MADDEN, W/C Humphrey Oliver (C1047) - Air Force Cross - No.165 Squadron - Award effective 1 January 1944 as per Canada Gazette of that date and AFRO 113/44 dated 21 January 1944. Born in Langford, England, 14 October 1906. Enlisted in Ottawa 23 October 1939. A newsclipping, believed from an Ottawa paper, and dated 8 December 1942 describes a rescue by S/L H.O. Madden "yesterday". Madden is described as officer commanding the RCAF ferry flight at Rockcliffe. F/O Carl Hickerson (a Texan) had been part of a Hurricane ferry flight going through northern Ontario and had been forced down on Evelyn Lake near Haileybury. Hickerson was reported missing at 9.00 p.m.; Madden promptly took a Lockheed from the communications division, plus a pilot (F/O T.E. Daniels, another American), and headed to North Bay. They then began searching in bad weather, and at 11.30 p.m. spotted a light on a lake - a landing light that Hickerson had detached and was using to signal. Madden sized up the situation, dropped emergency rations, and went on to Kapaskasing, later returning on a ski-equipped Norseman to effect the rescue. DHist file 181.009 D.1753 (RG.24 Vol.20609) has recommendation dated 3 September 1943 when he had flown 1,634 hours to date, 409 hours in previous six months. He had previously been recommended for an AFC and was (in this document) being recommended for an MiD. AFC presented 15 April 1944.

 

This officer has displayed exceptional keenness and devotion to duty. He is a skilful pilot whose fine example and inspiring leadership have been worthy of high praise. Wing Commander Madden has been responsible for two successful rescues of pilots forced down in barren country. On one occasion, he rescued a pilot who had been forced down by landing aircraft equipped with skis on a small lake at night. On another occasion he located a pilot forced down and after dropping supplies to the injured pilot, directed the rescue party to the scene of the accident thereby saving the pilot's life.

 

WAC File C.122-7-1 (RG 24 Vol.20612) has a letter dated 13 May 1943 from G/C J.G. Bryans (CO, Rockcliffe) to AOC WAC stating that Madden was first recommended for AFC in February 1942, based on his work from 11 September 1939 to 31 October 1941. It was not granted then; Bryans was pushing it again. He wrote, "As Officer Commanding No.124 Ferry Squadron at this Station [Rockcliffe], S/L Madden displayed outstanding flying ability. He was also responsible for the training of the ferry pilots under his command and, as a result of this training, they became proficient in ferry work. S/L Madden was also responsible for the successful rescue of pilots who had been forced down in barren country on at least two or three occasions. On one occasion he rescued a pilot who had been forced down by landing an aircraft equipped with skiis on a small lake at night. On another occasion he located a pilot who had been forced down and, after dropping supplies to the injured pilot, directed the rescue party to the scene of the accident and, as a result, the injured pilot was rescued and subsequently recovered. S/L Madden was responsible for the organization and expansion of No.124 Ferry Squadron and his devotion to duty at all times was of the highest degree."

 

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MADDEN, F/L Ralph Patrick (J88080) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.186 Squadron - Award effective 5 April 1945 as per London Gazette dated 13 April 1945 and AFRO 824/45 dated 18 May 1945. Born 1922 in Humbolt, Saskatchewan; home in Saskatoon (wood worker); enlisted in Vancouver, 24 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 July 1944. Attended medical school after the war and rejoined RCAF; medal sent to him in 1950 when he was at Centralia. 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 13 January 1945 when he had flown 30 sorties (146 hours 22 minutes), 27 September 1944 to 13 January 1945.

 

* denotes daylight sortie

 

27 Sep 44 Calais (2.53)* 20 Nov 44 Homberg (5.00)*

28 Sep 44 Calais (2.53)* 21 Nov 44 Homberg (4.32)*

14 Oct 44 Duisburg (4.09)* 23 Nov 44 Gelsenkirchen (4.31)*

14 Oct 44 Duisburg (4.58) 26 Nov 44 Fulda (6.59)*

15 Oct 44 Wilhelmshaven (4.27) 27 Nov 44 Cologne (4.33)*

18 Oct 44 Bonn (5.02)* 5 Dec 44 Schwammenauel (4.22)*

20 Oct 44 Stuttgart (6.07)* 8 Dec 44 Duisburg (4.20)*

23 Oct 44 Essen (5.12)* 23 Dec 44 Trier (4.35)*

25 Oct 44 Essen (4.27)* 26 Dec 44 St.Vith (4.00)*

26 Oct 44 Leverkusen (4.32)* 28 Dec 44 Cologne (4.44)*

28 Oct 44 Cologne (4.35)* 31 Dec 44 Vohwinkel (4.43)*

30 Oct 44 Wersellan (4.21)* 2 Jan 45 Nuremburg (7.04)*

31 Oct 44 Welheim (4.30)* 5 Jan 45 Ludwigshaven (5.34)*

15 Nov 44 Dortmund (2.18), DNCO 6 Jan 45 Neuss (4.57)

16 Nov 44 Heinsburg (4.01)* 11 Jan 45 Krefeld (5.14)*

13 Jan 45 Saarbrucken (6.49)*

 

This officer has now completed many operational sorties and has at all times shown determination and splendid captaincy. On more than one occasion his aircraft has been hit by enemy action and once an engine was badly damaged by heavy flak. His courage has been well proved.

 

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MADDER, F/O William Joseph (C19690) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.405 Squadron - Award effective 1 December 1944 as per London Gazette dated 12 December 1944 and AFRO 337/45 dated 23 February 1945. Born 1920 in Brandon, Manitoba; home in Winnipeg; enlisted there 16 May 1940. Commissioned 1944. Presented 18 June 1949. In postwar RCAF Auxiliary (NCO with No.9406 Unit, Saskatoon). 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 55 sorties (273 hours 54 minutes), 8 January 1943 to 20 September 1944 in two tours.

First Tour Second Tour

 

8 Jan 43 GARDENING (1.25), DNCO 27 Jun 44 Oisemont-au-Bois (2.32)

17 Jan 43 Berlin (8.15) 30 Jun 44 Villers-Bocage (2.41)

21 Jan 43 Essen (3.00), DNCO 2 July 44 Oisemont-au-Bois (2.23)

23 Jan 43 Dusseldorf (5.30) 5 July 44 Wizernes (1.57)

27 Jan 43 Dusseldorf (4.50) 6 July 44 Coquereaux (2.43)

11 Feb 43 Wilhelmshaven (4.30), DNCO 7 July 44 Caen (2.39)

14 Feb 43 Milan (8.45) 9 July 44 L'Hey (1.48)

16 Feb 43 Lorient (5.55) 10 Jul 44 Nucourt (2.39)

17 Feb 43 Wilhelmshaven (4.45) 12 Jul 44 Paris/Vaires (3.15)

24 Feb 43 Bremen (4.50) 15 Jul 44 Nucourt (3.34)

25 Feb 43 Nuremburg (7.20) 17 Jul 44 Cagny (2.25)

26 Feb 43 Cologne (4.50) 28 Jul 44 Hamburg (4.45)

28 Feb 43 St.Nazaire (5.30) 30 Jul 44 Battle area (2.42)

1 Mar 43 Berlin (6.55) 4 Aug 44 St.Maximin (3.07)

3 Mar 43 Hamburg (2.00), DNCO 5 Aug 44 Bordeaux (7.13)

5 Mar 43 Essen (4.400) 7 Aug 44 TOTALIZE 5 (2.41)

8 Mar 43 Nuremburg (7.25) 8 Aug 44 Lucheux (2.17)

9 Mar 43 Munich (7.10) 9 Aug 44 Foret du Croc (1.56)

11 Mar 43 Stuttgart (6.15) 10 Aug 44 La Pallice (5.19)

12 Mar 43 Essen (4.10) 14 Aug 44 TRACTABLE 21 (2.27)

22 Mar 43 St.Nazaire (5.50) 15 Aug 44 Melsbroek (4.35)

4 Apr 43 Kiel (5.05) 18 Aug 44 Sterkrade (3.34)

8 Apr 43 Duisburg (5.00) 28 Aug 44 Cezembie (3.13)

9 Apr 43 Duisburg (4.30) 29 Aug 44 Stettin (9.23)

13 Apr 43 Spezia (9.30) 15 Sep 44 Kiel (5.08)

14 Apr 43 Stuttgart (6.25) 17 Sep 44 Boulogne (2.05)

16 Apr 43 Pilsen (8.30) 17 Sep 44 Biggekerke (1.57)

18 Apr 43 Spezia (3.05), DNCO 20 Sep 44 Calais (2.31)

20 Apr 43 Stettin (7.20)

26 Apr 43 Duisburg (4.25)

4 May 43 Dortmunnd (4.45)

13 May 43 Pilsen (7.00)

 

Flying Officer Madder is a very efficient, keen Flight Engineer, now on his second tour of operations. He has participated in many sorties against such heavily defended German targets as Berlin, Dusseldorf and Hamburg. Invariably, this officer has display a high degree of courage and devotion to duty, even under the most adverse circumstances, thereby setting an inspiring example to all members of his crew. Undoubtedly, the fine fighting spirit evinced by Flying Officer Madder, along with his superior technical knowledge and how to apply it, ha contributed in no small way to the operational successes attained by his crew.

 

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MADDOCK, P/O Douglas Beverly (J85614) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.432 Squadron - Award effective 1 December 1944 as per London Gazette dated 12 December 1944 and AFRO 337/45 dated 23 February 1945. Born 1918 in Shellbrook, Saskatchewan; home there; enlisted in Saskatoon, 30 October 1941. Trained at No.6 ITS (graduated 5 June 1942), No.20 EFTS (graduated 28 August 1942) and No.9 SFTS (graduated 15 January 1943). Commissioned 1944. Medal sent by registered mail 1950. No citation other than "..in recognition of gallantry and devotion to duty in the execution of air operations against the enemy." DHist file 181.009 D.5557 (RG.24 Vol.20668) has recommendation dated 9 September 1944 when he had flown 34 1/2 sorties (193 hours 34 minutes), 2 October 1943 to 28 July 1944.

 

Under a calm and quiet manner this officer has always maintained a fine offensive spirit in action which has inspired confidence in his crew and other crews in his flight. Eleven of his thirty-four and a half trips have been over some of the enemy's most heavily defended targets, such as Berlin, Schweinfurt, Stuttgart (twice), Frankfurt, Essen (twice), Nuremburg and Hamburg. His fine spirit of co-operation and devotion to duty warrant a strong recommendation for the award of the Distinguished Flying Cross.

 

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MADDOCKS, F/L Donald William (J22527) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.149 Squadron - Award effective 6 January 1945 as per London Gazette dated 16 January 1945 and AFRO 508/45 dated 23 March 1945. Born 1910 in Toronto; home there (minister of unstated religion); enlisted in Hamilton 16 August 1941. Trained at No.6 ITS (graduated 19 December 1941), No.5 AOS (graduated 11 April 1942), No.7 BGS (graduated 23 May 1942) and No.1 ANS (graduated 3 July 1942. Commissioned 1942. Medal sent by registered mail 30 March 1949. No citation other than "completed...numerous operations against the enemy in the course of which [he has] invariably displayed the utmost fortitude, courage and devotion to duty."

 

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MADDOX, FS John Lightfoot (R90215) - Mention in Despatches - No.61 Base - Award effective 1 January 1945 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 425/45 dated 9 March 1945. Born 28 February 1916; home in Toronto; enlisted there 18 November 1940. Originally classified as Nursing Orderly; Reclassified as Hospital Assistant, 1 December 1942. LAC on enlistment; Corporal on 1 July 1942; Flight Sergeant on 29 March 1944. To RAF, 19 June 1941; repatriated 9 November 1944; released 30 October 1945. May have spent much of his early overseas service with No.400 Squadron. DHist file 181.009 D.2993 (RG.24 Vol.20634) has recommendation for a British Empire Medal dated 29 August 1944 when he was Wardmaster at Station Topcliffe.

 

During the three and one half-years that this Non-Commissioned Officer has been in service in Great Britain he has proven to be an outstanding and reliable medical Non-Commissioned Officer. His experience has been varied, and has been instrumental in the opening up of new sick quarters, viz, "R" Depot, Warrington, RCAF Eastmoor, RCAF Tholthorpe, as well as the changing over of sick quarters at Linton Station. This involved the setting up of the administrative procedure, and in each instance the routine of the hospital was in efficient operation in record time.

 

In April 1943, whilst a passenger in a Wellington aircraft, where he was injured himself, he was successful in removing two of the crew, resulting in their lives being saved. His knowledge and cool-headed performance in regard to aircraft casualties are outstanding, and his devotion to duty merits him worthy of the award of the British Empire Medal.

 

NOTE: He had also been recommended for a Mention in Despatches (27 July 1944) with the following citation:

 

This Non-Commissioned Officer who has been in the service in Great Britain for the last 3 years, has proven to be an outstanding and reliable medical Non-Commissioned Officer. He has been called upon to perform unusually responsible duties under extenuating circumstances, especially in connection with aircraft casualties. His performance of duties is an outstanding example to others.

 

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MADILL, F/L Bert Dennis (J16607) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.123 Squadron - Award effective 5 November 1945 as per London Gazette dated 13 November 1945 and AFRO 155/46 dated 15 February 1946. Born 1923 in Edmonton; home there. Trained at No.2 ITS, No.19 EFTS and No.2 SFTS. Commissioned December 1942.

 

Flight Lieutenant Madill has been engaged on operational flying over the South East Asia area of war operations for over two years. He has completed numerous tactical reconnaissance sorties over the difficult terrain of northwest Burma. He has also flown on many long range reconnaissances and taken part in bombing attacks against varied targets in Burma. Throughout this officer has maintained a high standard of skill and devotion to duty.

 

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MADILL, F/L David George (J15881) - Mention in Despatches - Overseas - Award effective 1 January 1946 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 155/46 dated 15 February 1946. Born at Spring Creek, Saskatchewan; home in Doonside, Saskatchewan; enlisted in Regina, 5 November 1940. Radar officer in UK and on continent. Postwar Chaplain.

 

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MADILL, F/L William Michael (J21812) - 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 Madison, Saskatchewan; enlisted in Saskatoon, 5 September 1941. Trained at No.7 ITS (graduated 6 June 1942) and No.7 AOS (graduated 18 December 1942). Certificate sent 16 August 1948.

 

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MADORE, F/L Andrew Francis (C2851) - Air Force Cross - No.19 EFTS, Virden, Manitoba - Award effective 20 October 1942 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 1830/42 dated 13 November 1942. Pre-war employeer of Trans-Canada Airlines. Presented by Governor General, 3 December 1942.

 

This officer has undoubtedly done more toward the successful organization and operation of the flying of Elementary Flying Training Schools than any other individual. He was Chief Flying Instructor at No.6 EFTS, Prince Albert, Saskatchewan, from October to December, 1940, when he was sent to No.2 EFTS, Fort William, to organize the flying there. After completing his work there he went back to Prince Albert where he remained until April 1941, at which time No.19 EFTS, Virden, Manitoba was opened. He came to the school as Chief Flying Instructor and has since organized the flying so well that No.19 EFTS is now considered the premier double EFTS in Canada. His most recent achievement is the supervision of 7,047 instructional flying hours in January 1942 without a single accident. This officer has been employed at EFTS's since October 1940, and since that time has flown a total of 1,400 hours.

 

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MAFFRE, F/O Gerald Frederick (J10973) - Belgian Croix de Guerre 1940 with Palm (deceased) - Awarded 17 July 1948 as per Canada Gazette of that date and AFRO 455/48 dated 23 July 1948. Home in Outremont. Pilot. Killed in action with No.434 Squadron, 27/28 April 1944, Halifax LL243. Buried in Holland.

 

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MAFFRE, Sergeant James Cooper (R77419) - Mention in Despatches - Overseas - Award effective 1 January 1943 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 232/43 dated 12 February 1943. Born 6 January 1918. Home in Treherne, Manitoba; enlisted in Montreal, 22 November 1940. Trained at No.7 BGS (graduated 1 September 1941) and No.3 WS (graduated 17 March 1941). To RAF, 17 September 1941; repatriated 28 December 1943; released 13 April 1944. LAC, 15 April 1941; Sergeant 1 September 1941; WO2 on 1 November 1942.

 

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MAGEE, F/L Clyde Charles (J24264) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.582 Squadron - Award effective 1 December 1944 as per London Gazette dated 8 December 1944 and AFRO 337/45 dated 23 February 1945. Born 1915 in Toronto; home in London, Ontario; enlisted in Toronto, 10 September 1940. Trained at No.1 BGS (graduated 27 October 1940), No.4 ITS (graduated 3 July 1942), No.19 EFTS (graduated 23 October 1942) and No.11 SFTS (graduated 5 March 1943). DFC and Bar presented 27 January 1946. This sequence suggests a gunner who remustered to pilot later in war. No citation other than "..in recognition of gallantry and devotion to duty in the execution of air operations against the enemy." An undated clipping from Saskatoon Star Phoenix says he was a spy dropper and towed a glider to Normandy on D Day (not borne out by sortie list). Public Records Office Air 2/8881 has recommendation dated 21 September 1944 when he had flown 43 sorties (178 hours 20 minutes), 24 March to 25 August 1944.

 

24 Mar 44 Berlin 28 Jun 44 Blainville sur l'Eau

26 Mar 44 Essen 30 Jun 44 Villers Bocage

30 Mar 44 Nuremburg 2 July 44 Oisemont

9 Apr 44 Lille 6 July 44 Coquereux

10 Apr 44 Laon 9 July 44 L'Hey

20 Apr 44 Cologne 10 Jul 44 Nucourt

24 Apr 44 Karlsruhe 12 Jul 44 Thiverny

27 Apr 44 Friedrichshafen 22 Jul 44 Lizeux

30 Apr 44 Somain 23 Jul 44 Kiel

3 May 44 Montdidier 24 Jul 44 Stuttgart

7 May 44 Nantes 25 Jul 44 Stuttgart

11 May 44 Louvain 28 Jul 44 Hamburg

21 May 44 Duisburg 30 Jul 44 Caument area

22 May 44 Dortmund 3 Aug 44 L'Isle Adam

24 May 44 Aachen 4 Aug 44 Trossy Maximin

27 May 44 Rennes 7 Aug 44 Mare de Magne

7 June 44 Foret de Cerisy 10 Aug 44 Dijon

8 June 44 Fougeres 12 Aug 44 Russelsheim

14 Jun 44 Douai 15 Aug 44 St.Trond

16 Jun 44 Renesure 16 Aug 44 Stettin

23 Jun 44 Coubronne 25 Aug 44 Brest

24 Jun 44 Middel Straete

 

Flight Lieutenant Magee has completed a first tour and volunteered to continue with an extended tour as captain of a Blind Marking crew. He has shown outstanding ability as a captain, and his keenness and energy in operating and improving his crew's capabilities are unsurpassed. He has shown himself to be an able and determined leader, undaunted by the heaviest opposition.

 

MAGEE, F/L Clyde Charles, DFC (J24264) - Bar to Distinguished Flying Cross - No.582 Squadron - Award effective 15 March 1945 as per London Gazette dated 23 March 1945 and AFRO 721/45 dated 27 April 1945.

 

This officer has completed a large number of day and night missions during which he has successfully attacked a wide range of strongly defended targets. He has maintained an excellent standard of operational efficiency and has at all times shown courage and devotion to duty of a high order.

 

NOTE: Public Records Office Air 2/9050 has recommendation dated 21 December 1944 when he had flown 60 sorties (254 hours 25 minutes) of which 17 trips (60 hours) had been flown since previous award. Added sorties and unpublished citation as follows; statement that he had flown "20 more very successful sorties" cannot be resolved when checking actual sortie lists.

 

20 Sept 44 Calais 15 Oct 44 Wilhelmshaven

27 Sept 44 Sterkrade 19 Oct 4 Stuttgart

30 Sept 44 Sterkrade 25 Oct 44 Homberg

3 Oct 44 Westkapelle 12 Nov 44 Dortmund

5 Oct 44 Saarbrucken 20 Nov 44 Aschaffenburg

6 Oct 44 Scholven 21 Nov 44 Koblenz

12 Oct 44 Wanne Eickel 27 Nov 44 Neuss

14 Oct 44 Duisburg 15 Dec 44 Ludwigshaven

14 Oct 44 Duisburg

 

Since being recommended for his Distinguished Flying Cross Flight Lieutenant Magee has participated in 20 more very successful sorties as a Blind Marker, most of them being against the heavily defended targets in the Ruhr and Rhineland. He has set a fine example of captaincy and his keenness has been a source of inspiration throughout the squadron. He is strongly recommended for a non-immediate award of a Bar to the Distinguished Flying Cross.

 

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MAGEE, Sergeant Donald Linwood (R115078) - British Empire Medal - No.1 Air Command Headquarters - Award effective 1 January 1946 as per Canada Gazette of that date and AFRO 82/46 dated 25 January 1946. Home in Trenton; enlisted in Toronto, 12 July 1941. Presented 18 October 1947. Governor General's Records (RG.7 Group 26, Volume 59, file 190-I, dossier 8) has citation.

 

This non-commissioned officer has performed outstanding work in charge of the Retirement and Discharge section of No.1 Air Command Administrative Unit. His untiring efforts and efficiency have assisted greatly to the success of this unit. The unselfish manner in which he has worked has been a constant source of inspiration to his fellow men.

 

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MAGEE, F/L Douglas Thomas (J14417) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.429 Squadron - Award effective 8 September 1945 as per London Gazette dated 21 September 1945 and AFRO 1704/45 dated 9 November 1945. Born 1921 in Souris, Manitoba; home there; enlisted in Winnipeg, 17 July 1941. Trained at No.2 ITS (graduated 25 February 1942), No.5 EFTS (graduated 6 June 1942) and No.10 SFTS (graduated 25 September 1942). Medal sent by registered mail 28 June 1949. No citation other than "completed...numerous operations against the enemy in the course of which [he has] invariably displayed the utmost fortitude, courage and devotion to duty." DHist file 181.009 D.2610 (RG.24 Vol.20627) has recommendation dated 18 April 1945 when he had completed 29 sorties (194 hours 55 minutes), 28 October 1944 to 16 April 1945.

 

This officer has carried out twenty-nine operational sorties against enemy targets. He is captain of a crew which was specially selected to undertake the most hazardous Gardening missions requiting the highest degree of airmanship and accuracy. Flight Lieutenant Magee has, on all occasions, displayed exceptional keenness for operational flying, and has pressed home his attacks with outstanding courage and determination despite strong enemy opposition. This pilot has set an outstanding example to other personnel of the squadron.

 

It is considered that this officer's ability and fortitude, coupled with his fine offensive spirit, fully merit the non-immediate award of the Distinguished Flying Cross.

 

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MAGEE, LAC Gerald Richard (R272026) - British Empire Medal - RCAF Overseas Headquarters - Award effective 13 June 1946 as per Canada Gazette of that date and AFRO 660/46 dated 5 July 1946. Home in Good Hope, Alberta; enlisted in Edmonton, 8 September 1943.

 

This airman is the senior Air Force driver at the unit. For several months he has operated a vehicle to all parts of the Continent under circumstances of almost unsurmountable difficulties. In view of the conditions on the Continent, it has more often than not been impossible for him to obtain proper sleeping quarters or messing arrangements. It has been necessary to operate over a wide territory which presented new and difficult problems to complete the assignment. Notwithstanding the long hours which he has worked far in excess of his normal hours of duty, he has shown the utmost willingness and cheerfulness in his work. In the thousands of miles which he has driven, his keen devotion to duty has not been relaxed and he has operated without mishap or accident. He has willingly assumed, without direction or instructions, numerous other difficult tasks which have been encountered by the investigating teams being transported by him. His efforts have been an incentive to his fellow airmen and of assistance beyond assessment by the officers of the unit.

 

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MAGGS, S/L Raymond Frank (C89548) - Mention in Despatches - Overseas - Award effective 1 January 1946 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 322/46 dated 29 March 1946. Home in North Battleford; formerly a Canadian in the RAF; transferred to RCAF in London, England, 29 January 1945. Much wartime work as liaison officer in Canada on BCATP duties.

 

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MAGILL, P/O James (J89838) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.578 Squadron - Award effective 6 January 1945 as per London Gazette dated 19 January 1945 and AFRO 508/45 dated 23 March 1945. Born 1922 in Saskatoon; home there; enlisted Winnipeg 11 December 1941. Trained at No.7 ITS (graduated 3 July 1942), No.6 EFTS (ceased training 9 October 1942), No.5 BGS (graduated 14 May 1953) and No.1 CNS (graduated 26 June 1943). Commissioned September 1943. No citation other than "completed...numerous operations against the enemy in the course of which [he has] invariably displayed the utmost fortitude, courage and devotion to duty." Public Records Office Air 2/9039 has recommendation for a DFM (he was still a Flight Sergeant) dated 22 October 1944 when he had flown 38 sorties (162 hours 30 minutes), 11 June to 15 October 1944.

 

* denotes Daylight sortie

 

11 June 44 Massy Palaiseau (5.13) 5 Aug 44 Foret de Nieppe (2.54)*

12 June 44 Amiens (4.27) 7 Aug 44 TOTALIZER 3 (4.55)

14 June 44 Douai (3.55) 18 Aug 44 Sterkrade (4.21)

15 June 44 Foulliard Dump (5.37) 25 Aug 44 Brest (5.24)

17 June 44 St.Martin l'Hortier (3.30) 27 Aug 44 Homburg (4.16)*

30 June 44 Villers Bocage (4.21)* 3 Sept 44 Venlo (3.52)*

1 July 44 Oisemont (3.57)* 10 Sep 44 Le Havre (3.31)*

4 July 44 St.Martin l'Hortier (3.57) 11 Sep 44 Gelsenkirchen (4.17)

5 July 44 St.Martin l'Hortier (4.03) 12 Sep 44 Munster (4.30)

9 July 44 Les Cartelliers (4.26)* 15 Sep 44 Kiel (5.30)

12 July 44 Thiverny (4.54)* 17 Sep 44 Boulogne (3.03)*

15 July 44 Nucourt (4.45) 24 Sep 44 Calais II (3.03)*

18 July 44 Caen H.2 (4.29)* 25 Sep 44 Calais 2B (3.27)*

20 July 44 Bottrop (4.47) 26 Sep 44 Calais (3.03)*

23 July 44 Kiel (5.24) 27 Sep 44 Calais (3.14)*

28 July 44 Foret de Nieppe (3.24)* 5 Oct 44 Sterkrade (4.23)*

29 July 44 Foret de Nieppe (4.00)* 9 Oct 44 Bochum (5.18)

1 Aug 44 Anderbelck (3.08)* 14 Oct 44 Duisburg (5.08)

3 Aug 44 Bois de Casson (4.43)* 15 Oct 44 Duisburg (5.25)

 

Flight Sergeant Magill has carried out 38 operations totalling 162.30 hours during which he has taken part in attacks on important targets such as Duisburg, Bochum, Munster and Kiel.

 

Throughout an extended tour of operations against a considerable variety of targets both by day and night, this fine Non-Commissioned Officer has fulfilled his duty as an Air Bomber with the utmost coolness and efficiency. He has demonstrated his ability by the high percentage of "Aiming Point" photographs which he has brought back from his many sorties into Germany and the occupied countries. A most conscientious crew member whose courage and cheerfulness have set a fine example to his crew and other members of the squadron.

 

For his exceptional tenacity of purpose and fine record he is strongly recommended for the award of the Distinguished Flying Medal.

 

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MAGILL, FS William Hugh (R277564) - Distinguished Flying Medal - No.429 Squadron - Award effective 10 May 1945 as per London Gazette dated 22 May 1945 and AFRO 1147/45 dated 13 July 1945. Born 1925 in Toronto; home there (munitions worker); enlisted there 16 September 1943. Trained at No.10 BGS (graduated 24 March 1944. Medal sent by registered mail 14 March 1952. DHist file 181.009 D.5525 has recommendation dated 20 February 1945 when he had flown 15 sorties (108 hours five minutes), commencing 27 November 1944. Incident described was 16/17 January 1945 and recommendation suggests the enemy aircraft was shot down. Postwar employed by City of Toronto; died in Toronto 11 May 1996.

 

This airman has participated in a number of operation missions against heavily defended targets in the Ruhr Valley. At all times he has proved himself to be a skilful and vigilant air gunner. His fine fighting spirit, determination and devotion to duty have always been outstanding. In January 1945 his aircraft was detailed to attack Magdeburg. While on the return flight an enemy aircraft was sighted. Flight Sergeant Magill's excellent directions enabled his captain to out-manoeuvre the enemy fighter while his accurate return fire forced the hostile aircraft to break off the engagement.

 

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MAGNUSSON, P/O John Freeman (J87579) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.431 Squadron - Award effective 5 February 1945 as per London Gazette dated 20 February 1945 and AFRO 563/45 dated 29 March 1945. Born 1917; home in Leslie, Saskatchewan (cook); enlisted in Saskatoon, 20 November 1941. Trained at No.1 ITS (graduated 19 June 1942), No.5 BGS (graduated 5 December 1943) and No.1 CNS (graduated 19 March 1943). Medal sent by registered mail 7 June 1950. No citation other than "completed...numerous operations against the enemy in the course of which [he has] invariably displayed the utmost fortitude, courage and devotion to duty." DHist file 181.009 D.3260 (RG.24 Vol.20637) has recommendation dated 14 November 1944 when he had flown 37 sorties (169 hours 15 minutes), 24 December 1943 to 29 September 1944.

 

This officer has taken part in many operational sorties, including such heavily defended targets as Hamburg, Boulogne, Arras, and various targets in France. Whatever the dangers and difficulties over the target area, Pilot Officer Magnusson invariably remained quietly and efficiently at his post, setting an excellent example to less experienced members of his crew. He has displayed efficiency and ability in these duties and, being always alert and fearless, in any circumstances, was of the greatest value to this squadron. By his coolness and courage, Pilot Officer Magnusson has contributed to the success of thirty-four sorties. In recognition of this officer's high standard of operational efficiency, I strongly recommend that he be awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross.

 

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MAGNUSSON, P/O Holger Fred (J88837) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.427 Squadron - Award effective 6 January 1945 as per London Gazette dated 19 January 1945 and AFRO 508/45 dated 23 March 1945. Born 1923; home in Grand Falls, Montana; enlisted in Winnipeg, 30 October 1940. Trained at No.3 BGS (graduated 17 September 1943). Commissioned July 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.1729 (RG.24 Vol.20607) has recommendation dated 14 October 1944 when he had flown 39 sorties (188 hours 25 minutes), 25 March to 14 October 1944.

 

This Air Gunner has completed thirty-nine operational bombing attacks against the enemy. At all times his work has been of a very high calibre and his cheerful confidence and devotion to duty have been an excellent example to his crew.

 

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MAGNUSSON, S/L Norman Lawrence (J17168) - Distinguished Flying Cross - Middleton St. George - Award effective 6 January 1945 as per London Gazette dated 16 January 1945 and AFRO 508/45 dated 23 March 1945. Born 1918 in Winnipeg; home there; enlisted 30 June 1941. Formerly in Winnipeg Grenadiers. Trained at No.2 ITS, No.5 AOS and No.7 BGS. Commissioned 1943. Original member of No.428 Squadron. Remained in postwar RCAF, retiring in 1973 with rank of Major-General and holding appointment of Commander, Order of Military Merit. After retirement was Assistant Vice-President (Human Resources) Canadian Broadcasting Corporation. Two brothers, Norris and Elmer Magnusson, were killed in the Second World War. 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." Died in Victoria, British Columbia, 16 June 1997. Public Records Office Air 2/9039 has recommendation dated 26 October 1944 when he had flown 29 sorties (189 hours 15 minutes). Station Navigation Officer at the time.

 

* Wellington aircraft

# Halifax aircraft

 

6 Feb 43 GARDENING, Petten (4.00)* 12 May 43 Duisburg (5.35)*

7 Feb 43 Lorient (7.20)* 13 May 43 Bochum (5.50)*

19 Feb 43 Wilhelmshaven (6.20)* 18 May 43 GARDENING, Brest (4.55)

24 Feb 43 Wilhelmshaven (6.00)* 29 May 43 Wuppertal (6.00)*

26 Feb 43 Cologne (6.50)* 25 June 43 Gelsenkirchen (5.25)#

3 Mar 43 Hamburg (6.35)* 3 July 43 Cologne (7.00)#

5 Mar 43 Essen (6.05)* 9 July 43 Gelsenkirchen (7.25)#

12 Mar 43 Essen (5.15)* 13 July 43 Aachen (5.50)#

26 Mar 43 Duisburg (5.00)* 24 July 43 Hamburg (6.15)#

28 Mar 43 St.Nazaire (6.15)* 25 July 43 Essen (5.00)#

30 Mar 43 Dinghy Search (7.20)* 27 July 43 Hamburg (6.25)#

10 Apr 43 Frankfurt (8.45) 29 July 44 Hamburg (5.50)#

14 Apr 43 Stuttgart (7.25)* 3 Aug 43 Dinghy Search (5.10)#

16 Apr 43 Mannheim (7.00)* 9 Aug 43 Mannheim (7.00)#

21 Apr 43 Dinghy Search (3.30)* 10 Aug 43 Nuremburg (8.25)#

4 May 43 Dortmund (5.50)*

 

This officer has completed a large number of sorties in an exemplary manner against nearly all of the major targets in Germany. As a navigator he has done a splendid job and has inspired his crew with great confidence. His devotion to duty and outstanding work as a navigator against such heavily defended targets has set a fine example. He has been constantly diligent and accurate in all his work. In recognition of Squadron Leader Magnusson's outstanding courage and devotion to duty, he is strongly recommended for the award of the Distinguished Flying Cross.

 

MAGNUSSON, S/L Norman Lawrence, DFC (J17168) - Mention in Despatches - No.64 Base (AFRO gives only "Overseas") - Award effective 14 June 1945 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 1395/45 dated 31 August 1945. DHist file 181.009 D.4364 (RG.24 Vol.20648) has recommendation sent to No.6 Group Headquarters, from Middleton St.George, 2 February 1945 when he had served one year in Canada, 31 months overseas. Station Navigation Officer.

 

This officer since finishing his tour of operations has done an excellent job of work as Station Navigation Officer and his guidance has done much to bring up the standard of navigation in both squadrons.

 

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MAGUIRE, P/O John Norman (J94106) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.408 Squadron - Award effective 5 July 1945 as per London Gazette dated 20 July 1945 and AFRO 1619/45 dated 19 October 1945. Born 1924 in Toronto; home there (clerk); enlisted there 14 January 1943. Trained at No.2 WS (graduated 26 November 1943) and No.3 BGS (graduated 12 March 1944). Presented 22 June 1949.

 

In November 1944, during an attack on Dusseldorf, the aircraft in which Pilot Officer Maguire was rear gunner was attacked by enemy fighters. By his alertness and timely warnings he enabled his pilot to evade all attacks successfully. This officer has consistently displayed courage and devotion to duty of a high order.

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MAGWOOD, F/L Charles McLaughlin (J5975) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.403 Squadron - Award effective 30 April 1943 as per London Gazette dated 18 May 1943 and AFRO 1078/43 dated 11 June 1943 - Born 27 November 1913 in Toronto. Insurance agent there before war. Enlisted 17 August 1940. After Manning Depot, Brandon, attended No.2 ITS (22 December 1940 to 27 January 1941), No.16 EFTS (28 January to 28 March 1941), and No.11 SFTS (11 April to 4 July 1941). Arrived in UK on 14 August 1941. No.53 OTU, 16 September to 18 November 1941. With No.403 Squadron, 26 November 1941 to 13 June 1943. On strength of Station Kenley, 13 June to 19 July 1943. Returned to Canada that month, but was reposted to Britain in September 1943. With No.403 Squadron, 28 September to 20 October 1943, and No.421 Squadron, 20 October to 13 December 1943. Staff postings overseas until August 1945, when he returned to Canada. Released 29 October 1945. Credited with the following aerial victories (Spitfire serials from Chris Shores, Aces High, 2nd edition): 15 Februay 1943, one FW.190 damaged (BS145); 8 March 1943, one FW.190 damaged (BS196, shared with P/O C.G. Cumming); 3 April 1943, one FW.190 destroyed (BS383); 4 April 1943, two FW.190s destroyed (BS383); 13 May 1943, one FW.190 destroyed plus one damaged (BS383); 24 October 1943, one FW.190 damaged (MH903); 3 November 1943, one FW.190 destroyed (MH903). Award presented by King George VI, 13 July 1943. A portrait of him by Edwin Holgate is held by the Canadian War Museum (catalogue number 11500).

 

In April 1943, this officer was engaged in escorting a bomber force during an operational sortie. Much fighter opposition was encountered and in the ensuing combat Flight Lieutenant Magwood shot down two enemy aircraft. The previous day he engaged a Focke Wulfe 190 from close range and his accurate fire caused the enemy aircraft to disintegrate in the air. Flight Lieutenant Magwood, who has completed fifty-one sorties, has invariably displayed great courage and devotion to duty.

 

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MAHER, LAC Dermott William (R175040) - Mention in Despatches - Dalton (AFRO gives unit only as "Overseas" - Award effective 14 June 1945 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 1647/45 dated 26 October 1945. Home in North Bay; enlisted in Toronto, 19 June 1942. DHist file 181.009 D.2993 (RG.24 Vol.20634) has recommendation forwarded from No.61 Base to Headquarters, No.6 Group, 11 September 1944. Notwithstanding the discrepancy of dates, this indicates the sort of work he was doing which would have merited award. He had enlisted 19 June 1942 and had served eight months in Canada, 17 months in England.

 

This airman while an ACH/GD was employed in the capacity of a Flying Control Assistant and carried out his duties in a highly efficient manner. During the time this station was below establishment in Flying Control Officers, Leading Aircraftman Maher assumed duties and responsibilities far beyond those which would normally be expected of him. He is still entrusted with considerable responsibility and has shown outstanding administrative ability and tact in performing his duties and directing the work of other assistants, some of whom are Non-Commissioned Officers.

 

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MAHON, F/L Harold Henry Staunton (J25694) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.433 Squadron (AFRO says No.434 Squadron but DHist records show the recommendation as emanating from No.433) - Award effective 23 November 1945 as per London Gazette dated 4 December and AFRO 212/46 dated 1 March 1946. Born October 1913 in Toronto; home in Outremont (clerk inspector, member of COTC); enlisted in Toronto, 20 February 1934 [?]. Trained at No.5 ITS (graduated 9 January 1943), No.4 BGS (graduated 20 March 1943)), and No.9 AOS (graduated 1 May 1943). Presented in Montreal, 25 November 1949. No citation other than "completed...numerous operations against the enemy in 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 by W/C G.A. Tambling dated 19 May 1945 when he had completed 29 sorties (145 hours ten minutes), 18 July 1944 to 10 May 1945 (including EXODUS flights on 8 and 10 May 1945).

 

This officer has now completed twenty-nine operational sorties over enemy territory, including such heavily defended areas as Hamburg (2), Dortmund (2), Kiel and Duisburg.

 

Flight Lieutenant Mahon has displayed outstanding ability and a strong sense of duty and holds a fine record of achievement on the squadron. He has acted as Bombing Leader with the squadron for the past eight months, and by his high degree of skill, courage and initiative has proven an inspiration to all personnel. He has handled his section in a most outstanding manner and by his example of cheerful courage has maintained a very high standard of morale, not only among his section members, but in the squadron in general.

 

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MAHONEY, F/L Clarence Vincent (J9509) - Commended for Valuable Services in the Air - No.6 OTU - Award effective 1 January 1946 as per Canada Gazette of that date and AFRO 82/46 dated 25 January 1946. Home in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan; enlisted there 13 January 1941. Trained at No.2 ITS (graduated 24 July 1941), No.5 AOS (graduated 12 October 1941), No.3 BGS (graduated 25 November 1941) and No.1 ANS (graduated 16 January 1942). DHist file 181.009 D.1636 (RG.24 Vol.20604) has application for Operational Wings dated 14 February 1944. At No.31 GRS, January-February 1942, No.31 OTU from February to April 1942, No.7 OTU in UK, June to August 1942. Had served with No.200 Squadron (Sierra Leone), October to December 1942; No.38 Squadron on Wellingtons in Mediterranean (January-February 1943), No.458 Squadron on Wellingtons, Malta, 28 February to March 1943 (night torpedo drops), No.221 Squadron on Wellingtons, March to July 1943. Claimed 46 sorties (286 operational hours) on all units listed, 1 1/2 ships sunk. Posted to Canada in August 1943.

 

This officer, by his organizing ability, has improved and maintained the standard of Navigation Instruction in the air at this unit to its present high standard. The efficiency and devotion to duty he has displayed are outstanding.

 

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MAHONEY, P/O Daniel Carson (J19880) - Mention in Despatches - No.3 PRC - Award effective 1 January 1945 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 379/45 dated 2 March 1945. Home in Keswich, Ontario; enlisted in Toronto, 27 August 1941. Trained at No.3 ITS (graduated 16 January 1942), No.12 EFTS (graduated 27 March 1942) and No.5 SFTS (graduated 31 July 1942).

 

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MAHONEY, F/O Gerald Maurice (J17806) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.428 Squadron - Award effective 15 March 1945 as per London Gazette dated 27 March 1945 and AFRO 1127/45 dated 6 July 1945. Born 1912 in Montreal; home in Lachute, Quebec (clerk); enlisted in London, England, 10 April 1942. Presented 22 May 1946. No citation other than "completed...many successful operations against the enemy in which [he has] displayed high skill, fortitude and devotion to duty." DHist file 181.009 D.3260 (RG.24 Vol.20637) has recommendation dated 17 December 1944 when he had flown 32 sorties (187 hours 25 minutes), 9 May to 6 December 1944.

 

As a navigator, Flying Officer Mahoney has displayed exceptional skill and great devotion to duty. On several occasions while high level mining, rather than drop his mines off the target, he navigated his aircraft on orbits and returned to the exact target to mine successfully. Under a quiet manner he has a fine offensive spirit in action which inspires confidence and he has contributed to a major degree in the operational efficiency of his crew and the squadron as a whole.

 

As well as precision manning his sorties include targets such as Stettin, Bremen, Emden, Kiel, Bottrop, Dortmund, Bochum, Wilhelmshaven, Cologne, Neuss, Duisburg, Karlsruhe, and Osnabruck. On each he has navigated his aircraft skilfully and reached the target as briefed.

 

For all around efficiency and great devotion to duty, I recommend the non-immediate award of the Distinguished Flying Cross.

 

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MAHONEY, F/L William Arthur (J7679) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.162 Squadron - Award effective 26 October 1944 as per London Gazette dated 7 November and AFRO 1/45 dated 5 January 1945. Home in North Bend, British Columbia; enlisted in Vancouver, 24 January 1941. Trained at No.2 WS (graduated 15 August 1941) and No.2 BGS (graduated 15 September 1941). Presented 22 October 1949.

 

Now on his second tour of operational duty, this officer has taken part in many sorties. He has done much valuable work for the squadron on special operations and has at all times displayed outstanding skill, courage and devotion to duty. On one occasion Flight Lieutenant Mahoney obtained valuable information regarding the tactics of enemy night fighters. During this flight his aircraft was attacked by an enemy fighter five times and the rear gunner was killed. Regardless of the tracer bullets passing through the cockpit, Flight Lieutenant Mahoney completed his investigation and recorded the results.

 

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MAHONY, P/O Edward Patrick Joseph (J89750) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.415 Squadron - Award effective 10 May 1945 as per London Gazette dated 25 May 1945 and AFRO 1291/45 dated 10 August 1945. Born 1914 in Toronto; home there (proof reader); enlisted there 7 July 1942. Trained at No.5 ITS (graduated 17 April 1943) and No.4 AOS (graduated 17 September 1943). Presented in Toronto, 30 November 1949. No citation other than "completed...numerous operations against the enemy in the course of which [he has] invariably displayed the utmost fortitude, courage and devotion to duty." DHist file 181.009 Vol.1761 (RG.24 Vol.20609) has recommendation dated 18 January 1945 when he had flown 32 sorties (164 hours five minutes), 24 July to 24 December 1944.

 

Throughout his tour this navigator has been consistently accurate in his work. He has navigated his aircraft to the targets and kept it out of trouble on every occasion. Highly skilled himself, Pilot Officer Mahoney has given unsparingly of his time to assist in the training of other members of his section. Both in the air and on the ground his services have been most valuable.

 

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MAIN, Sergeant James Richard (R264224) - Distinguished Flying Medal - No.415 Squadron - Award effective 24 October 1944 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 2637/44 dated 8 December 1944. Born 1922 in Toronto; home there; spent one year in Army. Enlisted in Toronto, 15 June 1942. Trained at No.3 BGS (graduated 23 December 1942. Presented 18 October 1947.

 

This airman has participated in many sorties as air gunner and has at all times displayed constant alertness and accuracy. On one occasion during an attack on Bremen his aircraft was attacked by three enemy fighters. By his skill and accurate shooting one of the enemy aircraft was compelled to break away with smoke trailing from the engine. The coolness and fine fighting spirit displayed by Sergeant Main have contributed greatly to the safety of his aircraft and crew and to the successful completion of many missions.

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MAIN, F/O William Hunter (J9920) - Mention in Despatches - No.415 Squadron - Award effective 14 January 1944 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 874/44 dated 21 April 1944. Home in Winnipeg; enlisted in North Bay, Ontario, 8 January 1941. Trained at No.3 ITS (graduated 28 May 1941), No.13 EFTS (ceased training 30 June 1941, No.7 BGS (graduated 20 December 1941), No.5 AOS (graduated 9 November 1941) and No.1 ANS (graduated 19 January 1942).

 

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MAINS, FS Walter Norman (R58448) - British Empire Medal - Canadian Joint Staff, Washington - Award effective 28 May 1943 as per London Gazette dated 28 May 1943 and AFRO 1459/43 dated 30 July 1943. Home in Vancouver; enlisted there 17 August 1940. Presented 29 February 1944.

 

During the past year, Flight Sergeant Mains has been in charge of the Canadian Joint Staff Headquarters Signals and Cypher Officer in Washington. He has trained his Section up to and maintained a very high standard of accuracy and speed in cyphering and in handling traffic. This NCO has constantly set an example to his men by his extreme devotion to duty, initiative, trade skill and pride in the work of his Section. He maintains discipline and harmony and encourages the personnel under him to advance new ideas. The splendid manner in which a large volume of traffic has been handled at this office has only been possible through this NCO's organizing ability. His success has entailed long hours of arduous work.

 

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MAIR, W/C Alexander Campbell (C1635) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.408 Squadron - Award effective 9 December 1943 as per London Gazette dated 24 December 1943 and AFRO 297/44 dated 11 February 1944. Born in Darvel, Scotland; home in Brantford, Ontario; enlisted in Windsor, Ontario, 29 January 1940. Trained at No.1 ITS and No.1 SFTS (graduated 13 July 1940. Commissioned 1940 Instructed at Saskatoon before going overseas. Killed in action, 27 November 1943 (Lancaster DS723); no known grave; name on Runnymede Memorial. DFC presented to next-of-kin by Governor General, 27 June 1945.

 

This officer has participated in very many sorties involving attacks on a wide variety of important and well defended targets in Germany. Throughout his tour he has displayed great skill and determination, pressing home his attacks with vigour, often in the face of heavy opposition. On several occasions his aircraft has been damaged by enemy action but despite this, Wing Commander Mair has completed his mission successfully. He is a highly efficient flight commander whose gallant leadership and personal example have inspired all.

 

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MAIR, F/L Frank John (J25271) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.502 Squadron - Award effective 26 June 1945 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 1291/45 dated 10 August 1945. Born 1913 in Vancouver; home in Crossfield, Alberta (teacher); enlisted in Calgary, 7 March 1942. Trained at No.7 ITS (graduated 28 August 1942), No.6 EFTS (graduated 4 December 1942) and No.10 SFTS (graduated 16 April 1943). Commissioned 1943. Presented 9 July 1949.

 

One night in April 1945, Flight Lieutenant Mair piloted an aircraft engaged on a sortie over an area of the Skaggerak and Kattegat. During the flight, a merchant ship escorted by a naval vessel was located. In spite of much opposing fire, Flight Lieutenant Mair came down to a low altitude to execute a straight and level bombing run. Two hits were obtained on the merchantman from which smoke began to issue in great clouds. This officer has taken part in many attacks on enemy shipping and has invariably displayed a high degree of skill and courage.

 

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MAIR, S/L William Mace (C7671) - Officer, Order of the British Empire - Missing Research and Enquiry Service, British Air Forces of Occupation - Award effective 6 February 1948 as per AFRO 81/48 of that date. Born in Montreal, 26 August 1902; enlisted in RCAF, 4 October 1941 as Administrative Officer. At Station Trenton, 4 October to 2 November 1941; on staff of No.1 Manning Depot, 3 November 1941 to 31 May 1942; on staff of No.5 Manning Depot, 1 June to 11 August 1942. Posted to "Y" Depot, Halifax, 12 August 1942; taken on strength of No.3 Personnel Reception Centre, Bournemouth, 20 August 1942; on staff of RCAF Repatriation Depot, 7 December 1942 to 20 April 1944; on staff of No.6 Group Headquarters, 20 April to 8 July 1944; loaned for part of this time to RAF Air Ministry Casualty Unit, York; on staff of BPSO [not sure what this signifies] 8 July 1944 to 5 January 1945; assigned to No.4885 Missing Research and Enquiries Section, 6 January 1945; to Missing Research and Enquiries Service (British Air Forces of Occupation), 15 October 1945; attached for duty to British and American Graves Commission, September 1946; repatriated September 1947; released 18 September 1947. Medal sent by registered mail to his home in Willowdale, Ontario, 29 May 1948. As of date of award, RCAF policy had been to refrain from recommending personnel for the Periodic Honours List, and Mair was recommended by the RAF out of its own quota for awards. Mair himself wrote sometime in 1948 to describe his work as follows: "My main function with MRES was the identification of missing aircrew. In this connection I developed the general identification procedure and instructions adopted by Air Ministry (P.4, Cas), supervised the identification work and organized exhumation and identification of unknowns buried in cemeteries in northern Europe. Remained in this unit until demobilized in 1947; awarded OBE in January 1948 in recognition." Public Records Office Air 2/9816 has citation as approved by Air Ministry Honours and Awards Committee:

 

Squadron Leader Mair is Senior Officer in Charge of Exhumation and Identification work. He joined the Missing Research and Enquiry Service in December 1944 and has taken a large and responsible part in the initial organization of this Branch of the Service. He is entirely responsible for the exhumation procedure now in use, which he evolved from his own experience of research work in the field, and the application of his methods has enabled a large number of missing aircrew to be traced. Apart from being a most efficient officer, Squadron Leader Mair subordinates everything to his official duties and does not spare himself. He has continuously worked for long hours in an endeavour to perfect the organization and much of the success of the Missing Research and Inquiry Service is due to his foresight, planning and energy. The Missing Research Enquiry Units have a thankless and at times horrible task to perform but their importance cannot be too strongly emphasized. Squadron Leader Mair's work is particularly noteworthy.

 

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MAITLAND, F/O John Oliver (J17060) - Commended for Valuable Services - No.113 South African Wing - Award effective 1 September 1944 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 2637/44 dated 8 December 1944. Home in Winnipeg; enlisted there 4 November 1940. Trained at No.2 ITS (graduated 26 March 1941), No.15 EFTS (graduated 16 May 1941) and No.34 SFTS (graduated 8 August 1941). No citation in AFRO. Public Records Office Air 2/9019 has recommendation drafted when he had flown 1,288 hours, including 245 in previous six months.

 

This officer has carried out his duties in a commendable manner. He is a very devoted and capable flying instructor.

 

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MAITLAND, Sergeant William John (R74901) - Distinguished Flying Medal - No.420 Squadron - Award effective 29 May 1942 as per London Gazette dated 29 May 1942 and AFRO 880-881/42 dated 12 June 1942. Born in Vancouver, 1921; home there (student); enlisted there 26 October 19401. Graduated from No.4 SFTS, 29 August 1941. Presented at Buckingham Palace, 24 November 1942. Commissioned (J15405).

 

Sergeant Maitland was captain of an aircraft which attacked Stuttgart one night in May 1942. Whilst crossing the enemy's coast on his return his aircraft was caught in a cone of searchlights and hit by anti-aircraft fire. One engine was set on fire and Sergeant Maitland was wounded on the right side of the chest. Despite this he kept his aircraft well under control and by appropriate use of the fire extinguisher prevented fire from spreading. Although one engine was useless he skilfully flew his aircraft to an aerodrome in this country. Throughout this airman showed great presence of mind and courage.

 

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MAJEAU, P/O Russell John (J15242) - Mention in Despatches - No.407 Squadron - Award effective 9 June 1942 as per London Gazette dated 11 June 1942 and AFRO 1000-1001/42 dated 3 July 1942. Home in Edmonton, Alberta; enlisted there, 19 July 1940. Trained at No.2 ITS and No.8 EFTS. Graduated from No.7 SFTS, Macleod, 1 March 1941. DHist file 181.009 D.2620 (RG.24 Vol.20628) has recommendation for DFM dated 4 March 1942 for himself, Sergeant G.F. Cook, and Sergeant J.A. Richard. See Cook for text. Killed in action, 28 April 1942 (Hudson AM571); name on Runnymede Memorial.

 

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MAJOR, FS John Olson (R53132) - British Empire Medal - No.10 (BR) Squadron - Award effective 8 June 1944 as per Canada Gazette dated 10 June 1944 and RCAF Routine Order 1380/44 dated 30 June 1944. Born in Esterhazy, Saskatchewan; educated in Saskatoon and in National Schools, Los Angeles, California. Home in New Westminster. Enlisted in Vancouver, 20 June 1940. Presented 13 January 1945.

 

This NCO is a thoroughly efficient aero-engine mechanic. During an outbreak of submarine activities he personally remained on duty for periods extending up to thirty hours, in order to be in a position to supervise the repair and maintenance of aircraft urgently required for patrol assignments. This NCO's skill and outstanding devotion to duty have been of inestimable value to his squadron.

 

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MAJOR, P/O Joseph Fernand Oliva (J91184) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.77 Squadron - Award effective 8 September 1945 as per London Gazette dated 25 September 1945 and AFRO 1768/45 dated 23 November 1945. Born 1922 in Verner, Ontario; home in Osseo, Ontario (miner); enlisted in North Bay, 3 September 1942. Trained at No.3 ITS (graduated 29 May 1943), No.4 BGS (graduated 21 August 1943) and No.1 AOS (graduated 15 October 1943). Presented 22 June 1949. No citation other than "completed...numerous operations against the enemy in the course of which [he has] invariably displayed the utmost fortitude, courage and devotion to duty." Public Records Office Air 2/8750 has recommendation dated 7 April 1945 when he had flown 35 sorties (189 hours 43 minutes), 14 August 1944 to 12 March 1945.

 

14 Aug 44 TRACTABLE 22 (4.35) 21 Dec 44 GARDENING, Kattegat

15 Aug 44 Eindhoven (3.35) (5.15)

16 Aug 44 Kiel (5.25) 30 Dec 44 Cologne (5.40)

18 Aug 44 Sterkrade (4.45) 1 Jan 45 Dortmund (5.15)

24 Aug 44 Brest (5.15) 16 Jan 45 GARDENING, Kattegat

27 Aug 44 Homberg (4.30) (7.15)

31 Aug 44 Lumbres (3.40), DNCO 25 Jan 45 Stuttgart (7.00)

3 Sept 44 Venlo (4.15) 2 Feb 45 Wanne Eickel (5.05)

11 Sep 44 Nordstern (4.45) 7 Feb 45 Goch (6.20)

15 Sep 44 Kiel (5.25) 13 Feb 45 Bohlen (7.40)

6 Oct 44 Gladbach (4.35) 24 Feb 45 Kamen (6.30)

9 Oct 44 Bochum (6.05) 27 Feb 45 Mainz (6.50)

14 Oct 44 Duisburg 5.30) 2 Mar 45 Cologne (5.40)

15 Oct 44 Duisburg (5.45) 3 Mar 45 Kamen (6.35)

23 Oct 44 Essen (5.20) 7 Mar 45 GARDENING, Kiel Bay

25 Oct 44 Essen (4.45) (5.35)

28 Oct 44 Walchern (3.05) 9 Mar 45 GARDENING, Baltic

27 Nov 44 GARDENING, Oslo (6.00)

Fiord (6.45) 11 Mar 45 Essen (4.58)

29 Nov 44 Essen (4.20) 12 Mar 45 Dortmund (5.45)

 

This officer has completed his first operational tour, throughout which he has performed his duties as Air Bomber with commendable efficiency and outstanding success.

 

He has carried out many notable attacks on the more heavily defended targets with cool determination and his photographic record reveals tenacity of purpose of high merit. His keen interest in all aspects of his trade and his skilful application made him an obvious choice for mining operations.

 

Pilot Officer Major by his outstanding devotion to duty has contributed in no uncertain manner to the general operational success of this squadron and his record is one of sustained operational endeavour worthy of the highest praise and fully deserving an award of the Distinguished Flying Cross.

 

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MAKAREWICZ, WO (now P/O) Joseph John (R97584/J96536) - Member, Order of the British Empire - Overseas - Award effective 28 December 1945 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 155/46 dated 15 February 1946. American in the RCAF; born 1911 in Saginaw, Michigan; home there. Enlisted in Vancouver, 11 March 1941. Trained at No.2 ITS (graduated 20 June 1941), No.5 EFTS (graduated 8 August 1941) and No.7 SFTS (graduated 25 October 1941). Shot down and taken prisoner, 26/27 June 1942 as a Sergeant Pilot of a Whitley, No.19 Operational Training Unit. Commissioned May 1945. Presented 9 January 1948. No citation in AFRO. DHist award card gives the following (same material in Public Records Office Air 2/9104).

 

For distinguished service while prisoner of war.

 

This Warrant Officer was head of the Escape Committee in Stalag 4B. Along with a few army personnel he concentrated on getting men out of the camp and back to England. He spent numerous days planning ways and means for prisoners to escape. He served as head of the Escape Committee for nine months. Naturally, with a large camp, many men escaped who did not contact the official club. When possible, Warrant Officer Makarewicz helped them also. Throughout his period of detention this Warrant Officer was untiring in his efforts to assist his fellow prisoners and he set a fine example by his fortitude and devotion to duty.7

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MALCOLMSON, Corporal Wilhelmina Muriel (W300072) - British Empire Medal - RCAF Detachment, Dayton, Ohio - Award effective 28 May 1943 as per London Gazette dated 28 May 1943 and AFRO 1459/43 dated 30 July 1943. Born in Carman, Manitoba.

 

The unflagging zeal and devotion to duty of this NCO have at all times been highly commendable. He has displayed a thorough knowledge of her work and has performed her duties in an exceptionally meritorious manner. Her cheerful disposition and exemplary conduct have been an excellent example to all members of this Detachment. During the formative period of this unit, Corporal Malcolmson worked continuously for long periods of time. Her tact and liaison when dealing with U.S. personnel have produced excellent results.

 

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MALEC, P/O Joseph (C87153) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.424 Squadron - Award effective 5 February 1945 as per London Gazette dated 16 February 1945 and AFRO 563/45 dated 29 March 1945. Born in Melville, Saskatchewan, 1921; home in Biggar, Saskatchewan; spent two years in Royal Canadian Army Medical Corps. Enlisted in London, England, 16 October 1942. Commissioned 1944. Medal sent to next-of-kin from Government House, 7 November 1949 (does not appear to be a wartime casualty). 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 Vol.2610 (RG.24 Vol.20627) has recommendation dated 20 November 1944 when he had flown 33 sorties (214 hours 25 minutes), 30 August 1943 to 11 September 1944.

 

Pilot Officer Malec has completed a large number of successful operational sorties over enemy territory as a rear gunner. These have included many raids on heavily defended targets in Germany and many on precision targets in enemy-occupied territory. At all times this officer has displayed a high standard of courage and determination in keeping a close watch for enemy aircraft. His careful vigilance has been responsible for the safe return of the members of his crew from many sorties.

 

As an air gunner of exceptional skill, his work both in the air and on the ground has been of the highest order. His keen crew co-operation and fine spirit have been an example and inspiration to all gunners in the section and to all members of aircrew on the squadron...

 

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MALKIN, P/O Harry (J15521) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.35 Squadron - Award effective 29 September 1942 as per London Gazette dated 9 October 1942 and AFRO 1690/42 dated 23 October 1942. Home in Verdun, Quebec. Worked in a clerical capacity for Canadian National Railways, Montreal, from May 1930 onwards. Enlisted in Quebec, 2 September 1940. Trained at No.1 ITS (graduated 4 January 1941), No.11 EFTS (graduated 21 February 1941) and No.1 SFTS (graduated 16 May 1941). RCAF Public Relations Release 7825 says that he briefly commanded his squadron as a Sergeant; after three costly nights he was the senior air captain ! No,35 Squadron, 29 August 1942 to 22 April 1943 after which posted to No.1659 Conversion Unit. Incident in DFC citation occurred 8/9 September 1942. DFC presented at Buckingham Palace, 27 July 1943; Bar to DFC presented at Buckingham Palace, 9 December 1943; AFC presented 9 January 1948. Served in postwar RCAF; in July 1950 appointed Military Observer with United Nations Commission in Korea.

 

One night in September 1942, Pilot Officer Malkin, as Captain of a Halifax aircraft, was detailed to attack a target at Frankfurt. When eighty miles away from the target area his aircraft was attacked by an enemy fighter and much damage was sustained. Pilot Officer Malkin, although wounded in the leg by splinters from an explosive cannon shell, took evasive action and enabled his air gunners to return fire, which caused the enemy aircraft to break away. Pilot Officer Malkin set his course for home and, although suffering much pain, brought his aircraft back to base safely where he made a masterly landing.

 

MALKIN, F/L Harry, DFC (J15521) - Bar to Distinguished Flying Cross - No.35 Squadron - Award effective 23 March 1943 as per London Gazette dated 6 April 1943 and AFRO 757/43 dated 30 April 1943. Incident occurred 1/2 March 1943.

 

One night in March 1943, this officer captained an aircraft detailed to attack Berlin. Whilst over the city the bomber was held in searchlights and subjected to heavy anti-aircraft fire. The rudder controls were severed and one of the port engines was damaged, causing it to fail. Despite this, Flight Lieutenant Malkin skilfully controlled the damaged aircraft and executed a successful attack. Soon after leaving the target area, efforts to restart the damaged engine proved successful but further trouble was encountered. The bomber was again damaged by anti-aircraft fire which rendered the port outer engine unserviceable. The mid-upper gunner was wounded while all lights in the cockpit failed. With extreme difficulty, height was maintained and, displaying superb airmanship, Flight Lieutenant Malkin flew the damaged bomber to an airfield in this country. This officer displayed great skill, determination and endurance in most difficult circumstances.

 

MALKIN, W/C Harry, DFC (J15521) - Air Force Cross - No.5 OTU - Award effective 21 April 1945 as per London Gazette dated 24 April 1945 and AFRO 802/45 dated 11 May 1945. No citation to AFC in AFRO. Governor General's Records (RG.7 Group 26, Vol.58, file 190-I, dossier 6) has citation. When recommended he had flown 1,025 hours, of which 295 were as instructor (54 hours in past six months).

 

This officer, as chief instructor, has organized in record time the Training Wing of No.5 Operational Training Unit from nothing to its present tremendous size. His enthusiasm, personal example and outstanding powers of leadership have been largely responsible for the success of this unit in training bomber crews, often under the most adverse weather conditions. This officer,, by his outstanding ability, tact and energy, has contributed very greatly to the success of operational training.

 

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MALLORY, S/L Gordon Ewart (C23982) - Member, Order of the British Empire - Station Trenton - Award effective 13 June 1946 as per Canada Gazette of that date and AFRO 660/46 dated 5 July 1946.

 

This officer is in charge of Works and Buildings and has shown at all times untiring devotion to duty away beyond his regular Air Force work. He is an outstanding officer, his conduct has been exemplary at all times and under very trying conditions. He provides inspiring leadership to all and has shown remarkable speed and efficiency in mastering maintenance problems. His initiative, forethought, energy and industry have been incomparable. Through his efforts the efficiency of any unit is greatly enhanced.

 

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MALLOY, S/L Dennis Graland (C1072) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.402 Squadron - Award effective 18 January 1943 as per London Gazette dated 29 January 1943 and AFRO 272/43 dated 19 February 1943. Born in Halifax, 26 December 1917; enlisted there 9 September 1939. Trained at Halifax Aero Club, Station Trenton, and Station Camp Borden. Awarded wings on 17 May 1940. Instructed at No.2 SFTS for nearly two years. January 1942 sent overseas; to No.402 Squadron, 5 May 1942; became CO, 26 September 1942, holding that appointment to April 1943. Aerial victories as follows: 15 July 1942, one FW.190 destroyed (shared with five other pilots); 27 August 1942, one FW.190 damaged; 6 September 1942, one FW.190 probably destroyed; 17 January 1943, one FW..190 destroyed; 26 February 1943, one FW.190 damaged (shared with another pilot). Repatriated to Canada, 19 August 1943. Attended CAB Staff College, 1943-44. CO of Station Camp Borden, August 1945. In 1946 he took command of the Regular Support Unit for No.401 (Auxiliary) Squadron. In 1948 he formed the Fighter OTU at St.Highboard. Attached to Air Defence Group H before taking command of Station Uplands (December 195). As Station CO he supervised formation of Sabre squadrons; in April 1953 posted overseas to command No.4 Wing of No.1 Air Division. Awarded Queen's Coronation Medal, 23 October 1953 as a Wing Commander in No.1 Air Division. Returned to Canada in 1954. To Air Defence Command Headquarters, 13 May 1954; to Station Trenton, 12 August 1956; to No.3 AFS, Gimli, 4 November 1956; to No.25 NORAD Region (Seattle), 14 May 1960. Promoted to group Captain, 3 February 1961 on becoming Assistant for Deputy Operations at 25 NORAD Region H. Appointed Commanding Officer, Station Goose Bay, July 1964. Died in Ottawa, 24 June 1993.

 

Squadron Leader Malloy has participated in sixty sorties. He is an outstanding leader whose skill and devotion to duty have set an example worthy of high praise.

MALLOY, W/C Dennis Graland, DFC (C1072) - Commended for Valuable Services in the Air - No.9 SFTS - Award effective 14 June 1945 as per Canada Gazette of that date and AFRO 1127/45 dated 6 July 1945.

 

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MALONE, Sergeant Cletus Joseph (Can 10724) - Mention in Despatches - No.63 Base - Award effective 1 January 1945 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 425/45 dated 9 March 1945. Home in Montreal; enlisted there 6 September 1939.

 

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MALONE, F/L Frederick Athol (C2675) - Mention in Despatches - RCAF No.76 Base - Award effective 1 January 1946 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 418/46 dated 18 April 1946. Home in London, Ontario; enlisted there 9 September 1940. DHist 181.002 D.225 describes him as being Base Personnel Officer, in Canada one year and ten months, overseas two years and eleven months. Certificate sent 10 August 1948. Recommended 23 June 1945 as follows:

 

During the past three years, this officer has been employed on various types of work with the Royal Canadian Air Force in England. His adaptability to any type of administrative duty is outstanding, but the success he has achieved is due mainly to the diligence, keenness and perseverance which he displays when confronted with each new task. He is very loyal and gives unstintingly of his time to the service.

 

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MALONEY, F/O Gustave Henry Edwin (J8779) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.683 Squadron - Award effective 16 April 1943 as per London Gazette dated 27 April 1943 and AFRO 985/43 dated 28 May 1943. Born in St.Alberta, Alberta, 1918; home in Calgary; enlisted there 17 February 1941. Trained at No.3 ITS (graduated 3 July 1941), No.16 EFTS (graduated 20 August 1941), and No.3 SFTS (graduated 7 November 1941). Commissioned 1941. Posted to No.3 School of General Reconnaissance, 31 January 1942; to No.1 PRU, Benson on 14 May 1942; to No.2 RRU, Middle East, 11 August 1942; to No.62 Squadron, Malta, 27 December 1942. Medal sent by registered mail, 2 February 1949.

 

This officer has completed eighty-four flights including a number of sorties over Germany, northern France, and Holland. In the Middle East he has rendered valuable service. Photographs which he obtained over the El Alamein battle zone were an important contribution to the pictorial record on which the advance was planned. On a recent occasion he dived under the balloon defences in the face of heavy anti-aircraft fire to obtain photographs of Italian naval units. This officer is an outstanding pilot whose courage and devotion to duty have been of a high order.

 

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MALONEY, F/O William Patrick (J29566) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.625 Squadron - Award effective 5 April 1945 as per London Gazette dated 17 April 1945 and AFRO 918/45 dated 1 June 1945. Born 1923 in Sudbury; home there (machinist); enlisted in North Bay, 8 September 1942. Trained at No.1 ITS (graduated 3 5 March 1943), No.20 EFTS (graduated 30 April 1943) and No.6 SFTS (graduated 20 August 1943). Commissioned in August 1943. Presented by Governor General, 28 February 1946. 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 2/9059 has recommendation dated 15 January 1945 when he had flown 22 sorties (132 operational hours), 14 October 1944 to 16 January 1945.

 

14 Oct 44 Duisburg 29 Nov 44 Dortmund

14 Oct 44 Duisburg 3 Dec 44 Urft Dam - bombs

25 Oct 44 Essen brought back on

28 Oct 44 Cologne Master Bomber's

30 Oct 44 Cologne orders

31 Oct 44 Cologne 4 Dec 44 Karlsruhe

2 Nov 44 Dusseldorf 6 Dec 44 Merseburg-Leuna

4 Nov 44 Bochum 12 Dec 44 Essen

6 Nov 44 Gelsenkirchen 5 Jan 45 Hanover

8 Nov 44 Wanne Eickel 7 Jan 45 Munich

11 Nov 44 Dortmund 14 Jan 45 Merseburg-Leuna

22 Nov 44 Aschaffenburg 16 Jan 45 Zeitz

27 Nov 44 Freiburg

 

Flying Officer Maloney is the Canadian captain and pilot of a Lancaster crew and has now completed two-thirds of his first operational tour having carried out 22 sorties comprising 132 hours operational flying.

 

This officer has carried out attacks on many enemy targets including Duisburg, Essen, Cologne, Gelsenkirchen and Dortmund, and has never failed to press home his attack in spite of heavy enemy opposition on many occasions.

 

Throughout his tour, Flying Officer Maloney has proved himself to be a trustworthy and gallant officer. Photographs taken at the time of bombing show that he has secured excellent results on many occasions.

 

He has always shown a complete disregard for fierce enemy opposition at all times and I strongly recommend him for an award of the Distinguished Flying Cross.

 

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MALOUF, F/L Stanley Edward (C4994) - Member, Order of the British Empire - No.6410 Servicing Echelon - Award effective 14 June 1945 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 1219/45 dated 27 July 1945. Born in Saskatoon, 8 November 1914; attended University of Saskatchewan and McGill (M.Sc. and Ph.D.) Geologist for eight years. Home in Quebec City; enlisted in Montreal, 9 May 1941. Presented 24 April 1948. No citation in Canadian sources. Public Records Office Air 2/9056 has recommended citation.

 

Flight Lieutenant Malouf has rendered valuable service as an engineering officer since his arrival in the United Kingdom in May 1942. Ground crew and engineers alike in this Canadian unit were ignorant of RAF servicing procedure and maintenance on high speed aircraft, but as a result of the training methods instituted by this officer, the unit subsequently proved to be one of the most successful servicing wings in France. During his service this officer has been responsible for several valuable technical instructions which have been accepted by the Group. Flight Lieutenant Malouf has at all times proved himself to be an outstanding technician and a fine leader of men. Over and above his normal duties he has spared no pains to advance the welfare of the personnel of his unit and it is due in no small measure to his devotion to duty and consistent interest in his men that the morale of the Echelon has at all times been high.

 

NOTE: Records of No.410 Squadron have a much longer recommendation drafted by an unidentified officer:

 

This officer commenced his service career by serving through the ranks as a 2nd Lieutenant in the Royal Canadian Engineer Pioneer battalion in the Noranda Militia, leaving after six months o enlist as a Pilot Officer Technical Branch in the RCAF on the 8th May 1941. On posting to No.4 Repair Depot, Scoudouc, he worked on Hudsons, Bolongbrokes, Harvards, Anson and Fairey Battle aircraft, being promoted to Flying Officer on 25 October 1941. Volunteering for overseas service, he arrived in the United Kingdom on 8 May 1942, being posted to No.416 (RCAF) Squadron (Spitfires). While stationed at Martlesham he was paraded before the Commanding Officer at the request of the Group Engineer, Wing Commander Finlay, and complimented on having the best kept aircraft in No.11 Group. On the 15 April 1943, he was posted to No.406 (RCAF) Squadron (Beaufighters) and achieved a 90 percent serviceability during his last three months with this squadron. Posting to 83 Group as Chief Technical Officer, 143 Wing followed on the 19th January 1944, this Wing comprising three Canadian Hurricane squadrons which were converting to Typhoons at Ayr, Scotland during the winter months. This Wing did better than half of the flying in 13 Group during February 1944. Ground crew and Engineers alike were completely ignorant initially of the RAF servicing procedure and maintenance of high speed aircraft but the Wing as a result of the training methods instituted by this officer subsequently proved to be one of the most successful servicing wings in France. On the 23 April 1944, Flight Lieutenant Malouf was posted to 83 General Support Unit (Spitfires, Mustangs and Typhoons) and against the wishes of the Royal Air Force was posted by RCAF Headquarters to 410 (RCAF) Squadron (Mosquito 13s) on the 15 May 1944. As Engineer Officer of 410 Squadron several squadron moves have been successfully accomplished with a minimum disruption to serviceability. The squadron converted from Mosquito 13s to 30s in a month, remaining operational throughout the conversion period. Two squadron moves have subsequently been completed in France, again with the minimum disruption to serviceability. During his services this officer has been responsible for several valuable technical instructions which have been accepted by Group and which are summarized on the attached Appendix "A". The average serviceability maintained by this officer since joining the squadron has been 78 percent with an average of 850 flying hours per month.

 

To this, W/C G.A. Hiltz added under "Squadron Commander's remarks":

 

This officer's record speaks for itself. He has always proven himself to be an outstanding technical man as well as a leader of men, over and above his normal duties. He has spared no pains to advance the welfare of the 6410 Servicing Echelon personnel, and it is due in no small measure to this officer's devotion to duty and consistent interest in his men that the morale of the Echelon is probably at present at an all time high. I feel that the work so efficiently and self-sacrificingly accomplished by this officer strongly merits recognition and I have no hesitation in recommending him for the above award [MBE].

 

The Appendix mentioned lists a long series of accomplishments, including:

 

Minimizing vibration troubles by restricting the R.P.M. on 30s to above 2,350 revs.

 

Emphasizing vibrations caused by the lead working loose in the elevator balance weight.

 

Proposing modification action to prevent petrol from fuel pump priming system from entering the rear and front supercharger bearings via the drain box assembly on the port side of the engine.

 

Pointing out danger from the impact tubes clogging up with dry fine snow on run ups and taxying.

 

Prompted further attention to overspeeding on take-off, thereby hastening the introduction KI, a constant speed unit strong enough to control the paddle-bladed prop.

 

Prompted group instruction to feather port engine on belly landing a Mosquito 30 thereby avoiding the reduction gear tearing off to starboard and endangering the pilot. The paddle bladed props are relatively inflexible.

 

Emphasizing the icing of Stromber carburettors.

 

Emphasizing the importance of improving the volute casing drain Modification 888, the cause of flame traps clogging up at approximately 200 hours.

Initiated the first power plant changes with Mosquito 30s in France.

 

Completed service trials for 85 Group on a Swansdowne Bag for a sand filter, a new and successful boost capsule and a successful vibration damper for side cowlings.

 

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MANAHAN, Sergeant Donald Edward (R159482) - Mention in Despatches - No.31 OTU - Award effective 11 December 1943 as per London Gazette dated 14 December 1943 and AFRO 568/44 dated 17 March 1944. Born 17 November 1923. Home in Edmonton; enlisted there 4 June 1942. Trained at No.4 BGS (graduated 5 April 1943) and No.2 WS (graduated 5 March 1943). Overseas, 2 August 1943; repatriated 14 May 1945. Commissioned 28 September 1944; released 2 July 1945. Served in interim postwar RCAF, 4 September 1946 to 31 October 1947. See Sergeant D.G. Collins for details.

 

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MANDERS, S/L (now W/C) David Frederick (C995) - Member, Order of the British Empire - Eastern Air Command Headquarters - Award effective 26 May 1944 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 1380/44 dated 30 June 1944. Born in Vancouver; educated there including Vancouver Technical School and University of British Columbia. Enlisted in Vancouver, February 1939; qualified for pilot's flying badge, 20 October 1939. Insignia presented 3 March 1945.

 

This officer has been employed as Command Radar Officer for over two years. During this time he has been responsible for directing the organization, installation, operation and maintenance of the Command radar system. By skilful planning, enthusiasm and ceaseless effort, he has overcome exceptional difficulties and built up an efficient and smoothly running system which is truly a credit to his outstanding ability and perseverance.

 

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MANGAN, FS John Thomas (R69117) - Mention in Despatches - No.162 Squadron (Canada) - Awarded 1 January 1943 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 55/43 dated 15 January 1943. Born in Massey, Ontario, 21 September 1919. Home in North Bay, Ontario. Trained at No.1 ITS (graduated 11 December 1940), No.1 WS (graduated 26 May 1941) and No.1 BGS (graduated 21 June 1941). Commissioned (J23805) but then killed 6 January 1943 in crash of Canso 9737, No.5 (BR) Squadron.

 

This NCO has set a fine example by his devotion to duty and the excellent manner in which he has carried out his duties as a Wireless Air Gunner. He has assisted in an attack on an enemy U-boat and carried out 540 hours of operational flying during the past eight months.

 

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MANGIONE, Sergeant John (R195860) - Distinguished Flying Medal - No.429 Squadron - Award effective 13 July 1944 as per London Gazette dated 21 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 1924 in Ottawa; home there; enlisted there November 1942 (one of four brothers in RCAF). Trained at No.5 ITS and No.3 BGS ((graduated August 1942). Cited with Sergeant Gilbert E.J. Steere (RAF, awarded CGM) and Sergeant G.J.M. Ritchie (RCAF, awarded DFM). Pilot, S/L W.B. Anderson, DFC, died before being located. A clipping in an Ottawa paper of 14 July 1944 has more details. Aircraft was hit over Dieppe; Mangione recalled it was the third time they had been hit by flak. The first time had been nothing and on the second the pilot (Anderson) had been wounded above one eye; a second pilot flew it home. This time it was bad (shrapnel passing through chest from left to right) and they had no second pilot. Several crew had baled out. "When I went to jump, Gil (Steere) told me Andy could not get out and to come and help him. So I went up front and Andy passed out. The kite went into a dive. We pulled it out and got Andy to wake up a bit. He could talk a little and told us what to do." Steere recounted, "It took them [Mangione and Ritchie] almost an hour to get him back there [to rear of aircraft]. He weighed almost 200 pounds, and although semi-conscious, was unable to move himself. He was the gamest guy I ever met. While the gunners were dragging him back he kept patting their parachutes and telling them to bale out and leave him there." Mangione wrote "Gil did most of the work and we think he'll get a 'gong' for it."

 

Sergeant Steere, Sergeant Mangione and Sergeant Ritchie were flight engineer, mid-upper and rear gunners respectively of an aircraft detailed for a sortie on night in June 1944. Over the enemy coast the aircraft was hit by anti-aircraft fire and the pilot was mortally wounded. He gave orders to the remainder of the crew to leave by parachute but Sergeant Steere, realizing that his comrade would be unable to follow, disregarded the order. He went to his wounded comrade and together they succeeded in regaining control of the aircraft. Sergeant Steere then discovered that Sergeants Mangione and Ritchie had also stayed in the aircraft and were ready to assist Sergeant Steere who had taken over the controls in an effort to fly the aircraft home. Although he had no previous experience he flew to an airfield. After making contact with the ground personnel by radio telephone he circled the airfield whilst Sergeants Mangione and Ritchie gave additional first aid to the pilot and then parachuted him out of the aircraft on a static line in a last effort to save his life. Only when he was sure that his other two comrades had safely left the aircraft by parachute did Sergeant Steere then leave himself. In the face of a trying ordeal these airmen displayed great courage and devotion to duty setting an example of the highest order.

 

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MANION, F/O William Joseph (J28802) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.429 Squadron - Award effective 8 September 1945 as per London Gazette dated 25 September 1945 and AFRO 1768/45 dated 23 November 1945. Born 1923 in Ottawa; home there (clerk); enlisted there 22 June 1942. Trained at No.1 ITS (graduated 5 March 1943), No.1 BGS (graduated 27 July 1943) and No.9 AOS (graduated 14 June 1943). Overseas in September 1944. Medal presented 10 December 1947. 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 18 April 1945 when he had completed 30 sorties (189 hours 40 minutes), 11 October 1944 to 31 March 1945.

 

Flying Officer Manion has taken part in thirty operational sorties, including attacks on such well defended targets as Cologne, Duisburg and Dusseldorf. He has proved himself to be a keen and capable air bomber who has at all times displayed an exceedingly high standard of devotion to duty and determination. This officer has set a fine example to other members of his squadron.

 

It is considered that his outstanding skill, tenacity of purpose and fine operational record fully merit the non-immediate award of the Distinguished Flying Cross.

 

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MANLEY, Sergeant John Alfred (R51573) - Air Force Medal - No.3 Air Navigation School - Award effective 1 January 1946 as per Canada Gazette of that date and AFRO 82/46 dated 25 January 1946. Home in Port Arthur; enlisted in Fort William, 21 November 1939. As of award had flown 1,360 hours including 271 hours in previous six months.

 

This Wireless Operator (Ground) has an operational flying record which he has used to marked advantage to the efficient operation of this unit. His extreme devotion to duty, courage and loyalty have been an inspiration to all with whom he has served. He has contributed much to the smooth operation of his section and to the morale of those serving under him. The manner in which he has discharged his many responsible duties has been exemplary.

 

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MANN, P/O Edward James (J85595) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.576 Squadron (deceased) - Award effective 28 July 1944 as per London Gazette dated 12 February 1946 and AFRO 322/46 dated 29 March 1946. Born in Regina, Saskatchewan; home there (bank employee); enlisted there 10 March 1942. Trained at No.2 ITS (graduated 10 October 1942), No.15 EFTS (graduated 5 December 1942), and No.11 SFTS (graduated 16 April 1943). Commissioned February 1944. Killed in action 28/29 July 1944 (Lancaster LL905); buried in France. Medal sent by registered mail to next-of-kin, 2 December 1946.

 

Pilot Officer Mann has participated with outstanding success in attacks against many strongly defended targets. He has consistently displayed great skill, courage and devotion to duty even in the most hazardous circumstances. In July, 1944, during an attack on railway sidings at Revigny his aircraft was severely damaged by enemy action. Despite great difficulties he pressed home his attack on the target with the utmost determination and succeeded in flying his damaged aircraft safely back to base. He has continued to show exceptional zest for operational flying and his cheerful and confident manner has set a high example to all.

 

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MANN, F/O Forrest George (J86470) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.578 Squadron - Award effective 4 November 1944 as per London Gazette dated 14 November 1944 and AFRO 239/45 dated 9 February 1945. Born 1921 in Eaglefield, Saskatchewan; home in Angusville, Saskatchewan; (bank teller); enlisted in Winnipeg, 16 May 1941. Trained at No.2 ITS (graduated 12 September 1942), No.15 EFTS (graduated 4 December 1942) and No.11 SFTS (graduated 2 April 1943). Commissioned 1941. Medal presented 11 June 1949. No citation other than "completed...numerous operations against the enemy in the course of which [he has] invariably displayed the utmost fortitude, courage and devotion to duty." Public Records Office Air 2/8827 has recommendation dated 21 August 1944 when he had flown 37 sorties (169 hours 41 minutes), 18 April to 18 August 1944.

 

(* denotes daylight sortie)

 

18 Apr 44 Tergnier (4.40) 22 Jun 44 Siracourt (4.02)*

20 Apr 44 Ottignes (4.43) 4 July 44 St.Martin l'Hortier (3.49)*

22 Apr 44 Dusseldorf (4.44) 6 July 44 Croixdale (3.54)*

24 Apr 44 Karlsruhe (6.56) 9 July 44 Les Cartelliers (3.50)*

26 Apr 44 Ville Neuve (5.26) 12 Jul 44 Thiverny (4.39)*

27 Apr 44 Aulnoye (4.37) 15 Jul 44 Nucourt (4.32)

30 Apr 44 Acheres (4.50) 17 Jul 44 Bois de la Haie (3.46)*

22 May 44 Orleans (5.22) 18 Jul 44 Vaires (4.35)*

24 May 44 Aachen (4.27) 20 Jul 44 Bottrop (4.21)

27 May 44 Bourg Leopold (4.46) 24 Jul 44 Stuttgart (7.48)

31 May 44 Trappes (5.28) 28 Jul 44 Foret de Nieppe (3.40)*

2 June 44 Harinzeles (3.24) 30 Jul 44 Battle area (4.12)*

4 June 44 Boulogne (3.40) 1 Aug 44 Anderbelke (3.11)*

5 June 44 Mont Fleury (4.55) 2 Aug 44 Le Nieppe (3.22)*

6 June 44 Chateaudun (5.48) 3 Aug 44 Foret de Nieppe (3.24)*

8 June 44 Alencon (6.40) 5 Aug 44 Hazelbrouck (3.00)*

11 Jun 44 Massy Palaiseau (4.47) 9 Aug 44 Foret de Mormal (4.01)*

12 Jun 44 Amiens (4.24) 18 Aug 44 Sterkrade (4.43)

15 Jun 44 Foulliard Dump (5.15)

 

Flying Officer Mann has carried out 37 sorties totalling 169.41 hours during which he has attacked many important targets situated in such well known defended areas as Dusseldorf, Karlsruhe, Aachen, Bottrop and Stuttgart.

This forceful Canadian captain has led his crew with brilliant success throughout a large number of operations upon many different types of target with outstanding results. He has always combined, during his operational career, a belligerent and fearless spirit with skilled and determined handling of the most difficult situations.

 

It is strongly recommended that Flying Officer Mann's magnificent operational record should be recognized by the award of the Distinguished Flying Cross.

 

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MANN, Corporal Gordon Carlington (R225524) - Mention in Despatches - Eastmoor - Award effective 1 January 1946 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 155/46 dated 15 February 1946. Identified in AFRO as "Overseas". McEwen papers (CWM) with list of recommendations with MiD recommendations for 1 February to 31 July 1945 identifies unit. Home in Toronto; enlisted in London, England, 21 December 1944. Certificate sent 9 October 1948. DHist file 181.009 D.1725 (PAC RG.24 Vol.20607) has recommendation forwarded to No.6 Group Headquarters, 5 May 1945. Armourer; appears from his date of enlistment to have transferred from RAF to RCAF as he had been overseas seven years and four months:

 

Corporal Mann has been employed as an NCO in the Station Armoury for the past six months and previous to enlistment in the RCAF has served seven years with the RAF. During the period of time he has been on this Station he and his men have been called upon to work exceedingly long hours in all weathers [sic] at the arduous task of preparing operational bomb loads. Corporal Mann by his untiring efforts and initiative has been instrumental in increasing the efficiency of the Station Armoury. In his loyalty and efforts beyond the ordinary call of duty, it is strongly recommended that he be awarded a "Mention in Despatches".

 

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MANN, Corporal Harry Charles (R99582) - Mention in Despatches - No.105 Squadron - Award effective 1 January 1945 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 425/45 dated 9 March 1945. Home in St.Mary's, Ontario; enlisted in London, Ontario, 15 April 1941.

 

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MANN, P/O Lloyd Arthur (J19783) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.426 Squadron - Award effective 4 August 1944 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 2052/44 dated 22 September 1944. Born 1918 in Carivale, Saskatchewan; home in Portage la Prairie,Manitoba; enlisted in Ottawa, 10 August 1941. Trained at No.1 ITS (graduated 8 June 1942), No.9 EFTS (graduated 11 September 1942) and No.11 SFTS (graduated 30 December 1942. Commissioned 1944. To No.426 Squadron, March 1944. Incident described was on 22 May 1944. Presented at Buckingham Palace, 11 August 1944.

 

This officer has completed numerous sorties and has proved himself to be a skilful and resourceful pilot and captain. On one occasion he was the pilot of an aircraft detailed to attack the railway sidings at Le Mans. Whilst over the target his aircraft sustained extensive damage. Several holes were torn in the fuselage, the bomb doors were torn open, parts of them being ripped away, and the port rudder and elevator were damaged. Both the port engines were affected and one of them caught fire. Much height was lost and the situation was serious. Pilot Officer Mann succeeded in levelling out, however, and course was set for home. Much vibration was experienced and flying speed had to be reduced but in spite of many difficulties, Pilot Officer Mann reached an airfield. This officer displayed exceptional skill and coolness in most harassing circumstances and was undoubtedly responsible for the ultimate safety of the aircraft and its crew.

 

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MANN, P/O Lloyd Robertson (J15638) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.420 Squadron - Award effective 31 December 1942 as per London Gazette dated 12 January 1943 and AFRO 232/43 dated 12 February 1943. Born 1919; home in Truro, Nova Scotia; enlisted in Halifax, 18 July 1940. Trained at No.1 ITS (graduated 12 October 1940), No.1 WS (graduated 31 May 1941) and No.1 BGS (graduated 15 March 1941). Commissioned June 1942. Killed in action 21 December 1942.

 

As wireless operator/air gunner, Pilot Officer Mann has displayed courage and efficiency of the highest order. On several occasions, by his technical skill, he has enabled his captain to fly a badly damaged aircraft safely to base. He has taken part in operations over the enemy's most heavily defended areas and his cheerfulness and devotion to duty under the most trying conditions have set a high example to his crew.

 

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MANN, Sergeant William Frank (R197168) - Distinguished Flying Medal - No.419 Squadron - Award effective 3 October 1944 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 2637/44 dated 8 December 1944. Born 1922 in Brantford, Ontario; home there; enlisted London, Ontario, 21 October 1942. Trained at No.9 BGS (graduated 20 August 1943). Medal presented 30 May 1947. Cited with Sergeant Paul Burton (RCAF, rear gunner, awarded DFM); see above for citation.

 

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MANNING, P/O Ralph Viril (J15633) - Mention in Despatches - Award effective 1 January 1943 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 232/43 dated 12 February 1943. Born in Vancouver, 1916; home there. Trained at No.2 ITS, No.5 EFTS and No.3 SFTS. RCAF Historian, 1961-1965; Deputy Director, Canadian War Museum, 1966-1982. Died in Ottawa 8 February 1994, aged 78. Medals with Canadian War Museum (AN 19680015-008) with other memorabilia.

 

MANNING, F/L Ralph Viril (J15633) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.217 Squadron - Award effective 29 February 1944 as per London Gazette dated 7 March 1944 and AFRO 766/44 dated 6 April 1944.

 

Flight Lieutenant Manning has taken part in several torpedo bomber attacks with good results. In April 1942 he participated in an attack on an enemy convoy in the Skagerak, and in May 1942 he was pilot of a formation of aircraft which penetrated the heavy defences around the "Prinz Eugen" off Norway and made a successful attack on the cruiser. On this occasion his aircraft sustained severe damage. In October 1942, Flight Lieutenant Manning destroyed an enemy tanker, which was of the utmost importance to the enemy. On a recent sortie he was forced to bring his aircraft down on to the sea. The dinghy failed to operate and Flight Lieutenant Manning gave great help and encouragement to his crew, two of whom were non-swimmers, while they were in shark-infested waters. He has at all times displayed exceptional valour and determination on operations.

 

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MANNIX, F/O John Bompas (J19153) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.429 Squadron - Award effective 30 October 1945 as per London Gazette dated 6 November 1945 and AFRO 155/46 dated 15 February 1946. Born 1923; home in Meota, Saskatchewan (farm labourer); enlisted in Regina, 16 March 1942. Trained at No.7 ITS (graduated 29 August 1942) and No.3 BGS (graduated 4 December 1942). Medal presented 18 June 1949. No citation other than "completed... numerous operations against the enemy in the course of which [he has] displayed the utmost fortitude, courage and devotion to duty." DHist file 181.009 D.2610 (RG.24 Vol.20627) has recommendation dated 18 May 1945 when he had flown two tours - 25 May 1943 to 22 February 1944 (25 sorties, 160 hours 45 minutes) and 6 December 1944 to 22 April 1945 (19 sorties, 127 hours).

 

Flying Officer Mannix, as air gunner, has completed his second tour of operations. His first tour consisted of twenty-five trips and his second of nineteen, both tours including many sorties to the more heavily defended areas of Germany such as Berlin, Leipzig, Hamburg and Bremen. His displayed fearlessness, coolness and outstanding devotion to duty throughout and has been an inspiration to the team work and efficiency of his crew. His captain has the highest praise for this officer's skill and courage in the face of the enemy. His co-operation has been of great help to the Gunnery Leader and the leading example he has set to the other air gunners is most praiseworthy.

 

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MANSFIELD, P/O Richard Gerard (J85770) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.419 Squadron - Award effective 9 January 1945 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 471/45 dated 16 March 1945. Born 1917 in Toronto; home in Ottawa; enlisted there 30 April 1942. Trained at No.3 ITS (graduated 23 October 1942), No.11 EFTS (graduated 15 January 1943) and No.13 SFTS (graduated 11 June 1943). Killed in flying accident, 24 November 1944 (Lancaster KB875); buried in United Kingdom. Medal presented by Governor General to next-of-kin, 2 December 1946.

 

Pilot Officer Mansfield has participated in many attacks on various enemy targets and has displayed a fine fighting spirit and great keenness. On a recent occasion he captained an aircraft detailed to attack Duisburg. During the operation the aircraft was hit by fire from the ground defences and the mid-upper gunner was badly wounded. Nevertheless, Pilot Officer Mansfield completed a successful attack and flew the aircraft to an airfield near the English coast where he effected a landing so that his wounded crew member could be taken off for medical attention. Pilot Officer Mansfield then took off again and flew the aircraft to base. This officer is a most able and inspiring captain whose example has been well reflected in the high standard of efficiency of his crew.

 

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MANSON, FS Alexander (R68471) - Mention in Despatches - No.419 Squadron (AFRO gives unit as No.64 Base) - Award effective 1 January 1945 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 425/45 dated 9 March 1945. DHist file 181.009 D.4364 (RG.24 Vol.20648) has recommendation for an MiD dated 14 July 1944 submitted by W/C W.P. Pleasance, CO of No.419 Squadron. Home in Valley Centre, Saskatchewan. Enlisted in Toronto, 11 September 1940. Had served 16 months in Canada, 30 months in England. NCO in charge of "B" Flight.

 

Flight Sergeant Manson was posted to this squadron as a Corporal on 30th January 1942, was promoted to Sergeant on 1st December 1943, and again promoted to Flight Sergeant in charge of "B" Flight on 1st March 1944. At all times he has shown an aggressive initiative in his duties and his energy and resourcefulness have contributed to a large measure to the high state of efficiency of the ground personnel of his flight.

 

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MANSON, Corporal Donald Miller Ferguson (R131451) - Mention in Despatches - Overseas - Award effective 14 June 1945 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 1647/45 dated 26 October 1945. Born 16 March 1912 in Glasgow, Scotland. Educated there. Entered Canadian Bank of Commerce service, November 1929. Enlisted in Hamilton, 17 October 1941. Overseas in June 1942. Served with No.78 Squadron and, from April to September 1945, with Radar Development Unit, Bomber Command Headquarters. Released 24 October 1945, returning to bank duties. See War Service Records, 1939-1945 (Canadian Bank of Commerce, 1947). No citation in AFRO.

 

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MANSON, WO James St.Clair (R148965) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.10 Squadron - Award effective 1 September 1944 as per London Gazette dated 19 September and AFRO 2373/44 dated 3 November 1944. Born in Hamilton, Ontario, 1920; home in Toronto; enlisted Toronto 16 January 1942. Trained at No.6 ITS (graduated 31 July 1942), No.1 BGS (graduated 9 October 1942) and No.9 AOS (graduated 4 December 1942). Medal sent by registered mail 16 November 1948.

 

As air bomber this warrant officer has completed a tour of operational duty. He has consistently displayed keenness and enthusiasm and set a fine example by his gallantry, skill and devotion to duty. On one occasion he was detailed for an attack against Mannheim. Whilst over the target area his aircraft was illuminated by searchlights and engaged by enemy night fighters. During the ensuing air combat a Focke Wulfe 190 was shot down and another enemy aircraft damaged.

 

NOTE: Public Records Office Air 2/9276 has recommendation dated 14 June 1944 when he had flown 28 sorties (164 hours 26 minutes) which gives much more detail:

 

1 Sept 43 Munich (9.45) 26 Mar 44 Essen (4.51)

22 Sept 43 Hanover (5.55) 30 Mar 44 Nuremburg (8.02)

27 Sept 43 Mannheim (6.20) 9 Apr 44 Lille (4.21)

3 Oct 43 Kassel (7.10) 10 Apr 44 Tergnier (4.55)

4 Oct 43 Frankfurt (4.40, DNCO) 11 Apr 44 GARDENING (5.10)

8 Oct 43 Hanover (5.40) 20 Apr 44 Ottignies (3.52)

20 Dec 43 Leipzig (6.40) 22 Apr 44 Dusseldorf (4.49)

29 Dec 43 Berlin (7.00) 23 Apr 44 GARDENING (6.00)

20 Jan 44 Berlin (7.32) 24 Apr 44 Karlsruhe (6.37)

2 Feb 44 GARDENING (8.12) 26 Apr 44 Essen (4.48)

4 Feb 44 GARDENING (7.16) 27 Apr 44 Aulnoye (3.50)

2 Mar 44 Meulan (5.17) 1 May 44 Malines (3.33)

6 Mar 44 Trappes (4.52) 19 May 44 GARDENING (4.58)

22 Mar 44 Frankfurt (5.50) 22 May 44 GARDENING (1.08, DNCO)

24 Mar 44 Berlin (7.25) 23 May 44 GARDENING (3.38)

 

Warrant Officer Manson was posted to No.10 Squadron in August 1943 and after completing 28 sorties comprising 164 operational hours has been screened and posted for instructional duties.

 

Warrant Officer Manson was the Air Bomber of a particularly successful crew and although his aircraft has been attacked by enemy night fighters and damaged by flak he has operated with great coolness, skill and determination.

 

This Canadian Warrant Officer was the Air Bomber of a Halifax aircraft detailed to attack Mannheim. Whilst over the target the aircraft was coned by searchlights and immediately engaged by night fighters. During the engagement a FW.190 was shot down and claimed as destroyed, while another was claimed as damaged.

He has obtained good photographs of the target areas, several showing intense fire tracks. Warrant Officer Manson has always remained cool during runs up to the target and in cases of stress whilst over the target.

 

Warrant Officer Manson has now completed a very successful tour of operations and it is strongly recommended that his gallantry, skill and strong devotion to duty be recognized by the award of the Distinguished Flying Cross.

 

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MANSON, F/L Russell Herbert (J16078) - Air Force Cross - No.2 FIS - Award effective 14 June 1945 as per Canada Gazette of that date and AFRO 1127/45 dated 6 July 1945. Born in St.Boniface, Manitoba, 8 February 1921; educated in Norwood, Manitoba. Worked for Commercial Insurance Agency, Winnipeg. enlisted there 19 October 1940. Trained at No.2 ITS (graduated 4 February 1941), No.14 EFTS (graduated 10 April 1941) and No.33 SFTS (graduated 2 July 1941). Medal presented 8 November 1945. Governor General's Records (RG.7 Group 26, Vol.59, file 190-I, dossier 7) has citation. When recommended he had flown 1,200 hours, 700 as instructor, 400 in previous six months.

 

Since returning from operations overseas, this officer, in nine months, has completed seven hundred hours of instruction. His zeal and energy, combined with his methodical and painstaking efforts to incorporate useful operational information in his air instruction, have served to instil confidence and vital knowledge in all his pupils. He has provided an outstanding example to both instructors and pupils alike. The devotion to duty displayed by this officer has been exceptional.

 

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MANWARING, F/L Arthur Henry (J11840) - Commended for Valuable Services - Station Dorval - Award effective 7 September 1945 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 1647/45 dated 26 October 1945. Home in Toronto; enlisted there 7 March 1941. Trained at No.1 WS (graduated 25 April 1942) and No.1 BGS (graduated 23 May 1942). No citation in Canadian sources. Public Records Office Air 2/9117 has recommendation drafted when he had flown uncertain total hours, 570 hours on transport or ferry operations and six hours in previous six months.

 

This officer is employed as radio navigator/wireless air gunner. He is an extremely able operator and a co-operative crew member. As navigator he has shown great skill and his services have been in much demand by both service and civilian captains engaged on Boston and Mosquito aircraft delivery flights. Owing to a flying accident from which he is now recuperating in hospital, this officer was only able to complete six hours flying within the past six months.

 

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