PACKER, F/O Norman Alan (J35908) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.158 Squadron - Award effective 8 September 1945 as per London Gazette dated 25 September 1945 and AFRO 133/46 dated 8 February 1946. Born 1917 in Toronto; home there (clerk, former Royal Canadian Artillery); enlisted there 9 March 1943. Trained at No.5 ITS (graduated 24 October 1942), No.8 AOS (graduated 2 October 1943) and No.1 BGS (graduated 12 November 1943). Commissioned September 1943. Medal sent by registered mail 28 June 1949. No citation other than "completed...numerous operations against the enemy in the course of which [he has] invariably displayed the utmost fortitude, courage and devotion to duty." Public Records Office Air 2/8751 has recommendation dated 15 April 1945 when he had flown 35 sorties (209 hours three minutes), 6 October 1944 to 8 April 1945.

 

6 Oct 44 Sterkrade (5.09) Good attack.

7 Oct 44 Cleve (3.58) Bombed aiming point.

9 Oct 44 Bochum (5.59) Cloud over target.

14 Oct 44 Duisburg (5.29) 4 1/2 miles NNW of A/P.

15 Oct 44 Duisburg (6.01) Heavy attack, many fires.

30 Oct 44 Cologne (6.19) Bombed through clouds.

2 Nov 44 Dusseldorf (5.55) Many fires.

4 Nov 44 Bochum (5.15) Successful attack

6 Nov 44 Gelsenkirchen (4.41) Bombed aiming point.

18 Nov 44 Munster (5.30) Good attack.

21 Nov 44 Sterkrade (6.52) Bombed as ordered.

30 Nov 44 Duisburg (6.04) Bombed in cloud

2 Dec 44 Hagen (6.40) do.

5 Dec 44 Soest (6.44) Many fires.

24 Dec 44 Essen-Mulheim (5.15) Bombed airfield.

26 Dec 44 St.Vith (4.53) Bombed aiming point.

28 Dec 44 Opladen (5.36) Bombed glow through cloud.

14 Jan 45 Saarbrucken (6.50) Bombed aiming point.

16 Jan 45 Magdeburg (5.36) Many fires in target area.

22 Jan 45 Gelsenkirchen (6.25) Good attack.

27 Jan 45 Stuttgart/Kornwestheim (7.29) Good attack.

4 Feb 45 Gelsenkirchen (5.16) Bombed in cloud.

9 Feb 45 Wanne Eickel (5.45) Many fires.

13 Feb 45 Bohlen (8.23) Bombed in cloud.

14 Feb 45 Chemnitz (7.45) Bombed as ordered.

21 Feb 45 Worms (6.27) Fires in target area.

12 Mar 45 Dortmund (6.14) Bombed in cloud.

13 Mar 45 Homberg (6.16) Bombed aiming point.

15 Mar 45 Hagen (6.16) Good fires.

18 Mar 45 Witten (6.45) Successful attack; many fires.

21 Mar 45 Rheine (5.00) Bombed aiming point.

25 Mar 45 Munster (5.01) Bombed target.

4 Apr 45 Harburg (5.23) Successful


8 Apr 45 Hamburg, Blohm and Voss (5.45) Bombed through clouds.

 

Flying Officer Packer has completed a very successful tour of 35 operational sorties as a navigator in Halifax III aircraft with No.158 Squadron. All his sorties have been directed against objectives in the most heavily defended areas of Germany.

 

A navigator of first-class ability, this officer has repeatedly revealed qualities of initiative in difficulties and conspicuous courage in times of danger. Under the severest enemy fire his cheerfulness and confidence have been invaluable in the maintenance of high crew morale, and his unimpaired efficiency has set an example which others have tried to follow.

 

The successful work attributed to this officer's crew was due, in no small measure, to the sustained efforts of Flying Officer Packer.

 

It is strongly recommended that his excellent record of operational efficiency, courage, cheerfulness and devotion to duty be recognised by the award of the Distinguished Flying Cross.

 

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PADDOCK, P/O Cecil William (J16778) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.424 Squadron - Award effective 20 September 1943 as per London Gazette dated 1 October 1943 and AFRO 2258/43 dated 5 November 1943. Home in Winnipeg; enlisted there 7 March 1941. Trained at No.2 ITS (graduated 18 June 1941) and No.5 BGS (graduated 25 February 1942). Commissioned 1942. Medal presented at Buckingham Palace 29 June 1945.

 

This officer has shown outstanding efficiency in the performance of his duties as rear gunner. During sorties which have included raids on important German objectives his courage and determination have had an inspiring effect on his crew. Over the target when subjected to enemy fire, his cool and deliberate advice has frequently been of the greatest value. Pilot Officer Paddock has consistently demonstrated his ability to pursue the correct tactics in the face of difficulties.

 

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PAGE, FS Desmond Joseph (Can 2490) - British Empire Medal - No.2 Bombing and Gunnery School - Award effective 1 January 1943 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 55/43 dated 15 January 1943. Born in Ottawa, 20 August 1917. Enlisted in Ottawa, 4 July 1938. Medal presented by Governor General, 16 April 1943.

 


This NCO has served at this unit for a period of 22 months. During this period he has displayed initiative and has given exceptionally faithful service. His untiring efforts have been responsible, in a large measure, for maintaining the high standard of maintenance and aircraft serviceability. His services have been invaluable to the RCAF in providing aircraft, thus ensuring maximum flying training at this unit.

 

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PAGE, F/O Joseph Ernest Jacques (J86666) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.425 Squadron - Award effective 10 May 1945 as per London Gazette dated 25 May 1945 and AFRO 1291/45 dated 10 August 1945. Born 1920 at Knowlton; home in Chandler, Quebec (printer); enlisted 18 June 1942. Trained at No.3 ITS (graduated 18 December 1942) and No.9 BGS (graduated 30 April 1943). Commissioned March 1944. Medal presented in Montreal 25 November 1949.

 

This officer has taken part in a large number of operational sorties and has attacked such heavily defended targets as Dusseldorf, Karlsruhe, Essen and Stuttgart. In September 1943, he was rear gunner in an aircraft detailed for an attack against Pompeii. On leaving the target area the aircraft encountered intense anti-aircraft fire and was considerably damaged. Later an enemy fighter made three attacks on the damaged bomber but Flying Officer Page's accurate return fire and excellent directions enabled his captain to outmanoeuvre the enemy fighter, who was forced to break off the engagement. At all times this officer has displayed great ability, initiative and courage and as deputy gunnery leader he has set an inspiring example by his enthusiasm and unflagging devotion to duty.

 

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PAIGE, Sergeant Bertram Courtney (R64466) - Distinguished Flying Medal - No.500 Squadron - Award effective 13 February 1942 as per London Gazette dated 20 February 1942 and AFRO 385/42 dated 13 March 1942. Born in Toronto, 1914. Home in Bridgeport, Ontario (clerk). Enlisted in Hamilton, 22 July 1940. Trained at No.2 ITS, No.3 AOS, No.2 BGS and No.1 ANS. Arrived in UK, 1 May 1941 and sent to No.3 Personnel Despatch Centre on 2nd. To No.2 School of Army Co-Operation, Andover, 5 May 1941. Sent on to No.42 OTU, reporting to No.500 Squadron, 27 July 1941 (Blenheims). His first sortie was 15 August 1941 when three aircraft took part in search for a Wellington; Paige in D/500 (P/O M.A. Ensor, RNZAF). Dinghy found with five or six occupants. Y/500 remained over it while other two searched in vain for ASR launch; when D/500 returned to dinghy, Y/500 was gone and oil patch on sea near dinghy. First offensive sortie was a strike on St.Nazaire in September 1941 when four 250-pound bombs dropped. Attacked merchant ships on 31 October 1941. Unit converted to Hudsons in November 1941. On 30 January 1942 took part in attack with Ensor; see citation for details. Further details of this sortie (and career) in lengthy biographical file held by DHist. Posted to No.407 Squadron, 1 February 1942. Subsequently posted to No.36 OTU in Canada (17 July 1942), returned to UK 7 May 1944 and to No.18 (P) AFU, 8 August 1944. Commissioned as J15352, effective 28 April 1942. Brother of F/O Ernest Franklin Paige, DFC (killed in action 25 May 1943). Medal presented at Buckingham Palace 19 May 1942.

 


One night in January, 1942, Pilot Officer Ensor and Sergeant Paige were the pilot and observer respectively of an aircraft which was engaged on an operational sortie over enemy waters. A convoy of three ships was observed sailing through the ice floes. Pilot Officer Ensor attacked the leading ship from mast height and scored direct hits with some of his bombs. While taking violent evasive action at an extremely low altitude the aircraft struck a rock which disabled the starboard engine, rendered all instruments and the turret useless and extinguished all the lights. Thus handicapped, Pilot Officer Ensor skilfully regained height in a heavy snowstorm but later whilst flying over land and uncertain of his bearing his aircraft was subjected to fire and searchlight activity for some thirty minutes. Eventually position was identified and ably assisted by Sergeant Paige's excellent navigation, Pilot Officer Ensor flew across the sea with only one engine of his aircraft functioning. On reaching this country he was compelled to attempt a forced landing owing to shortage of petrol and, although it was snowing heavily, assisted by Sergeant Paige who fired Verey Lights in quick succession in an endeavour to illuminate the surroundings, Pilot Officer Ensor made a safe landing without further damage to the aircraft or injury to the crew. Throughout, this officer showed great courage, skill and tenacity and was greatly assisted by the coolness and efficiency of Sergeant Paige.

 

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PAIGE, F/O Darrell Rollin (J91102) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.625 Squadron - Award effective 5 July 1945 as per London Gazette dated 20 July 1945 and AFRO 1619/45 dated 19 October 1945. Born 1923 in Lennoxville, Quebec; home there (farmer); enlisted in Montreal, 29 June 1942. Trained at No.5 ITS (graduated 23 January 1943), No.13 EFTS (graduated 30 April 1943) and No.6 SFTS (graduated 17 September 1943). Commissioned September 1944. Medal sent by registered mail 28 May 1948.

 

Flying Officer Paige has attacked many strongly defended targets in enemy territory and has always displayed outstanding skill and courage. On one sortie to Plozheim his aircraft was set on fire immediately after bombing. His conduct throughout the incident was worthy of the highest praise. Flying Officer Paige has faced many hazards in the course of his operational career and has always exhibited the utmost coolness and determination.

 

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PAIGE, P/O Ernest Franklin (J6007) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.407 Squadron - Award effective 1 June 1942 as per London Gazette dated 5 June 1942 and AFRO 916/42 dated 19 June 1942. Born Toronto, 1916; home Bridgeport, Ontario; enlisted in Hamilton, 12 August 1940. Trained at No.2 ITS, No.6 EFTS and No.4 SFTS, Saskatoon (graduated 3 July 1941). Commissioned 1941. Medal presented at Buckingham Palace 23 March 1943. Killed in action, 25 May 1943 with No.422 Squadron.

 


One morning in May 1942, this officer was the pilot of an aircraft which participated in an attack on a convoy off the enemy coast. Regardless of a fierce defensive barrage which in the full light of the morning was extremely accurate, Pilot Officer Paige pressed home his attack. Although he was seriously wounded by a splinter from a shell which smashed through the instrument panel, this officer courageously flew his aircraft back to base. Some few nights earlier, Pilot Officer Paige made a successful attack on a large enemy vessel from a height of only 75 feet.

 

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PAIN, WO2 Henry Arthur (Can 2357) - Mention in Despatches - Station Tofino - Award effective 1 January 1946 as per Canada Gazette of that date and AFRO 82/46 dated 25 January 1946. Enlisted in Regina, 20 July 1937.

 

While carrying out his duties as Warrant Officer in charge of Headquarters Armament Section in an exemplary manner, this airman has never failed to volunteer as a leader or member of land rescue parties. Many of these searches have been carried out under very trying conditions and over hazardous country. He has consistently shown greater initiative, leadership and endurance than that normally required.

 

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PAINCHAUD, P/O Joseph Alfred Ernest (J88024) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.425 Squadron - Award effective 1 December 1944 as per London Gazette dated 12 December 1944 and AFRO 293/45 dated 16 February 1945. Born 1921 in Montreal; home there (salesman); enlisted there 23 April 1942. Trained at No.5 ITS (graduated 26 September 1942) and No.1 AOS (graduated 5 February 1943). Commissioned 1944. Medal presented 1 April 1949.

 

Pilot Officer Painchaud has participated in numerous operational sorties. He displayed outstanding navigational skill and his cool courage and initiative under hazardous circumstances have been largely responsible for the successful completion of many sorties. On one occasion in May 1944 his aircraft was detailed to attack Le Mans. On the run in when about ten minutes flying time from the target the bomber was hit. The starboard wing was struck and a large piece of the wing torn away. One engine was rendered unserviceable and the aircraft was shaken with terrible vibrations. Control was lost for a short while, resulting in the aircraft going far off the track. Pilot Officer Painchaud calmly and skilfully redirected the aircraft to the target and perfect bombing results were obtained.

 

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PAINTER, WO1 Charles Edward (Can 1980) - Member, Order of the British Empire - No.432 Squadron, Eastmoor (AFRO says only "Overseas") - Award effective 1 January 1946 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 155/46 dated 15 February 1946. Home in Ottawa; enlisted there 21 November 1934. No citation in AFRO or biographical file. DHist file 181.009 D.1725 (PAC RG.24 Vol.20607) has recommendation dated 30 April 1945, noting that he was a Master Mechanic who had enlisted 21 November 1934 and had been in UK one year. Medal presented by Governor General, 10 December 1947.

 

This Warrant Officer has a very enviable record as Master Mechanic in charge of the Daily Servicing of No.432 Squadron. His effective application of excellent technical knowledge and outstanding supervisory ability has caused the high standard of serviceability of his squadron aircraft to be maintained. His work has contributed, in no small measure, to permitting the squadron to carry on continuous operational and training activities. Due to his valuable trade qualifications and the interest and support given by him in all squadron activities, I recommend that he be awarded the "Member of the British Empire".

 

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PAINTER, WO1 Phillip William (Can 35) - Member, Order of the British Empire - AFHQ - Award effective 1 January 1943 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 55/43 dated 15 January 1943. Born in London, England, 19 November 1904. Enlisted in Ottawa. Medal presented by Governor General, 16 April 1943.

 

This Warrant Officer's ceaseless energy and his unfailing enthusiasm and cheerfulness in supervising the Drawing Office have resulted in a tremendous increase in the output of the drawings required by repair organizations, which has been of marked importance to the British Commonwealth Air Training Plan.

 

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PAINTER, F/O Victor Francis (J23470) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.405 Squadron - Award effective 6 January 1945 as per London Gazette dated 19 January 1945 and AFRO 508/45 dated 23 March 1945. Born 1918 in Victoria; home there; enlisted in Vancouver, 21 October 1941. Trained at No.7 ITS (graduated 19 June 1942), No.6 EFTS (ceased training 9 October 1942) and No.7 AOS (graduated 5 February 1943). Commissioned 1943. Medal presented in Vancouver, 22 October 1949. No citation other than "completed...numerous operations against the enemy in the course of which [he has] invariably displayed the utmost fortitude, courage and devotion to duty." Public Records Office Air 2/9039 has recommendation dated 21 October 1944 when he had flown 41 sorties (213 hours 48 minutes).

 

* counted as 1/3 sortie

# duty not carried out; not counted as a sortie

 

25 Nov 43 Paris (4.30, Nickle 15 July 44 Nucourt (3.53)

sortie, not counted) 17 July 44 Cagny (2.38)


25 Mar 44 Aulnoye (5.50)* 19 July 44 Rollez (3.02)

26 Mar 44 Essen (6.40) 22 July 44 Acquet (2.36)#

30 Mar 44 Nuremburg (8.35) 23 July 44 Kiel (5.27)

9 Apr 44 Villeneuve-St.George 24 July 44 Stuttgart (7.05)

(5.50)* 25 July 44 Stuttgart (7.26)

10 Apr 44 Ghent (4.00)* 27 July 44 Boissons (3.22)

18 Apr 44 Paris (5.10)* 28 July 44 Hamburg (4.44)

20 Apr 44 Lens (4.40)* 30 July 44 Battle area (2.53)

7 May 44 St.Valery (3.45) 3 Aug 44 L'isle Adam (2.55)

8 May 44 Haine St.Pierre (4.00) 4 Aug 44 St.Maximim (3.03)

11 May 44 Boulogne (3.00) 5 Aug 44 Bordeaux (7.32)

12 May 44 Louvain (4.35) 7 Aug 44 TOTALIZE 5 (2.31)

19 May 44 Le Clipon (3.15) 8 Aug 44 Lucheux (2.38)

22 May 44 Le Mans (4.50) 25 Aug 44 Russelheim (6.59)

27 May 44 Bourg Leopold (4.35) 26 Aug 44 Kiel (5.37)

2 June 44 Neufchatel (3.35) 29 Aug 44 Stettin (8.56)

14 June 44 St.Pol (3.50) 6 Sept 44 Emden (3.55)

16 June 44 Sterkrade (4.40) 12 Sept 44 Frankfurt (5.56)

17 June 44 Oisemont (4.05) 13 Sept 44 Nordstern (3.24)

21 June 44 St.Martins (2.25)# 14 Oct 44 Duisburg (4.35)

23 June 44 Bientques (3.40) 15 Oct 44 Wilhelmshaven (4.02)

24 June 44 Bamiers (3.45) 19 Oct 44 Stuttgart (5.19)

12 July 44 Paris/Vaires (3.15)

 

Flying Officer Painter is a very efficient Navigator, now on his second tour of operations. He has participated in attacks on such strongly-defended enemy areas as Kiel, Stuttgart and Russelheim. Underneath a quiet, unruffled personality, he possesses a fine offensive spirit and a keen sense of devotion to duty which make him a very valuable member of aircrew. Invariably, this officer has displayed a desire for operational duty and a technical skill which has served as an inspiration to all members of his crew. Strongly recommended for the award of the Distinguished Flying Cross.

 

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PALEN, P/O John Franklin (J88997) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.635 Squadron - Award effective 5 February 1945 as per London Gazette dated 20 February 1945 and AFRO 563/45 dated 29 March 1945. Born 1922 in Haliburton, Ontario; home in Toronto (chemist); enlisted there 5 October 1942. Trained at No.9 BGS (graduated 9 July 1943). Commissioned 1944. 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." Public Records Office Air 2/8831 has recommendation dated 21 November 1944 when he had flown 49 sorties (230 hours), 29 December 1943 to 31 October 1944 as follows:

 


29 Dec 43 Berlin (7.35) 15 Jun 44 Lens (3.00)

21 Jan 44 Magdeburg (7.20) 16 Jun 44 CROSSBOW, Renescure (2.40)

29 Jan 44 Berlin (8.40) 23 Jun 44 Coubronne (2.15)

15 Feb 44 Berlin (6.55) 25 Jun 44 Middle Straete (2.25)

19 Feb 44 Leipzig (7.50) 27 Jun 44 Neuville-au-bois (3.15)

24 Feb 44 GARDENING (6.45) 14 Jul 44 Revigny-sur-orian (7.25)

26 Feb 44 GARDENING (6.05) 15 Jul 44 Nucourt (3.45)

2 Mar 44 Mulan-les Mureaux (4.50) 18 Jul 44 Sannerville (3.00)

6 Mar 44 Trappes (5.00) 21 Jul 44 L'Hey (2.15)

7 Mar 44 Le Mans (4.55) 22 Jul 44 Cagny (2.55)

15 Mar 44 Amiens (4.35) 24 Jul 44 Stuttgart (7.15)

16 Mar 44 Amiens (4.25) 25 Jul 44 Stuttgart (7.35)

25 Mar 44 Aulnoye (5.35) 3 Aug 44 Trossy St.Maximim (3.45)

26 Mar 44 Courtrai (4.25) 7 Aug 44 Caen (3.20)

29 Mar 44 Vaires (5.10) 9 Aug 44 La Breteque (3.15)

9 Apr 44 Lille (4.35) 11 Aug 44 Lens (3.10)

10 Apr 44 Tergnier (5.00) 12 Aug 44 Russelscheim (4.55)

6 May 44 Mantes-Gassicourt (3.20) 15 Aug 44 Tirlemont (3.00)

8 May 44 Haine St.Pierre (3.05) 12 Sep 44 Gelsenkirchen (3.15)

11 May 44 Boulogne (2.40) 15 Sep 44 Kiel (5.15)

12 May 44 Hasselt (3.00) 15 Oct 44 Duisburg (4.05)

27 May 44 Rennes (4.15) 19 Oct 44 Stuttgart (4.10)

3 June 44 Calais (1.55) 23 Oct 44 Essen (4.15)

7 June 44 Foret de Cerisy 31 Oct 44 Cologne (4.20)

11 Jun 44 Nantes (5.15)

 

This officer has carried out a large number of operations against the enemy and has attacked many heavily defended targets in Germany. Throughout he has maintained a high standard of skill, courage and determination, and has proved himself to be an extremely valuable member of a very gallant crew.

 

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PALIDWAR, F/O William (J26781) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.424 Squadron - Award effective 6 January 1945 as per London Gazette dated 19 January 1945 and AFRO 508/45 dated 23 March 1945. Born 1921 in Brandon, Manitoba; home there (ice cream maker); enlisted Winnipeg, 18 June 1942. Trained at No.2 ITS (graduated 7 November 1942), No.15 EFTS (graduated 5 February 1943) and No.11 SFTS (graduated 28 May 1943). Commissioned 1943. Rejoined RCAF in 1951 and as of March 1954 he was posted to No.435 Squadron. No citation other than "completed...numerous operations against the enemy in the course of which [he has] invariably displayed the utmost fortitude, courage and devotion to duty." DHist file 181.009 D.2609 (RG.24 Vol.20627) has recommendation dated 21 October 1944 when he had flown 30 trips (139 hours 20 minutes), 22 May to 25 September 1944.

 


As captain of an aircraft, Flying Officer Palidwar completed 30 operational sorties over enemy territory involving attacks on a wide range of important and heavily defended targets. He has displayed skill and determination of a high order which has been a notable feature of his efforts throughout. Bad weather, fighter opposition, intense flak has never prevented this officer from completing his allotted task. It is my firm opinion that Flying Officer Palidwar has rendered valuable service for which I put him forward for the Non-Immediate award of the Distinguished Flying Cross.

 

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PALING, Corporal Freda Helen Mary (W304720) - Mention in Despatches - RCAF Overseas - Award effective 1 January 1946 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 418/46 dated 18 April 1946. Home in Courtright, British Columbia; enlisted in Vancouver 12 May 1942. Initially General Duties; reclassified as Equipment Assistant, 3 June 1942, and the "WOG" on 6 March 1943. Posted overseas, May 1943; repatriated August 1945; released 4 October 1945.

 

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PALLEN, S/L Gordon Stewart (C952) - Commended for Valuable Services in the Air - Station Rockcliffe - Award effective 1 January 1945 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 89/45 dated 19 January 1945. Enlisted in Regina as a P/P/O, 1 October 1938; qualified as a pilot, 15 December 1939.

 

This officer, first in charge of compiling pilots' handling notes, then in charge of flying and finally as instructor on types at the Test and Development Establishment, has set a very high standard of efficiency. He has also served Overseas and as an instructor at a Service Flying Training School. His service as a pilot has included the flying of over forty-five types of aircraft. Through his marked enthusiasm and outstanding flying ability, he has contributed greatly to the efficiency of this unit.

 

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PALLETT, F/O Bruce Armstrong (C26195) - Air Force Cross - No.9 EFTS - Award effective 1 January 1946 as per Canada Gazette of that date and AFRO 82/46 dated 25 January 1946. Home in Dixie, Ontario. Enlisted in Toronto, 4 September 1940. As of December 1943 he had flown 2,256 hours, 2,070 hours as instructor, 374 hours in previous six months. Medal sent by registered mail 20 April 1949.

 

This officer has been employed as an elementary flying instructor for almost three years. His devotion to duty through hundreds of hours of instructional time has been outstanding. His keen sense of humour, marked determination and organizing ability as well as his outstanding abilities as a pilot and instructor have been a splendid example and inspiration to all.


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PALLETT, P/O Kenneth Franklin (J93585) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.424 Squadron - Award effective 5 July 1945 as per London Gazette dated 20 July 1945 and AFRO 1619/45 dated 19 October 1945. Born 1923 in Edmonton; home in Ottawa (bank teller, former Royal Canadian Artillery); enlisted in Ottawa, 3 November 1942. Trained at No.4 WS (graduated 29 October 1943) and No.6 BGS (graduated 13 December 1943). Commissioned November 1944. Medal sent by registered mail 7 November 7 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 for a DFM dated 13 March 1945 when he was a Flight Sergeant (R195914) newly promoted to Pilot Officer. As of then he had completed 30 sorties (183 hours 32 minutes), 27 August 1944 to 16 January 1945.

 

Flight Sergeant (now Pilot Officer) Pallett has completed a tour of operations with this squadron, and has participated in many raids against heavily defended areas. The courage and resourcefulness of this NCO has been outstanding, and Flight Sergeant Pallett set a high example, not only to his crew, but also the squadron. As an Air Operator [six, Wireless Operator], the work of Flight Sergeant Pallett was of the highest order and he always gave his section the greatest co-operation...

 

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PALMER, P/O Charles William (J15818) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.405 Squadron - Award effective 8 October 1942 as per London Gazette dated 30 October 1942 and AFRO 1830/42 dated 13 November 1942. Home in Dundalk, Ontario (farm labourer, 1933-1937; milk truck driver, 1938-1940); enlisted in Toronto, 22 November 1940. Sent to No.2 Manning Depot (November 1940) and No.1 ANS (18 December 1940) for non-training waiting period. Trained at No.2 ITS (graduated 26 March 1941), No.13 EFTS (graduated 28 May 1941), and No.8 SFTS (graduated 20 August 1941). Arrived overseas 14 September 1941. Joined No.405 Squadron on 5 June 1942 and by 4 October had done 21 trips (128 hours). Medal presented at Buckingham Palace 15 December 1942. Rank progression as follows: AC2, 22 November 1940; LAC, 8 April 1941; Sergeant, 20 August 1941; Flight Sergeant, 20 February 1941; P/O 15 August 1942; F/O and simultaneous promotion to F/L, 23 October 1942; S/L 25 January 1943; W/C 4 November 1943. Killed in action 26 September 1944 (Lancaster PB129); buried in France.

 

This officer has participated in many operational missions. One night in October 1942 he captained an aircraft detailed to attack Flensberg. In spite of intense searchlight activity over the target area, Pilot Officer Palmer pressed home his attack from a low level. After his bombs were released, he dived and enabled his gunners to machine-gun searchlights, several of which were damaged. On his return journey he flew at a low altitude to allow his gunners to fire at a variety of ground targets. This officer has at all times displayed skill and gallantry in the execution of his tasks.

 


NOTE: DHist file 181.009 D.2902 (RG.24 Volume 20633) has recommendation dated 4 October 1942 which is considerably more detailed. He had flown 18 sorties (105 hours 33 minutes).

 

This officer has completed 18 sorties since he joined the squadron on the 6th June 1942. Throughout the whole of this time, he has displayed dash, courage and skill to an exceptional degree. His personality, determination and coolness has earned him the respect of the whole squadron and the unbounded confidence of his crew.

 

Pilot Officer Palmer was commissioned during the past week and has shown directly fine qualities of leadership and inspiration.

 

On October 1/2nd he carried out his operation over Flensburg with the greatest skill and determination. Airmanship and navigation of a high order kept him exactly on the prescribed course and his final run was made directly over the target at between 800 and 1,000 feet. This latter success was the result of a quick decision taken when he realized the completely blinding effect of the searchlights and turned over to instrument flying with a fully illuminated instrument panel. The bombs burst apparently directly on the target. Palmer continued his dive after bombs were gone, down to about 200 feet and provided his gunners with excellent searchlight targets of which full advantage was taken. Three or four are believed to have been badly damaged. Subsequently, he made a quick reconnaissance of the raid results and defences and on return rendered a clear, accurate and concise report . Palmer continued at a low level out to the coast weaving as necessary to provide his gunners with a variety of ground targets.

 

For this exploit and his previous operational record, Pilot Officer Palmer is strongly recommended for the award of the Distinguished Flying Cross.

 

PALMER, W/C Charles William, DFC (J15818) - Mention in Despatches - No.405 Squadron - Award effective 8 June 1944 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 1729/44 dated 11 August 1944. No citation in AFRO.

 

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PALMER, F/L Edward Bruce (J86263) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.138 Squadron - Award effective 2 October 1944 as per London Gazette dated 13 October 1944 and AFRO 2637/44 dated 8 December 1944. Born 1923 in Toronto; home there; enlisted there 6 October 1941. Formerly in Canadian Army. Trained at No.2 ITS (graduated 11 April 1942), No.6 EFTS (graduated 19 June 1942) and No.10 SFTS (graduated 23 October 1942). Commissioned 1944. Medal sent by registered mail 18 January 1949. No citation other than "completed ...numerous operations against the enemy in the course of which [he has] invariably displayed the utmost fortitude, courage and devotion to duty". Public Records Office Air 2/9026 has recommendation dated 16 July 1944 when he had flown 33 sorties (201 hours 15 minutes on operations). Sortie list gives no objectives; times only as the mission is described only as ""Operations as ordered".


31 Mar 44 (7.00) 5 June 44 (2.55)

9 Apr 44 (5.25) 7 June 44 (4.20)

11 Apr 44 (5.45) 21 June 44 (4.45)

26 Apr 44 (7.15) 22 June 44 (5.50)

27 Apr 44 (6.35) 24 June 44 (5.10)

29 Apr 44 (7.35) 27 June 44 (6.25)

30 Apr 44 (8.00) 29 June 44 (4.45)

3 May 44 (4.50) 3 July 44 (5.20)

5 May 44 (6.35) 5 July 44 (4.50)

6 May 44 (6.55) 7 July 44 (5.30)

8 May 44 (6.45) 9 July 44 (7.50)

9 May 44 (6.20) 11 July 44 (8.15)

15 May 44 (6.50) 15 July 44 (7.10)

23 May 44 (6.40) 17 July 44 (4.40)

1 June 44 (6.20) 18 July 44 (6.15)

2 June 44 (6.15) 20 July 44 (6.35)

4 June 44 (5.35)

 

As captain of aircraft Pilot Officer Palmer has completed a large number of operational sorties with a high percentage of success. His keenness and willingness to operate in adverse weather conditions on any target is most commendable. Some targets have been at long range requiring determination and skill of a high order to ensure completion but Pilot Officer Palmer has at all times displayed great fortitude and perseverance to carry out his missions with the maximum of success.

 

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PALMER, F/L John Ender, DCM (C9218) - Air Force Cross - No.5 EFTS - Award effective 26 October 1943 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 2386/43 dated 19 November 1943. Born in Cambridge, England, 28 December 1898. Educated in Toronto and Lethbridge. Served in the 10th Battalion, CEF; awarded DCM as a corporal machine gunner for gallantry at Festubert, 22 May 1915. Transferred to RFC and was an instructor in England, 1917-1918. A barn-stormer and commercial pilot between the wars, he claimed on joining the RCAF to have flown 9,881 hours on 98 types of aircraft. Initially employed as a civilian instructor, he attended FIS, Trenton, 26 June-19 July 1940. Commissioned in the RCAF at Calgary, 3 December 1941, he was posted to No.5 EFTS on 17 December 1941. Palmer was then granted leave without pay, continuing as a civilian instructor, but on 1 December 1942 was re-instated to commissioned rank with the rank of Flight Lieutenant. He took another course at FIS, Trenton (29 March-16 April 1943) and was released from the RCAF on 27 September 1944. Died at High River, Alberta, 19 November 1964.

 


Having been connected with flying training for the past twenty years, this officer, for the past two years, has capably fulfilled his duties as an Assistant Chief Flying Instructor and a Chief Flying Instructor. His experience and unfailing devotion to duty have inspired confidence and respect in both trainees and Instructors. Through his untiring efforts as Chief Flying Instructor all courses graduated on time with all sequences completed despite the difficulties that had to be overcome.

 

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PALMER, Sergeant (now F/O) Phillip Edward (R197195/J92715) - Mention in Despatches - No.432 Squadron - Award effective 14 June 1945 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 1600/45 dated 12 October 1945. Home in Eden, Ontario; enlisted London, Ontario, 23 October 1941. Trained at No.9 BGS (graduated 14 January 1944). Unit identified in AFRO only as "Overseas"; proper unit identified in DHist file 181.009 D.1725 (PAC RG.24 Box 2067). See F/O G.A. Fox (above) for details.

 

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PALMER, F/O Richard William (J12982) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.50 Squadron - Award effective 4 October 1943 as per London Gazette dated 15 October 1943 and AFRO 2610/43 dated 17 December 1943. Born 1909; home in Nanaimo, British Columbia; enlisted in Montreal 3 July 1941. Trained at No.9 AOS (graduated 11 April 1942) and No.1 ANS (graduated 20 July 1942). Commissioned 1942. Medal presented 22 November 1948.

 

This officer, as navigator, has taken part in many highly successful raids on German and Italian objectives. His navigation has consistently been of a high order and his keenness and determination in the face of heavy enemy opposition have been outstanding.

 

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PALMER, FS William Frederick (R73200) - 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 Dorchester, New Brunswick; enlisted in Moncton, 15 October 1940. Trained at No.2 ITS (graduated 27 November 1940), No.7 EFTS (graduated 18 December 1940), No.4 BGS (graduated 6 June 1941), No.5 AOS (graduated 24 April 1941), and No.1 CNS (graduated 9 July 1941). No citation. Killed accidentally in Italy, 18 April 1944 when he was a Pilot Officer (J85453) with No.267 Squadron (fall from a bomb-damaged building).

 

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PAMPLIN, F/L Douglas Robert (J35880) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.103 Squadron - Award effective 15 March 1945 as per London Gazette dated 23 March 1945 and AFRO 721/45 dated 27 April 1945. Home in Detroit; enlisted in Hamilton 28 July 1942. Trained at No.5 ITS (graduated 20 February 1943), No.10 EFTS (graduated 17 April 1943) and No.13 SFTS (graduated 3 September 1943). Medal presented by Canadian Consul to New York, 17 April 1950. No citation other than "completed...many successful operations against the enemy in which [he has] displayed high skill, fortitude and devotion to duty." Public Records Office Air 2/9050 has recommendation dated 1 December 1944 when he had flown 30 sorties (154 hours 35 minutes):

 

12 Aug 44 Brunswick 11 Oct 44 Fort Fredrik Hendrik

25 Aug 44 Russelheim 14 Oct 44 Duisburg

26 Aug 44 Kiel 15 Oct 44 Duisburg

29 Aug 44 Stettin 19 Oct 44 Stuttgart

3 Sept 44 Eindhoven 23 Oct 44 Essen

5 Sept 44 Le Havre 24 Oct 44 Essen

6 Sept 44 Le Havre 28 Oct 44 Cologne

8 Sept 44 Le Havre 31 Oct 44 Cologne

10 Sept 44 Le Havre 2 Nov 44 Dusseldorf

12 Sept 44 Frankfurt 4 Nov 44 Bochum

17 Sept 44 Leuwarden 6 Nov 44 Gelsenkirchen

20 Sept 44 Sangatte 16 Nov 44 Duren

24 Sept 44 Calais 21 Nov 44 Aschaffenburg

5 Oct 44 Saarbrucken 27 Nov 44 Freiburg

7 Oct 44 Emmerich 3 Dec 44 Urft Dam

 

Flight Lieutenant Pamplin, a Canadian officer, was posted to No.103 Squadron on 10th August 1944, and has since completed 30 sorties as Captain on Lancaster aircraft with a total of 154.35 hours operational flying.

 

This officer's zeal and devotion to duty have been conspicuous throughout his tour of operations, which have included numerous attacks on the most heavily defended industrial targets in Germany, in addition to several operations calling for a high degree of accuracy in support of the Allied Expeditionary Forces. In spite of the most formidable opposition, Flight Lieutenant Pamplin has by his skill and determination made each sortie against the enemy a successful one.

 

This officer's consistently high standard of leadership, efficiency and devotion to duty has been an inspiration to his crew, and a fine example to all captains of aircraft. I therefore strongly recommend that he be awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross.

 

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PANCHUK, F/L Gordon Richard Bohdan (C18825) - Mention in Despatches - No.126 Wing (AFRO gives Overseas - Award effective 14 June 1945 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 1478/45 dated 21 September 1945. Born 8 February 1915 at Peterson, Saskatchewan. Home in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan; school teacher; enlisted there 28 May 1941. Trained at No.1 Manning Depot, Toronto, 28 May to 20 June 1941; at No.1 Wireless School, Montreal, 21 June 1941 to 2 January 1942 and graduated as Wireless Electrical Mechanic (promoted AC2, 4 December 1941); to "Y" Depot, Halifax, 3 January 1942; to No.3 Personnel Reception Centre, 21 January 1942; promoted LAC, 1 March 1942; to Station St.Angelo, 8 June 1942; to Digby, 9 June 1942; promoted Corporal, 1 September 1942; to Officers School, 13 October 1943; commissioned in Administration (Intelligence), 11 November 1943; to No.126 Airfield, 23 November 1943; promoted Flying Officer, 11 May 1944; to No.411 Squadron, 22 July 1944, promoted Flight Lieutenant, 17 November 1944 and transferred to No.126 Wing Headquarters; to No.127 Wing, 5 July 1945; to RCAF Overseas Headquarters, 3 August 1945; to No.25 ACHU, 5 October 1945; to No.126 Wing, 31 January 1946.. Repatriated to Canada, 8 May 1946; released 26 June 1946. Joined RCAF Auxiliary, 4 December 1952 and served to 30 June 1958 (Intelligence), chiefly with No.5000 Intelligence (Auxiliary) Unit. No citation.

 

PANCHUK, F/L Gordon Richard Bohdan (C18825) - Member, Order of the British Empire - No.126 Wing (AFRO gives Overseas - Award effective 1 January 1946 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 155/46 dated 15 February 1946. Medal sent by registered mail to him care of Ukrainian Relief Mission for Ukrainian Refugees, Ottawa. No citation.

 

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PANZER, F/O Leon (J27423) - Mention in Despatches - No.432 Squadron (identified only as "Overseas" in AFRO) - Award effective 14 June 1945 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 1478/45 dated 21 September 1945. Home in Toronto; enlisted there 4 May 1942. Trained at No.5 ITS (graduated 6 February 1943) and No.4 AOS (graduated 9 July 1943). DHist file 181.009 D.5557 (RG.24 Vol.20668) has recommendation dated 2 December 1944, indicating he had flown on only one sortie.

 

Flying Officer Panzer was forced to bale out over enemy territory on returning from a raid over Haine St.Pierre on the night of May 9th, 1944, and displayed outstanding initiative in evading capture for an extended period. On being betrayed, taken prisoner, and treated as a saboteur he conducted himself in a highly commendable manner.

 

For his devotion to duty and unwavering loyalty under adverse circumstances it is recommended this officer be Mentioned in Despatches (Immediate).

 

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PAPINEAU, F/O Louis Joseph Leopold Marcel (C5632) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.425 Squadron - Award effective 5 April 1945 as per London Gazette dated 17 April 1945 and AFRO 918/45 dated 1 June 1945. Born 1911 in Outremont; home in Montreal (miner); enlisted in Montreal, 13 June 1941. Trained at No.9 AOS (graduated 6 August 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 courage and devotion to duty." DHist file 181.009 D.1730 (PAC RG.24 Vol.20607) has recommendation dated 17 November 1944 when he had completed 28 sorties (146 hours 40 minutes):

 


This navigator was detailed to attack Kiel on September 15th, 1944, and experienced very concentrated anti-aircraft fire when his aircraft made three orbits to identify the genuine target.

 

Despite the fact that the aircraft was coned for five minutes after completing the third orbit, where the flak was so intense causing the starboard wing main spar to break and rendering the fuselage unserviceable for future operations, this officer, with cool courage and confidence, made possible a good bombing result. Although all navigational equipment were unserviceable before reaching the target, Flying Officer Papineau showed outstanding efficiency as a navigator when he directed the aircraft safely back to base.

 

Flying Officer Papineau has completed twenty-eight sorties over heavily defended targets such as Berlin, Dusseldorf, Dortmund and Duisburg. Throughout his tour, he has exhibited a high degree of skill, resolution and devotion to duty.

 

The exceptional ability and dogged determination which this officer has invariably displayed to complete his allotted tasks regardless of adverse weather or enemy opposition is worthy of high praise.

 

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PAPPAS, F/O George (J29980) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.424 Squadron - Award effective 15 March 1945 as per London Gazette dated 27 March 1945 and AFRO 1127/45 dated 6 July 1945. Born 1914 in Edmonton; home there; enlisted there 9 June 1942. Trained No.7 ITS (graduated 16 April 1943) and No.7 AOS (graduated 3 September 1943). Commissioned September 1943. Medal sent by registered mail 29 November 1950 to Yellowknife, Northwest Territories. No citation other than "completed...many successful operations against the enemy in which [he has] displayed high skill, fortitude and devotion to duty." DHist file 181.009 Vol.2610 (RG.24 Vol.20627) has recommendation dated 20 November 1944 when he had flown 29 sorties (150 hours 45 minutes), 23 July to 6 November 1944.

 

This officer has proved himself to be a navigator of exceptional calibre. His track-keeping and timing have been responsible for the accurate bombing of many important targets. These have included trips to the heavily defended Ruhr area and raids on precision targets in enemy-occupied territory.

 

At all times Flying Officer Pappas has displayed a high standard of courage and determination. His aptitude and keenness for his work have been an example to the other navigators in the section, and his fine spirit an inspiration to the other members of aircrew. In addition to his excellent work in the air, this officer has done valuable work in the section, showing his willingness at all times to do more than his share of routine work.

 

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PAPPAS, P/O Leonard (J85738) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.12 Squadron - Award effective 1 September 1944 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 2231/44 dated 13 October 1944. Born in Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan, 1922; home in Toronto; enlisted Saskatoon 3 April 1940. Trained at No.4 ITS (graduated 9 October 1942), No.6 EFTS (graduated 1 January 1943) and No.10 SFTS (graduated 10 May 1943). Commissioned 1944. Medal sent by registered mail 9 November 1948.

 

This officer has completed very many sorties as pilot and captain of aircraft. He has invariably displayed a high degree of courage and resolution, qualities which were amply demonstrated when detailed to attack Vierzon one night in June 1944. Shortly after leaving the target the aircraft was intercepted by a fighter which closed in. By skilful combat manoeuvres Pilot Officer Pappas enabled his gunners to open fire from good positions and their accurate bursts struck the enemy aircraft, setting it on fire. Some time later another fighter closed in. Once again Pilot Officer Pappas and his gunners co-operated skilfully and the enemy aircraft was driven off. This officer has at all times displayed the greatest keenness and his example has been most commendable.

 

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PAQUIN, Corporal Louis Joseph Fernand (R100102) - Mention in Despatches - Tholthorpe - Award effective 14 June 1945 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 1647/45 dated 26 October 1945. AFRO gives unit only as "Overseas"; DHist file 181.009 D.1725 (PAC RG.24 Vol.20607) has list of MiDs this date with unit. Home in St.Boniface, manitoba; enlisted in Winnipeg 20 March 1941. DHist file 181.009 D.1719 (PAC RG.24 Vol.20606) has recommendation dated 3 February 1945. Fitter IIE; had served 18 months in Canada, 28 months overseas.

 

This highly skilled tradesman has proven himself to be an outstanding NCO as well. His constant efforts to help others acquire the knowledge so badly needed to perform their duties well have been outstanding. His initiative served his unit specially well in North Africa where he spent nearly six months.

 

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PARADIS, P/O Joseph Jean Paul (J17129) - Air Medal and One Oak Leaf Cluster (United States) - 9th USAAF (AFRO gives unit only as "Overseas") - Air Medal and One Oak Leaf Cluster - Award effective 20 June 1944 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 1861/44 dated 25 August 1944. Trained at No.6 BGS (graduated 15 September 1941) and No.1 WS (graduated 17 August 1941). Public Records Office Air 2/9599 has citation from General Order No.31, HQ US Army Air Forces in the Middle East, 28 April 1944.

 


For meritorious achievement while participating in aerial flights against the enemy while on duty with the Ninth United States Air Force in the Middle East...he having participated in three operational missions, each of 2 l1/2 hours or more duration, and four operational missions, each of less than 2 1/2 hours duration."

 

Same order awards the first Oak Leaf Cluster for "...having participated in two operational missions, each of 2 1/2 hours or more duration, and six operational missions, each of less than 2 1/2 hours duration."

 

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PARADIS, LAC Joseph Viateur Charles Emile (R164911) - Mention in Despatches - Croft (AFRO gives unit only as "Overseas") - Award effective 14 June 1945 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 1647/45 dated 26 October 1945. DHist file 181.009 D.4364 (RG.24 Vol.20648) has recommendation submitted 2 February 1945. Home in Montreal; enlisted there 8 October 1941 (recommendation) or 21 February 1942 (DHist white card), serving 17 months in Canada, 22 months in England. Electrician.

 

This airman has been employed as an electrician in daily Servicing Squadron for the past seven months. This airman's devotion to duty and untiring co-operation has contributed to the efficient operation of his section. He has worked long hours and has remained cheerful and willing. He is a willing and capable tradesman.

 

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PARE, F/O Ivan Murray (J17951) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.138 Squadron - Award effective 5 August 1944 as per London Gazette dated 18 August 1944 and AFRO 2101/44 dated 29 September 1944. Born in Windsor, Ontario; home there; enlisted Toronto 9 July 1941. Commissioned 1943. Medal presented 17 June 1945. No citation other than "completed...many successful operations against the enemy in which [he has] displayed high skill, fortitude and devotion to duty." Public Records Office Air 2/9632 has recommendation dated 18 May 1944 when he had flown 37 sorties (237 hours 20 minutes), 12 May 1943 to 10 May 1944. Sortie list records dates and times but no targets; the duty is always described as ""Operations as ordered."

 

12 May 43 (7.00) 5 Mar 44 (4.35)

22 May 43 (6.30) 7 Mar 44 (9.25)

22 Aug 43 (6.15) 10 Mar 44 (7.15)

10 Sep 43 (8.00) 15 Mar 44 (2.25)

22 Sep 43 (5.30) 18 Mar 44 (7.00)

8 Oct 43 (7.45) 24 Mar 44 (7.00)

10 Oct 43 (10.00) 31 Mar 44 (5.55)

18 Oct 43 (5.00) 5 Apr 44 (5.35)

3 Nov 43 (7.00) 10 Apr 44 (7.50)

12 Nov 43 (9.40) 12 Apr 44 (2.30)

4 Jan 44 (6.15) 26 Apr 44 (7.40)

6 Jan 44 (7.50) 27 Apr 44 (6.40)


7 Jan 44 (7.15) 1 May 44 (6.15)

4 Feb 44 (8.35) 3 May 44 (6.25)

5 Feb 44 (6.15) 5 May 44 (5.15)

7 Feb 44 (4.15) 6 May 44 (6.20)

29 Feb 44 (4.05) 8 May 44 (6.05)

2 Mar 44 (4.10) 10 May 44 (5.45)

4 Mar 44 (6.05)

 

Flying Officer Pare has carried out 37 sorties with this squadron and has proved himself to be a very capable and reliable Air Gunner. He has often been instrumental in saving his aircraft from damage by light anti-aircraft fire by giving his captain concise directions and replying to the enemy's fire.

 

His ability has been a source of extreme confidence to his crew, and has thereby greatly added to the efficiency in which they have carried out their allotted missions.

 

Flying Officer Pare always displays great keenness to operate, and sets an example to all, both on the ground and in the air.

 

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PARE, P/O Joseph Benoit Roland (J93879) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.425 Squadron - Award effective 5 July 1945 as per London Gazette dated 20 July 1945 and AFRO 1619/45 dated 19 October 1945. Born 1922 in Thetford Mines, Quebec; home in Montreal (student, former Royal Canadian Artillery); enlisted in Quebec, 12 October 1942. Trained at No.3 BGS (graduated 10 December 1943). Commissioned January 1945. Medal presented in Montreal 25 November 1949.

 

In January 1945 Pilot Officer Pare was mid-upper gunner in an aircraft detailed to attack Magdeburg. On the way to the target the aircraft was coned by searchlights and subjected to heavy anti-aircraft fire which lasted fifteen minutes. Evasive action was taken and the crew continued their mission in spite of the damage sustained while over the target. The rear gunner reported a Messerschmitt 210 astern and proceeded to open fire. Pilot Officer Pare also fired in the under part of the enemy fighter and it was seen to dive towards the ground. On this occasion as well as many other sorties Pilot Officer Pare displayed outstanding skill and devotion to duty of a very high order.

 

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PARFITT, LAC Howard (R162616) - British Empire Medal - Station Ballykelly - Award effective 14 June 1945 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 1219/45 dated 27 July 1945. Born in Victoria, British Columbia, 27 March 1916; home there. Enlisted in Vancouver, 14 April 1942; overseas 16 May 1943. Medal presented 21 February 1948. Public Records Office Air 2/9094 has recommendation.


This airman has been employed on major inspection of radar equipment. He has been responsible for detecting faults and submitting modifications which when put into effect have often resulted in the higher serviceability of equipment. It is largely due to his untiring efforts that the subaine [? submarine ?] radar equipment at this station during the last six months has shown the highest serviceability of any in the Command. On several occasions Leading Aircraftman Parfitt has been entrusted with initiating work of the highest importance, beyond the normal scope of a radar mechanic. Each time he has completed the work most successfully and speedily. His zeal, energy and selfless devotion to duty have set an excellent example to all members of the radar section.

PARFITT, Corporal Howard (R162616) - Mention in Despatches - Overseas - Award effective 1 January 1946 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 155/46 dated 15 February 1946.

 

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PARKER, Sergeant Anne May (W304324) - British Empire Medal - No.1 Flying Training School - Award effective 13 June 1946 as per Canada Gazette of that date and AFRO 660/46 dated 5 July 1946. Home in Hamilton, Ontario; enlisted there 29 June 1942. Medal presented 15 April 1948.

 

This non-commissioned officer has shown outstanding service as non-commissioned officer in charge of Equipment Accounting. Due to the closing down of No.1 Aircrew Conditioning Unit and the subsequent opening of No.1 Flying Training School, a great volume of work has been necessary, and because of the efficiency of this airwoman, has been done expeditiously and thoroughly. She has displayed keenness and energy in her work day duties and has set an example in deportment both on and off duty.

 

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PARKER, Corporal Bertram (R115948) - Mention in Despatches - No.420 Squadron (No.62 Base) - Award effective 1 January 1945 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 425/45 dated 9 March 1945. No citation in AFRO. Home in Clair, Saskatchewan. DHist file 181.009 D.1745 (RG.24 Vol.20608) states that he was a Fitter IIE who enlisted (Saskatoon) 15 August 1941. Remained in Canada to 1 May 1942, and arrived overseas 14 May 1942. Recommended for MiD, 22 July 1944 by the Commanding Officer, No.420 Squadron, who wrote:

 

Corporal Parker has displayed a very fine example in his section by maintaining a high standard of efficiency. He is a conscientious and willing worker and has proved himself to be a very capable NCO. His untiring efforts have been an inspiration to all.

 

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PARKER, F/L Charles Haldor (J10416) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.428 Squadron - Award effective 12 November 1945 as per London Gazette dated 16 November 1945 and AFRO 133/46 dated 8 February 1946. Born 25 May 1921 in Winnipeg or Manitou, Manitoba; home in Winnipeg (accounting clerk); enlisted there 16 May 1941. Trained at No.2 ITS (graduated 14 September 1941), No.3 AOS (graduated 20 December 1941) and No.2 BGS (graduated 31 January 1942). Commissioned March 1942. Medal presented 11 June 1q949. Postwar theological schooling; Reserve Chaplain with RCAF, May 1956. No citation other than "completed ...numerous operations against the enemy in the course of which [he has] invariably displayed the utmost fortitude, courage and devotion to duty." DHist file 181.009 D.1941 (RG.24 Vol.20612) has recommendation by W/C M.W. Gall dated 22 May 1945 when he had flown 33 sorties (220 hours 15 minutes). First tour in No.419 Squadron was 19 sorties (120 hours 15 minutes, 13 October 1942 to 18 April 1944, although all but two sorties were done by 11 June 1943, with two more on 9 and 18 April 1944). Second tour was with No.428 Squadron, 2 March 1945 to 25 April 1945 (14 sorties, 100 hours).

 

This officer has displayed great courage and exceptional ability as a navigator. Under a quiet and calm manner he has a fine offensive spirit in action which inspired the confidence of his crew and proved of incalculable assistance to his pilot.

 

During his two tours he has participated in many sorties on heavily defended targets and has established a splendid record of achievement. His great ability and presence of mind in any emergency has enabled him to navigate his aircraft to the target each time to bomb successfully and he has contributed largely to the operational efficiency of the squadron.

 

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PARKER, F/O Charles Henry (J28553) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.78 Squadron - Award effective 5 February 1945 as per London Gazette dated 20 February 1945 and AFRO 563/45 dated 29 March 1945. Born 1922 in Winnipeg; home there (aircraft rigger); enlisted there 25 May 1942. Trained at No.7 ITS (graduated 30 December 1942), No.7 BGS (graduated 11 June 1943) and No.7 AOS (graduated 23 July 1943). 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." Public Records Office Air 2/8831 has recommendation dated 18 November 1944 when he had flown 38 sorties (173 hours 45 minutes), 2 January to 6 October 1944.

 

2 Jan 44 NICKELLING (6.15) 20 Jul 44 Bottrop (4.55)

8 May 44 Berneval (4.00) 23 Jul 44 Kiel (4.52)

9 May 44 Berneval (4.11) 24 Jul 44 Stuttgart (8.17)

27 May 44 Bourg Leopold (4.10) 25 Jul 44 Foret de Croc (3.58)

31 May 44 Trappes (5.47) 28 Jul 44 Foret de Nieppe (3.08)

2 June 44 Trappes (4.56) 1 Aug 44 Prouville (3.43)

4 June 44 GARDENING (5.33) 2 Aug 44 Foret de Nieppe (3.08)


5 June 44 Courseulles (4.29) 3 Aug 44 Foret de Nieppe (3.07)

6 June 44 St.Lo (5.35) 5 Aug 44 Foret de Nieppe (3.12)

7 June 44 Juvisy (4.48) 9 Aug 44 Foret de Mormal (4.07)

12 Jun 44 Amiens (4.15) 18 Aug 44 Sterkrade (4.35)

14 Jun 44 Douai (3.32) 25 Aug 44 Watten (3.42)

16 Jun 44 GARDENING (5.33) 1 Sept 44 Lumbres (3.50)

22 Jun 44 Laon (4.52) 3 Sept 44 Soesterburg (3.56)

25 Jun 44 Montorgueil (4.16) 10 Sep 44 Le Havre (3.06)

27 Jun 44 Mont Condon (3.47) 11 Sep 44 GARDENING (5.29)

28 Jun 44 Blainville (6.43) 12 Sep 44 Munster (4.33)

8 July 44 Chateau Bernapre (1.00), 15 Sep 44 Kiel (6.17)

ditched, DNCO 4 Oct 44 GARDENING (6.02)

18 Jul 44 Acquet (4.30) 6 Oct 44 Gelsenkirchen (4.13)

 

Flying Officer Parker has carried out a very good tour of operations as a Bomber Aimer [sic] consisting of 38 sorties (124 points) involving a total of 173 hours. He has always shown great keenness for operations and has contributed much to the success of a very able crew. For the high standard of devotion to duty which he has always shown he is strongly recommended for the award of the Distinguished Flying Cross.

 

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PARKER, FS (now P/O) David Harold (R65307/J18621) - Distinguished Flying Medal - No.420 Squadron - Award effective 23 November 1943 as per London Gazette dated 30 November 1943 and AFRO 410/44 dated 25 February 1944. Born Lower Granville, Nova Scotia; home there (clerk); enlisted in Halifax, 15 August 1940. Trained at No.4 BGS (graduated 24 May 1941) and No.2 WS (graduated 28 April 1941). Commissioned 1942. Medal presented 13 September 1947.

 

Throughout his second tour of operations, during which he has taken part in many important attacks against targets in Sicily and Italy, this airman has continued to display outstanding courage and efficiency. His ability as wireless operator has been well above the average, and he has set a fine example by his enthusiasm, determination and devotion to duty.

 

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PARKER, Sergeant (now P/O) Donald Frederick George (R113939/J17923) - Distinguished Flying Medal - No.424 Squadron - Award effective 20 September 1943 as per London Gazette dated 1 October 1943 and AFRO 2258/43 dated 5 November 1943. Home in Dalhousie, New Brunswick; enlisted in Moncton 9 August 1941. Trained at No.5 ITS (graduated 3 December 1941), No.17 EFTS (graduated 13 February 1942) and No.8 SFTS (graduated 17 July 1942). Medal presented 10 December 1947.

 


Sergeant Parker has participated as pilot in many operational sorties against heavily defended enemy objectives. His cheerfulness and courage during the performance of the most dangerous duties have been inspiring to other pilots in his flight. He has invariably displayed courage and determination.

 

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PARKER, WO1 (now P/O) Douglas George (R146583/J43404) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.436 Squadron - Award effective 23 October 1945 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 1822/45 dated 7 December 1945. Born 1915 in Cobourg, Ontario; home in Belleville (businessman); enlisted in Toronto 6 December 1941. Trained at No.5 ITS (graduated 9 May 1942), No.13 EFTS (graduated 31 July 1942) and No.2 SFTS (graduated 20 November 1942). Medal sent by registered mail 31 July 1950. Cited with F/L Harold W. Pearson (RCAF, pilot, awarded DFC).

 

Flight Lieutenant Pearson and Warrant Officer Parker were pilots of a transport squadron which was engaged in close support operations in the Burma theatre. Early in August 1945 they were detailed to operate as a detachment from Toungoo in conveying ammunition and supplies to British ground forces engaged in guerilla warfare in the Shan Hills. These forces, fighting in small groups in purely defensive positions, surrounded by the enemy, were dependent entirely upon the ammunition and supplies conveyed and dropped to them by Flight Lieutenant Pearson and Warrant Officer Parker. Although faced with the greatest difficulties, unfamiliar with the dangerous terrain and in a period of the worst weather conditions, these pilots carried their tasks to a successful completion, after twenty-two days of hazardous operations. Their superb skill and determination set an example of the highest order.

 

NOTE: The ORB of 25 October 1945 reports the award and gives the original recommendation which is much more detailed:

 

Flight Lieutenant H.W. Pearson and Warrant Officer D.G. Parker, members of a transport squadron engaged in close support operations in the Burma theatre, undertook one of the most difficult tasks ever assigned a transport crew, and their record has not only won the supreme admiration of their superiors and their colleagues, but the sincere gratitude of the troops they were supplying.

 

These captains arrived in Burma in the midst of the Monsoon Season, and were abruptly precipitated into extremely difficult weather without their having the opportunity of first learning the country or of gradual familiarization. Displaying outstanding competence, both these pilots became fully operational captains in a very short time, and quickly earned the confidence of their immediate superiors and their crews.

 


In early August 1945, Flight Lieutenant Pearson and Warrant Officer Parker were chosen to operate as a detachment from Toungoo, in delivering ammunition and supplies to British troops engaged in guerilla warfare in the Shan Hills. Our mall groups of guerilla fighters were operating in the most difficult terrain, several groups in purely defensive positions surrounded by the enemy, and were dependant entirely upon these two pilots fr their very existence.

 

Their work presented the greatest difficulties. Based at Toungoo, an airstrip with the worst general weather conditions in the whole area, without adequate radio aids, and lying close to the high Shan Mountains, Flight Lieutenant Pearson and Warrant Officer Parker were required to find difficult D.Z.s in the valleys and on the mountain sides of the Monsoon obscured hills. They often spent hours of treacherous flying in endeavouring to find their D.Z.'s through the occasional breaks in the heavy cloud formations. On successfully locating our troops, either surrounded or in direct contact with the enemy, these pilots faced the continuous threat of casualty from enemy ground fire whilst over the target.

 

Flight Lieutenant Pearson and Warrant Officer Parker, both equally contemptuous of the dangers involved, carried their operations to successful completion, until relieved of their assignment after 22 days of hazardous operations, both pilots flying daily, without relief.

 

The admiration and appreciation of the British troops for their daring mercy flights is amply displayed in the following words of appreciation from the force in the field, passed to their squadron through 12th Army Headquarters, following an operation:

 

"Please convey our thanks and admiration to airforce for their splendid drop. We were dead scared they would hit some cloud covered hill. Good show, 'Canucks'."

 

Their manifest courage, their determination in supplying these guerilla troops, irregardless of the danger of hidden peaks and enemy fire, and their superb skill in dropping their ammunition and supplies on the most difficult of D.Z.'s has been a truly exceptional operational record in Transport Support Operations.

 

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PARKER, Sergeant Everett John (R102563) - Mention in Despatches - Overseas - Award effective 1 January 1946 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 155/46 dated 15 February 1946. Home in Proton, Ontario; enlisted in Toronto, 21 April 1941. Certificate sent 27 September 1948.

 

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PARKER, S/L Frank Weir (J15087) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.426 Squadron - Award effective 7 May 1943 as per London Gazette dated 14 May 1943 and AFRO 1035/43 dated 4 June 1943. Born in Winnipeg, 1920; home there; enlisted there 21 June 1940. Trained at No.2 ITS (graduated 9 October 1940), No.12 EFTS (graduated 6 December 1940) and No.4 SFTS (graduated 21 February 1941). Commissioned 1941. From No.23 OTU to No.426 Squadron, 24 October 1942 on formation of unit. Medal presented 30 October 1948.

 

Squadron Leader Parker has taken part in successful attacks against varied and heavily defended targets in Germany, including Hamburg, Essen, Cologne and Kiel. This officer has demonstrated splendid qualities of leadership both in the air and on the ground, earning the respect and confidence of all ranks. In addition, he is a first-class pilot who always presses home his attacks with the utmost vigour.

 

NOTE: Public Record Office Air 2/8950 has the original recommendation dated 20 March 1943, drafted when he had flown 44 sorties (258 hours ten minutes). The document is damaged, so many of the dates are incomplete:

 

* flown with No.149 Squadron

** flown with No.156 Squadron

# flown with No.23 OTU

 

*1 July 41 Brest (5.50) *7 Nov 41 Dessau (6.30)

*3 July 41 Essen (5.55) *9 Nov 41 Hamburg (7.20)

*5 July 41 Munster (5.35) **27 Dec 41 Boulogne (4.20)

*7 July 41 Munster (5.35) **6 Jan 42 Cherbourg (3.50)

*8 July 41 Munster (5.00) **9 Jan 42 Brest (6.05)

*10 July 41 Cologne (5.35) **10 Jan 42 Wilhelmshaven (6.45)

*14 July 41 Bremen (5.55) **14 Jan 42 Hamburg (6.50)

*17 July 41 Cologne (6.05) **15 Jan 42 North Sea sweep (6.25)

*20 July 41 Cologne (6.15) **? Jan 42 Emden (5.40)

*23 July 41 Mannheim (6.55) **22 Jan 42 Munster (7.00)

*25 July 41 Hamburg (7.00) #30 May 42 Cologne (4.20)

*16 Aug 41 Duisburg (3.55) #1 June 42 Essen (4.50)

*18 Aug 41 Duisburg (4.40) #16 Sept 42 Essen (6.25)

*25 Aug 41 Karlsruhe (7.15) ? 1943 Lorient (5.30)

*28 Aug 41 Duisburg (5.25) ? 1943 GARDENING (6.00)

*31 Aug 41 Cologne (5.00) ? 1943 Oldenburg (3.15)

*7 Sept 41 Boulogne (3.15) ? 1943 Lorient (6.20)

*8 Sept 41 Cherbourg (5.20) ? 1943 Lorient (7.10)

*16 Sept 41 Le Havre (4.45) ? 1943 GARDENING (4.45)

*19 Sept 41 Stettin (9.45) ? 1943 Wilhelmshaven (5.20)

*12 Oct 41 Nuremburg (7.50) ? 1943 North Sea sweep (4.25)

*13 Oct 41 Dusseldorf (5.20) ? 1943 Essen (5.35)

*1 Nov 41 Kiel (6.30)

 


Acting Squadron Leader Parker, now on his second tour of operations, has carried out successfully offensive attacks against many different types of targets, among which were the most heavily defended in Germany: Hamburg, Essen, Cologne, Kiel, Duisburg, etc.

 

As Deputy Flight Commander of his squadron during its formation, his leadership and drive assisted materially in bringing the squadron to a state of operational efficiency. At this period he acted as Captain instructor for five crews who were operating against the enemy for the first time. He has a quiet and unassuming manner, and enjoys the respect and confidence of all ranks of the squadron. His splendid record is an example to all captains in his flight, and warrants recognition.

 

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PARKER, F/L Louis Holmes (J10987) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.175 Squadron - Award effective 27 April 1945 as per London Gazette dated 8 May 1945 and AFRO 966/45 dated 8 June 1945. Born 1921 in Oldham, Lancs., home in Toronto where he was a landscaper; enlisted there 2 June 1941. Trained at No.3 ITS (graduated 25 September 1941), No.4 EFTS (graduated 23 November 1941) and No.9 SFTS (graduated 10 April 1942). Commissioned in 1942; killed on SW475 (Typhoon), 13 April 1945. Medal presented by Governor General to next of kin, 2 December 1946.

 

Throughout numerous missions Flight Lieutenant Parker has displayed outstanding skill and determination and has inflicted much damage on the enemy's railway engines, rolling stock, road vehicles, barges and industrial targets. His outstanding leadership combined with his accuracy have materially contributed to the excellent results obtained.

 

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PARKER, WO William James Woollacott (R10042) - Mention in Despatches - Overseas - Award effective 8 June 1944 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 1729/44 dated 11 August 1944. Home in Toronto; enlisted at Camp Borden, 30 January 1937. In postwar RCAF; awarded Queen's Coronation Medal, Station Centralia, 23 October 1953 (WO1). No citation in AFRO.

 

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PARKINSON, P/O George Thomas (J38604) - Commended for Valuable Services - Overseas - Award effective 8 June 1944 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 1729/44 dated 11 August 1944. Home in Claresholm, Alberta; enlisted in Regina, Saskatchewan, 13 March 1941. Trained at No.5 BGS (graduated 2 February 1942) and No.2 WS (graduated 4 January 1942). No citation.

 

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PARKINSON, FS James Elliott (R52208) - Mention in Despatches - Overseas - Award effective 1 January 1946 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 155/46 dated 15 February 1946. Home in Mitchell, Ontario; enlisted in London, Ontario, 12 January 1940.

 

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PARKINSON, W/C Richard MacDonald (C1436) - Member, Order of the British Empire - AFHQ - Award effective 1 January 1946 as per Canada Gazette of that date and AFRO 82/46 dated 25 January 1946. Home in Ottawa; enlisted there 2 December 1939. Medal sent by registered mail 28 June 1948.

 

This officer is the Director of External Liaison in the Division of the Air Member for Accounts and Finances, and as such is responsible for inter-Governmental arrangements regarding the pay and allowances of the United Kingdom and other Dominion pupils and staffs in the British Commonwealth Air Training Plan. He has at all times exhibited a keen devotion to duty and done all in his power to make arrangements satisfactory both to the personnel concerned and their Governments.

 

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PARKS, F/O Thurne (J16546) - Mention in Despatches - No.421 Squadron - Award effective 14 January 1944 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 874/44 dated 21 April 1944. Born 15 July 1921. Enlisted in Toronto, 8 November 1940. Trained at No.3 ITS (graduated 22 April 1941), No.10 EFTS (graduated 9 June 1941) and No.6 SFTS (graduated 20 August 1941). Posted overseas, 7 September 1941; commissioned 17 December 1942. A veteran of service with No.504 Squadron in the UK, he flew in Malta, 9 May 1942 to 18 August 1942. With No.126 Squadron he damaged a Do.24 (17 May 1942) and a CANT 1007 (30 May or 9 June 1942). With No.249 Squadron he destroyed a Bf.109 and damaged another (2 July 1942), destroyed a Ju.88 (7 July 1942; baled out), probably destroyed Bf.109s (11 July 1942 and 28 July 1942) and had another bale out (13 August 1942). After instructing at No.53 OTU he flew again with Nos.416 and 421 Squadrons but was finally had to cut short due to exhaustion (DHIst file 181.009 D.1719, PAC RG.24 Vol.20606). Repatriated to Canada, 3 February 1944; to No.1 OTU, Bagotville, 10 April 1944; to No.1 Flying Instructor School, 24 April 1944; to No.164 Squadron, 7 November 1944; to No.1 Training Command, 20 January 1945; to Station Moncton, 1 April 1945; released 4 July 1945.

 

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PARKS, P/O Walter Franklin (J7544) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.408 Squadron - Award effective 31 December 1942 as per London Gazette dated 12 January 1943 and AFRO 232/43 dated 12 February 1943. Born in Verwood, Saskatchewan, 21 February 1920; home in Regina (lumber merchant); enlisted there 19 December 1940. Trained at No.2 ITS (graduated 2 May 1941), No.5 EFTS (graduated 3 July 1941), and No.3 SFTS (graduated 20 September 1941). Commissioned 20 September 1941; F/O 20 September 1942; F/L 13 June 1943; S/L 24 August 1943; W/C, 1 October 1944; reverted to S/L 1 October 1946. To No.408 Squadron, April 1942; to No.50 Squadron, April 1943; OC of No.435 Squadron, April 1948. DFC and Bar presented at Buckingham Palace, 28 June 1945. Wing Commander W.F.Parks, DFC, CD (19740), killed on flying operations in UK, 17 May 1954.

 

This officer has participated in many operational sorties over some of the most heavily defended targets in enemy and enemy occupied territory. On one occasion when flying over Lille his aircraft was hit by anti-aircraft fire and severely damaged. With great determination he flew on and attacked his target successfully. Pilot Officer Parks' skill and courage have been a source of inspiration to all.

 

PARKS, S/L Walter Franklin, DFC (J7544) - Bar to Distinguished Flying Cross - No.50 Squadron - Award effective 10 January 1944 as per London Gazette dated 18 January 1944 and AFRO 410/44 dated 25 February 1944.

 

Squadron Leader Parks, now on his second tour of operational duty, has taken part in attacks on most of the principal German and Italian targets. In June 1943, during an attack on Gelsenkirchen his aircraft was attacked by a Messerschmitt 109, which was probably destroyed. An excellent captain of aircraft and flying commander, this officer's work, both in the air and on the ground, has been of a high standard, while his cool courage in the face of the enemy has been an inspiring example to all.

 

NOTE: Public Records Office Air 2/9153 has recommendation dated 16 November 1943. He had flown 28 sorties (180 hours 55 minutes); second tour had been 19 sorties (121 hours 35 minutes).

First Tour Second Tour

 

9 May 42 Rennes (Nickelling) 23 May 43 Dortmund

4 May 42 GARDENING 11 June 43 Dusseldorf

6 May 42 Nantes 12 June 43 Bochum

8 May 42 Rostock 14 June 43 Oberhausen

15 May 42 GARDENING 21 June 43 Krefeld

19 May 42 Mannheim 25 June 43 Gelsenkirchen

30 May 42 Cologne 28 June 43 Cologne

18 June 42 GARDENING 3 July 43 Cologne

25 June 42 Bremen 8 July 43 Cologne

27 June 42 Dinghy Search 12 July 43 Turin

2 July 42 Bremen 2 Aug 43 Hamburg

8 July 42 Wilhelmshaven 7 Aug 43 Milan

9 July 42 GARDENING 9 Aug 43 Mannheim

22 July 42 Dinghy Search 14 Aug 43 Milan

27 July 42 Hamburg 17 Aug 43 Peenemunde

29 July 42 Saarbrucken 6 Sept 43 Munich

4 Aug 42 GARDENING 29 Sept 43 Bochum

6 Aug 42 Duisburg 3 Oct 43 Kassel

11 Aug 42 GARDENING 8 Oct 43 Hanover

12 Aug 42 Mainz


17 Aug 42 Osnabruck

18 Aug 42 Flensburg

27 Aug 42 Kassel

28 Aug 42 Saarbrucken

2 Sept 42 Dinghy Search

2 Sept 42 Karlsruhe

7 Sept 42 GARDENING

8 Sept 42 Frankfurt

 

Squadron Leader Parks has recently completed his second tour of operations consisting of 19 sorties involving a total flying time of 121 hours. Most of these sorties have been against such heavily defended German targets as Cologne (three times), Hamburg, Hanover, Munich and most of the principal towns in the Ruhr. He has also attacked targets in Turin and Milan and he took part in the successful raid on Peenemunde. During the raid on Gelsenkirchen on the 25/26th June 1943, his aircraft was attacked by a Messerschmitt 109 which was engaged and probably destroyed. As a captain of aircraft he has set a splendid example to his crew and as a Flight Commander he has set an equally good example to his flight and squadron. His work both on the ground and in the air has been of a high standard and for this and his cool courage in the face of the enemy he is strongly recommended for the award of a Bar to the Distinguished Flying Cross.

 

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PARKS, F/L William Ralph (J25040) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.10 Squadron - Award effective 15 March 1945 as per London Gazette dated 23 March 1945 and AFRO 721/45 dated 27 April 1945. Born 1924 in Fort William, Ontario; home in Heron Bay (warehouseman); enlisted in Port Arthur, 22 April 1942. Trained at No.4 ITS (graduated 6 November 1942) and No.2 AOS (graduated 1 April 1943. Commissioned April 1943. Medal presented 18 October 1948. No citation other than "completed...many successful operations against the enemy in which [he has] displayed high skill, fortitude and devotion to duty." Shot down over Denmark, evaded capture. Public Records Office Air 2/9051 has recommendation dated 14 December 1944 when he had flown 30 sorties (121 hours 42 minutes), 1 May to 15 October 1944.

 

1 May 44 Malines (3.59) 6 July 44 Croixdale (4.04)

6 May 44 Gassicourt (4.40) 17 Jul 44 Mont Condon (3.07)

9 May 44 Berneval (3.47) 18 Jul 44 Varies M/Y (4.37)

10 May 44 Lens (3.50) 20 Jul 44 Bottrop (4.28)

12 May 44 Hasselt (4.00) 24 Jul 44 Stuttgart (8.02)

19 May 44 Boulogne (3.28) 26 Jul 44 Foret de Nieppe (3.32)

23 May 44 GARDENING (3.58) 3 Aug 44 Bois de Cassan (4.20)

24 May 44 Aachen (4.11) 5 Aug 44 Foret de Nieppe (3.15)

14 Jun 44 Douai (3.36) 8 Aug 44 St.Philibert Ferme (3.33)

15 Jun 44 Fouillard (5.00) 13 Aug 44 TRACTABLE (4.07)


24 Jun 44 Noyelle-en-Chaussee (3.33) 17 Aug 44 Brest (4.33)

25 Jun 44 Montergueil (9.25) 3 Sept 44 Soesterburg (3.10)

27 Jun 44 Mont Candon (3.16) 26 Sep 44 Calais (4.01)

1 July 44 St.Martin l'Hortier (3.49) 9 Oct 44 Bochum (5.14)

4 July 44 St.Martin l'Hortier (3.40) 15 Oct 44 GARDENING (missing)

5 July 44 St.Martin l'Hortier (3.37)

 

 

Flight Lieutenant Parks was the navigator of a Halifax aircraft detailed to carry out a mining operation on the night of 15/16 October 1944. His aircraft was attacked and shot down by an enemy fighter, but he succeeded in evading the enemy and returned to this country within three weeks. Prior to this operation he aircraft has been attacked by fighters and has been damaged by flak on several occasions.

 

Acting Flight Lieutenant Parks was posted to No.10 Squadron on 11 April 1944 and has completed 30 sorties comprising 122 operational hours. These operations included attacks on such heavily defended targets as Stuttgart, Bochum, Aachen and Bottrop. In addition he has taken part in important mining operations requiring considerable accuracy in navigation.

 

He has proved himself to be one of the outstanding navigators of this squadron and his fine navigational ability has played a good part in the successes obtained. He has enabled his captain to bring back many fine photographs of the target area.

 

Acting Flight Lieutenant Parks has at all times displayed skill and gallantry of a high order and his determination has been worthy of great praise. I consider him a navigator of outstanding ability and strongly recommend that this, together with his strong devotion to duty, be recognized by the non-immediate ward of the Distinguished Flying Cross.

 

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PARLIAMENT, Sergeant Luella Irene (W301844) - British Empire Medal - No.2 SFTS - Award effective 14 June 1945 as per London Gazette of that date and RCAF Routine Order 1127/45 dated 6th July 1945. Born at Cannington, Ontario, 17 December 1906; home there; enlisted in Toronto, 14 November 1941. Medal presented by Governor General, 28 February 1946.

 

This airwoman was posted to this unit with the initial Women's Division entries and has continuously displayed outstanding ability in her trade of equipment assistant. She has been called upon to carry responsibilities beyond those normally assigned to a Woman's Division Sergeant. She has done more than her share to contribute to the welfare, discipline and morale of the airwomen on this station and her untiring efforts are an example to all. Throughout her services she has displayed outstanding devotion to duty.


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PARNHAM, Corporal Norma Isabell (W307420) - British Empire Medal - Station Sea Island - Award effective 13 June 1946 as per Canada Gazette of that date and AFRO 660/46 dated 5 July 1946. Home in Cumberland, British Columbia; enlisted in Vancouver, 3 September 1942. Clerk (Accounts); trained at No.7 MD and No.1 KTS; to Western Air Command, 15 December 1942. Discharged 31 July 1946. Medal presented 29 May 1947.

 

This non-commissioned officer has displayed exceptional ability in being able to readily adapt herself to whatever work she has been assigned. She possesses a sense of being able to see what is required and of doing a job without a constant overseer. Her diligence and her loyalty toward service interests are worthy of recognition. She has shown an ability to organize coupled with an excellent trade knowledge which characteristics have made her a worthy non-commissioned officer.

 

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PARRY, F/O Arthur Wilson (J16704) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.10 Squadron - Award effective 8 January 1944 as per London Gazette dated 25 January 1944 and AFRO 410/44 dated 25 February 1944. Born in Watrous, Saskatchewan, 1908; home in Amazon, Saskatchewan; enlisted in Saskatoon, 6 May 1941. Trained at No.7 BGS (graduated 28 February 1942) and No.5 AOS (graduated 8 January 1942). Commissioned 1943. Medal presented 3 August 1943.

 

This officer has participated in a large number of sorties involving attacks on important and well-defended targets. He is an extremely skilful navigator whose faultless work has played a good part in the successes obtained. Not once has he failed to guide his pilot to the allotted target and back to base. His example of courage and determination has been highly commendable.

 

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PARRY, P/O George Dean (J90447) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.429 Squadron - Award effective 10 May 1945 as per London Gazette dated 25 May 1945 and AFRO 1291/45 dated 10 August 1945. Born 1921 in Toronto; home there (printer); enlisted there 31 August 1940. Trained at No.4 WS (graduated 9 July 1943) and No.1 BGS (graduated 23 August 1942). Commissioned September 1944. Medal presented 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 dated 19 February 1945 when he had flown 25 sorties (138 hours 10 minutes), 15 August 1944 to 14 January 1945. Oddly, he was recommended again on 18 May 1945 (apparently in ignorance of the fact that he had already been awarded a DFC) when he was a Flight Lieutenant and Signals Leader; his tour had run to 28 sorties, ending 7 March 1945 (same DHist file). The following is the recommendation of 19 February which led to the actual award.

 


This officer has completed twenty-five bombing sorties, the majority of which have been against the more heavily defended areas in Germany. He has proven himself an outstanding wireless operator and has at all times displayed keenness, efficiency and great devotion to duty, thereby setting a splendid example to the other members of his section. At all times being cheerful and eager to come to grips with the enemy, Pilot Officer Parry has proved an extremely valuable crew member.

 

It is considered that this officer's fine operational record, skill and fortitude fully merit the award of the Distinguished Flying Cross.

 

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PARRY, F/O John Clayton (J87903) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.166 Squadron - Award effective 5 July 1945 as per London Gazette dated 20 July 1945 and AFRO 1619/45 dated 19 October 1945. Born 1922 in Windsor, Ontario; home there; enlisted there 1 May 1942. Trained at No.5 ITS (graduated 26 September 1942), No.10 EFTS (graduated 18 December 1942) and No.1 SFTS (graduated 14 May 1942). Commissioned 1944. 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". Public Records Office Air 2/9082 has recommendation dated 13 March 1945 when he had flown 37 sorties (247 hours), 25 September 1944 to 13 March 1945. First four sorties with No.550 Squadron; all others with No.166 Squadron.

 

25 Sep 44 Cap Gris Nez 7 Jan 45 Munich

5 Oct 44 Saarbrucken 14 Jan 45 Merseburg

7 Oct 44 Emmerich 16 Jan 45 Zeitz Troglitz

15 Oct 44 Stuttgart 22 Jan 45 Duisburg

23 Oct 44 Essen 28 Jan 45 Stuttgart-Zuffenhausen

28 Oct 44 Cologne 7 Feb 45 Cleve

30 Oct 44 Cologne 13 Feb 45 Dresden

9 Nov 44 Wanne Eickel 20 Feb 45 Dortmund

16 Nov 44 Duren 21 Feb 45 Duisburg

21 Nov 44 Aschaffenburg 23 Feb 45 Pforzheim

27 Nov 44 Freiburg 1 Mar 45 Mannheim

29 Nov 44 Dortmund 2 Mar 45 Cologne

4 Dec 44 Karlsruhe 5 Mar 45 Chemnitz

6 Dec 44 Merseburg 7 Mar 45 Dessau

12 Dec 44 Essen 8 Mar 45 Kassel

13 Dec 44 GARDENING 11 Mar 45 Essen

17 Dec 44 Ulm 12 Mar 45 Dortmund

28 Dec 44 Munchen-Gladbach 13 Mar 45 Erin Benzol plant

29 Dec 44 Scholven-Buer

 


This Canadian captain of aircraft has carried out 37 sorties against the enemy. During this time he has established for himself a reputation of dependability and in an unobtrusive manner has built up a fine record of achievement. He has been consistently successful in penetrating the enemy's defences to deliver a series of most damaging attacks and has allowed no regard for his personal safety to deter him from his purpose. His calm courage under all circumstances has maintained a high standard of morale in his crew and has contributed very greatly towards their success.

 

For his courage under fire, devotion to duty and unfailing reliability he is recommended for the award of the Distinguished Flying Cross.

 

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PARSONS, F/O Patrick Joseph (J35014) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.424 Squadron - Award effective 12 November 1945 as per London Gazette dated 16 November 1945 and AFRO 133/46 dated 8 February 1946. Born March 1924 in Montreal; home there (aircraft worker); enlisted there 8 June 1942. Trained at No.3 ITS (graduated 6 February 1943), No.4 BGS (graduated 24 July 1943) and No.9 AOS (graduated 17 September 1943). Commissioned September 1943. Medal sent by registered mail 21 December 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.1741 (RG.24 Vol.20608) has recommendation dated 17 May 1945 when he had completed 32 sorties (166 hours 50 minutes) between 14 July 1944 and 20 March 1945.

 

This officer has completed a tour of 32 sorties against the enemy, including attacks against such heavily defended German targets as Kiel, Emden, Cologne, Dortmund, Duisburg, Dusseldorf and others. He has also made several mining sorties requiring the highest degree of skill and judgement. During the latter part of his tour, Flying Officer Parsons, as a spare Air Bomber, flew with several different crews and such was his ability and so excellent his team work, that he immediately imbued these crews with complete confidence. On the ground, Flying Officer Parsons was indefatigable in his efforts to ensure that all new crews received the best training possible.

 

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PARSONS, P/O Ward Clifford (J17328) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.61 Squadron - Award effective 6 August 1943 as per London Gazette dated 17 August 1943 and AFRO 2005/43 dated 1 October 1943. Born in Cayuga, Ontario, 1922; home there; enlisted in Hamilton 25 June 1941. Trained at No.3 ITS (graduated 13 September 1941), No.20 EFTS (graduated 7 November 1941) and No.16 SFTS (graduated 27 February 1942). Commissioned 1943. Medal presented at Buckingham Palace 23 November 1943.

 


This officer has taken part in many successful sorties against targets in the Ruhr, Berlin and the north German ports. He also participated in the recent raids on Friedrichshafen and Spezia which involved the journey to North Africa and back. On several occasions he has secured excellent photographs of the aiming point and once completed his mission with success in spite of a determined attack by an enemy night fighter. Pilot Officer Parsons has always devoted great care and thought to pre-flight planning whilst determination to press home his attacks in the face of the heaviest anti-aircraft fire has characterized all of his missions.

 

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PARTINGTON, Corporal Charles William (R66640) - Mention in Despatches - No.9415 Servicing Echelon (No.62 Base in AFRO) - Award effective 1 January 1945 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 625/45 dated 12 April 1945. Home in Magog, Quebec; enlisted in Montreal, 21 June 1940. Fitter IIA. DHist file 181.009 D.1719 (PAC RG.24 Vol.20606) has recommendation forwarded 15 August 1944. Had served 18 months in Canada, 32 months overseas.

 

Corporal Partington has carried out his duties cheerfully and in a most efficient and capable manner. His conscientiousness has been a great inspiration to those working under him.

 

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PARTRIDGE, F/L James Alfred (J25850) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.424 Squadron - Award effective 1 December 1944 as per London Gazette dated 8 December 1944 and AFRO 337/45 dated 23 February 1945. Born 1913 in Outlook, Saskatchewan; home in Prince Rupert, British Columbia (sales manager; played for Regina Roughriders, 1934-1939); enlisted in Regina 24 November 1939. Trained at No.1 ITS (graduated 25 September 1942), No.20 EFTS (graduated 18 December 1942) and No.9 SFTS (graduated 30 April 1943). Commissioned 1943. No citation other than "..in recognition of gallantry and devotion to duty in the execution of air operations against the enemy." DHist file 181.009 D.2609 (RG.24 Vol.20627) has recommendation dated 12 September 1944 when he had completed 28 sorties (133 hours 55 minutes), 30 April to 25 August 1944. The sortie list is very detailed, noting that on 24 May (Aachen) there was intense light flak; 26 May (mining Le Havre) attacked by fighter; 12 June (Arras) coned for 15 minutes, attacked by fighter, lost one engine; 14 June (Cambrai) fighter attack; 25 June (Gorenflos) hit by flak; 27 June (Metz) two enemy fighter attacks; 6 July (Siracourt) hit by flak; 24 July (Stuttgart) fighter attack; 5 August 1944 (St.Leu d'Esserent) hit by flak. Photo PL-322771 shows him. Medal sent by registered mail 20 April 1949.

 

Flying Officer Partridge is an experienced and most capable pilot. His efficiency as a Captain of an aircraft has marked him out as one of the most valuable members of this squadron. Throughout his operations he has at all times displayed the highest brand of courage and his determination to attack and inflict damage upon the enemy has set a high example throughout the squadron.

 


NOTE: DHH file 181.009 D.2611 (National Archives of Canada RG.24, Volume 20627) has another recommendation dated 20 November 1944 when he had flown 36 sorties (174 hours 5 minutes) 30 April to 28 October 1944. This has a slightly different sortie list - the date 27 June 1944 is assigned to Wizerness (port engine cut on takeoff, time only 1.50) while Metz is 28 June 1944. Sortie to Calais (25 September 1944) is noted "110 flak holes" while 28 October 1944 (Oslo, eight hours) is a "rough night". The text on this occasion is as follows:

 

This officer, on the last sortie of his first operational tour, was detailed to mine Oslo, Norway, on October 30, 1944 [sic]. Well on his way to the target he ran into severe icing at 11,000 feet. The icing suddenly became so severe that his aircraft went out of control, falling to 2,500 feet before Flight Lieutenant Partridge could pull it out of the dive. Control was regained and just before the target area an attempt was made to regain altitude. At 5,000 feet severe icing was again encountered and the aircraft dropped out of control to 500 feet. Flight Lieutenant Partridge summoned all his skill and experience as a pilot and managed to climb again and hold 5,000 feet. On arriving at the garden area the controls were completely iced up and when the turning point was reached the aircraft could not be turned. This was finally accomplished by the use of the motors, but it was necessary to fly directly over Oslo before turning. Considerable height was lost turning the aircraft with motors and it dropped to 500 feet. On the way out of the garden area it was necessary to fly over Oslo again and this time at 500 feet as Flight Lieutenant Partridge was unable to regain height. Considerable flak was experienced over the city.

 

In face of adverse weather conditions this pilot pressed on to the target, displaying great determination and showing a high standard of operational flying. In view of his outstanding performance, I strongly recommend him for the immediate award of the Distinguished Flying Cross.

 

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PARTRIDGE, F/L Stanley Oakle (C5778) - Air Force Cross - No.1 Winter Experimental and Training Flight - Award effective 14 June 1945 as per Canada Gazette of that date and AFRO 1127/45 dated 6 July 1945. Born in Barrie, Ontario, 15 July 1908; educated there and through International Correspondence School. Stock fitter with Underhills Ltd., Barrie; enlisted at Camp Borden, 10 April 1928. Had completed 1,423 flying hours to date of award.

 


This officer has been in charge of flying for the Winter Experimental and Training Flight since its inception in October 1943 and has carried out over four hundred hours flying operational aircraft in winter experimental work under the worst weather conditions obtainable. On three occasions, by skill and tenacity, he saved the Lancaster after multiple engine failures. He was selected by the British Air Commission to demonstrate the Lancaster to the United States Army Air Force and the United States Navy. During the tour of duty, although the aircraft had no dual controls, he successfully checked out eighty-four United States Army Air Force, Navy, Marine and leading civilian test pilots. This officer has made an outstanding contribution to flying and his devotion to duty has been of a high order.

 

NOTE: On one occasion at No.9 Repair Depot, St.Jean, he took off in a cross wind in Tiger Moth 4080. The aircraft went into a vertical turn to the right, scrapping the right lower wing. He closed the throttle as the aircraft, the machine flipped to the left, the left wing touched, and the Tiger Moth flipped over. It turned out that the aileron control wires had been reversed during assembly. For more on his career, see Not in the Face of the Enemy: Canadians Awarded the Air Force Cross and Air Force Medal (Robin Brass Studio, 2000).

 

 

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PASSMORE, F/L Charles Kenneth Thomas (J24476) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.192 Squadron - Award effective 6 January 1945 as per London Gazette dated 16 January 1945 and AFRO 508/45 dated 23 March 1945. Born 1921 in Hensall, Ontario; home there; enlisted in Galt, Ontario, 14 February 1941. Trained at No.5 ITS (graduated 4 July 1941), No.10 EFTS (graduated 9 October 1942) and No.5 SFTS (graduated 19 March 1943). Commissioned 1943. Medal sent by registered mail 30 March 1949. No citation other than "completed ...numerous operations against the enemy in the course of which [he has] invariably displayed the utmost fortitude, courage and devotion to duty." Public Records Office Air 2/9038 has recommendation dated 18 October 1944 when he had flown 30 sorties (150 hours 15 minutes). Public Records Office Air 2/9038 has recommendation dated 18 October 1944 when he had flown 30 sorties (150 hours 15 minutes). All operations are described as "Special Duty" (the unit, as part of No.100 Group, would have been involved in radar jamming and other countermeasures:

 

27 May 44 Aachen (4.40) 10 Aug 44 Dijon (6.15)

28 May 44 North coast of 12 Aug 44 Frankfurt (4.20)

France (5.15) 16 Aug 44 Kiel (4.10)

10 June 44 Paris, Cherbourg 18 Aug 44 Sterkrade (3.10)

Peninsula (4.10) 25 Aug 44 Russelsheim (4.10)

12 June 44 Gelsenkirchen (3.10) 29 Aug 44 Stettin (8.50)

16 June 44 Sterkrade/Ruhr (3.00) 8 Sept 44 North Sea patrol (3.50)

23 June 44 Limoges (6.50) 10 Sept 44 North Sea patrol (3.55)

27 June 44 Paris (3.50) 11 Sept 44 Darmstadt (4.30)

4 July 44 Paris (3.25) 14 Sept 44 Dutch coast (7.15)

7 July 44 Paris/Vaires (4.25) 16 Sept 44 Dutch coast (7.10)

12 July 44 Revigy and Central 18 Sept 44 Dutch coast (5.20)

France (8.05) 23 Sept 44 Dutch coast (7.10)

23 July 44 Flushing (1.50) 28 Sept 44 North of Zwolle (2.30)

25 July 44 Pas de Calais (2.45) 3 Oct 44 Dutch coast (7.25)

28 July 44 Hamburg (4.25) 6 Oct 44 Bremen (3.50)

3 Aug 44 Belgian and Dutch 14 Oct 44 Heligoland (3.30)


coasts (4.35)

8 Aug 44 Aire, Pas de Calais

(2.30)

 

This officer has nearly completed a tour of operations on heavy bombers over heavily defended targets in Germany and occupied territories. He has at all times shown a cheerful enthusiasm for operations no matter how hazardous. His courage has been outstanding. As a result of his determined and skilful flying, much valuable information has been obtained.

 

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PATCH, FS Harry Eugene (R93694) - Distinguished Flying Medal - No.426 Squadron - Award effective 6 August 1943 as per London Gazette dated 13 August 1943 and AFRO 1849/43 dated 10 September 1943. Born Rosedale, British Columbia, 1921; enlisted in Edmonton, 21 April 1941. Trained at No.4 ITS (graduated 21 July 1941), No.16 EFTS (graduated 12 September 1941), and No.3 SFTS (graduated 5 December 1941). Medal presented at Buckingham Palace 8 February 1944.

 

This airman has proved himself to be one of the most experienced and reliable pilots in the squadron. He has completed numerous operational missions, some of them against such strongly defended targets as Mannheim, Wuppertal, Essen and Hamburg. On several occasions his coolness and determination have been the deciding factors in extracting his aircraft from difficult situations. Flight Sergeant Patch has also brought back excellent photographs of the target area.

 

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PATCHET, F/L George Stuart (J13361) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.7 Squadron - Award effective 5 July 1945 as per London Gazette dated 17 July 1945 and AFRO 1558/45 dated 5 October 1945. Born 1919 in Toronto; home there (clerk, former Royal Canadian Artillery); enlisted there 6 October 1941. Trained at No.1 ITS (graduated 11 April 1942) and No.8 AOS (graduated 14 August 1942). Commissioned 1942. Medal sent by registered mail 9 November 1948. No citation other than "in recognition of gallantry and devotion to duty in the execution of air operations against the enemy". Public Records Office Air 2/9082 has recommendation dated 13 March 1945 when he had flown 36 sorties (165 hours 50 minutes), 3 September 1944 to 13 March 1945.

 

3 Sept 44 Gize Rijen (2.50) 21 Nov 44 Sterkrade (4.10)

6 Sept 44 Emden (4.00) 27 Nov 44 Freiburg (5.05)

10 Sep 44 Le Havre (2.45) 29 Nov 44 Dortmund (3.45)

11 Sep 44 Gelsenkirchen (3.20) 4 Feb 45 Gelsenkirchen (4.40)

12 Sep 44 Wanne Eickel (3.20) 7 Feb 45 Cleve (4.20)

20 Sep 44 Calais (2.15) 8 Feb 45 Politz (8.05)

25 Sep 44 Calais (1.35) 13 Feb 45 Dresden (8.35)


26 Sep 44 Calais (3.25) 20 Feb 45 Dortmund (5.10)

27 Sep 44 Calais (2.05) 23 Feb 45 Pforzheim (6.50)

5 Oct 44 Saarbrucken (4.05) 24 Feb 45 Kamen (4.45)

6 Oct 44 Dortmund (5.10) 27 Feb 45 Mainz (5.15)

14 Oct 44 Duisburg (4.20) 2 Mar 45 Cologne (4.00)

19 Oct 44 Stuttgart (5.50) 5 Mar 45 Chemnitz (8.20)

23 Oct 44 Essen (4.30) 7 Mar 45 Dessau (8.25)

25 Oct 44 Essen (3.25) 8 Mar 45 Hamburg (6.05)

29 Oct 44 Walcheren (3.35) 11 Mar 45 Essen (5.00)

2 Nov 44 Dusseldorf (4.15) 12 Mar 45 Dortmund (4.35)

18 Nov 44 Wanne Eickel (4.20) 13 Mar 45 Wuppertal (4.40)

 

This officer has now completed 36 operational sorties, all in the Pathfinder Force, of which 32 have been as navigator in a Marker crew.

 

Flight Lieutenant Patchet has always displayed exceptional skill and coolness without consideration for personal safety, whereby he has set himself a high standard of efficiency.

 

His unconquerable sense of duty, courage, endurance and initiative have set a magnificent example to the squadron and are worthy of the highest praise.

 

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PATE, S/L (now W/C) William Godfrey (C1580) - Air Force Cross - No.116 Squadron (Canada) - Award effective 26 November 1943 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 113/44 dated 21 January 1944. Enlisted in Sydney, Nova Scotia, 15 November 1949. Medal presented 19 February 1945.

 

Squadron Leader Pate is a skilful pilot who has done exceptionally good work since the commencement of hostilities. He has made several successful Atlantic Ferry flights under difficult conditions. As Officer Commanding he displayed exceptional organizing ability in opening a new station and has demonstrated a high sense of devotion to duty and capable and efficient leadership.

 

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PATERSON, F/L Alexander Kennedy (J12201) - Commended for Valuable Services in the Air - No.16 SFTS - Award effective 14 June 1945 as per Canada Gazette of that date and AFRO 1127/45 dated 6 July 1945 - enlisted at Toronto, 4 September 1940 - trained at No.9 EFTS (graduated 27 January 1942) and No.16 SFTS (graduated 19 June 1942). See DHist file 181.009 D.3948 (RG.24 Vol.20641); recommended for AFC, 12 January 1945 when he had flown 2,475 hours 35 minutes (115 hours 20 minutes in previous six months), 2,163 hours 35 minutes as instructor (65 hours 45 minutes in previous six months).


This officer completed nearly three years of elementary instructing with an outstanding record. On being attached to service flying training, Flight Lieutenant Paterson set an example of industry and devotion to duty which was reflected in all those who worked under and with him. His skill and application during the combined training experiment contributed largely to its success.

 

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PATERSON, F/L Donald Savigny (J3523) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.630 Squadron - Award effective 5 February 1944 as per London Gazette dated 11 February 1944 and AFRO 644/44 dated 24 March 1944. Born 1918 in Fort William, Ontario; home in Toronto; enlisted Fort William, 20 June 1940. Trained at No.2 ITS (graduated 30 June 1940), No.2 EFTS (graduated 17 August 1940), and No.2 SFTS (graduated 10 December 1940). Commissioned 1941. Medal presented 28 February 1946. No citation other than "...completed...many successful operations against the enemy in which [he] displayed high skill, fortitude and devotion to duty." Public Records Office Air 2/8782 has recommendation dated 19 December 1943 when he had flown 21 sorties (128 hours ten minutes). NOTE: These were flown with No.57 Squadron except for the last two trips, 26 November and 2 December 1943, which were with No.630 Squadron.

 

15 Aug 43 Milan (7.36, 3 Oct 43 Kassel (5.35)

with S/L Smith) 7 Oct 43 Stuttgart (7.10)

22 Aug 43 Leverkusen (5.09) 8 Oct 43 Hanover (5.00)

23 Aug 43 Berlin (7.25) 18 Oct 43 Hanover (5.15)

27 Aug 43 Nuremburg (7.40) 20 Oct 43 Leipzig (7.10)

30 Aug 43 Munchen (4.45) 22 Oct 43 Kassel (5.45)

31 Aug 43 Berlin (7.30) 3 Nov 43 Dusseldorf (4.10)

5 Sept 43 Mannheim (6.55) 10 Nov 43 Modane (7.40)

22 Sep 43 Hanover (5.00)

23 Sep 43 Mannheim (6.45) With No.630 Squadron

29 Sep 43 Bochum (5.40)

2 Oct 43 Munich (8.00) 26 Nov 43 Berlin (8.00)

2 Dec 43 Berlin (7.00)

 

Flight Lieutenant Paterson of the RCAF was posted to 630 Squadron on 15th November, from 57 Squadron. He had already completed 19 sorties involving 120 hours with the latter squadron. Since joining 630 Squadron he has completed two sorties involving 15 hours flying. He has taken part in many attacks on strongly defended targets in Germany including Berlin, Kassel, Munich, Stuttgart, Hanover and Nuremburg. He has also completed a successful attack on Milan.

 


Flight Lieutenant Paterson has always shown very high qualities of courage and determination in making his attacks. He has completed every sortie for which he has been detailed. On the ground Flight Lieutenant Paterson is a deputy Flight Commander and has commanded his flight with success during various periods in the absence of his Flight Commander. When called upon to do so he has organised training in the Flight in a satisfactory manner and he has shown leadership in the handling of inexperienced crews.

 

Flight Lieutenant Paterson has now completed over two-thirds of a very good operational tour. He is strongly recommended for the award of the Distinguished Flying Cross.

 

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PATERSON, F/L Reginald Philip (J23377) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.101 Squadron - Award effective 23 October 1945 as per London Gazette dated 30 October 1945 and AFRO 1822/45 dated 7 December 1945. Born 1922 in Regina; home there (transport driver), formerly in Royal Canadian Artillery). Trained at No.2 ITS, No.8 EFTS and No.7 SFTS. Commissioned December 1942. Equipment Officer in postwar RCAF.

 

Flight Lieutenant Paterson has proved himself to be a pilot of outstanding ability during many successful sorties against the enemy. On many occasions he has encountered severe opposition from anti-aircraft fire and enemy fighters but he has always pressed home his attacks with great courage and coolness. On one occasion, whilst leading an attack on Bremen, his aircraft sustained severe damage while over the target. Despite the fierceness of the opposition, Flight Lieutenant Paterson completed the attack and later was forced to abandon the crippled aircraft. He has always displayed outstanding gallantry and determination.

 

Public Records Office Air 2/9287 has recommendation date 2 June 1945 when he had flown 29 sorties (189 hours 15 minutes) with sortie sheet and slightly more detailed citation:

 

29 Nov 44 Dortmund 2 Feb 45 Weisbaden

30 Nov 44 Duisburg 14 Feb 45 Chemnitz

2 Dec 44 Hagen 20 Feb 45 Dortmund

4 Dec 44 Karlsruhe 21 Feb 45 Duisburg

6 Dec 44 Merseburg 23 Feb 45 Pforzheim

15 Dec 44 Ludwigshaven 2 Mar 45 Mannheim

17 Dec 44 Ulm 3 Mar 45 Cologne

21 Dec 44 Bonn 7 Mar 45 Dessau

24 Dec 44 Cologne 8 Mar 45 Kassell

5 Jan 45 Hanover 16 Mar 45 Nuremburg

7 Jan 45 Munich 18 Mar 45 Hanau

14 Jan 45 Merseburg 20 Mar 45 Heide

16 Jan 45 Zeitz 21 Mar 45 Bruchstrasse

28 Jan 45 Stuttgart 23 Mar 45 Bremen (missing)

1 Feb 45 Mannheim

 


Flight Lieutenant Paterson, a Canadian, is a pilot of outstanding ability who has carried out 28 successful sorties against the enemy. On many occasions the targets which he attacked offered severe opposition from flak and fighters, but this in no way deterred this officer's firm intention to strike the enemy as hard as possible.

 

On his 29th sortie whilst leading an attack on Bremen, his aircraft was struck by flak over Bremen. He encountered very heavy flak but pressed home his attack in spite of the fiercest opposition. His aircraft was hit by flak and he had to abandon his aircraft. He has now been repatriated from a prisoner-of-war camp.

 

This officer at all times displayed a very high order of personal courage and combined with cheerful confidence and an unconquerable spirit of determination, which has resulted in the completion of a splendid record of achievement.

 

It is recommended that Flight Lieutenant Paterson's fine offensive spirit and sustained bravery in the face of the enemy be recognized by the award of the Distinguished Flying Cross.

 

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PATERSON, F/L Robert Leck (J6810) - Mention in Despatches - No.441 Squadron (AFRO gave unit only as Overseas) - Award effective 1 January 1946 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 418/46 dated 18 April 1946. Home in Saskatoon; enlisted there 22 November 1940. Trained at No.2 ITS (graduated 26 March 1941), No.5 EFTS (graduated 21 June 1941), and No.10 SFTS (graduated 8 August 1941). Recommendation drafted at uncertain date (No.441 files, Directectorate of History and Heritage) stated he had flown 226 hours 50 minutes on operations (182 sorties) and was second in command of A Flight:

 

Flight Lieutenant Paterson completed one tour of operations with 417 Squadron from June 16 1942 in Egypt until November 1st, 1943 in Italy, becoming Flight Commander of A Flight on June 6th, 1943. He patrolled and protected our bombers and ground forces and on October 2nd, 1943 had his aircraft hit by flak but brought it safely home. He instructed at an OTU for six months and is now back on operations with 441 Squadron.

 

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PATERSON, W/C Robert McMillan (C5200) - Member, Order of the British Empire - No.10 RD - Award effective 1 January 1946 as per Canada Gazette of that date and AFRO 82/46 dated 25 January 1946. Enlisted in Ottawa, 1 April 1924. Medal presented 21 February 1948.

 


The very high standard of deportment, enthusiasm and reliability which this officer has displayed at all times has been outstanding. His example and able leadership deserve the greatest praise and have been of inestimable value to his unit. By his keen and complete devotion to duty he has set a fine example for all those with whom he has served.

 

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PATERSON, F/O William Patterson (J28881) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.424 Squadron - Award effective 6 January 1945 as per London Gazette dated 19 January 1945 and AFRO 508/45 dated 23 March 1945. Born 1923 in Edinburgh; home in Parksdale, British Columbia; enlisted in Vancouver 6 July 1942. Trained at No.4 ITS (graduated 5 February 1943), No.5 BGS (graduated 30 April 1943) and No.1 CNS (graduated 20 August 1943). Commissioned 1943. Medal presented in Vancouver 22 October 1949. No citation other than "completed... numerous operations against the enemy in the course of which [he has] invariably displayed the utmost fortitude, courage and devotion to duty." DHist file 181.009 D.2609 (RG.24 Vol.20627) has recommendation by W/C Marshall dated 23 October 1944 when he had completed 34 sorties (167 hours 54 minutes), 26 May to 4 October 1944.

 

Flying Officer Paterson has been screened from operations after having completed thirty-four sorties, mostly over heavily defended areas in enemy territory. Throughout his tour this officer performed his duties in a most admirable manner. Through his untiring efforts and determination he has enabled his crew to obtain a high standard of operational bombing. When not flying this officer has been of great assistance in coaching new air bombers and has thrown himself into section work with considerable enthusiasm, imparting to others his keenness and efficiency by his example. His attitude and example have been of such a nature that I have no hesitation in recommending him for the Non-Immediate award of the Distinguished Flying Cross.

 

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PATERSON, WO (now P/O) Wray (R75153/J85007) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.460 Squadron - Award effective 11 April 1944 as per London Gazette dated 21 April 1944 and AFRO 1186/44 dated 2 June 1944. Born 1910 in Swanson, Saskatchewan; home in Mulligar, Saskatchewan (teacher); enlisted in Saskatoon, 18 October 1940. Trained at No.2 ITS (graduated 24 January 1941), No.2 BGS (graduated 27 October 1941), No.3 AOS (graduated 14 September 1941) and No.1 ANS (graduated 25 November 1941). Award presented at Buckingham Palace 13 July 1945.

 

Now on his second tour of operational duty, this officer has attacked most of the heavily defended targets in Europe including Berlin, Bremen, Wilhelmshaven and Hanover. As bomb aimer he has invariably displayed only fine technical skill, courage and sound judgement. In January 1944 he was detailed for an attack on Brunswick and made two bombing runs over the target despite intense opposition to ensure accuracy of aim.

 


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PATON, F/O Archibald Thomas (J25045) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.419 Squadron - Award effective 1 December 1944 as per London Gazette dated 12 December 1944 and AFRO 337/45 dated 23 February 1945. Born 1920 in Vancouver; home there (newspaper correspondent); enlisted there 31 April 1942. Trained at No.4 ITS (graduated 6 November 1942) and No.2 AOS (graduated 1 April 1943). Commissioned 1943. Medal presented 1 July 1947. Postwar editor of Roundel. DHist file 181.009 D.3260 (RG.24 Vol.20637) has recommendation dated 24 August 1944 when he had flown 32 sorties (166 hours five minutes), 22 March to 9 August 1944. See his article "The First Op", Airforce, December 1982.

 

Flying Officer Paton has taken part in numerous attacks on major targets in Germany. When returning from his first operational sortie his aircraft was forced down onto the North Sea and it was sometime before a rescue could be effected. This harrowing experience, however, did not diminish his enthusiasm for operational flying. An excellent navigator, his outstanding skill and leadership have done much to increase the operational efficiency of the less experienced navigators in the squadron.

 

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PATON, FS John Shedden (R69544) - Mention in Despatches - No.405 Squadron (AFRO gives unit only as "Overseas") - Award effective 1 January 1943 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 232/43 dated 12 February 1943. Born 22 June 1918. Home in Toronto; enlisted there, 22 June 1940. To No.2 ITS, 30 June 1940; graduated as LAC, 1 September 1940; to Moose Jaw Flying Club, 14 September 1940; to No.5 SFTS, 7 January 1941; graduated as Sergeant, 28 January 1941; embarked for overseas, 22 February 1941; repatriated, 27 March 1942. Staff pilot at training schools in Canada to end of war; commissioned (J15226), 18 February 1943; released 27 November 1944. No citation in AFRO. Public Records Office Air 2/5684 has recommendation that gives unit.

 

This airman was a member of the crew of an aircraft which bombed the battleship Gneisenau at Brest on 24th July 1941. He was attacked by an enemy fighter near the target area and compelled to bale out. He hid in a clump of bushes for three days and was then taken to Brest where he remained until 22nd October. He arrived in Paris on 23rd October and crossed the Line of Demarcation on 28th October. He travelled via Marseilles to the Spanish frontier and reached Barcelona on 9th November. He was repatriated from Gibraltar on 30th December 1941.

 

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PATRIARCHE, W/C (now G/C) Valance Heath (C602) - Air Force Cross - No.6 SFTS - Award effective 1 January 1943 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 55/43 dated 15 January 1943. Born in Winnipeg, 1 December 1907, joined RCAF 3 June 1926 as P/P/O and awarded wings at Camp Borden in 1928. In civil aviation with Canadian Airways and with RCAF Auxiliary (1932 onwards), returning to full-time duty at outbreak of war. Medal presented by Governor General, 16 April 1943. Remained in postwar RCAF, rising to Air Commodore. Also awarded ED (21 July 1945). Queen's Coronation Medal, 23 October 1953 while a Group Captain, Station Toronto. Retired 1960. Died in Victoria, British Columbia, 9 October 1990. The following citation found in Governor General's Records, RG.7 Group 26, Volume 57, file for 1943.

 

As Chief Instructor and later as Commanding Officer of his unit, Wing Commander Patriarche has done outstanding work in the organization and control of flying training. By his devotion to duty and hard work he has been an excellent example to all those serving under him. This officer has carried out 2,500 hours flying time, a large majority of which has been on instructional work, and by dint of excellent flying ability he has been an inspiration to instructors and pupils alike.

 

PATRIARCHE, G/C Valance Heath, AFC, ED (C602) - Officer, Order of the British Empire - NWAC Headquarters - Award effective 1 January 1946 as per Canada Gazette of that date and AFRO 82/45 dated 25 January 1946.

 

Previous to the organization of North West Air Command, this officer commanded No.2 Wing, North West Staging Route, which appointment he filled most capably and with high devotion to duty. In his position as Chief Staff Officer of North West Air Command for over a year, this officer has shown a continued devotion to duty and an unflagging interest in the development and work of the Command, which has been an inspiration to all ranks with whom he is associated.

 

PATRIARCHE, G/C Valance Heath, OBE, AFC, ED (C602) - US Legion of Merit (Degree of Officer) - Air Force Headquarters - Award effective 17 June 1946 as per Canada Gazette dated 13 July 1946 and AFRO 726/46 dated 26 July 1946. Colonel R.E.S. Williamson writing to AFHQ, 1 May 1946 has citation:

 

Group Captain Valence H. Patriarche, AFC, Royal Canadian Air Force, serving as Chief Staff Officer in the North West Air Command from June 1944 to October 1945, rendered invaluable assistance to the Army Air Forces mission in the Canadian Northwest. In addition to maintaining a high standard of efficiency in his own command, Group Captain Patriarche demonstrated a true spirit of Allied relationship and close cooperation with adjacent Air Transport Command installations.

 

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PATRICK, F/O Edmund Rupert (J15261) - Mention in Despatches - No.108 Squadron - Award effective 14 June 1945 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 1478/45 dated 21 September 1945. Home in Saint John, New Brunswick; enlisted in Moncton, 10 October 1940. Trained at No.1 ITS (graduated 14 January 1941), No.4 EFTS (graduated 5 March 1941) and No.8 SFTS (graduated 3 April 1941). Unit not identified in AFRO other than "Overseas", but found in DHist file 181.009 D.1711 "Honours and Awards - Awards to RCAF Personnel in Middle East" (NAC RG.24 Box 20605). Public Records Office Air 2/9230 has recommended citation based on a War Office suggestion, in turn based on Interrogation Report No. M.I. 9/S/PG.1526; it gives his name as Edward Rupert Patrick.

 

Flying Officer Patrick was a member of the crew of a Wellington aircraft which crash-landed near Sidi Barani on the 20th October 1942. For six days the crew succeeded in evading capture but at the end of this time Flying Officer Patrick was too weak and ill to keep up with the party and persuaded the other five crew members to go on without him. Some two hours later the party was captured and Flying Officer Patrick, who was too ill to move, attracted their attention and was also taken prisoner. They were eventually imprisoned in a camp at Sulmona. Shortly after the Italian Armistice the camp was taken over by a South African officer, and on the 12th September the camp was evacuated owing to the approach of the Germans. Flying Officer Patrick, suffering great privations and after enduring many vicissitudes, succeeded in reaching the 22nd Royal Montreal Regiment [sic] on the 23rd October 1943. After establishing his identity, he was sent to the Canadian Headquarters. Flying Officer Patrick left Cairo on the 28th October and arrived at Gibraltar on 29th October 1943. Throughout he displayed courage of a high standard.

 

NOTE: In January 1997 the Royal Air Forces Escaping Society (Canadian Branch) presented to the National Aviation Museum a "dossier" (actually more like an album) with extended autobiographical notes on members (catalogued in the museum as D.805 C3 L96 1995 NMM). This included much information on Patrick although it adds little to his evasion story other than the fact that the aircraft (Wellington DU873) had suffered seizure of the starboard engine and that the pilot made a skilled wheels-up landing.

 

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PATRICK, W/C Kenneth Roland (C1412) - No.1 Wireless School (now No.5 Radio School) -Officer, Order of the British Empire - Award effective 1 January 1944 as per Canada Gazette of that date and AFRO 113/44 dated 21 January 1944. Born in Saint John, New Brunswick, 15 June 1915. Enlisted there 15 September 1939. Flight Lieutenant, 1 March 1940; Squadron Leader, 1 June 1941; Wing Commander 1 December 1941; in postwar RCAF he reverted to Flight Lieutenant, 28 October, 1946; Squadron Leader, 1 June 1948; Wing Commander, 1 January 1949; Group Captain, 1 September 1950. CO of No.1 WS, he later commanded No.5 Radar and Communications School, Clinton, a joint US-UK-Canada development and training unit. Recommended for OBE, 10 October 1943 by G/C W.G. Webber. Medal presented 9 April 1945. Remained active in RCAF Auxiliary after the war, assisting in formation of two Montreal squadrons plus Aircraft Control and Warning Squadrons at Quebec City, Montreal, Sherbrooke and Ottawa. In 1951 he was appointed CO of the Radar and Communications Unit, Montreal, and seconded to the Regular Force for five weeks to study Communist radar systems for the Canadian and American governments. Awarded Queen's Coronation Medal, 23 October 1953 while a Group Captain with No.12 Group (Auxiliary. His postwar business enterprises included Canadian Aviation Electronics and Canadian Vertol Aircraft Limited.

 

This officer has distinguished himself by his outstanding contributions to the advancement of Wireless and Radio in the RCAF. He has been employed at this school since its inception and, since September 1941, has been Chief Instructor. He has spared no effort to further service interests and through his unusual diligence and keen leadership has built up an enviable record of achievement and high standard of technical training.

 

NOTE: In 1967 he was awarded the United Nation Service Medal for Korea. Between 1 and 7 December 1951 with 343rd Squadron, USAF, based at Yukota, Japan, flew on five operational sorties over enemy territory in North Korea he was radar officer operating equipment to analyze enemy radar and radar counter-measures. He also flew in a T-6 as pilot over the front, 40 min, sometime between 1-12 December 1951. It took him ten years to get it !

 

PATRICK, W/C Kenneth Roland, OBE (C1412) - Officer, Legion of Merit (United States) - Overseas - Award effective 21 December 1945 as per Canada Gazette dated 4 May 1946 and AFRO 473/46 dated 10 May 1946. An RCAF press release, February 1960, says this award was for "services in research and development of guided missiles". Presented Friday, 8 February 1946 by U.S. Consul General in Montreal; the following supplied by the Americans.

 

Wing Commander Kenneth R. Patrick, Royal Canadian Air Force, rendered outstanding service from October 1943 to September 1945, as Commanding Officer of Royal Canadian Air Force, No.5 Radio School. He displayed outstanding interest, industry and conscientiousness in the training of United States Army Air Force personnel in electronics. His efforts to build a great understanding between the service personnel of the United States and Canada in training at his station were eminently successful in cementing the close relationship between the two peoples and in turning out highly skilled and competent students. [Wing] Commander Patrick's work made a material contribution to the success of the Allied forces and reflect great credit upon himself and the Royal Canadian Air Force.

 

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PATRICK, P/O William Bryon (J85561) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.427 Squadron - Award effective 1 September 1944 as per London Gazette dated 19 September 1944 and AFRO 2373/44 dated 3 November 1944. Born in Delaware, Ontario; home in London, Ontario; enlisted there 29 May 1940. Trained at No.6 ITS (graduated 5 April 1942), No.9 EFTS (graduated 28 August 1942) and No.16 SFTS (graduated 30 December 1942). Commissioned 1944. Award presented at Buckingham Palace 29 June 1945. No citation in AFRO other than "completed... many successful operations during which [he has] displayed high skill, fortitude and devotion to duty." DHist file 181.009 D.1729 (PAC RG.24 Vol.20607) has recommendation forwarded to Station Leeming, 22 June 1944 when he had completed 36 sorties (215 hours 10 minutes).

 


This pilot has completed thirty-six sorties out of which sixteen have been on major targets. Pilot Officer Patrick has done excellent work generally and he possesses coolness and displayed exceptional fearlessness in the face of danger. He has a splendid offensive spirit, setting a magnificent example to his crew.

 

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PATTEE, S/L Chauncey Johnson (C5019) - 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 Montreal; enlisted there 3 March 1941.

 

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PATTEE, F/O Lynus Raitt (J20152) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.48 Squadron - Award effective 2 February 1945 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 563/45 dated 29 March 1945. Born 1919 in Temiskaming, Quebec; home in Hawksbury, Ontario (assistant port manager in Montreal). Trained at No.5 ITS, No.13 EFTS and No.2 SFTS. Wings presented at ceremony on Parliament Hill, 24 October 1942. Commissioned 1942. Died in Ottawa, 29 April 1988.

 

This officer, who has participated in numerous operational sorties, has set a fine example of efficiency and zeal. In September 1944, Flying Officer Pattee took part in an operation involving the dropping of supplies to our fighting forces near Arnhem. In spite of intense anti-aircraft fire, Flying Officer Pattee successfully dropped his containers at the second attempt. Shortly afterwards his aircraft was badly hit. Extensive damage was sustained but Flying Officer Pattee headed his crippled aircraft towards our own lines behind which he executed a successful crash landing. In circumstances of great danger this officer displayed commendable courage and determination.

 

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PATTEN, F/L Gordon Wallace (J19721) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.428 Squadron - effective 3 November 1944 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 1/45 dated 5 January 1945. Born 1920 in Vancouver; home there; enlisted there 21 March 1939. Trained at No.7 BGS (graduated 25 September 1942. Commissioned 1944. Medal presented 27 March 1949.

 

This officer has displayed notable skill and courage in the course of his tour of operational duty. His assignments have taken him over most of the heavily defended enemy targets and his coolness and resource have been worthy of much praise. In spite of more than one trying experience his keenness has been most evident. He is a highly efficient gunnery leader.

 

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PATTEN, F/O Lloyd Wilson (J25838) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.415 Squadron - Award effective 1 December 1944 as per London Gazette dated 12 December 1944 and AFRO 337/45 dated 23 February 1945. Born 1919 in Benito, Manitoba; home there or in Brandon; enlisted in Winnipeg, 19 February 1942. Formerly in Winnipeg Rifles. Trained at No.2 ITS (graduated 10 October 1942), No.2 EFTS (graduated 30 December 1942) and No.11 SFTS (graduated 30 April 1943). Commissioned 1943. Medal presented 11 June 1949. No citation other than "..in recognition of gallantry and devotion to duty in the execution of air operations against the enemy." Recommendation from No.415 Squadron went to CO, Station East Moor, on 17 September 1944. It noted he had flown 30 sorties (145 hours 55 minutes operational); draft citation read:

 

This captain of aircraft has displayed skill, courage and determination to a marked degree. His operational record, which includes many missions to strongly defended targets in France and Germany, has set a fine example to other members of the squadron. His qualities of courage, efficiency and tenacity have contributed much to the successes attained by his squadron while his enthusiasm and fighting spirit have been highly commendable.

 

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PATTEN, Sergeant William Alfred (R70762) - British Empire Medal - Station Sydney - Award effective 1 January 1946 as per Canada Gazette of that date and AFRO 82/46 dated 25 January 1946. Home in Regina; enlisted there 16 September 1940.

 

This airman has displayed a fine spirit of loyalty and devotion to duty in working long hours to carry out the work of his section, frequently under difficult conditions of trained personnel shortage. In addition to bearing the full responsibility for the efficient functioning of all electrical equipment on sometimes as many as forty aircraft being used for operations and training, he has had to train his own men, most of whom had no previous aircraft experience.

 

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PATTERSON, F/L Allan Eaton (J18630) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.429 Squadron - Award effective 6 January 1945 as per London Gazette dated 16 January 1945 and AFRO 508/45 dated 23 March 1945. Born 1919 in Orillia, Ontario; home there; enlisted Toronto 14 March 1941. Former Royal Canadian Artillery. Trained at No.1 ITS (graduated 8 August 1941), No.12 EFTS (graduated 25 September 1941) and No.5 SFTS (graduated 19 December 1941). Commissioned 1943. Medal sent by registered mail 30 March 1949. No citation other than "completed...numerous operations against the enemy in the course of which [he has] invariably displayed the utmost fortitude, courage and devotion to duty." DHist file 181.009 D.2609 (RG.24 Vol.20627) has recommendation dated 11 October 1944 when he had flown 32 trips (161 hours 25 minutes), 14 June to 28 September 1944.

 


Flight Lieutenant Patterson is a fine captain and a skilful and resolute pilot. He has completed many operations during which he has attacked such strongly defended targets as Hamburg, Stuttgart, and the Ruhr with great success. Throughout his tour he has shown a keen offensive spirit and a great desire to come to grips with the enemy. He has been active in promoting the training of new crews in the squadron. At all times he has displayed the greatest coolness, disregard of danger and fortitude in the performance of his duties.

 

It is considered that this officer's fine operational record, fine leadership qualities and devotion to duty fully merit the award of the DFC.

 

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PATTERSON, S/L Bedford Donald Chase (J10296) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.426 Squadron - Award effective 29 August 1944 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 2274/44 dated 20 October 1944. Born in Calgary, 1919; home there (foreman in canning plant); enlisted there 28 May 1941. Trained at No.2 ITS (graduated 15 August 1941), No.19 EFTS (graduated 24 October 1941) and No.4 SFTS (graduated 27 February 1942). Commissioned 1942. Award presented at Buckingham Palace 11 August 1944. Incident was on 20 January 1944 (fire caused by two incendiaries). See also Martin Middlebrook, The Nuremburg Raid, pp.296 and 315.

 

As captain of aircraft, Squadron Leader Patterson has participated in very many attacks on targets in Germany. On one occasion, whilst over Berlin, one wing of his aircraft caught fire and burned fiercely for some minutes. Despite this, Squadron Leader Patterson pressed home a most determined attack. On several occasions this officer has proved his skill and resource in evading enemy fighters which have attempted to close in on his aircraft. He has displayed a high standard of keenness and devotion to duty throughout.

 

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PATTERSON, G/C Donald Stewart (C1393) - Officer, Order of the British Empire - RCAF Overseas Headquarters - Award effective 1 January 1946 as per Canada Gazette of that date and AFRO 82/45 dated 25 January 1946. Home in Montreal, enlisted there 8 November 1939. Medal presented 24 April 1948.

 


Group Captain Patterson is one of the Royal Canadian Air Force officers with the longest overseas service, having served overseas since October 1940. Acting in various administrative capacities with operational units, he was selected to be the first Commanding Officer of Royal Canadian Air Force District Headquarters in Cairo. The organization set up by Group Captain Patterson has been used as a model for all of the District Headquarters, and the success of all the District Headquarters is in no small degree attributable to this officer's excellent work. When it was decided to have a Command Staff Officer in South East Asia Air Command, Group Captain Patterson was the logical choice and he has carried into the post the same zeal and enthusiasm as in all previous appointments. His personality and co-operation have built up an excellent feeling of co-operation and good will between the Royal Air Force and Royal Canadian Air Force in that theatre. Whenever Royal Canadian Air Fore personnel needed help or assistance, Group Captain Patterson was on the job, and his services have always been of an outstanding calibre.

 

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PATTERSON, F/O Elmer (J89787) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.425 Squadron - Award effective 23 November 1945 as per London Gazette of 7 December 1945 and AFRO 244/46 dated 8 March 1946. Born in Carleton Place, Ontario, 1914; home in Perth, Ontario (shoe cutter); enlisted Ottawa 30 September 1942. Trained at No.9 BGS. Commissioned September 1944. Medal presented 21 May 1949.

 

This officer has completed a number of sorties against heavily defended targets such as Kiel, Sterkrade, Duisburg, Essen and Leipzig. In October 1944, he was detailed to attack Duisburg. Shortly before reaching the target he sighted an enemy fighter closing in to attack. With great calm he directed his captain in evasive action and the enemy was shaken off. A short time later heavy anti-aircraft fire was encountered. Again Flying Officer Patterson gave his pilot accurate and precise directions and the mission was completed successfully. This officer has proved to be a keen and intrepid air gunner who has fulfilled his duties as deputy gunnery leader with excellent results. His tenacity, efficiency and courage have been responsible for the safe return of his crew on many occasions.

 

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PATTERSON, Corporal Ernest (R161513) - Mention in Despatches - Leeming - Award effective 14 June 1945 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 1647/45 dated 26 October 1945. Home in Kingston. Enlisted in Ottawa, 2 April 1942. No citation in AFRO. DHist file 181.009 D.2619 (RG.24 Vol.20628) has recommendation forwarded 1 February 1945 to No.63 Base HQ when he had served ten months in Canada, 24 months overseas.

 

A bomb dumb crew leader who has never failed to do his required job regardless of weather conditions or time. He has attacked all tasks with an energy and persistence far above that required. His cheerful attitude in the face of difficulty has always been an example to all who serve with him. This NCO would be a valuable asset to any operational unit as he is definitely outstanding in his work...

 

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PATTERSON, WO2 (now WO1) Frank James (R105894) - Mention in Despatches - No.10 Squadron (Canada) - Award effective 5 May 1944 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 1133/44 dated 26 May 1944. Home in Edberg, Alberta; enlisted in Edmonton, 12 June 1941. Trained at No.8 BGS (graduated 27 April 1942) and No.2 WS (graduated 30 March 1942). Photo PL-8312 shows graduates of No.2 WS - F.J. Patterson, J.A. Banks (standing, both from Foresburg, Alberta), J.J. Belzil (St.Paul, Alberta), R.A. Evans (Hanna, Alberta); PL-24224 shows WO F.J. Patterson and P/O J.A. Banks; caption notes that Patterson and Banks had been from same town, enlisted together, trained together, and had served together with No.10 (BR) Squadron, both manning guns when F/O Pat Cheater attacked a U-Boat; PL-24228 shows the whole crew after this attack: Back Row - WO2 F.J. Patterson; F.O A.P.V. Cheater, F/O P.C.E. Lafond, F/O M.S. Wallace, P/O J.A. Banks. Front Row - Sergent S.S. Archer, WO2 C.S. Carter.

This warrant officer manned the nose gun of a VLR Liberator which attacked an enemy submarine in February 1944 in the North Atlantic. In late twilight, under the worst possible light conditions, he scored a high percentage of direct hits on the conning tower on three different runs. His cool and accurate fire in the face of heavy flak and in such difficult visibility contributed in no small measure to the success of the attacks. Warrant Officer Patterson has displayed outstanding ability and devotion to duty in hundreds of hours of operational flying as a Wireless Operator Air Gunner.

 

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PATTERSON, F/L George Rudolph (J7440) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.416 Squadron - Award effective 3 September 1945 as per London Gazette dated 14 September 1945 and AFRO 1672/45 dated 2 November 1945. Born 4 July 1921 at Kelowna, British Columbia; educated there. Enlisted in Vancouver, 8 February 1941. Trained at No.2 ITS (graduated 8 May 1941), No.16 EFTS (graduated 3 July 1941) and No.11 SFTS (graduated 13 September 1941); commissioned 13 September 1941. Arrived in UK, 20 October 1941. Appears to have been around training stations -possibly as instructor in UK - until posted to No. 6 OTU (7 June 1943) and then to No.416 Squadron, 8 September 1943. Shot down 26 September 1944 and taken prisoner. Badly injured on bale-out (he was staffed in his parachute), his left arm was amputated. The Germans repatriated him 18 January 1945. Repatriated to Canada 9 February 1945, released 20 August 1945. Medal presented 29 January 1947. Photo PL-30230 show him seated on Spitfire wing). Known victories as follows: 22 May 1944, one FW.190 destroyed; 28 June 1944, one FW.190 destroyed; 14 July 1944, one Bf.109 destroyed (he claimed a FW.190 but was credited with a Bf.109).

 

This officer has completed numerous sorties. He has destroyed four enemy aircraft and nearly 100 enemy transport. As a flight commander he has achieved outstanding results and his daring in attacking ground targets has been an inspiration to other pilots in his squadron. Flight Lieutenant Patterson has at all times shown a high standard of devotion to duty.

 

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PATTERSON, S/L Harry Thomas (J15159) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.433 Squadron - Award effective 1 August 1944 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 2052/44 dated 22 September 1944. Born 1917 at Lower Mill Stream, New Brunswick; home in Fredericton. Sergeant in Royal Canadian Artillery, 1933-1936. Enlisted in Moncton, 11 October 1940. Trained at No.1 ITS (graduated 14 January 1941), No.7 EFTS (graduated 5 March 1941) and No.5 SFTS (graduated 21 June 1941). Commissioned 1942. Medal presented at Buckingham Palace 11 August 1944.

 

As captain and pilot of aircraft this officer has completed a very large number of attacks on targets important to the enemy's war effort. He has displayed a high degree of skill throughout and his example of courage and determination has been most inspiring. His record is worthy of high praise.

 

PATTERSON, S/L Harry Thomas, DFC (J15159) - Croix de Guerre with Bronze Star (France) - Award as per Canada Gazette dated 20 September 1947 and AFRO 485/47 dated 12 September 1947. Pilot.

 

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PATTERSON, F/O John Catherwood (J35807) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.77 Squadron - Award effective 5 July 1945 as per London Gazette dated 20 July 1945 and AFRO 1619/45 dated 19 October 1945. Born 1919 in Edmonton; home there (salesman, formerly in Royal Canadian Artillery); enlisted in Vancouver 14 September 1942. Trained at No.4 ITS (graduated 15 May 1943), No.7 AOS (graduated 17 September 1943) and No.2 BGS (graduated 7 August 1943). Commissioned 1943. Medal presented at Tactical Air Group Headquarters, 24 November 1952. No citation other than "completed ...numerous operations against the enemy in the course of which [he has] invariably displayed the utmost fortitude, courage and devotion to duty". Public Records Office Air 2/9082 has recommendation dated 8 March 1945 when he had flown 36 sorties (207 hours 20 minutes), 24 August 1944 to 7 March 1945.

 

24 Aug 44 Brest (5.25) 12 Dec 44 Essen (5.20)

25 Aug 44 Chapelle Notre Dame (3.40) 21 Dec 44 GARDENING, Kattegat (5.55)

30 Aug 44 GARDENING, Ile de Re (6.45) 24 Dec 44 Mulheim (5.00)

11 Sep 44 Nordstern (4.35) 6 Jan 45 Hanau (6.45)

12 Sep 44 Munster (4.25) 14 Jan 45 Dulmen (6.45)

15 Sep 44 Kiel (5.15) 16 Jan 45 GARDENING, Kattegat (6.50)

20 Sep 44 Calais (3.55) 22 Jan 45 Gelsenkirchen (5.55)

6 Oct 44 Gladbach (4.40) 28 Jan 45 Stuttgart (6.50)

7 Oct 44 Cleve (4.30) 13 Feb 45 Bohlen (8.35)

9 Oct 44 Bochum (5.35) 14 Feb 45 GARDENING, Baltic (6.20)

14 Oct 44 Duisburg (3.00) 20 Feb 45 Reisholz (7.35)

28 Oct 44 Walcheren (3.25) 23 Feb 45 Essen (5.45)

31 Oct 44 Cologne (5.10) 24 Feb 45 Kamen (6.20)

2 Nov 44 Dusseldorf (5.25) 27 Feb 45 Mainz (6.35)

6 Nov 44 Gelsenkirchen (4.50) 2 Mar 45 Cologne (6.05)

21 Nov 44 Sterkrade (6.30) 3 Mar 45 Kamen (6.25)

5 Dec 44 Soest (6.45) 5 Mar 45 Chemnitz (8.35)

6 Dec 44 Osnabruck (6.15) 7 Mar 45 GARDENING, Kiel Bay (5.40)


 

As Air Bomber this officer has now completed his first operational tour of 36 sorties, which have been carried out over a large variety of enemy targets and includes many mine laying missions in enemy waters.

 

He has obtained a very good photographic record with many aiming point photographs which reveal tenacity of purpose of high merit and which have undoubtedly contributed in no uncertain manner to the general operational success of the squadron.

 

Flying Officer Patterson's record is one of devoted operational endeavour, and his courage, together with his excellent application of skill to his important task are worthy of high praise and he is considered fully deserving of the award of the Distinguished Flying Cross.

 

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PATTERSON, F/O John Purcell (J19724) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.432 Squadron - Award effective 4 November 1944 as per London Gazette dated 14 November 1944 and AFRO 239/45 dated 9 February 1945. Born 1921 at Thorndale, Ontario; home in Oshawa (mechanic); enlisted in Toronto, 3 February 1942. Trained at No.5 ITS (graduated 22 August 1942), No.20 EFTS (graduated 20 November 1942) and No.16 SFTS (graduated 2 April 1943). Commissioned 1944. Medal sent by registered mail. 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.5557 (RG.24 Vol.20668) has recommendation dated 10 August 1944 when he had flown 29 sorties (143 hours 40 minutes), 22 March to 9 August 1944. P/O, acting F/O at time.

 

Throughout his tour of operational duty Pilot Officer Patterson has been an outstanding captain of aircraft, never failing to carry out his mission successfully. His twenty-nine successful sorties have been over a wide variety of targets in Germany and France. His cheerful confidence and keen aggressive spirit have made him stand out among his fellow pilots and help to maintain a very high standard of morale.

 

For his splendid record and outstanding ability, the officer is strongly recommended for the award of the Distinguished Flying Cross.

 

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PATTERSON, P/O John William (J17080) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.61 Squadron - Award effective 3 June 1943 as per London Gazette dated 15 June 1943 and AFRO 1724/43 dated 27 August 1943. Born in Medicine Hat, Alberta, 1921; home in Toronto or Bobcaygen; enlisted in Toronto 6 December 1940. Trained at No.3 ITS (graduated 16 May 1941), No.3 BGS (graduated 13 October 1941), No.6 AOS (graduated 30 August 1941) and No.1 CNS (graduated 10 November 1941). Commissioned 1943. Medal presented at Buckingham Palace 21 March 1944.

 

This officer has completed a large number of operational sorties, throughout which his excellent navigation has materially assisted in the successes achieved, particularly when operating against long distance and well defended targets such as Berlin, Nuremburg, Danzig and Turin. Pilot Officer Patterson has set a magnificent example to all by his cheerfulness, courage, ability and devotion to duty.

 

PATTERSON, F/L John William, DFC (J17080) - Bar to Distinguished Flying Cross - No.109 Squadron - Award effective 5 February 1945 as per London Gazette dated 16 February 1945 and AFRO 563/45 dated 29 March 1945.

 

This officer has shown himself to be a skilful and determined navigator. His keenness to operate against the enemy combined with his consistent courage and devotion to duty has set a fine example to all. He has completed his second tour of operations and since the award of the Distinguished Flying Cross he has participated in numerous sorties against some of the most well defended targets in Germany.

 

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PATTERSON, Sergeant Margaret MacKenzie (W307372) - Mention in Despatches - Station Torbay - Award effective 14 June 1945 as per Canada Gazette of that date and AFRO 1127/45 dated 6 July 1945. Home in Montreal; enlisted there 8 October 1942. Certificate sent to Torbay, 27 June 1945.

 

This non-commissioned officer has produced a very high calibre of work in operations at Eastern Air Command Headquarters. Prior to that, at the school of operations, Rockcliffe, her instruction of clerk operations (Bomber Reconnaissance) was of the highest calibre. Her work has been reflected in the greater efficiency of bomber reconnaissance operations in Eastern Air Command and she has been an example for all airwomen with whom she has come in contact.

 

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PATTERSON, F/L Norman Edward (C35269) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.432 Squadron - Award effective 30 October 1945 as per London Gazette dated 6 November 1945 and AFRO 155/46 dated 15 February 1946. Born 1920 in Toronto; home in Welland, Ontario (steel inspector); enlisted in Hamilton, 28 May 1941. Commissioned September 1943. In RAF (No.52 Squadron, Singapore) as of 1949. 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." DHist file 181.009 D.2618 (RG.24 Vol.20627) has recommendation dated 15 May 1945 when he had flown 36 sorties (217 hours 40 minutes) between 25 September 1944 and 12 March 1945.

 


The above-mentioned officer completed thirty-six operational sorties over enemy territory. Most of the targets were heavily defended and included Duisburg, Hanover, Wanne Eickel. During his tour Flight Lieutenant Patterson proved himself to be an outstanding member of a gallant crew. For his fine record of achievement and outstanding ability, Flight Lieutenant Patterson is strongly recommended for an award of the Distinguished Flying Cross (Non-Immediate).

 

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PATTERSON, F/L Reginald Keith (J14552) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.433 Squadron - Award effective 3 October 1944 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 2534/44 dated 24 November 1944. Born at Sault Ste.Marie, Ontario, 1920; home in Little Current, Ontario (printer); enlisted North Bay, 5 May 1941. Trained at No.8 BGS (graduated 25 September 1942). Commissioned 1942. Medal presented 20 August 1949 when living in Sudbury.

 

As squadron gunnery leader this officer has displayed outstanding ability. He has participated in a large number of sorties against heavily defended targets including Berlin, Schweinfurt, Essen and Aachen. His example of courage and resource have been most commendable.

 

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PATTERSON, F/O Richard Fuller (J2928) - Belgian Croix de Guerre 1940 with Palm (deceased) - Awarded 17 July 1948 as per Canada Gazette of that date and AFRO 455/48 dated 23 July 1948. Pilot. Killed in action with No.121 Squadron, 7 December 1941. Spitfire W3711. Buried in Belgium. Mother living in Richmond, Virginia.

 

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PATTERSON, WO2 Thomas (R77617) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.357 Squadron - Award effective 15 January 1946 as per London Gazette dated 29 January 1946 and AFRO 322/46 dated 29 March 1946. Born 1921 in Pincher Creek, Alberta; home in Brochet, Alberta; enlisted in Calgary, 25 November 1940. Trained at No.9 BGS (graduated 5 May 1944. Medal presented 9 July 1949.

 

Warrant Officer Patterson has taken part in a large number of sorties. In July 1945 he flew as despatcher on a special duty occasion over Malaya. On this flight, two parachutists were to be dropped over the target and as the second one left the aircraft he was caught up by his static cord just behind the rear hatch opening. Although under the severest strain, Warrant Officer Patterson succeeded in pulling the man back inside the aircraft, thereby saving him from certain death. By his efforts the operation was eventually a complete success. This airman has consistently shown high courage and devotion to duty and has proved himself to be an asset to his squadron.


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PATTERSON, F/O William Smith (C4591) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.426 Squadron - Award effective 4 November 1944 as per London Gazette dated 17 November 1944 and AFRO 239/45 dated 9 February 1945. Born 1904 in Kilwinning, Ayreshire; home in Neepawa, Manitoba (teacher); enlisted in Winnipeg, 19 March 1941. Commissioned 1941. Posted to No.426 Squadron, March 1944; mid-upper gunner in P/O J.H. O'Neill's crew. Posted from unit to No.1659 CU, 31 July 1944. Incident described in citation was on 12 May 1944. Medal presented at Buckingham Palace 30 October 1945.

 

Flying Officer Patterson has taken part in many successful operations. On one occasion while taking part in an attack on enemy concentrations in Normandy his aircraft was damaged by anti-aircraft fire. Later an enemy fighter attacked and further damage was sustained, the turrets being rendered unserviceable. Despite this, Flying Officer Patterson succeeded in firing several bursts at his assailant whose aircraft was damaged subsequently. He displayed commendable courage in remaining in his unserviceable turret to keep a lookout and in directing evasive action when on two more occasions his aircraft was threatened by fighters.

 

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PATTESON, F/O Eric Wesley (J9918) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.57 Squadron - Award effective 1 September 1943 as per London Gazette dated 14 September 1943 and AFRO 2322/43 dated 12 November 1943. Born in Winnipeg, 1921; home in Moose Jaw; enlisted in Regina 27 May 1941. Trained at No.4 ITS (graduated 17 August 1941), No.2 BGS (graduated 20 December 1941), No.1 ANS (graduated 20 January 1942) and No.3 AOS (graduated 8 November 1941). Commissioned 1942. Medal presented 22 September 1945.

 

Since being posted to this squadron in September 1942, Flying Officer Patteson has participated in the daylight raid on Le Creusot and in numerous night bombing sorties. A number of these were against heavily fortified industrial centres in the Ruhr and in Italy. As an operational bomb aimer he has displayed outstanding skill in locating and attacking difficult targets, undeterred by heavy ground defences. In July 1943 he displayed great skill when bombing a very small target, on a transformer station in northern France.

 

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PATTISON, S/L John David (C957) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.419 Squadron - Award effective 2 November 1942 as per London Gazette dated 6 November 1942 and AFRO 272/43 dated 19 February 1943. Born in Toronto, 11 September 1919; home there; enlisted as a P/P/O, 13 December 1938; qualified for wings, 27 October 1939; active force in Toronto, 6 November 1939. Trained with No.110 Squadron. Commissioned 1939; S/L in August 1942. Medal presented with Bar to DFC, 9 April 1948. DHist biographical file includes a 34 page narrative of his, "Happy Valley". Died in Toronto, 2 October 1986.

 

Squadron Leader Pattison has at all times shown great zeal for offensive operations. As a flight commander his enthusiastic application of fine airmanship and operational knowledge have been instrumental in raising the standard of aircrews. On one occasion he brought his aircraft 120 miles across the North Sea on one engine and made a perfect landing. Squadron Leader Pattison's courage and devotion to duty have been an example to all members of his squadron.

 

NOTE: Public Records Office Air 2/9604 has recommendation dated 22 September 1942 when he had flown 33 sorties (157 hours 15 minutes).

 

15 Apr 42 Dortmund 21 June 42 GARDENING, Borkum

22 Apr 42 Cologne 25 June 42 Bremen port and docks

24 Apr 42 Rostock port 27 June 42 Bremen port and docks

26 Apr 42 Rostock 29 June 42 Bremen port and docks

2 May 42 La Rochelle 8 July 42 Wilhelmshaven port and docks

4 May 42 Nantes 13 July 42 Duisburg

6 May 42 Nantes 21 July 42 Duisburg

8 May 42 Warnemunde port 23 July 42 Duisburg

18 May 42 GARDENING, Borkum 25 July 42 Duisburg

19 May 42 Mannheim 26 July 42 Hamburg port and docks

30 May 42 Cologne 31 July 42 Dusseldorf

1 June 42 Essen 5 Aug 42 Ruhr industries

2 June 42 Essen 6 Aug 42 Duisburg

5 June 42 Essen 9 Aug 42 Osnabruck

8 June 42 Essen 1 Sept 42 Saarbrucken

16 June 42 Bonn 10 Sept 42 Dusseldorf

19 June 42 Emden port and docks

 

During his tour Squadron Leader Pattison has displayed at all times unusual zeal for offensive operations. The determination he has shown, and the conscientious way in which he has executed his duties, has been a fine example for all members of the squadron.

 

As a Flight Commander his enthusiastic application of fine airmanship and operational knowledge has been instrumental in raising the standard of aircrews.

 

On one occasion he brought his aircraft some 120 miles across the North Sea on one engine and made a perfect wheels down landing without further damage to his aircraft. For this he received a commendation.

 

It is my opinion that the fine example this officer has set to other crews in the squadron, combined with the courage and devotion to duty he has shown personally, warrants official recognition.


PATTISON, W/C John David (C957) - Bar to Distinguished Flying Cross - No.429 Squadron - Award effective 10 May 1944 as per London Gazette dated 23 May 1944 and AFRO 1380/44 dated 30 June 1944.

 

Wing Commander Pattison, now on his second tour of operational duty, has a long and distinguished record of operational flying. Since being awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross he has completed many further sorties, all of which have been against important and strongly defended German targets. An excellent squadron commander, he has always set a splendid example of determination and skill coupled with a fine fighting spirit.

 

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PATTISON, F/L Richard Holtby (J23029) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.109 Squadron - Award effective 1 September 1944 as per London Gazette dated 15 September 1944 and AFRO 2373/44 dated 3 November 1944. Born Toronto, 1921; home there; enlisted there 20 July 1940. Trained at No.2 ITS (graduated 30 September 1940), No.12 EFTS (graduated 11 December 1940) and No.2 SFTS (graduated 21 February 1941). Commissioned 1942. Medal sent by registered mail with Bar. No citation other than "completed...many successful operations during which [he has] displayed high skill, fortitude and devotion to duty." Public Records Office Air 2/9276 has recommendation dated 23 June 1944 when he had flown 52 sorties (text) or 57 sorties (sortie list) totalling 169 operational hours, 22 August 1943 to 19 June 1944.

 

* denotes marking duties

 

22 Aug 43 Brauveiler 13 Mar 44 Le Mans*

31 Aug 43 Calais* 15 Mar 44 Amiens*

3 Sept 43 Calais* 23 Mar 44 Oberhausen

22 Sep 43 Emden 25 Mar 44 Aulnoye*

23 Sep 43 5026N 0331E 26 Mar 44 Essen*

(route marking) 29 Mar 44 Vaires*

4 Oct 43 Knapsack 4 Apr 44 Essen

18 Oct 43 Hamborn 8 Apr 44 Essen*

3 Nov 43 Rheinehausen 10 Apr 44 Aulnoye/Laon*

4 Nov 43 Leverkusen 12 Apr 44 Osnabruck*

6 Nov 43 Bochum 26 Apr 44 Essen*

11 Nov 43 Rath (Dusseldorf) 28 Apr 44 5010N 0204E (day)

28 Nov 43 Essen 30 Apr 44 Somain*

30 Nov 43 Essen 7 May 44 Nantes*

12 Dec 43 Essen 8 May 44 Cap Gris Nez*

15 Dec 43 Leverkusen 10 May 44 Courtrai*

23 Dec 43 Hamborn 12 May 44 Hasselt*

29 Dec 43 4934N 0139W 19 May 44 Boulogne*

13 Jan 44 Essen 21 May 44 Duisburg*


21 Jan 44 4935N 0138W* 23 May 44 Dortmund*

27 Jan 44 4945N 0056E 24 May 44 Trouville*

29 Jan 44 4945N 0056E 3 June 44 Argentan

30 Jan 44 Elberfeld 5 June 44 Mont Fleury*

3 Feb 44 Kreffeld 6 June 44 Vire*

12 Feb 44 Hamborn 9 June 44 Etampes*

1 Mar 44 Deelen 12 Jun 44 Gelsenkirchen*

5 Mar 44 Duisburg* 14 Jun 44 Cambrai*

7 Mar 44 Le Mans* 16 Jun 44 Sterkrade*

11 Mar 44 Hamborn 19 Jun 44 Watten* (day)

 

Since his posting to this squadron, Flying Officer Pattison has completed 53 sorties including 26 as a marker for the Pathfinder Force. During his operations with this squadron he has proved himself a very accurate and outstanding pilot.

 

PATTISON, F/L Richard Holtby, DFC (J23029) - Bar to Distinguished Flying Cross - No.109 Squadron - Award effective 6 January 1945 as per London Gazette dated 16 January 1945 and AFRO 508/45 dated 23 March 1945.

 

Since the award of the Distinguished Flying Cross, this officer has participated in numerous operational sorties which have included a large number of precision bombing attacks against heavily defended targets in Germany. He has always displayed a fine fighting spirit, outstanding airmanship and great devotion to duty which are worthy of high praise.

 

NOTE: Public Records Office Air 2/9038 has recommendation dated 21 October 1944, by which time he had flown 99 sorties (264 operational hours) of which 47 sorties (95 hours) had been since previous recommendation.

 

* denotes marking duties

 

22 June 44 Marquise* 12 Aug 44 La Breteque*

24 June 44 Middel Straete* 14 Aug 44 48 59" N 015 W*

28 June 44 Wizernes* 15 Aug 44 Volkel airfield*

30 June 44 Hamburg 18 Aug 44 Sterkrade*

4 July 44 St.Martin l'Hortier* 31 Aug 44 Lumbres*

5 July 44 Watten* 1 Sept 44 La Pourchinte*

6 July 44 Epone Mezieres 5 Sept 44 Le Havre*

7 July 44 Caen* 6 Sept 44 Emden

9 July 44 Scholven 8 Sept 44 Le Havre*

20 July 44 Courtrai* 10 Sept 44 Le Havre*

22 July 44 Linzeux 11 Sept 44 Castrop Rauxel*

25 July 44 Wanne Eickel* 17 Sept 44 Boulogne*

28 July 44 Foret de Nieppe 17 Sept 44 Biggerkirke*


30 July 44 49 03" N 044 W* 20 Sept 44 Calais*

31 July 44 Coquereaux* 23 Sept 44 Domberg*

1 Aug 44 Prouville* 25 Sept 44 Calais*

3 Aug 44 Trossy St.Maximim* 25 Sept 44 Hochst-am-Main

6 Aug 44 Foret de Nieppe* 26 Sept 44 Calais*

7 Aug 44 Foret le Marmion* 27 Sept 44 Calais*

9 Aug 44 Foret de Mormal* 28 Sept 44 Calais*

10 Aug 44 Forfay* 30 Sept 44 Heilbronn

 

This officer has completed a total of 95 sorties with the Pathfinder Force using Mosquito aircraft on precision bombing and marking. This has called for a very high degree of accuracy and Flight Lieutenant Pattison could always be relied upon to produce excellent results. A great number of his sorties have been against heavily defended targets in the Ruhr. His keenness both in the air and on the ground have always been of a very high degree.

 

He is highly deserving of the non-immediate award of a Bar to the Distinguished Flying Cross.

 

This recommendation was approved by the Commanding Officer, RAF Station Little Staughton (24 October 1944) and by the Air Officer Commanding, No.8 Group, 28 October 1944.

 

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PATTON, F/L Archibald (C8325) - Air Force Cross - No.3 FIS - Award effective 1 January 1944 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 113/44 dated 21 January 1944. Born at West Lorne, Ontario, 22 December 1912. Home in Ottawa, employed by Bell Telephone. Enlisted in Ottawa, 22 June 1940. Trained at No.2 EFTS (graduated 7 July 1941) and No.12 SFTS (graduated 13 October 1941). Medal presented 11 June 1944.

 

Flight Lieutenant Patton has been employed on instructional duties for thirty-four months at an Elementary Flying Training School, Central Flying School, and Flying Instructor School as a Flight Commander, Examining Officer and Squadron Commander. He has carried out his duties in a very excellent manner, at all times displaying keenness, initiative and thoroughness which have been an excellent example to other instructors.

 

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PATTON, F/L (now A/S/L) John David McCosh (J5111) - Air Force Cross - No.3 OTU - Award effective 1 January 1946 as per Canada Gazette of that date and AFRO 82/46 dated 25 January 1946 - Home in Kingston, Ontario. Enlisted in Toronto, 20 July 1940. Trained at No.2 ITS (graduated 30 September 1940), No.13 EFTS (graduated 23 December 1940, and No.8 SFTS (graduated 7 April 1941). As of award he had flown 1,600 hours, 195 hours as instructor (all in previous six months). Credited with 740 hours on operations (58 sorties). Medal presented 9 April 1948.

 

This officer has completed a highly satisfactory tour of operations in Coastal Command and since that time has applied himself with equal skill and diligence to operational flying training. As Conversion Flight Commander, he displayed a high degree of ability in organization and in flying training itself with the result that this Flight reached a peak of efficiency which had never before been equalled at this Unit. Presently employed as Chief Ground Instructor, he continues to exhibit excellent devotion to duty, sound organization, ability and initiative.

 

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PATTON, F/O Joseph (C23561) - Air Force Cross - No.5 EFTS - Award effective 5 May 1944 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 1133/44 dated 26 May 1944. Enlisted in Calgary, 22 June 1940. Trained at No.3 SFTS (graduated 4 April 1942). Governor General's Records, RG.7 Group 26, Volume 57, file 190-I has citation; notes that at time of recommendation he had flown 4,394 hours, 3,600 as instructor, 407 in previous six months. Medal presented 16 January 1945.

 

This officer is a flying instructor of outstanding ability. His keen interest in his work and outstanding devotion to duty have produced remarkable results, and been a valuable asset to his station and superior officers. His excellent record over 3 1/2 years of instructing has been a consistently steadying influence and strong support to his superior officers.

 

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PAUL, F/O Arthur Beviss (J35509) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.429 Squadron - Award effective 5 July 1945 as per London Gazette dated 20 July 1945 and AFRO 1619/45 dated 19 October 1945. Born 1919 in Sidmouth, England; home in Vancouver; Enlisted there 16 May 1942. Educated at University of British Columbia and became a teacher. Trained at No.7 ITS (graduated 22 January 1943), No.6 BGS (graduated 30 April 1943) and No.10 AOS (graduated 17 September 1943). Commissioned 1943. Medal presented in Vancouver, 22 October 1949. No citation other than "completed...numerous operations against the enemy in the course of which [he has] invariably displayed the utmost fortitude, courage and devotion to duty". DHist file 181.009 D.2610 (RG.24 Vol.20627) has recommendation by W/C Bolduc dated 21 March 1945 when he had flown 28 sorties (164 hours five minutes), 10 September 1944 to 12 March 1945.

 

Flying Officer Paul has completed twenty-eight sorties against enemy targets, many of which have been among the more heavily defended areas in Germany. Throughout his operational tour, by skilful navigation and coolness under fire, this officer has managed to guide his captain and keep his aircraft on track and on time under the most hazardous circumstances.

 


It is considered that this officer's unquestioned skill as a navigator, his keen offensive spirit and devotion to duty fully merit the award of the Distinguished Flying Cross.

 

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PAUL, S/L Glen Watson (C7511) - 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 Guelph; enlisted Edmonton, 2 May 1941.

 

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PAUL, F/O Harold George (J25762) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.78 Squadron - Award effective 5 February 1945 as per London Gazette dated 20 February 1945 and AFRO 563/45 dated 29 March 1945. Born 1921 in Stratford, Ontario; home there. Former member of Perth Rifles. Enlisted in Galt, 14 February 1941. Trained at No.4 ITS (graduated 28 August 1942), No.5 BGS (graduated 26 February 19423) and No.4 AOS (graduated 30 April 1943). Commissioned 1943. 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." Public Records Office Air 2/8831 has recommendation dated 9 November 1944 when he had flown 38 sorties (163 hours 14 minutes), 30 April 1944 to 6 October 1944.

 

30 Apr 44 Acheres (4.28) 12 Jul 44 Thiverny (4.01)

1 May 44 Malines (3.57) 15 Jul 44 Nucourt (4.13)

11 May 44 Trouville (3.54) 17 Jul 44 Caen (4.38)

19 May 44 Boulogne (3.17) 20 Jul 44 Bottrop (4.47)

22 May 44 Orleans (5.27) 1 Aug 44 Prouville (4.04)

27 May 44 Bourg Leopold (3.58) 3 Aug 44 Bois de Cassan (4.05)

31 May 44 Trappes (5.14) 5 Aug 44 Foret de Nieppe (3.02)

5 June 44 Courseulles (4.44) 9 Aug 44 Foret de Mormal (3.04)

6 June 44 St.Lo (5.34) 11 Aug 44 Chateau Notre Dame

7 June 44 Juvisy (4.32) (3.14), DNCO

9 June 44 Laval (5.01) 12 Aug 44 Brunswick (5.51)

24 Jun 44 Noyelle (3.28) 14 Aug 44 Falaise (3.51)

25 Jun 44 Montorguiel (4.00) 16 Aug 44 GARDENING (5.21)

27 Jun 44 Mont Condon (3.32) 3 Sept 44 Soesterberg (3.09)

28 Jun 44 Blainville (6.54) 17 Sep 44 Boulogne (3.00)

1 July 44 St.Martin le Hortier 20 Sep 44 Calais (3.38)

(3.35) 23 Sep 44 Neuss (4.50)

4 July 44 ditto (3.32) 25 Sep 44 Calais (3.15)

5 July 44 ditto (3.31) 26 Sep 44 Calais (3.31)

8 July 44 Chateau Bernapre 4 Oct 44 GARDENING (5.15)

(4.07) 6 Oct 44 GARDENING (4.00)

 


This officer has now completed his first operational tour consisting of 28 sorties (114 points) involving a total of 163 hours.

 

He is a very good operational Air Bomber who has completed a highly successful tour against some of the most heavily defended targets. His outstanding ability as a Bomb Aimer and his keenness for operations have been an fine example to the squadron.

 

For his good operational record and his devotion to duty both in the air and on the ground he is strongly recommended for the award of the Distinguished Flying Cross.

 

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PAUL, P/O (now F/O) Melburn Wilfred (J27840) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.5 Squadron (Canada) - Award effective 14 November 1944 as per Canada Gazette of that date and AFRO 2684/44 dated 15 December 1944. Home in Vancouver; enlisted Edmonton 26 June 1941. Trained at No.2 ITS (graduated 26 October 1941), No.5 EFTS (graduated 30 January 1942) and No.7 SFTS (graduated 5 June 1942). Medal presented 29 January 1947. As of award had flown 1,044:05 hours, 560:55 operational hours (61 sorties).

 

This pilot has taken part in three attacks on enemy submarines while on operations in the North Atlantic. On one occasion, while captain of an aircraft, he pressed home an attack against an enemy submarine under heavy anti-aircraft fire. The attack, which forced the U-Boat to submerge, was carried out at dusk within fifteen miles of a convoy. On another occasion, while captain of a flying boat on instrument flying, both engines cut out from fuel system failure. He was over land but managed to glide out over the water and make a successful dead stick landing, thereby saving the aircraft and seven members of the crew. After the fuel system was repaired he took off again and brought the aircraft safely to base. This officer has at all times displayed courage, determination and skill in the execution of his duties.

 

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PAUL, F/O Virgil Clifford (J41637) - Commended for Valuable Services in the Air - No.1 AOS - Award effective 14 June 1945 as per Canada Gazette of that date and AFRO 1127/45 dated 6 July 1945. Home in Toronto. Enlisted in Vancouver, 1 March 1943. Trained at No.6 ITS (graduated 28 August 1943) and No.1 AOS (graduated 11 February 1944). Certificate sent to No.1 CNS, 5 July 1945.

 

This officer, as a navigation instructor and more recently as squadron control officer, has performed meritorious service. The flying operations of this unit have come under his jurisdiction and their efficient operation is due in large part to his capable service.

 

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PAULSON, F/L Stanley Montague Osborne (C13570) - Mention in Despatches - Leeming - Award effective 14 June 1945 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 1478/45 dated 21 September 1945. DHist file 181.009 D.2619 (RG.24 Vol.20628) has recommendation forwarded to No.6 Group HQ, 31 January 1945. Home in Calgary; enlisted there 8 July 1940; as of recommendation he had served 44 months in Canada, 12 months overseas. Station Armament Officer at unit.

 

Flight Lieutenant Paulson assumed the position of Station Armament Officer in June 1944 and since that time has given ceaseless attention to his work. He is a highly efficient officer and constantly on the alert to improve his usefulness to the service. He has trained those working under him and organized the section into a unit capable of carrying out their job at short notice. The successful record enjoyed by the Armament Section is largely due to Flight Lieutenant Paulson's outstanding ability and his untiring efforts on behalf of the service. He has contributed to an important degree to the successful operational record of this station. Flight Lieutenant Parsons has earned the respect and confidence of all sections, especially those serving under him. His devotion to duty cannot be praised too highly and he has set an outstanding example to the rest of the station in this regard.

 

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PAULTON, FS Alfred Charles (R98024) - Distinguished Flying Medal - No.10 Squadron - Award effective 6 August 1943 as per London Gazette dated 13 August 1943 and AFRO 1849/43 dated 10 September 1943. Born in Wolverhampton, 1919; home in Windsor, Ontario; enlisted there 13 March 1941. Trained at No.3 ITS (graduated 15 July 1941), No.13 EFTS (ceased training 16 August 1941), No.6 BGS (graduated 28 February 1942), No.9 AOS (graduated 16 January 1942), and No.2 ANS (graduated 13 April 1942). Medal presented at Buckingham Palace 28 March 1944.

 

This airman has displayed outstanding ability as a navigator and has shown courage and determination in the face of adverse weather and enemy attacks. On the ground, Flight Sergeant Paulton has shown marked instructional ability.

 

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PAULTON, P/O Edwin Amos (J16114) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.1474 Flight - Award effective 21 December as per London Gazette dated 12 January 1943 and AFRO 232/43 dated 12 February 1943. Born in Wolverhampton, 1916; home in Windsor, Ontario; enlisted there. Trained at No.1 ITS (graduated 16 April 1941), No.7 EFTS (graduated 8 August 1941), and No.16 SFTS (graduated 7 November 1941). Commissioned 1942. Medal presented at Buckingham Palace 7 December 1943.

 

Pilot Officers Jordan and Paulton, and Flight Sergeant Bigoray have displayed great gallantry, fortitude and devotion to duty in exceptionally hazardous circumstances.

 


NOTE: Public Records Office Air 2/8934 has documentation on an amazing operation involving P/O W.A.R. Barry, FS William W. Bigoray, P/O E.A. Paulton and FS E.T. Vachon, whose entries should be checked for additional details:

 

COMBAT REPORT OF WELLINGTON DV819 ON THE

MORNING OF THURSDAY, 3RD DECEMBER 1942

 

At 0202 hours on Thursday, 3rd December [1942] a Wellington 1c aircraft, DV819, took off from RAF Station Gransden for a Special Wireless Investigation Flight in the Frankfurt area. The crew consisted of CAN.R98104 Sergeant Paulton, E., Pilot; CAN.R100054 Flight Sergeant (now P/O) Barry, W.A.R., Navigator; CAN.R93566 Flight Sergeant Bigoray, W.W., W/OP; CAN.R95585 Flight Sergeant Grant, F.P., Front Gunner; CAN.R79229 Flight Sergeant Vachon, E.T., Rear Gunner; 121561 P/O H.G. Jordan, Special W/OP.

 

The aircraft was engaged on the 18th sortie on a particular investigation, which necessitated the aircraft being intercepted by an enemy night fighter and up to this sortie all efforts to get such an interception had failed.

 

At 0431 hours the aircraft was in a DR position of 49 54' N 07 39' E. The Special Operator, P/O Jordan, had been reporting that he had been receiving signals on his special Wireless Equipment which he thought were the ones requiring to be investigated. He warned the crew to expect a fighter attack. On this [the ?] northerly leg the signal grew stronger and Jordan repeated his warning. A code had previously been arranged, so that if the signal were picked up, the frequency could immediate be sent back to base, it being absolutely vital that this information should reach base at all costs.

 

Position of 50 30' N 07 37' E. was reached at 0442 and the aircraft set course for the homeward leg. The Special Operator passed the coded message to the Wireless Operator for transmission to base, giving in the message the frequency and that this frequency was very probably the correct one. Jordan warmed the crew that his receiver was being saturated and to expect an attack at any moment; almost simultaneously the aircraft was hit by a burst of cannon fire. The rear gunner gave a fighter control commentary during the attack and identified the enemy aircraft as a Ju.88. Violent corkscrew turns were used as evasive action.

 

Jordan was hit in the arm on this first attack and, realising that now there was no doubt about the signal being the correct one, he changed the coded message, a change which would tell base that the frequency given was absolutely correct and that it applied without a doubt to the signal being investigated.

 


Although hit in the arm, he still continued to work his sets and to note further characteristics of the signal. The Rear Gunner fired about 1,000 rounds on this attack, but his turret was hit and completely unserviceable and he was wounded in the shoulder.

 

On the second attack, Jordan was hit in the jaw, but he still continued to work his sets and log the results and told the captain and crew from which side to expect the next attack.

 

On the third attack the front turret was hit and the Front Gunner wounded in the leg. The Wireless Operator went forward to let him out of the turret but he was hit in both legs by an exploding shell and had to return to his seat. P/O Barry, navigator, then went forward and let Grant out of the turret. Jordan was hit once more, this time in the eye, and although he continued operating his equipment and noting further details of the signal, he realised that he could not continue with the investigations much longer, owing to his condition, and seeing that his intercomm had also been shot away, he went forward and brought back the Navigator and tried to explain to him how to continue operating the equipment and so bring back some more valuable information. By this time he was almost blind, but although he tried hard to show Barry what to do, he realised that it was an impossible task and [in] the end gave up the attempt.

 

Flight Sergeant Vachon had by this time come out of the rear turret and had taken up position in the Astro Hatch, from where he continued to give evasive control but he was again hit in the hand and Barry went back and took over from him in the Astro Dome. During this period the aircraft had lost height from about 14,000 feet down to 500 feet above the ground, violent evasive action still being taken by the Captain. After ten or twelve attacks the enemy aircraft broke off his engagement and disappeared. Hits had been scored on the Wellington in five or six of the attacks, resulting in the following damage:

 

(1) Starboard throttle control shot away (starboard engine stuck at .3 boost all the way home).

 

(2) Port throttle jammed.

 

(3) Front and rear turrets unserviceable.

 

(4) Starboard aileron unserviceable and trimming tabs having no effect at all.

 

(5) Air Speed Indicator reading zero in both positions owing to the pitot head or pipes being holed.

 

(6) Starboard petrol tank holed.

 

(7) Fabric shot and torn away on starboard side of the fuselage.

 

(8) Hydraulics unserviceable.


(9) Both engines running irregularly.

 

The Wireless Operator, Flight Sergeant Bigoray, in spite of his injuries transmitted the coded message back to base but receiving no "R" for it continued to send it in the hopes that it would be picked up. It was received at 0505 hours.

 

The Captain kept the aircraft on the course for home and managed to climb to 5,000 feet, at which height he came back. At 0645 hours the aircraft crossed the coast at about 10 miles northeast of Dunkirk, where searchlights tried to pick it out but these were dodged by evasive action and coming down low over the sea. When they were switched off, the pilot again managed to gain height. The Wireless Operator put the IFF on the stud 3 and sent out an SOS and a message to the effect that they had been attacked by an enemy aircraft. He again transmitted the coded message in case it had not been received the first time.

 

At approximately 0720 hours the English cast was reached. The pilot tested the landing light to see if he could ditch using it, but decided it was impossible. He decided to wait for daylight before ditching and asked the crew if anyone preferred to bail out rather than ditch. The Wireless Operator stated that he preferred to jump, as one of his legs had stiffened up to such an extent that he thought he would not be able to climb out of the aircraft in the water. He made his way to the escape hatch in the rear of the fuselage, from where he intended to jump, but having reached that position he remembered that he had not clamped down the transmitting key and, in spite of his injury, he returned to his set, clamped the key down and warned the crew not to touch it. He jumped out over Ramsgate and made a safe landing. The pilot ditched the aircraft at approximately 0824 hours, about 200 yards off the coast at Deal. The dinghy inflated but had been holed by cannon fire. The Special Operator tried to make it airtight by holding some of the holes but it was impossible and the crew got out of the dinghy and climbed onto the aircraft. About five minutes later a small rowing boat approached and took them off and rowed ashore.

 

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PAWLYSHYN, F/O John (J13984) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.622 Squadron - Award effective 2 October 1944 as per London Gazette dated 13 October 1944 and AFRO 2637/44 dated 8 December 1944. Born 1918 in Moslen, Saskatchewan; home Goodeve, Saskatchewan or London, Ontario; enlisted in Saskatoon, 30 July 1941. Trained at No.7 ITS (graduated 27 February 1942), No.6 AOS (graduated 8 June 1942), No.5 BGS (graduated 18 July 1942), and No.1 ANS (graduated 5 September 1942). Commissioned 1942. Medal presented 23 April 1949. No citation other than "completed... numerous operations against the enemy in the course of which [he has] invariably displayed the utmost fortitude, courage and devotion to duty". Public Records Office Air 2/9025 had recommendation dated 26 July 1944 when he had flown 29 sorties (145 hours 25 minutes):

 

24 Sep 43 GARDENING, Ampland (4.25) 11 Apr 44 Laon (4.30)


27 Sep 43 Hanover (5.00) 28 Apr 44 Friedrichshaven (8.10)

2 Oct 43 GARDENING, Kattegat (7.20) 2 May 44 Chambly (3.40)

3 Oct 43 Kassel (6.45) 12 May 44 Louvain (3.00)

24 Dec 43 Berlin (6.45) 21 May 44 Duisburg (4.50)

29 Dec 43 Berlin (6.15) 27 May 44 Boulogne (2.10)

1 Jan 44 Berlin (6.30) 5 June 44 Ouistreham (3.05)

2 Jan 44 Berlin (6.45) 14 June 44 Le Havre (2.55)

14 Jan 44 Brunswick (4.45) 17 June 44 Montdidier (3.50)

20 Jan 44 Berlin (1.50, DNCO) 21 June 44 Domleger (2.50)

21 Jan 44 Magdeburg (5.45) 24 June 44 Rimeux (2.35)

24 Feb 44 Schweinfurt (7.15) 5 July 44 Wizernes (2.50)

16 Mar 44 Stuttgart (7.30) 18 July 44 Caen (3.55)

19 Mar 44 Frankfurt (5.35) 20 July 44 Homberg (3.45)

25 Mar 44 Berlin (7.10) 24 July 44 Prouville (3.45)

 

This officer is nearing the completion of his first tour of operations, throughout which he has applied his knowledge and skill as a Navigator with outstanding destruction [sic, distinction ?], and has inspired confidence in everyone with whom he has come in contact.

 

Arriving on the squadron in March 1944, he has since taken a very active part in operations against the most important enemy targets, including Stuttgart and Berlin, and by the application of his navigational skill, has made possible the brilliant success of his crew.

 

Care [careful ?] in preparation on the ground and fearless in face of the enemy, Flying Officer Pawlyshyn is to be relied upon in any operational emergency, and by his sustained endeavour and devotion to duty is worthy of recognition. I strongly recommend an award of the Distinguished Flying Cross.

 

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PAYNE, F/L Charles Francis (J20212) - Air Force Cross - No.437 Squadron - Award effective 14 June 1945 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 1219/45 dated 27 July 1945. Born in Winnipeg, 2 February 1922; home there; enlisted there 22 October 1941. Trained at No.4 ITS (graduated 24 April 1942), No.5 EFTS (graduated 3 July 1942) and No.10 SFTS (graduated 23 October 1942). Overseas 19 November 1942. Medal presented 9 April 1949. No citation in AFRO or biographical file. DHist file 181.009 D.4855 (RG.24 Vol.20657) has recommendation dated 14 April 1945 when he had flown 1,500 hours, 270 in previous six months.

 

Prior to joining this squadron on its formation, this officer served with distinction in 512 Squadron on long range transport. Since joining this squadron he has concentrated on becoming a Grade One Captain and shortly achieved this distinction.

 


This officer is recognized as one of the most capable and determined pilots in the squadron and is invariably chosen as the captain for flights carrying important passengers. Flight Lieutenant Payne, by his skill, courage and exceptional devotion to duty whilst flying on active service and his cool courage in the face of the enemy has at all times set an example to be aimed at by the remainder of the squadron.

 

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PAYNE, F/L Donald Melvin (J38377) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.428 Squadron - Award effective 22 July 1946 as per London Gazette dated 6 August 1946 and AFRO 845/46 dated 30 August 1946. Home in Toronto; enlisted in Hamilton, July 10th, 1942. Trained at No.5 ITS (graduated April 3rd, 1943), No.10 EFTS (graduated July 24th, 1943) and No.1 SFTS (graduated November 12th, 1943). Medal presented in Toronto 25 September 1949. Later awarded AFC for services with No.426 Squadron during Korean War.

 

On the 13th April 1945 this officer was pilot of an aircraft detailed for an attack against Kiel. Anti-aircraft fire was encountered while en route to the target and intense opposition was met when making the bombing run. Just before releasing the bombs, the aircraft was hit and damaged and Flight Lieutenant Payne was wounded in both legs and his left arm and hand; nevertheless he pressed on and the target was successfully bombed. As he turned the aircraft for the return flight it was hit again by anti-aircraft fire and badly damaged. By skilful flying with only one engine of his aircraft functioning this officer retained control of the bomber and continued his homeward flight, but when over the North Sea the remaining engine failed and he was forced down on the sea. Flight Lieutenant Payne, although strapped in, was thrown head first through the cockpit cover. Despite his wounds and the severe shaking he had received, this officer materially assisted his crew in getting safely into the dinghy before he became unconscious from exhaustion and his injuries. For the first part of the subsequent eleven to twelve days, Flight Lieutenant Payne was only partly conscious, but as soon as he was able, he assisted in all the necessary operations of sailing the dinghy and taking his turn "on watch", despite the fact that on the seventh day he had to lance his leg as the swelling from his wounds was spreading rapidly. Throughout this trying experience, Flight Lieutenant Payne displayed outstanding skill, resolution and devotion to duty.

 

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PAYNE, FS Freda Joan (W303558) - British Empire Medal - Station Lachine - Award effective 1 January 1946 as per Canada Gazette of that date and AFRO 82/46 dated 25 January 1946. Home in Cherhill, Alberta; enlisted in Edmonton, 21 April 1942. Medal presented 29 November 1947.

 


This non-commissioned officer is an outstanding clerk who has performed her duties in an exemplary manner. Her work has been of a particularly exacting type and has always been completed faultlessly, requiring long hours under trying circumstances. She has always been a cheerful example to those under her and has imbued them with her enthusiasm and efficiency.

 

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PAYNE, F/O George Douglas (J85841) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.35 Squadron - Award effective 5 February 1945 as per London Gazette dated 20 February 1945 and AFRO 563/45 dated 29 March 1945. Born 1924 in Port de Grave, Newfoundland; home in Brooklyn, New York; enlisted in Montreal 21 May 1942). Trained at No.3 ITS (graduated 6 November 1942) and No.4 AOS (graduated 19 March 1943). Commissioned 1944. Medal presented 27 January 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 2/8830 has recommendation dated 19 November 1944 when he had flown 48 sorties (227 hours), 1 November 1943 to 16 November 1944.

 

11 Nov 43 Cannes 15 Jun 44 Fouillard

18 Nov 43 Mannheim 22 Jun 44 Laon

22 Nov 43 Berlin 2 July 44 Oisemontneuville

29 Dec 43 Berlin 4 July 44 Villeneuve St.Georges

21 Jan 44 Magdeburg 7 July 44 Caen

27 Jan 44 Heligoland 10 Jul 44 Nucourt

15 Feb 44 Berlin 11 Jul 44 Gapennes

19 Feb 44 Leipzig 12 Jul 44 Tours

20 Feb 44 Stuttgart 18 Jul 44 Wesseling

24 Feb 44 Schweinfurt 23 Jul 44 Kiel

1 Mar 44 Stuttgart 24 Jul 44 Stuttgart

15 Mar 44 Stuttgart 3 Sept 44 Gelzerijun

30 Mar 44 Nuremburg 12 Sep 44 Frankfurt

18 Apr 44 Rouen 15 Sep 44 Kiel

20 Apr 44 Cologne 5 Oct 44 Saarbrucken

22 Apr 44 Laon 6 Oct 44 Dortmund

26 Apr 44 Villeneuve St.Georges 14 Oct 44 Duisburg

27 Apr 44 Friedrichshaven 15 Oct 44 Wilhelmshaven

30 Apr 44 Acheres 19 Oct 44 Stuttgart

19 May 44 Boulogne 25 Oct 44 Essen

22 May 44 Dortmund 28 Oct 44 Cologne

27 May 44 Bourg Leopold 1 Nov 44 Oberhausen

31 May 44 Trappes 2 Nov 44 Dusseldorf

11 Jun 44 Paris 16 Nov 44 Durel

12 Jun 44 Arras

 


This officer has proved himself to be a most capable operator of special equipment. he has been engaged on operational flying for a long period and has now taken part in a total of 48 bombing attacks both by day and by night. Many of these attacks have been against heavily defended targets such as Berlin, Nuremburg and the Ruhr.

 

Pilot Officer Payne still shows the utmost determination to proceed on operations against the enemy on all possible occasions and his determination to press home his attacks is undiminished. In recognition of this officer's fine record of devotion to duty, he is recommended for the non-immediate award of the Distinguished Flying Cross.

 

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