NAFTEL, F/L Leslie Roland (J5130) - Commended for Valuable Services in the Air - No.14 SFTS - Award effective 1 January 1946 as per Canada Gazette of that date and AFRO 82/46 dated 25 January 1946. Enlisted in Galt, Ontario, 28 August 1940. Trained at No.1 ITS (graduated 21 December 1940), No.3 EFTS (graduated 9 February 1941), and No.6 SFTS (graduated 22 April 1941).
This officer has shown marked loyalty and devotion to duty of an extremely high order while employed as a Flying Instructor. He has been an inspiration to all with whom he has served.
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NAIMAN, F/O Arnold Irving (J43898) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.692 Squadron - Award effective 23 November 1945 as per London Gazette dated 7 December 1945 and AFRO 244/46 dated 8 March 1946. Born 1925 in Toronto; home there (cutter); enlisted there 17 February 1943. Trained at No.1 ITS (graduated 18 September 1943) and No.10 AOS (graduated 21 April 1944. Commissioned April 1944. Died in Toronto, 21 October 2000. No citation, "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 2/8772 has recommendation dated 21 May 1945 when he had flown 40 sorties (168 hours). However, sortie sheet lists 41 trips.
28 Dec 44 Bonn 25 Feb 45 Erfurt
30 Dec 44 Hanover 8 Mar 45 Hanover
31 Dec 44 Berlin 9 Mar 45 Berlin
8 Jan 45 Berlin 11 Mar 45 Berlin
17 Jan 45 Magdeburg 12 Mar 45 Berlin
18 Jan 45 Sterkrade 14 Mar 45 Berlin
21 Jan 45 Kassel 15 Mar 45 Erfurt
28 Jan 45 Berlin 17 Mar 45 Berlin
29 Jan 45 Berlin 21 Mar 45 Berlin
1 Feb 45 Berlin 23 Mar 45 Berlin
2 Feb 45 Magdeburg 26 Mar 45 Berlin
4 Feb 45 Hanover 29 Mar 45 Berlin
5 Feb 45 Berlin 2 Apr 45 Magdeburg
8 Feb 45 Berlin 4 Apr 45 Magdeburg
12 Feb 45 Stuttgart 8 Apr 45 Berlin
13 Feb 45 Magdeburg 9 Apr 45 Plaven
14 Feb 45 Berlin 11 Apr 45 Berlin
19 Feb 45 Erfurt 12 Apr 45 Berlin
22 Feb 45 Berlin 14 Apr 45 Berlin
24 Feb 45 Berlin 15 Apr 45 Berlin
2 May 45 Kiel
This officer has completed 40 operational sorties on heavily defended targets in Germany, including 24 attacks on Berlin. He has always shown skill and determination to bomb his targets accurately. He has set a high standard on the ground as well as in the air and his example is worthy of praise. For his courage and devotion to duty he is recommended for the non-immediate award of the Distinguished Flying Cross.
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NAIRN, A/V/M Kenneth Gordon (C585) - Mention in Despatches - AFHQ - Award effective 9 December 1944 as per Canada Gazette of that date and AFHQ 239/45 dated 9 February 1945. Born in Edinburgh; enlisted as trooper, Lord Strathcona's Horse, 1916; went overseas with 196th Battalion. Transferred to RFC, 1917, and Mentioned in Despatches for his work. Postwar trained as charted accountant. Honourary Wing Commander in RCAF, Vancouver, 14 November 1934; became member of Active Air Force in 1939, serving as Director General Accounts. Retired in 1944; died in Vancouver, 29 October 1988. For account of First World War experiences see Cross and Cockade, Vol.XVI No.3 (Autumn 1975). CB presented 16 May 1945.
NAIRN, Air Vice Marshal Kenneth Gordon (C585) - Companion, Order of the Bath - Air Member for Accounts and Finance, AFHQ - 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.
Since the outbreak of war, this officer has served with distinction, successively, as Director of Accounts and as Air Member of Air Council for Accounts and Finance. Prior to the outbreak of war, he served with active interest for a number of years in the Auxiliary Air Force. This officer has a pleasing personality, which, combined with his abilities as a leader, obtains the highest respect from his juniors and all those with whom he has contact. Through his tact and ability he has been responsible for settling in an amiable manner many difficult finance problems, arising out of the British Commonwealth Air Training Plan between the Governments concerned. His knowledge and experience, combined with his sound judgement, have been of inestimable value to the Royal Canadian Air Force.
NAIRN, A/V/M Kenneth Gordon, CB (C585) - King Haakron VII's Cross of Liberation (Norway) - Award effective 12 June 1948 as per Canada Gazette of that date and AFRO 371/48 dated 11 June 1948.
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NAIRN, F/O Thomas John (J27791) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.405 Squadron - Award effective 15 March 1945 as per London Gazette dated 27 March 1945 and AFRO 1127/45 dated 6 July 1945. Born 1912 in Ayre, Scotland; home in Montreal (apprentice machinist); enlisted there 19 May 1941. Trained at No.4 WS (graduated 24 November 1941) and No.9 BGS (graduated 8 June 1941). Commissioned May 1943. Medal presented in Montreal, 25 November 1949. No citation other than "completed...many successful operations against the enemy in which [he has] displayed high skill, fortitude and devotion to duty." Public Records Office Air 2/9051 has recommendation dated 20 December 1944 when he had flown 47 sorties (190 hours), 6 June to 6 December 1944.
6 June 44 Houlgate (4.30) 29 Aug 44 Stettin (8.35)
6 June 44 Coutances (4.40) 15 Sep 44 Kiel (5.10)
8 June 44 Mayennes (5.25) 17 Sep 44 Boulogne (1.50)
9 June 44 Le Mans (6.00) 20 Sep 44 Calais (1.55)
14 Jun 44 St.Pol (4.00) 24 Sep 44 Calais (1.50)
15 Jun 44 Boulogne (3.45) 25 Sep 44 Calais (1.45)
16 Jun 44 Sterkrade (4.55) 26 Sep 44 Cap Gris Nez (1.55)
10 Jul 44 Nucourt (2.50) 27 Sep 44 Bottrop (3.05)
12 Jul 44 Vaires (3.10) 28 Sep 44 Cap Gris Nez (1.55)
15 Jul 44 Nucourt (3.35) 30 Sep 44 Bottrop (3.10)
28 Jul 44 Hamburg (4.55) 5 Oct 44 Saarbrucken (4.40)
30 Jul 44 Caumont (3.00) 6 Oct 44 Dortmund (4.40)
3 Aug 44 L'Isle Adam (2.50) 11 Oct 44 Fort Frederick Hendrik (2.00)
4 Aug 44 St.Maximum (3.10) 14 Oct 44 Duisburg (3.25)
5 Aug 44 Bordeaux (7.25) 14 Oct 44 Duisburg (4.05)
7 Aug 44 TOTALIZE (2.35) 23 Oct 44 Essen (4.00)
8 Aug 44 Lucheux (2.55) 11 Nov 44 Dortmund (4.05)
12 Aug 44 Russelsheim (4.35) 16 Nov 44 Julich (3.20)
14 Aug 44 TRACTABLE (2.30) 18 Nov 44 Wanne Eickel (4.10)
15 Aug 44 Brussels (2.25) 21 Nov 44 Castrop Rauxel (4.20)
16 Aug 44 Stettin (7.45) 2 Dec 44 Hagen (5.20)
25 Aug 44 Russelsheim (7.00) 4 Dec 44 Karlsruhe (5.10)
26 Aug 44 Kiel (5.35) 6 Dec 44 Merseburg (6.25)
28 Aug 44 L'Hey (2.10)
Flying Officer Nairn is a keen and capable Wireless Operator/Air in a highly successful crew, now on their second tour of operations. He has participated in attacks on some of the most strongly defended German targets, invariably displaying a coolness and dogged determination under fire which is most commendable. His constant cheerfulness and willingness to take part in operational duty on every possible occasion combined with his undoubted skill in the performance of his tasks makes him a very valuable member of aircrew.
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NANTON, S/L (now W/C) Augustus Harry (C1993) - Member, Order of the British Empire - Award effective 1 January 1944 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 113/44 dated 21 January 1944 - No.11 Movements Unit. Born in Winnipeg, 22 December 1906. Enlisted in Ottawa, 8 May 1930. Conducting officer for RCAF drafts sent overseas by boat. His superior, W/C A.K. Aspden, later got an OBE. Also on this work was S/L A.S. Turnbull of Galt. See also S/L A.W. Robinson.
This officer has been engaged continuously in ocean conducting duties for nearly two years and has successfully completed twenty-four North Atlantic crossings. Squadron Leader Nanton has always displayed the leadership and tact necessary for this difficult job and although the work is arduous and dangerous his devotion to duty has been an outstanding example to his fellow conducting officers, the disciplinarians and the conducting personnel.
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NASH, F/O John Albert MacDonald (J86159) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.419 Squadron - Award effective 10 May 1945 as per London Gazette dated 25 May 1945 and AFRO 1291/45 dated 10 August 1945. Born 1921 in Toronto; home in Concord, Ontario (machinist); enlisted Toronto 8 July 1942. Trained at No.9 BGS (graduated 27 December 1942. DFC presented in Toronto, 30 November 1949. Commissioned May 1944. No citation other than "completed... numerous operations against the enemy in the course of which [he has] invariably displayed the utmost fortitude, courage and devotion to duty." DHist file 181.009 D.1941 (RG.24 Vol.20612) has recommendation by W/C M.E. Ferguson dated 1 February 1945 when he had flown 48 sorties (302 hours). First tour was on Wellingtons, 5 June 1943 to 4 October 1943, in Mediterranean, 27 sorties. Second tour was 27 September 1944 to 5 January 1945, 21 sorties. As of 1996 Gatewest Militaria (Winnipeg) was selling his medals with certificate of service (no logbook) for $ 1,050.
Pilot Officer Nash has completed two tours of operations including 48 sorties against the enemy. His first tour was in the Middle East theatre of operations and the second with Bomber Command stationed in England.
This officer has invariably displayed great enthusiasm to operate and his keenness and efficiency has been an inspiration to more inexperienced gunners.
I consider the continuous gallantry and high courage displayed by this officer fully merits the non-immediate award of the Distinguished Flying Cross.
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NASH, Sergeant Philip Alfred (R94779) - Mention in Despatches - Overseas - Award effective 1 January 1946 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 155/46 dated 15 February 1946. Born 7 October 1920. Enlisted in Regina, 18 March 1941. Radio mechanic; posted overseas April 1941; repatriated 7 August 1945; released 18 October 1945.
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NASH, F/O Robert Charles (J89837) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.12 Squadron - Award effective 8 September 1945 as per London Gazette dated 25 September 1945 and AFRO 1768/45 dated 23 November 1945. Born 1923; home in Cumberland, British Columbia (student); enlisted Vancouver 31 July 1941. Trained at No.1 ITS (graduated 20 February 1943), No.7 EFTS (graduated 1 May 1943) and No.10 SFTS (graduated 19 July 1943). Commissioned September 1944. No citation other than "completed...numerous operations against the enemy in the course of which [he has] invariably displayed the utmost fortitude, courage and devotion to duty." Public Records Office Air 2/8750 has recommendation dated 6 April 1945 when he had flown 29 sorties (202 hours 15 minutes), 19 October 1944 to 27 March 1945.
19 Oct 44 Stuttgart 3 Feb 45 Bottrop
28 Oct 44 Cologne 7 Feb 45 Cleve
11 Nov 44 Dortmund 13 Feb 45 Dresden
18 Nov 44 Wanne Eickel 14 Feb 45 Chemnitz
21 Nov 44 Aschaffenburg 23 Feb 45 Pforzheim
29 Nov 44 Dortmund 1 Mar 45 Mannheim
4 Dec 44 Karlsruhe 2 Mar 45 Cologne
12 Dec 44 Essen 5 Mar 45 Chemnitz
17 Dec 44 Ulm 8 Mar 45 Kassel
2 Jan 45 Nuremburg 15 Mar 45 Misburg
7 Jan 45 Munich 16 Mar 45 Nuremburg
14 Jan 45 Merseburg 18 Mar 45 Hanau
16 Jan 45 Zeitz 21 Mar 45 Bruchstrasse
28 Jan 45 GARDENING, 23 Mar 45 Bremen
Kattegat 27 Mar 45
1 Feb 45 Ludwigshaven
Flying Officer Nash, a Canadian, has completed 29 operational sorties as captain of a Lancaster bomber. These attacks include such heavily defended targets as Stuttgart, Karlsruhe, Nuremburg, Munich, Merseburg, Zeitz, Dresden, Chemitz, Bremen and many targets in the Ruhr.
He has throughout displayed a magnificent fighting spirit, and has proved himself a most efficient captain and pilot. He has provided a shining example of calm, courage and determination, instilling the utmost confidence in his crew.
The outstanding success achieved by his crew is undoubtedly due in large measure to Flying Officer Nash's fine fighting spirit and good captaincy. I strongly recommend that he be awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross in recognition of his magnificent efforts.
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NASH, WO (now P/O) Walter Norman (R147000/J87763) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.427 Squadron - Award effective 2 October 1944 as per London Gazette dated 17 October 1944 and AFRO 2637/44 dated 8 December 1944. Born 1922 in Reston, Manitoba; home there; enlisted Winnipeg, 3 December 1941. Trained at No.7 BGS (graduated 18 December 1942) and No.4 AOS (graduated 19 February 1943). DFC presented 1 June 1949. DHist file 181.009 D.2609 (RG.24 Vol.20632) has recommendation from mid-July 1944 when he had flown 28 sorties (167 hours 20 minutes), 26 September 1943 to 12 July 1944. The draft is more detailed than the actual citation. For the Magdeburg incident (21 January 1944 - only his second sortie) it says that he assisted his pilot "by using the flying instruments in the Navigator's cabin and moving back and forth to set the throttles for the required landing speeds." It further states that "while attacking Somain [30 April 1944] his aircraft was again attacked by enemy fighters and Warrant Officer Nash went into the nose of the bomber and directed evasive action from this position."
This air bomber has completed many operational sorties, eleven of which have been against major targets. On one of these occasions when detailed to attack Magdeburg, his aircraft was damaged by an enemy fighter. The inter-communication system was destroyed and the pilot's flying instruments shot away. In spite of these difficulties the bombing run was successfully completed. On the return journey Warrant Officer Nash gave valuable assistance to his pilot in landing the damaged aircraft. Another time his aircraft was attacked by an enemy fighter during a mission on Somain. This officer again helped his pilot by directing evasive action which proved effective. His skilful co-operation, coolness and devotion to duty contributed in a large measure to the success of all operational flights completed by his crew.
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NASMITH, S/L Donald Carl (J7458) - Air Force Cross - No.1 SFTS - Award effective 14 June 1945 as per Canada Gazette of that date and AFRO 1127/45 dated 6 July 1945. Born in Montreal, 14 April 1915; educated in Toronto. Trained at No.3 ITS (graduated 22 April 1941), No.12 EFTS (graduated 15 July 1941) and No.1 SFTS (graduated 13 September 1941). Governor General's Records (RG.7 Group 26 Volume 59, file 190-I, dossier 7) has citation; when recommended he had flown 2,284 hours, 1,790 as instructor, 131 in previous six months. Presented by Governor General at Government House, 24 May 1946. Postwar lumber importer and exporter. Died in Toronto, 16 May 1998.
This officer has been a flying instructor for thirty-seven months. He is a keen, energetic officer who has constantly endeavoured to improve the efficiency of instruction at this unit. As Officer Commanding Examining Flight at No.1 Service Flying Training School for the past eight months, he has been responsible for an increasingly high standard of test being instituted. He has shown exceptional qualities of initiative and persistence and splendid devotion to duty.
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NASMITH, F/L Eric Anderson (J20713) - Mention in Despatches - Middleton St.George - Award effective 1 January 1946 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 155/46 dated 15 February 1946. Home in St.Catharines, Ontario; enlisted Toronto 14 January 1942. Trained at No.6 ITS (graduated 17 July 1942) and No.1 AOS (graduated 6 November 1942). 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.4364 (RG.24 Vol.20648) has recommendation submitted to OC No.64 Base, 4 May 1945, confirms unit, states he had spent 29 months overseas, and gives following statement:
Flight Lieutenant Nasmith, as Navigation Officer, has at all times applied himself without restraint on the numerous duties imposed upon him. His ability, zeal and energy has been of inestimable value to aircrew.
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NAUGHLER, F/O Harris Elbert (J37156) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.101 Squadron - Award effective 5 July 1945 as per London Gazette dated 20 July 1945 and AFRO 1619/45 dated 19 October 1945. Born 1920 in Bridgewater, Nova Scotia; home there (instrument worker); enlisted Truro, Nova Scotia, 18 June 1942. Trained at No.6 ITS (graduated 5 March 1943), No.4 BGS (graduated 3 September 1943) and No.31 ANS (graduated 15 October 1943). Commissioned 1943. DFC presented 28 September 1946. No citation other than "completed... numerous operations against the enemy in the course of which [he has] invariably displayed the utmost fortitude, courage and devotion to duty". Public Records Office Air 2/9082 has recommendation date 16 March 1945 when he had flown 36 sorties (236 hours ten minutes), 6 October 1944 to 11 March 1945.
6 Oct 44 Bremen 28 Dec 44 Bonn
7 Oct 44 Emmerich 29 Dec 44 Gelsenkirchen
9 Oct 44 Bochum 2 Jan 45 Nuremburg
14 Oct 44 Duisburg 5 Jan 45 Hannover
15 Oct 44 Wilhelmshaven 6 Jan 45 Hanau
19 Oct 44 Stuttgart 15 Jan 45 Merseburg
23 Oct 44 Essen 16 Jan 45 Zeitz
9 Nov 44 Wanne Eickel 28 Jan 45 Zuffenhausen
11 Nov 44 Dortmund 1 Feb 45 Mannheim
16 Nov 44 Duren 2 Feb 45 Weisbaden
18 Nov 44 Wanne Eickel 14 Feb 45 Chemnitz
21 Nov 44 Aschaffenburg 23 Feb 45 Pforzheim
26 Nov 44 Freiburg 2 Feb 45 Cologne
29 Nov 44 Dortmund 5 Feb 45 Chemnitz
4 Dec 44 Karlsruhe 7 Feb 45 Dessau
6 Dec 44 Merseburg 8 Feb 45 Kassel
15 Dec 44 Ludwigshaven 1 Mar 45 Mannheim
17 Dec 44 Ulm 11 Mar 45 Essen
Flying Officer Naugler, a Canadian, has completed a very fine operational tour with this squadron, having carried out 36 highly successful operational sorties against a variety of targets in Germany. Many of these targets have been desperately defended but in spite of intense opposition this officer has never allowed it to deflect the accuracy of the bombing which has always shown excellent results.
Flying Officer Naugler has at all times shown great keenness for operations and his eagerness to strike the enemy in every way possible has been most apparent. Not only has his ability as an Air Bomber been continuously good but his interest in all aspects of aerial warfare, and particularly his enthusiasm for air gunnery, has been a wonderful example to his crew and indeed the whole squadron.
By his complete devotion to duty and high order of personal courage Flying Officer Naugler has always directed his captain with unerring skill and judgement and it is recommended that his very fine record of achievement be recognized by an award of the Distinguished Flying Cross.
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NAYLOR, F/O William Keith (J17272) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.431 Squadron - Award effective 19 June 1944 as per London Gazette dated 30 June 1944 and AFRO 1861/44 dated 25 August 1944. Born 1922 in Blairmore, Alberta; home in Coleman, Alberta (store clerk); enlisted Calgary, 7 August 1941. Trained at No.4 ITS (graduated 5 December 1941), No.6 EFTS (ceased training 17 December 1941), No.6 BGS (graduated 23 May 1942), No.10 AOS (graduated 12 April 1942), and No.1 ANS (graduated 3 July 1942). Commissioned November 1943. Both DFC and Bar presented 13 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." DHist file 181.009 D.5526 (RG.24 Vol.20667) has recommendation dated 19 April 1944 when he had flown 24 sorties (157 hours 15 minutes), 9 January 1943 to 21 January 1944. Sustained flak damage over Hamburg (3 February 1943); coned at St.Nazaire (28 February 1943); flak damage at Essen (5 March 1943); coned and damaged by flak over Munich (9 March 1943); returned on three engines from Magdeburg (21 January 1944). Also recorded excellent photographs on three consecutive trips (30 April 1943 to Essen, 19 June 1943 at Le Creusot, 3 October 1943 at Kassel). No sorties between trips of 19 June 1943 and 3 October 1943.
This officer has participated in a large number of operational sorties as an Air Bomber. He has always taken the greatest pains to locate and bomb his targets, undeterred by heavy opposition. Flying Officer Naylor has acquired a reputation for a very high standard of photography, while his infectious enthusiasm, courage and energy have made him a most valuable member of his squadron.
NAYLOR, F/L William Keith, DFC (J17272) - Bar to Distinguished Flying Cross - No.405 Squadron - Award effective 8 September 1945 as per London Gazette dated 21 September 1945 and AFRO 1704/45 dated 9 November 1945.
Flight Lieutenant Naylor has now completed his second tour of operations. He has participated in attacks against many heavily defended targets, including Berlin, Hamburg and the Ruhr. Since the award of the Distinguished Flying Cross, his outstanding skill and great courage, combined with his unfailing determination and devotion to duty, have continued to be of the highest order. No opposition has ever deterred this officer from achieving successful results.
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NEAL, F/L Eugene Lawrence (C1640) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.401 Squadron - Award effective 28 May 1942 as per London Gazette dated 29 May 1942 and AFRO 880-881/42 dated 12 June 1942. Born 1917 in Millihochet, Maine. Home in Beauharnois, Quebec; formerly in Canadian Army; enlisted Quebec, 29 January 1940. Graduated from No.1 SFTS, 10 October 1940. Invested at Buckingham Palace, 11 May 1943. Died at Pierrefonds, Quebec, 22 August 1997.
This officer has proved himself to be a skilful and determined pilot. he has participated in sweeps, convoy patrols and other operations. Throughout he has displayed great keenness and set an inspiring example. On one occasion his aircraft was very extensively damaged by enemy fire; despite this he skilfully landed it in a field. On another occasion after several combats and when running short of petrol he was forced to leave his aircraft by parachute whilst over the sea. He was rescued some two hours later. He has destroyed a Messerschmitt 109 and assisted in the destruction of another.
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NEALE, S/L Arthur Cecil (J3473) - Air Force Cross - No.6 Squadron (Canada) - Award effective 6 January 1945 as per London Gazette dated 13 March 1945 and AFRO 132/45 dated 26 January 1945. Home in Montreal; enlisted there 6 June 1940. Trained at No.1 ITS (graduated 20 July 1940), No.4 EFTS (graduated 26 September 1940) and No.31 SFTS (graduated 14 December 1940). As of recommendation he had flown 1,300 hours, 300 of them operational (83 sorties). DHist file 181.009 D.1753 (RG.24 Vol.20609) has recommendation for AFC as 3 February 1943 which noted he had been 4th in class of 244 at ITS, first in class of 16 at EFTS, 5th in class of 33 at EFTS, and 2nd in class of 65 at Administrative School, Trenton. Noted he had joined No.6 (BR) Squadron on 2 April 1941.
This officer has served on the Pacific coast for over three years, during which time he has shown outstanding ability as a pilot and a leader. On one occasion he was instrumental in saving a man's life by transporting him to a hospital in a hazardous night flight from an isolated inlet of limited accessibility. Throughout his lengthy service he has shown determination and initiative of the highest order, which have contributed greatly to the successful operations of his squadron.
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NEALE, F/O Herbert William (J36913) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.426 Squadron - Award effective 8 September 1945 as per London Gazette dated 25 September 1945 and AFRO 1768/45 dated 23 November 1945. Born 1923 in Winnipeg; home in Edmonton (store clerk). Enlisted in Winnipeg, 24 July 1942. Trained at No.2 ITS (graduated 3 April 1943) and No.5 AOS (graduated 30 May 1943). Commissioned October 1943. Incident described was 15 March 1945.
Flying Officer Neale is a very skilful and courageous navigator. Throughout a tour of intensive operations he has maintained a high standard of success. On one occasion he navigated the leading aircraft in a very effective daylight attack on the oil refineries at Castrop Rauxel. The outstanding results achieved were almost entirely due to his navigational ability. Flying Officer Neale has at all times displayed exceptional courage and devotion to duty.
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NEALE, WO1 Kenneth Francis (R61684) - Distinguished Flying Medal - No.144 Squadron - Award effective 9 February 1942 as per London Gazette dated 13 February 1942 and AFRO 1653/42 dated 16 October 1942. Born in Bulyea, Saskatchewan; home given as Regina and Winnipeg (teacher); enlisted Regina, 29 June 1940. Trained at No.1 ITS, No.3 AOS, No.2 BGS, and No.1 ANS. Invested at Buckingham Palace, 19 May 1944.
This airman has participated in many sorties as air observer and his work has been of a very high standard. The majority of his flights have been made in adverse weather but throughout he has shown great skill and played a good part in the successes obtained. One night in November, Sergeant Neale was the observer of an aircraft which carried out a low flying attack on a heavily escorted convoy. The largest ship of the convoy was bombed and sunk.
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NEFF, F/L Chester Henry (C23202) - Mention in Despatches - RCAF Station Tofino - 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 5 January 1943.
Flight Lieutenant Neff has continually displayed keenness and devotion to duty and has done much to improve his station generally. While his duties are normally of a maintenance nature he has a great deal of construction and reconstruction to supervise. He has at all times worked long hours and produced excellent results promptly and his assistance to his Commanding Officer has been outstanding.
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NEIL, F/O John William (J16638) - Mention in Despatches - No.71 Operational Training Unit - Award effective 14 January 1944 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 874/44 dated 21 April 1944. Born in Nanaimo, British Columbia, 17 November 1919. Enlisted in Vancouver, 26 September 1940. Trained at No.2 ITS (graduated 4 February 1941), No.8 EFTS (graduated 29 March 1941) and No.10 SFTS (graduated 21 June 1941); wings on 22 June 1941. Arrived in UK, 16 August 1941. Further trained at No.3 OTU. Served there with Nos.124 Squadron (21 October 1941) and 54 Squadron (18 November 1941) before posting to Middle East where he served with No.274 Squadron (12 February 1942 to 31 March 1943). On 5 November 1942 forced to bale out north of Gael Station when glycol fumes filled cockpit, choking and blinding him. Aircraft plunged from 18,000 to 2,000 feet before he recovered senses, baling out at 300 feet. Next day, 6 November 1942, while co-operating with anti-aircraft guns, oil pressure dropped and he turned for base; engine packed up five miles from base and he force-landed. Instructed at No.71 OTU, Ismailia (to 16 June 1943), and then to UK (February 1944). After leave in Canada returned to Britain, joining No.421 Squadron on 7 July 1944. Shot down by flak, POW, 23 August 1944. Repatriated to UK, 14 May 1945, to Canada 8 July 1945, and released 21 September 1945. Victories as follows: 27 May 1942, one Ju.87 destroyed; 1 June 1942, one Bf.109 destroyed; 11 June 1942, one Bf.109 destroyed; 3 July 1942, one Bf.109 damaged and one MC.202 damaged; 22 July 1942, one Bf.109 damaged; 9 August 1942, one MC.202 damaged; 2 September 1942, one Ju.87 destroyed, one Ju.87 probably destroyed, one Bf.109 damaged; 2 November 1942, one Bf.109 damaged; 5 July 1944, one FW.190 destroyed, Alencon; 25 July 1944, one Bf.109 probably destroyed, southwest of Rouen; 23 August 1944, one FW.190 destroyed, Senlis.
NEIL, F/O John William (J16638) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.421 Squadron (now POW) - Award effective 2 February 1945 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 563/45 dated 29 March 1945.
This officer has completed many and varied sorties during which he has displayed commendable skill, courage and determination. He has displayed the greatest keenness to engage the enemy and has destroyed five and damaged several more hostile aircraft; he has also most effectively attacked very many mechanical vehicles.
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NEILANS, F/O John Ferguson (J14744) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.424 Squadron - Award effective 6 January 1945 as per London Gazette dated 19 January 1945 and AFRO 508/45 dated 23 March 1945. Born in Edmonton, 1917. Home in Victoria. Spent two years in South Saskatchewan Regiment; enlisted Edmonton 12 January 1942. Trained at No.6 ITS (graduated 3 July 1942), No.1 BGS (graduated 28 August 1942) and No.9 AOS (graduated 9 October 1942). Commissioned 1942. Medal presented 22 June 1949. No citation other than "completed...numerous operations against the enemy in the course of which [he has] invariably displayed the utmost fortitude, courage and devotion to duty." DHist file 181.009 D.2609 (RG.24 Vol.20627) has recommendation dated 20 October 1944 when he had flown 32 sorties (155 hours 50 minutes).
As an air bomber this officer has proved himself to be of exceptional ability. He came to this squadron after a long period of instruction and his experience in this line has been of invaluable assistance to new members of the section. Flying Officer Neilans has completed thirty-two trips over enemy territory including nine major operations and four mining trips. In all these trips this officer has carried out his duties in an exemplary fashion. Also, his ability in Radar navigation coupled with his competence in instructive work has been an inspiration to his crew and all other members of his section. His courage and resourcefulness are of the highest standard.
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NEILL, FS (now P/O) Eric Stewart (R187721/J89260) - British Empire Medal - No.426 Squadron - Award effective 20 October 1944 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 1/45 dated 5 January 1945. Born in Windsor, Ontario, 1922; home there; enlisted there 18 September 1942. Trained at No.3 BGS (graduated 23 July 1943. Commissioned July 1944. Presented 14 June 1949. DHist file 181.009 D.4431 (RG.24 Vol.20649) has recommendation for an AFM dated 9 July 1944 when he had flown 13 sorties (63 hours 20 minutes). The pilot who lived was Pilot Officer N. Craig; killed were Pilot Officer Parker (2nd pilot), Pilot Officer Sootheran (navigator) and WO2 R.C. Parker (WOP). Overall the recommendation concluded, "Flight Sergeant Neill, by his gallant action with complete disregard for his personal safety, displayed exceptional coolness and outstanding devotion to duty in extricating these persons from a perilous situation."
This airman was mid-upper gunner of a bomber which, when preparing to land on return from an operational mission, crashed. The aircraft was scattered over a considerable area and demolished a house which immediately caught fire. Flight Sergeant Neill managed to extricate himself from the burning aircraft wreckage and, with great presence of mind, succeeded in dragging out four other members of the crew. Three of these were found later to be dead but the pilot, who was dangerously injured, owes his life to Flight Sergeant Neill's prompt and gallant action. Flight Sergeant Neill also assisted in rescuing two women and two children who were trapped in the demolished and burning house. He displayed exceptional coolness and courage under very perilous circumstances.
NOTE: Additional information on Air 2/8784 provides some additional details; Neill had emerged dazed and badly shaken from the crash but immediately set about his rescue efforts when the dangers from exploding tanks was acute. The village fire department had arrived by the time he had saved P/O Craig but he assisted them in rescuing civilians from the house. The decision to change the recommendation from an AFM to a BEM was made at the Station or Base level on or before 14 July 1944.
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NEILLY, F/L Louis Graham (J3202) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.429 Squadron - Award effective 13 October 1944 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 2534/44 dated 24 November 1944. Born 29 December 1912 in Simcoe, Ontario. Home in Gilford, Ontario; enlisted in Toronto, 27 May 1940. Trained at No.1 ITS (graduated 21 June 1940), No.4 EFTS (graduated 31 August 1940) and No.2 SFTS (graduated 30 October 1940). Commissioned December 1940. Subsequently trained at CFS, Trenton (graduated 18 July 1941). Instructed at No.6 EFTS and No.4 SFTS. Posted overseas, August 1943. NOTE: The AFRO gives unit as No.6 Squadron, but it is hard to reconcile that unit (which principally flew single-engined Hurricanes) with the citation. At the time of announcement he was with No.429 Squadron. DFC and Bar sent by registered mail, 13 January 1949.
Flight Lieutenant Neilly has displayed a high degree of skill, courage and determination in air operations. In June 1944, when detailed to attack a target, an engine failed shortly after takeoff, but he continued and successfully completed his mission. On the return journey another aircraft was seen to fall into the sea. Displaying fine qualities of leadership, Flight Lieutenant Neilly obtained its position and instituted a search which resulted in seventeen people being rescued. Flight Lieutenant Neilly has displayed a fine fighting spirit and outstanding gallantry.
NEILLY, S/L Louis Graham, DFC (J3202) - Bar to Distinguished Flying Cross - No.405 Squadron - Award effective 8 September 1945 as per London Gazette dated 21 September 1945 and AFRO 1704/45 dated 9 November 1945.
Squadron Leader Neilly has now completed two tours of operational duty. He has participated in attacks against many heavily defended targets. His leadership and fine fighting spirit, together with his superb devotion to duty, have done much to raise the operational efficiency of his crew to an exceptionally high standard.
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NEILSON, F/O Alexander Roy (J5293) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.59 Squadron - Award effective 19 May 1943 as per London Gazette dated 25 May 1943 and AFRO 1247/43 dated 2 July 1943. Born in Windsor, Ontario, 1919; home there; enlisted there 14 December 1940. Trained at No.1 ITS (graduated 30 December 1940), No.7 EFTS (graduated 7 February 1941), and No.8 SFTS (graduated 16 May 1941). Presented by Governor General, 28 January 1946.
This officer has flown on operations since May 1942, when he made a daylight attack on an enemy convoy off the Dutch coast. Later he participated in the 1,000 bomber raid on Germany. Another time Flying Officer Neilson, in the face of intense opposition, made a successful attack on an enemy merchant vessel. More recently he has done excellent work on long-range anti-submarine patrol. Throughout his operational career this officer has shown determination and a fine fighting spirit, coupled with judgement of the highest order.
NOTE: Public Records Office Air 2/8952 has recommendation dated 16 January 1943 with more details:
Flying Officer Neilson did his first operation with No.59 Squadron in May 1942. In company with two other Hudsons of the squadron, he made a daylight attack on a convoy off the Danish coast. Flying Officer Neilson bombed a destroyer with results that could not be observed owing to evasive action, but his two companions were shot down. His own aircraft was damaged and he had to make a belly landing at home.
His second sortie was a daylight reconnaissance into the Skagerrak, searching for the Prince Eugen.
His fourth trip was on the 1,000 bomber raid on Bremen, from which he landed back at base with five gallons of petrol registering on his gauges.
On a subsequent night bombing strike, he flew through intense flak and hit a 2-3,000 ton ship in convoy, leaving it stationary and giving off heavy smoke.
After the squadron's conversion to Liberators, Flying Officer Neilson did excellent work on long range anti-submarine operations, meeting convoys 600 miles from base without the assistance of Special Equipment. On one occasion he was sent on an anti-shipping patrol and No.4 engine caught fire. He succeeded in extinguishing it and carried on his patrol as if everything was normal. He possesses determination and judgement of the highest order.
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NEILSON, Sq/O Helen Ridout (V30106) - 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 Richelieu Village, Quebec; enlisted in Ottawa, 18 April 1942. Presented 24 April 1948.
This officer through extreme devotion to duty has raised the standard of Messing at units in Eastern Air Command to a very high level and has thus assisted in keeping morale of the personnel in a desirable state. She has carried on her duties beyond that unusually expected and has visited isolated Detachments in an attempt to ensure that the standard of Messing is of the highest. Her cheerful manner and keen devotion to duty are deserving of the highest praise.
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NELLIGAN, FS Donald James (R221382) - Distinguished Flying Medal - No.428 Squadron - Award effective 10 May 1945 as per London Gazette dated 25 May 1945 and AFRO 1291/45 dated 10 August 1945. American in RCAF; born 1925 in Canton, Ohio; home in Detroit (file clerk); enlisted Windsor, Ontario, 4 May 1943. Trained at No.4 ITS (graduated 3 September 1943) and No.9 BGS (graduated 26 November 1943).
Flight Sergeant Nelligan has completed a successful tour of operations. Throughout he has displayed enthusiasm, skill and devotion to duty of a very high order. During one operational sortie this airman was wounded in the wrist by anti-aircraft fire. Undaunted he continued at his allotted task.
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NELSON, F/L Donald Smith (J26257) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.626 Squadron - Award effective 16 December 1944 as per London Gazette dated 12 February 1946 and AFRO 322/46 dated 29 March 1946. Born 1917 in St.Catharines, Ontario; home in Tonawanda, New York (paper maker); enlisted Hamilton, 16 February 1942. Trained at No.1 ITS (graduated 24 October 1942), No.9 EFTS (graduated 23 January 1943), and No.5 SFTS (graduated 28 May 1943). Shot down and taken prisoner, 14 January 1945. Medal sent by registered mail, 5 November 1949.
Flight Lieutenant Nelson, as pilot and captain of aircraft, has completed numerous operations against the enemy in the course of which he has invariably displayed the utmost fortitude, courage and devotion to duty.
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NELSON, F/O Frank Irwin (J24623) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.408 Squadron - Award effective 4 November 1944 as per London Gazette dated 14 November 1944 and AFRO 239/45 dated 9 February 1945. Born 1917 in Winnipeg; home there (accountant); enlisted there 24 April 1942. Trained at No.2 ITS (graduated 7 November 1942) and No.5 AOS (graduated 19 March 1943). Commissioned 1943. Medal presented 1 February 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.1633 (RG.24 Vol.20603) has recommendation dated 18 August 1944 when he had flown 32 sorties (164 hours 35 minutes), 25 March to 8 August 1944.
Flying Officer Nelson has completed a tour of operations as navigator on four-engine bombers. On all his sorties the standard of navigation achieved by him was of the highest order. The excellence of his navigation inspired his crew with great confidence and was a very large contributing factor to the outstanding results attained by them. Flying Officer Nelson at all times showed great operational keenness and by his cheerful determination and excellent work set a splendid example to all navigators of this squadron.
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NELSON, F/L Henry (J87209) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.10 Squadron - Award effective 15 March 1945 as per London Gazette dated 23 March 1945 and AFRO 721/45 dated 27 April 1945. Born 1922 in Coronach, Saskatchewan; home there (student, former Royal Canadian Artillery); enlisted Regina 17 February 1942. Trained at No.7 ITS (graduated 17 July 1942), No.19 EFTS (graduated 23 October 1942) and No.11 SFTS (graduated 5 March 1943). Commissioned May 1944. No citation other than "completed...many successful operations against the enemy in which [he has] displayed high skill, fortitude and devotion to duty." Medal presented 18 June 1949. Public Records Office Air 2/9051 has recommendation dated 19 December 1944 when he had flown 35 sorties (166 hours four minutes), 24 May to 2 December 1944.
24 May 44 Aachen (4.14) 10 Aug 44 Dijon (6.45)
2 June 44 Trappes (4.50) 25 Aug 44 Brest (5.30)
5 June 44 Mont Fleury (3.45) 11 Sep 44 GARDENING (5.15)
7 June 44 Juvisy (4.35) 12 Sep 44 Munster (4.25)
9 June 44 Laval (5.15) 27 Sep 44 Calais (3.20)
12 Jun 44 Amiens (4.35) 4 Oct 44 GARDENING (5.50)
14 Jun 44 Douai (4.00) 6 Oct 44 GARDENING (4.00)
15 Jun 44 Fouilliard (5.30) 9 Oct 44 Bochum (5.10)
19 Jun 44 Domleger (1.30), 14 Oct 44 Duisburg (4.55)
Group recall 14 Oct 44 Duisburg (5.15)
27 Jun 44 Mont Candon (3.40) 23 Oct 44 Essen (4.55)
4 July 44 St.Martin l'Hortier (3.30) 28 Oct 44 Cologne (5.05)
5 July 44 St.Martin l'Hortier (3.30) 30 Oct 44 Cologne (5.30)
6 July 44 Croixdale (4.15) 6 Nov 44 Gelsenkirchen (4.50)
23 Jul 44 Kiel (5.15) 18 Nov 44 Munster (5.40)
24 Jul 44 Stuttgart (8.00) 28 Nov 44 Essen (5.25)
28 Jul 44 Foret de Nieppe (3.15) 30 Nov 44 Duisburg (5.10)
8 Aug 44 St.Philibert Ferme (3.20) 2 Dec 44 Hagen (6.05)
Acting Flight Lieutenant Nelson was posted to No.10 Squadron as a Flight Sergeant in May 1944; has now completed 35 sorties comprising 166 operational hours. He has attacked heavily defended German targets including Duisburg (three times), Stuttgart, Cologne (twice), Kiel, Essen (twice) and Munster.
Throughout his operational career this Canadian officer has pressed home his attacks with great determination. His cheerful confidence in the face of heavy opposition and fine offensive spirit in action have maintained morale at a high level. He is undeterred by intense flak and his leadership has played a good part in the success of his operational flights.
He was the captain of a Halifax aircraft detailed to attack Duisburg on the 14th October, 1944. The starboard inner engine failed 70 miles from the target and, unable to maintain the briefed height of 19,000 feet, he continued and successfully bombed the target from 16,000. His skilful handling of his aircraft under these difficult conditions is worthy of high praise.
I consider acting Flight Lieutenant Nelson a pilot of great courage, and strongly recommend that his fine operational record, skill and strong devotion to duty be recognized by the award of the Distinguished Flying Cross.
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NELSON, F/L Ivan Crouch (C7140) - Mention in Despatches - Eastmoor (No.62 Base in AFRO) - Award effective 1 January 1945 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 425/45 dated 9 March 1945. DHist file 181.009 D.1719 (PAC RG.24 Vol.20606) has recommendation forwarded 15 August 1944. Armament trade, Station Armament Officer. Home in Cardston, Alberta; enlisted in Calgary, 5 September 1941; served 21 months in Canada, 14 months overseas.
In carrying out his duties this officer has developed his section into an efficient part of the station organization that is ready at all times to meet any operational demands. He has given unstintingly of his off duty hours to make this possible.
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NELSON, F/O John Eric (J27081) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.404 Squadron - Award effective 30 March 1945 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 721/45 dated 27 April 1945. Born 1920 in Port Arthur, Ontario; home there (student); enlisted there 19 June 1942. Trained at No.2 ITS (graduated 19 December 1942), No.2 EFTS (graduated 19 February 1943) and No.12 SFTS (graduated 11 June 1943). Commissioned June 1943. Unable to attend investiture at No.2 Air Command Headquarters, medal sent by registered mail 24 February 1947.
In February 1945 this officer piloted an aircraft in an attack against eleven enemy naval vessels. The ships were lying in a fiord well sheltered by steep cliffs and defended by anti-aircraft batteries. Enemy fighters were also present over the area. Nevertheless, Flying Officer Nelson pressed home his attack with great skill and bravery. On breaking away he saw an aircraft of his formation being attacked by two enemy fighters. Flying Officer Nelson thereupon engaged the attackers, shooting down one and driving the other off. Throughout this notable sortie Flying Officer Nelson displayed bravery and resolution.
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NELSON, F/O Kenneth Lorraine (J25444) - Mention in Despatches - No.145 (BR) Squadron - Award effective 7 July 1945 as per Canada Gazette of that date and AFRO 1291/45 dated 10 August 1945. Home in Ponoka, Alberta; enlisted in Edmonton, 7 April 1942. Trained at No.4 ITS (graduated 28 August 1942), No.5 EFTS (graduated 18 December 1942) and No.7 SFTS (graduated 15 April 1943).
An outstanding pilot and an excellent officer, Flying Officer Nelson has carried out his anti-submarine patrols in an exemplary fashion. He has been called upon to fly in very bad weather and in spite of this, has executed his duties on every occasion.
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NELSON, WO1 Nels Jackson (R138027) - Mention in Despatches - WAC Marine Squadron - Awarded 1 January 1945 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 89/45 dated 19 January 1945. Home in Vancouver; enlisted there 1 September 1941.
This warrant officer, for over two and a half years, has operated a small supply vessel servicing isolated detachments along the west coast in notably treacherous waters. During this time, in all seasons and under adverse weather conditions, he has maintained continuous service with complete disregard for personal safety and comfort. His devotion to duty, spirit of co-operation and mature judgement have fostered a high state of morale amongst his associates.
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NELSON, Sergeant Robert Hugh (R87134) - British Empire Medal - No.7 Bombing and Gunnery School - Award effective 1 January 1946 as per Canada Gazette of that date and AFRO 82/46 dated 25 January 1946. Enlisted in Saskatoon, 20 January 1941. Medal presented 21 March 1947.
This non-commissioned officer, employed as a service policeman, has displayed outstanding ability. His work has been of such a high standard that he has set a splendid example to all personnel. During the recent rioting in his home city where he was on leave, Sergeant Nelson reported to the non-commissioned officer in charge of Town Patrol and volunteered for duty, rendering valuable service during an emergency. He has never hesitated to assume responsibilities far beyond those that would normally be expected of him, and has been of invaluable assistance in maintaining a high degree of discipline and deportment.
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NELSON, F/O Russell Lloyd (J27166) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.78 Squadron - Award effective 5 February 1945 as per London Gazette dated 20 February 1945 and AFRO 563/45 dated 29 March 1945. Born 1922 in Clifton, Colchster County, Nova Scotia; home there (service station attendant); enlisted in Halifax, 29 June 1942. Trained at No.1 ITS (graduated 30 December 1942), No.4 BGS (graduated 30 April 1943) and No.4 AOS (graduated 11 June 1943). Commissioned 1943. 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." Public Records Office Air 2/8831 has recommendation dated 19 November 1944 when he had flown 36 sorties (153 hours 50 minutes), 18 April to 25 August 1944.
18 Apr 44 Tergnier (4.48) 16 Jun 44 Domleger (3.50)
20 Apr 44 Ottignies (3.58) 28 Jun 44 Blainville (6.36)
22 Apr 44 Dusseldorf (5.10) 1 July 44 St.Martin Le Hey (3.46)
24 Apr 44 Karlsruhe (6.11) 4 July 44 St.Martin Le Hey (3.35)
26 Apr 44 Paris (5.29) 5 July 44 St.Martin Le Hey (3.18)
27 Apr 44 Montzen (4.27) 8 July 44 Chateau Bernapre (4.40)
30 Apr 44 Acheres (4.28) 17 Jul 44 Caen (4.07)
1 May 44 Malines (3.51) 25 Jul 44 Ferfay (3.17)
8 May 44 Berneval (3.27) 28 Jul 44 Foret de Nieppe (3.27)
9 May 44 Berneval (3.52) 1 Aug 44 Prouville (3.54)
10 May 44 Trouville (3.44) 2 Aug 44 Foret de Nieppe (3.17)
24 May 44 Aachen (4.12) 3 Aug 44 Foret de Nieppe (3.14)
31 May 44 Trappes (5.43) 5 Aug 44 Foret de Nieppe (3.34)
6 June 44 St.Lo (5.06) 14 Aug 44 Falaise (4.13)
7 June 44 Juvisy (4.58) 15 Aug 44 Tirlemont (3.54)
9 June 44 Laval airfield (5.05) 17 Aug 44 Brest (4.46)
14 Jun 44 Douai (3.48) 18 Aug 44 Sterkrade (4.40)
15 Jun 44 Fouillard (5.33) 25 Aug 44 Watten (3.19)
This Bomb Aimer has now completed his first tour of operations consisting of 36 sorties (115 points) involving a total of 153 hours. As a Bomb Aimer he has shown great keenness and efficiency on operations. For his good operational record and devotion to duty, he is strongly recommended for the award of the Distinguished Flying Cross.
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NESBITT, S/L Arthur Deane (C1327) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.401 Squadron - Award effective 23 September 1941 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 1292/41 dated 7 November 1941. Born in Montreal, 16 November 1910; educated there. Began flying with Montreal Light Aeroplnane Club, 1933 and in 1936 was judged the most competent pilot in the club (James Lytell Memorial Trophy). Joined RCAF (No.115 Squadron) 15 September 1939. Obtained wings at Camp Borden, 11 April 1940. Proceeded overseas with No.1 (C) Squadron; served in Battle of Britain (wounded 15 September 1940); later commanded No.401 Squadron. To Canada, 18 September 1941, commanding No.14 Squadron and then (15 December 1941) No.111 Squadron. Promoted to Wing Commander, 15 June 1942 and given command of Station Annette Island. To Station Boundary Bay, 10 October 1942. Commanding Officer, No.6 SFTS, Dunneville, 30 December 1943 to March 1944. In March 1944 returned to UK to command No.144 Wing (16 April to 12 July 1944. Joined No.83 Group Headquarters as Accidents Investigation Officer. Promoted to Group Captain on 1 January 1945 took over No.143 Wing. Returned to Canada, 16 September 1945; retired 27 November 1945. Prominent in investment business and was President of Nesbitt, Thompson and Co. (founded by his father, A.J. Nesbitt in 1912) for 25 years (1952-1977). Handled accounts of Trans-Canada Pipelines, Ltd., and wrote a book on the early troubles of that company. Died 22 February 1978 in Montreal after a skiing accident on 4 February left him almost totally paralysed.
This officer has displayed fine leadership and exceptional devotion to duty throughout a long period of active operations against the enemy. On a particular occasion in December 1940, Squadron Leader Nesbitt led a section of aircraft over the sea for two hours without wireless assistance in extremely adverse weather conditions. Visibility was precisely nil. His judgement enabled the section eventually to land safely, although their petrol was practically exhausted, without loss to personnel. Squadron Leader Nesbitt has destroyed two enemy aircraft.
NESBITT, G/C Arthur Deane, DFC (C1327) - Officer, Order of the British Empire - Overseas - Award effective 1 January 1946 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 155/46 dated 15 February 1946. No citation to OBE.
NESBITT, G/C Arthur Deane, OBE, DFC (C1327) - Commander of the Order of Orange-Nassau with Swords - Awarded 12 September 1947 as per AFRO 485/47 of that date and Canada Gazette dated 20 September 1947. Offer and citation communicated 9 December 1946 in letter from Air Marshal Robert Leckie (Chief of Air Staff) to Minister of National Defence.
As commander of an RAF [sic] wing in Fighter Command this officer has very greatly contributed to the liberation of the Netherlands in the period between January 1945 and the summer of 1945, thanks to his courageous and meritorious conduct on the land and in the air.
NOTE: Public Records Office Air 2/9140 has a more detailed citation as drafted for Air Ministry Honours and Awards Committee:
Group Captain Nesbitt commanded No.143 Wing from January 194 to August 1945. He took over command while the Wing was at Eindhoven on the day on which the enemy made their daring attacks on the majority of the airfields in 2nd Tactical Air Force. From the day he took over, Group Captain Nesbitt displayed the greatest devotion to duty and, by his keenness and enthusiasm, imbued the finest fighting spirit into his Wing in their attacks against the enemy. His outstanding organizing ability and forceful personality played a most important part in this Wing's fighting efficiency. Group Captain Nesbitt invariably displayed inspiring leadership and outstanding gallantry.
NESBITT, G/C Arthur Deane (C1327) - Croix de Guerre with Silver Star (France) - Award effective 12 September 1947 as per AFRO 485/47 of that date and Canada Gazette dated 20 September 1947.
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NESBITT, F/O John Carleton (C45065) - Air Force Cross - Station Edmonton - Award effective 21 April 1945 as per Canada Gazette of that date and AFRO 802/45 dated 11 May 1945. Enlisted in Winnipeg, 4 January 1941. No citation in AFRO. Governor General's Records (RG.7 Group 26, Vol.58, file 190-I, dossier 6) has citation. When recommended he had flown 2,488 hours, of which 510 were in previous six months.
During the past two years this officer has displayed outstanding devotion in the performance of his flying duties. It has involved long hard hours in summer and winter throughout the North West Territory and along the Arctic coast. On one occasion he searched for and located a schooner that had foundered and made several landings among ice floes in an effort to reach the ship and effect an possible rescue. Over a lengthy period of time this officer has demonstrated that he is a very efficient and resourceful pilot.
NOTE: The search for a schooner involved the Cally, wrecked with the loss of twelve lives near Baillie Island, Northwest Territories. On 30 September 1944 he was in the area looking for survivors. In this he was unsuccessful, being hampered both by weather and ice conditions.. See RCAF file 976-3, "Search and Rescue - Operations - Aircraft Cases" in National Archives of Canada, RG.24, Box 18,114.
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NESS, F/O David Edward (J85008) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.56 Squadron - Award effective 6 February 1945 as per London Gazette dated 13 February 1945 and AFRO 508/45 dated 23 March 1945. Born in Westmount, 2 December 1917; home in Copper Cliff, Ontario (electrician, surveyor and salesman). Formerly in the Royal Canadian Artillery (Reserve), January and February 1941). Enlisted in Montreal, 10 October 1941. Trained at No.3 ITS (graduated 27 March 1942), No.14 EFTS (graduated 3 July 1942), and No.2 SFTS (graduated 23 October 1942). Arrived in UK, 30 November 1942. Further trained at No.17 (P) AFC, 16 February to 30 March 1943; at No.59 OTU, 30 March to 22 June 1943; at No.82 OTU, 22 June 1943 to 15 April 1944. On No.56 Squadron, 15 April 1944 to 1 May 1945. To UK on 1 May 1945; to Canada 4 September 1945; released 1 November 1945. LAC on 28 March 1942; Sergeant on 23 October 1942; Flight Sergeant, 23 July 1943; WO2, 23 October 1943; commissioned 23 January 1944; F/O 23 July 1944. Aerial victories as follows: 12 July 1944, one V-1 destroyed; 28 July 1944, one V-1 destroyed (shared with another pilot); 30 July 1944, one V-1 destroyed; 29 September 1944, two FW.190s destroyed, Emmerich; 14 December 1944, one Bf.109 destroyed, Rheine; 1 January 1945, one Bf.109G destroyed, Helmond (shared with P/O H. Shaw); 4 January 1945, one Bf.109 destroyed south of Osnabruck; 12 January 1945, one FW.190 destroyed east of Fassberg.
Flying Officer Ness has always shown the utmost enthusiasm for operational flying. Throughout all his missions his exceptional skill, cheerful confidence and devotion to duty have set an outstanding example to all his squadron. He has destroyed three enemy aircraft and eight flying bombs and has shared in the destruction of several trains.
NOTE: Public Records Office Air 2/9048 has original recommendation dated 16 December 144 when he had flown 124 sorties (118 ½ operational hours): apparently drafted by his flight commander:
Flying Officer Ness joined this squadron on 29th March 1944. During his 118 ½ hours of operational flying he has carried out many operational flights of various types on Typhoons, Spitfires and Tempests, in the United Kingdom and Northwest Europe.
In all he has done 13 weather and shipping recces, eight armed recces, 20 local patrols, 19 escorts and sweeps, four convoy patrols and scrambled, two anti-flak patrols and 58 flying bomb patrols. He has destroyed three enemy aircraft and eight flying bombs, and has shared in the destruction of several trains.
Flying Officer Ness has always shown the utmost enthusiasm in carrying out his operational flying, and in it has displayed exceptional skill and confidence as well as keenness in attack. His loyal and cheerful sense of duty have been an example to the squadron.
To the above the Commanding Officer of the unit adds:
In my opinion Flying Officer Ness thoroughly deserves this award. His ready keenness for operational duties and the capable manner in which he has carried them out, combined with his constant good humour during duller periods, have been of great value to the squadron.
To this, on 22 December 1944, the OC of his wing adds:
This officer has always displayed great keenness to seek out and destroy the enemy. He presses home his attacks to extremely close range and his cheerful confidence and his determination have been an inspiration to the rest of the squadron.
The form is counter-signed by another officer of Air Vice-Marshal rank on 27 December 1944 and by Air Marshal Conningham on 11 January 1945.
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NESS, F/L John Freeland (J18394) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.514 Squadron - Award effective 5 July 1945 as per London Gazette dated 17 July 1945 and AFRO 1558/45 dated 5 October 1945. Born 1916 in Brantford; home there (landscape gardener, ex-Royal Canadian Artillery); enlisted Hamilton, 16 May 1941. Trained at No.1 ITS (graduated 8 August 1941), No.7 EFTS (graduated 25 September 1941) and No.14 SFTS (graduated 19 December 1941. Commissioned 1943. Medal presented 30 May 1947. 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 2/9081 has recommendation dated 24 March 1945 when he had flown 38 sorties (191 hours 30 minutes), 29 October 1944 to 23 March 1945.
29 Oct 44 Westkapelle (2.23) 1 Jan 45 Vohwinkel (5.20)
31 Oct 44 Bottrop (4.55) 3 Jan 45 Dortmund (4.40)
2 Nov 44 Homberg (4.20) 5 Jan 45 Ludwigshaven (6.05)
5 Nov 44 Solingen (4.42) 6 Jan 45 Neuss (4.35)
6 Nov 44 Coblenz (6.35) 22 Jan 45 Hamborn (4.35)
11 Nov 44 Castrop-Rauxel (4.24) 28 Jan 45 Gremberg (5.45)
15 Nov 44 Dortmund (4.40) 29 Jan 45 Krefeld (5.10)
16 Nov 44 Hiensburg (4.02) 1 Feb 45 Musten (5.10)
20 Nov 44 Homberg (4.18) 2 Feb 45 Weisbaden (6.00)
21 Nov 44 Homberg (4.03) 3 Feb 45 Dortmund (5.00)
4 Dec 44 Oberhausen (4.25) 9 Feb 45 Hobenbadborg (4.20)
7 Dec 44 Merseburg Leuna Oil 14 Feb 45 Chemnitz (8.05)
(7.19) 16 Feb 45 Wesel (5.10)
8 Dec 44 Duisburg (4.20) 18 Feb 45 Wesel (5.40)
12 Dec 44 Witton (4.45) 27 Feb 45 Gelsenkirchen (5.20)
16 Dec 44 Seigen (5.30) ? Mar 45 Gelsenkirchen (5.30)
21 Dec 44 Trier (4.35) 17 Mar 45 Reklinhassen (5.20)
22 Dec 44 Trier (4.30) 20 Mar 45 Hamm (5.45)
28 Dec 44 Gremberg (4.30) 23 Mar 45 Wesel (4.45)
31 Dec 44 Vohwinkel (4.55)
Flight Lieutenant Ness has taken part in thirty-eight operational sorties as captain and pilot of a heavy bomber aircraft.
Although a large number of these sorties have been over heavily defended areas both in Germany and occupied countries, Flight Lieutenant Ness has always persevered and pressed home his attacks, being hit on several occasions by heavy anti-aircraft fire.
As a formation leader, Flight Lieutenant Ness has set a very high example to the rest of the squadron, and it is recommended that he be awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross for his continued devotion to duty.
NOTE: The Group Captain commanding RAF Base Waterbeach added, on 25 March 1945:
Flight Lieutenant Ness has been outstanding as a leader in aircraft equipped for blind bombing. He has pressed home his attacks regardless of all opposition and has set a fine example to captains and crews in following aircraft.
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NETHERTON, F/L Lloyd Hooker (J3490) - Commended for Valuable Services in the Air - No.3 SFTS - Award effective 1 January 1946 as per Canada Gazette of that date and AFRO 82/46 dated 25 January 1946. Enlisted in Saskatoon, 5 January 1940. Trained at No.1 ITS (graduated 20 July 1940), No.2 EFTS (graduated 14 September 1940) and No.4 SFTS (graduated 5 January 1941).
This officer has been employed in training as an instructor, Flight Commander and Examining Officer for the past two years. During this time he has done many hours instructing and has carried his responsibilities with above average ability and application to duty. He has produced several beneficial ideas that have facilitated the training at this unit.
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NETREFA, WO (now P/O) Augustin Megantic (R225514/C95194) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.311 Squadron - Award effective 19 July 1945 as per London Gazette dated 27 July 1945 and AFRO 1672/45 dated 2 November 1945. Home in Walburg or St.Malbury, Saskatchewan.
This warrant officer has completed numerous operational sorties. On March 26, 1945 he was captain of an aircraft on an anti-U-boat patrol over the Baltic Sea. Contact was obtained with an enemy submarine and a telling attack delivered. This patrol was flown over the heavily defended U-boat training area and called for a high degree of navigation, timing and airmanship on the part of the captain. These qualities were displayed by Warrant Officer Netrefa who throughout his operational career has exhibited a high degree of determination and devotion to duty.
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NEVILLE, S/L David John (C9010) - Mention in Despatches - No.62 Base - Award effective 14 June 1945 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 1395/45 dated 31 August 1945. Home in Hamilton, Ontario; enlisted in Toronto, 29 November 1941. AFRO gives unit only as "Overseas"; DHist file 181.009 D.1725 (PAC RG.24 Vol.20607) has list of MiDs this date with unit. No citation in AFRO or biographical file. DHist file 181.009 D.1719 (PAC RG.24 Vol.20606) has recommendation by A/C J.L. Hurley forwarded 3 February 1945 when he was Base Intelligence Officer. He had served ten months in Canada, 29 months overseas.
Squadron Leader Neville was commissioned in the RCAF in November 1941 and posted overseas in August 1942. He served as Intelligence Officer with No.401 Squadron in 1942-1943 and was posted in North Africa in May 1943, where he served with No.425 Squadron until his return to the United Kingdom in November 1943. Whilst in North Africa, in addition to carrying out his duties as Intelligence Officer, he flew on a number of sorties, one with the Officer Commanding No.425 Squadron, Wing Commander St.Pierre, to San Giovanni, Italy.
On returning to the United Kingdom, Squadron Leader Neville was posted to RCAF Station Tholthorpe where he served from November 1943 to October 1944. His work during all this period was of outstanding calibre and he spared no time or effort to ensure that the squadrons were provided with all the Intelligence help available. Squadron Leader Neville was posted to No.62 (RCAF) Base as Base Intelligence Officer in October 1944, in which capacity he is now employed. In recognition of this officer's long and efficient service as Intelligence Officer I strongly recommend award of MiD.
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NEVILLE, S/L David John (C9010) - Member, Order of the British Empire - No.62 Base (AFRO says only "Overseas") - Award effective 1 January 1946 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 155/46 dated 15 February 1946. No citation in AFRO or DHist biographical file. DHist file 181.009 D.1725 (RG.24 Vol.20607) has recommendation by A/C J.L. Hurley dated 21 May 1945 when Neville was Base Intelligence Officer, No.62 Base.
Squadron Leader Neville has served overseas since August 1942 with merit and distinction.
After an initial period as Intelligence Officer with a Squadron in England he was posted to North Africa in May 1943, where he served as Intelligence Officer with No.425 Squadron. His patience and understanding coupled with his zeal and interest in his work were helpful in maintaining a high morale under trying conditions. During this time he made an operational flight with the Commanding Officer of the squadron.
On returning to the United Kingdom, Squadron Leader Neville was posted to RCAF Station, Tholthorpe, where he served from November 1943 to October 1944. His work during all this period was of outstanding calibre and he spared no time or effort to ensure that the squadrons were provided with all the Intelligence help available. Squadron Leader Neville was posted to No.62 (RCAF) Base as Base Intelligence Officer in October 1944, in which capacity he is now employed.
In recognition of this officer's long, faithful and efficient service as Intelligence Officer I strongly recommend him for the award of the MBE.
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NEVINS, F/L Clifford Wright (C18984) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.420 Squadron - Award effective 1 December 1944 as per London Gazette dated 8 December 1944 and AFRO 337/45 dated 23 February 1945. Born 1918 in Pennant, Saskatchewan; home there; enlisted Regina, 27 September 1940. Commissioned 1943. Medal presented 6 November 1948. 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.3456 (RG.24 Vol.20639) has recommendation dated 16 September 1944 when he had flown 26 sorties (160 hours 35 minutes), 26 February to 23 May 1943 and 29 May 1944 to 13 March 1944. On 23 May 1943 (target Dortmund) his aircraft was hit by bombs from a Lancaster. Fuel lines cut; aircraft crashed and burned in England.
Flight Lieutenant Nevins as Flight Engineer Leader with this squadron has completed twenty-six sorties against some of the enemy's most heavily defended targets. An ideal leader of men, this officer under a calm and quiet manner has a fine offensive spirit in action which inspires confidence, and which has built a high standard of morale within his section.
For this officer's fine qualities of leadership, his outstanding ability and strong sense of duty, it is strongly recommended that he be awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross.
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NEWINGER, LAC Harlin Kenneth (R109305) - 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 Calgary; enlisted there 14 July 1941. 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 15 months in Canada, 27 months overseas.
For over one year and a half this airman has been employed as Daily Servicing Squadron Control Clerk in Squadron Headquarters. At all times he has been cheerful, quiet and efficient, working long hours and searching for ways to improve his contribution to the service. He has been a constant aid to his superiors and never failing in his efforts. In recognition of this airman's service, it is recommended that he be granted the award of Mention in Despatches.
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NEWITT, P/O Roland MacRae (J16193) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.103 Squadron - Award effective 12 April 1943 as per London Gazette dated 20 April 1943 and AFRO 985/43 dated 28 May 1943. Born 1919 in Vancouver; home there (clerk); enlisted there 18 December 1940. Trained at No.2 ITS (graduated 10 April 1941), No.8 EFTS (graduated 9 June 1941), and No.15 SFTS (graduated 20 August 1941). Commissioned October 1942. Invested at Buckingham Palace, 9 November 1943.
Pilot Officer Newitt has participated in many operational sorties with consistent courage and determination, and has always set an excellent example of skill and judgement in the face of the enemy. In January 1943, during an attack on Essen, the flying instruments in this officer's aircraft became unserviceable, but despite adverse weather he pressed on to the target and successfully completed his mission. On yet a later occasion in January when returning from Dusseldorf, Pilot Officer Newitt's aircraft was attacked by a hostile night fighter and badly damaged. Although the rear turret was partially unserviceable, by skilful evasive tactics he managed to reach cloud cover and returned safely to base.
NEWITT, S/L Roland MacRae, DFC (J16193) - Bar to Distinguished Flying Cross - No.550 Squadron - Award effective 8 September 1945 as per London Gazette dated 21 September 1945 and AFRO 1704/45 dated 9 November 1945. Presented with Bar in Toronto, 30 November 1949.
Since the award of the Distinguished Flying Cross this officer has completed a second tour of operational duty. He has completed many sorties over some of the most heavily defended targets in the Ruhr and has secured many excellent photographs. His energy and perseverance have always been a source of encouragement to other members of his squadron. In addition, Squadron Leader Newitt has acted as flight commander, in which capacity his capable direction and leadership have been an inspiration to all who have served with him.
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NEWMAN, F/L Dennis Alfred (J6641) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.103 Squadron - Award effective 20 March 1945 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 625/45 dated 13 April 1945. Born 1911 in Maidstone, Kent; home in Buffalo, New York or Fort Worth, Texas; enlisted Ottawa, 1 November 1940. Trained at No.1 ITS (graduated 22 April 1941), No.7 EFTS (graduated 28 May 1941) and No.5 SFTS (graduated 8 August 1941). Commissioned 1941. Medal sent by registered mail, 2 February 1949. Cited with Flying Officer Hugh Bilbrough (RAFVR).
Flight Lieutenant Newman and Flying Officer Bilbrough were pilot and navigator respectively in an aircraft detailed to attack Stuttgart one night in January 1945. When nearing the target area the aircraft was attacked by a fighter. Almost at the beginning of the fight,owing to an electrical failure, the mid-upper turret was rendered inoperative while at the same time the guns in the rear turret became jammed. Despite this, Flight Lieutenant Newman manoeuvred with great skill and finally evaded the attacker. The port inner oil tank had been badly pierced and the affected the running of the port inner engine. Attempts to feather the propeller were unavoidable. Despite this Flight Lieutenant Newman continued to the target. During the bombing run another fighter was encountered but a successful run was made. As the target area was left both the inner engines became unserviceable and some height was lost. Almost all the navigation aids had been rendered inoperative and the navigator, Flying Officer Bilbrough, was faced with a difficult task. Although compelled to work by the light thrown on to the compasses by a torch, he plotted his way across enemy territory. Eventually the compasses became unserviceable. Nevertheless, using the stars as his guide, he navigated the aircraft to an airfield near the English coast where a safe landing was effected. That this sortie was successfully accomplished reflects the greatest credit on the skill, determination and devotion to duty shown by these officers.
NEWMAN, F/O Dennis Alfred, DFC (J6641) - Mention in Despatches - No.148 Squadron - Award effective 14 June 1945 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 1478/45 dated 21 September 1945. Unit identified in AFRO only as "Overseas"; found in DHist file 181.009 D.1711 "Honours and Awards - Awards to RCAF Personnel in Middle East" (NAC RG.24 Box 20605). Public Records Office Air 2/9230 has recommended citation, noting that the War Office had recommended an MBE and citing Interrogation report No.M.I. 9/S/PG (It) 1815. It would appear that this award was delayed until the war was so advanced that the chances of his recapture were minimal.
On 10th July 1942, this officer was one of the crew of a Wellington which was detailed to bomb Tobruk. Whilst over the target the aircraft was hit by anti-aircraft fire and a crash landing was made on the beach. After walking for four days and nearly reaching Sidi Barani, the crew were about to commandeer a German truck at the point of a gun when another truck came up and they were taken prisoner. An attempt to escape was made at Mersa Matruh but they were almost immediately recaptured. At Campo 21 (Chieti) Flight Lieutenant Newman assisted in a tunnel scheme but he managed to escape with two comrades before it was completed by crawling through the barbed wire. Some days afterwards, an Italian provided them with civilian clothes and took them to Francaville where they hoped to be evacuated by boat with a large number of prisoners of war. The scheme failed and they were all ordered by a British officer to leave the district and go overland to the British lines. Flight Lieutenant Newman and his companion reached the British lines near Guglionesi on 28th October 1944.
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NEWMAN, FS William Albert (R107859) - Mention in Despatches - Station Leeming (AFRO gives unit only as "Overseas") - Award effective 14 June 1945 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 1600/45 dated 12 October 1945. Home in West Bend, Saskatchewan. Enlisted in Regina, 27 June 1941. 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 eight months in Canada, 35 months overseas.
This Senior NCO is in charge of the fitters for Repair and Inspection Squadron. This position he has filled for the last eighteen months with thoroughness, efficiency and complete compliance with all service regulations. To ensure a high standard of efficiency amongst the fitters at this unit, Flight Sergeant Newman has contacted all his subordinates personally, lectured to them in trade improvement classes, worked with them through the night and always engendered new approved methods without any hesitation. His own civilian fitter's experience has been supplemented with service overseas which has been assimilated by him and passed on to his subordinates in a direct, concise and exemplary manner. His leadership is proven by the staunch support the airmen give him. He is an outstanding tradesman whose services warrant recognition...
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NEWMAN, F/O William Benjamin Fredrick (J21644) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.138 Squadron - Award effective 2 October 1944 as per London Gazette dated 13 October 1944 and AFRO 2637/44 dated 8 December 1944. Born 1919 in Toronto; home there. Trained at No.6 ITS and No.9 AOS. Commissioned 1942. No citation other than "completed...numerous operations against the enemy in the course of which [he has] invariably displayed the utmost fortitude, courage and devotion to duty". Public Records Office Air 2/9026 has recommendation dated 16 July 1944 when he had flown 32 sorties (201 operational hours). Sortie list gives objectives only for three bombing operations; times only for others where the mission is described only as ""Operations as ordered":
19 Nov 43 Leverkusen (7.05) 23 May 44 (6.40)
22 Nov 43 Berlin (7.45) 1 June 44 (6.20)
25 Nov 43 Frankfurt (7.50) 2 June 44 (6.15)
31 Mar 44 (8.45) 4 June 44 (5.35)
9 Apr 44 (5.25) 5 June 44 (2.55)
11 Apr 44 (5.45) 7 June 44 (4.20)
26 Apr 44 (7.15) 21 June 44 (4.45)
27 Apr 44 (6.35) 22 June 44 (5.50)
29 Apr 44 (7.35) 24 June 44 (5.10)
30 Apr 44 (8.00) 27 June 44 (6.25)
4 May 44 (4.50) 29 June 44 (4.45)
5 May 44 (6.35) 3 July 44 (5.20)
6 May 44 (6.55) 5 July 44 (4.50)
8 May 44 (6.45) 7 July 44 (5.30)
9 May 44 (6.20) 9 July 44 (7.50)
15 May 44 (6.50) 11 July 44 (8.15)
Flying Officer Newman has completed 32 sorties during his operational tour as a Navigator. He has at all times shown great skill and determination to complete his missions and his keenness to obtain the best possible results has to a great extent assured the success of the operations undertaken by his crew. His devotion to duty has been a source of confidence to his crew and a fine example to the squadron.
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NEWPORT, Corporal Melville (R108576) - 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 Toronto; enlisted there 6 June 1941.
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NEWSON, S/L William Francis Montgomery (C983) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.408 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, 19 July 1917; home in Edmonton. Enrolled in RMC, 1936; commissioned 1939. Served in Eastern Air Command until 1942 when he was posted to England. Later commanded No.431 Squadron. Appointed CFI at a Heavy Conversion Unit before posting to No.405 Squadron. Remained in RCAF, attending Staff College; to AFHQ, 1947 (organizing Air Cadet League); 1949 made CFI, Centralia before going to NATO duties; National Defence College, 1954; to staff of No.1 Air Division; to Edmonton, 1959 as CO, Station Namao; less than a year later made commandant, RCAF Staff College. In 1964 made CO, 36 NORAD Division (Brunswick, Maine; first member of RCAF to command on US territory); promoted to Brigadier, 1968 and posted to NATO. Retired 1972. Awarded Queen's Coronation Medal, 23 October 1953 while a Group Captain in Training Command. Active in Canadian Aviation hall of Fame. Died 24 March 1988.
This officer has completed numerous operational missions and has won the admiration and respect of all the members of his squadron. His aircraft has been twice damaged by anti-aircraft fire but in spite of this he has returned to base on each occasion and effected a safe landing. Squadron Leader Newson is an ideal leader whose courage and devotion to duty have been a fine example.
NEWSON, W/C William Francis Montgomery, DFC (C983) - Bar to Distinguished Flying Cross - No.431 Squadron - Award effective 5 August 1944 as per London Gazette dated 15 August 1944 and AFRO 2101/44 dated 29 September 1944.
Wing Commander Newson has shown marked ability both as a squadron commander and as a captain of aircraft on operations. Since the award of the Distinguished Flying Cross he has completed attacks on such targets as Berlin, Magdeburg, Stuttgart and Dusseldorf in a most gallant and efficient manner. His courage, leadership and resolution have set a fine example to all.
NOTE: Public Record Office Air 2/9632 has recommendation by G/C D. Edwards, Commander, RCAF Station Croft, dated 6 May 1944 when he had flown 178 hours ten minutes on operations from England (29 sorties), of which eleven sorties (67 hours) had been since his previous award. The text and sortie list add much to the record of this officer.
20 Dec 42 Duisburg (4.25) Attacked by enemy aircraft; probable; nose scratched by flak.
9 Jan 43 GARDENING, Frisians (4.35) -
14 Jan 43 Lorient (6.40) -
29 Jan 43 Lorient (6.35) -
3 Feb 43 Hamburg (6.40) -
14 Feb 43 Cologne (5.00) One attack by enemy aircraft.
16 Feb 43 Lorient (6.05) -
19 Feb 43 Wilhelmshaven (4.50) -
26 Feb 43 Cologne (5.15) -
28 Feb 43 St.Nazaire (5.40) Coned
5 Mar 43 Essen (4.55) Hit by flak; windscreen cracked.
8 Mar 43 Nuremburg (9.10) -
9 Mar 43 Munich (9.20) Coned by 40-50 searchlights over target; hit by flak. Attacked by Me.210 near target.
3 Apr 43 Essen (5.05) -
16 Apr 43 Pilsen (9.45) -
26 Apr 43 Duisburg (4.40) -
30 Apr 43 Essen (5.10) Hit by flak.
19 June 43 Le Creusot (7.20)
3 Oct 43 Kassel (6.15) -
3 Nov 43 Dusseldorf (5.15) -
22 Nov 43 Berlin (7.00) -
26 Nov 43 Stuttgart (8.05) -
21 Jan 44 Magdeburg (7.35) -
6 Mar 44 Trappes (5.10) -
23 Mar 44 Laon (6.50) -
26 Mar 44 Courtrai (5.25) -
20 Apr 44 Lens (5.35) -
22 Apr 44 Dusseldorf (5.25) Coned momentarily on way in; coned five minutes on way out.
27 Apr 44 Montzen (4.25)
Since his association with Bomber Command in August 1942, Wing Commander Newson has displayed the highest qualities, both on operations and as a leader, particularly as Squadron Commander of No.431 (RCAF) Squadron. He has led the squadron from Wellington aircraft to Halifax Mark Vs in September 1943, and recently converted it to Halifax Mark IIIs..
He has, during all this trying period, shown the highest efficiency in operations, and his administrative ability as Commanding Officer of the squadron has marked him as a fearless and inspirational leader. His capacity to get the best out of his men has been done with a devotion to duty deserving of the highest praise.
Since being awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross, this officer has completed eleven sorties as captain of aircraft, which included against most heavily defended enemy targets (Berlin, Stuttgart, Magdeburg, Dusseldorf, etc). On all occasions he has performed his mission in the highest and most gallant manner.
On two occasions, to Berlin and Stuttgart, while still recovering from a wrenched back, he pressed home his attack, though suffering pain throughout.
In addition, Wing Commander Newson has completed 477 hours 40 minutes on Coastal Command (Hudsons) with No.11 (Bomber Reconnaissance) Squadron, Dartmouth, Nova Scotia and No.13 (Operational Training) Squadron, Patricia Bay, British Columbia.
I strongly recommend Wing Commander Newson for a Bat to the Distinguished Flying Cross.
This was minuted on 22 May 1944 by Air Vice Marshal C.M. McEwen, Air Officer Commanding, No.6 Group:
I concur. A very fine officer and squadron commander whose qualities of leadership, resolution and courage have set an example to all. Recommend the non-immediate award of a Bar to the Distinguished Flying Cross.
NEWSON, G/C William Francis Montgomery, DFC (C983) - Distinguished Service Order - No.405 Squadron - Award effective 8 September 1945 as per London Gazette of 21 September 1945 and AFRO 1704/45 dated 9 November 1945.
This officer has a long and varied career of operational duty. After completing a tour of duty with Coastal Command in Canada he was appointed to command a squadron in this country. He has taken part in many sorties since the award of the Distinguished Flying Cross, many of them in a most important role. The success of a number of sorties, against such heavily defended objectives as Chemnitz and Zweibrucken, has been due in no small measure to his work as master bomber. Group Captain Newson is an outstanding officer who, by his keenness and efficiency, has set a fine example.
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NEWSOME, S/L George Harvey (C984) - Air Force Cross - No.23 EFTS - Award effective 1 January 1945 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 89/45 dated 19 January 1945. Appointed Provisional Pilot Officer, 5 June 1939; wings at Camp Borden, 30 October 1939. Instructed in Canada. In May 1943 joined directing staff, Empire Central Flying School in UK. Had completed 1,620 flying hours to date of recommendation, 715 hours as instructor, 18 hours in previous six months. Postwar RCAF, rising to Group Captain; postings included AFHQ, London, NATO, Bagotville.
This officer, as chief instructor at this school, has commanded the air force personnel with outstanding leadership and ability. The high standard of graduates passing through this school has reflected considerable credit to this officer's capability as a pilot and instructor. Throughout his flying career he has displayed outstanding initiative and devotion to duty.
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NEWTON, FS (now P/O) George James (R 50577/C46531) - Mention in Despatches - No.160 Squadron (Canada) - Award effective 14 November 1944 as per Canada Gazette of that date and AFRO 2684/44 dated 15 December 1944. Home in Vancouver; enlisted there. Trained at No.9 BGS (graduated 2 April 1943).
This NCO is a flight engineer of outstanding ability, whose energy and persistence in training new flight engineers has contributed greatly to his squadron's success.
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NEWTON, F/L Jack Frederick (C3193) - Air Force Cross - No.6 OTU - Award effective 11 August 1945 as per London Gazette dated 14 August 1945 and AFRO 1453/45 dated 14th September 1945. Home in Minett, Ontario; enlisted in Toronto, 3 June 1940. As of recommendation he had flown 2,500 hours, 750 hours as instructor, 50 hours in previous six months. AFC sent by registered mail, 18 January 1949.
This officer has been responsible for the exacting instrument and range flying at this unit. The high standard of this type of flying which exists at this station may be fully attributed to this officer's splendid ability and thorough instruction. His flying example, excellent manner and devotion to duty as Captain of aircraft are held in very great regard by all with whom he has served.
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NEWTON, F/L Russell Keith (J11625) - Distinguished Flying Cross - Station Sydney (now No.116 (BR) Squadron) - Award effective 7 July 1945 as per Canada Gazette of that date and AFRO 1291/45 dated 10 August 1945. Home in Norwich, Ontario; enlisted in Hamilton, 15 February 1941. Trained at No.1 ITS (graduated 8 August 1941), No.7 AOS (graduated 2 March 1942), No.3 BGS (graduated 11 April 1942) and No.1 ANS (graduated 11 May 1942). As of recommendation he had flown 1,232 hours, 799 operational (86 sorties). No citation in AFRO other than "in recognition of valuable services in the air." The following from DHist files:
Flight Lieutenant Newton has achieved an excellent record as navigator on bomber-reconnaissance operations over the North Atlantic. Many difficult anti-submarine patrols have been successfully completed under adverse weather conditions because of his great courage and skill. His able leadership and unswerving devotion to duty have been an inspiration to all aircrew and have been largely responsible for the high degree of efficiency among the navigators in his own squadron.
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NEYVATTE, WO1 (now P/O) Cyril Edward (Can 1806/C24839) - Mention in Despatches - No.118 Squadron (Canada) - Born in Mount Dennis (Toronto suburb), 1910. Home in Toronto; enlisted in Camp Borden, 3 January 1930. 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. Trade of Aeronautical Engineer.
For the past eighteen months Warrant Officer Neyvatte has been Technical Warrant Officer of this squadron. Due chiefly to his outstanding efforts and devotion to duty the serviceability of the aircraft in his squadron has been kept at a high state of efficiency under extremely difficult conditions. The success of the movement of this squadron from the East to the West Coast was, to a large degree, due to the untiring efforts of this Warrant Officer in continually keeping all of the aircraft airworthy en route.
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