PEACH, F/O Jack Harvey (J35048) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.424 Squadron - Award effective 5 April 1945 as per London Gazette dated 17 April 1945 and AFRO 918/45 dated 1 June 1945. Born 1924 at Smokey Lake, Alberta; home in St.Michael, Alberta (student); enlisted Edmonton 31 July 1942. Trained at No.4 ITS (graduated 2 April 1943) and No.2 AOS (graduated 3 September 1943). Commissioned September 1943. Medal presented 9 July 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.2610 (RG.24 Vol.20627) had recommendation dated 20 November 1944 when he had flown 28 sorties (141 hours 25 minutes), 14 July to 6 November 1944.

 

Flying Officer Peach has completed a large number of sorties over German territory and German-occupied territory and has displayed outstanding skill as a navigator throughout. At all times he has shown great determination and courage, and his work in the air has been responsible for the successful bombing of many important targets. In addition to his outstanding work as a navigator in the air, Flying Officer Peach has been a valuable member of the navigation section. He has been an inspiration to other air crew on the squadron, and his timing and track-keeping an example to all navigators.

 

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PEACOCK, Sergeant Arthur Neil Ripley (R101133) - Mention in Despatches - Overseas - Award effective 1 January 1946 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 155/46 dated 15 February 1946. Born 2 February 1921. Home in Vancouver; enlisted there 28 April 1941. To No.7 AOS, 7 May 1941; to "Y" Depot, Halifax, 9 March 1942; posted overseas 30 April 1942; repatriated 23 October 1945; released 5 December 1945. Medical Orderly and Hospital Assistant.

 

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PEACOCK, F/O Edward Bernard (J26634) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.428 Squadron - Award effective 10 May 1945 as per London Gazette dated 25 May 1945 and AFRO 1291/45 dated 10 August 1945. Born in Orillia, Ontario; home there (lab assistant); enlisted Toronto 18 February 1942. Trained at No.6 ITS (graduated 6 October 1942), No.9 EFTS (graduated 22 January 1943) and No.1 SFTS (graduated 28 May 1943). Commissioned May 1943. Medal sent by registered mail 21 December 1950. No citation other than "completed...numerous operations against the enemy in the course of which [he has] invariably displayed the utmost fortitude, courage and devotion to duty." DHist file 181.009 D.1941 (RG.24 Vol.20612) has recommendation by W/C M.W. Gall dated 25 January 1945 when he had flown 31 sorties (198 hours five minutes), 25 August 1955 to 5 January 1945.

 


As captain of aircraft, Flying Officer Peacock displayed great skill, initiative and courage. His skilful pilotage and cool judgement led to the successful completion of 31 sorties, the majority of which were on heavily defended German targets. Despite being struck heavily by flak on many occasions, by skilful airmanship and with a great desire to press home the attack, he has reached the target on each occasion and bombed it successfully.

 

He has shown exceptional qualities of leadership and his cool, calm confidence was an inspiration to his crew and received their full co-operation with him. For his ability and devotion to duty I recommend the non-immediate award of the Distinguished Flying Cross.

 

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PEACOCK, F/O James Edwin Malcolm (J29380) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.12 Squadron - Award effective 15 March 1945 as per London Gazette dated 27 March 1945 and AFRO 1127/45 dated 6 July 1945. Born 1922 in Timmins, Ontario; home in Noranda, Quebec (druggist clerk); enlisted North Bay 16 February 1942. Trained at No.1 ITS (graduated 11 September 1942), No.4 BGS (graduated 7 July 1942) and No.9 AOS (graduated 20 August 1943). Commissioned August 1943. Medal sent by registered mail 6 August 1949. No citation other than "completed...many successful operations against the enemy in which [he has] displayed high skill, fortitude and devotion to duty." Public Records Office Air 2/9051 has recommendation dated 7 December 1944 when he had flown 30 sorties (154 hours 50 minutes), 6 July to 6 November 1944.

 

6 July 44 Foret Ducroc 10 Sep 44 Le Havre

17 Jul 44 Caen 16 Sep 44 Hopsten Rheine

20 Jul 44 Courtrai 20 Sep 44 Calais

23 Jul 44 Kiel 23 Sep 44 Neuss

24 Jul 44 Stuttgart 26 Sep 44 Cap Griz Nez

28 Jul 44 Stuttgart 14 Oct 44 Duisburg

3 Aug 44 Trossy St.Maximim 14 Oct 44 Duisburg

5 Aug 44 Blaye 19 Oct 44 Stuttgart

7 Aug 44 Fontenay le Marmion 23 Oct 44 Essen

12 Aug 44 Brunswick 25 Oct 44 Essen

15 Aug 44 Volkel 28 Oct 44 Cologne

16 Aug 44 Stettin 30 Oct 44 Cologne

26 Aug 44 Kiel 31 Oct 44 Cologne

5 Sept 44 Le Havre 4 Nov 44 Bochum

6 Sept 44 Le Havre 6 Nov 44 Gelsenkirchen

 

Flying Officer Peacock, a Canadian air bomber, has now completed a most successful tour of operations against the enemy including attacks on many such targets as Kiel, Stuttgart, Brunswick, Stettin, Duisburg, Essen, Cologne, Bochum and Gelsenkirchen. In addition he has bombed many small but vital targets in France, demanding the utmost accuracy and skill on the part of the Bomb Aimer.

 

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

 

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

 

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PEACOCK, F/L John Williamson Frederick (C7971) - Mention in Despatches - No.409 Squadron - Award effective 14 January 1944 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 874/44 dated 21 April 1944. Home in Montreal; enlisted there 19 April 1941. DHist file 181.009 D.5529 (RG.24 Vol.20667) has recommendation dated 4 September 1943. Killed in action 7 August 1944 (Mosquito MM587); buried in France.

 

This officer is the Navigator Radio Leader of the Squadron. Through his efforts, skill and determination he is mainly responsible for the high degree of efficiency in the A.I. work being carried out by this squadron. A well above average Navigator/Radio. During the course of operations he has assisted his pilot in destroying an enemy aircraft.

 

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PEACOCK, F/O Wilfred George (J18009) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.405 Squadron (deceased) - Award effective 25 September 1944 as per London Gazette dated 12 February 1946 and AFRO 322/46 dated 29 March 1946. Born 1921 in Everette, Ontario; home there or Everette, Ontario; enlisted in Toronto 24 January 1941. Trained at No.2 WS (graduated 12 September 1941) and No.7 BGS (graduated 14 October 1941). Commissioned May 1943. Killed in action 26 September 1944 (Lancaster PB129); buried in France. Medal presented to next-of-kin at Government House, 7 November 1949.

 

Flying Officer Peacock as bomb aimer has completed numerous operations against the enemy in the course of which he has invariably displayed the utmost fortitude, courage and devotion to duty.

 

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PEACOCK, WO (now P/O) Wilfred Thomas Ferguson (R98453/J86654) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.424 Squadron - Award effective 1 September 1944 as per London Gazette dated 19 September 1944 and AFRO 2373/44 dated 3 November 1944. Born 1920 in Windsor, Ontario; home there; enlisted there 5 June 1941. Trained at No.1 ITS (graduated 13 September 1941) and No.10 AOS (graduated 11 September 1942). Commissioned 1944. Medal sent to External Affairs, 15 January 1954 which advised presentation made 20 January 1954. 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 15 June 1944 when he had flown 27 sorties (177 hours), 27 May 1943 to 22 May 1944.

 

27 May 43 Essen (5.55) 1 Oct 43 Formia (5.55)

1 June 43 GARDENING (3.20) 3 Oct 43 Civitavecchia (6.45)

11 Jun 43 Dusseldorf (5.30) 4 Oct 43 Formia (5.40)

16 Jun 43 Ferry to Port Reath (14.10) 13 Mar 44 Le Mans (6.00)

8 Aug 43 Peloro (6.10) 30 Mar 44 Nuremburg (9.50)

11 Aug 43 Peloro (5.30) 10 Apr 44 Ghent (4.00)

12 Aug 43 Peloro (5.10) 18 Apr 44 Paris (6.10)

15 Aug 43 Viterbo (6.05) 20 Apr 44 Lens (4.30)

17 Aug 43 Lamezia (5.20) 8 May 44 GARDENING (5.20)

20 Aug 43 Villalieerno (5.50) 9 May 44 St.Valery (4.05)

23 Aug 43 Naples (5.35) 10 May 44 GARDENING (5.15)

25 Aug 43 Taranto (6.15) 12 May 44 GARDENING (3.30)

31 Aug 43 Salerno (6.00) 22 May 44 Le Mans (5.10)

4 Sept 43 Grazzanise (6.00)

 

This Warrant Officer has completed an operational tour involving attacks on important and well defended targets. He is a skilful navigator whose faultless work has played a major part in the successes obtained. Not once has he failed to guide his pilot to the target and back to base. His accuracy, his resourcefulness and co-operative spirit have been highly commendable.

 

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PEAKE, F/O John (J20915) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.514 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 Manchester, England; home in Regina. Served two years in Regina Rifles; enlisted Regina 31 October 1941. Trained at No.5 ITS (graduated 8 May 1942), No.5 BGS (graduated 25 September 1942), and No.3 AOS (graduated 6 November 1942). Commissioned 1942. Medal presented 20 September 1945.

 

This officer has taken part in a number of successful operations against the enemy. He has flown with a number of different crews, always displaying the greatest determination to strike at the enemy whenever possible. In May 1944, while returning from an attack on Le Mans, the aircraft suddenly went out of control while circling base, and the pilot ordered the crew to abandon it. Flying Officer Peake left the aircraft by parachute and made a safe landing. While on operations he has obtained some excellent photographs.

 

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PEARCE, FS Douglas Roland (R86900) - Distinguished Flying Medal - No.78 Squadron - Award effective 13 May 1943 as per London Gazette dated 18 May 1943 and AFRO 1078/43 dated 11 June 1943. Born 1920; home in Edmonton. Trained at No.5 BGS and No.3 WS. Postwar he was Commended for Valuable Services in the Air (Flight Lieutenant, 20368, as per AFRO 117/54 dated 5 March 1954).

 

This airman has taken part in numerous operational flights. He has invariably displayed outstanding efficiency. The calm and gallant manner in which he completes his duties has always set an excellent example to his crew.

 

NOTE: Public Records Office Air 2/8951 has original recommendation dated 21 March 1943 when he had flown 26 sorties (190 hours three minutes).

 

31 July 42 Dusseldorf (5.05)

1 Oct 42 Flensburg (6.09) Fires seen in built-up area.

5 Oct 42 Aachen (6.09) Scattered fires around target.

6 Oct 42 Osnabruck (5.50) Bursts seen in target area.

8 Oct 42 GARDENING (3.56) Storms encountered; parachutes not seen to open.

13 Oct 42 Kiel (7.07)

15 Oct 42 Cologne (6.22)

15 Nov 42 Genoa (10.27) Bombs exploded south of railways.

18 Nov 42 Turin (8.50) Fires observed to SW of town.

22 Nov 42 Stuttgart (9.17)

28 Nov 42 Turin (9.30) Bombs burst in north of town.

2 Dec 42 Frankfurt (1.40) Returned early; port inner engine unserviceable.

6 Dec 42 Mannheim (8.43) Glow of incendiaries seen in aiming point.

9 Dec 42 Turin (9.37) Many scattered fires seen; ammunition factory believed hit.

20 Dec 42 Duisburg (5.48) Large fires to west of Rhine.

14 Jan 43 Lorient (5.02) Fires started in buildings.

17 Jan 43 Berlin (8.32) Incendiaries seen burning over city.

2 Feb 43 Cologne (5.46) Twenty large fires seen in town.

3 Feb 43 Hamburg (7.44) Incendiaries seen exploding.

7 Feb 43 Lorient (6.05)

25 Feb 43 Nuremburg (9.36) Bombs dropped north of town.

26 Feb 43 Cologne (6.21) Large fires seen when leaving the target area.

28 Feb 43 St.Nazaire (7.21) Bombs dropped on concentration of marker flares.

1 Mar 43 Berlin (7.46) Numerous fires in city.

3 Mar 43 Hamburg (6.07) Glow of fires seen through clouds.

5 Mar 43 Essen (5.36) Heavy explosions in city, followed by many fires.

8 Mar 43 Nuremburg (8.38) Numerous explosions in target area.

 

This wireless operator has now completed 26 sorties, and has always displayed real efficiency, especially in the operating of special equipment where his knowledge of the German language has borne him in good stead.

 

To this the Commanding Officer of RAF Station Linton-on-Ouse added (24 March 1943):

The calm and gallant way in which this Non-Commissioned Officer carries out his duties in the air has been a fine example to his crew. He is a Canadian.

 

To this the Air Officer Commanding, No.4 Group, adds (30 March 1943):

 

Flight Sergeant Pearce has been posted for instructional duties and I strongly recommend that he be awarded the Distinguished Flying Medal.

 

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PEARCE, S/L Francis Henry (C1589) - Air Force Cross - No.436 Squadron (AFRO gives unit only as "Overseas" and other sources say only "Down Ampney") - Award effective 1 January 1946 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 155/46 dated 15 February 1946. Born in Ottawa and educated there. Joined RCAF, 1934 as rigger and fitter. Trained as a Sergeant Pilot, 1937; wing awarded, 1938; commissioned at Trenton, 15 November 1939. Flying instructor in UK and Canada during much of war; attended RCAF Staff College, 1944, and then to No.12 SFTS, Brandon. Medal presented at Government House 7 November 1949. Commanded No.436 Squadron after war. Press release dated 5 April 1949 has him being transferred from Suffield to Ottawa (Air Plans Division, AFHQ); he also had over 3,300 flying hours on 53 types at that date. He remained at AFHQ until 1954 when he took command of Station Whitehorse. Last service post was Director, Transport Forces, Congo. Retired in 1963 with 8,000 flying hours on 67 types. Apparently continued with DND as civilian until June 1985. No citation other than "In recognition of distinguished services rendered whilst engaged on flying duties with the Royal Canadian Air Force overseas." Public Records Office Air 2/9144 has recommended citation stating that he had flown 2,575 hours, 1,950 on operations, 139 in previous six months.

 

Squadron Leader Pearce, although only recently posted to this squadron, has been outstanding as Squadron Leader, Flying. Confronted with the task of planning and organizing the training of 48 crews for airline transport flying, he has overcome every obstacle and has worked unceasingly to achieve a very high standard. He has invariably been on hand throughout night flying training, personally giving dual instruction. Also, he has conscientiously attended the briefing of his crews before all early morning take offs. His thorough understanding of flying training earned for him the Empire Central Flying School course on which he distinguished himself, and later the RCAF War Staff College course. His contribution to the Joint Air Training Plan is worthy of the highest commendation.

 

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PEARCE, P/O Glenn William Anson (J89640) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.428 Squadron - Award effective 9 January 1945 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 471/45 dated 16 March 1945. Born 1921, Burgessville, Ontario; home in Woodstock (clerk); enlisted in London, Ontario. Trained at No.3 ITS (graduated 27 July 1941), No.21 EFTS (graduated 25 September 1941) and No.9 SFTS (graduated 27 February 1942). Commissioned 1944. Medal presented 22 June 1949. Died in Woodstock, Ontario, 20 January 1996. Obituary notice said he had been a flying instructor before going overseas.

 

One night in October 1944 Pilot Officer Pearce, as captain of aircraft, was detailed to attack Wilhelmshaven. In spite of considerable anti-aircraft opposition, this resolute pilot remained over the target for a protracted period to press home a vigorous and successful attack. Pilot Officer Pearce has completed numerous bombing missions and has set a fine example of courage and resolution throughout.

 

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PEARCE, W/C Harold (C1011) - Member, Order of the British Empire - Directorate of Photography (Photo Officer and CO of photo establishment at Rockcliffe) - Award effective 26 May 1944 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 1380/44 dated 30 June 1944. Born and educated in Ottawa; enlisted there 5 May 1927 as photographer; commissioned 15 July 1939; qualified for Air Gunner's wing, July 1941. Commanded RCAF Photo Unit, 1941-1942; to AFHQ as Deputy Director of Photography; appointed Director of Photography in 1944. On exchange duties with RAF, 1947-1949 when he helped Belgian Air Force in photo work. Commanded RCAF Photo Establishment, 1949. Awarded Queen's Coronation Medal, 21 October 1953 when a Wing Commander at AFHQ. Retired 1958. MBE presented by Governor General, 12 December 1944.

 

This officer has developed the Ophthalmic Camera, an accomplishment which many others have attempted without success. By this invention it has been made possible to improve operational efficiency and avoid losses in both aircrew and equipment. The patents for this invention were turned over to the Royal Canadian Air Force without remuneration. This officer has done outstanding work in the training of photographic personnel, supply of photographic equipment, conduct of photographic research for Air Ministry, and development of photographic apparatus for medical research. He has at all times exceeded his duties in the organization and direction of photography in the Royal Canadian Air Force in Canada with exceptional capability.

 

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PEARCE, F/O Norman John (J37909) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.73 Squadron - Award effective 11 August 1945 as per London Gazette dated 21 August 1945 and AFRO 1507/45 dated 28 September 1945. Born in Portage la Prairie, 19 December 1921; home there labourer). Enlisted in Winnipeg, 25 May 1941. Trained at No.4 ITS (27 July to 30 August 1941), No.5 EFTS (31 August to 25 October 1941) and No.10 SFTS (26 October 1941 to 15 January 1942). Commissioned November 1943. To CT Squadron, Rockcliffe (16 January to 1 June 1942) and No.7 BGS (2 June 1942 to 12 November 1943). Arrived overseas, 1 December 1943. Flew Masters and Hurricanes at No.5 (P) AFU; posted to Middle East, 16 July 1944. At No.22 PTC, Faid, he was assessed as "above average pilot...with experience should make a good fighter pilot". With No.73 Squadron, 12 November 1944 to 26 May 1945. Medal presented 11 June 1949.

Throughout a tour of operational duty this officer has distinguished himself by the accuracy of his bombing and his great devotion to duty. He has invariably pressed home his attacks with determination and has inflicted considerable damage on the enemy's mechanical transport and lines of communication. On one occasion in March 1945, Flying Officer Pearce scored a hit on the centre of a road and rail bridge in Yugoslavia and shot a Dornier 17 down in flames. A few days later he encountered a Messerschmitt 109 which he destroyed. In both these engagements this officer displayed great skill and courage.

 

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PEARSON, F/L Alexander Lloyd (J35727) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.102 Squadron - Award effective 18 October 1945 as per London Gazette dated 26 October 1945 and AFRO 133/46 dated 8 February 1946. Born 1913 in Tolmie, British Columbia; home in Victoria (clerk); enlisted Vancouver 30 July 1942. Trained at No.4 ITS (graduated 3 April 1948), No.5 EFTS (graduated 29 May 1943), and No.3 SFTS (graduated 1 October 1943). Commissioned September 1943.

 

Flight Lieutenant Pearson has completed many operational sorties. In January 1945 he was detailed to attack Stuttgart. Over the target area the bomb release apparatus was found to be unserviceable. In the face of intense anti-aircraft fire Flight Lieutenant Pearson made four runs over the area while the bombs were released manually. On another occasion in March 1945, whilst en route to the target at Kamen, engine trouble developed in his aircraft. Undaunted, this officer pressed on and completed his mission successfully. Other heavily defended targets he has attacked include Cologne, Essen, Hamburg, and Chemnitz. At all times Flight Lieutenant Pearson proved to be a courageous and determined captain of aircraft.

 

NOTE: Public Records Office Air 2/9112 has recommendation dated 24 May 1945 when he had flown 33 sorties (197 hours 45 minutes).

 

21 Dec 44 Cologne (5.55) 21 Feb 45 Worms (7.10)

24 Dec 44 Mulheim (5.30, slight 23 Feb 45 Essen (5.30)

flak damage, stbd fin) 24 Feb 45 Kamen (5.55)

29 Dec 44 Koblenz (6.10) 2 Mar 45 Cologne (5.20)

30 Dec 44 Cologne/Kalk (6.00) 3 Mar 45 Kamen (6.20, port outer

2 Jan 45 Ludwigshaven (7.25) feathered leaving target;

6 Jan 45 Hanau (6.00) returned to base on

13 Jan 45 Saarbrucken (7.00) three engines)

14 Jan 45 Dulmen (6.35) 5 Mar 45 Chemnitz (8.05, mid-upper

16 Jan 45 Magdeburg (6.15) turret hit by flak)

22 Jan 45 Gelsenkirchen (5.55) 7 Mar 45 GARDENING, Flensburg

28 Jan 45 Stuttgart (7.10, bomb Fiord (5.40)

gear u/s; eight bombs 8 Mar 45 Hamburg (6.05)

released manually, 11 Mar 45 Essen (5.20)

orbiting target; rest 13 Mar 45 Wuppertal (5.35)

brought back; landed 15 Mar 45 Bottrop (5.15)

at Tangmere) 19 Mar 45 Witten (6.45)

2 Feb 45 Wanne Eickel (5.55, 22 Mar 45 Dulmen (4.45)

stbd inner u/s hour 25 Mar 45 Osnabruck (5.25, port inner

before target; bombed hit by flak over target;

3,000 feet below returned to base on three

briefed height. engines)

4 Feb 45 Bonne (5.50) 8 Apr 45 Hamburg (5.35)

7 Feb 45 Goch (5.55, 10/10 9 Apr 45 GARDENING, Flensburg

cloud, called off by 11 Apr 45 Nuremburg (7.05)

Master Bomber) 18 Apr 45 Heligoland (4.05)

17 Feb 45 Wesel (5.30, called off

by Master Bomber; landed

Tempsford)

 

Flight Lieutenant Pearson, pilot and captain of aircraft, took part in an attack against Kamen on the 3rd March 1945. Half an hour before reaching the target it became necessary to feather one engine; nevertheless, he continued with his mission, although forced to drop his bombs 3,000 feet below the briefed height.

 

On another occasion, on the night of the 28th/29th January 1945, when he was detailed for an attack on Stuttgart, it was discovered on reaching the target that the bomb release gear was unserviceable. Despite intense opposition from flak, this officer made for orbits over the target, while the bombs were released manually.

 

Flight Lieutenant Pearson has completed 33 sorties, amounting to 198 operational flying hours, with the squadron. During the course of his tour he has operated against such German targets as Cologne, Essen, hamburg and Chemnitz. He has also taken part in sea mining operations. At all times he has shown himself to be a courageous and determined captain of aircraft, and his enthusiasm and devotion to duty are worthy of the highest praise. It is felt that his splendid conduct merits the immediate award of the Distinguished Flying Cross.

 

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PEARSON, Sergeant Arthur Thomas (R122035) - Mention in Despatches - Leeming - Award effective 14 June 1945 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 1600/45 dated 12 October 1945. See War Service Records 1939-1945 (Canadian Bank of Commerce, 1947). Born 30 July 1911, New Westminster, British Columbia; home in Cloverdale. Enlisted Vancouver 1 August 1941. Overseas, July 1942; served in UK, Tunisia, and UK again. Released 31 December 1945. DHist file 181.009 D.2619 (RG.24 Vol.20628) has recommendation forwarded to No.63 Base, 21 September 1944.

 

Sergeant Pearson enlisted 1.8.41 and was posted overseas in July 1942. This NCO has been employed in the Intelligence Section of this Station for the past nine months, after a tour of duty in Tunisia and Canada. He has throughout shown a keen and intelligent interest both in his own duties and in directing the efforts of those working under him. He has been fully co-operative and his deportment has been of a very high order. As well as this, Sergeant Pearson has worked many additional hours assisting the officer staff in the completion of all the required forms and features of the section.

 

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PEARSON, F/O Frederick Charles (J87605) - 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 1915 in Toronto; home there (salesman); enlisted there 1 June 1942. Trained at No.6 ITS (graduated 19 February 1943), No.12 EFTS 16 April 1943) and No.9 SFTS (graduated 6 August 1943). Commissioned June 1944. Medal sent by registered mail 166 May 1950. No citation other than "completed...many successful operations against the enemy in which [he has] displayed high skill, fortitude and devotion to duty." DHist file 181.009 D.2610 (RG.24 Vol.20627) has recommendation dated 19 December 1944 when he had flown 29 sorties (154 hours), 14 July to 25 November 1944.

 

This officer completed twenty-nine successful sorties against heavily defended German targets. By exceptionally fine display of airmanship coupled with his high courage and devotion to duty in always pressing home his attacks in a determined manner he has demonstrated his ability to accept heavy responsibilities. His bravery and resourcefulness have at all times been apparent and his achievements in the face of most difficult conditions are worthy of the highest praise.

 

* daylight sortie

 

14 Jul 44 Anderbalck (3.10) 27 Sep 44 Sterkrade (4.50)

18 Jul 44 Caen (5.00)* 6 Oct 44 Dortmund (6.45)

23 Jul 44 Donges (6.00) 9 Oct 44 Bochum (6.00)

30 Jul 44 Villers Bocage (4.40)* 14 Oct 44 Duisburg (5.45)

31 Jul 44 Foret de Croq (3.55) 14 Oct 44 Duisburg (5.30)

3 Aug 44 Foret de Nieppe (4.20) 15 Oct 44 Kattegat (2.05, turned

4 Aug 44 Bois de Cassan (4.45) back, three engines)

9 Aug 44 Foret de Croq (4.00) 23 Oct 44 Essen (5.35)

25 Aug 44 Brest (6.15) 25 Oct 44 Homburg (4.45)

6 Sept 44 Emden (4.30) 28 Oct 44 Oslo (2.40, turn back.

11 Sep 44 Le Havre (4.30) u/c unserviceable)

12 Sep 44 Dortmund (5.25, flak 30 Oct 44 Cologne (5.55)

heavy) 1 Nov 44 Oberhausen (6.05)

17 Sep 44 Boulogne (3.50) 16 Nov 44 Julich (5.00)

20 Sep 44 Calais (4.00) 21 Nov 44 Oslo (7.40)

23 Sep 44 Domburg (3.30) 25 Nov 44 Kattegat (6.30)

25 Sep 44 Calais (4.05)

 

NOTE: Logbook transcripts supplied by his widow indicate further sorties on 27 November 1944 (GARDENING), 13 January 1944 (Saarbrucken), 14 January 1945 (GARDENING, Oslo) and 14 February 1945 (GARDENING, Pomeranian Bay).

 

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PEARSON, S/L George Thomas (J4780) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.35 Squadron - Award effective 7 May 1943 as per London Gazette dated 14 May 1943 and AFRO 1035/43 dated 4 June 1943. Born Toronto, 1917; home there; enlisted there 20 July 1940. Trained at No.2 ITS (graduated 1 October 1940), No.2 BGS (graduated 3 March 1941), No.2 AOS (graduated 17 January 1941) and No.1 CNS (graduated 5 April 1941). Commissioned 1941. Medal presented 18 October 1947.

 

Squadron Leader Pearson is a highly efficient member of aircrew. He has completed many operational missions against the most heavily defended targets and has achieved outstanding success. His work as squadron bombing leader has proved of great value to the squadron.

 

NOTE: Public Record Office Air 2/8950 has recommendation dated 19 March 1943 when he had flown 44 sorties (269 operational hours).

 

2 Sept 41 Frankfurt 10 Oct 42 Essen

6 Sept 41 Huls 21 Oct 42 Bremen

11 Sept 41 Waremunde 24 Oct 42 Milan

14 Sept 41 Hanover 6 Nov 42 GARDENING, Nectarines

19 Sept 41 Stettin 9 Nov 42 Hamburg

29 Sept 41 Stettin 18 Nov 42 Turin

22 May 42 St.Nazaire 20 Nov 42 Turin

30 May 42 Cologne 22 Nov 42 Stuttgart

1 June 42 Essen 28 Nov 42 Turin

2 June 42 Essen 2 Dec 42 Frankfurt

8 June 42 Essen 6 Dec 42 Mannheim

16 June 42 Bonn 11 Dec 42 Turin

20 June 42 Emden 2 Feb 43 Cologne

25 June 42 Bremen 3 Feb 43 Hamburg

27 June 42 Bremen 4 Feb 43 Turin

8 July 42 Wilhelmshaven 11 Feb 43 Wilhelmshaven

19 July 42 Vegesack 14 Feb 43 Cologne

21 July 42 Duisburg 18 Feb 43 Wilhelmshaven

23 July 42 Duisburg 19 Feb 43 Wilhelmshaven

25 July 42 Duisburg 25 Feb 43 Nuremburg

26 July 42 Hamburg 8 Mar 43 Nuremburg

31 July 42 Dusseldorf 9 Mar 43 Munich

 

An expert in all the latest aids to navigation, Squadron Leader Pearson has completed many operational missions against the enemy's most heavily defended targets with outstanding success. This and his work as Squadron Bombing Leader has proved of great benefit to the squadron. For his valuable services, Squadron Leader Pearson is recommended for the non-immediate award of the Distinguished Flying Cross.

 

This was favourably endorsed by the Officer Commanding, RAF Station Wyton, on 22 March 1943, and by Air Commodore Bennett, commander of No.8 Group, on 28 March 1943.

 

 

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PEARSON, F/L Harold Whittier (C26196) - 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. Home in Saskatoon; enlisted Edmonton 3 October 1940. Medal sent by registered mail 7 June 1950. Cited with WO1 Douglas G. Parker (RCAF, pilot, awarded DFC); see above for citation and added details.

 

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PEARSON, Corporal John (R93727) - Mention in Despatches - No.405 Squadron - Award effective 1 January 1945 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 425/45 dated 9 March 1945. Born 24 May 1908. Home in Edmonton; enlisted there 10 April 1941. Trained at University of Alberta, University of Toronto and No.31 Radio School. Posted overseas January 1942; repatriated 7 June 1945; released 8 September 1945. Radar mechanic.

 

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PEARSON, Corporal John Lewis (R97138) - Mention in Despatches - No.53 Squadron - Award effective 14 January 1944 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 874/44 dated 21 April 1944. Born 9 March 1916. Home in Port McNicoll, Ontario; enlisted Toronto 3 March 1942. Posted overseas July 1942; repatriated 9 August 1945. Commissioned 9 January 1945. Radar Mechanic.

 

PEARSON, Sergeant John Lewis (R97138) - Mention in Despatches - Overseas - 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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PEARSON, P/O Walter John (J86378) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.433 Squadron - Award effective 2 October 1944 as per London Gazette dated 17 October 1944 and AFRO 2637/44 dated 8 December 1944. Born 1912 at Ardill, Saskatchewan; home there. In Army before joining RCAF; enlisted Ottawa 13 April 1942. Trained at No.3 ITS (graduated 25 September 1942) and No.10 AOS (graduated 30 April 1943). Commissioned 1944. 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". DHist file 181.009 D.2609 (RG.24 Vol.20632) has recommendation by W/C A.J. Lewington dated 23 July 1944 when he had flown 33 sorties (179 hours 40 minutes), 2 January to 19 July 1944.

 

This officer, the Air Bomber of the crew captained by Pilot Officer Monahan, has completed thirty-three operational sorties, which include attacks on some of the most heavily defended targets in Germany, such as Stuttgart, Schweinfurt, Frankfurt and Dusseldorf.

 

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

 

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

 

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PEARSON, F/L William Edgar (J21611) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.97 Squadron - Award effective 28 August 1944 as per London Gazette dated 12 February 1946 and AFRO 322/46 dated 29 March 1946. Born 1922 in Regina; home in Vancouver; educated at University of British Columbia (member of COTC); enlisted Vancouver 28 January 1942. Trained at No.4 ITS (graduated 15 August 1942), No.8 BGS (graduated 10 October 1942), and No.2 AOS (graduated 27 December 1942). Commissioned December 1942. Medal presented 29 January 1947.

 

Flight Lieutenant Pearson, as air bomber, has completed numerous operations against the enemy in the course of which he has invariably displayed the utmost fortitude, courage and devotion to duty.

 

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PECK, FS Charles Woodrow Wilson (R100368) - Distinguished Flying Medal - No.207 Squadron - Award effective 6 November 1942 as per London Gazette dated 20 November 1942 and AFRO 1962/42 dated 4 December 1942. Born at Fort William, Ontario, 1917; home in Port Arthur (grain sampler); enlisted Winnipeg 9 April 1941. Trained at No.2 ITS, No.5 EFTS and No.4 BGS. Killed in action 7 November 1942; buried in France.

As rear gunner this airman flew in an aircraft which took part in an attack on Le Creusot on the 17th October, 1942. Despite great efforts the pilot was unable to continue his mission and the course was set for base. Near the French coast, whilst flying at only forty feet above the sea, the aircraft was attacked by three enemy planes. In the face of a trying situation, the pilot displayed fine airmanship and, splendidly supported by his gunners whose skill destroyed two of them and drove off the third, he eventually flew the aircraft back to an aerodrome in this country. During the combat the navigator cooly continued his duties and his subsequent navigation was of the greatest assistance to his pilot. Throughout, this crew displayed great courage, high skill and perfect team work.

 

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PECK, P/O George Richard Hamilton (C18156) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.419 Squadron - Award effective 16 May 1944 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 1296//4 dated 16 June 1944. Born at Lee-on-Solent, England, 1918; home in Westmount, Quebec. In Canadian Army, 1941 when attached to RAF; transferred in London England to RCAF, 30 September 1943. Invested with award at Buckingham Palace 11 August 1944.

 

This officer was the pilot of an aircraft detailed for a minelaying mission one night in March 1944. On the outward flight one engine caught fire and had to be put out of action. Some height was lost but Pilot Officer Peck continued to the target to complete his task. On the return flight a second engine became useless. Height could not be maintained but Pilot Officer Peck brought the aircraft down onto the water successfully. All the crew got safely aboard the dinghy and were rescued some three hours later. On this, his first sortie as a captain, this officer displayed inspiring leadership, great determination and devotion to duty.

 

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PEDDLE, F/L Ronald Jordan (C26894) - Mention in Despatches - No.1 Group Headquarters - Award effective 1 January 1946 as per Canada Gazette of that date and AFRO 82/46 dated 25 January 1946. Home in Regina, Saskatchewan; enlisted there 4 June 1943.

 

As Officer Commanding in charge of installation and maintenance of Royal Canadian Air Force telephone equipment in Newfoundland this officer's achievement has been outstanding. The high degree of excellent service which has been provided is directly attributable to him. He has assumed responsibilities beyond those specifically assigned and his attitude toward his work and other sections has brought about a most co-operative spirit which has greatly assisted operations of this Group through the critical years of submarine warfare.

 

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PEDEN, F/O David Murray (J20216) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.214 Squadron - Award effective 1 December 1944 as per London Gazette dated 12 December 1944 and AFRO 337/45 dated 23 February 1945. Born 1923 in Winnipeg; home there; formerly in Winnipeg Rifles; enlisted there 20 October 1941. Trained at No.4 ITS (graduated 24 February 1942), No.5 EFTS (graduated 3 July 1942), and No.10 SFTS (graduated 23 October 1942. Commissioned 1942. Invested with award at Buckingham Palace 13 July 1945. Author of A Thousand Shall Fall. No citation other than "..in recognition of gallantry and devotion to duty in the execution of air operations against the enemy." Public Records Office Air 2/8881 has recommendation dated 16 September 1944 when he had flown 31 sorties (147 hours 25 minutes), 24 July 1943 to 29 August 1944.

 

* denotes mission as "Special Duties", not further defined

 

24 Jul 43 Montargis (6.40) 8 May 44 Haine St.Pierre (2.55)*

22 Sep 43 Hanover (5.25) 19 May 44 Le Mans (4.50)*

23 Sep 43 Mannheim (6.55) 5 June 44 Dieppe area (6.25)*

25 Sep 43 GARDENING, Frisians (3.35) 21 Jun 44 Gelsenkirchen (3.00)*

2 Oct 43 GARDENING, Kattegat (8.00) 14 Jul 44 Paris (6.50)*

3 Oct 43 Kassell (5.50) 17 Jul 44 Overflakee (2.00)*

8 Oct 43 Bremen (5.40) 19 Jul 44 Le Havre (2.50)*

9 Nov 43 France (6.15)* 28 Jul 44 Stuttgart (7.45)*

10 Nov 43 France (6.50)* 29 Jul 44 Overflakee (2.00)*

15 Nov 43 France (2.25)* 7 Aug 44 Patrol (4.20)*

18 Nov 43 France (5.25)* 13 Aug 44 Overflakee (1.45)*

30 Nov 43 GARDENING, Le Havre (2.50) 16 Aug 44 Kiel (4.15)*

10 Dec 43 France (3.50)* 17 Aug 44 Denmark area (3.15)*

4 Jan 44 Pas de Calais (3.30)* 25 Aug 44 Heligoland (3.40)*

24 Apr 44 Karlsruhe (6.00)* 29 Aug 44 Stettin (8.50)*

1 May 44 Chambly (3.35)*

 

This pilot received Bomber Command commendations in July 1944 for excellent leadership and brilliant flying when attacked by enemy aircraft.

 

He has now completed his operational tour, including a wide variety of targets in Germany. Throughout this period he has shown on all occasions outstanding leadership, courage and determination, and has proved himself a worthy captain, thus setting a fine example to all aircrew.

 

NOTE: G/C T.C. Dickens, Officer Commanding Base Oulton, wrote more on 18 September 1944.

 

A very efficient captain of aircraft who, throughout his tour of operations, has inspired the greatest confidence. This officer has displayed high qualities of leadership; he has co-ordinated his crew excellently; his missions have been completed to schedule in a most efficient and capable manner.

 

In July 1944 he fought a most successful engagement against determined enemy night fighter attacks, bringing his damaged aircraft, with wounded crew members, safely back to the country.

 

PEDEN, F/L David Murray, DFC (J20216) - 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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PEDEN, F/L John (J20909) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.97 Squadron - Award effective 4 November 1944 as per London Gazette dated 14 November 1944 and AFRO 239/45 dated 9 February 1945. Born 26 October 1919 at Antrim, Northern Ireland; home in Wayne, Pennsylvania; enlisted Montreal, 20 February 1941. Trained at No.5 ITS (graduated 1 August 1942), No.1 BGS (graduated 9 October 1942) and No.9 AOS (graduated 20 November 1942). Commissioned 20 November 1942; F/O 20 May 1943; F/L 3 January 1944. Posted overseas December 1942; with No.97 Squadron from 9 September 1943 to November 1944; Radar Leader at a Heavy Conversion Unit, December 1944 to June 1945. Repatriated to Canada in August 1945; remained in postwar RCAF. Medal presented in Halifax 27 July 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 2/8827 has recommendation dated 15 August 1944 when he had flown 43 sorties (241 hours 20 minutes), all with this unit.

 

7 Oct 43 Stuttgart (6.30) 18 Mar 44 Frankfurt (4.50)

8 Oct 43 Hanover (4.45) 22 Mar 44 Frankfurt (5.05)

18 Oct 43 Hanover (4.40) 10 Apr 44 Laon (3.45)

20 Oct 43 Leipzig (6.20) 22 Apr 44 Brunswick (5.35)

22 Oct 43 Kassel (4.55) 24 Apr 44 Munich (9.35)

3 Nov 43 Cologne (4.10) 26 Apr 44 Schweinfurt (8.10)

18 Nov 43 Berlin (6.35) 28 Apr 44 Kjeller (Oslo) (7.00)

22 Nov 43 Berlin (5.45) 31 May 44 Maisy (3.20)

23 Nov 43 Berlin (6.20) 6 June 44 St.Pierre du Mont (4.05)

25 Nov 43 Frankfurt (5.25) 6 June 44 Argentan (4.10)

26 Nov 43 Stuttgart (6.10) 9 June 44 Etampes (4.15)

2 Dec 43 Berlin (5.45) 12 Jun 44 Poitiers (6.20)

16 Dec 43 Berlin (7.45) 21 Jun 44 Gelsenkirchen (4.10)

20 Dec 43 Frankfurt (4.35) 24 Jun 44 Prouville (3.20)

24 Dec 43 Berlin (6.55) 4 July 44 Creil (4.05)

14 Jan 44 Brunswick (5.10) 20 Jul 44 Courtrai (3.10)

27 Jan 44 Berlin (7.05) 24 Jul 44 Donges (5.05)

30 Jan 44 Berlin (6.15) 25 Jul 44 Stuttgart (7.35)

20 Feb 44 Stuttgart (6.35) 30 Jul 44 Cahagnes (4.20)

25 Feb 44 Augsburg (6.55) 31 Jul 44 Joigny-Laroche (6.00)

1 Mar 44 Stuttgart (7.05) 6 Aug 44 Bois de Casson (4.50)

15 Mar 44 Stuttgart (6.55)

 

This officer has carried out 43 sorties, including 36 as marker. He has taken part in attacks against such well defended German cities as Berlin (eight times), Stuttgart (five times), Frankfurt and Hanover, and in addition, carried out attacks on tactical targets in France. He is a member of an outstanding blind-marker crew and his ability on the equipment which he operates is largely responsible for the many successes obtained by his crew.

 

Flight Lieutenant Peden is a most conscientious officer and has a high sense of duty and has set an excellent example to his crew and his flight as a whole. For the fine example of keenness and devotion to duty set by Flight Lieutenant Peden he is considered well worthy of the non-immediate award of the Distinguished Flying Cross.

 

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PEDERSON, Corporal Ernest (R147172) - Mention in Despatches - No.52 MFS - Award effective 1 January 1945 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 425/45 dated 9 March 1945. Home in Vancouver; enlisted 10 December 1941. No citation.

 

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PEDERSON, F/O Lauritz Melburn (J24988) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.49 Squadron - Award effective 1 December 1944 as per London Gazette dated 12 December 1944 and AFRO 337/45 dated 23 February 1945. Born 1923 in Provost, Alberta; home in Edmonton; enlisted there 16 April 1942. Trained at No.7 ITS (graduated 11 September 1942), No.6 EFTS (graduated 4 December 1942), and No.41 SFTS (graduated 2 April 1943). Commissioned 1943. Medal sent by registered mail 11 July 1945. Awarded Queen's Coronation Medal, 23 October 1953 when he was with No.17 (Auxiliary) Wing; Colonel by 1969. No citation other than "..in recognition of gallantry and devotion to duty in the execution of air operations against the enemy." Public Records Office Air 2/8881 has recommendation dated 14 September 1944 when he had flown 30 sorties (165 hours 40 minutes), 9 May to 29 August 1944.

 

* denotes daylight sortie

 

9 May 44 Gennevilliers (4.25) 20 Jul 44 Courtrai (3.30)

11 May 44 Bourg Leopold (3.30) 23 Jul 44 Kiel (5.10)

19 May 44 Amiens (4.20) 24 Jul 44 Donges (6.00)

21 May 44 Duisburg (5.10) 25 Jul 44 Stuttgart (8.30)

22 May 44 Brunswick (6.15) 7 Aug 44 Sequeville (4.15)

27 May 44 Morsalines (3.25) 9 Aug 44 Chatellerault (6.40)

2 June 44 Wimereux (3.45) 10 Aug 44 Bordeaux (7.05)

14 Jun 44 Aunay-sur-Odon (4.55) 11 Aug 44 Givors (8.35)

16 Jun 44 Beauvoir (4.15) 12 Aug 44 Brunswick (6.00)

21 Jun 44 Wesseling (4.55) 14 Aug 44 Quesnay (3.45)*

24 Jun 44 Pommerval (3.50) 15 Aug 44 Deelan (4.05)*

27 Jun 44 Marguise (3.20) 16 Aug 44 Stettin (7.45)

4 July 44 Creil (4.40) 25 Aug 44 Darmstadt (8.10)

17 Jul 44 Caen (4.00)* 26 Aug 44 Konigsburg (9.55)

18 Jul 44 Revigny (5.35) 29 Aug 44 Konigsburg (10.05)

 

This officer has completed thirty operational sorties as captain of Lancaster aircraft in this squadron. All these sorties have been successfully completed.

 

Flying Officer Pederson has captained his aircraft with determination in attacks against notoriously defended targets, amongst which Duisburg, Wesseling, Kiel and Brunswick are outstanding, and on two occasions found the aiming point at Konigsburg.

 

His airmanship has been of a high standard and in the face of heavy opposition he has at all times shown courage and determination in pressing home his attacks. For his devotion to duty, skill and thoroughness in which he has carried out any duty allotted to him, I strongly recommend the award of the Distinguished Flying Cross.

 

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PEDLEY, WO2 Leon Alfred (R53505) - Mention in Despatches - Overseas - Award effective 1 January 1946 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 155/46 dated 15 February 1946. Born 10 March 1910; enlisted 16 October 1939. Initially with No.11 (BR) Squadron; to No.118 Squadron, 6 August 1943; posted overseas, October 1943; repatriated 7 August 1945; released 26 September 1945. Had been AC2, 16 October 1939; AC1, 29 February 1940; LAC, 29 May 1940; Corporal, 29 November 1940; Sergeant, 1 July 1941; Flight Sergeant, 1 May 1942; WO2, 1 April 1945. Aero engine mechanic.

 

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PEEK, F/L George Corbett (J7207) - Mention in Despatches - No.6 Operational Training Unit - Award effective 14 January 1944 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 874/44 dated 21 April 1944. Home in Zelma, Saskatchewan; enlisted in Saskatoon, 23 October 1940. Trained at No.1 ITS (graduated 14 March 1941), No.5 BGS (graduated 4 August 1941), No.5 AOS (graduated 23 June 1941) and No.1 ANS (graduated 1 September 1941). No citation.

 

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PEEL, F/O Ronald (J5303) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.9 Squadron - Award effective 4 August 1942 as per London Gazette dated 11 August 1942 and AFRO 1371/42 dated 28 August 1942. Born in Toronto, 10 March 1922; home in Toronto; enlisted there 19 September 1940. Trained at No.2 ITS (graduated 6 December 1940), No.3 AOS (graduated 3 March 1941), No.2 BGS (graduated 14 April 1941) and No.1 ANS (graduated 12 May 1941). Commissioned May 1941. Invested with award at Buckingham Palace 8 December 1942.

 

As air observer this officer participated in sorties against a wide variety of enemy targets including Berlin, Essen, Cologne, Hamburg, and Rostock. Throughout, his navigation has been of a high order and has contributed largely to the successes achieved. He has at all times displayed great devotion to duty.

 

NOTE: Public Record Office Air 2/9595 has original recommendation dated 28 May 1942 when he had flown 29 sorties (150 operational hours).

 

17 Aug 41 Paris (Nickel Raid) 2 Apr 42 Poissay

12 Sept 41 Cherbourg 5 Apr 42 Cologne

15 Sept 41 Le Havre 6 Apr 42 Essen

12 Oct 41 Bremen 15 Apr 42 Dortmund

14 Oct 41 Nuremburg 17 Apr 42 Hamburg

20 Oct 41 Bremen 22 Apr 42 Cologne

26 Oct 41 Hamburg 23 Apr 42 Rostock

7 Nov 41 Berlin 25 Apr 42 Rostock

22 Feb 42 Emden 27 Apr 42 Cologne

8 Mar 42 Essen 28 Apr 42 Kiel

9 Mar 42 Essen 3 May 42 Hamburg

12 Mar 42 Kiel 5 May 42 Stuttgart

25 Mar 42 Essen 7 May 42 GARDENING, Kiel Estuary

26 Mar 42 Essen 8 May 42 Warnemunde

31 Mar 42 Essen (daylight)

 

Pilot Officer Peel was the navigator of an aircraft detailed to attack a target in Dortmund on the night of the 15th April 1942. After successfully attacking the target, whilst the aircraft was a little below 15,000 feet, it was caught in a concentration of searchlights and was heavily fired upon. The pilot made every effort to escape this concentration without losing height but was unable to do so and had to lose height down to 5,000 feet. During all this time Pilot Officer Peel gave every assistance to the pilot in advising him directions to take, and despite vigorous evasive action was always aware of their position. As the petrol gauges were registering less petrol than should have been in the tanks at the time, and the pilot suspected that the petrol tanks had been hit, he decided to set course for a coastal aerodrome. Pilot Officer Peel was able to give him the course to steer in a very short amount of time and successfully navigated the aircraft from the Ruhr area direct to this aerodrome [Manston] at a height of about 5,000 feet, avoiding all major defended areas.

 

On another occasion the aircraft in which Pilot Officer Peel was flying was caught in a searchlight concentration and heavily fired upon for about a quarter of an hour when approaching a target in the Ruhr which necessitated the dropping of flares at a specific moment. Despite the hazardousness of the task he successfully navigated the aircraft onto the target and dropped his flares within one minute of the allotted time. In an attack on Nuremburg he also navigated an aircraft safely there and back to base, despite the fact that it was flying in cloud for about four hours.

 

Pilot Officer Peel's skill in navigation and keenness has been unsurpassed whilst he has been in the squadron. The willingness, thoroughness and effort which he has put into all tasks, whether in the air or on the ground, the aid which he has offered to all other navigators, and his reliability and eagerness to operate, has inspired all other navigators and cres in the squadron. He is strongly recommended for the award of the Distinguished Flying Cross.

 

The Officer Commanding, RAF Station Honington, added his remarks on 7 June 1942:

 

A really outstanding navigator, whom it is difficult to praise too highly, both in skill and courage. He well deserves the decoration for which he is recommended above.

 

On 26 June 1942 the Air Officer Commanding, No.3 Group, wrote simply, "Strongly recommended".

 

PEEL, F/L Ronald, DFC (J5303) - Mention in Despatches - Overseas - Award effective 14 January 1944 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 874/44 dated 21 April 1944.

 

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PEGG, F/O Henry Charles (J29715) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.429 Squadron - Award effective 20 July 1945 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO/431 dated 8 August 1947. Born 1920 in Glenevis, Alberta; home there (farmer). Commissioned 1943. Medal sent by registered mail 11 March 1950. No citation other than "completed numerous operations against the enemy in the course of which [he has] invariably displayed the utmost fortitude, courage and devotion to duty." DHist file 181.009 D.2610 (RG.24 Vol.20627) has recommendation dated 19 March 1945 when he had flown 32 sorties (182 hours), 17 September 1944 to 23 February 1945.

 

Flying Officer Pegg has carried out 32 sorties as an Air Bomber on heavy bomber aircraft. He has participated in attacks on the most heavily defended areas of Germany, including Hanover and Magdeburg. Largely due to the skill and untiring efforts of this officer in attaining an extremely high standard of proficiency in the manipulation of special equipment, his crew was selected to carry out most difficult Gardening missions. The complete success of these Gardening sorties was in no small way attributable to the personal work on the part of this Air Bomber.

 

Flying Officer Pegg, by his keenness, efficiency and great devotion to duty has set a splendid example to all members of his section. At all times he has been cheerful and eager to come to grips with the enemy,

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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PEGLAR, F/L Warren Brock (J7892) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.274 Squadron - Award effective 18 December 1944 as per London Gazette dated 29 December 1944 and AFRO 379/45 dated 2 March 1945. Born in 13 October 1920, Toronto; home there. Served in 24th Medium Battery, RCA. Enlisted in RCAF in Toronto, 19 December 1940. Trained at No.1 ITS (graduated 28 May 1941), No.9 EFTS (graduated 27 July 1941) and No.6 SFTS (graduated 7 October 1941). At Station Trenton, 9 October 1941 to 3 January 1942; Station Rockcliffe, 4-19 January 1942; No.5 BGS, 20 January to 23 November 1942. To Halifax, November 1942; arrived in UK 14 January 1943. Further trained at No.17 (P) AFU, 16 February to 23 March 1943, and No.57 OTU, 23 March to 31 May 1943. With No.501 Squadron, 1 June 1943 to 25 September 1944; attached 335th U.S. Fighter Group, 6 July to 26 October 1944; No.274 Squadron, 25 September to 11 December 1944 (NOTE: these dates are overlapping and hard to resolve). Returned to UK, 11 December 1944; to Canada in mid-February 1945; released 20 April 1945. AC2 19 December 1940; LAC 27 May 1941; P/O 7 October 1941; F/O 1 August 1942; F/L 7 October 1943. Medal presented 22 June 1949.

 

This officer has a fine record of operational achievement. He has completed a large number of sorties against a wide range of targets and has destroyed at least four enemy aircraft in air combat and probably an equal number on the ground. In addition, he has also inflicted much damage on the enemy's mechanical transport. Flight Lieutenant Peglar is an outstanding leader and pilot. His exceptionally high courage and devotion to duty have been most commendable.

 

NOTE: Public Records Office Air 2/9033 has recommendation dated 24 October 1944 when he had flown 225 sorties (325 operational hours).

 

This officer has participated in a large number of offensive sorties over Occupied Europe since June 1943, during which time he has destroyed at least four enemy aircraft and probably an equal number destroyed on the ground, in addition to numerous mechanical transport, locomotives and railway rolling stock. He has always shown a keen desire to get at grips with the Hun, and as a Section Leader has proved himself to be a fearless comrade, and much of the great success of the squadron during the past few months in destroying enemy transport and ground targets is due to his tireless courage and determination to press home his attacks in the face of the enemy's concentrated anti-aircraft fire.

 

PEGLAR, F/L Warren Brock, DFC (C7671) - Distinguished Flying Cross (United States) - Attached to 354th Fighter Squadron - Award effective 6 February 1948 as per AFRO 81/48 of that date. NOTE: This award was earlier announced in AFRO 388/46 dated 12 April 1946, citing Canada Gazette of 6 April 1946, cancelled by AFRO 473/46, but subsequently re-instated by AFRO 81/47. Public Records Office Air 2/8973 has recommendation which identifies unit and reads:

 

Flight Lieutenant Peglar has participated in 19 operational sorties during which he has destroyed five enemy aircraft. The skilful and zealous manner in which Flight Lieutenant Peglar has sought out the enemy and his courage and devotion to duty have inspired all with whom he had contact. He has done valuable work on bomber escort duties.

 

NOTE: Air 2/8973 has considerable documentation associated with this recommendation. Particularly interesting is a Combat Report he filed on 11 September 1944 when he shot down two Bf.109s south of Kassel while flying a P-51 on bomber escort duties. Combat report gives time of victories as 1155 and 1200 hours, narrative reading thus:

 

I was flying Falcon Yellow # 1 in P-51D "WR-S" and was at eight o'clock to a box of B-24s at 24,000 feet. Bogies were called in at 3 o'clock high and as I looked over a gaggle of at least six ME.109s hit the bombers. I saw one B-24 catch fire and dropped my wing tanks, called a peel-off to the right and went into an ME.109, 2,000 feet below me.

 

I had to do a very tight diving turn to get behind him and as I pulled into position the ME.109 pilot baled out. The ME.109 was evacuated at approximately 18,000 feet and it spun to the deck here it exploded. This combat took place about 40 miles southwest of Kassel.

 

I CLAIM THIS ME.109 - DESTROYED

 

2nd Combat - 12.00 o'clock

 

Upon leaving the first ME.109 I was at approximately 2,000 feet with Yellow # 2 [Lieutenant H.R. Mann]. I spotted an ME.109 on the deck below me and dived on his tail. I closed to about 200 yards at 10 degrees deflection and fired a two-second burst, getting strikes on the wing roots and fuselage. The ME.109 immediately began to stream smoke and pieces fell off him.

 

We were right on the deck and as I prepared to fire again the gun sight went out. I fired several other short bursts in an attempt to get deflection but missed him entirely. The Hun pilot went into a very skilled display of low flying, combined with good evasive skidding and slipping. I finally got fed up with this and closed to about 50 yards and waited for him to straighten out. He did and I let him have about a six second burst and got strikes on the wings and cockpit area. Then the canopy came off and also pieces of the 109 came off him. He pulled up to approximately 50 feet and bailed out over a town. The 109 went into the centre of the town and the pilot followed right behind. His chute failed to open.

 

I CLAIM THIS ME 109 - DESTROYED.

 

During the next minute I took camera gun shots of two ME.109s crashing, shot down by other P-51s.

 

SUPPORTING STATEMENT

 

I was flying Falcon Yellow # 2 to Flight Lieutenant Peglar, on his right hand side. Our squadron was at eight o'clock to a box of B-24s at 24,000 feet. Bogies were called in at 3 o'clock high and we peeled off on a ME.109 which started evasive action. Flight Lieutenant Peglar followed in tight spirals and in order to stay with him I half-rolled and pulled through and rejoined him at about 2,000 feet and saw an airplane burning in the woods directly below us. Lieutenant [sic] Peglar called in "he is burning in the woods". I believe this was the ME.109 Lieutenant Peglar was in combat with. I support his claim of DESTROYED.

 

I had just rejoined Flight Lieutenant Peglar when he went down to the deck on a ME.109 and chased same to close range. I saw him get strikes on the ME.109, along the wing roots. Lieutenant Peglar continued on the enemy aircraft's tail at close range for several minutes on the deck as the enemy aircraft continued to take evasive action, finally going down between two hills and pulling up over a small town at about 500 feet. Lieutenant Peglar pulled up to zero range and the enemy aircraft straightened out and dove into the streets of the town streaming black smoke all the way down. I confirm Flight Lieutenant Peglar's claim of DESTROYED.

 

H.R. Mann

1st Lieutenant, Air Corps

 

With this is a lengthy recommendation signed by Lieutenant-Colonel Everett W. Stewart (date stamped 24 February 1945 but almost certainly drafted earlier) which recounts in point form much of the above, and concludes with the following narrative:

 

F/Lt Warren B. Peglar (RCAF) was leading Yellow Flight, 354th Fighter Squadron, 355th Fighter Group, on the bomber escort mission of 11 September 1944, when his flight was bounced by (6) six Me.109s. He called a peel-off into the enemy aircraft. After going into a tight diving turn and getting behind one of the 109s, F/Lt Peglar saw the enemy pilot bail out and saw his 109 spin into the ground from 19,000 feet, exploding on impact. At this point he saw another Me.109 on the deck and dived on its tail. He closed to two hundred (200) yards, fired a two (2) second burst, getting strikes on wing roots and fuselage. The apparently experienced enemy pilot then began skilful evasive tactics. F/Lt Peglar's gun sight had gone out, so he closed to fifty (50) yards and waited for the enemy aircraft to straighten out. When he finally did, he gave it a six (6) second burst, concentrating on the wing root and cockpit area. The enemy pilot pulled to about fifty (50) feet and bailed out. The plane crashed in the centre of a nearby town, and the enemy pilot followed it. His 'chute had failed to open. F/Lt Peglar joined the 354th Fighter Squadron on 7 July 1944. He flew with this squadron until 7 October 1944. While with this organization, he participated in nineteen (19) missions, comprising ninety hours and fifty-five minutes (90:55) of combat flying time. He has destroyed, in all, four (4) enemy aircraft in the air and one (1) on the ground.

 

The skilful and zealous manner in which F/Lt Peglar carried out his bomber-escort assignments, broke up enemy aircraft attacks, and destroyed two (2) enemy aircraft on the above mission, and three (3) more enemy planes on other missions, all stimulate mutual respect and admiration between the RCAF and the USAAF. His actions on this, and all, occasions, reflect the highest credit upon himself, his training and his branch of the service.

 

An interesting feature of the form is a list of American awards with general standards; the appropriate box was to be checked off:

 

Congressional Medal - Heroism beyond all call of duty.

DSC - Extraordinary Heroism in Action.

DSM - Exceptionally meritorious service in duty of great responsibility.

Silver Star - Gallantry in Action.

DFC - Heroism or extraordinary achievement on an aerial flight.

Air Medal - Meritorious achievement on an aerial flight.

Soldier's Medal - Heroism not in action against the enemy.

Legion of Merit - Outstanding achievement in a duty not necessarily of great responsibility.

 

Document dated 20 February 1945, also signed by Colonel Stewart, forwards the recommendation from Headquarters, 355th Fighter Group to an unspecified higher formation (probably Headquarters, 65th Fighter Wing) and thence, about 23 February 1945, to Headquarters, 2nd Air Division. It refers to several enclosures, most of which are quoted above, but including "Encounter Report and Supporting Statement" for 11 August 1944 and "Encounter Report" for 3 August 1944 (presumably reference to his other victories). Another recommended text, date stamped 24 February 1945 (but probably drafted earlier) reads:

 

For extraordinary achievement and heroism in aerial combat and the destruction of two enemy aircraft over enemy occupied continental Europe. The skilful and zealous manner in which Flight Lieutenant Peglar sought out the enemy and destroyed him, his devotion to duty and courage under all conditions, serve as an inspiration to his fellow flyers. His actions on all these occasions reflect the highest credit upon himself and the Royal Canadian Air Force.

 

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PEGUES, F/O Robert Alexander (J19446) - 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 Williams Lake, British Columbia; enlisted Vancouver 13 June 1941. Trained at No.4 ITS (graduated 3 October 1941), No.18 EFTS (graduated 5 December 1941) and No.15 SFTS (graduated 27 March 1942).

 

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PEILER, Sq/O Marion Jean Meikle (V30012) - Member, Order of the British Empire - Eastern Air Command Headquarters - Award effective 14 June 1945 as per Canada Gazette of that date and AFRO 1127/45 dated 6 July 1945. Born 4 July 1903 in Westmount, Quebec; attended Roslyn Avenue Public School, Westmount High School and Macdonald School. Commandant Driver for the Red Cross before joining RCAF. Enlisted in Montreal, 23 October 1941. Husband, Lieutenant-Colonel Maurice Fisher Peiler, with HQ, FMC, 2nd Company, Canadian Army Overseas.

 

Squadron Officer Peiler has occupied the position of Command Women's Division Staff Officer since the establishment of that position in Eastern Air Command. Her counsel and tact have been responsible for the present high state of morale amongst the Women's Division personnel in this Command. She has cheerfully accepted duties other than normally called for and her work has been an inspiration to Women's Division personnel in Eastern Air Command. Throughout she has set a high standard in devotion to duty.

 

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PELETT, WO (now F/O) Alexander Judson (Can 18045/C19002) - Mention in Despatches - No.22 Operational Training Unit - Award effective 14 January 1944 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 874/44 dated 21 April 1944. Born 3 October 1907. Home in Toronto; enlisted London, Ontario, 12 September 1939. Disciplinarian.

 

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PELLETIER, FS Gaston (Can 9742) - British Empire Medal - Station Rockcliffe - Award effective 13 June 1946 as per Canada Gazette of that date and AFRO 660/46 dated 5 July 1946. Home in Eastview (Vanier), Ontario; enlisted in Montreal, 5 July 1937. Medal sent by registered mail 30 September 1948. Metal worker.

 

Flight Sergeant Pelletier has been stationed at Test and Development Establishment since June 1944, during which time he has shown outstanding devotion to duty under most difficult conditions. He has a high sense of loyalty, and carried out his duties above ordinary requirements; his performance of his regular tasks, even under difficult circumstances, has been highly meritorious.

 

PELLETIER, F/O Joseph Ivan (J36415) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.166 Squadron - Award effective 1 December 1944 as per London Gazette dated 12 December 1944 and AFRO 337/45 dated 23 February 1945. Born 1917 in New Brunswick; home in Flin Flon, Manitoba or Island Falls, Saskatchewan; enlisted in Winnipeg, 23 June 1942. Trained at No.3 BGS (graduated 15 October 1943). Commissioned 1943. Medal presented in Vancouver 22 October 1949. No citation other than "..in recognition of gallantry and devotion to duty in the execution of air operations against the enemy." Public Records Office Air 2/8882 has recommendation dated 5 September 1944 when he had flown 30 sorties (168 hours), 6 June to 29 August 1944.

 

6 June 44 Acheres 7 July 44 Caen

7 June 44 Versailles 20 Jul 44 Wizernes

10 Jun 44 Acheres 24 Jul 44 Stuttgart

14 Jun 44 Le Havre 25 Jul 44 Stuttgart

16 Jun 44 Sterkrade Holten 30 Jul 44 Cahagnes

22 Jun 44 Mimoyecques 2 Aug 44 Le Havre

23 Jun 44 Saintes 4 Aug 44 Pauillac

24 Jun 44 Flers 7 Aug 44 Fontenay le Marmion

27 Jun 44 Chateau Bernapre 11 Aug 44 Duvai

29 Jun 44 Domleger 12 Aug 44 Brunswick

30 Jun 44 Oisemont 14 Aug 44 GARDENING

1 July 44 Domleger 16 Aug 44 GARDENING

4 July 44 Orleans 25 Aug 44 Russelsheim

5 July 44 Gelsenkirchen 26 Aug 44 GARDENING

5 July 44 Dijon 29 Aug 44 Stettin

 

This Canadian officer, as an Air Gunner, has now completed 30 sorties on targets ranging from enemy occupied territory to targets in Germany itself, Throughout his sorties he has shown complete disregard of enemy opposition and under a calm and quiet manner he has a fine offensive spirit in action which inspires confidence and has materially assisted in the creation of a high standard of morale in his crew. In spite of trying circumstances on many occasions he has shown magnificent courage and devotion to duty and has been unceasingly vigilant during the long hours of flight over enemy territory. Once, when his aircraft was attacked by an enemy fighter, by prompt action and skilful handling of his guns, the enemy was driven off without any damage having been caused.

 

He has been acting as Deputy Gunnery Leader and he has inspired all the other gunners with the same keenness for operational flying as he himself possesses. For his fine record of achievement this officer is deemed worthy of the award of the Distinguished Flying Cross.

 

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PELOQUIN, F/O Andre Marcel Joseph (J16920) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.425 Squadron - Award effective 5 December 1944 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 293/45 dated 16 February 1945. Born 1920 in Montreal; home there. Served in Royal Canadian Artillery. Enlisted in Montreal 20 July 1940. Trained at No.6 BGS (graduated 15 September 1941) and No.1 WS (graduated 17 August 1941). Commissioned 1943. Medal presented in Montreal 25 November 1949.

 

As wireless operator (air) this officer has participated in a large number of sorties, many of them far into Germany. He has proved himself to be a keen and capable member of aircraft crew whose vigilance and devotion to duty have contributed materially to the safety of the aircraft and its crew. In addition to his work in the air this officer has rendered good service in the training of other members of the squadron.

 

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PENFIELD, F/L James Gillam (J23882) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.245 Squadron - Award effective 3 September 1945 as per London Gazette dated 14 September 1945 and AFRO 1672/45 dated 2 November 1945. American in the RCAF. Born in 1920, Havoco, U.S.A.; home in Columbus, Ohio. Enlisted in Windsor, Ontario, 21 February 1941. Trained at No.6 ITS (Graduated 17 July 1942), No.20 EFTS (graduated 9 October 1942) and No.2 SFTS (graduated 19 February 1943). Commissioned 1943. Medal presented 27 May 1949.

 

Flight Lieutenant Penfield has completed numerous sorties against a variety of targets in Holland, Germany, and the Baltic area. He has successfully attacked enemy road and rail transport and shipping, destroying a number of guns and trucks. He has also participated in attacks against an enemy submarine, a supply ship and a variety of smaller vessels. Flight Lieutenant Penfield has always pressed home his attacks with determination, often in the face of heavy anti-aircraft fire, and by his skill and daring he has set a fine example to the other members of his squadron.

 

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PENGELLY, F/O David Harvey (J19868) - Commended for Valuable Services in the Air - No.7 OTU - Award effective 11 August 1945 as per London Gazette dated 14 August 1945 and AFRO 1453/45 dated 14th September 1945. Home in Delburne, Alberta; enlisted in Calgary, 21 June 1941. Trained at No.4 ITS (graduated 24 September 1941), No.5 EFTS (graduated 21 November 1941) and No.12 SFTS (graduated 13 March 1942).

 

This instructor has served a period of eleven months at this Operational Training Unit, where he has at all times been a keen and conscientious worker, responsible for giving thorough training to a great number of pupils. His outstanding enthusiasm and example have been an inspiration to his fellow instructors and have been responsible for a high standard of keenness in the squadron.

 

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PENNER, F/O Edward Radke (J37787) - 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 1921 at Alexanderousk, Russia; home in Beamsville, Ontario (basket worker); enlisted in Hamilton 9 July 1942. Trained at No.5 ITS (graduated 3 April 1943) and No.4 AOS (graduated 29 October 1943). Commissioned 1943. Medal presented 22 November 1948. No citation other than "completed...numerous operations against the enemy in the course of which [he has] invariably displayed the utmost fortitude, courage and devotion to duty". DHist file 181.009 D.2610 (RG.24 Vol.20627) has recommendation dated 13 March 1945 when he had flown 27 sorties (161 hours 40 minutes), 11 September 1944 to 7 March 1945.

 

This officer has carried out, as navigator, many operations against the enemy, including long range trips to such targets as Dresden, Chemnitz and Dessau, and his timing and navigation have in every instant been highly recommended.

 

His work has always been of the highest standard, and his eagerness and hard work have been worthy of the highest praise. His qualities of leadership and devotion to duty have been an inspiration to all.

 

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PENNINGTON, S/L John (J8600) - Mention in Despatches - No.1659 Conversion Unit (AFRO gives unit only as "Overseas") - Award effective 8 June 1944 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 1729/44 dated 11 August 1944. Born at Cold Norton, Essex, 1913; home in Victoria. Formerly in Royal Canadian Artillery; Enlisted in Vancouver 7 February 1941. Trained at No.2 ITS (graduated 8 March 1941), No.7 AOS (graduated 17 August 1941), No.7 BGS (graduated 29 September 1941) and No.1 ANS (graduated 27 October 1941). No citation in AFRO. DHist file 181.009 D.2993 (RG.24 Vol.20634) has recommendation for an AFC dated 26 January 1944; Chief Ground Instructor and formerly Navigation Leader.

 

Since joining this unit on 11.5.43, after completing tour of operations, Squadron Leader Pennington has set a very fine example as a Navigational Leader on this unit; his unselfish and untiring application of time and effort has very largely contributed to the high standard of navigation being turned out from this unit.

 

PENNINGTON, S/L John (J8600) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.405 Squadron - Award effective 10 May 1945 as per London Gazette dated 22 May 1945 and AFRO 1147/45 dated 13 July 1945. Invested with medal at Buckingham Palace 29 June 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 2/9070 has recommendation dated 20 February 1945 when he had flown 35 sorties (187 hours ten minutes), 30 May to 16 December 1942 and 12 December 1944 to 14 February 1945.

 

First Tour Second Tour

 

30 May 42 Cologne (6.10) 12 Dec 44 Essen (4.40)

3 June 42 Essen (4.00) 18 Dec 44 Duisburg (4.15)

17 Jun 42 St.Nazaire (6.30) 27 Dec 44 Rheydt (4.05)

19 Jun 42 Emden (3.00) 6 Jan 45 Hannover (4.40)

23 Jun 42 L'Orient (6.10) 7 Jan 45 Munich (7.15)

6 July 42 L'Orient (6.05) 16 Jan 45 Magdeburg (6.05)

9 July 42 Frisians (4.25) 28 Jan 45 Stuttgart (5.45)

16 Jul 42 Sea search (3.35) 1 Feb 45 Mannheim (5.35)

18 Jul 42 Weather recce (2.30) 3 Feb 45 Bottrop (4.35)

18 Jul 42 Weather recce (2.15) 8 Feb 45 Politz (8.20)

21 Jul 42 Duisburg (2.40) 13 Feb 45 Bohlen (7.00)

26 Jul 42 Hamburg (7.30) 14 Feb 45 Chemnitz (6.55)

29 Jul 42 Sea search (4.55)

31 Jul 42 Duisburg (3.35)

5 Oct 42 Aachen (6.30)

6 Oct 42 Osnabruck (6.20)

13 Oct 42 Kiel (7.20)

22 Oct 42 Weather recce (4.20)

23 Oct 42 Krefeld (4.05)

6 Nov 42 Wilhelmshaven (5.35)

22 Nov 42 Stuttgart (8.35)

26 Nov 42 St.Nazaire (7.50)

16 Dec 42 Brest (6.15)

 

Squadron Leader Pennington is an outstanding navigator in a highly successful crew now engaged on their second tour of operations against the enemy. He has consistently strived for and attained a high standard of efficiency in his work, thereby contributing much to his crew's fine record of achievement. Unquestionably, this officer's devotion to duty and fine personal example of cheerfulness and courage has done much to inspire less experienced navigators to achieve the same high standard.

 

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PENNINGTON, FS (now P/O) Stuart (R75615/J18125) - Distinguished Flying Medal - No.426 Squadron - Award effective 27 April 1943 as per London Gazette dated 20 June 1944 and AFRO 1660/44 dated 4 August 1944. Born at Dundas, Ontario, 1917; home there (porter); enlisted in Hamilton, 14 October 1940. Trained at No.1 ITS (graduated 14 March 1941), No.11 EFTS (graduated 16 May 1941) and No.9 SFTS (graduated 9 August 1941). Date of incident was 28 April 1943. Killed in action, 25/26 May 1943 on Wellington HE590. Buried in Belgium. Medal presented by Governor General to next-of-kin 12 December 1944.

 

Flight Sergeant Pennington has completed a number of bombing sorties against targets at Hamburg, Duisburg, Essen and Kiel and has also taken part in several successful mine-laying operations. One night in April 1943, in the face of heavy opposition, he successfully laid mines in enemy waters. Despite danger to his aircraft from anti-aircraft fire, the determination displayed by this airman enabled him to fly safely back to base.

 

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PENNY, F/L Alfred Leigh (C23804) - Mention in Despatches - No.160 (BR) Squadron - Award effective 21 April 1945 as per Canada Gazette of that date and AFRO 802/45 dated 11 May 1945. Home in Vancouver; enlisted there 16 February 1939.

 

In nearly 600 operational hours on anti-submarine operations this officer's leadership, skill and initiative have been outstanding. As a wireless air gunner leader his enthusiasm and untiring efforts have been instrumental in raising the standard of efficiency of wireless air gunners on the squadron to a high peak. His devotion to duty is of a very high order.

 

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PENNY, FS Douglas Richard (R163541) - Distinguished Flying Medal - No.432 Squadron - Award effective 26 September 1944 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 2373/44 dated 3 November 1944. Born 1923; home at Abernethy, Saskatchewan; enlisted Regina, 23 April 1942. Trained at No.2 WS (graduated 29 March 1943) and No.3 BGS (graduated 14 May 1943). Medal presented 2 November 1946.

 

As rear gunner this airman has participated in very many sorties, most of which were against targets in Germany. He is a fearless and efficient member of aircraft crew whose devotion to duty has been unfailing. One night in July 1944, when returning from Hamburg, his aircraft was attacked by a Junkers 88. In the ensuing fight his excellent evading directions and good shooting assisted in the destruction of the enemy fighter.

 

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PENROSE, F/O Robert Cecil (J24486) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.427 Squadron - Award effective 13 October 1944 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 2534/44 dated 24 November 1944. Born 1918 at Penticton, British Columbia; home in Vancouver; enlisted there 20 January 1942. Trained at No.7 ITS (graduated 14 August 1942), No.6 EFTS (graduated 20 November 1942), No.7 SFTS (graduated 19 March 1943) and No.31 GRS (4 June 1943). Commissioned 1943. Invested with medal at Buckingham Palace 29 June 1945.

 

This officer has completed many operational sorties and has proved himself an outstanding captain of aircraft, displaying coolness and skill under fire. On one occasion his aircraft was attacked seven times by enemy fighters. One enemy fighter was shot down and Flying Officer Penrose successfully evaded all attacks. The completion of all his operational flights was due to the initiative, resourcefulness and skilful airmanship of this officer.

 

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PENTLAND, A/S/L William Harry (J3204) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.440 Squadron - Award effective 19 September 1944 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 2274/44 dated 20 October 1944. Born in 1917, Lake Saskatoon, Alberta; home in Calgary; served in militia, two years and educated at Washington State University. Also described as being in the gasoline business before the war. Enlisted in RCAF, 9 May 1940. Trained at No.1 ITS (graduated 21 June 1940), No.3 EFTS (graduation date uncertain) and No.2 SFTS (graduated 20 October 1940 although a DHist summary says he did not receive wings until wings December 1940). Overseas he flew with No.402 Squadron (5 February 1941 to 25 February 1942) and No.417 Squadron (until 23 June 1943). Returned to Canada, attached to WAC Headquarters, Vancouver. In December 1943 he was posted to No.111 Squadron; commanded No.440 Squadron from February 1944 to 7 October 1944. Killed in action near Wesel, Germany, 6 October 1944 (Typhoon MN641). Medal presented by Governor General to next-of-kin, 28 February 1946. Photo PL-15591 shows him with Spitfire in No.417 Squadron. Credited with the following aerial victories: 18 September 1941, one Bf.109 damaged; 4 December 1942, one Ju.88 damaged (shared with another pilot); 22 March 1943, one He.111 destroyed (shared with three other pilots).

 

This officer has completed many sorties on his second tour of operational duty. In air operations over the Normandy area he has led the squadron on many sorties during which bridges, enemy strong points, troop concentrations and mechanical transport have been determinedly attacked. Throughout these operations, Squadron Leader Pentland has displayed great skill, courage and resolution.

 

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PEPIN, P/O Joseph Romauld (J89008) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.425 Squadron - Award effective 6 January 1945 as per London Gazette dated 19 January 1945 and AFRO 508/45 dated 23 March 1945. Born 1919 in Turnham, Quebec; home in Iberville, Quebec (taxi driver); enlisted Montreal, 22 August 1939. Trained at No.9 BGS (graduated 17 September 1943). Commissioned 1944. Medal presented in Montreal, 25 November 1949. No citation other than "completed ...numerous operations against the enemy in the course of which [he has] invariably displayed the utmost fortitude, courage and devotion to duty." DHist file 181.009 D.1730 (PAC RG.24 Vol.20607) has recommendation for a DFM, dated 10 October 1944. He was then a Flight Sergeant who had flown 35 sorties (171 hours 15 minutes):

 

Flight Sergeant Pepin, a rear gunner on a Halifax bomber, has just completed a tour of operations over enemy country. He has bombed the heavily defended targets of Wesseling, Hamburg, Stuttgart, Kiel, and Wanne Eickel.

 

Throughout his whole tour of operations, Flight Sergeant Pepin has exhibited exceptional skill as an air gunner and coolness in the face of the enemy.

 

On May 27th, 19tt, after having attacked a target with great success on Bourg Leopold, Belgium, the bomber was attacked by enemy aircraft. Flight Sergeant Pepin sighted the enemy and displaying exceptional keenness, this rear gunner gave evasive action to the captain, thus undoubtedly saving his bomber from destruction.

 

His presence of mind coupled with a keen sense of timing have been responsible for the safety of this crew on more than one sortie.

 

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PEPPER, F/O Manville Bancroft (J7765) - Mention in Despatches - No.400 Squadron - Award effective 1 January 1943 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 232/43 dated 12 February 1943. Unit not identified in AFRO; identification derived from The RCAF Overseas: The First Four Years, p.304 and 307-308. Home in Vernon, British Columbia; enlisted in Toronto, 15 October 1941. POW, 17 April 1943. DHist award card has the following from the unit ORB, signed by W/C W.C.A. Wardell, describing events of 19 August 1942 over Dieppe:

 

His aircraft was struck by light flak as he began his task on a Jubilee operation. Although struck just above the eye by glass splinters, so as to affect his sight, he completed his sortie at ground level and reported first enemy movements of the operation. This was his first operational trip.

 

Public Records Office Air 2/8769 has recommendation for a Croix de Guerre dated 1 February 1943. Although later than the Mention in Despatches, the subject matter may be related.

 

During the Battle of Dieppe on 19th August 1942, Pilot Officer Pepper accompanied his squadron commander on a low reconnaissance over the approaches to the battle area, as a result of which valuable information was obtained, despite intense flak. At the commencement of the task Pilot Officer Pepper's aircraft was hit by light flak, causing him to be struck just above the eye by glass splinters. This temporarily affected his sight, despite which he completed his sortie at ground level and reported the first enemy movements seen in the operation. This was his first operational sortie.

 

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PERCIVAL, F/L George Wortman (J15773) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.431 Squadron - Award effective 8 September 1945 as per London Gazette dated 21 September 1945 and AFRO 1704/45 dated 9 November 1945. Born 1919 in London, Ontario; home in St.Catharines, Ontario. Educated at University of Toronto (member, COTC); enlisted in Niagara Falls, Ontario, 16 September 1940. Trained at No.2 ITS (graduated 6 December 1940), No.15 EFTS (graduated 30 January 1941) and No.6 SFTS (graduated 22 April 1941). Medal presented at Stamford Centre, 7 August 1949. No citation other than "completed...numerous operations against the enemy in the course of which [he has] invariably displayed the utmost fortitude, courage and devotion to duty." DHist file 181.009 D.1941 (RG.24 Vol.20612) has recommendation dated 17 April 1945 when he had flown 13 sorties (94 hours 52 minutes), 2 February to 25 March 1945.

 

Flight Lieutenant Percival has completed thirteen trips on his second tour of operations against the enemy. His targets have all been attacked with great skill and gallantry in spite of heavy opposition both from the ground and in the air. His targets in Germany include Dresden, Chemnitz, Dortmund, Duisburg, Hagen, Hanover and many others with heavy defences.

 

Through each operation this officer has displayed courage, resolution, accuracy and dependability to a degree which merits very high praise. These qualities have been a great inspiration to the rest of his squadron.

 

His unfailing devotion to duty and superb leadership have set an example that will be very difficult to equal. I strongly recommend he be awarded a non-immediate Distinguished Flying Cross.

 

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PERITON, WO1 Rodney Davis (Can 376) - Mention in Despatches - Western Air Command Headquarters - Award effective 2 February 1946 as per Canada Gazette of that date and AFRO 280/46 dated 15 March 1946. Enlisted in Vancouver, 13 September 1937. Had been recommended 27 July 1945. Remained in postwar force (Queen's Coronation Medal, 3 June 1953, at which time he was with No.2 (F) Wing, Grostenquin.

 

This warrant officer, in his capacity as Station Warrant Officer at Western Air Command Headquarters, has displayed the highest devotion to duty under somewhat difficult circumstances and has set the finest example to other ranks on strength of this Headquarters and has at all times displayed outstanding ability and capacity in the pursuance of his duties.

 

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PERKINS, FS Cecil Stanley (R52353) - Mention in Despatches - RCAF Station Dartmouth - Award effective 1 January 1945 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 89/45 dated 19 January 1945. Home in Hamilton, Ontario; enlisted there 2 November 1939.

 

This non-commissioned officer has contributed in a large measure to the efficient operation of overwater patrols on this station. As non-commissioned officer in charge of the central instrument section, he has maintained close and efficient supervision over the many types of instruments, resulting in a high degree of serviceability. He is at all times willing to aid aircrew by lectures and to go out of his way to keep up to date on the latest developments in his trade. He is a most capable and loyal non-commissioned officer.

 

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PERKINS, F/O Coleman Douglas (J15979) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.9 Squadron - Award effective 13 May 1943 as per London Gazette dated 18 May 1943 and AFRO 1187/43 dated 25 June 1943. Born in Woodland, U.S.A., 1918; home in Fonthill, Ontario; enlisted Niagara Falls, Ontario, 14 August 1940. Trained at No.3 BGS (graduated 22 June 1941) and No.2 WS (graduated 26 May 1941). Commissioned 1942. Invested with medal at Buckingham Palace 12 October 1944.

 

This officer has displayed exceptional keenness and devotion to duty. He has highly efficient and courageous qualities which have made him a valuable member of aircraft crew. Included in his many sorties are raids on Genoa, Turin, Munich and Berlin. He also took part in daylight attacks on Le Creusot and Milan.

 

NOTE: Public Records Office Air 2/8951 has recommendation dated 5 March 1943 when he had flown 32 sorties (195 hours ten minutes).

 

* daylight sortie

 

17 May 42 Boulogne (3.00) 16 Sept 42 Essen (6.00)

29 May 42 Dieppe (4.10) 19 Sept 42 Munich (8.25)

30 May 42 Cologne (3.50) 1 Oct 42 Wismar (7.15)

1 June 42 Essen (3.50) 5 Oct 42 Aachen (6.15)

6 June 42 Emden (4.30) 6 Oct 42 Osnabruck (4.30)

9 June 42 GARDENING, Frisians 13 Oct 42 Kiel (5.50)

(4.35) 17 Oct 42 Le Creusot (10.00)*

26 June 42 GARDENING, St. 22 Oct 42 Genoa (9.40)

Nazaire (6.15) 24 Oct 42 Milan (10.45)*

29 June 42 Bremen (5.00) 22 Nov 42 Stuttgart (7.25)

2 July 42 Bremen (5.00) 28 Nov 42 Turin (9.45)

7 July 42 GARDENING, Norden 6 Dec 42 Mannheim (7.00)

(4.20) 8 Dec 42 Turin (6.45)

9 July 42 GARDENING, Heligoland 9 Dec 42 Turin (8.10)

(4.40) 13 Jan 43 Essen (5.40)

11 July 42 GARDENING, Kiel 17 Jan 43 Berlin (7.50)

(4.10) 27 Jan 43 Dusseldorf (4.40)

13 July 42 Duisburg (3.35) 30 Jan 43 Hamburg (6.50)

13 Sept 42 Bremen (5.30)

 

This officer has carried out 32 sorties as Wireless Operator involving 195 hours ten minutes flying. He has at all times displayed the utmost keenness and devotion to duty. His hard work on the ground has been proved by his efficiency in the air, while his courage and cheerfulness under the most trying conditions have made him a most valuable member of his crew. He has taken part in the daylight raids on Le Creusot and Milan, as well as the damaging raids on Genua, Turin, and Berlin.

 

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PERKINS, Flight Sergeant John Arthur (R56694) - British Empire Medal - No.4 Training Command Headquarters - Award effective as of 1 January 1945 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 89/45 dated 19 January 1945. Enlisted in Winnipeg, 27 January 1940. Medal presented 29 November 1947.

 

This non-commissioned officer, throughout his service career, has exhibited a high degree of aptitude in his trade as an aero engine mechanic. His qualification as a tradesman is complemented by his organizing and leadership ability. His excellent work has been largely responsible for the efficient organization of maintenance wings at units in this command. As contact instructor in maintenance his work has been noteworthy. At all times his devotion to duty has been outstanding.

 

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PERKINS, F/L Max Andrew (J17292) - Mention in Despatches - No.442 Squadron - Award effective 1 January 1946 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 155/46 dated 15 February 1946. Home in Melfort, Saskatchewan; enlisted in Saskatoon 18 December 1940. Trained at No.2 ITS (graduated 4 April 1941), No.14 EFTS (graduated 9 June 1941) and No.11 SFTS (graduated 20 August 1941). Served in England, Malta, Egypt, Tunisia, Italy, Iraq, France and Germany. Unit not given in AFRO which gives only "Overseas". Damaged a Me.262 (27 December 1944) and shared in destruction of a Bf.109 (31 December 1944). See The RCAF Overseas: The Sixth Year, pp.209 and 211. Certificate sent 10 August 1948.

 

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PERRIER, F/L Joseph Gerard Fernand (J36485) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.425 Squadron - Award effective 18 October 1945 as per London Gazette dated 26 October 1945 and AFRO 133/46 dated 8 February 1946. Born 1918 in Moose Creek, Ontario; home in Boulamaque, Quebec or Eastview, Ontario (diamond driller). Former member of Royal Canadian Artillery; enlisted Ottawa 15 June 1942. Trained at No.3 ITS (graduated 3 April 1943), No.4 EFTS (graduated 12 June 1943), and No.9 SFTS (graduated 15 October 1943). Commissioned October 1943. Medal sent by registered mail 7 November 1949.

 

This officer has completed many operational sorties. In December 1944 he was detailed to participate in an attack against Osnabruck. Whilst over the target area enemy anti-aircraft [fire] was encountered. The four engines of his aircraft failed momentarily, causing a loss of 7,000 feet in height, but Flight Lieutenant Perrier with great skill kept his aircraft airborne and when an altitude of 9,000 feet had been reached his engines began to function again. On the return journey engine trouble developed again and he was forced to make an emergency landing. Flight Lieutenant Perrier's initiative and keen judgement were mainly responsible for the safe return of the aircraft.

 

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PERRIN, WO James Hugh (R139455) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.103 Squadron - Award effective 19 June 1944 as per London Gazette dated 30 June 1944 and AFRO 1861/44 dated 25 August 1944. Born in Ayre, Ontario, 1919; home there (farmer); enlisted in Hamilton, 3 December 1941. Trained at No.4 BGS (graduated 9 October 1942) and No.8 AOS (graduated 20 November 1942). 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 2/9015 has recommendation dated 18 April 1944 when he had flown 30 sorties (208 hours 44 minutes), 5 September 1943 to 30 March 1944.

 

5 Sept 43 Mannheim 2 Jan 44 Berlin

6 Sept 43 Munich 14 Jan 44 Brunswick

29 Sept 43 Bochum 20 Jan 44 Berlin

3 Oct 43 Kassel 21 Jan 44 Magdeburg

18 Oct 43 Hannover 15 Feb 44 Berlin

20 Oct 43 Leipzig 19 Feb 44 Leipzig

22 Oct 43 Kassel 20 Feb 44 Stuttgart

3 Nov 43 Dusseldorf 22 Feb 44 Schweinfurt

22 Nov 43 Berlin 25 Feb 44 Augsburg

26 Nov 43 Berlin 15 Mar 44 Stuttgart

2 Dec 43 Berlin 18 Mar 44 Frankfurt

3 Dec 43 Berlin 22 Mar 44 Frankfurt

23 Dec 43 Berlin 24 Mar 44 Berlin

29 Dec 43 Berlin 26 Mar 44 Essen

1 Jan 44 Berlin 30 Mar 44 Nurmemberg

 

Warrant Officer Perrin, a Canadian, joined No.103 Squadron on 21st August 1943 since when he has completed 30 operational sorties, totalling 208 hours 44 minutes.

 

This Warrant Officer has throughout his tour of operational duty shown, at all times, the greatest possible eagerness and enthusiasm to fly against the enemy. He has on every occasion tackled his job with thoroughness and left no stone unturned to make each attack the success that it has always proved to be.

 

His coolness and resolution in the face of the fiercest flak and fighter opposition over the target area have enabled his crew to make each time a relentless thrust to the enemy's vitals, and launch their full weight of bombs to his greater destruction.

His operational sorties have included ten on Berlin, very core of the enemy's resistance, and in these as in all the attacks in which he has taken part, Warrant Officer Perrin's doggedness of purpose and supreme grit have been largely responsible for the success of the many missions carried out by his crew.

 

He is strongly recommended in recognition of his high courage and supreme coolness in adversity, for the Non-Immediate award of the Distinguished Flying Cross.

 

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PERRIN, Sergeant Mildred Charlotte (W303500) - Mention in Despatches - No.1 Group Headquarters - Award effective 14 June 1945 as per Canada Gazette of that date and AFRO 1127/45 dated 6 July 1945. Home in Galt, Ontario; enlisted in Hamilton, 6 June 1942. Clerk stenographer. Released, November 1945. Received Queen's Coronation Medal, 26 October 1953, apparently for services with the RCAF Association.

 

Sergeant Perrin has given outstanding service in a position which calls for the highest degree of integrity. Her loyalty, outstanding devotion to duty and manner in which she carried out her many tasks are worthy of high praise.

 

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PERRON, FS Paul Rene Joseph (Can 8115A) - Mention in Despatches - Station Tholthorpe (No.62 Base in AFRO) - Award effective 1 January 1945 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 379/45 dated 2 March 1945. Enlisted in Montreal 29 March 1939; served 42 months in Canada. Recommended 16 August 1943 for a BEM for services as NCO in charge of Armament Section, No.425 Squadron. Award not granted. Draft citation noted that he had been with the squadron from early on, had distinguished himself in the performance of his duties, was an exceptional Armourer and capable leader. "While in the field in North Africa this N.C.O. worked under adverse conditions and has discharged his duties in a highly meritorious manner, as these have entailed long and trying hours." DHist file 181.009 D.1719 (PAC RG.24 Vol.20606) has MiD recommendation forwarded 31 July 1944, when he had served 22 months overseas. Served in postwar RCAF; awarded Queen's Coronation Medal, October 1953 while a Flight Sergeant at Station Trenton.

 

Flight Sergeant Perron has now served overseas for nearly two years. At all times, even under trying conditions, he has always given his best in the interests of the Service. On several occasions in recent months, aircraft required for operations have needed complete turret changes and changes of turret components on very short notice. This Non Commissioned Officer's skill and organization, combined with his devotion to duty, have enabled us to keep our serviceability at a high rate. Especially during the pressure of the last two months, this Non-Commissioned Officer's initiative and hard work have set a fine example to his men.

PERRON, WO1 Paul Rene Joseph (Can 8115A) - Mention in Despatches - Station Tholthorpe - Award effective 1 January 1946 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 418/46 dated 18 April 1946. Identified in AFRO as "Overseas". McEwen papers (CWM) with list of recommendations dated 15 June 1945 identifies unit. DHist file 181.009 D.1725 (RG.24 Vol.20607) has recommendation for a BEM dated 27 April 1945 when he was Warrant Officer in charge of Daily Servicing (Armament) at Tholthorpe.

 

Can 8115A WO1 Perron, Paul Rene Joseph, employed as a Fitter Armourer, is recommended for the BEM for outstanding services rendered over a period of time. In whatever job this NCO is given, he has always undertaken that job energetically and with a marked ability in organization. On all occasions he has shown initiative beyond expectations, has willingly worked long hours and has acquired a service knowledge that makes him a definite strengthening hand to those for whom he serves and for the service in general. He has also proven to be an able leader and his personal example is an inspiration for all those working with him. It is felt that his efforts have been a contributing factor to the success and efficiency of operations carried out at this unit.

 

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PERRY, P/O Arthur Jackson (J93519) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.7 Squadron - Award effective 5 July 1945 as per London Gazette dated 20 July 1945 and AFRO 1619/45 dated 19 October 1945. Born 1921 at Spencerville, Ontario; home there (student); enlisted Hamilton, 16 April 1942. Trained at No.5 ITS (graduated 7 November 1942), No.7 BGS (graduated 28 May 1943) and No.1 AOS (graduated 23 July 1943). Commissioned January 1945. Medal presented 1 December 1948. No citation other than "completed...numerous operations against the enemy in the course of which [he has] invariably displayed the utmost fortitude, courage and devotion to duty". Public Records Office Air 2/9083 has recommendation dated 13 March 1945 when he had flown 33 sorties (155 hours). Sortie sheet not sent from England.

 

Pilot Officer Perry has now completed 33 operational sorties, all in the Pathfinder Force, on this squadron, which includes 21 Marker trips.

 

This officer has set a fine example by his devotion to duty and conspicuous ability. His cheerful disregard of personal danger and dogged determination to give of his best no matter what the circumstances, have inspired a fine confidence in his crew and set them a high standard of all round efficiency.

 

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PERRY, WO (now P/O) Jack (R109092) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.404 Squadron - Award effective 24 November 1944 as per London Gazette dated 5 December 1944 and AFRO 425/45 dated 9 March 1945. Born 1921 at Lethbridge, Alberta; home in North Lethbridge; enlisted in Calgary 25 June 1941. Trained at No.4 ITS (graduated 31 October 1941), No.9 AOS (graduated 21 May 1942), No.1 BGS (graduated 4 July 1942) and No.1 ANS (graduated 20 August 1942). Commissioned 1944. Medal presented 9 July 1949.

 

This Warrant Officer has completed many operational sorties. On all occasions, often under difficulties and in adverse weather he has guided his aircraft safely to the target and back. In addition Warrant Officer Perry has obtained some excellent photographs.

 

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PERRY, F/O John Kenneth (J19050) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.425 Squadron - Award effective 4 November 1944 as per London Gazette dated 17 November 1944 and AFRO 239/45 dated 9 February 1945. Born 1920 at Howarden, Saskatchewan; home there (motor mechanic). Trained at No.1 ITS, No.2 WS and No.2 BGS. Commissioned 1943. No citation other than "completed...numerous operations against the enemy in the course of which [he has] invariably displayed the utmost fortitude, courage and devotion to duty." DHist file 181.009 D.1633 (RG.24 Vol.20603) has recommendation dated 14 August 1944 when he had flown 23 sorties (119 hours 50 minutes). First tour was 28 March 1942 to 2 September 1942 (ten sorties). First two sorties were in Coastal Command, followed by Portreath-Gibraltar (4 June 1942, 8 hours 20 minutes) and Gibraltar-Malta (9 June 1942, 7 hours 30 minutes). Attack on Italian fleet at Crete (15 June 1942, 4 hours 30 minutes, claim hit on battleship), and further attacks on Italian vessels on 15 June (same day), 20 June, 17 July and 23 July 1942 (on the latter his pilot wounded by flak but they scored a hit on motor vessel). On 2 September 1942 flew Malta-Cairo. Second tour was 8 May to 5 August 1944 13 sorties) in Bomber Command.

 

During a long period of operational flying, this officer has distinguished himself by his cool courage in the face of danger, by his outstanding skill as a Wireless Operator, and by his unswerving devotion to duty. Since commencing his second tour, he has participated in a considerable number of offensive sorties, including attacks on Wesseling, Bourg-Leopold in Belgium and several targets in France.

 

On one occasion, as Wireless Operator of a Beaufort torpedo-bomber, he was returning to Malta with his squadron after a successful attack on the Italian fleet. Due to faulty navigation in the leading aircraft, Malta was passed and the squadron temporarily lost. Rising to the occasion, Flying Officer Perry succeeded in obtaining several Q.D.M.s whereupon his pilot took over as Squadron Leader and brought the other aircraft safely back to base. By his prompt action and skill, this Wireless Operator thus extricated his squadron from a most perilous situation.

 

Flying Officer Perry possesses coolness and displays exceptional fearlessness in the face of danger. I consider that his splendid record merits the award of the Distinguished Flying Cross.

 

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PERRY, F/L John Wycliffe (J9192) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.405 Squadron - Award effective 2 October 1944 as per London Gazette dated 13 October 1944 and AFRO 2637/44 dated 8 December 1944. Born 1921 at Schomberg, Ontario; home in Woodbridge, Ontario; enlisted Toronto 11 February 1941. Trained at No.1 ITS (graduated 3 July 1941), No.20 EFTS (graduated 13 September 1941) and No.16 SFTS (graduated 5 December 1941). Commissioned 5 December 1941; F/L 5 December 1943; S/L July 1944. Flew two tours. DSO and DFC 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". Public Records Office Air 2/9026 has recommendation dated 20 July 1944 when he had flown 34 sorties (122 hours 15 minutes), 5 January to 18 July 1944.

 

* counted as 1/3 an operation

# daylight operation

MB=Master Bomber

 

5 Jan 44 Stettin (8.30) 31 May 44 Mont Couple (2.00)

14 Jan 44 Brunswick (4.35) 5 June 44 Longues (3.00)

24 Feb 44 Schweinfurt (7.00) 7 June 44 Foret-de-Cerisy (3.30)

25 Feb 44 Augsburg (6.50) 9 June 44 Rennes (4.15)

1 Mar 44 Stuttgart (7.05) 11 June 44 Tours (5.15)

30 Mar 44 Nuremburg (6.25) 12 June 44 Amiens (2.45)

9 Apr 44 Lille (2.55)* 15 June 44 Lens (2.10)

10 Apr 44 Laon (3.50)* 16 June 44 Sterkrade (3.35)

11 Apr 44 Aachen (3.35) 17 June 44 Neuville (2.30)

20 Apr 44 Lens (3.00)* 24 June 44 Middel Straete (1.55)

22 Apr 44 Laon (3.50)* 4 July 44 Brenvisi (2.20, MB)#

26 Apr 44 Essen (3.45) 5 July 44 Watten (1.40)

3 May 44 Montdidier (2.55) 6 July 44 Croixdale (2.30, MB)#

6 May 44 Mantes Gassicourt 7 July 44 Caen (2.55, MB)#

(2.55) 9 July 44 Mont Condon (2.05, MB)#

19 May 44 Mont Couple (1.55) 12 July 44 Acquet (2.40, MB)

22 May 44 Dortmund (3.40) 14 July 44 Anderbelck (1.40, MB)

27 May 44 Rennes (3.40) 18 July 44 Caen (2.25)#

28 May 44 Dunkirk (1.40) 18 July 44 Acquet (1.30)

 

This officer is a very keen and capable Captain. He is a first class pilot with a high sense of devotion to duty and an unquenchable spirit which has acted as incentive to all members of his crew. On one occasion his aircraft was attacked by an enemy fighter and badly damaged, but this did not in any way deter him from completing his mission successfully and returning his aircraft to base. The fine leadership and personal example set by this officer is most commendable. Strongly recommended for the award of the Distinguished Flying Cross.

 

PERRY, S/L John Wycliffe, DFC (J9192) - Distinguished Service Order - No.405 Squadron - Award effective 2 January 1945 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 471/45 dated 16 March 1945.

 

This officer is a highly efficient pilot and captain of aircraft. He has completed two tours of duty, during which he has attacked a wide variety of enemy targets. His successes are a splendid tribute to his outstanding ability, great personal courage and iron determination. His example both in the air and on the ground has been most inspiring.

 

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PERRY, WO1 Leonard Herbert (RCAF 1234) - Member, Order of the British Empire - No.6 SFTS - Award effective 1 January 1944 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 113/44 dated 21 January 1944 - Born at Woodstock, England, 12 December 1893. Enlisted at Camp Borden, 1 April 1924. Medal presented 28 April 1944. Died in Victoria, 8 July 1981.

 

This senior Warrant Officer, in charge of a Motor Transport Section, has at all times fulfilled his duties in a very capable manner. His paramount interest is the Service and he has displayed marked ability in maintaining a high standard of efficiency and enthusiasm in personnel under his supervision. During the tour through Canada of Their Majesties the King and Queen this Warrant Officer was in charge of the RCAF Motor Transport placed at their disposal.

 

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PERRY, F/O Robert Allan (J35522) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.640 Squadron - Award effective 15 March 1945 as per London Gazette dated 27 March 1945 and AFRO 1085/45 dated 29 June 1945. Born 1922 in Windsor, Ontario; home there; enlisted there 7 May 1941. Trained at No.5 ITS (graduated 1 May 1943), No.1 BGS (graduated 6 August 1943) and No.1 AOS (graduated 17 September 1943). Commissioned September 1943. Medal sent by registered mail.

 

This officer has taken part in a large number of operational sorties. He has attacked such heavily defended targets as Stuttgart, Kiel, Duisburg and Bochum. On one occasion in August 1944 he was bomb aimer in an aircraft which was badly damaged by anti-aircraft fire when crossing the enemy coast. While over the target area further damage was sustained. Although slightly injured in the eye by a splinter from the shattered windscreen, Flying Officer Perry successfully bombed his objective. At all times his cheerful courage and devotion to duty have been worthy of the highest praise.

 

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PERRY, WO Roy Everett (Can 6610) - Mention in Despatches - Linton - Award effective 14 June 1945 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 1600/45 dated 12 October 1945. Home in St.Thomas, Ontario; enlisted in Ottawa 16 September 1939. DHist file 181.009 D.1719 (PAC RG.24 Vol.20606) has recommendation forwarded 3 February 1945 when he had served 27 months in Canada, 38 months overseas. Armament.

 

This Warrant Officer has been, at different times, in charge of R & I Armoury and Armament Daily Servicing Squadron. Through his initiative and ability to organize he has made a very major contribution towards the efficiency of the Armament Section. With heavy operational requirements of the last eight months he has worked extremely long hours, both day and night, entirely on his own initiative. Always cheerful, keen and enthusiastic towards his work, he has earned the complete confidence and respect of both his superiors and those who work under him. An outstanding Warrant Officer who has twice been recommended for commission.

 

PERRY, WO1 Roy Everett (Can 6610) - Mention in Despatches - Station Linton ("Overseas" in AFRO) - Award effective 1 January 1946 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 155/46 dated 15 February 1946. See DHist file 181.009 D.1725 (PAC RG.24 Vol.20607). Warrant Officer in charge of Armament, Daily Serving Squadron, Station Linton. Recommended for BEM, 24 May 1945:

 

During the three and a half years that Warrant Officer Perry served with the RCAF overseas, the services which he rendered were of the highest quality. As an NCO and Armourer he at all times displayed the highest degree of keenness and efficiency, which was apparent in the efficient manner in which his section always worked. Though his duties often required that he work long, arduous hours, he at all times maintained a cheerful disposition and showed a willingness to do even more, if necessary. His outstanding devotion to duty and fine leadership qualities won for him the admiration of all serving with him and undoubtedly contributed greatly to the operational efficiency of his station.

 

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PERRY, F/L Victor Roland (C11542) - Member, Order of the British Empire - No.127 Wing, AEAF - Award effective 1 January 1945 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 132/45 dated 26 January 1945. Home in Oakville, Ontario. Enlisted in Toronto, 4 May 1942. Medal sent by registered mail 13 February 1948. No citation found in Canadian sources. Public Records Office Air 2/8872 has recommended citation.

 

This officer was the only Medical Officer on an L.C.T. on which he was proceeding to France when it was torpedoed in the early hours of June 7th. He made every effort to assist in the transfer of badly wounded men to an escort vessel and did not leave the ship until ordered to do so. On transfer to a small vessel for the next 18 hours his sole concern was for the burnt and wounded men on board. Although suffering from shock and exhaustion himself, he tended the wounded in a confined space with very limited resources, before administering to his own needs. His efforts were undoubtedly instrumental in saving the life of at least one badly burnt man.

 

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PETERS, F/L Herbert Peter (J3512) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.400 Squadron - Award effective 19 May 1943 as per London Gazette dated 25 May 1943 and AFRO 1247/43 dated 2 July 1943. Born in regina, 1918; home in Edmonton; enlisted in Saskatoon, 4 June 1940. Trained at No.1 ITS (graduated 20 July 1940), No.5 EFTS (graduated 18 September 1940) and No.1 SFTS (graduated 12 December 1940). Commissioned 1941. Killed in action, 5 November 1943 (Mustang AM111) while commanding No.414 Squadron; name on Runnymede Memorial. Medal presented to next-of-kin, 20 February 1945.

 

This officer has been engaged on operational flying since August 1941. He has taken part in reconnaissance shipping and low level patrols. Throughout this period he has shown an unswerving determination and a fine fighting spirit. At all times he has displayed a high standard of leadership which, with his ability, coolness and courage, has inspired his subordinates.

 

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PETERS, F/O Lazar (J24058) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.431 Squadron - Award effective 1 December 1944 as per London Gazette dated 12 December 1944 and AFRO 293/45 dated 16 February 1945. Born 1912 in Dlugosiodlo, Russia; home in Montreal. Served in Black Watch Regiment; enlisted in RCAF in Montreal, 11 November 1941. Trained at No.6 ITS (graduated 24 April 1942), No.4 EFTS (graduated 17 July 1942) and No.5 AOS (graduated 19 February 1943). Commissioned 1943. Medal presented in Montreal 25 November 1949. DHist file 181.009 D.5526 (RG.24 Vol.20667) has recommendation dated 10 September 1944 when he had flown 27 1/2 sorties (126 hours 55 minutes), 11 March to 19 August 1944. Sea search mentioned was 17 August 1944.

 

This officer has successfully navigated his aircraft to such distant and well defended targets as Bremen, Essen, Karlsruhe and Dusseldorf. On one occasion in August 1944 while taking part in a sea search, his navigational ability was largely responsible for locating a dinghy and accurately directing a high speed launch to the rescue, in consequence of which seven lives were saved. At all times Flying Officer Peters has applied himself diligently to his allotted tasks, setting a fine example by his keenness, efficiency and devotion to duty.

 

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PETERS, F/O William David (J36603) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.158 Squadron - Award effective 8 September 1945 as per London Gazette dated 25 September 1945 and AFRO 1768/45 dated 23 November 1945; Home in Sudbury; enlisted North Bay 23 July 1942. Trained at No.6 ITS (graduated 29 May 1943), No.1 BGS (graduated 21 August 1943) and No.1 AOS (graduated 15 October 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 37 sorties (216 hours 51 minutes), 27 September 1944 to 21 March 1945.

 

27 Sep 44 Calais (3.58) Bombed on aiming point.

30 Sep 44 Bottrop (4.37) Cloud over target.

6 Oct 44 Sterkrade (4.12) 2,500 yards from A/P.

25 Oct 44 Essen (5.02) 3,500 yards from A/P.

29 Oct 44 Zoutelande (3.31) Aiming point.

30 Oct 44 Cologne (6.03) Cloud over target.

2 Nov 44 Dusseldorf (5.55) Fires; good attack.

4 Nov 44 Bochum (5.47) Concentrated fires.

16 Nov 44 Julich (4.57) Bombed aiming point.

18 Nov 44 Munster (5.15) Bombed through cloud.

21 Nov 44 Sterkrade (7.11) Good attack.

29 Nov 44 Essen (5.49) Bombed through clouds.

21 Dec 44 Cologne/Nippes (6.08) do.

28 Dec 44 Opladen (5.47) Cloud only (most aircraft did not see target).

29 Dec 44 Koblenz/Mosel

marshalling yard (6.13) 5,700 yards from A/P.

30 Dec 44 Cologne (6.48) Cloud over target.

2 Jan 45 Ludwigshaven (6.55) Bombed aiming point.

5 Jan 45 Hanover (5.19) Cloud over target.

16 Jan 45 Magdeburg (5.52) Bombed aiming point.

22 Jan 45 Gelsenkirchen (5.44) Many fires.

1 Feb 45 Mainz (6.28) do.

4 Feb 45 Gelsenkirchen (5.43) Cloud over target.

7 Feb 45 Goch (5.39) Sortie completed.

9 Feb 45 Wanne Eickel (5.35) Good attack.

13 Feb 45 Bohlen (7.48) Concentrated fires.

14 Feb 45 Chemnitz (7.53) Fires in target area.

3 Mar 45 Kamen (6.15) Good attack.

5 Mar 45 Chemnitz (8.31) Cloud over target.

8 Mar 45 Hamburg (5.34) 3 3/4 miles SW of A/P.

11 Mar 45 Essen (5.24) Good bombing; cloud.

12 Mar 45 Dortmund (6.03) Bombed through clouds.

13 Mar 45 Wuppertal (5.40) do.

14 Mar 45 Homburg (6.08) Intense fires.

15 Mar 45 Hagen (6.11) Fires and T.I.s seen.

18 Mar 45 Witten (6.485) Bombed as ordered; fires.

20 Mar 45 Recklinghausen (5.21) 8 miles east of A/P/

21 Mar 45 Rheine (4.47) Bombed aiming point.

 

An air bomber of skill and courage, Flying Officer Peters has completed a tour of 37 operations in Halifax III aircraft with No.158 Squadron. He has bombed such targets as Magdeburg, Chemnitz, Kamen, Gelsenkirchen, Dusseldorf, Sterkrade and many other objectives in highly defended parts of Germany. All but two of his sorties have been against major targets.

 

A keen member of aircrew, he has pressed home his attacks with determination and skill and has proved himself fearless in the face of the fiercest opposition. His other qualities of initiative and competence in times of emergency have made him a welcome member of an excellent crew.

 

In all phases of his work, this officer rendered valuable service throughout his tour, and it is now recommended that his constant courage and unfailing devotion to duty be recognized by the award of the Distinguished Flying Cross.

 

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PETERS, F/L William Nelson (J22823) - Air Force Cross - No.14 SFTS - Award effective 1 January 1946 as per Canada Gazette of that date and AFRO 82/46 dated 25 January 1946 - Enlisted in Toronto, 27 November 1941. Trained at No.5 ITS (graduated 18 July 1942), No.13 EFTS (graduated 26 September 1942), and No.2 SFTS (graduated 5 February 1943). As of award had flown 1,940 hours, of which 1,600 hours were as instructor, 350 hours in previous six months. Medal sent by registered mail 20 April 1949.

 

As Examining Officer and previously as a Flight Commander, this officer is an inspiration to all with whom he serves. His outstanding ability as a flying instructor and pilot is unquestionably of the highest calibre. His enthusiasm, diligence and ability have set an excellent example for other instructors. His willingness to accept any task and carry it through to a successful conclusion is most praiseworthy.

 

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PETERSON, FS Andreas (R216282) - Distinguished Flying Medal - No.166 Squadron - Award effective 4 November 1944 as per London Gazette dated 17 November 1944 and AFRO 239/45 dated 9 February 1945. Born 1921 (seaman); home in Hellevad, Denmark; enlisted Montreal, 3 February 1943. Trained at No.3 BGS (graduated 3 September 1943. Medal presented in Copenhagen, September 1947.

 

This airman has participated in many attacks on targets in Germany and enemy occupied territory. He is outstanding as an air gunner and such is his vigilance that the crew have been able to proceed with their respective tasks with complete confidence. His vigilance and accuracy were demonstrated in June 1944 when over the target area his aircraft was damaged by an enemy fighter. After the bombing run had been completed the pilot took evasive action which enabled Flight Sergeant Peterson to fire a long burst at the fighter. The enemy fighter was seen to catch fire at the wing root. It dived out of control and later was observed to explode on the ground. The coolness and determination with which this gunner handled his guns has earned for him the confidence and respect of his crew and has been an example to other air gunners in the squadron.

 

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PETERSON, F/O Benjamin Lane (J85778) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.434 Squadron - Award effective 5 April 1945 as per London Gazette dated 17 April 1945 and AFRO 918/45 dated 1 June 1945. Born 1923 in Victoria, British Columbia; home there (student); enlisted Vancouver 7 July 1942. Trained at No.4 ITS (graduated 1 January 1943), No.5 EFTS (graduated 19 March 1943) and No.3 SFTS (graduated 23 July 1943). Commissioned April 1944. Medal sent by registered mail 7 June 1950. No citation other than "completed... numerous operations against the enemy in the course of which [he has] invariably displayed the utmost courage and devotion to duty." DHist file 181.009 D.3260 (RG.24 Vol.20637) has recommendation dated 10 December 1944 when he had flown 33 sorties (167 hours 50 minutes), 14 June to 16 November 1944.

 

Flying Officer Peterson has completed a tour of operations, the majority of which were attacks against heavily defended German targets such as Sterkrade, Stuttgart, Essen and Cologne. Flying Officer Peterson has proven himself a fearless captain who always presses home his attacks with great tenacity despite the opposition. He has displayed skill and devotion to duty of a high order, his keenness being worthy of emulation by all pilots in the squadron.

 

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PETERSON, LAC George Andrew (R168838) - British Empire Medal - No.7 SFTS - Award effective 14 June 1945 as per Canada Gazette of that date and AFRO 1127/45 dated 6 July 1945. Born in Langdon, Alberta, 16 July 1914; educated there. Employed as mechanic by John Deere Plough Co. of Calgary. Enlisted in Calgary, 17 June 1942. Medal sent by registered mail 22 November 1945.

 

This airman, possessing a very high degree of trade skill, is extremely conscientious and has at all times produced the very best work of which he is capable. His cheerfulness and sincerity of purpose have made for him an enviable record and he has helped create a very high state of morale on his unit. Industrious and willing at all times, he has displayed devotion to duty of a very high order.

 

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PETERSON, WO Herbert Victor (R60240) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.35 Squadron - Award effective 29 May 1942 as per London Gazette dated 29 May 1942 and AFRO 880-881/42 dated 12 June 1942. Born in Calgary, 1920; home there (clerk); enlisted there 28 June 1940. Trained at No.1 ITS (graduated 14 October 1940), No.9 EFTS (graduated 8 December 1940) and No.5 SFTS (graduated 11 March 1941. Commissioned June 1942. DHist file 181.009 D.1505 (RG.24 Vol.20599) has recommendation dated 2 May 1942 when he had flown 19 sorties (125 hours). Had joined unit on 5 April 1941. Attack cited was 27 April 1942 (Tirpitz) and he attacked at 250-300 feet. Damage to aircraft included an 18-inch square hole in tail plane, leads to petrol cock shot away, and one engine disabled. His Flight Commander said of him, "Nothing is too arduous or too trivial." Later awarded Bar to DFC. See Tom Coughlin, The Dangerous Skies. DFC and Bar presented by the King, 19 October 1943; second Bar presented 29 November 1947.

 

Warrant Officer Peterson has completed many operational sorties of which thirteen have been as captain of aircraft. One night in April 1942 he was detailed to attack the German Naval Base at Trondheim. On arrival over the target, in spite of intense barrage of anti-aircraft fire which he encountered, he dived to very low altitude and pressed home his attack. On the following night he carried out another low-level attack on the same target. His aircraft sustained severe damage and one engine was put out of action. With great skill and judgement Warrant Officer Peterson succeeded in flying his aircraft to an emergency landing ground where he made a safe landing.

 

PETERSON, WO Herbert Victor (R60240) - Bar to Distinguished Flying Cross - No.10 Squadron (RAF) - Award effective 14 June 1942 as per London Gazette dated 30 June 1942 and AFRO 1052-1053/42 dated 10 July 1942. DHist file 181.009 D.1505 (RG.24 Vol.20599) has recommendation dated 8 June 1942. Incident was night of 5/6 June 1942 (aircraft was W7667, F/10) and he had flown 25 sorties (164 hours).

 

One night in June 1942, Warrant Officer Peterson was the captain of a Halifax aircraft detailed to attack Essen. Whilst over the target the aircraft was held by strong searchlight cones and subject to intense anti-aircraft fire. The port engine was hit and ceased to function, the windscreen was also damaged and a piece of perspex entered Warrant Officer Peterson's left eye. Nevertheless he continued to take evasive action and eventually set off on the return journey. Whilst over Holland, flying at 11,000 feet, he was attacked by an enemy fighter. His rear gunner delivered a short burst which caused the enemy aircraft to burst into flames and dive away out of control. When crossing the Dutch coast the aircraft was again subjected to anti-aircraft fire and the starboard engine was put out of action. Despite Warrant Officer Peterson's injuries and the severe damage sustained by the aircraft he succeeded in flying back to this country and landing at an aerodrome with which he was unfamiliar. Warrant Officer Peterson displayed fine courage and determination throughout.

 

PETERSON, S/L Herbert Victor, DFC (J15600) - Second Bar to Distinguished Flying Cross - No.429 Squadron - Award effective 18 October 1945 as per London Gazette dated 26 October 1945 and AFRO 133/46 dated 8 February 1946. DHist file 181.009 D.2610 (RG.24 Vol.20627) has recommendation dated 19 May when he had flown 20 trips (133 hours) on his second tour (21 November 1944 to 22 April 1945).

 

This officer has served in both the African and European theatres of war. Since the award of the Distinguished Flying Cross he has attacked many of the most heavily defended targets in Germany. On several occasions his skill and fortitude were mainly responsible for the safe return of his aircraft and crew. Squadron Leader Peterson is a flight commander of outstanding ability whose fine leadership and organization have been reflected in the high standard of operational efficiency maintained by his flight.

 

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PETERSON, F/O Ivan Norman (J18238) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.426 Squadron - Award effective 24 May 1944 as per London Gazette dated 2 June 1944 and AFRO 1444/44 dated 7 July 1944. Born Grassy Lake, Alberta, 1919; home there; enlisted Calgary 29 May 1941. Trained at No.8 BGS (graduated 13 April 1942) and No.3 WS (graduated 13 March 1942). Commissioned 1943. Wireless operator in W/C W.H. Swetman's crew. No citation other than "completed...many successful operations against the enemy in which [he has] displayed high skill, fortitude and devotion to duty". DHist file 181.009 D.2624 (RG.24 Vol.20628) has recommendation dated 21 February 1944 when he had flown 22 sorties (153 sorties 55 minutes). His first operation, against Bremen, was flown on 14 September 1942 while he was in No.14 OTU; the others were flown 14 January 1943 to 15 February 1944.

 

This officer is a Wireless Operator of outstanding ability and has completed a large number of operational sorties. At all times he has displayed a strong sense of duty and determination to ensure the successful completion of his missions. His coolness and fearlessness in the face of danger have given confidence to his crew...

 

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PETERSON, P/O John Allan (J87217) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.9 Squadron - Award effective 6 January 1945 as per London Gazette dated 19 January 1945 and AFRO 508/45 dated 23 March 1945. Born 1922 in Winnipeg; home there; enlisted there 9 February 1942. Trained at No.7 ITS (graduated 31 July 1942) and No.2 AOS (graduated 18 December 1942). Commissioned May 1944. DFC and Bar presented 17 January 1948.

 

Throughout his tour of operations this officer has shown himself to be a skilful, courageous and resourceful navigator. He has participated in numerous sorties including some daylight missions. His accurate navigation played a large part in the success of these attacks. His aircraft has been in combat several times. On one occasion it was attacked by three Junkers 88 simultaneously. In spite of all the difficulties he has encountered, Pilot Officer Peterson has always displayed coolness, initiative and commendable fortitude.

 

NOTE: Public Records Office Air 2/9039 has recommendation dated 12 October 1944 when he had flown 34 sorties (182 hours 30 minutes); text gives a few more details to supplement that which was published. Sortie list indicates he was in same crew as P/O Robert D. Kerr and WO2 George B. Watts.

 

1 May 44 Toulouse (8.25) 24 June 44 Prouville (3.35)

3 May 44 Mailly le Camp (5.35) 29 June 44 Beauvoir (3.20)

6 May 44 Sable-sur-Sarthe (4.50) 12 July 44 Culmont Chalndrey (3.00)

8 May 44 Brest (4.55) 15 July 44 Nevers (7.20)

10 May 44 Lille (3.25) 19 July 44 Thiverny (3.54)

11 May 44 Bourg Leopold (3.55) 20 July 44 Courtrai (3.20)

21 May 44 Duisburg (4.40) 24 July 44 Stuttgart (8.00)

22 May 44 Brunswick (6.25) 26 July 44 Givors (2.25, DNCO)

27 May 44 Nantes (5.45) 28 July 44 Stuttgart (7.50)

28 May 44 Cherbourg (3.15) 1 Aug 44 Mont Condon (4.45)

31 May 44 Saumur (5.40) 2 Aug 44 Bois de Casson (4.40)

3 June 44 Cherbourg (3.35) 5 Aug 44 Etaples (4.25)

6 June 44 Argentan (3.55) 7 Aug 44 Lorient (4.35)

8 June 44 Rennes (7.00) 9 Aug 44 La Pallice (6.10)

12 June 44 Poitiers (6.15) 11 Aug 44 Givors (7.50)

14 June 44 Auray-sur-Odon (4.45) 13 Aug 44 Brest (4.30)

15 June 44 Chatellerault (6.50) 14 Aug 44 Brest (4.40)

21 June 44 Gelsenkirchen (4.20)

 

This officer has just completed his first tour as a navigator of a most successful crew. Apart from his normal duties as navigator, he has on several occasions found winds in the target area for the squadron on special daylight operations, and the success of these attacks can be attributed in some measure to the accuracy of the winds found by Pilot Officer Peterson. He has a record of consistent navigation which, taken with his determination and courage, have made him a most valuable member of his squadron and an example to the other navigators. The aircraft in which he flew was engaged several times in the course of his tour in combats with enemy fighters, on one occasion being attacked by three Ju.88s simultaneously, but Pilot Officer Peterson always maintained his course and overcame all the difficulties with which he was confronted.

 

PETERSON, F/O John Allan, DFC (J87217) - Bar to Distinguished Flying Cross - No.9 Squadron - Award effective 5 July 1945 as per London Gazette dated 17 July 1945 and AFRO 1507/45 dated 28 September 1945.

 

Since the award of the Distinguished Flying Cross this officer has taken part in a number of hazardous operations which have included the last two attacks on the battleship Tirpitz. These flights called for a very high standard of navigational skill and Flying Officer Peterson proved his ability by guiding his pilot safely to the target on both occasions. In addition to great skill this officer has always displayed a high degree of courage and devotion to duty.

 

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PETERSON, F/L Lawrence Gordon (J23748) - Mention in Despatches -- No.5 (BR) Squadron (now No.162 Squadron) - Award effective 3 November 1944 as per Canada Gazette of that date and AFRO 2479/44 dated 17 November 1944. Home in Winnipeg; enlisted there 9 February 1942. Trained at No.7 ITS (graduated 3 July 1942, No.7 BGS (graduated 5 February 1943) and No.1 CNS (graduated 4 December 1942).

 

This officer was an observer of a Canso aircraft crew which volunteered to search for a crashed Anson aircraft. He established contact with the crew on the ground by visual signalling and skilfully established the location of the crash. Although weary from lack of sleep, this officer maintained vigil throughout the night until the rescue party had been finally directed to the scene of the crash. The determined effort of the crew resulted in saving three of the lives of the crew members of the crashed aircraft although the pilot had been killed.

 

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PETERSON, F/O Thomas Ronald (J28495) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.138 Squadron - Award effective 5 April 1945 as per London Gazette dated 17 April 1945 and AFRO 918/45 dated 1 June 1945. Born 1923 in Duncan, British Columbia; home there (farmer); enlisted Vancouver 18 March 1942. Trained at No.7 ITS (graduated 31 July 1942), No.7 BGS (graduated 11 June 1943) and No.1 AOS (graduated 23 July 1943). Commissioned July 1943. Medal presented 13 July 1946. No citation other than "completed...numerous operations against the enemy in the course of which [he has] invariably displayed the utmost courage and devotion to duty." Public Records Office Air 2/9060 has recommendation dated 19 January 1945 when he had flown 32 sorties (201 hours five minutes), 27 June 1944 to 12 January 1945. The unit was a "Special Duties" squadron aiding Resistance forces, and the sortie list gives dates, times - but no objectives !

 

27 June 44 (4.00) 5 Sept 44 (7.05)

29 June 44 (6.25) 7 Sept 44 (5.05)

3 July 44 (4.35) 10 Sep 44 (4.00)

4 July 44 (5.25) 11 Sep 44 (3.50)

9 July 44 (4.40) 19 Sep 44 (4.20)

10 July 44 (5.35) 30 Sep 44 (8.40)

23 July 44 (6.55) 4 Oct 44 (7.50)

24 July 44 (5.50) 22 Oct 44 (6.35)

26 July 44 (6.35) 1 Nov 44 (6.55)

30 July 44 (5.15) 8 Nov 44 (8.20)

4 Aug 44 (7.20) 26 Nov 44 (7.55)

6 Aug 44 (6.55) 29 Nov 44 (7.25)

8 Aug 44 (4.35) 28 Dec 44 (9.00)

9 Aug 44 (4.40) 30 Dec 44 (4.45)

11 Aug 44 (7.45) 31 Dec 44 (7.10)

31 Aug 44 (6.40) 12 Jan 45 (9.00)

 

Flying Officer Peterson has completed 32 operations of a special nature, as an Air Bomber, with this squadron. The high degree of success which he has obtained, often under adverse weather conditions, and against most difficult targets, has proved him to be a most reliable and efficient member of his crew.

 

His keenness to operate on all occasions, his determination to ensure the success of each operation and his cheerful contempt for the dangers involved have been a sound example to all.

 

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PETERSON, F/L Warren Senior (J9533) - Commended for Valuable Services in the Air - No.18 SFTS - Awarded as per London Gazette dated 14 November 1944 and AFRO 2684/44 dated 15 December 1944. Home in Winnipeg; enlisted there 15 March 1941. Trained at No.4 ITS (graduated 16 August 1941), No.18 EFTS (graduated 11 October 1941), and No.15 SFTS (graduated 2 January 1942).

 

This officer, while employed at this unit as an Examining Officer, in addition to his regular duties, drew up a complete system of improving the character and leadership training of aircrew, which has been in effect for a number of months. The outstanding resourcefulness of this officer has been a valuable contribution to the training plan. His ability, keenness and devotion to duty have been an excellent example to those serving under him.

 

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PETHICK, F/O Llewellyn Wallace (J85243) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.50 Squadron - Award effective 4 November 1944 as per London Gazette dated 17 November 1944 and AFRO 239/45 dated 9 February 1945. Born in Hamilton, Ontario, 1917; home in Montreal (bookkeeper); enlisted there 6 March 1942. Trained at No.6 ITS (graduated 11 September 1942), No.20 EFTS (graduated 4 December 1942) and No.16 SFTS (graduated 2 April 1943). Commissioned March 1944. Medal sent by registered mail 10 March 1949. Died in Burlington, Ontario, 1 September 1998. 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 2/8827 has recommendation dated 10 August 1944 when he had flown 35 sorties (194 hours 55 minutes) as follows:

 

10 May 44 Lille 12 Jul 44 Revigny rail jun.

11 May 45 Bourg Leopold 14 Jul 44 Villeneuve

19 May 44 Tours 15 Jul 44 Nevers

21 May 44 Duisburg 18 Jul 44 Caen (day)

22 May 44 Brunswick 20 Jul 44 Courtrai

3 June 44 Serve d'Urville 23 Jul 44 Kiel

5 June 44 St.Pierre du Mont 24 Jul 44 Stuttgart

6 June 44 Argentan 25 Jul 44 St.Cyr (day)

8 June 44 Rennes 26 Jul 44 Givors

10 Jun 44 Orleans 28 Jul 44 Stuttgart

12 Jun 44 Portiers 30 Jul 44 Cahagnes

14 Jun 44 Annay 31 Jul 44 Joigny (day)

15 Jun 44 Chatellerault 1 Aug 44 Mont Candon (day)

21 Jun 44 Buer 2 Aug 44 Bois de Casson (day)

23 Jun 44 Limogens 3 Aug 44 St.Leu d'Esserent

24 Jun 44 Prouville 7 Aug 44 Fecqueville

27 Jun 44 Vitri 9 Aug 44 Chatellerault

29 Jun 44 Beauvoir (day)

 

Flying Officer Pethick has now completed thirty-five bombing sorties comprising 194.55 hours operational flying and including attacks on such targets as Stuttgart (twice), Kiel, Duisburg and Brunswick. He has proved himself to be one of the most efficient captains and pilots of the squadron and the success which his crew has achieved is largely due to his personal skill, judgement and leadership.

 

All his sorties have been characterized by a quiet determination and unostentatious enthusiasm to hit the enemy hard and with great accuracy. He has infused a fine spirit in his crew and his example has contributed in no small measure to the high morale of his squadron.

 

For his dogged perseverance, his courage in the face of the enemy and his unrelenting devotion to duty, Flying Officer Pethick is recommended for the award of the Distinguished Flying Cross.

 

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PETSCHE, Sergeant Joseph (R216097) - Distinguished Flying Medal - No.434 Squadron - Award effective 18 April 1944 as per London Gazette dated 21 April 1944 and AFRO 1020/44 dated 12 May 1944. Born 1922 in Yugoslavia; home in Ville Lasalle, Quebec (machinist); enlisted Montreal, 8 January 1943. Trained at No.3 BGS (graduated 20 August 1943). Medal presented by Governor General, 24 May 1946.

 

In March 1944, this airman was the mid-upper gunner of an aircraft detailed for a sortie. Whilst over the target area the aircraft was hit by bullets from a fighter. Sergeant Petsche was wounded. Although in much pain and suffering from the loss of blood, he displayed great devotion to duty and gallantly assisted in extinguishing a fire which had commenced in the rear of the aircraft. Not until then did he inform his captain of his injuries. On this first sortie this airman set a worthy example.

 

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PETTIT, F/L Maurice William (J16060) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.218 Squadron - Award effective 24 March 1943 as per London Gazette dated 6 April 1943 and AFRO 809/43 dated 7 May 1943. Born in Ontario, 1920; home in Toronto; enlisted there 6 January 1940. Trained at No.1 ITS (graduated 28 May 1941), No.12 EFTS (graduated 15 July 1941), and No.5 SFTS (graduated 25 September 1941). Commissioned 1942. To No.20 OTU, 12 January 1942; to No.1651 CU, 22 July 1942; to No.218 Squadron, 7 September 1942; to No.12 OTU, 24 April 1943. DFC presented at uncertain date - probably same time as Bar to DFC (9 April 1948).

 

This officer, who has completed twenty-seven operational missions, has displayed great keenness and tenacity. On two occasions towards the end of 1942 he displayed great resolution in pressing home his attack on certain targets after his aircraft had been badly damaged by enemy action. In February 1943 he took part in an attack on Cologne. Whilst over the city his aircraft was held in the searchlights and hit by anti-aircraft fire. One engine was put out of action and two windows beside the pilot were blown in. Despite this, Flight Lieutenant Pettit successfully bombed his target. His exemplary conduct has been worthy of high praise.

 

PETTIT, S/L Maurice William, DFC (J16060) - Bar to 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. Recommended 28 July 1944 when he had flown 46 sorties (258 hours 25 minutes), including 20 sorties since the DFC. Tours had been from 10 September 1942 to 11 March 1943 (26 trips, 155 hours 50 minutes) and 18 March to 24 July 1944 (20 sorties, 102 hours 35 minutes). An ink notation added one more sortie on 1 August 1944 (3 hours 30 minutes).

 

Since the award of the Distinguished Flying Cross, Squadron Leader Pettit has completed many attacks on heavily defended targets. He has displayed outstanding qualities of courage, skill and determination. His operational record during both of his tours has set an inspiring example to all the members of the squadron.

 

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PETTIT, F/L Murray Fothergill (J22352) - Commended for Valuable Services in the Air - No.20 EFTS - award effective 1 January 1946 as per Canada Gazette of that date and AFRO 82/46 dated 25 January 1946. Home in Freeman, Ontario; enlisted in Hamilton, 20 December 1940. Trained at No.1 ITS (graduated 16 May 1941), No.9 EFTS (graduated 3 July 1941), and No.1 SFTS (graduated 14 September 1941).

 

Employed in flying instructional work for two years, this officer has consistently been, in that capacity, a credit to the service. The proficiency with which he carries out his duties is exemplary and his qualities of leadership command the respect of all ranks.

 

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PETTIT, F/L Wilmot Reginald (J15517) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.199 Squadron - Award effective 30 September 1943 as per London Gazette dated 15 October 1943 and AFRO 2386/43 dated 19 November 1943. Born in Brantford, Ontario, 1912; home there; enlisted in Ottawa 5 September 1940. Trained at No.1 ITS (graduated 14 January 1941), No.14 EFTS (graduated 17 March 1941), and No.3 SFTS (graduated 3 July 1941). Commissioned 1942. Killed in action, 5/6 June 1944 (Stirling EF295, No.620 Squadron); buried in France. DFC and OBE presented to next-of-kin by Governor General, 28 February 1946.

 

As pilot this officer has participated in many attacks on important enemy targets and has displayed great skill and determination. On a recent occasion whilst over Berlin his aircraft was hit by fire from the ground defences but he continued his bombing run to execute a successful attack. Shortly afterwards the bomber was hit again, this time by fire from an enemy fighter. The rear turret was rendered unserviceable, most of the electrical system was shot away, while the control wires of two petrol tanks were severed. Coolly and skilfully Flight Lieutenant Pettit evaded the attacker and afterwards flew the bomber to base. This officer displayed great courage and determination throughout.

 

PETTIT, S/L Wilmot Reginald, DFC (J15517) - Officer, Order of the British Empire - No.199 Squadron (since KIA) - Award effective 26 May 1944 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 1380/44 dated 30 June 1944. Joint ctation with 944525 LAC Joseph Therwell Wray, awarded BEM.

 

One night in February 1944, Squadron Leader Pettit was the officer in charge of night flying at a Royal Air Force Station when an aircraft, whilst attempting an emergency landing, overshot the end of the runway and overturned. The aircraft immediately caught fire. Squadron Leader Pettit rushed to the spot and, with the assistance of the fire party led by leading aircraftman Wray, quickly released two members of the crew who had been trapped in the fuselage. Squadron Leader Pettit then found that the rear gunner was seriously injured and trapped upside down in his turret. By this time the aircraft was burning furiously and the petrol tanks had started to explode. In spite of this and of the further danger from exploding ammunition and pyrotechnics, Squadron Leader Pettit decided to attempt the extremely difficult task of removing the rear turret completely from the fuselage as all other attempts to reach the trapped gunner had failed. By strenuous efforts he was ultimately able to get into the turret while a party headed by Leading Aircraftman Wray, wrenched at it from outside. Eventually the gunner was extricated alive and without any addition to the severe injuries which he had sustained in the crash. Squadron Leader Pettit's coolness, courage and initiative, and Leading Aircraftman Wray's determination and devotion to duty in dangerous circumstances were of a very high order and were instrumental in saving the lives of three members of the crew of the aircraft.

 

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PEZANOWSKY, Corporal Joseph (R103475) - Mention in Despatches - Dishforth - Award effective 1 January 1946 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 155/46 dated 15 February 1946. Identified in AFRO as "Overseas". McEwen papers (CWM) with list of recommendations with MiD recommendations for 1 February to 31 July 1945 identifies unit. Born 17 November 1912. Home in Crowland, Ontario; enlisted Hamilton, 24 June 1941. Posted overseas, April 1942; repatriated 7 August 1945; released 27 September 1945. Aero engine mechanic. DHist file 181.009 D.2993 (RG.24 Vol.20634) has recommendation forwarded from No.61 Base to Headquarters, No.6 Group, 11 September 1944. Notwithstanding the discrepancy of dates, this indicates the sort of work he was doing which would have merited award. He had enlisted 24 June 1941, had served eleven months in Canada and 28 months in England. He was then with No.1664 Conversion Unit.

 

Corporal Pezanowsky is outstanding in his efforts to produce the most efficient work. He has worked very long hours without relief and has been most cheerful under trying conditions. His good work and the fine example he sets have frequently been commented on by his superiors; he is strongly recommended for the award.

 

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