MEADEN, P/O William Harold David (J18290) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.432 Squadron - Award effective 19 June 1944 as per London Gazette dated 30 June 1944 and AFRO 1861/44 dated 25 August 1944.  Born in Edmonton, 8 October 1922; enlisted there 1 September 1941.  Trained at No.8 BGS (graduated 2 March 1941) and No.2 WS (graduated 4 January 1942).  Commissioned 1943; promoted to Flying Officer, December 1943.  Instructed at an OTU after his tour.  In postwar commercial aviation (Hamilton and Yukon), 1945 to 1948, after which he rejoined the RCAF.  Died in Toronto, 3 May 2000; obituary notice stated he had flown with both No.432 and 436 Squadrons.  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.5557 (RG.24 Vol.20668) has recommendation dated 16 March 1944 when he had flown 27 1/2 sorties (167 hours 23 minutes), 10 March 1943 to 30 January 1944.

 

This officer has shown an unconquerable spirit of determination to achieve his objective.  The majority of his many operational sorties have been over heavily defended areas, including five against Berlin, and his coolness and his unusual initiative have won him the respect of his crew and the whole squadron.

 

For his exceptional qualities of leadership, for his coolness in face of danger, for his spirit of determination and devotion to duty, this officer is strongly recommended for the award of the Distinguished Flying Cross.

 

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MEADES, FS Albert Langton (R72252) - British Empire Medal - AFHQ, Administration Branch - Award effective 28 May 1943 as per London Gazette dated 2 June 1943 and AFRO 1459/43 dated 30 July 1943.  Born in Toronto, 1919; enlisted there, 18 September 1940.  Award presented by Governor General, 23 November 1943.

 

This NCO has been outstanding in the performance of his duties as NCO in charge of airmen employed in the Officer's Promotion Branch.  During the period of transfer of American citizens from the Royal Canadian Air Force to the United States Armed Forces by the Joint Canadian-American Military Board,  Flight Sergeant Meades' devotion to duty and cheerful spirit while working long hours under trying conditions was a matter of favourable comment from senior American officers.  His leadership, tact, personality and exemplary conduct set a splendid example to his juniors and gained the confidence of his superiors.

 

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MEADOWS, Sergeant George William (R191205) - Conspicuous Gallantry Medal (Flying) - No.166 Squadron - Award effective 9 December 1943 as per London Gazette dated 24 December 1943 and AFRO 297/44 dated 11 February 1944.  Born 1913 in Bowsman River, Manitoba; enlisted in Winnipeg, 12 September 1942.  Trained at No.3 BGS (graduated 28 May 1943).  Arrived in Britain, 24 June 1943.  At No.18 OTU as of 6 July 1943; then to No.1656 Conversion Unit.  Reported to No.166 Squadron, 12 November 1943.  DFC sortie was 28 November 1943 (Berlin).  Posted non-effective after that, he reported back to No.166 Squadron on 28 December 1943 although he flew no more sorties until 27 April 1944.

 

This airman was the rear gunner of a bomber detailed to attack Berlin one night in November 1943.  During the operation the aircraft was attacked by a fighter.  Bullets from the enemy aircraft hit and damaged the mid-upper and rear turrets, one bullet struck Sergeant Meadows in the back, which was deflected by the wiring in his electrically heated clothing, and came out in the groin.  Another attack developed, and the mid-upper gunner, the wireless operator and navigator were wounded.  Despite his injury, Sergeant Meadows remained in his turret and by his excellent co-operation with the pilot, together with his good shooting, beat off a further eight attacks by fighters.  This airman showed skill, courage and fortitude of a high order.

 

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MEADOWS, F/L Walter Ronald (C3093) - Mention in Despatches - No.413 Squadron - Award effective 14 January 1944 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 874/44 dated 21 April 1944.  Home in Pointe du Chene, New Brunswick; enlisted in Montreal, 16 November 1940.  He had been recommended by W/C L.H. Randall on 12 November 1943, noting that Meadows was the Squadron Engineer Officer and writing:

 

Flight Lieutenant Meadows joined this squadron as Engineer Officer in September 1941.  While in Ceylon he has combined the duties of Station and Squadron Engineer Officer.  During this difficult period when adequate spares and maintenance facilities were not available, he has shown exceptional resourcefulness and devotion to duty.

 

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MEAGHER, FS James Marcellus (R56325) - Distinguished Flying Medal - No.158 Squadron - Award effective 31 December 1942 as per London Gazette dated 12 January 1943 and AFRO 232/43 dated 12 February 1943.  Born 1913 in Mulgrave, Nova Scotia; home there; enlisted in Quebec, 21 June 1940.  Trained at No.2 ITS (graduated 17 August 1940, No.1 WS (graduated 19 January 1941) and No.1 BGS (graduated 15 February 1941).  Invested with award at Buckingham Palace 13 April 1943.

 

As wireless operator and air bomber this airman has participated in numerous sorties including several attacks on Essen.  His wireless skill has been invaluable.  His success as an air bomber has been achieved by untiring efforts and dogged determination to ensure that his bombs were dropped on the enemy with the most destructive effect.  The calm and gallant manner in which Flight Sergeant Meagher has performed his tasks has set a splendid example.

 

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MEARS, F/O Julian Donaldson (J29411) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.420 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 Toronto; home in Ottawa;; enlisted there 23 September 1942.  Trained at No.5 ITS (graduated 4 March 1943) and No.9 AOS.  Commissioned 1943.  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.3456 (RG.24 Vol.20639) has recommendation dated 19 September 1944 when he had flown 34 sorties (166 hours 40 minutes), 8 June to 9 August 1944.

 

Flying Officer Mears as navigator in Flying Officer Bennett's crew has demonstrated throughout his tour dogged determination, skill and devotion to duty.  On every occasion this officer by his skill and ability to make full use of all available aids, guided his aircraft directly to the target.

 

Flying Officer Mears' high degree of courage and uncanny skill at his job have proven to be a byword within this squadron and it is recommended that in recognition he be awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross.

 

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MEARS, F/L Thomas Cameron (J2939) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.415 Squadron - Award effective 5 July 1945 as per London Gazette dated 17 July 1945 and AFRO 1558/45 dated 5 October 1945.  Born 1920 in Port Arthur, Ontario; home there (carpenter's helper); enlisted Fort William, 18 April 1940.  Trained at No.1 ITS (graduated 23 May 1940), Regina Flying Club (graduated 22 July 1940) and No.1 SFTS (graduated 18 September 1940).  Commissioned 1940.  Presented 22 February 1947.  No citation other than "in recognition of gallantry and devotion to duty in the execution of air operations against the enemy".  DHist file 181.009 D.2618 (RG.24 Vol.20627) has recommendation dated 30 March 1945 when he had flown 36 sorties (224 hours 20 minutes) between 6 October 1944 and 30 March 1945.

 

This officer has participated in attacks against many of the most heavily defended targets in Germany.  He has always displayed a high standard of airmanship and great determination to achieve his objective.  His fine fighting spirit in the face of strong enemy opposition and his unfailing devotion to duty are worthy of the highest commendation...

 

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MEDHURST, Corporal Albert (R83824) - Mention in Despatches - No.427 Squadron (AFRO gives unit as "Leeming" - Award effective 14 June 1945 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 1647/45 dated 26 October 1945.  Home in Brantford, Ontario; enlisted in Toronto, 5 December 1940.  No citation in AFRO.  DHist file 181.009 D.2619 (RG.24 Vol.20628) has recommendation forwarded to No.6 Group HQ, 12 February 1945 when he was a Rigger in "B" Flight, No.427 Squadron.  Had served 29 months in Canada, 21 months in UK.

 

This Corporal has displayed keenness, resourcefulness and dependability to a marked degree.  On one occasion when some incendiary bombs were accidentally dropped from an aircraft, exploded and ignited on the ground, he carried on the work of extinguishing them after two superior officers had been injured by exploding fragments.

 

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MEDLAND, F/O Harry Delbert (J24931) - Mention in Despatches - No.138 Squadron (AFRO gives unit only as "Overseas") - Award effective 14 June 1945 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 1478/45 dated 21 September 1945.  Home in Oshawa; enlisted in Windsor, Ontario, 28 April 1942.  Trained at No.4 WS (graduated 21 February 1943) and No.2 BGS (graduated 2 April 1943. Public Records Office Air 2/9230 has recommendation for a Military Cross (downgraded) and refers to Interrogation Reports Nos. M.I.9/S/PG - 2387 and 2388.  Cited with F/O Alfred S. Coldridge (also Mentioned in Despatches). See Coldridge for text.  The specific recommendation for Medland (dated 4 November 1944) notes that he had flown 48 sorties and gives the following account of his adventures:

 

One night in May [1944] the aircraft in which Flying Officer Medland was Wireless Operator developed engine trouble and the crew abandoned aircraft.  Shortly after landing, Flying Officer Medland contact his pilot who had sprained his ankles badly on landing and was unable to walk. Disregarding the fact that he might be captured, Flying Officer Medland assisted and carried the pilot to a wood over a mile away. After ensuring that he was concealed, he made his way to a small village where he contacted a peasant. He then went back and helped bring his pilot in to a house where he was attended by a doctor of the Maquis. Flying Officer Medland remained with his captain for about three weeks until he was well enough to travel.

 

Flying Officer Medland and his pilot remained with the Maquis for some time, taking part in some of their operations, i.e. blowing up trains, etc. During the time with them, however, he and his pilot made arrangements to return to this country and eventually, after several narrow escapes, succeeded.

 

The self-sacrifice and determined and resolute manner shown by Flying Officer Medland is exemplary and in being with the highest traditions of the service. His behaviour at all times was most commendable.

 

MEDLAND, F/L Harry Delbert (J24931) - Croix de Guerre with Silver Star (France) - Award as per Canada Gazette dated 20 September 1947 and AFRO 485/47 dated 12 September 1947.  WOO.

 

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MEDLEN, FS Jacob Baynard (Can 6585) - British Empire Medal - No.4 Repair Depot - Awarded 1 January 1945 as per Canada Gazette of that date and AFRO 89/45 dated 19 January 1945 -  Enlisted 13 September 1939 in Ottawa.  Presented 14 June 1945.

 

This non-commissioned officer's keen efforts and good judgement in the execution of his duties as head of maintenance and servicing, have had a noticeable effect on the efficiency and production in this section.  His cheerfulness, enthusiasm and exceptional ability have been an inspiration to those with whom he has come in contact and have been a great source of support to his supporters.  The devotion to duty of this non-commissioned officer is most praiseworthy.

 

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MEEK, F/O James (J37873) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.150 Squadron - Award effective 5 July 1945 as per London Gazette dated 20 July 1945 and AFRO 1619/45 dated 19 October 1945.  Born 1910 at Gateshead, England; home in Winnipeg (machinist).  Trained at No.2 ITS, No.2 BGS and No.5 AOS.  Commissioned 1943.  No citation other than "completed...numerous operations against the enemy in the course of which [he has] invariably displayed the utmost fortitude, courage and devotion to duty".  Public Records Office Air 2/9082 has recommendation dated 13 March 1945 when he had flown 34 sorties (212 hours), 5 October 1944 to 15 March 1945.

 

                                                         * denotes daylight sortie

 

5 Oct 44         Saarbrucken                          28 Dec 44      Bonn

7 Oct 44         Emmerich*                             31 Dec 44      Osterfeld

14 Oct 44       Duisburg*                               2 Jan 45         Nuremburg

14 Oct 44       Duisburg                                5 Jan 45         Hanover

19 Oct 44       Stuttgart                                  14 Jan 45       Merseburg

31 Oct 44       Cologne                                 28 Jan 45       Stuttgart

2 Nov 44         Dusseldorf                             2 Feb 45        Wiesbaden

4 Nov 44         Bochum                                  3 Feb 45        Bottrop

16 Nov 44      Duren*                                    7 Feb 45        Cleve

21 Nov 44      Aschaffenburg                       8 Feb 45        Politz

27 Nov 44      Freiburg                                 21 Feb 45      Duisburg

29 Nov 44      Dortmund*                              23 Feb 45      Pforzheim

2 Dec 44        Urft Dam*                               11 Mar 45      Essen*

4 Dec 44        Karlsruhe                                12 Mar 45      Dortmund*

6 Dec 44        Merseburg                             13 Mar 45      Gelsenkirchen

22 Dec 44      Coblenz                                  15 Mar 45      Misburg

27 Dec 44      Rheydt*

 

Flying Officer Meek, a Canadian Bomb Aimer, has completed 34 sorties comprising 212 hours on his first tour of operations.  These operations include sorties to heavily defended targets in Germany, such as Stuttgart (two), Dortmund (two), Merseburg Leuna, Nuremburg and Hanover.

 

He has carried out these attacks with consistent skill and courage.  Throughout his tour he has set a high example of accurate bomb aiming, cool judgement and determination in the face of strong enemy opposition which has been an inspiration to the rest of the squadron.

 

As deputy Bombing Leader, his leadership has contributed in no small measure to the repeated successes of the squadron, maintaining morale at a very high level, and is worthy of the highest praise.  On more than one occasion, over heavily defended targets, he has made several bombing runs in order to place his bomb load on the target.

 

I strongly recommend this officer for the award of the Distinguished Flying Cross in recognition of his outstanding ability and his dogged determination to inflict the maximum damage on the enemy.

 

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MEEK, FS Robert Alexander (R155027) - 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 London, Ontario.  Air gunner.  Killed in action with No.434 Squadron, 27/28 April 1944.  Buried in Holland.

 

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MEEK, WO Richard Jack (R138466) - Conspicuous Gallantry Medal (Flying) - No.626 Squadron - Award effective 9 February 1944 as per London Gazette dated 22 February 1944 and AFRO 644/44 dated 24 March 1944.  Born 1908 in Vancouver; home there (wireless engineer); enlisted there 11 November 1941.  Trained at No.7 ITS (graduated 3 July 1942) and No.5 AOS (graduated 23 October 1942).  Commissioned March 1944.  Incident occurred 30/31 January 1944, Lancaster LM584 (UM-Y2).  See Alan W. Cooper, In Action With the Enemy (London, William Kimber, 1986).  Cited with W.S. Breckenridge and P/O W.B.Baker (RAF).

 

Flying Officer Breckenridge, Pilot Officer Baker and Warrant Officer Meek were pilot, mid-upper gunner and navigator respectively of an aircraft detailed to attack Berlin one night in January 1944.  Whilst over the target area, the aircraft was hit by bullets from a fighter.  Much damage was sustained, the wireless operator was killed and the rear gunner was wounded.  Pilot Officer Baker was also wounded, being hit in the face and rendered unconscious.  Nevertheless, Flying Officer Breckenridge evaded the attacker and, displaying great determination, resumed his bombing run and successfully attacked the target.  Almost immediately the bomber was again hit by machine gun fire from the enemy aircraft, which had closed in.  This time, Warrant Officer Meek was severely wounded, a bullet penetrated his breast bone close to the heart and another one hit him in the shoulder.  Coolly and skilfully Flying Officer Breckenridge manoeuvred his badly damaged aircraft, however, and finally evaded the attacker.  By now, Pilot Officer Baker had recovered consciousness and, realizing that the aircraft was unprotected, immediately made his way to the rear turret and manned it in spite of his physical suffering, the intense cold and the lack of oxygen.  Pilot Officer Baker remained in the turret throughout the homeward flight, except for a short time when he left it to extinguish a fire which had commenced.  Meanwhile Warrant Officer Meek, though desperately wounded and suffering intensely, refused to leave his post.  Although deprived of practically all his navigational equipment, he plotted the route home with great skill.  Eventually Flying Officer Breckenridge reached base where he effected a successful crash landing.  His skill, courage and coolness in the face of heavy odds were worthy of the highest praise.  Pilot Officer Baker and Warrant Officer Meek proved themselves to be valiant members of aircraft crew, displaying great courage, fortitude and devotion to duty.  In spite of their injuries and much suffering they did all that was possible to assist in the safe return of the aircraft.

 

MEEK, P/O Richard Jack, CGM (J85486) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.626 Squadron - Award effective 4 November 1944 as per London Gazette dated 17 November 1944 and AFRO 239/45 dated 9 February 1945.  Presented 20 July 1947.

 

Since the award of the Conspicuous Gallantry Medal, Pilot Officer Meek has completed many sorties against targets in Germany, including four on Berlin.  His outstanding technical skill, exceptional, efficient and gallant fortitude have won the admiration of all members of his squadron.

 

NOTE:  Public Records Office Air 2/8827 has recommendation dated 1 August 1944 when he had flown 28 sorties (144 hours 50 minutes), 16 December 1943 to 6 July 1944.  The contrast between the citation (above) and the recommendation (below) is striking:

 

Pilot Officer Meek, a Canadian, is a Navigator who has carried out 28 operational flights against the enemy.  Since the award of the Conspicuous Gallantry Medal in February 1944 he has done 22 operational flights, many of them against such distant and heavily defended targets as Berlin, Magdeburg and Friedrichshaven, the enemy capital city having been his targets on four occasions.

 

Pilot Officer Meek has at all times carried out his duties in a most exemplary manner, his work being of the highest order under the strongest opposition the enemy could muster.  His cool, quiet disregard of personal safety and the efficiency with which he navigated his aircraft inspired his crew to the highest standard of morale they achieved, and ensured a maximum safety for his aircraft and crew.

 

I strongly recommend that the gallantry displayed by this officer, coupled with the high order of his technical achievements, which were an inspiration not only to his crew but to all the navigators in the squadron, be recognized by the award of the Distinguished Flying Cross.

 

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MEEKS, P/O Stuart Allen (C19081) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.425 Squadron - Award effective 11 April 1944 as per London Gazette dated 21 April 1944 and AFRO 1075/44 dated 19 May 1944.  Born 1909; home in Kingston, Ontario; enlisted in London, England, 13 February 1942.  Commissioned 1943.  Medal sent by registered mail 28 October 1948.

 

This officer has taken part in a large number of successful night sorties over enemy territory.  He has been an exceptionally skilful air gunner and has always displayed coolness and courage in hazardous circumstances.  His determination and skill in the performance of his duties have always been of the highest order.

 

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MEHLENBACHER, LAC Clarence Melvin (R145659) - Mention in Despatches - No.432 Squadron (also identified with Station Eastmoor) - Award effective 14 June 1945 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 1647/45 dated 26 October 1945.  Home in Selkirk, Manitoba; enlisted in Hamilton, 6 December 1941.  DHist file 181.009 D.1719 (PAC RG.24 Vol.20606) has recommendation dated 3 February 1945 when he had served 15 months in Canada, 21 months overseas. Fitter IIE.

 

This airman has always been foremost in working hard even at the most difficult job.  His cheerful acceptance of extra work and his skill in the execution of it has fostered an excellent spirit among his fellows.

 

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MEHR, Sergeant Leonard Melvin (R209235) - 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 27 August 1906. Home in Toronto; enlisted there 30 November 1942.  To RAF, 15 May 1943; repatriated 19 January 1946.  Nursing Orderly.

 

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MEILLEUR, P/O Joseph Armand Francois (J17536) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.425 Squadron - Award effective 21 October 1943 as per London Gazette dated 29 October 1943 and AFRO 2457/43 dated 26 November 1943.  Born 1921 in Montreal; home there; enlisted there 19 June 1941.  Trained at No.9 BGS (graduated 28 March 1942) and No.1 WS (graduated 28 February 1942).  Presented 22 June 1945.

 

Pilot Officer Meilleur has taken part in raids against some of the most heavily defended targets in Germany and Italy.  As wireless operator air gunner he has displayed great courage and skill and has at all times co-operated in the highest possible degree with the other members of his crew.

 

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MELBOURNE, F/O Frederick Earl (J41634) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.692 Squadron - Award effective 23 November 1945 as per London Gazette dated 7 December 1945 and AFRO 244/46 dated 8 March 1946. Born in Ottawa, June 1921; home there (student); enlisted there 15 September 1939.  Trained at No.1 ITS (graduated 1 May 1943) and No.8 AOS (graduated 25 February 1944).  Medal presented 1 December 1948.  No citation other than "completed...numerous operations against the enemy in the course of which [he has] invariably displayed the utmost fortitude, courage and devotion to duty."  Public Records Office Air 2/8772 has recommendation dated 19 May 1945 when he had flown 49 sorties (199 hours) as follows

 

4 Nov 44         Hanover                                  25 Feb 45      Berlin

6 Nov 44         Stuttgart                                  28 Feb 45      Berlin

28 Nov 44      Nuremburg                             1 Mar 45         Erfurt

29 Nov 44      Hanover                                  3 Mar 45         Berlin

1 Dec 44        Karlsruhe                                4 Mar 45         Essen

4 Dec 44        Hagen                                     7 Mar 45         Berlin

7 Dec 44        Cologne                                 18 Mar 45      Berlin

11 Dec 44      Hanover                                  21 Mar 45      Berlin

12 Dec 44      Osnabruck                             24 Mar 45      Berlin

15 Dec 44      Hanover                                  27 Mar 45      Berlin

18 Dec 44      Nuremburg                             31 Mar 45      Berlin

23 Dec 44      Limburg                                  3 Apr 45         Magdeburg

1 Jan 45         Hanover                                  4 Apr 45         Berlin

2 Jan 45         Berlin                                      10 Apr 45       Plaven

6 Jan 45         Berlin                                      11 Apr 45       Berlin

15 Jan 45       Berlin                                      14 Apr 45       Hamburg

28 Jan 45       Berlin                                      16 Apr 45       Berlin

1 Feb 45        Berlin                                      17 Apr 45       Munich

2 Feb 45        Magdeburg                            19 Apr 45       Berlin

8 Feb 45        Mainz                                      20 Apr 45       Berlin

11 Feb 45      Hanover                                  22 Apr 45       Kiel

12 Feb 45      Stuttgart                                  25 Apr 45       Munich

14 Feb 45      Osnabruck                             26 Apr 45       Munich

21 Feb 45      Berlin                                      3 May 45        Kiel

22 Feb 45      Berlin                                                             

 

            As navigator and bomb aimer, this officer has participated in a large number of sorties including 21 attacks on Berlin.  Flying Officer Melbourne is a skilful and courageous navigator who has set a high standard at his work both in the air and on the ground.  As bomb aimer he has shown the utmost determination to bomb accurately all his targets, often in the face of bitter opposition.  For his skill, courage and devotion to duty he is strongly recommended for the non-immediate award of the Distinguished Flying Cross.

 

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MELIA, LAC John Francois (R110701) - Mention in Despatches - No.428 Squadron (No.64 Base in AFRO) - Award effective 1 January 1945 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 425/45 dated 9 March 1945. Home in St.Boniface, Manitoba; enlisted in Winnipeg, 19 June 1941. DHist file 181.009 D.4364 (RG.24 Vol.20648) has recommendation dated 22 June 1944 (for a BEM); he was with No.428 Squadron and W/C W.A.G. McLeish composed the recommendation.

 

LAC Melia was in charge of the groundcrew of one of his unit's aircraft.  The serviceability of this aircraft was maintained at the maximum at all times despite inclement weather and adverse conditions.  It is considered that the efforts of LAC Melia contributed to a major degree to the longevity of the aircraft, which flew 45 sorties including many major targets, and to the efficiency of the unit as a whole.

 

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MELLARD, F/O James Victor (J38282) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.405 Squadron - Award effective 8 September 1945 as per London Gazette dated 25 September 1945 and AFRO 1768/45 dated 23 November 1945.  Born 1920 in Hamilton, Ontario; home there (clerk); enlisted there 2 September 1942.  Trained at No.3 ITS (graduated 26 June 1943), No.1 BGS (graduated 2 October 1943) and No.4 AOS (graduated 1 December 1943).  Commissioned November 1943.  Presented in Hamilton, 27 July 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 20 April 1945 when he had flown 39 sorties (229 hours 15 minutes), 25 October 1944 to 17 April 1945.

 

25 Oct 44       Homberg (5.30)                     14 Feb 45      Chemnitz (7.05)

28 Oct 44       Cologne (5.30)                           20 Feb 45      Dortmund (4.45)

30 Oct 44       Cologne (6.40)                           21 Feb 45      Duisburg (4.25)

1 Nov 44         Oberhausen (5.40)                    23 Feb 45      Essen (4.05)

2 Nov 44         Dusseldorf (5.50)                       24 Feb 45      Kamen (4.15)

4 Nov 44         Bochum (5.45)                           1 Mar 45         Mannheim (5.05)

6 Nov 44         Gelsenkirchen (5.00)                 5 Mar 45         Chemnitz (7.35)

16 Nov 44      Julich (5.15)                                7 Mar 45         Dessau (8.40)

18 Nov 44      Munster (6.35)                            8 Mar 45         Hamburg (5.35)

4 Dec 44        Karlsruhe (7.00)                         11 Mar 45      Essen (4.25)

5 Dec 44        Soest (6.50)                               12 Mar 45      Dortmund (4.35)

6 Dec 44        Osnabruck (5.55)                       14 Mar 45      Zweibrucken (5.05)

17 Dec 44      Duisburg (6.30)                          15 Mar 45      Misburg (6.20)

24 Dec 44      Dusseldorf (4.20)                       16 Mar 45      Nuremburg (6.50)

28 Dec 44      Opladen (6.00)                           19 Mar 45      Witten (5.00)

29 Dec 44      Troisdorf (6.45)                          21 Mar 45      Hemmingstadt (5.05)

30 Dec 44      Kolnkalt (6.30)                            22 Mar 45      Hildesheim (4.40)

2 Jan 45         Ludwigshaven (7.35)                 14 Apr 45       Potsdam (7.20)

5 Jan 45         Hannover (5.35)                         17 Apr 45       Schwandorf (6.30)

6 Jan 45         Hannau (7.25)

 

Flying Officer Mellard as a member of a highly successful crew has participated in attacks against such heavily defended targets as Essen, Dortmund and Hamburg, and has proved himself to be a Bomb Aimer of exceptional ability.

 

This officer has always fulfilled the specialized tasks assigned to him in an exemplary manner, and in spite of all opposition has always shown courage and keenness of the highest standard.

 

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MELLIN, Sergeant Arthur Alured (R110157) - Distinguished Flying Medal - No.419 Squadron - Award effective 21 April 1943 as per London Gazette dated 23 April 1943 and AFRO 985/43 dated 28 May 1943.  Born 1917 in Duncan, British Columbia.  Former bank employee; enlisted  in Vancouver, 24 June 1941.  Trained at No.2 ITS (graduated 1 October 1941), No.15 EFTS, No.3 AOS (graduated 16 March 1942), No.2 BGS (graduated 25 April 1942), and No.1 CNS (graduated 25 May 1942).  Further trained in North Wales.  Incident described took place on 27 February 1943.  Hospitalized in England until August when he went home to Canada, treatment continuing at Rockcliffe and Shaunnessy Hospital, Vancouver.  Returned to duty, February 1944 as Navigation Officer, Western Air Command, but when grounded for medical reasons he remustered to Flying Control, serving at Rockcliffe and Abbottsford.  See Field of Honour (Bank of Montreal, c.1950).  Medal presented 27 June 1947.  Died in Nanaimo, 16 May 1998.

 

One night in February 1943, this airman was the navigator of an aircraft detailed for a mine-laying mission off the Frisian Islands.  In the course of the operation an enemy fighter engaged the aircraft raking its fuselage with machine-gun fire.  The flight engineer and the rear gunner were killed while Sergeant Mellin was hit in the leg by a bullet which caused a compound fracture to the fibia and tibea bones.  Despite the severity of his injuries, this airman assumed the duties of the flight engineer, while other members of the crew were quelling flames which had broken out in the bomber.  He afterwards returned to his navigational duties, proving of great assistance to his pilot who flew the damaged aircraft to an airfield in this country.  Although he had lost much blood and was in intense pain, it was only when the aircraft was about to be landed that Sergeant Mellin would consent to leave his post.  His exemplary conduct and great fortitude were worthy of the highest praise.

 

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MELLIS, Sergeant Andrew Innes (R2083A) - Mention in Despatches - Skipton-on-Swale - Award effective 14 June 1945 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 1600/45 dated 12 October 1945.  Home in Abbottsford, British Columbia.  Enlisted in Vancouver, 25 June 1940.  DHist file 181.009 D.2619 (RG.24 Vol.20628) has recommendation forwarded 1 February 1945 to No.63 Base HQ when he had served 23 months in Canada, 32 months overseas.

 

This NCO has exceptional qualities of leadership.  For the last year, he has had to assume a Flight Sergeant's responsibilities and has discharged them in commendable manner.  When operational necessity demanded it, he has worked for thirty-six hours without ceasing.  This quality of not leaving a job until it is satisfactorily completed has been the driving influence of his section.

 

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MELLISH, FS (now WO2) Henry Herbert Mellich (Can 11578) - British Empire Medal - No.11 Aeronautical Inspection District - Awarded 1 January 1945 as per Canada Gazette of that date and AFRO 89/45 dated 19 January 1945.  Enlisted in Halifax,  15 August 1939.  Medal presented, 22 June 1945.

 

This non-commissioned officer, throughout an extensive career with the Royal Canadian Air Force, has at all times displayed an exemplary attitude in all he undertakes and has set a very high standard of efficiency and devotion to duty.  By his fine example he has helped to maintain discipline and efficiency in his juniors.  He is understanding in the way he subordinates all other activities to those demanded in a whole-hearted war effort and at the same time is wholly co-operative with seniors and juniors.

 

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MELLOR, FS Joseph William Howard (R82862) - British Empire Medal - No.13 EFTS - Award effective 1 January 1946 as per Canada Gazette of that date and AFRO 82/46 dated 25 January 1946. Home in Ottawa; enlisted there 10 February 1941.  Presented by Governor General, 9 December 1947.

 

This non-commissioned officer, since the opening of this unit a year and a half ago, has operated the Central Warehouse.  The shortage of staff has made it necessary throughout this period for this non-commissioned officer to work many hours over and above his normal duty.  He has at all times been most conscientious.  His keenness has made possible the smooth and efficient operation of all canteens and messes.  His example has gained high esteem amongst all personnel and has contributed in a large degree to the morale of the unit.

 

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MELLOWS, Corporal Sylvia Lucy (W311868) - British Empire Medal - No.5 OTU - Award effective 1 January 1946 as per Canada Gazette of that date and AFRO 82/46 dated 25 January 1946.  Home in Victoria;  enlisted in Vancouver, 29 March 1943.

 

This non-commissioned officer has been employed as a clerk stenographer in the orderly room of the Training Wing since the inception of this unit.  During the period of organization she has worked long and arduously in a valiant effort to keep her phase of the work up to date.  By her devotion to her duties, which have been carried out in a cheerful and conscientious manner, this airwoman has set an excellent example to her fellow workers, which has had a most beneficial effect in the section.

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MELLSTROM, F/O Melborn Leslie (C18414) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.405 Squadron (deceased) - Award effective 10 May 1945 as per London Gazette dated 25 May 1945 and AFRO 1291/45 dated 10 August 1945.  Born 1914 in Red Deer, Alberta; home in Calgary (wife there); taxi driver; enlisted there 3  November 1941.  Commissioned September 1943.  Killed in action 10 April 1945 (Lancaster ME315).  Medal presented to next-of-kin at Government House, 7 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."  Public Records Office Air 2/9070 has recommendation dated 20 February 1945 when he had flown 44 sorties (233 hours 15 minutes), 20 February 1944 to 13 February 1945.

 

                                           * denotes operation counted as 1/3 sortie

 

20 Feb 44      Stuttgart (7.05)                           25 Aug 44      Point Robert (5.00)

6 Mar 44         Trappes (5.50)*                          30 Sep 44      Bottrop (3.10)

7 Mar 44         Le Mans (5.45)*                         5 Oct 44         Saarbrucken (4.30)

15 Mar 44      Stuttgart (8.00)                           6 Oct 44         Sterkrade (3.05)

18 Mar 44      Frankfurt (6.00)                          23 Oct 44       Essen (4.45)

22 Mar 44      GARDENING (6.15)                  25 Oct 44       Homberg (3.40)

26 Mar 44      Essen (5.30)                               28 Oct 44       Walcheran (2.10)

30 Mar 44      Nuremburg (9.00)                      31 Oct 44       Cologne (4.05)

18 Apr 44       Noisy-le-Sec (5.15)*                  2 Nov 44         Dusseldorf (3.55)

24 May 44      Aachen (4.15)                            4 Nov 44         Bochum (3.25)

27 May 44      Bourg Leopold (5.30)                9 Nov 44         Wanne Eickel (4.10)

31 May 44      Cherbourg (4.25)                       18 Nov 44      Wanne Eickel (4.30)

5 June 44       Houlgate (4.45)                          2 Dec 44        Hagen (5.43)

6 June 44       Conde sur Noireau (6.10)         4 Dec 44        Erft Dam (4.15)

24 Jun 44       Bonnetot (4.00)                          6 Dec 44        Merseberg (6.10)

28 Jun 44       Metz (7.15)                                 18 Dec 44      Duisburg (3.55)

4 July 44         Villeneuve-St.                             28 Dec 44      Bonn (4.13)

George (5.55)                            29 Dec 44      Schloven (4.45)

23 Jul 44        Longues (6.10)                           31 Dec 44      Cologne (4.08)

25 Jul 44        Stuttgart (8.35)                           5 Jan 45         Royan (5.00)

31 Jul 44        Foret de Croc (3.55)                 22 Jan 45       Duisburg (3.45)

5 Aug 44        St.Leu d'Esserant (4.30)           1 Feb 45        Mannheim (5.14)

7 Aug 44        La Hogue (4.20)                         2 Feb 45        Wanne Eickel (3.35)

13 Feb 45      Dresden (7.40)

 

Flying Officer Mellstrom is a very keen and excellent Air Gunner who has attacked some of the most difficult targets in Germany, including Stuttgart, Frankfurt, Essen and Cologne.  His skill, devotion to duty and his ability to size up a difficult situation quickly, makes him a very valuable crew member.  On the ground, his personality and keenness are an inspiration to the less experienced Air Gunners.

 

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MELOSHE, Senior Supervisor Francis P. (Z101) - Member, Order of the British Empire - RCAF Overseas Headquarters (Auxiliary Service) - AWARD IN CIVIL DIVISION - Award effective 1 January 1946 as per Canada Gazette of that date and AFRO 82/46 dated 25 January 1946.  Presented 22 November 1948. No biographical details and no citation.

 

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MELTON, FS John Earl (R60410) - Mention in Despatches - Skipton-on-Swale - Award effective 14 June 1945 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 1600/45 dated 12 October 1945.  Home in Calgary; enlisted there 3 September 1940. Enlisted 3 September 1940. DHist file 181.009 D.2619 (RG.24 Vol.20628) has recommendation forwarded 1 February 1945 to No.63 Base HQ when he had served 18 months in Canada, 35 months overseas.

 

This NCO has been in charge of the Instrument Section at this Station.  During that time he has displayed much resourcefulness and energy in generally improving the efficiency of the Section.  By a thorough knowledge of equipment procedure and close supervision, he built up an adequate stock of spare parts and tools.  He has shown considerable ingenuity in improving the instrument calibration room, also in equipping the oxygen and nitrogen charging tenders.  At the same time he has, by reason of his own technical skill, generally raised the quality of work of the airmen under him.

 

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MENAUL, F/O Arthur (J13695) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.404 Squadron - Award effective 27 October 1944 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 2637/44 dated 8 December 1944.  Born 1914 in Lindsay, Ontario; home there; enlisted in Toronto, 20 August 1941.  Trained at No.1 ITS (graduated 14 February 1942), No.1 EFTS (graduated 24 April 1942) and No.5 SFTS (graduated 28 August 1942).  Commissioned 1942.  Cited with F/O John Tomes (RCAF navigator, awarded DFC).  Presented 14 June 1949.

 

As pilot and observer respectively, these officers have completed a very large number of sorties and have displayed great skill, courage and co-operation.  In September 1944 they participated in an attack on an enemy shipping convoy off Kristiansand.  During the attack the starboard propeller and the pilot's windscreen were damaged by anti-aircraft fire.  Despite this the attack was pressed home.  In the action, Flying Officer Menaul had been hit, a fact unrealized until the turn for home was made.  Flying Officer Tomes promptly rendered efficient first aid and afterwards gave valuable assistance to his pilot in his endeavours to reach base.  After bringing his aircraft down safely, Flying Officer Menaul collapsed.  He had displayed great courage and fortitude.  Flying Officer Tomes also proved himself a valiant member of aircraft crew, setting a fine example of coolness and determination.

 

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MERCER, F/L George Franklin (J17795) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.411 Squadron - Award effective 13 January 1945 as per London Gazette dated 23 January 1945 and AFRO 471/45 dated 16 March 1945.  Born 5 February 1917 at St.Mary's, Ontario. Enlisted in Hamilton, 2 January 1941.  Attended No.1 Manning Depot, Toronto, 2 January to 21 January 1941; at Picton, 22 January to 18 March 1941; No.1 Manning Depot, 19 March to 30 March 1941; No.17 Equipment Depot, Ottawa, 31 March to 26 May 1941; No.1 ITS, Toronto, 10 June to 8 August 1941 (promoted to LAC on latter date); No.3 EFTS, London, 9 August to 25 September 1941; No.14 SFTS, Aylmer, 26 September to 20 December 1941 (promoted to Sergeant, 19 December 1941).  Posted to Halifax; arrived in UK, 21 January 1942.  Further trained at No.5 (P) AFU, 12 May to 2 June 1942, No.59 OTU, 2 June to 26 August 1942 (promoted to Flight Sergeant, 19 June 1942).  Posted to No.610 Squadron (28 August 1942 to 17 January 1943; promoted to WO2, 19 December 1942; claimed his first sortie was 18 August 1942 and that he flew 85 operational hours); to No.185 Squadron, Malta (17 January to 13 July 1943; commissioned 22 April 1943; claimed he flew 86 sorties, 115 operational hours; forced to bale out 6 May 1943 when engine overheated and glycol fumes filled cockpit, probably from a bird strike in radiator).  Returned to England, 1 August 1943.  At Station Cranfield, 16 August 1943 to 18 April 1944 (promoted to Flying Officer, 22 October 1943).  Posted to Canada on leave, 26 April to 16 June 1944.  Returned to UK, 26 June 1944.  No.411 Squadron, 18 July to 16 November 1944 (promoted to Flight Lieutenant, 10 October 1944, flew 106 sorties in 125 hours ten minutes of operational flying).  Shot down by flak while strafing a train, 16 November 1944; held at Stalag Luft III.  Safe in UK, 8 May 1945; returned to Canada, 8 July 1945.  Remained in RCAF until 11 November 1947 (mainly at Trenton).  Medal presented in UK, 1949.  Aerial victories (incomplete) as follows: 9 July 1943, one MC.202 destroyed; 12 August 1944, one Bf.109 destroyed east of Alencon; 27 September 1944, one FW.190 destroyed and one FW.190 damaged east of Nijmegen.  Photo PL-31990 shows him examining wreckage of German aircraft.

 

Flight Lieutenant Mercer is now on his second tour of operational duty.  During his flying career he has shown exceptional skill and keenness in leading his flight on fighter bombing and armed reconnaissance sorties.  He has always displayed a fine fighting spirit, especially in missions against ground targets and has destroyed seventy enemy transport vehicles.  He has also destroyed four enemy aircraft.

 

NOTE: Public Records Office Air 2/9043 has recommendation dated 4 November 1943 when he had flown 166 sorties (210 hours); text does not differ materially from that published.

 

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MERCHANT, FS John Frank (R104847) - Distinguished Flying Medal - No.9 Squadron - Award effective 6 November 1943 as per London Gazette dated 12 November 1943 and AFRO 166/44 dated 28 January 1944.  Home in Sturgeon Falls, Ontario; enlisted in Montreal, 20 May 1941.  Trained at No.1 ITS (graduated 8 August 1941), No.12 EFTS (ceased training 3 September 1941), No.1 BGS (graduated 13 April 1942) and No.4 WS(graduated 13 March 1942).   Shot down 16 July 1943; evaded capture.

Flight Sergeant Merchant has taken part in a number of operational sorties and has at all times displayed a high degree of efficiency together with great courage and determination.

 

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MERCIER, FS Joseph Pierre Guy (Can 2509) - British Empire Medal - No.2 Release Centre - Award effective 13 June 1946 as per Canada Gazette of that date and AFRO 660/46 dated 5 July 1946.  Born 1 February 1919.  Home in Verdun, Quebec; enlisted in Montreal, 23 January 1939.  At No.5 SFTS, 15 October 1940 to 21 June 1941; No.4 Manning Depot, 6 September 1941 to 1 March 1942; No.1 "Y" Depot, 2 March 1942 to 24 October 1944; No.2 Release Centre, 25 October 1944 to 15 March 1946; released 6 August 1946.  LAC on 25 January 1940; Corporal, 1 August 1940; Sergeant, 1 March 1941; Flight Sergeant, 1 June 1942.  Graded as General Duties (23 January 1939); Disciplinarian (6 September 1941) and Physical Training/Drill Instructor (9 March 1943).  Medal presented 5 October 1947.

 

Flight Sergeant Mercier has shown outstanding ability in handling the transient personnel of this unit.  He has a very high sense of duty and has given his best at all times in the interests of the Service.  He has been an excellent example to the rest of the staff of the Release Centre and has contributed a great deal to the overall efficiency of this unit.

 

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MEREDITH, F/O Herbert Roy Harrison (J91021) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.158 Squadron - Award effective 5 July 1945 as per London Gazette dated 20 July 1945 and AFRO 1619/45 dated 19 October 1945.  Born 1920 in Yorkton, Saskatchewan; home in Oakland, California (display artist); enlisted in Vancouver, 4 June 1942.  Trained at No.7 ITS (graduated 19 February 1942), No.6 EFTS (graduated 16 April 1943) and No.7 SFTS (graduated 6 August 1943).  Medal presented 7 October 1949.

 

Flying Officer Meredith has proved himself to possess fine qualities of leadership and courage.  On one of his sorties while attacking Cologne his aircraft was damaged in several places and the navigator was killed.  By fine airmanship and skill he overcame his difficulties and flew the aircraft back to base by improvised navigation.  In several combats with night fighters Flying Officer Meredith has displayed outstanding courage and coolness.

 

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MERLIN, F/O Robert Aubrey Alexander (J88897) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.77 Squadron - Award effective 5 April 1945 as per London Gazette dated 17 April 1945 and AFRO 918/45 dated 1 June 1945.   Born 1916 in Halifax, Nova Scotia; home given variously as San Diego, California and Miami, Florida (clerk and sales driver).  Enlisted in Windsor, Ontario, 9 January 1942.  Trained at No.3 ITS (graduated 19 June 1942), No.11 EFTS (graduated 23 October 1942) and No.13 SFTS (graduated 19 March 1943).  Commissioned June 1944.  No citation other than "completed...numerous operations against the enemy in the course of which [he has] invariably displayed the utmost courage and devotion to duty".  Medal presented in Toronto, 30 November 1949.  Public Records Office Air 2/9060 has recommendation dated 15 January 1945 when he had flown 31 sorties (147 hours six minutes), 12 July 1944 to 12 January 1945.

 

12 Jul 44        Hauts Boissons (4.05)              17 Sep 44      Boulogne (3.15)

17 Jul 44        Caen (4.15)                                6 Oct 44         Gladbach (4.30)

20 Jul 44        Chapelle Notre Dame (3.05)    7 Oct 44         Cleve (4.00)

1 Aug 44        Noyelle en Chaussee                14 Oct 44       Duisburg (4.35)

(4.10), DNCO                             23 Oct 44       Essen (5.20)

3 Aug 44        Bois de Casson (4.15)              25 Oct 44       Essen (4.15)

5 Aug 44        Foret de Nieppe (3.25)             4 Nov 44         Bochum (4.45)

6 Aug 44        Foret de Nieppe (3.10)             18 Nov 44      Munster (4.40)

7 Aug 44        TOTALIZE 3 (4.25)                    21 Nov 44      Sterkrade (5.55)

9 Aug 44        Foret de Mormel (3.20)             17 Dec 44      Duisburg (5.55)

11 Aug 44      Somain (4.15)                            21 Dec 44      GARDENING, Kattegat

14 Aug 44      TRACTABLE 22 (4.15)                                     (5.25)

15 Aug 44      Eindhoven (3.25)                       28 Dec 44      Gladbach (5.10)

18 Aug 44      Sterkrade (3.55)                        29 Dec 44      Coblenz (5.35)

17 Aug 44      GARDENING, Gironde             30 Dec 44      Cologne (5.25)

Estuary (6.55)                             2 Jan 45         Ludwigshaven (6.45)

25 Aug 44      Chapelle Notre Dame (3.15)    5 Jan 45         Hanover (5.00)

27 Aug 44      Homberg (4.15)                         12 Jan 45       GARDENING, Kiel Bay

31 Aug 44      Lumbres (3.15), DNCO                                     (5.36)

 

This captain of aircraft has only one more sortie to carry out to complete his first tour of operations.

 

This officer has shown such consistency of purpose throughout his attacks on heavily defended enemy targets that he has obtained one of the best bombing records on the squadron.  On a number of occasions persistent attacks from enemy fighters have been encountered whilst on his bombing run in to the target, but in each case he has brought back excellent results.

 

It is considered that Flying Officer Merlin has shown a very high standard of captaincy and efficiency and he is strongly recommended for an award of the Distinguished Flying Cross.

 

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MERRIAM, F/O Donald Everett (J10961) - Air Force Cross - No.119 Squadron - Award effective 28 May 1943 as per London Gazette dated 2 June 1943 and AFRO 1459/43 dated 30 July 1943 - Born in Brantford, Ontario, 1920.  Home in Norwich, Ontario.  Enlisted in London, Ontario, 27 May 1940 - Trained at No.1 ITS (graduated 21 June 1940), No.3 EFTS (graduated 31 August 1940) and No.2 SFTS (graduated 25 October 1940).  Medal sent by registered mail 26 February 1947.

 

Over a period of eighteen months this officer has flown over 1,000 hours on operational duties on the West Coast, of which 762 have been as first pilot on anti-submarine patrols.  He has shown outstanding ability and a determination for carrying out his patrols under the most adverse conditions.   His enthusiastic persistence in all his undertakings have contributed much to the efficiency of the squadron.  He has been an inspiration to all who work with him.

 

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MERRICK, FS Earl Victor Roy (R60805) - British Empire Medal - No.4 ITS - Award effective 28 May 1943 as per London Gazette dated 2 June 1943 and AFRO 1459/43 dated 30 July 1943. Born in Calgary; enlisted Edmonton, 14 June 1940.  Medal presented 31 May 1944.

 

In the performance of his duties as senior NCO in the Accounts Section of this school, Flight Sergeant Merrick has displayed a high degree of initiative and has continuously rendered highly meritorious service.  He has cheerfully applied himself to his duties, which have been particularly heavy, and has always displayed a loyalty and devotion to duty.  He has, on more than one occasion, efficiently discharged his duties beyond those required by his present rank.

 

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MERRICK, FS Wayne Thomas (R83305) - Distinguished Flying Medal - No.106 Squadron - Award effective 2 November 1942 as per London Gazette dated 6 November 1942 and AFRO 272/43 dated 19 February 1943.  American in the RCAF; born 10 June 1916 in Evansville, Indiana, 1916; home there; enlisted in Windsor, Ontario, 5 February 1941.  Trained at No.1 ITS, No.6 EFTS, and No.8 BGS.  Invested at Buckingham Palace 30 March 1943.

 

As air gunner he has taken part in numerous operational sorties and has destroyed two enemy night fighters.  In July 1942, whilst on a bombing sortie over Saarbruecken [sic], his aircraft was attacked by enemy fighters on five separate occasions and it was mainly due to his accuracy and coolness that two hostile aircraft were driven off and another shot down.  His fine aggressive spirit has earned him the respect of all.

 

NOTE: Public Records Office Air 2/9604 has recommendation dated 30 September 1942 when he had flown 18 sorties (101 hours 45 minutes) on operations; it provides a sortie list and a slightly longer text than that published:

 

1 Jul 42       GARDENING,                              16 Aug 42    GARDENING, Spinach (9.05)

Nasturtiums (5.40)                      18 Aug 42    Flensburg (5.35)

8 Jul 42       Wilhelmshaven (2.15,                 24 Aug 42    Frankfurt (5.15, attacked

DNCO, engine trouble)                                     by FW.190, shot it down

13 Jul 42    Duisburg (3.25)                           27 Aug 42    Gdynia docks (8.50)

23 Jul 42    Duisburg (3.35)                           1 Sept 42     Saarbrucken (5.20)

26 Jul 43    Hamburg (6.00)                           4 Sept 42     Bremen (4.20)

29 Jul 42    Saarbrucken (5.10,                     13 Sept 42   Bremen (4.25)

attacked by fighters on               14 Sept 42   Wilhelmshaven (4.45)

five occasions; evaded              16 Sept 42   Essen (5.15)

two, drove off two, shot               19 Sept 42   Munich (7.50, attacked by

down fifth.                                                           Ju.88, claimed it damaged)

31 Jul 42    Dusseldorf (3.35)                        12 Sept 42   Weismar (7.40)

15 Aug 42  Dusseldorf (3.45)

 

As mid-upper gunner, Flight Sergeant Merrick has flown 18 operational sorties and has already definitely destroyed two enemy night fighters as well as damaging others.

 

On the 29th July 1942, whilst on a bombing sortie over Saarbrucken, his aircraft was attacked by fighters on five separate occasions and it was mainly due to his accuracy and coolness that two of them were beaten off; they were claimed as damaged and another was shot down.  His other confirmed victory was over Frankfurt, an FW.190 being shot down in flames within a few seconds of being sighted.

 

Flight Sergeant Merrick displays always a fine aggressive spirit which has brought him considerable success and has earned him respect of all other gunners in the squadron.

 

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MERRIFIELD, F/O Leonard Alexander (J11069) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.420 Squadron - Award effective 21 October 1943 as per London Gazette dated 29 October 1943 and AFRO 2457/43 dated 26 November 1943.  Born in Sault Ste.Marie, 1919; home in Stratford, Ontario; enlisted in Toronto, 28 July 1941.  Trained at No.3 ITS (graduated 7 October 1941), No.12 EFTS (graduated 20 December 1941) and No.5 SFTS (graduated 10 April 1942).  Commissioned 1942.  Medal presented 22 November 1948.

 

Flying Officer Merrifield has completed a large number of operations against German and Italian targets. He has trained his crew to a high standard of efficiency and his work has always been characterized by keenness, determination and outstanding accuracy.  An excellent captain of aircraft, this officer has contributed in no small measure to the successes attained by his crew.

 

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METCALF, Corporal Alexander Anderson (R58729) - Mention in Despatches - No.1659 Conversion Unit - Award effective 1 January 1945 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 425/45 dated 9 March 1945.  Born 4 April 1914; home in Vancouver; enlisted there 12 September 1940.  Posted overseas February 1943; repatriated 18 June 1945; released 7 September 1945.  Fabric worker.  DHist file 181.009 D.2993 (RG.24 Vol.20634) has recommendation sent from No.61 Base to Headquarters, No.6 Group, 27 July 1944; NOTE: Name spelled METCALFE.

 

This Non-Commissioned Officer is in charge of the Fabric Component Repair Section, doing work for the Conversion Unit and Base. He has shown outstanding interest in his work in which he is both dependable and untiring. Through his own initiative and drive his section has been able to effect a considerable saving of time and material to the advantage of the service. While only recently promoted to Corporal, he has been in charge of the section for a year and has been a "Shadow" Corporal since 1 April 1943.

 

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METCALFE, F/O Earle Garth (J37196) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.420 Squadron - Award effective 5 July 1945 as per London Gazette dated 20 July 1945 and AFRO 1619/45 dated 19 October 1945.  Born in Winnipeg, 1922; home there (clerk); enlisted there 15 May 1942.  Trained at No.7 ITS (graduated 16 April 1943) and No.7 AOS (graduated 15 October 1943).  Commissioned October 1943.  Medal sent by registered mail 11 March 1950.

 

Flying Officer Metcalfe has almost completed a very successful tour of operations.  On his first sortie to Kiel his aircraft was badly damaged by anti-aircraft fire and he was wounded in the forehead.  In spite of this he guided the crew safely back to base.  Since then he has navigated his aircraft safely on sorties to Munster, Osnabruck, Ludwigshaven and Hamburg, frequently encountering difficulties from adverse weather and enemy action.  He has always navigated with skill and accuracy.

 

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METCALFE, WO George Wesley (R89830) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.514 Squadron - Award effective 1 September 1944 as per London Gazette dated 19 September 1944 and AFRO 2373/44 dated 3 November 1944.  Born 1919 in Hamilton, Ontario; home there; enlisted there 14 April 1941.  Trained at No.1 ITS (graduated 26 October 1941), No.7 EFTS (ceased training 19 December 1941), No.1 AOS (graduated 29 March 1942), No.1 BGS (graduated 20 June 1942) and No.1 ANS (graduated 4 August 1942).    Medal sent by registered mail 13 November 1948.  No citation other than "completed...many successful operations during which [he has] displayed high skill, fortitude and devotion to duty."  Public Records Office Air 2/9276 has recommendation dated 5 June 1944 when he had flown 26 sorties (143 hours 35 minutes), 8 September 1943 to 28 May 1944.

 

8 Sept 43       Boulogne (2.25)                         15 Mar 44      Stuttgart (7.10)

27 Sep 43      Hanover (4.30)                           18 Mar 44      Frankfurt (4.50)

2 Oct 43         GARDENING, Kattegat             24 Mar 44      Berlin (6.50)

(7.10)                                           10 Apr 44       Laon (4.25)

3 Oct 43         Kassel (5.30)                              18 Apr 44       Rouen (3.35)

23 Dec 43      Berlin (7.05)                                20 Apr 44       Cologne (4.00)

20 Jan 44       Berlin (7.05)                                22 Apr 44       Dusseldorf (3.55)

21 Jan 44       Magdeburg (7.15)                      24 Apr 44       Karlsruhe (5.40)

28 Jan 44       Berlin (7.50)                                26 Apr 44       Essen (4.00)

30 Jan 44       Berlin (6.05)                                19 May 44      Le Mans (4.25)

20 Feb 44      Stuttgart (6.55)                           21 May 44      Duisburg (4.15)

24 Feb 44      Schweinfurt (7.45)                      24 May 44      Boulogne (2.00)

1 Mar 44         Stuttgart (7.45)                           28 May 44      Angers (6.50)

7 Mar 44         Le Mans (4.20)

 

Warrant Officer Metcalfe has taken part in twenty-six successful operational sorties as Bomb Aimer.  These sorties include five attacks on Berlin and many attacks on other heavily defended targets in Germany.

 

He is an excellent Bomb Aimer and was most resolute in his attacks, never being satisfied to release his bombs until he was sure they would fall on the target, and he was never deterred by intense and accurate anti-aircraft fire.  The accuracy of his bombing was proved by the numerous photographs he secured of the targets he attacked.

 

Warrant Officer Metcalfe is recommended for the award of the Distinguished Flying Cross in recognition of his good work as an operational bomb aimer.

 

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METCALFE, F/L Lorin Wilmot (J11553) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.184 Squadron - Award effective 13 January 1945 as per London Gazette dated 23 January 1945 and AFRO 471/45 dated 16 March 1945.  Born in 1919 in Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario; home in St. Thomas, Ontario; enlisted in London, Ontario, 17 June 1940; commissioned in 1942.  Trained at No.2 ITS (graduated 27 July 1940), No.23 EFTS (graduated 19 November 1940) and No.6 SFTS (graduated 9 February 1941).  Medal sent by registered mail 30 March 1949.  Recommended when he had flown 108 sorties (106 operational hours).

 

Flight Lieutenant Metcalfe has completed a large number of armed reconnaissances and attacks on targets in close support of Army operations.  These have been completed in the face of intense anti-aircraft fire in attacks at Mortain, Vimontiers and Falaise.  He destroyed many tanks and motor transport vehicles.  In September 1944, Flight Lieutenant Metcalfe led eight attacks on enemy shipping in the Scheldt Estuary, destroying or damaging many barges and other craft.  He is a fine leader whose courage and devotion to duty have always been outstanding.

 

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METCALFE, FS Walter Phillip (R163206) - Distinguished Flying Medal - 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 1924 in Toronto; home there; enlisted there 7 October 1942.  Sea Cadet, 1939-1941.  Trained at No.9 BGS (graduated 6 August 1943.  Later commissioned (J90998).  Medal presented 9 April 1948.  No citation - "..in recognition of gallantry and devotion to duty in the execution of air operations against the enemy... numerous operations against the enemy in the course of which [he] invariably displayed the utmost fortitude, courage and devotion to duty."  DHist file 181.009 D.1633 (RG.24 Vol.20603) has recommendation dated 9 September 1944 when he had flown 37 sorties (176 hours 30 minutes), 13 March to 15 August 1944.

 

An above average and very efficient Air Gunner who has completed thirty-seven successful trips.  During this long tour of duty, Flight Sergeant Metcalfe proved to be a most valuable member of this squadron.  His will co-operation and helpfulness to other gunners has been noticeable on many occasions.  For his airmanship, skill and untiring efforts, this Non-Commissioned Officer is strongly recommended for the award of the Distinguished Flying Medal.

 

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METFORD, F/L Lionel Seymour (C9114) - Mention in Despatches - Station Sea Island - Award effective 14 June 1945 as per Canada Gazette of that date and AFRO 1127/45 dated 6 July 1945.  Home in Vancouver; enlisted there 1 December 1941.  Certificate sent to Sea Island, 29 June 1945.

 

This officer's steadfast devotion to duty and personal example have been an inspiration to all and have made an important contribution to the efficiency and morale of the service.  As a provost and security services officer he has worked with ability and zeal beyond the requirements of normal duty and with a commendable disregard for personal leisure.  His devotion to duty has been outstanding.

 

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METHERAL, P/O Kenneth James (J15683) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.408 Squadron - Award effective 26 December 1942 as per London Gazette dated 29 December 1942 and AFRO 232/43 dated 12 February 1943.  Born in Rosetown, Saskatchewan; 1917; home in North Edmonton, Alberta; enlisted in Edmonton, 22 March 1940.  Trained at No.1 ITS (graduated 3 January 1941), No.3 AOS (graduated 28 April 1941), No.3 BGS (graduated 8 June 1941) and No.1 CNS (graduated 22 July 1941).  Commissioned June 1942.  Medal presented at Buckingham Palace 23 March 1943.

 

As navigator this officer has taken part in many sorties including such heavily defended targets as Bremen, Wilhelmshaven, Hamburg, Essen and Cologne.  He has also completed many mine-laying operations.  His outstanding skill, extensive knowledge and determination have contributed materially to the successes achieved.

 

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METHERAL, P/O Robert Keith (J18989) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.419 Squadron - Award effective 28 December 1943 as per London Gazette dated 7 January 1944 and AFRO 410/44 dated 25 February 1944.  Born in Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan, 1923; home in Wapella, Saskatchewan; enlisted in Regina, 5 August 1941.  Trained at No.7 ITS (graduated 27 February 1942), No.19 EFTS (graduated 5 June 1942) and No.11 SFTS (graduated 9 October 1942).  Commissioned 1943.  Medal presented at Buckingham Palace 1 August 1949.

 

This officer has completed many sorties and has set a fine example of skill, courage and devotion to duty.  His determination to complete his missions successfully has always been evident.  This was well illustrated on a recent occasion when detailed to attack Leipzig.  On the outward journey, with the target many miles distant, one of the bomber's engines failed.  Although some height was lost, Pilot Officer Metheral went on to make a successful attack and afterwards returned safely to base.  On another sortie his aircraft was subject to fighter interference at five different periods but this did not prevent him from completing his mission successfully.

 

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MEYER, FS Rean Egerton (R73711) - Mention in Despatches - No.9426 Servicing Echelon (No.62 Base in AFRO) - Award effective 1 January 1945 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 379/45 dated 2 March 1945.  Home in Grandby, Quebec; enlisted in Montreal, 10 October 1940.  Electrician.  No citation in AFRO; DHist file 181.009 D.1719 (PAC RG.24 Vol.20606) has recommendation forwarded 31 July 1944. Enlisted 10 October 1940; served 24 months in Canada, 21 months overseas.

 

Flight Sergeant Meyer was appointed Non-Commissioned Officer in charge of the Electrical Section when the Echelon was formed.  His keen attitude towards his work and the efficient organization of his section have marked him out as a Non-Commissioned Officer of the highest type.  Often required to be on the job for long hours at a stretch working on aircraft needed for operations, his untiring energy and enthusiasm have set a splendid example for all ranks.

 

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MEYER, S/L Sven Olaf (J6145) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.177 Wing - Award effective 24 May 1944 as per London Gazette dated 2 June 1944 and AFRO 1660/44 dated 4 August 1944.  Born in Copenhagen, Denmark, 1916; home in Town of Mount Royal, Quebec; enlisted in Montreal, 14 October 1941.  Educated at McGill and Sir George Williams Universities.  Trained at No.1 ITS (graduated 3 February 1941), No.1 BGS (graduated 9 June 1941), No.1 AOS (graduated 27 April 1941), and No.1 ANS (graduated 7 July 1941).  Commissioned 1941.  Medal presented 24 April 1948.

 

Flight Lieutenant Meyer is a highly skilled navigator.  He has taken part in many operational sorties, several of which were by night and involved landings in enemy territory.  The high degree of navigational skill attained by his wing is largely owing to the high standard set by this officer during training.

 

NOTE: Public Record Office Air 2/9627 has recommendation dated 5 April 1944 when he had flown 353 hours five minutes including 20 sorties since joining No.177 Wing; this document cleared Headquarters, 3 Tactical Air Force (Southeast Asia) on 15 April 1944.  Operation THURSDAY was a Chindit offensive launched in February 1944; see Henry Probert, The Forgotten Air Force: The Royal Air Force in the War Against Japan, 1941-1945 (Brasseys, London, 1995).

 

This officer carried out 254 operational hours as navigator on Hudson aircraft prior to joining the wing. Since the formation of the wing he has been Wing Navigation Officer, and navigator in Officer Commanding Wing's crew. The high degree of skill shown by crews of the wing in navigating across Burma by night during Operation THURSDAY is undoubtedly due to the high standard he set during training. In addition to the above, he carried out seven sorties himself to both strips used in Operation THURSDAY. On three of these sorties VIPs were carried. He has since carried out a further thirteen night sorties involving landings in enemy territory.  The skill and accuracy of his navigation in all these sorties has been a model of exactitude and inspired complete confidence.

 

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MEYERS, F/O Donald Nicholas (J87283) - Mention in Despatches - Overseas - Award effective 14 June 1945 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 1478/45 dated 21 September 1945.  Home in Romance, Saskatchewan; enlisted in Saskatoon, 5 May 1941.  Trained at No.4 ITS (graduated 6 December 1941), No.6 EFTS (graduated 28 February 1942) and No.4 SFTS (graduated 31 July 1942).

 

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MEYERS, P/O Jacques W. (J96537) - Member, Order of the British Empire - No.10 Squadron (AFRO gives unit only as "Overseas") - Award effective 28 December 1945 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 155/46 dated 15 February 1946.  Born in Chicago, Illinois, 1918.  Home in Winnipeg (clerk); enlisted there 18 July 1940.  Trained at No.2 ITS (graduated 27 October 1940), No.2 AOS (graduated 19 January 1941), No.2 BGS (graduated 2 March 1941) and No.1 ANS (graduated 12 April 1941).  Commissioned May 1945.  Shot down as a Sergeant and taken prisoner, 16 August 1941 while with No.10 Squadron.  Medal presented 13 September 1947.  No citation, but honours card at DHist states that he was a Flight Lieutenant in January 1946.  States that he became "man of confidence" for over 9,000 POWs at Stalag IVB for nearly two years.  Elected by men to represent them in dealing with Germans, and responsible to British authorities for administration and discipline of POWs and distributing of Red Cross parcels, etc. Camp was located near Dresden on banks of the Elbe near spot where Americans and Russians met in 1945.  In 1946 he was working in advertising department of a Winnipeg department store.  A brother, Melvin, was shot down and killed 27 June 1943 with No.427 Squadron.  The DHist card also gives the following statement which appears to be close to an official citation.

 

For distinguished service while a prisoner of war.

 

At Stalag IVB, Warrant Officer Meyers fulfilled an exceptionally difficult task with outstanding efficiency.  In spite of threats, he was always resilient in complaining to the Germans and in attempting to obtain betterment of the living conditions for the prisoners of war.  He invariably proved himself thorough and capable and worked continuously for the benefit of the camp for eighteen months.

 

NOTE: Public Records Office Air 2/9104 deals with awards to former prisoners of war.  It includes many brief testimonials to Meyers (and one letter from an officer complaining that Meyers did not support escape attempts to the point that he was almost a "collaborator").  The balance of opinion was clearly in his favour.  The following statement was prepared by Warrant Officer R.P. Mogg, RAF, "Late Adjutant Lufte 6 and Stalag 357" respecting "J96537 P/O Jack Washington Meyers, RCAF, formerly R59567 Warrant Officer."

 

I would like to draw particular attention to the splendid work of this Warrant Officer during his period of imprisonment.

While he was with me at Stalags Luft 3 and Luft 6 he played an extremely important part in camp life, particularly in the sporting side of the camp. He was instrumental in getting basketball, ice hockey and a number of other sports going.

 

At the end of July 1943, Warrant Officer Meyers was posted away from Stalag Luft 6.  I had no close contact with him after this date but I heard of the good work he was doing from a number of sources and make a report herewith.

 

After leaving Luft 6, Warrant Officer Meyers travelled to Luft I, Stalag 7A and finally to Stalag 4B where he remained until he was liberated.  On arrival he found 75 newly captured airmen of the Royal and Dominion Air Forces in the camp and was asked by them to take over the organization as far as they were concerned.  This he did in a most excellent manner.  With the fall of Italy prisoners of all services began to flow into 4B, and by the end of 1943 there were some 20,000 Allied prisoners in the camp, 1,500 of them being airmen and airborne troops as the Germans insisted on treating air troops as members of the RAF; 9,000 Army Non-Commissioned Officers remained in the camp with the airmen while the rest of the 20,000 of the rank of Corporal and below were despatched by the Germans to working parties in the area.  All this entailed a considerable amount of work and for a time it was done by Warrant Officer Meyers in conjunction with an Army camp leader.

 

In February 1944, the good work of Warrant Officer Meyers was recognized when the whole camp, British and American Army and Air Force, elected him as chief Man of Confidence.  He then took over the administration of the whole camp which was by then divided into four separate compounds.  After D Day there was another great influx of British and American prisoners and by this time the administration of Warrant Officer Meyers had complete control of internal affairs so that newly arrived prisoners were deloused, fed and housed as rapidly as possible.

 

The Ardennes offensive in December 1944 brought many more men to the camp and the strength increased to over 13,000.  Conditions at Stalag 4B were extremely bad. Up to the end of 1944 the Germans attempted to treat British and American prisoners in the same manner as they had treated the Russians.  An example of this was an order which attempted to force all British Non-Commissioned Officers to salute German Non-Commissioned Officers.  This order was not carried out and continued protests were made by Warrant Officer Meyers in the face of threats from the enemy.  Eventually, the Germans had to relax and by the beginning of 1945 the prisoners had things much more their own way.  This was due mainly to the untiring efforts of Warrant Officer Meyers.

 

In the normal life of the camp, Warrant Officer Meyers was instrumental in getting sport, recreation and education functioning.  He also played a great part in stimulating the work of the Escape Committee and in assisting escapes so that the enemy were always in trouble due to these activities.

Throughout his imprisonment Warrant Officer Meyers measured up to the standards and traditions of his service and was an inspiration to every prisoner in the camp.

 

NOTE: NOTE: Canadian Army file 54-27-94-56, "Honours and Awards - Prisoners of War - Northwest Europe", in National Archives of Canada, RG.24 Volume 2249 has a letter from Brigadier Marcel Noel to Air Member for Personnel (and particularly S/L J.A. Vila) dated 8 November 1945 mentions him, calling him "Snowy" Meyers and stating in part:

 

In a camp tenanted mainly by British and Americans, Meyers was re-elected time and again as "Man of Confidence", a liaison appointment as representative of 15,000 PWs, dealing with the Germans.  This post placed Meyers in a position to be of great assistance to his fellow PWs, and the fact that he was re-elected several times by his fellows is sufficient indication of his usefulness.

 

It was ascertained that there were in the camp a number of Warrant Officers (British and American) senior to Meyers who would normally have been appointed on seniority alone, particularly as the voting power lay in the hands of the other nationals.

 

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MEYERS, FS John Reuben Leonard (R94804) - British Empire Medal - Station Fort Nelson - Award effective 14 June 1945 as per Canada Gazette of that date and AFRO 1127/45 dated 6 July 1945.  Born at Stillwater, Minnisota, 2 June 1897.  Trained as a mechanic before war. Home in Midale, Saskatchewan; enlisted in Regina, 20 March 1941. Diesel fitter.  Governor General's Records (RG.7 Group 26, Volume 59, file 190-I, dossier 7) has citation.

 

This non-commissioned officer has shown unusual devotion to duty in his untiring efforts to further the war effort by carrying out his duties diligently and efficiently under the most trying circumstances.  It is to such non-commissioned officers as Flight Sergeant Meyers who, in the early days of construction and organization of the North West Staging Route when personnel were scarce, frequently carried out the work of several men that is owed the success of the North West Staging Route as it is today.  By his efforts, unflagging zeal and devoted service he has made a valuable contribution to the successful flying operations in North West Air Command.

 

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