MODELAND, FS Norman Russell (R162554) - Distinguished Flying Medal - No.90 Squadron - Award effective 1 September 1944 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 2373/44 dated 3 November 1944. Born in Winnipeg, 1920; home in Vancouver (deck hand); enlisted in Vancouver 8 April 1942. Trained at No.4 ITS (graduated 18 December 1942), No.5 EFTS (graduated 19 February 1943) and No.7 SFTS (graduated 11 June 1943). Medal presented 29 January 1947.

 

In July 1944 this airman was captain and pilot of an aircraft detailed to attack a target near Caen. It was his first operational mission. Whilst over the target area the aircraft was hit by anti-aircraft fire and sustained damage. The elevator trimmer controls were severed, causing the aircraft to go into a steep dive. With great difficulty, Flight Sergeant Modeland regained a measure of control and went on to bomb the target. On the return flight, the strain of keeping the aircraft in level flight became so great that two members of the crew had to assist by pulling the ends of a rope which had been lashed to the control column. Base was finally reached and in spite of difficulties a safe landing was effected. Flight Sergeant Modeland set an excellent example of skill, determination and devotion to duty in most difficult circumstances.

 

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MOE, WO (now P/O) Clifford Norman (R149354/J92256) - Mention in Despatches - No.404 Squadron - Award effective 1 January 1945 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 379/45 dated 2 March 1945. Born 1921 in Morrin, Alberta; home there (farmer); enlisted in Calgary 5 February 1942. Trained at No.2 ITS (graduated 4 July 1942), No.2 EFTS (graduated 25 July 1942) and No.11 SFTS (graduated 5 February 1943). Commissioned 1944.

 

MOE, P/O Clifford Norman (J92256) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.404 Squadron - Award effective 27 April 1945 as per London Gazette dated 8 May 1945 and AFRO 966/45 dated 8 June 1945.

 

This officer has completed a large number of operational sorties. He has taken part in attacks against enemy destroyers, minesweepers, naval auxiliaries and merchant vessels and on every occasion he has pressed home his attacks with courage and determination. He has obtained many excellent photographs. Pilot Officer Moe has also participated in attacks on enemy shipping in the Bay of Biscay and off the Dutch and Norwegian coasts. In August 1944 he was pilot of an aircraft which attacked four enemy minesweepers in the Bay of Biscay. As he was diving to the attack the starboard engine of his aircraft failed but undaunted this officer pressed home a telling attack and afterwards flew 200 miles safely back to base. At all times Pilot Officer Moe has displayed outstanding skill and devotion to duty.

 

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MOFFATT, F/O John Eric (J36074) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.434 Squadron - Award effective 5 April 1945 as per London Gazette dated 17 April 1945 and AFRO 918/45 dated 1 June 1945. Born 1921 in Lethbridge; home there (grocery clerk and air engineer); enlisted Calgary, 22 July 1942. Trained at No.2 ITS (graduated 16 April 1943), No.15 EFTS (graduated 11 June 1943) and No.39 SFTS (graduated 1 October 1943. Commissioned October 1943. POW following Nuremburg Raid of 30/31 March 1944. Medal sent by registered mail 24 February 1950. No citation other than "completed...numerous operations against the enemy in the course of which [he has] invariably displayed the utmost courage and devotion to duty." DHist file 181.009 D.3260 (RG.24 Vol.20637) has recommendation dated 19 December 1944 when he had flown 33 sorties (165 hours 30 minutes), 28 July to 2 November 1944.

 

Flying Officer Moffatt has completed a tour of operations, the majority of which were attacks against heavily defended German targets. Throughout his tour he has displayed skill, keenness, and devotion to duty. He has always pressed home his attacks with great tenacity, his fine offensive spirit being worthy of emulation by other crews in the squadron.

 

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MOFFAT, F/L Lorne Caldwell (J21848) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.429 Squadron - Award effective 8 September 1945 as per London Gazette dated 21 September 1945 and AFRO 1704/45 dated 9 November 1945. Born 1917 in London, Ontario; home in Regina (projectionist); enlisted in Winnipeg, 10 November 1941. Trained at No.2 ITS (graduated 4 July 1942), No.19 EFTS (graduated 29 August 1942) and No.12 SFTS (graduated 8 January 1943). Commissioned December 1942. Medal sent by registered mail 30 December 1949. No citation other than "completed...numerous operations against the enemy in the course of which [he has] invariably displayed the utmost fortitude, courage and devotion to duty." DHist file 181.009 D.2610 (RG.24 Vol.20627) has recommendation dated 18 April 1945 when he had flown 28 sorties (188 hours 30 minutes), 26 December 1944 to 16 April 1945.

 

Flight Lieutenant Moffat has participated in twenty-eight sorties against enemy targets, most of which have been attacks on industrial Germany. A highly efficient pilot and captain of heavy bomber aircraft, he has displayed outstanding ability, keenness and zeal at all times. Capable and reliable, this officer has always pressed on to the target with great courage and determination in spite of strong enemy defences. He has maintained a high standard of efficiency and daring and has made a valuable contribution to the squadron's successes.

 

It is considered that Flight Lieutenant Moffat's ability, fortitude and devotion to duty, combined with an exemplary fighting spirit, fully merit the non-immediate award of the Distinguished Flying Cross.

 

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MOFFATT, FS Roy Weldon (R203649) - Distinguished Flying Medal - No.427 Squadron - Award effective 30 October 1945 as per London Gazette dated 6 November 1945 and AFRO 155/46 dated 15 February 1946. Born 1923 in Regina; home there (salesman); enlisted there 19 November 1942. Trained at No.3 WS (graduated 22 February 1944) and No.2 BGS (graduated 20 April 1944). Medal presented 6 September 1947. No citation other than "completed numerous operations against the enemy in the course of which [he has] invariably displayed the utmost fortitude, courage and devotion to duty." DHist file 181.009 D.2610 (RG.24 Vol.20627) has recommendation dated 23 May 1945 when he had flown 27 sorties (171 hours 45 minutes),26 December 1944 to 10 May 1945 (including three "Exodus" sorties, 8-9-10 May 1945). Name may be "Toy Welder".

 

Flight Sergeant Moffat has completed twenty-seven operations and one hundred and seventy-one hours operational time on his first tour, completely on heavily defended German strategic and mining targets. His work has been outstanding as wireless operator, and his co-operation, coolness and devotion to duty has contributed in a large measure to the success of the many sorties he has completed. His operational dash and cheerful confidence has instilled a high standard in his crew.

 

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MOFFIT, F/L Barry Haig (C1170) - Air Force Cross - No.5 Squadron (Canada) - Award effective 1 January 1943 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 55/43 dated 15 January 1943. Born in Toronto, 9 January 1920. Enlisted in Ottawa, 9 October 1939. Sank U-630 on 4 May 1943 (56 degrees 38 minutes north, 42 degrees 32 minutes west) for which he received DFC. AFC presented by Governor General, 16 April 1943. Remained in postwar RCAF and rose to Group Captain. Died in Stony Creek, Ontario, 29 July 1992; obituary notice mentioned he had risen to Colonel (Group Captain); had been active in SACLANT, NORAD, and diplomatic service to Poland. The following citation found in Governor General's Records, RG.7 Group 26, Volume 57, file for 1943.

 

This officer has displayed unbounded enthusiasm and keen devotion to duty. He has a total flying time of 725 hours, 614 of which have been in 62 operational flights on anti-submarine and coastal patrol work. His efforts in this direction have been untiring and he has set a consistently high standard for the other members of the squadron.

 

MOFFIT, S/L Barry Haig, AFC (C1170) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.5 (BR) Squadron - Award effective 5 October 1943 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 2258/43 dated 5 November 1943.

 

This officer has been flying on anti-submarine patrol duty for approximately thirty-two months and has at all times displayed excellent leadership and skilful flying in the performance of his duties. Wile on convoy escort duty three enemy submarines were sighted and two submerged before an attack could be made. The third, however, was attacked with depth charges and destroyed. By the alertness and action of this officer and his crew one unit of the enemy's striking force was destroyed and attacks on our shipping were prevented by the others being forced to submerge. This officer has maintained a high standard of enthusiasm and efficiency in anti-submarine patrol in the face of all types of North Atlantic weather.

 

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MOHER, F/O Daniel Logan (J17713) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.105 Squadron - Award effective 4 November 1944 as per London Gazette dated 14 November 1944 and AFRO 239/45 dated 9 February 1945. Born 1918 at Peterborough, Ontario; home in Mimico. Served in Royal Canadian Artillery; enlisted in RCAF 9 January 1941 in Toronto. Trained at No.3 ITS (graduated 9 June 1941), No.4 AOS (graduated 1 September 1941), No.1 BGS (graduated 13 October 1941) and No.2 ANS (graduated 10 November 1941). Commissioned 1943. Medal presented 22 June 1949. No citation other than "completed... numerous operations against the enemy in the course of which [he has] invariably displayed the utmost fortitude, courage and devotion to duty." Public Records Office Air 2/8823 has recommendation dated 18 August 1944 when he had flown two tours and 56 sorties (199 hours) as follows:

 

First Tour Second Tour

17 Jun 42 St.Nazaire (6.30) * Marking;

18 Jun 42 GARDENING, Frisians (3.45) ** Marking, Day

21 Jun 42 GARDENING, Frisiens (4.00) 13 Jun 44 Munchen (3.04)

22 Jun 42 Emden (.45) 14 Jun 44 Douai (2.36)*

25 Jun 42 Bremen (1.30) 17 Jun 44 Montdidier (2.53)*

27 Jun 42 Bremen (5.10) 21 Jun 44 Domleger (2.32)*

29 Jun 42 Bremen (4.50) 24 Jun 44 Les Hayon (2.18)**

6 July 42 GARDENING, Lorient (5.30) 25 Jun 44 Montorgueil (2.06)**

8 July 42 Wilhelmshaven (4.15) 27 Jun 44 Scholven (3.04)

9 July 42 GARDENING, Frisiens (3.45) 30 Jun 44 Oissmont Neuville (2.48)**

21 Jul 42 Duisburg (4.10) 3 July 44 Homburg (2.54)

23 Jul 42 Duisburg (1.45) 5 July 44 Watten (2.03)*

26 Jul 42 Duisburg (4.15) 6 July 44 Schloven (2.49)

27 Jul 42 Hamburg (5.55) 7 July 44 Caen (2.44)**

5 Aug 42 Essen (2.15) 9 July 44 Mont Candon (2.21)**

6 Aug 42 Duisburg (3.35) 18 Jul 44 Vaies MY (2.42)**

2 Oct 42 Krefeld (6.00) 20 Jul 44 Courtrai (2.18)*

5 Oct 42 Aachen (5.05) 24 Jul 44 L'Hey (1.41)*

23 Oct 42 Krefeld (3.00) 25 Jul 44 Wanne Eickel (3.11)*

31 Oct 42 Emden (5.05) 28 Jul 44 Foret de Nieppe (1.55)*

9 Jan 43 GARDENING, Frisiens (4.50) 31 Jul 44 Oeuf en Teredes (2.50)*

23 Jan 43 Lorient (6.10) 1 Aug 44 Le Nieppe (1.41)**

28 Jan 43 Lorient (7.05) 2 Aug 44 Foret de Nieppe

13 Feb 43 Lorient (6.50) (2.30) Day

14 Feb 43 Cologne (6.00) 5 Aug 44 St.Leu d'Esserant

19 Feb 43 Wilhelmshaven (6.20) (2.33)**

24 Feb 42 Wilhelmshaven (5.20) 8 Aug 44 St.Philibert

27 Feb 42 GARDENING, Frisiens (4.15) Ferme (2.00)**

9 Aug 44 St.Breteque (2.21)*

11 Aug 44 Douai (2.08)**

12 Aug 44 La Neuville (2.10)*

14 Aug 44 Battle area (2.06)**

15 Aug 44 Le Culot airfield

(2.09)**

 

Following a tour on medium bombers. which included many attacks on some of the most heavily defended of the German targets, Flying Officer Moher has since completed a further 28 sorties in Pathfinder Force, 23 of these being marker sorties.

 

Throughout all these operations, Flying Officer Moher has consistently shown himself possessed of outstanding courage and devotion to duty, coupled with noteworthy ability as a navigator.

 

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MOLDEN, FS (now P/O) William (R208806/J93081) - Distinguished Flying Medal - No.415 Squadron - Award effective 15 March 1945 as per London Gazette dated 23 March 1945 and AFRO 721/45 dated 27 April 1945. Born 1922 in Winnipeg; home there (drug clerk); enlisted in Winnipeg, 28 November 1942. Trained at No.5 ITS (graduated 3 September 1943) and No.3 BGS (graduated 10 December 1943). Commissioned November 1944. Remained in postwar RCAF as a Non-Commissioned Officerand received CD. Medals advertised by Gatewest Coin and Militaria, Winnipeg, October 1997 ($ 1,595.00). DFM presented 13 September 1947. 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.1750 (PAC RG.24 Vol.20608) has recommendation dated 20 December 1944 when he had flown 34 sorties (171 hours ten minutes):

 

This non-commissioned officer has completed a very successful tour as Mid-Upper Gunner involving attacks on many heavily defended German targets. Although attacked by enemy aircraft on several occasions, and in once case by two enemy aircraft in quick succession, major damage to his aircraft has been averted by his good judgement and accurate fire. Always displaying a high standard of skill and determination, his fine co-operative spirit and devotion to duty have contributed materially both in the air and on the ground.

 

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MOLES, S/L (now W/C) Edward Kendrick (C2553) - Air Force Cross - No.9 Air Observers School - Awarded AFC, 1 January 1945 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 89/45 dated 19 January 1945. Completed 757 flying hours to date, 702 hours as instructor, 100 hours in previous six months.

 

This officer, who has been an instructor at this school for almost four years and is now the chief instructor, has at all times displayed outstanding leadership and ability in the field of navigation. With great energy and persistence he has maintained training at a consistently high standard of efficiency. His determination and organizing ability under all conditions have been exemplary and an inspiring example to the instructors and trainees serving under him.

 

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MOLLAND, F/O Clarence Edward (C39152) - Commended for Valuable Services in the Air - RCAF Detachment Suffield - Award effective 1 January 1946 as per Canada Gazette of that date and AFRO 82/46 dated 25 January 1946. Enlisted in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, 6 March 1941. Trained at No.2 ITS (graduated 8 October 1941), No.8 EFTS (graduated 6 December 1941), and No.7 SFTS (graduated 24 March 1942).

 

This officer has proved himself an excellent and resourceful staff pilot. His outstanding skill has contributed to the successful completion of numerous experiments. On one occasion, while captain of an aircraft carrying an experimental toxic bomb load, engine trouble developed, resulting in the loss of the port propeller from the aircraft. Flying Officer Molland, knowing the danger involved of jettisoning his bomb load in the vicinity as well as the danger to the crew of crash landing, resourcefully brought the aircraft safely back to base. His outstanding initiative and ability have contributed to a high standard of efficiency being maintained in his duties on the detachment.

 

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MOLSON, G/C Hartland De Montarville (C1226) - Officer, Order of the British Empire - AFHQ - Award effective 1 January 1946 as per Canada Gazette of that date and AFRO 82/45 dated 25 January 1946. Born in Montreal, 29 May 1907. Educated at Bishop's College and Royal Military College. Enlisted in Montreal, 21 September 1939; wings on 11 April 1940. Flew in Battle of Britain. Commanded a squadron in Eastern Air Command until 1943 when he moved to Eastern Air Command Headquarters. Later commanded No.8 SFTS. To Directorate of Personnel, AFHQ, 16 July 1944. Retired in September 1945. Called to the Canadian Senate.

 

This officer was appointed during the first months of the war and upon completion of advanced training proceeded overseas with No.1 Fighter Squadron, with which he served during the Battle of Britain. He was wounded and repatriated to Canada. Since his return, he has served as staff officer in charge of Fighter Defences in Eastern Air Command and was subsequently appointed to the command of several stations. In all of these appointments he has displayed outstanding initiative, thoroughness, enthusiasm and devotion to duty. As the result of his excellent record he was appointed to the position of Director of Personnel. For a year he has carried the heavy responsibilities of this position, and continued to display the same outstanding qualities of leadership and loyalty.

 

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MOLYNEUX, Corporal James Henry (R109254) - Mention in Despatches - Linton-on-Ouse - Award effective 1 January 1946 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 418/46 dated 18 April 1946. Born 9 December 1914; enlisted in Calgary, 10 July 1941. Posted overseas February 1942 after service in BCATP schools; repatriated 18 June 1945; released 9 September 1945. Armourer (Guns). Identified in AFRO as "Overseas". McEwen papers (CWM) with list of recommendations with MiD recommendations for 1 February to 31 July 1945 identifies unit.

 

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MOLYNEUX, F/L Kenneth Seifferth (J3102) - Commended for Valuable Services in the Air - No.13 SFTS - Award effective 26 October 1943 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 2386/43 dated 19 November 1943. Enlisted at Ottawa, 27 May 1940. Trained at No.1 ITS (graduated 22 June 1940), No.1 EFTS (graduated 16 August 1940) and No.1 SFTS (graduated 5 October 1940).

 

This officer, now employed as Examining Officer, has in two and a half years completed a considerable number of instructional flying hours. His conscientious work and devotion to duty have been an inspiration to all personnel with whom he comes in contact. He has shown exceptional organization ability in the establishing of Armament Training at his unit and his efforts have been largely responsible for the successful completion of this phase of training.

 

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MONAHAN, P/O James Malcolm (J86250) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.433 Squadron - Award effective 2 October 1944 as per London Gazette dated 17 October 1944 and AFRO 2637/44 dated 8 December 1944. Born 1920 at St.Stephen, New Brunswick; home at Elmsville, New Brunswick. Previously in Army. Trained at No.7 ITS, No.20 EFTS and No.5 SFTS. 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 (RG.24 Vol.20632) has recommendation by W/C A.J. Lewington dated 22 July 1944 when he had flown 35 sorties (188 hours 45 minutes) between 2 January 1944 and 19 July 1944.

 

This officer has since January 1944 made thirty-five sorties over enemy territory, including some of the most heavily defended targets such as Berlin (3), Schweinfurt, Frankfurt, Stuttgart and Dusseldorf.

Pilot Officer Monahan has at all times shown a fearless and fine offensive spirit thereby setting a magnificent example to his crew. His outstanding leadership has contributed to the repeated successes of this squadron, on which he has been since its formation, and greatly assisted in maintaining morale at a high standard.

 

I consider that this officer's dogged determination, skill and devotion to duty fully merits the immediate award of the Distinguished Flying Cross.

 

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MONCRIEFF, W/C Ernest Hutchison Glen (C535) - Air Force Cross - No.12 SFTS, Brandon, Manitoba - Award effective 20 October 1942 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 1830/42 dated 13 November 1942. Born in Winnipeg, 10 September 1909; enlisted in Winnipeg as Provisional Pilot Officer, 4 June 1933; awarded wings on 27 April 1936, having trained with Nos.12 and 112 Squadron. Chief Flying Instructor at No.12 SFTS, 10 May 1941 to 20 January 1942; CO of same unit, 21 January to 4 September 1942. Later twice mentioned in despatches, OBE (which see for biographical details), French and Dutch awards.

 

This officer has held successfully the positions of Squadron Commander, Chief Instructor and Commanding Officer of an SFTS. His work has at all times been outstanding. He has set an example of enthusiasm for flying which, together with his own personal skill as a pilot, has been responsible for the high standard reached by all those under his command.

 

MONCRIEFF, G/C Ernest Hutchison Glen, AFC (C535) - Mention in Despatches - Overseas - Award effective 8 June 1944 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 1729/44 dated 11 August 1944. No citation.

 

MONCRIEFF, G/C Ernest Hutchison Glen, AFC (C535) - Mention in Despatches - No.39 Wing - Award effective 1 January 1945 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 337/45 dated 23 February 1945. Later awarded OBE (which see for biographical details). No citation.

 

MONCRIEFF, G/C Ernest Hutchison Glen, AFC (C535) - Officer, Order of the British Empire - No.39 Wing - Award effective 14 June 1945 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 1219 dated 27 July 1945. Born in Winnipeg, 10 September 1909. Educated at Ridley College, St.Catharines, Ontario. Enlisted in RCAF Auxiliary, 4 June 1933 in Winnipeg (No.12 Army Co-Operation Squadron). Wings in 1936. Commanded Sudbury Recruiting Centre early in war, later serving at Nos.1, 10, and 12 SFTS. Went overseas in September 1942. In 1947 he was loaned to TCA with G/C McGregor, but later returned to RCAF service with No.401 (Auxiliary) Squadron. No citation to OBE found in Canadian sources. Public Records Office Air 2/9056 has recommended citation.

 

This officer assumed command of 129 Airfield as a Wing Commander in July 1943, and as Group Captain he later took command of 39 (Reconnaissance) Wing. His keenness and administrative ability, combined with his sound judgement and excellent leadership, make him an outstanding commander whose enthusiasm and good humour dominate even the most difficult conditions.

 

MONCRIEFF, G/C Ernest Hutchison Glen, OBE, AFC (C535) - Croix de Guerre with Silver Star (France) - Award as per London Gazette dated 20 September 1947 and AFRO 485/47 dated 12 September 1947.

 

MONCRIEFF, G/C Ernest Hutchison Glen, OBE, AFC (C535) - Commander, Order of Orange-Nassau with Swords (Netherlands) - Award effective 6 February 1948 as per London Gazette dated 23 January 1948 and AFRO 81/48 of that date. Public Records Office Air 2/9293 has recommendated citation:

 

In command of No.39 Wing, Royal Air Force [sic], stationed at Eidhoven, from September 1944 until March 1945, through his excellent work has greatly contributed to the liberation of the Netherlands.

 

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MONEY, F/L Percy Guy Fleming (C9837) - 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 Kirkland Lake, Ontario; enlisted in North Bay, 16 January 1942. No citation in AFRO.

 

MONEY, F/L Percy Guy Fleming (C9873) - Mention in Despatches - No.63 Base - Award effective 1 January 1945 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 337/45 dated 23 February 1945. Enlisted 16 January 1942. DHist file 181.009 D.2619 (RG.24 Vol.20628) has recommendation forwarded 31 July 1944 to No.6 Group Headquarters. Had served ten months in Canada, 19 months in UK.

 

Squadron Leader Money is the officer in charge of the Base Major Servicing Wing at this base, having assumed these duties when the Base was formed in May 1944. His work has been of a very high calibre and has resulted in bringing the section to an extremely high state of efficiency. Without consideration of hours or of an annoying malady, this officer has worked incessantly to keep the maximum number of aircraft serviceable.

 

MONEY, S/L Percy Guy Fleming (C9837) - Mention in Despatches - No.63 Base (AFRO gives unit only as "Overseas" - Award effective 1 January 1946 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 322/46 dated 29 March 1946. OC, Base Major Serving; MiD previously on 8 June 1944 and 1 January 1945. DHist file 181.009 D.2619 (RG.24 Vol.20628) has recommendation for MBE dated 14 May 1945.

 

Enlisting on 16th January 1942, Squadron Leader Money was posted overseas in November 1942. Since that time he has held responsible engineering appointments and in May 1944 assumed the duty of Officer in charge, Base Major Servicing, at this Base. His work has been of a very high calibre and has resulted in bringing the section to an extremely high state of efficiency. During the months of January, February and March 1945, the squadrons in this Base converted from Halifaxes to Lancasters. This conversion from the engineering end was carried out smoothly, efficiently and in record time and is directly attributable to the keenness of this officer who has worked incessantly without consideration of hours or an annoying malady.

 

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MONSON, S/L Alonzo Edgar (J22010) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.439 Squadron (now No.440 Squadron) - Award effective 18 December 1944 as per London Gazette dated 29 December 1944 and AFRO 435/45 dated 9 March 1945. Born in 1918, Minncola, Kansas. Home in Rosco, California. Mechanic. Enlisted in Windsor, 19 November 1941; commissioned 1944 (?). Trained at No.6 ITS (graduated 8 May 1942), No.20 EFTS (graduated 14 August 1942), and No.14 SFTS (graduated 18 December 1942). Further trained at No.36 OTU and No.125 Squadron (September to November 1943).

 

This officer is a fine flight commander who has always displayed an outstanding fighting spirit. On one occasion his flight under his leadership, acting in close support of the Army, effectively stopped a threatened German counter attack. On another, flying through intense anti-aircraft fire, his squadron led by him destroyed an important bridge on the river Orne. Under his command the squadron has been instrumental in destroying an ocean-going ship, trains and rolling stock, barges, transport, and fighting vehicles. He is an exceptionally able leader and has invariably pressed home his attacks despite any opposition.

 

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MONTAGUE, F/O Joseph Andrew (J29848) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.425 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 St.Amelia, Manitoba; home in Ste.Rose du Lac, Manitoba (yard assistant); enlisted in Winnipeg, 17 July 1942. Trained at No.7 ITS (graduated 22 January 1943) and No.2 AOS (graduated 20 August 1943). Commissioned August 1943. Medal presented 30 October 1948. Recommended 13 December 1944, at which time he had flown 35 sorties (146.15 hours).

 

This officer is a keen and courageous member of his crew who has shown outstanding devotion to duty during a large number of operational sorties against major enemy targets. In October 1944 he was navigator of an aircraft detailed to attack Bergen. Early on the outward flight all navigational aids became unserviceable but with praise worthy determination the mission was continued. When near the target one engine failed but despite heavy anti-aircraft fire the sortie was successfully completed although further damage was sustained. On this occasion as well as on many other sorties Flying Officer Montague navigated the aircraft safely to base in adverse flying circumstances.

 

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MONTGOMERY, F/L Allan Norman (J13370) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.415 Squadron - Award effective 8 September 1945 as per London Gazette dated 21 September 1945 and AFRO 1704/45 dated 9 November 1945. Born 1915 in Edmonton; home in Toronto (salesman); enlisted there 3 November 1941. Trained at No.5 ITS (graduated 11 April 1942), No.9 AOS (graduated 5 September 1942) and No.1 ANS (graduated 21 September 1942). Commissioned August 1942. Medal sent by registered mail 21 December 1950. No citation other than "completed...numerous operations against the enemy in the course of which [he has] invariably displayed the utmost fortitude, courage and devotion to duty." DHist file 181.009 D.2618 (RG.24 Vol.20627) has recommendation dated 17 April 1945 when he had flown 21 sorties (138 hours 56 minutes), 6 November 1944 to 15 March 1945.

 

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

 

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MONTGOMERY, P/O Donald Allen (J18042) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.97 Squadron - Award effective 4 October 1943 as per London Gazette dated 19 October 1943 and AFRO 2322/43 dated 12 November 1943. Born in Wilcox, Saskatchewan 1918; home there or Weyburn; enlisted in Regina, 28 July 1941. Trained at No.4 ITS (graduated 20 October 1941), No.5 EFTS (graduated 25 December 1941) and No.12 SFTS (graduated 10 April 1942). Commissioned 1943. Medal sent by registered mail 20 March 1951.

 

Pilot Officer Montgomery has completed a large number of operational sorties. A skilful pilot and captain of aircraft, he has always shown determination in pressing home his attacks.

 

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MONTGOMERY, S/L Frank Alexander (C1398) - Mention in Despatches - Overseas - Award effective 1 January 1946 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 322/46 dated 29 March 1946. Home in Saskatoon; enlisted there 1 November 1939. Formerly in Saskatoon Flying Club; instructed at Calgary, lethbridge and High River. Injured in crash of a Tiger Moth, 20 August 1940 (AC2 J.H.A. Crocker killed). Overseas he served with either No.418 or No.420 squadron.

 

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MONTGOMERY, F/O Gordon Hudson (J25972) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.158 Squadron - Award effective 7 November 1944 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 2637/44 dated 8 December 1944. Home in Richmond, Quebec; enlisted in Montreal, 17 March 1942. Trained at No.3 ITS (graduated 11 September 1942), No.11 EFTS (graduated 4 December 1942) and No.5 SFTS (graduated 30 April 1942). Medal presented 6 October 1946.

 

This officer has set a fine example of skill, courage and determination. He has completed a large number of sorties and on many occasions has proved his skill by successfully completing his bombing mission in the face of much difficulty and danger. He is a most inspiring captain.

 

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MONTGOMERY, F/L Mabelle Theresa Gertrude (C3656) - Royal Red Cross (Second Class) - Station Trenton - Award effective 1 January 1944 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 113/44 dated 21 January 1944. Born 3 August 1913 at Brighton, Ontario.

 

Matron Montgomery enlisted in the RCAF as a Nursing Sister in June 1941 and was promoted to the rank of Matron in July 1943. She has been employed continuously in the hospital on this station where, for more than a year, she has been sister-in-charge. She is most proficient in her nursing duties and by her own precept and example, as well as by her devotion to duty, has been largely responsible for the fine record of nursing care afforded by the hospital, the high standards attained by the Nursing and hospital staff, and the general efficiency of the hospital as a whole. This Sister has set an unusually high standard of technical ability in her profession and is an outstanding example of leadership in the Nursing Service.

 

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MONTGOMERY, WO1 Ralph Joseph (R131045) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.405 Squadron (deceased) - Award effective 5 May 1944 as per London Gazette dated 21 December 1945 and AFRO 155/46 dated 15 February 1946. Born 1922 at Blenheim, Ontario; home in Hamilton; enlisted there 8 September 1941. Trained at No.4 WS (graduated 26 September 1942) and No.1 BGS (graduated 25 November 1942).

 

This Warrant Officer has completed as wireless operator (air) many successful operations against the enemy in the course of which he has invariably displayed high skill, fortitude and devotion to duty.

 

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MONTGOMERY, P/O William Donald Craig (J15697) - Mention in Despatches - No.174 Squadron - Award effective 1 January 1943 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 232/43 dated 12 February 1943. Born 1920 in Temiskaming, Quebec; home there (machinist apprentice). Enlisted in North Bay, 7 January 1941. Trained at No.3 ITS (graduated 22 April 1941), No.15 EFTS (graduated 9 June 1941) and No.11 SFTS (graduated 20 August 1941). Commissioned 1942.

 

MONTGOMERY, F/L William Donald Craig (J15697) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.174 Squadron - Award effective 25 July 1944 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 2052/44 dated 22 September 1944. Medal presented 19 November 1948.

 

This officer has led his flight with great skill and resolution in many attacks on a variety of targets, including airfields, construction works and gun positions. He has displayed the greatest determination in pressing home his attacks and his gallant example has been most inspiring.

 

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MONTGOMERY, F/L William John Irwin (J9186) - Mention in Despatches - No.161 Squadron (Canada) - Award effective 8 June 1944 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 1380/44 dated 30 June 1944. Born in Winnipeg; educated there. Eaton sales clerk. Enlisted in Winnipeg, 10 March 1941. Trained at No.2 ITS (graduated 9 July 1941), No.14 EFTS (graduated 13 September 1941) and No.11 SFTS (graduated 5 December 1941). As of award had flown 1,485:15 hours, 389 operational hours (58 sorties).

 

This pilot has been employed on operational duties in the North Atlantic area and has completed his sorties over long distances and difficult weather with outstanding diligence and skill.

 

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MONTIGNY, F/L Laurence Seymour (C2845) - Air Force Cross - No.1 Bombing and Gunnery School - Award effective 1 January 1943 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 55/43 dated 15 January 1943. Born in Cleveland, Ohio, 22 October 1907. Enlisted in Ottawa, 1 October 1940. Medal presented by Governor General, 16 April 1943.

 

During two years continuous service at No.1 Bombing and Gunnery School, Jarvis, Flight Lieutenant Montigny has shown a high sense of loyalty. His knowledge of aircraft, his flying ability and resistance he has shown during long hours in the air has inspired confidence in younger pilots during the days when such inspiration was most needed. This officer has been unhesitating in flying all types of aircraft and has carried out 1,000 hours of flying on training schedules. He has displayed great skill and initiative and keen devotion to duty at all times.

 

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MONTURE, WO (now P/O) Earl Harold (R78918/J86058) - 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 London, Ontario; enlisted there 4 January 1941. Trained at No.1 WS (graduated 9 December 1941) and No.4 BGS (graduated 5 January 1942). No citation in AFRO.

 

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MONTY, F/O Charles Eugene Neil (J18935) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.427 Squadron - Award effective 15 March 1945 as per London Gazette dated 27 March 1945 and AFRO 1127/45 dated 6 July 1945. Born 1914 at Trois Rivieres, Quebec; home in Montreal (typist); enlisted in Toronto, 28 June 1941. Trained at No.5 ITS (graduated 20 December 1941) and No.6 BGS (graduated 8 June 1942). Commissioned July 1943. Medal presented 5 October 1942. No citation other than "completed...many successful operations against the enemy in which [he has] displayed high skill, fortitude and devotion to duty." DHist file 181.009 D.1729 (RG.24 Vol.20607) has recommendation dated 19 November 1944 when he had flown 48 sorties (326 hours 45 minutes), 16 February to 24 June 1943 (205 hours 15 minutes, 25 sorties) and 12 August to 2 November 1944 (121 hours 30 minutes, 23 sorties). It seems that a mining sortie counted only one-half during first tour (when he did five).

 

This Air Gunner has completed two operational bombing tours against the enemy. At all times he has been an example of cheerful courage, unselfishness and sacrifice, not only to his crew but to the squadron in general.

 

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MOODIE, F/O Duncan McNaught (J12811) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.97 Squadron - Award effective 16 November 1943 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 721/45 dated 27 April 1945. Born in Shanghai, China. Home in Edinburgh; enlisted in Vancouver, 22 August 1941. Trained at No.4 ITS (graduated 19 December 1941), No.5 EFTS (graduated 27 february 1942) and No.4 SFTS (graduated 17 July 1942. Commissioned 1942. Medal presented to next-of-kin, 14 May 1946. Killed in action 18 October 1943 on Lancaster JB220; buried in Germany.

 

This pilot is captain of a most reliable and capable crew and has taken part in all the recent major operations against Germany including three on Berlin and four on Hamburg. In July 1943, when attacking Hamburg, his aircraft was illuminated by searchlights and sustained damage from heavy anti-aircraft fire which he succeeded in evading. Despite this he completed the attack and made a safe return to base.

 

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MOODIE, S/L Russell Lawson (J3110) - Air Force Cross - No.6 Squadron (now at Western Air Command Headquarters) - Award effective 1 December 1945 as per Canada Gazette of that date and AFRO 183/46 dated 22 February 1946. Enlisted in Vancouver, 9 May 1940. Trained at No.1 ITS (graduated 27 May 1940), No.5 EFTS (graduated 24 July 1943), and No.19 SFTS (graduated 19 November 1943). As of date of award he had completed 1,856 flying hours (653 operational hours, 81 sorties). Medal sent by registered mail 31 January 1949. Medals with Canadian War Museum (AN 19870175-001).

 

In flying on the West Coast of Canada, this pilot has continued to display the same high standard of service as he displayed as a navigator during his tour of operational flying overseas. As a flight commander his skill, leadership and devotion to duty have set an excellent example to his fellow officers and gained for him the respect of all squadron personnel.

 

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MOODY, Corporal John Beverly (R122510) - Mention in Despatches - Middleton St.George (AFRO gives only "Overseas" - Award effective 14 June 1945 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 1647/45 dated 26 October 1945. Home in Glen Williams, Ontario; enlisted in Hamilton, 25 July 1941. No citation in AFRO. Enlisted 25 July 1941. DHist file 181.009 D.4364 (RG.24 Vol.20648) has recommendation sent to No.6 Group Headquarters, 2 February 1945 when he had served 16 months 17 days in Canada, 37 months 20 days overseas. Fitter II (Engines) in Repair and Inspection Section.

 

The above mentioned airman is one of the most efficient and conscientious workers in this section. He has been in charge of the maintenance of an aircraft for the past year and a half and has devoted himself with untiring zeal to his work under all conditions.

 

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MOODY, F/O Vincent Kenneth (J15362) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.610 Squadron - Award effective 20 January 1944 as per London Gazette dated 25 January 1944 and AFRO 644/44 dated 24 March 1944. Born in Taunton, Massachusettes; home in Shelburne, Nova Scotia; enlisted in Halifax, 23 October 1940. Trained at No.2 ITS (graduated 24 January 1941), No.16 EFTS (graduated 29 March 1941) and No.11 SFTS (graduated 25 June 1941). Commissioned 1942. Killed in action, 12 June 1944 (Spitfire MD123, No.131 Squadron) over France. Medal presented to next-of-kin, 11 June 1945.

 

This officer has taken part in a large number of escort sorties and reconnaissance missions over enemy territory. He participated in operations from Malta during a period of intense activity, and later engaged in sweeps over Sicily. On one occasion, in October 1943, Flying Officer Moore's section was attacked by eight Messerschmitt 110s. Under his successful leadership two of the enemy aircraft were destroyed. He has, himself, destroyed two enemy aircraft and damaged many others.

 

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MOODY, Corporal William Edward Alexander (R52586) - Mention in Despatches - Linton-on-Ouse - Award effective 14 June 1945 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 1647/45 dated 26 October 1945. Home in Lowbanks, Ontario; enlisted in Niagara Falls, 29 January 1940. AFRO gives unit only as "Overseas"; DHist file 181.009 D.1725 (PAC RG.24 Vol.20607) has list of MiDs this date with unit. No citation in AFRO or biographical file. DHist file 181.009 D.1719 (PAC RG.24 Vol.20606) has recommendation forwarded 3 February 1945. Telephonist, enlisted 28 January 1940. Had served 33 months in Canada, 27 months overseas:

 

This NCO is outstanding in ability as a telephone operator and with his agreeable personality he contributed much to the efficiency of the station telephone exchange. Corporal Moody has always displayed unfailing enthusiasm in the performance of his sometimes nervewracking duties, so much so that his officer has on numerous occasions been recipient of compliments concerning his operating ability. As this junior NCO has a long and noteworthy overseas career, marked by excellent recommendations, it is strongly recommended that he be Mentioned in Despatches.

 

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MOONEY, F/O Charles Harold (J86011) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.405 Squadron - Award effective 10 May 1945 as per London Gazette dated 25 May 1945 and AFRO 1291/45 dated 10 August 1945. Born 1923 in Vankleek Hill, Ontario (storesman); enlisted in Ottawa 7 October 1941. Trained at No.7 ITS (graduated 8 May 1942), No.4 BGS (graduated 21 November 1942) and No.9 AOS (graduated 30 December 1942). Commissioned December 1943. 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 2/9070 has recommendation dated 20 February 1945 when he had flown 35 sorties (208 hours 22 minutes), 6 August 1943 to 14 February 1945.

 

* denotes counted as 1/3 operation

 

6 Aug 43 Naples (6.15) 9 Apr 44 Villeneuve St.

8 Aug 43 Messina (6.00) Georges (5.55)*

13 Aug 43 Palmi-Seilla (6.05) 17 Aug 44 Westrove (3.50)

15 Aug 43 Viterbo (6.15) 27 Sep 44 Bottrop (5.00)

19 Aug 43 Foggia (7.20) 28 Sep 44 Cap Gris Nez (3.55)

21 Aug 43 Baltipaglia (6.55) 30 Sep 44 Sterkrade (4.35)

24 Aug 43 Torre Annunziata (6.15) 6 Oct 44 Dortmund (6.05)

31 Aug 43 Salerno (5.45) 9 Oct 44 Bochum (5.15)

3 Sept 43 Capodichino (5.30) 14 Oct 44 Duisburg (4.50)

3 Oct 43 Civitaecchia (6.35) 23 Oct 44 Essen (4.45)

4 Oct 43 Formai (6.05) 30 Oct 44 Cologne (6.30)

5 Oct 43 Grosseto (7.10) 21 Nov 44 Castrop Rauxel (7.05)

27 Nov 44 Duisburg (5.00)

* * * * * 30 Nov 44 Neuss (6.40)

22 Jan 45 Duisburg (4.15)

15 Feb 44 Berlin (3.05), DNCO ? 28 Jan 45 Stuttgart (5.50)

24 Feb 44 Schweinfurt (7.55) 1 Feb 45 Mannheim (5.35)

6 Mar 44 Trappes (5.10)* 2 Feb 45 Wanne Eickel (4.02)

7 Mar 44 Le Mans (6.10)* 7 Feb 45 Cleve (4.20)

26 Mar 44 Essen (5.00) 8 Feb 45 Wanne Eickel (4.35)

14 Feb 45 Chemnitz (6.50)

 

Flying Officer Mooney is a very capable and efficient Air Bomber. Besides attacks on many heavily defended targets in Germany, he has participated in attacks on small targets in occupied territory, calling for a very high standard of bomb aiming, and has always achieved excellent results. The spirit and keenness of this officer has been a great asset to the squadron at all times, making itself felt on many occasions.

 

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MOONEY, Sergeant Gordon Maxwell (R106143) - British Empire Medal - No.2 Air Command Headquarters - Award effective 13 June 1946 as per Canada Gazette of that date and AFRO 660/46 dated 5 July 1946. Home in Winnipeg; enlisted there 19 May 1941. Medal presented 17 January 1948. Served in postwar RCAF; released 13 October 1967.

 

This non-commissioned officer has contributed in a large degree to the efficiency of the Personnel Branch in No.2 Air Command Headquarters during three years of service in this Headquarters. He invariably completes with accuracy the most arduous duties involving extra hours, resourcefulness and initiative. His attitude towards his work, superiors and fellow-workers has been of the highest calibre.

 

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MOONEY, F/O Joseph Fred (J41167) - Distinguished Service Order - No.625 Squadron - Award effective 15 June 1945 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 1291/45 dated 10 August 1945. Born in Windsor, Ontario, 1921; home in Essex, Ontario (farmer); enlisted in Windsor, 8 October 1942. Trained at No.6 ITS (graduated 26 June 1943), No.7 EFTS (graduated 4 September 1943), and No.2 SFTS (graduated 28 January 1944). Commissioned 1944. Cited with F/O Harold H. Harding (RCAF, awarded DFC). Medal presented 14 June 1949.

 

Flying Officers Mooney and Harding were pilot and navigator respectively in an aircraft detailed to attack Plauen one night in April 1945. Early on the outward flight the front windscreen became badly smeared with oil owing to an external leak. Although this obscured his vision, Flying Officer Mooney flew on. A little later the starboard inner engine became defective. The propeller had to be feathered. Shortly afterwards the port outer engine had to be put out of action. Despite this, Flying Officer Mooney was determined, if possible, to reach his objective. Coming down to a much lower level and increasing his speed he flew on. Although deprived of the full use of the navigational aids, Flying Officer Harding navigated the aircraft to the target with great skill. While over the area much anti-aircraft fire was directed at the bomber. Several hits were sustained. Nevertheless, Flying Officer Mooney pressed home a most determined attack. The aircraft was losing height as he turned for home. When nearing Liege the starboard outer engine caught fire and had to be put out of action. Height could no longer be maintained. Flying Officer Mooney gave the order to abandon aircraft and ensured that all members of his crew had got clear before he himself jumped at 500 feet. After reaching the ground, Flying Officer Mooney collected his comrades together and within a very short time they returned safely to their unit. On this notable sortie, this officer displayed the highest standard of skill and courage, coupled with superb captaincy. Flying Officer Harding also proved himself to be a most valuable crew member showing skill, coolness and devotion to duty in the face of great difficulties.

 

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MOORE, F/O Allan Whitley (J23014) - Air Force Cross - No.8 Bombing and Gunnery School - Award effective 5 May 1944 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 1133/44 dated 26 May 1944. Enlisted in Toronto, 10 October 1940. Trained at No.1 ITS (graduated 27 January 1941), No.10 EFTS (graduated 29 March 1941), and No.9 SFTS (graduated 21 June 1941). Medal presented at Buckingham Palace, 13 July 1945. Governor General's Records, RG.7 Group 26, Volume 57, file 190-I has citation; notes that at time of recommendation he had flown 2,127 hours, 1,744 as instructor, 321 in past six months. NOTE: recommendation spells middle name as "Whiteley".

 

This office, during his long service as a flying instructor, has displayed, at all times, the highest degree of initiative and resourcefulness. He has been a most diligent worker and his wealth of knowledge and experience has been of invaluable assistance to other instructors and pupils. He has been industrious and conscientious to a degree far beyond the normal requirements of his duties.

 

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MOORE, P/O Andrew Alan (J85151) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.103 Squadron - Award effective 2 October 1944 as per London Gazette dated 17 October 1944 and AFRO 2637/44 dated 8 December 1944. Born 1920 in Toronto; home in Maple, Ontario; enlisted in Toronto, 15 December 1941. Trained at No.1 ITS (graduated 17 July 1942), No.20 EFTS (graduated 9 October 1942) and No.5 SFTS (graduated 19 March 1943). Commissioned 1944. Medal sent by registered mail, 13 January 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 2/9025 has recommendation dated 17 July 1944 when he had flown 27 1/3 sorties (152 hours 15 minutes):

 

20 Apr 44 Cologne 3 June 44 Wimmereaux

24 Apr 44 Karlsruhe 5 June 44 St.Martins de Vaire

26 Apr 44 Essen 6 June 44 Vire

27 Apr 44 Friedrichshaven 9 June 44 Flers

30 Apr 44 Maintenon 12 June 44 Gelsenkirchen

3 May 44 Mailly le Camp 14 June 44 Le Havre

7 May 44 Renne St.Jacques 16 June 44 Sterkrade

9 May 44 Mardyke 17 June 44 Aulnoye

11 May 44 Hasselt 22 June 44 Calais

15 May 44 GARDENING 23 June 44 Saintes

19 May 44 Orleans 24 June 44 Flers

21 May 44 Duisburg 4 July 44 Orleans

22 May 44 Dortmund 7 July 44 Caen

2 June 44 Calais 12 July 44 Evigny

 

Pilot Officer Moore (a Canadian) was posted to No.103 Squadron on 8th April 1944. Since that time he has completed 27 1/3 sorties on heavy bomber aircraft, with a total of 152.15 operational flying hours.

 

In the course of this successful tour of operations, Pilot Officer Moore has taken part in attacks on a wide variety of targets, including industrial centres, oil targets and railway marshalling yards, in addition to recent operations by Bomber Command in support of the Allied Expeditionary Force in France. Whatever the target or the opposition from flak or fighters, he has pressed home his attacks with a degree of skill and determination which has been an inspiration to his crew and to the whole squadron. His calm and quiet manner cloaks a fine offensive spirit in action, and he has proved himself to be an ideal captain of aircraft, to whose ability the fine record of this crew is largely attributable.

 

It is strongly recommended that his example of efficiency and cheerful devotion to duty be recognized by the non-immediate award of the Distinguished Flying Cross.

 

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MOORE, FS Bernard Ivor (R62575) - British Empire Medal - No.12 Communications Squadron - Award effective 13 June 1946 as per Canada Gazette of that date and AFRO 660/46 dated 5 July 1946. Born 30 November 1914. Enlisted in Cornwall, Ontario, 5 February 1940. Trade given as "EA" (Equipment Assistant). Trained at St. Thomas, 29 February to 18 April 1940; then to No.5 Equipment Depot (18 April 1940 to 19 April 1943); No.10 (BR) Squadron, 20 April 1943; to Eastern Air Command Headquarters, 9 April 1944. Served in postwar RCAF.

 

This non-commissioned officer has performed all his duties in a measure which has been an example to all. In addition he has spent many hours overtime in the interests of the Service and over and above the duties normally required of him. He has been largely responsible for the efficient operation of the squadron.

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MOORE, FS David Ernest (R251633) - British Empire Medal - RCAF Overseas Headquarters - Award effective 1 January 1946 as per Canada Gazette of that date and AFRO 82/46 dated 25 January 1946. Enlisted in Toronto, 26 March 1943. Medal presented 19 November 1948.

 

This non-commissioned officer has been in charge of the assembly and operation of the Mobile Milk Units forwarded from Canada. He has proved his capabilities on detached duties by exercising excellent control of all personnel attached to these units in England and on the continent. The success of these units can be directly attributed to the resourceful and untiring energy and effort devoted by this non-commissioned officer.

 

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MOORE, FS Delbert Cecil (R75862) - George Medal - No.214 Squadron - Award effective 13 July 1943 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 1949/43 dated 24 September 1943. Home in Durham, Ontario; enlisted in Hamilton, 25 November 1940. Trained at No.2 ITS (graduated 10 March 1941), No.6 EFTS (graduated 20 May 1941) and No.34 SFTS (graduated 8 August 1941). Arrived at Personnel Reception Centre, UK, 13 September 1941. To No.20 OTU, Lossiemouth, 30 September 1941. To No.7 Squadron, 15 April 1942. First sortie was 3 May 1942 (second pilot to F/L H.G. Pilling, raid on Hamburg). Participated in "thousand plane" raids on Cologne and Essen before being posted. With No.218 Squadron, 6 June to 20 July 1942; posted to No.11 OTU, 20 July 1942; to No.101 Conversion Flight, 15 September 1942. This merged (6 October 1942) with other Stirling flights to become No.1657 Conversion Unit, Stradishall. Posted to No.214 Squadron, 3 November 1942; first operation with that unit on 10 November 1942 (mining, West Frisians). Other trips included raid on Turin (9/10 December 1942). Posted non-effective (sick), 17 January 1943; resumed operations with a new crew, 25/26 February 1943 (raid on Nuremburg). On night of 1 March 1943, raiding Berlin, he had to turn back after a night fighter disabled the mid-upper guns. George Medal incident was 9/10 March 1943 (target Munich). Cited with Sergeant H. Wilson (RNZAF) who also received the George Medal. Medal presented at Buckingham Palace, 2 November 1943. Repatriated to Canada 14 February 1944.

 

One evening in March 1943, Flight Sergeant Moore and Sergeant Wilson were captain and rear gunner respectively of an aircraft which crashed into a house soon after taking off, burst into flames and was completely wrecked. Most of the crew, although badly burned or injured, managed to escape through holes torn in the fuselage. Flight Sergeant Moore emerged from the pilot's escape hatch, went to the rear of the aircraft and re-entered the wreckage, which was now a raging inferno with bullets exploding. High explosive bombs were also carried. He found the mid-upper gunner trapped and unconscious against the main spar with his feet resting on the roof and his head on the floor. Calling for help, Flight Sergeant Moore was immediately joined by Sergeant Wilson, who was badly cut about the head, and together they re-entered the blazing bomber and succeeded in extricating their unconscious comrade. Sergeant Wilson sustained burns about his face and body in the process. Although almost completely exhausted, the two airmen carried the mid-upper gunner across a wire fence and over a deep ditch to a small enclosure sufficiently far from the aircraft to be comparatively safe. Sergeant Wilson then set out across the ploughed fields in search of help, while Flight Sergeant Moore, who was suffering extensively from burns, remained to encourage and sustain his injured crew.

 

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MOORE, Corporal Dennis Gilbert (R161323) - 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 4 August 1916. Home in Freeman, Ontario; enlisted in Hamilton, 4 May 1942. Posted overseas April 1943; repatriated 7 December 1945; released 21 January 1946. Radar mechanic. Certificate sent 9 October 1948.

 

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MOORE, F/O Edgar Allen (J21034) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.426 Squadron - Award effective 2 October 1944 as per London Gazette dated 13 October 1944 and AFRO 2637/44 dated 8 December 1944. Born 1920 in Edson, Alberta; home there; enlisted in Edmonton, 15 September 1941. Trained at No.7 ITS (graduated 24 April 1942) and No.2 AOS (graduated 20 November 1942). Commissioned 1942. Navigator in crew of F/L J.M. Hollingworth; posted from No.426 Squadron to No.82 OTU, 12 July 1944 on completion of tour. Medal presented 5 March 1949 in British Columbia.

 

Flying Officer Moore has completed a tour of operational duty as navigator during which he has attacked many of the major targets in enemy territory. On two occasions, while over the target, his aircraft has been badly damaged by anti-aircraft fire, and on another, attacked by a Messerschmitt 109. His navigation has always been extremely accurate.

 

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MOORE, F/O Gordon William (J25942) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.434 Squadron - Award effective 15 March 1945 as per London Gazette dated 27 March 1945 and AFRO 1127/45 dated 6 July 1945. Born 1919 in Toronto; home in Bridgewater, Nova Scotia (miner); enlisted in Toronto, 8 June 1940. Trained at No.3 ITS (graduated 25 September 1942), No.11 EFTS (graduated 11 December 1942) and No.16 SFTS (graduated 30 April 1943). Commissioned April 1942. Medal presented 27 July 1951 while serving at Trenton. No citation other than "completed...many successful operations against the enemy in which [he has] displayed high skill, fortitude and devotion to duty." DHist file 181.009 D.3260 (RG.24 Vol.20637) has recommendation dated 25 October 1944 when he had flown 32 sorties (148 hours 25 minutes), 24 June to 28 September 1944. Incident at Brunswick would have been 12 August 1944.

Flying Officer Moore has completed a tour of operations of which seven sorties were attacks against heavily defended major German targets. On one occasion during an attack on Brunswick the trip to the target was made with the majority of navigational aids in the aircraft unserviceable. On reaching the target area his aircraft was coned by many searchlights. Despite the harassing circumstances, Flying Officer Moore showed great tenacity, a fine fighting spirit and grim determination by pressing home the attack when under serious hardships. He has at all times displayed keenness, skill and determination throughout his tour of operations.

 

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MOORE, F/L Guy Everett (J3733) - Air Force Cross - No.3 SFTS - Award effective 14 June 1945 as per Canada Gazette of that date and AFRO 1127/45 dated 6 July 1945. Born in Marshall, Saskatchewan, 7 May 1915; educated in Vegreville, Alberta and University of Alberta. Enlisted in Edmonton, 21 June 1940. Trained at No.2 ITS (graduated 27 July 1940), Edmonton Aero Club (graduated 11 November 1940) and No.5 SFTS (graduated 28 January 1941). Medal presented 22 November 1945. Governor General's Records (RG.7 Group 26, Vol.59, file 190-I, dossier 7) has citation. When recommended he had flown 1,679 hours, 1,187 as instructor, 50 in previous six months. Died in Winnipeg, 12 October 1994.

 

This officer has been employed in flying instructional training since April 1941 and has done excellent work. When standard beam approach training was begun, he was placed in charge of organization of the flight and did an outstanding job. With the organization of a specialist squadron, he was placed in charge. Throughout, he has shown a keen interest in station activities and in [the] training programme generally and has never permitted personal disappointment to interfere with the quality of his work. He has been an excellent example to junior officers on the station.

 

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MOORE, P/O James (J86164) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.114 Squadron - Award effective 6 November 1944 as per London Gazette dated 14 November 1944 and AFRO 1/45 dated 5 January 1945. Born in England, 1915; home in Windsor, Ontario; enlisted there 22 April 1941. Trained at No.3 ITS (graduated 21 June 1941), No.11 EFTS (graduated 20 August 1941) and No.9 SFTS (graduated 21 November 1941). Commissioned 1944. Medal sent by registered mail 10 March 1949.

 

This officer has completed a large number of operational sorties, the majority of which have been night reconnaissances of the enemy's mechanized transport and shipping. He has always pressed home his attacks with courage and determination. This was particularly evident on one occasion in March 1944. Pilot Officer Moore was engaged on an anti-shipping patrol off the Italian east coast. Sighting two enemy vessels, he made two bombing runs over them and despite intense opposition made repeated attacks until his ammunition was exhausted. Throughout his operational career this officer has consistently maintained a high standard of keenness, enthusiasm and ability.

 

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MOORE, FS James Ross (R90260) - British Empire Medal - Radar and Communications School - Award effective 13 June 1946 as per Canada Gazette of that date and AFRO 660/46 dated 5 July 1946. Home in London, Ontario; enlisted there 18 February 1941. Medal presented 29 May 1947.

 

Flight Sergeant Moore has at all times during his service as non-commissioned officer in charge of Orderly Room, displayed exceptional reliability and initiative. His outstanding leadership has been a definite contribution to the attitude and spirit of all personnel under him. Because of his proficiency and organizing ability it has been possible for him to carry out his responsibilities under adverse conditions with no loss of efficiency.

 

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MOORE, F/O Kenneth Owen (J22754) - Distinguished Service Order - No.224 Squadron - Award effective 22 August 1944 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 2052/44 dated 22 September 1944. Trained at No.7 ITS, No.6 EFTS, and No.4 SFTS. Cited with WO William P. Foster (RCAF, DFC), WO J. McDowall (RAF, DFC) and Sergeant J. Hamer (RAF, DFM). Postwar he received King's Commendation for Valuable Services in the Air (1948) for work in conjunction with Operation CANON.

 

Flying Officer Moore, Warrant Officers Foster and McDowall, and Sergeant Hamer were pilot, wireless operator (air), navigator and flight engineer respectively of an aircraft in which they attacked and destroyed two U-Boats during a recent sortie. In both actions which occurred within the space of twenty-two minutes, Flying Officer Moore pressed home his attack with great skill and gallantry in the face of heavy opposing fire. He was brilliantly supported by his crew whose efficiency and co-operation throughout were of inestimable value. On this notable sortie Flying Officer Moore and his comrades set an example of the highest order and their feat was worthy of the highest praise.

 

MOORE, F/L Kenneth Owen, DSO (J22754) - Silver Star (United States) - No.224 Squadron - Award effective 15 May 1945 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 1127/45 dated 6 July 1945. Trained at No.7 ITS, No.6 EFTS and No.4 SFTS. DHist file 181.009 D.3053 (RG.24 Vol.20634) has text of citation taken from USAF General Order 92 dated 14 November 1944.

 

For gallantry in action against the enemy while participating in anti-U-boat patrol, 7 June 1944. On this night, despite intense anti-aircraft fire from the enemy, he attacked and sank two U-Boats within twenty minutes. The courage and skill displayed by Flying Officer Moore on this occasion reflect highest credit upon himself and the Armed Forces of his country.

 

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MOORE, F/L Leslie Albert (J17857) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.441 Squadron - Award effective 8 August 1944 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 2052/44 dated 22 September 1944. Born in Hamilton, Ontario, 5 February 1921 but was educated in the United States and was an American citizen (home in Philadelphia) when he enlisted (Hamilton, 26 August 1941); would have preferred USAAC but lacked the schooling then required. Home state given variously as New Jersey and Pennsylvania. Trained at No.3 ITS (23 November 1941 to 14 February 1942), No.11 EFTS (15 February to 11 April 1942) and No.13 SFTS (12 April to 14 August 1942). Arrived in UK, 1 September 1942. Further trained at No.5 (P) AFU (11 September 1942) and No.57 OTU (13 October 1942). Commissioned 16 April 1943; Flying Officer, 16 October 1943; Flight Lieutenant, 11 March 1944. Served with Nos 402 Squadron (26 January 1943 to 2 March 1944), No.441 Squadron (11 March to 22 July 1944), No.53 OTU (4 August 1944 to 5 February 1945) and No.402 Squadron (22 February to 25 March 1945). Killed in action 25 March 1945 while strafing a train in Germany. Aerial victories as follows: 13 June 1943, one FW.190 probably destroyed, North Sea; 5 September 1943, one FW.190 destroyed, Le Touquet and one FW.190 damaged; 27 September 1943, one Bf.109 destroyed (shared with another pilot); 8 October 1943, one Do.24 destroyed (shared with three others); 28 March 1944, one He.111 damaged, Dreux and one Me.410 probably destroyed (latter shared with two others); 28 April 1944, one Caudron destroyed, Dreux (shared with one other pilot); 2 July 1944, three Bf.109s destroyed, Lisieux (one shared with another pilot). Medals presented to his mother, 29 April 1949. Phot PMR 84-0264 shows him.

 

This officer has participated in a large number of sorties involving attacks on a wide range of targets. In July 1944 he took part in an engagement against eight enemy aircraft, five of which were shot down, two of them by Flight Lieutenant Moore. In the fight, this officer led his small formation of aircraft with great skill, setting an inspiring example. He has destroyed six hostile aircraft.

 

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MOORE, F/L Leslie Albert, DFC (J17857) - Air Force Cross - No.402 Squadron (dead) - Award effective 3 April 1945 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 802/45 dated 11 May 1945. Public Records Office Air 2/9061 has citation, drafted when he had flown 795 non-operational hours, 183 instructional in previous six months.

 

This officer was posted to No.53 Operational Training Unit as a flying instructor and flight commander in August 1944. He has carried out his duties with the greatest keenness and enthusiasm. He has maintained the highest standards in his work which is of a most exacting nature. He is largely responsible for the excellent morale and spirit of the Advanced Training Squadron.

 

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MOORE, F/L Stuart Andrew (C13575) - Mention in Despatches - Middleton St.George - 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 Niagara Falls, Ontario, 16 September 1940. AFRO identifies unit only as "No.64 Base"; precise unit inferred from No.6 Group Monthly Summary of Activities (September 1944), p.25 where he is described as inventor of modification allowing better inspection of cluster bombs. Later awarded MBE. No citation in AFRO or biographical file. DHist file 181.009 D.4364 (RG.24 Vol.20648) has recommendation for MBE dated 31 August 1944 which evidently became the basis of this Mention in Despatches. However, it is notable that this recommendation is very similar to that submitted for the successful MBE bid - further proof that timing was important in awards. Commissioned 4 September 1942; had served nine months in Canada, 15 months overseas.

 

Flight Lieutenant Moore, before assuming his present duties, was Station Armament Officer on a Heavy Conversion Station. During this time he was called upon to prepare the Armament Section in the event of training units taking part in the invasion of France. This required a tremendous amount of re-organization of the section and the Bomb Dump, and training of personnel, most of whom had never been on operations. This officer's boundless enthusiasm, inexhaustible capacity for work, and exceptional organizing ability soon raised the section to a high standard of efficiency and the keenness and morale of the personnel was of the highest order.

 

He became Station Armament Officer at Middleton St.George just before D-Day and, in the hectic period that followed, his superlative qualities of leadership again keyed up his men to almost unbelievable performances. This officer on numerous occasions, haggard from lack of sleep and harassed by the many difficulties of his own duties, has jumped in to help his men bomb up the last few aircraft to ensure their taking off in time.

 

He has won the admiration and trust of all the Station and I recommend the award of the MBE, in recognition of his highly meritorious services.

MOORE, F/L Stuart Andrew (C13575) - Member, Order of the British Empire - 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 Toronto; enlisted Niagara Falls, 16 September 1940. Medal presented 17 May 1948. No citation to MBE in biographical file. AFRO gives unit only as "Overseas". DHist file 181.009 D.4364 (RG.24 Vol.20648) has recommendation dated 24 May 1945 which also identifies unit.

 

Flight Lieutenant Moore previous to joining this Unit was Station Armament Officer on a Heavy Conversion Unit where he was called upon to organize his section against the possibility of training units taking part in the invasion. This officer worked unflaggingly towards this and attaining a high standard of efficiency, despite the fact that most of the personnel had never been on operations, reflecting great credit on his ability. This officer since just before "D" Day has been Station Armament Officer at Middleton. By his superlative leadership, determination and fine example at all hours of the day and night when operations were at their height, Flight Lieutenant Moore inspired his subordinates to cope with monumental requirements. At times when his staff were near the breaking point, his personal aid in bombing up aircraft ensured a maximum effort. He has won the entire respect and admiration of all and highly warrants the award of the MBE for his meritorious services.

 

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MOORE, Corporal William Donald (R126222) - Mention in Despatches - No.63 Base - Award effective 1 January 1945 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 425/45 dated 9 March 1945. Born 29 October 1918. Home in Apohaqui, New Brunswick; enlisted in Moncton, 25 August 1941. Served with No.116 (BR) Squadron. Posted overseas March 1943; repatriated 2 August 1945. Armourer (Bombs).

 

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MOOTE, F/L Frederick Gerald (J21629) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.7 Squadron - Award effective 15 March 1945 as per London Gazette dated 23 March 1945 and AFRO 721/45 dated 27 April 1945. Born 1920 in Haldimand County, Ontario; home in Dunneville, Ontario (bank clerk); enlisted in Hamilton, 27 January 1942. Trained at No.6 ITS (graduated 14 August 1942) and No.9 AOS (graduated 4 December 1942). Commissioned December 1942. Medal sent by registered mail 4 January 1946. 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 2/9051 has recommendation dated 19 December 1944 when he had flown 31 sorties (107 hours 50 minutes), 1 September to 12 December 1944.

 

1 Sept 44 Lumbres (2.15) 5 Oct 44 Saarbrucken (5.10)

3 Sept 44 Venlo (3.10) 6 Oct 44 Schilven (3.20)

6 Sept 44 Emden (4.00) 7 Oct 44 Emmerich (3.40)

9 Sept 44 Le Havre (2.35) 14 Oct 44 Duisberg (3.30)

10 Sep 44 Le Havre (2.35) 14 Oct 44 Duisberg (4.10)

10 Sep 44 Le Havre (3.05) 15 Oct 44 Wilhelmshaven (4.10)

11 Sep 44 Kamen (3.45) 19 Oct 44 Stuttgart (5.20)

12 Sep 44 Munster (3.35) 23 Oct 44 Essen (4.30)

13 Sep 44 Nordstern (3.20) 25 Oct 44 Essen (4.00)

24 Sep 44 Calais (1.25) 29 Oct 44 Walchern (2.10)

25 Sep 44 Calais (2.05) 18 Nov 44 Munster (4.35)

26 Sep 44 Calais (2.45) 21 Nov 44 Sterkrade (4.35)

27 Sep 44 Calais (2.20) 29 Nov 44 Dortmund (4.00)

28 Sep 44 Calais (2.20) 5 Dec 44 Soest (5.05)

29 Sep 44 Cap Gris Nez (2.10) 12 Dec 44 Essen (4.40)

30 Sep 44 Bottrop (3.30)

 

This officer has completed 31 operational sorties, all in the Pathfinder Force in this squadron, all being as the navigator of a Marker Crew.

 

Flight Lieutenant Moote has at all times displayed a sense of sincerity in the execution of his duty that cannot be too highly commended.

 

He is an outstanding navigator who is contributing very greatly to the success of the crew of which he is a member.

 

Of a quiet and unassuming manner, he is nevertheless shows determination in all he does. His cheerful disregard of danger, high courage when difficulties present have inspired the confidence of all with whom he has operated.

 

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MOOTE, Sergeant (now FS) Percy W. (R89934) - British Empire Medal - No.1 Instrument Flying School - Award effective 8 June 1944 as per Canada Gazette of that date and RCAF Routine Order 1380/44 dated 30 June 1944. Born in St.Catharines, Ontario; educated there; enlisted in Hamilton, April 1941. Medal presented 25 May 1945.

 

This NCO has been employed as a Link Trainer Instructor for the past three years, and has completed over three and one half thousand instructional hours. By his untiring efforts and outstanding devotion to duty, he has made an invaluable contribution to the efficiency of this Link Trainer Instructors' School.

 

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MORABITO, P/O Anthony Bruno (J17897) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.283 Squadron - Award effective 23 November 1943 as per London Gazette dated 30 November 1943 and AFRO 166/44 dated 28 January 1944. Born in Cranbrook, British Columbia, 1915. Home in Creston, British Columbia; enlisted in Vancouver, 22 November 1940. Trained at No.5 BGS (graduated 18 August 1941) and No.2 WS (graduated 3 March 1941). Commissioned 1942. Postwar he received King's Commendation for Valuable Services in the Air (1948) for work in conjunction with Operation CANON. Two years after that operation he was himself rescued from ice floes where he had spent 36 hours. Retired January 1962.

 

This wireless operator air gunner has actively assisted in air/sea rescues off Pantellaria, Italy and Sicily. He has flown with all the pilots of the squadron, and has been usefully employed flying with pilots new to air/sea rescue work, thus giving them the benefit of his wide experience. His courage under the most trying conditions has always been remarkable.

NOTE: Public Records Office Air 2/8893 has more detailed information in a recommendation dated 2 October 1943 when he had flown 55 operational sorties (169 operational hours); credited with 281 hours flying in all (150 in previous six months). He was then a Flight Sergeant and the recommendation was for a DFM:

 

This Wireless Operator Air Gunner of No.283 Air/Sea Rescue Squadron has actively assisted in twelve rescues off Pantellaria, Sicily, Sardinia and Italy between the 15th May and the 31st August 1943. He has flown with all the pilots of the squadron, and has been most usefully employed in flying with pilots who were new to Air/Sea Rescue work, giving them the benefit of his experience. On the 10th August he assisted in the rescue of a pilot within a few miles of enemy territory, and on the 19th August he participated in another successful rescue very close to the Italian coast.

 

Generally his work has been of a very high standard and he has been an inspiration to the other Wireless Operator Air Gunners of this squadron. His courage under the most trying conditions has been remarkable while his devotion to duty has at all times been outstanding.

 

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MORAN, S/L Charles Cecil (C1063) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.418 Squadron - Award effective 26 October 1943 as per London Gazette dated 9 November 1943 and AFRO 113/43 dated 21 January 1944. Born in Trenton, Ontario, 1914; home in St.John's Newfoundland; enlisted Trenton, 9 September 1939. Trained at Camp Borden (graduated 28 February 1940). Promoted to Flight Lieutenant, 1 August 1941; to Squadron Leader, 1 October 1942; to Wing Commander, 16 June 1943. Served with No.418 Squadron, 19 March 1943 to 29 September 1943; repatriated 18 October 1943; released 28 September 1945. Medal sent by registered mail 5 September 1945. Victories as follows: 27 June 1943 with Sergeant G.V. Rogers as observer, joined enemy aircraft in circuit at Avord, destroyed one He.11 and one Ju.88 (also bombed radio masts and attacked a train); 8/9 July 1943, with two other aircraft (Flight Sergeants Hay and Ball) bombed Florennes aerodrome and destroyed one enemy aircraft; 22/23 September 1943, destroyed one enemy aircraft at Achmer; target blew up and Mosquito went out of control; Moran limped to within 24 miles of Manston when port engine and wing caught fire. He ordered FS Rogers to bale out, then followed; three hours in dinghy before being found by Albacores and rescued by ASR launch.

 

This officer has undertaken very many sorties at night and has attacked enemy airfields with much success. During these operations he has also shot down two enemy aircraft. In the latter of these combats, which occurred recently, Squadron Leader Moran pressed home his attack from close range, delivering a burst of fire which caused the enemy aircraft to explode in the air. His own aircraft was damaged by the force of the explosion but he flew to within a few miles of the English coast before he was forced to abandon the aircraft when one of its engines caught fire. His efforts were typical of the tenacity and courage which has always been a feature of his work.

 

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MORASSE, F/O Joseph Aime Paul Emile (J46893) - Mention in Despatches - No.11 (BR) Squadron - Award effective 7 July 1945 as per Canada Gazette of that date and AFRO 1291/45 dated 10 August 1945. Home in Moncton; enlisted in Windsor, Ontario, 4 July 1941. Trained at No.4 WS (graduated 24 November 1941) and No.1 BGS (graduated 8 June 1942).

 

This officer has completed a tour of operations and has at all times performed his duties in a most capable and efficient manner. His constant application, perseverance and leadership have been a source of inspiration to members of the squadron.

 

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MOREAU, F/O Joseph Gerard Arthur (J90558) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.425 Squadron - Award effective 8 September 1945 as per London Gazette dated 25 September 1945 and AFRO 1768/45 dated 23 November 1945. Born 1921 in North Bay, Ontario; home there (acid operator); e in Toronto, 25 August 1942. Trained at No.6 ITS (graduated 12 November 1942) and No.1 AOS (graduated 12 June 1943). Commissioned October 1944. Medal presented in Vancouver, 22 October 1949 when living in Prince George. Died in Langley, British Columbia, 28 May 2000.

 

In September 1944, this officer was navigator of an aircraft detailed to attack a target in the Ruhr Valley. Before the target was reached on of the engines failed, causing the aircraft to lose height considerably. Despite this, Flying Officer Moreau, with great determination and skill, successfully navigated the aircraft to the target through heavy anti-aircraft fire. The mission was completed and the crew made a safe return to base. This officer, on all operations, has shown courage and outstanding devotion to duty.

 

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MOREHOUSE, LAC Austin Glenmore (R137844) - Mention in Despatches - No.405 Squadron - Award effective 1 January 1945 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 425/45 dated 9 March 1945. Born 1 June 1912. Home in Sandy Cove, Nova Scotia; enlisted in Halifax, 30 December 1941. Posted overseas September 1942; repatriated 27 September 1945; released 3 October 1945. Radio and radar mechanic.

 

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MOREL, FS John Maurice Joseph (Can 7732) - British Empire Medal - No.5 Radio School - Award effective 1 January 1946 as per Canada Gazette of that date and AFRO 82/46 dated 25 January 1946. Enlisted in Ottawa, 8 September 1939. Medal presented by Governor General, 9 December 1947.

 

This non-commissioned officer is outstanding in his work. As non-commissioned officer in charge of the Airmen's Mess, he has, with his cheerful disposition and efficiency, created an organization which is unsurpassed at his unit. He is very active in promoting the welfare of station personnel. He is loyal, aggressive and tenacious, with a praiseworthy capacity for hard and long hours of work.

 

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MORELAND, F/O Joseph Wallace (J17432) - Mention in Despatches - BHG, Bombay - Award effective 1 January 1945 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 379/45 dated 2 March 1945. Home in Victoria; enlisted in Montreal, 11 January 1941. Trained at No.3 ITS (graduated 9 June 1941), No.11 EFTS (graduated 27 July 1941) and No.8 SFTS (graduated 10 October 1941).

 

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MOREY, P/O Chancy Leroy (J17527) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.106 Squadron - Award effective 30 November 1943 as per London Gazette dated 10 December 1943 and AFRO 297/44 dated 11 February 1944. Born at Bow Island, Alberta, 8 December 1913; home in Cumberland, British Columbia; served in Canadian Army for six months; enlisted in Vancouver, 15 May 1941. Trained at No.1 ITS (graduated 5 August 1941), No.5 EFTS (graduated 1 October 1941), No.7 SFTS (ceased training 19 December 1941), No.8 BGS and (graduated 11 April 1942), No.2 AOS (graduated 28 February 1942) and No.1 ANS (graduated 11 May 1942). Commissioned 1943. In No.106 Squadron, 27 February to 26 September 1943; to No.5 Lancaster Finishing School, 21 November 1943 to 11 August 1944; with No.7 (BR) Squadron, Canada, 17 April to 20 July 1945. Medal presented 13 November 1948. Member of postwar RCAF. No citation other than "completed...many successful operations against the enemy in which [he has] displayed high skill, fortitude and devotion to duty."

 

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MORFEE, A/C Arthur Laurence (C57) - Commander, Order of the British Empire - Eastern Air Command - Award effective 28 May 1943 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 1459/43 dated 30 July 1943. Born in London, England, emigrated to Canada before the First World War, settling in London, Ontario. Enlisted in 19th Battalion, CEF and was wounded at Hill 70. Attained the rank of sergeant before transfer to RAF where he trained as an observer and was taking a course in photography when war ended. With CAF and Air Board, 1921-24. Joined RCAF, 1 April 1924. Promoted to F/L, 1 April 1928, S/L 23 September 1935, W/C 1 April 1939, G/C 20 September 1940, A/C 15 June 1942. Postings to Camp Borden (1 April 1924-1 April 1925), Station Vancouver (1 April 1925-14 May 1926), Station Winnipeg (14 May 1926-1 January 1927), Camp Borden (1 January 1927-1 March 1927), Station High River (1 March 1927-17 April 1928), No.1 Photo Detachment (17 April 1928-1 December 1928), Vancouver Air Station (1 December 1928-16 December 1929), Winnipeg Air Station (16 December 1929-19 March 1932), Vancouver Air Station (19 March 1932-1 December 1932), courses abroad (1 December 1932-8 January 1934), AFHQ (6 January 1934-3 March 1939), Air Training Command (3 March 1939-20 September 1940), Station Dartmouth (20 September 1940-25 June 1941), No.3 Training Command (25 June 1942-19 February 1942), EAC, Halifax (19 February 1942-?). AOC Eastern Air Command, 20 March 1945-1 March 1947. Retired 1948; awarded Queen's Coronation Medal, 23 October 1953. Died 19 March 1986. Featured in Photographing Canada in Flying Canoes by S. Bernard Shaw, General Store Publishing, 2001 CBE presented 3 April 1944; CB presented 8 April 1948. The following citation was found in Governor General's Records, RG.7 Group 26, File 190-I (1943 dossier).

 

The wealth of knowledge and extensive experience displayed over a considerable period of time by Air Commodore Morfee have marked him as having exceptional ability. He has at all times evidenced outstanding qualities of leadership and efficiency which have made him an extremely valuable officer. The excellent administration of this Command is largely creditable to the organizing efficiency and proficiency of this officer.

 

MORFEE, A/V/M Arthur Laurence (C57) - Commander, Order of the Bath - Eastern Air Command - Award effective 13 June 1946 as per Canada Gazette dated 15 June 1946 and AFRO 660/46 dated 5 July 1946. Awarded CBE, 28 May 1943 (which see for biographical details).

 

Air Vice-Marshal Morfee held a number of positions of high responsibility throughout the recent war. Since 1941 he served on the East Coast, first as Chief Staff Officer, Eastern Air Command, later as Air Officer Commanding, No.1 Group, Newfoundland, and Air Officer Commanding-in-Chief, Eastern Air Command. His administrative ability, based on many years of efficient and valuable service, contributed in a large degree to the successful development of a command which played an important role in the Battle of the Atlantic. By his sound judgement, energy and unceasing vigilance he kept his Command at a creditable state of efficiency in spite of rapidly changing commitments during the latter months of the war. His confident leadership has been an inspiration to all those under his command.

 

MORFEE, A/V/M Arthur Laurence (C57) - Legion of Merit (Commander) - Award effective 8 April 1950 as per Canada Gazette of that date and AFRO 161/50. USAF General Order 102 (Washington), 5 December 1949 announced the award "for exceptionally meritorious conduct in the performance of outstanding service from December 1941 to September 1948" but no other details.

 

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MORGAN, P/O Earl Edward (J17009) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.158 Squadron - Award effective 6 August 1943 as per London Gazette dated 17 August 1943 and AFRO 2005/43 dated 1 October 1943. Born in Ontario, 1920; home in Ottawa; enlisted there 30 December 1940. Trained at No.7 BGS (graduated 1 March 1942) and No.1 WS (graduated 2 March 1942). Commissioned 1943. Invested with award by King George VI, 2 February 1945.

 

This officer has taken part in attacks against some of the enemy's most heavily defended targets. A very efficient wireless operator throughout his operational career, he has displayed courage, skill and a fine fighting spirit. On many occasions Pilot Officer Morgan's aircraft has been severely damaged by anti-aircraft fire when his cheerful confidence under most trying conditions has been of inestimable value in maintaining morale. In addition this officer has proved to be an extremely competent instructor who has done much to raise the standard of his fellow wireless operators.

 

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MORGAN, WO John Percy (R71846) - Mention in Despatches - No.64 Base Flight - Award effective 1 January 1945 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 379/45 dated 2 March 1945. Home in Hamilton; enlisted in Toronto, 27 August 1940. DHist file 181.009 D.4364 (RG.24 Vol.20648) has recommendation sent to CO, No.64 Base, 17 July 1944. Enlisted 27 August 1940; had served three months in Canada, 44 months overseas.

 

This NCO has been chiefly responsible for the organization of the W/T Maintenance Section to cope with the change-over from Standard Marconi M/T equipment to the American Bendix installation in the Lancaster X.

 

Without outside assistance, and very little in the way of instruction manuals and blueprints, this NCO has successfully coped with the many difficulties expected and ultimately experienced in converting from Halifax to Canadian Lancaster X aircraft. He has developed a number of accepted modifications to the equipment to make it more practical. He has also devised maintenance schedules and acceptance checks to ensure the continued smooth functioning of the equipment. In addition the basis ground training of the wireless operators was efficiently accomplished under his direction, and the results are a credit to his knowledge and ability.

 

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MORGAN, P/O Lee Park (J90155) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.419 Squadron - Award effective 5 February 1945 as per London Gazette dated 20 February 1945 and AFRO 563/45 dated 29 March 1945. Born in Amhertsburg, 1925; home in West Hill, Ontario; enlisted in Toronto, 18 May 1943. Trained at No.9 BGS (graduated 29 October 1943). Commissioned 1944. Medal sent by registered mail. DHist file 181.009 D.3260 (RG.24 Vol.20637) has recommendation dated 31 October 1944 when he had flown 30 sorties (160 hours fine minutes), 9 June to 14 October 1944. Incidents described were on 15 June (St.Pol), 16 June (Sterkrade, FW.190).

 

Pilot Officer Morgan has proved himself to be a most reliable and efficient gunner. He has completed numerous sorties over enemy territory. On one occasion when detailed to attack St.Pol his aircraft was attacked by a Junkers 88 but due to the quick and skilful direction of Pilot Officer Morgan the enemy aircraft was successfully evaded. Again in June 1944, when on another mission, his aircraft was attacked by a Focke Wulf 190. Once again he was responsible for extricating his aircraft and crew from what might have been a fatal encounter. Pilot Officer Morgan's fine fighting spirit and calmness in the face of danger have set an inspiring example to the other members of his crew.

 

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MORGAN, F/O Lou Elcock (J89364) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.103 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 Edmonton; home in Calgary (student); enlisted in Calgary 9 August 1942. Trained at No.7 ITS (graduated 16 April 1943), No.23 EFTS (graduated 30 June 1943) and No.19 SFTS (graduated 15 October 1943). Commissioned July 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." Public Records Office Air 2/8749 has recommendation (undated by either squadron or station commander; cleared No.13 Base Commander on 31 March 1945); he had flown 37 sorties (236 hours 20 minutes), 13 October 144 to 2 March 1945.

 

13 Oct 44 Duisburg 22 Dec 44 Koblenz

14 Oct 44 Duisburg 5 Jan 45 Hanover

19 Oct 44 Stuttgart 7 Jan 45 Munich

23 Oct 44 Essen 14 Jan 45 Merseburg

24 Oct 44 Essen 16 Jan 45 GARDENING

28 Oct 44 Cologne 28 Jan 45 Zuffenhausen

30 Oct 44 Cologne 1 Feb 45 Ludwigshaven

4 Nov 44 Bochum 2 Feb 45 Wiesbaden

6 Nov 44 Gelsenkirchen 4 Feb 45 GARDENING

9 Nov 44 Wanne Eickel 7 Feb 45 Kleve

11 Nov 44 Dortmund 15 Feb 45 GARDENING

21 Nov 44 Aschaffenburg 18 Feb 45 GARDENING

27 Nov 44 Freiburg 20 Feb 45 Dortmund

29 Nov 44 Dortmund 21 Feb 45 Duisburg

3 Dec 44 Urf Dam 23 Feb 45 Pforzheim

4 Dec 44 Karlsruhe 24 Feb 45 GARDENING

6 Dec 44 Merseburg 1 Mar 45 Mannheim

15 Dec 44 Ludwigshaven 2 Mar 45 Cologne

17 Dec 44 Ulm

 

This young Canadian war posted to No.103 Squadron on 27th September 1944, and has completed 37 sorties with a total of 236.20 hours on Lancaster aircraft.

This officer has shown a keen eagerness to take part in operations whenever possible and by coupling a quiet and courageous determination to an extremely cheerful disposition has set a very high example as a heavy bomber captain to both his own crew and the squadron.

 

During the course of his most successful tour, Flight Lieutenant Morgan was called upon to attack a wide variety of targets, including many against heavily defended enemy industrial areas, as well as the more specialized operations such as those in support of the Allied Expeditionary Force, the Urft Dam and extensive minelaying.

 

In recognition of his fine example, I strongly recommend that Flight Lieutenant Morgan be awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross.

 

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MORGAN, WO Neil (R89735) - Mention in Despatches - No.149 Squadron - Award effective 1 January 1945 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 379/45 dated 2 March 1945. Born 8 August 1915. Home in Brantford, Ontario; enlisted in Hamilton 7 April 1941. Radio mechanic; posted overseas November 1941; repatriated 13 August 1945; released 3 October 1945.

 

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MORGAN, F/O Owen Horace (J7021) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.150 Squadron - Award effective 2 November 1942 as per London Gazette dated 6 November 1942 and AFRO 272/43 dated 19 February 1943. Born in Rosedale, Alberta, 2 October 1918. Served in Westminster Militia; enlisted in Vancouver 21 November 1940. Trained at No.2 ITS (graduated 10 September 1941), No.1 BGS, No.4 AOS, and No.2 ANS. Commissioned August 1941. Medal presented at Buckingham Palace 1 February 1944.

 

Flying Officer Morgan has participated in attacks on some of the most heavily defended targets. Despite being seriously handicapped by air sickness and being involved in two severe crashes, his morale has remained unshaken and his determination has never wavered. This officer has frequently brought his crew back safely to base through extremely bad weather. With the aircraft damaged and the wireless unserviceable, he has displayed outstanding ability as navigator and his sustained courage and unusual initiative have been a magnificent example to his crew.

 

NOTE: Public Records Office Air 2/9604 has recommendation dated 22 September 1942 when he had flown 27 sorties (131 hours 50 minutes).

 

14 Apr 42 Le Havre (4.35) 29 June 42 Bremen (6.45)

24 Apr 42 Dunkirk (3.05) 2 July 42 Bremen (4.50)

27 Apr 42 Cologne (6.00) 7 July 42 GARDENING (3.30)

29 Apr 42 Paris (5.15) 8 July 42 Wilhelmshaven (4.10)

5 May 42 Stuttgart (3.55) 21 Jul 42 Duisburg (3.00)

30 May 42 Cologne (4.40) 31 July 42 Dusseldorf (4.40)

1 June 42 Essen (5.15) 24 Aug 42 Frankfurt (6.25)

2 June 42 Essen (3.25) 8 Sept 42 Frankfurt (5.15)

3 June 42 Bremen (5.20) 10 Sept 42 Dusseldorf (4.55)

8 June 42 GARDENING (3.30) 14 Sept 42 Bremen (4.50)

20 June 42 Emden (5.10) 16 Sept 42 Essen (5.10)

22 June 42 Emden (3.20) 18 Sept 42 GARDENING (5.40)

25 June 42 Bremen (6.20) 19 Sept 42 Saarbrucken (6.40)

27 June 42 Bremen (6.10)

 

Flying Officer Morgan joined the squadron on the 9th April 1942, since when he has carried out 27 operational sorties. These operations include sorties to Essen, Cologne and six to Bremen.

 

He has set himself a very high standard and has maintained it throughout his tour, despite being seriously handicapped by continual air sickness. Although he has been involved in two severe crashes on returning from operations his morale has remained unshaken and his determination has never wavered.

 

His outstanding ability and strong sense of duty, combined with his sustained courage and unusual initiative have been a magnificent example to the rest of his crew. He has frequently brought them back to this country through extremely bad weather, at times with the aircraft damaged and the wireless unserviceable.

 

I consider that this officer's ability and devotion to duty have justly earned him the award of the Distinguished Flying Cross. Flying Officer Morgan is a Canadian.

 

MORGAN, F/L Owen Horace, DFC (J7021) - Mention in Despatches - Mediterranean Air Command - Award effective 17 September 1943 as per London Gazette of that date 28 and AFRO 2198/43 dated 29 October 1943.

 

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MORIARTY, FS (now P/O) John Edward (R136237) - Distinguished Flying Medal - No.97 Squadron - Award effective 5 February 1944 as per London Gazette dated 15 February 1944 and AFRO 644/44 dated 24 March 1944. Born 1920 in Toronto; home there (shipping clerk); enlisted there 20 October 1941. Trained at No.5 ITS (graduated 11 Aril 1942), No.20 EFTS (graduated 11 May 1942) and No.9 AOS (graduated 9 October 1942). Commissioned 1943. Medal presented in Toronto, 30 November 1949. 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 25 November 1943 when he had flown 25 sorties (156 hours 30 minutes) with two units; however, sortie sheet list 26 trips as follows:

Unit Not Stated No.97 Squadron

 

21 Jun 43 Krefeld (4.50) 22 Sep 43 Hanover (4.35)

24 Jun 43 Wuppertal (5.555) 23 Sep 43 Mannheim (6.00)

28 Jun 43 Cologne (5.00) 1 Oct 43 Hagen (4.30)

3 July 43 Cologne (5.45) 2 Oct 43 Munich (7.50)

8 July 43 Cologne (3.50) 8 Oct 43 Hanover (4.45)

27 Jul 43 Hamburg (5.05) 18 Oct 43 Hanover (4.50)

29 Jul 43 Hamburg (5.05) 20 Oct 43 Leipzig (6.45)

30 Jul 43 Remscheid (4.30) 22 Oct 43 Kassel (5.35)

2 Aug 43 Hamburg (4.45) 10 Nov 43 Modane (6.35)

9 Aug 43 Mannheim (5.50) 11 Nov 43 Cannes (7.40)

12 Aug 43 Milan (8.00) 17 Nov 43 Ludwigshaven (5.35)

17 Aug 43 Peenemunde (6.50) 22 Nov 43 Berlin (5.45)

23 Aug 43 Berlin (7.10) 26 Nov 43 Berlin (6.30)

 

This NCO has completed twenty-five operational sorties, thirteen with Path Finder Force, of which ten were as marker. He is the navigator of a reliable crew who have made many successful sorties with the squadron, including an attack on Berlin when the crew were credited with a hit on the centre of the city.

 

Flight Sergeant Moriarty is a very efficient navigator and the contribution which his crew have made to the squadron's operational effort must be attributed largely to his ability. His manner and bearing are a source of confidence to his fellow crew members.

 

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MORIE, LAC John Marshall (R207068) - Mention in Despatches - Overseas - Award effective 14 June 1945 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 1647/45 dated 26 October 1945. Born 8 June 1916. Home in Edmonton; enlisted in Calgary 5 August 1943. General Duties (with specific airfield construction and maintenance skills); to Boundary Bay, 17 November 1943; to No.165 Squadron, 6 January 1944; posted overseas August 1944; repatriated 14 June 1946; released 8 August 1946.

 

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MORIN, P/O Gaetan Philippe Alcide (J87365) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.78 Squadron - Award effective 1 December 1944 as per London Gazette dated 12 December 1944 and AFRO 337/45 dated 23 February 1945. Born 1922 in Ste.Agathe des Monts, Quebec; home there; enlisted in Montreal 9 January 1941. Trained at No.3 ITS (graduated 9 October 1942), No.4 BGS (graduated 8 December 1942) and No.9 AOS (graduated 22 January 1943). Commissioned 1944. No citation other than "..in recognition of gallantry and devotion to duty in the execution of air operations against the enemy." Public Records Office Air 2/8881 has recommendation dated 13 September 1944 when he had flown 37 sorties (175 hours 57 minutes), 15 February to 12 August 1944).

 

15 Feb 44 Berlin (6.55) 22 Jun 44 Laon (4.46)

20 Feb 44 Stuttgart (3.55), 24 Jun 44 Noyelle E.C. (3.30)

DNCO, port outer u/s 25 Jun 44 Montorgueil (3.53)

25 Feb 44 Augsburg (7.15) 27 Jun 44 Mont Condon (3.09)

26 Feb 44 Schweinfurt (5.10) 28 Jun 44 Blainville (6.39)

2 Mar 44 Trappes (5.05) 1 July 44 St.Martin le Hortier

6 Mar 44 Le Mans (4.35) (3.34)

9 Apr 44 Lille (3.30) 6 July 44 Croixdale (3.50)

22 Apr 44 Laon (4.20) 8 July 44 Chateau Bernapre

24 Apr 44 Karlsruhe (2.20) (3.25)

1 May 44 Ghislain (2.50) 12 Jul 44 GARDENING (4.00)

3 May 44 Montdidier (3.45) 23 Jul 44 Kiel (4.43)

6 May 44 Nantes Gass (3.18) 24 Jul 44 Stuttgart (8.14)

8 May 44 Haine (3.05) 28 Jul 44 Foret de Nieppe (3.33)

22 May 44 GARDENING (5.09) 1 Aug 44 Prouville (3.30)

24 May 44 GARDENING (4.54) 3 Aug 44 Bois de Casson (4.00)

26 May 44 GARDENING (5.06) 5 Aug 44 Foret de Nieppe (3.33)

27 May 44 GARDENING (5.12) 9 Aug 44 Foret de Mormal (3.26)

6 June 44 St.Lo (4.58) 10 Aug 44 Dijon (6.39)

7 June 44 Juvisy (4.16) 11 Aug 44 Chapel N-Dame (3.28)

15 Jun 44 GARDENING (5.26) 12 Aug 44 Brunswick (5.42)

16 Jun 44 Domleger (3.46)

 

This officer has now completed his first operational tour consisting of 37 sorties, involving a total of 175 hours.

 

He has been the Air Bomber in one of the best crews in the squadron, and much of their success can be attributed to his efforts. He has always pressed home his attacks with the greatest skill and determination, often against the most heavily defended targets. Many successful night photographs have been brought to prove the results of his efforts.

 

For his courage, devotion to duty and coolness in face of the enemy he is strongly recommended for the award of the Distinguished Flying Cross.

 

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MORIN, Sergeant (now F/L) Paul Emile (R54030/J15110) - Distinguished Flying Medal - No.76 Squadron - Award effective 2 January 1942 as per London Gazette dated 23 January 1942 and AFRO 358/44 dated 18 February 1944. Born in Ottawa, 1914; home there; enlisted there June 20th, 1940. Trained at No.2 ITS, No.7 EFTS, and No.1 SFTS. Posted to No.51 Squadron, May 1941; to No. 76 Squadron, August 1941. Attached to Aeroplane Armament Experimental Establishment, 27 January 1942; repatriated to Canada, 7 April 1942; named Vice-Consul to Canadian Consulate, New York, April 1943. Medal presented by Governor General, 12 December 1944. Medals with Canadian War Museum (AN 19860239-012) along with many papers.

 

 

This airman has carried out numerous operational sorties, including attacks on important enemy industrial centres and dockyards. He participated in two recent daylight raids on the enemy warships at Brest and showed great skill on both occasions. Sergeant Morin is a most determined and resolute pilot.

 

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MORISON, F/L David William (J20709) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.429 Squadron - Award effective 2 October 1944 as per London Gazette dated 13 October 1944 and AFRO 2637/44 dated 8 December 1944. Born 1915 in Otterville, Ontario; home in North Bay; enlisted in Toronto, 5 December 1941. Trained at No.1 ITS (graduated 19 June 1942) and No.1 AOS (graduated 6 November 1942). Commissioned 1942. Medal presented in Toronto, 30 November 1949. No citation other than "completed...numerous operations against the enemy in the course of which [he has] invariably displayed the utmost fortitude, courage and devotion to duty". DHist file 181.009 D.2609 (RG.24 Vol.20632) has recommendation dated 22 July 1944 when he had flown 34 sorties (194 hours 15 minutes), 22 December 1943 to 18 July 1944.

 

This navigator has participated in thirty-four attacks on enemy territory, five of them against Berlin, and many others against the heavily defended targets in the Ruhr. His devotion to duty has been outstanding, his skill as a navigator has been well above average and he has always by his skilful navigation kept the aircraft well on track and in so doing assisted his captain to successfully attack his target and bring the aircraft safely back to base. For some time he acted as assistant to the Squadron Navigation Leader and for two months has carried out the duties of Squadron Navigation Leader, in addition to his duties as navigator in a crew. This has entailed much arduous work but throughout his duties he has shown a keenness for his work and a cheerful tact which has not only assisted his captain but has also been of great assistance to the other navigators of the squadron and to the squadron as a whole.

 

It is considered that this officer's outstanding devotion to duty fully merits the award of the D.F.C.

 

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MORISON, F/L John Douglas (J24771) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.77 Squadron - Award effective 15 March 1945 as per London Gazette dated 23 March 1945 and AFRO 721/45 dated 27 April 1945. Born 1922 in Vermillion, Alberta; home in Ponoka, Alberta (carpenter); enlisted in Edmonton, 7 April 1942. Trained at No.2 ITS (graduated 29 August 1942), No.19 EFTS (graduated 20 November 1942) and No.10 SFTS (graduated 19 March 1943). Commissioned March 1943. Medal presented 9 July 1949. 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 2/9050 has recommendation dated 17 December 1944 when he had flown 35 sorties (155 hours two minutes) as follows:

 

29 Apr 44 GARDENING, Gironde (4.13) 12 Aug 44 Brunswick (5.55)

7 May 44 GARDENING, North Sea (3.12) 31 Aug 44 Lumbres (3.10, DNCO)

9 May 44 Berneval (4.16) 3 Sept 44 Venlo (4.05)

10 May 44 Lens (3.40) 9 Sept 44 Le Havre (3.30, recalled)

22 May 44 Orleans (5.17) 11 Sept 44 Nordstern (4.30)

2 June 44 Trappes (3.34) 15 Sept 44 Kiel (5.35)

11 June 44 Massy-Palaiseau (4.35) 17 Sept 44 Boulogne (3.00)

14 June 44 Evrecy (5.00) 6 Oct 44 Gladbach (4.40)

16 June 44 Sterkrade (3.55) 7 Oct 44 Cleve (3.55)

22 June 44 Laon (4.20) 23 Oct 44 Essen (5.05)

27 June 44 Mont Candon (3.35) 25 Oct 44 Essen (4.40)

28 June 44 Blainville (7.05) 30 Oct 44 Cologne (5.45)

17 July 44 Caen (4.25) 31 Oct 44 Cologne (4.50)

20 July 44 Chapelle Notre Dame (3.25) 2 Nov 44 Dusseldorf (5.00)

5 Aug 44 Foret de Nieppe (3.45) 4 Nov 44 Bochum (5.25)

6 Aug 44 Foret de Nieppe (3.30) 16 Nov 44 Julich (4.40)

7 Aug 44 TOTALIZE 3 (4.20) 18 Nov 44 Munster (4.35)

11 Aug 44 Somain (4.35)

 

This captain of aircraft is nearing the completion of his first operational tour, having taken part in 35 sorties, which have been carried out over a wide range of targets. During his tour he has shown consistently good results and great determination in attacking his allotted target, thereby obtaining a good photographic record which shows many aiming point photographs.

 

On three raids he has been in combat with enemy fighters and has displayed fine captaincy and excellent airmanship in the use of evasive action, on one occasion having to perform most violent tactics to shake off the attacking fighter.

 

Flight Lieutenant Morison's record is one of sustained operational endeavour, in recognition of which he is strongly recommended for the award of the Distinguished Flying Cross.

 

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MORITZ, Sergeant Frederick Joseph (R79681) - Distinguished Flying Medal - No.420 Squadron - Award effective 4 August 1942 as per London Gazette dated 7 August 1942 and AFRO 1371/42 dated 28 August 1942. Born in Gull Lake, Saskatchewan; home there (undertaker); enlisted in Regina, 6 November 1940. Trained at No.2 MD, No.1 WS, and No.4 BGS. Medal presented at Buckingham Palace, 10 November 1942.

 

One night in June 1942, Sergeant Moritz was the wireless operator air gunner of an aircraft which attacked Emden. During the return flight his aircraft was intercepted by a Junkers 88. In the ensuing engagement, Sergeant Moritz was wounded in the leg while the rear gunner was seriously wounded and stunned. Sergeant Moritz, despite his wound, gave skilful avoiding instructions to his pilot and manning his guns, fired at the enemy aircraft which fell away and was probably destroyed. Sergeant Moritz then administered first aid to the rear gunner before returning to his wireless set which he manned until the aircraft landed safely at base. By his courage and determination Sergeant Moritz contributed materially to the safe return of his aircraft.

 

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MORONEY, FS Benjamin Henry (R69362) - Distinguished Flying Medal - No.218 Squadron - Award effective 6 August 1943 as per London Gazette dated 13 August 1943 and AFRO 1849/43 dated 10 September 1943. Born in Creighton, Ontario, 1918; home in Sudbury (policeman); enlisted in North Bay, 3 January 1941. Trained at No.4 BGS (graduated 22 December 1941) and No.4 WS (graduated 22 November 1941). Medal presented at Buckingham Palace, 8 February 1944. Returned to police work with OPP after war. DHist file 181.009 D.1509 (RG.24 Vol.20599) has application for Operational Wings dated 15 January 1945 when he was on staff of No.8 OTU in Canada. Lists 30 sorties, 25 June 1942 to 20 April 1943. First two trips were on Wellingtons, but from 8 October 1942 onwards they were on Stirlings.

 

During many operational sorties against the most heavily defended targets in Germany, Flight Sergeant Moroney has consistently displayed courage and skill of a high order. On one occasion when over the Ruhr Valley his aircraft was damaged by enemy ground defences and the wireless was rendered unserviceable. Whilst still in the target area this airman, coolly ignoring the shells bursting around his aircraft, executed repairs and with the navigator materially assisted in the successful completion of the sortie. Flight Sergeant Moroney's devotion to duty and painstaking care of his equipment has set a splendid example to the other wireless operators in his squadron.

 

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MORRICE, F/L James McDonald (J16091) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.427 Squadron - Award effective 5 February 1945 as per London Gazette dated 16 February 1945 and AFRO 563/45 dated 29 March 1945. Born in London, Ontario, 1919; home there; enlisted in Ottawa, 22 August 1940. Trained at No.1 ITS (graduated 15 November 1940), No.5 AOS (graduated 28 April 1941), No.4 BGS (graduated 9 June 1941) and No.1 ANS (graduated 7 July 1941). Commissioned 1942. Medal presented 22 November 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." DHist file 181.009 D.1729 (RG.24 Vol.20607) has recommendation dated 19 November 1944 when he had flown 48 sorties (300 hours 25 minutes), 2 June to 29 August 1942 (North Africa, 34 trips, 250 hours) and 19 September to 18 November 1944 (ten trips, 56 hours 25 minutes).

 

This Navigator has completed one operational tour and ten operational bombing attacks on his second tour. His work at all times has been outstanding and he has shown a high degree of courage, skill and initiative, setting a splendid example to his crew.

 

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MORRIS, FS Allan Wilson (R54068) - Distinguished Flying Medal - No.50 Squadron - Award effective 11 November 1942 as per London Gazette dated 24 November 1942 and AFRO 1962/42 dated 4 December 1942. Born in Windsor, Ontario, 16 November 1919; home in Merrickville, Ontario (student); enlisted in Ottawa, 22 June 1940. Trained at No.5 AOS (graduated 22 June 1941), No.5 BGS (graduated 5 August 1941) and No.1 ANS (graduated 16 September 1941). Medal presented at Buckingham Palace, 3 March 1943.

 

This airman has taken part in many operational sorties. It is largely through his skill as navigator that the crew has been able to achieve so many successes. Flight Sergeant Morris participated in the daylight raids on Le Creusot and Milan together, and a very successful night raid on Genoa. He has set a very high standard among the navigators in the squadron, and at all times has shown the greatest devotion to duty.

 

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MORRIS, F/L Anthony Edward Lloyd (J36951) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.223 Squadron - Award effective 8 September 1945 as per London Gazette dated 21 September 1945 and AFRO 1704/45 dated 9 November 1945. Born 1920 in Moncton, New Brunswick; home in Long Beach, or Laguna Beach, California (BA, University of California); enlisted in Vancouver, 12 October 1942. Trained at No.4 ITS (graduated 1 May 1943), No.5 EFTS (graduated 26 June 1943) and No.3 SFTS. Commissioned 1943. No citation other than "completed... numerous operations against the enemy in the course of which [he has] invariably displayed the utmost fortitude, courage and devotion to duty." Public Records Office Air 2/8749 has recommendation dated 13 April 1945 when he had flown 33 sorties (215 hours), 28 September 1944 to 10 April 1945. First sortie flown on Fortress aircraft; all others in Liberators. Navigator dangerously wounded by flak on 15 October 1944.

 

28 Sep 44 Friesland (3.00) 16 Jan 45 WINDOW, Kiel (4.35)

2 Oct 44 Patrol, Dutch Coast (5.55) 20 Jan 45 WINDOW, Bonn (4.30)

6 Oct 44 Patrol, Dutch Coast (5.35) 9 Feb 45 WINDOW, Munchen/

15 Oct 44 Patrol, Dutch Coast (1.40) Gladbach (4.35)

23 Oct 44 WINDOW, Mainz (5.20) 13 Feb 45 WINDOW, Bonn (4.40)

31 Oct 44 WINDOW, Mainz (5.05) 14 Feb 45 WINDOW, Mainz (5.00)

4 Nov 44 WINDOW, Hanover (3.40) 20 Feb 45 Bombing, Reisholz (6.15)

15 Nov 44 WINDOW, Koblenz (4.35) 22 Feb 45 WINDOW, Munchen/

23 Nov 44 WINDOW, Cologne (4.35) Gladbach (6.30)

25 Nov 44 WINDOW, Frankfurt (6.35) 24 Feb 45 WINDOW, Neuss (5.10)

26 Nov 44 WINDOW, Karlsruhe (8.00) 28 Feb 45 WINDOW,

28 Nov 44 WINDOW, Wesel (3.50) Lake Constance (7.05)

30 Nov 44 WINDOW, Krefeld (3.55) 3 Mar 45 JOSTLE, Kamen (7.15)

5 Dec 44 WINDOW, Rheine (5.20) 7 Mar 45 WINDOW,

12 Dec 44 Bombing, Essen (5.10) Southern Patrol (6.15)

17 Dec 44 Bombing, Munich (9.05) 20 Mar 45 WINDOW, Kassel (7.10)

28 Dec 44 WINDOW, Mainz (7.00) 21 Mar 45 WINDOW,

30 Dec 44 Bombing, Cologne (5.20) Southern Patrol (5.15)

1 Jan 45 WINDOW, Harburg (3.45) 23 Mar 45 WINDOW, Wesel (5.40)

2 Jan 45 WINDOW, Giessen (5.20) 2 Apr 45 WINDOW, Hamburg (4.45)

6 Jan 45 WINDOW, Cologne (5.15) 7 Apr 45 Bombing, Molbis (6.35)

14 Jan 45 WINDOW, Frankfurt (7.15) 10 Apr 45 WINDOW, Dessau (8.30)

 

Flight Lieutenant Morris, a captain of heavy aircraft, has successfully completed a tour of 33 sorties with this squadron on Bomber Support duties. This officer has shown initiative and a fine operational spirit throughout his present tour. He has welded together a fine crew and has led them against determined opposition with complete confidence. Flight Lieutenant Morris, on a recent occasion, successfully completed a deep penetration into enemy territory despite the loss of one engine. The successful completion of this operational flight was due to the initiative and skilful airmanship of the officer. Up to the present time he has flown 215 hours on operations with the squadron. By his tenacity and courage in the face of the enemy this officer has set an outstanding example to his crew and to the squadron, which full merits the award of the Distinguished Flying Cross.

 

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MORRIS, FS (now P/O) Arthur John (R58826) - Air Force Medal - No.12 SFTS - Award effective 1 January 1943 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 55/43 dated 15 January 1943. Born in Blackburn or Bathgate, Scotland, 29 March 1919; to Canada at age of two. Trained at No. 1 ITS (graduated 22 June 1940), No.2 EFTS (graduated 17 August 1940) and No.1 SFTS (graduated 5 October 1940). Instructed at Dunnville and Brandon; posted overseas, arriving in UK on 6 December 1942 and sent to No.402 Squadron, 11 April 1943. Medal presented at Buckingham Palace, 6 July 1943.

 

This NCO has shown himself to be energetic and capable and his hard work and interest in his job have contributed materially to the success of the operations carried out at this unit. He has flown 966 hours 55 minutes day and 85 hours 10 minutes night on instructional flying between March 1941 and February 1942. He is cheerful and willing, giving his best at all times.

 

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MORRIS, P/O George Herbert (J86481) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.578 Squadron - Squadron - Award effective 2 October 1944 as per London Gazette dated 17 October 1944 and AFRO 2637/44 dated 8 December 1944. Born 1920 in Kilarney, Manitoba. Home in Waskada, Manitoba; enlisted in Winnipeg, 13 November 1941. Trained at No.2 ITS (graduated 20 June 1942) and No.3 AOS (graduated 20 November 1943). Medal presented 9 April 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 2/9026 has recommendation dated 17 July 1944 when he had flown 37 sorties (181 hours 15 minutes), 20 January to 6 July 1944. The sortie list is identical to that of W.G. Ingleby indicating that they were in the same crew.

 

* daylight sortie

 

20 Jan 44 Berlin (7.30) 10 May 44 Lens (3.38)

21 Jan 44 Magdeburg (6.15) 11 May 44 Trouville (3.38)

28 Jan 44 Berlin (7.47) 24 May 44 Boulogne (3.15)

30 Jan 44 Berlin (7.02) 27 May 44 Bourg Leopold (3.48)

15 Feb 44 Berlin (6.48) 31 May 44 Trappes (5.41)

19 Feb 44 Leipzig (6.57) 2 June 44 Haringzelles (2.59)

7 Mar 44 Le Mans (4.44) 4 June 44 Boulogne (3.26)

13 Mar 44 Le Mans (5.21) 5 June 44 Mont Fleury (4.24)

15 Mar 44 Stuttgart (8.08) 15 June 44 Fouillard (5.17)

18 Mar 44 Frankfurt (5.31) 17 June 44 St.Martin l'Hortier (3.54)

22 Mar 44 Frankfurt (5.57) 22 June 44 Siracourt (3.52)*

24 Mar 44 Berlin (7.19) 24 June 44 Le Grand Rossignol (3.39)*

26 Mar 44 Essen (4.36) 27 June 44 Marquise Mimoyecques (3.47)*

9 Apr 44 Lille (4.16) 28 June 44 Wizernes (3.00)*

10 Apr 44 Tergnier (4.58) 30 June 44 Villers Bocage (4.40)*

18 Apr 44 Tergnier (4.18) 1 July 44 Oisemont (3.37)*

20 Apr 44 Ottignes (3.56) 5 July 44 St.Martin l'Hortier (3.57*

22 Apr 44 Dusseldorf (4.36) 6 July 44 Croixdale (3.40)*

26 Apr 44 Villeneuve (5.04)

 

Pilot Officer Morris has completed 37 sorties totalling 181.15 hours, taking part as Navigator in many attacks in such heavily defended areas as Berlin (five times), Leipzig, Frankfurt, Essen and Dusseldorf.

 

This quietly spoken Canadian has accomplished with outstanding success a large number of navigational tasks over long and difficult routes in the face of the most difficult weather conditions, and despite the severest cold of the winter period.

 

He has the ability to isolate his mind from all outside distractions, concentrating intensely upon his work, calculating with speedy accuracy and plotting with consistent care the aircraft's progress during the sortie.

 

His confident and cheerful manner contributed a vital part towards the high morale of his crew who owe much of their success to Pilot Officer Morris' superb work. It is strongly recommended that he should receive the award of the Distinguished Flying Cross.

 

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MORRIS, F/O Jerrold Arthur (J7459) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.419 Squadron - Award effective 26 December 1942 as per London Gazette dated 29 December 1942 and AFRO 232/43 dated 12 February 1943. Born in London, Ontario, 1911; home there; enlisted in Halifax, 8 November 1940. Trained at No.3 ITS (graduated 22 April 1941), No.12 EFTS (graduated 3 July 1941), and No.1 SFTS (graduated 13 September 1941). Commissioned September 1941. Postwar art curator; author of Artists and Airmen; died in Toronto, 10 June 1984.

 

This officer has participated in many operational sorties and has never failed to complete his mission. On one occasion all the petrol in the starboard tanks of his aircraft leaked away but by his skilful airmanship he flew the aircraft safely back to England. On another occasion, while attacking Bremen, his aircraft was heavily engaged by the enemy ground defences and seriously damaged. Despite this, Flying Officer Morris flew it back safely and crash landed without further injury to his aircraft or crew. This officer's tenacity, courage and determination in the face of the enemy have been of the highest order.

 

MORRIS, S/L Jerrold Arthur, DFC (J7459) - Bar to Distinguished Flying Cross - No.434 Squadron - Award effective 5 February 1945 as per London Gazette dated 16 February 1945 and AFRO 563/45 dated 29 March 1945. DHist file 181.009 D.3260 (RG.24 Vol.20637) has recommendation dated 17 November 1944 when he had flown 24 sorties (122 hours 55 minutes) on a second tour lasting 4 July to 4 November 1944.

 

Squadron Leader Morris has proved himself to be a courageous captain of aircraft and an outstanding flight commander throughout his second tour of operations. He has completed many further sorties and has always continued to press home his attacks with a determination and devotion to duty which have set a magnificent example to all.

 

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MORRIS, P/O John William (J89342) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.424 Squadron - Award effective 6 January 1945 as per London Gazette dated 19 January 1945 and AFRO 508/45 dated 23 March 1945. Born 1923 in Walkerville, Ontario; home in Windsor; enlisted there 3 September 1942. Trained at No.6 ITS (graduated 28 May 1943) and No.3 BGS (graduated 3 September 1943). Commissioned August 1944. 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.2609 (RG.24 Vol.20627) has recommendation dated 23 October 1944 when he had flown 34 trips (162 hours 23 minutes), 5 June to 14 October 1944.

 

Pilot Officer Morris has completed a tour of operations with 424 Squadron and on many of these trips he has flown as spare gunner. During his period with the squadron this officer has shown great determination and forcefulness in performing the duties required. His singular aptitude as an air gunner has resulted in the success of many operational trips. The majority of these trips were over heavily defended areas and it was frequently due to his watchfulness that enemy fighters were driven off during their attacks. His work on the ground and in the gunnery section has been of an exceptionally high standard with such a keen sense of responsibility and co-operation that he has set a very high standard for other air gunners.

 

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MORRIS, Corporal Robert Roy (R84976) - Mention in Despatches - Skipton-on-Swale - Award effective 14 June 1945 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 1647/45 dated 26 October 1945. Home in Durham Bridge, York County, New Brunswick; enlisted in Moncton, 28 March 1941. No citation in AFRO; DHist file 181.009 D.2619 (RG.24 Vol.20628) has recommendation forwarded 1 February 1945 to No.63 Base HQ when he had served 30 months in Canada, 16 months overseas.

 

This NCO has been in charge of the electricians in a hangar in Repair and Inspection Squadron which is at some distance from the Repair and Inspection Squadron Headquarters. As a result this Corporal has had less than usual amount of supervision but because of his attention to duty, ability to maintain liaison with other trades, and organization of his men, the electrical work in this hangar has always been carried out quickly and efficiently and has been of a high technical standard.

 

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MORRIS, P/O Stanley Earle (J92054) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.415 Squadron - Award effective 10 May 1945 as per London Gazette dated 25 May 1945 and AFRO 1291/45 dated 10 August 1945. Born 1922 in Toronto; home there (student); enlisted 13 August 1942). Trained at No.1 ITS (graduated 30 April 1943), No.1 BGS (graduated 15 October 1943) and No.1 AOS (graduated 20 August 1943). Commissioned October 1944. Medal presented in Toronto, 30 January 1949. Recommended 22 December 1944 when he had flown 31 trips (166 hours 20 minutes) and an NCO (was recommended then for a DFM).

 

Throughout his operational career this officer has shown skill, initiative and determination of a high order. He has participated in many sorties against a wide range of targets. On one occasion in November 1944, during an attack against the heavily defended city of Dusseldorf, his aircraft was severely damaged by enemy fighters. Pilot Officer Morris helped to extinguish fires in the aircraft and in addition he discovered and repaired a fault in the tail of the aircraft which was causing a great loss of control. By his great resourcefulness and skill he was largely instrumental in ensuring the safe return of the aircraft.

 

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MORRIS, F/O Walter Edward Charles (J19176) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.415 Squadron - Award effective 5 July 1945 as per London Gazette dated 20 July 1945 and AFRO 1619/45 dated 19 October 1945. Born 1922 in Winnipeg; home there (clerk); enlisted there 10 March 1941). Trained at No.2 ITS (graduated 9 July 1941), No.3 AOS (graduated 19 January 1942), No.2 BGS (graduated 28 February 1942) and No.1 ANS (graduated 4 April 1942). Commissioned 1943. Medal presented 18 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". DHist file 181.009 D.2618 (RG.24 Vol.20627) has recommendation dated 31 March 1945 when he had completed 32 trips (189 hours 45 minutes) in two tours - the first of 21 sorties (116 hours ten minutes) from 6 December 1942 to 25 April 1943 and the second of eleven sorties (73 hours 35 minutes) from 18 December 1944 to 15 March 1945.

 

Flying Officer Morris is an accurate and determined Air Bomber who has operated against the enemy with consistent success. He has participated in many sorties against a wide range of targets deep into Germany and occupied territory during his operational career. At all times he has maintained a high standard of skill and cool courage, often in the face of strong enemy opposition. In addition to his splendid work in the air, Flying Officer Morris' determined efforts on the ground as Bombing Leader have helped to steadily improve the bombing accuracy of the whole squadron. This officer's keenness for operational flying is most commendable.

 

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MORRISON, FS (now P/O) Alfred Harold (R25702/J90581) - Distinguished Flying Medal - No.425 Squadron - Award effective 6 January 1945 as per London Gazette dated 19 January 1945 and AFRO 508/45 dated 23 March 1945. Born 1924 in Regina; home in Vancouver; enlisted there 5 April 1943. Trained at No. 3 BGS (graduated 12 November 1943). Commissioned 1944. Medal presented 1 July 1947. No citation other than that he has "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.1730 (PAC RG.24 Vol.20607) has recommendation dated 16 October 1944 when he had completed 35 sorties (162 hours 35 minutes): incident described was his second sortie; see also DFM award to FS L.E. McLean:

 

This non-commissioned officer has taken part in numerous operational sorties against heavily defended targets such as Wesseling, Hamburg, Kiel, Osnabruck and Bottrop.

 

On the night of June 10th, 1944, returning from a successful attack on Sautrecourt, France, this airman, as mid-upper gunner, sighted a Me.109 on port beam which fell back only to re-appear dead astern. As it closed in to attack, another Me.109 was sighted by the rear gunner at starboard quarter level. Flight Sergeant Morrison could not bring his guns to bear but managed to fire two bursts while the bomber started climbing and observed traces ricochetting. The enemy aircraft broke away and got out of sight immediately.

 

His coolness and skill contributed much to the safe return of his aircraft. Throughout all his operations, he has shown a fine fighting spirit and has always displayed keenness and courage.

 

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MORRISON, P/O Clifford Byron (J89790) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.640 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 Regina; home in Vancouver (deckhand, former member of Royal Canadian Artillery); enlisted there 21 April 1942. Trained at No.4 ITS (graduated 24 October 1942), No.7 BGS (graduated 14 May 1943) and No.7 AOS (graduated 25 June 1943). Commissioned September 1944. Medal presented in Vancouver, 22 October 1949. 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 2/9051 has recommendation dated 14 December 1944 when he had flown 29 sorties (136 hours 41 minutes), 6 August to 28 November 1944.

 

6 Aug 44 Foret de Nieppe (3.13) 27 Sep 44 Calais (3.34)

7 Aug 44 Battle area (4.55) 30 Sep 44 Bottrop (4.37)

9 Aug 44 Les Catellieres (3.35) 6 Oct 44 Sterkrade (4.36)

10 Aug 44 Dijon (7.01) 7 Oct 44 Cleve (4.20)

11 Aug 44 Etaples (4.01) 14 Oct 44 Duisburg (5.37)

15 Aug 44 Eindhoven (4.06) 15 Oct 44 Wilhelmshaven (3.53)

16 Aug 44 Kiel (5.04) 25 Oct 44 Essen (5.42)

18 Aug 44 Sterkrade (4.38) 28 Oct 44 Oostkapelle (3.21)

24 Aug 44 Brest (5.04) 31 Oct 44 Cologne (5.07)

9 Sept 44 Le Havre (4.27), 3 Nov 44 Dusseldorf (5.50)

Recalled 3 Nov 44 Bochum (5.01)

11 Sep 44 Cadillac (4.23) 6 Nov 44 Gelsenkirchen (5.02)

12 Sep 44 Munster (4.37) 16 Nov 44 Julich (4.47)

17 Sep 44 Boulogne (3.51) 21 Nov 44 Sterkrade (6.22)

25 Sep 44 Calais (4.01) 28 Nov 44 Essen (5.56)

 

Pilot Officer Morrison has completed to date as Air Bomber 29 operational sorties on such targets as Stuttgart, Duisburg, and Bochum, and many others on enemy targets in the Ruhr.

 

This officer has at all times displayed a fine offensive spirit coupled with dogged determination to do the utmost damage to enemy installations in the execution of his duties. His coolness and presence of mind in action have ensured satisfactory results from all attacks, and his skill and co-operation have been instrumental in setting a high standard of morale to the remainder of his crew. Apart from his ability in the air, this officer has given valuable help and guidance to less experienced crews.

 

On the night of 15th October, arriving in the heavily defended target area of Wilhelmshaven, Pilot Officer Morrison was unable to release his bombs with certainty on the objective, owing to adverse weather conditions. The captain then decided to go beneath the clouds owing to the thick coating of ice. This officer made no less than three attempts to accurately bomb before finally seeing his bombs burst in the dock area.

 

I therefore consider that Pilot Officer Morrison's splendid operational record is in keeping with the fine tradition of the Royal Air Force and recommend that he be awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross.

 

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MORRISON, F/L Denzil Woodrow (J7778) - Mention in Despatches - No.162 Squadron (Canada) - Award effective 1 January 1944 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 113/44 dated 21 January 1944. Born in Toronto, 8 September 1919. Enlisted there, 12 August 1940. Trained at No.2 ITS (graduated 11 January 1941), No.5 EFTS (left 5 March 1941), No.3 AOS (graduated 21 July 1941) and No.5 BGS (graduated 1 September 1941).

 

This officer has set a high example of efficiency and devotion to duty both as a navigator and Squadron Navigation Officer. He has carried out many difficult tasks under adverse conditions with skill and determination.

 

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MORRISON, FS (now P/O) Donald Robert (R80521/J15475) - Distinguished Flying Medal - No.401 Squadron - Award effective 19 June 1942 as per London Gazette dated 30 June 1942 and AFRO 1052-1053/42 dated 10 July 1942. Born in Toronto, 30 June 1921; home there; enlisted there 25 October 1940. Trained at No.2 ITS (graduated 26 February 1941), No.6 EFTS (graduated 18 April 1941) and No.10 SFTS, Dauphin, (graduated 15 July 1941). Promoted to Flight Sergeant, 1 March 1942; commissioned 1 May 1942; promoted to Flying Officer (acting Flight Lieutenant), 24 September 1942. To UK, August 1941. Further trained at No.58 OTU, Grangemouth (26 August to 7 October 1941); to No.122 Squadron (7 October to 11 November 1941); to No.401 Squadron (11 November 1941 to 28 March 1942); to Central Gunnery School, Wittening (28 March to 4 May 1942); to No.401 Squadron (4 May to 8 November 1942). POW (8 November 1942), exchanged October 1943. Repatriated to Canada, 25 November 1943. With No.20 EFTS, 15 May to 22 August 1944 and Station Trenton, 23 August 1944 to 6 March 1945. Released 14 March 1945. Operated a grocer store after the war but found it too hard with artificial leg. Medal presented at Buckingham Palace, 9 November 1943. Went into public relations and was an Air Canada trouble shooter. Victories as follows: 18 November 1941, one Bf.109 probably destroyed near Le Touquet (shared with another pilot); 22 November 1941, one FW.190 destroyed near Desvres plus one FW.190 damaged; 8 December 1941, one Bf.109F destroyed west of Gris Nez plus one Bf.109 damaged; 12 February 1942, one Bf.109 destroyed off Calais (shared with two other pilots); 28 February 1942, one FW.190 probably destroyed east of Ramsgate; 24 May 1943, two FW.190s damaged; 5 June 1942, one FW.190 destroyed, Abbeville (shared with another pilot); 26 July 1942, one FW.190 damaged, Cap Gris Nez; 19 August 1942, one FW.190 destroyed, Dieppe; 28 August 1942, one FW.190 probably destroyed, east of Amiens; 2 September 1942, one FW.190 destroyed south of Shoreham; 5 September 1942, one FW.190 probably destroyed, Dieppe; 2 October 1942, one Bf.109 probably destroyed, Abbeville; 8 November 1942, one FW.190 destroyed (shared with another pilot). Died 28 January 1994 in Toronto. Photos PL-10665 (on launch), PL-22115 (F/L L. Dougall, Morrison, S/L E.L. Neale).

 

Flight Sergeant Morrison has displayed outstanding ability and skill as a pilot during combats with the enemy. He has destroyed two and damaged several other enemy aircraft besides sharing in the destruction of two others. Flight Sergeant Morrison has participated in 57 operational sorties and in May 1942, after his port elevator had been shot off by enemy cannon fire near Le Havre, he successfully brought his aircraft back to this country and performed a difficult landing with little additional damage.

 

MORRISON, F/L Donald Robert, DFM (J15475) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.401 Squadron - Award effective 4 July 1943 as per London Gazette dated 16 July 1943 and AFRO 1724/43 dated 27 August 1943.

 

This officer displayed great skill and tenacity in air operations and has destroyed fifteen hostile aircraft. His gallantry was amply demonstrated on one occasion when a few minutes after being picked up by a rescue launch in the North Sea, after being compelled to leave his damaged aircraft by parachute, he plunged overboard and rescued a naval rating from drowning. Flight Lieutenant Morrison's conduct was worthy of high praise.

 

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MORRISON, LAC Harold Sifton (R259156) - Mention in Despatches- No.1659 HCU - Award effective 1 January 1946 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 418/46 dated 18 April 1946. Home in Rosemont, Quebec; enlisted Montreal, 2 June 1943. No details in AFRO; DHist 181.002 D.225 has recommendation dated 23 June 1945. He had been one year in Canada, eleven months in UK. However, he appears to have been on the strength of Station Odiham at the date of the award.

 

This airman during his period of service overseas has done his utmost to improve his knowledge of his trade, and through his initiative and persistence has been an excellent example to the other airmen working with him.

 

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MORRISON, FS Hiram (R51568) - British Empire Medal - No.1 AOS - Award effective 14 June 1945 as per Canada Gazette of that date and AFRO 1127/45 dated 6 July 1945. Born 24 November 1898, Sudbury, Ontario. Enlisted November 1939. Medal presented 29 August 1946.

 

This non-commissioned officer, since coming to this unit almost a year ago, has fulfilled his duties of assistant to the Station Warrant Officer in a most capable and reliable manner. Because of his mature age and experience he has always been an outstanding influence on the younger airmen on his unit. He does more than his normal duties and gives his undivided attention to all he undertakes in a thorough and highly satisfactory manner. By his devotion to duty, loyalty and keenness, he has made a valuable contribution to the training at this school.

 

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MORRISON, S/L Howard Allan (J4898) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.405 Squadron - Award effective 1 September 1944 as per London Gazette dated 15 September 1944 and AFRO 2373/44 dated 3 November 1944. Born 10 December 1919 in Winnipeg; educated at Lauder, Brandon and University of Manitoba (pre-medical, two years). Postal clerk between studies. Enlisted in Winnipeg, 25 September 1940. Trained at No.2 ITS (graduated 12 November 1940), No.10 EFTS (graduated 4 January 1941), and No.5 SFTS (graduated 17 March 1941). Commissioned 1941. Trained as instructor at Trenton, the instructed at No.3 SFTS; went on to OTU at Pennfield Ridge; posted overseas 22 June 1943. Repatriated to Canada, 1945. Posted to Directorate of Operational Training at AFHQ. To RCAF Staff College, 1946 and then back to AFHQ (Directorate of Training). DFC and DSO presented by Governor General, 2 December 1946. Remained in postwar RCAF. Joined No.426 Squadron in 1948. Awarded AFC (5 June 1952) for services on Korean Airlift; awarded Queen's Coronation Medal, 23 October 1953 (Station Rockcliffe). To AFHQ in 1955 (Directorate of Postings and Careers); November 1956 became base commander of RCAF part of UNEF. January 1957 returned to Canada as CSO Air Transport Command where he remained until September 1959; to Uplands as CO, CEPE. July 1961 he became Air Commander of UN Forces in Congo; remained until April 1962 when he was made CO of Uplands. August 1963 he became CSO, ATC, Trenton. In April 1968 he became Vice Commander of Central NORAD Region. No citation other than "completed...many successful operations during which [he has] displayed high skill, fortitude and devotion to duty." Public Records Office Air 2//9276 has recommendation dated 22 June 1944 when he had flown 32 sorties (176 hours five minutes), 27 October 1943 to 15 June 1944.

 

27 Oct 43 NICKELLING Paris (4.10) 24 Mar 44 Berlin (6.50)

2 Dec 43 Berlin (6.00) 30 Mar 44 Nuremburg (6.50)

3 Dec 43 Leipzig (7.10) 18 Apr 44 Tergnier (3.00)

20 Dec 43 Mannheim (5.45) 20 Apr 44 Lens (3.00)

23 Dec 43 Berlin (7.30) 24 Apr 44 Karlsruhe (5.45)

29 Dec 43 Berlin (6.15) 27 Apr 44 Friedrichshaven (7.00)

1 Jan 44 Berlin (7.05) 8 May 44 Haine St.Pierre (2.35)

2 Jan 44 Berlin (6.30) 10 May 44 Ghent (2.35)

5 Jan 44 Stettin (8.30) 11 May 44 Boulogne (2.15)

21 Jan 44 Magdeburg (6.25) 19 May 44 Le Mans (4.00)

27 Jan 44 Berlin (7.15) 22 May 44 Le Mans (3.30)

28 Jan 44 Berlin (7.45) 27 May 44 Rennes (3.40)

25 Feb 44 Augsburg (6.55) 28 May 44 Mardyck (1.40)

1 Mar 44 Stuttgart (6.55) 11 Jun 44 Tours (2.20)

15 Mar 44 Stuttgart (6.40) 12 Jun 44 Amiens (4.55)

18 Mar 44 Frankfurt (4.35) 14 Jun 44 Cambrai (2.40)

22 Mar 44 Frankfurt (5.20) 15 Jun 44 Lens (2.45)

 

This officer is a very capable Captain and Flight Commander who has completed 32 operational sorties against such heavily defended enemy targets as Berlin, Frankfurt and Stuttgart. Both on operational duty and ground duty, this officer has set a fine example to those serving under his command by his devotion to duty and determination to complete the most difficult tasks allotted to him. Undoubtedly this officer has contributed in no small way to the successes attained by this squadron. Strongly recommended for the Distinguished Flying Cross.

 

MORRISON, W/C Howard Allan, DFC (J4898) - Distinguished Service Order - No.405 Squadron - Award effective 27 October 1944 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 2637/44 dated 8 December 1944.

 

In September 1944, Wing Commander Morrison captained an aircraft detailed to attack Le Havre. Whilst over the target, heavy and accurate anti-aircraft fire was encountered. Undeterred, this captain endeavoured to press home his attack. His aircraft was hit and sustained serious damage. The aircraft became almost uncontrollable. A fire started and the fuselage became filled with smoke. The flames spread quickly and it was evident that the aircraft could not be saved. Displaying great coolness, Wing Commander Morrison ordered his crew to leave by parachute. He himself would not leave until he was satisfied that all his comrades were clear. When he finally jumped the aircraft was down to a low altitude. This officer has invariable displayed the highest standard of courage and devotion to duty. He has completed very many sorties and, in his determination to complete his missions successfully, has often remained over the target for long periods.

 

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MORRISON, FS Hugh William (R65963) - British Empire Medal - No.2 SFTS - Award effective 28 May 1943 as per London Gazette of that date, Canada Gazette dated 2 June 1943, and AFRO 1459/43 dated 30 July 1943. Born in Lakefield, Ontario, 1916. Enlisted in Toronto, 17 June 1940. Later trained as a navigator. Medal presented 29 March 1944.

 

Sergeant Morrison has spent two and one-half years at this station in the Instrument Section, of which he is now in charge. He has devised many local methods of testing which have resulted in a highly satisfactory performance at this unit. Aircraft have very seldom been grounded for lack of instruments. He is untiring in his efforts, has shown great initiative and intelligence in the execution of his duties, and has excelled in the administration of his section.

 

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MORRISON, P/O James Robert (J18937) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.419 Squadron - Award effective 18 April 1944 as per London Gazette dated 21 April 1944 and AFRO 1020/44 dated 12 May 1944. Born 1920 in Montreal; home there; enlisted there 22 June 1940. Trained at No.2 ITS (graduated 27 July 1940), No.4 EFTS (graduated 3 November 1940) and No.2 SFTS (graduated 25 January 1941). Commissioned 1943.

 

This officer is a most efficient and determined captain of aircraft whose example has been reflected in the fine fighting qualities of his crew. On several occasions his aircraft has been attacked by fighters and sustained damage. Nevertheless he has flown back to base each time. He has set an example of a high order.

 

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MORRISON, P/O John Robert (J15523) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.405 Squadron - Award effective 31 December 1942 as per London Gazette dated 12 January 1943 and AFRO 232/43 dated 12 February 1943. Born in Winnipeg, 1921; home there; enlisted there 14 December 1939. Trained at RCAF Station Rockcliffe with No.112 Squadron. Commissioned May 1942.

 

This officer inspires all with whom he comes in contact on operations. He is cool and collected and as an air gunner he has set an exceptional example which has considerably helped in the successes achieved.

 

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MORRISON, F/L Norman Beverley (J13721) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.619 Squadron - Award effective 19 June 1944 as per London Gazette dated 27 June 1944 and AFRO 1861/44 dated 25 August 1944. Born 1920; home in Toronto; enlisted there 2 September 1941. Trained at No.5 ITS (graduated 13 February 1942), No.13 EFTS (graduated 24 April 1942) and No.2 SFTS (graduated 28 August 1942). Commissioned 1942. Medal sent by registered mail 16 July 1946. 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 24 sorties (183 hours 59 minutes) as follows:

 

* unsuccessful sortie; duty not carried out (DNCO)

 

24 July 43 Hamburg (4.59) 22 Oct 43 Kassel (2.42)*

27 July 43 Hamburg (6.26) 10 Nov 43 Modane (6.30)*

7 Aug 43 Milan (8.58) 26 Nov 43 Berlin (8.54)

10 Aug 43 Nuremburg (7.41) 3 Dec 43 Leipzig (7.06)

12 Aug 43 Milan (8.43) 20 Dec 43 Frankfurt (6.02)

30 Aug 43 Munchen Gladbach (4.57) 29 Dec 43 Berlin (7.12)

31 Aug 43 Berlin (7.33) 1 Jan 44 Berlin (8.04)

3 Sept 43 Berlin (6.30) 2 Jan 44 Berlin (7.55)

6 Sept 43 Munich (8.46) 20 Jan 44 Berlin (7.24)

22 Sept 43 Hanover (5.46) 15 Feb 44 Berlin (2.39)*

3 Oct 43 Kassel (5.49) 19 Feb 44 Leipzig (7.10)

7 Oct 43 Stuttgart (6.53) 24 Feb 44 Schweinfurt (8.19)

8 Oct 43 Hanover (5.22) 25 Feb 44 Augsburg (7.55)

20 Oct 43 Leipzig (7.44)

 

Acting Flight Lieutenant Morrison has shown himself to be a keen and determined operational pilot. He has made 24 successful raids against targets in Germany and Italy during this, his first tour, and seven of these have been against Berlin. His whole attitude towards operations has had a great effect in maintaining the high morale of the squadron.

 

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MORRISON, F/L Norman William (J15895) - Mention in Despatches - No.427 Squadron - Award effective 14 January 1944 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 874/44 dated 21 April 1944. Home in Winnipeg; enlisted there 29 January 1941. Trained at No.6 BGS (graduated 13 October 1941) and No.1 WS (graduated 28 April 1941). Also served at No.1666 Conversion Unit.

 

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MORRISON, F/O Roy Gordon (J9764) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.35 Squadron - Awarded 31 May 1943 as per London Gazette dated 11 June 1943 and AFRO 1338/43 dated 16 July 1943 - Born in Victoria, British Columbia, 1914; home in Vancouver; enlisted there 9 January 1941. Trained at No.2 ITS (graduated 8 May 1941), No.2 EFTS, No.5 BGS (graduated 6 December 1941), No.6 AOS (graduated 25 October 1941), and No.1 CNS (graduated 6 January 1942). Commissioned 1942. Medal presented 15 January 1945. Cited with P/O W.S. Sherk (Bar to DFC), F/O G.G. McGladrey (DFC), and Sergeant D.G. Bebensee (DFM). See McGladrey for citation; incident occurred 20/21 April 1943.

 

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MORRISON, P/O Samuel Richard (J85734) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.408 Squadron - Award effective 8 September 1944 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 2373/44 dated 3 November 1944. Born in Toronto, 1920; home there; enlisted there 24 July 1940. Trained at No.1 ITS (graduated 1 February 1942), No.10 EFTS (graduated 10 April 1942), No.6 or 8 SFTS (ceased training 14 August 1942) and No.3 BGS (graduated 31 July 1942). Commissioned 1944. Medal presented 22 June 1949.

 

This officer has completed two tours of operations in the role of rear gunner and has displayed great coolness and skill. On several occasions his vigilance and well directed combat manoeuvres have enabled his pilot to evade enemy fighters. He has proved himself to be a brave and devoted member of aircraft crew.

 

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MORRISON, Corporal (now Sergeant) Thomas Ross (R90615) - Mention in Despatches - Overseas - Award effective 14 June 1945 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 1647/45 dated 26 October 1945. Born 14 July 1912. Home in Toronto; enlisted in North Bay, 9 April 1941. Radar mechanic; posted overseas January 1942; repatriated 23 October 1945; released 3 December 1945. No citation in AFRO.

 

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MORRISSETTE, F/L Andre Rene (J4102) - Commended for Valuable Services in the Air - No.11 EFTS - Awarded 16 April 1943 as per London Gazette of 13 April 1943 and AFRO 1035/43 dated 4 June 1943. Home in Trois Rivieres, Quebec; enlisted in Montreal, 20 July 1940. Trained at No.2 ITS (graduated 30 September 1940), No.5 EFTS (graduated 28 November 1940), and No.3 SFTS (graduated 15 February 1941). Governor General's Records (RG.7 Group 26, Volume 57, File 190-I) has citation.

 

Flight Lieutenant Morrissette has been employed as an Assistant Supervisory Officer and later as assistant Chief Flying Instructor during a period of one year and three months. He has always displayed outstanding devotion to duty and this, coupled with his reliability, has proven him to be a very capable Flying Instructor. He has completed 800 instructional hours over a period of twenty-two months.

 

MORRISSETTE, S/L Andre Rene (J4102) - Air Force Cross - No. 10 EFTS - Award effective 8 June 1944 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 1380/44 dated 30 June 1944. Born in Montreal; educated there including Sir George Williams College. Enlisted in Montreal, July 1940. Trained at No.2 ITS, No.3 EFTS, No.3 SFTS - described as having flown 1,385 hours to date, 1,209 hours as instructor, 162.15 hours in previous six months. Commended, April 1943.

 

This conscientious officer has completed three years of flying instructional duties. He has been an excellent organizer and a keen pilot in completing cheerfully his allotted work throughout his career. His enthusiasm, devotion to duty and skill as a pilot and instructor have made an outstanding contribution to the Air Training Plan.

 

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MORRISSY, Sergeant Harry (R100533) - Distinguished Flying Medal - No.102 Squadron - Award effective 14 December 1942 as per London Gazette dated 30 December 1942 and AFRO 2113/42 dated 30 December 1942. American in the RCAF; born in Cheltenham, Pennsylvania, 1917; home there (polisher). Enlisted in Toronto, 25 March 1941. Trained at No.1 ITS (graduated 15 July 1941), No.7 EFTS (graduated 13 September 1941), and No.16 SFTS (graduated 5 December 1941). Killed in action 3 December 1942; buried in Belgium.

 

One night in November 1942, Sergeant Morrisy captained an aircraft detailed to attack Turin. During the takeoff the hatch cover above his head blew open and all attempts to close and secure it were unavailable [sic]. Although it was necessary to jettison the hatch cover, leaving him exposed to intense cold and extreme discomfort, Sergeant Morrisy flew on to the target and successfully bombed it. Throughout the flight this airman displayed outstanding determination and devotion to duty.

 

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MORROW, G/C George Graham (C1913) - Officer, Order of the British Empire - RCAF Overseas Headquarters - Awarded 1 January 1945 as per London Gazette of that date, Canada Gazette dated 6 January 1945 and AFRO 89/45 dated 19 January 1945. Awarded Queen's Coronation Medal, 26 October 1953 (Group Captain, AFHQ).

 

This officer has been employed on wartime administrative duties in the Royal Canadian Air Force both overseas and in Canada for the past four years. He has been employed on special duties in the Ottawa Air Training Conference, May 1942, and legal conference at Air Ministry, July 1942; as Secretary to the Chief of the Air Staff, as Secretary to the Chief of Air Staff Committee, Ottawa, and, latterly, as Executive Assistant to the Air Officer Commanding-in-Chief, Royal Canadian Air Force Overseas. He has filled these tasks in a most capable and efficient manner, and throughout, his devotion to duty has been exceptional.

 

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MORROW, S/L Robert Ellis Evan (C1238) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.402 Squadron - Award effective 2 August 1942 as per London Gazette dated 18 August 1942 and AFRO 1413 dated 4 September 1942. Born in Crossfield, Albert, 20 January 1916. Joined RCAF, 9 October 1939. Trained at Brandon, Trenton and Camp Borden. F/O, 8 June 1940; F/L 18 May 1941; S/L 14 December 1941; W/C 1 February 1943. CO of No.402 Squadron, 15 December 1941 to 17 August 1942. Repatriated to Canada, December 1941. CO of RCAF Wing in Alaska. CO of Station Boundary Bay, 12 November 1943 to 16 February 1944. Overseas at RAF Staff College, July-November 1944. Medal presented 18 April 1944. CO of No.4 BGS, 23 November 1944 to 17 February 1945. CO of No.1 WS. 18 February to 31 October 1945. To Reserve, 19 November 1945. Re-engaged in Regular Force, 1 October 1946 to 18 August 1947. Subsequently in RCAF Auxiliary with No.401 Squadron to 1951. Victories were on 13 May 1941 (one Ju.88 damaged east of Mabelthorpe), 18 September 1941 (one Bf.109 probably destroyed north of St.Valery), 8 June 1942 (one FW.190 damaged, St.Omer), 15 July 1942 (one FW.190 destroyed, shared with five other pilots). Postwar lawyer-businessman (Anglo-Newfoundland Development, Gaspesia Paper, Consolidated Bathurst, Boeing Aircraft. Died in Montreal, 9 March 1998.

 

This officer has completed many operational sorties. His brilliant leadership and skill have contributed materially to the high standard of efficiency and fighting spirit of his squadron. On one occasion he led the squadron in a low level attack on five enemy destroyers. One of them was believed to have been sunk while the remainder were damaged. Squadron Leader Morrow has destroyed one and assisted in the destruction of another hostile aircraft.

 

MORROW, W/C Robert Ellis Evan, DFC (C1238) - Mention in Despatches - RCAF Alaska Wing (now Station Boundary Bay) - Award effective 1 January 1944 as per Canada Gazette and London Gazette of that date and AFRO 113/44 dated 21 January 1944.

 

Wing Commander Morrow has displayed exceptional qualities as a leader and fighter pilot. His liaison work and friendly co-operation with the United States forces has been highly commended as a valuable contribution to the joint war effort.

 

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MORSE, F/O Hugh Fitch (J27017) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.442 Squadron - Award effective 18 December 1944 as per London Gazette dated 29 December 1944 and AFRO 379/45 dated 2 March 1945. Home in Haney, British Columbia; enlisted in Montreal, 6 June 1941. Trained at No.3 ITS (graduated 25 September 1941), No.4 EFTS (graduated 23 November 1941) and No.9 SFTS (graduated 10 April 1942). Medal presented 29 January 1947.

 

Flying Officer Morse has now completed his first tour of operations. He has at all times displayed a fine fighting spirit and great determination to engage the enemy. In August 1944 this officer destroyed or damaged thirty-seven enemy vehicles bringing his total of enemy vehicles destroyed or damaged since the invasion of the continent to sixty-eight. In addition to this fine achievement he has damaged one enemy aircraft. The cool precision and effectiveness of Flying Officer Morse's low level attacks have set an exceptionally fine example to other pilots.

 

NOTE: DHist file 181.009 D.2833 (RG.24 Volume 20632) has recommendation dated 9 September 1944 which bears comparison. As of that date he had flown 158 sorties (196 hours):

 

Flying Officer Morse has completed a tour of operations and has at all times displayed a fine fighting spirit and great determination to engage the enemy both in the air and on the ground. On August 18th and 19th, 1944, this officer destroyed or damaged 37 enemy vehicles bringing his total to 68 enemy vehicles destroyed or damaged since the invasion of the continent. In addition to this he has damaged one enemy aircraft. The cool precision and effectiveness of this pilot's low level attacks in most heavily defended areas has set an exceptionally fine example for the squadron and his work is worthy of the highest praise.

 

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MORTON, F/L Arthur Homer (J12040) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.103 Squadron - Award effective 30 October 1945 as per London Gazette dated 6 November 1945 and AFRO 155/46 dated 15 February 1946. Trained at No.3 ITS, No.22 EFTS and No.9 SFTS. 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."

 

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MORTON, FS Carl Lowell (R101074) - Distinguished Flying Medal - No.78 Squadron - Award effective 6 August 1943 as per London Gazette dated 13 August 1943 and AFRO 1849/43 dated 10 September 1943. Home in Berkley, California; enlisted in Vancouver, 22 April 1941. Trained at No.2 ITS (graduated 2 August 1941), No.2 BGS (graduated 6 December 1941), No.2 AOS (graduated 24 October 1941) and No.1 ANS (graduated 6 January 1942). Medal presented 10 May 1946.

 

Flight Sergeant Morton has completed his first operational tour and has flown over a large number of the most heavily defended areas of Germany. On all occasions he has performed his duties with high courage and determination.

 

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MORTON, P/O Earl Frederick (J16333) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.418 Squadron - Award effective 20 July 1943 as per London Gazette dated 27 July 1943 and AFRO 1724/43 dated 27 August 1943. Born at Three Mile Plains, Nova Scotia; home there; enlisted in Halifax, 7 November 1940. Trained at No.3 ITS (graduated 3 May 1941), No.3 BGS (graduated 28 September 1941), No.5 AOS (graduated 16 August 1941) and No.1 ANS (graduated 27 October 1941). Commissioned 1942. Arrived in UK, 23 November 1941; to No.418 Squadron 28 June 1942. Killed in flying accident, 14 February 1944 (Mosquito HX863, No.60 OTU). Medal presented by Governor General to next-of-kin, 12 December 1944.

 

As observer/navigator this officer has flown on operations continuously since March 1942. He has participated in numerous patrols over enemy airfields in France, Belgium and Holland in attacks on enemy trains and marshalling yards and in several bombing sorties. On all occasions he has been of great assistance to his captain and played a vital part in the successes attained. Pilot Officer Morton, over a long period, has shown a fine fighting spirit, ability and efficiency and has also been of great assistance in training less experienced observers.

 

NOTE: Public Records Office Air 2/8971 has recommendation by W/C J.H. Little, DFC dated 12 May 1943 which goes into much more detail:

 

Pilot Officer Morton has acted as Pilot Officer Craft's observer and navigator on 30 operational sorties. He has been on operations continuously from 22nd March, 1942 to 7th May, 1943, during which he has acted as observer and navigator on patrols of all enemy aerodromes in France, Belgium and Holland. Upon a number of sorties, including several bombing attacks on enemy aerodromes, six of which were made in support of Bomber Command major bombing efforts, numerous trains and marshalling yards have been attacked and on the night of 7th May 1943, Pilot Officer Craft destroyed a Junkers 88 south of Paris. There is no doubt that Pilot Officer Morton has played a vital part in the success achieved by Pilot Officer Craft and it is impossible to divide the benefit which the squadron has received from the example of this aircrew between one or the other of them. Pilot Officer Morton has been astute to pass on to other observers less experienced than himself the information he has gained during his tour of operations and in so doing is largely responsible for the high standard of efficiency attained by other observers in his flight. Pilot Officer Morton was commissioned in this squadron on 21st October 1942, and both as a Non-Commissioned Officer and an officer he has discharged his duties both as a squadron member and as a part of an operational crew in a manner which has set a shining example to all concerned.

 

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MORTON, Sergeant Horace Albert (R50155) - Mention in Despatches - Overseas - Award effective 8 June 1944 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 1729/44 dated 11 August 1944. Born 24 May 1910; enlisted in Halifax,, 5 February 1940. Electrician. Served at No.1 SFTS, 3 September 1940 until posted overseas, January 1942; repatriated 7 June 1945; released 27 July 1945. No citation in AFRO.

 

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MORTON, S/L James (C3649) - Member, Order of the British Empire - No.1 Central Navigation School - 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. Born in Sunderland, England, 5 August 1908. Served at Dafoe, Rivers and Edmonton. Medal presented by Governor General, 27 June 1945. Remained in postwar RCAF and retired as a Wing Commander. Died in Honolulu, 25 May 1992, after living 20 years in Hawaii.

 

This accountant officer, throughout his service career, has displayed exceptional devotion to duty. His keen interest and diversified and energetic efforts on behalf of the welfare of airmen have contributed much to the morale of the station on which he has served. His exceptional knowledge and ability have been applied in a most meritorious performance of service which has been an inspiring example to all with whom he has been associated.

 

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MORTON, F/L John Alexander (J7451) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.400 Squadron - Award effective 23 March 1945 as per London Gazette dated 3 April 1945 and AFRO 765/45 dated 4 May 1945. Born 1915 in Didsbury, Alberta; home there (farmer, ex-Royal Canadian Artillery); enlisted in Calgary 9 January 1941. Trained at No.2 ITS (graduated 8 May 1941), No.16 EFTS (graduated 3 July 1941) and No.1 SFTS (graduated 14 September 1941). Commissioned September 1941. Medal presented 9 July 1949.

 

On intruder operations Flight Lieutenant Morton has invariably displayed great skill, courage and determination. Prior to the invasion of France he participated in many missions. Many of these were completed in the face of heavy anti-aircraft fire and enemy aircraft were frequently encountered. Flight Lieutenant Morton has destroyed one enemy aircraft, damaged locomotives and achieved much success on photographic reconnaissance. His keenness and his devotion to duty have been an example to the squadron.

 

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MORTON, F/O John Frederick (J29163) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.431 Squadron - Award effective 10 May 1945 as per London Gazette dated 25 May 1945 and AFRO 1291/45 dated 10 August 1945. Born 3 June 1917 at Melfort, Saskatchewan; home at Niagara-on-the Lake, Ontario (machine and tractor driver); enlisted in Hamilton, 11 June 1942. Trained at No.5 ITS (graduated 30 December 1942), No.10 EFTS (graduated 19 March 1943) and No.2 SFTS (graduated 6 August 1943). Commissioned August 1943. Medal sent by registered mail 21 December 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.5526 (RG.24 Vol.20667) has recommendation (undated) when he had flown 29 sorties (156 hours 20 minutes), 10 August 1944 to 5 January 1945. Died in Victoria, 3 October 1995.

 

Flying Officer Morton is a fearless and reliable pilot, who has captained his aircraft against twenty-nine enemy targets, at all times achieving splendid results. His courage, skill and fine offensive spirit has been an inspiration to his crew, who functioned as a complete fighting unit under his efficient leadership. I strongly recommend that this officer's gallantry be recognized by the award of the Distinguished Flying Cross.

 

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MORTON, F/L Joseph Alfred (J16482) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.427 Squadron - Award effective 6 November 1943 as per London Gazette dated 12 November 1943 and AFRO 2610/43 dated 17 December 1943. Born 1918 at Quill Lake, Saskatchewan; home in Saskatoon; enlisted in Saskatoon, 15 May 1941. Trained at No.4 ITS (graduated 29 August 1941), No.5 EFTS (graduated 25 October 1941) and No.10 SFTS (graduated 16 January 1942). Posted overseas in March 1942. Commissioned 1942. Medal presented at Buckingham Palace 11 August 1944. No citation in AFRO other than "completed many successful operations against the enemy in which [he] displayed high skill, fortitude and devotion to duty."

 

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MORTON, Fl/O Mable Ina (V30407) - Mention in Despatches - Middleton St.George - Award effective 1 January 1946 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 418/46 dated 18 April 1946. Home in Ottawa; enlisted in Montreal, 9 April 1942. Certificate sent to Gore Bay, Ontario, 12 October 1948. AFRO gives unit only as "Overseas"; unit found in McEwen Papers list of recommendations for MiD. DHist file 181.009 D.4364 (RG.24 Vol.20648) has recommendation submitted by station, 25 May 1945; enlisted 9 April 1942; served 17 months in Canada, 20 months overseas.

 

Section Officer Morton, since joining this unit in the role of an Intelligence Officer on 24th November, 1944, has by her untiring application to her duties made an outstanding contribution to the war effort. She at all times is efficient, cheerful and has shown a keep aptitude in correctly obtaining and correlating information from aircrews which has been of fine value in the prosecution of operations. She has played an important part in fostering all entertainments and held a key organizing position which greatly contributed to the success of many projects on the station. It is considered that the award of the Mention in Despatches is well merited in the case of this officer.

 

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MORTON, FS Wilfred Kenneth (R83647) - Mention in Despatches - No.426 Squadron (Linton-on-Ouse) - Award effective 14 June 1945 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 1600/45 dated 12 October 1945. Home in Newmarket, Ontario; enlisted in Toronto, 27 January 1940. Certificate sent 11 September 1948. AFRO gives unit only as "Overseas"; DHist file 181.009 D.1725 (PAC RG.24 Vol.20607) has list of MiDs this date with unit. DHist file 181.009 D.1658 "RCAF Linton-on-Ouse, Honours and Awards" (PAC RG.24 Vol.20605) has recommendation of February 1945. He had enlisted 27 November 1940, served 28 months in Canada, 34 months in UK. Aero-engine mechanic, NCO in charge of No.426 Squadron "B" Flight Servicing Echelon:

 

This airman has served with distinction in No.426 (RCAF) Squadron for the past 20 months. His unfailing keenness and energy have enabled him to make a very commendable contribution to the squadron's work and his excellent organizing and administrative ability have won him the respect and admiration of the officers and men with whom he has worked. He has always provided outstanding leadership to those working under him and his quiet, polite manner, in the most trying situations, has enabled his superior officers to entrust the most difficult tasks to him.

 

MORTON, FS Wilfred Kenneth (R83647) - Mention in Despatches - Linton-on-Ouse - Award effective 1 January 1946 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 155/46 dated 15 February 1946. Identified in AFRO as "Overseas". McEwen papers (CWM) with list of recommendations with MiD recommendations for 1 February to 31 July 1945 identifies unit. DHist file 181.009 D.1725 (PAC RG.24 Vol.20607) has recommendation forwarded to No.6 Group Headquarters, 5 May 1945. Fitter IIE and NCO in charge of Ground Personnel in a flight; had spent three years in Canada, two years in UK:

 

The exceptionally high qualities which this Flight Sergeant has displayed as an NCO, has at all times commended the admiration and respect of those coming in contact with him and has resulted in his men following his leadership without question. His organizing ability has been reflected in the efficient manner in which his flight has operated, and speed with which his aircraft have been prepared for operations.

 

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MOSELEY-WILLIAMS, S/L Walter Read (J8773) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.427 Squadron - Award effective 4 November 1944 as per London Gazette dated 14 November 1944 and AFRO 239/45 dated 9 February 1945. Born 1918 at Iroquois Falls, Ontario; enlisted in North Bay, 10 January 1941. Trained at No.3 ITS (graduated 21 June 1941), No.16 EFTS (graduated 20 August 1941) and No.3 SFTS (graduated 7 November 1941). Commissioned 1941. Killed in action 5 October 1944 (Halifax MZ756); name on Runnymede Memorial. Medal presented to next-of-kin 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." DHist file 181.009 D.1729 (PAC RG.24 Vol.20607) has recommendation forwarded from squadron, date uncertain but apparently early July 1944 when he had flown 26 sorties (128 hours 20 minutes).

 

This captain has completed twenty-six operational bombing attacks against the enemy, ten of which have been on major targets. Squadron Leader Mosley-Williams is a Flight Commander and his courage, skill and determination in action have been an inspiration to his crew. His work in general has been outstanding and his loyalty and devotion to duty an example to the entire squadron.

 

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MOSES, Sergeant Lewis (R141439) - Mention in Despatches - Overseas - Award effective 8 June 1944 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 1729/44 dated 11 August 1944. Born 21 April 1919. Home in Toronto; enlisted there 16 November 1941. Clerk; posted overseas September 1942; repatriated 7 June 1945; released 23 November 1945. No citation in AFRO.

 

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MOSEY, Corporal Sydney (R60147) - British Empire Medal - Station Sea Island - Award effective 13 June 1946 as per Canada Gazette of that date and AFRO 660/46 dated 5 July 1946. Home in Brandon, Manitoba; enlisted in Calgary, 10 June 1940. Medal presented 13 September 1947.

 

This non-commissioned officer has displayed exceptional devotion to duty. Through his energy, initiative and perseverance, he has contributed greatly to the efficiency of his Section and has set a high example to those with whom he has worked. He has been largely responsible for the efficient operation of the Maintenance and Repair Section of the Motor Transport Section of this Station and has been a source of inspiration to his fellow men.

 

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MOSHER, S/L Gordon William (J6182) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.203 Squadron - Award effective 5 November 1945 as per London Gazette dated 13 November 1945 and AFRO 155/46 dated 15 February 1946. Born at Apple River, Nova Scotia, 1910; home in Campbellton, New Brunswick. Home in Campbellton, New Brunswick; enlisted in Moncton, 25 October 1940. Trained at No.2 ITS (graduated 3 March 1941), No.8 EFTS (graduated 1 May 1941) and No.10 SFTS (graduated 16 July 1941). Commissioned July 1941. Medal presented 27 November 1950.

 

Squadron Leader Mosher has served with his present squadron since November 1943, and more recently he has been the squadron's training flight commander. He took an active part in the anti-U-boat operations in the Indian Ocean during the conversion of his squadron to Liberator aircraft. His outstanding enthusiasm and fine leadership materially contributed to the high standard of operational efficiency attained by the squadron. In March 1945, this officer was detailed for a difficult task. During an attack against a port installation in the Bay of Bengal he made several determined low level attacks in the face of intense and accurate anti-aircraft fire. The mission was completed successfully. At all times Squadron Leader Mosher has set an inspiring example by his skill, courage and devotion to duty.

 

NOTE: Public Records Office Air 2/9131 has recommendation dated 24 June 1945 when he had flown 250 operational hours. It does not differ markedly from the above, but is quoted here for purposes of comparison:

 

Squadron Leader Gordon William Mosher has served with the squadron since 1st November, 1943. For the past eight months he has been the squadron's Training Flight Commander, both on Wellington and Liberator aircraft. On Wellington aircraft he took an active part in the anti-U-boat operations in the Indian Ocean flying with the greatest skill and example to his subordinates. During the conversion of the squadron to Liberator aircraft, his tremendous enthusiasm and outstanding qualities of leadership, combined with superior organizing ability, made him instrumental in training the squadron to a high degree of operational efficiency on the new type.

 

During March 1945 the squadron flew its first operation in its new anti-shipping role against Japanese shipping in the Bay of Bengal. On this strike, against a port installation, Squadron Leader Mosher accepted the most difficult task and made several determined low level attacks in the face of accurate anti-aircraft fire. His determination during these attacks was an inspiration to the rest of the striking force which completed the task successfully.

 

In all, Squadron Leader Mosher has flown 37 operational sorties and has at all times shown exceptional qualities of leadership and skill combined with praiseworthy determination, courage and devotion to duty.

 

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MOSHER, WO2 (now P/O) Harry Edward (R183860/J53337) - Mention in Despatches - No.160 (BR) Squadron - Award effective 1 December 1945 as per Canada Gazette of that date and AFRO 183/46 dated 22 February 1946. Home in Loyalist, Alberta. Enlisted in Kitchener, Ontario, 3 September 1942.Trained at No.3 WS (graduated 1 October 1943) and No.8 BGS (graduated 5 August 1943).

 

This Warrant Officer has completed many hazardous operational sorties over the North Atlantic as a Wireless Operator. Keenness, efficiency and great devotion to duty have been invariably displayed by this airman throughout his operational career.

 

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MOSS, Sergeant Donald (R69580) - Distinguished Flying Medal - No.407 Squadron - Award effective 11 December 1941 as per London Gazette dated 29 December 1942 and AFRO 410/43 dated 12 March 1943. Home in Toronto; enlisted there 24 June 1940. Trained at No.2 ITS (graduated 10 August 1940), Regina Flying Club (graduated 7 November 1940), and No.5 SFTS (graduated 28 January 1941). Missing, presumed dead, 22 December 1941. Medal presented to next-of-kin, 22 April 1944.

 

This airman has completed many sorties including low flying attacks on enemy shipping. On one occasion in spite of heavy opposition fire, he attacked a merchant ship from mast height. On another occasion, whilst pressing home a determined attack on an enemy vessel, his aircraft sustained much damage. Despite this he skilfully flew it to base where he effected a masterly landing. Throughout his operational career this airman has displayed great initiative, courage and dash.

 

NOTE: Public Records Office Air 2/9262 has recommendation dated 11 November 1941:

 

This Non-Commissioned Officer is a Canadian serving in No.407 Squadron. He was one of the first pilots to be posted to the squadron. On his very first operational trip he encountered very bad weather over the Frisian Islands; he was flying blind at 400 feet in rain and pitch darkness on the coast when both engines cut, probably due to water in the petrol tanks. Sergeant Moss carried out the correct cockpit drill, changed over tanks and jettisoned the bombs. By using the hand fuel pressure pumps both engines started again and the aircraft was climbing away with only 50 feet, returning safely to base. On his next operational trip he found an enemy convoy. In spite of fire from the ships he dived to mast height and obtained two direct hits with bombs on a 6,000-ton merchant vessel, also machine gunning it. This was the first definite success in No.407 Squadron. On two other occasions Sergeant Moss has successfully attacked merchant vessels in convoy, diving in the face of intense light flak to extremely low altitudes to obtain two direct hits on a 10,000-ton ship and one direct dit on a 7,000-ton ship, On the last occasion his hydraulic system was shot away, rendering bomb doors, flaps, undercarriages and brakes inoperative. He flew home in the dark with his bomb doors wide open and carried out a successful belly landing on the flare path without injuring his crew and with so little damage to the aircraft that it will soon be flying again. Sergeant Moss has shown himself to be cool and quick thinking in emergency and has exhibited great personal courage, dash and skill in carrying out his attacks. His work has been particularly valuable to the squadron, as his early successes have set an example and a standard for the newer pilots. He has always shown the greatest keenness to volunteer for operational flights out of his turn and I consider he has contributed a great deal to operational efficiency of the squadron.

 

On 15 December 1941 his Commanding Officer wrote further:

 

This Non-Commissioned Officer was recommended by me on the 11th November 1941 for an award of the Distinguished Flying Medal. It has not yet been awarded and I attach a copy of the recommendation. Since the 11th November this pilot has carried out six more operational sorties, some in very bad weather. In daylight in the Heligoland Bight he attacked a large merchant vessel escorted by two trawlers from a very low altitude and was met by very intense flak, thereby being unable to see the result in very bad visibility. He has completed 21 sorties and this further recommendation is forwarded to add weight to the previous one.

 

The AOC No.16 Group approved the first recommendation on 17 November 1941 and the second on 21 December 1941. The Air Officer Commanding-in-Chief, Coastal Command, approved on 11 February 1942, by which time Moss was missing. The citation which went before Air Ministry Honours and Awards Committee was more detailed than the published citation and was virtually a composite of the submissions from 11 November and 15 December 1941:

 

This airman has completed 21 operational sorties. On his first mission he encountered extremely adverse weather conditions over the Frisian Islands. Whilst flying blind at 400 feet in rain and in pitch darkness, both engines of his aircraft cur out, probably owing to water in the petrol tanks. Sergeant Moss coolly changed over to other tanks, jettisoned the bombs, and by using the hand fuel pressure pumps, succeeded in restarting both engines. On his second sortie, Sergeant Moss attacked an enemy convoy. In spite of opposing fire he attacked a 6,000-ton merchant ship from mast height, obtaining two direct hits with his bombs. On two other occasions he has attacked merchant ships in convoy, diving to low levels in the face of enemy fire. In the first instance he scored two direct hits on a 10,000-ton merchant ship, and on the second occasion, he obtained a direct hit on a 7,000-ton merchant ship. On the latter occasion his aircraft sustained damage. The hydraulic system was shot away rendering the bomb doors, flaps, undercarriage and brakes inoperative, but despite this, Sergeant Moss flew the aircraft safely back to this country in darkness and with the bomb doors open. He made a safe landing with the undercarriage retracted. Since 11th November, 1941, he has carried out a further six sorties, including a daylight low level attack on a merchant ship escorted by two trawlers in the Heligoland Bight. Throughout, this airman has displayed great initiative, courage and dash. His work has been of an inspiring character.

 

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MOSS, F/O Frederick Howard Durran (J35812) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.424 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 Edmonton (student); enlisted there 30 April 1943. Trained at No.5 BGS (graduated 6 August 1943) and No.7 AOS (graduated 17 September 1943). Commissioned September 1943. 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.1741 (RG.24 Vol.20608) has recommendation dated 17 April 1945 when he had completed 28 sorties (172 hours 21 minutes) between 11 September 1944 and 17 April 1945.

 

Flying Officer Moss has completed 28 operational sorties against the enemy, 20 of which were against heavily defended targets in Germany, six against precision targets in enemy occupied territory and two were mining sorties in enemy waters. Throughout, Flying Officer Moss has displayed a fine sense of devotion to duty and skill of the highest order.

 

As Squadron Radar Officer, his assistance in the training of inexperienced crews has been of great value to this squadron. His keenness, both on the ground and on operations against the enemy, is an inspiration to all.

 

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MOSSING, F/L Frederick Wallace (J88877) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.274 Squadron - Award effective 22 June 1945 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 1219/45 dated 27 July 1945. Born 1923, Bengough, Saskatchewan; home in Regina; formerly in the Regina Rifles. Enlisted in RCAF, Regina, 22 October 1941; commissioned 1944. Trained at No.5 ITS (graduated 24 April 1942), No.13 EFTS (graduated 3 July 1942), and No.8 SFTS (graduated 6 November 1942). Commissioned 1944. Killed on 12 May 1945 flying a Tempest at No.56 OTU. Medal presented to his mother at Government House, 7 November 1949.

 

This officer has completed a large number of sorties during which he has attacked a wide range of enemy targets such as airfields, locomotives, mechanical transport and other targets on the ground with a good measure of success. He has invariably displayed a high degree of courage and determination in pressing home his attacks and on many occasions his aircraft has been damaged by enemy fire. On one occasion he himself was wounded. Among his successes is the destruction of two enemy aircraft.

 

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MOSSIP, Flight Sergeant Harrison Marks (R75173) - British Empire Medal - Station Mountain View - Award effective as of 1 January 1945 as per Canada Gazette dated 1 January 1945 and AFRO 89/45 dated 19 January 1945. Enlisted in Saskatoon, 24 October 1940. Medal presented 9 April 1948.

 

This armament instructor, throughout his long period of service at this Air Armament School, has carried out his instructional work with enthusiasm and efficiency. In the face of the most discouraging difficulties he provided a focal point for improvement in syllabi, methods of instruction and examinations in the courses with which he was concerned. In this connection he has made a praiseworthy contribution to the training at this unit. His ability and devotion to duty are outstanding.

 

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MOSSIP, F/O Harrison Taylor (J15927) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.1 Squadron - Award effective 21 October 1943 as per London Gazette dated 5 November 1943 and AFRO 2507/43 dated 3 December 1943. Born in 1920, Thornhill, Ontario; home in London, Ontario; enlisted there 17 December 1940. Trained at No.1 ITS (graduated 22 May 1941), No.10 EFTS (graduated 3 July 1941) and No.14 SFTS (graduated 24 September 1941); commissioned 1942. Killed in action with No.245 Squadron, 7 March 1945. Medal presented to his wife in London, England, 9 February 1946.

 

This officer has undertaken very many sorties during which he has attacked nineteen locomotives and ten barges with damaging effect. Flying Officer Mossip has invariably pressed home his attacks with great vigour, often in the face of heavy anti-aircraft opposition.

 

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MOSSMAN, F/O Lowell Milward (J87782) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.428 Squadron - Award effective 5 February 1945 as per London Gazette dated 20 February 1945 and AFRO 563/45 dated 29 March 1945. Born 1921 in Riverport, Nova Scotia; home there (electrician); enlisted in Halifax, 4 December 1940. Remustered in Truro, 18 August 1942. Trained at No.1 ITS (graduated 30 December 1942), No.7 EFTS (graduated 3 April 1943) and No.16 SFTS (graduated 23 July 1943. Commissioned 1944. Medal presented 28 September 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." DHist file 181.009 D.3260 (RG.24 Vol.20637) has recommendation dated 31 October when he had flown 33 sorties (203 hours five minutes), 24 May to 23 October 1944.

 

This officer has displayed great courage, initiative and skill throughout his tour of operations. On an attack on Stuttgart he was unable to identify the target owing to too much cloud. Undaunted, he orbited the target area and then bombed the fires. On two other occasions he showed exceptional tenacity of purpose coupled with a complete disregard of personal safety. At Dortmund, although his port outer engine was badly damaged by flak, he pressed home his attack and bombed successfully and while on an attack on Chantilly his aircraft was badly holed by flak but with exceptional airmanship he carried on to the target, bombed and returned safely. He has demonstrated a great devotion to duty and an intense desire to serve..

 

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MOSSOP, A/C Neron Frederick (C38) - Commander, Order of the British Empire - AFHQ - Award effective 1 January 1946 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 82/46 dated 25 January 1946. Enlisted in Ottawa, 1 April 1924 as a storesman. Retired 10 March 1946. Medal presented 8 April 1948.

 

This officer was appointed to a commission in the Canadian Air Force in 1924 and has served faithfully ever since. He has held many important equipment positions in Commands and Headquarters and was Deputy Air Member Supply during the most trying time of this war and carried out his duties most successfully. He is tactful and resourceful and exhibits fine judgement at all times. His great devotion to duty throughout his lengthy service career has made a splendid contribution to the war effort.

 

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MOSURE, F/O Elmer Marshal (J37890) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.100 Squadron - Award effective 8 September 1945 as per London Gazette dated 25 September 1945 and AFRO 1768/45 dated 23 November 1945. Born 1919 in Harrison, Ontario; home in Victoria, British Columbia (bureau inspector); enlisted in Vancouver 10 January 1941. Trained at No.7 ITS (graduated 8 May 1941), No.2 BGS (graduated 3 July 1941) and No.5 AOS (graduated 10 October 1941). Commissioned October 1943. Medal presented 27 November 1948.

 

Flying Officer Mosure has now completed his first operational tour. During an attack on Emmerich in October 1944, his aircraft was severely damaged and fire broke out in the nose of the aircraft. This officer fought with the flames until they were subdued and succeeded in preventing a serious situation. Flying Officer Mosure is an officer of cool resource and courage and has at all times shown a high standard of devotion to duty.

 

Public Records Office Air 2/8751 has recommendation dated 1 April 1945 when he had flown 27 sorties (192 hours), detailed as follows:

 

* daylight operation

 

23 Sept 44 Neuss 29 Oct 44 Domburg*

25 Sept 44 Cap Gris Nez* 9 Nov 44 Wanne Eickel*

27 Sept 44 Calais* 16 Nov 44 Duren

5 Oct 44 Saarbrucken 3 Dec 44 Urft Dam

7 Oct 44 Emmerich*, aircraft 4 Dec 44 Karlsruhe

hit by incendiaries 7 Jan 45 Munich

11 Oct 44 Fort Fredrick 28 Jan 45 Stuttgart

Hendrik* date ? Gelsenkirchen

12 Oct 44 Fort Fredrick 23 Feb 45 Pforzheim

Hendrik* 1 Mar 45 Mannheim*

14 Oct 44 Duisburg* 2 Mar 45 Cologne

14 Oct 44 Duisburg 8 Mar 45 Kassel

15 Oct 44 Wilhelmshaven 12 Mar 45 Dortmund*

19 Oct 44 Stuttgart 18 Mar 45 Hanau

23 Oct 44 Essen 18 Apr 45 Heligoland

 

Flying Officer Mosure has now completed 27 sorties in his first operational tour; his bombing results have been consistently good, and at all times he has shown exceptional coolness and resourcefulness.

These high qualities contributed considerably to the saving of the aircraft in which he was flying over Emmerich during a daylight attack on 7th October 1944. Incendiary bombs falling from an aircraft above struck the Lancaster and six of them entered the wings, petrol tanks and fuselage. A dangerous fire was started in the nose of the aircraft, and Flying Officer Mosure fought with the outbreak for ten minutes before the flames were subdued, thus preventing the development of a very serious situation.

 

Flying Officer Mosure's keenness for operational flying is such that he has on a number of occasions flown with crews other than his own, when the necessity has arisen. He exhibits the same enthusiasm in the section and has proved in every way completely reliable.

 

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MOTHERWELL, F/L Victor George (J7920) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.420 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 New Westminster; home in Vancouver; enlisted there 10 January 1941. Trained at No.2 ITS (graduated 8 May 1941), No.16 EFTS (graduated 3 July 1941) and No.4 SFTS (graduated 10 October 1941). Commissioned October 1941. Medal presented 27 November 1948.

 

This officer has completed a number of sorties including attacks against several strongly defended targets in Germany. On one occasion in September 1944 Flight Lieutenant Motherwell was captain of an aircraft detailed to attack Kiel. The mission was successfully accomplished but on the return flight the flaps and undercarriage fell down and the bomb doors opened. Height was maintained but after two hours flying at a low airspeed the aircraft was forced down on to the sea. Flight Lieutenant Motherwell and his crew spent sixteen hours in their dinghy before being rescued. During the whole operation he displayed fine captaincy, magnificent airmanship and cheerful and gallant courage which largely contributed to the safety of the crew.

 

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MOTRIUK, WO Stanley Arcadie (R157271) - Mention in Despatches - No.50 Squadron (deceased) - Award effective 1 January 1945 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 721/45 dated 27 April 1945. Home in Elmwood, Manitoba; enlisted in Winnipeg, 26 February 1942. Trained at No.7 ITS (graduated 23 October 1942), No.2 BGS (graduated 12 January 1943) and No.3 AOS (graduated 19 February 1943). Killed in action 8 July 1944 (Lancaster PA996); buried in France.

 

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MOTT, F/L Guy Elwood (J22319) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.441 Squadron - Award effective 20 October 1944 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 2637/44 dated 8 December 1944. Born 20 February 1920, Oil Springs, Ontario; home in Sarnia, Ontario (structural iron worker); enlisted in London, Ontario, 2 May 1941. Held at St.Hubert and Trenton pending training. Attended No.1 ITS (16 July to 20 August 1941; promoted to LAC on latter date), No. 9 EFTS (21 August to 10 October 1941) and No.1 SFTS (11 October 1941 to 23 January 1942; promoted to Sergeant on 22 January 1942). To No.14 Squadron, 24 January 1942 (Rockcliffe and Sea Island); to No.125 Squadron, 15 May 1942 (Sydney and Torbay) until 12 January 1944; promoted to Flight Sergeant, 1 July 1942; commissioned 13 November 1942; promoted to Flying Officer, 13 May 1943; promoted to Flight Lieutenant, 1 November 1943). Arrived in UK, 31 January 1944. No.441 Squadron 13 February to 6 August 1944. Missing on 6 August 1944, reported safe on 9 August 1944. Posted to Canada, 21 December 1944; To No.9 SFTS, 1 February to 1 May 1945; released 1945. In ground attack claimed 19 vehicles in flames, 23 "smokers", one tank "smoker", one armoured vehicle "flamer", and one locomotive destroyed. Aerial victories: 28 March 1944, one Me.410 damaged on ground (shared with two others); 30 June 1944, one Nf.109 destroyed, Argentan; 5 July 1944, two FW.190s destroyed (one shared with another pilot), Alencon; 13 July 1944, one FW.190 destroyed west of Argentan; 18 July 1944, one Bf.109 destroyed north of Argentan; 27 July 1944, one FW.190 destroyed, Argentan. Joined RAF postwar and Mentioned in Despatches.

 

Flight Lieutenant Mott is a courageous and determined pilot who has set a fine example to all. He has completed very many sorties and has at all times displayed the greatest keenness. He has destroyed four hostile aircraft.

 

NOTE: On 27 September 1942, flying Hurrican BAO 1364 (No.125 Squadron), reported:

 

While flying over Conception Bay near Bauline, aircraft developed glycol leak, smoke appearing incockpit. I climed to 1,100 feet and attempted to make the airport but found that by this time the smoke had so filled the cockpit that I couldno't see forward so I rolled over and bailed out, landing in the water and after about 35 minutes I was picked up by fishermen from Bauline.

 

Training: At No.1 ITS, Course No.51 (16 July to 29 August 1941) scored the following: Mathematics, 100/100; Armamnt, 64/100; Signals, 93/100; Hygiene and Sanatation, 39/40; Drill, 77/100; Law and Discipline, 60/60; graduated 71st in a class of 182. Described as "A bright and conscentous student, possessed with average intelligence. Calm and cool. Determiendto succeed. Is willing and cooperative. Should make good aircrew material.

 

At No.9 EFTS, course 36 (20 August to 10 October 1941) flew 24.30 dual, 29.20 sol and 10 hours insruments (Fleet Finch); scored on following: Airmanship, 124/200; Airframes, 64/100, Aero Engines, 60/100; Signals, 86/100; Theory of Flight, 70/100; Air Navigation, 123/200; Armament (oral), 136/100; and qualifactions as officer, 159/200. Ranked 26 in class of 36 and not consdered officer material. However, the CFS (G.B. Dunbar ?) wrote, "This student has been exceptinally good both in his flying and his attitide toward his instrictor during the entire length of his course at No.9 EFTS. He should do very well as a pilot in the servce. He works hard adnd is continually striving to be better." The Chief Ground Instructor wrte, "Average type conscientious, anxious to complete training and get oveseas. Conduct and deportment, satisfactory."

 

At No.1 SFTS (Course No.40, 12 November 1941 to 23 January 1942) he flew Yale and Hards, 45.30 dual day, 32.40 solo day, 5.05 dual night, 6.55 solo night, 20.20 on instrumemts, 20 hours in Link. Got 510/700. "Progress normal. No outstanding faults which need polish". In Ground School he scored thus: Airmanship and Maintenance, 147.200; Armamnt (W), 79/100, Armamnt (P), 89/100; Navigation and Meteorilogy, 145/200; Signals (W), 72/100, Signals (P), 40/50. "Good effort throughout. Very good type". He graduated 33 in class of 41.

 

On form dated 12 December 1944 he stated he had flown 445 hours on Hurricanes, 240 hours on Spitfres

 

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MOTT, FS Howard Albert (R68160) - Mention in Despatches - No.162 (BR) Squadron (AFRO gives unit only as "Overseas") - Award effective 14 June 1945 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 1600/45 dated 12 October 1945. Home in Greenwood, Nova Scotia; enlisted in London, Ontario, 8 July 1940. Public Records Office Air 2/9056 has recommendation for a BEM which was clearly downgraded to MiD:

 

This Non-Commissioned Officer has been employed as Chef since December 1943. he has shown great capacity for hard work and by his ceaseless endeavour and thought for the needs of others he has contributed in no small measure to the high standard of morale and well-being prevailing in this squadron.

 

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MOULD, F/O John Lister (J86694) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.424 Squadron - Award effective 18 May 1945 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 1085/45 dated 29 June 1945. Born Mount Dennis, Ontario, 1920; home there (salesman); enlisted in Toronto, 29 September 1941. Trained at No.3 ITS (graduated 24 April 1942), No.11 EFTS (graduated 17 July 1942) and No.18 SFTS (graduated 6 November 1942). Commissioned 1944. Medal presented at Buckingham Palace 29 June 1945.

 

This officer has participated in a number of operational missions and has quickly shown the qualities of an efficient and determined captain. This was amply demonstrated one night in March 1945 when detailed to attack Hagen. En route to the target, the port inner engine became unserviceable. Although some height was lost and the airspeed was affected, Flying Officer Mould continued to the target which he attacked in the face of considerable anti-aircraft fire. Throughout he displayed fine airmanship and set a fine example of devotion to duty.

 

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MOWAT, F/L William (J22242) - 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 Winnipeg; enlisted there 18 December 1941. Trained at No.7 ITS (graduated 3 July 1942), No.6 AOS (graduated 12 September 1942), No.7 BGS (graduated 18 December 1942) and No.1 CNS (graduated 6 November 1942). Certificate sent 8 October 1948.

 

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MOWATT, F/O Everett Annand (J27871) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.408 Squadron - Award effective 5 July 1945 as per London Gazette dated 20 July 1945 and AFRO 1619/45 dated 19 October 1945. Born 1918 at Chipman, Nova Scotia; home in New Richmond, Quebec (clerk); enlisted in Moncton, 24 May 1941. Trained at No.3 ITS (graduated 19 December 1941), No.21 EFTS (graduated 21 February 1942) and No.9 SFTS (graduated 19 June 1942). Commissioned 1943. Medal sent by registered mail 28 June 1949. No citation other than "completed... numerous operations against the enemy in the course of which [he has] invariably displayed the utmost fortitude, courage and devotion to duty". DHist file 181.009 D.1515 (RG.24 Col.20600) has recommendation dated 23 February 1945 when he had flown 29 sorties (166 hours), 3 September 1944 to 16 January 1945.

 

Flight Lieutenant Mowatt has now completed a tour of operations on four-engined bombers and has penetrated deep into the heart of enemy territory on many occasions. He has flown over such heavily defended targets as Duisburg, Osnabruck, Kiel and Sterkrade.

 

Throughout his tour he has displayed exceptional courage and fortitude. Always ready to come to grips with the enemy and never lacking in esprit de corps, he has set a splendid example as a pilot to all members of the squadron. Towards the last of his tour he has acted as Deputy Flight Commander and in that capacity has been superior.

 

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MOWBRAY, Corporal Robert (R88840) - Mention in Despatches - No.419 Squadron (AFRO gives unit as No.64 Base) - Award effective 1 January 1945 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 425/45 dated 9 March 1945. Home in Weston, Ontario; enlisted Toronto, 10 January 1941. DHist file 181.009 D.4364 (RG.24 Vol.20648) has recommendation from W/C W.P. Pleasance, CO of No.419 Squadron, to CO Middleton St.George dated 14 July 1944. Had enlisted 10 January 1941; one year in Canada, 30 months overseas. Fitter IIA.

 

Corporal Mowbray has been an airframe mechanic with the squadron since January 31st, 1942 and has invariably shown great diligence, care and outstanding enthusiasm for his work.

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MOWER, WO Arthur Joseph Charles (R74757) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.223 Squadron - Award effective 23 February 1944 as per London Gazette dated 5 March 1944 and AFRO 766/44 dated 6 April 1944. Born 1912; home in Port Dalhousie or St.Catharines, Ontario (salesman); enlisted in Vancouver, 12 October 1940. Trained at No.2 BGS (graduated 26 May 1941) and No.2 WS (graduated 28 April 1941). Medal presented 15 April 1948.

 

As wireless operator air gunner, Warrant Officer Mower has displayed efficiency, reliability and fine fighting spirit. He has been engaged on operations throughout the campaigns in North Africa, Italy and Sicily, and has completed many telling attacks on enemy targets. Warrant Officer Mower's enthusiasm for operational flying has been outstanding.

 

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MOYER, F/O Arthur Andrew (J14645) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.226 Squadron - Award effective 17 November 1944 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 1/45 dated 5 January 1945. Born 1918 in Kitchener, Ontario; home in Waterloo, Ontario (OTC for one year); enlisted in Hamilton, 12 September 1941. Trained at No.3 ITS (graduated 13 March 1942), No.8 AOS (graduated 22 June 1942), No.9 BGS (graduated 1 August 1942) and No.1 ANS (graduated 21 September 1942). Commissioned 1942. Medal sent by registered mail 10 March 1949.

 

This navigator has completed numerous sorties in daylight and at night. Many of his missions have been in close support of our armies on the Continent. Flying Officer Moyer has shown exceptional ability and great courage in the face of heavy enemy fire.

 

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MOYER, P/O Ronald Claus (J16247) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.408 Squadron - Award effective 7 May 1943 as per London Gazette dated 13 May 1943 and AFRO 1035/43 dated 4 June 1943. Born at Beamsville, Ontario, 1918; home there; enlisted in Hamilton, 28 October 1940. Trained at No.1 ITS (graduated 17 March 1941), No.1 BGS (graduated 3 August 1941), No.1 AOS (graduated 19 June 1941) and No.1 CNS (graduated 5 September 1941). Commissioned 1942. DFC and Bar presented 9 April 1948.

 

The operations against the enemy, in which this officer has participated, include attacks against many highly defended targets such as Essen, Berlin and Hamburg. He has also taken part in mine-laying operations and sea searches over enemy waters. Pilot Officer Moyer has frequently led his pilot to the target with cool judgement and determination and has secured photographs, displaying a fine record of successful bombing. His efficiency in navigation, together with his courage and devotion to duty, have been an inspiration to the other members of his crew.

NOTE: Public Record Office Air 2/8950 has recommendation drafted 8 March 1943 when he had flown 30 sorties (172 hours 55 minutes). Sortie list and text add to the record:

 

2 June 42 Rennes (5.45) 10 Sept 42 Dusseldorf (5.30)

4 June 42 Dieppe (3.35) 13 Sept 42 Bremen (5.35)

8 June 42 Dieppe (4.25) 9 Jan 43 GARDENING (4.40)

16 June 42 Lorient (7.15) 15 Jan 43 Lorient (5.40)

9 July 42 GARDENING (5.25) 29 Jan 43 Lorient (6.35)

26 July 42 Hamburg (7.05) 4 Feb 43 Turin (9.05)

31 July 42 Dusseldorf (5.30) 18 Feb 43 Wilhelmshaven (4.50)

4 Aug 42 Sea Search (3.20) 19 Feb 43 Wilhelmshaven (5.35)

4 Aug 42 Lorient (6.20) 24 Feb 43 Wilhelmshaven (4.30)

6 Aug 42 Duisberg (5.05) 25 Feb 43 GARDENING (3.50)

12 Aug 42 Frankfort (7.25) 26 Feb 43 Cologne (5.10)

17 Aug 42 Osnabruck (6.05) 28 Feb 43 St.Nazaire (5.45)

18 Aug 42 Flensburg (7.25) 1 Mar 43 Berlin (5.15)

27 Aug 42 Kassell (7.15) 3 Mar 43 Hamburg (5.30)

8 Sept 42 Frankfort (8.30) 5 Mar 43 Essen (5.00)

 

Since joining this squadron in February 1942, Pilot Officer Moyer has acted as navigator on aircraft on 30 offensive sorties over enemy territory. These operations included Gardening in several different enemy waters, and also to the following heavily defended enemy targets in face of intense enemy defences:- Rennes (1), Hamburg (2), Sea Search (1), Flensburg (1), Lorient (4), Cologne (1), Berlin (1), Dieppe (2), Dusseldorf (2), Duisburg (1), Kassell (1), Turin (1), St.Nazaire (1), GARDENING (3), Osnabruck (1), Frankfort (2), Bremen (1), Wilhelmshaven (3), Essen (1).

 

He has led his pilot into these targets with cool judgement and determination so as to bring back several pictures of the target, thus displaying a fine record of achievement. He has at all times carried out a high grade of efficiency in navigation, and through his courage, skill and determination in action has been an inspiration to the other members of his crew.

 

MOYER, F/L Ronald Claus, DFC (J16247) - Bar to Distinguished Flying Cross - No.408 Squadron - Award effective 5 February 1945 as per London Gazette dated 16 February 1945 and AFRO 563/45 dated 29 March 1945. DHist file 181.009 D.1515 (RG.24 Vol.20600) had recommendation for a DSO dated 11 November 1944. By then he had flown 51 sorties (277 hours ten minutes). First tour described above; second tour was 6 June to 2 November 1944 (21 sorties, 104 hours 15 minutes). Incidents of 4 February 1943 (Turin) and 8 June 1944 (Mayenne) noted.

 

Flight Lieutenant Moyer has shown himself to be a brilliant navigator. On two of his operational sorties his navigational equipment was rendered unserviceable. On both occasions it was due to his outstanding skill that his aircraft and crew were saved. He has participated in many operations against major targets in Germany. Throughout his present tour he has acted as a navigation leader in which capacity he has set a high example of leadership and crew co-operation. His cheerful courage and unfailing devotion to duty have won the admiration of all.

 

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MOYNES, P/O Elgin Alonzo (J90939) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.415 Squadron - Award effective 5 April 1945 as per London Gazette dated 17 April 1945 and AFRO 918/45 dated 1 June 1945. Born 1922 in Oshawa, Ontario; home in Kitchener, Ontario (electrical apprentice); enlisted in Toronto, 7 July 1942. Trained at No.5 ITS (graduated 3 April 1943), No.4 BGS (graduated 3 September 1943) and No.4 AOS (graduated 15 October 1943). Commissioned October 1944. Medal presented at Buckingham Palace 13 July 1945.

 

As air bomber this officer has participated in many operational sorties including attacks against Kiel, Dortmund and Karlsruhe. At all times he has shown outstanding skill, determination and devotion to duty. In October 1944 his aircraft was detailed to attack Wanne Eickel in daylight. Twenty minutes before reaching the target heavy anti-aircraft fire was encountered and the navigator was severely wounded. Pilot Officer Moynes rendered first aid to the wounded navigator and after returning to his own position he successfully bombed the target. He the assumed the navigator's duties and navigated the aircraft to the nearest home base. Pilot Officer Moynes' coolness and courage under perilous circumstances combined with his outstanding gallantry have been worthy of the highest praise.

 

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