McDANIEL, P/O Henry Hutchinson Lewis (J17898) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.10 Squadron - Award effective 1 September 1943 as per London Gazette dated 14 September 1943 and AFRO 2507/43 dated 3 December 1943. Born in Dublin, Ireland, 1919; home in Vancouver; enlisted there 26 June 1940. Trained at No.1 ITS (graduated 10 October 1940), No.2 BGS (graduated 17 February 1941) and No.2 WS (graduated 20 January 1941). Commissioned 1943. DFC presented 14 May 1943.

 

Pilot Officer McDaniel, an outstanding member of a particularly successful crew, has consistently displayed keenness and devotion to duty, showing complete fearlessness in the face of danger. His aircraft has been badly damaged on at least six occasions and has also been involved in two crashes. Despite these trying experiences this officer has continued to operate with undiminished ardour, efficiency and enthusiasm.

 

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McDERMOTT, Sergeant William Thomas Bruce (R80428) - British Empire Medal - Movement Control - Award effective 28 May 1943 as per London Gazette dated 2 June 1943 and AFRO 1459/43 dated 30 July 1943. Born in Winnipeg, 1915; enlisted there, 3 December 1940. Medal presented 20 March 1944.

 

Sergeant McDermott has been employed on Movement Control duties for the past two years. He has always taken a keen interest in his work and has consistently performed his duties in a highly meritorious manner. The frequent movement of a large number of personnel proceeding overseas and the movement of repatriates have entailed long hours, hard work and unusual organising ability. By his assiduous and conscientious manner this NCO has been of great assistance to those for whom he works and has set an excellent example to his fellow airmen.

 

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McDIARMID, F/L Athol Peter (J8912) - Mention in Despatches - No.5 (Bomber Reconnaissance) Squadron - Award effective 6 January 1945 as per Canada Gazette of that date and AFRO 132/45 dated 26 January 1945. Home in Toronto; enlisted there 24 February 1941. Trained at No.3 ITS (graduated 15 July 1941), No.4 EFTS (graduated 1 September 1941) and No.13 SFTS (graduated 21 November 1941). No citation in biographical file.

 

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McDIARMID, S/L (now W/C) Maxwell Curtis (C809) - Air Force Cross - No.3 Service Flying Training School - Awarded AFC, 1 January 1945 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 89/45 dated 19 January 1945. Had completed 1,513 flying hours to date, 949 hours as instructor, 22 hours in previous six months.

 


This officer is a skilled instructor and an excellent leader. For over four years he has carried out various flying instructional duties in an exemplary manner and has maintained this excellent record as chief instructor at this flying school. He is a most progressive and energetic officer who has shown a great deal of initiative as chief instructor. His contribution to the training plan has been outstanding.

 

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McDONALD, F/L Bruce Kenneth (J27538) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.514 Squadron - Award effective 22 September 1944 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 2274/44 dated 20 October 1944. Born in Stranraer, Saskatchewan, 1920; home there; enlisted Saskatoon, 20 April 1942. Trained at No.2 ITS (graduated 19 December 1942), No.15 EFTS (graduated 5 March 1943) and No.3 SFTS (graduated 25 June 1943). Commissioned June 1943.

 

This officer has completed numerous sorties as pilot and captain of aircraft. These have included numerous day and night sorties against a variety of important and heavily defended targets in Germany and occupied territory. He has on more than one occasion continued to the target and completed an operation after one of his engines had failed. In July 1944 his aircraft sustained severe damage from anti-aircraft fire when making an attack. The starboard fin, rudder, elevator and tail plane were shot away. Displaying great coolness, Flight Lieutenant McDonald successfully completed the bombing run and flew the aircraft back to this country where he effected a masterly emergency landing.

 

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McDONALD, Sergeant (now P/O) Charles Edward (R67749/J18171) - Military Medal - No.403 Squadron - Award effective 14 December 1943 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 297/44 dated 11 February 1944. Born in Bossier City, Louisiana; home there or Shreveport, Louisiana. Enlisted 14 September 1940. Trained at No.2 ITS (graduated 16 December 1940), No.6 EFTS (graduated 9 February 1941) and No.2 SFTS (graduated 18 April 1941). No citation other than "In recognition of distinguished service". See Sentinel, October 1970 for a detailed article on him. Shot down over Lille on 21 August 1941, he attempted to evade capture but failed. Escaped from Stalag Luft III on 11 August 1942 and proceeded through Germany and France to Spain. He regained UK in July 1943. No citation published, but Les Hunt writes in detail of his exploits in "Over Our Shoulder - A Yank in the RCAF (Sentinel, October 1970).

 

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McDONALD, FS (now P/O) Charles Parkinson (R97376/J16989) - Distinguished Flying Medal - No.9 Squadron - Award effective 7 May 1943 as per London Gazette dated 14 May 1943 and AFRO 1724/43 dated 27 August 1943. Born 1914; home in Toronto (salesman); Enlisted Toronto, 11 March 1941. Trained at No.3 ITS (graduated 3 July 1941), No.12 EFTS (graduated 1 September 1941), and No.16 SFTS (graduated 4 December 1941). DFM presented, DFC sent by registered mail.

 

This airman is an outstanding captain of aircraft who has invariably exhibited the greatest keenness and enthusiasm for operations. He always presses home his attack with the utmost vigour and has completed operations against many of the most strongly defended objectives in enemy territory including Bremen, Essen and Le Creusot. On two occasions, undeterred by the failure of one engine before leaving the English coast, he has continued and successfully located and bombed his target. His courage and devotion to duty are of the highest order and have been an inspiration to his squadron.

 

NOTE: Public Record Office Air 2/8950 has original recommendation dated 19 March 1943 when he had flown 31 sorties (199 hours 25 minutes operational time) as follows:

 

30 May 42 Cologne (5.30) 28 Nov 42 Turin (9.15)

1 June 42 Essen (4.20) 6 Dec 42 Mannheim (6.40)

25 June 42 Bremen (6.40) 8 Dec 42 Turin (7.30)

16 Sept 42 Essen (2.35, 30 Dec 42 GARDENING, Gironde Estuary

early return) (8.25)

30 Sept 42 GARDENING, Baltic 8 Jan 43 Duisburg (6.05)

(8.30) 13 Jan 43 Essen (5.30)

1 Oct 42 Wismar (7.15) 16 Jan 43 Berlin (5.20, turned back

2 Oct 42 Krefeld (4.55) over Denmark)

5 Oct 42 Aachen (4.50) 27 Jan 43 Dusseldorf (6.20)

6 Oct 42 Osnabruck (4.30) 30 Jan 43 Hamburg (4.20, turned back

13 Oct 42 Kiel (6.15) over Holland)

15 Oct 42 Cologne (4.20) 2 Feb 43 Cologne (5.25)

17 Oct 42 Le Creusot (10.45) 16 Feb 43 Lorient (6.20)

7 Nov 42 Genoa (8.45) 18 Feb 43 Wilhelmshaven (5.00)

13 Nov 42 Genoa (10.55) 21 Feb 43 Bremen (5.35)

18 Nov 42 Turin (9.20) 25 Feb 43 Nuremburg (7.20)

20 Nov 42 Turin (8.50)

27 Nov 42 GARDENING, Danzig,

(2.10, recalled)

 

As captain of aircraft, Flight Sergeant McDonald has carried out 31 sorties against the enemy, involving 199 hours flying. He has shown the greatest keenness to operate and has always pressed home his attacks with the utmost vigour and determination against some of the most heavily defended targets in Germany. On two occasions, undeterred by failure of one of his engines before leaving the English coast, he carried on and successfully located and bombed his objective. His courage and devotion to duty are of the highest order and have been an inspiration to the squadron.

 

McDONALD, P/O Charles Parkinson, DFM (J16989) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.83 Squadron - Award effective 7 April 1943 as per London Gazette dated 7 May 1943 and AFRO 1724/43 dated 27 August 1943.

 

One night in April 1943, this officer piloted an aircraft detailed to attack Spezia. On the outward flight, whilst still a considerable distance from the target, the fuel system developed a fault, causing excessive fuel consumption. Although aware that if he continued to Spezia he might be short of fuel during the return flight, Pilot Officer McDonald flew on to the target and made a successful attack. Displaying exceptionally skilful airmanship, he flew the aircraft back to this country and landed at an airfield near the coast. This officer displayed outstanding determination and devotion to duty. [On] Two previous occasions, in difficult circumstances, he has exhibited commendable qualities in successfully completing his allotted task.

 

McDONALD, F/L Charles Parkinson, DFC, DFM (J16989) - Bar to Distinguished Flying Cross - No.83 Squadron - Award effective 4 November 1944 as per London Gazette dated 14 November 1944 and AFRO 239/45 dated 9 February 1945.

 

Flight Lieutenant McDonald is a very experienced captain of aircraft who has consistently maintained a high standard of skill, resolution and tireless devotion to duty. He has completed numerous sorties which have included attacks on many important targets. Despite setbacks he has continued to show undiminished keenness to operate with coolness and courage in the air which are worthy of the highest praise. In April 1944 he was shot down into the sea but he rejoined his squadron and on his first sortie was forced to abandon his aircraft by parachute when he sustained a broken ankle. Again he rejoined his squadron in May 1944, when he participated in an attack on a target in France. Flight Lieutenant McDonald circled the target at a very low altitude in the face of persistent fighter opposition. He displayed superb airmanship in controlling his aircraft despite the intense blast effect of many exploding bombs.

 

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McDONALD, S/L David Scott Dick (C1890) - Member, Order of the British Empire - No.1 Requirements Detachment (now CJS Washington) - Award effective as of 1 January 1945 as per London Gazette of that date, Canada Gazette dated 6 January 1945 and AFRO 89/45 dated 19 January 1945. Home in Winnipeg; enlisted in Ottawa, 22 April 1940.

 

This officer, for the past year and a half at this Requirements Detachment, has displayed consistent devotion to duty over and above normal requirements. He has at all times evinced a willingness to assist personnel, including those not directly concerned with his own immediate problems. His ability and consistent cheerful co-operative spirit have been of material assistance to those associated with him in overcoming a multitude of problems during a critical period. This officer's praiseworthy qualities have made a considerable contribution to the Allies' war effort.

 

McDONALD, S/L David Scott Dick, MBE (19529) - MCHQ - Legion of Merit (Degree of Officer) - Awarded as per AFRO 120/47 dated 7 March 1947. Colonel R.E.S. Williamson, Military Attache, writing to AFHQ, 26 July 1946, has citation.

 

Wing Commander D.S.D. McDonald, Royal Canadian Air Force, performed outstanding service to the United States, as Commanding Officer of No.1 Requirements Detachment, Air Technical Service Command, Dayton, Ohio, from November 1942 to November 1945. He ably devised and initiated a plan for the expeditious transfer of Army Air Forces aeronautical equipment to the Canadian Government, which was reflected in the subsequently reduced costs and manpower requirements of the Army Air Forces.

 

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McDONALD, Flight Sergeant (now Warrant Officer) Donald Malcolm (R68535) - Distinguished Flying Medal - No.103 Squadron - Award effective 2 November 1942 as per London Gazette dated 6 November 1942 and AFRO 272/43 dated 19 February 1943. Born in Fort William, Ontario, 11 June 1912 (grain elevator operator); enlisted there 29 June 1940. Trained at No.1 ITS, No.2 BGS, and No.2 WS.

 

Flight Sergeant McDonald, serving as first wireless operator, has participated in a number of operational sorties. On one occasion, when attacking Essen by night, his aircraft was severely damaged by anti-aircraft fire and the wireless was rendered unserviceable. Showing great presence of mind and resourcefulness he effected a repair with chewing gum. By his determination and courage Flight Sergeant McDonald has materially assisted in the successful completion of his many operational missions.

 

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McDONALD, WO (now P/O) Francis Joseph (R124672/J92494) - Mention in Despatches - No.15 (P) AFU - Award effective 1 January 1945 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 918/45 dated 1 June 1945. Home in Glace Bay, Nova Scotia; enlisted in Halifax, 27 August 1941. Trained at No.1 WS (graduated 12 September 1942) and No.9 BGS (graduated 9 October 1942).

 

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McDONALD, F/O Hector William (J25007) - Mention in Despatches - Overseas - Award effective 14 June 1945 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 1478/45 dated 21 September 1945. Home in Prince Rupert, British Columbia; enlisted in Vancouver, 13 December 1941. Trained at No.6 ITS (graduated 17 July 19412, No.9 EFTS (graduated 9 October 1942) and No.11 SFTS (graduated 2 April 1943). Certificate sent 16 August 1948.

 

McDONALD, F/L Hector William (J25007) - Mention in Despatches - Overseas - Award effective 1 January 1946 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 155/46 dated 15 February 1946. Trained at No.6 ITS, No.9 EFTS and No.11 SFTS.

 

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McDONALD, F/L John Douglas (J93098) - Croix de Guerre 1940 with Palm (Belgium) - Award effective 27 June 1947 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 403/47 of dated 25 July 1947. Home in Teeswater, Ontario; enlisted in London, Ontario, 25 June 1941. Trained at No.6 ITS (graduated 28 August 1942), No.12 EFTS (graduated 6 November 1942) and No.9 SFTS (graduated 6 April 1943).

 

McDONALD, F/L John Douglas (J93098) - Chevalier of the Order of Leopold with Palm (Belgium) - No.58 Squadron - Award effective 27 June 1947 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 403/47 of dated 25 July 1947. Public Records Office Air 2/9110 has recommended citation (believed to be for this award) and identifies unit. He had flown 29 sorties (267 hours).

 

This officer has made many attacks on enemy vessels at sea. On 12th March, 1945, he located and illuminated with flares the enemy minesweeper "Rolandseck", the vessel being sunk. On 22nd March 1945, Pilot Officer McDonald detected enemy vessels in Sandefjord Harbour. In the face of intense enemy fire he delivered an accurate attack, scoring a near miss on one of the larger ships. He has made eight other attacks on enemy vessels at sea, pressing home his attacks in spite of intense opposition and enemy night fighters.

 

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McDONALD, F/L John Gordon (J5059) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.83 Squadron - Award effective 16 June 1942 as per London Gazette dated 22 September 1942 and AFRO 1659/42 dated 16 October 1942. Born in Toronto, 1917; home in Islington, Ontario. Trained at No.1 ITS, No.3 EFTS, and No.8 SFTS. Commissioned 1941.

 

This officer has carried out many sorties on heavily defended targets in the Ruhr, Germany and occupied territory in France. One day in May 1942 he participated in the strong attack on Cologne. Whilst over the target area his aircraft was heavily engaged by the defences. The aircraft was extensively damaged but he flew it safely back to base. His courage and skill were worthy of high praise.

 

Public Records Office Air 2/9598 has recommendation dated 27 June 1942 when he had flown 19 sorties (93 hours 25 minutes) with sortie list and a more detailed citation. Pilot Officer at the time.

 

Previous (unstated) unit No.83 Squadron

13 Oct 41 Huls (5.10) 5 May 42 Paris (4.30, Nickle drop)

21 Oct 41 Bremen (6.25) 30 May 42 Cologne (5.15)

7 Nov 41 Cologne (5.05) 1 June 42 Essen (4.50)

27 Nov 41 Dusseldorf (6.00) 2 June 42 Essen (4.00)

8 Dec 41 Aachen (5.15) 6 June 42 Emden (3.50)

2 Jan 42 St.Nazaire (6.15) 8 June 42 Essen (3.40)

6 Jan 42 Brest (5.45) 11 June 42 GARDENING, Nectarines (3.00)

9 Jan 42 Brest (5.25) 19 June 42 Emden (3.00, not successful)

10 Jan 42 Wilhelmshaven (6.35) 21 June 42 Gardening, Nectarines (4.10)

25 June 42 Bremen (5.15, target of last resort)

 

This pilot has now completed 19 operational sorties and has been engaged recently on heavily defended targets in the Ruhr and Germany and occupied France. He is most keen, enthusiastic and combines a high sense of duty and outstandingly good morale which is brightly reflected by the other members of his crew.

 

On the 31st May 1942 [sic] Pilot Officer McDonald was detailed to take part in the big attack on Cologne. When he arrived over the target he was heavily engaged by the defences and caught in a cone of searchlights. He was at 16,000 feet, but despite the most violent evasive action he was unable to evade the searchlights and flak fire until he had gone down to a very low altitude in the region of 50 feet. The aircraft was extensively damaged; hydraulic system badly shot up, perspex in the front turret was shot away and port engine holed and innumerable other minor damage. Despite this, Pilot Officer McDonald still continued to the target and proceeded to bomb Cologne well under 5,000 feet. He then turned for home and arrived safely at base, where he was faced with a crash landing. This he proceeded to execute with the greatest skill and the minimum damage to the aircraft. He thus brought his crew and his aircraft safely back to base, and even after this very hazardous trip Pilot Officer McDonald and his crew displayed the highest morale and greatest good humour over the entire incident.

 

This officer sets a high example, and his courage and cheerfulness are indeed deserving of the highest praise.

 

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McDONALD, P/O John Robert (J7978) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.49 Squadron (AFRO says only "Attached to RAF Squadron") - Award effective 6 November 1942 as per London Gazette dated 20 November 1942 and AFRO 1962/42 dated 4 December 1942. Born in Victoria, 1917; home there; enlisted in Vancouver, 11 February 1941. Trained at No.1 ITS (graduated 4 June 1941), No.13 EFTS (graduated 27 July 1941), and No.8 SFTS (graduated 7 October 1941). DFC presented at Buckingham Palace, 9 March 1943; DSO presented 5 March 1949.

 

This officer has taken part in many operations and on each occasion has successfully completed his mission at all times. This officer has displayed the greatest enthusiasm and determination to press home the attack, regardless of difficulties or dangers to be faced. Pilot Officer McDonald participated in the daylight attack on Le Creusot and Milan, and has made the extremely long flight to attack Genoa.

 

McDONALD, S/L John Robert, DFC (J7978) - Distinguished Service Order - No.405 Squadron - Award effective 29 August 1944 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 2274/44 dated 20 October 1944. Trained at No.2 ITS, No.18 EFTS, and No.15 SFTS.

 

Since being awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross, this officer has completed very many sorties against a wide range of targets. He has displayed a high degree of skill, keenness and determination throughout and his example has been most inspiring. He is a very efficient and zealous flight commander and has rendered extremely valuable service in the training of other members of the squadron.

 

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McDONALD, F/O John Woodrow (J19726) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.405 Squadron - Squadron - Award effective 6 January 1945 as per London Gazette dated 16 January 1945 and AFRO 508/45 dated 23 March 1945. Born 1917 in Prince Alberta, Saskatchewan; home there (bookkeeper); enlisted in Saskatoon, 20 May 1942. Trained at No.7 ITS (graduated 9 October 1942), No.6 EFTS (graduated 18 December 1942) and No.4 SFTS (graduated 30 April 1943). Commissioned 1944. DFC and Bar presented 14 February 1948. No citation other than "completed...numerous operations against the enemy in the course of which [he has] invariably displayed the utmost fortitude, courage and devotion to duty." Public Records Office Air 2/9039 has recommendation dated 21 October 1944 when he had flown 34 sorties (172 hours 44 minutes).

 

* counted as 1/3 operation

 

18 Apr 44 Noisy-le-Sec (5.20)* 24 Jun 44 Bamieres (3.50)

20 Apr 44 Lens (4.40)* 27 Jun 44 Foret d'Eavy (4.50)

22 Apr 44 Dusseldorf (5.00) 4 July 44 Biennais (4.20)

24 Apr 44 Karlsruhe (5.50) 6 July 44 Biennais (3.30)

27 Apr 44 Essen (5.15) 16 Jul 44 Caen (4.20)

28 Apr 44 Aulnoye (4.45)* 18 Jul 44 Wesseling (5.20)

30 Apr 44 Somain (4.45)* 20 Jul 44 Ferme de Forestel (4.05)

1 May 44 St.Ghislain (4.45) 24 Jul 44 Ferfay (3.30)

8 May 44 Haine St.Pierre (4.10) 25 Jul 44 Stuttgart (1.45, DNCO)

27 May 44 Bourg Leopold (4.15) 14 Aug 44 TRACTABLE 22 (2.33)

31 May 44 Au Fevre (4.20) 15 Aug 44 Melsbroek (4.35)

2 June 44 Neufchatel (3.35) 16 Aug 44 Stettin (8.03)

6 June 44 Coutances (4.30) 26 Aug 44 Kiel (5.29)

7 June 44 Acheres (5.05) 29 Aug 44 Stettin (9.13)

9 June 44 Le Mans (5.55) 20 Sep 44 Calais (1.59)

14 Jun 44 St.Pol (4.00) 5 Oct 44 Saarbrucken (4.27)

16 Jun 44 Boulogne (3.40) 14 Oct 44 Duisburg (3.26)

18 Jun 44 Oisemont-Neuville- 15 Oct 44 Wilhelmshaven (3.59)

au-Bois (4.10) 19 Oct 44 Stuttgart (5.10)

22 Jun 44 St.Martin (4.10)

 

Flying Officer McDonald is an extremely capable and efficient Captain, who has now almost completed one tour of operations. He is an excellent leader and organizer with a high sense of responsibility and devotion to duty. The skill, courage and determination invariably displayed by him has been an inspiration to his crew. He has shown a very high standard of efficiency which it will be difficult to surpass. Strongly recommended for the non-immediate award of the Distinguished Flying Cross.

 

McDONALD, F/L John Woodrow, DFC (J19726) - 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. Trained at No.7 ITS, No.6 EFTS and No.4 SFTS.

 

This officer has completed two tours of operational duty which have included attacks against a wide range of enemy targets. Since the award of the Distinguished Flying Cross he has completed many further sorties. He has proved himself to be a skilful and determined pilot and captain of aircraft and by his high courage in the face of danger he has set an excellent example to all his crew.

 

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McDONALD, F/O Joseph Owen (J28191) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.433 Squadron - Award effective 8 September 1945 as per London Gazette dated 25 September 1945 and AFRO 1768/45 dated 23 November 1945. Born December 1911 in Winnipeg; home there (clerk); enlisted there 1 June 1942. Trained at No.4 ITS (graduated 20 February 1943) and No.7 AOS (graduated 23 July 1943. Commissioned July 1943. Medal presented 11 June 1949. No citation other than "completed...numerous operations against the enemy in the course of which [he has] invariably displayed the utmost fortitude, courage and devotion to duty." DHist file 181.009 D.2610 (RG.24 Vol.20627) has recommendation by W/C C.A. Tambling dated 15 April 1945 when he had flown 35 sorties (187 hours 20 minutes), 27 May 1944 to 20 March 1945. NOTE: In recommendation his name is spelled "MacDonald".

 

This officer, navigator of the crew captained by Squadron Leader Holmes, has now completed thirty-five trips over enemy territory including several long distance targets which called for a high degree of navigational ability.

 

Flying Officer MacDonald has at all times displayed courage and coolness of a very high order and his exceptional skill and devotion to duty has contributed much to the successful completion of his operational flights including many specialist mining sorties. He has also taken a very keen interest in the working of his section where his experience and advice has done much to improve the efficiency of the junior members of the Navigation section.

 

I consider this officer, by his co-operative and unselfish example, plus his splendid record of achievement, fully merits the award of the Distinguished Flying Cross (Non-Immediate).

 

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McDONALD, F/O Lloyd George (J14218) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.426 Squadron - Award effective 2 October 1944 as per London Gazette dated 13 October 1944 and AFRO 2637/44 dated 8 December 1944. Born 1918 in Chapleau, Ontario. Home in Toronto; graduated from University of Toronto, 1940. In final year at university he joined Canadian Press as a "messenger" (job actually entailed rewriting news copy, keypunch duties, general assistance in newsroom). Also in Cameron Highlanders. Enlisted in Toronto, 19 November 1941. Trained at No.1 AOS (graduated 21 October 1942). Posted to No.426 Squadron in March 1944 as part of P/O J.H. O'Neil's crew; incident was on 12 May 1944. Posted to No.1659 HCU, 31 July 1944. Postwar he returned to journalism with CP; covered the United Nations in the latter half of the United Nations as well as the Hungarian Revolution of 1956. After years in New York he became head of Winnipeg Bureau, CP, 1960; became chief of CP Ontario service. After three years as news features editor he became general night editor. Retired 1981. Died in Barrie, Ontario, 8 December 1994. Medal presented 22 June 1949.

 

This officer has completed a large number of sorties against enemy targets, including Berlin and Brunswick. At all times he has displayed the highest degree of navigational skill and has been in no small way responsible for the successful completion of many operations. On one occasion his aircraft was severely damaged by an enemy fighter but, working under extreme difficulties, Flying Officer McDonald successfully navigated his aircraft back to an emergency base in this country where a safe landing was made. His navigational skill, coolness and determination have been of the highest order.

 

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McDONALD, P/O Lloyd Henry (J90515) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.419 Squadron - Award effective 10 May 1945 as per London Gazette dated 25 May 1945 and AFRO 1291/45 dated 10 August 1945. Born 1919 in Abbey, Saskatchewan; home in Regina (bank clerk); enlisted Saskatoon, 11 November 1941. Trained at No.2 ITS (graduated 29 August 1942), No.15 EFTS (graduated 20 November 1942) and No.11 SFTS (graduated 2 April 1943). Commissioned July 1944. DFC presented at Buckingham Palace, 29 June 1945. 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.1634 (RG.24 Vol.20604) has recommendation dated 22 December 1944 when he had flown 33 sorties, 15 July to 2 December 1944. The sortie list mentions (but does not count) the incident of 27 August 1944 when he crash landed five minutes after takeoff (intended target, Mimoyecques). He had completed 13 sorties prior to this.

 

On the night of 27th August 1944, Pilot Officer McDonald was captain of an aircraft detailed for an operational mission. The aircraft was at maximum all up weight.

 

Before the aircraft had reached 200 feet the starboard outer and port inner engines failed. This, due to the heavy load on board, necessitated a crash landing being made in a cultivated field. Pilot Officer McDonald so successfully executed this difficult task that none of the bombs exploded and all his crew escaped without injury of any kind.

 

Since this harrowing experience, Pilot Officer McDonald has completed 19 operational missions against some of the enemy's most heavily defended targets. He has always shown the greatest determination to press home his attacks in the face of whatever opposition the enemy was able to muster. This was well demonstrated in a daylight attack on Bottrop on the 26th September 1944. On the approach to the target the aircraft encountered heavy opposition from predicted anti-aircraft fire. Although the aircraft was repeatedly hit by shell fragments Pilot Officer McDonald insisted on a steady and accurate bombing run.

 

I consider Pilot Officer McDonald's exceptional coolness and his example of outstanding calmness and courage in the face of the enemy fully merits the immediate award of the Distinguished Flying Cross.

 

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McDONALD, Sergeant Robert James (R140676) - Distinguished Flying Medal - No.101 Squadron - Award effective 4 October 1943 as per London Gazette dated 19 October 1943 and AFRO 2437/43 dated 26 November 1943. Born in Basswoood, Manitoba, 1920; home there (farmer); enlisted Winnipeg, 13 November 1941. Trained at No.3 BGS (graduated 14 August 1942). Medal sent by registered mail.

 

More than half of the sorties completed by this airman have been raids on the heavily defended industrial centres in the Ruhr area. He has proved himself throughout to be a keen and capable air gunner whose vigilance and devotion to duty have helped not only to ensure the safety of his crew and aircraft but also to achieve success on many sorties by careful and determined attention to his guns. Both before and during operations he has taken pains to ensure that no failure should occur.

 

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McDONALD, S/L Stuart Edward (J4247) - Air Force Cross - No.9 SFTS - Award effective 14 June 1945 as per Canada Gazette of that date and AFRO 1127/45 dated 6 July 1945. Born in Ottawa, 23 October 1917; educated there and University of Toronto; clerk and salesman before the war. Home in Exeter, Ontario; enlisted in Ottawa, 1 July 1940. Trained at No.1 ITS (graduated 14 September 1940), No.10 EFTS (graduated 11 December 1940) and No.4 SFTS (graduated 21 February 1941). Governor General's Records (RG.7 Group 26 Volume 59, file 190-I, dossier 7) has citation; when recommended he had flown 2,186 hours, 1,982 as instructor, 128 in previous six months. AFC presented 28 February 1946.

 

This officer is an A-1 category instructor and has been on continuous instructional duties since May 1941. During this period he has completed 2,200 flying hours. He has always carried out his duties in an exemplary manner and his outstanding qualities as a leader and organizer are reflected in the smooth and efficient running of his squadron. This officer's contribution to flying training has been outstanding. He has displayed constant devotion to duty over a long period.

 

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McDONALD, F/L William Henry (J11856) - Air Force Cross - No.45 Group - Award effective 3 April 1945 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 802/45 dated 11 May 1945. Enlisted in Vancouver, 26 June 1941. Trained at No.2 ITS (graduated 2 December 1941), No.3 AOS (graduated 15 March 1942), No.2 BGS (graduated 25 April 1942) and No.1 ANS (graduated 25 April 1942 - why same date as No.2 BGS ?). No citation. No citation in Canadian sources. Public Records Office Air 2/9061 has recommendation dated 12 February 1945 when he had flown 805 hours 44 minutes, 192 hours 15 minutes in previous six months. AFC sent by registered mail, 24 February 1950 when he was living in Vancouver.

 

Flight Lieutenant McDonald has completed 18 deliveries and one survey trip in a Catalina - South Atlantic to Iraq and return. Voluntarily employed between delivery flights for the last twelve months as Assistant Navigation Officer. He is a quiet, steady type of officer with very outstanding ability, both as a practical navigator and as a staff officer. In his work he is enthusiastic, conscientious, thorough, dependable, co-operative and loyal. He has played a very big part in raising the standard of navigation in this unit.

 

Flight Lieutenant McDonald is extremely helpful to other navigators who are under him and inspires confidence. His zest and willingness to accept extra duties is very commendable and may be held as a fine example to other officers in the service.

 

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McDONELL, F/O Joseph Lawrence (J19372) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.428 Squadron - Award effective 3 November 1944 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 1/45 dated 5 January 1945. Born 1914 in Rossland, British Columbia; home there; enlisted in Edmonton, 5 June 1942. Trained at No.3 BGS (graduated 19 March 1943). Commissioned 1943. Presented 24 May 1947.

 

This officer has proved himself to be a most efficient and resolute member of aircraft crew. As air gunner he has participated in a large number of sorties and on many occasions his vigilance and prompt warnings have enabled his pilot to evade enemy fighters. On one sortie whilst over Berlin a burst of fire from a fighter struck his turret and rendered it unserviceable; his guns were also put out of action. The enemy aircraft continued to attack with much persistence but Flying Officer McDonell gave excellent directions to his pilot who finally evaded the attacker. This officer's cool and skilful work did much to ensure the success of the sortie.

 

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McDOUGALL, Sergeant Donald (R70553) - British Empire Medal - Western Air Command Headquarters - Award effective 13 June 1946 as per Canada Gazette of that date and AFRO 660/46 dated 5 July 1946. Born 1 May 1919. Home in Regina, Saskatchewan; enlisted there 16 August 1940. AC2, 16 August 1940; AC1, 16 November 1940; LAC, 16 February 1941; Acting Corporal, 1 March 1942; Acting Sergeant, 1 December 1943. Released 18 February 1946. Clerk (Accounts).

 

This non-commissioned officer displays fine qualities of leadership. He is highly qualified in his trade, and by his ready acceptance of responsibility has proven a tower of strength to his officers during a difficult period aggravated by staff shortages. he has by his personality and fine sense of proportion commanded the respect of all who worked with him, thus adding greatly to the efficiency and morale.

 

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McDOUGALL, S/L Geoffrey Springle (C1866) - Commended for Valuable Services in the Air - RAF Ferry Command - Awarded 1 January 1943 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 55/43 dated 15 January 1943. Born at Westmount, Quebec, 22 August 1900. Enlisted in Montreal, 2 April 1940.

 

This officer has been attached to the Ferry Command as RCAF Liaison Officer since September 9th, 1941. He handles all the problems which affect this Command and the RCAF in a very able manner. He accompanies the Air Officer Commanding in Chief on all long flights, both to the South and to the United Kingdom. He was detailed to proceed to the United Kingdom by air for special duties. He handled this particularly delicate situation in his usual able manner. He is always willing to help and never afraid of hard work, an officer of pleasing personality, tactful and of outstanding ability. He has been of the greatest use to this Command.

 

McDOUGALL, W/C Geoffrey Springle (C1866) - Officer, Order of the British Empire - Overseas - Award effective 1 January 1944 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 809/44 dated 14 April 1944. Enlisted in Montreal, 2 April 1940. Previously Commended for Valuable Services (1 January 1943) as Liaison Officer to Ferry Command. Award on this occasion for work as Assistant to A/M Sir Frederick Bowhill. No citation in Canadian sources. Public Records Office Air 2/8959 has recommendation.

 

Since July 1941, Wing Commander McDougall has been employed as RCAF Liaison Officer. An officer of outstanding ability with a wide knowledge, excellent tact and discretion, he has been of the greatest help in dealing with the many complex and delicate matters which arise from day to day. He has accompanied the Air Officer Commanding-in-Chief, Transport Command, on numerous voyages in various parts of the world, proving of invaluable assistance. On all occasions he has shown the greatest devotion to duty.

 

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McDOUGALL, P/O John Bert (C18114) - 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 8 May 1940. No citation in AFRO.

 

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McDOUGALL, F/O Thom Ross (J8812) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.420 Squadron - Award effective 12 April 1943 as per London Gazette dated 20 April 1943 and AFRO 985/43 dated 28 May 1943. Born in North Bay, Ontario; home there; enlisted in London, Ontario, 13 January 1941. Trained at No.3 ITS (graduated 8 June 1941), No.1 BGS (graduated 11 October 1941), No.4 AOS (graduated 1 September 1941) and No.2 ANS (graduated 9 November 1941). Commissioned November 1941. Killed in action 22/23 May 1944 (Lancaster LL723; buried in Germany). Received DFC at Buckingham Palace, 9 November 1943; Bar presented to next-of-kin, 9 November 1947.

 

This officer has a fine operational record. He has taken part in attacks against Turin, Mannheim, Essen, Hamburg, Duisburg, Cologne, Lorient and Stuttgart, besides several daylight bombing raids and mine-laying sorties. On one occasion, during an attack on Hamburg, Flying Officer McDougall's aircraft was heavily engaged by anti-aircraft fire for forty minutes. With great skill, despite the violent evasive action taken by his captain and adverse weather, this officer navigated the aircraft safely back to base. As a navigator, Flying Officer McDougall has set a high standard which, coupled with his skill and resourcefulness, has inspired confidence in the crew.

 

McDOUGALL, F/L Thom Ross, DFC (J8812) - Bar to Distinguished Flying Cross - No.408 Squadron (deceased) - Award effective 21 May 1944 as per London Gazette dated 21 December 1945 and AFRO 155/46 dated 15 February 1946.

 

Flight Lieutenant McDougall has taken part in many operational sorties since being awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross. These include attack against Berlin, Stettin, Leipzig and other heavily defended targets. He has invariably performed his duties as squadron navigation leader in an efficient, skilful and cheerful manner, setting an inspiring example by his courage and devotion to duty.

 

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McDOUGALL, G/C Thomas Kenny (C1686) - Officer, Order of the British Empire - AFHQ - Award effective 13 June 1946 as per Canada Gazette of that date and AFRO 660/45 dated 5 July 1946. Born in Haileybury, Ontario, 6 March 1909. Educated in Ottawa and at Queen's University. Employed by various mining companies, 1925-32. In 1932 joined Ventures Ltd. (Prospector's Airways and Ceres Explorations); left that in 1936 to become General Manager, Tea-Kay Prospectors. Joined RCAF in Ottawa, 5 February 1940 (card) or 15 February 1940 (citation). Presented 1 December 1948.

 

Group Captain McDougall was appointed 15th February 1940 and was immediately posted to Airmen's Records. This officer has been associated with the Records Office throughout all the difficult years of expansion, and his loyalty, industry, initiative and natural ability to gain the confidence and co-operation of a large staff led to his appointment as Royal Canadian Air Force Records Officer and for the past several years he has carried out this responsibility with the utmost devotion to duty. The Records Office is recognized as a most efficient organization, and it is considered that the growth and success of this important work is in large measure due to this officer's enthusiastic leadership, loyalty and organizing ability.

 

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McDOWELL, F/O Allan Ferguson (J89272) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.424 Squadron - Award effective 5 July 1945 as per London Gazette dated 20 July 1945 and AFRO 1619/45 dated 19 October 1945. Born 1920 in Bawlf, Alberta; home in Lethbridge (bank clerk); enlisted in Saskatoon. Trained at No.3 WS (graduated 21 January 1943) and No.8 BGS (graduated 22 February 1943). Commissioned 1944. Presented 27 May 1950. No citation other than "completed ...numerous operations against the enemy in the course of which [he has] invariably displayed the utmost fortitude, courage and devotion to duty". DHist file 181.009 D.2610 (RG.24 Vol.20627) has recommendation by W/C C.W.W. Campbell dated 13 March 1945 when he had flown 33 sorties (188 hours 30 minutes), 18 July 1944 to 11 March 1945.

 

Pilot Officer McDowell has recently completed a tour of operations with this squadron, many of which were deep into enemy territory and against heavily defended areas. This officer has always displayed great courage and resourcefulness. His work as an Air Operator [sic] has always been of the highest order and an asset to his squadron.

 

Pilot Officer McDowell has always worked to maintain a high standard of technical efficiency and has always shown willing [sic, "willingness" ?] to instruct newer squadron members as to their operational requirements.

 

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McDOWELL, F/O James Joseph (J26690) - Mention in Despatches - Overseas - Award effective 1 January 1946 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 155/46 dated 15 February 1946. Home in Vancouver; enlisted there 11 June 1942. Trained at No.2 ITS (graduated 9 January 1943), No.1 BGS (graduated 17 April 1943) and No.5 AOS (graduated 11 June 1943).

 

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McDOWELL, F/O James Stewart (J27278) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.405 Squadron - Award effective 6 January 1945 as per London Gazette dated 19 January 1945 and AFRO 508/45 dated 23 March 1945. Born in Winnipeg, 1921; home there; enlisted there 23 June 1940. Trained at No.7 ITS (graduated 18 December 1942), No.2 BGS (graduated 30 April 1943) and No.5 AOS (graduated 11 June 1943). Commissioned 1943. DFC sent by registered mail, 11 March 1950.

 

Flying Officer McDowell is now on his second tour of operational duty. He has participated in attacks against such strongly defended targets as Stuttgart, Bremen and Essen. He has always shown a fine fighting spirit, courage and unfailing devotion to duty. In August 1944, during an attack against an important target in Russelsheim, his aircraft was severely damaged by enemy fighters. Flying Officer McDowell displayed admirable coolness and fortitude in calmly continuing at his allotted task.

 

NOTE: Public Records Office Air 2/9039 has recommendation by W/C H.A. Morrison dated 21 October 194 which has sortie list and a more detailed text than that published. He had by then flown 44 sorties (214 hours 28 minutes).

 

* counted as 1/3 sortie

# not counted as a sortie

 

11 Oct 43 Orleans (Nickel, 4.30)# 2 July 44 Oisemont (2.15)

6 Mar 44 Trappes (5.20)* 5 July 44 Wizernes (1.53)

7 Mar 44 Le Mans (6.20) 6 July 44 Coquereaux (2.43)

13 Mar 44 Le Mans (6.15)* 7 July 44 Caen (2.44)

22 Mar 44 Frankfurt (6.15) 12 July 44 Paris/Vaires (3.15)

24 Mar 44 Berlin (8.10) 15 July 44 Nucourt (3.30)

26 Mar 44 Essen (5.20) 17 July 44 Cagny (2.35)

30 Mar 44 Nuremburg (8.10) 19 July 44 Rollez (3.00)

9 Apr 44 Villeneuve-St.George 22 July 44 Acquet (2.32)#

(5.40)* 23 July 44 Kiel (5.42)

10 Apr 44 Ghent (4.20)* 24 July 44 Stuttgart (7.06)

18 Apr 44 Paris/Le Bourget (5.55) 25 July 44 Stuttgart (7.18)

20 Apr 44 Lens (4.30)* 27 July 44 Boissons (3.22)

30 Apr 44 Somain (4.35)* 4 Aug 44 St.Maximim (3.07)

1 May 44 St.Ghislain (4.40) 5 Aug 44 Chaussee (3.09)

7 May 44 St.Valery (4.15) 8 Aug 44 Lucheux (3.09)

28 May 44 Mardyck (2.09) 10 Aug 44 La Pallice (5.07)

31 May 44 Mount Couple (1.46) 12 Aug 44 Russelsheim (4.42)

5 June 44 Longues (3.18) 16 Aug 44 Stettin (5.13)

7 June 44 Foret de Cerisy (3.39) 18 Aug 44 Bremen (5.07)

16 June 44 Renescure (1.59) 25 Aug 44 Russelsheim (6.54)

23 June 44 Coubronne (1.49) 20 Sept 44 Calais (2.16)

24 June 44 Middel Straete (1.58) 5 Oct 44 Saarbrucken (4.35)

27 June 44 Oisemont (2.20) 14 Oct 44 Duisburg (5.20)

28 June 44 Metz (5.17) 15 Oct 44 Wilhelmshaven (4.16)

30 June 44 Villers Bocage (2.40) 19 Oct 44 Stuttgart (5.25)

 

Flying Officer McDowell is a highly efficient and keen Air Bomber in a very successful crew, now on their second tour of operations. He has participated in attacks on such strongly defended enemy areas as Stuttgart, Bremen and Essen. Although of a quiet nature, he possesses a fine offensive spirit and a high sense of devotion to duty under the most adverse conditions. On the night of 15/16 August 1944, while attacking an important objective at Russelsheim, Germany, the aircraft in which he was flying was attacked by enemy fighters and badly damaged. Three of the crew baled out, as it appeared that the aircraft would not come out of its spin. He, however, remained calmly at his post, performing his allotted task in a highly efficient and cool manner. Such a spirit as he has invariably displayed is most commendable. Strongly recommended for the non-immediate award of the Distinguished Flying Cross.

 

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McDUFF, F/O (now F/L) David Malcolm (J11967) - Air Medal (United States) - 11th USAAF - Award effective 27 August 1943 as per Canada Gazette dated 4 May 1946 and AFRO 473/46 dated 10 May 1946. Home in Trafalgar, Ontario; enlisted in Toronto, 16 July 1941. Trained at No.5 ITS (graduated 21 November 1941), No.7 EFTS (graduated 30 January 1942), and No.14 SFTS (graduated 5 June 1942). See Cochand for details; flights were 1 January to 6 May 1943.

 

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McEACHERN, P/O Thomas William (J87493) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.429 Squadron - Award effective 1 December 1944 as per London Gazette dated 12 December 1944 and AFRO 337/45 dated 23 February 1945. Born 1919 in Toronto; home there. Formerly in Royal Canadian Artillery; enlisted in Toronto, 25 July 1941. Trained at No.1 WS (graduated 8 December 1941) and No.1 BGS (graduated 22 June 1942). Commissioned 1944. DFC sent by registered mail, 10 March 1949. No citation other than "..in recognition of gallantry and devotion to duty in the execution of air operations against the enemy." DHist file 181.009 D.2609 (RG.24 Vol.20627) has recommendation dated 10 September 1944 when he had flown 44 sorties (164 hours 35 minutes). First tour with No.21 Squadron, 20 November 1942 to 25 September 1943 (19 trips, 45 hours ten minutes); second tour 22 May to 6 September 1944 (25 trips, 119 hours 25 minutes).

 

This officer has just completed a second tour of operations. At all times he has displayed a fine example of courage and eagerness to come to grips with the enemy. His first tour consisted of daylight operations and Pilot Officer McEachern was instrumental for the safe return of his aircraft and crew on many occasions. By constant vigilance he has saved his crew from many night attacks. His cheerfulness and crew spirit have been an inspiration to many newer crews. He is a valuable crew member and a skilful wireless operator.

 

It is considered that his fine operational record, fortitude and devotion to duty fully merit the award of the D.F.C.

 

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McELHANNEY, F/O Robert Gordon (C12386) - Mentioned in Despatches - Station Tofino - Awarded 14 June 1945 as per Canada Gazette of that date and AFRO 1127/45 dated 6 July 1945. Home in Vancouver; enlisted there 26 June 1942. Certificate sent 7 July 1945.

 

This officer's energy, initiative and leadership, often over and above the ordinary call of duty, resulted in the splendid record of his squadron in maintaining a high state of serviceability of aircraft. By his example at all times in placing the requirements of the service before personal considerations, he has inspired all ranks in his section to carry out their duties enthusiastically and with a high degree of efficiency and his outstanding efforts have contributed greatly to the success of flying operations at his station.

 

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McELHANNEY, F/L Thomas Perry (J7772) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.417 Squadron - Award effective 22 December 1944 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 293/45 dated 16 February 1945. Born 1921 in Prince Albert, Saskatchewan; home in Ottawa. Educated at Queen's University where he was in COTC. Enlisted in Ottawa, 23 December 1940. Trained at No.3 ITS (graduated 28 May 1941), No.13 EFTS (graduated 15 July 1941) and No.9 SFTS (graduated 25 September 1941). Commissioned 1941. DFC sent by registered mail, 24 April 1946.

 

This officer has completed two notable tours of operational duty. He has displayed the highest standard of skill and determination and throughout his devotion to duty has been unfailing. In September 1944 he led a formation of aircraft in an attack on a building which the enemy was using as a strong point. After a successful bombing run, during which his aircraft was hit by anti-aircraft fire, Flight Lieutenant McElhanney led his formation in again to rake the position with a hail of bullets. As a result the enemy abandoned his position. A few days later Flight Lieutenant McElhanney flew with great distinction on a similar assignment.

 

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McELREA, F/L William Gerald (J2935) - Air Force Cross - No.168 Squadron (RCAF) - Award effective 1 January 1946 as per Canada Gazette of that date and AFRO 82/46 dated 25 January 1946 - Enrolled at Trenton, 6 November 1939) Trained at No.1 ITS (graduated 23 May 1940), Calgary Aero Club (graduated 22 June 1940) and No.1 SFTS (graduated 17 September 1940). At date of award had flown 2,834 hours - 1,027 hours as transport pilot - 363 hours in previous six months. AFC sent by registered mail, 7 August 1949.

 

This officer has for the past year and one-half, been employed as Captain on the Trans-Atlantic and Mediterranean service, flying mail to armed forces in the different theatres of war. This officer's devotion to duty in the face of adverse weather and the efficient manner in which he has completed the most difficult tasks, even beyond the line of duty, has contributed greatly to the successful operations of this squadron.

 

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McELROY, F/O Gordon William Elwyn (J27417) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.78 Squadron - Award effective 5 February 1945 as per London Gazette dated 20 February 1945 and AFRO 563/45 dated 29 March 1945. Born 1917 in Ounham, Quebec; home there (teacher). Large card at DHist says home was Cornwall, Ontario, although he enlisted in Montreal, 13 June 1942. Formerly in Sherbrooke Regiment. Trained at No.5 ITS (graduated 30 December 1942) and No.4 AOS (graduated 25 June 1943). Commissioned 1943. Sent by registered mail, 5 February 1945. 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 2/8831 has recommendation dated 9 November 1944 when he had flown 38 sorties (176 hours 26 minutes), 8 May 1944 to October 1944. The sortie list has been damaged; targets can be listed but in most cases the dates are missing. First operation was to Berneval (four hours); last operation to Gelsenkirchen (4 hours 13 minutes); longest to Stuttgart (date not known, 8 hours 17 minutes).

 

This officer has now completed his first operational tour consisting of 38 sorties involving 176 hours (124 points).

 

He is an efficient operational navigator with a thorough knowledge of his work both in the air and on the ground. He has always set a very good example to his fellow navigators, displaying great energy and keenness throughout. He is the navigator of a crew who carried out a very successful ditching and much of the success of this ditching and the subsequent rescue of the crew by Air Sea Rescue was due to his devotion to duty and high standard of efficiency as a navigator.

 

For his devotion to duty and fine operational record, I strongly recommend for the award of the Distinguished Flying Cross.

 

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McELROY, P/O John Frederick (J7230) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.249 Squadron - Award effective 19 October 1942 as per London Gazette dated 3 November 1942 and AFRO 1830/42 dated 13 November 1942. Born in Port Arthur, Ontario, 1920. Home in Kamloops, British Columbia. Formerly in North Battleford Light Infantry and Rocky Mountain Rangers. Enlisted in Vancouver, 6 November 1940. Trained at No.3 ITS (graduated 4 May 1941), No.4 EFTS (graduated 21 June 1941), and No.9 SFTS (graduated 1 September 1941). Commissioned September 1941. No.249 Squadron, Malta, 6 June to December 1942; No.421 Squadron, 5 January to 1 July 1944; No.416 Squadron, 1 July to 31 October 1944. DFC and Bar presented 29 May 1947. For additional details see H.A. Halliday, The Tumbling Sky.

 

During recent fighting over Malta this officer displayed great courage and outstanding determination to destroy the enemy. On October 12th, 1942, during an interception, he destroyed a Messerschmitt 109 and then pursued a Junkers 88. Six enemy fighters were in close proximity and Flying Officer McElroy turned towards them and destroyed one before they broke off the fight. Three days later his section attacked a formation of Junkers 88s and Flying Officer McElroy probably destroyed one of them. On another occasion when one of his comrades was shot down in the sea, Flying Officer McElroy guided a rescue launch to the spot, in spite of the presence of enemy fighters. This officer who has completed many reconnaissances and destroyed five enemy aircraft has displayed inspiring leadership.

 

McELROY, F/L John Frederick, DFC (J7230) - Bar to Distinguished Flying Cross - No.421 Squadron - Award effective 4 August 1944 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 2052/44 dated 22 September 1944.

 

This officer continues to display the finest qualities of courage and determination in air operations. In June 1944 he flew the leading aircraft of a formation which engaged a force of more than thirty enemy fighters, nine of which were shot down. Although his aircraft sustained severe damage, Flight Lieutenant McElroy made a safe landing at an airfield. In this engagement he displayed leadership of a high order.

 

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McEVOY, Sergeant Donald Ralph (R165361) - Distinguished Flying Medal - No.425 Squadron - Award effective 29 August 1944 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 2274/44 dated 20 October 1944. Born in Midland, Ontario, 1923; home in Lindsay, Ontario (purchasing agent); enlisted in Toronto, 7 May 1942. Trained at No.3 BGS (graduated 23 July 1943). Killed in action, 15/16 June 1944 (Halifax LW715); buried in France. DFM sent by registered mail to next-of-kin, 11 June 1946.

 

In June 1944 this airman was the mid-upper gunner of an aircraft detailed to attack an enemy target. On the return flight the bomber was attacked by a fighter. Sergeant McEvoy defended his aircraft with great skill and his accurate bursts of fire caused the destruction of the attacker. Some nights later, Sergeant McEvoy shot down another enemy aircraft after a spirited fight. This airman has proved himself to be a gallant and determined member of aircraft crew.

 

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McEVOY, LAC Stephen Thomas (R158988) - Mentioned in Despatches - Skipton-on-Swale - Award effective 14 June 1945 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 1647/45 dated 26 October 1945. Home in Toronto; enlisted in Galt, Ontario, 27 March 1942. DHist file 181.009 D.2619 (RG.24 Vol.20628) has recommendation forwarded 1 February 1945 to No.63 Base HQ when he had served one year in Canada, 22 months overseas. Fitter IIE.

 

This airman is a very hard and conscientious worker and has often carried on for long periods of time under most adverse conditions in order to prepare his aircraft for operations. It is felt that he is a fine example to his fellow workers and a strong aid to his NCOs.

 

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McEWAN, F/O Bruce Davidson (J38574) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.128 Squadron - Award effective 5 February 1945 as per London Gazette dated 20 February 1945 and AFRO 563/45 dated 29 March 1945. Born 1918 in Niagara Falls, Ontario; home in Toronto; enlisted there 6 December 1940. Trained at No.1 ITS (graduated 20 June 1941), No.3 EFTS (graduated 8 August 1941) and No.5 SFTS (graduated 17 October 1941). Commissioned 1943. DFC sent by registered mail, 28 May 1948. No citation other than "completed...numerous operations against the enemy in the course of which [he has] invariably displayed the utmost fortitude, courage and devotion to duty." Public Records Office Air 2/8831 has recommendation dated 20 November 1944 when he had flown 35 sorties (130 hours 53 minutes), 18 July to 4 November 1944.

 

18 Jul 44 Buer 8 Sept 44 Nuremburg

19 Jul 44 Bremen 11 Sep 44 Berlin

20 Jul 44 Botrop 15 Sep 44 Berlin

23 Jul 44 Berlin 1 Oct 44 Brunswick

24 Jul 44 Berlin 3 Oct 44 Kassel

26 Jul 44 Hamburg 6 Oct 44 Berlin

27 Jul 44 Stuttgart 9 Oct 44 Wilhelmshaven

29 Jul 44 Frankfurt 11 Oct 44 Berlin

6 Aug 44 Castrop Rauxel 14 Oct 44 Mannheim

8 Aug 44 Cologne 18 Oct 44 Hanover

23 Aug 44 Cologne 23 Oct 44 Essen

25 Aug 44 Berlin 24 Oct 44 Hanover

27 Aug 44 Mannheim 29 Oct 44 Cologne

28 Aug 44 Essen 30 Oct 44 Berlin

31 Aug 44 Dusseldorf 1 Nov 44 Berlin

1 Sept 44 Bremen 3 Nov 44 Berlin

3 Sept 44 Karlsruhe 4 Nov 44 Hanover

7 Sept 44 Karlsruhe

 

Flying Officer B.D. McEwan, RCAF, has completed 35 operational sorties as a pilot in Mosquitoes of No.8 (Pathfinder Force) Group since August 1944, and has shown considerable skill and success in all these operations against Germany.

 

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McEWAN, F/O Ian Gawthorp (J18808) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.405 Squadron - Award effective 10 May 1944 as per London Gazette dated 19 May 1944 and AFRO 1296/44 dated 16 June 1944. Born in Kamloops, British Columbia, 1921; home in Vancouver; enlisted there 2 December 1941. Trained at No.4 ITS (graduated 3 June 1942) and No.2 BGS (graduated 14 August 1942). Commissioned 1943. Medal sent by registered mail, 16 June 1955. No citation other than "...completed...many successful operations against the enemy in which [he has] displayed high skill, fortitude and devotion to duty."

 

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McEWEN, A/V/M Clifford McKay (C60) - Mention in Despatches - No.6 Group Headquarters - Award effective 8 June 1944 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 1729/44 dated 11 August 1944. Born in Griswold, Manitoba, 2 July 1896. Educated at Moose Jaw, Saskatoon and University of Saskatchewan. Enlisted in 196th Battalion (CEF), 24 March 1916, commissioned in England 28 April 1917, transferred to RFC in June 1917 and subsequently served with No.28 Squadron on the Italian front (22 kills, MC, DFC and Bar, Italian Bronze Medal for Valour). In overseas CAF and postwar CAF/Air Board/RCAF. Active on early aerial surveys; (featured in Photographing Canada in Flying Canoes by S. Bernard Shaw, General Store Publishing, 2001); attended RAF Staff School, 1930. Early in Second World War commanded No.1 Training Command (Toronto), No.3 Training Command (Montreal), and No.1 Group (St.John's). To England, 1942, and AOC No.6 Group, February 1944-45. Designated commander of bomber group in Tiger Force (war ended before it took shape); retired 27 April 1946; died 6 August 1967. Medals with Canadian War Museum (AN 19840094-001, 002 and 003) along with extensive papers. No citation in Canadian sources. Public Records Office Air 2/9003 (dealing with Birthday Honours) has a recommendation which is very dated in content, having been drafted when he was an Air Commodore and was Officer Commanding, No.62 Base, Linton.

 

This officer was appointed Base Commander at No.62 Operational Base in June 1943; since then five squadrons have either formed or converted after movement into the base, the three Lancaster II squadrons already being units in the Base. Air Commodore McEwen has by his untiring efforts and leadership brought the Base to a very high level of operational efficiency. His ability and zeal have been worthy of the highest praise.

 

McEWEN, A/V/M Clifford MacKay, MC, DFC (C60) - Companion, Order of the Bath - No.6 Group Headquarters - Award effective 1 January 1945 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 132/45 dated 26 January 1945. Presented at Buckingham Palace, 2 February 1945. Public Records Office Air 2/9017 has recommended citation.

 

This officer formerly commanded No.62 Base and in February 1944 was selected to command No.6 Group. He has displayed untiring energy and leadership and has brought his Group to a high standard of operational efficiency. Throughout the preparation for D day and during the operations in connection with the Allied landing in Normandy, he was responsible in a large measure for the success which his squadrons achieved in support of the operation.

 

McEWEN, A/V/M Clifford McKay (C60) - Commander, Legion of Merit (United States) - No.6 Group - Award effective 19 June 1945 as per Canada Gazette dated 6 April 1946 and AFRO 388/46 dated 12 April 1946. Public Records Office Air 2/9108 has recommendation.

 

Air Vice Marshal McEwen has served overseas since late 1942 at RCAF Headquarters and as Air Officer Commanding No.6 RCAF Bomber Group of RAF Bomber Command. His outstanding achievements on the Headquarters Staff and as the Operational Commander of the Canadian Bomber Group, in planning and executing the RCAF part in the close co-operation which has existed between the USAAF and the British Air Services, and his success in advancing the cordial relations between these services have been outstanding characteristics of his fine work. These achievements are a reflection of his effective association with the United States Forces in his previous position of Air Officer Commanding No.1 Group, Eastern Air Command, whose co-operation between the Services was the foundation of their success.

 

McEWEN, A/V/M Clifford McKay, CB (C60) - Officer, Legion of Honour (France) - No.6 Group (AFRO gives unit only as "Overseas") - French Legion of Honour - Award effective 19 October 1945 as per AFRO 1619/45 of that date. Public Records Office Air 2/9645 has citation.

 

As Air Officer Commanding, No.6 (RCAF) Group, Air Vice Marshal McEwen was responsible for the organisation of the operational effort of the Bomber Group under his command during the invasion of Normandy and subsequently during the liberation of France. All operations were efficiently executed.

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McFADDEN, F/L Robert John (J7551) - Mentioned in Despatches - No.145 Squadron (Canada) - Award effective 14 November 1944 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 2684/44 dated 15 December 1944. Home in Dubbinton, Ontario; enlisted in London, 19 December 1940. Trained at No.3 ITS (graduated 9 June 1941), No.17 EFTS (graduated 27 July 1941), and No.8 SFTS (graduated 19 October 1941).

 

This pilot, by his constant enthusiasm and devotion to duty, has set a splendid example to his associates. He has displayed courage and determination in flying in the face of adverse weather conditions.

 

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McFADDEN, Corporal William (R166492) - Mentioned in Despatches - No.424 Squadron (AFRO gives unit as No.63 Base) - Award effective 1 January 1945 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 425/45 dated 9 March 1945. Home in Darlingford, Manitoba; enlisted in Winnipeg, 8 June 1942. DHist file 181.009 D.2619 has recommendation dated 17 July 1944 when he had served 6 months in Canada, six months in Africa, 13 months in UK.

 

Corporal William McFadden is one of the most outstanding Non-Commissioned Officers in "B" Flight. An Aero Engine Mechanic of high ability, he has shown himself to be at all times entirely reliable. His devotion to duty, his sterling example to all those who work for and with him is worthy of the highest praise.

 

It is considered that this display of ever constant loyalty beyond the mere call of duty deserves recognition...

 

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McFALL, F/O Stanley Eric (J17765) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.614 Squadron - Award effective 6 November 1944 as per London Gazette dated 14 November 1944 and AFRO 1/45 dated 5 January 1945. Born 1921 in Westmount, Quebec; home in Montreal; enlisted there 17 September 1941. Trained at No.3 ITS (graduated 27 February 1942), No.21 EFTS (graduated 5 June 1942) and No.5 SFTS (graduated 24 September 1942). Commissioned 1943. DFC presented 5 October 1946.

 

This officer has participated in attacks on numerous well defended targets in Crete, the Dodecannese Islands, the Balkans, Hungary, Austria and France. Throughout he has shown a fine fighting spirit and great tenacity of purpose, often pressing home his attacks in the face of strong ground defences. An excellent captain of aircraft, Flying Officer McFall has maintained a high standard of efficiency and made a valuable contribution to the squadron's effort.

 

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McFARLANE, Sergeant Hugh John (R59505) - Mention in Despatches - Middleton St.George - Award effective 1 January 1946 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 155/46 dated 15 February 1946. Identified in AFRO as "Overseas". McEwen papers (CWM) with list of recommendations with MiD recommendations for 1 February to 31 July 1945 identifies unit. Born 8 December 1907; home in Birtle, Manitoba; enlisted in Winnipeg, 16 July 1940. Arrived in UK 30 April 1943; repatriated 18 June 1945. Aero engine mechanic. Certificate sent to Vancouver, 27 September 1948.

 

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McFARLANE, F/O Paul Alexander (J21738) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.5 (Bomber Reconnaissance) Squadron - Award effective 6 January 1945 as per Canada Gazette of that date and AFRO 132/45 dated 26 January 1945. Enlisted in Montreal, 10 April 1941. Trained at No.6 ITS (graduated 13 February 1942), No.6 AOS (graduated 24 May 1942), No.5 BGS (graduated 4 July 1942) and No.1 ANS (graduated 21 August 1942). DFC presented 5 October 1946. As of recommendation he had flown 1,236 hours, of which 1,084 were on operations (144 sorties). Governor General's Records (RG.7 Group 26, Vol.58, file 190-I, dossier 6 has citation.

 

This officer, throughout a long tour on coastal operations, has performed his duties as a navigator with the utmost skill and efficiency. Throughout long and arduous flights, often under adverse weather conditions, the manner in which he has carried out his duties has set a splendid example to all members of his crew. He is a zealous and resolute member of aircraft crew.

 

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McFARLANE, G/C William John (C564) - Mentioned in Despatches - Station Goose Bay - Award effective 1 January 1946 as per Canada Gazette of that date and AFRO 82/46 dated 25 January 1946. Born in Newcastle-on-Tyne, England, 14 March 1903. Came to Canada young; worked as machinist in Alberta, 1918-1921. Went back to school and finished University of Alberta, 1924, then took ICS correspondence course in electrical engineering. Was in mining and sales until 1927, when he joined Vancouver Police Force (motorcycle officer). Enlisted in RCAF in Vancouver, 1 August 1933 and served with No.111 (Coastal Artillery) Squadron - later No.111 (Fighter) Squadron - until November 1940. Instructed at Trenton, Picton and Rockcliffe (November 1940-January 1942), served at Goose Bay and then CO of North West Staging Route; appointed CO of No.1 Bombing and Gunnery School (Jarvis), January 1944. Retired July 1945. U.S. Legion of Merit (Officer) TO BE CHECKED. DHist file 181.009 D.3061 (RG.24 Vol.20635) has recommendation prepared about August 1942 for OBE for services at Goose Bay; not followed through. There is also a letter by him summarizing his services to 27 August 1942.

 

This officer was, through his cheerful disposition, untiring energy and tact, responsible for the remarkable progress made in building an isolated station in Newfoundland, and also for the excellent relationship existing with the United States Ferry Command. The obstacles to surmount in bringing into being this Station in order to allow early operations from it were varied and many in number. Group Captain McFarlane's persistency, initiative, ingenuity and flare for improvisation has been instrumental in allowing operations to continue unhampered. The continuous difficulties he has worked under and the efficient manner in which he has handled all situations has been outstanding.

 

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McFAULL, F/L William (C8116) - Member, Order of the British Empire - Station Largens - Award effective 14 June 1945 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 1219/45 dated 27 July 1945. Born in Philadelphia, 17 July 1914. Trained in banking (including Queen's University), he was ten years with the Royal Bank of Canada. Home in Winnipeg, Manitoba; enlisted in Regina, Saskatchewan, 10 May 1941. Presented 2 November 1946. No citation in Canadian sources. Public Records Office Air 2/9056 has recommended citation.

 

This officer has been in charge of the Radar Section at Lagens since October 1943 and has shown a high degree of leadership. He has taken part in 15 operational flights during which two attacks were made by the enemy [on the enemy ?]. Flight Lieutenant McFaull has done valuable work in training air crews on Mark X Radar, and in doing so has flown a considerable number of training flights outside his normal work.

 

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McGARVEY, Corporal Edward Allison (R77668) - Mentioned in Despatches - Croft (AFRO gives unit only as "Overseas") - Award effective 14 June 1945 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 1647/45 dated 26 October 1945. Home in Edmonton, Alberta; enlisted in Calgary, 30 November 1940. No citation in AFRO. DHist file 181.009 D.4364 (RG.24 Vol.20648) has recommendation sent to No.6 Group Headquarters, 2 February 1945. Enlisted 30 November 1940; 30 months in Canada, 20 months overseas.

 

This NCO has been employed as Instrument NCO in charge of a flight in Daily Servicing Squadron. This Non-Commissioned Officer's dogged determination and devotion to duty has been responsible for the efficient and smooth operation of his section. He has continuously displayed initiative in seeking out the work to be done without waiting for instructions from his superiors. He has maintained a high standard of morale in his section under trying circumstances and long hours of work.

 

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McGAVIN, F/O Donald Cameron (J24691) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.434 Squadron - Award effective 5 July 1945 as per London Gazette dated 20 July 1945 and AFRO 1619/45 dated 19 October 1945. Born in Carman, Manitoba, 15 July 1914; home there (barrister). Educated at University of Manitoba (BA, 1936) and Manitoba Law School (graduated 1940). Enlisted in Winnipeg, 27 May 1942. Trained at No.7 ITS (graduated 6 November 1942) and No.2 AOS (graduated 19 March 1943). Commissioned 1943. DFC presented 11 June 1949. Flew three tours; in W/C Blackburn's crew. Postwar lawyer in Winnipeg until 1967 (Queen's Counsel, 1957) and helped in transition of United College to becoming University of Winnipeg. Employed by INCO, 1968; helped form FP Publications. Died in Toronto, 24 December 1998. No citation other than "completed...numerous operations against the enemy in the course of which [he has] invariably displayed the utmost fortitude, courage and devotion to duty". DHist file 181.009 D.1941 (RG.24 Vol.20612) has recommendation dated 28 February 1945 when he had flown 30 sorties (189 hours four minutes), 18 July 1944 to 2 February 1945. Aircraft took six flak holes on 12 September 1944 (Dortmund) and three flak holes on 24 December 1944 (Dusseldorf).

 

This navigator has completed a tour of operations, the majority of which were attacks against heavily defended major German targets, Flying Officer McGavin is a navigator of exceptional skill whose faultless work has contributed in a large measure to the successes obtained. His display of skill, courage, devotion to duty and his helpful direction to others in his section has proven a splendid example to all and has contributed in good measure to the success of the squadron as a whole.

 

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McGAVOCK, P/O John Joseph (J17116) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.426 Squadron - Award effective 3 June 1943 as per London Gazette dated 15 June 1943 and AFRO 1338/43 dated 16 July 1943. Home in Winnipeg, Manitoba; enlisted there 4 June 1941. Trained at No.2 ITS (graduated 8 September 1941), No.14 EFTS (graduated 12 November 1941), and No.10 SFTS (graduated 13 March 1942). DFC presented 12 December 1944.

 

This officer has taken part in numerous attacks against all types of enemy targets including such heavily defended areas as Hamburg, Mannheim, Essen and Cologne. He has also participated in several mine-laying operations. Pilot Officer McGavock's quiet determination to complete his allotted tasks, regardless of adverse weather or enemy opposition, has proved him to be an outstanding captain of aircraft who inspires the utmost confidence in his crew.

 

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McGEE, F/L John Clinton (C9733) - Member, Order of the British Empire - No.16 SFTS - Award effective 1 January 1946 as per Canada Gazette of that date and AFRO 82/46 dated 25 January 1946. Enlisted in Toronto, 9 January 1942. MBE presented 22 November 1948.

 

This officer was enlisted in January 1942 and after a short tour as a works officer on a Royal Air Force school in Saskatchewan, he was sent to Goose Bay, Labrador where he assisted in the planning, supervised the construction, and organized the works maintenance unit at that station. After some time in Labrador, this officer was posted to the North West Staging Route where he assisted in the pioneering construction and organization of the route. After eleven months on the North West Staging Route, this officer was posted to a Bombing and Gunnery School and subsequently to a Service Flying Training School. This officer has through his untiring efforts produced extraordinary results in the care and maintenance of his station. Always co-operative, keen and enthusiastic in his undertakings, he is an excellent officer in every respect.

 

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McGEE, F/L Patrick D'Arcy (J9482) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.207 Squadron - Award effective 3 June 1943 as per London Gazette dated 11 June 1943 and AFRO 1294/43 dated 9 July 1943. Born in Renfrew County, Ontario or Osceola, Ontario, 1916. American in the RCAF; home in Inkster, Michigan; enlisted in Windsor, Ontario, 8 April 1941. Trained at No.3 ITS (graduated 27 July 1941), No.21 EFTS (graduated 25 September 1941) and No.9 SFTS (graduated 19 December 1941). Commissioned 1941. Later transferred to US Naval Air Arm; invested with DFC at Canadian Embassy, Washington, November 1944.

 

Throughout his operational career this officer has displayed enthusiasm and keenness for operational flying. He has attacked the most heavily defended targets with great determination. On one occasion during an attack on Turin, his aircraft was damaged by anti-aircraft fire and its load of incendiary bombs set on fire. Although the fire made his aircraft visible to the enemy, he continued his mission and bombed the target. On all operations Flight Lieutenant McGee has displayed unfailing ability and courage in the face of danger.

 

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McGEE, F/O Stanley Parker (J14401) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.571 Squadron - Award effective 5 December 1944 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 293/45 dated 16 February 1945. American in the RCAF; born 1918 in Louisville, Kentucky; home there. Educated at University of Washington. Enlisted in London, Ontario, 29 September 1941. Trained at No.6 ITS (graduated 13 March 1942), No.7 EFTS (graduated 5 June 1942) and No.14 SFTS (graduated 25 September 1942). Commissioned 1942. DFC presented 31 January 1948.

 

This officer has completed a large number of sorties including eight attacks on Berlin. He has set a fine example of courage and determination, qualities which were well illustrated on a recent occasion when detailed to attack a target in Germany. While over the North Sea one engine became unserviceable, some height was lost but Flying Officer McGee went on to execute his bombing attack. He afterwards flew safely to base.

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McGEOUGH, F/O Joseph Halton (J38408) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.166 Squadron - Award effective 8 September 1945 as per London Gazette dated 25 September 1945 and AFRO 1768/45 dated 23 November 1945. Born 1914 in Toronto; home there (assistant manager). Formerly in Royal Canadian Artillery. Enlisted Toronto, 29 July 1942. Trained at No.1 ITS (graduated 5 March 1942), No.1 BGS (graduated 1 October 1943) and No.1 AOS (graduated 12 November 1943). One date on DHist card must be wrong as it shows him graduating from ITS before enlisting. DFC presented 22 June 1949. No citation other than "completed...numerous operations against the enemy in the course of which [he has] invariably displayed the utmost fortitude, courage and devotion to duty." Public Records Office Air 2/8751 has recommendation dated 13 April 1945 when he had flown 33 sorties (224 hours), 16 November 1944 to 4 April 1945.

 

16 Nov 44 Duren 8 Feb 45 Politz

18 Nov 44 Wanne Eickel 14 Feb 45 Chemnitz

21 Nov 44 Aschaffenburg 20 Feb 45 Dortmund

27 Nov 44 Freeburg 21 Feb 45 Duisburg

29 Nov 44 Dortmund 23 Feb 45 Pforsheim

22 Dec 44 Coblenz 1 Mar 45 Mannheim

28 Dec 44 Munchen Gladbach 2 Mar 45 Cologne

29 Dec 44 Scholven-Buer 5 Mar 45 Chemnitz

2 Jan 45 Nuremburg 15 Mar 45 Misburg

7 Jan 45 Munich 16 Mar 45 Nuremburg

14 Jan 45 Merseburg 21 Mar 45 Bremen

16 Jan 45 Zeitz-Troglitz 22 Mar 45 Hildesheim

22 Jan 45 Duisburg 25 Mar 45 Hanover

1 Feb 45 Mannheim 27 Mar 45 Paderborne

2 Feb 45 Weisbaden 1 Apr 45 Hamburg

3 Feb 45 Bottrop-Welheim 4 Apr 45 Lutzkendorf

7 Feb 45 Cleve

 

This Canadian officer, an Air Bomber, has successfully completed 33 sorties against some of the most heavily defended targets in Germany and occupied territory. Determination to direct his bombs where they would cause the maximum damage has characterized all his work and he has spared no effort to this end.

 

On many occasions when his aircraft has been subjected to intense anti-aircraft fire he has calmly carried on with the task in hand, allowing no hazard to impair the accuracy of his bombing.

 

For his dogged determination, courage and devotion to duty he is recommended for the award of the Distinguished Flying Cross.

 

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McGILL, A/V/M Frank Scholes (C565) - Companion, Order of the Bath - AFHQ - Award effective 14 June 1945 as per Canada Gazette of that date and AFRO 1127/45 dated 6 July 1945. Born in Montreal, 20 June 1894, attended McGill University. Joined RNAS, 1915; active on anti-submarine patrols over North Sea. Back in North America, 1918, was advisor and instructor to US Navy before being sent back to UK to resume patrols. Repatriated in 1919. With CAF in 1920-21 but went back to business until 1932 when he became involved in RCAF Auxiliary (CO, No.15 Squadron). On outbreak of war he commanded No.1 SFTS, then No.2 SFTS (June 1940), served at AFHQ (Director of Postings and Records, April 1941), No.2 Group Headquarters, Station Trenton, AOC No.1 Training Command (January 1943). From December 1943 to end of war he was in AFHQ. Died in June 1980. Governor General's Records (RG.7 Group 26, Volume 59, file 190-I) has citation. See Winter 1980 issue of Journal of the Canadian Aviation Historical Society for extensive obituary/biography.

 

Since the outbreak of war, Air Vice-Marshal McGill has rendered outstanding and devoted service to the Royal Canadian Air Force. He has commanded a Service Flying Training School, and served as Air Officer Commanding a Training Command and as an Air Member of the Air Council with great distinction. In all his assignments he has displayed rare qualities of skill, organizing ability and devotion to duty. He sets a very high standard which is an example and inspiration to all who are associated with him. By his leadership, efficiency and unflagging zeal, he has rendered highly meritorious service to the Royal Canadian Air Force.

 

McGILL, A/V/M Frank Scholes (C565) - Commended for Valuable Services - Air Force Headquarters - Award effective 9 June 1945 as per Canada Gazette of that date and AFRO 1219/45 dated 27 July 1945.

 

McGILL, A/V/M Frank Scholes (C565) - King Haakron VII's Cross of Liberation (Norway) - Award effective 12 June 1948 as per Canada Gazette of that date and AFRO 371/48 dated 11 June 1948.

 

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McGILL, F/L George Edward (J5312) - Mention in Despatches - No.103 Squadron (deceased) - Award effective 8 June 1944 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 1729/44 dated 11 August 1944. Home in Toronto; enlisted there. Wife in Toronto. Trained at No.1 ITS (graduated 8 December 1940), No.1 AOS (graduated 3 March 1941), No.1 BGS (graduated 12 April 1941) and No.1 ANS (12 May 1941). Killed in action 10 January 1942 (Wellington Z1142). Buried in Poland. No citation in AFRO.

 

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McGILL, FS (now P/O) John Edward (R218209/J94755) - Distinguished Flying Medal - No.432 Squadron - Award effective 8 September 1945 as per London Gazette dated 25 September 1945 and AFRO 1768/45 dated 23 November 1945. Born 1923 in Saskatoon. Home in Vancouver or Saskatoon, Saskatchewan (mechanic); enlisted Saskatoon, 14 April 1943. Trained at No.3 BGS (graduated 11 February 1944). Commissioned April 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.2618 (RG.24 Vol.20627) has recommendation dated 16 April 1945 when he had completed 31 sorties (201 hours five minutes) between 27 November 1944 and 10 April 1945. DFM sent by registered mail.

 

The above mentioned NCO has completed thirty-one operational sorties over enemy territory; many of the targets were heavily defended and a number of the sorties were long and arduous.

 

This NCO displayed outstanding co-operation, coolness and force of character. He was an inspiration to the remainder of the crew and they all had complete confidence in him.

 

For his outstanding ability and cheerful confidence, Flight Sergeant McGill is strongly recommended for the award of the Distinguished Flying Medal (Non-Immediate).

 

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McGILL, P/O Morley David (C19702) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.419 Squadron - Award effective 25 July 1944 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 2052/44 dated 22 September 1944. Born 1918 in Carman, Manitoba. Home in Homewood, Manitoba (farmer); enlisted in Winnipeg, 4 May 1942. Commissioned 1944. Invested at Buckingham Palace, 11 August 1944. Cited with W/C Wilber P. Pleasance (RCAF, Bar to DFC).

 

One night in June 1944, these officers were pilot and flight engineer respectively of an aircraft detailed to attack the railway junction at Versailles. In the take off both the port engines faltered at a time when the aircraft had barely left the ground. Wing Commander Pleasance was unable to climb but, by just clearing immediate obstacles and by taking advantage of low-lying ground, he flew on for twenty miles at a height of about 200 feet. By then Pilot Officer McGill had succeeded in restoring power to the engines and Wing Commander Pleasance went on to the target and bombed it. Both these officers displayed great coolness and skill in a difficult and dangerous situation.

 

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McGILLIVRAY, F/O Dougal Archibald (J19973) - Distinguished Service Order - No.428 Squadron - Award effective 3 November 1944 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 1/45 dated 5 January 1945. Born in Kirkhill, Ontario, 1918. Home in Dalkeith, Ontario (farmer); enlisted in Ottawa, 10 January 1941. Trained at No.1 WS (graduated 26 May 1941) and No.6 BGS (graduated 7 November 1941). Commissioned 1944. Cited with F/L R.E. Curtis (RCAF, awarded DSO), F/L Hugh F. Smith (RCAF, awarded DFC), F/O Robert G. Marshall (RCAF, awarded DFC), F/O Charles F. Wattie (RCAF, awarded DFC) and Sergeant J.D. Rose (RAF, awarded DFM). Invested by Governor General, 2 December 1946. DHist file 181.009 D.1634 (RG.24 Vol.20604) has initial recommendation dated 15 September 1944 and give name as Douglas Archibald. This was on his second tour. First had been 30 May 1942 to 4 December 1942 (three sorties with No.23 OTU (starting with Cologne, 30 May 1942), 23 sorties with No.15 Squadron; second tour had been 5 July to 12 September 1944 with No.428 Squadron (21 trips) - total of 47 sorties, 298 hours 45 minutes. Date of incident below was 12 August 1944.

 

These officers and Sergeant Rose have participated in a very large number of sorties and have displayed skill, courage and devotion to duty worthy of the highest praise. In August 1944, they were members of the crew of an aircraft detailed to attack Dortmund. Whilst on the bombing run the aircraft came under heavy anti-aircraft fire and was hit. Flight Lieutenant Curtis was wounded in the head. Despite the severity of his injury, this brave pilot remained at the controls and pressed home his attack. Not until the task was accomplished did he ask for assistance. He afterwards collapsed and was placed in the rest position. Flying Officer McGillivray, the air bomber, then took over the controls and kept the aircraft on a course for home. During the return flight his comrades, Flight Lieutenant Smith, Flying Officers Marshall and Wattie and Sergeant Rose set a fine example of coolness and co-operation and did everything within their power to assist in flying the aircraft home. Eventually an airfield was reached. Although he had never previously landed an aircraft, Flying Officer McGillivray succeeded in bringing it down, being greatly assisted by the advice and directions of Sergeant Rose, the flight engineer. These members of aircraft crew displayed rare determination and great courage in perilous circumstances. Flight Lieutenant Curtis had sustained a compound fracture of the skull. Until the time he became incapable of further action he had displayed the courage and tenacity of a fine leader.

 

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McGILLIVRAY, FS John Ernest (R83946) - Mentioned in Despatches - No.61 Base (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 at Parsley, Ontario; enlisted there. No citation in AFRO. DHist file 181.009.D.2993 (RG.24 Vol.20634) has recommendation sent to No.6 Group HQ, 19 December 1943.

 

This NCO is a good, solid, reliable and self-spoken NCO who assumes a great deal of responsibility in both the Base Orderly Room and the combined Base Central Registry. He has taken considerable pains and sacrifices to improve the organization of these two offices as well as his administrative knowledge.

 

In spite of the disruption of the Orderly Rooms and Central Registries as a result of a new establishment which necessitated amalgamation of the Orderly Rooms and Central Registries, a complete review of the total Base Personnel records followed by a visit to Records Office for six days, he maintained a well-organized Orderly Room and Central Registry. His calmness, administrative knowledge, assumption of more than ordinary responsibilities is most exemplary and deserving recognition.

 

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McGILLIVRAY, P/O John Joseph (J85472) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.428 Squadron - Award effective 4 November 1944 as per London Gazette dated 17 November 1944 and AFRO 239/45 dated 9 February 1945. Born in Sandon, British Columbia, 1916. Home in Kaslo, British Columbia (farm labourer); enlisted in Calgary, 16 October 1941. Trained at No.7 ITS (graduated 4 July 1942), No.8 BGS (graduated 30 October 1942) and No.1 AOS (graduated 18 December 1942). Commissioned March 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.3260 (RG.24 Vol.20637) has recommendation dated 4 August 1944 when he had flown 31 sorties (205 hours 35 minutes), 27 September 1943 to 20 July 1944.

 

As bomb aimer, Pilot Officer McGillivray has completed one tour of operations, having attacked Hanover, Kassel, Berlin, Stuttgart and other major targets in Germany and France. The outstanding success enjoyed by he and his crew was in no small way due to the constantly high standard of work of this officer. His accuracy in bombing was always very high and he gave invaluable aid to the navigator at all times.

 

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McGILLIVRAY, F/O Robert Lamont (J19168) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.427 Squadron - Award effective 30 October 1945 as per London Gazette dated 6 November 1945 and AFRO 155/46 dated 15 February 1946. Born 1919 in Regina. Home in Vancouver, British Columbia; enlisted in Regina, 29 January 1941. Trained at No.2 WS (graduated 14 September 1941) and No.4 BGS (graduated 24 November 1941). Commissioned November 1943. DFC presented 6 May 1950. No citation other than "completed...numerous operations against the enemy in the course of which [he has] displayed the utmost fortitude, courage and devotion to duty." DHist file 181.009 D.2610 (RG.24 Vol.20627) has recommendation dated 22 May 1945 when he had flown 44 sorties (288 hours 10 minutes) in two tours - 31 July 1942 to 21 July 1943 (34 sorties, 203 hours 10 minutes, including service with No.331 Wing) and 14 March to 10 May 1945 (ten operations, 85 hours, including three "Exodus" trips.

 

Flying Officer McGillivray is an air gunner with exceptional experience, having completed thirty-four operations on Wellingtons against German and Italian targets, and a further ten operations on his second tour on German targets. His keenness and unremitting vigilance has, in a large measure been responsible for bringing his crew through a total of forty-seven operations. His conduct and work in the air and in his section has been exemplary, and his operational freshness has set a target for many gunners, junior to himself.

 

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McGILVRAY, FS Alexander John (R119752) - British Empire Medal - No.7 Release Centre - Award effective 1 January 1946 as per Canada Gazette of that date and AFRO 82/46 dated 25 January 1946. Home in Calgary; enlisted in Winnipeg, 24 July 1941. BEM presented 14 February 1948.

 

This non-commissioned officer has exhibited, at all times, excellent ability and judgement as the non-commissioned officer in charge of the Station Orderly Room at this Release Centre. Frequently he has accepted major responsibilities with confidence and carried them out efficiently and well. It is felt that he has displayed initiative far in excess of that demanded of a senior non-commissioned officer and that through his leadership, personnel who have served under him have increased their service knowledge. His work is considered excellent; his loyalty and devotion to duty are outstanding.

 

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McGINNIS, W/C Arthur David (C10143) - Member, Order of the British Empire - North West Air Command Headquarters - Award effective 14 June 1945 as per Canada Gazette of that date and AFRO 1127/45 dated 6 July 1945. Born 14 August 1917, Phillipsburg, Quebec; educated in Kingston schools, Trinity College, Queen's University and Cornell University. Civilian employee with Department of National Defence for Air; home in Ottawa; enlisted there 1 February 1942. Award sent by registered mail.

 

Since its inception in June 1944, Wing Commander McGinnis has handled a multiplicity of complex problems in the construction and maintenance of the various units in North West Air Command and in a most able manner. He has displayed unusual ability in the organization of the construction and engineering branch of this Headquarters and the formation of No.10 Construction and Maintenance Unit. His tact in dealing with personnel of the United States Army Air Forces and the Department of Transport has been evidence in a marked degree. This officer has displayed undiminished energy in meeting and overcoming the many difficulties in connection with projects in the Command. His devotion to duty and unflagging zeal have been an inspiration to all who have worked with him.

 

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McGLADREY, F/O George Glover (J6843) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.35 Squadron - Awarded 31 May 1943 as per London Gazette dated 11 June 1943 and AFRO 1338/43 dated 16 July 1943. Born in British Columbia, 1920. Home in Toronto, Ontario; enlisted there 22 October 1940. Trained at No.6 BGS (graduated 18 August 1941) and No.1 WS (graduated 20 July 1941). Commissioned 1941. Posted to No.419 Squadron; switched to No.35 Squadron with crew of P/O Sherk, 4 March 1943. Bombed Nuremburg, 8/9 March 1943. Returned to base with one canister of incendiaries hung up, rear turret unserviceable for 45 minutes and port inner engine failed 250 miles from base. Sorties followed on 9/10 March (Munich, abortive when one engine failed), 11/12 March (Stuttgart, aircraft holed by flak), 10/11 April (Frankfurt, dropped five 1,000-pound bombs but brought back target indicators), 13/14 April (La Spezia). Cited with P/O W.S. Sherk (Bar to DFC), F/O R.G. Morrison (DFC), and Sergeant D.G. Bebensee (DFM). Incident described was on night of 20/21 April 1943. Back on operations 26/27 April (Duisburg). Posted to No.405 Squadron, 17 May 1943. Killed in action 13 July 1943 (Halifax HR905); buried in Holland. DFC presented to net-of-kin, 12 December 1944.

 

One night in April 1943, Pilot Officer Sherk and Flying Officers McGladrey and Morrison and Sergeant Bebensee were pilot, wireless operator, navigator and flight engineer, respectively, in an aircraft which attacked Stettin. Whilst over the target area the bomber was struck by falling incendiary bombs. One of them which lodged behind the pilot's seat jammed the aileron and rudder controls. Flames and smoke rapidly filled the cockpit and Pilot Officer Sherk's clothing caught alight. The aircraft began to lose height diving steeply. Pilot Officer Sherk endeavoured to regain control whilst Flying Officer McGladrey attempted to subdue the flames. Meanwhile Sergeant Bebensee struggled to free the locked controls. Just as the situation appeared hopeless the pilot regained control and a course was set for home as Flying Officer McGladrey extinguished the fire. Much of the navigational equipment had been lost but Flying Officer Morrison, displaying great skill, was able to plot accurate courses. Sergeant Bebensee who worked

untiringly for three-quarters of an hour succeeded in freeing the controls. Eventually Pilot Officer Sherk flew the badly damaged bomber back to this country in circumstances fraught with great danger displaying great courage, skill and determination.

 

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McGLONE, F/O Gerald Frederick (J25552) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.415 Squadron - Award effective 15 March 1945 as per London Gazette dated 27 March 1945 and AFRO 1127/45 dated 6 July 1945. Born 1911 in Tottenham, Ontario. Home in London, Ontario (investment banking office manager); enlisted in Toronto, 4 June 1942. Trained at No.5 ITS (graduated 4 December 19420 and No.4 AOS (graduated 16 April 1943). Commissioned April 1943. Sent by registered mail, 6 May 1949. No citation other than "completed... many successful operations against the enemy in which [he has] displayed high skill, fortitude and devotion to duty." DHist file 181.009 D.1750 (PAC RG.24 Vol.20608) has recommendation for an immediate DFC dated 21 December 1944 when he had flown 19 sorties (100 hours 45 minutes); see also F/O J.H. McQuiston:

 

This officer's aircraft, detailed to attack Munster in daylight on November 18th, has hydraulic failure on takeoff and the undercarriage would not come up. The skipper decided to proceed to the objective so Flying Officer McGlone promptly set course 32 minutes early. In spite of inability to make height, the intercom going unserviceable on reaching [the] coast, the aircraft was brought to the target within two and one-half minutes of the required time. Flying Officer McGlone's display of skill and resourcefulness is typical of his consistently good work throughout his tour.

 

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McGOFF, Corporal John Joseph (R117370) - Commended for Valuable Services in the Air - No.9 Bombing and Gunnery School - Award effective 21 April 1945 as per Canada Gazette of that date and AFRO 802/45 dated 11 May 1945. Home in Lachine, Quebec, enlisted in North Bay, 19 August 1941.

 

This airman, as a drogue operator, has, in the most adverse flying conditions, displayed skill, keenness and devotion to duty of a very high order. In maintaining a high standard of efficiency, both in the air and on the ground, he has set an excellent example for his fellow workers and has contributed greatly to the high standard of flying at his unit.

 

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McGOURLICK, F/L Donald Francis (J13457) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.405 Squadron - Award effective 4 November 1944 as per London Gazette dated 14 November 1944 and AFRO 239/45 dated 9 February 1945. Born 1921 in Gull Lake, Saskatchewan; home there (teacher). Enlisted in Calgary, 29 April 1941. Trained at No.1 ITS (graduated 11 April 1942), No.7 EFTS (graduated 25 May 1942) and No.2 BGS (graduated 14 August 1942). 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." Public Records Office Air 2/8823 has recommendation dated 20 August 1944 when he had flown 35 sorties (143 hours 40 minutes). Evader following 7 August 1943.

 

* denotes daylight sortie

 

25 Jul 43 Essen (4.20) 2 June 44 Trappes (3.30)

27 Jul 43 Hamburg (5.50) 4 June 44 Calais (1.45)

29 Jul 43 Hamburg (5.35) 6 June 44 Conde (4.05)

30 Jul 43 Remscheid (4.45) 7 June 44 Acheres (3.05)

2 Aug 43 Hamburg (5.35) 10 Jun 44 Versailles (3.45)

7 Aug 43 Milan (5.35); 12 Jun 44 Amiens (2.40)

missing, evaded 14 Jun 44 Cambrai (2.35)

5 Mar 44 Stuttgart (6.50) 15 Jun 44 Lens (2.30)

18 Mar 44 Frankfurt (4.55) 1 July 44 Oisemont (2.10)*

22 Mar 44 Frankfurt (5.00) 7 July 44 Caen (2.35)*

26 Mar 44 Essen (6.50) 9 July 44 Mont Condon (2.10)

18 Apr 44 Noisy le Sec (3.30) 11 Jul 44 Biemont (2.30)

20 Apr 44 Lens (2.55) 14 Jul 44 Anderbelik (1.40)

3 May 44 Montdidier (2.45) 20 Jul 44 Bottrop (3.15)

6 May 44 Nantes/Gassicourt (2.45) 23 Jul 44 Kiel (5.15)

9 May 44 Haine St.Pierre (2.35) 24 Jul 44 Stuttgart (6.50)

11 May 44 Boulogne (2.15) 25 Jul 44 Stuttgart (7.30)

27 May 44 Rennes (3.45) 28 Jul 44 Stuttgart (6.20)

31 May 44 Trappes (3.45)

 

This officer, one of the finest Air Gunners in the squadron, has now completed two tours of operations, Flying Officer McGourlick is a very keen and efficient Air Gunner with a high sense of devotion to duty. At all times he has displayed courage, initiative and common sense, which has made him a very valuable member of a crew, and inspired his comrades on to greater achievements. Strongly recommended for the non-immediate award of the Distinguished Flying Cross.

 

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McGOVERN, Sergeant Helen Josephine (W311674) - British Empire Medal - No.2 Air Command Headquarters - Award effective 13 June 1946 as per Canada Gazette of that date and AFRO 660/46 dated 5 July 1946. Home in Calgary; enlisted there 24 May 1943. BEM presented 17 July 1947.

 

Sergeant McGovern is an outstanding non-commissioned officer and a credit to the Women's Division of the Royal Canadian Air Force. She carries out all duties assigned to her in an efficient manner and has marked qualities of leadership which are reflected in the morale of the staff with whom she works. She has, in her capacity as non-commissioned officer in charge of Command Headquarters Release Orderly Room, gone far beyond the regular course of duty in that she has devoted innumerable hours after duty to effect precision and efficiency in the demobilization process of this Command. Her grasp of policy and procedure is far above that normally required of her position and the Service has gained much because of the capabilities and spirit she has displayed.

 

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McGOWAN, F/L Donald William Ronald (J20070) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.578 Squadron - Award effective 29 August 1944 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 2274/44 dated 20 October 1944. Born 1923. Home in Kelfield, Saskatchewan; enlisted in Saskatoon, 2 July 1941. Trained at No.4 ITS (graduated 27 February 1942), No.16 EFTS (graduated 22 May 1942) and No.4 SFTS (graduated 9 October 1942). DFC sent by registered mail, 21 January 1951. In postwar RCAF, retiring as Squadron Leader, 1970 to take up real estate. Died in Kempville, Ontario, 9 January 1980. AFRO incorrectly gives name as Arthur Ronald.

This officer has completed a large number of sorties, most of which have been against strongly defended targets in Germany. He has invariably displayed praiseworthy skill and courage, qualities which were amply demonstrated when he was detailed to attack a target in France in July 1944. When crossing the enemy coast considerable anti-aircraft fire was experienced. The aircraft was repeatedly hit and a member of the crew was wounded. In spite of this, Flight Lieutenant McGowan continued to the target. His determination was characteristic of that which he has shown throughout his tour.

 

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McGOWAN, G/C Edwin Archibald (C105) - Mentioned in Despatches - Station Goose Bay - Award effective 1 January 1946 as per Canada Gazette of that date and AFRO 82/46 dated 25 January 1946. Home in Glace Bay, Nova Scotia. Enlisted at Camp Borden, 28 June 1926 as RMC Gentleman Cadet and P/P/O. Awarded wings 17 August 1928. Commissioned P/O, 20 June 1928; F/O 20 June 1929; F/L 1 September 1933; S/L 1 April 1938. On strength of Trenton Air Station, 31 October 1931 to 28 February 1932; with Ottawa Air Station, 28 February 1932 to 31 July 1933; with Camp Borden Air Station, 31 July 1933 to 6 April 1936. Commanded No.18 Detachment (later 118 Detachment), 6 April 1936 to 6 February 1939. Retired 27 July 1948.

 

Group Captain McGowan is a Regular Officer with a long background of service in the Royal Canadian Air Force. During the early years of the war he served as an instructor and chief instructor in Air Navigation Schools. In 1943 he was appointed to command Royal Canadian Air Force Station, Sydney, and in 1944 Royal Canadian Air Force Station, Goose Bay. Throughout all this period he has done consistently good work. On both stations that he has commanded he was highly respected and was successful in building up a high standard of morale. He is considered to be most deserving of recognition for his services.

 

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McGRATH, F/L Douglas Frederick (J23885) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.433 Squadron - Award effective 10 May 1945 as per London Gazette dated 22 May 1945 and AFRO 1147/45 dated 13 July 1945. Born 1921 in New Westminster; home in White Rock, British Columbia (grader); enlisted in Vancouver, 23 February 1942. Trained at No.7 ITS (graduated 25 September 1942), No.6 EFTS (graduated 18 December 1942) and No.4 SFTS (graduated 30 April 1943). Commissioned 1943. DFC presented in Vancouver, 22 October 1949. No citation other than "completed...numerous operations against the enemy in the course of which [he has] invariably displayed the utmost fortitude, courage and devotion to duty". NOTE: Recommendation gives number as J25885. DHist file 181.009 D.2610 (RG.24 Vol.20627) has recommendation dated 15 February 1945 when he had flown 32 sorties (178 hours 20 minutes), 27 August 1944 to 2 January 1945.

 

This officer has since July 1944 made thirty-two sorties over enemy territory and has attacked many of the heavily defended targets including Hamburg, Duisburg (2), Dortmund and Kiel.

 

The successful completion of these operational sorties was due largely to the initiative, resourcefulness and skilful airmanship of this officer. His tenacity, endurance and fine offensive spirit have undoubtedly inspired a high standard of morale in his crew.

 

Flight Lieutenant McGrath's aircraft has on numerous occasions been attacked by enemy aircraft, but despite this he has always pressed home his attacks with courageous determination. He has shown exceptional qualities of leadership and fully merits the award of the Distinguished Flying Cross (Non-Immediate).

 

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McGRATH, P/O Matthew Kerr (J90582) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.582 Squadron - Award effective 8 September 1945 as per London Gazette dated 25 September 1945 and AFRO 1768/45 dated 23 November 1945. Born 1924 in Long Branch, Ontario; home in Bartonville, Ontario (machine operator); enlisted in Hamilton, 16 January 1943. Trained at No.9 BGS (graduated 26 November 1943). Commissioned September 1944. Sent by registered mail, 28 June 1949. No citation other than "completed...numerous operations against the enemy in the course of which [he has] invariably displayed the utmost fortitude, courage and devotion to duty." Public Records Office Air 2/8751 has recommendation dated 16 April 1945 when he had flown 58 sorties (292 hours), 24 May 1944 to 21 March 1945.

 

24 May 44 Trouville 12 Sep 44 Scholven

27 May 44 Bourg Leopold 13 Sep 44 Osnabruck

31 May 44 Cherbourg 15 Sep 44 Kiel

14 Jun 44 St.Pol 25 Sep 44 Calais

15 Jun 44 Boulogne 26 Sep 44 Calais

16 Jun 44 Sterkrade 27 Nov 44 Neuss

17 Jun 44 Abbeville 30 Nov 44 Duisburg

21 Jun 44 St.Martins 3 Dec 44 Heimbach Dam

23 Jun 44 Bienteque 4 Dec 44 Karlsruhe

27 Jun 44 Foret d'Ewy 11 Dec 44 Duisburg

28 Jun 44 Metz 23 Dec 44 Cologne

1 July 44 Biennais 24 Dec 44 Cologne

4 July 44 Biennais 29 Dec 44 Cologne-Troisdorf

6 July 44 Biennais 30 Dec 44 Cologne

7 July 44 Caen 1 Jan 45 Nuremburg

12 Jul 44 Creil 6 Jan 45 Hanau

24 Jul 44 Ferfay 14 Jan 45 Leuna

28 Jul 44 Hamburg 16 Jan 45 Magdeburg

30 Jul 44 Amaye-sur-Sulles 3 Feb 45 Bottrop

1 Aug 44 V-1 site 20 Feb 45 Dortmund

4 Aug 44 Supply Depot 21 Feb 45 Duisburg

5 Aug 44 do., Paris 23 Feb 45 Essen

8 Aug 44 do., Paris 27 Feb 45 Mainz

9 Aug 44 Foret de Nieppe 1 Mar 45 Mannheim

12 Aug 44 Tours 5 Mar 45 Chemnitz

14 Aug 44 Falaise 7 Mar 45 Dessau

16 Aug 44 Kiel 11 Mar 45 Essen

9 Sept 44 Le Havre 14 Mar 45 Hagen

10 Sep 44 Le Havre 18 Mar 45 Hanau

11 Sep 44 Castrop Rauxel 21 Mar 45 Bremen

 

Pilot Officer McGrath has completed a second tour of operations as Mid-Upper gunner in a blind marker crew. Throughout his tour he has shown excellent qualities as a gunner, and his coolness and determination are worthy of high praise. He is strongly recommended for the non-immediate award of the Distinguished Flying Cross.

 

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McGRATH, WO William Kerr (R103014) - George Medal - No.404 Squadron - Award effective 14 March 1944 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 766/44 dated 6 April 1944. Born in Darby, Scotland, 1921. Home in Bartonville, Ontario; enlisted in Hamilton, 5 May 1941. Trained at No.3 ITS (graduated 13 September 1941), No.20 EFTS (left 8 October 1941), No.5 BGS (graduated 11 April 1942), No.6 AOS (graduated 1 March 1942) and No.1 ANS (graduated 11 May 1942). Presented at Buckingham Palace, 14 January 1945.

 

In December 1943, Warrant Officer McGrath was the navigator of a Beaufighter aircraft which crashed shortly after taking off on an operational sortie. The aircraft, which was carrying a full petrol load and bombs, disintegrated on impact and burst into flames. Warrant Officer McGrath, who was uninjured, managed to extricate himself from his damaged turret and immediately went to the aid of the pilot. The pilot was unconscious and trapped in his cockpit which was enveloped in flames. The control column had been forced into his stomach and his right foot was locked under the smashed rudder bar. Ignoring the danger from possible explosions, Warrant Officer McGrath endeavoured to release the pilot. After unlocking the top hatch he moved the control column, unfastened the pilot's parachute harness and removed his right flying boot. Then, by an almost superhuman effort, Warrant Officer McGrath extricated the pilot from the wreckage and dragged him 100 yards over very rough ground to safety. Warrant Officer McGrath then proceeded to the nearest farmhouse to obtain assistance. This airman displayed conspicuous courage and his prompt action undoubtedly saved his comrade's life.

 

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McGREGOR, FS Edward Wallace (R197908) - Croix de Guerre (France) - No.429 Squadron (AFRO gives only "Overseas" - Awarded as per AFRO 1619/45 dated 19 October 1945. Home in Vancouver; enlisted there 4 November 1940. Trained at No.3 BGS (graduated 17 September 1943. DHist file 181.009 D.2611 (RG.24 Vol.20627) has recommendation dated 9 January 1945 when he had flown 19 sorties (86 hours 35 minutes), 26 April to 9 July 1944. However, there was a 20th sortie - that described in the recommendation:

 

On 18th July, 1944, while on the bombing run of an attack on Mondeville, France, the aircraft in which Flight Sergeant McGregor was flying was struck by bombs falling from another aircraft and this NCO was ordered to bale out. Upon reaching the ground he found that he was literally surrounded by Nazi forces. However, by his prompt action, his coolness and presence of mind, Flight Sergeant McGregor managed to evade capture and made his escape to the Allied lines and subsequently return to England. This gunner had completed 19 attacks on German and German occupied territory and has always displayed a great devotion to duty, setting a splendid example to other Air Gunners of this unit. At all times his cheerfulness and fine offensive spirit have made him a valuable crew member.

 

In it considered that his fine operational record, tenacity of purpose and determination to outwit the enemy at all times fully merits the award of the French Croix de Guerre.

 

NOTE: Public Records Office Air 2/9645 has citation which shows editing.

 

On 18th July, 1944, while on a bombing run in an attack on Mondeville, the aircraft in which Flight Sergeant McGregor was air gunner was hit and the crew ordered to abandon the aircraft. Although he was literally surrounded by enemy forces on reaching the ground, his coolness and presence of mind enabled him to avoid capture, and return to the Allied lines. Flight Sergeant McGregor has completed 19 attacks on enemy targets and has displayed great devotion to duty and tenacity of purpose in his determination to outwit the enemy.

 

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McGREGOR, F/L Gordon Roy (C936) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.1 (C) Squadron - Award effective 25 October 1940 as per London Gazette of that date. Born in Montreal, 26 September 1901. Educated at St.Andrew's College (Toronto) and then McGill University (Engineering). Then joined Bell Telephone and by 1938 had become Montreal District Manager. One of his tasks was to collect on a $ 4,000 bill from the city Mayor, Camille Houde. Private pilot, won Webster Trophy, 1935, 1936 and 1938. RCAF Reserve, 1936; obtained RCAF wing in 1938. F/O 1 October 1938; F/L 1 January 1940; S/L 7 October 1940; W/C 1 April 1941; G/C 1 August 1942. With No.115 (Auxiliary) Squadron before war; to No.1 (F) Squadron, 28 May 1940 and went overseas with it, June 1940. Oldest Canadian pilot in the Battle of Britain. To No.2 Squadron, 14 December 1940; Station Digby 14 April 1941; Overseas Headquarters 1 September 1941 to 21 April 1942; returned to Canada in May 1942 and thereafter closely involved in West Coast/Alaska work to April 1943; Patricia Bay, 1 April 1943 to 6 February 1944. Returned overseas, February 1944; No.83 Group, 20 March to 12 July 1944, Officer Commanding No.126 Wing, 12 July 1944 to 3 October 1945. Returned to Canada, 21 October 1945; released 27 November 1945. Later president of TCA (Air Canada). It was reported that, on assuming the presidency of that firm, the Minister of Trasport (C.D. Howe) said, "You stay out of the taxpayer's pockets and I'll stay out of your hair,", to which McGregor replied, "I'll have you out of my hair as soon as possible." In the next twenty years the company lost money only twice; he retired in 1968. See PL-5863 (head and shoulders), PL-42111 (with Davoud and Dean Dover). Died in Montreal, 8 March, 1971; see obituary in Montreal Gazette (9 March 1971) and Journal of the Canadian Aviation Historical Society, Fall 1971. Medals with Canadian War Museum (AN 19750554-061); papers in National Archives of Canada.

 

This officer has destroyed at least three enemy aircraft and has damaged many others. He has led his flights and frequently the squadron with gallantry and dash.

 

McGREGOR, W/C Gordon Roy (C936) - Mention in Despatches - No.402 Squadron - Award effective 25 September 1941 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 1292/41 dated 7 November 1941. No citation in AFRO. Repeated in AFRO 1378/41 dated 21 November 1941.

 

McGREGOR, G/C Gordon Roy, DFC (C936) - Officer, Order of the British Empire - Western Air Command - Award effective 1 January 1943 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 55/43 dated 15 January 1943. Born in Montreal, 26 September 1901.

 

Group Captain McGregor has performed exceptional work as Officer Commanding the RCAF Wing in Alaska. He is vigorous and enthusiastic in all he undertakes and by his very manner inspires confidence in all those serving with him. Group Captain McGregor has had vast experience as a fighter pilot overseas and is particularly outstanding in the direction of air fighting operations. By virtue of his extensive experience he has rendered excellent service and advice which has contributed in no small measure to the successful protection of the Alaskan area. He is required to provide close co-operation with the United States Armed Forces in Alaska and has been commended by the Chief of the United States Forces in Alaska for his ability as an organizer in connection with operational duties.

 

McGREGOR, G/C Gordon Roy (C936) - Mention in Despatches - Overseas - Award effective 1 January 1945 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 337/45 dated 23 February 1945.

 

McGREGOR, G/C Gordon Roy, OBE, DFC (C936) - Mention in Despatches - Overseas - Award effective 1 January 1946 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 322/46 dated 29 March 1946.

 

McGREGOR, G/C Gordon Roy (C936) - Commander of the Order of Orange-Nassau with Swords (Netherlands) - Awarded 12 September 1947 as per AFRO 485/47 of that date and Canada Gazette dated 20 September 1947. Offer and citation communicated 9 December 1946 in letter from Air Marshal Robert Leckie (Chief of Air Staff) to Minister of National Defence.

 

As commander of an RAF [sic] wing this officer has very greatly contributed to the liberation of the Netherlands in the period between July 1944 and the summer of 1945, thanks to his courageous and meritorious conduct on the land and in the air.

 

Public Records Office Air 2/9140 has recommendation as cleared by Air Ministry Honours and Awards Committee:

 

Group Captain McGregor commanded No.126 Wing from July 1944 to October 1945. No.126 Wing had the most outstanding successes in combat against the enemy of any Wing on the continent. Group Captain McGregor's outstanding ability and inspiring leadership played no small part in attaining these unparalleled successes. The very fine fighting pitch which was attained in the Wing in the battles of Falaise Gap was maintained through the subsequent advance through Holland, and Group Captain McGregor's personal example and leadership was responsible for their outstanding achievements.

 

McGREGOR, G/C Gordon Roy, OBE, DFC (C936) - Croix de Guerre with Silver Star (France) - Award as per AFRO 485/47 dated 12 September 1947.

 

McGREGOR, G/C Gordon Roy (C936) - War Cross, 1939 (Czechoslovakia) - Canada Gazette dated 24 January 1948, AFRO 81/48 dated 6 February 1948.

 

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McGREGOR, F/L James Wilford (C23560) - Mentioned in Despatches - No.437 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. Home in Brandon, Manitoba; enlisted in Winnipeg, 13 September 1940. Trained at No.2 ITS (graduated 4 January 1941), No.15 EFTS (graduated 5 March 1941) and No.10 SFTS (graduated 18 April 1942). DHist file 181.009 D.4855 (RG.24 Vol.20657) has recommendation for AFC dated 16 June 1945 when he had 1,626 flying hours, 321 in previous six months. Certificate sent 16 August 1948.

 

Flight Lieutenant McGregor joined the squadron in November 1944, in its early stages of formation, and since then has worked extremely hard to become one of the best transport captains in the squadron, a distinction he rapidly gained. At all times this officer has gone far beyond his normal call of duty to endeavour to train the junior pilots and improve their efficiency. Flight Lieutenant McGregor has by his skill, keenness and unfailing devotion to duty set an example, deserving of the highest praise, to the remainder of the squadron.

 

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McGREGOR, F/O Walter Kenneth (J16889) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.424 Squadron - Award effective 23 November 1943 as per London Gazette dated 30 November 1943 and AFRO 166/44 dated 28 January 1944. Born in Port Arthur, Ontario; home there; enlisted there 24 October 1940. Trained at No.2 ITS (graduated 27 January 1941), No.2 EFTS (ceased training 21 February 1941), No.2 BGS (graduated 5 August 1941), No.3 AOS (graduated 23 June 1941) and No.1 ANS (graduated 16 September 1941). Commissioned 1942. DFC sent by registered mail, 11 March 1949.

 

This officer has completed a large number of operations in three theatres of war, having participated in torpedo bombing attacks from North Russia and sorties against targets in Germany, Italy and North Africa. An excellent navigator, ge has shown outstanding coolness, courage and devotion to duty in the face of danger. Despite two crash landings, one in the desert and one on the sea, Flying Officer McGregor's enthusiasm for operational flying remains undiminished.

 

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McGUFFIN, S/L William Chester (J15712) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.419 Squadron - Award effective 3 November 1944 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 1/45 dated 5 January 1945. Born 3 April 1915 in London, Ontario; home in Calgary. Formerly in 17th and 8th Field Ambulance, Royal Canadian Army Medical Corps (Non-Permanent Active Militia), 1929 to 1940. Enlisted in Calgary, 19 December 1940. Trained at No.2 ITS (graduated 10 April 1941), No.5 EFTS (graduated 28 May 1941) and No.10 SFTS (graduated 8 August 1941). Embarked for United Kingdom, 28 September 1941, arriving October 1941. Further trained at a Beam Approach Training Flight (October 1941) and No.21 OTU (November 1941). Posted to No.156 Squadron, February 1942; to No.419 Squadron, March 1942. Commissioned 1942. To No.22 OTU as instructor, August 1942; to No.23 OTU, January 1944 before return to operations. Killed in action 23/24 October 1944. DFC presented to next-of-kin, 17 April 1947.

 

One night in August 1944, Squadron Leader McGuffin was detailed as captain of aircraft to attack Bremen. On approaching the target his aircraft was hit by anti-aircraft fire and severely damaged. The oxygen economizer and the hydraulic and intercommunication systems were rendered unserviceable. In spite of this, Squadron Leader McGuffin pressed home his attack. His aircraft was again hit before leaving the target but he flew it safely to base. Squadron Leader McGuffin is a most efficient and gallant captain.

 

McGUFFIN, S/L William Chester DFC (J15712) - Croix de Guerre with Gold Star (France) - No.419 Squadron (deceased) - AFRO 485/47 dated 12 September 1947. No citation. News of award communicated to his parents, 30 August 1947, at which time it was noted that the award was "for his invaluable service towards the liberation of France in the recent war."

 

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McGUINTY, FS (now P/O) William Lorrian (R54212/C19322) - Medal of Valour (Soviet Union) - No.210 Squadron - Award effective 11 April 1944 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 1020/44 dated 12 May 1944. Home in Tottenham, Ontario; enlisted in Ottawa, 25 July 1940. Medal presented 6 September 1944. Public Records Office Air 2/4798 has details. This was part of an issuance of Soviet awards to approximately 50 RAF personnel including the "Order of Alexander Nevsky" and "Order of the Red Star" The Medal of Valour (or Medal for Valour) was described as being for "men, officers and Chiefs in the Red Army and Navy, for personal bravery and courage in the battles against the enemies of the Soviet Union on the field of battle defending the inviolability of the State borders, or fighting against saboteurs, spies and other enemies of the Soviet Union." McGuinty's medal is with the Canadian War Museum. Recommended by Coastal Command; citation gives unit as No.190 Squadron (with which unit he was with at the time).

 

Flight Sergeant McGuinty, a skilful and determined flight engineer, has participated in many hazardous flights over Arctic waters in connection with the protection of Russian convoys. His work, whilst in Russia, was largely responsible for the high standard of serviceability of the aircraft.

 

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McGUIRE, F/L John Sinclair (J37482) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.415 Squadron - Award effective 12 November 1945 as per London Gazette dated 16 November 1945 and AFRO 133/46 dated 8 February 1946. Born 1916 in London, Ontario; home in Toronto; enlisted in Windsor, Ontario, 25 November 1940. Trained at No.2 ITS (graduated 8 September 1941), No.2 EFTS (graduated 21 November 1941) and No.2 SFTS (graduated 16 March 1942). Commissioned October 1943. DFC presented in Toronto, 30 November 1949. No citation other than "completed...numerous operations against the enemy in the course of which [he has] invariably displayed the utmost fortitude, courage and devotion to duty." DHist file 181.009 D.2618 (RG.24 Vol.20627) has recommendation dated 5 May 1945 when he had flown 33 sorties (210 hours) between 16 November 1944 and 18 March 1945. This constituted very intense work; in one stretch he flew three sorties on successive nights - 28 December (Oplagen), 29 December (Trois Dorf) and 30 December (Cologne) while on another stretch he flew on five successive nights - 11 March (Essen), 12 March (Dortmund), 13 March (Wuppertal), 14 March (Scheiubrucken) and 15 March (Castrop Rauxel).

 

As captain of aircraft, Flight Lieutenant McGuire has taken part in a very large number of sorties during which he has successfully attacked such targets as Hamburg, Castrop Rauxel, Cologne, Hanover and Dusseldorf. He has displayed skill and courage of a high order whilst his unconquerable spirit of determination and contempt for danger have been a notable feature of his efforts throughout. Flight Lieutenant McGuire has rendered valuable service...

 

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McGUIRE, F/O Lorne Francis (J89084) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.432 Squadron - Award effective 10 May 1945 as per London Gazette dated 25 May 1945 and AFRO 1291/45 dated 10 August 1945. Born 1922 in Montreal; home there (student, ex-COTC); enlisted there 30 June 1942. Trained at No.5 ITS (graduated 30 December 1942), No.23 EFTS (graduated 2 April 1943) and No.14 SFTS (graduated 6 August 1943). Commissioned July 1944. No citation other than "completed... numerous operations against the enemy in the course of which [he has] invariably displayed the utmost fortitude, courage and devotion to duty." DHist file 181.009 D.5557 (RG.24 Vol.20668) had recommendation dated 17 February 1945 when he had flown 32 sorties (186 hours 50 minutes), 25 August 1944 to 28 January 1945.

 

This officer has completed thirty-two successful operational sorties over enemy territory. During this tour he has proved to be a most valuable member of his squadron. His fine record of achievement, exceptional qualities of leadership and coolness have set a fine example to his crew.

 

For his devotion to duty and high degree of ability Flying Officer McGuire is strongly recommended for the award of the Distinguished Flying Cross (Non-Immediate).

 

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McGUIRE, F/O Louis James (J92110) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.7 Squadron - Award effective 8 September 1945 as per London Gazette dated 25 September 1945 and AFRO 1768/45 dated 23 November 1945. Born 1925 in Maidstone, Ontario; home in Windsor (welder); enlisted there 8 June 1943. Trained at No.9 BGS (graduated 12 November 1943). Commissioned October 1944. Presented 14 June 1949. No citation other than "completed...numerous operations against the enemy in the course of which [he has] invariably displayed the utmost fortitude, courage and devotion to duty." Public Records Office Air 2/8751 has recommendation dated 15 April 1945 when he had flown 43 sorties (210 hours five minutes), 16 July 1944 to 10 April 1945. Early squadron not known; sorties from 5 September 1944 onwards with No.7 Squadron in No.8 Group.

 

16 Jul 44 Chalons sur 1 Nov 44 Oberhausen (4.45)

Marne (6.45) 20 Nov 44 Coblenz (4.40)

18 Jul 44 Caen (3.35) 21 Nov 44 Aschaffenburg (5.20)

18 Jul 44 Aulnoye (4.00) 27 Nov 44 Freiburg (5.30)

20 Jul 44 Homberg (4.35) 29 Nov 44 Dortmund (3.50)

23 Jul 44 Kiel (5.00) 5 Dec 44 Soest (5.25)

24 Jul 44 Stuttgart (7.30) 6 Dec 44 Leuna (6.50)

30 Jul 44 Acquet (4.10) 12 Dec 44 Essen (5.00)

1 Aug 44 Coulonsville (3.35) 22 Dec 44 Coblenz (2.45)

3 Aug 44 Paris (4.50) 2 Jan 45 Nuremburg (7.00)

4 Aug 44 Bordeaux (7.35) 13 Jan 45 Saarbrucken (4.40)

5 Sep 44 Emden (3.50) 14 Jan 45 Leuna (8.05)

11 Sep 44 Kamen (3.35) 28 Jan 45 Stuttgart (6.00)

13 Sep 44 Nordstern (3.55) 1 Feb 45 Mannheim (5.30)

15 Sep 44 Kiel (5.20) 2 Feb 45 Kamen (4.40)

20 Sep 44 Calais (2.15) 20 Mar 45 Recklinghausen (4.30)

27 Sep 44 Bottrop (3.20) 21 Mar 45 Rheine (3.55)

30 Sep 44 Bottrop (3.20) 22 Mar 45 Hildesheim (4.20)

14 Oct 44 Duisburg (3.30) 3 Apr 45 Nordhausen (5.40)

15 Oct 44 Wilhelmshaven (4.30) 4 Apr 45 Hamburg (4.50)

19 Oct 44 Stuttgart (5.30) 9 Apr 45 Kiel (5.10)

25 Oct 44 Essen (3.20) 10 Apr 45 Plauen (7.40)

 

This officer has now carried out 43 operational sorties, of which 33 have been with this squadron, in the Pathfinder Force, and of these 25 as a member of a Marker Crew.

 

Pilot Officer McGuire has always displayed a strong devotion to duty, cheerfulness and utter fearlessness in the face of danger. His great determination and endurance under the most trying circumstances are worthy of the highest praise.

 

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