LE BLANC, Corporal Joseph Lawrence (R143565) - Mention in Despatches - Station Dartmouth - Award effective 1 January 1946 as per Canada Gazette of that date and AFRO 82/46 dated 25 January 1946.  Home in Renfrew; enlisted in Ottawa 19 November 1941.

 

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LE CREN, F/O Hubert Harald (J89703) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.76 Squadron - Award effective 5 July 1945 as per London Gazette dated 20 July 1945 and AFRO 1619/45 dated 19 October 1945.  Born 1923 at Nanaimo, British Columbia; home there (labourer); enlisted Vancouver, 5 September 1941. Trained at No.4 ITS (graduated 24 April 1942), No.16 EFTS (graduated 1 August 1942) and No.7 SFTS (graduated 20 November 1942).  Commissioned September 1944.  No citation other than "completed...numerous operations against the enemy in the course of which [he has] invariably displayed the utmost fortitude, courage and devotion to duty".  Public Records Office Air 2/9082 has recommendation dated 18 March 1945 when he had flown 37 sorties (207 hours 45 minutes), 18 November 1943 to 8 March 1945.

 

18 Nov 43      Mannheim (8.05)                        6 Dec 44        Osnabruck (5.45)

22 Nov 43      Stuttgart (7.55)                           18 Dec 44      Duisburg (5.50)

13 Sep 44      Gelsenkirchen (4.40)                 26 Dec 44      St.Vith (5.25)

15 Sep 44      Kiel (5.45)                                   29 Dec 44      Coblenz (6.30)

20 Sep 44      Calais (3.45)                              30 Dec 44      Cologne (6.05)

23 Sep 44      Neuss (4.50)                               1 Jan 45         Dortmund (4.55)  

25 Sep 44      Calais (4.05)                              5 Jan 45         Hanover (5.10)

27 Sep 44      Calais (3.30)                              16 Jan 45       Magdeburg (5.55)

7 Oct 44         Cleve (4.20)                                28 Jan 45       Stuttgart (7.35)

9 Oct 44         Bochum (5.30)                           1 Feb 45        Mainz (6.15)

23 Oct 44       Essen (5.45)                               4 Feb 45        Bonn (5.40)

28 Oct 44       Westkapelle (3.20)                    7 Feb 45        Goch (5.40)

29 Oct 44       Walcheren (2.55)                       9 Feb 45        Wanne Eickel (5.55)

30 Oct 44       Cologne (5.35)                           13 Feb 45      Bolhem (8.25)

2 Nov 44         Dusseldorf (5.30)                       20 Feb 45      Reinholz (6.25)

4 Nov 44         Bochum (4.50)                           24 Feb 45      Canen (5.40)

21 Nov 44      Sterkrade (6.25)                        7 Mar 45         Hemmingstedt (6.05)

2 Dec 44        Hagen (6.00)                              8 Mar 45         Hamburg (5.30)

5 Dec 44        Soest (6.15)

 

Flying Officer Le Cren has consistently displayed initiative and at all times pressed home his attacks.  He has completed 37 operations against Germany and occupied territories.

 

By his keenness to operate and his efforts to raise the efficiency of his crew, he has set a fine example as captain of aircraft.  For his excellent record and spirit he is recommended for the award of the Distinguished Flying Cross.

 


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LE GEAR, F/L Victor Henry John (J23040) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.439 Squadron - Award effective 6 July 1945 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 1453/45 dated 14 September 1945.  Home in Barrie, Ontario; enlisted in Toronto, 18 October 1940. Trained at No.1 ITS (graduated 20 February 1941), No.10 EFTS (graduated 22 April 1941) and No.9 SFTS (graduated 15 July 1941).  According to artist's notes accompanying Robert Baillie's painting Typhoon Fury (available as prints in commercial distribution), this officer completed 81 sorties.  Earlier, as an instructor, he taught 177 students to fly.  For added information of Typhoon operations, see H.A. Halliday, Typhoon and Tempest: The Canadian Story (Toronto, Canav Books, 1992).

 

Flight Lieutenant Le Gear has completed a very large number of sorties involving attacks on German industrial centres and other targets such as bridges, gun sites, locomotives and mechanical transport.  On numerous occasions he has led his squadron, and the consistently good results obtained have been due in no small measure to this officer's competence and leadership.  He has inflicted much damage on the enemy and his coolness and courage have been an inspiration to other members of his squadron.

 

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LE GRICE, F/O Edward Glenn (J36116) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.415 Squadron - Award effective 5 July 1945 as per London Gazette dated 20 July 1945 and AFRO 1619/45 dated 19 October 1945.  Born 1914 in Toronto; home there (production manager).  Enlisted in Toronto, 21 July 1941).  Trained at No.6 ITS (graduated 2 April 1943) and No.1 AOS (graduated 1 October 1943).  Commissioned 1943.  No citation other than "completed...numerous operations against the enemy in the course of which [he has] invariably displayed the utmost fortitude, courage and devotion to duty".  DHist file 181.009 D.20608 (PAC RG.24 Vol.20608) has recommendation dated 17 January 1945 when he had flown 31 sorties (163 hours 50 minutes):

 

Flying Officer Le Grice has completed a notable operational tour during which he has taken part in attacks on several of the most heavily defended enemy targets, including Hamburg, Dortmund, Essen, Munich and Duisburg.  He has proved to be a determined and gallant member of aircraft crew and by his skilful and efficient methods of navigation, has been largely responsible for the many successes achieved by them.  In addition to his operational duties, Flying Officer Le Grice has been of great assistance to this squadron's Navigational Leader in the coaching of less experienced navigators.

 

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LE GROS, Flight Sergeant Philip John (R77849) - Air Force Medal -  No.9 (O) AFU (Overseas) - Air Force Medal Award effective 1 January 1944 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 809/44 dated 14 April 1944.  Enlisted in Calgary, 8 January 1941.  Trained at No.2 ITS (graduated 8 May 1941), No.16 EFTS (graduated 3 July 1941) and No.11 SFTS (graduated 11 September 1941).  No citation in Canadian sources.  Public Records Office Air 2/8959 has recommendation stating he had flown 660 hours of which 175 were in previous six months.

 

This airman has been a staff pilot since December 1941.  From May 1942 to December 1942 he was continuously employed on night flying duties.  He is keen to be employed on operational duties but he has not permitted this disappointment to interfere with his present work.

 

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LE MAISTRE, F/L Edward Benjamin Aycrigge (C89545) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.53 Squadron - Award effective 19 July 1945 as per London Gazette dated 27 July 1945 and AFRO 1672/45 dated 2 November 1945.  Home in Port Arthur.  Former CAN/RAF; transferred to RCAF in 1945.

 

This officer has completed two tours of operational duty.  During the second tour he has operated chiefly in Leigh Light Liberators and has taken part in several attacks on enemy submarines, often in the face of intense opposition.  On one occasion Flight Lieutenant Le Maistre's aircraft was attacked by four Junkers 88s over the Bay of Biscay but by skilful evasive action he shook them off.  On another of his missions he descended to a very low level in the face of fierce anti-aircraft fire to examine a new type of armed trawler.  He has at all times shown great courage and devotion to duty.

 

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LE PAGE, Sergeant Peter (R72242) - Mention in Despatches - No.62 Base - Award effective 1 January 1945 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 425/45 dated 9 March 1945.  Recommended by W/C J.M.W. St.Pierre, 17 September 1943 when still with No.425 Squadron in North Africa.  Described as a fitter, the old citation noted that he had been "posted to this squadron when it was new".  It added, "His experience and ability as a fitter, along with the faithful performance of his duty, has greatly contributed to the high state of serviceability maintained in England and North Africa.  In the field he has worked long hours under trying circumstances and has fully contributed in the undertaking of major repair jobs which were completed in record time.  His devotion to duty has been an example to those under him." (DHist file 181.009 D1759; National Archives RG.24 Vol.20608).

 


LE PAGE, Sergeant Peter (R72242) - British Empire Medal - Tholthorpe - Award effective 1 January 1946 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 155/46 dated 15 February 1946.   Home in Penetanguishene, Ontario.  Enlisted in Toronto, 17 September 1940.  Previously Mentioned in Despatches, 1 January 1945 (which see). Identified in AFRO as "Overseas". McEwen papers (CWM) with list of recommendations dated 15 June 1945 identifies unit.  DHist file 181.009 D.1725 (PAC RG.24 Vol.20607) gives recommendation dated 23 May 1945.

 

This non-commissioned officer has spent a long time overseas, serving in Africa as well as the United Kingdom.  He has shown enthusiasm of the highest order in the course of his normal duties and willingly accedes to assisting in station activities outside of normal hours in the interests of his brother airmen.  Whilst in Africa under most adverse conditions he did an outstanding job and such a spirit has prevailed with him in all his undertakings including that the Service comes first - a notable characteristic.

 

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LEA, P/O Charles Norman (J92432) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.405 Squadron - Award effective 5 April 1945 as per London Gazette dated 17 April 1945 and AFRO 918/45 dated 1 June 1945. Born 1922 at Fort William, Ontario; home there; enlisted Winnipeg, 24 April 1942.  Trained at No.3 WS (graduated 6 July 1942) and No.2 BGS (graduated 22 February 1943).  Commissioned November 1944. No citation other than "completed...numerous operations against the enemy in the course of which [he has] invariably displayed the utmost courage and devotion to duty".  Public Records Office Air 2/9060 has recommendation dated 20 January 1945 when he had flown 48 sorties (240 hours 18 minutes), 28 December 1943 to 16 January 1945.

 

                                                             * denotes 1/3 sortie

 

28 Dec 43      Criel (NICKEL,                           14 Aug 44      Potigny (2.35)

4.00, no sortie)                           15 Aug 44      Brussels (2.35)

20 Apr 44       Lens (4.25)*                                16 Aug 44      Stettin (8.05)

24 Apr 44       Karlsruhe (5.50)                         27 Aug 44      Kiel (5.15)

27 Apr 44       Aulnoye (4.45)*                          29 Aug 44      Stettin (9.15)

30 Apr 44       Somain (4.40)*                           20 Sep 44      Calais (2.00)

1 May 44        St.Ghislain (4.45)                       5 Oct 44         Saarbrucken (4.40)

9 May 44        St.Pierre (4.10)                          14 Oct 44       Duisburg (3.25)

27 May 44      Bourg Leopold (4.15)                15 Oct 44       Wilhelmshaven (4.00)

31 May 44      Au Febvre (4.20)                        19 Oct 44       Stuttgart (5.10)

2 June 44       Neuf Chatel (3.35)                     9 Nov 44         Wanne Eickel (3.45)

6 June 44       Coutances (4.30)                       18 Nov 44      Munster (3.45)

7 June 44       Acheres (5.05)                           20 Nov 44      Coblenz (4.25)

9 June 44       Le Mans (5.55)                           21 Nov 44      Aschaffenburg (5.00)

15 Jun 44       St.Pol (4.00)                               26 Nov 44      Freiburg (5.00)

15 Jun 44       Boulogne (3.40)                         2 Dec 44        Hagen (5.40)

18 Jun 44       Oisemont-Neuville-                    4 Dec 44        Urft Dam (5.00)

au-Bois (4.10)                            6 Dec 44        Leuna Oil Plant (6.20)

21 Jun 44       St.Martin (4.10)                          28 Dec 44      Bonn (4.00)

24 Jun 44       Bamieres (3.50)                         29 Dec 44      Gelsenkirchen (4.30)

27 Jun 44       Foret d'E'wy (4.50)                    2 Jan 45         Nuremburg (6.40)


4 July 44         Biennais (4.25)                          4 Jan 45         Royan (5.10)

6 July 44         Biennais (3.30)                          5 Jan 45         Hanover (4.25)

18 Jul 44        Caen (4.20)                                7 Jan 45         Munich (6.35)

18 Jul 44        Wesseling (5.20)                       14 Jan 45       Merseburg (6.35)

20 Jul 44        Ferme de Forestel                     16 Jan 45       Zeitz (6.28)

24 Jul 44        Ferfay (3.30)

 

Pilot Officer Lea is a fine type of Wireless Operator/Air Gunner who is at present engaged on his second tour of operations.  This officer's keenness and efficiency on operations has set an excellent example to the entire squadron.  Throughout his operational career, which has involved attacks on many of the most heavily defended enemy targets, Pilot Officer Lea has shown an unstinted offensive spirit.

 

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LEAMEN, S/L Robert James (C2722) - Mention in Despatches - Station Linton-on-Ouse - Award effective 8 June 1944 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 1729/44 dated 11 August 1944.  Home in Toronto; enlisted there 26 August 1940.  No citation in AFRO which gives unit only as "Overseas".  DHist file 181.009 D.1719 (PAC RG.24 Vol.20606) has recommendation dated 17 October 1943 for an OBE; it identifies unit, says he was Station Administrative Officer, and says:

 

Since commissioning in August 1940 as an Administrative Officer, Squadron Leader Leaman has done outstanding work.  He has been employed in Canada, in Eastern Air Command, and in England in key administrative positions and his devotion to duty and high sense of responsibility have been an inspiration to all as well as a source of strength to those he served.  He sets an example of cheerful tenacity of purpose, unselfishness and sacrifice...

 

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LEASK, F/O Melvin Richard (J21424) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.192 Squadron - Award effective 5 August 1944 as per London Gazette dated 18 August 1944 and AFRO 2101/44 dated 29 September 1944.  Born in Winnipeg, 1917; home in Clandeboy, Manitoba; enlisted Winnipeg, 2 September 1942.  Trained at No.4 ITS (graduated 8 May 1942), No.5 EFTS (graduated 14 August 1942) and No.3 SFTS (graduated 4 December 1942).  Commissioned 1942.

 

Flying Officer Leask has just completed his first tour of operations.  Many of his sorties have been completed close to the enemy shore.  On one occasion one of his engines failed but by his outstanding flying skill he brought his aircraft safely home.  He has shown a fine example by his consistent good work and enthusiasm.

 


NOTE: Public Record Office Air 2/9652 has the original recommendation for this award, drafted 21 April 1944 when he had flown 34 sorties (223 hours ten minutes). These were all described as "Special Duty", undertaken as part of No.100 Group:

 

26 Aug 43      Bay of Biscay (7.35)               11 Nov 43   Bay of Biscay (11.35)

30 Aug 43      Munchen-Gladbach (3.25)     18 Nov 43   Bay of Biscay (6.30)

6 Sept 43       Skagerrak (7.40)                    2 Dec 43     Frisian Islands (3.30)

8 Sept 43       Coast of Norway (7.40)          15 Dec 43   North French coast (3.40)

14 Sept 43     Coast of Norway (10.20)       22 Dec 43   North French coast (2.20)

16 Sept 43     Skagerrak (7.45)                    23 Dec 43   Dutch coast (3.05)

24 Sept 43     Bay of Biscay (10.40)            23 Dec 43   Den Helder (2.20)

27 Sept 43     Coast of Norway (4.35)          29 Dec 43   Frisian Islands (2.40)

1 Oct 43         North French coast (5.30)      14 Jan 44    Frisian Islands (4.20)

3 Oct 43         Bay of Biscay (10.35)            27 Jan 44    Dutch/Danish coasts (4.55)

5 Oct 43         Bay of Biscay (9.10)               30 Jan 44    North Frisian Isles (3.55)

18 Oct 43       Dutch coast (2.40)                  11 Feb 44   West coast, France (7.25)

20 Oct 43       Bay of Biscay (10.00)            15 Feb 44   Frisians Islands (4.05)

22 Oct 43       Dutch coast (3.00)                  2 Mar 44      Bay of Biscay (9.40)

28 Oct 43       Bay of Biscay (10.15)            11 Mar 44   Bay of Biscay (10.30)

6 Nov 43         Bay of Biscay (9.15)               22 Mar 44   Bay of Biscay (9.40)

8 Nov 43         Bay of Biscay (10.20)            30 Mar 44   North French coast (2.35)

 

This officer has just completed his first tour of operations, 34 sorties, as pilot on Wellington aircraft.  Most of these sorties have been completed at 1,000 feet over the sea, many of them close to the enemy shore. On one occasion, one of his engines failed at 1,000 feet some 300 miles from our coast. By superb flying skill he brought his aircraft safely home. On this, and many other dangerous occasions, his calmness and courage have been an inspiration to his crew.

 

On 23 April 1944 the Officer Commanding, RAF Station Foulsham, added his comments:

 

Although on occasions worried by the Hun and by the sea, he was just as ready to go next time.

 

The Air Officer Commanding, No.100 Group, added (26 May 1944), "Flying Officer Leask has shown a fine example by consistent good work and enthusiasm; recommended for Distinguished Flying Cross."

 

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LEATHERBARROW, WO Ernest John (R54768) - Mention in Despatches - Leeming - Award effective 1 January 1945 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 379/45 dated 2 March 1945.  Home in Point St.Charles, Quebec.  Enlisted in Montreal, 26 January 1940; left Canada for overseas, 8 June 1940.  DHist file 181.009 D.2619 (RG.24 Vol.20628) has recommendation forwarded 31 July 1944 to No.6 Group Headquarters.

 


Is filling the Warrant Officer Engineer vacancy in his section.  He has worked tirelessly from the early days of its foundation right through, organizing the formation of all sections, and has put in many hours at night since on the production of work from all departments.

 

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LEAVITT, Sergeant William Herbert Champion (R72828) - Distinguished Flying Medal - No.226 Squadron - Award effective 7 January 1943 as per London Gazette dated 8 January 1943 and AFRO 232/43 dated 12 February 1943.  Born in Alberton, Prince Edward Island, 1920; home there (student); enlisted Charlottetown, 13 February 1941. Trained at No.3 ITS (graduated 1 July 1941), No.17 EFTS (graduated 19 August 1941), and No.8 SFTS (graduated 7 November 1941).  Later commissioned (J17368).  Invested at Buckingham Palace, 18 May 1943.

 

On the 6th December 1942, a force of bombers was detailed to make an attack in daylight on the Phillips factory at Eindhoven.  The operation, which was executed faultlessly, demanded a high degree of skill and accurate timing.  Bombs were released at varying heights down to rooftop level.  Many hits were obtained, some in the centre of the target area; two gunposts were silenced; intense and heavy opposition was encountered and both on the outward and return flight attacks were made by enemy fighters.  The great success achieved reflects the greatest credit on personnel who participated in various capacities as leaders and members of aircraft crews.

 

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LEBEL, P/O Georges Yvon (J85624) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.429 Squadron - Award effective 21 July 1944 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 2052/44 dated 22 September 1944.  Born 1922 at Cacouna, Quebec; home there; enlisted Quebec, 26 June 1940. Trained at No.2 WS (graduated 20 January 1941) and No.4 BGS (graduated 15 March 1941). Commissioned 1944.  Invested at Buckingham Palace, 11 August 1944.  Missing, presumed dead, 18 October 1947 following crash of a Mitchell, No.413 Squadron.  DHist file 181.009 D.5524 (RG.24 Vol.20667) has recommendation dated 29 May 1944 when he had flown 47 sorties; he must have been on second tour.  Recommended again, 21 June 1944 following his 50th sortie.

 

As air gunner this officer has taken part in a large number of sorties involving attacks on a wide range of enemy targets.  He has proved himself to be a skilful and determined member of aircraft crew and his exemplary conduct in the face of the enemy has won great praise.

 

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LEBLANC, Sergeant Joseph Charles Montcalm (R82596) - Mention in Despatches - No.404 Squadron (AFRO gives unit only as "Overseas"; deduced from letter in file - Award effective 14 June 1945 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 1600/45 dated 12 October 1945.  Home in Hull, Quebec; enlisted Ottawa 17 January 1941.  Electrician. Served in No.10 (B) Squadron, 1942; in No.425 Squadron, 1943.  Long letter in file describes his experiences.

 

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LECHOW, F/O Bohdam (J27258) - Commended for Valuable Services in the Air - No.18 SFTS - Award effective 14 June 1945 as per Canada Gazette of that date and AFRO 1127/45 dated 6 July 1945.  Home in Winnipeg; enlisted there 27 March 1942.  Trained at No.7 ITS (graduated 11 September 1942), No.6 EFTS (graduated 4 December 1942) and No.10 SFTS (graduated 11 June 1943).

 

This flying instructor, as officer in charge of aircrew leadership training at this unit, has carried out his duties with the patience and efficiency far exceeding that of a normal officer.  Despite many difficulties encountered in his work, Flying Officer Lechow's efforts have resulted in a most definite increase in the standard of officer qualities among the pupil pilots at this station.

 

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LECKENBY, F/O James Hamilton (J43893) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.128 Squadron - Award effective 10 May 1945 as per London Gazette dated 25 May 1945 and AFRO 1291/45 dated 10 August 1945.  Home in Hamilton; enlisted there 4 November 1942. Trained at No.7 ITS (graduated 20 August 1943), No.6 BGS (graduated 6 April 1943) and No.10 AOS (graduated 12 November 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 had recommendation dated 12 February 1945 when he had flown 34 sorties (131 hours 35 minutes), 17 September 1944 to 21 January 1945.

 

17 Sep 44      Bremen                                  30 Nov 44      Duisburg

23 Sep 44      Neuss                                     1 Dec 44        Karlsruhe

27 Sep 44      Kassel                                    4 Dec 44        Hagen

30 Sep 44      Hamburg                                9 Dec 44        Berlin

2 Oct 44         Brunswick                              11 Dec 44      Hamburg

6 Oct 44         Dortmund                               12 Dec 44      Osnabruck

18 Oct 44       Mannheim                              15 Dec 44      Hannover

19 Oct 44       Stuttgart                                  18 Dec 44      Duisburg

23 Oct 44       Hanover                                  23 Dec 44      Limburg

27 Oct 44       Berlin                                      28 Dec 44      Frankfurt

30 Oct 44       Berlin                                      29 Dec 44      Scholven

31 Oct 44       Hamburg                                31 Dec 44      Berlin

7 Nov 44         Gelsenkirchen                       1 Jan 45         Hannover

10 Nov 44      Hanover                                  4 Jan 45         Berlin

11 Nov 44      Kamen                                    14 Jan 45       Mannheim


27 Nov 44      Berlin                                      18 Jan 45       Magdeburg

28 Nov 44      Nuremburg                             21 Jan 45       Kassel

 

Flying Officer J.H. Leckenby, RCAF, has been Navigator Bomb Aimer in 34 sorties against German territory in Mosquito aircraft, and has achieved a high measure of success by his devotion to duty and skill in his work.

 

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LECKIE, Sergeant John Campbell (R133390) - Distinguished Flying Medal - No.150 Squadron - Award effective 24 April 1943 as per London Gazette dated 21 May 1943 and AFRO 1247/43 dated 2 July 1943.  Home in Osoyoos, British Columbia; enlisted in Vancouver, 9 October 1941.  Trained at No.7 ITS (graduated 31 January 1942), No.18 EFTS (graduated 10 April 1942), and No.7 SFTS (graduated 28 August 1942).  Cited with P/O J.D. Aitchison (RAFVR, awarded DFC).  Killed in action 30 April 1943 (Wellington HF700), buried in North Africa.  Medal presented to next-of-kin, 28 February 1946.

 

One night in April 1943, Pilot Officer Aitchison and Sergeant Leckie were navigator and pilot of an aircraft detailed to bomb an enemy airfield.  Whilst over the target area the aircraft was hit by anti-aircraft fire.  One engine was disabled, the hydraulic system was rendered unserviceable, while serious leakage of petrol occurred.  Despite this, Sergeant Leckie attempted to fly the aircraft to a landing ground, being greatly assisted by Pilot Officer Aitchison.  It was impossible to maintain height, however, and Sergeant Leckie gave orders to abandon the aircraft but, by the time the other members of the crew had left by parachute, it was too late for him to follow.  Nevertheless he succeeded in effecting a crash landing in a battle area.  Pilot Officer Aitchison, who had descended safely, immediately rushed to his comrade's assistance.  Although under enemy fire they took steps to prevent the crashed aircraft from falling into enemy hands.  Both these members of aircraft crew displayed great courage and determination in harassing circumstances.

 

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LECKIE, A/V/M Robert, DSO, DSC, DFC (C11922) - Companion, Order of the Bath - AFHQ, Air Member for Training - 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 16 April 1890 in Glasgow, Scotland.  Came to Canada at age 16, working for an uncle in Toronto.  Enrolled in RNAS, 1915 and won DSO, DSC and DFC, shooting down two Zeppelins and conducting more than 100 reconnaissance sorties into Heligoland Bight.  Commanded CAF in England, 1918-1919.  Returned to Canada and directed civilian flying operations under the Air Board; planned and initiated the Trans-Canada Flight of 1920.  Returned to Britain in May 1922 where he was posted to the staff of No.1 School of Technical Training (Boys) at Halton.  In September 1922 he went to Royal Naval Staff College for a course.  Posted to Headquarters, Coastal Area, July 1923.  Appointed to command the RAF unit aboard HMS Hermes (March 1926); appointed to HMS Courageous in rank of Wing Commander, 26 August 1927.  Appointed RAF Director of Training in 1935; in 1938 made AOC Mediterranean, with headquarters at Malta.  Loaned to RCAF as an Air Commodore, 1940, to assist establishing BCATP.  Appointed to Air Council in November 1940; promoted to Air Vice-Marshal, 1942; transferred to RCAF, 1943.  Chief of Air Staff, 1 January 1944 to 1 September 1947.  Devoted much time to Air Cadet movement following retirement.  Queen's Coronation Medal, 23 October 1953 (retired); died in Ottawa, 31 March 1975.

 

This officer, who had a very distinguished record in the Royal Air Force, was specially selected early in 1940 for posting to the Royal Canadian Air Force as Director of Training in Canada.  He later became a member of Air Council and transferred to the Royal Canadian Air Force.  He brought with him a wealth of experience which has been most manifest during his untiring work in connection with the British Commonwealth Air Training Plan, the success of which is in no small measure due to his organizing ability and sound judgement.

 

LECKIE, A/M Robert (C11922) - Grand Officers Cross of Polonia Restituta (Poland) - Award effective 1 May 1945 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 212/46 dated 1 March 1946.

 

LECKIE, A/M Robert, CB, DSO, DSC, DFC (C11922) - Commander, Legion of Merit (United States) - Air Force Headquarters - Award effective 18 June 1946 as per Canada Gazette dated 13 July 1946 and AFRO 726/46 dated 26 July 1946.  Citation from letter, Colonel R.E.S. Williamson, Military Attache in Ottawa to W/C F.F. Lambert, 31 May 1946:  Ministerial concurrence communicated to Williamson on 15 June 1946 (de Niverville award at same time).

 

Air Marshal Robert Leckie, Royal Canadian Air Force, performed exceptionally meritorious service as representative on the Combined Committee on Air Training in North America from January to November 1943.  As a member of this committee, he made outstanding contributions toward the improvement and standardisation of air training methods by the Royal Air Force, Royal Canadian Air Force and the United States Services.  Air Marshal Leckie’s wholehearted cooperation and personal vigour in the discharge of these duties further increased the effectiveness of the common effort of these Allied nations.

 

Authority for this award was contained in a letter from the U.S. War Department to this office, dated 20 May 1946.

 

It is requested that clearance be granted for this award and that authority be given for Air Marshal Leckie to accept this decoration.

 

LECKIE, A/M Robert (C11922) - King Haakron VII's Cross of Liberation (Norway) - Award effective 12 June 1948 as per Canada Gazette of that date and AFRO 371/48 dated 11 June 1948.

 

LECKIE, A/M Robert, CB, DSO, DSC, DFC (C11922) - Honourary Mexican Pilot's Wings - AFHQ - 14 September 1946

 


LECKIE, A/M Robert (C11922) - Commander of the Legion of Honour (France) - Award effective 12 September 1947 as per Canada Gazette dated 20 September 1947 and AFRO 485/47 dated 12 September 1947.

 

LECKIE, A/M Robert, CB, DSO, DSC, DFC (C11922) - Order of the White Lion, Class II (Czechoslovakia) - Award effective 5 October 1946 as per Canada Gazette of that date and AFRO 991/46 dated 18 October 1946.

 

LECKIE, A/M Robert (C11922) - Grand Officer of the Order of the Crown (Belgium) - Canada Gazette dated 17 July 1948 and AFRO 455/48 dated 23 July 1948.

 

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LECOMTE, W/C Joseph Hector Lucien (C1181) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.425 Squadron - Award effective 2 October 1944 as per London Gazette dated 13 October 1944 and AFRO 2637/44 dated 8 December 1944.  Born 1917 at St.Theodore d'Acton, Quebec; home in Acton Vale, Quebec (university student).  Enlisted in Montreal, 9 October 1939. Commissioned October 1939.  Flying instructor before going overseas in 1943.  Commanded Nos.425 and 415 Squadrons and Base Tholthorpe.  Remained in postwar RCAF; commanded Camp Borden, 1949-1951, and Station Trenton, 1951-1955.  Service also included NATO duties and command of Nos.423 and 432 Squadrons.  Retired December 1966.  Died at St.Bruno, 18 December 1975, age 59.  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.1633 (RG.24 Vol.20603) has recommendation dated 28 July 1944 when he had flown 21 sorties (122 hours five minutes), 15 February to 21 June 1944.

 

From the time of his arrival on No.425 Squadron, Wing Commander Lecompte has shown exceptional aggressiveness, courage and fine offensive spirit which have been an example and goal for all members of his squadron.

 

Wing Commander Lecompte tackles all his work with vigour and has spent many hours in the air on training each captain of his squadron.  That this has paid dividends is evidenced by the fine operational record attained by this squadron during the past months.  In June his squadron was awarded the Base Pennant for all around efficiency.

 

Wing Commander Le Compte's organization of ground training, and constant and diligent attention to all phases have been of the highest order.  He is untiring in his efforts to press home to all crews by personal lectures, points of airmanship which he has learned over years of experience.

 


In addition to ground duties, Wing Commander Lecompte has operated on 21 sorties since February 1944 over targets in Germany, France and Belgium, including Berlin, Schweinfurt, Essen and Stuttgart.  His fine offensive spirit and keenness for operations has kept the morale of his squadron at a very high level.

 

In recognition of this officer's devotion to duty and fine leadership I recommend the award of the Distinguished Flying Cross. [G/C J.L. Hurley, CO Station Tholthorpe].

 

LECOMPTE, W/C Joseph Hector Lucien, DFC (C1181) - Mention in Despatches - Station Tholthorpe - Award effective 1 January 1945 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 337/45 dated 23 February 1945.

 

LECOMTE, G/C Joseph Hector Lucien, DFC (C1181) - Mention in Despatches - Station Tholthorpe - Award effective 1 January 1946 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 322/46 dated 29 March 1946.  AFRO gives unit only as "Overseas"; unit found in McEwen Papers list of recommendations for MiD. 

 

LECOMTE, W/C Joseph Hector Lucien, DFC (20168) - Croix de Guerre with Silver Star (France) - Award as per AFRO 485/47 dated 12 September 1947.  Pilot.

 

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LEDDY, F/L Gerald Bernard (J17478) - 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.  Born 1921 at Lafleche, Saskatchewan; home in Calgary; enlisted there 19 December 1940. Trained at No.1 ITS (graduated 10 April 1941), No.8 EFTS (graduated 3 July 1941) and No.3 SFTS (graduated 20 September 1941).  Commissioned 1943.  DFC presented 12 December 1944.

 

This officer has completed a number of operational sorties against major targets in Germany and Italy.  In October 1943, during an attack on the Italian mainland, he was forced by engine trouble to bring his aircraft down on the sea.  His skill and coolness on this occasion enabled his whole crew to escape with only minor injuries.  Flight Lieutenant Leddy was, on another occasion, forced to make a crash landing in the desert.  This he also accomplished without incident.  He has proved himself to be a most capable captain.

 

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LEDFORD, Sergeant William Holt (R98963) - Distinguished Flying Medal - No.419 Squadron - Award effective 21 January 1943 as per London Gazette dated 5 February 1943 and AFRO 757/43 dated 30 April 1943.  Born 1920.  Home in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan (trucker); enlisted there.  Trained at No.2 ITS (graduated 3 August 1941), No.3 AOS (graduated 10 November 1941), No.2 BGS (graduated 20 December 1941), and No.1 CNS.  Killed in action with No.434 Squadron, 22/23 August 1943 (Halifax EB255).  Buried in Belgium.  No citation - "member of aircraft crew...displayed great gallantry and determination in attacks against targets in enemy occupied territory."  Shot down on the night of 28/29 August 1942 by a night fighter, close to Franco-Belgium border (Wellington DF665, VR-Q).  Appears to have evaded with Kropf; evasion report may exist.  Award presented to next of kin, 24 April 1944.  Ian Tavender records, in The Distinguished Flying Medal Register for the Second World War (London, Savanah Publications, 2000) the following recommendation as found in Public Record Office Air 2/4937.

 

Sergeant Ledford was the navigator of an aircraft which took off from Topcliffe at 2030 hours on 28th August 1942 to bomb Saarbrucken.  The aircraft was hit by flak and the crew were forced to bale out.  Sergeant Ledford landed safely and showed determination and courage in evading capture and eventually arrived back in this country. He is strongly recommended for the immediate award of the Distinguished Flying Medal.

 

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LEDGER, P/O William Horace (J19641) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.77 Squadron - Award effective 24 May 1944 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 1444/44 dated 7 July 1944.  Born in Toronto, 1919; home there. Trained at No.1 BGS (Graduated, 25 September 1942).  Commissioned 1943.  Medal presented, 22 November 1948.

 

Pilot Officer Ledger has completed a tour of operational duty during which he participated against such heavily defended targets as Hamburg and Berlin.  On two occasions he has been engaged by enemy fighters. The first, in May 1943, when over Dusseldorf, his aircraft was subjected to an attack by six Junkers 88s, two of which were repulsed and the remainder evaded.  A cool and capable air gunner, he has at all times displayed courage and devotion to duty.

 

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LEDINGHAM, Corporal Helen Francis (W301327) - 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 Sudbury; enlisted in North Bay.  No citation in AFRO.

 

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LEDINGHAM, S/L Hugh Robert (J12266) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.420 Squadron - Award effective 15 June 1945 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 1291/45 dated 10 August 1945.  Born 1919 in Bethune, Saskatchewan; home in Weston, Ontario.  Educated at University of Toronto.  Enlisted Toronto, 2 August 1941.  Trained at No.1 ITS (graduated 22 November 1941), No.3 EFTS (graduated 30 January 1942) and No.1 SFTS (graduated 19 June 1942).  Commissioned 1942.  Medal presented in Montreal, 25 Nov 49.

 


This officer has taken part in many sorties against a wide variety of targets including Hanover, Duisburg and Dusseldorf.  On two occasions his aircraft has sustained severe damage, but with characteristic skill and gallantry he has brought the aircraft safely back to base.  As flight commander, this officer has at all times displayed outstanding tenacity and courage and has set a fine example to all.

 

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LEDINGTON, F/O Dorian (J17322) - Mention in Despatches - No.64 Squadron - Award effective 14 January 1944 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 874/44 dated 21 April 1944.  American in the RCAF; home in Wichita, Kansas.  Enlisted in Ottawa, 6 June 1941.  Trained at No.1 ITS (graduated 25 September 1941), No.10 EFTS (graduated 5 December 1941) and No.6 SFTS (graduated 27 March 1942).

 

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LEDOUX, W/C Hugh Charles (C911) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.425 Squadron - Award effective 5 July 1945 as per London Gazette dated 17 July 1945 and AFRO 1558/45 dated 5 October 1945.  Born in Westmount, Quebec, 4 June 1916; home in Montreal.  BA from Loyola University.  Commissioned on enlistment, 7 November 1938.  Awarded Queen's Coronation Medal, 23 October 1953 (Group Captain, Air Defence Command).  Postwar appointments included being CO of North Bay (June 1954 to July 1958) and SASO at No.1 Air Division, 1959.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.1730 (PAC RG.24 Vol.20607) has recommendation submitted December 1944:

 

On 7th August 1944 this officer piloted a Halifax bomber on his first daylight attack over enemy troops southwest of Caen, Normandy, France.

 

As the run-in on the target was being made, cancellation of bombing was given by the Master Bomber. Immediately after leaving the target, the starboard outer engine failed,  A flight of seventy-five miles was made into the North Sea where the bomb load was jettisoned.

 

The shortage of petrol was obvious and Wing Commander Ledoux captained his aircraft to the nearest English emergency landing base.  Upon reaching this base, the weather had closed in and the aircraft was redirected to Mepal aerodrome.  On the landing approach, another aircraft cut in front and an overshoot was necessary.

 

Undaunted by these circumstances, this cool and skilful pilot by his superb airmanship executed a safe landing with only a few minutes' petrol left, without injury to the crew, and possibly saving valuable equipment.

 

Wing Commander Ledoux's outstanding devotion to duty, dogged determination and exceptional dashing courage is worthy of high praise.

 

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LEE, Corporal Anthony (R54776) - British Empire Medal - AFHQ (Directorate of Postings and Careers) - Award effective 8 June 1944 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 1360/44 dated 30 June 1944.  Born in London, England; educated there.  Home in Ottawa.  Enlisted in Montreal, 29 January 1940.  Subsequently posted overseas.

 

This NCO, employed in the supervising of officers' record cards at Air Force Headquarters, has, by his conscientious study and persistent application both on and off duty, has endeavoured to enhance his value to the Service.  Always cheerfully willing to perform extra duties of any nature, he has, by his enthusiasm, ambition and devotion, set a fine example to all ranks.

 

NOTE: DHist biographical file has a newsclipping (paper not identified, dated 19 March 1945); story filed when he was repatriated 17 March 1945.  It deals with his investiture at Buckingham Palace, with George VI pinning on the medal:

 

"It was a great show for me, but I was nervous", said the Ottawa boy who modestly professed not to know why he was singled out for the honour as a member of the RCAF administrative staff at headquarters in London, England.

 

"There seemed to be miles and miles of red plush and I was very impressed by the uniformed 'beef eaters', the old Yeoman of the Guard at the Palace."

 

"The King shook hands with me and asked me when I won the honour.  He was calm and friendly and I felt just as much at home talking to him as I would an ordinary man."

 

For moral support, winners of awards are allowed to take two guests to the Palace for the presentation.  Corporal Lee took along Flight Lieutenant K.C. Baker of Montreal, formerly of Ottawa.

 

"My knees were shaking", said the Corporal, "but I was all right once the King started to talk to me."  For the first time in the history of Buckingham Palace investitures, press photographers were permitted into the palace to record the event with their cameras.

 

"I don't know why they picked on me for the award", he said, "The first I knew of it was when I received a letter from Air Marshal L.S. Breadner informing me that I had been awarded the medal for 'good work'."

 

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LEE, F/O Charles Best (J19825) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.429 Squadron - Award effective 15 March 1945 as per London Gazette dated 27 March 1945 and AFRO 1127/45 dated 6 July 1945.  Born 5 June 1914 in Listowell; home in Kincardine, Ontario (pharmacist). Enlisted Toronto, 13 January 1942.  Trained at No.3 ITS (graduated 3 July 1942), No.17 EFTS (graduated 9 October 1942) and No.9 SFTS (graduated 12 March 1943).  Commissioned December 1942.  Postwar with RCAF Auxiliary (No.420 Squadron, with which he was a radar controller, 1950).  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.2610 (RG.24 Vol.20627) has recommendation dated 18 December 1944 when he had flown 28 sorties (149 hours 45 minutes), 14 July to 4 December 1944.

 

As captain of aircraft, this officer has taken part in 28 attacks on enemy territory, many of which have been against the heavily defended districts of the Ruhr.  He has at all times shown great skill as a pilot and a fine determination to reach and destroy his targets in spite of all enemy opposition.  By his cheerfulness and fearlessness he has at all times inspired his crew and by his tact and training has obtained that perfect crew co-operation which has taken them to the attack and brought them safely back to base.

 

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LEE, F/L George Allen (J13472) - Air Force Cross - No.2 Flying Instructor School - Award effective 5 May 1944 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 1133/44 dated 26 May 1944.  Born in Caledonia, Ontario. Enlisted in Hamilton, Ontario, 26 August 1940.  Trained at No.1 ITS (graduated 29 November 1940), No.13 EFTS (graduated 28 January 1941), and No.2 SFTS (graduated 28 March 1941).  Governor General's Records, RG.7 Group 26, Volume 57, file 190-I has citation; notes that at time of recommendation he had flown 2,550 hours, 2325 as instructor, 374 in past six months.  Served in postwar RCAF, attaining rank of Wing Commander (awarded CD).  Died in Ottawa, 2 September 1996.

 

This officer has displayed outstanding ability and devotion to duty as a flying instructor.  His keenness, efficiency and tremendous capacity for hard work has contributed greatly to the maintenance of a high standard of training at this unit, and have been an inspiration to his fellow instructors.

 

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LEE, F/L Gerald Herbert (C8277) - Mention in Despatches - WAC Headquarters - Award effective 14 June 1945 as per Canada Gazette of that date and AFRO 1127/45 dated 6 July 1945.  Home in Bonnington Falls, British Columbia. Enlisted in Calgary, 18 October 1941.

 

This officer has put in long hours beyond the normal requirements of duty and has displayed a marked degree of initiative and ability in organizing both the Air/Sea and land search organizations in this Command.  Their present high state of efficiency is due in large measure to his efforts.  In addition, this officer has on several occasions planned and led successful land search parties through dense bush and mountainous country under the most difficult and dangerous circumstances.


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LEE, F/L Jack Griffin (J9311) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.424 Squadron (deceased) - Award effective 2 October 1944 as per London Gazette dated 13 October 1944 and AFRO 2637/44 dated 8 December 1944.  Born 1914 in Ingersoll, Ontario; home in St.Thomas.  Wife in Toronto.  Enlisted in Toronto, 17 February 1941.  Trained at No.1 ITS (graduated 3 July 1941), No.4 AOS (graduated 29 September 1941), No.1 BGS (graduated 8 November 1941) and No.2 ANS ((graduated 8 December 1941).  Commissioned 1941.  Killed in action 15/16 October 1944 (Halifax MZ901); buried in Denmark.  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.20632) has recommendation dated 16 July 1944 at which time he had flown 16 sorties (105 hours 25 minutes);  the recommendation actually states 17 trips, 121 hours 15 minutes but seems to include a transfer flight, Port Reath to Kairouan (Tunisia) on 23 July 1943 (15 hours 50 minutes). Targets listed are in Italy (6 August to 5 October 1943) plus Nuremburg (30 March 1944) and Villeneuve St.George (4 April 1944).  It is odd that he should be recommended with so few sorties behind him; evidently he resumed operations after being recommended and was killed.

 

This officer has taken part in many sorties involving attacks on important and well defended targets in the African theatre of war during 1943, in addition to a raid on Nuremburg from a base in England in 1944.  Not only has he displayed outstanding devotion to duty in the air, but has shown exceptional organizing ability as Squadron Navigation Officer since return to England.

 

The success obtained by his own and other crews on the squadron is due almost completely to his skill as a navigation instructor and to his consistent example of high courage, determination and leadership as chief navigator of the squadron over a long period of time.

 

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LEE, Sergeant John Patrick (R122464) - Distinguished Flying Medal - No.150 Squadron - Award effective 15 September 1943 as per London Gazette dated 28 September 1943 and AFRO 2198/43 dated 29 October 1943.  American in RCAF though born in Victoria, 1920; home in Cashmore, Washington (diamond driller). Enlisted in Vancouver 22 August 1941.  Trained at No.2 ITS (graduated 4 December 1941), No.18 EFTS (graduated 9 February 1942) and No.12 SFTS (graduated 3 July 1942).

 

This airman has proven himself to be an exceptional pilot and captain of aircraft.  His attacks have been completed with intelligence, courage and determination and he has frequently achieved excellent results amply proved by fine photographs.

 

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LEE, P/O John Southwick (J87498) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.640 Squadron - Award effective 1 December 1944 as per London Gazette dated 12 December 1944 and AFRO 337/45 dated 23 February 1945.  Born 1923 in Wakapa, Manitoba.  Home in Teulon, Manitoba.  Enlisted in Winnipeg 23 January 1942. Trained at No. 2 ITS (graduated 18 July 1942), No.19 EFTS (graduated 6 November 1942) and No.10 SFTS (graduated 16 April 1943).  Commissioned 1944.  No citation other than "..in recognition of gallantry and devotion to duty in the execution of air operations against the enemy."  Public Records Office Air 2/8881 has recommendation dated 16 September 1944 when he had flown 39 sorties (162 hours 45 minutes), 30 April to 16 August 1944.

 

30 Apr 44       Acheres (5.16)                           27 Jun 44       Wizernes (2.59)

1 May 44        Malines (4.19)                            30 Jun 44       Villers Bocage (4.01)

6 May 44        Mantes Gassicourt (4.38)         1 July 44         Oisemont (3.34)

8 May 44        Morsalines (3.52)                       6 July 44         Mimoyecques (2.51)

11 May 44      Collines Beaumont (3.55)         14 Jul 44        Les Landes Vielle et

12 May 44      Hasselt (4.47)                                                     Neuve (3.47)

19 May 44      Boulogne (3.47)                         20 Jul 44        Ardouval (4.06)

24 May 44      Aachen (3.58)                            24 Jul 44        Stuttgart (8.13)

27 May 44      Bourg Leopold (3.46)                25 Jul 44        Wanne Eickel (4.20)

31 May 44      Trappes (5.03)                           3 Aug 44        Foret de Nieppe (3.01)

2 June 44       Trappes (5.17)                           5 Aug 44        Foret de Nieppe (3.20)

6 June 44       Maisy (4.30)                               6 Aug 44        Foret de Nieppe (3.03)

14 Jun 44       Evrecy (4.45)                              7 Aug 44        Battle Area 3 (4.08)

16 Jun 44       Sterkrade (3.57)                        9 Aug 44        Les Catelliers (3.41)

7 Jun 44         St.Martin (3.28)                          10 Aug 44      Dijon (6.40)

22 Jun 44       Siracourt (3.35)                          11 Aug 44      Etaples (3.32)

23 Jun 44       Oisemont (3.33)                         12 Aug 44      Russelsheim (6.05)

24 Jun 44       Rossignol (3.13)                        15 Aug 44      Eindhoven (3.49)

27 Jun 44       Mimoyecques (3.26)                 16 Aug 44      Kiel (4.36)

 

Pilot Office Lee has successfully completed as pilot his first tour of operations, consisting of 39 sorties, on such targets as Kiel, Stuttgart, Russelsheim, and many daylight operations, involving deep penetrations of enemy occupied territory.

 

His coolness and presence of mind in action have ensured satisfactory results from all attacks, and his skill coupled with dogged determination has been instrumental in setting a high standard of morale in the remainder of his crew.

 

This officer has always shown an exceptional tenacity of purpose, skill and a fine offensive spirit and when occasion demands, has shown unusual initiative.  The successful completion of a comparatively uneventful tour of operations has, in a large measure been due to this officer's ability to make instant decisions in emergency, and to his resourcefulness and skilful airmanship.  It is recommended that this officer's courage and devotion to duty be recognized by the award of the Distinguished Flying Cross.


NOTE:  The Station Commander writes an unusually long note seconding this recommendation which (for a change) adds considerably to the original submission:

 

Pilot Officer Lee has just completed a highly successful first tour of operations during the course of which he has consistently shown an aptitude for operational flying combined with great enthusiasm, and his determination and ability to bomb the target has been amply proved on all occasions.

 

He has attacked a large variety of targets, the small nature of many of them making accurate bombing a prime necessity, and in addition has carried out attacks against very heavily defended German cities.  On all occasions Pilot Officer Lee has carried out these attacks with the utmost vigour and is worthy of the highest praise.

 

This officer has proved himself in action to possess all those qualifications of courage, determination and initiative required of an operational pilot in Bomber Command, and it is strongly recommended that his fine record be recognized by an award of the Distinguished Flying Cross.

 

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LEE, FS Lloyd Alexander (R59789) - British Empire Medal - No.3 Wireless School - Award effective 1 January 1945 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 89/45 dated 19 January 1945.  Home in Waskada, Manitoba; enlisted in Winnipeg, 22 August 1940.

 

This non-commissioned officer, by his initiative and untiring efforts, has been largely responsible for the high standard of radio instruction received by many wireless operator/air gunners who graduated from this school.  In his four years of training in this trade his interest and untiring efforts on behalf of the trainees have been most praiseworthy.  The services required of him have often been overburdening but he has at all times executed his duties with outstanding cheerfulness and efficiency.

 

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LEE, Corporal Thomas Edward (R155454) - Mention in Despatches - No.436 Squadron - Award effective 1 January 1946 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 155/46 dated 15 February 1946.  Home given as Detroit, Michigan; enlisted in London, 26 May 1942.  Certificate of Mention in Despatches sent to Aylmer, Ontario, 9 October 1948. No citation.  Unit identified in AFRO as "Overseas"; DHist file 181.009 D.2585 (RG.24 Vol.20626) gives unit.

 

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LEE, S/L Thomas Roche (J6644) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.357 Squadron - Award effective 3 August 1945 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 1507/45 dated 28 September 1945.  Born 1915 in Thorold, Ontario; home in Ingersoll, Ontario (reporter and editor). Enlisted in Toronto, 6 November 1940.  Trained at No.1 ITS (graduated 22 April 1941), No.1 EFTS (graduated 28 May 1941) and No.5 SFTS (graduated 8 August 1941).  Commissioned 1941.

 

As flight commander, Squadron Leader Lee has displayed skill and determination of a high order and has set a fine example to the crews under his command.  He has completed many sorties over difficult terrain and in adverse weather and the results achieved have been outstanding.  His courage and devotion to duty have been most commendable.

 

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LEEPER, S/L John Francis (J3105) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.160 Squadron - Award effective 23 November 1945 as per London Gazette dated 4 December 1945 and AFRO 212/46 dated 1 March 1946. Born 1918 in Port Arthur, Ontario; home in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan. Enlisted in Saskatoon, 12 April 1940.  Trained at No.1 ITS (graduated 21 June 1940), No.13 EFTS (graduated 28 August 1942), and No.2 SFTS (graduated 8 July 1943). Commissioned November 1940.  Living in Toronto, 1953.  Medal presented at Government House by Governor General, 12 June 1953.

 

Squadron Leader Leeper has completed a tour of operational duty during which he has flown on numerous mine-laying operations, photographic reconnaissances and other missions.  All of these flights have entailed long ocean crossings and penetration into enemy territory by day and night, while many of his mine-laying operations entailed flights of over three thousand miles.  In addition, this officer has been responsible for training the squadron in range flying technique and the success achieved has been largely due to his hard and painstaking work.  Throughout his operational career Squadron Leader Leeper has displayed outstanding organizing ability for leadership, determination and unselfish devotion to duty.

 

NOTE: Public Records Office Air 2/9135 has recommendation for a DSO dated 13 September 1945 when he had flown 49 sorties (488 hours):

 

Squadron Leader Leeper has carried out 49 sorties totalling 488 operational hours. During his tour he has flown on mining, photo reconnaissance and Special Duty operations,  all of which entailed extremely long ocean crossings and unescorted penetration into enemy territory by day and night. Many of his mining sorties were over 3,000 miles.

 

He has been responsible for training the squadron in [long] range flying technique, and the success which it has achieved is largely due to his hard and painstaking work.

 


Throughout his service with the squadron Squadron Leader Leeper has displayed the highest powers of organization and leadership. He has the complete trust of all who served with him, and his determination and unselfish devotion to duty have been inspiration to all under his command.

 

This is concurred in (15 September 1945) by the Group Captain commanding RAF Station Minneriya, but on 30 September 1945 an Air Commodore (name illegible - possible "J.L. Marsh") who is Air Officer Commanding No.222 Group writes:

 

I consider the DFC a more appropriate award than the DSO, and strongly recommend the former.

 

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LEES, F/O James Stewart (J20727) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.50 Squadron - Award effective 14 December 1943 as per London Gazette dated 28 December 1943 and AFRO 297/43 dated 11 February 1943.  Home in Chilliwack, British Columbia; enlisted in Calgary, 23 July 1941.  Trained at No.2 ITS (graduated 2 January 1942), No.15 EFTS (graduated 13 March 1942) and No.3 SFTS (graduated 17 July 1942).  One of 21 killed in crash of Dakota at Estevan, Saskatchewan, 15 September 1946.  Incident in citation would have occurred on night of 2/3 December 1943. 

 

This officer was pilot of an aircraft detailed to attack Leipzig one night in December 1943.  Whilst many miles from the target the aircraft was hit by bullets from an enemy fighter.  The rear turret was rendered unserviceable and the main hydraulic gear was damaged.  The windscreen near the pilot was shattered causing intense cold in the cabin. In spite of this, the resolute pilot flew on to the target, executed his attack, afterwards flying the aircraft to base where he effected a masterly landing.  His skill, courage and tenacity set an example of the highest order.  Pilot Officer [sic] Lees has successfully completed very many sorties, including five attacks on Berlin.

 

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LEET, Sergeant Robert Joffre (R77120) - Distinguished Flying Medal - No.103 Squadron - Award effective 2 March 1943 as per London Gazette dated 12 March 1943 and AFRO 616/43 dated 9 April 1943. Born in Montreal, 1915 (dairy salesman).  Enlisted in Montreal, 9 October 1940.  Trained at No.1 ITS (graduated 17 March 1941), No.2 BGS (graduated 29 September 1941), and No.3 WS (graduated 29 August 1941).  Later commissioned (J16962, 1 February 1943). 

 

Sergeant Leet has displayed the greatest determination and devotion to duty.  On one occasion, when crossing the Alps to attack Turin, he replaced the tail gunner whose oxygen apparatus had failed, keeping himself alert by the ingenious use of portable oxygen gear.  He was largely responsible for the success of the mission.  At all times his courage and coolness in the face of danger have had an inspiring effect on his comrades.


LEET, F/O Robert Joffre, DFM (J16962) - Mention in Despatches - Overseas - Award effective 8 June 1944 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 1729/44 dated 11 August 1944.  No citation in AFRO.

 

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LEFAVE, FS Emile Joseph (R187643) - Distinguished Flying Medal - No.429 Squadron - Award effective 13 October 1944 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 2534/44 dated 24 November 1944.  Born 1922 in Windsor, Ontario; home there. Enlisted in Windsor, 3 September 1942. Trained at No.6 ITS (graduated 30 April 1943) and No.9 AOS (graduated 1 October 1943).

 

In August 1944, Flight Sergeant Lefave was navigator of an aircraft detailed to attack Kiel.  While over the target the aircraft was hit by anti-aircraft fire and Flight Sergeant Lefave was wounded in the leg and abdomen.  Although suffering great pain he continued his navigation, displaying great fortitude and devotion to duty.  On his return to base did he disclose his injuries.  Flight Sergeant Lefave is a capable navigator whose coolness in the face of the enemy has been an inspiration to all.

 

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LEFEBVRE, F/L Edmond Raoul Herve Yvon (J16317) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.424 Squadron - Award effective 15 March 1945 as per London Gazette dated 23 March 1945 and AFRO 721/45 dated 27 April 1945.  Born 1920 in Legal, Alberta; home there or Morinville, Alberta.  Educated in Alberta and in Los Angeles.  Enlisted in Edmonton, 18 July 1941. Trained at No.4 ITS (graduated 3 October 1941), No.18 EFTS (graduated 4 December 1941) and No.15 SFTS (graduated 27 March 1942).  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.2610 (RG.24 Vol.20627) has recommendation dated 20 November 1944 when he had flown 30 sorties (155 hours five minutes), 18 July to 4 November 1944.

 

Flying Officer Lefebvre has proved himself to be a pilot and captain of exceptional ability.  He has completed a large number of operational sorties over the most heavily defended targets in Germany, raids on precision targets in enemy-occupied territory and several important mining sorties in enemy waters.  He has consistently displayed a high standard of courage and determination and his airmanship has been an example to all other pilots on the squadron. His fine crew spirit has made itself felt in all sections of the unit and his keenness and skill as a pilot is an inspiration to all aircrews.  Flying Officer Lefebre has at all times been willing to do more than his share of routine work in the Flight and his help to new pilots has been invaluable.

 

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LEFLER, LAC James Philip Edward (R114194) - Mention in Despatches - Middleton St.George - Award effective 1 January 1946 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 418/46 dated 18 April 1946.  AFRO gives unit only as "Overseas"; unit found in McEwen Papers list of recommendations for MiD.  DHist file 181.009 D.4364 (RG.24 Vol.20648) has recommendation submitted to OC No.64 Base, 4 May 1945, confirms unit. Home in Hamilton; enlisted there 7 July 1941; had spent 19 months in Canada, 26 months overseas.  Employed in Flying Control.

 

This airman has been on this station for over two years, engaged on Flare Party duties and during operational landings acting as upwind signaller.  His work has been exceptionally well done.  He has had several narrow escapes from aircraft landing erratically but has always volunteered for extra duties and has shown a devotion to duty far beyond normal.  He has been recommended for promotion several times but due to lack of establishment in the section, it has not materialized.

 

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LEFROY, F/L Henry Keith (J7598) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.405 Squadron (dead) - Award effective 22 November 1943 as per London Gazette dated 20 April 1945 and AFRO 918/45 dated 1 June 1945.  Born 1919 in London, England; home in Oakville, Ontario; joined Canadian Army (Royal Canadian Artillery) in 1940; enlisted in Toronto, 6 December 1940.  Trained at No.3 ITS (graduated 16 May 1941), No.11 EFTS (graduated 3 July 1941) and No.14 SFTS (graduated 25 September 1941).  Commissioned September 1941.

 

As pilot this officer has 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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LEFURGEY, P/O Bruce Henry (J86274) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.420 Squadron - Award effective 2 October 1944 as per London Gazette dated 17 October 1944 and AFRO 2637/44 dated 8 December 1944.  Born 1920 in St.Eleanors, Prince Edward Island; home in Regina, Saskatchewan.  Enlisted in Saskatoon, 21 October 1940.  Trained at No.2 WS (graduated 9 December 1940) and No.2 BGS (graduated 26 May 1941).  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".  Public Records Office Air 2/9025 has recommendation dated 20 June 1944 when he had flown 44 sorties (217 hours 35 minutes) in two tours.

 

First Tour                                                        Second Tour

 

15 Apr 42     Harwell-Portreath (1.10)               20 Feb 44      Stuttgart (7.55)

16 Apr 42     Portreath-Gibraltar (7.05)             24 Feb 44      Schweinfurt (8.20)

19 Apr 42     Gibraltar-Malta (7.00)                   1 Mar 44         Stuttgart (7.55)

21 Apr 42     Malta-Middle East (7.10)              6 Mar 44         Trappes (5.00)

25 Nov 42    Portreath-Gibraltar (7.45)             7 Mar 44         Le Mans (5.30)


26 Nov 42    Gibraltar-Sidi Barani                     13 Mar 44      Le Mans (5.20)

(13.35)                                            15 Mar 44      Stuttgart (7.25)

27 Nov 42    Sidi Barani-Mersa Matruh            18 Mar 44      Frankfurt (5.30)

(.45)                                                22 Mar 44      Frankfurt (5.55)

28 Nov 42    Mersa Matruh-LG.224 (2.00)       9 Apr 44         Villeneuve St.George (5.45)

30 Nov 42    LG.224-Abdsuweir (2.35)            10 Apr 44       Ghent (4.00)

30 Nov 42    Abdsuweir-Kabbit (.30)                19 May 44      Merville/Franceville (4.00)

30 Nov 42    Kabbit-Kasfareet (1.5)                  22 May 44      Le Mans (4.40)

4 Dec 42      Kasfareet-Habbaniya (5.40)        31 May 44      Querqueville (4.55)

7 Dec 42      Habbaniya-Sharjah (7.45)            2 June 44       Neufchatel (4.25)

8 Dec 42      Sharjah-Karatchi (5.00)                5 June 44       Houlgate (4.25)

31 Jan 43     Karatchi-Bombay (4.00)               6 June 44       Coutanas (6.00)

2 Feb 43      Bombay-Bangalore (5.00)           7 June 44       Acheres (4.40)

4 Feb 43      Bangalore-Tanjore (1.30)             9 June 44       Le Mans (5.40)

13 Feb 43    Anti-sub patrol, Bay                       15 June 44     Boulogne (3.25)

of Bengal (6.30)

20 Feb 43      ditto (7.30)

1 Mar 43        ditto (6.45)

4 Mar 43      Bay of Bengal war ops (6.15)

5 Mar 43        ditto (8.10)

22 Apr 43     Burma coast war ops (9.55)

1 May 43        ditto (.45)

TOTAL         106 hours 50 minutes                   TOTAL            110 hours 45 minutes

 

Pilot Officer Lefurgey has now completed 20 sorties on his second operational tour. His operations have included patrol work from India on his first tour and German and French targets on his second.

 

At all times, Pilot Officer Lefurgey has shown outstanding ability and a strong sense of duty.  He has set his mind to the task in hand and his cheerful confidence has inspired a high standard of morale in his crew.  In recognition of this officer's fine record of achievement he is highly recommended for the non-immediate award of the Distinguished Flying Cross.

 

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LEGAULT, F/O Joseph Emile Eugene (J19876) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.425 Squadron - Award effective 4 November 1944 as per London Gazette dated 14 November 1944 and AFRO 239/45 dated 9 February 1945.  Born 1920 in Hull, Quebec; home in St.Francois de Masham, Quebec (bookkeeper).  Enlisted in Ottawa, 1 September 1941. Trained at No.1 WS (graduated 12 September 1942) and No.9 BGS (graduated 9 October 1942).  Commissioned 1944.

 


Flying Officer Legault has recently completed a tour of operational duty.  On one occasion when returning from a sortie his aircraft developed engine trouble and for a short period both engines failed completely causing the aircraft to lose height.  Undeterred, this officer continued with his allotted duties.  Later when fire broke out on his aircraft Flying Officer Legault by his initiative and cool courage succeeded in extinguishing it.  At all times this officer has displayed outstanding skill and has set a fine example.

 

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LEGAULT, LAC Joseph Hilaire Jean Baptiste (R127049) - Mention in Despatches - Tholthorpe - Award effective 14 June 1945 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 1647/45 dated 26 October 1945.  AFRO gives unit only as "Overseas"; DHist file 181.009 D.1725 (PAC RG.24 Vol 20607) has list of MiDs this date with unit.  DHist file 181.009 D.1719 (PAC RG.24 Vol.20606) has recommendation forwarded to No.6 Group Headquarters, 3 February 1945; armourer.  Home in Hudson Heights, Quebec; enlisted in Montreal 15 August 1940 (white card in biographical file; recommendation for award says 15 August 1941); when recommended he had served 19 months in Canada, 22 months overseas.

 

LAC Legault has been employed as an armourer assistant on bomb dump duties for well over a year.  As a hard-working and intelligent airman he has contributed enormously to the operational efficiency of his station.  Always willing to undertake more than his normal share of work, however arduous, he is an outstanding example to those with whom he works.  Popular with other airmen, his contribution to the morale of his fellows is considerable.  LAC Legault can always be depended upon to offer of his services above the normal calls of duty.

 

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LEGAULT, F/O Philip Henry (J87433) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.425 Squadron - Award effective 12 January 1945 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 471/45 dated 16 March 1945.  Born 1923, Smith Falls, Ontario; home in Montreal.  Enlisted in Toronto, 8 July 1942.  Trained at No.5 ITS (graduated 2 April 1943), No.13 EFTS (graduated 28 May 1943) and No.17 SFTS (graduated 17 September 1943).  Commissioned 1944.

 

This officer has completed very many sorties.  In September 1944 he piloted an aircraft detailed to attack a far distant target.  Whilst over the area his aircraft was heavily engaged by anti-aircraft fire and was hit.  One engine was damaged.  The fuel and oil tanks were pierced whilst the leading edge of the tail was shot away.  Despite this he flew the aircraft back to an airfield near the coast and effected a safe landing almost as the petrol supply became exhausted.  In October 1944, Flying Officer Legault took part in an attack on Cologne.  On the return flight his aircraft was attacked simultaneously by two enemy fighters.  Although his aircraft sustained much damage, Flying Officer Legault  succeeded in evading the enemy aircraft and afterwards flew safely to base.  This officer has set a fine example of skill, courage and resource.


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LEGGAT, S/L Peter Stratharn (J4788) - Mention in Despatches - No.418 Squadron - Award effective 14 June 1945 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 1395/45 dated 31 August 1945.  Born 17 May 1919 in Montreal.  Enlisted there 20 July 1940.  Trained at No.2 ITS (graduated 30 September 1940), No.6 EFTS (graduated 26 November 1940) and No.1 SFTS (graduated 11 February 1941).  Instructed at No.1 SFTS, May 1941 to November 1943.  Trained further at No.36 OTU, Greenwood (12 November 1943 to 29 January 1944).  Arrived in UK, 24 February 1944.  Further trained at No.60 OTU (11 April to 7 June 1944).  In No.418 Squadron, 7 June to 15 December 1944.  While there he destroyed five V-1s - on 6/7 July (one), 30/31 July (two). 3/4 August (one) and 7/8 August (one).  See The RCAF Overseas: The Fifth Year, pp.190-192.  Repatriated to Canada, served at No.7 OTU (14 February to 15 September 1945); released 5 October 1945.

 

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LEGGE, F/O Harold Thomas (J3756) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.12 Squadron - Award effective 17 March 1942 as per London Gazette dated 13 March 1942 (curious !) and AFRO 611/42 dated 24 April 1942.  Born in Kent, 1917; home in Calgary, Alberta.  Enlisted in Calgary, 20 June 1940.  Trained at No.2 ITS, No.2 AOS and No.2 BGS (graduated from No.2 BGS, Mossbank, 4 January 1941).  Further trained at No. 1 ANS.  Commissioned October 1941.

 

This officer has been employed as navigator on numerous difficult and long range sorties over heavily defended targets.  Throughout, his skill and persistence have been of a high order.  On one occasion he navigated his aircraft which had only one engine functioning from Nuremburg to this country through extreme hazardous weather conditions and in face of almost continuous enemy opposition.  His exceptional ability was mainly responsible for the safe return of the aircraft.  It is believed that this single engined emergency flight of a Wellington aircraft is the longest on the record.  Flying Officer Legge is a most determined and skilful air observer.

 

Public Records Office Air 2/9262 has recommendation dated 28 January 1942 when he had flown 26 sorties (160 hours 15 minutes).  Text differs little from that published; sortie list as follows:

 

16 Jul 41    Boulogne (4.30)                    8 Sept 41    Kassel (6.00 "perfect trip")

20 Jul 41    Cologne (6.00)                      19 Sep 41   Stettin (5.00, intercom u/s

24 Jul 41    Brest (6.10, day op)                                  so bombed Bremen)

2 Aug 41    Berlin (7.40)                          29 Sep 41   Stettin (8.45)

5 Aug 41    Karlsruhe (4.00,                    10 Oct 41    Cologne (6.00)

intercom u/s, bombed          12 Oct 41    Nuremburg (8.00)

Ostend)                                  14 Oct 41    Nuremburg (7.50, port

7 Aug 41    Essen (5.15)                                              engine on fire, crash-

12 Aug 41  Berlin (7.45)                                               landed; see citation)


14 Aug 41  Magdeburg (7.20, 10/10      21 Oct 41    Bremen (5.30)

cloud, bombed Hanover)     7 Nov 41      Berlin (5.50, iced up,

16 Aug 41  Cologne (7.00)                                           bombs dropped safe in11

19 Aug 41  Kiel (6.10, 10/10 cloud,                             Holland)

bombed Sonderburg)          16 Nov 41   Wilhelmshaven (4.35)

26 Aug 41  Cologne (6.30)                      28 Dec 41   Wilhelmshaven (5.35,

28 Aug 41  Duisburg (5.00)                                          "perfect trip"

31 Aug 41  Essen (4.40)                         8 Jan 42      Brest (5.35)

7 Sept 41   Berlin (7.45)                          10 Jan 42    Wilhelmshaven (5.50)

 

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LEGROS, F/O Claude Bernard (J35651) - 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 1923 in Emo, Ontario; home in St.Boniface, Manitoba (ledger keeper).  Enlisted in Winnipeg, 30 November 1942.  Trained at No.3 BGS (graduated 17 September 1943).  Commissioned September 1943.  No citation other than "completed...numerous operations against the enemy in the course of which [he has] invariably displayed the utmost fortitude, courage and devotion to duty."  Public Records Office Air 2/8751 has recommendation dated 20 April 1945 when he had flown 56 sorties (296 hours 40 minutes), 3 April 1944 to 14 April 1945.

 

3 Apr 44         NICKEL, Meulen (5.00)        28 Oct 44       Cologne (6.35)

30 Jul 44        Amaye-sur-Surelle (4.25)     30 Oct 44       Cologne (5.25)

31 Jul 44        V-1 sites (4.40)                     1 Nov 44         Oberhausen (5.25)

1 Aug 44        L'Hey (3.40)                           6 Nov 44         Gelsenkirchen (4.25)

3 Aug 44        Hazebrouck (3.55)                2 Dec 44        Hagen (5.50)

4 Aug 44        Bois de Casson (4.40)         4 Dec 44        Urft Dam (5.10)

5 Aug 44        St.Leu d'Esserent (5.15)      6 Dec 44        Merseburg (6.15)

7 Aug 44        La Hogue (4.20)                    12 Dec 44      Essen (4.20)

8 Aug 44        Chantilly (4.45)                      28 Dec 44      Bonn (5.00)

9 Aug 44        Prouville (4.05)                      29 Dec 44      Gelsenkirchen (4.40)

12 Aug 44      Le Breteque (4.40)               5 Jan 45         Royan (4.55)

14 Aug 44      Caen (4.40)                           7 Jan 45         Munich (6.50)

15 Aug 44      GARDENING, Bay of            14 Jan 45       Merseburg (6.35)

Biscay (6.45)                         16 Jan 45       Zeitz (6.40)

18 Aug 44      Connantre (6.50)                   22 Jan 45       Sterkrade (3.40)

31 Aug 44      Cezembre (4.30)                   1 Feb 45        Mannheim (5.15)

6 Sept 44       Emden (4.35)                        3 Feb 45        Bottrop (4.20)

10 Sep 44      Le Havre (3.55)                     14 Feb 45      Chemnitz (7.00)

12 Sep 44      Oslo (7.00)                             20 Feb 45      Dortmund (4.15)

15 Sep 44      Oslo (6.30)                             21 Feb 45      Duisburg (4.55)

17 Sep 44      Boulogne (3.40)                    23 Feb 45      Essen (3.45)

19 Sep 44      Calais (3.00)                          2 Mar 45         Cologne (3.55)


27 Sep 44      Duisburg (5.25)                     5 Mar 45         Chemnitz (7.20)

12 Oct 44       Essen (4.50)                          7 Mar 45         Dessau (7.40)

14 Oct 44       Duisburg (5.25)                     8 Mar 45         Hamburg (5.40)

15 Oct 44       Wilhelmshaven (4.40)           15 Mar 45      Hanover (6.15)

21 Oct 44       Ops (3.05), DNCO                20 Mar 45      Hemmingstadt (4.40)

23 Oct 44       Essen (6.00)                          31 Mar 45      Hamburg (4.25)

24 Oct 44       Oslo (6.50)                             14 Apr 45       Potsdam (7.25)

 

Flying Officer Legros is an extremely capable and keen Air Gunner who has now completed two full tours of operations against the enemy.  This officer's most outstanding qualities, aside from his superior technical knowledge and its practical application, are his disregard for personal safety and determination to put forward his best efforts to make his missions successful.  Undoubtedly he has done much to contribute to the high morale of his crew and its fine operational record.

 

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LEHMAN, F/O Arthur Ray (J21858) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.681 Squadron - Award effective 13 January 1945 as per London Gazette dated 23 January 1945 and AFRO 471/45 dated 16 March 1945.  Born 1921 in Niagara Falls, Ontario; home in St.Thomas, Ontario (lab assistant).  Enlisted in Hamilton, 10 December 1941.  Trained at No.3 ITS (graduated 22 May 1942), No.4 EFTS (graduated 28 August 1942) and No.13 SFTS (graduated 18 December 1942.  Commissioned December 1942.

 

This officer has taken part in numerous high and low level reconnaissance sorties.  He has at all times displayed outstanding determination and exceptional ability in the face of adverse weather and enemy opposition.  In October 1944 Flying Officer Lehman completed a particularly successful low level reconnaissance sortie.  By his exceptional perseverance and devotion to duty this officer set an inspiring example to the other pilots in his squadron.

 

NOTE: Public Records Office Air 2/9043 has recommendation by S/L F.D. Proctor (Commanding Officer, No.681 Squadron) dated 24 October 1944 stating he had flown 51 sorties (239 hours 20 minutes operational time) and that enemy opposition had been encountered on three occasions. The covering form states he was born in Welland, Ontario and that his parents were residing there (Niagara Falls was in Welland County, which may have given rise to some confusion). The document includes a detailed sortie list; all were flown on Spitfires:

 

12 Oct 43       Meiktila, Namsung, Aungban, Heho (5.30)

18 Oct 43       Special areas in Kale Valley (4.35)

30 Oct 43       Monywa, Myingyan, Thazi, Allanmyo, Akyab (5.55)

5 Nov 43         Shwebo, Mandalay, Heho, Meiktila, Myingan (5.55)

9 Nov 43         Magwe, Pyinmana, Toungoo, Prome, Akyab (6.00)


21 Nov 43      Mantu, Mongyaw, Lashio, Hsipaw, Gokseik, Maymyo, Aniskakan, Alon (5.25)

5 Dec 43        Kin, Naha, Indaw, Katha, Mogaung, Myitkyina (6.25)

17 Dec 43      Chauk, Yenangyaung, Magwe, Sandoway, Taungup (5.15)

21 Dec 43      Pakokku, Meiktila, Thazi, Yamothion, Pyawabwe, Pyinmana (3.50)

26 Dec 43      Rangoon aerodromes (4.55)

3 Jan 43         Yenanyaung, Magwe, Pyinmania, Toungoo (4.40)

9 Jan 43         Myitkyina, Mogaung, Katha, Kin (2.20, unsuccessful, 10/10 cloud).

17 Jan 43       Chauk, Yenanyaung oilfields (2.50 - successful; six bursts of anti-aircraft fire at Yenanyaung; photos taken from 15,000 feet)

21 Jan 43       Taungup, Ramree Island (3.35)

29 Jan 43       Anisakan, Heho, Aungban, Kalaw, Thazi, Meiktila (4.30)

6 Feb 44        Pyinzalu - Pagoda Point (6.35)

10 Feb 44      Special area of Akyab (3.05)

18 Feb 44      Akyab, Boronga Island, Ramree, Taungup (4.40)

20 Feb 44      Rangoon aerodromes (2.25, undercarriage unserviceable)

22 Feb 44      Special areas near Manywet (6.25)

24 Feb 44      Kunloon, Namsang, Nips, Heho, Aungban, Meiktila (6.35, anti-aircraft fire)

5 Mar 44         Leihka, Namsang, Nips, Heho, Aungban, Meiktila (6.35)

9 Mar 44         Bhamo, Leiwing, Shwebo Bridge, Lashio, Hsipaw (6.10)

11 Mar 44      Rangoon aerodromes (5.25)

15 Mar 44      Railway from Mohnyin to Kawlin (5.30)

17 Mar 44      West coast of Ramree and Cheduba Islands (4.15)

19 Mar 44      Namsang, Heho, Aungban, Meiktila (5.25, anti-aircraft fire)

25 Mar 44      Toungup, Ramree, Akyab, Myebon (4.55)

27 Mar 44      Imphal-Tiddim Road (4.20)

31 Mar 44      Manywet, Bhamo, Katha, Kin Indaw, Kawlin (3.40, 10/10 cloud over northern Burma)

6 Apr 44         Rangoon aerodromes (5.55, 10/10 cloud)

12 Apr 44       Loiwing, Wuntho, Pinlebu (5.45)

16 Apr 44       Special areas near Imphal (3.25)

20 Apr 44       Rangoon aerodromes (6.00)

24 Apr 44       Rangoon aerodromes (5.45)

28 Apr 44       Railway, Indaw to Kanbalu (4.55)

2 May 44        Lanywa, Chauk, Prome, Taungup (4.00)

8 May 44        Lashio, Cakteik, Anisakan (5.15)

12 May 44      Katha, Myitkyina (4.00, 10/10 cloud)

16 May 44      Kohima, Homalin (4.00)

26 May 44      Indaw, Mogaung, Katha, Kawlin (4.30, 10/10 cloud)

6 June 44       Magwe, Toungou aerodromes (3.20, 10/10 cloud and supercharger unserviceable)

2 July 44         Monywa, Ywadon, Ye-U, Tabingaung, Schewbo, Anisakan, Mandalay (4.55)

26 July 44       Mandalay, Hebo, Meiklila, Myingyan, Meiktila (4.30)

16 Aug 44      Road, Kalewa - Ye-U (4.50)

6 Sept 44       Rangoon airfields (5.00, 10/10 clouds, unsuccessful)


19 Sept 44     Anisakan, Heho, Aungban, Meiktila (4.30, 10/10 cloud, unsuccessful)

30 Sept 44     Mandalay, Teu-Yeu - Tiddim Road (4.40)

10 Oct 44       Kalemyo-Pakokku Road, Onbauk, Tabingaung (3.00)

14 Oct 44       Obliques of dam and canal head at Kabo (2.30)

20 Oct 44       Pakakku-Kani Road (3.30)

 

This officer has completed 51 high and low-level photographic reconnaissance sorties since November 1943. He has at all times shown outstanding determination and exceptional ability in the face of bad weather and enemy opposition to obtain the required photographs and has brought back invaluable information. By his outstanding perseverance and devotion to duty, together with his exceptional flying ability, this officer has been a source of inspiration to all other pilots in the squadron. I most strongly recommend him for the award of the Distinguished Flying Cross.

 

To this, G/C S.G. Wise, Air Commander, Photographic Reconnaissance Force, adds (no date shown):

 

This officer is an outstanding single-engine Photo Reconnaissance pilot and his successful operational sorties and the great keenness he shows for operational flying is an inspiration and a fine example to all pilots in the squadron. On 14 October 1944 he carried out an very excellent low level oblique photographic sortie on the dam and canal head at Kabo. I strongly recommend this officer for the award of the Distinguished Flying Cross.

 

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LEHMAN, F/L William Herbert (J21460) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.408 Squadron - Award effective 5 July 1945 as per London Gazette dated 17 July 1945 and AFRO 1558/45 dated 5 October 1945.  Born 1920 in Camper, Manitoba; home in Whitemouth, Manitoba (miner).  Enlisted Winnipeg, 16 September 1941.  Trained at No.2 ITS (graduated 23 May 1942), No.7 BGS (graduated 9 October 1942) and No.5 AOS (graduated 9 October 1942).  Commissioned 1942.  No citation other than "in recognition of gallantry and devotion to duty in the execution of air operations against the enemy".  DHist file 181.009 D.2618 (RG.24 Vol.20627) has recommendation dated 23 March 1945 when he had flown 49 sorties (296 hours) in two tours - 25 March to 5 October 1943 (29 trips, 117 hours 10 minutes) and 30 October 1944 to 11 March 1945 (20 trips, 118 hours 50 minutes).

 

Flight Lieutenant Lehman has now completed his second tour of operations against the enemy.  Throughout this lengthy period, this officer has continuously displayed a high degree of skill, resolution and tireless devotion to duty. There are few important targets in Germany that Flight Lieutenant Lehman has not attacked during his numerous sorties, some of the most recent ones being Cologne, Essen, Dusseldorf, and Chemnitz.  His example has been a credit to his squadron and a real asset to his crew...


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LEHTI, F/O Henry Walderman (J23735) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.166 Squadron - Award effective 1 December 1944 as per London Gazette dated 8 December 1944 and AFRO 337/45 dated 23 February 1945.  Born 1912 in Coleman, Alberta; home in Nanaimo, British Columbia (bank clerk).  Enlisted Vancouver, 23 January 1942.  Trained at No.4 ITS (graduated 9 October 1942), No.2 BGS (graduated 23 December 1942) and No.5 AOS (graduated 12 February 1943). Commissioned 1943.  Presented with DFC, 6 May 1950.  No citation other than "..in recognition of gallantry and devotion to duty in the execution of air operations against the enemy."  Public Records Office Air 2/8882 has recommendation dated 5 September 1944 when he had flown 30 sorties (168 hours), 6 June to 29 August 1944.

 

6 June 44       Acheres                                  7 July 44         Caen

7 June 44       Versailles                               20 Jul 44        Wizernes

10 Jun 44       Acheres                                  24 Jul 44        Stuttgart

13 Jun 44       Gelsenkirchen                       25 Jul 44        Stuttgart

14 Jun 44       Le Havre                                30 Jul 44        Cahagnes

16 Jun 44       Sterkrade Holten                   2 Aug 44        Le Havre

22 Jun 44       Mimoyecques                        4 Aug 44        Pauillac

23 Jun 44       Saintes                                   7 Aug 44        Fontenay le Marmion

24 Jun 44       Flers                                       11 Aug 44      Duvai

27 Jun 44       Chateau Bernapre                12 Aug 44      Brunswick

29 Jun 44       Domleger                               14 Aug 44      GARDENING

30 Jun 44       Oisemont                               16 Aug 44      GARDENING

1 July 44         Domleger                               25 Aug 44      Russelsheim

4 July 44         Orlean                                     26 Aug 44      GARDENING

5 July 44         Dijon                                       29 Aug 44      Stettin

 

This Canadian Air Bomber, in his 30 sorties on targets in Germany and occupied territory, has consistently displayed courage of a high order and is outstanding in his determination to inflict the greatest damage possible on the target given to him.  He has a great sense of crew discipline and has shown himself to be a very gallant member of a good crew.  Of calm and quiet disposition, he nevertheless has courage to the extreme and has shown complete disregard for his personal safety.  For his unfailing sense of devotion to duty, his courage and coolness under fire, he is recommended for the award of the Distinguished Flying Cross.

 

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LEIGH, F/O Herbert Alfred (J39009) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.582 Squadron - Award effective 23 November 1945 as per London Gazette dated 7 December 1945 and AFRO 244/46 dated 8 March 1946.  Born in Vancouver, December 1913.  Home in Lamont, Alberta (lithographer).   Enlisted in Vancouver, 6 August 1942.  Trained at No.4 ITS (graduated 11 June 1943) and No.2 AOS (graduated 26 November 1943).  Commissioned November 1943.  No citation, "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 2/8772 has recommendation dated 20 May 1945 when he had flown 40 sorties (222 hours 55 minutes), 11 October 1944 to 14 April 1945.

 

11 Oct 44          Fredrick Hendrick                           6 Jan 45         Hanau

12 Oct 44          Fredrick Hendrick                           1 Feb 45        Ludwigshaven

14 Oct 44          Duisburg                                          2 Feb 45        Weisbaden

14 Oct 44          Duisburg                                          3 Feb 45        Bottrop

19 Oct 44          Stuttgart                                           20 Feb 45      Dortmund

23 Oct 44          Essen                                               24 Feb 45      Kamen

25 Oct 44          Essen                                               27 Feb 45      Mainz

28 Oct 44          Cologne                                           1 Mar 45         Manheim

30 Oct 44          Cologne                                           3 Mar 45         Kamen

2 Nov 44           Dusseldorf                                       5 Mar 45         Chemnitz

4 Nov 44           Bochum                                           8 Mar 45         Kassel

6 Nov 44           Gelsenkirchen                                 21 Mar 45      Bremen

9 Nov 44           Wanne Eickel                                  22 Mar 45      Dulmen

16 Nov 44         Duren                                               24 Mar 45      Sterkrade

18 Nov 44         Wanne Eickel                                  27 Mar 45      Paderborn

29 Nov 44         Dortmund                                         4 Apr 45         Lutzkendorf

1 Dec 44           Urett Dam                                        8 Apr 45         Hamburg

4 Dec 44           Karlsruhe                                         9 Apr 45         Kiel

6 Dec 44           Merseburg                                       10 Apr 45       Plauen

5 Jan 45            Hanover                                           14 Apr 45       Potsdam

 

Flying Officer Leigh is navigator in an excellent visual marker crew, which has achieved many successes.  Throughout his tour he has shown a high degree of skill coupled with cool determination, and his spirit has set a fine example to his crew.  He is strongly recommended for the non-immediate award of the Distinguished Flying Cross.

 

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LEIGH, F/L John Bruce (J9183) - Mention in Despatches - No.10 Squadron (Canada) - Award effective 23 February 1946 as per Canada Gazette of that date and AFRO 280/46 dated 15 March 1946.  Home in Niagara Falls, Ontario; Enlisted in Hamilton, 2 January 1941.  Trained at No.1 ITS (graduated 14 July 1941), No.20 EFTS (graduated 13 September 1941), and No.16 SFTS (graduated 4 December 1941).

 


On October 30th, 1942, Pilot Officer (now Flight Lieutenant) Leigh was co-pilot of a Digby aircraft returning from convoy escort to Torbay, Newfoundland, which took part in an attack on an enemy submarine.  According to information received from German sources there is every reason to believe that this attack resulted in the destruction of the submarine.  The manner in which this officer contributed to the brilliant execution of this attack is most praiseworthy.

 

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LEIGH, W/C Zebulon Lewis (C496) - Officer, Order of the British Empire - Directorate of Air Transport Command, AFHQ - Award effective 1 January 1944 as per Canada Gazette of that date and AFRO 113/44 dated 21 January 1944.  Born at Cheshire, England, 19 June 1906. Joined RCAF (Reserve) 4 January 1932 in Winnipeg.  McKee Trophy winner, 1946; Queen's Coronation Medal, 23 October 1953 (Air Transport Command Headquarters); author of autobiography, And I Shall Fly.

 

This officer has been largely responsible for the development and operation of the RCAF Air Transport and Ferry organization.  The units under his operational control have been most successful in achieving the results desired including transportation of millions of pounds of air freight, transportation of a considerable number of passengers without accident and provided paratroop facilities.  Much of the credit for the success of these operations can be attributed to this officer's exceptional ability and untiring devotion to duty.  By his enthusiasm in his work and his pleasant personality he has been a splendid example to the officers with whom he work.

 

LEIGH, G/C Zebulon Lewis (19502) - Officer, Legion of Merit (United States) - Award effective 11 March 1949 as per AFRO 102/49 of that date and Canada Gazette dated 12 March 1949; for services during Operation "Attache".

 

For exceptionally meritorious conduct in the performance of overseas services to the government of the United States as Commanding Officer of a search and rescue group at The Pas, Manitoba, from September 12 to 25, 1948.  Through his keen judgement and insight into the tremendous problems at hand, Group Captain Leigh was able to plan, co-ordinate and personally direct a search carried out by 35 Canadian and United States aircraft for the personnel lost in a United States Navy Beechcraft on September 12, 1948.  Constant and untiring in his efforts throughout the twelve day search in the wilds of Manitoba and Saskatchewan, Group Captain Leigh by his bravery and devotion to duty, was instrumental in bringing to a successful termination the largest and one of the most difficult searches ever conducted in Canada and in saving the lives of four United States and one British personnel.  His conduct reflects great credit on Group Captain Leigh and the RCAF.

 

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LEITCH, F/O Arthur Kingswell (J9775) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.424 Squadron - Award effective 11 April 1944 as per London Gazette dated 21 April 1944 and AFRO 1075/44 dated 19 May 1944.  Born 1914 in Glasgow, Scotland; home in Weston, Ontario.  Enlisted 25 February 1941.  Trained at No.3 ITS (graduated 3 July 1941), No.9 AOS (graduated 26 October 1941), No.6 BGS (graduated 6 December 1941) and No.2 ANS (graduated 11 January 1942).  Commissioned 1942.  Medal not presented until 22 November 1948.  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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LEITCH, Nursing Sister Asenath Josephine (C11725) - Associate, Royal Red Cross - Station Sea Island - Award effective 2 February 1946 as per London Gazette dated 5 February 1946 and AFRO 280/46 dated 15 March 1946.  Home in Vancouver; enlisted there 20 April 1942.  Medal was sent to her at Penticton in June 1950, by which time she was married and called McGregor.

 

This Nursing Sister has evidenced a high degree of devotion to duty, often serving long hours on duty voluntarily during periods of stress, both as a surgical nurse and senior Nursing Sister.  Her obvious willingness to always place personal interests second to Service responsibilities has been an example to other Nursing Sisters associated with her.  At all times she has shown initiative and the highest standard of professional efficiency in the performance of her duties and in the supervision of the Nursing Sisters under her.

 

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LEITCH, FS Ronald Percival (R52971) - British Empire Medal - No.13 SFTS - Award effective 1 January 1944 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 113/44 dated 21 January 1944.  Born 11 October 1920 in Toronto; home there; enlisted there 20 October 1939.

 

Flight Sergeant Leitch is an exceptional technical NCO, displays outstanding administrative ability, and his devotion to duty has been an inspiration and shining example to all ranks.  He is vigorous and enthusiastic in all he undertakes, and is successful in directing others on technical matters.  His excellent ideas, which he does not hesitate to present, have added to the efficient operation of the Maintenance Wing.

 

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LEITH, F/L George (J12331) - Air Force Cross - No.2 FIS - Award effective 21 April 1945 as per Canada Gazette of that date and AFRO 802/45 dated 11 May 1945.  Enlisted in Vancouver, 27 June 1941.  Trained at No.4 ITS (graduated 5 December 1941), No.18 EFTS (graduated 13 January 1942) and No.15 SFTS (graduated 19 June 1942).  When recommended he had flown 2,000 hours, of which 1,750 were as instructor, 300 in previous six months.  Decoration presented at Esquimalt, 21 July 1956.

 


This flying instructor has at all times carried out his duties in an exemplary manner.  He has consistently displayed high qualities of character and leadership in directing all who come under him and the high standard of his pupils is the best tribute to his fine career in the Air Force.  By his initiative, energy and splendid devotion to duty, this officer has made a decidedly valuable contribution to the training of instructors.

 

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LEITH, P/O Philip Edward Meric (J15201) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.405 Squadron - Award effective 16 June 1942 as per London Gazette dated 22 September 1942 and AFRO 1653/42 dated 16 October 1942.  Born in Toronto, 1914; home there; enlisted there 26 June 1940.  Trained at No.2 ITS, No.1 AOS, No.1 BGS, and No.1 ANS.  Commissioned February 1942. Posted to No.24 OTU, 2 September 1942.  Invested at Buckingham Palace, 8 December 1942.

 

This officer has displayed the greatest determination to complete his allotted task.  He is a painstaking and meticulous observer whose excellent work has contributed largely to the success of many of the operations in which he has participated.  His coolness under all circumstances has set a most praiseworthy example.  Amongst the many targets he has attacked are such important places as Berlin, Wilhelmshaven, Bremen, Essen and Emsden [sic]. He has also took part in the highly successful attack on Luebeck [sic] and sometime afterwards in the attack on the power station at Poissey.

 

Public Records Office Air 2/9598 has recommendation dated 12 July 1942 which has a short citation but a detailed sortie sheet.  He had flown 30 sorties (163 hours eleven minutes).

 

10 Oct 41       Ostend (4.00)                    No attack; 10/10 cloud over target.

14 Oct 41       Nuremburg (6.52)             Target attacked in 10/10 cloud; bursts seen.

16 Oct 41       Duisburg (4.30)                Successful attack on target.

22 Oct 41       Mannheim (5.16)              Turned back - icing.

31 Oct 41       Dunkirk (3.38)                   Target attacked; bursts seen.

4 Nov 41         Dunkirk (4.04)                   Docks hit in successful attack.

7 Nov 41         Berlin (8.52)                      Successful attack carried out.

17 Dec 41      Wilhelmshaven (4.41)      Target attacked.

22 Dec 41      Wilhelmshaven (4.44)      Successful attack, target area.

17 Jan 42       Bremen (5.35)                  Bombed in 10/10 cloud.

21 Jan 42       Bremen (5.44)                  Successful attack.

26 Jan 42       Hanover (6.16)                  Saw bomb bursts in centre of city.

31 Jan 42       Brest (5.28)                       Attacked dry docks at target.

12 Feb 42      Warships at sea               Ships not found in 10/10 cloud.

(3.03, day)

14 Feb 42      Mannheim (6.47)              Target attacked; 10/10 cloud.

3 Mar 42         Paris (5.52)                       Very successful attack on target.

9 Mar 42         Essen (6.09)                     Attacked target in face of violent defence.

13 Mar 42      Cologne (6.11)                 Target attacked.

26 Mar 42      Essen (5.03)                     Successful attack on target.


29 Mar 42      Lubeck (6.41)                   Highly successful attack carried out on target.

1 Apr 42         Poissey (5.23)                  Power station hit in target area.

30 May 42      Cologne (5.13)                 Target attacked; results obscured.

1 June 42       Essen (5.48)                     Target attacked in heavy cloud.

2 June 42       Essen (5.29)                     Target attacked with navigational assistance.

6 June 42       Emden (5.00)                    Successful attack carried out.

8 June 42       Essen (6.40)                     Target attacked despite violent defences.

16 June 42     Essen (5.44)                     Bombed target on ETA in 10/10 cloud.

19 June 42     Emden (4.57)                    Target attacked.

20 June 42     Emden (4.11)                    Successful attack on target.

25 June 42     Bremen (5.20)                  Very successful attack on target

 

A persevering individual and has a well-balanced mind.  This officer has always shown great determination and has always displayed a cool temperament that has shown the way to the other members of this squadron.

 

His keenness has always been an inspiration to the other members of the squadron.  In view of the above it is strongly recommended that this Canadian be awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross.

 

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LEMON, LAC George Robert (R94698) - Mention in Despatches - Leeming - Award effective 14 June 1945 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 1647/45 dated 26 October 1945.  Home in Caron, Saskatchewan.  Enlisted in Regina, 11 March 1941.  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 25 months in Canada, 22 months overseas.

 

An airman of high ability who is employed as a Fitter in one of the crews in the Repair and Inspection Section, LAC Lemon has displayed initiative and energy that is outstanding for one of his rank.  His cheerfulness and persistence has definitely promoted the efficiency of his section and his willing manner under all conditions, no matter how trying, show him to be well above average and worthy of an award of Mention in Despatches.

 

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LENIHAN, F/O Joseph Francis (J14788) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.420 Squadron - Award effective 23 November 1943 as per London Gazette dated 30 November 1943 and AFRO 166/44 dated 28 January 1944.  Born Saint John, New Brunswick, 1920; home there. Enlisted in Moncton, 23 October 1941.  Trained at No.5 ITS (graduated 28 March 1942), No.22 EFTS (graduated 13 May 1942) and No.8 AOS (graduated 9 October 1942).  Commissioned 1942.

 


During his tour of operational duty Flying Officer Lenihan has participated in attacks against major targets in Sicily and Italy.  At all times, regardless of adverse weather or enemy opposition, he has navigated his aircraft safely to the target and back, and by his cheerful confidence and accuracy proved to be a most valuable member of his crew.

 

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LENNIE, F/O Donald Alexander (J24617) - 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 Athabasca, Alberta.  Enlisted in Edmonton, 21 April 1942.  Trained at No.2 ITS (graduated 24 October 1942) and No.5 AOS (graduated 19 March 1943).

 

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LENNOX, Corporal John Vaughan (R83987) - Mention in Despatches - Overseas - Award effective 14 June 1945 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 1647/45 dated 26 October 1945.  Home in Painswick, Ontario.  Enlisted in Toronto, 11 December 1940.  No citation in AFRO.

 

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LENNOX, S/L Morton John (C5735) - Mention in Despatches - HQ, MAAF - Award effective 1 January 1945 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 337/45 dated 23 February 1945.  Home in Banff, Alberta; enlisted in Vancouver, 20 June 1941.  No citation.

 

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LENNOX, P/O William Ben (J85378) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.408 Squadron - Award effective 5 August 1944 as per London Gazette dated 18 August 1944 and AFRO 2101/44 dated 29 September 1944.  Born in Toronto, 1923; home there.  Enlisted in Toronto, 26 May 1941.  Trained at No.9 BGS (graduated 23 October 1942).  Commissioned 1944.  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 2/9632 has recommendation dated 15 May 1944 when he had flown 25 sorties (159 hours nine minutes), 9 July 1943 to 27 April 1944.

 

9 July 43         Gelsenkirchen (7.05)                   20 Dec 43      Frankfurt (5.35)

13 Jul 43        Aachen (5.25)                               29 Dec 43      Berlin (5.33)

24 Jul 43        Hamburg (6.10)                            14 Jan 44       Brunswick (5.02)

25 Jul 43        Essen (4.20)                                 28 Jan 44       Berlin (7.04)

26 Jul 43        Hamburg (5.35)                            15 Feb 44      Berlin (7.08)

27 Jul 43        Hamburg (5.40)                            20 Feb 44      Stuttgart (7.29)

30 Jul 43        Remscheid (5.55)                        24 Feb 44      Schweinfurt (8.32)

2 Aug 43        Hamburg (6.15)                            24 Mar 44      Berlin (7.32)

22 Nov 43      Berlin (7.00)                                  10 Apr 44       Laon (5.10)

23 Nov 43      Berlin (6.45)                                  20 Apr 44       Cologne (5.09)


26 Nov 43      Berlin (7.10)                                  26 Apr 44       Essen (4.42)

2 Dec 43        Berlin (7.15)                                  27 Apr 44       Friedrichshaven (8.18)

16 Dec 43      Berlin (7.20)

 

Pilot Officer Lennox has completed a tour of operations on this squadron as an Air Gunner.  He has taken part in many sorties to distant targets in Germany. These included six trips to the Ruhr, four to Hamburg, eight to Berlin and several others to southwest Germany.  In all these sorties the crew with whom he flies has achieved considerable success, attributable in no small manner to Pilot Officer Lennox's skill as a gunner.  On several occasions he has given his captain accurate advice in taking evasive action against enemy night fighters, and in this manner has avoided serious damage to his aircraft.  He has at all times set a high gunnery skill and his keenness, cheerful attitude and devotion to duty have been exemplary.

 

NOTE: In supporting this recommendation on 16 May 1944 the Commanding Officer of Station Linton (Group Captain C.L. Annis) wrote of the gunner's role in Bomber Command:

 

A bomber crew's duty is to avoid engagement with enemy fighters in order that the main purpose of bombing the enemy objective and returning safely to base may be accomplished.  I consider that P/O Lennox has thus distinguished himself in skill and devotion to duty while operating deep in enemy territory throughout a complete tour.  I heartily endorse this recommendation for the award of the DFC.

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LEPINE, Sergeant Joseph Hector Charles Auguste (R77184) - Distinguished Flying Medal - No.150 Squadron - Award effective 17 April 1943 as per London Gazette dated 27 April 1943.  AFRO 985/43 dated 28 May 1943.  Born 4 June 1921 at Senniville, Quebec; home in Sainte Anne de Belvue, Quebec. Enlisted in Montreal, 16 October 1940.  Trained at No.1 WS (graduated 12 October 1941) and No.1 BGS.  Presented 27 February 1947.

 

This airman participated in operations over Europe before being posted to North Africa.  He has proved himself to be an efficient wireless operator and has fully contributed to the successes achieved by his crew.  Sergeant Lepine has constantly displayed courage and devotion to duty.

 

NOTE: Public Record Office Air 2/8945 has recommendation dated 25 February 1943; he had by then flown 440 hours (208 of them on operations), 229 hours in previous six months, and a total of 38 sorties:

 

This Canadian Non-Commissioned Officer joined the squadron in July 1942, since when he has completed 38 operational sorties over Germany, Italy and Tunisia without a break.  He has always proved himself to be an efficient Wireless Operator and has contributed to the successful results achieved by his crew.  For his constant devotion to duty I recommend him for the Distinguished Flying Medal.


The Officer Commanding, RAF Station Blida concurred on 28 February 1943, and the Air Officer Commanding, Eastern Air Command (RAF) agreed on 16 March 1943.

 

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LEPP, WO2 George (R251419) - Mention in Despatches - WAC Communications Flight - Award effective 12 January 1946 as per Canada Gazette of that date and AFRO 183/46 dated 22 February 1946.  Home in St.David's Ontario.  Enlisted in Toronto, 17 March 1943.  Trained at No.3 WS (graduated 27 November 1943) and No.7 BGS (graduated 17 January 1944).

 

This Warrant Officer was a member of a Norseman aircraft which crashed recently on Porcher Island, British Columbia.  Despite the fact that there was considerable danger of fire, Warrant Officer Lepp displayed courage and presence of mind in returning to the aircraft and removing the other members of the crew including the pilot who was pinned in the wreckage of the cockpit.  This Warrant Officer's actions were most praiseworthy and in keeping with the finest traditions of the Royal Canadian Air Force.

 

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LEPRICH, FS John Otto (R220942) - Distinguished Flying Medal - No.429 Squadron - Award effective 12 November 1945 as per London Gazette dated 16 November 1945 and AFRO 133/46 dated 8 February 1946.  Born February 1923 at Kepsa Mari, Roumania.  Home in Hanover, Ontario (rubber spreader).  Enlisted in Brantford, Ontario, 2 June 1943.  Trained at No.1 ITS (graduated 3 January 1943) and No.9 BGS (graduated 24 March 1944).

 

This airman has participated in a number of attacks on heavily defended enemy targets.  On one mission to Hamburg the aircraft in which Flight Sergeant Leprich was flying as air gunner was attacked by an enemy jet propelled fighter.  Despite the fact that the gun firing mechanism was unserviceable he operated his guns by hand and the enemy aircraft was seen to go down trailing black smoke.  This airman's courage and determination have always been of the highest order.

 

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LEROUX, Corporal Vincent Alexandre Leo Antoine (R111458) - Mention in Despatches - No.126 Airfield - Award effective 1 January 1945 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 425/45 dated 9 March 1945.  Home in Eastview (Vanier), Ontario.  Enlisted in Ottawa, 11 July 1941.  Went overseas, March 1943.  No citation.

 

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LESLIE, WO (now P/O) Alexander Buchanan (R155736/J85534) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.405 Squadron - Award effective 19 June 1944 as per London Gazette dated 27 June 1944 and AFRO 1861/44 dated 25 August 1944.  Born in Eston, Saskatchewan; home in Snipe Lake, Saskatchewan (farmer).  Enlisted in Regina, 16 March 1942.  Trained at No.7 ITS (graduated 31 July 1942), No.5 BGS (graduated 9 October 1942) and No.1 AOS (graduated 20 November 1942.  Commissioned 1944.  No citation other than "completed...many successful operations against the enemy in which [he has] displayed high skill, fortitude and devotion to duty."  Died in Melita, Manitoba, 20 September 1996.  Public Records Office Air 2/8780 has recommendation by W/C R.J. Lane dated 23 March 1944 when he had flown 34 sorties (plus two incomplete) totalling 222 hours 24 minutes.

 

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16 May 43      GARDENING (4.20)           16 Sep 43        Modane (7.35)

21 May 43      GARDENING (4.10)           4 Oct 43            Frankfurt (6.15)

23 May 43      Dortmund (5.15)                 7 Oct 43            Stuttgart (6.25)

25 May 43      Dusseldorf (3.10)*              8 Oct 43            Hanover (5.10)

3 July 43         Cologne (6.40)                    18 Oct 43          Hanover (5.20)

9 July 43         Gelsenkirchen (6.30)          23 Dec 43        Berlin (6.50)

13 Jul 43        Aachen (6.00)                     29 Dec 43        Berlin (6.25)

date unclear   Hamburg (3.20)*                 1 Jan 44            Berlin (6.15)

25 Jul 43        Essen (5.20)                       5 Jan 44            Stettin (8.05)

27 Jul 43        Hamburg (5.10)                  27 Jan 44         Berlin (7.25)

29 Jul 43        Hamburg (7.20)                  28 Jan 44         Berlin (8.05)

30 Jul 43        Remscheid (6.00)               30 Jan 44         Berlin (6.25)

2 Aug 43        Hamburg (4.25)                  15 Feb 44         Berlin (7.00)

12 Aug 43      Milan (9.45)                         19 Feb 44         Leipzig (6.35)

17 Aug 43      Peenemunde (8.00)           21 Feb 44         Stuttgart (6.15)

22 Aug 43      Leverkusen (6.45)              24 Feb 44         Schweinfurt (6.50)

23 Aug 43      Berlin (8.00)                        15 Mar 44         Stuttgart (6.45)

27 Aug 43      Nuremburg (8.40)               18 Mar 44         Frankfurt (4.50)

 

This Warrant Officer is a skilled Bomb Aimer who has participated in attacks on many of the enemy's heavily defended targets, including Berlin, Stettin and Hamburg. Warrant Officer Leslie has invariably displayed great courage and determination in assisting to make his missions a success.  The fine example set by this Warrant Officer has been an inspiration to the squadron. Strongly recommended for the award of the Distinguished Flying Cross.

 

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LESLIE, FS Kenneth Douglas (Can 11611) - Mention in Despatches - Tholthorpe - Award effective 14 June 1945 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 1600/45 dated 12 October 1945.  AFRO gives unit only as "Overseas"; DHist file 181.009 D.1725 (PAC RG.24 Vol 20607) has list of MiDs this date with unit.  DHist file 181.009 D.1719 (PAC RG.24 Vol.20606) has recommendation forwarded to No.6 Group Headquarters, 3 February 1945 when was NCO in charge of Station Bomb Dump.  Home in Shediac, New Brunswick; enlisted in Halifax, 16 September 1939; in Canada four years six months, overseas nine months as of recommendation.  Remained in postwar RCAF; awarded Queen's Coronation Medal, 23 October 1953 while with No.1 (F) Wing, North Luffenham.

 

This NCO's organizing ability and foresight in handling his very difficult job since before the invasion of Europe has been of the highest order.  His attitude has always been most cheerful and encouraging to those serving under him, even under the most trying conditions.  Long hours and unfavourable weather conditions have never dampened his enthusiasm for his work.  His solicitude for the welfare of those working under him is praiseworthy.  The enormous turnover of bombs and other explosives on this station, carried out without accident or delays, has largely been due to the energy, perseverance and ability of this NCO.

 

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LETHANGUE, FS Verdon Marwood (R83823) - British Empire Medal - No.1 Technical Training School - Award effective 13 June 1946 as per Canada Gazette of that date and AFRO 660/46 dated 5 July 1946.  Enlisted in Toronto, 5 December 1940.  Medal presented 18 October 1947.

 

This non-commissioned officer has at all times displayed a strong determination to complete even the most difficult tasks he has been called upon to perform.  His outstanding technical ability coupled with his enthusiasm and keenness have made his contributions to the Royal Canadian Air Force invaluable.

 

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LETHBRIDGE, F/O William Urquhart (J18561) - 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 Glencoe, Ontario; enlisted in London, Ontario, 13 March 1941. Trained at No.1 ITS (graduated 14 July 1941), No.3 EFTS (graduated 1 September 1941) and No.6 SFTS (graduated 5 December 1941).

 

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LEVERE,  F/O Oscar Harcourt (J36187) - Mention in Despatches - No.421 Squadron - Award effective 1 January 1946 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 155/46 dated 15 February 1946 (which spells his first name "Odey").  Born 7 September 1922 in Anglesea, Wales.  Home in Cloyne, Ontario; enlisted in Ottawa, 18 August 1942.  Trained at No.6 ITS (graduated 17 April 1943), No.9 EFTS (graduated 12 June 1943) and No.14 SFTS (graduated 18 October 1943).  Posted to No.1 OTU, Bagotville, 8 October 1943; to "Y" Depot, Halifax, 13 January 1944; to No.3 Personnel Reception Centre, 21 January 1944; repatriated 9 July 1945; release date uncertain.  Unit not given in AFRO which says only "Overseas"  Destroyed one Bf.109 (25 July 1944) and one FW.190 (31 March 1945).  Rejoined RCAF, 13 August 1951 (service number 45081). Killed 29 May 1957 in T-33 crash near No.3 Wing, Zweibrucken.

 

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LEVINE, Sergeant Issie (R154335) - Mention in Despatches - Eastern 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 Montreal; enlisted there 29 January 1942.

 

This Senior non-commissioned officer, Clerk Administrative, employed on Airmen's Postings at Eastern Air Command Headquarters, has shown exceptional accomplishment far beyond the line of duty.  The problems confronting him in this work have been most complicated.  Sergeant Levine has attacked his work with exceptional vigour and has devoted many hours beyond normal duty to successfully complete the most difficult assignments.  His cheerful disposition and very effective devotion to the Service have won the admiration of his associates.

 

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LEVITIN, F/L Nathan (J6140) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.212 Squadron - Award effective 23 May 1945 as per London Gazette dated 1 June 1945 and AFRO 1219/45 dated 27 July 1945.  Born in Ottawa, 1917; home there.  Enlisted in Ottawa, 1 July 1940.  Trained at No.1 ITS (graduated 14 September 1940), No.4 EFTS (graduated 23 November 1941), No.5 AOS (graduated 28 April 1941) and No.4 BGS (graduated 9 June 1941).  Commissioned 1941.  Ottawa Citizen has stories on him and travels in India, issues of 3 February 1944, 26 June 1944 and 28 November 1944.  The article of 3 February 1944 says that he underwent attack by German glider bombs while on ship heading for Far East.  Died in Ottawa, 19 October 1995.  Medals with Canadian War Museum (AN 19800209-005).

 

Now on his second tour of operational duty, this officer's work has always been of the highest standard and he nas navigated his aircraft through many long and arduous sorties.  In February 1945 he participated in a series of special sorties which called for great navigational ability.  Throughout his operational career Flight Lieutenant Levitin has displayed outstanding enthusiasm and devotion to duty.

 

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LEWINGTON, W/C Arthur James (J3484) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.433 Squadron - Award effective 2 October 1944 as per London Gazette dated 13 October 1944 and AFRO 2637/44 dated 8 December 1944.  Born 1908 in Oshawa; home there (radio technician after one year of university engineering).  Enlisted in Winnipeg, 3 June 1940.  Trained at No.1 ITS (graduated 20 July 1940), No.1 EFTS (graduated 16 September 1940) and No.4 SFTS (graduated 17 November 1940).  Commissioned January 1941.

 


This officer is now on his second tour of operational duty.  As a flight and squadron commander he has displayed outstanding leadership, courage and resolution.  He has taken part in a large number of operational sorties as captain of aircraft; many of these have achieved exceptional success and, during them, many excellent photographs have been obtained. Wing Commander Lewington has, throughout his long and successful career, displayed unsurpassed efficient energy and perseverance.

 

LEWINGTON, W/C Arthur James, DFC (J3484) - Mention in Despatches - Dishforth - Award effective 1 January 1945 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 337/45 dated 23 February 1945.

 

LEWINGTON, W/C Arthur James, DFC (J3484) - Bar to Distinguished Flying Cross - No.433 Squadron - Award effective 5 February 1945 as per London Gazette dated 16 February 1945 and AFRO 563/45 dated 29 March 1945.  DHist file 181.009 D.2610 (RG.24 Vol.20627) has recommendation by G/C J.G. Kerr dated 27 November 1944 when he had flown 53 sorties (338 hours 50 minutes).  First tour (No.420 Squadron) was 33 trips (201 hours 35 minutes), 26 April to 4 October 1943 (one attack on Duisburg followed by Italian targets); second tour was 20 trips, 2 June to 2 November 1944.  Between tours he had been a Flight Commander at an HCU.

 

This officer has completed two tours of operational duty.  He is a keen and efficient flight commander and under his fine leadership the squadron has attained a high standard of operational efficiency.

 

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LEWIS, G/C Alexander (C82) - Air Force Cross - No.1 General Reconnaissance School - Award effective as of 1 January 1945 as per London Gazette of that date, Canada Gazette dated 6 Janaury 1945 and AFRO 89/45 dated 19 January 1945.  Enlisted in Montreal, 1 January 1925.  As of award had flown 4,680 hours - 800 as instructor.  Uniform and logbook displayed at RCAF Memorial Museum, Trenton, Ontario.

 

This officer is an exceptional pilot and by his personal example and ability to fly on all occasions in all kinds of weather is an inspiration to all those serving under him.  He has successfully carried out many hazardous flights in a long flying career.  His flying ability, devotion to duty, energy and leadership have been in a large measure responsible for the completion of the heavy monthly flying commitments at the station he commands.

 

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LEWIS, F/L Arthur Donald (J18443) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.434 Squadron - Award effective 5 July 1945 as per London Gazette dated 17 July 1945 and AFRO 1558/45 dated 5 October 1945.  Born 1916 at Hardieville, Alberta; home in Lethbridge (meat cutter). Enlisted in Calgary, 14 February 1941.  Trained at No.8 BGS (graduated 8 December 1941).  Commissioned 1943.  Joined squadron in June 1943 with Wing Commander Harris' crew; became squadron gunnery leader in June 1944.  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 dated 24 March 1945 when he had flown 30 sorties (183 hours), 31 July 1942 to 27 February 1945.  This tour has many interruptions, with no sorties between 13 October 1942-26 January 1943, 5 August 1943-25 November 1943, 25 November 1943-25 June 1944, 17 November 1944-1 February 1945.  Medal presented 14 June 1947.

 

Flight Lieutenant Lewis has completed a tour of operations, the majority of which were attacks against such major German targets as Berlin, Frankfurt and Stuttgart.  He has at all times displayed devotion to duty and courage of a very high order.  As gunnery leader he has proven himself a tower of strength to the squadron, commanding the respect and admiration of all those under him.

 

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LEWIS, F/L Chrysostom John (C8335) - Mention in Despatches - Station Dishforth - Award effective 1 January 1946 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 155/46 dated 15 February 1946.  Home in Cookstown, Ontario; enlisted Saskatoon, 16 May 1941. DHist file 181.009 D.2619 (RG.24 Vol.20628) has recommendation for MBE dated 4 May 1945.  Certificate sent 17 August 1948.

 

This officer showed admirable fortitude and courage in that while in the vicinity of an aircraft that had crashed and caught fire with a full bomb load in York on the 5th of March 1945, he immediately proceeded to the scene of the crash and succeeded in guiding a number of civilians away from the danger area.  While Flight Lieutenant Lewis was carrying out this good work, part of the bomb load exploded, killing several people around him.  Notwithstanding the risk of further explosions this officer continued to assist in removing injured civilians from the immediate vicinity.

 

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LEWIS, F/O Earl Benjamin (C37324) - 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 Sault Ste.Marie; enlisted Toronto 18 April 1942.

 

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LEWIS, F/O Frank Edward (J10317) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.7 Squadron - Award effective 25 May 1943 as per London Gazette dated 4 June 1943 and AFRO 1187/43 dated 25 June 1943. Born 1922 in Toronto; home in St.James, Manitoba.  Enlisted in Toronto, 9 December 1940.  Trained at No.3 ITS (graduated 16 May 1941), No.11 EFTS (graduated 7 July 1941), No.8 SFTS (ceased training), No.7 AOS (graduated 8 December 1941), and No.1 CNS (graduated 22 February 1942).  Commissioned 1942.  Medal presented 12 December 1944.


In air operations this member of aircraft crew displayed exemplary conduct and gallantry worthy of the highest praise.

 

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LEWIS, F/L Homer Sturr (J15863) - Mention in Despatches - No.55 PTS - Award effective 1 January 1945 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 379/45 dated 2 March 1945.  American, home in Albuquerque, New Mexico.  Enlisted in Hamilton, Ontario, 20 May 1940.  Trained at No.1 ITS (graduated 20 August 1940), No.20 EFTS (graduated 10 October 1941) and No.6 SFTS (graduated 31 December 1941).  Also AFC same day.  No citation.  Award sent by registered mail, 2 February 1949.

 

LEWIS, F/L Homer Sturr (J15863) - Air Force Cross - No.114 Maintenance Unit (AFRO gives unit as "Headquarters, MAAF") - Award effective 1 January 1945 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 425/45 dated 9 March 1945.   No citation in Canadian sources.  Public Records Office Air 2/9036 has recommended citation drafted when he had flown 1,000 hours, of which 214 were in previous six months.

 

This officer has been employed on testing duties since June 1943 and has carried out a great number of tests on Spitfire aircraft with great keenness and skill.  On several occasions he has been faced with difficult situations in the air but has always managed to land his aircraft undamaged.  He is an outstanding test pilot who has contributed much to the output of aircraft from his Group.

 

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LEWIS, Sergeant Jack Alexander (R99617) - 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 Sarnia, Ontario; enlisted in London, Ontario, 19 April 1941.  Certificate despatched 27 September 1948.

 

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LEWIS, F/L John Anson (J6212) - Air Force Cross - No.15 Service Flying Training School - Award effective as of 1 January 1945 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 89/45 dated 19 January 1945 - Enlisted in Toronto, 23 October 1940.  Trained at No.2 ITS (graduated 4 February 1941), No.15 EFTS (graduated 22 April 1941), and No.32 SFTS (graduated 14 July 1941). Had completed 1,939 flying hours to date, 1,401 hours as instructor, 369 hours in previous six months.

 


This officer has been an instructor at this unit for the past three years and has at all times displayed outstanding ability as a pilot and instructor.  He has been an excellent flight commander, who has organized and directed a very smoothly running flight.  He is a most energetic, capable leader and has been a great inspiration to all personnel associated with him.

 

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LEWIS, F/O John Frederick (J11224) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.426 Squadron - Award effective 1 September 1943 as per London Gazette dated 14 September 1943 and AFRO 2322/43 dated 12 November 1943.  Born in London, Ontario, 1922; home there.  Enlisted in London, Ontario, 5 April 1941.  Trained at No.1 ITS (graduated 25 September 1941), No.4 BGS (graduated 14 March 1942), No.4 AOS (graduated 21 January 1942) and No.2 ANS (graduated 13 April 1942).  Commissioned 1942.  Reported to No.426 Squadron from No.23 OTU, 22 October 1942 (on formation).  With S/L Davill on 14 January 1943 as first crew to bomb enemy; later navigator to P/O Millward.  Award presented 29 May 1947.  Died in Ottawa, 29 August 1998.

 

In spite of continuous air sickness, the navigational ability displayed by Flying Officer Lewis has been of the highest order.  He has participated in attacks on all the major targets in Germany, including several on the Ruhr Valley.  One night in February 1943, his aircraft was badly damaged over Hamburg and due to this officer's navigational skill the long journey home, at reduced speed, was successfully completed.  He has at all times displayed coolness and determination.

 

LEWIS, F/L John Frederick (J11224) - Bar to Distinguished Flying Cross - No.405 Squadron - Award effective 5 August 1944 as per London Gazette dated 15 August 1944 and AFRO 2101/44 dated 29 September 1944.

 

This officer has flown on a great number of sorties against strongly fortified targets in Germany.  His technical skill and keenness for operational flying has set a fine example to the rest of his crew.

 

NOTE: Public Record Office Air 2/9632 has recommendation by W/C R.J. Lane dated 22 May 1944 when he had flown 46 sorties (264 hours 45 minutes) of which 23 sorties (136 hours 35 minutes) had been flown since his previous award.  The sortie list and text add to the record.

 

First Tour                                                        Second Tour

 

14 Jan 43  Lorient (5.30)                           18 Nov 43   Berlin (7.00)

15 Jan 43  Lorient (5.00)                           2 Dec 43     Berlin (6.05)

3 Feb 43    Hamburg (6.15)                       24 Dec 43   Berlin (7.25)

7 Feb 43    Lorient (6.35)                           29 Dec 43   Berlin (6.40)

12 Feb 43  GARDENING (5.00)                20 Jan 44    Berlin (7.00)

13 Feb 43  Lorient (6.50)                           21 Jan 44    Magdeburg (6.40)

15 Feb 43  Lorient (6.50)                           27 Jan 44    Berlin (7.25)

18 Feb 43  GARDENING (3.55)                29 Jan 44    Berlin (8.05)

24 Feb 43  Wilhelmshaven (4.15)             30 Jan 44    Berlin (6.25)

26 Feb 43  Cologne (6.10)                        15 Feb 44   Berlin (7.05)


3 Mar 43    Hamburg (6.20)                       20 Feb 44   Leipzig (6.35)

5 Mar 43    Essen (5.30)                            21 Feb 44   Stuttgart (6.15)

9 Mar 43    GARDENING (2.10, no op)    24 Feb 44   Schweinfurt (6.50)

4 Apr 43     Kiel (6.50)                                15 Mar 44   Stuttgart (6.45)

8 Apr 43     Duisburg (5.30)                       18 Mar 44   Frankfurt (4.50)

11 Apr 43  GARDENING (3.20)                22 Mar 44   Frankfurt (5.15)

14 Apr 43  Stuttgart (7.50)                         24 Mar 44   Berlin (6.40)

16 Apr 43  Mannheim (7.20)                     30 Mar 44   Nuremburg (6.40)

29 Apr 43  GARDENING (6.20)                26 Apr 44    Essen (4.05)

4 May 43    Dortmund (4.45)                      27 Apr 44    Montzen (3.10)

13 May 43 Bochum (5.20)                         3 May 44     Montdidier (3.05)

25 May 43 Dusseldorf (5.05)                    9 May 44     Haine St.Pierre (2.30)

29 May 43 Wuppertal (5.40)                     11 May 44   Boulogne (2.20)

19 May 44   Mount Couple (1.45)

 

This officer is a very keen and capable navigator, who has completed 46 operational sorties against such heavily defended enemy targets as Berlin, Dusseldorf and Essen. The skill, determination and devotion to duty displayed by this officer in the performance of his operational tasks has, undoubtedly, set a fine example not only to the rest of his crew, but to the squadron generally. Strongly recommended for the award of the Bar to the Distinguished Flying Cross.

 

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LEWIS, F/L John Henry Cobb (C52847) - War Cross, 1939 (Czechoslovakia) - AFHQ - Award effective 2 November 1946 as per Canada Gazette of that date and AFRO 1075/46 dated 15 November 1946.  Home in Ottawa; ex-CAN/RAF; transferred from RAF to RCAF, 1 April 1945 in Nassau, Bahamas. Also awarded Honourary Czechoslovak Wings (AFRO 1042/46), "in recognition of services rendered to Czechoslovakian airmen during the War of 1939-1945."

 

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LEWIS, FS (now P/O) John Wentworth (R166930/J89990) - Distinguished Flying Medal - No.220 Squadron - Award effective 26 October as per London Gazette dated 7 November 1944 and AFRO 1/45 dated 5 January 1945.  Born in Kensington, London, 1916; home in Vancouver. Enlisted Vancouver, 10 June 1942.  Trained at No.2 WS (graduated 1 April 1943) and No.5 BGS (graduated 17 May 1943).

 

Throughout many operational sorties Flight Sergeant Lewis has displayed most praiseworthy keenness, efficiency and courage. In August 1944 he was wireless operator of an aircraft detailed for an anti-submarine sortie by night.  A U-boat was detected and largely due to this airman's technical skill his captain was able to make a determined attack on the enemy submarine.

 


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LEWIS, F/L Mervyn Francis (J24059) - 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 Grande Prairie, Alberta; enlisted Edmonton, 5 February 1941.  Trained at No.3 WS (graduated 21 January 1943) and No.8 BGS (graduated 22 February 1943).

 

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LEWIS, P/O Peter Edward (J85597) - see LIWISKI, P/O Peter Edward (J85597).

 

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LEWIS, P/O Thomas William (J16111) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.106 Squadron - Award effective 12 April 1943 as per London Gazette dated 20 April 1943 and AFRO 985/43 dated 28 May 1943. American in RCAF; born in Akron, Ohio 1922; home there.  Enlisted in Toronto, 9 October 1940.  Trained at No.1 ITS (graduated 7 February 1941), No.3 EFTS (left 10 April 1941) and No.1 BGS (graduated 23 June 1941).  Commissioned 1942.  Medal and Bar presented 6 August 1947.

 

Pilot Officer Lewis flew on his first operational sortie as air gunner and then qualified as an air bomber, in which capacity he has completed many more sorties achieving good results.  This officer has participated in attacks against most of the heavily defended targets in the Ruhr, enemy naval ports and Italian targets, and has also flown on several mining sorties and in the daylight raid on Le Creusot.  On all these occasions Pilot Officer Lewis has displayed consistent skill and courage.  He has frequently brought back excellent photographs.

 

LEWIS, F/L Thomas William (J16111) - Bar to Distinguished Flying Cross - No.83 Squadron - Award effective 20 April 1943 as per London Gazette dated 1 October 1943 and AFRO 2258/43 dated 5 November 1943.

 

This officer has taken part in a large number of operational sorties.  A very efficient bomb aimer, he has always shown great skill in map reading and on many occasions has successfully aided his pilot in evading heavy concentrations of anti-aircraft fire and searchlights.  Flight Lieutenant Lewis, by his outstanding devotion to duty, courage and enthusiasm, has proved to be a most valuable member of his squadron.

 

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LEWIS, F/O Vernon Francis (J87691) - 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 1923 at Salisbury, New Brunswick; home there (student).  Enlisted in Moncton, 25 June 1942.  Trained at No.6 ITS (graduated 22 January 1943), No.12 EFTS (graduated 16 April 1943) and No.9 SFTS (graduated 6 August 1943).  Commissioned June 1944.  No citation other than "completed...numerous operations against the enemy in the course of which [he has] invariably displayed the utmost courage and devotion to duty".  Presented 17 August 1949.  Public Records Office Air 2/9059 has recommendation dated 15 January 1945 when he had flown 29 sorties (137 hours 28 minutes), 28 July 1944 to 6 January 1945.

 

28 Jul 44        Foret de Nieppe (3.56)                    Bombed 19 miles NE

30 Jul 44        Battle Area "C" (4.31)                      Recalled by Master Bomber

11 Aug 44      Etaples (3.51)                                    Bombed aiming point.

14 Aug 44      TRACTABLE 21A (4.07)                             do.

16 Aug 44      Kiel (4.48)                                          Successful sortie.

18 Aug 44      Sterkrade (4.49)                                Duty carried out.

27 Aug 44      Homberg (4.20)                                 Bombed aiming point

31 Aug 44      La Pouchinte (3.25)                          Recalled by Master Bomber

3 Sept 44       Soesterburg (2.55)                           Bombed through clouds.

12 Sep 44      Le Havre (4.27)                                 Recalled over target.

13 Sep 44      Gelsenkirchen-Nordstern (4.39)      Good attack.

15 Sep 44      Kiel (5.00)                                          Heavy attack.

7 Oct 44         Cleve (4.25)                                       Bombed aiming point.

14 Oct 44       Duisburg (5.25)                                 Bombed through clouds.

15 Oct 44       Duisburg (5.25)                                 Successful.

28 Oct 44       Domberg (2.58)                                Successful.

29 Oct 44       Zoutelande (3.03)                              Aiming point bombed.

30 Oct 44       Cologne (6.10)                                  Cloud; bombed target.

2 Nov 44         Dusseldorf (5.31)                              Concentrated bombing.

4 Nov 44         Bochum (4.55)                                   Successful.

6 Nov 44         Gelsenkirchen (4.29)                        Aiming point bombed.

28 Dec 44      Opladen (5.26)                                  Bombed through cloud.

29 Dec 44      Koblenz (5.56)                                   Bombed aiming point.

30 Dec 44      Cologne (6.21)                                  Successful.

1 Jan 45         Dortmund (4.27)                                Successful attack.

2 Jan 45         Ludwigshaven (6.09)                        Bombed aiming point.

5 Jan 45         Hanover (5.10)                                  Bombed in cloud.

6 Jan 45         Hanau (6.23)                                                  do.

 

One of the most able pilots on this squadron, Flying Officer Lewis has completed 29 operational sorties and has never failed to take off and to complete any mission for which he has been detailed.

 

Capable, keen and courageous, he has carried out attacks on such highly defended targets as Hanau, Hanover, Ludwigshaven, Dortmund, Coblenz, Duisburg, Gelsenkirchen and Kiel and on vital objectives in battle areas and occupied territories.  Against all these targets he has pressed home his attack, whatever the defences, and he has shown a complete disregard for his own personal safety.

 


An officer with excellent qualities of leadership, Flying Officer Lewis has inspired keenness and efficiency in the members of his crew, and has welded them into one of the best crews in the squadron.

 

It is strongly recommended that this officer's exceptional record of efficiency, keenness, courage and leadership throughout an outstanding tour be recognized by the award of the Distinguished Flying Cross.

 

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LEWIS, S/L William Howard (C2141) - Member, Order of the British Empire - No.9 (Transport) Group - Award effective 1 January 1946 as per Canada Gazette of that date and AFRO 82/46 dated 25 January 1946.  Born in Montreal, 17 January 1913.  Educated at Lower Canada College, St.Albans (Brockville), and Montreal Technical (Electrical Engineering Diploma and Metal Aircraft Construction Diploma).  Manager of a flying school before the war.  Enlisted in Ottawa, 4 June 1940.  Was unit engineer to No.168 Squadron (January 1944 to May 1945) and with Air Transport Command to July 1949 (Senior Technical Staff Officer).  Later in CJS (Washington); awarded Queen's Coronation Medal, 25 October 1953.

 

This officer had, for the year prior to being posted to Group Headquarters, been employed as Senior Engineering Officer of a heavy transport squadron, during which period his devotion to duty, his exceptionally long working hours, and his consistent cheerfulness in the face of difficult technical and administrative problems has helped to make the operations of this squadron both possible and successful.

 

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LEWIS, FS William Thomas (R56328) - Distinguished Flying Medal - No.101 Squadron -  Award effective 3 February 1943 as per London gazette dated 9 February 1943 and AFRO 373/43 dated 5 March 1943.  Born in Montreal, 1 June 1917; home there (businessman).  Enlisted in Montreal, 20 August 1940.  Trained at No.2 WS (graduated 23 June 1941) and No.7 BGS (graduated 21 July 1941).  Presented 12 December 1944.

 

Flight Sergeant Lewis, as wireless operator air gunner, has always shown outstanding confidence and ability and his efficiency has proved a great asset to his crew.  In August 1942 he was a member of a crew which did exceptionally fine work in a daylight raid on Emden.  This airman has always displayed coolness and courage under difficult conditions while his devotion to duty has been a fine example to all.

 

NOTE: Public Records Office Air 2/8934 has recommendation dated 22 November 1942 when he had flown 30 sorties (155 hours) as follows:

 

25 June 42  Bremen (5.45)                 1 Sept 42  Saarbrucken (5.45)

26 June 42  GARDENING (5.30)       2 Sept 42  Karlsruhe (5.30)


29 June 42  Bremen (5.00)                 4 Sept 42  Bremen (6.00)

2 July 42      Bremen (5.30)                 6 Sept 42  Duisburg (3.45)

7 July 42      GARDENING (5.15)       9 Sept 42  GARDENING (5.35)

8 July 42      Wilhelmshaven (5.00)     10 Sept 42                   Dusseldorf (4.15)

11 July 42   GARDENING (5.15)       13 Sept 42                   Bremen (5.30)

21 July 42   Duisburg (4.10)               14 Sept 42                   Wilhelmshaven (5.30)

26 July 42   Hamburg (6.30)               16 Sept 42                   Essen (5.00)

28 July 42   Hamburg (5.45)               26 Sept 42                   GARDENING (5.10)

31 July 42   Dusseldorf (3.30)            2 Oct 42    Krefeld (4.45)

13 Aug 42   GARDENING (5.15)       5 Oct 42    Aachen (6.20)

17 Aug 42   Osnabruck (6.05)            6 Oct 42    Osnabruck (5.30)

23 Aug 42   Emden (4.00)                  14 Oct 42  GARDENING (6.00)

24 Aug 42   Frankfurt (2.10, DNCO)  15 Oct 42  Cologne (5.45)

 

This Canadian Non-Commissioned Officer who has carried out his tour of operations on Wellington aircraft with this squadron has always shown great confidence and ability, and his efficiency as a Wireless Operator has proved a great asset to the crew.  A very steady and reliable type with an eagerness for operational flying, who on all occasions has displayed coolness and courage under difficult conditions.  Sergeant Lewis was a member of a crew who carried out an exceptionally fine performance in a daylight raid on Emden on the 23rd August, 1942 and his keenness and devotion to duty has at all times been a fine example to the squadron.

 

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LEYDON, F/L James Patrick (J25201) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.35 Squadron - Award effective 5 April 1945 as per London Gazette dated 13 April 1945 and AFRO 824/45 dated 18 May 1945.  Born 1923 in Regina; home in Estevan, Saskatchewan; enlisted Regina, 11 April 1942. Trained at No.2 ITS (graduated 5 December 1942) and No.5 AOS (graduated 2 April 1943).  Commissioned April 1943.   Medal sent by registered mail, 4 April 1950.  No citation other than "completed ...numerous operations against the enemy in the course of which [he has] invariably displayed the utmost courage and devotion to duty."  Public Records Office Air 2/9060 has recommendation dated 17 January 1945 when he had flown 38 sorties (151 hours), 23 July 1944 to 2 January 1945.

 

23 Jul 44        Kiel                                         14 Oct 44       Duisburg

25 Jul 44        Stuttgart                                  15 Oct 44       Wilhelmshaven

30 Jul 44        Caen                                       23 Oct 44       Essen

3 Aug 44        Bois de Casson                    25 Oct 44       Essen

4 Aug 44        Trossy                                     28 Oct 44       Walcheren

5 Aug 44        Acquet                                    29 Oct 44       Walcheren

6 Aug 44        Foret de Nieppe                    1 Nov 44         Oberhausen

14 Aug 44      Falaise area                          6 Nov 44         Gelsenkirchen


15 Aug 44      Le Culot                                  27 Nov 44      Frieburg

16 Aug 44      Stettin                                     29 Nov 44      Dortmund

6 Sept 44       Emden                                    4 Dec 44        Urst

10 Sep 44      Le Havre                                6 Dec 44        Merseburg Leuna

11 Sep 44      Le Havre                                18 Dec 44      Ulm

12 Sep 44      Wanne Eickel                        23 Dec 44      Cologne

15 Sep 44      Kiel                                         26 Dec 44      St.Vith

20 Sep 44      Calais                                     27 Dec 44      Ryhdt

25 Sep 44      Calais                                     28 Dec 44      Bonn

26 Sep 44      Calais area                            29 Dec 44      Buer

6 Oct 44         Dortmund                               2 Jan 45         Ludwigshaven

 

Flight Lieutenant Leydon has always maintained a very high standard of efficiency as a navigator.  He has now taken part in 38 bombing attacks against the enemy.  At all times, Flight Lieutenant Leydon has displayed initiative and determination of a very high order and there can be no doubt that he has been largely responsible for the successful conclusion of his attacks.

 

This officer continues to show the most praiseworthy determination to fly in action whenever possible, and in recognition of his record of service, he is recommended for the non-immediate award of the Distinguished Flying Cross.

 

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