachen (4.12) 3 Aug 44 Foret de Nieppe (2.56)

27 May 44 Bourg Leopold (3.54) 5 Aug 44 Foret de Nieppe (3.14)

31 May 44 Trappes (4.56) 10 Aug 44 Dijon (6.43)

14 Jun 44 Douai (3.50) 11 Aug 44 Chapelle Notre Dame (3.20)

15 Jun 44 Fouilliard (5.18) 12 Aug 44 Brunswick (5.36)

16 Jun 44 Domleger (3.27) 14 Aug 44 Falaise (4.02)

22 Jun 44 Laon (4.14) 15 Aug 44 Tirlemont (3.50)

24 Jun 44 Noyelle E.C. (3.32) 16 Aug 44 GARDENING (5.25)

25 Jun 44 Montorgueil (3.22) 18 Aug 44 Sterkrade (4.19)

27 Jun 44 Mont Condon (3.27) 26 Aug 44 Homburg (4.03)

28 Jun 44 Blainville (6.48) 1 Sept 44 Lumbras (3.39)

4 July 44 St.Martin L.H. (3.37) 3 Sept 44 Soesterberg (3.51)

5 July 44 St.Martin L.H. (3.31) 17 Sep 44 Boulogne (2.49)

6 July 44 Croix d'Alle (3.26) 20 Sep 44 Calais (3.20)

8 July 44 Chateau Bernapre (3.32) 13 Sep 44 Neuss (4.32)

12 Jul 44 Thiverny (4.00)

 


This Bomb Aimer has now completed his first operational tour consisting of 40 sorties, involving a total of 168 hours (128 points). He has shown a very fine spirit and high standard of efficiency during his tour of operations, as Bomb Aimer of a very good crew.

 

For his excellent operational record and devotion to duty, he is strongly recommended for the award of the Distinguished Flying Cross.

 

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LARRIMORE, WO2 (now P/O) John Leeland (R178080/J94838) - 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 1915 in El Paso, Texas; home in Coleman, Alberta (rancher); enlisted Calgary, 29 June 1942. Trained at No.3 WS (graduated 10 March 1943) and No.9 BGS (graduated 6 August 1943). Commissioned May 1945. 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 40 sorties (257 hours 45 minutes), 25 August 1944 to 17 April 1945.

 

25 Aug 44 Russelsheim (9.05) 27 Nov 44 Neuss (6.05)

29 Aug 44 Stettin (9.50) 30 Nov 44 Duisburg (6.00)

10 Sep 44 Le Havre (4.50) 2 Dec 44 Hagen (6.10)

14 Sep 44 Wilhelmshaven (4.00) 4 Dec 44 Karlsruhe (7.20)

15 Sep 44 Kiel (5.50) 5 Dec 44 Soeste (7.30)

17 Sep 44 Boulogne (4.30) 6 Dec 44 Osnabruck (6.55)

18 Sep 44 Domberg (4.45), DNCO 21 Dec 44 Cologne (6.30)

4 Oct 44 Bingen (6.35) 28 Dec 44 Cologne (6.05)

6 Oct 44 Dortmund (6.20) 30 Dec 44 Cologne (6.35)

9 Oct 44 Bochum (6.35) 2 Jan 45 Nuremburg (9.35)

14 Oct 44 Duisburg (6.50) 2 Mar 45 Cologne (4.05)

15 Oct 44 Duisburg 6.55) 7 Mar 45 Dessau (8.00)

19 Oct 44 Stuttgart (7.40) 8 Mar 45 Hamburg (5.45)

23 Oct 44 Essen (6.55) 27 Mar 45 Paderborn (4.05)

25 Oct 44 Essen (6.00) 31 Mar 45 Hamburg (4.20)

2 Nov 44 Dusseldorf (6.20) 8 Apr 45 Hamburg (4.45)

4 Nov 44 Bochum (6.05) 9 Apr 45 Kiel (5.00)

5 Nov 44 Gelsenkirchen (5.20) 10 Apr 45 Leipzig (6.00)

16 Nov 44 Julich (5.30) 14 Apr 45 Potsdam (7.15)

18 Nov 44 Munster (6.40) 17 Apr 45 Schwandorf (6.30)

25 Nov 44 Castrop Rauxel (6.40)

 

Warrant Officer Larrimore is a highly efficient and capable Wireless/Air Gunner, now on his second tour of operations. His keenness for operational duty and his unquenchable desire to make his missions successful ones even though in great personal danger are the outstanding features of this Warrant Officer's work.


He takes a keen interest in the administrative side of his section, never considering any job given to him as unimportant. His fine personal example of conscientiousness and devotion to duty has been an inspiration to all aircrew.

 

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LARSEN, Sergeant Donald Lawrence Leo (R63818) - Mention in Despatches - Station Wombleton - Award effective 1 January 1946 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 155/46 dated 15 February 1946. Fitter/Armourer. Home in Walkerton, Ontario; enlisted in Galt, 30 March 1940. Enlisted 30 March 1940. Served three years in Canada plus three years three months in UK as of 16 May 1945. No citation in AFRO; recommendations of 16 May 1945 and 23 June 1945 (DHist 181.002 D.225) read identically:

 

This non-commissioned officer has been employed in the Station Armament Section since 15th October 1943 and during this period has established a reputation for carrying out his duties in a prompt and efficient manner which many times amounted to performing work beyond the normal call of duty. Prior to posting to this station he is known to have set a high standard of efficiency on operational stations. His energy and willingness have gained the respect and admiration of his associates.

 

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LARSEN, F/L Leonard Gage (C2842) - Commended for Valuable Services in the Air - No.3 OTU - Award effective 5 May 1944 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 1133/44 dated 26 May 1944. American in the RCAF; enlisted in Ottawa, 29 September 1940. No citation in AFRO or biographical file, but following from DHist file 181.009 D.1688 (PAC RG.24 Vol.20605): recommended for AFC, 31 December 1943, as follows:

 

This officer, a citizen of the United States of America, joined the RCAF as a volunteer in September 1940. After a period of duty in No.1 Training Command, he was posted to No.3 OTU where, over a period of two years, he has completed over 800 hours instructional flying on Stranraer flying boats, and has taken part in 40 Air/Sea rescue sorties. Throughout his service as an instructor at No.3 OTU, A/F/L Larsen's steady enthusiasm and unfailing cheerfulness have been a source of encouragement and inspiration to the whole staff.

 

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LARSON, F/L Arthur Magnus (J12841) - Mention in Despatches - Overseas - Award effective 14 June 1945 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 1600/45 dated 12 October 1945. Home in Irma, Alberta; enlisted in Edmonton, 8 August 1941. Trained at No.4 ITS (graduated 2 January 1942), No.16 EFTS (graduated 13 March 1942) and No.3 SFTS (graduated 17 July 1942).

 

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LARSON, FS Frederick Hugo (R94742) - Distinguished Flying Medal - No.220 Squadron - Award effective 3 February 1943 as per London Gazette dated 9 February 1943 and AFRO 373/43 dated 5 March 1943. Born in Lang, Saskatchewan, 24 November 1913; home in West Calgary (auditor); enlisted in Regina, 14 March 1941. Trained at No.2 ITS, No.3 AOS, No.5 BGS, and No.1 CNS. Medal presented at Buckingham Palace, 18 May 1943.

 

On two recent occasions the navigation of this airman has been directly responsible for the saving of life from the sea. On the first occasion when returning from a patrol in which land had not been seen for nine hours a dinghy was sighted. As the result of the position furnished by Flight Sergeant Larson the rescue of six airmen was effected by the following day. On the second occasion a ship's lifeboat was sighted after Flight Sergeant Larson's aircraft had flown 1,000 miles after leaving land. A rescue of seventeen survivors was effected and, although three aircraft were involved, each arriving at the scene during the hours of darkness, the pilots had no difficulty in locating the position of the lifeboat owing to the accuracy of Flight Sergeant Larson's report. Throughout his seven months in the squadron his navigation and devotion to duty have been of an exceptionally high standard.

 

NOTE: Public Records Office Air 2/8934 has recommendation dated 3 December 1942:

 

On two occasions within the last fourteen days the navigation of this Non-Commissioned Officer has been directly responsible for the saving of life. On the first occasion when returning from an anti-submarine patrol to the "prudent limit of endurance" an aircraft dinghy was sighted. As a result of the position furnished by this Non-Commissioned Officer a rescue was effected on the following day, six members of a Whitley crew being saved. It is emphasized that at the tim of sighting land had not been seen for nine hours.

 

On the second occasion when searching for a ship's life boat a sighting was made after travelling 1,000 miles since leaving land. No wireless fixes had been obtained. So excellent was the accuracy of this position that another aircraft which had started on a search of an adjacent area at the same time flew straight to the lifeboat, arriving within a few minutes of ETA. In aggregate the navigation was therefore "about 12 hours old", a state of affairs which reflects the greatest credit on both navigators. A continuous patrol was maintained by No.220 Squadron aircraft over the lifeboat until rescue was effected and though three aircraft were involved, each arriving in the hours of darkness, not one had the least difficulty in finding the correct position without the aid of wireless. A rescue of 17 survivors was effected within the first hour of daylight, one of His Majesty's destroyers being led to the lifeboat by an aircraft of this squadron.

 


On both the above occasions the aircraft of which Flight Sergeant Larson was the navigator landed extremely short of petrol. Had the navigation not been of the highest order a safe landing might never have been made. Had the captain not had implicit confidence in his navigator he could not have remained so long over the survivors, and on the second occasion he could not have remained over the lifeboat until the relieving aircraft arrived.

 

During seven months in this squadron, Flight Sergeant Larson's navigation and devotion to duty have ben of the same high standard.

 

To the above, G/C W.M.M. Hurley (Commanding Officer, RAF Station Ballykelly) added on 26 December 1942:

 

In the normal operational work of this Group [No.15] it is seldom that circumstances justifying the award of the DFM will come the way of navigators. Sergeant Larson is a brilliant navigator whose established skill has enabled his pilots to undertake exceptional hazards with absolute confidence.

 

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LARSON, S/L Gordon Martin (J7438) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.432 Squadron - Award effective 1 December 1944 as per London Gazette dated 8 December 1944 and AFRO 337/45 dated 23 February 1945. Born 1919 at Halborn, Alberta; home in Edmonton; enlisted there 9 January 1941. Served in Edmonton Fusiliers before joining RCAF. Trained at No.2 ITS (graduated 8 May 1941), No.16 EFTS (graduated 3 July 1941) and No.11 SFTS (graduated 13 September 1941). Commissioned 1941. 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.5557 (RG.24 Vol.20668) has recommendation dated 11 September 1944 when he had flown 26 sorties (117 hours 15 minutes), 18 April to 3 September 1944. AFRO gives name (incorrectly) as "Joseph Martin Larson".

 

This officer has shown an unconquerable spirit of determination to achieve his objective. On twenty-six trips he has never failed to complete his mission successfully. As a Flight Commander his personal ability and instruction has consistently been of the highest order.

 

His fine record and untiring efforts in his ground duties warrant a strong recommendation for the award of the Distinguished Flying Cross.

 

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LARSON, F/O Lyle Erling (J85239) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.405 Squadron - Award effective 10 May 1945 as per London Gazette dated 25 May 1945 and AFRO 1291/45 dated 10 August 1945. Born 1919 in Ceabri, Saskatchewan; home in Regina (student); enlisted there 8 January 1941. Trained at No.2 ITS (graduated 8 May 1941), No.6 EFTS (graduated 7 July 1941) and No.4 SFTS (graduated 10 September 1941). Commissioned December 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." Flew two tours. DHist card gives name as Lyle Eyling. DFC presented 18 June 1949. Public Records Office Air 2/9070 has recommendation dated 20 February 1945 when he had flown 39 sorties (173 hours), 18 July 1944 to 16 January 1945.

 

18 Jul 44 Caen (4.20) 14 Oct 44 Duisburg (3.35)

18 Jul 44 Wesselring (5.10) 14 Oct 44 Duisburg (3.35)

23 Jul 44 Longues (5.50) 28 Oct 44 Cologne (4.00)

30 Jul 44 Villers Bocage (3.30) 30 Oct 44 Cologne (4.40)

31 Jul 44 Foret du Croc (4.25) 31 Oct 44 Cologne (4.05)

1 Aug 44 L'Hey (4.00) 2 Nov 44 Dusseldorf (3.35)

4 Aug 44 Bois-de-Casson (4.40) 4 Nov 44 Bochum (3.40)

5 Aug 44 St.Leu/D'Esserent (4.40) 6 Nov 44 Gelsenkirchen (3.35)

7 Aug 44 Le Hague (4.15) 9 Nov 44 Wanne Eickel (3.40)

9 Aug 44 Prouville (4.05) 16 Nov 44 Julich (3.15)

14 Aug 44 Prouville (4.10) 18 Nov 44 Wanne Eickel (4.25)

15 Aug 44 Tassile (4.00) 12 Dec 44 Essen (4.35)

16 Aug 44 Kiel (5.00) 17 Dec 44 Ulm (6.10)

18 Aug 44 Westrove (3.55) 22 Dec 44 Bingen (5.40)

6 Sept 44 Emden (4.15) 29 Dec 44 Scholven (4.45)

11 Sep 44 Le Havre (3.35) 30 Dec 44 Cologne (4.15)

12 Sep 44 Dortmund (5.30) 5 Jan 45 Hanover (5.10)

6 Oct 44 Sterkrade (3.10) 7 Jan 45 Munich (7.05)

12 Oct 44 Wanne Eickel (3.35) 14 Jan 45 Saarbrucken (4.45)

16 Jan 45 Magdeburg (6.05)

 

Flying Officer Larson is a very keen and capable pilot who has successfully completed numerous sorties against the enemy. He has consistently displayed a fine fighting spirit and a devotion to duty which other less experienced pilots have set as their standard. As captain of aircraft, he has pressed home his attacks to the full, with an utter disregard for personal safety and has shown an unsurpassed knowledge of airmanship which has instilled a spirit of confidence in those serving under his command.

 

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LARTER, F/L Louis Charles (J10806) - Commended for Valuable Services in the Air - No.120 Wing (AFRO gives unit only as "Overseas") - Award effective 13 June 1946 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 726/46 dated 26 July 1946. Unit identified in DHist file 181.009 D.1124 (RG.24 Vol.20595). Home in Regina; enlisted there 10 June 1941. Trained at No.2 ITS (graduated 1 October 1941), No.15 EFTS (graduated 5 December 1941), and No.11 SFTS (graduated 24 March 1942).

 

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