PHELAN, F/O William Gerald (J27718) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.425 Squadron - Award effective 19 September 1944 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 2274/44 dated 20 October 1944. Born 1917 in Vancouver; home in Toronto; enlisted there 20 April 1942.  Trained at No.1 ITS (graduated 23 October 1942), No.9 EFTS (graduated 5 February 1943) and No.16 SFTS (graduated 25 June 1943).  Commissioned 1943.  Medal presented at Buckingham Palace 29 June 1945.

 

This officer has completed many sorties and has displayed exceptional skill and determination, qualities which were well in evidence when detailed for an attack one evening in July 1944.  Early in the outward flight one of the engines became defective and had to be put out of action.  In spite of this, Flying Officer Phelan was determined to complete the mission for which he had been detailed.  Owing to the loss of air speed he knew that to follow the prescribed route would mean a late arrival over the target.  He therefore altered course and, by the most direct route, went on to the target and executed a successful attack. On the return flight he skilfully controlled the use of the engines to conserve the petrol supply which had become much reduced and finally reached base.  This officer has at all times displayed the highest standard of devotion to duty.

 

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PHELPS, AC1 Thomas James (R166974) - Mention in Despatches - No.432 Squadron (also given as Station Eastmoor) - Award effective 14 June 1945 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 1647/45 dated 26 October 1945. Home in Montreal; enlisted there 19 June 1942.  DHist file 181.009 D.1719 has recommendation dated 3 February 1945 when he had served nine months in Canada, 21 months overseas.  Airframe Mechanic.

 

AC1 Phelps has always set an excellent example to all his comrades in his unfailing sense of responsibility to his section.  He has worked without thought of personal activities to complete any job in an efficient and cheerful manner in spite of adverse circumstances.

 

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PHIBBS, F/O Norman Albert (J19137) - Mention in Despatches - Overseas - Award effective 14 June 1945 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 1478/45 dated 21 September 1945.  Home in Windsor, Ontario; enlisted there 26 February 1941.  Trained at No.6 ITS (graduated 27 February 1942), No.7 EFTS (graduated 5 June 1942) and No.2 SFTS (graduated 25 September 1942).

 

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PHILBIN, S/L Gerald Bernard (J13999) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.425 Squadron (missing) - Award effective 1 September 1944 as per London Gazette dated 15 September 1944 and AFRO 2373/44 dated 3 November 1944.  Born 1909 in Montreal; home in Valleyfield; enlisted there 21 July 1940.  Trained at No.1 ITS (graduated 9 December 1940), No.11 EFTS (graduated 28 January 1941) and No.2 SFTS (graduated 28 March 1941).  Commissioned 1942.  Reported missing, 5 August 1944 after attacking a munitions dump near Paris.  Hit by flak; bomber exploded.  He succeeded in baling out but was captured (virtually pulled into a foxhole by a German soldier as other bombs fell nearby).  Taken to hospital near Paris (two broken ribs, feet swollen); moved to another hospital before being set free by American. Safe in UK, 6 September 1944.  DFC presented by Governor General, 27 June 1945.  In April 1998 Gateway Militaria (Winnipeg) offered medals for sale with logbook, wings, and other items for $ 2,800.

 

This officer has participated in many attacks on distant and well defended targets such as Berlin, Leipzig, Stuttgart and Essen.  One night in November 1943, shortly after completing an attack on Berlin, the starboard outer engine of his aircraft failed and during the return flight damage from anti-aircraft fire was sustained.  Despite this, Squadron Leader Philbin flew the aircraft safely to base.  This officer has invariably displayed commendable courage and determination.

 

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PHILLIP, F/L Robert Dulmage (J16145) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.421 Squadron - Award effective 11 November 1943 as per London Gazette dated 16 November 1943 and AFRO 113/44 dated 21 January 1944.  Born in Toronto, 5 April 1921; home there; enlisted there 28 October 1940.  Trained at No.1 ITS (graduated 10 April 1941), No.3 EFTS (graduated 28 May 1941) and No.1 SFTS (graduated 20 August 1941).  Commissioned 4 September 1942.  Posted overseas September 1941; repatriated to Canada 4 July 1944; released 20 September 1945.  Served in RCAF Auxiliary, 15 October 1948 to 3 July 1953.   Medal presented at Buckingham Palace, 29 June 1945.  Directorate of History and Heritage cards indicate the following victories: 19 August 1942, one FW.190 destroyed (Flight Sergeant, No.416 Squadron); 20 April 1943, one FW.190 damaged (Pilot Officer, No.416 Squadron); 27 June 1943, one FW.190 destroyed (No.416 Squadron, shared with F/L J.A. Rae); 12 August 1943, one Bf.108 damaged plus one Bf.109 damaged (No.421 Squadron); 26 August 1943, one Bf.109 destroyed (No.421 Squadron, shared with three others); 31 August 1943, one Bf.109 destroyed (No.421 Squadron); 6 September 1943, one FW.190 damaged.

 

This officer has displayed marked ability in leading his flight over enemy territory.  His exceptional keenness and fine fighting spirit have set a magnificent example to all.  He has destroyed at least two enemy aircraft and damaged others.

 

NOTE:  Public Records Office Air 2/8992 has recommendation raised approximately 16 September 1943 when he had flown 91 offensive sweeps and 193 operational hours:

 


This officer has shown marked ability in leading his flight over enemy territory.  His exceptional keenness to seek out the enemy and destroy him has been an outstanding example to those flying with him.  During these offensive operations this officer has destroyed two enemy aircraft, shared in destroying others and damaged six.

 

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PHILLIPS, Corporal Alixe Buntin (W314064) - British Empire Medal - No.1 Release Centre - Award effective 13 June 1946 as per Canada Gazette of that date and AFRO 660/46 dated 5 July 1946. Enlisted 16 July 1943; released 1 August 1946.  Employed for much of the war at Eastern Air Command; to No.1 Release Centre on 15 October 1945.  Clerk.

 

This non-commissioned officer, whilst employed at this Release Centre in charge of the Personnel Counsellor Orderly Room displayed above average abilities towards the execution of her duties.  She devoted many extra hours of work during the formation of this unit at RCAF Station Dartmouth and greatly assisted towards the success eventually secured in regard to smooth efficient release procedure.

 

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PHILLIPS, F/O Andrew James (J17013) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.220 Squadron - Award effective 26 January 1945 as per London Gazette dated 6 February 1945 and AFRO 508/45 dated 23 March 1945.  Born 1917 in Saskatoon; home there (salesman).  Enlisted in Montreal, 8 July 1941.  Trained at No.3 ITS (graduated 21 November 1941), No.8 AOS (graduated 16 February 1942), No.4 BGS (graduated 25 April 1942) and No.2 ANS (graduated 25 May 1942).  Commissioned March 1943.  Medal sent by registered mail.

 

In the summer of 1944, Flying Officer Phillips was navigator and bomb aimer of an aircraft engaged on an anti-submarine patrol.  An enemy submarine was sighted and illuminated by flares and two attacks were delivered by Flying Officer Phillips.  As a result of the second attack the U-boat disappeared completely.  Flying Officer Phillips has done a great deal to improve the bombing accuracy of the squadron.  During his period as bombing leader his enthusiasm and hard work have set a fine example.

 

NOTE: Public Records Office Air 2/9046 has original recommendation dated 28 November 1944 when he had flown 28 sorties (330 operational hours).  The text is much more detailed than that of the edited published citation.  He was an Acting Flight Lieutenant at the time, hence the rank stated:

 

Flight Lieutenant Phillips joined No.220 Squadron in July 1943 and has completed 330 hours operational flying in 28 sorties in the Western Approaches and Azores areas.

 


In 1944 he was sent on a Bombing Leaders Course which he passed with an "A" Category and returned to the squadron as Bombing Leader. He went about his duties with exceptional keenness and efficiency, despite the lack of facilities in the Azores, and his improvisation of bombing targets greatly improved squadron bombing training. His enthusiasm for the Mark III Sight and his work in coaching navigators in its use successfully overcame pilot prejudices on its capabilities. In general his enthusiasm and hard work were an inspiration to the squadron during a time when U-Boats were few and far between and keenness in training was an essential to efficiency.

 

On 28th August 1944, Flight Lieutenant Phillips was navigator and bomb aimer on aircraft U/220 operating from the Azores. Night training with flares had only just commenced on the squadron but the importance of a sortie demanded the use of a semi-trained crew. A U-Boat was illuminated by flares and Flight Lieutenant Phillips, using the Mark III Sight, made two attacks.  The first attack was estimated by the rear gunner as a straddle and resulted in the U-Boat remaining stopped on the surface for one and one-half hours. The results of the second attack could not be seen but the U-Boat disappeared immediately afterwards. These attacks were assessed by Headquarters, Coastal Command, as "very promising".

 

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PHILLIPS, F/O Arthur Harold (J25744) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.431 Squadron - Award effective 1 December 1944 as per London Gazette dated 12 December 1944 and AFRO 337/45 dated 23 February 1945.  Trained at No.7 ITS and No.2 AOS.  No citation other than "..in recognition of gallantry and devotion to duty in the execution of air operations against the enemy."  DHist file 181.009 D.5526 (RG.24 Vol.20667) has recommendation dated 15 September 1944 when he had flown 16 sorties (75 hours 55 minutes), 30 December 1943 to 25 August 1944 (no sorties between 30 December 1943 when he dropped leaflets on Fontainbleu and 31 May 1944 when he raided Leubringhen).

 

This officer, a navigator, has completed sixteen operations against the enemy.  At all times, by Flying Officer Phillips' skilful navigation, his crew have always pressed home the attack to the utmost.  Though plagued by misfortune, resulting in two crashes, Flying Officer Phillips has maintained a confident manner that has been an inspiration to his crew and to the squadron.  In recognition of this officer's bravery and cool courage, I strongly recommend that he be awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross.

 

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PHILLIPS, Sergeant Charles Thomas (R72370) - 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.  No citation in AFRO.  DHist file 181.009.D.2993 (RG.24 Vol.20634) gives unit, trade as FIIE.  Born 1 March 1914.  Home in Long Branch, Ontario; enlisted in Toronto 23 September 1941.  Posted overseas, December 1942; repatriated 7 July 1945; released 2 October 1945.

 


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PHILLIPS, F/O Clifford Stanley (J28259) - Belgian Croix de Guerre 1940 with Palm (deceased) - Awarded 17 July 1948 as per Canada Gazette of that date and AFRO 455/48 dated 23 July 1948.  Bomb aimer.  Killed in action with No.426 Squadron, 12/13 May 1944.  Halifax LW682.  Buried in Belgium.  Widow was living in Tisdale, Saskatchewan.

 

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PHILLIPS, FS (now P/O) Donald Leroy (R176653/J94297) - Distinguished Flying Medal - No.166 Squadron - Award effective 5 June 1945 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 1147/45 dated 13 July 1945.  Born 1922 at Wentworth Creek, Nova Scotia; home there; enlisted in Halifax, 22 July 1942.  Trained at No.6 ITS (graduated 2 April 1943), No.9 EFTS (graduated 28 May 1943) and No.16 SFTS (graduated 17 September 1943).  Medal presented 16 April 1948.

 

Throughout his tour of operational duty this airman has proved himself a gallant and courageous captain of aircraft.  One night in April 1945 he was detailed to attack Paluen.  On the outward flight the starboard outer engine became unserviceable.  Much height and some air speed were lost.  Although unable to maintain his position with the main bomber force, Flight Sergeant Phillips went on to the target which was successfully attacked.  His determination and devotion to duty were typical of that which he has shown on all occasions.

 

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PHILLIPS, Corporal George Ewart (R149980) - Mention in Despatches - No.9432 Servicing Echelon - Award effective 14 June 1945 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 1647/45 dated 26 October 1945.  Home in Corning, Saskatchewan; enlisted in Regina 3 February 1942; arrived overseas 17 March 1943.  No citation in AFRO.  Recommended for MiD, 21 July 1944 at which time he was an Instrument Maker who had "carried out his duties at all times in a very efficient and capable manner.  His conscientiousness has been a great inspiration to those working under him."  Recommended again 3 February 1945 (DHist file 181.009 D.1719, PAC RG.24 Vol.20606).

 

Corporal Phillips has carried out his duties at all times in a very efficient and capable manner and has given the utmost of his time and ability in devotion to duty.  His conscientiousness has been a great inspiration to those working under him".

 

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PHILLIPS, P/O Gerald Irwin (J19065) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.432 Squadron - Award effective 11 April 1944 as per London Gazette dated 21 April 1944 and AFRO 1075/44 dated 19 May 1944.  Born 1918 in Selkirk, Manitoba; home there; enlisted in Winnipeg, 28 June 1941.  Trained at No.2 ITS (graduated 9 May 1942) and No.3 AOS (graduated 14 September 1942).  Commissioned 1943.  Medal presented 30 October 1948.  No citation other than "...completed...many successful operations against the enemy in which [he has] displayed high skill, fortitude and devotion to duty."  DHist file 181.009 D.5557 (RG.24 Vol.20668) has recommendation dated 20 January 1944 when he had flown 25 1/2 trips (154 hours two minutes), 16 May 1943 to 14 January 1944.

 

This officer has completed 25 1/2 successful operational sorties, sixteen of which have been over strongly defended targets in Germany.  He has proven himself to be an outstanding navigator and an inspiration to the members of his crew.  On all occasions he has shown outstanding fortitude and skill and has cheerfully filled every assignment given to him.

 

For his fine record of achievement, his superb leadership and his devotion to duty, this officer is recommended for the award of the Distinguished Flying Cross.

 

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PHILLIPS, W/C Harold John (C1556) - Mention in Despatches - No.3 Repair Depot - Award effective 2 February 1946 as per Canada Gazette of that date and AFRO 280/46 dated 15 March 1946. Enlisted in Ottawa, 27 December 1939.

 

This officer by his personal initiative and outstanding leadership has served as a continued source of inspiration and example to the officers and men serving under him.  He has undertaken, without direction, the re-organization of the engineering section of the Unit into a very efficient section and this has been reflected in the exceptionally high standard of maintenance and quality of work produced.  He has personally introduced measures to obtain spare parts and equipment over and above the line of duty and by so doing has maintained a high serviceability of aircraft under exceptional circumstances.

 

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PHILLIPS, F/L John Harold (J11274) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.418 Squadron - Award effective 14 November 1944 as per London Gazette dated 21 November 1944 and AFRO 1/45 dated 5 January 1945.  Born 1923 in Toronto; home in Algonquin Park, Ontario.  Trained at No.1 ITS, No.10 EFTS and No.1 SFTS.  Commissioned 1942.

 


This officer has completed a number of varied missions, during which he has proved himself an enthusiastic, skilful and determined pilot.  His fine airmanship and high courage in the face of danger have won the admiration of all members of his squadron.  On one occasion in August 1944, he was detailed for a day sortie to the Baltic.  On crossing the Danish coast his aircraft was damaged by heavy anti-aircraft fire.  He decided to return to base but shortly after entering cloud cover further extensive damage was sustained.  Flight Lieutenant Phillips was severely wounded in the hip and momentarily lost control of the aircraft; the navigator was also wounded.  Flight Lieutenant Phillips managed to regain control and continued to fly in cloud cover until clear of the Danish coast.  Although suffering severe pain and much loss of blood, he managed to fly several hundred miles to base in this country.  He asked the navigator to abandon the aircraft by parachute as he was uncertain of his ability to accomplish a safe landing.  In spite of his weakness and the damaged controls,  he executed a masterly landing without further damage to his badly crippled aircraft.

 

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PHILLIPS, Sergeant Robert Wesley (R128445) - Mention in Despatches - Western Air Command Headquarters - Award effective 14 June 1945 as per Canada Gazette of that date and AFRO 1127/45 dated 6 July 1945.  Enlisted in Saskatoon, 9 October 1941.  NOTE: Name may be Robert West Phillips. NCO in charge of groundcrew postings.

 

This non-commissioned officer has discharged important duties over a long period in a most satisfactory manner.  He has an exceptional grasp of detail and has shown tireless effort in carrying out his arduous work, often at the sacrifice of his off-duty hours.  This non-commissioned officer has been given responsibilities over and above those normally required of an airman of his rank and these responsibilities he has consistently discharged in a most successful manner.  Sergeant Phillips' exemplary conduct and outstanding devotion to duty have proven an inspiration to all those with whom he works.

 

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PHILLIPS, P/O Wallace George (J19005) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.408 Squadron - Award effective 19 May 1944 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 1296/44 dated 16 June 1944.  Born in Montreal, 1917; home in St.Lambert, Quebec; enlisted in Halifax, 10 October 1941.  Trained at No.5 ITS (graduated 13 February 1942), No.22 EFTS (graduated 24 April 1942) and No.1 SFTS (graduated 11 September 1942).  Commissioned 1943.  Medal sent by registered mail 11 July 1945.

 

This officer has completed a notable tour of operations during which he has attacked the German capital on ten occasions.  He has at all times displayed exceptional ability and has set a fine example of courage and resolution.

 

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PHILLIPS, W/C William Stanley (C3233) - Member, Order of the British Empire - No.1 Air Command Headquarters - Award effective 1 January 1946 as per Canada Gazette of that date and AFRO 82/46 dated 25 January 1946.  Home in Montreal; enlisted there 9 December 1940.  Medal sent by registered mail 13 February 1948.


This officer has served at this command headquarters for a long period during which time he has been found thoroughly reliable and trustworthy and has demonstrated a devotion to duty considerably above the average.  His initiative and sound judgement have been a source of inspiration to the other officers and airmen.  He has contributed many long hours and sage advice, which have been decided factors in the successful opening and development of new units in this Command.

 

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PHILLIS, FS (now P/O) Jack Albert (R161467/J87606) - Distinguished Flying Medal - No.419 Squadron - Award effective 26 September 1944 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 2637/44 dated 8 December 1944.  Born 1921 in Toronto; home in Florenceville, New Brunswick (type setter); enlisted Hamilton, 15 May 1942. Trained at No.2 ITS (graduated 23 October 1942), No.7 EFTS (graduated 22 January 1943) and No.16 SFTS (graduated 25 June 1943).  Medal sent by registered mail 10 December 1945.

 

One night in July 1944, this airman piloted an aircraft detailed to attack Villeneuve-St.Georges.  When crossing the enemy coast the bomber was involved in a fight with an enemy aircraft.  One engine was put out of action, a fuel tank was pierced and the fuselage was damaged.  Despite this, Flight Sergeant Phillis went on to the target which he attacked after evading two more fighters which tried to close in.  His determination and devotion to duty were typical of that which he has shown throughout his tour.

 

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PHILP, F/O Owen Bartley (J38956) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.436 Squadron - Award effective 15 January 1946 as per London Gazette dated 29 January 1946 and AFRO 322/46 dated 29 March 1946. Born 1923 in Winnipeg; home in Vancouver.   Trained at No.2 ITS, No.15 EFTS, and No.12 SFTS.  Commissioned November 1943.  Served in postwar RCAF with postings to Europe, Rivers and Sea Island.  In 1951 he took the Empire Test Pilots course at Farnborough, returning to Canada in December of that year.  Joining CEPE, Rockcliffe as a test pilot, he became Chief Test Pilot (1954-56).  In September 1956 posted to RCAF Staff College, September 1956.  Later Member, Order of Canada and "Father of the Snowbirds".  Died in Sidney, British Columbia, 15 April 1995.

 

Flying Officer Philp has served with great distinction throughout operations in close support of the 14th Army in Burma.  During an extremely critical period he repeatedly flew on missions involving great hazards for the purpose of delivering vital supplies, frequently within range of enemy fire.  He continued flying on operations throughout the monsoon period and never once failed to deliver his load.  Flying continuously in these conditions required an unusual degree of nerve, skill and endurance.  By his splendid example, great skill and outstanding devotion to duty this officer has made a valuable contribution to the success of his squadron.


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PHILP, F/L Ronald Charles (C12800) - Member, Order of the British Empire - No.181 Signals Wing (Air Command, Southeast Asia) - Award effective 1 January 1945 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 132/45 dated 26 January 1945. Home in Chippawa, Ontario; enlisted Niagara Falls, Ontario, 20 May 1940.  Medal sent by registered mail 26 September 1946.  Public Records Office Air 2/8872 has recommendation.

 

This officer is Commanding Officer, No.569 AMES, and he has, under difficult conditions and in the face of the enemy, displayed a high degree of initiative and skill in his command.  By his devotion to duty, determination and personal example, he kept the morale of his unit up to a high standard.  His unit has provided invaluable radar cover during a period of important operations.  Flight Lieutenant Philp's unit was at first situated in an exposed position, liable to interference by enemy patrols at one end of the Nakala Strip near Tamu.  Whilst in this position the station provided the first warning on nearly all hostile aircraft which approached their sector, including two enemy reconnaissance aircraft destroyed which might otherwise have returned to the enemy with important photographs.  When it was decided to move the station the convoy was on the road within three hours of going off the air.  The withdrawal was carried out quickly and efficiently.  Flight Lieutenant Philp remained at Nakala with a technical crew, to operate a mobile light warning set, and when this unit again had to move its position, a new site was occupied and communication re-established within 3 1/2 hours from closing down on the old site.  At this new site there was little real defence and on three occasions personnel and equipment were subjected to heavy shellfire.  When the Radar vehicle was destroyed it was decided to withdraw the unit.  Flight Lieutenant Philp then returned to Imphal and resumed command of No.569 AMES which had been re-deployed in the Imphal Valley.

 

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PHILPOTTS, F/O Laurie Evan (J15527) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.683 Squadron - Award effective 5 April 1943 as per London Gazette dated 20 April 1943.  Born Caistorville, Ontario, 1918; home in Saint John, New Brunswick.  Educated in Saint John; enlisted in Moncton, 5 June 1940.  Trained at No.1 ITS (graduated 20 July 1940), No.6 SFTS (graduated 6 October 1940), and No.1 SFTS (graduated 16 January 1941).  Flight Sergeant in 1941, commissioned 1942. Posted to No.57 OTU, 2 September 1941, No.1 PRU, Benson on 2 October 1942, and to No.69 Squadron, Malta, 13 November 1942. Subsequently decorated for service with No.683 Squadron.  Active postwar in aerial photography; a prolific author on the subject.  Invested with award by George VI, 24 January 1945.

 

This officer has made many flight over Sicily and southern Italy.  Although attacked on numerous occasions by fighter aircraft, he has always continued his missions.  On a recent occasion, as a result of an accurate report by this officer, a submarine was enabled to damage a new Italian cruiser.  Flying Officer Philpotts has displayed outstanding keenness and devotion to duty.

 


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PHIPPS, F/L Rodney Thirsk (J9648) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.272 Squadron - Award effective 12 November 1943 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 166/44 dated 28 January 1944. Born in Strome, Alberta, 15 October 1918; home there.  Educated at University of Alberta, 1939-1940 (science, aiming to become a mining engineer).  Worked pre-war as a labourer in warehouses and oil fields.  In May and June 1940 was in Rouyn mines, spending the remainder of that summer on Dominion Topographical Surveys.  From October 1940 to May 1941 he was a miner in British Columbia.  Enlisted in Edmonton, 15 May 1941.  At No.2 Manning Depot, Brandon, 15 May to 20 June 1941 and No.7 Equipment Depot, Edmonton, 21 June to 13 July 1941.  Trained at No.4 ITS, Edmonton (14 July to 19 August 1941), No.16 EFTS, Edmonton (20 August 1941 to 10 October 1941) and No.4 SFTS (graduated 11 October 1941 to 3 January 1942).  Commissioned 2 January 1942; Flying Officer, 1 October 1942; Flight Lieutenant 22 May 1943.  Left Canada 24 January 1942; No.3 Personnel Reception Centre, Bournemouth, 10 February to 16 March 1942; No.2 (P) AFU, 16 March to 14 May 1942; No.54 OTU, 14 May to 24 August 1942.  Sent by air to Cairo, 22 September 1942.  No.272 Squadron, 30 October 1942 to 2 March 1944; No.79 OTU, Nicosia, 31 March to 27 October 1944; embarked for UK, 13 November 1944, arriving 1 December 1944; embarked for Canada, 14 January 1945, arriving Lachine, 15 January 1945; No.2 Air Command, Winnipeg, 26 January to 20 March 1945; No.7 Release Centre, Edmonton, 21 March; released 24 March 1945.  He claimed 84 sorties (322 hours 50 minutes) on operations, with 16 enemy aircraft destroyed (six in air and ten on ground) plus three damaged.  Not all documented, but the following are known: 17 April 1943, one Junkers probably destroyed in offensive sweep, Algiers via Cap Bon; 20 May 1943, one Ju.52 destroyed; 30 July 1943, one He.115 destroyed plus one shared;  12 August 1943, one Do.18 destroyed on water and one Do.26 destroyed on water; 24 September 1943, one Ju.52 destroyed.  Medal presented 29 November 1947.  Photo PL-34928 (studio portrait).  Died in Calgary, 28 September 1965.

 

This officer has taken part in very many sorties involving successful attacks on shipping, airfields and rail installations.  In September 1943, Flight Lieutenant Phipps participated in an engagement against eleven Junkers.  Early in the fight a bullet pierced his windscreen, the gunsight was damaged and Flight Lieutenant Phipps was cut over the eye by splinters.  Despite these difficulties he fought with rare skill and destroyed four of the enemy aircraft.  His fine qualities have earned great praise.

 

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PHRIPP, F/O Clarence Frank (J25778) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.576 Squadron - Award effective 10 May 1945 as per London Gazette dated 25 May 1945 and AFRO 1291/45 dated 10 August 1945.  Born 1917 in Newmarket, Ontario; home in Toronto (draughtsman).  Educated at University of Toronto (member, COTC) (Bachelor of Science).  Enlisted January 1942.  Trained at No.1 ITS, No.9 EFTS and No.6 SFTS.  Further trained at Summerside, Prince Edward Island.  Commissioned April 1943.  Following his tour he transferred to Empire Test Pilot School (February 1945) and became a test pilot at RAE, Farnborough.  Remained there to June 1946.  Returned to Canada where he became test pilot and project engineer, Northwest Air Command (Namao and Edmonton).  In June 1949 he went to University of Michigan to attend a guided missile course.  Took an M.Sc. in Aeronautical Engineering at Ann Arbour (June 1952) and appointed to Directorate of Armament Engineering at AFHQ.  In August 1957 selected to attend RCAF Staff College, Toronto.  At end of course sent to Point Magu, California to command Central Experimental and Proving Establishment detachment there.  In December 1958 appointed commander of CEPE Air Armament Detachment, Cold Lake, Alberta; July 1950 became director of Armament Engineering, AFHQ.  As of October 1961 he was a Group Captain. Died at St.Clements, Ontario, 4 May 2000. Photo PL-90139 shows him.  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 2/9069 (Part 1) has recommendation dated 24 February 1945 when he had flown 31 sorties (162 hours 45 minutes), 29 August 1944 to 16 January 1945.

 

29 Aug 44      Stettin                                     4 Nov 44         Bochum

10 Sep 44      Le Havre                                6 Nov 44         Gelsenkirchen (a/c

16 Sep 44      Leeuwarden                                                   damaged by flak)

23 Sep 44      Neuss (aircraft                       9 Nov 44         Wanne Eickel

damaged by flak)                  11 Nov 44      Dortmund

24 Sep 44      Calais                                     18 Nov 44      Wanne Eickel

26 Sep 44      Cap Gris Nez                         27 Nov 44      Freiburg

27 Sep 44      Calais                                     29 Nov 44      Dortmund

3 Oct 44         Walcheren                              4 Dec 44        Karlsruhe       

5 Oct 44         Saarbrucken                          6 Dec 44        Merseburg

7 Oct 44         Emmerich                              22 Dec 44      Coblenz

12 Oct 44       Fort Frederick Hendrik         27 Dec 44      Rheydt

14 Oct 44       Duisburg                                29 Dec 44      Gelsenkirchen

14 Oct 44       Duisburg                                4 Jan 45         Royan

19 Oct 44       Stuttgart                                  7 Jan 45         Munich

2 Nov 44         Dusseldorf                             14 Jan 45       Merseburg

16 Jan 45       Zeitz

 

Flying Officer Phripp, a Canadian officer, has carried out 31 operational sorties as captain of a Lancaster heavy bomber operating in Bomber Command.  He has attacked many heavily defended targets in Germany as well as small tactical targets in enemy occupied territory, and on all occasions the success he has achieved has been largely due to his untiring efforts to maintain the efficiency of his crew at the highest possible standard.

 

Flying Phripp possesses coolness and displays exceptional fearlessness in the face of danger; he has bombed Stettin, Duisburg, Stuttgart, Karlsruhe,, Merseburg and Munich with skill and determination, and his aircraft has on two occasions been damaged by anti-aircraft fire.

 


This officer's tenacity, endurance and fine offensive spirit have led to a fine record of achievement, and I strongly recommend him for the award of the Distinguished Flying Cross.

 

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PICARD, Sergeant (now P/O) Raymond Adolphus (R123279/J27873) - British Empire Medal - No.1 Bombing and Gunnery School - Award effective 13 August 1943 as per Canada Gazette dated 21 August 1943 and AFRO 2198/43 dated 29 October 1943.  Enlisted in Toronto, 6 August 1941.  Trained at No.3 ITS (graduated 20 December 1941), No.4 EFTS (graduated 14 March 1942) and No.9 SFTS (graduated 19 June 1942).  Medal presented 18 April 1944.  See also P/O J.F. Williams (GM).

 

This airman under the leadership of Pilot Officer J.F. Williams proceeded to a point where a train of tank cars was on fire.  Several of the tank cars, filled with gasoline, had already exploded, adding to the conflagration.  This airman assisted in extinguishing the flames on five tank cars and uncoupling and removing a caboose, two box cars and eleven tank cars to safety.  The disregard of the extreme danger and the resourcefulness of this airman resulted in the saving of a valuable part of a highly explosive and combustible trainload of war material.

 

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PICHETTE, FS (now P/O) Joseph Eugene Roger (R55241/J15846) - Distinguished Flying Medal - No.142 Squadron - Award effective 16 October 1942 as per London Gazette dated 27 October 1942 and AFRO 1783/42 dated 6 November 1942. Born in Chandler, Quebec, 14 August 1921; home in Restigouche, Bonaventure, Quebec (student); enlisted in Quebec, 6 June 1940. Trained at No.1 WS (graduated 5 February 1940) and No.1 BGS (graduated 15 March 1941).  Medal presented 24 April 1944.

 

Flight Sergeant Pichette has participated as an air gunner in numerous attacks over enemy and enemy occupied territory.  On one occasion he took part in a daylight attack on two enemy battle-cruisers.  On all occasions his devotion to duty and his supreme coolness in the face of the toughest enemy defences have proved an inspiration to all.

 

NOTE: Public Records Office Air 2/9600 has recommendation dated 23 August 1942 when he had flown 34 sorties (177 hours five minutes):

 

11 June 41   NICKEL, Paris (5.50)         12 Feb 42   German warships (2.40,

6 July 41       Rotterdam (5.10)                                     bombed Prinz Eugen,

16 July 41     Hamburg (5.30)                                        attacked by three Bf.109s,

20 July 41     Cologne (6.20)                                         shot one (probably destroyed),

30 July 41     Cologne (5.30)                                         others broke off attack.

2 Aug 41       Berlin (4.35)                        25 Feb 42   Kiel (5.25)


5 Aug 41       Karlsruhe (6.05)                  27 Feb 42   Kiel (5.50)

7 Aug 41       Essen (5.25)                       3 Mar 42      Paris (5.40, bombed from 1,500 ft)

10 Oct 41      Ostend (4.35)                      9 Mar 42      Essen (4.50)

16 Oct 41      Dunkirk (3.55)                     25 Mar 42    Essen (4.30, badly holed by

21 Oct 41      Bremen (5.25)                                          accurate flak)

8 Nov 41       Essen (5.15)                       28 Mar 42    Lubeck (6.00, low level attack,

30 Nov 41     Hamburg (6.30)                                        strafed buoys at mouth of Elbe

28 Dec 41    Wilhelmshaven (5.05)        2 June 42    Essen (4.25)                    

6 Jan 42        Brest (4.15, 2nd pilot          14 Jul 42      GARDENING (3.40)

injured)                                 21 Jul 42      Duisburg (5.10)

14 Jan 42     Hamburg (4.10)                  25 Jul 42      Duisburg (4.55)

17 Jan 42     Bremen (5.10, hit                29 Jul 42      Saarbrucken (6.30)

by flak)                                 31 Jul 42      Dusseldorf (5.05)

31 Jan 42     St.Nazaire (6.30)                9 Aug 42      Osnabruck (5.05)

10 Feb 42     Bremen (6.00)                     11 Aug 42   Mainz (6.05)

 

This Canadian Flight Sergeant has completed 34 operational sorties over enemy and enemy-occupied territory. On all occasions his devotion to duty and supreme coolness in the face of the toughest of the enemy defences have proved an inspiration to his crew. On more than one occasion it has been his instructions to his captain that have resulted in successful weaving, extricating their aircraft from a dangerous position.

 

On one occasion earlier this year this Non-Commissioned Officer took part in a daylight attack on two enemy battle cruisers. He was probably responsible for shooting down an enemy fighter thereby making it possible for his captain to bring the damaged aircraft and crew safely back to base.

 

On the ground his care of his guns and desire to impart his knowledge to others has done much to improve the efficiency of the gunners throughout the squadron. He is strongly recommended for an award of the Distinguished Flying Medal.

 

To this the Commanding Officer of RAF Station Binbrook added (24 August 1942):

 

A first class air gunner of great toughness with the highest qualities of fearlessness and determination. His complete willingness, as a comparatively old hand with 26 sorties to his credit, to be put in as a tail gunner in a fresher crew straight from OTU, set an excellent example in the squadron and set a very high standard of morale and self-confidence in the crew.

 

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PICKARD, F/L Murray Keith (J9662) - Commended for Valuable Services in the Air - No.5 OTU Detachment - Award effective 11 August 1945 as per London Gazette dated 14 August 1945 and AFRO 1453/45 dated 14th September 1945.  Home in Vancouver; enlisted there 3 May 1941.  Trained at No.4 ITS (graduated 16 August 1941), No.8 EFTS (graduated 7 October 1941) and No.3 SFTS (graduated 2 January 1942).

 

This officer has been a most enthusiastic and capable deputy Flight Commander.  he has long been an outstanding organizer who has made a valuable contribution to flying training.  Through his drive and perseverance he has produced excellent results.

 

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PIDDUCK, FS George Edwin (R64063) - Mention in Despatches - No.62 Base Servicing Echelon - Award effective 14 June 1945 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 1600/45 dated 12 October 1945.  Home in Bowmanville, Ontario.  AFRO gives unit only as "Overseas"; DHist file 181.009 D.1725 (PAC RG.24 Vol.20607) has list of MiDs this date with unit.  DHist file 181.009 D.1722 (PAC RG.24 Vol.20606) has recommendation dated 3 February 1945, noting that he had enlisted (Galt, Ontario), 30 March 1940, had served 25 months in Canada and 33 months in United Kingdom.  He was then NCO in charge Base Main Servicing Section.

 

Flight Sergeant Pidduck has shown outstanding organizing ability in operating his section.  His energy and leadership have inspired the men under him to greater efforts.  He does not hesitate to work many extra hours in arranging for the men under him to carry out their various tasks.

 

PIDDUCK, FS George Edwin (R64063) - Mention in Despatches - No.62 Base Major Servicing Section (AFRO gives unit only as "Overseas") - Award effective 1 January 1946 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 155/46 dated 15 February 1946.  DHist file 181.009 D.1725 (RG.24 Vol.20607) has recommendation for a BEM dated 5 May 1945.

 

Flight Sergeant Pidduck is the NCO in charge of No.62 Base Major Servicing, and he has been in this position for the past year.  His sections have handled all the acceptance checks and major inspections.  During this time well over 300 acceptance checks and forty major inspections on heavy bombers have been completed, and it is due to his drive, energy and organizational ability that it was done smoothly, efficiently and in the minimum of time.  This NCO never spared himself and was always on the job.  It was through this fine example of devotion to duty that his men always carried out just what he demanded of them.

 

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PIERCE, FS Eric Manford (R58718) - Distinguished Flying Medal - No.104 Squadron - Award effective 12 January 1943 as per London Gazette dated 22 January 1943 and AFRO 272/43 dated 19 February 1943.  Born in Calgary, 1920; home in Vancouver (student); enlisted  there 11 September 1940.  Trained at No.1 ITS (graduated 8 December 1940), No.1 BGS (graduated 20 April 1941) and No.1 CNS (graduated 29 May 1941).  Medal presented 20 April 1944.

 

As navigator and bomb aimer, Flight Sergeant Pierce has taken part in operational sorties on targets at Benghazi, Tobruk, Greece, Crete, and the battle areas.  He has proven himself to be an outstanding navigator whose ability has always enabled him to navigate his aircraft, often in adverse weather.  As a bomb aimer his courage and steadiness under the most accurate fire have materially assisted in the successes achieved.

 

NOTE: Public Record Office Air 2/9612 has recommendation for a non-immediate award sent by Group Captain W.J.M. Akerman, Headquarters, Royal Air Force, Middle East to Air Ministry on 14 December 1942:

 

This Non-Commissioned Officer has completed 240 operational hours and 30 flights since flying out from England to the Middle East.  He joined the squadron on the 24th February 1942, and has been actively engaged as navigator and bomb aimer ever since.

 

He has bombed a large assortment of targets including Benghazi, Tobruk, Greece, Crete and the battle areas and has been trusted to drop the 4,000-pound bombs on many occasions.

 

Flight Sergeant Pierce has proved himself an outstanding navigator whose ability has always assured the aircraft getting to the target detailed, many times when weather conditions were very bad.  This skill he has always been keen to impart to others and [he] has raised the navigation standard of the squadron by his keenness and personality.  As a bomb aimer, his courage and steadiness under the most accurate of fire have made sorties he was on an outstanding success.

 

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PIERCE, F/L George Henry (C16596) - Mention in Despatches - Overseas - Award effective 14 June 1945 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 1478/45 dated 21 September 1945.  Home in Reston, Manitoba; enlisted in Saskatoon, 1 May 1941.

 

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PIERCE, F/O Thomas White (J8608) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.15 Squadron - Award effective 31 December 1942 as per London Gazette dated 12 January 1943 and AFRO 232/43 dated 12 February 1943. Born in Bichester, Oxfordshire, 1920; home in Bracebridge, Ontario; enlisted Toronto, 13 November 1940.  Trained at No.3 ITS (graduated 3 May 1941), No.5 AOS (graduated 17 August 1941), No.3 BGS (graduated 29 September 1941) and No.1 CNS (graduated 27 October 1941.  Commissioned 1941.  Medal presented at uncertain date.

 


Flying Officer Pierce has displayed great ability and efficiency as a navigator.  On several occasions he has participated in sorties when outstanding photographs have been taken in target areas.  After a recent attack on Genoa his aircraft was forced to return via the Alps.  At a height of 6,000 feet, owing to the navigational skill displayed by Flying Officer Pierce, his captain was enabled to find a safe route and fly the aircraft through the valleys without mishap.

 

PIERCE, F/L Thomas White, DFC (J8608) - Bar to Distinguished Flying Cross - No.105 Squadron - Award effective 5 August 1944 as per London Gazette dated 15 August 1944 and AFRO 2101/44 dated 29 September 1944.  Medal presented 12 November 1948.

 

This officer has completed many sorties against a variety of targets and has set a fine example of skill, courage and tenacity.  A navigator of considerable experience with a fine operational record, Flight Lieutenant Pierce is an invaluable officer to his squadron.

 

NOTE: Public Record Office Air 2/9632 has recommendation dated 19 May 1944 when he had flown 73 sorties (299 operational hours) of which 43 sorties (134 hours) had been logged since his previous award. This detailed his flights and expanded slightly on the text:

 

                                                                * low level sortie

                                                    # identified as a marker sortie

 

30 May 42   Cologne (6.00)                     26 Sept 43   Aachen area (2.33)

1 June 42     Essen (5.30)                         27 Sept 43   Aachen (2.27)

25 June 42  Bremen (3.35)                      7 Oct 43       Aachen (2.30)

29 July 42    Saarbrucken (5.15)              17 Oct 43     Aachen (2.37)

6 Aug 42      GARDENING,                       18 Oct 43     Dusseldorf (3.11)

Borkum (5.50)                      20 Oct 43     Brauweiler (3.25)

10 Aug 42    GARDENING,                       31 Oct 43     Oberhausen (2.41)

Baltic (7.05)                          3 Nov 43      Rheinhausen (2.58)

11 Aug 42    Mainz (5.45)                          4 Nov 43      Aachen (2.53)

27 Aug 42    Kassel (4.25)                        5 Nov 43      Dusseldorf (2.45)

1 Sept 42     Saarbrucken (5.25)              7 Nov 43      Essen (3.20)

5 Sept 42     Bremen (5.00)                      8 Nov 43      Rhurort (2.44)

7 Sept 42     Stettin (1.35, recall)              11 Nov 43    Bochum (2.57)

8 Sept 42     Frankfurt (6.10)                     19 Nov 43    Leverkusen (2.43)

10 Sept 42  Dusseldorf (4.20)                 11 Dec 43    Hamborn (2.52)

13 Sept 42  Bremen (4.40)                      12 Dec 43    Essen (2.51)

14 Sept 42  Wilhelmshaven (5.25)          20 Dec 43    Liege (2.41)

16 Sept 42  Essen (2.30)                         23 Dec 43    Aachen (2.34)

18 Sept 42  GARDENING,                       28 Dec 43    Dusseldorf (2.51)

Baltic (7.10)                          29 Dec 43    Dusseldorf (2.46)

23 Sept 42  Vegasack (5.30)*                 1 Jan 44       Witten (2.58)


1 Oct 42       Lubeck (8.35)*                      3 Jan 44       Solingen (3.01)

11 Oct 42     GARDENING                        5 Jan 44       Solingen (2.50)

Kattegat (8.15)                     8 Jan 44       Solingen (2.46)

13 Oct 42     Kiel (6.15)                             13 Jan 44     Rheinhausen (2.45)

15 Oct 42     Cologne (5.05)                     27 Jan 44     Aachen (2.46)#

22 Oct 42     GARDENING,                       19 Feb 44    Aachen (2.37)

Bayonne (7.35)                     20 Feb 44    Gilze-Rijen

23 Oct 42     Genoa (9.30)                                              airfield (2.11)

7 Nov 42      Genoa (5.20)                        5 Mar 44      Duisburg (2.41)#

18 Nov 42    Turin (7.35)                           20 Mar 44    Aachen East (2.44)#

20 Nov 42    Turin (7.35)                           26 Mar 44    Essen (3.01)#

22 Nov 42    Stuttgart (8.30)                     8 Apr 44       Essen (3.07)#

18 Jan 43    Sea sweep, Frisians           11 Apr 44     Aachen (2.47)#

(5.40)                                     18 Apr 44     Rouen (2.29)#

5 Apr 43       Sea sweep, North Sea        27 Apr 44     Montzen (2.43)#

(4.20)                                     4 May 44      Leverkusen (3.50)

23 June 43  Sea sweep, North Sea        7 May 44      St.Valery (2.18)#

(5.15)                                     10 May 44    Ghent (2.13)#

22 Aug 43    Brauweiler (3.40)                 12 May 44    Chateaudun ammo

31 Aug 43    Special Duty (2.45)#                                 dump (2.56)

 

A navigator of considerable experience, having completed a total of 70 sorties, including 42 sorties with Pathfinder Force, 15 of which were marker sorties. Flying Officer [sic] Pierce has consistently displayed the greatest skill and cool tenacity of purpose, however arduous the conditions. His courage and his work have set a fine example.

 

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PIERCE, S/L Wilbur Clark (J29592) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.433 Squadron - Award effective 16 March 1945 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 625/45 dated 13 April 1945.  Born in Reston, Manitoba; home there (grocery clerk); enlisted Regina 13 August 1942.  Trained at No.7 ITS (graduated 5 March 1943), No.6 EFTS (graduated 30 April 1943) and No.4 SFTS (graduated 20 August 1943).  Commissioned 1943.  Medal presented 11 June 1949.

 

This officer has proved himself to be an efficient and resolute captain.  One night in January 1945 Squadron Leader Pierce was the pilot of an aircraft detailed to attack Grevenbroich.  On the outward flight the port inner engine became unserviceable.  This did not deter Squadron Leader Pierce from continuing his mission and he went on to attack the target with his usual determination.  He afterwards flew safely to base.  Throughout most of the flight Squadron Leader Pierce was unable to make use of the artificial horizon which had become unserviceable.  This officer has always shown the greatest determination to complete his missions successfully.

 


NOTE: DHist file 181.009 (D.2611), in National Archives of Canada RG.24 Volume 20627 has a detailed recommendation drafted by W/C G.A. Tambling, 15 January 1945 when he had flown 29 sorties (163 hours), 25 July 1944 to 14 January 1945; sortie list in file.  Text as follows:

 

On the night of January 14th, 1945, this officer was captain of an aircraft detailed to attack Grebenbroitch in Germany.  When setting course over base the port inner engine went unserviceable due to an oil leak.  Nevertheless he continued in and flew most of the way to the target at 6,000 feet.  Just prior to reaching the target he unfeathered the unserviceable engine in order to gain the maximum amount of height before all the oil was lost.  The engine was feathered again and the run through the target was made on three engines and at the minimum permissable bombing height.  Throughout the entire trip, the artificial horizon of Squadron Leader Pierce's aircraft was completely unserviceable and it was necessary for him to let down through cloud in order to get back to base.

 

The exceptional skill and determination displayed by this officer, in carrying out this oporation, despite extremely difficult conditions, is only indicative of the sustained courage and unusual initiative he has constantly shown throughout all his operational sorties.

 

As Flight Commander of "B" Flight, his exceptional qualities of leadership and fine offensive spirit have been a constant inspiration to the entire squadron, and I consider his splendid record fully merits the immediate award of the Distinguished Flying Cross.

 

 

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PIERI, F/L Donald Mathew (J9430) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.412 Squadron (deceased) - Award effective 2 May 1945 as per London Gazette dated 29 March  1946 and AFRO 497/46 dated 17 May 1946.  Born in Pecos, Texas; home in Toronto; wife in Toronto; enlisted Windsor, Ontario, 19 April 1941.  Trained at No.1 ITS (graduated 27 July 1941), No.9 EFTS (graduated 25 September 1941) and No.2 SFTS (graduated 19 December 1941).  Commissioned December 1941.  Killed in action, 3 May 1945 (Spitfire MK827); name on Runnymede Memorial.  Medal presented to his widow at Government House, 7 November 1949. Credited with the following victories: 31 December 1944, one Bf.109 destroyed (No.442 Squadron, shared with F/O M.A. Perkins); 1 January 1945, two FW.190s destroyed (No.442 Squadron); 23 March 1945, one Bf.109 destroyed (No.412 Squadron); 19 April 1945, two FW.190s destroyed (No.412 Squadron, one shared with F/L L.A. Stewart); 30 April 1945, one FW.190 destroyed (No.412 Squadron).

 


During numerous operational sorties Flight Lieutenant Pieri has displayed keenness and a fine fighting spirit.  He has always pressed home his attacks with determination, frequently in the face of intense enemy opposition.  In January 1945, while returning from a reconnaissance over enemy territory, his squadron intercepted a formation of forty enemy aircraft.  Without hesitation this officer engaged the enemy, destroying two and badly damaging two more.  Since then he has destroyed another enemy aircraft bringing his total victories to at least three enemy aircraft destroyed.

 

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PIGEON, P/O Percy Edgar (J19053) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.617 Squadron - Award effective 19 June 1944 as per London Gazette dated 30 June 1944 and AFRO 1861/44 dated 25 August 1944.  Born in Williams Lake, British Columbia, June 1917; home there; enlisted Vancouver 13 March 1941.  Trained at No.8 BGS (graduated 2 March 1942) and No.2 WS (graduated 4 January 1942).  Commissioned 1943.  Medal presented 30 October 1948.  Postwar Flying Control Officer and radio instructor with RCAF.  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 (no date but circa mid-April 1944) when he had flown 42 sorties (249 operational hours), 2 January 1943 to 20 March 1944:

 

2 Jan 43            GARDENING,                            15 Jul 43        San Paule d'Enza

Gironde (9.10)                                                    (9.55)

8 Jan 43            GARDENING                             24 Jul 43        Leghorn (8.05)

Kalundberg (5.45)                      29 Jul 43        Genoa (9.35)

11 Jan 43         Essen (4.45)                               16 Sep 43      Antheer Viaduct

13 Jan 43         Essen (4.25)                                                       (12.00)

16 Jan 43         Berlin (8.20)                                11 Nov 43      Antheer (7.45)

17 Jan 43         Berlin (8.00)                                16 Dec 43      Flixecourt (3.20)

27 Jan 43         Dusseldorf (4.50)                       20 Dec 43      Liege (4.00)

30 Jan 43         Hamburg (3.10), DNCO            22 Dec 43      Flixecourt (3.05)

2 Feb 43           Cologne (4.40)                           30 Dec 43      Flixecourt (3.10)

4 Feb 43           Turin (8.50)                                 4 Jan 44         Freval (2.55)

14 Feb 43         Milan (8.35)                                21 Jan 44       Special (3.45)

16 Feb 43         Lorient (6.35)                              25 Jan 44       Freval (3.50)

19 Feb 43         Wilhelmshaven (4.00)                12 Feb 44      Antheer (7.20)

25 Feb 43         Nuremberg (7.25)                      2 Mar 44         Albert (4.40)

26 Feb 43         Cologne (5.05)                           4 Mar 44         St.Etienne (6.55)

28 Feb 43         St.Nazaire (4.55)                       10 Mar 44      St.Etienne (8.10)

1 Mar 43           Berlin (6.50)                                15 Mar 44      Special (5.40)

3 Mar 43           Hamburg (4.30)                          16 Mar 44      Clermont-Ferrand

5 Mar 43           Essen (4.45)                                                       (7.10)

11 Mar 43         Stuttgart (6.15)                           18 Mar 44      Bergerac (6.55)

16 May 43        Mohne Dam (3.00,                     20 Mar 44      Special (6.20)

(DNCO)

 


Pilot Officer Pigeon has completed 42 continuous operational sorties as a Wireless Operator.  He has taken part in attacks on such heavy defended targets as Berlin, Essen, Hamburg, Cologne, and many other objectives in Germany.  He began operating in January 1943 and in March of that year volunteered to join a Special Duties Squadron, thereby considerably extending his tour of operations. He has now completed twenty sorties against these objectives in Occupied Europe.  His calmness when his aircraft has been in danger and his great determination even when confronted by heavy odds have played a great part in the success of may of these attacks.  He is therefore strongly recommended for the award of the Distinguished Flying Cross.

 

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PIKE, F/L Donald Hughes (J23056) - Commended for Valuable Services in the Air - No.2 EFTS - award effective 1 January 1946 as per Canada Gazette of that date and AFRO 82/46 dated 25 January 1946.  Home in Toronto; enlisted there 25 November 1940.  Trained at No.2 ITS (graduated 8 April 1941), No.13 EFTS (graduated 28 May 1941), and No.8 SFTS (graduated 21 August 1941).

 

This officer has been attached to this unit since November 1941, as a Flying Instructor, as Flight Commander and now as Squadron Commander.  During this time he has flown an average of 69 hours per month, including periods of leave and sickness.  This officer has at all times displayed outstanding leadership.  He has been most faithful in the performance of his duties, has consistently worked with and developed younger, less experienced instructors, and has set a fine example for all those associated with him.  His pupils have been above average and his conduct generally has reflected most creditably on the service. His leadership qualities and conscientious efforts have been largely responsible for the fact that every course of students at this Unit have graduated on schedule, regardless of climatic conditions.

 

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PILE, LAC Ernest James (R116779) - Mention in Despatches - No.410 Squadron - Award effective 1 January 1946 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 418/46 dated 18 April 1946.  Home in London, Ontario; enlisted there 30 July 1941.  Unit identified in AFRO only as "Overseas"; listed in 410 Squadron: A History.  DHist file has recommendation dated 8 June 1945 as follows:

 


This airman, who enlisted on 30th July 1941, as a Clerk Admin was posted overseas with an excellent record in July 1943 and posted to 410 Squadron, in England on 2nd August 1943.  For a prolonged period LAC Pile had to deal with practically the entire clerical work on the Squadron which with the increasing amount of work involved long hours of overtime and periods of work of more than three months at a time when no days off were possible.  During his service with this Squadron this airman has at all times proved an asset through his keenness and determined application to his work, while enthusiastic to support and to assist other Station activities in the Sporting and Social spheres.  He has always been well liked by the Officers and his other comrades and has invariably set and maintained a high example of devotion to duty.

 

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PILKINGTON, S/L Thomas Elliott (J5320) - Mention in Despatches - Overseas - Award effective 1 June 1943 as per London Gazette dated 2 June 1943 and AFRO 1247/43 dated 2 July 1943.  Home in Vancouver; enlisted there 14 August 1940.  Trained at No.1 ITS (graduated 14 December 1940), No.1 BGS (graduated 14 April 1941), No.1 AOS (graduated 2 March 1941), and No.1 CNS (graduated 18 May 1941).  No citation.

 

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PILON, F/O (now F/L) Francis Victor (J21667) - Air Force Cross - No.7 SFTS (since moved to No.10 AOS) - Award effective 8 June 1944 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 1380/44 dated 30 June 1944.  Born in Amherstburg, Ontario; educated there and in Vaudreuil, Quebec and Vankleek Hill, Ontario.  Enlisted in Ottawa, 3 December 1940.  Trained at No.1 ITS (graduated 22 April 1941), No.7 EFTS (graduated 28 May 1941), and No.5 SFTS (wings 8 August 1941).  Reported as having flown 2,131 hours to date, 1,867 hours as instructor, 337 hours in previous six months.

 

This officer has completed many hours on flying instructional duties and the high standard of flying ability attained by his pupils has been largely due to his thorough methods and high quality of leadership.  Upon many occasions he has cheerfully assumed extra duties, and in all respects has proved himself to be a most proficient flying instructor.

 

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PILON, FS Joseph Norbert Jean (R111339) - Distinguished Flying Medal - No.426 Squadron - Award effective 11 April 1944 as per London Gazette dated 21 April 1944 and AFRO 1075/44 dated 19 May 1944.  Born 1918 in Luskville, Quebec; home there (enumerator); enlisted Ottawa 4 July 1941.  Trained at No.9 BGS (graduated 30 December 1942).  Medal presented by Governor General, 9 December 1947.  Rear gunner in crew of F/O J. Brown, DFC.  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 18 January 1944 when he had completed 27 sorties (199 hours five minutes) between 13 July 1943 and 14 January 1944.

 


This air gunner has flown on operations on many of the most heavily defended targets in Germany including seven raids on Berlin.  During all these trips he has shown extreme resourcefulness and courage under fire.  His keenness to fly and his untiring efforts and devotion to duty have set a splendid example to all who have been associated with him.

 

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PINEL, FS Harold (R50792) - Mention in Despatches - Station Dalton (No.1695 B Flight) - Award effective 1 January 1945 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 625/45 dated 12 April 1945.  Born 14 August 1912. Home in Calgary; enlisted there 29 January 1940.  Graded as AC1, 29 April 1940; LAC, 1 December 1940; Corporal, 1 August 1941; Sergeant, 1 July 1942; final promotion date uncertain.  Airframe mechanic, at No.33 SFTS, 27 October 1940 to 27 November 1941 when posted overseas; repatriated 7 February 1945; released 19 July 1945. DHist file 181.009 D.2993 (RG.24 Vol.20634) has recommendation forwarded by No.61 Base to Headquarters, No.6 Group, 27 July 1944.  He had enlisted 29 January 1940 and had served in Canada 22 months, plus 31 months in England.

 

Since being posted to 1691 (B) Gunnery Flight, now 1695 (B) Gunnery Flight, Dalton, on the 2nd August 1943, Flight Sergeant Pinel has shown outstanding ability and leadership. During the first eight months Flight Sergeant Pinel was at Dalton, he acted in the capacity of Engineering Officer, which duties he carried out in a highly satisfactory manner. At the present time, this Non-Commissioned Officer is in charge of Maintenance and is carrying out his duties in the same efficient manner.

 

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PINGEL, FS Leslie Charles (R54846) - British Empire Medal - No.13 SFTS (now No.168 Squadron, RCAF) - Award effective 1 January 1946 as per Canada Gazette of that date and AFRO 82/46 dated 25 January 1946.  Enlisted in Montreal, 2 April 1940.  Medal presented 19 November 1948.

 

This non-commissioned officer is an exceptional tradesman and has contributed greatly to the high standard of aircraft serviceability which has been maintained at this unit.  His leadership, devotion to duty and outstanding organizing ability definitely set an example to all ranks.

 

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PIRIE, F/L Robert Charles (J14138) - Mention in Despatches - Overseas - Award effective 14 June 1945 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 1478/45 dated 21 September 1945.  Enlisted in Toronto, 4 April 1941.  Trained at No.1 ITS (graduated 2 November 1942), No.20 EFTS (graduated 22 May 1942) and No.3 SFTS (graduated 11 September 1942).

 

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PITCHER, F/L Paul Brooke (C615) - Mention in Despatches - No.411 Squadron - Award effective 1 January 1942 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 142/42 dated 30 January 1942.  Enlisted Montreal, 26 September 1939. From RCAF Auxiliary (No.115 Squadron),  Wings 8 December 1939.  Battle of Britain pilot with No.1 (Canadian) Squadron; later acting CO of Nos.401 and 411 Squadrons.  Also served with No.417 Squadron in Middle East.  Resigned, 28 November 1944.

 

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PITKETHLY, F/O (Nursing Sister) Davina Clark (C6352) - 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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PITTMAN, F/O Hubert Joseph (J35762) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.434 Squadron - Award effective 8 September 1945 as per London Gazette dated 25 September 1945 and AFRO 1768/45 dated 23 November 1945.  Born 1917 in Montreal; home there (bookkeeper); enlisted Halifax, 9 September 1939. Trained at No.3 ITS (graduated 20 February 1943) and No.4 AOS (graduated 1 October 1943).  Commissioned September 1943.  Medal sent by registered mail 8 September 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.9 Vol.20612) has recommendation dated 17 April 1945 when he had completed 32 sorties (208 hours five minutes), 12 July 1944 to 20 March 1945. Tour was interrupted, 12 September to 21 November 1944.

 

Although his tour was interrupted by serious illness, Flying Officer Pittman showed a keen desire to carry on and has now completed a full tour of operations against the enemy.  As a navigator he displayed outstanding skill during attacks against many heavily defended targets which included Kiel, Bremen, Duisburg and Hannover.  At all times this officer has proved himself to be thoroughly dependable and showed great devotion to duty.

 

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PITU, F/L Carl Leo (J28633) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.408 Squadron - Award effective 8 September 1945 as per London Gazette dated 21 September 1945 and AFRO 1704/45 dated 9 November 1945.  Born 1922 in Canmore, Alberta; home in Edmonton (labourer); enlisted there 26 July 1941.  Trained at No.4 ITS (graduated 23 January 1943), No.23 EFTS (graduated 3 April 1943) and No.11 SFTS (graduated 6 August 1943).  Commissioned July 1943.  Medal sent to him at Wolfe Creek, Alberta, but was returned 22 August 1949 and mailed to him in United Kingdom, 6 September 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.2618 (RG.24 Vol.20627) has recommendation dated 18 April 1945 when he had completed 36 sorties (225 hours 51 minutes) between 6 October 1944 and 22 March 1945.

 


Flight Lieutenant Pitu has recently completed a tour of operations against the enemy on four-engined bombers. During his tour this officer participated in attacks on several of the most heavily defended targets in Germany including Chemnitz, Frankfurt and Cologne.

 

Flight Lieutenant Pitu has always pressed home his attacks with the greatest determination, and his keenness for operations has been an inspiration to the whole squadron.  His cheerfulness and enthusiasm throughout his thirty-six sorties was consistently maintained at a very high level.

 

This pilot has displayed exceptional ability, and is heartily recommended for the Non-Immediate award of the Distinguished Flying Cross.

 

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PITZEK, P/O Adolph Carl (J88577) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.431 Squadron - Award effective 5 February 1945 as per London Gazette dated 20 February 1945 and AFRO 563/45 dated 29 March 1945.  Born 1922 in Kitzingen, Bavaria; home in Winnipeg (sub-station operator); enlisted Winnipeg 13 June 1942.  Trained at No.4 ITS (graduated 6 November 1942), No.23 EFTS (graduated 5 February 1943) and No.10 SFTS (graduated 11 June 1943).  Commissioned 1944.  Medal presented 11 June 1949.  No citation other than "completed... numerous operations against the enemy in the course of which [he has] invariably displayed the utmost fortitude, courage and devotion to duty."  DHist file 181.009 D.3260 (RG.24 Vol.20637) has recommendation dated 12 November 1944 when he had flown 32 sorties (143 hours 10 minutes), 27 June to 25 September 1944.

 

This officer, a captain of aircraft, has completed 32 operations against the enemy.  A splendid captain, Pilot Officer Pitzek has fused his crew with such enthusiasm that they have always pressed home the attack to the utmost, dealing telling blows on the enemy.  This daring airman, accepting every assignment with an engaging cheerfulness, has set a very high standard for his crew.  Attacking constantly, with a disregard of danger, this pilot has always shown cool courage and an outstanding devotion to duty...

 

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