LOADER, WO2 Charles David (R121205) - Mention in Despatches - No.10 (BR) Squadron - Award effective 8 June 1944 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO/1380 dated 30 June 1944. Born in Didsbury, Alberta; educated at Davenport and Didsbury.  Enlisted in Calgary, 4 August 1941. Trained at No.7 BGS (graduated 12 October 1942) and No.2 WS (graduated 14 September 1942).  As of award had flown 650:45 hours, 397:20 operational hours (46 sorties).

 

This warrant officer has shown himself to be an exceptionally capable and devoted wireless operator air gunner on anti-submarine operations.  He has handled his guns in attacks against enemy submarines with excellent results.

 

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LOCK, Sergeant Harold Edward (R143074) - Mention in Despatches - No.1664 HCU - Award effective 14 June 1945 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 1647/45 dated 26 October 1945.   Enlisted 19 November 1941.  As of recommendation (23 January 1943) he had been one year eight months in Canada, one year six months overseas.  No citation in AFRO; following from DHist 181.002 D.225:

 

This non-commissioned officer has been in charge of the Training Orderly Room of No.1664 Heavy Conversion Unit since its formation in May 1943.  He has spared neither time nor energy in his efforts to organize his Section and the smooth running of the administration of this unit is largely due to his work.

 

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LOCK, F/L Walter (J8948) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.225 Squadron - Award effective 2 June 1944 as per London Gazette dated 9 June 1944 and AFRO 1660/44 dated 4 August 1944.  Born in Victoria, 1919; home there.  Enlisted in Vancouver, 11 March 1941.  Trained at No.2 ITS (graduated 9 July 1941), No.5 EFTS (graduated 1 September 1941) and No.10 SFTS (graduated 21 November 1941).  Commissioned 1941.

 

A determined, skilful and fearless pilot, this officer has completed a large number of operational sorties, many in the face of heavy anti-aircraft fire.  On one occasion he chased and attacked an enemy force of thirty aircraft.  Flight Lieutenant Lock has constantly displayed a fine fighting spirit and has destroyed or damaged much enemy mechanical transport.

 

NOTE: Public Record Office Air 2/9629 has recommendation by Lieutenant-Colonel R.H. Rogers (South African Air Force), Commanding Officer, No.225 Squadron, dated 6 April 1944; Lock had flown 776 hours 15 minutes (147 hours in previous six months) including 137 hours 55 minutes on operations (104 sorties).  The text, however, adds nothing to the final citation.

 

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LOCKE, FS Eldon Blakely (R82023) - British Empire Medal - No.14 SFTS - Award effective 1 January 1946 as per Canada Gazette of that date and AFRO 82/46 dated 25 January 1946.  Enlisted in Trenton, 13 November 1940.  DHist file 181.009 D1429, Honours and Awards, No.14 SFTS, Kingston, found in RG 24 Vol.20598, describes him as NCO in charge of station workshops.  The recommendation, submitted on 8 April 1945, reads as follows:

 

Flight Sergeant Locke has given distinguished service of an unusually high order and far beyond that required in the line of duty.  His unremitting initiative in organizing and improving his section has resulted in the production of a large number of labour saving devices which have made a very real contribution to the war effort.  When confronted with a new and difficult task this NCO has invariably performed it in an able and satisfactory manner.  Such work has set a fine example to the rest of his section.

 

Final citation differs only slightly:

 

This non-commissioned officer has given distinguished service of an unusually high order and far beyond that required in the line of duty.  His keen initiative in organizing and improving his section has resulted in the production of a large number of labour saving devices which have made a very real contribution to the war effort.  When confronted with a new and difficult task this non-commissioned officer has invariably performed it in an able and satisfactory manner.  Such work has set a fine example to the rest of his section.

 

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LOCKE, F/O James Edward Roland (J25483) - Mention in Despatches - No.417 Squadron - Award effective 14 June 1945 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 1478/45 dated 21 September 1945.  Enlisted in Halifax, 4 March 1942.  Trained at No.3 ITS (graduated 10 October 1942), No.11 EFTS (graduated 27 December 1942) and No.13 SFTS (graduated 30 April 1943).  Unit identified in AFRO only as "Overseas"; found in DHist file 181.009 D.1711 "Honours and Awards - Awards to RCAF Personnel in Middle East" (PAC RG.24 Box 20605).  On 10 August  1944 while on a weather reconnaissance he had to bale out due to engine trouble.  He landed near Panella, Italy in an area held by partisans.  Reported sate again, 2 November 1944.

 

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LOCKE, F/O Lachlan Edwin (J28479) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.434 Squadron - Award effective 5 February 1945 as per London Gazette dated 20 February 1945 and AFRO 563/45 dated 29 March 1945.  Born in Novar, Ontario, 1915; home in Hamilton.  Enlisted in Toronto, 10 June 1942. Trained at No.3 ITS (graduated 4 December 1942) and No.9 AOS (graduated 23 July 1943).  Commissioned 1943.  Navigator to  F/O G.W. Moore's crew.  No citation other than "completed...numerous operations against the enemy in the course of which [he has] invariably displayed the utmost fortitude, courage and devotion to duty." DHist file 181.009 D.3260 (RG.24 Vol.20637) has recommendation dated 17 November 1944 when he had flown 31 sorties (148 hours 20 minutes), 24 June to 28 September 1944.  Brunswick incident would have been 12 August 1944.

 

Flying Officer Locke has completed a tour of operations as navigator, seven sorties of which were attacks against heavily defended German targets.  At all times he has displayed navigational skill of a high order.  On one occasion when attacking Brunswick all navigational aids instruments in the aircraft were found to be unserviceable after crossing the English coast.  Despite the difficult and harassing circumstances, Flying Officer Locke displayed tenacity and skill, navigating the aircraft to successfully complete the mission and bring it back to base.  Throughout his tour his fine offensive spirit and navigational skill have been an example to other members of the squadron.

 

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LOCKETT, P/O Hugh John Porter (J93379) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.425 Squadron - Award effective 10 May 1945 as per London Gazette dated 25 May 1945 and AFRO 1291/45 dated 10 August 1945.  Born 1920 in Musselborough, Scotland.  Home in Westmount, Quebec.  Enlisted in Montreal, 3 May 1941. Trained at No.1 ITS (graduated 8 May 1942), No.7 BGS (graduated 22 January 1943) and No.1 AOS (graduated 5 March 1943).  Commissioned December 1944.

 

Pilot Officer Lockett has completed a successful tour of operations, throughout which he has shown himself to be a skilful and resourceful air bomber.  On one occasion in March 1944 his aircraft was detailed to attack Berlin.  On the outward flight the oxygen supply began to fail and the navigator became unconscious.  This Pilot Officer gave his pilot most valuable assistance in navigating the aircraft.  In spite of intense anti-aircraft fire and the necessity of flying over the target prior to bombing, a successful attack was pressed home with the utmost determination.  On the homeward flight strong enemy opposition was encountered from the ground and damage was sustained.  Again Pilot Officer Lockett played a very large part in navigating the aircraft back to base.  His courage and devotion to duty at all times have always merited high commendation.

 

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LOCKHART, F/O Andrew Wesley (J10978) - Air Force Cross - No.5 SFTS - Award effective 1 January 1943 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 55/43 dated 15 January 1943.  Born in Lakeville, New Brunswick, 20 October 1919.  Home in Toronto.  Enlisted in Moncton, 11 May 1940.  Trained at No.1 ITS (graduated 20 July 1940) and No.1 SFTS (graduated 21 November 1940).

 

This officer has been a most successful flying instructor and has continually shown exceptional devotion to duty whilst flying.  Pilot Officer Lockhart was graduated as a Sergeant Pilot and through exceptional ability in his work was granted a commission early this year.  His total flying hours are 1,561 of which 1,395 have been as a flying instructor.

 

LOCKHART, F/L Andrew Wesley, AFC (J10978) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.692 Squadron - Award effective 17 November 1944 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 1/45 dated 5 January 1945.  Cited with W/C R.J. Gosnell, DSO, DFC (RAF), S/L W.C. Brodie, DSO, DFM (RAF), S/L E.J. Greenleaf, DSO (RAF), F/L K.R. Trigg, DFC (RAF), F/L W.J. Drinkael, DFC (RAF), F/O R.W. McLernon, DFC (RAF), and F/O J.R. Wood, DFC (RCAF).

 

One night in October 1944 a force of bombers was detailed for an important low level mining mission, an operation requiring considerable skill and accuracy in flying.  The target was strongly defended by heavy and light anti-aircraft guns, searchlights and balloons.  Undeterred by these hazards and the most adverse weather, the operation was completed successfully.  The success achieved reflects the greatest credit on the above personnel.

 

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LOCKHART, FS Raymond Claude (Can 10083) - Distinguished Flying Medal - No.37 Squadron - Award effective 1 April 1942 as per London Gazette dated 7 April 1942 and AFRO 1497/42 dated 18 September 1942.  Home in Newport, Nova Scotia. Enlisted in Halifax, 6 August 1939.  Trained at No.1 WS and No.1 BGS.

 

As a wireless operator, this airman has participated in numerous operational flights.  These sorties include attacks on objectives in occupied France, Cyrenacia, Syria and Greece.  Sergeant Lockhart's skill as a wireless operator together with his keenness and initiative have gained him the entire confidence of the rest of the crew and have been a splendid example.

 

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LOCKIE, F/L Gordon Melville (J22618) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.635 Squadron - Award effective 1 December 1944 as per London Gazette dated 8 December 1944 and AFRO 337/45 dated 23 February 1945.  Born 1923 in Sutton West, Ontario; home there.  Enlisted in Toronto, 2 December 1941.  Trained at No.1 ITS (graduated 6 June 1942), No.4 BGS (graduated 6 November 1942) and No.8 AOS (graduated 21 December 1942).  Commissioned 1942.  No citation other than "..in recognition of gallantry and devotion to duty in the execution of air operations against the enemy."  Public Records Office Air 2/8882 has recommendation dated 20 September 1944 when he had flown 45 sorties (224 hours 40 minutes), 8 October 1943 to 31 August 1944.

 

8 Oct 43         Hanover (6.05)                           3 June 44       Calais (2.00)

3 Nov 43         Dusseldorf (6.05)                       5 June 44       Oistreham (3.00)

18 Nov 43      Ludwigshaven (7.25)                 7 June 44       Foret de Cerisy (3.55)

22 Nov 43      Berlin (7.20)                                8 June 44       Alencon (4.50)

20 Dec 43      Frankfurt (6.35)                          23 Jun 44       Coubronne (2.30)

20 Jan 44       Berlin (7.35)                                24 Jun 44       Middel Straete (3.10)

25 Feb 44      Augsburg (6.25)                         27 Jun 44       Neuville au Bois (3.10)

18 Mar 44      Frankfurt (5.05)                          6 July 44         Coquereux (3.30)

22 Mar 44      Frankfurt (5.35)                          10 Jul 44        Nucourt (3.45)

26 Mar 44      Essen (4.50)                               12 Jul 44        Vaires (3.55)

30 Mar 44      Nuremburg (7.50)                      14 Jul 44        Revigny (7.35)

13 Apr 44       Aachen (3.30)                            15 Jul 44        Nucourt (3.25)

18 Apr 44       Rouen (3.55)                              18 Jul 44        Cagny (3.20)

20 Apr 44       Ottignies (3.25)                          28 Jul 44        Hamburg (4.55)

22 Apr 44       Laon (4.20)                                 4 Aug 44        Trossy St.Maximim (3.55)

24 Apr 44       Karlsruhe (5.45)                         8 Aug 44        Foret de Chantilly (3.40)

26 Apr 44       Essen (3.45)                               10 Aug 44      Bremen (4.05)

27 Apr 44       Friedrichshafen (7.35)               12 Aug 44      Russelsheim (4.50)

19 May 44      Orleans (4.40)                            16 Aug 44      Stettin (7.35)

22 May 4        Orleans (4.25)                            25 Aug 44      Kiel (5.05)

28 May 44      Angers (7.25)                             29 Aug 44      Stettin (8.25)

31 May 44      Trappes (4.45)                           31 Aug 44      Lumbres (2.35)

 

This officer is an Air Bomber is a crew often detailed to play a most responsible role in operations against the enemy.  Throughout his 45 sorties, many against heavily defended German targets, his calm and quiet manner and fine offensive spirit have inspired confidence.

 

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LODGE, F/O J.E.R. (J25483) - Mention in Despatches - Award effective 14 June 1945 as per London Gazette of that date.

 

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LOFTHOUSE, WO (now P/O) James (R147155/J86689) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.424 Squadron - Award effective 1 September 1944 as per London Gazette dated 19 September 1944 and AFRO 2373/44 dated 3 November 1944.  Born 1923 in Winnipeg; home there.   Enlisted in Winnipeg, 9 October 1941. Trained at No.2 ITS (graduated 23 May 1942) and No.3 AOS (graduated 23 October 1942).  Commissioned 1944.  No citation other than "completed...many successful operations during which [he has] displayed high skill, fortitude and devotion to duty."  Public Records Office Air 2/9276 has recommendation dated 15 June 1944 when he had flown 28 sorties (199 hours), 27 August 1943 to 11 May 1944.

 

27 Aug 43      Salerno (5.55)                                   23 Sep 43      Pisa (7.45)

29 Aug 43      Terre Annunziato (5.40)                    1 Oct 43         Formia (5.30)

1 Sept 43       Aversa (5.55)                                     4 Oct 43         Formia (6.05)

3 Sept 43       Capodichino (6.05)                           25 Feb 44      Boulogne (3.47)

6 Sept 43       Battipaglia (5.35)                              6 Mar 44         Trappes (5.00)

7 Sept 43       Viterbo (6.50)                                    7 Mar 44         Le Mans (5.20)

10 Sep 43      Formia (6.35)                                    9 Apr 44         Villeneuve (6.20)

11 Sep 43      Frosinone (5.40)                               10 Apr 44       Ghent (3.55)

13 Sep 43      Pompeii (6.30)                                  18 Apr 44       Noisy le Sec (5.30)

14 Sep 43      Battipaglia (7.00)                              20 Apr 44       Lens (4.10)

15 Sep 43      Terre Annunziato (6.40)                    24 Apr 44       Karlsruhe (7.40)

16 Sep 43      Cisterna (5.45)                                  26 Apr 44       Essen (4.35)

18 Sep 43      Viterbo (6.20)                                    9 May 44        St.Valery (4.00)

21 Sep 43      Bastia (7.00)                                      11 May 44      Boulogne (3.50)

 

Warrant Officer Lofthouse has displayed an exceptionally high standard of navigational proficiency throughout the duration of his tour.  By successfully guiding his aircraft to targets over Germany, Italy and France this Warrant Officer's skill, determination and cheerful co-operative spirit brought about the completion of a highly effective tour of operations.  His work on the ground as well as in the air has continually been most praiseworthy.

 

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LOFTUS, F/L John Alison (C8191) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.463 Squadron - Award effective 20 February 1945 as per London Gazette dated 18 September 1945 and AFRO 1672/45 dated 2 November 1945.  A rare case of a non-aircrew person winning the DFC. Born in Toronto, 1915.  Enlisted there May 1937 as photographer.  Received cine training at "March of Time" studies in New York.  Posted to Britain, 1942, on public relations duties.  As one of the RCAF's first two film makers he filmed Canadians in Britain then went on to North Africa (January 1943).  Nine months later, enfeebled by dysentery, he returned to Britain.  In London in sick leave he met staff of RAF Operational Film Unit (OFU).  He applied for attachment but had to attain some aircrew status first (in case he might have to double for a disabled crewman).  Took air gunner course, Pembrey, South Wales (March-April 1944) and applied to RCAF Overseas Headquarters to have his AG wing recognized.  Advised this was not possible without going through entire aircrew selection procedure.  With a borderline colour vision problem, he left well enough alone, and chose to fly with the film unit at (graduated 2.00 per trio in lieu of aircrew pay.  Chose Bomber Command as offering more action per sortie, assigned to Waddington, Lincolnshire, home of two RAAF squadrons - No.463 (W/C Bill Forbes) and No.467 (W/C Bill Brill).  Thereafter, Loftus was known as "Lofty".  Died 28 December 1994 in West Vancouver.

 

In his special duties as cine camera operator, Flight Lieutenant Loftus has done much valuable work, providing records of some of the attacks against such heavily defended targets as Konigsburg, Brunswick and Karlsruhe.  He also filmed the sinking of the German battleship "Tirpitz".  In December 1944, during an attack against Brunswick,  in spite of difficulties caused by severe icing he obtained an outstanding photographic record of the attack.  Throughout his operational career Flight Lieutenant Loftus has shown the utmost enthusiasm and his outstanding skill and determination enabled him to bring back first rate film in spite of adverse weather and intense opposition from the enemy's defences.

 

NOTE: Public Records Office Air 2/9069 (Part 2) has recommendation dated 13 February 1945 when he had flown on 22 sorties (152 hours.  Although the recommendation does not add materially to the above, it is given below (with his sortie list) for purposed of comparing original recommendations with final published citations.

 

12 Jul 44        Milldenhall/Vaires (4.45)              15 Sep 44        Tirpitz (14.30)

15 Jul 44        Villeneuve St.Georges (6.30)     20 Sep 44        Calais (2.45)

18 Jul 44        Caen (3.50)                                   11 Oct 44         Flushing (2.50)

25 Jul 44        St.Cyr (3.30)                                 14 Oct 44         Duisburg (4.25)

27 Jul 44        Givors (8.35)                                 29 Oct 44         Tromso, Tirpitz (14.15)

30 Jul 44        Gahagnes (4.30)                          12 Nov 44         Tromso, Tirpitz (13.50)

2 Aug 44        Bois de Casson (4.10)                4 Dec 44          Karlsruhe (6.25)

19 Aug 44      La Pallice (5.45)                           8 Dec 44          Urft (3.55)

29 Aug 44      Koenigsburg (10.10)                    22 Jan 45         Gelsenkirchen (5.00)

5 Sept 44       Brest (5.00)                                   8 Feb 45           Politz (9.30)

11 Sep 44      to Yagodnick, USSR (11.00)

 

As photographer of a special duty Lancaster, this officer has filmed a number of Bomber Command's attacks, including successful attacks on Koenisburg and Brunswick, and other long range targets.  He took part in each Bomber Command attack on the Tirpitz and filmed the final sinking of this battleship on the 12th November 1944.  His ability and determination were tested to the limit during the attack on Brunswick on 14th December 1944 when he had to overcome difficulties caused by severe icing conditions.  In spite of this, he brought back an invaluable record of this highly successful raid.  Throughout his operational carer, Flight Lieutenant Loftus has shown an enthusiasm which has been infectious and his professional skill has enabled him to bring back first rate films even when conditions have been adverse and the opposition intense.

 

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LOGAN, F/O Albert Stewart (J41636) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.142 Squadron - Award effective 23 November 1945 as per London Gazette dated 7 December 1945 and AFRO 244/46 dated 8 March 1946. Born September 1924 at Lyon's Brook, Nova Scotia; home there (electric welder).  Enlisted in New Glasgow, 20 October 1942. Trained at No.1 ITS (graduated 20 July 1943) and No.8 AOS (graduated 25 February 1944).  Commissioned February 1944. Appears to have served postwar with No.426 Squadron, Dorval, Quebec.  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 24 May 1945 when he had flown 39 sorties (160 hours), 4 December 1944 to 2/3 May 1945.

 

4 Dec 44        Hagen                                     3 Mar 45                Berlin

7 Dec 44        Cologne                                 4 Mar 45                Berlin

9 Dec 44        Hamburg                                6 Mar 45                Berlin

12 Dec 44      Osnabruck                             7 Mar 45                Frankfurt

15 Dec 44      Hanover                                  9 Mar 45                Berlin

28 Dec 44      Frankfurt                                 11 Mar 45              Berlin

31 Dec 44      Berlin                                      14 Mar 45              Hamburg

14 Jan 45       Berlin                                      16 Mar 45              Berlin

16 Jan 45       Mannheim                              20 Mar 45              Berlin

17 Jan 45       Magdeburg                            21 Mar 45              Berlin

22 Jan 45       Hanover                                  23 Mar 45              Berlin

28 Jan 45       Berlin                                      26 Mar 45              Berlin

1 Feb 45        Berlin                                      30 Mar 45              Berlin

3 Feb 45        Wiesbaden                            2 Apr 45                Berlin

5 Feb 45        Berlin                                      4 Apr 45                Magdeburg

7 Feb 45        Dusseldorf                             8/9 Apr 45             Dessau

8 Feb 45        Berlin                                      9/10 Apr 45           Plauen

13 Feb 45      Magdeburg                            25/26 Apr 45         Munich

14 Feb 45      Duisburg                                2/3 May 45            Kiel

19 Feb 45      Erfurt

 

This officer has operated with a high standard of efficiency against many of the heavily defended targets of Germany.  He has proved a capable and trustworthy navigator.

 

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LOGAN, P/O Ernest Alton (J19067) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.32 Squadron - Award effective 13 June 1944 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 1660/44 dated 4 August 1944.  Born in Boistown, New Brunswick, 1923.  Home in Medicine Hat, Alberta; enlisted in Moncton, New Brunswick, 11 December 1941. Trained at No.3 BGS (graduated 30 December 1942).  Commissioned 1943.

 

This officer has taken part in a large number of sorties involving attacks on a variety of strongly defended targets.  On one occasion he was the mid-upper gunner of an aircraft detailed to attack Magdeburg when over the target the aircraft was struck by a burst of machine gun fire from a fighter.  A large hole was torn in the fuselage just below the mid-upper turret and a fire started.  Pilot Officer Logan was wounded in the leg and foot but in spite of his injuries he promptly stamped on the burning portion and thus put out the flames.  He then re-manned his guns as his pilot went on to bomb the target.  Pilot Officer Logan has invariably displayed a high degree of courage, determination and zeal.

 

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LOGAN, WO Frederick Willis (R153257) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.207 Squadron (deceased) - Award effective 5 August 1944 as per London Gazette dated 18 August 1944 and AFRO 2101/44 dated 29 September 1944.  Born in Caribou Gold Mine, Nova Scotia, 1923; home there; enlisted Halifax, 28 April 1942.  Trained at No.3 ITS (graduated 4 December 1942) and No.9 BGS (graduated 9 March 1943).  Killed in action 30 July 1944 (Lancaster LM284); name on Runnymede Memorial.  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 18 May 1944 when he had flown 27 sorties (187 hours 55 minutes), 26 November 1943 to 3 May 1944.

 

26 Nov 43      Berlin (7.35)                                       15 Mar 44      Stuttgart (7.40)

2 Dec 43        Berlin (7.15)                                       18 Mar 44      Frankfurt (5.40)

3 Dec 43        Leipzig (7.15)                                    22 Mar 44      Frankfurt (5.20)

16 Dec 43      Berlin (7.15)                                       24 Mar 44      Berlin (7.55)

1 Jan 44         Berlin (7.45)                                       30 Mar 44      Nuremburg (7.50)

14 Jan 44       Brunswick (5.40)                               10 Apr 44       Tours (5.55)

21 Jan 44       Berlin (7.00)                                       18 Apr 44       Juvissy (4.25)

29 Jan 44       Berlin (8.00)                                       20 Apr 44       La Chapelle (4.35)

19 Feb 44      Leipzig (7.00)                                    22 Apr 44       Brunswick (5.40)

20 Feb 44      Stuttgart (7.20)                                  24 Apr 44       Munich (10.20)

24 Feb 44      Schweinfurt (8.55)                             26 Apr 44       Schweinfurt (8.45)

25 Feb 44      Augsberg (7.30)                                1 May 44        Tours (4.40)

1 Mar 44         Stuttgart (8.25)                                  3 May 44        Mailly le Camp (5.05)

10 Mar 44      Clermont Ferrand (6.25)

 

This rear gunner has taken part in successful operations on 27 occasions.  Seven of these were attacks on Berlin, and others on heavily defended targets.  His mastery of his job, and the calmness and clarity with which he gave directions to his captain enhanced the confidence of his crew, and were a strong contribution to the safety and success achieved by the crew on their numerous sorties.

 

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LOGAN, F/O James Edward (J22427) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.9 Squadron - Award effective 2 October 1944 as per London Gazette dated 13 October 1944 and AFRO 2637/44 dated 8 December 1944.  Born in Middlesex County, Ontario, 1920.  Home in London, Ontario; enlisted there, 10 March 1941.  Trained at No.1 ITS (graduated 11 September 1942) and No.1 AOS (graduated 30 December 1942).  No citation other than "completed...numerous operations against the enemy in the course of which [he has] invariably displayed the utmost fortitude, courage and devotion to duty".  Public Records Office Air 2/9026 has recommendation dated 10 July 1944 when he had flown 27 sorties (196 hours 50 minutes), 22 October 1943 to 22 May 1944.

 

                                               * early return; not counted as a sortie

 

22 Oct 43       Kassel (5.40)                         24 Feb 44      Schweinfurt (7.45)

2 Dec 43        Berlin (7.15)                           25 Feb 44      Augsburg (7.25)

3 Dec 43        Leipzig (6.40)                        1 Mar 44         Stuttgart (8.40)

29 Dec 43      Berlin (7.05)                           9 Mar 44         Marignane (9.55)

2 Jan 44         Berlin (2.40)*                         15 Mar 44      Stuttgart (8.15)

5 Jan 44         Stettin (8.35)                          18 Mar 44      Frankfurt (6.00)

14 Jan 44       Brunswick (6.10)                   22 Mar 44      Frankfurt (5.45)

20 Jan 44       Berlin (7.20)                           24 Mar 44      Berlin (7.40)

21 Jan 44       Berlin (2.30)*                         26 Mar 44      Essen (5.10)

27 Jan 44       Berlin (8.50)                           30 Mar 44      Nuremburg (8.20)

28 Jan 44       Berlin (8.10)                           11 Apr 44       Aachen (4.05)

30 Jan 44       Berlin (6.30)                           22 Apr 44       Brunswick (6.25)

15 Feb 44      Berlin (6.40)                           19 May 44      Tours (6.10)

19 Feb 44      Leipzig (7.50)                        22 May 44      Brunswick (6.30)

20 Feb 44      Stuttgart (6.50)

 

As a Navigator, this officer has now completed twenty-seven operational sorties. Quiet and reserved, he has always demonstrated a very high degree of courage and determination. On one occasion when important items of his navigational equipment were rendered unserviceable, Flying Officer Logan maintained his aircraft dead on track throughout the trip by a brilliant navigational effort.  Many of the trips he has undertaken have been to distant targets, sometimes in bad weather conditions, but always Flying Officer Logan has been successful in reaching the target, and in successfully navigating his aircraft back to base.

 

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LOGAN, S/L Lloyd Emerson (C1359) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.405 Squadron - Award effective 25 June 1943 as per London Gazette dated 6 July 1943 and AFRO 1582/43 dated 13 August 1943. Home in Ottawa; educated at Glebe and Lisgar Collegiates.  Enlisted in Ottawa, 8 November 1939.  Trained at No.1 SFTS (graduated 20 May 1940).  Instructed at Trenton to August 1942.  Cited with P/O H.J. Jennings (RCAF, DFC) and Sergeant D.V. Smith (RCAF, DFM).  Shot down over Stuttgart, 11/12 March 1943.  Evaded capture and escaped over the Pyrenees; family advised he was safe in UK, 21 April 1943.  Returned to duty with No.405 Squadron but shot down again, 28 September 1943 and became a POW.  Later awarded Croix de Guerre with Silver Star.  Article by Dave Brown in Ottawa Citizen, 21 January 1981, states that he was a ferry pilot who, having delivered an aircraft to Britain, refused to go back to Canada.  Tortured after capture for information about escape route.  Ministry of Transport pilot, 1947-1975.  Died in retirement in Florida, January 1981. 

 

In air operations Squadron Leader Logan, Pilot Officer Jennings and Sergeant Smith displayed courage, fortitude and determination of the highest order.

 

LOGAN, S/L Lloyd Emerson, DFC (C1359) - Croix de Guerre with Silver Star (France) - No.405 Squadron - Award as per AFRO 485/47 dated 12 September 1947.  Home in Ottawa; Ontario; enlisted there 6 November 1939.  Trained at No.1 SFTS (graduated 20 May 1940). Pilot, evaded capture March 1943.  Shot down again, 28 September 1943 and became a POW.

 

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LOGAN, F/L Nobert Jack (J11467) - Mention in Despatches - No.422 Squadron - Award effective 14 June 1945 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 1478/45 dated 21 September 1945.  Home in Ottawa, Ontario; educated Glebe Collegiate, active Boy Scout.  Enlisted in Ottawa, 4 June 1940.  Trained at No.1 ITS (graduated 24 July 1940), No.2 EFTS (graduated 14 September 1940) and No.4 SFTS (graduated 18 November 1940).  Commissioned May 1942.  Unit identified only as "Overseas" in AFRO; Squadron ORB dated 25 June 1945 mentions the award.

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LOGAN, F/L Percival Nathaniel Joseph (J17678) - Mention in Despatches - No.403 Squadron - Award effective 14 June 1945 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 1478/45 dated 21 September 1945.  Home in Moriville, Alberta; enlisted in Edmonton, 3 July 1941.  Trained at No.2 ITS (graduated 14 January 1942), No.19 EFTS (graduated 27 March 1942) and No.10 SFTS (graduated 31 July 1942).  Unit not identified in AFRO which gives only "Overseas".  See The RCAF Overseas: The Fifth Year, pp.132 and 234.  Destroyed one FW.190 and damaged another, 23 June 1944.  May have subsequently moved to No.6 Group, as he appears in a list of MiDs for that unit (DHist file 181.009 D.1725 (PAC RG.24 Vol 20607) with No.424 Squadron.  NOTE: The identity of his unit is very puzzling.  DHist File 181.009 D.1658 (PAC RG.24 Vol.20605) has correspondence dated 4 October 1944 respecting his activities as an evader; he may have been No.426 Squadron ! DDMI report of 15 September 1944 describes his actions as follows:

 

On 14 August 1944, Flight Lieutenant Logan was one of several escapees who, whilst dressed in civilian clothes, carried ammunition and guns in sacks from Notre Dame de Courson to Cheffreville, passing Germans en route.  The following day, Flight Lieutenant Logan went alone with the chief of local Resistance Group to collect a similar consignment.  At the request of the chief who had received wireless instructions to send men through the lines to collect information on enemy movements and locations, Flight Lieutenant Logan and an American officer set out alone on 17 June 44 [sic - must be 17 August].  They were allowed to be followed later by other members of their party.  Although they had to run the gauntlet of fire from both the enemy and Allied forces, they eventually met British troops and were able to impart the information they had acquired.

 

FURTHER NOTE ON LOGAN:  There must be some mistake in tying him to No.403 Squadron.  DHist file 181.009 D.4431 (RG.24 Vol.20649) has recommendation for MiD dated 16 October 1944 emanating from No.426 Squadron.  He had by then flown 24 sorties (145 hours 50 minutes).

 

This officer, as captain of a Halifax, was detailed to attack the marshalling yards at Metz on the 28th of June and from which operation his aircraft was reported missing.  Since then, Flight Lieutenant Logan has returned to this country as an escapee.  Dressed in civilian clothes whilst in France, he assisted the local Resistance Group in distributing arms and ammunition and on instructions went through the German lines collecting information in [sic] enemy movements and locations.  Eventually he ran the gauntlet of fire from both the enemy and allied forces, and met British troops where he was able to impart the information he had acquired.  For his commendable work and escape it is recommended that he be Mentioned in Despatches.

 

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LOGAN, F/L Ronald Herbert (J22286) - Commended for Valuable Services in the Air - Station Pennfield Ridge - Award effective 23 February 1946 as per London Gazette dated 26 February 1946 and AFRO London Gazette dated 26 February 1946 and 280/46 dated 15 March 1946.  Home in Toronto; enlisted there 10 September 1940.  Trained at No.1 BGS (graduated 28 October 1940).  Later retrained as pilot at No.4 ITS (graduated 4 June 1942), No.5 EFTS (graduated 11 September 1942), No.15 SFTS (graduated 30 December 1942).

 

This officer, now a pilot, previously flew on operations as an air gunner.  He is one of the original instructors on the flying staff of Transport Conversion Squadron and his cool determination, sound head work and expert handling of his aircraft under adverse conditions has set a standard of bad weather flying that is an inspiration to staff and trainees.

 

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LONDEAU, Sergeant Felix (R160835) - Mention in Despatches - No.21 Staging Unit - Award effective 14 November 1944 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 2684/44 dated 15 December 1944.  Home in Lethbridge, Alberta; enlisted in Calgary, 1 May 1942.  Could service number be R16035 ?  Cited with Sergeants E.H. Baker, H.A.J. Rosko, L. Scheving, M.G. Svos, R.J. Ward, and F.J. Wells.

 

These Sergeants showed complete disregard for their own safety when assisting in the rescue of fourteen occupants of a large transport aircraft which crashed recently in British Columbia.  The aircraft crashed in a wooded area, which had windfalls up to fifteen feet.  In order to effect the rescue, they had to work within a few feet of the wreckage, where there was no chance of escape in the event of explosions, which occurred shortly after the rescue.  As a result of their able work, eight of the occupants of the burning aircraft were saved. These airmen displayed outstanding courage and devotion to duty in the face of grave danger.

 

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LONDON, G/C Richard Arthur (C75) - Officer, Order of the British Empire - AFHQ - Award effective 14 June 1945 as per Canada Gazette of that date and AFRO 1127/45 dated 6 July 1945.  Born 4 July 1901 at New Westminster, British Columbia.  Educated at Ladner and Victoria, B.C.  Enlisted in RCAF, 18 June 1925 on graduation from RMC, Kingston.  Early postings at Camp Borden, Ottawa, High River and Winnipeg.  Attached to RAF, 1929-1931, and then back to Rockcliffe.  During the Second World War was mainly involved in supply depot work, beginning with command of No.12 Supply Depot, Montreal (October 1940), followed by those at Calgary and Toronto before moving to Ottawa in senior supply staff positions; appointed Deputy Air Member for Technical Services, January 1947 and held that until retirement as an Air Commodore about 1950 or 1951 (see Press Release 7857); succeeded by Air Commodore V.S.J. Millard.  No citation to OBE.

 

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LONG, Sergeant (now F/L) Edward Reeves (R63680/J15152) - Distinguished Flying Medal - No.12 Squadron - Award effective 30 January 1943 as per London Gazette dated 30 January 1943 and AFRO 1078/43 dated 11 June 1943.  Born in Ingersoll, Ontario, 30 August 1917; home there (salesman); enlisted in London, Ontario, 27 May 1940. Trained at No.1 ITS (graduated 21 June 1940), No.1 WS (graduated 9 November 1940), and No.1 BGS (graduated 16 December 1940).  Applied for Operational Wings, 24 August 1943 while with No.1 SFTS; checked by B. Brown, 26 August 1943; sent to AMAS/D/Ops, 29 August 1943; returned from AMAS/D/Ops on 19 January 1944 (decision affirmative); wings and certificate despatched 25 January 1944; confirmed by AFRO 358/44 dated 18 February 1944.

 

This airman has shown high and consistent ability as a wireless operator during many attacks on enemy territory, including four raids on Berlin.  On one occasion when the starboard engine of his aircraft failed, Sergeant Long succeeded in maintaining two way communication with base and obtained two vital W/T fixes, thus largely contributing to the safe return of the aircraft.  His keenness and enthusiasm for operations have set a splendid example.

 

NOTE: Public Record Office Air 2/9578 has recommendation dated 18 November 1941 detailing sorties and with a slightly longer text; he had then flown 22 sorties (138 hours 40 minutes). It is not clear if the incident specified is that of 19 September 1941 or 14 October 1941 (if the latter, the sortie list and citation disagree as to which engine was stricken).

 

16 July 41       Boulogne (4.30)                      7 Sept 41       Berlin (7.45)

20 July 41       Cologne (6.00)                        8 Sept 41       Kassel (6.00)

24 July 41       Brest (6.10, daylight)              19 Sept 41     Stettin (5.00, bombed

2 Aug 41        Berlin (7.40)                                                     Bremen, tech problems)

5 Aug 41        Karlsruhe (4.00)                      29 Sept 41     Stettin (8.45)

7 Aug 41        Essen (5.15)                            10 Oct 41       Cologne (6.00)

12 Aug 41      Berlin (7.45)                             12 Oct 41       Nuremberg (8.00)

14 Aug 41      Magdeburg (7.20)                   14 Oct 41       Nuremberg (7.50, port

16 Aug 41      Cologne (7.00)                                                engine on fire; crash

19 Aug 41      Kiel (6.10)                                                        landed; bombed

26 Aug 41      Cologne (6.30)                                                Mannheim)

28 Aug 41      Duisburg (5.00)                       21 Oct 41       Bremen (5.30)

31 Aug 41      Essen (4.40)                            7 Nov 41         Berlin (5.50, iced up)

 

Sergeant Long has taken part in one day and 21 night operations since the 16th July 1941.  During this time has shown a high and consistent ability as a Wireless Operator, and a keenness and enthusiasm for operations which have been a splendid example to the squadron.

 

On one occasion when the starboard engine of the aircraft in which he was flying failed, necessitating a one-engined flight of over five hours, Sergeant Long succeeded in maintaining two-way communication with base until the accumulator was exhausted. During this period he was able to report the plight of his aircraft and obtained two Wireless Telegraphy fixes. There is no doubt that Sergeant Long's skill on this occasion contributed to the safe return of his aircraft.

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LONG, W/C Harle Benson (C2688) - Mention in Despatches - Western Air Command Headquarters - Award effective 1 January 1945 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 89/45 dated 19 January 1945.  Born in St.Catharines, Ontario, September 1903.  Educated in Toronto.  Enlisted there 10 September 1940.  An architect by training, served in the Construction Engineering Branch.  Mentioned in Despatches, 1 January 1945.  Remained in RCAF after war, rising to Air Commodore.  Service included senior construction engineering staff officer, Air Material Command Headquarters (July 1946 to September 1949); Director of Construction Engineering (AFHQ), September 1949; Chief of Construction Engineering, 1952 to July 1955 when he was named Canadian representative on Infra-structure Airfield Section, NATO Secretariat, Paris.  Queen's Coronation Medal awarded 21 October 1953 when on strength of AMTS/AFHQ.  Retired 3 November 1958.

 

This officer, employed in construction engineering at these headquarters, has at all times displayed untiring devotion to duty, representing much overtime work.  His enthusiasm and energy, coupled with his exceptional efficiency, have contributed in a marked degree to the successful manner in which the many difficult construction problems of the west coast have been brought to completion.

 

LONG, W/C Harle Benson (C2688) - Officer, Order of the British Empire - Western Air Command Headquarters - Award effective 2 February 1946 as per London Gazette dated 5 February 1946 and AFRO 280/46 dated 15 March 1946.    Governor General's Records (RG.7 Group 26, Volume 59, file 190-I, dossier 8) has citation.

 

This officer has undertaken seemingly impossible construction tasks in isolated areas under most difficult circumstances and has through ingenuity and steadfast effort completed them in a  most commendable manner on schedule.  In so doing, he has contributed in no small measure to the Royal Canadian Air Force war effort.  In all his undertakings he has displayed an optimistic and cheerful attitude and has given unstintingly of his leisure time in devoting his attention to his Royal Canadian Air Force responsibilities.

 

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LONG, F/O Hazen Herbert (J25982) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.630 Squadron - Award effective 6 January 1945 as per London Gazette dated 16 January 1945 and AFRO 508/45 dated 23 March 1945. Born 1914 in Collena, New Brunswick; home in Fredericton (teacher and radio operator); enlisted in Moncton, 16 March 1942.  Trained at No.3 ITS (graduated 11 September 1942), No.11 EFTS (graduated 4 December 1942) and No.5 SFTS (graduated 30 April 1943).  Commissioned 1943.

 

Throughout his operational tour this officer has showed consistent determination, fine leadership and gallant fortitude.  He has completed many sorties including attacks against major German targets.  He has also taken part in attacks against enemy supply depots, communications and military concentrations. prior to and during the Normandy campaign.  When on a night operation over Darmstadt in September 1944, his outstanding airmanship enabled his rear gunner to destroy an enemy fighter which was preparing to attack a friendly bomber during the run over the target area.

 

Public Records Office Air 2/9038 has recommendation dated 18 October 1944 when he had flown 35 sorties (200 hours 32 minutes).

 

1 June 44   Saumur (6.12)                            25 July 44     Stuttgart (8.47)

4 June 44   Maisy (3.50)                               26 July 44     Givors (8.36)

5 June 44   La Pernelle (4.17)                      28 July 44     Stuttgart (7.56)

7 June 44   Foret Dedery (4.47)                  30 July 44     Aunay sur Odon (5.48)

9 June 44   Etampes (4.28)                          31 July 44     Joigny (5.07)

12 June 44 Caen (4.21)                                2 Aug 44       Trossy St.Maximim (4.14)

14 June 44 Aunay sur Odon (4.55)              5 Aug 44       St.Leu d'Esserent (4.31)

16 June 44 Doullen (3.42)                            9 Aug 44       Chatelleault (6.26)

21 June 44 Wesserling (4.20)                      10 Aug 44     Bordeaux (6.50)

4 July 44     Creil (4.00)                                 11 Aug 44     Givors (8.16)

7 July 44     Creil (4.30)                                 25 Aug 44     Barnstadt (8.25)

12 July 44  Chateau Chalindrey (7.46)       26 Aug 44     Koenigsburg (10.38)

14 July 44  Villeneuve St.Georges              29 Aug 44     Danzig (11.10)

(6.45)                                          31 Aug 44     Berguenuse (3.48)

18 July 44  Caen (3.37)                                3 Sept 44      Doelen (3.37)

19 July 44  Creil (4.07)                                 9 Sept 44      Munchen (4.20)

20 July 44  Coutrai (2.57)                             11 Sept 44    Le Havre (3.33)

24 July 44  Stuttgart (8.12)                           11 Sept 44    Darmstadt

 

This officer has carried out 35 operational sorties over heavily defended targets in Germany and over enemy occupied territory, taking part in attacks against the enemy's supply dumps, communications, military concentrations, etc., prior to and during the Normandy campaign.

 

During September whilst on a night operation over Darmstadt, his skilful handling of his aircraft enabled his rear gunner to shoot down an enemy fighter which was preparing to attack another Lancaster during the run over the target area.

 

Throughout his entire operational tour, he has never had occasion to return early to base.  Likewise his photographic results have been most gratifying exhibiting a fine spirit of endeavour to reach the target and drop his bombs in the correct place.  In every way, this captain has shown determination to press home his attack with great vigour and fortitude, particularly against targets in France, where he encountered heavy fighter opposition.

 

Strongly recommended for the non-immediate award of the Distinguished Flying Cross.

 

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LONG, FS Kenneth Lawrence (R159115) - Distinguished Flying Medal - No.78 Squadron - Award effective 13 July 1944 as per London Gazette dated 28 July and AFRO 2160/44 dated 6 October 1944.  Originally published as a DFC citation in AFRO 2052/44, cancelled by AFRO 2101/44 and then corrected.  Born 24 January 1921, Blackfalds, Alberta.  Home in Edmonton, Alberta (farmer).  Enlisted there 11 April 1942.  Trained at No. 2 ITS (graduated 24 October 1942, No. 15 EFTS (graduated 30 December 1942) and No.3 SFTS (graduated 30 April 1943).  Had 14 days embarkation leave and arrived in Halifax on 15 May 1943.  To No.3 Personnel Reception Centre, Bournemouth on 27 July 1943;  to No.14 Advanced Flying Unit, Banff, Scotland (Airspeed Oxfords). Posted 12  October 1943 to No.20 Operational Training Unit, Lassiemouth, Scotland (Wellingtons).  Attended a 30 day commando course at RAF Driffield.  To No.1663 Conversion Unit, RAF Station Rufforth (Halifax II and Halifax V).  Posted 29 April 1944 to No. 78 Squadron (Halifax III).  On third operation was shot up by a Ju.88 and lost several of his crew.  On 8 June 1944 he picked up a new crew at No.1652 Conversion Unit, returning to No.78 Squadron on 24 June 1944.  Last operation (his 35th) on night of October 30/31, 1944.  To Repatriation  Depot, Warrington on 4 December 1944 and back home on December 26, 1944.  Discharged from the RCAF on 26 March 1945.  Bought a quarter-section of land through the DVA and started farming.  Married Marie McMillan of Gadsby, Alberta on 4 August 1947 and they had five daughters and one sone.  Quit farming in 1973 and worked for Tim-Con Construction until 1978 in Red Deer.  Moved to Oliver, British Columbia for 11 years and in 1989 moved back to Lacombe, Alberta; living there in 1999.  Medals include:  DFM, 1939-1945 Star, France and Germany Star, Defence Medal, Canadian Volunteer Service Medal and Bar, 1939-1945 War Medal.  Donated his uniform and log book to the Reynolds Alberta Museum.  Details of his career via John Blatherwick.  Cited with Sergeants L.C. Browne and F.B. Drew (RAF).

 

Sergeant Drew, Flight Sergeant Long and Sergeant Browne were flight engineer, pilot and wireless operator (air) of an aircraft detailed to attack Bourg-Leopold one night in May 1944.  When nearing the enemy coast on the homeward flight, the aircraft was attacked by a fighter and sustained considerable damage.  Two engines were put out of action and extensive fires started in the fuselage.  The bomber temporarily went out of control.  At this moment it was struck by bullets from another enemy aircraft.  Sergeant Drew was badly wounded in the foot, the thigh and arm; Sergeant Browne also sustained severe wounds in the arm and thigh.  The situation was critical but although Sergeant Long ordered his crew to prepare to abandon the aircraft, he attempted to regain control.  He succeeded in so doing.  Meanwhile, Sergeant Drew, in spite of considerable suffering and weakness through loss of blood, fought the fires and his efforts were successful; he also succeeded in restarting one of the damaged engines.  By now he was unable to move about.  Nevertheless, throughout the remainder of the homeward flight he directed other of his comrades in the necessary engineering tasks.  Sergeant Browne also proved himself to be a devoted member of aircraft crew for, injured as he was and suffering acutely, he insisted on remaining by his wireless apparatus to assist his pilot on his course.  Eventually Flight Sergeant Long reached an airfield in this country and made a safe landing.  In the face of a trying ordeal, these airmen displayed high courage, great skill and endurance.  Their example ranks high.

 

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LONG, F/L Robert Stanley (J17582) - Commended For Valuable Services in the Air - No.3 OTU - Award effective 1 January 1946 as per Canada Gazette of that date and AFRO 82/46 dated 25 January 1946. Home in Aldershot, Ontario; enlisted in Hamilton, 21 August 1940.  Trained at No.1 ITS (graduated 15 November 1940), No.9 EFTS (graduated 4 January 1941), and No.5 SFTS (graduated 21 March 1941).  DHist file 181.009 D.2280 (RG.24 Vol.20623) has recommendation of a Mention in Despatches dated 25 July 1945 when he had flown 1,960 hours, 240 in previous six months, and 448 hours as instructor (240 in previous six months).  Described as having flown 60 sorties (800 operational hours).

 

This officer, after a tour of operations during which he proved himself to be an outstanding captain, has returned to Canada and applied himself to Operational Flying Training with equal skill and diligence.  As an Instructor, he has shown exceptional qualities of character and leadership, which have been reflected in the excellent results achieved by the students in his charge.  His devotion to duty has been exemplary and his constant efforts have been an inspiration to his fellow instructors.

 

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LONG, F/L Ronald Walter (J18760) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.405 Squadron - Award effective 4 November 1944 as per London Gazette dated 14 November 1944 and AFRO 239/45 dated 9 February 1945.  Born 1920 in Stratford, Ontario.  Home in Windsor, Ontario (office clerk); enlisted there, 19 August 1940.  Trained at No.2 ITS (graduated 11 January 1941), No.6 EFTS (graduated 4 March 1941) and No.4 SFTS (graduated 3 July 1941).  Commissioned 1943.  No citation other than "completed...numerous operations against the enemy in the course of which [he has] invariably displayed the utmost fortitude, courage and devotion to duty."  Public Records Office document Air 2/8823 has recommendation dated 20 August 1944 when he had flown 41 sorties (187 hours 40 minutes).  Sortie list begins 3 December 1943 (Leipzig) and continues to 22 May 1944 (Le Mans) with three consecutive trips to Berlin (27 January, 28 January and 15 February 1944) plus Berlin again on 24 March 1944 and Nuremburg on 30 March 1944.  Also flew against Longues on 5 June 1944 and in support of TOTALIZE, August 1944.

 

This officer is an outstanding pilot and captain now on his second tour of operations.  The majority of the sorties carried out by Flight Lieutenant Long have been directed against heavily defended enemy targets, but he has never been deterred from pressing home his attacks to the full, thereby setting a fine personal example to his crew.  His airmanship and leadership are above reproach and have had a salutary effect on all pilots in this squadron less experienced than himself.  Strongly recommended for the non-immediate award of the Distinguished Flying Cross.

 

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LONGARD, FS Roy Edward (R76064) - British Empire Medal - No.51 Squadron (AFRO gives unit only as "Overseas") - Award effective 1 January 1943 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 410/43 dated 12 March 1943.  Originally published as "effective 23 December 1942" (AFRO 232/43, 12 February 1943).  Effective date corrected in subsequent order. Enlisted in Halifax, 15 October 1940.  Trained at No.1 ITS, No.8 EFTS, and No.3 SFTS.  Later awarded operational wings for one tour.  It is interesting to note the sequence by which he got his operational wings; application received at No.1 Training Command, 25 August 1943; checked by a D. Brown, 27 August 1943; sent to AMAS/D/Ops, 30 August 1943; returned from AMAS/D/Ops, 1 January 1944; decision rendered in favour; wings despatched with certificate, 25 January 1944; recorded in AFRO 358/44 dated 18 January 1944.  BEM citation found in Public Records Office Air 2/8871.

 

On 22nd July 1942, Flight Sergeant Longard was the captain of a Whitley aircraft detailed for convoy escort.  When 60 miles off Hartland Point both engines failed and caught fire.  Flight Sergeant Longard, despite adverse weather conditions, alighted on the sea but unfortunately the wireless operator, who had broken his arm, was further injured, sustaining a fractured leg and pelvis when the aircraft came down on the water.  Although he was aware that the badly damaged aircraft could not float in the rough sea, Flight Sergeant Longard went down into the well and, with water up to his armpits, hauled the injured wireless operator out and with the help of two other members of the crew got him into the dinghy before the aircraft sank.  This flight sergeant displayed courage and devotion to duty in rescuing a member of his crew under difficult and dangerous circumstances.

 

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LONGMORE, FS Edward Bruce (R100212) - Mention in Despatches - No.97 Squadron - Award effective 14 January 1944 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 874/44 dated 21 April 1944.  Home in Flin Flon, Manitoba; enlisted there 10 April 1941.

 

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LONGTHORNE, WO1 (now P/O) Thomas Frederick Appleby (R63581/C95088) - 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 London, Ontario; enlisted there 19 April 1940.  Trained at No.9 BGS (graduated 29 December 1942) and No.3 OTU (graduated 19 February 1943).

 

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LONSETH, F/L Palmer (J7323) - Mention in Despatches - No.11 Squadron (Canada) - Award effective 1 January 1944 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 113/44 dated 21 January 1944.  Born 24 January 1916 at Dinsmore, Saskatchewan;  home there; enlisted in Saskatoon, 18 December 1940.  Trained at No.2 ITS (graduated 4 April 1941), No.18 EFTS (graduated 9 June 1941), and No.12 SFTS (graduated 27 August 1941).

 

This officer has displayed keenness in his work and his active interest in instruction and supervision of training has been largely instrumental in increasing the efficiency of the squadron.

 

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LOOMIS, S/L James Gordon Mann (C8264) - Mention in Despatches - No.62 Base - Award effective 14 June 1945 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 1395/45 dated 31 August 1945.  Home in Westmount, Quebec; enlisted in Montreal, 24 October 1941.  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.  No citation.

 

LOOMIS, S/L James Gordon Mann (C8264) - Member, Order of the British Empire - No.62 Base - Award effective 1 January 1946 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 155/46 dated 15 February 1946. No citation in AFRO or DHist biographical file.  DHist file 181.009 D.1725 (RG.24 Vol.20607) has recommendation from W/C Carr-Harris, dated 21 May 1945 when Loomis was Officer in charge, No.62 Base Major Servicing Section.

 

Squadron Leader Loomis is an outstanding Engineer Officer, employed since May 1944 as Officer Commanding No.62 Base Major Servicing Section.  When he took command of his section the heavy pre-invasion bombing effort was in full stride.  On top of this, plans had been made for refitting five of the six squadrons in the base with new aircraft, all of which were passed through the base section.  These two factors placed extraordinary demands in Squadron Leader Loomis' section.  It was decided not only to double the output of spare power plants and components to handle the increased flying commitment but also to double the rate of output of accepted aircraft for refitting the four squadrons.  Much of the detail of these changes fell on Squadron Leader Loomis' shoulders.  He did an exceptional job.  In one case it had been planned to stand one squadron (No.426) down for a week while the change was made.  So consistent and so large was the flow of machines through the base section, however, that this squadron was completely fitted with new aircraft in six days, and the squadron did not cease flying commitments at all.  Not one operational sortie was lost while the change was being made.  Re-equipping of the other three squadrons went forward at a very rapid rate as well.

 

Squadron Leader Loomis' loyalty, devotion to duty and ability have been consistently of a high order.  His men have been inspired to great efforts.  He is highly recommended for the award of the MBE.

 

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LOOSELEY, F/L Herbert William (C6538) - King Haakron VII's Medal of Liberation (Norway) - Award effective 13 December 1949 as per Canada Gazette of 17 December 1949 and AFRO dated 23 December 1949.  Home in Vancouver.  Retired as of award; had been a liaison officer with Norwegians.

 

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LORD, F/L Forrest Guy (J4883) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.428 Squadron - Award effective 14 April 1944 as per London Gazette dated 18 April 1944 and AFRO 1020/44 dated 12 May 1944.  Born 1917 in Winnipeg; home in Lennoxville, Quebec.  Enlisted in Montreal, 21 September 1940. Trained at No.2 ITS (graduated 31 October 1940), No.6 EFTS (graduated 23 December 1940) and No.4 SFTS (graduated 17 March 1941).  Commissioned 1941.

 

This officer has set a fine example of skill and determination, qualities which have been amply demonstrated on numerous occasions when his aircraft has been damaged by enemy action.  Recently Flight Lieutenant Lord participated in an attack on a target in northern France.  On the outward flight one engine of his aircraft became useless.  Nevertheless, Flight Lieutenant Lord continued to the target and executed a successful attack.  This officer has completed very many sorties and has invariably displayed a high degree of courage and devotion to duty.

 

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LORD, Corporal Richard Hugh (R133461) - Mention in Despatches - Linton-on-Ouse - Award effective 14 June 1945 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 1647/45 dated 26 October 1945.  Home in Turner Valley, Alberta; enlisted Vancouver, 10 October 1941. 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 3 February 1945 when he had served eleven months in Canada, 27 months overseas.

 

Corporal Lord is an outstanding Radio Telephone Operator who has done excellent work in training new R/T Operators and given this station the high standing it enjoys in this regard.  A tireless worker, he devotes his full energies to any job assigned to him and did especially good work as a volunteer worker after hours during the recent successful Victory Loan Campaign on this station.  Corporal Lord has set a fine example to his associates in devotion to duty.

 

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LOREE, Corporal Stanley Claudius (R85059) - 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 Fort Qu'Appelle; enlisted Regina, 18 December 1940.  No citation in AFRO.

 

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LOTT, F/L Angus McKay (J22812) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.541 Squadron - Award effective 27 April 1945 as per London Gazette dated 8 May 1945 and AFRO 966/45 dated 8 June 1945.  Born 1919 in Sarnia, Ontario.  Educated University of Toronto and member of COTC.  Home in Sarnia (accountant).  Enlisted in London, Ontario, 24 November 1941) Trained at No.5 ITS (graduated 23 May 1942), No.13 EFTS (graduated 11 September 1942) and No.2 SFTS (graduated 22 January 1943).  Commissioned 1943.

 

Throughout a large number of sorties this officer has proved to be a courageous and resolute photographic reconnaissance pilot who has never let either enemy opposition or adverse weather deter him from completing his allotted tasks.  In August 1944 he photographed the port of Le Havre from a low level and in September 1944 he photographed the bridge at Nijmegen from fifty feet. He also secured excellent low level photographs of the breakers in the sea wall at Walcheren in October 1944.

 

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LOUBERT, P/O Joseph Charles (J86570) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.431 Squadron - Award effective 4 November 1944 as per London Gazette dated 17 November 1944 and AFRO 239/45 dated 9 February 1945.  Born 1912 in Campbellton, New Brunswick; home in Smooth Rock Falls, Ontario; enlisted Timmins, 27 July 1942.  Trained at No.3 BGS (graduated 28 May 1943.  Commissioned May 1944.  No citation other than "completed...numerous operations against the enemy in the course of which [he has] invariably displayed the utmost fortitude, courage and devotion to duty."  DHist file 181.009 D.5526 (RG.24 Vol.20667) has recommendation dated 20 August 1944 when he had flown 33 1/2 sorties (187 hours), 3 November 1943 to 3 August 1944.  These included a return on three engines from Lens (20 April 1944) and a combat during raid on Essen (26 April 1944).

 

Pilot Officer Loubert has completed 33 1/2 successful operations as a mid-upper gunner.  He has been engaged on sorties over Berlin, Mannheim, Dusseldorf, and many other highly defended targets.  This officer has shown coolness and devotion to duty of a high order and his continued courage and keenness to operate is deserving of the highest praise.  His cheerfulness and courage have been an inspiration to his crew at all times.  I strongly recommend that, in view of his fine operational record, Pilot Officer Loubert be awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross.

 

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LOUCKS, S/L Malcolm Dalton (C8588) - Member, Order of the British Empire - Station Linton (AFRO gives unit only as "Overseas" - Award effective 1 January 1946 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 155/46 dated 15 February 1946.  Home in Montreal; enlisted there 31 October 1941.  No citation in AFRO or DHist biographical file.  DHist file 181.009 D.1725 (PAC RG.24 Vol.20607) has recommendation dated 5 May 1945 when he was Station Flying Control Officer.

 

During the time that Squadron Leader Loucks has been a flying control officer at a two squadron Heavy Bomber Station, he has displayed the highest organizing abilities in getting his section to operate smoothly and efficiently.  On many occasions when his station was being congested by other aircraft diverted from other aerodromes, he personally directed landing operations in a calm and cool manner which was undoubtedly responsible for the safe landing of every aircraft.

 

On occasions of inclement weather and poor visibility or on occasions when damaged aircraft were returning to base, the knowledge that Squadron Leader Loucks was directing operations from Flying Control gave the pilots and crews a sense of complete confidence ultimately resulting in their safe landing.

 

Squadron Leader Loucks has served two terms as PMC and has done outstanding work in this respect.  His untiring efforts in passing on to the members of his staff his wealth of knowledge, and his assistance in their training, has been directly responsible for the efficiency and morale of his personnel.

 

The devotion to duty and tireless efforts shown by this officer are considered worthy of the highest praise...

 

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LOUDOUN, F/L Norman Gemmell (J8946) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.424 Squadron - Award effective 2 October 1944 as per London Gazette dated 13 October 1944 and AFRO 2637/44 dated 8 December 1944.  Born 1921 in Victoria, British Columbia; home there.  Enlisted in Vancouver, 8 March 1941.  Trained at No.2 ITS (graduated 9 July 1941), No.5 EFTS (graduated 1 September 1941) and No.10 SFTS (graduated 21 November 1941).  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 by W/C J.D. Blane dated 23 July 1944 when he had flown 28 sorties (155 hours 35 minutes), 20 October 1943 to 12 July 1944.  The sortie list notes encounters with fighters on three successive trips - 20 February 1944 (Stuttgart, Me.210), 25 February 1944 (Augsburg, Ju.88) and 7 March 1944 (Le Mans, Me.210) plus a brush with a Me.210 on 16 June 1944.  His aircraft was also holed by flak while mining (11 April 1944) and he had to make two runs to complete a mining mission to Brest (1 May 1944).

 

Flight Lieutenant Loudoun is a captain of a four-engined heavy bomber aircraft who throughout his twenty-eight sorties over enemy targets has at all times displayed great personal initiative in pressing home his attacks.  His exceptional airmanship is responsible to a large extent for his successes and his coolness and courage has been an example of great worth to all on the squadron.

 

Flight Lieutenant Loudoun's fine qualities of leadership as Deputy Flight Commander have been demonstrated many times and his devotion to duty despite all hazards has gained the respect and praise of all who know him.

 

This officer's very co-operative personality has had a very beneficial effect on the members of the squadron and I unhesitatingly recommend him for the award of the Distinguished Flying Cross.

 

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LOUGHEED, F/L James Hugh Alexander (C4005) - Commended for Valuable Services in the Air - No.165 (Transport) Squadron - Award effective 11 August 1945 as per Canada Gazette of that date and AFRO 1453/45 dated 14th September 1945.  Home in Vancouver; enlisted there 7 February 1940.

 

Flight Lieutenant Lougheed as a heavy transport captain has consistently shown exceptional ability.  During a recent supply dropping expedition when material of all kinds including awkward and heavy pieces had to be dropped in a narrow mountain canyon, this officer displayed unusual skill and judgement coupled with a keenness that made the operation an undoubted success.

 

NOTE: For more see DHist 746.009 (D2), WEEKLY PROGRESS REPORTS OF 'POLAR BEAR' RCAF DETACHMENT, DECEMBER 1944 TO APRIL 1945.  Operating from Prince George under W/C R.I. Thomas; the following is from report for 12-18 March 1945:

 

With the combat force beyond reach of its wheeled vehicles, air supply became a useful job to be done instead of merely an exercise.  The crew of the Dakota, who have at all times shown great determination to deliver supplies by on schedule, seem to be even more determined to get through.

 

The first drop beyond Precipice was carried out under very turbulent conditions which required a high degree of courage and skill on the part of the pilot, F/L Lougheed. During this trip, several bales of hay struck the port tail plane of the aircraft, stoving in the leading edge.

 

This necessitated flying the aircraft to Sea Island for repairs which delayed movement of supplies for two days.  Some time was saved by taking on a load at Vancouver to drop en route back to Prince George.

 

It was thought that the bales of hay hit the tailplane because of the turbulence and the need to turn and climb shortly after reaching the dropping areas.  However, this theory was shaken when the tailplane was again struck by a bale when the dropping run was very good and the air calm.

 

And the following for week of 26 March to 1 April 1945:

 

"Y" Force was maintained during the week entirely by air supply, using the Dakota to place a three days supply of rations along with tents and other winter camping equipment at Fish Lake, and the Norseman to maintain a daily supply from the 31st March on.  This operation was carried out without a hitch, so much so that Major Wood, USAAF, who was on the flight, commented that it was the finest supply dropping operation he had witnessed.  As Major Wood has been associated with supply dropping for the past ten years, and was connected with the Eskimo Exercise recently, this is considered the highest compliment for F/L Lougheed and his crew who carried out the dropping.  The Norseman pilots also received favourable comments from FS Drake who was with "Y" Force as radio operator.  He stated that the last days' drop was so accurate that seven parachute bundles dropped in about ten square yards.

 

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LOUGHEED, F/L Norman Newton (J10726) - Mention in Despatches - No.116 Squadron (Canada), now with No.3 OTU - Award effective 1 January 1944 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 113/44 dated 21 January 1944.  Born 23 June 1915 in Calgary; home there; enlisted there 13 April 1940.  Trained at No.1 ITS (graduated 23 May 1940) and No.1 SFTS (graduated 18 September 1940).  DHist file 181.009 D.1636 (RG.24 Vol.20604) has application for Operational Wings dated 14 January 1944; claimed first sortie was with No.5 (BR) on Stranraers, 6 January 1941 (53 patrols, 250 hours); to No.116 Squadron, July 1941 (135 patrols, 1,050 hours).  Claimed one submarine attack, four mercy flights (including searches for survivors of sunken ships).  To No.3 OTU, Patricia Bay, 20 September 1943.

 

This officer has demonstrated unusual skill in handling flying boats under the most difficult conditions.  In addition he has proved to be an extremely competent instructor in the training of new pilots and the utmost confidence is placed in him at all times.  His work has been outstanding and an inspiring example to others in zeal and devotion to duty.

 

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LOUNT, S/L Harold Frederick Cotter (C7284) - Mention in Despatches - East Moor - Award effective 14 June 1945 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 1395/45 dated 31 August 1945.  Originally recommended 20 June 1944.  Recommendation forwarded 3 February 1945 on DHist file 181.009 D.1719 (PAC RG.24 Vol.20606) gives his unit as Tholthorpe (Intelligence Officer); enlisted 4 September 1941; in Canada 18 months, overseas 22 months.

 

This officer by his untiring efforts and cheerfulness has added considerably to the smooth operation of this unit,  His energy and devotion to duty are outstanding.

 

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LOVE, Sergeant Edgar James (R152964) - British Empire Medal - No.1666 Heavy Conversion Unit - Award effective 1 January 1946 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 155/46 dated 15 February 1946.  Home in Ewart, Manitoba; enlisted Winnipeg 2 February 1942, spent two years and eight months in Canada before posting overseas.  Recommended 16 May 1945 for an MiD, this had been upgraded to a BEM recommendation by 21 June 1945.  The former recommendation (found 16 September 1991) identifies him as NCO in charge of Radar Maintenance.  States he had been on operational and training units; "While acting as NCO in charge of Radar maintenance at a Heavy Conversion Unit he has been largely responsible for the high standard of serviceability of the Radar equipment.  Through his ingenuity he has been responsible for the maintenance of Radar training equipment at a time when spares were not available."   DHist file 181.009 D.2813 (RG.24 Vol.20632) has recommendation for BEM dated 21 June 1945 which gives service as seven months in Canada, 33 months overseas:

 

Sergeant Love has been overseas for nearly three years serving on both operational and training units.  As NCO in charge of Radar Maintenance at this Unit he has at all times shown the highest qualities of leadership and devotion to duty, and can be depended upon at all times to complete the most difficult tasks.  During the past six months under his supervision, Radar serviceability has increased from 75% to over 90% due largely to his untiring efforts.  This improvement is particularly commendable as the section was during that period handling a heavy training programme with only two thirds of the established personnel.  When special test equipment required for Radar servicing was not available, he designed his own, one of the most successful being a tester for crystals CV101.  He has been responsible for the high standard of serviceability of Trainers Type 54 at a time when spare parts were not available.  By his resourcefulness and ingenuity in devising and executing repairs he has greatly reduced the unserviceability periods of these trainers enabling training programmes to be carried through smoothly and without interruption.  He has at all times been a cheerful and willing worker.

 

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LOVE, F/O Gilbert (J21222) - Mention in Despatches - No.145 Squadron (Canada) - Award effective 14 November 1944 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 2684/44 dated 15 December 1944.  Enlisted in Vancouver, 18 August 1941.  Trained at No.4 ITS (graduated 19 December 1941), No.18 EFTS (graduated 13 March 1942) and No.15 SFTS (graduated 17 July 1942).

 

This officer, as pilot of aircraft on anti-submarine and convoy escort patrols, has consistently executed his duties with cheerfulness and loyalty and meticulous attention to detail.  His work as a pilot is praiseworthy.

 

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LOVE, P/O James Nelson (J18385) - Distinguished Flying Cross -  No.207 Squadron - Award effective 30 November 1943 as per London Gazette dated 10 December 1943 and AFRO 297/44 dated 11 February 1944.  Born in Weyburn, Saskatchewan; home in Regina; enlisted there 8 August 1941.  Trained at No.2 ITS (graduated 11 March 1942) and No.3 AOS (graduated 31 July 1942).   Commissioned 1943.  No citation other than "completed...many successful operations against the enemy in which [he has] displayed high skill, fortitude and devotion to duty."

 

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LOVE, F/O Robert Jack (J24148) - Mention in Despatches - No.160 (Bomber Reconnaissance) Squadron - Award effective 6 January 1945 as per Canada Gazette of that date and AFRO 132/45 dated 26 January 1945.  Home in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan; enlisted in Edmonton, 2 March 1942.  Trained at No.7 ITS (graduated 14 August 1942), No.6 EFTS (graduated 6 November 1942) and No.4 SFTS (graduated 5 March 1943).  No citation.

 

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LOVE, F/O Taylor Harold (J91037) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.192 Squadron - Award effective 5 April 1945 as per London Gazette dated 17 April 1945 and AFRO 918/45 dated 1 June 1945.  Born 1920 in Winnipeg; home there (bank teller); enlisted there 6 June 1942.  Trained at No.7 ITS (graduated 19 February 1943), No.6 EFTS (graduated 16 April 1943) and No.10 SFTS (graduated 6 August 1943).  Commissioned October 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 2/9089 has recommendation dated 15 January 1945 when he had flown 33 sorties (162 hours five minutes), 24 May 1944 to 5 January 1945.  Because some trips counted only as half-trips (and the sortie list is unclear as to which), he was officially credited with only 31 sorties.  With the exception of the first sortie ("Nickling" or leaflet dropping") all are described as "Special Duty" rather than bombing - appropriate to a unit in No.100 Group.

 

24 May 44      NICKLING, Le Mans (4.20)       23 Oct 44       Essen (4.30)

18 Aug 44      Sterkrade (3.10)                        26 Oct 44       Leverkusen (3.30)

29 Aug 44      Heligoland Bay (3.00)               4 Nov 44         Dutch/German

5 Sept 44       North Sea Patrol (4.10)                                     frontier (3.30)

6 Sept 44       Dutch/German/Danish               11 Nov 44      Harburg (4.10)

coasts (5.05)                              25 Nov 44      Mainz (5.30)

10 Sep 44      Dutch coast (7.00)                     27 Nov 44      Neuss (4.30)

12 Sep 44      Belgian and Dutch                     28 Nov 44      Essen (4.30)

coasts (6.20)                              30 Nov 44      Krefeld area (3.00)

14 Sep 44      Belgian and Dutch                     4 Dec 44        Karlsruhe (5.00)

coasts (4.20)                              5 Dec 44        Soest (5.10)

16 Sep 44      Belgian and Dutch                     17 Dec 44      Duisburg (5.20)

coasts (5.50)                              22 Dec 44      Bingen (5.00)

18 Sep 44      Belgian and Dutch                     24 Dec 44      Munster area (4.10)

coasts (7.30)                              27 Dec 44      Opladen (4.10)

26 Sep 44      Karlsruhe (6.20)                         29 Dec 44      Scholven (4.50)

27 Sep 44      Kaiserlauten (6.15)                    31 Dec 44      Osterfeld (5.00)

6 Oct 44         Bremen (4.10)                            2 Jan 45         Nuremburg (7.20)

15 Oct 44       Wilhelmshaven (5.00)                5 Jan 45         Hanover (3.50)

19 Oct 44       Stuttgart (6.35)

 

This officer has completed a tour of operations as captain and pilot of a heavy bomber.  During his tour he has taken part in attacks against distant and heavily defended targets both by day and by night.

 

He has at all times shown a great keenness for operational flying and with cheerful courage has always completed his missions no matter how difficult or hazardous they may have appeared.

 

By his skilful flying he has completed sorties in most adverse weather conditions and due to his determination much valuable information has been obtained.

 

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LOVELACE, P/O James Cameron (J15409) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.150 Squadron - Award effective 2 November 1942 as per London Gazette dated 6 November 1942 and AFRO 272/43 dated 19 February 1943.  Born in Sydney, Nova Scotia, 28 April 1920; home there; enlisted Halifax 18 May 1940.  Trained at No.1 WS and No.1 BGS.  Commissioned 1941.  In UK, March 1941 to March 1942 with Nos.103 and 458 Squadrons; in Africa with No.458 Squadron, March 1942 to August 1942; with No.150 Squadron, August 1942 to March 1943; in Training Command, March 1943 to November 1944.  Subsequently in charge of POW repatriation, Bournemouth, 1945.  Rejoined RCAF in 1948 with Squadron Leader rank.

 

As wireless operator Pilot Officer Lovelace has at all times shown courage, skill and great devotion to duty.  During one operation when he attacked Frankfurt his aircraft was very badly damaged by anti-aircraft fire but Pilot Officer Lovelace, displaying great coolness, kept the wireless functioning, thus enabling his captain to bring the aircraft safely home.  On at least three other occasions when his aircraft has been badly damaged it has been almost entirely due to this wireless operator that the aircraft was returned to base safely.

 

NOTE: Public Records Office Air 2/9604 has recommendation dated 20 September 1942 when he had flown 24 sorties (150 hours 55 minutes) in two blocks, with three long-range hops of a delivery flight in between.

 

Unidentified Squadron                                 Delivery Flight and No.50 Squadron

 

23 Jun 41       Charleroi (5.40)                         5 Mar 42         Portreath-Gibraltar (8.20)

2 Aug 41        Cherbourg (5.20)                       6 Mar 42         Gibraltar-Malta (8.00)

5 Aug 41        Frankfurt (7.20)                          8 Mar 43         Malta-Egypt (8.30)

7 Aug 41        Essen (6.00)                             

14 Aug 41      Hanover (6.00)                                                   * * * * *

19 Aug 41      Kiel (7.40)

22 Aug 41      Mannheim (6.55)                       15 Aug 42       Dusseldorf (4.35)

27 Aug 41      Mannheim (7.30)                       17 Aug 42       Osnabruck (5.00)

29 Aug 41      Mannheim (6.30)                       28 Aug 42       Saarbrucken (6.30)

31 Aug 41      Essen (5.10)                              1 Sept 42        Saarbrucken (6.00)

20 Oct 41       Emden (7.30)                             2 Sept 42        Karlsruhe (6.40)

22 Oct 41       Le Havre (5.45)                         4 Sept 42        Bremen (6.10)

29 Oct 41       Brest (6.15)                                8 Sept 42        Frankfurt (7.30)

1 Nov 41         Aachen (4.55)

7 Dec 41        Dusseldorf (5.00)

21 Dec 41      Air/Sea Search (5.55)

 

Pilot Officer Lovelace is a Canadian who joined the squadron on the 21st July 1942, since when he has completed seven operational sorties. These included Kiel, Bremen and Essen.  He was also the wireless operator of an aircraft which his crew ferried out to Cairo, and was largely responsible for the successful completion of this long trip.

 

His outstanding ability as a Wireless Operator has been an inspiration to his crew and his courage and determination, together with his cheerful confidence, have gone a long way to sustaining their morale through several very difficult times.

 

On his last sortie, Pilot Officer Lovelace and his crew were detailed to attack Frankfurt. While attacking the target, his aircraft was extremely badly damaged by flak, and it seemed almost impossible that they could reach home.  Pilot Officer Lovelace, however, very cooly obtained fix after fix, which enabled his captain very accurately to plot his course and thus avoid all defended areas, for evasive action was impossible. The aircraft was eventually brought back to this country largely due to his efforts.

 

On at least three other occasions this officer's aircraft was very badly damaged by flak or fighters and on each occasion it was almost entirely due to his skill, courage and determination in action that the aircraft safely returned to base.

 

This officer's dogged determination, skill and devotion to duty well merit the award of the Distinguished Flying Cross.

 

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LOVING, P/O Leslie Roland Bond (J16130) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.149 Squadron - Award effective 3 February 1943 as per London Gazette dated 9 February 1943 and AFRO 373/43 dated 5 March 1943.  Born in Regina, 10 February 1921; home in New Westminster or Mission City; enlisted Regina, 7 September 1939.  Trained at No.2 ITS (graduated 8 April 1941), No.14 EFTS (graduated 8 June 1941), and No.11 SFTS (graduated 20 August 1941).  Commissioned 1942.

 

One night in September 1942, Pilot Officer Loving was detailed for a low level attack on the submarine base building yard near Bremen.  In a determined effort to locate and bomb the target, which was obscured by a heavy cloud, he descended to a height of only eight hundred feet.  He was immediately engaged by searchlights and the ground defences.  His aircraft was twice hit by anti-aircraft fire and Pilot Officer Loving was forced down to fifty feet to evade the fire attack.  His gunner succeeded in extinguishing two searchlights and from this low altitude, in the glare of other searchlights, he released his bombs.  Throughout, this officer has set a splendid example and his devotion to duty in the face of the heaviest opposition is worthy of the highest praise.

 

NOTE: Public Records Office Air 2/8934 has recommendation dated 14 December 1942 which includes sortie list and a more detailed narrative from that published.  He had flown 30 sorties (151 hours 55 minutes):

 

29 May 42     Cherbourg                   Docks and shipping

30 May 42     Cologne                      Industrial targets

1 June 42      Essen                                      do.

2 June 44      Essen                                      do.

16 June 42    Essen                                      do.

19 June 42    Emden                         Docks and shipping

25 June 42    Bremen                                   do.

27 June 42    Bremen                                   do.

7 July 42        Frisians                       Minelaying

8 July 42        Wilhelmshaven           Docks and shipping

21 July 42      Duisburg                     Industrial targets

23 July 42      Duisburg                                 do.

26 July 42      Hamburg                     Docks and shipping

10 Sept 42    Dusseldorf                  Industrial target

15 Sept 42    South French coast    Minelaying

16 Sept 42    Essen                          Industrial target

18 Sept 42    Frisians                       Minelaying

19 Sept 42    Munich                         Industrial target

23 Sept 42    Bremen                       Docks and shipping

1 Oct 42        Herenwoik                               do.

2 Oct 42        Krefeld                         Industrial target

5 Oct 42        Aachen                                    do.

12 Oct 42      Spanish border          Minelaying

15 Oct 42      Cologne                      Industrial target

23 Oct 42      Genoa                                     do.

24 Oct 42      Milan                                        do.

26 Oct            French coast               Minelaying

7 Nov 42        Genoa                         Industrial target

20 Nov 42     Turin                                         do.

22 Nov 42     Stuttgart                                   do.

 

On the night of 23/24 September 1942, Pilot Officer Loving was detailed to carry out a low level attack on the submarine shipbuilding yards at Vegasack, northwest of Bremen. On his arrival over the target area Pilot Officer Loving found 10.10 low cloud with the top at 2,000 feet. He was, however, undeterred by this and went down below the cloud, the base of which was at 800 feet, in a determined effort to locate and bomb his target. He was immediately picked up by searchlights and engaged by light flak. During the run up to the target area the aircraft was hit twice by light flak and Pilot Officer Loving was forced to dive within 50 feet of the ground to evade the most accurate fire. His gunners succeeded in shooting out two searchlights and Pilot Officer Loving, being unable to locate his precise target from this low altitude and in the glare of the searchlights, bombed the town of Vegasack.

 

This attack was typical of all Pilot Officer Loving's operational sorties. He showed at all times the greatest keenness and determination. He would always do everything within his power to carry out his orders to the letter. His example to the rest of the squadron was of the highest order, and his devotion to duty in the face of the heaviest opposition over such targets as Essen and Hamburg are worthy of recognition by the award of the Distinguished Flying Cross.

 

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LOW, Sergeant Gordon Hansen (R105598) - Distinguished Flying Medal - No.419 Squadron - Award effective 4 October 1943 as per London Gazette dated 19 October 1943 and AFRO 2437/43 dated 26 November 1943.  Born in Glevavon, Saskatchewan, 1920; home in Edmonton (painter); enlisted there 26 May 1941.  Trained at No.8 BGS (graduated 30 March 1942) and No.2 WS (graduated 2 March 1942.  Commissioned June 1943.

 

This airman has completed numerous bombing and mining sorties against the enemy.  In February 1943 the aircraft in which he was flying was forced to alight on the sea owing to damage caused by enemy action.  In this hazardous situation his skill and coolness played a major part in the subsequent rescue of the entire crew.  Throughout his operational career Sergeant Low's technical ability, determination and fine fighting spirit have been most praiseworthy.

 

LOW, F/L Gordon Hansen, DFM (J18453) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.431 Squadron - Award effective 5 July 1945 as per London Gazette dated 17 July 1945 and AFRO 1507/45 dated 28 September 1945.  DHist file 181.009 D.1941 (RG.24 Vol.20612) has recommendation dated 18 March 1945 when he had flown 20 sorties (131 hours 30 minutes), 7 May 1944 to 21 February 1945.  NOTE: recommendation gives Christian names as Arthur Alfred!

 

Since the award of the Distinguished Flying Medal, Flight Lieutenant Low has continued to display great skill and courage in the face of the enemy.  As signals leader in his squadron his high qualities of leadership and devotion to duty have been an inspiring example to all.

 

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LOW, S/L Harry Rattray (C3783) - Member, Order of the British Empire - AFHQ, Directorate of Personnel Educational and Welfare Services.  Award effective 28 May 1943 as per London Gazette dated 28 May 1943 and AFRO 1459/43 dated 30 July 1943.  Born in Glasgow, Scotland, 1 February 1907; educated there including University of Glasgow (B.Sc, Ed.B, M.A.).  Taught school in Britain, 1929-1932, professor at University of North Wales to 1935, moved to Canada and accepted a post at University of Manitoba.  After four years he was appointed Superintendent of Education for Manitoba.  Enlisted in Winnipeg, 1 June 1943.  Eventually became Director of Education, RCAF (1 August 1944) and at war's end had attained the rank of Group Captain.  Died in Ottawa, July 1957.

 

Squadron Leader Low has been responsible for the organization of the Educational Services within the Royal Canadian Air Force.  Through these Educational Services thousands of young men have been enabled to obtain the educational standing required for aircrew training.  Also, tradesmen in the Service have been provided with the opportunity to advance themselves in their trades through organized trade improvement classes; the RCAF Educational Services have published Trade Improvement Manuals for use in these classes.  The organization of the Educational Services has been the result of an intimate and detailed knowledge of the educational system of Canada; active co-operation with Civilian educational authorities and with many Directorates and Divisions within the Royal Canadian Air Force, long hours of work and planning and organising ability of a very high order on the part of this officer.

 

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LOW, WO1 Howard Pilmore (R74966) - Mention in Despatches - No.607 Squadron (AFRO gives unit only as "Overseas (deceased)" - Award as per London Gazette dated 1 October 1946 and AFRO 1059/46 dated 8 November 1946.  Enlisted in Vancouver, British Columbia, 5 November 1940.  Trained at No.2 ITS (graduated 20 February 1941), No.16 EFTS (graduated 22 April 1941) and No.32 SFTS (graduated 15 July 1941).   Killed 15 April 1942.  No citation other than:

 

...in recognition of gallant and distinguished service whilst prisoners of war in Japanese hands.

 

Public Records Office Air 2/8774 dealing with awards to former prisoners of the Japanese has a joint citation for Low and WO R.C. Smith:

 

Whilst prisoners of war in Japanese hands, these Warrant Officers were implicated in an attempt to escape by stealing an aircraft from an enemy airfield.  The attempt was, unfortunately, unsuccessful and Warrant Officers Smith and Low were recaptured and executed by the Japanese.

 

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LOW, F/O Robert Alexander (J90554) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.101 Squadron - Award effective 12 November 1945 as per London Gazette dated 16 November 1945 and AFRO 133/46 dated 8 February 1946.  Born June 1924 in Edmonton; home in Calgary (student); enlisted there 4 April 1942.  Trained at No.4 ITS (graduated 1 May 1943), No.5 EFTS (graduated 26 June 1943) and No.3 SFTS (graduated 29 October 1943).  Commissioned October 1944.  No citation other than "completed...numerous operations against the enemy in the course of which [he has] invariably displayed the utmost fortitude, courage and devotion to duty."  Public Records Office Air 2/9137 has recommendation dated 15 May 1945 when he had flown 30 sorties (205 hours 45 minutes) as follows:

 

21 Nov 44      Aschaffenburg                                   14 Feb 45      Dresden

27 Nov 44      Freiburg                                             15 Feb 45      Chemnitz

29 Nov 44      Dortmund                                           20 Feb 45      Dortmund

30 Nov 44      Duisburg                                            21 Feb 45      Duisburg

2 Dec 44        Hagen                                                 23 Feb 45      Pforzheim

6 Dec 44        Osnabruck                                         1 Mar 45         Mannheim

23 Dec 44      Coblenz                                              2 Mar 45         Cologne

28 Dec 44      Bonn                                                   5 Mar 45         Chemnitz

29 Dec 44      Sholven                                              8 Mar 45         Dessau

31 Dec 44      Osterfeld                                            11 Mar 45      Essen

2 Jan 45         Nuremburg                                         12 Mar 45      Dortmund

5 Jan 45         Hanover                                              15 Mar 45      Misburg

6 Jan 45         Neuse                                                 31 Mar 45      Hamburg

14 Jan 45       Merseburg                                         3 Apr 45         Nordhausen

7 Feb 45        Cleve                                                  4 Apr 45         Lutzendorf

 

Flying Officer Low, a Canadian, is a pilot of outstanding ability. He has just completed a very fine tour of operations with this squadron comprising 30 sorties against the enemy. On many of these sorties intense opposition was experienced, but neither flak nor fighters deterred this officer from pressing home his attack and completing the task in hand. His outstanding spirit of daring and calm determination have set a very fine record of achievement.

 

This officer's leadership together with his complete devotion to duty have been an inspiration not only to his crew but to all those around him.

 

Flying Officer Low by his high degree of personal courage, skill and determination has shown himself to be a superb captain of aircraft and its is recommended that his highly successful operational tour be recognized by the award of the Distinguished Flying Cross.

 

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LOWANS, Flight Sergeant Edward John (R96467) - Distinguished Flying Medal - No.49 Squadron - Award effective 21 March 1943 as per London Gazette dated 2 April 1943 and AFRO 757/43 dated 30 April 1943. Born in Toronto, 1922; home in Gananoque (clerk); enlisted Ottawa 15 June 1941.  Trained at No.1 ITS (graduated 8 October 1941), No.4 BGS (graduated 14 March 1942), No.4 AOS (graduated 31 January 1942), and No.2 ANS (graduated 14 April 1942).  Cited with Sergeant John Lamont Matthews (which see).  Also a Sergeant Sylvester and a Sergeant Tickler.  Attained rank of Flight Sergeant, 14 September 1942, WO2 on 14 March 1943, commissioned 26 July 1943; promoted to Flying Officer, 26 January 1944; promoted to Flight Lieutenant, 5 August 1944.

 

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LOWE, S/L Allister Duncan Ross (J1477) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.432 Squadron - Award effective 2 October 1944 as per London Gazette dated 13 October 1944 and AFRO 2637/44 dated 8 December 1944.  Born 1915 in Springhill, Nova Scotia; home in Calgary.  Educated two years at University of Alberta; served three years as a Militia Trooper, two years as Militia Lieutenant.  Field engineer in civil life.  Enlisted in Calgary, 6 June 1940.  Trained at No.1 ITS (graduated 20 July 1940), No.8 EFTS (graduated 15 September 1940) and No.4 SFTS (graduated 20 December 1942).  Commissioned 1941.  Awarded Queen's Coronation Medal, 23 October 1953 while commanding (as Wing Commander) No.418 (Auxiliary) Squadron.  No citation other than "completed...numerous operations against the enemy in the course of which [he has] invariably displayed the utmost fortitude, courage and devotion to duty".  DHist file 181.009 D.5557 (RG.24 Vol.20668) has recommendation undated (about 30 July 1944) when he had flown 27 sorties (135 hours ten minutes), 25 February to 25 July 1944.

 

Squadron Leader Lowe is a capable and confident captain whose determination to complete his sorties successfully has been a feature of his tour.  In his capacity of Flight Commander he has maintained an exceptionally high standard in every branch of activity.  His 27 sorties have been over a wide variety of targets, including some of the most heavily defended in Germany.

 

For his splendid qualities of leadership, loyalty and an inspiring example to those in his flight, this officer is recommended for the award of the Distinguished Flying Cross.

 

LOWE, W/C Allister Duncan Ross, DFC (J1477) - Air Force Cross - No.1659 CU (now No.7 RC) - Award effective 7 September 1945 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 1647/45 dated 26 October 1945.

 

In February 1941, Wing Commander Lowe began his instructional duties in Canada at No.8 Service Flying Training School and after a year was posted to Central Flying School as deputy flight commander.  He remained at this unit until April 1943 in the capacity of flight commander and examining officer, after which he came to England to commence his operational flying.  After completing an exceptionally fine tour of operational duty as squadron commander at No.432 Squadron, Wing Commander Lowe was posted to his present unit in the capacity of chief instructor.  His untiring efforts, sound judgement and initiative have been an inspiration to all and have contributed largely to the success of the training programm of his unit.

 

LOWE, W/C Allister Duncan Ross, DFC, AFC (J1477) - Mention in Despatches - No.1659 HCU - Award effective 1 January 1946 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 322/46 dated 29 March 1946.  Served three years in Canada; as of recommendation (23 June 1945) he had served one year 11 months in UK.  Chief instructor; no citation in AFRO but DHist file 181.002 D.225 has recommendation:

 

This officer completed a tour of operations with No.432 Squadron in September 1944, and since that time has ben employed as Chief Instructor at this unit.  The undoubted success of the training programme has been due in no small measure to his capable guidance and industrious and far sighted efforts.  His keenness and initiative are outstanding and his reliability and excellent personality have secured him universal co-operation.  In addition, he has devoted much of his spare time to station activities and has taken an unfailing interest in the morale and welfare of the aircrew personnel.

 

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LOWE, S/L Frank Frederick (J7779) - Officer, Legion of Merit (United States) - AFHQ (AFRO says "Overseas" but there no overseas postings indicated in his file) - Award effective 4 March 1946 as per Canada Gazette dated 4 May 1946 and AFRO 473/46 dated 10 May 1946. (NOTE: had earlier been announced as effective 4 March 1946 - see AFRO 388/46 dated 12 April 1946).  Born in Swift Current, Saskatchewan 26 June 1918.  Home in Montreal; enlisted Calgary 20 December 1940. Trained at No.2 ITS (graduated 28 April 1941), No.3 AOS (graduated 21 July 1941), No.2 BGS (graduated 1 September 1941) and No.1 ANS (graduated 29 September 1941).  Sergeant, 1 September 1941; commissioned 29 September 1941; Flying Officer, 29 September 1942; Flight Lieutenant, 1 November 1943; Squadron Leader, 1 October 1944.   With RCAF Detachment, Suffield, Alberta, 1 October 1941 to 20 September 1943.  At AFHQ, 21-24 September 1943.  Seconded to Canadian Army for duty with Directorate of Chemical Warfare and Smoke, effective 24 September 1943; made Liaison Officer to Edgeworth Arsenal in United States; returned to RCAF, 1 December 1945.  Released 20 December 1945.  Colonel Francis J. Graling, Military Attache, American Embassy, writing to AFHQ, 23 February 1946, gives citation:

 

Squadron Leader F.F. Lowe, Royal Canadian Air Force, as Liaison Officer between the Technical Division,  Office of the Chief of Chemical Warfare Service and the Directorate, Chemical Warfare and Smoke, Canada, from September 1942 to October 1945, expedited the transmittal of technical information between the two agencies and did all in his power to increase the efficiency of technical developments.

 

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LOWEN, F/L Irvin Lawrence (J7449) - Mention in Despatches - No.134 Squadron - Award effective 14 January 1944 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 874/44 dated 21 April 1944.  Home in St.James, Manitoba; enlisted Winnipeg, 21 December 1940.  Trained at No.2 ITS (graduated 26 April 1941), No.14 EFTS (graduated 3 July 1941) and No.11 SFTS (graduated 11 September 1941).

 

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LOWENSTEIN, W/C Louis (C5020) - Mention in Despatches - Overseas - Award effective 14 June 1945 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 1395/45 dated 31 August 1945.  Home in Montreal; enlisted there 26 March 1941.

 

LOWENSTEIN, W/C Louis (C5020) - Mention in Despatches - Overseas - Award effective 1 January 1946 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 322/46 dated 29 March 1946.

 

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LOWER, F/L William Matthew (C8042) - Mention in Despatches - No.202 Group, France - Award effective 1 January 1945 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 337/45 dated 23 February 1945.  Born in Toronto, 2 May 1919.  Educated there; home there; enlisted there 4 April 1941.  Radar Officer.  No citation.

 

LOWER, F/L William Matthew (C8042) - Member, Order of the British Empire - No.871 AMES - Award effective 14 June 1945 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 1219/45 dated 27 July 1945.  Although as of 27 November 1994 no citation has been found, the following found in DHist file 181.009 D.3054 (RG.24 Vol.20634) seems to have had some bearing.  On 8 February 1945 Wing Commander N.J. Smith (Commanding Officer, RCAF District Headquarters, Italy) wrote to the RCAF AOC-in-C, London, first quoting an RAF MAAF Order dated 3 February 1945, and then adding his own comments:

 

While it is not the usual practice to commend individual Units, The Commander-in-Chief wishes to make an exception in the case of No.871 A.M.E.S.  This Unit landed in enemy-occupied soil on D-Day, or shortly afterwards, during the landings in Sicily, at Salerno, at Anzio and in southern France.

 

No.871 A.M.E.S. is commended by the Commander-in-Chief, Royal Air Force Mediterranean and Middle East, on the Station's outstanding record of uninterrupted operations under M.A.T.A.F. since July 1943.  This Unit's success during four operations between July 1943 and September 1944 is due in a large measure to the whole-hearted co-operation, skill and enterprise of each individual member.  The conduct of the entire Unit has been exemplary and in the best tradition of the Royal Air Force.

 

To the above, W/C Walsh adds:

 

It is interesting in that a Canadian, Flight Lieutenant W.M. Lower (C8042) was posted to this unit as an Acting Flight Lieutenant on May 1st, 1943, and was posted to the United Kingdom on December 27th, 1944.  It would appear, therefore, that to a great extent the cause of the commendation is the work done by this officer.

Public Records Office Air 2/9056 has recommendation for MBE which is probably the definitive final statement:

 

This officer was posted for form No.871 AMES in May 1943.  Since that time he has worked unceasingly to build up a reputation and efficiency second to none for his unit.  he has displayed an extremely high standard of technical skill and excellent qualifications of leadership and initiative.  The skill and high standard of the station as a whole can be attributed to his unfailing enthusiasm and example.  Under his command the unit has accounted for 30 enemy aircraft.

 

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LOWERISON, F/L Harold Stewart (C8738) - Mention in Despatches - Overseas - Award effective 14 June 1945 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 1672/45 dated 2 November 1945.  Home in Sackville, New Brunswick; enlisted Moncton 31 October 1941.

 

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LOWNDES, F/O John Ashe (J12893) - Croix de Guerre (France) - No.430 Squadron - Awarded as per AFRO 1619/45 dated 19 October 1945. Home in Toronto; enlisted there 9 August 1940. Trained at No.6 ITS (graduated 3 January 1942), No.10 EFTS (graduated 28 March 1942) and No.1 SFTS (graduated 31 July 1942).  Unit not given in AFRO, which gives only "Overseas".  See The RCAF Overseas: The Fifth Year, pp.259 and 272.  Destroyed one FW.190, 26 August 1944.  Public Records Office Air 2/9645 has citation.

 

This officer flew a large number of photographic sorties prior to D-Day, all of which were carried out at low level and many of them over heavily defended areas.  He at all times executed his tasks most efficiently.  After D-Day he continued to carry out all the missions assigned to him with keenness and enthusiasm, and displayed great courage and determination.

 

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LOWNDS, F/O Ernest (J25344) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.78 Squadron - Award effective 5 February 1945 as per London Gazette dated 20 February 1945 and AFRO 563/45 dated 29 March 1945. Born 1914 in Prince Alberta, Saskatchewan; home in Victoria; enlisted Vancouver 26 May 1942.  Served two years in Army Reserves.  Trained at No.2 ITS (graduated 5 December 1942) and No.6 AOS (graduated 16 April 1943).  Commissioned 1943.  No citation other than "completed ...numerous operations against the enemy in the course of which [he has] invariably displayed the utmost fortitude, courage and devotion to duty."  Public Records Office Air 2/8831 has recommendation dated 18 November 1944 when he had flown 39 sorties (164 hours 35 minutes), 30 April to 6 October 1944.

 

30 Apr 44       Acheres (4.31)                              15 Jul 44        Nucourt (4.21)

1 May 44        Malines (3.47)                               17 Jul 44        Caen (4.14)

10 May 44      Boulogne (3.50)                            18 Jul 44        Acquet (4.07)

22 May 44      Orleans (1.32), DNCO,                20 Jul 44        Bottrop (8.05)

port inner u/s                                 24 Jul 44        Stuttgart (8.05)

24 May 44      Aachen (4.13)                               28 Jul 44        Foret de Nieppe

27 May 44      Bourg Leopold (4.24)                                          (1.27), DNCO

31 May 44      Trappes (5.24)                              29 Jul 44        Foret de Nieppe (3.15)

5 June 44       Courseulles (4.02)                        7 Aug 44        GARDENING (4.59)

6 June 44       St.Lo (5.35)                                   9 Aug 44        Foret de Mormal (3.47)

9 June 44       Laval Airfield (4.58)                      12 Aug 44      Brunswick (5.50)

12 Jun 44       Amiens (3.54)                               14 Aug 44      Falaise (3.47)

22 Jun 44       Laon (4.55)                                   16 Aug 44      GARDENING (5.30)

24 Jun 44       Noyelle E.C. (3.30)                       26 Aug 44      Homburg (4.33)

25 Jun 44       Montorguueil (3.54)                      15 Sep 44      Kiel (6.00)

27 Jun 44       Mont Condon (3.32)                     20 Sep 44      Calais (3.45)     

28 Jun 44       Blainville (6.48)                             23 Sep 44      Neuss (4.49)

1 July 44         St.Martin l'Hey (3.21)                   25 Sep 44      Calais (3.43)

4 July 44         St.Martin l'Hey (3.25)                   26 Sep 44      Calais (3.22)

5 July 44         St.Martin l'Hey (3.45)                   4 Oct 44         GARDENING (5.56)     

8 July 44         Chateau Bernapre (4.16)            6 Oct 44         GARDENING (3.51)

12 Jul 44        GARDENING (4.00)                    

 

This officer has now completed his first operational tour consisting of 39 sorties (129 points) involving a total of 164 hours.

 

As a member of one of the most outstanding crews, he has given most valuable service to the squadron.  His enthusiasm for his work, [and] his accuracy at all times have resulted in some very good work.  he has always shown great keenness for operations and has taken part in attacks against some of the enemy's most heavily defended targets.

 

For his devotion to duty and good operational record, this officer is most strongly recommended for the award of the Distinguished Flying Cross.

 

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LOWRY, P/O Arthur Edward (J86770) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.12 Squadron - Award effective 1 December 1944 as per London Gazette dated 12 December 1944 and AFRO 293/45 dated 16 February 1945.  Born in Toronto, 1923; home there; enlisted there 6 April 1942.  Trained at No.6 ITS (graduated 23 October 1942), No.20 EFTS (graduated 22 January 1943) and No.6 SFTS (graduated 25 June 1943). Commissioned 1944.

 

This captain of aircraft has operated against the enemy with fearless enthusiasm which has never waned in the face of enemy opposition.  On one occasion his aircraft was damaged by an encounter with an enemy fighter but Pilot Officer Lowry completed his mission under the most trying circumstances and landed at base in safety.  On another sortie damage from anti-aircraft fire was sustained and two engines rendered unserviceable.  By skilful pilotage and cool judgement he again effected an emergency landing without further damage to the aircraft.  Pilot Officer Lowry has proved himself a skilful operational pilot and his cheerful confidence in the air has set an inspiring example to his crew.

 

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LOWRY, F/L (now S/L) Donovan Johnson (C1177) - Mention in Despatches - No.145 Squadron (Canada) - Award effective 11 December 1943 as per Canada Gazette dated 11 December 1943, London Gazette dated 14 December 1943 and AFRO 568/44 dated 17 March 1944.  Home in Toronto; enlisted there 11 September 1939.

 

This officer as pilot has completed numerous operational sorties and has at all times shown unbounded enthusiasm and devotion to duty.  His extreme keenness and outstanding skill have won the admiration and respect of all his squadron.  His thoroughness in everything he has undertaken, and excellent deportment have been outstanding.

 

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LOWRY, F/O George Hamilton (J35520) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.424 Squadron - Award effective 10 May 1945 as per London Gazette dated 25 May 1945 and AFRO 1291/45 dated 10 August 1945.  Born 1920 in Winnipeg; home there; enlisted there 18 June 1941.  Trained at No.3 ITS (graduated 16 April 1943) and No.9 AOS (graduated 1 October 1943).  Commissioned September 1943.  No citation other than "completed...numerous operations against the enemy in the course of which [he has] invariably displayed the utmost fortitude, courage and devotion to duty."  DHist file 181.009 D.2610 (RG.24 Vol.20627) has recommendation dated 20 November 1944 when he had flown 21 sorties (107 hours), 5 July to 11 November 1944.

 

Flying Officer Lowry is a navigator of exceptional ability.  His track-keeping and timing have been of the highest standard and his work both in the air and on the ground has been an example to other navigators in the section.  This officer has completed a large number of successful sorties over enemy territory including many on heavily defended targets in Germany such as Wesselring, Stuttgart and most cities of the Ruhr Valley.  At all times he has shown great courage and determination and his fine crew spirit has been an inspiration to the members of the navigation section and to other members of aircrew of the squadron.  In addition to his excellent work in the air, Flying Officer Lowry has been of great value in helping newcomers in ironing out their navigation problems.  His aptitude for operational flying and his keen interest in his work have been largely responsible for his crew successfully finding and accurately bombing many important targets.

 

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LOWRY, S/L Romney Hollins (C1176) - Air Force Cross - No.4 (BR) Squadron - Award effective 3 November 1944 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 2479/44 dated 17 November 1944.  Born in Toronto, 21 July 1920; home in Toronto; enlisted there, 9 October 1939.  Served in No.6 (BR) Squadron, 1 December 1941 to January 1943 and No.4 (BR) Squadron, 11 September 1943 to January 1945. Retired 15 May 1945.  Became a doctor and rejoined RCAF, 1949-1958.  Name also given as Romney Hollis.  Governor General's Records (RG.7 Group 26, Volume 58, file 190-I) has citation.  As of recommendation he had flown 1,745 hours ten minutes, of which 513 hours 30 minutes were on operations (82 sorties).

 

This officer, during two years of operational flying on the West Coast, has proven himself to be a skilful and resourceful pilot.  As officer commanding a squadron he has displayed excellent qualities of leadership and organizing ability.  By his own outstanding example and devotion to duty he has been responsible for the high standard of efficiency maintained by his squadron.

 

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