O'BEIRN, F/L Bernard Theodore (C20520) - Mention in Despatches - No.6 Group Headquarters - Award effective 1 January 1946 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 155/46 dated 15 February 1946. Born 27 June 1905. Home in Toronto; enlisted there 29 September 1941. Commissioned 31 October 1942; F/O, 30 April 1943; F/L 31 October 1944. Initially in radio work; reclassified to Flying Control, 1 September 1944. Posted overseas, April 1943; repatriated 23 October 1945. Released 30 November 1945. Certificate sent 10 August 1948, returned and mailed again 16 August 1948. AFRO gives unit only as "Overseas"; unit found in McEwen Papers list of recommendations for MiD.

 

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O'BRIAN, A/C Geoffrey Stewart, AFC (C593) - Commander, Order of the British Empire - RCAF Station Rockcliffe - Award effective 1 January 1946 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 82/46 dated 25 January 1946. Born in Toronto; enlisted in CEF, 1914, transferring later to Royal Flying Corps (awarded Air Force Cross). In postwar Militia until he joined RCAF Auxiliary, Toronto, 5 October 1932, serving with No.10 (Army Co-Operation) Squadron. To reserve of officers, 4 October 1935. Joined Active Force, 3 September 1939. Later CO of No.16 SFTS and at overseas depot, Bournemouth.

 

This officer was one of the first officers appointed to the Auxiliary Air Force. His unbounded enthusiasm and interest were in a large measure responsible for the unit which he commanded getting off to a really good start and was later reflected in the state of efficiency of this unit at the outbreak of hostilities. During the war years, this officer has commanded with distinction, No.1 Initial Training School, No.16 Service Flying Training School, Hagersville, and Royal Canadian Air Force Station Rockcliffe, and in addition, served a tour of duty overseas. In all these appointments, his keenness, intelligent interest and unswerving devotion to duty have been reflected in those who served under him. He is a fine leader who by his excellent work and unswerving loyalty has made a significant contribution to the war effort of the Royal Canadian Air Force.

 

NOTE: Public Records Office Air 2/9336 contains a recommendation for a CBE prepared for the King's Birthday List (May 1943). No priority was attached to the recommendation, and it was clearly not granted at that time. This citation was as follows:

 


This officer was specially lent by the Canadian government to carry out the duties of Officer Commanding, No.3 Personnel Receiving Centre at Bournemouth, a centre which consisted of qualified air crews from the Dominions as well as Royal Air Force personnel returning from training overseas. Group Captain O'Brian is now being relieved by another Royal Canadian Air Force officer and is returning to Canada. During the tenure of his appointment he applied himself to the complete reorganization of No.3 Personnel Receiving Centre and has produced discipline and order from a condition of affairs which was unsatisfactory when he took over. The average strength of the station is 1,70 officers, 5,000 airmen and 1,000 airwomen and Group Captain O'Brian has been singularly successful as a commanding officer.

 

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O'BRIEN, F/O James Murray Phillip (J17977) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.514 Squadron - Award effective 18 October 1945 as per London Gazette dated 26 October 1945 and AFRO 133/46 dated 8 February 1946. Born 1917 in Verdun, Quebec; home there (clerk); enlisted in Montreal, 30 October 1940. Trained at No.1 ITS (graduated 28 March 1941), No.11 EFTS (graduated 16 May 1941) and No.9 SFTS (graduated 20 June 1941). Commissioned May 1943. Medal sent by registered mail 10 June 1948. No citation other than "completed...numerous operations against the enemy in the course of which [he has] displayed the utmost fortitude, courage and devotion to duty." Public Records Office Air 2/9112 has recommendation dated 19 May 1945 when he had flown 41 sorties (238 hours ten minutes) over two tours. Second tour was clearly with crew that included F/O Paul Shaughnessy and F/O John McCrindle.

 

First Tour Second Tour

 

14 Jan 43 Lorient (5.30) 4 Dec 44 Oberhausen (4.05)

23 Jan 43 Lorient (5.30) 5 Dec 44 Hamm (4.50)

3 Feb 43 Hamburg (1.50, DNCO) 6 Dec 44 Merseburg (7.50)

4 Feb 43 Turin (8.05) 16 Dec 44 Siegen (5.25)

7 Feb 43 Lorient (5.05) 1 Jan 45 Vohwinkel (5.30)

13 Feb 43 Lorient (5.25) 7 Jan 45 Munich (7.35)

14 Feb 43 Cologne (3.55) 3 Feb 45 Dortmund (5.20)

16 Feb 43 Lorient (5.05) 8 Feb 45 Hohnbudburg (4.40)

19 Feb 43 Wilhelmshaven (5.05) 13 Feb 45 Dresden (9.00)

3 Mar 43 Hamburg (5.40) 14 Feb 45 Chemnitz (8.00)

5 Mar 43 Essen (3.50) 16 Feb 45 Wesel (5.20)

6 Mar 43 Nuremburg (5.20) 23 Feb 45 Gelsenkirchen (6.00)

10 Mar 43 Bordeaux (6.50) 12 Mar 45 Dortmund (6.00)

22 Mar 43 St.Nazaire (3.35) 27 Mar 45 Hamm (5.35)

26 Mar 43 Berlin (7.50) 4 Apr 45 Merseberg (8.30)

29 Mar 43 Berlin (.35, DNCO) 13 Apr 45 Kiel (6.05)

4 Apr 43 Kiel (5.30) 24 Apr 45 Badoldesloe (5.50)

9 Apr 43 Duisburg (2.45)

11 Apr 43 Air/Sea Rescue (4.25)

14 Apr 43 Stuttgart (7.25)

16 Apr 43 Mannheim (5.55)

20 Apr 43 Rostock (7.45)

1 May 43 Birritz (4.45)

4 May 43 Dortmund (1.35, DNCO)

12 May 43 Duisburg (3.30)


13 May 43 Bochum (4.50)

23 May 43 Dortmund (4.20)

 

This officer has completed 41 sorties as a Navigator in heavy bomber aircraft. Most of these sorties have been against heavily defended targets in Germany including many very deep penetrations into defended areas.

 

Flying Officer O'Brien has at all times shown very great keenness for his work in spite of the fact that his aircraft has been hit by heavy anti-aircraft fire on several occasions.

 

His standard of work has always been very high and this high standard has undoubtedly contributed very largely to the success of the sorties he has completed, especially the very long ones.

 

It is strongly recommended that he be awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross in recognition of his continued devotion to duty and the very fine example that he has set.

 

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O'CALLAGHAN, F/O Charles Herbert (C42301) - Mention in Despatches - No.9 Construction and Maintenance Unit - Award effective 2 November 1945 as per Canada Gazette of that date and AFRO 1768/45 dated 23 November 1945. Home in Smith Falls, Ontario; enlisted in Ottawa, 30 July 1942.

 

This officer took command of personnel of his unit during a severe forest fire on Johnston Straits in July 1945. In the face of high winds, dangerous seas and uncontrollable fire, he skilfully and cooly directed work for several days without rest. By his own excellent example he inspired and controlled his men at all times. Several miles of Royal Canadian Air Force communication lines were saved and extensive damage to Royal Canadian Air Force property was prevented. No casualties nor serious injuries were suffered by his crew. The energy, resourcefulness and devotion to duty displayed by Flying Officer O'Callaghan during this dangerous situation are exceptional and most praiseworthy.

 

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O'CALLAGHAN, FS Claude Desmond (R74332) - Mention in Despatches - No.174 Squadron - Award effective 1 January 1943 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 232/43 dated 12 February 1943. Born 3 February 1916. Home in Kempville, Ontario; enlisted in Ottawa, 21 October 1940. Trained at No.2 ITS (posted there 3 January 1941; promoted to LAC 21 February 1941; to No.15 EFTS that day; to No.32 SFTS, 4 May 1941; promoted to Sergeant, 15 July 1941; posted overseas, August 1941; Flight Sergeant, 15 January 1942; WO2, 15 July 1942; commissioned (J16731), 22 December 1942. Repatriated, 22 May 1944; served at No.1 OTU, Bagotville; released 3 May 1946.

 

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O'CALLAGHAN, F/L Frederick James (J13717) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.426 Squadron - Award effective 15 March 1945 as per London Gazette dated 23 March 1945 and AFRO 721/45 dated 27 April 1945. Born in Kars, Ontario; home in Kempville; enlisted in Ottawa, 2 July 1941. Trained at No.6 BGS (graduated 28 August 1942. Commissioned August 1942. Medal sent by registered mail 28 June 1949. Rear gunner in W/C C.W. Burgess' crew; incident cited was on 28 June 1944. Qualified for membership in Caterpillar Club, Easter 1944 during raid on Ghent; aircraft returned to UK on two engines but one motor failed as they reached the coast so they baled out. His brother had also joined the Caterpillar Club in May 1944 while with an RAF rocket-firing Typhoon unit. Posted from squadron to "R" Depot, 1 February 1945.

 

Flight Lieutenant O'Callaghan has attacked many heavily defended targets in Germany and enemy occupied territory. In June 1944, while attacking Metz, his aircraft sustained four separate attacks from enemy fighters. This officer's skilful directions to his pilot and accurate fire resulted in the probable destruction of one hostile aircraft. He has at all times set a fine example of courage, efficiency and devotion to duty.

 

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O'CONNELL, P/O Lawrence James (J15311) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.407 Squadron - Award effective 31 December 1942 as per London Gazette dated 12 January 1943 and AFRO 232/43 dated 12 February 1943. Born in Halifax, 1918; home there or Middleton, Nova Scotia; enlisted in Halifax, 24 September 1940. Trained at No.2 ITS (graduated 15 November 1940), No.10 EFTS (graduated 4 January 1941) and No.5 SFTS (graduated 20 March 1941). Commissioned April 1942. Presented by Governor General, 22 April 1944.

 

This pilot has participated in a number of operational flights against enemy shipping and also in a large scale raid on Bremen. On all occasions he has pressed home his attack with exceptional fortitude and determination, often in the face of most intense and concentrated enemy fire. Pilot Officer O'Connell has always displayed outstanding devotion to duty and keenness to undertake hazardous flights.

 

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O'CONNELL, P/O William John Joseph (J15059) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.226 Squadron - Award effective 4 August 1942 as per London Gazette dated 11 August 1942 and AFRO 1371/42 dated 28 August 1942. Born in Ottawa, 5 September 1917; home there; employed in naval branch of Department of Munitions and Supplies; enlisted there 28 July 1940. Trained at No.1 ITS , No.9 EFTS, and No.5 SFTS. Commissioned 1941; promoted to Flying Officer, 1 October 1942. Posted to Iceland, March 1941 before posting to England. Medal presented at Buckingham Palace 8 December 1942. Repatriated March 1944. Released at Rockcliffe, 24 September 1945. Had flown Blenheims, Bostons, Mitchells and Mosquitos on operations. Cited with 107152 Flying Officer Peter Saunders, RAF.

 

On 7th May, 1942, Pilot Officer O'Connell and Flying Officer Saunders were pilot and observer respectively of a formation of bomber aircraft detailed to attack the power station at Ostend. Despite bad weather, Flying Officer Saunders skilfully navigated his pilot to the target area where severe opposition from the ground defences was encountered. Despite this, Pilot Officer O'Connell continued his bombing run and enabled his navigator to bomb the objective. On two previous occasions his aircraft was damaged by anti-aircraft fire whilst attacking shipping. Each time, Pilot Officer O'Connell flew his aircraft back to base and with hydraulics unserviceable carried out landings with the undercarriage retracted. Both these officers flew together in an aircraft which was detailed to attack the Matford factory at Poissy in March 1942. They have at all times displayed the highest devotion to duty and the keenest determination to achieve success.

 

NOTE: Public Record Officer Air 2/9595 has original recommendation, drafted 26 June 1942 when he had flown 22 sorties (40 operational hours); Saunders had flown 21 sorties (38 operational hours). This included a detailed sortie list:

 

5 Aug 41 1.00 Circus - Berck-sur-Mer; weather bad over target.

6 Aug 41 1.15 Circus - Berck-sur-Mer; weather bad over target.

12 Aug 41 2.00 Circus - Shipyards, Le Trait; hits on vessels and buildings.

18 Aug 41 2.15 Circus - Machine Works, Lille; direct hits across buildings.

20 Aug 41 4.40 Shipping sweep - Norderney; reporting vessels attacked.

22 Aug 41 1.10 Shipping sweep - Cherbourg; nothing seen.

26 Aug 41 2.50 Shipping sweep - Ijmuiden; sank 7,000-ton supply ship; heavy flak and enemy fighters encountered; hydraulics shot away.

28 Aug 41 5 min Low level attack on Rotterdam dock; crashed on take-off.

20 Sept 41 2.10 Shipping sweep - Hook of Holland; sank 7,000-ton supply ship; heavy flak; convoy protected by balloons.

22 Sept 41 1.10 Circus - Amiens; 10/10 cloud; no bombs dropped.

12 Oct 41 2.35 Circus - Boulogne docks; hits on docks and shipping; accurate flak.

15 Oct 41 3.15 Circus - shipping at Le Havre; hits on three ships and docks; very heavy flak; crash-landed.


12 Feb 42 1.55 Naval convoy - Scharnhorst, Gneisenau and Prinz Eugen; convoy not sighted due to poor visibility (with F/O Saunders and P/O Robertson).

16 Feb 42 2.19 Squealer Beat "A" - nothing seen (with F/O Saunders and P/O Robertson).

8 Mar 42 1.27 Matford Factory, Poissy; attacked from 500 feet; front guns used on new road being constructed and on aerodrome. Aircraft hit by cannon and machine gun fire. (with F/O Saunders and F/L Chapman).

25 Mar 42 22 min Circus - Lille power station; recalled (with F/O Saunders and Sergeant Goult).

27 Mar 42 1.44 Circus - Ostend power station; own bombs fell south of target; hit by flak (with F/O Saunders and Sergeant Goult).

16 Apr 42 2.11 Circus - Le Havre power house; results unobserved (with Sergeants Farquhar, Goult and Darnell).

29 Apr 42 1.35 Circus - dry docks, Dunkirk; results unobserved (with P/O McCarthy, P/O Casey and Flight Sergeant Finch).

5 May 42 1.10 Circus - Lille power station; returned before reaching target owing to technical failure (with F/O Saunders and Sergeant Goult).

7 May 42 1.35 Circus - power house, Ostend; led formation; slight damage from flak (with P/O Saunders and Sergeant Goult).

6 June 42 2.07 Circus - Fecamp (crew now stated).

 

On 7th May, 1942, Pilot Officer O'Connell with Flying Officer P. Saunders as his Observer was detailed to lead a formation of six Boston bomber aircraft in a daylight Circus operation on the power station at Ostend. The weather forecast for the route was not good, and it was fully borne out by the bad weather which was in fact encountered. In spite of the difficult conditions, Pilot Officer O'Connell kept his formation together, and an accurate landfall on the Belgian coast was made as pre-arranged. On reaching the target area, intense and accurate heavy flak was encountered; all the aircraft in the formation were hit and three gunners were wounded. Regardless of this severe opposition, Pilot Officer O'Connell steadily continued his bombing run up to the objective and, after bombing, succeeded in withdrawing the formation intact.

 

On two previous occasions - the first on 26th August after attacking and sinking a 7,000-ton supply ship off Ijmuiden, and the second, after a highly successful high level attack on a ship at Le Havre on 15th October 1941, his aircraft was very severely damaged. On both these occasions he successfully brought his aircraft back to base and, with hydraulics shot away, carried out successful landings with the wheels retracted.

 


This outstanding and courageous pilot has now taken part in 22 operations, including the highly successful raid on the Matford factory at Poissy on the 8th March 1942. He has constantly displayed the highest devotion to duty and the keenest determination to press home his attacks. His qualities as a leader, and his enthusiasm to engage the enemy are an inspiration to all.

 

This was endorsed by the Air Officer Commanding, No.2 Group, on 29 June 1942.

 

FURTHER NOTE: A clipping from Ottawa papers (22 January 1943) describes his investiture and reactions as per a letter home from his brother Emmett (Governor General's Foot Guards):

 

When his Majesty the King pinned the award on the chest of the husky young Ottawan and shook his hand, "Bill" became so flustered he forgot to bow. Quoting his brother, Emmett wrote, "A tight moment in aerial combat seems nothing in comparison to the moment I stood before the King to receive my medal."

 

Apparently "Bill" had been quite modest about his award, because in the many letters he had written to his mother, even after the investiture had taken place, he never once mentioned that he was the recipient of the DFC. And now that he has the coveted medal, he is rather uncertain as to what should be done with it so he is sending it home to his mother by air express.

 

FURTHER NOTE: Public Record Office Air 2/9595 also has the recommendation for the DFC awarded to F/O Peter Saunders (RAF 107152). His sortie list is almost identical to that of O'Connell with the following exceptions:

 

9 Aug 41 1.15 Circus - Chemical works, Bethune; cloud over target; bombed barges, etc. at Gravelines; no results observed owing to cloud. NOT ON O'CONNELL LIST.

16 Apr 42 2.11 Circus - Le Havre power house; results unobserved (with Sergeants Farquhar, Goult and Darnell). (O'CONNELL LIST; NOT ON SAUNDERS LIST)

29 Apr 42 1.35 Circus - dry docks, Dunkirk; results unobserved (with P/O McCarthy, P/O Casey and Flight Sergeant Finch). (O'CONNELL LIST; NOT ON SAUNDERS LIST)

 

For devotion to duty and outstanding navigation and bomb aiming.

 

On the 7th May, 1942, Flying Officer Saunders was leading navigator and bomb aimer of a formation of six Boston aircraft which carried out a daylight raid on the power station at Ostend.

 


With Pilot Officer W.J.J. O'Connell as pilot and Sergeant G.W. Goult as Wireless Operator/Air Gunner, Flying Officer Saunders navigated the formation throughout with commendable accuracy, making a landfall on the Belgian coast exactly as planned in spite of the difficult cloudy conditions prevailing over the North Sea on the route to the target. The timing for the entire flight was perfect; an important factor in view of the limited endurance of the fighter escort.

 

Intense and accurate heavy flak was encountered in the target area, all six aircraft being damaged and three gunners being wounded. In the face of this opposition, Flying Officer Saunders cooly and steadily continued to direct the formation on its bombing run over the target until, the bombs having been aimed and released, his captain was able to withdraw the formation intact.

 

Flying Officer Saunders has now taken part in 21 daylight operations. These have included the sinking of two large enemy merchant vessels, the particularly successful raid on the Matford Works at Poissy on the 8th March 1942, and numerous high level attacks in formation over heavily defended targets. On two occasions his aircraft has been so badly damaged by flak that his pilot has been forced to execute belly landings owing to damage sustained in the hydraulic system.

 

Flying Officer Saunders has invariably displayed commendable skill in navigation and coolness in action. He has set a high standard of devotion to duty and of steadiness in the face of the enemy, and his example has materially contributed to the excellent spirit of his squadron.

 

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O'CONNOR, FS Howard John (R95724) - Distinguished Flying Medal - No.15 Squadron - Award effective 25 April 1943 as per London Gazette dated 7 May 1943 and AFRO 1035/43 dated 4 June 1943. Born in Napanee, Ontario, 1920; home in Kingston (printer); enlisted in Ottawa, 14 March 1941. Trained at No.1 ITS (graduated 11 August 1941), No.12 EFTS (graduated 26 September 1941), and No.5 SFTS (graduated 6 December 1941). Posted to No.15 Squadron, 12 February 1943. First operational sortie on 4 April 1943 (Kiel). Had to abort sorties on 8 April and 10 April. Incident described was on 16 April 1943. Cited with a Sergeant Gaylor (RAF). Medal presented at Buckingham Palace 12 October 1943.

 

One night in April 1943, Flight Sergeant O'Connor and Sergeant Gaylor (RAF) were captain and mid-upper gunner of an aircraft which attacked a target in Germany. On the return flight the aircraft was attacked by three enemy fighters. Early in the combat the bomber was hit by the enemy's fire. One engine was damaged, while both the front and rear turrets were rendered unserviceable. Despite this, Flight Sergeant O'Connor coolly and skilfully manoeuvered his aircraft enabling his gunners to deliver effective bursts of fire. Sergeant Gaylor, who used his guns with great skill, shot down one of the enemy aircraft. Both these airmen displayed commendable courage and determination.

 

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O'CONNOR, F/O John Charles Patrick (J22860) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.101 Squadron - Award effective 19 January 1945 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO/431 dated 8 August 1947. Born 1915 in St.James, Manitoba; home in East Kildonan, Manitoba. Commissioned 1943. Medal presented 11 June 1949. No citation other than "completed numerous operations against the enemy in the course of which [he has] invariably displayed the utmost fortitude, courage and devotion to duty." Navigator. Public Records Office Air 2/9038 has recommendation dated 15 October 1944 when he had flown 31 sorties (145 hours ten minutes). 18 April 1944 to 26 September 1944.

 

18 Apr 44 Rouen 3 Aug 44 Trossy St.Maximim

20 Apr 44 Cologne 4 Aug 44 Pauillac

22 Apr 44 Dusseldorf 5 Aug 44 Blaye

19 May 44 Orleans 7 Aug 44 Fontenay le Marmion

22 May 44 Dortmund 12 Aug 44 Brunswick

24 May 44 Aachen 15 Aug 44 Le Culot

2 June 44 Berneval le Grand 18 Aug 44 Ghent/Terneuzen

5 June 44 D Day Special Patrol 25 Aug 44 Russelheim

15 Jun 44 Boulogne 26 Aug 44 Kiel

16 Jun 44 Sterkrade 31 Aug 44 St.Riquier

25 June 44 Ligescourt 5 Sept 44 Le Havre

4 July 44 Orleans 6 Sept 44 Le Havre

12 Jul 44 Vaitres 8 Sept 44 Le Havre

14 July 44 Villeneuve St.George 17 Sep 44 Leeuwarden

18 July 44 Scholven 26 Sep 44

2 Aug 44 Coquereaux

 

Flying Officer O'Connor, a Canadian, has completed a very successful tour of operations with this squadron comprising 31 sorties. Many of these sorties have been carried out in the face of bitter opposition against very heavily defended targets in Germany and occupied Europe, and in support of the invasion by our land forces.

 

Flying Officer O'Connor has at all times displayed a fine offensive spirit and by his skill, determination and high personal courage in the face of the enemy, he has set a fine example to the crew.

 

It is strongly recommended that the high standard of navigational proficiency and devotion to duty displayed by this officer in the most hazardous circumstances be recognized by the award of the Distinguished Flying Cross.

 

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O'CONNOR, WO1 John Edward Madden (R117144) - Air Force Cross - No.7 OTU - Award effective 14 June 1945 as per Canada Gazette of that date and AFRO 1127/45 dated 6 July 1945. Born 28 August 1919 at Sault Ste.Marie, Ontario; educated at Bruce Mines and North Bay; home there. Enlisted 25 July 1941 in North Bay. Trained at No.4 ITS, No.5 EFTS and No.4 SFTS. Governor General's Records (RG.7 Group 26, Vol.59, file 190-I, dossier 7) has citation. When recommended he had flown 1,404 hours.

 

This Warrant Officer has been continuously employed as s staff pilot for twenty-six months, during which time he has flown 1,083 hours. The enthusiasm he has shown in carrying out his tedious duties as a pilot of target aircraft has greatly facilitated the gunnery training. At all times Warrant Officer O'Connor has displayed sincere devotion to his duties which have always been performed in a most exemplary manner.

 

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O'CONOR, F/O Percy Charles (J17736) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.426 Squadron - Award effective 5 June 1945 per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 1147/45 dated 13 July 1945. Born in London, England, 1915; home in Colonie, New Jersey (elevator operator); enlisted in Montreal, 5 February 1941. Trained at No.1 WS (graduated 8 November 1941) and No.1 BGS (graduated 8 December 1941). Commissioned 1943. Medal presented in United States, January 1956. Posted from No.76 Base to No.426 Squadron, 4 February 1945. Apparently not crewed. On 21 March 1945 was in F/L L.R. Deryckere's crew (a write-in) - although casualty records say he was wounded on 25 March 1945, but he is not on crew lists for that date. Possibly in crew of either F/L G.S. McMonnie of P/O D.R. Black (both hit by flak that day).

 

This officer has participated in many sorties as wireless operator. In March 1945, while attacking a target in Germany, his aircraft was subjected to intense anti-aircraft fire. Flying Officer O'Conor was wounded, sustaining severe injuries to the chest and forehead. Despite intense pain, he remained in his post until the target had been successfully attacked and the aircraft was well clear of enemy defences. His determination and devotion to duty were in keeping with that which he has invariable shown.

 

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O'DRISCOLL, WO (now P/O) Donald Joseph (R65084/J16106) - Mention in Despatches - Award effective 1 June 1943 as per London Gazette dated 2 June 1943 and AFRO 1247/43 dated 2 July 1943. Home in St.John's Newfoundland; enlisted in Halifax, 10 June 1940. Trained at No.1 ITS (graduated 20 July 1940), No.6 EFTS (graduated 3 October 1940) and No.1 SFTS (graduated 12 December 1940). DHist file 181.009 D.1505 (RG.24 Vol.20599) has a long recommendation for an immediate DFC dated 5 May 1942 when he was on strength of No.10 Squadron (RAF). He had then flown 16 sorties; the incidents for which he was being cited were on the nights of 3/4 and 4/5 May 1942 when attacked by enemy fighters. It is not known why this award was not granted, and the time lapse makes it unclear as to whether there is a connection between the DFC recommendation and this Mention in Despatches.

 

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O'DRISCOLL, F/O James Wilson (J35128) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.166 Squadron - Award effective 5 February 1945 as per London Gazette dated 20 February 1945 and AFRO 563/45 dated 29 March 1945. Born 1922 at Cape Race, Newfoundland; home in Prince Edward County, Ontario (office clerk); enlisted in Sarnia, 14 May 1942. Trained at No.6 ITS (graduated 18 December 1942), No.12 EFTS (ceased training 5 March 1943), No.7 BGS (graduated 23 July 1943) and No.5 AOS (graduated 3 September 1943). Commissioned 1943. Medal sent by registered mail 5 July 1945. No citation other than "completed... numerous operations against the enemy in the course of which [he has] invariably displayed the utmost fortitude, courage and devotion to duty." Public Records Office Air 2/8831 has recommendation dated 12 November 1944 when he had flown 30 sorties (145 hours).

 

23 Jul 44 Kiel 3 Sept 44 Gilze Rijen

1 Aug 44 La Belle Croix 5 Sept 44 Le Havre

les Bruyeres 6 Sept 44 Le Havre

2 Aug 44 Le Havre 7 Sept 44 Le Havre

3 Aug 44 Trossy St.Maximim 10 Sep 44 Le Havre

4 Aug 44 Pauillac 20 Sep 44 Sangatte

7 Aug 44 Fontenoy le Marmion 26 Sep 44 Calais

10 Aug 44 Paris 27 Sep 44 Calais

11 Aug 44 Douai 2 Oct 44 Westkapelle

14 Aug 44 Fontaine le Pin 5 Oct 44 Saarbrucken

15 Aug 44 Leculot 12 Oct 44 Fort Frederik Hendrik

16 Aug 44 Stettin 13 Oct 44 Duisburg

25 Aug 44 Russelsheim 14 Oct 44 Duisburg

26 Aug 44 Kiel 19 Oct 44 Stuttgart

29 Aug 44 Stettin 25 Oct 44 Essen

31 Aug 44 Agenville

 

As an Air Bomber this Canadian officer has now completed 30 sorties over heavily defended targets in enemy occupied territory and Germany itself. Throughout these sorties he has proved himself to be an Air Bomber of exceptional skill and an outstanding member of a very gallant crew. He has consistently given good results in his attacks, which have been characterized by a determination to press home the blow on the enemy's vitals and inflict the maximum possible damage.

 


On one occasion, when his aircraft was not developing full power, he nevertheless asked for a second run over the target to make sure that a successful attack was delivered. This attack is typical of this officer's keen sense of devotion to duty and high discipline. For his fine record, skill and determination, he is recommended for the award of the Distinguished Flying Cross.

 

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O'GORMAN, Sergeant (now F/O) Gerald (U202115/J92321) - Mention in Despatches - Overseas - Award effective 14 June 1945 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 1600/45 dated 12 October 1945. Trained at No.9 BGS.

 

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O'GORMAN, F/O Howard Wainwright (J19731) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.434 Squadron - Award effective 2 October 1944 as per London Gazette dated 13 October 1944 and AFRO 2637/44 dated 8 December 1944. Born 1920 in Sudbury; home there; enlisted in North Bay, 30 July 1941. Trained at No.9 AOS (graduated 23 May 1942), No.4 BGS (graduated 4 July 1942) and No.1 ANS (graduated 21 August 1942). Commissioned 1943. Medal presented 5 October 1946. No citation other than "completed...numerous operations against the enemy in the course of which [he has] invariably displayed the utmost fortitude, courage and devotion to duty". In F/L Keane's crew. DHist file 181.009 D.3080 (RG.24 Vol.20636) has recommendation dated 20 July 1944 when he had flown 36 sorties (197 hours 24 minutes), 22 September 1943 to 18 July 1944 (111 "points"). On his first sortie (Hanover, six hours five minutes) his aircraft was attacked by a Do.217 and coned for six and three minutes. Second sortie (27 September 1943, Hanover) not completed when starboard inner engine became unserviceable. Third sortie completed (Bochum) with seven guns unserviceable and one engine "ropey". Many enemy aircraft seen on fifth sortie (4 October 1943, Frankfurt) and sixth sortie (23 October 1943, Kassel). On seventh sortie (3 November 1943, Dusseldorf, five hours 35 minutes) aircraft hit by six incendiaries; starboard inner engine knocked out, three-foot hole in outer port wing, holed in outer starboard fuel tank and starboard tail plane. On ninth sortie (Leipzig, nine hours 25 minutes) hit by 14 incendiaries and a propeller knocked off.

 

This officer has completed a tour of thirty-six operations, twelve of which have been to heavily defended German targets. This officer is an exceptionally capable and efficient navigator whose courage and devotion to duty have been an inspiration and example to all crews.

 

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O'GORMAN, F/O John Francis (J26089) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.432 Squadron - Award effective 1 December 1944 as per London Gazette dated 12 December 1944 and AFRO 337/45 dated 23 February 1945. Born 1918 in Perth, Ontario; home there; enlisted in Ottawa, 18 May 1942. Trained at No.6 ITS (graduated 23 October 1942), No.6 BGS (graduated 18 December 1942) and No.4 AOS (graduated 5 February 1943). Commissioned 1943. Medal presented 21 May 1949. No citation other than "..in recognition of gallantry and devotion to duty in the execution of air operations against the enemy." DHist file 181.009 D.5557 (RG.24 Vol.20668) has recommendation dated 12 September 1944 when he had flown 32 1/2 sorties (186 hours 25 minutes), 2 September 1943 to 4 August 1944; the half-trip was a sea search on 24 November 1943.

 

This officer has completed a long operational tour most successfully. His trips include Berlin (eight), Hanover, Frankfurt (twice), Stettin, Brunswick, Magdeburg, Stuttgart (twice). His co-operation, coolness and devotion to duty contributed in a large measure to the success of these operations. Flying Officer O'Gorman's cheerful confidence, reflected in the high standard of morale in his crew, has inspired the whole unit.

 

For his splendid record and high degree of technical ability, this officer is recommended for the Distinguished Flying Cross.

 

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O'HANDLEY, P/O John James (J17770) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.158 Squadron - Award effective 23 November 1943 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 166/44 dated 28 January 1944. Born 1904 at Boirdale, Nova Scotia; home at George's River Station, Nova Scotia; enlisted Halifax, 9 January 1941. Trained at No.3 ITS (graduated 9 June 1941), No.5 BGS (graduated 2 March 1942) and No.9 AOS (graduated 21 November 1941. Commissioned 1943. Medal presented 1 December 1948.

 

As air gunner, Pilot Officer O'Handley has participated in a large number of sorties including three attacks on Berlin. He is a most diligent gunner whose exemplary conduct in the face of the enemy has set a worthy example. His excellent work has contributed materially to the success obtained.

 

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O'HERON, F/L Frederick Arnold (J11022) - Commended for Valuable Services - Station Dorval - Award effective 7 September 1945 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 1647/45 dated 26 October 1945. Home in Peterborough, Ontario; enlisted in Toronto, 10 July 1941. Trained at No.1 WS (graduated 13 March 1942) and No.1 BGS (graduated 13 April 1942). No citation in Canadian sources. Public Records Office Air 2/9117 has recommendation drafted when he had flown an unstated number of hours, 1,216 hours on transport or ferry work, and 357 hours in previous six months.

 

Flight Lieutenant O'Heron was posted to this group in May 1942 and since that time he has completed eleven delivery flights. He is an extremely well conducted and capable operator, who is also a navigator, in which capacity he is rated very highly.

 

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O'KELLY, S/L Hubert Gerald (C24840) - Mention in Despatches - Station Uclulet - Award effective 1 January 1946 as per Canada Gazette of that date and AFRO 82/46 dated 25 January 1946. Home in Vancouver; enlisted Camp Borden, 24 May 1928. Served on west coast on seaplanes and flying boats. Trained early in war as an Air Gunner but retrained in 1943 as an Aeronautical Engineer in Montreal. Remained in postwar RCAF; awarded Queen's Coronation Medal, 23 October 1953 while a Squadron Leader with No.4 (F) Wing; later Chief Technical Services Officer, No.4 (F) Wing, as a Wing Commander.

 

This officer's ability, devotion to duty and loyalty are outstanding, and his conduct and example have founded and maintained a high standard of efficiency, morale, and esprit de corps amongst those with whom he has served. He has the art of getting men under him to work cheerfully and well. He has shown splendid organizing ability, initiative and is an expert at "getting on with the job", with whatever tools or material available, instead of complaining of lack of material or equipment. He maintains a cheerful and calm manner when difficulties arise.

 

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O'MARA, F/L Earle Francis (C24442) - Air Force Cross - Station Pennfield Ridge - Award effective 11 August 1945 as per London Gazette dated 14 August 1945 and AFRO 1453/45 dated 14th September 1945. Home in Toronto; enlisted there 7 May 1941. Trained at No.6 SFTS (graduated 5 March 1943). Described as having flown 3,196 hours to date, 2,985 hours as flying instructor, 358 Hours in previous six months.

 

This officer, a former elementary instructor, is one of the original members of the Transport Conversion Squadron. The efficient and thorough manner with which he has carried out his various assignments has been exemplary. The skill and enthusiasm he has invariably shown have been great contributions to the excellent record of Civil Airways flying that has been established by pilots of this unit. The reliable manner and great devotion to duty with which he has carried out his many tasks have been most praiseworthy.

 

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O'MARA, F/O Raymond Joseph (J85701) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.211 Squadron - Award effective 14 November 1944 as per London Gazette dated 21 November 1944 and AFRO 1/45 dated 5 January 1945. Born 1916 at Laconia, New Hampshire; home in Toronto; enlisted there 15 August 1940. Trained at No.6 ITS (graduated 30 January 1942), No.20 EFTS (graduated 10 April 1942) and No.13 SFTS (graduated 30 July 1942). Commissioned 1944. Medal sent by registered mail 10 March 1949.

 


This officer, as pilot, has completed numerous operational sorties over Burma and Siam and has inflicted much damage on the enemy's road mechanical transport, locomotives, and river craft. He has taken part in attacks on enemy airfields in the Rangoon area and despite intense opposition from the enemy's ground defences and fighters has pressed home his attacks with vigour and destroyed three enemy aircraft. On another occasion he participated in the destruction of a moving locomotive. At all times his courage and skill have been of the highest order.

 

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O'NEIL, F/L Donald Frank (J24506) - 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 London, Ontario; enlisted there 23 March 1942. Trained at No.1 ITS (graduated 12 September 1942), No.7 EFTS (graduated 21 November 1942) and No.14 SFTS (graduated 19 March 1942).

 

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O'NEILL, F/L Bernard Harold (J37069) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.576 Squadron - Award effective 23 November 1945 as per London Gazette dated 4 December 1945 and AFRO 212/46 dated 1 March 1946. Born in Holy Rood, Newfoundland, 1914; home in Sydney, Nova Scotia; enlisted there 8 August 1942. Trained at No.6 ITS (graduated 1 May 1943), No.12 EFTS (graduated 26 June 1943), and No.16 SFTS (graduated 29 October 1943). Commissioned October 1943. Medal sent by registered mail 9 February 1950.

 

This officer as captain of aircraft has displayed outstanding courage and determination. In February 1945, when attacking Pforsheim, his aircraft was engaged by an enemy fighter but undaunted he foiled the attacker and successfully completed his mission. On another occasion in March 1945, during the return flight from Holdesheim, heavy anti-aircraft fire was encountered and his aircraft was damaged and the bomb aimer wounded. Again displaying fine airmanship and courageous determination, he flew safely back to base. On yet another occasion in April 1945 this officer was detailed for an attack against Heligoland. One engine of his aircraft became unserviceable before reaching the target area. Nevertheless, Flight Lieutenant O'Neill pressed on and successfully completed his mission. His unconquerable spirit has inspired confidence in all who have served with him.

 

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O'NEILL, F/L Edward Yates (J25410) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.619 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, 1920; home in Granby, Quebec. Educated at McGill; enlisted in Montreal, 10 February 1942. Trained at No.5 ITS (graduated 1 August 1942), No.20 EFTS (graduated 21 November 1942) and No.5 SFTS (graduated 16 April 1943). Commissioned 1943. Medal presented in Montreal, 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."

 

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O'NEILL, F/O James Harold (J18543) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.426 Squadron - Award effective 22 August 1944 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 2274/44 dated 20 October 1944. Home in Montreal; enlisted there 22 June 1940. Trained at No.2 ITS (graduated 27 July 1940), No.6 EFTS (graduated 14 October 1940) and No.4 SFTS (graduated 28 January 1941). Posted to No.426 Squadron, March 1944. Incident described was 12 May 1944. Medal presented at Buckingham Palace 11 August 1944. Posted from unit to "R" Depot, 23 August 1944. Replacement DFC sent to him at St.Anne's Hospital, 12 May 1961.

 

As captain of aircraft, Flying Officer O'Neill has completed many sorties on his second tour. He has displayed commendable skill and courage and throughout his leadership has been of a high order. On a recent occasion he was detailed to attack the railway sidings at Louvaine. When crossing the enemy coast his aircraft was struck by a shell which tore a large hole in one of the wings. Nevertheless, Flying Officer O'Neill continued to the target. Whilst over the area a fighter was encountered. It was finally driven off and, although his aircraft had sustained damage he flew it to an airfield. The hydraulic system had been affected and one wheel had dropped to the down position. In spite of this, Flying Officer O'Neill made a safe landing.

 

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O'REILLY, P/O Michael Douglas (C87213) - 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 1922 in Ottawa; home there or Vancouver. Able Seaman, 1939-1943; enlisted in London, England, 28 May 1943. Commissioned 1944. Medal presented in Halifax, 27 July 1949. No citation other than "..in recognition of gallantry and devotion to duty in the execution of air operations against the enemy." DHist file 181.009 D.2609 (RG.24 Vol.20627) has recommendation dated 17 September 1944 by W/C A.J. Lewington when he had completed 31 sorties (160 hours 10 minutes), 15 February to 20 July 1944.

 

This officer, the Mid Upper Gunner of the crew captained by Pilot Officer W.H. Wright, DFC, has completed thirty-one operational sorties over enemy territory including such heavily defended targets as Berlin (2), Stuttgart, Essen (2) and Nuremburg. He has at all times displayed a fearless brand of courage in combat and his coolness and presence of mind has contributed much to the successful completion of his tour.

 


Pilot Officer O'Reilly has also greatly strengthened the hand of the Gunnery leader of this Squadron when on the ground, his work and leadership being a constant source of inspiration to his fellow gunners.

 

I consider his outstanding record and devotion to duty fully merits the award of the Distinguished Flying Cross (Non-Immediate).

 

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OAKES, Nursing Sister Frances Marion (C3315) - Associate, Royal Red Cross - Technical Training School - Award effective 1 January 1943 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 55/43 dated 15 January 1943. Born in Wellington County, Ontario, 30 August 1906. Remained in RCAF and as S/L Oakes received Queen's Coronation Medal, 21 October 1953 while at AFHQ.

 

This Nursing Sister has been in charge of the operating room at the Technical Training School since 1940. She is also in charge of a 250 bed hospital. Nursing Sister Oakes has carried out her duties in an exceptionally capable manner, and as a direct result of her initiative a very high standard of efficiency has been maintained. She has set a very fine example at all times.

 

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OAKLEY, F/L Edward Howard (J40773) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.420 Squadron - Award effective 5 July 1945 as per London Gazette dated 17 July 1945 and AFRO 1558/45 dated 5 October 1945. Born 1921 in Middlechurch, Manitoba; home in Winnipeg (salesman); enlisted there 16 August 1941. Trained at No.3 BGS (graduated 11 September 1942). Commissioned 1944. Medal presented 6 May 1950. No citation other than "in recognition of gallantry and devotion to duty in the execution of air operations against the enemy". Recommended 3 April 1945 as follows:

 

This officer has displayed great skill and tenacity, and has participated in attacks on many vital targets in Germany. At all times he has displayed the highest standard of devotion to duty. His keenness for air operations has made him a most valuable member of aircraft crew. On the ground he has proved himself a capable officer in the handling of his section, and has always applied himself to his duties with keenness and enthusiasm, and set a fine example to members of the squadron.

 

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OANCIA, Sergeant Stefan (R114949) - Distinguished Flying Medal - No.617 Squadron - Award effective 23 May 1943 as per London Gazette dated 28 May 1943 and AFRO 1187/43 dated 25 June 1943. Born 1923 at Stonehenge, Saskatchewan; home there; enlisted in Regina, 1 August 1941. Trained at No.2 ITS (graduated 4 December 1941), No.3 AOS (graduated 13 March 1942), No.2 BGS (graduated 25 April 1942) and No.1 ANS (graduated 25 May 1942). Medal presented at Buckingham Palace 22 June 1943. Ruhr dams raid. See Donald A. MacLean, DFM for others decorated and citation.

 

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OATES, FS Robert John (R51831) - Distinguished Flying Medal - No.97 Squadron - Award effective 31 December 1942 as per London Gazette dated 29 December 1942 and AFRO 232/43 dated 12 February 1943. Born in Leighton Buzzard, Bedfordshire, 1912; home there (smelter); enlisted Sudbury, 11 May 1940. Trained at No.1 ITS (graduated 21 July 1940) and RCAF Station Rockcliffe. Medal presented at Buckingham Palace 13 April 1943.

 

This rear gunner has taken part in attacks against many of the enemy's most strongly defended objectives. Throughout he has set a very high standard which has been a fine example to all.

 

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OATWAY, F/L Wallace Reginald (J14817) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.424 Squadron - Award effective 10 May 1945 as per London Gazette dated 22 May 1945 and AFRO 1147/45 dated 13 July 1945. Born 1917 in Creston, British Columbia; home in Vancouver (clerk); enlisted there 20 November 1941. Trained at No.7 ITS (graduated 19 June 1942), No.1 BGS (graduated 28 August 1942) and No.1 AOS (graduated 9 October 1942). Commissioned 1942. Medal presented 20 November 1948. No citation other than "completed... numerous operations against the enemy in the course of which [he has] invariably displayed the utmost fortitude, courage and devotion to duty". DHist file 181.009 D.2610 (RG.24 Vol.20627) has recommendation dated 19 December 1944 when he had flown 19 sorties (103 hours 56 minutes), 27 August to 5 December 1944.

 

This officer, an Air Bomber of outstanding ability, has completed many sorties over the main German targets during the summer and fall of 1944. His extreme keenness for operational duties has been a great inspiration to all members of aircrew at all times. Flight Lieutenant Oatway's precise knowledge of his work has been in a very large degree responsible for the success of the crew in their highly satisfactory operational record.

 

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OBEE, F/L Robert Thomas (J15872) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.425 Squadron - Award effective 2 October 1944 as per London Gazette dated 13 October 1944 and AFRO 2637/44 dated 8 December 1944. Born 26 May 1919, at Ardrossan, Scotland; home in Victoria, British Columbia; enlisted in Toronto, 21 August 1940. Trained at No.1 WS (graduated 9 December 1940) and No.1 BGS (graduated 26 May 1941). Medal presented 13 July 1946. Noted ham radio operator; postwar Chartered Accountant in Victoria where he died, 4 February 1995.

 

Flight Lieutenant Obee has participated in many operational sorties, both in Europe and the Middle East. In all these actions he has displayed outstanding skill and praiseworthy disregard for danger. While on operations in the Middle East, this officer was a member of the crew of an aircraft damaged by anti-aircraft fire near Tobruk. While others rendered first aid to the injured gunner, Flight Lieutenant Obee took up his position in the damaged aircraft, keeping a cool and courageous watch for enemy fighters. An outstanding signals leader, this officer has consistently displayed exceptional skill and devotion to duty.

 

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OCKENDEN, F/O Gordon Frederick (J21398) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.443 Squadron - Award effective 18 December 1944 as per London Gazette dated 29 December 1944 and AFRO 379/45 dated 2 March 1945. Born 20 July 1923 at Vermillion, Alberta; home in Edmonton. Newspaper clerk before enlistment in Edmonton. Trained at No.3 ITS (April 1942 to June 1942), No.21 EFTS (20 June to 12 August 1942) and No.8 SFTS (12 August to 3 December 1942). Commissioned 4 December 1942; Flying Officer, 4 June 1943; Flight Lieutenant, 4 December 1944. Trained further at No.1 OTU, Bagotville, and then to No.127 Squadron (Canada), 20 April to 14 December 1943 which included flying coastal patrols. With No.443 Squadron, 13 February to 18 December 1944. Served at No.10 OTU, then to Canada, August 1945. Released 25 September 1945 but rejoined in January 1946, rising to Major General. Significant postings included flying Norseman and Dakota aircraft with No.6 (Communications) Flight and No.435 Squadron (January 1946 to November 1948); Air Defence Command Headquarters (November 1948 to September 1953); 30 NORAD Region (June 1960 to August 1964); command of Station Camp Borden (1967-1970); Canadian Defence Liaison Staff, Washington (1976-1978). Retired 1978. Became Director International Marketing Defence Products, Bristol Aerospace, Winnipeg (1978-82); took semi-retirement to Kelowna in 1982 but maintained contact with Bristol; in 1988 becam President, TRIMAN Consultants. He was also National Vice-President, RCAF Association (1985-88) and National President, RCAF Association (1988-92). Appointed Honourary Colonel, No.443 Squadron, November 1992. Died in Kelowna, 14 April 2000. Aerial victories were as follows: 7 June 1944, one Bf.109 destroyed (shared with F/L H. Russel) near Caen; 23 August 1944, two Bf.109s destroyed and one FW.190 damaged northeast of Caen; 29 September 1944, two Bf.109s destroyed northeast of Nijmegen. Photo PL-36777 shows him.

 

This officer has proved himself a resourceful and efficient pilot whose fine fighting spirit, enthusiasm and devotion to duty merit high praise. He has completed numerous missions including escort and patrol sorties and bombing and low level attacks. He has destroyed or damaged at least thirty-five enemy vehicles and in addition he has destroyed four enemy aircraft and damaged one.

 

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ODLUM, F/L Harold Eustache (J28081) - 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 19 January 1911. Home in Vancouver; enlisted there 29 July 1942. Trained at No.7 ITS (graduated 5 March 1943), No.5 BGS (graduated 28 May 1943) and No.1 CNS (graduated 7 July 1943). Posted overseas, July 1943; repatriated August 1945; released 10 October 1945. Commissioned 9 July 1943.

 

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OEHM, P/O Wray Frederick (J93523) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.433 Squadron - Award effective 8 September 1945 as per London Gazette dated 25 September 1945 and AFRO 1768/45 dated 23 November 1945. Born 1920 at South Easthope, Ontario; home in St.Mary's Ontario (farmer); enlisted in Hamilton, 16 June 1942. Trained at No.1 ITS (graduated 6 July 1943), No.4 BGS (graduated 24 July 1943) and No.1 AOS (graduated 17 September 1943). Commissioned October 1940. Medal presented 14 June 1949. No citation other than "completed...numerous operations against the enemy in the course of which [he has] invariably displayed the utmost fortitude, courage and devotion to duty." DHist file 181.009 D.2610 (RG.24 Vol.20627) has recommendation by W/C G.A. Tambling dated 15 April 1945 when he had flown 32 sorties (198 hours five minutes), 20 September 1944 to 2 March 1945. Died in London, Ontario, 9 April 1996.

 

This officer, the Air Bomber of the crew captained by Pilot Officer Saunders, has completed thirty-two operational sorties, which included attacks on a wide variety of targets both in Germany and France.

 

Pilot Officer Oehm by his dogged determination, skill and devotion to duty, has obtained an exceptionally high percentage of the target aiming points of this squadron. He has at all times set his mind on the task in hand fearlessly and with a fine offensive spirit, setting a magnificent example to his crew and the squadron in general.

 

I consider that, by his outstanding ability and strong sense of duty displayed, this officer merits the award of the Distinguished Flying Cross (Non-Immediate).

 

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OFFERHAUS, F/L Richard Herman (C19548) - 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 30 July 1915. Home in Vancouver; enlisted there 5 December 1941. Radio mechanic; posted overseas September 1942; repatriated 23 October 1945; released 4 December 1945. Rejoined postwar RCAF as a radar officer.

 

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OGILVIE, F/L Allan McPherson, DFC (20509) - French Croix de Guerre with Bronze Star - Award as per AFRO 485/47 dated 12 September 1947. Pilot. See Field of Honour (Bank of Montreal, c.1950). Enlisted in RAF, August 1940; overseas August 1941. Posted to No.83 Squadron and commissioned April 1942. Completed 52 sorties with the unit. Awarded DFC (London Gazette 12 March 1943), Bar to DFC (London Gazette, 27 July 1943) and Mention in Despatches (London Gazette dated 1 January 1945). Aircraft attacked by a fighter, 11 April 1943 and he baled out. Landed in Alsace-Lorraine, about ten miles from Franco-German border. Rescued by French Underground, taken to Paris and then to southern France. Spent several weeks in Toulouse and Montaubain before resuming escape via St. Girons across Pyrenees to Spain. After three days in mountains he was arrested by Spanish police but released a week later and made his way to Gibraltar - three months after being shot down. Returned to duty with a Pathfinder Navigational Training Unit, and later Group Navigation Officer in No.6 Group. Returned to Canada for "Tiger Force" work; remained in RCAF after war. Awarded Officer, Order of Military Merit (OMM). Retired with the rank of Colonel. Died in Ottawa, 30 December 2000. Following citation from Field of Honour:

 

Squadron Leader Ogilvie, while serving as Navigator with 83 Squadron, completed two tours of operations and rendered outstanding service to the French cause.

 

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OGILVIE, P/O Noel John (J15222) - Mention in Despatches - No.185 Squadron - Award effective 1 January 1943 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 232/43 dated 12 February 1943. Born in Ottawa, 11 August 1920; enlisted there 16 July 1940. Awarded wings at No.31 SFTS, 24 March 1941; to RAF overseas, 18 April 1941; commissioned 19 February 1942. See Christopher Shores and Brian Cull, Malta: The Spitfire Year, 1942; arrived in Malta 18 May 1942 flying off HMS Eagle. Credited with Ju.88 on 24 May 1942 (the book has his own report on page 291). On 6 June 1942 he was trying to make an Italian rescue floatplane alight when another Spitfire shot it down. His own aircraft badly shot up by a Bf.109, 2 July 1942. Helped guide other Spitfires to Malta, 21 July 1942, following another delivery by Eagle. Made a twilight recce of Sicily, 8 August 1942. On 12 August 1942 he took part in destruction of a He.111, the 100th victim of No.185 in the defence of Malta. Later flew a second tour with No.403 Squadron. Repatriated 24 October 1943; to No.1 OTU, Bagotville, 6 December 1943; to No.36 OTU, 2 June 1944; to No.8 OTU, 30 June 1944; to "Y" Depot again, 15 August 1944; at No.3 Personnel Reception Centre, Bournemouth, 29 August 1944; repatriated 23 October 1945; released 5 December 1945. In RCAF Auxiliary, 9 March 1948 to 22 June 1950 (service number 120620, No.424 Squadron). A newsclipping in DHist biographical file says he was one of the tallest pilots in the RCAF (six feet 4 inches).

 

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OGLE, F/L John Yuill Taylor (J24737) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.433 Squadron (incorrectly entered as No.438 Squadron in AFRO) - Award effective 4 December 1945 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO/431 dated 8 August 1947. Born 1912 in Sussex, England. Home in Toronto (policeman). Commissioned March 1943. Medal presented in Toronto, 30 November 1949. No citation other than "completed numerous operations against the enemy in the course of which [he has] invariably displayed the utmost fortitude, courage and devotion to duty." DHist file 181.009 D.2610 (RG.24 Vol.20627) has recommendation by W/C G.A. Tambling dated 19 May 1945 when he had completed 30 sorties (159 hours 35 minutes), 24 June 1944 to 9 April 1945.

 

This officer has now completed a tour of operations over enemy territory including such targets as Hamburg (2), Hanover, Stuttgart and Kiel. He has invariably displayed the utmost fortitude, courage and devotion to duty, and in his capacity as Gunnery Leader, has set a fine example to his section by his ready willingness to fly at all times irrespective of the target or with what crew he was detailed.

 

Although his tour is completed, Flight Lieutenant Ogle is carrying on with his duties and is providing very able leadership to the gunnery section whilst on the ground where his keen enthusiasm and untiring efforts have done much to improve the efficiency of all gunners on the squadron.

 

I consider his fine offensive spirit, leadership and devotion to duty fully merits the award of the Distinguished Flying Cross.

 

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OGLE, F/O Lewis Powell (J27479) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.153 Squadron - Award effective 5 July 1945 as per London Gazette dated 20 July 1945 and AFRO 1619/45 dated 19 October 1945. American in the RCAF; born 1914 in Montreal; home in Tuckahoe, New York; enlisted in Montreal, 7 July 1942. Trained at No.3 ITS (graduated 1 January 1943) and No.5 AOS (graduated 25 June 1943). Commissioned 1943. Medal presented 15 June 1949. No citation other than "completed...numerous operations against the enemy in the course of which [he has] invariably displayed the utmost fortitude, courage and devotion to duty". Public Records Office Air 2/9082 has recommendation dated 12 March 1945 when he had flown 31 sorties (185 hours), 31 August 1944 to 16 March 1945.

 

31 Aug 44 St.Rocquier 27 Nov 44 Freiburg

3 Sept 44 Gelze-Ryon 29 Nov 44 Dortmund

17 Sep 44 Beggerkerge 22 Dec 44 Coblenz

20 Sep 44 Sangatte 28 Dec 44 Bonn

23 Sep 44 Neyss 2 Jan 45 Nuremburg

26 Sep 44 Calais 5 Jan 45 Royan

27 Sep 44 Calais 7 Jan 45 Munich

2 Oct 44 Westkapelle 14 Jan 45 Leuna

5 Oct 44 Saarbrucken 22 Jan 45 Duisburg


23 Oct 44 Essen 3 Feb 45 Bottrop

25 Oct 44 Essen 7 Feb 45 Cleve

28 Oct 44 Cologne 14 Feb 45 Chemnitz

30 Oct 44 Cologne 1 Mar 45 Mannheim

31 Oct 44 Cologne 5 Mar 45 Chemnitz

6 Nov 44 Gelsenkirchen 16 Mar 45 Nuremburg

18 Nov 44 Wanne Eickel

 

This young American officer has now completed 31 sorties as navigator. He has attacked targets in Germany and occupied territory, including such heavily defended cities as Essen, Nuremburg and Munich.

 

His skill as a navigator has been marked, and his accuracy has on many occasions contributed largely to the successful carrying out of the sortie. He is quiet yet determined, calm and courageous, and has consistently shown himself to be undeterred by any circumstances which might have prevented the completion of the operation.

 

For his steadfastness, devotion to duty and his disregard of personal safety he is recommended for the award of the Distinguished Flying Cross.

 

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OGLE, F/O William Melville (J39273) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.12 Squadron - Award effective 23 November 1945 as per London Gazette dated 7 December 1945 and AFRO 244/46 dated 8 March 1946. Born 1914 in Dumbarton, Scotland; home in Toronto (entrepreneur); enlisted there 11 August 1942. Trained at No.5 ITS (graduated 24 July 1942) and No.4 AOS (graduated 13 January 1944). Commissioned December 1943. Medal presented in Toronto, 30 November 1949. No citation, "completed...numerous operations against the enemy in the course of which [he has] invariably displayed the utmost fortitude, courage and devotion to duty." Public Records Office Air 2/8772 has recommendation dated 13 May 1945 when he had flown 30 sorties (199 hours ten minutes) as follows:

 

2 Nov 44 Dusseldorf 7 Feb 45 Cleve

4 Nov 44 Bochum 13 Feb 45 Dresden

18 Nov 44 Wanne Eickel 20 Feb 45 Dortmund

29 Nov 44 Dortmund 21 Feb 45 Duisburg

6 Dec 44 Merseburg 12 Mar 45 Dortmund

12 Dec 44 Essen 13 Mar 45 Gelsenkirchen

17 Dec 44 Ulm 15 Mar 45 Misburg

22 Dec 44 Koblenz 16 Mar 45 Nuremburg

31 Dec 44 Osterfeld 18 Mar 45 Hanau

2 Jan 45 Nuremburg 22 Mar 45 Oslo

4 Jan 45 Royan 25 Mar 45 Hanover


16 Jan 45 Zeitz 27 Mar 45 Paderborn

28 Jan 45 Stuttgart 31 Mar 45 Hamburg

1 Feb 45 Ludwigshaven 4 Apr 45 Lutzkendorf

2 Feb 45 Weisbaden 10 Apr 45 Plauen

 

Flying Officer Ogle, a Canadian, has now completed his first tour of operations against the enemy as a navigator in a Lancaster aircraft with many attacks on targets demanding a very high standard of navigation, such as Merseburg, Nuremburg, Zeitz, Stuttgart, Dresden, Misburg, Hanover and Hamburg.

 

This Canadian's record has been an example of exceptional ability coupled with calm confidence and courage which have played a large part in maintaining the high morale of his crew and have enabled them to achieve considerable success. I consider the award of the Distinguished Flying Cross would be fitting recognition of Flying Officer Ogle's excellent record of courage and efficiency.

 

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OGLETREE, FS Harry Lorraine (R51375) - British Empire Medal - No.8 Repair Depot - Award effective 8 June 1944 as per London Gazette of that date and RCAF Routine Order 1380/44 dated 30 June 1944. Born in Moose Jaw; educated in Laverendry; enlisted in Winnipeg, 18 October 1939. Medal presented 19 January 1945.

 

This NCO, for the past three years, has combined his aeronautical engineering training and administrative ability in the successful execution of his duties. He has shown himself to be a most capable, co-operative and energetic NCO. By his diligence and devotion to duty he has set an outstanding example to all with whom he has come in contact.

 

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OLAFSON, F/O Harold Christian (J43684) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.436 Squadron - Award effective 1 February 1946 as per London Gazette dated 15 February 1946 and AFRO 280/46 dated 15 March 1946. Born 1923 in Winnipeg; home there (labourer); enlisted there 30 October 1942. Trained at No.3 ITS (graduated 21 August 1943), No.23 EFTS (graduated 30 October 1943), and No.10 SFTS (graduated 7 April 1944). Commissioned March 1944. Medal sent by registered mail 14 September 1951 while serving at Station Summerside.

 


This officer has served with great distinction on close support duties to the 14th Army throughout its advance from Schwebo to Rangoon. He has been called upon repeatedly to complete most hazardous missions delivering vital ammunition, rations and fuel to forward elements of the Army. During the Meiktila battle he was one of the first to land his aircraft on a recaptured landing strip where he calmly directed unloading operations while under Japanese machine gun and artillery fire. Flying Officer Olafson has recently completed his missions over dangerous country and in monsoon weather. His courage and devotion to duty has always been outstanding.

 

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OLDERSHAW, F/O Donald McKie (J35238) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.408 Squadron - Award effective 10 May 1945 as per London Gazette dated 25 May 1945 and AFRO 1291/45 dated 10 August 1945. Home in Chatham, Ontario; enlisted there 27 May 1942. Trained at No.6 ITS (graduated 18 April 1943) and No.4 AOS (graduated 3 September 1943). Medal sent by registered mail 28 June 1949.

 

Flying Officer Oldershaw has recently completed a most successful tour of operational duty attacking such heavily defended targets as Duisburg, Essen, Kiel and Hamburg. In August 1944, after bombing Kiel, despite the fact that this officer's navigation equipment has been rendered unserviceable, he successfully directed his aircraft safely back to base, having memorized the course. Throughout, Flying Officer Oldershaw has displayed the utmost courage and devotion to duty. His outstanding skill and keenness for operations has set a fine example to all.

 

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OLDHAM, Flight Sergeant Albert (Can 10731) - British Empire Medal - No.9 SFTS - Award effective as of 1 January 1945 as per London of that date and AFRO 89/45 dated 19 January 1945. Home in Exeter, Ontario; enlisted in Montreal, 15 September 1939. Medal presented 17 June 1945.

 

This non-commissioned officer has proven himself to be exceptionally thorough in the performance of his duties in charge of aircraft engine and maintenance control. His outstanding ability for organization has done much to raise the standard of aircraft serviceability at this unit. He is keen and energetic in all his undertakings, being an inspiration to those associated with him. He is a most conscientious and efficient airman, whose devotion to duty is praiseworthy.

 

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OLDHAM, F/L Ronald (J6141) - Distinguished Flying Cross - Fighter Experimental Flight, Fighter Command - Award effective 9 October 1945 as per London Gazette dated 19 October 1945 and AFRO 1822/45 dated 7 December 1945. Born 11 June 1914 in Calgary; home in Vancouver. Educated at University of British Columbia (BA, 1938). General officer worker, 1934-1935; school teacher, 1939-1940. Joined Canadian Army (2nd Battalion, Canadian Scottish Regiment, Victoria), 16 July 1940 but took his discharge to joined RCAF. Enlisted in RCAF, Vancouver, 10 October 1940. First went to No.1 Manning Depot, Toronto (14-31 October 1940) and Technical Training School, St.Thomas (31 October to 22 December 1940). Trained at No.1 ITS (graduated 27 January 1941), No.1 AOS (graduated 27 April 1941), No.1 BGS (graduated 7 June 1941) and No.1 ANS (graduated 28 July 1941. Commissioned 8 July 1941; Flying Officer 8 July 1942; Flight Lieutenant 8 July 1943. Emplaned for UK, 1 August 1941. Further trained at No.17 OTU, 16 August to 26 November 1941. With No.226 Squadron, 26 November 1941 to 9 May 1942; hospitalized 30 April 1942 with wound in right foot. On strength of RAF Station Swanton Morley, 9 May to 8 September 1942; No.226 Squadron, 8-21 September 1942; No.17 OTU, 21 September to 27 November 1942; Station Swanton Morley, 27 November 1942 to 23 May 1943. No.342 Squadron, 23 May to 11 November 1943; No.13 OTU, 11 November 1943 to 24 February 1945 (OC Navigation); CFE, Tangmere 24 February to 17 July 1945; repatriated to Canada, 8 August 1945; released 5 October 1945. Medal presented 29 January 1947. Died 1986. No breakdown of victories available; he may be the only non-pilot ace in the RCAF.

 

This officer commenced operational flying in December 1941. On one occasion he was wounded in the foot by anti-aircraft fire. He has destroyed five enemy aircraft and damaged a further six, also four trains and numerous mechanical transport vehicles. Flight Lieutenant Oldham has successfully attacked many enemy airfields, frequently despite accurate anti-aircraft fire. At all times this officer has proved to be a navigator of outstanding ability.

 

NOTE: Public Record Office Air 2/8764 has recommendation for a Croix de Guerre. This does not appear to have cleared authorities, although he apparently believed it had been approved, as he mentions on his repatriation form that he had been awarded a Croix de Guerre with Palm.

 

A gallant observer. When wounded during a bombing mission, he regained his place in the combat as soon as possible and held it. Volunteered for service in "Lorraine" bomber group as observer to commander and, by his bravery and skill, was held in high esteem by all the group personnel. Has participated in many difficult missions.

 

FURTHER NOTE: On repatriation he filled out a document (31 July 1945) which described his flying as consisting of 62 hours on operations (31 sorties) and 375 non-operational hours and his last operational sortie was 22 April 1945. He listed victories as follows: three Ju.88s, one FW.190 and one Me.410. He listed aircraft experience as follows: Anson (37 hours), Blenheim (61 hours five minutes), Boston (236 hours 30 minutes), Mosquito (82 hours 30 minutes), Mitchell (seven hours 15 minutes) and dual time (Tudor) as 12 hours 45 minutes.

 


The modest flying figures he supplied on this occasion are difficult to reconcile with other documents. On 30 September 1942 (when being posted from No.226 Squadron to No.17 OTU) he was described by W/C W.E. Surplice as "A keen officer who was doing very well up to the time he was wounded. With more operational experience he should turn out to be an excellent observer". On 16 December 1943, when being posted from No.342 Squadron to No.13 OTU, W/C H.M.G. de Rancourt reported he had flown 468 hours (71 in previous six months) and that he was "an exceptionally good navigator and bomb aimer". On the other hand, G/C W.M.L. MacDonald wrote, "Although I consider that the assessment at paragraph 11 is higher than is justified, I agree that F/L Oldham has done excellent work in his squadron and is a very good officer". On 28 February 1945, on posting from No.13 OTU, he was reported as having flown 525 hours (29 in previous six months) and W/C J.R. Cree wrote, "Has performed his duties with zeal and his ability has been an example to both Instructors and pupils." On 23 July 1945, W/C F. Gonsalves wrote that his total flying was now 589 hours (81 hours 30 minutes in previous six months) and was "a good average officer and keen on the job".

 

His training record may illustrate how an "Air Observer" progressed under the BCATP. At No.1 ITS (23 December 1940 to 27 January 1941) he attained 91 percent in Mathematics, 90 percent in Armament (P and O), 89 percent in Drill, and 89 percent in Law and Discipline. He was described as "Conscientious, hard-working airman with ability. Good air observer material. Has worked full out while at this unit". At No.1 AOS (3 February to 27 April 1941) he spent 65 hours ten minutes in Ansons in four categories: 1st navigator, day (29 hours 30 minutes), 2nd navigator, day (28 hours 45 minutes), 1st navigator, night (two hours 20 minutes) and 2nd navigator, night (four hours 35 minutes). In air work he received 369 marks out of a possible 500 and was described as "Average; writes a good leg; stood 27th in a class of 44." In Ground Training he took the following courses: D.R. Plotting (115 out of 150), D.R. Written plus DF/WT (173 out of 200), Compasses and Instruments (105 out of 150), Signals (100 out of 150), Maps and Charts (52 out of 100), Meteorology (85 out of 100), Photography (83 out of 100) and Reconnaissance (82 out of 100). He stood 15th in a class of 40 and was described as "Good all round student...Quiet type. Painstaking, hard worker. Neat ans efficient. Decidedly officer material". At No.1 BGS (28 April to 9 June 1941) he logged 16 hours ten minutes by day in bombing and six hours 40 minutes by day in gunner plus seven hours 35 minutes as a passenger (all in Battle aircraft). His average error in bombing exercises was 163 yards (116 yards in his best exercise); in gunnery he was graded in a Beam Test (15 percent), Beam Relative Speed (5.6 percent) and Under Tail (seven percent). Marks were allotted to Bombing (Written) in which he scored 118 out of 150, Bombing (Plotting) in which he scored 116 out of 150, Gunnery (Written) in which he scored 84 out of 100 and Gunnery (Written), being marked 80 out of 100. He was graded as "Above average" and graduated 4th in a class of 37 and descried as "Unusually intelligent. Took the course very serious. A quiet disposition. Spent much time on his studies. Recommended for Commission." At No.1 ANS (9 June to 7 July 1941) he again was engaged in flying as follows: 1st Navigator, Day (eight hours 40 minutes), 2nd Navigator, Day (six hours 25 minutes), 1st Navigator, Night (nine hours 50 minutes) and 2nd Navigator, Night (nine hours 15 minutes). He was graded 198 out of 250 as an Air navigator and described as "Conscientious, keen and capable navigator, with a good sense of responsibility". In Ground Training he to Astro Navigation (Plotting) for which he was graded 116 out of 150 and Astro Navigation (Written) for which he was graded 92 out of 100. He graduated 13th in a class of 111.

 

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OLEINEK, P/O Peter Joseph (J4735) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.12 Squadron - Award effective 11 March 1942 as per London Gazette dated 13 March 1942 and AFRO 611/42 dated 24 April 1942. Born in Stry, Alberta, 11 July 1915. Home in Edmonton. Enlisted there, 29 June 1940. Trained at No.1 ITS (graduated 14 October 1940), No.7 EFTS (graduated 30 November 1940) and No.31 SFTS (graduated 24 March 1941). Commissioned March 1941. As of July 1942 he was at School of Navigation, Port Albert, Ontario. Medal presented by Governor General, 3 December 1942.

This officer has completed numerous sorties over enemy and enemy occupied territory. He is a skilful and determined captain of aircraft who by his excellent example and high morale has won entire confidence of his crew. On one occasion when subjected to intense enemy fire over Stettin his aircraft was forced down to a height of only 50 feet. His aircraft sustained damage but in spite of this he coolly and skilfully flew at this height over highly defended areas and eventually reached this country. Pilot Officer Oleinek has displayed fine powers of leadership.

 

NOTE: Public Records Office Air 2/9262 has recommendation dated 19 January 1942 when he had flown 22 sorties (143 hours 25 minutes as follows:

 

2 Aug 41 Cherbourg (4.45) 14 Oct 41 Nuremburg (6.55,

5 Aug 41 Aachen (6.15, evaded bombed Frankfurt in

Bf.109 attack) bad weather)

7 Aug 41 Essen (4.53) 21 Oct 41 Bremen (6.30)

12 Aug 41 Berlin (7.40) 23 Oct 41 Kiel (5.50)

14 Aug 41 Magdeburg (7.15) 31 Oct 41 Hamburg (6.00, W/T

26 Aug 41 Cologne (6.20) u/s, no brakes on

28 Aug 41 Duisburg (5.05) return)

7 Sept 41 Berlin (7.55, good 7 Nov 41 Berlin (8.10)

photo taken) 16 Dec 41 Wilhelmshaven (4.55)

11 Sep 41 Rostock (7.25, return 28 Dec 41 Wilhelmshaven (5.25)

on one engine) 8 Jan 42 Brest (5.25)

19 Sep 41 Stettin (8.30, a/c 10 Jan 42 Wilhelmshaven (6.45)

damaged by flak and 14 Jan 42 Hamburg (6.40)

S.A. [?]; dived to 17 Jan 42 Emden (5.45, first

ground level 4,000-lb bombed

29 Sep 41 Stettin (9.00) dropped by squadron.

 


This officer has carried out 22 highly successful sorties over Germany and occupied territory. His dogged determination to achieve a successful mission has at all times been the outstanding feature of this officer. His cool confidence and presence of mind reflects very strongly in the remainder of his crew, and as a whole, displays an extremely high moral standard for the unit. On one occasion, when caught in intense enemy ground fire over Stettin, he was forced down to a height of 50 feet above the ground, but in spite of damage to his aircraft, he continued at this height for this country, over highly defended areas, and through skilful pilotage and cool judgement he returned safely to his base without further damage. He has at all times maintained the highest traditions and qualities of leadership in the service.

 

OLEINEK, S/L (now W/C) Peter Joseph, DFC (J4735) - Air Force Cross - No.6 OTU - Award effective 1 January 1946 as per Canada Gazette of that date and AFRO 82/46 dated 25 January 1946. Governor General's Records (RG.7 Group 26, Volume 59, file 190-I, dossier 8) has citation. When recommended he had flown 1,726 hours, of which 1,031 were instructing, 111 in previous six months. Medal presented 6 May 1950.

 

As Chief Ground Instructor, Squadron Leader Oleinek has displayed great ability as an organizer. In addition, he has planned and developed new and improved flying exercises, the effectiveness of which he frequently checks by acting as both screen pilot and navigator with students on exercises. His superior knowledge and work on all phases of training have been of immense value and his complete devotion to his duties has reflected most favourably in the high standard of training that exists at his unit.

 

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OLESKEVIS, F/O Paul Andrew (C16028) - Mention in Despatches - No.1659 Conversion Unit (AFRO gives unit only as "Overseas" - Award effective 8 June 1944 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 1729/44 dated 11 August 1944. Home in Dalhousie, New Brunswick; enlisted in Saint John, 7 June 1937. No citation in AFRO. DHist file 181.009 D.2993 (RG.24 Vol.20634) has recommendation for an MBE dated 26 January 1944 when he was an Engineering Officer at the unit.

 

During the Battle of Britain and the heavy raids following, this officer as an NCO worked on Fighter Operational Units. During the attacks on his airfield he never gave any thought to his personal safety, his one object being the immediate maintenance of his aircraft and the safety of his men. Recently on this station when a serious crash occurred, he was among the first on the scene and helped organize the removal of the casualties and the Fire services. One member of the crew was trapped beneath the smouldering wreckage and Flying Officer Oleskevis personally cleared the wreckage and extricated this man. While doing this, his clothing became soaked in petrol; this involved great personal risk as the danger of a fire or explosion from the still-smouldering wreckage was present at all times. This officer has, at all times, displayed exceptional enthusiasm and an attitude that has created a very high standard or morale among the men.

 

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OLIPHANT, LAC Albert (R148615) - Mention in Despatches - No.9405 Servicing Echelon - Award effective 1 January 1945 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 425/45 dated 9 March 1945. Born 6 October 1915. Home in Toronto; enlisted there 6 January 1942. Posted overseas 6 August 1942; repatriated 16 September 1946. Enrolled for General Duties; Guard from 2 March 1943; Equipment Assistant from 21 May 1943.

 

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OLIVER, Sergeant Mauriette Elvira (W307763) - British Empire Medal - AFHQ, Directorate of Personnel - Award effective 8 June 1944 as per Canada Gazette of that date and RCAF Routine Order 1380/44 dated 30 June 1944. Born in New Norway, Alberta; educated in Alberta primary and secondary schools and Edmonton Normal School; home in Fairview, Alberta; enlisted in Edmonton, 23 October 1942. Medal presented by Governor General, 12 December 1944.

 

This NCO, as Clerk (Educational) in the Education Branch at Air Force Headquarters, has shown initiative and resourcefulness far above average. She is responsible for all records in connection with pre-aircrew educational training and for the despatch of examination papers in connection therewith. By reason of her diligent, intelligent and active interest in her duties, the examination schedule of such trainees, who on occasion have numbered more than four thousand, have been carried out without interruption. Records pertaining to intake, outputs and examination results have been maintained with a high degree of accuracy. The airwoman has displayed outstanding devotion to duty and a broad interest in her work.

 

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OLIVER, WO2 Phillip Jesse Beatty (R57706) - Member, Order of the British Empire - RCAF India - Award effective 1 January 1945 as per London Gazette of that date, Canada Gazette dated 6 January 1945 and AFRO 89/45 dated 19 January 1945. Home in Victoria; enlisted in Vancouver, 6 April 1940. Listed as an LAC Overseas as early as 1940. Later commissioned (C87522)

 

This warrant officer, during the period of the initial organization of the Royal Canadian Air Force Base Accounts Office, India, displayed exceptional qualities of leadership and ability, for which he has been commended on several occasions by his senior officers. The satisfaction of Royal Canadian Air Force personnel in this area in the great improvement of the maintenance of their accounts may be attributed in no small part to the energetic efforts and able leadership of this warrant officer. In emergencies, under difficult conditions, he has displayed untiring energy and devotion to duty which are most praiseworthy.

 

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OLMSTED, F/L William Alfred (J5125) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.442 Squadron - Award effective 24 October 1944 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 2637/44 dated 8 December 1944. Born in Victoria, B.C., 1 July 1920. Home in Hamilton; educated at McMaster University. Enlisted in Hamilton, Ontario, 31 August 1940. Trained at No.2 ITS (5 November to 11 December 1940), No.15 EFTS (12 December 1940 to 31 January 1941) and No.6 SFTS (8 February to 18 May 1941). To Central Flying School, Trenton, 19 May to 30 July 1941; No.4 Training Command (Regina), 31 July to 5 November 1941; No.31 EFTS, 1 August 1941 to 9 February 1942; No.1 BGS, 1 March to 30 August 1942. Embarked from Canada, 6 September 1942; arrived No.3 Personnel Reception Unit, 21 September 1942. No.61 OTU, 6 October 1942 to 4 January 1943. To Algeria and thence to No.81 Squadron (15 February to 1 June 1943) and No.232 Squadron (1 June to 3 December 1943). Hospitalized with malaria. Embarks for UK, 18 January 1944; arrives in UK, 4 February 1944. Attached to Station Grangemouth, 24 February to 2 March 1944; attached to Central Gunnery School, 16 March to 19 April 1944; to North Weald, 26 April 1944; to Hornchurch, 26 April to 18 May 1944; attached to Detling, 19 May to 19 June 1944; with No.442 Squadron, 2 July to 22 December 1944. To Canada, 22 January 1945; released 6 April 1945, See his autobiography, Blue Skies. Victories with No.442 Squadron as follows: 20 July 1944, two FW.190s destroyed, St.Lo; 27 July 1944, one Bf.109 destroyed, Dreux.

 

Flight Lieutenant Olmsted has flown on many operational sorties over enemy territory and has at all times displayed exceptional keenness and determination. In two successive days in August 1944 he was responsible for the destruction of twenty-eight enemy vehicles, bringing the total he has destroyed to fifty. He has rendered fine service.

 

NOTE: DHist file 181.009 D.2833 (RG.24 Volume 20632) has recommendation dated 18 August 1944 which bears comparison. As of that date he had flown 282 sorties (397 hours 15 minutes):

 

Flight Lieutenant Olmsted has taken part in 282 sorties over enemy territory and has at all times displayed exceptional keenness and determination to engage the enemy both in the air and on the ground. During his operational career while in Italy and France he has destroyed four enemy aircraft, probably destroyed two and damaged three others. On August 13th and 14th he destroyed or damaged 28 enemy vehicles, bring his total enemy vehicles destroyed or damaged to fifty. He has at all times proved himself to be a very capable and skilful Flight Commander and his work is worthy of the highest praise.

 

OLMSTED, S/L William Alfred (J5125) - Bar to Distinguished Flying Cross - No.442 Squadron - Award effective 18 December 1944 as per London Gazette dated 29 December 1944 and AFRO 379/45 dated 2 March 1945.

 


Since the award of the Distinguished Flying Cross, Squadron Leader Olmsted has destroyed a further eighty mechanical vehicles. In addition he has repeatedly attacked enemy locomotives in most heavily defended areas in the outskirts of the Ruhr, severely damaging twenty-seven vehicles and a large number of goods trucks. In September 1944 a very large amount of enemy equipment was destroyed or damaged. Squadron Leader Olmsted has always displayed magnificent leadership and a fine fighting spirit which are worthy of high praise.

 

NOTE: DHist file 181.009 D.2833 (RG.24 Volume 20632) has recommendation dated 30 October 1944 when he had flown 388 sorties (487 operational hours) or 106 sorties (89 hours 45 minutes) since previous award. Because of the detail it bears comparison with the official citation:

 

Since being awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross in August of this year, Squadron leader Olmsted has completed a further 90 hours of operational flying. In this period he has destroyed or damaged a further 80 Mechanical Enemy Transport bringing his total score to 130 vehicles destroyed or damaged. To add to this splendid effort he has repeatedly attacked without any thought of his own personal safety locomotives and rolling stock in the most heavily defended areas on the outskirts of the Ruhr, seriously damaging 27 locomotives and damaging a large number of goods trucks.

 

He has been the inspiration which is completely for the remarkable aggressive spirit of the pilots he commands. Due to this his squadron has become the most persistent and high scoring ground attack squadron in the wing.

 

On September 28 the squadron dropped 22 tons of bombs achieving at least eight railway cuts and destroying a locomotive. On armed reconnaissances returning from the target 17 locomotives were seriously damaged, six goods trucks destroyed and 27 damaged plus eleven Mechanical Enemy Transport destroyed or damaged of which four were flamers, two smokers and five damaged. This destruction of enemy equipment gives some idea of the remarkable work carried out each day under his leadership and is worthy of very high praise.

 

Squadron Leader Olmsted has a total of four enemy aircraft destroyed, three probables and three damaged.

 

OLMSTED, S/L William Alfred, DFC (J5125) - Distinguished Service Order - No.442 Squadron - Award effective 16 February 1945 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 508/45 dated 23 March 1945.

 

This officer has led the squadron on very many sorties during which great loss has been inflicted on the enemy. Much of the success achieved can be attributed to this officer's brilliant leadership, outstanding skill and courage which have inspired all under his command. Squadron Leader Olmsted himself has been responsible for putting out of action a large number of mechanical vehicles, numerous locomotives and coaches and much other equipment; he has also destroyed four enemy aircraft. His determination to harass the enemy on every possible occasion has been worthy of the highest praise.


NOTE: DHist file 181.009 D.2833 (RG.24 Volume 20632) has recommendation drafted about 30 December 1944 when he had flown 410 sorties (517 hours 30 minutes) or 46 sorties (68 operational hours) since his previous award. Again, the sheer detail of this document contrasts with the sparse description given in the official citation:

 

Since being recommended for a Bar to his Distinguished Flying Cross, Squadron Leader Olmsted has continued his trail of destruction over the enemy. Since that date he has destroyed or damaged a further 18 Mechanical Enemy Transport - destroyed two and damaged seven locomotives - destroyed 11 railway coaches and damaged 16 railway trucks - destroyed one Motor Transport trailer and troops and put out of action two flak cars. On top of this he is mainly responsible for the 53 rail cuts claimed by the squadron on their recent rail interdiction programme. This brings his total destruction to 143 Mechanical Enemy Transport destroyed or damaged, 36 locomotives destroyed or damaged, 11 coaches destroyed, 16 trucks damaged, five armoured fighting vehicles damaged, two trgs [?] damaged, one Motor Transport Trailer and troops destroyed, two flak cars put out of action plus four aircraft destroyed, two probably destroyed and three damaged.

 

Squadron Leader Olmsted's keenness to seek out and destroy the enemy is self-evident in that he carried out at least 75 percent of the operations flown by his squadron while it was under his command and it was through his aggressive spirit and outstanding leadership that the squadron rose from the bottom position to the top scoring ground attack squadron within their wing and proved to be the highest squadron at rail cuts within the wing. The latter was accomplished due largely to this officer's exhaustive and untiring efforts at Warmwell Practice Camp and later to the example he set up in pressing home his attacks to point blank range regardless of the amount of flak encountered.

 

The spirit that he has inspired amongst the pilots of his squadron is clearly shown in the following results achieved since he assumed command on September 30th:

 

MET 23 destroyed 81 damages

LOCOS 13 destroyed 75 damaged

TANKS 1 damaged

TRGs 58 destroyed 73 damaged

BARGES 3 damaged

HDVs 1 destroyed 2 damaged

RLY COACHES 11 destroyed 4 damaged

FLAK CARS 2 damaged

TROOP TRAILER 1 destroyed

 


The destruction of enemy equipment for the loss of only four pilots shows great ability and extremely sound tactical judgement. During the last month of his tour, Squadron Leader Olmsted, in pressing home his attacks to such close range, was on two occasions shot up so badly that he was only able to make our lines before his aircraft caught fire and he was forced to bale out. These narrow escapes produced not the slightest slackness in the vigour and persistence with which this officer fought and led his squadron.

 

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OLSEN, F/L Thomas Coulter (J28859) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.83 Squadron - Award effective 8 September 1945 as per London Gazette dated 21 September and AFRO 1704/45 dated 9 November 1945. Born 1913 in South Shields, England; home in Toronto (appraiser); enlisted there 30 July 1942. Trained at No.6 ITS (graduated 20 March 1943) and No.4 AOS (graduated 21 March 1943). NOTE: The RCAF card giving graduation dates is clearly in error but not sure which date is correct. Commissioned August 1943. Medal sent by registered mail 28 June 1949.

 

This officer has completed many sorties as a navigator. On the night of March 22, 1945, his crew were detailed to illuminate the target in an attack on an oil refinery at Hamburg. Despite heavy anti-aircraft fire, Flight Lieutenant Olsen's accurate navigation guided them safely to the target and back. His courage, coolness and concentration have set a fine example to all.

 

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OLSON, Sergeant Arne Philip (R116329) - British Empire Medal - Station Sydney - Award effective 14 July 1945 as per Canada Gazette of that date and AFRO 1478/45 dated 21 September 1945. Home in Edberg, Alberta; enlisted in Winnipeg, 12 July 1941.

 

On February 15, 1945, the explosion of a depth charge demolished a hangar and precipitated a violent fire which raged with great fury owing to some two thousand gallons of gasoline contained in the tanks of aircraft in the hangar. The hangar and contents were almost completely destroyed in thirty minutes. When the explosion occurred, Sergeant Olson was on duty in the hangar and was thrown to the floor by the force of the blast. Despite the fact that he was dazed and suffering from shock, he proceeded to the blazing ammunition room where, amid exploding ammunition, this non-commissioned officer, completely disregarding his own safety, assisted in removing one of the injured armourers. He returned to the furiously burning building a second time in search of other missing airman. In the face of very great danger Sergeant Olson displayed great courage and fortitude in helping to rescue a fellow airman.

 

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OLSON, P/O Carl Robert (J88426) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.428 Squadron - Award effective 9 January 1945 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 471/45 dated 16 March 1945. Home in Charleswood, Manitoba; enlisted in Winnipeg, 24 May 1941. Trained at No.2 WS (graduated 20 July 1942) and No.5 BGS (graduated 8 March 1943). In postwar RCAF Auxiliary with No.406 Squadron. Medal presented 22 April 1950.

 

This officer was the wireless operator in an aircraft detailed to attack Bochum one night in October 1944. During the operation the aircraft was hit by high explosive shells. The mid-upper gunner was killed and Pilot Officer Olson was badly wounded in the face and arm. Although suffering acutely, this courageous crew member insisted on remaining at his post. He became weak from the loss of blood yet he diligently worked at his wireless apparatus transmitting messages as required. On this, his second operational mission, this officer displayed great fortitude and devotion to duty.

 

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OLSON, Sergeant George Raymond (R59140) - Mention in Despatches - No.419 Squadron - Award effective 14 January 1944 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 874/44 dated 21 April 1944. Born 21 June 1904. Home in Calgary; enlisted in Winnipeg, 5 June 1940. Aero engine mechanic; trained at St.Thomas (graduated 30 November 1940); served at No.7 SFTS from 4 December 1940 when he was posted overseas, March 1942. Attained rank of Sergeant, 9 July 1943; repatriated 28 February 1945. To No.10 Repair Depot; released 23 June 1945.

 

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OLSON, F/L Oke (J22046) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.407 Squadron - Award effective 19 July 1945 as per London Gazette dated 27 July 1945 and AFRO 1672/45 dated 2 November 1945. Born 1920 in Bodsjo, Sweden; home at Lake Cowichan, Vancouver Island (logger); enlisted in Vancouver, 24 November 1941. Trained at No.2 ITS (graduated 23 May 1942), No.19 EFTS (graduated 28 August 1942) and No.2 SFTS (graduated 18 December 1942). Commissioned December 1942. Medal sent by registered mail. Application for Operational Wings dated 1 June 1945 (DHist file 181.009 D.2504, RG.24 Vol.20625) lists all his sorties. These were with Station Debert (five sorties on Hudsons, 7 May to 14 May 1943), No.161 Squadron in Canada (36 sorties on Douglas Digby aircraft, 6 June 1943 to 21 December 1943), RAF Station Silloth (two sorties, Wellingtons, 12 and 16 June 1944), and No.407 Squadron (39 sorties, Wellingtons, 8 August 1944 to 28 May 1945). Flew 660 hours 20 minutes on operations; his longest sortie was on 2 September 1943 (12 hours 20 minutes). Attacks on midget submarines in April 1945.

 


Now on his second tour of operational duty, this officer has continuously displayed a fine fighting spirit and great enthusiasm. While on anti-submarine patrols he has contacted and attacked six midget submarines with excellent results. These attacks and sightings on extremely small targets in difficult circumstances have been an inspiration to the other members of his squadron and reflect the outstanding perseverance and devotion to duty of Flight Lieutenant Olson.

 

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OLSON, F/O William Frederick (J29487) - Mention in Despatches - No.7 (BR) Squadron - Award effective 1 January 1946 as per Canada Gazette of that date and AFRO 82/46 dated 25 January 1946. Born 18 August 1915. Home in Dauphin, Manitoba; enlisted in Regina, 26 June 1937. Initially an airframe mechanic with No.1 (F) Squadron; returned to Canada 19 July 1941. Served at No.16 SFTS, 29 July 1941 to 13 December 1941; with No.7 (BR) Squadron, 29 May 1942 to 26 December 1942. Trained at No.4 ITS (graduated 6 March 1943), No.5 EFTS (graduated 1 May 1943), and No.15 SFTS (graduated 3 September 1943). Commissioned, 20 August 1943; F/O, 1 March 1944; F/L, 1 January 1946; reverted to Flight Sergeant, 1 October 1946, remaining in postwar RCAF as Airframe technician. At Station Down Ampney when MiD granted.

 

Flying Officer Olson has displayed constant devotion to duty in connection with maintenance of aircraft whilst serving in England during the Battle of Britain from June 8th, 1940 to July 16th, 1941, and later in Canada whilst serving at training units. His zeal and devotion to duty have been an outstanding example to all ranks.

 

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ONEIL, Sergeant Harold Ignatius (R133970) - Mention in Despatches - No.12 OTU - Award effective 1 January 1945 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 425/45 dated 9 March 1945. Born 31 March 1921. Home in Toronto; enlisted there 7 October 1941. Posted overseas, 2 June 1942; repatriated 17 October 1945. Radar mechanic. No citation.

 

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ORCHARD, Flight Sergeant Donald Ernest (Can 4041A) - British Empire Medal - No.121 Squadron - Award effective 1 January 1945 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 89/45 dated 19 January 1945. Enlisted in Winnipeg, 10 April 1934; re-enlisted (Active Force), 10 November 1939. Medal presented 17 May 1945.

 

This NCO has executed his duties as master mechanic with exceptional ability. He is an outstanding organizer and has fostered a high morale at his unit during trying conditions, which the squadron experienced as a result of two transitions to a different type of aircraft over a short period of time. As a result of his tenacity, perseverance and excellent example to his juniors, the maintenance and servicing of the squadron have been kept at a high standard of efficiency.

 

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ORDIDGE, WO Headley Herbert (Can 1527) - Mention in Despatches - No.64 Base - Award effective 1 January 1945 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 379/45 dated 2 March 1945. Born 15 November 1906. Home in Ottawa; enlisted there 30 September 1927. Sergeant by 1 September 1939; Flight Sergeant, 1 October 1940; WO2, 1 October 1941; WO1, 1 September 1942. Posted overseas March 1943; repatriated June 1945; remained in postwar RCAF to 10 September 1947 when discharged in Ottawa. Aero engine mechanic and master mechanic.

 

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ORENDORFF, F/L Orville Louis Francis (J28324) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.433 Squadron - Award effective 19 January 1945 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 471/45 dated 16 March 1945. Born 1924 in Killarney, Ontario; home in North Bay or Coniston, Ontario; enlisted in Hamilton, 16 June 1942. Trained at No.6 ITS (graduated 4 December 1942), No.9 EFTS (graduated 5 March 1943) and No.9 SFTS (graduated 9 July 1943). Commissioned July 1943. Medal presented 20 August 1949.

 

In August 1944, this officer was the pilot of an aircraft detailed to attack St.Leu d'Esserent. While over the target the aircraft was hit by high explosive shells. The main fuel pipe to the two port engines was severed, whilst some sixty holes were torn in the fuselage and wings by pieces of shrapnel. In spite of this, Flight Lieutenant Orendorff completed his bombing run and course was set for home. By skilful airmanship he flew to a base in England where he effected a safe landing although a tire on one of the landing wheels was punctured. This officer has completed very many sorties and throughout has displayed high qualities of skill, gallantry and resolution.

 

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ORMEROD, F/L Albert (J10322) - Mention in Despatches - No.422 Squadron - Award effective 14 January 1944 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 874/44 dated 21 April 1944. Home in Winnipeg; enlisted there 4 April 1941. Trained at No.4 ITS (graduated 16 August 1941, No.3 AOS (graduated 1 September 1941), No.2 BGS (graduated 17 January 1942) and No.1 ANS (graduated 19 February 1942).

 

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ORMSTON, P/O Ian Campbell (J5028) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.401 Squadron - Award effective 28 May 1942 as per London Gazette dated 29 May 1942 and AFRO 880-881/42 dated 12 June 1942. Born in Montreal, 27 June 1921; home there; enlisted there 16 August 1940. Graduated from No.2 SFTS, 1 April 1941 and commissioned same day. Posted to RAF overseas, 19 May 1941; repatriated 26 July 1942; to No.1 OTU, Bagotville, 18 August 1942; to RAF overseas, 8 May 1943. Medal presented at Buckingham Palace 29 June 1943; appointed Commanding Officer, No.411 Squadron, September 1943. Injured in flying accident, 22 December 1943; repatriated 29 January 1944. Commanded No.133 Squadron in Canada, 9 June 1944 onwards; released 9 April 1945. Appointed Honourary Colonel, No.411 Squadron, March 1986. Photo RE-74-421 shows him with Neal and Blakeslee.

 

This officer has completed many sweeps, convoy patrols and other sorties. He has destroyed three enemy aircraft, probably destroyed one and assisted in the destruction of another. He has displayed exceptional keenness to engage the enemy.

 

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ORNDORF, Sergeant William Ridgely (R96343) - Mention in Despatches - No.419 Squadron - Award effective 1 January 1943 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 232/43 dated 12 February 1943. American, home in Ithaca, New York. Enlisted in Ottawa, 3 June 1941. No citation in Canadian sources; Public Records Office Air 2/5684 has recommendation and unit.

 

The above airman was a member of the crew of an aircraft which was shot down over Belgium on 29th July 1942 while on the way to attack Saarbrucken. After an unsuccessful search for the rest of his crew he made his way past enemy patrols from the scene of the crash and walked for several days until compelled to go into hiding.

 

It was not until he had experienced several narrow escapes from search parties that he succeeded in obtaining help finally to make his way into France, when he journeyed to Spain. He was repatriated from Gibraltar on 13th September 1942.

 

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ORR, F/L James Donald (J6668) - Mention in Despatches - No.116 Squadron (Canada) - Award effective 14 November 1944 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 2684/44 dated 15 December 1944. Home in Winnipeg; enlisted there 4 November 1944. Trained at No.2 ITS (graduated 28 February 1941), No.16 EFTS (graduated 16 May 1941), and No.34 SFTS (graduated 8 August 1941). Recommended 18 July 1944 by G/C A.J. Hanchet-Taylor (Goose Bay) when Orr had been posted to No.162 Squadron (DHist file 181.009 D3060, RG.24 Vol.20635).

 

An able and conscientious captain of aircraft, this officer's work has at all times been of the highest order. The morale and efficiency of the detachment under his command has reached a very high standard.

 

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ORR, F/L James Douglas (J10391) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.403 Squadron - Award effective 18 December 1944 as per London Gazette dated 29 December 1944 and AFRO 379/45 dated 2 March 1945. Born 1916 in Elm Creek, Manitoba; home in Vancouver; enlisted in Winnipeg 18 April 1940. Trained at No.1 ITS (graduated 23 May 1940), Winnipeg Flying Club (graduated 19 July 1940) and No.1 SFTS (graduated 18 September 1940). Commissioned 1942. Medal presented in Vancouver, 22 October 1949. Credited with the following victories: 15 May 1944, one FW.190 destroyed (shared with three other pilots); 26 Jun 1944, one Bf.109 destroyed plus one Bf.109 damaged; 30 June 1944, one Bf.109 destroyed; 5 July 1944, one FW.190 damaged; 28 August 1944, one FW.190 destroyed.

 

This officer has completed many sorties during which he has either destroyed or damaged more than 100 enemy vehicles. In addition he has destroyed three enemy aircraft and damaged two others. He has proved himself a keen and efficient pilot whose leadership and fine fighting spirit have won the admiration of his squadron.

 

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ORR, F/L Russell William (J9930) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.411 Squadron - Award effective 5 September 1944 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 2373/44 dated 3 November 1944. Born in Toronto, 1916; home there; enlisted there 1 May 1941. Served in Army for one year. Trained at No.1 ITS (graduated 20 August 1941), No.10 EFTS (graduated 7 October 1941) and No.1 SFTS (graduated 23 January 1942). Commissioned 1942. Medal sent to Department of External Affairs, 4 August 1955 as he was living in United States. Credited with the following victories: 4 January 1944, one FW.190 damaged; 6 January 1944, one FW.190 destroyed; 7 May 1944, two FW.190s destroyed.

 

This officer has proved himself to be a highly efficient flight commander. He has taken part in very many sorties and has attacked his targets determinedly and efficiently. On many occasions he has led the squadron and his ability has played a good part in the successes obtained.

 

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ORR, W/C Walter Alyn (C146) - Officer, Order of the British Empire - Eastern Air Command - Award effective 28 May 1943 as per London Gazette dated 2 June 1943 and AFRO 1459/43 dated 30 July 1943. Born at Daysland, Alberta, 5 September 1910.Educated at Wetaskiwin and University of Alberta (Electrical Engineering). Joined RCAF at Camp Borden, 8 June 1931, winning pilot's wings, DeHavilland Challenge Trophy and Sword of Honour, 1933. Medal presented 3 April 1944. Awarded Queen's Coronation Medal, 23 October 1953 when he was an Air Commodore, No.12 Air Defence Group. The following citation was found in Governor General's Records, RG.7 Group 26, File 190-I (1943 dossier).

 


Since the commencement of hostilities Wing Commander Orr has been employed as Command Signals Officer and is responsible for the communications systems throughout this Command. This officer has always performed his duties in an exceptionally commendable manner and only through his ability and intelligent direction have almost unsurmountable difficulties been overcome and vital communications maintained. The devotion to duty and cheerful manner displayed by this officer have been a marked example to all ranks.

 

ORR, A/C Walter Alyn (C146) - Mention in Despatches - Eastern Air Command Headquarters - Award effective 14 June 1945 as per Canada Gazette of that date and AFRO 1127/45 dated 6 July 1945.

 

Air Commodore Orr is an officer of outstanding merit and ability. At all times he has performed his work with initiative and resourcefulness. His devotion to duty, sound judgement and great energy have been an inspiration to all throughout this command.

 

ORR, A/C Walter Alyn (C146) - Commander, Order of the British Empire - AFHQ - Award effective 13 June 1946 as per Canada Gazette of that date and AFRO 660/46 dated 5 July 1946. Following citation was found in Governor General's Records, RG.7 Group 26, Vol.60, File 190-I (dossier 9).

 

Air Commodore Orr served during the first years of the war as Command Signals Officer at Halifax at a time when the planning and early development of a network of landlines, radio communication and radar stations was in progress. His foresight and sound practical knowledge contributed greatly to the successful completion of this modern and efficient communication system. His outstanding administrative ability was apparent and he was appointed Chief Staff Officer at Eastern Air Command Headquarters in 1943, where he served with distinction until the end of the war in Europe. He was the appointed to a responsible position on the Headquarters of the Air Force formation preparing for operations against Japan. Since the end of hostilities, he has been engaged on the preparation of plans for the postwar Air Force. His willingness to tackle any problem coupled with a strong sense of responsibility, good judgement and genial personality have made him a most valuable officer.

 

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ORSER, F/L Stuart Thomas (J25820) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.76 Squadron - Award effective 5 July 1945 as per London Gazette dated 17 July 1945 and AFRO 1558/45 dated 5 October 1945. Born 1919 at Long Branch, Ontario; home in Ottawa (X-ray technician); enlisted Toronto, 26 July 1941. Trained at No.2 ITS (graduated 26 September 1942), No.15 EFTS (graduated 18 December 1942) and No.11 SFTS (graduated 30 April 1943). Commissioned 1943. Medal presented 29 May 1947. Served in postwar RCAF. Flight Comment, May/June 1958, awarded a Good Show to him for getting a Sabre down in marginal weather after a flame-out. 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 2/9082 has recommendation dated 18 March 1945 when he had flown 38 sorties (199 operational hours), 25 July 1944 to 15 March 1945.

 

25 Jul 44 Foret du Croc (3.45) 18 Nov 44 Munster (4.55)

7 Aug 44 TOTALIZE III (4.20) 29 Nov 44 Essen (5.20)

9 Aug 44 Foret de Mormal (3.55) 2 Dec 44 Hagen (6.35)

12 Aug 44 Russelsheim (5.45) 2 Jan 45 Ludwigshaven (6.50)

14 Aug 44 TRACTABLE III (3.55) 6 Jan 45 Hannau (6.50)

17 Aug 44 Brest (4.55) 14 Jan 45 Saarbrucken (6.15)

27 Aug 44 Hamburg (4.10) 28 Jan 45 Stuttgart (7.10)

1 Sept 44 La Pourchante (3.35) 4 Feb 45 Bonn (5.50)

17 Sep 44 Boulogne (3.05) 17 Feb 45 Wesel (5.00)

20 Sep 44 Calais (3.40) 21 Feb 45 Worms (6.45)

25 Sep 44 Calais (3.25) 23 Feb 45 Essen (5.20)

26 Sep 44 Calais (3.45) 2 Mar 45 Cologne (5.10)

6 Oct 44 Scholven (4.35) 3 Mar 45 Kamen (6.10)

9 Oct 44 Bochum (5.10) 5 Mar 45 Chemnitz (8.25)

14 Oct 44 Duisburg (4.45) 8 Mar 45 Hamburg (5.55)

14 Oct 44 Duisburg (5.00) 11 Mar 45 Essen (5.35)

23 Oct 44 Essen (6.10) 12 Mar 45 Dortmund (5.50)

25 Oct 44 Essen (5.05) 13 Mar 45 Barmen (5.40)

16 Nov 44 Julich (4.30) 15 Mar 45 Hagen (6.05)

 

Flight Lieutenant Orser has completed a tour of 38 operations against Germany and enemy occupied territory. He has at all times displayed high qualities of skill and courage throughout. His determination to complete his missions successfully has won great praise. He is an excellent captain whose example has greatly inspired his crew. He is recommended for the Distinguished Flying Cross.

 

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OSBORN, F/L William Ward (J26673) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.419 Squadron - Award effective 8 September 1945 as per London Gazette dated 21 September 1945 and AFRO 1704/45 dated 9 November 1945. Born 1921 in Preston, Ontario; home in Hespeler (labourer); enlisted in Hamilton, 14 July 1942. Trained at No.6 ITS (graduated 21 November 1942), No.20 EFTS (graduated 6 February 1943) and No.6 SFTS (graduated 11 June 1943). Commissioned May 1943. Medal presented 22 June 1949. No citation other than "completed...numerous operations against the enemy in the course of which [he has] invariably displayed the utmost fortitude, courage and devotion to duty." DHist file 181.009 D.1941 (RG.24 Vol.20612) has recommendation dated 5 April 1945 when he had flown 36 sorties (237 hours 15 minutes), 10 September 1944 to 15 March 1945.

 


Flight Lieutenant Osborn commenced his tour on September 10th, 1944 by doing a trip to Calais. On this first effort he brought his aircraft back to base on two and one-half engines. As gaggle leader on a daylight trip to Cologne on March 2nd, 1945, he again lost an engine in the target area and returned to base on three engines.

 

At all times during his tour of 36 trips this pilot has shown a high degree of courage, initiative and keenness. He has led his crew in bombing such difficult targets as Dresden, Munich and Nuremburg. This pilot's standard of crew captaincy has been exceptional.

 

For fine record on operation, his coolness, skill and leadership this officer merits the award on a non-immediate Distinguished Flying Cross.

 

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OSBORNE, F/O Earle Frederick (J28775) - Mention in Despatches - No.145 Squadron - Awarded 1 December 1945 as per Canada Gazette of that date and AFRO 183/46 dated 22 February 1946. Home in Toronto; enlisted London, Ontario, 13 July 1942. Trained at No.4 Wireless School (graduated 26 July 1943). DHist file 181.009 D.3690 (RG.24 Vol.20640) has undated recommendation (circa April or May 1945) when he had flown 785 hours 20 minutes (138 hours 55 minutes in previous six months), of which 568 hours 50 minutes were operational (90 sorties).

 

This officer has completed an arduous tour of operations over the North Atlantic during which time he has shown the utmost keenness and devotion to duty. As an operational Wireless Air Gunner his work has been outstanding; recently as Squadron Adjutant, he has proved himself an efficient and capable administrative officer.

 

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OSBORNE, F/L William John (C7962) - Mention in Despatches - No.51 Operational Training Unit - Award effective 14 January 1944 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 874/44 dated 21 April 1944. Born 20 August 1919 at Swift Current, Saskatchewan. Educated at Portage la Prairie, Manitoba, 1930-35, University of Manitoba, 1935-36, and Queens University, Kingston, 1936-40 (General Arts and Commerce). Home in Ottawa (sales promoter for Crain Printing); enlisted in Montreal, 8 April 1941. To No.4 Manning Depot, St.Hubert, 5 May 1941; to RCAF Detachment, McGill University, 1 June 1941; commissioned 6 September 1941; to Y Depot, Halifax, 1 October 1941; to No.3 Personnel Reception Centre, Bournemouth, 20 October 1941; to No.29 Squadron, 29 October 1941; to No.2 Radio School, 20 December 1941; to No.1455 Flight, 31 January 1942 (Boston and Havoc Turbinlight aircraft); promoted Flying Officer, 6 March 1942; to No.25 Squadron, 27 May 1942; awarded Observer Radio Badge, 20 July 1942; to No.51 OTU, 16 May 1943; promoted Flight Lieutenant, 17 June 1943; to Headquarters, No.85 Group, 31 January 1944; promoted Squadron Leader, 1 April 1944; to BPC, 26 May 1945; emplaned for England, 29 May 1945; repatriated 30 July 1945; released 22 September 1945.

 

OSBORNE, F/L William John (C7962) - Mention in Despatches - No.85 Group Headquarters (AFRO only gives "Overseas" as unit) - Award effective 8 June 1944 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 1729/44 dated 11 August 1944. No citation in AFRO.

 

OSBORNE, S/L William John (C7962) - Mention in Despatches - No.85 Group Headquarters (AFRO only gives "Overseas" as unit) - Award effective 14 June 1945 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 1395/45 dated 31 August 1945.

 

OSBORNE, S/L William John (C7962) - Officer, Order of the British Empire - No.85 Group Headquarters (AFRO only gives "Overseas" as unit) - Award effective 1 January 1946 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 155/46 dated 15 February 1946. Medal presented 9 April 1948. No citation. Although no specific recommendations have been found for any of his awards, the following documents shed much light on his career.

 

Excerpt from application for repatriation dated 20 March 1945: "During my service with 25 Squadron, besides occupying the post of Radar (Air) Officer, I was awarded the navigator's brevy by the Air Officer Commanding 12 Group and completed approximately 115 operational hours flying as a radio observer on Beaufighter and Mosquito aircraft. At present I am serving as Radar II (Airborne) at Headquarters, No.85 Group, 2nd Tactical Air Force, and have been on the continent since August 1944.

 

I was due for repatriation in October 1944 having completed three years service overseas as a Radar Officer, but elected at that time to serve another year or until the end of the European war (whichever is sooner).

 

Assessment by G/C C.H. Appleton dated 22 June 1942 (No.1455 Flight) - "Signals Radio Officer...A hard working knowledgable special Signals Officer."

 

Assessment dated 21 July 1943 by W/C G. Maude, on posting from No.25 Squadron to No.51 OTU: "Squadron Signals Officer and Navigator Radio...237 hours and for last six months 108 hours...An excellent RDF officer. Technically above average and general good mixer with the ground crews. Strong personality who did much to encourage flying crews with their equipment. Set a high standard within the air and on the ground." (Concurred in by G/C G.A.L.Manton).

 


Assessment dated 17 March 1944 by W/C V.R. Moon, No.51 OTU: "This officer can be relied upon to take a genuine interest in any duty he is called upon to carry out. He has a likeable personality, possessed tact, and is an asset to any unit. A good officer and a very capable Radar Specialist". To this, G/C R.K. Hamblin adds: "A most capable radar officer who gets on well with airmen and has done much towards their instruction at this OTU. Has been accepted willingly and carried out efficiently the job of mess secretary at this station."

 

Assessment dated 31 December 1944 by G/C C.M. Stewart, No.85 Group Headquarters: "This officer works conscientiously and well. During the time he has been responsible for airborne radar in No.85 Group, several of the squadrons ave re-armed with Mosquito XXX aircraft (Mk.X AI) from Mosquito XIII (Mk.VIII AI) and have been moved from English bases to the Continent. The smooth manner in which these draughts and movements have been accomplished has in no small degree been due to efficient organization by Squadron Leader Osborne."

 

Assessment dated 22 June 1945 by G/C C.M. Stewart, No.85 Group Headquarters: "Although he never courted popularity this officer was awarded it in the mess and at work. A clean-cut and forceful character. A sound technician himself and a good judge of ability and character in others. His personal efforts and ability were to a large extent responsible for the high degree of efficiency achieved by airborne radar in this Group."

 

He also submitted for Flying Pay Credits in September 1943, reporting having flown the following:

 

February 1942 11 days

March 1942 16 days

April 1942 5 days

May 1942 8 days

June 1942 14 days

July 1942 8 days

August 1942 3 days

September 1942 5 days

October 1942 13 days

November 1942 15 days

December 1942 9 days

January 1943 6 days

February 1943 14 days

March 1943 13 days

April 1943 16 days (later corrected to 14 days)

 

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OSHELL, P/O Leo Napoleon (J86150) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.420 Squadron - Award effective 1 September 1944 as per London Gazette dated 19 September 1944 and AFRO 2373/44 dated 3 November 1944. Born 1916 in Callander, Ontario; home there; enlisted North Bay, 24 September 1941. Trained at No.5 ITS (graduated 23 May 1942) and No.1 AOS (graduated 25 September 1942). Commissioned 1944. Medal presented 17 June 1945. No citation other than "completed...many successful operations during which [he has] displayed high skill, fortitude and devotion to duty."

 

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OSLER, Sergeant Erwin Earl (R85461) - Distinguished Flying Medal - No.49 Squadron - Award effective 3 February 1943 as per London Gazette dated 9 February 1943 and AFRO 373/43 dated 5 March 1943. Born in Regina, 10 August 1922; home there (clerk); enlisted there 13 February 1941. Trained at No.2 WS (graduated 12 October 1941) and No.2 BGS (graduated 8 November 1941). Commissioned 1942. To No.19 OTU, 2 March 1942; to No.49 Squadron, 4 June 1942; to No.1660 Conversion Unit, 21 May 1943. Medal presented at Buckingham Palace 18 May 1943.

 

In the capacity of air bomber Sergeant Osler took part in the daylight attack on Le Creusot and Milan and most of the recent attacks on Italian targets. By his keenness and determination he has been partly responsible for the remarkable successes achieved by his crew. Both on the ground and in the air this airman's efficiency has been of an extremely high order.

 

NOTE: Public Records Office Air 2/8934 has recommendation dated 5 December 1942 when he had flown 22 sorties (143 operational hours). Curiously, the sortie list does not mention Milan, which nevertheless is mentioned in the recommendation as well as the published text.

 

18 Aug 42 Vichy (6.35, Nickel raid) 19 Sept 42 Munich (8.10)

20 Aug 42 Kassel (6.55) 23 Sept 42 Wismar (7.30)

27 Aug 42 GARDENING, Bornholm 5 Oct 42 Aachen (5.15)

(5.30) 6 Oct 42 Osnabruck (4.20)

1 Sept 42 Saarbrucken (5.15) 12 Oct 42 Wismar (6.15)

2 Sept 42 Karlsruhe (5.45) 13 Oct 42 Kiel (4.55)

6 Sept 42 Duisburg (3.45) 17 Oct 42 Le Creusot, Daylight

8 Sept 42 Frankfurt (6.05) (9.45)

10 Sept 42 Dusseldorf (4.35) 22 Oct 42 Genoa (8.55)

13 Sept 42 Bremen (4.20) 7 Nov 42 Genoa (8.40)

14 Sept 42 Wilhelmshaven (4.20) 15 Nov 42 Genoa (8.40)

18 Sept 42 GARDENING, Swinemunde 20 Nov 42 Turin (9.30)

(7.45)

 

Sergeant Osler is the Air Bomber in Flying Officer Fawkes' crew and has carried out 143 hours flying totalling 22 sorties.

 


He has been partly responsible for the remarkable success that the crew have achieved, whilst on operations, and there is no doubt that it was his keenness and determination in combination with the remainder of the crew, that has produced such constant and accurate photographic evidence of the successful completion of all his sorties.

 

He took part, in the capacity of Air Bomber in the Le Creusot and Milan daylight attacks, and most of the recent attacks on the Italian targets. His keenness on the ground and work in the air are both of an extremely high order and I strongly recommend the award of the Distinguished Flying Medal.

 

OSLER, F/L Erwin Earl, DFM (J16724) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.635 Squadron - Award effective 19 June 1944 as per London Gazette dated 27 June 1944 and AFRO 1861/44 dated 25 August 1944. Medal presented 1 December 1948. No citation other than "completed...many successful operations against the enemy in which [he has] displayed high skill, fortitude and devotion to duty."

 

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OTTEN, F/O Jack Francis (J15498) - 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 Kingston, Ontario; enlisted there 28 May 1940. Trained at No.1 BGS (graduated 15 February 1941).

 

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OTTEWELL, F/L Lawrence William (J29817) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.57 Squadron - Award effective 5 February 1945 as per London Gazette dated 16 February 1945 and AFRO 563/45 dated 29 March 1945. Home in Vulcan, Alberta; enlisted Calgary, 10 May 1941. Trained at No.4 ITS (graduated 16 August 1941), No.5 EFTS (graduated 25 October 1941) and No.10 SFTS (graduated 16 January 1942). Medal sent by registered mail 11 March 1950. No citation other than "completed...numerous operations against the enemy in the course of which [he has] invariably displayed the utmost fortitude, courage and devotion to duty."

 

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OTWAY, FS Francis Joseph (R51597) - Mention in Despatches - Linton-on-Ouse - Award effective 14 June 1945 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 1600/45 dated 12 October 1945. Home in Fort William, Ontario; enlisted there 2 February 1940. 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 forwarded 3 February 1945 when he had served 34 months in Canada, 18 months overseas. Electrician.

 


Flight Sergeant Otway has done excellent service for his country in the RCAF, having served seven months with British North African Air Force and 18 months at bomber stations in England. His keenness, exceptional knowledge in his trade and outstanding leadership have been a great asset to the servicing wing and an inspiration to the men working under him.

 

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OUDERKIRK, W/C William Ralph (C3553) - Mention in Despatches - Overseas - Award effective 14 June 1945 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 1395/45 dated 31 August 1945. Home in Finch, Ontario; enlisted in Montreal, 11 December 1940.

 

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OUELLETTE, Sergeant Earl Jerome (R145196) - Mention in Despatches - Overseas - Award effective 14 June 1945 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 1600/45 dated 12 October 1945. Born 5 August 1920. Home in Sandwich, Ontario; enlisted in Windsor, 31 December 1941. Fire fighter; served at No.4 WS, 30 May 1942 to January 1943. Posted overseas February 1943; repatriated November 1945; released 15 December 1945.

 

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OUGH, S/L Gordon Byron (J12882) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.458 Squadron - Award effective 30 March 1944 as per London Gazette dated 7 April 1944 and AFRO 1020/44 dated 12 May 1944. Born 1918 in Holland, Ontario; home in Newmarket; enlisted in Toronto, 18 July 1941. Trained at No.6 ITS (graduated 19 December 1941), No.12 EFTS (graduated 27 February 1942) and No.1 SFTS (graduated 17 July 1942). Commissioned 1942. Medal sent by registered mail 9 November 1948.

 

Throughout a tour of operational duty this officer has displayed outstanding devotion, keen determination and courage, setting an inspiring example to all in his flight. He has achieved many successes. In August 1943 he sighted and attacked an enemy motor vessel sailing in convoy. The vessel fell astern of the other ships and ultimately was left behind by the main convoy. A month later Squadron Leader Ough sighted a large enemy merchant ship and despite intense anti-aircraft fire made a determined attack. On the return flight both engines of his aircraft failed and he was forced to bring his aircraft down on to the sea, the crew being picked up later by an allied destroyer.

 

NOTE: Public Record Office Air 2/9624 has the original recommendation dated 14 February 1944 when he had flown 722 hours including 246 operational hours (31 sorties, all in the previous six months:

 

Squadron Leader Ough joined No.458 (RAAF) Squadron on the 31st July 1943, and was appointed to command a flight some two months later. He has now completed a successful operational tour.

 


For example, on the night of the 18th August 1943, this officer attacked a motor vessel of 3,000 tons off the east coast of Corsica, and attacked from 55 feet at 500 yards range. The torpedo was seen to run towards the stern of the motor vessel and, later, at 5,000 feet when illuminated by flares, the motor vessel was seen to fall astern of the other ships and ultimately was left behind by the main convoy.

 

Again, on the night of the 19/20th September, when north of the Island of Capriari at 0325 hours, Squadron Leader Ough sighted a merchant vessel of 7,000 tons and went in through intense flak to drop twelve 250-pound General Purpose bombs. On the return journey his starboard engine failed and some 40 minutes later the port engine did likewise. He made, however, a successful ditching six miles off the coast between Cani and Cape Farina, all the crew were saved, and were later picked up by a Polish destroyer. The merchant vessel of 7,000 tons was credited to him as damaged.

 

This officer has displayed throughout his service with No.458 Squadron outstanding devotion to duty, keen determination and courage, while the example which he has set has been a source of inspiration to those officers and airmen who have served under him in his flight.

 

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OUNSTED, WO2 Roy James (Can 2028A) - Mention in Despatches - Overseas - Award effective 1 June 1943 as per London Gazette dated 2 June 1943 and AFRO 1247/43 dated 2 July 1943. Born 2 November 1906. Home in Vancouver; enlisted there 24 September 1929; discharged 23 September 1932; rejoined 16 April 1934. Disciplinarian; Flight Sergeant as of 1 September 1939; WO2, 1 March 1940; WO1, 15 August 1940. Posted overseas, May 1942; repatriated 15 December 1943. To No.19 SFTS, 16 February 1944; later with No.3 SFTS. Released 4 May 1945. Also won Air Efficiency Award (AFRO 2101/44).

 

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OUTRAM, W/C John Charles (C1876) - Member, Order of the British Empire - RCAF Overseas Headquarters - Award effective 14 June 1945 as per Canada Gazette of that date and AFRO 1127/45 dated 6 July 1945. Born 8 April 1902, Port Dinarwic, Wales; graduated from Bangor University. In Civil Aviation Branch, Department of Transport before enlistment. Administrative Branch.

 

Over a period of five years this officer has performed outstanding and meritorious service in many difficult assignments, all of which required a high degree of efficiency, initiative and organizing ability to carry through to their successful completion. In his present position as Secretary to the Air Officer Commanding-in-Chief, Royal Canadian Air Force Overseas, for over two years his work has been of a very high calibre and he displayed exceptional devotion to duty, often under the stress of enemy action that has been an inspiring example to all ranks.


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OVENS, F/O George (J15676) - Mention in Despatches - Overseas - Award effective 8 June 1944 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 1729/44 dated 11 August 1944. Born in Enniskillan, Northern Ireland; home in Toronto or Enniskillen, Ontario; enlisted Toronto, 20 July 1940. Trained at No.2 ITS (graduated 30 September 1940, No.3 AOS (graduated 3 February 1941), No.4 BGS (graduated 16 March 1941) and No.1 ANS (graduated 25 April 1941). Commissioned 1942. No citation in AFRO.

 

OVENS, F/O George (J15676) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.502 Squadron - Award effective 27 June 1944 as per London Gazette dated 7 July 1944 and AFRO 1861/44 dated 25 August 1944. Medal presented 1 December 1948.

 

Flying Officer Ovens, now on his second tour of operational duty, has taken part in a large number of sorties. One night early in 1944 he has navigator of an aircraft which sighted and made an excellent attack on a U-boat in the Atlantic. Later he again was navigator of an aircraft on an anti-submarine patrol over the Atlantic. A formation of seven enemy destroyers was located and attacked in the face of intense anti-aircraft fire. As a result of the attack one vessel at least was set on fire. Throughout his operational career this officer has performed his duties with great zeal and energy and the results of his efforts have been excellent.

 

NOTE: Public Records Office Air 2/9016 has recommendation dated 18 May 1944 when he had flown 75 sorties (695 operational hours).

 

Flying Officer Ovens was the navigator of a Halifax Mark II aircraft No. HR690 on an anti-submarine patrol on April 27th over the Bay of Biscay when a radar contact was made, position 46 50' North 05 18' West which upon investigation turned out to be a force of seven enemy destroyers. Flares were dropped and the aircraft circled and attacked in the face of an intense barrage of light and heavy flak. Three vessels were visible in the sight when the bombs were released, and after the attack one was observed definitely to be on fire and another appeared to be.

 

On the night of 31st January 1944 this officer was the navigator of a Halifax II aircraft HR690 engaged on anti-submarine patrol over the Bay of Biscay when a radar contact was made which upon investigation proved to be a U-Boat. Using a flare-dropping technique from medium level upon which this squadron has specialized, an excellent attack was made position 47 33' North 06 24' West which should have caused considerable damage according to the Admiralty assessment. Flying Officer Ovens was the navigator who was primarily responsible for the development of the present system of medium level attack, using flares and the Mark XIV bombsight, practiced by this squadron.


Flying Officer Ovens is now on his second operational tour with No.502 Squadron and throughout his long association with the unit he has always carried out his duties with great zeal and energy. He is continuously working on methods to further the development of the anti-submarine campaign, and using every opportunity offered to put them into practice. The results have been excellent and the efforts of this capable navigator are worthy of the highest praise.

 

This clears RAF Station St.Davids on 20 May 1944; on 26 May 1944 another officer (A/V/M Baker ? hand-written note not clear) adds:

 

As navigator in Squadron Leader Holderness' crew, Flying Officer Ovens has contributed a great deal towards the smooth working and good crew drill associated with this team. His keenness to come to grips with the enemy is evidenced by the fact that he took the place of the navigator in Flying Officer Galbraith's aircraft on 27 April when a most successful attack was made on enemy mine sweepers, one of which was set on fire and another being damaged.

 

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OVERBURY, S/L Richard Fox (C1700) - Member, Order of the British Empire - No.1 IFS - Award effective 1 January 1946 as per Canada Gazette of that date and AFRO 82/46 dated 25 January 1946. Enlisted in Ottawa, 16 February 1940. Medal presented 22 November 1948.

 

This officer has been continuously employed in capacities ranging from Link Instructor to Chief Instructor, Link Trainers School. On the conversion of this unit to radio range training he was given the task of establishing the organization for both Link training and Ground School Instruction. On the successful completion of this difficult task he has maintained the same zealous application in striving to improve the already efficient operation of the section he commands. His whole-hearted interest in the welfare of personnel under his command, his outstanding qualities of leadership, initiative and organizing ability combined with the exceptional personal example he has maintained throughout his service career fully warrant the highest praise.

 

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OWEN, Corporal Joseph John (R89050) - Mention in Despatches - Overseas - Award effective 14 June 1945 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 1647/45 dated 26 October 1945. Born 26 April 1912. Home in Espanola, Ontario; enlisted in Galt, 14 February 1941. Aero engine mechanic; posted overseas, March 1942; repatriated 18 June 1945; released 8 September 1945. No citation in AFRO.

 

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OWEN, F/L Joseph Roger (J6832) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.680 Squadron - Award effective 24 February 1944 as per London Gazette dated 17 March 1944 and AFRO 766/44 dated 6 April 1944. Born in Birkenhead, England, 1917; home in Windsor, Ontario; enlisted there 11 December 1940. Trained at No.1 ITS (graduated 29 March 1941), No.10 EFTS (graduated 27 May 1941) and No.2 SFTS (graduated 8 August 1941). Commissioned 1941. Medal sent by registered mail 28 October 1948.

 

This officer has completed a large number of reconnaissances over a wide range of targets. On one occasion recently Flight Lieutenant Owen was detailed to reconnoitre a heavily defended area. In spite of great opposition he made many runs over the target to ensure good results. On another occasion, when detailed to search for a convoy, Flight Lieutenant Owen completed his task with great skill. In addition to locating the enemy's ships he reconnoitred various airfields and harbours. Throughout his tour this officer has displayed courage and determination of a high order.

 

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OWENS, Corporal J. (R77551) - Mention in Despatches - Overseas - Award effective 8 June 1944 as per London Gazette dated 16 June 1944 (addition to Birthday Honours List).

 

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OWENS, F/O Keith Hartley (J16022) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.37 Squadron - Award effective 28 June 1943 as per London Gazette dated 9 July 1943 and AFRO 1582/43 dated 13 August 1943. Born in Ottawa, 1912; home there; enlisted Toronto, 20 July 1940. Trained at No.2 ITS (graduated 9 October 1940), No.2 EFTS (graduated 20 December 1940) and No.32 SFTS (graduated 10 April 1941). Commissioned 1942. To Middle East, July 1942. Medal presented at Uplands, 25 February 1945.

 

This officer has completed a large number of sorties most of which have been in the Middle East. In this theatre he has attacked a wide range of targets latterly in Tunisia, Sicily and Pantelleria. Flying Officer Owens has invariably displayed great skill and courage combined with outstanding determination to complete his task whatever the circumstances. He has rendered fine service.

 

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OXENBURY, FS (now P/O) John Frederic (R275522/J94863) - Distinguished Flying Medal - No.424 Squadron - Award effective 30 October 1945 as per London Gazette dated 6 November 1945 and AFRO 155/46 dated 15 February 1946. Born 1925 at New Westminster, British Columbia; home in Ocean Falls, British Columbia (student); enlisted in Vancouver 2 September 1943. Trained at No.9 BGS (graduated 10 March 1944). Commissioned April 1945.

 


This air gunner has taken part in many attacks against heavily defended and major targets in Germany. In the face of the enemy he has invariably displayed skill, resourcefulness and cool courage. On one occasion his aircraft was attacked by four enemy fighters but largely owing to his skilful directions his captain was able to take successful evasive action. On several other occasions Flight Sergeant Oxenbury by his coolness and initiative has been able to extricate his aircraft from perilous situations when attacked by enemy fighters.