MICHAEL, P/O Frances Edward (C86456) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.424 Squadron - Award effective 4 November 1944 as per London Gazette dated 17 November 1944 and AFRO 239/45 dated 9 February 1945. Born 1919 in Calgary; home in Gleichen, Alberta; enlisted in Calgary, 10 June 1940. Served five months in Royal Canadian Artillery. Commissioned March 1944. Medal presented 9 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." DHist file 181.009 D.2609 (PAC RG.24 Vol.20627) has recommendation dated 15 August 1944 when he had flown 33 sorties (197 hours 15 minutes) from 2 September 1943 to 3 August 1944. Recommendation gives name as Frank Edward.

 

Pilot Officer Michael has completed between thirty and forty operational sorties over many of the most heavily defended enemy targets in the capacity of Flight Engineer. His knowledge and skill has been a great source of comfort and his quiet efficiency has created confidence in all members of his crew. He has accepted responsibility eagerly and has acted in the capacity of Deputy Section Leader on many occasions. His splendid record both in the air and on the ground has been an outstanding example to all on the squadron...

 

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MICHAEL, F/O Malcolm Hollis (J90873) - 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 Toronto; enlisted there 5 June 1942. Trained at No.1 ITS (graduated 4 December 1942) and No.1 AOS (graduated 5 June 1943).

 

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MICHAEL, FS William (Can 7832) - Mention in Despatches - Leeming - Award effective 14 June 1945 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 1600/45 dated 12 October 1945. Home in Smith Falls; enlisted in Ottawa, 15 September 1939. DHist file 181.009 D.2619 (RG.24 Vol.20628) has recommendation forwarded 1 February 1945 to No.63 Base HQ. Had served 42 months in Canada, 22 months overseas.

 

This Senior NCO has been employed as the NCO in charge Repair and Inspection Squadron, Leeming. Due to the exigencies of the Service, Flight Sergeant Michael has stayed with his men long after normal working hours. Quite often it has been necessary for him to stay the whole night with his crews so that the maximum number of aircraft may be serviceable for an operational sortie. He has the full confidence of his superior officer and the support of all the airmen under his jurisdiction. He has proven a bulwark of strength in his Section, achieving outstanding results due to the ready response the airmen gave to his leadership. His quiet, efficient and steady characteristics mark him as an exceptional Senior NCO, well deserving of recognition to his contribution to ultimate victory...

 


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MICHALSKI, W/C Wallace (C1584) - Mention in Despatches - Eastern Air Command - Award effective 21 April 1945 as per Canada Gazette of that date and AFRO 802/45 dated 11 May 1945. Enlisted at Camp Borden, 1 September 1931. Service career interrupted, re-enlisted at Dartmouth, 15 November 1939. Remained in postwar RCAF. Awarded Queen's Coronation Medal, 23 October 1953 (Wing Commander, Station Centralia).

 

As captain of aircraft on anti-submarine operations, this officer has set an excellent example to all personnel under him. Because of his knowledge and experience his contribution in training others has been outstanding. His perseverance and devotion to duty are of the highest order.

 

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MICHAUD, S/L Joseph Ulric Achille (C1483) - Air Force Cross - No.11 EFTS - Award effective 26 October 1943 as per London Gazette dated 26 October 1943 and AFRO 2386/43 dated 19 November 1943. Home in Outremont. Enlisted in Montreal, 2 January 1940. Graduated from No.1 SFTS, 13 July 1940. Medal presented 26 June 1944.

 

This officer has completed many hours on instructional flying. As Chief Flying Instructor at this school he has displayed outstanding qualities of ability and leadership. His keen enthusiasm and cheerful devotion to duty have set a fine example to both trainees and instructors.

 

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MICHIE, F/O Lisle George (J90454) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.550 Squadron - Award effective 18 October 1945 as per London Gazette dated 26 October 1945 and AFRO 133/46 dated 8 February 1946. Born 1921 in Toronto; home there; enlisted there 28 July 1942. Trained at No.6 ITS (graduated 12 June 1943), No.12 EFTS (graduated 7 August 1943) and No.2 SFTS (graduated 10 December 1943). Commissioned October 1944. Medal sent by registered mail, 25 November 1949. Name has also been spelled "Lyle George" but DHist microfilm record indicates "Lisle". 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." Public Records Office Air 2/9112 has recommendation dated 16 May 1945 when he had flown 30 sorties (200 hours 30 minutes).

 

14 Jan 45 Merseburg (8.40) 13 Mar 45 Herne B.P. (5.49)

16 Jan 45 Zeitz (7.49) 15 Mar 45 Misburg (8.22)

22 Jan 45 Hamborn (5.33) 16 Mar 45 Nuremburg (8.23)

1 Feb 45 Ludwigshaven (6.52) 18 Mar 45 Hannau (7.25)

2 Feb 45 Wiesbaden (7.03) 21 Mar 45 Bremen (4.24)

7 Feb 45 Cleve (5.46) 22 Mar 45 Hildesheim (5.08)

8 Feb 45 Politz (8.03) 24 Mar 45 Harpenerweg (5.15)

14 Feb 45 Chemnitz (8.46) 27 Mar 45 Paderborn (4.52)

1 Mar 45 Mannheim (6.27) 31 Mar 45 Hamburg (5.06)

2 Mar 45 Cologne (5.25) 10 Apr 45 Plauen (8.30)

5 Mar 45 Chemnitz (9.56) 14 Apr 45 Potsdam (8.49)

7 Mar 45 Dessau (9.04) 18 Apr 45 Heligoland (4.20)

8 Mar 45 Kassel (7.22) 22 Apr 45 Bremen (4.53)

11 Mar 45 Essen (5.16) 25 Apr 45 Berchtesgaden (8.16)

12 Mar 45 Dortmund (5.50) 2 May 45 MANNA (3.06)

 

This young Canadian officer has now completed his first operational tour consisting of 30 sorties involving 200.30 flying hours against the enemy as captain of a Lancaster bomber. This enthusiastic and gallant captain has carried out attacks on a wide number of targets throughout the Reich such as Politz, Chemnitz, Mannheim, Essen, Merseburg, Nuremburg and Plauen.

 

In the face of the heaviest flak and fighter defences or in overcoming the most severe winter weather the cheerfulness and determination of this courageous officer was an inspiring example. He led his crew with a quiet efficiency and confidence which inspired their highest sense of duty and morale.

 

No matter how arduous the battle over the target, he pressed home his attacks with the utmost bravery and determination to ensure a successful completion of each attack. Such gallantry, efficiency and fine leadership, combined with skilful pilotage, well merit the award of the Distinguished Flying Cross.

 

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MICK, F/O Paul Alexander (J22716) - Air Force Cross - No.3 (O) AFU - Award effective 1 September 1944 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 2637/44 dated 8 December 1944. Home in Powassan, Ontario; enlisted in Toronto, 10 September 1940. Trained at No. 1 BGS (graduated 28 October 1940. Seems to have remustered to pilot, given following training: No.4 ITS (graduated 22 May 1942), No.5 EFTS (graduated 25 September 1942), No.10 SFTS (graduated 22 January 1943). Medal sent by registered mail, 25 November 1948. No citation in Canadian sources. Public Records Office Air 2/9019 has recommendation drafted when he had flown 873 hours of which 230 were in previous six months.

 

This officer has been outstanding as a pilot and has fulfilled the duties of deputy flight commander efficiently and conscientiously. He has set a very high standard in airmanship and has excelled in flying in adverse weather conditions. Flying Officer Mick has inspired confidence in all who have flown with him, particularly aircrew personnel under training.

 

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MICKLEWRIGHT, Corporal Ernest Gordon (R132483) - Mention in Despatches - Overseas - Award effective 14 June 1945 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 1647/45 dated 26 October 1945. Home in Regina; enlisted there 5 November 1941. No citation in AFRO.

 

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MIDDLEMASS, F/L Joseph Gilbert (J5097) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.35 Squadron - Award effective 18 November 1942 as per London Gazette dated 17 April 1945 and AFRO 918/45 dated 1 June 1945. Born 1916 at Wainwright, Alberta; home there; enlisted in Edmonton, 18 July 1940. Trained at No.1 ITS (graduated 7 November 1940), No.3 AOS (graduated3 February 1941), No.4 BGS (graduated 16 March 1941) and No.1 ANS (graduated 25 April 1941). Commissioned 1941. Medal presented at Buckingham Palace, 29 June 1945.

 

Flight Lieutenant Middlemass has taken part in many attacks on the enemy's most heavily defended targets. He has consistently proved himself to be a highly skilful navigator while his unfailing courage and determination when under fire have set a magnificent example.

 

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MIDDLEMISS, P/O Kenneth Robert (J19034) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.12 Squadron - Award effective 5 February 1944 as per London Gazette dated 15 February 1944 and AFRO 644/44 dated 24 March 1944. Born 1918 in Saskatchewan; home in Hearne, Saskatchewan; enlisted in Regina, 25 October 1940. Trained at No.4 ITS (graduated 8 May 1942) and No.2 AOS (graduated 11 September 1942). Commissioned 1943. Killed in action, 14/15 January 1944 (Lancaster JB542); buried in Germany. Medal presented to next of kin, 1 December 1948. No citation other than "...completed...many successful operations against the enemy in which [he] displayed high skill, fortitude and devotion to duty." Public Records Office Air 2/8782 has recommendation dated 10 December 1943 when he had flown 23 sorties (161 hours) as follows:

 

27 Jul 43 Hamburg 2 Oct 43 Munich

29 Jul 43 Hamburg 4 Oct 43 Frankfurt

2 Aug 43 Hamburg 7 Oct 43 Stuttgart

9 Aug 43 Mannheim 3 Nov 43 Dusseldorf

10 Aug 43 Nuremburg 10 Nov 43 Modane

12 Aug 43 Milan 18 Nov 43 Berlin

15 Aug 43 Milan 22 Nov 43 Berlin

27 Aug 43 Nuremburg 23 Nov 43 Berlin

30 Aug 43 Munchen 26 Nov 43 Berlin

31 Aug 43 Berlin 2 Dec 43 Berlin

3 Sept 43 Berlin 16 Dec 43 Berlin

6 Sept 43 Munich

 

Pilot Officer Middlemiss is a Canadian navigator who has now completed twenty-three operational sorties against targets in Germany and Italy, outstanding among which have been Hamburg, Milan, Nuremburg and Dusseldorf, whilst he recently visited Berlin no less than five times in fourteen days.

 

This officer's exceptional navigational skill has inspired the greatest confidence in the other members of the crew, and his selfless devotion to duty and unconquerable spirit of determination have set an example worthy of the highest traditions of the service to which he belongs.

 

Pilot Officer Middlemiss is strongly recommended for the award of the Distinguished Flying Cross.

 

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MIDDLEMISS, F/L Robert George (J15958) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.403 Squadron - Award effective 12 May 1944 as per London Gazette dated 19 May 1944 and AFRO 1380/44 dated 30 June 1944. Born in Montreal, 1920; home there; educated at Commercial High School of Montreal; enlisted there 14 September 1940. Trained at No.1 ITS (graduated 21 December 1940), No.13 EFTS (graduated 10 February 1941) and No.9 SFTS (graduated 3 May 1941). Commissioned 1942. Served with No.41 Squadron in UK and No.249 Squadron in Malta. Medal presented by Governor General, 17 April 1947. Served in postwar RCAF, rising to Wing Commander (Commanding Officer, No.426 Squadron, 1962-1964). Public Record Office Air 2/9626 indicates this citation was drafted when he had flown 140 sorties (215 operational hours.

 

This officer has completed two tours of operational duty and has completed sorties both from Malta and the United Kingdom. He has destroyed three enemy aircraft and damaged others. His standard of leadership as a section leader and flight commander has always been high and he has invariably shown outstanding courage.

 

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MIDDLEMISS, F/L William Sidney (J19404) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.625 Squadron - Award effective 24 May 1944 as per London Gazette dated 6 June 1944 and AFRO 1660/44 dated 4 August 1944. Born in Vanguard, Saskatchewan, 1920; home in Aneroid, Saskatchewan; enlisted in Regina, 14 October 1941. Served five years in Royal Canadian Artillery previously. Trained at No.7 ITS (graduated 6 June 1942), No.2 EFTS (graduated 1 August 1942) and No.5 SFTS (graduated 20 November 1942). Commissioned 1943. Medal presented 6 November 1948. Died at Invernee, British Columbia, 30 November 1999. No citation other than "completed... many successful operations against the enemy in which [he has] displayed high skill, fortitude and devotion to duty." Public Records Office Air 2/8780 has recommendation dated 25 February 1944 when he had flown 19 sorties (136 hours) as follows:

 

18 Oct 43 Hanover 29 Dec 43 Berlin

22 Oct 43 Kassel 2 Jan 44 Berlin

3 Nov 43 Dusseldorf 5 Jan 44 Stettin

21 Nov 43 Berlin 27 Jan 44 Berlin

22 Nov 43 Berlin 28 Jan 44 Berlin

26 Nov 43 Berlin 30 Jan 44 Berlin

3 Dec 43 Berlin 15 Feb 44 Berlin

16 Dec 43 Berlin 19 Feb 44 Leipzig

20 Dec 43 Frankfurt 24 Feb 44 Schweinfurt

23 Dec 43 Berlin

 

This officer is the Canadian captain of a Lancaster aircrew and has completed 19 sorties comprising 136 hours of operational flying. He has a fine record of achievement, having attacked Berlin no less than twelve times, with a cool and calm deliberation and a confident and capable crew. Other targets which he has attacked include Hanover, Kassel, Dusseldorf and Leipzig.

 

This officer has continually inspired his crew with his own calm confidence and has made them into one of the most reliable and efficient fighting units. He invariably approaches each ordered task with the same steady, unruffled determination and his most outstanding quality is his capacity for making each sortie a most successful one.

 

An excellent leader, he is determined to let nothing put him off his task and that outlook is evident in all his actions. As a Captain he has the complete confidence of his crew and has shown to the remainder of the squadron a magnificent example. His continual gallantry and persistence deserve the highest praise and I unhesitatingly recommend him for the award of the Distinguished Flying Cross.

 

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MIDDLETON, F/L Allan Henry (J13604) - Air Force Cross - No.13 SFTS - Award effective 21 April 1945 as per London Gazette dated 24 April 1945 and AFRO 802/45 dated 11 May 1945. Born in Brighton, England, 1919. Enlisted in Winnipeg, 29 June 1940. Trained at No.4 ITS (graduated 27 February 1941), No.5 EFTS (graduated 24 April 1942) and No.14 SFTS (graduated 28 August 1942). Medal sent by registered mail, 29 December 1948. Had completed 1,846 flying hours to date, 1,400 hours as instructor, 264 hours in previous six months. Remained in postwar RCAF; Base Commander, Station Camp Borden, 1972-1974. Died in delta, British Columbia, April 1981.

 

For the past year this officer, as flight commander, has devoted himself to his duties in an exceptional manner and to the exclusion of all other interests. By his efficiency, initiative and tireless energy, this very capable pilot and instructor has achieved splendid results. The splendid example of loyal and devoted service that he has set has been an inspiration to those under his command and their morale has greatly benefited thereby.

 

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MIDDLETON, F/L Borden Earl (J7820) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.442 Squadron - Award effective 24 November 1944 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 1/45 dated 5 January 1945. Born in Toronto, 1916; home in Richmond, Virginia; enlisted in Toronto; 19 December 1940. Trained at No.1 ITS (graduated 25 May 1941), No.3 EFTS (graduated 15 July 1941) and No.1 SFTS (graduated 7 October 1941). Commissioned 1941. Medal presented 22 June 1949.

 

Flight Lieutenant Middleton has completed very many sorties against the enemy. He has destroyed a large quantity of enemy mechanical transport, often pressing home his attacks in the face of intense enemy anti-aircraft fire. He is extraordinarily keen and daring, deliberately attacking the most heavily defended areas, thus setting a fine example of courage and ability.

 

NOTE: DHist file 181.009 D.2833 (RG.24 Volume 20632) has recommendation dated 5 October 1944 which bears comparison. As of that date he had flown 142 sorties (173 hours 35 minutes):

 

This officer has always set an example for his squadron in his keenness and ability. In only a few months of operating he has destroyed and damaged at least 93 MET [Mechanical Enemy Transport]. In order to achieve this score he has always been daring in his attacks on ground targets, pressing home his attacks at all times to point-blank range. In particular from mid-day August 18th 1944 to mid-day August 19th, 1944 he destroyed or damaged 50 MET. He has also damaged one enemy aircraft. His ability to attack targets successfully has contributed largely to the achievements of the squadron and earned its admiration and respect.

 

To the above, G/C G.R. McGregor added (7 October 1944):

 

This pilot's record against enemy aircraft is negligible due to the fact that his squadron has made contact with enemy aircraft on very few occasions during his tour. On the other hand, his score against ground targets is most exceptional and the accuracy, determination and dash of the attacks carried out by this pilot are clearly reflected in his cine films. It is further to be noted that at least an equal degree of flying skill and a far greater disregard for the hazards involved are required of the pilot carrying out close attacks on ground as opposed to air targets. For his daring and great success in the former most important fighter function this officer is recommended for an immediate Distinguished Flying Cross.

 

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MIDDLETON, A/C Elwood Edward (C81) - Commander, Order of the British Empire - RCAF Overseas Headquarters - Award effective 1 January 1945 as per London Gazette of that date, Canada Gazette dated 6 January 1945 and AFRO 89/45 dated 19 January 1945. Born in Buckingham, Quebec, 1899; educated in Ottawa. Joined Army, 1917 (signals) and RNAS, 1918. Trained as a pilot, joining No.80 Squadron in August 1918. Returned to Canada; commissioned in RCAF (Reserve) 21 April 1925 and RCAF (Permanent) 1 April 1926. Took Army Co-Operation Course in UK (December 1926-May 1927) and attended RAF Staff College (1934). During the war was chiefly involved in Personnel (Postings, etc) in AFHQ and overseas. In post-war air force to 1949; awarded Queen's Coronation Medal, 23 October 1953 (Air Vice-Marshal, retired). Died 23 July 1975.

 

This officer has given many years of loyal service to the Royal Canadian Air Force. He has done outstanding work during the war in various branches of personnel services. By exceptional knowledge, ability and good judgement he has contributed in large measure to the successful solution of many difficult personnel problems. His leadership in personnel administration is outstanding. By his outstanding devotion to duty and the very capable manner in which he has performed his work, this officer has set a splendid example to all those with whom he has been associated and has rendered highly meritorious service to the Royal Canadian Air Force.

 

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MIDDLETON, S/L Gordon Stuart (C2098) - Mention in Despatches - No.64 Base - Award effective 1 January 1945 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 337/45 dated 23 February 1945. Home in Toronto; enlisted in Trenton, 1 June 1940.

 

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MIDDLETON, WO2 Herbert Irving (R167681) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.9 Squadron - Award effective 8 September 1945 as per London Gazette dated 25 September 1945 and AFRO 1768/45 dated 23 November 1945. Name may be "Herbert Irvin". Born 1923 in Saskatchewan; home given as Pense, Saskatchewan and Winnipeg (farmer); enlisted in Regina, 5 June 1942. Trained at No.7 ITS (graduated 3 April 1943) and No.7 AOS (graduated 3 September 1943). Commissioned June 1942. 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." Public Records Officer Air 2/8749 has recommendation dated 14 April 1945 when he had flown 32 sorties (198 hours 50 minutes), 30 July 1944 to 23 March 1945.

 

30 Jul 44 Cahagnes (5.00) 18 Dec 44 Gydnia (10.10)

31 Jul 44 Joigny Laroche (5.30) 28 Dec 44 Oslo Fiord (7.00)

1 Aug 44 Mont Condon (4.30) 12 Jan 45 Bergen (7.50)

2 Aug 44 Bois de Casson (4.45) 16 Jan 45 Brux Synthetic

3 Aug 44 Trossy (4.25) Oil Plant (9.25)

5 Aug 44 Etaples Bridge (3.30) 3 Feb 45 Ijmuiden (3.20)

7 Aug 44 Lorient (4.45), 6 Feb 45 Altenbeken (5.50)

unsuccessful 3 Mar 45 Dortmund-Ems

16 Aug 44 La Pallice (6.20) Canal (5.30)

18 Aug 44 La Pallice (6.05) 6 Mar 45 Sassnitz (9.45)

23 Sep 44 Munster (5.10) 7 Mar 45 Hamburg (6.05)

27 Sep 44 Kaiserlautern (6.45) 13 Mar 45 Arnsberg (6.25)

15 Oct 44 Sorpe Dam (5.40) 14 Mar 45 Arnsberg (5.35)

19 Oct 44 Nuremburg (7.25) 15 Mar 45 Arnsberg (6.45)

29 Oct 44 Tirpitz (6.00) 19 Mar 45 Vlotho (6.10)

26 Nov 44 Munich (9.45) 20 Mar 45 Nienburg (5.00)

11 Dec 44 Urft Dam (4.40) 22 Mar 45 Bremen (4.35)

17 Dec 44 Munich (9.10)

 

This NCO has now completed 31 sorties as navigator. His targets included many of the most heavily defended areas including Nuremburg, Munich (2), Hamburg, Bremen and the attack on the Tirpitz. Many have required accurate navigation over very long distances, in some cases far beyond the range of normal navigational aids. An example of this latter type of operation was the attack on the battleship Tirpitz when in spite of an exceptionally long flight he maintained his usual high standard of navigation.

 

Apart from his normal duties as navigator, Warrant Officer Middleton has frequently been called upon to find a bombing wind in the vicinity of the target, a task only given to a small number of specially picked crews and requiring considerable accuracy. The success of his attacks during special daylight operations have been largely attributable to the accuracy of the winds found.

 

At all times Warrant Officer Middleton has shown the greatest keenness to operate and has proved himself to be a valuable member of a sound operational crew. His courage, skill and determination in action have been an inspiration to his squadron.

 

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MIDDLETON, F/L (now W/C) Robert Bruce (C874) - Air Force Cross - Test and Development Establishment, Rockcliffe - Award effective 1 January 1943 as per Canada Gazette dated 9 January 1943 and AFRO 55/43 dated 15 January 1943. Born in Fort Francis, Ontario, 5 May 1912; home in Souris, Manitoba. Enlisted at Ottawa. Citation is misleading; he was with TCA in 1938-1939 (Vancouver routes), but then was employed by Imperial Airways, 1939-1940 on runs to Norway and Sweden. In India, 1944 (liaison on transport operations); rejoined TCA, March 1946.

 

Flight Lieutenant Middleton resigned from Imperial Airways on 7 October 1940, taking a commission with the RCAF. He has served both in Test and Development Establishment and No.12 Communications Squadron between 7 October 1940 and the present. He was attached to RAF Ferry Command from 16 January 1941 to 7 July 1941 and completed four delivery flights to the United Kingdom under severe conditions of weather. He has always displayed zeal and initiative and complete disregard for his own comfort.

 

This officer is the outstanding test pilot in the Test and Development Establishment at RCAF Station Rockcliffe. He has always displayed exceptional devotion to duty and has always taken the initiative in the testing of new types of aircraft. For his outstanding work and excellent flying record he is very strongly recommended for the award of the Air Force Cross.

 

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MIDDLETON, F/O Robert Sherlock (J88159) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.190 Squadron - Award effective 23 May 1945 as per London Gazette dated 1 June 1945 and AFRO 1219/45 dated 27 July 1945. Born 1922 in Killarny, Manitoba. Home there; enlisted in Winnipeg, 8 January 1942. Had served briefly with Royal Canadian Artillery. Trained at No.3 ITS (graduated 3 July 1942), No.19 EFTS (graduated 23 October 1942) and No.10 SFTS (graduated 19 February 1943). Commissioned 1944. Medal presented 9 November 1946.

 

Flying Officer Middleton has completed a tour of operational duty which has included seventeen supply dropping missions to France, the Low Countries and Norway, and participation in the airborne landings at Normandy, Arnhem and the Rhine crossing. Throughout, as pilot and captain of aircraft, he has displayed coolness and determination in the face of difficulties. On one occasion during a mission to Arnhem this officer's aircraft was severely damaged and set on fire by enemy action. He succeeded in controlling the fire and after dropping his supplies correctly he flew the crippled aircraft back to base where he executed a masterly landing. At all times Flying Officer Middleton's skill, cheerfulness and imperturbability have inspired the members of his crew with confidence.

 

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MIDDLETON, F/L Warren Martin (J6220) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.430 Squadron - Award effective 10 July 1945 as per London Gazette dated 24 July 1945 and AFRO 1619/45 dated 19 October 1945. Born 1918 in Chatham, Ontario; home there or in Fletcher, Ontario (clerk); enlisted in Toronto, 22 October 1940. Trained at No.2 ITS (graduated 4 February 1941), No.15 EFTS (graduated 22 April 1941) and No.32 SFTS (graduated 15 July 1941). Commissioned 1941. Medal presented 1 April 1949.

 

This pilot has completed many outstanding tactical and photographic reconnaissance sorties. On all his missions he has produced excellent results regardless of enemy opposition from anti-aircraft defences and fighter aircraft. In April 1945, Flight Lieutenant Middleton, while on tactical reconnaissance duty in the Lunenberg area, destroyed an attacking Focke Wulf 190 while the other aircraft of his section was obtaining information required by the 2nd Army. He has always displayed the utmost keenness and has proved himself a first class leader.

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MIDGLEY, F/L Durward (J18559) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.15 Squadron - Award effective 29 December 1943 as per London Gazette dated 31 December 1943 and AFRO 297/44 dated 11 February 1944. Born 1923 at Strathclair, Manitoba; home in Paris, Ontario; enlisted in Hamilton, 10 September 1941. Trained at No.1 ITS (graduated 22 January 1942), No.3 EFTS (graduated 27 March 1942) and No.5 SFTS (graduated 31 July 1942). Commissioned 1943. Medal presented 5 July 1944.

 

As captain of aircraft, Flight Lieutenant Midgley has participated in many sorties against very heavily defended targets, including Berlin, Hamburg and Kassel. On one occasion, during an attack against Hanover, his aircraft was heavily hit by anti-aircraft fire. Considerable damage was sustained but, despite this, he continued his mission and bombed the target. On another occasion his aircraft was held by searchlights for some four minutes but, by skilful airmanship, he succeeded in flying clear and completed his task in harassing circumstances. Flight Lieutenant Midgely has displayed skill, courage and devotion to duty.

 

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MIESEN, P/O Joseph Julius (J16720) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.9 Squadron - Award effective 13 May 1943 as per London Gazette dated 18 May 1943 and AFRO 1078/43 dated 11 June 1943. American in the RCAF; home in Judsonia, Arkansas; enlisted in Windsor, Ontario, 7 October 1940. Trained at No.4 BGS (graduated 21 July 1941) and No.1 WS (graduated 22 June 1941). Medal presented 10 December 1946.

 

This officer has participated in a large number of operational sorties as air bomber. He has always taken the greatest pains to locate and bomb his target, undeterred by adverse weather or heavy opposition. Pilot Officer Miesen has invariably displayed the greatest keenness and efficiency. His courage and cheerfulness have made him a most valuable member of his crew.

 

NOTE: Public Records Office Air 2/8951 has original recommendation dated 19 March 1943 when he had flown 30 sorties (197 operational hours), although text does not add materially to the which was published. The sortie list actually includes 31 trips; not clear why the discrepancy.

 

17 May 42 Boulogne (3.00) 24 Oct 42 Milan (10.30)

19 May 42 St.Nazaire (1.50) 15 Nov 42 Genoa (9.05)

29 May 42 Dieppe (4.10) 20 Nov 42 Turin (9.10)

30 May 42 Cologne (3.50) 5 Dec 42 Mannheim (6.40)

1 June 42 Essen (3.50) 17 Dec 42 Dammf (5.05)

6 June 42 Emden (4.30) 20 Dec 42 Duisburg (5.50)

9 June 42 GARDENING, Suist (4.35) 30 Dec 42 GARDENING, Biscay (8.45)

16 Sept 42 Essen (6.00) 8 Jan 43 Duisburg (5.15)

23 Sept 42 Wismar (8.25) 13 Jan 43 Essen (4.40)

29 Sept 42 GARDENING, Fornaes (8.15) 16 Jan 43 Berlin (9.00)

1 Oct 42 Wismar (8.15) 17 Jan 43 Berlin (6.30)

5 Oct 42 Aachen (6.05) 13 Feb 43 Lorient (6.20)

6 Oct 42 Osnabruck (5.00) 14 Feb 43 Milan (8.30)

13 Oct 42 Kiel (6.05) 17 Feb 43 Wilhelmshaven (5.35)

15 Oct 42 Cologne (5.05) 21 Feb 43 Bremen (5.55)

22 Oct 42 Genoa (10.15)

 

This officer has participated in 30 sorties against the enemy involving 197 hours flying. As Air Bomber he has always taken the greatest pains to locate and bomb his targets undeterred by adverse weather conditions or the heavy opposition he has encountered. He has displayed the greatest keenness and efficiency and his courage and cheerfulness have made him a lost valuable member of his crew.

 

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MILES, F/O Alfred John (J20853) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.428 Squadron - Award effective 5 August 1944 as per London Gazette dated 18 August 1944 and AFRO 2101/44 dated 29 September 1944. Born in North Sydney, Nova Scotia, 1922; home there; enlisted in Halifax, 29 August 1941. Trained at No.6 BGS (graduated 30 March 1942) and No.1 WS (graduated 9 November 1942). Commissioned 1942. Medal sent by registered mail, 3 January 1945. No citation other than "completed...many successful operations against the enemy in which [he has] displayed high skill, fortitude and devotion to duty." Public Records Office Air 2/9632 has recommendation dated 10 May 1944 when he had flown 25 1/3 sorties (169 hours 50 minutes), 16 May 1943 to 7 May 1944. Sortie list identical to that of F/O James A. De Rosenroll; almost certainly in same crew.

 

* denotes counted as 1/3 sortie

 

16 May 43 GARDENING, Frisians (3.25) 21 Jan 44 Magdeburg (7.15)

25 May 43 Dusseldorf (5.15) 4 Feb 44 GARDENING, La

29 May 43 Wuppertal (6.05) Rochelle (8.05)

21 Jun 43 Krefeld (4.45) 21 Feb 44 GARDENING, La

22 Jun 43 Mulheim (4.50) Rochelle (7.00)

26 Jun 43 GARDENING, Brest (6.00) 2 Mar 44 Meulan (6.05)*

3 July 43 Cologne (2.45), DNCO 11 Mar 44 GARDENING, Lorient (7.30)

27 Jul 43 Hamburg (5.30) 16 Mar 44 Amiens (5.15)*

29 Jul 43 Hamburg (6.05) 22 Mar 44 GARDENING, Kiel

15 Sep 43 Montlucon (7.00) (7.20), Pathfinder

16 Sep 43 Modane (6.00) 26 Mar 44 Courtrai (5.00)*

22 Sep 43 Hanover (5.40) 30 Mar 44 GARDENING, Heligoland

3 Oct 43 Kassel (6.15) (4.35), Pathfinder

8 Oct 43 Hanover (5.10) 12 Apr 44 GARDENING, Heligoland

19 Nov 43 Leverkusen (5.55) (4.35), Pathfinder

25 Nov 43 Frankfurt (8.20) 29 Apr 44 GARDENING, Morlaix (5.10)*

29 Dec 43 Berlin (7.50) 7 May 44 GARDENING, Frisians (3.55)

 

Flying Officer Miles is a most conscientious and skilful wireless operator. He has taken part in a very great number of sorties against the enemy and during his tour has attacked most of the major German targets. He has at all times shown a complete disregard for his personal safety and has set an example both in the air and on the ground worthy of the highest praise.

 

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MILES, F/O Edgar Stuart (J12723) - Mention in Despatches - No.10 (BR) Squadron - Award effective 3 November 1944 as per Canada Gazette of that date and AFRO 2479/44 dated 17 November 1944. Home in Toronto; enlisted there 4 July 1941. Trained at No.8 AOS (graduated 13 April 1942), No.9 BGS (graduated 23 May 1942) and No.1 ANS (graduated 1 July 1942).

 

This officer has completed many hundreds of operational flying hours in the North Atlantic area. Throughout this long tour he has displayed courage, coolness and determination of the highest order. His navigational skill, coupled with his cheerful willingness to attempt any task and his ability to carry it out successfully, have been an inspiration to all and have had considerable bearing on the operational efficiency of his crew.

 

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MILES, F/L Edwin Richard (C9004) - 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 Annapolis Royal, Nova Scotia; enlisted in Halifax, 29 November 1941. Certificate sent, 10 August 1948.

 

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MILES, F/O Harold Thomas (J6946) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.15 Squadron - Award effective 24 October 1942 as per London Gazette dated 6 November 1942 and AFRO 1830/42 dated 13 November 1942. Born in Toronto, 1918; home there; enlisted there 22 October 1940. Trained at No.1 ITS (graduated 22 April 1941), No.6 EFTS (graduated 9 June 1941) and No.4 SFTS (graduated 20 August 1941). Commissioned 1941. Reported to unit at same time as E.M. McCaffery; see him for operational details. DFC and Bar both presented at Buckingham Palace, 11 August 1944. Rose to Group Captain in slightly over two years.

 

Flying Officer Miles has completed many sorties. Although his aircraft has often met fierce opposition, he has always endeavoured to press home his attacks with accuracy. His skilful captaincy and courageous conduct have set an inspiring example.

 

MILES, S/L Harold Thomas, DFC (J6946) - Bar to Distinguished Flying Cross - No.408 Squadron - Award effective 10 May 1944 as per London Gazette dated 23 May 1944 and AFRO 1380/44 dated 30 June 1944.

This officer, now on his second tour of operational duty, has taken part in a large number of sorties including attacks against some of the enemy's most distant and heavily defended targets. An outstanding captain of aircraft he has always performed his duties in a cheerful and efficient manner while as a flight commander Squadron Leader Miles has led his formation with determination, skill and courage.

 

MILES, G/C Harold Thomas, DFC (J6946) - Mention in Despatches - No.64 Base - Award effective 1 January 1945 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 337/45 dated 23 February 1945. DHist file 181.009 D.2993 (RG.24 Vol.20634) has recommendation for an American Silver Star dated 3 August 1944 when he was Chief Instructor at No.1659 Conversion Unit. It noted that he had flown 52 sorties (277 operational hours). As the American award was not granted, it may be assumed that this recommendation was the basis of his Mention in Despatches.

 

This officer has completed two tours of operations with Bomber Command. His first tour was carried out in 1942 during which he made 32 sorties. During this period he operated against such targets as Essen, hamburg, Stuttgart, Munich and Nuremburg. Although many times seriously damaged by anti-aircraft fire, his skill and determination on each occasion resulted in a successful landing on an aerodrome. On one sortie he lost one engine over the French coast while en route to Munich. He continued on and successfully bombed the target. On the return trip another engine was put out of action. However, he was able to bring the aircraft back to England on two engines and successfully reached an aerodrome. His keenness was such that after being screened he obtained permission to make one sortie against an Italian target. After a very short period as an instructor he returned and carried out his second tour of operations with No.408 Squadron. During this tour he completed six sorties against Berlin as well as other distant and heavily defended targets such as Hamburg, Stuttgart and Leipzig. At all times he has displayed courage, skill and determination of a high order. He is an exceptional pilot and organizer and has played no small part in the successes achieved by his squadron.

 

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MILES, F/L Willard Fraser (C4153) - Mention in Despatches - Overseas - Award effective 8 June 1944 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 1729/44 dated 11 August 1944. Home in Vancouver; enlisted there 20 February 1941. Radio Officer; with RAF Overseas, 6 April 1941 to 23 September 1944; released 18 July 1945. No citation in AFRO.

 

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MILL, F/L David John (J5091) - Mention in Despatches - No.161 (BR) Squadron - Award effective 1 December 1945 as per Canada Gazette of that date and AFRO 183/46 dated 22 February 1946. Home in Westmount, Quebec; enlisted in Quebec, 21 June 1940. Trained at No.2 ITS (graduated 30 August 1940), No.1 AOS (graduated 2 February 1941), No.1 BGS (graduated 15 March 1941) and No.1 ANS (graduated 5 May 1941).

 

This officer has completed a large number of operational flights. He is a navigator of great merit and throughout his tour of duty he has displayed the highest standard of determination and devotion to duty. As Squadron Navigation Leader he has been a constant inspiration to the remainder of the Squadron.

 

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MILLAR, S/L David Dewar (C3576) - Mention in Despatches - No.6 Group Headquarters - Award effective 1 June 1943 as per London Gazette dated 2 June 1943 and AFRO 1247/43 dated 2 July 1943. AFRO gives no unit; No.6 Group Monthly Summary of Operational and Training Activities (June 1943) identifies. Born in Hawksbury, Ontario, 14 February 1909; home in Ottawa; enlisted in Montreal, 11 December 1940. A professionally trained engineer. No citation.

 

MILLAR, W/C David Dewar (C3576) - Officer, Order of the British Empire - No.6 Group Headquarters (AFRO gives unit only as "Overseas") - Award effective 8 June 1944 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 1729/44 dated 11 August 1944. Medal presented 11 August 1944. No citation in Canadian sources. Public Records Office Air 2/9004 has recommended citation.

 

This officer is the Group Engineer Officer and has taken a conspicuous part in the formation of No.6 Group. His work has been outstanding in that, owing to his efforts, the re-arming and expansion has been carried out with efficiency and the servicing of aircraft has been maintained at a high level. The Group has expanded from six to thirteen squadrons and the re-arming of existing squadrons was a major task, particularly in view of new and inexperienced personnel from Canada taking over from experienced RAF personnel. Wing Commander Millar has at all times had full control of the situation and has performed very valuable work.

 

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MILLAR, F/O James Benjamin (J92066) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.419 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 Prince Albert, Saskatchewan; home there (store clerk); enlisted in Regina, 12 January 1943. Trained at No.2 ITS (graduated 25 August 1943), No.1 ANS (graduated 1 October 1943) and No.3 BGS (graduated 14 January 1944). Commissioned October 1944. Medal presented 18 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.1941 (RG.24 Vol.20612) has recommendation by W/C M.E. Ferguson dated 22 March 1945 when he had flown 29 sorties (181 hours 40 minutes), 29 August 1944 to 2 February 1945. Mid-upper gunner.

 

This Gunner has completed a tour of 29 sorties, 11 of which were daylight, against most of the heavily defended targets in Germany. On many occasions Pilot Officer Millar's experience and attention to duty have resulted in the carrying out of a large number of successful operations against the enemy.

 

I consider that this officer's skill in the face of danger and his coolness against all odds, fully merits the award of the Non-Immediate D.F.C.

 

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MILLARD, WO (now F/O) Robert Syrell (R129923/J85642) - Mention in Despatches - No.15 Squadron - Award effective 1 January 1945 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 625/45 dated 12 April 1945. Home in Kirkland, Lake, Ontario; enlisted in London, Ontario, 16 January 1942. Trained at No.6 ITS (graduated 8 July 1942), No.1 BGS (graduated 11 September 1942) and No.1 AOS (graduated 23 October 1942. At one time reported missing, then safe (evader ?). No citation in AFRO.

 

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MILLARD, G/C Victor Stephen James (C185) - Officer, Order of the British Empire - Maintenance Command Headquarters - Award effective 13 June 1946 as per Canada Gazette of that date and AFRO 660/45 dated 5 July 1946. Born in Toronto, October 1911; graduated University of Toronto (Bachelor of Applied Science, Mechanical Engineering, 1934). Enlisted in Toronto, 13 June 1935. Appointed RCAF Supply Liaison Officer to RCAF, December 1941; later CO of Technical Spares Requirement Detachment, Dayton, Ohio. In February 1943 became Director of Aircraft Procurement (AFHQ); in September moved to Maintenance Command (later Air Material Command). OBE presented 9 December 1947. Remained in postwar RCAF (Queen's Coronation Medal, November 1953 when he was an Air Commodore, AFHQ). To Air Vice-Marshall, July 1963 when he was appointed Comptroller of the RCAF.

 

This officer has occupied many key positions in the Supply Organization of the Royal Canadian Air Force during the war. At any task assigned to him, either at Command, Royal Canadian Air Force Headquarters, overseas or in the United States of America, he has always carried out his duties in an energetic and most capable manner. His clear judgement and determination have marked him as an outstanding officer in his branch and has led to his selection for many responsible posts where outstanding knowledge and administrative ability are required. He has always carried out any and all assignments in such a manner as to bring credit upon himself and the Service.

 

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MILLER, F/O Alex Kennedy (C4724) - Air Force Cross - No.6 Repair Depot - Award effective 1 January 1944 as per London Gazette and Canada Gazette of that date and AFRO 113/44 dated 21 January 1944. Born 14 July 1906 in New York City, New York. Enlisted in Ottawa, 28 March 1941. Medal presented 26 April 1944.

 

Flying Officer Miller, as test pilot at this unit, has displayed exceptional courage and flying ability when diving aircraft to extreme limits, enabling medical scientists to photograph and record the effects of "blackout", to further research in aviation medicine. Last February, at great personal risk, he flew an Anson aircraft equipped with skis, that had previously been abandoned, from the surface of a small lake and again in April and June he flew two more Anson aircraft from difficult and inaccessible fields, thereby saving intact three of His Majesty's aircraft.

 

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MILLER, FS Audrey Alexandra (W304650) - British Empire Medal - AFHQ - Award effective 14 June 1945 as per Canada Gazette of that date and AFRO 1127/45 dated 6 July 1945. Born in Winnipeg, 26 May 1920. Educated in Windsor, Ontario. A stenographer with Hiram Walker before the war. Enlisted in Windsor, 29 October 1942. Clerk admin. Medal presented by Governor General, 2 December 1946. Governor General's Records (RG.7 Group 26, Volume 59, file 190-I, dossier 7) has citation.

 

This non-commissioned officer has at all times displayed a high standard of efficiency and devotion to her duties which have included work of a highly secret nature. She has frequently been called upon to discharge duties and to assume responsibilities over and above those which she might normally have been expected to undertake and in all such instances she has amply justified the confidence placed in her. Possessing to a high degree those qualities most desirable in a non-commissioned officer, Flight Sergeant Miller, through her quiet and unostentatious efficiency, has gained the respect and confidence of her superior officers and has been an inspiring example to the members of her staff. She was employed in secretarial duties at the Quebec Conference in 1943 and was highly commended for her services. Her consistent demonstration of efficiency, enthusiasm and integrity is worthy of high praise.

 

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MILLER, F/L Bernard Bryce (J21668) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.428 Squadron - Award effective 15 March as per London Gazette dated 23 March 1945 and AFRO 765/45 dated 4 May 1945. Born 1914 at Carman, Manitoba; home there (butcher); enlisted in Winnipeg, 27 June 1940. Trained at No.1 ITS, No.2 EFTS and No.2 SFTS (graduated 7 March 1941). Commissioned October 1942. Medal presented 11 June 1949. DHist file 181.009 D.3260 (RG.24 Vol.20637) has recommendation dated 12 December 1944 when he had flown 16 sorties (103 hours), 12 August to 5 December 1944.

As captain of aircraft this officer has led his crew through a successful tour of operations. On many occasions his aircraft has been damaged by anti-aircraft fire and during one mission the mid-upper gunner was killed and the wireless operator was wounded. Despite these trying experiences Flight Lieutenant Miller has maintained a high standard of airmanship, courage and devotion to duty, which together with his fine fighting spirit and tenacity of purpose have set an inspiring example to all.

 

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MILLER, F/L Burton Leigh (J17436) - 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 Moncton, New Brunswick; enlisted there 20 May 1941. Trained at No.1 ITS (graduated 1 September 1941), No.4 AOS (graduated 5 January 1941), No.4 BGS (graduated 14 February 1942) and No.2 ANS (graduated 16 March 1942).

 

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MILLER, F/O Carl Raymond Duncan (J24480) - 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 Devlin, Ontario; home in Saskatoon; enlisted in Winnipeg, 24 November 1941. Trained at No.7 ITS, No.6 BGS (graduated 23 October 1942) and No.9 AOS (graduated 19 March 1943). Commissioned 1943. Medal sent by registered mail 7 June 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 32 sorties (139 hours 56 minutes), 10 April 1944 to early September 1944 (page torn; last target was Emden).

 

Flying Officer Miller has shown a high degree of skill as a navigator. He has made thirty-two operational sorties over a wide variety of targets, all of which have been successful in bombing the target. He has inspired a high standard of morale in both his crew and fellow navigators. His unconquerable spirit of determination and success in achieving his objective coupled with his unfailing devotion to duty warrant a strong recommendation for the award of the Distinguished Flying Cross.

 

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MILLER, S/L Donald Garrett (C6628) - Mention in Despatches - Overseas - Award effective 8 June 1944 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 1729/44 dated 11 August 1944. Home in Iroquois, Ontario; enlisted in Ottawa 9 August 1941. No citation in AFRO.

 

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MILLER, F/L Donald Allan (C15557) - Mention in Despatches - No.55 Base - Award effective 1 January 1945 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 337/45 dated 23 February 1945. Home in Charleswood, Manitoba; enlisted in Winnipeg, 5 September 1940.

 

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MILLER, W/C Donald Robert (C94037) - Air Force Cross - No.525 Squadron - Award effective 7 September 1945 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 1647/45 dated 26 October 1945. Born in Saskatoon, 6 April 1913; educated there. Joined RAF, 1936; served in No.242 Squadron, November 1939 to June 1940. Instructed at Moose Jaw, 1940-1943. Transferred to RCAF in London, England, 9 May 1945. Commanding Officer, Station Uplands, April 1953. Medal presented 9 July 1949. Photo PL-110912 shows him.

 

This officer has been in command of his squadron since July 1944. He has proved himself an exceptional squadron commander and has set a high standard of discipline. His squadron has done valuable work and under his leadership has maintained the highest standard of efficiency. This officer is above the average of transport captains and has completed many important overseas flights, notably in flying in equipment to [the] Crimea to establish No.150 Staging Post.

 

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MILLER, WO1 Edward Henry (Can 7623) - Mention in Despatches - Overseas - Award effective 14 June 1945 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 1600/45 dated 12 October 1945. Home in Montreal; enlisted there 12 May 1939.

 

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MILLER, FS Edward Stanley (R57625) - Mention in Despatches - Overseas - Award effective 14 June 1945 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 1600/45 dated 12 October 1945. Home in Blenheim, Ontario; enlisted in Vancouver, 19 March 1940.

 

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MILLER, P/O Ernest Vernon (J17077) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.214 Squadron - Awarded 3 June 1943 as per London Gazette dated 15 June 1943 and AFRO 1459/43 dated 30 July 1943. Born in Victoria, 1920; home there; enlisted in Vancouver, 22 May 1941. Trained at No.4 ITS (graduated 18 August 1941), No.18 EFTS (graduated 7 October 1941), and No.4 SFTS (graduated 2 January 1942). Commissioned 1942. Medal presented at Buckingham Palace 21 March 1944.

 

This officer has participated in many operational sorties and has always shown persistent determination to bomb his target and bring back photographs of the aiming point. In this he has been singularly successful. In March 1943, during an attack on Stuttgart the port outer engine of Pilot Officer Miller's aircraft failed and his port inner engine became overheated. Despite these handicaps, with great skill he flew safely back to base. An excellent captain of aircraft, this officer has set a fine example to the younger and less experienced crews in the squadron.

 

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MILLER, A/C Frank Robert (C139) - Mention in Despatches - Skipton-on-Swale, No.63 Base (AFRO says No.61 Base; a typo ?) - Award effective 1 January 1945 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 337/45 dated 23 February 1945. - Born in Kamloops, B.C., April 1908. Educated at University of Alberta (B.Sc.) before joining RCAF, Camp Borden, 15 September 1931. Commanded Air Navigation School at Rivers, Manitoba, Pennfield Ridge, and General Reconnaissance School, Summerside, plus an AFHQ spell as Director of Training Plans and Requirements and (later) Director of Training. Went overseas in 1944. Selected for senior post in "Tiger Force". Remained in postwar forces and became first Chief of Defence Staff in unified forces. Awarded Queen's Coronation Medal, 30 October 1953 (AFHQ, Vice Chief of Air Staff with rank of Air Vice-Marshall). No citation to MiD. DHist file 181.009 D.2619 (RG.24 Vol.20628) has recommendation dated 20 August 1944 from A/C J.G. Bryans (Commanding No.63 Base).

 

Group Captain Miller has been the leading officer in Navigation training in the Commonwealth Air Training Plan in Canada since its start. He commanded the unit that trained the first instructors and subsequently opened two major Navigation Schools. He was later appointed Director of Air Training at RCAF Headquarters. His excellent work and sound planning have been major factors in the RCAF Air Training during the war.

 

In April of this year he came overseas to command RCAF Station, Skipton-on Swale. At this post he has applied his energy and ability to excellent account during the very heavy operational demands made upon the Station.

 

He is an outstanding organizer and commander.

 

MILLER, A/C Frank Robert (C139) - Commander, Order of the British Empire - No.63 Base (AFRO gives unit only as "Overseas" - Award effective 1 January 1946 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 155/46 dated 15 February 1946. No citation in Canadian sources. Public Records Office Air 2/9121 has recommendation.

 

This officer formerly commanded RCAF Station Skipton, and later became Base Commander of No.61 (Heavy Conversion) Base. He is now in command at No.63 (Operational) Base. Under his brilliant direction No.63 Base has laid over 25 percent of the mines dropped by Bomber Command from the beginning of 1945. This work involved a great amount of detailed planning and Air Commodore Miller was largely responsible for the great success achieved. He has shown outstanding leadership and under his wise and careful guidance the base has achieved a high standard of efficiency.

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MILLER, F/O George Norman (J21288) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.418 Squadron - Award effective 2 June 1944 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 1444/44 dated 7 July 1944. Born in Virden, Manitoba, 1914; home in Edmonton; enlisted there 7 December 1940. Trained at No.2 ITS (graduated 10 April 1941), No.5 EFTS (graduated 28 May 1941) and No.10 SFTS (graduated 8 August 1941). Commissioned 1942. Medal presented 6 July 1945. DHist file 181.009 D.1509 (RG.24 Vol.20599) has application for Operational Wings submitted 21 December 1944 when he was at No.8 OTU, Canada. Had flown 32 sorties (108 hours 35 minutes), 20 September 1943 to 24 April 1944.

 

This officer has completed a large number of hours flying at night over enemy territory and has displayed commendable skill and gallantry. He has at all times shown the greatest keenness and his determination to complete his missions successfully has impressed all. He has destroyed at least two and assisted in the destruction of another enemy aircraft.

 

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MILLER, F/L Gordon (J11239) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.426 Squadron - Award effective 9 October 1945 as per London Gazette dated 19 October 1945 and AFRO 1822/45 dated 7 December 1945. Born 1914 in Norfolk County, Ontario; home in Paris, Ontario (miner); enlisted in North Bay, 9 January 1941. Trained at No.1 AOS (graduated 29 January 1942), No.1 BGS (graduated 14 March 1942) and No.2 ANS (graduated 13 April 1942). Commissioned 1943. Medal presented in Toronto, 30 November 1949. In No.426 Squadron, January 1943; navigator in Sergeant I.R.A. Runciman's crew. Incidents described took place 12/13 May 1943 and he became a POW.

 

This officer has taken part in many operational sorties. On one occasion in May 1943 he was navigator in an aircraft detailed for an attack against Duisburg. After bombing the target his aircraft was hit by anti-aircraft fire and severely damaged. The second pilot was killed, the main petrol cock to both engines and the control cables and rods to the elevator and rudder controls severed, and a six-foot hole blown on each side of the fuselage. Displaying great coolness and initiative, Flight Lieutenant Miller, with the hasty use of linen maps, managed to mend the broken petrol lines, thus enabling his captain to restart the port engine despite most erratic flight. He then spliced the elevator and aerial wire. As a result of this officer's gallant efforts, his captain was able to keep the crippled aircraft airborne until the Dutch coast was reached where, owing to lack of petrol, he was forced to abandon it. Throughout this harassing experience Flight Lieutenant Miller showed courage, determination and initiative and his success in accomplishing such ingenious repairs was largely responsible for giving to other members of his crew an opportunity to leave the aircraft by parachute and land safely.

 

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MILLER, F/L Harold Henry (J17356) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.32 Squadron - Award effective 10 October 1944 as per London Gazette dated 17 October 1944 and AFRO 2534/44 dated 24 November 1944. Born in Waterloo, Ontario, 1914; home in London, Ontario. Educated at University of Western Ontario; enlisted in London, 28 May 1941. Trained at No.5 ITS (graduated 24 September 1941), No.3 EFTS (graduated 21 November 1941) and No.14 SFTS (graduated 13 March 1942). Commissioned 1943. Medal sent by registered mail.

 

This officer has flown on numerous fighter operations over France, Sicily, North Africa and Italy and has led many fighter bomber sorties over Yugoslavia and Albania with great success. His skill, courage, leadership and devotion to duty have been an inspiration to the rest of the squadron.

 

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MILLER, Sergeant Howard Abraham (R84164) - 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 Windham Centre, Ontario; enlisted in hamilton, 23 December 1940. Certificate sent 27 September 1948.

 

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MILLER, F/L Jack Hamilton (J29576) - 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 Hamilton, Ontario; enlisted there 24 June 1940. Trained at No.6 ITS (graduated 20 August 1942) and No.4 AOS (graduated 18 December 1942).

 

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MILLER, F/O James Simpson (J17044) - Commended for Valuable Services in the Air - No.353 Squadron - Award effective 1 January 1945 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 132/45 dated 26 January 1945. Home in Bladworth, Saskatchewan; enlisted in Saskatoon, 25 October 1940. Trained at No.2 ITS (graduated 24 January 1941), No.15 EFTS (graduated 29 March 1941) and No.11 SFTS (graduated 25 June 1941).

 

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MILLER, F/O John Alexander Fraser (J40184) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.419 Squadron - Award effective 18 October 1945 as per London Gazette dated 26 October 1945 and AFRO 133/46 dated 8 February 1946. Born 1910 in Stellerton, Nova Scotia; home in Perth, New Brunswick (but home also given as Ottawa); enlisted in Ottawa, 29 January 1943. Trained at No.3 ITS (graduated 7 August 1943) and No.8 AOS (graduated 14 January 1944. Commissioned December 1943. Medal sent by registered mail 13 May 1950.

The courage, skill and devotion to duty this officer has always shown were well illustrated during an operation against Hanover in January 1945, when the aircraft in which he was navigator was attacked and the two inboard engines caught fire. He quickly worked out a course via a safe route to an airfield. It was found impossible to land at the airfield owing to fog and a forced landing had to be made. Two members of the crew were injured. Flying Officer Miller immediately took charge of the situation, organized a search for help and made arrangements for the injured to be moved to a hospital. His coolness and initiative throughout this trying experience were worthy of the highest praise.

 

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MILLER, F/L John Beattie (C7504) - Mention in Despatches - No.3 CC - Award effective 1 January 1945 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 379/45 dated 2 March 1945. Home in Calgary; enlisted in Edmonton, 12 May 1941. No citation.

 

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MILLER, FS (now P/O) John Newton (R83897/J18754) - Mention in Despatches - No.185 Squadron (now deceased) - Award effective 14 January 1944 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 874/44 dated 21 April 1944. Home in Toronto; enlisted there 9 December 1940. Trained at No.1 ITS (graduated 16 May 1941), No.9 EFTS (graduated 3 July 1941) and No.1 SFTS (graduated 13 September 1941). Killed in action, 30 March 1943 (Spitfire BR109); no known grave; name on Malta Memorial.

 

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MILLER, F/O Kenneth Stuart (J17945) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.404 Squadron - Award effective 5 February 1944 as per London Gazette dated 11 February 1944 and AFRO 644/44 dated 24 March 1944. Born 1920 in Montreal; home there; enlisted there 10 January 1941. Trained at No.3 ITS (graduated 9 June 1941), No.11 EFTS (graduated 29 July 1941) and No.8 SFTS (graduated 10 October 1941). Commissioned 1943. Medal presented 25 February 1949.

 

This officer has completed many sorties. During all these operations his determination to attack the enemy has been outstanding. On two occasions Flying Officer Miller has led formations against enemy convoys. On both flights the attacks were pressed home courageously in the face of persistent anti-aircraft fire from shore and escort vessels. This officer has also led formations which have accompanied torpedo-carrying aircraft and has never failed to display the greatest resolution in this dangerous task.

 

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MILLER, F/L Robert (J9491) - Mention in Despatches - Overseas - Award effective 1 January 1946 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 155/46 dated 15 February 1946. Enlisted in Montreal, 24 April 1941. Trained at No.3 ITS (graduated 8 August 1941), No.4 EFTS (graduated 25 September 1941) and No.9 SFTS (graduated 19 December 1941). Certificate sent to him in UK, 10 August 1948.

 

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MILLER, S/L Robert Fred (J15481) - Mention in Despatches - Overseas - Award effective 8 June 1944 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 1729/44 dated 11 August 1944. Lived in Marshal, Saskatchewan before enlistment in 1940. Trained at No.1 WS and No.2 BGS. Remained in postwar RCAF. Queen's Coronation Medal, 23 October 1953, at which time he was a Group Captain in No.1 Air Division Headquarters. No citation.

 

MILLER, S/L Robert Fred (J15481) - Air Force Cross - No.1666 Conversion Unit - Award effective 1 September 1944 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 2637/44 dated 8 December 1944. No citation in AFRO or biographical file. First recommended for AFC, 18 June 1943. DHist file 181.009 D.2993 (RG.24 Vol.20634) has recommendation dated 25 January 1944 when he was with No.1659 Conversion Unit as Chief Ground Instructor.

 

Since coming to this unit on 28.10.42, after completing tour of operations, Squadron Leader Miller has applied himself untiringly to his duties as a Chief Ground Instructor at this unit. He has been responsible for the introduction of several Ground Instructional Working Models of aircraft equipment and aircraft lay-out, and has organized the Ground Training in such a manner as to be most receptive to the trainees. He has shown unselfish application of his time, and the leadership which he has given has been an inspiration and an example to all other instructors under his command. The success of this unit is attributed to his untiring efforts.

 

Same file has recommendation from No.1666 HCU, 25 July 1944:

 

Squadron Leader Miller has, by his magnificent leadership, contributed to the excellent results of the Conversion Units in this Group. He pioneered the job of CGI in No.1659 Heavy Conversion Unit, and then became CGI at No.1666 Heavy Conversion Unit. His fine record of achievement has been proved by the excellent results obtained in so short a time, with poor and inadequate equipment and personnel. Since he completed his first operational tour he has amassed a great store of knowledge of all branches of aircrew training, and both on the ground and in the air he has proved by personal demonstration to Navigators, Engineers, Wireless Operators and Gunners, his outstanding ability to transmit to them his practical knowledge.

 

To this, G/C N.S. McGregor adds:

 

Squadron Leader Miller has shown himself to be an outstanding organizer and administrator. He has designed and constructed personally a very great number of novel and original instruction devices that have contributed in an inestimable degree towards the high standard of training carried out in this Base [Wombleton]. His example of industry and enthusiasm have at all times been a marked incentive to all those with whom he has been associated, both on the ground and in the air. A truly brilliant mind, coupled with tireless energy which deserve tangible recognition as an incentive to others...

 

Public Records Office Air 2/9019 has what may be deemed as the final recommendation which noted he had flown 200 non-operational hours, 150 in previous six months.

 

This officer, a wireless operator/air gunner, has, by his splendid leadership, outstanding organizing and administrative abilities, contributed to the excellent results of the conversion units in the Group. He was the first Chief Ground Instructor in No.1659 Heavy Conversion Unit and afterwards held the same appointment in No.1666 Heavy Conversion Unit. His great skill has been proved by the good results obtained in so short a time, with poor and inadequate equipment and personnel. He has personally designed and constructed a very great number of novel and original instruction devices that have contributed in an inestimable degree towards the high standard of training carried out at the unit.

 

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MILLER, S/L Ronald Duncan (J3263) - Commended for Valuable Services in the Air - No.3 SFTS - Award effective 14 November 1944 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 2684/44 dated 15 December 1944. Trained at No.1 ITS (graduated 20 July 1940), Moose Jaw Aero Club (graduated 16 September 1940) and No.1 SFTS (graduated 21 November 1940).

 

This officer has been employed on flying training for the past three years and throughout this period has shown exceptional zeal and competence in the execution of his duties.

 

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MILLER, P/O Stanley Creighton (J86828) - No.407 Squadron - Award effective 1 January 1945 as per London Gazette of that date; WAG for F/O Bateman in U-boat kill of 4 May 1944.

 

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MILLER, Sergeant (now WO1) Thomas Breech (R64816) - George Medal - No.78 Squadron - Award effective 6 January 1942 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 1870/42 dated 20 November 1942. Born in Waubaushene, Ontario, 1921; home in Saint John, New Brunswick; enlisted in Moncton, 18 July 1940. Trained at No.1 ITS, No.1 AOS, No.1 BGS, and No.1 ANS. To No.19 OTU, 15 June 1941; to No.78 Squadron, 30 August 1941. First operation was 2 September 1941 (Frankfurt); second operation was 6 September 1941 and brought him the George Medal. Following medical treatment he rejoined the squadron, flying four operations - 11 February 1942 (Le Havre, on Whitleys, after which unit converts to Halifax aircraft), 29 April 1942 (Ostend), 30 May 1942 (Cologne), and 1 June 1942 (Hamburg). Shot down and taken prisoner on this last sortie. Commissioned while a POW (1 June 1943, J96500); released and in UK, 12 May 1945. Died in Thunder Bay, 10 August 1996. Obituary notice stated that following hs second crash he spent four days in a dinghy off the Dutch coast, paralyze with a back injury, until rescued by Germans. Following the war he studied history at the University of Toronto and diplomatic history at the London School of Economics (Ph.D., 1954). Accepted a teaching position with Lakehead Technical Institute (later Lakehead University); active in Canadian Institute of International Affairs and numerous local organizations. Retired in 1988.

 

One night in September 1941, Sergeant Miller was the air observer of an aircraft which, following a successful attack on a target in North West Germany, had been attacked by an enemy fighter. The controls were damaged, and the starboard engine was put out of action, and the pilot had to effect a forced landing. The aircraft landed heavily with undercarriage retracted, came to rest half over a hedge, and caught fire.

 

The rear gunner and second wireless operator were only slightly injured and escaped from the rear of the aircraft. Sergeant Miller was also uninjured and escaped through the top hatch. He then noticed that the pilot and first wireless operator were still in the aircraft, which was now blazing furiously.

 

Undeterred, Sergeant Miller re-entered the aircraft through the top hatch and found the captain lying in a dazed condition, as he had been wounded about the face and head. Sergeant Miller pulled the captain through the hatch and carried him away from the aircraft. He returned for the first wireless operator, who was lying in the rear of the cabin, very badly hurt and with his clothing on fire.

 

Sergeant Miller succeeded in lifting him through the hatch and carried him to a place of safety, where he beat out the flames from the injured man's clothing with his hands, after rolling him on the ground in an attempt to smother them. The flares, oxygen bottles, ammunition and petrol tanks began to explode immediately after Sergeant Miller got clear of the aircraft. He received severe burns to his hands while rescuing his comrades, whose lives were undoubtedly saved by his prompt and extremely brave action.

 

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MILLER, S/L Thomas Langford (C1431) - Member, Order of the British Empire - Station Sea Island - Award effective 13 June 1946 as per Canada Gazette of that date and AFRO 660/46 dated 5 July 1946.

 

This officer has been an outstanding example to officers and other ranks of his section. He has been cheerful and co-operative under all conditions and has maintained an excellent standard of efficiency in personnel under his command, which has contributed noticeably to the general efficiency of the station.

 

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MILLER, P/O William Donald (J85773) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.434 Squadron - Award effective 4 November 1944 as per London Gazette dated 17 November 1944 and AFRO 239/45 dated 9 February 1945. Born 1922 in Peachland, British Columbia; home there (farm labourer); enlisted in Vancouver, 26 January 1942. Trained at No.4 ITS (graduated 31 July 1942) and No.2 AOS (graduated 18 December 1942). Commissioned April 1944. Medal presented in Vancouver, 22 October 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.3080 (RG.24 Vol.20636) has recommendation dated 20 August 1944 when he had flown 38 sorties (190 hours 35 minutes), 29 January to 14 August 1944 (98 "points"). Navigator to P/O Hegseth.

 

This officer has completed a notable tour of thirty-eight operations. An exceptional navigator, his skill, cheerful confidence and unceasing vigilance have been largely responsible for the successful completion of many missions. His courage and determination to make every sortie a success have won high praise.

 

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MILLER, S/L Wilmer Earl (J8654) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.432 Squadron - Award effective 23 November 1945 as per London Gazette dated 4 December and AFRO 212/46 dated 1 March 1946. Born in Hagersville, Ontario, 1917; home there (Department of Highways employee); enlisted in Hamilton, 20 December 1940. Trained at No.3 ITS (graduated 1 July 1941), No.15 EFTS (graduated 20 August 1941), and No.11 SFTS (graduated 6 November 1941). Commissioned November 1941. Medal presented 9 April 1948. 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.2618 (RG.24 Vol.20627) has recommendation dated 15 May 1945 when he had flown 27 sorties (179 hours five minutes) between 23 October 1944 and 13 April 1945.

 

The above mentioned officer has completed twenty-seven operational sorties over some of the most heavily defended targets in Germany as captain of aircraft. In his capacity as Flight Commander his work has at all times been of a high standard. His cheerful confidence and courage has inspired a high standard of morale in his crew and has been an inspiration to those associated with the squadron.

 

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MILLIGAN, F/L Kenneth Ivie Roy (J28254) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.7 Squadron (now POW) - Award effective 4 November 1944 as per London Gazette dated 14 November 1944 and AFRO 239/45 dated 9 February 1945. Born 1917 in Vancouver; home there; enlisted there 22 April 1942. Trained at No.7 ITS (graduated 30 May 1943) and No.2 BGS (graduated 9 July 1943). Commissioned 1943. Medal presented 27 March 1949. No citation other than "completed... numerous operations against the enemy in the course of which [he has] invariably displayed the utmost fortitude, courage and devotion to duty." POW 6 October 1944. Public Records Office Air 2/8823 has recommendation dated 25 August when he had flown 38 sorties (140 hours 40 minutes).

 

15 Mar 44 Stuttgart (7.20) 29 Jun 44 Pas de Calais (3.20)

18 Mar 44 Frankfurt (5.10) 2 July 44 Pas de Calais (2.30)

22 Mar 44 Frankfurt (5.30) 4 July 44 Pas de Calais (2.45)

26 Mar 44 Essen (4.20) 15 Jul 44 Chalons sur Marne (6.10)

18 Apr 44 Tergnier (3.15) 18 Jul 44 Caen (2.50)

22 Apr 44 Dusseldorf (4.00) 18 Jul 44 Aulnoye (4.00)

27 Apr 44 Aulnoye (3.00) 20 Jul 44 Homberg (3.15)

1 May 44 Chambly (3.20) 21 Jul 44 Kiel (5.00)

6 May 44 Mantes (3.00) 25 Jul 44 Pas de Calais (2.30)

10 May 44 Courtrai (2.30) 28 Jul 44 Stuttgart (6.25)

19 May 44 Le Mans (4.30) 30 Jul 44 Caen (2.45)

22 May 44 Le Mans (3.40) 1 Aug 44 Pas de Calais (2.45)

5 Jun 44 Longues (3.15) 5 Aug 44 Paris area (2.45)

7 Jun 44 Foret de Cerisny (3.35) 9 Aug 44 Foret de Mormal (2.45)

9 Jun 44 Rennes (4.30) 10 Aug 44 La Pallice (5.35)

16 Jun 44 V-1 site (2.15) 12 Aug 44 Bordeaux (6.05)

21 Jun 44 Pas de Calais (2.30) 13 Aug 44 Falaise (3.05)

23 Jun 44 Pas de Calais (2.00) 14 Aug 44 Battle area (2.55)

27 Jun 44 Pas de Calais (2.15) 15 Aug 44 Soesterburg (2.35)

 

This officer has completed 38 operational sorties, all of them with the Pathfinder Force. Thirty-five of these sorties have been as Marker and the crew, of which he is a member, have on a great many occasions acted a Master Bomber. Flight Lieutenant Milligan, as Air Bomber, has always set his mind on the task in hand, and with utter disregard to self. His courage, skill and determination has set a fine example to the squadron.

 

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MILLIKEN, P/O Samuel Ethelbert MacLeod (J86842) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.425 Squadron - Award effective 3 October 1944 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 2637/44 dated 8 December 1944. Born 1916 in Hamilton; home in Toronto (bee keeper). Trained at No.2 ITS (graduated 24 October 1942), No.15 EFTS (graduated 30 December 1942) and No.3 SFTS (graduated 30 April 1943). Medal presented by Governor General, 10 December 1947. Postwar in RCAF, retiring about 1964 (CEPE, No.412 Squadron, OC Resolute Bay, Staff Officer in AFHQ responsible for SAR operations). Later he taught in Carleton Board of Education and was prominent in Meals on Wheels program. Died in Ottawa, 5 September 1986, aged 71.

 

This officer has completed a tour of operational duty during which he has successfully attacked very many enemy targets. He has invariably displayed a high standard of gallantry and determination, setting a fine example to his crew. On one occasion, Pilot Officer Milliken was detailed to attack Karlsruhe. Very early on the outward flight the distant reading compass became unserviceable. Some other necessary equipment also became useless. Despite this, Pilot Officer Milliken continued his mission. When over enemy territory icing conditions were encountered and shortly before the target the airspeed indicator became unserviceable. Even so, this determined pilot executed a successful attack in the face of considerable fire from the ground defences. He afterwards flew to base where he effected a safe landing, although deprived of the effective use of the brakes on touching down. His resolution on this occasion was typical of that which he has shown throughout his tour.

 

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MILLMAN, S/L Peter MacKenzie (C3964) - Commended for Valuable Services in the Air - AFHQ - Award effective 1 January 1946 as per Canada Gazette of that date and AFRO 82/46 dated 25 January 1946. Home in Toronto; enlisted there 20 January 1941.

 

As head of the Operational Research Centre at Air Force Headquarters, this officer has prepared a mass of scientific statistics most reliable in analyzing past overseas operations and preparing plans for future activities. During his tour of duty overseas he was the senior Operational Research Centre officer and he carried out a number of flights in operational aircraft to test and study airborne radar equipment. He contributed greatly to scientific warfare, particularly bombing operations and anti-submarine activities. He headed the Royal Canadian Air Force Scientific Eclipse party in his capacity of officer-in-charge of operational research, member of the Radio Wave Propagation Committee and as an astronomer and navigator. To ensure complete photographic coverage of the phenomena. this officer prepared all the intricate scientific statistics relating to aerial navigation for the three aircraft as it was most important that they be on the correct course at the precise time of totality. He was responsible for the installation of a stereoscope camera mount in the aircraft. Without Squadron Leader Millman's 100 percent activity in preparing this scientific expedition and his skilfullness in navigating the main photographic aircraft under trying conditions, the Royal Canadian Air Force co-operation would not have been so successful.

 

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MILLROY, Sergeant Reginald Herbert (R134918) - 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 3 December 1914. Home in Carman, Manitoba; enlisted in Winnipeg, 4 November 1941. Posted overseas in September 1942; repatriated 8 October 1945. Radar mechanic.

 

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MILLS, F/L Charles Albert (C8043) - Mention in Despatches - Overseas - Award effective 22 March 1946 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 602/46 dated 14 June 1946. Born 13 June 1930. Home in Strathroy, Ontario; enlisted in London, Ontario, 8 April 1941. Commissioned 30 August 1941. Posted overseas in September 1941; repatriated June 1946. Radio Officer. No citation.

 

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MILLS, F/O Jack Moore (J27545) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.432 Squadron - Award effective 15 March 1945 as per London Gazette dated 27 March 1945 and AFRO 1127/45 dated 6 July 1945. Born 1922 in Hamilton; home there (artist); enlisted there 18 May 1942. Trained at No.1 ITS (graduated 6 November 1942), No.9 EFTS (graduated 19 February 1943) and No.3 SFTS (graduated 25 June 1943). Commissioned June 1943. Medal sent by registered mail 6 May 1949. 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 21 November when he had flown 27 sorties (136 hours 35 minutes), 7 August to 18 November 1944.

 

During a most successful tour of operational duty, this officer has proved himself to be a most valuable member of his squadron. He is an outstanding operational captain and has invariably made the utmost effort to complete his duties. His cheerful confidence and willing co-operation has always been apparent in whatever task he is assigned to.

 

For his inspiring example, his fine record of achievement and devotion to duty, this officer is strongly recommended for the award of the Distinguished Flying Cross (Non-Immediate).

 

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MILLS, F/L Jacques George (J17195) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.78 Squadron - Award effective 1 September 1943 as per London Gazette dated 10 September 1943 and AFRO 2138/43 dated 22 October 1943. Born in Washington, U.S.A. (not sure if this is state or city); home in Montreal or Verdun; enlisted in Halifax, 12 March 1941. Trained at No.1 ITS (graduated 3 July 1941), No.10 EFTS (graduated 20 August 1941) and No.5 SFTS (graduated 17 November 1941). Commissioned 1943. Medal presented by Governor General at Government House, 14 November 1950.

 

Flight Lieutenant Mills has always shown great determination and enthusiasm for his work and has pressed home his attacks against some of the most heavily defended European targets with the utmost zeal. As captain of aircraft he has shown fine qualities of leadership and a total disregard of danger.

 

MILLS, F/O Jacques George, DFC (J17195) - Croix de Guerre (France) - Overseas - Awarded as per AFRO 1619/45 dated 19 October 1945. Public Records Office Air 2/8769 has recommended citation but does not identify unit.

 

This officer has taken part in more than 50 operational flights. He has, at all times, proved himself to possess great determination and, as commander of a section of four aircraft, he has set a fine example and achieved excellent results.

 

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MILLS, F/O Ross Allison (J27429) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.432 Squadron - Award effective 10 May 1945 as per London Gazette dated 25 May 1945 and AFRO 1291/45 dated 10 August 1945. Born 1919 in Chatham, Ontario; home there. (grinder); enlisted in Windsor, 21 April 1942. Formerly in Royal Canadian Artillery. Trained at No.3 ITS (graduated 23 October 1942), No.4 BGS (graduated 14 May 1943) and No.4 AOS (graduated 25 June 1943). Commissioned June 1943. Medal presented 14 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.5557 (RG.24 Vol.20668) had recommendation dated 16 January 1945 when he had completed 34 sorties (156 hours five minutes), 27 April to 27 November 1944.

 

As Air Bomber, this officer has completed thirty-four successful operational sorties over enemy territory. Throughout, he has displayed the greatest keenness and his example of courage and determination has been of a high order.

 

For his outstanding record of achievement and devotion to duty, this officer is strongly recommended for the award of the Distinguished Flying Cross (Non-Immediate).

 

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MILLS, F/O Vidal Le Roy (J28874) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.76 Squadron - Award effective 5 July 1945 as per London Gazette dated 20 July 1945 and AFRO 1619/45 dated 19 October 1945. Born 1918 at Inwood, Ontario; home in London, Ontario (oil driller); enlisted there 7 July 1942. Trained at No.1 ITS (graduated 20 March 1943) and No.4 AOS (graduated 6 August 1943). Commissioned 1943. Medal sent by registered mail 28 May 1948. No citation other than "completed...numerous operations against the enemy in the course of which [he has] invariably displayed the utmost fortitude, courage and devotion to duty". Public Records Office Air 2/9082 has recommendation dated 8 March 1945 when he had flown 36 sorties (206 hours ten minutes), 24 August 1944 to 7 March 1945.

24 Aug 44 Brest (5.25) 12 Dec 44 Essen (5.20)

25 Aug 44 Chapelle Notre 21 Dec 44 GARDENING, Kattegat

Dame (3.40) (5.55)

30 Aug 44 GARDENING, Ile de Re 24 Dec 44 Mulheim (5.00)

(6.45) 14 Jan 45 Dulmen (6.45)

11 Sep 44 Nordstern (4.35) 16 Jan 45 GARDENING, Kattegat

12 Sep 44 Munster (4.25) (6.50)

15 Sep 44 Kiel (5.15) 22 Jan 45 Gelsenkirchen (5.55)

20 Sep 44 Calais (3.55) 28 Jan 45 Stuttgart (6.50)

6 Oct 44 Gladbach (4.40) 13 Feb 45 Bohlen (8.35)

7 Oct 44 Cleve (4.30) 14 Feb 45 GARDENING, Baltic

9 Oct 44 Bochum (5.35) (6.20)

14 Oct 44 Duisburg (3.00) 20 Feb 45 Reisholz (7.35)

28 Oct 44 Walcheren (3.25) 23 Feb 45 Essen (5.45)

30 Oct 44 Cologne (5.35) 24 Feb 45 Kamen (6.20)

31 Oct 44 Cologne (5.10) 27 Feb 45 Mainz (6.35)

2 Nov 44 Dusseldorf (5.25) 2 Mar 45 Cologne (6.05)

6 Nov 44 Gelsenkirchen (4.50) 3 Mar 45 Kamen (6.25)

21 Nov 44 Sterkrade (6.30) 5 Mar 45 Chemnitz (8.35)

5 Dec 44 Soest (6.45) 7 Mar 45 GARDENING, Kiel Bay

6 Dec 44 Osnabruck (6.15) (5.40)

 

This officer navigator has now completed his first tour of operations, having carried out 36 sorties.

 

His consistently high standard of navigation has enabled his crew to obtain the maximum number of successful sorties and the crew's splendid photographic records give ample proof that his timing on targets has been excellent. He has displayed fortitude and calmness during a tour which was by no means free from incident, and his dependability under all circumstances has been most noteworthy.

 

In recognition of a tour well carried out, pervaded by a fine operational spirit, Flying Officer Milton is strongly recommended for the award of the Distinguished Flying Cross.

 

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MILLSON, P/O Howard Douglas (J92854) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.433 Squadron - Award effective 18 May 1945 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 1085/45 dated 29 June 1945. Born 1917 at Inniskillen, Ontario; home in Toronto; enlisted there 23 March 1943. Trained at No.9 BGS (graduated 15 October 1943). Commissioned 1944. Medal presented in Toronto, 30 November 1949.

 

As air gunner, Pilot Officer Millson has taken part in very many sorties. He has proved himself to be a most efficient and vigilant member of aircraft crew whose example of coolness in the face of the enemy has been highly commendable. One night in March 1945 he was the mid-upper gunner in an aircraft detailed to attack Hagen. On the return flight the aircraft was attacked by a fighter. After giving the necessary combat manoeuvre to his pilot, Pilot Officer Millson opened fire. His bullets struck the attacker which burst into flames and dived towards the ground where, on impact, the enemy aircraft exploded. By his good judgement and excellent shooting, this air gunner contributed materially to the safe return of the aircraft.

 

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MILLWARD, P/O Hector Munro Bertram (J90550) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.427 Squadron - Award effective 10 May 1945 as per London Gazette dated 25 May 1945 and AFRO 1291/45 dated 10 August 1945. Born 1924 in Ottawa; home there (postal clerk); enlisted there 10 November 1942. Trained at No.3 BGS (graduated 26 November 1943). Commissioned September 1944. Medal presented 1 December 1948. DHist file 181.009 D.2610 (RG.24 Vol.20627) has recommendation dated 18 January 1945 when he had flown 33 sorties (181 hours 25 minutes), 9 July 1944 to 13 January 1945. Incident described was on night of 31 December 1945; see also Thackery.

 

Throughout a large number of operational sorties this officer has displayed outstanding courage and devotion to duty. In December 1944 he was air gunner in an aircraft detailed for a minelaying operation in Oslo Fiord. While over the target his aircraft was attacked by a Junkers 88. During the third attack Pilot Officer Millward and his fellow gunner succeeded in destroying the German aircraft.

 

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MILLWARD, S/L James Bert (J10255) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.426 Squadron - Award effective 6 August 1943 as per London Gazette dated 13 August 1943 and AFRO 1849/43 dated 10 September 1943. Born in Montreal, June 1911; home in Sherbrooke, Quebec. Attended McGill University; BA, 1934; later MA from Bishops University. Trained at No.3 ITS, No.17 EFTS and No.8 SFTS. Reported from No.23 OTU to No.426 Squadron, 22 October 1942. A/S/L in 1943. Remained in postwar RCAF; from August 1949 to August 1952 he was Commandant of Royal Roads Military College. Awarded Queen's Coronation Medal, 1953 when CO of Station Trenton. Directed ROTP programmes in AFHQ, March 1960. Promoted to Air Vice Marshal and made AOC Air Material Command, 20 September 1962. Medals with Canadian War Museum (AN 19790183-024).

 

On two occasions this officer has flown his aircraft safely back to base although damage had been sustained from enemy action. He has also had much success in securing photographs of the target area. As deputy flight commander Squadron Leader Millward has assisted in building up the squadron to its present high state of efficiency. The quiet determination with which he completes his duties has won him the admiration and respect of all.

 

MILLWARD, W/C James Bert (J10255) - Bar to Distinguished Flying Cross - No.405 Squadron - Award effective 5 August 1944 as per London Gazette dated 15 August 1944 and AFRO 2101/44 dated 29 September 1944.

 

Wing Commander Millward has completed many successful sorties during which he has attacked a wide range of strongly defended targets. He is an exceptionally keen and capable flight commander and has at all times displayed fine qualities of courage and devotion to duty.

 

NOTE: Public Record Office Air 2/9632 has recommendation by W/C R.J. Lane dated 22 May 1944 when he had flown 39 sorties (240 hours) of which 19 sorties (120 hours 30 minutes) had been flown since his previous award. The sortie list and text add to the record.

 

First Tour Second Tour

 

14 Jan 43 Lorient (5.30) 22 Aug 43 Leverkussen (4.55)

15 Jan 43 Lorient (5.00) 23 Aug 43 Berlin (5.10)

12 Feb 43 GARDENING, Frisians (5.00) 19 Nov 43 Berlin (7.00)

13 Feb 43 Lorient (6.50) 2 Dec 43 Berlin (6.05)

15 Feb 43 Lorient (6.50) 23 Dec 43 Berlin (7.25)

18 Feb 43 GARDENING (3.55) 29 Dec 44 Berlin (6.40)

24 Feb 43 Wilhelmshaven (4.15) 1 Jan 44 Berlin (6.35)

26 Feb 43 Cologne (6.10) 2 Jan 44 Berlin (6.30)

3 Mar 43 Hamburg (6.20) 5 Jan 44 Stettin (8.40)

5 Mar 43 Essen (5.30) 20 Jan 44 Berlin (6.55)

9 Mar 43 GARDENING (2.10, no op) 21 Jan 44 Magdeburg (6.15)

4 Apr 43 Kiel (6.50) 27 Jan 44 Berlin (7.00)

8 Apr 43 Duisburg (5.30) 28 Jan 44 Berlin (7.55)

11 Apr 43 GARDENING, Dutch coast (3.20) 30 Jan 44 Berlin (6.00)

14 Apr 43 Stuttgart (7.50) 15 Feb 44 Frankfurt (7.00)

16 Apr 43 Mannheim (7.20) 24 Feb 44 Schweinfurt (6.35)

27 Apr 43 GARDENING, Brest (6.20) 25 Feb 44 Augsburg (6.45)

4 May 43 Dortmund (4.45) 22 Mar 44 Frankfurt (5.35)

13 May 43 Bochum (5.20) 24 Mar 44 Berlin (6.30)

25 May 43 Dusseldorf (5.05)

29 May 43 Wuppertal (5.40)

 

This officer is an exceptionally keen and capable captain who has completed 39 operational sorties against such heavily defended targets as Berlin, Stuttgart and Mannheim. The work of this officer, both as a Flight Commander and pilot, has been exceptional. He has, at all times, displayed fine qualities of courage, leadership and devotion to duty which have been an inspiration to those serving under his command. Strongly recommended for the award of Bar to Distinguished Flying Cross.

 

MILLWARD, G/C James Bert, DFC (J10225) - Mention in Despatches - Leeming - Award effective 14 June 1945 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 1395/45 dated 31 August 1945.

 

MILLWARD, W/C James Bert, DFC (20414) - Croix de Guerre with Silver Star (France) - Award as per AFRO 485/47 dated 12 September 1947.

 

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MILNE, F/L Alexander Glen (J16623) - 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. Enlisted in Hamilton, Ontario, 10 April 1941. Trained at No.1 ITS (graduated 21 June 1941), No.1 EFTS (graduated 8 August 1941), and No. 5 SFTS (graduated 14 November 1941). DHist file 181.009 D.1636 (RG.24 Vol.20604) has application for Operational Wings dated 14 February 1944. Claimed service with No.38 Squadron in Middle East (September-October 1942), No.69 Squadron in Malta (October 1942 to February 1943). Claimed 38 sorties (315 operational hours) and total flying of 1,100 hours. Shot up twice, slightly injured in a crash landing, and states he was involved in sinking of two ships, probable sinking of one. Posted back to Canada in June 1943.

 

This officer has displayed outstanding keenness and devotion to duty in improving the standard of instructional, instrument and range flying at this Unit. In every flying emergency, he has acted coolly, quickly and correctly.

 

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MILNE, F/L Allen Ritchie (J13337) - Mention in Despatches - No.518 Squadron - Award effective 1 January 1946 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 155/46 dated 15 February 1946. Home in Toronto; enlisted in Vancouver, 20 March 1940. Trained at No.1 ITS (graduated 1 February 1942), No.10 EFTS (graduated 10 April 1942) and No.6 SFTS (graduated 14 August 1942).

 

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MILNE, P/O Gordon Sheppard (J19630) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.106 Squadron - Award effective 9 May 1944 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 1186/44 dated 2 June 1944. Born in Montreal, 1920; home in Edmonton; enlisted in Calgary, 31 October 1941. Trained at No.7 ITS (graduated 24 April 1942), No.15 EFTS (graduated 14 August 1942) and No.12 SFTS (graduated 18 December 1942). Commissioned 1943. Medal presented 17 January 1948.

 

This officer has completed very many sorties, nine of which have been against Berlin. He has displayed great skill, gallantry and determination, qualities which were amply demonstrated on a recent mine-laying mission. In spite of considerable anti-aircraft fire and searchlight activity, Pilot Officer Milne pressed home his attack with great precision. He is a fine leader and a model captain.

 

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MILNE, F/L Leonard Smith (C22109) - Commended for Valuable Services in the Air - No.24 EFTS - Award effective 1 January 1945 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 89/45 dated 19 January 1945. Home in New Westminster; enlisted in Vancouver, 22 June 1940.

 

This officer has carried out the duties of assistant chief flying instructor at this unit since its inception and has at all times displayed extreme devotion to duty. His high regard for the Service and its requirements and the zeal and energy with which he carries out his duties have made a large contribution to the elementary training of aircrew.

 

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MILNE, S/L Roderick Francis (C1596) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.10 (BR) Squadron - Award effective 5 May 1944 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 1133/44 dated 26 May 1944. Governor General's Records (RG.7 Group 26, Volume 57, file 190-I) has citation; notes indicate that as of recommendation he had flown 1,551 hours, 535 on operations (134 sorties).

 

This officer, as second-in-command of a Liberator VLR squadron, has by his example and industry, been largely responsible for the successful formation and operations of his unit. During a recent period of sustained and heavy anti-submarine operations he inspired the officers and men under his jurisdiction by his personal example, ability, and pleasing personality. His wealth of operational experience, both in landplane and flying boat, has made him a most valuable and respected officer.

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MILNER, F/L Allan Ralph (J12764) - Croix de Guerre with Bronze Star (France) - Award as per Canada Gazette dated 20 September 1947 and AFRO 485/47 dated 12 September 1947. Pilot. Home in Vancouver.

 

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MILSON, F/L John McNab (J11571) - Mention in Despatches - No.248 Squadron - Award effective 1 January 1946 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 155/46 dated 15 February 1946. Home in Meadowvale, Ontario; enlisted in Toronto, 3 July 1941. Trained at No.1 ITS (graduated 7 November 1941), No.15 EFTS (graduated 2 January 1942) and No.10 SFTS (graduated 6 May 1942).

 

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MILTON, F/O Douglas (J36372) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.77 Squadron - Award effective 5 July 1945 as per London Gazette dated 20 July 1945 and AFRO 1619/45 dated 19 October 1945. Born 1921 at Regina, Saskatchewan; home there (warehouseman); enlisted there 3 August 1942. Trained at No.2 ITS (graduated 3 April 1943) and No.7 AOS (graduated 1 October 1943). Commissioned 1943. Medal presented in Vancouver, 22 October 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 2/9082 has recommendation dated 8 March 1945 when he had flown 36 sorties (206 hours ten minutes), 24 August 1944 to 7 March 1945.

 

24 Aug 44 Brest (5.25) 12 Dec 44 Essen (5.20)

25 Aug 44 Chapelle Notre 21 Dec 44 GARDENING, Kattegat

Dame (3.40) (5.55)

30 Aug 44 GARDENING, Ile de Re 24 Dec 44 Mulheim (5.00)

(6.45) 14 Jan 45 Dulmen (6.45)

11 Sep 44 Nordstern (4.35) 16 Jan 45 GARDENING, Kattegat

12 Sep 44 Munster (4.25) (6.50)

15 Sep 44 Kiel (5.15) 22 Jan 45 Gelsenkirchen (5.55)

20 Sep 44 Calais (3.55) 28 Jan 45 Stuttgart (6.50)

6 Oct 44 Gladbach (4.40) 13 Feb 45 Bohlen (8.35)

7 Oct 44 Cleve (4.30) 14 Feb 45 GARDENING, Baltic

9 Oct 44 Bochum (5.35) (6.20)

14 Oct 44 Duisburg (3.00) 20 Feb 45 Reisholz (7.35)

28 Oct 44 Walcheren (3.25) 23 Feb 45 Essen (5.45)

30 Oct 44 Cologne (5.35) 24 Feb 45 Kamen (6.20)

31 Oct 44 Cologne (5.10) 27 Feb 45 Mainz (6.35)

2 Nov 44 Dusseldorf (5.25) 2 Mar 45 Cologne (6.05)

6 Nov 44 Gelsenkirchen (4.50) 3 Mar 45 Kamen (6.25)

21 Nov 44 Sterkrade (6.30) 5 Mar 45 Chemnitz (8.35)

5 Dec 44 Soest (6.45) 7 Mar 45 GARDENING, Kiel Bay

6 Dec 44 Osnabruck (6.15) (5.40)

 

This officer navigator has now completed his first tour of operations, having carried out 36 sorties.

 

His consistently high standard of navigation has enabled his crew to obtain the maximum number of successful sorties and the crew's splendid photographic records give ample proof that his timing on targets has been excellent. He has displayed fortitude and calmness during a tour which was by no means free from incident, and his dependability under all circumstances has been most noteworthy.

In recognition of a tour well carried out, pervaded by a fine operational spirit, Flying Officer Milton is strongly recommended for the award of the Distinguished Flying Cross.

 

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MIMS, P/O Clarence Lewis (J85121) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.625 Squadron - Award effective 2 October 1944 as per London Gazette dated 17 October 1944 and AFRO 2637/44 dated 8 December 1944. American in the RCAF; born 1922 in Alexandria, Louisiana; home in Houston, Texas; enlisted in Windsor, Ontario, 25 July 1941. Trained at No.1 ITS (graduated 6 December 1941), No.9 EFTS (graduated 13 February 1942) and No.6 SFTS (graduated 19 June 1942). Commissioned 1941.

 

This officer has completed numerous operational sorties, many of them against heavily defended targets in enemy territory. His determination to reach and bomb his objective has always been evident throughout his career. On one occasion in May 1944 his aircraft was attacked by an enemy fighter after bombing the target and one engine was set on fire. By skilful co-operation with his gunners Pilot Officer Mims manoeuvred the aircraft so that their fire damaged the fighter which was seen diving out of control. He then flew his damaged aircraft safely back to base, making a successful landing on three engines. He has always shown the utmost courage and devotion to duty.

 

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MINARD, S/L Guy McRae (C2114) - Member, Order of the British Empire - No.8 SFTS - Award effective 28 May 1943 as per London Gazette dated 28 May 1943 and AFRO 1459/43 dated 30 July 1943. Born in Ottawa; educated at Lisgar Collegiate and Queens University (B.Sc.). Enlisted in Ottawa, 4 June 1940. Medal presented 20 March 1944.

 

The service of this officer as Chief Technical Officer at this unit covered the period when the station changed from Anson Is to Harvard IIs and thence to Anson IIs. During this period Squadron Leader Minard displayed exceptional professional ability, outstanding leadership and resourcefulness in maintaining, under extremely difficult conditions, a constant supply of aircraft. He has, by his exemplary conduct and devotion to duty, gained the respect and confidence of all personnel serving under him and has been a splendid example to other officers. His efficiency and success in the maintenance of aircraft are exceptional.

 

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MIMEAULT, FS Joseph Maurice Edgar (Can 7642) - Mention in Despatches - No.9426 Servicing Echelon (No.6 Group) - Award effective 8 June 1944 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 1729/44 dated 11 August 1944. Home in St.Isidore, Quebec; enlisted in Quebec City, 23 May 1939. No citation in AFRO, which give unit only as "Overseas". DHist file 181.009 D.1658, "RCAF Linton-on-Ouse, Honours and Awards" (PAC RG.24 Vol.20605) says he was involved in design of rig to flush oil coolers on Hercules XVI engines. Bomber Command Inventions Award tribunal applauded his initiative and awarded him 2 10s (same praise and sum to R133077 LAC C.B. Robertson, who was not further honoured). DHist file 181.009 D.1719 (PAC RG.24 Vol.20606) has recommendation dated 29 January 1944 which identifies unit and provides following from CO, Linton-on-Ouse:

 

This Non-Commissioned Officer has been in the R. and I. [Repair and Inspection ?] Squadron on this unit since 18th June 1943 and has at all times shown outstanding ability, energy and enthusiasm in the carrying out of his duties. For some months now he has, through force of circumstances, been the only Flight Sergeant in R. and I. Squadron and has accordingly been called upon to work long and arduous hours as well as assuming full responsibility for the technical supervision of this most important section. Flight Sergeant Mineault has done this without hesitation; in fact many times he has supervised both the day and night shifts in the hangar during busy periods, thus going without rest for 36 to 48 hours at a time and has refused to take any rest until actually ordered to do so. It is felt that such outstanding devotion to duty and enthusiasm is most deserving of recognition...

 

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MINHINNICK, F/L Stuart Harry (J26761) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.408 Squadron - Award effective 12 January 1945 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 471/45 dated 16 March 1945. Born 1913 in Esterhazy, Saskatchewan; home in Vancouver; enlisted in London, Ontario, 16 March 1942. Trained at No.5 ITS (graduated 24 October 1942), No.20 EFTS (graduated 5 February 1943) and No.16 SFTS (graduated 28 May 1943). Commissioned 1943. Medal delivered by hand, 7 August 1949.

 

One night in September 1944, Flight Lieutenant Minhinnick captained an aircraft detailed to attack Volkel airfield. When crossing the enemy coast the aircraft was damaged by anti-aircraft fire. Although one engine was put out of action, Flight Lieutenant Minhinnick continued to the target and executed a most determined attack. He set a fine example of devotion to duty. Flight Lieutenant Minhinnick has completed many sorties against well defended targets and has invariably displayed a high degree of courage and resolution.

 

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MINNIS, P/O Harvey B. (J16658) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.115 Squadron (dead) - Award effective 25 April 1943 as per London Gazette dated 20 July 1945 and AFRO 1478/45 dated 21 September 1945. Born 1919 in Victoria: home there. Formerly in 5th Coast Brigade and 13th Field Ambulance. Enlisted in Vancouver, 18 June 1941. Trained at No.4 ITS (graduated 3 October 1941), No.18 EFTS (graduated 5 December 1941) and No.15 SFTS (graduated 27 March 1942). Commissioned January 1943. Presented at Government House to next-of-kin, 7 November 1949.

 

Pilot Officer Minnis has attacked many of the enemy's most heavily defended targets including Hamburg, Duisburg, Berlin and Essen. He has always completed his missions with courage and determination. This officer has set an example of the highest order by his skill and courage which have been a source of inspiration to all.

 

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MINOGUE, WO James Steel (R69302) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.156 Squadron - Award effective 19 June 1944 as per London Gazette dated 27 June 1944 and AFRO 1861/44 dated 25 August 1944. Born in Cumberland, Ontario, 18 July 1916; home in Ingersoll (miner); enlisted in North Bay, 9 December 1940. Trained at No.3 BGS (graduated 25 September 1942). Posted overseas March 1942; attached to RAF, October 1942; repatriated 31 March 1945. Released 10 August 1945. No citation other than "completed...many successful operations against the enemy in which [he has] displayed high skill, fortitude and devotion to duty." Public Records Office Air 2/8780 has recommendation dated 20 March 1944 when he had flown 32 sorties (219 hours).

 

16 June 43 Cologne 29 Sept 43 Bochum

22 June 43 Mulheim 1 Oct 43 Hagen

24 June 43 Elberfeld 2 Oct 43 Munich

25 June 43 Gelsenkirchen 10 Nov 43 Modane

8 July 43 Cologne 18 Nov 43 Berlin

9 July 43 Gelsenkirchen 23 Nov 43 Berlin

25 July 43 Essen 5 Jan 44 Stettin

29 July 43 Hamburg 14 Jan 44 Brunswick

2 Aug 43 Hamburg 20 Jan 44 Berlin

7 Aug 43 Genoa 21 Jan 44 Magdeburg

9 Aug 43 Mannheim 15 Feb 44 Frankfurt-on-Oder

15 Aug 43 Milan 19 Feb 44 Leipzig

17 Aug 43 Peenemunde 20 Feb 44 Stuttgart

23 Aug 43 Berlin 24 Feb 44 Schweinfurt

30 Aug 43 Munchen-Gladbach 25 Feb 44 Augsburg

22 Sept 43 Hanover 1 Mar 44 Stuttgart

 

Warrant Officer Minogue has completed 32 operational sorties, fourteen of which have been with the Pathfinder Force against heavily defended targets in Germany and Italy.

 

This Non-Commissioned Officer is a keen and determined Air Gunner who has always displayed tenacity and great coolness in the face of enemy opposition. He has always shown a marked enthusiasm for operations, and it may be mentioned that he was one of four survivors when his aircraft crashed in this country in November 1943 when returning from Berlin. After he had recovered from his severe injuries he carried on operational flying and elected to continue for the full Pathfinder Force tour. He has always shown a high example in tenacity and devotion to duty and I have no hesitation in recommending him for the award of the Distinguished Flying Cross.

 

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MINTER, Corporal Harry Glen (R143231) - British Empire Medal - Middleton St.George - Award effective 1 January 1946 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 155/46 dated 15 February 1946. Home in Chilliwack, British Columbia; enlisted in Vancouver, 27 November 1941. Medal presented in Chilliwack, 15 May 1948. AFRO gives "Overseas" as unit. DHist file 181.009 D.4364 (RG.24 Vol.20648) has recommendation dated 23 May 1945 which also identifies unit. Clerk/Administrative, in charge of Maintenance Wing Orderly Room. Recommended as a Leading Aircraftman.

 

LAC Minter has an outstanding record of unflagging zeal and devotion to duty in the execution of his office. He has been in charge of the Maintenance Wing Orderly Room at this unit for the past two years and has attained a mastery of the vast amount of technical data involved that is unexcelled. His efforts during periods of maximum operational pressure and conversion to new types of aircraft have been superb. On more than one occasion, due to rapid changes of personnel in his department, he has carried virtually the whole burden himself, working day and night to maintain efficiency. Without regard to personal advancement or gain, LAC Minter has devoted himself to his work with a cheerfulness and tenacity of purpose which has been a real inspiration to all associated with him and a major factor in the high maintenance record of this unit.

 

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MINTON, F/L Francis Arthur (C7713) - Member, Order of the British Empire - No.127 Wing (AFRO gives unit only as "Overseas") - Award effective 1 January 1946 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 155/46 dated 15 February 1946. Home in Sylvan Lake, Alberta. Born 13 July 1905 in London, England; enlisted in RCAF, 19 November 1923 as electrician and repairman and posted to RCAF Station Winnipeg; transferred to new RCAF, 1 April 1924; discharged 30 June 1924. Employed by Winnipeg Board of Trade, 1924-1929 (office work), Sollway Mills, 1929 (clerk), City Dairy Limited, 1929-36 (cashier and bookkeeper), Edmonton City Dairy, 1936-41 (purchasing agent). Served in 19th Alberta Dragoons, 11 July 1940 to 3 October 1941. Enlisted in Edmonton, 4 October 1941 and commissioned; promoted Flying Officer, 1 November 1941; promoted Flight Lieutenant, 1 May 1943. Station Trenton, 4 October to 2 November 1941; No.3 Manning Depot, Edmonton, 3 November 1941 to 6 October 1942 when posted overseas; arrived at No.3 Personnel Reception Centre, Bournemouth, 25 October 1942; to No.421 Squadron, 10 December 1942; to No.126 Airfield, 9 April 1942; to No.127 Airfield, 14 July 1943; to No.39 Unit, 28 July 1943; to No.128 Airfield, 21 September 1943; to No.144 Airfield, 7 February 1944; to No.416 Squadron, 22 July 1944; to No.127 Wing, 3 January 1945; repatriated to Canada, 8 August 1945; released in Edmonton, 4 October 1945. Medal presented 17 January 1948. Died in Winnipeg, 7 July 1973.

 

His overseas postings were in the Intelligence role, and while no specific recommendation for his award can be found, the following assessments by his superiors are relevant:

 

Very keen on his job. Gets along well with the pilots (W/C J.M. Godfrey, No.128 Airfield, 7 February 1944).

 

A very had working and conscientious officer. He puts considerable energy into his work but could do better with a little more organizing ability. Has carried out his duties as Senior Intelligence Officer, No.144 Wing in a satisfactory manner (W/C A.D. Nesbitt, No.144 Wing, 27 July 1944).

 

A very good officer who has performed his duties as S.I.O. [Senior Intelligence Officer] efficiently and conscientiously. Full of energy, he works hard and sets a good example to those under him (G/C P.S. Turner, No.127 Wing, 28 July 1945)

 

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MIRABELLI, S/L Joseph Carmel John Baptist (C1575) - Commended for Valuable Services in the Air - Central Flying School - Award effective 16 April 1943 as per London Gazette of 13 April 1943 and AFRO 1035/43 dated 4 June 1943. Born in Quebec City. Educated in Ottawa. Enlisted at Ottawa, 30 September 1927; flew on photo duties and on Preventative Coastal Patrols until 1935. In 1936 he was selected for pilot training as an NCO. Commissioned at Camp Borden, 15 November 1939; remained in postwar RCAF. Awarded Queen's Coronation Medal, 23 October 1953 while a Wing Commander, Maritime Air Command. Governor General's Records (RG.7 Group 26, Volume 57, File 190-I) has citation.

 

Squadron Leader Mirabelli has been continuously employed on flying training for five years during which time he has shown marked ability as a Flying Instructor. By his unfailing devotion to duty and enthusiasm he sets an example to all with whom he comes in contact. His total flying time of 2,555 hours, a goodly portion of which was logged since November 1937, covers a period of seven years.

 

 

MIRABELLI, W/C Joseph Carmel (C1575) - Air Force Cross - No.17 SFTS - Award effective 8 June 1944 as per Canada Gazette of that date and AFRO 1380/44 dated 30 June 1944. Described as having flown 2,645 hours, 2,395 hours as instructor, 34 hours in past six months. Recommendation submitted by Air Commodore F.S. McGill, OC Station Trenton, when Mirabelli was still on staff of Central Flying School. Medal presented 9 March 1945.

 

This officer has had a long and distinguished career as a flying instructor. He has at all times displayed a keen and energetic spirit in his work. His exceptional qualities of leadership and his ability as a pilot and instructor have been reflected in the high standard of training achieved by those under his command.

 

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MIRON, F/O Wilfred Arthur James (J17883) - Air Medal and Four Oak Leaf Clusters (United States) - Overseas - Award effective 20 June 1944 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 1861/44 dated 25 August 1944. Home in Toronto; enlisted there 20 November 1940. Trained at No.3 BGS (graduated 13 October 1941) and No.2 WS (graduated 14 September 1941). Public Records Office Air 2/9599 has citation from General Order No.31, HQ US Army Air Forces in the Middle East, 28 April 1944.

 

For meritorious achievement while participating in aerial flights against the enemy while on duty with the Ninth United States Air Force in the Middle East...he having participated in ten operational missions, each of less than 2 1/2 hours duration."

 

Same order awards the first Oak Leaf Cluster for "...having participated in four operational missions, each of 2 1/2 hours or more duration, and two operational missions, each of less than 2 1/2 hours duration."

 

Same order awards the second Oak Leaf Cluster for "...having participated in five operational missions, each of 2 1/2 hours or more duration."

 

Same order awards third Oak Leaf Cluster for "...having participated in four operational missions, each of 2 1/2 hours or more duration, and two operational missions, each of less than 2 1/2 hours duration."

 

Same order awards fourth Oak Leaf Cluster for "...having participated in four operational missions, each of 2 1/2 hours or more duration, and two operational missions, each of less than 2 1/2 hours duration."

 

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MISKIMAN, F/O Harold Edward (J19625) - 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 Vancouver; enlisted there 29 September 1941. Trained at No.4 ITS (graduated 13 March 1942), No.10 EFTS (graduated 22 May 1942) and No.4 SFTS (graduated 11 September 1942). Certificate sent 10 August 1948.

 

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MITCHELL, F/O Alfred Duncan (J45535) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.142 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 Montreal; home in Outremont (machine shop fitter). Formerly in RCNVR. Enlisted in Montreal, 9 March 1942. Trained at No.6 ITS (graduated 10 October 1942), No.1 BGS (graduated 6 March 1943) and No.1 AOS (graduated 30 April 1943). Commissioned May 1944. Medal presented in Montreal, 25 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 2/8750 has recommendation dated 20 April 1945 when he had flown 41 sorties (184 operational hours), 1 December 1944 to 18 April 1945.

 

1 Dec 44 Karlsruhe 21 Feb 45 Berlin

2 Dec 44 Giessen 23 Feb 45 Frankfurt

4 Dec 44 Hagen 24 Feb 45 Berlin

6 Dec 44 Berlin 25 Feb 45 Erfurt

9 Dec 44 Berlin 27 Feb 45 Berlin

11 Dec 44 Duisburg 1 Mar 45 Berlin

17 Dec 44 Hanau 13 Mar 45 Berlin

28 Dec 44 Frankfurt 15 Mar 45 Mannheim

29 Dec 44 Troisdorf 17 Mar 45 Berlin

2 Jan 45 Berlin 19 Mar 45 Berlin

5 Jan 45 Berlin 21 Mar 45 Berlin

22 Jan 45 Hanover 22 Mar 45 Berlin

28 Jan 45 Stuttgart 27 Mar 45 Berlin

1 Feb 45 Berlin 3 Apr 45 Berlin

2 Feb 45 Magdeburg 4 Apr 45 Lutzkendorf

3 Feb 45 Wiesbaden 8 Apr 45 Dessau

4 Feb 45 Hanover 11 Apr 45 Berlin

7 Feb 45 Dusseldorf 13 Apr 45 Hamburg

13 Feb 45 Magdeburg 14 Apr 45 Berlin

14 Feb 45 Duisburg 16 Apr 45 Berlin

20 Feb 45 Berlin 18 Apr 45 Schleissheim airfield

 

This navigator has completed 41 operational sorties against German targets, many of which have been heavily defended. His efficiency and determination throughout has been exemplary and he has done his utmost to ensure the success of all operations in which he has participated. The award to this officer of the Distinguished Flying Cross is strongly recommended.

 

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MITCHELL, F/L Alvin Wesley (C1581) - Air Force Cross - No.4 Squadron (Canada) - Award effective 1 January 1943 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 55/43 dated 15 January 1943. Born in Victoria, B.C., 26 December 1912. Home in Vancouver; enlisted in North Sydney, Nova Scotia. Medal presented by Governor General, 16 April 1943.

 

Flight Lieutenant Mitchell is employed as an operational pilot and has flown a total of 801 hours during the past year. He is an excellent pilot and particularly keen officer and good organizer. He takes great interest in improving the efficiency of the squadron both in ground and air training. His enthusiasm for and devotion to duty whilst flying is exceptional.

 

NOTE: DHist file 181.009 D.1753, National Archives of Canada RG.24 Vol.20609 has recommendation for a Mention in Despatches dated 31 May 1943 which casts further light on his career. At the time he was on strength of RCAF Station Ucluelet and specifically singled out as "First pilot, RCAF Canso 9752". He had by then flown 1,673 hours 30 minutes (195 hours 45 minutes since 1 January 1943) including 77 hours 35 minutes of instructional time. He had flown three operational sorties (14 hours 40 minutes) and had participated in 26 flights ferrying the servicing crews of No.14 (F) Squadron to the Aleutians. He was also described as having flown 225 hours five minutes in the period 1 July 1942 to 31 December 1942, including 51 hours 25 minutes instructing and 124 hours on 13 operational sorties. The text was as follows:

 

This officer displayed outstanding skill, endurance and devotion to duty during the period February 11th-March 18th, 1943 while acting as first pilot of an aircraft assigned as safety aircraft accompanying a fighter squadron on a flight of approximately 2,600 miles in winter weather conditions which were usually arduous and frequently hazardous. The safe arrival in the Aleutian Islands of all aircraft of the fighter squadron was due in considerable measure to the action of this officer.

 

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MITCHELL, Sergeant Banks Earle (R80314) - Distinguished Flying Medal - No.58 Squadron - Award effective 1 September 1943 as per London Gazette dated 24 September 1943 and AFRO 2322/43 dated 12 November 1943. Born in Saskatchewan, 1917; home in Winnipeg (auto finisher); enlisted there 20 November 1940. Trained at No.3 BGS (graduated 13 October 1941) and No.2 WS (graduated 14 September 1941). Cited with F/L G.A. Sawtell (RAF, trained in Canada).

 

Flight Lieutenant Sawtell and Sergeant Mitchell were pilot and rear gunner respectively of an aircraft detailed for a sortie in July 1943. During the flight a U-Boat was observed on the surface of the sea and Flight Lieutenant Sawtell immediately went into the attack. Considerable anti-aircraft fire was encountered but by skilful manoeuvering he enabled his gunners to rake the U-Boat deck with machine gun fire. The enemy gun crews were put out of action and Flight Lieutenant Sawtell flew into close range to deliver a devastating attack. This officer displayed great skill and determination while the efforts of Sergeant Mitchell contributed materially to the success of the attack.

 

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MITCHELL, F/L Charles George (J20407) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.35 Squadron - Award effective 10 May 1945 as per London Gazette dated 22 May 1945 and AFRO 1147/45 dated 13 July 1945. Born 1912 in Lloydminster, Alberta; home in Edmonton or Victoria; educated at Vermillion School of Agriculture. Farmer. Enlisted in Edmonton, 19 January 1942. Trained at No.4 ITS (graduated 3 July 1942) and No.2 AOS (graduated 23 October 1942). Commissioned 1942. Medal presented by Governor General, 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". Public Records Office Air 2/9070 has recommendation dated 18 February 1945 when he had flown 41 sorties (172 operational hours), 25 August 1944 to 8 February 1945.

 

25 Aug 44 Brest 2 Nov 44 Dusseldorf

25 Aug 44 Brest 4 Nov 44 Bochum

26 Aug 44 Kiel 6 Nov 44 Gelsenkirchen

31 Aug 44 Pourchintz 16 Nov 44 Duren

3 Sept 44 Gelze-Rijin 18 Nov 44 Wanne Eickel

5 Sept 44 Le Havre 21 Nov 44 Sterkrade

6 Sept 44 Le Havre 27 Nov 44 Frieburg

8 Sept 44 Le Havre 29 Nov 44 Dortmund

9 Sept 44 Le Havre 4 Dec 44 Urst

10 Sep 44 Le Havre 18 Dec 44 Duisburg

11 Sep 44 Le Havre 24 Dec 44 Cologne

12 Sep 44 Dortmund 27 Dec 44 Ryhdt

15 Sep 44 Kiel 5 Jan 45 Hanover

17 Sep 44 Boulogne 6 Jan 45 Hanau

26 Sep 44 Calais 7 Jan 45 Munich

27 Sep 44 Calais 14 Jan 45 Merseburg Leuna

6 Oct 44 Dortmund 16 Jan 45 Zeitz

14 Oct 44 Duisburg 1 Feb 45 Mainz

19 Oct 44 Stuttgart 7 Feb 45 Goch

23 Oct 44 Essen 8 Feb 45 Politz

28 Oct 44 Cologne

 

Flight Lieutenant Mitchell is an operator of special equipment who has taken part in a number of operations in a Master Bomber and visual marker crew. The enthusiasm and high sense of duty displayed by this officer has contributed largely to the great success which has attended his crew.

 

Flight Lieutenant Mitchell still shows the most praiseworthy keenness to proceed on operations whenever possible, and his determination to press home his attacks is undiminished. In recognition of this officer's fine record of devotion to duty he is recommended for the non-immediate award of the Distinguished Flying Cross.

 

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MITCHELL, F/L Charles Joseph (C7112) - Member, Order of the British Empire - No.2 SFTS - Award effective as of 1 January 1945 as per London Gazette of that date, Canada Gazette dated 6 January 1945 and AFRO 89/45 dated 19 January 1945. Home in Kirkfield, Ontario; enlisted in Toronto, 3 September 1941. Medal presented 17 June 1945.

 

This officer has been in charge of aerodrome control at this unit for the past three years, which duties, through both trying and exacting, he has discharged with the utmost efficiency. He has successfully trained a number of officers in this branch. He has always displayed a high degree of initiative and forethought which, on several occasions, has directly has directly saved many aircraft and the lives of their crews. This officer has the complete confidence of all flying personnel on the station and has been an outstanding inspiration to all.

 

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MITCHELL, FS (now P/O) Donald Talbert (R155869/J89204) - Distinguished Flying Medal - No.426 Squadron - Award effective 4 November 1944 as per London Gazette dated 17 November 1944 and AFRO 239/45 dated 9 February 1945. Born 1917 in Conquest, Saskatchewan; home in Tyvan Lake, Saskatchewan; served in Army before joining RCAF (enlisted in Regina, 27 March 1942). Trained at No.2 ITS (graduated 10 October 1942), No.5 BGS (graduated 14 May 1943) and No.1 CNS (graduated 26 April 1943). Commissioned 1944. Joined No.426 Squadron, March 1944; Bomb Aimer to Flight Sergeant R.F. Sellen. Incident described was on 20 April 1944. Posted from No.426 Squadron to No.1659 Conversion Unit, 31 August 1944. DHist file 181.009 D.4431 (RG.24 Vol.20649) has recommendation dated 18 August 1944 when he had flown 32 sorties (151 hours 30 minutes), 25 March to 15 August 1944.

 

Flight Sergeant Mitchell has attacked, with the highest degree of accuracy, numerous targets in Germany and occupied countries. On one occasion in April 1944, in spite of an attack by a Junkers 88 are fire which had broken out in his aircraft, this airman continued to give directions to the pilot. On this bombing run his exceptional display of coolness and tenacity of purpose was largely responsible for the complete success of the mission.

 

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MITCHELL, W/C Eric Martin (C175) - Distinguished Flying Cross - Station Croft - Award effective 5 April 1945 as per London Gazette dated 13 April 1945 and AFRO 824/45 dated 18 May 1945. Born 1912 in Halifax; home in Ottawa. Educated at Nova Scotia Tech and Acadia University (member, COTC). Enlisted as a Provisional Pilot Officer, 13 June 1935; qualified for wings, 26 May 1936. Remained in postwar RCAF, rising to Group Captain by 1957 (Commanding Officer, Station Goose Bay, July 1955 to July 1957). 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." DHist file 181.009 D.1634 (RG.24 Vol.20604) has recommendation by G/C R.S. Turnbull, commanding No.64 Base, not dated but sent to AOC No.6 Group on 25 January 1945, at which time Mitchell had flown 27 operational sorties (161 hours 40 minutes), 12 June 1944 to 16 January 1945.

 

During this officer's service career he has proven himself to be a fearless and courageous leader, and at all times has shown outstanding ability in all his work.

 

Since his commencement of operations, this officer has displayed determination, fortitude and exceptional tactical ability. Such targets as Hanau, Merseberg, Zeitz, [and] Ludwigshaven have been attacked with outstanding skill and precision, setting an inspiring example to all his squadron. Under his keen and capable guidance his unit has been welded into a strong and determined bomber force.

 

RESEARCHER'S NOTE: The following is added to a pencil draft of the citation but not to a typed draft:

 

For his superb captaincy and airmanship, his undoubted courage and devotion to duty and his magnificent leadership of his squadron I recommend the immediate award of the Distinguished Flying Cross.

 

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MITCHELL, Sergeant (now F/O) Francis Edward (R75687/J18410) - Distinguished Flying Medal - No.15 Squadron - Award effective 12 January 1943 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 239/45 dated 9 February 1943. Born in Letterville, Quebec, 1920; home in Brantford, Ontario (salesman); enlisted in Hamilton, 25 October 1940. Trained at No.1 WS (graduated 9 December 1940) and No.4 BGS (graduated 23 June 1941). Medal presented at Buckingham Palace, 20 July 1943.

 

This airman was awarded the Distinguished Flying Medal in recognition of gallantry and devotion to duty in the execution of air operations.

 

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MITCHELL, Sergeant George Eric (R74313) - Distinguished Flying Medal - No.7 Squadron - Award effective 25 July 1941 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 1292/41 dated 7 November 1941. American in the RCAF; born in Paris; home in Diamond Springs, California. Enlisted in Ottawa, 21 October 1940. Graduated from No.1 BGS, 15 March 1941. First sortie was 26 June 1941 (Stirling N3663) raiding Kiel. On 29 June was raiding Bremerhaven when Bf.110 engaged 20 miles northwest of Texel; enemy aircraft probably destroyed. Other raids included 10 October 1941 (Cologne, aircraft hit by flak), 13 October 1941 (Dusseldorf, aircraft hit by flak again), 24 November 1941 (shipping south of Borkum when aircraft attacked by Bf.109s, one shot down in flames and another damaged), 18 December 1941 (cruisers in Brest in daylight, bombed in a dive, aircraft hit by flak and then engaged by enemy aircraft; Mitchell shot down one that was seen to crash). Medal presented at Buckingham Palace, 4 November 1941; the first BCATP graduate decorated. Killed in action, 6 April 1942 while serving in No.75 Squadron (RNZAF).

 

One night in June 1941, this airman was the rear gunner of an aircraft which was detailed to attack Hamburg. On the return journey an attack was made by a Messerschmitt 110. Despite an intense concentration of cannon and machine gun fire from the attacker, Sergeant Mitchell withheld his fire until the enemy came within close range. He then fired a burst of 600 rounds at the enemy aircraft which broke away with its port engine aglow. It was subsequently confirmed that this aircraft was destroyed. Sergeant Mitchell displayed great courage and determination and set an excellent example.

 

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MITCHELL, P/O Harold Wallace (J18923) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.429 Squadron - Award effective 5 December 1943 as per London Gazette dated 17 December 1943 and AFRO 297/44 dated 11 February 1944. Born in South Devon, New Brunswick, 1922; home in Fredericton enlisted there 13 September 1941. Trained at No.3 ITS (graduated 14 March 1942), No.17 EFTS (graduated 23 May 1942) and No.8 SFTS (graduated 11 September 1942). Commissioned 1943. Presented at Buckingham Palace 11 August 1944. Killed in flying operations in Canada, 31 December 1954 when a Flight Lieutenant (with S/L A. MacMillan).

 

This officer piloted an aircraft which attacked Stuttgart. When more than one hundred miles from the target, one of the bomber's engines became unserviceable. Pilot Officer Mitchell continued to the target, however, and despite heavy fire from the ground defences, pressed home his attack. Afterwards, flying the aircraft safely to base, he displayed great skill, determination and devotion to duty.

 

 

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MITCHELL, P/O Jack Eldin (J86237) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.433 Squadron - Award effective 15 September 1944 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 2274/44 dated 20 October 1944. Born in Saskatchewan, 1922; home in Saskatoon (mechanic); enlisted there 19 November 1941. Trained at No.6 ITS (graduated 5 June 1942), No.20 EFTS (graduated 28 August 1942) and No.10 SFTS (graduated 18 December 1942). Commissioned 1944. Medal presented 18 June 1949.

 

Pilot Officer Mitchell has completed many sorties over enemy territory including attacks against some of the most heavily defended areas in Germany. On one occasion when attacking Berlin his aircraft was attacked by a Junkers 88 and sustained much damage. One of the petrol tanks was pierced and much of the contents were lost. Nevertheless, Pilot Officer Mitchell pressed home his attack. En route for home one engine became useless. Pilot Officer Mitchell held resolutely to his course but, when nearing the English coast, the petrol supply became exhausted and he was compelled to give the order to leave the aircraft by parachute. In the face of great difficulty this officer displayed exceptional determination and devotion to duty.

 

NOTE: DHist file 181.009 (D.2611), in National Archives of Canada RG.24 Volume 20627 has a detailed recommendation drafted by W/C A.J. Lewington about 19 July 1944 when he had flown 35 sorties (204 hours 45 minutes). Text as follows:

 

This officer has completed a record of 36 complete sorties over enemy territory which includes attacks on the most heavily defended areas in Germany such as four trips to Berlin, Leipzig, Essen and Stuttgart. On one occasion when detailed to attack Berlin, the aircraft in which Pilot Officer Mitchell was flying was attacked by a Ju.88 from below and dead astern. Severe damage was done to the fuselage, port wing and starboard rudder which became unserviceable. Also the starboard petrol tank was holed and a heavy loss of petrol was thereby suffered. Despite this, Pilot Officer Mitchell pressed home his attack with the utmost determination and bombed the target. On the return trip whilst ten miles off Flamboro the starboard inner engine cut and the petrol guages read zero. The crew were unable to get any response on "Darky" and finally, due to lack of petrol, Pilot Officer Mitchell gave the order to abandon aircraft. All members of the crew safely took to their parachutes with the exception of the rear gunner whose chute fouled in the tailplane.

 

This officer's dogged determination, skill and devotion to duty in my opinion fully merits the award of the Distinguished Flying Cross (Immediate).

 

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MITCHELL, F/L James David (J9158) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.627 Squadron - Award effective 6 January 1945 as per London Gazette dated 16 January 1945 and AFRO 508/45 dated 23 March 1945. Born 1919 in Montreal; home there. Educated at McGill University (member, COTC); enlisted in Montreal, 29 October 1940. Trained at No.1 ITS (graduated 14 Match 1941), No.3 AOS (graduated 14 September 1941), No.2 BGS (graduated 27 October 1941) and No.1 ANS (graduated 24 November 1941). Commissioned 1941. Medal presented 22 May 1946. No citation other than "completed...numerous operations against the enemy in the course of which [he has] invariably displayed the utmost fortitude, courage and devotion to duty." Public Records Office Air 2/9038 has recommendation dated 12 October 1944 when he had flown 67 sorties (283 hours 30 minutes):

 

* Marking sortie

 

9 Mar 42 Le Havre (3.20) 1 Mar 44 Munich (4.40)

11 May 42 Mainz (5.15) 6 Mar 44 Kiel (3.55)

9 Nov 42 Hamburg (6.20) 11 Mar 44 Hamburg (3.50)

20 Nov 42 Turin (8.00) 22 Mar 44 Frankfurt (3.45)

22 Nov 42 Stuttgart (8.10) 4 Apr 44 Cologne (2.40)

9 Dec 42 Turin (8.15) 6 Apr 44 Hamburg (3.55)

11 Dec 42 Turin (6.00) 9 Apr 44 Mannheim (3.25)

20 Dec 42 Duisburg (4.15) 10 Apr 44 Hanover (3.25)

21 Dec 44 Munich (8.45) 12 Apr 44 Osnabruck (3.05)

2 Feb 43 Cologne (4.00) 13 Apr 44 Berlin (4.10)

3 Feb 43 Hamburg (5.10) 24 Apr 44 Munich (4.45)

4 Feb 43 Turin (7.10) 7 May 44 Tours (3.30)

7 Feb 43 Lorient (4.10) 8 May 44 Brest (3.20)

11 Feb 43 Wilhelmshaven (4.30) 10 May 44 Lille (2.35)

13 Feb 43 Lorient (4.40) 19 May 44 Amiens (2.45)

16 Feb 43 Lorient (4.10) 22 May 44 Brunswick (3.40)

19 Feb 43 Wilhelmshaven (4.20) 24 May 44 Antwerp (2.10)

24 Feb 43 Wilhelmshaven (4.30) 28 May 44 St.Martin de

8 Mar 43 Nuremburg (7.20) Verreville (2.50)

22 Mar 43 St.Nazaire (4.45) 31 May 44 Saumur (3.30)

27 Mar 43 Berlin (7.10) 1 June 44 Saumur (3.25)

29 Mar 43 Berlin (7.30) 5 June 44 Lapernelle (2.55)

4 Apr 43 Kiel (5.10) 21 Jun 44 Wesseling (2.35)

24 Jun 44 Pommeroval (2.20)

2nd Tour 4 July 44 St.Leu d'Esserant

(2.30)

29 Dec 43 Duisburg (2.30) 7 July 44 St.Leu d'Esserant

2 Jan 44 Berlin (4.15) (2.45)

4 Jan 44 Berlin (2.35) 10 Aug 44 Bordeaux (4.25)*

6 Jan 44 Duisburg (2.20) 18 Aug 44 L'isle Adam (2.45)*

21 Jan 44 Berlin (4.30) 31 Aug 44 Auchy-les-Hesdin (3.00)

5 Feb 44 Berlin (4.40) 11 Sep 44 Darmstadt (3.55)*

8 Feb 44 Brunswick (3.20) 12 Sep 44 Stuttgart (4.25)*

11 Feb 44 Brunswick (4.05) 18 Sep 44 Bremerhaven (3.20)*

19 Feb 44 Leipzig (4.30) 19 Sep 44 Munchen-Gladbach

23 Feb 44 Dusseldorf (3.00) (3.05)*

25 Feb 44 Augsburg (4.20) 23 Sep 44 Munster (3.10)*

 

Flight Lieutenant Mitchell has completed a total of 67 operational sorties many of which have been against the most heavily defended targets in Germany including Berlin, Hanover and the Ruhr area. He began his operational career in August 1942 and except for a short rest in the following year, he has operated continuously since that date. His first tour was completed in the Pathfinder Force and during the first part of his second tour he operated as navigator in a Mosquito squadron employed on high level bombing attacks against heavily defended objectives in Germany.

 

This officer has recently been employed as navigator in the Initial Marker Force of No.5 Group. His accurate navigation, and the assistance he has given in the target areas have been of the greatest help to his captain. He has taken part in the recent successful attacks against Darmstadt, Stuttgart, Bremerhaven and Munster (Dortmund-Ems Canal). All of these targets were attacked from a low altitude and in the face of heavy opposition. He has always given his captain the greatest help in identifying the targets and by guiding him accurately during the bombing run on to the marking points.

 

Flight Lieutenant Mitchell has just completed a long and successful tour of operations. His calmness under fire,determination and devotion to duty have been a high example to the squadron. I therefore recommend him for the award of the Distinguished Flying Cross.

 

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MITCHELL, F/L James Fairservice Runciman (J3496) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.148 Squadron - Award effective 17 August 1944 as per London Gazette dated 25 August 1944 and AFRO 2231/44 dated 13 October 1944. Born in Glasgow, Scotland, 1916; home in Toronto; enlisted in Rivers, Manitoba. Trained at No.1 ITS (graduated 26 July 1940), No.2 AOS (graduated 26 October 1940), No.2 BGS (graduated 9 December 1940) and No.1 ANS (graduated 6 January 1941). Commissioned 1941. Medal presented 1 December 1948.

 

This officer's skill, courage and devotion to duty as a navigator have contributed much to the success achieved by an outstanding crew. His navigation has always been accurate and painstaking. As squadron navigation officer he has done exceptionally good work and set a high example of efficiency both in the air and on the ground.

 

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MITCHELL, F/L James Frederick (J4101) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.9 Squadron - Award effective 11 April 1944 as per London Gazette dated 21 April 1944 and AFRO 1075/44 dated 19 May 1944. Born in Toronto, April 1916. Enlisted in Toronto, 1 July 1940. Trained at No.2 ITS (graduated 30 September 1940), No.5 EFTS (graduated 28 November 1940) and No.3 SFTS (graduated 14 February 1941). Posted overseas in 1942. DFC and Bar presented at Buckingham Palace, 29 June 1945. Attended RAF Staff College before returning to Canada in 1946. Served two years as Secretary to Chief of Air Staff. Appointed Officer Commanding, No.105 Communications Flight (Edmonton) and awarded AFC. To SHAPE, Paris, late 1951. Appointed to directing staff, RCAF Staff College, 1954. In July 1957 he was appointed Commanding Officer, No.408 Squadron. Promoted to Group Captain one year later and made CO, Station Winnipeg. In August 1962 to attend National Defence College, Kingston. No citation other than "...completed...many successful operations against the enemy in which [he has] displayed high skill, fortitude and devotion to duty."

MITCHELL, S/L James Frederick, DFC (J4101) - Bar to Distinguished Flying Cross - No.83 Squadron - Award effective 1 September 1944 as per London Gazette dated 15 September 1944 and AFRO 2373/44 dated 3 November 1944.

Since the award of the Distinguished Flying Cross this officer has participated in many further attacks on enemy targets in Western Germany and occupied territory. He has always been a cool and courageous captain. As deputy flight commander he has set a sterling example to all in the squadron.

 

NOTE: Public Records Office Air 2/9276 has recommendation dated 13 June 1944 when he had flown 49 sorties (293 hours 30 minutes). Of these, 14 sorties (74 hours 35 minutes) had been since previous award.

 

3 May 43 Nickel Raid 14 Jan 44 Brunswick

3 July 43 Cologne 21 Jan 44 Magdeburg

24 July 43 Hamburg 27 Jan 44 Berlin

25 July 43 Hamburg 28 Jan 44 Berlin

27 July 43 Essen 15 Feb 44 Berlin

30 July 43 Hamburg 19 Feb 44 Leipzig

1 Aug 43 Hamburg 20 Feb 44 Stuttgart

15 Aug 43 Milan 24 Feb 44 Schweinfurt

23 Aug 43 Berlin 25 Feb 44 Augsburg

30 Aug 43 Gladbach 30 Mar 44 Nuremburg

3 Sept 43 Berlin 20 Apr 44 Paris

6 Sept 43 Munich 22 Apr 44 Brunswick

22 Sept 43 Hanover 26 Apr 44 Schweinfurt

23 Sept 43 Mannheim 28 Apr 44 Bordeaux

27 Sept 43 Hanover 1 May 44 Tours

29 Sept 43 Bochum 7 May 44 Lanveon

2 Oct 43 Munich 11 May 44 Bourg

3 Oct 43 Kassel 24 May 44 Antwerp

18 Oct 43 Hanover 27 May 44 Cherbourg

20 Oct 43 Leipzig 28 May 44 St.Martin-de-Varreville

10 Nov 43 Modane 1 June 44 Saumur

18 Nov 43 Berlin 5 June 44 La Penelle

3 Dec 43 Leipzig 6 June 44 Caen

16 Dec 43 Berlin 8 June 44 Avranches

20 Dec 43 Frankfurt

 

Since being awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross this officer has participated in further numerous attacks on enemy targets in Western Germany and Occupied territory with outstanding success. On several occasions, when deputizing as Controller, he has shown complete disregard of personal danger and stayed over the target throughout raids, making his own accurate bombing run only after the other aircraft had left the area. He is a cool and courageous captain of aircraft who maintains a high standard of efficiency in his crew and shows the utmost keenness and enthusiasm for participating in operations.

 

As Deputy Flight Commander he has set a sterling example, both in his work in the air and on the ground. For his courage and devotion to duty he is strongly recommended for the award of a Bar to his Distinguished Flying Cross.

 

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MITCHELL, F/L John Maxfield (J18424) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.405 Squadron (deceased) - Award effective 24 May 1944 as per London Gazette dated 2 June 1944 and AFRO 1444/44 dated 7 July 1944. Born in Biggar, Saskatchewan, 1916; home there; enlisted in Toronto, 10 November 1941. Trained at No.5 ITS (graduated 6 June 1942) and No.3 AOS (graduated 9 October 1942). Commissioned 1943. No citation other than "completed...many successful operations against the enemy in which [he has] displayed high skill, fortitude and devotion to duty". Killed in action 6/7 May 1944 (Lancaster ND617); name on Runnymede Memorial. Medal presented to next-of-kin, 2 December 1946. Public Records Office Air 2/9149 has recommendation dated 23 February 1944 when he had completed 35 sorties (224 hours 55 minutes), 16 May 1943 to 19 February 1944 as follows:

 

16 May 43 GARDENING (4.20) 9 Oct 43 Hannover (5.10)

21 May 43 GARDENING (4.10) 18 Oct 43 Hannover (5.20)

23 May 43 Dortmund (5.15) 3 Nov 43 Cologne (4.15)

3 July 43 Cologne (6.40) 10 Nov 43 Modane (7.30)

9 July 43 Gelsenkirchen (6.30) 22 Nov 43 Berlin (6.40)

13 Jul 43 Aachen (6.00) 23 Nov 43 Berlin (6.35)

25 Jul 43 Essen (5.20) 26 Nov 43 Berlin (6.45)

27 Jul 43 Hamburg (5.10) 3 Dec 43 Leipzig (6.30)

29 Jul 43 Hamburg (7.20) 20 Dec 43 Frankfurt (4.45)

30 Jul 43 Remscheid (6.00) 23 Dec 43 Berlin (6.50)

12 Aug 43 Milan (9.45) 29 Dec 43 Berlin (6.15)

17 Aug 43 Peenemunde (8.00) 1 Jan 44 Berlin (6.25)

22 Aug 43 Leverkusen (6.45) 5 Jan 44 Stettin (8.40)

23 Aug 43 Berlin (8.00) 14 Jan 44 Brunswick (5.05)

27 Aug 43 Nuremburg (8.40) 30 Jan 44 Berlin (6.20)

16 Sep 43 Modane (7.35) 15 Feb 44 Berlin (7.00)

4 Oct 43 Frankfurt (6.15) 19 Feb 44 Leipzig (6.40)

7 Oct 43 Stuttgart (6.25)

 

This officer, who is one of the finest navigators in the squadron, is now on his second tour of operations. During his many sorties against heavily defended enemy targets such as Berlin and Hamburg, Flight Lieutenant Mitchell was often placed in much personal danger, but in spite of this, he performed his duties in a very cool, efficiet manner, which set not only an inspiring example to the rest of his crew, but to the squadron generally. Strongly recommended for the award of the Distinguished Flying Cross.

 

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MITCHELL, P/O Leonard Lilburn (J86016) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.429 Squadron - Award effective 2 October 1944 as per London Gazette dated 17 October 1944 and AFRO 2637/44 dated 8 December 1944. Born 1922 in Kinistino, Saskatchewan; home there; enlisted in Saskatoon, 14 October 1941. Trained at No.2 ITS (graduated 23 May 1942), No.19 EFTS (graduated 11 September 1942) and No.11 SFTS (graduated 30 December 1942). Commissioned 1944. No citation other than "completed...numerous operations against the enemy in the course of which [he has] invariably displayed the utmost fortitude, courage and devotion to duty". DHist file 181.009 D.2609 (PAC RG.24 Vol.20627) has recommendation dated 9 July 1944 when he had flown 35 sorties (201 hours 45 minutes) from 22 November 1943 to 6 July 1944.

 

This officer has a fine operational record of thirty-five attacks on enemy territory, many of them against the heavily defended targets of the Ruhr and three of them against the German capital. Throughout his tour of duty he has always shown a fine offensive spirit, an unfailing cheerfulness and great qualities of leadership, combined with a determination to accomplish his mission in spite of all opposition.

 

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MITCHELL, WO2 Lloyd James (R151145) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.433 Squadron - Award effective 5 April 1945 as per London Gazette dated 17 April 1945 and AFRO 918/45 dated 1 June 1945. Born 1920 in Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario; home in North Bay (labourer); enlisted there 15 May 1942. Trained at No.6 ITS (graduated 23 October 1942), No.7 BGS (graduated 4 September 1943) and No.7 AOS (graduated 15 October 1943). Medal presented 20 August 1949. 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". DHist file 181.009 D.2610 (RG.24 Vol.20627) has recommendation by W/C G.A. Tambling dated 15 December 1944 when he had flown 31 sorties (160 hours ten minutes), 15 August to 30 November 1944. At that time he was a Flight Sergeant and the recommendation was for a DFM.

 

This NCO, the Air Bomber of the crew captained by Flying Officer Russell, has completed thirty-one operational sorties, which included attacks on a wide variety of targets both in Germany and France.

 

Flight Sergeant Mitchell by his dogged determination, skill and devotion to duty, has obtained an exceptionally high percentage of the target aiming points of this squadron. He has at all times set his mind on the task in hand fearlessly and with a fine offensive spirit, setting a magnificent example to his crew and the squadron in general.

I consider that, by his outstanding ability and strong sense of duty displayed, this NCO merits the award of the Distinguished Flying Medal (Non-Immediate).

 

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MITCHELL, Flight Sergeant Philip Douglas (R124098) - Distinguished Flying Medal - No.619 Squadron - Award effective 17 November 1943 as per London Gazette dated 23 November 1943 and AFRO 113/44 dated 21 January 1944. Born in Alberta, 1919; home in Kamloops, British Columbia (labourer); enlisted Winnipeg, 25 August 1941. Trained at No.9 BGS (graduated 25 September 1942). DFC and DFM both sent by registered mail.

 

As air gunner, Flight Sergeant Mitchell has participated in many attacks on well-defended enemy targets. He is a cool and reliable member of aircraft crew whose vigilance and skill have contributed materially to the successes obtained. On a recent occasion during an attack on Stuttgart, Flight Sergeant Mitchell engaged an enemy fighter and shot it down.

 

MITCHELL, WO Philip Douglas, DFM (R124098) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.619 Squadron - Award effective 24 May 1944 as per London Gazette dated 6 June 1944 and AFRO 1660/44 dated 4 August 1944. No citation other than "completed...many successful operations against the enemy in which [he has] displayed high skill, fortitude and devotion to duty." Public Records Office Air 2/8780 has recommendation dated 15 March 1944 when he had flown 28 sorties (179 hours four minutes) of which ten sorties (62 hours 48 minutes) had been flown since the award of the DFM.

 

12 June 43 Bochum (5.14) 3 Sept 43 Berlin (2.17, DNCO)

14 June 43 Oberhausen (4.52) 22 Sept 43 Hanover (5.32)

3 July 43 Cologne (5.42) 4 Oct 43 Frankfurt (6.04)

8 July 43 Cologne (5.44) 7 Oct 43 Stuttgart (6.43)

9 July 43 Gelsenkirchen (6.00) 18 Oct 43 Hanover (5.12)

24 July 43 Hamburg (4.52) 22 Oct 43 Kassel (5.55)

25 July 43 Essen (4.09) 3 Nov 43 Dusseldorf (4.40)

2 Aug 43 Hamburg (5.20) 10 Nov 43 Modane (8.10)

15 Aug 43 Milan (8.35) 19 Nov 43 Leipzig (7.25)

17 Aug 43 Peenemunde (6.43) 20 Nov 43 Stuttgart (7.07)

22 Aug 43 Leverkusen (4.34) 22 Nov 43 Berlin (7.09)

23 Aug 43 Berlin (7.22) 23 Nov 43 Berlin (6.18)

27 Aug 43 Nuremburg (7.41) 24 Nov 43 Schweinfurt (8.20)

30 Aug 43 Munchen Gladbach (4.30) 26 Nov 43 Berlin (9.07)

31 Aug 43 Berlin (7.47)

 

This Warrant Officer Air Gunner has now completed 28 successful operational sorties against targets in Germany and Italy. He has consistently shown great determination and in spite of being seriously injured as a result of a crash when returning from operations, on his return to the squadron he continued to operate with unabated keenness.

 

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MITCHELL, F/L Robert Kealley (J23102) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.429 Squadron - Award effective 30 March 1945 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 721/45 dated 27 April 1945. Born 1922 in Windsor, Ontario; home there (butcher); enlisted there 22 August 1940. Trained at No.1 ITS (graduated 9 December 1940), No.12 EFTS (graduated 28 January 1941) and No.6 SFTS (graduated 22 April 1941). Commissioned 1942. Medal presented 14 June 1949.

 

This officer is an extremely capable pilot and captain of aircraft. He has completed very many sorties including a number of minelaying missions, in the execution of which he has shown the utmost determination and devotion to duty. On December 24, 1944, Flight Lieutenant Mitchell piloted an aircraft on a minelaying mission in difficult enemy waters. In spite of adverse weather he accomplished his task with great skill and accuracy.

 

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MITCHELL, F/O Thomas Murray Laing (C20394) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.139 Squadron - Award effective 5 February 1944 as per London Gazette dated 15 February 1944 and AFRO 644/44 dated 24 March 1944. Born 1917; home in Toronto. Trained at No.6 SFTS; (graduated 11 September 1942. Commissioned 1942. Medal presented by Governor General to next-of-kin, 2 December 1946 (not a wartime casualty and no indication of when or how he died).

 

This officer has completed many operations as pilot, including the successful low level attack on the Phillip's Work at Eindhoven. Although on several sorties this officer has encountered heavy opposition from the ground defences and once was intercepted by twelve Focke Wulfe 190s, he has invariably continued and completed his mission. He has always shown skill and coolness in pressing home his attacks.

 

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MITCHELL, F/L William Richard (J20559) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.415 Squadron - Award effective 12 November 1945 as per London Gazette dated 16 November 1945 and AFRO 133/46 dated 8 February 1946. Born 1921 in Hamilton, Ontario; home in Oakville, (student); enlisted in Hamilton, 26 September 1941. Trained at No.3 ITS (graduated 28 March 1942), No.17 EFTS (graduated 20 June 1942) and No.6 SFTS (graduated 20 November 1942). Commissioned November 1942. Medal presented 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 D.2618 (RG.24 Vol.20627) has recommendation dated 15 May 1945 when he had flown 26 sorties (158 hours 20 minutes) between 25 October 1944 and 2 March 1945 - not including the raid in which he was shot down.

 

As Pilot and Captain, Flight Lieutenant Mitchell has invariably displayed a high degree of skill, courage and resolution, qualities which have on more than one occasion enabled him to complete his mission in the face of heavy odds. This officer, who went missing during an operational mission against Chemnitz and who is now reported safe in the United Kingdom, had participated in attacks on some of the most heavily defended targets, including Cologne, Duisburg, Stuttgart and Dusseldorf. He is an ideal leader whose example at all times has been an inspiration to other squadron personnel...

 

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MITCHNER, F/L John Davidson (J16799) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.402 Squadron - Award effective 26 October 1943 as per London Gazette dated 9 November 1943 and AFRO 358/44 dated 18 February 1944. Born in Saskatoon, 3 July 1914; home there (salesman). Enlisted in Vancouver, 26 October 1940. Trained at No.2 ITS (5 January to 7 February 1941), No.8 EFTS (8 February to 29 March 1941) and No.10 SFTS (10 April to 8 July 1941). Arrived in UK on 16 August 1941. Served in several RAF units before going to No.402 Squadron (17 November 1942 to 22 February 1944). Second tour began with No.421 Squadron (13 August 1944), continuing with No.416 Squadron (28 September 1944 to 15 January 1946). Award presented at Buckingham Palace 29 June 1945. Returned to Canada, 31 March 1946; served in postwar RCAF, rising to Wing Commander. Retired in 1960; died in Peticton, 8 December 1964. Victories as follows (serials given in Chris Shores, Aces High, 2nd edition): 17 January 1943, one FW.190 damaged (BS353); 27 July 1943, one Bf.109 destroyed plus one Bf.109 damaged (EP601); 5 September 1943, one Bf.109 destroyed (EP601); 8 September 1943, one Bf.109 probably destroyed (AR505); 24 September 1943, one FW.190 destroyed (shared with another pilot) plus one FW.190 probably destroyed (shared with another pilot, both on AR505); 27 September 1943, one FW.190 probably destroyed (shared with another pilot, EN767); 3 October 1943, one Bf.109 damaged (AR505); 3 November 1943, two Bf.109s destroyed (BM211); 25 September 1944, one Bf.109 destroyed plus one FW.190 destroyed (MK232); 27 September 1944, one Bf.109 destroyed (MK232); 29 September 1944, two FW.190s destroyed (ML138); 8 December 1944, one Bf.109 destroyed (MJ815) For additional details see H.A. Halliday, The Tumbling Sky.

 

This officer has completed a large number of sorties including several very successful attacks on shipping. He is a most determined and able leader whose confidence in action have proved inspiring in combat. Flight Lieutenant Mitchner has destroyed three enemy aircraft.

 

MITCHNER, S/L John Davidson, DFC (J16799) - Bar to Distinguished Flying Cross - No.416 Squadron - Award effective 6 July 1945 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 1453/45 dated 14 September 1945. Medal presented 22 February 1947.

 

This officer has completed many sorties against the enemy since being awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross. He has consistently displayed a high degree of skill and determination and has been responsible for the destruction of ten enemy aircraft. One day in April 1945, Squadron Leader Mitchner led two armed reconnaissances, resulting in the destruction of forty-five motor transport, whilst more than another 100 were damaged. His devotion to duty has been most commendable.

 

MITCHNER, S/L John Davidson, DFC (J16799) - No.416 Squadron - Netherlands Flying Cross - Awarded 1 January 1946 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 183/46 dated 22 February 1946. Commanded No.416 from November 1944 to January 1946. The unit should perhaps read No.421 Squadron, given that he was with that unit in the period cited below:

 

This officer has been awarded the Netherlands Flying Cross for distinguishing himself during the operations near Arnhem from September 17 to 25, by deeds of initiative, courage and perseverance and showing in every respect an uncommon devotion to duty and a great tenacity of purpose.

 

Public Record Office Air 2/9642 has recommendation which reads differently and gives rank as Flight Lieutenant.

 

This officer is a pilot and flight commander of outstanding ability. During the invasion of Holland, as squadron commander, he participated in many successful sorties in support of the First Airborne Division at Arnhem. During these operations large formations of enemy aircraft were encountered. Flight Lieutenant Mitchner enabled his squadron to destroy at least 18 enemy aircraft, while may more were damaged and probably destroyed. Flight Lieutenant Mitchner himself destroyed five aircraft. Throughout the operations Flight Lieutenant Mitchner set a very fine example.

 

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MITTON, FS Fred Donald (R50256) - Mention in Despatches - Overseas - Award effective 14 June 1945 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 1600/45 dated 12 October 1945. Born 6 May 1909. Home in Moncton, New Brunswick; enlisted there 16 October 1939. LAC, 1 October 1940; Corporal, 15 December 1940; to No.6 SFTS, 16 December 1940; to RAF Overseas, October 1941; Flight Sergeant, 3 May 1943; repatriated 15 January 1945; released 12 March 1945. Airframe mechanic.

 

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MIZZEN, F/O Clifford Abner (J43667) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.166 Squadron - Award effective 8 September 1945 as per London Gazette dated 25 September 1945 and AFRO 1768/45 dated 23 November 1945. Born 1923 at London, Ontario; home there (shipper); enlisted there 19 October 1942. Trained at No.4 ITS (graduated 14 November 1943) and No.3 BGS (graduated 7 April 1944. Commissioned March 1944. Medal presented 29 May 1947.

Flying Officer Mizzen has completed numerous sorties including attacks on the heavily defended targets of Cologne, Dortmund and Bremen. In February 1945, when his aircraft was detailed to take part in a sortie on Bottrop Welheim, it was attacked by an enemy fighter. By his alertness, Flying Officer Mizzen was able to warn his captain of the danger, and by his skill and accurate fire, he succeeded in damaging the attacking fighter which was seen to dive out of control and explode on the ground. Flying Officer Mizzen has shown outstanding keenness and courage throughout his sorties.

 

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