McHARDY, F/O Ian Morrison (J93213) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.15 Squadron - Award effective 23 November 1945 as per London Gazette of 7 December 1945 and AFRO 244/46 dated 8 March 1946.  Born in Edmonton, 1921; home in Oakland, California (welder); enlisted in Vancouver, 2 September 1942. Trained at No.7 ITS (graduated 17 April 1943), No.6 EFTS (graduated 12 June 1943), and No.10 SFTS (graduated 15 October 1943).  Commissioned December 1944.  Sent by registered mail, 22 March 1950.

 

Flying Officer McHardy has completed a very successful tour against targets such as Chemnitz, Dresden, Dressau, Dortmond, Gelsenkirchen and Wesel.  In December 1944, when detailed to attack Whitten, his aircraft was hit by anti-aircraft fire.  The mid-upper turret was rendered unserviceable and minor damage was caused to the fuselage.  Nevertheless the flight was continued and the target was successfully bombed.  On another occasion the bombsight was damaged by anti-aircraft fire and again Flying Officer McHardy completed his mission.  A very keen and courageous pilot, his skill and devotion to duty have been worthy of the highest praise.

 

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McHARG, Sergeant William Dwight (Can 4609) - Mention in Despatches - No.419 Squadron (AFRO gives unit as No.64 Base - Award effective 1 January 1945 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 425/45 dated 9 March 1945.  DHist file 181.009 D.4364 (RG.24 Vol.20648) has recommendation for an MiD dated 14 July 1944 submitted by W/C W.P. Pleasance, CO of No.419 Squadron.  Enlisted 15 September 1939.  Served 32 months in Canada, 26 months in England.  Armourer (Bombs).

 

Sergeant McHarg joined the squadron on 11th June 1942 and has since then consistently shown very aggressive initiative in his duties.  He has worked hard and long hours under all types of adverse weather conditions in his endeavours to maintain an outstanding serviceability record.

 

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McHUGH, Sergeant Gerald Finnbar (R54884) - Mention in Despatches - No.149 Squadron (deceased) - Mention in Despatches - Award effective 1 January 1943 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 232/43 dated 12 February 1943.  Killed in action 30 September 1942; name on Runnymede Memorial.

 

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McILHONE, F/O Neil James (J87373) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.60 Squadron - Award effective 9 October 1945 as per London Gazette dated 19 October 1945 and AFRO 1822/45 dated 7 December 1945. Home in Outremont; enlisted in Montreal, 3 July 1941.  Trained at No.1 ITS (graduated 7 November 1941), No.14 EFTS (graduated 2 January 1942) and No.1 SFTS (graduated 12 July 1942).  Presented by Governor General, 24 May 1946.


 

Flying Officer McIlhone has completed numerous operational missions in close support of the 14th Army during the campaign in Burma.  His high standard of leadership, while acting as flight commander, has contributed materially to the success of many sorties.  A large number of these were completed over difficult mountainous terrain in the Chin Hills during the height of the monsoon.  This officer's enthusiasm and keenness have been a valuable asset to his squadron.

 

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McILQUHAM, FS Thomas Oswald (R67064) - Distinguished Flying Medal - No.102 Squadron - Award effective 14 July 1942 as per London Gazette dated 4 August 1942 and AFRO 1412/42 dated 4 September 1942.  Born in Carleton Place, Ontario, 1911; home there (electrician); enlisted in Kingston, Ontario, 22 July 1940. Trained at No.2 ITS, No.1 EFTS, No.5 SFTS and No.4 BGS.  Invested at Buckingham Palace, 10 November 1942.  Returned to Canada as instructor; employed postwar by Ontario Department of Highways.  Drowned 21 January 1956 in Mississippi Lake while trying to save his son after truck went through ice.  Numerous clippings in DHist biographical file describe his combats.  His reaction to being awarded the DFM was, "It shook me", although he was equally pleased with telegram from mayor of Carleton Place, marking "the proudest moment of his life."  On raid before the Bremen mission his helmet was torn open by a shard of flak; some days later he was diagnosed with concussion.  Obituary story says he was known as "Lucky"; had once had his aircraft blow up, shearing away the rear turret; his 400-foot fall was broken by a haystack.

 

One night in May this airman was the rear gunner of an aircraft detailed to attack Cologne.  His aircraft was attacked by a Focke Wulfe 190.  Sergeant McIlquham waited until the fighter was within short range and then opened fire.  Upon a second attack being made he fired a long burst which sent the enemy aircraft spinning to the ground.  Later the same night Flight Sergeant McIlquham destroyed another Focke Wulfe 190.  One night in June he was the rear gunner of a bomber detailed to attack Bremen. His aircraft was attacked by a Messerschmitt 109.  He fired two bursts and the enemy aircraft broke away and fell out of control with the engine on fire.  Flight Sergeant McInquham is a cool and skilful air gunner whose courage and determination are an inspiration to the squadron.

 

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McINNES, P/O Arthur Donald (J92682) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.432 Squadron - Award effective 5 July 1945 as per London Gazette dated 20 July 1945 and AFRO 1619/45 dated 19 October 1945.  Bon 1918 in Hamwell, England; home in Toronto (labourer); enlisted there, 5 November 1941.  Trained at No.2 WS (graduated 1 January 1943) and No.1 BGS (graduated 8 February 1943).  Commissioned November 1944.  Recommended 25 March 1945 when he had completed 34 sorties (195 hours 50 minutes) between 17 September 1944 and 27 February 1945; tour included two trips to Duisburg on 14 October 1944.  The incident described below appears to have been on the night of 14/15 January 1945 during a raid on Grevenbroich when two blips appeared on Fishpond.  One was identified as a Halifax.  Then a third blip turned up on port beam, 400-600 yards distant.  He warned of its presence just as it moved into Fishpond's blind spot.  The enemy opened fire, scoring a hit on H2S which was rendered unserviceable.  He called out evasive action, although aircraft hit again in starboard wing.  DFC presented 1 December 1948.

 

This officer has always displayed outstanding zeal and courage in the execution of air operations.  On one occasion in January 1945 his aircraft was attacked by an enemy fighter soon after leaving base.  Pilot Officer McInnes' prompt commentary enabled his pilot to take immediate action to evade the attack, undoubtedly saving the aircraft from complete destruction.  On a large number of other missions this officer has displayed outstanding determination and courage.

 

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McINNIS, WO2 (now F/O) Donald Erle (R75583/J14051) - Mention in Despatches - No.11 Squadron (Canada) - Awarded 1 January 1943 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 55/43 dated 15 January 1943.  Born at Iroquois, Ontario, 10 August 1920.  Home there.  Graduated from Matilda Public School, Iroquois High School, and spent two years at Queen's University.  Enlisted at Hamilton, 30 September 1940.  Trained at No.2 ITS (graduated 24 January 1942), No.5 EFTS (graduated 9 April 1942) and No.33 SFTS (graduated 2 July 1942).

 

This NCO is an outstanding navigator as well as pilot.  During the period 1 December 1941 to 23 August 1942 he has done 63 patrols as Captain and 23 patrols as Navigator with a total of 320 flying hours on operational flights during this period.  His devotion to duty whilst flying and whilst on the ground is exceptional.  He enjoys the confidence of his crew at all times, and also that of his superior officers who know he can do the most difficult of jobs at any time.  His total flying time for this period is 460 hours.

 

McINNIS, F/O Donald Erle (J14051) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.10 (Bomber Reconnaissance) Squadron - Award effective 6 January 1945 as per Canada Gazette of that date, AFRO 132/45 dated 26 January 1945 and London Gazette dated 13 March 1945.  Home in Iroquois, Ontario; enlisted in Hamilton, 30 September 1940.  Trained at No.2 ITS (graduated 24 January 1941), No.5 EFTS (graduated 9 April 1941) and No.33 SFTS (graduated 2 July 1941).  Medal sent by registered mail.  As of recommendation he had flown 1,993 hours, of which 1,302 were operational (228 sorties). Governor General's Records (RG.7 Group 26, Vol.58, file 190-I, dossier 6 has citation.

 

This officer has completed a very large number of flying hours on operations in the North Atlantic area.  His keenness and courage have been an inspiration to those serving under him and his skill and leadership have set an example worthy of high praise.  The devotion to duty of this officer throughout his flying career has been exceptional.

 

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McINNIS, P/O William Nelson (J18816) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.426 Squadron - Award effective 24 May 1944 as per London Gazette dated 6 June 1944 and AFRO 1660/44 dated 4 August 1944.   Born at Baynes Lake, British Columbia, 1919; home in Yahk, British Columbia.  Formerly in Rocky Mountain Rangers.  Enlisted in Calgary, 8 July 1941.  Trained at No.7 ITS (graduated 27 February 1942), No.5 BGS (graduated 18 July 1942), No.6 AOS (graduated 8 June 1942) and No.1 ANS (graduated 5 September 1942).  Commissioned 1943.  DFC presented 27 November 1948.  Air Bomber in F/L J. Brown's crew.  Posted from No.426 Squadron to No.82 OTU, March 1944 for instructional duties.  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.2624 (RG.24 Vol.20628) has recommendation dated 15 March 1944 when he had flown 26 sorties (172 hours 15 minutes) between 8 April 1943 and 7 March 1944.

 

This officer has completed numerous sorties to Germany's most heavily defended targets including ten to Berlin.  He has continually set a splendid example to his crew by his keenness for duty and his great determination as an Air Bomber to ensure his bombs were on the target.

 

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McINTOSH, Corporal (Acting Sergeant) Archibald Leslie (R112639) - British Empire Medal - No.6443 Servicing Echelon (AFRO gives unit only as "Overseas" - Award effective 13 June 1946 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 726/46 dated 26 July 1946.  Home in Palmerston, Ontario; enlisted in Toronto, 26 June 1941.  Presented 9 April 1948.  Airframe mechanic.  Public Records Office Air 2/9668 has recommendation and identifies unit.

 

As the non-commissioned officer in charge of No.6443 Servicing Echelon, Sergeant McIntosh has exhibited outstanding qualities of leadership, energy and enthusiasm for his work.  His technical knowledge and practical ability have earned the confidence of all ranks.  His untiring efforts, regardless of self, to further the efficiency and morale of his unit have extended beyond the normal course of duty and have set a fine example.

 

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McINTOSH, F/O David Norman (J23956) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.418 Squadron - Award effective 20 December 1944 as per London Gazette dated 2 January 1945 and AFRO 471/45 dated 16 March 1945.  Bon 1921 in Sherbrook; home at Stanstead, Quebec.  Educated at University of Toronto (sports editor); enlisted in Toronto,  31 March 1942.  Trained at No.1 ITS (graduated 9 October 1942) and No.1 AOS (graduated 19 February 1943.  Commissioned 1943.  Medal sent by registered mail, 7 May 1946.  Author of Terror in the Starboard Seat.

 

As navigator this officer has flown on numerous day and night sorties.  He has shown great skill and determination in navigating his pilot safely to the target area and back and has materially contributed to the successes attained.  He has shared in the destruction of at least eight enemy aircraft destroyed and others damaged and inflicted considerable damage to the enemy's mechanical transport and shipping.  In October 1944, Flying Officer McIntosh participated in a sortie against enemy airfields, flying by night and at tree top height.  He safely navigated his aircraft to the target and afterwards back to base in daylight.  This officer is a navigator of outstanding ability and keenness and a most valuable member of aircrew.

 

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McINTOSH, F/O Edward Richard (J40022) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.405 Squadron - Award effective 8 September 1945 as per London Gazette dated 25 September 1945 and AFRO 1768/45 dated 23 November 1945.  Born May 1923 in Peace River, Alberta; home in Grande Prairie, Alberta (apprentice electrician); enlisted in Edmonton, 1 December 1942.  Trained at No.2 ITS (graduated 9 July 1943) and No.7 AOS (graduated 23 December 1943).  Commissioned December 1943.  DFC presented 9 July 1949.  No citation other than "completed... numerous operations against the enemy in the course of which [he has] invariably displayed the utmost fortitude, courage and devotion to duty."  Public Records Office Air 2/8751 has recommendation dated 20 April 1945 when he had flown 36 sorties (222 hours five minutes), 14 October 1944 to 3 April 1945.

 

14 Oct 44       Duisburg (5.30)                          14 Jan 45       Merseburg (8.35)

23 Oct 44       Essen (5.50)                               16 Jan 45       Zeitz (8.35)

25 Oct 44       Homberg (4.35)                         7 Feb 45        Cleve (4.00)

2 Nov 44         Dusseldorf (6.35)                       23 Feb 45      Essen (4.05)

4 Nov 44         Bochum (5.40)                           24 Feb 45      Kamen (4.30)

6 Nov 44         Gelsenkirchen (5.40)                 2 Mar 45         Cologne (4.15)

16 Nov 44      Julich (6.05)                                5 Mar 45         Chemnitz (7.55)

18 Nov 44      Munster (5.55)                            7 Mar 45         Dessau (7.45)

21 Nov 44      Castrop Rauxel (6.35)               8 Mar 45         Hamburg (5.55)

30 Nov 44      Duisburg (7.05)                          12 Mar 45      Dortmund (4.40)

2 Dec 44        Hagen (7.25)                              14 Mar 45      Zweibrucken (5.00)

4 Dec 44        Karlsruhe (7.30)                         15 Mar 45      Misburg (6.25)

6 Dec 44        Osnabruck (6.40)                       16 Mar 45      Nuremburg (7.00)

28 Dec 44      Opladen (6.35)                           19 Mar 45      Witten (5.15)

30 Dec 44      Cologne (7.05)                           20 Mar 45      Hemmingstadt (5.10)

2 Jan 45         Nuremburg (9.40)                      22 Mar 45      Hildesheim (4.20)

5 Jan 45         Hanover (5.55)                           27 Mar 45      Paderborn (4.05)

7 Jan 45         Munich (8.55)                             3 Apr 45         Nordhausen (5.25)

 

Flying Officer McIntosh is a keen and a most efficient navigator in a very successful crew.  He is now on his second tour of operations.  This officer has participated in attacks against such heavily defended targets as Essen, Duisburg and Dusseldorf.  Much of the success attained by his crew can be attributed to the aptitude and skill displayed by Flying Officer McIntosh on all occasions.

 

His determination and courage to make his operations a success have been an inspiration not only to other members of his crew, but to the whole squadron.

 

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McINTOSH, S/O Helen Francis (V30474) - Mention in Despatches - RCAF Overseas - Award effective 1 January 1946 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 418/46 dated 18 April 1946.  Home in Toronto; enlisted there 9 July 1943.  Certificate mailed 20 June 1949.  No citation.

 

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McINTOSH, P/O James Alexander (J19308) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.432 Squadron - Award effective 22 January 1944 as per London Gazette dated 4 February 1944 and AFRO 766/44 dated 6 April 1944.  Born in Revelstoke, British Columbia; home there.  Served in Revelstoke Militia as private.   Enlisted in Calgary, 18 November 1941.  Trained at No.7 ITS (graduated 5 June 1942), No.20 EFTS (graduated 11 September 1942) and No.5 SFTS (graduated 5 February 1943).  Commissioned 1943.  Shot down and taken prisoner, 24 March 1944.  DFC presented 29 January 1947.

 

One night in January 1944, this officer piloted an aircraft which attacked Berlin.  Soon after the bombs had been released the aircraft was attacked by a fighter.  The enemy aircraft was shot down, however, but not before the bomber sustained extensive damage.  The elevator was hit causing the aircraft to do into a steep dive.  Considerable height was lost before Pilot Officer McIntosh regained control.  It was extremely hard to obtain any altitude, but Pilot Officer McIntosh succeeded in reaching an airfield where he effected a safe landing, although one wheel of the aircraft had been smashed.  This officer displayed praiseworthy skill, courage and determination.

 

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McINTOSH, P/O John (J18198) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.419 Squadron - Award effective 5 February 1944 as per London Gazette dated 15 February 1944 and AFRO 644/44 dated 24 March 1944.  Born 1922 in Medicine Hat; home there; enlisted in Calgary, 14 March 1941.  Trained at No.2 ITS (graduated 20 September 1941), No.8 EFTS (graduated 5 December 1941) and No.7 SFTS (graduated 10 April 1942).  Commissioned 1943.  DFC presented 3 August 1945.

 

This officer has taken part in sorties on most of the important German targets during a most successful tour of operational duty.  On one operation his aircraft was severely damaged by an enemy fighter, two of the crew being killed and one wounded.  In spite of this, by fine airmanship, Pilot Officer McIntosh made a successful return to base where he executed a skilful crash landing.  On another occasion a wing of his aircraft was set on fire and one of the tail fins was rendered unserviceable in an encounter with a fighter. Despite such harassing experiences this officer has displayed continued gallantry.  He is a skilful and courageous pilot.

 

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McINTOSH, S/L Wesley Hanford (C4791) - Commended for Valuable Services in the Air - No.168 Squadron (Canada) - Award effective 1 January 1945 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 89/45 dated 19 January 1945.  Enlisted in Halifax, 29 September 1939.

 

This officer has played an important part in the training of transport fliers and given valuable assistance during the organization of this squadron.  As a captain and later as a flight commander he has at all times displayed exceptional ability and determination.  His devotion to duty has set a high example to all.

 

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McINTOSH, FS William Philip MacDonell (R82852) - Distinguished Flying Medal - No.35 Squadron - Award effective 1 September 1943 as per London Gazette dated 10 September 1943 and AFRO 2322/43 dated 12 November 1943.  Born in Cornwall, Ontario, 1922; home in St.Andrews, Ontario (grocery clerk); enlisted in Ottawa, 7 February 1941. Trained at No.1 ITS (graduated 21 July 1941), No.1 BGS (graduated 22 November 1941), No.1 AOS (graduated 12 October 1941) and No.2 ANS (graduated 20 December 1941).  Presented by Governor General, 27 June 1945.

 

As air bomber Flight Sergeant McIntosh has completed many successful operations, which have been outstanding for the invariably accurate bombing of the target.  Fearless in the face of the heaviest opposition, he has set a praiseworthy example of tenacity and devotion to duty.

 

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McINTYRE, F/O Francis John (J22087) - Mention in Despatches - No.48 Squadron - Award effective 1 January 1945 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 379/45 dated 2 March 1945.  Home in Parkhill, Ontario; enlisted in London, Ontario, 19 June 1941.  Trained at No.4 WS (graduated 11 May 1942) and No.4 BGS (graduated 21 December 1942).

 

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McINTYRE, WO1 James (R85830) - Member, Order of the British Empire - Station Lachine - Award effective 1 January 1946 as per Canada Gazette of that date and AFRO 82/46 dated 25 January 1946.  Born 2 November 1898.  Home in Troy, Ontario.  Enlisted in Toronto, 16 November 1940.  Spent most of 1940-43 with Clinical Evaluation Unit.  Released 4 October 1945.  Medical Technician.  MBE sent by registered mail.

 

This Warrant Officer's duties in the Royal Canadian Air Force has been of a technical nature requiring the highest and most details skills.  He has consistently and voluntarily worked long hours beyond the actual requirements of duty.  He has rendered important and faithful service and by his exceptional ability has set a fine example to those under him.  His devotion to duty and unfailing willingness have been instrumental in maintaining the morale of all who work with him.

 

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McINTYRE, P/O John Edwin (J88626) - Belgian Croix de Guerre 1940 with Palm (deceased) - Awarded 17 July 1948 as per Canada Gazette of that date and AFRO 455/48 dated 23 July 1948.  Home in Biggar, Saskatchewan.  Air gunner.  Killed in action with No.426 Squadron, 12/13 May 1944, Halifax LW682.  Buried in Belgium.

 

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McINTYRE, F/O Jack James (J36376) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.78 Squadron - Award effective 5 July 1945 as per London Gazette dated 20 July 1945 and AFRO 1619/45 dated 19 October 1945.  Born 1912 in Edmonton; home there (office manager); enlisted in Edmonton, 11 August 1942.  Trained at No.4 ITS (graduated 19 March 1943) and No.7 AOS (graduated 1 October 1943).  Commissioned 1943.  DFC sent by registered mail, 7 June 1950.  No citation other than "completed...numerous operations against the enemy in the course of which [he has] invariably displayed the utmost fortitude, courage and devotion to duty".  Public Records Office Air 2/9083 has recommendation dated 18 March 1945 when he had flown 37 sorties (195 hours 17 minutes), 5 August 1944 to 5 March 1945.  Except for one sortie his flights are identical to those of F/L Alan G. Rayner (Rayner has one additional flight, as a pilot, on 20 July 1944).  They would seem to be in the same crew.

 

5 Aug 44        Foret de Nieppe (3.34)             29 Nov 44      Essen (5.59)

7 Aug 44        TOTALIZE 3 (3.52)                    5 Dec 44        Soest (5.43)

18 Aug 44      Sterkrade (4.49)                        6 Dec 44        Osnabruck (5.58)

1 Sept 44       Lumbres (3.30)                          14 Dec 44      GARDENING (5.41)

3 Sept 44       Soesterburg (3.44)                    18 Dec 44      Duisburg (6.09)

10 Sep 44      Le Havre (3.57)                          26 Dec 44      St.Vith (6.09)

11 Sep 44      GARDENING (5.20)                  6 Jan 45         Hanau (6.16)

12 Sep 44      Munster (4.09)                            12 Jan 45       GARDENING (5.50)

15 Sep 44      Kiel (5.23)                                   14 Jan 45       Dulmen (6.06)

20 Sep 44      Calais (3.36)                              16 Jan 45       Magdeburg (6.06)

25 Sep 44      Calais (3.54)                              14 Feb 45      GARDENING (6.23)

14 Oct 44       Duisburg (4.24)                          17 Feb 45      Wesel (5.07)

15 Oct 44       Duisburg (5.25)                          20 Feb 45      Reisholz (6.16)

23 Oct 44       Essen (5.38)                               23 Feb 45      Essen (4.54)

25 Oct 44       Essen (4.36)                               27 Feb 45      Mainz (5.51)

29 Oct 44       Westkapelle (3.03)                    2 Mar 45         Cologne (5.14)

2 Nov 44         Dusseldorf (5.18)                       3 Mar 45         Kamen (5.58)

6 Nov 44         Gelsenkirchen (4.35)                 5 Mar 45         Chemnitz (8.14)

21 Nov 44      Sterkrade (6.52)

 

This officer has now completed his first operational tour consisting of 37 sorties (140 points) involving a total of 195 hours.  He is a very efficient and capable navigator who has completed a very successful tour.  He has always set a high standard in the execution of his duties both on the ground and in the air, displaying the greatest determination at all times.

 

For his outstanding ability and strong sense of duty, this officer is strongly recommended for the award of the Distinguished Flying Cross.

 

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McINTYRE, FS John Baptise (R64699) - Mention in Despatches - No.433 Squadron (AFRO gives unit as No.63 Base) - Award effective 1 January 1945 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 379/45 dated 2 March 1945.  Home in Bedford Station, Prince Edward Island.  Enlisted in Moncton, New Brunswick, 14 June 1940.  Arrived in UK 14 May 1942.  DHist file 181.009 D.2619 (RG.24 Vol.20628) has recommendation for a BEM dated 30 August 1944.

 

Flight Sergeant McIntyre has been NCO in charge of servicing in No.433 Squadron since the squadron's formation.  During this period, Flight Sergeant McIntyre has given the most loyal support to his Flight Commander.  He has worked tirelessly in overcoming the many difficulties which are always encountered during the formation of any unit.  Maintaining operational aircraft in the open during a northern English winter and under heavy pressure of operating demands requires the enthusiasm, skill and determination which this NCO has amply demonstrated.  He has given unsparingly of his time and efforts for the squadron.

 

McINTYRE, FS John Baptist (R64699) - Mention in Despatches - Overseas - Award effective 1 January 1946 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 155/46 dated 15 February 1946.  Previously MiD, 1 January 1945, for services at No.63 Base.  No citation.

 

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McINTYRE, F/O William Joseph (J19933) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.434 Squadron - Award effective 5 February 1945 as per London Gazette dated 20 February 1945 and AFRO 563/45 dated 29 March 1945.  Bon 1921; home in Oshawa, Ontario; enlisted in Hamilton, 6 April 1942.  Trained at No.6 ITS (graduated 25 September 1942), No.12 EFTS (graduated 8 January 1943) and No.9 SFTS (graduated 14 May 1943).  Commissioned 1944.  Began his tour with No.408 Squadron, ending it with No.434.  DFC sent by registered mail, 20 April 1949.  No citation other than "completed...numerous operations against the enemy in the course of which [he has] invariably displayed the utmost fortitude, courage and devotion to duty."  DHist file 181.009 D.3260 (RG.24 Vol.20637) has recommendation dated 17 November 1944 when he had flown 35 sorties (168 hours), 18 April to 16 October 1944.

 

Flying Officer McIntyre has completed a tour of operations, many of which were attacks against heavily defended German targets.  Flying Officer McIntyre has always displayed a high degree of skill and courage.  The successes obtained throughout his tour are a fine tribute to his unfailing devotion to duty and fine offensive spirit.

 

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McINTYRE, Sergeant William Karl (R98870) - Mention in Despatches - No.406 Squadron - Award effective 1 June 1943 as per London Gazette dated 2 June 1943 and AFRO 1247/43 dated 2 July 1943.  Home in Star City, Saskatchewan; enlisted in Saskatoon, 2 May 1941.  Honoured for technical improvements to inter-communication systems.  See The RCAF Overseas: The First Four Years, pp.128 and 132 and Squadron ORB of 26/26 September 1942 and 12/13 June 1943.

 

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McIVER, F/O Bruce Gordon (J3596) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.106 Squadron - Award effective 25 October 1941 as per London Gazette dated 28 July 1942 and AFRO 1243/42 dated 7 August 1942. Born in Hamilton, Ontario; educated at Hamilton Technical Institute and Queens University; enlisted in Hamilton, 24 June 1940.  Trained at No.2 ITS, No.1 AOS, No.1 BGS, and No.1 ANS.  Missing, 8 November 1941 (Hampden AD932); name on Runneymede Memorial.  DFC presented to next-of-kin, 17 April 1943.

 

This officer has shown commendable enthusiasm for operational flying.  His navigational skill has been of a very high standard throughout.  As an example, when participating in a recent attack he navigated his aircraft direct to the target in most unfavourable weather conditions, eventually releasing his bombs and scoring direct hits on the objective from a height of 3,000 feet.  The accuracy of his bombing is apparent by the high percentage of successful hits he scored.  Flying Officer McIver has displayed courage and persistence in the face of the heaviest opposition.

 

NOTE: Public Records Office Air 2/9572 has recommendation dated 25 October 1941 when he had flown 23 sorties (149 hours 25 minutes) with sortie list as text which differs slightly in wording (but not in substance) from that which was published:

 

15 June 41   Cologne (6.05)           Bombs across target

17 June 41   Cologne (6.25)           Bursts observed in target area.

21 June 41   Dusseldorf (4.20)       Primary target not located; dropped bombs on Dunkirk.

2 July 41       Cologne (6.00)           Bombs across target.

4 July 41       Lorient (6.20)              Bombs fell in the docks.

6 July 41       Brest (6.45)                 Estimated position of warships but results not observed owing to smoke screen.

7 July 41       Essen (6.15)               Bombs fell amongst steel works.

9 July 41       Aachen (5.35)             Bombs on centre of target.

14 July 41    Hanover (6.05)

21 July 41    Frankfurt (6.20)           Bombs in target area.

2 Aug 41      Kiel (7.25)                   Bombs and incendiaries across target.

5 Aug 41      Karlsruhe (7.35)         Bombs near railway junction.

7 Aug 41      Essen (4.40)               Heavy opposition; bombs in target area.

16 Aug 41    Dusseldorf (6.10)       Bombs in target area.

18 Aug 41    Cologne (6.15)           Target successfully bombed.

22 Aug 41    Karlsruhe (8.15)         Poor visibility; unable to see results.

31 Aug 41    GARDENING (8.10)  "Broccoli" area; vegetable (mine) successfully planted.

6 Sept 41     Huls (5.25)                  Results not observed owing to searchlights.

7 Sept 41     Berlin (6.50)                Primary target not reached; dropped bombs across a convoy in Kiel Bay.

11 Sept 41   Kiel (8.10)                   Bombs in target area.

28 Sept 41   Frankfurt (8.00)           Cloud obscured target; bombed an aerodrome as alternative.

10 Oct 41     Essen (4.55)               Aircraft hit by flak but target successfully bombed.

12 Oct 41     Huls (5.25)                  Bombed from 3,000 feet.

 

Throughout his services on this squadron, Flying Officer McIver has shown commendable enthusiasm for operational flying and his cheerful determination has a tonic effect on the unit's flying crews.

 

His navigation is of a very high standard. On flights which have taken place during nights of low cloud and bad visibility his unerring navigation has often made a success of what would otherwise have been an abortive trip. As an example, when recently detailed to attack the Huls synthetic rubber factory he navigated the aircraft direct to the target in most unfavourable weather conditions, eventually dropping his bombs and scoring hits from below cloud at 3,000 feet. The accuracy of his bomb aiming is apparent by the very high percentage of hits on the target or target area.

 

Flying Officer McIver has continually displayed great courage and persistence in the face of the heaviest opposition and with Flight Lieutenant Herd forms a combination second to none.

 

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McIVER, F/O Malcolm (J11107) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.106 Squadron - Award effective 4 October 1943 as per London Gazette dated 15 October  1943 and AFRO 2610/43 dated 17 December 1943.   Born in Toronto, 1920; home there; enlisted there 21 April 1942.  Trained at No.3 ITS (graduated 7 October 1941), No.1 BGS (graduated 28 February 1942), No.10 AOS (graduated 19 January 1942) and No.2 ANS (graduated 30 March 1942).  Commissioned 1942.  Killed in flying accident (Oxford DF517) while with No.1655 MTU. DFC presented to next of kin, 12 December 1944.

 

This officer has completed a tour of operational duty during which he has displayed outstanding ability and the greatest keenness and enthusiasm for his work.  He has taken part in attacks on many of the major targets in the Ruhr Valley as well as the more distant objectives in Germany and Italy.  He participated in a successful attack on Friedrichshafen and returning from North Africa materially assisted his pilot in the raid on Spezia.  Flying Officer McIver has performed his navigational duties with skill, accuracy and steadiness, setting a fine example to the other navigators in the squadron.

 

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McIVOR, P/O Donald Wilson (J85628) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.576 Squadron - Award effective 2 October 1944 as per London Gazette dated 17 October 1944 and AFRO 2637/44 dated 8 December 1944.  Born 1921 at Tramping Lake, Saskatchewan; home in Rockhaven, Saskatchewan; enlisted in Saskatoon, 18 January 1942.  Trained at No.4 ITS (graduated 17 July 1942), No.5 EFTS (graduated 23 October 1942) and No.7 SFTS (graduated 19 February 1943).  Commissioned 1944.  Presented 23 April 1949.  No citation other than "completed ...numerous operations against the enemy in the course of which [he has] invariably displayed the utmost fortitude, courage and devotion to duty".  Public Records Office Air 2/9026 has recommendation dated 1 July 1944 when he had flown 30 sorties (151 hours 30 minutes), 25 February to 24 June 1944.

 

25 Feb 44  Augsburg                               9 May 44     Mardyck

15 Mar 44  Stuttgart                                 11 May 44   Hasselt

18 Mar 44  Frankfort                                21 May 44   Duisburg

22 Mar 44  Frankfort                                22 May 44   Dortmund

24 Mar 44  Berlin                                      24 May 44   Aachen

30 Mar 44  Nuremburg                            27 May 44   Aachen

18 Apr 44   Rouen                                    6 June 44    Vire

20 Apr 44   Cologne                                 9 June 44    Flers

22 Apr 44   Dusseldorf                             12 Jun 44    Gelsenkirchen

24 Apr 44   Karlsruhe                               14 Jun 44    Le Havre

26 Apr 44   Essen                                     16 Jun 44    Sterkrade

27 Apr 44   Friedrichshaven                    17 Jun 44    Aulnoye

30 Apr 44   Maintenon                              19 Jun 44    Minoyecques

3 May 44    Mailly                                      22 Jun 44    Saintes

7 May 44    Rennes St.Jacques              24 Jun 44    Flers

 

Pilot Officer McIvor has completed thirty operational sorties as captain of a Lancaster bomber.  He has attacked heavily defended targets in Germany and in enemy occupied Europe, including Berlin, Stuttgart and Nuremburg, and targets in the Ruhr.

 

Pilot Officer McIvor's commendable courage and devotion to duty has inspired a high standard of morale in his crew and I strongly recommend his for the award of the Distinguished Flying Cross.

 

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McJANNET, Fl/O Ruth Jean (V30170) - Mention in Despatches - RCAF Overseas - Award effective 1 January 1946 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 418/46 dated 18 April 1946.

 

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McKAY, P/O Donald Hugh Allan (J92459) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.417 Squadron - Award effective 3 June 1945 as per London Gazette dated 12 June 1945 and AFRO 1219/45 dated 27 July 1945.  Born 1920 in Beverley, Saskatchewan; home there (farmer); enlisted in Regina, 30 January 1941.  Trained at No.5 ITS (graduated 7 November 1942), No.13 EFTS (graduated 5 February 1943) and No.13 SFTS (graduated 11 June 1943).  Commissioned 1944.  Presented 18 June 1949.

 

Pilot Officer McKay has proved himself throughout his tour to be a consistently courageous and successful fighter pilot.  Although on several occasions his aircraft has been severely damaged by anti-aircraft fire, he has at all times pressed home his attacks, achieving much success.  Pilot Officer McKay has been responsible for much damage and destruction to enemy transport, rolling stock and gun positions.  He has also been an outstanding and gallant deputy flight commander and formation leader.

 

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McKAY, F/O Glen Carson (J19619) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.434 Squadron - Award effective 1 December 1944 as per London Gazette dated 12 December 1944 and AFRO 337/45 dated 23 February 1945.  Born 1920, Vulcan, Alberta; home there (farmer); enlisted in Calgary, 18 March 1942.  Trained at No.7 ITS (graduated 28 August 1942), No.6 EFTS (graduated 4 December 1942), and No.10 SFTS (graduated 16 April 1943).  Commissioned 1944.  Presented 9 July 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.3080 (RG.24 Vol.20636) has recommendation (undated); he had flown 40 sorties (194 hours five minutes), 15 March to 31 August 1944.

 

Throughout his tour of operations, Flying Officer McKay has completed numerous sorties of a varied nature.  He has invariably displayed a high degree of skill, courage and resolution.  Throughout all his tour Flying Officer McKay has completed his allotted task with keenness and exactitude, setting a fine example of devotion above the normal call of duty.

 

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McKAY, Sergeant James Allan (R66658) - Mention in Despatches - No.9426 Servicing Echelon (No.62 Base in AFRO) - Award effective 1 January 1945 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 425/45 dated 9 March 1945.  Fitter/Armourer, NCO in charge of Armament, Repair and Inspection Section.  Home in Westmount; enlisted in Montreal, 22 June 1940; 35 months in Canada, 15 months overseas.  Recommendation found in DHist file 181.009 D.1719 (PAC RG.24 Vol,20606).

 

Sergeant McKay has proven a mainstay of the Repair and Inspection Echelon in which he serves.  His devotion to duty and unflagging interest in his trade has had a marked effect on his section, and has been of great inspiration to his men.

 

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McKAY, F/L William Angus (C23507) - Mention in Despatches - Overseas - Award effective 1 January 1946 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 155/46 dated 15 February 1946.  Enlisted in Winnipeg, 13 September 1940.  Trained at No.2 ITS (graduated 22 December 1940), No.6 EFTS (graduated 7 October 1942) and No.6 SFTS (graduated 5 February 1943).  Certificate sent 16 August 1948 to home in Elmira, Ontario.

 

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McKAY, W/C William Arthur (J15175) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.432 Squadron - Award effective 11 April 1944 as per London Gazette dated 21 April 1944 and AFRO 1075/44 dated 19 May 1944. Born 1919 in Edmonton; home in Vancouver; enlisted there 26 September 1940.  Trained at No.2 ITS (graduated 31 October 1940), No.8 EFTS (graduated 22 December 1940) and No.4 SFTS (graduated 17 March 1941).  Commissioned 1942.  Presented 26 September 1944.  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.1513 (RG.24 Vol.20600) has recommendation for an immediate DFC dated 22 January 1944.  He had flown 30 sorties (174 hours 15 minutes).  First tour was 24 July 1941 to 5 April 1942 (22 trips, 124 hours 45 minutes); second tour to date was eight sorties (49 hours 30 minutes), 30 May 1942 to 26 November 1943 (but no sorties between 31 July 1942 and 30 January 1943, and again none from 30 January 1943 to 22 June 1943, or 24 July 1943 to 26 November 1943).

 

Wing Commander McKay has completed a tour of operations and now has eight sorties on his second tour.  Practically all of his sorties have been against strongly defended targets which have included Essen, Bremen, Dusseldorf, Hamburg and Berlin.

 

During the period the squadron was waiting to convert on fours, they were largely engaged on mining and through his direction became quite expert at the task, their work being of a consistently high order.  His squadron converted to four engine aircraft and the crews were trained and placed in the line in record time, well ahead of schedule.

 

He has set an example of skilful pilotage, cool judgement and determination, which have been an inspiration not only to his crew, but to all other personnel under his command.  He has shown great devotion to duty.

 

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McKAY, F/O William Hugh (J18054) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.432 Squadron - Award effective 8 September 1945 as per London Gazette dated 25 September 1945 and AFRO 1822/45 dated 7 December 1945.  Born 1921 in Toronto; home there (student); enlisted there 17 October 1940.  Trained at No.1 ITS (graduated 8 December 1940), No.1 WS (graduated 26 May 1941) and No.4 BGS (graduated 24 June 1941).  Commissioned July 1943.  Medal sent by registered mail, 9 December 1950.  No citation other than "completed...numerous operations against the enemy in the course of which [he has] invariably displayed the utmost fortitude, courage and devotion to duty."  DHist file 181.009 D.2618 (RG.24 Vol.20627) has recommendation by W/C K.A. France dated 16 April 1945 when he had flown 12 sorties (78 hours 30 minutes) on a second tour lasting 8 March to 10 April 1945.

 

The above-mentioned officer has completed twelve operational sorties with this squadron on his second tour.  During a very long tour this officer has displayed exceptional coolness and above average ability as a Wireless Operator. 

 

Many of the sorties in which this officer has participated have been long and hazardous but he has always met and surmounted every difficulty.  His skill and exceptional tenacity of purpose have inspired the crew and has been an example to all wireless operators in this squadron.

 

For his keenness and fine offensive spirit, Flying Officer McKay is strongly recommended for an award of the Distinguished Flying Cross (Non-Immediate).

 

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McKAY, WO1 William Sutherland (Can 1941) - Mention in Despatches - No.4 Repair Depot - Award effective 8 June 1944 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 1380/44 dated 30 June 1944.  Born in Queensland, Australia; educated at Rideauview Public School, Manotick High School, Glebe Collegiate and Boston Technical School.  Enlisted in Ottawa, July 1941.  Died in Pembroke, aged 85, 25 November 1991.

 

This warrant officer has displayed exceptional ability and devotion to duty in the organization and efficient operation of the electrical repair section at his unit.

 

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McKEAN, F/O Graeme Thomas (J86029) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.415 Squadron - Award effective 6 January 1945 as per London Gazette dated 19 January 1945 and AFRO 508/45 dated 23 March 1945.  Born 1922 in Collingwood, Ontario; home Bingham, Maine (mine worker); enlisted in Toronto, 15 December 1941.  Trained at No.3 ITS (graduated 3 July 1942), No.17 EFTS (graduated 9 October 1942) and No.8 SFTS (graduated 5 February 1943).  Commissioned April 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.1750 (RG.24 Vol.20608) has recommendation (undated, about mid-October 1944) when he had flown 35 sorties (167 hours 40 minutes) between 2 June and 26 September 1944.

As pilot and captain, Pilot Officer McKean has completed a large number of sorties against dangerous and difficult targets.  He has invariably displayed a high degree of skill, courage and resolution, qualities which have on more than one occasion enabled him to complete his mission in the face of heavy odds.  He is an ideal leader whose example at all times has been an inspiration to other squadron personnel.

 

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McKECHNIE, F/L Donald Sadler (J35153) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.7 Squadron - Award effective 6 January 1945 as per London Gazette dated 16 January 1945 and AFRO 508/45 dated 23 March 1945.  Born in Chauvin, Alberta, 3 March 1923; home in Edmonton; enlisted there 30 June 1941.  Trained at No.2 ITS (graduated 2 January 1942), No.15 EFTS (graduated 13 March 1942) and No.3 SFTS (graduated 17 July 1942).  Commissioned September 1943.  Flew tours with Nos.7 and 115 Squadrons.  Medal presented 3 August 1946.  Postwar he attended University of Alberta; rejoined RCAF, September 1948.  Took a course for flying instructors and then joined staff of Flying Training School, Centralia, Ontario.  In July 1951 went to Flying Instructors School, Trenton (instructor); September 1952 to AFHQ (intelligence staff officer); July 1954 to August 1956 on exchange duties with USAF, Ent Air Force Base, Colorado.  On his return to Canada he took further training at No.3 Advanced Flying School (Gimli), No.1 AFS (Saskatoon) and No.3 (All Weather) OTU, Cold Lake.  To No.416 Squadron as Flight Commander, August 1957 to September 1960.  Attended RCAF Staff College to June 1961, and the to Directorate of Postings and Careers, AFHQ, by which time he had attained rank of Wing Commander.  Retired in 1977.  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: An RCAF press release dated February 1963 credits him with a Bar to DFC, but this is not correct.  Public Records Office Air 2/9038 has recommendation dated 20 October 1944 when he had flown 48 sorties (204 hours 35 minutes).  NOTE: all sorties from 29 August 1944 onwards were as a member of the Pathfinder Force.

 

19 Feb 44      Leipzig (6.40)                        17 June 44     Montdidier (3.30)

24 Feb 44      Schweinfurt ( 7.15)                23 June 44     L'Hey (1.55)

25 Feb 44      Augsburg (7.05)                    27 June 44     Biennais (3.10)

1 Mar 44         Stuttgart (7.35)                      30 June 44     Villiers Bocage (3.10)

18 Mar 44      Frankfurt (5.25)                      7 July 44         Baires (4.45)

24 Mar 44      Berlin (7.25)                           9 July 44         Nucourt (3.25)

9 Apr 44         Villeneuve St.George           29 Aug 44      Stettin (8.55)

(4.30)                                      3 Sept 44       Venlo (3.10)

10 Apr 44       Laon (4.30)                            6 Sept 44       Emden (4.00)

24 Apr 44       Karlsruhe (6.15)                    9 Sept 44       Le Havre (2.30)

26 Apr 44       Essen (4.15)                          11 Sept 44     Kamen (3.30)

27 Apr 44       Friedrichshafen (7.40)          12 Sept 44     Frankfurt (6.05)

1 May 44        Chamby (3.25)                      13 Sept 44     Nordstern (3.25)

7 May 44        Nantes (5.35)                         15 Sept 44     Kiel (5.10)

9 May 44        Cap Gris Nez (2.25)             17 Sept 44     Boulogne (2.00)

10 May 44      Courtrai (2.25)                       20 Sept 44     Calais (2.20)

19 May 44      Le Mans (4.30)                      23 Sept 44     Neuss (3.40)

21 May 44      Duisburg (4.45)                     25 Sept 44     Calais (2.00)

22 May 44      Dortmund (4.00)                    26 Sept 44     Calais (2.15)

27 May 44      Aachen (3.30)                        27 Sept 44     Bottrop (3.25)

6 June 44       Lisieux (3.10)                         28 Sept 44     Cap Gris Nez (1.55)

7 June 44       Chevreuse (3.30)                  5 Oct 44         Saarbrucken (3.00)

10 June 44     Breux (4.30)                           7 Oct 44         Emmerich (3.15)

11 June 44     Nantes (5.15)                         19 Oct 44       Stuttgart (5.40)

14 June 44     Le Havre (2.50)

 

Flight Lieutenant McKechnie has completed 48 operational sorties of which 18 have been completed in the Pathfinder Force on this squadron.  Of these, eleven have been flown as a Marker.  This officer has always displayed exceptional qualities of airmanship and his dogged determination, courage and devotion to duty has more than once extricated his aircraft and crew from a perilous situation. He has an utter disregard for self and has always possessed coolness and qualities of leadership of a high degree and his strong sense of duty is an example to his crew.

 

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McKECHNIE, F/L Frederick Duncan (J4103) - Air Force Cross - No.14 SFTS - Award effective 8 June 1944 as per London Gazette of 8 June 1944 and AFRO 1380/44 dated 30 June 1944.  Born in Halifax; educated in Montreal.  Enlisted in Cornwall, Ontario, 6 July 1940. Trained at No.2 ITS, No.3 EFTS, No.3 SFTS (wings 14 February 1941). Reported to have flown 2,210 hours to date, 1,990 hours as instructor, 301 hours in last six months.  AFC presented 25 May 1945.

 

This officer has been employed on flying instructional duties for the past three years.  Throughout that time he has executed his duties with unfailing cheerfulness and loyalty, and proved himself to be a pilot and instructor of exceptional ability.  This officer has assisted materially in raising the standard of flying instruction.

 

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McKEE, S/L Eric Dayton (C8329) - Mention in Despatches - No.62 Base - Award effective 1 January 1945 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 337/45 dated 23 February 1945.  Home in Toronto; enlisted in Sudbury, 22 June 1940.

 

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McKEE, S/L Thomas Daniel (C5190) - Mention in Despatches - Overseas - Award effective 14 June 1945 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 1395/45 dated 31 August 1945.  Born in Winnipeg, 5 December 1910.   Home in Bellevile, Ontario.  Enlisted in High River, Alberta, 5 August 1929 as Clerk/Stenographer.  Graded as Aircraftman, 1st Class, 7 November 1929; promoted to Leading Aircraftman, 15 August 1930.  With Station Winnipeg, 1 June 1931 to 14 August, 1932; at Station Trenton, 15 August 1932 to 30 June 1937 (promoted to Corporal, 1 September 1935); on strength of Station Rockcliffe, 1 July 1937 to 31 March 1938; at AFHQ, 1 April 1938 to 14 May 1941 (promoted to Sergeant, 1 April 1938, Flight Sergeant on 1 September 1939, WO2 on 1 May 1940 and WO1 on 1 April 1941; principal duties as Personal Assistant to A/V/M Ferrier); Commissioned on 15 May 1941.  Station at No.6 BGS, 15 May 1941 to 24 February 1942 (Adjutant); Station Mountain View, 25 February 1942 to 12 January 1943 (Adjutant, promoted to Flight Lieutenant on 1 April 1942); posted overseas and on strength of Station Leeming, 15 February 1942 to 12 January 1943 (Adjutant); with No.331 Wing in North Africa, 1 May to 29 December 1943 (Adjutant).  Promoted to Squadron Leader, 30 December 1943.  On strength of No.128 Airfield, 30 December 1943 to 14 August 1944 (Senior Administrative Officer.  At No.6 Group Headquarters, 15 August 1944 to 31 July 1945 (Senior Administrative Officer).  Returned to Canada and assigned to No.4 Release Centre (in charge of releases), 15 September 1945 to 31 January 1946.  Reverted to Flight Lieutenant, 1 October 1946; promoted to Squadron Leader 1 June 1947.  On strength of AFHQ, 12 February 1946 to 1 July 1950; with No.10 Repair Depot, Calgary, 2 July 1950 to 16 May 1951; with No.23 Air Material Base, Calgary, 16 May 1951 to 6 June 1952; with Station Saskatoon, 7 June 1952 to 15 July 1955; with Station Rockcliffe, 16 July 1955 until retirement (5 June 1960).  Died in London, Ontario, 11 February 1995.  No citation.

 

McKEE, S/L Thomas Daniel (C5190) - Member, Order of the British Empire - Overseas - Award effective 1 January 1946 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 155/46 dated 15 February 1946.  Presented 9 December 1947.  No citation.

 

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McKELLAR, F/L Menzies (J20844) - 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 Keewatin, Ontario; enlisted in Winnipeg, 10 September 1941. Trained at No.6 ITS (graduated 24 April 1942), No.9 EFTS (graduated 17 July 1942) and No.11 SFTS (graduated 6 November 1942).  Certificate sent 16 August 1948.

 

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McKENNA, W/C Arthur Gerald (C1051) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.420 Squadron - Award effective 2 October 1944 as per London Gazette dated 13 October 1944 and AFRO 2637/44 dated 8 December 1944.   Born 1914 in Ottawa; home in Arnprior, Ontario (insurance and stock clerk).  Formerly Second Lieutenant in Royal Canadian Artillery.  Enlisted in Ottawa, 9 September 1939.  Medal sent by registered mail, 21 December 1950. In postwar RCAF; awarded Queen's Coronation Medal, 13 October 1953 while Group Captain commanding RCAF Station Chatham and aide to Governor General. 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.1633 (RG.24 Vol.20603) has recommendation dated 24 July 1944 when he had flown 17 sorties (98 hours 40 minutes), 27 January to 25 July 1944.  Name given as Gerald Arthur McKenna.

 

Wing Commander McKenna took over command of No.420 Squadron on 12th April 1944.  He entered into his work with zeal and energy, maintaining a very high standard of morale and efficiency.  He has been untiring in his efforts to improve all phases of squadron operations.  The fine record achieved by his squadron is in a very large measure due to his efforts.  Wing Commander McKenna has been most loyal and co-operative and has rendered invaluable assistance to the improvement of the station as a whole.

 

In addition to his ground duties, Wing Commander McKenna has completed a large number of sorties over targets of all kinds, including Berlin, Stuttgart, Schweinfurt and Dusseldorf with excellent results.  His courage and fine example at all times have been an inspiration to the aircrew of the squadron.  Wing Commander McKenna's briefings have been outstanding examples of clear and concise instructions to his crews.

 

In recognition of this officer's devotion to duty and his undoubtedly excellent work both in the air and on the ground I strongly recommend the award of the Distinguished Flying Cross. [G/C J.L. Hurley, CO Station Tholthorpe].

 

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McKENNA, WO2 James Charles (Can 4274) - Member, Order of the British Empire - RCAF Detachment, Suffield - Award effective 13 June 1946 as per Canada Gazette of that date and AFRO 660/46 dated 5 July 1946.  Enlisted in Vancouver, 11 September 1939.

 

This warrant officer has proved himself to be exceptionally conscientious, enthusiastic and dependable.  Due to this unit becoming self-accounting in July 1945, he willingly assumed the duties of Officer in Charge of Equipment which necessitated extra hours of labour and time beyond the call of normal requirements.  His extremely capable ability to organize, his praiseworthy devotion to duty and his outstanding perseverance and initiative have contributed in making a highly efficient section.  His great tenacity for work and indomitable spirit have set an inspiring example for all.

 

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McKENNEY, P/O Ray Roaldo (J88373) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.427 Squadron - Award effective 15 March 1945 as per London Gazette dated 27 March 1945 and AFRO 1127/45 dated 6 July 1945.  Born 1921 in Windsor, Ontario; home there (tool maker); enlisted there 29 September 1941.  Trained at No.1 ITS (graduated 8 May 1942), No.10 EFTS (graduated 14 August 1942) and No.16 SFTS (graduated 4 December 1942).  Commissioned July 1944.  No citation other than "completed...many successful operations against the enemy in which [he has] displayed high skill, fortitude and devotion to duty."  DHist file 181.009 D.1729 (RG.24 Vol.20607) has recommendation dated 17 December 1944 when he had flown 27 sorties (137 hours 40 minutes) between 21 September 1943 and 27 November 1944 (NOTE: sorties were 21 September to 4 October 1943, followed by break until 12 July 1944).

 

This captain has completed twenty-seven heavy operational bombing attacks against the enemy.  Pilot Officer McKenney has never had a complete crew and he has at all times been an example of co-operation in flying with members of a pick-up crew.  He has exceptional qualities of leadership and coolness, setting a fine example to all who come in contact with him.

 

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McKENZIE, F/O Archibald Alexander (J19097) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.405 Squadron - Award effective 10 May 1945 as per London Gazette dated 25 May 1945 and AFRO 1291/45 dated 10 August 1945.  Born 1914 in Copper Cliff, Ontario; home in Sudbury (clerk); enlisted in North Bay, 3 January 1941.  Trained at No.1 WS (graduated 12 October 1941) and No.6 BGS (graduated 7 November 1941).  Commissioned September 1943.  DFC presented 20 August 1949.  No citation other than "completed...numerous operations against the enemy in the course of which [he has] invariably displayed the utmost fortitude, courage and devotion to duty."  Public Records Office Air 2/9070 has recommendation dated 20 February 1945 when he had flown 50 sorties (267 hours four minutes), 15 August 1942 to 7 February 1943 and 17 September 1944 to 2 February 1945.

 

First Tour                                  30 Jan 43       Hamburg (6.45)

2 Feb 43        Cologne (4.55)

15 Aug 42      Dusseldorf (4.15)                       3 Feb 43        Hamburg (2.55)   

20 Aug 42      Bonnholm Island (7.30)             7 Feb 43        Lorient (6.10)       

27 Aug 42      Kassel (4.55)                             

1 Sept 42       Saarbrucken (5.10)                                           Second Tour

2 Sept 42       Karlsruhe (5.15)                        

6 Sept 42       Duisburg (3.55)                          17 Sep 44      Boulogne (1.55)

8 Sept 42       Frankfurt (6.00)                          20 Sep 44      Calais (2.05)

11 Sep 42      Dusseldorf (4.00)                       30 Sep 44      Bottrop (3.15)

13 Sep 42      Bremen (4.30)                            6 Oct 44         Sterkrade (3.10)

14 Sep 42      Wilhelmshaven (4.05)                14 Oct 44       Duisburg (3.55)

24 Sep 42      Bonnholm Island (7.15)             15 Oct 44       Wilhelmshaven (4.10)

5 Oct 42         Aachen (5.10)                            19 Oct 44       Stuttgart (5.15)

12 Oct 42       Wismar (6.30)                            23 Oct 44       Essen (4.15)

13 Oct 42       Kiel (5.00)                                   29 Oct 44       Walcheren (2.05)

15 Oct 42       Cologne (5.30)                           2 Nov 44         Dusseldorf (4.15)

17 Oct 42       Le Creusot (9.25)                      6 Nov 44         Gelsenkirchen (3.40)

22 Oct 42       Genoa (9.10)                              11 Nov 44      Dortmund (4.10)

6 Nov 42         Genoa (9.05)                              16 Nov 44      Julich (3.35)

7 Nov 42         Genoa (9.20)                              27 Nov 44      Neuss (3.50)

15 Nov 42      Genoa (8.45)                              30 Nov 44      Duisburg (4.15)

20 Nov 42      Turin (7.55)                                 2 Dec 44        Hagen (5.35)

28 Nov 42      Turin (8.20)                                 18 Dec 44      Duisburg (4.25)

20 Dec 42      Duisburg (5.15)                          5 Jan 45         Hannover (4.30)

21 Dec 42      Munich (8.25)                             22 Jan 45       Duisburg (3.45)

16 Jan 43       Berlin (8.35)                                2 Feb 45        Wanne Eickel (4.25)

27 Jan 43       Dusseldorf (5.10)

 

The results achieved by Flying Officer McKenzie on operations have proved the outstanding ability of this officer as a Bomb Aimer.  His zeal in pressing home his attacks has always been evident on all his sorties, many of which have been against heavily-defended targets.  Flying Officer McKenzie is at present engaged on his second tour of operations, and displays an unflagging keenness at all times.

 

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McKENZIE, F/O Craig Alexander (J26463) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.420 Squadron - Award effective 15 December 1944 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 293/45 dated 16 February 1945. Born 1924 in Woodslee, Ontario; home in Aurora, Ontario; enlisted in Toronto, 7 April 1942.  Trained at No.5 ITS (graduated 10 October 1942), No.10 EFTS (graduated 10 January 1943) and No.2 SFTS (graduated 14 May 1943).  Commissioned 1943.  DFC presented in Toronto, 30 November 1949.

 

In September 1944 this officer was pilot and captain of an aircraft detailed to attack a target in the Ruhr.  On the outward flight one engine became unserviceable. Despite this Flying Officer McKenzie continued his mission.  A little later the aircraft was hit by anti-aircraft fire and the mid-upper gunner was severely wounded in the leg.  After the target had been successfully attacked Flying Officer McKenzie requested his navigator to plot a course for an airfield in friendly territory.  His purpose was to effect a landing in order that his badly wounded gunner could receive urgent medical attention.  Having successfully accomplished this task Flying Officer McKenzie again took off and flew his damaged aircraft to England.  This officer set a fine example of skill, gallantry and determination.

 

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McKENZIE, F/L Daniel Murray (J8786) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No. 682 Squadron (AFRO identifes unit only as No.323 Wing) (deceased) - Award effective 28 March 1943 as per London Gazette dated 18 September 1945 and AFRO 1672/45 dated 2 November 1945.   Born 1920 in Stellerton, Nova Scotia; home there; enlisted in Halifax, 10 February 1941.  Trained at No.3 ITS (graduated 3 July 1941), No.17 EFTS (graduated 21 August 1941) and No.8 SFTS (graduated 7 November 1941).  Commissioned November 1941.  Killed in action 29 March 1943 with No.682 Squadron; buried in Sardinia.  

 

This officer has taken part in a large number of operational sorties against targets which include Marseilles, Toulon, Genoa, Spezia, Leghorn and Cagliari as well as many airfields and defence lines in Tunisia. He has always shown great keenness to fly on operations and by his excellent example did much to uphold the high morale of the pilots in his flight during a very trying period.

 

NOTE: Public Records Office Air 2/8952 has recommendation dated 24 March 1943 when he had flown a total of 413 hours. Of these, 140 had been flown in previous six months. He had 40 sorties (151 hours 30 minutes operational time).  The text adds slightly to that which was actually published:

 

Flight Lieutenant MacKenzie has carried out 40 long range reconnaissances over enemy occupied territory. Thirty have been flown since he arrived in North Africa and many of these have been outstandingly successful flights over targets which include the ports of Marseilles, Toulon, Genoa, Spezia, Leghorn and Cagliari, as well as many aerodromes and defence lines in Tunisia.

 

During a period when the unit suffered serious losses over Tunisia he never failed to show great keenness and zeal to fly on operational sorties, and by his excellent example he did much to uphold the morale of the pilots in his flight.

 

McKENZIE, F/L Daniel Murray (J8786) - Air Medal (United States) - No.682 Squadron - Award effective 31 May 1943 as per London Gazette dated 1 June 1943 and AFRO 1247/43 dated 2 July 1943;  "for devotion to duty in the execution of air operations."  Public Records Office Air 2/9599 has citation.

 

For meritorious achievement while participating in aerial flights in North Africa between 17th November 1942 and 14th December, 1942.  The manner in which this officer performed these missions reflects great credit upon the military services of the United Nations.

 

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McKENZIE, AC1 Don Grant (R165347) - Mention in Despatches - Station Leeming (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.  DHist file 181.009 D.5527 (RG.24 Vol.20667) has recommendation submitted 4 May 1945.  Home in Toronto.  Clerk (Operations), enlisted in Toronto 6 May 1942.  In Canada 14 months, overseas 21 months.  Certificate mailed 20 January 1949.

 

This airman has been consistent in carrying out his duties in an excellent manner.  His display of initiative and untiring efforts have been invaluable in promoting efficiency and co-operation.  His attitude is exemplary and he has proven himself worthy of the traditions of the Service.

 

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McKENZIE, F/O Hugh Lawrence (C35934) - Mention in Despatches - No.9 Radio Unit - Award effective 14 June 1945 as per Canada Gazette of that date and AFRO 1127/45 dated 6 July 1945.  Home in Rocanville, Saskatchewan; enlisted in Winnipeg, 18 August 1942.  Certificate mailed to him 4 July 1945.

 

As Commanding Officer of an isolated radio unit, this officer has set an example of cheerfulness and progressiveness that have been an example to all personnel under him.  The interest he has taken in his men has resulted in an excellently operated unit with very high morale.  Despite the extreme isolation of this unit, this officer has maintained a high standard in every respect and is worthy of the highest praise.

 

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McKENZIE, LAC Melvin Muir (R273581) - British Empire Medal - Station Tholthorpe - Award effective 27 October 1944 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 293/45 dated 16 February 1945.  Born Little Current, Saskatchewan, 1924; home in Tehkommah, Ontario (farmer); enlisted in Toronto, 27 August 1943.  Event also led to award of George Cross to A/C A.D. Ross,  George Medal to FS J.R.M. St.Germain and Corporal M. Marquet, and BEM to LAC R.R. Wolfe.  Presented at Buckingham Palace, 7 November 1944.

 

One night in June 1944, an aircraft, while attempting to land, crashed into another which was parked in the dispersal area and fully loaded with bombs.  The former aircraft had broken into three parts and was burning furiously.  Air Commodore Ross was at the airfield to attend the return of aircraft from operations and the interrogation of aircrews.  Flight Sergeant St.Germain, a bomb aimer, had just returned from an operational sortie and Corporal Marquet was in charge of the night ground crew, whilst Leading Aircraftmen McKenzie and Wolfe were members of the crew of the crash tender.  Air Commodore Ross, with the assistance of Corporal Marquet, extricated the pilot who had sustained severe injuries.  At that moment ten 500-pound bombs in the second aircraft, about 80 yards away, exploded, and this officer and airman were hurled to the ground.  When the hail of debris had subsided, cries were heard from the rear turret of the crashed aircraft.  Despite further explosions from bombs and petrol tanks which might have occurred, Air Commodore Ross and Corporal Marquet returned to the blazing wreckage and endeavoured in vain to swing the turret to release the rear gunner.  Although the port tail plane was blazing furiously, Air Commodore Ross hacked at the perspex with an axe and then handed the axe through the turret to the rear gunner who enlarged the aperture.  Taking the axe again the Air Commodore, assisted now by Flight Sergeant St.Germain as well as by Corporal Marquet, finally broke the perspex steel frame supports and extricated the rear gunner.  Another 500-pound bomb exploded which threw the three rescuers to the ground.  Flight Sergeant St.Germain  quickly rose and threw himself upon a victim to shield him from flying debris.  Air Commodore Ross's arm was practically severed between the wrist and elbow by the second explosion.  He calmly walked to the ambulance and an emergency amputation was performed on arrival at station sick quarters.  Meanwhile, Corporal Marquet had inspected the surroundings and, seeing petrol running down towards two nearby aircraft, directed their removal from the vicinity by tractor.  Leading Aircraftmen McKenzie and Wolfe rendered valuable assistance in trying to bring the fire under control and they also helped to extricate the trapped rear gunner, both being seriously injured by flying debris.  Air Commodore Ross showed fine leadership and great heroism in an action which resulted in the saving of the lives of the pilot and rear gunner.  He was ably assisted by Flight Sergeant St.Germain and Corporal Marquet who both displayed courage of a high order.  Valuable service was also rendered by Leading Aircraftmen McKenzie and Wolfe in circumstances of great danger.

 

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McKENZIE, WO2 (now P/O) Robert Frederick (R142081/J94278) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.7 Squadron - Award effective 10 May 1945 as per London Gazette dated 25 May 1945 and AFRO 1291/45 dated 10 August 1945.  Born March 1915 in Tribune, Saskatchewan; home there (farm labourer); enlisted in Regina,  13 November 1941. Trained at No.2 ITS (graduated 18 July 1942), No.8 BGS (graduated 21 November 1942) and No.3 AOS (graduated 18 January 1943).  Commissioned March 1945.  DFC sent by registered mail, 11 July 1950.  No citation other than "completed...numerous operations against the enemy in the course of which [he has] invariably displayed the utmost fortitude, courage and devotion to duty."  Public Records Office Air 2/9070 has recommendation dated 20 February 1945 when he had flown 36 sorties (160 hours 40 minutes), 18 July 1944 to 14 February 1945.

 

18 Jul 44        Cagny (3.00)                              14 Oct 44       Duisburg (3.30)

22 Jul 44        Noyelle en Chausse (2.50)       14 Oct 44       Duisburg (4.05)

24 Jul 44        Prouville (3.00)                           19 Oct 44       Stuttgart (5.20)

30 Jul 44        Normandy Beachhead (3.35)   23 Oct 44       Essen (4.00)

3 Aug 44        L'Isle Adam (3.25)                     28 Oct 44       Cologne (4.00)

4 Aug 44        Prossy St.Maxim (3.30)            6 Nov 44         Gelsenkirchen (3.40)

14 Aug 44      Falaise Gap (3.05)                    27 Nov 44      Freiburg (5.30)

15 Aug 44      Soesterburg (2.50)                    29 Nov 44      Dortmund (3.50)

25 Aug 44      Russelsheim (7.15)                   5 Dec 44        Soest (5.15)

26 Aug 44      Kiel (6.05)                                   6 Dec 44        Osnabruck (5.15)

3 Sept 44       Venlo (3.05)                                12 Dec 44      Essen (4.40)

5 Sep 44        Le Havre (2.40)                          28 Dec 44      Opladen (4.15)

13 Sep 44      Nordstern (3.30)                         13 Jan 45       Saarbrucken (5.45)

15 Sep 44      Kiel (5.35)                                   1 Feb 45        Ludwigshaven (6.05)

17 Sep 44      Boulogne (2.00)                         2 Feb 45        Wanne Eickel (4.35)

20 Sep 44      Calais (2.00)                              8 Feb 45        Politz (8.25)

5 Oct 44         Saarbrucken (5.20)                   13 Feb 45      Dresden (8.25)

7 Oct 44         Emmerich (3.15)                        14 Feb 45      Chemnitz (8.05)

 

Warrant Officer McKenzie has completed 36 operational sorties, all being carried out in the Pathfinder Force, on this squadron; in a Marker crew he has acted as Air Bomber on 25 occasions.

 

His exceptional ability, strong sense of duty and total fearlessness in the face of danger has instilled in those members of his crew with whom he flies the utmost confidence.  He has at all times given of his best.  He possesses coolness together with a fine offensive spirit which sets a splendid example to the rest of the squadron.

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McKENZIE, FS Robert Ian (R79791) - British Empire Medal - Station Uplands - Award effective 1 January 1946 as per Canada Gazette of that date and AFRO 82/46 dated 25 January 1946.  Home in Peterborough, Ontario; enlisted in Toronto 23 August 1940.  BEM presented 19 November 1948.

 

This non-commissioned officer has been at this unit for almost a year and has devoted time and energy for the improvement of conditions and efficiency of the fire hall.  Flight Sergeant McKenzie is an excellent non-commissioned officer who has continually and efficiently discharged his many responsibilities.  His untiring efforts beyond the call of duty and outstanding ability are an example to all.

 

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McKENZIE, FS Stanley Allen (Can 12214A) - British Empire Medal - No.408 Squadron - Award effective 1 January 1945 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 132/45 dated 26 January 1945.  Home in Endeavour, Saskatchewan; enlisted in Regina, 18 September 1939.  Fitter IIE, awarded BEM on same date.  Awards presented, 14 February 1948.  No citation in AFRO.  The following, found in DHist file 181.009 D.1658 (PAC RG.24 Vol.20605) is probably too explicit to have been a citation (it infers much criticism of others) but indicates how McKenzie came to his award.  Written by S/L R.P. Vaughan, Chief Technical Officer at Linton-on-Ouse, 7 September 1944.  Identifies MacKenzie as an AEM, then says:

 

This non-commissioned officer has served overseas with No.408 Squadron since December 26th, 1941.  He has built "A" Flight up into the best organized and smoothly functioning section on the station.  Their record of serviceability and operational failures are second to none.

 

A very hard working and conscientious man with a thorough knowledge of his trade, he above all has a vast amount of initiative which he does not hesitate to display.  The crises that are always arising in other Flights and sections never seem to occur in his Flight as he is capable of himself dealing with most situations.  The men who serve under him have all been inspired by his example and are the hardest working and most cheerful flight of all and seem willing to do anything for him.  While other Flights have complained loudly, and called for help from R and I whenever they had more than eight aircraft to look after, Flight Sergeant McKenzie has cheerfully prepared as many as twelve for operations quickly and efficiently without a murmur of complaint.  This was not an isolated case either, but occurred daily throughout the period that "B" Flight was converting to Halifax aircraft and "A" Flight was looking after all the Lancasters.  Such an effort requires a vast amount of internal organization which he himself carried out.

 

Whenever an order or technical instruction is issued it is certain that it will have been carried out in this flight before any of the others, and what is more it will have been carried out after Flight Sergeant McKenzie has been told about it once, and once only, compared to the other flights and sections where it is necessary to repeat it several times, and to check up on them later to ensure that it is, in fact, done.

 

This non-commissioned officer has consistently shown this conscientious, thorough and cheerful attitude to his work.  His organizing ability, initiative and attitude towards those who work under him and over him have always been outstanding.

 

DHist file 181.009 D.1719 (PAC RG.24 Vol.20606) has recommendation forwarded 7 September 1944 when he was identified as NCO in charge of Servicing Flight, "A" Flight.

 

This NCO has served overseas in an operational squadron for three years.  His record throughout has invariably conformed to the highest standards of capability in his trade and discharge of his duties.  A very hard working and conscientious NCO, he above all has tremendous initiative with the result that crises which commonly arise in other flights and sections are non-existent in his.  The men who serve under him have been inspired by his example and are the hardest working and happiest in all the Station.  Daily during the height of the invasion air offensive, while other flights were struggling to meet their allotments this NCO's flight, primarily through his efforts of organization and example, invariably exceeded its quota , often by a considerable margin.  His personal contribution towards the operational success of his squadron has been outstanding over a long period.

 

NOTE: Public Records Office Air 2/9040 has a slightly condensed citation as submitted to Air Ministry Honours and Awards Committee:

 

Has served overseas in an operational squadron for three years and is now Non-Commissioned Officer in charge of the Servicing Flight. He has tremendous initiative and has, by his example and hard work, inspired all those who work under him.  During the heat of the invasion air offensive, whilst other flights were struggling to meet their allotments, this Non-Commissioned Officer's flight, primarily through his fine organization and example, invariably exceeded its quota, often by a considerable margin. His personal contribution towards the operational success of his squadron has been outstanding.

 

McKENZIE, FS Stanley Allen (Can 12214A) - Mention in Despatches - No.408 Squadron (No.62 Base in AFRO) - Award effective 1 January 1945 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 918/45 dated 1 June 1945.   No citation in AFRO.  DHist file 181.009 D.1719 (PAC RG.24 Vol.20606) has original recommendation forwarded 31 July 1944 which notes he had  spent 27 months in Canada, 30 months in UK.

 

This Senior Non-Commissioned Officer, through his personality and leadership, has been a tremendous asset to this unit. Always doing more than his share, he set a shining example to his crews on operational work.  He has at all times set a high nature of serviceability before personal rest or comfort.

 

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McKEOWN, F/O Erwin Henry (J26476) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.420 Squadron - Award effective 10 May 1945 as per London Gazette dated 25 May 1945 and AFRO 1291/45 dated 10 August 1945.  Born 1924 at Acton, Ontario; home there (garage attendant); enlisted in Hamilton, 26 January 1942.  Trained at No.6 ITS (graduated 11 September 1942), No.12 EFTS (graduated 8 January 1943) and No.9 SFTS (graduated 14 May 1943).  Commissioned May 1943.  Medal sent by registered mail, 28 June 1949. No citation other than "completed ...numerous operations against the enemy in the course of which [he has] invariably displayed the utmost fortitude, courage and devotion to duty."  See DHist file 181.009 D.1746 (PAC RG.24 Vol.20608); recommended 10 January 1945 when he had done 36 sorties (183 hours 40 minutes):

 

This officer has completed a tour of operations against a large number of heavily defended targets, and his standard of success is a fitting tribute of his untiring efforts and outstanding skill as a pilot.  On several occasions Flying Officer McKeown has been attacked by fighters, but by skilful evasion and exemplary coolness has never failed to press home his attack to the utmost.  A courageous and resourceful captain of aircraft, Flying Officer McKeown has made an outstanding record throughout his flying career.

 

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McKEOWN, F/L John Sully (J4533) - Commended for Valuable Services in the Air - No.5 SFTS - Award effective 1 January 1944 as per Canada Gazette and London Gazette of that date and AFRO 113/44 dated 21 January 1944.  Born at Winchester, Ontario, 17 January 1918.  Home in Brantford and Ottawa, Ontario; enlisted in Ottawa, 29 July 1940.  Trained at No.2 ITS (graduated 30 September 1940), No.2 EFTS (graduated 11 December 1940), and No.7 SFTS (graduated 1 March 1941).  A news clipping says he instructed at No.5 SFTS, Brantford from May 1941 until January 1944, described as "one of the longest continuous postings in the Commonwealth Air Training Plan". Subsequently flew on anti-shipping operations with Coastal Command (Halifax aircraft), teamed with F/L W. Atkinson (RAF).  Clipping describes several attacks - once going through warship fire to attack (from 2,500 feet) a 5,000-ton vessel in Kattegat; on another occasion tailplane sustained a large hole as they flew through fire of three escort ships to bomb two merchant ships; after that they had to dive to 50 feet to evade night fighters.

 

This officer has completed a considerable number of instructional flying hours during which time he has proven to be an industrious and hard working instructor possessing outstanding ability in the organization and operation of a flight.  Being both capable and diligent he has set an excellent example to all other personnel at his unit.

 

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McKIEL, F/O Arthur Burtis (J11761) - Air Force Cross - No.7 Bombing and Gunnery School - Award effective 14 November 1944 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 2684/44 dated 15 December 1944 - Enlisted at Winnipeg, 3 June 1940 - Trained at No.1 ITS (graduated 20 July 1940), Winnipeg Flying Club (graduated 16 September 1940) and No.1 SFTS (graduated 14 November 1940). As of award had flown 2,187 hours (1,950 as staff pilot, 250 in past six months).  AFC presented 6 September 1947.

 

This officer has completed over two and a half years outstanding service as a staff pilot without damage to an aircraft.  On several occasions he has exhibited exceptional skill in executing forced landings.  His devotion to duty and coolness in emergencies have set an excellent example to his associates.  His work has been a definite contribution to the training of aircrew.

 

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McKILLOP, F/O Alexander Patterson (J35120) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.419 Squadron - Award effective 5 April 1945 as per London Gazette dated 17 April 1945 and AFRO 918/45 dated 1 June 1945.  Born 1920 in Kenville, Manitoba; home in Chilliwack, British Columbia (book keeper). Trained at No.2 ITS, No.7 BGS and No.5 AOS. Commissioned September 1943.

 

During the many operational sorties in which he has participated Flying Officer McKillop's aircraft has been damaged by enemy action on ten occasions.  While engaged in a daylight attack against Bottrop in September 1944, his aircraft sustained damage from anti-aircraft fire while in the target area.  Two engines were rendered unserviceable and the nose of his aircraft was shattered and he was covered with oil from the front turret.  Despite the resultant difficulties Flying Officer McKillop completed the bombing run and obtained an excellent photograph.  Shortly after leaving the target area a third engine partially failed and the aircraft became extremely difficult to handle.  He have his pilot and navigator valuable assistance on the return flight but in so doing he sustained severe burns to his hands.  This officer has always maintained a high standard of courage, tenacity and devotion to duty.

 

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McKILLOP, S/L Archibald Fraser (C1756) - Commended for Valuable Services in the Air - No.4 AOS - Awarded 1 January 1943 as per Canada Gazette dated 9 January 1943 and AFRO 55/43 dated 15 January 1943.  Born 23 August 1896 at Dutton, Ontario.  Enlisted in London, Ontario, 23 January 1940.

 

This officer has given exceptional service as a Chief Navigation Instructor, bringing the school to a high pitch of efficiency, and has set an example to his instructors by his regular participation in the flying exercises.  He has flown a total of 708 hours, of which 642 hours have been completed since his posting to the school in December 1940.  His average monthly flying hours are 24 hours 35 minutes.

 

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McKILLOP, P/O Stanley Bruce (J85711) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.415 Squadron - Award effective 27 October 1944 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 2637/44 dated 8 December 1944.  Born 1912 in Montreal; home in Toronto; enlisted in Windsor, 24 July 1941.  Trained at No.1 ITS (graduated 13 March 1942) and No.8 AOS (graduated 3 August 1942).  Commissioned 1944. DFC presented 15 April 1948.

 

Pilot Officer McKillop has participated in very many sorties as navigator against strongly defended enemy targets.  He has at all times displayed a high degree of skill and determination and his ability to guide his pilot to the target without fail has contributed largely to the successes achieved.  On one occasion his aircraft was attacked by enemy night fighters.  In the ensuing combat the aircraft was damaged and the navigational aids were rendered useless.  Nevertheless this officer skilfully guided the aircraft to the target and back to base.  The calmness and reliability of this officer in the face of the enemy have been an inspiration to the crews with whom he has flown.

 

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McKINLAY, F/O John Allin (J26541) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.405 Squadron - Award effective 8 September 1945 as per London Gazette dated 25 September 1945 and AFRO 133/46 dated 8 February 1946.  Born 1920 in Vancouver; home there.  Educated University of British Columbia (ex-COTC).  Former clerk.  Enlisted in Vancouver, 30 April 1942.  Trained at No.2 BGS (graduated 11 January 1943).  Commissioned May 1943.  DFC sent by registered mail, 24 February 1950.  No citation other than "completed...numerous operations against the enemy in the course of which [he has] invariably displayed the utmost fortitude, courage and devotion to duty."  Public Records Office Air 2/8751 has recommendation dated 20 April 1945 when he had flown 38 sorties (234 hours 50 minutes), 28 October 1944 to 18 April 1945.  His sortie list including times is identical to that of F/O William G. McLean, indicating they were in the same crew.

 

28 Oct 44       Cologne (6.45)                           7 Feb 45        Cleve (4.15)

30 Oct 44       Cologne (6.20)                           8 Feb 45        Politz (8.15)

1 Nov 44         Oberhausen (6.55)                    13 Feb 45      Dresden (8.05)

2 Nov 44         Dusseldorf (6.05)                       14 Feb 45      Chemnitz (7.10)

4 Nov 44         Bochum (6.10)                           23 Feb 45      Essen (4.10)

6 Nov 44         Gelsenkirchen (5.15)                 7 Mar 45         Dessau (8.05)

18 Nov 44      Munster (6.15)                            8 Mar 45         Hamburg (5.50)

21 Nov 44      Castrop Rauxel (7.05)               11 Mar 45      Essen (4.35)

27 Nov 44      Neuss (6.00)                               12 Mar 45      Dortmund (4.40)

30 Nov 44      Duisburg (6.10)                          15 Mar 45      Misburg (6.30)

2 Dec 44        Hagen (6.30)                              16 Mar 45      Nuremburg (7.15)

4 Dec 44        Karlsruhe (7.25)                         18 Mar 45      Witten (5.25)

5 Dec 44        Soest (7.10)                               20 Mar 45      Hemmingstadt (5.10)

6 Dec 44        Osnabruck (5.50)                       22 Mar 45      Hildesheim (4.35)

5 Jan 45         Hannover (5.25)                         4 Apr 45         Merseburg (7.20)

7 Jan 45         Munchen (7.20)                          9 Apr 45         Kiel (5.15)

14 Jan 45       Saarbrucken (4.45)                   14 Apr 45       Potsdam (7.45)

22 Jan 45       Duisburg (4.05)                          16 Apr 45       Schwandorf (7.40)

28 Jan 45       Stuttgart (6.10)                           18 Apr 45       Heligoland (4.10)

 

Flying Officer McKinlay is a very efficient Air Bomber in a crew which has a splendid operational record.  He has participated in attacks on such heavily defended enemy areas as Hannover, Munich, Chemnitz and Dessau.

 

He has invariably displayed a fine offensive spirit and a keen sense of responsibility which has inspired his fellow crew members on to greater efforts.  He has not faltered from pressing home his attacks to the full, and seeing that his bombs hit the proper objective.  Undoubtedly this officer's fine example will be difficult to surpass.

 

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McKINLEY, F/O Harold Ernest (J24990) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.408 Squadron - Award effective 1 December 1944 as per London Gazette dated 12 December 1944 and AFRO 337/45 dated 23 February 1945.  Born 1914 in St.Alberts, Alberta; home in Canyon Creek, Alberta (mink rancher); enlisted in Edmonton, 13 April 1942. Trained at No.7 ITS (graduated 28 August 1942), No.6 EFTS (graduated 4 December 1942), and No.10 SFTS (graduated 2 April 1943).  Commissioned 1943.  DFC presented 9 July 1949.  No citation other than "..in recognition of gallantry and devotion to duty in the execution of air operations against the enemy."  Public Records Office Air 2/8881 has recommendation dated 18 September 1944 when he had flown 34 sorties (166 hours 25 minutes), 26 April to 12 September 1944.

 

26 Apr 44       Essen (4.40)                            20 Jul 44        Le Hey (3.30)

1 May 44        St.Gheislain (4.20)                  23 Jul 44        Kiel (5.30)

9 May 44        Calais (3.30)                            24 Jul 44        Stuttgart (7.35)

10 May 44      Ghent (4.10)                             25 Jul 44        Stuttgart (8.25)

31 May 44      Au Fevre (4.15)                        28 Jul 44        Hamburg (4.55)

2 June 44       Neufchatel (4.15)                     1 Aug 44        Ferme de Forestel (4.02)

5 June 44       Longue (4.20)                          3 Aug 44        Bois de Casson (4.30)

6 June 44       Coutances (5.40)                     4 Aug 44        Bois de Casson (4.00)

8 June 44       Mayenne (6.50)                        5 Aug 44        St.Leu d'Esserent (4.55)

13 Jun 44       Cambrai (4.40)                        8 Aug 44        Foret de Chantilly (5.15)

16 Jun 44       Oiesemonte Neuville               9 Aug 44        Foret de Nieppe (3.45)

au Bois (4.15)                          10 Aug 44      La Pallice (6.40)

17 Jun 44       Sterkrade (4.10)                      12 Aug 44      Montrichard (5.05)

23 Jun 44       Bientques (3.45)                      28 Aug 44      Ile de Cezembre (4.50)     

27 Jun 44       Foret d' Eawy (4.05)                10 Sep 44      Le Havre (4.10)

6 July 44         St.Pol Siracourt (4.20)            11 Sep 44      Castrop Rauxel (5.00)

6 July 44         Coquereaux (4.25)                  12 Sep 44      Wanne Eickel (5.00)

18 Jul 44        Caen (4.35)

 

Flying Officer McKinley has completed a tour of operations on four engined bombers in an exemplary manner.  Many of his sorties took him deep into Germany against such heavily defended targets as Stuttgart, Hamburg and Essen.  On all occasions he displayed a fine offensive spirit and pressed home all his attacks with great determination, bringing home many excellent aiming point photographs.

 

Flying Officer McKinley has shown great determination to participate in all operations against the enemy, and has by his cheerfulness and courage set an excellent example to all members of this squadron.  In my opinion, such a long period of skilful and efficient service fully merits an award of the non-immediate Distinguished Flying Cross.

 

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McKINLEY, F/O Henry Joseph Love (J24177) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.575 Squadron - Award effective 31 October 1944 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 1/45 dated 5 January 1945. Born 1914 in Glasgow, Scotland; home in Brooklyn, New York; enlisted in Hamilton, 4 February 1942.  Trained at No.5 ITS (graduated 24 October 1942) and No.4 AOS (graduated 5 March 1943).  Commissioned 1943.  Cited with WO A.E. Smith (RAF).

 

In September 1944, Flying Officer McKinley and Warrant Officer Smith were navigator and map reader, respectively, in an aircraft detailed for a glider towing mission.  The target was in Holland.  When over enemy positions the aircraft was hit by anti-aircraft fire.  The pilot was killed and Flying Officer McKinley was wounded.  Despite this, he unhesitatingly went to assist his comrade, Warrant Officer Smith, who, with great promptitude and resource, had taken over the controls and was keeping the aircraft on its course towards the target.  The glider had been badly damaged and later its pilot was compelled to release.  Warrant Officer Smith afterwards flew the aircraft back to an airfield where he effected a landing without incurring any further damage to the aircraft.  Throughout the return flight Flying Officer McKinley, though suffering much pain, displayed the greatest determination and his accurate navigation was an important factor in the safe return of the aircraft.  These members of aircraft crew set a fine example of courage and resource in the face of great difficulties.

 

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McKINNON, FS (now P/O) Bernard Lloyd (R161211/J93040) - Distinguished Flying Medal - No.419 Squadron - Award effective 6 April 1945 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 765/45 dated 4 May 1945.  Born 1917 in St.Catharines, Ontario; home there (inspector); enlisted in Hamilton, 10 April 1942.  Trained at No.5 ITS (graduated 7 November 1942), No.10 EFTS (graduated 22 January 1943), No.16 SFTS (ceased training) and No.4 BGS (graduated 3 September 1943).  Commissioned 1944.  DFM presented 31 May 1947.

 

Flight Sergeant McKinnon has participated in many sorties against some of the most heavily defended targets in Germany.  In December 1944 he was the air bomber in an aircraft detailed to attack Ludwigshafen. Shortly after the bombs had been released the aircraft was hit by bullets from a fighter.  At the time Flight Sergeant McKinnon was moving to a position from which he could continue his duties by assisting the navigator; he was struck in the foot which was badly injured.  Although in considerable pain, Flight Sergeant McKinnon insisted on remaining at his post until assured that he could be of no further assistance.  His example of courage and fortitude won great praise.

 

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McKINNON, F/O Donald Barton Oliver (J26648) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.404 Squadron - Award effective 15 March 1945 as per London Gazette dated 27 March 1945 and AFRO 1127/45 dated 6 July 1945.  Born 1921 in Edmonton; home in Stevenson, British Columbia.  Educated at University of British Columbia.  Enlisted in Vancouver, 16 October 1941.  Trained at No.7 ITS (graduated 22 May 1942), No.19 EFTS (ceased training 25 September 1942), No.5 BGS (graduated 19 March 1943) and No.1 ANS (graduated 28 May 1943).  Commissioned May 1943.  DFC presented in Vancouver, 22 October 1949.  No citation other than "completed...many successful operations against the enemy in which [he has] displayed high skill, fortitude and devotion to duty."  Public Records Office Air 2/9051 has recommendation dated 20 December 1944 when he had flown 40 sorties (184 hours 20 minutes), 26 April to 6 December 1944.

 

26 Apr 44       Essen (5.45)                               3 Aug 44        L'Ile Adam (3.00)

6 May 44        GARDENING, Brest (4.55)       4 Aug 44        St.Maximum (3.05)

8 May 44        GARDENING, Morgrix (4.25)   5 Aug 44        Bordeaux (7.40)

9 May 44        St.Valerie (4.30)                        7 Aug 44        TOTALIZE (2.35)

15 May 44      GARDENING, Kattegat (5.55) 8 Aug 44        Lucheux (2.50)

19 May 44      Le Clipon (3.00)                         25 Aug 44      Russelsheim (7.00)

21 May 44      GARDENING, Weser (4.35)     26 Aug 44      Kiel (5.30)

22 May 44      Le Mans (5.05)                           12 Sep 44      Frankfurt (6.00)

27 May 44      Le Havre (3.55)                          14 Oct 44       Duisburg (4.05)

28 May 44      Le Havre (3.55)                          15 Oct 44       Wilhelmshaven (4.10)

2 June 44       Dunkirk (3.25)                            19 Oct 44       Stuttgart (5.15)

5 June 44       Houlgate (4.50)                          23 Oct 44       Essen (4.40)

6 June 44       Conde sur Noireau (5.35)         25 Oct 44       Homberg (3.20)

10 Jun 44       Versailles (5.30)                        30 Oct 44       Cologne (4.20)

14 Jun 44       Cambrai (4.30)                          2 Nov 44         Dusseldorf (4.05)

15 Jun 44       Nucourt (3.45)                            11 Nov 44      Dortmund (4.25)

19 Jul 44        Rollez (3.00)                               27 Nov 44      Freiburg (5.10)

23 Jul 44        Kiel (5.15)                                   30 Nov 44      Duisburg (4.15)

28 Jul 44        Hamburg (4.55)                          6 Dec 44        Merseberg (6.35)

27 Jul 44        Boisson (3.30)

30 Jul 44        St.Pierre (3.35)

 

Flying Officer McKinnon is a very keen and capable Bomb Aimer who is now on his second tour of operations.  Included amongst the targets he has attacked are such heavily defended areas as Frankfurt, Kiel and Dusseldorf.  He has invariably displayed an excellent fighting spirit and a keenness for operational duty which is most inspiring to all fellow crew members.  His most outstanding qualities are his devotion to duty and great courage even under the most adverse conditions.  This officer's fine personal qualities have acted as an incentive to his crew and contributed in no small way to their fine record of achievement.

 

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McKINNON, F/O Donald Lawrence (J39906) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.408 Squadron - Award effective 8 September 1945 as per London Gazette dated 25 September 1945 and AFRO 1768/45 dated 23 November 1945.  Born 1913 in Montreal; home there (clerk); enlisted there 24 September 1942.  Trained at No.5 ITS (graduated 7 August 19423) and No.9 AOS (graduated 14 January  1944).  Commissioned December 1943.  DFC presented in Montreal, 25 November 1949.  Died in Ste.Anne de Bellevue Hospital, Quebec, 20 October 1996, age 83.  Obituary notice said he had been a Director of Sales, Eastern Division, Canada Packers.

 

This officer is a navigator of outstanding ability who has taken part in a large number of operational sorties.  On many occasions when handicapped by loss of his navigational aids, his ability, courage and resourcefulness have inspired confidence in the other members of his crew.  On one occasion, while still some 250 miles from his objective, all the navigation aids in Flying Officer McKinnon's aircraft were rendered unserviceable.  Nevertheless, with great skill, he guided his aircraft to the target and back.  At all times this officer has accomplished his duties with determination and courage.

 

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McKINNON, W/C Ian Nicholson (C1910) - Member, Order of the British Empire - AFHQ (Directorate of Procurement) - Award effective 26 May 1944 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 1380/44 dated 30 June 1944.  Born in Edinburgh, Scotland; educated there; enlisted in Edmonton, 22 April 1940.  Presented`with MBE, 13 November 1948.

 

This officer has been employed for some time on the procurement of aircraft and, by his unfailing energy and devotion to duty, has contributed a great deal to the success of the Air Training Plan.  His keen efforts and knowledge of his work have been an inspiration to all with whom he has come in contact.

 

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McKINNON, FS (now P/O) Leo Murray (R81480/J17447) - Distinguished Flying Medal - No.78 Squadron - Award effective 6 August 1943 as per London Gazette dated 13 August 1943 and AFRO 1849/43 dated 10 September 1943.  Home in Revelstoke, British Columbia; enlisted in Calgary, 28 December 1940.  Trained at No.7 BGS (graduated 15 September 1941) and No.2 WS (graduated 17 August 1941).

 

This airman, now on instructional duties, has taken part in attacks on some of the most heavily defended targets in Germany.  A very capable wireless operator, he has always displayed great coolness and resourcefulness when over enemy territory.

 

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McKINNON, F/O William Robert (J21892) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.102 Squadron - Award effective 19 June 1944 as per London Gazette dated 30 June 1944 and AFRO 1861/44 dated 25 August 1944. Born in Alberta, 1923; home in Delburne, Alberta; enlisted in Calgary, 9 July 1941.  Trained at No.4 ITS (graduated 8 May 1942) and No.2 AOS (graduated 11 September 1942).  Commissioned 1942.  Presented at Buckingham Palace, 18 May 1945.  No citation other than "completed...many successful operations against the enemy in which [he has] displayed high skill, fortitude and devotion to duty."  Public Records Office Air 2/9015 has recommendation dated 21 April 1944 when he had flown 34 sorties (211 hours 15 minutes) as a navigator, 27 August 1943 to 18 April 1944:

 

27 Aug 43         Nuremburg (8.20)                           21 Feb 44         GARDENING (6.45)

31 Aug 43         Berlin (8.15)                                    24 Feb 44         GARDENING (6.45)

6 Sept 43          Munich (8.25)                                  25 Feb 44         GARDENING (6.05)

22 Sept 43       Hannover (6.10)                              3 Mar 44           GARDENING (5.55)

3 Oct 43            Kassel (7.35)                                  6 Mar 44           Trappes (4.40)

8 Oct 43            Hannover (5.50)                              7 Mar 44           Le Mans (5.00)

22 Oct 43          Kassel (6.40)                                  13 Mar 44         Le Mans (5.10)

3 Nov 43           Dusseldorf (5.05)                            15 Mar 44         Amiens (4.45)

11 Nov 43         Cannes (9.10)                                 22 Mar 44         GARDENING (6.45)

19 Nov 43         Leverkusen (6.45)                          23 Mar 44         Laon (6.15)

22 Nov 43         Berlin (7.20)                                    30 Mar 44         GARDENING (4.30)

25 Nov 43         Frankfurt (6.55)                               1 Apr 44            GARDENING (3.30)

26 Nov 43         Stuttgart (7.35)                                7 Apr 44            GARDENING (3.15)

20 Dec 43        Frankfurt (6.30)                               9 Apr 44            Lille (4.00)

29 Dec 43        Berlin (7.15)                                    10 Apr 44         Tergnier (5.00)

21 Jan 44         Magdeburg (7.05)                          11 Apr 44         GARDENING (5.35)

4 Feb 44           GARDENING (6.50)                       18 Apr 44         GARDENING (5.35)

 

Flying Officer McKinnon, navigator, has completed an operational tour of 34 sorties involving 211 hours flying during which he has made trips to a wide variety of targets in Germany and occupied territory as well as mining operations.  During the latter this squadron at times acted as Pathfinder Force and Flying Officer McKinnon has given proof of his skill by the extreme accuracy of his flares.

 

He is a navigator of considerably more than average ability who has justly earned the complete confidence of his squadron.  I consider that his very fine work which has had much to do with the success of the squadron on operations should be recognized by the award of the Distinguished Flying Cross.

 

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McKINSTRY, F/O Clifford Irlam (J86336) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.426 Squadron - Award effective 10 May 1945 as per London Gazette dated 25 May 1945 and AFRO 1291/45 dated 10 August 1945. Born 1916 in Peterborough, Ontario; home in Montreal.  Educated at University of Montreal.  Former aircraft mechanic.  Enlisted in Montreal, 31 July 1942.  Trained at No.3 ITS (graduated 19 March 1943), No.11 EFTS (graduated 28 May 1943) and No.8 SFTS (graduated 1 October 1943).  Commissioned May 1944.  Posted to squadron 30 June 1944 from No.61 Base.  DFC presented 1 April 1949.  No citation other than "completed...numerous operations against the enemy in the course of which [he has] invariably displayed the utmost fortitude, courage and devotion to duty."  DHist file 181.009 D.2891 (RG.24 Vol.20633) has recommendation dated 20 December 1944 when he had flown 34 sorties (168 hours ten minutes), 7 July to 18 November 1944.

 

This pilot has carried out 34 sorties against such targets as Stuttgart, Kiel, Hamburg, Cologne and other heavily defended German cities.  He has at all times shown the highest degree of courage and the greatest determination to press home his attack against all opposition.  On one attack against Wanne Eickel in the Ruhr on September 12, his aircraft was subjected to accurate anti-aircraft fire while on the bombing run and damaged.  Pilot Officer McKinstry, however, pressed home his attack to good advantage and returned to base.

 

His energy and keenness for operations has at all times inspired other aircrew members to greater efforts and his skill and reliability has set the highest example.  He is recommended for the award of the Distinguished Flying Cross (Non-Immediate).

 

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McKITRICK, F/L David John (J21390) - 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 Crystal City, Manitoba; enlisted in Winnipeg, 4 September 1941.  Trained at No.4 ITS (graduated 20 June 1942), No.5 EFTS (graduated 15 August 1942) and No.37 SFTS (graduated 4 December 1942).  Certificate sent 16 August 1944.

 

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McKNIGHT, WO1 (now P/O) James Douglas (R68201/J41022) - Commended for Valuable Services in the Air - No.5 SFTS - Award effective 5 May 1944 as per London Gazette and Canada Gazette of that date and AFRO 1133/44 dated 26 May 1944.  American; home in Jersey City, New Jersey; enlisted in London, Ontario, 20 July 1940.  Trained at No.2 ITS (graduated 30 September 1940), No.1 EFTS (graduated 11 December 1940), and No.5 SFTS (graduated 11 March 1941).  Governor General's Records (RG.7 Group 26, Volume 57, file 190-I) has citation; notes state that as of recommendation he had flown 900 hours, 500 as instructor, 470 in past six months.

 

This Warrant Officer, after being posted overseas, was involved in a very serious accident in which he was badly burned.  He was repatriated to Canada to undergo a flying instructors course and since graduation has been usefully employed as a flying instructor.  He has shown great courage, fortitude and determination in overcoming his accident, and his record of flying at this unit has been outstanding.  He is an above average instructor whose intelligence, judgement and devotion to duty is outstanding.

 

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McKNIGHT, S/L Ralph Edwin Caldwell (J4423) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.223 Squadron - Award effective 12 November 1945 as per London Gazette dated 16 November 1945 and AFRO 133/46 dated 8 February 1946.  Born 1920 in Fredericton, New Brunswick; home in Minett, Muskoka, Ontario (student); enlisted in Moncton, 21 August 1940.  Trained at No.1 ITS (graduated 3 November 1940), No.7 EFTS (graduated 23 December 1940) and No.6 SFTS (graduated 5 March 1941).  Commissioned March 1941.  Employed postwar by KLM Airlines; medal delivered to him with that firm about October 1952.  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 2/9137 has recommendation dated 15 May 1945 when he had flown 29 sorties (180 hours 30 minutes).

 

                                                             SP = Special Patrol

                                                            WP = Window Patrol

 

10 Sept 44       Gladbach (2.40)                                   21 Dec 44  WP, Rheiner (6.50)

22 Sept 44       SP, Dutch coast,                                  28 Dec 44  WP, Frankfurt (4.30)

special equipment u/s (4.00)              29 Dec 44  Wahn airfield (5.30)

5 Oct 44            SP, Dutch coast (5.30)                       6 Jan 45     Neuss (5.10)

6 Oct 44            SP, Dutch coast (4.55)                       14 Jan 45   WP, north Germany (6.25)

15 Oct 44          WP, Wilhelmshaven (4.10)                 16 Jan 45   WP, Flensburg (4.45)

23 Oct 44          WP, Essen (5.10)                                1 Feb 45     WP, Ludwigshaven (5.50)

4 Nov 44           WP, Bochum (3.20)                             3 Feb 45     Botrop (5.25)

9 Nov 44           WP, DNCO, late take-off                    7 Feb 45     WP, Ruhr (4.35)

when first aircraft u/s,                          13 Feb 45  WP, Kaiserlauten (5.25)

insufficient fuel,                                    18 Feb 45  WP, Frankfurt (4.05)

electrical-oxygen-turret                        21 Feb 45  Gravenhorst (6.00)

failure (1.40)                                         23 Feb 45  Pforzheim (8.15)

11 Nov 44         WP, Ruhr (4.15)                                   28 Feb 45  WP, Lake Constance (7.00)    

20 Nov 44         WP, DNCO, engine                             13 Mar 45   WP, Frankfurt (6.10)

feathered on takeoff (.10)                   18 Mar 45   Witten (6.35)

23 Nov 44         WP, Cologne (4.15)                            21 Mar 45   WP, Kiel (5.15)

26 Nov 44         WP, Munich (8.05)                               24 Mar 45   WP, Ruhr (5.20)

29 Nov 44         WP, Ruhr (4.20)                                   2 Apr 45     WP, Strade airfield (5.15)

1 Dec 44           WP, Ruhr (4.00)                                   23 Apr 45   WP, Gravenmunde (5.20)

5 Dec 44           Soest (5.50)                                         2 May 45    WP, Kiel (4.30)

 

Squadron Leader McKnight is serving as a Flight Commander and has successfully completed 29 operational sorties on Bomber Support duties. These sorties, often against heavily defended areas, have been carried out with skill and determination.  On a recent occasion when a serious fire developed in the aircraft, Squadron Leader McKnight, displaying great presence of mind and resourcefulness, appraised the situation and gave cool and concise instructions to his crew and then carried on unperturbed by this emergency. His ability to make instant decisions in [an] emergency, skilful pilotage and cool judgement undoubtedly made this operational sortie successful. This officer's exceptional courage, skill and determination have been an inspiration to his crew and the splendid example he has et is highly commendable and the award of the Distinguished Flying Cross is strongly recommended. Up to the present time he has flown 180.30 operational hours with the squadron.

 

 

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