LASEK, F/O Joseph (J26133) - 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 1919 in Brandon, Manitoba; home in London, Ontario (metal polisher); enlisted London, 27 February 1942. Trained at No.5 ITS (graduated 29 August 1942), No.10 EFTS (graduated 20 November 1942) and No.1 SFTS (graduated 30 April 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."
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LASHINSKI, WO1 (now P/O) Arnold Stanley (R107682/J47527) - Mention in Despatches - No.145 Squadron (Canada) - Award effective 14 November 1944 as per Canada Gazette of that date and AFRO 2684/44 dated 15 December 1944. Home in Bienfait, Saskatchewan; enlisted Regina, 19 June 1941. Trained at No.3 WS (graduated 29 September 1941) and No.5 BGS (graduated 11 May 1942).
This wireless operator air gunner has done excellent work throughout his tour of duty while on operations. His co-operation and determination throughout long patrols and adverse weather conditions have set a high example to his associates.
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LASKEY, P/O Dallas (J22525) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.426 Squadron - Award effective 25 April 1943 as per London Gazette dated 7 May 1943 and AFRO 1187/43 dated 25 June 1943. Home in Fredericton, New Brunswick; enlisted in Moncton, 9 July 1941. Trained at No.1 ITS (graduated 7 November 1941), No.6 BGS (graduated 23 May 1942), No.10 AOS (graduated 10 April 1942) and No.1 CNS (graduated 3 July 1942). Commissioned February 1943 with effect from 3 July 1942. Cited with Sergeant L.L. Anderson (RAF, awarded DFM). Incident was on 4 April 1943. Shot down, POW, 12/13 May 1943.
One night in April 1943, Pilot Officer Laskey and Sergeant Anderson were bomb aimer and wireless operator respectively of an aircraft detailed to attack Kiel. Whilst over the target area the aircraft was hit by anti-aircraft fire which damaged the rear turret, trapping the gunner. By a strenuous effort, Pilot Officer Laskey was able to move the turret sufficiently to enable the gunner to free himself. Afterwards the target was successfully bombed but, almost immediately, the aircraft was attacked by an enemy fighter and sustained further damage. In spite of this, the pilot attempted to fly the damaged bomber back to this country. During the flight Pilot Officer Laskey and Sergeant Anderson rendered much assistance but their efforts were unavailing. The aircraft came down on the sea and after five and a half hours drifting on an overturned dinghy, Pilot Officer Laskey and Sergeant Anderson, the only two survivors, were picked up. Both displayed great courage and fortitude in very trying circumstances.
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LASKOSKI, F/L Harold Patrick (J19900) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.635 Squadron - Award effective 4 November 1944 as per London Gazette dated 14 November 1944 and AFRO 239/45 dated 9 February 1945. Born at Gleichen, Alberta, 1920; home there. Served in Royal Canadian Artillery; enlisted in Calgary, 17 September 1941. Trained at No.2 ITS (graduated 28 January 1942), No.3 AOS (graduated 11 May 1942), No.2 BGS (graduated 20 June 1942), and No.1 ANS (graduated 21 August 1942). Commissioned January 1944. Flew two tours. DFC presented at Government House on 14 November 1950. No citation other than "completed...numerous operations against the enemy in the course of which [he has] invariably displayed the utmost fortitude, courage and devotion to duty." Public Records Office Air 2/8823 has recommendation dated 19 August 1944 when he had flown 39 sorties (191 hours 40 minutes).
13 Jul 43 A/S Sweep (7.15) 18 Apr 44 Rouen (4.15)
17 Nov 43 Mannheim (5.30) 20 Apr 44 Ottiginies (3.40)
18 Nov 43 Mannheim (6.35) 22 Apr 44 Laon (4.00)
4 Dec 43 Leipzig (7.35) 26 Apr 44 Essen (3.50)
20 Dec 43 Frankfurt (5.15) 1 June 44 Malines (2.40)
29 Dec 43 Berlin (6.00) 8 June 44 Haine St.Pierre (3.00)
5 Jan 44 Stettin (9.00) 21 Jun 44 Duisburg (4.00)
27 Jan 44 Heligoland (4.20) 4 July 44 Domleger (3.20)
28 Jan 44 Kiel (5.35) 5 July 44 Wizernes (2.25)
30 Jan 44 Berlin (6.05) 7 July 44 Caen (3.50)
15 Feb 44 Berlin (6.45) 12 Jul 44 Vaires (4.00)
19 Feb 44 Leipzig (6.15) 15 Jul 44 Nucourt (4.00)
20 Feb 44 Stuttgart (6.20) 28 Jul 44 Hamburg (4.50)
24 Feb 44 Schweinfurt (6.45) 30 Jul 44 Troop support (3.35)
25 Feb 44 Augsburg (6.20) 1 Aug 44 L'Hey (2.20)
1 Mar 44 Stuttgart (6.30) 4 Aug 44 Troissy St.Maximim (3.45)
18 Mar 44 Frankfurt (5.00) 8 Aug 44 Troop support (2.55)
22 Mar 44 Frankfurt (4.10) 11 Aug 44 Lens (3.25)
24 Mar 44 Berlin (6.50) 14 Aug 44 Battle area (3.10)
26 Mar 44 Nuremburg (6.35)
This navigator has carried out a large number of sorties, some of which have been against heavily defended German targets including Berlin. He has at all times resolutely and with great skill carried out his duties and has been an inspiring example to other members of the squadron.
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LASSARD, FS Patrick Joseph (Can 206A) - Mention in Despatches - No.431 Squadron (AFRO gives unit as No.64 Base) - Award effective 1 January 1945 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 425/45 dated 9 March 1945. Home in Toronto; enlisted there 13 September 1937. DHist file 181.009 D.4364 (RG.24 Vol.20648) has recommendation drafted 26 July 1944 by G/C D.M. Edwards, CO Station Croft; name in recommendation is given as Lessardo.
This NCO enlisted September 1939, and has served in the United Kingdom since February 1940, and he has filled to the position of Sergeant in his trade for the last twelve months. This rigger has been with the squadron almost since its inception and has, during that time, proven himself a most skilful and efficient worker. His efforts, under adverse conditions and long hours of work, have proven his unstinted devotion to duty and served as an outstanding example to his Flight.
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LAUBMAN, F/O Donald Currie (J14013) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.412 Squadron - Award effective 24 October 1944 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 2637/44 dated 8 December 1944. Born in Provost, Alberta, 16 October 1921. Home in Edmonton. Enlisted there, 13 September 1941. Trained at No.2 ITS (graduated 27 November 1940), No.5 EFTS (graduated 16 January 1942) and No.3 SFTS (graduated 4 May 1941). Awarded wings 4 May 1941 as a Sergeant; promoted successively to Flight Sergeant and Warrant Officer. Commissioned 1 July 1942; promoted to Flying Officer, 1 January 1943; to Flight Lieutenant, 1 July 1944; to Squadron Leader, 6 April 1945. Retained in Canada for home defence duties with No.133 Squadron, 7 September 1942 to 8 May 1943; arrived in UK, June 1943. With No.412 Squadron, 16 August 1943 to 5 November 1944, and No.402 Squadron 6-14 April 1945. Briefly POW, 14 April 1945. Released 25 September 1945; re-enrolled 17 January 1946, initially with No.6 Communications Flight, NWAC. Major postings including command of No.416 Squadron (January 1951 to March 1952), command of No.3 Wing at Zweibrucken (July 1963 to August 1966), command of No.1 Air Division (July 1969 to April 1970), command of Canadian Forces in Europe (April 1970 to August 1971), and Chief of Personnel, CFHQ (May 1972 to retirement). For additional details see H.A. Halliday, The Tumbling Sky. Aerial victories as follows: 30 December 1943 - one Bf.109 damaged; 23 March 1944 - 1/2 Ju.88 destroyed; 2 July 1944 - two FW.190s destroyed; 5 July 1944 - one FW.190 damaged; 10 August 1944 - 1 1/2 Bf.109s destroyed; 25 September 1944 - one FW.190 destroyed; 26 September 1944 - two FW.190s and one Bf.109 destroyed; 27 September 1944 - one FW.190 and three Bf.109s destroyed, one FW.190 damaged, one Bf.109 damaged; 28 October 1944 - two FW.190s destroyed. P/O June 1942; F/O April 1943; F/L July 1944; S/L April 1945; reverted to F/L, October 1946; S/L January 1951; W/C September 1957; G/C July 1963; A/C, April 1967; Major General, June 1969; Lieutenant General, May 1972; released 16 October 1976. Useful photographs are PL-28249 (beside propellor of his Spitfire) and PL-34602 (formal portrait).
This officer has consistently displayed outstanding courage and determination to engage the enemy and has destroyed at least five enemy aircraft. He has invariably pressed home his attacks against road transport with great success.
LAUBMAN, F/L Donald Currie, DFC (J14013) - Bar to Distinguished Flying Cross - No.412 Squadron - Award effective 24 November 1944 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 1/45 dated 5 January 1945.
Since being awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross, Flight Lieutenant Laubman has completed many sorties against the enemy. He continues to show tenacity of spirit and outstanding courage in the face of overwhelming odds. Flight Lieutenant Laubman has led his flight with such ability that they have accounted for sixteen out of twenty-six enemy aircraft destroyed by his squadron and he was responsible for the destruction of eight and the damaging of two in three days, bringing his total to thirteen enemy aircraft destroyed and two damaged. This officer's squadron was outnumbered by the enemy on all three occasions but with undaunted courage and determination they successfully broke up repeated enemy attacks to destroy bridges vital to our ground forces in the Arnhem and Nijmegen area.
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LAUCKNER, P/O Irvin LeRoy (J16969) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.405 Squadron - Award effective 3 June 1943 as per London Gazette dated 15 June 1943 and AFRO 1724/43 dated 27 August 1943. Born in Detroit, Michigan, 1920; home in London, Ontario; enlisted there 3 February 1941. Trained at No.2 BGS (graduated 8 December 1941) and No.1 WS. Commissioned 1943. Medal presented at Buckingham Palace, 23 November 1943.
This officer is an exceptionally efficient rear gunner who has proved his steadiness and coolness in the face of enemy opposition. He has inspired complete confidence in his ability among the other members of his crew. In November 1942, while on an anti-submarine patrol, he pressed home a telling attack on a U-Boat, despite very heavy fire from two enemy minesweepers. In two attacks over heavily defended areas in Germany and Italy Pilot Officer Lauckner has also given evidence of his outstanding ability in directing evasive action.
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LAUGHLAND, FS Alan MacNeiley (R103284) - Distinguished Flying Medal - No.214 Squadron - Award effective 3 June 1943 as per London Gazette dated 11 June 1943 and AFRO 1294/43 dated 9 July 1943. Born in Guelph, Ontario, 1922; home there; enlisted Hamilton, 5 June 1941. Trained at No.3 ITS (graduated 19 October 1941), No.22 EFTS (graduated 21 December 1941), and No.1 BGS (graduated 2 February 1942). Later commissioned. Killed in action with No.617 Squadron (Lancaster ED735), 17 November 1943; no known grave; name on Runnymede Memorial. Medal presented (to whom not stated on DHist card), 12 December 1944.
Flight Sergeant Laughland has served as mid-upper gunner for a considerable period. He has completed numerous sorties against enemy targets, including Essen, Genoa, Turin and Hamburg. On several occasions he has skilfully fought off the attack if night fighters, four of which he damaged. In August 1942 the aircraft in which he was flying was attacked by four enemy fighters. Flight Sergeant Laughland fired at the first and set it on fire; the second broke off the attack after being hit. Throughout his operational career this airman has invariably displayed high courage and determination.
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LAUNEY, P/O George Leslie William (J87630) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.428 Squadron - Award effective 2 October 1944 as per London Gazette dated 17 October 1944 and AFRO 2637/44 dated 8 December 1944. Born 1924 in Montreal; home there; enlisted there 16 September 1942. Formerly in Black Watch Regiment. Trained at No.9 BGS (graduated 25 June 1943). Commissioned 1944. Medal sent by registered mail, 24 October 1946. No citation other than "completed...numerous operations against the enemy in the course of which [he has] invariably displayed the utmost fortitude, courage and devotion to duty". DHist file 181.009 D.3260 (RG.24 Vol.20637) has recommendation dated 11 July 1944 when he had flown 38 sorties (226 hours 45 minutes), 18 November 1943 to 24 June 1944. Flight Sergeant when recommended, and hence a DFM was suggested. His tour as mid-upper gunner had included a crash on return from Berlin (30 January 1944) and aircraft damaged by enemy action (15 February 1944).
As mid-upper gunner, Flight Sergeant Launey has completed one tour of operations during which he has attacked Berlin, Ludwigshaven, Frankfurt, Stuttgart and other targets in Germany and France, and also carried out mine laying operations. His keenness and above average ability made him an ideal crew member and he contributed materially to the success enjoyed by his crew. On several occasions his vigilance and skilful directions enabled the captain to take proper evasive action and so avoid attack and possible damage by enemy night fighters.
For his reliability and keenness and for the completion of a very satisfactory tour I recommend the non-immediate Distinguished Flying Medal.
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LAURENCE, F/O Robert Howard (J20602) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.439 Squadron - Award effective 23 February 1945 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 563/45 dated 29 March 1945. Born 20 July 1921, Fort St.John, British Columbia; home in Edson, Alberta; enlisted in Edmonton, 29 September 1941; trained at No.7 ITS (graduated 24 February 1942), No.19 EFTS (graduated 3 July 1942) and No.4 SFTS (graduated and commissioned on 6 November 1942). To No.123 Squadron, 20 November 1942; to No.163 Squadron, 16 March 1943. To "Y" Depot, Halifax, 13 January 1944; arrived at No.3 Personnel Reception Bournemouth, 21 January 1944; repatriated at uncertain date; released 28 September 1945. In a letter to Carl Vincent (9 January 1977, DHist files) he describes No.163 as "a rather random collection of both aircraft and personnel, with no definitive training or operational objectives or capability". While he was there it flew five types of aircraft - Bolingbroke, Crane, Harvard, Hurricane and Kittyhawk. With flying discipline very loose, he was able to sign out aircraft almost at will. From this varied flying he learned aerobatics, formation flying and "a limited amount of gunnery that no doubt enabled me to be an effective operational pilot when I got overseas (and gave me the skills that enabled me to survive)." The most constructive thing the unit did was to provide a detachment of four "operational" Harvards flying off a grass field at Wainwright, Alberta, working with an Army Brigade Training Centre, simulating strafing, bombing etc. He had limited experience on Kittyhawks, but remembered worrying when flying them over water because the Allison engines would "sputter and cough and take a considerable time to clear themselves...and develop their full power."
This officer has taken part in a large number of sorties and throughout has set a fine example of skill and determination in pressing home his attacks on various targets. In air fighting, Flying Officer Laurence has destroyed four enemy aircraft. He has rendered much valuable and devoted service.
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LAURIE, W/C John (C2013) - Member, Order of the British Empire - RCAF Overseas Headquarters - Award effective 1 January 1946 as per Canada Gazette of that date and AFRO 82/46 dated 25 January 1946. Home in Vancouver; enlisted there 23 April 1940.
This officer was attached to this branch in June 1943 as Provost and Security Liaison Officer, Royal Canadian Air Force. His service with the Provost Marshal's Branch of the Royal Canadian Air Force has been of the highest order. At the time of his attachment he had but one Officer and twelve Service Police attached to the Royal Air Force, and there was no Provost and Security Organization. By his own efforts he has built up a unit now consisting of sixteen Officers and over five hundred Other Ranks, and is responsible for their administration, training, promotion, posting and welfare. In addition, he organized and arranged the training of the Royal Canadian Air Force personnel in 83 Group Police Unit, 2nd Tactical Air Force. He has carried out his duties with untiring energy and keen devotion to duty. As a liaison officer his ability to foster the spirit of mutual help and co-operation between the flying services is outstanding and his value to the Royal Canadian Air Force and Royal Air Force jointly merits the highest praise.
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LAURO, F/O Joseph William (J20434) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.424 Squadron - Award effective 23 November 1943 as per London Gazette dated 30 November 1943 and AFRO 166/44 dated 28 January 1944. American in the RCAF; born in Chicago, 13 August 1918; home there; educated there and St.John's Seminary, Little Rock (1939-1941). Enlisted Windsor, Ontario, 23 August 1941. Attended No.2 Manning Depot, Brandon (23 August to 10 October 1941). Held in reserve at No.7 BGS and No.12 SFTS until opening in BCATP came along. Trained at No.7 ITS (posted there 4 January 1942; graduated 27 February 1942), No.19 EFTS (graduated 24 April 1942) and No.10 SFTS (posted there 10 May 1942; graduated 28 August 1942). Commissioned 28 August 1942. Even in training he wanted to be a bomber pilot, and he was regularly assessed as slightly above average among pilot trainees. At Virden the ground instructor wrote that he "has the easy self-possessed appearance of the American. Chosen Chairman for Graduation Banquet. His deportment is good." Arrived in Britain, 8 October 1942. To No.3 (P) AFU, 27 October 1942; to No.22 OTU, 5 January 1943; to No.424 Squadron, 12 March 1943 to 23 October 1943 when he was sent to No.24 OTU. Sorties from 13 March 1943 (GARDENING, West Frisians, second pilot) to 7 September 1943 (Viterbo). A notable incident in his career was 27 June 1943 when he was to raid San Giovani; 4,000-pound bomb dropped on runway during take-off but crew was unaware and flew to target. Transferred to USAAF, 2 November 1943. Medal presented at Buckingham Palace, 24 October 1944. After the war he became a Catholic priest; in 1963 he was in Peru.
Flying Officer Lauro has taken part in a large number of operational sorties, many of which have been against some of the most heavily defended targets in Germany and Italy. He has undertaken all tasks allotted to him with enthusiasm and courage, displaying fine leadership and devotion to duty.
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LAUT, S/L Albin (C861) - Mention in Despatches - Station Dartmouth - Award effective 28 May 1943 as per London Gazette of that date, Canada Gazette dated 2 June 1943 and AFRO 1459/43 dated 30 July 1943. Born at Crossfield, Alberta, 1915; educated in Calgary. Enlisted in Saskatoon, 4 July 1938 as P/P/O; qualified for pilot's wings at Trenton, 17 June 1939. Sent from Trenton to No.3 Squadron, Eastern Air Command, 27 August 1939. Commanded No.10 (BR) Squadron, 12 September 1941 to 5 March 1942 and No.113 Squadron, 27 January to 27 September 1943. Killed in the crash of Ventura 2148 (No.113 Squadron) 3 October 1943. A mountain near Moberly Creek, Jasper National Park, was named for him in July 1949.
While Commanding Officer of a Squadron this officer showed exceptional devotion to duty in carrying out convoy patrols and sweeps over the North Atlantic. Later Squadron Leader Laut acted as Assistant Controller for a period of six months at this Station and, during that time, he showed great devotion to duty. By his personal attention and careful direction of operational aircraft he set a good example to Operations Room personnel and gained the confidence of all flying personnel. This officer is again commanding an Operational Squadron.
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LAUZON, F/O Leslie Richard (J19886) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.432 Squadron - Award effective 5 February 1945 as per London Gazette dated 20 February 1945 and AFRO 563/45 dated 29 March 1945. Born 1922 in Sudbury, Ontario; home in Toronto (stenographer); enlisted there 13 September 1941. Trained at No.5 ITS (graduated 13 February 1942), No.13 EFTS (graduated 24 April 1942) and No.5 SFTS (graduated 28 August 1942). Commissioned 1944. Prisoner of War, 12 June 1944.
Flying Officer Lauzon has proved himself to be a very gallant pilot and captain of aircraft. In June 1944 his aircraft was detailed for an attack against Cambrai. On the return flight his bomber was damaged by anti-aircraft fire and fire broke out. Flying Officer Lauzon ordered his crew to abandon the aircraft by parachute. All the members did except the mid-upper gunner whose parachute accidentally opened in the aircraft. Flying Officer Lauzon told the gunner to try and control the fire but it was impossible. He then offered the gunner his parachute which was refused without hesitation. Flying Officer Lauzon attempted an emergency landing. He successfully accomplished this extremely difficult feat and he and the gunner escaped from the fiercely burning aircraft uninjured. Flying Officer Lauzon's magnificent courage, exceptional skill and devotion to duty are worthy of the highest praise.
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LAVALLEE, F/O Laurent Joseph (J37714) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.425 Squadron - Award effective 10 May 1945 as per London Gazette dated 25 May 1945 and AFRO 1291/45 dated 10 August 1945. Born in Montreal, 1921; home there (salesman); enlisted there 7 August 1942. Trained at No.5 ITS (graduated 17 April 1943), No.4 BGS (graduated 19 September 1943) and No.4 AOS (graduated 3 November 1943). Commissioned November 1943.
As air bomber this officer has participated in attacks against such heavily defended targets as Kiel, Essen, Dusseldorf and Cologne. On one occasion in October 1944 he was air bomber in an aircraft detailed for an attack on Bochum. Whilst en route to the target some of the navigation instruments became unserviceable and Flying Officer Lavallee assisted the navigator in keeping course. Whilst over the target area intense anti-aircraft fire was encountered and the aircraft was damaged. Nevertheless, the target was bombed successfully. On the homeward flight Flying Officer Lavallee again gave great assistance in guiding the bomber safely back to base. At all times this officer has displayed outstanding gallantry and devotion to duty.
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LAVENDER, P/O James (J85114) - Mention in Despatches - No.541 Squadron - Award effective 1 January 1945 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 379/45 dated 2 March 1945. Trained at No.2 ITS (graduated 20 September 1941), No.19 EFTS (graduated 21 November 1941) and No.2 SFTS (graduated 13 March 1942).
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LAVERY, Corporal Robert Carson (R123283) - Mention in Despatches - Middleton St.George (AFRO gives only "Overseas") - Award effective 14 June 1945 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 1647/45 dated 26 October 1945. Home in Mimico, Ontario; enlisted Toronto, 6 August 1941. No citation in AFRO. Enlisted 6 August 1941. DHist file 181.009 D.4364 (RG.24 Vol.20648) has recommendation sent to No.6 Group Headquarters, 2 February 1945 when he had served 18 months in Canada, 24 months overseas. Fire fighter.
This airman showed particular courage and devotion to duty on the night of January 2nd, 1945 when an aircraft crashed on landing, and burst into flames. Corporal Lavery was NCO in charge Duty Crash Tender, and upon arriving at the crash, entered the aircraft and carried out a thorough search to ensure that the crew was out. This was done despite a fierce fire and exploding ammunition. Corporal Lavery then reported to the fire officer and continued to fight the fire.
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LAVERY, F/L William Russell (or Robert) (C2982) - Air Force Cross -No.168 Squadron - Award effective as of 1 January 1945 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 89/45 dated 19 January 1945. Enlisted in Rivers, manitoba, 2 November 1940. Had flown 2,700 hours to date, 300 hours in previous six months.
This officer, as a member of a transport squadron, has made a number of trans-Atlantic flights, throughout which he has displayed initiative and determination under all conditions of flying. He is a most skilful pilot and able captain of aircraft. His devotion to duty has set an excellent example and has contributed considerably to the success of the squadron.
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LAVIOLETTE, F/L Joseph Albert (J89934) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.103 Squadron - Award effective 12 November 1945 as per London Gazette dated 16 November 1945 and AFRO 133/46 dated 8 February 1946. Born in Vancouver, 1922; home in Echo Bay, British Columbia (logger); enlisted Vancouver, 11 September 1942. Trained at No.7 ITS (graduated 15 May 1943), No.6 EFTS (graduated 11 July 1943) and No.3 SFTS (graduated 12 November 1943). Commissioned August 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." Public Records Office Air 2/9137 has recommendation dated 17 May 1945 when he had flown 31 sorties (215 hours 20 minutes).
27 Nov 44 Freiburg 23 Feb 45 Pforzheim
15 Dec 44 Ludwigshaven 1 Mar 45 Mannheim
17 Dec 44 Ulm 2 Mar 45 Cologne
22 Dec 44 Coblenz 5 Mar 45 Chemnitz
31 Dec 44 Osterfeld 7 Mar 45 Dessau
2 Jan 45 Nuremburg 8 Mar 45 Kassel
14 Jan 45 Merseburg 11 Mar 45 Essen
16 Jan 45 Zeitz 12 Mar 45 Dortmund
1 Feb 45 Ludwigshaven 13 Mar 45 Herne
2 Feb 45 Wiesbaden 25 Mar 45 Hanover
7 Feb 45 Cleve 18 Apr 45 Heligoland
8 Feb 45 Politz 22 Apr 45 Bremen
13 Feb 45 Dresden 25 Apr 45 Berchtesgaden
14 Feb 45 Chemnitz 30 Apr 45 MANNA food drop
20 Feb 45 Dortmund 2 May 45 MANNA food drop
21 Feb 45 Duisburg
Flight Lieutenant Laviolette was posted to No.103 Squadron on 25th November 1944, and has since competed 31 sorties on Lancaster aircraft with a total of 215.20 hours operational flying.
Over a period of nearly six months this young Canadian officer has carried out attacks on many very heavily defended targets. Several of these have been deep in enemy territory, involving strong opposition from enemy night fighters and ground defences, e.g. such as Nuremburg, Merseburg, Chemnitz, Dresden and Dessau.
Flight Lieutenant Laviolette has always shown the greatest keenness and devotion to duty, pressing home his attacks in the face of the heaviest enemy defences in the most cool and confident manner, with the excellent results so often reflected by his first class bombing photographs.
For his meritorious service as captain of aircraft and his loyal and painstaking work on the ground in his flight, I recommend him for the award of the Distinguished Flying Cross.
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LAVOIE, F/O Joseph Georges Yves (J22704) - Mention in Despatches - Overseas - Award effective 14 June 1945 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 1478/45 dated 21 September 1945. Home in Shawinigan Falls, Quebec; enlisted in Montreal, 16 February 1942. Trained at No.3 ITS (graduated 9 October 1942), No.4 BGS (graduated 8 December 1942) and No.9 AOS (graduated 22 January 1943).
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LAWLOR, S/L Roy John (J5102) - Mention in Despatches - No.427 Squadron - Award effective 1 January 1945 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 337/45 dated 23 February 1945. Born 1917 in Halifax; home in Pictou, Nova Scotia (diamond driller); enlisted in Moncton, 19 July 1940. Trained at No.1 ITS (graduated 3 November 1940), No.4 EFTS (graduated 23 December 1940) and No.8 SFTS (graduated 10 April 1941). Commissioned 1941. Served in postwar RCAF.
LAWLOR, S/L Roy John (J5102) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.427 Squadron - Award effective 6 January 1945 as per London Gazette dated 16 January 1945 and AFRO 508/45 dated 23 March 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." DHist file 181.009 D.2609 (RG.24 Vol.20627) has recommendation dated 9 October 1944 when he was a Flight Lieutenant; he had flown 27 sorties (136 hours) between 28 January and 6 October 1944.
This officer has completed a large number of sorties, taking part in attacks on a wide variety of targets in Germany and France including such heavily defended targets as Kiel and Dortmund. As a flight commander he has set an inspiring example to newer crews and has been a tower of strength to his squadron. His cheerfulness at all times and great eagerness to come to grips with the enemy have been most praiseworthy. His coolness under fire while pressing home his attacks has been a great contributing factor on the safe return of his aircraft and crew on many occasions.
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LAWRENCE, Corporal Allen Thomas (R107131) - Mention in Despatches - No.431 Squadron (AFRO gives unit as No.64 Base) - Award effective 1 January 1945 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 425/45 dated 9 March 1945. Home in Wynard, Saskatchewan; enlisted Saskatoon, 27 May 1941. DHist file 181.009 D.4364 (RG.24 Vol.20648) has recommendation drafted 26 July 1944 by G/C D.M. Edwards, CO Station Croft.
This NCO enlisted May 1941, and has served in the United Kingdom since January 1942, and has filled the position of Corporal in his trade for the last five months. This NCO is in charge of the electrical work of a complete flight in this squadron. His zeal and devotion to duty, as well as his skill and abilities in leadership, have resulted in a high standard of efficiency in his field of endeavour. Through long hours and under trying conditions of work, his efforts and results have been exemplary.
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LAWRENCE, F/O Arthur George (J6409) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.406 Squadron - Award effective 17 April 1943 as per London Gazette dated 27 April 1943 and AFRO 985/43 dated 28 May 1943. Born in Brandon, Manitoba, 14 February 1918; educated at Fleming, Alexander and Brandon. Home in Bowsman River, Manitoba. Attendant at Brandon Mental Hospital. Enlisted in Winnipeg, 24 October 1940. Trained at No.2 ITS (graduated 26 February 1941), No.14 EFTS (graduated 4 May 1941) and No.4 SFTS (graduated and commissioned, 28 July 1941). Trained overseas at No.54 OTU, serving in No. 406 Squadron (16 February 1942 to 17 June 1943) and No.410 Squadron (17 June to 11 September 1943). Served at No.8 OTU, Greenwood. Released, 2 November 1945 but rejoined postwar air force in October 1946. Aerial victories on 29 April 1942 (one Ju.88 destroyed east of Whitby), 7/8 July 1942 (one He.111 destroyed), 9/10 March 1943 (one Do.217 destroyed, south of Portsmouth), 12 July 1943 (one Do.217 destroyed). See photos PL-58067 (studio portrait, 5 June 1953) and PL-24132 (in flying gear). DFC presented 26 April 1944; AFC presented 23 April 1946.
Flying Officer Lawrence has been flying with this squadron since March 1942 and has destroyed three enemy aircraft in combat at night. These engagements took place under difficult circumstances when this officer proved himself to be a skilful pilot and gunner. He has invariably displayed great keenness for operational flying and has fulfilled his duties most commendably.
NOTE: Public Record Office Air 2/8945 has the original recommendation dated 11 March 1943, submitted by Wing Commander I.R. Stephenson:
Flying Officer Lawrence has been flying operationally with this squadron since 12 March 1942 and has carried out 100 hours night flying. During this time he has destroyed three enemy aircraft in night combat: a Junkers 88, a Heinkel 111 and a Dornier 217.
He has constantly refused to be daunted by the worst conditions; the manner in which he held in sight, attacked and destroyed these aircraft under conditions of difficulty has shown him to be a very skilful pilot and a first class shot.
He has always shown great keenness to do his work well, and an enthusiasm which has set a fine example to the pilots of the squadron. I strongly recommend him for the immediate award of the Distinguished Flying Cross.
Also on 11 March 1943 the Officer Commanding, RAF Station Middle Wallop, added his remarks:
The recommendation of the Squadron Commander is strongly supported. No.406 Squadron have had a very lean time lately, and the award of this decoration, while not only being thoroughly well deserved, will be both a tonic and fillip to the whole unit.
The Air Officer Commanding, No.10 Group, concurred on 14 March 1943, and on 23 March 1943 the Air Officer Commanding-in-Chief, Fighter Command, minuted the form, "Recommended for award of Distinguished Flying Cross."
LAWRENCE, F/L Arthur George, DFC (J6409) - Air Force Cross - No.8 OTU - Award effective 14 June 1945 as per Canada Gazette of that date and AFRO 1127/45 dated 6 July 1945 - Governor General's Records (RG.7 Group 26, Vol.59, file 190-I, dossier 7) has citation. When recommended he had flown 969 hours, 165 as instructor, 79 in previous six months.
This officer has, over a long period as Officer Commanding night flying squadron, displayed outstanding personal initiative and ability. Both in administrative and flying work he has proved to be a highly efficient and competent chief instructor. He has been invaluable to his pupils because of the operational knowledge he is able to pass on to them and the exceptional drive and initiative he has displayed in organizing night training at this unit is most praiseworthy. He has made a valuable contribution to operational training.
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LAWRENCE, F/O John Ernest (J41928) - Mention in Despatches - No.11 (BR) Squadron - Award effective 21 April 1945 as per Canada Gazette of that date and AFRO 802/45 dated 11 May 1945. Enlisted in Toronto, 28 February 1941. Trained at No.4 WS (graduated 22 November 1941) and No.1 BGS (graduated 20 December 1941).
This officer, now on his second tour of operations, has proved himself to be a most energetic and capable crew member. His cheerfulness and willingness to help others have been reflected throughout the whole squadron. The manner in which he executes his tasks is worthy of the highest praise and he has created a high standard of morale amongst his fellow crewmen.
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LAWRENCE, WO John Willoughby (R92986) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.101 Squadron - Award effective 11 April 1944 as per London Gazette dated 21 April 1944 and AFRO 1075/44 dated 19 May 1944. Born 1919 in Lethbridge; home there (chainman on CPR survey); enlisted Lethbridge, 22 April 1941. Trained at No.7 ITS (graduated 27 February 1942), No.6 EFTS (ceased training 16 April 1942) and No.7 AOS (graduated 11 September 1942). No citation other than "...completed...many successful operations against the enemy in which [he has] displayed high skill, fortitude and devotion to duty."
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LAWRENCE, F/O Marshall Vernon (J19574) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.158 Squadron - Award effective 5 July 1945 as per London Gazette dated 20 July 1945 and AFRO 1619/45 dated 19 October 1945. Born 1920 at Delia, Alberta; home in Calgary (school teacher); enlisted there 31 July 1941. Formerly in Royal Canadian Artillery. Trained at No.2 ITS, (graduated 11 April 1942), No.6 EFTS (graduated 16 September 1942) and No.3 SFTS (graduated 9 October 1942). Commissioned 1943. No citation other than "completed... numerous operations against the enemy in the course of which [he has] invariably displayed the utmost fortitude, courage and devotion to duty". Public Records Office Air 2/9081 has recommendation dated 15 March 1945 when he had flown 25 sorties (152 hours 16 minutes), having been a POW since 24 May 1944.
29 Sep 43 Bochum (5.30) As 2nd pilot.
15 Nov 43 Mannheim (8.43) Bombed as ordered.
22 Nov 43 Berlin (7.37) Successful attack.
25 Nov 43 Frankfurt (8.09) Successful.
26 Nov 44 Stuttgart (8.08) Good results.
20 Jan 44 Berlin (7.20) Bombed target; cloud.
21 Jan 44 Magdeburg (6.11) Successful attack.
30 Jan 44 Berlin (6.11) Successful.
20 Feb 44 Stuttgart (7.35) Bombed as ordered.
25 Feb 44 Augsburg (7.13) Good bombing.
1 Mar 44 Stuttgart (7.43) Successful attack.
22 Mar 44 Frankfurt (5.48) Bombed target.
24 Mar 44 Berlin (6.53) Successful
26 Mar 44 Essen (4.50) Bombed through cloud.
30 Mar 44 Nuremburg (7.17) Successful attack.
9 Apr 44 Villeneuve St.George (5.53) Bombed target.
10 Apr 44 Tergnier (5.18) Good attack.
18 Apr 44 Tergnier (4.38) Successful
22 Apr 44 Dusseldorf (5.01) Bombed through clouds.
26 Apr 44 Villeneuve St.George (5.35) Successful.
27 Apr 44 Aulnoye (4.16) Bombed as ordered.
1 May 44 Malines (3.45) Successful.
10 May 44 Lens (3.51) Successful.
12 May 44 Hasselt (4.32) Successful sortie.
19 May 44 Boulogne (4.19) Duty carried out.
24 May 44 Aachen MISSING
Word is now to hand that Flying Officer Lawrence, who was shot down over Aachen on his 26th sortie, as a pilot of Halifax III aircraft with this squadron, is safe as a prisoner of war.
During his service with this squadron Flying Officer Lawrence was a pilot of distinction and his outstanding personal courage was a source of inspiration in an excellent career. In the early part of his operational tour he bombed Berlin four times and Frankfurt twice. Other distant targets he attacked were Mannheim, Stuttgart, Magdeburg, Schweinfurt, Nuremburg and Augsburg.
In all his work with this squadron Flying Officer Lawrence showed the greatest keenness to fly against the enemy. His determination and courage in the face of the severest enemy defences and his natural sense of leadership were factors which contributed greatly to the operational efficiency of his flight and the squadron generally.
It is recommended that this pilot's outstanding work and sacrifice be recognized by the award of the Distinguished Flying Cross.
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LAWRENCE, F/O Roy Frederick (J24538) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.7 Squadron - Award effective 10 May 1945 as per London Gazette dated 25 May 1945 and AFRO 1291/45 dated 10 August 1945. Born 1915 in Brockville, Ontario; home in Windsor, Ontario (engineer's mechanic); enlisted there 19 September 1940. Trained at No.2 ITS (graduated 26 September 1942), No.7 BGS (graduated 5 February 1943) and No.1 AOS (graduated 19 March 1943). Commissioned March 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 2/9070 has recommendation dated 20 February 1945 when he had flown 41 sorties (202 hours 55 minutes), 1 May 1944 to 14 February 1945.
1 May 44 France (7.40) 5 Aug 44 Bordeaux (7.40)
5 May 44 GARDENING, Cinnamon (6.15) 8 Aug 44 Angers (3.00)
7 May 44 France (7.25) 11 Aug 44 Lens (3.20)
8 May 44 France (7.30) 21 Aug 44 Brunswick (4.55)
10 May 44 France (7.55) 14 Sep 44 Waahasnah (2.30)
22 May 44 GARDENING, Frisians (3.10) 19 Sep 44 Calais (3.00)
1 June 44 France (6.35) 20 Sep 44 Calais (2.40)
6 June 44 France (6.00)
11 Jun 44 GARDENING, Brest (3.00) PATHFINDER TRIPS
23 Jun 44 L'Hey (2.05)
27 Jun 44 Biennais (3.10) 4 Dec 44 Karlsruhe (5.30)
30 Jun 44 Villers Bocage (3.10) 5 Dec 44 Soest (5.05)
2 July 44 Beuavors (3.10) 12 Dec 44 Essen (4.35)
5 July 44 Watten (2.25) 24 Dec 44 Essen (4.25)
7 July 44 Paris (4.25) 28 Dec 44 Ostrum (4.15)
12 Jul 44 Paris (3.55) 31 Dec 44 Oberhausen (5.00)
15 Jul 44 Chalons sur Marne (6.20) 2 Jan 45 Ludwigshaven (5.15)
17 Jul 44 Emieville (3.15) 5 Jan 45 Hanover (5.20)
20 Jul 44 Homberg (4.05) 6 Jan 45 Hansa (5.30)
24 Jul 44 Stuttgart (5.15) 7 Jan 45 Munich (7.10)
3 Aug 44 L'Ile d'Adam (3.35) 13 Feb 45 Dresden (8.35)
4 Aug 44 Bordeaux (7.25) 14 Feb 45 Chemnitz (7.35)
This officer has now completed 41 operational sorties, including eleven in the Pathfinder Force. He has on eight occasions operated with a Marker crew.
At all times regardless of his personal safety, he has by his evert present cheerfulness contributed in no small measure to the success with which the crew of which he is a member has operated.
Flying Officer Lawrence's strong devotion to duty is an example to this squadron, and might well be followed by all who come into contact with him.
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LAWRENCE, A/V/M Thomas Albert (C7) - Commended for Valuable Services - Northwest Air Command - Award effective 9 June 1945 as per Canada Gazette of that date and AFRO 1219/45 dated 27 July 1945. Born in Cooksville, Ontario, 11 June 1895 (PR release says he was born in Creemore, Ontario). Served in CEF, August 1915 to January 1918, transferred to RFC, and saw action in France with No.24 Squadron. CAF and Air Board, 1920 onwards, active on almost all forms of civil government air operations (forestry, smuggling patrols, fishery protection, air mails). Commanded air element, Hudson Strait Expedition, 1927-28. Further work at Camp Borden and as Liaison Officer to RAF; pioneered mail route survey in Maritimes. Soon after outbreak of war was made Director of Plans and Operations at AFHQ. Appointed CO of Trenton in 1942. To No.2 Training Command in 1942 as officer in charge of administration; AOC of No.2 Training Command in January 1943. In June 1944 took command of Northwest Air Command. No citation.
LAWRENCE, A/V/M Thomas Albert (C7) - Companion, Order of the Bath -North West Air Command - Award effective 14 June 1945 as per Canada Gazette of that date and AFRO 1127/45 dated 6 July 1945. Governor General's Records (RG.7 Group 26, Volume 59, file 190-I) has citation.
Air Vice-Marshal Lawrence has served with distinction in the Royal Canadian Air Force for many years. He has been employed in various senior staff positions both at Air Force Headquarters and at Air Command Headquarters, having successively held the position of Air Officer Commanding of two of the largest Commands. This officer's display of energy, leadership and integrity combined with a pleasing personality, is an inspiration to all those with whom he comes in contact. He has set a high standard in devotion to duty throughout his service. His knowledge, experience and sound judgement have been of inestimable value to the Royal Canadian Air Force.
LAWRENCE, A/V/M Thomas Albert, CB (C7) - NWAC - United States Legion of Merit (Degree of Commander) - effective 19 February 1946 as per Canada Gazette dated 4 May 1946 and AFRO 473/46 dated 10 May 1946. NOTE: This was originally announced in AFRO 388/46 dated 12 April 1946, reference Canada Gazette dated 6 April 1946. AFRO 473/46 dated 10 May 1946 cancels and re-instates.
Air Vice Marshal Thomas A. Lawrence, CB, performed outstanding services from June 1944 to October 1945 as Air Officer Commanding the North West Air Command, Royal Canadian Air Force. His cordial co-operation with the United States forces was in large measure responsible for establishing and maintaining complete understanding between American and Canadian personnel engaged in joint operations in his area.
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LAWRENCE, F/O William John (J23494) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.424 Squadron - Award effective 4 November 1944 as per London Gazette dated 14 November 1944 and AFRO 239/45 dated 9 February 1945. Born 1921 in Newdale, Manitoba; home there (farm labourer); enlisted Winnipeg, 22 January 1942. Trained at No.2 ITS (graduated 26 September 1942) and No.3 AOS (graduated 5 February 1943). Commissioned 1943. DFC sent by registered mail, 24 February 1950. No citation other than "completed...numerous operations against the enemy in the course of which [he has] invariably displayed the utmost fortitude, courage and devotion to duty." DHist file 181.009 D.2609 (RG.24 Vol.20627) has recommendation by S/L J.A. Westland dated 15 August 1944 when he had flown 39 sorties (180 hours 15 minutes) from 3 March to 12 August 1944.
This officer has completed approximately forty sorties over some of the most heavily defended enemy targets. Berlin, Frankfurt, Essen, Nuremburg and Stuttgart were some of the targets attacked in Germany besides many other strategic French targets and precision mine laying operations including the Kattegat and Kiel Bay areas.
Flying Officer Lawrence has consistently demonstrated outstanding ability as a Navigator and his keenness and determination on operations even under the most adverse conditions have been a source of comfort to the other members of his crew and has commended highly in the eyes of his immediate superiors. This, coupled with the fine qualities of co-operation, coolness and devotion to duty has contributed greatly to the successful effort of the whole crew.
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LAWRENSON, F/O Ralph Ellwood (J21377) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.432 Squadron - Award effective 4 November 1944 as per London Gazette dated 14 November 1944 and AFRO 239/45 dated 9 February 1945. Born 1915 in Manitoba; home in Pathlaw, Saskatchewan or Kelvington; enlisted Saskatoon, 25 September 1941 . Trained at No.7 ITS (graduated 22 May 1942), No.6 EFTS (graduated 14 August 1942) and No.4 SFTS (graduated 4 December 1942). Commissioned 1942. Invested 17 May 1948. No citation other than "completed... numerous operations against the enemy in the course of which [he has] invariably displayed the utmost fortitude, courage and devotion to duty." DHist file 181.009 D.5557 (PAC RG.24 Vol.20668) has recommendation dated 10 August 1944 when he had flown 29 sorties (136 hours 15 minutes), 20 April to 7 August 1944.
Throughout his operational career this officer has displayed enthusiasm and keenness for operational flying. He has been an inspiration to the members of his crew and at all times has shown a high degree of airmanship and dogged determination, having completed twenty-nine successful sorties.
His calm, quiet manner, qualities of leadership and splendid record warrant a strong recommendation for the award of the Distinguished Flying Cross.
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LAWRIE, W/C James Biggar (C2305) - Member, Order of the British Empire - No.1 Air Command Headquarters - Award effective 1 January 1946 as per Canada Gazette of that date and AFRO 82/46 dated 25 January 1946. Home in Calgary; enlisted there 1 July 1940.
This officer has been employed on personnel staff duties in the Royal Canadian Air Force, overseas and at home, for the past five years. He has filled each appointment with distinction and has at all times proved a most loyal and efficient officer. His excellent judgement and high sense of devotion to duty have inspired all who have worked with him and have resulted in this officer being held in high esteem by all ranks. His exemplary work and the contribution he has made to the war effort over the last five years is most praiseworthy.
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LAWS, P/O James Robert (J16669) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.158 Squadron - Award effective 6 August 1943 as per London Gazette dated 17 August 1943 and AFRO 2005/43 dated 1 October 1943. Born in Parkhill, Ontario, 1918; home in Sarnia (lab assistant); enlisted London, Ontario, 18 December 1940. Formerly in Royal Canadian Artillery. Trained at No.8 BGS (graduated 24 November 1941) and No.3 WS (graduated 24 October 1941). Commissioned November 1942. Invested with DFC at Buckingham Palace, 7 November 1944; Bar presented 28 May 1947.
Pilot Officer Laws has taken part in a large number of operational sorties against some of the enemy's most heavily defended targets including Hamburg, Frankfurt, Turin, Genoa, Stettin, Cologne, Essen and Dortmund. Undoubtedly the excellent results obtained by his crew were largely due to the skill and determination of this officer to press his attacks home regardless of the heaviest enemy opposition. As assistant bombing leader the high standard of efficiency of the bomb aimers in the squadron is directly attributable to the untiring efforts and enthusiasm of Pilot Officer Laws.
LAWS, F/L James Robert, DFC (J16669) - Bar to Distinguished Flying Cross - No.640 Squadron - Award effective 5 April 1945 as per London Gazette dated 13 April 1945 and AFRO 824/45 dated 18 May 1945.
Flight Lieutenant Laws has now completed a second tour of operations which has included attacks against such major targets as Magdeburg, Duisburg, Essen and Hamburg and others in support of our front line troops. At all times he has shown a fine fighting spirit and the utmost courage and determination in the face of enemy opposition. During a daylight attack against Munster in September 1944, the aircraft in which he was flying was hit by anti-aircraft fire. One engine failed and shell fragments penetrated the bomb aimer's compartment. Undeterred, Flight Lieutenant Laws bombed the target with cool determination which earned him the admiration and confidence of all his crew.
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LAWSON, WO1 (now P/O) Arthur Edward (R164656/J91190) - Mention in Despatches - No.432 Squadron - Award effective 1 January 1946 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 155/46 dated 15 February 1946. Home in Montreal; enlisted there 21 May 1942. Trained at No.4 WS (graduated 1 June 1943) and No.6 BGS (graduated 1 August 1943). AFRO gives unit only as "Overseas"; unit found in McEwen Papers list of recommendations for MiD. DHist file 181.009 D.5557 (RG.24 Vol.20668) has recommendation by W/C J.K. MacDonald dated 16 November 1944 when he had flown 29 sorties (140 hours five minutes). Recommended with F/O P.J. Handkamer (which see for text).
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LAWSON, F/O Gordon Henry Little (J24695) - 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 in Ashcroft, British Columbia, 1914; home in Vancouver (draughtsman); enlisted there 20 March 1942. Trained at No.4 ITS (graduated 6 November 1942) and No.2 AOS (graduated 19 March 1943). Commissioned 1943. DFC presented 27 March 1949. No citation other than "completed...numerous operations against the enemy in the course of which [he has] invariably displayed the utmost fortitude, courage and devotion to duty." DHist file 181.009 D.4431 (RG.24 Vol.20649) has recommendation dated 16 October 1944 when he had flown 32 sorties (156 hours 35 minutes), 25 March to 9 October 1944.
This navigator having completed his first operational tour with 33 [sic] sorties. He has distinguished himself by his keenness and navigational ability. His efficiency and coolness under all circumstances have been an inspiration and an example to all his crew and those who have worked with him. His standard of navigational ability has always been of the highest order and he is recommended for the award of the Distinguished Flying Cross (Non-Immediate).
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LAWSON, F/L James Hill (J88063) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.428 Squadron - Award effective 5 July 1945 as per London Gazette dated 17 July 1945 and AFRO 1558/45 dated 5 October 1945. Born 1921 in Vancouver; home there (clerk); enlisted there 10 September 1949. Trained at No.4 ITS (graduated 24 April 1942) and No.3 BGS (graduated 25 September 1942). Commissioned 1944. DFC presented in Vancouver, 22 October 1947. 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.1941 (RG.24 Vol.20612) has recommendation by W/C M.W. Gall dated 21 March 1945 when he had flown 31 sorties (201 hours 25 minutes), 12 June 1944 to 21 March 1945.
As an air gunner this officer has consistently displayed intrepid courage and great determination coupled with outstanding ability and skill. He has at all times shown a burning desire to carry out his duties with a fine disregard for personal safety.
As Gunnery Leader he has proved himself an ideal leader and has established a high standard of proficiency in his section. His fine efforts and example both in the air and on the ground have been an inspiration to all air gunners.
For his courage, efficiency and devotion to duty I recommend the non-immediate award of the D.F.C.
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LAY, S/L Harry Morison (C1175) - Air Force Cross - No.8 Squadron (Canada) - Award effective 6 January 1945 as per London Gazette dated 13 March 1945 and AFRO 132/45 dated 26 January 1945. From Barrie, Ontario, a nephew of W.L.M. King. As of recommendation he had flown 1,307 hours, 228 of them operational.
This officer has displayed outstanding zeal, devotion to duty and ability as a pilot throughout his service career. As leader of his squadron for the past year and a half, he has conducted its operations with great keenness and efficiency. By his good leadership and splendid personal example, Squadron Leader Lay has rendered exceptional service in connection with operations on the Pacific coast.
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LAYTON, P/O Hugh Cecil (J92062) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.158 Squadron - Award effective 5 April 1945 as per London Gazette dated 17 April 1945 and AFRO 918/45 dated 1 June 1945. Born 1922 in Medicine Hat, Alberta; home there (ledger keeper). Enlisted in Edmonton, 28 August 1942. Trained at No.7 ITS (graduated 30 April 1943) and No.2 AOS (graduated 17 September 1943). Commissioned October 1944.
This officer has proved himself to be an excellent navigator throughout his operational tour by his cool courage, determination and devotion to duty. Under the most adverse circumstances Pilot Officer Layton has set a sterling example to all members of his squadron. In October 1944 his aircraft was detailed to attack Duisburg in daylight. Intense anti-aircraft fire was encountered in entering the Ruhr Valley area and at the commencement of the bombing run damage was sustained to his aircraft. All the wireless and navigational equipment was shattered and the controls were affected. Despite this, by expert airmanship the bombing run was completed with commendable initiative. Pilot Officer Layton skilfully navigated the crippled aircraft to an advance base in this country. The safe return of the aircraft and crew was largely due to the coolness and resource of this officer.
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LAYTON, F/O Michael Shakespeare (J5302) - Distinguished Service Order - No.120 Squadron - Award effective 17 December 1942 as per London Gazette dated 12 January 1943 and AFRO 232/43 dated 12 February 1943. Born at Bury St.Edmunds, 1914; home in Montreal; enlisted there. Trained at No.1 ITS (graduated 8 December 1940), No.1 AOS (graduated 2 March 1941), No.1 BGS (graduated 12 April 1941) and No.1 CNS (graduated 13 May 1941). Commissioned 1941. See Times, 11 January 1943 describing the action. DHist file 181.009 D.1636 (RG.24 Vol.20604) has application for Operational Wings dated 11 February 1944. Began operations July 1941 with No.120 Squadron, flying 40 sorties (500 operational hours). At unspecified date he was with No.1425 Special Flight to Moscow (Churchill trip); forced down Teheran with engine trouble (40 hours). To No.10 (BR) Squadron, January 1943 (four patrols, 50 hours) while assisting in Liberator conversion.
Flying Officer Layton and Sergeants McColl and Turner were navigator, flight engineer and wireless operator respectively of an aircraft captained by Squadron Leader Bulloch and detailed for convoy duty in December 1942. During the flight eight submarines were sighted of which one was almost certainly destroyed. Six more were skilfully prevented from making any attack on the convoy. Throughout the sortie, which necessitated some 16 hours flying, Squadron Leader Bulloch, splendidly supported by his colleagues, displayed outstanding determination and unswerving devotion to duty. By their exceptional ability, Flying Officer Layton and Sergeants McColl and Turner have, on many occasions, proved themselves valuable members of aircraft crew.
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LAZUK, FS Fred (R143517) - Distinguished Flying Medal - No.424 Squadron - Award effective 5 July 1945 as per London Gazette dated 17 July 1945 and AFRO 1453/45 dated 14 September 1945. Born in Ottawa, 1923; home there (butcher). Enlisted Ottawa, 14 November 1941. Trained at No.1 WS (graduated 5 December 1942). No citation other than "completed...numerous operations against the enemy in the course of which [he has] displayed the utmost fortitude, courage and devotion to duty." DHist file 181.009 D.2610 (RG.24 Vol.20627) has recommendation dated 13 March 1945 when he had flown 33 sorties (195 hours 20 minutes), 20 July 1944 to 11 March 1945.
This Air Gunner has completed a large number of sorties, the majority against very heavily defended German targets, and on all occasions has shown very marked courage and determination to get on with the job. It was through his resourcefulness that a large number of sorties turned out successfully. He has always shown leadership and an example not only to his crew and other gunners, but to the whole squadron.
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