McADAM, F/O Robert Dorman (J7622) - Mention in Despatches - Overseas - Award effective 1 June 1943 as per London Gazette dated 2 June 1943 and London Gazette dated 2 June 1943 and AFRO 1247/43 dated 2 July 1943. Home in Greenfield Park, Quebec. Enlisted in Montreal, 4 December 1940. Trained at No.3 ITS (graduated 16 May 1941), No.11 EFTS (graduated 7 July 1941), and No.6 SFTS (graduated 13 September 1943). No citation.

 

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McADAM, WO William David (R160184) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.420 Squadron - Award effective 15 September 1944 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 2274/44 dated 20 October 1944. Born in Hamilton, 1923; home in Toronto; enlisted there 4 April 1942. Trained at No.5 ITS (graduated 10 October 1942), No.13 EFTS (graduated 18 December 1942) and No.16 SFTS (graduated 30 April 1943).

 

Warrant Officer McAdam is a fearless and devoted captain whose example throughout the many sorties in which he has taken part has instilled great confidence in his crew. On one occasion, when over Stuttgart, his aircraft was hit by anti-aircraft fire. The aircraft was seriously damaged and the navigator was killed. Though himself wounded, Warrant Officer McAdam assisted the air bomber to plot the homeward course. He displayed commendable courage and resource in trying circumstances.

 

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McALLISTER, F/L John Everett (J13316) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.415 Squadron - Award effective 19 December 1944 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 293/45 dated 16 February 1945. Born 1921 in Milltown, New Brunswick; home there. Educated at University of New Brunswick, serving in COTC and Carleton and York Regiment. Enlisted in Moncton, 23 September 1941. Trained at No.5 ITS (graduated 30 January 1942), No.17 EFTS (graduated 24 April 1942) and No.8 SFTS (graduated 14 August 1942. Commissioned 1942. DFC presented 11 March 1949.

 

In October 1944, this officer was the pilot of an aircraft detailed to attack Wanne Eickel. Whilst many miles from the target area the aircraft was hit by anti-aircraft fire. A large hole was torn in the nose of the aircraft, the navigator was wounded and had to be taken to a rest position for attention. Nevertheless, Flight Lieutenant McAllister went on to the target and executed a successful attack. He afterwards flew the damaged aircraft back to an airfield in this country and effected a safe landing in difficult circumstances. Flight Lieutenant McAllister displayed high qualities of leadership, skill and resolution throughout.

 

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McALLISTER, F/L William Ross (J5827) - Air Force Cross - No.2 Service Flying Training School - Award effective as of 1 January 1945 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 89/45 dated 19 January 1945 - Trained at No.1 ITS, No.4 EFTS, and No.9 SFTS. Had completed 1,454 flying hours to date, 1,207 hours as instructor, 141 hours in previous six months.

 

This officer, who has been employed on flying instructional duties for over two years, has at all times rendered most efficient and loyal service. His enthusiasm and leadership have been unfailing throughout. He is a skilful pilot, who has set an excellent example to pupils and instructors alike. He has executed his duties as a squadron commander at this unit with great keenness and ability, which has made possible the better training of war pilots.

 

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McALPINE, Sergeant (now P/O) Charles Curtis (R94605/J85128) - 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 Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan; enlisted Regina, 3 March 1941. Trained at No.2 ITS (graduated 9 July 1941), No.3 AOS (graduated 13 October 1941), No.5 BGS (graduated 21 November 1941) and No.1 ANS (graduated 22 December 1941). No citation in AFRO.

 

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McALPINE, F/L David Alexander (C3056) - Mention in Despatches - Overseas - Award effective 14 June 1945 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 1672/45 dated 2 November 1945. Home in Toronto; enlisted in Montreal, 9 November 1940.

 

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McANALLY, FS Joseph Howard Arthur (R62244) - British Empire Medal - Canadian Joint Staff, Washington - Award effective 28 May 1943 as per London Gazette dated 2 June 1943 and AFRO 1459/43 dated 30 July 1943. Born in Lethbridge, Alberta; home in Edmonton; enlisted 5 July 1940. CHECK NAME: DHist white card gives names as Joseph Howard Arthur. Medal presented 29 February 1944.

 

During the thirteen months that Flight Sergeant McAnally has been at this Headquarters he has been in charge of the RCAF Central Registry. In this period, changes took place in the organization of the Royal Canadian Air Force staff in Washington which required the re-organization and amalgamation of central registries. The smooth functioning of this aspect of administration throughout can largely be credited to the outstanding devotion to duty and initiative of this NCO. For a long period of time it was necessary for the Central Registry Staff to work exceptionally long hours, and this NCO, by his keenness, kept his staff working willingly and cheerfully throughout.

 

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McARTER, F/O Donald Moir (J18293) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.431 Squadron - Award effective 1 September 1944 as per London Gazette dated 19 September 1944 and AFRO 2373/44 dated 3 November 1944. Home in Galt, Ontario; enlisted in London, 4 January 1941. Trained at No.1 WS (graduated 25 April 1942) and No.7 BGS (graduated 25 May 1942). No citation other than "completed...many successful operations during which [he has] displayed high skill, fortitude and devotion to duty." DFC sent by registered mail, 20 June 1946. DHist file 181.009 D.3260 (RG.24 Vol.20637) has recommendation dated 22 June 1944 when he had flown 26 sorties (159 hours 37 minutes), 9 January 1943 to 7 May 1944.

 

This officer, an Air Gunner, has completed a tour of operations against the enemy which included many raids on heavily defended areas and against strong fighter opposition. Included in these were attacks on Berlin, Munich, Dusseldorf, Wilhelmshaven, and two low level attacks on Le Creusot and Pilsen. His complete disregard of opposition and exceptional tenacity of purpose, in addition to his outstanding devotion to duty and cheerful courage have contributed in a large measure to the successful tour of his crew. He has set an excellent example to the squadron by his untiring zeal and effort.

 

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McARTHUR, Sergeant Duncan MacKenzie (R64072) - Mention in Despatches - Overseas - Award effective 1 January 1943 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 232/43 dated 12 February 1943. Home in Milton, Ontario; enlisted in Hamilton, 1 April 1940. Trained at No.1 WS.

 

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McARTHUR, FS Edwin Matthew (R77162) - Distinguished Flying Medal - No.405 Squadron - Award effective 1 September 1943 as per London Gazette dated 10 September 1943 and AFRO 2258/43 dated 5 November 1943. Born in Montreal, 1916; home in Strathmore, Quebec. Enlisted in Montreal, 14 October 1940. Trained at No.3 BGS (graduated 20 July 1941) and No.2 WS (graduated 23 June 1941). Killed in action, 31 August 1943 (Halifax HR915); name on Runnymede Memorial. DFM presented to next-of-kin, 12 December 1944.

 

During many operational flights this airman has proved to be a wireless operator/air gunner of exceptional ability and determination. The calm and cool manner in which he has completed his duties has been of great service to his captain and crew, during raids on many occasions, being highly commendable.

 

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McARTHUR, Fl/O Nancy Mary (V30158) - Member, Order of the British Empire - RCAF Overseas Headquarters - Award effective 13 June 1946 as per Canada Gazette of that date and AFRO 660/46 dated 5 July 1946. Home in Calgary; enlisted in Montreal, 3 January 1942. Insignia sent by registered mail.

 

Flight Officer McArthur, during her service as an airwoman and also as an officer, placed the Service above all else and the example which this officer set was an inspiration to all with whom she came in contact. Flight Officer McArthur arrived overseas with the first draft of Royal Canadian Air Force Women's Division personnel and, shortly after her arrival, was appointed as Personnel Staff Officer to the Air Officer Commanding-in-Chief, Royal Canadian Air Force Overseas which appointment she held until her repatriation to Canada. Through her outstanding ability, cheerfulness, keenness and co-operation, Flight Officer McArthur was of the greatest assistance and was a great credit to the Royal Canadian Air Force in her dealings with the Royal Air Force, the Air Forces of other Dominions and all other Services and Departments of the United Kingdom Government with which her duties brought her in contact. In addition, this officer displayed both on and off duty a continued and active interest in the welfare of Women's Division personnel and of the Royal Canadian Air Force as a whole, far beyond that required of her.

 

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McAULEY, F/L Albert Gerald (J18888) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.427 Squadron - Award effective 1 September 1944 as per London Gazette dated 15 September 1944 and AFRO 2373/44 dated 3 November 1944. Born in Hilton, Ontario, 1920; home in Belleville or Marmora, Ontario. Enlisted in Toronto, 31 July 1941. Trained at No.6 ITS (graduated 30 January 1942), No.20 EFTS (graduated 17 July 1942) and No.9 SFTS (graduated 20 November 1942). Commissioned 1943. No citation in AFRO other than "completed...many successful operations during which [he has] displayed high skill, fortitude and devotion to duty." DHist file 181.009 D.1729 (PAC RG.24 Vol.20607) has recommendation forwarded to Station Leeming, 22 June 1944 when he had completed 31 sorties (206 hours).

 

This pilot has completed thirty-one sorties on which twenty-five have been on major targets. Flight Lieutenant McAuley was a Deputy Flight Commander and his work generally has been of excellent calibre. His ability to make instant decisions in emergency [sic], skilful pilotage and cool judgement has been an inspiration to his crew.

 

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McAULEY, F/L Vincent Cronkite (J4761) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.7 Squadron - Award effective 2 November 1942 as per London Gazette dated 6 November 1942 and AFRO 272/43 dated 19 February 1943. Born in Royalton, New Brunswick, 4 January 1918; home in Toronto. Enlisted in Moncton, 26 June 1940. Trained at No.1 ITS (graduated 17 September 1940), No.2 BGS (graduated 17 February 1941), No.3 AOS (graduated 6 January 1941), and No.1 CNS (graduated 20 March 1941). Commissioned March 1941. Shot down and taken prisoner, 11/12 December 1942 (Stirling BF379, MG-D). Wife living in Toronto when decorated. DFC presented 25 February 1944; Bar presented 10 June 1948.

 

He is an outstanding navigator whose ability to fly straight to the most distant targets under difficult conditions is exceptional. This officer's record of continuous meritorious service and personal example has largely contributed to the high standard of navigation maintained in the squadron.

 

NOTE: Public Records Office Air 2/9604 has recommendation dated 18 September 1942 when he had flown 45 sorties (225 operational hours) as listed; text was more detailed than that published:

 

* daylight sortie

# fire raising mission

 

3 Sept 41 Brest 13 Mar 42 Cologne

7 Sept 41 Berlin (early return) 25 Mar 42 Essen

10 Sept 41 Turin 28 Mar 42 Lubeck

12 Sept 41 Frankfurt 14 Apr 42 Dortmund (early return)

13 Sept 41 Brest 15 Apr 42 Dortmund#

15 Sept 41 Hamburg 17 Apr 42 Hamburg

26 Sept 41 Cologne (recalled) 22 Apr 42 GARDENING, Kiel

29 Sept 41 Stettin 23 Apr 42 Rostock

3 Oct 41 Brest 3 May 42 Hamburg#

11 Oct 41 Cologne 5 May 42 Stuttgart

13 Oct 41 Dusseldorf 7 May 42 GARDENING, Baltic

20 Oct 41 Bremen 8 May 42 Warnemunde

23 Oct 41 Brest 30 May 42 Cologne#

31 Oct 41 Bremen (early return) 1 June 42 Essen#

15 Nov 41 Kiel 5 June 42 Essen#

18 Nov 41 Brest 25 June 42 Bremen#

23 Nov 41 Brest 16 July 42 Lubeck*

9 Dec 41 Holland/North Sea 31 July 42 Dusseldorf

23 Dec 41 Brest 1 Sept 42 Saarbrucken

27 Dec 41 Brest 2 Sept 42 Karlsruhe#

26 Jan 42 Brest 8 Sept 42 Frankfurt#

3 Mar 42 Paris 13 Sept 42 Bremen#

8 Mar 42 Essen

 

Acting Flight Lieutenant McAuley is an outstanding navigator who has to his credit 45 operational bombing sorties against the enemy. His ability to get straight to the most distant targets under difficult conditions is exceptional and when acting as Bomb Aimer he has steered his captain over the target in every endeavour to drop his bombs in exactly the correct place.

 

Acting Flight Lieutenant McAuley has recently been filling the post of Squadron Navigation Officer and he has, by his personal example as a skilled navigator and a courageous member of an aircrew, been responsible for the high standard of navigation being maintained in the squadron.

 

McAULEY, S/L Vincent Cronkite, DFC (J4761) - Bar to Distinguished Flying Cross - No.7 Squadron - Award effective 31 July 1943 as per London Gazette dated 17 August 1943 and AFRO 2005/43 dated 1 October 1943.

 

In air operations this officer displayed courage and fortitude of the highest order.

 

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McAVOY, FS John Kenneth (R107825) - Distinguished Flying Medal - No.61 Squadron - Award effective 31 January 1943 as per London Gazette dated 16 February 1943 and AFRO 410/43 dated 12 March 1943. Born in Moose Jaw, 1909; home in Manitoba (teacher). Enlisted in Regina, 25 June 1941. Trained at No.4 ITS, No.2 AOS, No.8 BGS, and No.1 CNS. Invested at Buckingham Palace, 18 May 1943.

 

Flight Lieutenant Burns and Flight Sergeant McAvoy have flown together as captain and navigator on a number of operational sorties including a reconnaissance of Turin from a height of 500 feet. In January 1943 they took part in a raid on Berlin and, after releasing their bombs in the target area, obtained an excellent photograph. This officer and airman have always displayed exceptional courage and determination. Their fine fighting spirit has been an inspiration to all other members of their squadron.

 

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McBAIN, F/L Andrew Harold Adelbert (J23638) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.424 Squadron (deceased) - Award effective 4 November 1944 as per London Gazette dated 14 November 1944 and AFRO 239/45 dated 9 February 1945. Born 1917 in Gibbard, Alberta (farm labourer). Home in Camrose, Alberta; enlisted in Toronto, 12 November 1941. Trained at No.4 ITS (graduated 11 September 1942), No.8 BGS (graduated 18 December 1942) and No.2 AOS (graduated 5 February 1943). Commissioned 1943. Killed in flying accident, 21 August 1944 (Halifax NA609). Medal presented to next-of-kin, 2 December 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.2609 (RG.24 Vol.20627) has recommendation dated 15 August 1944 when he had flown 28 sorties (190 hours) from 2 September 1943 to 3 August 1944.

 

Flying Officer McBain has proven himself to be a most conscientious and skilful Air Bomber. Over a long period of time his consistently good work has inspired great confidence in his ability. Operating since September 1943, he has bombed such heavily defended German targets as Mannheim, Munich, Modane, Dusseldorf, Stuttgart and Berlin, and at all times has displayed a courage and outstanding ability worthy of high recognition. His quiet confidence has inspired a very high standard of morale in the crew members...

 

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McBEAN, FS Ronald Peter (R57864) - Croix de Guerre (France) - No.410 (RCAF) Repair and Salvage Unit (AFRO gives unit only as "Overseas") - Awarded as per AFRO 1619/45 dated 19 October 1945. Home in Vancouver; enlisted there 13 May 1940. Public Records Office Air 2/9645 gives unit and citation.

 

This NCO was in charge of a Salvage and Propeller Detachment attached to 3209 Servicing Commando which arrived on the beaches of Normandy on D+1. During the journey across the Channel their boat was torpedoed and sank, together with a great deal of their equipment. In spite of this experience, Sergeant McBean held strict discipline amongst his crew and worked on the salvage of aircraft and clearing of the runways on B.2 landing strip whilst still under fire. His outstanding ability and leadership inspired confidence in his men.

 

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McBEATH, Sergeant Harry Lindsay (R128527) - Distinguished Flying Medal - No.7 Squadron - Award effective 6 July 1943 as per London Gazette dated 6 July 1943 and AFRO 1724/43 dated 27 August 1943. Born 1918; home in Vancouver (clerk); enlisted there 25 August 1941. Trained at No.4 ITS (graduated 30 December 1941), No.8 BGS (graduated 23 May 1942), No.2 AOS (graduated 10 April 1942) and No.1 ANS (graduated 20 July 1942). Medal presented 29 May 1947. NOTE: The citation refers to F/O G.H.F. Carter, DFC (RCAF), but in Carter's entry lists No.35 Squadron. Either there is an error respecting one of the men's unit, or this citation covers two men getting different decorations in different units. Both men are navigators.

 

In air operations Flying Officer Carter and Sergeant McBeath have displayed courage, initiative and fortitude in keeping with the highest traditions of the Royal Air Force.

 

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McBEATH, F/L John Henry (J17415) - Mention in Despatches - No.202 Squadron - Award effective 1 January 1945 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 379/45 dated 2 March 1945. Home in Ingersoll, Ontario; enlisted in London, 19 February 1941. Trained at No.1 ITS (graduated 25 July 1941), No.1 EFTS (graduated 25 September 1941) and No.5 SFTS (graduated 18 December 1941).

 

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McBURNEY, A/C Ralph Edward (C96) - Mention in Despatches - No.64 Base - Award effective 1 January 1945 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 337/45 dated 23 February 1945. Born in Montreal, educated in Saskatoon and at University of Manitoba (Engineering); joined RCAF 15 September 1926 in Saskatoon. Completed RAF Staff College, England, just as war broke out. Commanded Station Trenton, then Director of Signals at AFHQ (assisted NRC in adapting British and American research to RCAF needs). Went to Britain in 1943 where he commanded a HCU, then an HCU Base (Dishforth), operational base (No.61, February 1944), followed by No.64 Base, (Middleton St.George, May 1944). To No.6 Group Headquarters, December 1944, as SASO. Remained in postwar RCAF until retirement in August 1948. Awarded Queen's Coronation Medal, 23 October 1953 as an Air Vice-Marshal (retired). Public Records Office Air 2/9017 has recommendation for a CBE which appears to have become his MiD:

 

This officer commands the Base and by his keenness, ability and energy has made an outstanding contribution to the success of the Group's operational effort. Throughout the periods of intense operations his Base has continued to maintain practically all its aircraft serviceable and ready for operations despite the fact that two of the squadrons were in the process of converting from Halifax to Lancaster X aircraft. Many difficulties have arisen in connection with the Lancaster X aircraft which was fitted with an entirely new and different type of wireless equipment and different type of engine, whilst spares were generally in short supply. These difficulties have been surmounted as a result of the skilful direction given by Air Commodore McBurney.

 

McBURNEY, A/C Ralph Edward (C96) - Commander, Order of the British Empire - No.6 Group - Award effective 14 June 1945 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 1219/45 dated 27 July 1945. No citation to CBE in Canadian sources. Public Records Office document Air 2/9055 has the following:

 

This officer is the SASO of the Group and was formerly Station Commander at Dishforth and the Base Commander of 61 and 64 Base. Whilst commanding No.64 Base he made an outstanding contribution to the success of the Group's operational effort by his exceptional ability and mature and sound judgement. He was faced with many difficulties owing to the fact that Lancaster X aircraft were fitted with entirely new and different wireless equipment and different types of engines, and spares generally were in short supply. All difficulties were surmounted and maximum operational effort was maintained. Since the outbreak of war Air Commodore McBurney has been called upon to fill positions of great responsibility, requiring initiative and ability of a high standard. He has made an outstanding contribution to the success which has`been achieved.

 

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McBURNEY, F/O Robert William (J18046) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.427 Squadron - Award effective 5 February 1945 as per London Gazette dated 20 February 1945 and AFRO 563/45 dated 29 March 1945. Born 1922 in Woodstock, Ontario; home there. Formerly in Oxford Rifles (two years). Enlisted in London, Ontario, 18 December 1940. Trained at No.1 ITS (graduated 26 May 1941), No.1 AOS (graduated 18 August 1941) and No.1 BGS (graduated 27 September 1941). Commissioned 1942. Medal presented 29 May 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 (RG.24 Vol.20607) has recommendation dated 19 November 1944 when he had flown 42 sorties (275 hours five minutes). First two sorties, 29 May 1942 (Cologne) and 1 June 1942 (Essen), followed by move to Egypt where he flew 17 more trips, mainly against Tobruk but also Crete and Greece. Tour ended 2 December 1942 (19 trips, 153 hours 35 minutes). Second tour, 12 August to 2 November 1944 (23 sorties, 121 hours 30 minutes).

This Navigator has completed two operational bombing tours against the enemy. His work in general has been outstanding and his cheerful confidence has inspired a high standard of morale in his crew.

 

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McCABE, FS Desmond (R74814) - Distinguished Flying Medal - No.104 Squadron - Award effective 12 January 1943 as per London Gazette dated 22 January 1943 and AFRO 272/43 dated 19 February 1943. Born in Cork, 1919; home in Victoria (broker's clerk). Two years with Canadian Scottish. Enlisted in Vancouver, 19 October 1940. Trained at No.1 ITS (graduated 5 March 1941), No.3 EFTS (graduated 16 May 1941), and No.1 SFTS (graduated 30 July 1941). Commissioned 1943. DFM presented at Buckingham Palace, 13 April 1943; DFC sent by registered mail, 1 May 1949.

 

As pilot, Sergeant McCabe has displayed great tenacity, skill and determination. He has participated in a large number of bombing sorties and has attacked Benghazi and Tobruk from very low altitudes. His dash and keenness have been an inspiration to his crew and to others with whom he has come into contact.

 

NOTE: Public Record Office Air 2/9612 has recommendation for a non-immediate award sent by Group Captain W.J.M. Akerman, Headquarters, Royal Air Force, Middle East to Air Ministry on 14 December 1942:

 

This Non-Commissioned Officer has completed 254 hours 20 minutes and 31 flights since joining the squadron at the end of March this year. During these operations this pilot has flown against the enemy over Italy, Crete, and the Libyan desert and has played a prominent part in the bombing effort covering the withdrawal in June.

 

His courage has at all times been of an outstanding order and his dash and determination have at all times been his characteristic method of attack; this led to the bombing of targets like Benghazi and Tobruk at really low altitudes on several occasions. Sergeant McCabe's personality has inspired all those who have come in contact with him and at all times he has had the implicit confidence of his crew.

 

McCABE, F/L Desmond, DFM (J17636) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.105 Squadron - Award effective 5 February 1945 as per London Gazette dated 16 February 1945 and AFRO 563/45 dated 29 March 1945.

 

Flight Lieutenant McCabe has consistently shown the utmost determination, courage and devotion to duty. This together with his fine leadership as a pilot and captain of aircraft have contributed in a large measure to the successes achieved by his crew.

 

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McCAFFERY, F/L Elmore Hugh (J6661) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.15 Squadron - Award effective 24 October 1942 as per London Gazette dated 6 November 1942 and AFRO 1830/42 dated 13 November 1942. Born in Winnipeg, 16 April 1916. Home in Manitoba or Ladner, British Columbia (salesman); enlisted in Winnipeg, 25 October 1940. Trained at No.2 ITS (graduated 3 March 1941, No.5 AOS (graduated 25 April 1941), No.3 BGS (graduated 8 July 1941), and No.1 ANS (graduated 20 August 1941). Commissioned 1941. Posted overseas 26 September 1941. Further trained at No.22 OTU; reported to No.214 Conversion Flight on 22 April 1942; to No.15 Squadron, 6 June 1942. Assigned to crew of fellow-Canadian, P/O H.T. Miles. First operation was 8 June (Dieppe, controls damaged by flak). Second sortie was mining in Frisians (18 June) when fired on by two flak ships. Further raids on Emden (20 and 22 June; latter mission aborted and bombs brought back when port inner engine failed). Raided Bremen on 25 June (10/10th cloud, bombed on fires, hit by heavy flak that severed camera lead and brake pressure lead). Next mission was also over 10/10 cloud and shadowed by a single-engine aircraft. Raid on Bremen, 2/3 July, uneventful. He and Miles raided Vegesack on 19/20 July when they met 10/10 cloud, pinpointed Zwichewan Lake and were attacked by a Ju.88 that damaged rear turret and fuselage; Miles crash-landed at Waterbeach. To Duisburg on 21/22 July when navigational aides malfunctioned; Duisburg again on 23/24 July (uneventful); Hamburg on 26/27 July (uneventful); 28 July to Hamburg when they identified target by River Elbe but were coned by searchlights for eleven minutes and controls awkward due to icing; bombs jettisoned live on Neumunster after fine hang-ups; three engines gave trouble going home. Raided Osnabruck, 17 August; a week later raided Frankfurt and on 28 August to Nuremburg. Miles and McCaffery promoted to T/F/O in August, A/F/L in September. September raids were as follows: Karlsruhe (2nd), Bremen (4th), Duisburg (6th), Frankfurt (8th), Dusseldorf (10th, bombing with Gee), Bremen (13th, flak holes), Vegesack (23rd, 10/10 cloud, target not located and bombs jettisoned). October raids were Krefeld (2/3 Oct, holed by flak), Aachen (5/6 Oct, bomb doors splintered by flak), Osnabruck (6/7 Oct, mid-upper turret unserviceable but they pinpointed target and bombed), Kattegat mining (11/12 Oct), Kiel (13/14 Oct), Cologne (15/16 Oct), Genoa (23/24 Oct, landed Manston short of fuel). Posted out, 22 December 1942. DFC presented (date uncertain); AFC sent by registered mail, 23 April 1946.

 

This officer has participated in numerous sorties and has displayed navigational skill of a high order. He has always shown the greatest determination to reach and bomb his target, and he has often obtained valuable photographs. His example of courage and devotion to duty have proved inspiring.

 

McCAFFERY, S/L Elmore Hugh, DFC (J6661) - Air Force Cross - No.5 OTU - Award effective 14 June 1945 as per Canada Gazette of that date and AFRO 1127/45 dated 6 July 1945. DHist file 181.009 D.2629 (RG.24 Vol.20628) has AFC citation as provided for an investiture. When recommended he had flown 680 hours, 80 as an instructor and 20 in previous six months.

 

This officer has long been an outstanding navigator at No.5 Operational Training Unit. He has shown extraordinary energy and ability in organizing the navigation section. He has given generously of his skill and operational experience, imbuing the instructors under him with his own determination that their pupils shall be as fit for combat as is humanly possible. This officer, by great devotion to duty, has made a valuable contribution to operational training.

 

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McCAFFREY, LAC Garnet Delmer (R274772) - Mention in Despatches - Northwest Staging Route - Award effective 5 May 1944 as per Canada Gazette of that date and AFRO 1133/44 dated 26 May 1944. Home in Stittsville, Ontario; enlisted Ottawa, 1 October 1943. Injured in crash that killed S/L I.M. MacLean.

 

This airman, on December 28th last, in Northern Canada, was a passenger in a single engine aircraft which was forced to make a crash landing, after which it immediately caught fire. Although injured himself, he assisted another airman in removing the other more seriously injured passengers from the aircraft. Despite the risk of exploding gasoline tanks, he displayed commendable presence of mind and outstanding devotion to duty in his actions.

 

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McCAFFREY, P/O John Harold Alexander (J86046) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.408 Squadron (deceased) - Award effective 28 July 1944 as per London Gazette dated 25 January 1946 and AFRO 244/46 dated 8 March 1946. Born 1921 at Melville, Saskatchewan; home there; enlisted Saskatoon, 27 December 1940. Trained at No.4 ITS (graduated 10 October 1942), No.19 EFTS (graduated 5 December 1942), and No.11 SFTS (graduated 16 April 1942). Commissioned April 1944. Medal presented to next of kin, 10 December 1947.Killed in action 28 July 1944; no known grave.

 

Throughout his operational tour Pilot Officer McCaffrey has attacked a variety of heavily defended targets in Germany. On all his sorties he has displayed a fine fighting spirit pressing home his attacks with keen determination and obtaining excellent photographs of the objectives. On one occasion when attacking Cologne two of the engines of his aircraft became unserviceable. Nevertheless, showing exceptional flying skill, he brought his aircraft and crew safely back to this country. His cheerful nature and keen determination have been a great asset and set a splendid example to his squadron.

 

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McCAIG, FS John (R69601) - British Empire Medal - Radar and Communication School - Award effective 13 June 1946 as per Canada Gazette of that date and AFRO 660/46 dated 5 July 1946. Born 1 August 1914. Home in Toronto; enlisted there 24 June 1940. Clerk (Administration). Medal presented 29 May 1947. Remained in postwar RCAF.

 

Flight Sergeant McCaig has at all times during his service as non-commissioned officer in charge Orderly Room displayed outstanding initiative and reliability. His boundless enthusiasm and energy have always been such as to inspire those about him. Because of his exceptional proficiency, leadership and organizing ability it has been possible for him to carry out his responsibilities under extremely adverse conditions with no loss of efficiency.

 

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McCAIG, F/L Lesie Neil (J14907) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.426 Squadron - Award effective 27 October 1943 as per London Gazette dated 29 October 1943 and AFRO 2457/43 dated 29 October 1943. Born 1915; home in Ormston Station, Quebec; enlisted Montreal, 16 August 1941. Trained at No.3 ITS (graduated 14 March 1942), No.11 EFTS (graduated 20 June 1942) and No.16 SFTS (graduated 9 October 1942). Commissioned 1942. Incident was on 23/24 September 1943. Missing in action, 20 January 1944 (Berlin). Medal presented 2 December 1946.

 

This officer captained an aircraft detailed to attack Mannheim one night in September 1943. Whilst over the target area the bomber was attacked by a fighter. It was driven off, however, but a few minutes later another enemy aircraft flew in to the attack. The bomber was repeatedly hit by machine gun fire and sustained much damage. In spite of this Flight Lieutenant McCaig skilfully outmaneuvered the attacker and thus enabled his gunners to engage the enemy aircraft which was shot down by their accurate bursts of fire. Displaying exceptional skill, Flight Lieutenant McCaig flew the badly damaged bomber to this country and effected a successful crash landing at an airfield. This officer displayed courage, coolness and determination worthy of high praise.

 

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McCALLUM, S/L Arthur Erroll Campbell (J10488) - Mention in Despatches - No.145 (BR) Squadron - Award effective 1 December 1945 as per Canada Gazette of that date and AFRO 183/46 dated 22 February 1946. Home in Royalties, Alberta; enlisted in Vancouver, 4 May 1941. Trained at No.2 ITS (graduated 10 September 1941), No.18 EFTS (graduated 22 November 1941), and No.10 SFTS (graduated 29 March 1942). DHist file 181.009 D.3690 (RG.24 Vol.20640) has undated recommendation (circa April or May 1945) when he had flown 2,015 hours (269 hours 30 minutes in previous six months). These included 763 hours 35 minutes as an instructor (nil recently) and 638 hours 45 minutes on operations (114 sorties). Recommendation and citation virtually identical.

 

This officer has completed a tour of operations on anti-submarine patrols over the North Atlantic. His keenness and ability have set a fine example for others and his untiring efforts in training crews have done much in maintaining the efficiency of the squadron.

 

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McCALLUM, W/C Arthur Howard Kirkham (C2587) - Member, Order of the British Empire - Eastern Air Command Headquarters - Award effective 1 January 1946 as per Canada Gazette of that date and AFRO 82/46 dated 25 January 1946. Enlisted in Vancouver, 2 September 1940. Insignia presented 9 April 1948.

 

During approximately twenty months as Assistant Provost Marshal of Eastern Air Command, this officer has shown outstanding devotion to duty and exceptional leadership. He has carried out his very responsible and extensive duties in a most efficient and conscientious manner, maintaining a high degree of discipline throughout the Command. He was responsible to a large degree for the organization and administration of control of Royal Canadian Air Force personnel in his area. These efforts have earned for him the respect and confidence of all personnel.

 

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McCALLUM, LAC Francis Joseph (K260801) - Mention in Despatches - Station Coal Harbour - Western Air Command Headquarters - Award effective 2 February 1946 as per Canada Gazette of that date and AFRO 280/46 dated 15 March 1946. Home in Edmonton; enlisted there 22 July 1943. Released 21 February 1946. General Duties.

 

This airman has cheerfully and without thought to self-sacrifice done work worthy of highest praise. He has continuously given in his work more than is normally required and at all times completed difficult and undesirable duties with neatness and despatch. His character is extremely good and he has displayed initiative far beyond the requirements of his trade.

 

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McCALLUM, F/L John Allan (J23048) - Mention in Despatches - No.116 Squadron - Award effective 3 November 1944 as per Canada Gazette of that date and AFRO 2479/44 dated 17 November 1944. Home in Stouffeville, Ontario; enlisted in Toronto, 31 August 1940. Trained at No.1 ITS (graduated 27 January 1941), No.10 EFTS (graduated 29 March 1941), No.5 SFTS (graduated 21 June 1941) and No. 1 ANS (graduated 25 August 1941).

 

This officer has been captain of aircraft in many hours of operational flying in the North Atlantic area. He has been continuously engaged on duties demanding great skill and stamina, which he has successfully fulfilled with efficiency and determination. He is a courageous and resolute pilot and his example has been reflected in the fine fighting qualities of his crew.

 

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McCALLUM, S/L John Donald (J6952) - Air Force Cross - No.1 IFS - Award effective 1 January 1946 as per Canada Gazette of that date and AFRO 82/46 dated 25 January 1946 - Enlisted in Toronto, 12 November 1940. Trained at No.3 ITS (graduated 21 April 1941), No.9 EFTS (graduated 9 June 1941), and No.6 SFTS (graduated 21 August 1941). AFC sent by registered mail, 20 April 1949. Awarded Queen's Coronation Medal, 23 October 1953 when he was Wing Commander at Station Moose Jaw. As of AFC award he had flown 2,177 hours , 2,000 hours as instructor, 312 hours in past six months. Died in Ottawa, 21 May 1994.

 

The organization of flying training carried out by this unit is largely the result of the untiring efforts of this officer. The excellent system of testing and many improvements in syllabus are the results of his outstanding application to organization and his immense capacity for detail. His marked devotion to duty, his high sense of responsibility, his leadership and his loyalty have been an unfailing source of inspiration for every instructor under his command. The support thus gained for his superior officers has been outstanding.

 

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McCALLUM, P/O Kenneth Fraser (J92516) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.419 Squadron - Award effective 5 April 1945 as per London Gazette dated 17 April 1945 and AFRO 918/45 dated 1 June 1945. Born 1914 in Edmonton; home in Calgary (sales manager); enlisted in Calgary, 4 July 1941. Trained at No.4 ITS (graduated 26 September 1942) and No.3 BGS (graduated 18 December 1942). Commissioned October 1944. DFC sent by registered mail, 11 March 1949. No citation other than "completed...numerous operations against the enemy in the course of which [he has] invariably displayed the utmost courage and devotion to duty". DHist file 181.009 D.3260 (RG.24 Vol.20637) has recommendation dated 22 December 1944 when he had flown 30 sorties (28 July to 27 November 1944).

 

Warrant Officer McCallum has taken part in 30 attacks on the enemy during the course of which his steadfastness and courage have been outstanding. His crew have only the highest praise for his coolness and determination, and his sharp lookout which has on several occasions enabled them to take successful evasive action when attacked by enemy aircraft.

 

I consider the high standard of excellence achieved by this gunner and his enthusiasm to attack the enemy fully merits the non-immediate award of the Distinguished Flying Cross.

 

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McCAMUS, F/L William Harold (J10049) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.404 Squadron - Award effective 19 January 1945 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 471/45 dated 16 March 1945. Born 1917 in Peterborough, Ontario; home in Millbrook, Ontario; enlisted in Toronto, 28 February 1941. Trained at No.3 ITS (graduated 27 July 1941), No.9 AOS (graduated 21 November 1941) and No.1 BGS (graduated 3 January 1942). Commissioned 1942. Medal presented 22 June 1949. Cited with F/O Louis C. Boileau (pilot), which see for citation.

 

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McCANN, S/L Daniel Scott (C1209) - Mention in Despatches - No.139 Wing Headquarters - Award effective 1 January 1945 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 337/45 dated 23 February 1945. Physical Training Instructor at Glebe Collegiate before the war; enlisted in Ottawa 9 October 1939. Clippings in biography file indicate that he went overseas in 1942 and became Adjutant of No.419 Squadron. He later served with No.331 Wing in North Africa and was reported as having flown on some sorties with that formation. Later Senior Administrative Officer to No.139 Wing (Mitchells); died in Ottawa, 30 August 1948. No citation to MiD.

 

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McCANN, F/O Richard Laurier (J27578) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.630 Squadron - Award effective 6 January 1945 as per London Gazette dated 16 January 1945 and AFRO 508/45 dated 23 March 1945. Born 1912 in Merritton, Ontario; home there (machine operator); enlisted Hamilton, 25 June 1943. Trained at No.1 ITS (graduated 22 January 1943) and No.7 AOS (graduated 25 April 1943). Commissioned 1943. Invested at Stamford Centre, Ontario, 7 August 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 2/9039 has recommendation dated 19 October 1944 when he had flown 35 sorties (200 hours 32 minutes).

 

1 June 44 Saumur (6.12)

4 June 44 Maisy (3.50) 25 Jul 44 Stuttgart (8.47)

5 June 44 La Pernelle (4.17) 26 Jul 44 Givors (8.36)

7 June 44 Foret de Cerisy (4.47) 28 Jul 44 Stuttgart (7.56)

9 June 44 Etampes (4.28) 30 Jul 44 Aunay sur Odon (5.48)

12 Jun 44 Caen (4.21) 31 July 44 Joigny (5.07)

14 Jun 44 Aunay sur Odon (4.35) 5 Aug 44 St.Leu d'Esserent (4.31)

16 Jun 44 Doullen (3.42) 9 Aug 44 Chattellault (6.26)

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

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

7 July 44 Creil (4.30) 24 Aug 44 Tossay St.Maximim (4.14)

12 Jul 44 Chateau Chalindray 25 Aug 44 Darmstadt (8.25)

(7.46) 26 Aug 44 Koenigsburg (10.38)

14 Jul 44 Villeneuve St.George 29 Aug 44 Danzig (11.10)

(6.45) 31 Aug 44 Bergueneuse (3.48)

18 Jul 44 Caen (3.37) 3 Sept 44 Deelan (3.37)

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

20 Jul 44 Courtrai (2.57) 11 Sep 44 Le Havre (3.33)

24 Jul 44 Stuttgart (8.12) 11 Sep 44 Darmstadt (5.44)

 

This officer has completed a first tout of operational flying totalling 35 sorties.

 

As Navigator he was outstanding in the squadron and his tour included attacks on heavily defended targets in Germany and enemy occupied territory.

 

The crew in which this officer was navigator completed a very successful tour of operations. The fact that they completed this tour without any combats can be partly attributed to this officer's skill as a navigator. His navigation has always been accurate and thus the aircraft in which he was flying has kept to the correct track. They have therefore been in the main stream and have avoided combats which might have occurred had they found themselves on their own.

 

In addition this navigator is one of the best wind finders in the squadron and he has been detailed for this duty on several occasions. His knowledge of navigation is above the average and he has taken a considerable interest in training new crews.

 

Photographs show that the crew of which he was navigator have obtained an exceptional number of photographs of the aiming point of the targets they have attacked. Accurate navigation has been primarily responsible for these successful photographs.

 

This officer has always shown a high sense of duty and great keenness to operate against the enemy on every possible occasion. He is strongly recommended for the non-immediate award of the Distinguished Flying Cross.

 

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McCARTHY, S/L Edward Lockhart (J3262) - Commended for Valuable Services in the Air - No.7 SFTS - Award effective 14 June 1945 as per Canada Gazette of that date and AFRO 1127/45 dated 6 July 1945. Home in Moncton, New Brunswick; enlisted there 5 June 1940. Trained at No.1 ITS (graduated 20 June 1940), Moncton Flying Club (graduated 14 September 1940) and No.1 SFTS (graduated 21 November 1940).

 

Squadron Leader McCarthy has been employed in training for three years and eight months and has applied himself wholeheartedly during that time. His unfailing drive and cheerful manner have contributed greatly to the smooth running of the unit. Because he has a gift for organization and has been employed in several executive positions, his contribution along these lines has been outstanding.

 

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McCARTHY, W/C Francis Stewart (C12578) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.420 Squadron - Award effective 5 July 1945 as per London Gazette dated 17 July 1945 and AFRO 1507/45 dated 28 September 1945. Born 1912 in Hamilton, Ontario; home in Windsor, Ontario (sales branch manager); enlisted in Toronto, 4 September 1940. Commissioned June 1942. Medal presented 14 June 1946. Photo PL-43549 shows him. Died in Toronto, 11 June 1996.

 

By his courage and coolness in the face of danger Wing Commander McCarthy has set a fine example to his crew and flight. While on a mission against Kiel in September 1944, his aircraft was severely damaged, one engine being rendered unserviceable and the navigator being wounded. Wing Commander McCarthy pressed on despite this and intense anti-aircraft fire and bombed the target successfully. On another occasion while on a sortie against Dusseldorf, his aircraft was attacked by an enemy fighter but owing to his skilful evasive tactics his gunners were able to repel off [sic] three attacks. His coolness and determination have always been outstanding.

 

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McCARTHY, F/O John Raymond (C13289) - Mention in Despatches - No.164 - Squadron (Canada) - Award effective 14 June 1945 as per Canada Gazette of that date and AFRO 1127/45 dated 6 July 1945. Home in regina; enlisted there 30 July 1940.

 

This officer has long been associated with the Air Traffic Department of the Royal Canadian Air Force and has built up one of the most efficiently operated units within the Air Force. Constant supervision of the loading of vital war supplies to our isolated outposts, constant watch that badly needed men and material reach their destination with dispatch, has created an enviable reputation for this officer. From dawn till long after sunset one can find this officer hard at his appointed task. This officer has set a splendid example by his personal self sacrifice and devotion to duty.

 

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McCARTHY, F/O Joseph Charles (J9346) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.97 Squadron - Award effective 7 May 1943 as per London Gazette dated 13 May 1943 and AFRO 1035/43 dated 4 June 1943. American in RCAF; born on Long Island, New York, 31 August 1919; enlisted in Ottawa, 5 May 1941. Trained at No.1 ITS (graduated 11 August 1941), No.12 EFTS (graduated 26 September 1941), and No.5 SFTS (graduated 18 December 1941). Commissioned 1941. 9 April 1942 to No.12 (P) AFU; 19 May 1942 to No.14 OTU; 22 August 1942 to No.97 Conversion Flight; 11 September 1942 to No.106 Conversion Flight; 21 September 1942 to No.97 Squadron; 25 March 1943 to No.617 Squadron. Following Bomber Command tour he served as a test pilot; in 1945 he worked in Britain and Germany testing aircraft on behalf of Vickers. Returned to Canada, 1946 and was appointed to command the Test and Development Establishment, Rockcliffe. To RCAF Staff College, 1948; to No.6 Repair Depot, 1949; to Station Chatham, 1942; to No.2 (F) Wing, France, 1953; to Station Trenton, 1954; to No.4 FTS, Penhold, January 1955; to No.407 Squadron as CO, April 1959; to Congo, April 1962. See Tom Coughlin, The Dangerous Skies and a 14-page narrative in biographical file at DHist. DFC and DSO presented at Buckingham, Palace, 22 June 1943; Bar to DFC presented at Buckingham Palace, 11 August 1944.

 

On many occasions this officer has attacked targets in Germany. As captain of aircraft he has participated in sorties to the heavily defended objectives in the Ruhr and took part in the successful raid on Essen on a night in March 1943. He has also attacked Berlin three times and Italian targets on five occasions. Throughout his whole career, his conduct has set an example of high courage and efficiency to other members of the squadron.

 

NOTE: Public Record Office Air 2/8950 has recommendation dated 26 March 1943 when he had flown 29 sorties (201 hours 35 minutes). Although the text adds nothing to the published citation, the sortie sheet details his operations. The four hours for the sortie of 9 December 1942 is either a typing or error or the sortie was unsuccessful (although the column for results denotes a successful trip).

 

* unsuccessful sortie

 

2 Oct 42 Krefeld (4.05) 17 Jan 43 Berlin (8.25)

5 Oct 42 Aachen (5.10) 30 Jan 43 Hamburg (3.10)

22 Oct 42 Genoa (8.35) 2 Feb 43 Cologne (4.55)

6 Nov 42 Genoa (9.20) 4 Feb 43 Turin (8.10)

8 Nov 42 GARDENING (6.30)* 11 Feb 43 Wilhelmshaven (4.40)

13 Nov 42 Genoa (6.55) 21 Feb 43 Bremen (5.10)

22 Nov 42 Stuttgart (7.30) 25 Feb 43 Nuremburg (8.00)

28 Nov 42 Turin (5.05) 26 Feb 43 Cologne (4.45)

4 Dec 42 GARDENING (9.30) 28 Feb 43 St.Nazaire (5.40)

6 Dec 42 Mannheim (5.30) 1 Mar 43 Berlin (6.35)

8 Dec 42 Turin (8.00) 3 Mar 43 Hamburg (4.30)

9 Dec 42 Turin (4.00) 8 Mar 43 Nuremburg (7.40)

21 Dec 42 Munich (7.25) 9 Mar 43 Munich (7.25)

8 Jan 43 Duisburg (3.55) 11 Mar 43 Stuttgart (6.10)

 

This officer has carried out many sorties as captain of aircraft. He has attacked the very heavily defended towns of the Ruhr on many occasions and took part in the very successful raid on Essen on the night of 12/13 March. He has also attacked Berlin three times and Italian cities five times.

 

McCARTHY, F/L Joseph Charles, DFC (J9346) - Distinguished Service Order - No.617 Squadron - Award effective 23 May 1943 as per London Gazette dated 28 May 1943 and AFRO 1187/43 dated 25 June 1943. NOTE: This was the Dambusters Raid; CGM (Flying) to FS K.W. Brown, Bar to DFC to F/O D.R. Walker, DFCs to F/Os T.H. Taerum and G.A. Deering, DFM to FS D.A. Maclean and Sergeant S. Oancia - all with the following citation:

 

On the night of the 16th May, 1943, a force of Lancaster bombers was detailed to attack the Moehne, Eder and Sorpe dams in Germany. The operation was one of great difficulty and hazard, demanding a high degree of skill and courage and close co-operation between the crews of the aircraft engaged. Nevertheless, a telling blow was struck at the enemy by the successful breaching of the Moehne and Eder dams. This outstanding success reflects the greatest credit on the efforts of the above mentioned personnel who participated in the operation, in various capacities as members of aircraft crew.

 

McCARTHY, S/L Joseph Charles, DSO, DFC (J9346) - Bar to Distinguished Flying Cross - No.617 Squadron - Award effective 28 April 1944 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 1186/44 dated 2 June 1944.

 

Since being awarded the Distinguished Service Order this officer has completed numerous sorties as captain of aircraft in which he has taken part in difficult and hazardous operations at low level. Squadron Leader McCarthy has displayed exemplary skill and courage which, combined with his unfailing devotion to duty, have contributed much to the success achieved.

 

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McCARTHY, P/O Joseph Porter (J15104) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.142 Squadron - Award effective 9 June 1942 as per London Gazette dated 26 June 1942 and AFRO 1000-1001/42 dated 3 July 1942. Born in Toronto, 1913; home there; enlisted there 4 July 1940. Trained at No.1 ITS and No.1 EFTS. Graduated from No.2 SFTS, 28 January 1941. DFC presented at Buckingham Palace, 15 December 1942. Postwar RCAF; awarded Queen's Coronation Medal, 23 October 1953 when he was a Group Captain (Air Advisor, Tokyo). Died in Collingwood, Ontario, 25 August 1999.

 

This officer has completed over thirty sorties over enemy territory including attacks on industrial centres, dockyard installations, and other important targets. During the past month he has participated in several sorties against targets in the Ruhr. His method of attack has been extremely sound and his advice to less experienced has proved invaluable. Throughout his long tour this officer has displayed a high standard of efficiency, while his conduct in adverse circumstances has earned high praise.

 

NOTE: Public Records Office Air 2/8755 has recommendation dated 24 April 1942 when he had flown 33 sorties (175 hours 40 minutes).

 

* 2nd pilot; all others flown as captain

 

*15 June 41 Dunkirk (3.05)

*24 June 41 Cologne (5.40)

*27 June 41 Bremen (4.10) Bombs jettisoned; forced to return, followed by German fighter.

*2 July 41 Bremen (3.55) Attacked Ostend; intercom unserviceable.

*4 July 41 Lorient (6.00)

*6 July 41 Brest (6.55)

*7 July 41 Cologne (5.10)

*13 July 41 Vegasack (4.20) Encountered storms; attacked Amsterdam.

*16 July 41 Hamburg (3.40) Bombed Texel aerodrome.

14 Aug 41 Boulogne (2.30) Port oil pressure dropped to zero; returned to base.

16 Aug 41 Rotterdam (3.40) Duty carried out; fired on attacking aircraft on returning to base.

26 Aug 41 Cologne (5.30)

28 Aug 41 Duisburg (4.30) Target area attacked.

7 Sept 41 Berlin (8.00)

11 Sept 41 Rostock (6.10) Believed target area attacked; 10/10 clouds.

29 Sept 41 Stettin (8.00) 2x500 lb and 1x250 lb jettisoned near Frisian Islands because of icing; duty carried out.

8 Jan 42 Cherbourg (5.05) Target 10/10s; bombs brought back.

10 Jan 42 Emden (6.00) Duty carried out; temperature -40; no heating.

14 Jan 42 Hamburg (5.05) Bombs jettisoned due to broken exhaust in port engine; port c/s unit unserviceable.

17 Jan 42 Bremen (5.35) Port blower went u/s; anti-aircraft very accurate; believe to have attacked Hanover.

20 Jan 42 Emden (5.00)

26 Jan 42 Hanover (2.45) Heating unserviceable; bombs jettisoned.

31 Jan 42 St.Nazaire (7.00) 9/10 cloud over target and unable to locate aiming point; bombs brought back.

25 Feb 42 Kiel (6.00) Duty carried out; two enemy aircraft seen.

27 Feb 42 Kiel (6.00) 10/10 cloud; bombs dropped on estimated time of arrival; Bf.109 sighted.

12 Mar 42 Kiel (6.40) Duty carried out; one good photograph obtained.

25 Mar 42 Essen (4.40) Duty carried out; held by barrage for ten minutes; 20 holes in aircraft.

26 Mar 42 Essen (5.20) Duty carried out; approached by Bf.110 while in searchlight cone. Managed to evade lights before attack.

8 Apr 42 Hamburg (5.35) Target 10/10 cloud; bombed flak concentration near Stake.

12 Apr 42 Essen (5.45) Duty carried out; Ju.88 sighted 20 yards ahead southwest of Cologne; no engagement; glide attack down to 3,000 feet through searchlight belt; aircraft holed.

14 Apr 42 Dortmund (6.15) 10/10 cloud over target; duty carried out.

17 Apr 42 Hamburg (5.45)

23 Apr 42 Rostock (6.45)

 

Since joining this squadron in May 1941, this Canadian officer has completed 33 sorties involving 176 operational flying hours.

 

During the past month, Pilot Officer McCarthy has carried out several sorties against targets in the Ruhr. His method of attacking these targets has been extremely sound and his advice to less experienced crews on evasion of the extremely heavy defences has been invaluable. These sorties coincided with a period during which the squadron losses tended to reduce the standard of morale, but through his example and devotion to duty, this officer did much to steady the less experienced crews and to reestablish the high morale of the unit.

 

Throughout his long tour with this squadron Pilot Officer McCarthy has displayed a high standard of flying efficiency and his exemplary behaviour in adverse circumstances earns from me the highest praise and confidence in recommending him for this award.

 

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McCARTHY, Corporal Raymond Joseph (R174521) - British Empire Medal - Station Sydney - Award effective 5 May 1945 as per Canada Gazette of that date and AFRO 918/45 dated 1 June 1945. Home in Saint John, New Brunswick; enlisted Moncton, 16 June 1942. Medal presented 17 August 1949.

 

On February 15, 1945, the explosion of a depth charge demolished a hangar and precipitated a violent fire which raged with great fury owing to some two thousand gallons of gasoline contained in the tanks of aircraft in the hangar. The hangar and contents were almost completely destroyed in thirty minutes. When the explosion occurred Corporal McCarthy was working in the ammunition room in the hangar. Although severely injured himself, this non-commissioned officer, completely disregarding his own safety, directed and assisted in the rescue of two of his companions who were critically injured and trapped in the debris of the demolished room where ammunition was exploding. In the face of very great danger and despite his own injuries, this non-commissioned officer displayed great courage and presence of mind in helping to rescue two fellow airmen. Only when ordered to a hospital did he leave the scene of the explosion.

 

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McCARTHY, G/C William Vincent (C1807) - Officer, Order of the British Empire - RCAF Overseas Headquarters - Award effective 1 January 1946 as per Canada Gazette of that date and AFRO 82/45 dated 25 January 1946. Home in Dartmouth, Nova Scotia; enlisted there 23 March 1940.

 

This officer has been Senior Roman Catholic Chaplain of the Royal Canadian Air Force Overseas since March 1942. He has had a most difficult task to accomplish, in that through lack of sufficient padres his work and the work of his padres serving under him has been correspondingly increased. The repatriation policy has very seriously hurt the efforts of his branch and the training of replacements has been a difficult task. Group Captain McCarthy has set the very highest standards of example. He is a rigid disciplinarian and is universally liked and respected by Protestant as well as Roman Catholic personnel. He has travelled extensively, lived under trying conditions during his travels, has always done his work cheerfully, and is a great inspiration wherever he goes.

 

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McCARTNEY, F/L Robert Samuel (C12792) - Member, Order of the British Empire - No.436 Squadron (AFRO gives unit only as "Overseas"; DHist file 181.009 D.1768 (RG.24 Vol.20610) has letter on file respecting awards in No.120 Wing that places him with that formation) - Award effective 1 January 1946 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 155/46 dated 15 February 1946. Home in Victoria, British Columbia; enlisted in Vancouver, 20 August 1940. No citation. Public Records Office Air 2/9139 has recommended citation, identifying unit as No.436 Squadron.

 

Flight Lieutenant McCartney has served as squadron adjutant from the inception of this RCAF squadron. In this appointment his tireless efforts, keenness and resourcefulness have played an outstanding part in the formation and operation of this squadron. By his appreciation of the many problems encountered by air and ground crew, he has extended his duties far beyond the normal routine of his work with commendable results. On many occasions he has worked for fourteen and sixteen hours at a stretch in his endeavours to maintain the efficiency of the squadron and his devotion to his task has won for him the profound respect of all the squadron's personnel. Before his arrival in India, Flight Lieutenant McCartney rose from the ranks to become secretary to the Royal Canadian Air Force Air Counsel. In recognition of his services and at his repeated requests he was released from staff duties and allowed to join a bomber squadron as adjutant.

 

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McCAUL, F/O John Lefroy (J5078) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.114 Squadron - Award effective 9 September 1942 as per London Gazette dated 11 September 1942 and AFRO 1535/42 dated 25 September 1942. Born in Toronto, 1915; home there. Trooper in Governor General's Horse Guards, 1933-1935. Enlisted in Montreal, 20 May 1940. Trained at No.1 ITS (graduated 7 November 1940), No.3 AOS (graduated 3 February 1941), No.4 BGS (graduated 16 March 1941), and No.1 ANS (graduated 25 April 1941). DFC and Bar presented 9 April 1948.

 

One night in July 1942, Squadron Leader Iredale (RAAF) and Flying Officer McCaul were pilot and navigator respectively of an aircraft detailed to attack an enemy air field. Whilst over the target area intensive searchlight activity and anti-aircraft fire was encountered. Squadron Leader Iredale defied the opposition and bombed the aerodrome obtaining hits on the runway in use. Throughout the operation Squadron Leader Iredale was greatly assisted by Flying Officer McCaul whose accurate navigation in the face of great difficulties was of the highest order. Both these officers displayed great courage and determination.

 

McCAUL, S/L John LeFroy, DFC (J5078) - Bar to Distinguished Flying Cross - Headquarters, No.136 Wing (now at RCAF Station Mountain View) - Award effective 3 September 1945 as per London Gazette dated 14 September 1944 and AFRO 1672/45 dated 2 November 1945.

 

This officer has completed a third tour of operational duty. He has attacked flying bomb sites, enemy airfields and also participated in the attack on the prison at Amiens and in a daylight attack on an electrical works at Hengelo. The success achieved by his wing has owed much to Squadron Leader McCaul's skill as a navigator.

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McCLARTY, F/L Stanley Malcolm (J14006) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.442 Squadron - Award effective 15 December 1944 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 293/45 dated 16 February 1945. Born in Dauphin, Manitoba, 5 August 1918; home in Winnipeg. Enlisted in Regina, 23 August 1940. Trained at No.1 ITS (graduated 9 December 1940), No.2 EFTS (graduated 26 January 1941) and No.1 SFTS (graduated 28 April 1941). Instructed at No.1 SFTS, August 1941 to June 1943. Served in Western Air Command with Nos.14 and 132 Squadrons, June 1943 to January 1944. Arrived in UK, 31 January 1944. No.442 Squadron, 13 February 1944 to 8 December 1944. Posted to No.411 Squadron, 15 April 1945; killed in action 3 May 1945. A lake three miles north and sixteen miles east of Cormorant Forest Reserve, Northern Manitoba, was named for him in 1949; described as first Allied pilot to land in France after D Day (hard to prove).

 

This officer has displayed exceptional keenness for operational flying. He has taken part in a large number of varied sorties and has set a fine example of skill and tenacity. He has effectively attacked very many mechanical vehicles and several locomotives. In air fighting he has destroyed three enemy aircraft.

 

NOTE: DHist file 181.009 D.2833 (RG.24 Volume 20632) has recommendation dated 26 October 1944 which bears comparison. As of that date he had flown 164 sorties (202 hours 25 minutes and was commanding "B" Flight:

 

Flight Lieutenant McClarty has continually proven himself to be an exceptional fighter pilot in his extraordinary keenness and ability to attack the enemy on the ground and in the air. As a Flight Commander and a leader of many dive-bombing sorties, his results have been particularly praiseworthy. At all times his leadership has materially contributed to the successes of the squadron. In combat he has destroyed three enemy aircraft, probably destroyed one and damaged two others. In particular, in one sortie he destroyed two and damaged a third enemy aircraft. Against ground targets he has destroyed and damaged 65 MET [Mechanical Enemy Transport] and damaged nine locomotives. In order to achieve this score he has attacked wherever the enemy could be found, often in areas very heavily defended by flak. His complete disregard for enemy opposition and his continued successes have won the deepest respect and admiration of the squadron.

 

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McCLASKEY, S/L Angus Clayton (C3179) - Member, Order of the British Empire - No.4 Training Command Headquarters - Award effective 28 May 1943 as per London Gazette dated 28 May 1943 and AFRO 1459/43 dated 30 July 1943. Graduate of University of Saskatchewan. Enlisted in Saskatoon, 9 November 1940.

 

Squadron Leader McClaskey has been employed as Legal Officer and Assistant Judge Advocate General at this Command Headquarters for more than two years. He has proven to be an exceptionally conscientious officer with a thorough knowledge of Criminal Law, Air Force Law and Air Force Procedure. This knowledge has been of great benefit to the service and has been instrumental in the capable and efficient manner in which Court Martials in this Command have been conducted. The devotion to duty and ability displayed by this officer have been outstanding.

 

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McCLELLAN, F/L Maxwell William (C10908) - Member, Order of the British Empire - RCAF Overseas Headquarters - Award effective 1 January 1945 as per London Gazette of that date, Canada Gazette dated 6 January 1945 and AFRO 89/45 dated 19 January 1945. Home in Ottawa but enlisted in Vancouver, 10 June 1938. A public relations officer and movie cameraman. Governor General's Records (RG.7 Group 26, Volume 57, file 190-I) has citation.

 

This photographic officer was selected to proceed with the D-Day beach parties and, together with another public relations officer, carried out advance news coverage of the Royal Canadian Air Force operations from dawn of D-Day until six days later, when additional public relations staff arrived to assist him. During these days he was constantly under fire from the ground and the air and largely independent in obtaining food, shelter and transportation. The earliest first-hand pictures featuring Royal Canadian Air Force operations over Normandy, including the opening of the first "strip", were obtained through the determination of this officer. He has continued to serve on the Normandy front since the day of his arrival. The courage, disregard of personal danger and determination displayed by this officer under enemy fire are most praiseworthy.

 

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McCLELLAND, WO (now P/O) Richard Charles (R75461/J16755) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.106 Squadron - Award effective 3 June 1943 as per London Gazette dated 15 June 1943 and AFRO 1724/43 dated 27 August 1943. See War Service Records 1939-1945 (Canadian Bank of Commerce, 1947). Born 25 December 1919, Herbert, Saskatchewan. Home there; educated there; banker. Enlisted in Saskatoon, 16 December 1940. Trained at No.2 ITS (graduated 15 March 1941), No.1 BGS (graduated 19 July 1941), No.4 AOS (graduated 6 June 1941) and No.2 ANS (graduated 21 August 1941). Overseas in September 1941. Posted for a time to No.97 Squadron, flew 31 sorties with No.106 Squadron and 71 sorties with No.109 Squadron. Also instructed at Upper Heyford and Debert. Released 7 August 1945. Invested with DFC at Buckingham Palace, 21 March 1944. Bar to DFC presented in Canada, 13 November 1948.

 

Throughout his operational tour Warrant Officer McClelland has displayed navigational ability of the highest order while his unfailing accuracy is greatly to be commended. He has navigated his aircraft with skill and determination over heavily defended territory to targets in widely scattered parts of Germany and occupied territory including Danzig, Bremen, Berlin, Lorient, the Ruhr and Italy and on the daylight attack on Milan. In addition he has been largely responsible for the success of long distance mine-laying sorties. This airman has set and maintained an exceptionally high standard of navigation and has on all occasions shown great courage, coolness and enthusiasm to participate in operations.

 

McCLELLAND, F/L Richard Charles, DFC (J16755) - Bar to Distinguished Flying Cross - No.109 Squadron - Award effective 5 February 1945 as per London Gazette dated 16 February 1945 and AFRO 563/45 dated 29 March 1945.

 

This officer has completed a second tour of operations since the award of the Distinguished Flying Cross. He has participated in many operational sorties against some of the most heavily defended targets in Germany and enemy occupied territory. He has at all times shown himself to be an exceptionally skilful navigator and has always set a high example of courage, determination and devotion to duty which has been most commendable.

 

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McCLENAGHAN, F/L William Archibald (J87303) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.101 Squadron - Award effective 23 October 1945 as per London Gazette dated 30 October 1945 and AFRO 133/46 dated 8 February 1946. Born 1918 at Bethune, Saskatchewan; home in Regina (mechanic); enlisted there 27 August 1942. Trained at No.2 ITS (graduated 3 April 1943), No.15 EFTS (graduated 29 May 1943), and No.4 SFTS (graduated 17 September 1943). Commissioned June 1944. DFC presented, 18 June 1949.

 

Flight Lieutenant McClenaghan has completed a large number of successful operational sorties as pilot and captain of aircraft. Most of the targets which he has attacked have been in Germany and have been fiercely defended. In February 1945, whilst on a sortie against Pforzheim, his aircraft was attacked by an enemy fighter shortly before reaching the target area. One engine was rendered unserviceable and in a second attack another engine and the mainplane were set on fire. Despite the very hazardous situation which had developed, Flight Lieutenant McClenaghan pressed home his attack and effectively bombed the target. When his task had been completed he gave the crew orders to abandon the aircraft which exploded immediately after he left it. This officer's courage and determination have always been of a very high order.

 

NOTE: Public Reports Office Air 2/9287 has recommendation dated 2 June 1945 with sortie list and more extended citation. He had flown 30 sorties (173 hours 50 minutes).

 

9 Sept 44 Darmstadt 12 Dec 44 Essen

26 Sept 44 Karlsruhe 18 Dec 44 Ulm

5 Oct 44 Saarbrucken 22 Dec 44 Coblenz

27 Oct 44 Cologne 26 Dec 44 St.Vith

30 Oct 44 Cologne 28 Dec 44 Bonn

31 Oct 44 Cologne 29 Dec 44 Buer

2 Nov 44 Dusseldorf 31 Dec 44 Osterfeld

4 Nov 44 Bochum 2 Jan 45 Nuremburg

6 Nov 44 Gelsenkirchen 5 Jan 45 Hanover

9 Nov 44 Wanne Eickel 6 Jan 45 Hanau

11 Nov 44 Dortmund 16 Jan 45 Brox

18 Nov 44 Wanne Eickel 28 Jan 45 Stuttgart

21 Nov 44 Aschaffenburg 1 Feb 45 Mannheim

27 Nov 44 Frieburg 3 Feb 45 Bottrop

29 Nov 44 Essen 23 Feb 45 Pforzheim

 

Flight Lieutenant McCleneghan, a Canadian, is an extremely skilful pilot of proven ability. He has completed 30 highly successful sorties against a wide variety of targets in Germany, most of these targets being fiercely defended.

 

Whilst attacking Pforzheim on the night of 23rd February, 1945, just before reaching the target area he was attacked by an enemy fighter. The starboard outer engine was put unserviceable. The fighter attacked again and his starboard inner and mainplane were set on fire. In spite of these fierce attacks by the enemy, Flight Lieutenant McCleneghan pressed home his attack regardless of danger from the burning mainplane. When he had effectively bombed his target, he realized the danger from the burning aircraft was very great, so he gave instructions to his crew to bale out. His complete crew escaped by parachute and when the last of the crew had gone he himself left the aircraft just before it blew up. He has now been repatriated from a prisoner-of-war camp.

 

This officer's magnificent daring and disregard for personal danger together with his coolness and complete ability to handle a very dangerous situation re worthy of the highest praise and he is recommended for the non-immediate award of the Distinguished Flying Cross.

 

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McCLINTON, F/L John Harris (C10925) - Mention in Despatches - WAC Headquarters - Award effective 14 June 1945 as per Canada Gazette of that date and AFRO 1127/45 dated 6 July 1945. Enlisted in Toronto, 10 March 1942. Certificate sent to him, 7 July 1945.

 

This officer has organized and supervised the operation of the investigation section of the Provost and Security Branch in Western Air Command with outstanding success. By his untiring efforts involving long hours of overtime, coupled with a high degree of technical knowledge and organizing ability, Flight Lieutenant McClinton has built up his section to an exceptionally high standard of efficiency. His example and devotion to duty have been of inestimable value in building up the esprit de corps so essential to the discharge of the important work in his section and is deserving of the highest praise.

 

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McCLURE, F/O Alexander (J9737) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.76 Squadron - Award effective 6 August 1943 as per London Gazette dated 17 August 1943 and AFRO 2005/43 dated 1 October 1943. Born in Port Glasgow, Scotland; home in Welland, Ontario; enlisted Hamilton, 2 January 1941. Trained at No.4 BGS (graduated 5 January 1942) and No.1 WS (graduated 7 December 1941. Commissioned 1942. Photo UK-11068 shows him with WO Jerry Fanning. DFC presented at Buckingham Palace, 12 December 1944.

 

A courageous and skilful wireless operator, this officer has flown on operations against some of the enemy's most heavily defended targets. He has participated in attacks against targets at Hamburg and Berlin and in the Ruhr Valley and Italy. Under a quiet, unassuming manner, Flying Officer McClure has a fine fighting spirit which has inspired his crew. His co-operation, coolness and devotion to duty has contributed largely to the successes attained.

 

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McCLURE, F/O John Edward (J15505) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.137 Squadron - Award effective 4 July 1943 as per London Gazette dated 16 July 1943 and AFRO 2049/43 dated 8 October 1943. Born in Toronto, 1921; home in London, Ontario. Trained at No.1 ITS, No.10 EFTS and No.9 SFTS. Commissioned 1942.

 

This officer has completed much operational flying, including a number of reconnaissances and attacks on shipping. In attacks on enemy lines of communications Flying Officer McClure has destroyed four locomotives and damaged several more. In addition he has destroyed a barge and caused damage to rolling stock. Flying Officer McClure has displayed skill, keenness and determination of a high order.

 

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McCOLL, F/O Allan Clifford (J26363) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.10 Squadron - Award effective 5 April 1945 as per London Gazette dated 13 April 1945 and AFRO 824/45 dated 18 May 1945. Born 1916 in Montreal; home there (bookkeeper); enlisted there 9 July 1942. Trained at No.5 ITS (graduated 19 December 1942) and No.7 AOS (graduated 14 May 1943). Commissioned May 1943. DFC presented 22 May 1946.

 

Throughout his operational tour Flying Officer McColl has shown himself to be a skilful and courageous navigator. He has participated in numerous operational sorties against such heavily defended German targets as Duisburg, Brunswick, Essen and Kiel. On one occasion he was navigator in an aircraft which was detailed to attack Laon. Immediately after the target had been bombed his aircraft was attacked by a Focke Wulf 190 which was eventually destroyed after a running fight. Although his aircraft was driven off its track, Flying Officer McColl, by skilful navigation, enabled his captain to fly it safely back to base. Both in the air and on the ground this officer has always set a sterling example of determination, enthusiasm and devotion to duty.

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McCOMBE, F/L Robert James (C2201) - George Medal - No.424 Squadron - Award effective 12 November 1943 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 2558/43 dated 10 December 1943. Born Iberville, Quebec, 1901; home in Dorval; enlisted Montreal, 1 June 1940. Commissioned 1941. Cited with F/L E.J.A. Lindsay (GM - see above for citation), Sergeant J.A. Campbell (BEM), LAC C.A.G. Snelling (BEM) and LAC P.P. Wilkinson (BEM).

 

 

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McCOMBIE, Corporal Robert Aytoun (R86568) - Mention in Despatches - Tholthorpe - Award effective 14 June 1945 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 1647/45 dated 26 October 1945. No citation in AFRO. DHist file 181.009 D.1719 (PAC RG.24 Vol.20606) has recommendation dated 3 February 1945. Aero Engine Mechanic. Home in Edmonton; enlisted there 30 December 1940; as of recommendation had served 16 months in Canada, 33 months overseas.

 

While in the United Kingdom and during the African campaign, Corporal McCombie worked long and strenuous hours even when ill. His mechanical ability is of the highest order. His drive and determination to see a job of work through to completion is an example to others.

 

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McCONKEY, F/O Edward John (J22404) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.578 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 Toronto; home there; enlisted there 21 October 1941. Trained at No.8 BGS (graduated 20 November 1942) and No.3 AOS (graduated 30 December 1942). Commissioned 1943. Medal sent by Registered Mail, 13 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 2/9026 has recommendation dated 21 July 194 when he had flown 32 sorties (166 hours two minutes), 8 October 1943 to 6 July 1944. The list of sorties is almost identical to that of P/O N. Banika; they must have been in the same crew.

 

8 Oct 43 Hannover (6.22) 22 Apr 44 Dusseldorf (4.52)

22 Oct 43 Kassel (6.24) 8 May 44 Berneval (3.27)

30 Jan 44 Berlin (6.20) 11 May 44 Trouville (3.33)

15 Feb 44 Berlin (6.29) 22 May 44 Orleans (4.44)

19 Feb 44 Leipzig (7.17) 24 May 44 Aachen (3.47, on return

20 Feb 44 Stuttgart (7.23) attacked by fighter)

24 Feb 44 Schweinfurt (8.19) 31 May 44 Trappes (5.16)

25 Feb 44 Augsburg (7.27) 4 June 44 Boulogne (3.09)

13 Mar 44 Le Mans (4.58) 5 June 44 Mont Fleury (4.12)

18 Mar 44 Frankfurt (5.40) 6 June 44 Chateaudun (5.28)

22 Mar 44 Frankfurt (6.04) 11 Jun 44 Massy Palaiseau (4.25)

24 Mar 44 Berlin (7.34) 22 Jun 44 Siracourt (3.19)*

26 Mar 44 Essen (4.37) 23 Jun 44 Oisement (4.10)

30 Mar 44 Nuremburg (7.35) 24 Jun 44 Le Grand Rossignol (3.26)

9 Apr 44 Lille (4.15) 1 July 44 Oisemont (3.19)*

18 Apr 44 Tergnier (4.54) 6 July 44 Croixdale (3.29)

20 Apr 44 Ottignes (4.41)

 

Flying Officer McConkey has carried out 32 operations totalling 166.02 hours during which he has taken part in many attacks against such heavily defended areas as Berlin (3), Hannover, Kassel, Leipzig and Essen.

 

This Canadian Air Bomber has an outwardly quiet and unobtrusive mein, hiding a virile and determined nature which has been reflected with considerable success in many attacks upon targets by day and by night. upon these his skill and enthusiasm have ensured successful completion. He accepted enemy defences with the philosophical attitude that they were an obstruction to be penetrated and with careful and well-judged advice he assisted his Captain on many occasions to overcome the most severe anti-aircraft fire to find the target.

 

Undaunted by the most stubborn opposition, Flying Officer McConkey has completed an excellent tour of operations, in recognition of which it is strongly recommended that he should be awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross.

 

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McCONNACHIE, F/L Norman (J15887) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.419 Squadron - Award effective 4 November 1944 as per London Gazette dated 14 November 1944 and AFRO 239/45 dated 9 February 1945. Born in Kenora, Ontario; home in Calgary (bank clerk); enlisted in Saskatoon, 4 June 1940. Trained at No.1 WS (graduated 24 November 1940) and No.2 BGS (graduated 23 December 1940). Commissioned 1942. DFC presented 18 June 1949. No citation other than "completed...numerous operations against the enemy in the course of which [he has] invariably displayed the utmost fortitude, courage and devotion to duty." DHist file 181.009 D.3260 (RG.24 Vol.20637) has recommendation dated 11 August 1944 when he had flown 44 sorties (332 hours 10 minutes). This included Wellington flights to Gibraltar and Malta (27 September 1941) and on to Cairo (7 October 1941) followed by 30 sorties against targets in North Africa and Greece (15 October 1941 to 13 March 1942). His second tour had been 1 May to 7 August 1944 (12 sorties). Squadron Signals Leader.

 

Flight Lieutenant McConnachie has completed a very successful tour of operations in the Middle east and, after two years of instructional duty, returned to operations on 28th March 1944, since when he has taken part in a further twelve night and day sorties.

 

On 3rd June, 1944, he was appointed Signals Leader of the squadron, a post to which he has brought outstanding organizing ability and high personal example. He has shown unbounded enthusiasm to attack the enemy and seizes every opportunity to fly himself, irrespective of the experience of the crew he flies with.

 

I consider Flight Lieutenant McConnachie's outstanding ability, enthusiasm and high courage definitely merits the non-immediate award of the Distinguished Flying Cross.

 

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McCONNELL, F/O Donald James McKinney (J85568) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.406 Squadron - Award effective 8 August 1945 as per London Gazette dated 17 August 1945 and AFRO 1507/45 dated 28 September 1945. Born 21 September 1920 at Sault Ste.Marie, Ontario; home there (clerk); enlisted in North Bay, Ontario, 5 May 1941. Trained at No.1 ITS (graduated 20 August 1941), No.10 EFTS (graduated 7 October 1941) and No.1 SFTS (graduated 16 January 1942). To "Y" Depot, 23 January 1942; to RAF overseas, 9 Fenruary 1942; commissioned March 1944. Repatriated 14 May 1945; released 28 June 1945. DFC presented 20 August 1949. Died 9 July 1969.

 

This officer has completed a very successful tour of operations. Many of his sorties have been completed at a low level and often in the face of most adverse weather. In May 1944, during an enemy attack on Plymouth, this officer destroyed at least one enemy aircraft. In March 1945, while on patrol over the Bremen area, Flying OffIcer McConnell intercepted an enemy fighter and damaged it before it could make contact with our bombers. He has at all times shown devotion to duty and courage of a high order.

 

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McCONNELL, F/O William Agar Sanderson (J28487) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.405 Squadron - Award effective 6 January 1945 as per London Gazette dated 16 January 1945 and AFRO 508/45 dated 23 March 1945. Born October 1922 in Toronto; home in Los Angeles, California (rancher); enlisted in Vancouver, 29 April 1942. Trained at No.4 ITS (graduated 23 October 1942), No.19 EFTS (ceased training 22 January 1943), No.7 BGS (graduated 11 June 1943) and No.1 AOS (graduated 23 July 1943). Commissioned July 1943. DFC and Bar presented, 28 November 1946. No citation other than "completed ...numerous operations against the enemy in the course of which [he has] invariably displayed the utmost fortitude, courage and devotion to duty." Public Records Office Air 2/9039 has recommendation dated 21 October 1944 when he had flown 41 sorties (170 hours 29 minutes). Appears to have been in same crew at F/O John G. Fultz.

 

* counted as 1/3 sortie

 

3 Mar 44 Nerlun (5.15, Nickle 18 Aug 44 Bremen (5.06)

flight, not counted 25 Aug 44 Russelheim (6.53)

as a sortie) 26 Aug 44 Kiel (5.43)

22 Mar 44 Le Mans (5.05)* 28 Aug 44 Fromental (2.17)

2 June 44 Neufchatel (4.30) 6 Sept 44 Emden (4.00)

5 June 44 Halbate (4.20) 8 Sept 44 Le Havre (2.34)

6 June 44 Coutances (4.40) 10 Sep 44 Le Havre 3 (2.30)

7 June 44 Acheres (4.50) 12 Sep 44 Wanne Eickel (3.22)

9 June 44 Le Mans (5.25) 15 Sep 44 Kiel (5.16)

12 June 44 Cambrai (4.50) 17 Sep 44 Boulogne (1.53)

14 June 44 St.Pol (4.25) 17 Sep 44 Biggerkerke (1.54)

15 June 44 Boulogne (3.35) 20 Sep 44 Calais (2.14)

16 June 44 Southecourt (4.00) 23 Sep 44 Domburg (1.56)

21 June 44 Neufchatel (4.05) 25 Sep 44 Calais (1.55)

23 June 44 Bientque (3.55) 26 Sep 44 Cap Gris Nez (1.42)

27 June 44 Foret d'Eaivy (3.50) 27 Sep 44 Bottrop (3.16)

1 July 44 Biennais (4.40) 28 Sep 44 Cap Gris Nez (2.12)

4 July 44 Biennais (3.45) 30 Sep 44 Bottrop (3.23)

5 July 44 Biennais (3.45) 5 Oct 44 Saarbrucken (4.50)

11 July 44 Thiverny (4.30) 6 Oct 44 Dortmund (4.47)

15 July 44 Nucourt (4.45) 11 Oct 44 Fort Fredrick

12 Aug 44 La Pallice (5.13) Hendrick (2.17)

14 Aug 44 TRACTABLE 22 (2.42) 14 Oct 44 Duisburg (3.19)

 

Flying Officer McConnell is a highly efficient Bomb Aimer in a crew now on their second tour of operations. he has participated in attacks on such heavily defended enemy areas as Russelheim, Bremen and Duisburg. The crew of which he is a member has on many occasions been detailed for duty in the role of Deputy Master Bomber. In spite of the highly dangerous work on which he has been employed, this officer has not faltered, carrying out his duties in a cool and efficient manner. The dogged determination and fine fighting spirit he invariably displays has had an inspiring effect on fellow crew members. Strongly recommended for the non-immediate award of the Distinguished Flying Cross.

 

McCONNELL, F/L William Agar Sanderson, DFC (J28487) - Bar to Distinguished Flying Cross - No.405 Squadron - Award effective 10 May 1945 as per London Gazette dated 22 May 1945 and AFRO 1147/45 dated 13 July 1945.

 

Flight Lieutenant McConnell has completed his second tour of operations as bomb aimer and has proved himself to be a reliable and skilful member of aircrew. He has always displayed admirable keenness to operate against the enemy, high courage and unfailing devotion to duty both in the air and on the ground. His work has always been of an extremely high standard.

 

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McCORMACK, F/L John Edward (J6136) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.419 Squadron - Award effective 31 December 1942 as per London Gazette dated 12 January 1943 and AFRO 232/43 dated 12 February 1943. Home in Estevan, Saskatchewan; enlisted in Regina, 28 June 1940. Trained at No.1 ITS (graduated 14 September 1940), No.9 EFTS (ceased training 11 November 1940), No.5 AOS (graduated 26 April 1941), No.4 BGS (graduated 9 June 1941), and No.1 CNS (graduated 7 July 1941). DFC presented at Buckingham Palace, 11 May 1943; AFC presented in Canada, 22 April 1950.

 

This officer has participated in numerous sorties including the attacks on Cologne and Bremen when 1,000 of our bombers operated. He also took part in an attack on the Renault Works and Gennevillers near Paris. He is a highly skilled navigator bomb-aimer whose courageous and determined example has inspired confidence in others.

 

McCORMACK, S/L John Edward, DFC (J6136) - Air Force Cross - No.1664 Conversion Unit (AFRO gives unit only as "Overseas"). - Award effective 8 June 1944 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 1729/44 dated 11 August 1944. No citation in AFRO or biographical file. DHist file 181.009 D.2993 (RG.24 Vol.20634) has recommendation dated 25 January 1944.

 

This officer has been Chief Ground Instructor of 1664 Heavy Conversion Unit during the difficult period of its formation and growth to a full-sized organization. His consistent cheerful devotion to duty and his extremely efficient organizing ability have smoothed out all the obstacles which arose as the unit grew. His long hours of extra work, and the inspiration given all who served under him, through his leadership have been invaluable to his Commanding Officer. This officer is highly recommended for the Air Force Cross as, though Chief Ground Instructor he has on numerous occasions followed his instruction through in the air, constantly searching for means of improving his ground instruction. He is a leader in all that he undertakes and is active in station activities. Through his initiative and untiring efforts Squadron Leader McCormack has proven that his work is far beyond the normal course of duty and he is highly recommended for the award of the Air Force Cross.

 

Public Records Office Air 2/9004 has refined citation, noting that he had flown 350 non-operational hours, of which 25 were in six months previous too recommendation.

This officer has been Chief Ground Instructor at the unit during the difficult period of its formation and its growth to a full-sized organization. He has shown constant devotion to duty and his extremely efficient organizing ability has smoothed out all the obstacles which arose as the unit grew. He has on numerous occasions followed his instruction through in the air, constantly searching for means with which to improve his ground instruction. Squadron Leader McCormack is a fine leader and has contributed much to the successful operations of the Conversion Unit.

 

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McCORMACK, Sergeant Thomas (R171124) - British Empire Medal - No.10 EFTS - Award effective 1 January 1946 as per Canada Gazette of that date and AFRO 82/46 dated 25 January 1946. Enlisted in Montreal, 9 June 1942. Medal presented 24 April 1948.

 

This non-commissioned officer has done outstanding work as an instructor in Armament and Aircraft Recognition. He has displayed all the qualities of an exceptional non-commissioned officer in leadership, co-operation and general building up of morale and esprit de corps. Sergeant McCormack at all times has performed duties over and above what is normally expected and [has] been an example to his fellow instructors.

 

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McCORMICK, G/C Gerald Emmett (C869) - Officer, Order of the British Empire - RCAF Overseas Headquarters - Award effective 13 June 1946 as per Canada Gazette of that date and AFRO 660/45 dated 5 July 1946. Home in Vankleek Hill, Ontario; enlisted 4 July 1938 as a Provisional Pilot Officer (Non-Flying List). Supply Officer; employed overseas, 1943-1946 as Director of Equipment, RCAF Overseas Headquarters. Employed postwar at Canadian Joint Staff (Washington) and Air Material Command Headquarters. Awarded Queen's Coronation Medal, 23 October 1953 while Group Captain commanding 30 Air Material Base. Governor General's Records (RG.7 Group 26, Volume 60, File 190-I, dossier 9) has citation.

 

Through the outstanding efforts of Group Captain McCormick, who has been Director of Equipment overseas for over three years, the Royal Canadian Air Force Overseas has been well provided with the latest and best equipment. This equipment has largely had to be obtained through Air Ministry sources. He has always been firm in purpose and has maintained throughout the goodwill and co-operation of Air Ministry. His organizing ability and foresight have been responsible to a great extent for the efficiency of the movement to Canada of squadrons and squadron equipment, and for the efficient closing down of Royal Canadian Air Force formations since the cessation of hostilities. He has earned by his keenness and fair judgement, which has always been in the best interests of the service, the respect and confidence of all those with whom he came in contact.

 

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McCORMICK, F/O John Gibney (J9690) - Mention in Despatches - No.172 Squadron - Award effective 14 January 1944 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 874/44 dated 21 April 1944. Home in Flin Flon, Manitoba; enlisted there 7 April 1941. Trained at No.2 ITS (graduated 15 August 1941), No.11 EFTS (graduated 10 October 1941) and No.11 SFTS (graduated 30 December 1941). Arrived in UK, 5 November 1942. To No.3 (C) OTU on 1 December 1942. To No.172 Squadron, 20 January 1943. Killed in action, 24 July 1943 (Wellington MP514).

 

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McCOWAN, Corporal William (R59185) - 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 Winnipeg; enlisted there. Aero engine mechanic. No citation in AFRO.

 

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McCOY, F/L Daniel Albert (J35656) - Croix de Guerre with Silver Star (France) - No.432 Squadron - Award as per Canada Gazette dated 20 September 1947 and AFRO 485/47 dated 12 September 1947. DHist file 181.009 D.5557 (RG.24 Vol.20668) has recommendation for a Military Cross, dated 1 December 1944. He had flown 14 sorties (89 hours 10 minutes), 14 January to 26 April 1944. Text is as follows:

 

This officer was a member of a crew which successfully bombed the marshalling yards at Montsen on the night of 27th April 1944. After leaving the target area he was ordered to abandon aircraft as a result of an enemy fighter attack. Although injured on landing, showing strong fortitude and exceptional resourcefulness, he evaded capture and obtained civilian clothing with the aid of patriots. On finding return to England to continue his operational flying was not possible, with outstanding tenacity of purpose and commendable sense of duty he learned to speak their language and joined a section of the patriot army. Flying Officer McCoy set such a fine example of sustained courage and unusual initiative in organizing, in obtaining supplies and recruits, and in executing raids against the enemy that he was made assistant to the Commanding Officer and later took temporary command of the unit. He took part in many acts of sabotage and raids against the enemy, inflicting numerous casualties and impeding their movements. On the approach of the Allied Army, with complete disregard for personal danger, he contacted them and supplied valuable information concerning German troop concentrations, and with praiseworthy determination rejoined the patriot unit and fearlessly engaged in taking as prisoners a large number of German troops concentrated in a wood. For such gallant, outstanding and distinguished service in action on the ground, this officer is strongly recommended for the award of the Military Cross (Immediate).

 

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McCOY, FS David John (R98555) - Distinguished Flying Medal - No.78 Squadron - Award effective 7 May 1943 as per London Gazette dated 14 May 1943 and AFRO 1078/43 dated 11 June 1943. Born Carruthers, Saskatchewan, 1920; home there; enlisted in Saskatoon, 14 March 1941. Trained at No.4 BGS (graduated 13 April 1942) and No.2 WS (graduated 14 January 1942). Presented at Buckingham, Palace, 12 October 1943.

 

As air gunner, Flight Sergeant McCoy has taken part in many operational sorties, always showing the utmost courage in the face of the enemy. Recently he has flown on operations to Berlin and the Ruhr. This airman's fine fighting spirit has inspired the other members of his squadron.

 

NOTE: Public Record Office Air 2/8950 has original recommendation dated 21 March 1943 when he had flown 30 sorties (215 hours 27 minutes); the document is unusually detailed:

 

13 Sept 42 Bremen (5.45)

16 Sept 42 Essen (5.55)

15 Oct 42 Cologne (6.21) No results observed

7 Nov 42 Genoa (10.00) Glow of fires in town; ditched on return; picked up after four hours in North Sea.

18 Nov 42 Turin (9.18) Bombs dropped on target.

20 Nov 42 Turin (8.55) Fires observed 80 miles on return journey.

22 Nov 42 Stuttgart (9.50) Bombs fell in town.

28 Nov 42 Turin (8.32) Bombs exploded southwest of aiming point.

6 Dec 42 Mannheim (7.26)

8 Dec 42 GARDENING (4.43) Parachutes seen to open.

11 Dec 42 Turin (8.50) Many fires seen.

20 Dec 42 Duisburg (5.38) Bombs fell north of docks.

9 Jan 43 GARDENING (6.00) Parachutes seen to open.

14 Jan 43 Lorient (6.35) Large conflagrations in target area.

15 Jan 43 Lorient (5.37) Fire seen from French coast on return.

17 Jan 43 Berlin (8.12) Incendiaries seen alight in built-up areas.

27 Jan 43 Dusseldorf (5.40)

2 Feb 43 Cologne (5.44) Bombs exploded in target area.

4 Feb 43 Turin (8.40) Fires gaining hold in built up area.

7 Feb 43 Lorient (5.10) Number of fires seen in target area.

11 Feb 43 Wilhelmshaven (5.36) Intense glow seen through clouds.

13 Feb 43 Lorient (6.12) Bombs fell in docks.

14 Feb 43 Cologne (5.04) Glow of fires in target area.

18 Feb 43 Wilhelmshaven (5.15) High explosives seen bursting in target area.

19 Feb 43 Wilhelmshaven (4.57) Fairly concentrated incendiaries and glow seen under clouds in target area.

25 Feb 43 Nuremburg (9.25) Good concentrations of high explosives; successful raid.

28 Feb 43 St.Nazaire (7.28) Many fires seen.

1 Mar 43 Berlin (8.26) Many fires covered whole area.

5 Mar 43 Essen (5.54) Many fires; successful.

9 Mar 43 Munich (8.49) Very large explosion in target area.

 

This air gunner has now completed 30 sorties and even now is very loathe to leave the squadron. He has carried out his duties diligently and at all times [has] shown the greatest pluck in the face of the enemy. Although his tour began with the comparatively less heavily defended targets in northern Italy, they have gradually worked up in a crescendo culminating in attacks on Berlin and the Ruhr.

 

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McCRACKEN, F/O Gordon (J19000) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.428 Squadron - Award effective 2 October 1944 as per London Gazette dated 13 October 1944 and AFRO 2637/44 dated 8 December 1944. Born 1923 in Motherwell, Scotland; home in Toronto; enlisted there 11 September 1941. Trained at No.1 WS (graduated 25 May 1943) and No.9 BGS (graduated 19 March 1943. No citation other than "completed...numerous operations against the enemy in the course of which [he has] invariably displayed the utmost fortitude, courage and devotion to duty". DHist file 181.009 D.3260 (RG.24 Vol.20637) has recommendation dated 24 July 1944 when he had flown 34 sorties (223 hours 43 minutes), 2 August 1943 to 2 June 1944.

 

As mid-upper air gunner, Pilot Officer McCracken has completed one tour of operations during which he has attacked Berlin, Ludwigshaven, Frankfurt and other targets in Germany and France, and also carried out minelaying operations. His keenness and above average ability made him an ideal crew member and he contributed materially to the success enjoyed by his crew. On several occasions his vigilance and skilful direction enabled the captain to take the proper evasive action and so avoid attack and possible damage by enemy night fighters.

 

For reliability and keenness, and for the completion of a very satisfactory tour of operations, I recommend the non-immediate award of the Distinguished Flying Cross.

 

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McCRAE, F/L Jack Stansbury (C15018) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.424 Squadron - Award effective 20 September 1943 as per London Gazette dated 1 October 1943 and AFRO 2258/43 dated 5 November 1943. Born in Winnipeg, 1918; home there; enlisted there 4 November 1937 (RCAF Auxiliary). Commissioned 1941. DFC presented 30 October 1948.

 

Many of the sorties completed by this officer have been over main targets in Germany in the face of the most intense opposition. As gunnery leader he has set a high example to his men and his efforts have contributed much to the success attained by his squadron.

 

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McCREA, S/L Frank Wakefield (C2782) - Order of the White Lion, Class IV (Czechoslovakia) - Award effective 5 October 1946 as per Canada Gazette of that date and AFRO 991/46 dated 18 October 1946. Had earlier received Honourary Czechoslovak Wings (AFRO 185/43).

 

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McCREARY, W/C John Ferguson (C11164) - Officer of the Order of Orange-Nassau with Swords (Netherlands) - Overseas - Awarded as per Canada Gazette dated 12 October 1946 and AFRO 1059/46 dated 8 November 1946. Home in Toronto; enlisted there 16 March 1942.

 

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McCRINDLE, F/O John (J19331) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.514 Squadron - Award effective 18 October 1945 as per London Gazette dated 26 October 1945 and AFRO 133/46 dated 8 February 1946. Born 1914 in Miami, Manitoba; home there (painter). Former member of Royal Canadian Artillery; enlisted Winnipeg, 3 January 1941. Trained at No.2 ITS (graduated 4 April 1941), No.1 WS (graduated 20 July 1941) and No.4 BGS (graduated 5 January 1942). Arrived in UK, 10 February 1942. Further trained at No.14 OTU (2 June 1942) and No.1651 Conversion Flight) (30 September 1942) before posting to No.15 Squadron (21 November 1942). PR Release 2063 dated 28 May 1943 said he had flown 24 operations, attacked by enemy night fighter once (returning from Dortmund), had twice raided Berlin and over Lorient had been coned and riddled by flak. Commissioned October 1943. Medal sent by registered mail, 18 July 1955. No citation other than "completed...numerous operations against the enemy in the course of which [he has] displayed the utmost fortitude, courage and devotion to duty." Public Records Office Air 2/9112 has recommendation dated 19 May 1945 when he had flown 45 sorties (254 hours five minutes) over two tours. Second tour was clearly with crew that included F/O Paul Shaughnessy and F/O J.M.P. O'Brien; first tour closely resembles that of Shaughnessy.

 

First Tour Second Tour

 

10 Sept 42 Dusseldorf (DNCO) 4 Dec 44 Oberhausen (4.05)

13 Sept 42 Bremen (5.35) 5 Dec 44 Hamm (4.50)

9 Nov 42 NICKELING (3.50) 6 Dec 44 Merseburg (7.50)

17 Dec 42 GARDENING, Frisians (5.10) 16 Dec 44 Siegen (5.25)

8 Jan 43 GARDENING, Frisians (4.15) 1 Jan 45 Vohwinkel (5.30)

15 Jan 43 GARDENING, Frisians (4.45) 7 Jan 45 Munich (7.35)

17 Jan 43 GARDENING, Frisians (3.55) 3 Feb 45 Dortmund (5.20)

7 Feb 43 Lorient (5.30) 8 Feb 45 Hohnbudburg (4.35)

11 Feb 43 GARDENING, Gironde (7.15) 13 Feb 45 Dresden (9.00)

13 Feb 43 Lorient (5.00) 14 Feb 45 Chemnitz (8.00)

14 Feb 43 Cologne (4.00) 16 Feb 45 Wesel (5.20)

19 Feb 43 Wilhelmshaven (5.10) 23 Feb 45 Gelsenkirchen (6.00)

25 Feb 43 Nuremburg (6.55) 12 Mar 45 Dortmund (6.00)

26 Feb 43 Cologne (4.00) 27 Mar 45 Hamm (5.35)

28 Feb 43 St.Nazaire (5.45) 4 Apr 45 Merseberg (8.30)

1 Mar 43 Berlin (7.55) 13 Apr 45 Kiel (6.05)

3 Mar 43 Hamburg (DNCO) 24 Apr 45 Badoldesloe (5.50)

5 Mar 43 Essen (4.45)

8 Mar 43 Nuremburg (7.55)

11 Mar 43 Stuttgart (1.20, DNCO)

22 Mar 43 St.Nazaire (2.55, DNCO)

27 Mar 43 Berlin (8.15)

29 Mar 43 Berlin (DNCO)

4 Apr 43 Kiel (6.35)

8 Apr 43 Duisburg (DNCO)

10 Apr 43 Frankfurt on Main (6.20)

16 Apr 43 Mannheim (6.55)

27 Apr 43 GARDENING, Gironde (6.30)

4 May 43 Dortmund (5.20)

23 May 43 Dortmund (4.35)

26 May 43 Dusseldorf (4.05)

29 May 43 Wuppertal (4.30)

 

This officer has now completed 45 sorties as a Wireless Operator in a heavy bomber aircraft. Most of these sorties have been against heavily defended targets in Germany and the occupied countries.

 

The aircraft in which Flying Officer McCRindle has been flying has on many occasions been hit by heavy anti-aircraft fire but he has never allowed this to interfere with his determination to carry out his duty to his utmost ability. He has always remained keen and this together with his high standard of skill has been a very fine example to others.

 

It is strongly recommended therefore that this officer be awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross in recognition of his fine example and his continued devotion to duty.

 

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McCRORY, P/O James Anthony (J87060) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.429 Squadron - Award effective 2 October 1944 as per London Gazette dated 17 October 1944 and AFRO 2637/44 dated 8 December 1944. Born in Montreal, 1915; home there; enlisted Montreal, 27 July 1942. Trained at No.9 BGS (graduated 30 December 1942). Commissioned 1944. Presented 25 February 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 July 1944 when he had flown 29 sorties (186 hours), 7 October 1943 to 4 July 1944.

 

This air gunner has done twenty-nine trips, five of which have been on berlin, and many others against heavily defended targets. Throughout his tour he has shown a fine offensive spirit and devotion to duty which are outstanding. His ability as a gunner is above average and his keenness on operations has contributed greatly to the success of the operations and the safety of the aircraft. He has earned the confidence of his captain and crew and this has contributed to their determination to press home their attacks.

 

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McCUAIG, F/L Donald Samuel (C29456) - Mention in Despatches - No.1666 HCU - Award effective 1 January 1946 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 155/46 dated 15 February 1946. Home in Ottawa. Enlisted in Kingston, 4 August 1936. Served seven years 11 months in Canada; arrived in England 4 August 1944. Aero engineer, OC Daily Servicing Squadron. No citation in AFRO; recommendation found at DHist (181.002 D.225) dated 16 May 1945 as follows:

 

This officer has shown exceptional energy and ingenuity in organizing and running the daily servicing squadron of No.1666 Heavy Conversion Unit and has initiated many very useful ideas now in use here. He has upheld and maintained ideas he felt to be right against opposition and they have been proved and have added greatly to the overall efficiency and morale of the station.

 

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McCULLAGH, F/O Maurice Robert (J15747) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.57 Squadron - Award effective 6 August 1943 as per London Gazette dated 17 August 1943 and AFRO 2005/43 dated 1 October 1943. Born in Springwater, Saskatchewan; home Rocky Rapids, Alberta; enlisted Edmonton, 19 July 1940. Trained at No.2 ITS (graduated 1 October 1940), No.2 BGS (graduated 3 March 1941), No.2 AOS (graduated 17 January 1942) and No.1 CNS (graduated 8 April 1941). Commissioned 1942. Medal presented 14 February 1945.

 

Throughout the numerous operational sorties in which this officer has participated he has been consistently sound in his navigational duties. His accuracy and efficiency have been of unfailing assistance to his captain and even under the most adverse circumstances he has displayed outstanding qualities of cool and determined courage. Flying Officer McCullagh has operated successfully against Berlin, Spezia, Pilsen and Stettin and in eleven sorties over the Ruhr.

 

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McCULLOCH, Sergeant Harold Edward (R143172) - Mention in Despatches - No.6 Group (AFRO gives unit only as "Overseas") - Award effective 8 June 1944 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 1729/44 dated 11 August 1944. Home in Windsor, Ontario; enlisted there. Clerk. No citation in AFRO.

 

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McCULLOUGH, P/O Robert Borden (J19784) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.434 Squadron - Award effective 19 September 1944 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 2274/44 dated 20 October 1944. Born 1917 in Port Hope, Ontario. Trained at No.1 ITS, No.1 EFTS and No.5 SFTS. Commissioned 1944. Aircraft damaged over Sterkrade, 16/17 June 1944; attacked over Lille, 9/10 April 1944; attacked over St.Ghislain, 1/2 May 1944.

 

This officer has completed many operations. He is a skilful and resolute pilot and has at all times displayed the highest degree of courage and devotion to duty. On two occasions his aircraft has been attacked and damaged by enemy fighters. Nevertheless, by skilful airmanship he evaded the enemy and piloted his aircraft back to base. His consistent good work and gallantry merits the highest praise.

 

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McCULLOUGH, FS William (R51738) - Mention in Despatches - No.420 Squadron - Award effective 8 June 1944 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 1729/44 dated 11 August 1944. Home in Sudbury, Ontario; enlisted there 6 November 1939. Fitter IIB. No citation in AFRO which gives unit only as "Overseas". DHist file 181.009 D.1719 (PAC RG.24 Vol.20606) has recommendation dated 3 February 1944 which was for a BEM. Certificates for both awards sent to his home, 20 August 1948; returned and apparently undelivered.

 

Flight Sergeant McCullough as the senior Non-Commissioned Officer in charge of maintenance flight, has since the posting of his squadron from the United Kingdom to North West Africa set a very high standard of organization. He has had the extra responsibility of co-ordinating and obtaining results from the variety of the different sections attached to field maintenance. He has discharged his duties admirably, and put in many additional hours, accelerating the more difficult jobs. Many tasks have been handled in maintenance far outside the normal standard of similar units in England. This has included many wing and engine changes and geodetic and airframe work up to and including category B2 classification. These have all been done in a minimum of time, making aircraft available for operations which would normally have required replacement.

 

McCULLOUGH, WO1 William (R51738) - Mention in Despatches - No.420 Squadron (AFRO gives unit only as "Overseas") - Award effective 1 January 1946 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 155/46 dated 15 February 1946. DHist file 181.009 D.1725 (RG.24 Vol.20607) has recommendation for a BEM dated 27 April 1945 when he was NCO in charge of Daily Servicing for the squadron.

 

This Warrant Officer has shown excellent ability in organization of the ground crew personnel of 420 Squadron. His loyalty and untiring efforts have been a prime factor in maintaining a high standard of maintenance in the squadron. He has been overseas with the squadron for about three years, and throughout that time no task has been too great nor no detail too small for him and his men to tackle. He takes a very keen interest in station affairs.

 

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McCUNN, WO (now P/O) Robert Miliken (R59771/J87696) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.434 Squadron - Award effective 2 October 1944 as per London Gazette dated 17 October 1944 and AFRO 2637/44 dated 8 December 1944. Born 1919 in Winnipeg; home in Norwood, Manitoba. Trained at No.1 WS and No.1 BGS. 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.3080 (RG.24 Vol.20636) has recommendation dated 22 July 1944 when he had flown 35 sorties (192 hours 35 minutes), 23 May 1943 to 18 July 1944 (112 "points").

 

This Warrant Officer has been with the squadron since its formation. He has completed thirty-five operations, fourteen of which have been to heavily defended German targets. He has always displayed the highest degree of courage and on numerous occasions has flown as an air gunner with new crews. His dogged determination and outstanding devotion to duty are an example and inspiration to all crews.

 

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McCURDY, F/L Reginald Wallace (J38157) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.576 Squadron - Award effective 23 November 1945 as per London Gazette of 4 December 1945 and AFRO 212/46 dated 1 March 1946. Born 1924 in Tottenham, Ontario; home in Montreal (machinist); enlisted Montreal, 5 August 1941. Trained at No.6 ITS (graduated 17 April 1943), No.12 EFTS (graduated 24 July 1943), and No.16 SFTS (graduated 26 November 1943). Commissioned November 1943. Presented 18 October 1947.

 

Flight Lieutenant McCurdy has made many long flights involving deep penetrations into Germany, including attacks on Politz, Dresden, Dessau and Nuremburg. On one occasion when attacking Weisbaden his aircraft was hit whilst over the target and two petrol tanks were holed. By skilful handling of his engines and calculated flying he was able to fly the crippled bomber safely back to base. On two other occasions one engine of his aircraft failed prior to making the attack but each time he pressed home his attack with the greatest determination, showing a high degree of courage, skill and initiative.

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McCUTCHEON, F/L Elvet Baxter (J25218) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.420 Squadron (deceased) - Award effective 15 January 1945 as per London Gazette dated 12 February 1946 and AFRO 322/46 dated 29 March 1946. Born 1914 in Assinibois, Saskatchewan. Home in Vancouver, British Columbia (farmer). Former member, 2nd Battalion, Canadian Seaforth Highlanders. Enlisted in RCAF, Vancouver, 26 June 1941. Trained at No.4 ITS (graduated 24 September 1941), No.5 EFTS (graduated 22 November 1941), and No.12 SFTS (graduated 14 March 1942). Commissioned February 1943. Killed in action 16/17 January 1945 (Halifax NA183); buried in Germany. Medal presented to next-of-kin. 8 April 1948.

 

Flight Lieutenant McCutcheon has shown himself to be a keen and courageous pilot during the many attacks he has completed against major German targets. On one occasion his aircraft was detailed for a mission against Wilhelmshaven. before crossing the French coast Flight Lieutenant McCutcheon's aircraft became involved in a collision and sustained very extensive damage. Undaunted, this officer continued his mission and pressed home his attack with commendable determination and skill.

 

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McCUTCHEON, S/L John Terrence (J15174) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.404 Squadron - Award effective 1 July 1943 as per London Gazette dated 9 July 1943 and AFRO 1724/43 dated 27 August 1943. B* 1918, Montreal; home in Hudson, Quebec; enlisted Montreal, 21 September 1940. Trained at No.2 ITS (graduated 31 October 1940), No.8 EFTS (graduated 23 December 1940), and No.4 SFTS (graduated 27 March 1941). Commissioned 1942.

 

This officer has had a distinguished operational career in the course of which he has flown on a large number of sorties of a varied nature. In December 1941 he was captain of an aircraft acting as fighter cover during the combined operations raid on Vaagso and with another aircraft he engaged four Messerschmitt 109s, severely damaging two of the hostile aircraft. In May 1942, Squadron Leader McCutcheon led a section of the fighter escort to Beauforts attacking the Prince Eugen. A year later he was the leader of a section accompanying four Hampdens on a shipping strike. Adverse weather forced the escort to return but this officer continued on his mission and assisted the Hampdens during their torpedo attack by delivering a machine-gun attack on the escorting vessel. Five days later Squadron Leader McCutcheon made an attack on three enemy aircraft which were protecting an enemy convoy. Despite heavy opposition he pressed home the attack, destroying one of the hostile aircraft and only breaking off when his own aircraft was severely damaged. By his brilliant leadership, devotion to duty and personal example this officer has been a source of inspiration to all ranks in his squadron.

 

McCUTCHEON, S/L John Terrance, DFC (J15174) - Air Force Cross - No.426 Squadron (AFRO gives unit as Odiham) - Award effective 13 June 1946 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 726/46 dated 26 July 1946. Public Records Office Air 2/9670 has recommendation drafted when he had flown 1,400 hours of which 800 were operational and 250 in previous six months.

 

This officer, who is a Flight Commander, who is a Flight Commander, has had a distinguished service career as a fighter pilot, as a captain of transport aircraft and finally as a flight commander. Since joining Transport Command in June 1943, he has continuously accepted responsibilities and performed flying duties and route inspection over and above the call of duty. Throughout, his leadership and standard of flying have been outstanding.

 

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McCUTCHEON, Sergeant (now P/O) William Harold (R72428/22653) - Air Force Medal - No.2 EFTS - Awarded 16 April 1943 as per London Gazette of 13 April 1943 and AFRO 1035/43 dated 4 June 1943. Home in Chatham, Ontario; enlisted in Toronto, 25 September 1940. Invested at Buckingham Palace, 8 September 1943. Died in St.Catharines, 11 December 1994, age 78. Governor General's Records (RG.7 Group 26, Vol.57, File 190-I) has citation.

 

Sergeant McCutcheon is an exceptionally outstanding pilot and instructor. He has shown marked ability at all times, even through training, and in eighteen months at this school he has completed 1,236 instructional flying hours without the slightest accident to mar his record. The trustworthiness and devotion to duty displayed by this NCO has been of the highest degree. His record as a pilot and instructor have been a decided example to all his pupils and to other instructors.

 

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