NICHOLL, WO Arthur (R76180) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.214 Squadron - Award effective 31 December 1942 as per London Gazette dated 12 January 1943 and AFRO 232/43 dated 12 February 1943.  Born 1916 in Carbonnear, Newfoundland; home in Leamington, Ontario; enlisted in Halifax, 5 November 1940.  Trained at No.1 ITS (graduated 31 March 1941), No.1 AOS (graduated 2 August 1941), No.1 BGS and No.1 AOS (graduated 22 June 1941).  Presented at Buckingham Palace, 25 May 1943.

 

This officer has completed many operational sorties attacking targets in Germany, Italy and Western Europe, displaying superb navigational skill throughout.  One night while he was navigator of an aircraft detailed to attack Duisberg, a shell burst in the vicinity and caused the starboard inner engine to catch fire.  Despite adverse weather, Warrant Officer Nicholl succeeded in bringing the aircraft back to its base where [the] fire was extinguished.  Over Bremen in similar circumstances, though one engine had been put out of action by anti-aircraft fire, Warrant Officer Nicholl directed his captain to the target where the bombs were released.  His efficiency as a navigator and his great determination and devotion to duty have been proved on many occasions.

 

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NICHOLL, F/O Christopher Iltyd Hubert (J28107) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.514 Squadron - Award effective 5 July 1945 as per London Gazette dated 20 July 1945 and AFRO 1619/45 dated 19 October 1945.  Born 1922 in Winnipeg.  Home in Regina; enlisted there 17 July 1942.  Trained at No.2 ITS (graduated 19 December 1942), No.15 EFTS (graduated 19 March 1943) and No.32 SFTS (graduated 9 July 1943).  Commissioned 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 2/9081 has recommendation dated 24 March 1945 when he had flown 40 sorties (214 hours 55 minutes), 28 October 1944 to 11 March 1945.

 

28 Oct 44       Cologne (4.40)                      6 Jan 45         Neuss (4.40)

31 Oct 44       Bottrop (4.40)                        11 Jan 45       Krefield (4.35)

2 Nov 44         Homberg (4.25)                     13 Jan 45       Saarbrucken (6.10)

5 Nov 44         Solingen (4.45)                      14 Jan 45       Langendreer (5.10)

6 Nov 44         Coblenz (5.20)                       16 Jan 45       Wanne Eickel (5.00)

15 Nov 44      Dortmund (4.55)                    22 Jan 45       Duisburg (4.40)

16 Nov 44      Heinsburg (4.20)                   2 Feb 45        Wiesbaden (5.40)

20 Nov 44      Homberg (4.40)                     3 Feb 45        Dortmund-Huckarde (5.05)

21 Nov 44      Homberg (4.10)                     8 Feb 45        Hohenbudberg (4.35)

27 Nov 44      Cologne (4.30)                      13 Feb 45      Dresden (8.55)

29 Nov 44      Neuss (4.25)                          14 Feb 45      Chemnitz (8.05)

4 Dec 44        Oberhausen (4.10)                16 Feb 45      Wesel (5.15)

5 Dec 44        Hamm (5.00)                         20 Feb 45      Dortmund (6.40)

6 Dec 44        Merseburg (7.10)                  23 Feb 45      Gelsenkirchen (5.25)


23 Dec 44      Trier (4.05)                             28 Feb 45      Gelsenkirchen (5.25)

27 Dec 44      Rheydt (4.15)                         2 Mar 45         Cologne (5.30)

28 Dec 44      Cologne/Gremberg (4.15)   6 Mar 45         Salzbergen (6.00)

31 Dec 44      Vohwinkel (5.00)                   7 Mar 45         Dessau (9.05)

2 Jan 45         Nuremberg (7.10)                 10 Mar 45      Gelsenkirchen (5.20)

5 Jan 45         Ludwigshaven (5.50)            11 Mar 45      Essen (5.55)

 

Flying Officer Nicholl has now completed forty operational sorties as captain and pilot of a four engined heavy bomber aircraft.

 

A very large number of these sorties have been deep penetrations over enemy territory and against heavily defended targets.  At no time has Flying Officer Nicholl been deterred by the difficulties he found and he has always pressed home his attacks, on no occasion returning early in spite of being frequently hit by heavy anti-aircraft fire.

 

His determination at all times to carry out  his orders at all costs has been a very real example to the rest of the squadron and he is recommended for the award of the Distinguished Flying Cross in recognition of his continual devotion to duty.

 

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NICHOLL, F/O George Freeman (J23154) - 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 1916 in Estevan, Saskatchewan.  Home in Regina (salesman); served in Royal Canadian Army Service Corps; enlisted in RCAF in Regina 14 August 1940. Trained at No.4 ITS (graduated 3 July 1942), No.8 BGS (graduated 5 December 1942) and No.3 AOS (graduated 23 January 1943).  Commissioned 1942.  DFC and Bar presented 21 June 1948. 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 39 sorties (208 hours 23 minutes), 9 August 1943 to 12 September 1944.

 

                                               * counted as 1/3 sortie

 

9 Aug 43        NICKEL RAID, Creil (4.00)       16 Jun 44       Renesure (2.00)

29 Dec 43      Berlin (6.40)                                23 Jun 44       Coubronne (1.46)

20 Jan 44       Berlin (3.10), DNCO                  24 Jun 44       Mittel Strait (1.44)

21 Jan 44       Magdeburg (7.20)                      27 Jun 44       Oisemont-au-Bois (2.23)

15 Feb 44      Berlin (7.15)                                30 Jun 44       Villers Bocage (2.34)      

1 Mar 44         Stuttgart (7.00)                           2 July 44         Oisemont-au-Bois (2.13)

6 Mar 44         Trappes (4.20)*                          12 Jul 44        Paris/Vaires (3.03)

7 Mar 44         Le Mans (4.45)*                         15 Jul 44        Nucourt (3.37)

18 Mar 44      Frankfurt-on-Main (6.00)           17 Jul 44        Cagny (2.29)

22 Mar 44      Frankfurt-on-Main (6.00)           22 Jul 44        Acquet (2.35)

24 Mar 44      Berlin (1.35), DNCO                  23 Jul 44        Kiel (5.12)

26 Mar 44      Essen (4.50)                               24 Jul 44        Stuttgart (6.58)

30 Mar 44      Nuremburg (8.15)                      25 Jul 44        Stuttgart (7.11)

19 Apr 44       Tergnier (4.30)*                          27 Jul 44        Boissons (3.19)

20 Apr 44       Ottignes (4.15)*                          28 Jul 44        Stuttgart (6.18)

22 Apr 44       Dusseldorf (4.55)                       30 Jul 44        Battle area (3.21)

24 Apr 44       Karlsruhe (6.35)                         5 Aug 44        Chausse (3.06)

26 Apr 44       Villeneuve St.George (5.10)*   8 Aug 44        Lucheux (2.38)

27 Apr 44       Montzen (4.35)*                          10 Aug 44      La Pallice (5.13)

30 Apr 44       Acheres (4.30)*                          13 Aug 44      Falaise (2.38)

1 May 44        Malines (3.40)                            16 Aug 44      Stettin (5.13)

6 May 44        Mantes Gassicort (4.40)           18 Aug 44      Bremen (4.48)

11 Jun 44       Tours (5.07)                                12 Sep 44      Frankfurt (5.49)

15 Jun 44       Lens (3.08)

 

Flying Officer Nicholl is an outstanding navigator, now on his second tour of operations.  He has participated in many raids against such heavily defended enemy areas as Berlin, Bremen and Frankfurt.  Throughout his long and varied career he has displayed a keenness for operations and a high sense of devotion to duty which has been a decided factor in influencing not only the successes attained by his crew, but in inspiring confidence in his other fellow comrades.

 

NICHOLL, F/L George Freeman, DFC (J23154) - Bar to Distinguished Flying Cross - No.405 Squadron - Award effective 15 March 1945 as per London Gazette dated 23 March 1945 and AFRO 721/45 dated 27 April 1945.

 

Flight Lieutenant Nicholl has proved himself to be most successful and efficient bomb aimer who has now completed two tours of operations.  Since the award of the Distinguished Flying Cross he has participated in further attacks against important German targets.  He has continued to operate with the utmost determination, courage and devotion to duty.

 

NOTE: Public Records Office Air 2/9050 has recommendation dated 20 December 1944 when he had flown 52 sorties (255 hours 25 minutes) including 13 sorties (51 hours 40 minutes) since previous award; additional trips and unpublished text as follows:

 

20 Sept 44     Calais (2.20)                              30 Oct 44       Cologne (4.15)

27 Sept 44     Bottrop (3.15)                             2 Nov 44         Dusseldorf (3.55)

28 Sept 44     Cap Gris Nez (1.50)                  11 Nov 44      Dortmund (4.10)

5 Oct 44         Saarbrucken (4.45)                   18 Nov 44      Munster (3.45)

6 Oct 44         Dortmund (4.45)                         20 Nov 44      Coblenz (4.15)

15 Oct 44       Wilhelmshaven (4.10)                21 Nov 44      Ashaffenburg (5.00)

19 Oct 44       Stuttgart (5.15)

 

Flight Lieutenant Nicholl is a highly successful and capable Bomb Aimer who has now completed two tours of operations. He has participated in attacks on such heavily defended enemy areas as Berlin, Stuttgart and Essen. The fine fighting spirit evinced by this officer, together with his unquenchable spirit and thorough knowledge of his work has contributed greatly towards the fine operational record of his crew. Although of a quiet, cheerful nature, he has invariably remained at his post even though exposed to great personal danger, fully aware that the success of the mission on which engaged depended largely on the performance of his duties. Such a sense of devotion to duty as shown by this officer is highly commendable and in keeping with the traditions of the service.

 

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NICHOLL-CARNE, F/L Thomas Devereux Ison (J27904) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.428 Squadron - Award effective 5 February 1945 as per London Gazette dated 16 February 1945 and AFRO 563/45 dated 29 March 1945.  Born in Montreal, 1923.  Home in Pointe Claire, Quebec; enlisted Montreal  11 April 1942. Trained at No.5 ITS (graduated 5 December 1942), No.13 EFTS (graduated 19 February 1943) and No.8 SFTS (graduated 25 June 1943).  Commissioned 1943.   No citation other than completed...numerous operations against the enemy in the course of which [he has] invariably displayed the utmost fortitude, courage and devotion to duty."  DHist file 181.009 D.3260 (RG.24 Vol.20637) has recommendation dated 30 October 1944 when he had flown 34 sorties (209 hours 40 minutes), 21 June to 25 October 1944.

 

This officer has shown outstanding captaincy and airmanship throughout his operational tour and has displayed exceptional courage, coolness and determination.  On one occasion, while attacking Dortmund, his aircraft was struck by heavy flak and the port outer engine, cockpit and tail plane were holed badly.  On an attack on Essen one of his engines caught fire and had to be feathered and he experienced considerable difficulty with another engine.  On both occasions he pressed on to the target, bombed successfully and brought his aircraft and crew back safely.  His skilful handling of his aircraft under these extremely difficult conditions set a magnificent example to the squadron.  Throughout his tour he has shown great devotion to duty and great keenness.

 

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NICHOLLS, Sergeant George Archibald (R60520) - Mention in Despatches - No.437 Squadron (AFRO identifies unit only as "Overseas") - Award effective 1 January 1946 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 155/46 dated 15 February 1946.  Enlisted in Calgary, 30 September 1940.  DHist file 181.009 D.4855 (RG.24 Vol.20657) has recommendation for BEM dated 9 June 1945; NCO in charge of Orderly Room.

 

This NCO joined the squadron in November 1944 as NCO in charge Orderly Room; prior to that he served on the continent with BLA [?] Forces from D-Day plus 6, at times working under heavy strain and adverse circumstances.  Since joining the squadron Sergeant Nicholls has worked unceasingly to ensure that the administration of the squadron was at the highest level.  He has taken an active interest in the welfare of the personnel in the squadron far beyond the normal call of duty.  His loyalty is second to none and his utter disregard of self and untiring effort has been an inspiration and example to all persons serving with him.

 

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NICHOLLS, F/L Herbert Edward (C11933) - Mention in Despatches - No.435 Squadron (AFRO gives only "Overseas") - Award effective 1 January 1946 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 155/46 dated 15 February 1946.  Born 28 December 1910.  Home in Toronto; enlisted there 5 February 1941. Clerk; served in Canada with various units until posted overseas, August 1943; repatriated 29 January 1946; released 18 March 1946.  Public Records Office Air 2/9139 identifies unit and has recommendation for an MBE which was downgraded to MiD.

 

Flight Lieutenant Nicholls holds the appointment of Squadron Intelligence Officer. Since the formation of this squadron he has distinguished himself by the efficient manner in which he has organized and conducted the Intelligence Section.  By his ability, cheerful energy and unflagging devotion to his duties, often under difficult circumstances, he has set an encouraging example to all with whom he has come in contact.

 

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NICHOLS, Sergeant Arthur William (R74646) - British Empire Medal - No.405 Squadron - Award effective 11 February 1943 as per London Gazette dated 26 February 1943 and AFRO 513/43 dated 26 March 1943.  Born in Vancouver, 1917; home there (auto mechanic); enlisted there.  Cited with Sergeant R.A. Symes (RAF); incident occurred 26 November 1942.  Invested at Buckingham, Palace, 18 May 1943.

 

One night in November 1942, Sergeant Nichols and Sergeant Symes were engineer and pilot, respectively, of an aircraft engaged on anti-submarine patrol duties. On the return journey engine trouble developed and Sergeant Symes was compelled to make an emergency landing.  In so doing the aircraft struck a hut and burst into flames.  All the crew with the exception of the wireless operator, who was trapped by the legs, managed to extricate themselves.  Knowing that the petrol tanks might explode any moment, Sergeants Symes and Nichols re-entered the blazing aircraft and succeeded in extricating the wireless operator.  A few seconds later the petrol tanks exploded.  The courage and devotion to duty displayed by these Sergeants undoubtedly saved their comrade's life.

 

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NICHOLS, F/O John Maxwell (J86553) - Mention in Despatches - No.13 OTU - Award effective 1 January 1945 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 379/45 dated 2 March 1945. Born 3 November 1920, Indian Head, Saskatchewan; home there; enlisted in Regina, 20 May 1941.  Trained at No.2 ITS (graduated 8 September 1941), No.19 EFTS, 25 September to 19 October 1941 (washed out); KTS Trenton, 20 October to 20 November 1941, No.6 AOS (graduated 1 March 1942), No.5 BGS (graduated 11 April 1942 and promoted Sergeant) and No.1 ANS (graduated 11 May 1942).  To No.34 OTU, Pennfield Ridge, 31 May 1942; to Y Depot, Halifax, 26 September 1942; arrived overseas 4 November 1942; promoted Flight Sergeant, 10 November 1942; to Station Feltwell, 3 December 1942; to No.487 Squadron, 16 December 1942; promoted WO2, 11 April 1943; promoted WO1, 11 October 1943; commissioned 20 May 1944; to No.13 OTU, 20 July 1944; promoted Flying Officer, 20 November 1944. Repatriated 14 May 1945; released in Regina, 28 June 1945. No citation for award.

 

On a form dated 2 February 1945 he claimed one tour (45 sorties, the last on 5 July 1944, totalling 130 operational hours) plus 350 non-operational hours; his last operational squadron had been No.487 and his non-operational work had been as a Gee Instructor.  He gave his flying times as Ventura (200), Mosquito (150) and Anson (130 hours).  However, another form dated 29 December 1945 (application for postwar RCAF) gave the following: non-operational (single engine) hours, 27.45; non-operation (multi-engine), 536.15; operational (multi-engine) 144.10.  Types flown as follows: Anson: 237.15; Battle: 27.45; Ventura: 216.40; Mosquito: 216.30.

 

On posting from No.13 OTU he was described as:

 

A good officer and instructor who has always carried out his duties in a satisfactory manner.

 

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NICHOLS, Sergeant Maurice (R53090) - Mention in Despatches - No.62 Base - Award effective 14 June 1945 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 1600/45 dated 12 October 1945.  Home in Toronto; enlisted there 6 November 1939. 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.  DHist file 181.009 D.1722 (PAC RG.24 Vol 20606) has recommendation dated 3 February 1945.  NCO in charge of Base Servicing Echelon Power Plant Shop; 30 months in Canada, 33 months in UK.

 

During the summer months exceptionally heavy flying commitments built up a very large backlog of unserviceable engines in Sergeant Nichols' department. He was able to re-organize his section and not only eliminate the backlog but also obtain a greatly increased output of engines from his shop which is now one of the best of its kind in Bomber Command.  Sergeant Nichols is an outstanding NCO.

 

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NICHOLSON, Sergeant Bruce Wellington (Can 2372A) - British Empire Medal - Station East Moor) - Award effective 1 January 1945 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 132/45 dated 26 January 1945.   MiD on same date.  Remained in postwar RCAF (Queen's Coronation Medal, 1953).   DHist file 181.009 D.1719 (PAC RG.24 Vol.20606) has recommendation dated 2 September 1944.

 

This NCO has for many months been in charge of the Bomb Dump and explosive stores.  During this period, and particularly under the trying conditions since "D" Day, this NCO showed a high degree of skill in organizing his men and in maintaining their morale when they were heavily overworked.  He has shown outstanding devotion to duty and a sincere interest in maintaining a high standard of efficiency in his section.

 

[signed by base Senior Administrative Officer, signature illegible].

 

For many months this NCO has occupied a position of great responsibility in the bombing up and arming of aircraft.  Through his skill in organising work and allocating personnel under his control, he has contributed very materially to all operations.  For three months his section has been greatly taxed and many times overworked and, through his personal example and devotion to duty and interest in his section, he has made it one of the most efficient sections on the station.

 

[signed by G/C H.H. Rutledge, CO Base Eastmoor].

 

NOTE: Public Records Office Air 2/9040 has citation as refined for Air Ministry Honours and Awards Committee:

 

This airman has been, for many months, in charge of the Bomb Dump and explosive stores. During this period, and particularly under the trying conditions since D Day, he has shown a high degree of skill in organizing his men and in maintaining their morale when they were heavily overworked. He has shown outstanding devotion to duty and a sincere interest in maintaining a high standard of efficiency in his service.

 

NICHOLSON, Sergeant Bruce Wellington (Can 2372) - Mention in Despatches - Station 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.  Armourer.  Home in Vancouver; enlisted there 17 October 1939.  No citation.  DHist file 181.009 D.1719 (PAC RG.24 Vol.20606) has MiD recommendation dated  31 July 1944.  It gives date of enlistment as 21 September 1939, Canadian service 43 months, overseas 15 months.

 

Sergeant Nicholson as Non-Commissioned Officer in charge of the Station Bomb Dump has maintained an extremely efficient section.  On so many occasions when this section has been called on, at all hours of the day, for operational requirements, he has always set an example to his personnel by pitching in and getting the job completed.

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NICHOLSON, F/L David (C11167) - Member, Order of the British Empire - No.2 Air Command Headquarters - Award effective 14 June 1945 as per Canada Gazette of that date and AFRO 1127/45 dated 6 July 1945.  Born in Fifeshire, Scotland, 18 May 1898.  Educated in Fife and Dundee.  Police constable and detective for Winnipeg Police Commission.  Enlisted in Winnipeg, 10 April 1942.

 

This officer has given exceptionally meritorious service as Service Police Investigating Officer.  His tact and efficiency in handling the most difficult assignments have been directly responsible for improved discipline and the high reputation of Royal Canadian Air Force personnel in No.2 Air Command.  His service spirit and conduct have provided an example for all ranks.  Throughout his services his devotion to duty has been of a very high order.

 

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NICHOLSON, Corporal Donald Malcolm (R92422) - Mention in Despatches - No.433 Squadron (AFRO gives unit as No.63 Base) - Award effective 1 January 1945 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 425/45 dated 9 March 1945.  Home in Killarney, Manitoba (postwar in Haney, British Columbia).  DHist file 181.009 D.2908 (RG.24 Vol.20633) has recommendation sent to Station Skipton, 20 July 1944.  Enlisted in Vancouver, 3 March 1941; had served eleven months in Canada, 28 months overseas.  Later awarded BEM.  Armourer (Bombs).

 

This Non-Commissioned Officer has been with the squadron since its inception and has proven a tower of strength since the formation of the Armament Section.  At all times and particularly on operation days, his drive  and energy has proven a great inspiration to the bombing teams in preparing and ensuring that all aircraft are ready for operations with time to spare.

 

NICHOLSON, Sergeant Donald Malcolm (R92422) - British Empire Medal - Skipton-on-Swale - Award effective 1 January 1946 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 155/46 dated 15 February 1946.  Identified in AFRO as "Overseas". McEwen papers (CWM) with list of recommendations dated 15 June 1945 identifies unit.

 

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NICHOLSON, Corporal George Frederick (R150953) - British Empire Medal - No.22 Sub RD - Award effective 1 January 1946 as per Canada Gazette of that date and AFRO 82/46 dated 25 January 1946.  Born 28 July 1912. Home in Saskatoon; enlisted in Edmonton, 13 March 1942.  Armourer (Bombs).  Released 2 November 1945; died 24 March 1967.

 

This airman has invariably displayed energy and persistence beyond all normal requirements of duty.  He has assisted in designing new equipment which has been successfully used for training purposes, and is worthy of highest praise for his continued reliability and enthusiasm of effort.

 

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NICHOLSON, FS James Allen (Can 2460) - British Empire Medal - No.2 FIS - Award effective 1 January 1946 as per Canada Gazette of that date and AFRO 82/46 dated 25 January 1946.  Enlisted in Ottawa, 10 June 1938.  Died of natural causes as a Flight Lieutenant, 10 March 1962.

 

This non-commissioned officer is in charge of the Repair Squadron at this unit and it is very largely owing to his keenness and qualities of leadership that this section has operated so efficiently and smoothly during the past fourteen months.  He has at all times been a source of inspiration and an excellent example to junior airmen, always assisting them in every possible manner to become more efficient and capable in their trade.

 

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NICHOLSON, S/LJohn (C2905) - Mention in Despatches - Station Patricia Bay - Awardeffective 14 June 1945 as per Canada Gazette of that date and AFRO 1127/45 dated 6 July 1945. Born in Edinburgh, Scotland, 7 March 1898. Enlisted in RCAF as aero engine mechanic, 14 May 1928; attained rankof Flight Sergeant bt 1 April 1937; promoted WO2, 1 September 1939. ToSt. Thomas, 11 October 1939; to No.5 Equipment Depot, 6 March 1940; toNo.13 TD (unsure what this means), 20 July 1940. While in Vancouver hewas commissioned in the Aero Engineer Branch, 15 October 1940; promoted Flight Lieutenant, 23 December 1940; to Western Air Command Headquarters,15 April 1941; to No.149 Squadron, 15 July 1943, serving there to 30 November1943; promoted Squadron Leader, 1 February 1944; . to Patricia Bay, 31 March 1944; to No.22 Sub-Depot, 3 July 1945, serving there to 1 December 1945; retired 8 September 1947. Died in Vancouver, 28 December 1978.

 

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NICKEL, P/O Lloyd Dennis (J92434) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.35 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 Eatonia, Saskatchewan.  Home in Waldheim, Saskatchewan (clerk); enlisted in Toronto, 2 November 1942.  Trained at No.9 BGS (graduated 17 September 1943).  Commissioned November 1944.  Presented 18 June 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 22 December 1944 when he had flown 54 sorties (190 hours), 28 May to 18 December 1944.

 

28 May 44      Mardick                                  15 Aug 44      Volkel

31 May 44      Montcouple                            16 Aug 44      Stettin

5 June 44       Longues                                 18 Aug 44      Connantre

7 June 44       Foret de Cerisy                     25 Aug 44      Brest

15 Jun 44       Lens                                        26 Aug 44      Kiel

16 Jun 44       Renescure                             15 Sep 44      Kiel

23 Jun 44       Coubrounne                           17 Sep 44      Boulogne

24 Jun 44       Middel Straete                       20 Sep 44      Calais

27 Jun 44       Oisemontneuvill Bois            23 Sep 44      Calais

2 July 44         Oisemontneuvill Bois            25 Sep 44      Calais

6 July 44         Calquerean                            27 Sep 44      Bottrop

7 July 44         Caen                                       6 Oct 44         Dortmund

16 Jul 44        St.Philibert                             14 Oct 44       Duisburg

18 Jul 44        Mont Cagny                           15 Oct 44       Wilhelmshaven

20 Jul 44        Montcandon                           31 Oct 44       Cologne

22 Jul 44        L'Hey                                      2 Nov 44         Dusseldorf

23 Jul 44        Foret du Croc                        4 Nov 44         Bochum

23 Jul 44        Kiel                                         6 Nov 44         Gelsenkirchen

25 Jul 44        Stuttgart                                  16 Nov 44      Duren

28 Jul 44        Hamburg                                18 Nov 44      Munster

30 Jul 44        Caen                                       21 Nov 44      Sterkrade

1 Aug 44        Le Nieppe                              27 Nov 44      Frieburg

3 Aug 44        Trossy                                     4 Dec 44        Urst

5 Aug 44        Acquet                                    5 Dec 44        Soest

7 Aug 44        TOTALIZE                              12 Dec 44      Essen

9 Aug 44        Pourville                                 18 Dec 44      Duisburg

12 Aug 44      Russelsheim

 

Pilot Officer Nickel has taken part in 54 bombing attacks on the enemy as an Air Gunner and by his cheerful demeanour, reliability and efficiency, has proved a very valuable member of the squadron.  By his determination to operate on all possible occasions and his coolness under the heaviest fire, he has gained the complete confidence of his crew.

 

Pilot Officer Nickel continues to show the same fine spirit and, in recognition of his services he is recommended for the non-immediate award of the Distinguished Flying Cross.

 

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NICKEL, S/L William Hodgson (J12774) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.644 Squadron - Award effective 8 August 1945 as per London Gazette dated 17 August 1945 and AFRO 1507/45 dated 28 September 1945.  Home in Hamilton.  Trained at No.3 ITS, No.17 EFTS and No.6 SFTS.

 

Squadron Leader Nickel has participated in all the airborne operations in the Western European theatre of war including Normandy, Arnhem and the Rhine crossing.  All these operations involved the towing of gliders and on each occasion this officer brought his glider to the landing drome and successfully released it.  He has proved to be a courageous and determined captain of aircraft and an inspiring flight commander.

 

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NICKERSON, S/L George Edward (J13067) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.434 Squadron - Award effective 5 April 1945 as per London Gazette dated 13 April 1945 and AFRO 824/45 dated 18 May 1945.  Born 1917 in Kenora, Ontario; home there.  Trained at No.3 ITS, No.12 EFTS and No.5 SFTS .  In postwar RCAF; W/C Nickerson (CO of No.445 Squadron) and F/L K.M. Eyolfson, DFC, killed 10 November 1953 in crash of a CF-100.  No citation other than "completed... numerous operations against the enemy in the course of which [he has] invariably displayed the utmost courage and devotion to duty."  DHist file 181.009 D.3260 (RG.24 Vol.20637) has recommendation dated 10 December 1944 when he had flown 35 sorties (172 hours 25 minutes), 18 February to 27 November 1944.

 

Squadron Leader Nickerson has successfully completed a tour of operations totalling thirty-five operations.  Throughout his tour he has set an example of skill, gallantry and devotion to duty of a very high order.  He has recently been employed as a most efficient Flight Commander and as such has set a sterling example to all in the squadron, inspiring his pilots with the utmost confidence.  He has played a large part in the training of  new crews and the success of his unit is in no small measure due to him.

 

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NICKLEN, FS (now P/O) Donald James (R181070/J90187) - Distinguished Flying Medal - No.420 Squadron - Award effective 6 January 1945 as per London Gazette dated 19 January 1945 and AFRO 508/45 dated 23 March 1945.  Born 1919 in Dorking, Surrey.  Home in Vernon, British Columbia (ticket clerk); enlisted Vancouver, 28 July 1942.  Trained at No.7 ITS (graduated 30 April 1943) and No.2 AOS (graduated 17 September 1943).  Commissioned 1944.  Presented 13 July 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 (National Archives RG.24 Vol.20607) has recommendation dated 11 October 1944 when he had flown 33 sorties (162 hours five minutes) in tour from 21 June to 9 October 1944.

 

Flight Sergeant Nicklen, as navigator in Pilot Officer Tease's crew, displayed throughout his tour, most skilful navigation and coolness and resourcefulness in action.  His ability to make instant decision in emergency, his full and complete use of all navigational aids and his cheerful courage under the stress of operations were highly instrumental in the many successful sorties carried out by his crew.  In recognition of this NCO's fine record of achievement and a strong sense of duty, it is recommended that he be awarded the Distinguished Flying Medal.

 

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NICKSON, W/C John Ellison (C2069) - Member, Order of the British Empire - RCAF Overseas Headquarters - Award effective 1 January 1946 as per Canada Gazette of that date and AFRO 82/46 dated 25 January 1946.  File not found at DHist, 6 September 1991.  Citation found in another file, 13 December 1991.

 

This officer has served the Royal Canadian Air Force Overseas conscientiously and well over a long period.  As the first Royal Canadian Air Force Senior Equipment Officer at No.3 Personnel Reception Centre, he was responsible for organizing the Equipment Section to handle efficiently large intakes of aircrew, all of which had to be passed through the Clothing Stores and kitted to Royal Air Force scales.  As Deputy Director of Equipment at this Headquarters, Wing Commander Nickson has been in charge of equipment administration, and the adequate accommodation secured at this Headquarters during the greatest expansion, the high standard of Motor Transport serviceability and untiring efforts to assist Royal Canadian Air Force Equipment personnel in the field, are a few testimonies to the unfailing application of this officer.

 

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NICOL, F/L Alastair MacLean (J24973) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.418 Squadron - Award effective 20 June 1945 as per London Gazette dated 29 June 1945 and AFRO 1453/45 dated 14 September 1945.  Born in Vancouver, 1921; home there (salesman); enlisted there 10 March 1942.  Trained at No.7 ITS (graduated 14 August 1942), No.6 EFTS (graduated 20 November 1942) and No.4 SFTS (graduated 2 April 1943).  Commissioned 1943.

 

This officer has taken part in many attacks against heavily defended targets and has consistently displayed courage and skill of a high order.  On one occasion in March 1945 he was detailed to attack a target in the Osnabruck area.  While attacking from a low altitude his aircraft was hit by anti-aircraft fire.  Flight Lieutenant Nicol was wounded in the right arm and chest and his navigator was very seriously wounded.  With great fortitude and resolution Flight Lieutenant Nicol kept control of the aircraft and assisted his wounded navigator.  When allied territory was reached he made a masterly landing despite the fact that his right arm was useless and he was weak from loss of blood.

 

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NICOL, F/L Gordon Campbell (J22881) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.103 Squadron - Award effective 23 November 1945 as per London Gazette dated 4 December and AFRO 212/46 dated 1 March 1946.  Born February 1914 in Hamilton, Ontario; home in Montreal (miner). Enlisted in North Bay, 4 October 1940.  Trained at No.3 ITS (graduated 18 July 1942), No.11 EFTS (graduated 26 September 1942) and No.13 SFTS (graduated 5 February 1943).  Commissioned January 1943.  Medal presented in Montreal, 25 November 1949. Died in Peterborough, Ontario, 7 May 2000.  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 31 May 1945 when he had flown 27 sorties (132 hours 55 minutes), 1 March to 10 May 1945.

 

1 Mar 45         Mannheim                       5 Apr 45         Lutzkendorf

2 Mar 45         Cologne                          14 Apr 45       GARDENING

6 Mar 45         Chemnitz                         18 Apr 45       Heligoland

8 Mar 45         Dessau                           22 Apr 45       Bremen

9 Mar 45         Kassel                             25 Apr 45       Berchtesgaden

11 Mar 45      Essen                              28 Apr 45       EXODUS

12 Mar 45      Dortmund                        30 Apr 45       MANNA

13 Mar 45      Herne                              1 May 45        MANNA

16 Mar 45      Misburg                           2 May 45        MANNA

17 Mar 45      Nuremburg                      3 May 45        MANNA

22 Mar 45      Hildesheim                     7 May 45        MANNA

25 Mar 45      Hanover                          8 May 45        MANNA

27 Mar 45      Paderborn                      10 May 45      EXODUS

31 Mar 45      Hamburg

 

Flight Lieutenant Nicol was posted to No.103 Squadron on 13th February 1945, and has since completed 27 sorties on Lancaster aircraft, with a total of 132.55 hours operational flying.

 

This Canadian officer's tour of operations has been very intensive, fourteen sorties being completed in his first month with the squadron.  The variety of targets bombed has been large and has included the oil plants at Misburg and Lutzkendorf, the port and U-Boat installations at Hamburg, the industrial centres of Essen, Dessau and Dortmund, and communications at Chemnitz, Paderborn and Nuremburg.  He has in addition laid mines in enemy waters and accurately bombed the centre of evil at Berchtesgaden.

 

Throughout his tour of operations, Flight Lieutenant Nicol has displayed notable skill and determination in attacking his targets.  He is a most reliable pilot and captain and has shown himself to be a sound leader of his crew, the accuracy and precision of whose work is revealed in the excellent photographs they have obtained.  He has never allowed enemy opposition, no matter how strong, to deter him from pressing home his attack, his quiet determination and devotion to duty being an inspiration to his crew.

 

I strongly recommend that his splendid work with this squadron be recognized by the award of the Distinguished Flying Cross.

 

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NIELD, S/L William Alan (C3565) - Mention in Despatches - No.127 Wing (AFRO gives unit only as "Overseas") - Award effective 14 January 1944 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 874/44 dated 21 April 1944. Born 21 September 1913; employed by the Labour Party, 1936 onwards. He came to Canada as an RAF pilot trainee but washed out on medical grounds.  With a batch of recommendations that included Clement Atlee, he applied for an RCAF commission which was granted in Ottawa, 6 January 1941.   Taken on strength of AFHQ, he was posted to "Y" Depot, Halifax, 1 October 1941, and taken on strength of No.3 PRC, 21 October 1941; to Station Stanmore, 8 November 1941; to No.410 Squadron, 26 November 1941; to No.418 Squadron, 27 May 1942; promoted Flight Lieutenant, 1 September 1942; to Station Redhill, 3 January 1943; promoted Squadron Leader, 9 July 1943 on posting to No.17 Wing; to No.127 Wing, 7 August 1943; to "R" Depot, 27 May 1944; to Overseas Headquarters, 26 June 1944; to No.3 (RCAF) PRC, 2 August 1944; promoted Wing Commander, 21 April 1945; to No.84 Group Headquarters, 23 April 1945; released in Britain, 8 January 1946.  As of 1973 he was Sir William Alan Nield, GCMG, KCB, having risen in the British Civil Service.

 

His assessments are, to say the least, odd.  On 24 October 1941, G/C F.V. Heakes wrote:

 

Marked ability with pen and an avidity for higher intelligence which has given some cause for anxiety as well as being used to good advantage.  Activities should be closely scrutinized.  His main interest appears to lie in the direction of higher intelligence in which he has great ability.  But until greater confidence can be had in his discretion (including loyalty to senior officer) he must be denied the opportunity of access to secret information, particularly anything relating to plans.

 

After this, however, come the following:

 

The addition of Flying Officer Nield to No.410 Squadron has been valuable.  Through his efforts the standard of aircraft recognition and general intelligence knowledge of aircrew has been considerably increased.  He works long hours and puts every effort into his job, and has made the subject of Intelligence both amusing and interesting.  At times Flying Officer Nield is inclined to probe into Secret affairs which are quite beyond his duties and he seems to think he is a far more important man than he actually is.  He is, however, considered to be a valuable member of the squadron and his efforts are appreciated (S/L M. Lipton, 8 March 1942)

 

An intelligent officer with plenty of initiative (S/L M. Lipton, 28 June 1942)

 

An excellent Intelligence Officer in every way.  Would be wasted in any position wherein he was not called upon to accept considerable responsibility, which he would discharge with utmost proficiency (W/C J.H. Little, 11 January 1943)

 

This officer is an exceptionally able and well informed Intelligence Officer (G.C W.R. McBrien, Redhill Sector, 14 September 1943)

 

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NIELSON, F/O Christian Marius (J85080) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.433 Squadron - Award effective 29 March 1944 as per London Gazette dated 21 December 1945 and AFRO 155/46 dated 15 February 1946.  American in the RCAF; born 1921 in New York; home in Flushing, New York (book keeper); enlisted Toronto 23 October 1941. Trained at No.1 ITS (graduated 28 March 1942), No.1 EFTS (graduated 6 June 1942) and No.5 SFTS (graduated 9 October 1942).  Commissioned February 1944.  DHist file 181.009 D.2909 (RG.24 Vol.20633) has recommendation dated 23 March 1944 when he had flown 25 sorties (172 hours 50 minutes), 27 July 1943 to 7 March 1944.  A notable sortie was one to Augsburg, 25 February 1944, cut short when the port inner showed high fuel consumption which led to an explosion and fire.  Recommendation noted that he had attacked Berlin four times, Frankfurt twice.  "The successful completion of these operational sorties was due largely to the initiative, resourcefulness and skilful airmanship of this officer.  His tenacity, endurance, and fine offensive spirit have undoubtedly inspired a high standard of morale in his crew.  Flying Officer Nielson's aircraft has on numerous occasions been attacked by enemy aircraft; despite this he has always pressed home his attacks with courageous determination."  Shot down, POW, 30/31 March 1944.  A clipping in DHist card files calls him the "Mad Dane" and says RCAF could not trace him until 1955 to his home in Flushing New York; he had not known of the award until then due to lost paper.

 

This officer has completed as pilot and captain of aircraft many successful operations against the enemy in the course of which he has invariably displayed high skill, fortitude and devotion to duty.

 

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NIELSON, F/O Elden Lloyd (J9647) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.458 Squadron - Award effective 21 October 1943 as per London Gazette dated 29 October 1943 and AFRO 2457/43 dated 26 November 1943.  Born in Prince Albert, Saskatchewan; home in Vancouver.  Enlisted in Edmonton, 14 March 1941.  Trained at No.2 ITS (graduated 14 August 1941), No.6 EFTS (graduated 4 October 1941) and No.4 SFTS (graduated 2 January 1943).  Commissioned 1942.  DHist card says that medal was forwarded, 7 June 1955 to Provincial Mental Hospital, Ponoka, Alberta, "for safekeeping"; appears he was a patient there.

 

This officer, as captain of aircraft, has completed one tour of operational duty.  A capable and reliable pilot, he has always displayed exceptional keenness and devotion to duty.  While on patrol in the Mediterranean he attacked a surfaced enemy submarine and obtained a hit causing the U-Boat to explode.  On another occasion in July 1943 he sighted a large enemy merchant vessel.  Despite intense and accurate fire from escorting vessels Flying Officer Nielson made a determined attack during which one of the escorting ships was sunk.

 

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NIELSON, F/O Eric Hersholt (J87221) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.101 Squadron - Award effective 15 March 1945 as per London Gazette dated 27 March 1945 and AFRO 1127/45 dated 6 July 1945.  Born 24 February 1924 in Regina; son of an RCMP constable.  Electrician in Edmonton; enlisted in Edmonton, 2 March 1942.  Trained at No.4 ITS (graduated 17 July 1942), No.5 EFTS (graduated 19 March 1942) and No.3 SFTS (graduated 23 July 1943).  Commissioned June 1944.  After tour with No.101 Squadron he was posted to No.406 Squadron (10 January 1945) as Adjutant; 6 February 1945 to 2nd TAF and No.126 Wing.  Returned to Canada, demobilized in Calgary 9 October 1945; returned to RCAF 2 February 1946.  Posted to EAC (Legal Branch); 10 July 1947 to Toronto at Recruiting Officer; 10 November 1947 to Maritime Command Headquarters as Command Legal Officer.  Took leave without pay to complete legal studies.  Later elected to Parliament and became Cabinet Minister.  DFC presented in Halifax, 27 July 1949 when serving with No.101 Communications Flight.  Ottawa Revue of 6 June 1984 carried long article about him ("Bomber Pilot Nielson Recalls D-Day").  Quoted as saying he lied about age to join early, enlisted for reasons of adventure but also political reasons ("There was a good amount of serious ideological consideration going through my head at the time"); stressed how war forced him to grow up; teamwork of crew was important ("My first concern always was getting my crew back.  We acted as a disciplined team"); described nature of work as flying with extra radio equipment and an eighth crewman who spoke fluent German, intercepting and disrupting German fighter radio communications.  Flew on D-Day and recalled  the sheer mass of equipment plus aircraft colliding and being hit by bombs from above. 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 2/9050 has recommendation dated 6 December 1944 when he had flown 32 sorties (153 hours 35 minutes).  The sortie list does not agree with the above recollections as there are no sorties until 36 days after D Day.

 

12 July 44      Revigny                                    12 Sept 44     Frankfurt

18 July 44      Caen                                        15 Sept 44     Kiel

18 July 44      Scholven                                  16 Sept 44     Leeuwarden

20 July 44      Homberg                                 20 Sept 44     Calais

23 July 44      Kiel                                           26 Sept 44     Calais

28 July 44      Foret de Nieppe                     5 Oct 44          Saarbrucken

31 July 44      Foret de Nieppe                     7 Oct 44          Emmerich

3 Aug 44       Trossy St.Maximum               11 Oct 44        Fort Fredrik Hendrik

4 Aug 44       Pauillac                                    23 Oct 44        Essen

5 Aug 44       Blaye                                        25 Oct 44        Essen

12 Aug 44     Russelsheim                           29 Oct 44        Domburg

31 Aug 44     St.Riquier                                31 Oct 44        Cologne

3 Sept 44      Gilze-Rijen                               4 Nov 44         Bochum

6 Sept 44      Le Havre                                  6 Nov 44         Gelsenkirchen

8 Sept 44      Le Havre                                  11 Nov 44       Dortmund

10 Sept 44    Le Havre                                  16 Nov 44       Duren

 

Flying Officer Nielson, a Canadian, is a pilot of outstanding ability who has completed 32 sorties against the enemy, during the course of a highly successful tour of operations with this squadron.

 

With great skill and initiative, this officer has at all times pressed home his attacks in the face of the strongest opposition with a grim determination to strike the enemy. Flying Officer Nielson has been a great asset to the squadron and his fine offensive spirit and imperturbable manner have been a splendid example to everyone.

 

The courage and exceptional fighting qualities displayed by this officer are worthy of the highest praise and well merit an award of the Distinguished Flying Cross.

 

The Commanding Officer, RAF Station Ludford Magna, adds:

 

Flying Officer Nielson conceals beneath an unassuming manner a matchless courage and an undying determination to press home his attacks.  His devotion to duty has inspired his crew to give of their best at all times.  At the end of this, his first operational tour, I recommend that his meritorious achievement be rewarded by the award of the Distinguished Flying Cross.

 

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NIELSON, Corporal Herman Jakob (R118041) - British Empire Medal - No.16 "X" Depot (Debert) - Award effective 13 June 1946 as per Canada Gazette of that date and AFRO 660/46 dated 5 July 1946.  Enlisted in Vancouver, 10 July 1941.  Medal sent by registered mail

 

This non-commissioned officer, during the past four and one half years, has been in charge and has supervised the preparation, cooking and serving of all meals for the Officers', Sergeants', and Airmens' Messes at No.16 "X" Depot.  During the war, when work carried out by this Depot entailed all hour shifts, the meals were of a very high standard, well cooked and appetizing and attractively served.  The kitchen was, and is, at all times spotlessly clean.  Corporal Nielson consistently displays a high degree of initiative and forethought in the management of inexperienced chefs and disinterested kitchen personnel.  He has excelled as a non-commissioned officer and has diligently and conscientiously performed his duties, both during the war and post-war period, over and above what is normally expected.

 

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NIGHTINGALE, AC1 William Frederick (R275318) - British Empire Medal - Station Trenton - Award effective 17 November 1945 as per Canada Gazette of that date and AFRO 133/46 dated 8 February 1946.  Home in Brantford; enlisted Hamilton, 20 September 1943.   Medal presented 17 May 1948.  NOTE:  The incident described occurred at 1530 hours of 23 July 1945 involving Canso 11023 of No.162 Squadron attached to No.7 Photo Wing. Five persons killed in the incident.

 

Aircraftman Nightingale was on duty as motorboat crewman of a marine craft stationed at Lake Deschenes when a Canso aircraft which was practising "glassy water" landings flew into the water and crashed.  This aircraftman immediately sped to the scene of the crash to lend assistance.  By prompt action Aircraftman Nightingale managed to rescue two of the officer members of the crew before the aircraft wreckage began to sink.  Despite a heavy film of engine oil and high octane gasoline from the wreckage, this aircraftman stripped off his clothes and dived into the water in an attempt to rescue two other officers whom he had seen drawn under alive as the aircraft sank.  He continued to dive until exhausted, unfortunately without being able to effect a rescue.  He then returned to his boat and rendered first aid to the two previously rescued officers and quickly transported them to shore.  As a result of his diving and swimming in the gasoline-covered water, Aircraftman Nightingale suffered irritating blisters and risked more serious injury due to the possibility of fire.  This aircraftman's courageous actions were in keeping with the finest traditions of the Royal Canadian Air Force.

 

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NILES, FS (now P/O) Earl Graham (R179536/J92628) - Distinguished Flying Medal - No.420 Squadron - Award effective 5 February 1945 as per London Gazette dated 20 February 1945 and AFRO 563/45 dated 29 March 1945.   Born 1923 in Coburg, Ontario.  Home in Toronto (aircraft worker); enlisted there 3 July 1942. Trained at No.6 ITS (graduated 2 April 1943), No.1 BGS (graduated 23 July 1943) and No.1 AOS (graduated 13 September 1943). Commissioned 1944.  DFM presented 9 April 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.1730 (PAC RG.24 Vol.20607) has recommendation dated 9 November 1944 when he had participated in 32 sorties (167 hours 30 minutes).

 

Flight Sergeant Niles, as Bomb Aimer in Flying Officer Beairsto's crew, has completed an operational tour highlighted by cool efficiency and unquestioned courage.  On hotly contested precision targets, this Non-Commissioned Officer displayed complete disdain for the enemy defences while directing his aircraft on accurate bombing runs.  His operational enthusiasm and bombing results have set the highest standards for all squadron members.

 

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NILES, F/L Raymond Alvin (C8663) - Commended for Valuable Services in the Air - No.168 Squadron (Canada) - Award effective 11 August 1945 as per Canada Gazette of that date and AFRO 1453/45 dated 14 September 1945. - Enlisted in Ottawa, 22 October 1941.

 

Flight Lieutenant Niles has for the past year and a half been employed as captain on the Transatlantic and Mediterranean service flying mail to the Armed Forces in the different theatres of war.  This officer's devotion to duty in the face of adverse weather and the efficient manner in which he has completed the most difficult tasks, even beyond the line of duty, has contributed greatly to the successful operations of this squadron.

 

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NIND, Sergeant (now F/O) John Arthur William (R194196/J89639) - Mention in Despatches - Overseas - Award effective 14 June 1945 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 1600/45 dated 12 October 1945.  Home in Montreal; enlisted there 29 September 1942. Trained at No.3 BGS (graduated 9 July 1943).  Served in postwar RCAF; released 17 November 1959.

 

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NISBET, FS Robert (R54670) - British Empire Medal - Station St.Hubert - Award effective 1 January 1946 as per Canada Gazette of that date and AFRO 82/46 dated 25 January 1946.  Enlisted in Montreal, 21 November 1939.  Medal sent by registered mail, 12 February 1948.  Governor General's Records (RG.7 Group 26, Volume 59, file 190-I, dossier 8) has citation.

 

This non-commissioned officer has been employed as senior chef on this station for four months.  In this short period he completely reorganized messing and greatly improved quality of food at the same time reducing waste and expenses.  He has shown untiring devotion to duty and exceptional leadership.  His ability has greatly contributed in increasing the morale and efficiency of this station.

 

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NISBET, F/O Walter Lyle (J40949) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.226 Squadron - Award effective 23 March 1945 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 721/45 dated 27 April 1945.  Born 1923 in Cranbrook, British Columbia.  Home in Toronto or Nelson, British Columbia; enlisted Calgary 20 August 1941. Trained at No.4 ITS (graduated 13 March 1942), No.5 EFTS (graduated 5 June 1942) and No.7 SFTS (graduated 25 September 1942).  Commissioned 1944.  Postwar he became a lawyer and Queen's Counsel.  DFC presented 29 May 1947.  Died in Arnprior, Ontario, 7 December 1991.

 

This officer has completed numerous sorties and throughout has set a fine example of keenness and determination.  In February 1945 he took part in an attack against a strongly defended railroad bridge at Deventer in Holland.  During the bombing run considerable anti-aircraft fire was encountered.  Flying Officer Nisbet's aircraft was hit and damaged while he himself was wounded in the leg.  In spite of this, he maintained his position in the formation and released his bombs at the same time as the leading aircraft.  Without informing his crew of his injury, Flying Officer Nisbet, unaided, flew the aircraft back to the nearest available airfield and executed a safe landing.  His wound was so severe and the loss of blood so great that Flying Officer Nisbet was given a blood transfusion before he was lifted from the aircraft.  This officer displayed the highest qualities of courage, fortitude and devotion to duty.

 

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NITZ, Flight Sergeant Arthur Ferrand (R83384) - Distinguished Flying Medal - No.250 Squadron - Award effective 9 April 1943 as per London Gazette dated 9 April 1943 and AFRO 809/43 dated 7 May 1943. American in RCAF; born 2 April 1920 in Flint, Michigan; home there; enlisted Windsor, Ontario, 14 February 1941. Trained at No.1 ITS (graduated 6 June 1941), No.19 EFTS (graduated 8 August 1941), and No.2 SFTS (graduated 24 October 1941).  Arrived in UK, 23 November 1941; at No.59 OTU, 9 December 1942 to 24 February 1942; to Middle East, 17 April 1942; promoted to Flight Sergeant, 24 April 1942; to No.239 Wing, 10 August 1942; to No.250 Squadron, 21 August 1942; promoted to WO2, 24 October 1942.  Transferred to American forces, 10 April 1943.  DFM presented 7 March 1947.  Photo PL-10235 (UK-3640) shows him beside a Kittyhawk.  Caption (10 April 1943) notes that he had been compelled to bale out recently following an aerial collision but had been picked up by a tank crew.

 

This airman has completed 80 sorties at all times displaying great courage and keenness. After bombing an airfield in a recent engagement his formation was attacked by enemy fighters.  During the combat Flight Sergeant Nitz valiantly assisted his leader, whose aircraft had developed engine trouble, and fought off the persistent attacks of four fighters, destroying one of them.  Flight Sergeant Nitz has destroyed four enemy aircraft.

 

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NIXON, F/L Harold Joseph (J6187) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.411 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 Hamilton, Ontario; home there; former COTC; enlisted there 12 August 1940. Trained at No.2 ITS (graduated 20 February 1941), No.8 EFTS (graduated 22 April 1941) and No.10 SFTS (graduated 15 July 1941.  DFC presented 27 January 1946.

 

Flight Lieutenant Nixon has completed two tours of operations, during which time he has proved himself a most competent fighter pilot.  In the period immediately following the invasion of the continent he set an outstanding example to the other pilots of his squadron, attacking many heavily defended targets with great courage and determination.  Flight Lieutenant Nixon has shared in the destruction of at least one enemy aircraft and has destroyed over fifty vehicles.  On one occasion his aircraft was shot down while attacking enemy tanks.

 

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NIXON, F/O John Alexander (C15303) - Mention in Despatches - Mediterranean Air Command - Award effective 17 September 1943 as per London Gazette of that date 28 and AFRO 2198/43 dated 29  October 1943.  Home in Washago, Ontario; enlisted Toronto 18 March 1941.  A pencilled note on award card says "With a radar unit ? see Killen's story" - not clear what the reference means or who Killen is.

 

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NIXON, F/O John Donovan Richmond (J26784) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.433 Squadron - Award effective 6 January 1945 as per London Gazette dated 19 January 1945 and AFRO 508/45 dated 23 March 1945.  Born 1923 in Vancouver;  home in Cumberland, British Columbia; enlisted Vancouver 14 May 1942. Trained at No.7 ITS (graduated 23 October 1942), No.23 EFTS (graduated 22 January 1943) and No.11 SFTS (graduated 28 May 1943).  Commissioned 1943.  After the war settled in Nanaimo, to where DFC sent by registered mail, 14 February 1951.  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 from W/C A.J. Lewington dated 20 October 1944 when he had flown 35 sorties (171 hours 35 minutes) between 10 June and 14 October 1944.

 

This officer has now completed his first tour of operations comprised of thirty-five trips over enemy territory.  The successful completion of these sorties was due largely to the initiative, resourcefulness and skilful airmanship of this officer.  His tenacity, endurance and fine offensive spirit have undoubtedly inspired a high standard of morale in his crew and the squadron in general.

 

I consider that his exceptional qualities of leadership and his fine record of achievement fully merits the award of the Distinguished Flying Cross (Non-Immediate).

 

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NIXON, P/O Robert William (J17729) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.35 Squadron - Award effective 1 September 1943 as per London Gazette dated 14 September 1943 and AFRO 2322/43 dated 12 November 1943.  Born in Toronto, 1919, home there; enlisted there 4 October 1940. Trained at No.4 BGS (graduated 8 December 1941) and No.1 WS (graduated 8 November 1941).  DFC presented 1 December 1948.

 

A wireless operator of outstanding ability, Pilot Officer Nixon has taken part in numerous night bombing attacks, many of them being against the most heavily defended enemy targets in Germany and the occupied countries.  At all times he has displayed most praiseworthy enthusiasm, devotion to duty and determination to achieve his objective.

 

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NOAKES, FS Norman Raddon (R51115) - British Empire Medal - No.3 Aeronautical Inspection Detachment - Award effective 1 January 1946 as per Canada Gazette of that date and AFRO 82/46 dated 25 January 1946.  Born 31 July 1919.  Home in Saskatoon; enlisted there, 15 January 1940.  Airframe mechanic and inspector; trained at St.Thomas.  Promoted to LAC, 1 October 1940; Corporal, 1 February 1941; Sergeant, 1 October 1941; Flight Sergeant, 1 April 1943; discharged 27 September 1945.  Medal sent by registered mail, 20 December 1946.

 

This non-commissioned officer has displayed such a high degree of initiative and foresight during the past three years and has been able to impart to others his knowledge of aircraft inspection with the result that a very efficient staff of Aeronautical Inspection Detachment personnel was formed at this detachment.  Flight Sergeant Noakes has rendered outstanding meritorious service and devotion to duty.

 

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NOBERT, F/O Andre (J39311) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.425 Squadron - Award effective 12 November 1945 as per London Gazette dated 16 November 1945 and AFRO 133/46 dated 8 February 1946.  Born 26 January 1921 in Gravelbourg, Saskatchewan; home there (drayman); enlisted Regina, 4 June 1942.  Trained at No.7 ITS (graduated 20 February 1943), No.6 EFTS (graduated 17 April 1943), and No.10 SFTS (graduated 10 May 1943).  Commissioned December 1943.  Presented 18 June 1949. NOTE: The card is incomplete; he appears from microfilm records to have ceased training at No.10 SFTS on 10 May 1943 (on which date he is also reclassified as Navigator/B) and been posted to No.10 AOS on 10 July 1943.

 

Flying Officer Nobert is an intrepid navigator who has completed a large number of sorties against such heavily defended targets as Cologne, Stuttgart, Wanne Eickel, Leipzig and Essen.  In December 1944, this officer was detailed to bomb the railway sidings at Osnabruck.  Two minutes before bombing the four engines of his aircraft ceased to work.  The aircraft lost considerable height before the engines again came under control.  The return flight was made in extremely difficult circumstances as most of the navigational aids were unserviceable but an emergency landing was made successfully at an English airfield of stress.  This officer has shown coolness and high navigational skill which have inspired confidence in the other members of his crew.

 

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NOBES, F/L Walter Oakley (J35272) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.100 Squadron - Award effective 8 September 1945 as per London Gazette dated 21 September 1945 and AFRO 1704/45 dated 9 November 1945.  Born 1918 in Moncton, New Brunswick.  Home in Kingston or Montreal (clerk); enlisted Ottawa, 16 June 1941. Trained at No.5 ITS (graduated 26 October 1941), No.13 EFTS (graduated 20 December 1941) and No.13 SFTS (graduated 11 April 1942).  Commissioned September 1943.  Medal presented 25 November 1949.  No citation other than "completed...numerous operations against the enemy in the course of which [he has] invariably displayed the utmost fortitude, courage and devotion to duty."  Public Records Office Air 2/8750 has recommendation dated 1 April 1945 when he had flown 30 sorties (193 hours), 2 November 1944 to 18 April 1945 (last three sorties added to list after first draft).

 

2 Nov 44         Dusseldorf                             2 Feb 45        Weiszbaden

4 Nov 44         Bochum                                  13 Feb 45      Dresden

18 Nov 44      Wanne Eickel                        21 Feb 45      Duisburg

21 Nov 44      Aschaffenburg                       1 Mar 45         Mannheim

29 Nov 44      Dortmund                               2 Mar 45         Cologne

4 Dec 44        Karlsruhe                                8 Mar 45         Kassel

24 Dec 44      Cologne                                 11 Mar 45      Essen

26 Dec 44      St.Vith                                     12 Mar 45      Dortmund

28 Dec 44      Munchen Gladbach               15 Mar 45      Misburg

29 Dec 44      Gelsenkirchen                       21 Mar 45      Bruchstrasse

2 Jan 45         Nuremburg                             23 Mar 45      Bremen

6 Jan 45         Hanau                                     24 Mar 45      Hanover

7 Jan 45         Munich                                    10 Apr 45       Planen

16 Jan 45       Zeitz                                        14 Apr 45       Lutzkendorf

1 Feb 45        Ludwigshaven                       18 Apr 45       Heligoland

 

Flight Lieutenant Nobes has now completed 30 sorties in his first operational tour including attacks on such formidably defended targets as Aschaffenburg, Karlsruhe, Cologne, Nuremburg, Cologne, Munich, Mannheim, Kassel, Essen and Misburg.

 

His composed and quiet demeanour conceals a fine offensive spirit, and a great keenness for operational flying.  His skilful airmanship has extricated his aircraft and crew from many tight corners, notably when attacked by several enemy fighters on the run up to the target over Duisburg, and when hit and severely damaged by incendiary flak over the target at Cologne.  He is a first class captain of aircraft, and in every way a notable figure in his flight, and in the squadron.

 

It is strongly recommended that the sterling record of this young Canadian officer be recognized by the award of the Distinguished Flying Cross.

 

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NOBLE, F/L Carman Douglas (J15080) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.214 Squadron - Award effective 23 October 1945 as per London Gazette dated 30 October 1945 and AFRO 1822/45 dated 7 December 1945.  Born in Durham, Ontario, 1918.  Home in Bradford, Ontario; enlisted London, Ontario, 16 April 1940. Trained at No.1 ITS (graduated 23 May 1940), No.1 AOS (graduated 18 August 1940), No.1 BGS (graduated 29 September 1940) and No.1 ANS (graduated 24 October 1940).  Initially with No.40 Squadron (Wellingtons) with which he did one tour before instructing at OTU.  Shot down in June 1942 and became POW.  Repatriated to Canada, July 1945.  Remained in postwar RCAF.  Trained as an Administrative Officer, he was Air Cadet Liaison Officer at Training Command Headquarters until February 1948 when posted to Institute of Aviation Medicine (supervision of aircrew selection) until September 1950.  To Station London (test administrator, aircrew selection).  In January 1951 to personnel staff, Training Command Headquarters.  May 1953 to staff planning duties, Air Defence Command.  Attended RCAF Staff College, Toronto (September 1955 to June 1956) and then appointed to staff duties, Directorate of Air Policy.  August 1961 to Directing Staff, RCAF Staff College, Toronto.  Photo PL-75207 shows him.  Both DFC and MBE presented 22 June 1949.

 

In January 1942 [sic], Flight Lieutenant Noble was navigator of an aircraft which took part in an attack on Osnabruck.  Shortly after leaving the target area the aircraft was attacked and set on fire by an enemy fighter.  All attempts to bring the fire under control failed and the captain gave orders to the crew to abandon the aircraft.  Flight Lieutenant Noble had sustained severe burns on the face and hands in his efforts to fight the fire.  As he was preparing to jump, the aircraft exploded.  Flight Lieutenant Noble was blown clear and landed safely.  Subsequently he was captured by the Germans after making a gallant attempt at escape.  Flight Lieutenant Noble has completed one tour of duty at the time of his capture and was engaged on a second. His courage, determination and devotion to duty have been most commendable.

 

NOTE: Public Records Office Air 2/9287 has recommendation by AOC No.100 Group dated 16 July 1945, crediting him with 50 sorties (350 operational hours) which differs from that given in Roundel article (see below).

 

On the night of January 18th, 1942 [sic], Flight Lieutenant Noble was navigator in Stirling aircraft taking part in an attack on Osnabruck. Shortly after leaving the target area, the aircraft was attacked and set on fire by an enemy fighter. All attempts to bring the fire under control having failed, the captain gave the order to abandon aircraft. All the crew with the exception of the captain and Flight Lieutenant Noble had jumped when the aircraft exploded.  Flight Lieutenant Noble, who had sustained severe burns to the hands and face in his efforts to fight the fire, was blown clear and landed safely. He left the area of the crashed and burning aircraft after having ascertained that there was nothing he could do to help the captain, and soon met another member of the crew. Together they evaded the German search party who were combing the area of the crash, and after walking a distance of approximately 100 miles in five nights they reached Holland. Here they were captured by whilst under escort Flight Lieutenant Noble attacked his captors and succeeded in making good his escape on one of their bicycles. Although the burns on his hands and face had by this time become putreous and extremely painful, Flight Lieutenant Noble covered a further 80 miles before being captured a second time.

 

At the time of his capture, this officer was engaged on his second tour and he was on his fiftieth operational sortie.

 

His gallant conduct in the aircraft was largely instrumental in saving the lives of other members of the crew, and his subsequent attempts to resist capture deserve much praise.  I recommend Flight Lieutenant Noble for the immediate award of the Distinguished Flying Cross.

 

The erroneous date in the recommendation is clearly the source of the erroneous date in the citation. His most recent sorties before being shot down had been:

 

20 May 42      Mannheim (4.45)                   7 June 42       GARDENING (3.55)

29 May 42      Cherbourg (3.55)                  9 June 42       GARDENING, Ile de

30 May 42      Cologne (4.20)                                              Juist (4.40)

6 June 42       Emden (4.35)                                    18 Jun 42       Osnabruck (missing)

 

NOBLE, F/L Carman Douglas, DFC (J15080) - Member, Order of the British Empire - No.214 Squadron -  Award as per London Gazette dated 1 October 1946 and AFRO 1059/46 dated 8 November 1946.  Story of MBE exploits published, "For You The War is Over", Roundel, March 1961.  On his 57th sortie, shot down by Bf.110 which set aircraft on fire but was downed by mid-upper gunner.  Aircraft exploded at low altitude and he was thrown clear; four survivors from crew.

 

Flight Lieutenant Noble was forced to abandon his aircraft on the 18th June, 1942, when it was shot down near the Dutch-German frontier.  He and another member of the crew began to walk westward and, on the fourth day, were arrested by two Dutch policemen.  After a struggle, Flight Lieutenant Noble succeeded in getting away and continued alone till he reached the outskirts of Arnhem, where he was again arrested and sent to a prisoner of war camp at Sagan in Germany.  While there, he himself made three unsuccessful attempts at escape and aided in the escape of many other prisoners.  Early in 1943, he attempted to get away in a garbage wagon but was discovered before it left the camp.  Shortly afterwards, he made a similar attempt in a truck loaded with tree branches but was discovered before the truck passed the camp entrance.  In June, 1943, a mass attempt was made by 26 prisoners of whom Flight Lieutenant Noble was one.  They planned to escape as they were being marched to the showers but the attempt was discovered within half an hour and all were recaptured the following day.  Between June, 1943 and March, 1944, Flight Lieutenant Noble took part in various tunnel digging operations and was also a member of the escape committee.  On 25th March, 1944, a tunnel was successfully broken and 75 officers escaped through it.  Flight Lieutenant Noble was immediately apprehended on the discovery of the escape and subsequently sentenced to three weeks solitary confinement.  In January 1945, the camp was evacuated and the prisoners forced to march to Bremen.  One extremely cold night, Flight Lieutenant Noble was instrumental in arousing or finding shelter for men who were on the verge of collapse from fatigue or cold.  He was responsible on that occasion for saving at least 20 lives.  Flight Lieutenant Noble was liberated on 2nd May 1945.  His enthusiasm and keenness never failed despite the many disappointments and punishments which he had to undergo.  Throughout his imprisonment his services were of the highest value to his fellow prisoners.

 

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NOBLE, G/C Edward Clark (C4063) - Officer, Order of the British Empire - RCAF Overseas Headquarters - Award effective 1 January 1946 as per Canada Gazette of that date and AFRO 82/45 dated 25 January 1946.  Enlisted in Toronto, 15 November 1940.

 

This officer is very largely responsible for the excellent medical services available to the Royal Canadian Air Force Overseas.  He has ably handled the liaison with Royal Air Force Medical Services with tact and diplomacy which is noteworthy.  To Group Captain Noble goes a large portion of the credit for providing Royal Canadian Air Force Medical services to Royal Canadian Air Force personnel on a far greater scale than originally intended.  He not only administered the overseas Medical Services but his frequent visits to units to personally supervise his staffs and to gain first hand experience on the problems to be faced were a source of inspiration to all ranks.

 

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NOBLE, Corporal Franklin Thomas (R139120) - Mention in Despatches - Skipton-on-Swale - Award effective 14 June 1945 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 1647/45 dated 26 October 1945.  Home in Markdale, Ontario; Enlisted in Hamilton, 10 November 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 17 months in Canada, 23 months overseas.

 

Corporal Noble has been in charge of the aviation petrol installations on the unit, and has been a conscientious and willing worker, often working many hours overtime to do the job.  He deserves much credit for his work and is highly deserving of the award of Mention in Despatches.

 

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NOBLE, LAC Ian (R116164) - Mention in Despatches - RCAF Overseas - Award effective 1 January 1946 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 418/46 dated 18 April 1946.  Born 19 June 1921.  Home in Birtle, Manitoba; enlisted Winnipeg, 7 July 1941.  Trained as aero engine mechanic at Technical Training School; served at No.1 ANS until posted overseas, March 1942; repatriated August 1945; released 24 September 1945.  Certificate forwarded 12 October 1948.

 

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NOBLE, P/O James Graham (J85551) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.619 Squadron - Award effective 1 September 1944 as per London Gazette dated 19 September 1944 and AFRO 2373/44 dated 3 November 1944.  Born 1911 at Mill Bay, British Columbia.  Home in Vancouver; enlisted there 6 November 1941. Trained at No.7 ITS (graduated 5 June 1942) and No.3 AOS (graduated 11 October 1942).  Commissioned 1944.  Medal presented 5 March 1949.  No citation other than "completed...many successful operations during which [he has] displayed high skill, fortitude and devotion to duty."

 

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NOBLE, F/O Paul Newman Joseph (J23968) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.156 Squadron - Award effective 1 December 1944 as per London Gazette dated 12 December 1944 and AFRO 337/45 dated 23 February 1945.  Born 1924 in Alliston, Ontario; home there. Trained at No.6 ITS, No.4 BGS and No.9 AOS.  Commissioned 1943.  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 2/881 has recommendation dated 21 September 1944 when he had flown 48 sorties (261 hours 35 minutes), 15 February to 20 September 1944.

 

15 Feb 44      Berlin                                      8 June 44       Fougeres

19 Feb 44      Leipzig                                   9 June 44       Rennes

20 Feb 44      Stuttgart                                  10 Jun 44       Tours

24 Feb 44      Schweinfurt                            15 Jun 44       Lens

25 Feb 44      Augsburg                               27 Jun 44       Oisemont

1 Mar 44         Stuttgart                                  2 July 44         Oisemont

15 Mar 44      Stuttgart                                  10 Jul 44        L'Hey

18 Mar 44      Frankfurt                                 12 Jul 44        Thirvirny

22 Mar 44      Frankfurt                                 15 Jul 44        Nucourt

24 Mar 44      Berlin                                      19 Jul 44        Rolles

26 Mar 44      Essen                                     23 Jul 44        Donges

30 Mar 44      Nuremburg                             24 Jul 44        Stuttgart

20 Apr 44       Cologne                                 25 Jul 44        Stuttgart

22 Apr 44       Dusseldorf                             28 Jul 44        Hamburg

24 Apr 44       Karlsruhe                                15 Aug 44      Eindhoven

26 Apr 44       Essen                                     16 Aug 44      Kiel

27 Apr 44       Freidrichshafen                     18 Aug 44      Connantre

1 May 44        Lyons                                      25 Aug 44      Russelsheim

3 May 44        Mailly le Camp                       26 Aug 44      Kiel

10 May 44      Dieppe                                   29 Aug 44      Stettin

12 May 44      GARDENING,                        3 Sept 44       Eindhoven

Heligoland                              12 Sep 44      Frankfurt

3 June 44       Calais                                     15 Sep 44      Kiel

5 June 44       Longues                                 20 Sep 44      Calais

7 June 44       Foret de Cerisy

 

Flying Officer Noble has now completed 48 operational sorties, 27 of which have ben with the Pathfinder Force.  The majority off the targets attacked have been heavily defended German areas.

 

This officer is a set operator of special equipment used in the squadron, and the member of a good Blind Marker crew.  He is now on his second tour of operations and has proved himself to be an efficient set operator, with plenty of grit and determination.  His first tour has been a hard one with some hazardous operations.  Over Nuremburg, on the 30th March 1944, his aircraft was hit and extensively damaged, and the mid-upper gunner baled out.  Flying Officer Noble continues, however, to display commendable zest for operations.

 

His devotion to duty has been of a high order, and he is well worthy of the award of the Distinguished Flying Cross.

 

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NOBLE, F/O Stanley Roy (J21041) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.428 Squadron - Award effective 5 February 1945 as per London Gazette dated 20 February 1945 and AFRO 563/45 dated 29 March 1945.   Born 1921 at Spillamacheen, British Columbia; home in Vancouver; enlisted there 27 February 1942. Trained at No.3 ITS (graduated 17 July 1942), No.8 BGS (graduated 9 October 1942) and No.2 AOS (graduated 20 November 1942).  Commissioned 1942.  Medal presented 15 May 1948.  No citation other than "completed...numerous operations against the enemy in the course of which [he has] invariably displayed the utmost fortitude, courage and devotion to duty."  DHist file 181.009 D.3260 (RG.24 Vol.20637) has recommendation dated 30 October 1944 when he had flown 33 sorties (195 hours 15 minutes), 23 June to 25 October 1944.

 

Flying Officer Noble has proven himself to be an outstanding member of a gallant crew, possessing great courage and tenacity of purpose.  His co-operation, coolness and devotion to duty contributed to a major degree to the successful operational tour completed by his crew and to the operational efficiency of the squadron as a whole.  His sorties include many major targets such as Essen, Stuttgart, Dortmund, Bottrop, Emden, Russelheim, Bremen, Brunswick, Hamburg and Wesseling as well as special French targets which required precision bombing such as Bois de Casson, St.Leu, Foret de Chantilly and La Pallice.  On each occasion Flying Officer Noble bombed successfully and has secured many good photographs.

 

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NODDER, F/L Horace James (J14733) - 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 Winnipeg; enlisted there 11 December 1941.  Trained at No.3 ITS (graduated 3 July 1942), No.1 BGS (graduated 28 August 1942) and No.4 AOS (graduated 9 October 1942).

 

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NOLAN, WO1 Douglas Keith (R82650) - 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 25 June 1917.  Home in Ottawa; enlisted there 21 January 1941.  Trained as a wireless air gunner at No.2 WS and No.3 BGS (graduated 2 February 1942).  Posted overseas in February 1942.  Reclassified as Armourer (Guns), 1 July 1944.  Repatriated in September 1943 but posted overseas again in October 1943; returned home again in November 1944; discharged 30 January 1945.  Sergeant as of 2 February 1942; Flight Sergeant, 2 August 1942; WO2, 2 February 1943; WO1, 2 August 1943.  Certificate mailed 30 August 1948.

 

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NOONAN, F/L Daniel Edward (J4863) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.416 Squadron - Award effective 27 September 1944 as per London Gazette dated 3 October 1944 and AFRO 2373/44 dated 3 November 1944.  Born in Kingston, Ontario, 1921; home there.  Artillery cadet, 1939.  Trained at No.2 ITS, No.6 EFTS and No.4 SFTS.  Commissioned 1942. Credited with the following victories: 5 September 1943, one Bf.109 destroyed (shared with three other pilots); 3 November 1943, two Bf.109s destroyed (one shared with F/L A.H. Sager); 28 June 1944, two Bf.109s destroyed (one shared with F/O A.J. Fraser); 27 July 1944, one FW.190 destroyed.

 

Flight Lieutenant Noonan has flown on many sorties against a variety of targets.  He has always shown the greatest keenness to engage the enemy and has destroyed at least five enemy aircraft during his present tour of operations.  He has also achieved outstanding success against ground targets at all times.  An excellent and inspiring leader, this officer has set a splendid example to the remainder of his squadron.

 

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NORDBYE, FS Gordon Leo (R149600) - Distinguished Flying Medal - No.166 Squadron (deceased) - Award effective 6 June 1944 as per London Gazette dated 25 January 1946 and AFRO 244/46 dated 8 March 1946.  Born in Aylesbury, Saskatchewan; home in Silverton, British Columbia (farm labourer).  Trained at No.3 BGS.  Killed in action 7/8 June 1944, buried in France.

 

Flight Sergeant Nordbye has participated in many sorties over enemy territory as mid-upper gunner.  His skill and unwearying watch have contributed largely to the successes achieved by his crew.  On one occasion when his aircraft was attacked by an enemy fighter this airman's accurate return fire caused the enemy fighter to break off the engagement.  Throughout, Flight Sergeant Nordbye's courage and devotion to duty have been highly commendable.

 

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NORMAN, F/L Donald Maxwell (J17290) - Air Force Cross - No.7 OTU - Award effective 11 August 1945 as per London Gazette dated 14 August 1945 and AFRO 1453/45 dated 14th September 1945.  Home in Windsor, Ontario; enlisted there 7 January 1941.  Trained at No.3 ITS (graduated 21 April 1941), No.12 EFTS (graduated 3 July 1941) and No.1 SFTS (graduated 13 September 1941).  As of recommendation he had flown 1,214 hours, including 210 hours as instructor (all in previous six months).

This officer is a keen, industrious and capable flying instructor who has always imparted a high standard of training to his pupils.  He has shown great ability in instilling in his pupils the benefits of his operational experience.  His willingness to accept any task and carry it through to a successful conclusion is most commendable.  His devotion to duty at all times has been much in evidence throughout his instructional career.

 

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NORRIS, F/L Howard Russell (J10968) - Air Force Cross - No.1 FIS - Award effective 11 August 1945 as per London Gazette dated 14 August 1945 and AFRO 1453/45 dated 14th September 1945.  Born in Regina, 18 October 1920.  Educated there and enlisted there, 4 June 1940.  Trained at No.1 ITS (graduated 20 July 1940), Regina Flying Club (graduated 16 September 1940) and No.1 SFTS (graduated 21 November 1940; promoted Sergeant 1 January 1941).  At Flying Instructor School, Trenton, 1 January to 24 February 1941.  Instructed at No.10 SFTS, Dauphin, 24 February 1941 to 15 October 1944 (promoted Flight Sergeant, 1 December 1941, WO2 on 1 January 1942, and commissioned 31 March 1942) before going to No.1 IFS, Deseronto, where he served until 11 August 1948 (technically on strength of Station Trenton for much of this time).  At Station Clinton (Adjutant and CADO), 16 August 1948 to 9 September 1951 (promoted Squadron Leader, 1 January 1949); RCAF Staff College, September 1951 to May 1952; No.412 Squadron, Rockcliffe, 1 June 1952 to 1 February 1953 (promoted Wing Commander, 1 January 1953); AFHQ from 2 February 1953 to 4 June 1956; to No.3 AFS, Gimli, 5 June 1956 until 2 November 1956; No.1 AFS, Saskatoon, 3-23 November 1956; No.3 (AW) OTU, Cold Lake, 24 November 1956 to 4 March 1957; to No.432 Squadron, 5 March 1957.  Killed 5 September 1957 in crash of CF-100  No.18455 following solo aerobatics at CNE Air Show (pulled up, flamed out, went into inverted spin and crashed; F/O R.C. Dougall also killed; buried in Beechwood Cemetery, Ottawa).  As of AFC recommendation he had flown 2,863 hours, of which 2,670 had been as instructor, and 204 had been in previous six months.

 

This officer is a keen, energetic and capable flying instructor who has been engaged on flying instructional duties for over four years.  He has at all times taken a vital interest in his work and has contributed greatly to the organization of the Instrument Rating Qualifying Courses.  His skill and great devotion to duty have contributed greatly to the efficient training of aircrew.

 

NOTE:  He had been recommended on 10 May 1945 by S/L K.A. McKechnie, Instrument Flying Wing, Camp Mohawk.  It was supported by G/C A.B. Searle (10 May 1945), A/C A.D. Ross (28 May 1945) and A/C Martin Costello (Chairman, Honours in War Committee, 9 July 1945).  The original submission was more detailed:

 

A very energetic and capable officer and instructor who has been instructing for over four years, first as an NCO and then as an officer.  This officer has always displayed a keen interest in his work and during the past seven months, whilst at this unit, has been of invaluable assistance in helping to organize the Instrument Rating Qualifying Courses.  In addition to his normal work this officer has always been very active in station activities and has put considerable time and energy into this work.

 

He had one serious incident as an instructor; on 18 May 1942 (Crane 8039), three miles north of Gilbert Plains, he was demonstrating forced landing procedure and stalled at 50 feet, hitting the ground before regaining control; only slight injuries; ruled "Error in judgement."

 

His own record shows something of how instructors were trained.  At Trenton he flew 22 hours 40 minutes solo and 24 hours 15 minutes dual on single-engined aircraft plus four hours 40 minutes solo and four hours dual on twin-engine aircraft.  He obtained the following marks: Airframes, 87 percent; Engines, 87 percent; Airmanship, 60 percent; Navigation, 79 percent.  He was graded as "Average pilot; slow, steady type, quiet manner.  Will make a good single-engine instructor" and given "C" Category status.  On 6 January 1943 his status was raised to A2 when he was tested on such subjects as Sequences, Voice, Manner, Ability to Impart Knowledge, and Ability as a Pilot.

 

When he personally took the IFS course (10 May to 22 May 1943) he spent 37 hours 20 minutes on Oxfords.  He was tested on Instrument Flying Under the Hood (40 out of 50), Beam Procedure in Link (34 out of 50), Beam Flying by Day (40 out of 50), Beam Flying by Night (35 out of 50) and Weather Flying (70 out of 100).  In this last category, he was being gauged on ability to fly accurately on instruments in cloud (50 marks) or on beam in low cloud or poor visibility (50 marks).

 

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NORSWORTHY, A/S/L Hugh Hoyles (J5114) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.439 Squadron - Award effective 19 September 1944 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 2274/44 dated 20 October 1944.  Born in Montreal; home in Westmount, Quebec.  Attended Bishop's College (Lennoxville) and McGill; enlisted 1941; trained at No.2 ITS, No.13 EFTS and No.8 SFTS; commissioned 1942.

 

This officer is a courageous and skilful leader and has played a prominent part in the success of the squadron he commands.  He has participated in many sorties during which sixteen small vessels have been destroyed.  Much of the success achieved can be attributed to this officer's inspiring leadership and great tactical ability.  On one occasion whilst flying over a town on the South coast his aircraft caught fire.  Displaying great skill and coolness, Squadron Leader Norsworthy effected a successful crash-landing in the only available open space in the area.

 

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NORTH, F/O Allan Kingdom (J25932) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.426 Squadron - Award effective 4 November 1944 as per London Gazette dated 14 November 1944 and AFRO 239/45 dated 9 February 1945.  Born 1916 at Clayton, England; home in St.Catharines, Ontario (machine operator).  Trained at No.3 ITS, No.11 EFTS and No.16 SFTS.  Commissioned 1943.  Posted to No.426 Squadron, 13 May 1944; posted to No.22 OTU on 28 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."  DHist file 181.009 D.4431 (RG.24 Vol.20649) has recommendation dated 14 August 1944 when he had flown 29 sorties (136 hours 35 minutes), 19 May to 12 August 1944.

 

This officer has completed 29 sorties against the enemy, many of the against heavily defended targets in Germany.  During these sorties he has always shown a great keenness and a desire to be in the thick of things.  He is cool at all times and shows a complete disregard for danger.  He has always set an excellent example to other members of the squadron, both by his personal attitude and his fine operational record.

 

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NORTHCOTT, S/L Geoffrey Wilson (J15088) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.416 Squadron - Award effective 12 August 1943 as per London Gazette dated 27 August 1943 and AFRO 2322/43 dated 12 November 1943.  Born in Rapid City, Manitoba, 25 November 1920.  Enlisted 3 June 1940.  Trained at No.1 ITS, No.6 EFTS and No.1 SFTS.  Arrived in UK, 11 April 1941.  No.401 Squadron, 10 June 1941 to 23 July 1942; to Middle East Command, 1 May to 20 August 1942.  No.53 OTU, 20 September 1942 to 3 May 1943; No.416 Squadron, 3 May 1943 but immediately attached to No.402 Squadron, with which he served until July 1944. Repatriated to Canada, August 1944; returned to UK, 20 January 1945; No.126 Wing, 27 January to 6 August 1945 and again 21 September 1945 to 30 March 1946. Three tours.  Repatriated in March 1946, released 3 June 1946.  TCA pilot; active in RCAF Auxiliary, 1949-1955.  In 1955 joined Trans-Air Limited; General manager in April 1956.  In 1959 he was Vice-President in charge of survey operations, Spartan Air Services.  Chris Shores, Aces High (2nd edition) lists his victories with aircraft flown as follows: 22 November 1941, one Bf.109 damaged (Spitfire AD418, "Y"); 12 February 1942, one Bf.109 damaged (no identifiable aircraft); 16 May 1942, one Bf.109 damaged (No.603 Squadron, Malta, "C"); 23 June 1942, one Bf.109 damaged (No.603 Squadron, Malta, "N"); 26 June 1942, one Z.1007 damaged (No.603 Squadron, Malta, "Z", shared with another pilot); 9 July 1942, one Bf.109 probably destroyed (No.603 Squadron, Malta, "N"); 13 July 1942, one Ju.88 destroyed plus one Ju.88 damaged (No.603 Squadron, Malta, "N"); 13 August 1942, one Ju.88 destroyed (No.229 Squadron, Malta, "L", shared with another pilot); 27 June 1943, one Bf.109 destroyed (No.402 Squadron, EP120 "A"); 2 August 1943, two Bf.109s destroyed (EP120); 22 August 1943, one FW.190 destroyed (EP120); 4 September 1943, one FW.190 destroyed (EP120); 3 October 1943, one Bf.109 damaged (EP120); 24 October 1943, one FW.190 destroyed (EP120); 3 November 1943, one Bf.109 destroyed (BM535, "A"); 1 May 1945, one FW.190 damaged (Spitfire coded JEFF).

 

This officer, who has completed fifty-five operations, has displayed outstanding ability.  He has destroyed three enemy aircraft and damaged several more.  In addition he has participated in several effective attacks on shipping.  By his personal example he has won the confidence of all with whom he has flown.

 

NORTHCOTT, S/L Geoffrey Wilson, DFC (J15088) - Bar to Distinguished Flying Cross - No.402 Squadron - Award effective 29 December 1943 as per London Gazette dated 31 December 1943 and AFRO 297/44 dated 11 February 1944.

 

Since being awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross this officer has participated in a large number of sweeps, during which he has destroyed four enemy aircraft, bringing his victories to at least nine destroyed.  Squadron Leader Northcott's fine fighting spirit has been an inspiration to all members of the squadron he commands.

 

NORTHCOTT, S/L Geoffrey Wilson, DFC (J15088) - Distinguished Service Order - No.402 Squadron - Award effective 26 September 1944 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 2373/44 dated 3 November 1944.

 

This officer has completed two tours of operational duty and throughout has set an example of skill, gallantry and devotion to duty of the highest order.  In recent operations in Normandy, his squadron has provided fighter cover over the beaches and convoy area, often in bad weather and, during these missions, Squadron Leader Northcott has displayed gallant and inspiring leadership.  This officer has destroyed nine enemy aircraft.

 

NORTHCOTT, S/L Geoffrey Wilson, DSO (J15088) - Officer, Order of Orange-Nassau with Swords (Netherlands) - Award effective 6 February 1948 as per AFRO 81/48 of that date.  Public Records Office Air 2/9293 has recommendation drafted when he was a Wing Commander:

 

In operational commnd of No.126 Wing, Royal Air Force [sic], stationed at the aerodrome Heesch from February until April 1945, through his excellent work has greatly contributed to the liberation of the Netherlands.

 

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NORTHERN, F/L Edward (J14566) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.420 Squadron (deceased) - Award effective 30 April 1944 as per London Gazette dated 21 December 1945 and AFRO 155/45 dated 15 February 1946.  Born 1917 in Sheffield, England; home in Toronto.  Trained at No.5 ITS, No.22 EFTS and No.5 SFTS.  Commissioned September 1942.  Killed in action 30 April/1 May 1944 (Halifax LW476) - name on Runneymede Memorial.

 

This officer has completed as pilot and deputy flight commander many successful operations against the enemy in the course of which he has invariably displayed high skill, fortitude and devotion to duty.

 

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NORTHOVER, F/L Harold William (C4221) - Mention in Despatches - No.5048 AMES - Award effective 1 January 1945 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 425/45 dated 9 March 1945.  Enlisted in Hamilton, 24 February 1941.  No citation.

 

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NORTHRUP, F/L James Ronald (J11816) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.415 Squadron - Award effective 10 May 1945 as per London Gazette dated 22 May 1945 and AFRO 1147/45 dated 13 July 1945.  Born 1920 at St.John, New Brunswick; home in Cowichen Lake, British Columbia.  Trained at No.4 ITS, No.18 EFTS and No.3 SFTS.   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".  DHist file 181.009 Vol.1761 (RG.24 Vol.20609) has recommendation dated 18 January 1945 when he had flown 22 sorties (127 hours 55 minutes), 6 October to 30 December 1944.

 

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

 

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NORTHWOOD, Fl/O Margaret Constance (V30317) - Member, Order of the British Empire - AFHQ (Directorate of Air Force Recruiting) - Award effective 26 May 1944 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 1380/44 dated 30 June 1944.  Born in Winnipeg; educated at Rupert's Land Ladies' College, Kelvin Technical School (Winnipeg) and Mademoiselle de Palerne's School (Versailles, France).  Enlisted in Ottawa, November 1942.  Personal staff officer to W.A. Bishop.

 

Since this officer's appointment to the Royal Canadian Air Force she has displayed outstanding loyalty and devotion in the execution of her duties.  This officer's position as Personnel Staff Officer has entailed responsibility and hard work, requiring long hours of duty.  She has done much in fostering high morale within the service and in the building up of good public relations.  In every way she has proved herself an extremely able assistant.

 

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NORTON, F/L Albert John (J11961) - Mention in Despatches - Overseas - Award effective 14 June 1945 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 1478/45 dated 21 September 1945.  Trained at No.1 ITS, No.4 BGS and No.2 ANS.

 

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NORTON, FS Edward Clinton (R86407) - Mention in Despatches - No.423 Squadron - Award effective 1 January 1946 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 155/46 dated 15 February 1946.

 

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NORTON, W/C John Hamilton, MC, DFC (C1381) - Member, Order of the British Empire - No.1 Y Depot - Award effective 1 January 1946 as per Canada Gazette of that date and AFRO 82/46 dated 25 January 1946.  Home in Winnipeg; enlisted there 8 November 1939.

 

Wing Commander Norton has served with the Royal Canadian Air Force since November 1939.  His sound organizing ability enabled him to carry out his duties as Senior Organizational Officer of a Training Command in a most capable manner. During two years of service with the Royal Canadian Air Force in Washington his discretion and efficiency did much to maintain the good relations that existed between the Royal Canadian Air Force and other services.  For the past months his command of the complex No.1 "Y" Depot has been an outstanding success.  His service has at all times been marked by outstanding ability and devotion to duty.

 

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NORTON, F/O Louis Robert (J88004) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.51 Squadron - Award effective 1 December 1944 as per London Gazette dated 12 December 1944 and AFRO 337/45 dated 23 February 1945.  Born 1920 in Leipzig, Saskatchewan; home in Regina (mechanic).  Trained at No.2 ITS, No.19 EFTS, and No.15 SFTS.  Commissioned 1944.  No citation other than "..in recognition of gallantry and devotion to duty in the execution of air operations against the enemy."  Public Records Office Air 2/8881 has recommendation dated 24 September 1944 when he had flown 39 sorties (171 hours six minutes), 29 January 1944 to 11 September 1944.

 

29 Jan 44       Berlin (6.10) while                      6 July 44         Croixdale (3.29)

on strength of                              9 July 44         Les Catelliers (3.30)

No.1658 HCU                            15 Jul 44        Nucourt (3.58)

19 Feb 44      Leipzig (7.33)                             18 Jul 44        Caen H2 (3.44)

6 Mar 44         Trappes (4.30)                           20 Jul 44        Bottrop (4.37)

7 Mar 44         Le Mans (4.57)                           1 Aug 44        Anderbelck (3.06),

24 Mar 44      Berlin (7.35)                                                        abandoned, Master

26 Mar 44      Essen (4.50)                                                       Bomber orders.

30 Mar 44      Nuremburg (8.14)                      3 Aug 44        Bois de Cassan (3.58)

26 Apr 44       Villeneuve (5.00)                        5 Aug 44        Foret de Nieppe (3.13)

27 Apr 44       Montzen (4.14)                           6 Aug 44        Hazebrouck (3.08)

24 May 44      Aachen (4.14)                            7 Aug 44        TOTALIZE 3 (3.08),

27 May 44      Bourg Leopold (4.40)                                        abandoned, MB orders.

31 May 44      Trappes (4.58)                           9 Aug 44        Mormal (3.44)

11 Jun 44       Massy Palaiseau (4.51)            11 Aug 44      Somain (3.44)

12 Jun 44       Amiens (4.27)                            14 Aug 44      TRACTABLE 22 (3.34)

14 Jun 44       Douai (3.35)                               15 Aug 44      Tirlemont (3.43)

15 Jun 44       Fouillard (5.06)                           25 Aug 44      Brest (5.36)

30 Jun 44       Villers Bocage (3.58)                27 Aug 44      Homberg (3.40)

1 July 44         Oisemont (3.30)                         3 Sept 44       Venlo (3.34)

4 July 44         St.Martin (3.22)                          10 Sep 44      ALVIS 2 (3.14)

5 July 44         St.Martin (3.17)                          11 Sep 44      Nordstern (4.11)

 

Pilot Officer Norton has completed 39 sorties as pilot and captain of aircraft and has shown fine offensive spirit and splendid devotion to duty in pressing home his attacks against heavy opposition, and in spite of flak damage which his aircraft received on the following occasions: Berlin on the 24th March, Villers Bocage on the 30th June, 1944, Foret de Nieppe on the 6th August 1944, and on Gelsenkirchen on the 11th September 1944.  His sorties include attacks on Berlin (twice), Leipzig, Essen, Nuremburg, Aachen and the Ruhr.  Testimony to his courage, determination and skill is shown by the fact that despite difficulties and hazards Pilot Officer Norton has always made a safe landing.

 

On precision targets in occupied Europe his crew has achieved fine, accurate bombing, and undoubtedly contributed to the great part which these attacks played in winning the Battle of France.

 

On the ground he is a cheerful and helpful captain who inspired his own and all other crews in the squadron, and his splendid and sustained devotion to duty is a fine example.

 

As an officer he worthily upholds the traditions of the Royal Canadian Air Force.

 

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NORUM, Sergeant Margot Eileen (W307064) - Mention in Despatches - No.62 Base - Award effective 14 June 1945 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 1672/45 dated 2 November 1945.  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.  DHist file 181.009 D.1719 (PAC RG.24 Vol.20606) has recommendation dated 14 February 1945.  Duties were Clerk/SD (Watchkeeper); had enlisted 23 September 1942, serving one year two months in Canada, one year six months in UK.

 

Since her posting to this base, Sergeant Norum has maintained an unbroken record of cheerful, efficient service, and has displayed unusual initiative in the discharging of an exacting duty.  She has been ready and able to accept responsibility beyond the requirements of this duty.  Her unfailing good nature has contributed largely to the maintenance of the very essential happy relations between the Base and Station Operations Rooms. 

 

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NOVICK, F/O William (J25973) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.433 Squadron - Award effective 1 December 1944 as per London Gazette dated 12 December 1944 and AFRO 337/45 dated 23 February 1945.  Born 1923 in Montreal; home there (electrician). Trained at No.5 ITS, No.13 EFTS, and No.5 SFTS.  Commissioned 1943.  No citation other than "..in recognition of gallantry and devotion to duty in the execution of air operations against the enemy." DHist file 181.009 D.2609 (RG.24 Vol.20627) has recommendation dated 17 September 1944 when he had completed 35 sorties (165 hours 35 minutes) from 15 May to 6 September 1944.  Recommendation gives name as William Henry Novick.

 

This officer has now completed his first tour of operations comprised of thirty-five trips over enemy territory.  The successful completion of these operational sorties was due largely to the initiative, resourcefulness and skilled airmanship of this officer.  His tenacity, endurance and fine offensive spirit have undoubtedly inspired a high standard of morale in his crew and the squadron in general.

 

I consider that his exceptional qualities of leadership and his fine record of achievement fully merits the award of the Distinguished Flying Cross (Non-Immediate).

 

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NOWAK, Sergeant Emil (R51966) - Mention in Despatches - No.405 Squadron - Award effective 1 January 1945 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 425/45 dated 9 March 1945.  Born 27 May 1899; enlisted 2 November 1939.  Armourer; served in No.5 (BR) Squadron, 26 April 1940 until 8 December 1940; No.8 SFTS, 9 December 1940 to 15 February 1941.  Posted overseas, 5 April 1941, initially to serve with No.401 Squadron.  Repatriated 15 February 1945; released 19 April 1945.

 

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NOWAZEK, P/O Joseph (J85573) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.420 Squadron - Award effective 2 October 1944 as per London Gazette dated 17 October 1944 and AFRO 2637/44 dated 8 December 1944.  Born 1921 in Brandon, Manitoba; home there.  Trained at No.2 ITS and No.9 AOS.  Commissioned 1944.  No citation other than "completed... numerous operations against the enemy in the course of which [he has] invariably displayed the utmost fortitude, courage and devotion to duty". DHist file 181.009 D.3456 (RG.24 Vol.20639) has recommendation dated 27 July 1944 when he had flown 30 sorties (172 hours 25 minutes), 8 September 1943 to 6 July 1943 (including eight sorties against Italian targets, 8 September to 1 October 1943).

 

Pilot Officer Nowazek as navigator in Flight Lieutenant Alberts' crew has displayed outstanding coolness and devotion to duty in action.  As a navigator he has guided his aircraft directly to the target on all occasions detailed, and his skill and ability to make instant decisions in emergency have been a fine example to all.  In view of his fine record and dogged determination Pilot Officer Nowazek is recommended for the award of the Distinguished Flying Cross.

 

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NOWELL, F/O George Richard (J26775) - Mention in Despatches - No.21 Squadron (deceased) - Award effective 1 January 1946 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 155/46 dated 15 February 1946.  Home in Winnipeg, Manitoba.  Trained at No.2 ITS, No.2 EFTS and No.11 SFTS.  Killed in action 23 April 1945 (Mosquito RS532); buried in Holland.

 

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NOWLAN, W/C Frederick Stanley (C1512) - 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.  Enlisted in Montreal, 15 December 1939.

 

This officer has displayed particularly meritorious service and a high degree of initiative and skill under exacting conditions involving duties over and above what is normally expected.  His contribution to the solution of many varied and complex engineering problems has been of material assistance in the war effort.  This officer's work on aircraft performance analysis and many special problems contributed greatly to the adoption of improvements in aircraft and associated equipment.

 

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NOYES, P/O William Robert Samuel (J18461) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.199 Squadron - Award effective 10 May 1944 as per London Gazette dated 23 May and AFRO 1380/44 dated 30 June 1944.  Born in Lloydminster, Saskatchewan; home in Salisbury, England.  Trained at No.7 BGS and No.3 WS.  Commissioned 1943.  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 20 February 1944 when he had flown 27 sorties (175 hours 30 minutes), 24 January 1943 to 13 February 1944.

 

24 Jan 43       Lorient (5.15)                         10 Aug 43      Nuremburg (8.00)

6 Feb 44        Lorient (5.30)                         12 Aug 43      Turin (8.50)

12 Feb 43      GARDENING, Ameland       17 Aug 43      Peenemunde (7.30)

(4.00)                                      27 Aug 43      Nuremburg (7.30)

13 Feb 43      Lorient (6.00)                         15 Sep 43      Montlucon (6.15)

16 Feb 43      Lorient (6.10)                         22 Sep 43      Hanover (6.10)

27 Mar 43      St.Nazaire (6.20)                   4 Oct 43         Frankfurt (6.20)

4 Apr 43         GARDENING, La                  21 Jan 44       Robin (3.40)

Rochelle (7.10)                      25 Jan 44       Robin (3.05)

20 Apr 43       GARDENING, DNCO           27 Jan 44       GARDENING, Kattegat

(5.20)                                                              (7.55)

27 Apr 43       GARDENING, Lorient           4 Feb 44        Special Operation (7.40)

(6.15)                                      5 Feb 44        Special Operation (7.10)

14 May 43      Bochum (5.10)                       8 Feb 44        Special Operation (8.55)

23 May 43      Dortmund (4.15)                    11 Feb 44      Special Operation (8.50)

25 May 43      Dusseldorf (4.50)                  13 Feb 44      Special Operation (8.20)

30 Jul 43        GARDENING, Ameland

(3.05)

 

Pilot Officer Noyes is a Canadian Wireless Operator who has taken part in numerous bombing and sea mining operations against the enemy.  He has participated with courage and keen determination in successful sorties to such targets as Hanover, Frankfurt, Nuremburg, etc. and has always shown a devotion to duty worthy of the highest praise.  This officer's splendid operational record is one of which his squadron is justly proud, and fully merits the award of the Distinguished Flying Cross.

 

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NUTTER, F/O William Stuart Goodlake (J7206) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.5 Squadron (Canada) - Award effective 26 November 1943 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 133/43 dated 21 January 1944. Home in St.Vital, Manitoba; enlisted in Winnipeg, 27 June 1940.  Trained at No.2 ITS (graduated 9 October 1940), No.14 EFTS (graduated 26 December 1940), No.5 BGS (graduated 4 August 1941), No.5 AOS (graduated 21 June 1941), and No.1 CNS (graduated 5 September 1941).  Medal presented 2 June 1944.

 

This officer has flown a considerable number of operational hours as a navigator, many of which have been on anti-submarine patrol in the North Atlantic.  His ability as a navigator has been outstanding and his untiring efforts have contributed greatly to the success of two attacks on enemy U-Boats in which his crew participated.  He has also provided excellent work as an instructor.

 

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NUTTING, FS Sinclair Holmes (R87404) - Distinguished Flying Medal - No.405 Squadron - Award effective 1 September 1943 as per London Gazette dated 10 September 1943 and AFRO 2322/43 dated 12 November 1943.  Born 1921 in Radisson, Saskatchewan; home there; enlisted in Saskatoon, 22 February 1941.  Trained at No.6 BGS (graduated 13 April 1942) and No.2 WS (graduated 5 January 1942).  Medal presented at Buckingham Palace 29 February 1944.

 

A highly efficient air gunner, Flight Sergeant Nutting has completed many operational flights in heavy bomber aircraft over targets which have included Berlin, Cologne and Essen, and on many anti-shipping patrols he has invariably displayed coolness and courage in the completion of his duties.

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NYGAARD, LAC Carl (R149384) - Mention in Despatches - Skipton-on-Swale (AFRO gives unit as "Overseas") - Award effective 14 June 1945 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 1647/45 dated 26 October 1945.  Home in Canyon, British Columbia; enlisted in Calgary, 12 February 1942.  DHist file 181.009 D.2619 (RG.24 Vol.20628) has recommendation forwarded 1 February 1945 to No.63 Base HQ when he had served 13 months in Canada, 22 months overseas. 

 

This airman is employed in the tyre gang.  This work involves changing aircraft wheels, transporting cumbersome jacks - the most heavy and arduous task on this unit.  Whereas others have had to be taken off this job periodically, he has persisted for the last twelve months with an amazing tenacity.  His cheerful disposition and hard work have been the mainstay of his section and an example to others.

 

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