McLACHLAN, F/L Hugh (J8408) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.94 Squadron - Award effective 31 October 1944 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 1/45 dated 5 January 1945. Born 19 September 1922 in Greenock, Renfrewshire; educated at Coalhurst, Alberta; home in Aden, Alberta. Trained at No.2 ITS, No.16 EFTS and No.10 SFTS. Commissioned February 1941. Flew two tours in Desert Air Force (Nos.80 and 94 Squadrons). Left RCAF in April 1945, rejoining November 1946. Group Captain in August 1964; Brigadier General 1 August 1968, Major-General June 1971 (on being made AOC Transport Command), Lieutenant-General July 1976; retired June 1977. Made CMM, May 1977. Retired as Deputy Chief of Defence Staff. Executive for Rolls Royce, living in Ottawa, 1977-1991. Died in Ottawa, 6 May 1998.

 

Flight Lieutenant McLachlan has proved himself to be an able and daring flight commander and has completed successfully a very large number of sorties. He has led the squadron on bomber escort duties over Crete on many occasions and has displayed ability and courage of a high degree. He has shot down three enemy aircraft.

 

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McLACHLIN, F/L Donald Russell (J5978) - Mention in Despatches - Station Dalton (AFRO says No.125 Squadron but it would appear he was recommended for services at Dalton; see below) - Award effective 1 January 1945 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 337/45 dated 23 February 1945. Home in Kingsville, Ontario; enlisted in Windsor, 19 August 1940. Trained at No.2 ITS (graduated 24 January 1941), No.16 EFTS (graduated 28 March 1941) and No.11 SFTS (graduated 3 July 1941). DHist file 181.009 D.2993 (RG.24 Vol.20634) has recommendation forwarded by No.61 Base to Headquarters, No.6 Group, 27 July 1944. He had enlisted 4 July 1941, served three months in Canada, and then 28 months overseas. When recommended he was Officer Commanding "C" Flight, 1695 Bomber Defence Training Flight.

 

Flight Lieutenant McLachlin completed a tour of operations on night fighters between November 1941 and November 1943, and was posted to No.1688 (B) Defence Training Flight at Newmarket. He was posted to No.1695 (B) Defence Training Flight on May 6th, 1944 and has been chiefly responsible for the organization of the night fighter affiliation flight. Since completing his operations, Flight Lieutenant McLachlin has carried out this comparatively unexciting and tiresome work with great energy and enthusiasm, with the result that night fighter affiliation has been introduced as a new and valuable part of Bomber Defence Training.

 

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McLACHLIN, F/L Harold Archibald (J12322) - Air Force Cross - No.1 AOS - Award effective 14 June 1945 as per Canada Gazette of that date and AFRO 1127/45 dated 6 July 1945. Born in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, 12 November 1912. Attended University of Western Ontario. Federal civil servant. Home in London, Ontario; enlisted there 5 June 1940. Trained at No.1 ITS (graduated 20 July 1940), No.3 EFTS (graduated 7 October 1940) and No.31 SFTS (graduated 14 December 1940). Medal sent by registered mail, 27 November 1945. Governor General's Records (RG.7 Group 26, Vol.59, file 190-I, dossier 7) has citation. When recommended he had flown 3,031 hours, 2,720 as instructor, 207 in past six months.

 

As chief examining officer of civilian pilots at No.4 Air Observer School and later at No.1 Air Observer School, this officer has demonstrated outstanding ability, interest and leadership. Not only has this officer organized and directed most efficient examining flights but has at all times set a high example by doing a large part of the flying himself. Besides having an exceptionally fine record in total flying hours as an instructor, he is in all respects an outstanding officer.

 

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McLAFFERTY, Corporal Neil Arthur (R79581) - Mention in Despatches - Linton-on-Ouse - Award effective 1 January 1946 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 497/46 dated 17 May 1946. Home in Boreham, Saskatchewan; enlisted in Regina, 30 October 1940. Identified in AFRO as "Overseas". McEwen papers (CWM) with list of recommendations with MiD recommendations for 1 February to 31 July 1945 identifies unit. DHist file 181.009 D.1725 (PAC RG.24 Vol.20607) has recommendation forwarded to No.6 Group Headquarters, 5 May 1945. Fitter IIA; enlisted 30 October 1940; served 18 months in Canada, 36 months overseas:

 

This airman displays at all times a great amount of energy and persistence. His skill as a tradesman is of the very highest quality and he is capable of completing the most difficult duties. In many instances, after completing the work on his own aircraft, he has helped out in the preparation of other aircraft for operations.

 

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McLAREN, F/O Alistair Donald (J17178) - Mention in Despatches - Overseas - Award effective 14 June 1945 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 1478/45 dated 21 September 1945. Home in Toronto; enlisted There 25 May 1941. Trained at No.5 ITS (graduated 21 November 1941), No.9 AOS (graduated 13 March 1942), No.1 BGS (graduated 25 April 1942) and No.2 ANS (graduated 25 May 1942).

 

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McLAREN, F/L Donald Howard (C8294) - Air Force Cross - No.5 Bombing and Gunnery School - Award effective 1 January 1945 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 89/45 dated 19 January 1945. Total flying hours to date: 244. Hours flown in previous six months: 61. Had enlisted in Toronto, 24 October 1941. AFC presented 17 June 1945.

 

This officer, in charge of navigation, has executed his duties, which have been of a trying character, in a most commendable manner. Displaying great skill and initiative, he has successfully organized training for air bombers. His energy and forethought have rendered a highly meritorious performance of duty beyond that ordinarily required.

 

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McLAREN, P/O Francis Earl (J17371) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.104 Squadron - Award effective 5 October 1943 as per London Gazette dated 15 October 1943 and AFRO 2386/43 dated 19 November 1943. Born in Kingston, Ontario, 1919; home in Winnipeg; enlisted there 17 October 1940. Trained at No.1 ITS (graduated 17 December 1940), No.4 EFTS (graduated 16 July 1941) and No.9 SFTS (graduated 25 September 1941). Commissioned 1943. Shot down twice in his career. DFC presented 20 April 1945. Awarded George Medal, February 1962.

 

Pilot Officer McLaren has been engaged continuously on operational flying since December 1942, and has participated in sorties against targets in Italy, Sicily and North Africa. In June 1943 he was captain of an aircraft which, during an attack on Pantelleria, was badly damaged by anti-aircraft fire and the front gunner injured. Pilot Officer McLaren was forced to bring his aircraft onto the sea where, owing to damage to the dinghy, the crew had to take to the water with the sole aid of their life-saving jackets. This officer's courage and fortitude throughout a harassing experience were worthy of the highest praise.

 

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McLAREN, F/O James Matthews (J25215) - Air Force Cross - No.10 SFTS - Award effective 21 April 1945 as per Canada Gazette of that date and AFRO 802/45 dated 11 May 1945. Enlisted in Fort William, Ontario, 21 June 1940. Trained at No.2 ITS (graduated 18 August 1940), No.2 EFTS (graduated 21 October 1940) and No.2 SFTS (graduated 5 January 1941). When recommended he had flown 2,875 hours, 2,751 as instructor, 216 in past six months. Presented 29 August 1946.

 

During his four years as a navigation instructor this officer has been most efficient in the execution of his duties. He has held a responsible position in his flight for some time and the loyalty and devotion to duty shown by him has been reflected both in the efficiency of his flight and the calibre of his pupils. Throughout his service this officer has set an outstanding example to other instructors by the conscientious manner in which he has performed his duties.

 

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McLARTY, F/L Donald William (J6835) - Mention in Despatches - Middle East Command (now No.7 Photo Wing) - Award effective 1 January 1945 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 337/45 dated 23 February 1945. Home in Buenos Aires, Argentina; enlisted in Ottawa, 28 November 1940. Trained at No.1 ITS, No.9 EFTS and No.2 SFTS. No citation in Canadian sources. Public Records Office Air 2/9229 has recommended citation as brought to Air Ministry Honours and Awards Committee:

 

Flying Officer McLarty was taken prisoner in North Africa in 1942 and towards the end of the year was transferred to Bari in Italy. For three weeks he suffered great privation which brought him to the verge of starvation. Some four months later he was transferred with other prisoners to Sulmona where conditions were much better. In June 1943, the camp was evacuated owing to the approach of the Allied armies. Flying Officer McLarty and a companion got away and evading recapture when passing through the Italian lines, eventually linked up with a Canadian Division.

 

The original recommendation, dated 28 July 1944, read as follows:

 

Flying Officer McLarty was taken prisoner in North Africa and on the 11th October 1942 joined Flying Officer Sherk at Bardia. A few days later they were transferred by air to Italy and after arriving were entrained for Bari. For three weeks they suffered conditions which were extremely bad, and lack of food brought them to the verge of starvation. Approximately four months later Flying Officer McLarty was transferred with the others to Sulmona where conditions were much better. In June 1943 the camp was evacuated due to the approach of the Allied armies. Flying Officer McLarty and his companion then commenced a period extending over a month in trying to evade recapture by the German forces. There were eventually guided through the Italian lines and joined a Canadian division and eventually returned to this country.

 

Flying Officer McLarty shared with his companions in determination and endurance in order to effect an escape from the enemy, and I recommend that he should be awarded the Military Cross.

 

NOTE: The above documents do not agree as to his unit (No.33 or No.35 Squadron) and clearly err as to the date of the camp being moved (as of June 1943 there were no Allied armies in Italy). Notations and text clearly indicate that his companion was F/O R.J.F. Sherk (Mentioned in Despatches, which see).

 

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McLAUGHLIN, F/O James Robert (J85328) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.683 Squadron - Award effective 12 February 1945 as per London Gazette dated 23 February 1945 and AFRO 625/45 dated 13 April 1945. Born in Brighton, Ontario, 1915; home in Colborne, Ontario; enlisted in Toronto, 11 August 1941. Trained at No.1 ITS (graduated 22 January 1942), No.3 EFTS (graduated 27 March 1942) and No.2 SFTS (graduated 31 July 1942). Commissioned 1944. DFC presented 27 November 1950. Medals advertised in Spinks Auction catalogue of December 1994, estimated value $ 1,700 (DFC, 1939-1945 Star, Italy Star, Defence Medal, Canadian Volunteer Service Medal with Star, War Medal 1939-1945 and observer wings (ribbons missing).

This officer has proved to be an outstanding photographic reconnaissance pilot. He has obtained some excellent photographs of the battle area and the Gothic line. In addition he has successfully covered targets in the heavily defended areas of Vienna, Munich and Budapest, displaying extreme skill both as a pilot and a navigator. On another occasion he showed marked resourcefulness and determination in pressing on to the limits of his fuel supply to obtain valuable photographs. He was able to achieve this only by exceptionally skilful handling of his engine and fuel and outstanding navigation.

 

NOTE: Public Records Office Air 2/9049 has recommendation dated 17 December 1944 when he had flown 103 sorties (252 operational hours).

 

This officer has constantly produced an exceptionally high standard of work throughout his operational flying career with this squadron.

 

He first made a name for himself with the Detached Flight, providing outstandingly accurate photographic mosaics of the Battle Area for the Eighth Army, on one occasion making 19 long runs covering almost half the enemy Gothic Defence Line.

 

Besides his notable short range work with the detachment, Flying Officer McLaughlin has also successfully covered targets at extreme range for a single-engined unarmed aircraft in the heavily defended areas of Vienna, Munich and Budapest, displaying extreme skill both as a pilot and a navigator.

 

On one occasion, briefed for targets in and around Vienna, he found the whole area cloud covered, but undismayed and displaying his usual determination to bring back photographs, he pressed on to the absolute limits of his petrol supply to photograph Prague, and only by exceptionally skilful handling of his engine and fuel, and outstanding navigation was he able to return safely with his valuable photographs. Prague is 60 miles further north than any Phot Reconnaissance Spitfire had operated previously from the Mediterranean area.

 

Flying Officer McLaughlin has proved a most resourceful and determined pilot and for his outstanding work he is recommended for a non-immediate award of the Distinguished Flying Cross.

 

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McLAUGHLIN, F/O Joseph Charles (J40308) - Commended for Valuable Services - Overseas - Award effective 13 June 1946 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 726/46 dated 26 July 1946. Home in Jenkins, Minnisota; enlisted in Calgary, 18 March 1941. Trained at No.2 WS (graduated 7 December 1941) and No.8 BGS (graduated 5 January 1942).

 

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McLAUGHLIN, F/L Maurice William (J16138) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.419 Squadron - Award effective 12 November 1945 as per London Gazette dated 16 November 1945 and AFRO 133/46 dated 8 February 1946. Born October 1917 in Edmonton; home there (farmer); enlisted there 19 December 1940. Trained at No.2 ITS (graduated 20 April 1941), No.8 EFTS (graduated 8 June 1941), and No.15 SFTS (graduated 21 August 1941). Commissioned September 1942. Presented 9 July 1949.

 

This officer has completed many sorties during a second tour of operational duty during which he has attacked many of Germany's most heavily defended targets. In March 1945, after successfully attacking Hagen, his aircraft was attacked by an enemy fighter and the whole of the starboard wing burst into flames. With fine airmanship this officer kept the burning aircraft airborne until the other members of his crew were able to escape by parachute, remaining himself until the nose of the aircraft broke off from the fuselage. Flight Lieutenant McLaughlin has invariably shown skill, courage, and devotion to duty worthy of the highest praise.

 

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McLEAN, S/L Andrew Young (C13169) - Member, Order of the British Empire - Eastern Air Command Headquarters - Award effective 1 January 1946 as per Canada Gazette of that date and AFRO 82/46 dated 25 January 1946. Home in Seaforth, Ontario. Enlisted in London, Ontario, 7 August 1942. Presented 17 May 1948.

 

This officer's long and arduous duties have been performed in such a manner as to be an inspiration to all those who came in contact with him. Squadron Leader McLean has been the mainstay of the Organization Branch at Eastern Air Command Headquarters for the past three years and his work has been of the highest order during a period of difficult and rapidly changing conditions, particularly with respect to the organizing and functioning of the numerous isolated bases in this Command.

 

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McLEAN, F/O Howard Vincent (J36349) - George Medal - No.14 SFTS - Award effective 17 November 1945 as per Canada Gazette of that date and AFRO 133/46 dated 8 February 1946. Home in Ottawa; enlisted there 2 July 1942. Trained at No.5 ITS (graduated 3 April 1943), No.10 EFTS (graduated 12 June 1943), and No.2 SFTS (graduated 15 October 1943). Incident occurred 18 July 1945. The recommendation - for an AFC - was submitted on 4 August 1945 by W/C G.G.N. Barrett, Chief Instructor at No.14 SFTS, and approved by G/C W.R. Pollock, station commander, on 8 August 1945. On 23 August 1945 A/V/M Middleton changed the recommended award to a George Medal. As of the date of recommendation, McLean had 1,253 hours 55 minutes flying (938 hours 35 minutes as instructor), of which 869 hours 15 minutes flying time and 535 hours 55 minutes instructional time had been in the previous six months. The original recommendation is much less detailed than the published citation. Presented by Governor General, 17 April 1947. See DHIST file 181.009 D1429, Honours and Awards, No.14 SFTS, Kingston, found in RG 24 Vol.20598.

 

This instructor was carrying out an authorized training exercise with a pupil in a Harvard aircraft when, as a result of causes unknown, his aircraft crashed and immediately burst into flames. Flying Officer McLean was severely injured in the crash, suffering fractured vertebrae, a broken nose, lacerations of the head and face and severe shock. Despite these injuries, the flames from the burning aircraft and the great danger of the fuel tanks exploding, this officer succeeded in rescuing his pupil, who was in an unconscious condition, from the burning aircraft without assistance, and dragging him clear of danger. While rescuing his pupil, Flying Officer Mclean received first degree burns on his legs and further lacerations. Flying Officer McLean's great courage, devotion to duty, and complete disregard for his own personal safety undoubtedly were responsible for saving the life of his pupil. The great gallantry displayed by this officer throughout the incident in question is beyond all praise.

 

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McLEAN, FS (now P/O) Lorne Everett (R215492/J90502) - Distinguished Flying Medal - No.425 Squadron - Award effective 6 January 1945 as per London Gazette dated 16 January 1945 and AFRO 508/45 dated 23 March 1945. Born in Vancouver; home at Langley Prairie, British Columbia (truck driver); enlisted in Vancouver, 6 February 1943. Trained at No.3 BGS (graduated 12 November 1943). Commissioned 1944. Presented with medal 19 May 1947. No citation other than that he has "completed...numerous operations against the enemy in the course of which [he has] invariably displayed the utmost fortitude, courage and devotion to duty." DHist file 181.009 D.1730 (PAC RG.24 Vol.20607) has recommendation dated 11 October 1944 when he had completed 35 sorties (167 hours 20 minutes): the incident described was his second sortie; see also DFM award to FS A.H. Morrison.

 

This rear gunner has taken part in many attacks against the enemy's heavily defended targets including Hamburg, Kiel, Wesseling, Osnabruck, Bottrop and Bochum.

 

When returning from a successful attack on Sautrecourt, France on the night of June 18th, 1944, he sighted a Me.109 at starboard quarter level while another Me.109, dead astern, had been sighted by the mid-upper gunner. As the enemy closed in to attack, Flight Sergeant McLean delivered a burst to the one he had sighted. Simultaneously, the mid-upper gunner directed evasive action to "Corkscrew starboard" and opened fire on the other aircraft. The aircraft then started to climb and traces of ricochetting were observed as the enemy aircraft broke away.

 

The splendid teamwork of the gunners and courage and coolness of this non-commissioned officer added greatly in enabling the aircraft to return safely. Flight Sergeant McLean has invariably displayed high courage and determination.

 

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McLEAN, P/O Malcolm Neil (J86725) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.429 Squadron - Award effective 3 October 1944 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 2637/44 dated 8 December 1944. Born 1912 in Selkirk, Manitoba; home in Winnipeg; enlisted there 6 January 1942. Trained at No.3 BGS (graduated 19 February 1943. Commissioned 1944. Served in postwar RCAF. DFC sent to Training Command by registered mail, 14 August 1951. DHist file 181.009 D.2609 (RG.24 Vol.20632) has recommendation dated 9 July 1944 when he had flown on 29 sorties (156 hours 35 minutes), 16 September 1943 to 27 June 1944.

 

This officer has displayed the highest standard of skill and courage in air operations. As air gunner he has participated in a large number of sorties, many of them against targets important to the enemy's war effort. One night in July 1944, on the return flight from Hamburg, his aircraft was hit by anti-aircraft fire and sustained much damage. Pilot Officer McLean was wounded in the back and the leg. Although in much pain and suffering from loss of blood, he remained in his turret ready to defend his aircraft against any further interference. His courage, endurance and devotion to duty set a fine example.

 

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McLEAN, WO Oliver Douglas (R102034) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.429 Squadron - Award effective 24 May 1944 as per London Gazette dated 2 June 1944 and AFRO 1444/44 dated 7 July 1944. Born in Bridgeford, Saskatchewan, 1913; home in Gilroy, Saskatchewan; enlisted in Regina, 24 April 1941. Trained at No.1 ITS (graduated 16 August 1941), No.18 EFTS (ceased training 3 September 1941), No.7 BGS (graduated 14 March 1942), No.5 AOS (graduated 31 January 1942) and No.1 ANS (graduated 14 April 1942). Presented with medal 1 November 1948. 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 2/9149 has recommendation dated 15 February 1944 when he had flown 26 sorties (162 hours 45 minutes), 13 October 1942 to 15 February 1944.

 

13 Oct 42 Kiel (6.40) 30 Apr 43 Essen (5.30)

1 Nov 42 Met recce (3.45) 4 May 43 Dortmund (4.50)

15 Jan 43 Lorient (5.50) 23 May 43 Dortmund (4.50)

29 Jan 43 Lorient (6.30) 11 June 43 Dusseldorf (5.05)

3 Feb 43 Hamburg (3.40) 13 July 43 Aachen (6.30)

4 Feb 43 Turin (10.00) 27 July 43 Hamburg (6.40)

16 Feb 43 Lorient (6.05) 3 Oct 43 Kassel (7.25)

19 Feb 43 Wilhelmshaven (5.00) 5 Nov 43 Dusseldorf (5.45)

24 Feb 43 Wilhelmshaven (4.30) 4 Dec 43 Leipzig (8.30)

1 Mar 43 Berlin (7.15) 29 Dec 43 Berlin (8.00)

22 Mar 43 St.Nazaire (5.55) 21 Jan 44 Magdeburg (7.00)

26 Apr 43 Duisburg (5.25) 29 Jan 44 Berlin (8.30)

28 Apr 43 GARDENING, Baltic (7.00) 15 Feb 44 Berlin (6.35)

 

This Air Bomber has attacked many of the most heavily defended targets in Germany, including Berlin, Hamburg and Essen. Undeterred by intense flak and concentrations of searchlights, Warrant Officer McLean has pressed home the attack and always successfully bombed the objective. His keenness for operations and steadiness under fire have been an inspiration to the crews with whom he has flown. It is considered that Warrant Officer McLean's devotion to duty and steadfast courage fully merit the award of the Distinguished Flying Cross.

 

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McLEAN, FS Robert Galeta (R59712) - British Empire Medal - No.7 Bombing and Gunnery School - Award effective 14 June 1945 as per Canada Gazette of that date and AFRO 1127/45 dated 6 July 1945. Born 31 January 1905, McCreary, Manitoba; educated at Brandon Normal School and Wesley College, Winnipeg. School teacher and Principal at Churchbridge, South Dakota, but gave home as Brandon, Manitoba; enlisted in Winnipeg, 15 August 1940. PR release at time of award says he won Air Gunner's badge in 1940 and was currently in the Armament Branch. Presented with medal 8 November 1945. Governor General's Records (RG.7 Group 26, Volume 59, file 190-I, dossier 7) has citation.

 

Throughout over three and a half years service at his present unit, this non-commissioned officer has never failed in carrying out his work in a highly efficient manner. He has given unstintingly of his services, often working long hours under severe stress in the interests of the service. His proficiency as an armament instructor is commendable. His tenacity and complete control of even the most difficult situations are highly exemplary. His willingness to undertake tasks and assume responsibilities not normally required in his course of duties is of the highest order.

 

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McLEAN, F/O Ross Patterson (J21662) - Commended for Valuable Services in the Air - No.6 SFTS - Award effective 26 October 1943 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 2386/43 dated 19 November 1943. Enlisted in Windsor, Ontario, 16 September 1940. Trained at No.2 ITS (graduated 6 December 1940), No.8 EFTS (graduated 7 February 1941) and No.3 SFTS (graduated 28 May 1941). Awarded MBE, 23 June 1943. Governor General's Records (RG.7 Group 26, Volume 57, File 190-I) has citation.

 

This officer has been employed on flying instructional duties and for the past two years has carried out his duties in a very outstanding manner. His ability as an instructor is of the highest order and his loyalty, enthusiasm and determination have been exemplary.

 

McLEAN, F/O Ross Patterson (J21662) - Member, Order of the British Empire - No.6 SFTS - Award effective 23 June 1944 as per Canada Gazette dated 1 July 1944 and AFRO 1861/44 dated 25 August 1944. Event described also brought award of BEM to LAC Norman Frederick Wolgast (RAAF). Presented with medal 11 July 1945.

 

This officer was taxiing his plane when a Harvard aircraft crashed on another runway. He quickly taxied over to the burning wreckage, jumped out and, with total disregard for his own safety and despite the danger of exploding gasoline, rushed into the flames. Having seen the occupant of the rear cockpit clear himself from the plane and crawl away, he rushed to the rescue of the instructor, who had managed to undo his safety harness and had then collapsed. With the assistance of an airman, he kicked in one of the side panels and attempted to pull the pilot out with his parachute on. Unable to do so, he reached into the burning cockpit, undid the harness, and pulled the pilot to safety. If it had not been for Flying Officer McLean's quick thinking and courageous and swift actions, this airman would have lost his life, as the plane was burned out shortly after his release.

 

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McLEAN, F/O William Eugene (J35287) - Mention in Despatches - No.514 Squadron (deceased) - Award effective 13 June 1946 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 726/46 dated 26 July 1946. Born in Toronto, 10 January 1920; home there (aircraft assembly worker); enlisted there 25 July 1941. Trained at No.3 ITS, 2 September to 25 October 1941 (graduated 9 October 1941 when promoted to LAC), No.21 EFTS, 26 October to 20 December 1941 (graduated 19 December 1941) and No.9 SFTS, 21 December 1941 to 25 April 1942 (graduated 24 April 1942 when promoted Sergeant). Posted to No.10 AOS, Chatham, 1 June 1942; to No.9 BGS, 9 October 1942; promoted Flight Sergeant, 24 October 1942; promoted WO2, 24 April 1943; commissioned 13 September 1943; to "Y" Depot, Halifax, 29 September 1943; arrived in Britain, 30 October 1943; considerable further training at Beam Approach and OTU units until posted to No.514 Squadron, 2 January 1945. Killed in action 2/3 February 1945 (Lancaster NN772). Certificate sent to his mother, 21 January 1949. Public Records Office Air 2/5867 has recommendation for a Victoria Cross dated 17 June 1945 and signed by Wing Commander P.L.B. Morgan, Commanding Officer of No.514 Squadron. McLean had flown five sorties (20 hours 35 minutes).

 

On the night of the 2nd/3rd February 1945, the above named officer was detailed as pilot and captain of a four engined heavy bomber to attack Wiesbaden.

 

The target was a heavily defended one, and just after the bombs had been released there was a loud explosion in the aircraft. Flying Officer McLean was then heard to ask the Flight Engineer if the starboard inner engine had been hit. He got no reply but almost immediately he himself confirmed that it was the starboard inner engine and that it was now out of action. At this moment the Mid-Upper Gunner saw that the starboard inner engine was on fire.

 

The air bomber, who was down in the bomb aimer's position when the explosion occurred, then came up to see if he could give any assistance. At this moment, a large piece of white-hot metal came into the aircraft and lodged between the pilot's feet just aft of the rudder bar. The Air Bomber attempted to remove this with the aid of a flying jacket, but was unable to do so. Seeing this, Flying Officer McLean ordered the crew to carry out the emergency procedure for abandoning the aircraft.

 

Flying Officer McLean continued to control the aircraft in spite of the white hot metal, which by now was quickly setting fire to everything in its vicinity, including Flying Officer McLean's boots and clothing.

 

Just prior to leaving his turret, the Mid-Upper Gunner saw that the whole of the front part of the aircraft was on fire but the aircraft was still being kept steady which enabled him to reach the emergency exit and abandon the aircraft.

 

The Air Bomber, on his way to the emergency exit, noticed the Flight Engineer lying on the floor, apparently wounded or killed, so he called for a parachute pack, which he fastened to the Flight Engineer's harness. The pilot then told them to get out quickly. The Air Bomber then noticed that Flying Officer McLean was enveloped from head to foot in flames and that the whole cockpit was on fire. He then received a blow to the stomach and fell out of the aircraft.

 

The Air Bomber and the Mid-Upper Gunner were the only two survivors of the crew but they undoubtedly owe their lives to the outstanding bravery of the captain, Flying Officer McLean, who remained at the controls in order to steady the aircraft sufficiently to let his crew abandon it, completely disregarding his own safety and enduring what must have been extreme agony. Had he chosen, Flying Officer McLean was in a position to save himself but, crippled as the aircraft was, it is unlikely that any other members of the crew would have survived.

 

By his action, Flying Officer McLean set the highest example for outstanding bravery and courage, sacrificing his own life in attempting to save the lives of his crew and comrades.

 

It is very strongly recommended that this outstanding example of heroism be recognized by the posthumous award of the Victoria Cross to Flying Officer W.E. McLean.

 

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McLEAN, F/O William Geddes (J38771) - 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 1922 at Moorepark, Manitoba; home there (ledger keeper); enlisted in Winnipeg, 22 August 1942. Trained at No.7 ITS (graduated 17 April 1943) and No.5 AOS (graduated 10 December 1943). Commissioned November 1943. No citation other than "completed...numerous operations against the enemy in the course of which [he has] invariably displayed the utmost fortitude, courage and devotion to duty." Public Records Office Air 2/8751 has recommendation dated 20 April 1945 when he had flown 38 sorties (232 hours 20 minutes), 28 October 1944 to 18 April 1945.

 

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)

26 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 McLean is a very efficient navigator, now on his second tour of operations. He has participated in attacks on such heavily defended enemy areas as Kiel, Merseburg, Stuttgart and Hamburg.

 

Underneath a quiet, unruffled personality he possesses a fine offensive spirit and a keen sense of devotion to duty, which makes him a very valuable member of aircrew, Invariably this officer has displayed a desire for operational duty and a technical skill which has served as an inspiration to all members of his crew.

 

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McLEARN, S/L Harold Alexander (C7404) - Mention in Despatches - No.1 Group - Award effective 14 June 1945 as per Canada Gazette of that date and AFRO 1127/45 dated 6 July 1945. Educated at University of Toronto. Commissioned in Militia, 1936; enlisted in RCAF, Toronto, 12 September 1941. Became RCAF Judge Advocate General, 1950, and JAG for Canadian Armed Forces, 20 February 1969 (promoted to Brigadier General at that time). Awarded Queen's Coronation Medal, 21 October 1953 when a Group Captain at AFHQ.

 

This officer has shown outstanding ability in setting up and being responsible for flying control organization in his group. His supervision and initiative have been an inspiration to operational aircrews and have frequently led to the safety and rescue of aircraft in distress. The contribution this officer has made to the Royal Canadian Air Force has been of great value.

 

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McLEISH, S/L Wallace Angus Grayton (J4886) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.428 Squadron - Award effective 10 May 1944 as per London Gazette dated 23 May 1944 and AFRO 1380/44 dated 30 June 1944. Born in Toronto, 27 April 1915; home in South Hamilton. Obtained a BA at McMaster University, then taught at Ashbury College, Ottawa, 1938-1940; enlisted in Hamilton, 16 September 1940. Trained at No.2 ITS (graduated 6 December 1940), No.15 EFTS (graduated 28 January 1941) and No.32 SFTS (graduated 10 April 1942). Commissioned 9 April 1941. F/O, 9 April 1942; F/L 9 April 1943; S/L 29 November 1943; W/C 9 May 1944; reverted to S/L 1 October 1946. Attended Central Flying School (Trenton) before instructing at Summerside and Brantford. Sent overseas in February 1943. Further trained at No.14 (P) AFU, No.22 OTU and No.1664 HCU before posting to No.428 Squadron, 26 August 1943. Served as Deputy Flight Commander, Flight Commander, and finally as CO, 9 May to August 1944. February 1945 to command Station Dalton. DFC presented at Buckingham Palace, 11 August 1944. Postwar served in flying and administrative positions. To No.103 Search and Rescue Unit, 9 August 1948. Awarded AFC in April 1951 for work with No.103 Search and Rescue Unit. Later CO of RCAF unit at Churchill, and from 1953 to 1956 was Director of Air Equipment Engineering, AFHQ. Then assigned to flying duties. Trained at No.3 AFU (Gimli), No.1 AFU (Saskatoon) and No.3 (AW) OTU, Cold Lake, posted to Bagotville as CO, No.434 Squadron. Led unit overseas in May 1957 (NIMBLE BAT III) in record time of 28 hours 50 minutes. Killed in crash of a CF-100 near No.3 (F) Wing, Zweibrucken, 21 June 1957 when he was a Wing Commander.

 

This flight commander has a fine operational record. He has completed numerous sorties against targets in the Ruhr Valley, Berlin and Central Germany and has at all times displayed a masterly skill both as captain of aircraft and pilot. On one occasion while making a bombing run over Berlin his aircraft was attacked by an enemy fighter and although severe damage was inflicted on his bomber the bombs were released successfully. On the return flight Squadron Leader McLeish's aircraft was twice attacked by hostile fighters but by fine airmanship both attacks were frustrated and the damaged bomber flown back to base. This officer has always pressed home his attacks in a determined and courageous manner, contributing in no small way to the many successes achieved.

 

McLEISH, W/C Wallace Angus Grayton, DFC (J4886) - Mention in Despatches - No.64 Base - Award effective 1 January 1945 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 337/45 dated 23 February 1945.

 

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McLEISH, F/L Walter McDonald (J11075) - Commended for Valuable Services in the Air - No.13 SFTS - Award effective 14 June 1945 as per Canada Gazette of that date and AFRO 1127/45 dated 6 July 1945. Home in Montreal; enlisted there 5 August 1941. Trained at No.3 ITS (graduated 7 October 1941), No.4 EFTS (graduated 19 December 1941) and No.13 SFTS (graduated 10 April 1942).

 

This officer has been employed on this unit for about two and a half years. He has carried out his duties as flying instructor, flight commander and examining officer in a highly commendable manner. His hard work and loyalty are deserving of very high praise.

 

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McLELLAN, Sergeant Donald (R65314) - Mention in Despatches - No.64 Base - Award effective 14 June 1945 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 1600/45 dated 12 October 1945. Home in Antigonish, Nova Scotia; enlisted in Halifax, 16 August 1940. DHist file 181.009 D.4364 (RG.24 Vol.20648) has recommendation sent to No.6 Group Headquarters, 11 September 1944, at which time he was identified as being with No.434 Squadron. Not granted at New Year's; appears to have been delayed to next Honours List.

 

This airman enlisted in the RCAF on 14th February 1941, and has served in the United Kingdom since 14th May 1942. Sergeant McLellan is employed as a Fitter and has proven himself an excellent tradesman and efficient NCO. His willingness and whole hearted efforts have inspired his men and the serviceability of his aircraft has been maintained at an exceptionally high standard.

 

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McLELLAN, S/L Roy Alexander Kennedy (C8030) - Member, Order of the British Empire - No.4 Training Command Headquarters. Award effective as of 1 January 1945 as per London Gazette of that date, Canada Gazette dated 6 January 1945 and AFRO 89/45 dated 19 January 1945. Enlisted in Regina, 10 October 1941. Medal presented by Governor General, 27 June 1945.

 

This officer's professional technical ability has been largely responsible for the successful development of water and sewer installations in this command. In addition to these duties, he assisted the Department of Transport on water supply services in the Yukon Territory and made a valuable contribution to the progress of development in that region. He also conducted a survey of water and sewer services in Eastern Air Command with exceptional ability. His devotion to duty, zeal and enthusiasm in the efficient execution of his professional duties are most praiseworthy.

 

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McLELLAN, P/O Walter Greydon (J17691) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.101 Squadron - Award effective 6 November 1943 as per London Gazette dated 16 November 1943 and AFRO 2610/43 dated 17 December 1943. Born in Economy, Nova Scotia, 1916; home there; enlisted in Halifax, 5 December 1940. Trained at No.1 ITS (graduated 30 May 1941), No.3 EFTS (ceased training 23 June 1941), No.5 AOS (graduated 6 November 1941), No.7 BGS 20 December 1941) and No.1 ANS (graduated 19 January 1942). Medal sent by registered mail 17 January 1946. No citation in AFRO other than "completed many successful operations against the enemy in which [he] displayed high skill, fortitude and devotion to duty."

 

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McLELLAN, S/L William Gilchrist (C2342) - Member, Order of the British Empire - No.1 Central Navigation School - Award effective 1 January 1946 as per Canada Gazette of that date and AFRO 82/46 dated 25 January 1946. Enlisted in Winnipeg 1 July 1940. Medal sent by registered mail 17 January 1946.

 

By his outstanding efforts far beyond the normal call of duty, this officer has done much to improve the organization of this unit. He has contributed greatly to the high standard of efficiency achieved in his section and has at all times shown a keen devotion to duty which is most praiseworthy.

 

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McLEOD, Corporal Arthur Daniel (R87167) - Mention in Despatches - Leeming - Award effective 14 June 1945 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 1647/45 dated 26 October 1945. Home in Brandon, Manitoba; enlisted in Saskatoon, 27 January 1941. No citation in AFRO. DHist file 181.009 D.2619 (RG.24 Vol.20628) has recommendation forwarded 1 February 1945 to No.63 Base HQ when he had served 25 months in Canada, 23 months overseas.

 

This airman in employed as an Instrument Repairer with Repair and Inspection Section and has been both energetic and efficient as a tradesman and NCO. He has earned the respect of his men and the confidence of his superiors. His untiring efforts have placed him in a category well above average and his deportment and appearance have at all times set an example to those serving with him. In recognition of this airman's outstanding work, he is recommended for the award of Mention in Despatches.

 

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McLEOD, WO1 Colin (R121043) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.408 Squadron - Award effective 19 September 1944 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 2274/44 dated 20 October 1944. Born 1919 in Macleod, Alberta; home in Lethbridge; enlisted Calgary, 25 July 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). Medal presented 26 February 1949.

This officer has an excellent operational record. He has completed many sorties including attacks on Berlin, Friedrichshafen, Essen and Frankfurt. His fine leadership and keen determination have set an excellent example to all.

 

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McLEOD, WO1 (now P/O) Douglas Ian (R161134/J89333) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.432 Squadron - Award effective 4 November 1944 as per London Gazette dated 17 November 1944 and AFRO 239/45 dated 9 February 1945. Born 1923 in Orillia, Ontario; home in Hawkstone, Ontario; enlisted in Hamilton, 6 April 1942. Trained at No.6 ITS (graduated 25 September 1942) and No.4 AOS (graduated 5 February 1943). Commissioned 1944. Medal sent by registered mail 10 March 1949. No citation other than "completed...numerous operations against the enemy in the course of which [he has] invariably displayed the utmost fortitude, courage and devotion to duty." DHist file 181.009 D.1633 (RG.24 Vol.20603) has recommendation dated 13 August 1944 when he had flown 31 sorties (139 hours 45 minutes), 25 November 1943 to 7 August 1944.

 

Warrant Officer McLeod is an above average navigator whose unerring skill has contributed in a large way to the success achieved on many sorties, including attacks on Stuttgart (twice), Frankfurt, Essen (twice) and Nuremburg. His cheerful disposition, alertness and strong sense of duty in his work has been apparent at all times. Warrant Officer McLeod's splendid record and devotion to duty is deserving of the award of the Distinguished Flying Cross.

 

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McLEOD, WO Edward Thomas (R99253) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.50 Squadron - Award effective 5 February 1944 as per London Gazette dated 15 February 1944 and AFRO 644/44 dated 24 March 1944. Home in Saint John, New Brunswick; enlisted Moncton, 17 May 1941 Trained at No.4 BGS (graduated 31 July 1942). Medal presented 20 April 1948.

 

Warrant Officer McLeod has taken part in numerous operations against some of the most heavily defended enemy targets. Throughout he has maintained an alert and efficient watch for enemy fighters and on two occasions has beaten off their attacks. In December 1943, during a sortie to Leipzig, the rear turret of his aircraft was so severely damaged that it was rendered useless. Warrant Officer McLeod moved into the body of the aircraft and maintained a vigilant search through cannon shell holes in the fuselage. This Warrant Officer has invariably displayed praiseworthy courage and devotion to duty.

 

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McLEOD, S/L Elmer John (J4922) - Mention in Despatches - No.145 (BR) Squadron - Award effective 21 April 1945 as per Canada Gazette of that date and AFRO 802/45 dated 11 May 1945. Home in Aylmer, Ontario; graduated from University of Western Ontario in 1940. Enlisted in London, Ontario, 17 August 1940. Trained at No.2 ITS (graduated 27 November 1940), No.3 EFTS (graduated 16 January 1940) and No.6 SFTS (graduated 20 March 1941). Instructed at Aylmer, Ontario until 1943 when he was posted to Dartmouth and No.145 Squadron. Remained in postwar RCAF; awarded Queen's Coronation Medal, October 1953, when he was a Wing Commander at Trenton. Also in No.1 Air Division, 1956-1959.

 

This officer has completed many operational sorties in the North Atlantic area. He has carried these out with determination and skill of the highest order. As a flight commander he has proved efficient and inspiring and he has set an example to those under him which is deserving of the highest praise.

 

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McLEOD, F/O Harold Willard (J85327) - Mention in Despatches - No.412 Squadron - Award effective 1 January 1946 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 155/46 dated 15 February 1946. Home in Thorold, Ontario; enlisted Charlottetown, 12 June 1941. Trained at No.3 ITS (graduated 3 January 1942), No.13 EFTS (graduated 26 September 1942) and No.2 SFTS (graduated 5 February 1943). NOTE: Do not confuse with S/L H.W. McLeod, DSO, DFC. Certificate sent to him at French River, Prince Edward Island, 10 August 1948. Unit not given in AFRO which gives only "Overseas". Destroyed one FW.190 on 25 September 1944 plus one Bf.109 destroyed (and one probable) on 25 February 1945. See The RCAF Overseas: The Sixth Year, pp.184 and 248.

 

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McLEOD, F/L Henry Wallace (J4912) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.1435 Flight - Award effective 3 October 1942 as per London Gazette dated 13 October 1942 and AFRO 1690/42 dated 23 October 1942. Born 17 December 1915 in Regina. Formerly in 5th Saskatchewan regiment and Regina Rifle Regiment, 1928-34. Enlisted there, 2 September 1940. Trained at No.2 ITS (graduated 27 November 1940), No.6 EFTS (graduated 16 January 1941) and No.1 SFTS (graduated 1 April 1941). Arrived in UK, 9 May 1941. No.132 Squadron (21 July to 28 August 1941), No.485 Squadron (28 August to 2 December 1941), No.602 Squadron (2-23 December 1941), No.411 Squadron (23 December 1941 to 5 May 1942). Posted to Malta, flying with No.603 Squadron (3 June 1942 to uncertain date) and No.1435 Squadron (late June or early July until 26 October 1942). To UK, 27 October 1942 and to Canada, 20 December 1942. Instructed at No.1 OTU, Bagotville, 12 March 1943 to 12 January 1944. To UK, January 1944; No.443 Squadron, 12 February 1944. Killed in action on 27 September 1944. Medals held by Canadian War Museum (AN 19801205-001). For additional details see H.A. Halliday, The Tumbling Sky.

 

In September 1942, this officer participated in an engagement against at least 20 Messerschmitt 109s. Despite the odd, Flight Lieutenant McLeod so skilfully led his section during the combat that the enemy force was completely broken up. This officer has always displayed greatest determination to engage the enemy and has destroyed at least five and damaged a number of other hostile aircraft. His leadership has been most inspiring.

 

McLEOD, F/L Henry Wallace (J4912) - Bar to Distinguished Flying Cross - No.1435 Flight - Award effective 22 October 1942 as per London Gazette dated 3 November 1942 and AFRO 1962/42 dated 4 December 1942.

 

One day in October 1942, this officer took part in an attack on a formation of six Junkers 88 and shot two of them down. Although his aircraft was damaged in the combat, he led his section in an attack on another formation of nine enemy bombers. Afterwards, he skilfully flew his damaged aircraft to base. During a period of five days Flight Lieutenant McLeod destroyed five enemy aircraft in the defence of Malta. A gallant fighter, this officer has destroyed twelve and damaged many more enemy aircraft.

 

McLEOD, S/L Henry Wallace, DFC (J4912) - Distinguished Service Order - No.443 Squadron - Award effective 5 September 1944 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 2373/44 dated 3 November 1944.

 

This officer continues to display the highest standard of courage and resolution in air operations. He is an exceptional leader and a relentless fighter whose achievements are worthy of the highest praise. He has destroyed seventeen enemy aircraft.

 

NOTE: Public Record Office Air 2/9158 has recommendation raised about 20 June 1944, noting he had flown a total of 217 sorties (290 operational hours) and had flown 56 sorties (90 hours) since his previous award.

 

Squadron Leader McLeod was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross and Bar for outstanding fighting and leadership in Malta. Since the latter award in October 1942, he has destroyed a further seven and damaged four enemy aircraft, bringing his total to seventeen enemy aircraft destroyed.

 

Since joining the Wing he has proved himself to be a superb fighter pilot and an exceptional leader whose achievements are a brilliant example to all his pilots.

 

On 20 June 1944 this was minuted by G/C W.R. McBrian:

 

This squadron commander has been an example to all in aggressiveness and his ability to destroy the enemy. Since commencing this tour he has taken part in dive bombing and strafing in addition to normal fighter work. The success with which he has accomplished this is demonstrated by the fact that since his last award he has destroyed a further seven enemy aircraft. I strongly recommend the award of the Distinguished Service Order to this officer.

 

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McLEOD, FS (now P/O) Lorne Vaughan Petrie (R160574/J92202) - Distinguished Flying Medal - No.12 Squadron - Award effective 5 February 1945 as per London Gazette dated 16 February 1945 and AFRO 625/45 dated 13 April 1945. Born in Rossland, British Columbia; home in Lethbridge, Alberta; enlisted in Calgary, 21 March 1942. Trained at No.4 ITS (graduated 21 November 1942), No.8 BGS (graduated 24 July 1943) and No.2 AOS (graduated 3 September 1943). Commissioned October 1944. Medal presented 14 June 1947. No citation other than "completed...numerous operations against the enemy in the course of which [he has] invariably displayed the utmost fortitude, courage and devotion to duty." Public Records Office Air 2/8831 has recommendation dated early November 1944 when he had flown 30 sorties (159 hours 40 minutes).

 

6 July 44 Foret du Croc 8 Sept 44 Le Havre

7 July 44 Caen 10 Sep 44 Le Havre

12 Jul 44 Tours 12 Sep 44 Frankfurt

23 Jul 44 Kiel 23 Sep 44 Neuss

25 Jul 44 Stuttgart 26 Sep 44 Cap Gris Nez

4 Aug 44 Pauillac 4 Oct 44 GARDENING (Kattegat)

5 Aug 44 Blaye 6 Oct 44 Texel

7 Aug 44 Fontenay le Marmion 7 Oct 44 Emmerich

13 Aug 44 Falaise 11 Oct 44 Frederik Hendrik

15 Aug 44 Volkel 14 Oct 44 Duisburg

23 Aug 44 Russelsheim 14 Oct 44 Duisburg

29 Aug 44 Stettin 19 Oct 44 Stuttgart

31 Aug 44 St.Ricquier 23 Oct 44 Essen

3 Sept 44 Eindhoven 25 Oct 44 Essen

5 Sept 44 Le Havre 29 Oct 44 Cologne

 

Flight Sergeant McLeod, a Canadian Air Bomber, has now completed thirty most successful operations against the enemy, including attacks on many major targets such as Kiel, Stuttgart, Russelsheim, Stettin, Frankfurt, Neuss, Duisburg, Essen, and Cologne. In addition he has bombed many small but vital tactical targets in France demanding the utmost accuracy and skill on the part of the bomb aimer.

 

He has proved himself more than equal to his task pressing home every attack with exceptional skill, which has only been equalled by his courage and devotion to duty. He has been very largely responsible for the repeated success achieved by his Captain and crew and has set a shining example to the rest of the squadron.

 

I have no hesitation in recommending that this Canadian Flight Sergeant's magnificent record be recognized by the award of the Distinguished Flying Medal.

 

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McLEOD, WO Roy Alexander (R50824) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.76 Squadron - Award effective 30 November 1943 as per London Gazette dated 10 December 1943 and AFRO 297/44 dated 11 February 1944. Born in Calgary, 1922; home there; enlisted there 28 March 1940. Trained at No.2 ITS (graduated 5 July 1941, No.8 BGS (graduated 5 January 1942) and No.3 WS (graduated 21 November 1941). Moved to UK after the war.

 

Warrant Officer McLeod has completed many successful operations against the enemy in which he has displayed high skill, fortitude and devotion to duty.

 

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McLEOD, F/L Wilfred Douglas (J29796) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.426 Squadron - Award effective 12 November 1945 as per London Gazette dated 16 November 1945 and AFRO 133/46 dated 8 February 1946. Born 1919 in London, Ontario; home there (stock keeper). Formerly in Royal Canadian Artillery; enlisted in Ottawa, 29 July 1941. Trained at No.5 ITS (graduated 20 December 1941), No.13 EFTS (graduated 14 March 1942) and No.8 SFTS (graduated 15 August 1942). Commissioned May 1943. Medal presented 29 May 1947. Posted to squadron 15 August 1944 from No.64 Base. No citation other than "completed...numerous operations against the enemy in the course of which [he has] invariably displayed the utmost fortitude, courage and devotion to duty." DHist file 181.009 D.2618 (RG.24 Vol.20627) has recommendation dated 17 May 1945 when he had flown 30 sorties (197 hours 40 minutes between 9 September 1944 and 13 April 1945.

 

This officer has completed a tour of operations against heavily defended targets in Germany such as Cologne, Hanover, Stuttgart, Essen and Hamburg. Flight Lieutenant McLeod at all times has maintained a spirit of eagerness and determination to attack the enemy although heavy opposition was encountered. This officer has displayed keenness on the ground towards the maintenance of the efficiency of his Flight and Squadron and his work has been a splendid example to all members of this squadron...

 

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McLERNON, W/C Aubrey Roy (C1637) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.425 Squadron - Award effective 13 June 1944 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 1660/44 dated 4 August 1944. Born in Montreal, 1919; home there; enlisted there 29 January 1940. Educated at Lower Canada College, Trinity College and McGill University. Trained at No.1 SFTS (graduated 19 August 1940). Medal presented 8 November 1944. Flight Commander in No.434 Squadron, 15 June 1943 to 23 August 1943; shot down in raid on Berlin; evaded via Sweden.

 

This officer has taken part in many successful sorties and has displayed skill, gallantry and resolution of a high order. His example has been most inspiring and has contributed in a large measure to the operational efficiency of the squadron.

 

McLERNON, G/C Aubrey Roy, DFC (C1637) - Mention in Despatches - East Moor - Award effective 1 January 1945 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 337/45 dated 23 February 1945.

 

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McLURG, F/L John Ernest (J5211) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.107 Squadron - Award effective 18 December 1944 as per London Gazette dated 29 December 1944 and AFRO 379/45 dated 2 March 1945. Born 1919 in Halifax; home in Montreal; enlisted there 14 September 1940. Trained at No.1 ITS (graduated 21 December 1940), No.13 EFTS (graduated 10 February 1941) and No.9 SFTS (graduated 4 May 1941). Commissioned 1941. Medal sent by registered mail 30 March 1949. Killed in flying accident, Auster aircraft, Trenton, Ontario, 17 May 1949.

 

This officer has participated in many day and night operational sorties against a variety of targets. On one occasion he attacked an oil train with excellent results. More recently, in September 1944, Flight Lieutenant McLurg led a formation of four aircraft in support of the airborne landings at Arnhem and despite ground opposition he pressed home a successful attack. He is a skilful pilot who has consistently displayed a fine fighting spirit, great keenness and devotion to duty.

 

Public Records Office Air 2/9033 has recommendation dated 24 October 1944 which adds much detail. He had then flown 50 sorties (141 hours five minutes).

 

Flight Lieutenant McLurg has carried out 50 sorties during his present tour of operations, including four daylight sorties.

 

He has always shown the greatest keenness to operate and when his navigator had to be screened after 43 sorties on medical grounds he flew the remainder of his tour with a new navigator who had not done any operations previously.

 

Flight Lieutenant McLurg has had some excellent results from his night sorties. On one occasion he attacked an oil train which exploded and a column of smoke approximately 1,500 feet high occurred after the attack. He also attacked numerous other trains, Mechanical Enemy Transport and barges with observed results. He could always be relied upon to find something to attack during his sorties, often despite very unfavourable weather conditions and ground opposition.

 

He has taken part in many successful daylight sorties including those on the chateau near Chatelleraut when he led the last box of five aircraft, the attack on the marshalling yards at Chalons-sur-Soane where he acted as No.2 to the leader an d despite the fact that there was very accurate light flak from the marshalling yards he pressed home his attack and caused several explosions amongst the railway trucks with his cannon strikes. He also led a box of four aircraft on the barracks at Arnhem on the 17th September 1944 in support of the airborne landings and pressed home a successful attack despite ground opposition.

 

Flight Lieutenant McLurg possesses the offensive spirit to a high degree an d in view of his excellent record during his operational tour I strongly recommend him for the award of the Distinguished Flying Cross.

 

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McMACKEN, WO George Richard (R116105) - Mention in Despatches - No.162 (Bomber Reconnaissance) Squadron - Award effective 1 January 1945 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 721/45 dated 27 April 1945. Born 5 February 1910. Home in Winnipeg; enlisted in Fort William, Ontario, 22 July 1941. Trained at No.3 WS (graduated 19 January 1942) and No.7 BGS (graduated 3 August 1942). To No.9 BGS, 7 September 1942; to Eastern Air Command, 11 June 1943; to No.162 Squadron, 14 June 1943; to Iceland 31 December 1943; to Canada, 19 December 1944; to No.170 Squadron, 22 February 1945; to No.1 REMU, 21 March 1945; to St.Hubert, 29 September 1945; released 4 May 1946. No citation. Rejoined Regular Force after the war; died in Thunder Bay, 8 March 1995.

 

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McMANAMAN, F/O Reginald William (J26840) - Mention in Despatches - No.619 Squadron (deceased) - Award effective 1 January 1946 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 155/46 dated 15 February 1946. From Amherst, Nova Scotia; enlisted in Moncton, 6 July 1942. Trained at No.3 BGS (graduated 11 June 1943). Air gunner, killed with No.619 Squadron, 2/3 December 1943 (Lancaster JB847); no known grave; name on Runnymede Memorial. Certificate sent to his mother, 3 November 1948.

 

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McMANUS, F/L Patrick Joseph (J14558) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.502 Squadron - Award effective 19 July 1945 as per London Gazette dated 27 July 1945 and AFRO 1672/45 dated 2 November 1945. Born 1920 in Perth, Ontario; home there; enlisted in Ottawa, 10 March 1941. Trained at No.1 ITS (graduated 27 March 1942), No.1 EFTS (graduated 6 June 1942) and No.5 SFTS (graduated 24 September 1942). Commissioned 1942. Medal presented 21 May 1949. Missing (POW), 4 October 1944. Cited with F/O Alexander L. Lyttle (RCAF, awarded DFC); see above for citation. Newsclipping in DHist biographical file says he was born in Smith Falls although his home is given as Perth. Clipping dated 16 June 1945 states that he was captain of a Halifax attacking shipping off Norwegian coast. Account goes on to say:

 

The Halifax crew spotted an enemy convoy sneaking around the Norwegian coast and picking out one vessel, they done to the attack. Just as the final run-in began the ship turned on all its lights.

Thinking it must be a neutral Swedish ship, McManus pulled the aircraft up. As they passed over, the crafty German captain opened fire at point-blank range and the next thing the pilot knew he was swimming in the water.

 

The aircraft dinghy burnt in the crash and both pilots found their Mae West jackets leaking. Luckily, the German ship stopped, picked them out of the water and took them back to Norway.

 

McManus was soon sent to Germany for questioning and although shot down in October 1944, he was still in solitary confinement at Christmas.

 

Penned up in a six by ten foot cell with no air, no light and no bed, the prisoners were brought out for questioning at irregular intervals and if no information was given they were thrown back into their lonely cells.

 

McManus told of the hot and cold treatment. The Germans heated the room but cut off the heat at night. "We got used to that." McManus said. For nearly two months the Coastal Command pilot lived on a daily ration that wouldn't make the beginnings of one good meal - two slices of bread, a bowl of soup and if he was lucky a greasy lump of margarine. McManus admitted he looked pretty haggard when he came out after the Germans gave up questioning.

 

For 57 days the Perth flier had no blankets and at first had no clothing. For all his discomfort, food seemed to be all he thought about.

 

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McMARTIN, S/L Donald Weir (C10845) - Mention in Despatches - No.63 Base - Award effective 14 June 1945 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 1395/45 dated 31 August 1945. Home in Montreal; enlisted there 3 April 1942. DHist file 181.009 D.2619 (RG.24 Vol.20628) has recommendation forwarded 1 February 1945 to No.63 Base HQ. Base Electrical Engineer; had served 16 months in Canada, 21 months overseas.

 

This officer is employed as Base Electrical Engineer, having held this post since the formation of No.63 (RCAF) Base. Through his untiring efforts, a very efficient instrument and electrical servicing section has been set up. This effective organization of these specialist trades is reflected in the excellent trouble-free operation of all equipment coming under his responsibility. He is recommended for Mention in Despatches in acknowledgement of his praiseworthy contribution to the maintenance of aircraft in this Base.

 

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McMATH, F/O Matthew (J28227) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.35 Squadron - Award effective 8 September 1945 as per London Gazette dated 25 September 1945 and AFRO 1768/45 dated 23 November 1945. Born 1917 in Aghadyoneyk, Ireland; home in Bradner or Abbotsford, British Columbia (logger); enlisted in Vancouver, 5 May 1942. Trained at No.7 ITS (graduated 7 November 1942) and No.2 AOS (graduated 23 July 1943). Commissioned July 1943. Medal presented 22 October 1947. No citation other than "completed...numerous operations against the enemy in the course of which [he has] invariably displayed the utmost fortitude, courage and devotion to duty." Public Records Office Air 2/8750 has recommendation dated 17 April 1945 when he had flown 58 sorties (296 hours), 20 April 1944 to 10 April 1945.

 

20 Apr 44 Lens 25 Sep 44 Calais

21 Apr 44 GARDENING 7 Oct 44 Cleves

23 Apr 44 GARDENING 25 Oct 44 Essen

26 Apr 44 Paris 31 Oct 44 Cologne

22 May 44 Orleans 12 Dec 44 Essen

24 May 44 Aachen 15 Dec 44 Ludwigshaven

27 May 44 Bourg Leopold 23 Dec 44 Cologne

31 May 44 Trappes 2 Jan 45 Nuremburg

2 June 44 Harringzelle 5 Jan 45 Hanover

5 June 44 Harquelengue 22 Jan 45 Gelsenkirchen

6 June 44 Mont Fleurie 28 Jan 45 Stuttgart

6 June 44 Chateaudun 1 Feb 45 Mainz

8 June 44 Alencon 2 Feb 45 Wanne Eickel

12 Jun 44 Amiens 4 Feb 45 Bonn

15 Jun 44 Fouillard 7 Feb 45 Goch

30 Jun 44 Villers Bocage 13 Feb 45 Dresden

4 July 44 St.Martin 20 Feb 45 Dortmund

9 July 44 Les Catelliers 3 Mar 45 Chemnitz

24 Jul 44 Stuttgart 7 Mar 45 Hemmingstedt

28 Jul 44 Foret de Nieppe 8 Mar 45 Hamburg

3 Aug 44 Bois de Casson 13 Mar 45 Gelsenkirchen

5 Aug 44 Foret de Nieppe 18 Mar 45 Misburg

6 Aug 44 Hazebrouke 19 Mar 45 Witten

7 Aug 44 May sur Orne 21 Mar 45 Heide

25 Aug 44 Brest 24 Mar 45 Gladbach

3 Sept 44 Venlo 25 Mar 45 Munster

11 Sep 4 Norstern 4 Apr 45 Leuna

15 Sep 44 Kiel 9 Apr 45 Kiel

24 Sep 44 Calais 10 Apr 45 Plauen

 

Flying Officer McMath has carried out 58 operational sorties against the enemy as a navigator in heavy bombers. His work has been of the highest order which is borne out by the success of his crew in Visual Marking capacities.

 

In recognition of his excellent work, this officer is recommended for the non-immediate award of the Distinguished Flying Cross.

 

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McMENEMY, P/O George Stuart (J17117) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.426 Squadron - Award effective 3 June 1943 as per London Gazette dated 15 June 1943 and AFRO 1338/43 dated 16 July 1943. Born in Hamilton, Ontario, 1920; home there. Trained at No.5 ITS (graduated 24 September 1941), No.22 EFTS (graduated 22 November 1941) and No.13 SFTS (graduated 11 March 1942). Commissioned 1943. Medal presented 29 February 1944. Took part in first operation by No.426 Squadron (14 January 1943); posted to No.405 Squadron, 12 May 1943 after completing 24 sorties.

 

This officer has participated in numerous sorties against all types of targets in enemy territory and also in mine-laying patrols in enemy waters. His objectives have included Essen, Mannheim, Kiel and Duisburg. Pilot Officer McMenemy has invariably displayed exceptional determination to press home his attacks and has produced photographs which amply illustrate the success of his attacks. His courage and resourcefulness have at all times been an inspiration to other members of the squadron.

 

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McMILLAN, P/O Duncan James (J17955) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.12 Squadron - Award effective 4 October 1943 as per London Gazette dated 19 October 1943 and AFRO 2322/43 dated 12 November 1943. Born in Landis, Saskatchewan, 1919; home there; enlisted Saskatoon, 17 June 1941. Trained at No.4 ITS (graduated 11 September 1941), No.6 EFTS (graduated 8 November 1941) and No.11 SFTS (graduated 27 February 1942). Commissioned 1943. Medal presented 11 August 1944.

 

As captain of aircraft this officer has completed many operational sorties including attacks on such heavily defended targets as Essen, Hamburg, Spezia and Stettin. Regardless of opposition he has invariably attacked his target with the greatest determination, and by his fine leadership and sustained courage has contributed in no small measure to the successes achieved.

 

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McMILLAN, WO Glen Allan (R79669) - Mention in Despatches - No.419 Squadron (deceased) - Award effective 1 January 1945 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 721/45 dated 27 April 1945. Home in Antler, Saskatchewan; enlisted in Regina, 5 November 1940. Trained at No.2 ITS (graduated 9 March 1941), No.15 EFTS (graduated 16 May 1941) and No.34 SFTS (graduated 8 August 1941). Killed in action 13 May 1943 (Halifax JB791).

 

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McMILLAN, F/O Lawrence (J10231) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.542 Squadron - Award effective 1 September 1943 as per London Gazette dated 10 September 1943 and AFRO 2138/43 dated 22 October 1943. Born in Miami, Manitoba, 1921; home there; enlisted in Winnipeg, 4 December 1940. Trained at No.1 ITS (graduated 13 September 1941), No.9 EFTS (graduated 7 November 1941) and No.6 SFTS (graduated 27 February 1942). Commissioned 1942. Killed 9 May 1945 when photographing German ships; shot down by them. Medal presented to next-of-kin, 2 May 1948.

 

An exceptional pilot, this officer has participated in many successful sorties. He has always displayed the greatest determination to achieve his objective and a complete disregard of enemy opposition. On one occasion, during a heavy bombing raid on Essen, he experienced heavy and concentrated anti-aircraft fire before reaching the target. Nevertheless he secured some excellent photographs which were obtained during 200 minutes flying over the area.

 

McMILLAN, F/O Lawrence, DFC (J10231) - Air Medal (United States) - No.542 Squadron - Award effective 18 January 1944 as per London Gazette dated 18 January 1944 and AFRO 644/44 dated 24 March 1944. Public Records Office Air 2/8973 has recommendation which gives unit as Station Benson.

 

Flying Officer McMillan has participated in many photographic reconnaissance missions including a number for the U.S. air force. Despite the heavy and accurate anti-aircraft fire encountered, he has completed his tasks successfully. On one occasion his aircraft was pursued by two Focke Wulfe 190s, but by skilful flying he was able to evade them. The courage, coolness and skill displayed by this officer is worthy of high praise.

 

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McMILLAN, W/C Stanley Ranson (C581) - Mention in Despatches - No.117 Squadron - Award effective 28 May 1943 as per London Gazette of that date, Canada Gazette dated 2 June 1943, and AFRO 1459/43 dated 30 July 1943. Born in Dryden, Ontario, 3 October 1904. Joined RCAF at Camp Borden, 14 May 1925. Left the force two years later for bush flying (Dominion Explorers Limited, Commercial Airways, Canadian Airways, Mackenzie Air Services). Rejoined the RCAF at outbreak of war and saw extensive service in Eastern Air Command (CO of No.117 Squadron, 11 May 1942 to 27 February 1943), ferrying and overseas (CO of No.423 Squadron, 1 March 1945 to 4 September 1945). Returned to civil aviation after the war; admitted to Canada's Aviation Hall of Fame in 1973.

 

This officer has shown exceptional valour and devotion to duty in the face of the enemy. He has completed 57 war flights totalling 517 hours on reconnaissance and convoy escort duties. In addition he has ferried four aircraft to the United Kingdom.

 

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McMILLS, F/L Charles Robert (J6005) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.252 Squadron - Award effective 1 July 1943 as per London Gazette dated 9 July 1943 and AFRO 1724/43 dated 27 August 1943. American in RCAF; born in Salt Lake City, Utah, 1920; home in Seattle, Washington. Enlisted in Vancouver, 12 October 1940. Trained at No.2 ITS (graduated 16 December 1940), No.6 EFTS (graduated 4 March 1941), and No.4 SFTS (graduated 3 July 1941). Commissioned 1941. Medal presented 13 June 1941.

 

This officer has displayed an admirable offensive spirit throughout a long and successful tour of duty. He has taken part in numerous sweeps against enemy shipping and transport, both land and sea, causing much damage. In the course of these missions Flight Lieutenant McMills has shared in the destruction of several enemy aircraft. In the face of the heaviest enemy opposition he has always displayed outstanding courage and devotion to duty.

 

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McMURCHY, FS (now F/O) Gordon Alexander (R213856/J94877) - Distinguished Flying Medal - No.433 Squadron - Award effective 8 September 1945 as per London Gazette dated 25 September 1945 and AFRO 1768/45 dated 23 November 1945. Born 1925 in Saskatchewan; home in Swift Current, Saskatchewan (shipping clerk); enlisted in Regina, 15 March 1943. Trained at No.3 BGS (graduated 23 December 1943). Commissioned December 1944. Medal presented 6 November 1948. No citation other than "completed...numerous operations against the enemy in the course of which [he has] invariably displayed the utmost fortitude, courage and devotion to duty." DHist file 181.009 D.2610 (RG.24 Vol.20627) has recommendation by W/C G.A. Tambling dated 15 April 1945 when he had completed 32 sorties (198 hours 30 minutes), 28 August 1944 to 15 March 1945.

 

This NCO has completed thirty-two trips over enemy territory including such heavily defended targets as Dusseldorf, Duisburg (3) and Essen.

 

Throughout his tour Flight Sergeant McMurchy has displayed great co-operation, coolness and devotion to duty and has contributed in a large measure to the success of his many operational flights.

 

I consider that his fine record of achievement plus the splendid example he has set to his crew at all times fully merits the award of the Distinguished Flying Medal (Non-Immediate).

 

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McNAB, S/L Ernest Archibald (C134) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.1 (C) Squadron - Award effective 22 October 1940 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 867/40 dated 15 November 1940. Born in Regina, attending University of Saskatchewan. Born in Rosthern, Saskatchewan, 7 March 1906. Enlisted in RCAF, 3 June 1926 as P/P/O; received wings at Camp Borden, 17 August 1928. Member of Siskin aerobatics team, 1930 and 1931. F/O 1 September 1929; F/L 1 April 1936; S/L 1 April 1939; W/C 7 October 1940; G/C 1 June 1942. In UK, 23 April 1937 to 26 April 1939. To Hurricane Detachment, Vancouver, 1 May 1939; to No.1 (F) Squadron, 23 August 1939. Proceeded overseas with No.1 (F) Squadron, June 1940, as its CO. To RCAF Overseas Headquarters, 8 November 1940. With No.118 Squadron, No.4 SFTS, Western Air Command (Victoria) and Ferry Command, 1941-42. On Station Digby, 20 September 1942 to 18 April 1945. Remained in postwar RCAF including Western Air Command (18 May 1945 to 28 February 1947), Northwest Air Command, Edmonton (1 March 1947 to 20 August 1948), CJS Washington (21 August 1948-23 January 1949), AFHQ, Ottawa (24 January 1949 to 22 August 1954) and No.12 Air Defence Group - later No.5 Air Division - 23 August 1954 to October 1957. Retired 23 October 1957. Died 10 January 1977. Also awarded OBE and Czech War Cross. Good photos are PL-905 (flying jacket, hits up), PL-909 (seated in Hurricane), PL-3235 (formal), and PL-104443 (portrait as G/C).

 

Squadron Leader McNab has led his squadron with great success. At least twenty-three enemy aircraft have been destroyed by the squadron. This officer has destroyed four of these.

 

McNAB, G/C Ernest Archibald, DFC (C134) - Officer, Order of the British Empire - Western Air Command Headquarters - Award effective 13 June 1946 as per Canada Gazette of that date and AFRO 660/46 dated 5 July 1946. See DFC for biographical details.

 

This officer proceeded overseas as the Commanding Officer of Canada's first fighter squadron in 1940. He commanded and led his squadron in the air during the Battle of Britain and was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross in recognition of his gallantry. His efforts during this period did much to enhance the prestige of Canadians in England. After returning to Canada for a short period he again proceeded overseas where he commanded the Station and fighter sector at Digby. The operations which he directed and controlled whilst sector commander were instrumental in advancing the Allied cause to a very marked degree. His fine personal example, cheerful disposition and calm judgement were at all times an inspiration to those under him. On his return to Canada he was posted as Senior Air Staff Officer to Western Air Command where he has continued to discharge his responsibilities with the same high purpose which characterized his efforts overseas.

 

McNAB, G/C Ernest Archibald (C134) - War Cross, 1939 (Czechoslovakia) - Northwest Air Command Headquarters (Edmonton) - Canada Gazette dated 24 January 1948, AFRO 81/48 dated 6 February 1948.

 

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McNABNEY, F/O Hugh (J23726) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.78 Squadron - Award effective 4 November 1944 as per London Gazette dated 14 November 1944 and AFRO 239/45 dated 9 February 1945. Born 1921 in Ballyumenar, Ireland; home in Toronto, Ontario (printer); enlisted there 21 April, 1942. Trained at No.6 ITS (graduated 23 October 1942), No.4 BGS (graduated 5 February 1943) and No.1 AOS (graduated 23 December 1942). Commissioned 1943. Medal sent by registered mail 14 February 1949. No citation other than "completed ...numerous operations against the enemy in the course of which [he has] invariably displayed the utmost fortitude, courage and devotion to duty." Public Records Office Air 2/8823 has recommendation dated 19 July 1944 when he had flown 30 sorties (159 hours 30 minutes) (although sortie list names only 29 objectives) as follows:

 

19 Dec 43 Berlin (7.33) 30 Apr 44 Acheres (4.17)

21 Jan 44 Magdeburg (6.59) 19 May 44 GARDENING (5.39)

24 Feb 44 Schweinfurt (8.00) 21 May 44 GARDENING (5.27)

25 Feb 44 Augsburg (7.49) 22 May 44 GARDENING (5.00)

6 Mar 44 Trappes (4.03) 26 May 44 GARDENING (5.13)

7 Mar 44 Le Mans (4.46) 4 June 44 Courseulles (4.24)

13 Mar 44 Le Mans (4.44) 7 June 44 Juvisy (3.52)

15 Mar 44 Stuttgart (8.05) 22 Jun 44 Laon (4.33)

24 Mar 44 Berlin (7.35) 24 Jun 44 Noyelle E.C. (3.15)

26 Mar 44 Essen (4.43) 25 Jun 44 Montogueil (3.18)

10 Apr 44 Rergnier (4.51) 4 July 44 St.Martin (3.45)

22 Apr 44 Dusseldorf (4.52) 6 July 44 Croixdale (3.25)

24 Apr 44 Karlsruhe (6.45) 8 July 44 Chateau Bernapre (3.19)

26 Apr 44 Paris (5.05) 12 Jul 44 GARDENING (4.00)

27 Apr 44 Montzen (4.24)

 

This officer has now completed his first operational tour consisting of 30 sorties involving a total of 159 hours.

 

He has always pressed home his attacks with the greatest accuracy, and has obtained many successful night photographs. His attacks have often been against the most heavily defended targets, and he has displayed a complete disregard for his personal safety and the greatest courage and coolness in the face of the enemy.

 

An unfailing enthusiasm and keenness to operate have been a source of inspiration to other Air Bombers, and he has done much valuable work in connection with their training.

 

For his courage, coolness and devotion he is most strongly recommended for the award of the Distinguished Flying Cross.

 

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McNAIR, P/O Robert Wendell (J4745) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.249 Squadron - Award effective 21 May 1942 as per London Gazette dated 22 May 1942 and AFRO 880-881/42 dated 12 June 1942. Born in Springfield, Nova Scotia, May 1919. Home in Battleford, Saskatchewan. Enlisted in 1940. Trained at No.1 ITS, No.7 EFTS and No.31 SFTS (graduated 24 March 1941). Awarded Queen's Coronation Medal, 23 October 1953 while Air Attache in Tokyo; received Queen's Commendation for Brave Conduct, August 1954, for heroism following crash of a North Star at Vancouver, 30 December 1953 (see postwar awards data base for details). For additional details of a very active and varied career, see H.A. Halliday, The Tumbling Sky.

 

This officer is a skilful and courageous pilot. he invariably presses home his attacks with the greatest determination irrespective of odds. He has destroyed at least five and damaged seven enemy aircraft. Four of these he damaged in one combat.

 

McNAIR, S/L Robert Wendell (J4745) - Bar to Distinguished Flying Cross - No.421 Squadron - Award effective 30 July 1943 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 2507/43 dated 2 December 1943.

 

This officer is a skilful and determined fighter whose record achievement and personal example are worthy of high praise. Squadron Leader McNair has destroyed ten hostile aircraft, five of them whilst serving in the Middle East, and damaged a number of others.

 

McNAIR, S/L Robert Wendell, DFC (J4745) - Second Bar to Distinguished Flying Cross - No.421 Squadron - Award effective 7 October 1943 as per London Gazette dated 26 October 1943 and AFRO 358/44 dated 18 February 1944.

 

Squadron Leader McNair is a tenacious and confident fighter whose outstanding ability has proved an inspiration to the squadron he commands. He has completed a large number of sorties and has destroyed fifteen and damaged many other enemy aircraft. His keenness has been outstanding.

 

McNAIR, W/C Robert Wendell, DFC (J4745) - Distinguished Service Order - No.126 Wing - Award effective 5 April 1944 as per London Gazette dated 14 April 1944 and AFRO 1020/44 dated 12 May 1944.

 

Since being awarded a second Bar to the Distinguished Flying Cross, Wing Commander McNair has completed many further operational sorties and destroyed another enemy aircraft, bringing his total victories to at least sixteen enemy aircraft destroyed and many others damaged. As officer commanding his wing he has been responsible for supervising intensive training in tactics. The results achieved have been most satisfactory. The wing, under his leadership, destroyed at least thirteen enemy aircraft. Throughout, Wing Commander McNair has set a magnificent example by his fine fighting spirit, courage and devotion to duty both in the air and on the ground. He has inspired his pilots and confidence and enthusiasm.

 

McNAIR, S/L Robert Wendell, DSO, DFC (21047) - Croix de Guerre avec Palm (France) - AFRO 485/47 dated 12 September 1947 and Canada Gazette dated 20 September 1947.

McNAIR, S/L Robert Wendell, DSO, DFC (21047) - Chevalier of the Legion of Honour (France) - AFRO 485/47 dated 12 September 1947 and Canada Gazette dated 20 September 1947.

 

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McNAMARA, FS Joseph Gerard (R269111) - Distinguished Flying Medal - No.153 Squadron - Award effective 8 September 1945 as per London Gazette dated 25 September 1945 and AFRO 1768/45 dated 23 November 1945. Home in Thorold, Ontario; enlisted in Hamilton, 13 August 1943. Trained at No.9 BGS (graduated 25 February 1944). Repatriated to Canada, 18 June 1945. DFM presented 15 April 1948.

 

Throughout numerous attacks against heavily defended targets in Germany and occupied countries, Flight Sergeant McNamara has displayed commendable courage and devotion to duty. On one occasion during a sortie to Bottrop he was gunner in an aircraft which was attacked by an enemy fighter. In the ensuing combat his aircraft was so badly damaged that the captain gave the order to prepare to abandon it. Flight Sergeant McNamara requested to be allowed to continue firing his guns. In consequence of his cool skill the enemy aircraft was destroyed.

 

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McNAMARA, Sergeant Reginald (R101601) - Distinguished Flying Medal - No.427 Squadron - Award effective 4 October 1943 as per London Gazette dated 19 October 1943 and AFRO 2437/43 dated 26 November 1943. Born in Blackburn, Lancashire, October 1922. Home in Carman, Manitoba; served in Royal Canadian Artillery; enlisted in RCAF in Winnipeg, 21 April 1941. Trained at No.6 BGS (graduated 11 May 1942) and No.4 WS (graduated 13 March 1942). Commissioned August 1943 (J18506). DFM presented 11 August 1948. DFC presented 11 June 1949.

 

Sergeant McNamara has successfully completed a number of sorties during which he has displayed a very high degree of skill and initiative during a flight to Peenemunde. Before reaching the target his aircraft was attacked by a Focke Wulf 190 but, handling his guns with cool determination, Sergeant McNamara returned the fire and was successful in shooting down the enemy aircraft. He has at all times displayed calm and quiet efficiency in the execution of his duty.

 

McNAMARA, F/L Reginald, DFM (J18506) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.415 Squadron - Award effective 5 July 1945 as per London Gazette dated 17 July 1945 and AFRO 1507/45 dated 28 September 1945.

 

This officer has a splendid record of operational flying. He has completed many sorties against important targets in enemy territory since the award of the Distinguished Flying Medal. As gunnery leader in his squadron he has trained its gunners to a high standard of skill and efficiency and by his own courage and vigilance on operations has set a fine example to all.

 

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McNAMEE, F/O Gordon Andrew (J26351) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.405 Squadron - Award effective 1 December 1944 as per London Gazette dated 12 December 1944 and AFRO 337/45 dated 23 February 1945. Born in Tugacki, 1923; home in Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan; enlisted in Regina, 30 January 1941. Trained at No.2 ITS (graduated 14 July 1942), No.19 EFTS (left 9 October 1942), No.5 BGS (graduated 7 March 1943) and No.2 AOS (graduated 14 May 1943). Commissioned 1943. Medal presented by AOC Training Command, 4 December 1952 while at Officer School, London. 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 2/8882 has recommendation dated 20 September 1944 when he had flown 50 sorties (212 hours 47 minutes), 19 February to 17 September 1944.

 

* denotes counted as 1/3 operation

 

19 Feb 44 Leipzig (8.20) 2 July 44 Oisemont-au-Bois (2.16)

2 Mar 44 Merton-les Mercaix (5.35)* 4 July 44 Biennaise (2.19)

7 Mar 44 Le Mans (6.05)* 5 July 44 Watten (1.38)

13 Mar 44 Le Mans (5.40)* 6 July 44 Croixdale (2.25)

15 Mar 44 Stuttgart (4.20), DNCO 7 July 44 Caen (2.42)

18 Mar 44 Frankfurt (6.10) 12 Jul 44 Acquet (2.33)

22 Mar 44 Frankfurt (6.35) 17 Jul 44 Caen (2.29)

24 Mar 44 Berlin (7.15) 18 Jul 44 Acquet (1.32)

26 Mar 44 Essen (5.45) 20 Jul 44 Bottrop (3.20)

30 Mar 44 Nuremburg (7.15) 23 Jul 44 Kiel (5.03)

9 Apr 44 Villeneuve St.George (5.25)* 24 Jul 44 L'Hey (1.46)

10 Apr 44 Ghent (4.15)* 25 Jul 44 Foret du Croc (2.22)

20 Apr 44 Lens (4.30)* 28 Jul 44 Stuttgart (6.31)

22 Apr 44 Dusseldorf (5.25) 30 Jul 44 Battle Area (2.16)

24 Apr 44 Karlsruhe (7.15) 1 Aug 44 Belle Croix (1.51)

26 Apr 44 Essen (4.30) 3 Aug 44 Nieppe (2.02)

1 May 44 St.Ghislain (4.05) 25 Aug 44 Russelsheim (7.00)

9 May 44 St.Valery en Caux (3.35) 27 Aug 44 Homburg (3.01)

11 May 44 Boulogne (3.25) 28 Aug 44 Fromental (2.11)

12 May 44 Louvain (4.30) 29 Aug 44 Stettin (8.44)

5 June 44 Longues (3.08) 1 Sept 44 Pourchinte (2.16)

7 June 44 Foret de Cerisy (3.25) 5 Sept 44 Le Havre (2.17)

16 Jun 44 Rennescure (2.00) 6 Sept 44 Le Havre (2.12)

23 Jun 44 Coubronne (1.50) 8 Sept 44 Le Havre (2.20)

24 Jun 44 Middle Straete (1.54) 10 Sep 44 Le Havre (2.16)

27 Jun 44 Oisemont-au-Bois (2.18) 12 Sep 44 Wanne Eickel (3.13)

28 Jun 44 Metz (5.06) 17 Sep 44 Boulogne (1.55)

30 Jun 44 Villers Bocage (2.36)

 

Flying Officer McNamee is an outstanding Air Bomber in one of the finest crews in the squadron. He has taken part in many sorties against such heavily defended enemy targets as Stuttgart, Essen and Frankfurt. The crew of which he is a key member is, almost invariably, employed on special duties of a highly dangerous and important nature. On many occasions their aircraft has been badly shot up over the target area, but this factor has not influenced Flying Officer McNamee to swerve from his allotted task, of dropping his bombs on the proper objective. By his fearlessness and devotion to duty under the most trying circumstances he has inspired his crew on to greater efforts and set a fine example to all aircrew.

 

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McNAUGHTON, F/O Alexander Hosmer (J20933) - Commended for Valuable Services in the Air - No.15 Service Flying Training School - Award effective 14 June 1945 as per Canada Gazette of that date and AFRO 1127/45 dated 6 July 1945. Home in Calgary, Alberta; enlisted there 31 July 1941. Trained at No.7 ITS (graduated 24 April 1942), No.6 EFTS (graduated 31 July 1942) and No.10 SFTS (graduated 20 November 1942). Certificate sent 7 July 1945.

 

This officer has shown a high standard of efficiency as an instructor and now as a flight commander in carrying on this work to help graduate good students in a most excellent manner. His work at all times has been most praiseworthy. He has shown excellent leadership.

 

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McNAUGHTON, S/L Andrew Robert Leslie (C1221) - Air Force Cross - RCAF Station Rockcliffe (Test and Development Establishment) - Award effective 14 June 1945 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 1127/45 dated 6 July 1945. Born in Shalford, England, 21 July 1916, a son of General A.G.L. McNaughton; educated at Loyola (Montreal), Royal Military College and McGill University. Employed on electrical research with Canadian General Electric before the war. Enlisted 9 October 1939 at Ottawa. Medal presented 11 April 1949. Died in Chula Vista, California, 18 July 1999. Governor General's Records (RG.7 Group 26 Volume 59, file 190-I, dossier 7) has citation; when recommended he had flown 1,480 hours.

 

This officer has displayed outstanding initiative, energy and inventive genius in his work and has thereby, for a period of three years, played a notable part in many developments in armament which have contributed greatly to the successful conduct of both the operational and the training aspects of the war. He has performed duties over and above what is normally expected, such as usually personally conducting air tests concerning armament development which were generally of a hazardous nature. During the course of these tests he has displayed unusual skill as a pilot and has flown a very wide variety of types of aircraft.

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McNAUGHTON, F/O Duncan Anderson (J25956) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.405 Squadron - Award effective 6 January 1945 as per London Gazette dated 19 January 1945 and AFRO 508/45 dated 23 March 1945. Born in Cornwall, Ontario, December 1910; home there; enlisted in Ottawa, 2 February 1942. Trained at No.1 ITS (graduated 11 September 1942), No.9 EFTS (graduated 18 December 1942) and No.5 SFTS (graduated 30 April 1943). Commissioned April 1943. DFC and Bar presented 20 February 1948. No citation other than "completed...numerous operations against the enemy in the course of which [he has] invariably displayed the utmost fortitude, courage and devotion to duty." Article by Doug Small (Ottawa Sunday Sun, 9 May 1993) says he was a Canadian Olympic Gold Medallist (high jump, 1932 games). Then earned a BA, M.Sc and Ph.D. (University of Southern California) and worked as geologist (including time at the Canadian Museum of Natural History). Flew two tours (57 missions). Postwar went on to geology, retiring to Austin, Texas. The article describes him in the '30s as "a handsome, devil-may-care kid in a family of academics" and endowed in old age with "charm and self-deprecating wit." Public Records Office Air 2/9039 has recommendation dated 21 October 1944 when he had flown 34 sorties (151 hours 44 minutes).

 

7 May 44 St.Valerie (3.35) 24 Jul 44 Pas de Calais (3.30)

9 May 44 St.Valerie (3.25) 25 Jul 44 Stuttgart (8.15)

12 May 44 Louvain (4.25) 28 Jul 44 Hamburg (5.30)

22 May 44 Le Mans (5.30) 30 Jul 44 Normandy (4.05)

31 May 44 Au Fuere (5.15) 1 Aug 44 Pas de Calais (3.05)

7 June 44 Paris (4.50) 3 Aug 44 Harsebrouck (3.30)

10 Jun 44 Versailles (5.15) 27 Aug 44 Homberg (3.05)

16 Jun 44 Pas de Calais (4.35) 29 Aug 44 Stettin (8.30)

21 Jun 44 Pas de Calais (4.40) 6 Sept 44 Emden (3.57)

24 Jun 44 Pas de Calais (4.25) 12 Sep 44 Wanne Eickel (3.23)

25 Jun 44 Pas de Calais (4.05) 27 Sep 44 Bottrop (3.23)

27 Jun 44 Pas de Calais (3.45) 30 Sep 44 Bottrop (3.12)

28 Jun 44 Metz (6.30) 6 Oct 44 Sterkrade (3.05)

4 July 44 Paris (6.00) 11 Oct 44 Fort Frederick Hendrik (2.12)

18 Jul 44 Caen (4.25) 14 Oct 44 Duisburg (4.00)

19 Jul 44 Wesselring (5.30) 15 Oct 44 Wilhelmshaven (4.01)

20 Jul 44 Pas de Calais (3.35) 19 Oct 44 Stuttgart (5.16)

 

Flying Officer McNaughton is a very efficient and keen Captain of a crew who is now near completion of his first tour of operations. Under a calm and quiet manner he has a fine offensive spirit in action, which inspires confidence in his entire crew. By his cheerfulness, courage and unselfish devotion to duty, he has set an excellent example which has been an inspiration to the other aircrew and aims to be achieved by all members of the squadron. Strongly recommended for the non-immediate award of the Distinguished Flying Cross.

 

McNAUGHTON, F/L Duncan Anderson, DFC (J25956) - Bar to Distinguished Flying Cross - No.405 Squadron - Award effective 10 May 1945 as per London Gazette dated 22 May 1945 and AFRO 1147/45 dated 13 July 1945.

This officer continues to display courage and determination on air operations. Since the award of the Distinguished Flying Cross he has completed many further operational sorties, some of which have necessitated remaining over the target area for a considerable period. At all times he has proved himself to be an excellent leader. His skill, tenacity and devotion to duty have always been of a high standard.

 

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McNAUGHTON, P/O Jack Grant (J87880) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.433 Squadron - Award effective 5 December 1944 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 293/45 dated 16 February 1945. Born 1923 in Oshawa; home in Merritton, Ontario. Home in Merritton, Ontario; enlisted in Hamilton, 6 April 1942. Trained at No.6 ITS (graduated 25 September 1942) and No.4 AOS (graduated 23 January 1943). Commissioned 1944. Medal presented at Stamford Centre, Ontario, 7 August 1949.

 

This officer in the role of navigator has completed numerous sorties against a wide range of targets in Germany, including Berlin, Essen and Dusseldorf. He is a highly skilled and resolute member of aircraft crew whose navigational ability has contributed in a large way to the success of many missions.

 

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McNEA, WO2 Gerald (Can 10115) - Mention in Despatches - No.10 Squadron (Canada) - Award effective 1 January 1944 as per Canada Gazette and London Gazette of that date and AFRO 113/44 dated 21 January 1944. Born 2 December 1920 at Toronto. Home there; enlisted 24 April 1939.

 

Warrant Officer McNea as NCO in charge of Maintenance Flight has been responsible for availability of aircraft for operational duties. He has by his personal example, perseverance and leadership carried out the tasks assigned to him in a very creditable manner despite numerous difficulties. His marked ability, persistence and unfailing cheerfulness has been an inspiration to those working under him resulting in a maximum of efficiency in the maintenance flight.

 

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McNEE, S/L John Wilson (C1573) - Mention in Despatches - Station Uclulet - Award effective 28 May 1943 as per London Gazette of that date, Canada Gazette dated 2 June 1943, and AFRO 1459/43 dated 30 July 1943. Born in Glasgow, Scotland, 1906; home in Vancouver; enlisted there 15 November 1939.

As a pilot, Squadron Commander and Station Commander, Squadron Leader McNee has been an outstanding officer. His diligence, sound judgement, leadership and personal example have been reflected in the efficient operation of his squadron and station which he has brought to and maintained at a high standard. Squadron Leader McNee has flown 1,030 hours since the outbreak of war.

 

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McNEE, W/C Joseph Duncan (C2171) - Member, Order of the British Empire - Air Force Headquarters - Award effective 1 January 1945 as per London Gazette of that date, Canada Gazette dated 6 January 1945 and AFRO 89/45 dated 19 January 1945. Born 21 April 1892 in Burnstown, Ontario; in CEF Signals, 1917-1919. Employed by Canadian Pacific Railways, 1919-1940; home in Ottawa; enlisted there 8 June 1940. Deputy Director and then Director of Personnel Movements for much of the war. Medal presented 27 June 1945.

 

This officer has served as a transportation expert for over four years and has carried out his duties at all times with distinction. Prior to the inauguration of Directorate of Personnel Movements, he organized and operated Personnel Movement Control in a very efficient manner. His duties have consisted of the movement by sea of Royal Canadian Air Force personnel now overseas as well as other British air force personnel in Canada and the United States or en route from elsewhere. The detail involved in this responsible undertaking has been enormous but has been handled by this officer with meticulous care. He has carried out all negotiations with Army Movement Control and other movement agencies with great tact and diplomacy. His outstanding services have been the subject of repeated and worthy commendation. As Deputy Director of Personnel Movements his work has been no less brilliant and he has always shown great zeal and devotion to duty.

 

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McNEIL, W/C Alexander Stirling (C1519) - Mention in Despatches - Western Air Command Headquarters - Award effective 2 February 1946 as per Canada Gazette of that date and AFRO 280/46 dated 15 March 1946. Enlisted in Ottawa, 6 December 1939.

 

This officer won the admiration of his superiors and subordinates by his exemplary service spirit, resoluteness and self-reliance so amply displayed in the pursuit of his provost responsibilities. He succeeded in building up a provost service that is second to none and set a high standard for his successor to maintain. He gave unstintingly of his leisure time to the section he commanded. Wing Commander McNeil served the Royal Canadian Air Force, also, by creating and maintaining amicable relations and feelings with the civilian forces with whom he co-operated.

 

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McNEIL, F/O Archibald Harold Frederick (J3099) - Air Force Cross - No.6 SFTS - Award effective 11 June 1942 as per London Gazette dated 11 June 1942 and AFRO 1000-1001/42 dated 3 July 1942. Enlisted in Ottawa, 25 May 1940. Trained at No.1 ITS, No.1 EFTS and No.1 SFTS (received wings at No.1 SFTS, Camp Borden, 5 October 1940). Medal presented by Governor General, 3 December 1942.

 

Over a long period this officer has efficiently and conscientiously performed all assigned duties, displaying extreme devotion to duty whilst engaged in his duties as flying instructor. In addition he has displayed great courage on two separate occasions, one when he extricated the personnel of two crashed aircraft under hazardous conditions, and again when he entered a burning building to rescue a brother officer.

 

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McNEIL, F/L Hardie Emerson (J11320) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.436 Squadron - Award effective 15 January 1946 as per London Gazette dated 29 January 1946 and AFRO 322/46 dated 29 March 1946. Born 1921 in Drayton, Ontario; home there. Educated at Stratford Normal School and Queen's University (COTC). Enlisted in Hamilton, 4 August 1941. Trained at No.1 ITS (graduated 8 November 1941), No.10 EFTS (graduated 3 January 1942), and No.6 SFTS (graduated 8 May 1942). Commissioned April 1942. DFC and AFC presented in Toronto, 30 November 1949.

 

This officer has served with distinction as a pilot and captain of aircraft engaged in close transport support of the 14th Army during their advance to Rangoon. He has on many occasions dropped supplies at low level beyond the Japanese lines and well within range of enemy ground fire. During the Meiktila Battle he was one of the first to land his aircraft on a recaptured landing strip and calmly directed the unloading operations while being subjected to Japanese artillery and machine gun fire. Flight Lieutenant McNeil has throughout his tour of operation duty evinced the greatest enthusiasm, courage and devotion to duty and has never let either adverse monsoon weather or enemy opposition deflect him from completing his allotted tasks.

 

McNEIL, F/L Hardie Emerson, DFC (J11320) - Air Force Cross - No.436 Squadron (AFRO gives unit only as "Overseas"; DHist file 181.008 D.1124 (RG.24 Vol. 20595) gives unit only as No.120 Wing) - Award effective 13 June 1946 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 726/46 dated 26 July 1946. Public Records Office Air 2/9670 has recommendation drafted when he had flown 2,735 hours of which 2,050 were operational and 220 were in previous six months.

 

Flight Lieutenant McNeil has been employed as a transport pilot since November 1944. Previous to this, he served as a flying instructor in Canada. He then completed a tour of operations in Burma, flying close transport support for the Fourteen Army. During the treacherous monsoon weather his courage and enthusiasm was a source of inspiration to all. Returning to the United Kingdom, this officer became deputy flight commander in his squadron, where he was untiring in his efforts in the training of new transport captains.

 

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McNEIL, W/C Murdock Angus, ED (C2109) - Member, Order of the British Empire - AFHQ - Award effective 1 January 1946 as per Canada Gazette of that date and AFRO 82/46 dated 25 January 1946. Born in Williamstown, Ontario, 22 January 1904.Educated in Cornwall and Ottawa. Teacher and principal in Cornwall; member of Stormont, Dundas and Glengarry Highlanders. Enlisted in Cornwall, Ontario, 8 May 1940. Medal presented 9 April 1948.

 

This officer's entire service with the Provost and Security Branch for four years has been consistently and outstandingly marked by his untiring energy, enthusiasm, resourcefulness and unflagging drive in every duty he has undertaken. He has been largely responsible for the organization of Royal Canadian Air Force security and latterly, Aerodrome Defence in Eastern Air Command and Western Air Command in both of which fields he has made valuable contributions, effecting the safety of Royal Canadian Air Force vital areas and property of astronomic cost and involving directing the activities of some 100 officers and 3,000-4,000 other ranks. He has surveyed practically every Royal Canadian Air Force unit in Canada and despite keen disappointment in not getting overseas, has given unsparing and beyond anything asked of him to his duties in this regard. Wing Commander McNeil is a model officer whose personal example, staunch co-operation, loyalty and unswerving devotion to duty has inspired the highest admiration among all service personnel with whom his work brings him in contact.

 

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McNEILL, F/O Douglas Dean (J85609) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.415 Squadron - Award effective 5 February 1945 as per London Gazette dated 20 February 1945 and AFRO 563/45 dated 29 March 1945. Born 1924 in New Liskeard, Ontario; home there. Served in Royal Canadian Artillery. Enlisted in North bay, 17 July 1942. Trained at No.4 ITS (graduated 10 December 1942), No.23 EFTS (graduated 19 March 1943) and No.11 SFTS (graduated 23 July 1943). Commissioned 1944. Medal 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.1750 (PAC RG.24 Vol.20608) has recommendation dated 22 November 1944 when he had flown 26 sorties (128 hours 55 minutes):

 

This officer has completed many hazardous sorties and has taken part in attacks on a wide variety of targets in Germany and France including such heavily defended objectives as Wanne Eickel, Duisburg and Bremen. On two occasions in October while on the way to the target he has encountered strong opposition from enemy fighters with some damage being sustained to the aircraft. Nevertheless, he flew on and successfully completed the mission. This officer's tour has [been] marked by the courage and skill he has displayed and the determination with which he has always pressed home his attacks...

 

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McNEILL, Sergeant Hugh Smith (R66037) - Mention in Despatches - Overseas - Award effective 1 January 1942 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 142/42 dated 30 January 1942. Home in Welland, Ontario. Enlisted in Niagara Falls, 22 June 1940. Trained at No.2 ITS, No.2 AOS, No.9 EFTS, and No.5 SFTS (graduation dates not on DHist card). No citation. DHist card has pencilled notation, "No.405 Squadron".

 

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McNEILL, F/L John Gordon (J9201) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.426 Squadron - Award effective 6 August 1943 as per London Gazette dated 13 August 1943 and AFRO 1849/43 dated 10 September 1943. Born in Calgary, 1919; home there. Former member, Royal Canadian Corps of Signals (1934 to RCAF). Enlisted in Kingston, Ontario, 10 June 1940. Trained at No.1 ITS (graduated 20 July 1941), No.6 EFTS (graduated 8 September 1941) and No.3 SFTS (graduated 5 December 1941). Commissioned 1941. Medal presented at Buckingham Palace, 11 August 1944. Participated in first operation of this unit.

 

The fine fighting spirit displayed by this officer has been an inspiration to the rest of the squadron. He has taken part in may recent heavy raids on the Ruhr and on one occasion in April 1943 completed his mission successfully although one engine failed while his aircraft was hotly engaged by the defences. As deputy flight commander he has rendered valuable assistance in the operational training of new crews and has contributed much to the high morale maintained in the squadron.

 

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McNICOL, F/L William James (J10419) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.433 Squadron - Award effective 3 October 1944 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 2534/44 dated 24 November 1944. Born in Meyronne, Saskatchewan, 1920; home there; enlisted in Regina, 28 April 1941. Trained at No.4 ITS (graduated 16 August 1941), No.2 AOS (graduated 19 December 1941), No.8 BGS, (graduated 31 January 1942) and No.1 ANS (graduated 2 March 1942). Commissioned 1942. Presented 29 January 1947.

 

This officer has taken part in very many sorties as air bomber, including attacks against Berlin, Essen, Stuttgart and Dusseldorf. On one occasion when on mining operations off the Frisian Islands, his aircraft was damaged by anti-aircraft fire and an engine was rendered unserviceable. Despite this, Flight Lieutenant McNicol continued to the target area and released his mines with accuracy. On the return flight a second engine became useless and the pilot was compelled to bring his aircraft down on the sea. Some twenty-two hours later the crew were rescued. Flight Lieutenant McNicol has at all times displayed a high degree of resolution and devotion to duty.

 

NOTE: DHist file 181.009 (D.2611), in National Archives of Canada RG.24 Volume 20627 has a detailed recommendation drafted by W/C A.J. Lewington on 6 August 1944 when he had flown 42 sorties (239 hours 20 minutes). Text as follows:

 

This officer has completed a record of 42 complete sorties over enemy territory of which 19 sorties are credited to his second tour of operations. This list includes attacks on such heavily defended areas as Berlin, Essen (2), Stuttgart, Wuppertal, Dusseldorf and Lorient (6).

 

On one occasion, namely 27th August 1943, when Gardending off the Frisian Islands the aircraft in which this officer was flying was damaged by flak at 1,500 feet and it was necessary to faether the port inner engine. Despite the fact that the aircraft was gradually losing height they pressed on with their mission and this officer coolly and with great determination carried out his duties, accurately dropped his mines from 500 feet. Upon the return journey the port outer engine cut out and it was necessary to ditch the aircraft. This was successfully carried out and the crew were picked up 22 hours later.

 

Flight Lieutenant McNicol has at all times shown exceptional tenacity of purpose and his cooperation, coolness and devotion to duty has contributed in a large measure to the success of his many operational flights. Since coming to this squadron he has acted in the capacity of Deputy Bombing Leader, where his initiative and fine leadership have proven an inspiration to all personnel in his section. I consider that this officers record of achievement fully merits the immediate award of the Distinguished Flying Cross.

 

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McNULTY, F/O Gordon Patrick (J38594) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.162 (Bomber Reconnaissance) Squadron - Award effective 2 October 1944 as per London Gazette dated 10 October 1944 and AFRO 2534/44 dated 24 November 1944. Home in Toronto; enlisted in Saskatoon, 14 March 1941. Trained at No.4 WS (graduated 8 May 1942) and No.1 BGS (graduated 8 June 1942). Medal sent by registered mail 18 January 1949.

 

Flying Officer McNulty as wireless operator has taken part in operational flying since May 1943. Throughout this period he has consistently displayed great devotion to duty, coolness and courage. He has participated in two attacks on enemy submarines. On an occasion after his own aircraft had attacked a U-boat, and the depth charges failed to release, he immediately gave directions to another aircraft to proceed to the scene, giving his directions in plain language until the relief had sighted the enemy submarine.

 

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McPHADEN, F/L John Henry (J9693) - Mention in Despatches - No.502 Squadron - Award effective 1 January 1945 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 337/45 dated 23 February 1945. Born 28 January 1918; home in Oak River, Manitoba; enlisted in Winnipeg, 13 March 1941. Trained at No.2 WS (graduated 21 July 1941 and No.5 BGS (graduated 5 January 1942. Commissioned 5 January 1942. Posted overseas 9 February 1942; repatriated 1 November 1944; released 19 March 1945.

 

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McPHAIL, F/L Hugh Duncan (J26236) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.576 Squadron - Award effective 23 November 1945 as per London Gazette dated 4 December and AFRO 212/46 dated 1 March 1946. Born March 1916 in Ladstock, Saskatchewan; home in Bankend, Saskatchewan (student); enlisted in Saskatoon, 29 April 1942. Trained at No.7 ITS (graduated 21 November 1942), No.6 EFTS (graduated 23 January 1943), and No.10 SFTS (graduated 21 May 1943). Commissioned May 1943. No citation other than "completed...numerous operations against the enemy in which [he has] invariably displayed the utmost fortitude, courage and devotion to duty". Public Records Office Air 2/8772 has recommendation dated 2 June 1945 when he had flown 28 sorties (171 hours 40 minutes).

 

29 Aug 44 Stettin (shot down, 13 Mar 45 Herne

interned in Sweden) 15 Mar 45 Misburg

5 Jan 45 Hanover (attacked by 18 Mar 45 Hanau

fighter) 21 Mar 45 Bruchstrasse

1 Feb 45 Mannheim 23 Mar 45 Bremen

2 Feb 45 Weisbaden 27 Mar 45 Paderborn

7 Feb 45 Cleve 31 Mar 45 Hamburg

8 Feb 45 Politz 3 Apr 45 Nordhausen

13 Feb 45 Dresden 9 Apr 45 Kiel

14 Feb 45 Chemnitz 10 Apr 45 Plauen

20 Feb 45 Dortmund 22 Apr 45 Bremen

21 Feb 45 Duisburg 30 Apr 45 MANNA (The Hague)

23 Feb 45 Pforzheim 2 May 45 MANNA (Rotterdam)

8 Mar 45 Kassel 8 May 45 MANNA (Rotterdam)

11 Mar 45 Essen 16 May 45 EXODUS (Brussels)

 

Flight Lieutenant McPhail, a Canadian officer, has completed twenty-eight sorties and 171.40 operational hours as the captain and pilot of a Lancaster heavy bomber in Bomber Command.

 

On his first operational sortie, Flight Lieutenant McPhail was down over Sweden, and after baling out was interned. He has shown great keenness and dogged determination, and as soon as he was repatriated commenced operational flying again.

 

He has attacked many heavily defended targets in the Ruhr and has made many long and deep penetrations into Germany, including attacks on Politz, Dresden, Chemnitz and Kassel.

 

Flight Lieutenant McPhail has always pressed home his attacks with the utmost determination. On 14th February when attacking Chemnitz, and again on 15th March when attacking Misburg, he was unable to bomb accurately on his first run up to the target. With complete disregard for personal safety Flight Lieutenant McPhail orbited the target and made a second run despite intense flak opposition, thus making the successful completion of these operational flights possible.

 

Flight Lieutenant McPhail has acted as Flight Commander in his flight many times. His unselfishness, splendid record and high degree of courage has been a source of inspiration not only to his own crew but to all the crews in the squadron. I very strongly recommend him for the award of the Distinguished Flying Cross.

 

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McPHALEN, F/L Charles Gerrie (C39214) - Mention in Despatches - Western Air Command Headquarters - Western Air Command Headquarters - Award effective 2 February 1946 as per Canada Gazette of that date and AFRO 280/46 dated 15 March 1946. Home in Vancouver; enlisted there 6 June 1940.

 

This officer has served in Western Air Command in a clerical and administrative capacity for several years, during which he has consistently demonstrated exceptional ability and efficiency. The nature of his duties has often been such as to necessitate sustained effort over and above normal requirements, and the willing spirit with which Flight Lieutenant McPhalen has accepted his responsibilities has resulted in a high standard of morale amongst the personnel under his direction.

 

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McPHERSON, G/C Barclay (1769) - Officer, Order of the British Empire - Air Force Headquarters, Ottawa - Awarded 1 January 1945 as per Canada Gazette dated 6 January 1945 and AFRO 89/45 dated 19 January 1945. Home in Ottawa; enlisted there 23 February 1940. Presented 28 February 1946. Died 24 May 1948.

 

During a lengthy period of war service, this officer has consistently displayed outstanding efficiency and capacity for work which have been of great benefit to the Royal Canadian Air Force. He has carried out successfully many special duties requiring delicate and diplomatic handling. Particularly outstanding was the highly commendable fashion in which he carried out his important and arduous duties as Liaison Officer between the services and the Department of the Secretary of State at the Churchill-Roosevelt conferences in Quebec in August 1943 and September 1944. By his ability, energy, resourcefulness and splendid devotion to duty, he made a marked contribution to the efficient organization of these conferences.

 

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McPHERSON, F/L Donald Bennett (C22105) - Commended for Valuable Services in the Air - No.13 EFTS - Award effective 14 November 1944 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 2684/44 dated 15 December 1944. Home in Sherbrooke, Quebec;; enlisted in Montreal, 1 June 19400. Trained at No.4 EFTS (graduated 10 September 1940) and No.6 SFTS (graduated 30 April 1943).

 

This officer has been employed for the past four years on flying instructional duties and has shown that he possesses a thorough flying training knowledge, initiative and outstanding leadership. He is a very steady and conscientious officer.

 

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McPHERSON, F/L Douglas Alexander Buzza (J25650) - 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 Kamloops, British Columbia; enlisted in Vancouver, 28 February 1941. Trained at No.7 EFTS (graduated 18 June 1942) and No.6 SFTS (graduated 11 September 1942.

 

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McPHERSON, F/L Ian Edward (J10107) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.12 Squadron - Award effective 30 October 1945 as per London Gazette dated 6 November 1945 and AFRO 155/46 dated 15 February 1946. Born 1920 in Victoria; home there; enlisted in Vancouver, 20 May 1941. Trained at No.2 ITS (graduated 15 August 1941), No.2 EFTS (graduated 24 October 1941) and No.13 SFTS (graduated 16 January 1942). Commissioned January 1942. Presented 29 May 1947. No citation other than "completed...numerous operations against the enemy in the course of which [he has] displayed the utmost fortitude, courage and devotion to duty."

 

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McPHERSON, S/L William Grant (J5024) - Air Force Cross - No.2 Flying Instructor School (since moved to No.6 OTU) - Award effective 21 April 1945 as per Canada Gazette of that date and AFRO 802/45 dated 11 May 1945. Enlisted in Montreal, 24 August 1940. Trained at No.1 ITS (graduated 9 December 1940), No.11 EFTS (graduated 28 January 1941) and No.1 SFTS (graduated 1 April 1941). Presented 25 February 1949. No citation in AFRO. Governor General's Records (RG.7 Group 26, Vol.58, file 190-I, dossier 6) has citation. As of recommendation he had flown 2,300 hours of which 2,000 were as instructor (200 in past six months).

 

This officer has constantly shown outstanding ability and enthusiasm in his work as a flying instructor. The zeal and energy he has shown and the able manner in which he has administered the personnel under his command has been reflected in the excellent standard of discipline and morale maintained throughout his squadron. The splendid example he has set along with his outstanding devotion to duty is in keeping with the highest traditions of the service.

 

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McPHERSON, Sgt (now WO2) William John (R69099) - Air Force Medal - No.2 EFTS - Award effective 28 May 1943 as per London Gazette dated 28 May 1943 and AFRO 1459/43 dated 30 July 1943. University of Saskatchewan (B.Sc.) where he was in COTC. Enlisted at North Bay, 2 September 1940. Trained at No.2 ITS (graduated 10 November 1940), No.2 EFTS (graduated 19 June 1942), and No.6 SFTS (graduated 11 September 1942). Presented 20 March 1944.

 

This airman has flown a total of 1,067 hours, an average of 66 hours per month, as a Flying Instructor from March 1941 to June 1942, which were entirely free of damage to aircraft. His deportment, cheerful personality and devotion to duty and the efficient discharge of many difficult assignments set a splendid example. His keen interest and skilful teaching were of a high standard and an excellent contribution to the war effort.

 

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McPHIE, P/O Louis Walton (J89347) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.424 Squadron - Award effective 5 February 1945 as per London Gazette dated 16 February 1945 and AFRO 563/45 dated 29 March 1945. Born 1923 in Vancouver; home there (wood planer); enlisted in Vancouver, 28 October 1942. Trained at No.4 ITS (graduated 17 April 1943), No.5 BGS (graduated 23 July 1943) and No.7 AOS (graduated 3 September 1943). Commissioned 1944. Presented in Vancouver, 22 October 1949. No citation other than "completed...numerous operations against the enemy in the course of which [he has] invariably displayed the utmost fortitude, courage and devotion to duty." DHist file 181.009 D.2610 (RG.24 Vol.20627) has recommendation dated 20 November 1944 when he had flown 32 sorties (159 hours ten minutes), 10 June to 15 October 1944.

 

This officer has completed a tour of operations which included attacks on heavily defended targets in Germany such as Stuttgart, Hamburg, Emden and Bochum. In addition he has taken part in many raids on precision targets in enemy occupied territory and several important Gardening sorties. Throughout his tour of operations this Air Bomber has done outstanding work in both bombing and navigational duties. In the air and on the ground he has been an example to the members of his crew and an inspiration to those in his section. On one occasion his presence of mind and prompt action in feathering an engine and his assistance to his captain enabled the pilot to successfully accomplish a two-engine landing.

 

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McQUADE, P/O Alton Robert Ralph (J19570) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.419 Squadron - Award effective 25 July 1944 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 2052/44 dated 22 September 1944. Born Bedford, Quebec, 1921; home in Quebec; enlisted in Quebec, 15 August 1941. Trained at No.5 ITS (graduated 5 December 1941, No.12 EFTS (graduated 3 July 1942) and No.16 SFTS (graduated 6 November 1942). Commissioned 1944. Medal presented at Buckingham Palace 11 August 1944.

 

This officer has completed a large number of sorties involving attacks on a wide range of targets. He is a skilful, gallant and determined pilot whose example has greatly inspired his crews. Pilot Officer McQuade has attacked Berlin on seven occasions.

 

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McQUAID, F/O Thomas James (C7125) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.15 Squadron - Award effective 8 September 1945 as per London Gazette dated 25 September 1945 and AFRO 1768/45 dated 23 November 1945. Born 1915 in Sault Ste.Marie, Ontario; home in Now York (engineer). Trained at No.2 ITS and No.2 AOS. Commissioned August 1941. No citation other than "completed...numerous operations against the enemy in the course of which [he has] invariably displayed the utmost fortitude, courage and devotion to duty." Public Records Office Air 2/8750 has recommendation dated 18 April 1945 when he had flown 34 sorties (180 hours 50 minutes), 6 November 1944 to 23 March 1945.

 

6 Nov 44 Koblenz (5.40) 16 Jan 45 Wanne Eickel (5.05)

11 Nov 44 Castrop Rauxel (5.05) 1 Feb 45 Munchen-Gladbach (5.05)

16 Nov 44 Heinsburg (4.45) 9 Feb 45 Hohenbudberg (4.55)

29 Nov 44 Neuss (4.45) 20 Feb 45 Dortmund (6.05)

30 Nov 44 Bottrop (4.10) 22 Feb 45 Buer (5.00)

4 Dec 44 Oberhausen (4.20) 23 Feb 45 Gelsenkirchen (5.45)

5 Dec 44 Schwammenauel (4.30) 25 Feb 45 Kamen (5.45)

6 Dec 44 Merseburg (7.35) 27 Feb 45 Gelsenkirchen (5.20)

8 Dec 44 Duisburg (4.30) 1 Mar 45 Kamen (5.50)

12 Dec 44 Witton (4.50) 2 Mar 45 Cologne (5.40)

15 Dec 44 Siegen (2.45), recall 4 Mar 45 Wanne Eickel (4.55)

19 Dec 44 Trier (4.50) 6 Mar 45 Wesel (5.10)

21 Dec 44 Trier (5.05) 9 Mar 45 Datteln (5.20)

23 Dec 44 Trier (5.00) 10 Mar 45 Gelsenkirchen (5.20)

28 Dec 44 Cologne (4.45) 12 Mar 45 Dortmund (6.30)

1 Jan 45 Vohwinkel (5.55) 20 Mar 45 Hamm (5.45)

11 Jan 45 Krefeld (5.10) 23 Mar 45 Wesel (4.40)

15 Jan 45 Enkerschwick (5.00)

 

Flying Officer McQuaid is navigator in Flight Lieutenant Noble's crew, and has now completed his first operational tour consisting of 34 sorties, totalling 180 hours 50 minutes, on such targets as Gelsenkirchen (three times), Cologne (twice), Dortmund (twice), Kamen (twice) and Merseburg.

 

A skilful and resourceful navigator, his navigation has, on all sorties, been of a consistently high order, rendering valuable assistance to his captain.

 

This officer is one of four surviving members of Flight Lieutenant Noble's crew who were involve in a serious flying accident whilst undergoing training at Heavy Conversion Unit. This has not in any way affected his keenness to take part in operations since joining the squadron.

 

Flying Officer McQuaid has displayed courage, determination and devotion to duty, worthy of the highest praise. He is recommended for the award of the Distinguished Flying Cross.

 

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McQUEEN, F/L Duncan Thomas (J10686) - Commended for Valuable Services in the Air - No.1 AOS - Award effective 14 June 1945 as per Canada Gazette of that date and AFRO 1127/45 dated 6 July 1945. Home in Toronto; enlisted in Hamilton, 20 May 1941. Trained at No.1 ITS (graduated 1 September 1941), No.4 AOS (graduated 3 January 1942), No.4 BGS (graduated 14 February 1942) and No.2 ANS (graduated 16 March 1942)

 

Since his repatriation from operations, this officer has done a consistently excellent job as a navigation instructor, not only in the classroom but also in the air. His experience, coupled with his untiring efforts, has been of invaluable assistance to the effectiveness of training at this school.

 

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McQUISTON, F/O John Henderson (J26751) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.415 Squadron - Award effective 15 March 1945 as per London Gazette dated 27 March 1945 and AFRO 1127/45 dated 6 July 1945. Born 1923 in Belfast, Northern Ireland; home in Toronto (laboratory assistant); enlisted in Toronto, 3 February 1942. Trained at No.6 ITS (graduated 9 October 1942), No.9 EFTS (graduated 22 January 1943) and No.16 SFTS (graduated 28 May 1943). Commissioned May 1943. Medal sent by registered mail 6 May 1949. Died in North York, Ontario, 29 September 2001. No citation other than "completed...many successful operations against the enemy in which [he has] displayed high skill, fortitude and devotion to duty." DHist file 181.009 D.1750 (PAC RG.24 Vol.20608) has recommendation dated 22 December 1944 when he had flown 21 sorties (110 hours 50 minutes); it was for an immediate DFC. See also F/O G.M. McGlone:

Flying Officer McQuiston, pilot, was detailed to attack Munster in daylight on November 18th. His hydraulics failed on take-off and the undercarriage would not come up. Determined to reach the objective, he ordered immediate course set and proceeded with the undercarriage down. Although unable to reach proper height and in spite of the intercom going completely unserviceable on crossing of the coast he persevered and cooly bombed the target. His tenacity of purpose and outstanding airmanship are an example to the whole squadron.

 

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McQUOID, F/L Donald John (J6389) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.58 Squadron - Award effective 30 November 1943 as per London Gazette dated 7 December 1943 and AFRO 166/44 dated 28 January 1944. Born in Summerberry, Saskatchewan, 1916; home there (farmer); enlisted in Regina, 13 September 1940. Trained at No.1 ITS (graduated 7 february 1941), No.10 EFTS (graduated 22 April 1941) and No.8 SFTS (graduated 27 July 1941. Commissioned July 1941. It appears that all his awards (DSO, DFC and Bar) were awarded on 14 February 1948.

 

Throughout his operational career this officer has maintained an exceptionally high standard in every branch of activity. On three occasions he has displayed outstanding airmanship, flying his aircraft and crew safely to base when conditions were such that he would have been fully justified in abandoning the aircraft. On one occasion he took off on an air/sea rescue sortie in a heavy gale and in extremely adverse weather and successfully completed his task. He has also participated in an attack on a U-boat which was sunk by an accompanying aircraft. As captain of aircraft Flight Lieutenant McQuoid has set a magnificent standard of leadership and proficiency.

 

McQUOID, S/L Donald John, DFC (J6389) - Bar to Distinguished Flying Cross - No.405 Squadron - Award effective 5 February 1945 as per London Gazette dated 16 February 1945 and AFRO 563/45 dated 29 March 1945.

 

Throughout two tours of operations Squadron Leader McQuoid has displayed magnificent leadership, courage and devotion to duty which have been worthy of the highest praise. He has participated in many important and hazardous missions and has always pressed home his attacks despite all difficulties he has encountered. Since the award of the Distinguished Flying Cross he has maintained a high standard of skilful pilotage and cool determination.

 

McQUOID, W/C Donald John, DFC (J6389) - Distinguished Service Order - No.405 Squadron - Award effective 18 October 1945 as per London Gazette dated 26 October 1945 and AFRO 133/46 dated 8 February 1946.

 

Since the award of a Bar to the Distinguished Flying Cross, this officer has participated in many operational sorties. He is an outstanding organizer and leader who both in the air and on the ground has set an inspiring example of skill, keenness and devotion to duty. On numerous occasions when serving as master bomber or deputy master bomber Wing Commander McQuoid, in adverse weather, has pressed home his attacks to a successful conclusion and by his determination and courage materially contributed to the successes attained.

 

NOTE: Public Records Office Air 2/9112 has recommendation dated 20 May 1945 when he had flown 42 sorties in Bomber Command and a total of 921 hours 23 minutes on operations; twelve sorties (65 hours) had been since previous award. The document states that his first tour had consisted of one Nickel raid (30 November 1941, 2.40, not counted as a sortie), plus raids on Emden (13 January 1942, 5.35), Paris (3 February 1942, 7.00), St.Nazaire (25 March 1942) and (between 27 April 1942 and 15 July 1943) 738 hours 15 minutes flying with Coastal Command which counted as only three sorties in Bomber Command. Remaining sorties (and text of recommendation) as follows:

 

10 July 44 Nucourt (2.45) 14 Oct 44 Duisburg (3.55)

12 July 44 Paris (3.08) 15 Oct 44 Wilhelmshaven (4.05)

15 July 44 Nucourt (3.30) 19 Oct 44 Stuttgart (5.10)

17 July 44 Cagny (2.30) 25 Oct 44 Homberg (3.40)

28 July 44 Stuttgart (6.20) 28 Oct 44 Walcheren (2.10)

30 July 44 Battle Area (2.35) 16 Nov 44 Julich (3.10)

3 Aug 44 Nieppe (2.05) 18 Nov 44 Wanne Eickel (4.05)

4 Aug 44 L'isle Adam (2.45) 2 Dec 44 Hagen (5.35)

14 Aug 44 TRACTABLE 21 (2.40) 4 Dec 44 Karlsruhe (5.05)

15 Aug 44 Meisbroek (4.15) 18 Dec 44 Duisburg (4.25)

16 Aug 44 Stettin (4.55) 2 Feb 45 Wanne Eickel (4.00)

18 Aug 44 Sterkrade (3.35) 2 Mar 45 Cologne (4.05)

25 Aug 44 Russelsheim (6.40) 5 Mar 45 Chemnitz (7.50)

26 Aug 44 Kiel (5.25) 8 Mar 45 Hamburg (5.55)

29 Aug 44 Stettin (8.30) 14 Mar 45 Zweibrucken (5.00)

15 Sept 44 Kiel (5.25) 16 Mar 45 Nuremburg (7.05)

30 Sept 44 Bottrop (3.25) 4 Apr 45 Oeuna (7.00)

11 Oct 44 Fort Fredrik Hendrik 9 Apr 45 Kiel (4.55)

(2.10)

 

Since being awarded the Bar to the Distinguished Flying Cross, Wing Commander McQuoid has continued to operate with unremitting zeal and enthusiasm which has inspired all. He is an outstanding organizer and leader, whose personal example of fearlessness and extreme devotion to duty has had a most inspiring effect on all members in the squadron.

 

On numerous occasions, under most adverse conditions, and involving great personal danger, he, in the capacity of Master Bomber or Deputy Master Bomber, has pressed home his attacks to a successful conclusion, and has undoubtedly contributed considerably towards the successes attained.

 

He invariably displays the same insatiable zeal in the performance of his ground duties as he does on operations, never sparing any effort to bring the efficiency of his flight up to the required standard. Undoubtedly, the skill, keenness and devotion to duty shown by this officer has contributed materially to the operational record attained by this squadron.

 

Strongly recommended for the non-immediate award of the Distinguished Service Order.

 

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McRAE, Sergeant Charles (R19057) - Distinguished Flying Medal - No.115 Squadron - Award effective 20 April 1944 as per London Gazette dated 25 April 1944 and AFRO 1075/44 dated 19 May 1944. Born in Winnipeg, 1924; home at Virden Station or Vivian Stat, Manitoba (labourer); enlisted in Winnipeg, 8 September 1942. Trained at No.9 BGS (graduated 9 July 1943). Presented 5 July 1944.

 

This airman was the rear gunner of an aircraft detailed to attack Frankfurt on a recent occasion. Whilst over the target the aircraft was attacked by a fighter. The rear turret was rendered unserviceable and Sergeant McRae was wounded. Although in great pain this brave gunner refused to leave his post and, operating his turret manually, continued to use his guns most effectively, causing the attackers to terminate the engagement. Sometime later he fainted through loss of blood and had to be assisted from his turret. This airman set a splendid example of determination and devotion to duty.

 

McRAE, WO (now P/O) Charles, DFM (R191057/J93402) - Mention in Despatches - Overseas - Award effective 14 June 1945 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 1600/45 dated 12 October 1945.

 

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McRAE, F/O Donald Farquhar (J9405) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.179 Squadron - Award effective 27 September 1943 as per London Gazette dated 15 October 1943 and AFRO 2322/43 dated 12 November 1943. Born in Stavely, Alberta, 19 March 1913; home in Vancouver; enlisted there 1 May 1941. Trained at No.2 ITS (graduated 7 August 1941), No.19 EFTS (graduated 25 September 1941) and No.10 SFTS (graduated 19 December 1941. Commissioned 19 December 1941; F/O 1 October 1942; F/L 19 December 1943. Further trained at No.31 GRS, Charlottetown (10 January 1942 to 14 March 1942) and No.31 OTU, Debert (15 March to 30 June 1942). Arrived in UK, 16 August 1942. Further trained at No.3 (P) AFU. Posted to No.179 Squadron, 12 January 1943, moving with that unit to Gibraltar, Azores and back to Britain until posted on 20 December 1943. To Canada, 19 January 1944. Instructing at No.1 GRS, Summerside, 28 February to 28 July 1944. Back and forth between Pennfield Ridge and No.165 Squadron, 28 July 1944 to 3 February 1945; Station Sea Island, 4 February to 4 October 1945; No.6 OTU, Comox, 5 October 1945 to 21 March 1946. Released 17 April 1946; rejoined 1 October 1946; retired 19 January 1961. Photos include PL-23719, PL-23658 and PL-133236. Cited with F/O R.K. Senior (RAAF).

 

Flying Officer McRae and Flying Officer Senior as captain and wireless operator air gunner respectively have flown on many anti-submarine patrols and recently have successfully executed three attacks on enemy submarines. On the latter of these Flying Officer McRae, displaying brilliant airmanship, executed his attack with great precision from a height of 100 feet precisely. This officer has displayed great courage and tenacity and his efforts have been well supported by Flying Officer Senior whose skilful work has been of a high order. These officers have set an unsurpassed example of keenness and devotion to duty.

 

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McRAE, F/O James Marshall (J20176) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.162 (Bomber Reconnaissance) Squadron - Award effective 26 September 1944 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 2534/44 dated 24 November 1944. Enlisted in Calgary, 17 July 1941. Trained at No.2 ITS (graduated 8 April 1942), No.19 EFTS (graduated 3 July 1942) and No.12 SFTS (graduated 23 October 1942). Cited with WO2 Joseph J.C. Bergevin (RCAF, WOP, awarded DFC) and Sergeant Robert F. Cromarty (RCAF, FE, awarded DFM). See Bergevin for citation. Action described was sinking of U-715 north of the Shetlands, 13 June 1944. See W.A.B. Douglas, The Birth of a National Air Force, pp.593-594.

 

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McRAE, Sergeant John Bell (R175983) - Air Force Medal - No.1 Bombing and Gunnery School - Award effective 14 July 1944 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 1861/44 dated 25 August 1944. Home in Vancouver; enlisted there 22 July 1942. Trained at No.4 ITS (graduated 6 March 1943), No.5 EFTS (graduated 1 May 1943) and No.15 SFTS (graduated 20 August 1943). Presented 1 February 1946.

 

This NCO was pilot of an Anson aircraft on night bombing exercises recently over a lake, when his aircraft was struck by another Anson from a nearby aerodrome. His aircraft lost a third of the port wing, which rendered it practically unmanageable. Despite this, he directed the aircraft over land, which allowed his two bomb aimers to parachute safely to the ground. He then flew back to his aerodrome and made a successful wheels-up landing with a minimum of damage to the aircraft. Sergeant McRae exercised a great deal of coolness and courage and showed a very high standard of airmanship on this flight.

 

NOTE: The incident described involved Anson 7043; the other aircraft was from No.16 SFTS. The latter was deemed to be too close to the Jarvis bombing range, although neither pilot was keeping a good lookout.

 

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McRAE, S/L Robert Wallace (J3468) - Air Force Cross - No.4 (BR) Squadron - Award effective 1 December 1945 as per Canada Gazette of that date and AFRO 183/46 dated 22 February 1946. Born in Vancouver; attended University of British Columbia. (B.Comm, 1940). Enlisted in Vancouver, 5 June 1940. Trained at No.1 ITS (graduated 19 July 1940), No.8 EFTS (graduated 12 October 1940), and No.4 SFTS (graduated 4 January 1941). As of recommendation (11 June 1945) he had flown 1,347 hours, of which 457 hours were operational (70 sorties). Postwar pilot with Trans-Canada Airlines. Medal sent by registered mail 11 July 1950.

 

Squadron Leader McCrae, a very keen pilot and a capable and efficient squadron commander, has set an excellent example to those under him both in flying and other duties. By reason of his outstanding skill, courage and leadership he has contributed greatly to the fine record of his squadron and to the Royal Canadian Air Force generally.

 

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McROBERTS, F/O Robert Cowan (J12537) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.421 Squadron - Award effective 20 October 1944 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 2637/44 dated 8 December 1944. Born in Glasgow, Scotland, 25 November 1917; lived in Alberta, 1923 onwards; home in Calgary; enlisted there 4 August 1941. Trained at No.4 ITS (11 October 1941 to 20 December 1941, (graduated 5 December 1941), No.5 EFTS ( 21 December 1941 to 14 March 1942; (graduated 27 February 1942) and No.2 SFTS (15 March to 1 August 1942; (graduated 3 July 1942). Commissioned 3 July 1942; F/O 3 January 1943; F/L 4 August 1944 with effect from 3 July 1944. Attended Central Flying School, Trenton, 2 August to 19 September 1942; instructed at No.6 SFTS, 20 September 1942 to 24 April 1943. Attended No.1 OTU, Bagotville, 25 April to 10 July 1943. Arrived in UK, 22 July 1943. Attended No.53 OTU, 7 September to 29 October 1943. No.421 Squadron, 29 October 1943 to 5 September 1944. Aerial victories as follows: 23 June 1944, one Bf.109 damaged; 30 June 1944, one Bf.109 destroyed; 5 July 1944, two Bf.109s destroyed; 12 July 1944, one Bf.109 damaged (badly shot up by five '109s, wounded slightly by flying glass). Repatriated to Canada, September 1944. Briefly with No.124 Squadron; then to No.8 repair Depot, Winnipeg (12 December 1944 to 2 January 1946; No.1 Composite Training School, Toronto (2 January to 14 February 1946); No.1 REMU, Lethbridge (13 March to 15 September 1946). Presented to next-of-kin, 10 December 1947. Killed 15 September 1946 in crash of a Dakota at Estevan, Saskatchewan (21 killed). Photo PL-30719 shows him.

 

Flying Officer McRoberts has flown on many operational sorties and has displayed exceptional courage and devotion to duty. He has destroyed four enemy aircraft and damaged several more. In his last flight, which ended with the destruction of the enemy aircraft, Flying Officer McRoberts was injured in the face and his aircraft was severely damaged. Nevertheless, this gallant pilot flew safely to base.

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McRORIE, F/O Eric Ryerson (J27274) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.419 Squadron - Award effective 17 November 1944 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 1/45 dated 5 January 1945. Born 1915 at Avonlea, Saskatchewan; enlisted in Winnipeg, 27 May 1942. Trained at No.4 ITS (graduated 18 December 1942) and No.5 AOS (graduated 30 April 1943). Commissioned 1943. Presented 17 January 1948.

 

One night in March 1944, when on his first operation, a mine laying mission to Kiel Bay, the port engines of the aircraft of which Flying Officer McRorie was air bomber caught fire. On the return journey it became necessary to bring the bomber down onto the sea. Flying Officer McRorie calmly continued at his work, assisting the navigator and the strapped in the pilot and tried to jettison his escape hatch. The escape hatch was found to be immovable so Flying Officer McRorie obtained an axe and chopped the hatch away just before the aircraft touched the water. The engineer was injured on impact and was unable to escape. Flying Officer McRorie returned to the aircraft to assist him and succeeded in getting him into the dinghy. His outstanding coolness and courage in the face of danger is worthy of the highest praise.

 

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McSORLEY, P/O Bernard Francis (J17664) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.405 Squadron - Award effective 4 October 1943 as per London Gazette dated 19 October 1943 and AFRO 2322/43 dated 12 November 1943. American in the RCAF, from Long Island, New York. Born in The Bronx, 1916; enlisted in Ottawa, 9 June 1941. Trained at No.1 ITS (graduated 25 September 1941), No.20 EFTS (graduated 6 December 1941) and No.16 SFTS (graduated 27 March 1942). Commissioned 1943. Medal presented at Buckingham Palace 7 December 1943. Killed in flying accident, 25 January 1944, at No.27 NTU (Halifax W7832); widow in United Kingdom; buried in United Kingdom.

 

This officer has piloted his aircraft in the face of intense enemy opposition to most of the heavily defended targets in Germany, including Dusseldorf, Hamburg and Essen. His coolness, courage and devotion to duty have largely contributed to the successful completion of many operational sorties.

 

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McSORLEY, Nursing Sister Ruby Perella (C3936) - Associate, Royal Red Cross - No.5 Bombing and Gunnery School. Award effective 1 January 1943 as per London Gazette of that date and RCAF Routine Order 55/43. Born in Deleau, Manitoba, 6 June 1908. Medal presented at Buckingham Palace 22 June 1943.

 

This Nursing Sister's services have been marked by a high degree of loyalty and devotion to duty. She is exceptionally well qualified professionally and very ably organized the nursing service and equipment at a number of units during their formative stages. She enjoys the confidence of her immediate staff and subordinates and is held in the highest esteem by her superiors.

 

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McTAGGART, F/O David Ostrom (J87335) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.415 Squadron - Award effective 5 February 1945 as per London Gazette dated 20 February 1945 and AFRO 563/45 dated 29 March 1945. Born 1921 in Vancouver. Radio instructor in civil life; home in Vancouver; enlisted there 11 August 1942. Trained at No.4 ITS (graduated 2 April 1943), No.5 EFTS (graduated 28 May 1943) and No.3 SFTS (graduated 17 September 1943). Commissioned 1944. Presented 13 July 1946. No citation other than "completed... numerous operations against the enemy in the course of which [he has] invariably displayed the utmost fortitude, courage and devotion to duty." DHist file 181.009 D.1750 (RG.24 Vol.20608) has recommendation dated 22 November 1944 when he had flown 23 sorties (110 hours 35 minutes) between 15 August and 18 November 1944.

 

Flying Officer McTaggart has an outstanding operational record. He is a determined, skilful and courageous officer and his crew have great confidence in his ability to defend the aircraft. His sorties have been varied and hazardous but his skill and coolness have been most praiseworthy...

 

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McVEIGH, S/L Charles Norman (C89501) - Mention in Despatches - No.437 Squadron - Award effective 1 January 1946 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 322/46 dated 29 March 1946. Former CAN/RAF. DHist file 181.009 D.4855 (RG.24 Vol.20657) has recommendation dated 14 July 1945 for an American Silver Star which shed light on his activities. Photo PL-33875 shows him.

 

Whilst on his first tour in Bomber Command this officer carried out many hazardous sorties both from bases in France and the United Kingdom.

 

This officer commenced his second tour in the Airborne role in 46 Group and has participated in all the airborne operations in the European Theatre excepting the crossing of the Rhine.

 

On June 5th, 1944, he led 48 Squadron on Operation "Tongo" dropping his paratroopers on a D.Z. near Caen.

 

During the invasion of Holland this officer displayed great gallantry by pressing on to drop his panniers on the Drop Zone despite very intense and accurate flak.

 

In the many operations in which Squadron Leader McVeigh has participated he has at all times shown leadership, initiative and devotion to duty of the highest order.

 

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McVEIGH, WO2 (now P/O) Hamilton Gordon (R70185/87423) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.433 Squadron - Award effective 22 August 1944 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 2274/44 dated 20 October 1944. Born in St.Catharines, Ontario, 1920; home in Port Arthur, Ontario (clerk). Enlisted in Galt, 28 August 1940. Trained at No.7 ITS (graduated 5 June 1942), No.20 EFTS (graduated 11 April 1942) and No.5 SFTS (graduated 22 January 1943). Presented at Buckingham Palace, 11 August 1944.

 

One night in June 1944, Warrant Officer McVeigh was the captain of an aircraft detailed to attack Metz. When approaching the target area the aircraft was intercepted by an enemy aircraft which attacked with much persistence. Warrant Officer McVeigh manoeuvred with great skill but his aircraft was repeatedly hit. Extensive damage was sustained which caused the aircraft to dive steeply. Considerable height was lost before Warrant Officer McVeigh regained control. Afterwards the bombs were released and course was set for home. On the return flight the aircraft gradually lost height but finally the English coast was crossed and Warrant Officer McVeigh effected a masterly landing at an airfield. In most trying circumstances this captain displayed notable skill, great determination and devotion to duty.

 

NOTE: DHH file 181.009 D.2611 (RG.24 Volume 20627) has original recommendation drafted 4 July 1944 when he had flown 19 sorties (81 hours 35 minutes):

 

On the night of the 28th June 1944, Warrant Officer II McVeigh was captain of aircraft "C" LV838 detailed to attack Metz. Approximately 30 minutes before the target this aircraft was attacked three times by an unidentified twin-engined enemy aircraft, but although correct combat manoeuver was carried out this aircraft was hit many times by cannon shells resulting in severe damage to starboard fins and rudder (the top half of which was completely shot away), starboard elevator, aileron, wing tip, flap and mainplane. As a result of this extensive damage, Warrant Officer McVeigh lost complete control as the aircraft went into a tight spin to port, and ordered crew to "abandon aircraft" as 7,000 feet had been lost. At 6,000 feet this pilot regained control of the aircraft and ordered crew to "stand by", but the mid-upper gunner and bomb aimer had already left the aircraft. The pilot climbed the aircraft to 8,000 feet, but the port inner engine cut, resulting in aircraft losing height, so the bomb load was jettisoned and a course set for England.

 

Warrant Officer McVeigh, by skilful airmanship under the most trying conditions, eventually crossed the English coast At 3,300 feet and displayed exceptional skill and coolness in making a masterly high speed landing at an emergency airfield, thereby saving the lives of his crew and much valuable equipment.

 

I consider that Warrant Officer McVeigh's skilful and calculated handling of his aircraft under these extremely difficult conditions fully merits the immediate award of the Distinguished Flying Cross.

 

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McVICAR, F/L Harold Chapman (J87030) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.431 Squadron - Award effective 1 December 1944 as per London Gazette dated 8 December 1944 and AFRO 337/45 dated 23 February 1945. Born 1913 in Vancouver; home in Otterburne, Manitoba. Served two years with Winnipeg Rifles. Enlisted in London, England, 20 March 1942. ITS in UK. Trained at No.5 EFTS (graduated 5 February 1943) and No.7 SFTS (graduated 11 June 1943). Commissioned 1944. Meal presented 2 November 1956. 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.5526 (RG.24 Vol.20667) has recommendation dated 13 September 1944 when he had flown 29 sorties (135 hours 55 minutes), 1 May to 9 September 1944.

 

This officer, a captain of an aircraft, has made 29 sorties against the enemy, including such well defended targets at Hamburg, Stuttgart and Sterkrade. At all times, Flying Officer McVicar has shown outstanding qualities of leadership and, as a result, he and his crew have been vicious and accurate in their attacks against the enemy, being relentless in the damage they have inflicted. In recognition of Flying Officer McVicar's cool courage and tenacity of purpose, I strongly recommend that this officer be awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross.

 

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McWHIRTER, P/O Robert Edwin (J86051) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.405 Squadron - Award effective 6 January 1945 as per London Gazette dated 19 January 1945 and AFRO 508/45 dated 23 March 1945. Born 1922; home at Foxdale, Saskatchewan (farmer); enlisted in Saskatoon, 31 October 1942. Trained at No.9 BGS (graduated 23 July 1943. Commissioned 1944. Presented 18 June 1949. No citation other than "completed...numerous operations against the enemy in the course of which [he has] invariably displayed the utmost fortitude, courage and devotion to duty." Public Records Office Air 2/9039 has recommendation dated 21 October 1944 when he had flown 50 sorties (231 hours 20 minutes). Member of same crew as P/O R.A. Rutherglen.

 

* counted as 1/3 sortie

 

18 Nov 43 Nantes (4.05, Nickle 28 June 44 Metz (5.09)

sortie) 30 June 44 Villers Bocage (2.28)

8 Mar 44 Le Mans (5.20)* 2 July 44 Oisemont (2.00)

13 Mar 44 Le Mans (5.35)* 5 July 44 Wizernes (1.45)

15 Mar 44 Stuttgart (8.00) 6 July 44 Coquereaux (2.34)

18 Mar 44 Frankfurt (5.20) 7 July 44 Caen (2.26)

22 Mar 44 Frankfurt (6.20) 9 July 44 L'Hey (1.41)

24 Mar 44 Berlin (8.20) 10 July 44 Nucourt (2.52)

26 Mar 44 Essen (5.05) 12 July 44 Paris/Vaires (3.08)

30 Mar 44 Nuremburg (8.20) 15 July 44 Nucourt (3.17)

18 Apr 44 Paris (5.30)* 19 July 44 Rollez (2.57)

20 Apr 44 Lens (4.20)* 3 Aug 44 L'isle Adam (2.51)

24 Apr 44 Karlsruhe (7.00) 4 Aug 44 St.Maximim (2.59)

26 Apr 44 Essen (5.00) 5 Aug 44 Chaussee (3.00)

27 Apr 44 Aulnoye (4.40)* 7 Aug 44 TOTALIZE 5 (2.30)

30 Apr 44 Somain (4.20)* 8 Aug 44 Lucheux (2.55)

19 May 44 Mont Coupe (2.02) 12 Aug 44 Russelheim (4.29)

21 May 44 Duisburg (3.41) 16 Aug 44 Stettin (5.02)

22 May 44 Dortmund (3.43) 18 Aug 44 Bremen (4.50)

24 May 44 Aachen (3.28) 25 Aug 44 Russelheim (7.13)

27 May 44 Rennes airfield (3.54) 26 Aug Kiel (5.27)

28 May 44 Mardyck (2.00) 29 Aug 44 Stettin (8.32)

11 June 44 Toures (5.03) 15 Sept 44 Kiel (5.00)

15 June 44 Lens (2.36) 5 Oct 44 Saarbrucken (4.52)

16 June 44 Renescoure (1.51) 6 Oct 44 Dortmund (4.49)

23 June 44 Coubromme (1.48) 14 Oct 44 Duisburg (3.55)

24 June 44 Middel Straete (1.38) 15 Oct 44 Wilhelmshaven (4.02)

27 June 44 Oisemont (2.14) 19 Oct 44 Stuttgart (5.24)

 

Pilot Officer McWhirter is a highly efficient Air Gunner, now on his second tour of operations. He has participated in attacks on such heavily defended enemy areas as Berlin, Essen and Nuremburg. He is a very valuable member of his crew, not only for his superior technical knowledge, but also because he is of a co-operative nature, with a complete disregard for personal considerations and a high sense of devotion to duty. These fine qualities are best seen when engaged on operational duty, but can also be clearly seen by observing the interest he has taken in the administrative side of his duties. His fine personal example has inspired his crew to greater efforts and help to keep their morale at a high standard. Strongly recommended for the non-immediate award of the Distinguished Flying Cross.

 

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